The Scarecrow


September 30th - October 30th, 2005
Thursday - Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm
Post-Show Discussions
Oct. 2nd, Arnold Aronson of Columbia University
Oct. 16th, James Leverett of Columbia University

Percy MacKaye’s masterpiece The Scarecrow, hailed on its debut as an “unquestionable work of genius” is based on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “Feathertop.”  The premier performance was at Harvard Dramatic Club in December of 1909.  It later opened on Broadway January 17, 1911 and was then subsequently filmed in 1923 as “Puritan Passions” starring Glenn Hunter, and again in 1972 as “The Scarecrow” for Broadway Theatre Archive starring Gene Wilder and Blythe Danner.  In 1945, The Scarecrow was adapted into an opera by Normand and Dorothy Lockwood and dedicated to MacKaye’s late wife Marion. 
Set in Colonial Massachusetts, the play follows the plight of a living scarecrow, fabricated by his “mother” and animated by the Devil to take revenge against a hypocritical, well-to-do neighbor.  Claiming to be the illegitimate son of the aspiring gentleman, the scarecrow beguiles the man’s innocent niece, but falls in love with her himself.  As the scarecrow discovers the limits of both his humanity and inhumanity his dilemma forces those around him to discover the secrets of their own hearts. 
John Blaylock*, Avery Clark*,
Sean Dill, Sidney Fortner*,
Ian Gould*,  Deborah Johnstone,
Andy MacDonald*, Melissa Miller*,
Jeff Pagliano, Courtney Seiberling ,
Matthew Trumbull and Shelley Virginia

Written by: Percy MacKaye
Directed by: Alex Roe
Music by: Michael Kosch
Stage Manager: Kimberly Wadsworth
Set Design by: Ryan Scott
Costume Design:  Rayna Smith
Lighting Design: Maryvel Bergen
Dramaturgy by: Michael Bloom and Peter H. Judd
Percy MacKaye (1875-1956)
Born in New York City’s Lower East Side in 1875, Percy MacKaye was the son of the theatrical innovator Steele MacKaye, who brought The Delsartre System of acting and founded the first theater school in America on East 10th Street, changing the American theatrical landscape forever.  Poet, Biographer, Essayist, and Playwright, Percy MacKaye was one of the last of America’s Renaissance men, lauded in his lifetime as an American treasure.  A forgotten giant of American Theater and his quintessential work celebrated for four weeks only.

Percy MacKaye
* Member, Actors Equity Association The Scarecrow is an Equity Approved  Showcase Production