Chapter Two

By Neil Simon

Directed by Roy Steinberg

June 27 – August 3    Tuesdays – Sundays 8 pm

Filled with the humor that made Neil Simon famous, this semi-autobiographical story of a recently widowed writer, his press agent brother, soap star love interest, and her neurotic best friend explores what it means to take a second chance on romance.

Age Guide: 10+

June 27th  Best Value Preview

June 28th  Official Opening with Party

July 8th Best Value

July 13th   Pay-What-You-Wish ( Pay-What-You-Wish is only available 1 hour prior to show time, at the theatre, and is a first come first serve basis. Doors open up 1 hour before the show. Patrons pick whatever seat is available and Pay-What-You-Wish. You must have cash or check only.  If you would like to see the show on this date and don’t want to run the risk of it being sold out, you may still purchase a ticket at a regular price by calling the box office or purchasing online.)

ARTIST TEAM

John Patrick Hayden (George Schneider)

Thrilled to be back with Roy and the entire Cape May Stage family.
Broadway: Tartuffe at the Roundabout. Off-Broadway: Lincoln Center, the Mint, and the Barrow Group. Regionally: The Guthrie, Hartford Stage, Pittsburgh Public, Denver Center, Center Stage, and Northern Stage. TV/Film:  “Jack Murdock” in Daredevil, Law and Order, Blindspot, I love you But I Lied, Blue Bloods, Doorstep, Shadowboxing, and Land of the Outlaws. As a Writer/ Director: Jimmy and Don, and slated this fall:  Veritaphobia. Love to Fire Tiger.

Michael Basile (Leo Schneider)

is beyond thrilled to return to his artistic home away from home here at Cape May Stage.  Thanks to Roy, this amazing cast and crew, and all my Cape May friends who never fail to make coming here a rewarding experience beyond words. Off-Broadway: Most Dangerous Man In America, All Dolled Up.  Regional: Barefoot in the Park, Mistakes Were Made, The Woolgatherer(Cape May Stage); Rounding Third(Act II Playhouse); Rounding Third (Holmdel Theatre); Italian-American Reconciliation(Depot Theatre); The Odd Couple(Kimmel Center, Philadelphia); Laughter on the 23rdFloor(Schoolhouse Theatre).  New York Theatre includes: Much Ado About Nothing (Classics in Color), Walk Hard (Metropolitan Playhouse), Dying Like Ignacio (Workshop Theatre),No Place to be Somebody(New Federal Theatre), Film includes: The Dark Tower,Trapped Girl, Where God Left His Shoes, Bronx Paradise, Firefighter, Dog’s Life. TV: “The Defenders”, “Luke Cage”, “Louie”, “Blue Bloods”, “Golden Boy”, “Unforgettable,” “Law and Order”, “L&O: SVU.”  Michael studied acting with William Esper at William Esper Studios in New York.  He has the best day (and night) job for an NYC actor, working for the FDNY as a Firefighter at Engine 242 in Brooklyn.

Alexis Bronkovic (Jennie Malone)

Cape May Stage debut! Other theater credits include: Silent Sky (“Henrietta Leavitt”-Merrimack Repertory Theatre, nominated for an IRNE award as Best Actress in a Play), The Big Broadcast on 53rd Street (Off-Broadway, Barrow Group Theatre), Born Yesterday (“Billie Dawn”-Guthrie), Tiny Geniuses (Fringe NYC, HERE) Amadeus (Maltz Jupiter), I Capture The Castle (Signature Theatre) and the Humana Festival productions of Post Wave Spectacular and Heist! Television credits include: “Younger”, “Rainbow Ruthie”, “The Affair”, “Royal Pains”, and “Blue Bloods”. Film credits include Oleander and Julia. Alexis is a proud alum of the Actors Theatre of Louisville Apprentice Program and Marymount Manhattan College. Love to Mom, Dad, Kirs, Chesca & Teo. (And Al Alberts) To John- scene partners, always.

Lianne Marie Dobbs (Faye Medwick)

Lianne Marie Dobbs was Off-Broadway playing six different characters in Himself & Nora, and as Hildy in the revival of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Recently, she portrayed Aldonza in Man of La Mancha at Gretna Theatre and toured the Caribbean Seas as Dyanne in Million Dollar Quartet. Favorite credits include the title role in the stage adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma (Repertory of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse and TheatreWorks, CA), Fantine in Les Miserables (Orlando Shakespeare Festival), Lucy in Jekyll & Hyde (Surflight Theatre, Westchester Broadway) and Ruth Paine in the new rock musical OSWALD by Tony LePage & Josh Sassanella. Television credits include HBO’s Girls and 30Rock. Her album of jazz standards, “Everything Old Is New Again”, is currently available on iTunes. Miss Dobbs has sung at Birdland and 54Below in NYC and soloed with the San Francisco Symphony. She joins forces with NY cabaret star Carole J. Bufford on Monday, July 30th, in their duo show “When Broadway Hit The Billboards” at Cape May Stage.

PRODUCTION TEAM

Roy Steinberg (Director)

Roy has directed classical and contemporary plays as well as world premieres all over the United States.  He directed Ann Jackson, Kim Hunter, and Alvin Epstein in The Madwoman of Chaillot at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York.  As a member of Circle Repertory Company, he developed and directed The Marriage Fool with Lynn Cohen and Farley Granger.  His production of Othello played at the Intar Theatre on Theatre Row in New York and he directed Joan Copeland in a new play called Second Summer for the Colleagues Theatre Company. He was the Artistic Director of Theatre Matrix in New York and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin. He has directed touring companies of bilingual productions of Moliere’s The Miser and The Bourgeois Gentleman. As a Guest Artist, he has directed college students throughout our nation in plays like American BuffaloOur TownThe Importance of Being Earnest, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Mr. Steinberg has also produced and directed film and television including Guiding LightOne Life To LiveDays Of Our LivesForensic Files, and Scandalous Art. He has four Emmy nominations for his work. He directed Jo Beth Williams in Life In General on strike.tv, which won five Spirit Awards. At Cape May Stage, Mr. Steinberg has directed SouvenirMoon Over BuffaloBlithe SpiritHow to Make a Rope SwingSay Goodnight GracieSocial SecurityVisiting Mr. GreenProofClassSteel MagnoliasThe UnderstudyI Hate HamletBoeing BoeingHappy DaysFreud’s Last SessionThe Santaland DiariesThe WoolgathererMistakes Were MadeThis Wonderful LifeThe Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the UniverseDead Man’s Cell PhoneDisgracedBuyer and Cellar,The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, The Gin Game, Outside Mullingar, and The Ultimate Christmas Show. This season, Mr. Steinberg directs Chapter Two, the world premiere of The Shuck, and the East Coast premiere of An Actor’s Carol. Roy Steinberg has an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. He also functions as the Producing Artistic Director. His proudest production is his daughter, Alexa Catherine.

Amy Hadam (Production Stage Manager)

Is so thrilled to be back for her third season! Past Cape May Stage credits include: The Whipping ManSex with StrangersBarefoot in the ParkDisgracedBuyer & CellarOne Christmas CarolBilly Bishop Goes to WarThe Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, The Gin GameOutside Mullingar, and The Ultimate Christmas Show. She is also the Education Director here at Cape May Stage. Amy has also been the Stage Manager for Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre (Summit, NJ) since 2013, recent credits include: Continuing the ConversationWhat StaysThings Being What They Are, and Shipwrecked! An Entertainment: The Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As Told By Himself). Other credits include: 21: The Musical (NYC), Jekyll & Hyde and Spamalot at Surflight Theatre (Beach Haven, NJ), A Piece of My Heart and Janey Miller’s World Tour at Speranza Theatre Company (Jersey City, NJ), Miss Witherspoon and The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler at The Theater Project (Maplewood, NJ), and Talking to Westfield and At Liberty Hall at Premiere Stages (Union, NJ). Amy is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. 

Meg Dowling (Assistant Stage Manager/Props)

(Assistant Stage Manager)is excited to be returning to Cape May Stage for a second season! She is a graduate of East Stroudsburg University with a B.A. in Theatre. Cape May Stage credits include: Tale of the Allergist’s Wife; Gin Game; Outside Mullingar; and A Christmas Carol: The Radio Play. NEW YORK credits include: Henry V (New York Classical); School for Husbands (New York Classical); New York Innovative Theatre Awards; Brilliant Traces (Rising Sun); and Good Night Lovin’ Trail (Rising Sun). REGIONAL credits: Jesus Christ Superstar (Seven Angels Theatre); He Wrote Good Songs (Seven Angels); Room of My Own (Seven Angels); The First Fifty Years (East Lynne); Closer Than Ever (Mazeppa); and Arthur and the Tale of the Red Dragon(People’s Light). Meg is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Special thanks to our great team here at Cape May Stage and to Mom, Dad, Chris, and Jess for your never-ending love and support.

Leah Mazur (Set Design)

Leah Mazur(Set Design)Leah Mazur received her MFA from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. She is a freelance Scenographer and Assistant Professor of Scenography at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She has worked professionally in the Chicago lakeshore and Kansas City areas. Select design credits include the costume designs for Spring Awakening, Amadeus, Hand to God, and Eclipsed; scenic designs for Spring Awakening, Nora, Little Women, The Broadway Musial, and Next to Normal; and lighting designs for Angel Street and Next to Normal. Upcoming projects include the scenic and lighting designs for Graceland with Canterbury Summer Theatre, as well as the scenic design for The Lion in Winter at Cape May Stage in Cape May, New Jersey.

Sera Bourgeau (Costume Design)

Is thrilled to be returning to Cape May Stage, as the 2018 Resident Costume Designer! While always a Cape May local at heart, Sera is currently based in New York City, and has spent much of the last decade designing and working at theatres all over the country. Selected Regional Credits: Outside Mullingar (Cape May Stage), Intimate Apparel (Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center), A Chorus Line (Mill Mountain Theatre), Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat (World Premiere, Adirondack Theatre Festival), Knights of the Sales Office (ATF), Nickel Mines (Off Broadway New York Musical Theatre Festival), Turn of the Screw (Theater at Monmouth), Still Life With Iris (Long Wharf Theatre). Selected Other Credits: Pericles: Prince of Tyre(Guest Artist, University of New Hampshire), Woyzeck (University of California – Irvine), Nickel Mines(World Premiere, UC Irvine), Tellin’ Tales (Little Red Wagon Summer Tour), Daddy’s Dyin’ Who’s Got the Will? (HCAF Point Theatre). MFA: University of California, Irvine. BA: University of New Hampshire. www.serabourgeau.com

Mary Kate Smyser (Sound Design)

Mary Kate Smyser(Sound Design) is excited to be returning Cape May Stage for this season as the Sound Designer. Regional credits include: Cape May Stage 2017 Season, Hand to God (Philadelphia Theatre Company – Associate Sound Designer), Hetty Feather (Delaware Theatre Company – Associate Sound Designer and Sound Engineer), Hillary and Clinton (Philadelphia Theatre Company – Assistant Sound Designer), The Secret Garden (The Arden Theatre Company – Assistant Sound Designer), A Christmas Carol (Delaware Theatre Company – Sound Engineer), TouchTones, A Doll’s House, Snow White (The Arden Theatre Company – Sound Engineer), The Tempest (Lantern Theatre Company – Sound Engineer), Really (Theatre Exile – Sound Engineer), Chicago: A 50th Anniversary Concert (Temple University – Sound Designer and Engineer). Thank you to Roy and Marlena and the rest of the Cape May Stage community for having her back this season.

Heather Crocker (Lighting Design)

Heather Crocker is a New York-based lighting and projections designer and is thrilled to be returning to Cape May Stage this season. She received her MFA in Theatre Design and Technology (Lighting/Projections Design) from the University of Missouri, Kansas City in 2015. Cape May Stage lighting credits: Billy Bishop Goes to War and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife. Other lighting design credits include; Murder For Two (Lyric Stage Company of Boston), The Master Builder (Colby College, ME), Over the River and Through the Woods, West Side Story (City Theatre, ME), End Days (Voice Theatre, NY), The Nether, Kimberly Akimbo, Vigils, The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Mad Horse Theatre Company, ME), The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Almost, Maine (UMKC Theatre), Little Women (UMKC Conservatory of Opera), Number the Stars (Coterie Theatre, KC), Projections design credits include: Freedom Rider (UMKC Theatre),  Ragtime, and Chess at Gallery Players in Brooklyn, NY.

Neil Simon (playwright)

Neil Simon is widely regarded as one of the most successful, prolific, and performed playwrights in the world. He is also responsible for many film adaptions of his plays as well as writing new works for television. Simon has received more Academy and Tony nominations than any other writer. Awards he has received include the Pulitzer Prize for Lost In Yonkers,Emmy Awards for The Sid Caesar Show and The Phil Silvers Show, Tony Awards for The Odd Couple, Biloxi Blues, Lost In Yonkers and a special Tony Award For Overall Contribution To The Theatre. His nominations include Tony Award Nominations for Little Me, Barefoot in the Park, Plaza Suite, Promises, Promises, The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Broadway Bound, Lost in Yonkers and The Goodbye Girl (musical).

Actors’ Equity Association(AEA) was founded in 1913 as the first of the American actors unions. Equity’s mission is to advance, promote, and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Today, Equity represents more than 40,000 actors, singers, dancers, and stage managers working in hundreds of theatres across the United States. Equity members are dedicated to working in the theatre as a profession, upholding the highest artistic standards. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions and provides a wide range of benefits including health and pension plans for its members. Through its agreement with Equity, this theatre has committed to the fair treatment of the actors and stage managers employed in this production. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. For more information, visit www.actorsequity.org