Kraig Swartz brings more than 40 characters to life in hilarious marathon performance
Delaware Theatre Company is proud to present Becky Mode’s Fully Committed. Awarded the title “funniest play I’ve ever seen” by many theatre goers, this play is bound to leave you side-split and snorting. Fully Committed runs October 17 – November 4.
This devastatingly funny show follows a day in the life of Sam Peliczowski, an out-of-work actor who mans the red-hot reservation line at Manhattan’s number-one restaurant. Coercion, threats, bribes, histrionics—a cast of desperate callers will stop at nothing in their zeal to land a prime reservation, or the right table. Amid the barrage, Sam’s got his own needs to contend with. While juggling scheming socialites, name-dropping wannabes, ﬁckle celebrities, and egomaniacal bosses, can he manage to look out for himself?
Director Kathryn MacMillan, the artistic director of Tiny Dynamite, expresses that the play is far more than an entertaining night at the theatre. She says, “Comedy, of course, is always important in times of political strife, and this comedy brings a lot of heart. It’s grounded in a care, a simplicity, a reality that offers a very gentle reminder to be kind to each other, especially for people of different economic strata.”
Philadelphia actor Kraig Swartz aces a true test of an actor’s versatility and stamina, portraying our everyday hero Sam and 40 other unique characters. Swartz isn’t new to commanding a stage on his own. He is reprising his performance in Fully Committed, which he played at Philadelphia Theatre Company in 2002. Sixteen years later, he brings new expertise and increased stakes to the role. Swartz has also starred in The Legend of Georgia McBride (Marin Theatre Company,) Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Philadelphia Theatre Company,) and I Am My Own Wife (Gulfshore Playhouse.)
MacMillan adds, “Kraig has performed the role of Sam — and all the other characters, too — in multiple productions, and I have directed the show previously with another terrific actor. Working together, it’s been surprisingly easy and fun to challenge each other to make something new. What you’ll get from Kraig is the best of both worlds: a master performer, in a really fresh take, on a show he holds dear.”
Dirk Durosette’s set design brings layers of movement and obstacles for our actor. Costume designer Janus Stefanowicz provides the key to helping audiences sort through those 40 characters, while Lilly Fossner’s lighting design puts the finishing touches on the show’s chaos. Finally, Toby Pettit’s sound design brings a cacophony of ringtones, beeps, and boops to the stage – but you’ll still have to silence your cell phone.
Performances are held on Delaware Theatre Company’s stage, located at 200 Water Street in Wilmington, DE, just feet from the beautiful Riverfront. Fully Committed runs October 17 – November 4, 2018. Tickets are on sale now starting at $25 and can be purchased online at DelawareTheatre.org or by calling the Box Office at (302)594-1100.
Press Opening is on October 20, 2018 at 8pm. Reservations can be made by contacting Carolina Millard, Marketing & Patron Experience Manager at (302)504-3452 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Institutional Summary: Currently in our 40th season, Delaware Theatre Company (DTC) is Delaware’s premier non-profit professional theatre. Recognized as a cornerstone in the Brandywine Valley’s rich cultural landscape, DTC has produced nearly 200 plays for over one million residents and visitors in its community. For more than two decades, DTC has been a pioneer in the revitalization of Wilmington’s Christina Riverfront and cultural district as the only LORT theatre in the state. Since Bud Martin’s arrival in 2012, DTC has seen a 54% increase in subscribers and a 234% increase in single ticket buyers, making Delaware Theatre Company an up and coming player in the regional theatre community.