A MYSTERY IN TWO ACTS.
Four Women. Three Men.
- COMMISSIONED BY GEORGIA ENSEMBLE THEATRE AND CONSERVATORY
- PREMIERES JANUARY 2013!
It’s 1932, and 20 year-old orphaned tobacco heir Smith Reynolds has returned from New York to his family’s Winston-Salem estate with a surprise souvenir: a wife.
The new Mrs. Reynolds is notorious Broadway star Libby Holman. She’s a dozen years older than Smith, and arrives with a trunkload of gin and an acting coach, Blanche Yurka, who is quite possibly insane.
Smith’s guardian, Kate Reynolds attempts to manage the scandal, aided by her secretary, Babe, and Smith’s best friend, Ab.
A party is thrown to introduce Libby to society, but it’s flat-out ruined when the groom turns up dead.
The guests are gathered to reconstruct the evening’s events for beleaguered County Solicitor Erle McMichael, but they fail spectacularly, which shouldn’t be a surprise. For Southerners, the truth isn’t nearly as important as a good story.
Swell Party was commissioned by Georgia Ensemble Theatre and Conservatory (Robert J. Farley, Producing Artistic Director), premiering in January, 2013. The production is directed by Shannon Eubanks. The cast: Weston Manders (Smith); Suehyla El-Attar (Libby); Tess Malis Kincaid (Blanche); Jo Howarth (Kate); Tony Larkin (Ab); and Kate Donadio (Babe).