By Noël Coward
June 9 – June 26, 2016
With their passionless husbands away playing golf, a mutual long-ago lover announces his intention to pay Julia and Jane an impromptu visit. All in a fluster, there’s clearly only one thing to do: hit the bottle! Or rather, pop open the bubbly. Each successive glass loosens their tongues, hidden jealousies surface, the claws come out, and all attempts at demure behavior go out of the window. But it’s not until the unexpected early return of their husbands that the women’s evening really hits its frenzied peak. Sponsored by Joan and Geoffrey Rutkowski & Donna and Daniel Hone, with support from Debby and Peter Stalker
2015-16 Season sponsored by The Stephen and Carla Hahn Foundation
Ensemble Theatre Company Presents: Fallen Angels by Noel Coward June 9-26, 2016; Directed by Andrew Barnicle, Paige Lindsey White (Julia), Joseph Fuqua (Fred Sterroll) , Mary-Pat Green (Saunders), Matthew Floyd Miller (Willy Banbury), Julie Granata (Jane Banbury) , J. Paul Boehmer (Maurice).
“One of Coward’s most popular comedies.” New York Times
“An irresistible romp!” LA Times
"Fallen Angels is an utter lark!" Houston Press
Paige Lindsey White (Julia) is honored to debut at Ensemble Theatre Company. Most recently, she's played Catherine in San Diego Rep's production of Rapture, Blister, Burn; Macon Hill in South Coast Rep's production of Abundance; and Eliza Doolittle in The Pasadena Playhouse's production of Pygmalion. Other stage
credits include International City Theatre in Trying, Ghost-Writer & The Heir Apparent; Arizona Theatre Company and Indiana Repertory Theatre in Other Desert Cities; Theatre @ Boston Court in R II and The Children; 24th ST Theatre in Walking the Tightrope; LA Theatre Ensemble in Wounded. She earned her M.F.A. in Acting from UCLA. She is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre LA, Los Angeles Theater Ensemble, and the Actors’ Gang, with whom she internationally toured with The Trial of the Cantonsville Nine. Television credits include "Shameless," "Days of Our Lives," and "TV Funhouse." LA Drama Critics' Circle Award Winner for Lead Performance; Ovation and LA Weekly Nominations: 2 Best Actress & Best Ensemble. www.paigelindseywhite.com.
Joseph Fuqua (Fred Sterroll) Is so pleased to be playing the 'New Vic'! He has appeared with Ensemble before in The Mystery of Irma Vep, directed by Jenny Sullivan, and Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, directed by the late Robert Grande Wise. Broadway and Off- Broadway credits include Brighton Beach Memoirs, 110 In the Shade, Raft of the Medusa, and Yours, Anne. Regionally, Joseph has worked at Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Portland Stage, The Arena Stage in our Nation's Capital, Yale Rep, and many others. The Rubicon Theatre Company is his 'Stage' home, having been a Company Member since 2000 where he has appeared in twenty-seven plays including the title role in Hamlet, directed by Jenny Sullivan (Independent Award), All My Sons, directed by James O'Neill (Ovation Award) and Private Lives, directed by Andy Barnicle. Joseph is a graduate of The Yale School of Drama and a proud member of Actor's Equity Association. josephfuqua.com
Mary-Pat Green (Saunders) is happily making her debut with The Ensemble Theatre Company here in Santa Barbara. She reprises the role of Saunders, having played the character previously at the Pasadena Playhouse and the Laguna Playhouse. Broadway: Original casts of Hal Prince and Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd and Candide. Off-Broadway: Nunsense, Marcy in the Galaxy. National Tours: Godspell, South Pacific. Kennedy Center and Dallas Opera: Showboat. Regional theatre: Fallen Angels, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Women, Juno and the Paycock, Deathtrap, First Lady Suite. Film: Fantastic Four (2015), Yes Man, The Breakup, In Her Shoes, xXx, My Best Friend's Wedding. TV: "American Horror Story: Asylum," "The Middle," "Anger Management," "Castle," "The Mentalist," "Desperate Housewives," "Cold Case," "Friends," "The West Wing." Mary-Pat recently directed her second film - Walk. (www.WALKTHEFILM.com), and she's also an acting coach in LA and New York.
Matthew Floyd Miller (Willy Banbury) Is so pleased to be back at Ensemble and reunited with this Noël Coward creative team. At Ensemble Theatre Co: The 39 Steps. Broadway: Not About Nightingales, director Trevor Nunn (Circle in the Square); The Invention of Love, director Jack O’Brien (Lincoln Center Theatre). Off-Broadway: Another Part of the Forest (Peccadillo Theatre Co.); Of Mice and Men (Urban Stages); Letters From Cuba (Signature Theatre Co.). Regional Highlights: Being At Home With Claude (the inaugural production of L.A.’s Ecstatic Theatre Co.); Stupid Fucking Bird (Boston Court, L.A. Drama Critics' Circle Award - Best Ensemble); Yes, Prime Minister (Geffen Playhouse); The Mystery of Irma Vep (The Falcon, Stage Scene L.A. Award- Best Duo Performance); Noises Off (La Mirada Theater); Private Lives (Laguna Playhouse / Rubicon Theatre Co.); Middletown, Rock‘n Roll, The Pillowman, The Underpants, A Christmas Carol (ACT-Seattle); Around the World In Eighty Days (San Jose Rep. / Laguna Playhouse); The Bald Soprano (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); This Wonderful Life (Portland Center Stage); A Prayer For Owen Meany (U.S. premiere, Playmaker’s Repertory); Theophilus North (World premiere, Arena Stage/Geva Theatre Center); The Violet Hour (Dallas Theatre Center); Desire Under The Elms (San Jose Rep., Dean Goodman Choice Bay Area Theatre Award- Principal Performance); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Old Globe); The Tempest (Playmaker’s Rep.); Romeo & Juliet (Portland Stage Co.). TV/Film: "Hand of God;" "Colony," "Major Crimes;" "Criminal Minds;" "Law & Order;" "Gun Woman;" "All Good Things" (as young Frank Langella); Pop Rocks (Audience Award, Breckenridge Film Festival). Training: NYU Graduate Acting.
Julie Granata (Jane Banbury) is thrilled to be returning to the ETC stage after performing in Ensemble Theatre Company's production of The 39 Steps in 2012. Ms. Granata is an educator and performer with 18 years of professional experience in regional theatres across the country, including Rubicon Theatre Company (Conviction, Private Lives), Laguna Playhouse (Private Lives), B Street Theatre (I Am a Camera), Ark Theatre Company (Hedda Gabbler), and Boston Court (Futura) on the West Coast, and Goodman Theatre (Lobby Hero, Play About the Baby), Timeline Theatre Company, and Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. She has worked in television (ABC, NBC), film (Paramount, Disney), radio (NPR’s Stories on Stage), and is a voiceover artist for interactive media. Julie holds a BFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University, and is a proud member of AEA.
J. Paul Boehmer (Maurice) has appeared on Broadway in Sir Peter Hall’s An Ideal Husband and in the New York and Off-Broadway premier of Miss Evers’ Boys. Regionally he has played Hamlet at the Dallas Shakespeare Festival and as Barrymore in I Hate Hamlet at the Pioneer Theatre under the direction of Art Manke. He has appeared in two summer Shakespeare seasons and The Constant Wife at The Old Globe. Other theatres include Arena Stage, A.C.T., Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Walnut Street Theatre, Missouri Rep, Laguna Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse and many more. TV and Film include Skyline, The Thomas Crowne Affair, The Good German, "Star Trek Voyager," "Deep Space Nine," "Enterprise," "Frasier" and AMC’s "The Lot," and "The Young and the Restless." Paul is also a well-known Audiobook narrator with over 500 titles available.
All Actors are Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
- Book Club, June 15, 2016, 5:30 - 6:30pm: Scripts are now available for checkout at the Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 East Anapamu Street. Join other theatregoers for a lively discussion about the play from a literary and dramatic perspective. FREE!
- Pre-Show Talk, June 15 & 22, 2016 at 7:15 pm: Join us in the courtyard of The New Vic for an informative and insightful discussion about the play before you see it, sure to enhance your theatrical experience.
- Martini Night, June 17, 2016 at 7:15pm, performance at 8:00pm: Free to ticket holders. Come early to enjoy a complimentary martini and mingle before the show.
- Talk Back, June 23, 2016: Meet the cast after the show and discuss the production.
“Coward is questioning the assumption that women don’t have the same conversations about sex that men do,” said [Director Andrew] Barnicle, adding that “then it was a scandal, but today it’s just funny as hell.” SB Independent
"A hilariously witty script, superb cast, first-rate production and direction, who could ask for more? This is a can’t miss production of one of the last century’s most entertaining and funniest plays." Society805
"A heavenly and delightfully risque production!" Montecito Journal