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Bil Katrina.

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Breaking Legs

The action occurs in an Italian restaurant owned by Lou Graziano (Ed Zeiser), a successful mobster, and managed by his beautiful unmarried daughter Angie (Raina Frey). When the daughter's former college professor, Terence O'Keefe (Bill Murray), arrives to ask for financial backing for a play he's written about a murder, the fun begins. The three main Mafiosi, Lou, Mike Francisco (Steve DiNenno) and Tino DeFelice (Glen Eric Reed) are intrigued with the idea of producing a play, as long as they don't have to read it. The daughter becomes enamored of the playwright, who is delighted to have the family's support. His bubble is burst when he discovers, through the "accidental" death by train of a lesser thug, Frankie Salvucci (Geoff Randall), that his backers are gangsters. In this madcap situation, murder and menace are served up with plenty of pasta and laughter.

By Tom Dulack
 

Dedication

The Director dedicates this work to the loving memory of Anthony "Blabbers" DiNenna, a beloved uncle and true son of Italy.

Cast (in order of appearance)

Ed Zeiser as Lou Graziano 
Raina Frey as Angie Graziano
Bill Murray as Terence O'Keefe
Steve DiNenno as Mike Francisco
Glen Eric Reed as Tino DeFelice
Christa Fisher as Francine (a waitress)
Geoff Randall as Frankie Salvucci

Staff

Director:  Bil Katrina
Producer:  Michael Ciccarone
Assistant Director:  Peg Carter
Stage Manager:  Christa Fisher
Lighting Designer:  Michael Ciccarone
Sound Designer/Recordist:  Jacques Louvet
Art Director & Set Designer:  Bill Bourne
Costume Designer:  Eileen Ciccarone
Hair and Makeup Designer:  Sharon Mauch
Fight Choreographer:  Alicia Brisbois
Master Carpenter:  Geoff Randall
Properties Master:  Mary Fitzgerald
Construction and Paint: The entire cast and crew
Box Office:  Eileen Ciccarone
Opening Night Hospitality:  Rusty Muglia
Photography:  Michael Ciccarone
Production Assistants:  Amanda Burroughs, Gabrielle Cherelli, Marianne DiNenno, Mike Fitzgerald, Rusty Muglia, J. P. Toto

Special Thanks

Fran Doyle and the Montgomery County Cultural Center
Steve and Marianne DiNenno
Bourne Graphics (Banner and Moldings)
Venkateswara R. Maruri, Chateau Granieri (Banquet Chairs for Set Decor)
Nancy Randall, Duffy Catering (Hot Service Dishes for Set Decor)
All volunteers for working as Ushers and Hospitality

A Note from the Director

Look around. The theatre is mobbed.

Breaking Legs is a play that packs big laughs and absurd twists. This work is a stylish brand of farce that celebrates risk and rewards. Rarely does a turn-your-brain-off-and-enjoy-the-show vehicle come along and send you home with such a superb feeling of an evening well spent.

I chose to direct this work because the Playwright's characters reminded me so much of my own uncles as I was growing up. As a matter of fact, it is dedicated to one of them. They were larger than life, always emotional and never quiet. Talking with their hands, chopping words like Veg-O-Matic, wrists snapping in the air. Just like the ethnic triumvirate in this play, my uncles were "Italian" in every sense of the word, they all overate, and they all enjoyed life to its fullest.

My gratitude goes out to this wonderful cast and crew, who worked tirelessly to bring life to these characters. I would also like to extend my gratitude to the Dramateurs, Inc. for allowing this company to present this play to you.

Last, but certainly not least, I want to thank m wife for her love, support and understanding of my passion for theatre. To her, I say "Moglie ti amo la mia doce e bella."