As Bees In Honey Drown logoAs Bees In Honey Drown
by Douglas Carter Beane

August 25 - September 16, 2000
Directed by Rhonda Clark

Theater and the movies are filled with tales of reinvention, which are populated with lively, ambitious characters such as Auntie Mame, Holly Golightly in "Breakfast at Tiffany's," and Sally Bowles in "Cabaret" who have rearranged their personal histories with gusto and great imagination.

Misti Pryor as Alexa Vere de Vere

Add to this list of great pretenders Alexa Vere de Vere, the absolutely fabulous whirlwind who blows through Douglas Carter Beane's savvy comedy "As Bees in Honey Drown." The play's title is a catch-phrase of Alexa's, and as the story unfolds, the playwright's witty indictment of our culture's eternal obsession with fame, celebrity and the good life.

In showbiz, or probably any business, there is a moment on the cusp of success when the right phone call, the right contact, the right schmooze might catapult someone to the stratosphere of the high rollers. It is a moment of supreme vulnerability, ripe with the possibility of living rich and famous, or struggling and marginal. This is the kind of hungry moment that kicks off "As Bees in Honey Drown."

Brad Allen and Joshua Irick     Misti Pryor and Brad Allen

Alexa is the seemingly right contact who approaches Evan Wyler at the right moment when his debut novel has marked him as "the next hot writer." Soon after he appears bare-chested in a trendy magazine, glamorous Alexa swoops in, shoves cash in his hand, and begs him to write a screenplay, cooing, "You see, I want this film to be the story of my life, which is too entrancing, almost even for me." She seems to be Evan's passport to a life of privilege, and soon, he's surprised to find himself falling in love with the international woman of mystery. If Evan feels out of control in Alexa's extravagant lifestyle, it is nothing compared to what he feels when she disappears. By play's end, Alexa does help Evan, but in a way that neither could have anticipated.



Misti Pryor, Terry Veal, and Brad Allen

Katy Christie and Terry Veal

Clockwise from left: Marilyn Ragan, Joshua Irick, Misti Pryor, Brad Allen, and Katy Christie.

As Bees In Honey Drown logo

Evan Wyler

Brad Allen
Alexa Vere de Vere Misti Pryor
Photographer, Swen, Hotel Clerk & Morris Kaden Joshua Irick
Ronald, Skunk & Mike Stabinsky Terry Veal
Amber, Back-up Singer, Secretary, Bethany, Ginny
& a Muse
Katy Christie
Waiter, Back-up Singer, Carla, Newsstand Woman, Denise, Illya & a Muse Marilyn Ragan


Director Rhonda Clark
Set Design/Tech Director Tom Harrington
Costume Design Corey Martin
Lighting Design Tom Harrington
Sound Design Joe Daleo
Master Electrician Steven Gillmore
Set Construction Tom Harrington
Melody Harrington
Kyle Watson
Chris Robinson
Stage Manager/Light Operator Bob Bates
Asst. Stage Manager Tom Gibson
Sound Operator George Zabolski
Crew Jennifer Coon
Dresser Dion Stover
Prop Artwork Nick Backes
Marilyn Ragan


Directions in Furniture - Mathis Brothers Furniture - Aaron Scott - Kent Fischer - Jenkins Music Company - Southwestern Bell Telephone - Doobie Potter - Suzanne Charney - Vikki Simer - Jon Womastek

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

AS BEES IN HONEY DROWN was originally produced in New York City by The Drama Dept. - Douglas Carter Beane, Artistic Director - Michael Rosenberg, Managing Director - and subsequently by Edgar Lansbury, Everett King, Randall L. Wreghitt, Chase Mishkin, Steven M. Levy & Leonard Soloway.

Originally presented in a workshop production at Portland Stage Company as part of their Little Festival of the Unexpected. Greg Learning, Artistic Director; Tom Werder, Managing Director.

The play was developed in part with the support of The Sundance Playwrights Laboratory.



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