by Theresa Rebeck
(March 3 to 25, 2023)
Director: Cliona Kenny
Producer: David Nicholson
About the play….
Jack’s unexpected return throws his family into a frenzy, and his sister Lorna needs answers. Is he coming home or running away? Where is his wife everyone hates? And how did he get all that money? Theresa Rebeck’s new comedy tackles the timely issues of corporate greed, small town values, and whether or not your family will always welcome you back… with no questions asked.
“Ms. Rebeck’s new play is seldom predictable and never boring.”
~ Wall Street Journal
Closer to home, Ottawa Little Theatre’s 2018 production of Dead Accounts won the best production award at both the Eastern Ontario Drama League and Theatre Ontario.
About Theresa Rebeck, the playwright….
Theresa Rebeck is a prolific and widely produced playwright, whose work can be seen and read throughout the United States and abroad. Four of her plays have premiered on Broadway, making Rebeck the most Broadway-produced female playwright of our time. Other Broadway works include Bernhardt/Hamlet; Seminar and Mauritius (staged by Village Players in 2016).
Major film and television projects include Trouble, starring Anjelica Huston, Bill Pullman and David Morse(writer and director), “NYPD Blue,” the NBC series “Smash” (creator), and the 2022 female spy thriller 355.
As a novelist, Rebeck’s books include Three Girls and Their Brother and I’m Glad About You. Rebeck is the recipient of the William Inge New Voices Playwriting Award, the PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Award, a Lilly Award and more. Closer to home, Ottawa Little Theatre’s 2018 production of Dead Accounts won the best production award at both the Eastern Ontario Drama League and Theatre Ontario.
About Cliona Kenny, the director….
Village Players is thrilled to have award-winning Cliona Kenny follow up our last play before the pandemic, Good People, with her second play with us – Dead Accounts. Her record of accomplishments for Toronto Irish Players include ACT-CO Thea awards as best director for Little Gem (2018) and best direction of an ensemble for Elvis’s Toenail (2015) (the playwright was her sister!). She had previously been nominated for her direction of Shining City, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Juno and The Paycock, and Translations. Her Little Gem and Translations both won Theas in their year for best production. Her 2019 Good People with Village Players won a startling 9 Thea nominations, including Best Production. That shows the kind of first-rate performances she’s able to inspire in her actors – and which she is now doing again for the benefit of Village Players audiences.
An actor herself, Cliona’s roles have included Moll in Moll, Dophie in Midden, Eileen in The Cripple of Innishmaan, Mrs. Gibbs in Our Town, Maureen in The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Maggie in Dancing at Lughnasa, and Mrs. Tancred in Juno and The Paycock.