VP 2014 Proposals


Written By: Neil Simon
Directed by: Wes Skinner
Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Run of Show

“Proposals” will run May 9-24, 2014, Thursday through Saturday at 8:00pm

Play: ProposalsSynopsis

This elegiac memory play delightfully recalls the last time the Hines family gathered at their retreat in the Poconos. The summer of 1953 brings romantic entanglements that coalesce one idyllic afternoon; Burt Hines, mid-50’s and convalescing from a second heart attack, eagerly anticipates the arrival of the ex-wife he still loves. Daughter Josie has just broken her engagement to a Harvard law student and pines for his buddy Ray, an aspiring writer with whom she once had a brief fling. Clemma, the black housekeeper at the center of the action casts a astute eye on the complications while facing with her own unresolved past.

“New directions from the dazzlingly successful playwright who changed the very face of comedy on Broadway.”
– The New York Times

“As long as Neil Simon keeps turning out his glossy fantasies, loosely woven from mildly autobiographical inventions, such sadly endangered species as the Broadway comedy and the well made play will never give up the ghost…extremely entertaining…a play of great warmth and charm. Simon plays his characters as if he were playing poker and winning and we sit back and enjoy.”-New York Post


The Program for this show can be viewed by clicking Proposals. (Requires Adobe Reader)

The People …

Leading Roles
in order of appearance

Clemma Diggins Mary Taylor
Burt Hines Larry Farley
Josie Hines Megan Beckett
Ken Norman Jon Masters
Ray Dolenz Connor Gavin
Annie Robbins Maryjo Gavin
Vinnie Bavasi Zac Gilley
Sammii Heather Bartlett
Lewis Barnett Charles Crockett

Program Staff

Director Wes Skinner
Producers Patrick Drummond
Stage Managers Susan McCann
Scene Coach Kate Argow
Lighting Design Andrew C. Todd
Lighting Crew Rhonda Cowell
Sound Design Jeffrey Bartlett
Sound Crew Judy Meeks
Costume Design Pam Kelso & Brenda Sweeney
Props Mistress Dawne Garrett
Stage Crew Dawne Garrett & James Harris
Set Design Wes Skinner
Set Dressing Wes Skinner
Set Construction Brad Ray
Painting Wes Skinner
Scenic Art Mark McGovern
Program Jake Gordy
Program Art & Cover Design Christopher Jagodzinski
Production Logo Christopher Jagodzinski
House Manager Ann Veasey
Box Office Ann Veasey
Box Office Staff Sandy Blanchard, Kimberly Bruggemann, Pam Engle, Dan Finkel, Jake Gordy, Darlene Hatfield, Patty Hoover, Christopher Jagodzinski, Debbie Marinik, Jean Mills, Susan Rice, Laura Zelenka
Program Printing AIM Specialists
Marquee Signs Jake Gordy & Christopher Jagodzinski
Theatre Photographer Frank Venda
Special Thanks Kate Argow, Bonnie Brandburg, Jean & Norb Mills, Sara Speelman & J. Judson Lohman, Eric Simpson, Toledo Repertoire Theater, Toledo Museum of Art

The Show!

Place: Near a resort in the Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania

Time: 1953

Act I

Scene 1: Evening
Scene 2: The next morning
Scene 3: Later that day

Act II

Scene 1: An hour later
Scene 2: Later still
Scene 3: That evening
Scene 4: Three weeks later