Welcome to the hilarious world of America’s foremost comedic playwright and to an evening filled with some of the funniest short plays ever written. The New York Times says “Ives is wizardly…magical and funny…a master of language. He’s an original.”
“It was a literal laugh riot. I haven’t had this much fun with silliness and absurdity in a long, long while.” —Berkshire Bright Focus
“A rare and hilarious, blissful evening of gonzo humor.” —Berkshire Fine Arts
“Barrington Stage Company figured we could probably use a few laughs and their current production of TIME FLIES AND OTHER COMEDIES delivers many of them.” —BroadwayWorld
“A cocktail, a picnic, a lark, a stylish, heady flight of urbane humor, sophisticated staging, stellar ensemble acting, and pitch-perfect direction. Did I mention lots of laughs?” —Off Script with Dan Dwyer
“Laugh-out-loud outrageous…a dream cast” —Berkshire On Stage
“If you need a laugh this is your potion. Do not let another day go by before deciding to see it.” —The Berkshire Record
“Tracy Brigden has perfectly directed a superb quintet of versatile actors…ingeniously funny” —WBRK
“They seem to be having the time of their lives. You will too.” —The Berkshire Eagle
CARY DONALDSON* BSC: See How They Run. Broadway: Straight White Men and Mrs. Warren’s Profession. Off Broadway: The Winter’s Tale and The Merchant of Venice (The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park); Timon of Athens (The Public Theater); The Rivals and Major Barbara (The Pearl Theatre Company); The Old Boy (Keen Company); Hamlet (Waterwell). Regionally, Mr. Donaldson has performed at Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Old Globe, Contemporary American Theater Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Pioneer Theatre Company and Georgia Shakespeare. His television credits include Blue Bloods, Elementary and History’s The Men Who Built America. Mr. Donaldson received his B.A. from Wake Forest University and his M.F.A. from New York University’s Graduate Acting Program.
CARSON ELROD* BSC: Taking Steps. Broadway: Reckless, Noises Off, Peter and the Starcatcher. Metropolitan Opera: The Merry Widow. Off Broadway: All in the Timing, Lives of the Saints (Primary Stages); All’s Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure, The Tempest (NY Shakespeare Festival); The Liar, The Heir Apparent (Classic Stage Company); Important Hats of the 20th Century, Explorer’s Club, House/Garden, Comic Potential (MTC); Oliver Twist (TFNA); Cavedweller (NYTW). Regional: Williamstown, A.R.T., Shakespeare Theatre DC, Baltimore Center Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, The Denver Center, Center Theatre Group, Berkley Rep, Yale Rep. Film: Wedding Crashers, Kissing Jessica Stein. TV: 30 Rock, High Maintenance, Elementary, Person of Interest, Law & Order: Criminal Intent. New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect. AEA since 2000. BA: KU. MFA: NYU Grad Acting. carsonelrod.com #FairWageOnStage
JEFF MCCARTHY* BSC: Kunstler, Broadway Bounty Hunter, Man of La Mancha, Southern Comfort, All My Sons, Sweeney Todd, Follies, Mack & Mabel. In New York, leading roles in: Southern Comfort, Chicago, Urinetown, Side Show, Zorba, Sympathetic Magic, Dream True, Smile, The Grinch Who…, Beauty and the Beast and several others. Other regional: Long Wharf, Arena, The Guthrie, Hartford Stage and many others: Kunstler, A Lie of the Mind, The Front Page, The Price, The Misanthrope, The Underpants, My Fair Lady and hundreds of others. TV, guest starring roles in: Elementary, Madam Secretary, The Good Wife, Schweitzer (title role), Star Trek(s), Designing Women, Law & Order(s), Cheers and many others. Film: Starting Out in the Evening, Robocop 2, Consent, Eve of Destruction, Cliffhanger and others.
RUTH PFERDEHIRT* BSC debut. Favorite credits include: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (First National Tour); Elf (Madison Square Garden); The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis: Sandra in The Play That Goes Wrong (Regional Premiere), Billie Dawn in Born Yesterday, Brooke in Noises Off and Dolly in One Man, Two Guvnors, Kitty in The Drowsy Chaperone (Goodspeed Musicals), Electra in Gypsy (PCLO), The Blonde in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse), Dan Goggin’s Johnny Manhattan (Meadow Brook Theatre), Dory in Finding Nemo: The Musical, and the St. Louis MUNY. BFA University of Michigan. For Ed Stern. ruthpf.com
DEBRA JO RUPP* BSC: The Cake; Love Letters; Kimberly Akimbo; Dr. Ruth, All the Way; To Kill a Mockingbird; Ring Round the Moon; Project Laramie. Broadway: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Kathleen Turner. Off Broadway: The Cake, MTC (Nom: Drama League) Becoming Dr. Ruth (Nom: Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Conn Critics Cir); A Girl’s Guide to Chaos; Frankie and Johnnie in the Claire de Lune, The Butcher of Baraboo (Judith Ivey, Second Stage). Recent regional: The Cake (LA Stage Ovation Award, LA Drama Critics Circle Award), Deathtrap (Berkshire Theater Group), Madagascar (Chester), Annapurna (Rob Ruggiero, TheaterWorks Hartford), True West, A Flea in Her Ear (John Rando, Williamstown). Film credits include Big, Clockwatchers, Sgt Bilko, She’s Out of My League and over 200 television appearances, most notably: That ‘70s Show, Seinfeld, Friends, NCIS: LA, Elementary. Currently recurring on This Is Us and The Ranch with Sam Elliot (Netflix).
DAVID IVES (Playwright) is perhaps best known for his evening of one-act plays, All in the Timing (he has been included in the “Best Short Plays” series seven times), and for his drama Venus In Fur, which was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play. His plays include New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch De Spinoza; The School for Lies (adapted from Molière’s The Misanthrope); The Liar (adapted from Corneille); Time Flies and Is He Dead? (adapted from Mark Twain). He has also translated Feydeau’s A Flea in Her Ear and Yasmina Reza’s A Spanish Play. A former Guggenheim Fellow in playwriting and a graduate of The Yale School of Drama, he lives in New York City.
TRACY BRIGDEN†(Director) served as Artistic Director at City Theatre Company in Pittsburgh for 16 years directing over 50 productions of new plays including world premieres by Christopher Durang, Keith Reddin, Adam Rapp, Jeffrey Hatcher and many others. Recent work includes: Olney Theatre: American premiere of Oil; Arden Theater Company: A Doll’s House, Part 2; Cincinnati Playhouse: The Roommate; Pittsburgh Public: Heisenberg; Theaterworks Hartford: Hand to God and Midsummer: A Play With Songs (nominated for four Connecticut Critics Circle awards including Best Production and Best Director). Prior to City Theatre, Tracy served on the artistic staffs of Manhattan Theatre Club and Hartford Stage Company.
ELIVIA BOVENZI (Costume Designer) BSC: The Glass Menagerie, Typhoid Mary, The Birds, Kunstler and peerless. She has designed an extensive repertoire of Shakespeare including Much Ado About Nothing, The Rape of Lucrece, Hamlet and Titus Andronicus (New York Shakespeare Exchange); Macbeth and The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare on the Sound). Assistant design credits: Broadway revivals of My Fair Lady and Fiddler on the Roof; and for The Father and Incognito (MTC); Plenty (Public Theater); War Paint (Goodman Theatre); Kiss Me, Kate (Hartford Stage); My Heart is in the East (La MaMa). MFA: Yale School of Drama, where her credits include An Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Yale Rep/Berkeley Rep), Cloud Nine and Richard II. Elivia is currently an Assistant Adjunct Professor of Theater Design at Queens college. eliviabovenzi.com
BRIAN PRATHER (Scenic Designer) BSC Associate Artist and designer of BSC productions: Into the Woods; The Glass Menagerie; A Doll’s House, Part 2; Typhoid Mary; Ragtime; American Son; Breaking the Code; Engagements; Dr. Ruth, All the Way; The Memory Show; Freud’s Last Session; A Streetcar Named Desire; The Burnt Part Boys and many others. Recent Off Broadway: Daniel’s Husband, Widowers’ Houses, A Christmas Carol, Becoming Dr. Ruth, The Memory Show, Freud’s Last Session, Nymph Errant, The Burnt Part Boys. International: Chung-mu Hall (South Korea). Regional and other: Alley Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, TheaterWorks Hartford, Virginia Rep., Broad Stage, Mercury Theatre, Delaware Theatre Co., Shakespeare on the Sound, Capitol Rep. Regional Emmy nominee, Jeff Award and BTCA Award winner. brianprather.com
MATTHEW RICHARDS (Lighting Designer) BSC: The Glass Menagerie, The Cake, Kimberly Akimbo, Art, Elegies. Broadway: Ann starring Holland Taylor. Opera: Macbeth at L.A. Opera. Off Broadway: Is God Is at Soho Rep; Absolute Brightness… and The Curvy Widow at Westside Arts; The Killer, Tamburlaine and Measure For Measure at Theatre for a New Audience; A Funny Thing… at MCC. Regional: Arena Stage; Baltimore’s Center Stage; Cincinnati Playhouse; Cleveland Play House; Dallas Theater Center; Ford’s Theatre; The Goodman; Hartford Stage; The Huntington; La Jolla Playhouse; Long Wharf; The Old Globe; Shakespeare Theatre; Westport Playhouse; Williamstown Theatre Festival.
MARY SCHILLING-MARTIN (Wig Designer) Mary is happy to return to BSC this summer after having done last season’s world premiere of The Royal Family of Broadway. She is the former Wig Master for La Jolla Playhouse, Marriott Theater in Lincolnshire, Great Lakes Theatre, Cleveland Play House and Arizona Theatre Company. Her regional credits include: The Old Globe Theatre, The Goodman Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Victory Gardens, Opera Colorado, Arizona Opera Company and Lyric Opera Works. Mary along with her daughter, Caitie, is co-owner of Wigs and Whiskers.
ERIC SHIMELONIS (Original Music/Sound Designer) is thrilled to be returning to BSC after having designed for Lee Blessing’s Black Sheep back in 2002. Other recent credits include Skintight starrring Idina Menzel at Roundabout, and Voyagers: A Dance Among the Planets at the Kennedy Center.Eric is also the composer and sound designer for the WBUR podcast Circle Round, which just launched a partnership with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
RICHARD LUNDY* ( Production Stage Manager) Chicago credits include: Paradise Blue, The Last Wife, Sunset Baby (Timeline); Dracula (Hypocrites), Assassination Theater (Museum of Broadcast Communications). 16 productions including The Adding Machine: A Chamber Musical (Next Theatre); Meet John Doe (Porchlight Theatre); Oh Coward!, The Maids (Writers’ Theatre); Suburban Motel (Famous Door). Other Chicago credits: Northlight, Remains, Victory Gardens, Organic, Halstead Theatre, Wisdom Bridge. Regional: Olney Theatre Center: Oil; Trinity Repertory Company; The Cleveland Play House; Folger Shakespeare; Shakespeare & Company. National tours: I Love Lucy Live! (David George) and Miss Saigon (Cameron Mackintosh). 33-year member of Actors’ Equity. Married to the wonderful Carmel Carroll for 26 years.
MCCORKLE CASTING LTD;PAT MCCORKLE, Katja Zarolinski(Casting) (C.S.A.) Casting actors for Barrington Stage for 17 years. Pat McCorkle is pleased to be an Associate Artist at BSC. Broadway: Over 50 productions including On the Town, Amazing Grace, End of the Rainbow, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Amadeus, She Loves Me, A Few Good Men. Off Broadway: highlights — Clever Little Lies; Sheer Madness; Tribes; Our Town (Barrow Street); Freud’s Last Session; Toxic Avenger; Almost, Maine; Driving Miss Daisy. Feature film: Premium Rush, Ghost Town, The Thomas Crown Affair, Die Hard with a Vengeance, School Ties, etc. Television: Twisted, St. George, Sesame Street, Hack, Californication, Max Bickford, Chappelle’s Show, Strangers with Candy, Barbershop, etc. mccorklecasting.com
CHARLIE SIEDENBURG (Berkshire Press Representative) joined the Barrington Stage family in 2005 and has represented over 80 BSC productions. His work has led to features in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, USA Today and American Theatre Magazine. He began working as a publicist in 1990 at the Barn Theatre in August, MI, working with folks like Marin Mazzie and Tom Wopat. His many PR credits include the Metropolitan Opera (Live in HD), Paper Mill Playhouse (1999-2004), George Street Playhouse, Hartford Stage, Goodspeed Musicals, Long Wharf Theatre and Two River Theatre Company. Charlie is personal publicist to Broadway’s Leslie Kritzer and Patrick Page. Charlie serves as National Press Rep for Chautauqua Theater Company, Project Shaw, Surflight Theatre and Wagner College Theatre. Charlie is a 1995 Theatre/Arts Administration graduate of Wagner College on Staten Island, where he currently teaches Theatre Appreciation.