July 12, 2010
“I Ought to Be in Pictures” – A Dramatic Comedy from Hollywood
The Curtain Club is pleased to announce the opening of I Ought to Be in Pictures by Neil Simon, the fifth and final play of the 2009/2010 Season. On July 16, 2010, after the opening night performance, patrons will be treated to a reception in the lobby of the theatre with an opportunity to meet the cast, design team and crew. Plenty of tickets for the run of I Ought to Be in Pictures, at the incredible price of only $15.00 each, are available from The Curtain Club box office (905-773-3434).
Director Andrea Emmerton notes: "In I Ought to Be in Pictures Simon writes the spirited and touching tale of an unusual family reunion. As a director, working with such rich material and at The Curtain Club is a pleasure. That said, it has been a very challenging year for us all. I started off this season stage managing Marion Bridge, which as you will recall, we had to stage at The Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. With I Ought to Be in Pictures, which was rescheduled as the last play of the season from originally being scheduled to open this season in Fall of 2009, I was further challenged by the really short rehearsal time in the Theatre – you will recall that our fourth play Cliffhanger only closed on June 26, 2010. Why all these changes you might ask? Well, it’s all been due to the recent renovations at The Club. Which thankfully are complete but for a few details. What we still have on our shoulders are all the bills to pay. All that aside, working on I Ought to Be in Pictures has been a pleasure, especially given a very talented cast, a supportive design team and a hardworking production team headed up by producer JoAnne Spitzer. I know that the patrons will enjoy this play as much we have enjoyed working on it!"
I Ought to Be in Pictures focuses on absentee parent Herb Tucker (played by Daryl Marks), a struggling screenwriter who abandoned his New York family 16 years earlier to settle in Hollywood. When his daughter Libby (played by Hayley Ferguson) arrives at his West Hollywood bungalow with acting ambitions, Herb and his girlfriend Steffy (played by Vanessa Taylor) react with verve leaving the audience laughing out loud.
Each season The Curtain Club gives back to the community through its Charity Night initiative. One performance of each play is given to local charities to use as a fundraiser or a volunteer thank you. The Curtain Club is pleased to welcome Jewish Women International of Canada (JWIC)-Golda Meir Chapter as recipients of the Charity Night for I Ought to Be in Pictures by Neil Simon.