"Entertaining Penwortham since 1956"

A NEW SEASON

We are now looking forward to our next season. Our October play will be "House on the Cliff" by George Batson which will be performed on 17th, 19th, and 20th October 2018 and will be directed by Philip McLaughlin. "The House on the Cliff is rumored to be the last stop of the Civil War Underground Railroad and overlooks one of the Great Lakes. Years ago, an excursion boat sank in a storm and it's said the lake is haunted. The house's occupants include a young, lovely heiress, Ellen Clayton, currently confined to a wheelchair; her coolly beautiful stepmother; and an austere housekeeper. Then Nurse Pepper arrives, a cheerful, curious person desirous of putting things in order. And there's the substitute doctor, Corey Phillips who believes Ellen can walk again and soon. It all begins with a sudden, violent murder and ends with a chilling, surprising climax."

George Batson

George D. Batson was an American playwright specialising in comedies and farces who died in 1977 at the age of 61. He lived at 245, East 21st Street, New York. Mr. Batson made the transition from a $15 a week busboy at the Irving Place and 14th Street Automat to comedy writer practically overnight in 1941, when his comedy “Treat Her Gently” was acquired by the producer Harold J. Kennedy as a starring vehicle for Ruth Chatterton. After he graduated from high sehool in 1933 he took a W.P.A. course in playwriting. He then joined the Federal Theatre project as a junior personnel supervisor and became acquainted with Orson Welles, who was directing plays for the Federal Theatre. He eventually acted in the Federal Theatre production of “One Third of Nation,” then wrote the marionette show, “Time on Your Hands,” for the W.P.A. exhibit at the 1939 World's Fair. Although he had started writing one act plays while still at high school, “Treat Her Gently” was his first attempt at full scale three act comedy. The play opened in Amarillo, Texas on March 29, 1939, to great applause and without Mr. Batson's presence. He was hitchhiking to Texas and failed to make it on time for the opening performance. He also wrote “Punch and Julia,” produced in 1942 with Jane Cowl and Gregory Peck in the cast; “Ramshackle Inn' in 1944 with ZaSu Pitts; “Magnolia Alley,” produced in 1949, with Jessie Royce Landis, Jackie Cooper and Julie Harris. “Ramshackle Inn” served sucessfully as a touring vehicle for Miss Pitts for several years… One of Mr. Batson's later efforts was “A Date With April,” put on in 1953, with Constance Bennett in one of the leading roles. It was followed by Lady written in 1957, which was tested on the summer circuit and starred Ethel Waters. His last production was “House on the Rocks” in 1958, in which Tallulah Bankhead toured. Mr. Batson also was active as a producer in England.

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