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A r d e n T h e at r e Co m pa n y p r e s e n ts

By Samuel

Beckett

Directed by Edward Sobel

JAN 17 - MAR 10


ARDEN THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS

ENDGAME By SAMUEL BECKETT

Scenic Designer

Costume Designer

KEVIN DEPINET

MILLIE HIIBEL

Lighting Designer

Sound Designer

THOM WEAVER+

DANIEL PERELSTEIN

Stage Manager

Assistant Director

JOHN GRASSEY*

Suzana berger

+

Directed by EDWARD SOBEL

January 17 - March 10, 2013 Arcadia Stage

Mainstage Season Sponsored by: Special thanks to The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting Arden Theatre Company. Applause, please, for our Media Partner:

The video and/or audio recording of this performances by any means whatsoever are strictly prohibited.

ENDGAME is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC. Arden Theatre Company receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. + Member of United Scenic Artists Local USA 829 * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S.


WELCOME from the producing Artistic Director

Terrence J. Nolen

One of the things that I love about choosing plays for the Arden is that our mission allows us to produce a great variety of work. Contemporary musicals such as Next to Normal; classic stories such as Cyrano; new plays such as Clybourne Park and the American classic that inspired it, A Raisin in the Sun. In our 24-plus years, we’ve produced an extraordinary group of writers, some to whom we’ve returned more than once: seven plays by Michael Hollinger; three by Michael Ogborn; two each by Arthur Miller, Tom Stoppard, and August Wilson; nine Shakespeares; ten Sondheims. With this production of Endgame, I am thrilled to bring the work of Samuel Beckett to our stage for the first time.

Samuel Beckett was a remarkable figure in world drama: an Irishman who lived in Paris, often writing in French and then translating his plays into English; a friend and confidant of James Joyce who also served as part of the French Resistance during World War II. As a dramatist, Beckett was a visionary and a revolutionary, transforming how stories could be told onstage. He was also famously private, determined to let his work speak for itself. In response to the persistent question, “What does it mean?”, Mr. Beckett provided no answers, save, “I cannot explain my plays. Each must find out for himself what is meant.” He left us the words, images and rhythms. It is up to us to make sense of them. Beckett was one of the most – if not the most – influential playwrights of the twentieth century (as detailed in Assistant Director Suzana Berger’s article, Beckett’s Influence, later in this stagebill). Beckett’s work also influenced generations of writers of fiction, film and even television (Tony Soprano and Deadwood’s Al Swearengen have always struck me as characters inspired by Beckett’s anti-heros); and his plays have attracted some of the great actors of our time. When Associate Artistic Director Ed Sobel, who has a deep and abiding passion for Beckett’s work, suggested Endgame with Scott Greer as Hamm and James Ijames as Clov, I felt the thrill of possibility. Here are two actors who bring tremendous humanity, intelligence and humor to their work. They could have careers anywhere, but they have chosen to make Philadelphia their home. When we started the Arden in 1988, we wanted to help foster a vibrant Philadelphia theatre community, one that could attract such extraordinary theatre artists as Scott and James. Who better to lead us into the world of Samuel Beckett? As we enter this new year, in addition to our work onstage, we are busy with the ongoing construction of the Hamilton Family Arts Center. If you look at the building (three doors down towards Arch), you can see that a large portion of the front wall has been removed, awaiting the new glass windows that will connect the space to 2nd Street. The elevator shaft has been constructed; steel beams loaded in. As construction progresses, we will be offering tours of the building, so that you can see it in process and hopefully get involved in making the building a reality. This will be a place for new play development and expanded educational programming – our investment in the future and for all the new Scott Greers and James Ijames to come. Thank you for joining us for Endgame. Thank you for being part of the Arden.


cast of characters Hamm .................................................................................Scott Greer* Clov ....................................................................................James Ijames* Nagg ........................................................................................ Dan Kern* Nell ...................................................................................Nancy Boykin*

UNDerStUDieS: Susan Giddings, William Toussaint

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DIRECTOR’S Notes I first fell in love with the work of Samuel Beckett when I was in college. At eighteen, what I perceived as aridly funny nihilism held irresistible appeal. In the intervening years I’ve strayed promiscuously, but have often returned, and never fully left. Now, as I sit squarely in the advancing shadow of middle age, I know this lover differently. I chose to direct Endgame this season while I was reading a number of new plays from American writers that seemed to be confronting loss. Not personal psychological grief, although that was present, but loss as it has an impact on a wider community. It seemed to be in our zeitgeist. Perhaps we are now distant enough from one of our latest national tragedies that we are trying to process the impact. Beckett’s own world view, as many artists of his time, was informed by experiences during World War II; in Beckett’s case including direct participation in the French Resistance under German occupation. As I write this, one American community and by extension all of us, has suffered a tremendous, heartbreaking loss. Each time such a thing happens, I find myself thinking, well surely this is the last. We can’t be punished anymore. Then I remember World War I, which Beckett also lived through, was called the “War to End All Wars.” Until it didn’t. It seems I must accept that personal and communal calamity, destruction, cruelty and inhumanity are inevitable. As Beckett has Didi say in Waiting for Godot, “Astride of a grave and a difficult birth … Down in the hole, lingeringly, the gravedigger puts on the forceps.” Beckett also wrote a phrase in his notebook: “Do not despair, one of the thieves was saved. Do not presume, one of the thieves was damned. ” He said he was not so much interested in the theology of the saying, but in its shape. That in his drama, every darkness contains the “perhaps” of light. If it is true, if things like slavery, oppression, violence and war will always happen, if the thief is damned, then so do we also always have opportunity to respond. The possibility remains of being wiser, more forgiving, more compassionate, of laughing and loving more than we did the last time. One of the thieves was saved. What we do with our perpetual calamity, as individuals or as a country, is up to us. Such is the nature of hope in this world. Making plays is an act of optimism. While you may never be sure that what you are saying has any value and that you haven’t just messed up your own life for nothing, you live in the faith that the creative act animates possibility, even if only for an hour and a quarter, in the dark. Making a play is also a communal act, and I have been given the gift of an exceptional family of actors and designers, all of whom have dedicated their considerable talents to this production with a fervor that has been inspiring. I am grateful to them, and to you our audiences, for being willing to enter Beckett’s unique theatre with us. So here we are. I am stuck with Beckett, and apparently for this production anyway, him with me. And you with us. And all of us with each other. What are we going to do now?

Edward Sobel For further reading and insights about this production of Endgame and its process, see our blog at www.ardentheatre.org/blog/endgame.


BECKETT’S INFLUENCE “After Godot, plots could be minimal; exposition, expendable; characters, contradictory; settings, unlocalized, and dialogue, unpredictable. Blatant farce could jostle tragedy.” – Ruby Cohn, Samuel Beckett’s friend and author of numerous books about his work Beckett’s legacy is not only Waiting for Godot, Endgame, and his other fascinating, puzzling plays, but opening the door for theatremakers to imagine stage worlds that defy naturalistic expression. The style he created out of a struggle to understand and represent life after the horrors of World War II has given us theatrical conventions that have continued to influence other artists’ explorations for over 50 years. Beckett’s British contemporary, Harold Pinter, said he admired Beckett’s style, “so much that something of its texture may appear in my own.” That texture is noticeable in the clipped rhythms of speech and silence in gripping Pinter plays like The Birthday Party and The Homecoming. These plays also share Beckett’s structural technique of building characters’ actions around someone or something that is very palpably absent.

Scott Greer, Arden’s Rosencrantz

and Guildenstern Are Dead, 2003 Tom Stoppard also has some Beckettian fun in his Hamlet-inspired comedy, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (produced at the Arden in 2003, featuring Endgame’s Scott Greer as Guildenstern). Stoppard opens the play with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern “in a place without any visible character,” tossing coins and carrying on a cyclical, philosophical, though always active conversation that echoes Waiting for Godot’s Estragon and Vladimir. Stoppard draws on Beckett’s structural innovation to spin his story about two lost souls trying to understand the forces that determine their actions.

In the 1960s, Sam Shepard and Edward Albee became some of the first American writers to draw on Beckett’s avant-garde style. Shepard’s characters struggle with suburbanization, family breakdown, and mechanization within barren stage landscapes, cyclical time, and plots that resist easy description in plays like Cowboy Mouth and Buried Child. Albee has been a steadfast fan and supporter of Beckett, repeatedly praising his work and even directing productions of his plays. In regards to his own writing, Albee was greatly influenced by Beckett. “From him, I’ve learned economy, precision and specificity. [In my work] I embraced his notion that we must stay fully alive knowing perfectly well that we are not going to stay alive forever. And we can stay alive with far less than we think we need to. Consciousness is all.” Although David Mamet’s characters live in extremely realistic settings, he builds on Beckett’s musical dialogue full of repetitions and terse phrases that could be interpreted as either straightforward or laden with meaning to give fire-breathing life to Lakeboat’s rough and tumble steamboat crew, Glengarry Glen Ross’ crooked real estate agents, and Speed-the-Plow’s slick Hollywood producers. Suzan-Lori Parks’ signature style of repetition and revision or “rep and rev,” which pervades plot and dialogue in many of her plays, certainly has echoes of Beckett. Her thought-provoking content, often dealing with the omissions of African-American experiences from history and exploding the stereotypes that surround them, flows naturally from this form. She is intrigued by what Beckett and his mentor James Joyce, “could get away with,” and places her adventurous writing in, “that tradition of doing whatever you want and saying, ‘Here it is!’” Each of these writers’ creations is unique, different from each other’s and from Beckett’s in significant ways.Yet his particular brand of theatricality so permeates the air theatre artists breathe that they have all used it to fuel their theatrical tangles with the questions of their times. We have the excitement of experiencing Beckett’s stagecraft for ourselves, as well as seeing how today’s young writers will draw on their theatrical heritage to interrogate this moment in history and help us to understand it. Suzana Berger, Assistant Director


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Who’s Who Nancy Boykin (Nell) was last seen at the Arden as Lady Boyle in Superior Donuts. It is a pleasure to be collaborating again with Ed Sobel and James Ijames, not to mention the added good fortune of sitting in a trashcan beside Dan Kern, my husband. Other Philadelphia credits include The Dead and Twelfth Night at the Arden, the Wilma, Interact, Act II Playhouse, Temple Repertory Theater. She has performed elsewhere with the Interact Theater in Los Angeles (LA Drama Critics Circle Award), Arena Stage, Long Wharf, Cincinnati Playhouse, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival to name a few. Ms. Boykin is dedicated to the development of new plays and teaches acting at Temple University and Villanova. Scott Greer (Hamm) is thrilled to be back for such an exciting project. Of his 26 (counting this one) shows at the Arden, here are some favorites: Death of a Salesman, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Red Herring, Baby Case, Assassins, and Wittenberg. Scott has lived in Philadelphia for the last 20 years and worked at the Walnut, 1812 Productions, Wilma, Peoples Light and many more. Regionally, he has worked for Actors Theatre of Louisville, Round House, and the Pearl Theatre in New York. He has won four Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre including the prestigious F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Theatre Artist. Love always to Jen and Lily. James Ijames (Clov) is thrilled to be back at the Arden in this production of Endgame! Some of his credits include: One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Gossamer, Shipwrecked (PLTC), An Empty Plate in the Cafe du Grand Boeuf, Romeo and Juliet, Superior Donuts, and The Whipping Man (Arden Theatre), Grey Gardens, Ruined (PTC), The Threshing Floor (Mauckingbird Theatre Company), and Ponies(Gloucester Stage Company) James has received two Barrymore Awards for Supporting Actor in a Play for Superior Donuts with the Arden Theatre Company and Angels in America at the Wilma Theater. He is the 2011 recipient of the F. Otto Haas Emerging Artist Award. Many thanks to Ed and the Arden Family. Dan Kern (Nagg) is delighted to be making his Arden debut alongside his wife, Nancy. Locally he has played leading roles in The Tempest, Long Day’s Journey into Night, The Last of the Boys, and God’s Man in Texas. Other roles of note include Leontes in A Winter’s Tale (Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for “Outstanding Performance”), Volpone in Volpone at A Noise Within, Zhorzh in The Wood Demon at the Mark Taper Forum, Salieri in Amadeus at South Coast Rep and Eben in Desire Under the Elms at The American Conservatory Theatre. Film and TV appearances include – The Lovely Bones, Me and the Big Guy, Frasier, Star Trek, Melrose Place and others. Dan is a member of the theater faculty at Temple University. SAMUEL BECKETT (Playwright) was born in Foxrock, a suburb of Dublin, in 1906. He spent much of his youth writing poems and stories and journeying through Ireland, France, England and Germany. Eventually settling in Paris, he met James Joyce and became the author’s close friend and aide, writing the essay “Our Examination Round His Factification for Incamination of Work in Progress” about the creation of Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake. In 1938, Beckett met his future wife, Suzanne Dechevaux-Dumesnil, a piano student, when she rescued him after he was stabbed by a panhandler on the street. They both became active in the French Resistance during World War II, until they were forced to flee Paris to the outskirts of France to wait out the end of the war. Upon his return to Paris, Beckett began the most prolific period of his writing career, which included his two most well-known plays, Waiting for Godot and Endgame. Beckett’s plays broke the convention of naturalism, and his work became a cornerstone of 20th


Who’s Who century theatre. Because of his influence, future playwrights were encouraged to experiment with the underlying meaning of their work. For his accomplishments in drama and fiction, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1969. Beckett continued to write steadily until his death in 1989. EDWARD SOBEL (Director) is Associate Artistic Director of the Arden and directed Clybourne Park, Superior Donuts and the Arden’s Writers’ Room project Women in Jep. Other recent directing credits include the world premiere of Cadillac at Chicago Dramatists (five Joseph Jefferson Award nominations, including Best Director and Best Production), Huck Finn, The Chosen, and A Lesson Before Dying (all at Steppenwolf Theatre Company) and Weapon of Mass Impact at A Red Orchid Theatre. Previously he was the Director of New Play Development at Steppenwolf, where he oversaw the development of some 40 new plays into production, including the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner August: Osage County, and Pulitzer finalists Man From Nebraska and Red Light Winter. Ed created and was the program director for the FIRST LOOK REPERTORY OF NEW WORK, for which he received the Elliott Hayes award from the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas for outstanding contribution to the field. He is currently on the faculty at Temple University. Kevin Depinet (Scenic Designer) is delighted to be working at the Arden again where he last designed Superior Donuts. His designs have been seen at Steppenwolf, The Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, The Royal George Theatre, The McCarter Theatre, The Royal National Theatre of Great Britain, The Court Theatre, Cincinnati Play House in The Park, Milwaukee Repertory, Denver Theatre Center, Writers Theatre, Drury Lane, Glimmerglass Opera,Yale Repertory, Indiana Repertory, American Players Theatre, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, The Marriott Theatre and Illinois Shakespeare. He also designed scenery for Michael Mann’s film Public Enemies (Universal Studios) and was the Associate Designer for the original Tony Award winning August: Osage County. He is also an adjunct professor of design at DePaul University. Millie Hiibel (Costume Designer) has designed costumes for over 100 productions in opera, theater, dance and film; locally, regionally and off-Broadway. She is the Costume Director for the Opera Company of Philadelphia, and has collaborated with such theaters as The New Victory Theater (NYC), Village Theatre (NYC), Philadelphia Theatre Company, Delaware Theatre Company, The Playhouse Square, PortOpera, The Wilma Theater, Bristol Riverside, Cape May Playhouse, Enchantment Theatre Company, Temple Repertory Theater, Anonymous Bodies, Center City Opera, Temple Opera, and the Lantern Theater Company. She designed the costumes for the film, Fever 1793. Millie has been twice nominated for Philadelphia’s Barrymore Awards, and was a 2007 F. Otto Haas finalist. Millie is adjunct faculty at University of Pennsylvania and Temple University. MFA: Temple University. THOM WEAVER (Lighting Designer) For Arden: Next to Normal, Cyrano,The Whipping Man, August: Osage County,The Flea and the Professor, A Moon for the Misbegotten,The Threepenny Opera, Romeo and Juliet, Blue Door, and My Name Is Asher Lev. Philadelphia: Wilma, People’s Light, Lantern, Walnut, Headlong, Delaware, InterAct, Azuka, Curtis Opera, New Paradise, Theatre Exile, 1812, PSF, and Flashpoint Theatre Company, where he is Artistic Director. Other credits: Milwaukee Rep, Theatre J, Shakespeare Theatre, Cal Shakes, Children’s Theatre Company,Virginia Stage, Roundhouse, CENTERSTAGE, Folger, Cincinnati Playhouse, Hangar, Cleveland Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Williamstown, Signature, Lincoln Center Festival, Spoleto, Pittsburgh Public, and Yale Rep, among others. 2011 and 2012 Barrymore, 14-time nominee, 2-time Helen Hayes nominee, and the 2007 AUDELCO Award. Education: Carnegie Mellon and Yale. Daniel Perelstein (Sound Designer) is a freelance sound designer, composer, and musical director in Philadelphia. Previous designs at Arden: Next To Normal, Robin Hood, Women in Jep; Upcoming: Pinocchio. Recent designs at Wilma, Live Arts, Walnut, Peoples Light, Kimmel Center, PlayPenn, Azuka, Lantern,


Who’s Who Theatre Horizon, Flashpoint, others. Resident designer for Bearded Ladies Cabaret. Education: B.S. Engineering, B.A. Music, Swarthmore College. In loving memory of Dad. Hear samples at www.danielperelstein.com. SUZANA BERGER (Assistant Director)’s directing credits include Seek and Hide, a theatrical adventure through Smith Memorial Playhouse (Dragon’s Eye Theatre), Spring Awakening (Penn Players), Jester’s Dead, a Shakespearean parody of Top Gun (Philly Fringe), If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (Synchronicity Performance Group, Atlanta), Naomi Wallace’s A State of Innocence (Culture Project, NYC), and Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. She is a member of Lincoln Center Director’s Lab. Next project: Suzan-Lori Parks’ The America Play at Plays and Players. JOHN GRASSEY (Stage Manager) is excited to be back for his second season with the Arden! Other Arden credits include: Freud’s Last Session, Tulipomania and August: Osage County. In addition to the Arden, he has recently worked at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, Philadelphia Theatre Company, and Walnut Street Theatre. John is a graduate of The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. Many thanks to his family and friends for all of their support. Proud member of AEA. TERRENCE J. NOLEN (Producing Artistic Director) is co-founder and Producing Artistic Director of Arden Theatre Company. Favorite Arden productions include all-Philadelphia casts of August: Osage County; Death of a Salesman; The Grapes of Wrath and Hedda Gabler and such musicals as Next to Normal; Sweeney Todd; Pacific Overtures; Violet; and Caroline, or Change. Terry directed the inaugural production of Arden Children’s Theatre, Charlotte’s Web. He has directed six world-premiere plays by Michael Hollinger, three by Dennis Raymond Smeal, three by Michael Ogborn, two by Rogelio Martinez, and Bruce Graham’s Something Intangible. Terry has been nominated for 24 Barrymore Awards for his directing work at the Arden and received awards for The Baker’s Wife; Sweeney Todd; Opus; Winesburg, Ohio; Assassins; and Something Intangible. He directed Michael Hollinger’s Opus at Primary Stages in New York and was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Director. His short film The Personal Touch was nominated for an Emmy Award.  AMY L. MURPHY (Managing Director) A Philadelphia native, Amy co-founded the Arden in 1988 with Terrence J. Nolen and Aaron Posner. She is especially proud of the Arden Professional Apprentice program and its contribution to the Philadelphia cultural community. A graduate of Susquehanna University, Amy received the university’s first-ever Young Alumni Achievement Award. She completed the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders-Arts which is a joint program of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Center for Social Innovation and National Arts Strategies. Amy serves on the Board of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance and the Local Advisory Council of the Non Profit Finance Fund. She has served on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Jersey State Arts Council and the Executive Committee of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT). Amy was named a Hepburn Fellow 2008-9 by the Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center at Bryn Mawr College. ARDEN THEATRE COMPANY Founded in 1988, Arden Theatre Company is dedicated to bringing to life great stories by great storytellers–on the stage, in the classroom, and in the community. We stage five productions each season as part of our mainstage series and two productions through Arden Children’s Theatre, the city’s first resident professional children’s theatre program. We create and produce new work through the Independence Foundation New Play Showcase and The Writers’ Room, a new play residency program made possible by the Independence Foundation’s New Works Initiative and the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage through the Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative. The Arden Professional Apprenticeship program trains future theatre leaders, and Arden Drama School classes teach children and teens about the craft of making plays. Our access program,


Who’s Who Arden For All, makes our work available to the entire community through subsidized tickets and books for economically disadvantaged young people. We also offer sign language-interpreted, captioned and audio described performances and Pay-What-You-Can final dress rehearsals that benefit other nonprofits. The Arden has received seven Philadelphia Magazine “Best of Philly” Awards, the Arts & Business Council’s Arts Excellence Award, five City Paper “Reader’s Choice” Awards, four Philadelphia Inquirer “Theatre Company of the Year” citations, 58 awards and 276 nominations from the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia’s Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre, and named “Best Theatre Company” by Philadelphia Weekly in 2009. Arden Theatre Company, a professional, nonprofit 501(c)(3) theatre company, is a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the League of Resident Theatres, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau and Old City Arts Association. The Arden operates under an agreement between the League of Resident Theatres and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. The Scenic, Costume, Lighting and Sound Designers in LORT theatres are represented by United Scenic Artists Local USA-829, IATSE. Arden Theatre Company wishes to thank: East End Salon


tHe cHekHov proJect I love reading Anton Chekhov’s plays. They have a panoramic sweep and yet are filled with startlingly intimate moments. The more time I spend with his plays, the more I recognize his characters – and the more I recognize myself in these characters. As a director, I have long wanted to bring the extraordinary response I have reading Chekhov to a full-bodied production but, in order to do so, I felt I needed two things: a translator involved in the entire process and additional rehearsal time so that the actors have the time needed to fully bring these amazing characters to vibrant life. Last spring, we received a generous grant from The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage through the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative to make this work possible, and thus, The Chekhov Project was launched. The Chekhov Project is a two-year exploration of the work of Anton Chekhov. It will culminate in a production of a new translation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters, but the goals are actually more ambitious and encompassing than that. We are seeking to find a new approach to Chekhov’s plays – one that explodes the way contemporary American audiences experience his work. We are working with Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island on this. Curt Columbus, Trinity’s Artistic Director, has translated numerous Chekhov plays and is one of the foremost experts in the production of Chekhov’s work here in the United States. The first step in our work together was a trip to Moscow this last November, providing an opportunity to connect with the historical legacy of Chekhov and to see how contemporary Russian directors and scholars are approaching his work. We have also begun casting the ensemble of actors who will bring this play to life, drawing from both the Philadelphia and Trinity communities. Over the course of the next year, we will hold readings, workshops, and master classes with this ensemble – an immersive experience that is all-too-rare and very precious indeed. We will produce Three Sisters at the Arden in March/April of 2014, and then mount a new version at Trinity in the fall of 2014. I don’t know what our production of Three Sisters will look like, nor can I say how it will all come together; right now, I have more questions than answers. But what I do know is that our production will be alive and vital and heartbreaking and funny; that extraordinary artists are coming together to work on this; and that we have the time we need to come to an answer or two, ask more questions and, hopefully, create something extraordinary. Throughout The Chekhov Project, we will be looking for multiple opportunities to engage our audience in the process. If you want to hear more about the project as it unfolds, please email me at tnolen@ardentheatre.org. I look forward to sharing updates. Terry Nolen

Curt and I at the Moscow Art Theatre, where Chekhov’s major works were first staged.

In front of St. Basil’s in Red Square.

Curt at Melikhovo, Chekhov’s estate where he wrote The Seagull, which now houses the Chekhov Museum.


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Sassafras Grove ($10,000 & above) Anonymous Mr. Frederick W. Anton, III CHG Charitable Trust In memory of Ruth and Herbert Dordick+ Otto Haas Charitable Trust Mr. & Mrs. N. Peter Hamilton Hirsig Family Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation Wyncote Foundation, at the recommendation of Leonard C.Haas Cherry Grove ($5,000-$9,999) Anonymous Sally and Michael Bailin^ John Bitman^ Ann Diebold Marie and Joseph Field Tim and Ellen Foster^ Elizabeth Gemmill Virginia and Harvey Kimmel Arts Education Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation Josephine Klein Suzanne F. Roberts Cultural Development Fund Charles and Mindy Goldberg Rose^ Lee and Christopher van de Velde Rosalyn and Stephen Weinstein Ted and Stevie Wolf Filbert Grove ($2,500-$4,999) Anonymous Carol and Tom Beam Bob and Nancy Elfant Lois G. Brodsky John and Susan Coleman Anne M. Congdon Robert M. Dever Linda and David Glickstein Deb Dorsey and Mike Green Leslie and Barbara Kaplan Drs. Robin and Saifuddin Mama Thomas Petro and Kristine Messner Peggy and Steve Morgan Keith and Jim Straw June and Steve Wolfson Family Foundation Ellen Yin+ * denotes gifts made through the United Way +denotes gifts of services or goods ^includes a matching gift

Mulberry Grove ($1,000-$2,499) Anonymous Archie D. and Bertha H. Walker Foundation Brian Abernathy and Elizabeth Ireland Iris Melendez and Hank Adamczyk, Jr. John Alchin and Hal Marryatt Lisa and Stan Altman Theodora W. Ashmead Bethany Asplundh Jim and Janet Averill Sheryl and Allen Bar Giséle Sambar Bathish Ivy Bayard Sandy and Mickey Bernstein Reggie Blaszczyk and Lee O’Neill Louis Bluver Jean G. Bodine Almut Breazeale DeDe and Tony Brown Nancy Burd Thomas Burke and Richard Fountas Laurada Byers and Michael Sanyour Vicki and Russ Carlson Priscilla and John Clement Joy De Jesús and Jamie Reynolds Tobey and Mark Dichter Michael A. Donato Deb Dorsey and Mike Green Shafiq Ebrahim James R. Fairburn and David A. Wickard Stephen J. Falchek and John A. Offidani, III Ted and Shannon Farmer Jeanne Fisher Sandi Foxx-Jones David and Christina Fryman* Sally Walker and Tom Gilmore^ Andrea Gelzer Terry Graboyes Peggy and Richard Greenawalt Marcy Gringlas and Joel Greenberg Mr. and Mrs. Albert M. Greenfield David and MaryJane Hackney Ronna and Robert Hall Mr. and Mrs. Jon Harmelin Don Haskin and Lynn Martin Haskin Jane and Steve Heumann Karen and Mark Hite Dr. David and Patricia Holtz* Drs. Paula and Thomas J. Humphries Susan Jacobson and Michael Golden* Carol and D. Scott Kelley

Caroline Kemmerer Mr. Peter Kenney and Dr. Dorothy Novick Holly Kinser Kenneth and Eve Klothen Sandra and Peter Klugman Sharon and Joel Koppelman Winnie and Eric Lien William A. Loeb Richard Maimon and Susan Segal Tina Manco Lewis R. and Sue Ann Marburg Gloria and Dan Mariano Jean Markovitz Lee Marks and Lisl Zach Barbara and Don Matheson John and Amy McCawley* Andrea Mengel and George A. Ritter Seymour Millstein A.C. Missias Ellen and Michael Mulroney Suzanne and Ron Naples Amy L. Murphy and Terrence J. Nolen Michael Norris and Matt Varrato Dr. and Mrs. Joel Porter Carol and John Rauch Ann and Frank Reed, through the Malfer Foundation Kurt and Mary-Ann Reiss Cintra and Franklyn Rodgers Amelia Q. Riley Phyllis and Martin Rosenthal Mike Salmanson,Tobi Zemsky, and Noah Salmanson Dolly Beechman Schnall and Dr. Nathan Schnall, in loving memory of Laurie Beechman Laura and Ron Siena, in honor of Nancy and Bob Elfant Hether, Don and Sarah Smith Richard and Amanda Smoot Kathleen A. Stephenson William K. Stewart Foundation Adelaide Sugarman and Marshall Greenberg Harvey B. Swedloff Eileen Heisman and Martin Tuzman Thomas and Patricia Vernon^ Richard E. Woosnam and Diane Dalto Woosnam Hope Yursa Michael Zuckerman and Jan Levine, in memory of Jonathan Levine ZAKARAK Productions

The special generosity of our members enables the Arden to tell great stories by having the resources to achieve the highest level of artistic quality. To join or for more information, please contact Angela DuRoss, Development Director at 215-922-8900 x25 or aduross@ardentheatre.org.


thank you to our Supporters $500 - $999 Anonymous Howard Aaronson Tammy Actor Rebecca and John Adams Ron and Joyce Bayer Sheila Bell and Thomas Dodds Mr. and Mrs. J. Robert and Marilyn Birnhak Dorothy Tomassini and Barry Brenner William H. Ross School Ms. Ruth E. Brown Bob and Cheryl Carfagno Caroline Castagno Marc and Margie Cohen Carolyn N. and Joseph M. Evans, Jr. Wally and Jane Evans Mr. and Mrs. Farenback-Brateman^ Carole M. Foley* Susan Jacobson and Michael Golden Barbara and Jerry Kaplan Ronald Kershner and Catherine Dolan Steven and Patricia King* Kenneth D. Kopple^ Mary Ellen Krober Joan and Marc S. Lapayowker Pat and Jim Lobb Frank and Sally Mallory Donald J. Martin and Richard Repetto Kathy Nolen Edwards and Bill Edwards*

Laura Offutt and Steve Fukuchi Brenda J. Oliphant Whitney Quesenbery and John Chester Paul Rabe and Cheryl Gunter Irwin C. and Carole M. Saft Marilyn Sanborne and Richard J. Labowskie* Jane Scaccetti Harold and Sharon Schwalm^ Barbara and Mike Soroker Anne Speyer Harold and Emily Starr Eric Tamulonis and Deirdre Gibson Dr. and Mrs. Stephen G.Vasso Wendy and Larry White Matthew White* Mrs. Thomas A. Williams $250-$499 Anonymous David Ardrey Alice and James Bazlen Susan Becker and Aaron Rubin Bill Beckett and Jo White Richard and Joan Behr Peter and Lynne Berman Barry and Marilyn Bevacqua Daniel Blickman Alden and Linda Blyth Mary Pat and Thomas Boyle Marlin G. Brown* David Brownlee Michael P. Buckley

Chip Capelli Nelly and Scott Childress Mr. and Mrs. Fred and Karen Clark Barbara R. Cobb Dr. Marie A. Conn Ruth Miller Cox James Crawford and Judith Dean Barbara Daneluzzi Ellen Deacon and Ernest Cuff George Koch and Santo DiDonato Tika and Issac Djerassi Kate Kidder and Kevin Doerr Jill Dulany John and Lois S. Durso Robert English William and Anne Ewing Askold zagars and Marie Feehan Cynthia Heininger and James Feeney Mark and Rene Feitelson Ruth and Andre Ferber Paulette and Paul Freeman In memory of Bob Gallagher Charles Gear Karhnak-Glasby Family Grace Gonglewski and Eric Schoefer Bob and Jan Goren Anna and Kenneth Gottschaldt Susan and Adam Guttentag Rose Hagan Mary C. Harbison Linda Hartnett and Richard Willis Charles W. Head, Jr. Jim and Carolyn Hessinger

ArDeN For ALL is supported by a generous gift from virginia and Harvey kimmel

The Legacy Society Arden Theatre Company would like to recognize the following supporters who have included the Arden in their will or estate plans. Their planned gift provides support which will help sustain the Arden’s work for decades to come. Peggy Anderson Stanley D. Baurys Jane Berryman Louis Bluver Ellis K. Ginsberg Peter Gistelinck and Kim Bloom

James and Suzanne Hill Mary Ellen Krober William A. Loeb Madeline Portnoy Marilyn and Dean R. Staats

We hope you will consider including the Arden in your will or estate plans. to be recognized as a member of the Legacy Society or with questions regarding planned giving, please contact Angela Duross, Development Director at 215-922-8900 ext. 25.


thank you to our Supporters Terry Hirshorn Glenna Huls Marge and Philip Kalodner Phyllis Kauffman Susan Kellogg and Dick Hoffman Edith Klausner Mary and Justin Klein In honor of Ronnie Kleppert Barbara and Leonard Klinghoffer Bernadette Koller Ruth and Peter Laibson Kathryn Lee David Lerman David and Deborah Lesher Ruth Lesser Warren and Arline Lieberman Will and Sandy Lock John and Martha Lubell Dr. Edward Lundy and Debra Reiff Mrs. Grace Madeira Allison Wilson-Maher and John Maher Robert Manning George and Judy McCarthy Gloria McNutt Madeline Miller Kathleen J. Moyer, Ph.D. Jerome Napson Paul Nutaitis and Robert Clark Carol Ann and Thomas O’Leary Mr. and Mrs. Gerald O’Neill Hugh C. and Susan O’Neill Barbara and Don Parman John and Judy Peeler Jayme Powers Mary Jo Reilly Graham and Betsy Robb in honor of Lee van de Velde Mark and Sharon Robb Linda Robinson, Ph.D. and Peter Krill Dulcie Romm Joseph and Louise Shaffer^ Susan Greene James Akerberg and Larry Simmons William and Mary Simpson Bob and Harriet Singer James L. Smith John and Susan Stedman Dennis Updegrove^ Helene and William Vanhoeven Hella and Lew Volgenau Michael Walraven and Mary Lou Starling Fred and Arleen Weinstein Nancy Wingo, in honor of Peter and Alta Hamilton Mr. and Mrs. Harry W. Woodcock Joseph and Renee zuritsky

$125 - $249 Anonymous Dr. Ron Abrams Janet and Roger Alwang^ Harry Bambrick Alison Bauer Ellen Baxter^ Lisa and Joseph Becker Pat and Tom Bender Jay and Nancy Berkowitz Doris and Aaron Bitman Thomas H. Blackburn Fran Freedman and Jon Blum^ Maxine Blum and Samuel Bobrow Janice and Roger Boe Allen Bonner Michael P. Boyle J. Joseph and Mary Lou Breidenstine Eadie and Allan Brooks Sheryl L. Roser Carol Buettger Jeannine D. Burky and David Webber Sara and Michael Chernoff Sandra and James Corry zoe Coulson Mary Ann Dailey and Jacob Dailey Jennifer Dalpiaz Raymond and Michele Decker Daniel Devlin In Honor of Marjorie Dickey Larry and Pat Dixon Ms. Diana Donaldson Ellen and Max Dooneief Beverly Dotter Kathy and Jerry Drew Louisa Dubin Angela DuRoss Joan Earley Marcia Eisenberg Helene D. Estes^ Anne Ewers Paul and Judith Farber In memory of Dr. Morris Fiterman Ms. Judy Frank Drs. Barbara and Len Frank Jim and Fran Frazer Mr. Allan P. Freedman Helene and Michael Freidman Paula Fuchsberg^ Wendi Furman Dennis T. Gallagher Stan Gibell David K. Gifford David Glancey and Alice Reyes Mac and Naomi Gorson Judy and John Gould Miriam and Saul Grossman Nancy and Richard Grove

Anne Halkedis^ Mary and William Hangley Angela and Michael Hennessey Heidi Hertfelder^ Sarah C. Jordan Celeste Simon and Brian Keith Marjorie Epps Kennedy Elisabeth Kersey Steven and Patricia King Andrew Kite and Karl Martin Gerald Katz and Ellen Magen Alan and Elaine Klawans Gregory Kleiber Joanne and Alexander Klein Christina and Harold Klein Charles and Patricia Kling Steven Knepper David Ladov Bob and Mary Lawler Lisa Lee Richard Lee Lorraine and late Richard Leff Stewart R. Leftow Alan and Susan Levin Helene Levine Bob and Lynn Levitt Natalie Levkovich Mr. and Mrs. Craig and Stephanie Lewis Linda and Donald Lewis Barbara and Richard Linde David and Kim Lipetz Robert and Laurel Lipshutz Perry Watts and Samuel Litwin Claudia Madrigale Lynn and Joe Manko Mary Louise and Gerald Martin Linda McAleer and Maitlon Russell John McCormick and Ken Schmitt^ Cheryl Meyer Paul and Lee S. Miller Martin and Sandra Miller Marianne T. Miller Melissa Morris The Mullin Family, in honor of Diane Dawson Mullin Theodore and Theresa Munz Jr. John Musarra Kenneth and Susan Myers Bonnie and Eliot Nierman Etta and Chuck Nissman Carol L. O’Brien Marianne O’Connor^ William O’Connor Timothy O’Malley Mr. Richard Pariseau John and Judith Peakes Mary and F. Laurence Pethick Vincent and Carmen Pezzullo


Thank You to our Supporters $125 - $249 continued Lisa Truckess Nancy Post Jennifer E. Potts John and Margaret Preg Karen and David Pressel Linda Quam Alan Reinach and Dana Perlman Eleanor Reinhardt Leslie Rescorla David and Diane Richman Joy Rickabaugh Dr. Elnora Rigik and Andrew Bushko Claire Rocco Francoise and Louis Rollmann Mr. and Mrs. Edward Rosen Bernie and Camille Rosenberg Faye and Daniel Ross Alan Rothenberg and Enid Krasner Robert and Joan Ludwig Peter Ryker Joan and Bill Saidel Lucille Schlack Ms. Kim Schmucki George Schuler Carleton Schwager A. Paul Shallers Catharine Shippen John and Maryann Shivers Leslie E. Skilton Gail Snitzer Margaret R. Spencer Ruth and David Steinman Rita Stevens Robert Stewart and Barbara Barnett-Stewart Kate Stockton Paul L. Stone Lorraine Toji Cathy Toner* Harold and Judith Torrance Emily and Charles Wagner Clifford and Ann Wagner Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Walther Oscar Weber Vivian Weinblatt Elizabeth Weinreb Constance West Theresa Williams The Wisnewski Family Bertram and Lorle Wolfson Robert Woodcock and Sally Leiderman Barbara C. Wright Sam and Kuna Yankell Tom and Jackie Zemaitis

$75 - $124 Anonymous Lawrence Abramson David Acton Emily Aiken Stephen Albert Nan Alderson Samuel Allingham Janet Andereck Rita Axelrod Robert Baron* Linda Barron, in honor of Courtney Baxter’s Graduation Robert Bauer and Sandy Clay Bauer Stanley Baurys Richard and Eileen Bazelon Reverend Judith T. Beck Julie Becker Constance and Richard Berman Linda Berman Dr. and Mrs. Benjamin Blank Joan Blum Marcia Bower Carrie and John Boxer* Frank Boyer Joshua and Susan Braunstein Jeanne and Arnold Brenman Charles Brennan Judith Broudy Jessica Calter Alice A. Chittenden Monica Choi Mary Chomitz Sandra and Saul Clair Annemarie Clarke and David Buch Sharyn F. Clauson Rhoda and Michael Coben Jennifer and Daniel Coffey Judith Cohen Helene and Steve Cohen Sue Cohen Josh and Leo Cohen Suzanne and Norman Cohn Kelly McBride Susan Cook Janet Cook John Cooke Kimberly Crown* Karen Cuzzolino Cynthia D’Ambrosio Charles H. and Suzanne Davis Bonnie and Robert DeAngelo Rita and Grace Denbo Carole and Marc Dichter Ray Doyle Beverly Dubin Murray and Libby Rosof Dubin

Marlene Dubin Donald and Geraldine Duclow David Durham Patricia Eames Nina and Daniel Edelman Leah Chaplin and Eileen Gildea Debbie and Jerry Epstein Wendy Epstein Barry and Beth Evans Brynn Evans Fred and Cindy Farlino Samuel and Helene Feinberg Annette and Nathan Field John Fischer Deborah and Martin Fishbein Lana Fishkin Mrs. Pamela Fisk Walter Fitzgerald Mark A. Focht Ellen and David Freeman Larry S. Friedman Mary Jane Fullam Miriam Galster Julia Gardner and Aidan Young Maria Giunta Peggy Glover Leigh Goldenberg and Aaron Bauman Virginia Gormley Diane Graboyes Robin Greene Priscilla Grosick Marsha Gross Doris and Jack Guttentag Stephen and Ona Hamilton Gail Hauptfuhrer Jim and Pamela Haynie Douglas and Harriet Heath Ruth Herd Ron Herman Susan W. Herron Richard and Barbara Hirsh Isidore and Sharon Hofferman Donna and Bill Hower Michael J. Hozik and Margaret L. Rea Kerry Huntsman Thomas K. Hurster Judith Hyman Justin Jain Jackie Jerrehian Timothy and Carol Johnson Millicent Jones Jennifer and Kevin Julian David and Beth Medoway Kagan Ira and Linda Katz Robert and Ellen Kavash Cynthia Killion Lorraine Kilmer


40% of our income comes from donations from patrons like you.

Without your support we couldn’t tell the whole story. To make a gift,

please call Angela DuRoss, Development Director at 215.922.8900 x25 or go online: ardentheatre.org/support/


Thank You to our Supporters $75 - $124 continued Cheryl and John Kirby David Klein Ken, Eva and Aaron Klein Marlena and Lazar Kleit Mary and Dean Kline Joseph Kluger and Susan Lewis Harold Kobb Thomas Kohn James Kronzer Sherman and Pauline Labovitz Joyce Laskin Robert Lazar Ellen Le Sylvia Lee and Charles L. Hillis, Jr. Kathryn Lemmon Norman and Sylvia Lieberman David and Susan Lipson Karen Lisker Daniel and Linda Litwin Donald and Nancy Maclay Barbara and Bob Maerten Mickey and Larry Magid Milton and Renee Margulies Gerald Marrington Glenda Marshall Vincent Massimiano Alice McCreary Patricia McCunney-Thomas M. McDonald Dr. Donald Bakove and Margaret G. McLaughlin Mark Mendenhall Linda Merrylees Shirley G. and Mitchell Miller Sylvia R. Miller Handsel and Karen Minyard Ellen Monsees Jeff and Maxine Morgan David and Laurel Mosteller Claire Moyer Paul Yaros and Craig Murray Joan Nerenberg The Nolen/Brooks Family Susan Odessey and Paul Coff Edward Ohlbaum Linda Osler Stanton S. Oswald Lynn, Andrew, Jared and Orli Ozer Larry Pace Sandra Packel Martin and Jacqueline Page Michael L. and Judy Paul Janette and Lance Paull Bob and Leila Peck Helen Phillips Karen Phinney Dan and Lisa Pliskin Jeff and Elizabeth Podraza

Sharon Pollak and Fred Baurer Paul Polsky Janet Poth Shirley Preston Keith and Cynthia Quinton Ellen Schlenker Karen and Mark Reber Michael Reitter Rachel Reynolds Alyssa and Michael Rickels Clifford Ridley and Betsey Hansell Lorraine Riesenbach Mary Ann Robinson John and Claire Rodgers Geraldine Rogers Kenneth and Shelley Rosenberg In Loving Memory of Jordan Rosenfeld J. Randall Rosensteel Dr. Harry Rosenthal Joan Rozanski Bernard and Barbara Ruekgauer William F. Ryan Roberta Sampson Mr. and Mrs. A. Schmidt^ Carl W. and Mary Ellen Schneider Stanley Schreiner Ms. Adeline R Schultz Robert and Karen Serenbetz Sarah L. Sexton Kathleen and Richard Sexton Karen Schermerhorn and Evan Seymour Polly Shaffer Lenore and Bernard Sherman Janice and Thomas Showler Stephen and Marilyn Skwire Diane Slote David and Carleene Slowik Richard Smith Susan L. Smith Larry Smoose and Linda Lee Jay Snyderman Ruth and Rick Snyderman Hester Sonder Phillip and Karen Spiker, in honor of Courtney Spiker Martin Leon and Marcia Steinberg Carol and Ronald Stump Sheri and Jeff Sturgis Michael and Marianna Sullivan Sally Switzer Nina Tafel Joseph Terry William and Joan Thomas Linda and Keith Thomson Anna Coxe Toogood Claire Toy Marian Tracey

Frank Trotta William and Mary Tsiouris Brenda Freitag and Chet Tuthill John Urofsky Constance Villiers Christopher Waters Beth Brooks and Bob Waterston Thomas Watkins Jenny and Bill Webb Bob Weinberg and Eleanor Wilner Dr. Harold M. Weiner Barbara and Richard Weiss Marvin and Betty Weiss Ann Wilkerson M. Jane Williams Therese Willis James Wilson Lydia Winderman Michael Winterrowd Andrew Wojtek The Yablonovitz Family Carol and Jeff Yetter Roger and Lillian Youman Michaeline Young William Zeidner* Michele Zeldner and Ian Wachstein Benjamin Zuckerman and Marian Robinson

* Denotes gift made through the United Way + Denotes gift of goods or services ^ Includes a matching gift This list represents gifts made through December 1, 2012. If your name has been omitted or misprinted, please accept our apologies. Notify Development Assistant Megan Staples at 215.922.8900 x46 or mstaples@ardentheatre.org. Although space does not allow listing gifts less than $75, we gratefully acknowledge the contributions.


Board and Committee Members 2012/13 Board of Directors Brian Abernathy, President Nancy Burd, Vice President Holly Kinser, Vice President Michael A. Donato, Treasurer Nancy Hirsig, Secretary

Joy L. De Jesús Nancy Elfant Robert Elfant Jeanne Fisher Ellen P. Foster David Fryman Elizabeth H. Gemmill Darrel A. German Albert M. Greenfield, III Ronna F. Hall N. Peter Hamilton Joanne Harmelin Lynn Martin Haskin, Ph.D. Eileen Heisman Barbara Kaplan Virginia Kimmel Richard L. Maimon Dr. Saifuddin T. Mama John J. McCawley Andrea Mengel Amy L. Murphy Terrence J. Nolen Charles H. Rose H. Hetherington Smith Lee van de Velde Steve Wolfson Ellen Yin

Board Executive Committee Brian Abernathy, chair Nancy Burd Michael A. Donato Ellen P. Foster Ronna F. Hall N. Peter Hamilton Nancy Hirsig Virginia Kimmel Holly Kinser Charles H. Rose H. Hetherington Smith Lee van de Velde

Engagement Committee Nancy Elfant, co-chair Lee van de Velde, co-chair Nancy Burd Robert Elfant Jeanne Fisher Elizabeth Gemmill Darrel German Ronna Hall Joanne Harmelin Eileen Heisman Nancy Hirsig Virginia Kimmel Holly Kinser Steve Wolfson Diane Dalto Woosnam

Advocacy Committee Brian Abernathy, chair David Glancey Terry Gillen     Julie Hawkins Susan Jacobson   Holly Kinser

Facilities Committee Hether Smith, chair Mike Green James Kronzer Richard L. Maimon John J. McCawley Paul Thais Chris van de Velde

Board Development Committee Ellen P. Foster, chair Brian Abernathy Michael Donato Peter Hamilton Ronna F. Hall Lynn Martin Haskin, Ph.D. Lee van de Velde Diane Dalto Woosnam

Finance Committee Michael A. Donato, chair Nancy Burd Ellen P. Foster Harvey Swedloff Steve Wolfson Personnel Committee David Fryman, chair Ellen P. Foster Elizabeth H. Gemmill Albert M. Greenfield, III Charles H. Rose

Education Committee Sheryl Bar Marla Diamond Dr. Dennis W. Creedon Dr. Carol Domb Jacqueline Matusow Ilene Poses Sally Wojcik

The Scene Committee Mike Donohue Seth Goldenberg Genvieve Goldstein Janeale Gottlieb-George Dana Marston Meghan McKeown Dan O’Neil Kristen Sorek Special Events Task Force Ronna F. Hall, chair Nancy Burd Nancy Elfant Ellen P. Foster Susan Jacobson Diane Dalto Woosnam Strategic Planning Committee Joy De Jesús, chair Ellen P. Foster David Fryman Andrea Mengel Ellen Yin Capital Campaign Steering Committee Lee van de Velde, co-chair N. Peter Hamilton, co-chair Brian Abernathy Nancy Burd Michael Donato Ellen Foster Joy L. De Jesus Nancy Hirsig Holly Kinser Endgame Marketing Committee Nancy Hirsig Michael Kaufmann Lauren Tuvell

The Cornerstone Society pays tribute to a distinguished group of individuals who have made transformative contributions to the Arden.  The inaugural members:

Frederick W. Anton, III former Arden board member and advocate in the corporate and civic community

Gerard J. Conway, Sr. founding board chair of the Arden

Carole Haas Gravagno

former board member and chair of the successful New Home in Old City campaign

Aaron Posner

Arden co-founder, playwright and director


Producing Artistic Director.................................................................................................................................... Terrence J. Nolen Associate Artistic Director ........................................................................................................................................... Edward Sobel Associate Artistic Director..................................................................................................................................... Matthew Decker Artistic Assistant .................................................................................................................................................................. Bryan Kerr Literary Consultants ....................................................................................................Carl Granieri, Adam Meora, Dennis Smeal Commissioned Playwrights..................................................... Stephen Belber, Laura Eason, Laura Jacqmin, Rogelio Martinez

Marketing Development

Development Director................................................................................................................................................ Angela DuRoss Director of Institutional Advancement........................................................................................................................ Jessica Calter Development Assistant.................................................................................................................................................. Megan Staples Development Research Assistant................................................................................................................................... Sarah Ollove Development/Special Events Intern................................................................................................................................. Rosa Taylor

Education Director..........................................................................................................................................Maureen Mullin Fowler Teen Arden Coordinator.......................................................................................................................................... Malika Oyetimein The Albert M. Greenfield Teen Council...................Alex Dittmar, Chioma Dunkley, Matthew Flalance, Chelsey Gaskins, Terrell Jones, Jade Lewis, Daniel Lugano, Max Olkus, Mary Kate Purcell Arden Drama School Faculty............................... Chris Bresky, Rachel Camp, Matthew Decker, Mike Dees, Tara Demmy, Liz Filios, Charlotte Ford, Alex Keiper, Bryan Kerr, Kaleigh Malloy, Bi Jean Ngo, Samantha Pedings, Hillary Rea Box Office Manager................................................................................................................................................................ Lynn Keily Assistant Box Office Manager........................................................................................................................................Corey Masson House Manager..............................................................................................................................................................Jacqui Schneider Front of House Assistants................................................. Tara Bankard, Nanci Cope, Tara Demmy, Sarah Dugan, Sarah Kirk, Kaleigh Malloy, Matthew Mastronardi, Emily Mattison,Samantha Pedings, Abby Perlman, Katherine Perry, Joe Pilitowski, Fen Tamulonis, Max Vasapoli, Flora Vassar, Andrew Wojtek

Production

Director of Marketing and Public Relations..................................................................................................................... Ryan Klink Marketing and Public Relations Manager..............................................................................................................Leigh Goldenberg Art Director........................................................................................................................................................................Kristy Giballa Marketing Assistant........................................................................................................................................................... Maura Roche Group Sales Associate ................................................................................................................................................ Katherine Perry

Education

Managing Director ...................................................................................................................................................... Amy L. Murphy Business Manager............................................................................................................................................Courtney Spiker Martin General Manager............................................................................................................................................................Hannah Olanoff Associate General Manager......................................................................................................................................Mary Beth Simon Executive Assistant to the Managing Director............................................................................................................... Eric Colton Arden Professional Apprentices.................................................Nile Arena, Laura Barati, Wendy Blackburn, Angela Coleman, Sophie Kruip, Jenna Stelmok, Katie Sink Arden Volunteer............................................................................................................................................................. Jean Markovitz

Front of House

Administrative Management

Artistic

Staff

Production Manager................................................................................................................................................... Courtney Riggar Technical Director......................................................................................................................................................... Glenn Perlman Associate Production Manager............................................................................................................................. Jessica Day West Master Carpenter/Shop Foreman........................................................................................................................................ Jon West Master Electrician...................................................................................................................................................... Martin Stutzman Costume Supervisor...................................................................................................................................................... Alison Roberts Properties Master..................................................................................................................................................... Christopher Haig Charge Scenic Artist............................................................................................................................................. Kristina Chadwick Production Stage Managers................................................................................................................ Alec E. Ferrell, John Grassey Assistant to the Stage Manager .......................................................................................................................................... Nile Arena Audio Engineer..................................................................................................................................................................John Kolbinski Electrician............................................................................................................................................................................ Maria Shaplin Scenic Contruction Intern............................................................................................................................................... Justin Romeo Costume Intern..................................................................................................................................................................... Alison Lima Electrics and Sound Intern......................................................................................................................................................Jill Klecha Carpenter............................................................................................................................................................................... Flora Vassar Scenic Painting Intern.....................................................................................................................................................Anna McGahey


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SHANE CONFECTIONERY

TRIUMPH BREWING COMPANY

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GRANFALLOON 2013

On Friday, June 7, 2013, the Arden will hold the Granfalloon, our bi-annual gala at the Arden’s new Hamilton Family Arts Center. Associate Artistic Director Matthew Decker sat down with Producing Artistic Director Terry Nolen and Managing Director Amy Murphy to reminisce about past Granfalloons.

MATTHEW DECKER: Why call it a “granfalloon?” TERRY NOLEN: The name "granfalloon" is a word coined by Kurt Vonnegut meaning a gathering of like-minded people. Fitting as our very first production in 1988 was Who Am I This Time?, an adaptation of short stories by Kurt Vonnegut. [Arden co-founder] Aaron Posner thought that would make a good name for the night, and it stuck. AMY MURPHY: The Arden's first Granfalloon was held in the spring of 1991. We had been around for several years and decided that we should hold a gala. But we wanted it to be different - less stuffy; more down to earth. TN: Most of all, we wanted it to be a big ol’ celebration where people had a blast. MD: Where was the first one held? TN: In the rotunda of The Franklin Institute, we traded our jeans and sneakers for gowns and suits. AM: Though Aaron still wore his sneakers. TN: As we have grown, the Granfalloons have grown. But we always liked the idea of holding each Granfalloon in a different space, every other year, to make each experience feel special. MD: Where else has the Granfalloons been held? AM: The Seaport Museum, WXPN’s World Café Live, 30th Street Station…. TN: Our last Granfalloon was on top of the Comcast Center, overlooking the entire city. The 20th Anniversary we held it at the Arden where the party spilled outside on a tented block in Old City. AM: We held our second Granfalloon at the Academy of Natural Sciences, then-Mayor Ed Rendell was in attendance. He made the most eloquent speech about how important the Arden was for the city and how we had set out to transform Philadelphia theatre and were doing so. It was an important moment for us: the mayor was there and championing our work. It felt that we had arrived. MD: Any favorite Granfalloon stories to share? AM: I remember in the early days, I worked at a farm in Newtown Square cleaning out a barn to make extra money. One day as I was cleaning up horse poop, I heard this incredible blues band rehearsing in a house near the barn. I put down my shovel, walked into their rehearsal and booked them for our next Granfalloon. That band is Leroy Hawkes and the Hipnotics and


Ben Dibble, Jeff Coon, Jarrod Lentz, Krissy Fraelich, and Keara Hailey perform

Granfalloon 2008

they’ve played six Granfalloons since then. TN: In 1998, the Granfalloon was held in what would eventually become the Haas theatre. At that time, it was a big, unfinished space and we set up tables and chairs for the event. Joilet Harris sang the song “Home” from The Wiz, and to hear the last lyrics of the song – “And I’ve learned that we must look inside our hearts to find a world full of love, like yours, like mine, like home!” ring out in a space that would become our artistic home was especially moving. Looking back on that now, and thinking how she went on to play Caroline, or Change in the space makes such a thrilling memory. Joilet F. Harris performs

MD: What’s the plan for this year? AM: This year we’re holding the Granfalloon at our new building, the Hamilton Family Arts Center, which is three doors north on 2nd Street. It will be the first event we’ll ever hold in the new space.

Granfalloon 2006

TN: It will be an interactive evening set up throughout the building. One room will be transformed into a cabaret space with Arden favorite musical theatre performers singing their favorite songs. Another room will have speed dating MD: Speed dating? TN: Yes – you get three minutes to chat with your favorite Arden artists. Then a bell rings and you get up and move onto the next artist. AM: They’ll be singing, dancing, cocktails, great food, great people. TN: But our primary goal remains the same as it was back in 1991: to have a big ol’ celebration where everyone has a blast. For more information on tickets, or to join the Granfalloon Committee, contact Angela DuRoss, Development Director, at 215-922-8900 ext. 25 or aduross@ardentheatre.org.

Dancing to Leroy Hawkes and The Hipnotics


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a little night music

Don’t miss our final two shows!

Mar 7 – Apr 21

A Little Night M By Lorraine Hansberry Directed by Walter Dallas Sponsored by:

May 23 – Jun 30 Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by Hugh Wheeler Directed by Terrence J. Nolen

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Arden’s 25th Anniversary Season!

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2013/14 Lock in the lowest prices for next year’s shows! must order by march 10th!

Ever taken a leap of faith? We’re inviting you to now. Join us for all five plays of next season – without knowing any titles – and lock into the lowest prices we’ll offer. World premiere plays. Large scale musicals. Literary adaptations. Celebrations of community. Great stories by great storytellers.

Please join us. Leap of Faith pricing is available now through March 10th.

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L to R: Eric Hissom in Cyrano (2012); Eric Hissom and Grace Gonglewski in A Moon for the Misbegotten (2011); Johnnie Hobbs, Jr. in The Whipping Man (2011); Next to Normal (2012); Douglass Rees and Megan Bellwoar in Ghost-Writer (2010); James Ijames and Craig Spidle in Superior Donuts (2011); David Howey in Freud’s Last Session (2012); August: Osage County (2011)

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Endgame Stagebill  

Arden Theatre Company presents Endgame by Samuel Beckett.

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