2004-05 Season 3

The Spitfire Grill

by James Valcq & Fred Alley
Directed by Paul-Douglas Michnewicz

March 2005

A feisty parolee follows her dreams, based on a page from an old travel book, to a small town in Wisconsin and finds a place for herself working at Hannah’s Spitfire Grill. It is for sale but there are no takers for the only eatery in the depressed town, so newcomer Percy suggests to Hannah that she raffle it off. Entry fees are one hundred dollars and the best essay on why you want the grill wins. Soon, mail is arriving by the wheelbarrow full and things are definitely cookin’ at the Spitfire Grill.


Joe  Jim Breen
Percy  Toni Rae Brotons
Effie  Rebecca Herron
Caleb  Rob McQuay
Shelby  Joanne Schmoll
Eli  Tony Simone
Hannah  Judy Simmones
Effie (u/s)  Melissa Schwartz

Production Team

Director  Paul-Douglas Michnewicz
Musical Director  Jeffery Watson
Choreographer  Virginia Freeman
Stage Manager  Adele Robey
Technical Director  Roy Gross
Producer  Jeremy Skidmore
Scenic Designer  Thomas F. Donahue
Lighting Designer  Klyph Stanford
Costume Designer  Kate Turner-Walker
Sound Designer  Bryan Miller
Properties Designer  Suzen Mason
Master Electrician  Sarah Larue
Sound Board Operator  Shaw Helm
Scenic Painters  Jason Edwards & Jessica Sherlock
Carpenter  Carleen Troy


What They Say

“Judy Simmons does fierce work as Hannah, though her intense, clenched-jaw performance at times threatens to overwhelm the character. Joanne Schmoll makes the best of Shelby’s wide-eyed reticence, and the fact that paraplegic actor Rob McQuay plays Shelby’s domineering yet insecure husband from a wheelchair seems to feed into that character’s set of conflicts.”

The Washington Post

2006 Helen Hayes Awards


  • Supporting Actress – Rebecca Herron
  • Supporting Actress – Joanne Schmoll

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