The James Downing Theatre Presents: A Majority of One

The James Downing Theatre's Production of "A Majority of One" opens this weekend!
The James Downing Theatre will present its fall production, “A Majority of One,” opening September 19th, at the John Waldron Arts Center at Edison Park United Methodist Church, 6740 N Oliphant Ave, Chicago, IL 60631.

Evening performances will be at 7:30 pm on Saturdays and matinees will be at 1:30 pm on Sundays, for four weekends, from September 19th through October 11th, 2009.

Tickets are $20 for adults; $15 for senior citizens and students.
Group rates are available at $13 per person, when reserved in advance.

Season subscriptions for 2009-2010, including three shows (“A Majority of One,” “The Fantasticks” in March 2010 and “Catch Me If You Can” in May 2010) and a Dec. 5, 2009 Holiday Cabaret, are available now for $50 per person, $35 for seniors and students, offering flexible dates within the run of each show.

Contact (773) 792-3030, or go to for reservations and more information.

A Majority of One

“A Majority of One” is directed by Floyd A. May. The Edison Park cast stars Sue Mrotek and Marc Rita. The original 1959 Broadway play starred Gertrude Berg and Sir Cedric Hardwicke, and it also was adapted as a popular film starring Rosalind Russell and Alec Guinness.

A classic comedy-drama by Leonard Spiegelgass, the show explores the issues which lead to and can help to overcome intolerance. An American widow and a Japanese businessman develop a warm friendship, but it is not long after the end of World War II, and many still have conflicted emotions about their wartime political enemies. Among those opposing their relationship is her son-in-law, a young diplomat sent to negotiate with a Japanese business delegation. The wiser elders show by example that intolerance – between nations or individuals – comes from a lack of understanding and is not insurmountable.

The title of the play comes from American philosopher Henry David Thoreau: “Any man more right than his neighbors, constitutes a majority of one.” (From “The Duty of Civil Disobedience.”)

Directed By Floyd A. May

Featuring: Thomas J. Akouris, Danelle Baroja, Judiel Bibat, Mark
Bibat, Mark Brewer, Morgan Christiansen, Julie Mitre, Sue Mrotek, Marc Rita & Cary Shoda

Produced & Assistant Directed Joshua Dlouhy
2nd Asst Director & Stage Manager Manny Schenk
Technical Director Steve Kedzierski
Set Design Floyd A. May
Costume Design Linda Waldron & Sue Mrotek
Prop Design Ron Denham


The James Downing Theatre is part of the John Waldron Arts Center, located at Edison Park United Methodist Church. These programs were established to bring community theatre back to Edison Park, and are in memory of two men who devoted their lives and talents to the performing arts.

The late James Downing, an Edison Park native and long-time Park Ridge resident, worked in the Chicago theater community for more than 40 years, directing shows, and teaching acting at the Peggy Sommers Studio in Edison Park (predecessor of the Studio of Dance and Drama in Norwood Park). Among his students were professional actors Karen Black, Carrie Snodgrass and Howard Platt and future U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The late John Waldron, a teacher at Maine South High School, taught a youth acting class, and was very active as an actor in the northwest suburban community theatre scene. He was also a founding member of the Mount Prospect Theatre Society.

For more info about Edison Park United Methodist Church and its programs, please visit