Youngstown State University
Youngstown, Ohio
April 25, 2002
Dear Liar Program
YSU's College of F&PA's
Fine & Performing Arts Series

Kate Mulgrew
in a staged reading of 
Dear Liar
by Jerome Kilty

Adapted from The Correspondence of 
George Bernard Shaw and Mrs. Patrick Campbell

Dear Liar by Jerome Kilty
Various Locations in England, America and the Continent
Actress (Mrs. Patrick Campbell) - Kate Mulgrew
Actor (George Bernard Shaw) - George McCloud
(Standby for Miss Mulgrew) - Carol Weakland
Directed and Designed by David Vosburgh
Lighting Design and Technical Direction by Gregory W. Clepper
Assistant Director/Projectionist - Jak Walker
Light Board Operator - Robert J. Greaves
Assistant to Miss Mulgrew - Stena J. Buck

There could hardly have been two people who seemed less likely to be attracted to each other than George Bernard Shaw and Mrs. Patrick Campbell. Dublin-born Shaw was shy, socially awkward, the product of an alcoholic father and a distant mother. She had moved to London to pursue a fruitless career in singing for herself and her daughter. Shaw followed her there, determined to make himself into a novelist and a socialist firebrand. He fell into becoming an art and music critic and eventually a self-proclaimed arbiter of theatrical taste. After roundly criticizing Shakespeare he took to writing plays of his own, whose success was not immediate. He remained unmarried until his forties, then, after a wild infatuation with the actress Ellen Terry, married the wealthy, intelligent, thirty-nine year old Charlotte Payne-Townshend. Their’s was to be a life-long and lustless marriage, as Charlotte was resolved to bear no children and to enter into no sexual relations at all. Shaw’s reaction seems to have been to become a vegetarian, a social-activist, and to court a series of beautiful young actresses.

Mrs. Pat, on the other hand, was born in India to a British adventurer, who made and lost a series of fortunes, and a mother who was a melancholy Italian beauty. The vivacious Beatrice Stella Tanner was dragged by her family to England as her father pursued his financial chimeras. Looking for security as she came to marriageable age, she found herself pregnant by Pat Campbell, whose financial abilities mirrored those of her father. After they married and her two children were born (Beo, for “beloved” and Stella, after herself), Mr. Pat took off for Australia, and later South Africa, in search of his fortune. The meager monies he was able to send home forced his wife to find some means of supporting herself and her two children. Her outgoing personality and native talent for acting led her to a series of engagements on the stage. She rapidly used her instincts and intellect to perfect her craft while her dark-eyed beauty kept her in demand. Soon she was commanding attention for her performances in both contemporary and classical roles.

This is how their two paths crossed. Mrs. Patrick Campbell appearing bewitchingly on the stage and George Bernard Shaw reviewing her performances as he say, enchanted, in the audience. It was only a matter of time before the actress with the absent husband and the playwright with the sexually absent wife would meet and ignite a stormy relationship that would last as long as they both were alive. This play is the story of that relationship.

— David Vosburgh

Kate Mulgrew
(Mrs. Patrick Campbell)

Ms. Mulgrew is best remembered as Captain Janeway, the Starfleet Captain of the Starship U.S.S. Voyager in Paramount Network Television’s STAR TREK: VOYAGER for UPN in the television series. Kate Mulgrew’s performance tonight follows a just completed run in Hartford Ct. of a one women show written expressly for her about Katharine Hepburn called “Tea at Five”.

Exhibiting some of the legendary “luck of the Irish,” Mulgrew was immediately cast as Mary Ryan on the ABC daytime drama “Ryan’s Hope,” while simultaneously earning the role of Emily in the production of “Our Town” at the Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, CT Her role as Mary Ryan lasted two years. Her theatrical stint ended a good deal sooner, but both set the stage for how her acting career would unfold.

At the age of 23, Mulgrew was approached by the head of NBC programming Fred Silverman, who offered her a starring role in a series he had created with her in mind—”Kate Columbo.” The series found Mulgrew playing the wife of one of TV’s most beloved detectives, Lt. Columbo. While a success, the NBC series was canceled after two seasons, although it can still be seen in syndication under the title “Kate Loves a Mystery.”

Mulgrew went on to star in several feature films, including “Love Spell: Isolt of Ireland” with Richard Burton and “A Stranger is Watching,” with Rip Torn. She traveled to Europe to film the ABC mini-series “The Manions of America” with Pierce Brosnan and spent time in Mexico filming the feature “Romeo Williams: The Adventure Begins.” Mulgrew also starred in “Throw Mama from the Train” with Danny DeVito and Billy Crystal.

She returned to television as the star of the ABC drama “Heartbeat,” which aired for two seasons, won a People’s Choice Award for Best Drama. Following this, Mulgrew went on to co-star in the comedy series “Man of the People,” alongside James Garner. Most recently, Mulgrew completed production on “Riddler’s Moon,” a tele-film for UPN, which was shot entirely on location in Luxemburg.

George McCloud, Ph.D.
(George Bernard Shaw)

George McCloud grew up in Michigan and completed his Ph.D. in 1975 at the University of Michigan. He began teaching in 1970 at Eastern Michigan University and has held faculty and senior academic administrative posts in Michigan, Connecticut, New Jersey and Ohio. He currently serves as Dean of the College of Fine and Performing Arts here at YSU.

Trained as an actor, he worked in commercial film and T.V. earlier in his career, before devoting all of his energies to higher education. Among his stage roles have been several other performances of plays by George Bernard Shaw, including Dick Dudgeon in DEVIL’S DISCIPLE, Don Juan, in the “DON JUAN IN HELL” scene from MAN AND SUPERMAN, and Undershaft in MAJOR BARBARA.

His academic career actually began when he was thrown out of fourth grade at St. Mary’s School in Wayne, Michigan for questioning the virgin birth.

Carol Weakland
(Standby for Miss Mulgrew)

a YSU alumni, has toured professionally in the Belle of Amherst for many years. Local audiences most recently saw her as Vivian Bearing in WIT. Favorite roles include Kate in THE TAMING OF THE SHREW and Titania in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. She founded Great Expectations in Northern Virginia, a theater company devoted to staging literary classics. She has also written a variety of stage adaptations including a trilogy of plays based on the legends of King Arthur, for which she is currently seeking a venue.

Ms. Weakland has a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and a Masters of Art in English.

David Vosburgh
(Director/Scenic Design)

has directed over 100 plays, musicals, reviews, and operas, including national tours for L. Sapir Productions and Columbia Artists Theatricals. He has over thirty opera roles to his credit as well as appearances on Broadway in the original companies of MAGGIE FLYNN, 1776, SMITH, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, EVITA and DOLL’S LIFE. He also performed in the Broadway revivals of TAKE ME ALONG, CABARET, SWEENEY TODD, the international company of GUYS AND DOLLS and the recent tour of PARADE. He has taught theatre at New York University American Musical and Dramatic Academy The New York Academy of Theatrical Arts degree this summer. He is a member of the Adjunct Faculty of YSU. Artistic Director of the Youngstown Playhouse from 1995 to 2000. David is president of the Arts Council of Youngstown and Mahoning County.

The Metro Monthly/April 2002
Family ties bring actress to Youngstown State for 'Dear Liar'

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