Opened Spring 1993
Theatre: Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; Director: Ed Stern; Production Stage Manager: Bruce E. Coyle; Set Designer: Karen TenEyck; Costume Designer: Delmar L. Rinehart Jr.; Lighting Designer: Kirk Bookman; Composer: Ronald Melrose; Dialect Coach: Bruce Longworth
Cast: Reed Birney (John), Margo Skinner (Halbrech), Lisa Fugard (The Woman), Betty Low (Frances Kittle)
Synopsis: In the last decade of the twentieth century, a beautiful young woman in nineteenth-century clothing is found floating on an iceberg in the middle of the North Atlantic. When rescued, she says only one word: Titanic. The woman, Winifred, is taken to an isolated spot on the coast of Maine where an expert on the sinking of the liner, a mysterious man named John, has arranged to interrogate her for 6 days. His goal: crack her story, get her to confess she's a fake, and reveal her true identity; his only clues: her enigmatic references to her personal history, and the famous ship itself. In a stark, white room furnished only with a ship's deck chair, John, assisted by the skeptical doctor, Halbrech, plays a cat-and-mouse game with Winifred, probing and searching for ways to break her down. But Winifred is a formidable opponent, and as John is drawn closer to her, he becomes desperate. As time runs out, Halbrech tracks down the last, living survivor of the disaster, a reclusive old woman named Frances Kittle who has lived in seclusion for 75 years. Miss Kittle is brought to meet Winifred to test her, but the tables turn when Winifred recalls an earlier confrontation with Miss Kittle, one that took place on board the fated liner the night it sank, three quarters of a century before. By the play's end, one of the characters is dead, all the character's identities have been questioned, and John and Winifred's shared secret is revealed as they make one final journey to Scotland Road.
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