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A World Premiere!
Allure Medical Aesthetics and Laser Center
Written and Directed by Christopher Willard
Set Design by Tina Anderson
Lighting Design by Jacob Welch
Costume Design by Julie Vance
Property Design by Terry Green
Stage Managed by Shelby Lathrop
Featuring Brian Landis Folkins (JAMES MACNEIL), Erica Fox (ROSE WILEY), Jon Hans (MICKEY GALUZO), Heidi Dickstein (IRENE STEARNS), Missy Moore (EVE RANDOLPH), Bob Moore (JUNO BERIMAN), Daniel Paggi (MILO OTT), Genevieve Price (MAGDA), Christopher Willard (GERGELY GULYAS)
A hilarious new screwball comedy. . .
Summit Daily News
"BACKSTAGE THEATRE. . . PRESENTS A SCREWBALL COMEDY"
By Kimberly Nicoletti
January 20, 2012
"It's Hollywood, 1934, and everyone is counting on actress Eve Randolph (Missy Moore). Her Uncle Juno (Bob Moore) is a broke gambling filmmaker whose latest scheme involves dreaming up a fake wedding to drum up interest in bad-girl (turned good) Eve's upcoming film, "The Clara Barton Story."
Read a bit of the script. . .
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THE WEDDING EVE
Written by Christopher Willard
(TIME: Early June, 1934.
SETTING: Living Room of the Wedding Suite at the Hotel Hobart in Hollywood. Sunken living room. Doors to hotel hallway, main bedroom, guest room, kitchen and dining area. A bar area. Desk with phone. A bell/intercom system built into the wall. Also a radio. Couch and chairs. Settee. Well-appointed room, though a tad threadbare, decorated in the late 20's Art Deco style. On tables, there are flower arrangements, a stack of newspapers, magazines, and telegrams.
At rise, the room is quiet. Suddenly, the main door to the hallway opens, and GERGELY (pronounced Gehr-gay) GULYAS, the eccentric Hungarian hotel manager, enters with a flourish. Note: GERGELY has a tendency to mangle his English. Clarifications on his words/phrases will appear between the / / markings. )
GERGELY. The waddling suits (/wedding suite/)! Nothing fancy, but not to be sneezing either. This is where... (HE looks around, realizes he's alone, sighs, steps back out into the hall and pulls into the room MAGDA, a spirited but nervous and wide-eyed maid. GERGELY closes the door. Goes on:) ...this is where the film peoples will hang their heads (/hats/). You will wait on them gloves and feets. Their whim. Your whim. They want the moon? They pay for it first. The Hotel Hobart don't give our moons for free. You get me? (MAGDA nods.) I'm got. (HE walks the space, pointing.) Living rome (/room/), master suits with view of all Hollyweird (/wood/), bar for being pickled, funnycheer (/furniture/) - comfy schmumfy - guest suits. (HE stops at the guest room door.) Be awarned, the door, it sticks. Close gently. Gently. If you slams, you jams. Move here. (Passing kitchen door:) Kitchen and whining (/dining/) room... (HE crosses to an elaborate-looking communication system built into a far wall. MAGDA follows.) Radio for the jazzy music making and bell and interfoam (/intercom/) system. This is how they tell you they needs you. They ring bell. You come. They need to speak - they ring, push button, hold down, talk. (HE pushes button.) "Hello. Hollyweird people here. Calling for - " What your name?
GERGELY. "- for Magda to bring fresh trowels (/towels/). Please to hurry." (HE releases the button.) And then you come with trowels. Simples.
(Suddenly, the intercom squawks back.)
VOICE ON INTERCOM. An older Hungarian woman's voice) Hello?
GERGELY. (Explaining) My mamma. She is helping me.
VOICE. Is that you, Gergely?
GERGELY. (Enunciating clearly into intercom) Yes, Mamma. I am testing here the interfoam.
VOICE. You want I bring you beer with foam?
GERGELY. Hang up, Mamma. (Turns it off, explains.) She don't hear so much and cannot spank (/speak/) good the English like me. Now sits, and we will be conversating (/will have a conversation/). (MAGDA sits. GERGELY paces, assessing her for a beat or two. SHE grows even more self-conscious. Finally, GERGELY speaks.) How long you work for the Hotel Hobart?
MAGDA. A week.
GERGELY. And you know why I am choose you for this job?
MAGDA. You stopped paying and everyone else quit working for hotel?
GERGELY. (Immediately defensive) They did not! There's Mamma and cousin Kardos at the Front Desk! And me! Don't forget there is me! MAGDA. No, sir. GERGELY. Gergely Gulyas IS the Hotel Hobart! Hollyweird may not be knowing - but soon they will be full of it - if they not already. (A beat. Conceding.) The Hobart has had the trebles (/troubles/) with money - mainly in not having any - but dis waddling changes everything. (Beat.) You know of these Hollyweird peoples staying in this romes? Eve Randolph, star of Monument Picturees (/Pictures/)? MAGDA. I like her. GERGELY. Dat's nice for you. MAGDA. I love her. GERGELY. Many do. Mostly men. They say she's a loosey-goosey.
MAGDA. But now her screws get tightened by one man. (MAGDA blushes with embarrassment.) Johnny Fabian.
GERGELY. Another Hollyweird showboat!
MAGDA. Oh, no. No one has laid eyes on him. But they say he is very handsome.
GERGELY. Dat's nice for him. Also in this rome, is the man who is ruining (/running/) the studio, Juno Beriman. Studio Chief.
MAGDA. The man who discovered her and made her star!
GERGELY. Dat's nice for us all. So. Everything must go okee dokes for the waddling this weekend. Like clockworks. (Gossiping) There is more at steaks (/stake/) than just the well beans (/well being/) of the happy corporal (/couple/). (A knock at the door. GERGELY goes to answer it. A MAN (JAMES) in glasses stands there with a wrinkled telegram in hand.) Yes?
MAN. Excuse me, I'm looking for Esther?
GERGELY. Who's dat?
MAN. Miss Esther Runk? She said she'd be here on this day...
GERGELY. You got the wrong girl, wrong day. Goodbying now.
(HE closes the door. Starts back to MAGDA, but the knocking happens again. Perturbed, GERGELY opens the door again. The MAN is still there.)
MAN. I'm sorry, but the telegram she sent clearly states...
GERGELY. What do I care what state your tellygraph (/telegram?) is from? Get loose (/lost/), mister bounder. There's no Esther-Westher here.
(HE slams the door in the MAN's face.)
MAGDA. Mr. Gulyas, what else is at stake?
GERGELY. Hmmm? Oh. (Thinks twice about telling) Never you minding. (Beat.) In two days, Eve and her Mister Johnny Handsome get marred (/married/) downstairs. (MAGDA squeaks at the thought of it.) In one day, is the premiere of Monument Picturees' new film also downstairs - (Squeak.) - Starring Eve Randolph. (Another squeak.) Soon, the Hotel Hobart is on the cover of every nosepaper (/newspaper/) in Caleefornia...the costumers (/customers/) will come...and our money trebles are being over. (Another knock at the door.) Can you believing this guy? Okay, mister poking nose, you ask for it.
(GERGELY swings opens the door, and sees that it is MILO OTT, the Monument Pictures studio assistant. Bespectacled, no-nonsense. MILO is Everyman to the studio and especially to JUNO. MILO doesn't bat an eye regarding this reception by GERGELY. HE speeds in, goes straight to the desk, puts down his satchel, picks up the phone receiver, taps the handle twice and
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Show Dates & Times
Performed at the Breckenridge Theatre
121 South Ridge Street,
Thanks, to Summit Daily News