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Incident at Our Lady of Perpetual Help received its world premiere in 2019 at Chenango River Theatre (Greene, NY), Bill Lelbach – Artistic Director
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(In speaking order) Linda O’Shea Mike O’Shea/Father Lovett/Betty Heckenbach Josephine “Jo” O’Shea Theresa “Terri” Carmichael Becky O’Shea Stage Manager Second Stage Manager Assistant Stage Manager Stage Management Interns
Elise Rucker* John Plumpis* Erin Noel Grennan* Barbara Chisholm* Elli Maddock Brooke Redler* Andrea L. Shell* Brandon T. Holmes* Ariel Sheets, Emi Suarez
Time: 1973 Location: A city very much like Cincinnati INCIDENT AT OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP WILL BE PERFORMED WITH AN INTERMISSION. Scenic Artist Casting Associate Casting Assistant
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Linda O’Shea Rachel Jones Mike O’Shea/Father Lovett/Betty Heckenbach Phineas Clark Josephine “Jo” O’Shea/Theresa “Terri” Carmichael Tara Williams Becky O’Shea Makenzie Ruff This production is made possible in part by a generous gift from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. *Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
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INCIDENT AT OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP FEATURE Q&A WITH PLAYWRIGHT KATIE FORGETTE BY RUSSELL FLORENCE JR.
Why do you feel nostalgia, the 1970s in this instance, has the power to connect with an audience, particularly in terms of narrative? For people of a certain age, taking a look back at the 1970s can remind us of all the changes we’ve lived through regarding how we communicate with each other. The little sights, sounds and behaviors that were once a part of our daily lives that somewhere along the line disappeared. A busy signal. The clacking of typewriter keys. Waiting for the mail. Answering the phone without knowing who’s calling. But a big part of nostalgia also involves the fallibility of memory — and that’s what really fascinates me. How two people can remember the same event so differently. Especially family members. Our protagonist, Linda O’Shea, talks about the plasticity of memories, how they change over time with each recollection, to the point where, even when it comes to your own life, you may be considered an unreliable narrator.
What were some of your chief aims in creating this particular Irish-Catholic family? Is this in any way autobiographical? I was raised Catholic and attended parochial school for 12 years, so there are deﬁnitely similarities. My father was a cab driver who worked seven days a week. My mother had many jobs over the years. She sold Avon, real estate and worked for the phone company. She operated a small daycare business out of our home in addition to looking after my grandmother who lived with us for many years after suffering a stroke. My mother did all of this after giving birth to 10 children. The play’s main story is invented.
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Were you ever concerned about placing the “birds and the bees” conversation as the play’s catalyst, or did you immediately know it would provide creative opportunities to resonate throughout? I was concerned to a certain extent but the conversation that Linda has with Becky has to be inappropriate enough to induce apoplexy in Father Lovett. I think one of the reasons the conversation is so shocking is because it is between two young females, and in the ‘70s (and some might even say today), there were still hard and fast rules about ladylike behavior. There were things you didn’t talk about because those things were unseemly or shrouded in mystery with a high “ick” factor (female puberty).
In many respects, the women at the center of the play are survivors. Was there a particular message you wanted to send by crafting the play in this manner? I grew up in a Catholic family, and one thing that I witnessed that has always stayed with me is the dedication, hard work and unﬂagging volunteerism of the mothers and fathers of the parish — particularly the mothers. In my day, the moms did the heavy lifting: tutoring, bake sales, Catholic Childhood Association, festivals, bazaars, fundraisers, caring for the sick, emergency daycare. The organization, set-up and clean-up for every celebration under the sun from baptism to death was handled by the ladies of the parish. And if a surprise pregnancy or scandal popped up, they handled that, too. Sometimes while balancing a baby on one hip and a bag of groceries on the other.
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INCIDENT AT OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP BARBARA CHISHOLM (THERESA “TERRI” CARMICHAEL) Barbara is so delighted to be returning to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park for the third time, following appearances in the solo show Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End and as Annie Wilkes in Misery. She hails from Austin, Texas, and her recent credits include the world premiere of the Audible play Daddies and the world premiere of Un Año; Sugar in Tiny Beautiful Things; and in the U.S. premiere of hang. Other regional credits include ¾ Inches of Sky at The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis; Keep Your Forks at Berkeley Repertory Theatre; Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins at ZACH Theatre; The Women at San Diego Repertory Theatre; and Fixing King John with the Rude Mechs. Film and television credits include Fault Line, Mr. Roosevelt, Fast Food Nation and a supporting role in the Academy Award-nominated Best Film Boyhood. She has thrice been voted Best Actor in the Austin Chronicle’s annual Best of Austin Readers Poll and is the recipient of multiple B. Iden Payne Theatre Awards, Austin Critics Table Awards and Drama Logue awards for acting. As Producing Director of Red Then Productions, Barbara starred in When Something Wonderful Ends and produced three highly successful runs of a one-man adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry V. She teaches acting at the University of Texas at Austin. ERIN NOEL GRENNAN (JOSEPHINE “JO” O’SHEA) Erin is thrilled to return to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, where she previously appeared as Pooty in Craig Lucas’ Reckless. Additional regional theatre credits include The Outsider (world premiere) at Paper Mill Playhouse; A Christmas Carol at Geva Theatre; Timon of Athens at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; A Moon for the Misbegotten, Blithe Spirit and The Taming of the Shrew at First Folio Theatre; A Flea in Her Ear, The Foreigner and The Man Who Came To Dinner at Drury Lane Theatre; Noises Off at Totem Pole Playhouse; Unnecessary Farce (world premiere), Wit and Inherit the Wind at BoarsHead Theater; and seven seasons with Peninsula Players Theatre, including Making God Laugh (world premiere), The Tin Woman (world premiere), The Importance of Being Earnest, Sunday in the Park With George, The Game’s Afoot and The Last Night of Ballyhoo. In addition to her U.S. credits, Erin spent a year doing ﬁve productions with The Gaiety Theatre in Ireland. Television credits include The Other Two, Dr. Death, Bull, Law & Order: SVU and both Chicago Med and Chicago Fire, as well as countless commercials and voiceovers. Website: erinnoelgrennan.com. For Mom. ELLI MADDOCK (BECKY O’SHEA) Elli is ecstatic to be performing in her ﬁrst Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park show! Elli is a freshman at Ursuline Academy, and she loves theatre and art. She has been in several local shows with Encore Youth Theatre and Rise Up Performing Arts, with some of her favorites being the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz Jr., Young Anna in Frozen Jr. and Matilda Wormwood in Matilda the Musical. Most recently, Elli performed in The Children’s Theatre production of Elf the Musical Jr. at the Taft Theater. She wants to thank her parents and her friends for always believing in her and give a special shout-out to Rodney and Angie Neal for teaching her the love of theatre. Elli also wants to give a big thank you to Blake Robison for this amazing opportunity, and she hopes you enjoy the show!
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INCIDENT AT OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP JOHN PLUMPIS (MIKE O’SHEA/FATHER LOVETT/ BETTY HECKENBACH) John is grateful to ﬁnally return to the stage after more than two years. He previously appeared at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park as Fennyman in Shakespeare in Love. National company credits include Timon in The Lion King, Barrymore starring Christopher Plummer (also the 2011 ﬁlm) and Neil Simon’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor. He has appeared in multiple off-Broadway productions and in a wide variety of comedies, dramas, musicals and Shakespeare at many of North America’s leading theatres, from the Denver Center to Yale Repertory Theatre to Baltimore Center Stage to the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington DC, among many others. With New York’s The Actors Company Theatre, he was part of 31 productions as actor or director. His recent television appearances include Apple TV’s Little America, Half Life and HBO’s The Deuce. He is a frequent guest lecturer at colleges and universities, conducting master classes at over 50 institutions, and has taught multiple semesters at Montclair State University. Some of his thoughts on theatre have been published. In the spring of 2022, he will direct After Happily Ever After, a new musical, in New York City. ELISE RUCKER (LINDA O’SHEA) Elise is incredibly grateful to be making her Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park debut! She was most recently seen in Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s touring productions of Macbeth (Lady Macbeth), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena/Titania) and Romeo & Juliet (Friar Laurence). Elise received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Acting with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies from West Virginia University and has studied at The American Conservatory Theater and The Stratford Academy at the Shakespeare Festival in Ontario, Canada. While theatres were shut down, Elise discovered a passion for the creation of art through milk as a barista for breakfast enthusiasts. Other select credits include Cloud 9 (Maud/Betty), Three Sisters (Olga), It’s a Wonderful Life (Ruth Dakin), Bug (Agnes White), Spring Awakening (Adult Women), A Christmas Carol Live Radio Show (Belle), How I Learned to Drive (Mother) and Dog Sees God (Tricia). All of the love to her mom, dad and brother for their unwavering support. Visit eliserucker.com or follow her on Instagram @elisetrucker. KATIE FORGETTE (PLAYWRIGHT) Katie spent most of her professional life as an actor. At the Seattle Repertory Theatre, she was privileged to work with such directors and playwrights as Doug Hughes, Bill Irwin, Mark O’Donnell, Dan Sullivan, John Patrick Shanley, Liviu Ciulei, Lillian Garrett-Groag and Jon Robin Baitz. Her plays include Linda Loman is Leaving, A Facility for Living, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, The O’Conner Girls, Everybody’s A Critic, It Went Like This, The Body Snatcher and Welcome to Vital Vista Village. Her scripts have been produced at The Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT Theatre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, CAP21, People’s Light, Park Square Theatre, Barter Theatre, Austin Playhouse, Cortland Repertory Theatre, Dorset Theatre Festival, Vertigo Theatre, Taproot Theatre, Centenary Stage Company, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Bristol Valley Theater, Chenango River Theatre and Theatre 40. She lives in a tiny, brick house in Seattle with her favorite husband, actor R. Hamilton Wright, and a giant, judgmental, gray cat named Eddie.
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INCIDENT AT OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP BLAKE ROBISON (DIRECTOR) Blake is Producing Artistic Director of Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Now in his 10th season, he has diversiﬁed the Playhouse’s programming, embraced its tradition of new work, deepened the theatre’s community engagement and ushered in a new era with the ground-breaking of our new $49.9 million theatre complex. For the Playhouse, he commissioned and directed the world premiere of Karen Zacarías’ hugely popular comedy Native Gardens and then took it to the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and Arena Stage in Washington DC. Other Playhouse directing credits include Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace, Stephen King’s Misery, Shakespeare in Love, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Peter and the Starcatcher, Pride and Prejudice, Treasure Island, The Three Musketeers, The Last Wide Open, 4000 Miles, The Book Club Play, Abigail/1702 and Mad River Rising. Other regional directing credits include productions at Baltimore Center Stage, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Utah Shakespeare Festival, PlayMaker’s Repertory Company, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Round House Theatre, Clarence Brown Theatre, National Shakespeare Company and Vermont Stage. Internationally, he directed the Tennessee Williams classic Summer and Smoke at English Theatre Berlin and has worked several times at the renowned Avignon Festival in France. Previously, he was producing artistic director of Round House Theatre from 2005-2012, artistic director of Clarence Brown Theatre from 2000-2005 and founding artistic director of Vermont Stage from 1994-2000. Blake served on the Board of the Theatre Communications Group for six years. He was named a ﬁnalist for the 2019 Zelda Fichandler Award from the SDC Foundation honoring extraordinary work in the regional theatre. JO WINIARSKI (SET DESIGNER) Previous Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park credits include The Last Wide Open and Alias Grace. Jo’s off-Broadway credits include The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey; Love, Loss, and What I Wore; and Accidentally Brave. Regional design credits include the Guthrie Theater, Arizona Theatre Company, Utah Shakespeare Festival (over 40 shows), Pioneer Theatre Company, The Old Globe, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Dallas Theater Center and Geva Theatre Center. Additional credits include Wishes for Disney Cruise Line. Jo was the art director on Late Night with Seth Meyers for the ﬁrst ﬁve seasons and received an Emmy nomination for art direction for A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All. KATHLEEN GELDARD (COSTUME DESIGNER) Kathleen previously designed Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Alias Grace; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Misery; Shakespeare in Love; All the Roads Home; Little Shop of Horrors; and Mad River Rising. Other recent regional credits include Actors Theatre of Louisville’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Circle Mirror Transformation, Peter and the Starcatcher and Humana Festivals 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018; Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Macbeth; Arena Stage’s The Year of Magical Thinking; and Portland Center Stage’s Little Shop of Horrors. She has other regional credits at Huntington Theatre Company, Signature Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Florida Studio Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, Arena Stage, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Studio Theatre, Round House Theatre, Weston Playhouse, Imagination Stage, Flashpoint Theatre Company, Folger Theatre, Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, Studio Arena Theater, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte and Dance Exchange. Kathleen’s awards include a 2012 Bay Area Critics Circle nomination for Ruined at 14 | 2021–2022
INCIDENT AT OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP The Ground Floor at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, a 2012 IRNE Award nomination for Ruined at Huntington Theatre Company and a 2009 Helen Hayes nomination for The Neverending Story at Imagination Stage. She is an artistic associate for Signature Theatre.
XAVIER PIERCE (LIGHTING DESIGNER) Professional credits include the Public Theater (New York City), Steppenwolf Theatre (Chicago), Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Ashland, Oregon), Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis), McCarter Theatre Center (Princeton, New Jersey), Long Wharf Theatre (New Haven, Connecticut ), The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage (Washington DC), California Shakespeare Theater (Orinda, California), Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Indiana Repertory Theatre (Indianapolis), Arden Theatre Company (Philadelphia), PlayMakers Repertory Company (Chapel Hill, North Carolina), Westport Country Playhouse (Westport, Connecticut), George Street Playhouse (New Brunswick, New Jersey), Syracuse Stage, Two River Theater (Red Bank, New Jersey), Olney Theatre Center (Olney, Maryland), Intiman Theatre (Seattle), Arizona Theatre Company (Phoenix), Florida Studio Theatre (Sarasota), Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, Triad Stage (Greensboro and Winston-Salem, North Carolina), Charlotte Children’s Theatre (Charlotte, North Carolina) and Crossroads Theatre Company (New Brunswick, New Jersey). Xavier is a graduate of Florida A&M University and New York University Tisch School of the Arts with an M.F.A. in Design Stage and Film. Xavier is on faculty at Florida A&M University and a member of USA829. MATTHEW M. NIELSON (SOUND DESIGNER AND COMPOSER) Matthew made his Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park debut in 2012 with The Three Musketeers and has since returned for Abigail/1702, The Book Club Play, 4000 Miles, Sherlock Holmes, Peter and the Starcatcher, Sex with Strangers, Mad River Rising, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Summerland, Treasure Island, Misery, The Last Wide Open and Two Trains Running. Off-Broadway credits include The Public Theater/NYSF, Lincoln Center Theater and 59E59 Theaters. Regional credits include Denver Center Theatre Company, Portland Center Stage, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arena Stage, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Ford’s Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre, Barrington Stage, Round House Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Studio Theatre, Theater Alliance, Olney Theatre and Contemporary American Theater Festival. Film and television credits include Death in Time, Elbow Grease, Blue, Epix Drive-In, From Hell to Here and Too Like the Lightning. Matthew is the creator of audio drama series Troublesome Gap. He has won several awards for his work in the DC area, regionally and in ﬁlm. He is currently enrolled in the Songwriting and Music Production program with the Berklee College of Music Online. Samples can be heard online at CuriousMusic.com. STEPHANIE KLAPPER, CSA (CASTING DIRECTOR) Stephanie is thrilled to continue her 10th season of collaboration with Blake Robison and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Select shows she has cast for the Playhouse are Need Your Love; The West End; Destiny of Desire; Once on This Island; Alias Grace; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; The Thanksgiving Play; Two Trains Running and Cincinnati King. Her award-winning work is frequently seen on Broadway, off-Broadway, regionally, on ﬁlm, television and streaming 2021–2022 | 15
INCIDENT AT OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP media. She is dedicated to continuing to expand and champion diversity, equity and inclusion in the business. Connecting creative, caring people to each other to make extraordinary things happen is amongst Stephanie’s greatest joys. She is passionate about arts education and working with creative teams to develop new work and expand the scope of established work. She is a member of the Board of the Casting Society of America, Casting Society Cares and New York Women in Film.
BROOKE REDLER (STAGE MANAGER) Brooke is pleased to return for her sixth season with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Her off-Broadway credits include Breathing Time, The Faire and From White Plains (production stage manager, Fault Line Theatre). Regional theatre credits include Destiny of Desire, Once on This Island, In The Heights, Million Dollar Quartet, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Summerland and Native Gardens (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); Hair: Retrospection, Stillwater, The Whipping Man, August: Osage County, Cabaret and ﬁve seasons of A Christmas Carol (production stage manager, Kansas City Repertory Theatre); Peter and the Starcatcher and Richard II (Utah Shakespeare Festival); Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Center Stage in Baltimore); The Drowsy Chaperone, Is He Dead? and Harry the Great (Creede Repertory Theatre). Assistant stage management credits include Our Town, A Flea in Her Ear, Clay, Jitney and Love, Janis (Kansas City Repertory Theatre); and work at Starlight Theatre, Stages St. Louis and Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. Brooke also has worked in opera, with credits including Moscow, Cherry Town and Medea (PSM, Opera Long Beach); and Ariadne Auf Naxos, The Coronation of Poppea, Frida, Die Fledermaus and Tosca (ASM, Cincinnati Opera). She also spent two seasons at The Santa Fe Opera. ANDREA L. SHELL (SECOND STAGE MANAGER) See bio on page 25.
BRANDON T. HOLMES (ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER) Brandon is excited to return to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, having worked as a stage management intern during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. Playhouse credits this season include the world premiere of The West End and A Christmas Carol, as well as past credits of Merrily We Roll Along, Thunder Knocking on the Door and The Understudy. For the past eight seasons, he was the Production Stage Manager for Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati where he managed over 40 productions. Highlights with ETC include Fun Home, The Mountaintop, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, An Iliad, Grounded, Violet, Pipeline, The Humans, Skeleton Crew and Hands on a Hardbody. During the summers, he works with The Lexington Theatre Company where he has stage managed productions of A Chorus Line, The Music Man, Legally Blonde, West Side Story and Newsies. He has stage managed other regional productions including Hello, Dolly!, The Drowsy Chaperone and Side By Side by Sondheim (LOOK Musical Theatre); Red, White & Broadway and Golden: MTWichita at 50 (Music Theatre Wichita); and workshops with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and Cleveland Play House. Brandon is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. He would like to thank his family, friends and A.J. for their continued love and support.
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INCIDENT AT OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP WELCOME TO 1970s AMERICA BY NATALIE CLARE
Through her narration, Linda O’Shea takes us back to the 1970s when the events of Incident at Our Lady of Perpetual Help take place. Take a closer look at the real-world events that shaped the time period. WORLD EVENTS AND POLITICS • The U.S. withdraws troops from Vietnam in 1973, ending 12 years of combat in Southeast Asia. The withdrawal follows years of protests, national division and violence, and growing anti-war sentiment from across the country. • Social movements seek to expand fundamental rights for women, the LGBTQ community and Black Americans. Figures like Gloria Steinem, Angela Davis, Marsha P. Johnson, Harvey Milk, Shirley Chisholm and John Lewis become politically inﬂuential. • President Nixon is indicted by the House Judiciary Committee for his involvement in the Watergate scandal. He resigns from ofﬁce in 1974. TECHNOLOGY • IBM introduces the ﬂoppy disk in 1971 as an early solution for storing electronic data. • Motorola invents the ﬁrst mobile phone in 1973. It weighs over two pounds and measures over a foot in length. • Dr. Raymond Damadian invents the MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), which is considered one of the most signiﬁcant medical inventions in the century. Its ﬁrst use on a human takes place in 1977.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT • Music is available for purchase on vinyl, cassette and eight-track. Portable boomboxes, transistor radios and cassette players emerge as popular musical devices. • The Godfather is released in 1972 and ushers in a new era of big box-ofﬁce ﬁlms. Other blockbusters that follow suit include Jaws and Star Wars. • Punk rock, disco and funk become popular new musical genres towards the end of the decade. The Clash, The Ramones and The Sex Pistols inﬂuence the punk scene, while Donna Summer, The Bee Gees and KC and the Sunshine Band become disco and funk favorites. FASHION AND CULTURE • The time period is known as “the polyester decade” because of the massive availability of ready-to-wear clothing. • Trendy women’s styles range from hippie-inﬂuenced prairie dresses and ﬂoral accents to disco-type glamour. Women trade in the day dresses and petticoats of the previous decades for menswear-inspired trousers, jumpsuits and wrap dresses. • Men’s apparel branches out to embrace more color and more prints in what’s called “the peacock revolution.” They also embrace gender-neutral style accents like slimmer silhouettes, tight-ﬁtting pants with ﬂared bottoms and new materials like velvet and suede.
Take a closer look at the events that shaped the 1970s by visiting our blog at cincyplay.com/blog. 2021–2022 | 17
CINCINNATI PLAYHOUSE IN THE PARK Blake Robison Abby Marcus
PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR MANAGING DIRECTOR
WITH SUPPORT FROM
THE ROSENTHAL FAMILY FOUNDATION
DEBORAH ZOE LAUFER Noah Himmelstein
Se Hyun Oh Gordon DeVinney David Lander Megumi Katayama Betsy Rosen Stephanie Klapper, CSA
SET DESIGNER COSTUME DESIGNER LIGHTING DESIGNER SOUND DESIGNER AND COMPOSER PUPPETRY CONSULTANT CASTING DIRECTOR
FEB. 12 - MARCH 20, 2022 ROSENTHAL SHELTERHOUSE THEATRE
Additional support provided by The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust Rooted was commissioned through the Jerome Fey Endowment. Rosenthal Shelterhouse Theatre Season presented by
Additional support provided by
ROOTED CAST (In speaking order) Emery Harris Hazel Luanne
Tarah Flanagan* Tasha Lawrence* Emily Kratter*
Stage Manager Assistant Stage Manager Stage Management Intern
Andrea L. Shell* Tenley Pitonzo* Shelby Scafﬁdi
Time: Present day Location: Emery’s treehouse in Millerville, New York, a ﬁctional town about two hours north of New York City ROOTED WILL BE PERFORMED WITHOUT AN INTERMISSION
ADDITIONAL PRODUCTION STAFF Puppet Maker Assistant to Lighting Designer Casting Associate Casting Assistant
D. Tristan Cupp Kaylin Gess Lacey Davies Kate McMorran
This production is made possible in part by a generous gift from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
This theatre 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 and with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees-Local No. 5.
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ROOTED PLAYWRIGHT’S NOTES BY DEBORAH ZOE LAUFER
Look at us, back in the theatre! These past two years, I’ve often worried that we’d have to squeeze all the stories into those tiny Zoom boxes forever. But if you’re reading this program note — we’re back! And we’re at the Playhouse, one of my favorite places on earth.
I’m particularly excited to bring this play to the stage now because it’s so theatrical, with elements that require wildly imaginative designers and a visionary director like Noah to achieve. It’s what I’ve missed so much — the magic that great sets, lights, sound, costumes, puppetry can do. It’s something that can’t happen in any other medium. It’s something that those tiny Zoom boxes can’t contain.
Along with dozens of cats and dogs, I raised a woodchuck, a beaver, ferrets, deer, a grosbeak — whatever animals were orphaned or injured were left on our doorstep. Trying to understand what they needed, trying to see the world through their eyes, shaped who I am. This was originally a story I was developing for television, with all the animals from my childhood making an appearance. When I decided to make it a play, I needed another way in. I’ve been obsessed with Monica Gagliano, a scientist I discovered on YouTube — she does remarkable experiments about learning and consciousness with plants. When I’m obsessed with something, I have to put it in a play, so it was a natural shift from animals to plants. This is my third production at the Playhouse and my second commission. If you saw Be Here Now you’ll recognize Luanne (and Emily Kratter, the delightful actress who plays her). Rooted is also set in the same ﬁctionalized version of my childhood home. But I wanted to echo some of the themes of Be Here Now as well which feel more pertinent now than ever — the yearning for meaning and belief, the struggle to be truly present, the power of female friendship and what happens when you slow down time and allow there to be quiet and connection in the midst of a chaotic, sometimes frightening world.
But, theatrical as this play is, it’s also oddly personal. Growing up on 100 acres of forest in upstate New York, I spent hours alone in the woods with my thoughts, a writing pad and a lot of non-humans. Luanne’s story about spending a summer trying to get a frog to sit in her hand is right out of my childhood. 2021–2022 | 21
ROOTED TARAH FLANAGAN (EMERY HARRIS) Tarah is delighted to return to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park where she last appeared in Witness for the Prosecution. New York theatre credits include The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture, The Mint Theater Company and off-Broadway in the titular role of The Little Prince, directed by Kim MartinCotten, at the Pearl Theatre. Regional theatre credits include Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Cleveland Play House (Every Brilliant Thing and An Iliad), Clarence Brown Theatre, Crossroads Theatre Company, Eugene O’Neill Theatre, Fulton Theatre, Gulfshore Playhouse, Paciﬁc Conservatory Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company, Public Theatre in Maine, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Shea’s 710 Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival and The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (titular role in St. Joan). Film and television credits include Mother’s Book (directed by Keith Josef Atkins), FutureStates on PBS, As the World Turns and Darwin: The Series (directed by Carrie Preston). During the pandemic, Tarah has helped create video content for Cleveland Play House, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Great River Shakespeare Festival and the award-winning The Yellow Wallpaper for Actors Theatre of Louisville. She has been a proud company member of the Great River Shakespeare Festival since 2007 where she serves as co-Artistic Associate Artistic Director and Program Director for Shakespeare for Young Actors. EMILY KRATTER (LUANNE) Emily is overjoyed and honored to return to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park after originating the role of Luanne in the 2018 premiere production of Be Here Now by Deborah Zoe Laufer. She has performed and developed new works at Williamstown Theatre Festival, The New Group, Playwrights Horizons, New Dramatists, Portland Stage Company, LAByrinth Theater Company, New Georges, The Playwright’s Realm, The Lark, terraNOVA Collective, Axis Theatre Company and more. Emily recently starred opposite Karen Allen and William Sadler in the independent ﬁlm, A Stage of Twilight, expected to be released in 2023. Other ﬁlm/television appearances include Unforgettable (CBS), Half Brother and the upcoming Life After You. Visit emilykratter.com and at Instagram @emkratter for more. TASHA LAWRENCE (HAZEL) Broadway credits include Wilder, Wilder, Wilder; Good People; and Proof (national tour). Off-Broadway credits include Sam Hunter’s The Whale (Playwrights Horizons, Drama Desk Award nomination), The Few (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater) and A Great Wilderness (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Dominique Morisseau’s Pipeline (Lincoln Center Theater); Steven Levenson’s If I Forget (Roundabout Theater Company); Lucy Thurber’s Asheville (Cherry Lane Theatre); and Daisy Foote’s Bhutan (Cherry Lane Theatre). Regional theatre credits include Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House, Part 2 (Theatreworks, Hartford); Jen Silverman’s The Roommate (Actors Theatre of Louisville and Long Wharf Theatre); Theresa Rebeck’s Bad Dates (City Theatre); Keith Reddin’s Human Error (City Theatre); Dangerous Liasons (Huntington Theatre Company); and Harold Pinter’s Betrayal (Northern Stage). Film and television credits include FBI Most Wanted, High Maintenance, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Law & Order (Classic, Criminal Intent and SVU), Third Watch, Deadline, Kevin Hill, The Line (ACTRA Gemini Award nomination), John Turturro’s Romance and Cigarettes, Pooka, Hangnail and Sanctioning Evil.
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ROOTED DEBORAH ZOE LAUFER (PLAYWRIGHT) Rooted marks Deb’s third premiere at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, following Be Here Now and Leveling Up. Her plays have also appeared at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Cleveland Play House, Geva Theatre Center, The Humana Festival of New American Plays, Everyman Theatre, Primary Stages, Ensemble Studio Theatre and hundreds of other theatres around the world. Other plays include End Days, Informed Consent, Out of Sterno, The Last Schwartz, Sirens, Meta, The Three Sisters of Weehawken and Fortune; and the musicals Window Treatment and By Any Other Name, written with composer Daniel Green. Deb is a recipient of the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, the Lilly Award, The ATCA Steinberg citation and grants and commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, The Edgerton Foundation, The National New Play Network and the Lincoln Center Foundation. She is a graduate of Juilliard, an alumna of the BMI Lehman Engel Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop and a Dramatists Guild council member. Visit deborahzoelaufer.com. NOAH HIMMELSTEIN (DIRECTOR) In 2020/2021, Noah directed Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth and Heather McDonald’s An Almost Holy Picture (both at Everyman Theatre), as well as Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods throughout Symphony Woods in Maryland with 54 students in the middle of the pandemic. Additional credits include Chelsea Marcantel’s Everything is Wonderful (Philadelphia Theatre Company); Andrew Lippa’s I Am Anne Hutchinson/I Am Harvey Milk (Lincoln Center, Strathmore, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, LA & Denver); Daniel Zaitchik’s Inner Voices: The Costume (off-Broadway); Karen Hartman’s The Book of Joseph and Michael John LaChiusa and Ellen Fitzhugh’s Los Otros (Everyman Theatre); Jonathan Tolins’s The Forgotten Woman (Bay Street Theater); Bleeding Love (Frederica Theater in Denmark); Loving Leo (Weston Playhouse); The Harlem Renaissance (New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts); and Lincoln Center’s American Songbook. Assistant Director credits include Golden Boy (Lincoln Center Theater). Noah is Associate Artistic Director of Baltimore’s Everyman Theatre and a teaching artist for Broadway Dreams Foundation. He is a graduate of Emerson College. Upcoming productions in 2022 include Karen Hartman’s The Lucky Star and LaChiusa/Fitzhugh’s Los Otros (both off-Broadway) as well as the premiere of his debut ﬁlm ShirtTugger created with Noah Zachary. SE HYUN OH (SET DESIGNER) Se is a set designer from Seoul, South Korea. He is based in New York City, often working as an associate designer for shows on Broadway while designing sets for regional theatres. Selected regional credits include Man of God and Underneath the Lintel (Geffen Playhouse); Hold These Truths (People’s Light); Cambodian Rock Band, Yoga Play, Ofﬁce Hour and A Doll’s House, Part 2 (South Coast Repertory); and Silent Sky (Perseverance Theatre). Broadway associate credits include Dana H. and Is This A Room (Lyceum Theatre), Clyde’s (Helen Hayes Theater) and Cost Of Living (Manhattan Theatre Club). Off-Broadway associate credits include For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf and Ofﬁce Hour (The Public Theater), Cambodian Rock Band (Signature Theatre) and The Great Leap (Atlantic Theater Company). He holds a B.A. from California State University, Long Beach and an M.F.A. from Northwestern University. Visit www.sehyunoh.com. 2021–2022 | 23
ROOTED GORDON DeVINNEY (COSTUME DESIGNER) As Costume Shop Manager at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Gordon has designed numerous Playhouse productions including The Last Wide Open (2019), Be Here Now (2018), Disgraced (2016), Mothers and Sons (2016), Low Down Dirty Blues (2015), Circle Mirror Transformation (2015), Chapatti (2015), The North Pool (2014), The Book Club Play (2013), Hank Williams: Lost Highway (2012), Always ... Patsy Cline (2011, League of Cincinnati Theatres Award), The Pavilion (2011), The Piano Teacher (2011), The Understudy (2010), Victoria Musica (2009), Marry Me a Little (2009), Love Song (2008), Murderers (2007), Reckless (2007), This Wonderful Life (2006), The Clean House (2006), A Picasso (2004), Sing Hallelujah! (2004), Hiding Behind Comets (2004), Proof (2003), God’s Man in Texas (2001), Shakespeare’s R&J (2000), Wit (2000), The Woman in Black (1998), Coyote on a Fence (1998), Nixon’s Nixon (1997) and The Turn of the Screw (1997). His design for Nixon’s Nixon appeared at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Toronto and on London’s West End. His Playhouse designs for God of Carnage, Sleuth, God’s Man in Texas, Doubt, The Woman in Black and Nixon’s Nixon appeared at numerous regional theatres across the country. Recently Gordon designed The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later for Xavier University. DAVID LANDER (LIGHTING DESIGNER) David is delighted to be back at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Previous Playhouse credits include The Clean House (2005), Hiding Behind Comets (2004) and Closer (2001). Broadway credits include The Lightning Thief, Torch Song with Michael Urie, The Heiress with Jessica Chastain, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo with Robin Williams, 33 Variations with Jane Fonda and I Am My Own Wife, among others. Off-Broadway credits include King Lear with Kevin Klein, Macbeth with Liev Schreiber and Jennifer Ehle, The Tempest with Sam Waterson, Cymbeline with Hamish Linklater and Lily Rabe and Fran’s Bed with Mia Farrow, among many others. International credits include Raunaq & Jassi, a musical adaptation of Romeo and Juliet set in Punjab province in 1950 and produced in Mumbai; as well as theatre and opera credits in Tokyo, Dublin, London, Leeds, Caracas and Singapore, among others. David’s architectural lighting designs can be seen in theme parks in California and Florida and in public art installations in New York, Denver, Houston, Providence and Pittsburgh. Awards include two Tony Award nominations and ﬁve Drama Desk Award nominations with one win, and other awards. MEGUMI KATAYAMA (SOUND DESIGNER AND COMPOSER) Megumi is a sound designer, sound artist and composer based in New York. Her recent theatrical sound design credits include 72 Miles to Go… (Alley Theatre), Generation Rise (Ping Chong and Company, New Victory Theater), The Skin of Our Teeth and An Almost Holy Picture (Everyman Theatre), For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When the Rainbow Is Enuf (The Public Theater), El Huracán (Yale Rep/The Sol Project, Connecticut Critics Circle Award nomination), Pride and Prejudice (Long Wharf Theater), Mary’s Wedding (KC Rep), Pass Over (Studio Theater), Queen of the Night and Laughing Wild (Dorset Theater Festival). In addition to theatre, she has worked on art installations, audio plays, theme parks, events, ﬁlm, and television productions. Originally from Japan, Megumi holds a BFA from the University of Central Oklahoma and an MFA from Yale School of Drama. Member of IATSE USA 829.
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ROOTED BETSY ROSEN (PUPPETRY CONSULTANT) Betsy (she/her) is an international actress, puppeteer and teacher based in New York City. Her most recent credits include 9000 Paper Balloons (Puppeteer), the pilot series The Smack Dab in the Middle of the Day Show (Puppet Director/Designer/Puppeteer) and the puppetry series Beautiful, Evil, Lost (Puppeteer). Just before the pandemic, Betsy toured Australia with Dead Puppet Society’s Laser Beak Man, which culminated in a run at the Sydney Opera House. Her New York credits include Lincoln Center Theater, La Mama, The Drama League, HERE Arts Center and St. Ann’s Warehouse. Regional credits include Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Studio Theatre, Round House Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Folger Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company, Taffety Punk Theatre Company and Imagination Stage (Helen Hayes Award), among others. In addition to performing, Betsy directs and choreographs puppetry for the stage, as well as collaborates on the development of new plays. It has been an honor to return to the Playhouse, where Betsy previously consulted on Peter and the Starcatcher and A Prayer for Owen Meany and was a Bruce E. Coyle Acting intern in the 2012-13 season. STEPHANIE KLAPPER, CSA (CASTING DIRECTOR)
See bio on page 15.
ANDREA L. SHELL (STAGE MANAGER) Andrea is excited to be celebrating her 21st season with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, having worked on more than 90 productions, including 20 world premieres. This season, she takes the reins of the department, succeeding Jenifer Morrow as the Production Stage Manager. A highlight of every season for her is stage managing A Christmas Carol. Favorite Playhouse credits include Alias Grace; The Last Wide Open; The Roommate; Treasure Island; Be Here Now; Mr. Joy; Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End; Jane Eyre; Disgraced; Bad Dates; The Revolutionists; I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti; The North Pool; Merrily We Roll Along; As You Like It; Behind the Eye; The Understudy; Blackbird; Durango; Around the World in 80 Days; Altar Boyz; Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming; Reckless; Ace; The Clean House; A Picasso; One; Abracadabra (2002-2007); The Bible … (abridged); and Dark Paradise. She has also stage managed at Dallas Theater Center, The Old Globe, Cincinnati Ballet, Alliance Theatre, The Second City, and Ingenuity Festival of Cleveland. In 2014, Andrea joined the adjunct faculty of Xavier University’s Theatre Program, and in 2018, she became a contributor for Dramatics.org, writing backstage articles for their online content. Andrea is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. She would like to thank her family, friends, Dylan and Scott for their unending support. TENLEY PITONZO (ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER) New York credits include Sleep No More. Regional credits include Frankenstein: A Ghost Story; for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf; Unreliable; School Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play; Last Days of Summer; and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Kansas City Repertory Theatre); A Spectacular Christmas Show (Musical Theatre Heritage); Constellations (Studio Theatre); Three Little Birds, Caps for Sale (Adventure Theatre MTC); The Great Gatsby, Waiting for Godot, Little Women, The Birds, Taming of the Shrew, Henry V and The Comedy of Errors (Cincinnati Shakespeare Company); and Twelfth Night, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and Wild With Happy (Baltimore Center Stage). AEA Member. 2021–2022 | 25
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STEEL MAGNOLIAS By ROBERT HARLING
MARCH 19 – APRIL 17, 2022 A tight-knit group of six Louisiana women gather regularly to bond, dish and offer advice on everything from motherhood and marriage to tragedy and loss. As they ﬁnd their lives and relationships tested, their bonds with one another only strengthen. Written with heartwarming dialogue and snappy repartee, Steel Magnolias revels in the power and grace of female friendship.
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MARKETING VISUALS BY TONY ARRASMITH/ARRASMITH AND ASSOCIATES
The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati presents
BECOMING DR. RUTH By MARK ST. GERMAIN APRIL 9 – MAY 15, 2022 Many of us know Dr. Ruth Westheimer as America’s favorite sex therapist in the 1980s and ‘90s — but few of us have heard the story of this remarkable woman’s journey. In this heartwarming portrait, she narrates the harrowing and fascinating details of her life. Becoming Dr. Ruth is a humorous, affectionate and illuminating one-woman show that’s full of grit and triumph.
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INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORTERS $50,000+
THE ROSENTHAL ROBERT AND ADELE SCHIFF FAMILY FOUNDATION FAMILY FOUNDATION
$20,000 – $49,999
$10,000 – $19,999
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EMERGENCY SUPPORT The Playhouse would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the governments and institutions that provided critical support during the COVID-19 crisis: U.S. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
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COMMUNITY SUPPORT CORPORATE PARTNERS
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For companies looking to make a smaller investment in the Playhouse, the Corporate Partner Program is just the ticket. A gift of $500 or more is recognized in our show programs, provides invitations to exclusive events, and entitles your employees to receive a 20 percent online ticket discount throughout the season!
We are grateful for our Red Carpet Experience donors who treat their guests to an intimate, behind-the-scenes experience that also supports the Playhouse. To book your Red Carpet Experience, contact Mary Kay Koehler at 513-977-2026. Jack G. and Rosemarie Brown Mr. Robert C. Fee Richard Goettle, Inc. (3) Linda and Gary Greenberg KeyBank Messer Construction Ohio National Financial Services (3) Jerry and Betsy Shroat Jennifer and Woody Taft Truist (2)
$1,000 - $2,499 David J. Joseph Company Kroner Dry Cleaners Hixson Architecture, Engineering, Interiors ProLink Stafﬁng Skyline Chili The Summit Hotel Towne Properties $500 - $999 Coker Group Frost Brown Todd, LLC Homewood Suites by Hilton - Cincinnati Midtown in Oakley Station Jarrell Media Solutions Nottinghill Investment Advisers, LTD For more information about joining these organizations in support of the Playhouse, call Mary Kay Koehler, Director of Institutional Giving, at 513-977-2026.
IN-KIND CONTRIBUTORS Tony Arrasmith/Arrasmith and Associates The Blind Lemon & Eddie Sheppard Mr. and Mrs. Ray Cardona Emerge Managed Solutions, LLC Fox19 Now LumAware Safety Mt. Adams Bar & Grill Optic Lizard Productions Ms. Sharisse V. Santos Vincent Lighting WARM 98.5 WCPO-TV WDBZ-AM, 101.5 The Buzz WOSL-FM, 100.3 Cincy’s R&B WVXU-FM
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BOARD OF TRUSTEES OFFICERS Ellen G. van der Horst President Digi France Schueler Vice-President Austin Schiff Secretary James C. Leonard Treasurer Woody Taft Chair TRUSTEES Ronald T. Bates Mono Bhattacharya David Billmire, M.D. Douglas Brauch Ryan Brown
Robert S. Castellini Alva Jean Crawford Tiffany Dace Mark Dawes Scott X. Deters Timothy Douglas Peter A. Draugelis Louis A. Fender Elizabeth George Chandra Gravely Linda Greenberg Nirvani Head Andrea Herzig Bernita McCann Hightower Richard P. Homan Susan Ingmire Thomas M. Keckeis Terry Lemmerman
James C. Leonard Jacqueline M. Mack Kevin N. McMurray Danute Miskinis Roy A. Mitchell Sam Moore Dean A. Moulas Sara Phillips Debbie White Richardson Matt Reckman Margo K. Ross Jack Rouse KJ Sanchez Austin Schiff Digi France Schueler Jerry Shroat Joseph Steiner Woody Taft Marty C. Tomb
Ellen G. van der Horst Larry Vignola Al Vontz, III Jill Fox Warman Barbara M. Weyand Susan Whitman Ronna Willis Susan B. Zaunbrecher EMERITUS Otto M. Budig, Jr. Chuck Carothers David Herriman Andrew MacAoidh Jergens Morse Johnson Lois Rosenthal Howard Tomb Albert Vontz, Jr.
THE MORSE JOHNSON SOCIETY OF PLAYHOUSE IN THE PARK Thanks to your vision and commitment to the Playhouse, we can continue to produce extraordinary theatre for Playhouse audiences of tomorrow. We are grateful to you for including the Playhouse in your estate plans. This list recognizes members of the Morse Johnson Society as of December 4, 2021. For more information on joining or including the Playhouse in your estate plan, please contact Director of Development Bethany Doverspike at 513-977-2081. Anonymous Romola N. Allen Henrietta Barlag Roderick and Barbara Barr Peggy Barrett Mr. Neil Billman Rosemary and Frank Bloom Thomas J. Breed Charlin and Peter Briggs Jack G. and Rosemarie Brown John and Peg Bruggeman Susan and Burton Closson Carol C. Cole Richard and Theresa Curry Guy and Cathy DeDiemar Jackie Dieckman and Mike Camery Mrs. James M. Edwards Barbara Fitch Susan S. Friedlander Allison Gerrety Victoria Buyniski Gluckman Mrs. Charles Goering Madeleine H. Gordon J. Frederick and Cynthia Gossman Linda Greenberg Jan and Herman Groshoff Mary Hainline Cheryl Harden-Love Mrs. Robert J. Hasl Robert and Judith Heaton Mrs. Andrea and Dr. Edward Herzig Karlee L. Hilliard Andrew MacAoidh Jergens
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Judith E. Johnson M. J. Johnson Jan and Jay Kalagayan Winifred B. Kessler David and Janice Klocke Randolph and Patricia Krumm Ms. Abby E. Langdon Minor and Dan LeBlond Terry Lemmerman Mr. and Mrs. Ron Lyons Jacqueline M. Mack Richard and Sandy Manteuffel James A. Markley, Jr. David L. Martin David Mason Ron Matson and Daniel Young Barbara and Kim McCracken Charles and Joann Mead James A. Miller David and Diane Moccia William J. and Mary G. Moran Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Morelli Patti Myers and Alan Flaherty Mort and Barb Nicholson Richard and Julia Okenfuss Jack and Marilyn Osborn Charlotte and Robert Otto Jenny and David Powell Betty L. Prince Pamela Reising Ellen Rieveschl Richard Rosenthal Jack and Moe Rouse Robert and Dell Ann Sathe
Mrs. Robert C. Schiff, Sr. Mark and Rosemary Schlachter Carol J. Schroeder Digi France Schueler John and Marsha Shields Jerry and Betsy Shroat Elizabeth C. B. Sittenfeld Adrienne Angst Smith Louise W. Spiegel Francis and Susan Stanton Charles L. Thomas, Jr. Lynda A. Thomas Sidney Thomas Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Todd Marty Tomb Margaret and Albert Vontz III Daniel G. Walker JoAnn and Paul Ward Stuart Warshauer Dr. and Mrs. Nelson B. Watts Jim and Jo Ann Weber Irwin and Barbara Weinberg Barbara M. Weyand Ronna and Dr. James B. Willis Barbara Witte Susan and Don Zaunbrecher POSTHUMOUSLY REMEMBERED Helen and Charles Abramovitz Mrs. Thomas Adler Robert H. Allen Karen H. Bell Leland M. Cole
Eva Jane Romaine Coombe John V. Crable John F. Curley Anne Elkins Didrichsen Mrs. Elizabeth Easley James M. Edwards Felix and Weta Mae Elkins Margaret M. Embshoff Jerome A. Fey and Robert J. Schlaﬂe Stona Fitch William A. Friedlander Oliver M. Gale Mr. Charles W. Goering Peter Hainline Carlyn G. Hamilton Dr. Robert J. Hasl Mrs. Morse Johnson Stanley M. Kaplan, M.D. Keith Lemmerman Manuel D. and Rhoda Mayerson Maurice E. Oshry George Rieveschl Launcey Roder Lois Rosenthal Gene F. Santoro Mr. Robert C. Schiff, Sr. Karl and Roberta Schlachter Mary Louise Schroth Paul G. Sittenfeld Rick Steiner Jane K. Steinﬁrst Thurza R. Sternberg Charles and Sue Straus Joan Thomas Howard Tomb Albert Vontz, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Dick Waite Gladys C. Warshauer Monte Witte
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ANNUAL GIFTS This list includes all gifts given to the Playhouse from October 23, 2020 to December 2, 2021, not including Endowment and Capital Campaign gifts. AUDIENCE ArtsWave First Financial Bank Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. Foundation Hamilton County L&L Nippert Charitable Foundation The Ohio Arts Council The Rosenthal Family Foundation Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation The Schueler Group The Shubert Foundation U.S. Small Business Administration PLAYWRIGHT Chemed Foundation The Charles H. Dater Foundation Heidelberg Distributing Company The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati Arnold and Gloria Morelli Moe and Jack Rouse Jennifer and Woody Taft Mr. Charles L. Thomas, Jr. U.S. Bank PRODUCER Mrs. L.L. Browning, Jr. Clark Schaefer Hackett & Co. Greater Cincinnati Foundation Linda and Gary Greenberg* Johnson Investment Counsel Terry Lemmerman Macy’s Becky Miars Ohio Department of Development Ohio National Financial Services John and Jennifer Stein Ellen and Ray van der Horst Randolph Wadsworth Barbara and Irwin Weinberg Fund* Barbara Weyand DIRECTOR Anonymous Bahl & Gaynor Investment Counsel Ruth and Tom Bobenread Estate of Phyllis Followell The Geiler Company Elizabeth George Jeb and Nirvani Head Linda Busken Jergens and Andrew MacAoidh Jergens Mr. and Mrs. Michael H. Kremzar Mr. Edward Lanzit Mr. and Mrs. James C. Leonard Jacqueline M. Mack and Dr. Edward B. Silberstein Kevin and Frances McMurray Charles and Joann Mead Leon and Barb Meyer Sara Phillips Digi and Mike Schueler The Louise Taft Semple Foundation
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Sentinel Private Wealth Group of Wells Fargo Advisors Betsy and Jerry Shroat The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust Estate of Carol Thaman STAGE MANAGER Dean and Catherine Moulas SET DESIGNER Anonymous AAA Travel & Provident Travel Ron Bates and Randy Lasley David and Elaine Billmire Douglas Brauch Denise and Martin Chambers Peggy L. Golden and Kerry J. Klumpe Mrs. Suzanne Hasl Mrs. Andrea and Dr. Edward Herzig Susan Ingmire Bill and Mary Jane James Patti and Tom Keckeis* Marilyn Kinne Mr. and Mrs. Stephen S. Lett Craig and Anne Maier Deborah and John Majoras Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Manteuffel Bernita McCann Hightower Barbara and Kim McCracken McDonald Family Foundation Rob and Alexandra McDonald Ms. Danute M. Miskinis Diane and Dave Moccia Jack and Marilyn Osborn* Jenny and David Powell Matt Reckman Don and June Reynolds Richard Goettle, Inc. Mrs. Deborah White Richardson Charles Scott Riley III Foundation Amy and John Rosenberg Margo and Sam Ross Mark and Rosemary Schlachter Elizabeth C. B. and Paul G. Sittenfeld Skidmore Sales & Distributing Co., Inc. Joseph B. Steiner Nellie Leaman Taft Foundation Marty Tomb Lawrence and Maureen Vignola Vista Foundation Leo Whitt and Xia Wang Jo Ann Wieghaus Ronna and Dr. James B. Willis The Wohlgemuth Herschede Foundation Anthony and Sally Woodward Susan and Don Zaunbrecher COSTUME DESIGNER William P. Anderson Foundation Mono Bhattacharya Ed and Debbie Birck Mr. and Mrs. Ryan L. Brown
Jackie and Gary Bryson Janet and Bruce Byrnes Candace Carson The Crawford Family Foundation Susan J. Cummings Designer Donations for Cincinnati Charities Inc. Scott X. Deters Peter Draugelis Mr. Robert C. Fee Chandra and Mel Gravely The Carol B. Heldman Sexuality Education Fund Betsy and Dave Hendy Richard and Renita Homan Johnson & Johnson - Matching Fund KeyBank Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC Marvin Kolodzik Jo Ann and George Kurz Mariner Wealth Advisors Ohio Development Services Agency Stuart and Ildiko Pray Prudential - Matching Fund Ellen Rieveschl RKCA John L. Shields Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Smith Richard and Jill Warman WesBanco Susan Whitman LIGHTING DESIGNER Anonymous (7) 25th Hour Gordon Allen Americana Arts Foundation Thomas and Susan Anthony Eric and Brenda Armstrong Family Fund* Albert Arthur Janet G. Banks Peggy Barrett Jan Bartel Mr. and Mrs. Robert Blatt Randal S. Bloch Jane and Gary Booth Mr. and Mrs. Ken Borisch Thomas J. Breed John and Peg Bruggeman Eileen Budo Jeff and Gay Bullock Ron Bunt and Wei Sun Eric Burgmann and Linda Vaccariello Bonnie and Dick Buten Terri and John Byczkowski Mark T. Byron Philip Clayton Burton and Susan Closson Mr. Rick Coffey Carrie Collins Pearl J. Compaan, M.D. Marjorie Compton James P. Conway, Jr. and Richard D. Robertson The Cord Foundation Tiffany Dace
ANNUAL GIFTS The David J. Joseph Company Kelly M. Dehan Florence and Thomas DeWitt Mr. Albert C. Dierckes, Jr. Louis A. and Lisa K. Fender Sarah and Grayson Fitzhugh Paul and Nancy Gaffney GE Aviation Richard and Kathleen Glaser Vickie Buyniski Gluckman Clifford Goosmann and Andrea Wilson Gradison Foundation Jeanne and Richard Hannan Karlee Hilliard Hixson Architects Engineers Interiors Mr. Peter Horton Carolyn and Michael Hoyt Mary E. Ivers Ellen and Garrett Jackson* Sarah Raup Johnson Wendy and Jeff Johnson Laurie F. Johnston James and Brenda Jones Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey Keenan Dr. Robert Keith and Kathleen Thornton-Keith Barbara and Larry Kellar* Robert A. and Marian K. Kennedy Charitable Trust Beverly Kinney and Edward Cloughessy Margo Kirstein Lynn Keniston Klahm Kathleen B. and Michael C. Krug* Dianne and Dan Kuhnell Denise and John Kuprionis Mr. and Mrs. John LaMacchia Richard and Susan Lauf Donna Lilley Sally A. Lloyd Whitney and Phillip Long Kay Lynch and Chuck Beckman David Martin Ms. Margaret E. Mathile Mr. Roy A. Mitchell Mary G. Moran Patti Myers Karen Neyer Randy and Marianne Olson Charlotte and Robert Otto Melissa and John Panzeca Julia Pentecost Alice Perlman Phillips Family Fund* Terry Powell Betty L. Prince ProLink Stafﬁng Gerald D. Rape Mitch and Karen Rashkin Marjorie and Louis Rauh Mr. and Mrs. Gates T. Richards Brenda Rolf Jim Rubenstein and Bernadette Unger Bill and Diane Rumpke, Jr. Ann Saluke and Don Yelton KJ Sanchez David Savage Glenn and Kitty Schaaf Austin Schiff Martha and Lee Schimberg Pat and Paul Schlecht Charles and Alice Schneider
Timothy and Jeannie Schoonover Scripps Howard Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Irwin Simon Gerald and Sarah Skidmore Skyline Chili, Inc. Susan and David Smith Tom and Dee Stegman Ms. Beth Sullivan The Summit Hotel Tom and Keri Tami Amy and Bill Thaman Towne Properties Ellie and Michael Vandermolen Alex von Rosenberg Mrs. Paul H. Ward Larry Weber Dr. and Mrs. Alan Weinstein Mrs. Horst P.G. Westerling Jill Wilson Linda Young ACTOR Anonymous (9) Liz and Hank Alexander Ms. Kathryn Al-Lamadani James H. and Frances R. Allen Debra Hust Allison Janice Amatulli Elizabeth C. Armitage Bob Amott and Janice Flanagan Susan Arnold Molly R. Barber Mandy Bartel Kate and Bill Baumann Becky Beckstedt Wayne and Barbara Beimesch Miss Martha L. Bell Mary Ann and Doug Bell John Berninger Stephanie Besl The Blackley Family Bodenburg Family Giving Fund Sandra Bolek Holly P. Bortz Mark Bowen Bob and Dawn Brewster Linda D. Brink Ms. Lisa Broun Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Bullock
David and Sara Butler Jack and Marti Butz Jane and Frank Caccamo Carol Campbell Thomas and Annette Carothers Chematics, Inc. Mrs. Betty Choate Mary Ellen Cody Coker Group Cynthia Cole Mr. and Mrs. David Cook Crystal Faulkner Cooney Jeanne Coughlin Mrs. Martha S. Crafts Amelia Crutcher Anne Dagenbach Judy and Chris Dalambakis Elizabeth Dale Kathy and Mike Davis Kenneth Davis Carol DeGreg Judith de Luce Debora Del Valle Bethany Doverspike Emilie and David Dressler Fund* Jon and Tara Eaton Laurie and Dan Eggemeier Dr. and Mrs. Steve Englender Mr. Kenneth Fischer Ms. Sharon Fiscus James K. and Susan A. Fitton Mary and Bob Fitzpatrick Kathleen Forrester Ora Forusz Joy and Bill Fotsch Sharon Freyhof Frost Brown Todd LLC Nancy Gollobin Tom Gougeon Carl and Joyce Greber Margaret Hagar Mary and Phil Hagner Margo Hall Ham and Ellie Hamilton Al and Pat Harmann Louise Head Camille K. Healy Mrs. Anne P. Heldman* Patti Heldman
JULIA WESSELKAMPER, MOE ROUSE AND JULIE JOHNSON AT AN EVENT HONORING MANAGING DIRECTOR EMERITUS BUZZ WARD IN JUNE 2021.
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ANNUAL GIFTS Helene Herbert Judy Tondi Herd Dr. James and Ms. Susan Herman Dale Hodges and David F. Logan Kyle Hodgkins Mark and Deanna Hollon Stephen Holmes and Christy Kaeser Linda R. Holthaus Homewood Suites by HiltonCincinnati Midtown in Oakley Station Noel and Angela Horne Debra E. Howie Amy Hughes Marty Humes Pat Humphrey Carl and Diane Iseman J.McLaughlin Jarrell Media Solutions Nathan and Vanessa Jenkin Sylvia Johnson Jessica Jones Lisa N. Kagan Amy J. Katz Matthew Kelly Heather Krombholz Ms. Connie J. Lang Shawna K. Langworthy Lynn P. Larson Connie Cook Laug William Leugers, Jr. Nancy Lippincott Sherwin Little Janet Longacre John MacLeod Charles and Jennifer Margolis Laurel Markley Carolyn Ott Martin Nancy Martin Patricia Mascaritolo Kenny Mathis, Sr. Evi Banzhaf McCord Doug and Jeff McPeek and Nottinghill Investment Advisers Mary Ann Meanwell Scott and Karla Meeker Kathy Merchant Richard I. Michelman and Karen E. Meyer Audrey K. Miller Emily Miracle Abby Moran Maura Moran-Berry Mr. Jerry Morgan Connan Morrissey Jennifer Mottier Scott and Barb Muhlhauser Jeannie Niebuhr James Nordlund Alice and Wilson Palmer Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Pardekooper Dr. and Mrs. Richard Park Carl Parrott and Molly Katz Fund* Jeff and Diane Pfaff Jan V. Portman Jane Portman Nancy and Bruce Prewitt Douglas and Julie Prince Kathy Qualls Mary and Andrew Redington Pamela Reising Ms. Sherri Adams Remaklus Margie Rennie Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Revelson
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Robert Edward Reynolds, Jr. Alison and Rob Rice Ms. Ruth Richardson Bufﬁe Rixey Mary Ellen Roberts George and Phyllis Robertson Mrs. Rita Ross Karina Rothzeid Jerold and Linda Ruschau Mr. Richard H. Russell Josie and Tony Russo Robin Russo Keke Sansalone Mr. Edward Sawyer, Jr. Roger and Glenda Schorr* Mary D. Schweitzer Lauren Hannan Shafer Patricia Sheppard Shelly Sherman Sue Showers Karen and Ivan Silverman Robin and Murray Sinclaire Laura Skidmore Terri Skidmore Adrienne Angst Smith Sandra and Henry Spitz Paula Steiner Stephanie and Joseph Stitt Elizabeth A. Stone* Dr. Susan R. Strick Carol and Ted Striker Glenda Suttman Ms. Kazue Takeuchi Dr. Alan and Shelley Tarshis Teresa Telford Robert D. Temple and Sue E. Auerbach Jan H. Tepe Morley and Brenda Thompson Sally Tieke Catharina Toltzis Ph.D Torey and Tom Torre Dionn Tron Jim and Susie Tweddell Doug and Molly Tyger Nancy A. Virgulak Liz and Dave Wallingford Dr. and Mrs. Galen R. Warren Bettie Watts Kate Wehby Jane Welling Susan and Dean Windgassen Daniel and Jessica Woo Tim and Leslie Worcester Marsha and Robert Wuerdeman David and Cynthia Zink STAGEHAND Anonymous (11) Lisa Allgood Gregory Alper Mr. Brian D. Aube Julie Baker BB&T Ted E. Bear Mariana Belvedere and Samer Hasan Michael and Kathleen Benken Barbara and Milton Berner Michael Berry and Melanie Garner Doug and Judy Betz Bradley R. Bevington Dr. and Mrs. John Bismayer Patricia Bogart
Jim and Susan Bohache Charles A. Brigham, III Dr. Daniel T. Brown, DDS and Mr. Mark Haggard Dr. Jane Brown and Mr. Paul Beck Ms. Carol Burnett Jeanne Busemeyer William and Barbara Camilleri Deborah and Banca Chamberlain Gary Chandler Janet Collins Mark Cooper Harva Cope Susan Cranley Mr. and Mrs. Scott Cruse Daunielle Rasmussen’s Friend Denise Davis Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dearth Sally Dessauer Diana’s Dance Wear Duke Energy Foundation Mr. and Mrs. David Duke Rich and Kay Eby JoAnn Edwards Delores J. Erby Ann Farmiga Barbara Ann Feldmann Ms. Allison Finley Maureen Flanagan and Will Groneman Kenneth Fouts Carolyn and Terry Fox Ms. Susan Fox John and Susan Frank J. Dan Fulkerson Susanne E. Geier Sharon and Dennis Geiger Kathleen Gibboney Debra Gilman Jim and Elaine Goldschmidt Dr. and Mrs. Samuel Greengus Dr. and Mrs. Ralph Gruppo Mr. Andrew Hartzell Jim and Betty Heathcote Ms. Debbie Henderson Mr. and Mrs. W. Hensel, Jr. Ms. Sherrie Heyse Grace and Brian Hill Ms. Connie Holbert Nancy Hollingsworth Virginia Holstein Dr. Carol Hubbard Drs. Linda and Gordon Huntress Dr. Amy Johnstone Dr. Toni and Rabbi Ken Kanter Barbara and Mike Kelly Paul J. and Carolyn G. Kemper
ANNUAL GIFTS Melissa Kershner Tom and Sharon Kidd Shirley and Michael Krieger Mr. and Mrs. Randolph L. Krumm Mark and Elisabeth Kuhlman Michael and Paula Kunka Phillip Lanham Dr. Carol P Leslie Lynne Leslie and Margie Miller Herschell Levine Lupe Lopez Desiree Loveless Ralph and Fran Lowenstein Mrs. Merrel B. Ludlow William and Linda Lunceford Mr. and Mrs. Damon Lynch, Jr. Dave and Lee MacKenzie Randy Marker Mark Martin Ron Matson and Dan Young Eunice McAleer Mr. Christopher McFarland Mr. and Mrs. Michael S. McGraw Hope Earls McSwigan Roger and Mary Ann Meyer Wayne Miller Jon Moeller Joyce and William Mullins Steve Murphy Patricia Musgrove Andrew J. Nuckols Diane Oestreicher J. Brett Offenberger and Douglas Duckett Carol and Robert Olson
Kit and Jack Overbeck Drs. Manisha Patel and Michael Curran Dr. Alter G. and Gloria Peerless Mr. Robert Pellegrino Mr. and Mrs. Roger Perna Janet Phillips David Piatt Fund* Les and Molly Polasky Mr. and Mrs. James Pretz Phil and Susan Price Jennifer Ramage Judith Recker Tracy Reed Brian and Mary Rhame Steve Rogers Linda Roomann and William Slutz Rich and Barb Ruddy Michael and Christine Ryan Mark and Jan Sass Robert and Kelly Schiller Chris Schulte David and Abby Schwartz Recie and Jim Scott William and Sandra Selvey Ms. Connie Sheets Dr. Tariq Siddiqi Mary Lee and Louie Sirkin Brian Skale Jack and Barbara Smith Mr. Paul Spearman Steelcase Foundation - Matching Fund Robert L. and Christine J. Steiner* Richard and Carol Stevie
Jane and Paul Stewart Joe and Gladys Stolz Ms. Margaret Story John Strawser Kendra L. Struthers Elizabeth Surgener Susan Tawadros Mr. Peter Tennant Carlos and Roberta Teran Janet G. Todd Linda and George Toft Valerie and Mike Trentman Barbara and Daman Turner Mr. James Wagner, Jr. Sarella Walton Glenn Weber Mr. Greg Weckenbrock Sandra Wetzel Brendan and Julie White Kurt and Jean Whitford Patricia and Brandon Wiers Richard Wiese Rev. Anne Warrington Wilson Mrs. Joan R. Wilson Christine Wolf Bob and Sandie Wubbolding John M. Yacher John and Jean Zoller * Denotes a fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation
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RECOGNITION GIFTS We are grateful to the following friends who have chosen to honor a loved one through a donation to the Playhouse. The following recognition gifts have been received from November 1, 2020, through December 2, 2021. IN HONOR OF A CHRISTMAS CAROL Peg and Mark Stedtefeld
IN HONOR OF SUE FRAZIER AND A CHRISTMAS CAROL Connie Malone
IN HONOR OF WOODY TAFT Anonymous Ignite Philanthropy
IN HONOR OF CATHERINE BOYCE Carolyn Boyce
IN HONOR OF DR. GORDON HUNTRESS Carol and Ted Striker
IN HONOR OF LINDA VACCARIELLO Ethan Burgmann
IN HONOR OF LINDA BRANDENBERG Anonymous
IN HONOR OF DONOVAN RAINER Ivanka Rainer
IN HONOR OF BUZZ WARD Gerald D. Rape
IN HONOR OF SARA BUTLER Anonymous
IN HONOR OF MOE AND JACK ROUSE Anonymous
IN HONOR OF BRUCE CROMER Leah Fossitt
IN HONOR OF MARGENE RYBERG Stephanie Webster
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MEMORIAL GIFTS We are grateful to the following friends who have chosen to remember a loved one through a memorial gift to the Playhouse. The following memorial gifts have been received from November 1, 2020, through December 4, 2021. IN MEMORY OF RENEE ALPER Gregory Alper IN MEMORY OF KAREN BELL Mr. Edward Lanzit
IN MEMORY OF BRUCE E. COYLE Ron Bunt Cornelius and Jane Coyle Rebecca J. Graham
IN MEMORY OF PAUL BERNHEIMER David and Diane Schneider
IN MEMORY OF VICKIE GOLDSMITH GINSBURG Susan Ingmire Mary Stagaman and Ron Kull
IN MEMORY OF KIM BLACKLEY The Blackley Family
IN MEMORY OF KENNETH KLOSTERMAN James H. and Frances R. Allen
IN MEMORY OF BETTY CHOATE Scott Choate
IN MEMORY OF KARL EDWARD LEMMERMAN, PH.D. Ellen and Ray van der Horst
IN MEMORY OF SUSIE COLLINS Lynne Leslie and Margie Miller
IN MEMORY OF CARL JOSEPH REYNOLDS Anonymous (5) Kerri and Kenneth Abney Chematics, Inc. Gap Inc. Janis Longbottom Marcia Mollica Jennifer North Robert Edward Reynolds, Jr. Diane Schultz Ingrid G. Schultz Rosanna Wiebe IN MEMORY OF PAUL G. SITTENFELD Matthew Feldman and Julie Baker
IN MEMORY OF BARBARA A. O’CONNOR Anonymous
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PATRON INFORMATION Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park ADDRESS: 962 Mt. Adams Circle, Cincinnati, OH 45202 ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES: 513-345-2242 WEBSITE: cincyplay.com BOX OFFICE: 513-421-3888 OH, KY, IN TOLL-FREE: 800-582-3208 PATRONS WHO ARE DEAF, HARD-OF-HEARING, DEAF BLIND OR SPEECH DISABLED: dial 711 to connect to the Box Ofﬁce via Ohio Relay Services
COVID-19 HEALTH AND SAFETY The safety and well-being of our patrons, artists and staff is our top priority. As health and safety guidelines are constantly evolving, we continue to closely monitor the situation and modify our COVID-19 health and safety plan appropriately. We will follow all local, state and federal mandates, as well as CDC guidelines, to ensure everyone a safe and enjoyable live theatre experience. Safety measures include cleaning all public spaces between performances with CDC-approved disinfecting solutions and a continuous air-ﬂow system with MERV13 ﬁlters for all the air-handling units throughout the building. For more information and our current guidelines and measures, please note signage in the lobby and visit cincyplay.com/safety. ACCESSIBILITY WITH DIGNITY PROGRAM The Playhouse is pleased to offer a variety of services to patrons with special needs. Funding for this program is made possible by Bartlett Wealth Management.
Audio Described and Signed Performances Live audio description for patrons who are sight-impaired and signed performances for those with hearing impairments are offered for designated performances. For the schedule, visit cincyplay.com. Audio
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description equipment courtesy of Cincinnati Bell Foundation. Telex FM equipment courtesy of Bethesda Hospitals. Signers and audio describers for the season are Dawn Caudill, Matt DeWitt, Gordon Graham, Montez Greer, David Lichtenfeld and Mike Snyder.
Hearing Enhancement In the Marx Theatre, hearing enhancement receivers providing volume enhancement to patrons with hearing impairment can be obtained prior to every performance from a house manager. The Rosenthal Shelterhouse Theatre has a new hearing loop system which works with existing T-Coil or Telecoil enabled hearing aids or cochlear implants. For more information, please see the house manager.
Large Print Program Large print programs for those with visual impairments are available upon request at every performance. CAMERAS AND RECORDING DEVICES Actors’ Equity Association strictly prohibits the use of cameras or recording devices in the theatre during the performance. CHILDREN Children under the age of 6 will not be admitted to Playhouse productions unless otherwise
PATRON INFORMATION advertised. Parents with disruptive children will be asked to leave the theatre. FACILITY ACCESSIBILITY Patrons who are mobility-impaired may be dropped off outside the Playhouse’s south entrance. An elevator in the Budig Lobby allows for access to all levels of the Playhouse. Accessible seating for wheelchairs is subject to availability and should be requested at the time of ticket reservation. GIFT CERTIFICATES Need the perfect gift? The Playhouse offers gift certiﬁcates redeemable for single tickets or subscription packages. Call the Box Ofﬁce or stop by at intermission for more information. GROUP DISCOUNTS Bring your group of eight or more to the Playhouse and receive great beneﬁts and discounts, including special rates for students and seniors. Our popular corporate web discount program allows your employees to book tickets online at a discount whenever they want. Contact the Box Ofﬁce for more details. LATECOMERS AND READMITTANCE Latecomers are seated at the discretion of the house manager, which may be as late as intermission. Latecomers may be denied admission depending on the demands or structure of a particular production. Please allow yourself adequate time to arrive, park and be seated. Should you need to leave the theatre during a performance, re-admittance and seating will be at the discretion of the house manager so as not to disturb the audience and actors. PARKING The Park Board reminds you that Eden Park ofﬁcially closes at 10 p.m. As a grace period to the Playhouse, the police will not ticket vehicles until one half hour following the end of a performance. The Playhouse assumes no responsibility for anyone receiving a ticket for
illegal parking. Convenient parking is available in the Playhouse garage. Purchase parking in advance to secure a space. Parking can also be purchased from our parking attendant immediately before the performance if available. Accessible parking for those with disabilities is located in front of the main entrance, as well as in the Playhouse parking garage. Parking for persons with disabilities is limited and must be reserved and paid for in advance. All vehicles using these spaces must display a valid disability placard. PROHIBITION OF WEAPONS The Ohio Revised Code (R.C. 2923.126) has established the privilege of carrying a concealed handgun to Ohio citizens who have obtained the proper license. The same law explicitly grants private employers in the state the right to prohibit their employees and visitors from possessing ﬁrearms on the employer’s premises. With this notiﬁcation the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park is informing you that it prohibits weapons of any kind on its premises, and reserves the right to search persons, parcels and vehicles on the same. This policy applies to all employees, patrons and visitors to the facility. RESTROOMS AND TELEPHONES Restrooms are located in the Rosenthal Plaza. A phone is located near the Box Ofﬁce in the Budig Lobby. SMOKING/VAPING Smoking/vaping is prohibited in the entire theatre complex.
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CAPITAL CAMPAIGN Thank you to all our incredible supporters of the capital campaign. Your support ensures the Rouse Theatre is a place where great artists continue their work behind the scenes and on our stages. This list contains gifts of $500+ to our Capital Campaign as of December 2, 2021. For more information about making a donation please contact Allison Gerrety at 513-977-2022. Anonymous (48) Pat and Jack Adams Richard and Virginia Adams Ms. Kathryn Al-Lamadani Gordon Allen Raye Allen Alpaugh Foundation Peter and Vicky Alpaugh Janice and James Amatulli American Financial Group Jane S. Anderson Dr. Victor and Dolores Angel Martha Anness James Anthony and Sarah Corathers John and Bridget Anthony Tom and Susan Anthony Yousef Aouad Carol N. Aquino Patricia J. Armstrong Bruce and Helene Ault Ricki and Gerald Ayer Rick Bachhuber, Jr. and Bettye Beaumont Marcie and Nathan Bachrach Christy Backley and Phil Crabtree Stephen and Susan Baggott Bahl & Gaynor Investment Counsel Walter and Barbara Bailey Baird Foundation, Inc. Trish and Joe Baker Bank of America Mr. and Mrs. Robert O. Banks Ms. Henrietta Barlag Bartlett Wealth Management Ron Bates and Randy Lasley Sandra Bauman William and Kate Baumann Donald Beck and Dr. Lawrence E. Eynon Ronald Beckemeyer Michael and Shelia Becker Dave and Gale Beckett Mark and Eileen Beckman Dee Beebe Wayne and Barbara Beimesch Miss Martha L. Bell Mary Ann and Doug Bell Judith and Louis Belli Sue Benskin David and Marilyn Beran John A Berenberg Pam and Jeff Bernstein Michael Berry and Melanie Garner Kenneth W. and Dawn H. Bertsche Sue and John Bever Mark and Lindsay Bibler David and Elaine Billmire Ed and Debbie Birck Bernice and Thomas Bishop Rodd and Carol Bixler Mr. and Mrs. Robert Blatt Ruth and Tom Bobenread Rick and Janet Bohne Sharon Kesterson Bollen
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Martha P. Bolognini Scott D. Booher and Angel M. Werling Neil K. Bortz Family Mr. Ethan Bowen Selena, James, and Justin Bowling Dr. and Mrs. Leo Bradley Douglas Brauch Thomas J. Breed Philip and Phyllis Breen Tom and MC Brennan Susan Brenner and Steven Mombach Hazeleen P. and J. Leland Brewster II* Barbara and Neal Bronson Dale P. Brown and Lou Enzweiler Daniel Brown and Mark Haggard Jack G. and Rosemarie Brown Marian H. and Albert L. Brown, Jr.* Mr. and Mrs. Ryan L. Brown Mrs. L.L. Browning, Jr. Dawn and Doug Bruestle Eric and Wendy Bruestle Jeff and Penny Bruestle John and Peg Bruggeman Laura and Paul Brunner Frederick and Patricia Bryan Clement and Ann Buenger Foundation Carol A. Buerger Jeff and Gay Bullock John and Dawson Bullock Douglas and Carol Burks Stephen and Diedra Burns David and Joan Burrow Scott J. Burwinkel David Butler and Sara Butler, The Butler Family Charitable Fund Jack and Marti Butz John and Terri Byczkowski M. Cathleen Callies Bernie and Mary Kay Calonge Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Calton Mr. and Mrs. Ray Cardona Shannon and Bill Carey Wayne and Fran Carlisle Shannon and Lee Carter Family Fund* Mr. and Mrs. James Cartledge Castellini Foundation/Robert S. Castellini Jo Ann Casuto Rosalind Chaiken Debbie Chamberlain Denise and Martin Chambers Kevin Chaney Ed and Nancy Ciarniello James Cissell City of Cincinnati Leslie Clark Burton and Susan Closson Carl and Deborah Coburn John and Julie Cohen* Lois and Philip Cohen*
Philip and Sheila Cohen* Leland M. and Carol C. Cole William B Coleman and Maureen A Coleman George Colombel Marjorie E. Compton James P. Conway, Jr. and Richard D. Robertson Sheila M. Conway Sally and Rick Coomes Michael and Michele Cooney Douglas and Sarah Coons Robin Cotton and Cynthia Fitton Mr. and Mrs. Robert Coughlin Betsy and John Coutant The Crawford Family Foundation Dr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Creevy Brian Crellin John and Lisa Cronin David Crotty and Joan Von Handorf Tom and Amelia Crutcher Richard and Teddie Curry Jennifer and M. Vito Damiano Mr. and Mrs. Richard D’Augustine Mark Dauner The David J. Joseph Company Mr. Dave Davis In Memory of Frank and Ruth Davis Kathy and Mike Davis Kenneth Davis Dawes direct, LLC Mark and Nancy Dawes Dr. Lois L. Deaton Nancy Decastro Kelly Dehan and Rick Staudigel Dr. and Mrs. Gregory DeLorenzo Deluxe Corporation Foundation Jim Denker and Mary McCarty Jan Denton Janice and Nick Denton Ms. Marilyn Derfus Designer Donations for Cincinnati Charities, Inc. Scott X. Deters Cathy and Michael DeWeirdt Diamond/Wolf Family Jackie Dieckman and Mike Camery William and Marifran Dirkes Michael and Kathleen Doherty Thomas Donnelly Dr. and Mrs. Walter E. Donnelly, Jr. Joan and Jeff Dornette William G. Dorward III Timothy Douglas Bethany and Denny Doverspike Barbara Doviak Kelley Downing Patricia and Timothy Doyle Peter Draugelis Emilie and David Dressler Fund* The Bob and Rita Driehaus Family Don and Mary Dufek Duke Energy Foundation Mr. and Mrs. David Duke
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CAPITAL CAMPAIGN Freeman Durham and Dean Clevenger Saralou and Dave Durham John and Liz Dye Dr. Leslie Dye Peggy Eberhard and Jeff Hanna David and Kathy Eby Allison Zent Edwards Stephen Einson and Patricia Fraley Ms. Joyce Elkus Bill and Sharon Emeigh R and K Emery Thomas J. Emery Memorial Encore Technologies Ms. Karla Epperson Richard and Lisa Ernst Sarah and Tommy Evans Mr. and Mrs. William Faulkner Greg and Vickie Fehr Gerry and Meloney Feldkamp Matthew Feldman and Julie Baker Louis and Lisa Fender Mr. and Mrs. Richard Fiddes Fifth Third Foundation John Finocharo and Valerie Taylor First Financial Foundation Deborah and Thomas Fisher Eric and Julia Fisher Mary and Bob Fitzpatrick Janice Flanagan and Bob Amott Sarah and Timothy Fogarty Micha and Bill Foglesong Gail F. Forberg Kathleen and Brue Forrester Missy and Brian J. Fox Pete and Betsy Frame William M. and Harriet Freedman Mr. and Mrs. John Freeman Stephen J. Fridrick Susan Friedlander Mr. and Mrs. Kent Friel Friends of the Playhouse David and Mindy Frimer Dennis Furey William and Kathleen Fussinger Marc and Mary Ann Gadbois Paul and Nancy Gaffney Larry and Diane Games Mary Ann Gardner Rodney and Vallie Geier Edward Gemperle General Electric Ms. Lisi Bryan George Howard and Saundra Gerber Timothy P. Gilday Frank and Karen Girolami Mrs. Kathleen Glaser Mrs. Victoria Buyniski Gluckman and Dr. Jack Gluckman Donn Goebel and Cathy McLeod Eleanor and Richard Goering James Goetz and Harry Budke Martha K Goldbeck Peggy L. Golden and Kerry J. Klumpe The Goldhoff Family Sherry and Brett Goodson Clifford Goosmann and Andrea Wilson Mady Gordon Sharon Gorman Keith and Karen Gossage Barbara Gould Pank and Wendy Goulet Chandra and Mel Gravely
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Greater Cincinnati Foundation Carl and Joyce Greber Linda and Gary Greenberg* Will Groneman and Maureen Flanagan Janet Gunn Barbara Anderson Guthridge* Andrew and Melissa Hagenmaier Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. Foundation David Hale Mr. and Mrs. J. Joseph Hale, Jr. Carl and Margo Hall Christopher and Marti Hall Ham and Ellie Hamilton Doug and Donna Hammond Jeanne and Richard Hannan Lauren Hannan Shafer Jerri and Daniel Hanus Mark Harlow Jim and Sally Harper Mrs. Suzanne Hasl Dr. and Mrs. Stan Hastings Teri and Mike Haught Charles Hayes and Katherine Kennedy Jeb and Nirvani Head Mrs. Louise A. Head The Hearst Foundations, Inc. Donald and Megan Heeb Brian and Helen Heekin Alan and Marion Heitner In Memory of Elizabeth Henderson Dave and Betsy Hendy Mari Hengelbrok Dawn Hensley Susan and James Herman Bob and Marilyn Herring Michelle and Don Hershey Andrea and Dr. Edward Herzig Sherrie and Fred Heyse Joseph and Susan Hickey Barbara and James Hilb Grace and Brian Hill Ms. Karlee L. Hilliard Dale Hodges and David F. Logan Ms. Emily Hodges Sue Hoel Mr. Daniel Hoffheimer Noel and Karen Hofmann Mark and Cathy Hogan Karen and David Hoguet Stephen Holmes and Christy Kaeser Linda Holthaus and Richard Zinicola Richard and Renita Homan Mary B. and William H. Hopple, III Terence L. and Christine W. Horan Mr. Peter Horton Joan Hoskins and Bob Nogg Erin E. Houlihan and John T. Bostick Michael and Carolyn Hoyt Marty and Tom Humes Huttenbauer Foundation Paul and Ruth Inderhees The Louise H. and David S. Ingalls Foundation Susan Ingmire and Lynn Hailey Maite Iraolagoitia Carl and Diane Iseman Mrs. Michele J Ittel Ellen and Garrett Jackson* Bill and Mary Jane James Charles James Anne and Ted Jaroszewicz
Larry and Jan Jeffers Robert Jennings The Andrew Jergens Foundation Linda Busken Jergens and Andrew MacAoidh Jergens John Wiley & Sons Donald and Peggy Johns Johnson Investment Counsel Janice and Randy Johnson The Morse and Betty Johnson Family Foundation Ronald Johnson and Kathleen Bok Wendy and Jeff Johnson Laurie F. Johnston Dr. Amy Johnstone Jones Family Fund* Kyle and Sue Jones Scott and Patricia Joseph John and Nickie Kahle Dr. Toni and Rabbi Ken Kanter The Kaplan Foundation Marguerite Katchen Mr. Louis H. Katz Patti and Tom Keckeis* Betsy and Geoff Keenan Dr. Robert Keith and Kathleen Thornton-Keith Barbara and Larry Kellar Arleene Keller Susan Kellogg Estate Rosalynd Kendall Sharon Kerns Dr. and Mrs. Richard Kielar Elizabeth C. King Beverly Kinney and Ed Cloughessy Shelley Kirk Kathleen and Larry Kissel Mark and Nancy Kleespies David and Janice Klocke Lisa Knochelmann Austin E. Knowlton Foundation, Inc. Bet and Dave Koeninger Edward and Sandra Kohn Mr. Marvin P. Kolodzik Sandford and Nancy Kopnick Daniel Koppenhafer Sally and Gerry Korkin Mark and Karen Kremzar Mr. and Mrs. Michael H. Kremzar Mrs. Joan E. Krieg Vicki and Jim Kroger Mr. and Mrs. Michael C. Krug Diane and Matthew Krumanaker Mr. and Mrs. Randolph L. Krumm Mr. Charles Kubicki Mark and Kymberly Kuenning Michael and Paula Kunka
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2021–2022 LEADING LADIES BRAVA! Thank you for stepping into the spotlight and joining the Playhouse’s Leading Ladies program. This list recognizes members of the Leading Ladies as of December 4, 2021. For information on accepting your role as a Leading Lady, please contact Kendra Struthers at 513-977-2024. GRAND DAMES Susan J. Cummings Kelly M. Dehan Vickie Buyniski Gluckman Linda Greenberg Karlee Hilliard Jackie Mack Rosemary Schlachter Jill Wilson DIVAS Janet G. Banks Jan Bartel Randal S. Bloch Carrie Collins Marjorie Compton Susan Ingmire Mary E. Ivers Sarah Raup Johnson Margo Kirstein Danute Miskinis Patti Myers Karen Neyer Julia Pentecost Jennifer Dorsey Powell Betty L. Prince Digi France Schueler Maureen Vignola Barbara Weyand STARLETS Debra Hust Allison Janice Amatulli Susan S. Anthony Elizabeth Armitage Susan Arnold Molly R. Barber Mandy Bartel Becky Beckstedt Mary Ann Bell Stephanie Besl Holly P. Bortz Linda D. Brink Lisa Broun Sara Butler Carol Campbell Mary Ellen Cody Cynthia Cole Crystal Faulkner Cooney Jeanne Coughlin Alva Jean Crawford Amelia Crutcher Tiffany Dace Judy S. Dalambakis Carol DeGreg Debora Del Valle Bethany Doverspike Sharon Fiscus Ora Forusz Nancy Gaffney Elizabeth George Nancy Gollobin Margo Hall
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Louise Head Nirvani Head Camille K. Healy Patti Heldman Betsy Hendy Helene Herbert Judy Tondi Herd Bernita McCann Hightower Kyle Hodgkins Linda R. Holthaus Debra E. Howie Marty Humes Pat Humphrey Diane R. Iseman Anne Jaroszewicz Jessica Jones Lisa N. Kagan Heather Krombholz Lynn P. Larson Connie Cook Laug Terry Lemmerman Nancy Lippincott Sally A. Lloyd Janet Longacre Laurel Markley Carolyn Ott Martin Nancy Martin Evelyn Banzhaf McCord Joann Mead Mary Ann Meanwell Ms. Kathryn Merchant Audrey K. Miller Emily Miracle Diane Moccia Abby Moran Mary G. Moran Maura Moran-Berry Connan Morrissey Jennifer Mottier Jeannie Niebuhr Jan V. Portman Jane Portman
Ildiko Pray Kathy Qualls Margie Rauh Sherri Adams Remaklus Margie Rennie Danielle Revelson Deborah White Richardson Bufﬁe Rixey Mary Ellen Roberts Margo K. Ross Karina Rothzeid Diane M. Rumpke KJ Sanchez Keke Sansalone Lauren Hannan Shafer Patricia Sheppard Shelly Sherman Sue Showers Laura Skidmore Terri Skidmore Paula Steiner Dr. Susan R. Strick Glenda Suttman Kazue Takeuchi Teresa Telford Jan H. Tepe Kathy Thornton Sally Tieke Catharina Toltzis Ph.D. Dionn Tron Susie Tweddell Ellen G. van der Horst Nancy A. Virgulak Bettie Watts Kate Wehby Ronna K. Willis Linda Young Sue Zimmerman Bold indicates Steering Committee Members
JENNY POWELL AND JESSICA JONES CHAT OVER DINNER AT THE FIRST LEADING LADIES EVENT OF THE 2021-22 SEASON.
ADMINISTRATIVE AND PRODUCTION STAFF DIRECTORS Producing Artistic Director Blake Robison Managing Director Abby Marcus
ARTISTIC Associate Artistic Director Joanie Schultz Director of Artistic Engagement Daunielle Rasmussen Associate Artists Wendy C. Goldberg, Nicole A. Watson,
Karen Zacarías ADMINISTRATION Executive Assistant/Board Liaison Stefanie Hengge Associate Producer Suann Pollock Company Manager A.J. Ford Assistant Company Manger/Management Associate Eric Byrd Director of HR, Equity and Inclusion Dawn Mundy Payroll and Beneﬁts Specialist Amy Stier IT Manager Matt Parsons Finance Associate Brian Anderson Ofﬁce Administrator Kathy Durnell
FACILITIES Facilities Manager Brian Smith Facilities Assistant Myron Monroe
DEVELOPMENT Director of Development Bethany Doverspike Director of Donor Relations Kendra L. Struthers, CFRE Director of Institutional Giving Mary Kay Koehler Individual Giving Assistant Jennifer Radisch Grants Manager Jenni Miller Capital Campaign Manager Allison Gerrety Development Assistant Will Ellis Development Intern Mackenzie Duan
MARKETING/COMMUNICATIONS Director of Marketing and Communications Kathy Neus Audience Engagement Manager Piper N. Davis Multimedia Designer Sean Martin Digital Marketing Associate Victoria Forbes Marketing Associate Jacob Krismanick Content Marketing Associate Deja A. Shanks Photographer Mikki Schaffner PATRON SERVICES Ticket Services Manager Don Wong Ticket System Administrator Patrick Desgrange Ticket Services Staff Jennifer Allen, Brianna Bernard, Luke Berninger, Nick Berninger, Loic Bertrandt, Katie Collier, Olivia Demaree, Meredyth Duke, Victoria Forbes, Jack Fox, Jenny French, Barb Gloeckner, Nathan Hammond, Chase Johnson, Bobby Keegan, Nathan Laube, Alexi Lewis, Diane Literski, David Lopez, Cameron Miller, Julia Hasl Miller, Josh Neumeyer, Sarah O’Haver, Patty Rents, Theresa Richmond, Marley Runk House Staff Supervisors Joellyn Goos, Stacy Smith House Staff Amanda Adams, Katie Baskerville, Sara
Bergen, Daniela Nenova, Cyrus Newitt, Addie Renne, Jacqueline Smith, Dionne Winfrey Bar Manager Darren Cox Bartenders Kathy Burr, Clint Collins, Justin Eckstein, Lori
Hiltenbeitel, John Simpson, Barb Santel, Kathleen Thorman
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CAPITAL PROJECT Capital Project Manager Phil Rundle EDUCATION Education Director Ariana Moses Education Associate Producer Rebecca Armstrong Education Associate Julia Gomez
STAGE MANAGEMENT Production Stage Manager Andrea L. Shell Stage Managers Brooke Redler, Brandon T. Holmes BRUCE E. COYLE INTERN COMPANY Acting and Education Interns Paulina De La Parra, Maeada King, Matthew McGinn, Gianna Porfano, Makenzie Ruff Stage Management Interns Shelby Scafﬁdi, Ariel Sheets, Emi Suarez PRODUCTION Director of Production Joshua Escajeda Technical Director D.W. Jones Assistant Technical Director Sam Thompson Interim Assistant Production Manager Kelsey Sapp Assistant Production Manager Valerie Perez
SCENERY Carpenters Bryan Bridewell, Leah Busse, Timothy Fowler Swings Bill Coates, Brad Kordenbrock, Michael Lyons,
Josh Ward Charge Scenic Artist Jennifer Rhodus Assistant Scenic Artists Ruth Wartman
PROPERTIES Properties Manager Liz Lyons Assistant Properties Manager Jen Lampson Properties Jeff Fowee, Scott Hubert, Alicia Rhodus Marx Properties Running Crew Lara Sheridan Rosenthal Shelterhouse Properties Running Crew Chief
Debra Hildebrand COSTUMES/WARDROBE Costume Shop Manager Gordon DeVinney Cutter/Draper Cindy Witherspoon First Hand Caitlin Turvey Wig Master/Makeup Artist Amy Whitaker Costume Technician/Shop Assistant Heather Merchant Marx Wardrobe Mistress Cindy Clifford Saalfeld Associate Marx Wardrobe Mistress Karla Knochelmann Rosenthal Shelterhouse Wardrobe Mistress Julie Hudson LIGHTING/SOUND Electricians John Parr, Omri Schwartz Rosenthal Shelterhouse Light Board Operator Justin Chandler Marx Theatre Audio Engineer M. Adam Jacob Rosenthal Shelterhouse Audio Engineer Tamir Eplan-Frankel
EMERITI Managing Director Emeritus Buzz Ward
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