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Staged Reading - Madam Gufays Lovelutionaries

By Norah Foster

A staged Reading

Directed by Alan Barkan & Jerome Solberg

Sunday - August 12, 2012 7 p.m.


Actors Ensemble launches a new series featuring heretofore unproduced works with the goofy comedy MADAM GUFAYS LOVELUTIONARIES, written by new playwright Norah Foster. Mdme. Gufay's hilarious antics on behalf of free speech in the academic machine of UC Berkeley befuddles the higher-ups and her innocent eroticism wins over their hearts.

Madame Gufay is written in the style of the director Jacques Tati with Gufay based loosely after the character Mr. Hulot. Co-directed by Alan Barkan (Barefoot in the Park) and Jerome Solberg (Exit the King). It's a brand-new never-before-staged work - so anything can happen - find out with us together on Sunday, August 12th at 7 p.m.

Madame Gufay’s Lovelutionaries – August 12, 2012, one night only!

By Norah Foster, directed by Jerome Solberg and Alan Barkan


Madame Gufay--------------------------------------Pennell Chapin

Vice Chancellor Bean ------------------------------Bruce Kaplan

Chancellor Bouguereau, Ugly Bully, Prof. Pew----Ket Watters

Janet Bouguereau----------------------------------Harriet Hache

Governor, Aunt Amanda---------------------------Virginia Handley

Lilly-------------------------------------------------Rose Oser

Aaron-----------------------------------------------Erik Johnson

Reporter, Narrator, Student, Guard--------------Juliann Halvorsen

Drunken dancing boy, narrator, student---------Jose Garcia


Pennell Chapin is delighted to be making her second appearance at AEofB as Madame Gufay in this delightful play. She has acted in various Bay Area theatre companies, including San Rafael Fringe Festival, Ross Valley Players, Masquers Playhouse, Marin Classic Theatre, Big Deal Theater, CCCT, Pacifica Spindrift Players and Coastal Rep. Favorite roles include Ms. Cheveley in An Ideal Husband, Elvira in Blithe Spirit and in last year's Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? as Martha.

Bruce Kaplan is excited to be back at AEB. Bruce most recently appeared in Jip, His Story, Mousetrap, And Then There Were None, and in the AE reading of Proof.  Come see For Men Only here at Live Oak the week from September 11-16. Thanks for supporting community theatre!

Ket Watters began acting after retiring from a career in computer systems. He studied with The Berkeley Repertory Theater, and Stagebridge in Oakland. He portrayed King Lear, Falstaff, and other characters in a Shakespeare anthology. He played lead roles in Iris and Her Girls, and Leave of Absence, by playwright James Keller. He portrayed  Reverend John Hale in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and has appeared in numerous  classical staged readings. He is currently Admin.  Director of Generation Theatre and played lead roles in Tartuffe, Twelfth Night, and world premieres of works by Roland David Valayre.

Harriet Hache is a visual artist who is dusting off her college acting skills in honor of her talented friend (Norah Foster's Production of Madame Gufay) and to support the most excellent Actor’s Ensemble of Berkeley.

Virginia Handley is happy to be back at Live Oak & played Judith Fellowes in Night of the Iquana.   Other favorites include Dolly Levi in The Matchmaker, Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Managerie, bride’s mother in Plaza Suite, and Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit.  For 10 years she acted and directed radio plays (Shoestring) and she is the head of Animal Switchboard, a Bay Area hotline lobbying animal legislation.  A San Francisco native, Virginia lives in El Sobrante with her dog Roger.

Rose Oser is a 4th year student at UC Berkeley, studying Rhetoric and Theater. Favorite past roles include Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice (San Leandro Players), Lady Basildon in An Ideal Husband (UC Berkeley), and Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest (Marin Summer Theater). 

Erik Johnson is 21 years old and a theater major at UC Berkeley. This is the second time he is performing in a staged reading at Actors Ensemble, and he is glad to be back. Enjoy Madame Gufay!

Juliann Halvorsen is usually seen behind the scenes at Actor's Ensemble and this time she is happy to lend a hand to the always entertaining group of hooligans that run this fantastic theater.  Poynting Vector Lives!

Jose Garcia is happy to be part of this fantastic reading. He's been in many of AE's productions. His favorites have been Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, and Antigone.

Norah Foster, born in Winnipeg, Canada has three grandchildren in Alameda  and worked 35 years for UCB library. She retired and takes screenwriting classes and sleeps in. She has three plays in development, ROMULA, WATCH SANTA and THE BUS DRIVER IN STILLETOS. We are truly indebted and very grateful to Jerome Solberg and Alan Barkan for their incredible patience and superb direction and to the amazing cast tonight.

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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 $8,000.00 awarded in 2017. Also, a thank you to Theatre Bay Area for a grant of $2,500.00.

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