Dates: August 7 – August 17
Style: Comedy | Slapstick
Run Time: 2 Hours with one intermission
Ages: 13 and up
(There is no official rating system for live theatre. We invite you to use your own judgment.)
by Michael Frayn
In this rip-roaring classic, the audience is treated to a hilarious behind-the-scenes peek at an acting troupe rehearsing and performing the farce Nothing On. Despite nerves, dropped lines and technical difficulties they make it through rehearsal and open the show.
Time goes by and things deteriorate until pandemonium ensues and axe-wielding co-stars, drunken cast members and misplaced sardines take center stage during a disaster of a performance, threatening to jinx the old saying: “The show must go on.”
Meet the Actors & Crew
MICHAEL FRAYN (Playwright) was born in London in 1933. He began his career as a reporter for the Guardian and later the Observer. After leaving the Observer he continued to write as a columnist as well as publishing novels and plays for television and stage. His plays for stage include: Copenhagen, After Life, The Two of Us, Alphabetical Order, Donkeys’ Years, Clouds, Balmoral (Liberty Hall), Make and Break, Noises Off, Benefactors, Alarms and Excursions, Look Look, Here and Make and Break. Other translations include: four full-length Chekhov plays – The Cherry Orchard, Three Sisters, The Seagull and Uncle Vanya and four one-act plays – The Evils of Tobacco, Swan Song, The Bear and The Proposal. Mr. Frayn is married to the biographer and critic Claire Tomalin.
JEFFRY DENMAN (Director) is happy to return to the Cape after directing Spelling Bee in 2017. He was most recently awarded Best Direction and Best Choreography IRNE Awards for his revised production of An American in Paris at Ogunquit Playhouse. Off Broadway: YANK! (Lortel nomination, SDC Callaway Finalist), Naked Boys Singing!, Assistance (Playwright's Horizons), Bullet for Adolf. NY Workshops/Labs: The SpongeBob Squarepants Musical, YANK! (Roundabout Theatre), Diane and the One Hit Wonder (Second Stage), The Searchers (Atlantic Theatre), The Donner Party Project (Denman Theatre & Dance Co). NYMF: Pride & Prejudice, ValueVille. Regional: Ogunquit Playhouse-Damn Yankees, West Side Story, The Music Man; Tuacahn Center for the Arts-Disney’s Newsies, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Disney’s When You Wish, and Fairy Tale Christmas; Music Theatre Wichita-An American in Paris; Engeman Theatre-West Side Story; La Mirada-Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice; Founding Artistic Director of Denman Theatre & Dance Company, Director of New Works at Tuacahn Center for the Arts, co-creator of the iPad casting app, CastPRO and author of the book, “A Year with The Producers.” Instagram: @jeffrydenman and @denmantdc
DAVID L. ARSENAULT (Scenic Designer) The Cape Playhouse: Some Enchanted Evening, Cabaret, The Foreigner, Gypsy, South Pacific, Once. Recent NYC designs: Mies Julie and The Dance of Death (CSC), A Letter to Harvey Milk (Theatre Row), Education (59E59), Julius Caesar (CSC), Peer Gynt (CSC, directed by John Doyle), and A Better Place (The Duke) International: English Theatre Berlin. Regional: Bay Street Theatre, Geva Theatre, Hangar Theatre, Kitchen Theatre Company, Hudson Stage, Gulfshore Playhouse, Northern Stage, Dorset Theatre Festival, and Weston Playhouse among others. Broadway Associate Design: Hillary and Clinton, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Color Purple, King Charles III, Constellations, and Disaster!. Member: USA 829. Education: Ithaca College. www.DavidArsenaultDesign.com
DUSTIN CROSS (Costume Design) is pleased to be designing for The Cape Playhouse. Broadway: The 24 Hour Plays; Off Broadway (Select): Spamilton (New York, Chicago, Pittsburgh, LA, London, National Tour/Off-Broadway Alliance Award, Outer Critics Circle nom, Theater fans Choice nom), The Office (NY, National Tour), The Glass Menagerie, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cougar The Musical, The Other Josh Cohen, Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking. Regional (Select): Kinky Boots, The Witches of Eastwick (BWW Award), Billy Elliot (BWW Award), Cinderella, Sister Act (BWW Award), From Here to Eternity, Heartbreak Hotel (Regional Premieres), West Side Story, Hello Dolly, The Christmas Rose (Carnegie Hall), Prince of Egypt, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (BWW Award). The NY Knicks Dancers and The NY JETS Drumline. Film: Celtic Heart (premiering in June 2019/PBS, National Tour), Buttons (starring Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury) Enjoy! www.dustincrossdesigns.com @dustincrossdesigns
ISABELLA BYRD (Lighting Design) is a Brooklyn based designer. She received an Obie Award for her design of Caryl Churchill's Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, directed by Rachel Chavkin at New York Theatre Workshop. Recent New York credits include The Tale of Despereaux by PigPen Theater Co. at the Old Globe, "Daddy” A Melodrama by Jeremy O.Harris for The New Group and Vineyard Theatre, PLANO for Clubbed Thumb, and Continuity at Manhattan Theatre Club, The Thanksgiving Play at Playwrights Horizons. Regional work includes Seascape at ACT in San Francisco, Member of the Wedding & Artney Jackson (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Angels in America (co-design), the 2018 Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville, designs at Portland Center Stage, and City Theatre Pittsburgh. Upcoming work at Williamstown, Playwrights Horizons, Shakespeare Theatre Company DC, Hartford Stage, and the Alley Theatre. www.isabellabyrd.design
JOSEPH PALERMO (Sound Design) is a Chicago based Sound Designer and Digital Technologist who is quite pleased to be here for your listening pleasure. He’s been recognized at the Cannes Film Festival, the Chicago Merit Awards, and University of Glasgow for excellence in Design and Design Concepts. His next projects include the rest of The Cape Playhouses’ season, Cambodian Rock Band at The City Theatre and The Merrimack Theatre, and The Polar Express with Warner Brothers and Amtrak. His most recent creative obsessions include recording things in an underwater environment, and applying the concepts of Quantum Physics to composition. Joseph is a proud member of the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association.
JAMES O. HANSEN (Production Stage Manager) is thrilled to be returning to The Cape Playhouse after Importance of Being Earnest and Once earlier this season! Recent credits include: On Your Feet! (Gateway Playhouse), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Resident Theatre Company), Beauty and the Beast (Gateway); Flashdance: The Musical (Gateway). Other credits include: Joseph...Dreamcoat, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Beauty and the Beast and Beehive all at Theatre by the Sea. James earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts Management from Dean College in Franklin, MA. Many thanks to the Creative Team, Cast and Crew! Special thanks to his family and Gabby for their love and support! JOHansenPSM.com
CASSIE MCKAY (Assistant Stage Manager) grew up on the Cape, and is a current sophomore pursuing a BFA in Stage Management from Point Park University. Past credits include: Student Choreography Project, Raymond Laine Memorial One Acts (Pittsburgh Playhouse); Evita, Showboat, La Cage aux Folles, Newsies (Interlakes Summer Theatre); Oklahoma (Cotuit Center for the Arts); and Detective Sketches, Big Fish, Once on This Island, A Wrinkle in Time, The Love of Three Oranges (Sturgis Charter Public School). Thank you to her friends and family for their support, and to the Cape Playhouse for the opportunity to work on incredible theatre. Enjoy the show!
CAROLINE PASTORE (Assistant Stage Manager) is incredibly excited to be joining The Cape Playhouse team this summer! Caroline lives in Shelburne, VT and was a Stage Manager for FlynnArts for five years. Some of the productions she worked on there include: Cry-Baby, Cabaret and Once on This Island. She currently attends SUNY Purchase as a Theatre Design/Technology student and worked on We’re Gonna Be Okay this year as the Assistant Stage Manager. Caroline would like to thank the Cape Playhouse team for being so welcoming and her family and teachers for all their support.
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