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High-spirited Comedy

By Noël Coward
Directed by Anne Lewis

JULY 21 - AUGUST 7 | MAIN STAGE

Charles Condomine’s household is host to a ghost. The eccentric medium Madame Arcati conducts a whimsical séance and a surprising guest arrives...the spirit of Charles’ mischievous late wife Elvira (who only he can see). As he tries to convince his current (living) wife of his sanity, he’s caught in a hilarious tug-of-war between two jealous women! Doors bang, vases fly, and invectives abound in this witty, spirited comedy… one you’ll remember for life—and perhaps the afterlife as well! Ages 8+

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Extras

  • Opening night, Saturday, July 23rd. Join the PSF actors and staff for a friendly post-show champagne toast.
  • Meet the actors for an informal talkback after the show Thursday, July 28.
  • Dinner with Dennis & Deb: specialty dinner themed to the play with behind-the-scenes insights Sunday, July 24; 5:00pm.
  • Blithe Spirit and The Taming of the Shrew will play in repertory with the same cast. Please order early for the best seating options.
  • Audio Described performance on Saturday August 6th at 2pm.

Reviews

DCMetroArts

“An out-of-this-world production that should not go unseen!”
“A first-rate cast that maintains his clever fast-paced humor without missing a beat.”
“Ian Merrill Peakes, in yet another award-worthy performance, embodies Charles’ likeable and laughable hauteur and flippancy, then becomes increasingly ‘unhinged.­­’”
“A masterpiece”
“Stellar acting and direction”

The Morning Call

“Brilliantly funny”
 “Ian Merrill Peakes is hilarious as the writer Charles who must juggle two jealous wives
 “Laugh out loud funny” 
 “Eleanor Hadley makes the spirit of Elvira appealingly mischievous”

The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Full of comic gusto”

 

Features

Blithe Spirit: A High-Spirited Comedy by the Masterful Noël Coward

A man dubbed “The Master” by his friends because of his seemingly bottomless pool of talents, Noël Coward lived a life of such legendary renown that it seems more like fiction than fact. Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and elected into the elite Royal Society of Literature, Coward was a celebrated songwriter, playwright, actor, director, singer, and composer who rose to great prominence in Britain and the U.S. in the years between the two world wars.

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ALLY BORGSTROM

Edith

Allyis a rising senior at DeSales University! Act 1 credits include Little Women (Jo), Me and My Girl (Jacqueline), and Bus Stop (Cherie). She would like to thank her family, her teachers, and everyone involved in PSF for such a wonderful opportunity and experience.

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JOYCE COHEN*

Mrs. Bradman

Broadway: Once A Catholic. Off-Broadway: Mint Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Westside Arts. Regional: Pioneer Theatre, Denver Center Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Salt Lake Acting Co., Peterborough Players, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse. Film/TV includes: Christmas Under Wraps, Granite Flats (recurring), SLC Punk, Independence Day, High School Musical, Read It and Weep, Touched by an Angel, Unabomber-The True Story. Sundance Institute Film & Theatre Labs, Cleveland Playhouse New Ground Theatre Festival, CO New Play Summit.

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ELEANOR HANDLEY*

Elvira

PSF: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Maggie), Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice), Lend Me a Tenor (Diana), Macbeth (Witch), Comedy of Errors (Adriana), The Two Noble Kinsman (Emilia). NYC: Jericho (NYT Critic's pick), Limonade tous les Jours (opposite Austin Pendleton), A Christmas Carol (with Dominic Chianese). Regional highlights: Troilus & Cressida (Cressida), King Lear (Regan), Lost in Yonkers (Bella) - Barrymore Nomination, Betrayal (Emma). TV: Royal Pains (USA), As the World Turns, Unforgettable (CBS). MFA: New School for Drama. With love to Michael, and for Mum and Dad, who travelled an awfully long way to be here. 

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ERIC HISSOM*

Dr. Bradman u/s

Eric has appeared at PSF in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, A Man for All Seasons, The Tempest, Around the World Eighty Days, Pericles, and King John. Recent credits include: The Body of an American at Theater J in Washington D.C., Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Arena Stage, Equivocation at the Arden Theatre, the world premier of Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot at Cleveland Playhouse, and the national tour of The 39 Steps. He has an MFA from Florida State University’s Asolo Conservatory.

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SALLY MERCER*

Madame Arcati

Recent credits include A Little Night Music, Madame Armfeldt; Great Expectations, Miss Havisham; and The Secret Garden, Mrs. Medlock at the Arden Theatre, and Uncanny Valley, Claire at InterAct Theatre. PSF credits: King John, Cyrano de Bergerac, Twelfth Night, Richard III, Blithe Spirit and The Glass Menagerie.

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KAREN PEAKES*

Ruth

Karen is returning to PSF for the first time since 1997, when she was a member of the intern company! A graduate of DeSales (back when it was Allentown College), she has performed at many Philadelphia area theaters, including The Arden, The Walnut, Delaware Theatre Company, The Wilma, Act II Playhouse, People's Light, 1812 Productions, Interact, Bristol Riverside Theatre, and others. She has also frequently performed with The Peterborough Players (in New Hampshire), and The Folger (in D.C.). Karen also narrates audio books through Brilliance Audio and her books can be found on audible.com.

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IAN MERRILL PEAKES*

Charles

10th PSF production (Much Ado, Othello, Henry IV, among others). Delighted to be back where he met his wife 20 years ago. Upcoming: Charles III at ACT in San Francisco, Seattle Rep and The Shakespeare Theatre in DC. Two Best of Denver Awards, and nominated for six Barrymores (won 3), four Helen Hayes Awards, and the winner of the 2003 F. Otto Haas Award for Emerging Artist. Proud to be a Philadelphia actor. For Karen and Owen.

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CARL N. WALLNAU*

Dr. Bradman

Carl is pleased to return to PSF as part of it’s 25th anniversary season. Favorite past roles here include Froggy in last season’s The Foreigner, Saunders in Lend Me A Tenor, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Andrew Wyke in Sleuth, Senex in …Forum and Sir Francis in Charlie’s Aunt.  Recent credits include the title role in the world premiere of Funnyman by Bruce Graham at the Arden Theatre in Philadelphia directed by Matt Pfeiffer. He has worked at numerous regional theatres including Paper Mill Playhouse, Hartford Stage, Second Stage in NYC, People’s Light, York Musical Theatre, 1812 Productions, The Lark Theatre, Bristol Riverside, Forum Theatre, Premiere Stages, as well as the First National Tour of Titanic. He is currently Artistic Director at CSC, an Equity theatre located on the campus of Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ, where he is also Professor of Theatre Arts and Chairman of the Fine Arts Department. He received his MFA from Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts and his married to his favorite actress Colleen Smith Wallnau.

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NOËL COWARD

Playwright

Born in 1899 to a working class family in London, Coward became an internationally-renowned playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, known as ‘The Master’ by many of his contemporaries and fans. On Coward’s 70th birthday, Lord Louis Mountbatten said: “There are probably greater painters than Noël, greater novelists than Noël, greater librettists, greater composers of music, greater singers, greater dancers, greater comedians, greater tragedians, greater stage producers, greater film directors, greater cabaret stars, greater TV stars. If there are, they are 14 different people. Only one man combined all 14 labels—‘The Master.’”

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ANNE LEWIS

Director

Anne is a member of the theatre faculty at DeSales University, and served as director of the DeSales Summer Theatre Institute. Anne’s latest directorial endeavor at PSF was Cinderella. Some of her directorial work at DeSales University includes, I Love a Piano and A View from the Bridge, which were both listed in The Morning Call’s top ten productions of the Lehigh Valley for 2012. Other productions that Anne directed are Once upon a Mattress, Little Women, and Lost in Yonkers.

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DAVID P. GORDON

Set Designer

David is returning to PSF, where he previously designed Oklahoma! in 2013. He has designed almost 300 productions, worked extensively on and Off-Broadway and for opera companies and regional theatres in this country and abroad. Recent work includes designs for the Public Theater/NYSF, CSC, Theatre for a New Audience, Hartford Stage, Old Globe, Long Wharf, Huntington, McCarter, Goodspeed, Williamstown, Chicago Shakespeare, Arden, Wilma, Walnut St., Philadelphia Theatre Co., Kennedy Center, Westport Playhouse, Lincoln Center, L.A. Opera, Seattle Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Arizona, Berkshire and Sarasota Operas, and the State New Experimental Theatre in Volgograd, Russia. David has received five Barrymore Awards and the 2003 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Scenic Design, and has been nominated for IRNE, Carbonel and CT Critics Circle awards. He is a professor of set design at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts.

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CHARLOTTE PALMER-LANE

Costume Designer

For Half Moon Theatre, she designed last season’s Kander & Ebb revue, Round the World and It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Play. Originally from the UK, she worked for the BBC as a Costume designer and assistant, where her credits include, The Chronicles of Narnia, Miss Marple, Dr. Who, and She’s Been Away, directed by Sir Peter Hall. Film: Guarding Tess and Quiz Show. Recent design credits: Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival: Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, King Lear, The Three Musketeers, The Liar, Othello, Winters Tale and An Iliad; Mint Theatre, Rutherford and Son. Penguin Rep, Drop Dead Perfect, My Name is Asher Lev and Playing the Assassin; Hudson Stage: Family Reunion, The God Game, Outside Mullingar and Other Desert Cities. charlottepalmerlane.squarespace.com.

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THOM WEAVER

Lighting Designer

8th season. Designs in the Philadelphia area have been seen at Wilma, Arden, 1812, Azuka, People’s Light, DTC, Headlong, Walnut, PTC, Theatre Exile, Curtis Opera, Kimmel Center, Lantern.  Other theatre credits include: Public Theatre/NYSF, Chicago Shakespeare, Primary Stages, Huntington, Teller’s Play Dead, Cal Shakes, Children’s Theatre Company, Milwaukee Rep, CenterStage, Folger Theater, Hangar, Cincinnati Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, Cleveland Playhouse, Roundhouse, Theatre J, Portland Center Stage, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Signature Theater Company, Berkshire Opera, Lincoln Center Institute, Lincoln Center Festival, York Theatre, Summer Play Festival, 37 ARTS, Spoleto Festival USA, City Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, and Yale Rep.  Awards include 3 Barrymore Awards (21 nominations), 4 Helen Hayes nominations, and the 2 AUDELCO Awards.  He is a member of Wingspace Design Group.  Education: Carnegie Mellon and Yale

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KRISTIAN DEREK BALL

Sound Designer

Kristian designs sound and composes for theatre, film and multimedia companies both nationally and internationally, as well as records and produces music for various artists and musicians worldwide. He is a professional member of the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association (TSDCA.org) and has designed with the Metropolitan Theatre Ensemble (Kansas City), Children’s Theatre Company (Minneapolis), among many others. Kristian is excited to return to the Lehigh Valley to design with PSF! Please visit www.kristianderekball.com.

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KATE INGRAM

Dialect Coach

Associate Professor and Graduate Acting Program Coordinator at University of Central Florida.Professional actress, director, has taught acting, Shakespeare, dramatic literature, and voice and speech for nearly three decades. An active member of VASTA (Voice and Speech Trainers Association) and proud member of Actors Equity Association.  She has performed at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater as Desiree in A Little Night Music, as Gertrude in Hamlet, and works as a dialect/ speech coach for many companies, including Universal Orlando’s Harry Potter attraction, Diagon Alley. It was a joy to work as dialect coach with the cast of Act 1’s "Me and My Girl" this past spring!

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ALISON HASSMAN*

Production Stage Manager

Alison is glad to be back in the Valley for PSF productions #9 and #10.  Off-Broadway: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, Phoenix (w. Julia Stiles), Los Monólogos de la Vagina, Catch the Butcher, The Brightness of Heaven.  Regional: Bristol Riverside, Two River, McCarter, Premiere Stages, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Trinity Rep.  New York: New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Cherry Lane, 595E59, the York, 24 Hour Play Company.  Upcoming: A New Brain at Theatre Horizon. As always, for CW and AS

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CAROLYN REICH*

Assistant Stage Manager

Credits include: The Surgeon and Her Daughters (Cherry Lane Theatre); Would You Still Love Me If… (22Q Productions); The Bridges of Madison County (NETworks National Tour); Les Misérables, Henry V, The Foreigner (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival); The Grapes of Wrath, A Christmas Carol, (Trinity Repertory Company); Into the Woods, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (McCarter Theatre Center). Carolyn is a graduate of the University of Michigan and a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

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