NEW BRITAIN-â€ťSchool For Manners,â€ť a social satire straight from the Victorian era, is debuting at Hole in the Wall Theater on Friday, Nov. 17.
The play, which features a cast of familiar members and newcomers, is set in 1910 as hard times are approaching for the estate of Lady Manors; Addison Park.
â€śAs she struggles to save her home in Edwardian England, she must also recline on her chaise lounge because that is what a well-born Lady does,â€ť writes Bill Arnold, playwright and technical director for â€śSchool for Mannersâ€ť at HITW.
He adds, â€śAre wealth and social standing the key to a successful life? Find out the cost of contentment amongst the aristocracy. Theyâ€™re just like youâ€¦ only better.â€ť
Arnoldâ€™s work has won him â€śBest New Playwrightâ€ť in a competition judged by Company One - a theatre production company in Boston - as well as â€śBest Playâ€ť in Eastern Connecticut State Universityâ€™s One Act Play Contest; â€śBest Original Scoreâ€ť for â€śMidsummerâ€ť at the American Association of Community Theatreâ€™s regional competition in 2004; and â€śSong of the Dayâ€ť on Garageband.
Most recently his short play â€śDeckchairsâ€ť was produced in London by the Southend Playwriting Festival and the Pittsburgh New Works Festival.
Arnold has written numerous short plays and frequently adapts and edits Shakespeareâ€™s work for local productions. Aside from premiering other productions at Hole in the Wall - like â€śLint! The Musical (with Scott Auden),â€ť â€śNight of the Musical Deadâ€ť and â€śAttack of the Space Nymphos from Uranusâ€ť - he also oversees set construction there, and designed and fabricated the â€śBernsteinâ€™s Corset Winderâ€ť to be used on stage during â€śSchool For Manners.â€ť
As a refined comedy of appalling behavior, â€śSchool For Mannersâ€ť will offer tongue-in-cheek comedy for young and old.
School For Manners opens at Hole In The Wall Theater on Friday, Nov. 17, and runs at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays until Dec. 9, with one Sunday Matinee at 2 p.m. on Nov. 26.
Tickets are $15 for seniors and students, $20 general admission. Friday, Nov. 24 is Pay What You Can night. Tickets can be purchased at hitw.tix.com or reserved by calling 860-229-3049.