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Exit Laughing (Comedy)

By Paul Elliott

Directed by Brian H. Wagner

November 27, 28, December 4, 5, 11, 12, 13*, 
18, 19, 2015
 (*The performance on the 13th is a 2:00PM matinee)

(Doors open at 6:15, Dinner at 7, Show at 8)
Matinee Performance- Door at 12:15, Dinner at 1, Show at 2)

 

Menu:
French Bread
Marinated Vegetable Salad
Beef and Noodles
Mashed Potatoes
Calico Corn
Carrot Cake



When the biggest highlight in your life for the past 30 years has been your weekly bridge night out with the girls, what do you do when one of your foursome inconveniently dies? If you’re Connie, Leona and Millie, you “borrow” the ashes from the funeral home for one last card game that erupts into the wildest, most exciting night of your lives involving a police raid, a stripper and a whole new way of looking at all the fun you can have when you’re truly living.

"Exit Laughing broke all the house records for any non-musical in the 50 year history of this theatre. After the first preview, we sold out every performance at full price for its entire run.” –Beth Domann, Landers Theatre Executive Director

Hysterically funny!” –News-Leader.com 

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Actor Bios

Molly McCray-

(Connie Harland) – Molly was last seen on Arena’s stage as Elvira in Blithe Spirit. She has appeared in numerous productions on Fort Wayne stages including, at Arena, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife (Marjorie), Arsenic and Old Lace (Abby), Moon Over Buffalo (Charlotte), as well as, After the Fall (Maggie), Private Lives (Amanda), Romeo and Juliet (Nurse) at First Pres; The Children’s Hour (Karen), Crimes of the Heart (Lenny) at IPFW; and at Civic-The Glass Menagerie (Amanda), Auntie Mame (Gooch), To Kill a Mockingbird (Maudie) and Steel Magnolias (Truvy/Civic; Ouiser/USF). Molly dedicates her performance in memory of her father…it’ll be alright.

 


Becky Niccum-

 (Millie) – Becky just came off of directing our previous show, The Kitchen Witches, where she had a fabulous time. Her last appearance onstage was this past February in IPFW’s production of Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. That was her first show in a few years and she is thrilled to be back onstage here at Arena. Becky is no stranger to the theatre in this town, both on and off stage. Some of her favorite shows have been The Curious Savage, The Butler Did It, Auntie Mame, Scapino, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and Picnic. The list could go on and on. This season, she will also be directing Avenue Q at the Civic, which she is very excited about. Let’s just say, the smell of the greasepaint is in her soul and she is so HAPPY to be able to be doing theatre again! “Thank you, Brian, for letting me be a part of this extremely funny show, with such a wonderful cast and crew.”
 

 


Donna Frey-

 (Leona) – Donna is very happy to be onstage again after a three year hiatus. She was last seen at Arena in her award winning role of Charmaine Beauregard in Sex Please, We’re Sixty. She has also appeared as Elizabeth Crossland in True Life Christmas Disasters, Jessie in The Prisoner of 2nd Avenue,Delilah in Father of the Bride, Emma Dean in James Dean: The Boy from Fairmont and as Edith Chiles in Death by Chocolate all at Arena. Donna can also be found working behind the scenes as an Assistant Director, Stage Manager and Dresser.

 


Gloria Minnich-

(Rachel Harland) - Gloria was most recently seen in her award winning role of Nicky in The Smell of the Kill at Arena.  Other shows at Arena include Barefoot in the Park, The Mousetrap, Blithe Spirit, Laughing Stock, Same Time, Next Year, Stepping Out, Plaza Suite, Almost, Maine, Any Wednesday, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Vanities, Crimes of the Heart, and Death By Chocolate.  She appeared in The Road to Mecca , Durang: 5 Comedies in 1,Private Lives and Proof at the Civic Theatre and You Can’t Take It With You, Henry IV, and Eleemosynary at First Pres. Theatre.  When not onstage, she teaches drama and dance classes at area schools.  She is a member of the Fort Wayne Dance Collective Touring Company, which performs in schools across Indiana.  She loves to travel abroad and has studied with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Drama Resource, and the National Theatre in England.  She would like to thank the cast, crew, and director for making the rehearsal process so much fun.  She would also like to thank her loved ones for their support and dedicates this show to the spirit of her mom, Clara, who would have laughed and laughed at this show.

 


Kevin Boner-

(Bobby Grayson) - Last seen on the Arena Dinner Theatre stage as the Bellhop and Borden Isler in Plaza Suite, Kevin has also stage managed Marriage-Go-Round, Same Time, Next Year,  The Smell of the Kill and assisted with Romantic Comedy at Arena. Kevin got his start in theatre with Godspell at University of Saint Francis. His favorite roles have been Mr. Kirby in You Can’t Take It With You and Mr. Crawler in The Diary of Anne Frank both at Saint Francis. He has enjoyed house-managing shows such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Xanadu, Steel Magnolias, and The Man Who Came to Dinner there as well. When Kevin is not plotting his world-takeover he enjoys volunteering at Little River Wetlands Project. There, he is a trail guide and preserve steward. Kevin also can be seen educating people with his famous Critter Crew.  Kevin would like to thank his friends, family, the crew, the cast and the guys at Sizzlin’ Hot Male Revue for character research!    

 


Brian H. Wagner-

(Director) – Brian is the Executive Director of Arena Dinner Theatre and a multiple award winning actor, director and technician. His most recent works as a director include The Smell of the Kill, Same Time, Next Year and See Jane Quit. He would like to thank his cast and crew for giving so freely of themselves during this hectic time of the year and for giving him the best time he’s ever had directing  a show. There isn’t another group of people he would have rather spent the past eight weeks with. This one is for his family, both here and gone, who helped him develop his sense of humor, and for Steve and Jasper who keep him laughing every day. To life!

 


BROCK EASTOM-

 (Stage Manager) – 
Brock is happy to be working on another show at Arena. He made his Arena debut in our last show, The Kitchen Witches, as Rob the Camera Guy. This is his first time stage managing, and he is glad to be learning with such an amazing cast. Brock is a sophomore at IPFW in Communications, and in his free time he enjoys writing scripts and novels. Brock would like to thank Brian Wagner for asking him to be a part of this show and Becky Niccum for getting him back into the theatre after three years. Brock dedicates this show to his parents who have supported him since the beginning.

 

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