Arthur Przybyszewski owns a decrepit donut shop in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. Franco Wicks, a black teenager who is his only employee, wants to change the shop for the better. This comedy-drama by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize–winning author Tracy Letts (August: Osage County) explores the challenges of embracing the past and the redemptive power of friendship.
Superior Donuts will be performed at the Von Braun Center Playhouse on Jan 15, 16, 21, 22 & 23, 2015 @ 7:30 p.m. and Jan 17 & 23, 2015 @ 2 p.m. Tickets for Superior Donuts are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors (65+), students, and active duty military and can be purchased online here or you can call the box office at 256-536-0807 for group rates and handicapped seating.
DIRECTOR – Sam Marsh
Sam Marsh has been involved in local community theatre for over thirty years as an actor and director with such groups as Theatre Huntsville, Fantasy Playhouse, Renaissance Theatre, UAH Theatre, Huntsville Little Theatre, Twickenham Repertory Company and Alabama Creative Artists. His performances have included Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, Randall McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Ltc. Daniel Kaffee in A Few Good Men. Highlights from his directing career include Angels In America, Part 1, Fences, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Philadelphia Story, Heaven Can Wait and the recent Fantasy Playhouse production of The Snow Queen. Sam is a graphic designer, producing artwork for numerous organizations, including the award-winning theatre department at Grissom High School.
ARTHUR – George Kobler
George has eagerly devoted himself to the challenge of bringing Arthur P. to life in TH’s production of “Superior Donuts.” Prior roles include Rev. Hale in “Crucible,” Hornbeck in “Inherit the Wind,” and Lane in “The Importance of Being Ernest” for TH, and for Alabama Creative Artists, Thomas in “Venus in Fur” and Victor Fleming in “Moonlight and Magnolias.” By day, George is an attorney focusing in intellectual property law. In a prior life, he was “Goose” from Top Gun. No, really! He flew in the F-14 Tomcat during his active duty Navy career and he really went through Top Gun! He’s got cool photos and stuff, and his callsign was “Peach.”
FRANCO – Jeremy Woods
Jeremy returns to the TH stage as Franco in Superior Donuts. He has enjoyed many wonderful years as part of the Huntsville Theater community. During which time he has portrayed iconic characters such as Tom Robinson in TH’s “To Kill A mockingbird”, Duchess in Evil Cheez’s “How Not To Commit Murder and Lucien P Smith in TH’s “The Boys Next Door. He thanks the cast for the warm welcome. Thanks to “the crew” for always being in my corner… Oh and as always.. BRING THEM…
MAX – Carlos Bofill
Carlos Bofill is pleased to be back on the Theatre Huntsville stage this season in Superior Donuts. After a long hiatus Carlos appeared in the TH season opener, The Philadelphia Story, and before that he last appeared at the Playhouse in the 2013 Ars Nova production of Donizetti’s comic opera, Don Pasquale, in the title role. Over the past ten years, he has appeared in TH shows such as Greater Tuna, The Musical of Musicals: The Musical!, Lend Me A Tenor, The Laramie Project, A Few Good Men, Same Time Next Year, To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Romeo and Juliet, Perfect Wedding and Dearly Departed. He has also been seen in productions at Renaissance Theatre, including The Rocky Horror Show and Talk Radio, as well as on the IMP stage in the title role of Sweeney Todd. By day Carlos masquerades as a SETA contractor at Redstone Arsenal. He is especially glad to be sharing a stage with his wife Liz, whose love and support makes everything possible.
RANDY – Megan Tompkins
Megan Tompkins has enjoyed being part of the Huntsville community theater scene for a few years and has appeared in several shows with UAH and Rocket City Shakespeare. This is her third show with Theatre Huntsville and has appeared in ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ and ‘5 Women Wearing the Same Dress’ previously. Past roles include Germaine in ‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’, Jaques in ‘As You Like It’, Kate in ‘Taming of the Shrew’, Caliban in ‘The Tempest’, Kiley in ‘Where the Great Ones Run’ (with our lovely director, Sam), and many others. Thanks and love to all of the wonderful family and friends who have been so supportive over the last year and to another particular person who is just “the worst”.
JAMES – Adam Howard
Adam Michael Howard is thrilled to be in another Theatre Huntsville production. This is his first show since 2010. Previous roles include Captain Hook in Peter Pan, Peter Evans in Bug (also written by Tracy Letts), Dasher and Prancer in 2 runs of The Reindeer Monologues, andThe Wiz in The Wiz. He’s thankful for his family and friends for their support.
LUTHER – Jon Brown
Jon Brown has been involved with community theatre in Huntsville and surrounding areas for the past fifteen years. Past credits include: Noises Off!, 1776, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Arsenic and Old Lace, As the Crow Flies, The Maltese Falcon, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, The Skin of Our Teeth, Doubt: A Parable. Jon is particularly excited about sharing the stage with his best friend Christopher, and the many new friends he has made during this production. He gives thanks to his family for their support, especially his daughter who is just beginning to find her own voice on the stage.
KEVIN – Chris Carter
Christopher K. Carter is an Aries who resides in Owens Crossroads with a pug and a Hungarian. He is ECSTATIC to be returning to the Theatre Huntsville stage (alongside his best buddy Jon Brown) after an almost one year North Hollywood detour. He was most recently seen by Huntsville audiences as Arnold Wiggins in last years’ ‘The Boys Next Door’ and as Harmony in ‘Daddy’s Dyin’ Who’s Got the Will’ for Theatre Huntsville. He also served on the Board of Directors at The Whole Backstage in Guntersville and has been extremely active in community theatre there. Big thank you and lotsa love to Sam and Gina for allowing him to jump back into this thing that he loves so much, the cast and crew for all the laughs and hard work, the parental units for the unwavering support and most importantly…the love of his life, Jorge, for putting up with his shenanigans and loving him back.
KIRIL – David Schulte
David is thrilled to be in another show for TH. His last go ‘round with this excellent company was in 2013 in “Arsenic and Old Lace” in which he played Jonathan. He has been enjoying the stage since his youth and has played many varied roles over the years including a barber, a giant, a murdering psychopath, a merry man and even a polar bear. His thanks to Sam Marsh for once again allowing him to be a presence on the stage. “Sharing the stage with this group of talented pros has been a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Thanks to all involved!”
LADY – Elizabeth Shaffer
Liz Shaffer is as likely found behind the scenes as on the stage. “Superior Donuts” is her first TH production since 2010’s “Odd Couple: The Female Version!” Liz has a flourish for playing odd, old or twitchy, as evidenced by Helga in Wayne Millers’ first staging of “How NOT to Commit a Murder” at Renaissance Theatre in 2012, her non-embodiment of a Floating Head in Evil Cheez’s “Shivers” at Burritt on the Mountain in 2012, Mrs. Abby Borden in EC’s “Bloodless: The Lizzie Borden Mystery” at The Historic Lowry House in 2013, Mrs. Warren in Fantasy Playhouse’s “The Great Cross-Country Race” in 2014 and Queen Margaret in Rocket City Shakespeare’s “Richard III” this past summer. She thanks her directors for this fun opportunity, all the tech people for making sure she’s not wandering around naked and in the dark, and her husband Carl for wanting to dance with her on stage, no matter what.