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Michael Halberstam Artistic Director

Kathryn M. Lipuma Executive Director

WRITERS’ THEATRE

Presents

A Little Night Music Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by Hugh Wheeler Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick Suggested by a Film by Ingmar Bergman Originally Produced and Directed on Broadway by Harold Prince Musical Direction by Valerie Maze Music Supervision by Roberta Duchak Directed by William Brown Featuring Brianna Borger, Shannon Cochran*, Shannon Corey, Brandon Dahlquist*, Deanna Dunagan*, J. Michael Finley*, Kristen French, Cory Goodrich*, Royen Kent, Tiffany Scott* and Jonathan Weir* Scenic Designer Costume Designer Lighting Designer Sound Designer Properties Designer Re-Orchestrations Stage Manager

Kevin Depinet, USAA Rachel Anne Healy, USAA Jesse Klug, USAA Andrew Hansen Nick Heggestad Malcolm Ruhl David Castellanos*

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Fredrika Armfeldt................................................................................. Shannon Corey Madame Armfeldt.........................................................................Deanna Dunagan* Frid & Lieder Singer........................................................................J. Michael Finley* Henrik Egerman.........................................................................................Royen Kent Anne Egerman ..................................................................................... Kristen French Fredrik Egerman................................................................................. Jonathan Weir* Petra & Lieder Singer.......................................................................... Brianna Borger Desirée Armfeldt ......................................................................... Shannon Cochran* Malla & Lieder Singer.........................................................................Cory Goodrich* Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm & Lieder Singer...........................Brandon Dahlquist* Countess Charlotte Malcolm & Lieder Singer..................................... Tiffany Scott* UNDERSTUDIES Fredrika Armfeldt.................................................................................. Becky Keeshin Madame Armfeldt................................................................................ Ann Whitney* Henrik Egerman / Frid / Lieder Singer .......................................... Michael Reckling Anne Egerman ................................................................................. Hannah Corneau Fredrik Egerman / Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm / Lieder Singer ......James Rank* Petra / Malla / Lieder Singer.......................................................... Amanda Horvath Desirée Armfeldt / Countess Charlotte Malcolm Lieder Singer....................................................................................Barbara Zahora* MUSICIANS Music Director / Conductor / Piano / Celeste...................................... Valerie Maze Violin.................................................................................................. Andrew McCann Cello........................................................................................................... Jill Kaeding Clarinet / Flute / Piccolo / Oboe / Wooden Flute...............................Sean McNeely Harp........................................................................................................... Ben Melsky All Musicians are members of the Chicago Federation of Musicians Local 10-208. SET TING Setting: Sweden Time: Turn of the 20th century INTERMISSION 10 Minutes

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D R A M AT U R G I C A L I N F O R M AT I O N A Little Night Music will be the first time that Director William Brown and actors Shannon Cochran, Deanna Dunagan and Jonathan Weir have all worked on the same production. We asked these long-time friends to tell us about each other and what they’re looking forward to about this musical. On Shannon Cochran… Bill: I was in Cabaret at the Marriott Theatre in 1988. The actress playing Sally Bowles got injured, and Shannon, who had done the role before, took it over. I met her for the first time on stage during a performance. Playing Amanda and Elyot in Private Lives at Writers’ in 1997 sealed the deal. When you play those two roles and do it right, you fall in love with each other. Jon: My first impression of Shannon was when I saw her in Pal Joey at Goodman Theatre in 1988. Shannon was, as always, captivating. She sang, danced and acted with such ease, grace and certainty that you couldn’t take your eyes off her. Deanna: I was so in awe of Shannon when we worked together on Stepping Out at Steppenwolf in 1988. I remember rehearsing the dance steps with her in front of the mirror, asking, “We’re doing the same steps; why do you look like a dancer and I don’t?” She was very kind and patient with me, and by the time the run was over we were fast friends. On Deanna Dunagan… Bill: Deanna is unique, beautiful and amazingly talented. I love how unedited she is. We had a great time acting together in Butley, and then I had the privilege of directing her in The Chalk Garden at Northlight in 2006. She’s an original. Shannon: I can’t even remember how Deanna and I got so close so quickly, but we became best friends during Stepping Out. We are very honest with each other about our work, and I admire and respect her blazing talent as much as any artist I know. Jon: Stepping Out at Steppenwolf, in particular Shannon and Deanna, had a huge influence on my life and career. To this day working with those amazing women remains one of the highlights of my career. On Jonathan Weir… Deanna: Jon was the only man in the cast of Stepping Out and he was coming into the show as a replacement. I imagine he must have been intimidated, but you never would have known it. He stepped right in, and it was as if he’d always been part of the “family.” Bill: I met Jon through Shannon, and it turned out that he and my partner Steve went to undergrad together. I think Jon is such an underestimated actor, and I’m privileged to have been able to direct him at Writers’ in Arms and the Man and Misalliance.

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D R A M AT U R G I C A L I N F O R M AT I O N Shannon: Jon is one of the many men in my life I could have married and been totally happy with. Unfortunately he was already taken, so I have had to settle for a life-long crush. How fortunate we finally get to meet as long-lost lovers onstage at Writers’. (Hope my husband doesn’t see this!) On Bill Brown… Deanna: Bill is such a lovely man—magnanimous, charming, and funny. He is just so much fun to be on stage with. He’s also a brilliant director—one of those directors every actor wants to work with. Jon: Bill’s passion for the material and for the actors he directs creates one of the best environments I’ve worked in. He and his partner Steve love to entertain and are amazing cooks. At one of their parties years ago, I turned to Bill and said “you direct like you throw a party,” to which Bill responded “I don’t see there’s much of a difference.” Brilliant! Shannon: I can remember when we were doing Private Lives together, and we would call each other after a performance to compare notes on the evening’s show because we just couldn’t wait till the next night to discuss it! Every once in a while, you meet a fellow artist with whom you have an immediate recognition of a shared sensibility, and that’s it—you fall in love for life! What are you all looking forward to most about A Little Night Music? Jon: Everything! Diving into Sondheim’s material—a first for me as I’ve never performed his work before. Exploring the relationship between Desirée and Fredrik with one of my best friends. Working with a group of this caliber comes along all too infrequently in this business and it’s all the sweeter that it’s at Writers’. I am very grateful. Deanna: I’m really looking forward to making my debut in the Tudor Court venue. It’s an embracing, intimate space that I’ve enjoyed as an audience member many times. It will be fun to be on stage there at last. Bill: I’m looking forward to the challenge of it. Discussion began months ago, and Shannon, Jon and Deanna call me and ask about things. I had to tell Jon to stop calling because I had other plays to do first! It’s going to be a nice return for all of us.

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P R O D U C T I O N S TA F F Director.........................................................................................William Brown, SDC Musical Director..................................................................................... Valerie Maze Music Supervisor.............................................................................. Roberta Duchak Production Stage Manager......................................................... David Castellanos* Scenic Designer......................................................................... Kevin Depinet, USAA Costume Designer.............................................................. Rachel Anne Healy, USAA Lighting Designer.............................................................................Jesse Klug, USAA Sound Designer.................................................................................. Andrew Hansen Properties Designer.......................................................................... Nick Heggestad Re-Orchestrations. ............................................................................... Malcolm Ruhl Assistant to the Orchestrator............................................................. Justin Amolsch Fencing Instructor.........................................................................................Tyler Rich Period Dance Instructor...........................................................................Sarah Gabel Assistant to the Director...................................................................... Joshua Altman Assistant Stage Manager.....................................................................Elise Hausken Casting Consultant............................................................................. Adam Belcuore Scene Shop/Scenic Construction............................................... Paramount Theatre Technical Supervisor.............................................................................. John Gedeon Wardrobe Supervisor................................................................................ Jane Millett Costume Supervisor........................................................................... Emily Waecker Master Electrician............................................................................ Simon Robinson Sound Engineer................................................................................ Amanda Hosking Wardrobe Run Crew...............................................................................Tamar Daskin

Writers’ Theatre extends a sincere thank you to the following individuals for their sponsorship of A Little Night Music:

Mary Winton Green Season Sponsor

Marcie and Avy Stein Sponsor Partners

Janice and Philip Beck Christopher S. Pfaff and Sara Pfaff Director’s Society Sponsors

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SPECIAL THANKS Sarah Heberlein, Steve Hinger, Laura Gordon, LCG Sales, Inc. NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR It was the morning after I’d seen She Loves Me. Michael’s production at Writers’ had utterly enchanted me. Beautifully acted and sung without amplification, the beloved musical was given new life in our intimate theatre. That morning I called Michael and said I wanted to do A Little Night Music in that same space. Mr. Halberstam has been very generous with me, through the years, indulging my theatrical impulses. He immediately said he’d check on the rights. As I began to daydream, I saw this as an opportunity to move closer to the original impulse for A Little Night Music – Ingmar Bergman’s comic film Smiles of a Summer Night. Bergman’s lyrical film, which explored sex, youth, aging, parenting, and did I say sex, was the jumping off point for Hugh Wheeler’s brilliant book. And it inspired Stephen Sondheim’s most gorgeous score. An entire score set in waltz time, it also draws inspiration from Richard Strauss’s opera in ¾ time, Der Rosenkavalier. In other words, this is lush music. And add to that Sondheim’s sharp, delicious lyrics. More than a year has gone by of meetings, design conferences, auditions, and rehearsals. At the same time, I have been lucky enough to be part of a larger conversation about the new Writers’ Theatre space. The word “intimate” has come up a lot, needless to say. What does it mean? I know what it means to A Little Night Music. It means I don’t have to “sell” this musical. With the best designers, extraordinary singer/actors, and astonishing musicians we can inhabit A Little Night Music in an intimate, personal, human way. It can be overheard.

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A LIT TLE NIGHT MUSIC PROFILES Brianna Borger (Petra & Lieder Singer) makes her Writers’ Theatre debut in this incredible production of her favorite musical! Chicago credits include: Anna Leonowens in The King and I (Joseph Jefferson Award Nomination, Porchlight Music Theatre), Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods (Porchlight Music Theatre), Lily in The Secret Garden (Light Opera Works), The Three Musketeers (World Premiere, Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Erika’s Wall (World Premiere, The Music Theatre Company) and The American Girl Revue (American Girl Place). Regional/Touring credits include: Patsy Cline in Always, Patsy Cline (Armory Theatre), Agnes Gooch in Mame (The Wagon Wheel Theatre) and Anna Leonowens in The King and I (Broadway Asia International Tour). Borger is the Assistant Director of Admission for the Chicago College of Performing Arts (Roosevelt University) and the proud wife of Adrian Aguilar. www.briannaborger.com Shannon Cochran (Desirée Armfeldt) returns to Writers’ Theatre where she previously appeared in The Lion in Winter (Joseph Jefferson Award Nomination), The Father and Private Lives (Joseph Jefferson Award Nomination). Chicago credits include: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, Court Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater and Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire. Regional credits include: Long Wharf Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Repertory, Geffen Playhouse and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Off-Broadway credits include: Bug (Obie Award, The Drama League Award, Drama Desk Award Nomination). First National tour credits 10 Writers’ Theatre

include: August: Osage County (Helen Hayes Award Nomination). Film credits include: The Ring, Star Trek: Nemesis, The Babe and The Perfect Family. Recent TV credits include: (recent) upcoming- Scandal (recurring), Fringe, Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy, Off the Map, Numbers and others. Directing credits include: The Rivalry, The Real Dr. Strangelove (LA Theatre Works), Therese Raquin (greasy joan) and Private Passage (Odyssey Theatre Ensemble). Audiobooks: The Unremarkable Heart and Other Stories, Fallen and Call Me Irresistible. Shannon Corey (Fredrika Armfeldt) makes her professional debut at Writers’ Theatre. She has performed in many community theatre and school productions. Most recently, she appeared as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (Music On Stage), Ariel in Footloose (Schaumburg on Stage), Kim in Bye Bye Birdie (Tesseract Theatre Ensemble) and Cosette in Les Misérables (Barrington Middle School). In 2011, she won 1st place in the high school division of the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Classical Competition. She is a junior at Barrington High School where she enjoys singing in her high school choir and acapella group. Special thanks to Gray Talent Group. Brandon Dahlquist (Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm & Lieder Singer) returns to Writers’ Theatre after appearing in Oh Coward! (Joseph Jefferson Award for Outstanding Revue). Favorite Chicago credits include Knute Rockne All American (Joseph Jefferson Award Nomination), The Christmas Schooner (Theatre at the Center), Sunday in the


A LIT TLE NIGHT MUSIC PROFILES Park with George, Assassins, Best Musical! (Porchlight Music Theatre), Cabaret, Meet Me in St. Louis, Sugar (Drury Lane Oakbrook), Grand Hotel (Drury Lane Theatre Water Tower Place), Fifth of July (Oak Park Festival Theatre), King of Coons (Congo Square Theatre), A Funny Thing Happened on the way to The Forum (Noble Fool Theatricals), Side Show and The Wild Party (Bohemian Theatre Ensemble). Regional credits include Twelve Angry Men (Maltz Jupiter Theatre) and Meet Me in St. Louis (Gateway Playhouse). Dahlquist recently completed the Second City Musical Improv Conservatory and continues to be a highly sought after headshot and event photographer. He is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association, sends gracious thanks to the artists involved in this production and love to Mom, Dad and Mutti.

Deanna Dunagan (Madame Armfeldt) returns to Writers’ Theatre where she last appeared in Butley. Chicago credits include: August: Osage County (Joseph Jefferson Award), I Never Sang For My Father (Joseph Jefferson Award, Steppenwolf Theatre Company), Sunday In The Park With George, Bounce (Goodman Theatre), James Joyce’s The Dead (Joseph Jefferson Award, Court Theatre), The Chalk Garden, Quilters (Northlight Theatre), A Delicate Balance (After Dark Award, Remy Bumppo Theatre), The Glamour House (After Dark Award, Victory Gardens Theater). Broadway / International credits include: August: Osage County (Tony, Drama Desk Awards, Broadway/ West End/ Sydney). Film: Losing Isaiah. Yet to be released: Just Like A

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A LIT TLE NIGHT MUSIC PROFILES Woman, Mariachi Gringo, The Cherokee Word For Water. TV: Recurring roles on “Unforgettable” and “Prison Break.” Leading role in “Mitch Albom’s Have a Little Faith” (Hallmark Hall of Fame, ABC). Guest starring roles on “Law and Order,” “Cold Case” and “Detroit 187.” For my mother who did her “best to point the way.” J. Michael Finley (Frid & Lieder Singer) makes his Writers’ Theatre debut. Recent credits include: Steve in Hair (Paramount Theatre in Aurora), Sweeney Todd (Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace) and Louie in The Christmas Schooner (Mercury Theater). Finley was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, but calls Lebanon, Missouri his hometown. He recently graduated from CCPA Roosevelt University in Chicago with his degree in Musical Theatre. He would like to thank his castmates, friends and family for their support and encouragement. “For my brother, Spc. James Matthew Finley. Without him, I would not be here.” Kristen French (Anne Egerman) makes her Writers’ Theatre debut with this dream come true production! She was last seen in Sweeney Todd (Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace). Regional credits include: Hope in Anything Goes and Chrissy in Hair (Timber Lake Playhouse), Kate in Brigadoon (Wagon Wheel Theatre) and Beauty in Beauty and the Beast (American Family Theater tour). French recently graduated from Drake University’s School of Music and is now happy to call Chicago home. “Endless thanks to Mom & Dad, K, M, and Miss Gram for their unwavering support and encouragement. I love you so much!” 12 Writers’ Theatre

Cory Goodrich (Malla & Lieder Singer) makes her Writers’ Theatre debut with one of her favorite shows. She was most recently seen as Alma in The Christmas Schooner (Mercury Theatre). Favorite roles in Chicago include: Mother in Ragtime (Joseph Jefferson Award), Anna Smith in Meet Me in St. Louis, Guenevere in Camelot, Jenny in Shenandoah (Joseph Jefferson nomination) and Sweeney Todd (Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace), Irene Malloy in Hello Dolly (Joseph Jefferson nomination), Vi in Footloose (Theatre at the Center), Ethel Toffelmeyer in Music Man and Les Miserables (Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire), Meg in Brigadoon (Joseph Jefferson nomination, Candlelight Dinner Playhouse) and Sunday in the Park with George (Chicago Shakespeare Theater). Goodrich has been a featured vocalist at Ravinia Festival and appeared in their productions of Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Passion and The Most Happy Fella. Goodrich is also a singer/songwriter and her children’s albums, Hush and Wiggly Toes, which can be found on iTunes and Amazon.com. Royen Kent (Henrik Egerman) makes his Writers’ Theatre and Chicago theatre debut. Regional credits include: King Lear (Shakespeare by the Sea) and Enchanted April (Legacy Productions). His academic performances with Vanguard University of Southern California include Alice, Pride & Prejudice, Romeo & Juliet,Twelfth Night (Kennedy Center American College Theater Nominations) and Souvenir. His improvisational work includes a Western U.S. tour with California group


A LIT TLE NIGHT MUSIC PROFILES Delivery Boys and training with The Second City. His next project is Six Degrees of Separation with Eclectic Theater Company. He’d like to thank Rosalyn Brickman for this opportunity. Please enjoy the show. Tiffany Scott (Countess Charlotte Malcolm & Lieder Singer) returns to Writers’ Theatre, where she last appeared as Lady Utterword in last season’s Heartbreak House. Chicago credits include A Christmas Carol, The Edward Albee Festival (Goodman Theatre), The Two Noble Kinsmen (Joseph Jefferson Award Nomination – Supporting Actress), Short Shakespeare! The Comedy of Errors (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Beast on the Moon (Joseph Jefferson Award Nomination: Principal Actress, Provision Theater) and work with Court Theatre, Griffin Theatre, Lifeline Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre Company, TimeLine Theatre Company and others. Regional credits include Berkeley Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Illinois Shakespeare Festival and Utah Shakespearean Festival. Scott has spent four seasons at American Players Theatre, where her favorite roles include Regina Hubbard in Another Part of the Forest, Celia in As You Like It, Sorel Bliss in Hay Fever and Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Jonathan Weir (Fredrik Egerman) returns to Writers’ Theatre, where he previously appeared in Arms and the Man, Misalliance (directed by William Brown), Bach at Leipzig, The Doctor’s Dilemma, The Father and Booth. Chicago credits include: the Governor in Candide (Goodman Theatre & The Shakespeare

Theatre Company, Washington DC), Henry Ford in Ragtime (Drury Lane Oakbrook Theatre), Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, The Visit (Goodman Theatre) Stepping Out (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), Violet (Joseph Jefferson nomination best supporting actor, Apple Tree Theatre), The First and Grand Hotel (Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire). Regional credits include: Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady (Skylight Opera Theatre) and Noel Coward in Noel and Gertie (Next Act Theatre) both in Milwaukee. National tours include: Mob Boss Gyp DeCarlo and others in Jersey Boys, Scar and Pumbaa in Disney’s The Lion King and Jacob Marley in Scrooge the Musical (US premiere). Weir is an adjunct professor of theatre in the Depatment of Fine and Performing Arts at Loyola University Chicago. Stephen Sondheim (Music and Lyrics), one of the most influential and accomplished composer/lyricists in Broadway history, was born in New York City and raised in New York and Pennsylvania. As a teenager he met Oscar Hammerstein II, who became Sondheim’s mentor. Sondheim graduated from Williams College, where he received the Hutchinson Prize for Music Composition. After graduation he studied music theory and composition with Milton Babbitt. He worked for a short time in the 1950s as a writer for the television show “Topper”; his first professional musical theatre job was as the songwriter for the unproduced musical Saturday Night. He wrote the lyrics for West Side Story (1957), Gypsy (1959) and Do I Hear A Waltz? (1965), as well as additional lyrics for Candide (1973). Musicals for which he has written both music and lyrics include A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (1962), Anyone Can Whistle (1964), Company (1970 - 1971 Tony Award Music and Best Lyrics), Follies (1971 - 1972 Tony Award Score and New York Drama Critics Circle Award; revised in London, 1987), A Little Night A Little Night Music 13


A LIT TLE NIGHT MUSIC PROFILES Music (1973 - Tony Award Score), The Frogs (1974), Pacific Overtures (1976 - New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award), Sweeney Todd (1979 - Tony Award Score), Merrily We Roll Along (1981), Sunday In The Park With George (1984 - New York Drama Critics Circle Award; 1985 Pulitzer Prize for Drama), Into The Woods (1987 - Tony Award Score), Assassins (1991) and Passion (1994 - Tony Award Score). He composed the songs for the television production “Evening Primrose” (1966), co-authored the film The Last of Sheila (1973) and provided incidental music for The Girls of Summer (1956), Invitation to a March (1961) and Twigs (1971). Side By Side By Sondheim (1976), Marry Me A Little (1981), You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow (1983; originally presented as A Stephen Sondheim Evening) and Putting It Together (1993) are anthologies of his work. He has written scores for the films Stavisky (1974) and Reds

(1981), and composed songs for the film Dick Tracy (1990 - Academy Award for Best Song). He is on the Council of the Dramatist Guild, the national association of playwrights, composers and lyricists, having served as its president from 1973 until 1981, and in 1983 was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1990 he was appointed the first Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre at Oxford University. He was also recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor in 1993. Hugh Wheeler (Author) was a novelist, playwright and screen writer. He wrote more than thirty mystery novels under the pseudonyms Q. Patrick and Patrick Quentin, and four of his novels were transformed into films: Black Widow, Man in the Net, The Green-Eyed Monster and The Man with Two Wives. For films he wrote the screenplays for Travels with My Aunt, Something for Everyone, A Little Night Music and

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A LIT TLE NIGHT MUSIC PROFILES Nijinsky. His plays include Big Fish, Little Fish (1961), Look: We’ve Come Through (1961) and We Have Always Lived in the Castle (1966, adapted from the Shirley Jackson novel), he co-authored with Joseph Stein the book for a new production of the 1919 musical Irene (1973), wrote the books for A Little Night Music (1973), a new production of Candide (1973), Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1979, based on a version of the play by Christopher Bond), and Meet Me in St. Louis (adapted from the 1949 MGM musical), contributed additional material for the musical Pacific Overtures (1976), and wrote a new adaptation of the Kurt Weill opera Silverlake, which was directed by Harold Prince at the New York Opera. He received Tony and Drama Desk Awards for A Little Night Music, Candide and Sweeney Todd. Prior to his death in 1987, Mr. Wheeler was working on two new musicals, Bodo and Fu Manchu and a new adaptation of The Merry Widow. William Brown (Director) returns to Writers’ Theatre where he has directed Joseph Jefferson nominated productions of Heartbreak House, As You Like It, Another Part of the Forest, Arms and the Man, Our Town, Rocket to the Moon, Misalliance, The Glass Menagerie, Incident at Vichy and the world premieres of Brett Neveu’s Old Glory and Do the Hustle. He recently directed and wrote (with Doug Frew) To Master the Art, a play about Julia and Paul Child in Paris (TimeLine Theatre Company). He most recently directed Fallen Angels (Indiana Rep) and at Northlight Theatre, where he directed his own adaptation with original music of She Stoops to Conquer (After Dark Award), as well as The Chalk Garden and Lady Windermere’s Fan. He has directed 13 productions at American Players Theatre in Spring Green, Wisconsin, including The Critic, Hay Fever, The Comedy of Errors, Night of the Iguana, Antony and Cleopatra, The Matchmaker and this summer, Troilus

and Cressida. He is Associate Artistic Director of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks. Brown received a Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Henry Kissinger in Writers’ Theatre’s Nixon’s Nixon. Valerie Maze (Music Director/ Pianist/ Conductor) makes her Writers’ Theatre debut. She most recently was Cover Conductor on Showboat at Lyric Opera of Chicago, where she has been on staff as Dance Pianist and Assistant Conductor in recent seasons. In 2011, she conducted Follies and The Adventures of Pinocchio (Chicago Shakespeare Theater). Other Chicago credits include: Drury Lane Theatre, Noble Fool Theatricals, Apple Tree Theatre, Theater at the Center, Light Opera Works, Provision Theater, Chicago Muse, Bowen Park Theatre and Opera Company, Elgin Opera and DuPage Opera Theatre. Regional credits include: Peninsula Players, The Wagon Wheel Theatre, Portland Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Harrisburg Opera Association, Utah Festival Opera & Music Theatre and California Opera Association. This fall, Ms. Maze will be Assistant Conductor for Hansel and Gretel and the Assistant Chorus Master at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Ms. Maze has received recognition for Cats (After Dark Award, Theatre at the Center) and has performed on WFMT as part of the Dame Myra Hess Series. Roberta Duchak (Music Supervisor) is thrilled to be a part of this extraordinary creative team. Most recently she musical directed Gypsy, The Sound of Music, Sweeney Todd, Ragtime (Joseph Jefferson Jeff Award); Spamalot (Joseph Jefferson Nomination), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Miss Saigon (Joseph Jefferson Nomination; Drury Lane Oakbrook), The Story of My Life directed by Richard Maltby Jr. (Biograph Theater), The Original Grease (American Theater Company) and The Rocky Horror Show (Mercury A Little Night Music 15


A LIT TLE NIGHT MUSIC PROFILES Theater). Ms. Duchak was the conductor/pianist for the Midwest premiere of Married Alive (Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire). As an actress, she performed on Broadway in Ragtime (Mother) and national tours including: The Ghost of Christmas Past in Scrooge, Magnolia and Ellie in Showboat and Rona Lisa Peretti in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Chicago and national touring companies). As a vocalist, she can be heard on numerous recordings, including her debut solo CD: Intersections. Ms. Duchak is currently the vocal coach for Academy award winning actor Russell Crowe, preparing him for his upcoming role as Javert in the feature film Les Miserables. Kevin Depinet (Scenic Designer) returns to Writers’ Theatre where he last designed The Detectives Wife, Do The Hustle and Oh Coward!. He has designed for Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, The McCarter Theatre, The Denver Theatre Center, Court Theatre, The Arden Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, American Players Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Fox Valley Repertory, Indiana Repertory Theatre and Illinois Shakespeare Festival. He designed scenery for Michael Mann’s film Public Enemies (Universal Studios). He was also the associate designer for August: Osage County (Steppenwolf Theatre Company, National Theatre of London, The Music Box Theatre on Broadway and the US National Tour). Depinet will be designing Detroit at The National Theatre of Great Britain this summer and a touring museum exhibit for Sherlock Holmes. Depinet is also an adjunct professor of design at DePaul University. He studied at Ball State University and the Yale School of Drama.

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Rachel Anne Healy (Costume Designer) returns to Writers’ Theatre where previous credits include Heartbreak House, Do The Hustle, Oh Coward!, Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead, A Minister’s Wife, The Maids, As You Like It, The Turn Of The Screw, Another Part Of The Forest, The Uneasy Chair, Arms And The Man, Our Town, The Subject Was Roses, The Doctor’s Dilemma, Benefactors, My Own Stranger, Crime And Punishment, Rough Crossing, Rocket To The Moon and Misalliance. Additional Chicago credits include Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Court Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Apple Tree Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre, American Theater Company, Next Theatre Company and Remy Bumppo Theatre Company. Regionally, she has designed with the Alliance Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, First Stage Children’s Theater of Milwaukee, Indiana Repertory Theatre, American Players Theatre and Long Wharf Theatre. Upcoming productions include Richard III and Troilus and Cressida (American Players Theatre) and Fallen Angels (Indiana Repertory Theatre). In addition, Ms. Healy teaches drawing, painting and design to young theatre artists at DePaul University. She is a member of United Scenic Artists #829. Jesse Klug (Lighting Designer) returns to Writers’ Theatre where he last designed the lighting for Heartbreak House, Travels with My Aunt and Oh Coward!. Chicago credits include: Goodman Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre, Broadway in Chicago, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, Victory Gardens Theater, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Court Theatre, The Paramount Theatre, Northlight Theatre and TimeLine Theatre Company. Regional credits include: Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Geffen Playhouse, Fulton Theatre,


A LIT TLE NIGHT MUSIC PROFILES Asolo Repertory Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Indiana Repertory Theatre, American Theater Company, Shakespeare Theatre Company and First Stage Milwaukee. Off Broadway credits include: The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Lortel, Hewes Nomination), The Screwtape Letters (Off Broadway and National Tour), Romulus and The Hourglass. Klug is a Jeff and After Dark Award recipient. www.jessekluglightingdesign.com

Nixon. Music and sound design credits include Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Northlight Theatre, American Players Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre and Montana Shakespeare in the Parks.

Andrew Hansen (Sound Designer) returns to Writers’ Theatre where he designed Heartbreak House, Do The Hustle, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Old Glory, As You Like It, Bach at Leipzig, Another Part of the Forest, Bus Stop, Arms and the Man, Our Town, Rocket to the Moon and Misalliance. Hansen is an Associate Artist at TimeLine Theatre Company where recent credits include A Walk In The Woods, In Darfur, To Master The Art and Frost/

Nick Heggestad (Properties Designer) returns to Writers’ Theatre where he has designed properties for Hesperia, The Caretaker, The Real Thing, The Detective’s Wife, Heartbreak House, Do The Hustle, Travels With My Aunt and She Loves Me. Additional Chicago credits include credits include Moscow, Cheryomshuki, Teseo (Chicago Opera Theatre), The Soldier’s Tale, Pierrot Lunaire (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), The Doyle and Debbie Show (Royal George Theatre), Disgraced (American Theater Company), Pippin, Merrily We Roll Along (The Music Theatre Company), Changes Of Heart, The Goat, Or Who

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A LIT TLE NIGHT MUSIC PROFILES Is Sylvia?, The Importance Of Being Earnest, Night And Day, Les Liasions Dangereuses, The Island, and Heroes (Remy Bumppo Theatre Company). Prior to moving to Chicago, Nick spent two years with Feld Entertainment, working for both Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus and Disney on Ice. Upcoming projects include The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead at Writers’ Theatre and The 39 Steps at Drury Lane. Malcolm Ruhl (Re-Orchestrations) makes his Writers’ Theatre debut. Orchestration: The Original Grease, Oklahoma! (American Theatre Company) and Heart of Spain. Musical Direction (five Joseph Jefferson Award Nominations): Hairspray, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story (Drury Lane Theatre), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Goodman Theatre), Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Oklahoma! (American Theatre Company), Woody Guthrie’s American Song (Joseph Jefferson Award), Blues in the Night, Smoke on the Mountain (Northlight Theatre), Pump Boys and Dinettes (Apollo and Forum Theatres), Grease (Theatre at the Center) and Big River (Apple Tree Theatre). Musical Coordinator: Million Dollar Quartet (Apollo Theatre). Performer: “Jackson” in the Broadway production of Pump Boys and Dinettes (Princess Theatre). Composition: Holiday Memories (Northlight Theatre), Cicada Dance (Kennedy Center/ACTF) and several choral works published by Final Score Music. David Castellanos (Production Stage Manager) returns for his 11th season with Writers’ Theatre. Previously, Castellanos has stage managed A Phoenix Too Frequent, The Price, Misalliance, Rocket To the Moon, Rough Crossing, Crime and Punishment, Our Town, My Own Stranger, The Doctor’s Dilemma, Seagull, To the Green Fields Beyond, Arms and the Man, The Uneasy Chair, Bus Stop, The Duchess of Malfi, 18 Writers’ Theatre

Another Part of the Forest, Bach at Leipzig, Othello, The Savannah Disputation, As You Like It, The Lion in Winter, Picnic, A Christmas Carol, Old Glory, A Minister’s Wife, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, The Old Settler, A Streetcar Named Desire, She Loves Me, Do the Hustle, Heartbreak House, The Real Thing and most recently, Hesperia. Before Writers’ Theatre, Mr. Castellanos was the Assistant Stage Manager for Chicago Shakespeare Theater for four seasons and the Production Stage Manager for Northlight Theatre for three seasons. He is currently teaching stage management at DePaul University. He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Michael Halberstam (Artistic Director) is the co-founder of Writers’ Theatre. He has directed over 30 productions for the company including Not About Heroes (starring Nicholas Pennell), Private Lives, Look Back In Anger, Candida, The Father, Crime and Punishment, Benefactors, Seagull, The Duchess of Malfi, Othello, The Savannah Disputation, the world premiere musical A Minister’s Wife, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, She Loves Me and The Real Thing. Halberstam has appeared in numerous Writers’ Theatre productions including Richard II (title role), Loot and Misalliance. Previously, he spent two years at The Stratford Festival in Ontario and performed in Timon Of Athens, The Knight of the Burning Pestle (title role), Much Ado About Nothing and As You Like It. Halberstam’s other Chicago acting credentials include productions with Wisdom Bridge, Court Theatre and Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Elsewhere he directed The Gamester (Northlight Theatre), A Man For All Seasons (Peninsula Players Theatre), Hamlet (Illinois Shakespeare Festival), Candida (Jean Cocteau Repertory in New York), Ten Little Indians (Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace), a highly acclaimed revival of Crime


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A LIT TLE NIGHT MUSIC PROFILES and Punishment, which Writers’ Theatre produced off-Broadway at 59E59 Theatres in New York City, Enchanted April and State of the Union (Milwaukee Repertory Theater). In 2011 he directed A Minister’s Wife at Lincoln Center Theater. His forays into opera have included The Rape Of Lucretia (Chicago Opera Theater), Francesca De Ramini featuring the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Christoph Eschenbach and Le Freyshutz, a Berlioz adaptation of the Weber opera conducted by Christoph Eschenbach in its North American Premiere (Ravinia Festival). He spent two and a half years teaching Shakespeare at The Theatre School at DePaul University and has received awards for excellence in theater management and/or artistic achievement from The Chicago Drama League, The Arts & Business Council, Chicago Lawyers for the Creative Arts, The Chicago Associates of the Stratford Festival and most recently, the 2010 Zelda Fichandler Award. Kathryn M. Lipuma (Executive Director) joined Writers’ Theatre in March 2007 after nine seasons with the award-winning Signature Theatre Company in New York where she was Executive Director. At Signature, she produced 28 productions including award-winning revivals of Horton Foote’s The Trip To Bountiful, August Wilson’s Seven Guitars and Lanford Wilson’s Burn This and worked with such acclaimed writers as Edward

Albee, Lee Blessing, Horton Foote, Maria Irene Fornes, John Guare, Bill Irwin, Romulus Linney, Paula Vogel, August Wilson and Lanford Wilson. During her tenure, the organization enjoyed consistent growth and recognition. Among its numerous awards and accolades was recognition as Outstanding National Theatre of the Year and the launch of Signature Theatre Company’s successful $15 Ticket Program, which has become a national model for subsidized ticket programming. Prior to her time at Signature, she spent six years with Chicago’s Goodman Theatre. Lipuma has consulted with not-for-profit theatres, hosted fundraising seminars for development professionals from across the country and has been a guest lecturer on arts management in the graduate programs at New York University, Marymount Manhattan College and Northwestern University. She has served on numerous arts and funding panels, including the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Philadelphia Theatre Institute for the Pew Charitable Trust, the Multi-Arts Production (MAP) Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. Lipuma currently serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the League of Chicago Theatres. She is a graduate of The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

W R I T E R S ’ T H E AT R E M I S S I O N S TAT E M E N T Writers’ Theatre was founded to explore productions in which the word on the page and the artists that bring the word to life hold primary importance. Central to this mission are three important core values: valuing text, both classic and contemporary, as the fundamental source of inspiration; creating deliberately intimate performances where audiences are face to face with powerful stories; and honoring the time and commitment of our artists by remaining at the forefront of industry compensation. With a reputation for consistent artistic excellence, innovative educational programming and strong ties to our community, Writers’ Theatre has built an award-winning repertoire and today, serves as a vital and highly-regarded company in the Chicago theatre community. 20 Writers’ Theatre


WRITERS’ HISTORY In 1992, Writers’ Theatre was founded in order to create an environment where the written word and the nurturing of artists were the foundation of all productions. We opened our first venue that year in the ante-room of a newly opened bookstore in Glencoe on the North Shore of Chicago. The limited space available gave way to a new aesthetic that has been a company hallmark ever since—intimacy. Under the artistic leadership of Founding Artistic Director Michael Halberstam, who continues in that role to this day, Writers’ became a welcome addition to the already vibrant Chicago arts community. The Theatre quickly garnered significant critical acclaim and established a reputation as a home for world-class art and artists, opening a second performance space in 2003. Our inviting 108-seat Tudor Court space continued the company’s trademark level of intimacy while allowing for a new scale of production and affording the opportunity to expand audiences, programming and educational outreach. Acclaimed by The Wall Street Journal as one of the top half-dozen regional theatres in the country, Writers’ has offered more than 81 productions, including 14 world premieres. We have garnered numerous awards and accolades, including 88 Joseph Jefferson Award nominations and 20 Awards, as well as multiple citations of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam for excellence and contributions to the field, including The 2010 Zelda Fichandler Award. In 2007, Writers’ debuted nationally with a New York premiere of Crime and Punishment, followed in 2011 by a Lincoln Center production of A Minister’s Wife—the musical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s Candida, conceived and directed by Halberstam. In July, 2011, Writers’ announced the hiring of the award-winning, internationally renowned Studio Gang Architects, led by principal Jeanne Gang, FAIA, to design a new home for the Theatre in downtown Glencoe. This will allow the Theatre to continue to grow to accommodate our audience, while maintaining our trademark intimacy. The new facility will resonate with and complement the Theatre’s neighboring Glencoe community, adding tremendous value to Chicagoland and helping establish the North Shore as a premier cultural destination. E D U C AT I O N O U T R E A C H & A U D I E N C E E N R I C H M E N T Writers’ Theatre’s Education Outreach Programs have served more than 30,000 students throughout Chicagoland. Our outreach programs include Write On!, an artistin-residency program that brings students and Writers’ Theatre’s artists together to explore classroom studies; the Novel Series Study Plan, an arts and literature curriculum and The MLK Project: The Fight For Civil Rights, a touring outreach performance that chronicles a student’s journey through the Civil Rights Movement. Our audience enrichment programming includes From Page to Stage, a free, public collaboration between Writers’ Theatre and North Shore libraries that explores the literary and theatrical themes of our stage productions and our pre-show lectures and post-show discussions--all of which are free and open to the public. Principal Foundation Supporter of the Novel Series Study Plan

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For more information on any of these programs visit writerstheatre.org/education A Little Night Music 21


ABOUT THE WOMAN’S LIBRARY CLUB OF GLENCOE The Woman’s Library Club of Glencoe, the building that currently houses the Writers’ Theatre’s 108-seat venue, was the third women’s club to be formed in Illinois and the 61st in the entire country. Organized in 1872 for “social and intellectual improvement,” the Club enlarged its purpose in 1928 “to promote the welfare of the community.” In 1947, its purpose was again enlarged and revised “to promote philanthropic and intellectual interests and the welfare of the community.” The Club chose its name because it was designed to use funds paid by the members to form the nucleus of a library for Glencoe. The first Clubhouse, at 654 Greenleaf Avenue, was used from 1906 until 1928. The present Clubhouse was opened on October 5, 1938. BOARD OF TRUSTEE S President Elaine Tinberg Vice-Presidents Gillian Goodman, David McGranahan and Barbara Melcher Treasurer Thomas Hodges Secretary Joseph G. Dillon Immediate Past President Christopher N. Knight Member at Large Beth L. Kronfeld Arthur Anderson, Jr. Janice Beck Susan Belgrad Julie Bernstein Amy Pope Brock Sara Cohan Howard Conant, Jr. Jeremy Farmer

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Linda Havlin Michael Halberstam Nancy Kehoe Avril Klaff Nelson L. Levy, Ph.D., M.D. Kathryn M. Lipuma Jennifer Litowitz William F. Mahoney

Thomas Mann Lorel McMillan Christopher S. Pfaff Pam Phillips Weston Christine Pompizzi Mary Pat Studdert


S TA F F Artistic Director................................................................................... Michael Halberstam Executive Director................................................................................ Kathryn M. Lipuma ADMINISTRATION Director of Finance & Administration.......................................................... Geoffrey Barr General Manager.................................................................................................. Jon Faris Finance Associate.................................................................................. Megan Simonson ARTISTIC Associate Artistic Director........................................................................... Stuart Carden Artistic Associate........................................................................................... Josh Schmidt Producing Assistant/Literary Associate.................................................... Bobby Kennedy AUDIENCES SERVICES Director of Audience Services .................................................................Isaac Sernoffsky Ticket Services Manager ................................................................................. Mike Shaw Associate Ticket Services Manager ..........................................................Meredith Webb Ticket Services Associates......................... Sam Roberson, Topher Soltys, Marcie Smith House Managers ................................... Rosemary Gwyther, Ingrid Brewer, Wyn Gilbert, Connie Moore, Gere Clark, Susan Parmentier Concessions....................................................................Al Heartley, Christopher Greene, Rosie Kolbo, Cara Peterson DEVELOPMENT Director of Institutional Advancement........................................................... Kim Swinton Director of Board Development..................................................................... Carol Dawley Director of Individual Giving /Special Events............................................Amber Bel’cher Campaign Administrator/Executive Assistant.............................. Lauren Mustain Martin Manager of Institutional Giving................................................................ Jaron Bernstein Development Assistant...................................................................... Eliana Sigel-Epstein Development Consultant............................................................................. Onnie Scheyer Campaign Counsel............................................................................. Hurley & Associates Intern..............................................................................................................Jill Bowarchuk EDUCATION Director of Education ...............................................................................Nicole O’Connell Education Liaison........................................................................................... Nicole Ripley Teaching Artists ................................................................ Jennifer Avery, Melanie Brezill, Amanda Dunne, Nicole Ripley, Lindsey Barlag Thornton MARKETING Director of Marketing & Communications................................................. Chad Peterson Marketing Associate.................................................................................. Jennifer Stevens Communications Assistant............................................................... Augusta Lundsgaard Publicist.......................................................................................................Cathy Taylor PR Design Services.......................................................................................... Lowercase, Inc. PRODUCTION Production Manager.................................................................................. Adam Friedland Assistant Production Manager.....................................................................Andrew Porter Season Production Stage Manager.......................................................David Castellanos Stage Manager......................................................................................... Rebecca Pechter Assistant Stage Managers .................................................... Elise Hausken, Cara Parrish Wardrobe Supervisor....................................................................................... Jane Millett Ushering services provided by The Saints. A Little Night Music 23


THE ARTISTS’ COUNCIL The Artists’ Council is a select group of our most devoted supporters, whose extraordinary contribution sustains the Theatre and enables it to continue to realize and expand upon ambitious artistic and institutional goals. Members of the Artists’ Council are granted unparalleled access to the creative process as well as the unique opportunity to forge a personal connection with our artists and our art. We gratefully acknowledge our Writers’ Theatre Artists’ Council members, who made this most generous level of commitment between April 1, 2011 and March 15, 2012. $50,000 and above Gillian & Elllis Goodman Mrs. Mary Green Anonymous

Christopher S. Pfaff & Sara Pfaff Mary Pat Studdert Carl & Marilynn Thoma

$25,000 - $49,999 Melvin & Randy Berlin Joyce Chelberg Sara & Dan Cohan David & Carolyn Colburn Gail & Tom Hodges Jennifer & Alec Litowitz John & Alexandra Nichols

$15,000 - $24,999 Janice & Philip Beck Susan & Donald Belgrad Amy & Clay Brock Howard & Pam Conant Jeremy & Gillian Farmer Mrs. Louise Hart Ms. Linda Havlin

IDP Foundation Michael & Laurie Jaffe Klaff Family Foundation Beth Kronfeld & Matthew Means David & Larisa Kronfeld Eric & Liz Lefkofsky Eric & Denise Macey William & Amalia Mahoney David & Leslie McGranahan Barbara & Richard Melcher

Roger & Pam Phillips Weston Christine & Michael Pompizzi Christine & Mike Pope Mr. Geoffrey Richards William & Stephanie Sick Marcie & Avy Stein Elly Thaviu Elaine & Richard Tinberg Anonymous

T H E D I R E C TO R ’ S S O C I E T Y The Director’s Society of Writers’ Theatre is a group of dedicated patrons who share our passion for the written word. They provide the financial foundation that allows us to create a nurturing artistic home for world-class artists while producing nationally acclaimed productions. Writers’ Theatre extends privileges of membership to individuals who provide an annual gift of $1,000 or more. Director’s Society members enjoy opportunities to share in the creative process through exclusive events that provide unique access to the artistic process. We are proud to acknowledge our Director’s Society members for gifts received in the period between April 1, 2011 and March 15, 2012.

Visionaries $10,000 - $14,999 Lawrence & Carol Adelman Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Dillon Paul & Ellen Gignilliat Dick & Lou Hurckes Christopher & Emily Knight Dr. & Mrs. Nelson Levy Ann & Tom Mann Sonia Marschak William & Pam Hutul Ross Pam & Russ Strobel Jeanne Sullivan Leaders $5,000 - $9,999 Andy & Becky Anderson Bruce & Patty Becker Julie Bernstein Nancy & George Bodeen Mrs. Lorry Borowitz Cafaro - Livingston Charitable Trust Judy & William Cottle Lloyd & Jan Culbertson Carol & Mark Dawley Mike Dooley & Carrie Bell Gary Feinerman & Beth Kohl Barb & Jim Ferry, III Nancy & Richard Kehoe Dolores Kohl Kaplan Jane & Richard Lipton Lorel & Robert McMillan Mr. & Mrs. Adam Metz Mark & Elyce Metzner Jon & Lois Mills Bill & Kate Morrison Muskal Family Charitable Fund Jordan & Jean Nerenberg Edward & Karen Phillipp Robert Rasmus in memory of Annette Avery Rasmus Robert & Louise Sanborn Eric & Maggie Scheyer Mrs. Dorothy Schnadig Dave & Kristi Snyderman Bill & Dian Taylor

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Bruce & Jan Tranen Byron & Tina Trott Monique Parsons & David Wecker Rachel Weinstein & Jason Pizer Nicole Williams & Dr. Lawrence Becker Anonymous Benefactors $2,500 - $4,999 Mrs. Marilynn Alsdorf Harriet Berlin Mary & Carl Boyer Mr. Marc Cerone & Mr. Nick Trakas Joan & Robert Clifford Deborah & Michael Cogan Edith & Michael Cohen Bob & Jan Daniels Scott & Rebecca Etzler Jim & Karen Frank Sam & Peggy Gutterman Barbara & Jim Herst Scott & Nichole Humphrey Vivian Kaplan Ms. Laurie Levin Edward & Lucy R. Minor Family Foundation Howard & Sandra Nagelberg Mark & Christie Osmond Brian & Linda O’Toole John & Alice Sabl Jack Segal & Michael Halberstam Stuart Sondheimer & Bonnie Lucas Mr. Walter Stearns Mrs. Jean Stremmel Hilary & Barry Weinstein John & Cynthia White Randy & Lisa White 20th Anniversary Patrons $2,000 – $2,499 Mr. & Mrs. Adam Bergstein Joyce Bottum Dieter & Lainie Freer

Stephen R. Fussell & Christine E. Fussell Jo Ann Gavin & John Smyth Joan J. Golder Howard & Kaye Haas Russell & Anne Mayerfeld Robert & Ellie Meyers Ken & Jossy Nebenzahl John & Pat O’Brien Roberta Olshansky Dale & Betsy Pinkert Barry & Anne Sabloff Mrs. Shirley Solomon Harrison & Lois Steans Howard Trienens Patrons $1,000 - $1,999 Sheldon & Gela Altman Richard & Ellen Anderson Bruce & Ann Bachmann Mr. Ed Bachrach Robert & Ann Bates Larry & Phyllis Berning Sonia & Ted Bloch Andrew & Shaun Block Frima Blumenthal Florence Boone Gregory & Rosalie Bork David & Cheryl Bradford Keith & Arlene Bronstein Mr. & Mrs. Scott Byron Cleve Carney Mr. Ben Cohen Ann & Roger Cole John & Jane Colman James & Wendy Daverman William & Dale Davison Byron & Judy Denenberg Molly & Julian D’Esposito Larry & Sally Domont Scott & Celia Drane Dick & Joyce Durra Stephen & Lois Eisen William & Sharon Feather


T H E D I R E C TO R ’ S S O C I E T Y ( c o n t .) Conrad & Sonia Fischer Tom Fontana Charles & Barbara Gately Brian & Coleen Gelber Virginia & Gary Gerst Adele Gidwitz Richard & Anita Gilford Mr. & Mrs. Thomas F. Gilman Adrienne & Burt Glazov Ms. Debbie Gonzalez Robyn & David Grossberg Sharon Brickman Grossinger Julie Hall John Hart & Carol Prins Lois & Marty Hauselman Mary P. Hines Thomas & Connie Hodson Joel & Carol Honigberg Richard & Janet Horwood The Jaquith Family Foundation Kip Kelley Sheldon & Babs Kent Richard & Mary Ellen Keyser Annette Kleinman Robert & Andrea Knight Ms. Laura Kracum Larry & Tracie Kugler Nancy & Alan Lasser Dr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Leiden Joanie & Richard Leopold

Michael Litt Andrew & Janet Lubetkin Ed & Anne Lyman Jim & Kay Mabie Barry & Traci Mansur Linda & Michael Marcus John & Carol McKinnon J.K. Metzdorf Sandi & Mike Miller Phil & Nancy Miller David & Linda Moscow Mrs. Carol Narup Mr. & Mrs. Jim O’Donnell Norma Olsen Cathy & Bill Osborn Steve & Karen Parker Suzanne Pattou Michael & Laurie Petersen Lorna & Ellard Pfaelzer, Jr. Thomas & Sue Pick Maurice & Sheila Pickard Mary Jane Pollack Charles & Roberta Price Janet Reed Susie & Rick Rieser Judy & Warner Rosenthal Jeff & Debbie Ross Neil Ross & Lynn Hauser Bruce Sagan & Bette Cerf Hill David & Carolyn Saidel

Stuart & Lois Scheyer Frances Schnadig Marcia Schneider David & Susan Sherman Judy Silverman Patti & Bob Smietana Michael & Julie Solot Martha & Thomas Spalding David & Jennifer Spinney Michael & Andi Srulovitz Doris Sternberg Roger & Susan Stone Mr. & Mrs. Robert D. Stuart, Jr. Richard & Helen Thomas Brady Twiggs John & Carol Walter Kevin & Ellen Van Wart Robert & Mary Vihon The Warwick Foundation Robert & Roberta Washlow David & Lynne Weinberg Bruce & Jill Weininger Gary & Chris Weitman Leslie & Susan West William & Peggy Wise Sally & Shep Young Barbara La Spesa & Seymour Zitomersky Simon & Nicole Zreczny Anonymous

WO R D P L A Y G A L A 2 011 The annual WordPlay Gala is Writers’ Theatre’s most important fundraising event of the year. The 2011 Gala took place on April 15th in the Grand Ballroom of the Peninsula Hotel in downtown Chicago with record breaking results. Writers’ Theatre would like to thank the following patrons who so generously supported the 2011 Gala. Corporate Sponsors State Street Global Advisors BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois Fox, Hefter, Swibel, Levin & Carroll, LLP Harris Bank Northern Trust Visionaries $15,000 and above Sara & Dan Cohan Gail & Tom Hodges Michael & Laurie Jaffe Klaff Family Foundation Beth Kronfeld & Matthew Means David & Larisa Kronfeld Jennifer & Alec Litowitz Eric & Denise Macey Chris & Sara Pfaff IDP Foundation Mr. Geoffrey Richards

Benefactors $5,000-$7,499 Lawrence & Carol Adelman Janice & Philip Beck Bruce & Patty Becker Melvin & Randy Berlin Debra Cafaro & Terrance Livingston Howard & Pam Conant Lloyd & Jan Culbertson Carol & Mark Dawley Mike Dooley & Carrie Bell Christopher & Emily Knight Richard Kracum Tom & Ann Mann Barbara & Richard Melcher Mr. & Mrs. Adam Metz Jon & Lois Mills Monique Parsons & David Wecker Marcie & Avy Stein Carl & Marilynn Thoma Anonymous

Leaders $7,500-$14,999 Susan & Donald Belgrad Amy & Clay Brock Paul & Ellen Gignilliat Gillian & Elllis Goodman Linda Havlin & Paul Boulis William & Amalia Mahoney David & Leslie McGranahan Roger & Pam Phillips Weston Christine & Michael Pompizzi Eric & Maggie Scheyer William & Stephanie Sick Mary Pat Studdert Elaine & Richard Tinberg

Supporters $500 - $4,999 Tom Anderson Mr. Barry Avrich & Ms. Melissa Manly Gary & Kay Benson Mr. & Mrs. Adam Bergstein Timothy & Martha Boudos Mr. Marc Cerone & Mr. Nick Trakas Joyce Chelberg Peter Coblentz & Maureen Mitchel Mr. Ben Cohen Edith & Michael Cohen David & Carolyn Colburn

Bob & Jan Daniels William & Dale Davison Mr. & Mrs. Craig Dean Scott & Celia Drane Dick & Joyce Durra Tom Fontana Dieter & Lainie Freer Robyn & David Grossberg Ms. Amanda Hanley Thomas & Connie Hodson Scott & Nichole Humphrey Mr. & Mrs. John Lavelle Mr. Bruce Lee Eric & Liz Lefkofsky Dr. & Mrs. Nelson Levy Mr. & Mrs. Michael Marcus Mr. & Mrs. Fred Mardell John & Carol McKinnon Lorel & Robert McMillan The Harold & Marilyn Melcher Foundation Edward & Lucy R. Minor Family Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Jim O’Donnell Brian & Linda O’Toole Steve & Karen Parker Brad & Marcie Pickard Christine & Mike Pope Barry & Anne Sabloff Linda Schwank Jack Segal Stuart & Bonnie Sondheimer Mr. & Mrs. John Stellato Robert & Mary Vihon Katherine Wright

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I N S T I T U T I O N A L C O N T R I B U TO R S TO W R I T E R S ’ T H E AT R E Writers’ Theatre gratefully acknowledges the following corporations, foundations and government agencies that support and advance our mission. We are pleased to recognize the gifts we received in the period between April 1, 2011 and March 15, 2012. $50,000 and above BMO Harris Bank John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation* $25,000 - $49,999 The Davee Foundation Polk Bros. Foundation* The Shubert Foundation $15,000 - $24,999 Aon Magnetar Capital LLC Urban Innovations Village of Glencoe Wintrust Anonymous (2) $10,000 - $14,999 Credit Suisse The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation

Illinois Arts Council Modestus Bauer Foundation Motorola Mobility Foundation NES Rentals John G. Searle Family Trust UBS Anonymous $5,000 - $9,999 Abbott Laboratories BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois Consolidated Electronic Wire & Cable Dr. Scholl Foundation Fox, Hefter, Swibel, Levin & Carroll, LLP The Irving Harris Foundation The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust Northern Trust Company The Seabury Foundation State Street Global Advisors

William M. Weiss Foundation Howard L. Willett Foundation Up to $4,999 Actors’ Equity Foundation Chicago Title & Trust Company Foundation Crain’s Chicago Business The Saints Target Event Sponsors Restaurant Michael of Winnetka Good Grapes, Glencoe, IL Hel’s Kitchen Catering Whole Foods of Northbrook *Multi-year gift

I N D I V I D UA L C O N T R I B U TO R S We offer our sincere thanks to the following individuals who provide critical support to Writers’ Theatre. We are pleased to recognize the gifts we received in the period between April 1, 2011 and March 15, 2012. Advocates $500 - $999 Sheldon & Gela Altman Julie Aronson Mr. & Mrs. Ronald R. Baade Mr. & Mrs. William Beck Gary & Kay Benson John & Jean Berghoff Henry & Leigh Bienen Susan & Steven Bloch Timothy & Martha Boudos Mr. Douglas Bragan William & Linda Bronner Ms. Beverly Bystricky Pat & Sandy Cantor Robert & Iris Center James Chamberlain Barbara Clayton Peter Coblentz & Maureen Mitchel Leslie & Jules Cogan Mr. & Mrs. Ron Cordes Mark & Connie Crane Julie Deutsch Mr. & Mrs. Charles Diamond Larry & Sally Domont Lynn Donaldson & Cameron Avery William & Wilma Dooley Sidney Epstein & Sondra Berman Epstein The Harold F. & Suzanne D. Falk Foundation, Inc. James & Joan Fencil Wayne & Joan Fickinger Jim & Linda Fiffer Jim & Shellie Fisch Elaine Fishman William & Rosemary Fleig Molly & Lincoln Frank Mrs. Zollie Frank Willard & Nancy Fry Nancy Gidwitz Joseph Glaser Robert & Julie Gordon

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Mil & Barbara Grauer Sheldon Gray & Adrienne Seiler Ms. Leila Green Mrs. Katie Hackbarth Heini & Doreen Halberstam The Handelsman Family Foundation Elizabeth Hartong Katie Hazelwood & Todd Kaplan Mr. & Mrs. Thomas D. Heath Richard & Joyce Hirsch Ken & Julie Hoffman Olwyn Kane Anne Kaplan Robert & Jeanne Kapoun John M. Keller Jill Koch Martin & Patricia Koldyke Jules & Marilyn Last Mr. & Mrs. John Lavelle Herbert Lippitz Richard Loewenthal Michael & Karyn Lutz Family Foundation Martha & John Mabie Mr. & Mrs. Edward Mack III Doug & Jessie MacDonald Miranda & Jed Mandel James & Kitty Mann Mr. & Mrs. Fred Mardell William Mason & Diana Davis The Harold & Marilyn Melcher Foundation John & Madonna Merritt Ms. Nancy Milstein Judy & Bob Neiman Mr. Daniel W. O’Brien Norman & Katie Olson Dudley & Ann Onderdonk Margaret Pendry Jorgen & Cheryl Phillips Brad & Marcie Pickard

Carl & Barbara Plochman Mr. & Mrs. Robert Rogoz Judy & Warner Rosenthal Michael & Audrey Rubinstein Alice Rapoport & Michael Sachs Steven & Onnie Scheyer John & Shirley Schlossman Linda Schwank Diane & Bud Schwarzbach John & Cheryl Seder Harry & Susan Seigle Sandra Shane-Du Bow Steven & Susan Sholl Linda Siegel & Ira Glick Richard & Barbara Silverman Joel & Jessie Solomon Mr. & Mrs. John Stellato James & Ann Marie Streibich Ginny & Steven Towbin Michael & Marilyn Vender Mr. & Mrs. Todd Vieregg Robert & Florette Weiss Dr. Gerald & Linda WineAnn Wolff Lee & Naomi Wolfson Katherine Wright Anonymous (2) Friends $350 - $499 Jeannie Balsam LLC Roberta & Hal Barron Christina & Scott Bates Steve & Becky Betts David & Linda Blumberg Mr. & Mrs. Matt Campbell Lynn Cole Mr. & Mrs. Leon Dragon Jim & Toni Elipas Dan & Ronda Franks June Friedlich Peter & Mary Gajewski Donna Gerber Gerald & Michelle Gordon


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