Moon Over Buffalo
Performances are April 12 - 28. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30p. Sunday performances are at 2pm. There is a performance on Easter Sunday.
The hilarious backstage farce "Moon Over Buffalo" centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950s. Just as their tour of Buffalo, NY is about to come to a disastrous end, they get word that Frank Capra is coming to town to see them for a shot in his next big movie. Of course, everything that can go wrong does, including a visit from their daughter's clueless fiance, and confusion about which play they are actually performing.
"Ludwig stuffs his play with comic invention, running gags...and a neat sense of absurdity." [NY Post]
"The play is nothing less than a love letter to live theater." [Boston Herald]
George Hay: Erick Sosa
Charlotte Hay: Elizabeth Ley
Eileen: Therese Marie Caldwell
Ethel: Mary-Carol Riehs
Howard: Evan Zrinsky
Paul: John Ley
Rosalind: Katty Perrell
Richard Maynard: John Benischek
George Hay: (Late 40's-50's) is very dramatic, a slapstick type, over-the-top actor. As leader of his own acting troupe, George has always had aspirations to be famous. The actor must be able to do strong physical comedy and stage combat. Loves Charlotte.
Charlotte Hay: (Late 40's-50's) This role was originated by Carol Burnett. Very dramatic. She helps to run the acting troupe and plays all the leads. Like George, she still dreams of being a star. She uses an upper class British accent for part of the show. Some physical comedy required and stage combat.
Ethel: (late 60's-70's) is Charlotte's mother--close to her daughter, but not happy with her daughter's choice of a husband. She is also an actress--very witty and sarcastic. She is very hard of hearing.
Rosalind Hay: (mid-to-late 20's) George and Charlotte's daughter, she used to be part of acting troupe, but decided that she wanted a real career, so she left--determined never to act again--or be like her parents! Rosalind is, in fact, always repressing her dramatic side, but it's a losing battle by the end. The actress uses an upper class British accent for part of the show.
Howard: (late 20's-early 30's) is Rosalind's fiance--a TV weatherman--so he considers himself to be in the "acting" business. He is absolutely overwhelmed by this theater family and in over his head. He is a sweet, nice coward. The actor must be able to do strong physical comedy.
Eileen: (early 20's) is an aspiring actress, eager to please. She has a crush on George and gets pregnant by him. Eileen comes across very flighty and naive, but it is a bit of an act.
Paul: (late 20's-early 30's) is a member of the acting troupe, who used to be with Rosalind and still loves her and wants her back; but he is an actor first and foremost, so he wouldn't leave the troupe to be with her. Paul has a quiet, subtle sense of humor and often holds the company together. The actor will use an upper class British accent and must be able to do strong physical comedy.
Richard: (50's) He is George and Charlotte's attorney, but he is in love with Charlotte--always trying to get her to leave George. He is wealthy, smooth, and used to getting what he wants, and he is both amused and perplexed by the Hay family.