HFC Presents Neil Simon’s “Fools” June 19-29

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HFC Presents Neil Simon’s “Fools” June 19-29

The HFC Humanities and Social Sciences Division presents renowned playwright Neil Simon’s comic fable “Fools,” running June 19-29 in the Adray Auditorium, located in the MacKenzie Fine Arts Center.

Performances will take place on the following dates:

  • Thursday, June 19, at 8 p.m.;
  • Friday, June 20, at 8 p.m.;
  • Saturday, June 21, at 8 p.m.;
  • Sunday, June 22, at 2 p.m.;
  • Thursday, June 26, at 8 p.m.;
  • Friday, June 27, at 8 p.m.;
  • Saturday, June 28, at 8 p.m.; and
  • Sunday, June 29, at 2 p.m.

Please note the two Sunday performances are at 2 p.m. as opposed to the 8 p.m. performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

This fable focuses on Leon Tolchinsky, a young schoolteacher, who has found his dream job in a tiny Russian village. Upon arrival, he discovers the entire town has been under a spell of stupidity for 200 years. This spell was cast on them by Vladimir Yousekevitch after his son killed himself two centuries earlier.

Only Leon can break this curse. What he doesn’t know is that if he stays more than 24 hours and fails to free the village’s inhabitants, he too will fall victim to this spell and become stupid himself. To further complicate matters, he has fallen in love with a village girl named Sophia, regardless of the fact that she is so stupid she has only just learned to sit down.

“Fools” is directed by HFC Theater Arts Instructor/Technical Director Gerry Dzuiblinski, who recently won a Certificate of Merit from the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) for his scenic design for HFC’s 2013 production of “Ruined.”

The play is open to the general public. Tickets are $10 ($8 for students with a valid photo ID).

Cast and Crew

A Comic Fable
Written By: Neil Simon

Direction and Technical Direction by Gerry Dzublinski
Lighting Design by Scott Ross

Cast (in order of appearance)
Shovel Man: Joshua Cliff
Crate Man: Kahrah Noel
Stepping Man: Michael Ross
Leon Tolchinsky: Kyle Moylan
Snetsky: Andrew St John
Magistrate: Lina Allan
Slovitch: Matt Van Houten
Mishkin: Danielle Weinkauf
Yenchama: Katie Higgins, Zoe Mueller
Dr. Zubritsky: Chris Boskovski
Lenya Zubristky: Zaina Berry
Sophia Zubristky: Samantha Kenbeek
Count Gregor Yousekevitch: Brian Bieber

Production Staff
Director/Technical Director: Gerry Dzublinski
Scenic Designer: Gerry Dzublinski
Lighting Designer: Scott Ross
Shop Foreman: Christopher Bremer
Assistant Director/Production Manager: Angie Lai
Stage Manager: Lina Allan
Assistant Stage Manager: Joshua Cliff
Assistant Technical Director: Andrew St John
Costume Designer: Gerry Dzublinski
Costume Assistants: Zoe Mueller, Danielle Wienkauf
Male Costume Manager: Chris Bokovski
Female Costume Manager: Katie Higgins
Makeup Designer: Gerry Dzublinski
Hairpieces: Danielle Weinkauf
Properties Designer: Gerry Dzublinski
Properties Manager: Kahrah Noel
Properties Artisans: Samantha Kenbeck, Zaina Berri
Sound Designer: Andrew St. John
Scenic Crew: Michael Ross, Inas Ali, Matt Van Houten, Scott Ross, Joshua Cliff, Andrew St John, Kaite Higgins, Angie Lai
Lighting Crew: Matt Van Houten
Sound/Light Board Operator: Scott Ross
Program: Angie Lai, Brian Bieber
Box Office Manager: India Jackson
Publicity: Michael Cochran, Gerry Dzublinski,
Angie Lai, Michael Ross, the Company
Refreshments: Angie Lai, India Jackson, Joshua Cliff

A Special Thank You To
Dr. George Popovich, Director of Theatre
Christopher Bremer
Judith Fletcher
HFCC Graphics
The Jewish Ensemble Theatre