The King of Prussia Players
Community Theater for
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
Our 47th Year of Fine and Fun Productions

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Our 2003/2004 Season

Winter 2004:
The Philadelphia Premier of
Mixed Doubles

A Comedy by Bill Wine
Directed by Charla and Charles Bendas
Performance Dates: February 6, 7, 13, 14; 8:00 p.m.

Cast Bios

Diane Stevens: Vivian Lawlor in Mixed Doubles

Diane is happy to be working with the Charla and Charlie again after recently working with them in All in the Timing.   Diane’s home theater is the Playcrafters of Skippack. She has also appeared in an infommercial for Heartland Music of the Fifties and recently appeared in her first Independent film. Some of her favorite roles from East and West coast theater are Olive in the female version of The Odd Couple, Sylvia in Broken Glass,  The Wicked Witch in  The Wizard of Oz, Bernice in Musical Comedies of 1940 and Shirley in Early One Evening at the Rainbow Bar and Grill.  Diane has found creating a character within a premiere play a fun experience, especially with such a talented cast. She wishes to thank Charla and Charlie for the opportunity.

Barry Childress: Larry Kaplan in Mixed Doubles

After a try at Directing (It's A Wonderful Life at Playcrafters,) I'm happy to be back in an acting role with The Players and to have the opportunity to do my first “premiere” show. I have performed some of my favorite roles here: Dr. Sloper in The Heiress; Ludie Watts in The Trip to Bountiful; Rev. Hale in The Crucible; and Earl/Abel in The Murder Room. My cover life as a salesperson of filtration equipment for industrial and municipal use fails to inhibit my obsession with acting. Some might say, neither does my lack of talent. Thanks to my family for their continued love and support; Heaven knows I need it.

Allison Ector: Kristine Gallagher in Mixed Doubles

Allison fell in love with theater after seeing  Hansel and Gretel: The Operetta at the Frankfurt Opera.  By age 7, she was cast in her first production.  She went on to perform in numerous plays in Germany, Atlanta and Stockbridge, including co-starring in a production of the Humperdinck operetta.  She spent 5 years in Western Mass. at the Berkshire Playhouse, the Unicorn Studio Theater and the McDermott Theater.  Locally, she studied at West Chester University and the Weist Baron School . Her favorite roles include:  Bobbi in Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Billie in Born Yesterday, Catherine in View from the Bridge, Helen in The Miracle Worker and of course Gretel in Hansel and Gretel.  Allison is thrilled to be performing on-stage again, especially here with the King of Prussia Players!

Jim Ludovici: Robbie Hoffman in Mixed Doubles

Jim has appeared in over 45 shows in the Philadelphia region since his first stage appearance almost 20 years ago.  At King of Prussia, recent roles include Gerry Evans in Dancing at Lughnasa, Eilert Lovborg in Hedda Gabler and Lenny Ganz in Rumours.  Other favorite roles include Shylock in Merchant of Venice, the Duke in Measure for Measure, John Proctor in The Crucible, and the Narrator / Mysterious Man in Into The Woods. He has played that role several times including understudying it at the Arden Theater.   He's taken classes with Terry Nolen at the Arden,  Maddy DiStefano and Jose Aviles at the Wilma, Don Bovinlogh out of NY, and studies voice with Antonio Conte Pugliese, an opera singer in Philadelphia.

Sandi Liberatori: Marcy Rothenberg in Mixed Doubles

Sandi, a mom and attorney, has loved theater since high school.  Over the years, she's performed leading roles in many productions. A few of her favorites are: Fiddler On The Roof, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, The Sound Of Music, The Importance Of Being Earnest, and Moliere's The Imaginary Invalid. Most recently, she appeared in the premiere production of Winter Solstice at Playcrafters in Skippack.  Sandi is also an accomplished musician and has worked as both a musical director and orchestra pianist. Sandi thanks her husband and children for being her biggest fans and her parents for the piano lessons.

George Letkiewicz: Frank Romano in Mixed Doubles

This is George’s first appearance with the King of Prussia Players.  He welcomes the chance to create a completely new character based only on Bill Wine’s words, Charlie and Charla’s direction, and his own acting intuition.  It has been an exciting and stimulating trip.

Jessica L. Kohn: Cinnamon Fitzpatrick in Parentheses

Although new to the King of Prussia Players' stage, Jessica has appeared in many other local productions. Some of her favorite roles include Patsy in Perfect Pie and, most recently, Violet Peterson in It's a Wonderful Life. She is currently enrolled at the Walnut Street Theater School.  Jessica is very excited to be a part of this production and for the opportunity to bring a new character to life. She would like to thank Tom, everyone involved with this show and the “Bendi” for believing in her abilities to pull this off!  As always, love and thanks to family and friends.

T. Patrick Ryan: Gary Sobel in Parentheses

This is T. Patrick's first show after moving to Pennsylvania from Boston.  T. Patrick won an award as the director for his production of Extremities.  He has also directed Vanities, Independence, The Laramie Project, Crimes of the Heart and Labor Day.  Acting roles include It's Only A PlayTo Gillian on Her 32nd Birthday, Crimes of the Heart, Unfinished Business, Getting Out and his favorite The Lion In Winter.  He has also appeared on the ABC soap All My Children and in the films Mischief and Asylum.

Charlie and Charla Bendas: Directors

Charlie and Charla are pleased to have this opportunity to direct a premiere show with such a talented cast.  Between them they have directed over 30 shows, most recently David Ives’ All in the Timing and Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? at Playcrafters in Skippack. With the King of Prussia Players, they have directed A Trip to Bountiful and Blithe Spirit and Charla appeared in Hedda Gabler . This coming summer Charla will be directing the hit British musical Honk! at Playcrafters. Both Charlie and Charla have enjoyed working with Mr. Wine and hope to see more of his work staged in the future.

Bill Wine: Playwright

Bill is currently the movie critic for KYW News radio and previously served in the same capacity for FOX Philadelphia. In addition Mr. Wine is a tenured professor at La Salle University in the Department of Communication. His plays, which include Shrink!, Deficit, The Tube, Jolts, Tenure, and Your Plays Or Mine?, have been produced nationwide. Notable venues include: The Matrix Theater in Los Angeles, the San Francisco One-Act Theater Company, the Bailiwick Repertory Theater in Chicago, the TADA! Theater and the American Theater of Actors in New York City, the Philadelphia Theater Company, the Silver Spring Stage and the Greenbelt Arts Center in Maryland,  the Dalton Little Theater in Georgia, the Theater Guild of New Jersey, La Salle University, and the Colonial Playhouse, in Aldan, PA.

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