The Waterbury Festival Playhouse -- Central Vermont's only Semi-Professional Theater

Rough Crossing

Directed by George Pierce
Written by Tom Stoppard
Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French
Shows (Evenings at 7:30pm, Matinees at 2:00pm):
Wed. 6/18 - Sat. 6/21, Wed. 6/25 - Sat. 6/28, Wed. 7/2 - Sat. 7/5
Matinee Sun. 6/29

The co authors, the composer and most of the cast of a comedy destined for Broadway are simultaneously trying to finish and rehearse the play while crossing the Atlantic on an ocean liner. Tom Stoppard's hilarious play has been freely adapted from Ferenc Molnar's classic farce Jatek a Kastelyban. "Adaptation in Stoppard's terms means finding a sympathetic text and using it as a springboard for invention that leaves the original far behind this time, Stoppard has found a totally compatible source, matching his temperament at every point, except in irrepressible high spirits around [a] slender central device, he weaves an increasingly amazing pattern of verbal misunderstandings, eccentric character development, showbiz spectacle, and seagoing hazards, all of which come to occupy equal importance in the plot." London Times.

One of our actors maintains a blog of his acting experiences, and currently has a lot to say about his life in Rough Crossing. For a glimpse backstage (click here).

The Cast
Sandor TuraiJ. Louis Reid
Alex GalBob Carmody
Adam AdamJeffery Maclay
Natasha NavratilovaTeresa Langston
Ivor FishDavid Lagala
DvornichekKevin Chap
The Crew
DirectorGeorge Pierce
Asst. DirectorEmily Crosby
CostumesGinger Pierce
SetsEd Demler

Kevin_Chap (2K) Kevin Chap
was born in New York City, and moved to Stockbridge, Vermont, at a young age. He attended school in Bethel, where he was invested in athletics and drama. At Villa Julie College in Baltimore, Kevin focused on acting. Some of his key performances were: Eilert Lovborg in Hedda Gabler; Lord Alfred Douglas in Gross Indecency; and Romeo in Joe Calarco's Romeo and Juliet. Kevin performed as Eric in Tom Stoppard's New York premiere of Indian Ink. He now splits his time between New York and Vermont, where he runs his own clothing company.
Bob_Carmody (2K) Bob Carmody
previously appeared as Merv Kant in "The Sisters Rosenzweig". He also presented Thor in Stowe Theater's "Mornings at Seven" and was in Shellburne Players, "The Rainmaker" as the Sheriff, Partridge in "Tom Jones", Nonno in "Night of the Iguana", Arnold in "A Thousand Clowns" and Roy in the "Odd Couple". Bob resides in Charlotte with his lovely wife Mary and daughter Tori, Willow the dog and Whacko the cat.
David_Lagala (8K) David Lagala
lives in Waterbury with his thespian wife Louise J. Mueller and their three cats. He has enjoyed dabbling around on stages for about 45 years in New Jersey, Oregon and Vermont. He attended the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts and has a minor in drama from Eastern Oregon State University. He's really not at all like Ivor but he will be selling autographs backstage to the ladies following his breath-taking performance.
Teresa_Langston (3K) Teresa Langston
grew up in Eastern Tennessee and now lives in Fayston with Gregor and two aussie shepherds. She has performed in a number of Independent films, in over 30 regional and community theater productions in Connecticut and Vermont. Works as a consultant and develops websites for Ukrainian Actresses.
Jeff_Maclay (2K) Jeffery Maclay
is a Free & Accepted Mason and currently a theatre major at Johnson State College. He has high aspirations of becoming a walrus juggler, and enjoys his time on the stage like no other. He has appeared in "Big Love" as Aeolus, "Cinderella, Cinderella" as King Cybil III, and even was the title-role in "Macbeth" (when he was 14). Overall, he is a funloving individual who is always quick with a joke (though it may not be appropriate for all ages) and would love to be on stage for at least the next 50 years.
George_Pierce (1K) George Pierce
Is regularly found hanging from the lighting grid screaming, "somebody please put the ladder back up." He is so proud of how well this theater is growing, and how so many people are loving it and beginning to call it their own.
J. Louis Reid J. Louis Reid
is a native Vermonter who acted the first of his many stage roles more than thirty years ago. He appeared most recently in the Vermont Stage production of Inspecting Carol and in Firefly Theater's The Irish Play. Jim has created characters in several movie shorts and has been cast in independent features, including a supporting role in Finding Providence, and a co-starring role in the award-winning Canadian film, The Descendant. Jim is very happy to be appearing with the Waterbury Festival Players for the first time.