Two-time Tony Award nominee Beth Fowler and Richard Kline, known to millions of TV watchers as “Larry” on the classic sitcom “Three’s Company,” head the cast of “Don’t Talk to the Actors,” Tom Dudzick’s backstage comedy, at Penguin Rep Theatre, beginning Friday, August 3.
According to Penguin Rep artistic director Joe Brancato, “it’s every playwright’s dream but when Jerry Przpezniak’s first play prepares to open on Broadway with a lecherous leading man, distressed stage manager and distant director, there’s all the ingredients for an uproarious disaster.”
“Don’t Talk to the Actors” will be performed through Sunday, August 26.
“We are thrilled to welcome back Beth Fowler and Richard Kline, who starred together in last year’s comedy hit ‘Greetings!,’” says artistic director Joe Brancato.
Fowler originated the role of Mrs. Potts in the Broadway production of “Beauty and the Beast” and was nominated for Tony Awards for her performances in “The Boy from Oz” and “Sweeney Todd.”
Kline also starred at Penguin in “Ten Percent of Molly Snyder” in 2008 and recently toured the country as the Wizard of Oz in the National Company of “Wicked.”
“We’re also happy to have Tom Dudzick, author of ‘Greetings!,’ ‘Over the Tavern’ and ‘Miracle on South Division Street,'” all of which have been previously produced by Penguin Rep, back for the fourth year in a row”, says Mr. Brancato.
The remainder of the cast of “Don’t Talk to the Actors” under Thomas Caruso’s direction includes David Arkema, Wilbur Henry, Claire Karpen and Alexandra Turshen.
Caruso is associate director of the Broadway musical “Ghost.” He’s directed “Greetings!,” “Around the World in 80 Days,” “Over the Tavern” and “Ten Percent of Molly Snyder” for Penguin Rep. He also directed the musical “Southern Comfort” by Julianne Wick Davis and Dan Collins, starring Annette O’Toole.
David Arkema (Jerry), previously seen at Penguin Rep in “The Hound of the Baskervilles” and “Shipwrecked! An Adventure,” trained at L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France. He co-wrote, co-produced, composed music for, directed, and performed in “Fabrik: The Legend of Moritz Rabinowitz” which was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for in 2008.
Wilbur Henry (Mike)’s New York credits include: “Our Town,” directed by David Cromer; “Is He Dead?;” “Orson’s Shadow,” “In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer,” “Outward Bound” and “Pullman Car Hiawatha.”
Claire Karpen (Lucinda) is a recent graduate of The Juilliard School’s Drama Division where she was awarded the Michel St. Denis Award for Drama.
The production team for “Don’t Talk to the Actors” includes designers Brendon Cooper (costumes), Kate Foretek (sound), Ed McCarthy (lights), and Paul Weimer (set); and stage manager Angela Perez.
Performance days and times for the show are: Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturday nights at 8 p.m., with matinees on Saturdays at 4 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Tickets are priced at $39 each. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more and young people (30 and under).
A special reduced-priced weekday matinee performance of “Don’t Talk for the Actors” is slated for Friday, August 3 at 2 p.m. (Tickets: $19.50).
To order tickets or for further information, visit Penguin Rep’s website at www.penguinrep.org or call 845-786-2873.