What would you ask a living legend?
Clerical Error Productions’ first show of 2024 combines the golden age of Hollywood with the golden age of television in Call Me Kate: Katharine Hepburn Tells It Like It Is.
Inspired by the 1973 interview with Dick Cavett, her first ever on television, the play recreates a live television broadcast, capturing the Hollywood legend at her witty, acerbic, and reflective best.
The second act includes a brief Q&A which will allow the audience to become part of the show and ask the star about her fascinating life, famous loves, and an esteemed career that spanned six decades.
Call Me Kate: Katharine Hepburn Tells It Like It Is was written by Kate Duffy, who also plays the title role. Blake Mellencamp appears as interviewer Dick Cavendish. Other cast include Wendy Brown, Manny Casillas, Dennis Forkel, Cindye McDaniel, and David Molloy. Jon Lindley directs, assisted by Stacy Long.
Travel back to 1973 with us at The Brick Room Comedy Club, 942 Maple Ave., Noblesville — February 23, 24 at 7:30 and February 25 at 2:30. Tickets $20, available at The Brick Room and the link at the bottom of this page. Denn
Click here to hear Kate as "Kate" with April and Cody on All Indiana TV!
The Evening's Program
Scene: ABC Studios, set of The Dick Cavendish Show
Time: September 14, 1973
Announcer: Adam Crowe
We meet Miss Hepburn and her “secretary” Phyllis Wilbourn
15 Minute Intermission
More about Spencer Tracy
Meet the Cast of "Call Me Kate"
KATE DUFFY – Playwright, “Katharine Hepburn”: Kate is co-founder, President, CEO, and head writer for Clerical Error Productions. She has sung, danced, and performed dramatic roles, stand up comedy, vaudeville, and storytelling. Favorite roles include Winnie from CEP’s production of Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days and the tea-slinging Mrs. O’Boyle from CEP’s Father Ned series. This is the seventh of Kate’s plays to be performed in the greater Indianapolis area, and she is delighted to bring another Kate to life on stage and tell it like it is.
BLAKE MELLENCAMP – “Dick Cavendish”: Blake has performed with Clerical Error Productions as Father Dermott McDermott in the Father Ned series and made his debut as a playwright with CEP’s production of Pompeii and Circumstance at the 2023 IndyFringe Festival. Off the stage, Blake is a middle school language arts teacher, a freelance writer, and a local musician who holds the distinction of being the second most famous Mellencamp.
WENDY BROWN — “Phyllis Wilbourn”: Wendy reentered theatre after thirty-eight years working in the thoroughbred horse industry. She has enjoyed roles with Indianapolis Civic Theatre, Epilogue Players, Westfield Play House, Hendricks Civic Theatre, Center Stage, Buck Creek Players, Theatre at the Fort, The CAT, Indy Fringe, Diva Fest, and American Lives Theatre. She stays connected to the racing world, works in thoroughbred aftercare, and in her free time loses herself trying to capture wildlife through a camera lens.
DAVID MOLLOY — “Arthur Forrest”: David has become a familiar face to Indy theatre goers over the years, having appeared in productions and with companies too numerous to mention. He is co-founder and Treasurer of Clerical Error Productions and casting coordinator for the Indiana Playwrights Circle. A resident of Brownsburg, David spends his time offstage volunteering with feline rescue groups. “When comedy is done right, it looks effortless and achieves the goal of eliciting laughter. The work that goes into making it look effortless is considerable.”
MANNY CASILLAS — “Manny, Studio Page”: Manny lives and works in Indianapolis, and is making his fourth appearance with Clerical Error Productions after roles as Mrs. O’Boyle in Who’s Minding the Snapper?, Young Jesuit in Rocket in Your Pocket: Father Ned in Space, the Musical! , and Stooge in Pompeii and Circumstance. He is a proud uncle and cat dad who lives on a steady diet of comic books, horror movies, punk rock, and Criterion Collection DVDs, filling his head with culture and giving himself an ulcer.
CINDYE McDANIEL — “Cindye, Make Up Assistant”: Joining the cast from North Little Rock, Arkansas, Cindye is thrilled to be back in Indianapolis working with CEP! Her last stint was in IndyFringe 2021 as choreographer for Rocket In Your Pocket! Father Ned in Space, the Musical. Nothing like coming back home! Thanks to Kate and Jon for this opportunity!
DENNIS FORKEL — “Dennis, Cameraman”: Dennis was born and mostly raised in Central New York, with sojourns to several other states when the family patriarch had job transfers. Dennis “caught the muse” for theatre during high school, working backstage with lights and sound. He attended SUNY-Oswego and followed the muse to California. In 2000 Dennis rejoined the family, now in Indiana. Since 2007 he has appeared in numerous productions throughout Central Indiana and looks forward to being part of Call Me Kate.
STACY LONG — Assistant Director/Stage Manger, “Stacy, Make Up Artist”: Stacy first performed with Clerical Error during the 2022 Ten Minute Play Festival, then dove down the Beckett rabbit hole as assistant director/stage manager for Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days, and had a principal role in Pompeii and Circumstance. When not involved in theatre, Stacy works at a local hotel and enjoys exploring anything local such as food, music, and arts. She is represented by Talent Fusion and is Secretary of the Clerical Error Productions board of directors.
JON LINDLEY — Director: Jon appeared at Lilly Theatre at The Children’s Museum, Indianapolis Shakespeare Festival, InterAction Theatre, Genesis Theatre Company, and in over a dozen productions at Phoenix Theatre. He toured the U.S. and Canada with the groundbreaking Omaha Magic Theatre. On returning to Indiana, he began his own company, Pan-Arts Theatre, and directed challenging experimental works. He directed CEP’s performances of Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days at the District Theatre and Play by Play: Tiny Little Plays by Mark Harvey Levine for IndyFringe. He has played the title role of Father Ned and is a member of the Clerical Error board of directors.