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Welcome to our Staged Play Reading Series. I am excited to be able to share theatre with all of you in this new way. As you may know we announced our fifth season at The Studio recently, it will include: Spike Heels by Theresa Rebeck, Pipeline by Dominique Morriseau, 9 to 5 The Musical music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, book by Patricia Resnick and Ada and the Engine by Lauren Gunderson. We chose those stories to highlight seminal moments in herstory so we can celebrate how far women have come and keep an eye on how far women have yet to go. We have selected those stories around the theme: “Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History.� Now as we embark on this new chapter in our global history, I wanted to find a way to continue to bring theatre to our patrons in a way that will support the work we will be doing in the future. We continue our Staged Play Reading Series with Round Table by Liba Vaynberg, a heartfelt comedy that intertwines two stories; one between bookish couple Zach and Laura, and the other between a troupe of The Game of Thrones-esque LARPers. Enjoy The Show, Whitney Morse, Artistic Director

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ROUND TABLE: A SORT OF LARP By Liba Vaynberg Producer Jason Goedken

Artistic Director Whitney Morse

Director Nathaniel Niemi

Fight Director Roberta Emerson

Video Producer/ Company Manager Ryan Loeckel

Set Designer Kenneth Constant

Lighting Designer Lindsey Young

Sound Designer Nick Erickson

Lighting Director David Krupla

Production Manager Danielle Paccione

Technical Director Clayton Becker

Stage Manager Grace Zottig

Assistant Production Manager Layna Hoopfer

Assistant Production Manager Leslie Munson

Video Assistant David Bost

Audio Engineer Luke Bezio

Assistant Stage Manager Stephanie Horn

Literary Manager Rachel Whittington

Zach/Tristan/Merlin/Giles/Arthur James Blaisdell Morgan/Lena Indigo Leigh

Laura/Laurel/Guinevere Leslie Munson

Mordred/Jeff Damany O. Riley

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ROUND TABLE: A SORT OF LARP By Liba Vaynberg Dost thou care to play with swords and love? Round Table by Liba Vaynberg is a heartfelt comedy that intertwines two stories; one between bookish couple Zach and Laura, and the other between a troupe of The Game of Thrones-esque LARPers. Live Action Role Playing (LARPing) is a hobby of Zach’s, which he introduces to Laura early on in their relationship. Zach is a doctorate of medieval literature and works on the popular TV show, Round Table. LARPing serves as his inspiration for storylines. Laura is a romance novelist finding out about Zach’s passions as we watch their relationship bloom both on and off the playing field. Meanwhile in the Round Table troupe, we follow Morgan and Mordred in their quest for King Arthur’s sword. Laura and Zach may have found true love, but will it survive his final fatal secret?

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SEASON 5 | Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History Anne Richards once famously remarked, "Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels." This quote clearly illustrates the awkward balancing act women have been performing for years. Do I nurture my career or my children? Do I support my spouse or my own goals? Do I forego family life all together and focus on myself? This season at The Studio we are going to take a deep dive into the struggles women have faced finding their footing over the last two and a half centuries as homage to the centennial anniversary of women's suffrage this year. Women no longer need to wear heels, or even be the partner that follows. Instead, we can take the lead in footwear of our own choosing! We chose these four stories to highlight seminal moments in herstory so we can celebrate how far women have come and keep an eye on how far we have yet to go. We are proud to present season five at The Studio: "Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History".

NOW APPEARING ON THE SHARON STAGE! ADA & THE ENGINE

SPIKE SPIKE HEELS S HEEL

PIPELINE LINE PIPE BY DOMINIQUE MORISSEAU

BY THERESA REBECK

BY LAUREN GUNDERSON MUSIC & LYRICS BY DOLLY PARTON

BOOK BY PATRICIA RESNICK

BASED ON THE 20TH CENTURY FOX PICTURE ORIGINALLY PRODUCED ON BROADWAY BY ROBERT GREENBLATT, APRIL 2009

“Spike Heels” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com

9 TO 5, THE MUSICAL is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

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“Pipeline” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com

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BEN BAYNUM (Kay) is excited to be back at The Studio! You may have seen him at The Studio Theatre as Greg in It Shoulda Been You and Matt (the Boy) in The Fantasticks. Other recent credits include The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Garden Theatre), Mary Poppins, Legally Blonde, The Pajama Game (Lees-McRae Summer Theatre) and Carousel (Gulf Coast Symphony). In addition to singing at various events across Florida and beyond with Entertainment Central Productions, Ben has also provided backup vocals on stage for Josh Groban, Kristin Chenoweth, and Barry Manilow. Ben is a proud graduate of Florida School of the Arts, and would like to thank his family, friends, and loving fiancé for the never-ending love and support. JAMES BLAISDELL (Zach/Tristan/Merlin/Giles/Arthur) is thrilled to be returning to The Studio Theatre team for this production. He was most recently seen performing in Assassins at The Studio Theatre and the Launch 2020 Short Play Series (Playwright’s Round Table). James has a BA in Theatre from Rollins College and can usually be seen performing around the Universal Orlando Resort. He would like to thank his family, roommates, and friends for their constant support. INDIGO LEIGH (Morgan/Lena) is making her premier at The Studio Theatre! Locally she has performed Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol (The Garden Theatre), Gypsy (Athens Deland), Equus directed by Jeremy Seghers, Prince(Cess) (Orlando Fringe), The Barber of Seville (Gulf Coast Symphony), Koko in The Hot Mikado, Dream Curly in Oklahoma!, Bernstein’s Mass, Young Frankenstein, Of Thee I Sing, The Soldier’s Tale, and The Street of Crocodiles (University of Central Florida). She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a minor in dance. She is also the studio coordinator at Theater West End teaching dance classes and appearing as a teaching artist in their education program. missindigoleigh.com

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LESLIE MUNSON (Laura/Laurel/Guinevere) is delighted to be appearing at The Studio Theatre. Some of her favorite acting credits include The Tin Woman, I Love You Because, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (The Black Box Theater, IL), and Rocky Horror Show (Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse, IL). Leslie has also enjoyed bringing kooky characters to life performing with It’s A Mystery, professional dinner theatre back home in the Midwest. Most recently she can be found behind the scenes with her talented work family at The Sharon L. Morse Performing Art Center. Thank you to The Studio Theatre and their wonderful team for the opportunity and for keeping art alive when we need it the most. DAMANY O. RILEY (Mordred/Jeff) is happy to return to The Studio Theatre he was last seen in Stop Kiss. Some of his previous theatre credits include; Shakespeare’s Terminator the second, Shakespeare’s Ghostbusters (Hardly Working Productions), Pride and Prejudice, Fences, Big River (Mad Cow Theatre) The Life, Once on this Island (Breakthrough Theatre) A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing (Bridgeport Shakespeare). Many thanks to The Studio Theatre, and to Mo.

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ROBERTA EMERSON (Fight Director) is a Director, Actor and Producer, and teacher among many other hats she proudly wears. She is a graduate of both the University of Minnesota with BFA in Acting and Theatre Management and New York University with an MFA in Acting. She has worked as and actor and director in many regional theaters around the country, has done extensive voice over commercial and film work, and has been a teaching artist both state side and in Europe. She is currently the Director of Theatre for Montverde Academy's Theatre Conservatory and is repped by Lock Talent. NATHANIEL NIEMI (Director) is thrilled to be directing Round Table: A Sort of Larp! He previously directed The Studio's staged play readings of The Violet Sisters, The Auntie Network, Deborah, and Candida. Nathaniel was also the director of The Studio's virtual readings of Lysistrata, A Woman of No Importance, Tartuffe, Accommodation, and Cosmo St. Charles is Dead and Someone in this Room Killed Him. Other directing credits at The Studio include Company, Now. Here. This., Neighbors: A Fair Trade Agreement, and Assassins. Nathaniel is a former Artistic Associate of Honolulu Theatre for Youth where his directing credits include Pinocchio, Extraordinary Stories of an Ordinary ‘Ohana, and You and Me and the Space Between. Other directing credits include A Murder of Crows, The Cat in the Hat, The Thin Man on the Ladder (University of Hawaii at Manoa), Rose and the Rime (Chaminade University), and Anne of Green Gables (HEARTS). Nathaniel holds an MFA in Theatre for Young Audiences from the University of Hawaii at MÄ noa and is a recipient of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival National Directing Award. Nathaniel is currently the Resident Director at The Studio Theatre and the Director of Education at The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center.

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CAST Zach/Tristan/Merlin/Giles/Arthur............................................... James Blaisdell Laura/Laurel/Guinevere.............................................................. Leslie Munson Morgan/Lena................................................................................. Indigo Leigh Mordred/Jeff...........................................................................Damany O. Riley Kay................................................................................................Ben Baynum PRODUCTION TEAM Director...................................................................................Nathaniel Niemi Fight Director......................................................................... Roberta Emerson Video Producer/Company Manager.............................................. Ryan Loeckel Set Designer.......................................................................... Kenneth Constant Lighting Designer....................................................................... Lindsey Young Sound Designer............................................................................Nick Erickson Production Manager............................................................... Danielle Paccione Technical Director...................................................................... Clayton Becker Lighting Director..........................................................................David Krupla Stage Manager................................................................................ Grace Zottig Assistant Production Manager.....................................................Layna Hoopfer Assistant Production Manager..................................................... Leslie Munson Video Assistant..................................................................................David Bost Audio Engineer.................................................................................Luke Bezio Assistant Stage Manager............................................................ Stephanie Horn Literary Manager................................................................. Rachel Whittington Read more about our production team and designers at www.TheSharonStudio.com SPECIAL THANKS The VillagesÂŽ Marketing


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