The Sting

The excitement, maneuvers and comedy of the Paul Newman/Robert Redford screen triumph have been brilliantly adapted for stage production by one of the finest professional playwrights writing today. This show takes place in Chicago many years ago in a world of small-time hustlers and their girls�their money nonexistent but their ingenuity abundant. Johnny Hooker (a small-time grifter played by Redford in the film) joins a friend in a successful con of a “runner.” Unfortunately for them, the runner works for a powerful, vindictive rackets boss, Doyle Lonnegan, who is infuriated and arranges the killing of Johnny’s friend. Hoping to avenge this senseless murder, Johnny enlists the aid of the master con man Henry Gondorf (originally played by Newman). Together they decide to try the big con called “The Wire.” Structured in classic style, their first move is “The Set Up.” From there they proceed to “The Tale.” The tension mounts as they succeed and, with the powerful Lonnegan half-hooked, go on to “The Shut Out.” The excitement becomes explosive and a final scene, with switch upon switch upon switch, has your audience guessing and gasping as it builds to the final con movement, “The Sting!” This is a wonderfully theatrical and yet authentic exploration of a very special world.

Cast/Characters

Groves/ Policeman – Donald Held

Cynthia Hastings – Katie Pidkowicz

Mrs. Vanderkieft – Lorraine Selinski

Mottola/ Fiskin – Chris Fontaine

Granger/ Jameson – Chris Helminiak

Fern/ Trixie – Amanda Klopp

Combs – Phil Tremain

Johnny Hooker – Cory J. Luecke

Erie – Brian M. Leffin

Luther/ Board Marker – Douglas Kleinhans

Four Star/ Countess Boudreau – Dee Paepke

Dawn/ Cigarette Girl – Christy Zimmermann

Crystal/ Dolores – Kat Moungey

Ginger/ Roxie – Tiffany Decker

Doyle Lonnegan – Eric R. Johnson

Floyd – Clark R. Kirst

Maxie – Lee James Schneider

Digger – Russell Franzen Jr.

Alva/ Woman with Appointment – Judy Merriman

Rolanda – Alexandra Blindauer

Snyder – Robert L. Wade

Billie – Char Koehler

Henry Gondorff – Randall Elliot Stache

Kid Twist – Eric J. Rautmann

Ivy Niles – Jackie Blindauer

J.J. Singleton – Peter Moody

Rhoda Garfield/ Lola – Linda Brauer

Mr. Clemens/ Harmon – Raymond Parr

Mrs. Lombard/ Woman Gambler – Kitty Lynne Klich

Curly Jackson/ Jimmy – Kent Radloff

Loretta/ Counting Girl – Kirsten Denson

Miss Richmond/ Counting Girl – Kendra Tetschlag

Polk/ Pit Boss – Jeff Kelm

New Waitress/ Dresser – Tiffany Merriman

Production Staff

Director: Ralph Maffongelli

Stage Manager: Keith Rooker

Ass. Stage Manager: Kathleen Beuttenmueller

Set Design: Dustin L. Uhl

Costume Design: Nancy Klein, Jan Wilkinson

Light Design: Rick Klein

Sound Design: Todd Jaeger

Properties: Karen Herman

Make-Up Design: Lynn Schultz, Samanth Pool, Asst. Kathryn Pearce