Craryville, NY – Taconic Stage Co. (TSC) wraps up another successful summer season with Lombard by Michael B. Druxman, starring Susan Fullerton as Carole Lombard – the highest paid film actress of her day – and directed by TSC founder and Artistic Director Carl Ritchie, playing August 20, 21 &26-28 at St. John in the Wilderness Church in Copake Falls, NY.
Lombard was a “fighter,” both in her career and in her personal life. This study of Hollywood’s favorite “screwball” comedienne begins on the eve of her death in 1942. Following a successful war bonds tour, she awaits word in an Indianapolis hotel room about whether she’s been successful in securing plane reservations for a flight back to Los Angeles. She’s anxious to get home, because she suspects that her husband, Clark Gable, could be cheating on her.
Fullerton met Ritchie more than 35 years ago acting opposite him in a production of Life With Father. At TSC she has played the role of Amanda opposite his Elyot in their production of Noel Coward’s Private Lives; Emily Dickinson in The Belle of Amherst; and starred in the one-woman show, My Brilliant Divorce, as well as the two-handers by Norm Foster – Old Love and On a First Name Basis.
Playwright Michael B. Druxman is a veteran Hollywood screenwriter and a prolific playwright, who has written one-person plays about Al Jolson, Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, and Orson Welles, among others. He is also the author of 13 other published books, including several nonfiction works about Hollywood, its movies, and the people who make them.
TSC was founded in 2009, and has delighted audiences with small cast productions a hilarious, original send-up on growing older “I Know I Came in Here for Something…,” and its spoof of the locals vs. weekenders mentality “The Real (Desperate) Housewives of Columbia County,” both written and directed by Ritchie. Last summer, his Middle-Aged Musical had them leaping to their feet at the Mac-Haydn Theatre and this summer saw a reprise there of his Housewives show.
Performances will be held at St. John in the Wilderness Church, 261 Route 344, Copake Falls, NY, on August 26 & 27 at 7 pm, and August 21 & 28 at 3 pm. There will also be a free sneak preview of the play on Copake Falls Day August 20, at 2 pm, courtesy of TSC season sponsors, Herringtons, Inc. and Brad Peck Insurance/The Lofgren Agency. Tickets are $20 (senior citizens and students pay what you can) and can be purchased online through the website www.taconicstage.com or by calling 800-838-3006.