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The Sunshine Boys Last Modified: Tuesday, October 14, 2008
The Sunshine Boys
by Neil Simon
Directed by Don and Jean Russell
July, 1999


From Samuel French:

Al Lewis and Willie Clark played vaudeville as a team for forty three years, but mutual dislike has keep them far apart for the last eleven years. Now CBS wants them to appear in History of Comedy and their reunion sparks delirious comedy.

"It's ham on wry.... Simon's sure footed craftsmanship and his one liners are as exquisitely apt as ever." N.Y. Post.

"Delicious and oddly affecting." N.Y. Times.

"Another hit for Simon in a shrewdly balanced, splendid and rather touching slice of the show biz life." N.Y. Daily News.

From the Directors, Don and Jean Russell:

We are excited about The Sunshine Boys. It is our first experience of co-directing a play. It became necessary when Don decided to do one of the major parts. We have been active in theatre for many years, but never shared the same responsibility. The Sunshine Boys has always been oune of our favorite plays and it certainly is one of Neil Simon's funniest. We think the show will brighten your day.

Published by Samuel French.

Jery Longinotti as Willie Clark

Robert Simpson as Ben Silverman
The Cast
Willie Clark: Jerry Longinotti
Ben Silverman: Robert Simpson
Al Lewis: Don Russell
Assistant TV Director: Jean Russell
Patient: Frank Schultz
Nurse: Cynthia Colbert
Registered Nurse: Jan McKillip
Director's Voice: Ray Johnson
Our Crew
Producer: Elva Hansen
Director: Don and Jean Russell
Original Artwork: Randy Groden
Set Design: Don Russell
Set Construction: Mark Britton,
Robert Carpenter,
Art Rozema,
Ray Johnson,
Bill Tanzyus,
Bill Schuler, and
Dave Spelvin
Stage Manager: Jean Russell
Technical Coordinators: Dave and Jan McKillip
Lights and Sound Operator: Ray Johnson
Props: Heather Henigan and
Kathy Andregg
Prop source: Lela McDaniel,
John Citron,
Walt Chojnowski,
Bob Russell,
Dr. Jon Chapman, and
Hot Springs Village Players
Costumes: Elva Hansen and the cast
Recorded Voices: Bill Schuler and
Shawn Kilroy
Technical recording and editing: Shawn Kilroy
Box Office: John Citron,
Judith Greer,
Linda Rickel,
Bill Schuler,
Opal Tanzyus, and
Georgie Citron
Parking: Bill Schuler,
Mark Britton,
Robert Carpenter,
Bill Von Tassel,
Dan McCraw,
Duane Crandall,and
Gene Forsyth
Program: Ima Hidn
Concessions: Kay and Dave Campbell
Ushers: Betty Coon,
Margaret Forsyth,
Penny Bradwell,
Judy Throgmartin,
Maya Winn,
Angela Spradley, and
Lozell Ausman
Tickets: All the Box Office Crew plus
Bud Morrison
Pre-Show Music: Betty Hastings
Opening Night Gala: Carol Schlop and
Maya Winn
Publicity: Bill Ausman
Webmaster: John Lukas
Don Russell as Al Lewis Jean Russell as Assistant TV Director Frank Schultz as Patient Cynthia Colbert as Nurse Jan McKillip as Registered Nurse Ray Johnson as Director's Voice
Director Don Russell OUR SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Tom Nichols and KVRE 92.9 FM Hot Springs Village Nostalgia Radio
The Sentinel-Record
The Arkansas Democrat Gazette
LaVilla News
Hot Springs Village Voice
Lynn Napier at Hancock Fabrics Hot Springs
KLAZ 105.9 FM Hot Springs Pop Contempory Hit Radio