FUDDY MEERS

November 1st, 2019 - November 17th, 2019

 

By David Lindsay-Abaire

Featuring: SHARI COHEN, MICHAEL GARDINER, CASSANDRA GUGLIELMO, DANIELLE MACMATH, MIKE MARCOU, ELLEN REVESZ, and LAURENCE WALLACE

Directed by MATT OKIN
Production Stage Manager: ANTHONY ALTAVILLA
Design Consultant: ILANA SCHIMMEL

 
In this zany comedy from Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire, nothing is what it seems. Claire has a rare form of psychogenic amnesia that erases her memory whenever she goes to sleep. This morning, like all mornings, she wakes up a blank slate. Her chipper husband comes in with a cup of coffee, explains her condition, hands her a book filled with all sorts of essential information, and he disappears into the shower. A limping, lisping, half-blind, half-deaf man in a ski mask, pops out from under her bed and claims to be her brother, there to save her. Claire's info book is quickly discarded, and she's hustled off to the country-house of her mother, a recent stroke victim whose speech has been reduced to utter gibberish. Claire's journey gets even more complicated when a dimwitted thug with a foul-mouthed hand puppet pops up at a window, and her driven husband and perpetually stoned son show up with a claustrophobic lady-cop that they've kidnapped. Every twist and turn in this funhouse plot bring Claire closer to revealing her past life and everything she thought she'd forgotten. It's one harrowing and hilarious turn after another on this roller coaster ride through the day of an amnesiac trying to decipher her fractured life. This poignant and brutal new comedy traces one woman's attempt to regain her memory while surrounded by a curio-cabinet of alarmingly bizarre characters.
 

Schedule: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 8PM

 
Tickets: $30 Adults  /  $25 Students & Seniors
 
Tickets can also be purchased at the venue.
 
Fuddy Meers is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
 
Shari Cohen
Shari Cohen (Heidi) is excited to be returning to the Black Box stage for it's inaugural production in Englewood! Favorite BBPAC credits include How to Transcend a Happy Marriage (George), Hand to God (Margery) The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? (Stevie). Shari most recently appeared as Jo-Ellen in the original award-winning play Gone Fishing. Recent favorite musical theatre credits include Mamma Mia (Tanya), Footloose (Vi), Hairspray (Velma). Shari is a former television news reporter and attorney who is thrilled to be pursuing her true passion after changing careers. A big thank you to Matt for another fantastic BBPAC experience! Shari would also like to thank her husband Noam and children Skylar, Zack and Lexi for their constant love and support./div>
 
Michael Gardiner
Michael Gardiner (Limping Man) is a NY/NJ-based actor, director, and teaching artist, as well as Co-Managing Director of The Black Box Rep Company. Company Credits (selected): Othello (Iago), Macbeth (Macbeth), ...Cuckoo's Nest (RP McMurphy), Hand to God (Jason/Tyrone), Peer Gynt (Peer Gynt), Buried Child (Dodge), Sweat (Jason), Romeo & Juliet (Director), Twelfth Night (Director). Off-Off Broadway: Rise of the Goatman (Theater for the New City). Regional: The Importance of Being Earnest (Algernon) at The Philipstown Depot Theater, The Taming of the Shrew (Petruchio) with Hudson Shakespeare Co. Michael holds a BA in Theatre Arts and Communication from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He wishes to thank his family, mentors, and Larissa for their unending support. (www.michael-gardiner.com)
 
Cassandra Guglielmo
Cassandra Guglielmo (Kenny) is beyond thankful to be a part of the inaugural production at BBPAC's new Englewood home where she is a proud Rep Co. member and teaching artist. She was recently seen in their Shakespeare in the Park series in both Othello and Romeo and Juliet. Other Black Box Credits include: Junie B. Jones, Significant Other, and How To Transcend a Happy Marriage. Select NYC Credits: How to Bury Someone Who Has Not Died (RisingsunNYC), Beltsville/Rockville Part One: Rise of the Goatman (Theater for the New City), and The Wizard of Oz (AlphaNYC.) Never ending love and thanks to the angel human, Nana, Salem and Kristy. All the love to Lulu and Squeaky, the best little kitties.
 
Danielle MacMath
Danielle MacMath (Claire) is a NY/NJ based actor and teacher. BBPAC credits include: Wendla in Spring Awakening, Laura in Significant Other, Jeanie in Hair, May/Grace/Mother in Junie B. Jones, Benvolio in Romeo & Juliet, Emilia in Othello, Sara in Soul Searching (at the Nuyorican Poets' Cafe) and Melinda/Mandy in ...Rise of the Goatman (at Theater for the New City). Other credits include Cornelius in Cymbeline (Powerhouse Theater Apprentice Company), Mary Warren in The Crucible (FDU), and recently Louisa May Alcott in HERstory, an educational tour about women in history. Danielle is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she studied Theater, Literature, and Education. Love to my support system. (www.DanielleMacMath.com) @DanielleMacMath
 
Mike Marcou
Mike Marcou (Richard)Originally from Wisconsin, Mike can now be found in Astoria. When he's not acting, he enjoys woodworking, gardening, and cooking. Past projects include Zusman (NJPAC), Over the River and Through the Woods (Hunderton Hills Playhouse), Griller (BlackBox PAC), Macbeth (Columbia Stages), and Midsummer Night's Dream (Toms River Shakespeare Festival).
 
Ellen Revesz
Ellen Revesz (Gertie) is joyful to be partaking in the wackiness that is Fuddy Meers. Ellen recently performed as the Nurse/Prince in Romeo & Juliet in BBPAC's 2nd season of Shakespeare in the Park, and at the Nuyorican Poets Café. She also took part in the inaugural season, where she performed Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night and Hecate in Macbeth. Other BBPAC credits include Sweat, Spring Awakening, Talk Radio/Griller (in Rep), and the epic production of Peer Gynt. Ellen appeared as Kate in the premiere production of The Grand Tour, winner of the 2017 NJ Playwrights Contest. She performed the role of Katherine Stockman in Enemy: Project Ibsen, both Off-Broadway and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. Other favorite performances: Almost, Maine; The Threepenny Opera; Gypsy. Ellen has a BA in theatre from Western Connecticut State University. Big thanks to Mom, Dad, and Adam for all the amazing support, and to Alaska and Dixon for being the best cats ever.
 
Laurence Wallace
Laurence Wallace (Millet) wants to thank Matt Okin, the director, and everyone in the cast and crew of FUDDY MEERS for this incredible experience! He has performed in previous productions at BBPAC including Sweat, Spring Awakening, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Talk Radio, Griller, Peer Gynt, Buried Child, Hand to God, Disgraced, Cloud 9 and The Goat Or Who is Sylvia. Some of his other theatre credits include The Importance of Being Earnest (Philipstown Depot Theatre in Garrison, NY), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Philipstown Depot Theatre in Garrison, NY), True West, 'ART', A Soldier's Story and Red. Laurence is incredibly thankful to his AMAZING husband Stan, whose beauty inside and out is a continual source of inspiration and strength. He thanks his wonderful parents for their enduring love, support and generosity. And last, but certainly not least,he sends a big hug to Maska, his English Mastiff dog and Instagram Star @maskamastiff (www.laurencewallace.com)