“All’s Well fares far better if each of its elements is exploited rather than ignored … the ideal production will trust to Shakespeare: the serious scenes will be played with respect for the gravity of the issues; the comic scenes will give full play to both wit and farce; the suspense of the plot will swing the audience along the road of high romance, untroubled by the fabulous complications; most important, the human qualities of all the characters will be affectingly unfolded. For All’s Well That Ends Well is a very human play.” (Joseph Price)

Admitting the fictional nature of the comic society is manifest in the ironically titled All’s Well That Ends Well … realism collides painfully with romance. The world as it is submits at the end with a calculated artificiality, to the laws of comic form. In doing so, it belittles these laws. This resolution, such as it is, floats free and unattached above the comedy it supposedly crowns. As an admitted fairy tale ending it does not pretend to shadow reality. It is not even consonant with the previous development of the play, nor with the nature and personalities of the characters involved. It is hard not to see this ending as a confession of the inadequacy of comedy resolutions. (from Anne Barton)

Frederic Wood Theatre ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL Feb. 28 – March 10, 1979 The University of British Columbia


CAST (In order of speaking)

COUNTESS of Rossillion, mother of Bertram – KAREN LEVINSON
BERTRAM, Count of Rossillion – GARY BASARABA
LAFEW, Councillor to the King – JOHN HEDGECOCK
HELENA, orphan, ward of the Countess – PAM KOROPATNICK
PAROLLES, follower of Bertram – SCOTT SWANSON *
PAGE, to Bertram – CHRIS SMITH
KING OF FRANCE – BARNEY O’SULLIVAN *
CAPTAIN DUMAINE – JONATHAN HOBBS
YOUNG DUMAINE –  PAUL PERSOFSKY
FIRST LORD – MARTI KULICH
SECOND LORD, Interpreter – KEITH GORDEY
THIRD LORD – RAY BIANCHIN
FOURTH LORD – BRAD QUENVILLE
DUKE OF FLORENCE – RIC BEAIRSTO
ITALIAN OFFICER, PRIEST, DOCTOR – JOE McCARTHY
WIDOW CAPILET, mother of Diana – BRIDGET LUNN
DIANA, a virgin . – COLLEEN O’NEIL
MARIANA – MIRIAM SMITH
VIOLENTA – KAREN FIRUS

There will be one 15 minute intermission

*Appearing by permission of Canadian Actor’s Equity Association

PRODUCTION STAFF

Technical Director & Production Stage Manager IAN PRATT
Stage Managers MAUREEN MARTINIUK, JOHN PENHALL
Assistant Stage Managers MARIETTA KOZAK, BEV SIVER
Sound Execution TEDDY BABICHUK
Costume Execution ROSEMARIE HESELTON, CAROL BOYCE
Lighting Execution DON GRIFFITHS
Set Construction . . . DON GRIFFITHS, BOB EBERLE, JAY HENRICKSON
Properties SHERRY DARCUS
Scene Design Assistant SANDRA DENT
Scenic Artist. GEORGE YATES
Assistant to Scenic Artist RICHARD VAN VORIS
Wardrobe Mistress PEGGY KEENE
Properties Assistant IAN S. LEE
Stage Crew STUDENTS OF THEATRE 350 House
Manager JEANNINE PREVOST
Box Office …. CHRIS VERRINDER, YVONNE LEMON, TIM DAVISON
Business Manager MARJORIE FORDHAM
Production NORMAN YOUNG


by William Shakespeare

Directed by CHARLES SIEGEL
Settings & Lighting by RICHARD KENT WILCOX
Costumes by BRIGITTE SITTE
Music Composed and Freely Arranged from Purcell by Dances by EUGENE WILSON SHARI GRAYDON