A FARCE IN TWO ACTS.
Five Women. Two Men.
- COMMISSIONED BY THE STATE THEATRE OF GEORGIA, THE SPRINGER OPERA HOUSE
- NOMINEE, 2012 METRO ATLANTA THEATRE AWARD, BEST PLAY
Tad and Rowena Tuttle reside on the “good side” of Columbus, Georgia’s ritzy “Lakebottom” neighborhood, and pride themselves on a very proper existence. Like any upwardly mobile couple, they’re desperate to get their daughter Portia into Brookstone, the only school worth mentioning.
A chance encounter with the head of the Parents’ Association leads to the opportunity to garner their support at a hastily-planned cocktail party, where everything must be perfect.
But mere moments before their honored guests arrive, Rowena’s mother arrives from Colquitt in a broken-down pickup with a mutant farm animal in the back, and then the ransom note is discovered: Portia’s been kidnapped.
Lakebottom Proper was commissioned by The State Theatre of Georgia, The Springer Opera House. The production premiered as the finale of the 2010-2011 season in May, 2011. The World Premiere was directed by Artistic Director Paul Pierce. The cast was Katie Deal (Rowena); Adam Archer (Tad); Cynthia Barker (Mrs. Kelley); Jo Howarth (Ethelene); Benjamin Reed (Oliver); Haley Rice (Arlette); and Kelli Franklin (Christi).
The Atlanta premiere was produced by Process Theatre Company in September, 2011. The production was directed by Artistic Director DeWayne Morgan. The cast was Barbara Cole Uterhardt (Rowena); Doug Graham (Tad); Cheryl Rookwood (Mrs. Kelley); Frankie Earle (Ethelene); Jeffery Brown (Oliver); Amanda Cucher (Arlette); and Kate Graham (Christi).