Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End
Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End
By Allison Engel and Margaret Engel
Directed by Marlena Lustik
May 23 – June 22
Wednesdays – Saturdays 8pm | Saturdays & Sundays 3pm
A loving tribute and lampoon of life in the suburbs filled with light-hearted humor and nuggets of wisdom that give insight into the life and family of the beloved 1960s columnist.
Age Guide: 10+
May 23rd Best Value Preview
May 24th Official Opening with Party
June 1st Best Value
June 10th Pay-What-You-Wish
Kate McCauley Hathaway (Erma Bombeck)
Happily returns to Cape May Stage having previously been seen in I Hate Hamlet, Steel Magnolias, and Other Desert Cities. Kate has also performed in special concerts for Cape May Stage. On tour and regionally, Kate has performed the role of Fantine in Les Miserables, Eva Peron in Evita, Sally Bowles in Cabaret, and Nellie Forbush in South Pacific, among many others. Kate is also a theatrical producer: Ann, presented at Lincoln Center about former Texas Governor Ann Richards, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, (as an investing producer) and has invested in other Broadway productions. Currently, Kate is a member of the board of directors of Cape May Stage. Kate and her husband, Jerry, have a home in Cape May where they love to have their children and grandchildren visit. Kate dedicates her performance to her late mother, Roz McCauley, who introduced her to the writings of Erma Bombeck.
Marlena Lustik (Director)
Last season Marlena directed Billy Bishop Goes to Warfor Cape May Stage. Other Cape May Stage productions include Red Hot Patriot, A Walk in the Woods, and A Tuna Christmas. She staged A Christmas Carol: The Radio Show and This Wonderful Life which were performed during the holiday season at Congress Hall. New York credits include Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya (which she co-adapted) for the Triangle Theatre Company and a production of A Cherry Orchard Off-Broadway for the Yorkville Repertory Theatre featuring Maureen Garrett. She has directed for the Deptford Players, The Comedy Club, the Snarks, and the 29th Street Rep in New York as well as done workshops of new plays such as Piano Bar Blues, Bavarian Rage, and Lotteria. Her on-site theatre piece based on Everyman was performed at the Church of the Holy Trinity. Her productions of The Seagull with Robert Newman and Vita and Virginia with other members of the cast of Guiding Light were performed at the Helen Hayes Theatre in Nyack, NY. She has directed as a guest artist at Berea College, Lafayette College, and the School of Visual Arts in NYC. Marlena is also an accomplished actress who has appeared on Broadway, Off Broadway and at many regional theaters including The Long Wharf Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, The Goodspeed Opera House, The Kennedy Center, and of course Cape May Stage. Thanks to Roy for the opportunity of working on this delightful play and my daughter Alexa for keeping me sane.
Amy Hadam (Production Stage Manager)
Is so thrilled to be back for her third season! Past Cape May Stage credits include: The Whipping Man, Sex with Strangers, Barefoot in the Park, Disgraced, Buyer & Cellar, One Christmas Carol, Billy Bishop Goes to War, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, The Gin Game, Outside 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 Conversation, What Stays, Things 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.
Spencer Potter (Set Design)
Is a Professor of Design and freelance costume/set designer working between the Western and Mid-Atlantic regions. Spencer’s design credits at Cape May Stage include: Ultimate Christmas Story…Abridged! Outside Mullingar, Billy Bishop Goes to War, Buyer and Cellar, The Whipping Man, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life, Red Hot Patriot, Blithe Spirit, How to Make a Rope Swing, and assistant designer for Time Stands Still. Other design credits include: Costumes- The Roads to Home, Die Fledermaus, The Odd Couple, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Scenery – Singin’ in The Rain, Noises Off, And Then There Were None, Tons of Money, The Woman in Black and Steel Magnolias. In the past, Spencer has also worked as Cape May Stage’s Production Manager/Technical Director and as the Resident Intern Program Coordinator. Many thanks to Roy, Marlena, and Shawn, and Michael.
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
Allison Engel (playwright)
Has been a reporter for the Des Moines Tribune, San Jose Mercury and Pacific News Service, and was a Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. She and her twin Margaret wrote the play Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins. She also has been a speechwriter and aide for former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack and lieutenant governor Sally Pederson. In Iowa, she was active in the Des Moines Playhouse, serving as president and head of play selection. She recently spent five years as director of communications at the University of Southern California before becoming the associate director of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities at the university. She received an MA in screenwriting from USC in 2009. She is married to Scott Kirkpatrick, and they have two children, Miles and Nora.
Margaret Engel (playwright)
Directs the Alicia Patterson Journalism Foundation and was the managing editor of the Newseum. She and her twin Allison wrote Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins. She was a reporter for the Washington Post, Des Moines Register and Lorain Journal and was a Nieman fellow at Harvard. She and Allison wrote Food Finds: America’s best Local Foods and the People Who Produce Them, and helped turn the book into a show for Food Network, where it ran for seven years. She serves on the board of Theatre Washington/Helen Hayes Awards, the Fund of Investigative Journalism and chairs the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism awards board. She and her husband, Bruce Adams, wrote three editions of a travel guide to America’s baseball parks, with the help of their children, Emily and Hugh.