2011-2012 Season

OUR 2011-2012 SEASON

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

September 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 2011


written by Dale Wasserman, adapted from the novel by Ken Kesey.

Based on the seminal 1960s novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest left an indelible mark on contemporary theatre. Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately devastating, it is the unforgettable story of patients in a mental institution, a world where sanity means conformity.

First presented at Forge as part of our 17th seasonOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a powerful exploration of the beauty — and the danger — of being original.

Directed by Wendy Mirto

The Production Team

Producer – Marnie Herzfeld

Stage Manager – Linda Blystone

Light/Set Design – Clem Mirto

The Cast

R.P. McMurphy – Eric Jarrell

Dale Harding – Hal Holzer

Cheswick – Josh Gould

Scanlon – Clem Mirto

Martini – Jack Roberts

Billy Bibbit – Jeff Cronin

Ruckley – Wings Wisneski

Chief Bromden – Jared (Goody) Good

Nurse Ratched – Gina DePaolis

Nurse Flinn – Andrea Cronin

Dr. Spivey – Aaron Gould

Aide Warren – Dennis Wright

Candy Starr – Danielle Greenberg

Sandra – Abigail Morgan

Aide Williams – David Richman

Aide Turkle – John Magolan



September 30 and October 1, 2011

50th ANNIVERSARY GALA REVUE – a musical revue highlighting musical gems of the past with a Forge Theatre All-Time, All-Star cast.  Proceeds benefit the Forge Theatre Building Renovation project.

Gala directed by Hal Holzer

Original script by Linda Mandlowitz

Music direction by Denise Wisneski, and Choreography by Renee Schulz

DID YOU KNOW:  Forge’s first musical was ONCE UPON A MATTRESS in our 16th season (1977-78)


November 4, 5, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, December 1, 2, 3, 2011  
(no performances Thanksgiving weekend)

CABARET – book  written by Joe Masteroff, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb.

On the eve of Hitler’s rise to power, a nightclub singer, an American writer and the citizens of Berlin are caught in the swirling maelstrom of a changing society in Cabaret. A provocatively entertaining Broadway show and Tony Award winner for Best Musical, Cabaret enjoyed its first production at Forge in our 24th season.

Directed by Dru Ullery

The Production Team

Producer – Rick Dowdall

Music Director – Denise Wisneski

Choreographer – Rose-Marie Abi-Richa

Assistant Director – Sandy White

Stage Manager – Linda Blystone

Tech Director – Greg Givler

The Cast

Emcee – Russ White

Sally Bowles – Erin Byrnes

Clifford Bradshaw – Mike Shoeman

Fraulein Schneider – Gina DePaolis

Herr Schultz – Bob Goretski

Ernst Ludwig – Brian Schwartz

Fraulein Kost – Renee Schulz

Max – Steve Schulz

Kit Kat Girls

Rosie – Stephanie Krause
Lulu – Laura Watson
Frenchie – Jeanine Brotherston
Fritzie – Andrea Reish
Texas – Allie Greet
Helga – Sarah Pastelyak

Kit Kat Boys

Bobby – Joseph Pizzi

Viktor – Dennis Himes


Mia Mbuy, Tracy White, Christa Wisneski


 January 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 2012

DON’T DRINK THE WATER, writtenby Woody Allen

In an unnamed country behind the Iron Curtain, the American ambassador leaves the embassy for business, placing his inept son in charge. Almost immediately the embassy is thrust into a zany series of comic crises when a family of tourists seeks asylum in Don’t Drink the Water, a slapstick farce about a New Jersey family held captive in the American embassy during the Cold War.  Featuring author Woody Allen’s trademark offbeat humor, Don’t Drink the Water first appeared as a part of Forge’s 24th season.

Directed by Jim Kelsh

The Cast

Father Drobney – Bob Goretski

Ambassador Magee – Jeff Ball

Kilroy – Melanie Magolan

Axel Magee – A.S. Freeman

Walter Hollander – Randy Knox

Marion Hollander – Bev Smith

Susan Hollander – Abbie Cicmowski

Krojak – Gary Bullock

Chef – Brian Schwartz

Sultan of Bashir – Anthony Marsala

Wife – Danielle E. Greenberg

Countess Bordoni – Denise Wisneski

Kasnar – Ed Wisneski

The Production Team

Producer – Marnie Herzfeld

Stage Manager – Linda Blystone

Technical Director – Ellen Spampinato


March 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 2012

ON GOLDEN POND* — written by Ernest Thompson

A story filled with poignancy, warm humor, and sensitively created characters,
On Golden Pond is the touching, funny and warmly perceptive study of a spirited, irascible, and loving couple facing their twilight years. The first production of On Golden Pond at Forge was in our 21st season.

Directed by Greg Morton



ETHEL THAYER – Barbara Hannevig


BILL — Rich Goldstein

BILLY, JR —  Devin Parentice

CHARLIE — Joseph Tomarelli

OPERATOR — Alex Tomarelli


DIRECTOR — Greg Morton

PRODUCER — Stevie Tagye



March 23 and 24, 2012

BROADWAY FOR LIFE CABARET – Our annual revue to benefit cancer research and the Phoenixville Relay for Life.  The first BROADWAY FOR LIFE cabaret was held in our 44th season (2005-06);  since then, this event has raised over $10,000.

Conceived and directed by Denise Wisneski

Denise became a Forge member in 1985.  Her first show was CABARET.


April 20, 21, 27, 28, 29, May 3, 4, 5, 2012

THE HEIRESS* — written by Ruth and Augustus Goetz, adapted from the Henry James novel, Washington Square.

Based on a Henry James 1880 novel, the story of The Heiress centers around the socially awkward and painfully shy spinster Catherine, who stands to inherit a tidy sum and suddenly finds herself the object of the attentions of the handsome but penniless Morris Townsend.  A classic tale of love and betrayal, The Heiress appeared for the first time at Forge in our 5th season.

Directed by Robert Marsch


Catherine Sloper – Maria Jarrell

Morris Townsend – Eric Jarrell

Dr. Sloper – Paul Leis

Aunt Penniman – Andrea Cronin

Maria – Kim Stratoti

Mrs Montgomery – Beverly Fox

Marian Almond – Shanna Lodge

Mrs Almond – Bev Smith


Robert Marsch – Director

Dee Henken – Producer

Cathy Stratoti – Stage Manager

Chris Haig – Set Design

Ellen Spampinato – Lighting Design

Chris Exley – Master Carpenter

Regina DePaolis – Costumes

Dean Soltes – Light Technician

Marnie Herzfeld – Sound Technician

Jacki Laskin – Props


June 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30

HIGH SPIRITS — book, lyrics, and music by Hugh Martin and Timothy Gray, based on the play Blithe Spirit by Noël Coward

A stylish musical comedy about the problems that arise when the ghost of his first wife comes back to visit him — and his second wife. The original Broadway production opened in 1964 and was nominated for 8 Tony Awards. The original  Blithe Spirit first appeared on the Forge stage in our 7th season.

Directed by Marnie Herzfeld and Hal Holzer


Charles Condomine – Anthony Marsala

Edith – Melanie Magolan

Ruth Condomine – Michelle English

Dr. Bradman – JT Grosch

Mrs. Bradman – Danielle Greenberg

Madame Arcati – Patricia Rhoads

Elvira – Janine Herd

Rupert – Will Nassau

Production Team

Directors – Hal Holzer and Marnie Herzfeld

Music Director – Denise Wisneski

Stage Manager – Linda Blystone

Lighting Design – Jeff Sugzdinis

Choreographer – Renée Schulz


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