Cannon Beach, OR. April 20, 2014 Herman Lewis and Christine Millman have been friends for more than thirty years. When their spouses were alive, the two couples saw each other constantly and often traveled together. Christine is preparing to move—tomorrow—from her apartment in New York City to Florida. From out of the blue, Herman appears to request that she stay in the city. Christine thinks the idea is ridiculous, but Herman persists and tries during the next 18 hours to change her mind.
This performance is sponsored by Becker Capital Management
Who’s Who in the Cast and Crew:
SLAB SLABINSKI (Ralph). Cleat Eclair is enthused to be stepping in for Slab, who said “I am taking the year off from theater”. Sure he may look like Slab (who has been seen onstage at the Coaster Theatre in Twelfth Night, Boys Next Door, Present Laughter, Gramercy Ghost, Scrooged the Musical , Around the World in 80 Days, Arsenic and Old Lace, and a few others here and there), but he definitely is not Slab. Cleat is a man of many things- inventor of “Vegan Organic Pork Rinds”, purveyor of edible potting soil, and finder of all things found. Following Mixed Emotions, Cleat will be seen in the off-off-…off Broadway self-penned musical Quinwow!!!. So, once again, Cleat is not Slab.
CEDAR BRAASCH (Chuck) grew up on the Oregon coast in Nehalem. He moved to Portland to study acting in 2001 at La Salle College Prep. and Portland Actors Conservatory. After high school he attended the College of Santa Fe in New Mexico. He was invited to New York his junior year to audition and was cast as (Snowboy) for the 50 year anniversary of West Side Story at the Gerald W. Lynch theater in association with the New York Arts Program. The following year back in Santa Fe, he graduated with his BFA in Theater and Acting. Since finishing college in 2009 he returned to Portland where he resides and has appeared in numerous productions with the One Horn Goats and Imago Theater Co. This is his first show at the Coaster Theater.
SHEILA SHAFFER (Christine Millman) lives in Astoria and has made the Coaster Theatre her theatrical home for the last 13 years. She holds a degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Wisconsin and has worked with community and non-profit theatres, periodically, for over 30 years. This will be Sheila’s fourteenth show at the Coaster Theatre. A few of her roles have included The Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods, Agnes Gooch in Auntie Mame, Mrs. Gibbs in Our Town, Grace in Bus Stop, and Miss Hannigan in Annie. She has directed ten Coaster Theatre productions including The Sound of Music, Agatha Christie’s The Unexpected Guest, Dixie Swim Club, Scrooge: The Musical and this past winter’s production of ‘night, Mother. She is dedicating this performance to the memory of Ben Shaffer.
DONALD CONNER (Herman Lewis) has been acting at the Coaster Theater since 2001 when he first realized a lifelong aspiration. Over 30 plays and 14 years later, Donald is still going strong on stage and on the Coaster Theatre Board of Directors, as well. An avid magician in his teens and a working drummer in his twenties and thirties, Donald has been on the stage one way or another for most of his life. Recent plays include Twelfth Night, The Boys Next Door and How the Other Half Loves. Off stage interests include classic British sports cars, and collecting vintage space toys and comic books. He makes part of his living as an antique toy dealer and is considered an expert in, of all things, vintage tin toy flying saucers.
SUSI BROWN (Director). Mixed Emotions is Susi’s eighth experience as a director at the Coaster Theatre. A Doll’s House, which opened the 2014 season, Almost, Maine and Bullshot Crummond are some of her other Cannon Beach shows. Before she began participating regularly in Astoria’s community theatres, she enjoyed teaching Language Arts, Visual Arts, and Theatre in Oregon schools for over 30 years. After she retired from teaching, Susi owned Pier Pressure Productions, a theatre/gallery, producing over 20 plays in one year’s time. With an MFA in directing from the University of Portland, she found a temporary home with The River Theater in Astoria where she directed, acted, designed, and choreographed for many joyful years, working side by side with her dear friend and inspiration, Nancy Montgomery. Her credits include memberships in the Oregon Theatre Arts Association and Alpha Psi Omega, Kappa Mu Chapter, though the work of which she is proudest was with Troupe 4193 of The International Thespian Society in Knappa, Oregon.
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