Wheaton Drama, Inc. (WDI) announces the cast for the next show in its 2018-2019 season, “Silent Laughter” by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore (“Love, Sex and the IRS,” “Confessions of a Dirty Blonde,” “The Senator Wore Pantyhose”). An homage to the slapstick days of early silent movies, “Silent Laughter” is the story of Billy, a hapless schnook in New York, 1917. Not just a retread of pie fights and pratfalls (although they are certainly present), “Silent Laughter”takes up the challenge of presenting death-defying Buster Keaton/Charlie Chaplin/Harold Lloyd style gags, with a bit of Laurel & Hardy and Musty Suffer.
“Silent Laughter” will run November 16 through December 9 at Wheaton Drama, 111 N. Hale Street, Wheaton, IL. For reservations and information, go to www.WheatonDrama.org.
Director: Craig Gustafson Production Manager: Elyse Willis. Stunt Choreographer: Andrew Trygstad.
Billy (The Hero) – Jake Murphy
Ruth (The Heroine) – Mackenzie Grattan
Billy’s Pal (Billy’s Pal) – Peter Lemongelli
Lionel Drippinwithit (Billy’s Arch-Enemy) – Matt Hellyer
Sarge (Billy’s Nemesis) – Steve Schroeder
Max the Thug/Brewster Thickwad III/Maitre D’/Newsboy – Sage Brown
Max’s Dame/Lovestruck Woman/Office Girl/Cop/Prisoner/Recruiter/Old One-Armed Man/Enemy Soldier/Bridesmaid – Amanda Fisher
Man With Fruitcake/Lovestruck Man/Worker/Cop/Prisoner/Soldier – Dave Amato
Priest/Vendor/Janitor/Dowager/Butler/Old Bearded Man – Ken Kaden
Singing Waiter/Drunk/Fat Lady/ Worker/Cop/Prisoner/Soldier/Baker – Andy Kanturek