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MANAGING DIRECTOR Amy Gravell

ASSASSINS music and lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM book by JOHN WEIDMAN Assassins is based on an idea by CHARLES GILBERT, JR. directed by TONY ESTRELLA+ music direction by LILA KANE

MARCH 5 - 29, 2020 Playwrights Horizons, Inc., New York City, produced Assassins off-Broadway in 1990. Orchestrations by Michael Starobin. First Broadway production, 2004, Roundabout Theatre Company, Todd Haimes, Artistic Director. Assassins is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

SET DESIGN

Michael McGarty SOUND DESIGN

Peter Hurowitz

COSTUME DESIGN

LIGHTING DESIGN

Meg Donnelly

David Roy

PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT

STAGE MANAGEMENT

Jessica Hill

Robin Grady*

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. +Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical union.

FUNDING PROVIDED IN PART BY A GRANT FROM THE RHODE ISLAND STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS, THROUGH AN APPROPRIATION BY THE RHODE ISLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY, A GRANT FROM THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS AND PRIVATE FUNDERS.

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ASSASSINS This play is performed with one 15-minute intermission.

SETTING The U.S.A.

THE COMPANY Sara Jane Moore Leon Czolgosz Samuel Byck John Wilkes Booth Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme John Hinckley Balladeer/Lee Harvey Oswald Proprietor Giuseppe Zangara Charles Guiteau Emma Goldman/Ensemble Herold/Ensemble

Casey Seymour Kim* Michael Liebhauser Tom Gleadow* Alexander Platt* Amanda Ruggiero Chris Stahl* Nile Scott Hawver* Eden Casteel Andrew Iacovelli Gabriel Graetz* Helena Tafuri Moira Costigan-Carraher

CREATIVE TEAM Assistant Director Assistant Music Director Soundboard Operator Dialect Coach Weapons Consultant Technical Director Technical Production Supervisor Assistant Stage Managers Production Assistant Electricians Construction Crew

Milly Massey Emily Turtle Kelsey Burcher Wendy Overly Normand Beauregard Max Ramirez DJ Potter Jessica Chace, Jessica Corsentino, Jessica Hill* Surrey Houlker Mike Cline, Alex Landers, Patrick Boutwell Justin Carroll, Alex Eizenberg

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Please silence all electronic devices so you don’t interrupt the performance! Video and/or audio recording of this performance by any means whatsoever is strictly prohibited.

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MUSICAL NUMBERS “Opening”.............................................Proprietor, Czolgosz, Hinckley, Guiteau, Zangara, Byck, Fromme, Moore, and Booth “The Ballad of Booth”...................................................................................Balladeer and Booth “How I Saved Roosevelt”..........................................................................Zangara and Bystanders “The Gun Song”...................................................................Czolgosz, Booth, Guiteau, and Moore “The Ballad of Czolgosz”..................................................................Balladeer and Fairgoers “Unworthy of Your Love”.............................................................................Hinckley and Fromme “The Ballad of Guiteau”...............................................................................Guiteau and Balladeer “Another National Anthem”...................Balladeer, Proprietor, Czolgosz, Hinckley, Guiteau, Zangara, Byck, Fromme, Moore, and Booth “Something Just Broke”.......................................................................................The Company “Everybody’s Got the Right” (Finale)................................Oswald, Czolgosz, Hinckley, Guiteau, Zangara, Byck, Fromme, Moore, and Booth

MUSICIANS Keyboard Keyboard Bass Various

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THE REAL-LIFE CHARACTERS IN ASSASSINS JOHN WILKES BOOTH (1838-1865) Assassinated President Abraham Lincoln during a performance of Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theater, Washington, D.C., April 14, 1865. CHARLES GUITEAU (1838-1882) Assassinated President James Garfield in the waiting room of the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station, Washington, D.C., July 2, 1881. LEON CZOLGOSZ (1873-1901) Assassinated President William McKinley during a public reception at the Temple of Music Pavilion at the Pan American Exposition, Buffalo, N.Y., September 6, 1901. GIUSEPPE ZANGARA (1900-1933) Attempted to assassinate President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt as Roosevelt greeted well-wishers in Bayfront Park, Miami, Fla., February 15, 1933. LEE HARVEY OSWALD (1939-1963) Assassinated President John F. Kennedy from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository, Dallas, Texas, November 22, 1963. SAMUEL BYCK (1930-1974) Attempted to assassinate President Richard M. Nixon; hijacked a commercial jetliner that he intended to crash-dive into the White House, Baltimore-Washington International Airport, February 22, 1974. LYNETTE “SQUEAKY” FROMME (1948- ) Attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford as he left the Senator Hotel, Sacramento, Calif., September 5, 1975. SARA JANE MOORE (1930- ) Attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford as he left the St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco, Calif., September 22, 1975. JOHN HINCKLEY, JR. (1955- ) Attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan as he left the Washington Hilton, Washington, D.C., March 30, 1981. Booth

Guiteau

Czolgosz

Zangara

Oswald

Byck

Lincoln

Garfield

McKinley Roosevelt Kennedy

Nixon

Fromme

Ford

Moore

Hinckley

Reagan

EMMA GOLDMAN (1869-1940) Turn-of-the-century anarchist agitator and writer; an advocate of free speech, birth control, women’s equality and independence, and union organization. DAVID HEROLD (1842-1865) An accomplice of John Wilkes Booth in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln on behalf of the Confederacy’s cause. 6


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WHERE’S MY PRIZE? “‘Assassins’ suggests that while these individuals are, to say the least, peculiar—taken as a group they are peculiarly American.” – John Weidman The Declaration of Independence famously decrees, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Somehow, over the course of a couple of centuries, we have confused the “unalienable right” to pursue happiness with the absolute guarantee that we should be happy. In Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Assassins, the eponymous rogue’s gallery of killers sings, “Everybody’s got the right to be happy/Don’t stay mad, life’s not as bad/As it seems./If you keep your goal in sight,/You can climb to any height./Everybody’s got the right to their dreams.” Those dreams are often realized at the business end of a gun. Political murder is the ultimate weapon against self-hatred, worthlessness and despair. In the 30 years since this show’s premiere, there hasn’t been a serious attempt on the life of a U.S. president. Threats abound, of course, and it remains a clear and present danger. Since John Hinckley’s attempted murder of Ronald Reagan in 1981, the age of assassins seems to have (d)evolved into the age of the mass shooter. This happens everywhere of course (witness the recent mall shooting in Thailand), but the sheer frequency of mass shootings here in the U.S.A. begs the question: Why does this recourse to horrific violence seem so “peculiarly American?” Weidman offers it is because “we live in a country whose most cherished national myths … encourage us to believe that in America our dreams not only can come true but should come true, and that if they don’t, someone or something is to blame.” In other words, if it’s my right to be happy but I’m not, then someone or something is infringing on my rights; and in America I have the right, as enshrined in the nation’s constitution, to “redress (my) grievances.” Sondheim and Weidman presciently open Assassins at a shooting gallery in a run down, seedy carnival—an apt metaphor for America in 2020, where the current occupant of the Oval Office is routinely satirized as a plain old “clown,” a “carnival barker,” a “carnival barking clown,” and an “insane clown president.” Then there’s the popular internet meme, “Elect a Clown, Expect a Circus.” The circus and the carnival, of course, are meant to be fun house mirror versions of reality. We enter a space that distorts and exaggerates ourselves. We’re meant to laugh at the absurdity of the deranged image staring back at us. Assassins asks what happens when the laughing stops. When the reflection morphs from cartoon into self-portrait. Tony Estrella

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ABOUT THE COMPANY (in alphabetical order) Eden Casteel, Proprietor Previous Gamm Roles: Debut Other Theaters: Victoria Grant, Victor/Victoria (Ocean State Theater Company); Rose, Gypsy; Mrs. Lovett, Sweeney Todd (Contemporary Theater Company); Francesca, The Bridges Of Madison County (Chestnut Street Playhouse); Sara Müller, Watch On The Rhine (Head Trick Theatre); Alice Beineke, The Addams Family (Academy Players); Erste Dame, Die Zauberflöte (CT Lyric Opera); Adele, Die Fledermaus (Arbor Opera Theater); Yum-Yum, The Mikado (Michigan Shakespeare Company); featured artist, Cabaret Club (Arctic Playhouse) Other: Eden is the host of “Jamm at The Gamm,” a new music and conversation series. She performs with her piano-playing dad as “The Casteels Of Columbus” (most recently at Barker Playhouse), and cocreated “The Benchwarmers,” a musical improv piano trio with Keith Munslow and Mark Meritt. Eden holds an M.M. from University of Maryland and a B.M. from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and is a voice coach and teacher based in Wakefield, RI.

Moira Costigan-Carraher, Herold/Ensemble Previous Gamm Roles: Debut Other Theaters: Diana in Next to Normal, Narrator in Murder Ballad, Agatha in The Revel (Wilbury Theatre), Mother in Ragtime (Academy Players), Molly Bloom in Bloomsday (The Redwood Library), The Manton Avenue Project, Boston Theatre Marathon, Midtown International Theatre Festival (NYC); director: Tuck Everlasting, Our Place, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Antigone, Pippin, Sister Act, Little Women, Mirrors, The Music Inside Me, Rhode Island Drama Festival, New England Drama Festival Other: Moira studied theater education at Emerson College. She teaches and directs theater at St. Raphael Academy, and is an artist in residence at The Jaqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing Arts.

Gabriel Graetz*, Charles Guiteau Previous Gamm Roles: Lorin in Gloria Other Theaters: Sir Peter Teazle/Crabtree in The School for Scandal, Yepikhodov in The Cherry Orchard, Witch/Flenace/Angus in Macbeth, Fabian/Ensemble in Twelfth Night (Actors’ Shakespeare Project), Mordcha in Fiddler on the Roof (New Repertory Theatre), Sam/Nick in It’s a Wonderful Life (Greater Boston Stage Company), Gus in A Measure of Normalcy, (Gloucester Stage Company), Manus in Translations, Carson in Gross Indecency (Bad Habit Productions), Rev. Canon Chasuble in The Importance of Being Earnest (Moonbox Productions), Val in Waiting for Waiting for Godot (Hub Theatre Company), and Charlotte von Mahlsdorf in I Am My Own Wife (Theatre on Fire) Other: Gabriel is an alum of Emerson College and a proud member of Stage Source. He would like to thank his family and friends for their overwhelming support, and dedicates his performance to the Bellringers Guild (of which he is a founding member), Boston’s union for professional colonial tour guides! DONG!

Tom Gleadow*, Samuel Byck Previous Gamm Roles: Rev. Canon Chasuble in The Importance of Being Earnest, Richard Noakes in Arcadia, Artie Shaughnessy in The House of Blue Leaves, Max in The Real Thing, Cardinal Wolsey/Henry Barrow in Anne Boleyn, Ghost/First Player/First Gravedigger in Hamlet, Dr. Rank in A Doll’s House, Dylan Thomas in A Child’s Christmas in Wales (2010), Dave Moss in Glengarry Glen Ross, Nigel/Interrogator in Rock ’n’ Roll, Doctor in 4:48 Psychosis, Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, and other roles Other Theaters: Spamalot, La Cage Aux Folles, West Side Story, Sister Act, Young Frankenstein, My Fair Lady, and The Music Man at Theatre By The Sea; Oklahoma!, Anything Goes at North Shore Music Theatre; It’s a Wonderful Life and 1776 at Ocean State Theatre Company; The Producers at New Bedford Festival Theatre; A Christmas Carol (2007, 2008, 2012, 2014), Oliver!, Oklahoma and Fuente Ovejuna at Trinity Rep; Cymbeline, As You Like It and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Commonwealth Shakespeare Company Other: Tom is a faculty member in the theater department at Salve Regina University. * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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Nile Scott Hawver*, Balladeer/Lee Harvey Oswald Previous Gamm Roles: Nile is thrilled to be making his Gamm debut! Other Theaters: Trayf, Man of La Mancha (New Repertory Theatre); Million Dollar Quartet, The Irish and How They Got That Way (Greater Boston Stage Company); Once, Violet, Mothers and Sons (Speakeasy Stage); Breath and Imagination (Lyric Stage); Edward II (Actor’s Shakespeare Project); Etherdome (Huntington Theatre Company); Twelfth Night (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); Twelfth Night, Hamlet, The Recruiting Officer, Henry V (Montana Shakespeare in the Parks) Other: Nile has an M.F.A. in acting from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.F.A. in acting from University of Rhode Island. When he is not onstage, he’s taking production photos and headshots as Nile Scott Studios. www.nilehawver.com | www.nilescottstudios.com

Andrew Iacovelli, Guiseppe Zangara Previous Gamm Roles: Brendan/Ostler in Morality Play, Young Collector/Musician in A Streetcar Named Desire Other Theaters: (select) Hand to God, School for Lies, Our Town, Shakespeare in Love (Burbage Theatre Company); Next to Normal, Stupid F@%king Bird (The Wilbury Group); Amadeus, Take Me Out (2nd Story Theatre) Other: Andrew has a B.A. in Theatre Performance from Rhode Island College. He is the founding Technical Director of the Burbage Theatre Company.

Michael Liebhauser, Leon Czolgosz Previous Gamm Roles: Robert Fraser/Cole in The Night Watch, Henry Maison in Incognito Other Theaters: Quintessence Theatre Group (King Lear, The Wizard of Oz), Creede Repertory Theater (Young Audience Outreach Tour), Interlochen Shakespeare Festival (Five Seasons), Park Square (The Snow Queen), Mixed Precipitation (Donald Giovani in Cornlandia), Texas Shakespeare Festival (Macbeth, Cymbeline, My Fair Lady). Michael also works as a stage combat instructor and choreographer and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program. Info at MichaelLiebhauser.com

Alexander Platt*, John Wilkes Booth Previous Gamm Roles: Eilert Lovborg in Hedda Gabler, Todd in Far Away, Michael in Festen, Zamir in Why Torture is Wrong…, Paul in Paul, Rodrigo, Marquis of Posa in Don Carlos Other Theaters: Macbeth, Social Creatures, The Skin of our Teeth, School for Scandal (Trinity Repertory Company); Futurity (Wilbury Group); Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Trinity Rep/Perishable Theatre); True West (Gloucester Stage); Cloud 9, Arcadia, Insignificance (The Nora Theatre); Stage Kiss, Chinglish (Lyric Stage Company of Boston); Miss Holmes, Neville’s Island, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Greater Boston Stage Company); Hamlet (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); The Forgetting Curve (Bridge Rep of Boston); The Etymology of Bird (Providence Black Rep); King Stag, Possible Worlds (Elemental Theatre Collective); The Pathological Passion of the Christ (La Mama etc) Other: Alexander served as the artistic director of Elemental Theatre Collective in Providence from 2006-2012. He has an M.F.A. in acting from Trinity Rep Conservatory.

Amanda Ruggiero, Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme Previous Gamm Roles: Hannah Marshall in Grizzly Mama, Therese De Lamballe/Royalist in Marie Antoinette, Woman #3 (Young Woman) in The Big Meal, Lauren in Circle Mirror Transformation, Nancy/Patricia in A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Jackie in Mauritius, Esme (younger)/Alice/Pupil in Rock ’n’ Roll, Hero in Much Ado About Nothing, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Princess Eboli in Don Carlos, Carrie in Radio Free Emerson Other Theaters: A Midsummer Night’s Dream a co-production with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and Boston Landmarks Orchestra; Intimate Apparel at The Lyric Stage Company; AstroBoy and The God of Comics with Company One; Macbeth, Midsummer and R & J with ShakespeareNow!; Ragtime with Fiddlehead Theatre; Hair and Gypsy at The New Bedford Festival Theatre; The Go Go Plays at Elemental Theatre Collaborative; Violet at Courthouse Center for the Arts Other: Amanda has a B.F.A. in theater from the University of Rhode Island. * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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Casey Seymour Kim*, Sara Jane Moore Previous Gamm Roles: Selected roles include Mickey/Mrs. Alexander in The Night Watch, Silvius in As You Like It, Marina in Uncle Vanya, Woman #1 in Incognito, Morris in The Nether, Deb Marshall in Grizzly Mama, Yolande De Polignac in Marie Antoinette, Jean in Good People, Lady Rochford in Anne Boleyn, Mel in After the Revolution, Helene in Festen, Woman in 4:48 Psychosis Other Theaters: PVD Fringe, Elemental Theatre, Strange Attractor, First Stage, Theatre by the Sea, New Gate, Perishable Theatre, The Newport Playhouse in Rhode Island; Yale Cabaret in New Haven; The Tank in New York City; 42nd Street Moon in San Francisco Film: Agent Toby Barks Other: Casey is a faculty member at Rhode Island College. She is a member of the improv troupe Improv Jones and is on the organizing committee for the annual Providence Improv Festival.

Chris Stahl*, John Hinckley Jr. Previous Gamm Roles: Debut Other Theaters: Recent NYC and regional credits include Noah in Observance (NYC Fringe Festival), Eldest in The Wife of Usher’s Well (SheNYC–The Connelly Theatre), Error in Song for a Future Generation (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol (Trinity Repertory Company), Student 3 in Shakespeare’s R&J (Parallel 45); workshops/staged readings at Lincoln Center/LCT3, Playwrights Horizons, The Lark, Manhattan Repertory Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Flea, White Heron Theatre Company. He spent two summers at Williamstown Theatre Festival and was a member of the Non-Equity Company. TV/Film: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon), Revenge of the Green Dragons (produced by Martin Scorsese), Mysteries at the Museum (Travel Channel). Other: Chris has an M.F.A. from Brown University/Trinity Rep, B.A. in Theatre Performance from Fordham University, and is an alumnus of Interlochen Arts Academy.

Helena Tafuri, Emma Goldman/Ensemble Previous Gamm Roles: JQA/Louisa Adams/Abraham Lincoln in JQA, Audrey/Lord in As You Like It Other Theaters: Damn Yankees, Gypsy and Avenue Q at Ocean State Theatre Company; Hypeman: A Break Beat Play and Futurity at The Wilbury Theatre Group, Shakespeare in Love, Julius Caeser, and Twelfth Night at Burbage Theatre Company; La Traviata, Il Pagliacci, and Pirates of Penzance at Opera Providence TV/Film: Visit South County commercial for the South County Tourism Council Other: Helena is a graduate of Rhode Island College with degrees in musical theater and advertising. She would like to thank her family, mentors and friends for all of their support. * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

The Gamm wishes to thank the following people and organizations for their generous support: David Howard of University of Rhode Island Theatre Department; Jimmy Calitri of Providence College; Amanda Downing Carney, Michael Getz, Peter Hurowitz, Michael McGarty of Trinity Rep; Justin Carroll of Community College of Rhode Island; Brown University Granoff Center, Richard Donelly, Mike Cline, Todd Estrella Also, a special thanks to our many volunteers. We couldn’t do it without you!

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TAKING AIM AT THE AMERICAN DREAM On February 9, 2020 Joaquin Phoenix won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of the title character in Joker. But Phoenix isn’t the only actor to win an Oscar for portraying the iconic, comic book villain whose mission is to sow chaos in Gotham City and destroy his arch nemesis, Batman. In 2008, Heath Ledger won film’s top prize for his portrayal of the same character in The Dark Knight. This has happened only once before: Both Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro won Academy Awards for their portrayals of Vito Corleone, the brutal mafia kingpin at the center of the legendary Godfather films. (Brando won in 1973, and De Niro in 1975.) Beyond fodder for a trivia night, these events are noteworthy because they reveal our collective appetite to see villainy animated in larger-than-life, cinematic splendor. We rarely reward noble portrayals of characters like Batman or Superman. We choose instead to laud the embodiment of murderous, deranged criminals who aim to undo them. Why? What might our villains have to teach us that our heroes never could? The assassins of Stephen Sondheim’s dark and raucous 1990 musical are men and women who take aim not simply at a man in office but at the ideology their targets symbolize. Whether spurred on by profound mental illness or a crippling life of poverty and despondency, each cultivates murderous rage from the fringes of a society that has no place for them. Each uses murder as a megaphone to amplify his or her petty grievances or delusional political causes. And each offers a stark reminder that a fundamental discontent courses through the American body politic which cannot be papered over with complacency and spectacle. Songs like “Another National Anthem” and “Gun Song” are shockingly contemporary in their examination of these themes. The office of the American presidency represents an audacious dream. As a cultural symbol, it promises order, a peaceful transition of power, and the moral certitude that the voices of the American people will be heard. Particular presidents — Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy especially — make that dream feel especially real. Their legacies offer us a portrait of America that is seemingly virtuous in its aims to seek justice and provide equal rights for all. The pernicious drug that is nostalgia roots that dream into our collective consciousness, calcifying myth into fact. By dramatizing nine of the country’s successful and would-be presidential assassins, Sondheim pointedly exposes not just their individual motives, but the national character that bred them. Part carnival, part musical revue, part vaudeville act, Assassins asks the disturbing question: Why would an American shoot his or her president? The play offers a possible answer. If our national symbols of power offer insight into our collective hopes and dreams, so do the villains who seek to annihilate them. Our heroes tell us one story, but our villains quite another. Sometimes the American dream is really a ghoulish nightmare. Rachel Walshe is a director, dramaturge and teaching artist whose work has been seen on stage at The Gamm and across New England, Chicago and the UK. She is a lecturer on contemporary drama at the University of Rhode Island.

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ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM Meg Donnelly, Costume Designer

Lila Kane, Music Director

Meg designed costumes for JQA and The Night Watch at The Gamm. Her work includes shows with The Wilbury Group, Bread Loaf School of English, Second Story Theatre and Brown University. She works as the cutter/draper in the Trinity Rep costume shop during the year and costume designer at the Bread Loaf School of English in Vermont during the summer.

Originally from New York City, Lila has been a professional accompanist and music director in Rhode Island for over 35 years. She has worked in regional theater, summer stock, and many local theaters including Ocean State Theatre Company, Theatre By The Sea, Newport Playhouse, City Nights Dinner Theatre, Fantasy Works, Academy Players of East Greenwich, Community Players of Pawtucket, and Barker Playhouse. Lila is mainstage music director for Providence College and URI, where she also teaches a musical theater class. She is a staff accompanist at RIC, where she teaches musical theater classes and studio piano lessons. Lila freelances as an accompanist and maintains a private piano studio. She is happy to be joining The Gamm for Assassins.

Tony Estrella+, Director Please see bio on page 28.

Robin Grady*, Stage Manager

At The Gamm, Robin stage managed It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, The Night Watch, The Night of the Iguana, Uncle Vanya, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Children’s Hour, Arcadia, The Winter’s Tale, Grizzly Mama, Marie Antoinette, Much Ado About Nothing, and assistant stage managed The Elephant Man and Julius Caesar. Regional credits include Trinity Rep, Barrington Stage Company, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Great Lakes Theater, Huntington Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Wheelock Family Theatre, Ocean State Theater Company, Gloucester Stage Company, Theatre By The Sea, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Reagle Music Theatre and Fiddlehead Theatre Company. Robin has a B.F.A. in stage management from URI and has been a proud member of AEA since 2008. #YSM2020

Milly Massey, Assistant Director

At The Gamm, Milly was music director for The Night of the Iguana, assistant director/music director for The Importance of Being Earnest, Arcadia and The Winter’s Tale, and appeared on stage in As You Like It and A Streetcar Named Desire. She has also been a musical director and actor for The Wilbury Group and wrote original music for Commonwealth Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. Milly is director of visual and performing arts at The Gordon School, vice president of The Wilbury Group board, and a teaching artist with Trinity Rep’s YASI program.

Michael McGarty, Set Designer

Jessica Hill*, Production Manager/ Assistant Stage Manager

Mr. McGarty’s most recent Gamm designs were JQA, True West, The Night Watch, Uncle Vanya, King Elizabeth, A Skull in Connemara, Grizzly Mama, Morality Play, Hedda Gabler, The Big Meal, A Number & Far Away, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Red and Festen. His first production at The Gamm (formerly Alias Stage) was Request Concert at the Riverside Mills in Olneyville in 1985. He has designed extensively at regional theaters and opera companies around the country, in addition to Broadway, Off-Broadway and London’s West End. He is a resident designer at Trinity Repertory Company. He is on the faculty and teaches design at Rhode Island School of Design.

This is Jessica’s ninth season as production manager for The Gamm. She has designed sets for The Gamm’s Escaped Alone & Come And Go, Gloria, As You Like it, Incognito, Arcadia, A Streetcar Named Desire, Marie Antoinette, Blackbird, Good People, Anne Boleyn, 1984, Sin: A Cardinal Deposed and Top Girls. She was coscenic designer for Commonwealth Shakespeare Co.’s Cymbeline on Boston Common. Jessica has a B.I.A. and a B.F.A. in Interior Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design and has worked as a senior project manager for several award-winning architectural firms. She is owner of Studio Hill, specializing in interior and set designs.

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

Peter Hurowitz, Sound Designer

Peter is in his 24th season at Trinity Repertory Company where he serves as the resident sound designer and sound engineer. At Trinity he has designed over 80 shows including last season’s Black Odyssey and Little Shop of Horrors. Last summer he designed Boston Commonwealth’s Company production of Cymbeline.

+Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical union.

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David Roy, Lighting Designer

John Weidman, Librettist

David is a lighting designer based in New York City. His previous Gamm designs include Escaped Alone & Come and Go, King Elizabeth, The Nether, American Buffalo, A Skull in Connemara, The Rant, The House of Blue Leaves, The Big Meal, Macbeth, The Real Thing, Red, and Paul, as well as video and sound for 1984. His New York designs have been seen at The New School, Cherry Lane, Incubator Arts, Ohio, Bushwick Starr, Wild Project, Clemente Soto Velez, and others. Regional: Barker Room Rep, Van Cougar, WAM Theater, Central Square Theater, Company ONE, Brevard Music Center, and Ford’s Theatre. David is head of design with IMCD Lighting and a member of United Scenic Artists.

John Weidman has written the books for a wide variety of musicals, among them Pacific Overtures (Tony nomination, Best Book), Assassins (Tony Award, Best Musical Revival), and Road Show (Lucille Lortel nomination, Best Musical), all with scores by Stephen Sondheim; Contact (Tony nomination, Best Book; Tony Award, Best Musical), co-created with director/ choreographer Susan Stroman; Happiness, score by Scott Frankel and Michael Korie, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman; Take Flight and Big (Tony nomination, Best Book), scores by Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire; and the new book, co-authored with Timothy Crouse, for the Lincoln Center Theater/ Roundabout Theatre revivals of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes (Tony Awards, Best Musical Revival; Olivier Award, Best Musical Production). Since his children were pre-schoolers, Weidman has written for Sesame Street, receiving more than a dozen Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for a Children’s Program. From 1999 to 2009 he served as President of the Dramatists Guild of America.

Stephen Sondheim, Composer & Lyricist

Stephen Sondheim wrote the music and lyrics for Saturday Night (1954), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962), Anyone Can Whistle (1964), Company (1970), Follies (1971), A Little Night Music (1973), The Froggs (1974), Pacific Overtures (1976), Sweeney Todd (1979), Merrily We Roll Along (1981), Sunday in the Park with George (1984), Into the Woods (1987), Assassins (1991), Passion (1994) and Road Show (2008) as well as lyrics for West Side Story (1957), Gypsy (1959) and Do I Hear a Waltz? (1965) and additional lyrics for Candide (1973). Anthologies of his work include Side by Side Sondheim (1976), Marry Me a Little (1981), You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow (1983), Putting It Together (1993/99) and Sondheim on Sondheim (2010). He composed the scores of the films Stavisky (1974) and Reds (1981) and songs for Dick Tracy (1990) and the television production Evening Primrose (1966). His collected lyrics with attendant essays have been published in two volumes: “Finishing the Hat” (2010) and “Look, I Made A Hat” (2011). In 2010 the Broadway theater formerly known as Henry Miller’s Theatre was renamed in his honor.

Music Theatre International (MTI) is

one of the world’s leading theatrical licensing agencies, granting theatres from around the world the rights to perform the greatest selection of musicals from Broadway and beyond. Founded in 1952 by composer Frank Loesser, and orchestrator Don Walker, MTI is a driving force in advancing musical theatre as a vibrant and engaging art form. MTI works directly with the composers, lyricists and book writers of these musicals to provide official scripts, musical materials and dynamic theatrical resources to over 70,000 professional, community and school theatres in the US and in over 60 countries worldwide. MTI is particularly dedicated to educational theatre, and has created special collections to meet the needs of various types of performers and audiences. MTI’s Broadway Junior™ shows are 30- and 60-minute musicals for performance by elementary and middle school-aged performers, while MTI’s School Editions are musicals annotated for performance by high school students. MTI maintains its global headquarters in New York City with additional offices in London (MTI Europe) and Melbourne (MTI Australasia).

Emily Turtle, Assistant Music Director

Emily is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island where she received a B.F.A. in acting and theater management, and a music minor in vocal performance. She is a professional singer and actress, a music minister, director, and educator, and a teaching artist for the Providence Performing Arts Center Disney Musicals in Schools program. As music director her most recent productions include Carrie the Musical (Academy Players of RI) and The Rocky Horror Show (OUT LOUD Theatre - 2019 Motif Theatre Award Winner, Best Musical Direction). In her spare time Emily enjoys composing music and spending time with her family, friends, and golden retriever, Cody.

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ABOUT THE GAMM THEATRE Now in its 35th season, The Gamm is one of the region’s premier professional theaters and a cultural asset since its founding in 1984. The Gamm is a destination for critically acclaimed productions, including numerous world and regional premieres. It is the recipient of several Elliot Norton Awards from the Boston Theater Critics Association, among other professional recognitions. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Tony Estrella, The Gamm brings world-class theater to audiences in Southern New England, including Rhode Island, Connecticut, Greater Boston, and beyond. Drawing on the talent of local and visiting artists, we present an eclectic season of exciting new works and classics made to feel new — from the naturalistic to the epic. We are proud to tell stories that entertain, provoke, and engage seriously with the most important issues of our time. The Gamm further serves the public with education programming that enriches the cultural and civic life of our community. Humanities forums and post-show talkbacks further enhance the audience experience. The Gamm was founded as Alias Stage by a small group of actors from the graduating class of Trinity Rep Conservatory. These young artists performed in abandoned mill buildings in Providence’s Olneyville neighborhood for almost a decade. In 1993, backed by a newly formed board of directors, the theater moved to a garage space in the Jewelry District where its reputation for quality acting in challenging and sometimes controversial plays grew. In 1998, the theater was renamed The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre (The Gamm) in honor of the late actress and arts supporter. The company relocated to an annex of the historic Pawtucket National Guard Armory in 2003, where it performed for 15 seasons and grew exponentially in audience size and renown. Season 35 (2019-2020) marks The Gamm’s second season in its permanent home at 1245 Jefferson Boulevard in Warwick. With more seats, as well as greater comfort and potential, this newly renovated venue is proving to be an enhanced experience for our artists and our audience while retaining our signature intimacy. The Gamm is a proud member of New England Area Theatres, a bargaining unit of Actors’ Equity Association.

A special thanks to our longtime resident artists. This talented group of actors, directors and designers have been instrumental in solidifying The Gamm’s reputation on stage, honed over 15 seasons in our former Pawtucket home. While our network of collaborators continues to expand, these individuals have made up our original artistic bedrock: Sam Babbitt, Karen Carpenter, Charles Cofone, David T. Howard, Jeanine Kane, Steve Kidd, Jim O’Brien, Wendy Overly, Marilyn Salvatore, Casey Seymour Kim, Fred Sullivan, Jr., Judith Swift, Matthew Terry, and Stef Work.

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WHO’S WHO AT THE GAMM THEATRE LEADERSHIP Artistic Director. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tony Estrella Managing Director. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amy Gravell ADMINISTRATION Business Manager. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shannon Carroll Bookkeeper. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rose Hogan Controller. . . . . Mike DeAngelis, Balancing Act Bookkeeping Accountant. . . . . . Patricia M. Cerilli, Mullen Scorpio Cerilli BOX OFFICE Box Office Manager. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Drew Wright Box Office Assistant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ellen Zahniser House Managers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jessica Castigliego, Lila Hawryluk, Allison McMaster, Jenn Wilson EDUCATION Education Director. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Susie Schutt Associate Education Director. . . . . . . . . . . Kate Hanson Intern. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beth Pollard, Dylan Prew Teaching Artists. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ayla Ahlquist, Marianna Bassham, Matthew Bretschneider, Courtney Cooke, Jessica Corsentino, Pete Deffet, Jed Hancok-Brainerd, Jonathan Higginbotham, Steve Kidd, Michael Liebhauser, Nicole Maynard, Dave Rabinow, Casey Seymour-Kim, Fred Sullivan, Jr., Rachel Walshe, Olivia Winters DEVELOPMENT Development Director. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kate Anderson Manager of Special Events & Individual Giving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tracy Reilly Manager of Institutional Giving & Capital Projects. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kirsten Davis

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MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Marketing & Communications Director. . . . . . . . . Gail Hulbert Graphic Designer & Marketing Associate. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jon Del Sesto Marketing Sales Associate. . . . . . . Lauryn E. Sasso PRODUCTION Production Manager. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jessica Hill Technical Director. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Max Ramirez Technical Production Supervisor. . . . . . . . DJ Potte BOARD OF DIRECTORS President. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . W. Lynn McKinney Vice President. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coline Covington Vice President. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daniel Marwil Treasurer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Barbara J. Dreyer Secretary. . . . . . . . . . . . Eliza Greene Chace Collins Directors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Barbara Horovitz Brown H. Chris Der Vartanian Tony Estrella* Amy Gravell* Paige Magratten Charles J. Mahoney Thomas Moakley Fred Reinhardt David Rickerby Manuel R. Silva Jr. Bill Stone Susan C. Stone M. Beverly Swan Miriam Weizenbaum Don Wineberg Samuel F. Babbitt** *ex officio **honorary


GAMM LEADERSHIP Tony Estrella, Artistic Director

Tony has been an actor, director, writer and producer with The Gamm for more than 20 years. Since his first show with the company (Antony & Cleopatra) in 1996, he has appeared in or directed over 70 productions. His favorite roles include Shannon in The Night of the Iguana, Hamlet in Hamlet, Moe Axelrod in Awake and Sing, Valere in La Bete, Flote in Red Noses, Katurian in The Pillowman, Teach in American Buffalo, and Vanya in Uncle Vanya. Directorial highlights include JQA, True West, Festen, Sara Kane’s 4:48 Psychosis, A Streetcar Named Desire, the U.S. premiere of Howard Brenton’s Paul, John Logan’s Red, and the U.S. premiere of Sarah Waters’ The Night Watch. Tony has also written several works for The Gamm stage including adaptations of Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and Hedda Gabler, and Barry Unsworth’s acclaimed novel Morality Play. His film credits include appearances in Martin Scorsese’s The Departed, Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea, Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, and he just finished filming The Good House, which will be released in 2020. He is the recipient of numerous recognitions including the Claiborne Pell Award for Excellence in the Arts. Tony is a longtime member of the theater faculty at his alma mater, University of Rhode Island. Amy Gravell, Managing Director

Amy has more than 20 years’ experience in Rhode Island’s nonprofit sector, most recently as the associate executive director for the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket. At the club, Gravell led the youth development organization in a historic $8 million capital and endowment campaign to renovate and expand the facility. Previous positions have included marketing and development director for Tockwotton Home senior living community, and director of admissions for The Prout School, a college preparatory high school. Gravell serves as president of the board of directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals – RI chapter (AFP-RI). Additionally, she was a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Professional Association, for which she was named 2015 Northeast Professional of the Year. Other professional affiliations include Shri Service Corps, providing free yoga and wellness programs to underserved populations in Rhode Island, and the City of Pawtucket’s Advisory Commission on Arts and Culture. Gravell has a B.A. in sociology from Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., with a concentration in women and family studies. She is a graduate of Leadership Rhode Island and Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Advanced Leadership Program.

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The Arts Create Jobs, And Not Just for Artists

photos left to right: Kingston Chamber Music Festival; Trinity Repertory Company (by Mark Turek).; The Steel Yard (by Force 4 Photography).

The arts are an important part of the Rhode Island economy. Over 12,000 people work in our state’s arts sector, and according to Americans for the Arts, Rhode Island is third in the nation in the number of arts related businesses per capita, exceeded only by California and New York. That’s important news for the Rhode Island economy, because when the arts are thriving, Rhode Island businesses thrive as well. The arts help keep our restaurants and parking garages full, and our retail stores busy. Local businesses employ thousands of Rhode Islanders whose livelihood depends, in large measure, on the arts.

Here’s where we come in. Rhode Island’s investment in the arts is small (just 6/100ths of 1% of our state budget), but RISCA-funded programs and services reach millions of Rhode Islanders and visitors each year, pumping hundreds of millions of dollars into the Rhode Island economy. With all the economic energy that comes from an active arts community, let’s ensure that Rhode Island continues to benefit from the arts.

Support the Arts! www.arts.ri.gov

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Meg Kiley Smith, The Night Watch | Photo by Peter Goldberg

LOOKING FOR YOU! Please support the theater you love. Become a donor today. FRIENDS OF THE GAMM (gifts up to $1,249) Friends of The Gamm give to the Annual Fund to sustain our artistic and educational activities.

PRODUCERS CIRCLE (gifts of $1,250 and above) The Producers Circle recognizes leading donors to The Gamm Annual Fund. Members receive a range of benefits including sneak peeks inside productions and intimate access to special programming.

GAMM GUARDIANS Gamm Guardians are donors who make a monthly contribution of any size. Your monthly donation is a gift we can count on.

INDIVIDUAL SPONSORSHIPS Sponsor a play and become part of the production! Benefits include tickets, special event invitations, and listings on marketing materials. Sponsorships start at $2,500.

THE COVINGTON SOCIETY is named for Coline Covington, donor, patron and friend. Members have given to our Annual Fund for at least 3 consecutive years.

THE NATALIE AND SAM BABBITT SOCIETY recognizes theater lovers who, following The Babbitts’ example, have made provisions to name The Gamm in their wills or estate plans. For more information, contact Kate Anderson at anderson@gammtheatre.org or call 401-723-4266 ext. 131.

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Your donations make a

Student Matinees

impact.

See what The Gamm Education Department accomplished during Season 34 with your help.

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Study Guides Written & designed for teachers & the public

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Shakespeare Summer Camps Central Falls, Pawtucket, Providence, Woonsocket, Cranston, Warwick, Lincoln N. Smithfield, N. Providence, & Smithfield

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DONATION FORM

The Gamm Theatre 1245 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, RI 02886

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THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS DONORS Covington Society levels: * 3-4 years, † 5-9 years, ‡ 10+ years. Gamm Guardian, monthly donor: ∞

Contributions listed below are cumulative Annual Fund and sponsorship gifts from July 1, 2018 - February 4, 2020

Donors who give up to $99 are listed on our website. Excludes individual tickets purchased to Gamm gala, in-kind donations made to the gala auction, in-kind ticket donations, and gifts made to the Capital Campaign. If your name is missing or listed incorrectly, please call 401-723-4266 ext.132. Donate by mail: The Gamm Theatre, 1245 Jefferson Blvd., Warwick, RI 02886 Online: www.gammtheatre.org/donate Champions The Call & The Times Barbara J. Dreyer†∞

$25,000+ The Fain Family Foundation The Rhode Island Foundation*

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts*

The Shubert Foundation* Miriam Weizenbaum‡∞

June Rockwell Levy Foundation Katie the Dog‡ W. Lynn McKinney & Ronald Margolin* Anthony & Jacqueline Marro* Daniel & Ivy Marwil‡∞

The Moakley Family Charitable Fund‡ Mutual Property Nordson Corporation Foundation* The Oliver Fund at Rhode Island Foundation*

Paula & Bill Rooks* Rotary Club of Warwick Rosalyn Sinclair* Mabel T. Woolley Trust* Otto H. York Foundation

Sustainers Amica Insurance* Leon C. & Karen Boghossian† Sam Coale* Eliza Greene Chace Collins†∞ Eleanor Ferguson* Heather & Ronald Florence‡ Greenwood Credit Union

$10,000-$24,999

Philanthropists The Michael D. Achey & Susan E. Thomas Charitable Foundation Anonymous, In honor of Barbara J. Dreyer, W. Lynn McKinney & Miriam Weizenbaum

$5,000-$9,999 Barbara Horovitz Brown & Jeffrey Brown† Elaine Arden Calí† Coline S. Covington‡ Cross Insurance Mary-Beth Fafard‡

Stephen & Celia Gamm*∞ Kristen Linnell Gower* Navigant Credit Union* Russell Morin Catering & Events* Alicia B. Shea†

Benefactors Anonymous Anonymous† Samuel F. Babbitt*∞ Barton Gilman Boston Financial Management LLC Bryna & Bruce Bettigole‡ Harrison & Arria Bilodeau† Buff Chace* City of Warwick Collette/Alice I Sullivan Charitable Foundation

$2,500-$4,999 Oliver & Lisa Dow‡ Steve Durkee‡ Constance Evrard‡ Family Psychiatry Collaborative LLC Ellen & David Galkin, Paula & Bruce Wasser, on behalf of the Ira S. & Anna Galkin Charitable Trust‡ Carl Helmetag & Diane Petrella‡ Phyllis Kay & Richard Donelly* Carol & Glenn Lambert*

LLB Architects Charles J. Mahoney & Nancy Evans‡ Natalie Major† Milly Massey‡∞ Richard & Robyn Noble‡ Ocean State Charities Trust Pawtucket Credit Union Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau Herman H. Rose Civic, Cultural and Media Access Fund

Producers Amica Companies Foundation* Bob & Rosanna Andrade‡∞ Tori Lynn Andreozzi Foundation Anonymous† Anonymous Suzanne Barksdale*

Joan & Paul Sorensen‡ M. Beverly Swan in memory of Alice Swan Shea† Alan & Marie Weiss

Barbara Scheiner, in memory of Albert Scheiner* Sheahan Printing Shwartz Family Foundation Santina Siena MD‡ Austin Smith‡ Malcolm W. Starr Alison Townsend Karolye White-Cunha & Fernando Cunha* Don & Kitty Wineberg

$1,250-$2,499 Ben & Carlyn Bassham Joan & Bob Batting‡ Eric & Nancy Behr‡∞ Suzanne & David Cane* The John Clarke Trust Linda Conlon

Cozy Caterers Albert & Pamela Dahlberg‡ Kristin DeKuiper‡ H. Chris Der Vartanian‡ Nancy Evans‡ Margaret Ferguson*

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Richard & Sharon Jenkins David & Elizabeth Kaplan† Gretchen Dow-Simpson & James Baird† Joseph L. & Sarah T. Dowling‡ Donna Rae Estrella*


Producers (Continued) Lucia & Peter Gill Case Carissa Hill & Toby Bennett† Simone Joyaux & Tom Ahern* Camilla Lee‡ Francis & Anna Maria Mancini† Robert McCartney & Kate Sanders†

$1,250-$2,499 Becky Minard & Max Kohlenberg‡ Murphy Family Fund, in honor of Barbara Dreyer Kerri Anne O’Donnell Memorial Fund Wells M. Pile & Marguerite Ofria Pile† Chuck & Doris Reifler†

Ellen & Fred Reinhardt Timothy M. Rivinus†∞ Kathryn M. Sasso‡ Molly E. Shea in honor of Beverly Swan Somerled Charitable/Macdonald CGF*

Sponsors Melody Allen & Jeffrey Vale, in memory of Susan Parker Bloom* Robert Allio‡ Anonymous BankNewport Kathleen Bower† Sam Bradner Colleen Choiniere Allen Clawson & Elaine Fontaine Steven & Linda Cohen*

$750-$1,249 Kirsten & Josh Davis*∞ Betsey Delaney* Maia Farish* Pamela & Bradford Gardner Brad & Robin Gibbs* Sally Godfrey Amy & Bruce Goldstein‡ Linda Griffin Alan Hassenfeld Stephen & Marilyn Kaplan‡ Linda & Harold Kushner‡ Lisa LaDew & Bill Morris‡

Brooke & Eugene Lee Barry Levy, in memory of Laura Levy† Judith Litchman* Suzanne & Ira Magaziner‡ Judy & Robert Mann* Carolyn Mark & Bill Stone‡ Sara Shea McConnell‡ Lisa & Edward Medeiros* Sandy & Jack Owens* Pearlman Charitable Fund‡ Mercedes Quevedo*

Donors Anonymous * Drs. Genie L Bailey & Paul B Lieberman* Nina Berry Christina Bevilacqua‡∞ Roger Blumberg & Cristina Mitchell‡ Lawrence & Sharleen Bowen‡ Jennifer K Bramley* Barbara Brittingham Winifred Brownell† Rosemary & Ted Burns*∞ Earl Carlson & Susan Glogovac Tom & Jessica Chace‡∞ Ateesh Chanda Raymond & Paulette Cieslak Martha Cussler‡ Suzanne de la Monte‡

W. Donald Rankin† Rhode Island College Nancy Safer‡ Kit Salisbury‡ Barbara & Larry Schoenfeld for The Sand Foundation‡ Barbara & Tom Slaight* Joyce Smith‡∞ Ann & Daryl Stahl† Jean Talbot†∞ Naida Weisberg† Margaret Wool & Vincent Mor*

$500-$749 Gerald Deschepper† Bev Ehrich & Carl Freedman‡ Barbara Feibelman & Ken Orenstein‡ Cheryl Foster & Isobel McCullough‡ David & Suzanne Francis‡ Doree Goodman & Michael Gerhardt† Susan Griffiths, in memory of Sylvia Quinn‡ Susan & Glen Johnson Johnson Controls Peter Keating* Eve Keenan‡ Kevin J. Kelly & Fatima Raposo‡ Laura LeGant

Judy & Gary Margolin in honor of Mr. W. Lynn McKinney & Dr. Ronald Margolin Chris McDermott Dale Merrill Patricia Moore & Guy Geffroy‡ New England Institute of Technology, in honor of Seth Kurn* Ruth D. Otto‡∞ Martha A. Parks Jill Pearlman‡ John & Jessica Pinkos Herbert Rakatanksy, M.D. & Barbera Sokoloff* Peter & Abby Ribbans* Thelma Rocha* James R. Sallinger‡

Patrons Aaron Abrams in honor of Dr. Daniel Marwil Rena Abeles‡∞ Actors’ Equity Foundation* Jonathan & Lauren Adams, in memory of Susan P. Bloom Connie Anderson∞ Kate Anderson‡∞ Anonymous (3) Susan Apshaga† The Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc.*

Mary Chapman Speare Joanne Speroni-Woody & Michael Woody† Lynn & Craig Swanson* Matthew Terry‡ Arlene Violet† Carol H. Young‡

Kathy & Peter Shank‡ Manuel R. & Suzanne Silva Sarah Sinclair & Peter Scoliard Martha Stearns Diane Strommer‡∞ Maureen Taylor & Dexter Strong‡ Donna & William Templeton* Laura Tucker Lolly & Clint Wardle‡| Barry & Deborah Wepman Emily W. Westcott & Bill Carpenter Fox Wetle Julie White-Gooding‡ Mary & Rick Worrell* Connie Worthington & Terry Tullis*

$250-$499 Stephen Berenson & Brian McEleney‡ Arlene Berrol Rebecca Bertrand‡∞ MaryAnn Bevilacqua‡∞ Rebecca Book‡ Dr. & Mrs. Mark & Christina Braun David Buda & Mark O’Day Cathy & Peter Buirski‡ Sarah & Bill Bullard‡∞

Sally F. Burke* Greg & Casey Calderiso‡ Maria Caliri & Jeff Potter‡ Dan & Jean Capitumini‡∞ Roger N. Carlsten, D.D.S. Marjorie & Robert Catanzaro‡ Lisa Churchville Raymond & Paulette Cieslak Carol & Ed Cimilluca* Melanie & Stephen Coon‡ Linda Laliberte Cote

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Diane M. Brown-Couture & Michael Couture‡ Tim & Sandy Crowe* Marcie Cummings & Clarkson Collins in honor of Eliza Collins Karen L. Daigle, MD‡ Mary & Andy Davis Allen & Jane Dennison* Gerald Deschepper†


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Patrons John & Maureen DiBartolomeo‡ Charlotte A. Diffendale‡ Cynthia Dortch‡ Andrew & Barbara Douglass† Carol Drewes‡∞ Barnaby Evans & Irene Lawrence Paula Faber & Vince Petronio Frank Faltus, MD Grace Farrell† Bobbi & Joe Fisler Dr. Staci Fischer & Scott MacKay in honor of Gail Hulbert Suzanne J. Fournier David & Suzanne Francis‡ Arthur Geltzer & Younghee Kim‡ Louis Giancola* Liz Glatzer David & Suzanne Goldenberg‡ Michael R. Goldenberg* Gertrude N. Goldowsky & Seebert J. Goldowsky Foundation

$250-$499 Diane & VG Gooding‡∞ Amy E. Gravell∞ Theo Greenblatt‡ Paul Grellong‡∞ Amy & DB Hebb* John & Marie Hennedy, in honor of Sam Babbitt*∞ Thomas Hoagland & Deborah Kopech∞ Tonya & Christopher Hoard* James A. Hopkins‡ Laura Stanton Hopkins* Sandra L. Jacobi* Michael Jones Susan Kataja‡ Bob & Lynn Kelly Marie Langlois‡ Laura LeGant Mark E. Lima & Paul Altieri‡∞ Peter & Deborah Lipman Rae Mancini Donna & Richard Mann‡ Elizabeth S. Marcotte Judy & Gary Margolin

Bonnie & Peter Marks‡ Gabriela Masko* Matouk Family Fund Steven G. McCloy‡ Peter & Phoebe McClure‡ Mark & Jeannette McConaughey‡ Rosemary Mede & Thomas Rainey‡ The Mendocino Fund Cristina Mitchell & Roger Blumberg‡ Jane S. Nelson† Martha Parks Steven Pennell & Frank Toti‡ Hope Pilkington‡ Charles & Renia Platt‡∞ Catherine & James Rezendes Maxine Richman‡ Sylvia Rinaldi Arthur & Judith Robbins* Janice & Richard Robbins‡ Michael Robbins Thelma Rocha* Lauryn E. Sasso

Contributors Sue Abbotson & Dave Wasser* Ann & Charles Alexander, in honor of Tony Estrella & in memory of Sally E. Flood‡ Patty & Melvin G. Alperin Fund‡ Anonymous(7) ‡ Joyce T. Amato‡∞ Cathy Andreozzi Roger & Inga-Lill Ashley* Katrina Avery & Thomas Doeppner Sharron & Joseph Baldasaro Richard Ballou Sarah Barker & Steven Hamburg* Sarah Barnum Ashley & Peter Barrett Suzanne Bartlett Aaron Blanck Tom Bledsoe Debbie Block & Bill Harley Richard & Paula Bolig Victor & Iona Bonneville‡ Jenny & Doug Boone Sarah Bramblet Michelle & Bryan Brophy-Baermann Elaine Brousseau & Mark Sawtelle* Timothy Brown Jr.

Dr. & Mrs. C.E. Schutt in honor of Susie V.R. Schutt‡ Kathy & Peter Shank‡ Ellie Siegel & William H. Warren‡∞ Pearle W. and Martin M. Silverstein Foundation Jack & Maggie Skenyon Martha Stearns Diane Stratton & Sandy Ballou* Diane Strommer‡∞ William & Judy Taft Peter Tassia & Maija Lutz† Textron Matching Gift Program* Bruce Tillinghast Shanna Trufan & Leon Fortin, in memory of Sandra Gamm & Laurie Fortin Laura Tucker Donna & Jack Vanderbeck‡ Teresa M. Wade† John J. Winters & Karen Callan Joanna C. Wood* Myrth York & David Green Zar-Kessler Family Fund

$100-$249 Al Brunelli, in memory of Karen Brunelli‡ Diana Buirski‡∞ Sally F. Burke* Margie Butler* Dena & Ken Carlone Matthew J Carr‡ Shannon & Justin Carroll Drs. Nancy & Ralf Carriuolo, in honor of Tony Estrella† Nancy K. Cassidy & Jeffrey Schreck* Vincent Castaldi Nicola Cataldo David Catanzaro* Cheryl & Charles Cavalconte Annalee Cavallaro* Ron Cazeault, in memory of Frances A. Cazeault‡ Annette Cerilli Catherine E. Channell Eugene & Lynette Charniak‡ Jeff Church Lisa Churchville Carol & Ed Cimilluca* Kim & Stephen Clark‡ Sandra & Ralph Clarke* Wayne Coats & Carol Young Laura Collins

Lynette Colwell, in memory of Veronica Maher Dick & Sheila Congdon‡∞ Carol Conley Pamela S. Connell Irene & Robert Cowie‡ Rick Croteau & Aggie Stewart* Carol Czaja & Theodore Wachs Karen L. Daigle, MD‡ Linda Dailey in memory of Francis J. Dailey Linda D’Ambra‡ Andrea & Herb Daroff* Melinda & Paul DelCioppio Linda T. Dewing* Frank W. DiChiara Tyler Dobrowsky Doris Donovan T.& C. Duffy‡ John & Maureen Duhamel‡ Norine Duncan‡ Mr. & Mrs. Thomas C. Eagan Jon & Kathy Elion Henry & Judy Ellis James R. Estey Elaine & Barry Fain Diane Faria in memory of Marie Gallante Grace & Carl Farmer

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Grace Farrell† Barbara Feldman‡ Nelson Ferreira Tony & Rosemary Ferreira† Barbara Fetta-Moniz, in memory of Pam Degnan Dwight Fisher‡ Janet & Dean Fisher‡∞ Susan C. Fisher† John Fitzgerald‡ Mr. & Mrs. Richard T. Flood, Jr.‡ Helen Flynn in memory of Norma Goldberg Karen & Edward Fraioli‡ David & Anneke Frazer† Sharon Friedman & Marcia Syzmanski Lisa & Bill Galen* Walt & Hollie Galloway Gerald Gamm & Charles Towles Sandra Gandsman & Arnold Herman Patricia Gibb‡ Carol E. Gibbons* Nicole Ginzberg & Stephen Benoit‡ David & Suzanne Goldenberg‡ Linda Goldman Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey B. Goldstein


Contributors.(Continued) Roberta & Luke Gosselin Julie & Gerry Goulet‡ Julien & Ana Goulet* Bianca Gray Albert Gregoire & Christine Unsworth* Mark & Ruth Guyer Kerin Hagan & John Young‡ Barbara & Leonard Halzel Elizabeth & Charles Harding Joyce & David Heimbecker Gregory Heins, in memory of David Wax Robert & Karen Hevey† Dawn Houlker & Anthony Azar, in memory of Lenny Houlker, Jr. P. William Hutchinson & Jeri McElroy Janet Innis Janet M. Iovino Sandra Jacobi* David & Deborah Jacobson, in honor of Al & Barbara Scheiner* Linda & Lee Jeans‡ Alfred Jeffries III‡ Chris & Dick Jocelyn David Karoff & Barbara Hunger† John Keenan in memory of Peggy Keenan David Keller & Julie Meyers Casey Seymour Kim John Kirchner D. Patricia Koch Jane & Richard Koster‡ Tony Kubica Jane & Tony Lancaster† Jennifer Laurelli‡ Charlotte C. Lee‡

$100-$249 Carol Levitt* James Lippincott & Catherine Schneider Peter Lockey Helen & Fred MacDonald‡ Betsy Marcotte & Lloyd Feinberg Veronica Maher Ron & Eugenie Maine M.J. Malina† Donna & Richard Mann‡ Leslie Margolin & Joanna Horsfall in honor of Lynn McKinney‡ Humphrey & Faye Maris‡ Peter & Bonnie Marks‡ Saul Martin Courtney Martin & Adam Peck* Mr. & Mrs. Norman E. McCulloch, Jr., Trustees, McAdams Charitable Foundation* Kim McDermott* Linda & Dale McKinney, in honor of W. Lynn McKinney & Ronald Margolin Allison McMaster‡ Edwin S. Mehlman Mark Melikian Peggy Melozzi & Dana Roszkiewicz∞ Nickerson & Margaret Miles* Mr. & Mrs. Dr. Gerald Monchik‡ Timothy W. Brown, Jr. Frank & Elaine Mooney Ward Mooney Bonnie Moore Ann Morse Judy & John Moseley‡ Paula & Albert Most‡ Tim & Kelly Nevins†

Dr. Jennie Newkirk* Kenneth Nordstrom Gregg Oehler & Susan Pitt‡ Okuma Family Jane O’Leary Mary Ellen O’Sullivan Joan Overcash Elizabeth Pannell & James Watkins*∞ Mr. & Mrs. John Partridge Jim & Winnie Phyfe Dr. & Mrs. Tullio David Pitassi Jeff Poulos Harry Proudfoot Dave & Melissa Rabinow Lucie Raposo Sara A. Rapport Tracy Reilly∞ Pamela Reo* Geoffrey Ribbans* Donald & Karen Richer Mimo & David Riley† Deborah Ring Tina Rizack Amy Rodgers & Keatston Bauman* Dr. & Mrs. Walter J. Rok‡ Carl & Lynne Romano Edward & Maria Rondeau‡ Charles B. Runyon Alison Russo Bonnie Ryvicker Antonio Sabella Emily Sack & Anthony Cottone Joanne & Robert Schacht‡ Cathy Scheiner in memory of Albert Scheiner‡ The Semjen Family, in honor of Joy Semjen‡ Roxie Sgouros‡

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Linda & Sam Shamoon Dale Shea William & Susan Sikov Robert Douglas Silva Martin & Elena Sinozich Monica Staaf & Glen Sampson‡ Alec Stais & Elissa Burke Linda Stanich & Douglas Stephens Irina & Ovi Stan Steve Stycos & Christine Herbert* Judith Swift, in honor of M. Beverly Swan† Thermo Fisher Scientific* Victor Toledo June Tow‡ Christine Townsend David & Jean Tracy Lisa Vaillancourt Pamela Vierling Bruce F. Vild Barbara & Richard Wahlberg* Alan Wartenberg, in memory of Carol Wartenberg† Elizabeth Welch & Stephen E. Glinick* Mary P. Welch Sheryl White & Mark Breibart Martina Windels Tammie Worthington-Witczak† Bryna & Bill Wortman in memory of Blanche Mandel‡ Ingrid Yogaratnam Cristine Young‡ Sheila Zompa Ronnie & Dick Zusman† Daniel Zussman & Rebecca Brenner


LET’S STAGE THE FUTURE TOGETHER The Gamm is committed to increasing the impact of live theater in the region and has embarked on a multi-year campaign called Stage The Future to create a permanent home, and a vibrant arts and culture facility in the center of Rhode Island. To learn how you can help deepen our investment and yours, please contact Kirsten Davis, Manager of Institutional Giving and Capital Projects at kirsten@gammtheatre.org or 401.723.4266 ext. 133. Thank you to our generous Stage The Future donors. The list below represents gifts and pledges as of February 12, 2020 $100,000+ Anonymous W. Lynn McKinney & Ron Margolin

The Rhode Island General Assembly

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

Miriam Weizenbaum

$50,000+ Barbara J. Dreyer

The National Endowment for the Arts

The Moakley Family Charitable Fund

The Oliver Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation

Wells & Marguerite Pile Pawtucket Credit Union

Chuck & Doris Reifler Peter & Mary Troy

Katie the Dog The Ruth and Hal Launders Charitable Trust Anthony & Jacqueline Marro Robert Martin Ivy & Daniel Marwil

Patricia A. Fuller & Tom Oakes Fred & Ellen Reinhardt David Rickerby William J. & Paula H. Rooks Alicia B. Shea Austin & Susan Smith

Carolyn Mark & Bill Stone The Otto H. York Foundation Alan & Marie Weiss Kitty & Don Wineberg

Mimi & Peter Dow Bruce & Amy Goldstein

Carl Helmetag Prentiss & Polly Higgins

Milly Massey

Celia & Steve Gamm Drs. Adam & Cindy Klipfel

Marie Langlois M. Beverly Swan

Connie Worthington & Terry Tullis Carol Hudson Young Fund

Mary-Beth Fafard Ellen & David Galkin, Paula & Bruce Wasser, on behalf of the Ira S. & Anna Galkin Charitable Trust

Susan & Glen Johnson Charles J. Mahoney & Nancy Evans

Robert McCartney & Kate Sanders Sally Strachan

Suzanne Gilstein Simone Joyaux & Tom Ahern Elizabeth Kroll Peter S. Lockey Gabriela & John Masko

Doug Cooper & Megan McKinney Cooper Ken Orenstein & Barbara Feibelman James & Patty Pontarelli

Timothy M. Rivinus Julie M. White, Ph.D. Nancy Zigerelli

$25,000+ Elaine Arden Cali Eliza Greene Chace Collins

$10,000+ Anonymous Harrison & Arria Bilodeau Leon & Karen Boghossian Coline Covington Steve Durkee Tony Estrella & Jennifer Madden

$5,000+ Winifred Brownell Suzanne & David Cane Lisa & Oliver Dow

$2,500+ James & Kathleen Bower Constance Evrard

$1,000+ Gretchen Dow Simpson & James Baird Greg & Casey Calderiso Chris Der Vartanian

$50 - $999 Michael Achey & Susan Thomas Amica Company Foundation Bob & Rosanna Andrade Marnee Colburn Brad & Robin Gibbs

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION The Gamm Theatre 1245 Jefferson Blvd., Warwick, RI 02886 gammtheatre.org / info@gammtheatre.org

Rush Tickets: Subject to availability, $25 rush tickets may be purchased in person starting one hour prior to curtain at The Gamm Theatre Box Office. Limit two tickets per person.

Box Office (401) 723-4266 Regular hours: 10am–5pm, Tues–Fri Show day hours: • 10am to curtain on weekdays • noon to curtain on weekends Summer and holiday hours vary. You can also order tickets at gammtheatre.org.

Pay-what-you-can rush tickets are available for Friday evening performances, subject to above conditions. Gift certificates are good for shows, season subsciptions, or classes. Available at the box office or gammtheatre.org.

Administrative Offices (401) 723-4266 Hours: 10am-5pm, Mon–Fri

Groups of 10 or more attending the same performance receive a discount. Bring 25 friends and your ticket is free! Call (401) 723-4266, ext. 112 or email drew@gammtheatre.org.

In case of an emergency, notify the house manager. A courtesy phone is located at the box office window.

Ushering is a great way to see the show for free! To sign up, email boxoffice@gammtheatre.org.

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Snacks, wine, beer, soft drinks, and coffee are available before the show and during intermission in the lobby. Cameras and cigarettes are not allowed inside the theater. If you arrive late, you will be seated at the discretion of the management in consideration of our actors and other audience members. Park at no charge in our private lot. RIPTA bus #14 north/southbound stops at the Post Rd./Main Ave. intersection, a 5-minute walk to the theater. Wheelchair Accessibility: The theater is accessible by ramp and can accommodate wheelchair and companion seating. Please notify us when you purchase tickets if you require wheelchair accommodations.

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SUMMER THEATER CAMPS Will Malloy in Macbeth (GSI )

GAMMTHEATRE.ORG/CAMPS GAMM SUMMER INTENSIVE June 29 - July 24 [Grades 9-12]

GAMM SUMMER INTENSIVE JR. July 6 - 10 [Grades 5-8]

GAMM SUMMER YOUTH July 6 - 10 [Grades 3-5]


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