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Entertaining Since 1966

By Andrew Bergman. Directed by Estelle Miller.

Social Security by Andrew Bergman

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Performance Dates

April 11-26, 2008


Synopsis

Aging parents, rebellious college kids and baby boomers facing a mid-life crisis are the basis for this hysterical adult comedy that will have you roaring. When Mother is dropped off to live with her art dealer daughter and son-in-law in Manhattan by the wife's suburban sister and husband, Mother is introduced to a famous aging artist and suddenly everyone discovers that seniors never lose interest in the opposite sex! For Adult audiences only.

Cast

David Kahn
Jim Estepp

Jim Estepp

Barbara Kahn
Maribeth Vogel Eckenrode

Maribeth Vogel Eckenrode

Trudy Heyman
Debbie Samek

Debbie Samek

Martin Heyman
Andrew Negri

Andrew Negri

Sophie Greengrass
Michele Hitchcock

Michelle Hitchcock

Maurice Koenig
Rich Fogg

Rich Fogg

Director's Notes

When the topic is "old people", the subject matter usually centers on their aches and pains, Alzheimer's Disease, who died, who moved in with their kids, the kids - and the list goes on and on. Not so in andrew Bergman's hilarious play about a New York family and their elderly mother. What happens here isn't depressing or surprising - its lovely.

Dear audience, I invite you to join me in laughing a little, smiling a little, and going home feeling a little happier than you came in.

Estelle Miller


Reviews


Baltimore Sun Review: A Comedy of elders, boomers


Bowie Blade Review: Bowie Playhouse BCT's "Social Security" has a number of classic moments


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By Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten. Directed by Joe Del Balzo.

Dearly Beloved

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service

Performance Dates

January 18-Feburary 2, 2008


Synopsis

When Frankie, one of the Futrelle sisters, who are always the talk of the town of Fayro, Texas, decides to throw her daughter a lavish, over-the-top, Gone With The Wind wedding, things don't go exactly as planned, especially since her sister Twink's idea of lavish is a pot luck dinner and catering from Sanford's House of Meat!!

Cast

Geneva Musgrave
Joanne Bauer


Joanne Bauer

Tina Jo Dubberly/Gina Jo (GJ) Dubberly
Robin Samek

Robin Samek

Honey Raye Futrelle
Sharon Zelefsky


Sharon Zelefsky

Frankie Futrelle Dubberly
Debbie Samek

Debbie Samek

Dub Dubberly
Michael Dunlop

Michael Dunlop

Twink Futrelle
Barbara Webber

Barbara Webber

Nelda Lightfoot
Adrienne Brown

Adrienne Brown

Justin Waverly
Pat Reynolds

Pat Reynolds

John Curtis Buntner
Jack Degnan

Jack Degnan

Wiley Hicks
John Mecholsky

John Mecholsky

Patsy Price
Sue Struve

Sue Struve

Director's Notes

Family. It's a funny thing. And you'll see two of them tonight.

One of Fayro, Texas' favorite families - if not its most sophisticated - is determined to stick together through a difficult wedding, where things get worse by the minute. After all, they have to, because they are marrying off one of their own to one of Fayro's richest sons, and that's what families do. They say you can pick your friends, but you're stuck with your family, and that's certainly true of the beset and besieged Futrelle sisters and kin. They are happily and hilariously stuck with each other.

The other family you'll see is the cast, crew and production staff. A couple of months ago, a bunch of people came together to do this show, some I knew well, some I knew not so well, and some I didn't know at all. But now we're family. Who says you can't pick your family, too? And, like our Futrelle friends, we are happily and hilariously stuck with each other.

Theater. It's a funny thing. Sit back and enjoy!

Joel Del Balzo, Director


Reviews


Baltimore Sun Review: Southern gothic meets Hee Haw Actors wield shtick in wedding comedy


Gazette.net article: Playwrights stop by Bowie


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Jones Hope and Wooten visit



By Larry Shue. Directed by Craig Allen Mummey.

The Nerd by Larry Shue

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service

Performance Dates

September 28-October 13, 2007


Synopsis

Time: 1981. Place: Terre Haute, Indiana. Now an aspiring architect, Willum Cubbert has often told his friends about the debt he owes to Rick Steadman, a fellow ex-GI whom he has never met but who saved has life in Vietnam. He has written to Rick to say that, as long as he is alive, "you will have somebody on Earth who will do anything for you" - so Willum is delighted when Rick shows up unexpectedly on the night of his 34th birthday party. But his delight soon fades as it becomes apparent that Rick is a hopeless "nerd" - a bumbling oaf with no social sense, little intelligence and less tact. After just one week, Rick has almost single-handedly destroyed Willum's career, his life and his sanity. Incident piles upon uproarious incident, until the normally placid Willum finds himself contemplating violence - a dire development which, happily, is staved off by the surprise ending of the play.

Cast

Willum Cubbert
Ben Carr

Ben Carr

Rick Steadman
Craig Allen Mummey

Craig Allen Mummey

Axel Hammond
Joe Mariano

Joe Mariano

Tansy McGinnis
Vicki Hartford

Vicki Hartford

Warnock Waldgrave
James McDaniel

James McDaniel

Clelia Waldgrave
Nancy Dall

Nancy Dall

Thor Waldgrave
Michael Baca

Michael Baca



Director's Notes

People get involved in theater for many reasons: to create, to be part of a group, to make a statement about a subject they care about, even to "commit senseless acts of beauty," as the bumper sticker says. And depending on the play, the art created can make you laugh till you cry, uplift your soul, touch your heart, incite anger, inspire activism, provoke debate, and even educate.

I do theater for all of those reasons and I hope for all of those results, but most of the shows I have directed in the past few years have been more serious in tone, plumbing the depths of the soul, examining the darkest side of humanity, our cruelty, our capacity for evil.

There is none of that in this show today, only the highest of hi jinks and a "hideous pagan ritual" or two. For me, the reason for doing this show at this time is for the change of pace, and for the sheer blessed silliness of it all.

Enjoy!

Craig Allen Mummey, Director


Reviews


Gazette.net: Shue's 'The Nerd' moves into Bowie Playhouse

ShowBizRadio Review: Bowie Community Theatre The Nerd

Bowie Blade: 'The Nerd' brings out the laughter in all of us

Baltimore Sun: 'The Nerd' filled with laughter, silliness


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Nerd Cast



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