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2019 Show Archives

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This Hurricane Blows: A Cat 5 Comedy
by Celia Rivenbark and Kevin Parker
May 24-June 29, 2019
directed by James Bowling.

Cast
TWEETER HOLDEN-Ron Hasson
KIMMYSUE HOLDEN-Paula Davis
ANTHONY D'MILO -Joe Renton
SOPHIA D'MILO-Lupin Byers
AURORA D'MILO-Michelle Reiff
MALE UTILITY-Kent West
FEMALE UTILITY-Lynette O'Callaghan

The Book of Liz
by Amy & David Sedaris
directed by Phill Antonino
April 12-May 11, 2019

CAST
Reverend Tollhouse/Yvonne/Donny—Jay Zadeh
Sister Liz /Brother Hesikiah—Emily Gomez
Brother Brightbee/Duncan/Visil—Devin DiMattia
Sister Constance Butterworth/ Visitor—Linda Markas
Oxana/Yolanda Foxley— Melissa Randall
Cecily Cole/Rudy/ Dr. Barb—Jen Ingulli

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TWELVE ANGRY MEN
Performed by 12 Impassioned Women


Sunday, April 7
a reading of
TWELVE ANGRY MEN
Performed by 12 Impassioned Women
adapted by Sherman L. Sergel,
based on the teleplay by Reginald Rose

directed by Katherine Vernon
produced by Alisa Harris, TheatreNOW

cast
1-Regina McLeod
2-Beth Corvino
3-Melissa Stanley
4-Cathy Street
5-Bianca Shaw
6-Alisa Harris
7-Anna Gamel
8-Amanda Young
9-Chris Miller
10-Jen Inguli
11-Christy Grantham
12-Amy Koresko

In association with the 12,000 Voices initiative to promote voter
registration and a dialogue about being a voice in our justice system, with civic and voter information by the League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear

Stones in His Pockets
by Marie Jones
directed by Skip Maloney

March 1-30, 2019
CAST
Braxton Lathan Williams
Jacob Keohane
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Senior Moments 2: Betta Daze
by Don Fried
directed by Ella Reischer

Jan 18-Feb 16, 2019

CAST
Michelle Reiff
Lupin Byers
Norm Aronovic

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2018 Show Archives

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Christmas Cactus
by Eliot Byerrum
direct by Juan Fernandez
Nov 16-Dec 23, 2018
Fri & Sat shows at 7pm, Sun shows (starting Dec 9) at 5pm

CAST
CACTUS: Cathy Sanborn Street
​FRED BOOKER: Brian Helgesen
ADELAIDE BOOKER: Elizabeth Michaels
STUART WINDSOR: Tony Choufani
NEVILLE SMEDLEY: Ken Campbell
RAMON RAMIREZ: Ezra Wool
Stage Manager: Marie Marrinan
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IN THE NEWS

STAR NEW REVIEW
"'Cactus' is crazy but still entertains"

encore REVIEW
"Transforming the Season..."

WECT After the Storm VIDEO
"Business Bounce Back" PART 3


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Tales from the Grand Guignol
adapted and directed by Zach Hanner
Oct 19-Nov 10
CAST
Ken Vest
Penelope Grover
Jeremy Weir
Jessica Farmer
Ron Hasson
Lynette O'Callaghan
Zach Hanner​
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Shakespeare Inc.
written & directed by Don Fried
Sept 7-Oct 6
EXTENDED thru OCT 13

CAST
Christopher Marlowe -- Braxton Lathan Williams
William Shaksper -- Joshua Drew
Mary Sydney -- Lupin Byers
Queen Elizabeth & Barmaid -- Carol Pendergrast
Edward DeVere -- Hal Cosec
William Stanley -- Rich Deike
Francis Bacon & Ruffian 1 -- Quentin M Proulx
Ben Jonson & Ruffian 2 -- Jeremy Weir
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Memories, Molasses & More
by Peggy Price, edited by Clyde Edgerton, Stephanie Trott & Deborah Brunson, adapted for stage by Zach Hanner
directed by Mike Thompson

​musical direction by LInda Carlisle Markas

Aug 3-Sept 1

CAST
Kathy Enlow
Robyn Gantt
Penelope Grover
Lance Howell
Livity
Sam Robinson
Chastity Scott

Bianca Shaw
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Southern Fried Bitch
by Celia Rivenbark
with Kevin Parker
​directed by Beth Swindell
​with original music by Catesby Jones


Jun 8-Jul 28, 2018

CAST
GENEVA ('NEE') NICHOLS-Elizabeth Michaels
NICK NICHOLS-Ken Campbell
NEAH NICHOLS-Ashlynn Butrovich
NATHAN NICHOLS-Kai Knight
ROSE RAVENEL-Erin Hunter
CAMERA GUY SETH-Jay Zadeh
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May 4-June 2, 2018

Good Ol' Girls
A musical adapted and directed by Paul Ferguson
Based on the stories of NC writers Lee Smith & Jill McCorkle
Songs by Matraca Berg & Marshall Chapman


CAST
Katie Anderson
Beth Corvino
Penelope Grover
Sydney Smith Martin
Lynnette O'Callaghan
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Andrea Powell
Bianca Shaw

BAND
Linda Carlisle Markas-Musical Director
William Walter
Jack Warfield
Marscia Martinez-Mendoza
Brandon Bales

Steve Forbert LIVE!
"Flying by Night" Album Tour
Thurs. May 10th at 7pm.
$20 in advance, $25 at the door

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Azalea Festival Queen
by Joel Perry, directed by James Bowling
Mar 30-Apr 28, 2018
Photos by James Bowling

CAST
Jackie Jonathan-Heather Costello
Jenny Jonathan-Kathy Cagney Rossi
​Jim Jonathan-Rich Deike
Jerry Jonathan-Nicholas Taylor
Granmaw-Kitty Fitzgibbon
Aunt Tillie-Elizabeth Michaels
Wilbur/Delbert-Skip Maloney

​IN THE NEWS....

WHQR Communique
"Comedy 'Azalea Festival Queen' Onstage"
WECT (Video)
First Act

encore REVIEW
"Colorful and Sometimes Unsavory..."
STAR NEWS REVIEW
"Comedic 'Azalea Festival Queen' doesn't fawn over the festival"


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The Weir
by Conor McPherson
directed by Phill Antonino
Feb 23-Mar 24, 2018

CAST
​Jack-Joseph Renton, Jr.
Brendan-Blake Howard
Jim-Jamie Davenport
Finbar Mack-Jacob Keohane
Valerie-Anna Gamel



Shakespeare Brunches 2018
JAN 22-Twelfth Night
FEB 18: Othello
MAR 18: Taming of the Shrew
APR 22: Hamlet
MAY 20: Two Gentleman of Verona
JUN 17: The Tempest
JUL 22: Midsummer Night's Dream
AUG 19: Antony & Cleopatra
SEP 23: Cancelled due to Hurricane Florence
OCT 21: Much Ado About Nothing
NOV 18: Merchant of Venice

JAN 22-Twelfth Night
Viola: Kire' Ann
Orsino: Justin Sech
Olivia: Tamica Katzmann
Malvolio & First Officer: Grant Hedrick
Feste & Second Officer: Zeb Eulon
Maria: Holli Saperstein
Sir Toby: Jamey Stone
Sir Andrew: Tony Rivenbark
Sebastian & First Musician: Jeremy Fleming
Antonio & Second Musician: George Domby
Fabian & Priest:
Narrator: Bob Workmon

FEB 18-Othello
Othello - Ben Hart
Iago - Gray Hawks
Desdemona - Katherine Rosner
Emilia - Susan Auten
Cassio - Matt Carter
Roderigo - Zeb Mims
Second Gentleman/Bianca - Tamica Katzmann
Brabantio/ Lodovico - Tony Rivenbark
Duke of Venice/First Gentleman/Gratiano - Bob Workman
First Senator/Montano - Bradley Coxe
Narrator - Robb Mann

MARCH 18-Taming of the Shrew
Katharina-Emily Gomez
Bianca-Grace Berry
Baptista-Tamara Mercer
Lucentio-Jay Zadeh
Tromio-Tony Choufani
Biondello/Curtis-Eddie Waters
Hortensio-Jamie Davenport
Gremio-Tony Rivenbark
Petruchio-Phill Antonino
Grumio-Anna Gamel
Vicentio-Robb Mann
​Servant/Merchant/Widow/Narrator-Jen Inguili

April 22-Hamlet
FRANCISCO/PLAYER KING/SECOND GRAVEDIGGER-Zeb Eulon

BERNARDO/GUILDENSTERN/PLAYER-Jamie Stewart Davenport
MARCELLUS/PRIEST-Tony Rivenbark
HAMLET-Matt Carter
CLAUDIUS-Ron Hasson
GERTRUDE-Marie Chonko
GHOST/FIRST GRAVEDIGGER-Robb Mann
POLONIUS-Juan Fernandez
OPHELIA-.Katherine Rosner
LAERTES-Jay Zadeh
HORATIO-Jessica Gift
ROSENCRANTZ/PLAYER QUEEN/OSRIC-Lucy O'Brien
MESSENGER/GENTLEWOMAN-Leah Hernandez

MAY 20: Two Gentleman of Verona

Valentine- Caylan J McKay
Proteus- Patrick Basquill
Julia- Courtney Poland Rickert
Silvia- Grace Carlyle Berry
Speed- Matt Carter
Lucetta/First Outlaw- Bridget McNelis
Launce/Second Outlaw- Zeb Mims
Panthino/Third Outlaw- Kire' Stenson
Antonio/Host/Sir Eglamour- Robb Mann
Duke of Milan- Bob Workmon
Thurio- Phill Antonino
Narrator- Ben Hart

JUN 17: The Tempest

Prospero- Bob Workmon
Miranda- Lily Nicole
Ferdinand- Jackson Cole
Alonso- James Bowling
Antonio- Robb Mann
Sebastian- Ben Hart
Gonzalo- Marie Chonko
Stephano/Boatswain- Zeb Mims
Trinculo- Kire' Stenson
Caliban- Jordan B Wolfe
Ariel- Anna Gamel


JUL 22: Midsummer Night's Dream

Juan Fernandez-Oberon/Theseus
Maggie Miller – Titania Hyppolyta
Tony Rivenbark- Egeus/Peter Quince
Tamica Katzmann- Hermia
Jackson Cole- Lysander
Christy Grantham– Helena
Bradley Coxe-Demetrius
Randy Davis– Bottom/Pyramus
Robb Mann-Starveling/Moon/Peasblossom
Anna Gamel- Flute/Thisbe//Mustardseed
Justin Sech– Snug/Lion/Cobweb
JR Rodriguez- Snout/Wall/Moth
Eddie Waters– Puck

AUG 19-Antony & Cleopatra
Narrator, Dolabella: Tamica Katzmann
Antony: Justin Sech
Cleopatra: Lily Nicole
Caesar: Jackson Cole
Octavia, Messenger #2, Gallus: Christy Grantham
Enobarbus, Alexas, Egyptian, Countryman: Robb Mann
Demetrius, Eros, Canidius, Maecenas:Ken Vest
Messenger #1, Servant, Sentinal #2, 1st Guard:Anna Gamel
Dercetas, Philo, Soldier #3, Sentinal #1, Guardsman: Jeremy Weir
Euphroneus, Pompey, Soldier #1: Randy Davis
Lepidus, Proculeius, Soothsayer: Tony Rivenbark
Varrius, Scarus, Soldier #2: Joshua Drew
Iras, Agrippa, Diomedes: Gracie Cole


OCT 21: Much Ado About Nothing
Joshua Drew – MESSENGER, CONRADE
Tony Rivenbark – LEONATO
Christy Grantham – BEATRICE
Kaitlin Baden – HERO
George Domby – DON PEDRO
Robb Mann – BENEDICK
Shane Fernando – DON JOHN, FIRST WATCHMAN
Noah Harrell – CLAUDIO\Ken Vest – ANTONIO, SECOND WATCHMAN
Jordan Wolfe – BORACHIO
Mirla Criste - MARGARET
Jen Ingulli - URSULA
Linda Markas – DOGBERRY, FRIAR FRANCIS

MERCHANT OF VENICE
Juan Fernandez - Shylock
Ben Hart - Bassanio
Maggie Miller - Portia
Jay Zedah - Antonio
Susan Auten - Nerissa
Zeb Mims - Gratiano
Woody Stefl - Morocco, Balthazar
Deb Gillingham - Duke, Merchant1
Joshua Drew - Arragon, Salerio
Narrator - Robb Mann


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Senior Moments
by Don Fried
directed by Ella Reischer
Jan 19-Feb 18, 2018
CAST
Marie Chonko
Carol Pendergrast
Charlotte Hackman
Michelle Reiff
Juan Fernandez
Joe Lomonoco
Ken Campbell

STAR NEWS REVIEW
"...laughs with not at retirement set"

encore REVIEW
"Geriatic Gameness..."

WECT First Act
'Senior Moments' tells stories of those in their golden years
encore PREVIEW (interview with playwright, Don Fried)
"Naughty Bits..."

STAR NEWS PREVIEW
Onstage in January

2017 Show Archives

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WHQR Communique
"True Story Onstage at TheatreNOW"
WECT First Act (link with video)
"...Heartfelt Comedy..."

STAR NEWS REVIEW
"'Greatest Gift' captures sweet, organic family dynamic"

ENCORE REVIEW
"'Greatest Gift' is original and moving without drifting into Hallmark territory"

STAR NEWS PREVIEW
"Writer based play on wife's kidney donation"


Dinner Show-The Greatest Gift
written & directed by Zach Hanner
Nov 17-23, 2018

CAST
Ted Preston- Mathis Turner
Isla Preston-Eleanor Zeddies
Connor Preston- Henry Stachowicz
Glenn Ward- Skip Maloney
Sharon Ward- Marie Chonko
Patty Ward-Elizabeth Michaels
Sam Lang-Kent West
Evan Ward-Hal Cosec



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We Can Be Heroes
A "Brinner" (Breakfast-for-Dinner) Show by Hank Toler.
Nov 3-4 & 9-11, 2017.
Nov 9-11 shows are presented as a shared event of the Cucalorus Film Festival.
Encore MAGAZINE
"Brinner is Served..."

STAR NEWS
" These superheroes are flawed, entertaining and very full..."

WECT FIRST ACT
" Food and Fun in store..."


CAST
Captain Spartan-Jake Huber
Lady Luck-Holly Cole
Bear Man-Zeb Mims
The Asker-Tony Choufani
Jack Hammer-Blake Howard
Kingsley-Craig Kittner

TheaTerror
written & directed by Chase Harrison
October 6-31, 2017
WINNER 2018 STAR NEWS THEATER AWARD FOR
​ "BEST ORIGINAL PRODUCTION"

CAST
Jessica Farmer as Charlie Band
Erin Hunter as Lin Palmer
Nicole P. Horton as Donna Cushing
Melissa Randall as Renee Castle
Jay Zadeh as Kenny Carpenter
Heather Costello as Danielle Soles
Rick Forrester as Simon Corman

WHQR Communique
"'TheaTerror' mimicks 80's slasher flicks"


Star News Interview with writer, Chase Harrison
Interview with writer, Chase Harrison

encore Review
"Spooktacular Fun"

Star News Review "TheaTerror"
"Dinner theater show 'TheaTerror' is a bloody good time"

Star News Review "Macabaret"

"Good performances lift corny Halloween 'Macabaret'"

WECT First Act
"Get in the Halloween Spirit with 'TheaTerror'"

encore Preview

"Releasing the Darkness Within..."

Star News Preview
What's Onstage
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Macabaret
by Rob Hartmann & Scott Keys
produced & directed by Cathy Street

Oct 13-28 @ 10pm
CAST
Sydney SmithMartin
Elisa Smith
Bianca Shaw
Jordan Davis
Michael Lauricella
Juan Fernandez
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Two Trains Running
by August Wilson
directed by Regina McLeod
TheatreNOW 19 S. 10th St, Wilmington, NC
Sept 1-30, 2017
Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

CAST:
Memphis-Ron Dortch
Wolf-Ben Hart
Risa-Joy James
Holloway-Fracaswell Hyman
Sterling-Daniel McKinney
Hambone-Glenn A. Wilson
West-Maxwell Paige

Shakespeare Brunches 2017
FEB 18-Comedy of Errors
MAR-No Brunch
APRIL 23-Julius Caesar
MAY 21-As You Like It
JUN 18-King Lear
JUL 23-Midsummer Night's Dream
AUG 20-Romeo & Juliet
SEP 17-Merry Wives of Windsor
OCT 22-Macbeth
NOV 19-A Winter's Tale

CASTS
FEB 18-Comedy of Errors
Ashley Grantham - Duke Balthazar
Tony Rivenbark – Egeon/ Dr. Pinch
Donn Lashley – Jail Merchant
J.R. Rodriguez 1st merchant, Angelo
Noah Harrell - Antipholus of Syracuse
Kim Henry - Dromio of Ephesus
Gina Gambony - Adriana
Isabel Zermani - Lucianna
Mirla Cristie – Dromio of Syracuse
Sam Robinson – Antipholus of Ephesus
Lily Zukerman – Luce, 3rd Merchant
Jemila Ericson – Officer/Emilia
Savannah Gregory –Courtesan/servant

APRIL 23-Julius Caesar
Deb Gillingham- Chorus 1 Calpurnia, Pindarus
Courtney Poland – Chorus 2, Portia, Strato
Tamica Katzmann – Chorus 3/Soothsayer, Lucius
Tony Rivenbark – 2nd Commoner/ Casca/Massala
Shane Fernando – Marc Antony
J.R. Rodriquez - Brutus
Bob Workman – Julius Caesar
Irene Santiago – Marcellus , Cinna, Tititnius
George Domby – Flavius/ Cicero/Octavius

MAY 21-As You Like It
Noah Harrell - Orlando
George Domby – Oliver
Ken Vest – Adam/Hymen
Zeb Mims – Charles/Silvius
Kara Lashley - Celia
Tamica Katzmann - Rosalind
Mirla Criste - Le Beau/Pheobe
Robb Mann – Duke Frederick/Jacques
Tony Rivenbark Duke Senior/Corwin
Jen Ingulli - Narrator

JUN 18-King Lear
Tony Rivenbark – King Lear
Ken Vest – Gloucester/Herald
Kat Vernon - Goneril
Tamica Katzmann - Cordelia/Fool
Mirla Criste – Regan
J.R Rodriquez – Cornwall/Doctor/Gentleman
Lee Lowrimore – Kent/ Attendant /old man
Zeb Mims – France/Oswald/Capt.
Alex Wharf – Edmund
Phil Antonino - Edgar
Bryan Thompson-Duke of Albany
Jen Ingulli - Narrator

JUL 23-Midsummer Night's Dream
Rob Mann – Oberon/Thesis
Mirla Christie – Titania Hyppolyta
Tony Rivenbark - Egeus/Peter Quince –
Amy Carter - Hermia
Brendan Carter - Lysander –
Courtney Poland – Helena
Ashley Grantham – Bottom/Pyramus
Ken Vest – Starveling/Moon/Peasblossom
Aidan Van Nynatten - Flute/Thisbe//Mustardseed
Justin Sech – Snug/Lion/Cobweb
J.R. Rodriquez Snout/Wall/Moth
Linda Markas – Puck
Jen Ingulli – Narrator

AUG 20-Romeo & Juliet
Bob Workman -Chorus
Matt Carter – Romeo
Kendall Walker - Juliet
Maggie Miller – Lady Capulet
J.R. Rodriquez - Capulet
Ken Vest – Montague, Apothecary
Tony Rivenbark – Friar Lawrence/Samuel
Phil Antonino – Tybalt
Justin Sech – Paris
Zeb Mims - Mercutio
Kat Rosner - Benvolio
Ron Hassen – Prince/Friar John
Alisa Harris – Nurse

SEP 17-Merry Wives of Windsor
Jamey Stone – Falstaff
Tony Rivenbark – Shallow
Zeb Mims - Slender
Lee Lowrimore – Mr. Ford
Sam Robinson – Mr. Page
Josh Bailey – Sir Hugh
Rob Mann – Dr. Caius
Justin Sech – Fenton
Ana Gamel - Host
Kire Ann - Robin
Holly Saperstein - Mrs. Ford
Christy Grantham – Mrs. Page
Tamica Katzmann – Anne Page
Claire Kiley – Mrs. Quickly

OCT 22-Macbeth
Macbeth - Grant Hedrick
Lady Macbeth - Kire Stinson
First Witch/First Murderer - Jessica Farmer
Second Witch/Second Murderer - Deb Gillingham
Third Witch - Jemila Ericsson
Ross - Tony Rivenbark
Duncan/Siward - Josh Bailey
Malcolm - Matt Carter
Banquo/Menteith - Jay Zadeh
Macduff-Randy Davis
Lady Macduff/Gentlewoman - Katherine Rosner
Lennox - George Domby
Sergeant/Porter/Doctor - Zeb Mims
Messenger/Son/Messenger - Hannah Haugen Narrator - Robb Mann

NOV 19-Winter's Tale
Robb Mann-Leontes
Tamica Katzmann-Hermione
Jemila Ericson-Paulina
Bob Workmon-Polixines
​Katherine Rosner-Emilia/Perdita
Matt Carter-Mamillius/Florizel
Kiré Stenson-Camillo/Lady
Zeb Mims-Lord
Jessica Gift-Autolycus/Officer/Time
Tony Rivenbark-Antigonus/Shepherd
Eddie Waters-Clown
Jen Ingulli-Narrator



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The Picture of Dorian Gray
by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
adapted from the novel by Oscar Wilde
directed by David Heck
July 28-August 26

CAST
Grant Hedrick - Dorian Gray
Kendall Walker - Sibyl/Karen
Jay Zadeh - Harry
Kai Knight - Alan
Chandler Burns - Basil
Kat Rosner - Victoria
Julia Janssen - Christina
Derek West- Senator/Detective/Theodore
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JULY 20, 2017
from 6:30pm-9:00pm
PARTY FREE TO THE PUBLIC!!!
Featuring Snake Malone and the Black Cat Bone blues band
and some theatrical surprises!
Hors d'oevres and drink specials.

TheatreNOW, Wilmington's premier dinner theater venue, celebrates 5 years of award-winning plays and exceptional food and service. Please join us for a celebration with hors d'oeuvres from TheatreNOW's Chef Denise and entertainment with Snake Malone and the Black Cat Bone blues band and some theatrical surprises.

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Celia: Aging Like a Fine Box of Wine
by Celia Rivenbark
directed by Beth Swindell
​MATURE AUDIENCES SUGGESTED.

June 2-July 22, 2017
Cast:
Celia: Erin Hunter
The Princess: Sophie Whisnant/Kendall Walker
Duh Hubby: Jim Bowling
Patty/Britney: Logan Tart
Faydene/Et Al: Elizabeth Michaels
Aunt Verlie/Et Al: Penelope Grover
Britney's Mom/Et Al: Pam Smith

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The Cemetery Club
by Ivan Menchell
directed by Ella Reischer
May 5-27, 2017

Cast:
DORIS: Elizabeth Michaels
MILDRED: Linsey McGRath
LUCILLE: Kathy Cagney
IDA: Marie Chonko
SAM: James Bowling

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Killer Diller
by Clyde Edgerton
adapted for stage by Paul Ferguson & Zach Hanner
directed by Zach Hanner
musical direction by Jared Cline

March 31-April 29, 2017


Phoebe: LaRaisha Burnette
Wesley: Kai Knight
Mattie: Lynn Ingram
​Ted Sears: Steve Rassin
Ned Sears: George Domby
Ben: George Stafford (keyboards)
Shanita: Lemetrius Nolan (singer)
Sherri: Amy Carter (singer)
Vernon: Ramon Garcia (bass)
Leon: Aaron Van Nyatten (guitar)
Jared: Jared Cline (guitar, musical director)
Drummer: Ashton Hayes

encore REVIEW
"Killer show. Killer food"...

STAR NEWS REVIEW
"...with Story, Songs and Performances, 'KIller Diller' Charms"

STAR NEWS PREVIEW
"New Onstage"

WECT VIDEO

​"Clyde Edgerton's 'Killer Diller' debuts at TheatreNOW"

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Shamrock Holmes
written & directed by Penny Kohut
Feb 24-March 25

CAST
John Fountainbaum (lawyer) – Craig Kittner
Lillian MacFee (widow) – Holly Cole Brown
Maggie O'Shea (pub owner) – Penny Kohut
William 'Will' MacMebane (deceased)- Adam Rogers
Shamrock Holmes (Pub Patron, local historian) – Ron Hasson
Father/Sister (priest/nun, piano player) - Michael Lauricella/Linda Markas



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I'm with Cupid
by Ron Hasson
directed by Penelope Grover

CAST
Chris Lewis
Kiré Stenson
Emily Gomez
Mark Deese
encore REVIEW:
"Game of Love..."
STAR NEWS REVIEW:
"Comedic 'Cupid' aims for laughs..."
STAR NEWS PREVIEW:
"New Onstage..."

2016 Show Archives

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by Ed Howard, Joe Sears, Jaston Williams
Directed by Nick Smith
Featuring Susan Auten (right) & Erin Hunter (left).
Produced by special permission by Samuel French, Inc.
WECT Preview
TheatreNOW Takes You to Tuna, TX for C hristmas
encore Review

HOLIDAY HOOT: TheatreNOW serves up laughs and dinner with 'A Tuna Christmas'
STAR NEWS REVIEW
"In 'A Tuna Christmas' Actresses Mix Comedy with Reality"

WHQR
Communique
STAR NEWS PREVIEW

"New Onstage"

OF MONSTERS AND MEN
from the stories of Edgar Allan Poe
written by Stephen M. Raeburn
directed by Ron Hasson

CAST
Gladrielle/Laplace -- Kristina Daniel
Edwin — Phill Antonino
Fortunato/Boullard -- Ron Hasson
Thaddeus/Maillard -- Skip Maloney
Henry -- David Heck
Gertrude/Salsafette -- Penelope Grover
Pickering/Desoulieres -- Jeff Pollock
Cornell/de Kock -- Kent West

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Sept 9-Oct 8, 2016

by Ed Howard, Joe Sears, Jaston Williams
directed by Justin Smith
with Zach Hanner and Cullen Moss

(with understudy Phill Antonino 8/9, 8/23-24)

'
The real reason to see 'Greater Tuna' is the impressive work of Cullen Moss and Zach Hanner, who inhabit close to two dozen male and female roles.'
~John Staton, Wilmington Star News

WECT TV
"Two Actors, 20 Personalities"

Wilmington Star News Review
"Acting in 'Tuna' is far from deplorable..."


encore Review
"'Greater Tuna' illuminates humor that hits close to home"

Wilmington Star News Preview
New On Stage



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Cocktails & Conversations by Joel Finsel
adapted by Zach Hanner

August 5-Sept 3, 2016

Directed by Steve Coley
CAST
Joel: Jacob Keohane
Rudy, Gentleman, Simon: Reid Clark
Henry, Matthew's Roommate: Blake Howard
Reid, French Speaking Man, etc: Zeb Mims, ​US: Jordan Bench
Matthew: Kai Knight
Michelle, Roxanne, Madeline, French Speaking Man: Sandy Vaughan
Rachel, Jenever, French Speaking Woman: Ruth Golsteyn
Rachel's Friend, Woman, Monica: Lupin Byers

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CAST
Grenadine Purdy- Erin Hunter
Momma/Tourist 3- Marie Chonko
Mayor/Tourist 1/Billy- Mike Thompson
Channing Cope- Skip Maloney
Natty Pitts- Joe Basquill
June/Dinah/Becky- Arriana Tysinger
***us-Hunter Wyatt (5/6-5/7)
Sussie/Hildie/Tourist 2- Kendall Walker
​***us-Beth Swindell

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CAST
Mattie Rigsbee: Kitty Fitzgibbon
Robert Rigsbee: Ron Hasson
Alora Swanson: Lynette O'Callaghan
Finner Swanson: Jef Polluck
Lamar Benfield: KenWin Halls
Wesley Benfield: Kegan Dubar
Reverend Bass: Skip Maloney
Sheriff Tillman: Tim Rizor

Top O'the Mornin' to Ya with Faith & Begorrah: Election Edition
"It's Mornin' in a America..."
~Wilmington Star News Review

"Green Comedy..."
encore magazine review

The Lambda

Book & Lyrics by Steve E Cooper
Music by Brad Moranz

Originally produced by Opera House Theatre Company

Directed by Ron Hasson
Music Direction by Linda Markas


Cast
Joey- Brad Mercier
Eric- Chad Lewis
Ken- Beau Mumford
Myron- Andrew Liguori
Nick- Gabe Wood
George- Tony Britt-Kirkegaard
Rhonda- Penelope Grover
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Opening tomorrow night!!! Get your tickets soon as the last run of this show sold out well in advance of the final weekend.

Posted by TheatreNOW on Thursday, March 26, 2015

2015 Show Archives.

TheatreNOW 2015 Season
Jan 9-Feb 14: Love Happens by Richard Orlaff. Romantic comedy dinner show.
Jan 11: Sunday Gospel Brunch with Tru2You Gospel Choir
Feb 15: Sunday Jazz Brunch with LaCi (Chiaki Ito and LaRaisha DiEvelyn)
Feb 19-21: Black History Month LOVE SONGS with Techmoja.
Feb 27-March 21: Top O'the Mornin' with Faith & Begorrah by Penny Kohut. Comedic Irish talk & dinner show.
March 15: Irish Brunch with Blarney Brogues.
Mar 27-May 3: Still Bitchin': Rude Bitches Make Me Tired 2 by Celia Rivenbark adapted by Zach Hanner. Comedic etiquette dinner show.
April 5: Easter Brunch with Nina Repeta.
April 12: Sunday Jazz Brunch with Raphael Name, Brazilian guitarist.
May 8-June 14: Raney by Clyde Edgerton. Southern comedy dinner show.
May 10: Mother's Day Brunch with Grenoldo Frazier.
June 14: Sunday Hawaiian Brunch with Da Howlies.
June 18-July 24: Summers at Seabreeze by Zach Hanner. Musical revue dinner show.
July 12: Sunday Jazz Brunch with Lee Venters and Vermillion Sands. Brazilian, Bossa Nova.
July 30-Aug 1: Impossibilities: Magic, Mindreading and Mayhem.
Aug7-Sept 5: Joni & JT in Jail by Mirla Criste. 60's musical revue dinner show.
August 9: Sunday Jazz Brunch with Nina Repeta Trio.
Sept 11-Oct 3: We Can Be Heroes by Hank Toler. Breakfast-for-dinner ('Brinner') Show.
Oct 9-Oct 31: a zombie, a werewolf & a vampire walk into a bar by Calie Voorhis. Halloween-themed dinner show.
October 11: Sunday Jazz Brunch with Grenoldo Frazier.
November 5-7: Changing Channels Reunion Show 2.0
November 13-15: Summers at Seabreeze encore performance weekend!
November 20-December 20: A Trailer Park Christmas.
December 13: Sunday Jazz Brunch with Nina Repeta Trio.
December 31: NYE Party. "Bachannalia!"

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New Year's Eve: BACCHANALIA!
Thursday, December 31, 2015.



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Star News review
"''Trailer Park achieves a trashy Christmas cheer..."

encore review
"Holiday Hilarity..."

Star News Preview
"New onstage..."

CAST
Meemaw- JR Rodriguez
Lorraine- Sandy Vaughan
Dale Sr.- Jef Pollock
Jolene- Emily Gomez
Dale Jr.- Chris Lewis
Everyone Else- Kire Stenson & Phill Antonino

DIRECTOR
Nick Smith

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a zombie, a vampire, and a werewolf walk into a bar...

CAST
Zombie-Kaitlin Baden
Vampire-Susan Auten
Werewolf-Linda Markas
Bartender-Reid Clark

STAR NEWS PREVIEW
"Diverse shows to embrace the macabre"

WHQR INTERVIEW

STAR NEWS REVIEW
" This 'Zombie' is a lot of laughs..."

ENCORE REVIEW
"TheatreNOW goes to Lula's..."

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A "Brinner" (Breakfast-for-Dinner) Show by Hank Toler.
Sept 11-Oct 3, 2015.

CAST
Captain Spartan-Jake Huber
Lady Luck-Holly Cole
Bear Man-Zeb Mims
The Asker-Phil Antonino
Jack Hammer-Blake Howard
Kingsley-Craig Kittner

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Joni & JT in Jail.
Aug 7-Sept 5, 2015.

JENNIE - Amy Smith
LOU - Mirla Criste
ANNABELLE - Emily Gomez
CASH - Ron Hasson
PREACHER - Rashad Burns
JACKSON - David Gwaltney
GUARD - Mickey Johnson


ENCORE PREVIEW

"Substance and Storytelling..."

STAR NEWS REVIEW
"60's Sing..."

ENCORE REVIEW
"One Note Musical..."

Here's a little write-up on the show's creator, Mirla Criste.
"From Broadway-to-Wilmington"


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"'Summers at Seabreeze' feels particularly timely, even as its focus is on the past. It's a reminder that, no matter what those filled with hate may think, the history of the African-American community has a value, and a beauty, that can't be taken away and won't ever be forgotten."
~John Staton, Wilmington Star-News.


"Perhaps the best show TheatreNOW has hosted to date in its two-year infancy, 'Summers at Seabreeze' is thoughtful, funny, reverent, and educational. It features an all-African American cast of upcoming and veteran talent worthy of much applause. While every performance has its strengths, the storytelling nature really grounds the show. Audiences aren't merely talked through an important timeline of local history, the history comes to life before their eyes." ~Shea Carver, encore magazine.


"The bow on this package, the gift to our whole Cape Fear region that is this production, is Zach Hanner's interest in keeping the Seabreeze story alive and growing." ~Arthur Shuey, Access Wilmington.


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RANEY by Clyde Edgerton.
May 8-June 14, 2015. Shows Friday and Saturday nights at 7pm. Sundays at 3pm.
Adapted by John Justice.

SHOW REVIEWS & PREVIEWS-
Click Titles for Link to Articles


ENCORE REVIEW
"Magical Night..."

STAR NEWS REVIEW
"'Raney'explores marital mishaps."
ENCORE PREVIEW
"Edgerton's Novel Makes it to TheatreNOW..."


STAR NEWS PREVIEW
"'Raney' One of Three..."


Directed by Justin Smith.
CAST
Raney: Kendra Goehring-Garrett
Charles: Zach Hanner
Mrs. Bell: Lynnette O'Callaghan
Mr. Bell: Mark Basquill
Aunt Naomi: Kire Stenson
Uncle Nate: Ron Hasson
Dr. Bridges: Tony Choufani
Mr. Simmons: Skip Maloney


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Celia Rivenbark's
Rude Bitches Make Me Tired 2: Still Bitchin'
adapted & directed by Zach Hanner
March 27-May 3, 2015.

Star News review
"'Bitches' Takes on Etiquette"

encore magazine review
"Down-home Advice for the Modern World"

Rude Bitches: The Sequel --Star News
Sassy Southern Women Get a Sequel--WECT
"Theater Company Banking on Celia"--Star News

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Top O'the Mornin' to Ya with Faith & Begorrah
encore magazine review (click below for link)
"Hamming it up"
star news review (click below for link)
"A Fun Frolic"
WECT
"TheatreNOW gets jump on St Patrick's Day"

Sunday Funnies with Orlando Jones.
"Orlando Jones to Stay in Port City"

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Love Happens.
encore magazine review (click below for link)
"Love Takes Center Stage"
star news review (click below for link)
"Some Truth Emerges in 'Love Happens'"
Focus on the Coast Magazine
"It's a Date"

2014 Show Archives.

2014 was the best year yet for TheatreNOW! On this, the last day of the year, let's take a look back at some of the things that went on at our space. We look forward to seeing you at TheatreNOW in 2015! Happy New Year!

Posted by TheatreNOW on Wednesday, December 31, 2014
New Year's Eve "Une Soirée Cabaret"

A Trailer Park Christmas.
encore magazine review (click below for link)
"More Than Meets the Eye"
star news review (click below for link)
"Merry Little White Trash..."
WECT TV
"Spend the Holidays at Whispering Pines..."
Focus on the Coast
"Perfectly Imperfect"

Blue Velvet the Musical Concert
Star News preview
"Blue Velvet Musical..."
encore magazine preview
"From Film to Stage..."

Wilmington Horror Story.
encore magazine review (click below for link)
"A Treat for Halloween..."
"Reviewers Turned Playwrights"
star news review (click below for link)
"Gory Fun"
WECT-TV
"Three Spooky Tales..."

Bard is a Broad & The Bard's Broads.
encore magazine reviews (click below for link)
"A Recipe for a Good Time..."
"Broads & Hermits..."
"Broad Bard Humor..."
star news review (click below for link)
"Broad is a Romp of a Sequel"
"The Dirty Quill Returns"
"Dinner Theater Scores with 'Broads' Humor"

Tim Sells' The Gambler, Kenny Rogers Tribute
encore review
"An Adult Sing-a-Long"
Star News review
"Kenny Rogers Feel-Good Tribute"



Murder at the Country Club.
encore review
"Parodying Local Flavor..."
Star News Review
Tasty 'Murder' Pokes Fun at ILM"
WECT
"Can you solve this murder mystery?"


Charlie Murphy's Fond Farewell.
encore magazine review
"Raising a Glass..."
Star News review
"Get your fill of laughs..."
WECT
"Get ready for an Irish Wake..."

2013 Show Archives.

As we kick of 2014, we also take a look back at some of the great things that happened at TheatreNOW in 2013. Onward and upward!

Posted by TheatreNOW on Thursday, January 2, 2014
New Year's Eve "Une Soirée Cabaret"

A Christmas Carol.
encore magazine review.
"Spirit Awakening"


Fright Night.
WECT
"Fright Night Startles..."

The Bard's Broads.
WECT
"Pull up a chair at Dirty Quill"

PSL's History of Comedy Pt. 1

Country Cookin' with the Good Ole Boys.
WECT
"Country Cookin' with a Side of Tunes"
encore magazine review
"A Singin' and Smilin'"

Murder on the Set.
encore magazine review
"Nostalgic Look at Murder"

Swing and A Miss.
encore magazine review
"A Homerun"

Sir Martin Taylor.

Charlie Murphy's Fond Farewell.
encore magazine review
"Jolly Jigs and Fun"

Games of the Heart.
encore magazine review
"Ad Lib Love"


2012 Show Archives.

New Year's Eve 2012. French Cabaret!

A Christmas Carol.
"A Holiday Treat"

Fright Night.
"Tales from ILM"

Murder at the Bellamy Mansion.

The Miracle Workers.
"Fillingly Funny"