Halstead, Nathan, Scherer, Rivera Are Farceurs of Kansas City Flea, Opening May 22

News   Halstead, Nathan, Scherer, Rivera Are Farceurs of Kansas City Flea, Opening May 22 Gary Griffin, the Broadway director of The Color Purple and The Apple Tree, directs David Ives' new adaptation of Georges Feydeau's farce A Flea in Her Ear, opening May 22 at Kansas City Repertory Theatre. The cast is a mix of busy New York and regional actors.
A Flea in Her Ear stars Scott Cordes and John Scherer
A Flea in Her Ear stars Scott Cordes and John Scherer Photo by Don Ipock

Griffin's cast includes Carol Halstead (as Raymonde Chandebise), Road Show's Anne L. Nathan (Lucienne), John Pasha (Romain Tournel), Avenue Q's Jonathan Root (Camille Chandebise), LoveMusik's John Scherer (Victor Chandebise), Allan Boardman (Baptiste), Martin S. Buchanan (Etienne), Scott Cordes (Ferraillon), Katie Kalahurka (Antoinette), Lauren Lubow (Eugenie), Michelangelo Milano (Rugby), Thom Rivera (Carlos Homenides de Histangua), Mark Robbins (Finache) and Cheryl Weaver (Olympia).

Previews began May 15. Performances continue to June 7.

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Feydeau is the master of the French bedroom farce. A Flea in Her Ear (1907), like other plays of the genre, presents "a witty series of misunderstandings, clandestine assignations and misplaced jealousies between husbands, wives and lovers that are played out with precision and breathtaking speed," according to the Rep.

American playwright Ives is known for his adaptations of musicals for the Encores! concerts series, the Broadway adaptation of Mark Twain's Is He Dead? as well as his own plays All in the Timing and Polish Joke. Griffin has worked in New York, London and Chicago, where he is associate artistic director of Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. Griffin has received eight Chicago Joseph Jefferson Awards for directing; his Broadway staging of The Color Purple earned 11 Tony nominations, including one for Best Musical; and his London staging of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's Pacific Overtures received the Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production and a nomination for Best Director.

The design team includes costume designer Mara Blumenfeld, set designer Jack Magaw, lighting designer Jason Lyons and sound designer John Story.

A Flea in Her Ear completes the 2008-09 season of Kansas City Rep in Kansas City, MO.

For more information visit www.kcrep.org.

Thom Rivera, John Scherer, Allan Boardman and Anne L. Nathan in <i>A Flea in Her Ear</i>
Thom Rivera, John Scherer, Allan Boardman and Anne L. Nathan in A Flea in Her Ear Photo by Don Ipock