by Ken Ludwig
directed by Lewis Hauser
In this farcical romp, Jack and Leo, two down-on-their-luck English Shakespearian actors, find themselves acting for pennies on the Moose Lodge circuit throughout Pennsylvania’s Amish Country. When they hear that a dying woman in York, PA wants to leave her fortune to two, long-lost English nephews, they come up with a plan to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. Hilarity ensues when they find out that the relatives aren’t actually nephews, but nieces and they are forced to disguise themselves as ladies to infiltrate the family.
Romantic entanglements and a comedy of errors commence as the two men struggle to convince family members of their authenticity at the same time as Leo finds himself falling head-over-high-heels in love with one of the dying lady’s other nieces.
Director Lewis Hauser states, “Leading Ladies is that rare mix of screwball comedy and farce, with a tip of the hat to the Billy Wilder classic Some Like It Hot. The characters are real. The situations are real. And that makes for great comedy, as only author Ken Ludwig can imagine it”.
The cast of Leading Ladies features some familiar faces to Adobe patrons who saw 2019’s production of Ken Ludwig’s Shakespeare in Hollywood as well as other well-known actors from Albuquerque’s Community Theater scene. The cast includes: Tim Crofton (Leo), Tom Hudgens (Jack), Ericka Zepeda (Meg), James Kitzmiller (Doc), Kenneth Bennington (Duncan), Christa Bell (Audrey), Ninette S. Mordaunt (Florence) and Daniel Anaya (Butch)
Leading Ladies opens Friday, Jan. 17 and runs through Sunday, Feb. 9 at The Adobe Theater, 9813 4th Street NW. Friday and Saturday evenings performances start at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm. General Admission $20, Discount $17 (Seniors, Students, ATG/PBS Members, Military, First Responders) and PWYW Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7:30pm.