By: Karen Zacarias
DIRECTED BY: Andre Eaton*
Loads of laughter and literature collide in this smart hit comedy about books and the people who love them. Ana is a Type A personality who lives in a letter-perfect world with an adoring husband, the perfect job and her greatest passion: Book Club. But when her cherished group becomes the focus of a documentary film, their intimate discussions about life and literature take a turn for the hilarious in front of the inescapable camera lens. Add a provocative new member along with some surprising new book titles, and these six friends are bound for pandemonium. Sprinkled with fun theatrical references to documentaries and novels galore from Moby Dick and Age of Innocence to Twilight and The Da Vinci Code, this buoyant comedy on contemporary culture will have everyone laughing … and reflecting. The Book Club Play is a delightful new play about life, love, literature and the side-splitting results when friends start reading between the lines.
Recommended for: Ages 10+ due to adult content. (Why did it get this rating?)
Dates: July 12-27, 2019
Location: Belfry Playhouse (downstairs at Norcross Presbyterian Church
3324 Medlock Bridge Rd
Tickets go on sale: May 19, 2019 (want tickets early? Become a member today!)
April 23/25, 2019 7-9pm
April 27, 2019 12-4pm
Please prepare: A one minute comedic monologue.
Ana Smith: (Female, any ethnicity except black, 30’s) Pronounced “Ah-nuh” Beautiful. Charming. Smart. Accomplished. Organized. A columnist for a daily paper. The “Mother Bee”. Her grace masks a need to control.
Robert Novum Smith Jr: (Male, any ethnicity except black, 30’s) Ana’s golden-boy, handsome, charismatic, underachiever husband who is starting to search for meaning. Met in college. Upper-crust background. Also plays Sam, A Wal-Mart guy.
William Lee Nothnagel: (Male, any ethnicity except black, 30’s) Rob’s conservative, well-read, well-dressed, disciplined college roommate. Ana’s former boyfriend. History buff. Unmarried. Also plays Frank, a Secret Service agent.
Jennifer McClintock:(Female, any ethnicity except black, 30’s) Ana’s friend. Pretty. Shy. Smart. Tends to burst out with awkward truthful comments. Despite some lack of self confidence, she is the grounding center of the group. Unorganized and oblivious to her own attractiveness. Unmarried. Also plays Elsa, a jaded literary agent.
Lily Louise Jackson: (Female, African American, 20’s) A go-getter. Former debate captain who is on the cusp of all current trends and yet can still put her foot in her mouth in social occasions. Laughs at appropriate and inappropriate times. A great lover of books and Ana’s protege at the paper. Also plays Mrs.Simpson, a sky diver.
Alex: (Male, any ethnicity, 30’s) The new guy. A very smart, well-read academic who has lost his moorings and is searching for real connection. Professor of comparative literature. Also plays Carl, an inmate book dealer
Producer: Meredith Jones
Director: Andre Eaton*
Assistant Director: Becca Parker*
Stage Manager: Andrea Hermitt+
Set Design: Becca Parker*
Costume Design: Dawn Davridge
Lighting/Projection Design: Becca Parker*
Sound Technician: Janet Conant+
Box Office Manager:
*Indicates current or previous LAT Pro Company member
+Indicates member of LAT Intensive Program