The Club by Eve Merriam will have a limited run at The Garage from July 31 to August 9. The Garage is part of the Berkshire Theatre Group and is next to the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.The play is a musical written my Merriam in 1976. It opened at the Circle in the Square and was directed by Tommy Tune. It is set in an Edwardian men’s club early in the 20th century. Here men can be men and talk and sing about women. Merriam collected original songs of the period from the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts. The attitudes of men at the time towards women come through clearly in the sexist jokes and songs. The twist is that the men are played by women. In 1977 The Club won an Obie for all its cast in The Distinguished Production category.
Merriam is best known as a writer of poetry, fiction and biography for children. However, she wrote eight plays and eight novels for adults. Her Inner City Mother Goose is poetry for adults.
Bob and I had the privilege of interviewing Annette Miller who acts and sings in it and Rocco Sisto who co-directed the play with is wife Barbara Allen.