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“Girl Friday Productions makes a perfect match with ‘Matchmaker’”

—Star Tribune

 

 “Nostalgic, yet radical in its cry for people to loosen up, let go, question authority, and follow their bliss.”

—Lavender Magazine

 

“Girl Friday’s production brings spirit, warmth and resonance.”

—Pioneer Press

 

“There are terrific performances up and down the large cast, creating a beguiling reality populated with ideas that are still worth hearing.

—City Pages

 

“With a funny and poignant story about love, money, and adventure, smart period set and costumes, a cast that is sheer perfection, and direction that keeps it all running smoothly, this Matchmaker is an absolute delight from top to bottom, start to finish.”

—Cherry and Spoon

 

“This exquisite mounting by Girl Friday Productions makes it evident that even though The Matchmaker's premise is locked into a time gone by, it still offers abundant fun and a tug at the heart.”

—Talkin’ Broadway

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

The Matchmaker

By Thornton Wilder

 

July 9-26, 2015

Directed by Craig Johnson  

 

Thornton Wilder’s hilarious farce about love, money and adventure features the signature humanity, wit and relevance of one of America’s greatest playwrights. When wealthy merchant Horace Vandergelder engages the services of legendary matchmaker Dolly Levi, he gets much more than he bargained for. Under Dolly’s clever guidance, a swirl of innocent clerks, spirited millineresses, snooty waiters and other eccentric characters become delightfully entangled in 19th century New York. Amidst the physical comedy, secret rendezvous and mistaken identities of The Matchmaker, Wilder infuses wry observations about wealth, class and matrimony.

 

Aside from serving as the source material for a certain famous musical, The Matchmaker is highly acclaimed in its own right, offering captivating literature and greater charm and relevance for the present day. Girl Friday offered a rare opportunity for Twin Cities’ audiences: a hit on Broadway during its inaugural run in1955-1957, to Girl Friday’s knowledge The Matchmaker had not had a local professional production in 38 years.

 

Cast:

Horace Vandergelder: Alan Sorenson

Ambrose Kemper: Sam Pearson

Joe Scanlon: David Beukema

Gertrude: Dana Lee Thompson

Cornelius Hackl: Dan Hopman

Ermengarde: Elizabeth Hawkinson

Malachi Stack: Sam Landman

Dolly Levi: Karen Wiese-Thompson

Barnaby Tucker: Vincent Hamman

Irene Molloy: Lindsay Marcy

Minnie Fay: Christian Bardin

A Cabman: David Beukema

Rudolph: David Beukema

August: Dana Lee Thompson

A Gypsy: Dana Lee Thompson

Flora Van Huysen: Kirby Bennett

Miss Van Huysen’s Cook: Dana Lee Thompson

 

Production Team:

Director: Craig Johnson

Scenic Design: Rick Polenek

Costume Design: Kathy Kohl

Lighting Design: Dietrich Poppen

Sound Design: Katharine Horowitz

Properties Design: Sarah Holmberg

Stage Manager: Penny Laden Kissinger

Assistant Director: Brian Columbus

Dramaturg: Kit Gordon

Technical Director: Dietrich Poppen

Sound Operator and Production Assistant: Jerry Hsiao

Costume Design Assistant: Mary Farrell

Company Associate: Chava Curland

Production Assistant: Diane Mountford

Scenic Charge: Angelique Powers

Painter: Kendra Kallevig

Photographer: Rich Fleischman

Graphic Design: Wendy Ruyle and 5 by 5 Design, Madge Duffey

Audience Services: Philip Losacker

Producer: Kirby Bennett

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