By Jules Tasca
Directed by Nancy Sellin
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VIRTUAL STREAMING – Saturday February 13 at 7:30pm and Sunday, February 14 at 2:00pm
Director Nancy Sellin selected these three short plays from Tour Di Europa for just plain FUN. The American tourists involved are quirky, funny, and relatable. She chose them because we all need a brief release from the cares and woes of the day and a chance to laugh with others (and at ourselves) as we relate to these delightful characters.
Paris: Escape. Two 39ish men go to Paris looking for romantic adventures. When they invite 2 college-aged girls to have a picnic lunch on the Seine, it turns disastrous.
Yannig Morin (Martin)
Eric John Werner (Gil)
Sarah Kesselring (Martha)
Hannah Davis (Paula)
Venice: Souvenirs: A couple visits Venice and all the wife wants to do is shop because—Americans shop. The hilarious exchange between the two is totally relatable.
Rhonda Ware (Ginny)
Dan Ware (Paul)
Antonio Trigo III (Ermino)
Athens: Passion: An older, happily-married couple have decided to go to Europe and, in a last grand passion, commit suicide together. They have a difference of opinion and end up calling the whole thing off.
Georgia Athearn (Vivian)
Tim Reardon (Elia)
Dr. Jules Tasca (Playwright) has taught playwrighting at Oxford University in England, and he has performed with a commedia dell’arte group in central Italy. He is the author of more than 125 (full-length and one-act) published plays that have been produced in numerous national theatres from the Mark Taper Forum to the Bucks County Playhouse, as well as abroad in England, Ireland, Austria, Germany, South Africa, Canada and Australia.
Georgia Athearn (Vivian) has been involved in the theatrical arts since the 1970’s. Trained at the famed St Nicholas Theatre and the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago, Illinois. Previously seen on stage in Chicago, Denver and Albuquerque. The COVID-19 Pandemic has changed all our lives and my heart goes out to all who have been affected by this tragic time. Our theater community has suffered, not just locally, but globally and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts that you continue to support us through the New Media format. Thank you, Nancy, for casting me in this delicious little piece. Enjoy!
Hannah Davis (Paula) is excited to be a part of the Tour Di Europa cast! She has appeared in theater productions around the Albuquerque and East Mountain area including The Miracle Worker (Beatrice/Understudy for Ann & Kate), Glitter Girls (Patty), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (Ensemble), Tribute (Sally), Frontiers (Alma/Elizabeth/Mrs. Woodward/Millie/Emily/Jemma). She is grateful to Nancy for always seeing her potential to grow as an actress.
Sarah Kesselring (Martha) has always been fascinated by storytelling, graduating from the University of New Mexico with a B.A. in Creative Writing (with minors in both psychology and theatre). Her most recent theatrical involvements include Sister James in Doubt and Myrtle Mae in Harvey, both at the Adobe Theatre. Sarah would like to thank this incredibly talented cast, her best friend Evelyn for her encouragement, and her ever-patient husband Benjamin for his good humor. Thank you for your continuing support of local theatre through this strange time.
Yannig Morin (Martin Marr) is from Montreal, Quebec and has been acting locally since his arrival to New Mexico in 1997. He is most excited to be working back at the Adobe after four long years. His most recent pre-COVID-19 roles include: Nat McIlwaine in Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme (Vortex) , Hutchins Stubbs in Susan and God (Vortex) and as Ben in The Dumb Waiter (West End Productions).
Tim Reardon (Elia Nestor). Recent roles include Sawyer in Miracle on 34th Street (ALT), Judge Gaffney in Harvey (Adobe Theater), though I’ve done most of my acting at the East Mountains Center for Theater, including On Golden Pond, Glengarry Glen Ross, Gin Game, Every Christmas Story Ever Told…and then some, Men of Mahjong, Prisoner of Second Avenue, A Tuna Christmas, to name a few (to many). I love The Adobe Theater and it’s been a pleasure working with Nancy and Georgia and the top-notch crew of assorted Adobe peoples. As always thanks to my lovely wife Kay for her support. I hope you enjoy watching this piece as much as we did performing it! I’d also like to encourage anyone with an interest in theater to get involved! Community support and involvement are the life blood of regional theater and the social interaction can be profoundly rewarding. Look forward to seeing you under the lights!
Antonio “Tony” Trigo III (Ermino) is a student of political science and criminology at The University of New Mexico. His past roles include Boy Hamlet in The Book of Will (2018, The Adobe Theater); Touchstone in As You Like It (2018, Rodey Theater); and Ace in Pod People (2019, The Cell Theater). Tony misses live theater, but is excited to take part in this socially-distant performance. As a former American abroad, Tony hopes you have a good laugh at the quirky tourists having their adventures in Europe.
Dan Ware (Paul) is pleased to once again be on stage at the Adobe Theater. Dan has appeared in several productions at the Adobe, including Black Coffee, Laughter on the 23rd Floor and Shakespeare in Hollywood. His most recent work was starring as Ebenezer Scrooge in Theater Ensemble Arts’ radio play version of A Christmas Carol, which, like Souvenirs, also featured his wife Rhonda. Dan’s stage work includes roles in Under Milkwood, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Deathtrap and M*A*S*H*. Dan would like to thank his fellow castmates (Rhonda and Antonio) as well as director Nancy Sellin for making this a wonderful production. Big thank you also goes to our wonderful patrons, who have made it possible for the Adobe to continue producing quality theater during these “interesting” times.
Rhonda Ware (Ginny) is excited to be back with The Adobe Theater for its production of Venice: Souvenirs and acting opposite her real-life hubby, Dan. Most recently, she appeared as various characters in the Zoom presentation of Frontiers for the Adobe. Many thanks to Nancy Sellin for keeping theater alive at the Adobe during these trying times and to Tony Trigo for his dedication and impeccable Italian accent.
Eric John Werner (Gil) This is Eric’s first foray into the magical world of online theater. Thank you to Nancy and the Adobe for providing some kind of outlet. Looking forward to the time when we can have live audiences again for purely selfish reasons. Eric is also a founding member of the movement theater group, Radical Trousers. Thanks to Paul and Paul.
Nancy Sellin (Director) is always pleased to direct at the Adobe Theater. She last directed Frontiers there, a play she co-authored with three other women. While she can hardly wait until she can direct live theater once again, she is happy to be exploring this new medium with everyone else. She will be directing a production of Gin Game at the Albuquerque Little Theatre coming up for streaming in the middle of March. These three comedic sketches from Jules Tasca’s Tour Di Europa are a welcome chance to find humor in the foibles of American tourists and to, for a brief time, escape from the cares of the day.
Daniel Anaya (Stage Manager) Daniel is born and raised in Albuquerque New Mexico. He is proud to be part of such a talented and professional cast and crew. Daniel believes in the healing power of laughter, which is one of the greatest things about doing what he does. He was in Ken Ludwig’s comedy last fall called Leading Ladies at the Adobe. He would like to thank his loving family and friends for their support.