Illness, mortality, and relationships are at the center of The Realistic Joneses, the dark comedy coming to Workshop Theatre’s stage November 1-10, 2019.
SHOW DATES & TIMES:
November 1-2, 6-9 at 8 pm
November 3 & 10 at 3 pm
PRICES: Adults - $20; Seniors - $17; Military - $17; Students - $15
George Dinsmore, who plays Bob Jones, talked about "The Realistic Joneses" with Darci Strickland on WLTX News at Noon on Thursday, October 31. WATCH NOW
"Eno's dialogue is quite naturalistic, disarmingly so, and Fins has crafted the kind of production most directors dream about, where the audience feels like a fly on the wall, taking everything in as it happens." Critic August Krickel was at the November 3 performance. See what else he had to say. say. READ THE REVIEW
In The Realistic Joneses, we meet Bob and Jennifer Jones and their new neighbors, John and Pony Jones, two suburban couples who have even more in common than their identical homes and their shared last names. As their relationships begin to irrevocably intertwine, the Joneses must decide between their idyllic fantasies and their imperfect realities.
Nominated for the 2014 Outer Critics Circle Award and the 2014 Drama League Award, Will Eno’s story is praised by The New York Times as "humane, literate and slyly hilarious. He makes the most mundane language caper and dance, revealing how absurd attempts at communication can be. He also burrows into the heart of his characters to reveal the core of their humanity: the fear and loneliness and unspoken love that mostly remains hidden beneath the surface as we plug away at life, come what may."
Workshop Theatre is excited to have veteran director Ilene Fins directing this fresh new play. She guides a talented cast that includes George Dinsmore as Bob, Jennifer Hill as Jennifer, Amber Westbrook as Pony, and Kashaad Kraus as John.
General admission ticket sales begin for members on October 23, and for the general public beginning October 25. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Box Office at 803-799-6551 from noon to 5:30 pm during the week. On the weekends, the Box Office opens two hours before the show begins. Tickets are also available at the door the night of the show.
All performances will be at Columbia College’s Cottingham Theatre, located at 1301 Columbia College Drive, Columbia, SC, 29203. Parking is available on campus.
Bob Jones - George Dinsmore [jawrj DINZ-moor]
1 Portrayer of Bob Jones in The Realistic Joneses
2 Stage, screen, and voice over actor
3 Emcee for the Lexington County Blowfish baseball team since 2018
4 “Sexiest I.T. Guy” in the Midlands, as voted in 2012, but since the contest was discontinued that same year, he still holds that title.
verb (used without object)
1 to George around (freeform movement during a scene)
George Dinsmore has a YouTube channel with over two days of video, which can also be viewed directly on his website at GeorgeDinsmore.com
Actor, programmer, emcee, musician, web developer
|Jennifer Jones - Jennifer Hill is thrilled to be making her Workshop Theatre debut! She is a company member at Trustus Theatre and a member of The Mothers comedy group. She last appeared in 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche (Vern) at Trustus. Other Trustus credits include Boy About 10 (Tammy), A Bright Room Called Day (Paulinka), Hand to God (Margery) and Plan 9 From Outer Space (Edie). Other favorite roles include Blithe Spirit (Elvira), Crimes of the Heart (Babe), The Bald Soprano (Fire Chief) and Agnes of God (Agnes). Jennifer is co-producer of the ongoing Spork in Hand Puppet Slam and the artist behind Jenny Mae Creations. Her plush creations appeared in the major motion picture Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium.|
|John Jones - Kashaad Kraus is a local theatre artist in the Columbia area. He’s had the pleasure of directing the musical No Fear For Freedom, working with Lou Bellamy, and gracing the stage in many roles, his favorites being Lenny in Marisol and most recently his dream role of Walter Lee in A Raisin in the Sun with Workshop! He was most recently seen on Workshop Theatre’s stage as Keller in She Loves Me (and numerous other characters crossing the sidewalk). He is thrilled to once again work with Workshop Theatre and would like to thank God, his family and beautiful wife Amber for all their support!||Pony Jones - Amber Westbrook has a strong passion for the arts. She is a local performer, artist, and educator. Amber is thrilled to once again work with Workshop Theatre, having been in the ensemble of She Loves Me. A few of her favorite projects include, The Friendship 9: No Fear for Freedom the Musical, The Carnival of the Animals: the Gift that Ran Away, and Neighbors: A Wildlife Show. Amber would like to thank God, her family and beautiful husband Kashaad for all their love and support. She is honored to share in the rich history, arts, and culture of her community.|
|Ilene Fins (Director) is a fulltime theatre instructor at Midlands Technical College and has returned to Columbia after 25 years working in theatres across the country. Directing credits include; Boy, Barbecue (Trustus), James and the Giant Peach, Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook (Columbia Children’s Theatre, main stage); Becky’s New Car, Dixie Swim Club, The 39 Steps (Theatre Winter Haven, FL); The Three Musketeers, As You Like It, Lear, Inc. (HSA, Lakeland, FL); Brighton Beach Memoirs, The Learned Ladies, Anna in the Tropics (Polk State College, FL); The Lizzie Bordon Play: A Speculation (Theatre Babylon, Seattle, WA); Antigone (Theatre Co. #3, Seattle, WA); The Oresteia, Macbeth, Captain Blood (Seattle Children’s Theatre Summer Stage); The Cinderella Plays (Book-It Repertory, Book-It All Over, Seattle). Ilene spent many years working as an actor, and her very first gig was The Wizard of Oz directed by Bette Herring for Workshop Theatre. Thanks to Jeni and Jocelyn for the invitation to play! www.ilenefins.com|
|Dell Goodrich (Costume Design) is delighted to collaborate with many talented friends, old and new, behind the scenes for a change, as costume designer. Through years of involvement in the performing arts, Dell has developed a love of costuming and fashion history, so she is especially thrilled and grateful to Jeni and Alexis for giving her this opportunity to play dress up in an official capacity. On the Workshop stage, Dell was most recently seen as Brook Wyeth in Other Desert Cities. Over the years, she has appeared in a number of other productions at Workshop, including The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (twice), Evita, and Pippin. By day, Dell teaches Geography and History online through VirtualSC and the SC Department of Education.|
|Jeni McCaughan (Producer) has been actively volunteering at Workshop for the last twelve years. By day she works as the Executive Director of Workshop Theatre. Some of Jeni’s favorite shows that she has produced and been the props mistress for are Caroline, or Change, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Disney Camp Rock. Jeni would like to thank the cast and crew for their time and dedication to the show. And as always, a big thank you and lots of love to her very patient and talented husband, Dean.|
|Kendal Turner (Stage Manager) is a professional educator, performer, poet, and magic maker. She is a TedX speaker, a published writer, a circus freak, and a recovering extrovert. This is her second production in a row with Workshop Theatre and it has been an absolute pleasure. When in doubt, give it to the Stage Manager. Bravo to the entire cast!|