Cactus Flower


November 29-30 & December 5-7, 12-14, 1974


Community Players Theatre


In “Cactus Flower,” philandering dentist Julian Winston keeps his many affairs at bay by claiming to be married with children. When the ruse threatens to catch up with him, he drafts his prickly nurse, Stephanie Dickinson, to pose as his “wife.” She blossoms, and he finds himself falling in love with the lovely, “cactus flower” right under his nose.

Author: Abe Burrows
Based on a play by Pierre Barillet and Jean-Pierre Gredy

Historian’s Corner

Seven of the ten actors for “Cactus Flower” were also first-timers on stage for the Community Players. It would also be the only show to be directed by Jean Scharfenberg, one of the most accomplished members of Illinois State University’s Acting faculty. The reviewer highly praised “Cactus Flower,” for not only the acting, but also for the pacing of this 15 scene play. The number of season ticket members had grown to 1,871 by the opening of the show.