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

Lettice and Lovage

Written by Peter Shaffer
Shows (Evenings at 7:30pm):
Thu. 6/30 - Sat. 7/2, Wed. 7/6 - Sat. 7/9, Wed. 7/13 - Sat. 7/16

Lettice Duffet, an expert on Elizabethan cuisine and medieval weaponry, is an indefatigable but daffy enthusiast of history and the theatre. As a tour guide at Fustian House, one of the least stately of London's stately homes, she theatrically embellishes its historical past, ultimately coming up on the radar of Lotte Schon, an inspector from the Preservation Trust. Neither impressed nor entertained by Lettice's freewheeling history lessons, Schon fires her. Not one, however, to go without a fight, Lettice engages the stoic, conventional Lotte in a battle to the death over all that is sacred to the Empire and the crown.

The Cast
Lettice DouffetCael Barkman
Lotte SchoenGinger Pierce
Miss FramerLouise J. Mueller
Mr. BardolphBrooke Pearson
The Crew
DirectorEthan T. Bowen
Assistant DirectorKathy Barickman
CostumesCarol Loysen
Set Construction & DesignRick Loya
Lighting/Sound OperatorConner Goss

Kathy Barickman Kathy Barickman
is back for her second season at the Waterbury Festival Playhouse. After having so much fun with Unnecessary Farce, she can't wait to see what's in store for this year. When not playing with WFP or the Valley Players, Kathy can usually be found either working in Williston as a microbiologist, singing in choir at St. Michael's College, or at home in Underhill with her husband, Jake, and their menagerie. She has her dad to thank for passing on the theater bug MANY years ago.
Cael Barkman Cael Barkman
originally hails from New York and has been residing in the "tropical" islands of Vermont for four years. This is her third year at the Waterbury Festival Playhouse. She was the jaded sister in "Anton in Show Business", the Barney Fife-ish officer in "Unnecessary Farce", and hopes to enlarge, enliven and enlighten all in "Lettice and Lovage." Cael is a fan of dancing in any location or situation preferably while donning a romper.
Ethan Bowen Ethan T. Bowen
loves to direct, perhaps even more then acting which has been his professional livelihood for the last 20 plus years. When not working out of town he lives in a house he built himself in the woods of central Vermont with a dog, a rabbit, lots of wildlife and his lovely wife Courtney. When not in the theater he cuts fire wood, saws lumber and will be starting a performing arts studio in his home town of Rochester. Great to back at the WFP.
Louise Mueller Louise J. Mueller
is happily back for the third time with the Waterbury Festival Playhouse. In Murder Mistaken she was a simpleton maid, in Unnecessary Farce, a ruthless Mafia Don, and, now, a frightened secretary. Louise claims to be none of those adjectives, though she feels like a simpleton regarding income tax instructions, ruthless when weeding her garden and frightened by the mirror first thing in the morning. When not on stage she's into all things artistic, currently it's stained glass. Neko, Chloe and Jaz are queens of the castle she shares with her husband.
Rick Loya Rick Loya
had worked with George and Ginger on many productions in the past but, this is second session with the Waterbury Festival Playhouse.
Set Design and decoration has been passion of Rick’s for over 20 years now. Also enjoying the opportunity to take the audience to another time and place and regarding the set as another character in the performance.
His professional career has been in the custom sign business as a designer sculptor and pictorial artist . Currently he runs his own business offering a "broad brush" line of artistic services including fine art and graphic works to faux finishes.
Carol Loysen
is a retired, frustrated journalist who likes to stay busy ... and loves fabrics. And history; and theatre.
Ginger Pierce Ginger Pierce
returns to the Waterbury Festival Playhouse stage for the 6th consecutive year. She fell in love with Lettice and Lovage when she and husband George saw it in Portland several years ago. She must confess, however, that she can identify with Lettice, being a fellow lover of herbs, and has in fact grown lovage in her garden. In addition to making herbal potions and lotions, Ginger enjoys watercolor painting, stained glass and being a new empty nester with her husband, George.
Brooke Pearson Brooke Pearson
is making his second appearance on the WFP stage, having premiered two summers ago as Andrew Jorgenson (Jorgy) in Other People's Money. A fully recovered attorney who now teaches at Montpelier High School, where he mentors students in the school's Community Based Learning program and coaches Forensics, he is looking forward to his first defense counsel role. Over the past quarter century, he has appeared in numerous plays and musicals with Centerstage, Unadilla, and Lost Nation Theaters as well as the Barre Players, only once in the character of a lawyer, the County Attorney in Trifles. The father of a geologist daughter in St. Louis and a geologist son - and adorable 7 year old granddaughter and 7 month old grandson - in Seattle, Brooke lives in Montpelier with his theatrical and demonic orange cat, Fred.