"[Kip] has garnered a vast experience in the acting community both at The Pumphouse Players and in other venues, also movie acting, TV acting, stuff like that," said PHP President Dave Boggess. "So he just brings a wealth of knowledge to any production he's in. In this particular production, he has brought his playwriting ability as well as his directing ability. He's directed a number of shows for us in the past but this is the first time that we've actually produced one of his shows that he's written as well. So it really just adds another dimension to the whole operation.
"[This play is] a broad farce about the relationship between two friends. Originally they wanted to be friends but then everybody around them sees the real attraction between these two people. And it's one of those sort of opposites attract [situations] where they have a hard time getting along with each other but you can see that there's a spark there. ... It's a very, very funny show. It's the type of thing you come to and leave with a lot of laughter in your heart."
To be performed at The Legion Theatre, 114 W. Main St. in Cartersville, "It's all in the Timing" will be presented March 23, 24, 30 and 31 at 8 p.m. The cast will consist of Henderson as Pete Downing, Emily McFadden as Laura Thomas, Marcus Kirlew as Steve Thomas, Dennis Wolk as Doug Downing, Cathy McDaniel as Anne Thomas, Aliya Hutcheson as Jana Parker, Erin Brown as Heather Galloway and Andrew Bearden as Jeffery Wilkes.
"This is actually the third incarnation of it," Henderson said. "This show, I did as a dinner theater at Red Top Mountain about 12 years ago and then it was picked up by the, it was at the time called, the Square Globe Theatre in Marietta. It was the inaugural show there and then it was picked up by the Town & Gown theater in Athens and performed there. So it's been around the state a little bit.
"It's very satisfying to know that something that's come out of this brain is actually being [performed by people]. It's always actually very humbling to watch your own creation. To hear people laugh at your jokes is probably the most intoxicating feeling that you can have. And I wish I could say that I'm going to sit and watch it but I'm actually going to be on-stage. I'm going to be playing Pete."
A member of PHP for the past 20 years, the Cartersville resident describes the tone of his play as merging "Seinfeld" and "Friends" with Monty Python.
"It's just a fun show. ... The plot is basically you have three people -- Laura, Pete and Steve -- who all grew up together," Henderson said. "Steve and Laura are brother and sister and Pete is Steve's best friend. Pete was always the teaser and the joke player growing up and took it out on Laura most of her life and now they're roommates and everybody seems to think that they were meant for each other even though they apparently can't stand each other."
Tickets for "It's all in the Timing" are $12 for general admission, $10 for Pumphouse Players members and for pre-paid groups of 10 or more people. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.pumphouseplayers.com or call 770-387-2610.