Unnecessary Farce

1/28/2011 - 2/13/2011

Two cops. Three crooks. Eight doors. Go! In a cheap motel room, an embezzling mayor is supposed to meet with his female accountant, while in the room next-door, two undercover cops wait to catch the meeting on videotape. But there's some confusion as to who's in which room, who's being videotaped, who's taken the money, who's hired a hit man, and why the accountant keeps taking off her clothes. Don't miss this riotously funny new comedy full of mix-ups and mayhem!


Wendi Bergamini (Karen Brown)

just completed the Broadway revival run of Promises, Promises directed & choreographed by the renowned Rob Ashford. Wendi has also been seen at Lincoln Center in the breathtaking revival of South Pacific under the direction of Bartlett Sher & Christopher Gattelli. Her national tours include The Light in the Piazza (Franca, 1st National); Evita (25th Anniversary tour, directed by Hal Prince); and Cats (Jellylorum) and regional credits include Finian's Rainbow (Westport Country Playhouse); The Baker's Wife (Goodspeed Opera House, dir. Gordon Greenberg); Titanic (CLO South Bay Cities, dir. Michael Michetti); & The Grapes of Wrath (The Western Stage). She has performed worldwide aboard the famous QE2.

Elizabeth Dimon (Mary Meekley)

is a proud member of Actors' Equity Assn., living and working in Florida. Recent theatre credits include: Dr. Radio (Florida Stage) and Copenhagen (Palm Beach Dramaworks). She is a multiple nominee and a 3-time winner of the Carbonell Award and the 2010 Frank Prize recipient for Best Performing Artist. Other theatre credits include: End Days, The Last Schwartz, Quills, The Music Lesson, The Living, Mama Drama, At Wit's End and more (Florida Stage); Suite Surrender, Steel Magnolias, The King's Mare, Heartbeats, A Delicate Balance, Picnic, Songs of Paradise (Caldwell Theatrre); Merry Wives, A Perfect Ganesh, Goodnight Desdemona... , Gertrude Stein & a Companion, Come Back to the 5 & Dime ... (American Stage); Souvenir, Berlin to Broadway, The Dresser (PB Dramaworks); Oliver!, Fiddler ... , Damn Yankees, The Sound of Music (Riverside Theatre); Mr. Bundy (Asolo); Starting Here, Starting Now (The Company); A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Royal Palm DT); Your's, Anne, Big River, She Loves Me (Actors' Playhouse); and productions at Jupiter DT, Key West Theatre Festival, Pirate's Playhouse, Theatre West, Mosaic Theatre, City Theatre and others.

Katrina Foy (Billie Dwyer)

is excited to be returning to Gulfshore Playhouse! Selected credits: Cristy Rasco in Off-Off Broadway World Premiere of Stomp and Shout, for which she was nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role for the New York Innovative Theater Awards 2009 (Babel Theater Project, NYC); Marianne in Tartuffe (Gulfshore Playhouse); Viola in Twelfth Night, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing; Maria in Love's Labour's Lost (Connecticut Free Shakespeare); Josie in Iron (Kitchen Theater, Ithaca, NY). Other Credits: Nationa Tours of El Barbero de Sevilla and El Si de las Ninas with National Theater for Arts and Education. Proud member of Actors' Equity Association.

Zolan Henderson (Eric)

couldn't be more excited about coming back to Gulfshore Playhouse. Audiences may remember Zolan in the role of Bob in last season's Beau Jest. He is originally from Meridian, MS, but has been a Florida resident since 2002. Some other roles of Zolan's include Timmy Cleary in The Subject was Roses (Palm Beach Dramaworks), Todd in Thumbs (Actors' Playhouse), Chris in Arthur Miller's All My Sons, Noah in The Rainmaker, Jack in The Boys Next Door, and Paul in Moon Over Buffalo (Florida Repertory Theatre). He was a resident actor and Company Manager for Florida Repertory Theatre for 5 years and received a B.F.A. in Theatre at the University of Southern Mississippi. Zolan would like to dedicate his performance to Joe Miller.

Justin R. G. Holcomb (Todd)

 is delighted to be making his Gulfshore debut in Unnecessary Farce. Most recently he was seen as 'The Old Man' in Actors Theatre of Louisville's production of A Christmas Story. REGIONAL THEATRE: Katsaros & Wilson's Great Expectations(Mill Mountain Theatre); Jekyll & Hyde and West Side Story (Gateway Playhouse). FILM: Octo Romeo 9, Displacement. OTHER THEATRE: Katsaros, McCullough, & Greer's Orphan Train (Pat Birch- dir.); Henry VI part iii(Wide Eyed Productions); Love in the Insecurity Zone, Dangerous Corner, and King Lear (Boomerang Theatre Co.); A Brief History of Murder, Georges Bataille's Bathrobe, Spacemen From Space, Devils, Sacrificial Offerings, and The Magnificent Ambersons (The Brick); The Delphinium Mansion by Libby Leonard (American Globe, 2econd Stage, & the Sam French OOB Festival), As You Like It (Reduxion Theatre Co.), Young Zombies in Love (Jackson Gay, dir.) The Blue Balloon, Adam's Dream, The Ides of March, and The Cherry Orchard(Columbia). ADDITIONAL CREDITS: Teen Party Massacre! (written and composed by Col. Holcomb and John D. Ivy). Col. Holcomb is a proud alum of the University of Oklahoma, a member of Actors' Equity, and a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.www.JustinRGHolcomb.com

Christopher Swan (Agent Frank)

is very happy to be joining Gulfshore Playhouse for the first time. He has performed extensively around Florida and throughout the country; most recently at Gainesville's Hippodrome Theatre in the one-man, multi-character play This Wonderful Life, a salute to the Frank Capra classic. Other recent credits include Shipwrecked! (Gorilla Theatre), The Seafarer (American Stage), and Sweet Charity (Hudson Show Palace). For three years he was in the acting company of Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, featured in productions of Our Country's Good, I Love You, You're Perfect... , and Fully Committed among others. A former NYC actor, he's worked with American Globe, Theatre-by-the-Sea, Arkansas Rep, Dorset Theatre Fest and New Rep. Favorite Florida stops include Palm Beach Dramaworks (At Home at the Zoo), Florida Rep (Rabbit Hole) and the Golden Apple (La Cage aux Folles). Christopher is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory and a proud member of Actors Equity.

Terry Wells (Mayor Meekly)

is making his Gulfshore Playhouse debut this season. He has lived in Toronto, New York, Atlanta and Los Angeles, working with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare in the Square (Brampton, Ontario), York Shakespeare Festival (Newmarket, Ontario), Atlanta Shakespeare, Vineyard Theatre (NYC) and Ensemble Studio Theatre (NYC), among others. Representative stage roles include: Jacques (AS YOU LIKE IT), Feste (TWELFTH NIGHT), Lavatch (ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL), Salieri (AMADEUS), Andrew (SLEUTH) and Mr. Kirby (YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU). Most recently, he performed at the Dixie Theatre (Apalachicola, FL) in LOVE LETTERS, MURDERERS, LEAVING IOWA and EVERYBODY LOVES OPAL. He has also done film and television work in the US and Canada. He dedicates his work in these productions to his parents with gratitude for their never-wavering support and encouragement.

Creative Team

Anna Alex (Sound Designer)

is excited to return to Gulfshore Playhouse! She is a recent graduate of Northern Kentucky University as a Corbett scholar. Her credits there include sound design for Urinetown: The MusicalGuys and DollsTaming of the ShrewThe Aaronsville WomenShock and AweNightjars and Cats. She also spent the last two years as Resident Sound Designer for New Stage Collective in Cincinnati where she worked on Caroline or ChangeBugTake Me OutJerry Springer the Opera, and Striking 12. Most recently Peach State Summer Theatre used her skills as Sound Engineer/Designer for White Christmas, Disney's Mulan and Secret Garden. "Love and thanks to my family for their support and Annie for always being by my side."

Michael Cassara (Casting Director)

is pleased to be working with Gulfshore Playhouse for the 2010 Season. He regularly casts for many of the nation's top theatres, including The Old Globe, the Great Lakes Theater Festival, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, the Olney Theatre Center, Queens Theatre In The Patk, the White Plains Performing Arts Center, and many more. Recent projects include A Little Night Music (starring Mark Jacoby and Penny Fuller), Fat Camp (dir. Alex Timbers), Bus Stop (dir. Austin Pendleton) and the recent workshop of Rosa Parks, winner of the 2009 Richard Rodgers Award, starring Tony Award*-Winner Ben Harney. In New York, Michael is the resident casting director for the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF)-now in its sixth year, and he has cast over 35 new musicals in NYMF since 2004. He is a nativeClevelander, a graduate of Otterbein College, and a member of the Casting Society of America. wwvv.michaelcassara.net

Kristen Coury (Director)

is the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Gulfshore Playhouse, and was recently named one of Coulier County's "Stars in the Arts" for 2011. She has directed all the productions thus far, including: OleannaDoubt: A ParableTartuffeMarried Alive!A Doll's HouseBeau Jest, and Romeo and Juliet: Redefined. For Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy: SkylightFive Women Wearing the Same Dress, and Oleanna. She made her feature film directorial debut with Friends and Family, a comedy starring Tony Lo Bianco and Tovah Feldshuh, which was released around the US and Europe, and can now be seen on DVD and Cable TV worldwide. Kristen directed the first production of Waiting for the Glaciers to Melt, a new musical by Tony Award"-Nominated Brian Lane Green. Kristen has directed several new works, produced a CD and worked on a variery of musicals in various stages of development, including Steel Pier on Broadway, a Broadway-workshop of The Jazz Singer and Houdini at the Goodspeed Opera House. Kristen worked in production/ management for Walt Disney Theatrical Productions (working on international productions of Beauty and the Beast and King David), Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Company (Sunset Boulevard on Broadway and Joseph ...on Tour), and for London's English Shakespeare Company in the Press and Marketing Department. Kristen was featured on the November 2008 issue of E Bella Magazine, has received the distinction as one of the "Top 40 Professionals Under 40" in 2008 by Gulfshore Life Magazine, and is listed in the Who's Who of American Women.

Curtis Lee Jones (Lighting Designer/Technical Director)

is happy to return to Naples for another exciting production with Gulfshore Playhouse. A graduate of East Carolina University with a BFA in Production and Design, Curtis has served as Technical Director for Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy, The Orlando Shakespeare Festival, The Opera Company of North Carolina and Florida Studio Theatre, just to name a few. Curtis is also an accomplished scenic, lighting and sound designer whose work has been seen at many regional theatres and on several national tours. Past productions for Gulfshore Playhouse: Romeo and Juliet: RedefinedOleannaLife x 3Married Alive!Another Night Before ChristmasDoubt: a Parable, TartuffeHonourBeau Jest and A Doll's House.

John Murdock (Production Stage Manager)

is so thrilled to be joining everyone at Gulfshore Playhouse. John, now a NYC resident, is also a proud Naples native and couldn't be happier to be back. Broadway: Finian's Rainbow, Broadway Beauty Pageant 2010, and Broadway Backwards 5. Off-Broadway: Tess: A New Rock Opera (NYMF 2010); Loaded (w/ Kevin Spirtas); Fela!; Horton Foote's Orphan Home Play Cycle; Binding (3 Innovative Theatre Awards). John currently serves as the Production Stage Manager/Production Coordinator for ReVision Theatre in Asbuty Park, NJ. Previous productions at ReVision: The Rocky Horror ShowThe Bikinis (World Premiere), The Who's TommyThe Full MontyFunny Girl, and Kingdom. John attended Baylor University. John is a proud member of SMA and AEA. "Special thanks to my sister Jessica for being my life long best friend, and to my amazing family for all of their support." John can be found on the web at www.johndmurdock.com

Jennifer Murray (Costume Designer/Properties Master)

is thrilled to be returning to Gulfshore Playhouse! After graduating from Syracuse University with a B.F.A. in Design/ Technical Theater, Jennifer has been fortunate enough to spend her time on the road working at various theaters along the east coast as a designer, stitcher, and wardrobe supervisor. She returns to Naples after spending the last six months working as the Wardrobe Supervisor for the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Auburn, N.Y. Jennifer would like to thank her GSPH family for the opportunity to work on this amazing season! www.jenniferannemurray.com

Paul Slade Smith (Playwright)

was named one of "50 to Watch "- "writers of exceptional merit and promise" - by The Dramatist magazine in 2007. He turned to writing after fifteen years as an actor in Chicago, where his credits include the Goodman, SteppenwoIf, and Chicago Shakespeate theatres. Unnecesary Farce, his second play, received four award nominations in its World Premiere at Michigan's BoarsHead. Theater. Mr. Smith's first play, Hymn & Carol, premiered at Chicago's Shattered Globe Theatre, and will be seen this season at the BoarsHead. His original song from that show, "Mary's Lullaby," was included on the CD Broadway's Greatest Gifts: Carols for a Cure 2007. Mr. Smith left Chicago to join the National Tour of The Phantom of the Opera, which he left to join the national tour of Wicked, which he has yet to leave. The playwright is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

Robert F. Wolin (Set Designer)

Regional: Honour, A Doll's House (Gulfshore Playhouse); Comedy of ErrorsOthelloRomeo and JulietCymbeline (Alabama Shakespeare Festival);Anything GoesPump Boys and DinettesMuch Ado About NothingDames at SeaMan of La ManchaAmadeus and several others (Porthouse Theatre); Dial M for MurderMiddle AgesSugar Bean Sisters, Boys Next DoorAbsurd Person Singular (Florida Rep); A NumberArtThree Days of Rain and several others (Northern Stage). Off Broadway: An Evening with Quentin CrispFraulein ElseQueen of HeartsShivaree, and several productions for The Glines. Assistant Designer on Broadway: Young Frankenstein,The Producers, Flower Drum SongNever Gonna Dance with Robin Wagner, Liza's at the Palace with Ray Klausen. Current project is designing all six productions for the Florida State University School of Theatre 2010-11 Season. Other design work: All live-action shows and the Christmas show for Hershey Park 2006 and many events as a Freelance Art Director for MTV Networks Special Events. www.rfwolin.com