An HB Studio Staged Reading
Playwright: Ari Roth
Director: William Carden
Cast: Joe Taylor, Lauren Haberman, Elizabeth Richmond, Sarah Fleming, John Knapp, Ben Shenkman
Set: Ray Recht Lighting: Chris Dallos Costume: Ivan Ingermann Sound: Robert Auld Original Music: Joe Reiser Production Stage Manager: Vienna Hagen Technical Director: Alistair Wandesford-Smith Assistant Set Designer: Andis Kirklands Assistant Stage Managers: Avocado Pitt, Pamela SanMartin
Oh, The Innocents was performed July 27th – August 7th, 1995
A comedy about selling out, staying true, teaching piano, playing spit, and laying traps.
Synopsis: Betsy sings, Jeremy plays, and Josh watches in this play about love, lies and piano teaching. Jeremy, a young musician who tutors spoiled, rich kids to make ends meet, tells his friend Josh that a student’s mother, a third rate junior miss Ann Bancroft straight out of ‘The Graduate’, is being suggestive. Josh is a former musician who has become a sedentary voyeur with a torch of his own. Envious of Jeremy’s domestic bliss with Betsy, he urges Jeremy to go forward with the encounter. Betsy, a proof reader by day and a jazz singer by night, is waking up to her husband’s and her own restiveness when a smooth record producer offers her a ticket to hear Koko Taylor at the Blue Note while offering Jeremy a trip to the west coast for sound track auditions. Josh, left to protect Betsy against Zev the wolf, suffers a conflict of passion of his own.