O’Neill’s ‘Ah, Wilderness!’ At Indiana Festival Theatre

"You wouldn’t mix up an algebra class and a French class any more that I’d mix up plays."

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Abby Rowald and Henry Woronicz, as Essie and Nat Miller.

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Ah, Wilderness!

Eugene O'Neill's warm comedy of the family he never had.


Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center

Wed. July 20 preview; Th 21, Fr 22; and then alternates in repertory with The Comedy of Errors

812 855 1103

The Indiana Festival Theatre presents Eugene O’Neill’s Ah, Wilderness! at the Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center. There is a preview of the show on Wed July 20, followed by performances on Thursday and Friday. After that, it alternates with Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors.

On a couple of occasions the alternation is pretty tight. The cast will finish one show, take a dinner break while the technical crew resets the theater, and then come back for an evening of the other production. We asked two of the actors if the quick switch is a special strain.

Abby Rowald plays the Abbess in The Comedy of Errors and Essie, as well as the Miller family matriarch in Ah, Wilderness! “I admit that I was a little nervous. This was my first time to do rep,’” she says. “But really switching characters is easier than we’d like people to think. The characters are so different, and I’ve worked very hard on the differences. So the change is pretty automatic.”

Henry Woronicz plays Egeon, the father searching for his lost twin sons in The Comedy of Errors, and Essie’s husband Nat Miller in Ah, Wilderness! He says, “Actually, I’ve done quite a bit of rep. Much of it has been Shakepeare, so in those instances the styles would be more similar than they are here. When people ask me about mixing up shows or roles, the analogy I use is school. You wouldn’t mix up an algebra class and a French class any more that I’d mix up plays.”

George Walker

George Walker was born in Winchester, Virginia, and raised in Owl’s Head, Maine, and Valhalla, New York. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he came to Bloomington in 1966 and completed an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University. George began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Currently, along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists in a wide variety of areas and reviews plays and operas. He’s the proud father of grown sons Ben Walker (and his wife Elise Katzif Walker) and Aaron Walker. In his time away from WFIU, George enjoys an active life with wife Carolyn Lipson-Walker, singing, reading, exercising and playing guitar.

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