by Lisa Hodsoll
directed by Andrew Peters
July 16, 2008 - August 2, 2009
Thurs-Fri-Sat 8:00 PM, Sun 7:00 PM
Reserve Tickets for Turducken
Something strange is happening and it's not just the missing body. Secrets, dysfunction and all out lunacy are knee
deep in this turducken. It's one Thanksgiving you don't want to miss.
"Jeff and Brenda Holliday are intriguing characters, because their
endless quest for perfect bodies is alternately humorous and pathetic. What would it take to make them a happy couple?
The unrequited love felt by Stella Dora for her boss is expressed in sharply written scenes whose farcical laughs are balanced
by genuine pathos.
Mike Giuliano, Baltimore Messenger
It's Thanksgiving and Mr. Von Shvonz is missing. He came to the clinic for a nose job. It proved to be fatal. And now his
body is nowhere to be found. His wife is threatening lawyers and the police. Chuck Binder, the head of the clinic, and
Dr. Martha Grrthwkkk ask Mrs. Von Shvonz for one hour to find her husband. Dr. Martha ends up finding him in the cafeteria
walk in. Dr. Wang, a cosmetic surgeon, had placed him there on his way to get a bit of cheese. The only problem is there
is an incision down Mr. Von Shvonz' chest that won't be easy to explain. With the clock ticking, Dr. Martha tells Dr. Wang to
get Von Shvonz back into the examining room while she heads off his wife. Meanwhile Binder has locked Mrs. Von Shvonz into a
room with schnitzel while he has a cigarette and a quickie in the ladies with the medical supply rep. Mrs. Von Shvonz frees
herself with a credit card and goes to Binder's office to confront him. She is angry and violent. Binder's secretary, Stella Dora,
calms her down by knocking her unconscious. Binder calls security on Stella. Stella, feeling doubly betrayed, is suicidal and then
upon reflection homicidal. Meanwhile another botched job courtesy of Dr. Wang and a woman with Munchausen syndrome discover what
has really been going on in the basement of this clinic. Things come to a head in Binder's office with all the relevant parties
and one epic turkey.
(Cast & Crew Bios)
Jeff Holliday (Adam Brooks): male, addicted to plastic surgery
Brenda Holliday (Dana Woodson): Jeff's wiffe, shares his interests
Chuck Binder (Alex Scally): clinic administrator
Stella Dora (Cristina Petrarca): Binder's secretary, she slavishly adores himr
Dr. Martha (Joy Baldwin): plastic surgeon, white woman gaming the system by pretending to be black
Dr. Wang (Joe Dunn): plastic surgeon, addicted to prescription drugs and Dr. Martha
Vivica Bog (Nancy Dall): - English woman suffering from Munchausen's syndrome
Lishka Von Shvonz (Ann Marie Feild): Brazilian woman whose husband came in for a nose job
Gloria Goodee (Lyndsay Webb): Medical supply rep willing to do whatever it takes to make a sale
Director: Andrew Peters
Stage Manager: Nancy Stange
Asst. Stage Manager: Lene Hardy
Set Designer: Adam (somebody)
Set Builders: Andrew Peters, Lindsey Nixon, Eric Gazzillo
Lighting Designer: Eric Gazzillo
Sound Designer: Andrew Peter
Costume Designer: Nicholas Staigerwald
Photography: Katie Bateman
Photography: Philip Laubner
Graphic Art: Andrew Peters
Fight Coordinator: Lindsey Nixon
Voice Over: Julie Lewis
Voice Over: Terry Kenney
The Ape on the Church Steps
by JM Dinson
directed by Barry Feinstein
August 13 - August 30, 2009
Thurs-Fri-Sat 8:00 PM, Sun 7:00 PM
Reserve Tickets for The Ape on the Curch Steps
A father, his son, and a holy spirit have it out over death, faith, art, & love -with a little help from the ape in us all.
[The Ape on the Church Steps] is the most accomplished offering so far in the Baltimore Playwrights Festival...
Maryland Morning (WYPR) Review by J. Wynn Rousuck
Local playwright JM Dinson has the good sense to make going insane look like the only sane response to a disintegrating world.
Citypaper review by Bret McCabe
All the right dramatic elements are percolating...
Baltimore Messenger review by Mike Giuliano
From the closing moments of Act I through the final blackout, Dinson piles climax upon climax...
Broadway World review by Brent Englar
The director has asked that the synopsis not be shown.
Arthur Easy Sr. (tbd): Has been in a sanitorium for 11 years, talking to Jesus
Arthur Easy Sr. (Michael Zemarel): Comes home to find mother is selling the family house
Dr. Lovitz (William Amland) Traditional psychiatrist treating Arther Sr.
Faith (Kate McKenna) Art therapist treating Arther Sr.
Jesus (Marc Stevens) Arthur Sr's internal Jesus, a Buddha-quoting surfer (14th, 16th, 20th, 23rd, 27th and 29th)
Jesus (Tyrone Requer) Arthur Sr's internal Jesus, a Buddha-quoting surfer (13th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 28th, and 30th)
Rose Easy (Babs Dentz): Arthur Sr's wife, financing a spiritual journey by selling the family house
Director: Barry Feinstein
Stage Manager: Emma Schkloven
Set Designer: Darla Luke
Lighting Designer: Charlie Danforth
Gorilla Handler: Linsey Nixon