(Chuh-pah-tee) A flat pancake-like bread, usually of whole wheat flour, baked on a griddle. Romance is a distant memory for two lonely animal-lovers living in Dublin. When forlorn Dan and his dog Chapatti cross paths with the amiable Betty and her nineteen cats, an unexpected spark begins a warm and gentle story about two people rediscovering the importance of human companionship. REGIONAL PREMIERE!
Director | Kate Alexander
Scenic Designers | Isabel & Moriah Curley-Clay
Costume Designer | Susan Angermann
Lighting Designer | Richard Chamblin
Dan | Colin Lane*
Betty | Susan Greenhill*
*Denotes member of Actors' Equity Association. The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
SUSAN GREENHILL (Betty) is so happy to return to FST where she most recently had the great joy of playing Dr. Ruth in Becoming Dr. Ruth, also directed by Kate Alexander. Other FST productions include Shirley Valentine, Dinner with Friends (SRQ Award), ...and L.A. is Burning, Molly Sweeney, and Southern Comforts. In New York she has performed in Crimes of the Heart on Broadway and new works at Playwrights Horizons, Primary Stages, Actors Studio Theatre, and Urban Stages to name only a few. Regionally she has appeared at numerous theatres from The Long Wharf to Repertory Theatre of St. Louis in such plays as The Clean House (Acclaim Award), Sideman (Barrymore Award), Noises Off, Private Lives, The Glass Menagerie, and 4000 Miles. On TV and film, she has been seen on The Good Wife, Law and Order, The Chappelle Show, Clarissa Explains It All, Guiding Light, Another World, Italian Movie, Pecker (Jon Waters, director), Bargain by Hail Street, New World Order (Sundance Festival) and many commercials and voiceovers.
COLIN LANE (Dan) has performed on Broadway, off B’way, and off-off B’way. From the American Repertory Theatre, in Cambridge, MA, to the Mark Taper Forum in LA, from the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, to Florida Studio Theatre, he has performed at most of the major regional theaters. He’s a Handy Award winner for Victor in Remembrance, a Drama Logue Award winner for Frank Sweeney in Molly Sweeney, and a Broadway World Orlando nominee for Frank Hardy in Faith Healer. He last performed at FST in 2011 in Ghost-Writer directed by Kate Alexander. Movies include: Time Bomb, First Steps, Broken Harvest, The Blood Oranges, and Lesser Prophets.
KATE ALEXANDER (Director) is the Associate Director of FST and the Founder of the FST Theatre School. Ms. Alexander has directed numerous productions and premieres on the FST stages including Dancing Lessons; Becoming Dr. Ruth, Freud’s Last Session; Thurgood; South Beach Babylon; The Columnist; Talley’s Folly; Jericho; Next Fall; The Savannah Disputation; Ghost- Writer; Two Jews Walk into a War...; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; Sylvia; Shotgun; The Miamians; Brooklyn Boy; The Exonerated; Wit; Proof; Lobby Hero; and Ten Unknowns. Ms. Alexander is also a resident actress for the past 20 years. Some of her leading roles were seen in the plays: Edward Albee’s The Goat; Filumena; Master Class; Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women; Edward Albee’s The Play About the Baby; Golda’s Balcony; and Taking Shakespeare. Ms. Alexander is the recipient of numerous acting, directing, and public service awards, including FAER, She Knows Where She’s Going Award (Girls, Inc.), The Woman of Light Award, National Council of Jewish Women, The Woman of Power Award, the Sarasota County Arts Leadership Award, Education Award, Sarasota Manatee Jewish Federation, and most recently The Unity Award. She is also the co-author of The Animated Short, co-authored by Karen Sullivan, with a second edition now available.
KELLI KAREN (Production Stage Manager) has been an integral member of Florida Studio Theatre for the past 22 years. Kelli began at FST as a dance teacher in the education department in 1993. In addition to her classes at FST, Kelli has created and taught outreach programs at Care Pointes in Swaziland South Africa, The Pines of Sarasota, Girls Inc., The Boys and Girls Club, and has taught playwriting at numerous local elementary schools as well as our sister city of Dunfermline, Scotland. Stage management credits at FST include Fly, Taking Shakespeare; Pump Boys and Dinettes; Tom Jones; Daddy Long Legs; Monty Python’s Spamalot; The Underpants; The World Goes ‘Round; The Columnist; Smokey Joe’s Café; In the Book Of; Perfect Wedding; Jericho; Next Fall; Next to Normal; The Savannah Disputation; Cowgirls; Ghost-Writer; Shear Madness; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; The 39 Steps; Beehive: The 60s Musical; Shotgun; Ruined; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Edward Albee’s Occupant; Motown Cabaret; …and L.A. is Burning, and Always... Patsy Cline.
SUSAN ANGERMANN (Costume Designer) started her career in costuming in New York where she designed and constructed costumes for various productions in theatre, opera, film, and television. In 1993, she moved with her husband, Chris, and son, Erik, to Sarasota, and designed several productions at FST. She returned to FST in January 2009 as Costume Shop Manager and recently designed Never Marry A Girl With Cold Feet; American Pie; Dancing In The Street; Becoming Dr. Ruth; Pump Boys and Dinettes; Too Darn Hot; Freud’s Last Session; Poems, Prayers, and Promises; The Prima Donnettes; By Gershwin; That’s Life Again; Night Train to Memphis; Shake, Rattle and Roll; Urban Cowboys; and Let’s Twist Again: with the Wanderers.
RICHARD T. CHAMBLIN III (Lighting Designer) has designed for Epic Theatre Ensemble, Busch Gardens and Sea World Entertainment, The International Fringe Festival, The New York Musical Theatre Festival, The Epic Theatre Ensemble, Florida Studio Theatre, The Barter Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, Long Wharf Theatre, Two Rivers Theatre Company, The Asolo Repertory, Ars Nova, The Gallery Players, and the Texas Shakespeare Festival. Richard assisted on the Broadway productions of Baby It’s You and The Performers. Richard is a senior designer for Luce Group, an architectural and exhibition lighting firm. Richard’s projects at Luce Group include work with Sea World Orlando, Universal Studios, and the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. Richard holds an MFA in Lighting Design from Florida State University and a BFA in Technical Theatre from Sam Houston State University.
ISABEL & MORIAH CURLEY-CLAY (Scenic Designers) Isabel and Moriah are twin sisters and multi-award winning design partners currently based out of Atlanta, GA. Moriah and Isabel’s designs have been seen on professional stages throughout the country up and down the east coast from New Orleans to Maine. FST credits include Dancing Lessons, Taking Shakespeare, and Hairspray. Recent regional credits include Silent Sky at Theatrical Outfit, Detroit ‘67 and Same Time Next Year (Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre), Clybourne Park (Aurora Theatre), Grand Concourse and Detroit (Horizon Theatre), and Murder Ballad (Actor’s Express). Both Moriah and Isabel hold BA degrees from NYU and MFA degrees from Brandeis University. They are Resident Scenic Designers at Atlanta’s Horizon Theatre, Artistic Associates at Atlanta’s Theatrical Outfit, and members of IATSE, United Scenic Artists Local 829.
CHRISTIAN O’REILLY (Playwright) Christian O’Reilly’s plays include It Just Came Out (Druid Debut Series 2001), The Good Father (Druid - Galway Arts Festival 2002; national tour 2003; joint winner of the 2002 Stewart Parker Trust New Playwright Bursary), Is This About Sex? (Rough Magic - 2007 Edinburgh Fringe Festival; 50th Dublin Theatre Festival; winner of Best Theatre Script at the 2008 Irish Writers’ Guild Awards), Here We Are Again Still (Decadent/Galway City Council - 2009 Nun’s Island; Bealtaine Festival and national tour in 2011), and Sanctuary (Blue Teapot - 2012 Galway Theatre Festival; 2013 Galway Arts Festival and Dublin Fringe Festival). His screen credits include episodes of BBC One dramas Doctors, Casualty, and Holby City, as well as Inside I’m Dancing (2004), a feature film based on his original story, which was released in the U.S. as Rory O’Shea Was Here. Christian lives in Galway in the west of Ireland with his wife Ailbhe and their son Cóilín.
"Charming" - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"Poetic, witty, well-written play" - The Observer
"Touching" - Sarasota Magazine