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COMPANY Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by George Furth Directed by Jonathan Berry Music Direction by Allison Kane Lighting Design: Lee Keenan Costume Design: Alison Siple Set Design: Jessica Kuehnau Sound Design: Rick Sims Choreography by Erin Kilmurray Stage Manager: Jon Ravenscroft Production Manager: Chris Tisone Featuring: Larry Baldacci, Allison Cain, Samantha Dubina, Paul Fagen, Nikki Klix, Elizabeth Lanza, Trey Maclin, Laura McClain, Rob McLean, Darci Nalepa, Benjamin Sprunger, Mari Stratton, Danny Taylor & Dana Tretta The Griffin Theatre Company is a member of the League of Chicago Theatres, the Theatre Communications Group and is partially supported by grants from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, CityArts and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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Robert...............................................................................................................Benjamin Sprunger Sarah............................................................................................................................. Mari Stratton Harry.................................................................................................................................Trey Maclin Susan........................................................................................................................... Laura McClain Peter........................................................................................................................... Robert Mclean Jenny..................................................................................................................................... Nikki Klix David..................................................................................................................................Paul Fagen Amy................................................................................................................................ Darci Nalepa Paul.................................................................................................................................Danny Taylor Joanne............................................................................................................................. Allison Cain Larry.............................................................................................................................Larry Baldacci Marta.................................................................................................................................Dana Tretta Kathy.........................................................................................................................Elizabeth Lanza April......................................................................................................................Samantha Dubina COMPANY is performed with one ten minute intermission. Musicians: Allison Kane- Piano & Keyboards, Sophie Petroski-Violin, Hillary PenellaCello, Justin Kono-Percussion & Keyboards Additional Production Staff: Elana Boulos, Assistant Director, Justin Kono, Assistant Music Director, Ryan Borque, Fight Choreographer COMPANY is produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International Inc., New York, NY. MUSICAL NUMBERS Act One “Opening” . ........................................................................................................................ Company “Company” .........................................................................................................Robert, Company “The Little Things You Do Together” . ...................................................... Joanne, Company “Sorry-Grateful” ...............................................................................................Harry, David, Larry “You Could Drive a Person Crazy”..............................................................April, Kathy, Marta “Have I Got a Girl for You”...................................Larry, Peter, Paul, David, Harry, Company “Someone Is Waiting”...........................................................................................................Robert “Another Hundred People”...................................................................................................Marta “Getting Married Today”..............................................................Amy, Paul, Susan, Company “Marry Me a Little”.................................................................................................................Robert Act Two “Side by Side by Side”......................................................................................Robert, Company “What Would We Do Without You?”...........................................................Robert, Company “Poor Baby”.................................................Sarah, Harry, Jenny, David, Susan, Amy, Joanne “Barcelona”....................................................................................................................Robert, April “The Ladies Who Lunch”..................................................................................................... Joanne “Being Alive”.......................................................................................................Robert, Company

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C O M PA N Y B I O S LARRY BALDACCI (Larry) is excited to be working at Griffin Theatre for the first time. Recent Chicago productions include The Farnsworth Invention (TimeLine Theatre), Democracy (Eclipse Theatre), Pangs of the Messiah (Silk Road Theatre), The Mark of Zorro (Lifeline Theatre) and 1776 (Signal Ensemble). Larry is a two-time Non-Equity Jeff nominee: for his acting in The Assignment with Absolute Theatre and for his direction of She Loves Me with SCT. Larry is a founding member of The Free Readers Ensemble, a readers theatre company celebrating its 18th season. Thanks to Jonathan...at last! And much love to Ray. ALLISON CAIN (Joanne) is thrilled to work with Jonathan Berry and the people at Griffin for her first time. She received her training at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and Columbia College in Chicago and has worked almost exclusively on new work since 1990, in Los Angeles, Connecticut, Scotland and Chicago. As an actor, she has performed in numerous shows in Chicago since 1992. Most recently, you may have seen her in Dead Wrong at the Factory Theater, The Artist Needs a Wife at The Side Project and Cherrywood at Mary Arrchie Theater. She has been a proud ensemble member of the Factory Theater since 2000 where she also served as Executive Director from 2001-2007. Most recently, she successfully made the leap to a full time job in not-for-profit theater and is serving as the Managing Director for Lifeline Theatre in Rogers Park where she can remain committed to the production of new works. Previously, Allison also served as the Artistic Director of Studio 108 from (1991 – 1996). SAMANTHA DUBINA (April) is thrilled to be making her Griffin Theatre debut. She was last seen in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Olive

Ostrovsky) both at Timber Lake Playhouse and Noble Fool Theatricals. In the spring, Sam can be seen playing Violet Beauregarde in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with Emerald City Theatre. Other Chicago land credits include The Taffetas (Noble Fool Theatricals), Alice in Wonderland, Pippi Longstocking and The Bernstein Bears (Northbrook Theatre for Young Audiences), Out of Order (Metropolis Performing Arts Centre), The Christmas Schooner (Bailiwick Repertory) and over 20 productions with Timber Lake Playhouse(All Shook Up, The Producers, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story). Sam is proud to be an Artistic Associate of Bailiwick Chicago and holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Western Illinois University. Many thanks to Jon, the wonderful cast and crew, and Griffin Theatre Company. Love to Mom, Dad, Keri and John and her super fantastic wonderful friends. PAUL FAGEN (David) is honored to work with Jonathan Berry and the rest of the Company cast, marking his first show with Griffin Theatre.  He most recently reprised his role of Father Toulon with the remounted production of Red Noses at Strawdog Theatre, where he is a proud ensemble member.  Earlier this spring, he joined the Strawdog folks for their production of Brecht’s The Good Soul of Szechuan.  Other Chicago credits include productions with Quest Theatre Ensemble (Pinocchio, Sword in the Stone), The House Theatre of Chicago (The Attempters), Chicago Fusion Theatre (bobrauschenbergamerica), Halcyon Theatre (Yerma), Speaking Ring Theatre (The Crucible, Caucasian Chalk Circle, A Bright Room Called Day), and the NeoFuturists’ summer film festival.  Thanks for coming to see this timeless show. NIKKI KLIX (Jenny) is gleefully performing with Griffin for the first time and is super excited to be singing Sondheim in such outstanding company! Other Chicago credits include The Hypocrites, Lifeline, Trap Door, Collaboraction, Oracle, Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, The New Colony, TheGriffin Theatre Company at Stage 773 3


C O M PA N Y B I O S ( c o n t .) atrebam Chicago, and Strawdog, where she most recently performed as the regurgitating, fiddle-playing plague victim in Red Noses. She is a proud recipient of the John Belushi/Second City Memorial Scholarship and looks forward to playing with The House Theatre this winter in The Nutcracker. You can also find Nikki “busting out the vocal chops” at The Chopin in the late night, smash hit The Game Show Show and Stuff!  ELIZABETH LANZA (Kathy) is excited to make her Griffin debut in Company. Favorite Chicago credits include Pistache in Circle Theatre’s Can-Can (Non-Equity Jeff Award) and most recently Carrie in Light Opera Works’ Carousel.  Regionally she performed several consecutive seasons with Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, and last year spent a contract at sea aboard the Disney Wonder Cruise ship as several singing princesses.  Elizabeth holds a BM in Vocal Performance from Illinois Wesleyan University; love and thanks to family and friends for their endless support. TREY MACLIN (Harry) is a member of Chicago’s TUTA Theater Company, Trey was last seen as “Nic” in the Slimtech production of Pinter’s One For The Road. Prior to that: The Groom in Brecht’s The Wedding and Vanya in Uncle Vanya, both extended by popular demand with TUTA. He can occasionally be seen in various bars playing guitar and singing, and is excited to be involved with this, his first Griffin production. He’d like to offer his thanks to Robin for her patience, love and support, and to Julia for standing in as his agent, if only for the one night. LAURA MCCLAIN (Susan) is very pleased to make her Griffin Theatre debut! Recent Chicago credits include: The Philadelphia Story (Tracy Lord) and Little Women (Meg) with Circle Theatre; The Christmas Schooner 4 Griffin Theatre Company at Stage 773

(Alma-Jeff Nomination) and A Man of No Importance (Adele) with Bailiwick Repertory; Jekyll & Hyde (Emma) with Bohemian Theatre Ensemble; and Bloom (Emilia) with Bailiwick Chicago. Thanks to Jonathan and the rest of the Griffin team, the wonderful cast, and her stellar family and friends. ROBERT MCLEAN (Peter) is happy to be back at the Griffin, having most recently appeared in The Constant Wife. Rob is a company member with The Hypocrites, most recently playing Garcin in No Exit and Ernst in Cabaret. Elsewhere around town Rob has worked with Lifeline, Strawdog, The Factory, Theatre Wit and Eclipse, among others. This winter he will return to The Hypocrites to play the Pirate King in their production of The Pirates of Penzance. DARCI NALEPA (Amy) is thrilled to be working with Griffin for the first time. Chicago credits include The Ring Cycle as Brunhilde (The Building Stage), Six Years (New Leaf Theatre), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Noble Fool Theatricals), Venus (The Mill), A Perfect Wedding, Enchanted April, and Stone Cold Dead Serious, (Circle Theatre). She is a company member with Circle Theatre, a student with Black Box Acting Studio and a proud graduate of The School at Steppenwolf. Thank you Jon, WP10, M, and P. BENJAMIN SPRUNGER (Robert) Chicago credits include: Steep, Pegasus, Goodman, City Lit, TimeLine, Bailiwick, Journeymen and five productions with About Face Theatre where he was recently named an Artistic Associate. In Los Angeles he worked with Mark Taper Forum, Pasadena Playhouse, Greenway Court and The Blank among others. Additionally, he is a member of the Lutheran Choir of Chicago, is featured on the Do I Hear a Waltz? new cast recording (alongside Carol Lawrence and Tony Award winner Anthony Crivello)


C O M PA N Y B I O S ( c o n t .) and has appeared on the television shows Will & Grace, Passions and It’s All Relative. More information can be found at www. benjaminsprunger.com. Big love to Rabbit. “What would I do without you?”

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DANA TRETTA (Marta) Chicago credits include MARI STRATTON work with Theo Ubique (Sarah) is very excited to Theatre Company join this amazing cast in (Non-Equity Jeff-nomiCompany at the Griffin nated Cabaret and Side Theatre.  She was by Side by Sondheim), recently involved with Route 66 Theatre (High the Ignition Festival at Fidelity), The House Theatre (Rose and the Victory Gardens and Rime), the Hypocrites (Cabaret), TimeLine Latino Mixfest at the Atlantic Theatre in New Theatre (the Non-Equity Jeff Award-winning York City.  Chicago credits include: The House Fiorello!), the Bailiwick Repertory (the Equity on Mango Street (Steppenwolf Theatre), The Jeff Award-winning The Hunchback of Notre Comedy of Errors (Chicago Shakespeare, Dame), Marriott Theatre Lincolnshire (The school tour), Good Soul of Szechuan Wizard of Oz and You’re a Good Man, Charlie (Strawdog Theatre), Lunatic(a)s (Teatro Luna),  Brown), Writer’s Theatre (Mamet’s The Frog In Arabia We’d All Be Kings (Steep Theatre) Prince), Provision Theatre (Captain Marbles (Non-Equity Jeff Award-Ensemble), La and his Acting Squad), Bohemian Theatre Posada Magica (Teatro Vista)   She is a proud Ensemble (The Life and Non-Equity company member of Barrel of Monkeys and Jeff-nominated The Glorious Ones), Timber is a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf.  Lake Playhouse (Spelling Bee), Stage Left She would like to send a special thank you to Theatre (Prairie Lights), and White Horse her friends and family for their constant love Theatre Company (The Cradle Will Rock and and support.  A special thank you to the Non-Equity Jeff-nominated I Sing!). Jonathan Berry for allowing me to be a part JONATHAN BERRY of this great production! (Director) is an artistic DANNY TAYLOR associate for the Griffin (Paul) was born in Story Theatre where recent City, Iowa schooled in productions include: Holland, Michigan and Picnic, Time and the having performed all Conways (Jeff nom – over the U. S. of A., director/ensemble), Danny landed here in Dead End, Be More Chill, the North Chicago; the roller American premiere of Simon Stephens On coaster of life hasn’t stopped since!  As a the Shore of the Wide World Brendan company member with The New Colony, Behan’s The Hostage and the critically Danny has Assistant Directed FRAT, acclaimed Journey’s End.  Other theaters participated in Collaboraction’s (Sketchinclude: Steppenwolf :  the SYA production book ’09), A Domestic Disturbance at Little of  A Separate Peace and Melinda Lopez’s Fat Charlie’s 7th Birthday Party, choreoGary for First Look.  The Gift:  the world graphed and performed in Tupperware: An premiere of Andrew Hinderacker’s Suicide American Musical Fable and most recently Incorporated; Steep Theater:  Resistible Rise performed in That Sordid Little Story.  Other of Arturo Ui (Sun Times and Tribune  Top 10 Chicago Credits: Strawdog Theatre, lists for ’06-’07) ,  and the midwest Seanachai Theatre Company, Chicago premiere of The Hollow Lands  Remy Shakespeare Theatre, TheatreBam Chicago, Bumppo, The Marriage of Figaro Lifeline Signal Ensemble Theatre (1776 - Best Theater: The Piano Tuner (After Dark award Musical Production), Halcyon Theatre, – Best Production)  He pursued his MFA in Bohemian Theatre and Busch Fest: 4 directing from Northwestern University.  Charles Busch plays performed in rep with He has taught acting, directing, and Andrew Hobgood, Will Rogers and Jeff viewpoints at Northwestern University, Bouthiette directing. Regional Credits: The University of Chicago, Act One Studios and Utah Shakespearean Festival, Cincinnati The School at Steppenwolf.  Upcoming Griffin Theatre Company at Stage 773 5


C O M PA N Y B I O S ( c o n t .) projects include Caucasian Chalk Circle for Theatre Mir, Festen for Steep, and Trestle at Pope Lick Creek for Eclipse.  ALLISON KANE (Music Direction) is thrilled to be working on her first show with Griffin, and even more so to be back at it in Chi-town. For the last 15 months Allison spent time in NYC and was honored to work on the Broadway Revival of Finian’s Rainbow and the Broadway hit Rock of Ages as an assistant orchestrator and copy editor. She also music directed the first concert reading of Ewalt & Walker’s upcoming musical Bromance and most recently appeared Off-Broadway as “Celeste” in the long running hit Tony ‘n’ Tina’s Wedding. Allison is also the keyboardist for Broadway veteran Kathy Deitch’s Heart cover band All Heart. Favorite shows as a music director/arranger in Chicago include Urinetown (University of Chicago University Theatre); Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Can-Can (Circle); Bye Bye Liver (Pub Theatre); Monday Night’s New Voices: Chicago (Andrew Lippa; Brian Mazzaferri); Barenaked Lads (Bailiwick: Chicago, Dublin, and Provincetown); Blue Nativity, Pinocchio, The Drunkard (Quest). Allison is a Chicago native by way of Boston (Berklee ‘04) and looks forward to what’s next to come. Huge thanks to Jon for working with her again and so much love to her amazing, incredibly supportive parents. LEE KEENAN (Lighting Design) is please to return to Griffin where he has designed lights for The Hostage, Be More Chill, and Time and the Conways. Lee is an Instructor of Lighting Design at Loyola University Chicago.  Lee has designed lights for The House Theatre of Chicago (company member), Lookingglass Theatre, Centerstage-Baltimore, Kansas City Rep, Next Theatre, 500 Clown, Silk Road Theatre Project (Artistic Associate), The Griffin Theatre, Circle Theatre, The Building Stage, Apple Tree, and Milwaukee Repertory. Lee’s scenic designs have been seen at Silk Road Theatre Project, Collaboraction, Adventure Stage, Infamous Commonwealth, and The Hyopcrites. JESSICA KUEHNAU (Set Design) is pleased to be collaborating once again with her good friend and colleague Jon Berry having last designed Griffin’s 6 Griffin Theatre Company at Stage 773

Journey’s End. A graduate of Northwestern University, Jessica received her MFA in both set and costume design. Her Chicago credits include Rivendell Theatre (Jeff recommended These Shining Lives), Building Stage (Dracula), Pegasus Players (Ten Square, Jitney), Steep Theatre (Parlour Song), Lifeline Theatre, MPAACT, Circle Theatre and Metropolis Performing Arts Center. Jessica is a founding ensemble member of Adventure Stage Chicago and new ensemble of Backstage Theatre Company. She is currently the resident set designer and design professor at North Park University and full time teaching faculty at Northeastern Illinois University. Check out her upcoming designs with A Red Orchid and Lifeline Theatre later this season. jesskdesign.com ALISON SIPLE (Costume Design) is happy to return to the Griffin, having previously designed Journey’s End and Time and the Conways, both directed by Jon Berry.  Recent projects include: Thieves Like Us (House Theatre), No Exit (Hypocrites), Cabaret (Hypocrites), A Separate Peace (Steppenwolf Theatre for Young Adults), The Mystery of Irma Vep (Court Theatre), Icarus and  Fedra: Queen of Haiti (Lookingglass), Oedipus (Hypocrites), Edward II (Chicago Shakespeare Theater). Off Broadway credits: Our Town (Barrow Street Theatre) and The 4th Graders Present an Unnammed Love Suicide (Hypocrite at 59e59). Alison won Jeff Awards for Time and the Conways (Griffin) in 2006 and for Leonce und Lena (Hypocrites) in 2005.  Alison was named one of the 5 Most Prolific Theatre Artists of the Decade by Time Out Chicago and was included in New City’s year-end list of 50 Important People in Chicago Theatre.  She is an Associate company member of The Hypocrites and an Artistic Associate with Lookingglass. Check out her other work at alisonsiple.com. RICK SIMS (Sound Designer/Composer) Sound Design and Composer credits include: Trust , Icarus, Brothers Karamazov and Wooden Breeks at Lookingglass, The Hostage, Be More Chill and Little Brother at Griffin, Gary at Boston Playwrights/Steppenwolf, Huck Finn and A Separate Peace at Steppenwolf, Colored Museum, Sanctified, St James Infirmary, Talented Tenth and Black Nativity at Congo Square, True West/Top Dog Underdog Rep and Welcome To Arroyo’s


C O M PA N Y B I O S ( c o n t .) at American Theatre Company, Picnic at Writers Theatre, Caroline or Change at Court Theatre, Hollowlands at Steep Theatre, 12 Angry Men at Raven Theatre, Sweet Charity at Drury Lane, The Attempters and the Magnificents at House Theatre, Wedding Play at About Face, Four Places at Victory Gardens, Icarus at the Getty in L.A. w Lookingglass, Other Credits: Rick is an artistic associate of Lookingglass Theatre Company and wrote the book, music and lyrics for Lookingglass’ Hillbilly Antigone. He also composed music for Up Against It, Vanishing Twin, Her Name Was Danger and West for Lookingglass. ERIN KILMURRAY (Choreography) holds a B.A. in Dance from Columbia College Chicago where she studied contemporary dance & choreography. Kilmurray has performed all over the Midwest and New York City with numerous Chicago based dance companies, and is currently a performer with Kate Corby & Dancers, a guest artist with Same Planet Different World Dance Theater, and a collaborating member of The Inconvenience Artistic Syndicate. Erin is the Founder and Creative Director of The Open Space Project, a grassroots organization providing performance opportunities in a social environment for emerging and growing Chicago based choreographers. Kilmurray’s theatrical choreography has recently been seen in The Inconvenience’s production of Chicagoland, directed by Ike Holter, at The Chopin Theater & Mary Arrchie’s Abbie Fest 2010.  CHRISTOPHER N. TISONE (Production Manager) has been active in the Chicago theatre arena for over twenty years working as a freelance stage manager, director, producer, actor, and designer. Chris is thrilled to be collaborating with The Griffin Theatre Company, again, after design work on Sleeping Ugly: The Musical, The Constant Wife, and The Robber Bridegroom and previous involvement in The Griffin’s Touring Theatre Program. Chris holds a BA from Columbia College Chicago, in Performing Arts Management and has been a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association since 2007.

JON RAVENSCROFT (Stage Manager) is excited to be working with the Griffin for the first time, and on one of his favorite musicals. Other Chicago credits include work with Hypatia Theatre Company, Dog & Pony Theatre Co.,Chicago Children’s Theatre, The Sweat Girls, Lifeline Theatre, Caffeine Theatre, Theatre 7 of Chicago, Strawdog Theatre Company, Steep Theatre and this year’s Fillet of Solo Festival at Lifeline and Live Bait Theater.  Jon has a BFA in Theatre Arts and a double major in English from the Theatre School at DePaul University. William Massolia (Artistic Director) is a founding member of the Griffin Theatre Company. He is the author of over 30 plays and adaptations including, Be More Chill, Little Brother, Stardust, Loving Little Egypt, Shakespeare’s Dog, Ash Can Alley, and The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. His play Letters Home recently completed a 17 city National Tour of North America and his children’s play, Frindle was presented in 22 US cities in the 2009/2010 season. Massolia is a 7-time Joseph Jefferson Award nominee for his work as a playwright. A graduate of Southern Illinois University, Mr. Massolia is a past member of the League of Chicago Theatres Board of Directors, a recipient of an IAC Playwriting Fellowship Award and currently sits on the theatre advisory panel for the Illinois Arts Council. Richard Barletta (Artistic Director) is a founding member of the Griffin Theatre Company. In his almost 30 years of theatre he’s directed over 125 productions, many of these with the Griffin. Some of his favorites would include: Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, All The Way Home, Ah, Wilderness!, Shake Your Groove Thing, Shakespeare’s Dog, Ash Can Alley, Henry and the Second Gunman, A Night in Mantua, The Whipping Boy, There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom, Frindle, There’s a Girl in my Hammerlock and Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging, for which he received a Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for direction. Richard holds an MFA in Directing from the Goodman School of Drama and a BS in theatre from the University of Evansville. In addition he has directed productions at the Theatre School, DePaul University and Loyola University in Chicago. He received Joseph Jefferson Awards for both directing and ensemble with the Midwest premiere of Stags and Hens. Griffin Theatre Company at Stage 773 7


L O O K I N G F O R C O R P O R AT E S P O N S O R S H I P O P P O R T U N I T I E S ? Next Season the Griffin Theatre Company’s National Touring Program will be seen by over 100,000 audience members nationwide. Griffin’s artistic properties can give sponsors broad and premium visibility, and brand exposure to thousands of people coast to coast. Corporate sponsorships and foundation gifts ensure that Griffin is able to maintain artistic excellence on stage, enhance education programs and continue our conversation with our community, contributing to the quality of life in the Chicago Area and nationwide. To find more about how to become a corporate sponsor call Bill Massolia at 773-769-2228, ext 3. Griffin Theatre Company 2009/2010 Touring Schedule LETTERS HOME Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Nashville, TN. October 5 – 12, 2010 Warsaw Performing Arts Center, Warsaw, IN. October 18 – 19, 2010 California State University-Northridge, Northridge, CA. October 22, 2010 Grand Theater, Wausau, WI. October 25 – 26, 2010 Des Moines Civic Center, Des Moines, IA. November 4 – 6, 2010 The Palace Theatre, Greensburg, PA. November 9-10, 2010 STINKY CHEESE MAN Cerritos Center for the Arts, Cerritos, CA. February 2 – 3, 2011 Viterbo University, La Crosse, WI. February 10 – 12, 2011 Grand Theater, Wausau, WI. March 14 – 15, 2011 FRINDLE Clowes Memorial Hall, Indianapolis, IN October 18 – 19, 2010 The Ritz Theater, Tiffin, OH October 20 – 21, 2010 Metropolis Center for the Performing Arts, Arlington Heights, IL February, 3 -12, 2011 Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, Westhampton, NY. March 31 – April 1, 2011 Capital Center, Concord, NH. April 3 – 4, 2011 Chris Brown Presents, Lowell, MA. April 5, 2011 SUNY-Purchase, Purchase, NY. April 6, 2011 Schwartz Center, Dover, DE. April 7 – 8 2011 Wilkins Theatre, Union, NJ. April 10 -11, 2011

A N N UA L D O N O R S The Griffin Theatre Company would like to gratefully acknowledge the contributions made by individuals, corporations, foundations and government agencies throughout the year, which have enabled our arts organization to continue to produce quality arts programming for young and old. If you would like to find out more about supporting the Griffin Theatre Company please call 773-769-2228 or use the form attached. $10,000 and up Alphawood Foundation The Chicago Community Trust The California Community Foundation Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation I.A. O’Shaughnessey Foundation David & Elizabeth McFadzean $5,000 - $10,000 The Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation The Illinois Arts Council The Mayer and Morris Kaplan Family Foundation Polk Bros. Foundation

$2,500 - $4,999 The Sara Lee Foundation City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs $1,000 - $2,499 David Aitken Diane Aitken Richard Barletta Claire Conley FMC Foundation James Denton Jeff Graves Bill & Mary Lou Griffin Jordan Humberstone Illinois Switchboard Corporation Paul Klaeysen Teresa A. Kozlowski Helmut Mlakar Maureen Murnane Northside Federal Savings Square D Foundation

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Teresa Sullinger Weldy-Lamont Associates $500 - $999 AOL Time Warner Mr. & Mrs. Frank Barletta James Donnelley Timothy Fox Karen and David Larson Thomas & Barbara Leopold Mr. & Mrs. William Massolia Doris McGee The Playboy Foundation Sue & Tim Reardon Hugh Spencer Wellington Mortgage Corporation $250 - $499 Thomas & Linda Berk William Massolia Vanguard Archives Inc. Mary Williams


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A B O U T T H E C O M PA N Y Our mission: The Griffin Theatre Company exists to create extraordinary and meaningful theatrical experiences for both children and adults by building bridges of understanding between generations that instill in its audience an appreciation of the performing arts. Through artistic collaboration the Griffin Theatre Company produces literary adaptations, original work and classic plays that challenge and inspire, with wit, style and compassion for the audience. The Griffin Theatre Company Artistic Directors - Richard Barletta and William Massolia

Board of Directors Terry Kozlowski Chairperson Richard Barletta Duane Carter Claire Conley Tyrell Jacob Funkhouser Jeff Graves Paul Klaeysen William Massolia Joan Mazzonelli David Aitken - Emeritus Diane Aitken - Emeritus

Advisory Board Lynn Auerbach Bill Burnett Peggy Gormley Mitch Kohn Liz Livingston Tom Leopold Rick Levine John David Lutz Kevin MacKinnon Virginia Madsen David McFadzean Helmut Mlakar Denise Stewart Harriet Wasserman

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A B O U T S TAG E 77 3 Mission Stage 773 acts to embody the vibrant spirit of Chicago off-loop theatre: • We celebrate the creative process, supporting the work of actors, directors, writers, composers and designers. • We nurture the artist, offering technical, organizational and emotional support. • We honor our audience, presenting accessible, affordable, exceptional entertainment. Vision Stage 773 operates a multi-theatre performing arts venue that serves our community through the arts – both Chicago artists and the public who visit us. We strive to offer support to artists as they develop their voices and talents. We provide rehearsal and performance space, our knowledge and experience, and a nurturing environment to help actors, directors, designers, writers and other artists reach their potential. We will remain true to our storefront roots, offering our audiences the best possible theatre experience at low ticket prices. Our patrons will be an extension of our family, receiving the same warm welcome and respect we offer our artists. We will remember every day that art is transformative – whether we make someone laugh hysterically or consider the world in a new way, whether our work brings people to tears of empathy or joy – and that the artists and audiences who entrust themselves to us, for an evening or for years, create that shared experience. S TAG E 77 3 B OA R D A N D S TA F F BOARD OF DIRECTORS Laura Michaud (Chair) Christine Carsen Michael Gellman Charles H. Jesser

Alex Meyer Steve Miller Marlene Rubenstein (Advisory Member) Brian Walter

STAFF Brian Posen............................................................................................................ Artistic Director Megan Flanagan............................................................................................. Executive Director Jill Valentine..............................................................................................Director of Operations Brian Peterlin................................................................................................. Director of Facilities Jack Short.......................................................................................... Customer Service Director Jesse Aukeman, Nancy Farnard, Billy Sullivan............................................ Box Office Staff Cassandra Rose........................................................................................................................Intern Griffin Theatre Company at Stage 773 11


INVEST IN STAGE 773! Your support is critical to our future – and to the future of the many local artists who partner with us. The financial support of individuals, corporations and foundations allows us to: •

offer subsidized theatre rental to our fellow Chicago performing arts groups, along with marketing, audience development, ticketing and technical assistance.

• present high-quality programming at low ticket prices. • maintain and improve our facility, a highly-beloved venue for Chicago artists and audiences.

Please consider a gift to our Annual Fund, or ask us about specific projects and funds that need support. Call us at 773.929.7367 x 223 or email megan@stage773.com with questions or to make a donation. Stage 773 is partially supported by a CityArts Program 1 grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.


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