FEBRUARY 7-23, 2020

This shrewd and razor-sharp play from award-winning playwright Topher Payne (“Perfect Arrangement” from Freefall’s 2019 season) ) takes us to a sunny, spring afternoon in the Morningside neighborhood of Atlanta where different generations are thrown together to test the bonds of family and friendship.

Imagine: a baby shower, nine women with secrets, and a case of champagne.

This is about to be the MOTHER of all baby showers.

The Women meets Steel Magnolias meets The Real Housewives…what could possibly go wrong?



Scott Cooper (Director/Set Designer) is honored be asked by Stageworks and Karla to direct his first professional production (thanks Karla!)   The head of the theater department at SPC, Scott has directed URINETOWN (BroadwayWorld top 10 productions in 2018), PIPPIN, NOISES OFF, FOOLS, 12 ANGRY JURORS, FEATHERS AND TEETH and THE AMISH PROJECT. As a Scenic Designer, his work has been seen at Stageworks (THE MOUSETRAP, MF With The Hat, Wonderful Life) and he has been awarded the Theater Tampa Bay Best Set Design Award (5 times), voted Best Scenic Designer by Creative Loafing Magazine’s Best of the Bay awards for four consecutive years (2007-2011), nominated twice for the Jefferson Award in Scenic Design in Chicago. He wants to thank Harry for letting him spend all his time in the theater lately.

Emily Belvo  (Clancy) started her acting career with Eckerd Theater Company, a touring children’s theater group dedicated to educating children of all ages. Emily has acted in the Tampa area for the past 6 years and has worked with such companies as Hat Trick Theatre Productions (Unnecessary Farce, Noises Off!, Proof), Tampa Repertory Theatre (The Children’s Hour, Hamlet), Ghostlight Theatre Company (A Haunting at the Meteor), Jobsite Theater (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Occupation, Orlando, The Last Night at Ballyhoo), and an independent production of Oleanna, staged at freeFall Theatre. This will be Emily’s first production with Stageworks Theatre and she is truly thrilled to be a part of this show. Emily would like to thank her family and friends for their support in all of her acting adventures! 


Although Melody Craven (Louise) has had the great pleasure of playing theatres throughout the country while touring 11 years with Eckerd Theater Company, she admits proudly that she is feeling so blessed for finally having the opportunity to collaborate with these amazing artists on and off stage at Stageworks! It has been a desire of hers for decades. For 38 years, she has been seen on other stages throughout the bay area. Some of her favorite roles include Jessie in Night Mother, Dot in Last Lists of my Mad Mother, Bella in Gaslight, Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods & the title role in Mame. Both of her one-woman cabaret shows were well received at Ruth Eckerd Hall and has most recently branched out into film and television. She can be seen in an episode of HBO’s Ballers alongside Dwayne Johnson. She sends special thanks to friends and family for their unwavering support and to the audiences that keep show up and keep theatre alive! 


Jaime Giangrande-Holcom (Devyn) is thrilled to be working along side the wonderful people of Stageworks Theatre. She is a Brooklyn native and a graduate of USF’s School of Theater and Dance. She has been performing, directing, stage-managing and teaching in the Bay area for last 13 years.  Jaime has worked in theaters throughout New York and Orlando.  Some of her other favorite performances include the American Premier of When We Were Singing, The Rocky Horror Show, Comedy of Errors, Noises Off, Guys and Dolls,Gorey Stories, Drunken City and Return to the Forbidden Planet. She is also an active member with the sketch comedy troupe Some Sort of Show. She would also like to thank her family, friends for their love and support and her amazing and disgustingly talented husband Chris for being her biggest supporter. M.T.L.I 


Kari Goetz  is thrilled to be back at Stageworks as one of the five fabulous women! Previously, Kari performed in the encore production of  Sylvia  as everybody’s favorite dog. A professional actor from the age of 11 when Shamu splashed her in a Sea World commercial (this was before that was politically incorrect), she has scores of film, television and stage credits to her name. Occasionally, she really gets to have fun and directs. A graduate of UF with a BFA in theater, and an MA in Communication from USF, Kari has focused on comedy improvisation as a business communication tool and taught at The Second City and the USF Muma College of Business.All of this makes her uniquely qualified to be the Director of Marketing at Tampa International Airport (or that’s what she tells people).  Kari lives in Seminole Heights with her groovy husband Crawford Long, their really cute and increasingly stubborn toddler, and too many animals to actually keep track of anymore. Finally, Kari is ever so grateful that she chatted up that kid with with the John Lennon glasses and the suede vest in theater school a couple of decades ago, because John Pinckard is more than her bestie, her sounding board, the officiant of her wedding, and the guy telling her what to do in this show – he is also one of the most profoundly creative people she’s ever had the honor to know. RESPECT THE EGG! 

Susan Haldeman (Grace) is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and a full-time Managing Director for freeFall Theatre in St. Petersburg.  Select credits include: Stageworks: Last of the Red Hot Lovers (Jeanette); freeFall Theatre: Peter Pan (Starkey, Nana), Peter and the Starcatcher (Mrs. Bumbrake/Teacher), Assassins (Sarah Jane Moore), Mr. Burns (The Importance of Being Earnest with Zombies (Lady Bracknell), Into the Woods (Stepmother), & Fiddler on the Roof (Yente/Grandma Tzeitel/Fruma Sarah); American Stage: In the Heights (Camila Rosario); The Hippodrome State Theatre: The Trailer Park Christmas Musical (Betty) & Winter Wonderettes (BJ); Theatrezone: Funny Thing…Forum with Eddie Mekka (Domina).  Susan has received Theatre Tampa Bay nominations for Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Assassins, & Peter Pan.  Thank you Karla & Scott for the opportunity. I appreciate it more than you know.  Much love to Sluppens, always. For my Daddy who made art possible for me.  Thanks for the feathers until we meet again.

Karla Hartley is currently the Producing Artistic Director of Stageworks Theatre and an adjunct professor at The University of Tampa.  She has directed, designed and performed in countless shows around the nation for the last 25 years.  Acting credits include Drew in Girl Bar, Gertrude Stein in Gertrude and Alice, Stage Manager in Our Town,  Aunt Dan in Aunt Dan and Lemon, Eddie and Doctor Scott in The Rocky Horror Show, Jessie in ‘Night Mother and, most recently, Murray in The Odd Couple.  She is thrilled to be sharing the stage with so many talented women. 


Molly Healy (MacKenzie) is thrilled to be part of this incredible group living in Morningside. Molly has been a teaching artist for the last seven years working on both sides of the bay. In the past year as a teaching artist she has created plays with students based on the worlds of Greek Mythology, Shakespeare, Disney, the library, Harry Potter, American history and dragon training. Some of her favorite roles as an actress are Phoebe in As You Like It, Matt Damon in Matt and Ben, The Zookeeper/Paula Zahn here at Stageworks in Birds of a Feather, and Honey in Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Molly would like to thank her family and her roommate, Katie. Her family for their support and Katie for making an apple pie one time before work, proving that anything is possible.  


Jonelle Meyer (Elinor) is stoked to be in this delightful production! Some of her more recent Stageworks credits include Judgement at Nuremberg and the theater’s resident sketch comedy show, Some Sort of Show. She has also been seen recently across Tampa Bay area stages in performances such as Corky in Meteor Shower with Jobsite Theater, Olive in Odd Couple with Hattrick Theatre and The Queen of Tampa in Sexy Sexy Murder with Hoof Arted and the Tampa Bay Fringe Festival. Jonelle would like to thank Scott and Karla for this wonderful opportunity. She would also like to thank her friends, FLAQ family, biological family and her beautiful girlfriend Chrissy for their constant love and support. Enjoy the show!  


Born and raised in Boston, Kym Welch (Felicia) began performing singing with the Boston Community Choir, performing with acts such as Patti Labelle, Celine Dion, and James Taylor.  After moving to Tampa, she accidentally fell into theatre and discovered a new love.  Her favorite roles include Mrs. Muller in Doubt, Nina in Looking, and Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors.  In her spare time, she records audiobooks for blind and dyslexic students and enjoys crafting diamond paintings.