Canine Joins Players’ Cast of ‘Mice and Men’

OSWEGO, NY – Among the cast members of the Oswego Players’ upcoming production of John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” is Tucker, a four-year-old, mixed breed dog.

Brian Pringle and Tucker from “Of  Mice and Men"
Brian Pringle and Tucker from “Of Mice and Men”

Tucker plays Candy’s dog in the play.

Candy, played by Brian Pringle, is part of the cast under the direction of Bobby Fontana.

The play is scheduled for performances on April 24, 26 and May 1 and 2 at 8 p.m. and on May 3 at 2 p.m.

Tucker is one of two members of color in the cast.

The other, Donald DelPriore, is following up his recent appearance in the Players’ production of “The Odd Couple.”

During a recent interview, Tucker was asked about the use of the “N” word in the play.

“I would remind people that this all from the original script and it is part of our past and is not meant to be malicious,” he said.

The decision was made to keep the “N” word in the script since it was what the playwright had written and appropriate for the time period of the play.

Members of the cast include Knathan MacKenzie-Roy, Nick Pike, Brian Pringle, Joshua DeLorenzo, Richard Mosher, Tammy Lynn Wilkinson, Ron Castle, John Cuyler, Ron Silver and Steve Standish.

Tucker’s owner is Players member Julia Fulton-Preston.

The play can be seen in the Frances Marion Brown Theater in the Oswego Civic Arts Center at Fort Ontario Park.

For reservations, persons should call the box office at 343-5138.