Starbright & Vine

Feb 27 to Mar 23
Richard J. Allen

Starbright & Vine
runs Feb 27 through Mar 23
Thursdays 7:30
Fridays & Saturdays 8:00
Sundays 3:00

A sharp and biting new comedy. Two stubborn, jaded celebrities, a 70-something comic and a younger writer, are forced together against their will to create one grand finale sketch to be aired on national television. Late nights and forgotten memories lead to hilarious blow-outs and heartbreaking discoveries. But when it comes down to it, these two bitter and lost souls find something in each other that they didn’t expect.  Note:  contains strong language!


Marty Vine - Cliff Stephens*
Blake - Randy Pearlman*
Donna - Audrey Ahern**
Jackie - Lee Jamison

Audrey Ahern

First appearance at Stage West.
Work outside Stage West includes:  Hero in Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare Dallas), Adele in The Ghost Sonata (Undermain Theatre), Alex Lasko in Language Games (Frontera Fest), Rodney Faffer in Mother Goose (Theatre Britain), Claire Zachanassian in The Visit, Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible (both West Virginia University).

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Lee Jamison

Work at Stage West includes:  Lucy in The Rivals, Pauline in Thank You, Jeeves.
Work outside Stage West includes:  Oolie/Donna in City of Angels, Catherine in Pippin, Kate Thunder in Wild Oats (all Theatre Three), Sister Walburga in The Divine Sister, Jill in Equus (both Uptown Players), Lillian Magill

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Randy Pearlman

Work at Stage West includes:  Alan in This, Kanute in A Don’t Hug Me Christmas Carol.
Work outside Stage West includes:  Irving Bubbalowe in Too Many Cooks (Circle Theatre), Boris the Pirate/Adult John in Fly  (Dallas Theater Center), Felix Geisel in the Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays

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Cliff Stephens

Work at Stage West includes:  Marty Vine in Starbright & VineSir Anthony Absolute in The RivalsSgt. Voules in Thank You, Jeeves, Detective Fix et al in Around the World in 80 Days.
Work outside Stage West includes:  Tiger in Bengal Tiger in the Baghdad Zoo, (Theatre Three), Beverly Weston in August:  Osage County

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Director - Jim Covault
Production Stage Manager - Peggy Kruger-O'Brien
Technical Director - Jason Domm
Set Design - Jim Covault
Costume Design - Michael Robinson/Dallas Costume Shoppe
Lighting Design - Michael O'Brien
Props/Set Decor - Lynn Lovett 

Richard J. Allen is a two-time Emmy-Award winning writer who also serves as Professor of Film, Television and Digital Media at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.  His plays have been seen on local stages over the past three decades, beginning with a staged reading of Seducing Sally at Stage West in 1995.  His most recent work, The Seduction and Deception of Mozart was produced at the University of Texas, Arlington’s Mainstage Theatre in 2012.   Among Allen’s other plays that have been produced or presented as staged readings are Professor Allen Writes a Book about Popular Culture (Scott Theatre, 2010); Return to Planet Zoloft (Fort Worth Country Day School, 20007); and The Man Who Killed Rock Monennoff (Theatre-in-the-Square, Marietta, Georgia, 1989).   Parashah Plays – Allen’s collection of short comic plays based on the Bible – are published by Behrman House (2000) and performed at synagogues and schools across America.   Richard’s television credits include Days of Our Lives, General Hospital and As the World Turns. He is blissfully married to Cantor Sheri Allen and has three spectacular children: Jeremy, Emily and Rebekah.