Tuesday, February 19, 2013


Larry Smith in the center, doing the teaching grad assistant work for AK.  Schneideman lurking in the back.  Maria Moriates on the aisle.  Bill Pogue onstage at left.

I'm leaning on the back of a seat just past the people on the right.
. . . . . . . 

Suzanne Lehmann, I think, in front of Maria M., and isn't that Bud Beyer being directed by Larry Smith?
Tom Foral


These huddled masses and staunch soldiers turned out to be famous people -- some of them anyway.

Paula Ragusa (Prentiss) extends an invitation to Rob Thirkield.  Who could resist?  Not Caesar!!

Richard Benjamin

Richard Benjamin  NU  Shakespeare -- Richard?
Don't remember the other actor's name.

From Faye Prince (nee Johnson)   This is a photo of Dick Benjamin as Hotspur. Sarajane [Levy] was stage manager for “Henry IV, Part I”  I was her assistant and both of us were run ragged on that show.   Wasn’t Gary Vitale “Daddy Henry” and Paul Hardy “Son Hal Henry”?  Weldon Bleiler was Falstaff.  T

The show was characterized by high good humor.  At one point Paula [Ragusa] got furious with Dick [Benjamin] who played Hotspur.  she stormed up to him downstairs and stomped the fire out of his foot.  With great pain, Dick choked out,  “Oh, Paula, thou hast robbed me of my youth. . .”  And some wag nearly derailed Benjamin’s brain by muttering to him backstage,  “A crone, a crone, a rhop-ear, is it not?” before the entrance when Hotspur had to cry about his horse, “A roan, a roan, a crop-ear, is it not?’

TWELFTH NIGHT: Ron Willoughby

The Fool (Ron Willoughby) in "Twelfth Night"
Eagles Mere, 1960

W. B. Nickerson Photography

W. B. Nickerson Photography is the official source of the NU production photos I have.  They are out of business, but their photos are archived.

Guide to the W. B. Nickerson Photo Company

Collection Title:W. B. Nickerson Photo Company
Creator:W. B. Nickerson Photo Company
Extent:5 Boxes
Language of Materials:English
Abstract:Photographs of Northwestern University related events and individuals made by Evanston's W. B. Nickerson Photo Company are arranged in five boxes. The photographs consist largely of black and white negatives along with a small number of color slides. The dates of these materials range from the 1940s to the 1970s.
Acquisition Information:The University Archives acquired the Nickerson Co. photographs from Hope Nickerson Maxon on September 16, 1986 (Accession #86-287).
Processing Information:Processed by Timothy J. Waltz; October 1, 1990.
Conditions Governing Access:None.
Repository:Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354


An unremarkable pantomime.  I recognize myself as grannie with a fichu and Bill Striglos who was supposed to be a little boy.  NU Workshop Theatre.


Workshop Theatre production of "Trojan Women" about 1960.
Directed by Marshall W. Mason.
I'm at the far left but the only other name I can remember is Marge McCarron seated front left.  Marshall sent me a note:  Ellen Tucker is playing Cassandra, holding up her torch in the middle.


Lisa Cosman, Mary Strachan, Claris Nelson in background.
Production at Northwestern Workshop Theatre about 1960?
Directed by Stuart Hagmann

I can't remember the names of the rest of the cast.  I'll look for the program.


"A Streetcar Named Desire"  1960 season
Dave Zegers (Stanley) and Robin Deck (Stella) here.
Production directed by Stu Hagmann.  Blanche was played by Janet Lee Parker from Portland, where we went to high school together.

Monday, February 18, 2013

1957 CREW FOR "House of Bernarda Alba."

Full drew of House of Bernarda Alba.  This was the first crew I ever worked on at NU.  I can only name four people:  myself, obscured on the edge of the door frame, Rollie Meinholtz, now a retired professor in Missoula, MT.  He married the lady with the pitcher on her head -- later married someone else.  And Dave (now Tony) Roberts at the right hand end of the front row.  Linda Radley above him.
Please help name the others!


On the set of Twelfth Night at Eagles Mere, 1980.  L to R, bottom row:  Sarajane Levey, Rod Nash, Marshall Mason, Dennis Parichy (behind Marshall), Claris Nelson, Mike McCourt, Robin Deck, Laird Williamson, Linda Radley, Dan DeMott, Gretchen Walther, Kate Emery, Vance Jefferis.

Three in between:  David Roberts, Penny Fuller, Nancy Kilmer.

Top row:  Jerry Zeismer (in the trellis), Russel Lunday, Dave Pressman, Ron Willoughby, Bonnie King, Wayne King, Miss Alvina Krause, Mike Griswold, Ron Dobrin. Mary Strachan, Faye Johnson, Dave Zegers, Bill Pogue.