Directed by Jenny Sullivan, the 1937 Pulitzer Prize-winning George S. Kaufman-Moss Hart comedy will play the California venue Nov. 15-Dec. 23 with an official opening Nov. 17. The cast will feature Joseph Fuqua, Leonard Kelly Young, Stephanie Zimbalist, Robin Pearson Rose, Sonia Sanz, Chris Butler, Dan Gunther, Jamie Torcellini, Paul Ainsley, Robin Gammell, Winslow Corbett and Zack Neeley.
You Can't Take It With You, according to press notes, "takes place in the New York City home of Martin Vanderhof, patriarch of a large, loving and decidedly eccentric family. Martin dropped out of the business world 35 years earlier to pursue his own idiosyncratic interests, which include hunting snakes and listening to commencement addresses.
"Following his example, his children and grandchildren are all exploring their own peculiar passions. Daughter Penny writes melodramatic plays, while her husband Paul Sycamore manufactures fireworks in the basement with the assistance of Mr. De Pinna, who arrived at the house one day to deliver ice and never left.
"Penny and Paul's daughter Essie makes candy but dreams of being a ballerina, in spite of her lack of grace or talent. She studies dance with Russian refugee Boris Kolenkhov. Essie's xylophone-playing husband Ed is an amateur printer who typesets any string of words he finds pleasing, including political slogans he does not entirely understand.
"The only conventional member of the family is Essie's sister Alice, who works as a secretary at a Wall Street firm and has fallen in love with Tony Kirby, the boss's son. The play's comical clash of cultures commences when Tony brings his straight-laced parents to the Vanderhof-Sycamore household for dinner." The design team comprises set designer Gary Wissman, sound designer David Beaudry, lighting designer Thomas S. Giamaro and costume designer Shon LeBlanc.
The Rubicon Theatre is located at 1006 E. Main Street in Ventura, CA. For tickets call (805) 667-2900 or visit www.rubicontheatre.org.