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ARDEN THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS

WHIPPING MAN

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By Matthew Lopez Directed by Matt Pfeiffer

Oct 27 – Dec 18


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ARDEN THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS

WHIPPING MAN

The

By MATTHEW LOPEZ Scenic Designer

Costume Designer

DAVID P. GORDON

ALISON ROBERTS

Lighting Designer

Sound Designer

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THOM WEAVER

CHRISTOPHER COLUCCI

Assistant Director

Stage Manager

ERIC WUNSCH

STEPHANIE COOK*

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Directed by MATT PFEIFFER^ October 27 - December 18, 2011 Arcadia Stage

Special thanks to The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting Arden Theatre Company.

THE WHIPPING MAN is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC. The video and/or audio recording of this performance by any means whatsoever is strictly prohibited.

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.

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+ 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.

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WELCOME from the Producing Artistic Director

Welcome to The Whipping Man, a new play by Matthew Lopez.

Terrence J. Nolen

I’m fascinated by what inspires a playwright to write a particular story – the moment when they are moved to create a new play or musical. For Matthew Lopez, that moment was when he was researching the Civil War and learned that Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox the day before the observance of Passover. “It was this eureka moment,” Mr. Lopez has been quoted as saying. “As these slaves were being freed in the American South, there was this ancient observance of the Exodus story.” These “eureka” moments sustain a playwright over the countless hours and often several years it can take for a new work to come to fruition. It guides the play’s development, inspires their artistic collaborators, and hopefully leads to a connection with you our audience. Many of the stories that we are bringing to the stage this season are new plays (with Cyrano, a new adaptation): this year’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris; Michael Hollinger and Aaron Posner’s new adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s classic play; and Tulipomania, a new musical by Michael Ogborn that draws parallels between the 17th century Dutch tulip bulb bubble and our own recent financial woes. Each of these writers had their own unique inspiration – their own “eureka” moment that compelled them to create. These “eureka” moments also inspire us as a theatre to forge relationships that allow us to extend and deepen your experience with a playwright’s work. Theatre is a collaborative art form, and we are constantly seeking partnerships and connections with other organizations to maximize the impact of any given production. We’ve partnered with The Philadelphia Museum of Art and their exhibition of quilts from Gee’s Bend; with Christ Church for our production of Our Town; and, most recently (and deliciously), with Frangelli’s Bakery for Superior Donuts. For The Whipping Man, we started in our own neighborhood. Here in Old City there is the African American Museum (currently celebrating its 35th anniversary) and the National Museum of American Jewish History (whose new facility includes a core exhibition gallery about the Jewish experience during the Civil War). The Rosenbach Museum & Library is marking the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War with a remarkable blog entitled Today in the Civil War (http://www.rosenbach.org/learn/exhibitions/civil-warbegins) that showcases their collection. Cultural treasures abound in the Philadelphia region. More “eureka” moments await. Thanks for joining us for The Whipping Man and for being part of the Arden.

P.S. Our next production is Charlotte’s Web directed by Whit MacLaughlin. While certainly a departure from August: Osage County and The Whipping Man, it shares with these productions the same commitment to artistic excellence. In fact, several of the actors from August Osage are in Charlotte’s Web. Last season’s production of The Flea and the Professor was recently awarded the Barrymore Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical, further affirmation that our work for kids is great theatre by any standard. If you’ve never seen an Arden Children’s Theatre production, come see Charlotte’s Web. There is no better way to introduce kids to the wonder of live theatre – and to be reminded of that wonder yourself.


Cast of Characters In order of appearance

Simon .......................................................................... Johnnie Hobbs, Jr.* Caleb ................................................................................... Cody Nickell* John ...................................................................................... James Ijames*

UnDersTUDies: Steven P. Nemphos, Davon Williams

PLACe: Richmond, Virginia TiMe: April, 1865

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DIRECTOR’S notes Welcome to The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez.

Matt Pfeiffer

Great plays ask great questions. In The Whipping Man, we find questions about faith, race, family, and most importantly freedom. I’d like the conversation and debate to be as open as possible. In the spirit of that idea, I’d like to use this space to share two bits of text that have guided me throughout the process. The bible quote below is featured in the play. Bob Dylan’s song lyric serves as a timeless reminder of the ever shifting nature of this great experiment called America.

“Both thy bondmen, and thy bondmaids, which thou shalt have, shall be of the heathen that are round about you; of them shall ye buy bondmen and bondmaids. Moreover of the children of the strangers that do sojourn among you, of them shall ye buy, and of their families that are with you, which they begat in your land: and they shall be your possession. And ye shall take them as an inheritance for your children after you, to inherit them for a possession; they shall be your bondmen for ever: but over your brethren the children of Israel, ye shall not rule” Leviticus 25 The line it is drawn The curse it is cast The slow one now Will later be fast As the present now Will later be past The order is rapidly fadin’ And the first one now will later be last For the times they are a-changin’ Bob Dylan

BARRYMORE AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN THEATRE On October 3rd, the Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre were held at the Walnut Street Theatre. For the 2010/11 Season, the Arden received 22 Barrymore nominations, the most of any company in Philadelphia. Highlights of the evening included: Terrence McNally presenting Michael Hollinger the Independence Foundation Award for Outstanding New Play for Ghost-Writer, James Ijames winning the F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist and the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play award for the role of Franco Superior Donuts. Rob McClure winning for Outstanding Leading Actor in a Musical for The Flea and the Professor. Arden Associate Producer Matthew Decker winning for his direction of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Theatre Horizon. Producing Artistic Director Terry Nolen and Managing Director Amy Murphy presenting Harry Deitzler, the founder of Upper Darby Summer Stage (where Terry and Amy met and first worked together) the Lifetime Achievement award, The Flea and the Professor winning Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical. Congratulations to all the winners and to the artists that made our season a success.


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Who’s Who Johnnie hobbs, Jr. (Simon) is honored to be returning to the Arden after his debut in last Blue Door. Celebrating his 29th year, Mr. Hobbs is a tenured associate professor at the Ira Brind School of Theatre Arts at The University of the Arts. He is also the Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Academic Achievement Program and the advisor to the African Diaspora Collective. The Legacy of Love Foundation–Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (Philadelphia Chapter) recently honored Mr. Hobbs for his contribution in Arts & Culture. The three-time Barrymore nominee has played roles in many Freedom Theatre productions including Black Nativity, Black Picture Show, Simply Heavenly with Melba Moore and Zooman and the Sign with Virginia Capers (LA Premier). August Wilson works include: Fences, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Two Trains Running, and King Hedley II. He has traveled to China and Japan through Philadelphia’s Sister City Program. Noteworthy film and television credits: Star Stuff, The In-Crowd, Twelve Monkeys, Snipes, Up Close and Personal, The Wire, Rocky Balboa with Sylvester Stalone and Cover directed by Bill Duke. Mr. Hobbs also distinguished himself in a tour-de-force performance of Paul Robeson by Phillip Hayes Dean directed by Walter Dallas. JAMes iJAMes (John) is thrilled to be back on the Arden stage. Regional credits: An Empty Plate at the Café du Grand Boeuf, James and the Giant Peach, Romeo and Juliet, Superior Donuts (Arden), Grey Gardens, Ruined (PTC), PROM (New Paradise Laboratories), The Threshing Floor (Mauckingbird Theatre Company), One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Gossamer (PLTC), and Ponies (Gloucester Stage Company). James received a Barrymore Award for Supporting Actor in a Play for Superior Donuts with the Arden Theatre Company. He was also the 2011 recipient of the F. Otto Haas Emerging Artist Award. Next up: Shipwrecked at People’s Light and Angels in America at The Wilma. Much love to the entire Arden family. CoDY niCKeLL (Caleb) couldn’t be more thrilled about sharing the Arcadia Stage with these two gentlemen. Philadelphia: Arden, Crime and Punishment. Wilma Theatre, Outrage, The Understudy. NYC: The Cherry Lane, The New York Fringe, The Mac Wellman Festival, The Kraine Theater, and numerous workshops at The Lark, Lincoln Center Theater, Ars Nova and Epic Theater to name a few. Regional: Woolly Mammoth (Helen Hayes Nomination, Clybourne Park), The Shakespeare Theatre, The Folger Theatre (Helen Hayes nomination, Arcadia), Portland Center Stage, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, San Jose Rep, Playmakers Rep, Capital Rep, Two River Theater, Stamford Theater Works (Connecticut Critics Circle Award), Barrington Stage. TV and FILM: That 70’s Show, Celebrity Death Match, All My Children, Guiding Light, The Conan O’Brien Show and the film Dorian Blues. Cody is a graduate of The Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. As always, for Kate. www.codynickell.com MATTheW LoPeZ (Playwright) His play, The Whipping Man has, in recent years, become one of the more regularly-produced new American plays. Most recently, it was seen in New York in an acclaimed, sold-out run at Manhattan Theatre Club in a production directed by Doug Hughes and starring Andre Braugher. For this production, Matthew won the John Gassner Playwrighting Award by the Outer Critics Circle. The play premiered in 2006 at Luna Stage in Montclair, NJ and was subsequently produced at Penumbra Theatre Company, Barrington Stage and The Old Globe prior to arriving in New York in 2011. The Old Globe in San Diego

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Who’s Who presented the world premiere production of Somewhere, directed by Giovanna Sardelli. It had previously been seen in a workshop production at Summer Play Festival in 2008 under the title Tio Pepe. Matthew holds new play commissions from Roundabout Theatre Company and The Old Globe, where he is also Artist-in-Residence. Other plays include Reverberation and Zoey’s Perfect Wedding. He is currently adapting a musical version of the film Mad Hot Ballroom, to be directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell. MATT PFeiFFer (Director) is thrilled to return to the Arden. Previous Arden credits include directing A Moon for the Misbegotten, Romeo and Juliet and Go, Dog. Go!. Matt serves as the Associate Artistic Director of Theatre Exile where he’s directed Barrymore nominated productions of Shining City, American Buffalo, Glengarry Glen Ross, Bug and The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Other credits include: Walnut Street, Two River Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Lantern Theatre, 1812 Productions, Flashpoint Theatre, Brat Productions, and 15 seasons with the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. Matt is a six-time Barrymore nominee and recipient of the F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Theatre Artist. Thanks to Terry, Amy, and the entire Arden staff. Special thanks to this amazing group of collaborators. Love to Kim. DAViD P. GorDon (Scenic Designer) This production marks David’s 26th design for the Arden. Having designed almost 300 productions for theatre and opera, his work has also been seen in Philadelphia at the Wilma Theater, Philadelphia Theatre Co., Walnut St. Theatre, and many others. Other recent credits include designs in NY for The Public Theater, Theatre for a New Audience, Classic Stage Co., Juilliard Opera and Lincoln Center, as well as regionally for Long Wharf, Williamstown, Old Globe, Goodspeed, Huntington, McCarter, LA Opera, Kennedy Center, Arizona Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and Berkshire and Sarasota Operas. He has received three Barrymore Awards and 11 nominations for Outstanding Scenic Design, as well as IRNE and Connecticut Critics Circle Award nominations, and the 2003 Elliot Norton Award. David is a professor of Set Design at Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts. ALison roberTs (Costume Designer) is in her twelfth season as Arden’s Costume Supervisor. She has a BA in Theatre Arts from Rowan University and an MFA in Costume Design and Technology from Illinois State University. In addition to her staff position, she has designed costumes for numerous Arden productions. Last season, she designed A Moon for the Misbegotten, and Superior Donuts. Previously this season, she designed August: Osage County. You can also see her freelance design work with The Constitution Center, Theatre Exile, and Theatre Horizon. ThoM WeAVer (Lighting Designer) For the Arden: The Flea and the Professor, The Threepenny Opera, Romeo and Juliet, Blue Door, My Name Is Asher Lev. In the area: Wilma, People’s Light, Lantern, Delaware Theatre Company, InterAct, Azuka, Curtis Opera, New Paradise Laboratories, Theatre Exile, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, and Flashpoint Theatre Company, where he is Artistic Director. Other credits include: Theatre J, Two River Theatre, Cal Shakes, Children’s Theatre Company, Virginia Stage, Roundhouse, CENTERSTAGE, Folger Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse, Hangar, Syracuse Stage, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Signature Theater Company, Lincoln Center Festival, Spoleto, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, and Yale Rep, among others. 6-time Barrymore Award nominee, Helen Hayes nominee, and winner of the 2007 AUDELCO Award. Education: Carnegie Mellon and Yale.

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Who’s Who ChrisToPher CoLUCCi (Sound Designer) makes sound and music as a theater artist, composer and guitarist. Christopher’s work was last heard at the Arden in the 2009 production of Rabbit Hole, for which he received a Barrymore nomination in the Outstanding Original Music category. In 2011, he won the Barrymore award for Outstanding Original Music and Sound Design for In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play at the Wilma. Upcoming productions this season include Charlotte’s Web at the Arden; The Curse of the Starving Class and Angels in America at the Wilma; Of Mice and Men at Peoples Light; How i Learned to Drive with Theatre Horizon; Noel Coward’s Private Lives at the Lantern; and The Mousetrap at the Walnut. Thanks again to the amazing Production staff and artists at the Arden. sTePhAnie CooK (Stage Manager) Favorite Arden credits include, Assassins, Something Intangible and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, and she is very excited to be back again! A past Walnut Street Theatre apprentice, she most recently stage managed Theatre Horizon’s production of Kimberly Akimbo. Proud member of AEA. She is thankful for the opportunity and sends love to her family and Colin. eriC WUnsCh (Assistant Director) is ecstatic to be working with such an amazing cast and crew. Recent experience includes acting with Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre (Henry V, Hamlet, As You Like It), directing The Typographer’s Dream (New Hope Players) and Lion El Leon (Philly Fringe), and (AD’ing) Mistakes Were Made (1812 Productions). Thanks to my lady Sarah, the cast and crew, and Matt for this opportunity and his invaluable guidance. 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 Rogelio Martinez’s When Tang Met Laika at Denver Center Theatre Company. 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 our new-work development program, the Independence Foundation

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Who’s Who 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 languageinterpreted, 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 272 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, 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 • Q BBQ & Tequila Bar • Frangelli’s Bakery • National Museum of American Jewish History • The Participants of the 2011 Lambertville Civil War Reenactment

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Why I Support the Arden‌. The plays we have seen at the Arden have given us the opportunity to share in common our perceptions and have led to spirited discussions as a family. - Saifuddin and Robin Mama

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Thank You to our supporters Alan Rothenberg and Enid Krasner Jerry and Bernice Rubenstein William F. Ryan Peter Ryker Ruth and Marvin Sachs Mr. and Mrs. A. Schmidt^ Ms. Kim Schmucki Carl W. and Mary Ellen Schneider Joseph and Louise Shaffer Elaine L. Sherman Victoria Sicks Virginia P. Sikes, Esq. Celeste Simon Ms. Anne Singer Bob and Harriet Singer Shirley Sivitz Leslie E. Skilton Ed Sobel Margaret R. Spencer John and Susan Stedman Rita Stevens Robert Stewart and Barbara Barnett-Stewart Paul Stone Ruth P. Stuessy Richard and Anne Tax Lorraine Toji Cathy Toner* Lisa Truckess The Vandergrift-Baxter Family Emily and Charles Wagner M. Jane Williams Bertram and Lorle Wolfson Benjamin Zuckerman and Marian Robinson $75 - $124 Lawrence Abramson David Acton Nan Alderson Reverend Albert Alspach Albert and Patricia Anderson Dr. and Mrs. Anthony J. Andrews Helen Aster Ann and Larry Auerweck Rita Axelrod Cynthia and Burgess Ayres Dr. Donald Bakove and Margaret G. McLaughlin Robert Bauer and Sandy Clay Bauer Richard and Eileen Bazelon Bikki Bevelhymer-Chiang Dr. and Mrs. Benjamin Blank

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Thank You to our supporters $75 - $124 continued Gregory Kleiber Mary and Dean Kline Steven Knepper Christal Kozloski* Stephen and Helene Kunkel Sherman Labovitz David Ladov Robert Lamb^ Bob and Mary Lawler John and Joanne Lawson Kathryn Lee Daniel T. Lee Lisa Lee Bob and Sharon Leib Natalie Levkovich Norman and Sylvia Lieberman Karen Lisker Perry Watts and Samuel Litwin Daniel and Linda Litwin Nancy and Jerry Lutin Ronnie and Larry Margel Betty Margolis and Sidney Arenson Milton and Renee Margulies Glenda Marshall Irwin Matusow and Barbara Rudnick Linda McAleer and Maitlon Russell Richard and Gretchen McCann Lorraine and Bruce McMahon Celeste McMenamin Tom and Helen McNutt Cheryl Meyer Marianne Miller Ellen Monsees Stephen and Lisa Morano Jeff and Maxine Morgan Mr. and Mrs. David N. Mosteller Claire Moyer Kathleen Moyer Carmen Mucci and Lois Marianni Theodore Munz Jr. Paul Yaros and Craig Murray Kenneth and Susan Myers John and Shirley Neff Mr. and Mrs. Gene Nicholls Bonnie and Eliot Nierman Kathy Nolen Edwards and Bill Edwards Jay and Joan Ochroch Timothy O’Malley Linda Osler Stanton S. Oswald Sandra Packel Sydney S. Pasternack Jane G. Pepper

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Mel and Susanne Shuster Anonymous James L. Smith In Memory of Ruth Soloman Smith Jay Snyderman Anonymous Phillip and Karen Spiker, in honor of Courtney Spiker Martin Daniel Steiker Leon and Marcia Steinberg Joel and Barbara Stewart Debra Strauss Sally Switzer Nina Tafel Marion and Richard Taxin Anonymous Joel Temple Joseph Terry William and Joan Thomas The Tobias Family Marian Tracey Linda Traver-Neeld and Ken Neeld Brenda Freitag and Chet Tuthill John Urofsky Gilbert Feinberg and Nadeen Van Tuyle William Vaughn Clifford and Ann Wagner Mr. John Waldie Beth Brooks and Bob Waterston Thomas Watkins Barbara Watson Jenny and Bill Webb Oscar Weber Vivian Weinblatt Harold Weiner Harry and Helen Weinheimer Anonymous Christine Winkelvoss Sam and Kuna Yankell Anonymous Barbara Zalkind Joan and William Zeidner* Michele Zeldner and Ian Wachstein * Denotes gift made through the United Way + Denotes gift of goods or services ^ Includes matching gift This list acknowledges donors as of Sept 5, 2011. 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 2011/12 board of Directors Ellen P. Foster, President Brian Abernathy, Vice President Andrea Mengel, Vice President Michael A. Donato, Treasurer Nancy Hirsig, Secretary Nancy Burd Joy L. De Jesús Nancy Elfant Robert Elfant David Fryman Matthew Garfield Elizabeth H. Gemmill Darrel A. German 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 Charles H. Rose H. Hetherington Smith Lee van de Velde Stephen Wolfson Diane Dalto Woosnam Ellen Yin

board executive Committee Ellen Foster, chair Brian Abernathy Joy L. De Jesús Michael Donato Ronna F. Hall Peter Hamilton Nancy Hirsig Virginia Kimmel Andrea Mengel Charles Rose Hether Smith Lee van de Velde

board Development Committee Ellen Foster, chair Michael Donato Peter Hamilton Ronna Hall Lynn Haskin Lee van de Velde Diane Dalto Woosnam

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

Facilities Committee Hether Smith, chair James Kronzer Richard Maimon John McCawley Paul Thais Chris van de Velde

Finance Committee Michael Donato, chair Nancy Burd Ellen Foster Elizabeth Gemmill Steve Heumann Martin Rosenthal Harvey Swedloff

Personnel Committee Ellen Foster, chair David Fryman Elizabeth Gemmill Charles Rose Lee van de Velde

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

individual Giving Ambassador Committee Virginia Kimmel, chair Charles Rose, chair Gisele Bathish John Bitman Richard Frey David Hackney Steve Heumann

individual Giving strategy Committee Virginia Kimmel, chair Charles Rose, chair Lynn Haskin Nancy Hirsig Steven Segal Harvey Swedloff Diane Dalto Woosnam Ellen Yin

special events Task Force Ronna F. Hall, chair Nancy Burd Nancy Elfant Ellen Foster Sue Jacobson Diane Dalto Woosnam

strategic Planning Committee Joy De Jesús, chair Ellen Foster David Fryman Andrea Mengel Ellen Yin

The scene Committee Mike Donohue Seth Goldenberg Genvieve Goldstein Janeale Gottlieb-George Dana Marston Meghan McKeown

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staff Artistic Producing Artistic Director ........................................................................................................................Terrence J. Nolen Associate Artistic Director ...............................................................................................................................Edward Sobel Associate Producer ...................................................................................................................................... Matthew Decker Literary Consultant ............................................................................................................................................ Dennis Smeal Administrative Assistant ........................................................................................................................................ Bryan Kerr Artistic Interns........................................................................................................................... Lauren Gates, David Mackay Commissioned Playwrights ......................................................................Laura Eason, Laura Jacqmin, Rogelio Martinez Administrative Management Managing Director .......................................................................................................................................... Amy L. Murphy Business Manager .............................................................................................................................. Courtney Spiker Martin Associate General Manager ........................................................................................................................ Mary Beth Simon Arden Professional Apprentices........................................................ Kaleigh Malloy, Alan Paramore, Samantha Pedings Ryan M. Prendergast, Zach Trebino, Flora Vassar Arden Volunteer ................................................................................................................................................. Jean Markovitz Administrative Intern ......................................................................................................................................... Fen Tamulonis Marketing Director of Marketing and Public Relations ........................................................................................................ Ryan Klink Marketing and Public Relations Manager ................................................................................................ Leigh Goldenberg Art Director.......................................................................................................................................................... Kristy Giballa Group Sales Associate.....................................................................................................................................Shanna Tedeschi Development Development Director ................................................................................................................................... Angela DuRoss Director of Institutional Advancement .......................................................................................................... Jessica Calter Manager of Institutional Giving ....................................................................................................................... Sarah Sexton Development Assistant ..................................................................................................................................... Megan Staples Development Interns .......................................................................................................... Lucia Cumberland, Beth Miller education Education Director ............................................................................................................................ Maureen Mullin Fowler Arden Drama School Coordinator ..............................................................................................................Shanna Tedeschi Arden Drama School Faculty.......................................................... Chris Bresky, Matt Decker, Tara Demmy, Liz Filios Alex Keiper, Brian Kerr, Bi Jean Ngo, Steve Pacek, Hillary Rea, Alison Roberts, Ryan Touhy, Anneliese Van Arsdale Arden For All Teaching Artists..................... ........................ Kala Moses Baxter, Chris Bresky, Matt Decker, Liz Filios, Steve Gravelle, Courtney Spiker Martin, Michael McElroy, Bi Jean Ngo, Steve Pacek, Hillary Rea, Maura Roche, Jane Stojak, David Sweeny Education Intern .................................................................................................................................................... Mandy Fahey Front of house Box Office Manager................................................................................................................................................... Lynn Keily Assistant Box Office Manager ......................................................................................................................... Corey Masson Box Office Assistants .................................... Tara Bankard, Nanci Cope, Tara Demmy, Michael Durkin, Brielle Hart, Mark Kennedy, Elisabeth Kersey, Fred Ott, Katherine Perry, Meredith Sonnen, Production 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 ....................................................... Stephanie Cook, Alec E. Ferrell, Katharine M. Hanley Assistant to the Stage Manager .................................................................................................................... Alan Paramore Scenic Construction Intern .......................................................................................................................... Brooke Murray Props Intern ................................................................................................................................................... Kate Spendelow Costume Intern .................................................................................................................................................. Trevor Pierce Make-up Designer .............................................................................................................................................. Maggie Baker Vocalists ................................................................................................. Carl Clemons-Hopkins, Denise Moser, Tom Teti Clarinet Player .................................................................................................................................................. Jeri Greenfield


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An interview with the Playwright Associate Artistic Director Edward Sobel asks The Whipping Man playwright Matthew Lopez six questions.

E.S.: The Whipping Man prominently features the enactment of a Seder, a religious ritual from the Jewish tradition. Noting that modern American theater has its roots in religious ritual dating back to Ancient Greece; could you talk about the importance of ritual to you and your work as a theater artist? M.L.: Theatre and religion are both ritual-based enterprises. Religion is most decidedly theatrical and theatre, for some, is practically a religion. The two have similar DNA. What a ritual does is access your brain in a different way than mere words can. It’s why plays are meant to be performed and not read. Rituals engage your senses. There is an opening of the soul. We are pliant and receptive to ritual, both as worshippers and as audiences. Have you ever seen a play or film that actually changes how your body feels? Have you come out feeling physically altered in some way by the experience? I cherish the memory of those rare and wonderful moments in my life as a playgoer and I hope in my writing to try and find other moments like that for the audiences of my plays. That is, to me, the very goal of religious ritual and it seems a fairly good goal for theatre to have, as well. E.S.: The path this play has taken to achieving a level of renown has involved a number of productions at regional theaters over an extended period of time. You’ve referred to this as your “graduate school”. What was educational about the experience? M.L.: My path to a career as a writer could generously be called “circuitous.” I started as an actor and was still auditioning and working on that career when I started to develop this play. I knew my attentions could not be constructively divided and I had to choose. (I don’t believe this choice necessarily has to be made by everyone but it most decidedly had to be made by me.) And because of that, my career as a writer was already a bit further ahead of my realization that I wanted to have one. Suddenly I found myself in production on the world premiere of The Whipping Man before I’d had any real training. I was, in essence, thrown in the deep end and had to learn how to swim on the assumption I could swim. Most writers don’t start out that way. They go to school, they hit the career development circuit at places like Sundance or the O’Neill and then they’ll get their first production. I never had that. I learned in production. A student gets to make their mistakes in private. My mistakes were there for paying audiences to see.You learn quickly that way. It was my great fortune to learn how to hone a script in multiple productions of this play. That wasn’t by design, but rather good fortune. I have certainly had a unique experience getting this play to where it is today. I wouldn’t necessarily suggest anyone plan on taking this route but I am grateful it was mine. E.S.: The play is set at the close of the American Civil War, which I understand you researched diligently. What is it about this time period that most attracted you? What most surprised you? M.L: I have always been attracted to periods of transition in history, of quiet after calamity. How do you survive Auschwitz or the Rwandan genocide and return to normal life? What is normal life after that? In the American experience, there is no greater period of calamity and adjustment than the Civil War, on all sides and for all parties. It seemed so ripe for dramatic exploration: characters that are in flux and in danger in a world turned upside down, the breaking down of order, the destruction of a society, and the bewildering uncertainty for the future. That seemed to me fairly juicy building blocks for a drama. I think what most surprised me is how unbelievably fragile the specific sequence of events were that went into making the play possible. If only one thing had gone awry, if one of the generals had dug in his heels a little longer, if rational through had trumped emotional action on the part of everyone in this history, I simply wouldn’t have a story. It was a perfect storm of history. E.S.: Like a several other playwrights in our season this year (Bruce Norris,Tracy Letts) you started your career in the theater as an actor. In what way does that background and understanding of the actor’s job influence your writing?


I think actors often make for good writers because they, more so than anyone else, understand the rhythms of a scene and the soundness of an arc structure. Actors had an innate BS detector. They know when something is false because they’re going to be the ones up there every night. They are in the line of fire. I know that if I’m working with an actor I trust, I will always be well served by listening to what they have to say to me, either directly or indirectly. Just as they are there to help serve my intentions as a writer, I know that I am there to serve their ability to tell my story. Actors know what it’s like to give a performance and so, in the writing of the character, we are already beginning that process for the actor before their even hired for the job. And, secretly, we always write roles we want to play. E.S.: While I’m asking these questions I can hear an actor’s screams emanating from The Whipping Man rehearsal room upstairs. The play features some graphic physical distress. What role do you think damage to the human body, and depictions of it, plays in our culture? Why did you choose to include these events in the play? M.L.: I will tell you another dirty little secret: I hate plays in which if one of the characters could end the play by simply saying “screw this, I’m outta here” and doesn’t. I made a solemn vow never to write one of those. Hence all the things keeping my characters in this house: the weather, the outside threats and, for Caleb, the events to which you refer. It was pure manipulation at first. How can we beat this young man down as far as he can go, make him vulnerable as hell and simply not allow him to go anywhere, not even into the next room? Now, having said that, what it has become is a metaphor for the destruction this war has wrought. The impossibility of a clean and effortless return to normal. The lifelong scars of slavery and slave-holding. The mark of Cain upon this young man’s body as punishment for his complicity in this evil endeavor. In terms of the role of onstage violence throughout history, it is as old as theatre itself - the Greek and Shakespearian eye-gouging, infanticide, beheadings, poisonings, shootings and all those wonderful run-throughs with a sword. Theatre-goers are bloodthirsty people by and large. It harkens back to the Roman gladiatorial exhibitions. I think the difference, of course, is the effect the violence has on the story. At the risk of sounding flippant about human suffering, it’s no different than a song in a musical: if it helps reveal character or propel the plot, I say go for it. If it doesn’t, it’s gratuitous. E.S.: You’ve talked about part of the origin of this play being prompted by the question “What do I do know?” in response to a national calamity, be it slavery, the holocaust, the attacks of 9/11. What do you think has been our national response to that question historically or at present? What has been your own? M.L.: What those things all have in common is putting the lie to the notion that we have control over our lives. We might have the illusion of control and that illusion might go unchallenged for a very long time. But for most people—and for fictional characters, most especially—that notion will be severely challenged one day. And even if you are fortunate enough to get through life personally unscathed on the micro level you are still a citizen of the world and you must deal with the macro events along with everyone else. I do believe we as a nation are very poor self-reflectors. We don’t like to ask why things happen; we just know that they do and we react accordingly. It is the behavior of a very young and inexperienced nation, which we are. Most older nations have had to go through a painful yet necessary period of self-reflection, often more than once. It is the only way you grow as a person. Why should it not stand to reason that that’s how a nation grows, as well?


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Adapted from the book by E.B. White By Joseph Robinette Directed by Whit MacLaughlin

nov 30 - Jan 29 A wonderful tribute to one of the greatest stories for children ever written.

By Greg Banks Directed by Matthew Decker

April 25 - June 17 An action packed re-imagining of the legendary tale.

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A R D E N T H E AT R E C O M PA N Y

2011/12 SEASON WHIPPING MAN

The

By Matthew Lopez Directed by Matt Pfeiffer

“Outrageously Funny” –London Telegraph

By BRUCE NORRIS Directed by EDWARD SOBEL

CLYBOURNE

PARK

Oct 27 – Dec 18 The gripping post-Civil War reunion of a Jewish Confederate soldier and his family’s slaves.

Jan 26 – Mar 18 The 2011 Pulitzer Prize Winner, this provocative comedy makes its Philadelphia premiere.

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Mar 8 – Apr 15

IPoMANIA L U T

May 24 – Jul 1

By Edmond Rostand Translated and Adapted by Michael Hollinger Adapted and Directed by Aaron Posner

the musical

by Michael Ogborn Directed by Terrence J. Nolen

The most legendary nose in literature gets a makeover with this new adaptation.

An arousing new musical that gets high off our financial lows.

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The Whipping Man program  

Arden Theatre Company presents The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez, through December 18, 2011.

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