Murder for Two: Holiday Edition Digital Program

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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.

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From all of us to all of you – Happy Holidays!

Rob Weiner

Rob Weiner Co-Founder & Deputy Director



presents

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

her

summer

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

“artistic

Miller Auditorium, Chenery Auditorium,

23rd

with

eye”

our

for

the

2022

restaging

of

Murder For Two in our space and

Farmers

coordinating

costume

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

reins

productions of The Secret Garden,

Director for the 2021-22 season.

the

actor’s

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.

She

also

received

the

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

Scarlet

Pimpernel,

Phantom of the Opera.

and

The

as

Alley

Theatre

Farmers

and

Alley’s

more.

Technical


meet the company of

MURDER FOR TWO

Jason

Frink

(Lighting

has

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,

Miserables,

Blood

The Diary of Anne Frank, The Toxic

Brothers. He was recently awarded the

Avenger and Disgraced, our Technical

Sutton Foster Ovation Award for his

Director

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,

Oh,

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

Spotlight

also served as Master Electrician for

Tommy,

Series.

Pittsburgh,

Jason

Design)

and

Originally has

from

been

a

professional designer for 30 years and is currently

the

Assistant

Principal

Portage Central High School.

at

for

What

Other

a

Night,

Desert

and

the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

Cities,

as

a


meet the company of

MURDER FOR TWO

Wendy Seyb (Choreographer) is an

Jill BC Du Boff (Sound Effects Design).

award-winning

director,

Broadway: The Heidi Chronicles, Hand

choreographer, writer, and producer.

to God, Disgraced, Picnic, Wit, Other

She has worked with award-winning

Desert

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

nominations,

1

Thumb (Affiliate Artist), Penguin Rep.

nomination, Murder For Two). She has

Regional: Bay Street, La Jolla, Cincinnati

also

Playhouse,

filmmaker,

Click

worked

Clack

on

Moo

National

-

and

Cities,

Good

Westport

People,

The

Playhouse,

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.

Tony

Mitchell

graduated

from

(Sound

Design)

Western

Michigan

University with a BS in Multi-Media Arts & Technology and creates audio & video content with the art community and businesses

with

his

production

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,

Adjunct

Lawrence College.

Professor;

Sarah



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

(looking

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.

stage

manager,

and

technician

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.

forward

to

revisiting

this

Actors' Equity Association (“Equity"), founded in 1913, is the U.S. labor union that represents more than 51,000 professional

Actors

and

Stage

Managers. Equity fosters the art of live theatre as an essential component of society and advances the careers of its members

by

negotiating

improving

working

wages,

conditions

and

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

international

journey in second grade and has been

performing arts unions. #EquityWorks

organization

traveling that road ever since. Both as an actor and technician, Roger has

SPECIAL THANKS TO

graced many stages throughout the

Becky Klose

area, and has been at Farmers Alley

Steve Brubaker

since season two.Some of his favorites

Julie Nemitz

in recent years are Next to Normal, The

Michael Bruno

Producers,

Marvelous

Issac “Ziggy” Middleton

Wonderettes, Peter and the Starcatcher,

The Heritage Company

Dogfight,

of


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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THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE ARTS


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.