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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. "Following the sudden and violent death of John Clayton, his daughter Ellen is confined to a wheelchair. Having inherited her father's estate, Ellen lives in a remote house overlooking the English channel, with her cold stepmother, and an austere housekeeper, under the treatment of the family doctor. Ellen shows little sign of recovery, until the substitute Doctor arrives. Doctor Phillips believes that Ellen can walk and, with the help of Nurse Pepper - a cheerful, curious person wishing to put things in order - sets about helping Ellen get well. Just as Ellen shows signs of recuperation, things around the house start to disappear, secret passages open and close, and events lead to a 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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