VP 2015 Looking

Looking PlayLooking ran March 6–21, 2015


Val is an O.R. nurse, Andy is in the storage business, Nina is a police officer, and Matt is the host of a morning radio show. They are middle-aged, single and looking. Val agrees to meet Andy after answering his personal ad in the newspaper, and Nina and Matt are coaxed into joining their friends for support. What follows is hilarious, touching, and so very true to life.

  • Written By: Norm Foster
  • Directed By: Larry Farley
  • Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

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Looking represented The Village Players at the Northwest Regional Ohio Community Theatre competition June 5 – 7, 2015 in Montpelier, Ohio. The production was awarded the following:

  • Outstanding in Acting as Andy – Jake Gordy
  • Outstanding in Acting as Matt – Lane Hakel
  • Outstanding in Acting as Nina – Lydia Schafer
  • Outstanding in Acting as Val – Sara Ledzianowski
  • Outstanding in Direction – Larry Farley & Debbie Marinik
  • Outstanding in Ensemble – The Cast
  • Looking was selected to represent the Northwest Region at State competition

Looking represented The Village Players at the Ohio Community Theatre competition September 4 – 7, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The production was awarded the following:

  • Merit in Ensemble – The Cast

The Cast

Jake Gordy
Lane Hakel
Sara Ledzianowski
Lydia DiDio Schafer

The Crew

Larry Farley
Assistant Director:
Debbie Marinik
Chris Jagodzinski & Elizabeth Piel-Black
Stage Manager:
Debbie Marinik
Rehearsal Prompter:
Debbie Marinik
Lighting Design:
Dan Finkel
Lighting Crew:
Zac Gilley & Elizabeth Piel-Black
Sound Designer:
Laura Crawford
Sound Crew:
Zac Gilley & Joe Green
Props Gatherer:
Chris Jagodzinski
Costume Designer:
Chris Jagodzinski, Elizabeth Piel-Black, & Cast
Stage Crew:
Laura Crawford & Patrick Drummond
Set Designer:
Chris Jagodzinski
Set Builder:
Chris Jagodzinski & Nathan Naugle
Set Painters:
Chris Jagodzinski & Nathan Naugle
Set Dresser:
Chris Jagodzinski
House Manager:
Ann Veasey
Box Office Manager:
Ann Veasey
Box Office, Lobby, & Usher Staff:Sandy Blanchard, Kimberly Bruggemann, Pam Engle, Dan Finkel, Jake Gordy, Darlene Hatfield, Christopher Jagodzinski, Debbie Marinik, Jean Mills, & Laura Zelenka[/three_fourth_last]
Chris Jagodzinski
Jake Gordy
Program Art & Cover Design:
Christopher Jagodzinski
Production Logo:
Christopher Jagodzinski
Program Printing:
AIM Specialists
Marquee Sign:
Jake Gordy & Christopher Jagodzinski
Special Thanks:
Best Buy — Perrysburg, Jeff Jaffe of Harold Jaffe Jewelers, The Toledo Jazz Society

The Show

Act I
Scene 1: Men’s locker room
Scene 2: Women’s locker room
Scene 3: The Private Dick
Scene 4: Val’s apartment / Nina’s apartment
Scene 5: Cool Jazz FM 98
Scene 6: Women’s locker room
Scene 7: On the phone

Act II
Scene 1: The Private Dick
Scene 2: Nina’s apartment
Scene 3: Andy’s house
Scene 4: Cool Jazz FM 98
Scene 5: Women’s locker room
Scene 6: Andy’s office
Scene 7: On the phone / The Private Dick
Scene 8: Val’s apartment

The Biographies

The Directors

VP 2015 Looking - Larry Farley
Larry Farley (Director) returns to the director’s chair after a two year absence. He last directed the thriller Deadly Murder, and prior Village shows Tuna Christmas, Of Mice And Men, and Tuesdays With Morrie, just to name a few of his favorites. Larry has also recently been active on the stage as well appearing here last spring in Proposals, for which he received an OCTA acting award, and prior to that in I Hate Hamlet, and Best Little Whorehouse at the Toledo Rep.
VP 2015 Looking - Debbie Marinik
Debbie Marinik (Assistant Director) is very happy to join forces with Larry Farley to bring huge laughs to Toledo theatre goers! Though sometimes seen on the stage, these days Debbie is most often found backstage, or in the booth wearing a headset and telling people what to do; also known as stage managing. This year Debbie had the pleasure of stage managing both Quartet and The Heiress. This show is for anyone who has ever been on a blind date, or even a sighted one. Enjoy the show!

The Cast


VP 2015 Looking - Jake Gordy
Jake Gordy (Andy) was last on our stage in The Dinner Party (Albert Donay). Some of his favorite past roles include [title of show] (Jeff), The Secret Garden (Captain Albert Lennox), The Real Inspector Hound (Moon), A Little Night Music (Henrik Egerman), and Pvt. Wars (Woodruff Gately) for which he garnered regional and state OCTA awards. By day, Jake is an IT Security Technical Lead, serves as the President of The Village Players, and Vice President of Glass City Academy. He would like to give a special “Thank You” Larry, Debbie, and the cast for their patience and dedication; and to Chris for tolerating his hectic schedule, enduring his mental meltdowns, and making sure he’d never again be Looking.
VP 2015 Looking - Lane Hakel
Lane Hakel (Matt) returns to The Village stage for his second visit, and second Norm Foster play after appearing in The Love List in 2011. Lane has appeared in numerous plays and musicals at area theaters including The Rep, Black Swamp Players, Valentine Theater Studio A, Fort Findlay Playhouse, and Perrysburg Musical Theater. Favorite roles include Jack/Stephanie in Leading Ladies, Charlie in The Foreigner, The Ghost in Hamlet, Underling in The Drowsy Chaperone, and John Adams in 1776. Lane wants to thank Heidi, Larry, Debbie, Chris and the rest of the crew for the sacrifices they have made in both time and energy.
VP 2015 Looking - Sara Ledzianowski
Sara Ledzianowski (Val) is a long-time veteran of community theatre, having performed, choreographed, directed, and crewed for more than 100 shows across Northwest Ohio over the last 35 years. Some of her favorite roles include Martha Watson in White Christmas, Lucy in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Robin in Godspell, and Olive Madison in The Odd Couple Female Version. She is enjoying being back on The Village stage. In real life, Sara is an intervention specialist who works way too many hours at Jefferson Junior High for Washington Local Schools.
VP 2015 Looking - Lydia Schafer
Lydia DiDio Schafer (Nina) is thrilled to finally be participating in a Village Players production! Originally from Brazil, Lydia has grown up performing in NW Ohio, notably at Ottawa Hills Schools and the University of Toledo, where she received a BA/honors degree in Biology. She then took 20 years off to earn her PhD in Medical Sciences and raise her family. After 13 years as an Assistant Professor of Pathology at MCO (UTMC), she retired and began performing as the lead female vocalist for the Plat Three Band. Lydia returned to the stage in Findlay Light Opera’s 2011 production of Mame (Vera Charles). She has since then performed regularly in the Rep’s Christmas Carol as the laundress and as Nell. She had the honor of playing Belinda/Flavia in the Rep’s Noises Off, Frau Blucher in Young Frankenstein, and Ruth in Pirates of Penzance. She has been seen doing commercials for TV 13 and has narrated an audiobook. She enjoys being a Toledo Museum of Art Ambassador and is the Editor of their newsletter, Musings. Lydia thanks her incredible husband, Dr. Patrick Schafer and her children, Joseph and Liz, for their love and support.