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Hamburg native to perform in ‘The Curious Savage’ in East Aurora

Jeff Maris
EAST AURORA — Jeff Maris, of Hamburg will be featured in Aurora Players’ upcoming production of “The Curious Savage” at East Aurora’s Roycroft Pavilion.

The John Patrick comedic play, first performed on Broadway in 1950 with Lillian Gish, centers on newly widowed Ethel Savage, who has taken the $10 million left by her husband to set up a memorial fund to help people pursue their dreams and goals.

Because of this “eccentric” behavior, her children commit her to a sanitarium, so she can come to her senses. The interactions of Savage, her children and the patients take place in the main room of the sanitarium.

Maris plays Dr. Emmett, the staff doctor who works to help his patients.

Maris, who works at Time Warner Cable, is also the administrator on the theater’s Facebook page.

“I first read this play a few years ago and it instantly became one of my favorites,” he said. “I’m very thrilled to be back on the AP stage and part of this production.”

Maris also played Sid Sorokin, the factory superintendent, in 2012’s “The Pajama Game.” He also performed as Senex, the Roman senator in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” the role that captured that season’s Best Featured Actor Award.

He said that some of his favorite AP shows have included “Brigadoon” (Tommy Albright), “The Lion in Winter” (Geoffrey) and “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” (Oberon).

Maris is the father of two daughters, Lauren and Victoria.

Returning as director will be Catherine Burkhart, assisted by Laura Lewandowski. Also featured in the production are Gail Ruth Arthurs, Rosemary Barney, Monish Bhattacharyya, Joe Cassidy, Sean Farrell, Justyne Harris, Donna Manquen, Joel Murphy, Paige Ronan and Joella Sweet.

Show dates for “The Curious Savage” are scheduled for three weekends, beginning May 23.

Friday and Saturday performances will begin at 8 p.m. Sunday performances will begin at 2:30 p.m.

Reservations for this show may be made by calling 687-6727. Find out more show information at

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