2022-23 season

2022-23 season

Friday, January 27, 2012

Coming Home to the Barn

Diana McSweeney plays Karly McGachen

The McSweeney name is synonymous with the Farmington Players.  For years, Bob and Emily McSweeney have been permanent fixtures at the Barn.  When Bob passed away last year it was a huge loss for the Farmington Players and our theater family.  Their daughter Diana has been living in Arizona for years, but recently decided to move back home for a time, to be closer to family after her father’s passing.

It’s been 16 years since Diana last graced the Barn stage, but she hasn’t missed a beat.  Last October, she produced 3 Men and a Tenor, which only whet her appetite to get more involved.  Next, she contributed to the ‘lights’ team for A Christmas Carol which inspired her to carry on the family tradition and hit the stage again. Diana says, “It is remarkable to work with such a talented and supportive group of volunteers.”

In Whose Wives, Diana plays Karly McGachen, the scheming wife of David McGachen, played by John Boufford, who is determined to get revenge for her husband’s suspected infidelity.  As Diana says, “Karly is confident, quick thinking and decisive.  She is a little entitled, self-absorbed and can be manipulative, but with good intentions.  She is just used to getting her way, all the time.”   Karly is the perfect counterpart to David because they both are constantly maneuvering and persuading others to go along with their half-baked schemes. Diana likes that Karly is “focused on trying to push David’s buttons instead of really understanding the situation.  Her one mindedness sets her up for outrageous behavior.”

Diana wanted to be in Whose Wives because “I just love a good farce.  Fast paced, demanding, yet fun and worth every minute spent preparing.  Each person has to be able to step outside themselves and get absorbed into their character, no matter how absurd they act at times … I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to be a part of this show and forge some new friendships in the process.”   Welcome home, Diana!

Whose Wives Are They Anyway? opens Friday February 17 and runs through Saturday March 3.  For tickets, go to www.farmingtonplayers.org or call the box office at 248-553-2955. Find us on Facebook under "Farmington Players".

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