Das BarbecüBook and Lyrics by Jim Luigs, Music by Scott Warrender
Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle set in modern day Texas with some country western twang!
Through flashbacks and songs, the entire cycle is told at breakneck speed by five actors playing 30 outrageous characters (transformed from gods and monsters to billionaires and road-side show men). Full of heart, this witty fable of love conquering greed is the ultimate musical joyride.
Slick, affable and perky
JOANNA PARSON returns to Sarasota after Outlaws and Angels at the Goldstein Cabaret, and last summer’s Cowgirls. National Tour: Buddy. NY Theatre includes The Audience and All the Way Home with Off-Broadway’s Drama Desk-winning Transport Group (Associate Artist); Jim Wann’s The Great Unknown; and Reddy or Not: A Musical Comedy Tribute to Helen Reddy, which she co-created. Regional theatre includes Weston Playhouse, the Depot Theatre, Human Race Theatre Company, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival (founding member). TV/Film includes As the World Turns and Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding.
MARIA COUCH is very pleased to be making her FST debut. She was most recently seen as Vicki in The Full Monty at Riverside Theatre. National tour credits include Maury Yeston’s Phantom (Christine), The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Christine) and Annie (Star to Be). Favorite NYC and regional credits are Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey) at Stages St. Louis, Les Miserables (Fantine) at Arkansas Rep, Sweeney Todd (Johanna) at Baltimore Center Stage, Illyria (Olivia) at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and On the Levee (Petulia) with Lincoln Center Theater 3.
BILLIE WILDRICK is enchanted by Sarasota, all a-flutter to be making her FST debut and downright dee-lighted to return to ol’ Mesa Rock 3 years after her first turn as Brünhilde (ACT). Billie works prolifically in the vital Seattle theatre scene. Recent projects include Sam Buntrock’s beautiful Sunday in the Park... (Dot) and Guys and Dolls (Adelaide) both at the nationally renowned 5th Avenue Theatre and Vanities (Mary) at ACT. Billie is a founding member of girl trio The Daffodils and the Cordless Moon Generative Artist Collective.
STEPHAN HOPE appeared in the original Broadway productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Off-Broadway in Ascension, Fairy Tales, Dames At Sea, and Civil War Voices (also directed by Dennis Courtney) for which he received the 2010 MITF “Outstanding Actor in a Musical” Award. FST audiences will recognize him from this season’s That’s Life, Again as well as productions of The Exonerated, Ruthless!, …Spelling Bee, European Cabaret, and the last three installments of Laughing Matters. His numerous regional credits include leading roles in Barnum, My One And Only, and Paint Your Wagon.
JOSHUA CARTER is incredibly excited to step back into Scott and Jim’s Germanic Texas! A professional actor for ten years Josh has starred in over half of Shakespeare’s plays, on every major stage in Seattle, in ten different states, and Israel. He is also a professional music director, guitarist, and an award-winning playwright. He is the founder and executive producer of a new radio program called The Glamorous Life.
Director | Dennis Courtney
Music Director | David Nelson
Choreographer | Stephen Hope
Scenic Designer | Rob Eastman-Mullins
Lighting Designer | Joseph P. Oshry
Costume Designer | April Soroko
Sound Engineer | John Valines
Production Stage Manager | Kelli Karen*
* Denotes Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.