Satire play based in England to begin at Hole in the Wall tonight

Published on Thursday, 16 November 2017 22:01
Written by Angie DeRosa

Staff Writer

NEW BRITAIN-”School For Manners,” 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.

“As 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,” writes Bill Arnold, playwright and technical director for “School for Manners” at HITW.

He adds, “Are wealth and social standing the key to a successful life? Find out the cost of contentment amongst the aristocracy. They’re just like you… only better.”

Arnold’s work has won him “Best New Playwright” in a competition judged by Company One - a theatre production company in Boston - as well as “Best Play” in Eastern Connecticut State University’s One Act Play Contest; “Best Original Score” for “Midsummer” at the American Association of Community Theatre’s regional competition in 2004; and “Song of the Day” on Garageband.

Most recently his short play “Deckchairs” 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 Shakespeare’s work for local productions. Aside from premiering other productions at Hole in the Wall - like “Lint! The Musical (with Scott Auden),” “Night of the Musical Dead” and “Attack of the Space Nymphos from Uranus” - he also oversees set construction there, and designed and fabricated the “Bernstein’s Corset Winder” to be used on stage during “School For Manners.”

As a refined comedy of appalling behavior, “School For Manners” 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 or reserved by calling 860-229-3049.

Posted in New Britain Herald, , General News on Thursday, 16 November 2017 22:01. Updated: Thursday, 16 November 2017 22:04.