By Margaret Raether
Directed by Michael Goldberg
Featuring Artistic Associates Christian Gray, Lydia Berger Gray, and Nick Sandys
November 2 – December 4, 2022
Running time: 2 hours with one intermission
To open our final season, First Folio brings back our very first adventure of Bertie and Jeeves from 2008. The pleasure-seeking and marriage-averse Bertie is desperately trying to avoid his dragon-lady Aunt Agatha or “she who chews broken bottles; she who kills rats with her teeth.” In tow with Bertie’s aunt is Gertrude Winkleswoth-Bode, the society special Agatha has chosen to tame her wayward nephew. However, when Bertie’s impecunious pal, Eustace Bassington-Bassington becomes smitten with Gertie, Jeeves sees a pathway to avoid disaster…providing they can also avoid a battle-ax Scottish uncle, Sir Rupert Watlington-Pipps. Filled with all of the sly word play and manic antics you’ve come to expect, this is the pitch-perfect Jeeves story we all need to escape the doldrums of our own lives.
“It’s a champagne cocktail of a show, as bright and engaging as a garden party in May!”
Kerry Reid – Chicago Tribune
“A two-hour snort of pure giggle gas!”
Catey Sullivan – The Pioneer Press
“As dry as a well-made martini and equally potent!”
Barbara Vitello – The Daily Herald
Scenic Design: Angela Weber Miller°, USA
Costume Design: George Spelvin°
Lighting Design: Michael McNamara°, USA
Sound Design: Brandon Reed, USA
Properties Design: Wendy Ann°
Violence & Intimacy Design: Samantha Kaufman
Stage Manager: Sarah West°*
Asst. Stage Manager: Sophie Goddard
*Denotes a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage managers.
°Denotes First Folio Artistic Associate
VACCINATION AND MASKING POLICY
First Folio is a fully vaccinated workplace, and all employees will be masked, except for the actors while they are performing. To ensure our patrons’ heath and security, as well as the safety of our performers and staff, First Folio has implemented the following policy: Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 (2 shot of Moderna/Pfizer/Novavax or 1 shot of J&J) is required to attend any performance. There will be no exceptions allowed to this policy.
Masks are required at all times for patrons and visitors, regardless of any change in governmental mask mandates.
FEATURING: Christian Gray, Lydia Berger Gray, Christopher John Grella, Ronald Keaton, Nick Sandys, Jill Shellabarger
Understudies: Travis Barnhart, Jessica Goforth, James Hendley, Brooks Whitlock, Lizzie Williams