Moon Over Buffalo
A comedy by Ken Ludwig
Directed by David Lloyd Austin
George and Charlotte Hay are a husband and wife acting team in the Lunt/Fontaine
tradition. Somewhat past their prime, they continue to eke out an existence
playing repertory on the regional theatre circuit. Just as Charlotte walks out
on George for reportedly getting the company ingénue pregnant, a call comes that
Ronald Coleman has broken both legs during the filming of “The Twilight of The
Scarlet Pimpernel” and that leading lady Greer Garson has left the production.
It seems that director Frank Capra is considering casting George in the Coleman
role and George is sure he can get Charlotte into the Garson role, but Charlotte
has already disappeared. The disappointment leads George to “tie one on” as the
company desperately tries to find him and attempts to sober him up in time for
the matinee performance of “Private Lives” which Capra is to attend before
finalizing the contract. With the pregnant ingénue’s brother reportedly
in the theatre intending to kill George, and with Frank Capra in the audience, a
farcical disaster ensues.
Poster created by Alison Main-Tourneur
Cast and Crew Photo of "Moon over Buffalo"
Back Row: Ryan J. Johnson, Willa-Lee Reid, Richard Pare, Holly Reta Fynn,
Front Row: David Lloyd Austin, Luke Day, Cindy Peterson, Alexandra
Wilson, Alison Main-Tourneur
- David Lloyd Austin
"When choosing a play, my first reading of the script is extremely important for
me, especially a comedy. It must make me laugh and 'Moon' certainly did that and
continues to do so".
is an award winning Director and actor for over 30 years. Although theatre is
his first love, movies and TV have helped pay his rent for over 22 years working
locally, Hollywood , Japan and Europe. His screenplay writing has now grabbed
the attention of a New York agency with whom he's developing an historical drama
which actually took place in B.C. in 1922. His play writing includes mysteries
which he produces on a continuous basis throughout the year.
directing theatre is always David's ultimate challenge:
can be the most difficult theatre to direct because we all react differently to
each funny moment. One of the secrets? Play it straight"
Luke Day as George
Luke's acting career began four years ago with In The Heart Of A City for
Vancouver Moving Theatre. He has also appeared in; Renovations, The Christmas
Present Of Christmas Past and Rebecca for Vagabond Players, A Month In The
Country, The Feigned Courtesans, The Seagull and The Swaggering Soldier for
United Players, Six Degrees Of Separation, Vampire Lesbians Of Sodom and The
Book Of Liz for Pickled Productions, Robinson Crusoe for the Fraser Valley
Gilbert & Sullivan Society, and Urinetown, The Musical for the Firehall Arts
Ryan Erwin as Paul
This marks Ryan’s 2nd play with the Vagabond Players. The first was Night Of The
Foolish Moon, in which he portrayed a knightly romanticist named Roger. He has
also performed in two Footlight musicals Cinderella and Meet Me in St. Louis and
in Footlight’s play This Way to Christmas last December. Ryan began his foray in
community theatre at the Youth Week Festival at the VECC, first with the comedy
What the Hell? and then in the short play The Clock. He is happy to be working
with David and all the rest of the cast and crew on this great play.
Holly Reta Fynn as Ethel
It has been ten years since Holly first trod the boards with the Vagabond
Players, as the Grand Duchess Olga Katrina in You Can’t Take It with You. Her
last performance here was as Maude Bodley in Not Now Darling. A few of her
favourite roles have been Beverly in The Shadow Box at Surrey Little Theatre,
Ruth in Round And Round The Garden at Metro Theatre and Nurse in The
Transylvanian Clockworks her all time favourite play. She is pleased to have
this opportunity to work with director David Lloyd Austin.
Ryan J. Johnson as Howard
Ryan has returned from the far off distant land of Red Deer where he performed
the lead role in the Hillbilly Wedding and amazingly enough actually didn’t
crack any glass in his first musical Nuncrackers. The last time Ryan trod the
Vagabonds boards was way back in 2004 when he assistant directed and performed
in Renovations. He wants to thank you for supporting community theatre.
Richard Paré as Richard
This is Richard's second time performing on this stage but he is no newcomer to
community theatre. He has been working with the theatre for the last 25 years as
an actor, director, set designer, builder and just about everything else behind
the scenes at some point or other working with Stage 43 throughout the 80's and
Langley Players in the 90's. He has become our current resident set designer
having done last season's Wrong turn at Lungfish and this season's Who saw him
Die, Night of the Foolish Moon as well as this one. Richard says that working
for the theatre is a labor of Love. With that we hope to have Richard working
with us for years to come.
Cindy Peterson as Charlotte
Cindy is very pleased to be a part of this production. A far cry from her most
recent role as the octogenarian Mrs. Warwick in The Unexpected Guest Stage 43,
Cindy is glad to be playing someone closer to her own age. Favorite past roles
include Romaine in Witness for the Prosecution, for which she received a CTC
nomination for best actress, Alberta in Moonlight and Valentino and Cassie in
Rumours. Cindy is continually inspired by local theatre and the people she plays
with here, and would like to thank David for giving her this opportunity to
enjoy Charlotte and her diva-isms, Alison for all her help and dedication, and
the rest of the cast for making this so much fun.
Willa-Lee Reid as Eileen
A former professional dancer from Edmonton, Willa-Lee has had the opportunity to
work in a number of independent films as Harvest Project and Your name, Pretty
Girl since making the leap into acting. She has also enjoyed hosting two
television series in Vancouver Weekend Warrior and City Lights. Not only is
Willa-Lee looking forward to being back on stage with a live audience in Moon
over Buffalo, but also to see what life really is like as a blonde.
Alexandra Wilson as Rosalind
Alexandra is very happy to be back on stage at Vagabond. She is also happy to
finally be playing a sensible character amongst the not-quite-so sensible and is
enjoying the attention of two men on stage! Alex has had fun working with the
cast and crew on this very funny production and thanks David for this
opportunity. Some of Alexandra's past productions include Wrong Turn at
Lungfish, Not Now, Darling, Will You Still Love Me in the Morning? and Return