Project: THE HUNDRED DRESSES
Venue: Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, New York
Rate of Pay: $450/Stipend
This is the New York City Premiere of Mary Hall Surface's play, and has a running time of 90 minutes.
MUST WORK WELL WITH YOUNG ACTORS.
Current Cast Members: Mia Sinclair Jenness, Danielle Gordon, Kaci Walfall, William Poon, Presley Ryan, Sean Reda, Stephen Sayegh, Luisa Maria Badaracco
[MR. PETRONSKI / STEVENSON] 35 to 45 years old, Caucasian, Eastern European male. Mr. Petronski is a hardworking Polish immigrant, who works as a custodian in a Connecticut school. He has two children, Wanda and Jacob. Mr. Stevenson is an older man who lives on the outskirts of town. The children of the town are afraid of him and tell made up stories. Mr. Stevenson is a kind and compassionate man, who keeps to himself. * Plays Mr. Petrosnki in the first half of the play, and Mr. Stevenson in the second.
[MISS MASON] 25 to 35 years old, all ethnicities female. Kind and loving school teacher. Miss Mason accepts her students for who they are, and embraces all backgrounds.
Eleanor Estes’s 1945 Newbery Honor, The Hundred Dresses, tells the story of Wanda Petronski, a Polish girl in a Connecticut school who is ridiculed by her classmates for wearing the same faded blue dress every day. Wanda claims she has one hundred dresses at home, but everyone knows she does not. This timeless tale addresses the hurt inflicted by teasing and the painful consequences for bystanders who fail to act courageously, when they have the power to make a change.