The Marx Brothers infiltrate the Florida real estate boom circa 1920 and find jewels to steal, pockets to pick, lovers to confuse, hotel guests to confound, and a treasure trove of songs by Irving Berlin. So, you Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Zeppo fans, brush up your slapstick and get ready for a hilarious celebration of theatrical and musical sun, sand, and shtick.
"FESTIVAL'S 'THE COCOANUTS' is the perfect chaotic summer musical. . . . The perfect amount of classy, quirky comedy."
— Emily Havens, The Spectrum
"'THE COCOANUTS' COMBINES Marx Brothers silliness with sophisticated song and dance, . . . a very entertaining package."
—Barbara M. Bannon, Salt Lake Tribune
"THE FAST-PACED PRODUCTION caters to a specific brand of comedy, but audiences are likely to find themselves laughing along no matter their sense of humor."
— Whitney Butters Wilde, Deseret News
Director — Melissa Rain Anderson
Music Director — Gregg Coffin
Choreographer — Natasha Harris
Scenic Designer — Jo Winiarski
Costume Designer — Bill Black
Lighting Designer — Kirk Bookman
Sound Designer — Barry G. Funderburg
Dramaturg — Isabel Smith-Bernstein
Voice and Text Coach — Michael J Barnes
Fight Director — David Woolley
Stage Manager — Terence Orleans Alexander*
Scene: Various locations in and around the Cocoanuts Hotel in Florida; 1920s
There will be one intermission.
Nate — Josh Durfey
Trixie — Nicki Elledge
Coco — Natasha Harris
Robert Jamison (Zeppo) — John Wascavage*
Penelope Martin — Melinda Parrett*
Harvey Yates — Michael A. Harding
Mrs. Potter — Peggy O'Connell*
Polly Potter — Anna Landy
Mr. Hammer (Groucho) — John Plumpis*
Chico (Willie Wony Diddydony) — Jim Poulos*
Harpo (Silent Red) — Tasso Feldman*
Detective Hennessey — Chris Mixon*
Conductor/Keyboard— Paul Helm; Violin— Christopher Joyal; Percussion— Evan Peterson; Guitar/Banjo/Ukelele—William Petty; Bass—Sean Tillis
Nate/Robert Jamison (Zeppo)—Jonah Robinson/Luke Sidney Johnson; Trixie/Coco/Penelope Martin—Brittany Reed; Harvey Yates/ Chico (Willie Wony Diddydony)/Detective Hennessey—Joshua Leigh Hopkins; Mrs. Potter—Natasha Harris; Polly Potter—Nicki Elledge; Mr. Hammer (Groucho)/Harpo (Silent Red)—Josh Durfey
Understudies never substitute for listed players unless an announcement is made prior to the performance.
*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.
The director is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union.
The scenic, costume, lighting, and sound designers are represented by the United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829 of the IATSE.
The videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.
World premiere adaptation commissioned and produced by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Artistic Director Bill Rauch • Executive Director Cynthia Rider
The Cocoanuts is presented by special arrangement with R&H Theatricals: www.rnh.com
July 1 to October 15
Randall L. Jones Theatre
Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Book by George S. Kaufman
Adapted by Mark Bedard
Musical Adaptation by Gregg Coffin
Melissa Rain Anderson
Adapted from the Marx Brothers movie, this play features music by Irving Berlin and slapstick comedy by Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and Zeppo. It has innocent flirtations and love stories, and is suitable for all audiences.