The fifth show of the Apple Hill Playhouse summer season is a hilarious cautionary tale of what happens when parents move in with their children.
Jerry Sloan is a successful writer of jingles married to an equally successful lawyer. Living with the happy couple is Abe Dreyfus, Jerry's curmudgeon of a father-in-law. Abe is a funny guy, but not to Jerry. The situation is exacerbated when Jerry's mother Mildred loses her house in a fire and needs a place to stay. Abe and Mildred can't stand each other. This play is one hilarious confrontation after another until the finale in which the oldsters discover that it's never too late for romance (wink, wink)!!
Squabbles was written by Marshall Karp.
Performances are August 28, 29, 30; September 4, 5, 6 at 7:30 PM and August 31 and September 7 at 2:00 PM. Call 724-468-5050 to order tickets. Thrifty Thursday tickets $13; Friday, Saturday Evening and Sunday Matinee Tickets $17. Dine at Lamplighter Restaurant before the show. Dinner Theatre packages are available.
Ron Ferrara Director
Ron Ferrara is a retired school teacher and currently an OPAC Board member. He has directed or performed in over 100 adult productions for AHP, Theatre Factory, New Kensington Civic Theatre, Greensburg Civic Theatre, and St Vincent College. In the past two years he directed How The Other Half Loves and Caught In The Net at AHP, Noises Off and Boeing, Boeing at NKCT, and Don't Dress For Dinner at Theatre Factory where he performed the role of Mushnick in Little Shop Of Horrors.
Susan Szymanowski Shirey Stage Manager & Mrs. Fisher
Susan Szymanowski Shirey is pleased to be working with Apple Hill Playhouse for the first time. She currently serves on the New Kensington Civic Theatre board of directors as props chair and is very active with their productions. Past favorite performance on stage is Eulalie in The Music Man and backstage as stage manager for Wonder of the World. Susan is an account coordinator with Zoll LifeVest for the five New York boroughs. She would like to thank director Ron Ferreira for thinking of her for this show and Derek and Reed for being her "little dudes".
Dennis “Chip” Kerr ∼ Abe Dreyfus
Dennis is a veteran actor and has been seen on many stages over the past 40 years. He is a past President of the Orchard Performing Arts Company. He is employed at UPMC/Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic-Comprehensive Recovery Services as the Director of Service Coordination. He was last seen earlier this summer as Mel Edison, in the AHP production of The Prisoner of Second Avenue. He performed the same role here at Apple Hill some 25 years ago. He is delighted to be joined again on the stage with his favorite actress – Shirley Ratner and to be directed again by Ron Ferrara. Favorite roles include Willie Clark in The Sunshine Boys, Nat in I’m Not Rappaport, and Big Daddy in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.
Matthew Mylnarski ∼ Hector Lopez
is excited to be back working with his friends at Apple Hill! He has a BA in Theatre Performance from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA where he focused his studies on acting and directing. Some of his most memorable shows include Pterodactyls, Bright Ideas, Macbeth, Dog Sees God….., and Avenue Q. Matt is currently working on being an actor and director in the Pittsburgh area.
Laurie Racculia ∼ Alice Sloan
Laurie recently appeared on the Apple Hill Stage as Veronica Snook in Too Many Cooks. Other theatre roles include Costanza in Enchanted April and Florinda in Into The Woods. Opera roles include Gianetta in Elixir of Love, and Musetta in La Boheme. Laurie co-founded and served as co-directore of the Saint Vincent Gilbert & Sullivan Players.
Shirley Ratner ∼ Mildred Sloan
In June Shirley played Edna Edison in Prisoner Of Second Avenue. When she had the opportunity to work again with Chip Kerr, and to be directed by Ron Ferrara, she just couldn't pass it up! Other favorite shows at AHP include The Last Romance, Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks, and last year's On Golden Pond. Shirley has performed at Little Lake Theatre (Harvey and Fools), St Vincent Summer Theatre (Lovers And Other Strangers), City Theatre (Talking With) and Greensburg Civic Theatre (Chapter Two). Thank you, dear family and friends, for your generous love and support. Special thanks to Herb, Melinda, Pat, and Marge.
Rob Stull ∼ Jerry Sloan
Rob is excited to return to the stage at Apple Hill Playhouse. He has recently appeared as Vic Schoen/music director in Sisters of Swing: The Story of the Andrews Sisters (Theatre Factory), Lawrence in A Talent for Murder (Apple Hill Playhouse), and the title role in The Psychic. His favorite roles include Victor Frankenstein (Frankenstein: a New Musical), Hines (Pajama Game), and Malcolm (The Full Monty). Rob has music directed in local theaters for the last decade include titles such as I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change!, Legally Blonde, and just last month, music directed Children of Eden at Theatre Factory. He appeared as the live musician in the world premier of Without Ruth (Off the Wall Theater). He currently is an adjunct music faculty member at Seton Hill University. Also, he teaches with the youth programs at the Richard Rauh Conservatory in conjunction with Pittsburgh Musical Theater. A big thank you to family, friends, and colleagues in the continued support—and my two little birds!!
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About Apple Hill Playhouse Apple Hill Playhouse offers Summer theatre in an air conditioned barn nestled in the countryside. Enjoy the new ramped access to the theatre and covered patio designed for greater patron comfort.
OPAC is currently in desparate need of a large-capacity used, working washing machine that they could donate to Apple Hill. (Management has requested in the past that the actors refrain from perspiring in the costumes, but it continues to be an issue.)