Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Cast list for *The Spitfire Grill*

runs March 19-April 11 at the Civic's Studio Theater

Music and book by James Valcq; lyrics and book by Fred Alley
Based on the film by Lee David Zlotoff

Directed by Marianne McLaughlin
Music direction by Janet Robel

Percy Talbott: Manuela Peters
Hannah Ferguson: Judi Pratt
Shelby Thorpe: Liberty Harris
Caleb Thorpe: Aaron Waltmann
Sheriff Joe Sutter: Brian Gunn
Effy Krayneck: Sallie Christensen
The Visitor: Bryan D. Durbin

World premiere in November 2000; produced off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in 2001.

Elyse Sommer's Oct. 2001 CurtainUp review is here, along with a snip:
The Spitfire Grill opens with Percy getting out of jail. She longs to start over in an idyllic town like Gilead, but ...
"Gilead turns out to be an economically depressed dead-end but Percy's arrival leads to major changes in the lives and attitudes of everyone she becomes involved with: Hannah, the crusty old owner of The Spitfire Grill who reluctantly employs Percy; Hannah's nephew Caleb and his meek wife Shelby; Effy, the post mistress and town rumor monger; Joe the sheriff and Percy's parole officer; a not so mysterious visitor to Hannah's backyard. Of course, Percy herself is not immune to redemptive change."

[ poster: from an Oct. '08 production at Kentucky's Asbury College ]

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