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The John W. Engeman Theater presents Neil Simon’s PLAZA SUITE

(Northport, NY- May 19, 2014) – Announcing the cast and creative team for Neil Simon’s wonderfully funny comedy – PLAZA SUITE. Previews begin on Thursday, May 29th at 8:00pm. with the official opening on Saturday, May 31st at 8:00pm. and running through July 13, 2014.

Hilarity abounds in this portrait of three couples successively occupying a suite at the Plaza. A suburban couple take the suite while their house is being painted and it turns out to be the one in which they honeymooned 23 (or was it 24) years before – and was yesterday their anniversary, or is it today? This wry tale of marriage in tatters is followed by the exploits of a Hollywood producer who, after three marriages, is looking for fresh fields. He calls a childhood sweetheart, now a suburban housewife, for a little sexual diversion. Over the years she has idolized him from afar and is now more than the match he bargained for. The last couple is a mother and father fighting about the best way to get their daughter out of the bathroom and down to the ballroom where guests await her or as Mother yells, “I want you to come out of that bathroom and get married!”

PLAZA SUITE is directed by PATRICIA ZABACK. Engeman Theater: Barefoot In The Park, Over The River And Through The Woods. A Long Island theater veteran, Mrs. Zaback is the former Artistic Director of the BroadHollow Theater Company which she founded in 1976. She has literally hundreds of directorial credits to her name in her 40 year career. She was the recipient of the 46th Annual George M. Estabrook Distinguished Service Award from Hofstra University, which focuses on identifying and recognizing distinguished and outstanding alumni. Directorial highlights include Lovers & Other Strangers, Bright Ideas, Dividends, Fully Committed, Death Of A Salesman, Misery, The Tale of The Allergist’s Wife, Moon Over Buffalo, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Bermuda Avenue Triangle, Smoke & Mirrors and Evita.

The design team for PLAZA SUITE includes: JON COLLINS (Scenic Design) Engeman Theater: Many productions including Twelve Angry Men and Other Desert Cities. Other credits include design for: The Culture Project, LaMama, Theater Row, and Theater for the New City. TRISTAN RAINES (Costume Design) Off Broadway: Bare, Tribes, Murder in the FirstFallingYosemite, Scarcity, A Fable and The Bilbao Effect. ZACH BLANE (Lighting Design) Too Much Too Much Too Many, Suicide Incorporated, YANK!, LUNGS; Zero Hour, Ragtime, Spamalot and Biloxi Blues. LAURA FREY (Sound Design) Engeman Theatre: Nunsense, Twelve Angry Men and Other Desert Cities. J. JARED JANAS (Hair and Wig Design) Broadway:  Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, Motown the Musical, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Peter and the StarcatcherAll About Me and Next to Normal. Off-Broadway: Passion, Lady Day, Bad JewsBy the Way, Meet Vera Stark, and Detroit 67. The Casting Director is STEPHEN DeANGELIS and the Production Stage Manager is JASON WEIXELMAN.

PLAZA SUITE is produced by RICHARD T. DOLCE, the Engeman Theater’s Producing Artistic Director.

 

The cast of PLAZA SUITE features:

JOAN BARBER (Karen Nash/Norma Hubley)Broadway: Man of La Mancha (Aldonza opposite Richard Kiley and Raul Julia), Beauty and the Beast, Big, A Christmas Carol, King David, The Sound Of Music and Follies. Other credits include: On The Twentieth Century, Dear World, Kiss Me Kate, The Toymaker and Twelfth Night.

TODD LAWSON (Jesse Kiplinger/Waiter/Borden)Engeman Theater:Barefoot In The Park. Broadway: Summer and Smoke. Off-Broadway: One Arm, Levittown. National Tour: A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum.  Other credits: Baltimore Center Stage, Studio Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse In The Park, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Portland Stage, Vermont Stage, Hudson Stage and others.

GINA MILO (Muriel Tate/Jean McCormick/Mimsey): Engeman Theater: Little Shop of Horrors and Hairspray.  Broadway: Les Miserables (Eponine).  National Tours: Les Miserables, Annie, Best Little Whorehouse. Off Broadway: For Christ’s Sake and Sorority Queen.  Regional: Xanadu, Enter Laughing, Lucky Stiff and Spamalot at Drury Lane for which she received a JEFF award nomination.

MICHAEL SCOTT (Sam Nash/Roy Hubley) Broadway: 110 In The Shade, Follies, Showboat, Pirates of Penzance, Happy New Year, The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas. Off-Broadway: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, The Fantasticks, Dodsworth, Abby’s Song, China Doll and The Drunkard. National Tours: Guys and Dolls, Showboat, Camelot.  Regional: Deathtrap, Stormy Weather, 1776, Chicago, La Cage, 42nd Street, Little Shop of Horrors, Buddy and M. Butterfly.  TV & Film: One Life To Live.

Press Opening is Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 8:00 pm

PLAZA SUITE will play the following performance schedule: Thursdays at 8:00pm, Fridays at 8:00pm, Saturdays at 3:00pm and 8:00pm, and Sundays at 2:00pm. Tickets are $55 and may be purchased by calling (631) 261-2900, going online at EngemanTheater.com, or by visiting the Engeman Theater Box Office at 250 Main Street, Northport. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express accepted.

To purchase Season Tickets or gift cards, for group rates or to host an event at the John W. Engeman Theater or for information on advertising in our program, please contact the theater at 631-261-2900.

The Engeman Theater is also home to the John W. Engeman Theater’s Studio of the Performing Arts, offering musical theater classes and camp programs for children.

The John W. Engeman Theater at Northport is Long Island’s only year round professional theater company, casting actors from the Broadway talent pool. From curb to curtain, we have made it our business to provide affordable, quality theater in an elegant one-of-a-kind location with outstanding facilities and extraordinary service. The renovated Theater offers stadium-style seating, state-of-the-art lighting and sound, a full orchestra pit, and a classic wood-paneled piano lounge with full bar.

For a complete show schedule and more information contact the theater directly at 631-261-2900, visit the box office at 250 Main Street, Northport or visit www.EngemanTheater.com

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