"Straight Scotch," a play by Francis R. Hart, Jr. '27 has been chosen as the first production of the year by the Dramatic Club according to an announcement made yesterday. Rehearsals have been under way for two weeks at the Club House on Holyoke Street, formerly the Big Tree Swimming Pool.
Opening in Boston on December 7 for a week, the production will then tour New England before and during the Christmas holidays playing in Worcester, Springfield, Northampton, Hartford, and Brooklyn.
Featuring the tour this year is a stop at Bermuda which will be made during Christmas week.
An ex-president of the Dramatic Club, Hart directed last spring's production of "The Dog Beneath the Skin" and is directing the production of his own play. In the past he has associated with Aldrich and de Liagre in producing "Petticoat Fever," "Three Cornered Moon" and "Pure in Heart."
He was also casting and stage director of several other Aldrich shows besides assisting in presenting "Twelfth Night" with Jane Cowl, and "Springtime For Henry." He has worked with summer theatres in Millbrook, N. J. and Tamworth, N. H.
There are 17 speaking parts in the play, almost all of which have been filled. Three of them are taken by girls coming variously from the Radcliffe Idler, Pittsburg, Pa., and the ranks of Boston debutantes.
Main masculine roles are held by James J. Storrow '40, L. John Profit, Sp., and Richard F. W. Whittemore '40.
Last year the club put on the first American showing of James Bridie's "Jonah And The Whale" as well as contributing largely to the production of T. S. Eliot's "Murder In The Cathedral" by the Poets' Theatre. Auden and Isherwood's "The Dog Beneath The Skin" was the spring offering.