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Sep 8, 2015

In what can only be described as a match made in comedy heaven for the Hutchinson community, the Hutchinson Theatre Guild presents Ken Ludwig’s The Fox on the Fairway, a golf comedy farce of epic proportions.  The production will run September 24-26, and October 1-3, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday September 27 and October 4, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.


Ken Ludwig, the comedy genius of the modern American theatre, has created a world based around two rival country clubs and their annual golf tournament against each other.  This play, written in the classic theatrical tradition of farce,has Quail Valley Golf and Country Club on one side of the fairway. Quail Valley Golf and Country has very strict membership requirements but a lousy golf team. On the other side is Crouching Squirrel Golf and Racquet Club whose reputation for talented golfers far outweigh the social standing of its members.


Henry Bingham, owner of Quail Valley and Richard Bell, owner of Crouching Squirrel, always take part in a friendly bet on the victor of the tournament. Egos of the two men get in the way and the bet balloons to $100,000 plus an antique shop that Bingham’s wife, Muriel, owns. Bingham is confident that he will win thanks to a ringer that he has selected for the tournament only to discover that Bell has stolen him away.


Enter Justin Hicks, Bingham’s new and eager-to-please assistant, a golf protégé who plays with gusto. That is until he begins to have romantic complications with Louise, a fellow employee at Quail Valley. Romantic problems also loom over Henry and Muriel Bingham’s marriage which is on the rocks, hanging by a thread.  And Henry’s headaches are not only due to his wife.  Pamela Peabody, Vice President of Quail Valley Golf and Country Club, has been given the unpleasant task of informing Henry Bingham that if he doesn’t win the golf tournament this year, he no longer has membership or a job at Quail Valley. Shenanigans ensue which feature all the classic hallmarks of farce, including the ever popular unending chase that involves a priceless vase that Muriel has had delivered to Quail Valley.  The fast paced play will keep audiences rolling in the aisles at Stage 9 as the play rockets to its breathtaking finish.  


As is the case with most productions at Stage 9, the cast is made up of veterans and new comers.  Blair Martin and Steve Wilson make their debuts at Stage 9 as Henry Bingham and Richard Bell.  Paula Rothe, Board member of the Hutchinson Theatre Guild, plays Muriel Bingham.  Three cast members from the Guild’s recent Stage 9 smash hit I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change have returned to share their talents: Jacob Aden as Justin Hicks, Amy Bretz as Pamela Peabody and Amy Frederick as Louise Heindbedder.


The Fox on the Fairway is directed by Charles A. Johnston, Production Coordinator for the Hutchinson Theatre Guild. Other production team members include Kelly Gauthier (Stage Manager), Peggy Livingston (Costume Design), Jason DePew (Lighting Design) and Jo Stropes (Properties Design). In addition to his duties as Director, Johnston is contributing scenery and sound designs to the production.


The Hutchinson Theatre Guild’s performance space, Stage 9, is located at 9 S. Main in Hutchinson, Kan. Performances for The Fox on the Fairway are September 24-26 and October 1-3, 2015 at 7:30 p.m., and September 27 and October 4, 2015 at 2 p.m. The Fox on the Fairway is performed by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.


Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $6 for ages 8-14. Children must be eight years old to attend Stage 9 productions. Tickets may be purchased in advance online at hutchtheatre.com as well as at Apron Strings, located at the intersection of Sherman and Main Street in downtown Hutchinson. Patrons may also purchase tickets at the door one hour prior to a performance. 


All seating is general admission. The house opens at 7 p.m. for evening performances and 1:30 p.m. for afternoon performances. Stage 9 seats 85 people and seats are available on a first come, first served basis. To check performance availability, please contact the Hutchinson Theatre Guild by email at hutchinsontheatreguild@gmail.com or by phone at 316-350-PLAY (7529).