VPAD 2017 F2M


F2M ran April 7 & 8, 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.

It is parents’ weekend of Parker’s freshman year, but Parker’s very famous parents aren’t coming—which, trust him, is just as well. Confrontations both painfully funny and deeply poignant are sparked when Althea and Clarence show up uninvited, as Parker’s new sexual identity is put to the test, and as the family must grapple with the difficult choices of the child they love.

  • by Patricia Wettig
  • Directed by: Barbara Barkan
  • Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

You may view the full program by clicking here.

The Cast

Thea Grabiec
Jordan Killam
Bob Welly
Nancy Wright
Linda Lou
Karen Long
Dr Shelton
Kate Argow

The Crew

Barbara Barkan
Assistant Director:
Patrick Drummond
Patrick Drummond
Stage Manager:
Debbie Marinik
Lighting Design:
Nora Long
Lighting Crew:
Nora Long
Sound Designer:
Zac Gilley
Sound Crew:
Debbie Marinik
House Managers:
Jake Gordy & Chris Jagodzinski
Box Office Manager:
Jake Gordy
Box Office, Lobby, & Usher Staff:
The Board of Directors
Chris Jagodzinski
Jake Gordy
Program Art & Cover Design:
Chris Jagodzinski
Production Logo:
Chris Jagodzinski
Program Printing:
AIM Specialists
Marquee Sign:
Thea Grabiec

The Biographies

The Directors

Barbara Barkan (Director) “I am honored and privileged to be directing F2M said Barbara, “as well as thankful that The Village Players selected this play for their season.” Barbara is no stranger to directing for The Village. Over the past several seasons she has directed The Liar, School for Husbands, Born Yesterday, The Heiress, Circle Mirror Transformation, An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf, as well as appeared on stage most recently as Clairee in Steel Magnolias, and Anna in the reading of Boston Marriage. To my fearless and fierce cast of F2M, assistant director, and stage manager my sincere thanks! To my daughter Thea, who plays Parker in this show, my love and immense pride!
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Patrick Drummond (Assistant Director) While Patrick Drummond is no stranger to The Village Players, this is his first time as Assistant Director. Patrick is usually found behind the scenes as a sound designer (The Birds, Godspell), producer (Putting It Together, [title of show]), and board member. During the day, Patrick writes software for VR headsets and is helping establish the community radio station WAKT. Patrick would like to thank Barbara for her guidance and his girlfriend Laura for her patience and support.

The Stage Manager

Debbie Marinik (Stage Manager) is very happy to work alongside director Barbara Barkan as stage manager of F2M. A Village Players veteran, Debbie has been spending a lot of time lately stage managing and running lights for many productions. Debbie is also a member of the board of directors, as well as the season selection committee.

The Cast

Thea Grabiec (Parker) is proud to be returning to The Village stage! You last saw her as “the lady in red” in An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf, and Billie Dawn in Born Yesterday. Thea graduated from Ashland University with a degree in Theatre and Psychology. Her degree and passion for the stage has taken her all over the U.S. Currently, she is lives bicoastal, in both Los Angeles and Ohio. She plans to produce one of her plays when she returns to Los Angeles. Thea would like to thank everyone from the bottom of her heart for attending this beautiful piece. It is so important that we love more and judge less. She is so proud to be taking on the role of Parker and sends so much love to her LGBT family. Thank you Barbara, (well, mommy) for allowing me on yet another one of your inspired journeys.
Jordan Killam (Lucy) recently appeared in Angel Street (Nancy) and Steel Magnolias (Annelle) at The Village Players Theater after a 14-year hiatus from the stage. She’s an alum of the Children’s Theater Workshop and is currently forging a career as a professional voice actor. Jordan also works as a freelance copywriter and journalist. She regularly contributes fashion, arts, and entertainment pieces to The Toledo City Paper. She loves living in the Old West End, hunting for vintage clothes, wine club, and obsessing over the real estate market. Jordan is grateful for the opportunity to appear in F2M where she’s had the privilege of being directed by her Steel Magnolias cast mate, Barbara Barkan.
Bob Welly (Clarence) is back on The Village stage after a two-week break. He was just seen as Murray in The Odd Couple. A veteran of the Toledo amateur stage, Bob has also performed, during the past year, in And Then There Were None and 110 Stories at the Rep. Bob is excited to work with such a talented cast and director on a piece that deals with the real human emotions of a family in crisis. This is politically topical and may also help educate the audience on just a few of the issues transgender brings to all members of the family. We, as cast members, and you, as audience are fortunate that The Village has taken on this work. We hope it will cause deeper thoughts and discussion about the topic.
Nancy Wright (Ali) has eagerly rejoined Toledo’s thriving theatre community after living and working in Dallas, Texas. So far in 2017 she has graced The Village Players stage in Boston Marriage and appeared in It’s Only a Play at the Toledo Rep. Her latest original play Tania: A Hostage Comedy, the true-crime story of Patty Hearst, received a staged reading at the Rep in February. Village audiences may recall her earlier scripts Cherchez Dave Robicheaux and Abandoned Houses. Writing as Nina Wright, she is author of the humorous Whiskey Mattimoe Mystery Series, starring a Michigan realtor and her felonious Afghan hound. A teacher and tutor as well as a writer, Nancy coaches writers of all ages to achieve their academic, business, or creative writing goals.
Karen Long (Linda Lou) is excited for her first appearance on The Village Players’ stage. She was most recently seen as Minna in Out of Sight…Out of Murder and Karen Slade in 110 Stories at the Toledo Repertoire Theatre. Other past Rep appearances include Tania (Newscaster, psychic, flophouse owner), Miss Witherspoon (Mother 1 and Mother 2), and The Mourners Bench (Caroline). She has been a teacher at Eastwood Schools for 29 years and sings with the Scioto Valley Chorus of Sweet Adeline’s International. She would like to thank her family (Nora and Kristin) and friends for their continued support and encouragement. Karen is honored to be a part of this important production and have the opportunity to work with this talented cast, director, and crew.
Kate Argow (Dr. Shelton) has acting experience ranging from Shakespeare to Gurney and from Restoration Comedy to musical comedy. Behind the scenes Kate has been a board member, a stage manager, a writer, a director, a lighting technician, a costumer etc. Her last venture at The Village was directing Boston Marriage.