Everyman Theatre Opens YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU Tonight, 5/16
Meet the Sycamores – the delightfully eccentric family at the center of the action in the madcap comedy classic, You Can't Take It With You. They revel in day-to-day occurrences such as collecting snakes, making fireworks in the basement, and practicing ballet steps in the parlor. When their daughter Alice, decides to invite her conservative boyfriend's family to dinner, they promise to be on their best behavior. However...! Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and adapted into an Academy Award winning film, this beloved comedy has been a perennial favorite to theatre-goers for more than 70 years.
Many members of Everyman's Resident Acting Company will be featured in You Can't Take It With You including: Megan Anderson, Clinton Brandhagen, Deborah Hazlett, Wil Love, Bruce Randolph Nelson, Carl Schurr, and Stan Weiman. The artistic team is also comprised of many of Everyman's Resident Designers, including Daniel Ettinger (set design), Jay Herzog (lighting design), David Burdick (costume design), Chas Marsh (sound design) and Lewis Shaw (fight choreographer).
"You Can't Take It With You is the perfect way to end our last full season at Charles Street," says Director and founding Artistic Director Vincent Lancisi. "We have gathered so many of our resident actors and designers together to bring to life the hilarious and zany vision of Hart and Kaufman. Ultimately, this is a show with a real heart and ultimate humanity, which our audience is going to fall in love with it!"
You Can't Take It With You runs tonight, May 16 through June 17, offering performances Tuesday through Sunday, with selected Wednesday matinees.
Everyman Theatre is a professional Equity theatre company celebrating the actor, with the resident company of artists from the Baltimore/DC area. The theatre is dedicated to engaging the audience through a shared experience between actor and audience seeking connection and emotional truth in performance. Everyman is dedicated to presenting high quality plays that are affordable and accessible to everyone. For tickets, call the Everyman Theatre Box Office at 410-752-2208 or visit www.everymantheatre.org.
The cast: Megan Anderson, Clinton Brandhagen, Chinai J. Hardy, Deborah Hazlett, Kyle A. Jackson, Michael Leicht, Brianna Letourneau, Wil Love, Bruce Randolph Nelson, Caitlin O'Connell, Jon Hudson Odom, Barbara Pinolini, Steve Sawicki and Matthew Schleigh.
Artistic team: Vincent Lancisi Director, Joseph Ritsch Asst. Director/Choreographer, Daniel Ettinger Set Design, Jay Herzog Lighting Design, David Burdick Costume Design, Chas Marsh Sound Design, Anne Nesmith Wig Design, Pam Weiner Props Master, Steve Satta Dialect Coach, Lewis Shaw Fight Choreographer, Naomi Greenberg-Slovin Dramaturg
Megan Anderson (Essie) Everyman Theatre: Fifty Words, All My Sons, Blackbird, The Exonerated, Rabbit Hole, The Cherry Orchard, Filthy Rich, Turn of the Screw, Much Ado About Nothing, And a Nightingale Sang, The School for Scandal, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Proof, Taking Sides, My Children! My Africa!, The Crucible, The 5th of July, The Last Night of Ballyhoo Regional: Olney Theatre Center, Rabbit Hole; Rep Stage, The Violet Hour, The Seagull; Round House Theatre, Heartbreak House, The Cherry Orchard, Our Town, Problem Child; Woolly Mammoth, The Faculty Room; Totem Pole Playhouse, Proposals, Crimes of the Heart, Proof; LA Theatreworks/Voice of America, Bus Stop. TV/Film: 3 seasons on The Wire (Jennifer Carcetti); Hit and Run (Lionsgate/MGM).
Clinton Brandhagen (Ed) Everyman Theatre: Fifty Words, All My Sons, Shipwrecked! An Entertainment. The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As Told By Himself), Two Rooms, The Mystery of Irma Vep, The Cherry Orchard, Doubt, A Parable, And a Nightingale Sang. Broadway: Master Class. Regional: The Kennedy Center: Master Class, Mister Roberts, Shear Madness; Theatre J: Photograph 51; Charter Theatre: Love and Whiskey; Folger Theatre: School for Scandal, The Comedy of Errors; Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: Stunning; Arena Stage: Christmas Carol, 1941, Anna Christie; Round House Theatre: Pride and Prejudice, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Orson's Shadow; Ford's Theatre: Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas; Olney Theatre Center, Democracy, The Foreigner, Anna Karenina; Potomac Theatre Project: An Experiment with an Air Pump, Piaf; The Shakespeare Theatre: Romeo and Juliet; Washington Shakespeare Company: Macbett, Love's Labour's Lost; American Shakespeare Center: Dr. Faustus, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Taming of the Shrew, Merchant of Venice,Richard II, Much Ado about Nothing, The Knight of the Burning Pestle. Education: Southern Methodist University; The University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Chinai J. Hardy (Rheba) Everyman Theatre: Debut. Regional: Round House Theatre, First Stage Children's Theatre, ALLIANCE THEATRE, Cleveland Playhouse, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Theatrical Outfit, Horizon Theatre, True Colors Theatre Company, Theatre in the Square, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Aspen Theatre Masters. TV/Film: Life Lines. Education: BA, Stillman College.
Deborah Hazlett (Mrs. Kirby) Everyman Theatre: Private Lives, Shooting Star, All My Sons, Two Rooms, Rabbit Hole, The Cherry Orchard, Much Ado About Nothing, Sight Unseen, Betrayal, Candida (Best Actress 2006, City Paper), Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, Uncle Vanya, Hedda Gabler, Proof, Sideman, The Pavilion, A Delicate Balance, Watch on the Rhine, The Crucible, The Road to Mecca, Voir Dire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Regional: Playmaker's Repertory Theatre: Frozen; Syracuse Stage: BUG; Florida Stage: The Count, Mezzulah 1946; Signature Theater: CRAVE, Blue Room; Woolly Mammoth Theater Company: BUG (U.S. Premiere); Folger Theatre: Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream; The Shakespeare Theatre Company: eight productions including Henry IV Parts I and II, The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, and Twelfth Night; Theatre J: Something You Did; Olney Theatre Center: Rabbit Hole, Death of a Salesman; Theater of the First Amendment: The Memorandum, John Gabriel Borkman, Betty the Yeti; Totem Pole Playhouse: Sylvia, Crimes of the Heart, Proof; Rep Stage: Arcadia. TV/Film: Law and Order, Homicide, Young Americans. Education: M.F.A. Acting, University of South Carolina.
Kyle A. Jackson (Man #3) Everyman Theatre: A Raisin in the Sun Other: Jewish Theatre Workshop: The Merchant of Venice, The Strand Theatre: Gone/ In the Middle; Delgado Theatre: Insurrection: Holding History; Murphy Fine Arts Center: Charles S. Dutton's From Jail to Yale; Morgan State University: The Bluest Eye Education: New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts; Dillard University; BA Theatre Arts - Morgan State University.
Michael Leicht (G-Man) Everyman Theatre: Debut. Regional: Spotlighters Theatre: Hamlet, A Streetcar Named Desire, Doubt ; Vagabond Players: A Doll's House, Speed-the-Plow TV/Film: Body of Lies, Stolen Voices Buried Secrets, Wicked Attraction, A Haunting. Education: Advanced Acting Program, American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Brianna Letourneau (Alice): Regional: Round House Theatre: Charming Billy, The Bay Theatre: Harvey, The Keegan Theatre: Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Steel Magnolias, Noises Off!, Dancing at Lughnasa. Proud Company Member of The Keegan Theatre, Compass Rose Studio Theater: Lost in Yonkers, Dog and Pony DC: Bare Breasted Women Sword Fighting, Young Playwrights Theatre: New Play Festival. TV/Film: Walkabout Productions: Almost a Perfect Day (Jen). Education: BA Drama, The Catholic University of America.
Wil Love (Mr. De Pinna) Everyman Theatre: Pygmalion, Our Town, The Cherry Orchard Much Ado About Nothing, The Cripple of Inishmaan, The School for Scandal. National Tours: Daisy Mayme, The Show Off, both with Jean Stapleton. Regional: CenterStage, 31 productions including, Mary Stuart, The Mystery of Irma Vep and The Beaux' Stratagem; Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, 25 production including, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Iceman Cometh, Irma La Douce; Walnut Street Theatre (Philadelphia), The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Moon Over Buffalo, Cabaret; Meadow Brook Theatre (Detroit), 18 productions including, Harvey, The Foreigner, A Flea In Her Ear; Totem Pole Playhouse, Resident Actor since 1971, Associate Artistic Director for 25 seasons. TV/Film: Universal, State of Play; HBO, Something the Lord Made; PBS, Trifles, Once Upon A War, Mr. Magister. Education: MFA from Wayne State University.
Bruce Randolph Nelson (Kohlenkov) Everyman Theatre: Private Lives, All My Sons, Shipwrecked! An Entertainment. The Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As Told By Himself), Our Town, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Turn of the Screw, The School for Scandal, Cripple of Inishman, The Drawer Boy, The Crucible, Hedda Gabler, Watch on the Rhine. Regional: Rep Stage: The Goat or, Who is Sylvia?, Hysteria, Bach at Leipzig, Stones in his Pockets, Santaland Diaries, The Violet Hour, The Dazzle), Faith Healer, The Mystery of Irma Vep; Folger: Comedy of Errors, ,She Stoops to Conquer; Olney Theatre: The Elephant Man, Prelude to a Kiss, Farragut North; Signature: Never the Sinner, Over and Over; Washington Shakespeare: The Triumph of Love; Wolly Mammoth: Dead Man's Cell Phone, After Ashley, Wonder of the World, Fuddy Meers; The Shakespeare Theatre: The Merry Wives of Windsor, Taming of the Shrew; Baltimore Shakespeare: Midsummer, Merry Wives.
Caitlin O'Connell (Penny) Everyman Theatre: Debut. Broadway: 33 Variations. Off Broadway: New York Shakespeare Festival: Alls Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure; Public Theater: Stuff Happens; Primary Stages: Boy; Lincoln Center: Third. Regional: O'Neill Theater Center: Magnolia, End Days, Air Conditioning; South Coast Rep: Habeus Corpus; Old Globe: Julius Ceasar; ATL /Cincinnati Playhouse: Doubt; Denver Center: Two Things You Don't Talk About at Dinner (world premier), Third, The Sweetest Swing in Baseball, The Clean House, Dinner with Friends; Guthrie: Mrs. Warren's Profession, Playboy of the Western World; Shakespeare Theater: Henry IV 1&2 (Helen Hayes nom.), Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, Merry Wives, Comedy of Errors. CENTERSTAGE: Winter's Tale, The Hostage, Othello, How I Learned to Drive, SLAVS!, Oh, Pioneers!, A Dolls House, There's One in Every Marriage, The Film Society, among others. McCarter,Yale Rep, Intiman Theater, Dallas Theater Center, Milwaukee Rep. Film/TV: Unforgettable, Whoopi, Law and Order, Homicide, Perry Mason, Cooking for Richard, The Stepchild.
Jon Hudson Odom (Donald) Regional: Rep Stage: Yellowman; The Goodman Theatre: A Christmas Carol; Ravinia Festival: West Side Story 50th Anniversary; Constellation Theatre: The Ramayana; Capital Fringe Festival: Who Killed Captain Kirk?; Theatre Alliance Winston- Salem: Take Me Out ; Roanoke Festival: Two Gentleman of Verona, School House Rock; Young Playwrights Theatre: New Playwrights Festival; Thesis Project: For Black Boys Who Have Committed Homicide When the Streets Were Too Much, Open Dream Ensemble: Peril on the Red Planet (Apollo). Education: The North Carolina School of the Arts.
Barbara Pinolini (Gay Wellington) Everyman Theatre: Pygmailon, The Children's Hour, Voir Dire, Nude With Violin. Regional: Olney Theatre Center: I Hate Hamlet, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Madwoman of Chaillot, Night of the Iguana; OTC/Potomac Theatre Project: Venus The Best Man ; Totem Pole Playhouse: The Underpants, Lying in State; Trinity Rep (Providence); Stuart Street Playhouse (Boston): Menopause the Musical; Bay Theatre: The Fantasticks; Cumberland Theatre: Diary of Anne Frank; Kennedy Center: Shear Madness; Wayside Theatre: The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Steel Magnolias; Roundhouse Theatre: Diary of Anne Frank. Television: Homicide: Life on the Street, America's Most Wanted, PBS: Life and Death of the Federal Theatre Project (with Judd Hirsch), Share the Word (Cable TV Series, Real to Reel (A TV Magazine Program, Cable). Directing: Taming of the Shrew (Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival), Merrily We Roll Along (Georgetown University). Education: MFA Catholic Univ. of America.
Steve Sawicki (Henderson) National Tour: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Nicholas Nickleby , The Importance of Being Earnest. Regional: Iron Crow Theatre: The Soldier Dreams, "8", Olney Theatre Center: Bye Bye Birdie, Amadeus, Racing Demon, St. Michael's Playhouse: Ten Little Indians, The Mousetrap, Baltimore Shakespeare Festival: I Hate Hamlet, Love For Words, Worcester Forum Theatre: Into the Woods, Hey City Theatre: Tony 'N Tina's Wedding. Film: The Freelancer. Education: BA Theatre, St. Michael's College, VT., BSN, Villa Julie College, MD.
Matthew Schleigh (Tony Kirby) Everyman Theatre: Our Town , Much Ado About Nothing, A Concert Tribute to Rodgers and Hart. Regional: Rorschach Theatre: The Gallerist, Imagination Stage: Wind in the Willows, Perseus Bayou, Looking for Roberto Clemente; Olney Theatre Center: Peter Pan; Toby's Dinner Theatres: The Buddy Holly Story, Cinderella, Damn Yankees, West Side Story, Grease, Fiddler on the Roof, It's a Wonderful Life, Ragtime, Annie; Folger Theatre: Hamlet. Education: BM Musical Theatre, The Catholic University of America; The London Dramatic Academy.
Kimberly Schraf (Olga) Everyman Theatre: Going to St. Ives, Proof, Light Up the Sky, The Fifth
of July. International (Edinburgh Festival): Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All for You Regional:
Arena Stage: Ah, Wilderness, Molly Sweeney, The Women; Ford's Theatre: The Carpetbagger's
Children, Sabrina Fair, A Christmas Carol Theatre J: After the Fall, Mikveh, Hannah and Martin ;
Studio Theatre: Crestfall, Frozen, Skylight; Woolly Mammoth Theatre: Measure for Pleasure, The
Gigli Concert, Freedomland; Signature Theatre: Angels in America, Parts I and II, Show Boat TV:
Homicide: Life on the Streets. Education: BA Classical Liberal Arts, St. John's College.
Carl Schurr (Mr. Kirby) Everyman Theatre: All My Sons, Our Town, The Cherry Orchard, Much Ado About Nothing, Proof, The School for Scandal National Tours: Daisy Mayme, The Show-Off, both with Jean Stapleton. Regional: Meadow Brook Theatre, Present Laughter, Pygmalion; Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Noises Off , Hay Fever; Walnut Street Theatre, Art ; Missouri Repertory Theatre, The Hostage, The Misanthrope; Studio Arena Theatre, Loot, Dark of the Moon, Curse of the Starving Class; CenterStage, The Beaux Strategem, Dandy Dick...Cuckoo's Nest; Totem Pole Playhouse Producing Artistic Director for 25 years, The Petrified Forest, Dracula and The Good Doctor Other: Actors Theatre of Louisville, Walnut Street Theatre, GeVa and Syracuse Stage. Education: University of Michigan.
Stan Weiman (Grandpa) Everyman Theatre: Pygmalion, Our Town, The Cherry Orchard, Much Ado About Nothing, And a Nightingale Sang, Broadway Boys, Candida, Slow Dance on the Killing Ground, Light Up the Sky, Taking Sides, The Waverly Gallery, Visiting Mr. Green, The Crucible, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Nude with Violin, The Price, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Importance of Being Earnest, Buried Child, and Bus Stop. Regional: CENTERSTAGE: The Goodbye People, As You Like It; Toby's Dinner Theatre, Little Shop of Horrors, Fiddler on the Roof; Cockpit-in-Court, The Merchant of Venice; Theatre Hopkins, Pericles, The Threepenny Opera, American Clock, Antigone, Enemy of the People, Heartbreak House, The Price. Film: The Good Citizen.
Tom Weyburn (Paul Sycamore) Everyman Theatre: Our Town. Regional: Shot In The Dark; Ancestral Voices; Marriage of Bette and Boo.
You Can't Take It With You, by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, plays May 16, 2012 – June 17, 2012, at the Everyman Theatre, located at 1727 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Md.
Tickets: 410-752-2208 or www.everymantheatre.org. Pay-What-You-Can tickets are available for May 15th and can be purchased in person at the Everyman Theatre Box Office, 1727 N Charles Street. A post-show Talk Back with the play's actors will be held Thursday, June 14th. Opening Night: Friday, May 18th at 8pm. Mingle with the cast, crew, and staff at a lively post-show cast reception.