Monday, October 19, 2015

The Kenley Players 1957-1972


I loved summer stock plays when I was a teenager but it wasn't easy to see them as we had to go all the way to Dayton, Ohio! It was only 50 mies away but it might as well have been in another country. My dad wouldn't drive that far so when i did talk them into going, we had to take a Greyhound.

John Kenley had set up his well-respected circuit that included Warren and Dayton, Ohio a few years before I was born. Take a look at some of these great touring shows!
















Below is the one which i didn't SEE but I used the ad to get a letter from Stefanie Powers. I wrote her in care of the theater and she wrote me back on motel stationary.  One thing I asked her to clarify was the correct way to spell her name...which the ad didn't.


And this one below looks awesome! It's one of my favorite plays and some of my favorite folks were to be in it. 



Only they weren't. Chaney was quite ill already when the ad appeared in may and died in July. He was replaced by Peter Lupus who certainly had the imposing build for Jonathan Brewster but perhaps not the required gravitas. Michael Dunn who would likely have played Jonathan's alcoholic doctor buddy, also passed away that summer. On top of all else, Margaret Hamilton backed out for some reason.



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