Announcing the cast of Neil Simon’s “The Star-Spangled Girl”

The Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts (TAPA) and TLC Federal Credit Union are pleased to announce the cast of the upcoming production of Neil Simon’s “The Star-Spangled Girl”. Set in the late 1960s, “The Star-Spangled Girl” tells the story of two struggling writers, portrayed by Sam Kuzma and Steele Fleisher, who are trying to keep their underground political protest newspaper afloat. While trying to expose government conspiracies and wrongdoings, they meet an all-American girl, portrayed by Chey Kuzma, who has just moved into their building. Love and politics dance together in this clever and witty play written by one of America’s best-known and well-loved playwrights. The director of “The Star-Spangled Girl” is Robert Buckingham, who also directed 2009’s satirical thriller, “Murder by the Book” and 2010’s unsettling drama, “The Beauty Queen of Leenane”. “It’s refreshing directing a comedy of this caliber. Even though the play was not well-received when it opened on Broadway in 1966, it has managed to stand the test of time. Community theaters across the country have discovered this gem and it has played to packed houses everywhere. I’m thrilled to bring this hilariously charming play to Tillamook and I hope that audiences love it as much as I do,” says Robert.

“The Star-Spangled Girl” kicks off TAPA’s summer season on June 17, 18, 24, 25, 26, and July 1 and 2. Following The Star-Spangled Girl is The Starlite Academy Children’s Workshop July 19–23 directed by Wally and Diane Nelson. Then rounding out the summer season is “The Chicken Creek Diaries” written by Marilyn Allen and directed by Wally Nelson. For information please contact

Pictured from left to right: Sam Kuzma, Chey Kuzma & Steele Fleisher