'Mark of Cain' takes stage at playhouse

Monday, July 6, 2009

"Mark of Cain," directed by Shelly McFadden, will be presented July 9-11 and 15-18. All performances begin at 8 p.m. and all tickets are $9. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the box office after 5 p.m. on performance nights at 653-5880. 

The box office will open at 5 p.m. beginning on Monday. The production is being sponsored by Rossok & Co. Insurance.

"Mark of Cain" was written by Peter Colley, who also penned "I'll Be Back Before Midnight," which was produced by PCPH in 2005. Keith Bodnarick, who had a leading role in "Midnight," appears in this play as a Sean O'Neal, a man on the verge of a nervous breakdown who takes his wife to the family cabin in a remote area.

Bodnarick most recently appeared at PCPH in "All My Sons." He has also played leading roles in "Charley's Aunt," "On Borrowed Time" and "Barefoot in the Park."

Lori Briones plays his wife Dale. She is making her PCPH dramatic debut in this production. 

Lori most recently danced in "Kiss Me Kate," and she also appeared in "42nd Street" and PCPH's original production of "West Side Story."

There the O'Neals meet a local couple, Otto and Molly Sorenson, who get wrapped up in murder when Sean's twin brother arrives on the scene. The local couple is played by Brad Williamson and Katie Wallace. The Sorensons have a checkered past with the twins, as the story reveals. 

Williamson has appeared at PCPH in "The Crucible" and "Fiddler on the Roof." Wallace has played important supporting roles in "You Can't Take It With You," "Cinderella" and "Gypsy," among other shows.

Also on hand is psychiatrist Dr. Eugenia Clifford, brought to life onstage by Karen Temple. A PCPH audience favorite, Karen played the leading role in "I Remember Mama." Appearing in plays and musicals, she has been onstage in "Pippin," "Annie," "My Three Angels" and "The Odd Couple."

McFadden is making her directorial debut with "Mark of Cain." She worked as assistant director last season on "Singin' In the Rain." 

She has appeared onstage in many productions including "The Odd Couple (female version, her PCPH debut)," "Footloose," "I'll Be Back Before Midnight" and will also be seen later this season in "Man of La Mancha."

Set design is by Linda Gjesvold. Technical director is Bryan Schroeder. Meghan McClaine is the assistant director. Brittany Titus will run the light board, and the sound board will be operated by Schroeder and Kristen Burger. Tony Canaday and Tiarra Phillips are on the stage crew. Production consultant is Ric McFadden and music consultant was Jack Randall Earles.

The production extends special thanks to Keko Briones, Ben Dulaski, Jason Faulstich, and Roxanne Long.

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