Stage Magazine Reviews The Everett’s version of Sapperstein & Murway’s Venus

Stage Magazine Reviews The Everett’s version of Sapperstein & Murway’s Venus

Women are from Venus, Men are from Uranus made its way to the Everett Theatre stage and the reviews are in from STAGE Magazine … WOW what a great job you all did! Starring Georgiana Staley as Woman, Wayne Meadows as Man and Allison Brooks and Stephanie Williams as the Genome Observation Department Lab Tech’s. Directed by the magnificent Ruth K. Brown with costumes by the lovely and talented Star Timney and sets from the artful and handy David Sokolowski and Ruth Brown. the entire J&G Team were present at the show last weekend and OMG this group put on an amazing production of Sapperstein & Murway’s Women are from Venus, Men are from Uranus! Thanks to Stage Magazine for the fabulous review! We’re so thrilled you had a great time!

Universal Humor at The Everett: WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS, MEN ARE FROM URANUS

Following a command from the Boss at the Genome Observation Department, two Lab Technicians spin “Woman” and “Man” into creation from a petri dish. These experimental subjects embark on a live journey of discovery that observers will find both witty and a touch of wistful. The subjects must learn to connect with one another, though (surprise) they find that they differ in many ways, and are not supplied with instructions. The Technicians cannot seem to help but meddle some, seeing that Man is in over his head. Talk about drama in relationships! There is something for everyone in this show, which is sure to have you laughing and perhaps sighing a little, as evidenced by opening night’s audience.

Rounding out the cast of WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS, MEN ARE FROM URANUS are Allison Brooks and Stephanie Williams who portray the Lab Technicians.

Rounding out the cast of WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS, MEN ARE FROM URANUS are Allison Brooks and Stephanie Williams who portray the Lab Technicians.

Georgiana Staley, she is Woman! Her expressions, physicality, character interpretation and timing reaped much audience reaction. The scene where she is birthing away behind a partition (without much help from Man) just steals the show. Also well executed was the maturation sequencing as Woman progressed through various stages in life. Wayne Meadows plays the quintessential Man, evoking sympathy, and laughter, with his “deer in the headlight” reactions to Woman. The interplay and timing between the two is terrific and adorable. In an interesting switch, female lab techs are featured in this show instead of traditional male casting of these roles. Lab Technician #1, played by Allison Brooks, and Lab Technician #2, played by Stephanie Williams, don’t always agree. They sometimes ignore the Genome Observation Department dictates and are not perfect, but they do stir up the sauce to spill out the laughter. Also appearing on stage in lab coats to assist are backstage crew members Jenn Fleagle and Lukas Vacula.

This production runs under an hour, and there is a fifteen minute intermission. A minimal, but funky set (Ruth K. Brown, David Sokolowski) is used. Sports wear is worn by Woman and Man instead of body suits (Star Timney, Costumer), which seems to work just fine for this production.

The Everett Theatre is an historic building. It is lovingly kept with an old time theater concession stand with fresh popcorn, candy, assorted beverages, and friendly people behind the counter who make one feel welcome. A coupon for this fun show is available at http://www.stagemagazine.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Everett-May-Ad.pdf which also includes a free popcorn.

WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS, MEN ARE FROM URANUS
Written by Judith Sapperstein and Gary Murway
Directed by Ruth K. Brown
May 10 – 19, 2013
The Everett Theatre
45 W. Main Street
Middletown, DE 19709
302-378-7038
http://www.everetttheatre.com/

Tellico Community Players perform Love & Merger

Tellico Community Players perform Love & Merger

On March 14 through March 17, 2013, Tellico Community Players in Tennessee performed J&G’s own, Regal’s Last Resort.

Tellico Community Players
Regals Last Resort final day, what a fantastic performance by everyone. Good job cast and crew.
                                                                          –Tellico’s Facebook Page
Ralph Maffongelli directs, and Folkmanis Puppets endorses Bloomin

Ralph Maffongelli directs, and Folkmanis Puppets endorses Bloomin

The Final Approach Restaurant in Sheboygan Falls Wisconsin welcomes the J&G Gypsies in the Sapperstein & Murway Classic in the making, Bloomin!  A musical for all ages debuts.

Sheboygan Falls, WI September 18, 2012 – Once again, Ralph Maffongelli and the J&G Gypsies take to the stage to bring Bloomin and all its colorful, musical glory to the stage for Sheboygan area residents.

“Bloomin is one of those productions that is so much more than it first appears at casual glance,” states Ralph Maffongelli, Director.  “The music is phenomenal and the message to audiences is clear … the garden is a fascinating place.  Some might consider the message extremely ‘green’,” Ralph continues.

Starring local favorite, Tamara Richelle Pool as Mother Earth, with Chris Fontaine, Mike Eberhardy, Sue Kaiser, Hilary Mayer and Ty Wesley rounding out an entertaining cast of talented actors to bring Bloomin and characters to life for Sheboygan audiences.  Bloomin also includes Emma Dehne as the Butterfly Ballerina, Steve Thaves as Seedling Mum, Hillary Mayer and Kathleen Beuttenmueller.  With talented Musical Director Janice Westphal, Choreographer Jessica Mueller and talented costume designer Tony Olson, Bloomin is chicken soup for the gardener’s soul.

Award-winning Folkmanis® Puppets proudly partners with Bloomin.  “We fell in love with Bloomin’s social and environmental message, and are thrilled to see the potential for puppets to be represented on the stage, elevating the art of puppetry for all ages in this profound and beautiful production,” states Elaine Kollias, Marketing Director for Folkmanis Puppets.  Learn more about Folkmanis at their website here, http://www.Folkmanis.com.

Tickets are available now and the show goes on stage October 12, 13, 18, 19 & 20 with Matinee’s & Evening performances on the 13th and 20th at the Final Approach Restaurant in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin.

Call 1-855-345-5550 (toll free) for tickets and information.   Box Office is open until 9pm.

ABOUT THE J&G GYPSIES
The J&G Gypsies, led by Ralph Maffongelli, is a wholly owned subsidiary of J&G Unlimited, LLC a theatrical licensing firm representing the writing and composing team of Judith Sapperstein & Gary Murway.  For additional information, please visit the TLC Scripts website at http://www.TLCScripts.com.

ABOUT THE FINAL APPROACH RESTAURANT
The Final Approach Restaurant serves fine dining at a reasonable price.  The food is exceptional and the menu is expansive, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.  In addition to their restaurant, they have a Banquet Facility that can handle up to 650 people for weddings, parties, events, conventions and more.  To learn more, please visit http://www.FinalApproachRestaurant.com.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Tracy Byrne, VP, CMO
creative@jandgunlimited.com
215-345-5550

J&G Gypsies Perform Friends in High Places, Final Approach

J&G Gypsies Perform Friends in High Places, Final Approach

Sheboygan Falls WI: The J&G Gypsies are once again on stage at the Final Approach Dinner Theatre in Sheboygan Falls Wisconsin, performing the Sapperstein & Murway comedy, “Friends in High Places.”

Directed by Sheboygan’s own Ralph Maffongelli, aliens from the planet Quirdmut land on the Mall in Washington DC seeking our help, but wind out having to deal with our corrupt politicians to get it solved.

“This is a funny play that’s great for the whole family,” shared Ralph Maffongelli.  “We welcome to the stage in starring roles, Randy Stache as President Arnot Thinkinear; Chris Fontaine as Powers Wayning; and Mike Roehl as General Geroge S. Trojan.”

Returning to the Final Approach stage with the J&G Gypsies is Susan Chambers Johnson as the alien Foit, Kevin Horne as the news reporter Chase Storyman and Tamara Richelle Pool as reporter Lilac Hellowitz.  Joining them is Randall Stache as President Arnot Thinkineer, Ben Johnson as the alien Gnudt, Jim Johnson as the alien Loodigun, Danielle Rammer as Lola Clematis, Clarke R. Krist as Shelby Dunn and Pat Forkner as Sunny Day.  Costuming and set design by Tony Olson.

Friends in High Places is on stage April 27th, 28th, 29th & then gain May 3rd, 4th & 5th.  Tickets are on sale now with good seats still available, with a Matinee performance on April 29th. Enjoy dinner with your show, or just come for the show only.

The aliens from the Planet Quirdmut will be available after the show for photography with the audience.  Also available after the show is an audio CD of the journey of our politicians to the planet Quirdmut to build intergalactic diplomatic relations.

Call 1-855-345-5550 (toll free) for tickets and information.  Box Office is open until 9pm.

ABOUT THE J&G GYPSIES
The J&G Gypsies, led by Ralph Maffongelli, is a wholly owned subsidiary of J&G Unlimited, LLC a theatrical licensing firm representing the writing and composing team of Judith Sapperstein & Gary Murway.  For additional information, please visit the J&G website at http://www.TLCScripts.com, or for the Gypsy show schedule.

ABOUT THE FINAL APPROACH RESTAURANT
The Final Approach Restaurant serves fine dining at a reasonable price.  The food is exceptional and the menu is expansive, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.  In addition to their restaurant, they have a Banquet Facility that can handle up to 650 people for weddings, parties, events, conventions and more.  To learn more, please visit http://www.FinalApproachRestaurant.com.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Tracy Byrne, VP, CMO
creative@jandgunlimited.com
215-345-5550

Ralph Maffongelli Announces Reviews of Love and Merger

Ralph Maffongelli Announces Reviews of Love and Merger

Ralph Maffongelli follows up one successful show at the Final Approach Restaurant with another that promises to be much funnier than the last, “Women are from Venus, Men are from Uranus!”

ScriptCover1024_LoveAndMergerSheboygan Falls Wisconsin, January 28th, 2012 – The reviews are in from the December 2011 performance of Sapperstein & Murway’s “Love and Merger,” performed at the Final Approach Restaurant at the Sheboygan County Memorial Airport and directed by Sheboygan’s own Ralph Maffongelli.

“We had a good time, it was wonderful!  We enjoyed the show and look forward to many more,” was the general theme of audience comments shared with Ralph after their performance of Regal’s.

Now, with this show under their belts, Ralph and the J&G Gypsies have announced their 2012 show calendar, already taking ticket orders for February’s performance of “Women are from Venus, Men are from Uranus!” starring Kevin Horne and Eileen McCormick-Kelm as “Man” and “Woman.”

“As a theatrical director, I have read many new scripts, some requested and some not.  The vast majority of them were so poorly written, that I could not figure out how people could put their names on them let alone submit them for production.  That was NOT the case with any of the Sapperstein & Murway works I’ve had the pleasure of reading, however,” shared Ralph in a recent interview.

“There is something for everyone in this show [Women are from Venus, Men are from Uranus], which is sure to have you laughing and perhaps sighing a little, as evidenced by opening night’s audience.” – Stage Magazine, May 2013

“There is something for everyone in this show [Women are from Venus, Men are from Uranus], which is sure to have you laughing and perhaps sighing a little, as evidenced by opening night’s audience.” – Stage Magazine, May 2013

When asked about why he chose this work as the answer to audience’s demand for more shows, Ralph had to say, “Women are from Venus, Men are from Uranus really caught my eye.  Written as a modern, up-to-date Adam and Eve story, the piece is well conceived, unified and consistent.  The characters are believable because their actions and objectives are well motivated and the dialogue is not only convincing, but flows smoothly. Most importantly, the dramatized situation – within the convention initially established – is very plausible.  We witness a beautiful relationship develop between Man and Woman in a very gradual and very believable manner.  But the literary elements and carefully constructed structure are utilized not for their own sake, but to create a totally light-hearted, audience-friendly, easy to enjoy comedy.  Laughter is the objective and the technique is never allowed to get in the way of the purpose of the piece.  The situations, in which the characters find themselves and their reactions, are written in such a universal way that audiences will certainly relate to them, but will also find them hysterically funny.”

“Ralph and J&G are working to create a new model for theatre presentation, one that’s all about the audience and their desire to simply have a good time.  We are not here to be ‘artsy’ or ‘over-dramatized’.  We just want to have fun and we want to do it with our audiences.  We encourage our actors to ‘play’ with the audience in order to enhance their entertainment experience and make them feel a part of it all,” shared Judith Sapperstein, one-half of Sapperstein & Murway.

“So many of our audience members pulled me aside after the show’s in December to thank us for bringing something fun and new to them, that they’re so very tired of the same old works being done over and over again,” Judith stated.

In answer to audience demand, the 2012 season begins just in time for Valentine’s Day, February 10th, 11th, 12th, 14th, 17th and 18th with Women are from Venus, Men are from Uranus.  Tickets are on sale now by calling toll free, 215-345-5550.  Dinner, the show, tax and gratuity are all inclusive in the price of a ticket and group rates are available.
ScriptCover1024_Bloomin2015_SC“In April, we begin to bring new musicals to our wonderful audience, starting with Bloomin! a work that holds a very special place in my heart,” concludes Judith.  To learn more about the show schedule and what each show is all about, you are asked to please visit the J&G Gypsy website.

ABOUT THE J&G GYPSIES
The J&G Gypsies, led by Ralph Maffongelli, is a wholly owned subsidiary of J&G Unlimited, LLC a theatrical licensing firm representing the writing and composing team of Judith Sapperstein & Gary Murway.  For additional information, please visit the J&G website at http://www.TLCScripts.com.

ABOUT THE FINAL APPROACH RESTAURANT
The Final Approach Restaurant serves fine dining at a reasonable price.  The food is exceptional and the menu is expansive, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.  In addition to their restaurant, they have a Banquet Facility that can handle up to 650 people for weddings, parties, events, conventions and more.  To learn more, please visit http://www.FinalApproachRestaurant.com.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Tracy Byrne, VP, CMO
creative@jandgunlimited.com
215-345-5550

Final Approach Restaurant Presents New Dinner Theatre Experience

Final Approach Restaurant Presents New Dinner Theatre Experience

SHEBOYGAN FALLS, WISCONSIN – October 18, 2011 – The Final Approach Restaurant at the Sheboygan County Memorial Airport, known for their amazing food and dining experience, has come together with J&G Productions, to bring to you a new dinner theatre experience. J&G Productions in Sheboygan, is led by Ralph Maffongelli, former Artistic Director at the Sheboygan Theatre Company and includes many talented and well-known performers in the area.

In an interview with Ralph he stated, “Our first production will be on December 1st through the 4th and will feature an amazing new comedy by Sapperstein & Murway, called Love and Merger. It’s about a greedy town council and what goes on when a wealthy town founder passes and leaves his estate to the town itself,” he shared. “You’ll see many familiar faces on stage including Tamara Richelle Pool, Tyrone Wesley, Robert J. Scheibl, Samantha Lin Pool, Chris Fontaine, Eileen McCormick Kelm, Michael A. Eberhardy and Kevin Horne,” Ralph concluded.

This is only the beginning of an aggressive calendar of theatrical entertainment, planned for Sheboygan and surrounding area residents for the 2012 season. “If you love theatre, love great food and live in the area, you really ought to head on over and see what we have planned for you,” states Tracy Byrne, J&G Unlimited’s VP, COO.

Tickets are available at the restaurant by calling 920-341-3668 where a J&G representative will call you back to finalize your order. You can go to “Dinner and a Show” or “Show Only”, and group rates are available for 15 or more. More information about the play, “Love and Merger” is found on TLC Scripts’ website here: http://tlcscripts.com/shop/love-and-merger-download/

About J&G Productions
J&G Productions is a wholly owned subsidiary of J&G Unlimited, LLC, a theatrical licensing firm representing the writing and composing team of Judith Sapperstein & Gary Murway. For additional information, please visit our website at: http://www.TLCScripts.com

About Final Approach Restaurant
The Final Approach Restaurant serves fine dining at a reasonable price. The food is exceptional and the menu is expansive, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In addition to their restaurant, they have a Banquet Facility that can handle up to 650 people for weddings, parties, events, conventions, and more. (www.finalapproachrestaurant.com)

Press Contact:
Tracy Byrne, VP,/COO
J&G Unlimited, LLC.
creative-at-jandgunlimited.com
920-341-3668 (in Sheboygan)

Mother Truckers, the road will never be the same again

Mother Truckers, the road will never be the same again

ScriptCover275_MotherTruckersA Comedy You Won’t Soon Forget!

CAST SIZE: 4

LENGTH: 1 hour, 30 minutes
(not including intermission or scene changes)

Maxine and Charlotte are sisters. Two buxom and full figured women who have worked hard all their lives and never quite gotten out of “Trailer Park” status. Although they have a tough exterior, they are actually very good people.

Maxine’s husband has just died of a sudden heart attack while he was on the road with their brand new Peterbilt Truck. Maxine reveals to Charlotte that Nelson’s heart attack could not have come at a worse time. They just bought the new rig, and Maxine is left in debt up to her eyeballs.

Trying to help, yet feeling at a loss, Charlotte says, “It’s a shame you can’t just pick up where Nelson left off.” Charlotte, of course does not really mean it, but Maxine suddenly figures… “Why NOT?” And so the adventure begins! And, while they’re at it, they will take Nelson’s ashes with them, hoping to find just the right place to spread them where he would be most happy.

The two women, assisted by Maxine’s loveable yet intensely micromanaging neighbor, Mary Ellen, pack the truck and take off on their first run. They get off to a bad start by taking a wrong turn and creating a major incident in a “NO TRUCK ZONE,” but soon feel reassured when they meet “Sugar Daddy” on the CB radio followed by Roy McCoy, a strange little guy with very big feet. Is it true what they say about a man with big feet?

Things get complicated they meet a hooker named Trixie at Rosie Mae’s Truck Stop. It seems Trixie knew Nelson quite well and Maxine is not amused. It now becomes painfully apparent that they have found just the right spot for Nelson’s ashes. In a roaring fury, Maxine locks herself in the Ladies Room, gives her farewell speech and flushes Nelson down the toilet. After all, he loved the water, the ladies and Rosie Mae’s Truck Stop. What could be more perfect?

With Maxine finally reaching “Closure”, the two women climb back aboard their shiny new truck and take to the road with the goal of putting their past behind them and looking forward to what lies ahead.

LOOK OUT… Here come the Mother Truckers. “The road” will never be the same again!

AACT members, save 25 percent off materials costs

AACT Name with Logo TransparentJ&G Unlimited has always been strongly committed to furthering the theatrical community and the quality and diversity of the works they have available to perform.  Our objective is not to just license a play to you … no.  We want to build a long-term relationship with you and your theatre, one that will benefit us both and help further our goals of great theatre everywhere.

Because of the like-minded commitment of the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) to our own, and both organizations’ desire to help theatres in every way possible, J&G now offers an exclusive deal for members of the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT).

License any of our works and save 25% off the total cost of materials.  Add to that the fact that, with J&G, you ALWAYS keep the materials … well, you save on shipping costs as well.

Regals Last Resort, now called Love and Merger, First on Funny

Regals Last Resort, now called Love and Merger, First on Funny

Love and Merger was formerly called Regal's Last Resort

Love and Merger was formerly called Regal’s Last Resort

Released August, 2010, Regal’s Last Resort promises to keep you laughing all the way through.  This fun new comedy from Sapperstein & Murway, Buck’s County’s latest creative team, requires minimal sets and a cast of only 8 with 2 additional members hiding in the audience.

SYNOPSIS:

It’s 1996 and the town of Regal, South Carolina is going bankrupt.  The town grew up surrounding the Regal Typewriter Company and with the advent of the computer, nobody wants typewriters anymore.

The town founder, owner of the Regal Typewriter Company, Colonel Beaumont, dies of old age and having no heirs, leaves his entire estate to the town of Regal.

Through much discussion, it is decided that, with all the experienced talent on the Board, the best thing to do is to turn the Factory into a Shopping Bazaar and the Colonel’s large home estate into a posh Hotel Resort and Spa.

On the Board is an Attorney, an Accountant, a Building Contractor, an Interior Designer, a High School Gym Teacher, a Real Estate Broker and Daisy Biskett.  Daisy is the owner of the local restaurant and has written and published a cook book.

Then there is Masood Habibi.  He is the owner of Habibi Fine Rugs, which always seems to be running a 20% off sale.  Masood, being the clever businessman that he is, has his own agenda.

The greed sets in and everyone see’s an opportunity to get rich quick.  Finally depleting the town coffers of all working capital, they must make an accounting at a Town Hall meeting, but they have backed themselves into a corner.

Miraculously there is an anonymous buyer that wants to purchase the Hotel Resort at a very good price and quickly.  However, the Townspeople become suspicious after the council sell’s the Hotel and restores the town’s bank account with the proceeds.

The Townspeople rebel until finally, Daisy Biskett can’t take it anymore.  She hysterically announces that SHE is the buyer.  She has made so much money from the sale of her cook book, that she is more than able to make the purchase.

There is greed, fist fights, a secret sexual tryst, unrequited love, several 20% off sales and in the end, there is even talk of a bordello.

CONTACT J&G today to receive a free perusal script of Regal’s Last Resort 215-345-5550 or email Creative@JandGUnlimited.com

Learn more about Regal’s Last Resort on our website, click here.

From Director to Marketing, Ralph Maffongelli

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By Ralph Maffongelli

Bucks County, Pennsylvania: What does the American Association of Community Theatres have to do with a theatre director’s transition from community theatre managing director to royalty house sales rep?  Well the organization did not broker the deal between the Sheboygan Theatre Company (STC) and J & G Unlimited for the production of one of their musicals, nor did it play headhunter when I retired from STC and was approached by J & G.  But AACT was literally at the center of the entire process.

It was through AACT that J & G located me and STC when they were promoting their catalog and one play in particular.  The continual networking that AACT does, bringing all types of theatre companies together, led to a phone conversation between me and Judith Sapperstein, the J of J&G and one half of an energetic and talented collaborating duo.

As is so often the case, the piece first pitched was not the one STC produced.  But we almost immediately began working on the world premiere of the election satire HUH? as our annual July 4th offering.  The process could not have gone more smoothly and J&G was totally supportive throughout, even though we asked to make an incredible number of cuts and alterations in order to adapt the show for our free, daytime, outdoor venue.

When I shortly after decided that, having spent twenty-eight years at the helm of the Sheboygan Theatre Company, it was time to retire, Judy asked if I would join J&G and assist them in promoting their works.  Based on the very positive relationship which had bloomed, I immediately said, “Yes.”

But still the question remains, why would someone be willing to go from one side of the desk to the other, transitioning from mounting shows to convincing others to do so?  The answers are quite simple.  First and foremost the scripts are good.  Otherwise I would not be involved.  As Shakespeare said, “The play’s the thing.”  That’s the bottom line.  Judith Sapperstein and Gary Merway turn out wonderful, well-written, well-conceived plays and musicals that are funny, entertaining and both producer and audience-friendly.

Secondly, J&G is committed to Community Theatre.  They truly want to see good theatre presented and good theatres succeed.  They will work with a producing company every step of the way, from making the script, perusal and royalty process as simple as possible to solving production challenges and authoring script changes.  Thirdly, with their own marketing department and complete recording facilities, they have the necessary resources to provide this assistance.  Along with scripts and scores come audio tapes which range from those with and without lyrics so performers can fully appreciate the vocal melodies to those that can be used in performance.  Moreover, J&G designs, produces and markets ancillary products specifically for each show to be sold at show time.

So it was an easy sell for me to join J&G, but had it not been for the commitment of AACT to the national and international networking of all entities involved in producing quality amateur theatre the connection may never have been made.  So keep reading good scripts and continue networking through AACT.

About J&G Unlimited, LLC.
J&G is a licensing company representing the works of Judith Sapperstein & Gary Murway.  Being a small firm, J&G has the power and flexibility to work deals with theatres that will suit their timelines AND their budgets quite nicely.  Additionally, J&G keeps the directors in close contact with the authors when they need to ask questions, get approval for changes or otherwise make requests.  Need to receive your materials sooner than 8 weeks?  DONE!  Need materials you do not need to return when the show is over?  DONE!  Need to NOT be nickle-and-dimed to death on all the little things?  DONE!  Partner with J&G today and lets get the show on the road!

Contact Information:
Tracy Renee
Vice President, Marketing
tracy@JandGUnlimited.com
215-345-5550
http://www.JandGUnlimited.com

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