The Explorers Club

A co-production with WaterTower Theatre
by Nell Benjamin
Nov 28, 2014 to Jan 4, 2015

A new madcap comedy from Tony-nominated writer Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde). London, 1879. The prestigious Explorers Club is in crisis: their acting president wants to admit a woman, and their bartender is terrible. True, this female candidate is brilliant, beautiful, and has discovered a legendary Lost City, but the decision to let in a woman could shake the very foundation of the British Empire, and how do you make such a decision without a decent drink? Grab your safety goggles for some very mad science, featuring deadly cobras, irate Irishmen, and the occasional airship.

“It has a little bit of Gilbert & Sullivan. A dash of Monty Python. And just a soupçon of Larry Shue’s The Foreigner. And it is all hilarious."
             – Punch Shaw, Star-Telegram

Performance Schedule: 

The Explorers Club runs
Nov 28 through Jan 4
Thursdays 7:30
Fridays & Saturdays 8:00
Sundays 3:00


Lucius Fretway - John-Michael Marrs*
Professor Cope - Aaron Roberts**
Professor Walling - Mark Shum*
Professor Sloane - Michael Corolla*
Phyllida Spotte-Hume - Dana Schultes*
Luigi - Michael Ulmer**
Harry Percy - Thomas Ward
Sir Bernard Humphries - Jeff McGee
Irish Assassin - Kyle Igneczi**
Countess Glamorgan - Dana Schultes*
Beebe - Kyle Igneczi**

Production Staff: 

Director - Jim Covault
Production Stage Manager - Peggy Kruger-O'Brien
Technical Director - Nate Davis 
Set Design - Clare Floyd DeVries
Costume Design - Michael Robinson/Dallas Costume Shoppe
Lighting Design - Michael O'Brien
Sound Design - Kellen Voss
Props/Set Decor - Lynn Lovett 
Physical Comedy - Babakayode Ipaye 

About the Author: 

Nell Benjamin received 2007 Tony and Drama Desk nominations for her work on Legally Blonde, which also won three Olivier awards, including Best New Musical. She is the author of Pirates!, an adaptation of The Pirates Of Penzance, developed at Goodspeed Opera House and Paper Mill Playhouse. She wrote Cam Jansen with husband Laurence O’Keefe (produced by Theatreworks/USA), wrote lyrics for Sarah, Plain And Tall and The Mice, won a Kleban Award and a Jonathan Larson Foundation grant and is a member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild of America.