The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

by

Paul Zindel

SYNOPSIS

This touching drama about childhood introduced us to three memorable characters: Beatrice, struggling to bring up her two daughters by herself, slowly losing touch with the world around her and forced to take in elderly boarders to make ends meet.

Then there is her daughter, Ruth, a pretty, but nervous girl subject to convulsions. Her younger daughter, Matilda (Tillie), plain and shy, has an intuitive gift for science. Encouraged by her teacher, Tillie undertakes a gamma ray experiment with marigolds which wins her a prize at her high school. Beatrice is unable to accept Tillie's success - and this inability to deal with it brings on the shattering climax of the play.

And yet, as Tillie's experiment shows, something beautiful and full of promise can emerge from even the most barren, afflicted soil.

This is the timeless lesson of the play and the root of its moving power and truth.

DIRECTOR

Tom Hofmaenner

CAST

Tillie

Dana Frei

Beatrice

Claudia Wicki

Ruth

Tania Khanschassoff

Nanny

Florence Schmid

Janice Vickery

Susi Bott

PRODUCTION PHOTOS

BEHIND THE SCENES

Stage Manager

Ray Baer

Umbrella Director

David Roscoe

Lighting Design

Luke Walker, Sanjeev Premchand

Sound Design

Terry Menard

Properties

Janet Evard

Costumes and Make-Up

Chris Eusebio, Sylvia Hintermeister

Title Design

Tanie Khanschassoff

Front of House

Valery Niggle, Members of the Club

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Photographs and videos supplied by
Firman Burke, Paul Bilton, Michael Bushkov, Olga Bushkova, Martin Chweirut, Nik Clayton, Daniele Dagani, Tom Hofmänner, Jamie Langridge, Irene Lautenbach, Tiina Palojärvi, Tim Purdue, Kelli Shoemaker​, Hummingbird Photography, Polar Studios