Genre: Comedy
World Premiere written by Michael Weems

You are cordially invited to the weekend wedding of Millie and Jeff - a pro-elopement bride and a self-appointed Groomzilla. Come join them on the verge of starting a new life together with only a few obstacles to get in the way, including the bride's brother - a petulant wannabe rocker, a stripper who can't get through a lap dance without tears and of course, the future mother-in-law - a traditionalist who is just a little reluctant to give her little girl away. As the clock ticks down and the bridal party goes astray, will the couple find happiness in a one way ticket to Hawaii, or the more likely promise of disaster? Necessary Adjustments tells a comical tale of knowing when to alter your personality or stay who you are and fight like hell for the ones you love.


Open:   10/15/09
Close:   10/25/09

Thursday - Saturday at 8PM, Sunday at 2PM
NO SHOW Saturday, October 17th
Theater:   Beckmann Theater
Address:   314 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10019
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Cost:$20, $15 with student ID
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Megan Channell is excited to be in her first production with Phare Play. Regional credits include: Doubt (Sister James), King Lear (Regan), She Stoops to Conquer (Kate), Life Under Water (Amy-Joy), Wedekind's Spring Awakening (Ilse). She can be seen in an upcoming production of The Seagull with Curan Repertory Company. Many thanks to a welcoming cast and crew.

This is Jaike Foley-Schultz’s first Off-Off Broadway production in Manhattan. He has been living in the city since he graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008 and has been in a number of short films shot in New York, including Laid Off (Red Square Pictures) and Charm School (Palmer and Lyon Productions).  His most recent theatrical production was Chamber Theatre’s Classics! directed by Spring Sirkin, which toured all along the East Coast.  Favorite roles include: Joe E. Brown in Shakespeare in Hollywood, Michael in Pillowman and Virgil in The Civil War.  He is very excited about this role and feels lucky to share his début with such a talented cast and crew.

Paul Herbig Nolan

Paul Herbig’s film credits include Alone on the Dark II, Fears of a Clown, and Unnatural Selection. New York theater credits include Medea (Jason), Affluenza (Eugene – originated role), For the Good of the Nation (Younger), and El Conquistador vs. The Invisible Man (Masked Wrestler). Regional credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander) and The Tempest (Ferdinand). Paul has a BA in theater from the University of Albany.

While not technically related to either John Merrick (the Elephant Man), or to the other David Merrick (the producer), this David Merrick carries on the theatrical tradition of the Merrick family as best he can (with neither world-class deformities nor big production numbers to fall back on). Stage: Touchstone in As You Like It, Creon in Antigone, Herr Drosselmeir in The Nutcracker, Dr. Coppelius in Coppelia, Diamond Studs and Blind Trust. Film: The Sound and the Serpent, Rock Paper Scissors, The District Doctor, The Ruffian at Tea Time. TV: Thomas Renecin in The Fugitive Chronicles on A&E in January.

Joey Mintz Darren

Joey Mintz is a native New Yorker who has recently returned from a 3 year tropical fantasy living in Nicaragua. After saying goodbye to the surf and the Sandinistas last year, he jumped back in the acting game and has been continually cast in theatrical and onscreen productions since his return and has been having fun with each and every role.  Recent credits include: James in The Pheasant Man (Secret Theatre) and Speed in The Two Gentlemen of Verona (ATA).  This is his first appearance with Phare Play Productions.


Recent theatre credits include Moonchildren (Wings Theatre), The Epic Story of Love and Sex... (MTS), One Seat in the Shade (Soho Playhouse), Tape (Michael Weller Theatre), and The Twentysomethings (Theatre 54).  He can next be seen in Never Norman Rockwell at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre in November.  Film: The Yellow Tent (2008 LA Outfest, 2009 Toronto IO Fest), the upcoming independent films Yardsale, 1999 and Brothers, the internet series Treading Water, and many graduate student films. TV: Forensic Files. Graduate of Columbia University, 2008. Thanks to Phare Play and the rest of the cast!

Carol Palmaro Beverly

Carol A. Palmaro appeared in the Off-Broadway productions of Woden, Dancing at Lughnasa, Train of Thought, and Intermission, and in regional theater in Hedda Gabler, and Dylan. Her film appearances include The Interpreter, Small Time Crooks, Two Weeks Notice, and several international films. Her television appearances include As the World Turns, Mary and Rhoda, and Joan’s World. She would like to thank Austin Pendleton, with whom she has been studying at the Herbert Berghof Studio, for his insight and guidance. She is delighted to be a part of the premiere production of Necessary Adjustments.

Maggie Parker Millie

Maggie Parker is a senior acting major and musical theatre minor at Marymount Manhattan College. Her past shows include What is Gained with Roots and Wings Theatrical, and Mariana Pineda at the Oval House in London, England. She is also a classically trained singer, and was recently in The Nightingale with the Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia. Maggie is very excited to be working with Phare Play Productions and is extremely grateful to everyone involved for all their hard work.

Rebecca Servon holds a BFA in acting from Rutgers University and trained classically with The Globe Theatre in London, England. She has previously appeared in Phare Play's productions of The Importance of Being Earnest as Gwendolyn as well as The House of Bernarda Alba as Amelia. Other recent NYC credits include Marc Antony in an all female cast of Julius Caesar (Kraine Theater), Marla in Don Nigro's Specter (The Project Theatre Collective), Jenny in Neil LaBute's The Shape of Things (Porchlight Productions), and Elsa in Israel Horowitz's Hopscotch (Theatre 1050).

Michael Weems Playwright

Michael Weems is a NYC based writer, playwright, and actor. Recent playwriting credits include: Fragments, Waiting Life, and Onward, Forward (Little Hibiscus Productions), Subtlety (Algonquin Productions), Burden Me (Strawberry Riant Festival & Awakening Drama); Quiet Bed, A Fondness for Aquanet and Waiting to Shine (Brief Acts).  Necessary Adjustments is the second play premiered with Phare Play Productions - the first being Bludgeon the Lime last season.  His poetry and writing has been published recently in Word Catalyst Magazine, The Writers Block Magazine, Viral Cat Magazine as well as many others.  Thanks to my loves, Christine & Thomas.

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.

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!