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Cast named for ‘A Thousand Clowns’

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012 1:20 p.m. CDT

LASALLE — Stage 212 has announced the cast for its fall 2012 production, Herb Gardner’s poignant comedy “A Thousand Clowns.”

Unconventional Murray Burns divides his time between writing cheap comedy gags for a children’s television star and taking care of his young nephew, Nick. When Murray gets fed up with his job and walks out, he finds himself with plenty of free time. He also finds himself under scrutiny, from his more conventional brother and from a pair of social workers who threaten to remove Nick from his custody. Murray’s dilemma is complex: setting a good example for Nick and proving he’s a socially acceptable guardian while maintaining his own dignity.

Appearing as Murray Burns is Bob Kinsella. Joining him on stage are Reid Tomaason as Nick Burns, Zoe Clover as Sandra Markowitz, Joe Peshel as Albert Amundson, Joe Baima as Arnold Burns and Ken Schroeder as Leo Herman.

Production staff includes director Dave Roden, producer Ellen Marincic, assistant to the producer Rob Mellen, stage manager Carol Hartenbower, light operator Dixie Schroeder, sound operator Noah Gillespie, choreographer Meridith Donahue, costumer Phil Grant, properties Maryhelen Bidasio, Joan Eiberger and Marybeth Brantner, set construction Paul Marincic, Joe Donahue, Todd Hartzheim and Chris Martyn.

“A Thousand Clowns” will be presented Oct. 19-21 and 26-28 at Stage 212, 700 First St., LaSalle. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. Tickets will be available to the general public for $14 each beginning Oct. 1. Box office hours are Monday, 4 to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, 1 to 4 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. Tickets may also be reserved over the phone with Visa, MasterCard or Discover. Call 815-224-3025 for details.

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