2009-2010 Season OUR 2009-2010 SEASON! THE ODD COUPLE (Female Version) September 18, 19, 25, 26, October 1, 2, 3 at 8:00 PM, September 27 at 2:00 PM by Neil Simon Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
This contemporary classic gets a makeover in the female version of the familiar story. Newly separated from her husband, obsessive compulsive Florence Unger decides to move into the home of slovenly single divorcee friend Olive Madison. When their worlds collide, the story explodes in this laugh-out-loud comedy that takes a look at life from a different point of view. This show marks Forge Theatre’s 250th production! PRODUCTION TEAM DIRECTED BY ROBERT MARSCH PRODUCER/ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Patrina Harding STAGE MANAGER Denise Myers ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER Dennis Himes MASTER CARPENTER Jim Reese PROPS Dee Henken LIGHTING DESIGN Clem Mirto CASTOLIVE MADISONAndrea FrassoniFLORENCE UNGERPam TaylorRENEEBev SmithSYLVIE
Christa Wisneski VERA Nancy Dolan MICKEY Sherry Maccario JESUS David Cashell MANOLO Mike Raimondo
1776 book by Peter Stone, Music & Lyrics by Sherman Edwards Produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI) This award-winning Broadway hit is a light-hearted look at John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson as they grapple with the Continental Congress and independence from Britain. Inspired by the words of our founding fathers, this critically acclaimed musical comedy is filled with lively songs, witty dialogue, and true American spirit. Performances: November 6, 7, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, and December 3, 4, 5 Production Team DIRECTED BY JIM KELSH PRODUCER – Stevie Tagye MUSICAL DIRECTOR – Denise Wisneski CHOREOGRAPHER – Megan Kelsh STAGE MANAGER – Linda Blystone Cast JOHN ADAMSBob GoretskiABIGAIL ADAMSSue MurphyTHOMAS JEFFERSONT.J. Wilkinson
MARTHA JEFFERSON Heather Reese JOHN HANCOCK Michael Zatuchni BENJAMIN FRANKLIN Clem Mirto JOHN DICKINSON Lew Osterhoudt EDWARD RUTLEDGE Allen Puy DR. JOSIAH BARTLETT Alan Ciarlone STEPHEN HOPKINS Gary Bullock ROGER SHERMAN Brian Schwartz LEWIS MORRIS Rick Dowdall ROBERT LIVINGSTON Rick Goldstein REV. JONATHAN WITHERSPOONMark DickinsonCAESAR RODNEYJack FormanJAMES WILSON
David Nyman SAMUEL CHASE Doug Smith RICHARD HENRY LEE Jim Malin JOSEPH HEWES Randy Frame DR. LYMAN HALL John Henken MCNAIR Randy Knox CHARLES THOMPSON Mike Nolan COL. THOMAS MCKEAN Paul Perrymore GEORGE READ Tim Johnson COURIER Radler Kelly The Mystery of Irma Vep by Charles Ludlam Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. Just watch the lightning-fast marathon costume changes as two actors bring eight characters to life in this high-energy, quick-witted, campy comedic tribute to gothic horror and classic films like Wuthering Heights, The Mummy’s Curse and Hitchcock’s Rebecca. You may also recognize dialogue lifted from Ibsen, Shakespeare, and Poe! This show is a side-splitting laugh-out-loud good time you’ll be sure to remember. Performances: January 8, 9, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 at 8:00 pm; January 17 at 2:00 pm Directed by Hal Holzer Producer – Marnie Herzfeld Stage Manager – Linda Blystone Lighting Design – Jeff Sugzdinis Master Carpenter — John Magolan CAST Bob Goretski Robb Hutter The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde This stylish comedy full of assumed names, mistaken lovers, and preposterous enchantment is a delightful, witty, light-hearted romp through Victorian society. Follow two young bachelors pretending to be earnest (and Ernest) as they aim to win their ladies’ hearts. Filled with some of the most famous quips ever written for the stage, this classic will have you rolling in the aisles! Performances: February 26, 27, March 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 at 8:00 pm; March 7 at 2:00 PM Direction and Design by Maureen Clarke Producer — Janet Hoehl Assistant Director — Michelle Quigley Stage Manager — Rick Harris Lighting Design & Operation — Ellen Spampinato Master Carpenter – Bill Braak Cast Jack: John Corr Algernon: Chris Latzke Gwendolyn: Heather Reese Lady Bracknell: Gay Hoyle Cecily: Kristen Krikorian Miss Prism: Nancy Dolan Lane: Spencer Gates Chasuble: David Cashell Merriman: Steve Carrasco 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. A literary love affair between an American writer and an Englishman who works for a London book shop. spanning 20 years from 1949-1969. Though events in the play are set against a canvas of the dramatic post-war changes taking place during that time, the true story is of two people, separated by an ocean, who come to value and eagerly anticipate each others letters, and who long to meet. Performances: April 16, 17, 23, 24, 29, 30, May 1 at 8:00 pm; April 25 at 2:00 pm Crew Producer – Cathy Stratoti Stage Manager – Linda Blystone Lighting Design – Jeff Sugzdinis Master Carpenter — John Magolan CAST Helene Hanff — Noël Hanley Frank Doel — Jim Kelsh Cecily Farr — Kelly Melcher Megan Wells — Carolyn Corr Bill Humphries – Kevin Fennell George Martin — Bob Goretski Abigail — Abbie Bugh
COMPANY Book by George Furth, Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI) Poor Bobby. He’s 35 years old, has three girlfriends and five married couples desperately trying to get him married. It certainly makes for a lot of company! A passionate favorite of Sondheim fans, “Company” is a bittersweet, clever portrayal of five married couples – as seen through the eyes of bachelor friend Bobby – exploring love and commitment, fear and longing, and the simple joy of being alive! Performances: June 4, 5, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 at 8:00 pm; Sunday, June 13 at 2:00 pm Directed by Dru Ullery Producer — Rick Dowdall Music Director — Gary Snyder Choreographer — Renee Schulz Stage Manager/Production Assistant — Jonathan Haupt Dramaturg — Deb Braak Technical Director — Ellen Spampinato Staff Photographer — Bri Miller CAST Robert — Jason Gagliardi Sarah — Michele Miller Harry — Steve Schulz Jenny — Michelle English David — Brian Schwartz Amy — Renee Schulz Paul — Steve Carrasco Susan — Cassy Pressimone Beckowski Peter — James Scotland IV Joanne — Deb Braak Larry — Larry Wilson Kathy — Andrea Hartman April — Laura McWater Marta — Kate Nice