Laughter on the 23rd Floor

A laugh-’til-it-hurts comedy by Neil Simon

March 5 – 28, 2015

About the Show

Set in 1953 in a scruffy office in Manhattan, this hilarious comedy was inspired by the playwright’s youthful experience as a staff writer on Sid Caesar’s television hit, Your Show of Shows. Laughter is the inevitable result of the stunning, stinging wit and comic drama of the harried writing staff as they scramble to top each other’s gags and capture the esteem of their madman star. The names have been changed to protect the guilty, but the play is a revealing peep-hole into a crucial time in American pop culture when television discovered its power for good… and evil!

Cast & Staff


Mark Alford – Lucas

Jimmy Blackmon – Brian

Christian Doyle – Val

Jason Haws – Max Prince

Xander Layden – Ira

Maggie Ferguson-Wagstaffe– Carol

Gabriel McClelland – Kenny

Nathan Rice – Milt

Heidi Rider – Helen

Artistic Staff

Linda Whitney — Director/Scenic Design

Marko Bujeaud — Video Design

Olivia Burlingame — Lighting Design

Keith Jewell — Sound Design

Darren Mills — Costume Design

Jeff Leigh — Properties Design

Bob Macdougall — Fight Director

Gina Salerno — Stage Manager



This play is hysterically funny. It is about a group of comedy writers in New York before Leave It to Beaver, Father Knows Best and the tyranny of political correctness. These people are whip smart and can be crude and lightning quick on the insult. Contains adult language and non-PC quips and epithets.

RUN TIME: Approximately two and half hours including a 20 minute intermission.

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