The Real Inspector Hound- Playbill

The Real Inspector Hound

by Tom Stoppard

We staged this in 1996. The first time was in Point Reyes, and the second run was in San Francisco. This is a brilliantly written, funny play by Tom Stoppard with a multi-layered plot.

Here is the playbill:

Grand Central Theatre Company

is proud to present

The Real Inspector Hound

A Murder Mystery in One Act

2:00 PM, December 7th and 8th 1996

Kate O'Brien's Theatre

577 Howard Street, San Francisco CA

About the Play

The traditional "wall" between stage and audience is no longer an assumed part of theater. The realm of the Theater Critic is that grey area between a playwright's vision and an audience member's individual interpretation. In this buffer zone between what is played out on the stage and what the audience takes home, reality interacts with drama, distorting both worlds and tearing down our preconceptions.



The Cast

( In Order of Appearance )

Moon.............................................................................Jon Fast

Birdboot...............................................................John Durand

Mrs. Drudge..................................................Kirsten Wahlborg

Radio Announcer..............................................Jennifer Welch

Simon Gascoyne..............................................Chris Linnevers

Felicity Cunningham....................................Stephanie Wright

Lady Cynthia Muldoon................................Kathryn Altamore

Magnus Muldoon.....................................Richard J. Wheyland

Inspector Hound.................................................Tony Brooke

The Body..........................................................Scott Golubock

Directed by Jennifer Welch

Direction Assistance by Chris Ceci

Lord Muldoon's portrait by Diedre DeFranceaux

Sound design and playbill layout by Tony Brooke



About the Players

Jean Vite, né Jon Fast, almost as famous on the beaches of the French Riviera as he is in the back of a Buick Riviera, is proud to appear in another play for the GCT. When Jon's not working on his dinghy (he owns and operates a tug boat franchise), he enjoys such diverse activities as plucking chickens, smelting iron ore, and sock-hops.



John Durand has appeared in numerous theatrical productions including the title roles in A Gigolo in Fargo, Sammy the Enterprising Squirrel, The Balloon and the Basset Hound, and a musical production of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus. John also enjoys mouthing off to little kids, playing scooter hockey, and burning old socks in a metal drum.



Kirsten Wahlborg has advanced the cause of two wheel transport more than Ponch and John combined. She made her first appearance in the GCT production of Lysistrata, playing Stratyllus the strumpet. In between counseling homesick pigeons and collecting miniature presidential busts, she works the grill for Charo's Hawaiian Luau in Daly City.



Chris Linnevers is no stranger to the GCT stage, having tripped over it on his way to the circus. After 8 grueling weeks of physical therapy and 12 fabulous oriental massages, Chris has returned to the stage smiling and as good as new! When Chris isn't acting he's usually having sex.



Stephanie Wright is no stranger than last year when she starred in the GCT production of Lysistrata, a bawdy, sexual farce set in ancient Greece. Outside of acting, Stephanie spends her spare time recreating historically and anatomically correct nude reenactments of the Battle of the Bulge.



Kathryn Altamore has worked dinner theaters from Eugene to Tallahassee playing everything from a bottle of whiskey in The Life and Times of Ernest Hemingway, to Maria in a waterballet version of West Side Story. Never jaded by her star-studded past, Kathryn says the GCT has "the best cast I've worked with since I hit my head and got amnesia."



Richard J. Wheyland still struggles to avoid typecasting since his recurring part as Dr. Dirk Nitrous, the buff, silicone enhanced beach-dentist on Baywatch. Richard last played Spartan #2 in the GCT production of Lysistrata. He would like to dedicate this performance to his mentor, best friend and Sugar Daddy, Lee Majors.



Tony Brooke returns to the GCT after starring as Second Sergeant Sigmund Smythe in Swindlers Sweep Switzerland. Turning Tanzanian theaters topsy-turvy, this tumultuous and triumphant tour was unprecedented in its unbridled, ungodly undercurrent of uncouth urgency, vivid virtuosity, and villainous virility. A very vexed Vatican Vicar voiced, "What a wicked, wanton waste of words!"



Scott Golubock was not, we repeat, NOT typecast for this role. He has previously appeared as Kevin Costner's character in a stage adaptation of The Big Chill, Bernie's stand-in for the smash movie Weekend at Bernie's II, and was dancer #14 in Michael Jackson's Thriller. He kicks it in Colma.



Jennifer Welch spends most of her time teaching four-year-olds not to bite their neighbor. When she's not at the S.P.C.A. helping injured cats lick themselves, she manages to kick some ass, but the rest of the time, she just rocks. Oh yeah, she also directed this thing and last year's Lysistrata.



We would like to thank: Colette and the staff of Kate O'Brien's for the use of this great space, the generous support of the Owlwood Farm Endowment for the Arts, Chris Ceci for picking up our slack, Diedre for the excellent painting, Tony's Dad for the sharp lookin' coat and hat, Chris' Arthroscopic Surgeon, Kirsten's Obstetrician, Kathryn's Soothsayer, Jon's Lawyer, John's Haberdasher, Stephanie's Lorenz and Dickie's watch.



Here is the welcome sign that greeted the audience:

Lady Cynthia Muldoon welcomes you to

Muldoon Manor

Pontoon Bridge game starts at 2:00

Minimum ante $5 US



Please make yourself at home

Kindly keep an aisle clear for the help



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