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Entertaining Since 1966

By Neil Simon. Directed by Jerry Gietka.


Proposals by Neil Simon

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.


Performance Dates

April 20 - May 5, 2007


Synopsis

Proposals is both a funny and bittersweet tale of one weekend in the country. This is a story of commitment, of love and death: how little time we have, how precious it should be. The story is Interwoven with half a dozen different love realtionships that beg the question: is love enough?

Clemma, the black housekeeper/narrator, recalls the last time the Hines family gathered at their retreat in the Poconos in the summer of 1953. The father is Burt Hines, a 55 year old recovering from a second heart attack. He awaits his ex-wife, whom he still loves. The daughter Josie just broke a wedding engagement, and wants to renew a relationship with the best friend, Ray. Clemma fears a visit from the husband who left her years ago. He walks in with one working eye, one working hand and a guilty conscience. A pretty-but-dumb young model is escorted by Ray, a young Miami Mafioso with a gift for malapropisms brings comic hilarity.


Cast

Josie Hines
Melissa Meyd

Melissa Meyd

Burt Hines
Jerry Gietka

Jerry Gietka

Clemma Diggins
TiaJuanna Rountree

TiaJuanna Rountree

Ken Norman
Jake Koenig

Jake Koenig

Ray Dolenz
Richard Tovish

Richard Tovish

Anni Robbins
Janice Coffey

Janice Coffey

Sammii
Tania Rose Bindhoff

Tania Rose Bindhoff

Vinnie Bavasi
Michael Rogers

Michael Rogers

Lewis Barnett
Louis Murray

Louis Murray

Bodyguard
Craig Miller

Craig Miller

Bodyguard
Melody Wihler

Melody Wihler


Director's Notes


What do you think is funny or sad? Humorous dialogue? Situational or physical comedy? Normal characters placed in odd situations? Odd characters in normal situations? Love misplaced or rejected? Pain, death and suffering? Well, this production should have a little bit of everything for you. remind you of real life? What do you think is funny or sad when you think of Neil Simon? You normally think of ODD COUPLE or RUMORS or one of his many other hilarious farces. You have a certain expectatio when you see the Neil Simon name on a flyer for a show. You expect to come and laugh and be entertained.

Now, along those lines, how many of you have even heard of this play, PROPOSALS? Not many I am sure. This is not your typical Simon farce. having said that, I doubt that I will change the audience expectation. And since expectation becomes the requirement in most cases, anything less than meeting that perception or expectation may not be viewed as a failure. And that failure probably would not be attributed to Neil Simon but rather to our production. In order to avoid that, I have decided that this production will meet the audience expectation in one way or another. Therefore, I actually have added something to the play. The lines are as written by Mr. Simon. But the perspective from which we have interpreted the script is with the audience expectation in mind. See if you can guess what we added to make that happen?

So, please join with us in a singular performance whre anything can happen. And I do mean join, since it is only through your own creative suspension of disbelief that live theatre can thrive and a Director can bring any production from page o stage (with the help of many talented actors and technical people).

Enjoy!

Jerry Gietka, Director


Reviews


Baltimore Sun Review: 'Proposals' shows a love for humor

Bowie Blade Review: Reviewer propses everyone should see newest BCT play

Love and Laughs at Bowie Community Theatre

Bowie Community Theatre Proposals


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Proposals

By Ray Cooney and John Chapman. Directed by Bob Sams.


Not Now Darling by Ray Cooney and John Chapman

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Services, Inc.


Performance Dates

January 26 - February 10, 2007


Synopsis

Crouch, a partner in the fur salon business of Bodley and Crouch, struggles to keep the business successful despite Bodley's womanizing. Bodley tries to secure the affections of his latest would-be mistress by "selling" her husband an expensive mink coat at a reduced price, and the stammering Couch must consummate the sale with a straight face. However, the husband decides the bargain coat is the perfect gift for his own mistress. There are suspicious wives, mistaken identities, and scantily clad girls stuffed into closets.


Cast

Miss Tipdale
Joanna Tiger

Joanna Tiger

Arnold Crouch
John Parry

John Parry

Gilbert Bodley
Jim Estepp

Jim Estepp

Mrs Frencham
Barbara Webber

Barbara Webber

Mr Frencham
Michael Dunlop

Michael Dunlop

Miss Whittington
LaTashia Byrd

LaTashia Byrd

Janie McMichael
Vicki Hartford

Vicki Hartford

Harry McMichael
Jim Murphy

Jim Murphy

Sue Lawson
Angela McLaughlin

Angela McLaughlin

Maude Bodley
Marky Regensburg

Marky Regensburg

Mr Lawson
Richard Tovish

Richard Tovish


Director's Notes


Sometimes you just need to laugh.

In the cold dark nights of winter it has always been the practice of humans to gather in small bands and watch as some members of the group stood in the light and told tales or sang songs. In this way they held off the gloom, and displaced the fears if malevolent spirits that the retreat of the sun brought on. There were tales of glory and tales of beauty and tales of foolishness and humor.

We ask you now to join with us in laughter; to disperse the spirits of winter and cold and sadness; to revel in the foolishness of others.

We also ask you to keep in minds the words of Mark Twain:

NOTICE

Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a Moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.


Reviews


Baltimore Sun Review: 'Not Now' is a charming blend of talent, silliness

Bowie Blade Review: Laughs come fast and furry-ous in BCT's 'Not Now, Darling'


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Not Now Darling

By Neil Simon. Directed by Estelle Miller.


Rumors by Neil Simon

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.


Performance Dates

October 6-21, 2006


Synopsis

Dedication: Bowie Community Theatre dedicates this production of Rumors to Neil Simon and congratulates him for being awarded the Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Prize for American humor October 15, 2006.

Four couples go to the townhouse of a deputy New York City mayor and his wife to celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary, but the party never begins because the host has shot himself in the head (he's suffered a flesh wound) and his wife is missing. His lawyer's cover up gets progressively more strained as the other guests arrive, but nobody remembers who said what about whom.


Cast

Lenny Ganz
James McDaniel

James McDaniel

Claire Ganz
Michele Hitchcock

Michele Hitchcock

Ken Gorman
Ray Fulton

Ray Fulton

Chris Gorman
Joanne Bauer

Joanne Bauer

Ernie Cusack
Rick Hall

Rick Hall

Cookie Cusack
Sharon Zelefsky

Sharon Zelefsky

Glenn Cooper
Michael Rogers

Michael Rogers

Cassie Cooper
Jodie Calvert

Jodie Calvert

Officer Welch
Adrienne Brown

Adrienne Brown

Officer Pudney
Lucas English

Lucas English


Director's Notes


It is with a great smile on my face that I can say I have had the pleasure of directing another Neil Simon play. He is, without question, America's premier comic playwright.

The cast and I had many hours of smiles and laughter during our rehearsals. Neil Simon has the innate ability to take a potential serious situation and turn it into a most comical one. Four couples are at the home of the Deputy Mayor of New York City to celebrate his tenth wedding anniversary and they never expected the evening to turn out quite like it does. Doors slam and hilarity abounds as the couples get more and more crazed. So, our audience, sit back, relax, forget the day's baggage, and ENJOY!

Estelle Miller, Director


Reviews


Baltimore Sun Review: Bowie Theatre's 'Rumors' has wit and a stellar cast to match

Bay Weekly Review: Bowie Community Theatre's Rumors

Bowie Blade Review: BCT celebrates Neil Simon with simply silly play

Gazette.net preview article: Bowie theatre opens its season with Neil Simon play


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Rumors

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