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Mitchell Erickson

Stage Manager, Performer, Press, Designer, Casting, Production Staff
( b. circa 1921 Duluth, Minnesota, USA - d. Oct 22, 2013 Portland, Oregon, USA ) Male
Also known as: Mitch Erickson
Mitchell Erickson was a stage manager whose 50-year career encompassed well over 100 productions on Broadway and on tour.

Erickson worked on multiple plays with writers ranging from Tennessee Williams and John Osborne to Tom Stoppard, and he was a close colleague of a long list of performers including Jason Robards, Uta Hagen, Maggie Smith, Julie Harris, John Wood and more.

A native of Duluth, MN, Erickson served as a Navy Lieutenant in the Pacific during World War II. After finishing college on the G.I. Bill at the University of Hawaii, he moved to New York in 1948. Early jobs included summers at the Kennebunkport Playhouse in Maine, where he and another young company member -- Colleen Dewhurst -- were occasionally billed as "Maine's Favorite Young Lovers." His stage managing career began when he was cast as the First Reporter in Gore Vidal's 1960 hit The Best Man and asked to double as assistant stage manager.

A job on William Inge's 1963 Natural Affection, with Kim Stanley, led to a major assignment: Director Tony Richardson was so impressed that he insisted on Erickson as production stage manager of his incoming hit, John Osborne's Luther, starring Albert Finney. When producer David Merrick refused to use an unknown stage manager, Richardson boycotted rehearsals until he got his way. Erickson recreated the direction for the national tour and eventually found himself playing the title role in Honolulu.

Erickson quickly became Merrick's top dramatic stage manager, working on the original Broadway productions of Osborne's Inadmissible Evidence, with Nicol Williamson; Brian Friel's Philadelphia, Here I Come!; Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, with John Wood and Brian Murray; Woody Allen's ; Robert Marasco's Child's Play; Christopher Hampton's The Philanthropist; and Robert Bolt's Vivat! Vivat Regina! with Claire Bloom and Eileen Atkins.

These were followed by Stoppard's Jumpers, with Brian Bedford and Jill Clayburgh; Jean Giraudoux's The Enchanted, with Elizabeth Ashley; John Gielgud-directed revivals of Private Lives (with Smith) and The Constant Wife (with Ingrid Bergman); the Harold Pinter-directed production of The Innocents, with Claire Bloom and introducing Sarah Jessica Parker; The Bed Before Yesterday, with Carol Channing; Souvenir, with Deborah Kerr; Preston Jones' A Texas Trilogy; Stoppard's Every Good Boy Deserves Favor; A Touch of the Poet, with Robards and Geraldine Fitzgerald; Medea, with Zoe Caldwell and Judith Anderson; Pack of Lies with Rosemary Harris; Ghosts, with Liv Ullman and Kevin Spacey; You Can't Take It with You, with Robards and Dewhurst; and Acting Shakespeare with Ian McKellen.

Other shows included The Iceman Cometh (with Robards), the Robards/Dewhurst twin productions of Long Day's Journey Into Night and Ah, Wilderness!; Richardson's Toyer, with Kathleen Turner; Lettice and Lovage, with Smith on Broadway and Harris on tour; The Gin Game, with Harris and Charles Durning; and The Sunshine Boys, with Jack Klugman and Tony Randall. His final show was Judgment at Nuremberg; by the end of the run, he was back on stage as an actor.

Source: Playbill.com



Productions Date of Productions
Judgment at Nuremberg
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Understudy: Mitch Erickson [Emil Hahn, Fredrich Hoffstetter, Werner Lammpe]
  • Production Supervisor: Mitchell Erickson
Mar 26, 2001 - May 13, 2001
The Sunshine Boys
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Mitchell Erickson
  • Production Supervisor: Mitchell Erickson
Dec 08, 1997 - Jun 28, 1998
The Gin Game
[Play, Revival]
  • Production Stage Manager: Mitchell Erickson
Apr 20, 1997 - Aug 31, 1997
A Little Hotel on the Side
[Play, Revival]
  • Production Stage Manager: Mitchell Erickson
Jan 26, 1992 - Mar 01, 1992
Lettice and Lovage
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Production Stage Manager: Mitchell Erickson
Mar 25, 1990 - Dec 23, 1990
The Circle
[Play, Romantic Comedy, Revival]
  • Production Stage Manager: Mitchell Erickson
Nov 20, 1989 - May 20, 1990
Ah, Wilderness!
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Production Stage Manager: Mitchell Erickson
Jun 23, 1988 - Jul 23, 1988
Long Day's Journey Into Night
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Production Stage Manager: Mitchell Erickson
Jun 14, 1988 - Jul 23, 1988
Rowan Atkinson at the Atkinson
[Special, Comedy, Sketches, Original]
  • Production Supervisor: Mitchell Erickson
Oct 14, 1986 - Oct 18, 1986
The Iceman Cometh
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Production Stage Manager: Mitchell Erickson
Sep 29, 1985 - Dec 01, 1985
Pack of Lies
[Play, Original]
  • Production Manager: Mitchell Erickson
Feb 11, 1985 - May 25, 1985
Ian McKellen: Acting Shakespeare
[Play, Solo, Revival]
  • Stage Manager: Mitchell Erickson
Jan 19, 1984 - Feb 19, 1984
You Can't Take It With You
[Play, Comedy, Farce, Revival]
  • Production Stage Manager: Mitchell Erickson
Apr 04, 1983 - Jan 01, 1984
Ghosts
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Production Stage Manager: Mitchell Erickson
Aug 30, 1982 - Oct 02, 1982
Medea
[Play, Drama, Tragedy, Revival]
  • Production Stage Manager: Mitchell Erickson
May 02, 1982 - Jun 27, 1982
Charlotte
[Play, Monologue, Original]
  • Production Stage Manager: Mitch Erickson
Feb 27, 1980 - Mar 01, 1980
A Touch of the Poet
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Production Stage Manager: Mitch Erickson
Dec 28, 1977 - Apr 30, 1978
The Innocents
[Play, Revival]
  • Production Manager: Mitchell Erickson
Oct 21, 1976 - Oct 30, 1976
The Constant Wife
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Production Manager: Mitchell Erickson
Apr 14, 1975 - May 10, 1975
Private Lives
[Play, Comedy, Romantic Comedy, Revival]
  • Production Manager: Mitchell Erickson
Feb 06, 1975 - Apr 26, 1975
Jumpers
[Play, Farce, Original]
  • Production Stage Manager: Mitchell Erickson
Apr 22, 1974 - Jun 01, 1974
Tricks
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Stage Manager: Mitchell Erickson
Jan 08, 1973 - Jan 13, 1973
Vivat! Vivat Regina!
[Play, Original]
  • Production Stage Manager: Mitchell Erickson
Jan 20, 1972 - Apr 29, 1972
The Philanthropist
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Stage Manager: Mitchell Erickson
Mar 15, 1971 - May 15, 1971
A Place Without Doors
[Play, Original]
  • Production Stage Manager: Mitch Erickson
Dec 22, 1970 - Jan 16, 1971
Child's Play
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Production Stage Manager: Mitchell Erickson
Feb 17, 1970 - Dec 12, 1970
Play It Again, Sam
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Production Stage Manager: Mitchell Erickson
Feb 12, 1969 - Mar 14, 1970
How Now, Dow Jones
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Casting: Mitchell Erickson
Dec 07, 1967 - Jun 15, 1968
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Production Stage Manager: Mitchell Erickson
Oct 16, 1967 - Oct 19, 1968
The Astrakhan Coat
[Play, Original]
  • Production Stage Manager: Mitchell Erickson
Jan 12, 1967 - Jan 28, 1967
Don't Drink the Water
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Casting Director: Mitchell Erickson
    • - Replacement
    • - Replacement
Nov 17, 1966 - Apr 20, 1968
The Loves of Cass McGuire
[Play, Original]
  • Production Stage Manager: Mitchell Erickson
Oct 06, 1966 - Oct 22, 1966
Philadelphia, Here I Come!
[Play, Original]
  • Production Stage Manager: Mitchell Erickson
Feb 16, 1966 - Oct 01, 1966
Cactus Flower
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Casting: Mitch Erickson
    • - Replacement
Dec 08, 1965 - Nov 23, 1968
Inadmissible Evidence
[Play, Original]
  • Stage Manager: Mitchell Erickson
  • Understudy: Mitchell Erickson [Hudson, Jones]
Nov 30, 1965 - Apr 23, 1966
Hello, Dolly!
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Casting: Mitchell Erickson
    • - Replacement
Jan 16, 1964 - Dec 27, 1970
Arturo Ui
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Make-up Supervisor: Mitchell Erickson
Nov 11, 1963 - Nov 16, 1963
Luther
[Play, Original]
  • Production Stage Manager: Mitchell Erickson
  • Press Representative: Mitchell Erickson
Sep 25, 1963 - Mar 28, 1964
The Lady of the Camellias
[Play, Original]
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Mitchell Erickson
  • Performer: Mitchell Erickson [Buyer]
  • Understudy: Mitchell Erickson [St. Hilaire, Ribaud, Count Rene De Nogent, Marcel]
Mar 20, 1963 - Mar 30, 1963
Natural Affection
[Play, Original]
  • Stage Manager: Mitchell Erickson
Jan 31, 1963 - Mar 02, 1963
The Affair
[Play, Original]
  • Stage Manager: Mitchell Erickson
  • Performer: Mitchell Erickson [Club Steward]
Sep 20, 1962 - Dec 29, 1962
The Best Man
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Mitchell Erickson [Ensemble]
  • Understudy: Mitchell Erickson [First Reporter]
Mar 31, 1960 - Jul 08, 1961
Protective Custody
[Play, Original]
  • Stage Manager: Mitchell Erickson
  • Performer: Mitchell Erickson [Second Attendant]
Dec 28, 1956 - Dec 29, 1956
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