1940s USO-themed comedy at the Driftwood Players

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Suite Surrender opens June 10 at Driftwood in Edmonds

Edmonds Driftwood Players pays tribute to the 40s through the Michael McKeever farce, Suite Surrender, June 10 – 26, 2016 at the Wade James Theatre, 950 Main St, Edmonds.

Michael McKeever’s comedy, Suite Surrender, called a “rib-tickling good time” by critics, is a loving homage to the screwball comedies popular in Hollywood during the 30s and 40s.

Starring Driftwood regulars Cindy Giese French, Melody Mistlin, Justin Tinsley, Jason Bradford, Ryan St. Martin, Greg Cochran and some new faces (Mary Sabetto, Jennie Babcock, and Kate Wirth), this show comes complete with a beleaguered general manager, two over-the-top divas, a hen-pecked personal secretary, a lovesick assistant, and a pair of bellhops that keep the action moving all while organizing a USO benefit for the troops at the Palm Beach Royale Hotel.
Athena Sinclair and rival Claudia McFadden are accidentally booked in the Presidential Suite at the same time for the same concert … and they can’t stand the sight of each other. How will the poor staff and personal employees of the women keep them apart and pull off the concert for the troops? With slamming doors, mistaken identity, physical comedy and fast-paced action, the comic tension builds into a grand finale of laughter.

Performances: June 10 - 26, 2016
Thurs-Sat at 8:00 pm, Sunday at 2:00 pm

Tickets are $25.00. Senior/Junior/Military $22.00
Purchase tickets online or 425-774-9600 option 1.

ASL Interpreted Performance on Saturday, June 18 at 8pm.
Director Dale Westgaard says of Surrender, “Early in our rehearsals, it became clear that some of my cast members were unfamiliar with the USO and its importance to entertainment history.”

So the team spent time researching some of the fabulous teams that entertained the troops and the nation during the war. Names like Bob Hope, Martha Raye, Red Skelton, Jimmie Durante and more. This show strives to be worthy of those great names. 

Westgaard says, “Now, sit back and watch what happens when a fine hotel has trouble meeting the demands of one of its guests before she performs for the ‘the boys’”.

About the Playwright: With wit, insight and a healthy dose of his quirky sense of humor, Michael McKeever continues to entertain theater audiences throughout America, Europe and Russia. He resides in South Florida and is a member of the Dramatists Guild and Actors' Equity.


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