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Blithe Spirit

Written by Noel Coward

Directed by Staci Sabarsky

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Even death can’t keep a good woman down.

Charles Condomine, a mediocre novelist, summons a medium to his hime to study “the techniques” of spiritualists for his new book. Along with Ruth, his second wife, and Dr. and Mrs. Bradman, close friends, he participates in a seance conducted by Madame Arcati, his chosen medium. Madame Arcati supplies Charles with more than he bargained for. She produces a “protoplasmic manifestation” in the form of Elvira, Charles’s deceased first wife whom only he (and the audience) can see and hear. With farce and wit unleashed, playwright Noel Coward presents us with some of his best comic characters in a situation full of spirits and satire.

MEET THE ARTISTS

Staci Sabarsky (Director/Sound Designer) earned her degree in Dramatic Arts from UNC-Chapel Hill, but her love of theatre began as a teenager at Dunedin High School. Favorite directing credits include: DARK VANILLA JUNGLE (Camden Fringe Festival and Tampa International Fringe Festival), KEELY AND DU (Innovocative Theatre), PROOF (Innovocative Theatre), SHAKESPEARE IN HOLLYWOOD (Richey Suncoast Theatre), THE RAINMAKER (Cary Players), THE ODD COUPLE (Cary Players), and GUYS AND DOLLS JR. (Duke School). Staci thanks Karla for this wonderful opportunity, and her husband, Leon, for his ongoing love & support. She would like to invite you back to Stageworks in August to see UGLY LIES THE BONE which is being co-produced by Innovocative Theatre!

Rosemary Orlando (Madame Arcati) has dedicated the past thirty years to Tampa Bay performance art and theatrical endeavors. She has received Creative Loafing’s 2016 Best of the Bay Critics’ Award for best actress for her performance in BROADWAY BOUND at Stageworks Theatre. Other notable performances include THE BELLE OF AMHERST, TALKING HEADS and SUGAR BEAN SISTERS. Her directing credits include PRIVATE LIVES, KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN and THE SHAPE OF THINGS. She has served as artistic director for two professional theatre companies, The Alice People and Warehouse Theatre. Rosemary also worked as talent director for Shamu TV, which aired on Animal Planet. She is currently teaching in the Theatre Department at HCC and the University of Tampa where she recently directed A MACBETH, Charles Marowitz’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy.

Lauren Buglioli (Elvira) is delighted to return to Stageworks to work with this fantastic team! Theatre credits include: “Hold Me, Touch Me” in THE PRODUCERS (American Stage); Solvay in GNIT (Tampa Repertory Theatre); Sister Mary in DISASTER! (mad Theatre); Daisy in THE GREAT GATSBY (Stageworks Theatre); Sally in CABARET (mad Theatre). New York: THE WHOLE DAMN THING (Midtown International Theatre Festival) Philadelphia: THE DISTANCE FROM HERE (The Adrienne) London: THE CHILDREN’S HOUR (Union Theatre). Film and television: “Unstoppable” (Millennium Films), “Star” (ITV UK), “Shane” (Paramount Comedy UK). Training: Stella Adler, Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, LAMDA, New York University. She’d like to thank Staci and Karla. This performance is dedicated to Lauren’s exes, who she looks forward to haunting someday. laurenbuglioli.com

Betty-Jane Parks (Ruth) is elated to be a part of the Stageworks family once again. Previously she performed in 2011’s GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES. Other recent credits include WHAT THE BELLHOP SAW and DEATHTRAP (Hat Trick) and A PECULIAR CROSSROADS (Silver Meteor) for which she received a TTB award for her performance as Flannery O’Connor. If you’ve been to a Geek Convention recently, you may also have seen her in THE COMPLETE STAR WAR SAGA (ABRIDGED). Area families may recognize her from her work with the Creative Arts Theatre, the City of Tampa’s Professional Theatre for Young Audiences, for whom she writes, designs, creates, and performs. An Eckerd College graduate, Betty-Jane lives with her photogenic cat, Blue, in Tampa. She would like to thank you for supporting local theatre and Jack for the bear hugs.

Scott Swenson (Charles) is returning to the stage in BLITHE SPIRIT after a 14 year hiatus.  During his “time away” he has been writing, directing and producing shows and events for clients like Busch Gardens, The Vault Tampa, Viking Cruise Lines, ZooTampa at Lowry Park and Tampa Theatre.  He is currently the owner of Scott Swenson Creative Development LLC whose clients include The Florida Aquarium, M.O.S.I., U.S.F. and Cedar Fair Theme Parks.  He is a sought-after speaker for entertainment based trade shows, especially those focused on theme park and the haunted attraction industry.  Scott is a past Board President and former judge for Theatre Tampa Bay.  He also hosts his own podcast, “A Scott in the Dark: Periodic Podcasts for Haunters” and continues to perform as a founding member of WIT Improv.  Love and thanks to his husband Eric for his ongoing support.  Thanks for supporting live theatre! DOOT! www.ScottSwenson.com

Greg Thompson (Dr Bradman) is very excited to return to Stageworks.  He has worked on Tampa area stages in productions of CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD (Theater Exceptional); ROMEO AND JULIET, TWELFTH NIGHT and HAMLET (St. Petersburg Shakespeare Festival); THE UNDERPANTS and INVENTING VAN GOGH (Jobsite); BROADWAY BOUND and LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS (Stageworks); BETRAYAL and CAT ON A HAOT TIN ROOF (Tampa Rep); BETHANY (TR2); BONES (Silver Meteor Gallery); SOUTHERN EXPOSURES (HCC, Ybor); PROOF (Carrollwood Players); and HAMLET (New Stage). Greg also directed, and originated the role of Matthew, in EAST LANSING. Other theatre credits include writing and directing AN EVANGELIST DROWNS, also adapting and directing productions of RICHARD III, HAMLET, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, THE TEMPEST, and MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING.

Mary F. Jordan (Mrs. Bradman) is overjoyed to appear in her second Stageworks play, her first in this beautiful theatre! Her past roles include THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN’S CASTLE (Elizabeth), CRIMES OF THE HEART (Lenny), FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS (Trisha), BROOKLYN BOY (Nina), THREE DAYS OF RAIN (Nan/Lina), THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED (Ellen), THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (Katherina), THE BALTIMORE WALTZ (Anna), and THE SINGULAR LIFE OF ALBERT NOBBS (Hubert Page).  Thank you AGAIN to Staci, Karla, and the entire Stageworks family for welcoming me into their home.

Colleen Cherry (Edith) is super excited to make her Stageworks debut! Recent theatrical credits include starring in the the Straz/Jobsite Theater co-production of LIZZE and all three years of IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE at American Stage. Local regional credits include: THE THREEPENNY OPERA, SILENCE! (Jobsite Theater/Straz Center); MY FAIR LADY (Asolo Repertory Theatre); GREASE (Show Palace Dinner Theatre); A DOLL’S HOUSE (American Stage); TARTUFFE (Tampa Repertory Theatre); SHIPWRECKED (New Stage Theater); ROCKY HORROR (Straz Center), and multiple performances with The Radio Theatre Project at the Studio@620.  She is a founding member of Avant-Guardian, producer of Best of the Bay award winning cabarets and immersive theatrical experiences including SEXXX DREAMS & MUCH ADO: IMMERSIVE PERFORMANCE & EXHIBITION. She is one half of the award-winning cabaret duo Coco & Homo. She is a vocalist with The Florida Bjorkestra previously featured in Life on Venus: The Florida Bjorkestra Plays Bowie and as everyone’s favorite vampire slayer in BuffyFest. She is an Artistic Associate at Jobsite Theater and Volunteer Coordinator for the Tampa International Fringe Festival. By day Colleen works as the Community Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator and teaching artist at American Stage.