MAINSTAGE IRVING-LAS COLINAS PRESENTS
THE COMEDY THAT INSPIRED THE MUSICAL ‘WONDERFUL TOWN’
MY SISTER EILEEN
IRVING, TEXAS: MainStage Irving-Las Colinas will present Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov’s 1940s comedy MY SISTER EILEEN. Directed by Dave Schmidt, the production runs July 21 through August 5, 2017, at the Irving Arts Center’s Dupree Theater (3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving, TX 75062). All evening performances are at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Single tickets range from $19-28 and are on sale now at the Irving Arts Center Box Office (972.252.2787/ www.irvingartscenter.com). Ticket discounts are available for seniors and students.
Clever-as-they-come Ruth and pretty-as-a-penny Eileen are two small-town Ohio girls headed to the Big Apple to chase their dreams. The gals settle in a beat-up basement studio apartment in Greenwich Village, full of eccentric charm and frequently visited by a cascade of colorful characters, run by landlord Papa Appopolous. Ruth aspires to be a writer, while Eileen longs for the big lights of Broadway. In the pursuit of their ambitions, twelve months of amusing escapades ensue. Furious fun flourishes in the city so nice, they named it twice!
Based on autobiographical short stories by Ruth McKenney (originally published in The New Yorker), MY SISTER EILEEN premiered on Broadway in 1940. Thirteen years later, the playwrights adapted the play into the wildly popular Tony Award-winning musical “Wonderful Town.”
MY SISTER EILEEN stars Caitlin Duree (Ruth), Tammy Partanen (Eileen), Caroline Carter (Helen), Corinne Christopher (Violet), Michael McNiel (Appopolus), Hayden Evans (The Wreck) Jake Blackman (Frank Lippencot), Mary Bongfeldt (Vendor 1), Joan Eppes (Vendor 2), Debbie Hurley Pyle (Mrs. Wade/Pros Tenant), George Phillips III (Chic Clark), David Smith (Lonnigan), Kevin Michael Fuld (Robert Baker), Clayton Cunningham (Walter Sherwood), James West (Jansen/Sand Hog), Jimmy Christopher (Cossak/Consul), Nick Forrest (Admiral/Mr. Fletcher), Tyler Rouse (Admiral), and Lucas Slade (Admiral/Drunk).
The MY SISTER EILEEN production team includes Director Dave Schmidt, Admin Producer Clayton Cunningham, Tech Producer Neil Rogers, Stage Manager Evelyn G. Hall, Costume Designer Tory Padden, Lighting Designer Scott Davis, Set Designer Jeffrey S. Franks, Video Designer Rich Frohlich, Properties Designer Jo Anne Hull and Master Carpenter Kris Hampton.
Tickets to MY SISTER EILEEN are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the Irving Arts Center’s Box Office at 972.252.2787 or by ordering tickets online at www.irvingartscenter.com.