Thanks to everyone who came out to audition for our production of “The Graduate”! We’re always stunned by the wonderful talent in our community.
Congrats to the actors who were cast. We look forward to seeing you in May for this hilarious play.
A play adapted by Terry Johnson
based on the novel by Charles Webb
and the motion picture screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry
Directed by Joe Stallone
Benjamin: Dominic Berger
Mrs. Robinson: Karen Fanale
Mr. Robinson: Mark Jefferys
Elaine: Miranda Reilly
Mr. Braddock: Tom Formicola
Mrs. Braddock: Jyoti Daniere
Hotel Clerk/Priest/Man in Bar: Lou Fuoco
Psychiatrist/Barman: Steve Robins
Stripper/Receptionist: Sara Maria
Friday, May 12 at 8 PM
Saturday, May 13 at 8 PM
Thursday, May 18 at 7:30 PM
Friday, May 19 at 8 PM
Saturday, May 20 at 8 PM
Sunday, May 21 at 4 PM
No show Sunday, May 14 due to Mother’s Day.
President’s Corner: A Note from David Warnock
“What’s new at AFD?” Well, since the last Prologue, a number of things:
• The Indie Film Festival screened four short films on two nights in December, turning AFD Theater into a cinema.
• Neil McGarry’s one-man performance of A Christmas Carol, a Bay Colony Shakespeare Company production, delighted an audience of children and adults who joined us for a holiday party.
• The Sunset Boulevard movie-screening event at the Regent Theatre featured a red carpet, cast and guests in formal attire, a musical preview, and of course, the classic film.
• Six of the seven directors, music directors, and choreographers for next season are new to AFD!
• New-to-AFD Co-Producer, Barbara Moss, joins me in producing The Graduate.
• Five new board members are to be elected at the General Election Meeting March 26.
• An Inspector Calls had a successful run in November.
• Sunset Boulevard opens on March 3.
• The Graduate opens on May 12. •
The new 2017–2018 season was announced:
The Light in the Piazza
The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays
9 to 5: The Musical
The call is going out for new short plays for ArlingTEN 2018.
There you have it! Our thanks to our volunteers, to the folks who think outside the box to create new events, to new collaborators, and to the dedicated members who make it all happen!
Looking forward to seeing you at our theater to see what else is new.
David Warnock, President
We are bouncing with excitement about our upcoming production of Sunset Boulevard, starring Janet Ferreri, Trey Lundquist, and Jim Ansart. Directed by Kevin Mark Kline, with musical direction by Steven Bergman, the smash hit comes from the inimitable Andrew Lloyd Webber, with book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton.
Show dates are March 3–5, 10–12 and 17–19, with the usual 8 PM show time on Fridays and Saturdays and 4 PM on Sundays. Reserve your tickets now.
- Audience members can walk the red carpet, snap a selfie in the lobby, and enjoy a champagne reception on opening night.
- A talk-back with the cast is scheduled after the March 5 matinee.
- An open dress rehearsal for seniors and high school students is on Thursday, March 2, at 7:30 PM.
Based on Billy Wilder’s Academy Award-winning 1950 movie of the same title, the plot revolves around Norma Desmond, a faded star of the silent screen era, living in the past in her decaying mansion on the famous Los Angeles street. When young screenwriter Joe Gillis accidentally crosses her path, she sees in him an opportunity to make her comeback to the big screen, while Joe sees it as an opportunity to make some money freeloading off the rich, but now delusional, movie star.
Filled with both romance and tragedy, the musical won Tony awards for Best Musical and Best Musical Score when it opened on Broadway, and has been performed in ten countries and on four continents.
AFD Theatre is never daunted by a challenge and has gathered together a stellar production team. Kevin Mark Kline is directing this show, which has been on his bucket list for a long time.
Music direction is by Steven Bergman–if you came to the movie screening event at the Regent Theatre, you know he is doing a great job bringing out the talents of our excellent cast. Gareth Williams has co-designed the set with Kevin, and is set tech as well. Jack Rosenbaum is a third set co-designer and has contributed exceptional scenic painting and posters.
Lindsay Hurley is designing costumes, while Deanna DiScullo Lander makes a welcome return to AFD after a long absence to do hair and makeup.
On the tech side, Iain Bason is designing lights. Tom Powers, who usually designs sound out in the far western suburbs, is trekking into Arlington because this is one of his favorite musicals, too.
Cyn Marsden is designing the projections, which is a very creative and essential part of pulling off this production on a small stage. Judy Weinberg is doing a stellar job running all over the area finding period props. Ginger Webb and Margie Hilton are co- production managers, while Robin D. Liberty serves as stage manager extraordinaire.
On the cast side, we are absolutely delighted that Janet Ferreri returns to the AFD stage to channel the diva Norma Desmond. Trey Lundquist is making his AFD debut as Joe Gillis following recent work with Riverside Theatre Works, Cohasset Dramatic Club, and MMAS Blackbox Theater.
Jim Ansart plays the enigmatic Max von Mayerling, Heather Hannon Rufo plays Betty Schaefer, and longtime AFD member Charlie Carr plays Cecil B. DeMille. Other cast members include Corrine Apostolides, Paul E. Dingman, Dilara Eynula, Timothy Gravely, Patrick Harris, Ira Kantor, Adam Kaplowitz, Alexis Kirkpatrick, Adina Lundquist, Robert McCall, Emily Morris, Nick Stevens, and Lisa Tierney.
With hauntingly beautiful songs like “With One Look,” a cast that includes Janet Ferreri, and a creative team led by director and choreographer Kevin Mark Kline and musical director Steven Bergman, you will fall in with AFD Theatre’s “Sunset Boulevard.”
Performances are March 3-19 with Friday and Saturday shows at 8 PM and Sunday matinees at 4 PM. Tickets are $25.
Opening night is just weeks away so get your tickets now! In the meantime, enjoy these rehearsal shots captured by Mary Babic, plus some set photos and backstage images from Kevin Mark Kline.
Did you know? The legendary Gloria Swanson created the role of Norma Desmond in the 1950 Billy Wilder movie on which the musical is based. Patti LuPone starred as Norma in the original London production. Glenn Close was Norma in the original Broadway production and is currently reprising her Tony award-winning performance in a Broadway revival.
Janet Ferreri in AFD’s Sunset Boulevard Janet last appeared on the AFD stage in “The Boy from Oz,” in which she played the role of Judy Garland. If you saw “The Boy from Oz,” you know why we’re thrilled to have her return to bring our Norma to life!