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Artistic Director’s Welcome @americanrep #HearWordART
WELCOME TO HEAR WORD! NAIJA WOMAN TALK TRUE HEAR WORD! joins us from Nigeria, where it became a phenomenon through sold-out runs at theaters and pop-up performances in markets and other public spaces across the country. This play is the creation of visionary artist and leader Ifeoma Fafunwa. Woven from documentary-style interviews with Nigerian women, the show is inspired by Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues and Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf. In addition to directing HEAR WORD! at the A.R.T. this season, Ifeoma is the Mary I. Bunting Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, working on a new project which explores the growing intolerance to LGBT individuals in Nigeria. HEAR WORD! springs to life through the talents of an incredible company of actresses from the Nigerian stage and screen. These performers have contributed crucially to this show’s success through their deep commitment to its call for transformation. The production’s journey to the A.R.T. began in 2015, when our colleagues at Harvard’s Center for African Studies saw the show in Lagos. In collaboration with other Harvard partners, we were able to invite the production to Cambridge for a limited engagement in 2016. When we experienced the power of this extraordinary show, we knew we wanted to bring it back for a full run this season. Now, HEAR WORD! opens in the United States at a moment when we, too, are turning with newfound urgency to conversations about gender inequality and predatory power dynamics in our culture. I know that our audiences—women and men—will be inspired by this piece, and while our American experience cannot be equated with the Nigerian stories shared in this play, we can draw global strength and solidarity from these women’s determination to create positive change. Thank you for joining us.
DIANE PAULUS The Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director American Repertory Theater
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Jessie Mueller in A.R.T.â€™s 2015 production of Waitress, now playing on Broadway and coming to Boston on tour February 20 - March 4, 2018.
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American Repertory Theater presents
NAIJA WOMAN TALK TRUE Directed by IFEOMA FAFUNWA Costume Design ITUEN BASI
Lighting Design AJA M. JACKSON
Percussion Composition BLESSING IDIRERI
Sound Design DREW LEVY
Projection Design JOHNATHAN CARR
Production Stage Manager TAYLOR BRENNAN*
Writers IFEOMA FAFUNWA TUNDE ALADESE MOJISOLA AJIBOLA WOLE OGUNTOKUN PRINCESS OLUFEMI-KAYODE IJEOMA OGWUEGBU
First performance at the Loeb Drama Center on January 26, 2018. HEAR WORD! is produced in association with iOpenEye. The A.R.T 2017/18 Season is dedicated to President Drew Faust in recognition of her extraordinary leadership in making the arts an integral part of the cognitive life of Harvard University. PRODUCTION SPONSORS Alison and Bob Murchison CORPORATE EDUCATION SPONSOR
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The A.R.T. 2017/18 Season is supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which receives support from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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60 YEARS. 3 GENERATIONS. 1 FILIPINO GANGSTER FAMILY. Sara Porkalobâ€™s Dragon Lady comes to OBERON this March.
CAST Ensemble.....................................................TAIWO AJAI-LYCETT JOKE SILVA BIMBO AKINTOLA OMONOR ELVINA IBRU UFUOMA McDERMOTT ZARA UDOFIA-EJOH RITA EDWARD ODENIKE DEBORAH OHIRI
BAND Percussion........................................................BLESSING IDIRERI EMEKA ANOKWURU EBISIDOR ASIYAI ADDITIONAL STAFF Assistant Stage Manager................................................KATHRYN HAUSLER Assistant Lighting Designer........................................................ZACH MOLIN Assistant Sound Designer...............................................BRENDAN F DOYLE Movement..........................................................................ZARA UDOFIA-EJOH QUDUS ONIKEKU IFEOMA FAFUNWA JUSTIN EZERIM Video Programmer.....................................................JEREMY GOLDENBERG A.R.T. Institute Production Dramaturg........................REBECCA CURRAN Production Assistants.....................................................................SUSAN UDO JULIUS WADE^ (*) Member of Actorsâ€™ Equity Association (^) Harvard University Arts and Museum Fellow, supported by the Harvard University Office of Career Services
The show runs approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes with no intermission.
SPECIAL THANKS Caroline Elkins, Professor of History and African and African American Studies, Harvard University The Harvard University Center for African Studies The Hutchins Center for African & African American Research The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Sue Cook; Abby Wolf; Anne Gardsbane, Harvard International Office; Olawumi Akinwumi, Madison Park Development Corporation (Hibernian Hall); Suya Joint; Harvard Ed Portal
Act II events invite audience members to pursue deeper engagement with productions and highlight the variety of ways that A.R.T. community members continue to create impact in the Boston area and the world. Past events have included speaker series, gallery visits, film screenings, podcasts, and moderated conversations with scholars, medical professionals, families, activists, artists, educators, and more. The full schedule of ACT II discussions for HEAR WORD! Naija Woman Talk True can be found online at AmericanRepertoryTheater.org/Act-II
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A Note from Director Ifeoma Fafunwa It is a dream come true to be staging HEAR WORD! at the American Repertory Theater and at the start of this incredible year of reckoning and change. Gender inequality is at the forefront of American conversations, and for the first time, women all over the world are coming together around the single idea that for the world to be a better place, it is necessary for women to participate equally in the decisions that affect it. This realization is the overriding message in HEAR WORD!, as the play not only highlights gender inequalities, but also compels us to consider our own role in this inequality. The play asks women to step up, move beyond barriers, and take control of their own destiny, rather than wait for those in power to become inclusive. Women can more readily transform their own thinking and actions. They can draw the line, refuse to accept the status quo, and collaborate with other women. Photo: Kelechi Amadi-Obi; Styled by Ituen Basi.
This is an important time for us all to take stock of how our actions may be affecting others in our communities and the rest of the world. I hope audiences come away from the show feeling empowered, informed, and inspired by its intimacy, art and, universal message. I am fueled by the spirit of these ten incredible Nigerian actresses who are committed to sharing this message, and I am most humbled by the incredible support of the entire A.R.T production/management team. I shall forever be grateful to Diane Borger, Diane Paulus, Ryan McKittrick, Mark Lunsford, Susan Cook, and Caroline Elkins, all for championing this work and believing in this important and life-changing project. Thank you! 9
Scenes PRELUDE: CHIBOK..............................................................................................................Ensemble TOUCH........................................................................................Odenike, Deborah Ohiri, Omonor GIRL CHILD.......................................................................................Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Joke Silva, Bimbo Akintola, Elvina Ibru, Ufuoma McDermott, Rita Edward, Deborah Ohiri AZUKA & TEMILOLA...................................................................................Joke Silva, Elvina Ibru MY DAUGHTER-IN-LAW.......................................................................................................Omonor ASEOWO (PROSTITUTE)........................................Joke Silva, Bimbo Akintola, Elvina Ibru, Zara Udofia-Ejoh, Ufuoma McDermott, Rita Edward, Odenike PAPA ADELE..............................................................................................................Bimbo Akintola PASTOR SAID.........................................................................................Deborah Ohiri, Joke Silva, Bimbo Akintola, Omonor, Elvina Ibru, Zara Udofia-Ejoh, Ufuoma McDermott, Rita Edward, Odenike CHILD BRIDE...................................................................................Ufuoma McDermott, Odenike GEORGE....................................................................................................................Zara Udofia-Ejoh THE BLACK WIDOW......................................................................................................Rita Edward THE GOOD WIFE......................................................................................................Bimbo Akintola DODO (FRIED PLAINTAINS)..............................................................................................Odenike CHANT: IT'S ENOUGH!..............................................................................................Deborah Ohiri IYALOJA (QUEEN OF THE MARKET)...........................................................................Joke Silva UNLIMITED POTENTIAL.......................................................................................................Omonor STARTING OVER....................................................................................................Taiwo Ajai-Lycett HEAR WORD!...................................................................................................Ufuoma McDermott, Joke Silva, Bimbo Akintola, Omonor, Elvina Ibru, Zara Udofia-Ejoh, Rita Edward, Odenike, Deborah Ohiri WOMAN TRAFFICKING.......................................................................................Zara Udofia-Ejoh THE TRUTH..............................................................................................................Taiwo Ajai-Lycett SONGS OF PRAISE..........................................................................................Ufuoma McDermott FAMILY MEETING....................................................................................................................Omonor A COMMUNITY FAILS.........................................................................................................Ensemble
Chant: It's Enough!
Translation from the Yoruba Listen and understand! Let the house rat go tell the field rats. Let the bats in the sky go inform the forest rats. Come and listen to these words of wisdom: It is deplorable for us to maltreat women: mothers, daughters, sisters, wives. Neither is it acceptable for a woman to allow herself to be degraded or abused. Be still while I pause. I say, stop! Whoever put water inside the coconut must be wise, So let us drink that water of wisdom. Men and women, The glory of our nation will improve if we utilize the energy we use to oppress women To uplift, embrace, and help one another grow. Just as it takes many pillars to support a building and just as thousands of lizards lean up against a wall, we too must come together to build our communities. The time is now. Enough is enough! Step up. Stand for. Speak out. Accept nothing lessâ€”it is time for change. Does this make sense?
Cast TAIWO AJAI-LYCETT A.R.T.: HEAR WORD! International Tour 2016, Harvard Dance Center, Connecticut State University, Frascati Theater Amsterdam. Theater: The Lion and the Jewel, Royal Court Theatre; Murderous Angels, Dublin Theatre Festival; The National Health; Buddy Caravaggio, Replique, Traverse Theatre; Parcel Post. Film/TV: A Warm December (starring and directed by Sidney Poitier); “Some Mothers Do ‘Ve ‘Em,” “Crown Court,” BBC; “Tinsel”; “Dazzling Mirage”; “The Inheritors”; numerous soap operas. Awards/Honors: Officer of the Order of Niger (OON, awarded in 2006 by Nigerian Presiden Olusegun Obasanjo); Fellow of the Society of Nigerian Theatre Artists. Education/Training: City Literary Institute London, the Dance Centre, Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Taiwo founded Talhouse Private Schools and Taiwo Ajai-Lycett Arts Academy, for the promotion of the arts and the training and nurturing of young Nigerian artists. JOKE SILVA A.R.T.: HEAR WORD! International Tour 2016, Harvard Dance Center, Connecticut State University, Frascati Theater Amsterdam. Theater: HEAR WORD! Nigerian Tour 2014-2017; Her Majesty’s Visit, Abuja; Little Drops, South South States Tour; Digging for Gold (dir. Ifeoma Fafunwa); A Past Came Calling; The Fight. Film/ TV: Potato Potahto; Bandits; Diamond in the Sky; Timeless; “Gidi Up,” web series; “Battleground” (Mama Egba), “Project Fame West Africa” 2007-2016; Widow’s Cot (AMAA Award, Best Actor in a Leading Role). Theater (Executive Producer/Producer): Heartbeat The Musical, The Lion and the Jewel, Naming Ceremony, The King Must Dance Naked, 2012 Olympics. Film (Executive Producer/Producer): Potato Potahto (Best Feature Film, Silicon Valley African Film Festival; Special Jury Prize, Chelsea International Film Festival; Best Feature Film, Baltimore International 12
Film Festival); Subterfuge, Africa Magic. Awards/Honors: Member of the Federal Republic (MFR), Lifetime Achievement Award (Wim Biz/EbonyLife). BIMBO AKINTOLA A.R.T.: HEAR WORD! International Tour 2016, Harvard Dance Center, Connecticut State University, Frascati Theater Amsterdam. Theater: HEAR WORD! Nigerian Tour 2014-2017. Film/TV: 93 Days (AFIFF Globe Award, Best Actress of the Year); 8 Bars & A Clef; “Newman Street”; The Diamond Ring; Dangerous Twins; 90 Ninth Day; Hoodrush; Smoke & Mirrors; Heaven’s Hell. Education/ Training: National Diploma Certificate, First Degree, Theatre Arts, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. OMONOR A.R.T.: HEAR WORD! International Tour 2016, Harvard Dance Center, Connecticut State University, Frascati Theater Amsterdam. Theater: HEAR WORD! Nigerian Tour 2014-2017; Love & Recession (Adenronke), Nigerian Tour; The Fight (Mrs. Cole), Medicaid Cancer Foundation Abuja; Daniel (Queen Hajitha), The Vagina Monologues (Ensemble), MUSON Centre Lagos; V Monologues: The Nigerian Story (Ensemble), Lagos, Abuja; The Lion and the Jewel (Sidi), The Barbican, Theatre Royal Stratford East, UK Tour; Home (Pattie Mae), Nigerian Tour. Film/TV: “Wetin Dey,” “Twilight Zone,” “Against All Odds,” Anna P., Arakunrin Arabinrin Irinkunrin. Award: Best Actor, The Future Awards Nigeria 2007. Education: B.S., Biochemistry, University of Lagos.
ELVINA IBRU A.R.T.: HEAR WORD! International Tour 2016, Harvard Dance Center, Connecticut State University, Frascati Theater Amsterdam. Theater: HEAR WORD! Nigerian Tour 2014-2017; Caucasian Chalk Circle, National Youth Music Theatre, Edinburgh Festival, The Lyric Theatre London; The Vagina Monologues, MUSON Centre Lagos, Women’s Centre Abuja; Magic of the Musicals (Miss Hannigan), Ultima Studios Lagos. Film: Letters to a Stranger, Theo’s Dora, Cajole, Alter Ego, Women on Strike. Awards: University of Lagos Faculty of Arts Students Association (FASA) Award for Developing Youth through Entertainment; Beatz Award for On-Air Personality of the Year 2016; Excellence Special Awards, Special Recognition for Excellence in Entertainment. Education/ Training: The London Academy of Performing Arts (LAPA); Webster University, Regents Park, London. UFUOMA McDERMOTT A.R.T.: HEAR WORD! International Tour 2016, Harvard Dance Center, Connecticut State University, Frascati Theater Amsterdam. Film/TV: HEAR WORD! Nigerian Tour 2014-2017. Film/TV: over fifty movies and four TV series, including Okafor’s Law (Ify Omene); The Women (Omoh); Wives on Strike (Mama Amina); Wives on Strike 2, Christmas is Coming (Henri, Director, Writer, Producer); Jungle Jewel (Producer, AMVCA Award nomination); What Just Happened (Producer). Awards: The Nymph Award nomination, 50th Monte Carlo TV Festival (nominated alongside Tina Fey, January Jones, and Jane Krakowski); The Future Award; Terracotta Award; Nigeria Entertainment Award. Education/Training: MA, Public and International Affairs; acting certificate, New York Film Academy Los Angeles; certificate, London Business School; Relativity School Los Angeles; Hollywood Film Institute (student of Dov Simens).
ZARA UDOFIA-EJOH A.R.T.: HEAR WORD! International Tour 2016, Harvard Dance Center, Connecticut State University, Frascati Theater Amsterdam. Theater: HEAR WORD! Nigerian Tour 2014-2017; Morning Yet on Judgement Day (Mary), Freedom Park Lagos; Little Drops, NDDC, Nigeria Regional Tour, Azue; Okonkwo’s Inquest, Oxzygen Koncepts, Terra Kulture Lagos; Kakadu the Musical (Amonia, Theatre Production of the Year Award), Lagos, Davos; Heartbeat The Musical (Arinola), The Garden Theatre Lagos; Things Fall Apart, Collective Artistes, International Tour, Kennedy Center; Sense of Belonging, Royal National Theatre Studios London. Dance: Fear Abides With Me Constantly, Oxzygen Koncepts. Film/TV: “Everything In Between” (Dayna), TIERS Nigeria; “Best Friends,” EbonyLife TV, DSTV; Big Daddy, Amaka Igwe productions; “Battleground,” Africa Magic; 93 Days, Native FilmWorks, Michel Angelo Productions, Bolanle Austen-Peters Productions. RITA EDWARD A.R.T.: HEAR WORD! International Tour 2016, Harvard Dance Center, Connecticut State University, Frascati Theater Amsterdam. Theater: HEAR WORD! Nigerian Tour 2014-2017; Still Single in Gidi, Lagos Theatre Festival, Freedom Park Lagos. Film/TV: 93 Days, Native FilmWorks, Michel Angelo Productions, Bolanle Austen-Peters Productions; Isoken, 85 Pictures; “Tinsel,” Africa Magic; “Inspector K,” web series; Uncloaked, House5 and Iroko Productions.
Cast ODENIKE A.R.T.: HEAR WORD! International Tour 2016, Harvard Dance Center, Connecticut State University, Frascati Theater Amsterdam. Theater: HEAR WORD! Nigerian Tour 2014-2017; The Wives (Tobi), Terra Kulture Lagos; Shattered, British Council Lagos Theatre Festival/ Eko Hotel and Suites. Film/TV: What Lies Within (Best of Nollywood Award, Best Actress); Lunch Time Heroes, Pheban Films; “Battleground,” “Head Over Heels,” Africa Magic; “Ojo’s in d’House,” EbonyLife TV; “We're Never Gonna Make It” (Writer), Accelerate TV. Education/ Training: Summer encore program, American Academy of Dramatic Arts; Screenwriting, Hatch Africa & British Council; “The Spirited Actor” (now Top Actor); B.S., Business Administration.
DEBORAH OHIRI A.R.T.: HEAR WORD! International Tour 2016, Harvard Dance Center, Connecticut State University, Frascati Theater Amsterdam. Theater: HEAR WORD! Nigerian Tour 2014-2017; Rubiewe, Pawstudios; The Secret Life of Baba Segi’s Wives (Actor/ Lead Singer), Iyalode of Eti (Iyalode), AKE Festival in Abeokuta; SARO The Musical, Bolanle Austen-Peters Productions; Waiting for a Lottery, British Council Lagos Theatre Festival, Oxzygen Koncepts; Ajayi Write to Freedom (Music Director/Lead Singer, Quramo Publisher Award); Love & Recession (dir. Ifeoma Fafunwa). Film/ TV: “Project Fame West Africa” (Top 14 Finalist); “Busted” (Officer Titus); The Gods Are Still Not to Blame (Soundtrack); Taxi Driver (Oko Asewo, Soundtrack), Filmone/ House 5 Productions; Stormy Heart (Judith Audu Productions). Award: POPA Awards 2017 Golden Voice of Theatre.
Band BLESSING IDIRERI A.K.A. KACOMARI Percussion, Percussion Composition A.R.T.: HEAR WORD! International Tour 2016, Harvard Dance Center, Connecticut State University, Frascati Theater Amsterdam. Theater: HEAR WORD! Nigerian Tour 2014-2017; Wakaa! the Musical, Lagos, London; SARO the Musical, Lagos, London; Love & Recession (dir. Ifeoma Fafunwa), Nigerian Tour; Fela Arrest the Music, Lagos; Gula; Moremi the Musical; Fela and the Kalakuta Queens; BJ Sax Live in Concert; AMAA Awards Kigali 2017.
EMEKA ANOKWURU A.K.A. MAKE BEAT Percussion A.R.T.: HEAR WORD! International Tour 2016, Harvard Dance Center, Connecticut State University, Frascati Theater Amsterdam. Theater: HEAR WORD! Nigerian Tour 2014-2017; Love & Recession (dir. Ifeoma Fafunwa), Nigerian Tour; SARO the Musical, Lagos, London; Wakaa! the Musical, Lagos, London; Fela Arrest the Music; BJ Sax Live in Concert; Ajayi Write to Freedom; Dance of the Rivers; Moremi the Musical; Fela and the Kalakuta Queens.
EBISIDOR ASIYAI Percussion A.R.T.: Debut. Theater: My Culture My Pride, Wole Soyinka @ 77, Lagos, Spain; Ajigbe, Lagos, Germany; Black Podium, Johnny Walker Nigerian Tour; Dance of the Rivers, Lagos, Port Harcourt; BJ Sax Live in Concert, Lagos; Ajayi the Writer, Lagos; Moremi the Musical, Lagos; Rough Cuts Project, Royal Court Theatre.
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Creative Team IFEOMA FAFUNWA Director A.R.T.: HEAR WORD! International Tour 2016, Harvard Dance Center, Connecticut State University, Frascati Theater Amsterdam. Ifeoma Fafunwa is the founder and creative director of iOpenEye, a Nigerian production company driving social change through performance art. She has over twenty years of creative collaborative experience on projects in theatre, architecture, film, and fine art in the US and Nigeria. Her directing work includes The Vagina Monologues and plays by contemporary Nigerian writers. Her work has been showcased at the British Council’s Lagos Theatre Festival and the Tate Modern. Ifeoma wrote the onewoman show Eggs and Fleas, which was nominated by the Los Angeles Weekly for Best Solo Performance Work. In 2012, she directed one of Nigeria’s cultural submissions for the London Olympics, and in 2014 she participated in the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT). Ifeoma is currently the Mary I. Bunting Fellow at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute, where she is developing a performance art project titled Who Would Choose to Be Gay and Nigerian!? ITUEN BASI Costume Design A.R.T.: Debut. Theater: Fela and the Kalakuta Queens; SARO the Musical; for colored girls; Kakadu the Musical. Fashion Design (with her multiaward-winning label Ituen Basi): features in Vogue Italia, British Vogue, Elle (South Africa), Marie Claire (South Africa), Cosmopolitan (South Africa), Ebony (USA), Pride (UK); runway shows in Dakar, Milan, Paris, London, Vienna, Cape Town, Johannesburg (Mercedes Benz Designer of the Year, 2012); trade shows in Florence, Milan (Pitti SUPER Talents, with Vogue Italia). Presentations/ Panels: Harvard African Business Club; Stanford Business Forum; Fashion Africa Conference, London. Training/Education: Theatre Arts, University of Ife; Tailoring and Clothing Technology, London College of Fashion. 16
AJA M. JACKSON Lighting Design A.R.T.: Debut. New York: Nourishment, Planta Baja. Regional: The Last Wife, WAM Theatre Company; The Cradle Will Rock, Boston University College of Fine Arts; Memorial, Boston Playwrights' Theatre; Wit, Boston Center for American Performance; Later the Same Evening, Boston University Fringe Fest. Opera: Le nozze di Figaro, Boston University College of Fine Arts Opera Institute and School of Theatre. Dance: Biomorphic Dance Fest, Tathagatha, Asterial Dance, What the Wind Taught Me, Hudson Guild Theatre. Education/Training: MFA, Lighting Design, Boston University. DREW LEVY Sound Design A.R.T.: Debut. Broadway: Honeymoon in Vegas (Drama Desk nomination), Chaplin (Drama Desk Award), The Winslow Boy, The Importance of Being Earnest, Present Laughter. Off-Broadway: One Day the Musical, The Weir, Why Torture is Wrong…, Emergence-See!, Dutchman, The Mistakes Madeline Made. Regional: Bard SummerScape, Williamstown, 5th Avenue Theatre, Old Globe, Two River Theatre, Arena Stage, Westport Country Playhouse, McCarter Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Long Wharf. Other: Reconfiguration: An Evening with Other Lives, Drama Desk Awards Ceremony 2014 and 2015, Metropolitan Opera 125th Anniversary Gala.
JOHNATHAN CARR Projection Design A.R.T.: Projections Design: HEAR WORD! International Tour 2016, Harvard Dance Center; Pulitzer Prize 100: Centennial. Additional Media: Pippin, The Lily’s Revenge. OBERON: Searching for Signal, ToUch Performance Art. Off-Broadway: H4, Resonance Ensemble; Same River, Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble. Regional: Hold These Truths, By The Way Meet Vera Stark, Into the Woods, Red Hot Patriot, City of Angels, Lyric Stage Company; An Octoroon, Company One. Educational Productions: Proclamation Project 4 and 5, A.R.T. Education & Community Programs; Working, Terra Nova, Wellesley College; The Man Who, Harvard College Theater, Dance & Media; Our Town (upcoming), A.R.T. Institute for Advanced Theater Training. Johnathan teaches in Harvard College’s Theater, Dance & Media concentration. TAYLOR BRENNAN Production Stage Manager A.R.T.: Stage Manager: Burn All Night; Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education; 1984; O.P.C.; The Shape She Makes; The Donkey Show. Assistant Stage Manager: Bedlam’s Sense & Sensibility; The Night of the Iguana; Fingersmith; RoosevElvis; Kansas City Choir Boy; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812; The Heart of Robin Hood; All the Way; The Glass Menagerie; The Lily’s Revenge; Once. Production Associate: Prometheus Bound; The Blue Flower; Cabaret. Production Coordinator: Hansel and Gretel; Nutcarcker Turbo (and Other Love Stories); BOB: A Life in Five Acts; As You Like It; The Snow Queen. Education/Training: Boston University College of Fine Arts (Summa cum laude).
KATHRYN HAUSLER Assistant Stage Manager A.R.T.: The Donkey Show (Primary Stage Manager), The Night of the Iguana (PA Sub to Mr. James Earl Jones), Fingersmith (Production Assistant). OBERON: Cirque of the Dead 2016 and 2017 (Assistant Stage Manager), Throwback Tales: A Retro Spectacular (Assistant Stage Manager), Boston Circus Guild. Educational: Living Will (Stage Manager), A Bright Room Called Day (Assistant Stage Manager). Education/ Training: BFA, Stage and Production Management, Emerson College. iOPENEYE iOpenEye is a Nigerian performance art production company that challenges the status quo where it limits the potential of the broader Nigerian society with special regard to women’s issues. iOpenEye envisions a Nigeria where citizens are informed, empowered, and can make a difference no matter where they sit on the socio-economic scale—where women are equal and a part of decision-making, leadership, and nation-building. iOpenEye is committed to creating, producing, and showcasing Nigerian excellence in the performing arts including works on stage, television, and film in order to positively affect local and global perceptions of Nigerian contemporary society.
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BOARD OF TRUSTEES Andrew Ory, Chair Diane Borger Laurie Burt Paul Buttenwieser RoAnn Costin Michael Feinstein Provost Alan M. Garber Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Catherine Gellert Rebecca Grafstein Lori Gross Ann Gund Sarah Hancock Jonathan Hulbert Steve Johnson Alan K. Jones Robin Kelsey Herman “Dutch” Leonard Serena Lese Dennis Masel Thomas B. McGrath Ward Mooney Bob Murchison Dan Nova Diane Paulus Mike Sheehan Fay Shutzer Sid Yog
BOARD OF ADVISORS Ann Gund, Co-Chair Karen Mueller, Co-Chair Paolo Abelli Frances Shtull Adams Robert Bowie, Jr. Amy Brakeman Philip Burling* Greg Carr Antonia Handler Chayes* Lucy Chung Lizabeth Cohen Lisa Coleman Kathleen Connor Rohit Deshpande Susan Edgman-Levitan Shanti Fry Erin Gilligan Jonathan Glazer Candy Kosow Gold Rachael Goldfarb Robert C. Green Barbara Wallace Grossman Peggy Hanratty Marcia Head James Higgins Horace H. Irvine II Brenda Jarrell Emma Torres Johnson Jerry Jordan Dean Huntington Lambert G. Barrie Landry Ursula Liff Timothy Patrick McCarthy Travis McCready Jim Nuzzo Irv Plotkin Martin Puchner Ellen Gordon Reeves Pat Romeo-Gilbert Linda U. Sanger Maggie Seelig Dina Selkoe John A. Shane Michael Shinagel Lisbeth Tarlow Sarasina Tuchen Susan Ware Michael Yogman Stephen H. Zinner, M.D. *Emeriti
The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University is a leading force in the American theater, producing groundbreaking work in Cambridge and beyond. The A.R.T. was founded in 1980 by Robert Brustein, who served as Artistic Director until 2002, when he was succeeded by Robert Woodruff. Diane Paulus began her tenure as Artistic Director in 2008. Under the leadership of Paulus and Executive Producer Diane Borger, the A.R.T. seeks to expand the boundaries of theater by programming events that immerse audiences in transformative theatrical experiences. Throughout its history, the A.R.T. has been honored with many distinguished awards, including the Tony Award for Best New Play for All the Way (2014); consecutive Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Musical for Pippin (2013) and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (2012), both of which Paulus directed; a Pulitzer Prize; a Jujamcyn Prize for outstanding contribution to the development of creative talent; the Regional Theater Tony Award; and numerous Elliot Norton and IRNE Awards. The A.R.T. collaborates with artists around the world to develop and create work in new ways. It is currently engaged in a number of multi-year projects, including a collaboration with Harvard’s Center for the Environment that will result in the development of new work over several years. Under Paulus’s leadership, the A.R.T.’s club theater, OBERON, has been an incubator for local and emerging artists and has attracted national attention for its innovative programming and business models. As the professional theater on the campus of Harvard University, the A.R.T. catalyzes discourse, interdisciplinary collaboration, and creative exchange among a wide range of academic departments, institutions, students, and faculty members, acting as a conduit between its community of artists and the university. The A.R.T. Institute for Advanced Theater Training, which is run in partnership with the Moscow Art Theatre School, offers graduate training in acting, dramaturgy, and voice. The A.R.T. also plays a central role in Harvard’s undergraduate Theater, Dance, and Media concentration. Dedicated to making great theater accessible, the A.R.T. actively engages more than 5,000 community members and local students annually in project-based partnerships, workshops, conversations with artists, and other enrichment activities both at the theater and across the Greater Boston area. Through all of these initiatives, the A.R.T. is dedicated to producing world-class performances in which the audience is central to the theatrical experience.
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The American Repertory Theater is deeply grateful for the generous support of individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies whose contributions make its work possible. The following gifts were received between July 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017.
VISIONARY The Barr Foundation Amy and Ed Brakeman* Betsy and Edward Cohen*† Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Sarah Hancock*
$100,000 and above President and Fellows of Harvard College The Johnson Family* Alison and Bob Murchison*
The Linda Hammett Ory & Andrew Ory Charitable Trust RN Family Foundation The Shubert Foundation
Fresh Sound Foundation Catherine Gellert*† Joseph Hammer The Hershey Family Foundation Allison Johnson * Serena and Bill Lese *† Massachusetts Cultural Council
Thomas B. McGrath and Sandy Medallis* National Endowment for the Arts Poss Family Foundation Rowland Foundation, Inc. Maureen and Mike Sheehan* Sid Yog*
Marcia Head* Barbara and Amos Hostetter* JetBlue Airways Alan Jones and Ashley Garrett*† Jerry Jordan Landry Family Foundation Jeanne and Dennis Masel *† Lucy and Ward Mooney* Newbury Comics Inc. Annette and Dan Nova * The Pemberton Family Foundation
The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust Lisbeth Tarlow and Stephen Kay * Theatre Forward Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation Donald and Susan Ware *
Candy Kosow Gold and Martin Waters Lawrence Golub † Grayson Family Foundation Catherine Hayden and David Thurston Priscilla and Richard Hunt Judith and Douglas Krupp Liberty Mutual Michael and Jamie Lynton † YiLing Mao and Ping Mo † Sally McNagny and Robert Green Hee-Jung and John Moon † John and Carol Moriarty John Moriarty & Associates, Inc. Marjorie and Robert Ory Diane Paulus and Randy Weiner Cokie and Lee Perry Janet and Irv Plotkin
Stan Ponte and John Metzner † The Office of the Provost at Harvard University Andrew Richards Karen Foote Richards Patricia Romeo-Gilbert and Paul Gilbert Valerie Beth Schwartz Foundation Silver Mountain for the Arts Delia and Robin Thompson Sarasina and Mike Tuchen Charlotte and Herb Wagner
BENEFACTOR Amy and David Abrams* The Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc. Katie and Paul Buttenwieser* RoAnn Costin* The Dana Foundation E.H.A. Foundation Paul Finnegan*
$50,000 - $99,999
LEADER Ernie Boch Jr.* Laurie Burt* The Gregory C. Carr Foundation Chung Family Foundation Laura and Michael Dreese* Zita Ezpeleta and Kewsong Lee*† Andrew Farkas*† Michael Feinstein and Denise Waldron* Rebecca and Laurence Grafstein*† Ann and Graham Gund*
$25,000 - $49,999
PRODUCER Anonymous (1) Bill and Joan Alfond Sharmy and David Altshuler Yuriko Jane Anton and Philip Anton Jill and John Avery John, Robert, Thomas, & James Bailey Anita and Joshua Bekenstein Amanda Brown and Justin Chang † Hilary and Philip Burling Katherine Chapman Barbara and Rodgin Cohen † Alexi and Steve Conine Karen and Brian Conway Crystal Financial Linda and Daniel Cummings Debbie DeCotis † The Elphaba Fund Drew Faust
$10,000 - $24,999
PARTNER Anonymous (2) Paolo Abelli Frances Shtull Adams Joel and Lisa Alvord ArtsBoston, Inc. Willa and Taylor Bodman Helen and Joe Bouscaren Robert Bowie, Jr. Cambridge Community Foundation Chet and Carol Cekala John F. Cogan Beth and Richard Compson Kathy Connor Susan Edgman-Levitan and Richard Levitan EY Shanti Fry and Jeffrey Zinsmeyer Erin Gilligan and Hoil Kim Jonathan Glazer and Hadley Leach † Rachael Goldfarb Corinne Basler Grousbeck John and Hannah Grove
$5,000 - $9,999 Peggy Hanratty Pamela Haran and David S. Godkin John W. Henry Family Foundation Kathy and Ernie Herrman Heather and James Higgins † Bill and Yuko Hunt Janice and Ralph James Brenda Jarrell Lars Charitable Foundation Lori Lesser †† John D.C. Little Tristin and Martin Mannion Karen and Gary Mueller Jim Nuzzo Janny and Dave Offensend Erica and Ted Pappendick D. Randy Peeler Julia Pershan and Jonathan Cohen †† Diane Quinn and Keith Freiter Rosse Family Charitable Foundation Molly Schoeck and Guy MacDonald
Maggie and Jonathan Seelig The Shane Foundation Mark Stein John Travis Luis Ubiñas and Deborah Tolman ‡ Fran and Barry Weissler †† Mary and Ted Wendell Dyann and Peter Wirth Michael Yogman and Elizabeth Ascher Gwill York and Paul Maeder Stephen H. Zinner, M.D. and S. Wade Taylor, PhD
Tracey and Jonathan Hurd Madeline Jacquet Karen Johansen and Gardner Hendrie Alexandra Juckno Melissa Kaish and Jonathan Dorfman †† Jane L. Katz †† Jason Kemper and Thor Perplies †† Mary Ford Kingsley and Gordon Kingsley Alvin and Barbara Krakow Ann and Ted Kurland Barbara H. Landreth, M.D. †† Herman "Dutch" Leonard and Kathryn Angell Felicia and Robert Lipson The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Barbara Millen and Markley Boyer Diana Nelson and John C. Atwater Marie Nugent-Head and Mr. James C. Marlas ††
Tracy and Leon Palandjian Panta Rhea Foundation Heidi Pribell and Bob Svikhart Rafanelli Events Ellen Gordon Reeves † Brett Robbins Barbara Schapiro Chrys and Rob Schmults Wendy Shattuck and Sam Plimpton Harry Sherr and Cynthia Strauss Fay and William Shutzer Stacie Simon and Hal Tepfer Epp Sonin Fredericka and Howard Stevenson Hannah and Andy Stevenson Beth and Anthony Terrana Sandra Urie and Frank Herron Mindee Wasserman, Esq. Davin T. and David P. Wedel Dr. Norman Weeks Fancy and Jeff Zilberfarb
SPONSOR Anonymous (5) Kathryn Biberstein Barbara E. Bierer, M.D. and Steven E. Hyman, M.D.* Diane Borger Denise Casper Shannon Chandley and Tom Silvia Clarke and Ethel D. Coggeshall Lizabeth Cohen and Herrick Chapman Lynn Dale and Frank Wisneski Rohit Deshpande Andrew Dominus and Stephanie Altman Dominus †† Nancy Donahoe and John Cohen Epstein Joslin Architects Deborah and Ronald Feinstein Jody and Thomas Gill Mark Glasser and Frank McWeeny Barbara and Steve Grossman Gail and Walter Harris Peter Hornstra
$2,500 - $4,999
PATRON Anonymous (3) Naomi Aberly Mary Akerson and Steven Cohen Alexander, Aronson, Finning & Co., CPAs Helle Mathiason Alpert Dianne Anderson Evelyn Barnes and Mary Carter James Basker †† George and Barbara Beal Carol Beggy The Beker Foundation Dr. Susan E. Bennett and Dr. Gerald B. Pier Susana and Clark Bernard Leonard and Jane Bernstein Lisa Bevilaqua Barbara and William Boger Garen Bohlin & Diana Sorensen Joy and Steven Bunson †† Jonathan Bush Elizabeth Washburn Cabot The Edmund and Betsy Cabot Charitable Foundation
$1,000 - $2,499 Sara Campbell Mary Cassesso and Peter Miller Ronald Casty Lynne and John Chuang Codman Academy Charter Public School Dr. Lisa Coleman † Cindy and Tom Costin Olive Darragh Paula L. and Anthony M. Demarco Mark Diker and Deborah Colson †† Zach Durant-Emmons Tara and Mike Edelman Amy Edmondson and George Daley Mary and Juan Enriquez Michelle Fee Smith and Michael Fee Lisa Frantzis and Ophelia Dahl Donald Fulton Paul Goldenheim Phil Gormley and Erica Bisguier Lindsay and Garth Greimann Marjorie and Nicholas Greville
Lori E. Gross and Robert Douglas Campbell Jeanne Hagerty Melinda Hall and Larry Pratt Michael Harper Phyllis Harrington Beth Heard-Laffey Linda A. Hill and Dr. Roger E. Breitbart Jen Horton and David Regan Maisie and James Houghton Hunt Alternatives Beth Hutchins and Pete Skeggs Priscilla Kauff †† Robin E. Kelsey Stephanie and Rakesh Khurana Stephen W. Kidder and Judith A. Malone Josh Krugman Hunt and Kelly Lambert William Leblanc Stacey Schneer Lee Christine and David Letts Nir Liberboim
PATRON (cont'd) Mr. and Mrs. Hambleton Lord Loro Piana Philip Lovejoy and James Moses David Margolin and Nancy Bernhard Beth and Carmine Martignetti Alison McArdle Jenny and Tony Mcauliffe Jo Frances Meyer Kelly and Steven Migliero Anne Mitchell Debbie A. Murray, In memory of Ronald Dale Adams Evelyn and Maclyn Musser Sabrina and Robert Nicholson William O. Nutting and Veronica Zoani Quinterno Finley and Patricia Perry Susan Pett Susan and Bill Poduska
$1,000 - $2,499 Lia and William Poorvu Fern Portnoy and Roger Goldman Adele Pressman Suzanne Priebatsch Chris Prokop and Mark Battista Cynthia and John Reed Jill Richardson and Peter Chinetti Helen Riess, M.D. and Norman Nishioka, M.D. Tamara and Tony Rogers Gabriela and Bob Romanow Charles Rose Beatrice Roy Amy Russo Allison K. Ryder and David B. Jones Linda Sallop and Michael Fenlon Nichole Bookwalter Savenor and Alan Savenor Maura Costin Scalise and Bob Scalise
CONTRIBUTOR Anonymous (6) Stephanie Andrews and Marc White William M. Bazzy Dorothy Bowe Dorothea and Sheldon Buckler Antonia H. Chayes Alice Cort Ron Coyne Laura Crary Peter Crosby Laura and Simon Davidson Dorothy Rebecca Davies Susan M. Deutsch Eversource Energy Foundation Scott D. Feinstein Judy and Henry Frechette James Gamble Dr. Alan Garber and Dr. Anne Yahanda Givenik LLC Mary-Jo Delvecchio Good and Byron J. Good Susan Galer Wendy and Clark Grew Melissa Hale and Jim Woodman Dena and Felda Hardymon Professor Jay Harris Georgene and Dudley Herschbach Megan and David Hinckley James P. Hoben Caroline and Fred Hoppin Frederic H. Jacobs Belinda Juran and Evan Schapiro Joseph Kahan
$500 - $999 Jane Katims and Dan Perlman The Dr. Cyrus Katzen Foundation, Inc. Naomi Kaufman & Tom Quintal Jim Keegan Jeff and Lisa Kerrigan Lisabeth and James Kundert Laurie Laba and Neale Eckstein Lisa and Tim LaLonde †† The Landa Family Abigail Lash and Austin Shapard Priscilla Lawrence and Patrick Melampy Ursula Liff Kathleen Malley Barbara Manocherian Wendy Mariner and Toby Nagurney W. Kathy Martin and David L. Johnson Peter Mazareas Anita Meiklejohn and Vincent Piccirilli Sharon Miller Deborah and Timothy Moore Aileen Murphy Newton at Home Professor Suzanne P. Ogden and Peter Rogers Dr. Shara Oken Stacy Osur and Keith Gilbert Deval and Diane Patrick Donald and Laurie Peck Daphne Petri James Preston
SUPPORTER Anonymous (1) Shari Malyn Abbott and Jon Abbott Laura Althoff Donna and Albert Bangert James Banker Richard Bankhead and Kemper Thompson Miles Barnett Thomas Bator Benevity Community Impact Fund Andrea L. Benoit and Michael Parsons
Susan and Bob Schechter Mark Schuster Michael Shinagel and Marjorie North Ray Smith †† Rachael Solem Somerled Charitable Foundation Vivian and Lionel Spiro Beth and Michael Stonebraker Deborah Sweet and Steven Lazar Melinda B. Thaler †† Sarah Thomas Mark and Diane Thompson The Joseph W. and Faith K. Tiberio Charitable Foundation Ruth and Bill Weinstein Tricia and Nick Winton Alfred Wojciechowski and Tammerah Martin
Jack and Jane Reardon Sally C. Reid and John D. Sigel Jane Brooks Robbins Gail Roberts Karen Ruben Dr. Linda U. Sanger * Adina Schecter †† Steven Showalter and Jeffrey Davis Ildiko Sragli and Barry Appelman †† Lisa Stern and Jim Brochin †† Leslie and Dan Sullivan Sally Thurston Jane and William Vaughn III Richard Walton and Susan Olsen Walton Jonice Webb and Seth Davis Jo Wellins Lally Weymouth †† Kelsey Wirth and Dr. Samuel Myers Marla and Ron Wolf †† Jane Wolfson Lisa and Clark Wright Candace Young Carolyn Zern
$250 - $499 Professor Peter Bien and Mrs. Chrysanthi Bien Catherine Bird Margie and Michael Bogdanow Peter Bryant Dr. Bryan Bryson Marie and Peter Butler Donna Case Joan and Steve Clark Arlene and Steven Cohen Pieter Cohen Dale and Peter Coxe The Cranton Family
Diane Danielson Jo Ann David-Kasdan and Menachem Kasdan Nancy Dellarocco Jane and Stephen Deutsch Patrick and Nancy Dignan Charlotte Dixon Dorothy Elms and Doug Brown Lewis Feldstein Lesley Field †† Anna Fitzloff Robin Freeman Howard Gardner, M.D.
SUPPORTER (cont'd) Robert and Kathleen Garner Claudine Gay Sandra Ginnis Patricia Glazer and Bob Egan Laurie and Jeffrey Goldbarg, M.D. Mark Granovsky Ilene Greenberg and Michael Maynard Drs. Shelly Greenfield & Allan Brandt Lisa Gruenberg and Martin Carmichael Robert Harrington John Hayden Tamara Hermann Johanna and Andrew Herwitz †† Lisa Heyison Alice Hoffman Sonia Hofkosh and Jonathan Hulbert Chad Jackson and Kathryn Burton Raymond Jacques Sarah Jaffe and Richard Eisert †† Kasey Kaufman Thomas Keirstead Sheila Kennedy Lynn Kodama Steven Lampert and Anita Feins Lisa and Bill Laskin Heidi Legg Angela Lifsey
$1,000 - $2,499 Jonathan Litt Vanessa Liu †† Noreen Major Stephen Martyak and Ryan Means Diane Masters James Mattimore Louisa and Kevin McCall Lisa McDonough Professor Marcyliena Morgan Dr. Deborah Moran Scott J. Nathan Susan and Ed Novick †† Katharine Olmsted Robert Paster Drs. Hilda and Max Perlitsh Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts Program Sarah Piper †† William Reardon Steve Rivera Amy Rowe Victoria Sandin Gladys Santiago †† Diane DeBono Schafer Ivy Scricco Drs. Margaret J. and Michael P. Simon Judith Singer and Beth Gamse Timothy Speedy Karen and Steve Stulck Tavneet Suri
James Therrien Gillien Todd and Kingsley Taft Lynn and George Vos †† William Waters Susan Weiss Lisa Weissmann Amanda and Ryan West Sharon Goddard White and David White Deborah Whitehill and Howard Zaharoff Ann Wozencraft and Craig Willey †† Jeffrey Zapfe Warren and Nikki Zapol William Zinn * Donors who provide annual operating support of $25,000 or more are members of the Artistic Director’s Circle. † A.R.T. N.Y.C. Leadership Circle Members. The A.R.T. N.Y.C. Leadership Circle includes New York-based donors of $10,000 and above, and all New York-based Trustees and Advisors. ‡ A.R.T. N.Y.C. Supporters
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IN-KIND SUPPORTERS Ilex Designs/ Andrew Anderson (Floral Sponsor) ilexflowers.com
Aesop Beat Brasserie Boch Center Amy Brakeman Katie and Paul Buttenwieser Cambridge, 1. Ronald Casty The Catered Affair The Charles Hotel Michael Feinstein and Denise Waldron
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Meyer Sound (Loeb Sound System Sponsor) meyersound.com
Lori Finkel and Andrew Cogan Google Rebecca and Laurence Grafstein Grafton Street The Graphic Group Harvest Henrietta's Table Les Sablons Marty Hom Alison and Bob Murchison Karen and Gary Mueller
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Noir Bar The Linda Hammett Ory & Andrew Ory Charitable Trust The Regattabar Cheryl Richards The Sinclair Toscano
THEATRE FORWARD Theatre Forward is a not-for-profit organization that advances the American theater and its communities by providing funding and other resources to the country’s leading non-profit theaters. The following foundations, individuals, and corporations support these theatres through their contributions of $2,500 and above to Theatre Forward. The Ahmanson Foundation Buford Alexander and Pamela Farr American Express AT&T The Augustine Foundation ◊ Mitchell J. Auslander Joseph Baio * Bank of America Sheri and Les Biller Foundation Bloomberg Philanthropies BNY Mellon Steven & Joy Bunson Marianne Cassini Cisco Systems, Inc. Citi Sue Ann Collins * COOMI Paula A. Dominick Dorsey & Whitney Foundation Dramatists Play Service, Inc. Kevin & Anne Driscoll * John R. Dutt * Christ Economos Edgerton Foundation Epiq Systems ESCADA The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. EY * Bruce R. and Tracey Ewing Jessica Farr Alan & Jennifer Freedman Steven Gartner * Glen Gillen and Michael Lawrence Kiki & David Gindler Goldman, Sachs & Co. Roe Green Foundation Richard K. Greene Nancy Hancock Griffith * Brian J. Harkins The Hearst Foundations ◊ Gregory S. Hurst Howard and Janet Kagan Rob Kauffman * Mary Kitchen and Jon Orszag * Ken Klein and Christine De Lisle Anthony and Diane Lembke, in honor of Brian J. Harkins, board member. *
Jody & David Lippman Susan and John Major Donor Advised Fund at the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. John Mathena and Michael Forester Jonathan Maurer and Gretchen Shugart MetLife Morgan Stanley Louise Moriarty & Patrick Stack * The Music Man Foundation ◊ National Endowment for the Arts ◊ Nederlander Producing Co. of America Newmark Holdings Lisa Orberg ◊ Frank & Bonnie Orlowski Pfizer, Inc. Presidio Leslie C. Quick, Jr. and Regina A. Quick Charitable Trust Foundation Thomas C. Quick RBC Wealth Management ◊ The Schloss Family Foundation ◊ Mary Lou Seidner * Elliott Sernel & Larry Falconio * Stephanie Scott Daniel A. Simkowitz George S. Smith, Jr. Southwest Airlines ◊† S&P Global TD Charitable Foundation ◊ Ten Chimneys Foundation Theatermania.com/ Gretchen Shugart John Thomopoulos Evelyn Mack Truitt * James S. & Lynne Turley ◊ UBS University Hospitals Michael A. Wall * Wells Fargo ◊ Willkie Farr & Gallagher Isabelle Winkles
*Theatre Forward/DeWitt Stern Fund for New American Theatre ◊ Educating through Theatre Support †Includes In-kind support As of August 2017 Theatre Forward supporters are former supporters of National Corporate Theatre Fund and Impact Creativity.
Performers in Proclamation 5: True That, an after-school playmaking intensive for Bostonarea high schoolers led by A.R.T.â€™s Education & Community Programs.
Education & Community Programs
Education Experience A.R.T. Education Experiences spark meaningful discourse, in and out of school. In addition to fostering creativity, collaboration, and intellectual curiosity in our community, we support teachers with free arts-integrated teaching tools and affordable tickets to world-class theater at the A.R.T. Community Connections A.R.T. partners with Boston-area non-profit organizations, bringing high-quality arts experiences to underserved families and individuals. Community Connections pairs subsidized tickets to A.R.T. performances with enrichment programming ranging from private artist talks to in-depth workshops.
A.R.T. Kids Company Children ages 5â€“10 join us on Saturday mornings in the fall and spring to learn the fundamentals of theater by re-imagining classic and contemporary tales, live! Summer 2017 also marked the launch of the first-ever A.R.T. Kids Company Jamboree, a week-long, half-day program integrating storytelling with STEM learning. Proclamation An ensemble of local high school juniors and seniors team up with A.R.T. artists and Harvard scholars for an eight-week afterschool playmaking intensive. The result is a vivid, provocative, and fresh production devised and performed by the ensemble. This fall, the ensemble explored themes of seeking, using, and creating truth in Proclamation 5: True That!. To learn more about A.R.T. Education & Community Programs, visit: americanrepertorytheater.org/education.
Photo: Gretjen Helene Photography.
A.R.T. Education & Community programs offer in-depth access to A.R.T. artists and productions to everyone in our community.
American Repertory Theater Staff TERRIE AND BRADLEY BLOOM ARTISTIC DIRECTOR EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
DIANE PAULUS DIANE BORGER
MANAGING DIRECTOR DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
ANNA FITZLOFF* NOREEN MAJOR
Director of Artistic Programs/Dramaturg Artistic Producer Interim Special Assistant Company Manager Assistant Company Manager OBERON Production Manager OBERON Programming Manager OBERON Venue Manager OBERON Assistant Venue Manager OBERON Assistant Lighting Supervisor OBERON Assistant Sound Supervisor OBERON Theatrical Audio Technician OBERON House Lighting Programmer OBERON House Sound Engineer
Ryan McKittrick Mark Lunsford* Lindsey Goodwin Ryan Sweeney Alta Lewis Millard Skip Curtiss Emma Watt Leo X. Crowley Megan Minger Justin Paice Alex Giorgetti Katrina Sistare Sean Pieroth Michael Policare
Deputy Director of Development Director, Individual Giving Grants Manager Assistant Director, Events & Partnerships Development Officer Development Information and Database Specialist Development Fellow
Jessica Morrison* Eric Bailey Meghan Coleman Christine Noah Jonathan Remmers
General Manager Theater and Facilities Manager Loeb Receptionists Receptionists Cleaning Supervisor Cleaning Crew Chief Cleaning Team
Darnell Graham* Michael Winn
Steve Showalter Tracy Keene Sarah Leon, Maria Medeiros Alyssa Cordeiro, Jack Holder, Barbara Lindstrom, Sean O’Leary, Alison Schaefer, Matt Spano Anthony Sousa Hugo Lopez Felipe Barahona, Anna Canazalez, Santos Ruiz Lopez, Marvin Ventura
Senior Financial Accountant Financial Associate Payroll Coordinator Accounting Assistant Finance Intern
Rebecca Wrigley* Toufiq Aitelfqih* David Jewett Yvette Layne* Kibru Agezi Dessie
Director of Patron Services/ System Administrator Derek Mueller Ticket Services Manager Alicia Curtis Audience Services Manager Stephen Wuycheck Assistant Ticket Services Manager Emma Putnam Ticket Services Representative Cassandra Long Weekend Shift Supervisor Heather Conroe Ticket Services Staff Kaylah Dixon, Danni Long, Tani Nakamoto, Nina Pelligra, Sean Watkins Matt Spano Front of House Manager Duty House Managers Heather Conroe, Marissa Friedman, Stephanie Pando, Courteney Smith Volunteer Usher Coordinator Barbara Lindstrom Director of Marketing and Communications Public Relations Director Senior Graphic Designer Editor and Assistant Dramaturg Education and Community Programs Manager Education and Community Programs Fellow Marketing and Communications Fellow Digital Graphics and Design Fellow Community Programs Assistant Social Media Assistant Videographer Marketing and Communications Interns
Grace Geller Rebecca Curtiss Joel Zayac Robert Duffley Brenna Nicely* James Montaño* Stacey Schutzman David Libbey Destiny Polk Mark Mauriello Johnathan Carr Grace Burns, Noelle Scarlett Education and Community Programs Interns Milo O’Connell, Olganuku Khaminwa-Joseph, Joseph Wright
Associate Production Manager Production Supervisor, Pedagogical Programs Assistant Production Supervisor, Pedagogical Programs IATT Stage Management Fellow Costume/Props Stock Manager Costume Shop Manager Assistant Costume Shop Manager Head Draper Crafts Artisan Wardrobe Dresser & Wig Runner
Matthew Adelman Alex Brandt Jeremy Goldenberg
Properties Manager Assistant Properties Manager Props Carpenter
Assistant Scenic Charge Artist Purchaser
Bryant Cyr Kristina Furey Suzanne O. Kadiff Carson Eddy Alma Reyes Caitlin Menotti Jeffrey Scott Burrows Emily Damron
Lighting and Projections Supervisor Assistant Lighting Supervisor Lighting and Projections Programmer and Operator
Technical Director Assistant Technical Director Scene Shop Supervisor Scenic Charge Artist Master Carpenter Scenic Carpenters
Jeremie Lozier Kat Nakaji*
Cynthia Lee-Sullivan Rebecca Helgeson Nicholas Menge Stephen Setterlun Kristin Knutson David Schultz Jerry Vogt Peter Doucette Bill Hawkins, Derek Jay, Dan Lincoln, York-Andreas Paris, Ray Reyes, Nick Tosches Heather Morris Brian Melcher
Sound Manager Assistant Sound Manager Front of House Mixer
Sam Lerner Bryan Atterberry Michelle Reiss
Assistant Stage Operations Supervisor Stage Operations—Props
Steven Manifold Ricky Roman
Director, Institute for Advanced Theater Training Administrative Director Associate Director Co-head of Dramaturgy Co-head of Dramaturgy Head of Voice & Speech Resident Literary Advisor Institute Fellow
Scott Zigler Julia Smeliansky Marcus Stern Anatoly Smeliansky Ryan McKittrick Erika Bailey Arthur Holmberg Katy Poludniak
FOR HEAR WORD! Stitchers Scenic Carpenters
Chelsea Kerl, Sally Perry Kyle Blanchette, Thomas Eckenfels, Allen Karel, Dawn Morningstar, Alex Phillips, Alex Platt, Stephen Maurer, Rachel Shainwald, Nat Taylor, Conner Thompson Stage Operations Aaron Cohen Lukas Theodossiou Sumner Ellsworth Lighting Programmer Aliza Burr, Austin Boyle, Brittany Trymbulak Electricians Chris Gilmore, Evey Connerty-Marin, Greg Hanawalt, JP Pizzuti , Kevin Barnett Matt Cost, Nate Jewett, Sumner Ellsworth Sydney Skora, Zach Straeffer Ari Kaufman, Brendan F Doyle, Load-in Crew (Sound) Matt Peiffer, Alison Schaefer, Justin Vining Aaron Cohen, Aurelia Lyman, Lukas Theodossiou Stage Crew Tasha Vogt Painter C2, David Chu Open Captioning Janet Stankus Primary Audio Describer^ Jessica Shroder Secondary Audio Describer^
As of January 2018 *Members of the A.R.T. Diversity & Belonging Task Force. The Task Force is a staff-led initiative serving as a catalyst for improved diversity and belonging among A.R.T. staff, students, volunteers, artists, audience, and board members at the A.R.T.
^This Season, the A.R.T. fondly remembers Alice Austin, who passed away unexpectedly this fall. Alice provided description for blind and low-visioned patrons of numerous productions at A.R.T. and around the Greater Boston area. Since first working with A.R.T. on The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (2011), Alice guided the theater in the creation and curation of audio-described performances as well as advocating nationally for access to the arts.
PLEASE NOTE: The photographing or sound recording of any performance or the possession of any device for such photographing or recording inside this theater, without the written permission of the management, is prohibited by law. Violators may be punished by ejection, and violations may render the offender liable for monetary damages.
ALL ADMISSIONS INTO THE THEATER, ONCE THE PERFORMANCE HAS BEGUN, WILL BE AT THE DISCRETION OF MANAGEMENT.
Post-performance discussions follow select matinees; visit our website for specific dates and times. LARGE PRINT
EMERGENCIES: In case of emergency, contact the House Manager or nearest usher.
All venues are fully accessible. A wheelchairaccessible bathroom is located to the left as you face the box office in the front lobby (ushers or reception desk personnel will direct you). WEST LOBBY
Assistive listening devices are available for all A.R.T. performances. The theater is equipped with an infrared amplification system for the hard of hearing; headsets are available at the reception desk. For patrons with a telecoil, this theater is also equipped with an induction loop. Please set your device to the “t” setting. A.R.T. offers Open Captioning, Audio Description, ASL interpreted, and Sensory Friendly programming at designated performances throughout the year. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org/Call: 617.547.8300
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Designated Meeting Site Cross Brattle St. to Radcliffe Yard
FIRE NOTICE: Please take a moment to locate the nearest emergency exit. In the event of a fire or other emergency, remain calm and listen for directions from management and/or via our public address system.
SHAKESPEARE & DISCO COLLIDE EVERY SATURDAY THE LONG-RUNNING SMASH HIT CONTINUES AT OBERON Inspired by A Midsummer Night's Dream | Directed by Diane Paulus
Waitress composer Sara Bareilles discussing the show with local students.
A.R.T. Members are more than just ticket buyers or subscribers. They are partners in creating the work at our theater, and as such are invited to experience the artistic process alongside us. With membership come benefits including: • Unlimited discounted parking • Invitations to insider events like a backstage tour of the upcoming Jagged Little Pill • Priority access to tickets
A.R.T. Members at every level sustain the momentum of our theater. They help us reach thousands of students each year through our student matinee and after school programs, like Proclamation, an eight-week program that gives high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to work with professional artists and Harvard scholars to create a meaningful piece of original devised theater. Become a Member today, and you will not only continue to make all of our work accessible to local students, but you will also help to further engage generations of audiences for years to come. Your support this year is more important than ever. The creative risks of our productions can only be undertaken with the continuing support of our community.
Become an A.R.T. Member today. To learn more about becoming an A.R.T. Member please contact Eric Bailey, Director of Individual Giving, at Eric_Bailey@harvard.edu or call 617.496.2000.
Program for A.R.T.'s production of Hear Word! Naija Woman Talk True