PLAYING NOW

May 8 – June 2, 2019

THE EXPLORERS CLUB

By Nell Benjamin
Directed by Art Manke

It’s 1879, in London. The prestigious Explorers Club is in crisis: their acting president wants to admit a woman, and their bartender is legendary as the worst in town. Phyllida, the female candidate in question, is brilliant, beautiful, and has discovered a legendary Lost City, but letting a woman into the Club could shake the very foundation of the British Empire. And how do you make such a decision without a decent drink? Get ready for this mad cap explorers’ world of guinea pig science, deadly cobras, irate Irishmen, and the occasional airship. Nell Benjamin’s 19th Century British farce adds her to the ranks of today’s outstanding female playwrights.


“Brace for laughter! This hijinks-happy cocktail is big fun!” – Daily News

 

Art Manke

Director

 

Tom Buderwitz

Scenic Design

 

B. Modern

Costume Design

 

Kent Dorsey

Lighting Design

 

Rody Ortega

Sound Design

 

Shaun Carroll

Properties Master

 

 

 

Tommy
Beck
*


as Lucius Fretway

 

 

Mike
Ryan
*


as Professor Cope

 

 

Andrew
Davids


as Professor Walling

 

 

Larry
Paulsen
*


as Professor Sloanen

 

 

Elinor
Gunn
*


as Phyllida Spotte-Hume / Countess Glamorgan

 

 

Louis
Lotorto
*


as Luigi

 

 

Crash
Buist


as Harry Percy

 

 

Rolf
Saxon
*


as Sir Bernard Humphries

 

 

Andrew
Yabroff


as Beebe / Irish Assassin

 

 

       


*Member, Actor’s Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.

 

VIDEOS COMING SOON

 
Audience Guide – Click the icon to view. 

 


Addendum: London Gentlemen’s Clubs and the Explorers Club in New York City – Click the icon to view. 

 


Addendum: Victorian Era Timeline – Click the icon to view. 

 


Addendum: Queen Victoria – Click the icon to view. 

 

 

 
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This production is funded, in part, by grants from the following organizations:

 

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