Neil Simon's Swinger Comedy Last of the Red Hot Lovers from Gloucester Stage
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Playwright Victoria Stewart was inspired by two very different figures -- CNBC personality Suze Orman and Victorian novelist Henry James -- when writing her latest, most probing play, Rich Girl. For despite their differences, both Orman and James share an obsession with money and Rich Girl explores that peculiarly American fascination with startling sensitivity and imagination. When the sheltered Claudine meets the penniless Henry, the two fall helplessly in love. But for Claudine's mother, a tough-talking celebrity finance guru, this happiest of happy coincidences is a cause for suspicion and worry. Inspired by the classic play and film The Heiress, this clever new comedy examines women and their relationships with men, mothers and moolah -- if not in exactly that order. Courtney O'Connor directs the show at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston. Learn More
Written by Neil Simon in 1969, Last of the Red Hot Lovers was a long running Broadway hit and went on to become a successful Hollywood movie. Award winning, critically acclaimed and prolific playwright Neil Simon was born in the Bronx, New York on the Fourth of July in 1927. After a brief military service at the end of World War II, he began writing for radio and television. His first play was 1961’s Come Blow Your Horn, followed in 1962 by the book of the musical Little Me. His subsequent plays include: 1963’s Barefoot In The Park; 1965’s The Odd Couple; 1966’s The Star-Spangled Girl; 1968’s Plaza Suite; 1970’s The Gingerbread Lady; 1971’s The Prisoner of Second Avenue; 1972’s The Sunshine Boys; 1973’s The Good Doctor; 1974’s God’s Favorite; 1976’s California Suite; 1977’s Chapter Two; 1980’s I Ought To Be In Pictures; 1981’s Fools; 1983’s Brighton Beach Memoirs; 1985’s Biloxi Blues; 1986’s Broadway Bound; 1988’s Rumors; 1991’s Lost in Yonkers; 1992’s Jake’s Women; 1993’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor and 1994’s London Suite. He has written the books for the Broadway musicals Sweet Charity; Promises, Promises; They’re Playing Our Song and The Goodbye Girl. He has written the screenplays for the films The Out-Of-Towners; The Heartbreak Kid; Murder By Death; The Cheap Detective; Seems Like Old Times; Only When I Laugh; Max Duggan Returns; The Slugger’s Wife and The Marrying Man as well as adapting many of his plays for the movies. He won Tony Awards for The Odd Couple in 1965, Biloxi Blues in 1985 and Lost in Yonkers in 1991, which also received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Writers Guild of America. His autobiography Rewrites: A Memoir was published in 1996.
In her Gloucester Stage acting debut award winning actress Karen MacDonald plays all three women: Elaine, Bobbi and Jeanette in Last of the Red Hot Lovers. Ms. MacDonald made her Gloucester Stage directing debut last season with The Woman In Black. A founding member of the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, she has appeared in 70 productions including most recently Trojan Barbie, Endgame, The Seagull and Communist Dracula Pageant. In the Boston area she has appeared at Commonwealth Shakespeare Co., Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, The Vineyard Playhouse and Merrimack Repertory Theatre. In New York, she has worked at Theatre for a New Audience, Second Stage, The Roundabout Theatre and Playwrights’ Horizons. Nationally, she has worked at theatres from coast to coast including most recently Hartford Stage and The Berkeley Repertory Theatre. She collaborated with, and directed Leslie Dillen and Paula Plum in their original piece Dressed Up/Wigged Out at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. She is the recipient of three Elliot Norton Awards and five IRNE Awards for her performances.
Ken Baltin plays Barney, the one man who must deal with the three diverse women played by Karen MacDonald in Last of the Red Hot Lovers. He previously appeared at Gloucester Stage in Three Hotels. His Boston area credits include: Eurydice, Waiting for Godot, Scapin, The Waverly Gallery, Twelfth Night, American Buffalo at New Repertory Theatre; The Cherry Orchard at the Nora Theatre Company; Copenhagen with Vineyard Playhouse; Leslie Epstein’s King of the Jews, the premiere of Zayd Dohrn’s Permanent Whole Life and Haymarket at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre; Arms and the Man, Glengarry Glen Ross, Lost in Yonkers, Laughter on the 23rd Floor and Shakespeare in Hollywood at Lyric Stage Company of Boston; Brooklyn Boy with SpeakEasy Stage Company; ART, Over the Tavern, Picasso at the Lapine Agile, Speed-the-Plow, Oleanna, The Illusion, Founder of the Feast. and A Christmas Carol with Merrimack Repertory Theatre; The Last Hurrah at Huntington Theatre Company; and The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Beau Jest, Social Security, Yom Kippur at Danang and I Ought To Be In Pictures with Jewish Theatre of New England. Mr. Baltin is on the acting faculty at The Boston Conservatory.
Gloucester Stage Artistic Associate David Zoffoli’s past Gloucester Stage directing credits include the 2007’s Elliot Norton Award nominated Dear Liar, 2004’s LifeX3 and last season’s Enigma Variations. His other directing credits include the world premiere of CSI’s David Rambo’s The Ice-Breaker at New Repertory Theatre; All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten at Syracuse Stage; All in the Timing, winner of the Elliot Norton Award for Best Production, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Defying Gravity, and Light Up the Sky at Merrimack Repertory Theatre; Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at North Shore Music Theatre. His adaptation of A Christmas Carol ran for 20 seasons at North Shore Music Theatre. He created and maintains www.greenyankee.com, an online community for eco- smart people, places and products. Mr. Zoffoli was recently named Big Brother of the Year and chairman of the Haverhill Cultural Council.