Gulfshore Playhouse Presents THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP

Gulfshore Playhouse Presents THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP

Gulfshore Playhouse, Naples' premiere professional regional theater, presents "The Mystery of Irma Vep," a Penny Dreadful by Charles Ludlam, Saturday, April 28 through Sunday, May 20.

Lunacy meets laughter in this tour-de-force performance where two actors transform from master to French maid, victim to villain, and living to "undead" at breakneck speed. Blending the best of Alfred Hitchcock, gothic melodrama and monster movies, "The Mystery of Irma Vep" is a gender-bending hilarious horror spoof.

"The Mystery of Irma Vep" stars Gulfshore Playhouse favorites Scott Greer and Jeffrey Binder playing all the roles in this quick-change marathon.

Greer last appeared in "Art" and "God of Carnage" at Gulfshore Playhouse. He is a 25-year veteran of Philadelphia theater, and has worked for 1812, the Arden, Walnut, InterAct, PTC, Wilma, Peoples Light, Theater Exile, Lantern Theater Company and many more. Regionally, he has worked for Actors Theater of Louisville, Round House, Cape May Stage, and the Pearl Theater in New York. He has won five Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theater, including the prestigious F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Theater Artist. Greer was named 2014's "Best Theater Talent" by Philadelphia Magazine.

Binder has appeared in Gulfshore Playhouse productions including "Merchant of Venice," "Hound of the Baskervilles," "My Fair Lady," "An Enemy of the People," "Boeing, Boeing," and "The God Game." A 15-year Broadway veteran, his New York credits include 10 years as Zazu in "The Lion King" and George Banks in the hit musical "Mary Poppins," both performed at the New Amsterdam Theater on 42nd Street, "The Lieutenant of Innishmore," and "Sideman." Binder also serves as Gulfshore Playhouse's associate artistic director.

"The Mystery of Irma Vep" is directed by Gulfshore Playhouse's Founder and Producing Artistic Director, Kristen Coury. Production staff includes Assistant Director Cory Dunn; Costume Designer Robin McGee; Lighting Designer Jimmy Lawlor; Scenic Designer David L. Arsenault.; and Sound Designer John Kiselica.

Evening shows begin at 8 p.m.; matinees begin at 3 p.m. Show subscriptions are available and include priority seating, exclusive events and discounted pricing. All show tickets are $32 two hours before a performance. For purchase information, visit www.GulfshorePlayhouse.org or contact 866-811-4111.

Gulfshore Playhouse is committed to enriching and strengthening the cultural fabric of our region by creating and producing professional theater productions of a national standard that celebrates the diversity of our audiences, draws people together to discover a new understanding of oneself, and gives back in a spirit of outreach and service.

This focus is also at the core of its newest endeavor - the creation of a cultural landmark facility in downtown Naples. Plans are currently underway for Gulfshore Playhouse's new 56,000-square-foot complex at Goodlette-Frank Road and First Avenue South on the northern end of The Shoppes at Naples Square that will include two theaters and an education wing to support programming for children, adults and families.

For more information about Gulfshore Playhouse and the Next Stage Campaign for its new facility, visit www.gulfshoreplayhouse.org or call 239-261-PLAY (7529).

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