Following Brighton Beach Memoirs and Biloxi Blues, this is the poignant and funny conclusion of Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical Eugene trilogy. The play is about Eugene and his brother Stanley are trying to break into the world of professional comedy writing for the radio and television while coping with their parents’ messy and gut-wrenching split after discovering that their father has been cheating on their mother. They are able to find a job writing short comedic skits and when their material is broadcast on the radio for the first time, the rest of the family is upset to hear a comedic rendition of their own trials and tribulations — leading to a major argument. How will Eugene and his brother balance their loyalties to their family and to their art?
Phillip Bucklein and Megan Bucklein
After nearly a decade of theatre drought, Christian Esplin got back on stage earlier this year! After performing a lead role in the musical, “Savior of the World”, he itched for another acting opportunity and landed the role of Eugene. Definitely the most challenging role for Christian to date, he has thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to grow during this production. A Snake River High School and Brigham Young University alum, Christian enjoys getting back into what he did for many years in the Snake River School District since middle school — acting, singing, and dancing in musical and theatre productions! Currently, a Project Analyst out at the Site, Christian enjoys reading, running, and playing games.
Jason Rowsell is a Blackfoot native with a background in Information Technology and entrepreneurship. He is currently studying software development. He speaks four languages. His hobbies include writing, painting, photography, technical design, and hosting a podcast. Broadway Bound is his foray into community theatre.
Jeni Todd arrived late to theater starting seven years ago. From her first role as Eulalie Makecknie Shinn in “The Music Man” with Sounds Summer Musicals, she was hooked! Since then, she has had roles in productions through IFYAC — including Chef Louie in The Little Mermaid. She had many leading and supporting roles in plays and musicals through the Virginia Theater in Shelley, The Forth Wall Theater Company, and Snake River Radio Players. Most recently, she played Little Buttercup in “H.M.S. Pinafore” through Idaho Falls Opera Company. Jeni’s favorite roles so far have been: Madame Arcati in “Blythe Spirit”, Dame Hannah in Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Ruddigore”, and Mrs. Skillin in “See How They Run”. Recently, she sang as part of the Broadway Review here at the Nuart Theatre. Jeni served as Music Director for “Ruddigore” and for IFYAC’s Summer Theater Camp’s production of “James and the Giant Peach.” She also directed the Idaho Falls A Capella Chorus for two years. She has narrated 7 books for Audible under the name of Paige Jensen and is working on her 8th and 9th. She is married to a multi-talented, supportive and tolerant husband, Dr. Steven Todd. Her two college-aged sons pop in and out of her home regularly.
Jonathan Williams is a native of Thomas and currently lives in Groveland. He and his wife, Kimberli, have five children — all boys. He is a nurse practitioner for Rocky Mountain Diabetes and Osteoporosis Center in Idaho Falls. He has loved music and theatre since he was in high school. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Blackfoot Community Players. He has participated in the Sound of Music, Drowsy Chaperone, The King and I, Mary Poppins, and My Fair Lady. He not only shows his face on stage but builds sets and helps behind the curtain for other productions. He loves serving the community theatre and is excited to share his love of the stage with the cast of “Broadway Bound.”
Kirk started acting in junior high, performing in church-sponsored musicals. In high school he performed in Oklahoma! And was cast in Finian’s Rainbow in his senior year. He has been in Blackfoot since 1977, starting with Damn Yankees and appeared in the first shows with the Blackfoot Community Players in 1988 in what was then the newly acquired Quart Theatre. He has played the role of Teddy twice in Arsenic & Lace. More recently, Kirk appeared in the Music Man at the Mystique Theater and also appeared in Over the River and Through the Woods at the Palace Playhouse. He hopes you enjoy the show!
Susan Duff has been involved in many theater productions throughout her life. In 7th grade she and several classmates put on a production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. In high school, she was part of the Snake River Drama Club where she was a cast member of Honk! The Musical, Les Miserables, and CATS. With the Blackfoot Community Players she has appeared in Annie, Get Your Gun, Brigadoon (as Meg Brockie), and in Good People as the lead role of Margie Walsh. Susan is currently working on a masters in mathematics education and coaches cheerleading at Skyline High School.