Present Laughter by Noel Coward
In this farcical comedy, successful actor Garry Essedine has packed his bags for Africa, but faces his estranged wife, his secretary, a crazed, young playwright and 2 women who want to seduce him before he can even depart!
Sunday, September 23rd at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Monday, September 24th at 7:00 pm
The Arclight Theater
152 West 71st Street, Downstairs
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Michael Iannucci (John Dough) Garry Essendine
Most recently Off Broadway in the title role in Shlemiel The First (Tfana). Other New York credits: Fiddler On The Roof; Enter Laughing; Bajour (York Theatre); Wallenberg (Nymtf); Spellbound (Fringe Festival); On The Waterfront (Brave New World Rep); The Cradle Will Rock (St. Mark’s in the Bowery). National tours; Annie and Fiddler On The Roof. Regional: The Most Happy Fella; Cats (Tuts); Rags; Crazy For You; Phantom (Fulton Opera); Falsettoland (Caldwell Theatre, Carbonell Award Nomination); Steel Pier (Actor’s Playhouse) Noises Off (Playhouse on the Green); Ragtime (Carnegie PAC); My Fair Lady (Lancaster Symphony). Stock: Tale Of The Allergist’s Wife; Lost in Yonkers; Driving Miss Daisy; London Suite; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; I Do, I Do; Guys & Dolls; Witness For The Prosecution; Chicago; The Foreigner. Is delighted to be making his debut with Gotham Radio Theatre.
Laura Leopard (Irene Dahlia) as Monica/Joanna/Lady S.
Laura Leopard*, a founder of Gotham Radio Theatre, last appeared for GRT as Irene Adler in 'Redheads and Bohemians', Rudolph in 'Rudolph's Tale: A 1964 Christmas, and as Lucy Warriner in The Awful Truth. She will also appear in Blithe Spirit in April. From Nashville, Tennessee her credits include An Ideal Husband, at The Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey, Quartett at BAM (the Brooklyn Academy of Music), Amadeus at the prestigious Barter Theatre in Virginia, and Claire in Proof at Mill Mountain Theatre in Virginia. Favorite roles include, Mary Queen of Scotts in Mary Stuart, and Nan/Lina in Three Days of Rain. Laura is a proud member of Project Rushmore.
Jill Ahrold (Lillian Darling) as Sound Artist & Daphne/Miss E./Liz
An avid fan of classic radio shows, Jill Ahrold is thrilled to be a part of this unique theatrical experience. Theater credits include: Feign’d Courtesans, Anthony & Cleopatra, Much Ado about Nothing, School for Scandal (Queen’s Company); Twelfth Night (Jean Cocteau); Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare in the Schools); As You Like It (Spontaneous Shakespeare Sundays); as well as many staged readings with Instant Shakespeare. Jill is the Artistic Director and Founder of Imagine Me Kids, a theatre, media and film education organization for youth www.imagineme.org
William Bailey (Claxton Beauregard Jackson, VII) as Henry/Maule
William C. Bailey appeared in the John W. Engeman Theater's Damn Yankees (team owner Welch), Dial "M" for Murder, and Sound of Music. Other regional: Music Man (Harold Hill), 1776 (Richard Henry Lee), Crucible(Rev. Hale), My Fair Lady (Freddy), Bus Stop, Peter Pan, Floyd Collins. In NYC: readings of Ella Minnow Pea, directed by Joe Calarco; No Time for Sergeants for Gotham Radio Theatre; Dark of the Moon, King Lear, and All My Sons for Project Rushmore; Julius Caesar (Casca) for Hudson Warehouse; Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick) and Romeo and Juliet (Friar Lawrence) for Spontaneous Shakespeare; Tempest (Stephano) and Winter’s Tale (Autolycus) for Instant Shakespeare. William assistant directed Vermont Shakespeare Company’s Twelfth Night and directed Lovehandles Off-Off-Broadway, as well as Project Rushmore’s readings of Arcadia, Tempest, New York Idea, Pavilion, andEleemosynary. William served as artistic director of DeSoto Family Theatre, 2003–2005.
Bob Ader (Otto Shmearcase) as Morris/Fred
Bob began his professional career at the age of six appearing in a television episode of THE NAKED CITY. After that, he made his professional stage debut in John Patrick’s JUNIPER AND THE PAGANS which was produced by David Merrick and starred David Wayne. His Broadway debut took place the following year, in the Pulitzer Prize and Drama Critic Circle Award winning play.,ALL THE WAY HOME with Colleen Dewhurst, Lillian Gish, and Arthur Hill. After that, he appeared opposite Mike Nichols in A MATTER OF POSITION. During the mid 1960s, he made numerous television appearances on such programs as CAR 54, THE DEFENDERS, HULLABALLOO, and THE STEVE LAWRENCE SHOW. Stage appearances during this period included OLIVER, starring Jules Munshin and THE KING AND I, starring Darren McGavin and Rise Stevens, which was produced by the legendary composer, Richard Rodgers and was the first Broadway musical production at Lincoln Center Following that, he appeared with Judy Garland and her children, Lorna and Joey, in a special performance at the Felt Forum at Madison Square Garden. After graduating from Hunter College, he appeared opposite James Rado in RAINBOW (the sequel to HAIR). He has also appeared Off Broadway and in Regional, Stock, and Dinner Theatres in such shows as MINNIE’S BOYS, WHEN YOU COMIN’BACK RED RYDER, A DAY IN HOLLYWOOD/A NIGHT IN THE UKRAINE, THE NERD, JAYSON, THE TIN PAN ALLEY RAG, OLYMPUS ON MY MIND, GROUCHO, A LFE IN REVIEW, and many others. On Television, you may have seen him in a leading role on NBC’s UNSOLVED MYSTERIES where he played a Hasidic Rabbi wanted for international bank fraud. Also, He’s also been featured on such shows as SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, CONAN O’BRIEN, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, THE GUIDING LIGHT, and has also been featured twice on NBC’s hit series LAW & ORDER with another appearance on LAW& ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT. He has also worked on such films as IT’S COMPLICATED, WHEN HARRY MET SALLY, and GET SHORTY, Bob is also a playwright and has had two plays produced Off Broadway He has done character voices on numerous recordings, and debuted his one man show, FIFTY YEARS IN THE BUSINESS (directed by Sydnie Grosberg and Marilyn Spanier) as a fund raiser for Project Rushmore Theatre Company of which he is a proud member.
Directed and Adapted by Sydnie Grosberg Ronga (Sydnie Gale)
Sydnie Grosberg Ronga has adapted and directed most of Gotham Radio Theatre’s productions. As a director she has worked in New York, St. Louis, and regionally directing a wide variety of revivals and original plays. Sydnie is co-founder of Max & Louie Productions, and directed their critically acclaimed productions of It Had to Be You and The Lady With All the Answers and just returned from directing Richard Greenberg’s The Violet Hour. As Associate Artistic Director of The Phoenix Theatre Company, she directed Boy Meets Girl, Alone At The Beach, and The Nerd. Ms. Grosberg Ronga directed Branislav Tomich’s one-man plays; Blue Lanterns which had a highly successful run in New York fall '09, and Café God which played in NYC, St. Louis and won a Drama Logue Award in Los Angeles. She is on the steering committee for the Project Rushmore Theatre Company, NYC, and has worked with Manhattan Class Company and The Women’s Project. As an Arts Educator Sydnie works with students of all ages, directing shows from elementary school to college and designing theatre curriculum for in-school and after-school programs. An acting teacher and coach, Sydnie was born in St. Louis. She is a graduate of Webster University.