October 23-November 7, 2010
Previews October 20, 21 and 22
Unicorn Theatre and Kansas City Actors Theatre
Directed by Mark Robbins
Featuring David Fritts, Victor Raider-Wexler, Stuart Rider, Allan L. Boardman and Dean Vivian
On The Jerome Stage
CALLING DEVIL'S BLUFF
It’s Christmas Eve, and Sharky has returned to Dublin to look after his quick-tempered, aging and recently blind brother. Old drinking buddies Ivan and Nicky are holed up at the house too, hoping to play some cards. A mysterious, charming stranger raises the stakes even higher. Sharky may be playing for his very soul in this darkly funny and chilling new play about Ireland, the sea and the power of myth.
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Box Office Hours:
During Performance Weeks
October 26 and 31; November 2
Stay afterwards for a discussion of the play with the Director and Actors.
While you are here seeing the show, be sure to stop by our pub and try out these specialty drinks, just for The Seafarer.
|Jameson, Kamora and Bailey's over ice||Classic Stout in a bottle|
|$8 for a single | $12 for a double||$5 for a bottle|
Press about the show
About Kansas City Actors Theatre
The Kansas City Actors Theatre (KCAT) celebrates its sixth season of performing classic and modern-classic plays. Founded and still led by local working artists, KCAT is a collective of actors, stage managers, designers and community members that is dedicated to bringing our town a theatrical experience of the highest quality while focusing on the craft of the actor and the words of the playwright. Mark Robbins, director of The Seafarer, is one of our founding members.
KCAT operates under a distinctively unique paradigm for arts organizations in this area, as we have no offices, no permanent performance space and consequently, very little administrative expense. This allows us to use a significant majority of our resources to support the local artists who are committed to staying in Kansas City and enriching the cultural landscape.
Beginning in 2005, KCAT has staged 17 productions reaching over 20,000 people in nearly 300 performances. Every year since its inception, KCAT has been acknowledged as having produced the Best Play of the Year or been named the Best Theatre Company by the area’s critics and publications. Among the cited productions have been The Cripple of Inishmaan (2005), the Talley Trilogy (2006), Dinner With Friends (2007) and Glengarry Glen Ross (2009). This season’s True West was cited by the Kansas City Star as the “don’t-miss-theatre” production of the summer.
KCAT performs in venues throughout the city, whether in “found” spaces such as the elegant Webster House where our production of David Mamet’s Victorian era comedy, Boston Marriage, was staged, or at our unofficial home in Union Station’s City Stage, or at the National World War I Museum where our upcoming Oh What a Lovely War will be staged, or on the Jerome Stage in collaboration with our friends here at the Unicorn Theatre.
Please visit us at kcactors.org
About the Playwright
Conor McPherson’s (Playwright) plays include The Seafarer (premiered on Broadway in 2007), Port Authority, Dublin Carol (premiered on Broadway in 2002), The Weir (premiered on Broadway in 1999), St Nicholas and This Lime Tree Bower. His plays have been performed at Atlantic Theater Company, Primary Stages, National Theatre, The Royal Court Theatre, Gate Theatre, New Ambassadors Theatre, Duke of York’s Theatre, Dublin Theatre Festival and Bush Theatre. His plays have been performed across the United States, as well as in Ireland, England, Germany, France, Australia, Poland, Italy, Japan, Argentina and Uruguay. He was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play in 2006 for Shining City, which premiered on Broadway in 2006; nominated for the 2002 South Bank Show Award for Best Play for Port Authority; received the 1999 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Play, the Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright, the Critics Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright and was a finalist for the Lloyds Bank Playwright of the Year Award for The Weir; and was the joint winner of 1997 George Devine Award and the winner of the Meyer Whitworth Award for Saint Nicholas. Mr. McPherson’s screenplays include Our Lady of the Forest for Channel 4, Brothers for Film Four, The Actors for Film Four/Miramax, Saltwater for Treasure Films/BBC (premiered at the Berlin Festival in 2000 and received The International Confederation of Art Cinemas Prize), Endgame for RTE/Channel 4, I Went Down for BBC/Treasure Films (Best Screenplay, San Sebastian 1997, selected at Cannes Festival, Edinburgh Festival and Sundance Festival) and MacIntyre (commission for Treasure Films).
About the Director
MARK ROBBINS (DIRECTOR) recently appeared in the Kansas City Actors Theatre production of True West. He has worked extensively for both KCAT and the Unicorn as both an actor and director. For Actors Theatre he directed Translations, Private Lives, Absurd Person Singular and Fifth of July. For the Unicorn he directed A House With No Walls, Orson's Shadow, Next of Kin, TopDog/UnderDog, Lobby Hero, Bee-Luther Hatchee, Fully Committed, Art, Old Wicked Songs, Skylight and Molly Sweeney.
About the Cast
DAVID FRITTS (SHARKY) is a Kansas City actor who is very happy to be back with his friends at Kansas City Actors' Theatre and Unicorn Theatre. Previous credits with KCAT: Matt Friedman in Talley’s Folly, Eldon Talley in Talley and Son, Gabe in Dinner with Friends and Dave Moss in Glengarry Glen Ross. Previous credits with Unicorn: Nickel & Dimed, The Exonerated, Art, The Memory of Water, Side Man, Desert Holiday, Unidentified Human Remains, Angels in America I & II, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Mojo, The Swan, Molly Sweeney and Baltimore Waltz. Dave would like to thank all of the people who have supported KCAT over the years and Karen and Jack for making it all worthwhile.
VICTOR RAIDER-WEXLER (LOCKHART) spent the bulk of his career in New York City. On Broadway he appeared in Gypsy with Tyne Daley, in August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Best Friend starring Barbara Baxley. Off-Broadway credits include The Boys Next Door, The Passion of Dracula and Frank Gilroy’s one act Give the Bishop my Faint Regards. He toured nationally in Grand Hotel, in Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs and in John Guarre’s Six Degrees of Separation directed by Jerry Zaks. That production brought him to Los Angeles where he played recurring characters in Seinfeld, Everybody Loves Raymond and The King of Queens. His big screen credits include Dr. Doolittle 2, Minority Report directed by Steven Spielberg, and Pursuit of Happyness. He was the recipient of the best actor award at The Brussels Independent Film Festival for the title role in the short film, John. He brought his teen age daughters to Kansas City three years ago. Last year he was seen in Glengarry Glen Ross. This year found him in Spumoni in The Fringe Festival. He recently finished Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None in Arrow Rock, MO, directed by John Rensenhouse.
STUART RIDER (IVAN) is excited to be back at the Unicorn. His first show here was Arthur Kopit's BecauseHeCan directed by Cynthia Levin. He also appeared in Blue/Orange directed by Joe Price. For the Kansas City Actor's Theatre he appeared in their inaugural production The Cripple Of Inishmaan, Private Lives and last summer's hit Glengarry Glen Ross. He anxiously awaits his first job with The New Theatre next spring in Neil Simon's The Odd Couple directed by Dennis Hennessy. Stuart teaches in many schools in the greater Kansas City area for the Kansas City Repertory Theatre's 'Rep on the Road' outreach program and directs for Max Brown's Blue Valley North Drama dept.
ALLAN L. BOARDMAN (RICHARD) is a veteran stage and film actor who has had the great fortune to work across the country. After getting tired of the road, he returned to his roots here in Kansas City several years ago. After taking a long hiatus from the stage to raise a family, he returned to the stage five years ago and has been lucky to do some of the greatest roles ever written for the stage. Some of which include Max in The Homecoming, Jack in Mappa Mundi, Danforth in The Crucible, Sagredo and the Old Cardinal in Galileo and Kit Carson in The Time of Your Life at The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre. He was especially delighted to return to the KC Repertory Theater last year in the role of Baptiste in the production of a A Flea in Her Ear, having apprenticed and interned at the Missouri Repertory Theater in its early years in the late 1960's. Most recently he was seen in The Theater Gym Company's world premiere production of Duty and the Chef in Head in the Fringe Festival. He returns to the Unicorn Stage after 25 years and works for the first time for the Kansas City Actors Theatre and Unicorn Theatre.
DEAN VIVIAN (NICKY) joyfully returns to the Unicorn, where he was last seen as Ian Milton in the World Premiere of the hit Green Whales. Other favorite Unicorn roles include Mason in Take Me Out, Paul in Permanent Collection, Mr. Marks in Intimate Apparel, Stu in Talk Radio, Jonathan in Sight Unseen and Peter in The Heidi Chronicles, for which he won a Best of Theatre Award. He also appeared in All In the Timing, The Salvation of Iggy Scrooge, Reckless and Hunting Cockroaches. Other local roles include HiPockets Duncan in Buddy Holly at The New Theatre, Eric Geringer in And Then They Came For Me at The Coterie, Tony Whitcomb in Shear Madness at the Heartland, the unseen Interviewer in Love, Janis at The Copaken Stage, and Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol at KC Rep. Dean is also a veteran of over a thousand radio & TV commercials, hundreds of commercial and industrial films, and hundreds of modeling shoots, including a baker’s dozen Hallmark cards. He serves on the National Board of Directors for AFTRA, the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists, and recently received a Life Award from the KC AFTRA Local. Dean lives in Armour Hills with Sandy, his beautiful bride of 9 years.