Present Laughter

by Noel Coward

directed by Beth Bonnabeau

December 2,3 9,10,11 16,17,18 30,31 January 6,7 2012

This classic audacious comedy by the legendary Noel Coward centers on Garry Essendine, a popular, pampered actor - modeled after Coward himself - busily making preparations for an extended overseas tour with his devoted secretary Monica. His plans are complicated first by Daphne, a beautiful stage-struck ingenue, as well as an absurdly eager and aspiring playwright, Roland Maule, who insist on his attentions. When his wife, his agents, and his numerous admirers arrive, Garry is hard pressed to escape what quickly spirals into a hilarious farcical game of cat-and-mouse. Typical of Coward's sparkling dialogue and dazzling wit, Present Laughter was a smashing success in both New York and London with Broadway revivals starring George C. Scott, Frank Langella, and Victor Garber in 2010. "Sharp, withering, and funny." - The New York Times


Cast List

Garry Jonathan Jacobson


Liz Robyn Maitland


Monica Janice Connor


Morris J. Scott Williams


Hugo Tony Saracino


Joanna LuAnn Leonard


Roland Chris Bolster


Daphne Gloria Antonios


Lady Saltburn Sheila Echevarria


Miss O'Doyle Jacky Saulnier


Fred Glenn R. Couture



Production Staff

Director Beth Bonnabeau

Stage Manger Collette Nadeau

Costume Design Glenn R Couture, Susan Pettibone

Set Design Glenn R Couture

Lighting Design Richard Pettibone, Scott Wyshynski

Sound Design Thomas Libonate

Builders Scott Wyshynski, Rich Pettibone, Frank Russo, John Bolster, Jason Callahan, Bill Johns, Robyn Maitland, Dan Knowlton, Jonathan Ross, Glenn R Couture

Hair Design Joe Russo

Running Crew Marc Polanksi, Emma Nissenbaum


Photography Richard Pettibone

Web Site Design

House Manager Jill Fay

Producer Richard Pettibone


Special Thanks

Norwalk High School, Jane Farnol, Forman School of Litchfield, Dionne Miller Couture


Set Design


Production Reviews

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