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CLEVE REVIEW: ‘Scotland Road’ is a Twisting, Turning Avenue to Theatrical Suspense at Western Reserve Playhouse

CLEVE REVIEW: ‘Scotland Road’ is a Twisting, Turning Avenue to Theatrical Suspense at Western Reserve Playhouse

Harriet DeVeto, Jim Hagan, Rose Gabriele and Adrienne Jones
in a scene from Western Reserve Playhouse’s “Scotland Yard”

WHO: Western Reserve Playhouse

WHAT: Scotland Road, written by Jeffrey Hatcher, directed by Brian Westerley

WHEN: Now through Sept. 30 — performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm

WHERE: Western Reserve Playhouse, 3326 Everett Rd., Bath, OH 44286.

HOW: To reserve tickets, visit www.westernreserveplayhouse.org

Western Reserve Playhouse is currently mounting a production of Titanic proportions — literally. Scotland Road, from playwright  Jeffrey Hatcher, delves deep into the subject of the doomed ocean liner and its surviving passengers.

The play is a perfect example of the whole “tip of the iceberg” rule, in that there is so much more below the surface than one would suspect. A modern-day woman of mystery is whisked away to an interrogation room in Maine after mentioning the sunken ship.

The interrogator works with a female doctor to uncover what the woman’s connection is to the Titanic. Only when the duo brings in the last living survivor does the truth begin to surface.

To give away more would be a crime. Suffice to say that director Brian Westerley has staged an evocative, intelligent and intriguing night in the theatre. His cast features a compelling quartet of accomplished actors — Adrienne Jones as the mischievous mystery woman, Jim Hagan as the interrogator with an agenda, down-to-earth Rose Gabriele as the skeptical doctor, and Harriet DeVeto as the strong-willed survivor.

The stark white setting for Scotland Road was designed by Westerley and constructed by Jim Gremba and Walt Kaminski. T.L. Codella adds the equally stark lighting, Westerley also provides sound, and Evelyn Stevens handles props.

Alluring Actress Adrienne Jones Moves in Mysterious Ways in Western Reserve Playhouse’s ‘Scotland Road’

It’s no mystery that Adrienne Jones is an alluring actress who is currently lighting up the Northeast Ohio theatre scene. She does, however, play a woman of mystery in her latest stage assignment,

Western Reserve Playhouse’s production of Scotland Road.
Written by Jeffrey Hatcher and directed by Brian Westerley, the psychological drama is being presented now through Sept. 30, with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm. Western Reserve Playhouse is located at 3326 Everett Road in Bath. To reserve tickets and for more information, visit their website atwww.westernreserveplayhouse.org.

Adrienne is a graduate of DePaul University’s Theatre School. Since returning from Chicago, she has been seen in various venues throughout Northeast Ohio including Coach House Theatre and Weathervane Playhouse. She is making her debut at Western Reserve Playhouse in the haunting production ofScotland Road.

LandOfCleve: Describe yourself in 25 words or less. 

Adrienne: I am an aspiring actress, a dreamer, and a quirky, curious 26-year-old who contemplates the meaning of life far too often.

LandOfCleve: Where were you born, and where did you grow up? 

Adrienne: I was born and grew up in Northeast Ohio.

LandOfCleve: Where do you live now, and where do you work?

Adrienne: I currently live in Hiram, Ohio. I work for a company called Monica Potter Home — which has a skincare and home fragrance line — created and owned by actress Monica Potter, who originally hails from Cleveland.

LandOfCleve: What are your other Northeast Ohio connections? 

Adrienne: Since returning from Chicago, I have been lucky to work with some excellent theatres including Weathervane Playhouse and Coach House Theatre. I hope to establish working relationships all over Northeast Ohio and eventually delve much more into the film industry.

LandOfCleve: How did your background and education prepare you to work as an actor? Adrienne: I studied acting in Chicago at DePaul University’s Theatre School. The strict, focused conservatory experience taught me so much about the business and myself. I knew the reality of choosing this line of work and embraced it.

One of the greatest gifts of my education and being in Chicago was getting to study improv with some amazing teachers. Improv was once the scariest notion to me, but I’ve learned to embrace the unknown. I was lucky enough to follow my passion in school, and I get to use the tools I learned there every day.
Adrienne and Scott Shriner in “Lend Me a Tenor” at Coach House Theatre
LandOfCleve: Tell us about a few of your favorite past theatre and/or film experiences. Adrienne: My first experience with Shakespeare will always be one of my favorites — playing Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It’s a role I hope to revisit someday. And I always enjoy comedy — a recent favorite was playing Maggie in Coach House Theatre’s Lend Me A Tenor.

LandOfCleve: How did you get involved with Western Reserve Playhouse?

Adrienne: Our director, Brian Westerley, forced me… Only kidding (a little)! I had been wanting to work with Brian for a long time, and this opportunity finally came together at the perfect time.

I feel grateful for this timing — Western Reserve Playhouse’s new Co-Artistic Directors, Brian and Dawn Sniadak Yamokoski, are doing amazing things. It is inspiring to see all of the passion they carry and the improvements they are making on a daily basis.

Adrienne (right) with castmates Harriet DeVeto, Jim Hagan and Rose Gabriele
in a scene from Western Reserve Playhouse’s “Scotland Yard”

LandOfCleve: Tell us about your character and how she fits into the storyline of Scotland Road.

Adrienne: My character is Winifred Coutts. She is discovered on an iceberg and says only one word: “Titanic.” The course of the play follows those attempting to learn her story — some of which she does eventually reveal. She’s a complex creature and brings about the chaos that ties these characters together. I’d say more, but then there’d be no need to come see our show!

LandOfCleve: How have the director, co-stars and creative team collaborated together to bring the play to life?

Adrienne: This entire creative team is a joy to work with. Brian has guided us from the beginning — he is an excellent director and gives his actors the gift of choice; he wants us to find our way in this world, not force a preconceived idea. He brings out the purest honesty in his actors.

Brian also made sure we did our homework, which is essential to this play. We worked with a local Titanic expert, researched on our own and shared our back stories with one another. The strangeness of this play means we must trust each other entirely and trust that we are telling this story the best way we can.

My castmates — Jim Hagan, Rose Gabriele and Harriet DeVeto — are acting veterans, and I learn so much from simply watching each of them. The design team has worked tirelessly to perfect the mood and ambiance of this show. Once all of these forces combine, you really do lose yourself in the story.

LandOfCleve: What can audiences expect when they come see the show?

Adrienne: Hmm… this is the toughest question. I don’t even know what to tell my family and friends — so I just say “Come with an open mind, and be ready to leave with more questions than answers!”

Adrienne Jones (right) with Jim Hagan in “Scotland Road” at Western Reserve Playhouse

LandOfCleve: What are some of your dream roles or types of characters you’d like to play in the future? 

Adrienne: I would love to play Lady M. someday.

LandOfCleve: What advice do you have for aspiring actors and actresses?

Adrienne: Well, I am an aspiring actress myself so I don’t know that I’m qualified to give advice, but the best advice I’ve received and can give in return is: Do the work. Half the battle is being prepared. “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard!”

LandOfCleve: Anything else you would like to add or promote? 

Adrienne: I’d like to encourage everyone to stay tuned to Western Reserve Playhouse — their entire team is dedicated and passionate, and next year’s season will blow you away!

SHOW DETAILS

WHO: Western Reserve Playhouse

WHAT: Scotland Road, written by Jeffrey Hatcher, directed by Brian Westerly

WHEN: Now through Sept. 30 — performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm

WHERE: Western Reserve Playhouse, 3326 Everett Rd., Bath, OH 44286.

HOW: To reserve tickets, please visit their website: www.westernreserveplayhouse.org

Western Reserve Playhouse continues its 2017 season by presenting Scotland Road, a creepy mystery written by Jeffrey Hatcher, which will run now through September 30.

In the last decade of the twentieth century, a beautiful young woman is found floating on an iceberg in the middle of the North Atlantic. The woman is taken to an isolated spot on the coast of Maine where an expert on the sinking of the liner, a mysterious man named John, has arranged to interrogate her.

In a stark, white room, John, assisted by a skeptical doctor named Halbrech, plays a cat-and-mouse game with the woman. As time runs out, Halbrech tracks down the last living survivor of the disaster, a reclusive old woman named Frances Kittle, who has lived in seclusion for seventy-five years. By the play’s end, one of the characters is dead, all of the character’s identities have been questioned, and John and the woman’s shared secret is revealed as they make one final journey to Scotland Road.

Co-Artistic Director Brian Westerley directs this nail-biting mystery. The cast stars talented young actress Adrienne Jones, along with seasoned professionals Jim Hagan and Rose Gabriele. Rounding out the four-person ensemble is award-winning local legend Harriet DeVeto.

Tickets: $13.00 Adults; $11.00 Seniors & Students

The 4 Finalist for our 1st Annual 80 Minutes Play Festival. Tickets on Sale Now!

 

Western Reserve Playhouse is pleased to present our 2017 four finalist plays!

 

Thank you to all of those who entered! We were honored by so many submission.

 

The plays selected:

 

 

 

 

“Intermission” written by Harlan Friedman-Romell, Directed by BrandiEaton

“A Match Remade in Heaven” written by Amanda Terman, Directed by Brianna Laybourn

MixMatched.com” written by S. Von Schmedelson, Directed by Keith Stevens

”The Interview” written by Peter Fields, Directed by Karen Rose

 

These performances will be held October 6 and 7 at 8 pm with a matinee at 2 pm on Sunday October 9, 2017 as part of our 80 Minute New Works Play Festival!

 

Tickets are on sale now!

Westernreserveplayhouse.org                             TICKETS ONLY $10.00

Come and support our new works festival and vote for your favorite show!

 

A Word from Your Director About “Scotland Road”

DIRECTOR’S NOTE
This show is incredibly stylized; it’s written so, in order to give the show a sense of realism and to (hopefully) make you feel as if you are trapped in this room with these characters. Don’t be surprised to see actors doing “weird things” on stage or that there seems to be a blackout every few minutes – it’s all part of the controlled environment that we find ourselves in. There is no escape from this room. There is no escape from these people who aren’t exactly as they seem. It might jar you at first, but I guarantee that, after only a few short minutes, you’ll be on board with it as well. And once your mind is blown, you may need to see it again.
 
The end came for Titanic at 2:20 AM. 703 lives were rescued at daybreak by the Cunard liner Carpathia, whose captain had raced her through the night across 58 seemingly endless miles with the hope of making it to Titanic before she went down.

Directing Class with Co-Artistic Director Brian Westerley

Our first ever directing class will be taught by three-time OCTA & six-time Georgie Award winning Director & Actor, Co-Artistic Director Brian Westerley!

Brian has lived & worked in Ohio, Los Angeles & New York. While in L.A., Brian became an accomplished director, working with The Blank Theatre & Drama West. He also directed & starred in the world premieres of “The Day I Said Goodbye” & “Shark Tank,” as well as writing & directing the plays “Caught Up in a Moment” & “Denial is Not a River in Egypt.” Locally, Brian has directed productions of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “Pilots of the Purple Twilight,” “Lend Me a Tenor,” “Night of January 16th,” “Love Letters,” “The Senator Wore Pantyhose” & “Thumbs.” He took “Other Desert Cities” & “Confessions from the Ladies Room” to the Regional & State OCTA competitions, winning 11 awards total. He also currently serves as a regional adjudicator with OCTA.

The class will be presented on Saturdays, 10/7 – 11/25 from 1PM-3PM. Cost is $150. Accepting eight students per class. If more than eight students apply, an additional class may be added.

At the end of the eight weeks, the class will present the scenes they have chosen to an audience. Please email Brian at brianw@westernreserveplayhouse.org for more information & to sign up.

WRP Announces 2018 Season!

Lost in Yonkers

By: Neil Simon

Directed By: Keith Stevens

Performance Dates: January 26, 2018-February 10, 2018 (Fridays & Saturdays at 8PM; Sunday at 2PM)

By America’s great comic playwright, this memory play is set in Yonkers in 1942. Bella is thirty-five years old, mentally challenged, and living at home with her mother, stern Grandma Kurnitz. As the play opens, ne’er-do-well son Eddie deposits his two young sons on the old lady’s doorstep. He is financially strapped and taking to the road as a salesman. The boys are left to contend with Grandma, with Bella and her secret romance, and with Louie, her brother, a small-time hoodlum in a strange new world called Yonkers.

 

Tomorrow Morning

Regional Premiere

Book, Music & Lyrics By: Laurence Mark Wythe

Directed By: Ian Atwood

Musical Direction By: Bryan Bird

Performance Dates: March 9-24, 2018 (Fridays & Saturdays at 8PM; Sunday at 2PM)

 Tomorrow Morning is an hilarious and moving show that appeals to different generations – to anyone who has ever been in a relationship, to have had one end when they thought it would last forever, and for anyone who has ever contemplated sharing their life with someone else.

 

Dogfight

Music & Lyrics By: Benj Pasek & Justin Paul

Book By: Peter Duchan

Directed By: Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski

Musical Direction By: Dave Stebbins

Performance Dates: April 13-28, 2018 (Fridays & Saturdays at 8PM; Sunday at 6:30PM)

 It’s November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But, when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress whom he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion.

 

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

By: Dale Wasserman

From the Novel By: Ken Kesey

Directed By: Brian Westerley

Performance Dates: May 11-26, 2018 (Fridays & Saturdays at 8PM; Sunday at 6:30PM)

 

This show will include talkbacks after certain performances

 

The story of a charming rogue who contrives to serve a short sentence in an airy mental institution rather than in a prison. This, he learns, was a mistake. He clashes with Head Nurse Ratched. He quickly takes over the yard and accomplishes what the medical profession has been unable to do for twelve years: he makes a presumed deaf and dumb Indian talk. He leads others out of introversion, stages a revolt so that they can see the World Series on television, and arranges a rollicking midnight party with liquor and chippies. For these offenses, Ratched submits him to shock treatment. After a tragic event occurs, Ratched forces him to submit to a final correction: a frontal lobotomy.

 

Disney’s The Lion King, Jr.

Music & Lyrics By: Time Rice & Elton John

Additional Music & Lyrics By: Will Van Dyke, Lebo M, Marc Mancina & Jay Rifkin

Book By: Roger Allers & Irene Mecchi

Directed By: Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski

Musical Direction By: Adam Ferenbach

Performance Dates: June 22-24, 2018 (Friday & Saturday at 8PM; Sunday at 2PM)

 

Part of our Young Artists’ Theatre Program

 

Disney’s The Lion King has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world. The African savannah comes to life on your stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle… and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale.

 

Into the Woods, Jr.

Music & Lyrics By: Stephen Sondheim

Book By: James Lapine

 Directed By: Lisa Howard

Musical Direction By: Adam Howard

Performance Dates: June 29-July 1, 2018 (Friday & Saturday at 8PM; Sunday at 2PM)

 

Part of our Young Artists’ Theatre Program

 

The musical centers on a baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse and wind up changed forever.

 

bare: A Pop Opera

Music By: Damon Intrabartolo

Lyrics By: Jon Hartmere

Book By: Jon Hartmere & Damon Intrabartolo

Directed By: Brian Westerley

Musical Direction By: Michael Caraffi

Performance Dates: July 13-28, 2018 (Fridays & Saturdays at 8PM; Sunday at 6:30PM)

 

This show will include talkbacks after certain performances

 

A pulsating, electric contemporary rock musical, bare follows a group of students at a Catholic boarding school as they grapple with issues of sexuality, identity, and the future. Peter and Jason have fallen in love with each other, but Jason — a popular athlete — fears losing his status if he is discovered to be gay. Unpopular Nadia, Jason’s sister, is contemptuous of Ivy, a beautiful girl with a questionable reputation. As the group attempts to put up a production of Romeo and Juliet, tensions flare, self-doubt simmers, and God’s path seems more difficult to find than ever. bare rings with the sounds of youthful repression and revolt. With a unique sung-through pop score, heart-pounding lyrics, and a cast of bright young characters, bare is a provocative, fresh, and utterly honest look at the dangers of baring your soul, and the consequences of continuing to hide.

 

Terms of Endearment

Adapted for the Stage By: Dan Gordon

Based on the Screenplay By: James L. Brooks

Directed By: Karen Rose

Performance Dates: August 17-September 1, 2018 (Fridays & Saturdays at 8PM; Sunday at 2PM)

Challenges in life and love test the resilience of a mother-daughter relationship in Dan Gordon’s adaptation of Terms of Endearment, based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winner Larry McMurtry and James L. Brooks’ screenplay of the Oscar-winning film. Though Emma is often exasperated by her highly-opinionated mother, Aurora, they talk every day about their problems, from Aurora finding unexpected love even as she becomes a reluctant grandmother, to Emma’s struggle in her troubled marriage. But when they need one another most, will they be able to find courage in each other? This funny and touching story captures the delicate, sometimes fractured bonds between mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, and lovers, both old and new.

 

Little Women

Music By: Jason Howland

Lyrics By: Mindi Dickstein

Book By: Allan Knee

Directed By: Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski

Musical Direction By: Dave Stebbins

Performance Dates: October 5-20, 2018 (Fridays & Saturdays at 8PM; Sunday at 2PM)

Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested – her friend, Professor Bhaer, tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America.

 

Hay Fever

By: Noel Coward

Directed By: Kevin Kelly

Performance Dates: November 2-17, 2018 (Fridays & Saturdays at 8PM; Sunday at 2PM)

Hoping for a quiet weekend in the country with some guests, David Bliss, a novelist, and his wife Judith, a retired actress, find that an impossible dream when their high-spirited children Simon and Sorel appear with guests of their own. A housefull of drama waits to be ignited as misunderstandings and tempers flare. With Judith’s new flame and David’s newest literary ‘inspiration’ keeping company as the children follow suit, the Bliss family lives up to its name as the ‘quiet weekend’ comes to an exhausting and hilarious finale.

 

80 Minute Play Festival

Performance Dates: December 7 & 8, 2018 (Friday & Saturday at 8PM)

 In its second year, this annual new-works play festival promises to be even better than the first! We will be looking for submissions soon from local playwrights to continue on with our annual festival!

 

Young Artists’ Theatre Program will run June 4-July 1 & will include the performances of Disney’s The Lion King, Jr. & Into the Woods, Jr. Cost of the camp will be: $150 per student per class. If you do both classes, the second class is 20% off. If you enroll more than one child, the subsequent children are 10% off. Please email Artistic Director, Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski at dawnsy@westernreserveplayhouse.org for more information & to sign up.

 

Our first ever directing class will be taught by three-time OCTA & six-time Georgie Award winning Director & Actor, Co-Artistic Director Brian Westerley. The class will be presented on Saturdays, 10/7 – 11/25 from 1PM-3PM. Cost is $150. At the end of the eight weeks, the class will present the scenes they have chosen to an audience. Accepting eight students per class. If more than eight students apply, an additional class may be added. Please email Brian at brianw@westernreserveplayhouse.org for more information & to sign up.

 

We will be presenting a number of other directing classes for adults & acting classes for children & adults starting in October.

 

We are also looking for anyone who might interested in putting on a cabaret. Please contact Dawn at dawnsy@westernreserveplayhouse.org for more information.

 

Ticket Prices: $10 for everyone for Disney’s The Lion King, Jr., Into the Woods, Jr. & the 80 Minute Play Festival

 

For all other shows: $15 for seniors (65+) & students (with valid ID); $17 for adults

 

Season Tickets: 8 for $100 per ticket (does not include Disney’s The Lion King, Jr.Into the Woods, Jr. or the 80 Minute Play Festival) or a “Flex Pass” – 4 for $55 per ticket (does not include Disney’s The Lion King, Jr.Into the Woods, Jr. or the 80 Minute Play Festival)

 

For individual tickets to any of shows, please click the “Ticketing” tab above

For season tickets, please call us at: 330-620-7314