FARCE OF NATURE

by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten

Synopsis:
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

Josh is a 2013 graduate of Birmingham Southern College with a BMA in Music and Theatre. In 2014, he spent a year serving as the directing intern for New Stage Theatre in Jackson, Mississippi.  He has also directed shows for the summer stock company Trumpet in the Land and the Whiskey House Theatre in Chicago.  Some favorite shows he has directed are Betrayal, Dublin Carol, Stick Fly, Winnie the Pooh, and the premier of Up in the Air.  This past season he had the pleasure of directing Theatre Huntsville’s The Game’s Afoot and was on stage as Spike in Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike and as Duane in Duck Hunter Shoots Angel. Josh has had a blast directing & creating with this wonderful cast and crew and hopes you enjoy the show.

 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

Colleen Samples is thrilled to assistant direct Farce of Nature. Some of her most recent roles were as Monette in Always a Bridesmaid (TH), Lexie in The Dixie Swim Club, Jacqueline in Don’t Dress for Dinner (RT) and Cecily Pigeon in The Odd Couple (LMP).  She wants to thank Josh, Wanda, and her incredibly funny cast for being a pleasure to work with.

Technical Director – Mark Eccleston

Mark’s first show here in Huntsville was Little Shop of Horrors in 1988/9 with Huntsville Little Theatre.  He did set construction, painting, and worked tech for the show. He has been involved ever since doing shows for Theatre Huntsville (previously Huntsville Little Theatre and Twickenham Repertory Company), Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theatre, Huntsville Community Chorus, Huntsville High School, Grissom High School, among numerous others.  He has lost track of the number of shows, but it is well over 100.

Recent shows that that he has designed and built include Superior Donuts for Theatre Huntsville and The Snow Queen for Fantasy Playhouse.

Mark is an eight-time Wings Award winner, and nominated many more times.  He has been retired for about a year and is enjoying visiting his two sons and their families, including two granddaughters in Pennsylvania and Maryland.  Along with designing and building for theatre he enjoys woodworking and shooting pool.

Stage Manager – Wanda Linger Whitmer

Wanda is pleased to continue her association with Theater Huntsville as stage manager, prop tart, set dresser and anything else that is a part of the backstage crew.  Previous shows with TH include; The Sunshine Boys, A Tuna Christmas, Daddy’s Dyin, Who’s Got The Will?, The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee to name a few.  She has also been a part of Thrive Alabama as stage manager with their Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre each year.  Next February, she will be a part of Fantasy Playhouse; The Watsons go to Birmingham as stage manager, and excited to be a part of this wonderful show.  Much love and endless thanks to great people in theatre who make it click and to everyone throughout her life, is grateful for their knowledge and experience she has gained from them. We all work together to create art and many thanks to our audiences for supporting live theatre!