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Lonely Pla ces

By: Genne Murphy Directed by: Kevin Glaccum

March 15 - April 1, 2012 The Off-Broad Street Theater

Kevin Glaccum Producing Artistic Director

Annie & Ken Goldenberg Honorary Producers



Costume Design JULIA POIESZ




Assistant Director ADAM DARROW


Production Manager TERRY SMITH

Production Stage Manager LAUREN TRACY Directed by KEVIN GLACCUM

World Premiere!

March 15 – April 1, 2012 Azuka Theatre is a 501(c)(3) Not for profit organization

CAST Frankie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mary Lee Bednarek Jeanette . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kimberly S. Fairbanks* Megg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Leslie Nevon Holden Jack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Joe O’Brien* Sam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Delanté G. Keys*

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association

Time & Place: Present, Philadelphia, PA. There will be one 15 minute intermission. Please turn OFF all electronic devices prior to the performance. Photography or recording of this production, including cellular phones, is strictly prohibited The noted Actors in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.





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Azuka Theatre is a member of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance (GPCA).

Azuka Theatre is a member of the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia (TAGP).

Azuka Theatre proudly participates in the Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre.

A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR Yo! Yeah, I’m a Philly boy, born and reared (I like to think my accent is gone, but I’m sure there are some who would disagree!). Growing up in Philadelphia is probably not as unique an experience as I may think it is; unique or not I do know that it has shaped me in ways I’m still discovering. It also informs the kind of theater I’m interested in making. For most of my life it seems Philadelphia has struggled to define itself. Are we a working class city or a big college town? Are the residents Phanatical sports fans or cutting edge medical professionals? Of course, we’re all of the above…and more. However, the desire to be a ‘world class city’ (a phrase that seems to permeate the political dialogue here) seems to reveal a city trying to find its place in the world—a situation common to the characters portrayed in the plays Azuka produces, and Hope Street and Other Lonely Places is no exception. That’s the kind of theater that intrigues me: the search for a place, a home, a person to connect to that helps us make sense of the world and our place in it.

Producing new plays has become a hallmark of Azuka Theatre and the development of those works a vital part of what we do. Hope Street and Other Lonely Places began as a series of one-act plays set in very specific Philadelphia locations: Wawa, the Penrose Diner, etc. I asked Genne to incorporate those one-acts into a single full-length play, hoping she could maintain the specificity of those singular Philadelphia locations. Wawa and the Penrose didn’t make the final cut, but the distinctive sense of place she created did. That’s one of the things I love about working on new plays, having the chance to have an impact on the final work. As a director, I’ll listen to anyone’s ‘two cents’ when working on a play (you never know where the next great idea is going to come from) so actors, designers and almost anyone that works on the production is encouraged to provide input into the process. Not that the play is hijacked from the playwright, but rather we gather a group of talented, impassioned people knowing they will try and create a great piece of theater. It can be challenging for a playwright to turn over their work to others and have them put their own stamp on it, it’s scary to give up your ‘baby’, but since this is Azuka’s tenth world premier I like to think playwrights trust how Azuka is going to bring up their ‘kids’! Thanks for coming and I hope that Hope Street and Other Lonely Places resonates with you as much as it did with those of us who brought it to life.

WHO’S WHO Mary Lee Bednarek (Frankie) is thrilled to be making her Azuka debut. She was last seen in EgoPo’s The Diary of Anne Frank. She has worked with many Philly companies. Favorite previous roles include Aimee in EgoPo’s Hell, Mistress Quickly and Lady Mortimer in Lantern’s Henry IV, Part I, Joan in Flashpoint’s Far Away, and Sharla in Theatre Exile’s Killer Joe which won a Barrymore for Best Ensemble. Thanks to Kevin and this incredibly talented group of artists and crew.

Kimberly S. Fairbanks (Jeanette) is delighted to be returning to work with Azuka! Recent credits include Plays & Players Theater (Claire &Miriam/The Eros Trilogy); Villanova Theatre (Lady Bountiful/The Beaux Stratagem, Bud & Pan/Bat Boy & Medea/Medea); The Mint Theatre-Off Broadway (Hagar/10 Imaginings of Sarah & Hagar); and InterAct Theatre Company (Denise Reeves/The Rant). In addition to her theater credits Kimberly can be seen and heard in numerous commercials, voice-overs, and independent films. Most notable on camera credits include the role of Gail in It’s a Miracle (PAX TV); Dr. Houseman in The Fall Before Paradise (Eden Productions) and the feature film What Happens Next (starring Wendie Malick & John Lindstrom). Kimberly is the 2011 KCACTF Irene Ryan National Finalist and the recipient of the National Partners Theatre Classical Acting Award. Kimberly earned her Master’s Degree in Theater from Villanova University. Leslie Nevon Holden (Megg) is very happy to be making her Azuka debut. Many thanks to the cast & crew, especially Kevin. Quintessence Theatre Group’s repertory of The Venetian Twins (Columbina) and The Merchant of Venice (Nerissa). Walnut Street Theatre: The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley (Mrs. Cartero/Others) and A Christmas Carol (Ghost of Christmas Past/Others). 2010-2011 Acting Apprentice and Touring Outreach Company member with the Walnut St. Theater. The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre: Hamlet School Tour (Gertrude & Ophelia). Upcoming production: The Walworth Farce (Hayley) with Inis Nua Theatre Company. Much love always to Ava Diane, Malcolm Nelson and Lola Falana. Delanté G. Keys (Sam) is a graduate of Arcadia University. He has been working as both an actor and teaching artist. He has taught for People’s Light and Theatre Company, Arcadia University’s Camp Shakespeare, and Philadelphia Young Playwrights. He has appeared in The Nutcracker, What The Butler Saw, Road (Curio Theatre); The 8: Reindeer Monologues (BCKSEET); Six Degrees of Separation (Allen’s Lane Theater); Black Gold (InterAct Theatre Company); Kid Simple (Azuka Theatre); Fatebook (New Paradise Laboratories); Living News (National Constitution Center); One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (People’s Light and Theatre Company); and The Borrowers (Arden Theatre Company). Joe O’Brien (Jack) is honored to be making his Azuka Theatre debut. Some past favorite credits: Fallow (Danny, People’s Light), Pardon My Invasion (Sarge, Plays and Players), Taming of the Shrew (Lucentio, Teatro delle Due), Reefer Madness (Jack/Jesus, 11th Hour). Much love and thanks to the cast and crew.  For Dennis and Matt. Don’t. Lose. Hope.

Genne Murphy (Playwright) is a Philadelphia native and playwright. Hope Street and Other Lonely Places, her first full-length play, was a 2011 Eugene O’Neill national conference finalist. Hope Street was first developed by Azuka Theatre in its 2009 Spotlight Series. Genne’s short plays and monologues have been featured by Azuka Theatre, Flashpoint Theatre Company, MERGE at the Annenberg, Madhouse Cabaret, the Philly Fringe Festival, and LIVE at Kelly Writers House (WXPN). Genne is co-producer of Queer Memoir, a New York City-based storytelling series, which partnered locally with First Person Arts in 2010 and the Free Library of Philadelphia in 2011. She is also a recipient of a 2011 Leeway Foundation Art and Change grant. Genne earned her BFA from NYU’s

Tisch School of the Arts before returning to Philadelphia where she joined the staff of Philadelphia Young Playwrights as General and Program Manager; the organization also produced her first student play in 1999. She currently resides in San Francisco. Genne thanks her parents, siblings, family and friends for their love and support. Kevin Glaccum (Director) is Producing Artistic Director of Azuka Theatre, where he been a member since he appeared in Azuka’s first production La Rue des Faux. For Azuka he has directed productions of Act A Lady, Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, Nerve, Whisky Neat, Greek Active, Kid Simple, Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Barrymore Nomination; Best Director of a Musical, Philadelphia Weekly), Azuka One-Acts, Four, The Boys and Sincerity Forever. Other credits include Say Goodnight, Gracie (Act II Playhouse) The Rocky Horror Show, Club California (Arcadia University) Iron Kisses (Philadelphia Gay and Lesbian Theater Festival) and The Shoes (Philadelphia Fringe Festival). Before turning to directing he appeared in Azuka’s productions of Metamorphosis, Friends and An Artist’s Workshop. Kevin is a member of The Lincoln Center Directors Lab. Thanks to HP. Thom Weaver (Scenic & Lighting Designer). Previously for Azuka: Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom. In the area: Wilma, People’s Light, Lantern, Walnut, Delaware Theatre Company, InterAct, Curtis Opera, New Paradise Laboratories, Theatre Exile, 1812, 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, Cleveland Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Signature Theater Company, Lincoln Center Festival, Spoleto, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, and Yale Rep, among others. 2011 Barrymore for In the Next Room, 9-time Barrymore Award nominee, Helen Hayes nominee, and winner of the 2007 AUDELCO Award. Education: Carnegie Mellon and Yale. Julia Poiesz (Costume Designer) is thrilled for the opportunity to work with Azuka! Design credits include: Aliens (Theatre Exile), Red, White and Tuna, Speaking in Tongues (Walnut St. Theatre), 24hr The Bald Soprano (BRAT Productions), Dear Edwina (Mazeppa Productions), Voices of Christmas (Theatre Horizon). Julia also designs regularly for St. Joseph’s University and Upper Darby Performing Arts Center. She has a B.A. in Theater from DeSales University. Love to Mike. Robert Kaplowitz (Sound Designer) has been lucky enough to spend the last 20 years sound designing and composing, and has been honored with an OBIE award for Sustained Excellence in Sound Design and a Tony Award for Fela! He’s been a Philly resident for 2 years, and has enjoyed creating designs for PlayPenn, the Arden, Interact, The Wilma, PLTC, Elastic Theatre and Act II; further flung credits include Lincoln Center, The National Theatre of England, The Joseph Papp Public Theatre, MTC, and Sundance. He’s also married to a former John Deere Catalog Model whom he loves, along with his son Niall, more than any work he’s ever done. Janelle Kauffman (Video Designer) is a graduating senior at Drexel University. She has designed for Drexel University and around the city. Credits include: 12th Nite (Drexel), Kimberly Akimbo (Theatre Horizon), Rent (11th Hour/Drexel), Our Town (Drexel), Que[e]ry (Temple), and Revolution and a Sandwich (The Shakedown Project). Janelle also finds herself stage managing from time to time for shows like The Poet Laureate of Capitalism (Drexel/Riot Group), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Drexel) and Jonathan (Shakedown Project). She looks forward to graduating and beginning a mess of grad school applications. Christopher Colucci (Photography) makes sound, music, and now pictures – as a theater artist, composer and guitarist. In 2011, he received the Barrymore award for Outstanding Original Music and Sound Design for In the Next Room, or the vibrator play (Wilma Theater); and in 2010, the Outstanding Sound Design award for Azuka’s production of The Long Christmas Ride Home. Upcoming projects include:  Angels in America at the Wilma; How I Learned to Drive with Theatre Horizon, and Mr. Hart & Mr. Brown at Peoples Light. Thanks to Kevin Glaccum and the entire Azuka organization for so many wonderful opportunities, old and new. Avista Custom Theatrical Services, LLC (Properties). Avista was founded in 2007 as a properties design and construction firm. Avista specializes in custom construction, upholstery, soft goods construction, and also owns a lighting and prop rental house in Norristown. Avista’s work has been seen at Azuka Theatre, Flashpoint Theatre, Theatre Horizon, and Drexel University. Avista is in its fifth season as resident prop team at Act II Playhouse, its third season at InterAct Theatre, and will be joining the design teams at Theatre Exile, 1812 Productions and Bristol Riverside for the 2011-12 season. Please visit


the terrible girls (2011)

Nerve (2010)

Kid Simple (2008)

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2008)

The Long Christmas Ride Home (2009)

Four (2005)

2010-11 **Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom by Jennifer Haley *the terrible girls by Jacqueline Goldfinger 2009-10 **Nerve by Adam Szymkowicz **The Long Christmas Ride Home by Paula Vogel 2008-09 **Kid Simple by Jordan Harrison *Whiskey Neat by Bruce Walsh 2007-08 *Sweetie Pie by Madi Distefano Hedwig and the Angry Inch by John Cameron Mitchell music & lyrics by Stephen Trask

2004-05 **Laura’s Bush by Jane Martin **Four by Christopher Shinn 2003-04 *An Artist’s Workshop conceived and created by Alden Moore written by Raelle Myrick-Hodges 2001-02 **Sincerity Forever by Mac Wellman **Friends by Kobo Abe 2000-01 **Polaroid Stories by Naomi Iizuka 1999-2000 *Trouble With Bohemia by Raelle Myrick-Hodges Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka adapted by Steven Berkoff

2006-07 *Azuka One-Acts by various ‘Twas the Night by Veronica Griego Two Rooms by Lee Blessing Co-Produced with Blue Ridge Theatre Festival

1999 *La Rue des Faux by Raelle Myrick-Hodges adapted from James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room

2005-06 *‘Twas the Night by Veronica Griego *The Boys by Kris Elgstrand

*World Premiere **Philadelphia Premiere

WHO’S WHO Continued from Page 7 Michele Volansky (Dramaturg) is an Associate Professor of Drama at Washington College (MD), from which she earned a B.A. in English. She is also an Associate Artist and Dramaturg for PlayPenn, the annual new play development conference based in Philadelphia. She has worked on over 150 new and established plays in her professional career. Her work on Sam Shepard’s rewrite of Buried Child (directed by Gary Sinise) and Dale Wasserman’s One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (directed by Terry Kinney and starring Gary Sinise) earned her two Broadway credits and participation in the Tony Award for Best Revival of Cuckoo’s Nest. She has guest dramaturged at Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre Company, Theatre Exile, Azuka Theatre and 1812 Productions as well as at South Coast Rep, the Atlantic Theatre Company, Victory Gardens and Next Theatre, in addition to her staff time at Actors Theatre of Louisville (1992-95), Steppenwolf Theatre Company (1995-2000) and Philadelphia Theatre Company (2000-2004). Dr. Volansky has served as an artistic consultant for the TCG playwright residency program, a reader for the Eugene O’Neill Center’s National Playwrights Conference, as well as a grants review panelist for Philadelphia-area arts organizations. She is the 1999 inaugural co-recipient of the Elliot Hayes Award for Dramaturgy and was the President of LMDA, the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (2002-2004). Volansky’s book on playwriting and collaboration with Bruce Graham entitled The Collaborative Playwright was published in March, 2007 by Heinemann Press. She holds an M.A. from Villanova University and a Ph.D. from the University of Hull (England); her dissertation explored the intersection of theater and politics in the work of critics Kenneth Tynan and Frank Rich. Adam Darrow (Assistant Director) is extremely grateful for the opportunity to work here at Azuka. Adam is a graduate of Arcadia University where he studied Theatre and French and performed in The Glass Menagerie, Criminal Hearts, and The Rocky Horror Show, amongst others. Additional credits include As You Like It (Theatre Horizon), The Last Sunday in June (Quince Productions), and Twelfth Night (Magic Circle). Many thanks to Kevin, this amazing cast and crew, Amanda, David, Kara, and Mom, for all your love and support. Lauren Tracy (Stage Manager) is thrilled to be returning for another season with Azuka! She stage managed Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom and the terrible girls last season as well as Act A Lady this year. Other local credits include This Is How It Goes (Room 6 Theatre), The Winter’s Tale (Delaware Shakespeare Festival), A Christmas Carol (Walnut Street Theatre). She served as the ASM for Art (Act II Playhouse). She also serves at the Production Manager for Plays & Players Theater. She’s a graduate of Syracuse University’s Stage Management program. Thank you to Kevin and everyone else at Azuka, her parents, friends, and Andrew for all of their support. Amy Harting (Assistant Stage Manager) is excited to be working with Azuka for a second time! After graduating with a Chemistry degree, she got her start in performing arts while working on Hidden City Philadelphia. Since then she has gone on to work with the amazing companies of Theatre Horizon, Flashpoint Theatre Company, Theatre Exile, White Box Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe, and the Kimmel Center. When she’s not in a theater, she likes to go to the movies and watch TV on DVD for hours. Thank you to the Philly theater community for being so wonderful! Michael Troncone (Technical Director) is ecstatic to be TDing his 4th consecutive show with Azuka Theatre. He recently TDed for Theatre Exile’s Knives In Hens. He has also done work for the Walnut Street Theatre, Bristol Riverside Theatre, BRAT Productions, TSunPCo, PTC, 11th Hour Theatre Co., The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and many other theater companies in Philadelphia.  Love to Julia for all her support.

Welcome to our new home!

Azuka Theatre 1636 Sansom Street Philadelphia, PA 19103 Phone (215) 563-1100 Fax (215) 563-2100

STAFF & CREDITS BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2011-2012 David Fedor - President Heather Evans - Vice-President Andrea Sheaer - Treasurer Mark Andrews - Secretary Natalie Diener Kevin Glaccum Brian Moore Adam Travia

Assistant Stage Manager Amy Harting Carpenters Jay Wojnarowski, Joe Wozniak, Bill Zielinski Scenic Painter Kristina Chadwick Master Electrician Lucas Nguyen Electrician Scott Cocchiaro

AZUKA THEATRE STAFF General Manager Natalie Diener Producing Artistic Director Kevin Glaccum Director of Marketing Mark H. Andrews Artistic Associates Allison Heishman Mike Dees Production Manager Terry Smith

CREDITS Photo Credit Johanna Austin/ Graphic Design Mark H. Andrews & Derek Carnegie IT, Website Design & Maintenance Andrew Nelson Printing Quaker Printing

PRODUCTION CREW Technical Director Mike Troncone

SPECIAL THANKS Kate Tejada, Tyler Melchior & everyone at 1812 Productions, Roy Harker, Pete Wool, Joe Chapman, and Tanya Ward from First Baptist Church; Glen Knapp, Amy Hodgdon and Philadelphia Young Playwrights; Michael V. Erwin; Kelly Dunham; Clifford Greer & Andrew Cowles


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SUPPORT FOUNDATION SUPPORT William Penn Foundation The Wyncote Foundation The Lida Foundation Virginia and Harvey Kimmel Arts Education Fund Partners for Sacred Spaces Carole Haas/LM Charitable Gift Trust

PRODUCERS CIRCLE Honorary Producer Annie & Ken Goldenberg Harnelin Media Anonymous Producer Louis Bluver Dan & Christiane Geisler Bob & Sue Ann Marburg Elizabeth A. O’Donnell Associate Producer David Fedor Matthew & Marie Garfield Michael Norris Andrea Sheaffer

INDIVIDUAL SUPPORT Dreamer ($1000 - $2500) Patrick & Robin Tracy Optimist ($500 - $999) Karen & David Jones

Idealist ($100 - $499) Robert & Mary Anne Andrews Patrick Bell Martin Bodtmann Marie Conti Natalie Diener Heather Evans Marie T. Feehan Michael & Jill Feighan Dan Gannon Greg Gephart Bryan & Kathy Glaccum Maureen Glaccum Stephen Heishman Betsy & Ted Hershberg Stephen & Jane Heumann Kate & John Kerrigan Tom Korman & Ann Kirschner Noris W. Malvey Robert Mandel Dan Perelstein Lee Porter William F. Rahill Dito van Reigersberg John Tobin Lee Cooper Van de Velde Peter Wool Anonymous Realist (up to $99) Judy Adamson & Fred Jackes Ralph Andracchio & Daniel Kelly Todd Armstrong

Gail Bourguignon Tony Braithwaite Pearl Carpel Daniel Cheever Christopher Cline Quinn Eli Tony & Sue Faillace Molly Frantz Pat & Narinder Garg Amber Gaynor Terry Guerin Elizabeth G. Hersh & Greg H. Goldman David Jadico John Holt & Nancy Gable Joann & Michael Kean Jean Markovitz Christopher McCarrick Brian Moore Antonio Muniz Judie Nodler Sara Pilling Tom Shotkin Richard St. Clair Anonymous (List complete as of March 6, 2012) Azuka Theatre thanks all of our donors for their continued support of the work we do. If you have questions about supporting Azuka, please call Kevin Glaccum at 215.563.1100

Azuka Theatre is a proud participant in the Melissa Lynch Theater Memorial Fund for Saint Hubert’s, a Philadelphia Theater Community-wide effort to raise funds for the drama club and theatre at Melissa’s high school alma mater, St. Hubert Catholic High School For Girls. All proceeds directly benefit St. Hubert’s in Mel’s name and honor. If you are interested in making an individual contribution, checks can be made payable to “St. Hubert Catholic High School For Girls”, with “Melissa Lynch Theater Memorial Fund” noted in the memo line, and can be sent to:

St. Hubert Catholic High School For Girls 7320 Torresdale Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19136 Thank you for your consideration of joining the effort to honor such a wonderful actor, person and friend.

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