“Heaven Can Wait” at Somerset Valley Players

“Heaven Can Wait”
by Harry Segall

Mr. Jordan is checking passengers who are to depart in an airplane for the Hereafter. The routine is interrupted by the arrival of Joe Pendleton, an attractive prizefighter, who refuses to admit he is dead and induces Jordan to look up the "records," which reveal that Joe is not scheduled to arrive for another 60 years! But, as Joe starts to return to earth to continue his fighting, word reaches Heaven that Max Levene, Joe's manager, thinking he had been killed, had Joe's body cremated, and Joe has no body to return to. Jordan promises to find Joe another body and is informed that the wealthy Jonathan Farnsworth is about to be murdered by his wife. So Joe suddenly finds himself in the home of the financier, visible as Joe to the audience but apparently as Farnsworth to Mrs. Farnsworth, and the public. The comedy begins when the pompous "Farnsworth" unaccountably goes into training as a fighter. In addition, "Farnsworth" decides to share his wealth and right the wrong "he" did to charming Bette Logan's father

Performed by Somerset Valley Players
At Somerset Valley Playhouse
Performances ran
Friday, February 14, 2003 thru Sunday, March 2, 2003
Max Levine.... Joseph Porter Has Bio
Ann / Maid.... Carolyn Levine
Bette Logan.... Erica Flory
First Escort.... Randy Coddington
Inspector Williams.... Mike Sundberg
Joe Pendleton.... Matt Viola Has Bio
Julia Farnsworth.... Dolores Candelaria
Lefty.... Anthony Neri
Messenger 7013.... Aubrey Botsko
Mr. Jordan.... Tom Riti
Mrs. Ames.... Terrie Copeland
Nurse.... Debra Case Schulze
Second Escort.... James Grant
Tony Abbott.... Tom Prickett
Workman.... Evan Baker
Directed by Mike Schuller
Lighting Design by Jak Prince Has Bio
Set Designed by Jak Prince Has Bio
Set Designed by Mike Schuller