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Sam Lloyd, Jr. returns to Weston in Hit Comedy
June 10, 2009
WESTON, VERMONT - Sam Lloyd Jr., Weston Playhouse Theatre Company favorite and a regular on TV's Scrubs, opens the WPTC 2009 season in the Off Broadway hit, Fully Committed. Back by popular demand, this one-man comedy sold out every performance during the Playhouse's 2003 Other Stages season in the Vermont Country Store's intimate Bryant House pub. This summer it has been moved to the company's spacious MainStage at the Weston Playhouse, running from June 23 through July 4.
Lloyd plays Sam Peliczowski, an aspiring actor working as the reservationist at a posh Manhattan restaurant. In a tour de force performance that lasts 70 minutes, he also plays close to 40 callers, including a wealthy socialite, a gangster, a Japanese tourist, and supermodel Naomi Campbell's frenzied assistant. Fully Committed opened Off Broadway in 1999 and was quickly dubbed "the hottest show in town" by Entertainment Weekly. It has since become a staple of the American regional theatre.
Fully Committed was created by playwright Becky Mode and actor Mark Setlock while they were both employed by a top Manhattan restaurant. Improvised impressions of imaginary staff and clientele were scripted by Mode and brought to life by Setlock, who won the 2000 Outer Critics Circle Award for his performance. Setlock's acting credits include the original cast of Rent and TV's Law and Order. Mode has gone on to write for TV and film, including the famed Cosby show and numerous other properties for HBO, Disney, Nickelodeon and ABC.
Sam Lloyd Jr.'s numerous TV credits include recurring roles in Desperate Housewives, West Wing, and Seinfeld. His numerous WPTC credits include The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), The Mystery of Irma Vep and Anything Goes.
Fully Committed will be directed by WPTC Producing Director Steve Stettler, with set designs by Norton and IRNE winner Janie E. Howland (Weston's Blithe Spirit), lighting by Michael Giannitti (Weston's Stones in His Pockets and the original Broadway production of Joe Turner) and production stage management by John Godbout (Capital Rep, Berkshire Theatre Festival). "Our patrons are still raving about Sam's 2003 performance at the Bryant House," noted Stettler. "We're delighted to have the long-awaited chance to bring this show to a larger audience."
Like all Weston productions, Fully Committed is complemented by extensive education and outreach programs. Director Stettler will discuss the play 30 minutes before curtain on June 23-26 and before the June 27 matinee in the Playhouse living room and will lead a talkback in the theatre following the performance on Sunday, June 28. A Stage Notes performance guide and blog can be found at www.westonplayhouse.org.
Reservations for Fully Committed, the popular after-show Act IV Cabaret revue, and dinner at the Playhouse's Cafe at the Falls restaurant may be made at the Playhouse box office window, by calling 802-824-5288, or by visiting www.westonplayhouse.org. MasterCard, Visa and American Express are accepted. Ask about Vermont resident, youth and student discounts.
The Weston Playhouse Theatre Company is a non-profit professional theatre supported in part by funds from the Vermont Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and an ever-growing family of individuals who believe in the impact that the performing arts can have on its community.
For more information contact:
Cathy Bagwell Marsh 802.824.8167
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