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by Ray Cooney

Directed by Peter Kates

Performances November 10, 11, 17, 18 (2006) at 8:00 pm
November 12 at 2:00 pm
at the Duxbury Middle School

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Story of the Play

"If you're going to tell a lie, tell a whopper," yells Dr. Mortimore as events begin to spin deliriously out of control in Ray Cooney's IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY.

In this British farce, Jane and Dr. David Mortimer had a fling when she was a nurse in the hospital. The result was her departure and her son Leslie, who is now looking for his father. David, married and about to make a major speech which can gain him promotion, can ill afford this distraction, especially as his wife as well as his boss are on the premises. The play consists of David's efforts to stave off Leslie, Jane, a Police Sergeant and Matron; he is aided (?) by Drs. Mike and Hubert, and Bill Lesley. Practically everybody's identity gets mistaken, and at one point all three doctors disguise themselves as Matron. However, all ends happily-- Leslie finds a father, Jane a husband, And David and Rosemary come to an understanding.

(Playwright Ray Cooney has been dubbed England's Neil Simon. Specializing in farce, he has penned over 13 plays, but unlike Mr. Simon he also acts and has served as producer and director for over 30 West End productions (the equivalent of Broadway in London). In 1983 he founded The Theatre of Comedy Company, and went on to write and produce for television and film, while keeping his hand in live theatre.)

Cast & Production Staff
Dr. David MortimerJeff Philips
Rosemary MortimerMaura Troiano
Dr. Hubert BonneyLarry Loveridge
Dr. Mike ConnellyJoe LaGreca
Sir Willoughby DrakeRoy Rider
MatronChris Bailey
Jane TateStephanie Gallagher
Leslie TateWilliam Reyes-Cubides
SisterRosanne Rooney
Bill LesleyStan Burgess
Mrs. BonneyHelen Churchill
Police SergeantAl Johnson
ProducerTheresa Chiasson
Stage ManagerRichard Knox
Property ManagerHelen Churchill
Set Construction LeadDan Gallagher
PlaybillChris Bailey
PhotographyMarie Miller
Media/PublicityMarie Miller