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Anniversary Season

Give $10 for our 10th Anniversary and help us reach our goal of $10,000! We've challenged ourselves to raise $10,000 in honor of our 10th Anniversary Season. To reach our goal, we're asking everyone we know to contribute $10 and help spread the word! It’s a small way to make a big impact for Azuka and our work. For every $10 increment you contribute, we’ll enter you into a raffle to win a package of tickets to Azuka and other theaters in the Philadelphia area. Give $20 – 2 entries, and so on. We hope you'll take part in our challenge by making your $10 contribution today! Want to see how we’re doing? You’ll notice our logo on our website has been emptied of all its color. The closer we get to our $10,000 goal the more our logo will fill up with color.

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Thank you for your generous support and for making our first 10 years extraordinary!

Kevin Glaccum Producing Artistic Director

AzuKA TheATre presents

nerve by AdAm SzymKowicz Featuring chArlie delmArcelle & leAh wAlTon Set Design dirK duroSSeTTe

Costume Design AliSA SicKorA KlecKner

Lighting Design JoShuA l. SchulmAn

Choreography KAren GeTz

Sound Design mATT ricchini

Original Music Andrew nelSon

Assistant Director mATT SilvA Production Stage Manager debby lAu Directed by Kevin GlAccum

Philadelphia Premiere!

April 8 - may 2, 2010 Azuka Theatre is a 501(c)(3) Not for profit orginization First produced on the New York stage by Packawallop Productions, Inc. Directed by Scott Ebersold

cAST Elliot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Charlie DelMarcelle* Susan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Leah Walton* *Member of Actors’ Equity Association

There will be no 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 Actor’s Equity Association, the union of professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

The Choreographer is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Inc. an independent national labor union.

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 Of all the extraordinary changes the world has gone through in the last fifty years, I think the rise in the use of computers and the accompanying growth of the Internet has been the most spectacular. I distinctly remember establishing my first e-mail account wondering why I was doing it as I was sure I wouldn’t use it that much. Now I have four accounts which I obsessively check on my PHONE every few minutes. As people have become more connected on-line it seems to me they have become more isolated sitting in front of their laptops. One of the avenues created to bridge this gap is on-line chat rooms and of course internet dating sites. A recent survey states that 26% of all internet users have visited a personals web site. That’s 39 MILLION people! I find that number staggering. That’s a lot of people looking for love, friendship, sex… SOME kind of connection they’re not getting in their lives. Another aspect of this new way of meeting people is how open we as a society have become about it. There was a time when placing a personal ad in a newspaper’s “lonely hearts” column would have been seen as an admission of desperation if not defeat. Now there are dozens of web sites loaded with pictures, likes, dislikes - even sexual preferences - all in an effort to find “the one”. I personally know a half a dozen very happy couples who have met that way. As someone who has dipped his toe in this particular pool (which I guess I can safely admit) I know from experience some of what Elliot and Susan, our protagonists in Nerve, are feeling as they embark on this first date. As I see it, first dates are all about hope: whether just hoping for a fun evening, hoping to get “lucky” or hoping you’ve found your life mate, the encounter is always heavily weighted with expectations. That can be a lot of pressure to place on one little date. Azuka is committing to giving voice to the people whose stories go unheard. Well, logging on to, E-harmony or Yahoo! personals you’ll get a part of those unheard stories; lots of walks on the beach, cuddling on the sofa and being as happy staying in as going out. Hopefully, Nerve can provide you with the rest of those stories; what happens when those profiles actually come face to face. Here’s wishing those 39 million people Good Luck!

who’S who charlie delmarcelle (Elliot) devotes much of this time to community outreach, theatre education and theatre for young audiences. He serves as: a roster artist for the PA Council on the Arts, an instructor for the Fulton Theatre Academy and an adjunct faculty member at both West Chester University and Albright College. He has performed locally for: Inis Nua Theatre Company, EgoPo Classic Theatre, White Box Theatre and the Vagabond Acting Troupe. This is Charlie’s second Azuka production having appeared in The Long Christmas Ride Home earlier this season. Special thanks to Kevin, Matt, Debby, Karen, Alisa, KO and the ever patient Leah for their constant love and support. leah walton (Susan) is very happy to be appearing with Azuka Theatre for the first time. Local performances include: Lantern Theater (Scapin), InterAct (Jihad Jones and Skin in Flames), Walnut Street Theatre (The Odd Couple), Pig Iron (Pay Up—Barrymore Nom. Best Ensemble 2006), Mum Puppettheatre (Rhinoceros), EgoPo (Vieux Carre and Spring Awakening—Barrymore Nom. Best Ensemble 2007), IRC (Gnadiges Freuline), New City Stage (Talk Radio), Montgomery Theatre Co. (10% Of Molly Snyder), among others. Original/ensemble created pieces include The Giant Squid and Echo. Training: Ithaca College, National Theater Institute, Moscow Art Theatre School and the Michael Chekhov Association. The Philadelphia Theatre Initiative has twice awarded Leah full scholarships to continue training in clown and movement-based performance work. Leah teaches acting at Walnut Street Theatre School and HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy. Adam Szymkowicz (Playwright) Adam’s plays have been produced throughout the U.S., and in Canada, England, The Netherlands and Lithuania. His work has been presented or developed at such places as MCC Theater, Ars Nova, South Coast Rep, Playwrights Horizons, LAByrinth Theater Company, The Lark, Kitchen Dog, HotINK, Theatre of Note and Studio Dante among others. Plays include Deflowering Waldo, Open Minds, Anne, The Art Machine, Pretty Theft, Food For Fish, Hearts Like Fists, Herbie, Incendiary, Old Fashioned Cold Fusion, Bee Eater, Temporary Everything, Susan Gets Some Play, Fat Cat Killers, Elsewhere, and Nerve. Several of his plays have been published, by Dramatists Play Service and Samuel French. He received a Playwright’s Diploma from The Juilliard School’s Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program and an MFA from Columbia University where he was the Dean’s Fellow. Szymkowicz is a two-time Lecomte du Nouy Prize winner, a member of the Dramatists Guild, the MCC Playwright’s Coalition and was a founding member of the Ars Nova Play Group. He has been commissioned by South Coast Rep. Kevin Glaccum (Director) is Producing Artistic Director of Azuka Theatre, where he has been a member since appearing in Azuka’s first production La Rue des Faux. For Azuka he has directed productions of 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 (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 The Lincoln Center Directors Lab. Many thanks to Charlie, Leah, Debby Lau, Matt Silva and this amazing Design team. Thanks HP. dirk durossette (Set Designer) has been designing sets in the Philadelphia area for the past ten years. He has worked for Temple Theaters, Temple Opera Theater, Villanova University, University of the Arts, Rock School, West Chester University, Drexel University, Amaryllis Theater Company, Act II Playhouse, 1812 Productions, InterAct Theater Company, Azuka Theatre, Gas and Electric Arts, Luna Theater, New City Stage Company, Freedom Theater, Mum Puppettheatre, Theatre Horizon, Enchantment Theater Company, and Philadelphia Young Playwrights. Alisa Sickora Kleckner (Costume Designer) is a theatre artist who has designed costumes, puppets, SFX makeup and masks for productions throughout the Northeast. As adjunct faculty and resident designer at Arcadia University, she teaches a range of courses as well as running the university’s costume shop. Alisa is

thrilled to be working with Azuka again. She has also worked with 1812, Act II Playhouse, Brat Productions, Historic Philadelphia, Walnut Street Theatre, Lafayette College and Muhlenberg College. With her husband Chris, she has established Little Bunny Voodoo, a puppet company for mature audiences. Look for us on Facebook. matthew ricchini (Sound Designer) is a freelance audio engineer and musician. He has worked for the Wilma, Philadelphia Theater Company, Philly Live Arts & Fringe Festival, Shakespeare in Clark Park, Arcadia University, Morgan’s Cabaret at the Prince, and many other arts organizations in this city. In 2008, he became part owner of The Marvelous Music in University City, expanding the small record shop to include musical instruments, where he continues to teach drum lessons. Currently, he can be found mixing rock bands at Kung Fu Necktie in the Fishtown part of Philly, recording local bands in the studio, and performing/touring in the band Arc In Round. He is very happy to work with Azuka again after a great time on Kid Simple. Andrew nelson (Original Music) is thrilled to be composing music for Azuka Theatre’s Nerve! Other projects include: composing/music directing for Comedy of Errors, As You Like It – Shakespeare in Clark Park; playing bass for Hedwig and the Angry Inch – Azuka Theatre; Candide, Assassins, Caroline or Change – Arden Theatre; Cherry Bomb, Bat Boy – 1812 Productions; The Sea – James Sugg; Lucia Joyce Cabaret – Pig Iron; Big Mess Cabaret; vocal arranging for Azuka’s ‘Twas the Night and Theatre Exile’s Mr. Marmalade; composing/performing for Dawn Falato’s St. Anthony’s Body, Cinema Workshop’s Roxy. Andrew arranges and plays bass & trombone for the Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret (City Paper Reader’s Choice 2006 – Best Drag Show). Joshua l. Schulman (Lighting Designer) received his B.A. in Drama and History from Washington College and a M.F.A. from Boston University. Joshua has lit many shows for Azuka over the years including Kid Simple, Sweetie Pie, and Four. Joshua was the 2008 Barrymore Award winner for his lighting of Art at Delaware Theatre Company. He was also nominated for a Barrymore in 2009 for lighting Rock ‘N’ Roll at the Wilma Theatre. Work for other companies includes Media Theatre Company, InterAct Theater, Flashpoint Theater Company, Lantern Theater, The Hidden City Festival, Theatre West Virginia, Rebecca Davis Dance Company, Hotel Obligato, and many more. Other projects that Joshua has worked on include being the programmer for Boathouse Row in Philadelphia along the Schuykill River and the associate designer/programmer for the Cira Centre next to 30th Street Station. Joshua lives in South Philly with his wife, Karen, and son, Elijah. Karen Getz (Choreographer) is a three-time Barrymore Award winning Philadelphia-based theater artist. She most recently received a 2009/2010 Philadelphia Theatre Initiative Grant in support of her upcoming comic-actors’ ballet, a new work which explores the beauty of human imperfection through the behaviors of artificially intelligent robots. Her first comic-actors ballet, Suburban Love Songs, premiered at the 2006 Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and was remounted by 1812 Productions. (Winner of 3 Barrymore Awards; best choreography, best ensemble and best sound design.) Disco Descending, her spandex-clad, Orpheus- inspired, sequel to Suburban Love Songs, opened the 2008 Philadelphia Live Arts Festival. She won a Barrymore Award for best choreography for her work on Hair at The Prince Music Theater and has choreographed over 50 productions in the Philadelphia theater community where she has also garnered Barrymore nominations for her work with The Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival, Act II Playhouse and 1812. Her last joyful collaboration with Kevin Glaccum was at Arcadia University where they did The Rocky Horror Show in the fall of 2008. matt Silva (Assistant Director) recently received his MA in Theater from Villanova University. Since earning his degree, he has assistant directed at The Arden Theatre, Act II Playhouse, and Mauckingbird Theatre. Other assistant directing gigs include the Kimmel Center's production's of The Fantastiks and Give My Regards to Broadway. Matt also directed the Devon Theatre's production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat and is slated to direct a new juke box musical called Burt & Me at Act II Playhouse this July. Big thanks and gratitude to Kevin, Mom, Dad, AXB, and HP for endless love and support. Avista custom Theatrical Services, llc (Properties) was founded in 2007 by Jennifer Burkhart, Amanda Hatch, and Travis Whitaker as a properties design and construction firm. Avista specializes in custom construction, upholstery, and soft goods fabrication, and also has a lighting and prop rental house in Norristown. Avista Custom serves as the resident prop team for both Act II Playhouse and InterAct Theatre Company, and has also been on the creative teams for several shows with Azuka Theatre, Flashpoint Theatre, Theatre Exile, and Theatre Horizon over the past three seasons. continued on Page 9

Sweetie Pie (2007)

Kid Simple (2008)

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2008)

The Long Christmas Ride Home (2009)

Four (2005)

2009-10 **Nerve by Adam Szymkowicz **The Long Christmas Ride Home by Paula Vogel

2004-05 **Laura’s Bush by Jane Martin **Four by Christopher Shinn

2008-09 **Kid Simple by Jordan Harrison *Whiskey Neat by Bruce Walsh

2003-04 *An Artist’s Workshop conceived and created by Alden Moore written by Raelle Myrick-Hodges

2007-08 *Sweetie Pie by Madi Distefano Hedwig and the Angry Inch by John Cameron Mitchell music & lyrics by Stephen Trask

2001-02 **Sincerity Forever by Mac Wellman **Friends by Kobo Abe

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

2000-01 **Polaroid Stories by Naomi Iizuka 1999-2000 *Trouble With Bohemia by Raelle Myrick-Hodges Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka adapted by Steven Berkoff 1999 *La Rue des Faux by Raelle Myrick-Hodges adapted from James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room

*world Premiere

An Artist’s Workshop (2004)

**Philadelphia Premiere


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debby lau (Production Stage Manager). Past credits: Stage Manager of Any Given Monday and Hunter Gatherers (Theatre Exile), Trad (Inis Nua), The Rock Tenor (JV Theatrical), the Barrymore Awards and Spark Showcase 08-09 (Theatre Alliance), The Shape of Things (Plays and Players), Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Prayers of Sherkin, and Our Town (Villanova); ASM of Hysteria, Scorched, Schmucks, and Rock ‘n’ Roll (Wilma); Assistant Set Designer of Made in China (Inis Nua); Director of Pirandello’s I’m Dreaming But Am I? (Villanova); 07-09 Production/Stage Manager fellow (Wilma Theater). MA in Theater, Villanova University. BA in Fine Arts (Theater), Rider University. Thanks to the cast and crew for their hard work and dedication. Terry Smith (Production Manager) has been working in Philadelphia for the past ten years as a production manager, lighting designer, and production electrician. He joined Azuka Theatre for Hedwig and the Angry Inch and has been the Production Manager ever since. He is also the production electrician for Philadelphia Theatre Company, and the moving light programmer for the traveling production of The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.

STAFF & CREDITS BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2009-2010 David Fedor - President Heather Evans - Vice-President Andrea Sheaffer - Treasurer Mark Andrews - Secretary Kevin Glaccum Annie Goldenberg Brian Moore Natalie Diener AZUKA THEATRE STAFF Producing Artistic Director Kevin Glaccum Director of Marketing Mark H. Andrews Literary Manager Allison Heishman Artistic Associate - Education Mike Dees Production Manager Terry Smith Administrative Interns Gary Rantz Danille Mangano

PRODUCTION STAFF Assistant Stage Manager C.J. Sikorski Head Carpenter and Scenic Painter Lance Kniskern Carpenters/Electricians Josh Carazo, Jacob Goddard, Joe Pacini CREDITS Graphic Design Mark H. Andrews & Derek Carnegie Production Image John Flak IT, Website Design & Maintenance Andrew Nelson Printing Quaker Printing

SPECIAL THANKS Kate Tejada, Tyler Melchior, Adam Riggar & everyone at 1812 Productions; Katie Lucille; Emily Todd; Corrina Burns; Chris Kleckner & Arcadia University; South Philadelphia Tap Room; Laris Kreslin & everyone at the Latvian Society; EgoPo Productions; Woody’s; Tre Rios; Melissa Lynch; Scott Vradelis & the staff at the UPS store.

SUPPORT FOUNDATION SUPPORT William Penn Foundation Phoebe W. Haas Charitable Trust “A” As recommended by Carole Haas Gravagno Phoebe W. Haas Charitable Trust “B” As recommended by Leonard C. Haas Otto Haas Charitable Trust #2 Philadelphia Cultural Fund Samuel S. Fels Fund Charlotte Cushman Foundation Drexel University The Lida Foundation Philadelphia Foundation: Virginia Brown Martin Fund

INDIVIDUAL SUPPORT Dreamer ($1000 - $4999) Lou Bluver David Fedor Andrea Sheaffer Optimist ($500 - $999) Josephine Klein Michael Norris Network for Good Anonymous (1) Idealist ($100 - $499) Robert & Mary Anne Andrews Tom Carragher Phyliss Cohen Kathryn Crary Natalie Diener Heather Evans Michael & Jill Feighan Mary Q. Frantz Christopher Frazer Vincent E. Fumo Gergory D. Gephart Bryan & Kathy Glaccum Annie & Ken Goldenberg: In Memory of Shirley Cooperman William & Carolyn Glaccum Maureen Glaccum & David Spears Jacqueline Goldfinger Aleksander Goranin Stephen & Pamela Heishman Betsy Hershberg Stephen M. Heumann David Ingram & Melanye Finister David & Karen Jones Sondra N. Jones John & Catherine Kerrigan Harvey & Virginia Kimmel Noris Weiss Malvey Robert Mandell Leonard Mangano Gary Mastroddi Ricky McIntire

Michael McKeever Tom Mendocino Susan Mock Brian Moore Kathryn Petersen Fernando van Reigersberg Kevin Riordan Noreen & Eric Tarr Ed Tettemer John Anthony Tobin Lawrence & Wendy White Graboyes Commercial Window Company Headlong Dance Theater Oller and Associates, Inc. Philadelphia Dramatists Center Realist (up to $99) Fred & Judy Adamson Sarah Anton Lois Grace Bauer Andy Bosco Jay & Nancy Berkowitz Aida Berzins Krista Billings David & Margaret Bradley Antony X. Braithwaite Krzysztof Bratun & Richard St. Clair Rich Brome Patricia Brotman Pearl M. Carpel Christopher & Peggy Cline Christopher Colucci Marie Conti Shirley N. Cooperman Dr. Allitia DiBernardo Natalie Diener Karen DiLossi Kathleen Anne Driscoll Joshua T. Eck Jason Evans Susan & Anthony Faillace Andrew S. Fatek John Frisbee & Jill Garland Daniel Gannon Narinda & Patricia Garg Herta Graham Nan Gilbert & Lou Grimaldi Leah Goldenberg & Aaron Bauman Amanda Grove Terry & Paul Guerin Ann Gundersheimer Christopher Haig Greg Goldman & Elizabeth Hersh Jessica Hogan Charles & Janet Hordis Robert C. Jones Dawn Marie Karolick Joanne & Mike Kean Patrice Kelly Delanté Keys & Kyle Danielson

James Kirby Sharon Kling Brett Krasnov Lindsay Krieg Anne Lynne Jean Markovitz Mary Martello Christopher McCarrick Thomas & Barbara McCarthy Kevin Meehan Jane Moore Genne D. Murphy Gwen M. Naglak Karen Nightenhelser Kathryn C. Nocero Genevieve Perrier Kathryn Petersen Sara Pilling Robert S. Plunkett Ryan Pratt Fran Prisco William F. Rahill James & Mary C. Randles Moira Rankin Constance & Steven Rea Vincent Regan Seth Reichgott & Meredith Methlie Gloria Reisman Peter Reynolds Robin Rodriguez Christina Root Janice Rowland Eduardo Ruiz Amanda Schoonover Margaret Smith Terry Smith & Kristyn Chouiniere Leda Sortolari & Michael Tratner David Speers Brad Tarr Allison Trimarco Char Vandermeer & Justin Bauer Jason S. Wahl Jane T. Warren Meg Williams JJ Tiziou Photography Little Bunny Voodoo The Philadelphia Casting Company Teatro Delle Due Anonymous (7) (List complete as of April 1, 2010)

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 215.733.0255, ext.3.

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Nerve Production Program  

Program for Azuka Theatre's Philadelphia Premiere production of Nerve.