NOW PLAYING > OUR MARCH PRODUCTION
As Bees in Honey Drown
The Heights Players is ready to make you laugh and feel exhilarated with the madcap pace of Douglas Carter Beane’s sophisticated comedy, As Bees in Honey Drown, this March. And after this year’s prolonged and massive winter season, who doesn’t need a good laugh delivered via a brilliant stylish play?
Beane, an American playwright and screenwriter, has penned many notable plays and screenplays, including The Nance, The Little Dog Laughed, Sister Act – the Musical, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar. He was also responsible for the revised libretto used in the Metropolitan Opera’s recent production of Die Fledermaus. Well known, and highly praised, Beane won an Outer Critics Circle Award for As Bees in Honey Drown in 1997-98.
Called a “delicious soufflé of satire” by The New York Times, As Bees in Honey Drown takes its audience on a ride with Evan Wyler, a twenty-something New York writer who is savoring the success of his debut novel. When the media pegs him as the “next hot young thing,” Alexa Vere de Vere, a black-clad woman of mystery, takes notice and becomes determined to have Wyler write the screenplay of her life story, for which she will pay cash. With that, Wyler is launched on a breathless roller-coaster ride through the upper stratosphere of the rich and famous. But suddenly, Alexa is gone, and so is the cash …
What truth will Evan ultimately find? As Alexa would say, “You’re not the person you were born – who wonderful is? You’re the person you were meant to be.”
Heading up the cast of the Heights Players production is Heights veteran Kathryn Stevens (Jessie Mae, The Trip to Bountiful) as Alexa and newcomer Scot Cahoon as Evan Wyler. The remaining twenty characters (yes, twenty characters!) are portrayed with great skill, talent and boundless energy by a four-person ensemble of newcomers: Megan Lee, Kate-Olivia O’Brian, Mackenzie Knapp and Teddy Lytle.
Directing this urbane comedy is Bernard Bosio. The lighting design is by Leo Contrino, Sr. Designing the sound and doing double duty as stage manager is Marialana Ardolino. Assisting with the stage management work is John Pasquarello, Costumes are designed by Gina Healy.