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

Unnecessary Farce

Written by Paul Slade Smith
Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts
Shows (Evenings at 7:30pm):
Thu. 8/12 - Sat. 8/14, Wed. 8/18 - Sat. 8/21, Wed. 8/25 - Sat. 8/28

Two cops. Three crooks. Eight doors. Go. In a cheap motel room, an embezzling mayor is supposed to meet with his female accountant, while in the room next-door, two undercover cops wait to catch the meeting on videotape. But there's some confusion as to who's in which room, who's being videotaped, who's taken the money, who's hired a hit man, and why the accountant keeps taking off her clothes.
The Cast
Eric SheridanGeoffrey Stewart
Billie DwyerCael Barkman
Karen BrownTeresa Langston
Mayor MeeklyNellson Moore
Agent FrankDavid Lagala
ToddHugh Davies
Mary MeeklyLouise J. Mueller
The Crew
DirectorMarcel Freda
Asst. DirectorKathy Barickman
CostumesCatherine Vigne
Lighting/Sound OperatorConner Goss

Cael Barkman (2K) Cael Barkman
is originally from New York where she studied theater arts before moving to Florida to work in professional theater. She now lives in the ever tropical Islands of Vermont and moonlights as a massage therapist.Her recent work in VT has been a mix of theater and film-two of which were Festival worthy. Her favorite shows include, but are not limited to, One Flew over the Cukoos Nest, Fool for Love, Laramie Project and Lobby Heroes. Being back here is a blast! Nothing is impossible.
Kathy Barickman
caught the bug from her father and was active in theater through high school and college (and she's not saying how long ago that was!). She moved from upstate New York to Warren in 1996 and wasted no time joining the Valley Players and stage managing "Once Upon a Mattress", followed by many others over the years, including "The Wizard of Oz", "Annie", "out of Order" and "The Mystery of Edwin Drood", with even a few wanderings out onstage. Kathy lives in Underhill with her husband, Jake, and their menagerie. This is her first production with WFP.
Hugh Davies (2K) Hugh Davies
is originally from Didcot, England and is delighted to be returning to the Waterbury Festival after appearing here last year in Leading Ladies. Other recent roles include: Mellersh in Enchanted April, Pellinore in Camelot, and Joe Cardin in The Children's Hour. Hugh loves to spend as much time as he can skiing in the winter (Killington is his favorite), but in the summer still misses watching cricket with a pint of beer in hand.
Marcel Freda (2K) Marcel Freda
is very excited to be entering his 5th year with WFP and directing his first show for them. He is also the director of the Peoples Academy Drama Club in Morrisville where just this past year he wrote his first play, "The One About You". He and his very talented cast earned the chance to perform at the Vermont State Drama festival where the show was an audience favorite. He also has worked with the Governor's Institute on the Arts for the past 4 years.
David Lagala (2K) David Lagala
is excited to be back with the WFPs after a year's hiatus. He has appeared with them in Noises off, Rough Crossing, Sisters Rosensweig and Murder Mistaken. He has also appeared locally with the Montpelier Theater Guild, Lamoille County Players, Barre Theater Guild, Unadilla Theater and the Stowe Theater Guild. He wanted to say something clever here...oh well, perhaps next year.
Teresa Langston (2K) Teresa Langston
lives in Fayston with Gregor and two aussie shepherds, Puck and Oberon. She returns to WFP having last performed in Rough Crossing here a few summers ago. Most recently, she starred in a short indie film, 'Complications' and trod the boards as the Lady Markby in 'An Ideal Husband' at the Valley Players in Waitsfield. This fall she will be directing '12 Angry Jurors' and in the winter, she is producing and directing an Anton Chekhov festival, also at Valley Players. Teresa is a certified Business Coach and owns Net-Spin, a web consulting business in the service of mission driven people and organizations.
Louise J. Mueller (2K) Louise J. Mueller
is pleased to be back with the WFPs. She was last seen here in 2007 as Emmie in Murder Mistaken. She has also performed with Montpelier Theater Guild, Unadilla Theater, Woodchuck Theater, Lamoille County Players, and Stowe Theater Guild. She and her husband (Agent Frank), when not onstage, enjoy retirement and their three felines.
Nellson Moore (2K) Nellson Moore
played Bill Coles in WFP's production of Other Peoples Money last season and is thrilled to be back. Before moving to Vermont from N.Y.C. Nellson played roles as varied as Petya Trofimov in Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, Cecil Graham in Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan & Robert in Sondheim's Company. Nellson's radio show Moore Music A-Z on WMRW-LP Warren 95.1FM streams live on the internet every Saturday morning from 9am-11am. He and his partner Jim are the proud parents of 2 sons, 3 cats, 2 guinea pigs, a dog and a parakeet.
Geoffrey Stewart (2K) Geoffrey Stewart
has appeared at WFP twice before, as Dr. Framingham in Beyond Therapy in 2007, and as Oscar in Indoor/Outdoor. Last year, he let his wife, Kathleen, have a turn on the WFP stage, when she played Lane in The Clean House. He is the director of the theatre program at Kent School in Connecticut, and holds a masters degree in theatre from Northwestern University. He has summered in Vermont for many years, including working at Dorset Theatre Festival and relaxing at his house in Morrisville.
Catherine Vigne (2K) Catherine Vigne
is from Monkton, Vermont. She has worked on many shows in many theaters, including the Goodspeed Opera House, North Shore Music Theater, and the Breadloaf School of English. Her previous designs include the world premier of My Ohio with Vermont Stage Company, No End of Blame (PTP/NYC), The Five Hysterical Girls Theorem, In the Blood, In a Pig's Valise, Vampire (Middlebury College), and associate design for The Bewitched (Middlebury College). This is her second summer as the season costume designer with the Waterbury Festival Players.