The Lancaster Playhouse Presents The Curious Savage

Performances the first two weeks of April 2024

The Lancaster Playhouse will be back on stage in downtown Lancaster the first two weekends in April with their production of The Curious Savage, a charming and heartwarming comedy by John Patrick. The five performances, which include both a Saturday and Sunday matinee, are directed by Shelly Riggs.

The Curious Savage follows a wealthy widow, Ethel P. Savage, whose greedy stepchildren – a senator, judge, and socialite – have her committed in an attempt to control her inheritance. At “The Cloisters,” Mrs. Savage is welcomed by the other residents, a diverse group of delightful, unforgettable characters. The play shatters our notions of “sanity” with warmth, humor, and dignity, and remains as relevant today as when it was written.

Cast of The Curious Savage - to be performed in Lancaster, Ohio, April 5 - 14, 2024.

Cast members during a recent rehearsal (top to bottom) Kyle Smith, Mary Ann Boone, PJ Aubrey, Mary Murphy, and Maegan Mosher.

Cast members include Mary Ann Boone, Mary Murphy, Maegan Mosher, Kyle Smith, PJ Aubrey, Jane O’Brien, Peyman Majidi, Christian Dusing-Haislett, Brianna Johnson, Samantha Inman, and Dan Griscom.

According to Riggs, she is thrilled to finally be directing this show: “I am so excited to work on The Curious Savage. I’ve read it with high school students multiple times, and they always loved it,” she said. “Every single character is a delight, with their own quirks and challenges, which makes this show a lot of fun for actors and directors alike. And the audience will love these characters as well!”

Riggs is a lifelong educator, who is also a director, actor, designer, and choreographer. She recently retired from public education where she was a 34-year veteran at Logan High School. Last year you may have seen her as Milady, the Countess de Winter in The Lancaster Playhouse production of Ken Ludwig’s The Three Musketeers.

The show will open on Friday, April 5 at 7:30 pm with additional evening performances on April 12 and April 13 at 7:30pm.

Matinees are scheduled for Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 14 at 2:00 pm.

The play will be performed on stage in the beautiful event space at Maria’s Mexican Restaurant, 129 E. Main St., Lancaster.



Tickets are $20*.
Student tickets are $10.
*Discounts available for groups of 10 or more.
Seating is limited for each performance but tickets can be purchased at the door if space is available.
The Curious Savage is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

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