Cottonwood Community Drama

We will be staging M*A*S*H – our 11th production. Read on to find audition times and a synopsis of the play. Tickets available in October 2018.

Performance is planned for November 22-24, 2018
Rehearsal weekend, November 16 & 17, 2018

Contact Brenda Friesen (brenleef@hotmail.com) or Charles Klippenstein (cjklipp@mymts.net) for more details.

M*A*S*H (By Richard Hooker, Adapted by Tim Kelly) – Presented by special arrangement with the Dramatic Publishing Company, Woodstock, IL

Synopsis

This is a wild, free-flowing comedy that’s easy to stage. M*A*S*H stands for Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, and joining it are two unpredictable madcaps, Hawkeye and Duke. They can’t be dealt with casually, however, because they are also two of the best chest surgeons in South Korea. They decide to wage a campaign to get a young Korean to the United States and entered in a good school. The thread of this effort helps tie together the pileup of comic adventures that pyramid right before the eyes of your astonished and hysterical audience! Hawkeye has a scene with a woman psychiatrist who believes he’s been trying to lobster-trap mermaids in a rice paddy! There’s a jolly encounter with the baby-talking Bonwit sisters, the worst tap-dancing act the U.S.O. ever sent overseas. A sergeant is selling dumb GIs fishing rights in the Bay of Phum. Radar O’Reilly, a soldier with incredible hearing, anticipates things before they happen. The proprietor of a painless dental clinic is cured of dark moods by the recreation of an old monster movie—and a monster! It’s all here, including a little romance mixed in with dramatic moments and a genuine love of life. Oh, yes—the Korean boy does get his education in the United States!

 

Character Descriptions

General Hamilton Hartington Hammond – The overseer of the Mash compounds in Korea. Tough, cigar smoking general stereotype.

Lt. Colonel Henry Braymore Blake – The commander of the 4077th. A sweet man that loves fishing and football, Henry is a good doctor but not a good leader. Without Radar he would be lost.

Captain Bridget McCarthy – She is the head of the nurses until Major Houlihan comes in. She is older and has been involved in this war for too long.

Lt. Janice Fury – Younger nurse that has been recently assigned to the 4077th. She is full of energy and is well like, especially by Trapper John.

Sergeant Devine – Runs the mess hall at the MASH unit. A real Brooklynite, always read to “sell” a new money making scheme.

Lt. Louise Kimble – She is the fun, bubbly one of the nurses. Always laughing almost like a mother type for the girls.

Captain Frank Burns – He is known as “Ferret Face.” He’s a poor surgeon and an even poorer human being. He has a torrid affair with Major Houlihan.

Father John Patrick Mulcahy – Kind, sweet and quite priest. He tries his very best to be an island of calm in a sea of chaos.

Captain Walter (Walt) Waldowski – The unit’s dentist. He uses his tent as the compounds gambling hall. For the most part he is an average Joe but is known to suffer from depression.

Captain John McIntyre (Trapper John) – He is a ladies’ man, or at least that what he thinks he is. He is at the 4077 before Hawkeye and Duke come along and knows the ropes. A likeable, good looking guy.

Captain John Black (Ugly) – Staff anesthesiologist. Considers himself handsome and a ladies man. Several flirtatious moments with Nurse Janice Fury.

Corporal “Radar” Reilly – A young farm boy that quietly makes the unit run. He has poor sight but he makes up for it by having acute hearing. He is disheveled but sweet. Remember he knows what’s going to happen before you do.

Captain Benjamin Franklin Pierce (Hawkeye) – A teenage boy in mans clothes. He is one of the best surgeons around, and he knows it. He is a leader and a trouble maker. He is a doctor. He is not a soldier.

Captain Augustus Bedford Forrest (Duke) – Hawkeye’s sidekick. He too is a skilled surgeon and a little boy at times.

Ho-Jon – The Swamps houseboy. The entire compound loves and takes care of Ho-Jon. He is an intelligent young man that gets drafted by the South Korean Army. He is the through line of the play.

Pvt. Lopez – One of the nurses that makes the unit run.

Lt. Nancy Phillips – One of the nurses of the 4077. She has a run in with Major Burns.

Major Margaret Houlihan (Hotlips) – A regularly army, by the book nurse. She has risen up in the ranks in this man’s army and is not afraid of a fight. However, inside she is insecure. She and Frank form an interesting bond

Congresswoman Goldfarb – She is a United States Senator that comes to evaluate that 4077. * Will most likely be double cast as a personal of the 4077.

Dean Mercy Lodge – The dean of Hawkeyes old medical college. * Will most likely be double cast as a personal of the 4077.

Miss Randazzle – An air head secretary for Dean Lodge. * Will most likely be double cast as a nurse of the 4077.

Mitzi, Fritzi, and Agnes (Bonwit sisters) – A USO-style singing trio, fawned over by the men and disliked by the nurses.

Lt. Connie Liebowitz – A dietician at the 325th Evac Headquarters psychiatric wing. * Will most likely be double cast as a personal of the 4077.

Captain Oliver Wendell Jones (Spearchucker) – A pro-football player that happens to be a neuro-surgeon that was drafted into the war. This is a smaller 2 scene role, but make no mistake, it is a great role. Needs to be a large, strong individual.

Major Ruth Haskell – A therapist at the 325th Evac Headquarters psychiatric wing. She is called to evaluate Hawkeye’s mental state.

* Will most likely be double cast as a nurse of the 4077.
G.I’s, Koreans (Including Korean Woman #1 and #2), Medical Personal – The play needs to be alive at all times which means there needs to be people. These roles will have some lines and depends on the dedication that is given to the production. Could have as many as 5 in this area. They would be through-out the play.

 

 

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