FORWARD THEATER COMPANY presents
A Thousand Words By Gwendolyn Rice Directed by Jennifer Uphoff Gray Set Designer Nate Stuber
Lighting Designer Jason Fassl
Costume Designer Hyewon Park
Sound Designer Paul Hurley
Properties Designer Charles J. Trieloff II
Stage Manager Jacqueline Singleton*
Assistant Stage Manager Kim Patch
Assistant Director Frank Honts
A Thousand Words is generously sponsored by:
with additional funds from the Wisconsin Arts Board. Season sponsors:
and the Pleasant Rowland Great Performance Fund for Theater, a component fund of the Madison Community Foundation
*Member of Actorsâ€™ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers. The script for A Thousand Words was previously workshopped by The Wisconsin Wrights New Play Development Project, and presented as part of the Montgomery Davis Play Development Series.
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F O R WA R D T H E AT E R C O M PA N Y S TA F F ARTISTIC Artistic Director.......................................................................................... Jennifer Uphoff Gray Artistic Associate.........................................................................................................Frank Honts ADMINISTRATIVE General Manager.........................................................................................................Sarah Marty Communications Director............................................................................... Gwendolyn Rice Director of Audience Development................................................................. Julia Nicholas Interns...........................................................................................Michele Langer & Aliza Feder PRODUCTION Assistant Director........................................................................................................Frank Honts Dramaturg.............................................................................................. Kimberly Megna Yarnall Production Manager..................................................................................................Sarah Marty Stage Manager...........................................................................................Jacqueline Singleton Assistant Stage Manager..............................................................................................Kim Patch MAPC Technical Direction Services.............................................................................Ric Lantz Master Electrician............................................................................................Louis Kreienkamp Carpenter...................................................................................................................Kevin Zimmer Scenic Painter...............................................................................................................Nate Stuber Stage Crew............................................................................................................ Joanne Chaloub Wardrobe......................................................................................................................... Emily Popp This production of A Thousand Words is a collaboration with Milwaukee Chamber Theatre
Founded in 1975, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre produces intimate, high-quality, professional theatrical works of literary merit that engage and challenge the audience, while employing and nurturing principally local theater artists. Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director C. Michael Wright and Managing Director Kirsten Mulvey, MCT offers five mainstage productions each season at the Broadway Theatre Center in Milwaukeeâ€™s Historic Third Ward. In addition, MCT produces a Young Playwrights Festival and the Montgomery Davis Play Development Series. Each season the play development series features staged readings of two new scripts with Wisconsin connections and A Thousand Words was performed as part of this series in 2008-2009. MCT is now particularly excited to partner with Forward Theater Company on the world premiere. A Thousand Words continues at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre February 16 â€“ March 11, 2012. For tickets or more information, (414) 291-7800 or milwaukeechambertheatre.com A Thousand Words 3
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F R O M T H E A R T I S T I C D I R E C TO R , J E N N I F E R U P H O F F G R A Y Welcome to Forward Theater! We are so happy you could join us today for the world premiere production of A Thousand Words. I had the pleasure of working with the playwright, Gwen Rice, on a reading of this play back in March 2009 as part of Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s Montgomery Davis Play Development Series. (In fact, the reading took place just a few days before Forward Theater was founded!) It’s been wonderful to follow the play’s evolution over the past four years and help shape it into the performance you’ll see today. I think the reason A Thousand Words resonated so deeply with me – and one of the things I like most about the script – is that it brings up some really interesting and relevant questions about how art and artists can be part of the solution in times of national crisis. As you’ll see, a portion of the play takes place in 1937 – focusing on the work of the Farm Security Administration, which commissioned artists to record the living conditions of the rural poor in the Dust Bowl during the Great Depression. This effort not only employed Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, and other famous black-and-white-photographers of the time period, it also used art to publicize, document, and ultimately address the devastating economic and social conditions across the country. When we first established Forward Theater Company, I was often asked why a group of Madison arts proponents would risk starting a new theater during a recession. The answer was remarkably similar to something Walker Evans’s boss at the Farm Security Administration might have said: “In times of transition, the arts become even more essential in our communities.” In order to play our essential role in the Madison area, FTC depends on support from hundreds of individuals, corporations, and foundations. Last summer we also established a fund to underwrite the salary for one actress per season as a tribute to Colleen Burns, an original member of Forward Theater Company who brought great joy to Madison audiences. We are pleased to announce that Sarah Day is the first actress to receive this distinction for her role in A Thousand Words. Through this endowment, we look forward to many more creative collaborations in the years to come. For more information, or to make a contribution to this fund, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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F R O M T H E B OA R D O F D I R E C TO R S , K AT H I E N I C H O L S As the president of the FTC board of directors, let me tell you two things: First, I am extremely excited about our current season. Forward’s stages will be filled with virtuoso performances of some of the most evocative, challenging, humorous, and poignant stories you’ve ever seen. I predict that these characters and the actors who embody them will live in your memory long after the final applause fades. Second, I am thrilled to serve as president of Forward’s board of directors. I’ve been on the board for most of Forward’s young life, and I cannot tell you how proud I am of this start-up professional theater company in Madison. We have received nothing but positive reviews for our productions to date (thanks in no small part to our incredibly talented artistic director, Jennifer Uphoff Gray). Our subscriber base has increased by 43% over last year, and 78% of previous subscribers renewed their tickets – figures that are almost unheard of in the performing arts. And I’m even more proud to say we’ve done all of this without having to borrow a cent. We ended our first two seasons “in the black,” and we are budgeting carefully to do the same this season. Though it’s sometimes hard to believe, as an organization we are still in our infancy. Our accomplishments are profound, especially considering that we are still putting key pieces of infrastructure in place. It has been a lot of work, but it has been a (successful!) labor of love. Of course, FTC’s amazing work on stage and behind the scenes is only possible because of the commitment of donors and audience members like you. Your support has given us a very strong foundation on which to grow. We look forward to partnering with you – and seeing you at the theater – for many years to come!
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F R O M T H E A DV I S O R Y C O M PA N Y, J I M B U S K E Forward Theater’s advisory company is made up of theater artists—a body unique to FTC. When we formed the company, we wanted to ensure that the artistic side of the theater would always be in balance with the business side. It’s been three years and we’re still working our way through this new concept, but so far it’s working pretty well. What are some of the things that the advisory company does? We (along with FTC staff ) read dozens of scripts each year to find plays that are both exceptionally written and interesting to our audience. We also greet patrons like you in the lobby at each performance. This way we can talk to the people who attend our plays and get direct feedback. Each fall the AC hosts a public forum where interested community members are invited to share their questions, concerns, and ideas. By maintaining this dialogue, we hope to build a theater that exceeds expectations. As you can see, our focus is making sure that Forward Theater responds to its audience. We have many other responsibilities (some involve making pie for backstage meals, some involve moving furniture to the rehearsal space) but none is more important than making sure we stay in contact with you—our patrons, donors, and sponsors. Your support through our first two seasons has been nothing short of amazing. Midway through our third season, be assured that our commitment to you is as strong as your commitment to us!
This world premiere production of
A THOUSAND WORDS by Gwendolyn Rice
continues at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre February 16 - March 11, 2012 MCT’s 2011-12 Season concludes with William Inge’s contemporary classic BUS STOP, April 12-29, 2012
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F R O M T H E D R A M AT U R G , K I M B E R LY M E G N A YA R N A L L Collaboration is something that is easy to define and difficult to do well. The first definition listed in the dictionary for “collaborate” generally says something about working together, as in a joint artistic effort. Interestingly enough, the second definition often mentions treason and cooperating with an enemy nation. Why is collaborating so hard? Most artists will tell you the answer is other people. But if it’s so hard to work together, why do we do it? Roy Stryker, head of the historical section of the Farm Security Administration (FSA), collaborated with more than a dozen photographers over an eight-year period, to produce 270,000 pictures documenting the state of rural America during the Depression. Writing about this enormous partnership, he said, “I think the work we did can be appreciated only when the collection is considered as a whole. The total volume, and it’s a staggering volume, has a richness and distinction that simply cannot be drawn from the individual pictures themselves.” A single picture from this collection is arresting. We can all recall seeing an iconic photo from the era in a high school textbook: a father and his two children running for shelter during a dust storm; men in overcoats lined up for bread on an urban street. But when we’re searching for the truth – what it was really like during those very desperate times – we need to flip through dozens of pages of these photos, taken by many photographers, who traveled throughout the country and throughout the decade. By considering all of these points of view we can truly appreciate how successful they were in their task: “We introduced Americans to America.” Playwright Gwendolyn Rice calls her play, “a conversation in art – a collaboration across decades and thousands of miles.” And indeed, the story told in A Thousand Words explores how the (fictional) writer Shirley Hughes and the famed photographer Walker Evans, shape each other’s point of view as they attempt to capture the lives of tenant farmers in Kansas in 1937. Walker, with his naturalistic photographic style, helps Shirley see how her words can simply describe without romanticizing. And Shirley personalizes Walker’s experience – reminding him of the names of the families they photograph. This exploration of artistic collaboration doesn’t end with photographs. Rice also introduces a group of women who created exceptional quilts – works of textile art infused with the aesthetic of the community in which they were created. These riffs on traditional patterns transcended convention to create something altogether new and startlingly beautiful. Going even further, the play shows the tenuous relationship that modern commercialism plays in supporting art and how sometimes collaboration is born of – or dies at the hands of – fiscal and legal constructs. The depth of collaboration involved in producing live theater is something of a luxury in today’s fast-paced, bottom-line world. The playwright uses words to create characters, setting, action. But that’s only the beginning. Directors, actors, designers, and crew come in and add their points of view. Actors put a voice to the words and subtext deepens. Where those characters live becomes textured and specific in a set designer’s hands. Every person moving a set piece alters the pace, the urgency, of the action. Finally, each night the house fills with audience members. One night the audience finds the second scene hilarious. Another night, another audience responds to the same scene with silence, or anger. The humanity and artistic merit of the play is enhanced because we change it during the collaboration. Each person adds life to the story and we get closer to the truth. This world premiere expands that collaboration beyond the walls of this theater. Artists from across the state read A Thousand Words and created multimedia works of art. Each new piece expresses another opinion. Lectures and discussions are being held throughout this season to add even more voices in this conversation. And in a few weeks the production travels to the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, where the collaboration continues. I can think of no greater argument for the importance of live theater than the unique experience it affords us to create art together – to search for shared truth in our experiences – to introduce a community of people to each other. 12 Forward Theater Company
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F R O M T H E P L A Y W R I G H T, G W E N D O LY N R I C E When I read the newspaper article, I was intrigued by the words. But I was captivated by the pictures. Long-hidden prints reveal the friendship between Walker Evans and Ernest Hemingway KEY WEST ‑ In the spring of 1933, Ernest Hemingway had escaped the Great Depression on a borrowed boat to Cuba, where he fished, drank and gathered material for his next novel, To Have and Have Not. With him for three weeks in the bars and bistros was a young Walker Evans, who would soon become known as one of the great American photographers of the 20th century. But for decades, the tale of their friendship and influence on each other’s work remained hidden in a storage room of a Key West bar. In boxes and crates, Benjamin “Dink” Bruce discovered 46 original photographs taken by Evans in Havana in 1933. I remember this moment very clearly: I was eating lunch at my desk at work, with the newspaper spread over my keyboard. I set my sandwich down and typed Evans’s name into a search engine. And the photos I found took my breath away. Like a lot of people, I had seen these photos before, but I hadn’t associated a name with them. Along with Dorothea Lange, and other artists working with the Farm Security Administration, Evans created stark, arresting, beautiful pictures of Dust Bowl families that awakened the country to the plight of the rural poor. I clicked on one webpage after another, looking for more images and more information about this incredible artist. I learned that he was credited with pioneering a naturalistic photographic style, documenting the world around him instead of manipulating it for his photos. He was considered a master of black and white, and was the first photographer to have a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. More intriguing details emerged as I read through online biographies and art history commentaries on his work. In Evans’s photos, there is a clear fascination with billboards and marketing messages turned on their heads. He also loved urban scenes, and manmade landscapes. Trying to catch people in unguarded moments – oblivious to the fact that they were being photographed – he hid a camera in his coat and took pictures of people riding the subway in New York. Looking at the people in these frames, I was enthralled. Intrigued. Embarrassed to be staring so long at dirty faces marked with poverty, or simply caught unaware. It became clear the longer I looked that Evans saw the world in a way that no other photographer had before him. And he captured that world on film. I wanted to talk to him. To know him. To get inside his head. After finishing my lunch I announced to my coworkers that I would write a play about Walker Evans someday. Playwriting is a solitary process. Sitting alone at a computer, typing late into the night, it is an exercise in introspection – the transcription of conversations between characters who live and speak only in your mind. But art is meant to be shared with readers, with audiences, with other artists, and the play A Thousand Words has benefitted from many, many other collaborators. They include the Wisconsin Wrights New Play Project; the University of Wisconsin, Madison; The Terry Family Foundation/Edenfred Artists Residence; Milwaukee Chamber Theatre; Forward Theater Company; The Montgomery Davis Play Development Series; Jacque Troy; Martine Kei Green-Rogers; Trevin Gay; Michael Wright; Jennifer Uphoff Gray; and all the actors who have participated in readings of the play over the last four years. A sincere thank you to everyone – including today’s audience – who has contributed to the development of this work. This has been an amazing journey. I hope that the play will encourage artists and audiences alike to think about the nature of authenticity, the process of art creation, and the power of words and images to change the world. I know the pictures of Walker Evans certainly changed mine. A Thousand Words 15
THE CAST T. Stacy Hicks......................................................... Brian Walters, Roy Stryker, John Connors Sarah Day*......................................................................................................................Sally Quinn Josh Aaron McCabe*................................................................................................Walker Evans Molly Rhode*..........................................................................................................Shirley Hughes Georgina McKee.................................................................................................. Andrea Munroe Libby Amato...................................................................Jessica Shoemacher, Abbie Lehman * member, Actorsâ€™ Equity Association
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ARTIST BIOGR APHIES Libby Amato (Jessica Shoemacher, Abbie Lehman) is very pleased to return to Forward Theater after performing in Forward’s inaugural production of All About Eve. Other credits include productions with Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, First Stage Children’s Theater, In Tandem Theatre, Alchemist Theatre, Windfall Theatre, Bunny Gumbo Theatre, and the former New Court Theatre. She also keeps busy with a variety of on-camera work, including commercials and print ads. Libby is a graduate of Carroll University with a BFA in theater performance, and now resides in Milwaukee. Raised just outside of Madison, Libby is grateful for this opportunity to come “home” and sends a special thank you to her amazing family and friends for the their constant love and support. Sarah Day (Sally Quinn) is a founding member of Forward Theater, and serves on its advisory company. She has appeared in Forward’s productions of All About Eve, and Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them, as well as directing a monologue in last season’s festival of new work, The Love That Changed My Life. Sarah has been a member of the acting company at American Players Theatre in Spring Green since 1986. T. Stacy Hicks (Brian Walters, Roy Stryker, John Connors) is a familiar face to Milwaukee theater patrons. Most recently he appeared as Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest with Southwest Shakespeare and Patrick in Pink Champagne with Uprooted 18 Forward Theater Company
Theatre. He has performed with Chicago, Milwaukee, and Southwest Shakespeare Companies as well as Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks, In Tandem Theatre, Optimist Theatre, Uprooted Theatre, and Youngblood Theatre companies. Stacy recently served as the movement coach for the world premiere of The Edwin Booth Company Presents at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, where he also choreographed The Provok’d Wife. A native North Carolina Tarheel, Stacy studied at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Future roles include Southbridge with Uprooted Theatre and Veronica’s Position with In Tandem Theatre. Josh Aaron McCabe (Walker Evans) is thrilled to return to Madison, where he received his MFA in acting from the University of Wisconsin in 2006. He is currently a company member with Shakespeare & Company in the Berkshires, where he has performed the title role in a New England tour of Macbeth, Camillo in The Winter’s Tale, Oliver in As You Like It, Catesby in Richard III, the Host in Merry Wives of Windsor, Valmont in Dangerous Liaisons, multiple roles in The Mystery of Irma Vep, Birdboot in The Real Inspector Hound, and Pierson in War of the Worlds. Josh was especially proud to perform Sherlock Holmes (plus six other characters!) in the critically acclaimed American premiere of The Hound of the Baskervilles. He has performed OffBroadway and in principal roles in national commercials, as well as various daytime serials and Saturday Night Live. Regional credits include Madison Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee’s Chamber Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks, and Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati. Josh is a proud member of AEA, AFTRA, and SAG.
A R T I S T B I O G R A P H I E S ( c o n t .) Georgina McKee (Andrea Munroe) is delighted to be making her Forward Theater debut! Raised in Madison, she couldn’t be happier to be working in her hometown with such a great company. Georgina now lives in Milwaukee where her recent credits include; Sylvia in Sylvia and Mary in Mary’s Wedding (Next Act Theatre), Meg in Crimes of the Heart (Milwaukee Chamber Theatre), Viola in Twelfth Night (Optimist Theatre), Carly in Reasons To Be Pretty (Renaissance Theaterworks), Eve/Barbara/Ella in The Apple Tree, Lori in Romantic Fools (In Tandem), and ensemble in A Christmas Carol (Milwaukee Rep). Some of her regional credits include; Connie Boylen in Annie (Fireside Dinner Theatre), Mariana in Measure for Measure, Lady Montague in Romeo and Juliet and the Cook in The Matchmaker (American Players Theatre), Envy and the Old Woman in The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus, and Teresa in Napoli Milionaria (The Oregon Shakespeare Festival). Georgina attended Southern Oregon University in Ashland and holds a BFA from their acting program. She would like to thank her friends and family for all their love and support. She also sends out a special thank you to the people of Madison for supporting this company and keeping theater alive and well. Let’s spread the word!
Molly Rhode (Shirley Hughes) had the distinction of playing the title role in Forward Theater’s very first production – she played Eve Harrington in FTC’s All About Eve. As an actress, she has performed onstage with all of Milwaukee’s professional theaters as well as appearing at American Players Theatre, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Door Shakespeare, and the last several summers at American Folklore Theatre. Molly also enjoys working as a director, choreographer, and theater educator. Recent directing credits include MainTravelled Roads at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Miss Nelson is Missing at First Stage Children’s Theater, and An American Girls Revue at the Children’s Theater of Madison. Molly holds a BFA in theater studies from Southern Methodist University. She is extremely proud to make her entire artistic living right here in Wisconsin, and she is a proud union member.
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TECHNICAL ARTISTS Jason Fassl (Lighting Designer) has designed lighting for more than 200 theatrical productions in Milwaukee in the last ten seasons, as well as more than 100 other projects across the state. His work brings illumination solutions to plays, musicals, operas, ballet, and corporate settings. In addition to his work in Wisconsin, Jason served as head sound and lighting technician onboard Royal Caribbean International Cruise lines and has toured the globe with the magician David Copperfield as a programmer and electrician. He is an artistic associate for First Stage Children’s Theater and the resident designer for the Fireside Dinner Theatre. Jason’s designs have graced the stages of The Milwaukee Ballet, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Skylight Opera Theatre, American Players Theatre, Peninsula Players, Renaissance Theaterworks, Next Act Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, the former Madison Repertory Theatre, and Youngblood Theatre Company, among many others. Jason graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, with a BFA in theatre design/ technology and is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829.
premiere of the musical Suburb. Jen grew up in the Madison area and is now raising her family on the near west side with her husband Peter. Frank Honts (Assistant Director) is happy to be working with Forward for a second season, this year as an artistic associate. In this role he participates in play evaluation and casting for upcoming seasons, oversees the management of a literary database, and assists with outreach and educational programs. Frank has worked with Madison Opera, Wisconsin Wrights, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the Children’s Theater of Madison. Paul Hurley (Sound Designer) is an actor and sound designer, and is thrilled to be working with Forward Theater for the first time. Previously he has designed sound for Renaissance Theaterworks (Gorgons, Reasons to be Pretty, The Smell of the Kill, and The Shape of Things), Chamber Theatre (Picnic), and American Players Theatre (The Syringa Tree).
Ric Lantz (MAPC Technical Direction Services) received a BA in theater from Colorado State University. He then worked as a scenic craftsman Jennifer Uphoff Gray (Director/FTC at Pittsburgh Public Theater. His Artistic Director) directed Forward Theater’s productions of The Farnsworth freelance projects include PBS’s This Land is Your Land and the motion Invention, Moonlight and Magnolias, In picture Wonderboys. Ric earned an the Next Room or the vibrator play, All MFA in production technology and About Eve, and Why Torture is Wrong, management from Carnegie Mellon and the People Who Love Them. Before University in 2002. Upon graduation helping to found Forward Theater, he served as the technical director she directed a staged reading of for Madison Repertory Theatre until A Thousand Words for Milwaukee it closed in 2009. In addition to his Chamber Theatre, Love’s Labour’s Lost current role as technical director at the for Milwaukee Shakespeare (“Best of Children’s Theater of Madison, Ric is 2008”) and The Diary of Anne Frank also a co-founder of The Bricks Theatre. for Madison Repertory Theatre (“Best of 2008”). She also produced (and Hyewon Park (Costume Designer) was directed for) the Madison Rep’s 2007 born and educated in South Korea. She New Play Festival. Other credits include; started her career with the television the national tour of Copenhagen, drama Ilwol in Seoul. In the late 1990s associate director of Copenhagen, she moved to the United States to Cabaret, The Blue Room (starring Nicole pursue an MFA in costume design Kidman) and The Life on Broadway. from the University of Wisconsin, Off-Broadway, she directed the world 20 Forward Theater Company
T E C H N I C A L A R T I S T S ( c o n t .) Madison. As a designer/guest artist, she has worked with Strollers Theatre, the Regent Drama Club, the University of Wisconsin, Madison’s Department of Theatre and Drama, the Seattle Opera, Miller Brewing Company, De Maurier (Australia), Lucky Duck Productions (New York), Wild Hawk Entertainment (Texas), University of Arizona, Marquette University, and Clarke University. She is currently the resident designer for the University of Wisconsin, Madison’s Opera Department, where she has designed La Bohème, Don Giovanni, Maria Stuarda, Thaïs, Alcina, Merry Widow, Pelléas Et Mélisande, Marriage Of Figaro, Don Giovanni, Orpheus In The Underworld, Xerxes, and the world premiere of Maura Bosch’s opera Art and Desire. Kim Patch (Assistant Stage Manager) received her BFA in stage management from the University of Southern California. This is her fifth production with Forward Theater Company, and she recently completed her second season at American Players Theatre as an assistant stage manager. In Los Angeles she stage managed the world premiere of Oliver Mayer’s Laws of Sympathy for Playwrights’ Arena. She also assisted the production manager for the USC School of Theatre. Gwendolyn Rice (Playwright) holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and theater from the University of Iowa, and a Master’s degree in literature, history, and criticism of the theater from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Gwen has won awards for short fiction as well as playwriting, and has had plays produced in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa. She is also the author of the book, The Coronado Theatre: Rockford’s Crown Jewel. Professionally, Gwen has worked in marketing and fundraising for a variety of performing arts organizations, including First Stage Milwaukee, the Friends of the Coronado Theatre, and the Rockford Symphony Orchestra. She currently works as the communications director for Forward
Theater Company in Madison. Gwen would like to extend special thanks to Jen Gray, Kimberly Yarnall, Jacque Troy, Michael Wright, and the entire Forward Theater advisory company for giving her this tremendous opportunity. She also sends her love to Joe, Charlie, and Ethan for inspiring her and making her laugh every day. Jacqueline Singleton (Stage Manager) is happy to be returning to Forward Theater after stage managing The Farnsworth Invention, Going to St. Ives, In the Next Room or the vibrator play, and Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them. Her Wisconsin credits include ten seasons with American Players Theatre and seven seasons with the Madison Repertory Theatre. Some favorite shows include Macbeth, The Winter’s Tale, Timon of Athens, The Merchant of Venice, Hay Fever, Lobby Hero, Topdog/Underdog, I Am My Own Wife, and Anna Christie. Originally from Chicago, she worked for the Goodman Theatre, Writers’ Theatre, Lifeline Theatre, Next Theatre Company, and Stage Left Theatre, among many others. She now lives in Spring Green (with A. Bulldog), and is the head chef at The Kitchen at Arcadia Books. Nate Stuber (Set Designer) is an artist, carpenter, and introvert who resides and works in Spring Green, Wisconsin. This is his first show with Forward. Past designs at other theaters that he acknowledges include Burn This, Timon of Athens, Waiting for Godot, The Syringa Tree, We Won’t Pay-We Won’t Pay, The Jammer, and Never the Sinner. Charles J. Trieloff II (Properties Designer) received his MFA in set design from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. For Forward Theater Charles previously designed The Farnsworth Invention and Going to St. Ives. For University Theatre he has designed Antigone, The Passion of Dracula, A Little Night Music, Man of La Mancha, The Water Station, Smash, Steel Magnolias, True West, and Stop A Thousand Words 21
T E C H N I C A L A R T I S T S ( c o n t .) Kiss. For Children’s Theater of Madison he designed the recent productions of Little Women, Narnia, Goodnight Moon, and A Wonderful Life. Charles is also the designer for Madison Opera’s Opera in the Park events. As a visiting artist at the University of Wisconsin,Whitewater, he designed A Lie of the Mind, Hay Fever, Guys and Dolls, and Antigone. In Madison he was the prop master at Madison Repertory Theatre for nine years, and is currently the prop master at American Players Theatre. He has also designed props for Forward Theater, CTM, Madison Ballet, and Madison Opera. Outside of the theater world Charles designed the themed reception areas for the Old Sauk location of Children’s Dental Health. Kimberly Megna Yarnall (Dramaturg) has been a member of Forward Theater’s advisory company since 2009. She helped create last season’s The Love That Changed My Life monologue festival, and had two original pieces in the program, including audience favorite, “The Nuts That Changed My Life.” In Madison she worked as dramaturg on FTC’s staged reading of Kiritsis by David Schanker, and with the Madison Repertory Theatre on the 2007 New Play Festival’s The Journey to Sakhalin, and The Diary of Anne Frank, directed by Jen Uphoff Gray. Kimberly was the literary assistant for the Blue Heron Theatre in New York City (20012004) where she worked with many playwrights including New York Times Notable Author, John Dufresne on his first play, Trailerville. She curated the Juggernaut Theatre’s First 100 Years reading series. Kimberly was also an assistant writer on Broadway’s Tony nominated A Class Act. A published and produced playwright, Kimberly holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and theater from the University of Notre Dame and was a member of the Actors Theatre of Louisville apprentice company.
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