Season 2/And The Winner Is

AND THE WINNER IS… (by Mitch Albom)

Theatre/Show Location

Villagers Theatre
475 DeMott Ln.
Somerset, NJ 08873

Where To Buy Tickets

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October 12, 13, 14 and 19, 20, 21 in 2012


Fridays and Saturdays 8pm to 10:30pm; Sundays 2pm-4:30pm matinee

THE STORY: And The Winner Is tells the comic story of Tyler Johnes, a self-obsessed movie star known for the “Chippen-Cop” movie franchise; Chippendale dancers by day – Cops by night. Tyler is finally nominated for an Oscar, then dies the night before the awards. Outraged at his bad luck and determined to know if he wins (even though he’s dead), he bargains with a heavenly gatekeeper to return to earth for the big night. Along the way, he drags his agent, his acting rival, his bombshell girlfriend and his ex-wife into the journey, in a wildly twisting tale of Hollywood, the afterlife, and how we are judged.

RATING PG-13: Parents Strongly Cautioned. Some Material May Be Inappropriate For Children Under 13.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mitch Albom, the bestselling author who brought you “Tuesdays with Morrie”, “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” and “Have A Little Faith”. “And The Winner Is” was Mitch Albom’s second comedy. It saw its world premiere at the Purple Rose Theater in Chelsea, MI, in the summer of 2005 and its west coast premiere at the Laguna Playhouse in the summer of 2006.


Drew Cyburt (Tyler Johnes [Jacob Steinberg]) – is thrilled to be back at Villager’s for the 16th time. A two-time Perry nominated actor, his past Villager’s credits include: Oliver Hicks (The Music Man), Pontius Pilate (Jesus Christ Superstar), Bert Barry (42nd Street), Joe Hardy (Damn Yankees) *Perry Nomination*, and Jean Valjean (Les Miserables). He would like to thank this talented cast and crew for putting up with his antics, Darren for trusting him, and Jenna for everything.
Jim Clancy (Seamus) last appeared on the Villager’s main stage as Feraillon (A Flea In Her Ear); he is excited to be back! Thirty years of community theater with many area groups. The Baird; S.Orange, Maplewood Strollers, Summit, Chatham, Circle, Turning Leaf, Apricot Sky, Theater Project. Hope you enjoy the show. Thanks for coming!
Emilio N. Cutaneo (Teddy LaPetite) Emilio is thrilled to be back at Villagers. He appeared as Capt. Markinson in A Few Good Men in 2010. Some other credits include Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Kenny); You Can’t Take It with You (Tony); California Suite (Stu); Bye Bye Birdie (Hugo); and Extremities (Raul). Many thanks to: Darren for casting me; J.C. for recommending me for the role; The cast and crew for making it tons of fun, and my family and friends who made the trip to see the show.
Julian Fensterheim (Kyle Morgan) is excited to be making his debut with the Triangle Circle Players and Villagers Theatre Company. Currently, he is a senior at Rutgers University studying political science, psychology, and music. Previous performances include Grease, Bare: A Pop Opera, Urinetown, Bat Boy: The Musical, and Guys and Dolls.
Melissa Brown-Sheil (Sheri Steinberg) has had a life-long interest in the theater. Following a hiatus to establish her career and start a family she reemerged into theater as an understudy for the Triangle Circle Players first production, “Avow”. She also performed three separate readings in The Villager’s New Playwright Series 2012. Melissa’s line of work has demanded many public speaking engagements and presentations and she is thrilled to be switching gears to get deeper involved with the creative, entertaining side of stage. Thanks a million to Darren. You’re awesome. Thanks to my family for their patience, especially Mark for taking the wheel and waiting up late.
Amy Suznovich (Serenity) a graduate of Ithaca College was most recently seen at the Villagers Theatre as Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and will next be performing here as Rapunzel in Into The Woods. A professional opera singer noted for her “impressive vocal range,” she was Angelica in Handel’s Orlando with Opera Siena this summer and has performed in numerous concerts in Germany since 2008. Ms. Suznovich recently made debuts with the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra, singing in Hungarian and with Queens Opera (NJ) as Ms. Silverpeal in Mozart’s Impresario. In 2011, Amy appeared at the Access Theater (NYC) in When Words Fail as Elizabeth Swan and Helen. Other past performances include Le Rossignol in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortileges, Gilda in Rigoletto, Rosalina in Giordano’s Il Re, Armida in Handel’s Rinaldo and Fiametta/Casilda (cover) in Gondoliers. Come see Amy as the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah at the Main Street Theatre in Parlin on Dec 15th & 16th. A singer for weddings and other special events, as well as private teacher of voice and piano, she welcomes correspondence at: [email protected]
Darren Nye has been involved with theater productions and community organizations since high school. In late 2011, he formed Triangle Circle Players and produced and directed his first production “Avow” by Bill C Davis, to sold out audiences, also at Villagers Theatre (in association with their Villagers Independent Producer/VIP Series). His popular production helped to revive the Black Box program at Villagers Theatre.

“And The Winner Is” is his second production as both Producer and Director, also at Villagers Theatre.

He’d like to thank his very talented cast and crew for their patience, ideas, willingness to do some “adult” material, and for making this an entertaining show. To see people expend so much time and energy for a show that will only last two weeks – is simply amazing. It’s great to work with people who absolutely love putting on a show.

Special thanks to two special people. Robert (Bob) Windhorst for doing whatever we ask him to do, always having a smile, positive attitude, and taking the high road. He is truly awesome. And special thanks to Melissa for again coordinating costumes. But you are better on stage!

Thanks to Stephanie for going way above a Stage Manager and Lidiya for taking care of the lighting and having me on the cherry picker. What an education!

Also thanks to Villagers Theatre for their belief and flexibility. And thanks to the audience for showing up! Your laughs and applause are so welcome!

Professionally, Darren is a Co-Founder of the former, which later merged with and is now owned by; he also served as Community Director and MSN Producer. He has been involved in the I.T. industry for over 25 years, and today he is employed as VP Interactive & I.T. for a small marketing agency He also runs his own part-time consulting firm

When not busy working or volunteering, he enjoys spending time with his partner Patrick, dogs and friends – having dinner, going to theater and movies, traveling (cruise ships is a favorite), glamping (glamorous camping) and scuba diving. Darren’s also a private pilot and enjoys recreational flying; he’s a member of a flight club and is also their webmaster.


SOUND DESIGNER – Jeff Seesselberg
SET BUILDERS – Patrick J. Owens, Darren Nye, Stephanie Asprocolas, Robert Windhorst
PROPS: Robert Windhorst
STAGE HANDS – Daniel Gittler, Lena Copperman, Jack Petzko

STAGE MANAGER/SOUND OPS – Stephanie Asprocolas: Stephanie has been doing theatre for 8 years. She, being a Jane of all trades if you will, is on the board of Edison Valley Playhouses, produces a variety coffee house, stage manages and builds sets. When she’s not a theatre, she hangs up her cape and goes to work at Best Buy in Bridgewater, cuts hair and is a hobbist photographer. She wants to thank her family for always being there for her and her nominee for best cinematography. She dedicates this show to him because without him she wouldn’t have half the strength she does.

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER and SPECIAL THANKS TO: Bob Windhorst – For everything!


“I suppose it is always a worthwhile thing to be reminded about mending relationships and getting right with God before it is too late. But it is truly a rare and special thing to have such a reminder included in one of the funniest plays I’ve ever seen.” —Detroit Monitor.

“‘Winner’ shares with Albom’s bestselling ‘Morrie’ and ‘The Five People You Meet in Heaven’ the subject of life and the lessons it teaches.” –Daryl H. Miller, Los Angeles Times

It’s A Winner: “Think It’s A Wonderful Life right down to the Seamus/Clarence character. But Albom’s version offers a fresh, funny twist. Look for plenty of digs at Hollywood, the movie business, lengthy awards shows and celebrity egos… Much of the humor is rooted in ridiculous truth.” –Judith Cookis-Rubens, Oakland Press

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