Gulfshore Playhouse presents Maytag Virgin on Naples stage

Gulfshore Playhouse presents Maytag Virgin on Naples stage

Gulfshore Playhouse is bringing audiences to the Deep South with its live production of Maytag Virgin.

Gulfshore Playhouse’s second equity-approved production this spring, performances began March 20 and run through April 3.

Written by Audrey Cefaly and directed by Broadway veteran Jeffrey Binder, this romantic comedy will have audiences falling in love with the starring couple as they go on an unexpected journey of self-discovery, love and healing. On leave from her job as a high school teacher after a sudden loss, the last thing Lizzy Nash expected was a blossoming relationship with the mysterious man who moves in next door. Both hiding a world of secrets, Lizzy and her new neighbor Jack intrigue and bewilder one another as their relationship progresses.

“Audiences will enjoy seeing the romantic connection build between Lizzy and Jack,” said Kristen Coury, CEO and producing artistic director for Gulfshore Playhouse. “Watching their story unfold is sure to bring smiles to patrons’ faces.”

Real-life spouses Karen and Ian Merrill Peakes star as Lizzy and Jack. Karen has performed extensively on the stages of Philadelphia, appearing at venues including the Walnut Street Theatre (Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, A Woman of No Importance, A Comedy of Tenor) and Arden Theatre Company (A Little Night Music, Prayer for Owen Meany, Twelfth Night). She has received Barrymore Award nominations for The Real Thing at the Wilma Theater; and Born Yesterday at People’s Light. Karen has also performed at Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Peterborough Players and Folger Theatre; and narrates audiobooks for Brilliance Audio, Tantor Audio, and others.

Ian Merrill Peakes has previously appeared at Gulfshore Playhouse in Something Intangible. His frequent Philadelphia-area appearances include performances at Lantern Theater Company (Molly Sweeney, The Craftsman), Wilma Theater (Body of an American, The Invention of Love), and Theatre Exile (Red Light Winter, Invisible Hand). He has received Barrymore Awards for Something Intangible and All My Sons at Arden Theatre Company, and Sideman at Philadelphia Theatre Company. Ian also boasts a number of regional credits in productions at venues such as Seattle Rep, Folger Theatre, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Shakespeare Santa Cruz and Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre.