A talented cast including Kate Hamill and Jason O’Connell unleashes comedy stunts as Scene from Syracuse presents “The Play That Goes Wrong” from April 13 to May 1. Tickets are on sale now at www.syracusestage.org or 315-443-3275.
Since its inception in 2012, this popular farce in a play has thrilled audiences in 35 countries around the world. He is currently filming off Broadway, in London’s West End, and on a national tour. Scene from Syracuse is among the first regional theaters to mount its own production with artistic director Robert Hupp at the helm as show director.
Hamill and O’Connell have appeared numerous times at Scene from Syracuse in recent seasons. They first worked together at Stage in Hamill in the adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice” (2019), which O’Connell directed and in which Hamill played two roles. Hamill also appeared in “Noises Off” (2018) and they appeared together in the online single “Talley’s Folly” (2020).
Additionally, O’Connell had the distinction of appearing in Stage’s final pre-Covid live production, as Salieri in “Amadeus”, and also in the first return to live performance production, as as Don in this season’s opener “Eureka Day.”
The other cast members will also be familiar. “The Play That Goes Wrong” Marks Seth’s Fifth Stage Appearance Andre Bridges. Bridges has previously appeared in ‘Great Expectations’ (2016), ‘The Three Musketeers’ (2017), ‘Noises Off’ (2018) – he nosed down the stairs – and most recently in ’12 Angry Men’ (2019 ) as the president of the jury. Blake Segal is making its fourth appearance after being seen recently on ‘Matilda the Musical’ and previously on ‘Amadeus’ and ‘Noises Off’.
Angie Janas played Lizzy Bennet in “Pride and Prejudice” and Rishan Dhamidja was Raj in the production of this season’s “Yoga Play”. While Shabazz Green and John Tufts are new to the scene, each has substantial New York and regional theater credits.
“To pull off the comedic and physical hijinks of ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ requires a special type of actor and I’m lucky to be working with a dream cast on this production,” Hupp said. “Their inventiveness and creativity enhance every rehearsal and their love for the job shines through in every performance.”
“The Play That Goes Wrong” is built on fast-paced physical comedy as members of the Cornley Dramatic Society attempting to pull off a 1920s murder mystery to make it all go horribly and hilarious. Lines are lost, corpses don’t stay put, and the whole thing is a malfunctioning clock. Another stage veteran, Czerton Lim (“Matilda the Musical”, “Talley’s Folly”, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” and “Elf the Musical”) designed the set for “The Play That Goes Wrong” and worked with technical director Randall Steffen and props designer Mara Rich to create a self-destructing Haversham Manor for the cast.
“Our approach to this design was to treat the setting itself as a living, breathing character with its own distinct personality, contradictions, eccentricities and ‘human’ weaknesses, trying to make the best of the situation it sits with the actors on stage,” Lim said. “In fact, I believe the ensemble ‘thinks’ it’s the actors on stage who spoil things badly, while also finding themselves guilty of occasional attention-grabbing stunts to garner favor and applause from the audience.”
Costume designer Suzanne Chesneylighting designer Matt Webb and sound designer Jacqueline R. Herter round out the creative team, and fight choreographer Christopher DuVal sets the stunts and physical work.
With the warm weather returning and the days getting noticeably longer, “The Play That Goes Wrong” is a great opportunity to get out and just have fun. It’s laughter for the sheer joy of laughter.
“Ever since I saw this play on Broadway five years ago, I knew I wanted it to be part of a Scene from Syracuse season,” Hupp added. “Sometimes the cure for what ails us is just a fun night full of laughter and silliness, and in that world, ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ is like no other play I’ve ever had. seen.”
Masks are mandatory at all times for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, except while eating or drinking in designated areas. Food and drink will not be permitted in the auditorium. Scene from Syracuse will no longer verify vaccination or negative test status.