THE REHEARSAL

By Sir George Villiers

CTL, Park LaBrea Theatre

CAST

 

Mr. Bayes

*Matt K Miller

 

Mr. Johnson

*Carlos Carrasco

 

Mr. Smith

*Michael James Reed

 

Player/ King of Brentford/Cardinal

*Kent Minault

 

Player/ The Other King of Brentford/Cardinal

Michael R Fife

 

Player/Parthenope

*Nancy Jeris

 

Player/Gentleman Usher

*Neil Larsen

 

Player/Prince Prettyman

Will Dixon

 

Player/ Amaryllis/Lightning

Sarah Larsen

 

Player/ Prince Volscious

*Stuart W Howard

 

Player/Pallas/ Earth

Marianne Ferrari

 

Player/Drawcansir/Soldier

Kent Rogers

 

Player/ Cloris/Moon

Rachel Errington

 

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

 

Director

Elizabeth Huffman

 

Set & Lighting Design

Mia Torres

 

Costume/Prop Design

Elizabeth Huffman

 

Composer

Jonathan Sacks

 

Production Stage Manager

Sonja Wenger

 

PRODUCTION NOTES

Sir George Villiers ourtageous Restoration satire has been described by Ms. Huffman as The Monty Python of Restoration comedy and it remains one of her favorite productions.

 

Set inside a Restoration theatre, two gentleman, one from the city and one from the country, are invited to watch a rehearsal of a play by the latest flavor of the month, the self described genius Mr. Bayes. He is the only person who knows what the play is about, certainly the actors in the play have no idea and neither do the spectators, but they all gamely try to embrace Mr. Bayes vision for spectacle. The two men repeatedly interrupt the rehearsal to ask Mr. Bayes why he includes such seemingly nonsensical scenes to which he replies: "Why? Why?!.....Because it is NEW!" 

 

With hilarious songs and music by the incomparable Jonathan Sacks and featuring some of the best of the CTL's classical actors, led by the brilliant Matt K Miller as Mr. Bayes, these veterans pulled down their breeches, put pies on their heads, rode hobby horses, sang, danced and killed each other with complete abandon to bring to life of the silliest satires on theatre ever written.