Bowie Community TheatreBowie Community Theatre
Entertaining Since 1966

By Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore. Directed by Terry Averill.

Love, Sex, and the I. R. S. by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Performance Dates

July 13-28, 2012


Synopsis

Jon Trachtman and Leslie Arthur are struggling, out of work musicians in NYC who have been filing their taxes as a married couple, but the jig is up and the I. R. S. is investigating. Add in a cheating fiance, meddling mother and a jealous ex-girlfriend and you have a wild farce with twists of fate, sight gags, mistaken identities and hilarious comic lines! The Asbury Park Press warned patrons they "might laugh enough to choke" on their dinners at this uproarious comedy!

Cast

Kate Dennis
Shenna Ross

Shenna Ross

Leslie Arthur
Marc Pardee

Marc Pardee

Jansen
Sarah Curtis

Sarah Curtis

Jon Trachtman
Pat Reynolds

Pat Reynolds

Floyd Spinner
Greg Garcia

Gerg Garcia

Vivian Trachtman
Joanne Bauer

Joanne Bauer

Connie
Allison Hawley

Allison Hawley

Arnold Grunion
Greg Anderson

Greg Anderson

Director's Notes

It’s 1985. I was 25 years old then, roughly the same age as our characters Jon and Leslie. Though I am not a musician, I listened to the music that these two would have played on their stereo throughout their High School, college and first years working professionally. In MY city as young musicians trying to make ends meet The romantic and often self-absorbed songs I’ve chosen and which you will hear throughout the performance today, are the songs that influenced me at the time, and that I feel would have had an impact on Jon, Leslie and Kate as they try to sort through their love triangle.

Enjoy the music and remember your own young adulthood struggling to ‘make it’ on your own prior to marriage. Laugh and cry with Leslie, Jon and Kate as they struggle to resolve their relationship and as they try to sensibly get out of the mess Jon has created through his inept tax evasion. His plan COULD have worked if only for a few minor details…which I hope you will agree make for some absurd and riotous calamities.

I’ve have had an unforgettable time with our cast and crew. I have to say thanks to all for their patience and humor as we’ve explored the inter-relationships of the characters. And most importantly, thanks for becoming friends and family for me and for each other though our many nights together. That’s why I have gotten so involved at Bowie Community Theater. We’re a family that is ever-growing and expanding…and it is great seeing this burgeoning theatre come of age, like our characters do…FINALLY!!


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By Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston. Directed by Michael Forgetta.

dracula by hamilton deane and john l. balderston

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Performance Dates

September 28-October 13, 2012


Synopsis

From Bram Stoker's classic novel! Lucy Seward, daughter of the head of an English sanitarium, is struck with a mysterious illness. Her specialist, Dr. Van Helsing, believes Lucy is the victim of a vampire, a sort of ghost that goes about at night sucking blood from its victims. Filled with thrills and a perfect story for the Halloween season, Dracula is a show to be remembered!

Cast

Dracula
Pat Reynolds

Pat Reynolds

Maid
Mary MacLeod

Mary MacLeod

Harker
Michael Hite

Michael Hite

Dr. Seward
Mike Collins

Mike Collins

Abraham Van Helsing
John (Jack) Degnan

John Degnan

Renfield
Gerard Williams

Gerard Williams

Attendant
Danny Brooks

Danny Brooks

Lucy
Amanda Magoffin

Amanda Magoffin

Director's Notes

Boo! Let’s Get Scared!

What scares you? And I don’t mean getting old, paying your income taxes or thinking of the upcoming elections! I mean – what makes your heart race, startles you so you jump, let out the biggest scream so you think you’re a teenage girl? Spiders do it for me! And that noise that wakes you up at night – you can tell it came from a different room, you aren’t really sure what it is but you know no one else is in the house and the dog and cat are in the room with you and all they are doing is staring at the bedroom door! That scares me!

For a lot of people, the most subtle things are the scariest. Things you cannot control. People being in control of you. Losing control. Having no control.

“Dracula” is an old story. We all know variations of the Dracula myth and at some point you have seen a movie involving Dracula (to date there are over 150 movies made either about the character or that include him). The script that you will see tonight is the original Broadway version, a melodrama that featured the debut of Bela Lugosi as Dracula. It opened in 1927 on Broadway and played for 261 performances and launched Lugosi’s career as Dracula.

When I read this script, I realized quickly that if we performed it exactly as written, it would seem “charming”, “quaint”, “old-fashioned”. The more I re-read the script, I realized that the story is about control – having control, losing control, manipulating people – the psychological aspects of fear rather than the literal idea of fear. We focused our attention on what really frightens us rather than the obvious “fangs and blood”. We’ve updated the time a little – making it a little more accessible for today’s audience. There is also a lot of humor in the script and we wanted to play with that and have you laugh, we welcome it. Did you ever see the movie “Scream” or one of its sequels? You are in the middle of laughing and then you jump because you get scared. To me that’s the perfect combination.

The cast and crew have worked so hard on this show. I’m so impressed with the talent, dedication and work ethic of everyone involved. Working with BCT has been a blast! I trust you will see tonight that everyone involved is working very hard to entertain you.

I invite you to sit back tonight, relax, let your mind go. Release yourself – hand over your mind to us. You’ll be happy you did…and hopefully we’ll get your heart racing, have you jump a bit in your seat and enjoy a good scare!

Michael Forgetta, Director


Reviews


‘Dracula’ at Bowie Community Theatre by Julia L. Exline - DC Metro Theater Arts Review

Bay Weekly Review of Dracula

Director gives ‘Dracula’ a mini-makeover in latest production - Gazette.net preview article


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By Del Shores. Directed by John Nunemaker.

Daddy's Dyin', Who's Got the Will? By Del Shores

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Performance Dates

January 11-26, 2013


Synopsis

From the writer and director who brought you 2011's smash hit Sordid Lives comes another story of small-town America. A Texas family experiences not just their father's death from a physically and mentally debilitating stroke, but also a rebirth of the spirit of the family unit. The Los Angeles Times called Daddy's Dyin' "a well written piece of mainstream theatre... consistently funny and occasionally touching".

Cast

Sara Lee Turnover
Maureen Roult

Maureen Roult

Lurlene Turnover Rogers
Sharon Zelefsky

Sharon Zelefsky

Mama Wheelis
Joanne Bauer

Joanne Bauer

Evalita Turnover
Bernadette Arvidson

Bernadette Arvidson

Harmony Rhodes
Scott Beadle

Scott Beadle

Orville Turnover
Ken Kienas

Ken Kienas

Buford "Daddy" Turnover
Bill Jones

Bill Jones

Marlene Turnover
Debbie Samek

Debbie Samek

Director's Notes

Over two years ago, I was introduced to the writing of Del Shores. He is an amazing author who is extremely talented in creating characters that are funny and full of life. When I was first introduced to his writing, I made it my dream and goal to work on a production of each of his shows. So far, I have worked hard to achieve that goal, first by directing Sordid Lives and now by directing Daddy’s Dyin’, Who’s Got the Will? If you saw Sordid Lives and are coming to see something similar, I hate to disappoint you, but Daddy’s Dyin’, Who’s got the Will? is a very differentstory from Sordid Lives.

Del Shores’ characters are ones that we can love and care about–these characters are real and many times we can find our own family members hidden within the writing. We are able to relate to them and to associate them with our family. It’s what makes his work so poignant and funny at the same time. Sometimes we laugh, sometimes we cry and sometimes we do both when tragedy strikes our families. Trying times are difficult to deal with and adding family into the mix is always more difficult. Del Shores uniquely weaves a story that at moments is so powerful and in the next moment is so hilarious that combining these he has created the true magic of family.

These so very talented actors on stage have worked hard to create the show before you. I am extremely proud of each and every one of them and am so thrilled to have been able to work with such talent.

Laugh, cry, and enjoy the roller coaster of emotions that is Daddy’s Dyin’, Who’s Got the Will?

John Nunemaker, Director


Reviews


Gazette.net preview article of Daddy's Dyin'

Baltimore Sun Preview Article of Daddy's Dyin'

5-star review from DCMetroTheaterArts.com

MD Theatre Guide Review of Daddy's Dyin'

Bay Weekly Review of Daddy's Dyin'

Bowie Blade Review of Daddy's Dyin'

Baltimore Sun Review of Daddy's Dyin'


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Daddy's Dyin' by Del Shores

Adapted by Matt Pelfrey. Directed by Estelle Miller.

John Ball's In the Heat of the Night

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Performance Dates

March 15-30, 2013


Synopsis

Based on the award winning book, Oscar winning film and Emmy winning television series! In Argo, Alabama, 1962, the murder of a White man leads to a Black man's arrest - but the suspect is a homicide detective from California. Detective Tibbs becomes the racially-charged community's only hope in solving a brutal murder - with no witnesses, motives or clues. NYTheatre.com says it's "taut and startlingly resonant... uncompromising... suspenseful, thrilling, and stunningly theatrical".

Cast

Sam Wood
Joe Del Balzo

Joe Del Balzo

Chief Gillespie
James Estepp

James Estepp

Pete
Jeff Mocho

Jeff Mocho

Charles Tatum/Endicott/Al Jennings
Paul Berry

Paul Berry

Mayor Schubert/Klansman
Bill Hahn

Bill Hahn

Harvey Oberst/Purdy/Klansman
Ken Kienas

Ken Kienas

Eric Kaufman/Ralph/Coroner/Klansman
Alex Creamer

Alex Creamer

Virgil Tibbs
Sean James

Sean James

Noreen Purdy
Samantha Yangilmau

Samantha Yangilmau

Melanie Tatum
Terri Trudo

Terri Trudo

Director's Notes

The synopsis of this play tells us that it is based on an award winning book, film and television series. It tells us that it takes place in Argo, Alabama in 1962. It tells us that a white man is murdered and a black man is arrested as a suspect. It further tells us that the black man is a California homicide detective that could not have done the crime. Several suspects are then uncovered - all white.

What the synopsis does not tell us is the way in which the black homicide detective conducts himself throughout the ordeal of his arrest and his subsequent discovery of the real killer.

John Ball’s book, the film and this play show clearly the racially motivated hate that encapsulates this Alabama town and how this black detective from California is constantly confronted with it. It clearly shows how he maintains his dignity and his strength of character even though he is aware of the dangers that confront him at every turn.

The brutal murder - with no witnesses- no motives or clues is suspenseful - the action thrilling.

The relationship that begins to develop between the detective and one of the deputies is subtle but would be a surprise to a 1962 audience. Thank heaven it is no surprise to audiences of 2013.


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