JUGGLING WITH MR. FIELDS

2020 Southwest Theatre Productions Finalist / Kilroys List nomimee

(Full length) In 1940s Hollywood, aging, irreverent and nearly-alcoholic movie star W.C. Fields--shunned by film studios yet eager for work--grudgingly hires a young English manservant, while Fields' live-in mistress and rising-actor friend Anthony Quinn vie for his attentions. But new servant Rodney brings a link to the past...
2020 Southwest Theatre Productions Finalist / Kilroys List nomimee

(Full length) In 1940s Hollywood, aging, irreverent and nearly-alcoholic movie star W.C. Fields--shunned by film studios yet eager for work--grudgingly hires a young English manservant, while Fields' live-in mistress and rising-actor friend Anthony Quinn vie for his attentions. But new servant Rodney brings a link to the past that will have shattering consequences, in this imagined look at the hidden side of an iconic film star, and drama about longing and belonging.
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JUGGLING WITH MR. FIELDS

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  • Julie Zaffarano:
    11 May. 2020
    ”Juggling with Mr. Fields” is seeing a legend come to life. Jennifer O’Grady deftly shows W.C. Fields as a man past his prime, indulging in self-sabotage in career and relationships. In this play, Fields is not just a man on the screen, but a living, breathing person whom we grow to care about as if he were our own grandpa. Well done.
  • Ricardo Soltero-Brown:
    1 May. 2020
    O'Grady's surprising tale about connection focuses on the final years of W. C. Fields and, so, creates the opportunity of introducing the comedy titan to those unfamiliar with him, and invites those who are to ponder the man behind the nose. Fields, in the play, has become a sidelined talent, too old and too drunk for Hollywood to deal with, a Norma Desmond figure hiding in his cave, avoiding being hurt or hurting others. The relationship with "companion" Carlotta Monti and "friendship" of neighbor Anthony Quinn barely appease his self-destruction, or haunting of his past, which is soon to return.
  • D. Lee Miller:
    30 Apr. 2020
    I love the performers from this period - the stars of the Follies - theatre on the road. W.C. Fields was one of the best and brightest of these stars and O'Grady serves up this star and the real man beneath with care. She knows her character well and brings to life one of the truthful and most interesting chapters of Fields' life. A wonderful writer, we are in great hands while learning about the inimitable W.C. - I enjoyed it so much!

Character Information

  • W.C. Fields
    Mid-60s,
    Male
  • Rodney
    Mid-20s,
    British
    ,
    Male
  • Anthony Quinn
    Late 20s.,
    Latinx, White
    ,
    Male
  • Carlotta
    Early 30s.,
    Latinx, White
    ,
    Female

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Twilight Theatre Productions, Aurora, KY

Awards

Selection
,
World Premiere Club
,
Applause Theater & Cinema Books
,
2020
Finalist
,
Southwest Theatre Productions
,
2020
Selection
,
January Reading
,
Twilight Theatre Productions
Nominee
,
The Kilroys List