The cast has been announced for the Table for Two Productions staging of Noël Coward’s classic comedy Private Lives, directed by Jules Aaron, at GTC Burbank February 16 – March 25, 2012.
Coward’s comedic genius is on full display in Private Lives, which follows the saga of perpetually dueling lovers Amanda and Elyot, two divorcees who unwittingly book adjoining rooms while honeymooning with their new spouses. They soon realize the folly of their new marriages and impulsively flee together to Paris, only to be caught days later by their jilted spouses. This stylish, savvy and still-timely comedy is loaded with pointed barbs about modern romance and the people we can't live with—or without.
Starring as the dueling lovers Amanda and Elyot are Stasha Surdyke and Lenny Von Dohlen. Co-starring as their new spouses, Sibyl and Victor, are Annie Abrams and Jeff Witzke. Louise, the maid, is played by Angie Light.
Tickets are $20.00 - $34.50 per person, and are on sale now. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 8 pm, and Sundays at 2 pm, through March 25.
ABOUT THE CAST
Annie Abrams (Sibyl) is excited to work with the talented cast and crew of Private Lives. Recent theater credits include Brooke in Noises Off! at La Mirada Theater for the Performing Arts, Luciana in The Comedy of Errors with A Noise Within, Philia in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum with Reprise Theatre Company, Clea in Ensemble Theatre Company’s The Scene, Third Witch in Macbeth and Curley’s Wife in the award-winning production of Of Mice and Men at Theatre Banshee, Estella in Great Expectations at the Odyssey Theatre, Sybil Vane in A Picture of Dorian Gray and Aura in Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings at the Theatre @ Boston Court, Serenity in And the Winner Is. . . at the Laguna Playhouse, Ela in Charley’s Aunt at International City Theatre, Cécile in Les Liaisons Dangereuses with the Blank Theatre Company, and Myrrhine in Lysistrata at Stanford Summer Theater. TV credits include roles on “Without a Trace,” “Veronica Mars,” “Joan of Arcadia,” “The King of Queens,” “Cold Case,” and “How I Met Your Mother.” Annie graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Drama and is a native of Los Angeles.
Angie Light (Louise) is very excited to be part of Table4Two’s production of Private Lives at GTC! Thanks to Debra Manners, Carrie Prince and Jeremy Aluma at DMTA, Stasha Surdyke, Kyle Nudo, Chris Trela, and of course Jules Aaron for this amazing opportunity! Also special thanks to Claire Bermingham! Previous credits include: Newstradamus (Second City Training Center), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Urban Theatre Movement), Huck and Tom and the Mighty Mississippi (Theatre IV National Tour), Bash (Promethean Theatre), Cymbeline (Promethean), Actor’s Nightmare (Morgan-Wixon Theatre), Dearly Departed (Horn in the West), South Pacific (Livestock Players Musical Theatre), The Secret Garden (LPMT), Showboat (LPMT), The Odd Couple (female version) (Appalachian State University), Noises Off (ASU), among others. Angie is a recent graduate of The Second City Training Center and performs with a sketch comedy group once a month on KPAS in Pasadena. Angie would also like to thank her loving husband Andrew for his continued support! See www.angielight.com for more information.
Stasha Surdyke (Amanda) is thrilled to be bringing Noël Coward’s witty wordplay to life at GTC Burbank with her tremendously talented cast, crew and director. Most recently, she portrayed Vanessa in Road Theatre’s A Better Time, and over a dozen motley characters in Dylan Thomas’ Welsh classic Under Milk Wood at Calabasis Theatre Company.
Other theatre credits include: Norma in The Value of Names (for which she won the Stage Scene LA Award for Outstanding Performance by a Featured Actress/Drama 2009-2010), and Alice in A Majority of One, both at Pico Playhouse, Mimi in An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf (Laguna Playhouse), Barbara in Return, the Musical (Edgemar Center for the Arts), Edith Frank in Dreams of Anne Frank (Lewis Family Playhouse), Paula Lindbergh Solomon in Charlotte: Life? Or Theatre? A Three Color Opera (The Met), Kadabra in Lost in Hollywoodland (Theatre 40), Jadis, the White Witch, in Narnia, the Musical (Sierra Repertory), Kate in Taming of the Shrew (Los Angeles Shakespeare Company), and Lily in The Shelter (The Odyssey Theatre), which was nominated for five Ovation Awards.
At The Egyptian Arena Theatre, she originated the character of Debra in the musical Mamaleh! – a role written specifically for her. Other highlights include principal roles in Salt and Honey, El Paso Blue, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Much Ado About Nothing, and Grease. Film credits include: Water for Elephants, The Last Hymn, Powder Blue, The Perfect Dress, The Passing, The AIT, and Richard III. TV credits include “GLEE,” “Reasonable Doubt,” and many others. She dedicates her performance to her amazing family for their love and support, her business partner, and her frisky feline Fiona, for keeping her sane. Stasha is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Drama and a proud member of Actor’s Equity.
Lenny Von Dohlen (Elyot) made his film debut in the Academy-Award winning Tender Mercies, starring Robert Duvall, written by Horton Foote and directed by Bruce Baresford. From that performance Mr. Von Dohlen was given the leading role in MGM/UA's Electric Dreams. Other leading roles quickly followed: Under the Biltmore Clock, Blind Vision, Jennifer 8, Ed Zwick’s Leaving Normal, David Lynch's Twin Peaks-Fire Walk With Me, and the title role in Billy Galvin opposite Karl Malden.
In a career known for depth, diversity, and mostly dramatic roles, Mr. Von Dohlen shook things up hilariously when he played one of the bumbling bad guys in 20th Century Fox's Home Alone III. This came on the heels of a string of amazingly complex roles in highly regarded indy films such as Tollbooth, Bird of Prey, Entertaining Angels, Frontline, Cadillac, and Beautiful Loser.
Mr. Von Dohlen made an auspicious television debut in the Emmy Award-winning “Kent State,” and has appeared in some of television's most highly regarded shows such as “Thirtysomething,” “Picket Fences,” “Chicago Hope,” “The Lazarus Man,” “The Pretender,” “CSI Miami,” and “Don’t Touch”, directed by Beau Bridges. However, he is probably best known for having created the agoraphobic orchid-growing Harold Smith in David Lynch's ground breaking series “Twin Peaks.” More recently he appeared in “Psyche” and in Masterpiece Theater's presentation of Eudora Welty's “The Ponder Heart” (directed by Martha Coolidge) on PBS.
Above all, the theater is Von Dohlen's first love. In New York, he has created roles in Asian Shade, The Team, Twister, Vanishing Act, and The Maderati (the later two by Richard Greenberg). For nine month he starred in Carol Churchill's hit play Cloud 9, directed by Tommy Tune, followed by The Roundabout Theater's revival of Desire Under the Elms opposite Kathy Baker. He has starred in Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, Joe Orton’s Loot, Lanford Wilson's one-man play A Poster of the Cosmos, and played Voltaire in Legacy of Light (The Cleveland Playhouse), directed by Bart DeLorenzo.
On the West Coast, he has played in Wedekind's Lulu (La Jolla Playhouse), Theater District (Black Dahlia Theater), Bart De Lorenzo's production of Dead Man’s Cell Phone (SCR), and played Voltaire in the much acclaimed world premiere of Jean Claude van Itallie's Light (Theater @ Boston Court) directed by Jessica Kubzansky, with Best Actor nominations from the L.A. Critics Circle, Ovation & Theatergoers Awards. Last season at Theater @ Boston Court he appeared again, playing 3 roles, including Don Quixote in Kubzanzky's production of Tennessee William's Camino Real.
Jeff Witzke (Victor) is a native of Grosse Pointe, Michigan. He attended DePaul University’s Theater School and graduated from Michigan State University with honors. Jeff then moved to California and it’s delicious sunshine, and happily struck ‘ice scraper’ from his vocabulary. Recent television appearances: “Workaholics,” “Perfect Couples,” “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” and “The Mentalist.” If you look, you just might catch him in a few fun films - Young Adult, Up In The Air, Vampires Suck and Thank You For Smoking -- and coming soon to DVD: Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3 (that’s right… there was a 2!) On stage he has done The Baby Dance, ended up being The Last Schwartz and had the pleasure of being a chapter in The Book of Liz, by Amy and David Sedaris. When not working, or writing, or wondering why people’s Moms send him Facebook friend requests, he chills with his BFF and best pup in the world: Dodger.
ABOUT TABLE FOR TWO PRODUCTIONS
Table for Two Productions was founded by Private Lives Producer Stasha Surdyke and Co-Producer Christopher Trela to create and host theatrical & culinary fundraising events for arts organizations, as well as present professionally produced plays in venues throughout Southern California. Christopher and Stasha co-write the Table for Two dining column in the Newport Beach Independent, and they are the co-editors of Coastal Food and Wine, a website devoted to covering epicurean experiences along the coast of So Cal.
ABOUT GTC BURBANK
Nestled in the George Izay Park in Central Burbank, GTC Burbank’s venue is an attractive, comfortable and intimate 98-seat theater with seating that is never more the 30 feet from the stage. GTC Burbank is located at 1111-B West Olive Ave, Burbank CA, 91506. Private Lives is a Guest Production at GTC Burbank. For more information on GTC Burbank, go to www.gtc.org.