Theater News from Vermont: Saint Michael’s Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Chuck Tobin today announced the opening of the area premiere of Ken Ludwig’s contemporary comedy The Fox on the Fairway (July 2 – 12, 2014). This is the theater we visited last Saturday night for a performance of Young Frankenstein.
A tribute to the great farces of the 1930s and 1940s, The Fox on the Fairway takes audiences on a comedic romp which pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy members of a private country club during their annual golf tournament. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it's a fast-paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers' classics. Directed by Kathryn Markey The Fox on the Fairway features professional acting company members Drew Lewis as Justin, Samantha Eggers as Louise, Mike Timoney as Bingham, Abby Lee as Pamela, Christian Kohn as Dickie, Katrina Ferguson as Muriel.
Performances begin on the Playhouse stage on Wednesday, July 2. Performances are evenings 7/2, 7/3, 7/5, and 7/8 – 7/12 (8pm curtain), and Saturday matinees 7/5, 7/12, (2pm curtain).
Drew Lewis (Justin) appeared Off-Broadway in Richard II, The School for Husbands, Henry V. Other New York credits Theater Masters, Asking for Trouble 2013, and Six Windows Presents A Hero of Our Time. Regional credits Don't Dress for Dinner, Twelfth Night, Romeo & Juliet, Love's Labour's Lost, The Importance of Being Earnest. The Fox on the Fairway marks Drew’s Saint Michael’s Playhouse debut.
Samantha Eggers (Louise) appeared on Broadway in Mama Mia! Regional credits include Hero! at the Asolo Repertory Theater, The Lily's Revenge and The Glass Menagerie (us Laura) at American Repertory Theater. Internationally, Samantha has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Moscow Art Theater. The Fox on the Fairway marks Samantha’s Saint Michael’s Playhouse debut.
Mike Timoney (Bingham) appeared Off-Broadway in The Bardy Bunch. Other credits include Private Lives, Corpse!, An Ideal Husband, The Philadelphia Story. Film, TV and commercial credits The Dollmaker, Last Chance, All My Children, This is Sports Center, Star Trek IV, and webseries He’s With Me. The Fox on the Fairway marks Mike’s Saint Michael’s Playhouse debut.
Abby Lee (Pamela) originated the role of Zoe in the world premiere of Car Talk, with other New York and regional credits that include The Rubber Room, I Had Fun But Drank Way Too Much, The Intervention, Or, West Side Story, Barefoot in the Park. Saint Michael’s Playhouse credits include Young Frankenstein, Barnum, Talley’s Folly, Dames at Sea, Nunsense, Unnecessary Farce.
Christian Kohn (Dickie) appeared on Broadway in Hollywood Arms along with numerous other credits including the title role in Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, An Ideal Husband, Death of A Salesman, Phaedra directed by JoAnne Akalaitis. Saint Michael’s Playhouse credits include Young Frankenstein, Fiddler on the Roof, Tuesdays with Morrie, Rumors, Unnecessary Farce, Over the Pub.
Katrina Ferguson (Muriel) appeared Off-Broadway and regionally in numerous productions including Master Class, A Moon For The Misbegotten, Molly Sweeney, The Man Who Came To Dinner, The Sisters Rosensweig, The Beauty Queen of Leenane. Katrina has toured with National Shakespeare Company, American Drama Group. The Fox on the Fairway marks Katrina’s Saint Michael’s Playhouse debut. Ms. Ferguson makes her home in Morristown, New Jersey.
THE CREATIVE TEAM
The creative team is lead by director Kathryn Markey whose Saint Michael’s Playhouse directing credits include Fiddler on the Roof, Boeing-Boeing, Around the World in 80 Days, and Over the Pub. Creative team includes Carl Tallent (scenic design), Collette Benoit (costume design), Jerffrey E. Salzberg (lighting design), Zachary Williamson (sound design), Theresa Pierce (property design).
Ken Ludwig is an internationally-acclaimed playwright whose work has been performed in more than thirty countries in over twenty languages. He has had six shows on Broadway and six in the West End. He has won two Laurence Olivier Awards, two Helen Hayes Awards, and the Edwin Forrest Award for Services to the Theatre. His plays have been commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Bristol Old Vic. His first play on Broadway, Lend Me A Tenor, which the New York Times called "one of the two great farces by a living writer," won three Tony Awards and was nominated for nine. His other best-known Broadway and West End shows include Crazy For You (which played five years on Broadway and won the Tony and Olivier Awards for Best Musical), Moon Over Buffalo, Leading Ladies, Twentieth Century, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Game’s Afoot, The Fox on the Fairway, Treasure Island and The Beaux’ Stratagem.
“We are excited to continue our 67th season, with the area premiere of The Fox on the Fairway,” said Tobin, “but equally exciting is the fact that the Playhouse received a major upgrade this winter. We’ve replaced every seat in the house with brand new, quiet, and comfortable theater seating. We’ve also replaced the carpet and made other upgrades to enhance the theater-going experience.” Tobin continued “The old seats certainly served their purpose, having been installed in 1975 when the theater was built. After almost forty years of use nearly every seat had broken springs and had become very creaky and uncomfortable. The new seats are soft, durable fabric over polymer padding, featuring contoured armrests, lumbar support, and newly engineered springs for extra comfort.”
Saint Michael’s Playhouse is an Actors’ Equity Association theater company owned and operated by Saint Michael’s College. Actors’ Equity Association is the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. The Playhouse produces its productions with theater artists from Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regional theater nationwide, along with a stellar company of Vermont-based actors, directors and designers. Tobin adds “We rehearse our shows right here in our theater and design and build all of our scenery, costumes and props on location with our crew of approximately 70 professional theater artists.”
Saint Michael’s Playhouse continues its 67th season of professional theater with Ken Ludwig’s new farce The Fox on the Fairway followed by a revival of the beloved Broadway comedy classic Arsenic and Old Lace, and Ring of Fire, the musical tribute to Johnny Cash. Single ticket prices for the mainstage productions range from $32.50 to $43.50. Tickets may be purchased online at www.saintmichaelsplayhouse.org or by calling the Playhouse Box Office at 802-654-2281.