It Runs In The Family
It Runs In The Family logo (2002)by Ray Cooney

Nov. 29 - Dec. 21, 2002
Directed by Sheryl Martin

"If you're going to tell a lie, tell a whopper," yells Dr. Mortimore as events begin to spin deliriously out of control in Ray Cooney's IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY.

Inadvertently, he's identifying, in the midst of his panic, the motor that propels all the best farces. Deception, mistaken identities, double-entendres, puns and flapping doors fuel this high octane comedy.

Set in the doctor's lounge of a London hospital three days before Christmas, the staff is preparing the annual holiday show. But that is only the sideshow. The real business is a conference of neurosurgeons. As Dr. David Mortimore is preparing his lecture that should guarantee him a knighthood and the hospital some badly needed funds, a former nurse bursts in with the news that their fling some 18 years and 9 months ago made Mortimore a father.

Jennifer Coon in IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY (2002)  Thomas Pender, John Brumley, and Kit Haraughty in IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY (2002)  Vicki Wilcox and John Brumley in IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY (2002)

The boy (emotionally high strung and under arrest for driving under the influence) is downstairs, desperate to meet his long lost Dad. Now the good doctor really practices what he preaches. Lies pile on lies, as he enlists his colleagues to deceive his wife, his boss, a police sergeant and even his newfound son. Sharp syringes, crashing wheelchairs, squirting seltzer bottles, doctors in nurse drag, and window ledge wrestling matches gear the farce into overdrive.

Paul Smith and Thomas Pender in IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY (2002)   Don Taylor and Tatiana Weiss in IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY (2002)

Playwright Ray Cooney has been dubbed England's Neil Simon. Specializing in farce, he has penned over 13 plays, but unlike Mr. Simon he also acts and has served as producer and director for over 30 West End productions (the equivalent of Broadway in London). In 1983 he founded The Theatre of Comedy Company, and went on to write and produce for television and film, while keeping his hand in live theatre.

Over the years, Carpenter Square Theatre has produced several of his light-hearted farces - beginning with RUN FOR YOUR WIFE in 1993, then CST's first production of IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY in 1994, followed by FUNNY MONEY in 1997 and OUT OF ORDER in 1998.

Clyde Martin and Don Taylor in IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY (2002)   Kit Haraughty, Pam Fields, and Don Taylor in IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY (2002)


Rob May and Tatiana Weiss in IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY (2002)

Rob May, Jennifer Coon, and Don Taylor in IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY (2002)

Danielle Polk in IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY (2002)

Dr. David Mortimore

  Don Taylor
Dr. Mike Connolly   Kit Haraughty
Rosemary Mortimore   Pam Fields
Dr. Hubert Bonney   Thomas Pender
Matron   Jennifer Coon
Sir Willoughby Drake   Clyde Martin
Jane Tate   Tatiana Weiss
Sister   Danielle Polk
Leslie Tate   John Brumley
Police Sergeant   Rob May
Bill   Paul Smith
Mother   Vicki Wilcox


Director   Sheryl Martin
Set & Lighting Design   Steven Gillmore
Sound Design   Sheryl Martin
Laura Sullivan
Stage Manager & Control Booth   Laura Sullivan
Costume Coordinator   Mary Freeh
Tech. Dir.
& Set Construction
  Steven Gillmore
Scenic Artist   Laura Sullivan
Set Painting   Sheryl Martin
Rhonda Clark
John Brumley
Steven Gillmore
Running Crew   Rory Littleton
Robert Curry


Kenny Walker - Walker Companies

Cast Sponsors: Kim and Scott Weaver

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.


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