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February 25 - April 11


ARDEN THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS

ROMEO+JULIET By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE Scenic Designer

Costume Designer

BRIAN SIDNEY BEMBRIDGE

ROSEMARIE E. McKELVEY

Lighting Designer

Sound Designer/Composer

THOM WEAVER

JAMES SUGG

Fight Director

Choreographer

DALE ANTHONY GIRARD, SAFD

KAREN GETZ

Assistant Director

Stage Manager

DAN HODGE

KATHARINE M. HANLEY*

Directed by MATT PFEIFFER February 25 - April 11, 2010 F. Otto Haas Stage Production Sponsor:

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Special thanks to The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting Arden Theatre Company. 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 Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S.

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WELCOME from the Producing Artistic Director

Romeo and Juliet is a play that surges with the vitality and vibrancy of youth. It’s only fitting that this production is being created by some of Philadelphia’s most exciting young theatre artists.

Terrence J. Nolen

Director Matt Pfeiffer, recipient of the 2008 F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist, has quickly developed a reputation for helming exciting productions marked by strong acting ensembles and extraordinary performances (not surprising, as Matt is also well regarded for his work as an actor). To date, Matt has directed a wide range of plays, from Go, Dog. Go! for Arden Children’s Theatre to David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross for Theatre Exile, where he is Associate Artistic Director. Matt is also a newlywed. Who better to direct this story of passion and promise? Another young artist on this production is Lighting Designer Thom Weaver. Thom grew up in Cherry Hill. I first met Thom when, as a high school student, he assisted several lighting designers who worked here at the Arden. This bright, eager, precocious kid has become one of Philadelphia’s most sought after designers both locally and beyond (At the Arden he designed both My Name Is Asher Lev and Blue Door). Thom was recently appointed Artistic Director at Philadelphia’s Flashpoint Theatre, making him the first Lighting Designer/Artistic Director I can recall. Thom’s commitment to and passion for theatre and this community is remarkable and truly inspiring. Of course, Romeo and Juliet affords great roles for young actors, and our production features a remarkable cast beginning to make their mark here in Philadelphia and on the national stage. Providing opportunities for them, as well as Matt and Thom – the next generation of theatre artists – is one of our great responsibilities. These artists help ensure that new passions and perspectives are brought to this art form and this community. We are thrilled that so many young artists are making their lives and building their careers in Philadelphia. I recently directed a new play by Rogelio Martinez entitled When Tang Met Laika at the Denver Theatre Center. It was an extraordinary opportunity to work with new collaborators (and a few old favorites like Ian Merrill Peakes, who played animator Tony Wiston in last season’s Something Intangible). I also had the chance to see how a much larger theatre functions and to hear how Philadelphia is perceived by others in our industry. Again and again, people would say things like, “I’ve heard amazing things about Philadelphia” and even “I’m thinking of moving there.” It’s clear our city is viewed as a hotbed of theatrical activity. And the next generation of theatre artists is certainly doing their part to move this community forward. To quote Sunday in the Park with George: “So many possibilities…” Thank you for joining us at Romeo and Juliet. Enjoy.

P.S. We are finalizing plans for next season and will be announcing the full slate of shows soon. Here’s a preview: we will be doing a new play by Michael Hollinger (his first since Opus) and a new production of The Threepenny Opera (and yes, Mary Martello will be in it.) More to come…

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Cast Lady Montague/Balthasar........................................................................................................... Krista Apple Mercutio/Friar John ................................................................................................................. Shawn Fagan* Lady Capulet ....................................................................................................................... Melanye Finister* Lord Capulet ............................................................................................................................. Scott Greer* Benvolio ...................................................................................................................... James William Ijames* Romeo ..................................................................................................................................... Evan Jonigkeit* Juliet ......................................................................................................................................... Mahira Kakkar* Tybalt/Apothecary ........................................................................................................................... Sean Lally Friar Laurence ................................................................................................................... Anthony Lawton* Paris ............................................................................................................................................... Matt Lorenz Nurse ............................................................................................................................. Suzanne O’Donnell* Prince ........................................................................................................................ Brian Anthony Wilson* Lord Montague/Peter ...................................................................................................................... Frank X* Understudies

Krista Apple, Carla Emanuele, Sean Lally, Benjamin Lovell, Jesse McIlvaine, Courtney Spiker Martin, Ray Roberts, Ken Sandberg, Wendy Staton, Bradley K. Wrenn Assistant Fight Director: J. Alex Cordaro Arden Theatre Company is a professional company employing members of Actors’ Equity Association. *Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S. Please check houseboards for program changes. Taking pictures and/or making visual or sound recordings is expressly forbidden. 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. Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), founded in 1913, represents more than 45,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. www.actorsequity.org Arden Theatre Company proudly participates in the Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre, a program of the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia.

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DIRECTOR’S Notes How do you get to the heart of one of the greatest stories of all time? Start with the basics; it’s a play about love and hate.

Matt Pfeiffer

Shakespeare captures beautifully the two most dominant emotions we experience. Hate is easier to access. It’s comforting in a way. The feud between the Capulets and Montagues is referred to as an “ancient grudge”it has gone on so long no one knows how it started. It has defined entire generations of thought and experience. It’s the kind of hate we’ve seen throughout the entire span of human history. Love is harder. It requires sacrifice, courage, humility. It always comes at a cost and must be earned in action more than word. But it has the potential to make you more, both in mind and body. The great dichotomy that Shakespeare captures is that the well-spring for these two great emotions comes from the same place. It’s irrational. We act before we think and we feel before we know. And when we’re young the sensation is even greater. But Shakespeare also shows us that hate leads us to ruin and that love can lift us above a “common bond”. We need love and must abandon hate. Romeo and Juliet’s death, while tragic, is necessary. This society of people can only see their true reflections in the loss of innocence. And in doing so can forgive and love again. Martin Luther King said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.” These are the pieces that lie at the heart of Shakespeare’s play. In truth, this is a tale that’s existed since the 5th century and when Shakespeare’s company took it on they presented it in the only way they knew how. On their stage and in their costumes with their company. They would’ve made no attempts to make the stage look like Verona and the costumes would’ve been drawn from the fashions of the time. In our pursuit to get to the heart of this story, we’ll employ the same methodology. This is our stage. Our costumes. Our company. We’d like to invite you on this journey with us. A journey of simple joy, hot blood, great passion, and most of all love. It’s a story that’s been passed down from generation to generation as the great reminder of the power of love and hate.We are eager to take on the task of passing this tale onto a new audience, a new generation, in the hopes that one day we all might hate a little less and love a little more. Thanks for being here!

Matt Pfeiffer

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A Message From Our Production Sponsor

Thomas M. Petro

I remember, as though it were yesterday, the first time I laid eyes on my wife, Kris. She was a teaching assistant in the Mathematics department of the University of Pittsburgh. I was a student in her class. It was day one. I can picture with vivid clarity what she was wearing that day, the way her hair caught the morning sun streaming into the third floor classroom in the Cathedral of Learning.

I had never seen her before, but knew immediately that she was the woman I would marry. What was the source of this certainty? How could it be known? Yet my soul stirred with a desire, a longing, an attraction so powerful that it both frightened and enticed me at the same time. What was that moment like for you; the moment you first fell in love? Was the mere thought of your lover enough to suspend your senses? Were you hopelessly lovesick? Did you find yourself unable to focus on life’s practical matters while your mind conjured images of your beloved? How mysterious this thing we call love! So powerful, so compelling, so forceful, no description does it justice. Mere words consistently fail to capture the heart’s deep feelings. And so we are reduced to allusions and allegories. Reduced to stories that attempt, albeit ever so poorly, to describe this wonderfully mysterious thing called love. So it is only fitting that the Arden would bring to life this great love story by the world’s most recognized storyteller, William Shakespeare. In Romeo and Juliet, love explodes onto the stage with all of its violent, ecstatic, overpowering forcefulness superseding all other values, loyalties and emotions. Fox Chase Bank Charitable Foundation is delighted to be the production sponsor for Arden Theatre Company’s presentation of Romeo and Juliet. We are privileged to share this time-honored and always timely story with you. To Love! Thomas M. Petro Chief Executive Officer Fox Chase Bank and Fox Chase Bank Charitable Foundation

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CONCEPTUALIZING ROMEO AND JULIET By Matthew Decker, Associate Producer

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is one of the most performed plays in the English language. It has upheld the passage of time and is universally recognized as one of the greatest stories ever told. There have been thousands of productions produced, and like the Arden’s version, each production has a concept set in place by the director in which the design elements, cut of the script, and actor intentions are based.

Dan Olmstead and Grace Gonglewski in The Taming of the Shrew (1995)

You may have seen this play before, or other plays by Shakespeare. Though some may be presented in the traditional way with men in tights fighting with broad swords, others could have been a bit more creative in their conception. Directors and designers are allowed to present Shakespeare’s plays in any form because they are part of the public domain. The public domain refers to creative content that anyone can use without the permission of the content’s creator. Essentially all work published before 1923 is in the public domain. A theatre has the right to perform a Shakespeare play however it wants, and many theatres have taken great creative liberties with Romeo and Juliet. I have gathered some examples to share:

Kevin Cristaldi and Suzanne O’Donnell in Hamlet (1991)

• Various incarnations across the globe were presented in which the culture and setting was key to the concept. Two theatre troupes in Jerusalem controversially staged the tragedy in 1994 with a Palestinian Romeo and a Jewish Juliet. In 2000, a version dealt with post-apartheid South Africa, featuring the gang-ravaged youth culture of the Cape Flats in the divided city of Cape Town. Native Voices in Los Angeles produced a Native American version of the play in 2005. It was set in 17th century Santa Fe, seventeen years after the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 and revolved around the conflict between the Pueblo Indians and Spanish colonies. • A Recent Off-Broadway production presented by the Nature Theater of Oklahoma tells the story of the star-crossed lovers by relying on the cloudy recollections of the common man. The show’s creative team called random people on the phone and asked them what they remembered about the play. The story is told through these remembrances, and the result is a collection of mixed plot-points and misquoted lines:

Scott Greer as Faustus and Shawn Fagan as Hamlet in Wittenberg (2008)


Shakespeare Around Town Cymbeline and Two Gentleman of Verona in repertory February 11-28 University of Delaware

“Romeo, oh Romeo, where art thou Romeo? Something or something and you are the sun! I don’t remember the rest – I don’t have it memorized.” • Romeo and Juliet has been famously adapted into the musical West Side Story – but one could also argue that it is subtly present in the underlying theme of Grease, Footloose and even High School Musical. • Romeo/Juliet Remixed (or R0M30/JUL127 R3MIX3D), presented by Spark Productions in Canada, was set to a rave dance floor background with a kickboxing Juliet and an Ecstasy-taking Romeo. Before the play began, the audience had a choice of glow-sticks (pink for Montagues, yellow for Capulets) and was then escorted into “Club Verona” where they could dance and cheer on a crew of break-dancing Verona residents. • Mahira Kakkar, the Arden’s own Juliet, previously tackled the role at the Virginia Stage Company where Internet technology and audio and video devices were used to bring the play to life. The yuppie setting had the star-crossed lovers as the product of ultra-rich, power-broker families dressed in modern, trendy costumes. The actors photographed each other with handheld cameras that were then projected on large screens flanking the simple, scaffolding set. For a play whose tragedy occurs as a result of failed communication, the technological concept required a modern update - when Romeo is banished to Mantua he is greeted with no cell phone reception. (See page 26 for more on this topic) No matter what the concept, Romeo and Juliet can only succeed if the emphasis is on Shakespeare’s language. Each theatre has a responsibility to tell the story. A concept is only a concept if it doesn’t connect to its audience.

The Wars of the Roses February 26-March 20 Collingswood Shakespeare Company King Lear March 3-28 People’s Light and Theatre Company Love’s Fire: Seven New Plays Inspired by Seven Shakespearean Sonnets March 18-March 26 West Chester University Macbeth March 19 – May 8 The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre Romeo and Juliet March 27 Shakepeare Live! Appel Farm Arts and Music Center Henry IV, Part 1 April 1 – May 2 Lantern Theater Company A Midsummer Night’s Dream April 14 – May 9 The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre Shakespearish April 16-19 Renaissance Artist Puppet Company Lansdale Center for the Performing Arts Romeo and Juliet April 20-24 Annenberg Center Acting Company and the Guthrie Theater Romeo and Juliet June 4-12 Pennsylvania Ballet Romeo and Juliet Summer 2010 Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival The Merry Wives of Windsor Summer 2010 Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival A Midsummer Night’s Dream July 28-August 1 Shakespeare in Clark Park Visit the Shakespeare Memorial sculpture by Andrew Calder anytime! 19th and Ben Franklin Parkway


Who’s Who KRISTA APPLE (Lady Montague/Balthasar) first worked at the Arden in 2008’s Our Town, and she’s pleased as punch to be back. Other Philadelphia credits include The Wilma (Life of Galileo), Theatre Exile (Dark Play), and PlayPenn (We Three). Regional: Cape May Stage (Proof). Film/TV: Law & Order: Criminal Intent and the_ source. Also a writer, she’s a regular contributor to American Theatre magazine and former Associate Editor of the Teaching Artist Journal. She holds an MFA (Acting) from Temple University and a BA (English, Theatre) from Kenyon College in Gambier, OH. Coming up:Vaclav Havel’s Leaving at The Wilma. Love to the DFH! SHAWN FAGAN (Mercutio/Friar John) is thrilled to return to the Arden, having played Hamlet in the world premiere of Wittenberg in 2008. Recent credits include Hugh in The Voysey Inheritance (Denver Center Theatre Company), Acaste in The Misanthrope (Dallas Theatre Center), Marchbanks in Candida (Utah Shakespearean Festival), Christy Mahon in The Playboy of the Western World (American Players Theatre), War of the Worlds/Radio Play (SITI Company), Intimations for Saxophone (Arena Stage), and The Complete Works of Wllm Shkspr [abridged] (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival). Previous work on Shakespeare includes Edgar in King Lear (Utah Shakes); Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Sebastian in Twelfth Night, and Titinius/ Soothsayer in Julius Caesar (APT). New York credits include work with Soho Rep, Clubbed Thumb, and LightBox. For DHF. MELANYE FINISTER (Lady Capulet) is thrilled to be back on the F. Otto Haas Stage where she played Titania in Arden Theatre Company’s 1998 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Melanye has been a company member at People’s Light and Theatre since 1991 and has appeared in many plays there including Doubt,The Persians, Six Characters in Search of an Author,The Giver, Something You Did, Fabulation, Member of the Wedding, String of Pearls, and Gospel At Colonus. Melanye has also worked for InterAct Theatre Company,Venture Theatre, The Walnut Street Theatre, and Philadelphia Theatre Company. She directs Youth Summerstage and is a Resident Teaching Artist at People’s Light and she is also a Board Member at Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation. Melanye holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University. SCOTT GREER (Lord Capulet) is always happy to be back at the Arden, where he has appeared in over twenty productions. His favorites include: Death of a Salesman, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Red Herring, Baby Case and Wittenberg. He looks forward to Sunday in the Park with George later this spring. He has won four Barrymores, including the F. Otto Haas Award. Look for Scott in Theatre Exile’s Shining City in April. Scott would like to thank Terry Nolen and Pfeif. Love always to Jen and Lily. JAMES WILLIAM IJAMES (Benvolio) is thrilled to be back at the Arden after appearing in James and the Giant Peach and An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf. James was seen in New Paradise Laboratories’ production of PROM and Emmanuelle Delpeche-Ramey’s Oedipus at FDR in FDR Skate Park. Other credits include: Ken in Ponies (Gloucester Stage Company), Floyd in Seven Guitars (Rowan University), The Artist in Muralista (Philly Fringe) and Mauckingbird Theatre’s The Threshing Floor as James Baldwin.

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Who’s Who EVAN JONIGKEIT (Romeo) Thanks to Terry and Pfeif for the privilege to be back at the Arden, tackling this challenging role, around such a talented group of people. Last seen at the Arden as Dakin in The History Boys, he is a Philadelphia based artist working with many of the town’s companies, including Mauckingbird, Walnut, Montgomery, Pig Iron, PlayPenn, and People’s Light. He also has been seen in films Calendar Girl Killer, The Gift, Fox Television’s Amazing Sport Stories, along with many other independent films and commercials. Evan also serves on New Play Development Literary Committees, as a teacher, as Director of Development for Mauckingbird Theatre, and as a Producer and Director at Cape Repertory Theatre. Evan is a Temple University graduate. Love to my family and Jillian. MAHIRA KAKKAR (Juliet) is thrilled to be working at the Arden. Recent credits include: Romeo and Juliet (Virginia Stage Company), Seven (London, Boston, Aspen, NY), Sophistry (South Ark Stage), and Inana (Denver Center). Favorite Credits include: Grace in Opus (Primary Stages), Maryamma in Miss Witherspoon (Playwrights Horizons & McCarter), and Emily Webb in Our Town (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). Film & TV: Law & Order: Criminal Intent, A Night in the Hill. Mahira is a native of Kolkata, India, and a graduate of The Julliard School. SEAN LALLY (Tybalt/Apothecary) is very excited to be taking the stage at the Arden for the first time. He has been working as a company member for EgoPo for about four years where he performed in several productions: Spring Awakening (Ensemble), Something Cloudy, Something Clear (Kip), and Bluebird (Tyltyl). He has also worked Off-Broadway with Temple University’s In Conflict. He would like to thank his friends, family and Sara for all their support. ANTHONY LAWTON (Friar Laurence) has acted in Philadelphia for 18 years. Favorite roles include George in Of Mice and Men (Walnut Street), Gideon in Playland (Wilma), Coleman in The Lonesome West (Lantern), and Ivan in The Seafarer (Arden). He also produces solo and small cast plays, like The Devil and Billy Markham,The Great Divorce,The Screwtape Letters, and Heresy under the aegis of his own company, The Mirror. For more info: www.anthonylawtonactor.com MATT LORENZ (Paris) is a Philadelphia-based actor and sound designer. His acting credits include: Haunted Poe (Brat), Never the Sinner and Hedda Gabler (Mauckingbird), The Little Dog Laughed (Flashpoint), The Mystery Plays (PTW), Pushkin at Boldino (Crescent Moon), Sweetie Pie (Azuka), A Brief History of Helen of Troy (Figure/Ground), The Lucia Joyce Cabaret and Pay Up (Pig Iron), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing,The Merchant of Venice, and Othello (Harrisburg Shakespeare Festival) as well as last year’s Best Narrative Short winner at the Philly Film Festival- “Adam and Evan.” Matt has also written plays and will produce two original works this summer: This is Ridiculous and The Prince of America. SUZANNE O’DONNELL (Nurse) first appeared with the Arden in Godspell (1989) and then in As You Like It, Saint Joan, Hamlet, Working, The Dragon, Ellen Foster and most recently Agnes in Dancing at Lughnasa. Recent regional credits: Arcadia at the Folger Theatre and Social Security at Cape May Stage. Shakespeare credits include: Kate in Taming of the Shrew, Rosalind in As You Like It, Hermione in Winter’s Tale, Ophelia, Juliet,Viola, Hermia, Emilia and Helena in All’s Well That Ends Well. In 2004, Suzanne performed Time Out! With Didi and Rose with beloved friend and Philly

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Who’s Who star Jilline Ringle at City Theatre in Pittsburgh and the Chalfonte in Cape May. She lives in Orlando, FL with husband Jim Helsinger, Rosie and James.  BRIAN ANTHONY WILSON (Prince) feels blessed to return to the Arden for his fifth show. Local theatre credits include shows with: Act II Playhouse, Bushfire, 1812, Freedom, Hedgerow, InterAct, The Lantern, People’s Light, Philly Shakes, Prince Music and PTC. Regional theatre credits include Jitney (Kansas City Rep/Arizona Theatre Co.), Intimate Apparel (Indiana Rep/Syracuse Stage) and Two Trains Running and 12 Angry Men (Cleveland Playhouse). Film: Keeping The Faith, Law Abiding Citizen,The Postman, Rounders, 99 Percent Sure, Booted,The Fields, Shelter,The Good Student, Close Up, and Punch Me. Radio: The Howard Stern Show. TV: As The World Turns, Law & Order: S.V.U.,The Sopranos and 5 seasons on The Wire. For my Family. FRANK X (Lord Montague/Peter) is delighted to return to the Arden after appearing in The History Boys and Peter Pan. Last season he was seen in the world premiere of Little Lamb at InterAct Theatre and in The Winter’s Tale at Folger Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. Favorite roles have included Malvolio in Twelfth Night (Seattle Rep Theatre), David Gavin in After Ashley (Humana Festival), Sterling North in Permanent Collection (InterAct Theatre), Beringer in Rhinoceros (Theatre Exile), Sam in Master Harold…and the Boys and the title role in King Lear (both at Lantern Theater). Mr. X received a Barrymore Award for his performance in Lonely Planet (InterAct Theatre). BRIAN SIDNEY BEMBRIDGE (Scenic Designer) Off-Broadway: Second Stage, Jean Cocteau Repertory, Kids With Guns Theater Company, Theatre at St Clement’s. Regional: Guthrie Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Children’s Theatre Company, California Shakespeare, Maltz Jupiter Theater, Two River Theater,Virginia Opera, Opera Omaha, The Second City Toronto, Milwaukee Repertory, Madison Repertory, among others. Honors: 5 Joseph Jefferson Awards, 5 After Dark Awards, 2 LA Drama Critic Circle Awards, 2 Garland Awards and an LA Weekly Award. Mr. Bembridge was just named one of the five most prolific theater artists of the decade, Time Out Magazine and one of the 50 Leading Players in Chicago, New City Chicago. Film: Wallace Shawn’s Marie and Bruce, Holding Out, MANFAST, Stray Dogs, Late for Church, Muppets from Space. Mr. Bembridge holds a BFA from North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Design and Production. briansidneybembridge.com. ROSEMARIE E. MCKELVEY (Costume Designer) is delighted to be designing Romeo and Juliet for the Arden. Previous Arden designs include Something Intangible (2009 Barrymore Award for Costume Design),Candide,Winesburg, Ohio, Ferdinand the Bull, Caroline, or Change (2007 Barrymore Award for Costume Design),The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales,Twelfth Night, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, and Bunnicula. Other companies Rosemarie is designing for are The Peoples Light and Theatre Company, The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, New Paradise Laboratory, and InterAct Theatre Company. THOM WEAVER (Lighting Designer) Arden: Blue Door, My Name Is Asher Lev. Wilma: Scorched (Barrymore nom), Coming Home, Becky Shaw. People’s Light: Snow White in Follywood. Lantern: The Breath of Life. Delaware Theatre Company: It’s a Wonderful Life, All the Great Books,The Diary of Anne Frank. Theatre Exile: American Buffalo (Barrymore nom.). Two River: 26 Miles (also with Round House), ReENTRY (also at Urban Stages), A Year with Frog and Toad, Macbeth (also with Folger), Bad Dates. Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival: Complete Works of Wllm Shkpr [abridged], A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other credits include: Cal Shakes,Vital Theater Company, Children’s Theatre Company, Centerstage, Folger Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Signature Theatre Company, Berkshire Opera, Urban Stages, Lincoln Center Institute, Lincoln Center Festival,

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Who’s Who York Theatre, Summer Play Festival, 37 ARTS, Spoleto Festival USA, City Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, and Yale Rep. 2007 Audelco Award for King Hedley II (Signature Theatre). 2003 Entertainment Design Magazine Tyro Talent. He is a member of Wingspace Design Group and a staff member of PlayPenn. Education: Carnegie Mellon and Yale. JAMES SUGG (Sound Designer/Composer) is an actor, sound designer, composer and 10 year member of Pig Iron Theatre Company with whom he has created 10 original works. He has also worked with Seattle Rep, Actors Theater of Louisville, Folger Theatre, The Wilma, Headlong Dance Theater, Rainpan 43 and Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental amongst many others. His work has been recognized with two Obies (Performance Chekhov Lizardbrain, Special Citation Hell Meets Henry Halfway), four Barrymores for Outstanding Sound Design, and the F. Otto Haas Award for Emerging Theater Artist.   He is the composer of the musicals A Murder, A Mystery And A Marriage (an adaptation by Aaron Posner of the short story by Mark Twain), James Joyce is Dead and So Is Paris (Pig Iron Theatre Co.), The Sea (a one man electric chamber opera) and Cherry Bomb (with writer Jen Childs). DALE ANTHONY GIRARD (Fight Director) is an award winning Fight Director and author of the stage combat manual Actors On Guard.  He is a Black Belt in Taekwondo/Hopkido, a member of the North Carolina Stuntmen’s Association and a SAFD recognized Fight Master.  Credits include the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Folger Theatre, Signature Theatre, Florida Grand Opera, Pioneer Theatre, Tulsa Opera, Triad Stage, and the Vancouver Opera.  Recent film credits include Eyeborgs, The Trial and Junebug.    WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (Playwright) (1564 - 1616) was an English poet and playwright. His surviving works, including some collaborations, consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. Between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, later known as the King’s Men. In1599, his company constructed the Globe Theatre. His early plays were mainly comedies and histories, genres he raised to the peak of sophistication and artistry by the end of the sixteenth century. He then wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608, including Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth. In his last phase, he wrote tragicomedies, or romances, and collaborated with other playwrights. MATT PFEIFFER (Director) Matt is thrilled to return to the Arden. Previous Arden credits include directing Go, Dog. Go! and a workshop of Wittenberg. Area directing credits include: Walnut St., Delaware Theatre Co., 1812 Productions, Brat Productions, Lantern Theatre, and 13 seasons with the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. Matt also serves as Associate Artistic Director of Theatre Exile where he’s directed Barrymore Nominated productions of Glengarry Glen Ross, Bug, and American Buffalo. Other credits include Two River Theatre and the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre. Later this spring Matt will direct Shining City (Theatre Exile) and The Foocy (Delaware Theatre Co). Matt is a fivetime Barrymore Nominee and the recipient of the 2008 F. Otto Haas Award. Thanks to Terry, Amy, and the entire Arden Crew. And special thanks to an amazing group of collaborators. Love to Kim. DAN HODGE (Assistant Director) Over the last season, he appeared as the title character in Woyzeck for EgoPo, in Bristol Riverside’s Absurd Person Singular, Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged) for Theatre Horizon, and in Hamlet at the Lantern. For the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival; King Lear and The Winter’s Tale. Dan appeared as a Weird Sister in Two River Theatre’s Macbeth directed by Aaron Posner and Teller. With Theatre Exile; Mr. Marmalade and Glengarry Glen Ross which took the 2007 Barrymore Award for Best Ensemble.

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Who’s Who KATHARINE M. HANLEY (Stage Manager) has stage managed several shows.  Buy her a cocktail after the show and she’ll tell you all about it. TERRENCE J. NOLEN (Producing Artistic Director) is co-founder of Arden Theatre Company. Favorite Arden productions include all-Philadelphia casts of All My Sons, Death of a Salesman,The Grapes of Wrath and Hedda Gabler and such musicals as Sweeney Todd, Pacific Overtures, Falsettos, 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, Michael Ogborn’s Baby Case, Bruce Graham’s Something Intangible, and recently directed Rogelio Martinez’s When Tang Met Laika at Denver Center Theatre Company. Terry has been nominated for 23 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 Terry 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 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 the greatest stories by the greatest storytellers of all time. 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 our new-work development program, the Independence Foundation New Play Showcase. The Arden Professional Apprenticeship program trains future theatre leaders, and our theatre classes teach children and teens about the craft of making plays. Our access program, 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 six 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, 52 awards and 234 nominations from the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia’s Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre, and was 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, the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, 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 • Ricky’s Army & Navy

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Corporate, Foundation & Government Support $100,000 & above Hamilton Family Foundation Independence Foundation Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development The Pew Charitable Trusts Philadelphia Cultural Leadership Program The Philadelphia Theatre Initiative, a program of the Philadelphia Center for Arts and Heritage, funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and administered by The University of the Arts The Wallace Foundation William Penn Foundation $50,000 to $99,999 The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust National Endowment for the Arts Pennsylvania Council on the Arts The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and philly.com + Shubert Foundation $15,000 to $49,999 Campbell Soup Foundation Comcast Corporation Claneil Foundation Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Edward M. Story Memorial Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation Fox Chase Bank Harmelin Media Hirsig Family Foundation of the Philadelphia Foundation Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Kieran Timberlake Associates,LLP Lincoln Financial Group Foundation McLean Contributionship Medical Legal Reproductions+ PECO Philadelphia Cultural Fund Philadelphia Foundation Target Corporation Virginia Brown Martin Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation Matching Gift Partners ACE Charitable Foundation Archie D. and Bertha H. Walker Foundation AXA Financial DCR Environmental Services Inc. Dilworth Paxson LLP Endo Pharmaceuticals ExxonMobil Foundation Federated Department Stores Foundation First Tennessee Foundation

$7,500 to $14,999 Anonymous Boeing Corporation Pennsylvania Cultural Management Initiative PNC Charitable Trust TD Bank The Vanguard Group Foundation $2,500 to $7,499 The 1976 Foundation The Addis Group Allegiance Bank Arronson Foundation Barra Foundation Brook J. Lenfest Foundation Caroline Alexander Buck Foundation Caroline J. S. Sanders Charitable Trust II Charlotte Cushman Foundation Civic Foundation Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation Eagles Youth Partnership+ Ethel Sergant Clark Smith Memorial Fund Anne M. and Philip H. Glatfelter Family Foundation Greater Philadelphia Tourism and Marketing Corporation The Haley Foundation The Hassel Foundation Hatboro Beverages+ IBM Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs Merck, Inc. Paul E. Kelly Foundation Rosenlund Family Foundation Susquehanna Bank The Victory Foundation The Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation Walter J. Miller Trust Zipcar Philadelphia+ Make a donation through your workplace United Way program. Our Donor Choice Number: 14198

Gannett Foundation GE Foundation GlaxoSmithKline IBM Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs Independence Foundation Johnson and Johnson Matching Gifts Program Merck Partnership for Giving Merrill Lynch National Philanthropic Trust

$750 to $2,499 Arronson Foundation Connelly Foundation Drumcliff Foundation Jenkintown Building Services+ Johnson and Johnson Louis N. Cassett Foundation Maxwell Strawbridge Charitable Trust Media Copy+ Quaker Chemical Foundation The Rittenhouse Foundation Stephen Starr Events+ Union Benevolent Association Walker Foundation BWF Foundation $749 and under Actors’ Equity Association Foundation Pennsylvania Womens Forum William Goldman Foundation +denotes gifts of services or goods

Is your business looking for a tax break in 2010? Receive a tax credit through the Pennsylvania Education Improvement Tax Credit Program by supporting the Arden! EITC funds directly support our educational outreach program, Arden for All. To find out if your business is eligible, visit:www.ardentheatre.org/support/ eitc.html or contact Angela DuRoss, Development Manager at 215-922-8900 x25 or aduross@ardentheatre.org. Special thanks to EITC contributors Comcast Corporation, PECO and Susquehanna Bank

Contributions made through the United Way support our work with children.

Penn Virginia Corporation Philadelphia Foundation PNC Foundation Quaker Chemical Corporation Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Sap America, Inc.  Subaru of America Foundation United Way The Vanguard Group Foundation Wachovia Foundation Matching Gifts Program

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The Sylvan Society recognizes individuals who make annual gifts of $1,000 or more. The exceptional generosity of these donors enables the Arden to tell great stories by having the resources to achieve the highest level of artistic quality. Sylvan Society benefits bring members closer to our work and deepen their appreciation for the role they play in the Arden’s success. To join or for more information, please contact Development Manager, Angela DuRoss, at 215.922.8900, x25 or aduross@ardentheatre.org.

Sassafras Grove ($10,000 & above) Mr. Frederick W. Anton, III Sally and Michael Bailin^ Mr. and Mrs. Albert M. Greenfield, III Phoebe W. Haas Charitable Trust A, recommended by Carole Haas Gravagno Phoebe W. Haas Charitable Trust A, recommended by John Otto and Dr. Janet Haas Mr. and Mrs. N. Peter Hamilton Hirsig Family Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation Virginia and Harvey Kimmel Arts Education Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation Anonymous Cherry Grove ($5,000-$9,999) John Bitman^ Joseph and Marie Field Matthew and Marie Garfield Ms. Elizabeth Gemmill Phoebe W. Haas Charitable Trust B, recommended by Leonard C. Haas Barbara and Leslie Kaplan Josephine Klein Suzanne F. Roberts Cultural Development Fund Charles Rose and Mindy Goldberg Rose^ Monica Horan and Philip Rosenthal Terry and Amanda Foster Spahr, through the Betty and Wes Foster Family Foundation Anonymous Lee and Christopher van de Velde Rosalyn and Stephen Weinstein Filbert Grove ($2,500-$4,999) Mrs.Valla Amsterdam Carol and Tom Beam Lois G. Brodsky Anne M. Congdon Dorothy Delbueno Ann Diebold Bob and Nancy Elfant Tim and Ellen Foster^ Narinder and Patricia Garg Linda and David Glickstein Glenn Gundersen and Susan Manix David and MaryJane Hackney Ronna and Robert Hall^ Drs. Robin and Saifuddin Mama Peggy and Steve Morgan Kurt and Mary-Ann Reiss

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Sally Walker and Tom Gilmore^ June and Steve Wolfson Family Foundation Mulberry Grove ($1,000-$2,499) Brian Abernathy and Elizabeth Ireland John Alchin Peggy Anderson 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 Tony Braithwaite+ Almut Breazeale Bernard Brewstein and Ellen Rosenthal DeDe and Tony Brown Nancy Burd Thomas Burke and Rick Fountas Laurada Byers Chip Capelli Priscilla and John Clement John and Susan Coleman Jeffrey Coon+ Joy De Jesús and Jamie Reynolds Robert M. Dever Ben Dibble+ Tobey and Mark Dichter Michael A. Donato and Peter R. Sonzogni Marie and Peter Dooner Deb Dorsey and Mike Green James R. Fairburn and David A. Wickard Stephen Falchek Jeanne Fisher Oliver M. Ford Sandi Foxx-Jones Richard Frey+ David and Christina Fryman* Lou and Rhoda Fryman Terry Graboyes Bonnie Graham Marcy Gringlas and Joel Greenberg Chara and John C. Haas Mr. and Mrs. Jon Harmelin Don and Lynn Martin Haskin Jane and Steve Heumann Susan Jacobson and Michael Golden* Mr. and Mrs. D. Scott and Carol Kelley

Caroline Kemmerer Mr. Peter Kenney and Dr. Dorothy Novick Holly Kinser Kenneth and Eve Klothen Joseph Kluger and Susan Lewis Bill and Beth Landman Winnie and Eric Lien William A. Loeb Larry and Mickey Magid Richard Maimon and Susan Segal Lewis R. and Sue Ann Marburg Gloria and Dan Mariano Jean S. Markovitz John and Amy McCawley* Andrea Mengel and George A. Ritter Seymour Millstein A.C. Missias Ellen and Michael Mulroney Amy L. Murphy and Terrence J. Nolen Ron and Suzanne Naples Michael Norris and Matt Varrato Diane Palmer Thomas Petro and Kristine Messner Dr. and Mrs. Joel Porter Aaron Posner and Erin Weaver Ann and Frank Reed, through the Malfer Foundation Phyllis and Martin Rosenthal Dolly Beechman Schnall and Dr. Nathan Schnall, in loving memory of Laurie Beechman Hether, Don and Sarah Smith Richard and Amanda Smoot Kathleen A. Stephenson William K. Stewart Foundation Keith and Jim Straw Adelaide Sugarman and Marshall Greenberg Harvey B. Swedloff Justin Thomas Marguerite V. Rodgers and James H. Timberlake Eileen Heisman Tuzman and Martin Tuzman Thomas and Patricia Vernon Sandy and Michael Wax Richard E. Woosnam and Diane Dalto Woosnam MIke Salmanson and Tobi Zemsky Ellen Yin+ ZAKARAK Productions * denotes gifts made through the United Way +denotes gifts of services or goods ^includes a matching gift

ARDEN FOR ALL is supported by a generous gift from Virginia and Harvey Kimmel


Thank You to our Supporters $500 - $999 Iris Melendez & Henry R. Adamczyk, Jr. Stan and Lisa Altman Ron and Joyce Bayer Pat & Tom Bender Barry & Marilyn Bevacqua Daniel R. Blickman* Ruth E. Brown Debbie and Alan Casnoff Christina Clay MD Barbara R. Cobb Jim and Pat Lockhart Culbertson Mr. and Mrs. Farenback-Brateman Shannon and Edward Farmer Carole M. Foley* Hartley Family Charitable Fund Karen & Mark Hite Edith Klausner Alan & Elaine Klawans Kenneth D Kopple Marilyn & David Kraut Mary Ellen Krober Marilyn Sanborne and Richard Labowskie* Mike and Helene Loeb Mrs. Grace Madeira Donald J. Martin and Richard Repetto Ann and George Morris Dan Promislo Paul Rabe and Cheryl Gunter Graham and Betsy Robb in honor of Lee van de Velde Franklyn and Cintra Rodgers Jerry & Bernice Rubenstein Eva and Marvin Schlanger Family Foundation Philip and Susan Schlegel Dorothy Tomassini $250-$499 Howard Aaronson Janet & Roger Alwang Robert Bauer & Sandy Clay Bauer Richard & Joan Behr Sheila Bell and Thomas Dodds Peter and Lynne Berman

Mr. & Mrs. J. Robert and Marilyn Birnhak Joanne M. Huggard Joseph & Mary Lou Breidenstine Bob Carfagno Mr. Joseph Casey Caroline Castagno Edwin G. Close, II Dr. W. Robert and Margaret Cook Ruth Miller Cox Dr. and Mrs. Bruce Denniston Shafiq Ebrahim Anne Ewers Cynthia Heininger & James Feeney Dan Gannon In memory of Bob Gallagher Charles Gear Bob & Jan Goren Susan Greene Clara and Jorge LaBrake Barbara & Robert Hauptfuhrer Charles Head Betsy & Ted Hershberg Jim & Carolyn Hessinger David and Beth Medoway Kagan Barbara & Jerry Kaplan Susan Kellogg and Dick Hoffman Steven B. King* Barbara and Leonard Klinghoffer Joel Koppelman Barbara Patterson Lobb Will & Sandy Lock John & Martha Lubell Frank & Sally Mallory Robert Manning George & Judy McCarthy Gloria McNutt Robert Mullin Paul Nutaitis and Robert Clark Susan Odessey & Paul Coff Laura Offutt and Steve Fukuchi Alice and Albert Packman Barbara & Don Parman John & Judith Peakes Douglas and Mary Peck John & Judy Peeler

John & Pinkie Philbrick Sherri and Abe Reich Mary Jo Reilly Joy Rickabaugh Ruth & Marvin Sachs Irwin C. and Carole M. Saft Harold and Sharon Schwalm Ellen Schwartz Warren and Carole Lee Schwomeyer Dr. & Mrs. Eugene Shuster Frank and Catherine Signorello James Akerberg and Larry Simmons James L. Smith Marilyn and Dean R. Staats Elaine & Sal Tagliareni Dr. & Mrs. Stephen G.Vasso Hella & Lew Volgenau Michael Walraven and Mary Lou Starling Fred & Arleen Weinstein Matthew A. White* Mrs. Thomas A. Williams Nancy Wingo Mr. and Mrs. Harry W. Woodcock Paul and Barbara Yeagle Mr. & Mrs. Howard Yusem* Tom & Jackie Zemaitis Michael Zuckerman $125-$249 Carol and Bennett Aaron Dr. Ron Abrams David Acton Charles and Stephanie Andrews Alan & Sandy Ault Carl and Pat Bach Susan Becker & Aaron Rubin Joann White and William Beckett Doris and Aaron Bitman Ms. Reid Bodek Lily & Newman Bortnick Mr. & Mrs. Thomas and Mary Pat Boyle Eadie and Allan Brooks Bernard & Pamela Brownstein Sheryl Roser Ms. Charlotte E. Cady


Thank You to our Supporters $125-$249 continued Nelly & Scott Childress Sandra & Saul Clair Mr. & Mrs. Fred & Karen Clark Jennifer Coffey John Condello Sandra and James Corry Charles J. Coyle Billie Coyne Mary Ann Dailey Stephanie Deviney Daniel Devlin Andrew & Marla Diamond Larry & Pat Dixon Michael Dotsey Anonymous Paul and Adele Epstein Sue & Robert Evans William Ewing Paul & Judith Farber Charlotte & Mickey Feldman Malcolm & Martha Fick Larry and Maureen Mullin Fowler Dr. John & Elaine Frank Paulette and Paul Freeman Brenda Freitag Nancy and Richard Gabel Chaim Galfand Miriam Galster Stan Gibell David K. Gifford Tim and Carol Golden Robert and Patti Goodman Kelley A. Grady* Roseanne and David Grant Miriam and Saul Grossman Carl and Helene Gumerman Dona & Curt Haltiwanger Mary & William Hangley Brian Hanna Mary C. Harbison Douglas & Harriet Heath Bill Hendrickson Daniel and Monica Hilferty Mr. Frank Hollick Rossana Jaffe Aram and Jackie Jerrehian Valerie M. Jones Sarah C. Jordan Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kahn Phyllis Kauffman Lucy Kaufman Anonymous Margaret Keller Robert Klein Christal Kozloski* Walter Kraft and Deborah Hung Joan Kremer and Jim Luther Joan & Marc S. Lapayowker Bob and Mary Lawler Richard Lee Lorraine and late Richard Leff Jack and Donna Levin Natalie Levkovich Mr. & Mrs. Craig & Stephanie Lewis Robert & Laurel Lipshutz Perry Watts & Samuel Litwin

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Anonymous Lynn & Joe Manko Ted & Ronnie Mann Mary Louise Martin Dr. Rosalie G. Matzkin Faith J. McDowell Lorraine and Bruce McMahon Alan & Susan Miller Paul & Lee S Miller Ellen Monsees Keith and Liz Mosley Kathleen Moyer Kenneth & Susan Myers Jerome Napson Mary Ann Naulty Etta & Chuck Nissman Kathy Nolen Edwards Carol L. O’Brien William O’Connor Anonymous Gerald O’Neill Hugh C. O’Neill Anonymous Mr. Richard Pariseau Betsy Oliphant Bob and Leila Peck Mary and F. Laurence Pethick Helen Phillips Lisa Truckess Rhoda Polakoff Nancy Post John & Margaret Preg Linda Quam Anonymous Eleanor Reinhardt Teresa Reyes and John Hogenesch Fred Rizzo Susan Rock Dulcie Romm Jane A. Rose, CPA/PFS, CFP Faye & Daniel Ross Alan Rothenberg Bernard & Barbara Ruekgauer William F. Ryan Joan Ryder and Robert Ludwig Thekla Sacksteder Joan and Bill Saidel Lucille Schlack Mr. and Mrs. A. Schmidt Ms. Kim Schmucki Ms. Adeline R Schultz Elliott and Ellie Seif Robert and Karen Serenbetz Leslie E. Skilton Phillip and Karen Spiker Celeste and Robert Starankovic Robert Stewart and Barbara BarnettStewart Ruth P. Stuessy Ken Sugarman & Robin Goldfaden in honor of M.Greenberg & A.S Anonymous Bob and Tina Tate Joel Temple Cathy J. Toner* John Urofsky Malin Van Antwerp*

Richard & Fenching Wainstein Susan Walther Beth Brooks and Bob Waterson Marvin & Betty Weiss Anonymous Christine Winkelvoss Sally Wojcik and Will Lambrakos Bertram and Lorle Wolfson Anonymous Sam & Kuna Yankell $75-$124 George Ahern Emily Aiken Anonymous Nan Alderson Mr. and Mrs. Brian Allebach Anonymous Dr. & Mrs. Anthony J. Andrews Lauren and Joshua Averill Rita Axelrod Katherine Baker May & Ethan Ball Robert R. Baron* Sylvia Beck Lisa Becker Peninah Berdugo David & Nancy Bergman Jay and Nancy Berkowitz Steve Zettler and Cordelia Biddle Philip and Elaine Bobrove Ms. Rose Marie Bockman Frank Boyer Michael P. Boyle Martha Brandriff Charles Brennan Marlin G. Brown* Michael P. Buckley Carol Buettger Robert J Butera Karen Marston and Greg Buzan Regina Byrne John T. Callari Barbara Carmine Howard Cell Ronald and Christina Chang Leah Chaplin Mary Chomitz Rita Merkin Annemarie Clarke and David Buch Sharyn F Clauson Rhoda and Michael Coben Ms. Judy Cohen Sue Cohen John R Collett Arminta & William B. Collins Dr. Marie A. Conn Carol Copland Robert and Frances Corlies Zoe Coulson James Crawford and Judith Dean Emily and Bob Cronin Kimberly L. Crown* Daniel Dagle Jennifer Dalpiaz Ellen Deacon Roseann Muziani Deal Rita and Grace Denbo


Thank You to our Supporters Carole and Marc Dichter In Honor of Marjorie Dickey George Koch and Santo DiDonato Ellen Dipinto Ellen & Max Dooneief Sonya Dore Beverly Dotter Ray Doyle Angela DuRoss Lois S Durso Marcia Eisenberg Jane Eisner Linda V Ellsworth Debbie and Jerry Epstein Barry J Evans Wally and Jane Evans Mark & Rene Feitelson Allan Fellner Ruth and Andre Ferber Jonathan and Catherine Fiebach Fund of the Jewish Federation John Fischer Deborah and Martin Fishbein Marjorie Fiterman Holly and Greg Flanagan Camille Focarino & Joseph Dimaio Curt Foxworth Drs. Barbara and Len Frank Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Frank Mr. Allan P. Freedman Paula Freilich Paula Fuchsberg Wendi Furman Joel Gardner and Holly Phelps John Geronimo David Glancey Carrie Glasby & Kathleen Karhnak Peggy Glover Ms. Joan Gmitter Joan and Marvin Goldberg Mr. & Mrs. Richard & Rita Goldberg Dr. and Mrs. William Goldfarb Priscilla Grosick Susan and Adam Guttentag Ona and Stephen Hamilton Donald Hargreaves Linda Fowler Hartnett Gail Hauptfuhrer Beverly Hayden Ron Herman Bill Herman & Laurie Navin Susan W Herron Heidi Hertfelder Ms. Lynn Hewitt Isidore & Sharon Hofferman Dr. David Holtz Patricia and David Holtz Arnold & Esther Horn Peter & Barbara Hutcheon Kathleen Jacobs Gary & Debbie Johnson-McNutt Donald and Lorraine Jones Thomas Lloyd & Jane Kamp Donald & Mary Kane Sandra R Karlson Alex and Joanne Karras Scott and Margie Kasner

Ira & Linda Katz Sheila Kessler Toni and Herb Kestenbaum Cynthia Killion John & Cheryl Kirby Brian and Carin Kirschner Ken and Eva Klein Patricia and Charles Kling Bernadette Koller James Kronzer Stephen and Helene Kunkel Peter and Peshe Kuriloff Anne B. Ladenson John and Joanne Lawson Robert Lazar Lisa Lee Edward Lichtenberg Norman and Sylvia Lieberman Karen Lisker Daniel and Linda Litwin Leroy & Ruth Loewenstern Melissa Lore* Virigina Lowe Donald and Nancy Maclay Todd & Susan Makler Nina & John Mantione Lolly Marchant Ronnie and Larry Margel Milton & Renee Margulies Dr. Arlen Marks and David Smith Irwin Matusow & Barbara Rudnick Richard & Gretchen McCann Kirsten McCoy Dr. Donald Bakove and Margaret G. McLaughlin Celeste McMenamin Tom & Helen McNutt Cheryl Meyer Martin & Sandra Miller Douglas & Fredaricka Moffitt Daniel P. Monbourquette Lisa and Stephen Morano Jeff and Maxine Morgan Claire Moyer Carmen Mucci Bonnie and Eliot Nierman Carol Ann & Thomas O’Leary Brenda J. Oliphant Linda Osler Clare and Dwayne Osman Stanton and Bernice Oswald Sandra Packel Cheryl and Paul Parker Sydney S. Pasternack Ruth Petkofsky Donald Plank Karen and David Pressel Alan Reinach and Dana Perlman Clifford Ridley and Betsey Hansell George & Zara Roberts Linda Robinson, Ph.D. and Peter Krill Claire Rocco Francoise and Louis Rollmann Chad and Jennifer Rosenberg Kenneth and Shelley Rosenberg Dr. and Mrs. Randy Rosenberg J. Randall Rosensteel

Dr. Harry Rosenthal Edwin and Sally Rosenthol David and Athena Ruhl Janet Rupert Diane Rurode Janet S. Saltzman Rita and Herbert Salzman Mark Sandberg John Sands James and Anne Sauve Ellen Schlenker Ruth Ann Schlesinger Carl W. and Mary Ellen Schneider Jeanne C. Scott Alex and Stefanie Seldin Antoinette Fauar Seymour Mr. & Mrs. J. Thomas Showler Anne Shuff and Mike Creech Mel and Susanne Shuster Abigail & Richard Simkus Bob and Harriet Singer David and Carleene Slowik Anonymous Bruce and Penny Smith Richard Smith Richard and Doranne Smith Margaret R. Spencer Paula Spielberg Corinne Stahl Leon Steinberg Rita Stevens Paul Stone Bethy & Vinson Stouck Sharon and Robert Strochak Sally Switzer Richard & Anne Tax Marion and Richard Taxin Linda and Keith Thomson The Tobias Family Linda and Ken Traver-Neeld Peter Trentacoste Kathe Villanova Clifford & Ann Wagner Mr. John Waldie Thomas Watkins Jenny and Bill Webb Harold Weiner Edward Wilk Theresa Williams Lydia Winderman Carol Yetter Diane and Gilbert Young Askold Zagars Francis A. Zampiello John and Donna Zappacosta Joan D. Zeidner* Carlos Ziegler & Elizabeth Hasson * Denotes gift made through the United Way + Denotes gift of goods or services This list acknowledges donors as of January 19, 2010. If your name has been omitted or misprinted, please accept our apologies. Notify Development Assistant Bobby Bangert at 215.922.8900 x46 or bbangert@ ardentheatre.org. Although space does not allow us to list gifts less than $75, we gratefully acknowledge the contributions.

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Why I Support the Arden “Arden Theatre Company is dedicated to bringing to life the greatest stories by the greatest storytellers of all time.”

Sylvan Society member Bethany Asplundh (right) and Nancy Wolf (left)

The lights dim. I make a few last minute adjustments to my coat on the back of my chair, cross my legs, and settle into my seat. As usual, I have little or no idea about the play I am about to see; a direct result of no time for research combined with trust that whatever the Arden is putting on will be worth my while. I close my eyes for a moment, and when I open them I am somewhere else. Completely. The suspension of disbelief comes easily to me, and I have always loved the first few moments of a show, when I am transported into a magic world that amazingly somehow mirrors my own inner world.

Obviously I enjoy live theater, and while there is much great theater in Philadelphia, I have chosen to support the Arden in particular for three main reasons: •The Arden consistently puts on interesting, thought-provoking, highly entertaining plays, making use of exceptionally professional cast and crew. I am never disappointed, and often astonished. •The Arden is committed to outreach and education aimed at kids who otherwise may never be exposed to live theater. This is a beautiful and important service to the community. •The Arden is a fun place to be! Through my membership in the Sylvan Society I have gotten to know other theater-lovers like myself, as well as the dedicated staff of the Arden. Now is a great time to become a donor at the Arden, or to increase your donation. The Hamilton Family Foundation is providing an outstanding opportunity through a generous challenge: they will match every new or increased donation the Arden raises by June 30, 2010, up to $50,000. That means that each dollar you give more than last year is actually two dollars-worth of support for the Arden’s mission! Arden Theatre Company, like all non-profit organizations, depends on donor support to continue its existence. I am grateful to be able to contribute to this wonderful, magical place where I can believe the unbelievable and be transported deep inside myself through the story unfolding on the stage. Bethany Asplundh, Sylvan Society Member

The Hamilton Family Foundation, longtime supporters of our work with kids, has challenged us and you can help! We must raise $50,000 in new or increased gifts by June 30! If we reach our goal, the Hamilton Family Foundation will match our efforts with a gift of $50,000 in support of Arden Children’s Theatre and Arden for All, our education outreach program. Providing access to theatre and in-school programming for kids in our region is an essential part of our mission. Make a gift today and help us to reach our challenge! for a challenging year

To make a gift, contact Angela DuRoss, Development Manager at 215-922-8900 ext. 25 or go online: www.ardentheatre.org/support.


Board and Committee Members Board of Directors David Fryman, President N. Peter Hamilton, Vice President Andrea Mengel, Vice President Michael A. Donato, Treasurer Nancy Hirsig, Secretary

Board Development Committee Michael Donato Peter Hamilton Lynn Haskin Lee van de Velde Diane Dalto Woosnam

Brian Abernathy Nancy Burd Joy L. De Jesús Ellen P. Foster Matthew Garfield Elizabeth H. Gemmill Darrel A. German Carole Haas Gravagno Albert M. Greenfield, III Ronna F. Hall Joanne Harmelin Lynn Martin Haskin, Ph.D. Steve Heumann Susan G. Jacobson  Barbara Kaplan Virginia Kimmel Holly Kinser Richard L. Maimon John J. McCawley Amy L. Murphy Terrence J. Nolen Aaron Posner Charles H. Rose H. Hetherington Smith Harvey B. Swedloff Lee van de Velde Diane Dalto Woosnam Ellen Yin

Facilities Committee Hether Smith, chair Richard Maimon John McCawley Myles Pettengill Paul Thais

Board Executive Committee David Fryman, chair Brian Abernathy Michael A. Donato Ronna F. Hall Peter Hamilton Nancy Hirsig Virginia Kimmel Andrea Mengel Charles Rose Hether Smith Lee van de Velde

Finance Committee Michael Donato, chair Nancy Burd Ellen Foster Elizabeth Gemmill Steve Heumann Martin Rosenthal Harvey Swedloff Advocacy Committee Brian Abernathy, chair  David Glancey Terry Gillen     Julie Hawkins Susan Jacobson   Holly Kinser Institutional Giving Committee Michael Donato David Fryman Elizabeth Gemmill Carole Haas Gravagno Joanne Harmelin John McCawley Hether Smith Personnel Committee Lee van de Velde, chair David Fryman Elizabeth Gemmill Charles Rose Young Friends Committee Brian Abernathy Genvieve Goldstein Betsy Oliphant Brian Seaman

Individual Giving Committee Virginia Kimmel, chair Charles Rose, chair Sheryl Bar Giséle Bathish John Bitman Chip Capelli Joy L. De Jesús Terry Graboyes Wendy Greenfield Lynn Haskin Steve Heumann Nancy Hirsig Jill Kaplan Eric and Winnie Lien Peggy Morgan Richard Quinn Steven Segal Harvey Swedloff Rosalyn and Steve Weinstein Diane Dalto Woosnam Ellen Yin Education Committee Sheryl Bar Marla Diamond Dr. Dennis W. Creedon Dr. Carol Domb John King Jacqueline Matusow Ilene Miller Judy Paul Ilene Poses Granfalloon 2010 Committee Ronna F. Hall, chair Chip Capelli Michael Donato and Peter Sonzogni Maureen Ferguson Chuck Finch Ellen Foster Mimi Greenly Lynn Haskin Sue Jacobson Barbara Kaplan Betsy Oliphant Jan Shaeffer Brian Seaman Amy Williams Nancy Wingo Diane Dalto Woosnam

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Staff Artistic Producing Artistic Director............................................................................................................. Terrence J. Nolen Associate Artistic Director ................................................................................................................... Edward Sobel Associate Producer........................................................................................................................... Matthew Decker Artistic Assistant ..............................................................................................................................................Erin Read Literary Manager........................................................................................................................................Dennis Smeal Artistic Intern ............................................................................................................................................ James Yandoli Administrative Management Managing Director ............................................................................................................................... Amy L. Murphy General Manager........................................................................................................................................ Jennifer Peck Business Manager....................................................................................................................Courtney Spiker Martin Associate General Manager..............................................................................................................Mary Beth Simon Executive Assistant ......................................................................................................................... Christopher Hines Arden Professional Apprentices....................................Kristyn Hegner, Michael Hollinshead, Brittany Howard, Alan Johnson-McNutt, Mark Kennedy, Meredith Sonnen Arden Volunteer..................................................................................................................................... Jean Markovitz Marketing Art Director................................................................................................................................................Kristy Giballa Marketing Associate...........................................................................................................................Leigh Goldenberg Marketing Analyst ..................................................................................................................................... Abigael Reed Group Sales Associate................................................................................................................................. Nanci Cope Marketing Intern ..............................................................................................................................Meghan McKeown Development Development Manager.......................................................................................................................... Angela DuRoss Manager of Institutional Giving.................................................................................................................... Matt Ocks Development Assistant......................................................................................................................... Bobby Bangert Education Education Director.................................................................................................................. Maureen Mullin Fowler Arden Drama School Faculty.....................Bobby Bangert, Kala Moses Baxter, Matt Decker, Carla Emanuele, Liz Filios, Steve Gravelle, Jefferson Haynes, Millie Hiibel, Michael McElroy, Hillary Rea, Alison Roberts, Alexis Simpson, Scott Sheppard, Vanda Thomas, Anneliese Van Arsdale Front of House Box Office Manager.........................................................................................................................................Lynn Keily Assistant Box Office Manager............................................................................................................... Corey Masson House Manager.....................................................................................................................................Elisabeth Kersey Box Office Assistants.............................Michael Durkin, Carla Emanuele, Elisabeth Kersey, Michael McElroy, Fred Ott, Maura Roche, Ryane Studivant Production Production Manager........................................................................................................................... Courtney Riggar Technical Director................................................................................................................................. Glenn Perlman Associate Production Manager...................................................................................................... Jessica Day West Master Carpenter/Shop Foreman..................................................................................................... Will Lambrakos Master Electrician.............................................................................................................................. Martin Stutzman Costume Supervisor............................................................................................................................. Alison Roberts Properties Master............................................................................................................................ Meredith McEwen Charge Scenic Artist...................................................................................................................... Kristina Chadwick Production Stage Managers............................................. Stephanie Cook, Alec E. Ferrell, Katharine M. Hanley Assistant to the Stage Manager...................................................................................................... Brittany Howard Assistant Lighting Designer...................................................................................................................... Justin Smiley Audio Engineer ........................................................................................................................................ Larry Fowler Stitchers .......................................................................................... Lorraine Anderson, Bridget Reilly Beauchamp, Megan Diehl, Rachel Ford, Jenny Jacobs Dresser .................................................................................................................................................. Aurora Stanton Deck Crew.................................................................................................................................................... Kate Sabato Costume Interns ..................................................................................................... Cari Brezina, Samantha Sedoris


Passion Through the Ages Erin Read, Arden Artistic Assistant, asks both kids and adults about the emotions inspired by Romeo and Juliet.

Passion. A simple enough word that attempts to mine the most complex of human emotions: love and hate. Passion has inspired incredible works of art, created more than a few headlines, and fueled many a battle. In an age where we so often interact in the most impersonal of ways, where an old fashioned letter seems as out of date as a doublet and twittering one hundred and forty characters of information is all the substance we require, can we still access those affections that demand the utmost intimacy? Many of us use ‘love’ and ‘hate’ so casually–to describe our feelings toward a restaurant, a hairstyle, a movie. But what if we were to imbue those words with the full power of their meaning? Perhaps you have yet to fully experience them. Or maybe you can easily remember the moment you first understood what that skip in your heart was…

Do you remember first feeling love? Hate? “In eighth grade I developed a heart-pounding crush on a violinist in my youth symphony, where I played viola on Saturday mornings.  Too shy to acknowledge this openly, I spent long hours every week composing violinviola duets so I could ask her to stay after rehearsals and play them with me.  (I suppose I was inspired by Hector Berlioz, who composed “Symphonie Fantastique” so his beloved might hear it and understand the depth of his passion.)  We became good friends over time, though I never had the courage to put my feelings into words, only notes.  Ah, young love – tyer of tongues!” -Michael Hollinger, playwright “I’ve felt hate since I was little, because hate is a natural part of the human mind. [...] I needed to feel hate so I could identify love.” -Daniel Sabato, high school student. Brother of Kate Sabato of the Arden’s Deck Crew

What is love? What does it feel like? “It’s like…it’s like Mommy and Daddy with each other.” -Flynn Nolen, age 6. Son of Terry Nolen, Producing Artistic Director, and Amy Murphy, Managing Director “When you love someone you just feel it and you want to tell them.  Unless you love them secretly and then you can’t tell them because A) they would get surprised and probably tell the teacher and then there’s no telling what will happen to me, and B) then you’ve ruined your secret.” -Lily Greer, age 6. Daughter of Scott Greer, Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet

“Passion” comes from the latin word for suffering.  Are these emotions always to be endured? “Passion’s a funny thing... Sometimes passion and love are the same thing, and sometimes they’ve just got the same packaging. So many things felt like love when I was young, but... the angst... the turmoil! Love HURT, by god! But then one day you meet somebody, and you’re just in love with them. And they love you back. Period. No questions asked. It’s easy. Like you’ve loved them all your life and you were just waiting for them to show up. And it’s work... but it doesn’t hurt. No angst. No stuff. And it’s very, very easy.” -Krista Apple, Lady Montague/Balthasar in Romeo and Juliet

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When dining in Old City, we recommend these restaurants that support the Arden! All offer a special 10% discount to Arden patrons. Please ask your server for details. BISTRO ROMANO

120 Lombard St. • 215.925.8880 • www.bistroromano.com

This Historic Landmark, nestled in an 18th century granary, will stimulate your senses with an ambiance of candlelight and casual elegance while creating an unforgettable dining experience. Wine Spectator Award for our wine list! Voted a “Best of Philly” Restaurant, guests enjoy Bistro Romano’s acclaimed Regional Italian Cuisine and rave of the award-winning Caesar Salad prepared tableside and the romantic underground wine cellar for two. Please call for Wine Cellar and Mystery Theatre reservations. We are now celebrating our 21st year!

CAMPO’S

214 Market St. • 215.923.1000 • www.phillyhoagie.com

2009/10 Dining Partners

A legacy of quality, this classic, deli-style restaurant has been churning out delicious sandwiches since 1947. Order any of the special soups, salads, and sandwiches from this Philadelphia kitchen and you’ll see why it’s “where the locals go.” –USA Today

COSI

325 Chestnut Street • 215.399.0214 • www.getcosi.com

From our hand-tossed Signature Salad to our Tomato, Basil, and Mozzarella Sandwich served on warm flatbread, to the comfortable, urbane and contemporary atmosphere - Così is simply good taste. But we’re not just about sandwiches. Our distinctive menu offerings also include a wide variety of salads tossed to order, pizzas, soups, bagels, unique gourmet beverages and desserts. Something for everyone to enjoy - any time of day. Rated #1 in Fast Casual Restaurants by Parents Magazine.

FORK and FORK:ETC

306 Market St. • 215.625.9425 • www.forkrestaurant.com

Fork continues to set the standard for New American bistro dining. Chef Terence Feury’s fresh, seasonal cuisine reflects his passion for artisanal and local foods from home made pastas to house smoked pork chops. Part of Fork’s allure is its sophisticated beautiful interior, where the dining experience is anything but stuffy and uncomfortable. Open seven days a week, there is plenty of time before or after the show to enjoy lunch, dinner, or even just dessert. Come in to Fork:etc, our gourmet café for a quick and satisfying breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Our private dining room and catering services are also available for any party. Reservations are recommended.

FRANKLIN FOUNTAIN

116 Market St. • 215.627.1899 • franklinfountainphilly.blogspot.com

The Franklin Fountain is an old-fashioned 1920’s soda fountain and ice cream parlor that brings back magical memories of Americana through service of Sundaes, sodas and splits. Bowtie wearing soda jerks serve customers in an authentically replicated interior with real glassware and charm.

GIGI RESTAURANT & LOUNGE

319 Market St. • 215-574-8880 • www.gigiphilly.com

Fine dining food in a fun dining atmosphere. A local gem in Old City where everyone feels at home. A new American menu with an international flare.

RISTORANTE PANORAMA

14 N. Front St. • 215.922.7800 • www.pennsviewhotel.com

Featuring contemporary authentic Italian cuisine such as homemade pastas, tender veal and daily seafood specialties, Ristorante Panorama is located in the charming Penn’s View hotel, Front and Market Streets, Philadelphia. The wine program offers over 120 wines by the glass, and has received Sante’ Magazine’s “Wine Hospitality Award for Fine Dining,” Wine Spectator’s “Best of Award of Excellence,” Philadelphia Magazine’s “Best of Philly,” and Decanter Magazine’s “Best Wine by the Glass Program in North America.”

SERRANO 20 S. 2nd St. • 215.928.0770 • www.tinangel.com

Serrano has been a fixture in Olde City since 1985 and is everything a neighborhood restaurant should be. With a reputation for serving international fare at neighborhood prices, it is the perfect place to visit, kick back and enjoy; to bring friends and make friends. Comfort. Warmth. Home. After dinner, move the evening upstairs to the Tin Angel, our intimate acoustic café. From opening night, Tin Angel has presented an astonishing array of stars from the world of blues, rock, folk and country and has earned a reputation as the best club of its size in the country.

TRIUMPH BREWING COMPANY

117 Chestnut St. • 215.625.0855 • www.triumphbrewing.com

Triumph Brewing Company is a sophisticated restaurant & brewery featuring regional American cuisine and hand-crafted freshly brewed beer. Triumph is located in the heart of Old City.


RE-INVENT THE EVENT

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An Interview with the Stars of Sunday in the Park with George Jeff Coon and Krissy Fraelich star as George and Dot in the Arden’s upcoming production of Sunday in the Park with George. Beth Yeagle, Arden’s former Director of Marketing and PR, talked with the actors. BY: Jeff, you’re one of the great musical talents in Philadelphia and this production is full of music. What’s it like? JC: Stephen Sondheim is a genius. This music is so gorgeous – and I don’t know how he does it – but he manages to capture the sound of the beautiful painting the story is based upon. BY: How do you describe Sondheim’s sound? JC: Visceral. Intellectual. He’s a talent beyond compare. The only composer who comes close in my opinion is Richard Rogers (Oklahoma) in terms of overall contribution to the musical theatre canon. I do enjoy listening to up-and-coming composers like Rogers’ grandson Adam Guettal (The Light in the Piazza) and Michael John LaChuisa (The Wild Party). But I digress; did I mention that this story is one of my all time favorites too? BY: Why? JC: Because it’s a story about beauty and art. And it’s a story about the passion that goes into creating beauty and art. And it’s about contemplating the legacy that we leave. For me, a large part of my legacy is the art and beauty that are my children. BY: Ah you are a lovely, sentimental sort! JC: Indeed. I also really look forward to working again with Krissy.

JC: Krissy’s got a voice that will blow your mind. The last time we sang together at the Arden was in Baby Case about nine years ago. All I can say is batten down the hatches, girlfriend can SING. KF: [Laughing] Jeff is great. And talk about someone who can sing! I can’t believe he just told you about my hamster either but oh well. BY: You two seem to have a real rapport. Krissy, I know that you’ve also had a long history with this production’s director Terry Nolen; tell me about that. KF: Yes, I’ve known Terry since I was 11 years old and he directed me in Annie at Upper Darby Summer Stage. And I think you have the picture to prove it. BY: Seriously, you don’t have many secrets left now, eh? KF: That’s OK; it’s worth it. I’m so excited to be back at the Arden. I have three kids now so there’s a lot I give up to be on the stage. But I also know what it’s like to do something you’re passionate about and this is a project I am passionate about. I love performing; I feel like when I’m on stage I can really breathe. Plus it’s important for me to show my kids that you’ve got to do something that really matters to you.

BY: Tell me more about your friendship. JC: I’ve known Krissy since she was a teenager. I was her husband’s roommate when we were undergrads at Penn. I’ve been around Krissy a long time… I even remember her pet hamster, Peaches. BY: Oh my…what should our audience look forward to?

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Krissy Fraelich and Terry Nolen in 1984.


I was delighted to learn that Arden Theatre Company has decided to produce Sunday in the Park with George as part of their 2009/10 season. As you may know, the Arden has been the leading producer of my work in Philadelphia and no one knows better than I their passion and commitment to daring musical theatre. (Coincidentally, I happened to see Terry Nolen’s production of Opus, was knocked out by the play and then discovered that the playwright, Michael Hollinger, has a relationship to the Arden similar to mine: He and I are the most produced playwrights in the Arden’s history, a demonstration of their commitment to new work.) I was doubly delighted to hear that production will use Michael Starobin’s brilliant original orchestrations. At a time when so many larger organizations are producing reduced forms of shows like mine and the work of other experimental theater composers, it is heartening to know that the Arden exists. I applaud them for their commitment to not scaling back their art, especially in this time of economic uncertainty. I hope the production turns out to be what they want it to be, and I give my blessings and thanks to the Arden and everything they stand for. - Stephen Sondheim

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by James Lapine Directed by Terrence J. Nolen

MAY 27 - JULY 4 215.922.1122 • ardentheatre.org


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L to R: Caroline, or Change (2007), My Name Is Asher Lev (2009), Wittenberg (2008), Our Town (2008), Assassins (2007), Candide (2008), Opus (2006), The Piano Lesson (2008)


MEET THE COMPOSER

Arden Marketing Associate Leigh Goldenberg interviews Sound Designer and Composer James Sugg

For a sound designer, how is Shakespeare’s work distinctive? Language.  So much of the pleasure in a Shakespeare play lies in the language and the painting of verbal imagery.  A sound designer simply has to stay out of the way and leave space.

How do you anticipate the music in Romeo and Juliet being different from other Shakespeare plays you’ve worked on? I feel like music can lie at the emotional center of this play in a way that wouldn’t be possible in many of the comedies.  Romeo and Juliet encompasses so much of the variety of human experience: first love, violence and anger, simple wisdom, royalty or houses of power, youth and age.  This show asks for music that can express the breadth of life.  

What is influencing your design on this particular production?   Most certainly the setting and the work of the other designs is highly influential.  Each of the design elements set the play and tell us something of the particulars of this world. In my case, the music needed to have a youthful vibrancy first, pieces that might ignite the fight scenes and also songs that a person might be listening to when they first fall in love.  

Is there a particular moment in the play you are most excited about? I’m very excited to orchestrate the fight scenes in close harmony with the fight choreographer and the actors.  

What instruments can we expect to hear during the show? Strings!  This could mean a string quartet, an acoustic guitar, an electric guitar.  Electric guitars, and their vast varieties of distortions will drive the destructive elements of the show.  Spacious strings will hopefully provide the timeless regality and the sweetness for the young lovers.  Also organs.

MEET THE COMPOSER Salon Featuring James Sugg Thursday, March 25th from 6 – 7:30 pm at the Arden   Join us for this revealing evening in which Sound Designer and Composer for Romeo and Juliet James Sugg, recently featured on the cover of American Theatre Magazine, shares his love of music and the creative process and demonstrates the various instruments he uses to implement his compositions. Funded in part through Meet the Composer’s MetLife Creative Connections Program.

SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE Salon

Featuring Jeff Coon, Krissy Fraelich and Terry Nolen Thursday, June 17th from 6 – 7:30pm at the Arden   Go behind the scenes of presenting a Sondheim musical as complex as Sunday in the Park with George. Join Jeff Coon (George), Krissy Fraelich (Dot) and director Terry Nolen as they reveal insight into the life of the artist at work.   The Salons will be moderated by Matthew Decker, Arden’s Associate Producer. Enjoy a lively discussion and get the inside scoop while sharing a glass of wine and light hors d’oeuvres with the region’s hottest theatre professionals at these Arden salons. Tickets: $25 adults or $10 students with valid ID

215.922.1122 • ardentheatre.org Salon hors d’oeuvres are kindly provided by Old City Cheese Shop.


How would modern technology affect the outcome of events in Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet? -Maureen Mullin Fowler, Director of Education Having taught Romeo and Juliet numerous times over the past decade, I was constantly faced with the same reaction from students. Why didn’t they just call each other? Of course this ignites another discussion about the time period and how the forms of technology we are so familiar with today simply did not exist. In today’s world of Facebook, Twitter, AIM, email, text messaging and Skype, could these events have ever taken place? I asked a high school class to answer this question in their own words:

Lord Capulet, Juliet’s father, throws a party which Romeo and his cousins attend uninvited. They found out about the party when they intercepted the invitation being delivered personally. Today, Lord Capulet would have emailed invitations to his family members to inform them of the party; without the disturbance of Romeo’s interception. In which case Romeo would not have known about the party and he would not meet Juliet thus canceling the main event of the story; Romeo falling in love with Juliet. – Deondray Ivey If technology was a factor in the play [Romeo and Juliet], messages would be received instantly. In Verona, if someone wants to contact someone from far away they send letters in order to communicate. There was really no way to be sure that messages were received on time in those days, and in any age, timing is important. The power of technology consumes life today and in some cases technology is people’s lives. If technology had been introduced earlier, there is a definite possibility that many stories would have been told differently. – Onesimus Morrison When the Friar and Juliet planned Juliet’s death, Romeo had already been banished. Friar Lawrence wrote letters to Romeo to inform him, but the letters took too long to get to him. If cell phones had been invented at this time, Romeo could have easily received a text from Friar Lawrence. Juliet could have emailed Romeo and told him the plan and then he would not have killed himself. – Brianna Stokes

Students quoted above are in 9th grade at Philadelphia High School for Business and Technology, Through the Arden for All education program they have attended Romeo and Juliet, My Name Is Asher Lev, Something Intangible, Rabbit Hole, Peter Pan, and Blue Door


SPRING / SUMMER 2010 Theatre classes for kids and teens

KIDS’ CREW (Grades K-5)

One Day Workshops

Mon, Apr 5,12, 19,26, May 3,10 from 4:30-6:30pm: $120

Saturdays, 1 - 4pm: $30 per class ACTING (Grades K-2) - March 13 STORYTELLING (Grades K-2) - March 27 PUPPET MAKING (Grades 3-5) - March 27 MUSICAL THEATRE (Grades 3-5) - April 17

ACTING 1: Script

Apr 3,10,17,24, May 1: $100 per 5-week session

Mon, May 3, 4 - 6:30pm, Grades K-5. $40

IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE: ACTING

Play-in-a-Day

ACTING 1: Scripts - 10 - noon ROMEO & JULIET: Costume Design - 1 - 3pm ROMEO & JULIET: Light & Sound Design - 10 - noon

One Day Workshops

Saturdays, 1 - 4pm: $30 per class

Sat, 10 - 3pm. Grades 1-5. $50 per class, 3 for $125.

April 10

ACTING 2: Shakespeare Scripts

Saturday Classes

Show Time Workshop_

March 13

TEEN COMPANY (Grades 6-12)

Afterschool Classes

IMPROV - March 20 SHAKESPEARE: Hamlet & The Comedy of Errors - April 3 MUSICAL THEATRE: Les Miserables - April 24 ACTING - May 15

May 8 May 15

Eight-Week Classes

Mar 20,27, Apr 3,10,17,24, May 1,8: $160

Treasure Trunk: Fairy Tales (Kindergarten) 10 - 11am Storycrafters: Adventures (Grades 1-2) 10 - 11:30am Acting: Minds (Grades 3-4) 10 - 12pm Play Practice: The Stinky Cheeseman (Grade 5) 11:30 - 1:30pm

Spring Break Camp at the Arden

Grades K-5. Monday – Friday, 9 - 3pm. $300.

March 29 - April 2, 2010

Spring Break One Day Workshop ROMEO AND JULIET Wednesday, March 31

10 - 6pm (2pm performance of Romeo and Juliet) $80 includes theatre ticket An intensive full day Shakespeare workshop taught by Evan Jonigkeit (Romeo) and Shawn Fagan (Mercutio). Class covers speaking and performing the text and learning stage combat all on our mainstage. The day culminates with viewing the Arden’s Romeo and Juliet.

SUMMER CAMPS are held at Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street in Old City WK SESSIONS

DATE(S)

GRADES TIME TUITION

SESSION 1: Under the Sea - June 21 - 25 Grades 1 - 5 (must have SESSION 2: Around the World - July 19 - 23 completed SESSION 3: Animal Life - Aug 2 - 6 Kindergarten) SESSION 4: Lands of Make Believe - Aug 9 - 13 CLASS

3 WKS

Teen Camp

Kids’ Crew

CLASS

DATE(S)

MUSICAL THEATRE CAMP Three weeks!

Ask about multi-week discounts!

10 - 4pm ......... $375 or Extended Day Services

9 - 5pm ........... $425

Prices include camp T-shirt

SIBLING DISCOUNT!

GRADES TIME TUITION

Grades 6 - 12 Mon - Fri, July 19 - Aug 6

9 - 3pm

ardentheatre.org • 215.922.1122

$815 Includes camp T-shirt

Sign up one child for camp and each additional sibling is $50 off!



Romeo and Juliet Stagebill