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“Two hours of comic bliss.”

By Noël Coward
Directed by Dennis Razze

JULY 18 - AUGUST 4 | MAIN STAGE

After a volatile marriage of volcanic proportions, Amanda and Elyot have divorced and are each newly married to new, sensible spouses. Chance has brought the two couples to adjacent honeymoon suites with adjoining balconies where the fires of former fervor prove irresistible. With the comedic weaponry of Coward’s lightning cleverness and razor-sharp wit, sparks fly as the couple renews their tempestuous relationship. They fight to maintain effervescent decorum against the force of fiercer passions, but their self-restraint is no match for the kind ofr elationship one cannot live with or without. Lauded as “two hours of comic bliss” by The Telegraph, this delectable comedy of manners delivers scintillating satire—shaken, not stirred. Ages 13+

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Extras

  • Opening Night, Saturday, July 20: Join the PSF actors and staff for a friendly post-show champagne toast.
  • Meet the actors for an informal talk-back after the show: Thursday, July 25.
  • Director’s Dinner - specialty dinner themed to the play with behind-the-scenes insights: Friday, August 2, 5:00pm.
  • Audio Described and Open Captioned performance: Saturday, July 27, 2:00pm.
  • Private Lives and Antony & Cleopatra will play in repertory with the same cast. Please order early for the best seating options.

Reviews

Lehigh Valley Press

“These ‘Private Lives’ shine...”

“Sparkling new production…”

“PSF production, directed with meticulous grace by PSF Associate Artistic Director Dennis Razze.”

“Polished like a gem and sparkles like a diamond.”

 “Lovely duo and solo dances as staged by Choreographer Stephen Casey and realistic-looking altercations of Amanda and Elyot as executed by Fight Director J. Alex Cordaro.”

“Superb.”

“The contrast among the four main characters is excellent.”

“Matthew Floyd Miller portrays self-possessed, coolly-efficient and charmingly-brilliant Elyot with the right amount of strength, insufferability and, yes, vulnerability.”

“Eleanor Handley gives a bravura performance as Amanda. She presents Amanda not as a churlish vixen, but rather an independent woman of passion, strength and beauty. Her body language is grand, relaxed and enthusiastically liberated.”

“Miller and Handley’s duet at the baby grand, singing “Some Day I’ll Find You” is bittersweet, and one of the play’s highlights.”

“Luigi Sottile is so good as Victor He creates a solid, doltish, bemused character who’s as clueless as he is sweet.”

“Talley Gale as Sibyl creates no idyll for anyone in her forthright, no-nonsense yet somehow lovable portrait of a woman.”

“Proving the adage that there are no small roles is Taylor Congdon, memorable as Louise the maid.”

“Costume Designer Sarah Cubbage is true to the era and characters, glamorous and swanky for the females, and sophisticated and gentlemanly for the males.”

“Sets by Scenic Designer Roman Tatarowicz are detailed with art deco flourishes.”

 “It’s all in good fun. And what fun it is.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Do yourself a favor and take in Private Lives.”

“Hilarity among zingers.”

“Noel Coward’s inimitable masterpiece springs to life in a vibrant staging as nonpareil as the play itself.”

“The show sweeps you away with splashy staging and the actors’ masterful delivery of Coward’s nonstop, ill-tempered repartee.”

“Luigi Sottile and Talley Gale play the new spouses, Victor and Sibyl,
 delightfully funny with their bodily movement and comic timing.”

“It is well-traveled Broadway actor Matthew Floyd Miller as Elyot, and PSF star Eleanor Handley as Amanda who are gifted with most of Coward’s zingers.”

“Veteran PSF director Dennis Razze boosts the gaiety by creating three fast-paced acts with two short breaks.”

“Set designer Roman Tatarowicz’s Art Deco Paris apartment is eye-popping.”

“The luscious costume design of Sarah Cubbage captures character.”

The Morning Call

“Noel Coward’s wickedly funny dialogue is brought to delicious life.”

“Sparks fly and witty wordplay zings as the talented actors take the audience on
a highly entertaining ride that is as smart as it is funny.”

“Matthew Floyd Miller is brilliant as the insouciant, self-indulgent and flippant Elyot, from whose mouth barbed one-liners drip like rain.”

“As his worldly ex, Amanda, the excellent Eleanor Handley is every bit a match for Miller’s Elyot. Her Amanda is self-assured, strong-willed and oh so cosmopolitan.”

“Laugh-out-loud hilarious….”

“Tally Gale makes Elyot’s new wife, Sybil, flighty and neurotic, her neediness a perfect contrast to Amanda’s glib self-sufficiency.”

“Luigi Sottile, last year’s Shakespeare in Love, is nearly unrecognizable as Amanda’s new husband, the uptight, pompous Victor, who seems to personify the stuffy tweed suit he wears.”

“But the true joy is in experiencing Coward’s sophisticated wit delivered by this wonderful cast.”

“Dennis Razze’s direction is on-spot and funny, bringing out every subtlety of the script.”

“Astonishingly choreographed….The cathartic fight, brilliantly directed by fight coordinator J. Alex Cordaro.”

“Roman Tatarowicz’s set is beautifully elegant as well as very functional.”

“Sarah Cubbage’s wonderfully period costumes enhance the proceedings.”

 

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Private Lives: The Director's Take

I first became aware of the playwright, composer, and raconteur Noël Coward when I was in college. The fledgling Allentown College theatre company produced his musical comedy Red Peppers. This 1936 musical in one act was part of a collection of plays known as Tonight at 8:30. The original production starred Noël Coward and famed British actress Gertrude Lawrence as George and Lily Pepper who were a husband and wife touring duo that performed in the provincial English music hall. I thought it was great fun, and I became even more intrigued by Coward when we produced Oh, Coward!, a musical revue of Coward’s acerbically witty songs like “Don’t Put Your Daughter on the Stage, Mrs. Worthington!” as well as some of his bitter sweet love songs like “I’ll See You Again.” 

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TAYLOR CONGDON

TAYLOR CONGDON

Louise

is making her PSF debut as part of the Young Company. DeSales University Act 1 credits: Pippin, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, Into the Woods, The Devil’s Disciple, Murder on the Nile, Young Frankenstein, The Crucible, and The Homecoming: A Christmas Story.

MEGAN FRY

MEGAN FRY

u/s Amanda

is returning for a second year with the Festival, having performed as an ensemble member and as Mother in Ragtime last summer. Megan is a rising senior musical theatre major at DeSales University and recently performed in their production of Pippin as an ensemble member. The Shawnee Playhouse credits: The Addams Family (Morticia), Oklahoma! (Gertie Cummings), and I Do! I Do! (Agnes). Megan would like to thank her family and friends for their endless support. 

TALLEY GALE

TALLEY GALE*

Sibyl

is delighted to join this summer’s company. Credits include: Hamlet, Love’s Labors Lost, Macbeth, and Red Velvet (The Old Globe); Proof (Oldcastle Theatre Company) and This is Our Youth (Steppenwolf Theatre Company). She can be seen in the web series Queen’s English. BFA Acting, Ball State University; MFA, The Old Globe/University of San Diego. Talley advocates to destigmatize mental illness and provide support for artists. Visit www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org for more information. www.talleygale.com    

ELEANOR HANDLEY*

ELEANOR HANDLEY*

Amanda

returns for her 6th summer at PSF. PSF credits: Twelfth Night (Olivia), The Taming of the Shrew (Katherina), Blithe Spirit (Elvira), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Maggie), Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice), Lend Me a Tenor (Diana), Macbeth (Witch), Comedy of Errors (Adriana), and The Two Noble Kinsmen (Emilia); NYC: Most recently made her Lincoln Center debut in the NYC premiere of The Hard Problem by Tom Stoppard. Also 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), Witness for the Prosecution (Barrymore Nomination), and Time Stands Still; TV: Royal Pains, As the World Turns, and Unforgettable.

MATTHEW FLOYD MILLER

MATTHEW FLOYD MILLER*

Elyot

has acted all across the U.S. for twenty-three years. Broadway: Not About Nightingales (Directed by Trevor Nunn) and The Invention of Love. Off-Broadway: Another Part of the Forest (Pecadillo) and Letters From Cuba (Signature). Regional includes: Macbeth (Chicago Shakespeare, co-directed by Aaron Posner and Teller, of Penn and Teller), Stupid Fucking Bird (Theatre @ Boston Court, L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award). Some other theatres: Geffen Playhouse, ACT- Seattle, Portland Center Stage, Wilma, Dallas Theatre Center, Arena Stage, The Old Globe.

ILIA ISORELÝS PAULINO

ILIA ISORELÝS PAULINO*

u/s Amanda

is a third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama, where her credits include Twelfth Night (Yale Repertory Theater), Seven Spots On The SunThe SeagullThe Girl Is Chained, and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Other credits include Agreste (Drylands) (Yale Cabaret); As You Like ItEvitaThe Taming of the ShrewJulius Caesar, The Little MermaidRapunzelPericlesLes MisérablesTwelfth NightMuch Ado About Nothing (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival); and Thrive (Page 73). She attended DeSales University, where she earned a BA in musical theatre. 

ALYSSA RAMSEY

ALYSSA RAMSEY

u/s Sibyl

is a 2019 graduate of the DeSales University musical theatre program. Previous credits include Ragtime (PSF); and Pippin (Leading Player), GodspellHairPicnic and Merry Christmas, George Bailey! She is very excited to be a part of the Young Company this season. 

BO SAYRE

BO SAYRE

u/s Elyot

is a recent graduate of DeSales University and is very excited to be back at PSF for his 5th season! He has previously been in Evita, Julius Caesar, Richard II, Shakespeare in Love, Troilus and Cressida, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Pericles, Les Misérables, The Little Mermaid, Ice PrincessRapunzel, and Alice in Wonderland at PSF, as well as in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Willpower Tour.

MATTHEW SMALDONE

MATTHEW SMALDONE

u/s Victor

has worked with PSF twice before (Evita and King Richard II) and is extremely excited to participate in the Young Company for his first time. DeSales University Act 1 credits: The Devil’s Disciple (Richard Dudgeon), Into the Woods (Narrator), Murder on the Nile (Simon Mostyn), and The Homecoming (Clay-Boy Spencer).

LUIGI SOTTILE

LUIGI SOTTILE*

Victor

PSF: Shakespeare in Love, Richard II, Troilus and Cressida, and Two Gentlemen of Verona. Chicago: Familiar and Buena Vista (Steppenwolf); Hundreds and Hundreds of Stars (Goodman); Book of Will (Northlight); and Shakespeare in Love, Othello, The Tempest (CST). Regional: The Way Of The World (Folger Theatre); Zombie The American (Woolly Mammoth); Sex With Strangers (Signature Theatre DC); Much Ado About Nothing, Three Musketeers (Utah Shakespeare Fest.); Three Sisters, Cyrano (Arden Theatre); Seminar (Philadelphia Theatre Co.); An Ideal Husband (Walnut Street); Angels In America, The Vibrator Play (Wilma Theater); and The Cherry Orchard, Nathan The Wise (People’s Light). TV: Chicago PD (NBC); and It’s A Man’s World (YouTube Red).

JHALIL-MARQUIS YOUNGER

JHALIL-MARQUIS YOUNGER

u/s Elyot

is a recent DeSales University graduate and is thrilled to return to PSF as a member of the Young Company. The excitement he feels is eclipsed only by the feelings of gratitude for the generous outpouring of support he’s received thus far from teachers, family and friends.

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Partrick Mulcahy

PATRICK MULCAHY

Producing Artistic Director

Since assuming leadership in 2003, Mulcahy has led PSF’s surge in artistic excellence, financial stability, and national recognition. Accomplishments include first-ever grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, attracting a multitude of award-winning artists including winners and nominees of the Tony, Obie, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Barrymore, and Emmy awards, a 75% increase in annual attendance, a successful campaign to double the Festival’s endowment, and the expansion of the number of Actors’ Equity contracts per season. He led the strategic planning process that led to PSF’s Vision 2030, a commitment to world-class professional theatre, and coverage in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Washington Post. As a professional director, actor, and fight director, credits include Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theatre, television and radio. Mr. Mulcahy has acted with many industry luminaries including Don Cheadle, Angela Bassett, Cynthia Nixon, and Tony Shaloub at the New York Shakespeare Festival, The Roundabout Theatre, Hartford Stage, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, and the Walnut Street Theatre. He served as fight director for A Few Good Men on Broadway, and multiple Off-Broadway productions starring Marcia Gay Harden, John Mahoney, Patrick Dempsey, and John Savage. He directed Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga in The Real Thing, and, for PSF, directed The Winter’s Tale, Henry IV, Part 1, The Tempest, Antony and Cleopatra, Hamlet, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, and Shakespeare in Love. Also Head of Acting at DeSales, Patrick holds a BFA in Acting and MFA in Directing from Syracuse University.

Dennis Razze

DENNIS RAZZE

Director/Associate Artistic Director

Mr. Razze directed last summer’s critically acclaimed production of Ragtime. In 2017 he directed PSF’s sold-out production of Evita starring Broadway luminaries Dee Roscioli and Tony Award-winning actor Paulo Szot. He also directed PSF’s critically acclaimed production of West Side Story in 2016 and the Festival’s memorable Les Misérables in 2015. Including these three blockbuster musicals, Mr. Razze has directed many of PSF’s highest attended productions—The Taming of the Shrew (1998), Fiddler on the Roof, Twelfth Night (2000), My Fair Lady, South Pacific, 1776, and Man of La Mancha. In 2017 he was awarded the Allentown Arts Ovation Award for Performing Arts. This year he celebrated his 35th year as a faculty member of the DeSales Theatre Department. He has directed more than 60 productions for DeSales’ Act 1 including this year’s smash success, Pippin. Mr. Razze is also a composer who has created musical scores for The Devil’s Disciple, Antigone, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet,The Merry Wives of Windsor, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream

CASEY GALLAGHER

CASEY WILLIAM GALLAGHER

Managing Director

has worked at PSF for 21 seasons. Over the years he was the assistant house manager, box office manager, company manager, assistant producer, and director of development. Since 2004, in his role as general manager and later managing director, he has served as the administrative leader of the Festival working very closely with the box office, business, development, marketing and production departments. During this time, PSF subscriptions have more than doubled, income from the annual Luminosity Gala fundraiser has more than quadrupled, and the summer seasonal staff has grown to over 200. Casey has also been treasurer for the Shakespeare Theatre Association, director of audience services for The People’s Light & Theatre Company, a board member for Civic Theatre of Allentown, a peer panelist for the New Jersey Council on the Arts and a judge for the Greater Philadelphia Barrymore Awards for excellence in theatre. Casey is a member of the PSF Board of Directors and also serves on the board of Arts Academy Elementary Charter School. Casey thanks everyone who works to make PSF happen each year.

STEPHEN CASEY

STEPHEN CASEY

Choreographer

is honored to team up with Gina Lamperella and Ryan Touhey. Recent PSF: Ragtime, Evita, West Side Story. Other favorites: The Producers, Jesus Christ Superstar, What a Glorious Feeling (Bristol Riverside Theatre); Catch Me if You Can (Arizona Broadway Theatre), Dames at Sea (Montgomery Theatre), Cinderella: A Musical Panto (People’s Light); Me and My Girl, and Pippin (DSU). Three time Barrymore nominee for his choreography of Ragtime and Little Shop of Horrors at Bristol Riverside, and for his direction of The Musical of Musicals at Montgomery Theatre.  

Alex Cordaro

J. ALEX CORDARO

Fight Director

PSF credits: Richard II, Ragtime, Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, Henry V, Fiddler on the Roof, As You Like It, Othello, and Taming of the Shrew. Regional credits include the McCarter, The Wilma, The Actors Theater, The Arden, Philadelphia Theater Company, Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival, Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival, The Lantern, Theater Exile, Inis Nua, Philadelphia Artists Collective, Quintessence Theatre Group, Philadelphia Opera Company, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. Alex runs the Stage Combat progression at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and is a Certified Teacher and Theatrical Firearms Safety Instructor with the Society of American Fight Directors.

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SARAH CUBBAGE

Costume Designer

Favorite designs include: The Triumph of Love and Hippolyte et Aricie (director, Stephen Wadsworth); The Juilliard School; Crazy for You, David Geffen Hall (director, Susan Stroman); Beauty & The Beast, Disney Creative Entertainment/Disney Cruise Lines; The Lily’s Revenge, American Repertory Theatre; Dark Lark, BAM (Kate Weare Company); The Radio Show (Bessie Award, Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion). Off-Broadway: Soho Rep, Theatre for the New City, Aquila Theatre Company, Urban Stages, Ohio Theatre, Atlantic Stage 2.Member of USA 829.

ERIC T. HAUGEN

ERIC T. HAUGEN

Lighting Designer

In recent seasons, Eric has designed the lighting for some of the more memorable PSF productions such as: Ragtime, Evita, West Side Story, Les Misérables, Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma!, Sweeney Todd, South Pacific, Dracula: The Journal of Jonathan Harker, King Lear, Amadeus, and My Fair Lady, among others.  His theatrical lighting has been seen Off-Broadway and in regional theatres across the country.  Through his company, Luminous Design Studios, Eric provides lighting designs for television, themed entertainment, and architectural projects worldwide. In August of 2018, Eric joined the faculty of DeSales University and is thrilled to be teaching the next generation of designers. www.LD-Studios.com

William Neal

WILLIAM NEAL

Sound Designer

is the Resident Sound Designer and Sound Supervisor for PSF and for DeSales University. He has designed sound and/or composed original music for over 65 productions, including the original Off-Broadway productions of After, Daniel’s Husband, Small World, Drop Dead Perfect, and The Little Prince, as well as dozens of regional productions, including last summer’s PSF production of Richard II. William is a member of United Scenic Artists Local USA 829 and the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association.

SHELBY NORTH*

SHELBY NORTH*

Production Stage Manager

Shelby is delighted to be making her PSF debut! She is a Philadelphia based Stage Manager whose previous credits include Bridges of Madison County (Philadelphia Theatre Company), Oliver! (Quintessence Theatre Group), AssassinsFather Comes Home from the Wars (Yale Repertory Theatre), The Petrified ForestChurch and State, Fiorello!Constellations, and Million Dollar Quartet (Berkshire Theatre Group). Shelby is a graduate of Yale School of Drama with an MFA in Stage Management. Love and thanks to Matt and her family! 

SEAN RAVITZ*

SEAN RAVITZ*

Assistant Stage Manager

PSF debut. Broadway: Lincoln Center. Regional: Bristol Riverside Theatre, Walnut Street, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Pig Iron Theatre Co, FringeArts Philadelphia, Berkshire Theatre Group, CENTERSTAGE Baltimore, REV Theatre Company, and New City Stage Company. Film/Events: McElhinney Productions (Key PA), Philadelphia Gay Pride Festival (SM), FIFA World Cup Opening Ceremony (Calling SM), U2 Rock Band (Substitute Calling SM). Many thanks to Matt Pfeiffer, Shelby, and the PSF family. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

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LAURA STANCZYK, CSA

New York Casting

Broadway, Off-Broadway & Tours:  Side ShowAfter MidnightA Night With Janis Joplin, Follies, Lombardi, Ragtime, Impressionism, Seafarer, Radio Golf, Coram Boy, Translations, Damn Yankees, Dirty Dancing, The Glorious Ones, Cripple of Inishmaan, Noura, Little Rock, Fetch Clay Make Man, Tarrell McRaney’s Brother Sister Plays. Other Theatre Includes:the premiers of Seder, The Engagement Party, Cotton Club Parade, Harps and Angels, Me Myself & I, Gruesome Playground Injuries and Golden Age. Multiple seasons of casting forBroadway Center Stage, The Shakespeare Theatre of Washington DC, Hartford Stage, McCarter Theatre Center among others

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ROMAN TATAROWICZ

Set Designer

Recent: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and The Humans (Walnut Street Theatre); and Sweat (People’s Light). Selected Off-Broadway credits: The Banana Monologues (Acorn Theatre); Honky, Apostasy, Roses in December, The Sweepers, Comfort Women, Mother Lolita, The Oxford Roof Climber’s Rebellion, and 27 Rue de Fleurus (Urban Stages); Mother Courage, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Triumph of Love, Dona Rosita The Spinster, The Threepenny Opera, Dames At Sea, and The Maids (Jean Cocteau Rep). Selected Off Off-B’way: Bee-Luther-Hatchee (Audelco Award nom.), Sacred Journey, Medal of Honor Rag, and Ionesco’s Macbett as well as the 20th anniversary production of Closer Than Ever at the Queens Theatre in the Park. Designs for Regional Theaters: Capital Rep,Florida Studio Theatre, Merrimack Rep, Ensemble Theatre Company (Santa Barbara), Bristol Riverside Theatre, InterAct Theatre Company, Azuka Theatre, Act II Playhouse, and Passage Theatre Company. Proud member of United Scenic Artists Local 829. www.tatarowicz.com

*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Stage Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

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