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18-19 California Suite

California Suite
by Neil Simon
Directed by Deb Campbell
Comedy
Sep 14,15,21,22,23   2018

About The Director: Debra “Deb” Campbell most recently directed Lost in Yonkers, also written by Neil Simon. She has appeared on the Butterfield Stage in Wedding Bells as Bobrita Tolliver. Deb is a passionate drama enthusiast and for many years has served as a stage crew member, actress, scriptwriter, and director in multiple churches, college and community theaters. With her vast theatrical experience, she brings an exciting and new perspective to the Main Stage at Butterfield.

CAST

Visitors from New York
Hannah Warren– Brianna Fleitman
William “Billy” Warren– Dan Winters

Visitors from Philadelphia
Marvin Michaels – Terry Colquitt
Millie Michaels – Lisa Cato
Bunny – Shy Rigsby

Visitors from London
Sidney Nichols – Ty Belger
Diana Nichols – Debs Clark

Visitors from Chicago
Mort Hollender – Thomas Morgan
Beth Hollender – Shy Rigsby
Stu Franklyn – Jace Bridwell
Gert Franklyn – Ashlie Hazel 

Special Guest Appearance by Kenny Bezner, “the Bellhop”

From The Director:  California Suite by Neil Simon is about relationships; the good, the bad and the hilarious! Neil Simon has a way of portraying relationships with a poignant sincerity and a bit of humor twisted in to make it real! This is the 40th Anniversary of Butterfield Stage! The first play to grace the stage 40 years ago was none other than Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite! This season we will be “looking back to our future.” All new productions will have a unique tie to past productions!

About The Play:  Made into a film in 1978 starring Alan Alda, Michael Caine, Jane Fonda, Walter Matthau, Elaine May, Richard Pryor and Maggie Smith in the role which won her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, “California Suite” is a humorous confection divided into four parts:

In “Visitor from New York”, Hannah, a magazine writer, is joined by her ex-husband, the question being with whom should their daughter spend the next six months? The banter flies fast and furious, but Hannah’s well-wrought artifice crumbles as her fears take hold.

The “Visitor from Philadelphia” is about a wife who arrives at the suite, catching her husband “en flagrante delicto”.

In “Visitors from London”, Academy Award nominee Diana returns from the ceremony empty-handed to her husband, Sidney who, unfortunately, cannot comfort Diana.

The “Visitors from Chicago” are two couples ending a disastrous vacation they should not have shared.

“California Suite” showcases Neil Simon at his most humane, compassionate best.