Acclaimed and Timeless Screwball Comedy Opens Charleston Stage’s 37th Season at the Historic Dock Street Theatre
Don’t Miss the Pulitzer Prize-winning, American Comedy Classic You Can’t Take It With You, Running Aug. 29 – Sept. 21!
CHARLESTON, SC July 31, 2014 – Grandpa hasn’t paid his income taxes in ten years and when the IRS shows up to collect, they find Grandpa’s grown-up granddaughter, Essie, doing pirouettes in the middle of the living room in her pink tutu, her husband Ed accompanying her on his Xylophone, Grandpa’s son-in-law, Paul, down in the basement making fireworks and his daughter, Penny, painting a portrait of a man in a skimpy toga dressed as a roman discuss thrower. Add in a Russian Grand Duchess who has shown up for dinner and you have a typical day in the life of the eccentric Sycamore family. Into this screwball madness, his granddaughter Alice comes downstairs to discover that her stuffy future in-laws have shown up for dinner on the wrong night! When the fireworks go off in the basement, comic fireworks abound.
You Can’t Take It With You is one of the most beloved comedies of all time, winning the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1937 (a rarity for a comedy.) It was soon made into a classic film starring Jimmy Steward and Jean and is currently being revived on Broadway with an all star cast lead by James Earl Jones. Generation after generation, this side-splitting screwball comedy has been delighting audiences around the world and remains one of the most produced American Plays.
“We wanted to open our 37th season with something fun,” noted Charleston Stage Founder and Producing Artistic Director, Julian Wiles, “and there are few shows more fun than You Can’t Take It With You. We have a terrific cast featuring all seven members of Charleston Stage’s Resident Professional Acting Company and led by acclaimed Charleston actor George Younts playing the grandfather. George is remembered for his many comic turns in Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps.
August 29th: “You Can’t Take It With You.” Presented by Charleston Stage at Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church Street; By Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman; Directed by Julian Wiles. Alice’s family is a little eccentric. Dad is making fireworks in the basement, Grandpa hasn’t paid his income taxes in years, Mom is writing plays because a typewriter was delivered to her by mistake and Alice’s 40-year-old sister has decided to become a ballerina. When Alice’s Wall Street boyfriend and his straight-laced family arrive for dinner on the wrong night, the fireworks begin! One of the greatest of American stage comedies, You Can’t Take It With You won the Pulitzer Prize in 1938 and has been delighting audiences ever since.
August 29-30, September 3-6, 11-13 and 18-19 at 7:30 p.m., and August 31, September 7, 14 and 21 at 3 p.m. $34.50 – $53.50 for Adults, $32.50 – $51.50 for Seniors (60+) and $22.50 – $41.50 for Students (25 and under) and Active Military. Tickets available online 24/7 at www.charlestonstage.com. Tickets by phone available Mon-Fri 1pm-5pm (Also open Sa 1pm-5pm show weeks only) by calling (843) 577-7183.
KAUFMAN AND HART
Between them, the comic writing team of Kaufman and Hart created over 50 hit shows and were Broadway’s reigning comic kings for more than 40 years. Together they wrote Once in a Lifetime, Merrily We Roll Along, You Can’t Take It With You (Pulitzer Prize Winner), I’d Rather Be Right, The Man Who Came to Dinner and George Washington Slept Here.
Kaufman, a former drama critic for The New York Times, wrote dozens more hits with such collaborators as the Gershwin brothers. Together they produced for Let’ Em Eat Cake and Of Thee I Sing (the first musical to win a Pulitzer Prize). Kaufman adapted many of his hits into successful films. In every Broadway season from 1921 through 1958, there was a play written or directed by George Kaufman.
In addition to Kaufman, Moss Hart’s collaborators are a “who’s who” of theatre greats. With them he created such musicals as Face the Music and As Thousands Cheer (both with Irving Berlin), I’d Rather Be Right (with Rodgers and Hart) and Lady in the Dark (with Kurt Weill and Ira Gershwin). Other plays include Winged Victory, Light Up the Sky and The Climate of Eden. He wrote the screenplays for A Star is Born and Gentleman’s Agreement. His best-selling Act One: An Autobiography, one of the most beloved books about a life in the theatre, was recently adapted into a play and presented to acclaim at Lincoln Center in New York. It will soon be seen on PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center.
Both Kaufman and Hart were acclaimed directors as well-Kaufman on such shows as The Coconuts and Animal Crackers for the Marx Brothers and John Steinbeck’s acclaimed Of Mice and Men. Hart also directed the works of other leading dramatists, notably Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady and Camelot.
CHARLESTON STAGE’S YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU FACT SHEET
The Historic Dock Street Theatre (135 Church Street)
August 29, 2014 Fr/Opening Night 7:30pm
August 30, 2014 Sa 7:30pm
August 31, 2014 Su 3:00pm
September 3, 2014 Wd/Pay-What-You-Will 7:30pm
September 4, 2014 Th 7:30pm
September 5, 2014 Fr 7:30pm
September 6, 2014 Sa 7:30pm
September 7, 2014 Su 3:00pm
September 11, 2014 Th 7:30pm
September 12, 2014 Fr 7:30pm
September 13, 2014 Sa 7:30pm
September 14, 2014 Su 3:00pm
September 18, 2014 Th 7:30pm
September 19, 2014 Fr 7:30pm
September 21, 2014 Su 3:00pm
Adult: $34.50 – $53.50
Seniors (60+): $32.50 – $51.50
Students (25 and under) and Active Military: $22.50 – $41.50
Tickets Now On Sale:
Order by Phone (843) 577-7183
Order online at www.charlestonstage.com
Group Rates Available: Call Michelle Miller, Box Office Manager, at (843) 647-7363
Student Rush: College student tickets, with proof of valid ID, are $10.00 one hour before curtain (subject to availability)
You Can’t Take It With You Credits:
By Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
Directed by Julian Wiles
Music Directed by Sam Henderson
Scenic Design by J. Kenneth Barnett III
Lighting Design by Paul Hartmann
Sound Design by DJ Edwards
Properties by J. Kenneth Barnett III
Costume Design by Barbara Young
You Can’t Take It With You Cast:
|Grandpa “Martin” Vanderhof||George Younts|
|Penelope “Penny” Vanderhof Sycamore||Marybeth Clark|
|Paul Sycamore||Chris O’Leary|
|Mr. DePinna||Brian Porter|
|Alice Sycamore||Jocelyn Lonquist*|
|Tony Kirby||Corbin Williams*|
|Mr. Kirby||Aaron Hancock|
|Mrs. Kirby||Beth Curley|
|Essie Sycamore Carmichael||Katie Bianchi*|
|Ed Carmichael||Ryan Pixler|
|Mr. Boris Kolenkhov||John Michael Chappell*|
|Gay Wellington||Allie Reidy*|
|Wilbur C. Henderson/G-Man||Kent Reynolds*|
|Grand Duchess||Terry Schildcrout|
|The Man||Patrick Carlson|
|* A Member of Charleston Stage’s 2013-2014 Professional Resident Acting Company|
Professional Resident Actor Biographies (In Alphabetical Order)
Katie Bianchi (Essie Sycamore Carmichael)
Katie, originally from Richmond, Virginia, recently graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Musical Theatre. Roles at JMU include: Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Sooze in subUrbia and The Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd. Regional credits include: Natalie in All Shook Up, Cindy Lou in The Marvelous Wonderettes, and she originated the role Dorothy Plunk in Rocket Boys the Musical. Katie will be also starring this season with Charleston Stage as Belle in A Christmas Carol and Brenda Strong in Catch Me If You Can.
John Michael Chappell (Mr. Boris Kolenkhov)
John Michael, originally from Huntsville, AL, graduated from Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, AL, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Musical Theatre. He recently performed Off-Broadway for Players Theatre in the West Village. Past roles include: Lord Farquaad in Shrek the Musical, Prince Charming in Cinderella, Jeffrey in Godspell, Genghis Khan Schmitz in Seussical, Gaston in Beauty & the Beast, Hannay in The 39 Steps and Thenardier in Les Miserables. John Micheal will also be starring this season with Charleston Stage as Inspector Hans Kemp in Young Frankenstein and Bob Crachit in A Christmas Carol.
Jocelyn Lonquist (Alice Sycamore)
Jocelyn, originally from Pensacola, FL, recently graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, AL, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. Regional credits include: Beth March in Little Women (Red Mountain Theatre Company), Cinderella in R&H’s Cinderella, (The Prizery, VA), Joanne in Godspell, (The Prizery), Bride in The Wedding Singer (RMTC) and Cinderella at Story Land theme park in New Hampshire (RWS & Associates). Other credits include: Clara Johnson (The Light in the Piazza), Mrs. Nordstrom (A Little Night Music), Red Girl (Shout! The Mod Musical) and Susan Waverly (White Christmas). Jocelyn will also be starring this season with Charleston Stage as Mrs. Crachit/Mrs. Fezziwig in A Christmas Carol and Inga in Young Frankenstein.
Allie Reidy (Gay Wellington)
Allie, originally from Park Ridge, Illinois, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre from Drake University. Regional credits include: Wendla in Spring Awakening (Stage West), Woman in Bill W. and Dr. Bob (Stage West) and Ensemble in Snow White (Chicago Folks Operetta). Other credits include: Antigone in The Burial at Thebes, Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd, Hunyak in Chicago, Sheila in A Chorus Line, Masha in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Lane in The Clean House, Rapunzel in Into the Woods and Mrs. Nordstrom in A Little Night Music. Allie will also be starring this season with Charleston Stage as Elizabeth Benning in Young Frankenstein and Caroline in A Christmas Carol.
Kent Reynolds (Wilbur C. Henderson/G-Man)
Kent, originally from Kansas City, KS, graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Drake University. Regional credits at Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, TN, include: Smee in Peter Pan, Ralph in Reefer Madness, Patsy/Mayor in Spamalot and Peter VanDaan in Diary of Anne Frank. Other credits include: Frankie Epps/Young Soldier in Parade, CB in Dog Sees God and Baker in Into the Woods. Kent will also be starring this season with Charleston Stage as Fred in A Christmas Carol, Mr. Van Dann in The Diary of Anne Frank and Carl Hanratty in Catch Me If You Can.
Jesse Siak (Donald)
Jesse, originally from Hendersonville, North Carolina, is a second year member of Charleston Stage’s Professional Resident Acting Company and the TheatreWings Coordinator for Charleston Stage’s TheatreWings High School Apprentice Program. Charleston Stage credits include: Joe in 9 to 5: The Musical, Dr. Watson in Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, Eddie/Bundles/Howe in Annie, Wilbur in Charlotte’s Web, Henry in Next To Normal, Peter in Pinkalicious the Musical and Frank Gilbreth in Gershwin at Folly. Flat Rock Playhouse credits include: Narrator in The Rocky Horror Show, Steve/Randy/Dave in Almost, Maine, Aviator in The Little Prince, Bellhop in Lend Me a Tenor and Jose in Man of La Mancha. Jesse will also be starring this season with Charleston Stage Dr. Frankenstein in Young Frankenstein and Benjamin Cohen in The Underpants.
Corbin Williams (Tony Kirby)
Corbin, originally from Nashville, recently graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. Rhodes college credits include: Andrew Jackson in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, JC in The Warriors, Orlando in As You Like It, Cinderella’s Prince/The Wolf in Into the Woods (Ostrander Award) and Bobby in Urinetown. Regional credits include: Jimmy Harper in Reefer Madness, Sonny Malone in Xanadu, Henry (Gabe u/s) in Next to Normal, Grand Master Chad in Legally Blonde the Musical and named roles in Footloose, Les Misérables, Seussical and Grease. Corbin will also be starring this season with Charleston Stage as Dr. Victor von Frankenstein in Young Frankenstein and Frank Abagnale, Jr. in Catch Me If You Can.