Staged by Globe co-artistic director Darko Tresnjak, the piece tells the story of "San Francisco debutante Jessica Poole [who] is planning her marriage to Napa Valley cattle rancher Roger Henderson, and hopes her father, the international playboy 'Pogo' Poole, whom she hasn't seen in 15 years, will come to give her away at the wedding," according to press notes. "But his arrival disrupts the entire household as he tries to entice Jessica into traveling the world with him, show up her fiancé, and win back the affections of his ex-wife. While his debonair style at first dazzles his daughter, he soon comes to realize that charm alone is no substitute for parental responsibility."
Recently seen on the Old Globe stage in Dancing in the Dark, Patrick Page (Broadway's Julius Caesar, The Lion King and Grinch...) leads the cast as playboy Biddeford Pogo Poole. Also featured are Jim Abele as Jim Dougherty, Erin Chambers as Jessica Poole, Ellen Karas as Katharine Dougherty, Ned Schmidtke as Mackenzie Savage, Sab Shimono as Toy and Old Globe/USD MFA graduate Matt Biedel as Roger Henderson.
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Here is a first look at the production, which runs through August 10:
All photos by Craig Schwartz