Genre: Comedy
Alistair Foote and Anothony Marriott

Scandinavian pornography abounds when it is mistakenly sent to a bank branch manager and his young bride.  They try to keep it safely hidden from his nosy mother who happens to be visiting, his boss who's trying to become family, a bank inspector with insomnia who comes by for an unexpected visit and a tipsy police superintendent. With the help of the chief cashier who is way over his head, they manage to spin the most insane and deliciously fun web of mistaken identities, physical mishaps and hilarious complications resulting in a true classic door-slamming, high energy farce.

Directed by Christine Vinh Weems

Assistant Directed by Sara Towber

Open:   07/18/09
Close:   07/26/09

Saturday at 2PM, Sunday - Wednesday at 8PM
Theater:   Chernuchin Theater at ATA
Address:   314 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10019
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Cost:$20, $17 for groups of 6 or more, $15 with valid student ID
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Tom Hodgskin Peter Hunter

Thomas Hodgskin is thrilled to be making his debut with Phare Play productions. Recently, Thomas made his NYC debut as Connall in The Giant’s Causeways for the Frigid Festival. He has also toured nationally for FoodPlay Productions and has been a recurring performer for the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. He holds a BA in Theatre from DeSales University. Some of his favorite roles include, Oscar Hubbard in The Little Foxes, Banjo in The Man Who Came to Dinner, Solomon Rothschild in The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge and many more. He sends his thanks and love to Mom, Dad, and family. GBA.

Gretchen Ferris Frances Hunter

Gretchen Ferris was most recently a director for Phare Play's WWSS6 as well as the Assistant Director for Phare Play’s successful premiere of Bludgeon the Lime and Commander Squish Productions’ The New Hopeville Comics. As a Phare Player, she has been seen onstage in Call Waiting and No Sex Please, We’re British. Other favorite regional credits include Quilters, The Diary of Anne Frank and Dracula. She holds theatre degrees from Lenoir-Rhyne College, Florida State University and The University of North Carolina Greensboro.

Charlie Mengine Brian Runnicles

Charlie is a graduate of the Nieghborhood Playhouse. He has appeared in various roles on the daytime drama Guiding Light. He has worked with Phare Play before in the 2006 production of Snake In Fridge playing the dual role of Gabriel/Christian. Most recently he can be seen in the short film Shoot on youtube. He is proud member of AFTRA. Charlie is very excited to return to the stage after a 3 year absence. He would like to thank his loving wife, Claudia, for all her support and understanding, his dogs, Nikita and Nerone, for happiness and laughter, and his mom and dad for thier unconditional love.

Peggy Queener Eleanor Hunter

Peggy is thrilled to be returning to the role of Deborah after originating earlier the year with Phare Play Productions.  New York credits: No Sex Please, We're British; Pants on Fire; Arcadia; Fifi, Effie, and the Donut Lady (author); The Twilight of the Golds; The Cherry Orchard; The Eight: Reindeer Monologues; Snake in Fridge; Dear Brutus; The Cocktail Hour. Independent film: Guy With a Camera (d., James Morgart); Disorder (d., Jack Smith); The Puppet Show Has Been Canceled, (d., Chris Benker); A Trilogy: Family Portraits in America (d., Douglas Buck). She just finished shooting Won Ton Baby!, directed by James Morgart. Already listed on the IMDB, it will be screening, among other places, in London on October 31. Endless love and thanks to her family, friends, and her dear Kitty and Coco Chanel. (You hold me up, guys.) And my sister Cathy, you totally rock in every conceivable way. Her performance is dedicated to her late father, Burl J. Queener.

Edward Monterosso Leslie Bromhead

Edward Monterosso is a well loved veteran performer whose recent NY stage credits include Warren Kimble and Lloyd Penny in Office Hours, Walter Gold in The Twilight of the Golds, Gayev in The Cherry Orchard, Clarence in The Last Posse and Rodney in His Critical Condition (Phare Play Productions), Howard Cummings for the NY premiere of Russ Weatherford's A Shadow Called Home, Martin Roberts in Revival (awarded Audience Favorite in the NY Fringe Festival) and most recently Tom Winfield in Ripples. Edward has also performed regionally as Alfieri in A View from the Bridge, Leslie in No Sex Please, We're British, Glas in Slow Dance on The Killing Ground, Andy in Love Letters, Richard in Moon Over Buffalo and Simon Stimson in Our Town.

Eddie Rodriguez Superintendent Vernon Paul

Eddie Rodriguez is excited to return to the New York stage with the incredible cast and crew of this production.  If you've been around Phare Play a bit, you might have seen him as the Police Superintendent in No Sex Please, We're British, a "landscape architect" in Arcadia or as part of Mindbleach.  He has also appeared in two of the WWSS - 21 hour play festivals.  You can also see Eddie (Partygoer #132) in the latest James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace as well as the upcoming Angelina Jolie movie Salt (Secret Service Man #12).  And somehow, Eddie still manages to find time to keep himself firmly planted in the practice of law and the world of political campaigns.

Dan Hermann Arnold Needham

Dan Hermann has been delighted to schlepp down from the Bronx for his first Phare Play production. Some favorite roles include Mayor Schinn in The Music Man, Selsden in Noises Off, Patrick in The Hostage, Dr Bones McCorduroy in Space Trek (The Musical That Boldly Goes Where Noone Wants to Go!), and most recently, Jack Warner in the New York premier of Ken Ludwig's Shakespeare in Hollywood. Venues have included Heights Players, the Village Light Opera Group, and Wings Theater. He spent his childhood in Chautauqua Institution, world famous arts festival and bat sanctuary. His fondest desire is to own a 1941 Buick.

Karen Brelsford is excited to be in her second Phare Play production; her first, No Sex Please, We're British was as the bawdy prostitute Susan. Karen received rave reviews: "the physical comedy was impeccable"; "brilliant, super, and very funny. The accent was delightful!" Karen is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts 2009 Company and has experience in stage, film and TV. She has both Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from the University of Victoria, where she specialized in Dendrochronology (tree-ring studies). Favorite roles to date are Olivia in Night Must Fall and Ruth in Blithe Spirit. Karen dedicates this performance to Tracy Trevett; an inspiring teacher and an amazing woman.

Melita Camilo Barbara

Born in Harlem, New York and raised in New Jersey, Melita has performed in the Strawberry One Act Festival and the Asi Somos Bi-lingual Playwright Festival. She has studied at ACTeen, The New York Film Academy, and is going back to Stella Adler Studio of Acting this upcoming September to complete their two year evening conservatory program. Feeling more than welcome, she hopes that her relationship with Phare Play Productions continues to grow.

Gabriel Garcia BRS Delivery Man

Gabriel Garcia began working with Phare Play as a stage manager on Michael Weems' Bludgeon The Lime. In subsequent productions with Phare Play, Gabriel has performed in No Sex Please, We're British directed by Christine Vinh Weems and worked under the direction of Blake Bradford as stage manager for Arsenic and Old Lace. Gabriel has also stage managed Blake Bradford's original play I, Undertow at Wings Theater and is currently stage managing under Mr. Bradford's direction for the currently running production of Bill Svanoe's Jellyroll Shoes. Gabriel is pleased to be writing for Phare Play's sixth production of Short Shorts. Gabriel would like to thank Christine Vinh Weems and Blake Bradford for their continuing support.

Christine Vinh Weems has directed numerous one-acts and full length shows since her arrival in New York City four years ago.  Previous directing credits include No Sex Please, We're British, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged], Art, Tape, Carl the Second and the world premiere of Fragments.  Christine serves as Executive Director of Phare Play Productions and during the day, works as a corporate attorney in midtown.  But she is most proud of being Thomas' mommy and Michael's wife.

Sara Towber Assistant Director

Sara Towber began her professional career at the School of American Ballet, performing at the New York State Theater. While attending Smith College and graduating with a degree in Literature she performed throughout the Pioneer Valley with various companies and The Ohio Dance Theater. Upon returning to New York and hanging up her dancing shoes, she has studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, The Neighborhood Playhouse and The Matthew Corozine Studio. Favorite roles include Bonnie Jean in Brigadoon with the Heights Players, Babe in Crimes of the Heart, Valerie in Imagining Brad, Julie in Pizza Man, Maple in The View From Here and Jenny in The Anastasia Trials. Thank you Christine for this amazing opportunity.

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!