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RIPCORD Comes to The Circuit Playhouse

Best described as Golden Girls meets The Odd Couple, Ripcord is an uproarious new comedy by noted playwright David Lindsay-Abaire. Ripcord takes us to the Bristol Place Assisted Living Facility where foul-tempered Abby has just learned that she has to share her sunny top-floor room with newcomer Marilyn. Loathe to share her space, Abby challenges Marilyn to a seemingly harmless bet where the loser abandons the sunny top-floor room. The events that follow take the women on a ridiculous journey that reveals not only the tenacity of these worthy opponents but also some secrets they would rather remain hidden. Ripcord brings us the fight of the century, and after all, wouldn't they know?

Portraying these two feisty women are Karin Barile (Moutainview; The Left-Hand Singing) as Marilyn and Resident Company Member Irene Crist (Other Desert Cities; August: Osage County) as Abby. Ripcord will mark Crist's final time on stage with Circuit Playhouse Inc. She will continue her theatrical work behind the scenes as a director, she will be directing Shakespeare in Love fall of 2017. Serving as the understudy for the role of Anna is Ann Marie Hall (Other Desert Cities; August: Osage County). In addition to her role as the understudy, Hall will perform in two public performances of Ripcord. Ripcord is directed by Ken Zimmerman (Mountainview; Moon Vine).

Ripcord runs June 2 - June 25 at The Circuit Playhouse. Ripcord is sponsored by Amy Hertz & Robert Shankman. The Circuit Playhouse Inc. Super Sponsor is Dr. Thomas Ratliff. The Pay-What-You-Can Performance is Thursday, June 8th at 8pm and is sponsored by ArtsZone/AutoZone and Southland Park Gaming and Racing. The Circuit Playhouse is located at 51 S. Cooper St. For more information or to make reservations, please call 901-726-4656 or purchase tickets online at

Cast List

Abby - Irene Crist

U/S Abby - Ann Marie Hall

Marilyn - Karin Barile

Scotty - Roman Kalei Kyle

Benjamin - John Maness

Colleen - Kristen Vandervort

Derek- Michael Kinslow

Production Team

Director - Ken Zimmerman

Stage Manager - Kiersten Fallow

Production Stage Manager - Katharine Hughen

Lighting Designer - Zo Haynes

Scenic Designer - Kathy Haaga

Costume Designer - Lindsay Schmeling

Sound Designer - Carter McHann

Properties Designer - Gabby D'arcangelo

Technical Director - Phillip Hughen

Title: Ripcord

Venue: The Circuit Playhouse, 51 S. Cooper St.

Dates: June 2 - June 25, 2017

Times: Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm

Tickets: $25 Opening Weekend (June 2, 3, 4), $30 - $35 Thursdays and Sundays, $35 - $40, Adults, $25 Senior Citizens, $22 Students/Military, $15 Children under 18

Playhouse Advisories: Adult Situations & Adult Language

Box Office: 901-726-4656


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