Fontana To Direct ‘Father’

OSWEGO, NY – Oswego Players’ veteran director Bobby Fontana is staging Clarence Day, Jr.’s classic comedy, “Life with Father,” slated to open in late April.

Fontana made his debut with the Players, as the Bellboy in 1993’s hilarious production of “Rumors.”  That show’s director, Carol Dufrane used all her persuasive wiles to convince him to take the part.  She thought he would be just perfect, which indeed, he was.  That was it – he was hooked.

Since that time he has worked as actor, stage manager, and decided to pursue his directing credentials.

His first full-length production was “The Fourth Wall,” in 1999, a challenge for any director, and especially for a first attempt.

The show was a great success and Fontana has gone on the direct such other enduring classics as “To Kill and Mocking Bird,” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

“Life with Father,” set in New York City in the 1890s reflects an era that is difficult for us to imagine in our technically advanced society.  The plot centers on a rambunctious, over-burdened Wall Street broker and his complete domination of his household and family.

He finds the more he tries, the more difficult the task becomes.

The play opened on Broadway in 1939 and ran for more than seven years, delighting audiences with its underlying humor and wit.

The cast includes Knate Roy, Stephanie Johnson, Norman Berlin III, Jennifer Snow, Danielle Currier, Larry Rose, Mary Buske  Lisa Buske and Amanda Mosher.

Dates are 8 p.m. April 27 and 28; May 4 and 5.

A matinee will be 2 p.m. May 6.

Ticket prices are $10/adults, $8/seniors and $7/students, and are available by calling the Players’ Box Office at 315-343-5138.