GOD'S FAVORITE

, Neil Simon Oct 25, 26, Nov 1, 2, 3

Neil Simon has actually made a funny play from the Book of Job--transferring the scene to a Long Island mansion, where dwells a pious, God-fearing tycoon and his family: a long-suffering wife, a prodigal son and a pair of kooky twins. One night a messenger from God (with a big G on his sweatshirt) arrives, and, as in the original story, goes through all manner of temptations to renounce God. When he refuses, he is visited by all the afflictions imaginable. He stands firm and the messenger has to admit defeat. Written with Simon's typical flair for comedy.

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Cast

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Cast notes

Sol Chavez (Joe Benjamin) has been active in theater since 1959. He was last seen in the role of Victor Velasco in Miss Abbagail’s Playhouse production of Barefoot in the Park. Other recent roles include Muchnick in Little Shop of Horrors, the Burgermeister in The Visit, Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Sir Wilfred Robarts in Witness for the Prosecution, Ben Epstein in Broadway Bound and the Governor/Innkeeper in Man of La Mancha. He has designed critically acclaimed sets for Amadeus, The Foreigner, The Importance of Being Earnest and Breaking Legs. Sol is also a consulting engineer in his own practice and is married to theater director/actress, Eve Tilley.

Rick Tanski (Ben Benjamin) returns for his second Star Bar show. He appeared as Paul Granger III in last season’s finale, Hot L Baltimore. Rick is pleased to be working once again with Tobi and David, two of his cohorts from Hot L. Rick teaches English at Lewis-Palmer High School, and coaches Freshman Boys’ Basketball. He continues to work on his Master’s Degree in Educational Computing and Technology at UCCS. Rick would like to thank his wife, Robyn, for her patience, love and support. Rick and Robyn are eagerly anticipating the arrival of their first child in February.

Sandra Kay Talley (Sarah Benjamin) is known to most people as Sandy, but her given name is Sandra Kay Talley. Not much of a stage name, but, who knows, it could look good in lights. She loves being on stage. A simple statement, yes, but she has very few passions and acting is one of them. She could be in the worst possible mood - her cat could have thrown up on her favorite outfit, she could have gotten a flat tire on the way there, and locked her keys in her truck once she finally got there - but once she is on stage, everything slips away and she is in the bliss of the theatrical world. She knows this is a bit delusional, but Shakespeare said it best: “All the world’s a stage.” She only hopes to live some of it on the grand stage. She gives a special thanks to her mother for her support and care, Mark for his love, and God for his blessings.

Tobi Steinberg (Mrs. Rose Benjamin) has been involved with Star Bar, on and off stage, since 1991, often starring as the “coffee and cookie” manager. Tobi has been on stage in Colorado Springs in Star Bar and Upstart Productions such as: Torch Song Trilogy, Steel Magnolias and Crimes of the Heart. She worked in summer stock in Saratoga, New York (too many years ago) and with the Crested Butte Mountain Theater. She was last seen as Oxenham in Hot L Baltimore and is delighted to work with her two handsome co-stars again! In real life,Tobi is a psychotherapist and a massage therapist extraordinaire.

David Hastings (David Benjamin) completed a theatrical hat trick last season with Star Bar Players and could be on his way to another. He was last seen as Alex, the suave and sexy telephone repairman in E.T.C. Ensemble’s Saving Grace. He has also portrayed Bill, the hopeless hotel manager in Hot L Baltimore. Prior to that, he had the opportunity to show some personality as Gary, the frenetic Writer, Producer, Director in I Hate Hamlet. He has also appeared as Shep, the intellectual bartender in Early One Evening at the Rainbow Bar and Grille. Other local appearances include Sparger in Kennedy’s Children with Smokebrush Readers Theatre. David studied theater at North Carolina School of the Arts and Circle in the Square in New York. He is delighted to be the new president of the Star Bar Players. He invites you to return for more shows this season.

Andy Hasenyager (Manuel) makes his debut with the Star Bar Players in this show. If you’ve attended any musicals at the Fine Arts Center over the past two years, you may remember having seen him in any number of highly acclaimed chorus roles. Most recently, Andy played the part of Joey Biltmore in Guys and Dolls. When not singing and dancing in musicals (well, okay, trying to dance), Andy enjoys performing with the Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble and the Colorado Opera Festival. He would like to thank his family for their on-going support and Sandra Bray for getting the ball rolling.

David Mason (Sidney Lipton) has appeared in over thirty local productions over the last ten years. Some highlights are the Fine Arts Center’s production of Amadeus, Star Bar’s The Importance of Being Ernest, Devour the Snow and the title role in The Elephant Man. When not acting, David is usually down in the mouth (making dentures that is . . .).

Debra McLauglin (Director) has spent over 28 years working in the theater. Though this is her first Star Bar production, she has won 2 European Oscars for her direction of The Diary of Anne Frank. She also won Best Costume Design for Ain’t Misbehavin’ and another for Best Make-up. In her spare time, she makes award-winning quilts and directs her dog, Mickey, to do (not yet award winning) stupid dog tricks.

Melissa Hafter (Assistant Director) has been doing behind the scenes work in Colorado Springs theater productions for three years. She has had the pleasure of working with most of the cast before and joins David Hastings on the board of the Star Bar Players this year. She is a retired fast-pitch softball pitcher, but entertains herself as the Education Specialist for the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and as a private tutor.