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The Matchmaker

By Thornton Wilder
Directed by Matthew Travisano

July 18 through August 16, 2008

"Director Matthew Travisano has added some nice touches to the Actors Ensemble production at Live Oak Theater" — The Berkeley Daily Planet

A homegrown literary hero, Thornton Wilder graduated from Berkeley High School in 1915 and hit the ground running. Years after his "Our Town" and "The Skin of Our Teeth" both won Pulitzer Prizes, he reworked an older play of his into the wild (pun intended) farce "The Matchmaker," opening it on Broadway in 1955. We missed our chance to present it then - by two years and tens of thousands of dollars - but we can now and are very proud to bring it back to our loyal Berkeley audience.

It's a farce with a lot of heart - along with slamming doors, mistaken identities, and hiding in closets and under tables - as the irrepressible Dolly Levi schemes to match the penny-pinching Horace Vandergelder with... herself. Vandergelder's young niece also hopes to marry a poor artist, but it's a union only Ms. Levi can make happen - or can she?


Cast (in order of appearance)

Louis Schilling

Jose Garcia

Matthew Travisano

Martha Luehrmann

Meira Perelstein

Justin Wheeler

Kevin Watkins

Maureen Coyne

Ariel Herzog

Mary Kidwell

Heather Morrison

Pennell Chapi

 

CREW

Alan Barkan. ...................................................................................Sound Mixing

Eric Carlson. ...........................................................................................Publicity

David Cohen. ..................................................................Light/Sound Production

Jose Garcia. ...................................................................................Stage Manager

Shu Ping Guan. ...........................................................................Graphic Design

Lauren Logan. ........................................................Props, Light/Sound Production

Adam Miller. .......................................................................................Set Design

Karen Oakley. ............................................................................Costume Design

Jessica Price. ................................................................................Lighting Design

Ingrid Saab. ...........................................................................Assistant, Costumes

Helen Slomowitz. ...............................................................Consultant, Costumes

Jerome Solberg. ......................................................................................Producer


 


 

Thank You

Actors Ensemble of Berkeley is delighted to acknowledge the Berkeley Civic Arts Program and Civic Arts Commission's support in the form of a grant of $5,200.00 awarded in 2016. This will enable us to continue to provide free or low cost opportunities for community members to participate in the life changing activities of theater arts.

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