Press Room

PTC Presents One Man, Two Guvnors

October 21, 2014
For: IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Media Contact: Heather Nowlin
801-581-7222
heather.nowlin@ptc.utah.edu
 
 

PIONEER THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS

One Man, Two Guvnors

By Richard Bean
Based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni
With songs by Grant Olding

Salt Lake City – Pioneer Theatre Company presents the British comedy One Man, Two Guvnors, October 31 through November 15, 2014.

One Man, Two Guvnors is a knockabout comedy set in swingin’ 1963 London, as one man tries to serve, and hoodwink, two employers at the same time. Throw in a sweet and beautiful but dimwitted young woman, a vain actor—is there any other kind?—a woman disguised as her murdered twin brother, a crooked lawyer, and a couple of low-level hoodlums, and it’s almost more than one man can govern.

The show features a cast of physical comedians, and a band of musicians who participate onstage with the cast.

CHRISTOPHER DUVAL plays the role of Francis Henshall, who attempts to work for two warring gangsters. DuVal’s work has been seen throughout the country at such theatres as South Coast Repertory, Shakespeare Orange County, Sacramento Theatre Company, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Dallas Theatre Center, Syracuse Stage and thirteen seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where he worked on over 25 productions. He is an Assistant Professor in the Actor Training Program at the University of Utah. He returns to PTC after playing Don John in Much Ado About Nothing last season.

LUCY LAVELY plays the role of Rachel Crabbe, the first of Francis’s two employers. Lavely’s regional credits include Crimes of the Heart (Babe) with Banyan Theatre Company, Twelfth Night (Feste), Stop Kiss (Callie) with the Asolo Conservatory, Other Desert Cities (Brooke) and Grapes of Wrath at the Asolo Repertory Theatre. She received her MFA from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory, and holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Notre Dame. This is her PTC debut.

WILLIAM CONNELL plays the role of Stanley Stubbers, the second of Francis’s less-than-reputable employers. His NYC credits include the 2010 Broadway revival of A View From the Bridge and The Coast of Utopia at Lincoln Center. Regionally, he has been seen in Alphabetical Order (Keen Co.), Twelfth Night (Center Stage), The Mousetrap (St. Louis Repertory Theatre), Hamlet(Aspen Music Festival), The Hour of Feeling (Humana), The 39 Steps (PA Shakes. Fest.), Bell, Book and Candle (S.F. Playhouse), The Importance of Being Earnest (Gulfshore Playhouse), and many others. His TV/Film credits include Manhattan Love Story, Smash, Not Fade Away, Gossip Girl, Law & Order and Guiding Light. This is his PTC debut.

KATIE FABEL and CHRISTOPHER SEARS play Pauline Clench and Alan Dangle, a pair of lovers forbidden to marry. Fabel appeared off-Broadway in It’s a Wonderful Life, The Shaughraun and Ernest in Love at Irish Repertory Theatre, Belle of Belfast at Cherry Lane Theatre and Mary Broome at The Mint. She returns to PTC after appearing in Emma. Sears has appeared in Third(Two River Theatre), London Wall (The Mint), How I Learned to Become a Superhero (Apothecary Theatre Co.) and Lord of the Flies (BSC). His film and television credits include The ADK, Law & Order and The Michael J. Fox Show. This is his PTC debut.

MAX ROBINSON and ANDY PROSKY play the lovers’ fathers, Harry Dangle and Charlie “The Duck” Clench, respectively. Robinson has appeared at PTC in over 100 productions, recently as Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing. Robinson earned a Helen Hayes Award nomination for playing the title role in Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde at The Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C. He has been seen at local theatres and at regional theatres across the country.

Prosky has been seen on Broadway in King Lear starring Christopher Plummer as well as off-Broadway in Merchant of VeniceSwimming with Sturgeon, Much Ado About Nothing, And Miles to Go, The Tempest, and Titus Andronicus. Favorite roles are Tony Lumpkin in She Stoops to Conquer and Michael Johnson in Rounding Third. This is his PTC debut.

GERRY MCINTYRE, JASON COLLINS and SUSANNA FLORENCE RISSER have featured roles. McIntyre appeared in A Christmas Carol: The Musical for three years at Madison Square Garden with Tim Curry, Jim Dale, and F. Murray Abraham. Broadway appearances include Uptown It’s Hot, Anything Goes, Once On This Island (original cast), and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Off-Broadway he appeared in The Audience (Drama Desk Nomination, Best Musical), Enter Laughing(Drama Desk Nomination Best Revival), Broadway Jukebox, Sidd, and Joan of Arc at the Stake with Glenn Close and William Hurt. His film credits include Stealing Martin Lane, The Kiss, Broadway Damage, The Next Step, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat starring Donny Osmond. He returns to PTC after appearing in Sweet Charity and as the Ghost of Christmas Present in A Christmas Carol: The Musical.

Collins appeared in the Broadway National Tour of Annie (Jimmy Johnson, Morgantha, u/s Rooster), and has been seen off-Broadway in Signs of Life (Kurt), the concert premiere of The Wedding Banquet (Sean) for Prospect Theatre Company, and inOnce Upon a Time in New Jersey and The Blue Flower. He has many regional theatre credits, and has done cast recordings ofDavid Austin’s A Christmas Carol (Bob Cratchit) and The 30th Anniversary Cast Album of Annie, as well as numerous audiobooks for BBC, Audiobooks America, and Blackstone Audio. This is his PTC debut.

Risser holds an MFA from the National Theater Conservatory. She spent the summer playing the roles of Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing and Ilona Ritter in She Loves Me with the Davis (CA) Shakespeare Festival. This is her PTC debut.

The cast is rounded out by ensemble members JIM BENNETT, ALEXIS BAIGUE, MICHAEL T. BROWN, WARD CHAPMAN andROSIE WARD.

An onstage band called “The Craze” consists of accomplished local musicians PATRICK NEVILLE, JIMMY LAUSCHER, MAX MUSCOLINO and ERIC STOYE. Neville has played rock and blues in Salt Lake City bands for the past 12 years, including with the now defunct BadGrass. His current band, Son of Ian, plays the local performance scene in pubs around Salt Lake City. Lauscher plays in the regional touring act Marinade, Salt Lake City’s The Dead Lake Trio with fellow cast members Eric Stoye and Max Muscolino, teaches private guitar lessons, and runs open jam sessions for other local musicians. Muscolino studied at Berklee School of Music, and then returned home to work with the family band. He can be heard today at weddings, corporate parties, and dive bars all over town. Stoye is a Musicians Institute graduate with a performance degree for drums and percussion. After completing school, he returned to Salt Lake City where he is currently living, teaching, and playing music full time. He has recorded and played with numerous artists of various genres, toured nationally, and has been hired for many local and touring acts.

Guest artist DAVID IVERS directs the production. Ivers is one of two Artistic Directors at the Utah Shakespeare Festival where he has acted and directed in over 40 productions spanning 18 seasons. In addition to his work with the Utah Shakespeare Festival, he has directed productions in each of the last two seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (The Cocoanuts and The Taming of the Shrew) and continues to work regionally among our country’s top theatres. He spent 10 years as a resident artist (actor, director) with The Denver Center Theatre Company and several seasons with Portland Center Stage, Portland Repertory Theatre (Associate Artistic Director), Artists Repertory Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Tacoma Actors Guild and others. He received his MFA from The University of Minnesota and a BFA from Southern Oregon University. This is his PTC debut.

Guest artist GREGG COFFIN is the show’s musical director. Coffin has composed, directed, arranged, and orchestrated the music for over a hundred productions throughout the U.S., Canada, China, and South Korea. Off-Broadway he composed the music and lyrics for Five Course Love (Minetta Lane) and Convenience (Duke on 42nd Street). His international credits include The Scarlet Pimpernel and The Hunchback of Notre Dame at The Stratford Festival of Canada, Slavs! with Tarragon Theatre, and Vinci for the National Arts Centre. This is his PTC debut.

Scenic design is by guest artist PAUL TATE DEPOO III. DePoo won a Carbonell Award for Best Musical Production (The Music Man, 2012), and has been nominated for Carbonell Awards for Best Scenic Design (Annie, 2013) and Best Musical Production (Hello, Dolly! 2012), all with Maltz-Jupiter Theatre Company. He was nominated for a Broadway World Award for Best Scenic Design (Hello, Dolly! 2012) and was an Opera America Director and Designer Showcase Finalist. Off-Broadway, he created the set for Pageant the Musical. Upcoming productions include the new web series Oh, Liza, Master Harold and the Boys (Luna Stage) Sweeney Todd at Lincoln Center, and Lady Day on Broadway. This is his PTC debut.

Guest artist ALEX JAEGER designs costumes for the production. Off-Broadway, Jaeger designed Two Sisters and a Piano(Public Theater) and Wiesenthal (Acorn Theater). Some regional credits include Mr. Burns (Guthrie); Other Desert Cities, A Parallelogram, The Nether, The Paris Letter, Eclipsed (Center Theatre Group); Extraordinary Chambers, Love, Loss and What I Wore, Third, Mizlanski/Zilinski (Geffen Playhouse); Looped (with Valerie Harper), Doubt, Tally’s Folly (Pasadena Playhouse); and many others. Jaeger also works as a celebrity stylist in Los Angeles. This is his PTC debut.

Lighting design is by guest designer KIRK BOOKMAN. Bookman’s Broadway credits include The Sunshine Boys with Jack Klugman and Tony Randall, The Gin Game with Julie Harris and Charles Durning, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Right You Arefor the National Actors Theatre. OffBroadway: What Then at the Ohio Theater, The Cook at Intar Theatre 53 and Recent Tragic Events at Playwrights Horizons (starring Heather Graham). He has numerous regional credits in New York City, as well as around the country. His ballet credits include the English National Ballet, Santiago Ballet, the Cincinnati Ballet, Kansas City Ballet and Hungarian National Ballet, and projects with the San Francisco Symphony – including A Flowering Tree directed by Peter Sellars. He also designed lighting for PTC’s production of The Rocky Horror Show.

Sound design is by JOSHUA C. HIGHT. Hight is an established live sound engineer in both London and Salt Lake City. His other projects of note include working with Sommerset House for the 2012 Olympic Games, Of Monsters and Men, Collective Soul, Fallout Boy, Slash, the Psychedelic Furs, Citizen Cope, the Dropkick Murphys, Gogol Bordello, Kate Nash, Easton Corbin, Sevendust and many more. Hight is a Graduate with Distinction of London’s Alchemea College of Audio Engineering and the Resident Sound Designer for PTC.

Hair and makeup design is by PTC resident designer AMANDA FRENCH. French has worked for Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, the Utah Opera, Egyptian Theatre Company and the University of Texas as Austin. She is a contributing writer in the tenth edition of Stage Makeup by Corson, Glavan and Norcross, and her work can be seen in The Costume Technician’s Handbook by Ingham and Covey, and Wig Making and Styling: A Complete Guide for Theatre and Film by Ruskai and Lowery.

 

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Pioneer Theatre Company operates under an agreement between the League of Resident Theatres (LORT) and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. Pioneer Theatre Company, Utah’s only fully professional theatre, performs at Roy W. and Elizabeth E. Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre, located on the University of Utah campus at 300 South and 1400 East in Salt Lake City, easily accessible by TRAX light rail. Free parking is also available and the theatre is equipped with an elevator, handicap parking, hearing assistance devices and other easy-access features.

 

PHOTOS AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD: High-resolution color photos of this production will be available for media use on the PTC website beginning Wednesday, October 22, 2014 after 3:00 p.m. Go directly to http://www.pioneertheatre.org/press-room/media-photos/

TV CAMERA FILMING: Filming a short segment of the production during Preview or Opening Night for press use can be arranged. Call 801-581-7222.

INTERVIEWS: Interviews with the cast and artistic staff are available. Call 801-581-7222.

PRESS TOURS: Tours of the set for the press are available. Call 801-581-6270.

 

WHO:            
Pioneer Theatre Company

 

WHAT:          
One Man, Two Guvnors
 By Richard Bean
 Based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni
 With songs by Grant Olding
 
WHEN:          
October 31 through November 15, 2014

 

TIMES:          
Mondays – Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday matinees, 2:00 p.m.

 

WHERE:
Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre
300 South 1400 East, Salt Lake City

 

PRICE:
$25 – $44 in advance and $5 more when purchased on the day of the show
Kids in grades K – 12 are half price on Mondays and Tuesdays

 

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT:
$5 off the cost of Main Floor and Loge seating for the first seven performances, when tickets are purchased on or before October 24

 

MORE INFO: 
Box Office: 801-581-6961
Open 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Mon – Fri
www.pioneertheatre.org

 

CAST:
 
Alexis Baigue………………………………………….. Ensemble, u/s Alfie & Gareth
Jim Bennett…………………………………………….. Gareth
Michael T. Brown……………………………………… Ensemble, u/s Stanley & Alan
Ward Chapman……………………………………….. Enemble
Jason Collins*…………………………………………. Alfie, Ensemble
William Connell*……………………………………… Stanley
Christopher DuVal*………………………………….. Francis
Katie Fabel*……………………………………………. Pauline
Lucy Lavely*…………………………………………… Rachel
Gerry McIntyre*………………………………………. Lloyd
Andy Prosky*………………………………………….. Charlie
Susanna Florence Risser………………………….. Dolly
Max Robinson*……………………………………….. Harry
Christopher Sears*………………………………….. Alan
Rosie Ward…………………………………………….. Ensemble, u/s Dolly & Pauline

 

ARTISTIC TEAM:

 

Director……………………………………………………….David Ivers
Musical Director……………………………………………Gregg Coffin
Set Designer………………………………………………..Paul Tate dePoo III
Costume Designer………………………………………..Alex Jaeger
Lighting Designer………………………………………….Kirk Bookman
Sound Designer……………………………………………Joshua C. Hight
Hair and Makeup Designer…………………………….Amanda French
Production Stage Manager…………………………….Mary P. Costello*

 

* Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association.