February 26 – March 8, 2015
Audience Pick: #1 Vote-Getter in our 2014 Audience Survey
Written by Noel Coward
Directed by Jeff Davis
Agape Theatre is thrilled to announce our upcoming production of PRIVATE LIVES, Noel Coward’s classic comedy about the bliss and misery of matrimony set against a lavish backdrop of 1930s Europe.
Originally produced in 1930, PRIVATE LIVES is widely regarded as one of the most sophisticated and entertaining comedies ever written. Elyot and Amanda–once married and now honeymooning with new spouses at the same hotel–meet by chance, reignite their old spark, and impulsively run off with each other. After days of being reunited, they again find their fiery romance alternating between passions of love and anger.
PRIVATE LIVES will play the East View High School Black Box Theatre, located at 4490 E. University Ave in Georgetown, from Thursday, February 26th thru Sunday, March 8th. Performances are Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:30pm. Tickets are $21.75 for adults and $16.75 for Students and Seniors. Please visit agapetheatre.org/box-office.html or call 512-88-STAGE to reserve seats.
PRIVATE LIVES will be directed by Jeff Davis, Agape Theatre’s Associate Artistic Director and Director of Agape’s productions of SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS and SUFFER THE LONG NIGHT. “This play is so widely known, and for good reason,” said Davis. “What Elyot and Amanda do is so horribly unsympathetic, and yet we still remarkably sympathize with them. I find that fascinating, but I totally understand it. We’ve all had relationships with people who we know are no good for us, and yet we can’t get away from them. That’s Elyot and Amanda. They’re toxic to each other and yet they need each other. That’s a director’s dream to explore, and Noel Coward’s exceedingly witty script—which hasn’t aged in 85 years—is icing on the cake.”
While most productions of PRIVATE LIVES envision Elyot and Amanda as a middle-aged couple, Agape’s production will approach the material in a different way. “There have been many revivals of PRIVATE LIVES on Broadway and in the West End,” says Davis, “All of which have had incredible casts. In various revivals over the past 85 years, Elyot’s been played by the likes of Richard Burton and Alan Rickman and Amanda’s been played by Tallulah Bankhead, Elaine Stritch, Maggie Smith, and Elizabeth Taylor. All of them were in their 40s or 50s at the time of the production, but in the original production, no one in the cast was over 32. I’ve decided to cast our production with actors that are close in age to those in the original production. Ours may be a bit different than recent notable productions of PRIVATE LIVES, but it will be much closer to Noel Coward’s vision of these characters.”
The cast of PRIVATE LIVES features Nicholas Mani as Elyot, CiCi Barone as Amanda, Travis Carillo as Victor, Ciera Chancellor as Sibyl, and Kristi Treitler as Louise. Also in the cast are Tiffany Schulze and Logan Wheatley as understudy Sibyl and understudy Victor, respectively. PRIVATE LIVES also features Set and Costume Design by Agape Theatre’s Founding Artistic Director, Olin Meadows and Stage Management by Faith Castaneda. Kristi Treitler and Joan Baker serve as Co-Assistant Directors for the production. As with all Agape productions, the stage crew will be comprised of local High School students, all of whom are members of Agape’s Professional Apprentice Program which gives students the opportunity to work alongside seasoned professionals.
Nicholas Mani (Elyot) previously starred in Agape’s productions of The Trip to Bountiful (Ludie) and An Ideal Husband (Sir Robert Chiltern). Other prior credits include Carousel, Urinetown, and The Producers. Nicholas also performs and tours worldwide with the St. Edward’s Masterworks Singers.
CiCi Barone (Amanda) is thrilled to join the cast of Private Lives, this is a play she has longed to do for years. CiCi is a trained singer, dancer, and actor and has been seen in many musicals at the Palace Theatre in Georgetown. Most recently she was seen as a Hot Box Dancer in Guys and Dolls. Other memorable roles include Shelby in Steel Magnolias, Ariel in Tempest, Emily in A Christmas Carol, Crystal Allen in The Women, Amber Von Tussle in Hairspray and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet. CiCi would like to thank her director and the Artistic Director of Agape for giving her this wonderful opportunity and her husband and daughter for their patience and support through the rehearsal process.
Travis Carillo (Victor) began his acting career as a member of musical theater performances put on by Pearland High School in Pearland, TX. After graduation, Travis moved to Las Vegan and began filling his spare time with background roles in various movies and T.V. shows. Upon moving to Austin, Travis decided to take his acting career to the next level by starring in both Shor and Independent Films. Private Lives marks his first stage production in the Austin area.
Ciera Chancellor (Sibyl) recently starred in Agape’s production of An Ideal Husband. Private Lives is her second show with Agape and her fourth show ever. Ciera hopes to attend UT-Austin next Fall to obtain a second Bachelor’s Degree with a double major in Neurobiology and Theatre.