July 20*, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, August 3*, 4, 5 @ 7:30 pm
$20 Adults, $18 Seniors/Students/Military, $10 Youth
* Value night ~ All tickets $10 

PRESENT LAUGHTER follows several days in the life of successful and self-obsessed actor Garry Essendine as he prepares for an extended overseas trip in the midst of his worsening mid-life crisis. His plans are complicated by his estranged wife, an obsessed ingénue, an aspiring playwright, his agents, and a number of star-struck admirers. Dazzling dialogue, witty repartee, and larger-than-life characters make this farce every bit as funny and enjoyable today as when it was first performed.

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Director’s Notes

Present Laughter PictureI am more of a BLITHE SPIRIT or PRIVATE LIVES kind of Noël Coward man, but have really came to love PRESENT LAUGHTER. It is a show, because of my age, I had forgotten about. I can’t even remember when I saw it last but when I started taking it apart, I realized I was doing the work of a genius – the playwright not I – and that I was absolutely in love with this production.

Lord Louis Mountbatten said of Noël Coward on his 70th birthday, “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 artists, greater TV stars. If there are, they are fourteen different people. Only one
man combined all fourteen different labels – The Master!” And it is true.

I am humbled and honored to recreate this man’s work with a very talented and dedicated Cast and Crew. You are all in for a treat, even if you are unaware of “The Master’s” work. I think he would have loved to see his work produced outside, in this venue. Let us “present” to you for your giggling pleasure: PRESENT LAUGHTER. Adieu.

Brian D. Zelinski, Director

Special Thanks to:
Hawks Inn, Mary Daniel, Wisconsin DNR, Lapham Peak Park Rangers,
Stephanie Demyun Smith, and Waukesha Civic Theatre

Cast
Daphne Stillington………………………………………………………….. Alyssa Falvey
Miss Erickson…………………………………………………………………….. Beth Perry
Fred………………………………………………………………………………Ralph Garcia
Monica Reed……………………………………………………………………..Carrie Gray
Garry Essendine……………………………………………………………..Mark Neufang
Liz Essendine………………………………………………………………Deanna Strasse
Roland Maule………………………………………………………………….Josh Scheibe
Morris Dixon……………………………………………………………………Tim Kietzman
Hugo Lyppiatt………………………………………………………………… Jim Mallmann
Joanna Lyppiatt………………………………………………………………..Jenny Kosek
Lady Saltburn………………………………………………………………Mary Pat Farrell
Production Staff
Director……………………………………………………………………… Brian D. Zelinski
Stage Manager…………………………………………………………….. Donna Redmer
Set Designer…………………………………………………………….. Christopher Kurtz
Master Carpenter…………………………………………………………..Anthony Lauer
Assistant Stage Manager/Properties Designer………………. Monica Santroch
Costume Designers………………………..Joanne Cunningham, Sharon Sohner
Light and Sound Designer……………………………………………… Chris Meissner

Scenes
Time: 1930’s
Place: Garry Essendine’s studio in London
Act I: Morning
Act II, Scene 1: Evening. Three days later.
Act II, Scene 2: The next morning.
Act III: Evening. A week later.

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