(Jenny Strassburg and Chris Dwan Are Pictured)
Gulfshore Playhouse to Present Ken Ludwig's The Fox on the Fairway
Gulfshore Playhouse will present the farce, Ken Ludwig's The Fox on the Fairway, March 2 through 23, with a preview performance March 1.
The romp by Ken Ludwig pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it's a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers' classics. Ken Ludwig's The Fox on the Fairway is a brand-new tribute to the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s. You won't want to miss this charmingly madcap adventure - about love, life, and man's eternal love affair with golf.
Ken Ludwig is an internationally acclaimed playwright whose many hits on Broadway, in London's West End and throughout the world have made his name synonymous with modern comedy. He has had six shows on Broadway and six in the West End, and he has won the Laurence Olivier Award, England's highest theatre honor, as well as three Tony Award nominations and two Helen Hayes Awards. His work has been commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and has been performed in thirty countries in over twenty languages. Ken Ludwig is also the author of the popular Lend Me a Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo.
"I met Matt when we were working on Broadway together and I am honored that he would fit us into his schedule to secure our first guest director." says Founder and Producing Artistic Director Kristen Coury.
The Fox on the Fairway will be directed by Matt Lenz. Matt's previous credits include associate director on the Broadway productions of Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can and Disney's Beauty and the Beast. His Off-Broadway credits include The Irish Curse at Soho Playhouse, Idaho! (NYMF, Best of Fest and Best Director Awards '08) and Fingers and Toes (NYMF '10). Matt's regional theatre credits include Hairspray (Paper Mill); [title of show](George St.); Saint Heaven, Scituate (Stamford Ctr.); Aida, Beauty/Beast, Hairspray (MUNY); The Full Monty, South Pacific, Grease (NCT); Confidentially, Cole (L.A.) and Dirty Blond, Love! Valor! Compassion! (Austin). Matt will direct the upcoming Broadway musical Empire.
Henry Bingham will be played by James Judy. His Broadway credits include Narrator/Mysterious Man in Into the Woods, Dewhurst in the original company of The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Fred in A Christmas Carol. Off-Broadway credits include Tin Pan Alley Rag with the Roundabout Theatre Company, Floyd in Fiorellowith City Center Encores, 1,2,3,4,5 and The Gig with Manhattan Theatre Club, Lonny in Catch Me If I Fall at the Promenade Theatre, and La Boheme with the New York Shakespeare Festival. National Tours include Deaf West's Big River and South Pacific. Regional credits include TheatreWorks-Palo Alto, Syracuse Stage and many seasons at Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Tennessee Repertory and at The Pioneer Memorial Theatre. James' TV Credits include Cosby, All My Children, and Trinity.
Carol Halstead, playing Pamela in The Fox on the Fairway, appeared on Broadway in Gore Vidal's The Best Man. Her Off-Broadway credits include The Duchess of Malfi, Walking Down Broadway, Pericles, Easter Candy, The Mask,and Alan Ball's Amazing Adventures of Tense Guy. Other theatre credits include: NY International Fringe Festival, Hudson Stage Company, Syracuse Stage, The Kitchen Theatre, Kansas City Rep, Portland Center Stage, Baltimore's Center Stage, The Chautauqua Theatre Company, West Coast premier of Teresa Rebecks' Bad Dates (San Jose Rep and PCS), The Denver Center Theatre, The Cleveland Playhouse and The Shakespeare Theatre. TV and Film credits include Law and Order-Criminal Intent, As the World Turns and All My Children. Carol graduated from FSU in Tallahassee and The American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.