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Friday - 8 p.m.

Saturday - 8 p.m.

Sunday - 2 p.m.

All Tickets are $20

Pay-what-you-can preview on Thursday, August 29th at 8 p.m.

Cast & Creative Team

Cast: Ari Eckley, Gabe Fremuth, Holly Gibbs, Nate Krimmel, David Forrer, Ebony N. Jackson, Shamire Casselle

Director: Patrick Gorirossi

Stage Manager: Gillian Lelchuk

Set Designer: Bruce Kapplin

Lighting Designer: Michael Logue

Costume Designer: Heather Johnston

Props: Bruce Kapplin

Intimacy Director: Emily Sucher

Producer: Marianne Gazzola Angelella

Special Thanks: Wes Baer, Baltimore Center Stage, Baltimore Lab School, Debbie Bennett, Hunter Bradley, Bill Hauck, Lost Art Wall Covering,  Mandy Wolfe, Jeffrey Wozniak

August 30 - September 22, 2019

It’s 1950 and new colors are being added to the Red Scare. Two U.S. State Department employees, Bob and Norma, have been tasked with identifying “sexual deviants” within their ranks. There’s just one problem: Both Bob and Norma are gay, and have married each other’s partners as a carefully constructed cover. Inspired by the true story of the earliest stirrings of the mainstream American gay rights movement, madcap classic sitcom-style laughs give way to provocative drama as two All-American couples are forced to stare down the closet door.

"[A] clever canapé of a comedy...Mr. Payne is a deft and witty writer."  

- The New York Times

Photography by Shaelyn Jae

Cast & Creative Team Bios

~ Cast ~

Shamire Casselle (Barbara Grant) is a storyteller and loves bringing characters to life. She made her theatrical debut in the third grade and has loved acting ever since. Shamire’s debut performance at the Fells Point Corner Theater was in the 2019 10x10x10 play festival. She also performed at the Strand Theater playing Celle in Detroit ’67, and Spotlighters Theater as an ensemble member in Love, Loss and What I Wore. She also performed in We Be the Same, a Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) student film. She appeared on “Criminals at Work” on BET, “The Vanishing Women” on ID Channel, and Kleenex “Meet Your Skin” campaign, to name a few. Acting is Shamire’s passion and she feels blessed that she is able to pursue it.


Ari Eckley (Millie Martindale) is thrilled to be performing in their premiere FPCT production. Past roles of note include Pompey Bum (Measure for Measure) at Green Globe Theatre, Miss Leslie Casewell (Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap) with Open Space Arts, and Teddy, the protagonist of Riot Brrrain - a new work that premiered at the 2018 Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, DC. Enjoy the show, I hope it makes ya think!


David Forrer (Theodore Sunderson) is proud to make his second appearance at FPCT, having played Troy Whitworth in Jerusalem last season. He spends most of his time at Baltimore Shakespeare Factory, where he has recently appeared as Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night, and Antigonus in Winter’s Tale. He has also appeared at Memorial Players as Satan in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Bernard Nightingale in Arcadia, Mr. Bumble in Oliver!, and John the Baptist/Judas in Godspell.


Gabe Fremuth (Bob Martindale) is happy to return to FPCT after appearing in 2017’s Alice in Wonderland and I Hate Hamlet. His other recent credits include The Sea Voyage with the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory and Crimes of the Heart at the Vagabond Theatre.


Holly Gibbs (Norma Baxter) always feels at home on the FPCT stage. She regularly treads the boards in the Baltimore area, and most recently with FPCT, Vagabond Theater, and the BSF.  Recent credits include: the Nurse in Romeo & Juliet, Lenny in Crimes of the Heart, Ursula in The Little Mermaid, and Sister Mary Acacius in The Divine Sister.

Ebony Jackson (Kitty Sunderson) is a stand-up comedian and actress from Baltimore, MD. Performance art is her ultimate purpose in life and she has recently produced her first one woman show, Single Muva, Man of the House.


Nate Krimmel (Jim Baxter) is a local actor and Baltimore native. A 2018 graduate of Washington College, he is happy to be returning to FPCT. Recent credits include: All New People (Charlie), The Effect (Tristan), Jerusalem (Lee), Mother Road (Darrell), The Elephant Man (John Merrick), Spring Awakening (Melchior), and This Is Our Youth (Warren). He is grateful to be part of this hilarious and talented team.

~ Creative ~

Patrick Gorirossi (Director) is thrilled to be returning to Fells Point Corner Theatre having previously directed The Woman in Black and Sex with Strangers. Selected directing credits: A Christmas Carol, 1933 with Parlor Room Theater, An Act of the Imagination with Bowie Community Theatre, and Assistant Director for The Suffragette Plays at Venus Theatre.


Gillian Lelchuk (Stage Manager) is excited to be working on her first show with FPCT. She holds a BA from Johns Hopkins and has stage managed several productions in Baltimore and DC. Past productions include: Newsies (Theatre Lab), A People’s History (Capital Fringe), Much Ado About Nothing (Fools and Madmen), Daddy Long Legs (Monumental Theatre Co.), American Moor (Anacostia Playhouse).


Alex L.S. Perry (Rehearsal Asst. Stage Manager) is a student at Notre Dame of Maryland University where they work with NDMU Drama in sound and stage managing. Their past shows include Romeo & Juliet with BSF, Charley’s Aunt and The Effect with FPCT, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Moors with NDMU Drama.

Bruce Kapplin (Set Designer/Props) brings over 35 years of production experience. He enjoys participating in local theater, and most recently was the set designer for The Effect at FPCT and the video designer for Rapid Lemon’s Variations on Myth. He started his career as an intern at Baltimore Center Stage. Over the years he has worked with Props and Sets, Baltimore Stage Lighting, Barrons Stage Curtains, Theater Service and Supply and now owns Jericho Stage Inc. a full service production company providing services to clients such as Bowie State University, DC Jazz Festival, Gilman School, Roland Park Country School, Iron Man Triathlon, The Architect of The Capitol, WBAL TV, House of Cards, and Women’s March on Washington. He thanks Rusty his emotional support dog.

Michael Logue (Lighting Designer) is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in Lighting Design and Stage Management. Michael is excited to be joining the local theatre community and designing his first show in Baltimore and at FPCT. Michael works as the staff electrician for Centerstage Baltimore, and has previously designed several shows back in Austin.


Heather Johnston (Costume Designer) has been an actress, stage manager, script developer, house manager, reviewer, and costumer in Baltimore for several years.  She was last seen on this stage as Fawcett/Stage Manager in Jerusalem. As always, thanks to Patrick for including her in his plans, and to her husband and children who support her theater endeavors without too much complaining.


Emily Sucher (Intimacy Director) is a multidisciplinary theatre artist and Equity Membership Candidate. A member and student of Intimacy Directors International (IDI), she credits the IDI Pillars as the foundation of her process. She has intimacy-choreographed for various DMV-area theatres and is proud to help pioneer this movement for truthful and safe theatre.


NJ Saroff (Production Assistant) is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, they’re currently studying technical design and education at Community College of Baltimore County, when they aren’t working on or behind stage, they teach drama with Creativity First and Hebrew with Beth Israel Learning Lab. They are a published poet and performed playwright.


Marianne Gazzola Angelella (Producer) has been part of FPCT as a student, an actor, teacher, advocate, member, patron, and producer for the better part of 35 years. FPCT is where she and so many other artists got their start. She welcomes you to Perfect Arrangement and encourages your continued support of community theatre and FPCT.

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