Gulfshore Playhouse presents Into the Breeches

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Gulfshore Playhouse has unveiled the talented ensemble cast of Into the Breeches!, a delightful backstage comedy about a group of women actors looking to keep their Boston theatre alive while the men are overseas during World War II. Aiming to mount the first all-female production of Shakespeare’s Henry V, this is a story of community, perseverance, gender equality, and the transformative power of theatre in times of adversity.

The cast bringing Into the Breeches! to life includes Karen Peakes (Steel Magnolias, Maytag Virgin) as Maggie Dalton, Beth Hylton (Steel Magnolias, A Doll’s House, Blithe Spirit) as Celeste Fielding, Dan Butler (six seasons playing Bob “Bulldog” Briscoe on “Frasier”) as Ellsworth Snow, Joan Frances Twiss as Winifred Snow, Kevin Loreque as Stuart Lasker, Ebony Blake as Ida Green, Becca Ballenger as June Bennett and Lea DiMarchi as Grace Richards.

Under the direction of Jackson Gay, this production written by George Brant, promises to resonate and even hold up a mirror to today. Into the Breeches! depicts a time when our country pulled together
in common sacrifice. In addition, while the play pokes fun at the sometimes absurd world of the theatre, it also shares theatre’s unique ability to allow a person to become their best self while portraying someone else.

The creative team also includes scenic design by Kristen Martino (Camelot, Higher, The Revolutionists), costume design by Tracy Dorman (Barefoot in the Park and The 39 Steps), lighting design by Dalton Hamilton (Camelot, Winter Wonderettes, Higher), sound design by Daniel Baker, fight direction by Kody Jones and production stage manager Danny Kuenzel.

Ebony Blake as Ida Green and Kevin Loreque as Stuart Lasker

The year is 1942 and World War II has called millions away to Europe, including the leading players of Oberon Play House. Enter a group of passionate, albeit inexperienced, band of actresses who seize the chance to move from the sidelines to center stage. For the first time, they will receive pay for their talents as they mount an ambitious production of Shakespeare’s Henry V.

The play follows the humorous and poignant journey of these passionate, amateur actresses as they navigate both the challenges of the stage and the complexities of their personal lives. Into the Breeches is a celebration of resilience, camaraderie, all wrapped up in a hilarious love letter to theater.

Into the Breeches will run Feb. 15 to March 10 at The Norris Center in Naples. Tickets can be purchased online at GulfshorePlayhouse.org or by calling 239-261-7529.

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