Saint Sebastian Players HAY FEVER Preview

Saint Sebastian Players' HAY FEVER (L-R): Sarah Allyn Althen, Peter Giessl, Eric S. Prahl, Matthew Schultz, Nicola Brown, Sebastian Summers. Photo by Steven Walanka

The Saint Sebastian Players (SSP) continue the company’s 37th season with the farce Hay Fever by Noel Coward.

Hoping for a quiet weekend in the country with guests, novelist David Bliss and his wife Judith, a retired actress, find that an impossible dream when their high-spirited children Simon and Sorel appear with guests of their own. A houseful of theatrics waits to be ignited as misunderstandings and tempers flare. With Judith's new flame and David's newest literary “inspiration” keeping company as the children follow suit, the Bliss family lives up to its name as the “quiet weekend” comes to an exhausting and hilarious finale.

Nicola Brown (L) and Natalie Reff. Photo by Steven Walanka.
Eric S. Prahl and Sarah Allyn Althen. Photo by Steven Walanka.

SSP company members Brittany Eude and Steven Walanka are co-producing and co-directing Hay Fever. Walanka has directed past SSP productions of the comedies Arsenic and Old Lace, The Sisters Rosensweig (both stage managed by Eude), Steel Magnolias and Picasso at the Lapin Agile. The cast includes SSP company members Eric S. Prahl as David, Natalie Reff as Sorel and Kate O’Connor as Clara, along with Sarah Allyn Althen, Kate Fitzgerald, Pete Giessl, Nicola Howard, Matthew Shultz and Sebastian Summers. Company members on the production team include Jim Masini as technical director, Emil Zbella as set designer, Robert-Eric West as costume designer and dialect coach, Aaron Harris Woodstein as sound designer and Nancy Pollock as properties manager. Jacob Lynch is lighting designer.


February 16–March 11
Fridays & Saturdays 8PM, Sundays 2PM


St. Bonaventure
1625 W. Diversey (enter on Marshfield)


$20 (Discounts available)

For tickets call 773-404-7911 or visit the Saint Sebastian Players website


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