Westfield Community Players To Open Season With “Squabbles”

Russ Ortiz, Lou Savarese, Debbie Badal; [seated l-r] Linda Correll. Ana Soulios, Tim McGovern; [In front] Ken Webb (Photo courtesy of Westfield Community Players)”]WESTFIELD — Westfield Community Players (WCP) opens its 2011-12 season with the comedy “Squabbles” by Marshall Karp; directed by Steve Lemenille and produced by Kay Macrae (of Westfield).

“Squabbles” concerns Abe Dreyfus, a cantankerous senior, who lives with his daughter and son-in-law. Mildred Sloan is an equally irascible lady who is forced to move in with her son and daughter-in-law. This puts Abe and Mildred under the same roof. These two people enjoy each other’s company so much that when they first met at their children’s wedding, Mildred threatened Abe with a knife! They embark on a mission to drive each other from the house, but their children are the only ones thinking of leaving.

In the cast are Lou Savarese (of Randolph) as Abe, who portrayed Marco in WCP’s recent production of “A View from the Bridge” (also directed by Steve Lemenille). Savarese recently appeared in Chatham Player’s “Jersey Voices.”

Playing Jerry Sloan is Tim McGovern (of Garwood) most recently seen as Derick Coburn in WCP’s production of “Smoke & Mirrors.” Mildred Sloan is portrayed by Debbie Badal (of Mendham) who has performed numerous roles at WCP, including such shows as “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Don’t Drink the Water.”

Making her debut at WCP is Ana Soulios (of Martinsville) who is playing Abe Dreyfus’ daughter, Alice Sloan. Russell Ortiz (of Iselin) plays Sol Wasserman, Abe’s friend and neighbor. Ortiz is also making his WCP debut and was nominated for a 2011 Perry Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play for his role as Tom Rogers in Main Street Theater’s production of “And Then There Were None.”

Ken Webb (of Fanwood) is playing Hector Lopez, the handyman who spends a great deal of time in Abe’s bathroom. Webb made his WCP debut portraying Louis in WCP’s production of
“A View from the Bridge.” Rounding out this production is veteran actress and director Linda Correll (of Winfield), who will be portraying Nurse Mrs. Fisher.

Director Steve Lemenille, who was nominated for two 2011 Perry Awards as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play for his role as Judge Wargrave in Main Street Theater’s production of “And Then There Were None” and Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play as Isaac Cohen in WCP’s “Abie’s Irish Rose” says that “Squabbles” in one of the funniest and well-scripted comedies he has come across in years, and it should delight all audiences.

Lemenille has performed for WCP in such productions as “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Death of a Salesman,” “Fools “(for which he was nominated for a 2009 Perry Award as Outstanding Male Actor in an Ensemble), “Little Mary Sunshine,” “Don’t Drink the Water,” and “A View from the Bridge.” Lemenille marks his third directorship with “Squabbles,” having directed “Dial ‘M’ for Murder” and “A View from the Bridge” for WCP.

“Squabbles” author, Marshall Karp, is an advertising executive who wrote award-winning commercials (including the classic “Thank You, Paine Webber”). He created “Everything’s Relative,” a CBS comedy with Jason Alexander, he became writer/producer for the NBC hit, “Amen,” served as writer/co-executive producer for ABC’s “Baby Talk” starring George Clooney, and NBC’s “Working It Out,” starring Jane Curtin.

Westfield Community Players’ production of “Squabbles” opens Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. It runs Oct. 15, 22, 28 and 29 at 8 p.m. There is a 3 p.m. matinee on Oct. 23. Tickets are $20 and are available by calling the Box Office at 1-908-232-1221 or reserved on line at http://www.westfieldcommunityplayers.org/WCPmemtickets.html

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