The Will to Get Married

by Steven W Rodgers

comedy trilogy

cast:  3m,3w

running time: 87 minutes

 In the first act of this zany comedy trilogy,  Jonathan Cates arrives at the Radcliffe estate to get married, only to find that his bride-to-be has died three days earlier.  Undeterred, Cates enlists the help of Godbey, the frail, elderly head butler to do away with his fiancée’s wealthy mother, the insufferably pompous Madame Radcliffe.   Act II, Dead lovers, centers on Wendell, a nebbish taxidermist who is having an affair with the best friend of his domineering wife, only to find out that the two women are having an affair with each other. Clearly, somebody has got to go.  The final act, For the Love of Mr. Paradise,  begins with yuppie couple Molly and George Paradise, who have the perfect marriage, except for one minor problem—they’re already divorced!  When a young redneck farmer from Alabama stops by to use the bathroom, Molly enlists his help in rekindling their romance, mistaking him for the sex therapist she’d ordered online.  When other misfits with their absurd advice invade their once peaceful home, it becomes obvious their relationship will never be the same.

“A resounding ‘Bravo’” says Mike Baker, Jr., Emmy-award winning host and producer at Bravo Television. “The banter is witty, pacing crisp, and twists and turns true one-upmanship.  Steven W Rodgers has hit the mark with this one.” 
 
The original New York cast included veteran star of the stage and screen Robert W. Smith* as the English vicar-turned sex therapist Reverend Gervais R. Nippletuck, Judy Bruno Bennett* as Winifred, an eccentric old hag from Peoria, Kalista Tazlin** as Muffin, a vivacious airhead and second-year med student who doesn’t know the first thing about anatomy, Kristoffer Infante* as Horace Aspinwall, a redneck farmer from Alabama, and David O’Brien and Ashley Mitchell as dysfunctional yuppie couple George and Molly Paradise who just want to get on with their lives.

*member of Actors Equity Association      **IMDB                                                                  

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Kalista Tazlin as "Muffin" in the New York City production of the zany comedy, The Will to Get Married            Photo by Mikyong Rodgers. 

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Molly Paradise (Ashley Mitchell) wonders how she'll ever get rid of the group of hapless misfits who have invaded her home, as Winifred (Judy Bruno Bennett*), kneeling, checks on the condition of her boyfriend while inept med student Muffin (Kalista Tazlin) checks for a pulse while enjoying a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon in the New York City production of the zany comedy, The Will to Get Married
Photo by Mikyong Rodgers.  *Appears courtesy of Actors' Equity Association.

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