From the artistic Director
WELCOME TO THE GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE David Lindsay-Abaire is not a writer one can easily categorize. His early work such as Fuddy Meers and Kimberly Akimbo demonstrates an outrageousness of human behavior, and yet each play is infused with incredible heart and compassion. With these plays, LindsayAbaire won over audiences with his quirky sense of humor and lovable misfit characters with whom we can all relate. With Rabbit Hole, a play that we were incredibly proud to produce in 2006, we witnessed a departure in terms of tone, but Lindsay-Abaire still offered humor and pathos, traits inherent in all of his work.
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So it’s no surprise that we were eager to bring Good People, LindsayAbaire’s latest offering, to Los Angeles as soon as the opportunity presented itself. Once again, having shifted tone and perspective, Lindsay-Abaire has written a gritty, honest, and yes, funny, play about the Boston working class. He has masterfully painted South Boston and its inhabitants as a microcosm of how difficult circumstances have become inside America’s struggling economy and disparity among the classes. But like all works with universal perspective, he does not suggest that the upper class has it easy; rather he creates an honest portrayal of struggles large and small that cross the class divide. At the center is his captivating protagonist Margie Walsh, as bold as she is brittle. Through her eyes we get a glimpse of a world where the “haves” and “have nots” rarely intersect. As always, LindsayAbaire has instilled in this play great heart and complicated questions about self-sacrifice and self-preservation. With this West Coast premiere we are also pleased to continue our commitment to fostering new plays by giving them second productions. As much as we enjoy premiering plays for the first time, we know that this second step is just as fundamental in the shepherding of new work, and we are thrilled to have Matt Shakman, a revered Los Angeles director, here to helm the next incarnation of this exciting new play. As always, we are so glad you’ve come along for the journey; and as we roll out our plays for the upcoming season, we can promise another rich and vibrant group of writers, actors, directors and designers who look forward to bringing you the best of what Los Angeles theater has to offer. Enjoy the show,
Randall Arney Artistic Director
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS Frank G. Mancuso
FROM THE CHAIRMAN FRANK G. MANCUSO
Gilbert Cates * President
Patricia Kiernan Applegate Randall Arney dr. Gene d. Block Suzanne Deal Booth † Harold A. Brown Gil Cates jr. Mary Ann Cloyd Kirsten Combs † marcia israel-curley * Robert A. Daly † Dennis Doty John Ebey Mark Fleischer David Geffen † Herbert M. Gelfand Chairman Emeritus
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Gil Cates Theater for the West Coast premiere of 2011 Tony Award nominee Good People, written by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire. Good People is a wry, yet poignant look at the reunion between Margie Walsh (Jane Kaczmarek) and Mike Dillon (Jon Tenney), two South Boston natives with shared humble beginnings, but whose lives have taken them down drastically diverging paths. We are enormously proud to bring Good People to the Geffen stage, and we thank OneWest Bank for its major support as the presenting sponsor of this production. Good People is equal parts affectionate, irreverent and memorable — all of which could also be said about our annual fundraiser, Backstage at the Geffen, which will take place Monday, June 4. I invite you to join us for an evening of laughter, music and never-before-told stories from the other side of the curtain, as we present Fox Filmed Entertainment Chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos with our Distinction in Service Award. With the participation of our extended family of actors, playwrights and directors, this event never fails to be lively, fun and unforgettable – and also raises funds for a most worthy cause. Backstage supports our Geffen Playhouse education and outreach programs, which touch the lives of more than 22,500 underserved adults, children, seniors and veterans throughout Los Angeles each year. I hope you will join us in this one-of-a-kind occasion. To purchase tickets or to learn more about Backstage, please contact Jessica Brusilow at 310.208.6500 ext.141 or visit geffenplayhouse.com/backstage. Now sit back, relax and enjoy the company of Good People. Respectfully yours,
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finding good people BY AMY LEVINSON
(L) Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire (R) Tate Donavan, Missy Yager and Joyce Van Patten in Rabbit Hole (2006) at the Geffen Playhouse. Photo by Michael Lamont.
David Lindsay-Abaire is a writer whose plays run the stylistic gamut. With his new play Good People he points his focus home to South Boston where the writer was born and raised. I had the opportunity to chat with David about his writing, Southie and what leads him to each new play. AL: What was the spark that led you to write Good People? DLA: It was two things that had been in the back of my head for some time. The first was I had wanted to write about my old neighborhood, Southie, for a long, long time, but I didn’t know quite how to approach it. Because I cared so deeply about the people from the neighborhood that I knew, I wanted to make sure that if I was going to write about Southie it was going to be respectfully and responsibly, and that I had a clear point of view about what I was going to write. I felt I had to mature both as a person and as a writer before I actually did that. So that was in the back of my head for a long time. The other thing that I kept hearing over and over again was about British playwrights writing about class in their country and people were asking, where are the new American plays about class? And I asked myself, if I were to write a play on the subject, what would that be? I knew I wasn’t interested in writing any didactic, message-laden play, so I put it aside for a while. Then I went back to the idea of Southie and thought, wait a minute, if I write about Southie in any way, class will inevitably bubble up to the surface. Then I started to put some ideas together and threw down some characters and Good People came out.
AL: One of the aspects of the play that I find most interesting is that in your exploration of class, you choose to write about people who are all from the same exact place, which is inherently American in terms of our striving to be upwardly mobile. DLA: I think that one of the things that the play asks is for us to consider the myth that anyone can achieve anything if they just work hard enough. I don’t know if that’s true or not, and these are things that I think about all the time. As someone who is from the neighborhood and “got out,” I think about my responsibilities to the neighborhood, to my family and to my identity. All the things that Mike is contending with, I have thought about. I hope that I’m a nicer person than Mike is, but a lot of what he’s dealing with are things I’ve definitely thought about. AL: In terms of your daily writing process, how do you develop a play? DLA: It changes so much from project to project. Every play is different and the process is often dictated by how many other things I’m juggling. But regardless of the project, I write from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. every day. I have a solid workday. And a lot of that is because I
have deadlines — I have movie gigs while I’m still writing a play or a musical at the same time so it requires discipline. The process for Good People was sort of interesting only because I hadn’t written a play in awhile and I felt desperate to write one. So, I called a friend of mine in L.A. who also wanted to write a play and I said, “Let’s write simultaneously. We’ll do what we used to do at Julliard and we’ll hand in 10 pages every week.” And so the play got written in 10 page increments with my friend over the phone. We would send each other pages on Friday and we’d talk about it on Monday and the next week we’d have to write 10 more pages. The rule was we could never go backwards. We fudged it a couple times but for the most part we barreled through and we both had plays at the end of three months. AL: This takes me back to a story I had heard about you when you were writing Rabbit Hole that I have always wanted to ask you about. The story goes that you had writer’s block and that Marsha Norman† gave you advice… DLA: (laughs) No, this is all wrong already! I’ve never had writer’s block in my life. But here’s the story of Rabbit Hole: My plays usually come from two ideas crashing together in my head,
† Marsha Norman is the winner of the 1983 Pulitzer Prize, Blackburn Prize, Hull-Warriner and Drama Desk Awards for her play ‘night, Mother. She is Co-Chair, with Christopher Durang, of the Playwriting Department of The Juilliard School. P4 PERFORMANCES MAGAZINe
DLA: It’s funny, it really didn’t matter in the end. Some of the critics who had dismissed me still dismissed me, some of those who had embraced my earlier work criticized the departure I was making, some loved the play; ultimately in terms of that it was a wash, but I was glad to have ventured into writing it.
and this is no different. I had wanted to write a naturalistic play for some time, in some ways out of spite. I had found that critically, I was well received but that the writers who disliked or even hated my work dismissed me because of the style of my plays. What bothered me wasn’t so much that critics didn’t like my plays, although you’d always prefer they did, but it was their dismissal of my work which they categorized as absurdist nonsense and never strove to examine the underlying themes or what I was trying to say. And I would read these same critics’ reviews of naturalistic plays and they would approach them in an entirely different way. They were much more respectful. They talked about these plays in a more indepth way whether the review was favorable or not. And this bothered me. So I thought, I could write a naturalistic play if I wanted to — that said, if I only wrote a play out of spite, it would be a very bad play. So this was rolling around in my head and at the same time I kept thinking about something that Marsha Norman had said when I was student at Julliard many, many years ago. She said if you want to write a good play, write about the thing that frightens you most. When I was in my early twenties I had no idea what that was. It sounded like great advice, but I didn’t even know what I was afraid of at that point. Then, when my son Nicholas was about three or four I heard two or three stories in a row about friends of friends who had children die suddenly and unexpectedly. Of course I put myself in the shoes of those parents and in doing so I understood fear in a profound way, in a way I never had before. Having that fear made me remember Marsha’s advice from years earlier, and I knew that losing my child was my greatest fear. I wondered if there was a play there and if so, if this was the naturalistic play.
DLA: John Guare was my biggest, earliest influence because he was writing the kind of play that tonally I connected with — his plays can be incredibly funny and deeply painful at the same time and therefore impossible to categorize as drama or comedy. Inspiration came from all over the place: Christopher Durang, Tina Howe, Ionesco, Chekhov of course, Preston Sturges movies and Marx brothers movies.
AL: And how did the critics respond to your naturalistic play?
AL: What’s great is that you can so clearly see all of those influences in your body of work.
AL: In terms of writing for film and for the theater, is the process fairly similar for you? DLA: My perspective is quite different (with the exception of the screenplay for Rabbit Hole, which I cared so deeply about and really worked to serve the story I had told onstage). But in regards to the actual process, I am normally much freer when I’m writing plays because I’m not having to please anybody or adhere to a treatment I have promised to deliver. When I’m hired to write a film, I’m a hired hand; there are expectations there and I feel the pressure to meet those expectations and not disappoint the people who have hired me. For a play, I’m only pleasing myself so it’s a much freer way to write. AL: We obviously prefer that you continue writing plays — selfish but true. DLA: Me too! AL: Who are the writers by whom you have been most influenced?
And I’ve heard that very discussion about genre in regards to Good People. When they were doing the initial marketing on the play it was impossible to categorize it as either a comedy or a drama. DLA: Absolutely. What’s fun about Good People is that I have my absurdist comedies like Fuddy Meers, Kimberly Akimbo and Wonder of the World which are definitely comedies. Then there’s Rabbit Hole which is definitely a naturalistic drama. And then there’s Good People which, scene by scene, got more laughs than any of my comedies. It was surprising! I seem to get more laughs without trying. AL: When you do the world premiere of a play how participatory do you like to be in the process and what is your collaborative relationship with directors? DLA: I am as involved as a playwright can be. I am there for every second of the rehearsal process. I’m also there for design meetings and casting, but at the same time I don’t interfere in any way. I just like to see how and why choices are made and I’m all for actors going down the wrong brambly paths and then finding their way back so they can own the choices they make. As opposed to just popping into rehearsal and wondering, “How the hell did you get there? And why are you doing that?” I like to know how actors think and why they do the things they do because it helps me as a writer create the characters they are working on and create future characters. I look to plant clues in the text to help the actors along. Although, with that said, I worked with Dan Sullivan on the world premiere of Good People, and when you work with Dan Sullivan you don’t have to do very much. Dan gives extraordinary dramaturgical notes and raises questions that solve almost any problem in a new play. AL: In terms of future projects, are there certain areas of interest you are drawn to, or is that not how you think about the next play?
Amy Ryan in Rabbit Hole (2006) at the Geffen Playhouse. Photo by Michael Lamont.
DLA: I certainly want to revisit Southie. I feel like there are two more plays that I am forming that take place in the neighborhood. Then I’d like to go back to doing something more heightened and theatrical and absurdist — something closer to those early plays. And I don’t know what will come out; I look back at those plays now and they feel like the plays of a young man, of a young writer. They make me cringe in places but there’s also a willfulness and a freedom in those plays that I long for. But I wonder what might come out if I try to write something like that with the craft that I have hopefully gained. I don’t know, we’ll have to see. PErFORMANCEs MAGAZINE P5
Randall Arney ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Ken Novice MANAGING DIRECTOR Frank G. Mancuso chairman of the board
THE GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE presents
David Lindsay-Abaire Set Designer
Production Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
E. B. Brooks
Elizabeth Harper Assistant Director
Original Music & Sound Designer
Jonathan Snipes Casting Director
Matt Shakman Originally commissioned by the Manhattan Theatre Club Lynne Meadow Artistic Director • Barry Grove Executive Producer With funds provided by Bank of America and received its world premiere there on February 8, 2011
Opening Night: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 presenting sponsor
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cast of characters (In order of appearance)
Margie.............................................................................................................................Jane Kaczmarek Stevie...............................................................................................................................Brad Fleischer Dottie..............................................................................................................................Marylouise Burke Jean..................................................................................................................................Sara Botsford Mike.................................................................................................................................Jon Tenney Kate..................................................................................................................................Cherise Boothe Offstage Voices.......................................................Kristen Ariza, Kevin Ashworth, Sarah Benoit
understudies (In alphabetical order)
Kate.................................................................................................................................. Mike................................................................................................................................. Jean/Dottie.................................................................................................................. Stevie............................................................................................................................... Margie.............................................................................................................................
Kristen Ariza Kevin Ashworth Sarah Benoit Tyler Pierce Caryn West
Time Present setting South Boston’s Lower End Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts running time Two hours including one 15 minute intermission The Geffen Playhouse gratefully acknowledges the following media sponsors for their generous support of Good People.
The Geffen Playhouse is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. This project was also funded in part by the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles. The Geffen Playhouse, a non-profit theater company, is proudly affiliated with the University of California at Los Angeles.
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WHO’S WHO IN THE CAST ABOUT THE PLAYERS
CHERISE BOOTHE (Kate) Ms. Boothe is thrilled to be returning to the Geffen Playhouse after having performed here as an original cast member in Lynn Nottage’s Pulizter Prize winning play, Ruined. Most recently, her voice can be heard in the new FX animated series, Unsupervised. Theater credits include: Milk Like Sugar (original cast: La Jolla Playhouse / Playwrights Horizons), Ruined (Goodman / Manhattan Theatre Club, Intiman / Geffen Playhouse; 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama); August Wilson’s 20th Century (Kennedy Center); Ohio State Murders (TFANA; Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Revival); King Hedley II (Signature); A Christmas Carol (McCarter); The Blacks (Classical Theatre of Harlem); Huck & Holden (original cast: Cherry Lane); The Book Club Play, Insurrection: Holding History (BTF); Blues for an Alabama Sky (BTF/Actors Theatre). Film/TV: Inside Man (dir. Spike Lee), Then She Found Me (dir. Helen Hunt), The Wool Cap (with Keke Palmer and William H. Macy), Everyone’s Hero (animation), The Good Wife, Law & Order: SVU, Gossip Girl. Training: NYU Graduate Acting Program. Deepest gratitude to Spirit, family and friends. www.cheriseboothe.com.
SARA BOTSFORD (Jean) Theater highlights: Hamlet (Ophelia then Gertrude); Glass Menagerie (Ensemble Theatre); The Real Thing (Broadway and National Tour, dir. Mike Nichols); Romeo and Juliet (Ahmanson Theatre, dir. Sir Peter Hall); Blithe Spirit (Pasadena Playhouse); Top Girls (Obie award Public Theatre, NY); Private Lives and Present Laughter opposite Brian Bedford; three seasons at the Stratford Festival of Canada; The Royal Family (dir. Susan Stroman). Television highlights: the long running Canadian series E.N.G, (Gemini Award best actress), The Lot (AMC), The Arrow, with Dan Akyroyd (best supporting actress nomination); SOPHIE, a half hour comedy for CBC, Body of Proof, the Mentalist, NCIS, Medium, Raising the Bar, E.R., West Wing, The L Word, NYPD Blue, Law and Order, Crossing Jordan, Ally McBeal. Film highlights: Still of the Night with Meryl Streep, Legal Eagles with Robert Redford, Jumping Jack Flash, The Fixer, Tremors 4 (best actress nomination DVD Exclusive Awards). Sara is artistic director of 49th Parallel Theatre in Los Angeles.
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productions of Lindsay-Abaire’s Fuddy Meers (Drama Desk Award — Outstanding Featured Actress), Wonder of the World, and Kimberly Akimbo (Drama Desk Nomination — Outstanding Leading Actress), and in the premiere of Kimberly Akimbo at South Coast Rep (Back Stage Garland Award). Other recent theater credits include, in New York: Rx (Primary Stages), American Sligo (Rattlestick), The Savannah Disputation (Playwrights Horizons), and Love, Loss, and What I Wore; in Chicago: the premiere of Bruce Norris’ A Parallelogram at Steppenwolf Theatre. Television: 30 Rock, Fringe, Law & Order (and SVU), Delocated, and recurring as Lotte on Hung. Film: Sideways, A Prairie Home Companion, Series 7, Must Love Dogs, Mona Lisa Smile, Meet Joe Black, One True Thing, Ira and Abby, The Baxter, An Invisible Sign, I Love You Phillip Morris, Doubt, Rabbit Hole and Mike Birbiglia’s Sleepwalk with Me.
BRAD FLEISCHER (Stevie) Broadway: Rajiv Joseph’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Coram Boy (Drama League nomination). Off Broadway: David Rabe’s Streamers (Roundabout), Regional: World premiere Gruesome Playground Injuries (Alley), Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Mark Taper Forum/Kirk Douglas Theater), Pig Farm (South Coast Repertory). Film: The Good Shepherd. TV: Nurse Jackie, 24, The Unit, Prison Break, Jericho, Law and Order, Over There. Shorts: Seany B vs. Sketchy McSwains (dir. Vasarian Revelipotty), Queenan fights Drewzilla (dir. Ken Choi). Representing UCSD MFA/ Kyle Donnelly, Game night and Threshold 33.
JANE KACZMAREK (Margie) Jane Kaczmarek has appeared on Broadway in Lost in Yonkers and in plays at the Manhattan Theatre Club, The Public, Second Stage, Long Wharf, New York Stage and Film, and the Berkshire and Williamstown Theatre Festivals. In Los Angeles, she has appeared in House of Blue Leaves at the Mark Taper Forum; Awake and Sing and Death of a Salesman at LA Theatre Works; Kindertransport (Ovation Award — Best Actress), West Coast premiere of Pulitzer Prize winning Dinner With Friends directed by Dan Sullivan and Raised in Captivity (LA Drama Critics Circle Award — Featured Performance) at South Coast Repertory; and In Mother Words at the Geffen Playhouse. Kaczmarek starred for seven years in the Emmy Award winning TV series Malcolm in the Middle (Emmy Award nominations, Golden Globe Award nominations, SAG Award nominations, American Comedy Award — Funniest Female Performer — TV Series, TCA Award — Individual Achievement in Comedy, AFI Actor of the Year Award — Female — Series). Other TV credits include: Wilfred, Whitney, Raising the Bar, The Simpsons, Felicity, Party of Five and Frasier. Kaczmarek is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and Yale School of Drama. Special thanks to Jeanie Hackett.
WHO’S WHO IN THE CAST ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
JON TENNEY (Mike) Jon Tenney previously appeared at the Geffen Playhouse in David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow. Other theater credits include: Broadway: The Heiress, Biloxi Blues, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Sweet Sue. Off-Broadway: Tuesday’s With Morrie, Jon Robin Baitz’s The Substance of Fire, John Guare’s Chaucer in Rome at Lincoln Center, Beth Henley’s Impossible Marriage, John Patrick Shanley’s Beggars in the House of Plenty, David Marshall Grant’s Current Events and Snakebit, and Richard Greenberg’s Three Days of Rain (original production — SCR). Jon began his career doing the national tour of Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing (dir. Mike Nichols). Films include: You Can Count on Me, Rabbit Hole, Tombstone, Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World, Legion, The Stepfather, Fools Rush In and Watch It among others. Television credits include the series Brooklyn South, Get Real and Showtime’s The Twilight of the Golds and Homecoming. Most recently, Jon played opposite Kyra Sedgwick as Fritz Howard on TNT’s The Closer which will conclude its eightseason run this summer on TNT. He will next be seen on episodes of its spin-off Major Crimes as well as in HBO’s upcoming Aaron Sorkin drama The Newsroom. Jon is a Vassar College graduate and trained at The Juilliard School. MATT SHAKMAN (Director) Matt Shakman is the founder and artistic director of the Black Dahlia Theatre in Los Angeles, which was named “one of a dozen young American companies you need to know” by American Theatre
Magazine and “Best Small Theatre” by Los Angeles magazine. His work at the Dahlia includes the world premiere musical Hey, Morgan! (LA Weekly Award nominee, Best Musical and Best Director); David Schulner’s Forgiveness (LA Drama Critics Circle nomination, Direction); Jonathan Tolins’ Secrets of the Trade starring John Glover (Ovation and Garland Award, Direction; GLAAD Award, LA Production); Austin Pendleton’s Orson’s Shadow (LADCC nomination and Garland Award, Direction), Richard Kramer’s Theater District (LADCC and Garland Award, Direction); and Adam Rapp’s Nocturne (Ovation Award nomination, Direction). He has directed several plays by Stephen Adly Guirgis, including the premiere of Den of Thieves and the West Coast premiere of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Matt recently directed the OffBroadway production of Secrets of the Trade at Primary Stages. Other credits include the NY premiere of Jamie Pachino’s Splitting Infinity (SPF), Better Angels by Wayne Liebman (inaugural production at the Broad Performing Arts Center) with Dustin Hoffman, James Cromwell and Amy Ryan, and the Live Nation tour of The Nightman Cometh featuring the cast of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Beacon, NYC; Palladium, Troubadour, & Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles, etc). Matt’s television directing credits include Mad Men, Six Feet Under, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, House, Hung and Weeds. He’s the recipient of the Milton Katselas Award from the LA Drama Critics Circle for career achievement in direction. DAVID LINDSAY-ABAIRE (Playwright) David Lindsay-Abaire premiered his play Good People on Broadway last season, and was awarded the 2011 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play of the Year, as well as two Tony Award nominations. His previous play, Rabbit Hole received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, as well as five Tony Award
nominations, and the Spirit of America Award. David, along with composer Jeanine Tesori, was nominated for a Grammy and two Tony Awards for their work on Shrek The Musical (Best Score and Best Book of a Musical). Prior to that David was awarded the Kleban Award as America’s most promising musical theater lyricist. His other shows include Fuddy Meers, Kimberly Akimbo, Wonder of the World and A Devil Inside, among others. In addition to his work in theater, David’s screen credits include his film adaptation of Rabbit Hole (starring Nicole Kidman — Oscar Nomination), as well as the upcoming features Rise of the Guardians (Dreamworks), and Oz: The Great and Powerful (Disney). David is a proud New Dramatists alum, a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and The Juilliard School, as well as a member of the WGA and the Dramatists Guild Council. CRAIG SIEBELS (Set Designer) Craig Siebels’ theatrical design work includes over 150 productions at venues including the Hollywood Bowl, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf, Madison Repertory, Kitchen Dog, and many others. He counts his first collaboration with director Matt Shakman, Nocturne at the Black Dahlia Theatre, as one of his favorite productions. In addition to theater, Craig is currently a production designer, producer, and director on the television show Burn Notice. Other television and film design work includes: The Good Guys, Without Borders and Within. As a writer, Craig adapted Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea for the stage, along with co-adapter and director Eric Ting. The first production at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven was Craig’s debut as a produced playwright. Craig has also worked professionally as a furniture designer, graphic designer, storyboard artist, lighting designer and architectural consultant on performance venues in Massachusetts and California.
E. B. BROOKS (Costume Designer) Black Dahlia Theater: Hey Morgan!, Forgiveness, Finally, Secrets of the Trade and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot directed by Matt Shakman. Center for New Performance/ RedCat: Brewsie and Willie directed by Travis Preston (2010 LA Weekly Award for Best Production Design), What to Wear directed by Richard Foreman. A Noise Within: Blithe Spirit directed by Damaso Rodriguez (2010 Ticketholder Award Best Costume Design). East West Players: The Language Archive directed by Jessica Kubzansky. Celebration Theater: Take Me Out directed by Michael Matthews. Uncanny Valley by Hand2Mouth at the ART in Portland, Oregon. Her costumes have been on exhibit at the Hammer Museum and Machine Project alongside the film Fly Amanita directed by David Fenster. Other films include Three Nights in the Desert, Sawdust City, and The Murder of Hi Good. She received her MFA from California Institute of the Arts and currently designs and lectures at California Institute of Technology. ELIZABETH HARPER (Lighting Designer) Theatrical Design: A Raisin in the Sun (Kirk Douglas Theatre, Ebony Repertory Theatre, 2011 Ovation Nominee), The Twentieth-Century Way (Boston Court, 2010 Ovation Nominee), It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Family Guy Live (Gibson Amphitheatre), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, A Night With Kristin Chenoweth (Reprise), Crescent City (The Industry), Our Lady of 121st Street (NYU, selected as part of an exhibit of emerging American designers at the 2011 Prague Quadrennial). Industrial and Event Design: Microsoft, OnLive, Viacom Architectural Design: Focus Lighting (New York City), First Circle Design (Los Angeles). Education and Affiliation: Guest Instructor, California Institute of the Arts; MFA, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU; Member United Scenic Artists Local 829. PErFORMANCEs MAGAZINE P9
WHO’S WHO IN THE CAST ABOUT THE PRODUCTION JONATHAN SNIPES (Original Music & Sound Design) On screen, Jonathan Snipes’ music has been heard in Room 237 (IFC, 2012), Mask of the Ninja (Spike TV, 2008), Snakes on a Plane (New Line Cinema, 2006), The Office (NBC, 2005-present) and Battlestar Galactica (SyFy, 2004-2009). On the stage, his work has been featured in Meditations on Virginity (National Theater in Warsaw, Poland, 2004), Nocturne (Black Dahlia Theater, 2004), Crumble (Moving Arts, 2005), and Sock & Shoe (Actors Gang, 2009). He is a founding member and resident composer of Three Chairs Theater Company. From 20032006, Snipes was the resident sound designer at Los Angeles’ Black Dahlia theater under artistic director Matt Shakman. His first original musical (with Kristin Erickson and Patrick Kennelly), Patty, will open at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica on May 18, 2012. JILL GOLD (Production Stage Manager) Jill Gold is happy to return to the good people at the Geffen. Jill has stage managed over 150 Equity shows for the Pasadena Playhouse, Reprise Theatre Company, McCoy Rigby Entertainment, the Hollywood Bowl, LATC, and the Mark Taper Forum and many others. She toured the US with Les Miserables, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, City of Angels, Wicked, and Not The Messiah, as well as Germany and Austria with Sisterella. She dedicates this show to her family of good people: daughters Hailey and Colleen, husband Phil, and her good dog, Kringle. KYRA HANSEN (Assistant Stage Manager) Kyra is thrilled to be joining the cast and crew of Good People. Past Geffen credits include: The Jacksonian, Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie, Extraordinary Chambers, and Love, Loss, and What I Wore. P10 PERFORMANCES MAGAZINe
Other credits include assistant stage manager for Tosca, Arabella, The Magic Flute, La Boheme, and Moametto at The Santa Fe Opera, and stage manager for Beneath the Veil at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. She’d like to thank her husband Adam for his love and support. PHYLLIS SCHURINGA (Casting Director) Phyllis is in her ninth season as Casting Director at the Geffen Playhouse. Recent plays include: The Escort, Ruined (LA Casting), Equivocation, Matthew Modine Saves the Alpacas, Farragut North, The Seafarer, Time Stands Still, By the Waters of Babylon, The Quality of Life and Third. Prior to the Geffen, Phyllis served as casting director for the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. Her favorites include Frank Galati’s adaptation of The Grapes of Wrath (also La Jolla Playhouse, National Theatre in London, and Broadway, where it received the Tony Award for Best Play), the original production of Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile (and subsequent productions including Westwood Playhouse and Briar Street Theater in Chicago), Austin Pendleton’s Orson’s Shadow and Charles L. Mee’s Time to Burn. Broadway transfers include One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Tony for Best Revival) and The Song of Jacob Zulu. She teaches auditioning at Steppenwolf West.
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. For the Geffen, in addition to his artistic programming and oversight, Arney’s directing
credits include Superior Donuts by Tracy Letts, The Female of the Species by Joanna MurraySmith, Speed-the-Plow by David Mamet, All My Sons by Arthur Miller, Richard Greenberg’s Take Me Out, Stephen Jeffries’ I Just Stopped by to See the Man, Rebecca Gilman’s Boy Gets Girl, David Rambo’s God’s Man in Texas and Conor McPherson’s The Weir and The Seafarer. He is an ensemble member and former Artistic Director of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre where his directing credits include The Seafarer, I Just Stopped by to See the Man, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Death and the Maiden, Curse of the Starving Class, Bang, A Walk in the Woods, Killers and The Geography of Luck. Arney also directed the world premiere of Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile at Steppenwolf, as well as the subsequent Los Angeles (Westwood Playhouse, Drama-Logue Critic’s Award), Off-Broadway, San Francisco, Washington D. C. and Tokyo productions. As the Artistic Director for Steppenwolf from 1987 to 1995, he oversaw the design, creation and completion of a new state-of-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’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. On film he has appeared in Normal and Weapons of Mass Distraction (HBO), Mystery, Alaska, The Outof-Towners, Chain Reaction, and The Color of Money. Mr. Arney has an MFA degree in Acting from Illinois State University and has taught acting and directing at UCLA and Columbia College in Chicago and Illinois State University. He has also held master classes and workshops at Steppenwolf, around the U. S. and in Tokyo.
KEN NOVICE (Managing Director) Ken Novice’s career in the professional theatre 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 Basset 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 Award-nominated 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 the Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from San Diego State University.
GEFFEN AT A GLANCE ADDRESS
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Box Office Phone Line........... 310.208.5454 Daily......................................7:00 am — 6:00 pm
Properties Master Rich Gilles Production Electrician Yelena Babinskaya Sound Board Operator James Grabowski Wardrobe Supervisor Leah A. Lewis Stitcher Laura Coe Dialect Coach Elizabeth Himelstein Dialect Coach Paul Wagar Stage Crew Gary Breitbach Stage Crew Ryan Godbout Stage Crew Eric Svaleson UCLA Production Intern Megan Howe UCLA Properties Intern Karla Braunesreither UCLA Costume Intern Rebecca Guzzi Assistant Lighting Designer Jenna Pletcher
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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.
AT THE THEATER Late Seating Should you arrive late to the theater or vacate your seat during the performance, please expect to be held in the lobby until an appropriate pause in the action on-stage. To minimize disturbance to other patrons, you may be sat into the first available location by the house staff even if different from your assigned seat. Be advised that some productions or circumstances may not allow for late or return seating.
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. PErFORMANCEs MAGAZINE P11
THE DEVIL DIDN’T MAKE ME DO IT By John Pielmeier
Playwright John Pielmeier discusses his “possession/obsession” with The Exorcist in anticipation of the world premiere production this summer at the Geffen Playhouse. In February of 2008, I received a call from my television agent telling me that he had fielded a call from a producer who was interested in talking to me about doing a stage adaptation of The Exorcist, the iconic novel by William Peter Blatty. I was intrigued. My first play, Agnes of God, handled similar themes about innocence and corruption, and I felt that this piece might provide interesting territory for expanding on the theme. I re-read the novel (which I had first read in the seventies) and became a little possessed/obsessed with it myself. I spoke to the producer and his partner, pitched my pitch, and a meeting was set up for me to speak face-to-face with Mr. Blatty. In the end, the producers were unable to make a deal for the rights, but rather than cancel my meeting with Blatty I went ahead with it (at his insistence), and the result will premiere this summer at the Geffen Playhouse. My take on the material was this: the story of the battle between faith and evil needed no spinning heads or green vomit; the horror should unfold instead on a simple set with a minimal cast, and the
central conflict between doubting Father Karras and the oh-so-clever demon should be a series of debates, in which the young girl possessed is the least of the figures present. Bill Blatty could not have been more supportive of my concept, and of my subsequent script, the first draft of which I wrote in 10 days time, faster than anything I have ever written before. I like to think this is good; it certainly attests to the fact that whatever feeling the novel plumbed in me had to come pouring out. Let it be said here and now that I am a rather confused ex-Catholic, and my writing of this piece (and of many of my other plays) is a sort of working out of my own religious conflicts, played out against the background of the fascinating complexities of spiritual phenomena. I wanted to write a piece, not for believers (who would readily go along for the ride), but for doubters and nonbelievers, who like me might initially scoff at the very idea of demonic possession. But the Devil himself (real or imagined) has a very complicated history. Rather than this being a battle between black and white (which on one level it is, of course), it is also
a battle between off-white and gray, in which a devil who might be viewed by atheists as a sort-of metaphor digs into to the very real vulnerabilities of our flawed and wellmeaning heroes and drives them precisely where he does not want them to go – into the light. That, of course, is the fly in any terrorist’s ointment – he has no ability to win victims over to his cause, and the more terrible his actions, the more people will rise against him. His weapon, fear, ends up being more of a liability than a power. Eventually he will always lose. Pretty cool. So what drew me to this piece? The answer is simple – there is no simple answer, no bottom to this well, no end to this exploration of faith/evil. The end result changes with the individual: I want people to think and feel, to accept or reject, to fear and rebel, to debate and argue with friends, spouses, inner angels, to come out the other end with no simple answers, maybe with no answers at all, but with the renewed affirmation in the power and importance (and predominance) of goodness in their lives. To come out fighting for what they believe in, wherever their faith may lie.
John Pielmeier is an American playwright, screenwriter, actor and director whose work has been produced on Broadway, television and on stages and screens across the country. For more information on The Exorcist, visit www.geffenplayhouse.com/TheExorcist. P12 PERFORMANCES MAGAZINe
“A world class artist, award winning concert pianist and compelling story teller, Mona Golabek will fill your imagination and steal your heart in this must-see story about family, music and survival.”
— Hershey Felder, Director
The Geffen Playhouse and Hershey Felder present The One More Entertainment and Trevor Hay Production of
adapted and directed by
Hershey Felder based on The children of willesden lane by
Mona Golabek & Lee Cohen limited seats in the audrey skirball kenis theater
Read the acclaimed concert pianist’s bio, view Signature Series events at no additional cost and more.
SCENE AT THE GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE Opening Night of Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins Sponsored by Audi of America, Inc. and Los Angeles magazine
Amnon and Miriam Kabatchnik with their daughter, Geffen Playhouse Board member and Chairman’s Circle donor Adi Greenberg, and Lynne Heslov
Playwrights Margaret and Allison Engel with Matthew Van Oss, Kathleen Turner and Director David Esbjornson
Chairman of the Board Frank Mancuso and Geffen Playhouse partners Renee and Alan Cruciani from Audi of America
Fay Mancuso, Chairman of the Board Frank Mancuso and Kathleen Turner
Geffen Playhouse partner Cristi Catlin and her husband
Geffen Playhouse Chairman’s Circle donors Donna McKenna and Flynn Chernos
Geffen Playhouse donors Manny and Sally Karbelnig
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The Geffen Playhouse and Determined to Succeed Invite you to
A Day of Poker and Giving Back Benefiting
SATURDAY MAY 12, 2012 Seats: $1,250 each
Includes complimentary food and drinks To purchase a seat, sponsor a table or get more information please contact Jessica Brusilow at 310.208.6500 ext.141 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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saturday scene THEATER FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES Free post-show snacks generously provided by Gelson’s Market and Pretzel Crisps!
this election year, cast a vote for Rock the Presidents saturday, April 14 at 11:00 am ages 6+
“A blast of guitar-crunching, fistpumping, lighter-flicking awesomeness” — USA Today You too can become president! Or at least enjoy a rollicking, multi-media-filled musical revue of the 44 men who already have. From George Washington to Barack Obama in under an hour, this world premiere by nationally recognized youth theater company Childsplay features stories spanning the 223 years of the American presidency, brought to life by an alloriginal rock, pop and folk music soundtrack. (CD available on iTunes)
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APRIL 21, 2012
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare ages 5 to 11
Shakespeare’s all-out comedy classic arrives with kid-friendly language and a running time of under an hour.
like ‘Geffen Playhouse Family Fun’
APRIL 28, 2012
Don’t Just Sit There!
An Interactive Musical for Toddlers and Big Kids ages 2 to 5
Perfect for the little ones who have problems sitting still!
JUNE 9, 2012
A T-Rex is Loose! ages 7 to 11
The Natural History Museum’s T-Rex ROOARRRS through the Geffen Playhouse in this whole new show by the Geffen Playhouse Story Pirates.
“I cannot begin to thank you and your staff enough for the Tall Tales tour and workshops! The students and teachers were thoroughly entertained. Our students sat spellbound the entire time.” — Barbara Phillips, Intervention Coordinator, Sunrise Elementary School
This winter, the Geffen Playhouse Education and Outreach Department partnered with the UCLA Department of Theater, Film and Television to bring the original show, Tall Tales: Myths of Magical Trees free-of-charge to ten Title 1 elementary schools, including every elementary school in the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools. This show, made possible through a generous grant from OneWest Bank, is highly interactive, involving the students in clown acts, shadow puppetry, and dance numbers while introducing them to cultural folk tales about trees from around the world.
Photos by Chelsey Rosetter
In addition to the performance, pre-show workshops were provided to 60 classes (over 1300 students) that gave them hands-on experience with theater skills and taught them to tell their own stories using shadow puppets. Teachers also received a 52-page study guide that included 12 inclass activities to deepen the experience.
If you’d like to help bring our shows to more schools, contact Jessica Brusilow at 310.208.6500 ext.141 or JessicaB@geffenplayhouse.com. PErFORMANCEs MAGAZINE P17
donor SPOTLIGHT The Geffen Playhouse proudly acknowledges
For being the Presenting Sponsor of
In addition, OneWest Bank’s support of our School Tours production, Tall Tales: Myths of Magical Trees, brought the magic and inspiration of live theater to hundreds of underserved students at 10 Title 1 LAUSD elementary schools this winter. OneWest Foundation priorities include the provision of affordable housing, healthcare, education, and financial literacy, as well as other important community development efforts that develop, stabilize or rehabilitate underserved communities. Thank you to OneWest Bank for helping us bring the healing power of theater to those who need it most. P18 PERFORMANCES MAGAZINe
Meet Girls Night Out Devotee
Jennifer Thomson Girls Night Out attendee since February 2010 What three words best describe you? Enthusiastic, inquisitive and fun! What was the first play you attended for Girls Night Out at the Geffen? The Female of the Species with Annette Bening and Merritt Wever. I went with a group of friends. We loved the play and had so much fun at the after-party. It was a great surprise to see the cast out and about at the event. As I recall, David Arquette was popping in and out of the photo booth, much to everyone’s delight. That was two years ago and now I am a GNO season subscriber! Where did you grow up and what brought you to L.A.? I was born on the East Coast but moved to California when I was very young. To out-of-towners Los Angeles is known for Hollywood studios and films, but it is the amazing arts, especially theater that deserves its share of the spotlight. I believe the Los Angeles theater scene rivals that of New York so whenever family or friends visit from the East Coast, I always try to fit a play into their itinerary. As a proud Angeleno, I enjoy sharing our culture. Is there a specific highlight from a Girls Night Out that you can share? My most memorable moment was at The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity after-party. My friends and I were in line at the ever popular photo booth and the entire cast was behind us. They were funny and entertaining and it was a great opportunity to discuss the play with those who know it best! All of the GNO events are so much fun. I have a wonderful collection of memories — and photo booth pictures from the past few years! Who is your celebrity crush that you think would be the perfect date for an upcoming Girls Night Out? Definitely Adam Duritz from Counting Crows (but don’t tell my husband!). He is a big fan of the theater, and is even collaborating with Stephen Belber on a musical called Black Sun. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him at a Girls Night Out event, but probably not as my date.
Save the Date! Girls Night Out for The Exorcist is July 19 and will feature a WILLIAM B + friends mobile designer sample sale truck! Details at geffenplayhouse.com/ExorcistEvents
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ANNUAL DONORS The Geffen Playhouse recognizes the following individuals and organizations for their generous support of our Annual Fund. Donors are listed at the Associate level and higher for gifts made between October 1, 2010 and February 15, 2012.
CHAIRMAN’S CIRCLE $50,000+
Anonymous Patricia Kiernan Applegate Audi of America, Inc Ben/Joyce Eisenberg Foundation City National Bank ClearEdge Power Mary Ann Cloyd Creative Artists Agency Susan & John Ebey Edgerton Foundation Joyce Eisenberg-Keefer & Melvin Keefer Herbert M. & Beverly J. Gelfand Adi & Jerry Greenberg Guggenheim Partners Carole & Bill Haber Martha Henderson J.P. Morgan Private Bank Marilyn & Jeffrey Katzenberg Glorya Kaufman Keyes Automotive Group Sandra Krause & William Fitzgerald Latham & Watkins LLP Lincy Foundation Los Angeles County Arts Commission Ginny Mancini Fay & Frank Mancuso Donna McKenna & Flynn Chernos Ron & Kelly Meyer Ann & Jerry Moss OneWest Bank Ralph M. Parsons Foundation PricewaterhouseCoopers Madeline & Bruce Ramer Linda Bernstein Rubin & Tony Rubin Richard & Barbara Sherman Shubert Foundation Skirball Foundation Kate Capshaw Spielberg & Steven Spielberg DeeAnna Staats, Staats & Co. Cynthia P. Stafford & Lanre Idewu Jodi & Howard Tenenbaum Tropicana Las Vegas The UCLA Dream Fund Deborah & Michael E. Walsh Judy & Chancellor Charles E. Young
$25,000 — $49,999 Anonymous A&E Television Networks Arlene & Alan Alda Stephanie & Jonathan Carson CBS Corporation Classic Party Rentals The Douglas Foundation Greater Los Angeles New Car Dealers Association Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust Dan Hartman Arts & Music Foundation Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa Marcia Israel Foundation, Inc. The Lear Family Foundation Los Angeles magazine Louis XIII de Remy Martin Susanna Midnight & Charlie Midnight Montage Hotels & Residences Leslie Moonves & Julie Chen Napa Valley Grille Nikki Beach The Edward A. & Ai O. Shay Family Foundation Sony Pictures Entertainment Judith & Bruce Stern Shel & Cynthia Stone Universal Studios W Hotel Westwood The Walt Disney Company Westime
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$10,000 — $24,999 Ariel Investments, LLC Bacara Resort & Spa Charles A. Black, Jr. Annette Blum The Eli & Edythe L. Broad Foundation Brotman Foundation of California Eileen & Harold Brown Mark Burnett & Roma Downey Capital Group Companies Celine Dion Foundation Valarie de la Garza & Michael Centeno City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs Shelley Wike Cranley Carole Bayer Sager & Robert A. Daly Dwight Stuart Youth Fund Susan & Mark Fleischer Four Seasons Fox Entertainment Group G.E. Foundation Gagosian Gallery Inc Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown, Inc. Patty Glaser & Sam Mudie Arthur Greenberg C. Curtis Grisham, Jr. Guy D. Gundlach * In Memory of Morrie Hazan HBO Films Eric & Samantha Heer Mellody Hobson InterActive Corp (IAC) Wendell & Bernice Jeffrey Joan Kaloustian Michael Kong & Anastasia Twilley Yvonne & Jason Lee Leo S. Guthman Fund Carla Malden Mona Malden Malibu Family Wines Susan & Peter Mallory Nancy & Michael McClelland Sandra E. Milken Hope Mineo & Jeffrey Kitchen Kenneth T. & Eileen L. Norris Foundation Northern Trust, NA Anna K. Nupson Occidental Petroleum Corp Christine Marie Ofiesh Lee & Lawrence J. Ramer Rollin Ransom & Chris Lacroix Readers Fine Jewelers Resnick Family Foundation Pamela Robinson Hollander & Robert Hollander Ronen Levy Events Loren Rothschild & Hon. Frances Rothschild Richard Ruskell The Vidal Sassoon Foundation Patricia & Stanley Silver The Simms/Mann Family Foundation Sotheby’s Fred Specktor & Nancy Heller Tanino Ristorante Steve Tisch Transamerica Insurance & Investment Group Union Bank W Fort Lauderdale Warner Bros. Entertainment Fred & Mary Willard William Morris Endeavor Entertainment Angela Wommack Ruth Ziegler Anthony P. Zinge
$5,000 — $9,999 J.J. Abrams & Katie McGrath Jehan F. Agrama & Dwora Fried Jack & Hilary Angelo Mara & Jonathan Blum
Bobcat Productions, Inc Linda & Jerry Bruckheimer Marcy Carsey & Leo Yoshimura Jo Champa Creative Intelligence Incorporated Larry & Sophie Cripe Bill & Kate In Honor of Blanch Schimmel John Dittmar DreamWorks Studios Fielding Edlow & Larry Clarke George Hoag Family Foundation Priscila Giraldo Gloria & Peter Gold Jay Gordon & Meyera Robbins Barbara Grenell Hachette Book Group Lynne & Michael Heslov Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa Cindy & Alan Horn Vicki Iovine Dora & Neil Kadisha Mannon Kaplan Sally & Dr. Manny J. Karbelnig L & N Andreas Foundation Paul Lester Marlene & Sandy Louchheim Frank Mancuso Jr. & Kim Mancuso Barbara & Garry Marshall Todd M. Morgan Morgan Stanley Morris & Libby Singer Foundation Susan Bay Nimoy & Leonard Nimoy Pelican Hill Resort Kay & Bob Rehme Jane Rissman & Richard Sondheimer Monica & Phil Rosenthal Jay D. Roth & Sherry E. Grant Thomas L. Safran Steve Sauer Jody & Arthur Schmid Sidley Austin, LLP Simon Strauss Foundation Gussie Sitkin Sondheimer Foundation Sports Club/LA St. Regis Princeville Resort Tanaz Assil Jewelry Heather Thomas & Skip Brittenham David Tillman, MD & Karen Zoller, MD Miranda Tollman Tribune Direct U.S. Bank John & Marilyn Wells Rita Wilson & Tom Hanks Richard & March Wiseley Elena & Drew Zager Gail Zappa Ruth & Stan Zicklin
EDUCATION ADVOCATE $1,000 — $4,999
Anonymous (5) 23rd Street Jewelers Harry & Gay Abrams/Abrams Artists Agency Dr. Richard A. Ackerman & Miriam Shakter Janis Adams & John Lyons Joanna Adler Miriam Aguiar AIG Matching Grants Program Olga S. Alderson Richard Alonso Laura & Harvey Alpert Charitable Foundation Katherine Amber Amgen Foundation Patti & Harlan Amstutz John Antoni Margaret & Howard Arvey Avion Tequila Hank Azaria Shelli Azoff Badrutt’s Palace Hotel Brandon Bailo
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coming up at the geffen playhouse kinross annex saturday 2:00pm
audrey skirball kenis theater
gil cates theater
the flagship show SUNDAY
saturday scene theater for familes 2:00pm
story pirates the flagship show
the pianist of willesden lane
the pianist of willesden lane 2:00/7:00pm
the pianist of willesden lane
the pianist of willesden lane
the pianist of willesden lane
28 8:00pm 8:00pm
the pianist of willesden lane
the pianist of willesden lane
willesden lane 8:00pm
the pianist of willesden lane
the pianist of willesden lane
the pianist of willesden lane
extraordinary 8:00pm thechambers pianist of
the pianist of willesden lane
the pianist of willesden lane
the pianist of willesden lane
the pianist of willesden lane
the pianist of willesden lane
the pianist of willesden lane
the pianist of willesden lane
the pianist of willesden lane
the pianist of willesden lane
the pianist of willesden lane
6 superior 8:00pm
the pianist of willesden lane 8:00pm
the pianist of willesden lane 3:00/8:00pm
the pianist of willesden lane 2:00/7:00pm
rock the presidents
Don’t Just Sit There!
saturday may 12, 2012
Please note that Talk Back Tuesday and Girls Night Out events are for Good People. Please visit geffenplayhouse.com for more on Signature Series events.
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geffen playhouse staff Randall Arney Artistic Director
Ken Novice Managing Director
Behnaz Ataee General Manager Mario Santillan-Perez
ARTISTIC Mary Garrett Artistic Manager Amy Levinson Literary Manager/Dramaturg Phyllis Schuringa Casting Director & Assistant to the Artistic Director Shannon Noel Artistic Coordinator Kristina Leach Literary Associate Jen Fingal Literary Intern
DEVELOPMENT Regina Miller Development Director Ellen Catania Director of Major Gifts & Corporate/Foundation Partnerships Jessica Brusilow Associate Director of Donor Relations Jamie Sherman Development Manager Liz Sellier Development Associate Scott Kriloff Development Assistant Benjamin Lowy Development Assistant
EDUCATION Debra Pasquerette Education & Outreach Director Connor White Resident Teaching Artist & Education Associate Michael Faulkner Education Coordinator
ADMINISTRATION Frankie Ocasio Executive Assistant to the Managing Director Maryam Meehan Staff Accountant Janet Huynh Staff Accountant Marguerite Harris Receptionist
FACILITIES MANAGEMENT Miguel del Castillo Victor Cueva De Loera
Facility Manager Maintenance
Frank G. Mancuso Chairman of the Board Custodial
PRODUCTION Daniel Ionazzi Jill Barnes Matthew Carleton Rich Gilles James Grabowski Darren Rezowalli Leah A. Lewis
Production Manager Associate Production Manager Technical Director Properties Master Sound Master Master Electrician Wardrobe Supervisor
COMMUNICATIONS Allison Rawlings Chelsey Rosetter
Director of Communications Communications Coordinator
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FRONT OF HOUSE Jeni Pearsons Events Coordinator David Gerhardt Supervising House Manager Amy Farkas, Tommy French, Jessica Kummer, Kimberly Legg, Julianne Tveten, Zack Schultz House Managers Abdoulaye N’Gom Head Usher Hunter Bird, Michelle Cantrell, Adam Carr, Caroline Harrison, Lyndsi Larose, Rebecca Leigh, Nathaniel Meek, Katie Mitchell, Leah Munson, Lindsay Nyman, Erik Odom, Jonathan Schwartz Ushers
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. P24 PERFORMANCES MAGAZINe