“Sapperstein and Murway have written a fun filled evening of Irish themed humor. The cast is having a ball and it radiates to the audience,” — Arnie Finkle, Stage Magazine.
Patty O’Toole has passed on and the town gathers at his wake to mourn and remember this mischievous trouble maker and his leprechaun inclusive events when it seems, Patty’s not done creating mischief. He shows up at his own wake rather than wait in line at the pearly gates for his turn at his interview.
Mother Truckers hits the road in Florida with the Crane Point Museum and the audience laughs all the way to “Rosie Mae’s Truck Stop” where they “eat here and get gas.”
Loretta Geotis of Crane Point shared her input on what she and her group did:
“I had the pleasure of working with J&G Unlimited in creating a fundraising project for my organization. I decided to have a dinner and a play. I had read “Mother Truckers” a few years prior while working as Executive Director at a community theatre. I remembered the script and decided to use it for my event. The script is well-written and very funny and has a small cast which was a necessity in my case.
I was able to enhance the story by adding funny signs and props including a sign that said “Rosie Mae’s Truck Stop – Eat Here and Get Gas.” I created a “truck stop” environment with checked tablecloths and toy trucks and I-95 signs incorporated into the centerpieces. My truck was carefully constructed and lit up which added to the ambiance.
The PressPlay CD sound track [provided by J&G with materials] finished off a great product and the audience was surprised at the first “truck engine” sounds and was still laughing when the toilet flushed for the final time. The truck itself got an applause.
My audience loved it from beginning to end. Judith at J&G was fun to work with and made the whole process worthwhile. Thank you J&G and keep writing those terrific scripts!”
As a result of the Crane Point production, J&G is receiving calls from other states as far north as New York, wanting Mother Truckers because they have been hearing from friends and theatre professionals that it is an extremely funny ride for audiences!
Thank you Loretta, you and your entire cast and crew. What a magnificent job you’ve done!
Well, here we are driving home from the TANYS Festival of 2013 with smiles on our faces, great memories from an amazing event, and a plethora of fabulous new friends and acquaintances.
Although our intention was to introduce the plays and musicals we represent to the New York Community Theatre market, we wound out accomplishing so much more! The people of TANYS (The Theatre Association of New York State) were warm, welcoming and genuine to the core, while being wrapped up in a thick blanket of creativity, talent and presence!
We had so much fun getting to know the amazing actors, directors, producers, members and friends of TANYS while sharing our stories and music and watching the playful arguments of “no you can’t do that one, I want to put that one on,” (ANN) it was truly heart warming and endearing.
Thank you from all of us at J&G to every single person of TANYS for reminding us just what it means to be a part of the amazing world of Community Theatre — people, relationships and a dedication to the craft and storytelling excellence! As I said in my short speech given while awarding the raffled free show, “You are what Community Theatre is all about, you, the people in this room and others like you around the country, make Community Theatre possible!”
Even the meetings and events were entertaining with the great humor and anecdotes from speakers like Rob, and 2013 TANYS President Bob Frame. To open the Festival’s closing board meeting, Festival President, “Big Rob” Sharman introduced the drawing of the J&G Free Show Raffle. The amazing and talented Elisa Hunt of Auburn Players won the Raffle and the room oo’d and ah’d when we described in detail just what she’d walked away from the event with … one free J&G production of her choosing, up to 6 shows, and it includes all materials and even printed posters.
We will release a short interview with Elisa soon where she announced her selection of our musical, Bloomin which should be on stage under her skilled direction in August of 2014. Be sure to check back with us here for updates and to visit TANYS’ site to learn about the TANYS performance winners who are now moving up to ESTA!
See you all in Maryland in January 2014 where J&G will be giving away ANOTHER free show, all materials included, of up to 6 performances!
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.
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!”
Sheboygan 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
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.
“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.