February 17, 2012
(February 17, 2012) Gulfshore Playhouse will present the hilarious farce Ken Ludwig's The Fox on the Fairway March 2 through 23, with a preview performance March 1.
The hilarious romp by Ken Ludwig pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it's a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers' classics. Ken Ludwig's The Fox on the Fairway is a brand-new tribute to the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s. You won't want to miss this charmingly madcap adventure - about love, life, and man's eternal love affair with golf.
Ken Ludwig is an internationally acclaimed playwright whose many hits on Broadway, in London's West End and throughout the world have made his name synonymous with modern comedy. He has had six shows on Broadway and six in the West End, and he has won the Laurence Olivier Award, England's highest theatre honor, as well as three Tony Award nominations and two Helen Hayes Awards. His work has been commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and has been performed in thirty countries in over twenty languages. Ken Ludwig is also the author of the popular Lend Me a Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo.
"I met Matt when we were working on Broadway together and I am honored that he would fit us into his schedule to secure our first guest director." says Founder and Producing Artistic Director Kristen Coury.
The Fox on the Fairway will be directed by Matt Lenz. Matt's previous credits include associate director on the Broadway productions of Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can and Disney's Beauty and the Beast. His Off-Broadway credits include The Irish Curse at Soho Playhouse, Idaho! (NYMF, Best of Fest and Best Director Awards '08) and Fingers and Toes (NYMF '10). Matt's regional theatre credits include Hairspray (Paper Mill); [title of show](George St.); Saint Heaven, Scituate (Stamford Ctr.); Aida, Beauty/Beast, Hairspray (MUNY); The Full Monty, South Pacific, Grease (NCT); Confidentially, Cole (L.A.) and Dirty Blond, Love! Valor! Compassion! (Austin). Matt will direct the upcoming Broadway musical Empire.
Henry Bingham will be played by James Judy. His Broadway credits include Narrator/Mysterious Man in Into the Woods, Dewhurst in the original company of The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Fred in A Christmas Carol. Off-Broadway credits include Tin Pan Alley Rag with the Roundabout Theatre Company, Floyd in Fiorello with City Center Encores, 1,2,3,4,5 and The Gig with Manhattan Theatre Club, Lonny in Catch Me If I Fall at the Promenade Theatre, and La Boheme with the New York Shakespeare Festival. National Tours include Deaf West's Big River and South Pacific. Regional credits include TheatreWorks-Palo Alto, Syracuse Stage and many seasons at Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Tennessee Repertory and at The Pioneer Memorial Theatre. James' TV Credits include Cosby, All My Children, and Trinity.
Carol Halstead, playing Pamela in The Fox on the Fairway, appeared on Broadway in Gore Vidal's The Best Man. Her Off-Broadway credits include The Duchess of Malfi, Walking Down Broadway, Pericles, Easter Candy, The Mask, and Alan Ball's Amazing Adventures of Tense Guy. Other theatre credits include: NY International Fringe Festival, Hudson Stage Company, Syracuse Stage , The Kitchen Theatre, Kansas City Rep, Portland Center Stage, Baltimore's Center Stage, The Chautauqua Theatre Company, West Coast premier of Teresa Rebecks' Bad Dates (San Jose Rep and PCS), The Denver Center Theatre, The Cleveland Playhouse and The Shakespeare Theatre. TV and Film credits include Law and Order-Criminal Intent, As the World Turns and All My Children. Carol graduated from FSU in Tallahassee and the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.
Eric Hoffmann will play Dickie in The Fox on the Fairway. As an actor, director, and teacher, Eric recently completed a 3-year run as Officer Krupke in the 50th Anniversary World Tour of West Side Story. This past year also found him playing Orgon in Tartuffe in Knoxville and David O. Selznick in Moonlight and Magnolias in Alabama. Eric's other credits include appearances at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, Theatre Virginia, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, McCarter Theatre, and the Orlando Shakespeare Festival. He spent nine seasons at Washington DC's Shakespeare Theatre as a company member and instructor. His directing credits include Death of a Salesman, The Glass Menagerie, Barefoot in the Park, and The Crucible at theatres here and in Europe. He has made numerous Law and Order appearances and is also a frequent guest artist at universities across the country.
Michele Tauber, playing Muriel, most recently worked for the McCarter Theatre in A Christmas Carol. In the fall she performed the roles of "Vee Talbot/Nurse Porter," at the Provincetown Tennessee William's Festival in Orpheus Descending. Other recent regional theatre work includes; "Margaret" in The Savannah Disputation at the Olney Theatre Center, and "Actress C" in pride @ prejudice for The Chester Theatre Company. Michele has also appeared at Syracuse Stage, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Olney Theatre Center, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, The Cleveland Playhouse, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival and Texas Shakespeare Festival, among others. Her film and TV credits include Boardwalk Empire Ð Broadway Limited, Funny Money, Law & Order, Kate & Allie, & The Street. She has her Master of Fine Arts from the Professional Theatre Training Program at the The University of Delaware.
Making his Gulfshore Playhouse debut is Chris Dwan, who plays Justin in The Fox on the Fairway. Chris' credits include Off-Broadway as Peter in Peter & I (ATA). Regional credits include Little Women at Syracuse Stage; Leo Bloom in The Producers at Arundel Barn Playhouse; Prince Henry in King Henry IV Part 1; Rolf in The Sound of Music at the Cherry Hill Village Theatre.
Playing Louise is Jenny Strassburg, who has worked extensively in regional theatres around the country and New York City. Her favorite roles include Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Earnest (Dorset Theatre Festival), Audrey in Hank Williams: Lost Highway (Depot Theatre), and Lydia in Pride and Prejudice (Pioneer Theatre Company). Jenny has appeared in numerous commercials, All My Children, and Guiding Light.
Gulfshore Playhouse is Naples' first and finest professional theatre company offering a variety of stimulating, thought-provoking and entertaining productions from important classics to Broadway hits and innovative new works. Our shows are conceived and created in-house using a team of professional designers and technicians as well as Equity actors with credits ranging from Broadway shows to film and television. All Gulfshore Playhouse productions are presented exclusively at The Norris Center in Downtown Naples.
The Gulfshore Playhouse Theatre Education Project serves Southwest Florida through a wide variety of unique educational opportunities. Our programming provides people from our diverse community accessibility to the art of theatre. Program offerings range from ART SMART, our in-school residencies which teach content curriculum through the lively art of theatre during the school day, to the STAR (Student Theatre Artist in Residence) after-school theatre classes and Theatre Summer Camps. We offer a variety of educational opportunities for adults, from rigorous internship programs to classes taught by professional actors and members of the Gulfshore Playhouse creative team, and our newly unveiled Synergy Series, a series of panel discussions and talk-backs relating to our mainstage productions.
Gulfshore Playhouse's production of The Fox on the Fairway will run March 2 through 23, with a preview performance in March 1. Tickets start at just $35 and can be purchased by visiting our website at www.gulfshoreplayhouse.org or by calling our box office at 1-866-811-4111.
For more information, contact Tristan Carter, Marketing Coordinator at 239-261-PLAY (7529) TCarter@gulfshoreplayhouse.org