By Noël Coward
One of the most sophisticated, witty, and entertaining plays ever written, Private Lives remains one of Noël Coward's most successful comedies. Elyot and Amanda, once married and now honeymooning with new spouses at the same hotel, meet on the balconies of their adjacent rooms. As they relive the past, their original spark reignites and they impulsively runaway together to give their relationship another shot, much to the shock of the newlyweds they leave behind. After days of being reunited, Elyot and Amanda again find their fiery romance alternating between passions of love and anger. Will Elyot and Amanda remain together or will they return to their respective new spouses? A masterpiece of high comedy, Coward's Private Lives is uproarious and delightful.
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*Members of the Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
Andrea Gallo* (Louise)
New York: Hidden Voices (w/Terrence Mann); The Respectful Prostitute; Ring Round the Moon; world premieres of Strings, The Velvet Oratorio, Frankie, Coney and The Chaos Theories. Regional: Third, TheaterWorks Hartford; Good People, St. Louis Rep; Over the River and Through the Woods, Florida Rep; The Last Romance and The Language Archive, Public Theatre; Mercy and the Firefly, Luna Stage; Murderers, Hudson Stage; A View From The Bridge, Nevada Rep; Evie’s Waltz, Tilt Angel, tempOdyssey, and two solo shows, Broomstick and Donna Orbits the Moon, NJ Rep; What Every Woman Knows, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Noises Off, Lettice and Lovage, I’m Not Rappaport, Horse Cave Theatre. TV/Film: “Law and Order: SVU,” “Brooklyn Battery,” “The Query,” “Chasing Taste,” “The Date” and “Across Dot Ave.” Earphones Award winner for audiobook narration. BA, Tufts University; MFA, Temple University. Fulbright Recipient (Paris, France).
Catherine Gowl* (Amanda Prynne)
Catherine is an actor and puppeteer. US National Tour: War Horse. Selected Regional: Electra (PPT); Six Degrees of Separation, King Lear, Coriolanus (The Old Globe); Taming of the Shrew, Othello (Virginia Shakespeare Festival); Proof. Selected NYC: The Merchant of Venice (TFANA); Oh The Humanity and Other Exclamations (Flea). Blessed Unrest company member. Catherine continues her work with Dan Hurlin’s Demolishing Everything With Amazing Speed, which premiered at Bard SummerScape; Hagoromo which premiered at BAM; and Theatre Sabab’s In the Eruptive Mode which she first performed in Tunis. Training: BA Harvard, MFA Old Globe/USD. www.catherinegowl.com
Liana Hunt* (Sibyl Chase)
Liana is so excited to be making her Riverside debut in Private Lives! She was most recently seen as Nessarose on the National Tour of Wicked. Broadway: Newsies (Katherine), Mamma Mia! (Sophie). National tours: Mamma Mia! (Sophie). Regional: Les Miserables (Eponine), Beauty and the Beast (Belle). BFA: NYU. Thank you to the team and Talent House. Love to my family, Larkin and Newman. Proud AEA member. Instagram/Twitter: @lianamariehunt
Jason Loughlin* (Elyot Chase)
Jason is thrilled to be making his Riverside debut with Private Lives. A native of North Carolina, Jason has worked regionally in Georgia, Maine, New York, California and North Carolina, as well as on Broadway in The Audience, with Helen Mirren, and Machinal, with Rebecca Hall. This performance is dedicated to Sandra.
Spencer Plachy* (Victor Prynne)
Riverside Theatre debut! Broadway: Romeo & Juliet (w/Orlando Bloom), The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Off-Broadway: The Common Pursuit (dir. Moises Kaufman). Tours: Oklahoma!, Fiddler on the Roof. Most Recent: Julius Caesar (Antony) & Loves Labour’s Lost at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. Moon Over Buffalo at Gulfshore Playhouse. The Cottage at Theatre Aspen. Tim and Scrooge at Westchester Broadway Theatre, National Pastime (dir. Hunter Foster) at Buck’s County Playhouse. The Alley Theatre: Tom Stoppard’s Rock N Roll, The Man Who Came to Dinner. To my beautiful wife, Laura: she wakes me up, reels me in, and I love her for it!
Director: James Brennan
Scenic Designer: Allen D. Cornell
Costume Designer: Gail Baldoni
Lighting Designer: Yael Lubetzky
Sound Designer: Craig Beyrooti
Stage Manager: Rebekah Church*