Center Players


RUN: September 14,15,21,22, 1997

"Cookin' with Gus" is the side-splitting comedy about renowned cook Gussie Richardson, her live-in partner and part-time hypnotist Walter, her quirky, high-powered agent Bernie and Carmen, a semi-authentic Jewish-gypsy princess from the apartment next door.

It's a dream come true when Bernie lands Gussie her very own television show. The only problem... she's finds she's deathly afraid of speaking to a camera. Her kooky counterparts offer a variety of trances and incantations to help her try to overcome it, and the result is sheer hilarity.

Ann D'Arrigo as "Gussie Richardson"
From Freehold Boro, Ann is an actor, director and co-founder of Center Players. She has been working in Community theater for the past five years and was recently seen in Center Players' dinner-theater presentation of "Life, Love, Celebration!". Ann looks forward to the future development of live theater in exciting downtown Freehold.
Gary Hirsch as "Walter Richardson"
Gary has worked as a probation officer in Monmouth County for over ten years. He is a graduate of Brooklyn College where he studied Psychology, English and Theatre. This is Gary's fourth appearance in a Center Players' production. He most recently appeared as Ernie Cusak this past Spring in "Rumors" at the Cornerstone Caffe.
Paul Deubel as "Bernie Luskin"
A charter member of Center Players, Paul has been active in community theatre for over six years. He has also been involved in several film and commercial productions. With the "Precious Temptation" of live performance, Paul is once again lured into the dangerous realm of unpredictability!
Diana Devlin as "Carmen"
Diana was last seen in "Godspell" as Mary Magdeline, presented by the Theatre Management Group & Sandy Hook Foundation. She also appeared in two recently filmed independent movies "Groupies" and "Vulgar". Last year, she co-starred in a locally filmed independent movie "Jesus Banana, What's Man Doing?". Some of her other stage credits include "Run For Your Wife", "Play On", and "Angel Street".

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