Newt, portrayed by Jordan Kenyan, surprises the love of his life, Catharine (played by Anna Ely), while on a long walk.
Herald Photo / Jenn Goad
Newt, portrayed by Jordan Kenyan, surprises the love of his life, Catharine (played by Anna Ely), while on a long walk. Herald Photo / Jenn Goad

Kokomo Civic Theatre will be celebrating love with its February production, Who Am I This Time? (and Other Conundrums of Love). Performances are Friday and Saturday, February 23 and 24, at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 25 at 2:00 p.m. at IU Kokomo’s Havens Auditorium.

The subject of this play by Aaron Posner is love, pure and complicated. Set on the stage of the North Crawford Mask and Wig Club (“the finest community theatre in central Indiana”), three early comic masterpieces by Kurt Vonnegut are sewn together into a seamless evening of hilarity and humanity. “Long Walk to Forever” is the story of Tom and Kate’s earliest romantic feelings. “Who Am I This Time” is the tale of Harry Nash, the awkward and shy clerk who becomes ferocious and sexy when playing Stanley in the local production of A Streetcar Named Desire (directed by Tom when long time director Doris Sawyer is not available). Newcomer Helene Shaw plays Stella and falls for Harry as Stanley. “Go Back to Your Precious Wife and Son” is about the effect that movie star Gloria Hilton has on relationships in the town and how Tom helps her husband, George Murra, heal his relationship with his son.

The central character of Who Am I This Time?, Tom Newton, is being played by Alan Girton. His wife, Kate Newton, is being played by Claire Hayden. All of the other actors play multiple roles. The younger version of Kate (Catherine), Helen Shaw, and Tom and Kate’s daughter, Paula, are being played by Anna Ely. The younger version of Tom (Newt), stage manager Joey “Doodles” Brookes, and Gloria Hilton’s stepson, John Murra, are being played by Jordan Kenyon. Harry Nash and Roy Crocker, Jr. are being played by Colburn Lambert. Gloria Hilton and Doris Sawyer are being played by Elizabeth McQuiston. Gloria’s husband, George Murra, and Verne Miller are being played by Greg DeMaio.

Who Am I This Time? (and Other Conundrums of Love) is being directed by Beth and Tucker Metcalf. Libby Brewer is the stage manager.

Who Am I This Time? (and Other Conundrums of Love) is made possible, in part, by the Kokomo Community Arts Commission and the Tippecanoe Arts Federation, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.