Players Pen – August 23

ows a thoroughly modern intellect.

We teach people how to remember; we never teach them how to grow.

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.

As soon as people are old enough to know better, they don’t know anything at all.

You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.

In my young days … one never met anyone in society who worked for a living. It was not considered a thing.

After a good dinner one forgives anybody, even one’s own relations.

A mask tells us more than a face.

It is always nice to be expected and not to arrive.

I never put off until tomorrow what I can possibly do – the day after.

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.

Lots of people act well but very few people talk well, which shows that talking is much more the difficult thing of the two.

If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing well. If it is worth having, it is worth waiting for. If it is worth attaining, it is worth fighting for. If it is worth experiencing, it is worth putting aside time for.

A cynic … is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

I love acting. It is so much more real than life.

Wilde penned this last quip for his story “Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime.” Lord Arthur’s gentlemanly, manner-filled world gets turned topsy-turvy when a palm-reader sees murder written into the lines of his hand. Arthur sincerely believes the prediction that he will someday kill someone so he does the honorable thing to protect his bride … he concludes that he must murder someone before his wedding day. The naïve Arthur enlists aid from Baines, his butler, and together they launch several unsuccessful murder attempts on some of Arthur’s family members.

“Matt Holzfeind is buoyant as Lord Arthur,” said Warren Gerds of WFRV-TV. “Karl Hamilton is a perfect match for these goings on as the butler Baines. Hamilton paints a picture of appropriateness, of manner, of duty…” and “Harter Clingman ignites action and antics as a dedicated anarchist.”

Costume designer Rachel Lambert and her team have crafted several lovely Victorian gowns for the ladies of this production which brought visions of Downton Abbey to Mary Anderson of the Door County Advocate and Gerds commented the cast was “dressed to the nines.”

Catch more of Wilde’s wit as adapted by Cox through September 3 while “Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime” is on stage. For more information or tickets phone us at 920-868-3287 or visit I’ll see you by the bay, where the sun sets, the curtain rises and the stars shine.