FARCE OF NATURE
by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten
The non-stop hilarity of this Southern-fried farce highlights one day in the life of the Wilburn family of Mayhew, Arkansas. Meet D. Gene Wilburn, the owner and proprietor of the Reel ‘Em Inn, the finest little fishing lodge in the Ozarks. Well, it used to be, but lately business is down, tourists are few, and the lone guest who’s just checked in—an extremely jittery Carmine DeLuca from Chicago—is only there due to a location shift in the Witness Protection Program. Doesn’t anybody just want to fish anymore? In the deliciously funny romp that ensues, the residents of the lodge hide, lie, disguise themselves, cross-dress, and slam doors chasing one another, while trying to figure out the source of an increasingly awful stench. By then it’s too late and the lodge is surrounded by vicious critters and hungry varmints that have followed the odor down from the hills. Yet by the delightfully chaotic climax of this one outrageous day, love blossoms, truths are revealed, and the lives of all—family, guests and gangsters alike—change in incredible and surprising ways
Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc
Recommended for teens and adults.
Farce of Nature will be performed at the Von Braun Center Playhouse on September 8-9 & 14-16 at 7:30pm and September 10 & 16 at 2:00pm. Tickets for are $18 for adults and $16 for seniors (65+), students, and active duty military and can be purchased by calling the box office at 256-536-0807, ask about group rates and handicapped seating.
Director- Josh Phillips
D. Gene – John Seigh
John would like to take this opportunity to thank first Gordon Williamson and now Josh Phillips, our esteemed Director, for the opportunity to work on Farce of Nature. He has been involved in theater for almost 30 years and over 60 productions, starting in his church and moving to Community Theater several years later. He has been active with Theatre Huntsville, Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater, Renaissance Theatre and The Whole Backstage. He has been an actor, director, assistant director, technical director and stagehand, in such productions as, Inherit the Wind, Lend me a Tenor and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (TH), A Christmas Carol and Monster in the Closet (FP), Noises Off, Mister Roberts and The Odd Couple (WB). When not pursuing theater activities, John loves anything to do with his grandchildren, computers, soccer and playing golf. He sends his love to his lovely wife, Rene’, his grandchildren, actors in their own rights, Nikki and Hudson. As always, Forever Bits…the guilty one who got me started in theater. My muse, friend & angel…you are missed.
Wanelle – Amy Landreneau
Amy is delighted to be working once again with Theatre Huntsville. She has also had the honor of playing other key and supporting roles around town including Dapne Davis in Phantom of the Soap Opera and Carrie Innes in Whodunit! (HCC), Bitsey Mae in Sordid Lives (TH), Ms. Watson in Big and Mrs. Pugh in Annie (LMP), Duke Senior in As You Like It, Vincentio in Taming of the Shrew (RCS), Mrs. Poppenghul in Moonlight & Magnolia’s (Alabama Creative Artists), and Bernice Clodfelter in The Last Revival (Evil Cheez) to name a few. She has enjoyed playing this larger than life dramatic character. She hopes you enjoy it as well. She would like to thank all of you for supporting local theatre, as we could not do this without you.
Maxie – Ann Sowby
Ann is a veteran character actor who has worked with many of the talented and dedicated amateur theater groups in North Alabama. She recently portrayed the title role in Bank Street Players production of Driving Miss Daisy. She sends special thanks to the directors, cast, crew and audiences of this tribute to our regional dysfunction. Bless our hearts!
Jenna – Mariah Beachboard
Mariah recently moved from Virginia who taught acting and directing at Christian Youth Theatre Fredericksburg for eight years. During that time, she directed Mary Poppins, Honk!, Scapin and The Canterbury Tales. For class showcases, she often wrote plays, which highlighted her students’ talents and new skills. She also taught acting and dance at The Performance Place in Fredericksburg, VA. During her time in the “Burg,” she performed juicy roles with the Rude Mechanicals, including Maggie in Boys’ Life and Claire in Proof. She also played Old Widow Whiskers in The Pied Piper at Stafford’s Riverside Dinner Theater. In Richmond, VA, she performed in Theatre IV’s The Golden Goose and the Carpenter Science Theatre Company’s Unsinkable? Unthinkable!
Mrs. Beachboard is an alumna of Mary Washington College (MWC) and apprenticed with the Fredericksburg Theatre Company. She performed with the MWC’s travelling theatre troupe in Turkey. Additionally, she holds an MBA in Marketing from American Intercontinental University. As co-owner of Spoken Word Events, LLP, she produced marketing videos for the Spotsylvania Education Foundation. She currently teaches for Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theatre, and studies voice acting at Hollywood Huntsville. Mrs. Beachboard feels grateful to Theatre Huntsville and its sponsors for the opportunity to debut in her new hometown.
Ty – Matt Jones
Matt earned his bachelor’s degree in Theatre and Psychology from the University of Alabama and his Master’s in Psychology from UAH. He is excited to work on his first show with Theatre Huntsville, and wants to thank his fellow cast and crewmates for welcoming him with open arms and constantly challenging him to improve. Favorite previous productions include as Hal in Proof, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Jerry in Tales of the Lost Formicans.
Carmine – Andy Cayse
Andy is excited to join Theatre Huntsville for this production. While this is his first time working with the company, he is no stranger to the stage; graduating from Jacksonville State University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s Degree in drama, having recently worked on multiple plays with Rocket City Shakespeare, and currently working with IMP on their upcoming production of Young Frankenstein. He would like to thank his family and friends for their continual love and support, his fellow members of the cast and crew for being fantastic to work with, and of course every patron and audience member for supporting the arts.
Sonny – Fred Tamm-Daniels
Fred was last seen as Ricardo Montvale in Thrive Alabama’s Wedding Song. His previous Theatre Huntsville experience was as Duncan in Leading Ladies and as Nunzio in Over the River and through the Woods. He has played various characters in several of the HCCA melodramas, included: the Rabbi in Fiddler on the Roof, and Jacob in Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat. Also Daddy Wyman Buford Turnover in Daddy’s Dyin’, Who’s Got the Will? (RT). He has been in several productions with other local groups and returns every year as the ghost of Isaac Schiffman in the Huntsville Pilgrimage Association’s Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll. Thanks are due Josh, Colleen and Wanda for their expert guidance and his wife, Ana, for her enduring patience and support. Following (lightly) in the footsteps of Al Capone, who was a Brooklyn transplant to Chicago, Fred feels right at home with his Brooklyn roots in this madcap story, and he hopes you enjoy it as much as he has.
Lola – Raye Bonham Carter
Raye is thrilled to be back at Theatre Huntsville to wobble and bounce in Farce of Nature. Her most recent roles include Vera in Seventh Symphony (RT), Emily Brent in And Then There Were None (TH), and Snow Queen in The Snow Queen (FP). She is grateful and giddy to portray a character type she has never had the opportunity to explore before. A huge THANK YOU to the cast and crew for putting up with her, and to her husband for loving her through her accent exercises.
Roxanne – Karen Lynn (Maxine Ledbetter)
Karen is thrilled to be back on the TH stage. A local attorney with a BFA in acting, Karen has been performing in Huntsville since 2001. Some of her favorite roles have been as Ouiser Boudreaux and M’Lynn Eatonton in Steel Magnolias, Miss Daisy Werthan in Driving Miss Daisy and has performed the role of the indomitable Maxine Ledbetter in several variations of the “Perky’s” series (RT), Ronda Lynn Lampley in Southern Hospitality (TH) and Cassius in Julius Caesar (Twelfth Night Theatre). Karen finally won a Wings award in 2014 for best lead actress in a non-musical for her portrayal of Ms. Carrie Watts in The Trip to Bountiful (RT). She sends love and hugs to her theatre family, her real life family, and the TH cast and crew.
Assistant Director – Colleen McNabb Samples
Technical Director – Mark Eccleston