Comedy Fundraiser Weekend at St. George's
St. George's Episcopal Church, Newburgh, is presenting "The Curious Savage", a comedy by playwright and screenwriter, John Patrick, on Saturday October 21 at 7 p.m.and Sunday, October 22 at 3 p.m. at the church, located at 105 Grand Street. The entertaining and fanciful comedic play is the parish's fall fundraiser. The comedy centers on Mrs. Ethel P. Savage, a witty, kindhearted widow who decides to hide the ten million dollars which she has inherited from her late husband from her greedy stepchildren. She desires to give to those less fortunate or to fulfill others' random, yet important lifelong dreams through a memorial fund honoring her late husband.
Mrs. Savage's decision becomes a nightmare for her stepchildren who determine that her "eccentric" wish to help others achieve their "foolish" dreams by her financial assistance and sympathetic encouragement, prove that she should be committed to a sanatorium in the hope of " bringing her to her senses". In the Cloisters Sanatorium she meets various social misfits, men and women who just cannot adjust themselves to life. Mrs. Savage develops a familial relationship with them, as she never could try as she might, with her stepchildren. The self-seeking stepchildren are driven to distraction by their vain efforts to browbeat Mrs. Savage, but she preserves her equanimity and leads them on a merry chase. Her new friends believe in the simple justice of her cause and in the end help Mrs. Savage to carry out her plans. The last scene is a delightful fantasy. The dominant mood of the entire show is high comedy, and the audience is left with a feeling that the neglected virtues of kindness and pure affection have not been entirely lost in society and in culture, and in a world that seems motivated at times only by greed, dishonesty, and self-interest.
The role of Mrs. Savage is played by Margaret Sipple. Mrs. Sipple is joined onstage by Mary Barber, Leetha Berchielli, James Darrigo, Br. John Forbis, OHC, Jim Meaney, Emma Charis Pedrosa, Hannah Pedrosa, Christian Scott, Frederick Simoni, Peter Sipple, and Simone Tyler. "The Curious Savage" is directed by Br. Josep R. Martinez-Cubero, OHC.
General admission prices are $12 adults, $10 senior citizens (60+), $8 students. Admission is payable at the door, and there are no reservations required. A reception follows each performance.
"The Curious Savage" premiered on Broadway in 1950. It has stood the test of time, as has St. George's Episcopal Church which this year is celebrating the bicentennial of when construction began on the stone edifice at the corner of Grand and Second Streets.