THE SPITFIRE GRILL

Genre: Musical
Music and Book by James Valcq; Lyrics and Book by Fred Alley

Percy Talbot has been released from prison after serving time for manslaughter and lands in Gilead, Wisconsin working at the Spitfire Grill. In this sleepy town, things start to move when the owner of the Spitfire Grill - the only eatery in the struggling town - decides to raffle it off for a $100 a shot and an essay describing why you want to win the grill. Soon, mail is arriving by the wheelbarrow full and things are definitely heating up in Gilead. This musical triumph is an inspiring celebration of fresh starts and the power of what one person can do.

Open:   12/11/09
Close:   12/20/09

Schedule:
Friday - Saturday at 8PM, Sunday at 2PM
Theater:   Wings Theatre
Address:   154 Christopher Street
New York, NY 10014
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Closest subway: 1, 9 to Christopher Street, west on Christopher Street several blocks to theatre

Cost:$20, $15 with student ID
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Ovationtix at 212.352.0255
Company: Phare Play Productions         Official Web Site: www.phareplay.com
Rachel Flynn Shelby Thorpe

Rachel Flynn - Off-Off Debut! Recent credits include: Nine (Luisa), Bright Lights, Big City (Coma Baby), StopKiss (Callie), Songs For A New World (Woman 2), Sweeney Todd (Mrs. Lovett), Angels In America (Hannah Pitt), Urinetown (Penny), The Maids (Claire) and So Much Depends Upon... (art.party.theater.co). Proud graduate of Harvard University.

Erik Gullberg Caleb Thorpe

Erik Gullberg has been working steadily since graduating from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 2008. Recent Credits include: Taming of the Shrew (Petruchio, NYRF) and Measure for Measure (Abhorson & others, NYNeo-Classical Ensemble), The Best Laid Plans (Cookie, MessyhouseMP) and the web-series O-Cast (Antaeus). He is thrilled to be working on his first musical in many a moon with such a talented ensemble.

Linda Hill Hannah Ferguson

Linda Hill is a nationally renown performing artist who has appeared on Cinemax, Nashville Network, PBS and Comedy Central. She has starred with such talent as Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Don Novello a.k.a. Father Guido Sarducci and with Miss Minnie Pearl. She has been an artist in residence with Home for Contemporary Theatre and Art and HERE Space and hosted the No Shame series for 3 years at the Public Theatre. Her solo performances have been featured at P.S.122, the Kitchen, Surf Reality, Dixon Place and the Vineyard Theatre. She's hosted PBS Comedy Tonight, New York City Opry, the Brooklyn Country Music Festival, Brooklyn County Fair and her own monthly show, Lindy Loo's Country Cuzins. Currently she is at work on a novella, Girl Child, and a new solo project, Big City Hick. Find her on facebook to join her fan club. She's thrilled to be working with Phare Play again - this is her third production with the company.

Andrew J. Lonsdale The Visitor

Andrew J. Lonsdale is a graduate of AMDA and a member of NYC Playwrights. Recently he was stage manager and lighting designer for Musicals Tonight - Paint Your Wagon and Silk Stockings. He was fortunate enough to light the 6 year anniversary show for At This Performance... recognizing broadway understudies.

Maureen O'boyle Effy Krayneck

Maureen O'Boyle - Recent NY theater includes MTWorks’ The Oath this spring, Strangers at Dixon Place, and Shining City at Queens Theatre in the Park. Other NY credits include a week of 365 Days / 365 Plays at Judson Memorial Church and The Public Theater, Rosaline in Love's Labors Lost at the Looking Glass Theatre and Brecht’s Antigone at the Theater of the Riverside Church, plus several short films and a long list of Shakespeare productions and readings of new plays. Favorite roles include Skinner in The Castle with The Somnambulist Project and Toni in Pentecost with Burning Coal Theatre Company. Maureen studies voice with Ellen Weiss and acting with Larry Singer.

Gloria E. Stewart Percy Talbot

Gloria E. Stewart is proud to be making her debut at the Wings Theatre. Gloria was born in Springdale, Arkansas where she trained in classical piano and dance. She is a graduate of the University of the Arts with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. She was recently seen in the world-premiere musical of Bellevue Sketches with director Thomas G. Waites. Some of her favorite roles include: Stepmother in Into the Woods, Baker in Phillip Glass Buys A Loaf Of Bread, and Evie in Vaudeville At the Gin Mill.

Stephen Stocking Joe Sutter

Stephen Stocking is thrilled to be a part of the Spitfire family. Off-Bway: The Bully (Bleecker Street Theatre). Other New York theatre credits include NY Theatre Workshop (The Casebook of Rudolf H-), The Ohio Theatre/Les Freres Corbusier (Dance Dance Revolution). Regional and international credits include Williamstown, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Shakespeare in Delaware Park, and the Boston Celebrity Series. Stephen’s film credits include Cold Sweat, Pharmacy, The One You Marry, Streets of Old, Redman, Mistletoe, and Last Night. BFA in Music Theatre from the University at Buffalo. Find out more at www.stephenstocking.com.

Blake Bradford Director

Blake Bradford is an Emmy Award winning writer/director whose theatrical work has appeared all over the US and internationally in Canada, Mexico, Greece, Scotland/England, Denmark, Italy and South Africa. His original plays I, Undertow, The Unfortunate Honeymoon of Tony and Steve, Dance at Bataan, The Last Cloud, and Gay Slave Handbook are actively seen in the regional circuits and NYC. As a director, his most acclaimed work has been with two time Emmy Winner Joan Darling and Bill Svanoe. Blake has directed Ms. Darling all over the US in Svanoe's Quisisana, Lost and Found, Pants on Fire, Callback, The Last Silver Zephyer, and The Last Laugh. Other NYC includes MidsummerSnake in Fridge, Dark of the Moon, Cherry Orchard, Twilight of the Golds, Tempest, Arsenic & Old Lace, Spitfire Grill and Jellyroll Shoes. He serves as Associate Artistic Director of the Wings Theatre, where he runs Zephyer Rep.  Blake is currently on the staff of "Live from Lincoln Center" (PBS), where they won a 2008 Emmy for Madama Butterfly. Other TV credits include "The Big Gay Sketch Show" (LOGO/MTV), "Showtime at the Apollo" (NBC), "Drama Desk Awards" (PBS) and "Arthur Ashe Kids Day" (CBS).

Mark T Evans Musical Director

Mark T Evans is a composer and musical director originally from Long Island. Most recently he was the musical director and orchestrator of Topsy Turvy Loves, conceived and directed by Robert Sickenger, also at Wings Theater. Mark has just received his MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has written music for I Am Jim Thompson with Eric Kubo and Zac Kline, and Human Interest with Gena Oppenheim. In 2008, he was the recipient of the ASCAP Foundation’s Frederick Loewe Award for Emerging Musical Theatre Composers. Before returning to New York, Mark lived in Philadelphia for eight years, where he worked for many theaters in and around the city, including the Arden Theatre Co., the Walnut Street Theater, and the Prince Music Theater. BA in Psychology, University of Pennsylvania.

Phare Play Productions has built a solid reputation in the artistic community having produced a wide range of works from the classic (The Importance of Being Earnest) to the contemporary (Snake in Fridge), the dramatic (The Twilight of the Golds) to the comedic (The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged]), the original (Gay Slave Handbook) to the published (Arcadia). Two of our original productions, Callback and Fat Kids on Fire, are now published and this past year has also seen our Artistic Director, Blake Bradford become an Emmy award winner for his work on Live at Lincoln Center: Madama Butterfly!  Under the excellent guidance of Emmy winner Joan Darling, Christopher-Award winning playwright Bill Svanoe, New York Times Bestseller Judy Kerr, and Strasburg Institute founding member Kerry Shear, we embark on our fourth season of innovative and entertaining theatre and we invite you to become a part of it all!