Cast Announced for The Good Doctor
Seneca Falls, NY: Seneca Community Players is proud to announce casting for The Good Doctor, directed by Seneca Community Player’s Director, Eric J, Jansen. The cast features Chris Boulter (Seneca Falls), John King (Waterloo), Joanne Saracino (Phelps), Maria Coleman (Auburn), Dawn Jansen (Clifton Springs), Pam Bryan (Waterloo), Peter Saracino (Phelps) and Jim Porto (Seneca Falls). The Good Doctor begins performances on Saturday, June 3, 2017, and runs at the 115 Fall Street “Partridge Building” (Lower level), Seneca Falls theater through Sunday, June 4, 2017.
“The Good Doctor” is Neil Simon’s heartwarming and hilarious tribute to Anton Chekhov. Simon, the popular Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, expertly weaves a variety of Chekhov short stories into laugh-out- loud evening of infectious humor, touching tenderness and unending fun. The show is set in Russia and Simon transformed the short stories into comedies. He wrote this show after his first wife, Joan died suddenly. One of the scenes in the show is very touching and is called, “Too Late for Happiness,” with Joanne Saracino and Chris Boulter capturing the pathos Simon felt at this point in his life. The title of the play refers to Chekhov who was a doctor in real life. The cast of characters includes a writer, a blustering general, a lady of the night, a wild woman with a nervous disorder, a man who earns money by “drowning,” a novice dentist, and an overeager actress. “The Good Doctor” opened on Broadway’s Eugene O’Neil Theatre in November 1973 with Christopher Plummer heading the cast and ran for 208 performances. The show has 12 scenes and 8 performers.
Performed as a “Staged Reading” the play relies on the voices of the cast to tell the various stories and create the pictures in the minds of the audience. Director Eric Jansen has assembled a talented cast of veteran actors to take on this, perhaps most challenging form of theatre. Rooted in ancient times, oral storytelling is an intimate tradition between the storyteller and their audience. So, it is that the cast with only the power and skill of their voices takes the humor and wit of 19 th Century Author Anton Chekhov and sprinkles it with Neil Simon’s laughter and sarcasm in order to serve up a wonderful night of theatre.