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Lottery Makes Dentist Lose Sanity

“McTeague” Performed in Bartlett Theatre

In Neal Bell’s “McTeague,” winning the lottery is the last thing that you want to do. As the HWS community will see during the upcoming performance of the play, McTeague, a young dentist and his wife, Trina, find themselves losing their sanity more and more after Trina wins the lottery. Her stroke of fortune is the first domino in their demise.

With an all-star HWS cast, “McTeague” will be performed in the Bartlett Theatre on April 16, 17 and 18 at 7 p.m. under the direction of Robert F. Gross, professor of theatre.

 “‘McTeague’ explores what money can do to relationships. I think our lives are permeated by the fear of falling, and the play is not far from this idea,” said Gross.

Hallie Martenson ’09, a senior acting in the play, added that, “To me the play is more about history in our minds of a desperate time. Desperation changes people.”

Based on the novel of the same name by Frank Morris, McTeague is a social, psychological and moral thriller about the helplessness of a rough simpleton in a rapidly urbanizing and professionalizing America.

Giving an insider’s perspective of the staging, Martenson explained that, “Professor Gross spent a lot of time keeping the play minimalistic in order to stay out of the way of the bold characters.”



The cast of the show includes: Steve Owens ‘10 (McTeague), Sarah Olsen ‘11 (Trina), Jessamyn Martinez ‘12 (Maria), Alex Johnson ‘11 (Zerkow), Seth Schuler ‘12 (Marcus), Jordan Youngmann ’10 (Grannis), Jenna Forehand ’10 (Miss Baker), Hallie Martenson ‘09 (Mrs. Sieppe) and Johnathon Patterson ’11 (Lottery Agent and others).

The production staff includes: Bill Burd on set and lighting design, Peter Marciano ’08 on costume design and Norah Scheinman ’09 as the stage manager.

Tickets are free for HWS students and $5 for the general public. Audience members should be aware that the material in the play is a bit racy, violent and may not be suitable for children.