Saint Michael's Playhouse to Present Pulitzer-Winning Classic YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU
Saint Michael's Playhouse, Northern Vermont's Actors' Equity Resident Theater Company, has announced the August 2 opening of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman's Pulitzer Prize-winning American comedy classic You Can't Take It With You, directed by Catherine Doherty.
Performances are Wednesday - Saturday evenings 8/2 - 8/5, Tuesday - Saturday 7/8 - 8/12 (8pm curtain), and Saturday matinees 8/5 and 8/12 (2pm curtain).
Taking place at the home of the gloriously madcap Sycamore family in New York City in the late 1930s You Can't Take It With you is a welcome dose of love and laughter. Mayhem ensues when daughter Alice's fiancé arrives with his straight laced, conservative parents for dinner on the wrong evening. "The collection of characters in You Can't Take It with You is like the most wonderful mix of candy - a wide assortment of scrumptious morsels, sometimes sweet, sometimes nutty, but always surprising," said director Catherine Doherty. "Add that ingredient to what the New York Times calls screwball magic and there could not be a more entertaining evening of theater." Everyone has family, but none quite like the Sycamores. Their zany antics and unconventional ways offer hope that love and laughter lead to happiness, even in the most troubling of times.
The original Broadway production of You Can't Take It With You opened at the Booth Theatre on December 14, 1936 and played for 837 performances. The play won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize. The recent Broadway revival opened September 28, 2014 at Broadway's Longacre Theatre and extended its run by nearly two months due to popular demand.
The ensemble acting company features Broadway, film and television veteran Kenneth Kimmins as Martin Vanderhof (Broadway; The Music Man, Company, The Magic Show. Television; ABC's hit comedy Coach), along with Sarah Carleton as Penny Sycamore, Bill Carmichael as Paul Sycamore, Jenny Berger as Alice Sycamore, Adam Petherbridge as Tony Kirby, Kim Taff as Essie Carmichael, Jeffrey Todd Parrott as Ed Carmichael, Gregory Ramos as Boris Kolenkhov, John Shuman as Mr. DePinna, Wayne Tetrick as Anthony Kirby, Brenda Pitmon as Miriam Kirby, Lia-Shea Tillett as Rheba, Maurice Chinnery as Donald, Adam Cunningham as Mr. Henderson, Chris Casell as Gay Wellington, Kathryn Markey as Olga Katrina, and Caleb Roman, Justin Ranicar, Braden Decker as the G-Men.
In addition to director Catherine Doherty, the creative team includes Tim Case (scenic design), Tracey A. Sullivan (costume design), Anthony Pellecchia (lighting design), Joel Abbott (sound design), Jennifer M. Higgins (property design).
Saint Michael's Playhouse is an Actors' Equity Association theater company operating as an auxiliary enterprise of Saint Michael's College. The Playhouse produces its productions with theater artists from Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regional theater nationwide, along with Vermont-based professional actors, directors and designers. Actors' Equity Association is the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. Producing Artistic Direction, Chuck Tobin adds "We rehearse our shows right here in our theater and design and build our scenery, costumes and props on location with our crew of approximately 80 professional theater artists." This 70th Anniversary Season of Saint Michael's Playhouse marks Tobin's thirty-second year with the professional theater company.
The Playhouse 70th Anniversary Season continues with You Can't Take It With You. Ticket prices range from $35 to $45. The Playhouse is located at McCarthy Arts Center, on Route 15, in Colchester, Vermont, a ten minute drive from downtown Burlington, Vermont. Tickets may be purchased online at saintmichaelsplayouse.org or by calling 802-654-2281 or visiting the walk-up window in the lobby of McCarthy Arts Center. For a complete show schedule and more information contact the theater box office directly at 802-654-2281 or visit www.saintmichaelsplayhouse.org. Saint Michael's Playhouse, One Winooski Park, Colchester, Vermont 05439.