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The $5 Bucks Series is HERE! THIS SUNDAY

Also, we start our new 2019 $5 Bucks Staged Reading Series with Noel Coward’s “Private Lives”.  Directed by Ohio Shakespeare Festival’s Artistic Director, Nancy Cates.  This professional staged reading is filled with actors and actress that have graced The OSF Stage and Western Reserve Playhouse and are bringing this wonderful comedy to WRP’s stage.

In “Private Lives”, passion, laughter, romance, anger, and love set the stage for a battle of the sexes as divorced couple, Amanda and Elyot, find themselves unwittingly thrown together in Coward’s classic comedy of manners. Unknowingly booking adjoining rooms while on honeymoon with their respective spouses, Victor and Sybil, Amanda and Elyot are forced to face their true feelings for each other. Realizing they have made a pair of mistaken marriages, the divorcees attempt to escape their mismatched partners. With haste, and under the cover of darkness, they flee their honeymoon hotel and unsuspecting spouses in search of privacy at Amanda’s secluded Paris flat. Despite their passion for each other, Amanda and Elyot begin to bicker violently, just as they had done during their marriage. It is clear that the couple cannot live with each other, but cannot live without each other either. When they are discovered several days later by their jilted spouses, all four lovers must finally acknowledge just who is really suited to whom. Fast-paced, witty, and passionate, Noel Coward’s comedy is a delightful romp!

“Private Lives” will be presented on February 10, 2019 at 2pm only.
Tickets can be purchased 
on-line and at the door.

Our FIRST of the $5 Bucks Series is January 20, 2019 at 2PM

Don’t miss our FIRST $5 Bucks Series Staged Reading Series

Noel Coward’s “Private Lives”

Directed by Nancy Cates


Western Reserve Playhouse kicks off the 2019 $5 Buck Play Reading Series with the classic comedy,
Written by Noel Coward
Directed by Nancy Cates

Private Lives, considered by many to be Coward’s masterpiece, is the story of Elyot and Amanda, a divorced couple who, while honeymooning with their new spouses, Victor and Sibyl, discover that they are staying in adjacent rooms at the same hotel. Despite a perpetually stormy relationship, they realize that they still have feelings for each other.

Cast: Timothy H. Champion, Lara Mielcarek, John Peters, Karen L. Woods and Kelsey Tomlinson

Play contains adult themes and language. PG13 RATING
One Day ONLY – Sunday, January 20 @ 2PM
TICKETS: $5.00
BOX OFFICE: 330-620-7314


About the Director:


Nancy Cates is one of the two founding Artistic Directors of the Ohio Shakespeare Festival, an Equity company just finishing its fifteenth season producing Shakespeare and other classics at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens. Nancy has an undergraduate degree, cum laude, in Drama from the University of Virginia, and has been a professional director and producer for all of her adult life.
Nancy began her career in 1980, directing musicals in the popular venue of the day: dinner theatre. Show titles ranged from standards like West Side Story and The King and I, to (then) more contemporary fare like I Love My Wife and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Next, Nancy branched out into regional theatre with more wide-ranging pieces (The Road to Mecca, Keely and Du, and The Loves of Cass McGuire, starring movie actress Pat Carroll.) She has been a guest director for Longwood University (Best Little Whorehouse…) and Sweet Briar College (Crimes of the Heart) in Virginia, Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania, and Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland.

While in Virginia, Nancy wrote the book adaptation of a musical A Christmas Carol, with music and lyrics by the late, great composer-lyricists Jule Styne (Gypsy) and Bob Merrill (Gigi). Both gentlemen had not a word of complaint about their mutual collaboration. (Admittedly, both had passed away at the time.) Their A Christmas Carol was revived biannually for a decade at the Empire Theatre in Richmond, and still continues to tour nationally in a cut-down version for youth theatre.

After moving to Ohio in the late ‘90’s, Nancy has directed extensively for OSF (Barrymore’s Ghost, I Hate Hamlet, Swingtime Canteen), Coach House Theatre (Doubt, Deathtrap, Leading Ladies, The Glass Menagerie, Lend Me a Tenor), Weathervane Playhouse (All My Sons, A Man for All Seasons, Blithe Spirit), and Porthouse Theatre (The Foreigner, Pump Boys…, Ain’t Misbehavin’.)

Over the years, Nancy has developed a specialty in the musical revue, and has directed more than twenty, including seven (so far) productions of the Noel Coward tribute, Oh, Coward! Her affection for “The Master” has been fueled by the opportunity to direct many of his shows (most recently Present LaughterBlithe Spirit, Hay Fever, Tonight at 8:30 at Coach House), as well as the honor of being included as the only American speaking as an expert on Sir Noel for the BBC Radio series, Soul Music.

Nancy’s productions of Beehive, Biloxi Blues, Greater Tuna, I Love My Wife, and (the post-New York premiere of) Cowgirls all won regional newspaper critics’ awards for Best Director and Best Play. Recently, Nancy has won in-house awards for her productions of Lend Me a Tenor (Weathervane Playhouse), Driving Miss Daisy, Hay Fever, Leading Ladies, and The Glass Menagerie (Coach House Theatre.)

In her spare time, Nancy has produced, directed, cast, and/or done makeup and wardrobe for hundreds and hundreds of television commercials, training films and TV movies, including having had the pleasure of putting makeup on almost every NBA superstar of the 1980’s and ‘90’s, when each was hawking his own line of shoes