Opened Feb 19, 2009
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
From the writer of Lend Me a Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo comes a sidesplitting comedy of mistaken identities and harebrained schemes. Theatre at the Center presents the Chicago area premiere of Leading Ladies, .
Larry Wyatt and Geoff Rice star as two English Shakespearean actors who find themselves down and out, performing "Scenes from Shakespeare" on the Moose Lodge Circuit in1950's Amish Pennsylvania. When the actors get word of a dying heiress about to leave a fortune to her two long lost English nephews, the pair hatch a scheme to get the cash. However, once they get there they realize that the sought-after relatives aren't nephews at all, but nieces! Gender bending is a piece of cake for a couple of Shakespearean actors.
Romantic entanglements abound when they fall head-over-petticoat in love with the old ladies vivacious niece who is engaged to the local minister. The Leading Ladies cast features Linda Gillum, Dale Benson, Larry Adams, Lolly Trauscht, Kate Bergeron, and Jason Wroblewski. The artistic team for Leading Ladies is led by director multi Jeff Award winner William Pullinsi. Choregraphy is by Stacy Flaster, Shakespeare Dramaturg is Alison Vesley, and Fight Choreography is by Rick Gilbert and David Gregory. Scenic Designer is Kurt Sharp, Technical Director is Ann Davis, Sound Design is by Matt Meier, Lighting Design is by Steve Sorenson, Costume Design is by Brenda Winstead, Wig Designer is Kevin Barthel, and Props Design is by Libby Fandrei. Production Manager is Chuck Gessert and Stage Manager is Rebecca Green and Assistant Stage Manager is Jason Wroblewski.