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Complete Casting Announced for PRIVATE LIVES at Laguna Playhouse

Casting has been announced for The Laguna Playhouse's production of Noël Coward's celebrated comedy, Private Lives that runs March 15 - April 10, 2011. Directed by Andrew Barnicle, the cast for Private Lives features Julie Granata as Amanda, Joseph Fuqua as Elyot, Winslow Corbett as Sybil, and Matthew Floyd Miller as Victor.

Passion, anger, love, laughter and romance are all shaped by Noël Coward's wit and comic genius in Private Lives, which follows the saga of perpetually dueling lovers Amanda and Elyot, two divorcees who unwittingly book adjoining rooms while honeymooning with their new spouses. They soon realize the folly of their new marriages and impulsively flee together to Paris, only to be caught days later by their jilted spouses while in a most uncompromising situation. This stylish, savvy and still-timely comedy is loaded with pointed barbs about modern romance and the people we can't live with-or without.

Tickets are $30 to $65. For more information, call (949) 497-2787, or visit

Julie Granata (Amanda)
An Ohio native, Julie began her career in Chicago after receiving her BFA in Acting from The Theatre School (founded as the Goodman School of Drama). Some of her favorite roles include Girl in Edward Albee's The Play About the Baby, and Dawn in Lobby Hero, both at the Goodman Theatre. Other Chicago credits include Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train (Steppenwolf Theatre), Don't Drink The Water, Meet John Doe, Streeterville, Whale Music, The Women, Present Laughter, Stage Door, Balm in Gilead, Merchant of Venice, Our Town, and Merrily We Roll Along. Recent West Coast theatre credits include Sally in I Am a Camera, at B-Street Theatre, Boston Court's world premiere production of Futura, Hedda in Hedda Gabler, the Restoration comedy London Cuckolds (Ark Theatre), and Bright Ideas at the Avery Scriber Theater. Julie has appeared in feature films, television, commercials, and in the live radio broadcast performance series ‘Stories on Stage' for NPR.

Joseph Fuqua (Elyot Chase)
Joseph's Broadway and off-Broadway credits include Brighton Beach Memoirs and 110 in the Shade (Lincoln Center), Raft of the Medusa and Yours, Anne. Joseph's regional credits include Octavius Caesar in Antony and Cleopatra at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alexei in A Month in the Country at Arena Stage, Iago in Othello for Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, Louis in Angels in America at Dallas Theater Center and Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks opposite Mary Jo Catlett at Ensemble Theatre in Santa Barbara. On television, Joseph guest-starred on "The X-Files," "The Profiler," "Brooklyn South," "The Pretender," "Chicago Hope," "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "Becker," and the pilot "Second Nature." Film credits include "Ed's Next Move," "David Searching," "Heyday," and J.E.B. Stuart in "Gettysburg," a role he reprised in the Warner Brothers film "Gods and Generals" with Robert Duvall. In 2000, Joseph joined Rubicon Theatre of Ventura, CA, as it's first company member. He has appeared in over 27 productions with Rubicon, including Hamlet (title role-Indy Award), Man of La Mancha, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, A Streetcar Named Desire, Dancing at Lughnasa, The Boys Next Door (Indy Award), Murder in the First (World Premiere), The Rainmaker (Robby Award and Rep Award), All My Sons (Ovation Award), The Night of the Iguana (also at Manitoba Theatre Centre), Tuesdays with Morrie, You Can't Take It With You, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Fiddler on the Roof, Doubt (directed by his dear friend Jenny Sullivan) and Sebastian in Jim O'Neil's The Tempest. Most recently he played Jane and Lord Edgar in The Mystery of Irma Vep at the Ensemble Theatre of Santa Barbara. Joseph is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.

Winslow Corbett (Sybil)
Theatrical credits include the national tour of The Graduate; Noises Off at South Coast Rep; Nora Ephron's Love, Loss, and What I Wore at the Geffen Playhouse; You Can't Take It With You at the Rubicon Theatre (Independent Theatre Award); Trying at the Rubicon Theatre (LA Stagescene award for Dual Ensemble with her father, Robin Gammell); David Copperfield at The Westport Country Playhouse, directed by JoAnne Woodward and Anne Keefe; The Underpants at Playmakers Repertory, directed by Gene Saks; The Importance of Being Earnest at the Pittsburgh Public Theater; The Learned Ladies, The Mother of Us All at the Williamstown Theatre Festival; Arcadia and Grand Magic at ACT; Private Lives at Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre; Ah, Wilderness! at Cincinnati Playhouse and Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; Doubt at Capital Repertory Theatre; Born Yesterday at Santa Barbara's Garvin Theatre; Fabuloso, Noises Off, and Born Yesterday at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre; Pericles at Shakespeare & Company; Arcadia at Portland Repertory Theatre; Twelfth Night at Tygre's Heart Shakespeare Company; The Skin Game at the Mint Theatre; Romulus Linney's Lark at Ensemble Studio Theatre. Television work includes "Change of Heart" for Lifetime, Comedy Central's "Stand Up Nation with Greg Giraldo"

Matthew Floyd Miller (Victor)
Matthew last appeared at The Laguna Playhouse in Around The World In Eighty Days. He has appeared on Broadway in Not About Nightingales, dir.Trevor Nunn (Circle in the Square); The Invention of Love, dir. Jack O'Brien (Lincoln Center Theatre). Off-Broadway credits include Another Part of the Forest (Peccadillo Theatre Co.); Of Mice and Men (Urban Stages); Letters From Cuba (Signature Theatre Co.). Regional credits include Tom Stoppard's Rock‘n Roll, The Pillowman, The Underpants (ACT-Seattle); Hysteria (Wilma Theatre); Around the World In Eighty Days (San Jose Rep.); The Bald Soprano (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); This Wonderful Life (Portland Center Stage); A Prayer For Owen Meany (U.S. premiere, Playmaker's Repertory Co.); Theophilus North (World premiere, Arena Stage/GeVa Theatre Center); The Violet Hour (Dallas Theatre Center); The Matchmaker, with Andrea Martin (Ford's Theatre); Enchanted April (Arizona Theatre Co.); Desire Under The Elms (Dean Goodman Choice Award, San Jose Rep.); A Midsummer Night's Dream (The Old Globe); The Lady of the Camellia's, The Mousetrap (Pioneer Theatre Co.); The Tempest (Playmaker's Rep.); Two Rooms (Chester Theatre Co.); Romeo & Juliet (Portland Stage Co.); Quills, Wilder,Wilder (Berkshire Theatre Festival). TV/Film: Law &Order; Pop Rocks (Audience Award-Best Short, Breckenridge Film Festival); All Good Things; End of the Line; Telegenic.

Andrew Barnicle (Director)
Andrew served as artistic director of The Laguna Play house from 1991 to 2010. During that time, he produced over 100 Playhouse productions and directed over 40 of them, including many World, U.S., West Coast and Southern California premieres. Recent directing projects include Ron Hutchinson's Moonlight and Magnolias, (which also played the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts as a co-production with McCoy/Rigby Entertainment), Michael Hollinger's An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf and Red Herring, Yazmina Reza's Art, the World Premieres of Bernard Farrell's The Verdi Girls and Richard Dresser's The Pursuit of Happiness, the U.S. premiere of Bernard Farrell's Many Happy Returns, Steve Martin's The Underpants, and Somerset Maugham's The Constant Wife. Andy has directed a wide range of works over the years, including the award-winning American Buf falo, U.S. premieres by Bernard Farrell, Richard Dresser's Rounding Third and Wonderful World, and his world premiere adapta tion of his wife Sara's translation of Carlo Goldoni's The Liar, as well as Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Othello, and Ibsen's An Enemy of the People.

Andrew previously served as Head of Theatre at United States International University's School of Performing and Visual Arts in San Diego, and was the Associate Artistic Director of the North Coast Repertory Theatre in Solana Beach, where he directed seven plays, including the San Diego premiere of Torch Song Trilogy. He has also directed at San Diego's Theatre at Old Town, Michigan's LORT Meadow Brook Theatre, Celadine, Gunmetal Blues and Rounding Third at the Colony Theatre in Burbank, and The Foreigner at the San Jose Repetory Theatre.

As an actor, he has appeared numerous times Off-Broadway and in major roles in eighteen LORT productions across the country, including Meadow Brook Theatre, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, San Diego Rep, the Alaska Rep, and five roles at The Laguna Playhouse, including The Actor in Enter The Guardsman, Sam Galahad in both the production and on the cast album CD of Gunmetal Blues, and most recently as Lawrence in The Ice-Breaker. He is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association.

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