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December 7 & 8, 2019  

Saturday at 7:30 pm, and Sunday at 2:00 pm

Directed by Rhys Lovell
Featuring (In Order of Appearance) Kayla Russell, Michelle Woody, John Fischer, Todd Wineburner, Rich Tinaglia, John Bowen and Abby Scott


A SPY IN SPITE OF HIMSELF is a farce and send-up of British spy stories about button-down bureaucrats operating in the grey areas of a grey society.  It concerns Fred Laffingstock, an ineffectual middle-aged man who works for the BSS, also known as the British Secret Service, also known as the Big Saucy Sausage.  Someone is spying on the spies and Fred must ferret out the culprit from a motley crew of colleagues – the ambitious Bunty Cockfoster, the very posh Stig Ripley Stripley, the extremely crude Cutler McCreedy, and the shy fly-on-the-wall woman who secretly loves Fred named Droopy Muffincups.  In the course of his assignment, Fred must contend with his overbearing and brainless mother, with whom he still lives, while confiding in his closest friend and ally who happens to be the family dog.  Finally Fred collides with the truth in a twisted ending that not even a master spy could have seen coming.


Panel discussion with three credentialed responders following the matinee:


Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson, Associate Professor and Director of Theatre; Chair, Department of Art, Music, and Theatre, University of Illinois – Springfield

Deanna Jent – Playwright and Professor Emerita of Theatre at Fontbonne University

Tom Mitchell – Chair of Acting for the University of Illinois Department of Theatre

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