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MAD COW THEATRE is founded on the belief that the Theatre is a dynamic and powerful means of social understanding, as well as a hugely entertaining art form. Through the combination of passionate, skillful acting and compelling, insightful writing, nurtured by an attentive and ever-changing process, Mad Cow presents entertaining works of Theatre to an ever-widening audience–promoting, enhancing and celebrating the human condition through art. Mad Cow Theatre is supported in part with public funds from United Arts of Central Florida, Inc.; The State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs; The Florida Arts Council, The National Endowment for the Arts; The Downtown Development Board; and Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program. A Great Nation Deserves Great Art! Mad Cow Theatre is a 501(c) (3) organization and welcomes all donations including funds, materials, time and goodwill. We are especially delighted when audience members bring others to share the theatrical experience. 2

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Mad Cow Theatre has forged many alliances and made many friends. This endeavor would not be possible without the generous spirit, passion and goodwill of the following individuals and organizations. A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU

55 West The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Central Florida L2 Studios, Inc CORT Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Orlando Repertory Theatre Theatre UCF Holland & Knight Holland & Reilly Tom Hurst Photography Jay T. Becker Juan Cantu Elizabeth Dean Robin Jensen Michael Marinaccio Peg O’Keef Thomas Ouellette Janine Papin Katrina Ploof Robert Roland All the Cows in the Pasture







Costume Design

Lighting Design



Scenic Design

Sound Design




Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. New York City. *Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers, appearing under a special agreement with Actors’ Equity Association.


CAST OF CHARACTERS Sibyl Chase ............................................ Elyot Chase ............................................ Victor Prynne ......................................... Amanda Prynne .....................................

Sarah Jane Fridlich Philip Nolen Kevin Zepf Jennifer Christa Palmer

SETTING Act 1 - The terrace of a Hotel in Deauville, France. Summer 1930. Act 2 - Amanda’s flat in Paris. Three days later. Act 3 - Amanda’s flat in Paris. The next morning.

PRODUCTION TEAM Production Assistant ...............................

Lyndsey Goode

Properties ............................................... Mickey DeJesus Scenic Construction ................................. Herb Hanson Scenic Painting ....................................... Sarah Morgan

Private Lives is performed with two intermissions. Smoking effects used in this production do not burn tobacco or any other substance. Out of respect for the audience and the artists, patrons who leave the theatre during the performance will not be re-admitted. We regret there is no late seating once the performance has begun. There is no photography, video or recording of this performance allowed. 4

ABOUT NOEL COWARD The critical reputation of Private Lives has swung dramatically since its 1930 debut. Although a box office hit, one critic wrote that future generations will be “wondering what on earth these fellows…saw in so flimsy a trifle.” Yet, more than 70 years later, Noël Coward’s special brand of facile, biting wit is held in great regard. Since Coward gained fame in the 1920s, his reputation has taken on a different coloration with each succeeding decade. He first hit the big time in 1924 when he wrote and starred in The Vortex, a play that explored drug addiction and illicit sex. The whiff of immorality surrounding the play was cultivated by Coward in the creation of his own nonconformist persona. Soon after the play opened, he invited the press in to his apartment to photograph him lounging in bed till noon. Almost overnight, he became a symbol of the Jazz Age’s rebellious, hedonistic youth. With the spectacular opening of Private Lives at the turn of the new decade, Coward’s reputation turned to that of sophistication and elegance. Perhaps he was just too successful during the 1930s to maintain the pose of the social outsider. With the onset of World War II, Coward’s reputation changed significantly once again. Rather then the decadent youth of the 1920s, Coward became “Our Noël” for the British public. He championed the war effort by writing, co-directing, producing, and starring in the movie In Which We Serve, an account of the British navy in battle. Unfortunately, the sentimental, patriotic figure of the 1940s did not play well for the “angry young men” of 1950s British theater. Suffice to say, he was treated as a relic of a bygone era and he ended up spending a significant part of the decade performing a déclassé but lucrative lounge show in Las Vegas. He was left for dead in the theater world … until a London revival of Private Lives in 1963 suddenly brought him back in vogue. Coward was a performer as well as a playwright, and his reputation rested not only on his plays but on his hilarious, mannered portrayals, including that of Private Lives’ Elyot Chase. Coward worried at times that he had never written an “important” play—that his brilliant wit was not enough. But he seems to have obtained some relief from the realization that Private Lives and other top plays such as Hay Fever, Design for Living, Present Laughter, and Blithe Spirit“ were important because they had given a vast number of people a great deal of pleasure.”

Special Thanks to:

The City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and the Orlando City Council


PRIVATE LIVES MICKEY DeJESUS (Properties Designer) has worked on more than a dozen shows at MAD COW, since the 2006-2007 season designing Props and Set Dressing, as well as set construction, scenic painting, and in stage management. His previous work includes A Delicate Balance, the concert stagings of Sweeney Todd and The Music Man with The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Assassins, Glengarry Glen Ross, Life Is A Dream, Present

Laughter, She Loves Me, Talley’s Folly, The Fantasticks, The Heidi Chronicles, The Rainmaker, and The Seagull. With previous experience in Theme Park Entertainment and at Cirque Du Soleil La Nouba, Mickey wants to thank Mitzi for bringing him back to The Herd. This one is in memory of Sydney. Larry & Payton, thanks for the love. SARAH JANE FRIDLICH (Sibyl Chase) is happy to be back on stage at MAD COW with this wonderful play. She has been seen at MAD COW in The Heiress, Eurydice, An Inspector Calls, Major Barbara, Life is a Dream, Pericles, The Seagull, and Present Laughter. Some other local shows include Charlotte’s Web, Junie B. in Jingle Bells Batman Smells, Sideways Stories from Wayside School, and Lyle the Crocodile at the Orlando Repertory Theatre, Leading Ladies at Theatre Winter Haven, Barefoot in the Park at Theatre Downtown, and Moon Over Buffalo at Ice House. She thanks her parents and Michael for their limitless love, support, and laughter. JOHN HEMPHILL (Lighting Designer) is proud to continue working with one of the foremost theatres in the Orlando area. John has served in many roles here at MAD COW including Stage Manager, Lighting Designer and Carpenter. Favorite productions with the herd include She Loves Me, Life Is A Dream, Gone Missing and Molly Sweeney. Away from the pasture, John works at Walt Disney World.

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PRIVATE LIVES EMILY JARRELL (Stage Manager) is honored to be making her MAD COW THEATRE debut stage managing Private Lives. Emily has just returned from a two-year appointment as the assistant lighting coordinator for The Dallas Opera, where she opened the AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Winspear Opera House, as well as the world-premiere opera, Moby Dick. She also recently stage managed Orlando Ballet’s The Nutcracker. She could not be happier to be home in Orlando, where she grew up, met her fiancé, and received a degree in technical theatre from Rollins College in 2009. Emily would like to thank her eversupportive family and her amazing fiancé, Tim. PHILIP NOLEN (Elyot Chase) is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, the professional union of actors and stage managers in the United States. His first (and only) previous appearance at MAD COW was as Antonio Salieri in Amadeus, and he is pleased to return to MAD COW in a role which the great Noel Coward wrote for himself! Mr. Nolen’s professional career has encompassed over thirty plays and musicals, for Mary Moody Northen Theater in Austin, Texas, Orlando Theatre Project, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Actors Theater of Louisville, and The New York International Fringe Festival, in addition to a twenty-year run as an actor/singer in multiple venues at Walt Disney World. JENNIFER CHRISTA PALMER (Amanda Prynne) originally hails from Hatboro, PA, earned her BA in Theatre from Penn State University and is a grateful member of Actor’s Equity Association. Previous MAD COW credits include Catherine Sloper in The Heiress, Lizzie in The Rainmaker, and the title role in G.B. Shaw’s Major Barbara. Other favorites include Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (freeFall Theatre) and Phaedra in Feverish (Orlando Shakes PlayFest). She also has several credits in independent film (I Did, Out, Legend of the Red Reaper). JCP wishes to extend special thanks to this stellar cast, Tim Williams, Mitzi Maxwell, the Tea Ladies, Lauren O’Quinn’s Wednesday night class, and to her husband Ryan - for all of their love, encouragement and support. Please visit her website at KURT WAGNER (Sound Design) has designed many MAD COW productions over the years including Next Fall, Superior Donuts, Topdog/Underdog, The Lion In Winter, The Matchmaker, I Am My Own Wife, Amadeus, Eurydice, Sweeney Todd, Assassins, I Have Before Me A Remarkable Document Given To Me By A Young Lady From Rwanda, The Rainmaker, Talley’s Folly, The Heidi Chronicles, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Seagull, and KidSimple. Kurt has been honored with two EMMY nominations and four International Monitor Awards nominations, one of which he won. Kurt currently is teaching as a specialist in the film degree program at Full Sail University. Kurt wishes to thank MAD COW for providing a welcoming and creative atmosphere for artists and designers to practice their craft through engaging and provocative productions for our community to enjoy. CORRINE WALSH (Costume Designer) received a BFA in Fiber from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2008, but made her first dress in 1993. She was most recently the Wardrobe Supervisor for the Blue Man Group National Tour, but is now very excited to pursue more design opportunities here in Orlando! She also has a clothing line, “EDIT”, which will soon be wildly successful. Thanks MAD COW!


PRIVATE LIVES TIMOTHY WILLIAMS (Director) received a BA in Theater Arts from the University of Central Florida Conservatory Theatre, and has performed and directed in community, regional and academic theater for twenty‐five years. He was a Resident Actor and Associate Artist at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater for four years and performed in fifteen main stage productions including Othello, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, Measure For Measure, Private Lives, and Arms and the Man. Directing credits include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Winnie the Pooh, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Anything Goes for Lakeland Community Theater, and the workshop of David Lee’s Kafka’s Shorts at the Harriet Lake Festival of New Plays. MAD COW audiences may remember Timothy from his recent work as Director of The Understudy, the Assistant Director of The Heiress, and as a performer in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. CINDY WHITE (Set Designer) has worked as a show designer and illustrator in Orlando since 1980; first with Walt Disney Imagineering and then as Art Director for Creative Entertainment at Walt Disney World. In 1995 she started Cindy White Art and Illustration; a conceptual design and illustration company. She has designed for theme parks and clients around the world ( but also loves working on Orlando Theatre projects. For MAD COW THEATRE, her designs have included Humble Boy, Sweeney Todd, The Seagull, She Loves Me, Major Barbara, Amadeus, The Matchmaker and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. She lives with her match, Edwin.


PRIVATE LIVES KEVIN ZEPF (Victor Prynne) is thrilled to be back at MAD COW THEATRE performing with this amazingly talented cast and production team! Previous MAD COW productions include She Stoops to Conquer, Gone Missing, Assassins and Sweeney Todd with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra (Bob Carr). Locally, Kevin has appeared in Playfest at the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre and at The Orlando Rep and Theatre Downtown. His NYC credits include the Off-Broadway premiere of Green Gables – A New Musical (York Theatre). Some of his favorite regional credits include: Into The Woods, 1776, Titanic and Evil Dead – The Musical. Kevin received training from The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University in St. Louis. He would like to thank his friends, family, co-workers and his amazing wife Shannon for all their support. Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) was founded in 1913 as the first of the American actor unions. Equity’s mission is to advance, promote and foster the art of the live theatre as an essential component of our society. Today, Equity represents more than 40,000 actors, singers, dancers and stage managers working in hundreds of theatres across the United States. Equity members are dedicated to working in the theatre as a profession, upholding the highest artistic standards. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions and provides a wide range of benefits including health and pension plans for its members. Through its agreement with Equity, this theatre has committed to the fair treatment of the actors and stage managers employed in this production. AEA is a member of the AFLCIO and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. For more information, visit


54 WEST CHURCH STREET Beginning our fifteenth year as Downtown Orlando’s Professional Theatre, Mad Cow Theatre will soon have a facility that is of commensurate quality to the dynamic professional productions on our stages. Mad Cow is designing a comprehensive facility to create productions of the highest artistic quality that will include two intimate performance venues. Additionally, the complex includes facilities to provide Central Floridians and visitors to our region with nationally recognized theatre experiences that ignite the imagination, lift the spirit and engage our community. There’s nothing like it in Central Florida. Opening this fall, the new facility has been years in the making, and we would like to thank the City of Orlando and our countless audiences, donors, artists and supporters who call Mad Cow home.

There are many opportunites still available to help... • Add your name to our donor wall • Name an available space inside the new Mad Cow Theatre complex at 54 West Church St. • Name a seat in the Harriett Theatre • An array of other fantastic opportunities Thank You for your support!


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CAPITAL PROJECT DONORS The new home for Mad Cow Theatre is the largest venture in Mad Cow’s fifteen-year history. The theatre has continually expanded at a pace that reflects the need of the city around it, and today is no exception. Mad Cow Theatre is making progress every day thanks to the visionary and generous support of the citizens of Central Florida and individual philanthropists, foundations and corporations who believe that Orlando’s success is tied directly to a dynamic cultural and artistic scene. We have raised 90% of our $1.5 million goal thanks to the generous support of the following individuals and organizations.

55 West Joe and Nancy Adams Marc & Lynda Walker Allaire Ken & Debbie Carpenter Hillary & Jay Cohen Harriett Coleman Bruce & Paula Collins The City of Orlando Drs. Jefferson & June Flowers Chere Force & Rory Trumbore Maureen & Gary Fries Stuart Fullerton Pete Giacalone Thomas & Kathy Gillman Sig & Marilyn Goldman Alan & Barbara Greber Holland & Knight Michael & Margaret Haddad Mike & Nancy Houston Dean Johnson Liz Kitchens Christine Kroetsch & Jeremiah Hayes

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2011-2012 Donors BUSINESS CIRCLE Mad Cow Theatre thanks the following businesses for their contributions to Mad Cow Theatre’s artistic and educational programs enriching the lives of the Central Florida Community.

Corporate Angel ($2500 and over) Holland & Knight Holland & Reilly

L2 Studios

Corporate Diva ($1000 - $2499) W. Ed Langdon

Dykes Everett + Company, INC.

Corporate Star ($500 - $999) Effective Financial Services Dr. & Mrs. Jefferson S. Flowers

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Corporate Actor ($250 - $499) Gary Israel

SEASON SPONSORS Mad Cow Theatre recognizes these Season Sponsors whose extraordinary generosity has made our 2011-2012 Season possible. We proudly acknowledge their commitment. Maureen & Gary Fries Harriett Lake

Dr. Bob & Marty Stonerock Bryce L. West Foundation

Gold Circle ($5000 and over) Maureen & Gary Fries Harriett Lake

Dr. Bob & Marty Stonerock Bryce L. West Foundation

Producer’s Circle ($2500 - $4999) Jim & Freddi Goodrich

Director’s Circle ($1000 - $2499) Anonymous (1) Michael & Jennifer Coleman Peter Giacalone Siegmund I. & Marilyn Goldman in honor of Steve Goldman & Julie Goldman Klein

Christine Kroetsch & Jeremiah Hayes Mary F. Kelsh Richard & Annette Manganel Tom & Theresa Quinn Deborah & Larry Simpson In honor of our friend, Dr. Bob Stonerock

Artist’s Circle ($500 - $999)


Anonymous (2) Joanne Bruun Thomas Cardwell Steven P. Clawson Ann Cook Dana & Diana Eagles Dean Johnson Margot H. Knight & Nick Walsh Mara & Harvey Levitt Nancy P. Lewis

Dr. Jesse & Jean Lunin Susan Mair Susan McKenna Steve & Kathy Miller Peg O’Keef Neil & Kuei-Mei Olcott John Parker & Deede Sharpe Molly Rose & Bob Fleming Richard Russell & Thomas Ouellette Joseph & Norma Samuels

Sharon Siskie & Ben Schilling Mark Edward Smith Judith Thompson Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Twedt Joe & Sue Warren, M.D. Mercedes Wechsler Leighton & Phyllis Yates Edward & Phyllis Zissman

Holy Cow ($250 - $499) Sherry Andrews Anonymous (1) Marianne & Anthony Bassile Drs. Luci Belnick & Jeff Cohen Susan Fox Beversluis Bruce & Paula Collins Janet Denniston & Ray Alger Cliff & Ann Dubbin Mrs. Margaret Garland

The Herd ($1 - $249) 2B Bello Joe & Nancy Adams Elaine & Herb Adler In honor of Marc Allaire Anonymous (11) John & Lillian Armstrong Neal & Genie Blaher Maria Bors Midge Bowman Pam & Steve Brandon Deborah & Michael Branton Randy Brown Stewart Brown George & Cathy Colangelo Tom Connor Mickey M. Cook James & Kay Cooksey Larry Cooperman Julie Copeland & Robert Beller Diana Coven Bobby Croxford Ceme Curley Art & Cynthia Curtis Michael Daspin John & Frances Datz Susan B. Day Jim & Beth DeSimone Dave & Brenda Diggs Drs. Robert Crackel and Charles Drummond Duck Lydia & Calvin Dunkle George Eichner Sally Eliot Judith & Norman Falkin Nancy & RJ Farris Maureen & Bill Fitzpatrick David & Becky Fleischmann Stuart Fullerton Cecelia Galbraith Ann Marie & Bruce Garvey Will & Rosemary Gates Roger & JoAnn Gatlin John & Janice Gentilella Dr. & Mrs. Thomas Gillman Marcia Hope Goodwin Alan & Barbara Greber Elinor & Robert Greenway Carol Griffin Matt & Debbie Griffin Mark Grissom

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We apologize for any errors or omissions. Current through 01/08/2012

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Program for Private Lives  
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