VPAD 2017 Boston Marriage

Boston Marriage ran February 17 & 18, 2017

Tickets for Village After Dark productions are general admission, and all tickets are $10.

The Village After Dark productions are “concert readings.” (See: Reader’s Theatre) This means that there is limited staging, and technical aspects to the performance. The actors will have their scripts in-hand, and will present the show in its most raw and true form.

Anna and Claire are two bantering, scheming “women of fashion” who have long lived together on the fringes of upper-class society. Anna has just become the mistress of a wealthy man, from whom she has received an enormous emerald and an income to match. Claire, meanwhile, is infatuated with a respectable young lady and wants to enlist the jealous Anna’s help for an assignation. As the two women exchange barbs and take turns taunting Anna’s hapless Scottish parlor maid, Claire’s young inamorata suddenly appears, setting off a crisis that puts both the valuable emerald and the women’s futures at risk. To this wickedly funny comedy, Mamet brings his trademark tart dialogue and impeccable plotting, spiced with Wildean wit..

The Cast

Barbara Barkan
Laura Crawford
Nancy Wright

The Crew

Kate Argow
Chris Jagodzinski
Stage Manager
Chris Jagodzinski
Kate Argow & Cast
Light Designer
Jake Gordy
Light Operator
Jake Gordy
Sound Designer
Laura Crawford
Sound Operator
Chris Jagodzinski
Box Office & Lobby Volunteers
The Village Players Board of Directors

The Biographies

The Director

Kate Argow (Director) has acting experience ranging from Shakespeare to Gurney and from Restoration Comedy to musical comedy. Behind the scenes, Kate has directed and done costumes, props, lights, stage managed, prompted etc. Her last venture at The Village was directing Lion in Winter and playing Rita in The Village After Dark’s production of The Lyons.

The Cast

Barbara Barkan (Anna) Ten years ago Barbara did Boston Marriage at the Toledo Rep. “Delighted to be reprising the role of Anna” stated Barbara, “it’s a feast of words, style and pure fun.” Barbara last appeared on The Village stage as Clarice in Steel Magnolias and has directed Circle Mirror Transformation, The Heiress, Empty Plate in the Cafe du Grand Boeuf, Born Yesterday and looks forward to more.

An active veteran director and actress in the Toledo area, Barbara recently directed It’s Only a Play at the Toledo Rep and will be directing F2M for the Village which opens in April. She is a founding member of Actors Collaborative Toledo where she also directs and acts. A career that spans over 40 years, Barbara’s most favorite production to date is daughter Thea Catherine. Love ya Chooks!

Laura Crawford (Maid) is pleased to be returning to The Village Players stage, after having spent much of the current season behind it. Previous credits with The Village include Tomfoolery, Circle Mirror Transformation (Lauren), As Bees In Honey Drown, [title of show] (Susan), and Collected Stories (Lisa). She has also had her hand in sound design (Angel Street, Steel Magnolias, Impossible Marriage…), and will soon add a director’s credit to her resume with this season’s musical Putting It Together. Laura also works with Children’s Theatre Workshop, teaching and stage managing for their Teen Company. She would like to thank her family, her friends, and her Patrick for keeping her sane, and for their constant support.
Nancy Wright (Claire) is thrilled to be back in the thriving theatre community of her beloved hometown after living in Dallas, Texas, where she taught creative writing. Under the name Nina Wright, she is the author of the humorous Whiskey Mattimoe Mystery Series, starring a Michigan realtor and her felonious Afghan hound. Nancy’s latest play, Tania: A Hostage Comedy, the true-crime story of Patty Hearst, was presented as a staged reading at the Toledo Rep. Village audiences may recall her earlier scripts, Cherchez Dave Robicheaux and Abandoned Houses. Her dramedy, On My Boyfriends’ Bicycles, was produced at theatres in Chicago and Detroit. Nancy is fresh off the Rep stage, where she appeared in It’s Only a Play, directed by the inestimable Barbara Barkan.