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From the artistic Director Welcome to Abe Lincoln’s Piano. As part of our Spotlight Entertainment Series, we welcome back Hershey Felder, a good friend who has performed at the Geffen in roles ranging from Gershwin to Chopin with many composers in between. Most recently he helmed the world premiere of Mona Golabek’s The Pianist of Willesden Lane which has gone on to great success all around the country. As with all new work, this play has gone through numerous drafts and workshops and the Geffen is pleased to be a part of the continuing journey of Abe Lincoln’s Piano. Having begun as a play with a 40-plus orchestra, the evening has evolved into a far more personal recollection of how Hershey came to admire both Lincoln and the music of Stephen Foster. Now, alone with his piano, Hershey tells of Lincoln’s and Foster’s everlasting impact on him and indeed upon us all. Here, Hershey once again lends historical context to a subject by integrating the music of an era. Director and scenic designer Trevor Hay has collaborated with Hershey to craft an evening of story and song that appeals to the historian, music lover and artist in us all. Along with Lighting Designer Christopher Rynne, Costume Designer Abigail Caywood, Sound Designer Erik Carstensen, Projection Designers Andrew Wilder, Greg Sowizdrzal and Lawrence Siefert, Hay helps us navigate with seamless ease 150 years of American history. Combining his love of history, biography and music, Hershey has once again infused his subject with fervor and authenticity, making this travel through time a captivating evening in the theater. We’re glad you are here to enjoy the ride.

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HERSHEY FELDER IN ABE LINCOLN’S PIANO

Photo by Andrew Southam

welcome to the geffen playhouse


letter from the co-chairs

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Martha Henderson Co-cHAIR

Pamela Robinson Hollander Co-cHAIR

Patricia Kiernan Applegate Randall Arney Behnaz Ataee Beth Behrs Dr. Gene D. Block Harold A. Brown Gil Cates Jr. Vice Chairman

Mary Ann Cloyd Dennis Doty John Ebey Dr. Brad Edgerton Mark Fleischer Herbert M. Gelfand Chairman Emeritus

martha henderson

pamela robinson hollander

Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful holiday season and are delighted to welcome you to the Geffen Playhouse for this very special world premiere Spotlight Entertainment Series event Abe Lincoln’s Piano. As the new Co-Chairs of the Board, we look forward to getting to know each of you and sharing with you our love of the Geffen Playhouse — both the artistic initiatives and our educational programming which we provide to more than 15,000 underserved children, students, seniors and veterans throughout Los Angeles each year. Please look for more information on these programs in the following pages as well as at geffenplayhouse.com/ education. These are programs that we could not continue without your support. One way to support this programming is by joining us for Backstage at the Geffen on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Backstage at the Geffen, our biggest fundraiser of the year, is an evening of laughter, music and never-beforetold stories from the other side of the curtain. Hosted by Steve Carell, this year we will present Alan Horn, Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios with our Distinction in Service Award and the incomparable Steve Martin with our Distinction in Theater Award. With the participation of our extended family of actors, playwrights and directors, this event never fails to be lively and unforgettable, and it is critical in helping us reach our goals in 2014. To purchase tickets or to learn more, please contact Chief Development Officer Regina Miller at 310.208.6500 ext. 112. Thank you for joining us tonight. We wish you and your families a very Happy New Year and look forward to seeing you at the theater throughout the year.

Patricia L. Glaser Adi Greenberg Arthur Greenberg Joan Kaloustian Glorya Kaufman Loretta Kaufman Dr. Gerald S. Levey Carla Malden Susan Mallory Ginny Mancini Frank G. Mancuso Chairman Emeritus

Barry Meyer Susanna Midnight Regina Miller Ken Novice Steven A. Olsen Loren Rothschild Linda Bernstein Rubin Teri Schwartz Richard Sherman Fred Specktor Lorraine Spurge DeeAnna Staats Cynthia P. Stafford Howard Tenenbaum Michael Walsh

founding trustees Suzanne Deal Booth Kirsten Combs Robert A. Daly David Geffen Quincy Jones Jeffrey Katzenberg Ron Meyer Leslie Moonves Jerry Moss Jerry Perenchio Bruce M. Ramer Founding Chairman

Victoria Mann Simms Andy Spahn Steven Spielberg Steve Tisch Dr. Charles E. Young Chairman Emeritus

IN MEMORIAM Gilbert Cates Founder

Martha Henderson Co-Chair, Geffen Playhouse

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The Gettysburg Address

addressing the nation Our country’s collective and fervent fascination with Abraham Lincoln is undeniable. Certainly having seen the country through the Civil War and his signing of the Emancipation Proclamation leaves Lincoln an astonishing place in history. And then there is the Gettysburg Address. Arguably one of the finest speeches ever given on American soil, this speech was a call to a higher standard and purpose. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address this past November, Ken Burns launched a national effort to encourage everyone in America to video record themselves reading or reciting the speech, proving that the power of Lincoln’s words remain current. In 2014 we can speak of terrible political discord, of fighting across the aisle that brings our government to a grinding halt in the midst of ongoing economic crises. But the truth is this infighting that the country currently endures is minutia compared to the disparity between Americans that Lincoln and his allies faced. America tore itself in two — based on ideological differences. The challenge that Lincoln was charged with, as hundreds of thousands of men died on battlefields across America, was to remind us of our better selves. To remind us that we were a nation borne out of a need to be strong individuals while collaborating with those we oppose. We were to have a personal stake in the choices made within a new and fragile democracy. He understood that agreement is not necessary, but unity is. In 273 words, (fewer that the number of words in this article), Lincoln articulated the anguish of a nation while still demanding of us a steadfast commitment to the ideals set forth in the Declaration of Independence. So even in cynical times, when we hear the words of the Gettysburg Address, we are reminded of the job set before us to do better by each other, better by our forever fragile democracy. Lincoln’s legacy will always be linked to the unity of all Americans.

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. — ABRAHAM LINCOLN PErFORMANCEs  MAGAZINE P3


This March Geffen Playhouse Artistic Director Randall Arney reunites the same cast and designers for the West Coast premiere of his critically acclaimed production of Slowgirl. With Arney as director, the play garnered rave reviews last summer at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater where he is an ensemble member. William Petersen (CSI, To Live and Die in L.A., the Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams’ The Night of the Iguana) and Rae Gray (Boardwalk Empire, Chicago Fire) — who originally rehearsed the play with Arney in Los Angeles before the Chicago run, make their Geffen Playhouse debuts. Arney creates an astonishing “tennis court” design in the intimate Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at the Geffen Playhouse that will allow audiences to experience the play from two sides of the action. Greg Pierce’s funny, introspective and absorbing new play reminds us that escape is easy but redemption is hard. When seventeen yearold Becky is shipped-off to her Uncle Sterling’s Costa Rican home — a sanctuary to which he escaped many years ago — the two lost souls navigate contrasting philosophies and a maze of regret.

the steppenwolf theatre production of

slowgirl Written by

GREG PIERCE Directed by

RANDALL ARNEY Featuring

Raves for Slowgirl “Under the sensitive direction of Randall Arney, two marvelous actors — William Petersen and Rae Gray — deliver finely tuned, often surprising performances ... The intriguing chemistry between these two masters of the intimate stage is delicious to observe.”

RAE GRAY WILLIAM PETERSEN MARCH 4 — APRIL 20

West Coast premiere IN THE Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater AT THE GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE

— Chicago Sun-Times

“Engaging, compassionate and well-written … you’ll likely find yourself touched by how well it charts the loving complexities of families.” — Chicago Tribune

“Petersen and Gray make an absorbingly off-kilter onstage pair.” — Time Out Chicago “TENNIS COURT” SEATING CHART

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Photo by Michael Brosilow. Courtesy of Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

Slowgirl earns fast praise in Chicago


2013 honoree Bruce Ramer with presenter Clint Eastwood

2013 honoree Billy Crystal with storyteller Morgan Freeman

Save the Date

Backstage at the Geffen Saturday, March 22, 2014 Hosted by steve carell Join us this year in honoring

Steve martin Distinction in Theater Award

Alan Horn

Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios

Distinction in Service Award

You never know who will tell a story ... who will perform ... and who will steal the show! For more information please contact Regina Miller at 310.208.6500 ext. 112 or reginam@geffenplayhouse.com Title Sponsor

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THE GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE presents

the Eighty Eight Entertainment, Samantha F. Voxakis and Robert M. Birmingham production of

Hershey Felder in

ABE LINCOLN’S PIANO A new musical play Book by

Hershey Felder Music by

Stephen Foster, Hershey Felder & Others Scenic Design

Hershey Felder & Trevor Hay

Costume Design

Lighting Design

Abigail Caywood

Projection Design

Christopher Rynne Scenic Decoration

Andrew Wilder, Greg Sowizdrzal & Lawrence Siefert

Meghan Maiya, Jordan Hay & Emma Hay

Dramaturg

Production Manager/Producer

Cynthia Caywood, PhD

Sound Design

Erik Carstensen

Erik Carstensen

Directed by

Trevor Hay

cast Hershey Felder....................................................................................... Hershey Felder

There will be no intermission.

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production biographies

TREVOR HAY (Director) Directed the world premiere of Hershey Felder’s An American Story for Actor and Orchestra

Willesden Lane (2012 Ovation Award Nomination), Maestro: Leonard Bernstein, Beethoven As I Knew Him (2009 Ovation Award Winner, Large Theater Sound Design). Master Sound Technician at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego 19972012. Production Engineer on over 60 productions, including Allegiance, Robin and the Seven Hoods, A Catered Affair, Hershey Felder’s George Gershwin Alone, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Chita Rivera-A Dancers Life, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, The Full Monty, Dirty Blonde and Floyd Collins. Erik is a member of IATSE Local 122.

CHRISTOPHER RYNNE (Lighting Designer/ Scenic Co-Design) This marks Chris’s third collaboration with Hershey Felder. Other productions with Mr. Felder include An American Story for Actor and Orchestra and The Pianist of Willesden Lane. Other theatre and opera lighting credits include designs for The Old Globe, San Diego Opera, South Coast Rep, Houston Grand Opera, San Diego Rep, Pasadena Playhouse, Geffen Playhouse, Michigan Opera Theatre, Madison Opera, Cygnet Theatre, North Coast Repertory Theatre and San Diego Musical Theatre. Chris also designs lighting for museum exhibitions, special events and lighting systems for new venues.

ANDREW WILDER (Projection Co-Design) Andrew’s experience in lighting design, web design and photography have led him to the world of projection design and he is thrilled to be working with the EightyEight Entertainment team once again. Andrew designs websites and consults on internet strategy at BlogTutor.com, writes about being a “healthy foodie” at EatingRules.com and is the founder of HealthyAds. com, an online advertising network focused on health through food and fitness. Most recently, he led the October Unprocessed challenge, in which more than 6,000 people became healthier by avoiding processed food for the entire month. The challenge was featured by the Los Angeles Times, Food Inc. and Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, among others. He is also the founder of International Kale Day, which is celebrated every October 10th.

ERIK CARSTENSEN (Sound Designer/Production Manager/Co-Producer) Sound Designer on An American Story for Actor and Orchestra, The Pianist of

GREG SOWIZDRZAL (Projection Co-Design) Greg is a native of Orange County, CA. A member of IATSE Local 122, he has filled the roles of stagehand, master

electrician, video engineer, audio engineer and carpenter. As an automation operator with PRG, he has toured the U.S. on shows including The Grinch Stole Christmas!, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Robin and the Seven Hoods and The First Wives Club. He made his graphic design debut on Hershey Felder’s An American Story for Actor and Orchestra and The Pianist of Willesden Lane. LAWRENCE SIEFERT (Projection Co-Design) For over twenty years, Lawrence has been involved in theater, corporate events and film. Some of his credits include projection design for the San Diego Opera’s Wozzeck and Moby Dick and is a recipient of two Telly Awards and one Davy Award for How Do You Build Hope, Habitat for Humanity. Lawrence has been a member of IATSE Local 122 since 1996. CYNTHIA CAYWOOD, PhD (Dramaturg) Cynthia Caywood is the Chair of the Department of English at the University of San Diego and serves as co-director of the London Summer Program. She is a founding faculty member of the Old Globe/University of San Diego MFA Program in Acting and has worked as a dramaturg on several MFA productions. Her research interests include Aphra Behn, Jane Austen and August Wilson, with a special focus on British and American theatre history, stage production and feminist theory. EIGHTY-EIGHT, LLC (Producer) Eighty-Eight Entertainment was created in 2001 by Hershey Felder and is devoted to the creation of new works of musical theatre. Current projects include the new musical plays Abe Lincoln’s Piano and Jack Lemmon’s

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HERSHEY FELDER IN ABE LINCOLN’S PIANO

HERSHEY FELDER (Playwright/Multiple Roles) Broadway, London’s West End: George Gershwin Alone (Helen Hayes Theatre, Duchess Theatre). Composers Sonata 1999–2013 — George Gershwin Alone, Monsieur Chopin, Beethoven, As I Knew Him, Maestro: Leonard Bernstein, Franz Liszt in Rock Star — at dozens of theatres across the U.S. and around the world. Command Performance of Monsieur Chopin for the Polish Ambassador to the United States. Winner of 2007 Los Angeles Ovation Awards, Best Musical and Best Actor for George Gershwin Alone. Compositions include Aliyah, Concerto for Piano and Orchestra; Fairytale, a musical; Les Anges de Paris, Suite for Violin and Piano; Song Settings; Saltimbanques for Piano and Orchestra; Etudes Thematiques for Piano; An American Story for Actor and Orchestra. Worldwide live broadcasts, George Gershwin Alone. As director, Mr. Felder premiered Mona Golabek in The Pianist of Willesden Lane at the Geffen Playhouse in April 2012 and will soon present Christopher Lemmon in Jack Lemmon’s Son. Mr. Felder has been a Scholar in Residence at Harvard University’s Department of Music and is married to Kim Campbell, former Prime Minister of Canada.

as well as subsequent productions. He is Associate Director for Mona Golabek’s The Pianist of Willesden Lane. Former member of the historic Old Globe Theatre in San Diego where, at the age of nine, his first position was selling Old Globe memorabilia. Over the next 32 years, Mr. Hay went on to various aspects of production on more than 80 presentations, including the Broadway productions of Jack O’Brien’s Damn Yankees, How The Grinch Stole Christmas! and Twyla Tharp’s The Times They Are A-Changin’. Included in his 23 seasons at the Old Globe were eleven seasons of the Summer Shakespeare Festival Repertory, as well work on Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County, directed by Sam Gold and Hershey Felder’s George Gershwin Alone, Monsieur Chopin and Maestro.


production biographies Son. Recordings include Love Songs of the Yiddish Theatre, Back from Broadway, George Gershwin Alone, Monsieur Chopin, Beethoven As I Knew Him and An American Story for Actor and Orchestra.

RANDALL ARNEY (Artistic Director) Randall Arney has been a theater professional for over 30 years and has served as Artistic Director of the Geffen Playhouse since 1999. In addition to his artistic programming and oversight at the Geffen, Arney has helmed more than 10 productions for the theater, most recently American Buffalo, Superior Donuts, The Female of the Species, The Seafarer, Speed-the-Plow and All My Sons. Arney is an ensemble member and former Artistic Director of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre where his directing credits include: The Seafarer, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Death and the Maiden, Curse of the Starving Class, Killers and The Geography of Luck, among others. Arney also directed Steppenwolf’s world premiere of Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile, as well as the subsequent national and international acclaimed productions. Mr. Arney’s acting credits with Steppenwolf include Born Yesterday, Ghost in the Machine, The Homecoming, Frank’s Wild Years, You Can’t Take it with You, Fool for Love, True West, Balm in Gilead and Coyote Ugly. As the Artistic Director for Steppenwolf from 1987 to 1995, he oversaw

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the creation of a new stateof-the-art theater which is Steppenwolf’s current home. Broadway transfers under his leadership include The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, The Song of Jacob Zulu (six Tony Award nominations) and The Grapes of Wrath (1990 Tony Award, Best Play). Mr. Arney has an MFA degree in Acting from Illinois State University and has taught master classes and workshops at UCLA, Steppenwolf, around the U.S. and in Tokyo.

KEN NOVICE (Managing Director) Ken Novice’s career in the professional theater spans 25 years and over 250 productions. Prior to joining Geffen Playhouse, he served as Managing Director and Director of External Affairs at Pasadena Playhouse where his credits include the revival of Fences starring Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett and the world premieres of Sister Act the Musical, Ray Charles Live, Stormy Weather starring Lesley Uggams and many others. He was Director of Marketing and Public Relations for San Diego’s Tony Award-winning Old Globe Theatre where his credits include Jack O’Brien’s acclaimed revival of Damn Yankees, the Tony Awardnominated musical The Full Monty, Henry IV starring John Goodman and Sheldon Epp’s Tony-nominated hit Play On! among many others. His credits also include marketing and public relations for the Tony Award-winning Denver Center Theater Company and

New York’s Circle Repertory Company. As Director of Programming for YouthStream Media Networks he developed national marketing and public relations programs for most of Hollywood’s major motion picture studios. Novice also served as Head of the Theatre Management MFA/MBA program at California State University, Long Beach and has been a guest lecturer at San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego. He holds a BA from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from San Diego State University.

BEHNAZ ATAEE (General Manager) Behnaz Ataee is a financial professional with more than 25 years of experience in forprofit and nonprofit financial management and auditing. Behnaz joined the Geffen Playhouse in 1999 and this marks her ninth season as the theater’s General Manager. She began her career in the Bay Area as a partner in a small family start-up before joining FBS Management where she acted as Director of Accounting, overseeing the finances of more than 25 non-profit organizations. Behnaz continued her work with non-profits as an auditor for Trump and Van Sloten CPA and then returned to the for-profit sector at Ultratech, before ultimately landing at the Geffen Playhouse. Behnaz has a Master’s degree from Pepperdine University.

REGINA MILLER (Chief Development Officer) Regina has been a development professional for over 18 years, working with non-profit institutions, foundations and corporations on strategy, analysis and fundraising. She has worked for Simon Wiesenthal Center, The Clinton Foundation, Ben Affleck’s Eastern Congo Initiative, Hank Azaria’s Determined to Succeed, The Millan Foundation and Whole Child International, among others. Prior to the Geffen, Regina served as the Director of Partnerships for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles and the Inland Empire where she led strategic planning and development while executing policies that advanced the organization’s visibility and growth. Regina also has a strong passion for teaching. After graduating from University of North Carolina School of the Arts, she taught in preschools and kindergartens in New York. From the age of 13, Regina worked as a professional dancer on Broadway as well as with a number of prominent modern dance ensembles. Fusing two of her interests, she created a highly successful program which incorporated dance therapy and creative movement into an early childhood curriculum as well as wrote and produced a television show based on this concept. In addition to being a published author and photographer with Tallfellow Press and Prometheus Books, Regina has taught and lectured at numerous schools in New York, Los Angeles and abroad.


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

GEFFEN AT A GLANCE ADDRESS

PRODUCTION STAFF FOR HERSHEY FELDER IN ABE LINCOLN’S PIANO Sound Master James Grabowski Light Board Operator Yelena Babinskaya Stage Crew Joel Fullerton ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Set provided by Scenic Highlights Lighting Equipment provided by Entertainment Lighting Services Sound Equipment provided by Jon Sound Inc. Production Photographer Michael Lamont SPECIAL THANKS UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Scene Prop, Sound and Costume Shops; London Cleaners UCLA SCHOOL OF THEATER, FILM AND TELEVISION The Geffen Playhouse is affiliated with the University of California at Los Angeles, specifically the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. The Geffen Playhouse values its role as an important educational resource by providing students with master classes, workshops and internships. Students are also able to work and learn from distinguished visiting Geffen artists such as Alan Ayckbourn, Jon Robin Baitz, Annette Bening, Ed Harris, David Ives, Neil LaBute, David Mamet, Donald Margulies, Terrence McNally, John Rando and Kathleen Turner in areas of directing, playwriting, acting, design, dramaturgy, management and production. The Geffen Playhouse also draws upon the distinguished experts in the university to enhance the theater’s programs and research. The actors and stage managers employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association; The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. The director is a member of the society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Inc., an independent national labor union.

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annual donors In appreciation, donors enjoy a host of special benefits including house seats, complimentary drinks, receptions and much more. For more information, please call Jamie Mikelich at 310.208.6500 ext. 128.

CHAIRMAN’S CIRCLE $50,000+

Anonymous Patricia Kiernan Applegate Aria Resort & Spa Audi of America, Inc Ben/Joyce Eisenberg Foundation City National Bank Mary Ann Cloyd Susan & John Ebey Edgerton Foundation Joyce Eisenberg-Keefer & Melvin Keefer Fox Entertainment Group Herbert M. & Beverly J. Gelfand In Memory of Alice Ghostley & Felice Orlandi Jim & Ann Gianopulos Adi & Jerry Greenberg Guggenheim Partners Carole & Bill Haber Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust Martha Henderson J.P. Morgan Private Bank Marilyn & Jeffrey Katzenberg Glorya Kaufman Keyes Automotive Group Sandra Krause & William Fitzgerald Latham & Watkins LLP Mr. and Mrs. Jason & Yvonne Lee Ginny Mancini Fay & Frank Mancuso John McCrite & Juan Lopez Donna McKenna & Flynn Chernos Ron & Kelly Meyer Ann & Jerry Moss Moss Foundation OneWest Bank PricewaterhouseCoopers Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Madeline & Bruce Ramer Linda Bernstein Rubin & Tony Rubin Richard & Barbara Sherman Shubert Foundation Skirball Foundation Karen & Vic Smith Kate Capshaw Spielberg & Steven Spielberg DeeAnna Staats, Staats & Co. Cynthia P. Stafford & Lanre Idewu Judith & Bruce Stern Jodi & Howard Tenenbaum The UCLA Dream Fund Deborah & Michael E. Walsh The Walt Disney Company Westfield Group Judy & Chancellor Charles E. Young Dirk & Natasha Ziff

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

$25,000 - $49,999 Anonymous The Backyard Robert C. Baral Bulgari Corporation of America Stephanie & Jonathan Carson CBS Corporation Classic Party Rentals Dan Hartman Arts & Music Foundation The Douglas Foundation The Edward A. & Ai O Shay Family Foundation Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown, Inc. Greater Los Angeles New Car Dealers Association Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation Loretta & Victor Kaufman

Laurents / Hatcher Foundation The Lear Family Foundation Los Angeles County Arts Commission Los Angeles magazine Louis XIII de Remy Martin Susan & Peter Mallory Marcia Israel Foundation, Inc. Nancy & Sir Paul McCartney Susanna Midnight & Charlie Midnight Montage Hotels & Residences Leslie Moonves & Julie Chen Morgan Stanley Napa Valley Grille Northern Trust, NA Anna K. Nupson The Richenthal Foundation Shel & Cynthia Stone Transamerica Insurance & Investment Group Universal Studios Variety W Hotel Westwood Warner Bros. Entertainment

PRODUCER

$10,000 - $24,999 Ariel Investments, LLC Beth Behrs Charles A. Black, Jr. James L. Brooks Brotman Foundation of California Eileen & Harold Brown Gilbert Cates, Jr. & Elizabeth Lacey Brunello Cucinelli Mark Burnett & Roma Downey The Capella Resorts Capital Group Companies Valarie de la Garza & Michael Centeno City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs Carole Bayer Sager & Robert A. Daly DreamWorks Studios Dr. & Mrs. Paul Eisenberg Susan & Mark Fleischer G.E. Foundation Patty Glaser & Sam Mudie Arthur Greenberg C. Curtis Grisham In Memory of Morrie Hazan HBO Eric & Samantha Heer Mellody Hobson Cindy & Alan Horn Joseph Drown Foundation Joan Kaloustian Kenneth T. & Eileen L. Norris Foundation Peter & Janine Lowy Carla Malden Mona Malden Malibu Family Wines Nancy & Michael McClelland Sandra E. Milken The Muse New York, a Kimpton Hotel & Nios Restaurant Occidental Petroleum Corp Paramount Pictures Rollin Ransom & Chris Lacroix Readers Fine Jewelers Dr. Judith Reichman Pamela Robinson Hollander & Robert Hollander Loren Rothschild & Hon. Frances Rothschild Richard Ruskell Pastries Ronen Levy Events The Simms/Mann Family Foundation Sony Pictures Entertainment Fred Specktor & Nancy Heller Tanino Ristorante Heather Thomas & Skip Brittenham Steve Tisch

Union Bank U.S. Bank Wells Fargo Foundation William Morris Endeavor Entertainment Rita Wilson & Tom Hanks Ruth Ziegler Ziffren Brittenham LLP Ken & Ellen Ziffren

DIRECTOR

$5,000 - $9,999 Jehan F. Agrama & Dwora Fried Amgen Foundation Jack & Hilary Angelo Anschutz Film Group/Walden Media Annette Blum Mara & Jonathan Blum Bobcat Productions, Inc. Jerry Breslauer, Mickey Rutman & Tammy Anderson Linda & Jerry Bruckheimer Glenn & Lynn Cardoso Creative Artists Agency Creative Intelligence Incorporated Fielding Edlow & Larry Clarke Mica Ertegun Andrew Fickman Eric Flamholtz & Yvonne Randle Four Seasons Gary Sinise Foundation George Hoag Family Foundation Priscila Giraldo Gloria & Peter Gold Stanley & Ilene Gold Jay Gordon & Meyera Robbins Brian & Myra Greenspun Rabbi Uri D. Herscher & Dr. Myrna Herscher Lynne & Michael Heslov Stanley Iezman & Nancy Stark Hugh Jackman & Deborra-lee Furness Wendell & Bernice Jeffrey Mannon Kaplan Julie & David Kavner Wendy Kurtzman La Valencia Leo S. Guthman Fund David & Susan Leveton Drs. Gerald & Barbara Levey LuxFit Spa Marlene & Sandy Louchheim LucasFilm LTD Des & Bryna McAnuff Tobias Meyer & Sotheby’s MOCA Foundation Kate Moran & Mikki Rosenberg Morris & Libby Singer Foundation My Vienna Gelato Neda Nobari Foundation Christine Marie Ofiesh Carol & Bill Ouchi Shana & Don Passman Lee & Lawrence* J. Ramer Kay & Bob Rehme Joyce Rey Mayor Richard Riordan Jane Rissman & Richard Sondheimer Rikki Rosen Jay D. Roth & Sherry E. Grant Thomas L. Safran Judi & Bruce Schindler Jody & Arthur Schmid Sidley Austin LLP Mr. & Mrs. Keong Sim Simon Strauss Foundation Sondheimer Foundation St. Regis Bora Bora Resort St. Regis Princeville Resort Ben Stiller & Christine Taylor Larry & Kiki Taylor Larry & Barbara Tenan

Thomas Safran & Associates David Tillman, MD & Karen Zoller, MD William & Karen Timberlake Miranda & Brett Tollman The Travel Company Alice & Norman Tulchin UBS Private Wealth Management US Playing Card Company Jennifer Young & Katrina Nason Gail Zappa Robert & Leslie Zemeckis Ruth & Stan Zicklin

sponsor

$3,000 — $4,999 Anonymous Janis Adams & John Lyons Connie Kramer Alexander Chancellor Gene D. Block & Mrs. Carol Block Susan Booth & Christopher Wadden Robert Brook & Jacqueline Kosecoff Marcy Carsey & Leo Yoshimura Terri ann Cooper Konheim Scott, Susan & Joshua Corwin Victoria Dummer Dora & Neil Kadisha Sally & Dr. Manny J. Karbelnig Thea & Neal Koss Robin & Seth Kugler Phyllis & Ken Lemberger Pam, Amanda, Lianna & Eddie Renee & Meyer Luskin Michael & Cecil Pulitzer Paula & Allan Rudnick Anne C. Taubman & David Boyle Vernon, Barry & Dale Tyerman In Honor of Ruth Tyerman Lentz Leslie White & Al Limon Karen & Rick Wolfen Uniworld River Cruises, Inc.

EDUCATION ADVOCATE $1,000 - $2,999

Anonymous (2) 23rd Street Jewelers Harry & Gay Abrams/Abrams Artists Agency Dr. Richard Ackerman & Miriam Shakter Miriam Aguiar Olga S. Alderson Richard Alonso Merryl & David A. Alpert Patti & Harlan Amstutz Arizona Biltmore Margaret & Howard Arvey D.C. & Carol Ann Bakeman Alec Baldwin Foundation Robert E. & Maria H. Barron Battista Family Richard Bautzer & David McDowell Richard & Shelley Bayer Susan & Eric M. Bender Peter & Barbara Benedek Patricia & Mark Benjamin Shelly & Libby Bergen Cathy & Bill Bindley Helen Bing Joe Blackstone & Jamie Mohn The Bordy & Leibovic Families Brenda & Alan Borstein Dr. Wallace P. Brithinee Carolyn & Gerald Bronstein Wendy & David Brotman Janet & Mark Brown Mr. & Mrs. Todd Brown & Family Marcia Burnam The Busch-Schifino Family Timothy J. Carlson Chancellor Emeritus Albert Carnesale & Mrs. Robin Carnesale

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The Geffen Playhouse recognizes the following individuals and organizations for their generous support of our Annual Fund and Backstage at the Geffen. Donors are listed at the Associate level and higher for gifts made between September 15, 2012 and December 1, 2013.


annual donors Dr. Fanya Carter, Ph.D. David Cates & Christine Vavak Jane Cates Jonathan & Elena Cates Melissa Cates & Roger Claman The Chatwal Sheldon Cherry & Carolyn Runowicz Rich-Chiocchi Family Roy & Dorothy Christopher Laurel & Aaron Clark Linda & John Coleman Lou Colen Ted Cordes James Costa Carolyn Crandall & Harley Kornblum Shelley Wike Cranley Janine Cristiano In Loving Memory of Ed Cypert Ruth Daugherty Lawrence G. David Shirley Lu & Norman Davidson Gavin de Becker Deluscious Cookies Bill & Kate in honor of Blanche Schimmel Daniel & Gayle Devin Carolyn Dirks & Brett Dougherty Dennis & Jeralyn Doty Dr. Laura’s Wholesome Junk Food Jan & Thea Drayer Dream Warrior Group Gerald & Sally Ducot William Duncan Colleen M. Ellis Terri & David Elston Kevin Watts & Christine Enlow Carl & Courtenay Enright Carol & J.B. Esterkin Fairmont Miramar Marc Feldman Donnovan Field Lawrence N. Field Gloria & Morton Field Michael Filerman Burt & Nanette Forester Joan & Charles Fox Steve Freedman Future Lighting G2 Graphic Service, Inc. Pat & Sandy Gage Sharlene & Sol Galper Kathleen Garfield Jeanne & Arnold Geffner Rose Gilbert Kiki & David Gindler Cherna & Dr. Gary Gitnick Charlotte Gold Dr. Irene Goldenberg Marion Goldenfeld Eric Goodman Adrienne Grant & Paul Jennings Ken Greenblatt & Peter Walsh Heidi Gregg Jill Grey Jack Grossbart & Marc Schwartz Allen & Deborah Grubman Michael Grunwald The Guerin Foundation Harlan D. Gulko Madeline Gussman Andrea & Marc Guth Monty & Marilyn Hall Alan & Michelle Heilpern Mel & Faith Henkin Hernand Family Grant & Lysa Heslov Heys USA Jean Himmelstein & David Coleman Stephen Sass & Steven Hochstadt Dr. John D. Hofbauer & Dr. Laura E. Fox Gail & Stanley Hollander In Honor of Development Roger & Linda Howard Toni Hoyt Lisa Ingalls Vicki Iovine Lynn Hunt & Margaret Jacob Jason & Courtney Janda Jerome & Linda Janger Jordan Strauss Photography Joseph B. Gould Foundation Linda & David Kagel Karney Guren Family Foundation Robert Katz

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Patricia Keating Lenny & David Kelton Barbara & Stuart Klabin Kent Klavens & Judy Vourlas Klingenberg Family Judy Knapp Leslie & Norman Koplof Carol Krause Eric & Melissa Kurtzman Deborah Lacusta & Daniel Castellaneta Las Ventanas al Paraiso Helene & Arthur Laub Laura & Harvey Alpert Charitable Foundation John Liebes Steven & Nancy Lippman Dorothy Lipsky Judith Locke & Dennis Massie Karen & Frederick Lorig William E. Low & Hana Ptacnikova The Jennifer & Greg Malins Foundation Janis B. McEldowney Sue McHugh & Herb Seese Barbara & Fred Miller Andrew & Laura Mintzer Joanne & Joel Mogy Garry Morris & Kent Harrison Hayes Greg Morrison In Loving Memory of Harvey S. Morse Rio & Frank Morse Lon Morse & Toni Hollander Morse Joan & Fred Nicholas Albert & Barbara Nichols Ornest Family Foundation Guy Oseary London, Alex & Marty Padilla Paradigm Talent & Literary Agency Michael Parks & Judith Hayward Julie Piepenkotter Herbert & Marilyn Piken In Memory of Michael Piller Ruth Popkin Popland Studios Portico by Exclusive Resorts Jeanne McDonald-Powers & Travis Powers Richard Rasiej & Joan Herman Harvey & Joyce Reichard Donald B. & Susan F. Rice In Memory of Frances Richman Esther & Howard Richmond Beth Roberts & Warren Smith Joseph & Cynthia Rodriguez Brad & Nancy Rosenberg Sue Weiss Rosenwasser Lori & David Rousso Russ August & Kabat Laura & John Saade Sabrina Kay Charitable Foundation David A. & Karen Richards Sachs Richard & Amber Sakai Mark San Filippo Sarah Leonard Fine Jewelers Toni & John Schulman Jonathan Schwartz Steve & Paula Schwartz In Memory of Diane Barnett-Shapiro Traci Shelton Sherak Family Showtime Networks Inc. Holly & Larry Shulman Rita & Jose Sigal Ron Silverman & Soraya Ross Snyder Family Foundation Sold Out Crowd Drs. Matthew & Marion Solomon Bruce & Patti Springsteen Sprinkles Cupcakes St. Regis Monarch Beach St. Regis Punta Mita Mitch & Sherry Stein Joannie Stern Eric Strom & Eileen Goodis Elaine F. & Radoslav L. Sutnar Katy Sweet Fred Tatasciore Family John Teeples & Nicolas Martinez, Jr. Audri & Stan Tendler Paul Tetreault Daniel Tongbai The Lodge at Torrey Pines Laura Trice, M.D. Peter & Susan Van Haften Anthony Vasek Alan Van Vliet

Peter & Denise Walsh Joanne & Ken Weinman Roberta Weintraub Gelena & Seth Weissman Alison Whalen & Steven Marenberg Geoffrey & Susan Wharton Young Family Ms. Patricia Youngman Debra Zavala Barbara & Stanley Zax Marcie & Howard Zelikow Ellen & Arnold Zetcher In Loving Memory of Herman Ziegler David & Ellie Zuckerman

ARTISTIC ADVOCATE $500 - $999

Anonymous (3) Norman & Toshka Abrams Terry & Richard Abrams Dale Adrion Katherine Amber Ross & Lindsey Avner Sheila & Raymond Bangs Lucia Barbaro Janet & Irwin Barnet Dawn & Marshall Bein James & Diane Berliner Diane & Richard Birnholz Ruth & Jake Bloom Frances & Thomas Booth Dr. R.W.G. Bugental David & Kathy Burke Ms. Martha Chase JP Cherry Beverly & Dennis Chester Phil Johnston & Jill Cordes Donald & Zoe Cosgrove Gail Cottingham Cameron Crowe Jeffrey S. Davidson Daniel Dodson Richard & Lauren Donner The Milton L. & Betty J. Dranow Family Foundation Patricia L. Eisenberg Roni & Ethan Eller The English Language Center Mimi Feldman Abby & Malcolm Field Marjorie & Arthur Fine Sydney M. Finegold, M.D. Michael & Lynne Flynn Myrna Forest Glenn & Jane Fowler Fran Fredella & Scott Rubin Lois & Gerald Gallop Benita & Bert Ginsberg Donna & Lee B. Gold, M.D. Louis & Linda Goldsman Ellie & Barry Goldstein Abner & Roz Goldstine Ellie Goodman Lori & Robert Goodman Mike & Elaine Gray Robert & Gabrielle Greenberg Lance Hagenbuch Mary & Alan Halkett Peter E. Hall Ronald Hansen Ms. Tess Harper Sheila & Chester Hasday Barbara & Bud Hellman Murray & Gail Heltzer Helene Hendrickson Neal Hersh & Lynda Klein Andy Heyward Mrs. Dorothy Hoffman Rand Hoffman & Charlotte Robinson Kelley M. Hogan Judith Hohman Gerald Isenberg Robert & Gail Israel Jackie & Warren Jackson Edward & Aya Jakobovits Bill & Tiiu Jacobson Nancy & Len Jacoby Ruth & Marvin Kalin Trudy & Albert Kallis Drs. Elaine & Jeff Kamil Mr. & Mrs. Bernard Kamine

Anita Karbelnig Laurence O. Karsh Roy Kaufman Rima & Saul Rima Kay Susan & Greg Kay Milly & Robert Kayyem Joyce & Don Kaiserman Avi Kamienny Dr. Ann Kirsch & Mr. Jonathan Kirsch Kouy T. Kolar Mary Koppel Ron & Joanne Kramar Jay & Billie Kubrin Carol & Richard Kurland Tam & David Lachoff Joan & Christopher Larkin Jeanne & Christopher Lavagnino Joyce Lederer Peter Levin & Audrey Davis Levin Marla E. Levine Barry Levinson Burton & Anita Levinson Dr. Isaac & Barbara Levy Charles & Lydia Levy Donald Lipschutz Loris & Kory Lunsford Neil L. & Ora D. Macfarlane Mr. & Mrs. Phillips H. Marshall Jim & Kathryn McCaffery Cindy Mediavilla Robert Mercer Philip & Joan Miller Pamela & Mark Mischel Allan M. Mohrman Jr. Bill & Gail Morino Sandra Moss John & Sandy Murdock Sherri & Arnold Nelson Adrienne & Arthur Omansky Mark Paluch & Bryan Ozamoto Cynthia Palm Dr. & Mrs. Emil & Dolores Pascarelli C. Alexander Payne Mr. John Perkins Carol F. Phillips Lisa Pierozzi Jack & Jane Pollock Gary & Gail Racheletsky Linda & Manny Rider Carlene Ringer Richard Robertson Craig E. Rogers Dolores Rogers Ronda & Fred Rose Maxine & Gene Rosenfeld Lawrence Ross & Linda Nussbaum Paul A. Rudnick, M.D. Nancy & Ted Sanborn Larry & Carole Scherzer Malcolm Schneer & Cathy Liu Elaine Carey & Vincent J. Schodolski David & Margaret Schwanke Bob & Susan Schwartz Dr. & Mrs. Jack Schwartz Susan Schwarz Michele & Peter Serchuk Robert Shadur Annette & Leonard Shapiro Peggy & Robert Shapiro Danelle Sherrod Pearl Shultz Melinda & Yossi Sidikaro Steven Siegel & Lily Carey Significance Foundation Carol & Arthur F. Silbergeld Robin & Robert Sills Steven Sills Don & Marie Sirney Martin & Leah Sklar Dione & Joe Smith Karen Smits Trudy Sokol Roberta Spero Susan & Alfred Stern Sally Stevens Edith L. Stoell & Linda Gach Ray Aaron Stroud Lance & Maureen Tan Mr. & Mrs. David Tann Michael E. Tennenbaum Family Judy & Art Tompkins Brigitta Troy Deborah Valdez


annual donors

ASSOCIATE $250 - $499

Anonymous (8) Herbert Ehrmann & Constance Abell Elaine & Michael Agran Theo Alexander Marjorie & James Aljian Charles & Annick Allen Sylvia Almstadt Jan Altemus Robert C. Anderson Elise Andrews Philip Angerhofer & Stephen A. Jones Nancy Antoniou Eloise & Mark Appel Audrey & Martin Appel Barbara & Ethan Aronoff Charles & Tana Axelrod Marc & Betsy Axelrod AKW Lynne & Lee Babbitt Anne Barry Cecile Bartman Randall C. Bassett Lynne & Bernie Bassey Sheila Spiro & Dr. Gregory Bearman Arnold & Susan Becker Wayne Biswurm & Brock Bennett Carole A. & Charles Bennett Barbara Bereny Roger P. Berg George E. Berger Richard N. Berger Karen Berkowitz JoAnn Bernard Laurie Bernhard Beverly Bierer Mr. & Mrs. William Birnkrant Adrienne & Michael Blackman Mrs. Marilyn Blank Pamela & Bill Bohnert Susan Boiko & Martin Schwartz Toby Bornstein Mary Bosak Wanda Boulgarides Paula Brand Mona Brandler Laura Brawner Felix Brenner Dr. and Mrs. Neal & Ruth Bricker Dr. Gerald Buckberg G & Ashley Buonanno Mark & Penny Burley Howard Bushinsky Laura D. Campbell Grace Diehaus & Pauline Canny Marlene & David Capell Cindy Carlin & Jeff Rousso Barry Charles Beverly & Dennis Chester Carole & Leslie Cohen David Conney, M.D. Dino Conte Susan Georgine Craig Sandy & Alan Croll Judith & Mel Croner Else Dahl Hedva & Dr. Dudley Danoff Jaye T. Darby Diana Davidow & Deborah Constance Debra Davis Jeffrey Davis Ruth B. Davis & Pearl Schultz Hal & Roberta Delevie Virginia DiBona Susan & Kevin Dobson Bruce & Suzanne Dodds Carol Jean Doehring Fred & Marilyn Dorer Steven & Beverly Dorfman

Daryl & Paul F. Doucette Ms. Susan Downey Dr. & Mrs. William M Duxler Chris Easley In loving memory of Howard Eichen Mr. & Mrs. Epelbaum Larry & Elke Ereshefsky David & Joyce Evans Alan & Barbara Faiola Carole Faxon Barbara & Denny Federman Carolyn Fernandez Lila & Fred Fink Paul & Karen Finkel Fran Flanagan William & Elisabet Fleischman In Loving Memory of Frank & Eileen Flood Edward Flores Janet Fourticq Sandy Francis Marilyn Freeman Francine Freid Kenneth J. Friedman & Marilynn J. Friedman Family Foundation Lynn & Barry Friesen Ms. Laurelle Frome Yury & Yelena Furman Lee Gardenswartz Larry & Judith Garshofsky Adleen & Richard Gibbs Linda Gibbs Karen Berko Gibson Diane Glazer Ann M. Goldberg Francine Golden & Marvin Schlossman Marilyn & Allen Golden Dr. Peter Goldman Louis & Linda Goldsman Ellie & Barry Goldstein Mark Gordon Roger Gordon Susie & Bruce Goren Ellen Greene Susan & Michael Gregory Gary Gross Marcy & Edgar Gross Suzi & Bob Guerin Eve Haberfield & David Johnson Peter & Sarah Hall Mark & Monica Haloossim Carolyn & Bernard Hamilton Tess Harper Kay Harrington Salli Harris Nancy Harrison Dr. & Mrs. Samuel Haveson HBC Protocols Inc. Richard Hefner & Greg Hoffman Allan Heinberg Mr. & Mrs. William Hellman Jackson Henry Carla & Alan A. Herd Michael & Candice Herman Ms. Kathryn Hibbs Cina Hodges Shirley Hoff Jackie & Dr. Irwin Hoffman Dr. Sharron Holman Mr. & Mrs. John Hopmans Mr. & Mrs. John Huber Lonnie Levi Israel Craig & Lynn Jacobson Josh Jacobstein Fred & Nancy Jacobus Mr. & Mrs. Vernon D. Jones Peter & Cynthia Joyce Marlene Kane Jo Ann Kaplan Dr. & Mrs. Mitchell Karlan Harris Katleman Owen Kato Judith P. Katz Claudia Kazachinsky & Richard A. Sherer Jordan & Nicola Kerner Family Irwin Kishner Phyllis Klein Dr. Phyllis Klein Donna & Jeffrey Klein Annette & Charles Kleeman Laurie & Milton Klorman Charles Kolstad Mr. & Mrs. Richard Korchien Dolph Kornblum & Florence Robins

Donald Kottler Barbara & Stan Krasnoff Janice White & Eugene Krieger Charles Kristenson Carol D. Lande Dr. & Mrs. Eric Leibovitch Ginger Leibovitz Ann Leland Wayne Levine Dr. Isaac & Barbara Levy Richard & Vivian Levy Nan Lewis Mae & Hugh Lichtig Lee & Therese Linden Victor & Madeline Lindenheim Joanne Lindsay Irma & Allen Lipin Leslie & Adam Lobel Geri Loe Lori & Tom Low Ann & Bill Lucas Anne L. Lynch Teresa L. Maguire Guillaume & Crystal Maillet Carol & Doug Mancino Jeannette & Mervyn Mandelbaum Myrna & Irving Margol Robert B. & Dona Martin Sylvia Mason Phyllis & Bert Massing Stewart Mayeda David Israeli & Dr. Marie Mazzone Sheri & Jim McCashin Cheryl McCormick Lawry & Charles Meister Kimberly Meye Teddie J. Milner Ankica Milosavljevic Pamela & Mark Mischel Thomas Mitchell Dr. & Mrs. Leon Mizrahi Andrew Molasky Susanna Morgan Shelagh Moriarty John Moschitta Bill Mullins Bonnie Nash David Neilan Fran Neiman Mark & Diane Neubauer Sheila Newman Robert & Anita Nitta Napoleon & Afra Nobay Shelby Notkin Elad Offer Sandy & Alan Olick Judy Orlanski Allen Pack & Rikki Gordon Bill Palmer Bob Paris Edward Parker Dara & Greg Payne Kathy & Jeff Perkins Michael Perlstein Naidu & Jane Permaul William Pesetski Bruce Peters Frank Pfizenmayer & Josh Brown Frank Piontek Zazi Pope David Posner Philip Pritchett Joan & Martin Ransohoff Karen Reckamp Mildred Reid Vicki Reiss Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Rennick Linda & Steve Richman Lee Rodgers Elizabeth Roewe Barbara & David Rognlien Rose Brand George M. Rosen Beverly & Melvin Rosenthal Joyce & Deane Ross

Dr. Martin & Lorraine Ross Bert Royal & Clay Black Adrienne & Stanford Rubin Blanche & Bruce Joel Rubin Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Sackheim Janet Salter In Memory of Hon. Maxwell Hillary Salter Karen Sandler Dr. Victor Sands & Mrs. Charlene Sands Susan & Kenneth Sarno Maxine Savitz Carole & Michael Scheinberg Carole Scherzer Gary & Karen Schneider Nancy & Steven Schneider Jane & Bill Schopf Barbara Schulman Susan & Peter Schwab Mr. Charles Schwartz & Mrs. Carol Schwartz John H. Scott Earlene & Herb Seymour Scott Shagrin Mary & Paul Shane Tom & Judy Sharp Madeline & Robert Sharples Shelly & Greg Sherwin Sideshow Rare & Remarkable Books, Art & Curiosities Renee & Joe Siegel Seymour & Dorothy Siegel Bonnie Sturner PhD in memory of Peter Silton Diane Good & Frank Smith Diane Smith Marcia L. & Mark J. Smith Karen Smits Joan & Jerry Snyder Fanya & Sidney Soll Michael & Millie Sondermann Anne-Marie & Alex Spataru Ms. Rita Spiegel Ms. M.L. Stearns Dr. Jay Stein & Mrs. Carol Stein Mr. & Mrs. Tom Stempel Gloria Stroock Stern Holly Strom Mr. Kayser Sume & Dr. Renee Sabshin Katherine Sung I.H. Sutnick Deepak Swarup Donna Thompson Dorothy Thornhill Jay & Courtney Tobin Mr. & Mrs. Art Tompkins David Trainer Laura & John Lincoln Uelmen Robin & Gary Ungar Leon & Stephanie Vahn Pia & Steve Vai Anthony Vasek Vital Research LLC Lois Von Morganroth Carole Wagner-Vallianos & Peter Vallianos Jane Wang Bunny & Jay Wasserman Elisa Wayne Annette & David Weil Julie & Peter Weil In Memory of Eunice Weiner Marsha & Steven Weiss John Weston Rae Jeane Williams Bruce & Marci Wiseman Deborah Wiss Rowie & Jeffrey Wolf George Wolfberg Albert Wolsky Jess Womack Lynn Woods Karen & Frank Wurtzel Kevyn Wynn Harriet Zaretsky Lynn & Meir Ziv Dayle & Abram Zukor Sandy Zwirn * In Memoriam

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Daniel & Shauna Valenzuela Ira & Laurie Waldman Marcia & Dr. Charles Wasserman Jay Weinstein & Lori Woldar Bruce Whizin Deborah Wiss Elaine & Donald Wolf Kyra Woo Pat West Andrew & Kimberly Zakanych Arnold Zane


geffen playhouse staff Randall Arney Artistic Director

Ken Novice Managing Director

ARTISTIC

Behnaz Ataee General Manager

Regina Miller Chief Development Officer

MARKETING & SALES

Mary Garrett Amy Levinson Phyllis Schuringa Shannon Noel Kristina Leach Nick Johnson Maggie Rose

Artistic Manager Artistic Associate / Literary Director Artistic Associate / Casting Director Artistic Coordinator Literary Associate Literary Intern Literary Intern

DEVELOPMENT Ellen Catania Director of Major Gifts & Corporate/Foundation Partnerships Jessica Brusilow Rollins Director of Education Partnerships & Donor Relations Jamie Mikelich Associate Director of Individual Giving Kristen Smith Eshaya Grants Manager & Major Gifts Executive Assistant Scott Kriloff Development Associate & Database Manager Ava Bogle Development Assistant Jessie Sherman Development Assistant

ADMINISTRATION Frankie Ocasio Executive Assistant to the Managing Director Maryam Meehan Accounting and Payroll Manager Francisca Lopez Accounts Payable Marguerite Harris Receptionist

EDUCATION Jennifer Zakkai Education Projects Leader Connor White Resident Teaching Artist & Education Associate

PRODUCTION Daniel Ionazzi Jill Barnes Matthew Carleton Thomas Watson Rich Gilles James Grabowski Darren Rezowalli Leah A. Lewis

Production Manager Associate Production Manager Technical Director Assistant Technical Director Properties Master Sound Master Master Electrician Wardrobe Supervisor

Joseph Yoshitomi Marketing Director Karen Gutierrez Director of Advertising & Sponsorships Mark San Filippo Ticket Services Director & Database Administrator Stephanie Strand Audience Services Manager Brian Dunning Graphics / Production Artist Jodi Feigenbaum Advertising & Promotions Assistant L.J. Stevens Group Sales Janice Bernal Associate Box Office Manager Bryan Martin Associate Box Office Manager Korie Benavidez, Audrey Cain, Clay Dzygun, Zack Hamra, Richard Martinez, Lilach Mendelovich, Alyssa Tyson, Martin Wurst Box Office Staff

public relations Andy Perez

Public Relations Director

FRONT OF HOUSE Jeni Pearsons Director of Special Events David Gerhardt Supervising House Manager Michelle Cantrell, Kevin Cernansky, Amy Farkas, Tommy French, Matt Jones, Erik Odom, Julianne Tveten House Managers Abdoulaye N’Gom Head Usher Sevana Baghdasarian, Taylor Cerny, Vianney Cossyleon, Josiah Davis, Karel Ebergen, Dan Foote, Netta Lee Joseph, Erica Keller, Caroline Harrison Kohler, Nathaniel Meek, Keith Mitchell, Roxana Meyers, Lindsay Nyman, Chase O’Donnell, Jonathan Schwartz, Chelsea Smachetti, Vika Stubblebine, Danielle Weisberg Ushers Rob Mersola Bar Manager Manuel Mayorga Weekend Bar Manager Adam Carr, Brenda Davidson, Jared White, Lyndsi LaRose Bartenders

FACILITIES MANAGEMENT Miguel del Castillo Mario Santillan-Perez Juan Carlos Umaña

Facility Manager Custodial Cleaning Custodial

This theater operates under agreement between the League of Resident Theaters and Actors Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. The scenic, costume, lighting and sound designers in LORT theaters are represented by United Scenic Artists Local USA-829, IATSE. P16  PERFORMANCES  MAGAZINe


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