Friday, October 14, 2022

Lord Stirling Theater Company Performs "Ken Ludwig’s Leading Ladies" at Farmstead Arts Center in Basking Ridge, October 21-30

Ken Ludwig’s Leading Ladies
WHEN: Opens on Friday, October 21, at 7:30PM, with additional performances on October 22 at 7:30PM, October 23 at 4:00PM, October 28 and 29 at 7:30PM, and October 30 at 4:00PM.
the English Barn Theater at the Farmstead Arts Center, 450 King George Road, Basking Ridge, NJ.
$25 general admission, $23 for seniors (65 and over) and students, $20 for Farmstead Arts members, and $15 for children under 12.
Tickets may be purchased online at or at the door (cash only).

Leading Ladies, a comedy by Ken Ludwig, centers on two down-on-their-luck English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, who are reduced to performing Scenes from Shakespeare on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. 

They hear that an old lady in nearby York, PA, is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long-lost English relatives, Max and Steve. They resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. It turns out, however, that “Max” and “Steve” are actually “Maxine” and “Stephanie.” They decide to continue with the scam nevertheless, and hilarity ensues.

The Lord Stirling Theater Company’s production of Leading Ladies is directed by Peter Curley of Morristown. The cast includes (in order of appearance): Christine Marquet of Basking Ridge as Meg, Rick Brown of Verona as Leo, Tim Russo of Somerset as Jack, Angela Masi of Basking Ridge as Audrey, Jeff Seesselberg of Ewing as Duncan, Gloria Schnure of Somerset as Florence, Bob Scarpone of Flanders as Doc, and Sean Coyle of Basking Ridge as Butch. Ken Ludwig’s Leading Ladies is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. (

Leading Ladies concludes The Lord Stirling Theater Company’s seventh season at the Farmstead Arts Center, following a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. Our spring 2022 production of Cobb received the 2022 NJACT Perry Award for Outstanding Stage Management of a Play and was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play and Outstanding Sound Design of a Play. 

Past productions include The Importance of Being Earnest (which received the 2019 NJACT Perry Award for Outstanding Costume Design of a Play and was nominated in six other categories, including Outstanding Production of a Play), Treasure Island, Othello, Arsenic and Old Lace, Of Mice and Men, And Then There Were None, The Dresser, The Tempest, Frankenstein’s Fate, and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

A dynamic community of creative artists based in Basking Ridge, the group is committed to presenting innovative theater for diverse audiences, through readings and full productions of classical theater and new works, as well as exploring the American experience through compelling productions that illuminate and celebrate our history, culture, and literature. The theater group fosters the next generation of theater artists and audiences by providing unique hands-on educational programming and training in all aspects of theater production.

The English Barn Theater is wheelchair accessible. Anyone anticipating the need for additional accessibility services please send an e-mail in advance to The barn is neither heated nor air conditioned; please dress accordingly.

Funds for these events have been made possible in part by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey Historical Commission.