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Hollywood Arms

by By Carrie Hamilton and Carol Burnett
May 12-16

Directed by B. Michael Quale


Adapted from Burnett's memoir One More Time, the dramedy is set in Hollywood, California in 1941 and 1951, and centers on the heartbreak and laughter shared by three generations of women living on welfare in a dingy one-room apartment. The cast of characters, based on Burnett and her real-life relatives, includes a no-nonsense grandmother; a beautiful, alcoholic mother determined to be a writer for movie magazines; an absent father, who is struggling with his own demons; and a young girl whose only escape is the rooftop of their rundown building, where she creates her own magical world and dreams of a successful show business career.


Hamilton never saw her work reach the stage. On January 20, 2002, she died of brain and lung cancer. Burnett, determined that the play serve as a tribute to her daughter's memory, brought it to the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, where it was mounted for the first time in April 2002.


After twenty-eight previews, the Broadway production, directed by Hal Prince, opened on October 31, 2002 at the Cort Theatre where, despite favorable reviews, it ran for only 76 performances. The cast included Linda Lavin, Frank Wood, Donna Lynne Champlin, Patrick Clear, Emily Graham-Handley, Sara Niemietz, Nicolas King, Leslie Hendrix, and Michele Pawk, whose performance won her the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play.


Older Helen

Stephanie Lorenz

Younger Helen

Beth Ryan


Susan Snyder


LeeAnn Clark


Paula Swenson


David Esterby


Brad Dokken


Justin Parkinson

Cop #1

Vern Ryan

Cop #2

Matt Rolfson


Abby Stoner



B. Michael Quale

Scenic Design

B. Michael Quale

Stage Manager

Matt Rolfson

Stage Crew

Matt Rolfson, Vern Ryen, Kristi Marshall, Susan Sinclair

Set Construction

Robert Anderson, LeeAnn Clark, Brad Dokken, Mary Jo Harstad, Russell Larson, Stephanie Lorenz, Justin Parkinson, B. Michael Quale, Dave Richter, Matt Rolfson, Vern Ryan, Clay Ryan, Jim Ryen, Liz Seven

Light Board Technician

Jim Ryen

Sound Technicians

B. Michael Quale, Russell Larson

Props Masters

Duane Anderson, Brad Dokken, B. Michael Quale, Susan Snyder, Jim Ryen


B. Michael Quale, Susan Snyder

House Volunteer

Dennis Gendreau


Mary Jo Harstad


Brad Dokken