Shades of Marlon Brando
Remember that great Best Picture Winner in 1954: “On the Waterfront”? It swept the Academy Awards, winning 16 Oscars. And who could forget the young Marlon Brando in his first best actor win.
LeGacy Productions is taking on the stage play version with an outstanding cast of 20. LeGacy co-founder and award winning actress/director Sue LeGate says she is proud and happy to co-direct the play with local favorite actress Rene Sprattling in their first collaborative venture.
It’s a challenging endeavor, with such a big cast and the heavy drama of the plot.
The play tells the New York City waterfront story of Terry Malloy (unforgettably played by Marlon Brando in his first best actor win), an ex-prize fighter who has taken a few dives by the mob boss, Johnny Friendly, and now makes his living as one of Johnny’s thugs, alongside Johnny’s right hand man, Terry’s own brother, Charley.
Terry unknowingly helps set up the murder of Joey Doyle, a longshoreman ready to testify again Friendly and his gang to the Waterfront Crime Commission.
During the course of events, Terry and Edie Doyle (Joey’s straight and narrow sister) fall in love, only to be struggling against their own emotions in play over Terry’s mob ties.
Caught up in the story is Father Pete Barry, the local Catholic priest, who is propelled by Edie’s sense of right to bring her brother’s murderers to justice.
The cast includes actors many will be familiar with: LeGacy veterans Alvis LeGate as the conflicted Terry Malloy, Bruce Kelly as crime boss Johnny Friendly, Tom Wolfe as Fr. Pete Barry, and LeGacy co founder Chris LeGate as Pop Doyle, joined by LeGacy newcomers Andrew Kerr as Charley Malloy, Megan Sweigert as Edie Doyle, and Robert Rossman as Fr. Vincent O’Mara, “On the Waterfront” offers up the very best of local talents in an unforgettable story full of intrigue, and the common man’s quest to join the forces of good & justice, while being tempted with the forces of greed & evil.
One caveat: “On the Waterfront” contains strong language and is intended for mature audiences only.
The play opens Friday. An opening night post-show reception is planned at the Stonehouse Restaurant, 107 Sacramento St., Nevada City.
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