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The Smell of the Kill (Comedy)
Sponsored by Lutheran Life Villages Home Care

Rated Mature for Adult Language and Content

By Michele Lowe
Directed by Brian H. Wagner

January 23, 24, 30, 31, February 6, 7, 2015

French Bread and Butter
Spinach Salad
Romano Almond Chicken over Spinach Fettuccini Noodles
California Blend Vegetables
Assorted Fruit Pies (Apple, Peach, and Cherry)

Take three delicious, malicious wives, add three miserable, unloving husbands and chill. That's the recipe of Michele Lowe's tantalizing new comedy that had Broadway audiences cheering. The Smell of the Kill revolves around Nicky, Debra and Molly who have tolerated one another during once-a-month dinners for years. While their unseen spouses play golf in the dining room, the women exchange confidences for the first time revealing that all three marriages are on the brink of disaster and all three women are facing the challenges of their lives. Nicky's husband has been indicted for embezzlement, Molly's husband is stalking her and Debra's husband is leaving her for another woman. When the men mistakenly lock themselves in a basement meat locker the women are faced with a life-or-death decision; should they leave the men out in the cold permanently or let them thaw? One by one the women make their choices with more than a little help from one another.

"…nice, mean fun…a deft little anti-love story…light-hearted, cold-hearted…" (Newsday)

"Effective black comedies are rare these days and this is a rich torte…it has a superb crustiness which supplies an evening of nearly continuous laughter." (The Advocate)

"…the play boasts lines and scenes that have the audience laughing as uproariously as The Producers." (Variety)

Produced through special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing




Actor Bios


KEVIN BONER (Danny / Stage Manager) - Kevin is happy to be involved with his sixth Arena show having most recently operated lights for Company and stage-managed Same Time, Next Year. His prior Arena credits include Romantic Comedy (Assistant Stage Manager), Plaza Suite (Bellhop/Borden Isler), and Marriage-Go-Round (Stage Manager). He has also performed in the Dance Collective’s Star Crossed as a Capulet gentlemen and Wonderland as Frogman. Other credits include University of Saint Francis shows such as The Man Who Came to Dinner (Sandy/House Manager), To Kill a Mockingbird (Mr. Cunningham), Steel Magnolias (House Manager), Xanadu (House Manager), The Diary of Anne Frank (Mr. Kraler), Jesus Christ Superstar (House Manager), You Can’t Take It With You (Mr. Kirby), All Shook Up (Stage Manager), Dead Man Walking (Walter Delacroix/Mitch Poncelet) and Godspell (Disciple). When he is not doing theatre he is busy volunteering with Little River Wetlands Project as a Preserve Steward, Trail Guide, and the man in charge of The Critter Crew. He would like to thank a great cast for an awesome show and a barrel of laughs. It is a great group of people to get to work with.


KRISTIN JONES (Molly) – We are happy to welcome Kristin back to our stage after her debut performance in our production of See Jane Quit (Jane). Kristin holds a BA in communications from the University of St. Francis and successfully completed her MA in public relations from Ball State University. She works as the Development Coordinator for PBS-39 and, in her free time, enjoys film acting, reading science fiction and hiking, as well as planning her wedding taking place later this year! She was last seen onstage in Release at Grand Effects Productions and has appeared many times on the University of St. Francis stage, most memorably as Southern belle Shelby in their production of Steel Magnolias. Kristin appreciates all of the support she has received from the Fort Wayne theater community and her fiancé, Ryan!


REBECCA LARUE KARCHER (Debra) - Though she was very involved in high school, college and community theatre years ago in Kansas, Rebecca LaRue Karcher hadn't been on stage in many years until last spring's The Dixie Swim Club at Arena. Although that show focused on the friendship of several women, this show's perspective on women's friendship has a decidedly darker tone--- one Rebecca enjoyed relishing.  The work, commitment and fun of this production have been well worth bitter cold rehearsal nights and holidays spent working on lines. She thanks her husband Rich for his patience and support--- and hopes he remembers she is only acting like an unhappy housewife!


KEVIN KNUTH (Jay) – Kevin is pleased to lend a voice to this talented cast. He last appeared in The Mousetrap as Mr. Paravicini. Past roles include George in the popular Same Time, Next Year (Best Actor Award), Any Wednesday, Social Security, True Life Christmas Disasters, The Marriage Go Round, Plaza Suite and Almost Maine (Best Supporting Actor Award). He would like to thank his wife, Sharon, for her love and support. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys spending time with his overly energetic dog, and best friend, Tucker. They can often be seen in the early morning hours walking through the West Oakdale Neighborhood where Kevin and Sharon reside. 



GLORIA MINNICH (Nicky) - Gloria Minnich was most recently seen in Barefoot in the Park at Arena.  Other shows at Arena include 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.  This past summer she spent time in England and studied with the Royal Shakespeare Company.  She also worked with Drama Resource where she trained in Commedia dell’Arte.  She would like to thank the cast, crew, and director for making the rehearsal process so playful and amusing.  She would also like to thank her loved ones for their support, especially the spirit of her mom, Clara, and Greg, for always running lines with her.



BRIAN H. WAGNER (Marty / Director) - Brian is very pleased to be returning to the Arena stage as the director of this production and, although unseen, as a performer, having last been seen in Arena’s production of Barefoot in the Park. Brian last stage managed Arena’s season opening production of Violet. Brian directed See Jane Quit and Same Time, Next Year in Arena’s 2013–2014 season. He won the Arena Best Director Award for the 2011–2012 season’s Sex Please, We’re Sixty. Brian also won a Best Actor award for that season’s Moonlight & Magnolias. He is a multiple award-winning actor and technician having won several Arena and Civic Awards since costuming his first show at Arena in 1979, Play It Again, Sam. By day, Brian is proud to be employed as the Executive Director of Arena Dinner Theatre.



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