Day Drinkers


Day Drinkers

By Justin Tanner

Directed by Gil Johnson

SHOW DATES:  October 18-21, 26-28 and Nov 2-4

Show time is 8pm

Tickets are $16 and $10

TICKETS: (910) 264-2602 or

ABOUT THE SHOW: It’s 9a.m., and the bar is open: that means a scotch omelet for retiree Mick, bracing for the arrival of his priggish son, Bradley, intent on stopping dad from marrying loopy Val and squandering what little remains of the family fortune. Rubbernecking on their way to an annual dose of familial homophobia are squabbling lesbians Sharon and Kate.  Even the (married) bartenders have issues: Jenny has the hots for Caleb, who just happens to be the brother of her husband, Daniel. Ah, love. Preppy Kate counsels Jenny to stick to her vows: “There’s a reason you two have been together for years.” Jenny: “Yeah, low standards.”

-LA Times review, Charlotte Stoudt

Jon Stafford


Jon Stafford is a Kansas native who came to Wilmington after working in Los Angeles for many years.  His most recent role was Michael in God of Carnage at the Red Barn. Others are Bradley in Four Dogs and a Bone and Roma in Glengarry Glen Ross also at the Red Barn, as well as the title role in Cyrano De Bergerac and Beatty in Fahrenheit 451 at City Stage.

Barbara Weetman


After graduating from The American academy of Dramatic Arts and working in Los Angeles for many years, Barbara moved to Wilmington where she has continued to enjoy employment in the entertainment industry.  Local theater credits include: The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Julius Ceasar, Four Dogs and a Bone, The Rabbit Hole, Tale of the Allergist Wife, and The Little Dog Laughed.  TV credits include roles in Surface, Dawson’s Creek,, One Tree Hill, the HBO series Little Britian, and the recently released TNT movie Hornets Nest.  Film work includes The Notebook, Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood, Nailed, A Good Old Fashioned Orgy, Bloodworth, Writers, and Jessabelle.  Plastic Bag a short film narrated by Werner Herzog,  premiered at the Venice Film Festival and then played at the New York Film Festival.  Directing credits include Sight Unseen ,Into the Woods, and Pot Mom.

Sandy Vaughn


Sandy Vaughan is the kind of girl who understands the art of drinking in the day.  It makes her prettier and smarter, so she tells herself.  In addition to supporting the local watering holes, Sandy has been known to take the stage here and there.  Most notably, she was a cast member (as well as a writer and director) of Wilmington's longest running sketch comedy show "Changing Channels".    Sandy would like to thank City Stage for believing in her yet again, Level 5 bar for not yelling at her when she forgets to pay her tab, the cast and crew members who make this show hilarious and super fun to do, Cullen and Madison for all things every time, and the hashers that running is so much fun after about 6 beers and maybe a jello shot.  Last, but never least, Tenor Summers for being the world’s best kid and allowing his mom to still act her shoe size and John Vaughan, the most gorgeous and amazing husband.

Charles Johnston


Recent Wilmington theatre credits include: How to Fall in Love in 10 Minutes or Less, Arcadia, The Pillowman, The Book of Liz.

Taylor Kowalski


Taylor was born in California and raised in North Carolina. He received his BA in English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.  Previous plays with City Stage include Pot Mom and Urinetown: The Musical.  Taylor is also a former member of The Other Side improv comedy troupe. He's appeared in several episodes of Showtime's Emmy award winning drama, Homeland.  Other credits include: What To Expect When You're Expecting and To.Get.Her (Sundance Best of NEXT 2011).

Who’s who of Day Drinkers

Aerli Austen


Aerli Austen, a native of North Carolina, is a graduate of UNC Wilmington's theater department and was a member of the improv comedy troop The Other Side. Aerli's theater credits include Evelyn in Neil Lebute's The Shape of Things and Roz in Moon Over Buffalo, among others. Her most recent films include What to Expect When You're Expecting and the soon to be released You Are Here. She couldn't be more delighted about her City Stage debut.

Kate MacCallum


Kate MacCallum is a graduate of UNCW's theatre department. Her stage performance was last summer's "How to Fall in Love in 10 minutes or Less." After working on a few music and film-oriented projects, she is excited to have the opportunity to play on stage once again. Kate would like to thank all of the wonderful people who have lent their support, their love, and their couches/spare bedrooms to help her on her way.

Gil Johnson


Richard Davis


Richard is the founder and Artistic Director of the Browncoat Theatre. He would like to thank Justin, Gil, the cast & crew of Day Drinkers for the opportunity to just be an actor again. Special thanks to his wife Amber for being so supportive. Last but not least, thank you to the audience for supporting live theatre here in Wilmington.

Justin Tanner


Justin Tanner has written and directed over twenty world premiere plays including "Day Drinkers", "Procreation", "Voice Lessons" and "Wife Swappers." His play "Zombie Attack!" ran for ten years in Hollywood; His play "Pot Mom" received the Dramalogue, LA Weekly, Drama Critic Circle and Pen West Awards for playwrighting. He has been nominated for six LA Weekly Directing Awards and won twice. TV work includes "My So Called Life" and "Gilmore Girls." His webshow "Ave 43" (available on YouTube) is currently in its fourth season; The Guardian UK recently named it as one of the top 25 web series "you should be watching".