Blithe Spirit

Summer 2016

Blithe Spirit

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+

 

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.

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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”

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Artists

CAST

ALLY BORGSTROM
Edith

JOYCE COHEN*
Mrs. Bradman

ELEANOR HANDLEY*
Elvira

ERIC HISSOM*
Dr. Bradman u/s

SALLY MERCER*
Madame Arcati

KAREN PEAKES*
Ruth

IAN MERRILL PEAKES*
Charles

CARL N. WALLNAU*
Dr. Bradman

ARTISTIC TEAM

NOËL COWARD
Playwright

ANNE LEWIS
Director

DAVID P. GORDON
Set Designer

CHARLOTTE PALMER-LANE
Costume Designer

THOM WEAVER
Lighting Designer

KRISTIAN DEREK BALL
Sound Designer

KATE INGRAM
Dialect Coach

ALISON HASSMAN*
Production Stage Manager

CAROLYN REICH*
Assistant Stage Manager

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

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