VP 2017 The Cemetery Club

The Cemetery Club

September 15 – 23, 2017
Standard tickets are $18, or $16 for Seniors (60+) and students with valid ID.
Performances are at 8 pm Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights; and at 2 pm on the first Sunday.
Performance dates and times are also listed on our calendar.

Three Jewish widows meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husband’s graves. Ida is sweet tempered and ready to begin a new life, Lucille is a feisty embodiment of the girl who just wants to have fun, and Doris is priggish and judgmental, particularly when Sam the butcher enters the scene. He meets the widows while visiting his wife’s grave.

  • by Ivan Menchell
  • Directed by: Irina Zaurov
  • Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc

The Cast

Norb Mills
Barbara Barkan
Anne Cross
Nancy Wright
Jean Mills

The Crew

Irina Zaurov
Patrick Drummond
Stage Manager:
Debbie Marinik
Lighting Design:
David Nelms
Lighting Crew:
Evan James Copeland
Sound Designer:
Jennifer Zaurov
Sound Crew:
Bonnie Brandburg & Laura Crawford
Costume Design:
Jennifer Ellison
Costume Crew:
Kate Argow, Anne Cross, Sue Dessner & Jennifer Ellison
Prop Designer:
Brad Riker
Set Designer:
Wes Skinner
Stage Crew:
Patrick Drummond & Bob Silver
Set Builders:
Evan James Copeland, Patrick Drummond, Thea Grabiec, Derek Hansen, Laura Hansen, Jordan Kotz, Jackie Mierzejewski, Steve Mierzejewski, Jean Mills, Jason Neymeier, Wes Skinner, and Drew Wobser
Set Painters:
Laura Hansen, Jackie Mierzejewski, Steve Mierzejewski,Jean Mills, Wes Skinner, & Drew Wobser
Set Dressers:
Brad Riker & Wes Skinner
Box Office, Lobby, & Usher Staff:
Les & Melissa Beland, Gary Blanchard, Sandy Blanchard, Bonnie Brandburg, Judy Breese, Rick Bush, Aimee Reid, Helene Kilcorse, Marilyn Kline, Gary & Marsha Kudlinski, Darlene & Sam Partin, Dean Redfield, Jon & Tamera Riggs, Lorenzo Salazar, Cheryl Shinover, Paul Soska, & Diana West
Laura Hansen
Jake Gordy
Program Art & Cover Design:
Chris Jagodzinski
Production Logo:
Chris Jagodzinski
Program Printing:
AIM Specialists
Marquee Sign:
Jason Neymeiyer

The Biographies

The Director

Irina Zaurov (Director) is professionally trained in all of these roles: artistic director, acting coach, dancer, choreographer, Russian dialect coach, master puppeteer, and as an actress. She has directed more than 60 shows and performances in numerous venues in the Greater Toledo area. Irina has held the position of Artistic Director for The Sylvania Community Arts Commission Theatre Department for 12 years now. Most recently, Irina directed Christopher Durang’s Vanya, Sonia, Masha, and Spike for the Glacity Theatre Collective, Matt Morillo’s All Aboard the Marriage Hearse and Jonathan Rand’s Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit at the Toledo Rep, Celeste Raspanti’s I Never Saw Another Butterfly for the Jewish Federation of Toledo, and was the Costume Designer for the University of Toledo Music Department’s opera The Merry Widow. She would like to thank The Village Players for giving her the opportunity to put on The Cemetery Club. A grand “thank you” goes out to Wes Skinner, Jason Neymeiyer, Patrick Drummond, Debbie Marinik, Jennifer Zaurov, Kate Argow, Jennifer Ellison, Dave Nelms, and to the wonderful cast and hardworking crew

The Stage Manager

Debbie Marinik (Stage Manager) is delighted to be a part of this very talented group of people in The Cemetery Club. A Village Players veteran, Debbie has been spending a lot of time lately stage managing and running lights for many productions. Debbie is also member of the Board of Directors,as well as the season selection committee. In her spare time (spare time?) Debbie has become a Cleveland Indians fan (sorry Tigers people). Go Tribe!


The Cast

Barbara Barkan (Ida)  Veteran actor-director, Barbara has been actively and passionately involved in the local Community Theatre scene since moving to Toledo in the early 1970’s. She was recently voted to the Board of Directors at The Village. Barbara has also served on the board of The Rep and Actors Collaborative Toledo, of which she is a founding member. After The Cemetery Club she will begin directing Betrayal by Harold Pinter, the next Village show. Of all the many roles she has played over the years, her most favorite to date is that of mom to Thea. Love you chooks. To the ladies of the “Club” – Mazel Tov! 

Nancy Wright (Lucille) is happiest when writing, teaching, directing, or acting. Under her professional name, Nina Wright, she has published nine novels (available on Amazon), including the Whiskey Mattimoe Mysteries, a humorous amateur sleuth series featuring a Michigan real estate agent and her felonious Afghan hound. Nancy is also a playwright. Her latest script, Tania, a sardonic take on the Patty Hearst kidnapping, had a staged reading at the Toledo Rep in February. Recent acting roles include Claire in Uncanny Valley (ACT) and Virginia in It’s Only a Play (Toledo Rep). Last season Nancy appeared on our stage in Boston Marriage and F2M. She looks forward to directing our January show, Annapurna

Jean Mills (Doris) began her love affair with acting during grade school in Oak Park, Illinois. She has performed in Illinois, Minnesota, Arizona and Ohio. She has acted with The Village Players and area theatres since 1981. Her first show at The VP was multiple roles in the musical Working. Recently you saw her as Eleanor of Aquitaine in The Lion in Winter. A past president of The Village Players, Jean can be found volunteering both on-stage and behind the scenes acting, stage managing, running props, painting sets, greeting patrons in the lobby and helping tend to the upkeep of the facilities. An OCTA award-winning actress, Jean has performed in 40 musicals, dramas and comedies. Jean is a retired Maumee High School teacher who thanks her husband for his love and support and the good Lord for her health, family, friends, students, and loyal audiences. 

Norb Mills (Sam) Norb first appeared on the Village stage in 1982. Since then, he has appeared in a variety of roles ranging from dramas to comedies to musicals. He last appeared as Andrew Makepeace Ladd III with his wife Jean (Melissa Gardner) when they presented benefit performances of Love Letters for our theatre last October. Norb has received acting and directing awards from the Ohio Community Theatre Association (OCTA). Some favorite roles include those of Matthew Brady, Inherit the Wind, H.C. Curry (Pop), The Rainmaker, William Russell, The Best Man, and Peter Ravenswaal, Wrong Turn At Lungfish. He is delighted to be working with such a talented and lovely cast and is sure the audience will enjoy the performance. Norb’s experiences at The Village Players as board president as well as working both on-stage and behind the scenes are those he will always cherish. 

Anne Cross (Mildred) was last seen on The Village stage as Sonia in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Other recent roles include The Rep’s The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, in which she played Sigmund Freud, and Wonder of the World with Actor’s Collaborative Toledo, in which she played a host of odd women, including a pilot with a fear of heights. Another favorite role was Louise Bauer in ACT’s Bauer. She had a special opportunity during the Toledo Rep’s A Christmas Carol when she played Mrs. Cratchit, mother to her 12-year-old daughter Zoe’s Frances Cratchit. In real life, Anne is a first grade teacher. Best job in the world.