Neil Simon's London SuiteLondon Suite
by Neil Simon

August 24 - September 15, 2001
Directed by Rhonda Clark

Neil Simon is our best-known living playwright and has been loved by American audiences for over 30 years.

In "London Suite" (which opened Off-Broadway in 1994), he returns to the form of two of his earlier successes, "Plaza Suite" and "California Suite." It is a collection of four playlets set in the same suite of an old, fashionable hotel in London. In each story he sets a different tone, starting with a taut revue sketch, moving to a sentimental comedy, then to comedy-drama, and finally he tops it off with an unbridled farce. The audience can expect Simon's characteristic comic one-liners, freewheeling sight gags and a sudden ambush of poignancy.

Part of the fun of the piece is seeing a small group of actors portray all the various characters in the four different stories.

The first story, Settling Accounts, sports a man with a gun and a man with an attaché - a burned out writer and his once-trusted accountant who has cleaned him out.

Jon Womastek and Terry Veal in London Suite   Jon Womastek and Terry Veal in London Suite


In Going Home, an attractive American widow is shopping her way through London, while her adult daughter plays matchmaker.

Jo Perryman in London Suite    Emily Etherton and Jo Perryman in London Suite


In the poignant Diana & Sidney, the playwright revisits two characters from his earlier play "California Suite". The Oscar-winning actress Diana is in London promoting her hit TV series and rendezvous with her ex-husband, who has been living in Greece with his sculptor boyfriend.

Jo Perryman and Terry Veal in London Suite    Jo Perryman and Terry Veal in London Suite


The Man on the Floor is a knockabout farce that features American tourists on their way to Wimbledon, spastic backs and befuddled hotel employees.

Nathan Smith, Terry Veal, Jon Womastek, and Emily Etherton in London Suite    Jon Womastek and Terry Veal in London Suite




Emily Etherton and Nathan Smith in London Suite


Emily Etherton in London Suite

Brian, Mark

  Jon Womastek
Billy, Sidney, Dr. McMerlin    Terry Veal
Mom, Diana, Mrs. Semple   Jo Perryman
Lauren, Grace, Annie   Emily Etherton
Bellman   Nathan A. Smith


Director   Rhonda Clark
Set Design   Tom Harrington
Costume Design   Corey Martin
Lighting Design   Dustin Mars
Lighting Supervisor   Steven Gillmore
Set Construction   Steven Gillmore
Tom Harrington
Melody Harrington
Dustin Mars
Kyle Watson
Risa Wilkinson
Shane Schnetzler
Sound Design   Joe Daleo
Set Painting   Melody Harrington
Bob Bates
Rhonda Clark
Stage Manager    Bob Bates
Light Operator   Shane Schnetzler
Sound Operator   Risa Wilkinson
Running Crew   Tom Gibson
Genger Gibson
Sports Announcer   Don Lusk
Poster Design   Phil Carlton
Don Lusk


Mathis Brothers Furniture - Kent Fischer - Suzanne Charney - The Mars Family

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