* World Premiere

An American Comedy (1990)
It's 1936, the height of the Depression, and things are tough all over - even in the luxurious first class cabin of Max and George, Broadway's hottest hitmakers. When their ship returns to New York in five days, they must deliver a copy of their latest comedy smash. There's just one small problem: Max has discovered Karl Marx. Now he wants to write trenchant social drama for the proletariat, not bang-up comedy for the bourgeoisie. Can their agent convince Max of the error of his ways and avoid going back to selling bibles? Will George be able to sneak punch-lines into Max's "Communist Manifesto"? Nelson's riotous farce masterfully mixed the classic screwball comedies of the '30s with an acerbic wit and political satire that is purely contemporary.
About the Play
Written By: Richard Nelson
About the Production
Run Dates: 5/3/1990 - 5/27/1990
Program: Program (.pdf)
Venue: Queen Anne
Directed By: Jeff Steitzer
Cast: Frank Corrado - Colonel Face
Mark Drusch - Samuel Conklin
Albert Farrar - Freddy Hart
Allen Galli - Tony Ricardo
Randy Hoffmeyer - Max Whitcomb
Suzanne Irving - Julie Jackson
Jeanne Paulsen - Eva Rose
Michael Santo - George Reilly
Peter Silbert - Joe Williams
Behind the Scenes: Steven E. Alter - Dramaturg
Bill Forrester - Set Designer
Jazmin Mercer - Costume Designer
Rick Paulsen - Lighting Designer
Jim Ragland - Sound Designer
Phil Schermer - Producing Director
Jeff Steitzer - Artistic Director
Joan Toggenburger - Stage Manager
Susan Trapnell Moritz - Managing Director