Managing Director Kristen Livengood knows one of the keys to a great season is selecting plays that directors are passionate about bringing to life on stage. A case in point, Dwight Chiles had been wanting to direct Bonnie & Clyde at Parkway Playhouse for years… and what a fantastic result! So, with the ability to select the plays herself, she naturally chose one she was excited about directing.
PP: So, Kristen, why did you select The Fox on the Fairway for this season?
Kristen: I am a HUGE fan of Ken Ludwig shows. When I was reading plays, I found this one in Parkway Playhouse’s library and found myself laughing out loud. Ken is really great at developing characters and my favorite part of directing is focusing on bringing characters to life, so it was one that I immediately fell in love with. This show is an homage to the classic English farces, but with a modern twist, so I really feel this show is accessible for any audience.
PP: What’s it like directing your husband, Graham, in a play?
Kristen: This is actually my first time directing Graham in a scripted show. We’ve worked together before – acting in shows, performing improv, performing in murder mysteries, and he’s participated in a few of my improv workshops – but this was the first time I’ve really been his “boss.” It’s been a really great experience. He’s just as eager as the rest of the cast to give me exactly what I want, and I think I’ll be looking back on this experience and laughing about the rehearsals where I’m standing two feet away from him and Jenny while I choreograph their slobbery, over-the-top kiss.
PP: What do you think audiences will like about The Fox on the Fairway?
Kristen: I think the audiences will love the performances that the actors are giving. I have been so inspired and excited by watching the actors bring their characters to life. Since it’s a farce, the energy has to be incredibly high and boy, are the actors sweating through these rehearsals. They’re giving me 110% and I leave rehearsals with my cheeks and abs hurting from laughing so much.
We all need a good laugh by the weekend, so let Parkway Playhouse give you a dose of the best medicine: laughter!