Three Men On A Horse
A comedy by John Cecil Holm and George Abbott
March 6 - April 12, 2015
Special Whiskey Wednesday performance on Wednesday, April 1 at 7:30 PM. Our friends at Indio Spirits return for a whiskey sampling before the show. Must be 21 or over!
Directed by Michael Griggs, Three Men on a Horse continues through April 12 with the following schedule: Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 PM; Sundays at 7:00 PM (March 8, 15 & 22) and Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM (March 15, 22, 29 and April 12). There are two Wednesday performances at 7:30 PM on March 18 and April 1, 2015. The theatre is located at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street in Lake Oswego.
This dizzy and delightful Depression-era comedy John Cecil Holm and George Abbott brings an opportunity for reflection, and a much-needed lift to our spirits, as we recover from the Great Recession.
The Story: Three Men on a Horse takes place in the 1930s, a decade of lingering economic depression, prohibition, and speakeasy bars with gambling and gang-related crime. One character in the play, a very law-abiding citizen, possesses a strange ability to pick winning horses at the racetrack and that uncanny skill attracts three men and a girl whose profession is betting on horses.
The play begins in a small suburban house in Ozone Heights, New Jersey, the home of a young couple named Erwin (Sean Powell) and Audrey Trowbridge (Sara Copeland). Erwin works in an office with a very demanding boss, Mr. Carver (David Heath). Erwin writes verses for greeting cards, and one morning he’s feeling the pressure of having to come up with 67 new Mother’s Day poems by the next day. As if this weren’t enough, Audrey finds a notebook in which Erwin has written some cryptic names and numbers, and she leaps to the conclusion that he is seeing other women. But these names do not belong to girls, he explains, they belong to horses!
Erwin has taken to picking racetrack winners as a harmless pastime, the way that some people might do crosswords. He tells Audrey he wouldn’t consider really gambling, as they can barely get by on his salary. But he keeps track of the money that he might have won and it’s a whopping sum, several times his annual income. Frantic about work deadlines looming, Erwin flies off the handle when another of Audrey’s unexpected shopping bills arrives. Instead of going to the office, he starts barhopping in the city, where he meets Patsy (Ted Schulz) his girlfriend Mabel (Laura Hiszczynskyj) and his crew of small-time gamblers (Alan H. King and Robin Woolman) who are down on their luck - until they discover Erwin’s remarkable gift for picking winners! They form an unlikely partnership where he tells them who to bet on. Although Erwin gets fabulously rich on paper, there’s just one catch … he’ll lose his powers if he personally bets on a horse.The ensemble also includes: Sean Doran, Darren McCarthy, Chip Sherman, Randy McLeod, and Anneke Wisner.
Scenic design for LTC’s production of Three Men on a Horse is by Jeff Seats. Lighting design is by Mark LaPierre, costume design is by Patricia J. Rohrbach, and sound design is by Sharath Patel. The stage manager is Felix Kelsey, the assistant stage manager is Addie Underwood and the producer is Kay Vega.
About the Playwrights
John Cecil Holm (Playwright) originally wrote Three Men on a Horse under the title Hobby Horse, while acting in a Broadway production of Maxwell Anderson's Mary of Scotland produced by The Theatre Guild. Holm was an established Broadway actor who had previously starred in J.B. Priestly's Dangerous Corner, but Hobby Horse was Holm's first foray into playwriting. John Cecil Holm would go on from Three Men to write the book for the musical Best Foot Forward, directed by George Abbott and choreographed by Gene Kelly, and the Broadway plays Brighten the Corner, Gramercy Ghost, and The Southwest Corner. Holm also worked as an actor well into his later years, becoming particularly popular in comedic character roles. He made his final bow on the Broadway stage in 1970, appearing in the long running comedy Forty Carats alongside Julie Harris.
George Abbott (Playwright) The great comedy maestro of Broadway whose career eventually spanned over 70 years, was brought in by the producers of Three Men on a Horse to add rewrites and direct John Cecil Holm's script. In 1935, when Three Men premiered, Abbott was already a household name. He first began his career as an actor on Broadway in 1913 and would appear in plays such as Processional by Jonathan Howard Lawson before beginning a long and storied career as a director, writer and producer in both theatre and film, eventually working on 113 Broadway productions in one capacity or another. Famed for his production's frenetic physical pacing and wisecracks flying like machine gun fire, Abbott was also known for cultivating the talents of young artists like Bob Fosse, Harold Prince and Jerome Robbins. Some of Abbott's best-known works as a writer include The Pajama Game, Damn Yankees and The Boys from Syracuse. George Abbott was the recipient of six Tony awards, a Pulitzer Prize and a Drama Desk award. He worked in the theatre until his death in 1995 at the age of 107.
Ticket prices are $32/adults and $30/seniors. Other discounts are available for students and groups. For additional information and tickets, call the Lakewood Box Office at (503) 635-3901 or to securely order online click below.
March 6 - April 12, 2015, Directed by Michael Griggs.
Special WOW performance (Wine on Wednesday) - March 18 at 7:30 PM with tickets at $25 for ages 35 and under! At this Wednesday performance the theatre is continuing a new program called WOW: 25-35. For people 35 and under tickets are priced at $25 each. One hour prior to performance there will be a complimentary wine tasting hosted by World Class Wines. Come enjoy Wine on Wednesday (WOW) paired with a show at a discounted price.