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VERONICA’S POSITION By Rich Orloff Alan............................................................................................................... T. Stacy Hicks Veronica ......................................................................................................Tiffany Vance Harvey.........................................................................................................Steve Koehler * Philip ................................................................................................... Richard Ganoung * Mallory .........................................................................................................Libby Amato Zeke .................................................................................................................Joe Fransee Director ..........................................................................................................Jane Flieller Rehearsal Stage Manager ....................................................................... Chris Flieller Assistant Stage Manager/Deck Crew.............................................. Karen Whitsitt Set Design ...................................................................................................Steve Barnes Sound Design .................................................................................Jonathon Leubner Light Design ......................................................................................... Alan Piotrowicz Costume Designer ................................................................................. Pam Rehberg Dramaturg..........................................................................................Melissa Neumann Board Operator ...............................................................................Aaren Wallsworth Time: Late 1989 to early 1990 Place: A hotel suite in Washington, D.C.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under a Special Appearance Contract. The videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited including camera phones. This project is supported, in part, by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts, the United Performing Arts Fund and CAMPAC (County Funding) There will be one 15-minute intermission. The opening night reception for Veronica’s Position is courtesy of Konrad Kuchenbach, whose support is greatly appreciated! Veronica’s Position 1


BIOGR APHIES Chris Flieller (Rehearsal Stage Manager/Artistic Director, In Tandem Theatre) A fixture both on and backstage for more than 25 years in Milwaukee, Chris has numerous credits to his name. Acting credits include In Tandem Theatre, Skylight Opera Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Theatre X, First Stage Children’s Theatre, and the Marcus Center/Milwaukee Repertory. Among his directing credits are WONDER OF THE WORLD, SHAW SHORTS, THE EIGHT: REINDEER MONOLOGUES, HOLIDAY HELL, POLISH FROST, HOME, EQUUS (in a copresentation with the UWM undergraduate acting program) OLD WICKED SONGS, THRILL ME: THE LEOPOLD AND LOEB STORY, and most recently, THE CHOSEN, for In Tandem. Chris directed ORPHEUS DESCENDING for the UWM Theatre Program and coaches numerous dialect and performance workshops. Jane Flieller (Director/Managing Director, In Tandem Theatre) A former stage manager, Jane toured nationally with the Great American Children’s Theatre Company and has worked locally for Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, First Stage Children’s Theatre, Theatre Tesseract, Next Act Theatre and Next Generation Theatre. For several years, Jane was the stage manager for ComedySportz, a position she originated. She co-founded In Tandem Theatre with her husband, Chris, in 1998 and now unleashes her creative energies on all aspects of running a small arts organization. Jane’s directing credits include In Tandem, Whitefish Bay High School, Carroll College and Broadway Baby Dinner Theatre. As always, she gives thanks to her beloved husband, partner and best friend, Chris, through whom all things are possible. 2 In Tandem Theatre Company

Karen Whitsitt (Assistant Stage Manager/Deck Crew/ Administrative Intern) Karen is very excited to be In Tandem Theatre’s Administrative Intern for this season. She trained at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City and is currently finishing her bachelors degree through UW-Superior. In addition to many roles both onstage and off, she was most recently the Assistant Stage Manager for THE CHOSEN with In Tandem. Karen thanks her mother, father, sister and incredible fiancé, John, for all their love and support. T. Stacy Hicks (Alan) Stacy returns to the In Tandem stage with his colleagues from last season’s ART OF MURDER. Local audiences have enjoyed his work with Milwaukee Rep., Milwaukee Shakespeare, Chamber Theatre, Forward Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks, Uprooted, Youngblood and Optimist theatres. Regionally he’s worked with Chicago Shakespeare and Southwest Shakespeare. Tiffany Vance (Veronica) Tiffany is grateful to Chris and Jane for another fun opportunity and a great role! Though she spends most of her time with her hubby in Platteville and teaching at UW-Platteville, over the past decade she has managed to slip away to Milwaukee to work for companies such as First Stage Children’s Theatre, Bialystock & Bloom and Milwaukee Shakespeare. Since her last appearance with In Tandem in ART OF MURDER, Tiffany’s been busy indulging in her other passion -- travel. With two friends, she has created a travel


B I O G R A P H I E S ( c o n t .) company for women who wish to explore the country and the world. Check it out at www.tasty-travelers.com. Steve Koehler (Harvey) Steve is thrilled to be back at In Tandem with his buddies from ART OF MURDER, in which he played Jack last season. Other credits include JAQUES BREL..., ADDING MACHINE (Boss/Fixer/Charles), and LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Orin Scrivello) with Skylight Music Theatre; GUYS ON ICE (Lloyd) with The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and American Folklore Theatre; and RABBIT HOLE (Howie) with Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. Steve teaches physics and acting at Milwaukee High School of the Arts. He and his wife, Julie-Honey, have been blessed with two boys, Alexander Steven (17) and Austin Max (14). Richard Ganoung (Philip) Richard makes his In Tandem debut with this production and couldn’t be happier to be surrounded by so many friends. He is a founding member of Forward Theater Company in Madison where he has appeared in productions of WHY TORTURE IS WRONG AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM, THE VIBRATOR PLAY, and THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION. Film roles include starring roles in Parting Glances and Billy’s Hollywood Screen Kiss. Please visit Richard’s website at www.richardganoung.com. Thanks for your kind support of the arts in Milwaukee. Libby Amato (Mallory) Libby is tickled to be back at In Tandem after last performing in their production of STUCK. She was recently seen in A

THOUSAND WORDS with Forward Theater and Chamber Theatre. Other credits include productions at First Stage Children’s Theater, Alchemist Theatre, Windfall Theatre, Bunny Gumbo and New Court Theatre. This summer, catch Libby in Optimist Theatre’s production of MACBETH. Libby is a graduate of Carroll University with a BFA in theater performance. Love and thanks to Joe and Beth Amato. For everything. Joe Fransee (Zeke) Joe returns to In Tandem where he last appeared as Richard Loeb in THRILL ME: THE LEOPOLD AND LOEB STORY. He has appeared with a variety of companies throughout the region including American Folklore Theatre, Skylight Music Theatre, Boulevard Theatre, Off The Wall Theatre, Windfall Theatre, and Milwaukee Shakespeare. As both a dancer and choreographer, he has worked with Danceworks, Theatre Gigante, UW-Milwaukee’s Dance and Music Department, and Wildspace Dance Company. Joe is a graduate of UW-Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. Jonathon Leubner (Sound Design) Jonathon loves the sound of VERONICA’S POSITION. Jonathon has spent the better part of three decades providing award winning audio production to theater, film, commercial, documentary, television and music recording projects. His sound awards include an Emmy, numerous Silver Microphone, Addy and BPME awards, as well as a Grammy award nomination. It has been his privilege to work and create alongside the talented directors, designers, actors, theater staff and volunteers that all bring the magic to the stage of In Tandem Theatre. Jonathon dedicates all of his work to his beautiful wife Mary and their three wonderful sons for their endless inspiration, love and support. Veronica’s Position 3


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Alan Piotrowicz (Lighting Design) Alan has worked in the Tenth Street Theatre many times (including rehearsal stage managing MRS. MANNERY earlier this season), but finally has the opportunity to design for the illustrious In Tandem team. Alan has had the good fortune of working with many companies in Wisconsin including Falls Patio Players (resident designer), First Stage, Four Seasons, Milwaukee Chamber, Milwaukee Rep, Next Act, Pink Banana, Sunset Playhouse (Volunteer’s Choice Award for Favorite Lighting, Pamela J. Rehberg (Costume Designer) HAIR), Uprooted, and Youngblood, Ms. Rehberg is happy to be returning among others. Much love to Eric. to In Tandem for VERONICA’S POSITION. www.alanpiotrowicz.com Other In Tandem productions have included THRILL ME: THE LEOPOLD Aaren Wallsworth (Board Operator) & LOEB STORY, THE APPLE TREE, and Aaren is currently attending UWEQUUS. Ms. Rehberg is an associate Milwaukee where she is studying professor at UWM, teaching courses in Costume Construction. She was draping, patternmaking and costume wardrobe crew for both THE SINS OF design. She designs both at UWM SOR JUANA and AS YOU LIKE IT at and in the professional community. UWM. Aaren was head of wardrobe and Her work has been seen at Peninsula make up for World Stage’s THE UNSEEN Players, First Stage, Milwaukee Chamber and previously worked with them on Theatre, The Milwaukee Repertory NIGHTFALL. Most recently, Aaren was Theatre, Rocky Mountain Repertory and the House Management Intern for In the Milwaukee Ballet. Recent design Tandem’s THE CHOSEN. work includes the world premier of MAKING GOD LAUGH and A FEW GOOD Melissa Neumann (Dramaturg) MEN at Peninsula Players, and THE SINS Melissa is currently a student in UWOF SOR JUANA and THE NATURE OF Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts. MUTATION at UWM. As always, love to She will be graduating in May 2012 Randy, Josh, Amanda and Matt, who with a Bachelor of Arts degree in help keep the world in balance. Theatre Studies, having focused on playwriting, dramaturgy, and acting. She has previously done dramaturgy W EE K LY for the UWM productions of NO TI C K ET NO NANETTE and AS YOU LIKE IT. GIVE AWAYS Her theatrical interests have been influenced by a love of history, art, fashion, burlesque, silent movies, preYOUR ONLINE GUIDE TO code Hollywood, and old B-movies. THE PERFORMING ARTS Melissa is also a member of The M.U.T.E.S, Milwaukee’s own silent film vaudeville troupe, in which she is the vamp, Theda de Sade. HHHH

Steve Barnes (Set Design) Steve is happy to be back at In Tandem Theatre having previously designed sets for ROMANTIC FOOLS and STUCK. Steve has done numerous designs in the Milwaukee area including DRIVING MISS DAISY at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, AMERICAN FIESTA for Renaissance Theatreworks, and PEARL BAILEY ... BY REQUEST and YANKEE TAVERN (co-design) with the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. He has also designed for First Stage Children’s Theatre, Optimist Theatre, Ka-Tet Theatre Company, Racine Theatre Guild, and KOHL’s Wild Theatre at the Milwaukee Zoo. www.stevebarnesdesign.com.

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I N TA N D E M T H E AT R E S TA F F IN TANDEM THEATRE ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF Chris Flieller, Artistic Director Jane Flieller, Managing Director Cindy Thomas, Marketing/Administrative Assistant Miranda Levy, Gallery Curator BOARD OF DIRECTORS Ellen Maxey, President Dennis Kois, Vice President Leigh Wallace Tabak, Secretary Dan Glaser, CPA, Treasurer Scott Berkes Milt Flieller

Sharveta Parker Jessica Thibodo-Johnson ADVISORY BOARD Annie Jurczyk Charles Kakuk Dan Kattman Claude Krawczyk

In Tandem Theatre is currently in need of additional members to their Board of Directors. We seek individuals who will commit to fostering awareness of In Tandem Theatre, supporting its mission and nurturing its growth. If you would like more information about the role of the board and its responsibilities, please call 414-271-1371.

SPECIAL THANKS Brad McKendry, Jason Waszak, Loren Watson, Scott Berkes, Dennis Kois, Racine Theatre Guild, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre Prop Shop, Miranda Levy, Marcia’s Used Furniture, Jim Farris, Imporium Etcetera

ABOUT THE PL AY WRIGHT Rich Orloff is one of the most popular unknown playwrights in the country. His plays have received over 800 productions, numerous awards, and oodles of laughter. Rich’s plays have been presented across the country at such theaters as American Stage Company, Arizona Theatre Company, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Dayton Playhouse, Florida Studio Theatre, New Jersey Rep, Phoenix Theatre Company, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, Shadowland Theatre, West Coast Ensemble, the WorkShop Theater Company, twice at Theatre Conspiracy, and three times at the Key West Theatre Festival. Author of over a dozen one-acts and over 70 short plays, Rich’s short comedies have been published five times in the annual Best American Short Plays series, three times in The Best Ten-Minute Plays series, in The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2007, in The Bedford Guide to Literature, in the bilingual collection An Anthology of Contemporary American Plays (published in China), and in anthologies published by Random House and Western Michigan University Press. Playscripts has 6 In Tandem Theatre Company


A B O U T T H E P L A Y W R I G H T ( c o n t .) published eight volumes of his plays (www.playscriptsinc.com). Rich’s short plays have had over 700 productions on six of the seven continents (and a staged reading in Antarctica). Rich has also written for newspapers, magazines, radio, television, industrial films, educational videos, advertising, and charity galas. While in Kosovo in 2000, Rich wrote the children’s play SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS FIGHT TUBERCULOSIS for Doctors of the World. Rich lives in New York City, but he loves to travel (and has visited 35 states so far to develop productions, talk at colleges, and work as a playwright). A M E S S AG E F R O M T H E D I R E C TO R “What do you think?” A question that galvanizes some and paralyzes others. And some seem content not to think anything -- not to get involved. Veronica is such a person. Veronica’s strongest opinion is that she is a-political; a safe place, a cozy blanket under which to watch the brewing storm that surrounds her. But politics is personal and when an opinion affects an issue on which Veronica is unwavering -- the issue of love -- it’s time for her to emerge from the safety of her cocoon and take a stand. Of course, taking a stand involves risk. Standing up for something important can also mean losing something important. But complacency didn’t make this country great. As a society we need to listen, think, participate and communicate and stop relying on sound bites and rhetoric and form an opinion. It can be frustrating, exhilarating, joyous and frightening. But it’s better than the alternative and not be involved at all. A M E S S AG E F R O M O U R D R A M AT U R G A host of actual events provide the backdrop for Rich Orloff’s, Veronica’s Position. Set at the end of 1989 and into early 1990, the country was in an uproar over government funding of the arts, sparked by the NEA’s support of an exhibit by controversial photographer, Robert Mapplethorpe. Government officials deemed his work indecent and not representative of traditional family values. Mapplethorpe had died only a few months prior to his exhibit opening and the country’s fear of homosexuality and AIDS at the time created a stronger and more emotional reaction to Mapplethorpe’s work than perhaps might have under different circumstances. Senator Jesse Helms led the fight for new restrictions that would forbid the NEA from supporting any work that was seen as “obscene” or “indecent.” The amendment was voted down but milder restrictions were issued. The debate over government funding of the arts continues today. The character of Zeke is fashioned after Robert Mapplethorpe. Also in the 1980’s, superstars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, twice married and twice divorced from each other, reunited to perform in a disastrous Broadway production of Noel Coward’s Private Lives. Taylor had previously been married to John Warner, a conservative Senator whom she helped to win his first election. When asked about setting Veronica’s Position in this specific time period, the playwright responded, “I originally wrote the play in the early 1990’s when issues like “obscene art” were much in the news. It all seems so quaint now, given today’s problems, that over time I realized I had to set the play specifically in that period. I like writing period pieces, as I think audiences are often more open to how issues from a different time still resonate with us. Indeed, given current controversies over such topics as gay marriage, I think the play is as timely as ever.” Veronica’s Position 7


I N TA N D E M N E E D S YO U ! We’ve accomplished a great deal for a small company since we began in 1998 and we are excited about the possibilities the future holds. As a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization, In Tandem Theatre relies on the generosity of our patrons and friends to keep moving forward. Ticket sales, which we try to keep as reasonable as possible, can’t cover the entire costs of producing professional quality theatre. Please consider a tax-deductible donation to our annual campaign and see your contribution go directly toward productions costs (actor and designer salaries; props, costumes, sets, lights; script royalties and marketing). We appreciate your patronage very much and hope you can help us out!

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THE NIGHTMARE ROOM By John Goodrum Based on a short story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle October 5 - 21, 2012 A dark and chilling psychological thriller about two best friends - both in love with the same dashing former movie star - locked in a room with a bottle of poison. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Who will live? Who will die? You’ll be on the edge of your seat until the spine-chilling climax! A CUDAHY CAROLER CHRISTMAS By Anthony Wood Based on an idea by Lee Becker November 30, 2012 - January 5, 2013 Join Stasch, Pee Wee, Edna, Trixie and the gang as they warble their way through such classics as “Ach Ya’ Der Once”,“We Three Guys from Cudahy Are,” and “O, Bowling Night!” Following a bitter breakup five years earlier, Stasch must reunite the Carolers to restore the spirit of the season in this hilarious holiday homage to bowling, beer, friendship and forgiveness! BEAST ON THE MOON By Richard Kalinoski March 1 – 24, 2013 Set in Milwaukee, circa 1921, this award-winning play follows two survivors of the Armenian holocaust. Aram has found himself relocated to the United States and determined to replace the family he lost. He sends for a mail-order bride and a young girl, Seta, arrives, full of hope and love. When Aram’s plans don’t go as expected, Seta must help her husband discover that life is worth living and not just surviving. APARTMENT 3A By Jeff Daniels April 26 - May 19, 2013 An audience favorite from more than fifty plays and musicals presented by In Tandem Theatre since its 1998 inaugural season. In this untraditional love story first produced in fall 2002, Annie Wilson is reeling from the loss of who she thought was the love of her life. She embarks on a journey in search for a reason to hope again with a mysterious next-door neighbor who teaches her what it truly means to be in love forever. Veronica’s Position 11


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