Hay Fever

Hay Fever

Hay Fever

Oh, Coward!

June 2-June 25, 2017
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Running Time:  2 hours 10 minutes, including two 10 minute intermissions
Curtain Times: Thursday-Saturday Evenings 7:30 pm, Saturday Matinee 3:00 pm, Sunday Matinee 2:00 pm

Bring your love of laughter to the theatre, and Noel Coward will do the rest. The Bliss family has invited unsuspecting friends for a weekend of pure pandemonium at their posh country estate. Written in three days and based on the weekend parties of one of his acquaintances, Hay Fever is the inspired result of Mr. Coward’s comic genius. His gift to audiences is this timeless comedy of bad manners starring one of the most delightfully eccentric and poorly behaved families in the history of theatre.

Directed by Gordon McCall

The Cast

  • Judith Bliss ... Josephine Hogan*
  • David Bliss ... David Oliver
  • Sorel Bliss ... Marisa Caruso
  • Simon Bliss ... Jordan Levin
  • Myra Arundel ... Hillary Walker
  • Richard Greatham ... David Lundy
  • Jackie Coryton ... Melissa Levin
  • Sandy Tyrell ... Jacob Albarella
  • Clara ... Andrea Gollhardt

* Member, Actors' Equity Association

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