Kathy Garver (Gracie). Most fondly remembered for her starring role as “Cissy” in the long-running CBS international television hit, Family Affair, Kathy Garver has also garnered critical acclaim in movies, stage, radio, voice-over animation, and audio book narration.
In addition to Family Affair, Ms. Garver has appeared in such iconic television series as The Patty Duke Show, The Rifleman, Big Valley, Adam 12, Nash Bridges, Matlock and more. Two of her earliest roles, as a child, were in the movies The Ten Commandments with Charlton Heston and Night of the Hunter with Robert Mitchum and Shelly Winters. During her teenage years, she added radio and stage to her burgeoning film and television career.
Today, Kathy is an accomplished and versatile actress, appearing in such films as Sweet November, The Princess Diaries and Mom Murder and Me along with made-for-television movies such as F.B.I. Murders and Hercules Saves Christmas with guest-star roles on many TV series. She has starred in a slew of stage productions including The Glass Menagerie, Vanities, Love Letters, Absolutely Dead and the musicals Summer Magic and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer as “Aunt Polly.”
She is delighted to be working with the talented writer and director of Dinner at Five Lloyd Schwartz and crew as well as her gifted and accomplished cohorts and peers in this hilarious new comedy that she thinks reflects so much of her own life!
More information about Kathy is available at www.KathyGarver.com, Wikipedia, IMDB, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Fred Grandy (Arnie). Fred returns to the stage after a 25 year hiatus in which he served as a four term Member of Congress, the President of Goodwill Industries, International, and a radio news and talk show host in Washington, DC. Probably best known for his role as Gopher on the iconic ABC-TV series, The Love Boat, he has recently completed a recurring role on the hit comedy, The Mindy Project, as well as guest appearances on Great News and General Hospital. His next film is Play the Flute due to be released in 2018. A trained Shakespearean actor he has performed around the country in productions of Measure for Measure, Much Ado About Nothing, Sleuth, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and will next be seen in On Golden Pond at the Redhouse Theatre in Syracuse.
Caryn Richman (Norma). A multifaceted performer, Caryn began her career playing Sandy in the hit Broadway musical Grease. After taking the show on National tour, MCA Records signed her to a recording contract with the group Tuxedo Junction, famous for their hit song “Chattanooga Choo- Choo.” As a series regular in daytime, Caryn starred in Another World”, Texas and The Young And The Restless. In primetime, she landed the coveted title role of Gidget in the TV movie Gidget’s Summer Reunion and went on to star as the iconic character in the series The New Gidget. She also played Greg Brady’s wife in the TV movie A Very Brady Christmas and in the subsequent series The Bradys. (It’s not lost on Caryn that she is here “swinging” on stage with her Brady brother-in-law, Chris Knight.) She has guest starred on many popular nighttime shows and was most recently seen playing Ray Romano’s nagging wife on Maron and co-starring with Eric Roberts in the Lifetime movie, I Was Stalked By My Doctor. Next season, Caryn will be seen in a recurring role on FX TV’s Emmy Award winning drama series, American Crime Story. She has been a familiar face and spokesperson on many infomercials and commercials over the years, and had the opportunity to join radio and television personality Larry Elder for a run in hosting The Morning Show on MSNBC. Always devoted to her theatrical roots, Caryn is delighted to be a part of the Denver debut of Dinner At Five. Many thanks to this talented and creative team for sharing the journey!
Christopher Knight (Eddie). Christopher Knight, actor, host, businessperson and curious celebrity. Christopher was introduced to acting by his actor father at the age of seven. Not at all an extroverted child, Christopher’s immediate success came as a surprise to his mother who was convinced his shy nature was ill suited to the roll of an actor. The consequence of her doubt would lead to Christopher being selected to play the role of Peter Brady in the Brady Bunch and end up consigning his mom to the roll of stage mother for the remainder of Christopher very busy and successful childhood as an actor. Of course the Brady Bunch would go on… and on, ultimately becoming one of the most watched TV shows of all time.
As successful as Christopher may have been as an actor his primary interest lay with science and how things work. Upon growing into adulthood Christopher would take a break from his acting career to attend UCLA and the study of Geology and how the earth worked. Upon squaring that away, Christopher was compelled back into show business by one of the many re-incarnations of the Brady’s. Ever since the back and forth dynamic of life inside and outside of show business has been a hallmark of Christopher’s life.
While maintaining an eye on his business interests, Christopher makes time for his acting career. Over the past several years Christopher has starred as a game show host on the nationally syndicated “Trivial Pursuit America Plays;” as celebrity star/contestant on CBS prime time “Celebrity Circus;” host and star of Michigan Lottery’s Make Me Rich,” the world richest game show; and most recently as star of the highly regarded and critically acclaimed “Heartbreaks” on Investigation Discovery. In addition, Christopher gives liberally of what time he has to many charities.
In his free-time you’ll find Christopher home at the beach in Southern California, enjoying a glass of Zin with his extraordinary wife Cara as they entertain their two talking cats and of course, saying ‘pork chops and applesauce” in response to daily requests!
Lloyd J. Schwartz (Author and Director). Though a prolific writer/producer in TV and movies (BRADY BUNCH, GILLIGAN’S ISLAND, etc. etc.), Lloyd is proudest of his accomplishments in theatre. Beginning with his co-authorship of THE NEARLYWEDS (the first play specifically written for dinner theatre) he has written and/or directed a wide range of plays…everything from the one-man drama AN EVENING WITH JOHN WILKLES BOOTH to the musical THE PHANTOM OF THE OPRY to CLASSIC COUPLES COUNSELING (a play about Shakespearean couples in therapy) to GILLIGAN’S ISLAND: THE MUSICAL and A VERY BRADY MUSICAL. Lloyd and his wife Barbara founded and are artistic directors of THE STORYBOOK THEATRE OF LOS ANGELES which has presented musical plays for children for the last thirty-five years. Lloyd has written and/or directed all eighteen of their shows. In 2017, Lloyd’s musical THE BABIES had a very successful Off Broadway run. This past summer, his play AN EVENING WITH JOHN WILKES BOOTH won the producer’s award at the Hollywood Fringe Festival and shortly will begin a national tour as will INDEPENDENCE, a one woman show about Dr. Mary Walker, which Lloyd wrote and directed.
Michael Carazza (Producer). Michael’s career includes features, commercials, music videos, television specials, and hit stage productions such as The Sicilian Bachelor, Front Street, Wild Mushrooms, Viagra Falls, Campaign The Musical, The Leopard, and Beethoven Misfortune Cookies, to name a few. Feature film credits include The Shipment with Matthew Modine, Elizabeth Berkley and Robert Loggia, The Biz with Nick Turturro and Seymour Cassel, Metal beast with Barry Bostwick and Kim Delaney, The Boiler Maker with John Savage, and Window of Opportunity with Jack Maxwell. Television credits and TV pilots include True Life Adventures, The Invisible Thread, Hot Flashes, Norm Crosby’s Celebrity Golf Challenge and Hollywood Midnight Court.
David M. Pritchard (Associate Producer). David is a 43 year veteran of producing professional theatre and consulting in arts management and marketing. To date he has produced over 650 productions including dinner theatre, children’s theatre, amusement park entertainment Murder Mysteries, Dinner Trains and summer stock. David was the Audition Chair and Board Member of the National Dinner Theatre Association, Theatre Alliance of Michigan and Great Lakes Theatre Conference for many years.
John Lowe (General/ Production Manager). John has served as a stage manager, production manager, general manager, director, or producer on over eighty-five productions throughout the world. He began his career as an assistant stage manager for the Broadway production of ‘NO, NO, NANETTE!’ starring Ruby Keeler. Other Broadway credits include ‘PIPPIN’ and ‘SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH’. National touring companies include ‘IRENE’, ‘GUYS AND DOLLS’, ‘TORCH SONG TRILOGY’, ‘BROADWAY BOUND’, and ‘AIDA’. West Coast productions include ‘EVITA’, SOPHISTICATED LADIES’, and ‘RAGTIME’. From 1989 to 1991, John was Vice President and General Manager of Production at Radio City Music Hall, where he handled their annual ‘SPRING SPECTACULAR’ and ‘CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR’. He also coordinated production elements for all broadcasts from the venue including ‘The Grammy Awards’, ’Comic Relief’, Night Of 100 Stars’, and ‘That’s What Friends Are For’. From 2010 -16, John enjoyed 6 separate contracts as Production Manager for Norwegian Cruise Lines.