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



Written by Neil Simon
Shows (Evenings at 7:30pm):
Thu. 10/3 - Sat. 10/5, Wed. 10/9 - Sun. 10/13, Wed. 10/16 - Sat. 10/19

You arrive at a dinner party, the host has been shot, the hostess is nowhere to be found, no food is ready, and nobody knows what's going on. This is one of Neil Simon's classic studies of people in unusual situations. It is a hilarious comedy of misunderstandings and miscommunications in a group of friends in an unexpected situation. It sounds like a modern TV sitcom. Well it is. Live and in person and where you are the laugh track.

The Cast
Chris GormanCael Barkman
Ken GormanMark Cranmer
Clair GanzLinda Iannuzi
Lenny GanzDennis McSorley
Ernie Cusack J. Louis Reid
Cookie Cusack Louise J. Mueller
Glenn Cooper James DeRienzo
Cassie CooperJenifer Tuck
Officer Welch Walt Levering
The Crew
DirectorMarcel Freda
Set Construction and DesignRick Loya
Lighting/Sound OperatorMatt Mooney
Stage ManagerKathy Barickman

Kathy Barickman Kathy Barickman
is excited about her third season with WFP. She has been playing in the dark backstage since high school and has stage managed productions throughout college and then with the Valley Players in Waitsfield, VT after moving here from upstate NY. When not playing in the theater, Kathryn can usually be found at her job as an environmental laboratory analyst in Williston or singing with St. Michael's College Liturgical choir. Occasionally she is even at home in Underhill with her husband, Jake, and their houseful of loving critters. She thanks her parents (both English teachers) for passing on their love of theater and her husband for his loving patience.
Cael Barkman Cael Barkman
has participated in theatre since she was a young lass. She has also been fortunate enough to dabble in film and television. When not performing she enjoys a multitude of random activities that are usually, a good time. Nothing is Impossible.
Mark Cranmer Mark Cranmer
is very excited to be making his first appearance with WFP. He has a BFA in acting from The U (Univ. of Miami) and has performed with Lyric Theatre as Bill Sykes in Oliver, Billy Flynn in Chicago and Albin in La Cage Aux Folles to name a few. He has also performed with Stowe Theatre Guild most recently in Nine and The Drowsy Chaperone as well as Essex Community Players and Vermont Stage. In his free time he enjoys competing in triathlons, cross fit training and rock climbing. Obviously He has no free time!
James DeRienzo James DeRienzo
is very happy to return to the WFP. He studied acting at Mason Gross School of the Arts and Comedy Improvisation with the Groundlings in NYC. He has traveled extensively and enjoys the quiet life in the Green Mountain State. He is thrilled that the warm weather is finally here, which affords him the opportunity for an occasional stogie. He is lucky enough to have a beautiful wife, who tolerates his strange bios, and two fantastic sons who are chips off the block, in regards to theater, not the cigars.
Marcel Freda Marcel Freda
is an actor/director/comedian/writer/loves putting slashes between things he does. He lives in Morrisville, VT and stays busy with the arts by working with local schools and has also worn a number of different hats for The Governor's Institutes of Vermont over the years. Marcel has been a player with WFP since their start and is very excited to have them back in his life. He is honored to be both appearing on stage and directing this season.
Linda Iannuzzi Linda Iannuzzi
is very excited to have the opportunity to be part of the Waterbury Festival Players for the first time. For the past 9 years, she's spent most of her acting time on the stages of the Valley Players & Stowe Theaters. She would like to thank everyone who made her "newbie" experience special. Some of Linda's previous performances were: "Lady Chiltern" in Ideal Husband, "Doris" in Same Time Next Year and "Juror 10" in Twelve Angry Jurors. As always, she sends huge hugs to Luke for his unending support and to Jordi who is many, many miles away but, really, right next to her.
Walt Levering Walt Levering
has played many roles over the past ten years. He has played with Waterbury Festival Players, Lost Nation Theater, Stowe Theatre Guild, Lamoille County Players and UVM Productions. Film credits include Pressure Point, Moving Targets, Automatism, The Pursuit of Happiness and the recently released Disappearances. Walt founded The Windjammer Restaurant and Best Western Hotel and Conference Center in South Burlington.
Rick Loya Rick Loya
had worked with George and Ginger on many productions in the past but, this is his third season 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.
Dennis McSorley Dennis McSorley
is a native New Yorker, who jumped started his acting here in 1995. Appearing in more than sixty productions, he was last seen as 'Harold' in highly acclaimed production of 'Orphans' and 'Donny' in 'American Buffalo'. He received accolades in the 2001 Edinburgh Fringe Festival's world premiere of 'Dogs of War' by Keefe Healy. This is his first appearance here.
Louise Mueller Louise J. Mueller
is very pleased that Waterbury Festival Playhouse is back and to 'tread its boards' once again. Her credits include Unadilla Theater, Montpelier Theater Guild, Lamoille County Players, Stowe Theater, and Woodchuck Theater. Happily, Rumors has brought Louise under the direction of Marcel for the second time. And, happily, she does not share her characters back pain. When not on stage she’s into all things artistic. Neko, Chloe and Jaz are feline queens of the castle she shares with her husband and actor, David.
J. Louis Reid J. Louis Reid
Since he was in his thirties, Jim has acted in over a score of stage plays, including Rough Crossing and the The Fifteen Minute Hamlet for the WFP. He co-starred in the 2007 Canadian movie, The Descendant, and has been cast in many low budget shorts and features. He has a supporting role in the award-winning 2013 film, The Human Race, which played at Cannes in May of this year. He has been seen in national and local commercials, and appeared with Anna Kendrick in an MTV music video for LCD Sound System. It's a pleasure to once again be one of the Waterbury Festival Players.
Jenifer Tuck Jenifer Tuck
is back on the WFP stage, having appeared in the inaugural performance of "Noises Off" in 2006. She is thrilled to be part of this talented cast and crew. In addition to theater, Jenifer loves running, reading and the Red Sox. She is a recovering economist and spends her time hanging out with her husband, two daughters and two yellow labs.