Travels With My Aunt
by
Graham Greene
Adapted for the stage by Giles Havergal

Travels With My Aunt
Larry Cedar, Mark Capri,Thomas James O'Leary, Sybyl Walker


Director
Scenic Design
Costume Design
Lighting Design
Sound Design
Properties Design & Set Dressing
Production Stage Manager
Public Relations
Technical Director
Set Construction
Scenic Artist
Production Crew

Sound Board Operator
Follow Spot Operator
Stage Crew
Key Art
Production Photography

David Dean Bottrell
Michael C. Smith
Sherry Linnell
Jarel A. Sayeg
Cricket S. Myers
MacAndME
Rebecca Cohn
David Elzer/Demand PR
Robert T. Kyle
Red Colgrove
Stephen Gifford
Watson Bradshaw, Justin Kief, Christopher Rivera,
Vanessa Velez Boswell
Kathryn Horan
Heather L. Waters
Travis Moscinski, Amanda Ragan
Doirean Heldt
Michael Lamont


CAST

Henry, Young Visconti
Aunt Augusta, Sparrow
Vicar, Wordsworth, The Dog, Hakim's Assistant
Miss Patterson, O'toole, Yolanda
Miss Keane, Sparrow's Assistant, Hatty, Tooley,
Italian Girl, Frau General, Hakim, Spanish Gentleman,
Older Visconti


Thomas James O'Leary
Mark Capri
Larry Cedar

Sybyl Walker


TIME

1969 (and, briefly, 1945)

PLACE

London, Brighton, Paris, Rome, Istanbul, Boulogne,
Buenos Aires, and various locales in Paraguay


Running Time

Approximately 2 hours, 15 minutes
There will be one fifteen minute intermission


Director's Note

When Barbara Beckley called and asked if I would be interested in directing a stage adaptation of Graham Greene’s comic novel, Travels With My Aunt, I wasn’t certain I wanted the job. I was already up to my neck with my own writing and performing projects and was uncertain I could make the time.

Travels
Travels With My Aunt author Graham Greene, right, with director Carol Reed on the set of the movie "The Third Man" which Green wrote and Reed directed
I had other concerns as well. Most of Greene’s novels were spy thrillers packed with political intrigue and cold war suspense. They usually had large casts and wildly intricate plots. I knew he was a very cinematic writer. His original screenplay for Carol Reed’s 1949 film noir classic, The Third Man, is nothing short of a masterpiece. According to the Internet Movie Database, 66 film and television projects based on his novels were produced between the years 1934 and 2010, but I’d never heard of a "stage" adaptation of any of his stories. As far as I knew, Travels With My Aunt had only been adapted once - into a mediocre movie in 1972 directed by George Cukor and starring Alec McCowen as "Henry" and a far too young Maggie Smith (in terrible old age make up) as "Aunt Augusta."

Then Barbara sent me Giles Havergal’s 1989 stage version of Travels and my interest was piqued. Havergal’s inspired adaptation had stripped the story down to its most basic elements, relying on the talents of only four actors to bring the story’s large and colorful cast of characters to hilarious life, and wisely utilizing the single most transcendent element that live theatre has to offer: human imagination. Soon I was utterly charmed by poor innocent Henry; so alone in the world with little more than his dahlias for company. And who could say no to Aunt Augusta, the eccentric "black sheep" of the Bertram family who is only happy when she is in motion, traveling to her next adventure, fearlessly in search of every experience life has to offer her?

So began my journey with this remarkable show. And let’s face it - no trip is much fun without good traveling companions. Luckily, I have been blessed with the best: A remarkably gifted cast, an inspired design team, plus the tireless support offered by the Colony Theatre’s leadership and staff. My advice? Buckle your seat belts before Act One begins and hang on tight as Henry and Augusta take you on the ride of your life.

Bon Voyage!

~ David Dean Bottrell



FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

I SUBSCRIBE! 

I am not a person who wants to say "Oh, I wish I had seen that." I am a subscription member at a number of organizations, including the LA Opera, the LA Master Chorale, the LA Phil, Music Center Dance, The Gay Men’s Chorus, East West Players, and YES, The Colony! I subscribe to them because I care deeply about their mission, but I also care about my own personal wellbeing. Nothing makes me feel better than to witness some of the wonderful productions I have seen in Los Angeles. I see around three events per week… I am a "culture vulture." Some of what I see is not good, some is fair…but then some of it is transformational, and I often wonder if I would have gone to see that performance if I was not a subscriber. Would I have chosen to see Grupo Corpo dance at the Music Center a few months ago? Probably not, but having seen it, I can say that it was one of the most exhilarating performances I have ever seen – and I would not have seen it if I were not a subscriber! 

There is no question that I could have tickets to The Colony at no charge. But I believe in the work we do, and want to support it by being a part of our subscription family. During Moonlight and Magnolias, I sat in the lobby taking subscription renewal orders, and I got to chat with a number of you about your experiences at The Colony, and what this organization means to you. You understand that by being a part of The Colony, you get to see the likes of our Ovation Award-winning Beth Grant in Grace and Glorie, Hal Linden in our beautiful production of On Golden Pond, the amusingly touching Shooting Star, and our provoking Year Zero. 

For those of you who are subscribers, I would like to invite you to share some of your favorite Colony memories. Over the course of the next season, and as we get closer to our 40th anniversary, we will be featuring several letters from our subscribers in the pages of our program, and we welcome your thoughts and comments. You may email me directly at trentsteelman@colonytheatre.org

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Trent Steelman
Executive Director




SPECIAL THANKS

Burbank High School Drama Department   Brad Brown   Ellen Dostal
Anna Cross & Richard Godinez at San Gabriel Mission Playhouse
Brooks Gardner   Travis Moscinski   Ken Ruta James Schipper
Gary Olson & Burbank Chamber of Commerce   Phil Torf & House of Props
Jose Vasquez   Wadler Data Systems   Jim Wilke & Forest Lawn