UW-WC to present "A Comedy of Couples"

Final Production for Rick Ponzio, Director, Author, Actor & Educator
By UW-Washington County

Comedy of Couples - castUW-Washington County will present A Comedy of Couples as their spring theatre production on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 8-10, 2018 at 7:30 pm in the campus theatre. UW-WC’s Rick Ponzio, a senior lecturer in the Communications and Theatre Department, wrote, directs and performs in the slapstick Italian comedy. Recently announcing his plans to retire, this will be Ponzio’s final Theatre production at UW-WC.

The six-member cast includes three UW-WC alumnus: Abbey Reinke as Dottore; Bailey Mahnke as Truffaldina; and Frank Maraihazy, Jr. as Pantalone and Pantalucci. Matt Fichtner, a current sophomore at UW-WC, plays Francischino. Completing the cast are Megan Bell as Beatrice and Rick Ponzio as Leandro. Leslie Picard, also a UW-WC alum is the understudy for Dottore. Crew members include Bob Reinke (lighting and sound designer), Karen Held (stage manager), Amy Cundari (costume designer/make-up), Abigail Schulz (make up and costume crew) and Alyssa Geiger (director’s student assistant).

Three performances of A Comedy of Couples are planned for Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening, March 8-10 at 7:30 pm. All performances will be in the campus theatre, located on the second floor of the campus. The play is approximately 90 minutes in length and is appropriate for ages 13 and up.

According to Ponzio, “something happens when we experience live Theatre. We are more alive, more vibrant – there is electricity in the air – we’re part of something that is bigger than ourselves – we are ready for the unexpected – we’re ready to feel, laugh and wonder.” The audience joins the actors and technicians to enjoy an evening of “comic romp.”

UW-WC’s theatre is located on the second floor of the campus. Tickets can be purchased online or by phone at 262-335-5208 or email: wsh-tickets@uwc.edu. Tickets are $15 adults and $13 for seniors (over 62) or youth (under 18). UW-WC students are free (with student ID).
UW-WC is located at 400 University Drive in West Bend. Free parking is available.


What: A Comedy of Couples – spring theatre production
Who:   UW-Washington County
When: March 8, 9, 10, 7:30pm
Where: UW-WC Campus Theatre, 400 University Drive, West Bend
How:  Purchase tickets online, www.washington.uwc.edu or phone 262-335-5208.

Cast photo (above):

  Front (L to R): Megan Bell, Bailey Mahnke, Abbey Reinke

  Back: Rick Ponzio, Matt Fichtner, Frank Maraihazy, Jr.


Sue Bausch, Regional Director of Communications