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Mister Roberts
By Tom Heggen and Joshua Logan


Richard Lineback and Robert O'Reilly


Director
Producer
Scenic Designer
Lighting Designer
Sound Designer
Costume Designer
Technical Director
Stage Manager
 

Michael Keenan
Barbara Beckley
D. Silvio Volonte
Jamie McAllister
Gary Christensen
Aria Wilson
Ed Miedema
Vinita Reish

CAST (in order of appearance):

Chief Johnson
Lieutenant (JG) Roberts
Doc
Dowdy
The Captain
Insigna
Mannion
Lindstrom
Stefanowski
Wiley
Payne
Reber
Ensign Pulver
Dolan
Gerhart
Schlemmer
Lieutenant Ann Girard
Shore Patrolman
Military Policeman
Shore Patrol Officer
 
Thomas B. Hall
Richard Lineback
Robert OíReilly
Gregory Propst
Armin Shimerman
James Victor
Gil Johnson
Gunnar Peterson
Robert Factor
John Hallman
Vince Acosta
Dennis Jarvis
Art Tedesco
Nick DeGruccio
Peter Cuppage
Bradley Wilcox
Laura Widener
Patrick Ward
Shaun Naughton
Mark OíBar
Note: In the U.S. Navy, all officers below the rank of Commander are addressed as "Mister."

 SCENE

 Aboard the U.S. Navy Cargo Ship, AK601, operating in the back areas of the Pacific.

 TIME

 A few weeks before V-E day until a few weeks before V-J Day.


MR. ROBERTS . . . Then and Now

By Lieutenant James E. Brooks, U.S.N.

Mr. Roberts is a story about war. Itís a story about men on a small Navy supply ship combatting the sailorís deadliest enemies ó boredom and monotony. While the backdrop of the play is the decks of USS AK 601, the play could take place aboard any U.S. Navy ship, on any extended deployment, on any ocean, during any era.

At sea, every day is exactly like the one before. Often the only way to distinguish a Monday from a Saturday is whether or not the laundry is picked up to be washed. Work-stand watch-eat-sleep regimes are broken up through letter writting, reading, exercise, and practical jokes. Now seamen fresh from boot camp may be sent to obscure locations on the main deck to stand watch for the illusive "mail buoy. Another new crewmember may receive a startling blow on his backside while hunched over for a glimpse at a rare "sea bat."

There are two sacred days held by sailors at sea in the highest reverence. Those two days are the date of the next liberty port and the day they arrive home. Despite the regularity of 20-hour work days filled with watches and drills, a sailor can look at any calender aboard his ship and see a scrawled countdown of days to the next liberty or arrival home. In the case of the men under the care of Mr. Roberts, or the naval ships now involved with "Operation Desert Shield," these anticipated days of salvation arenít known. Sailors must turn their attentions to other thoughts and plans to break the tedious routine.

The crew of an anchored AK 601 find an escape from their day when female nurses are spotted with binoculars on a nearby island. Sailors today still attempt to satisfy their curious, wandering eyes with the modern, high-powered "Big Eye" binoculars for the uplifting look of a woman whether she be in a passing sailboat or on a nearby beach. Current deployments of Navy ships in the Persian Gulf often include 100 consecutive days underway without pulling into a port. Women within binocular range often become a high-visibility target for all-male warship crews.

The play Mr. Roberts is as timely as it was when it premiered in Broadway in 1948. Itís a war story about deadly and unseen enemies who plagued and will plague sailors on extended deployments far from home: boredom and monotony. Navy veterans may look at the officers and men of AK 601 and say with a grin, "That was just like my ship!" And, most likely, they will be quick to add, "But my captain wasnít like that ó and there was more than just one Mr. Roberts on my ship."