Can you feel it? There’s nothing like the build-up to the Holiday season. There’s a magic in the air. Do you smell it? Whether it’s baked goods, candy canes, hot cocoa or the crisp winter air, there are sense memories everywhere that remind us of the holiday season. Can you hear that sound? Listen closely. Somewhere, faintly in the distance you’ll hear Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas” playing in a department store or a coffee shop. Regardless if you’re a Grinch, a Cindy Lou Who, or somewhere in between, there’s no denying the pull and power that the Holiday season has over us. And one thing that’s been a holiday tradition at Farmers Alley, is an extremely fun and entertaining time at the Theatre – and this year is no exception. While we won’t be serving up our famous hot chocolate and desserts this time round, we’ve gone all out in bringing you one of our most requested shows ever – this time with a holiday twist!
When we produced the original version of Murder for Two back in 2016 as part of the Gilmore Piano Festival, packed houses over at the Little Theatre on Oakland Drive elicited some of the biggest gales of laughter we’ve ever heard. We even had one patron send us a tongue-in-cheek gift of diapers after the show because the laughter made her body react in more ways than one! We are so grateful to welcome back to Kalamazoo, star of our 2016 version and cocreator of the show, Joe Kinosian alongside the very talented Brandon Lambert. But we’re even more thrilled to welcome our audiences back to the theatre. And the fun doesn’t stop tonight. We hope you’ll return to the theatre in 2022 with our special event, Liberace & Friends (Jan. 14, 15, & 16) starring David Maiocco, as well as our February production of the timely comedy, The Lifespan of a Fact.
Thank you for getting off the couch and coming back to theatre. We truly are appreciative of each and every person who comes thru our doors. After these last 20 months, we will never take the experience of live theatre for granted ever again. And when you combine the magic of theatre with the power of the holiday season – well that’s something special that can’t be duplicated anywhere else.
From all of us to all of you – Happy Holidays!
Rob Weiner Co-Founder & Deputy Director
by Joe Kinosian & Kellen Blair
NOVEMBER 19 - DECEMBER 12, 2021 Directing Supervisor/Costume Coordinator…....….Kathy Mulay (she/her) Technical Director……….......................................Mike Borzkowski (he/him) Scenic Design……………........................................George Eric Perry (he/him) Lighting Design……..................................................Jason Frink (he/him/his) Sound Design……...........................................……Tony Mitchell (he/him/his) Prop Design/Scenic Artist………........................Savannah Draper (she/her) Stage Manager……...........................................Roger W. Burleigh* (he/him) Asst. Stage Manager…..............................................…..Julie Minar (she/her) Sound Effects Design………..................................... Jill BC Du Boff (she/her) Master Electrician……...............................................Carrie Phillips (she/her) Wardrobe…….............................................................Marcia Smith (she/her) House Manager.....................................................……Becky Klose (she/her) Graphic Design…...................................................................……Allegra CMG Artistic Director……......................................................Jeremy Koch (he/him) *Proud Member of Actors’ Equity Association *The show will be performed without an intermission.*
The joy of live theatre. Together. farmers alley theatre | 221 farmers alley | kalamazoo, MI 49007 | 269.343.2727 | www.farmersalleytheatre.com
the cast Detective……….......................Brandon Lambert* (he/him) Suspects……................................…..Joe Kinosian* (he/him)
*proud member of Actors’ Equity Association
the crew Light Board Operator Roger W. Burleigh (he/him) Floor Crew Julie Minar (she/her) Sound Board Operator CJ Drenth (she/her) Spot Operators Jan Campbell (she/her), Toni King (she/her) Assistant Carpenter Michael Bruno (he/him)
meet the company of
MURDER FOR TWO
JOE KINOSIAN (Suspects) is the composer and co-bookwriter of MURDER FOR TWO, which had its world premiere at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, receiving the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Musical and earning Joe a nomination for Best Leading Actor. Since its off-Broadway run, there have been many acclaimed productions of MURDER FOR TWO across the country and around the world. IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE, Joe’s next musical with collaborator Kellen Blair, is currently slated for Chicago Shakespeare’s 2022 season. Regional acting credits include TWO PIANOS, FOUR HANDS, AN ACT OF GOD, DIRTY BLONDE, and the title role in THE NERD. Joe was also the arranger for, and performed in, THE GORGEOUS NOTHINGS; produced by Life Jacket Theater, it sold out its run at Joe’s Pub and was subsequently broadcast by Playbill.com. His work has appeared at The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and on Broadway at the Theater World Awards. joekinosian.com FB/IG: @kinsosianandblair BRANDON LAMBERT (Detective) is an NYC–based songwriter and actor. Favorite roles include Marcus in MURDER FOR TWO (First National Tour & Canadian Premiere), Jinx in FOREVER PLAID (Pittsburgh CLO), and Henry Baskerville in THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (Mountain Playhouse). His musical JUST LAUGH (co-writer Lauren Gundrum) won Best Musical in Ken Davenport's RAVE festival, and his musical AT FIRST SIGHT (co-writer Gary Jaffe) was commissioned and produced by the Mountain Playhouse in 2017. He is a proud member of the BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop (Harrington Award) and the Dramatists Guild. IG: @brandonmanwell
meet the company of
MURDER FOR TWO
Kathy Mulay (Directing Supervisor /
Mike Borzkowski (Technical Director)
Costume Coordinator) has directed
is in his first season as Farmers Alley
twenty-two Farmers Alley productions
Theatre’s full time tech director. Born
and she is looking forward to directing
and raised in Kalamazoo, Mike has
spent the last decade bouncing around
production of Bright Star. For this
various tech and production roles at
production, she is serving as the
many theatres in the area including
Miller Auditorium, Chenery Auditorium,
Murder For Two in our space and
Specializing in taking things apart, but
design. Kathy has been honored with
not necessarily putting them back
Wilde Award nominations (celebrating
together, Mike is excited to take the
theatre in the State of Michigan) for her
productions of The Secret Garden,
Director for the 2021-22 season.
Collected Stories, Next to Normal, The Light in the Piazza, and Parade and for costuming design for several of her productions.
She has been honored
with the Community Medal of Arts Award for her many years of theatrical direction in numerous theatres in the community.
Kalamazoo Civic’s Larkin Noble Award for outstanding years of direction. Most of Kathy’s career has been dedicated to educating young theatrical artists. She has prided herself on challenging those young artists with area premieres of Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Ragtime, Hairspray, Secret Garden, All Shook Up, The
Phantom of the Opera.
meet the company of
MURDER FOR TWO
George Eric Perry (Scenic Design) has
designed throughout West Michigan
been very active at Farmers Alley
including Portage Central High School,
Theatre over the past couple years,
WMU, The Kalamazoo Civic, and the
having served as Scenic Designer for
Michigan Shakespeare Festival. Some of
It's Only a Play, Million Dollar Quartet,
his favorite lighting credits include Les
Lighting Designer for The Producers,
The Diary of Anne Frank, The Toxic
Brothers. He was recently awarded the
Avenger and Disgraced, our Technical
Sutton Foster Ovation Award for his
lighting design of Big Fish and was
Forever Plaid, Fully Committed, Little
nominated for a Wilde Award for his
Shop of Horrors, The Great American
work on The Curious Incident of the Dog
Trailer Park Christmas Musical and our
in the Nighttime. Jason has previously
Spotlight Series concerts, TD and
lent his talents to Farmers Alley for our
Lighting Designer on Murder for Two
productions of Marvelous Wonderettes:
& Goodnight Moon and our fundraiser
Dream On, Liberace, Honky Tonk Angels,
The Andrews Brothers, Million Dollar
construction assistant on Vanya and
Quartet, Spamalot, Forever Plaid, And
Sonia and Masha and Spike. Eric has
the World Goes 'Round, [title of show], I
previously worked in the area as the
Love a Piano, My Way: A Musical Tribute
Sound & Lighting Designer at the
to Frank Sinatra and several of our
Kalamazoo Civic for many years. He
also served as Master Electrician for
professional designer for 30 years and is currently
Portage Central High School.
the Utah Shakespeare Festival.
meet the company of
MURDER FOR TWO
Wendy Seyb (Choreographer) is an
Jill BC Du Boff (Sound Effects Design).
Broadway: The Heidi Chronicles, Hand
choreographer, writer, and producer.
to God, Disgraced, Picnic, Wit, Other
She has worked with award-winning
artists, networks and streamers such as
Constant Wife, The Good Body, Bill
NBC, Amazon, Disney, HBO, Sting, Oscar
Maher: Victory... OffBroadway includes
Isaac, Christopher Lloyd, Peter Scolari,
Lincoln Center, MTC, Atlantic, Vineyard,
and Harry Connick, Jr. Choreography:
MCC, Playwrights Horizons, The Public,
Broadway (Pee-wee Herman Show) Off-
Second Stage, NYTW, WP, New Georges,
Broadway (Toxic Avenger Musical - 3
Flea, Cherry Lane, Signature, Clubbed
Thumb (Affiliate Artist), Penguin Rep.
nomination, Murder For Two). She has
Regional: Bay Street, La Jolla, Cincinnati
International tours, and at Regional
Berkeley Rep, Portland Stage, Long
theaters around the US. Her first short
Wharf, The Alley, NYS&F, Humana,
dance comedy film won nine awards
Williamstown, ATF. Radio: New Yorker
(Sonoma, USA) and screened at festivals
Out Loud (Executive Producer), Studio
around the world. She has created over
360, Naked Radio, RadioLab. Drama
20 original dance comedies.
Desk and Henry Hewes nominations.
University with a BS in Multi-Media Arts & Technology and creates audio & video content with the art community and businesses
company, Texture House. Tony is also the lead sound designer for Farmers Alley Theatre and bandleader for his “Indie Soul” band Basic Comfort.
Awards: Ruth Morley Design Award, OBIE for Sustained Excellence, Lilly Award. Audio Producer for The New Yorker,
meet the company of
MURDER FOR TWO Savannah F. Draper (Prop Design /
Phantom of the Opera, Murder for Two
Scenic Artist) previously served as Prop
Designer for It’s A Wonderful Life,
season) and Curious Incident of the
Avenue Q, Curious Incident, A Doll's
Dog in the Night Time. Roger would like
House, Part 2, The Producers, Liberace!,
to thank his family and educators who
It’s Only a Play, The Diary of Anne Frank
got him hooked on live theatre. There is
and Honky Tonk Angels. A Kalamazoo
nothing quite like experiencing a live
native, Savannah has spent the last few
production with a live audience. Proud
years working as a freelance designer,
member of Actors Equity Association.
throughout Michigan, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. Prior to her travels, she was the Stage Management Associate for the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre and Props Designer for Millbrook Playhouse. Savannah is thrilled to be able to call Farmers Alley her forever theatre home and is grateful to all who have helped her along her theatrical journey.
Actors' Equity Association (“Equity"), founded in 1913, is the U.S. labor union that represents more than 51,000 professional
Managers. Equity fosters the art of live theatre as an essential component of society and advances the careers of its members
providing a wide range of benefits,
Roger W. Burleigh (Stage Manager) is
including health and pension plans.
excited to be starting his 9th season as
Actors' Equity is a member of the AFL-
Farmers Alley Theatre's Equity Stage
CIO and is affiliated with FIA, an
Manager. Roger started his theatre
journey in second grade and has been
performing arts unions. #EquityWorks
traveling that road ever since. Both as an actor and technician, Roger has
SPECIAL THANKS TO
graced many stages throughout the
area, and has been at Farmers Alley
since season two.Some of his favorites
in recent years are Next to Normal, The
Issac “Ziggy” Middleton
Wonderettes, Peter and the Starcatcher,
The Heritage Company
Q & A with the cast We asked the stars of Murder for Two, Joe Kinosian & Brandon Lambert, a few questions about the show, their pandemic pause, and the holiday season. Take a look!
Welcome to Kalamazoo! What's your favorite part about the Holiday Season? Joe: The snow. For real! Maybe because I live in New York City and hardly ever have to drive in it. Brandon: THE FOOD!
What is the biggest challenge in performing MURDER FOR TWO: HOLIDAY EDITION? Joe: Murder for Two is a lot to remember period, but the extra challenge of remembering all the changes from the regular version to the holiday one makes it extra daunting. And hopefully entertaining. Brandon: Not reverting to lines from the original MURDER FOR TWO!
Q & A with the cast What did you miss the most during the lockdown? Joe: Seeing my family – I live in New York City; they're in Milwaukee, WI – and being around my friends in large numbers indoors. Brandon: Performing. Making TikTok videos isn't the same!
What excites you about returning to in-person performances with live audiences? Joe: The connection forged when an audience is responding (in a good way) to what you're giving them – that conversation that only happens in live theater.
Brandon: Hearing the audience explode with laughter. There's nothing like it.
Q & A with the cast What's the most memorable gift you ever received for the Holidays? Joe: The first thing that comes to mind is when my sister gave me the entire series of our favorite 80's sitcom, The Facts of Life. Nine seasons of heartfelt entertainment – thanks, Mara! Brandon: NINTENDO 64!!!
Do you have a favorite Christmas movie/play/musical and what do you love about it? Joe: I love the Christmas scenes in Meet Me in St. Louis more than any other holiday entertainment. Not only are they beautifully filmed and produced, and perfectly acted, but the end of that sequence introduced the world to the song "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." I also love the Mystery Science Theater 3000 version of the movie Santa Claus Conquers The Martians. Look into it, you'll love it. Brandon: THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS- those Danny Elfman songs are killer.
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song list Prelude/Waiting in the Dark Protocol Says Protocol Says (Reprise) A Perfectly Lovely Surprise It was Her A Lot Werse He Needs a Partner So What If I Did? A Friend Like You A Friend Like You (Reprise) Buttons Process of Elimination Steppin’ Out of the Shadows Finale (I Need a Partner/Protocol Says) Finale Ultimo (A Friend Like You)
Thank you to our 21-22 season presenter:
Thank you to our show sponsors:
board of directors Joshua T. Weiner, Chair Kathy Mulay, Vice Chair Dan Guyette Patti Huiskamp Alice Kemerling Julie Nemitz Charles Ofstein Lanford J. Potts Bianca Washington Ciungan
on stage next The Lifespan of a Fact February 11 - 27, 2022 Written by Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell & Gordon Farrell Directed by D. Terry Williams Starring Laurie Carter Rose, Paul Stroili and Myles Schwarz 2022 brings the premiere of one of Broadway’s hottest new plays to Farmers Alley Theatre, The Lifespan of a Fact. Emily Penrose is an editor for a prominent but sinking New York Magazine. John D’Agata is a talented writer with a transcendent essay about the suicide of a teenage boy – an essay that could save the magazine from collapse. Jim Fingal is a fresh-out-of-Harvard fact checker looking to make a name for himself. When Jim is assigned to fact check D’Agata’s essay, the three fight it out in a comedic yet gripping battle over facts versus truth. With timely themes about the media, misinformation and journalistic integrity – this topical comedy runs February 11th thru 27th at Farmers Alley Theatre. TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
COVID-19 safety plan is excited to welcome artists, staff, and audiences back to West Michigan’s only year-round professional equity theatre. We are committed to providing an unforgettable experience for all guests, staff, and artists in a safe and healthy environment. To ensure the highest standards of cleanliness and safety, we have developed a COVID-19 Safety Plan, which follows the most current guidelines of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Michigan State Department of Health and Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) related to COVID-19. Please note that all guidelines and policies are subject to change in accordance with government mandates and recommendations. Below are some of the basic safety measures we will be implementing: Vaccinations We require all those entering the theatre to provide proof of vaccination at the door. Proof of vaccination can be your actual card, a photo of your card, or proof provided by a foreign government. If you are unable to receive the vaccine for a medical reason, we understand your disappointment, but at this time, we feel this is the best policy to keep our audiences and everyone who walks thru the Farmers Alley doors as safe as possible. Mask Policy Due to the recent change in CDC guidelines, we require that guests wear their masks when inside Farmers Alley Theatre. You may lower your mask while taking a drink. Staff members will remain masked at all times. Artists will be permitted to remove their masks on stage during the performance. Complimentary masks will be made available at the door as needed. Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning In consultation with our Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) experts, we have worked to find the best solution for our space to meet government requirements for indoor gatherings. Hand Sanitizing Stations Hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed at our entrance, in restrooms, and in several other locations on our premises. These will be maintained by the sanitation attendant on duty.
COVID-19 safety plan Restrooms Signs have been posted inside the restrooms reminding guests of proper handwashing procedures. Arriving for a Show Guests can arrive at the theatre up to one hour before the showtime though we suggest guests arrive within 30 minutes to showtime. Once at the theatre, guests will be guided to their seats in the theatre or should wait outside on Farmers Alley. The lobby will be used as a “flow of traffic” area, not a waiting area. House Management will make special accommodations for guests with disabilities who may need more time to enter the theatre. If possible, we request that guests notify the box office of any such need for special assistance at the time of ticket purchase by calling 269-343-2727. Guests who have exhibited any of the symptoms of COVID19 within seventy-two hours of their reservation must call our box office at 269-3432727 for help rescheduling tickets. Programs Farmers Alley Theatre encourages all guests to download a digital copy of the program to their personal electronic devices/phones. The program will be easily accessible from the Farmers Alley Theatre website. A link to the program will be emailed to guests included in the reminder sent twenty-four hours prior to their visit. This link will also be posted at the theatre entrance, in addition to a QR code. Personal Belongings Guests are discouraged from bringing large personal items or bags with them to the theatre.