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From the artistic Director While we always strive to find plays with which our audiences connect, rarely are we met with a story that feels like a love letter (and a gossip column) to Los Angeles and its famous industry. Perhaps you have heard of Sue Mengers. Getting her start in the talent business in 1955 at MCA, a company with a roster that included Jack Benny, George Burns, Gracie Allen and Marlon Brando, Sue Mengers became the most powerful agent in the new Hollywood of the 1970s. She represented all of the biggest stars — Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Barbra Streisand, Steve McQueen — as well as the directors with whom they wanted to work — Mike Nichols, Sidney Lumet and Bob Fosse, to name a few. Throughout her show business career, she was also famous for her dinner parties where she held court for and about the Hollywood elite. In the city that was her battleground and her playground, we are delighted to present Bette Midler in I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers. John Logan’s script, with its wry portrayal of Mengers, has borne a tour de force that Bette Midler embodies so completely that by the end of the evening you will feel as though you know this Hollywood powerhouse. At the helm, Joe Mantello has directed a production with intricate precision in order to make the experience seem casual and effortless. Working with the theater’s best designers, John, Joe and Bette have created a world so real and welcoming that we feel as if we’ve spent the entire evening in Sue’s living room. We are thrilled to bring this production to Los Angeles. We know that Ms. Mengers’ story will be as illuminating about Hollywood as it is fun. Enjoy this evening’s party!

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i’ll eat you last: a chat with Sue mengers

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

We are delighted to welcome you to the Geffen Playhouse and to this very special Spotlight Series event, I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers starring the wonderful Bette Midler. We’d like to begin our first letter as Co-Chairs by thanking Frank Mancuso for his incredible leadership and dedication over the past seven years. As Chairman of the Board, he made an invaluable contribution and we are honored to follow in his gigantic footsteps. We also want to take a moment to honor our dear friend Gil Cates who founded this theater. Gil created a family when he started the Geffen Playhouse and his imprint of warmth, humor and affection for live theater lives on. He has left us his legacy and we are thrilled to be Co-Chairs of the Board and continue the growth and success of the Geffen Playhouse. 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 10,000 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 is an evening of laughter, music and never-before-told stories from the other side of the curtain. This year, we will present Alan Horn, Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios 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 and unforgettable. 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 joyful holiday season and look forward to seeing you at the theater in the new 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

Pamela Robinson Hollander Co-Chair, Geffen Playhouse

Marcia Israel-Curley Audrey Skirball Kenis Charles Kenis Karl Malden Edie Wasserman Lew Wasserman Peter rosen

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2013 honoree Bruce Ramer with presenter Clint Eastwood

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Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios

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remembering sue mengers by graydon carter

(Adapted from the December 2011 issue of Vanity Fair)

When Sue Mengers died in late 2011, at her home, a short walk from the Beverly Hills Hotel, a number of reports put her age at 81. She claimed 78 — and to the end she was sticking to her story. In any event, Sue was a girlish 70-plus, who never looked her age, and with an ever-present joint in her hand she didn’t act it, either. She was a Holocaust baby, settling in upstate New York before America entered the war. Nobody in her family spoke English, and like so many immigrants she set her sights on a career in show business, first in New York and then on the Coast. By the early ’70s she was not only the most powerful female agent in Hollywood, she was its most powerful agent, period. At one time or another, she represented Barbra Streisand, Candice Bergen, Michael Caine, Faye Dunaway, Gene Hackman, Cher, Joan Collins, Burt Reynolds and Nick Nolte — all at various heights of their careers, and some of whom she was still speaking to at the time of her death. When she wound her career down in the ’80s, Agent Sue became Hostess Sue — and she was even more successful in her new vocation. It was in this role that she became one of the more influential forces in Hollywood — a remarkable achievement in that she didn’t write movies, act in movies or direct movies. She was most certainly a star snob, and she wanted only above-the-line talent, as they say out there. Years ago, you’d find Brando, Newman and Coppola at her place, and indeed, dinner at Sue’s was like stepping into the Hollywood you imagined but almost never experienced. Her house was a John Woolf jewel, with great, tall Hollywood Regency doors and a living room that looked over a largely unused, egg-shaped pool. The room was awash with soft colors and white orchids. Sue would sit at one end of the seating area, with two large sofas flanking the coffee table and a chair at the other end. She held court, to be sure. But she always brought out the best in her guests. At Sue’s, everyone was funnier and quicker than they were anywhere else. I first met her at Ray Stark’s house, almost 20 years ago. She was married to a great-looking Belgian director named Jean-Claude Tramont. They had a relationship that a friend described as a satanic version of Nick and Nora Charles’s. One day, in a momentary fit of enthusiasm for exercise, Sue decided to get a running machine. As she was trying one out in the store, Jean-Claude turned from his wife, who was dressed in a kaftan and scarf and puffing on the treadmill, to the salesman and asked, not too quietly, if the store carried “the Sue Mengers’ clients Cher (Photo: Casablanca Records), Gene Hackman (Photo: AP Wirephoto), Nick Nolte (Photo: ABC Television) and Barbra Streisand (Photo: Paramount Pictures).


Isadora Duncan model.” Once, walking into a hotel event-space for a party, Sue surveyed the packed room, leaned into her companion and whispered out of the corner of her mouth: “Schindler’s B-List.”

One reason everybody went to Sue’s was that she so rarely ventured out herself. If you wanted to see her, you had to go to her. Then, a few years back, she decided to attend the annual, star-packed party that CAA head Bryan Lourd throws at his house in Bel Air on the Friday night before the Oscars. She asked me to pick her up at eight. Now Sue was not the easiest person to move around, even in the familiar regions of her own living room. And shuffling her through her front door into her car, then out of her car, and then up the many stairs to Bryan’s front door — well, I can only say that it was like something out of The Wages of Fear, where four men try to navigate two trucks full of nitroglycerin over hazardous mountain roads in South America. But we made it, and in a room that was wall-to-wall stars, Sue Mengers, who had been avoiding the public for years, was the hit of the evening. She loved being the center of attention. And she would have adored I’ll Eat You Last. My guess is she would have preferred Sofia Vergara in the lead, but she would know that a star like Bette is the sublime choice.

my chat with sue mengers by john logan

I’ll Eat You Last began with a memorable encounter, when I met Sue Mengers herself. It was at a dinner party in 2008. I was, by far, the least famous person at the table, so she didn’t have much time for me. But I was fascinated by her and persistent in my conversation volleys. Finally she deigned to glance over her tinted glasses and speak to me, and I got a full-frontal assault of her famed superagent persona: the wicked wit, constant cigarettes, lacerating asides, flowing kaftan and stevedore language. When she lit up a joint and a cigarette at the same time I was hooked. But what most intrigued me about Sue was a sense of sadness, a deep resignation: a powerful woman whose time had passed her by. Late in the evening I asked her what had changed most about Hollywood since she had arrived. She didn’t hesitate for a second: “Honey, we used to have fun.” That Sue Mengers, bemused, self-aware and poignant, stayed with me and was finally the reason I wrote the play. PErFORMANCEs  MAGAZINE P5

Photo courtesy Photofest

The thing is, if Sue was your friend, she was really your friend. And when she laughed at something you said, her flat, throaty hack was as high praise as anything you can imagine. She was a lioness when it came to her friends, and her loyalty was as touching to the subjects as it was terrifying to the people who, God help them, did her friends wrong.


THE GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE Presents

Bette inMidler

Written by

John Logan Scenic Design

Scott Pask

Costume Design

Ann Roth

Lighting Design

Hugh Vanstone

Sound Design

Fitz Patton

Recreated by

Craig Stelzenmuller Production Stage Manager

Assistant Stage Manager

Barclay Stiff

Kyra Hansen

Directed by

Joe Mantello Originally produced on Broadway at the Booth Theatre by Graydon Carter, Arielle Tepper Madover, James L. Nederlander, The Shubert Organization, Terry Allen Kramer, Stephanie P. McClelland, Jeffrey Finn, Ruth Hendel, Larry Magid, Jon B. Platt, and Scott & Brian Zeilinger.

cast Sue Mengers.................................................................................................. Bette Midler setting The living room of Sue Mengers’ Beverly Hills home. 1981. There will be no intermission.

Opening Night: Thursday, December 5, 2013 presenting sponsors

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production biographies

JOHN LOGAN (Playwright) John Logan received the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama

JOE MANTELLO (Director) Directing credits include: The Other Place, Dogfight, Other Desert Cities, The Pride, Pal Joey, 9 to 5, November, The Receptionist, The Ritz, Blackbird, Three Days of Rain, The Odd Couple, Glengarry Glen Ross (Tony nomination), Laugh Whore, Assassins (Tony Award), Wicked,

Take Me Out (Tony Award), Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, A Man of No Importance, Design for Living, Terrence McNally and Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking for San Francisco Opera, The Vagina Monologues, Bash, Another American: Asking and Telling, Love! Valour! Compassion! (Tony nomination), Proposals, The Mineola Twins, Corpus Christi, Mizlansky/Zilinsky…, Blue Window, God’s Heart, The Santaland Diaries, Snakebit, Three Hotels, and Imagining Brad. As an actor: The Normal Heart (Tony nomination), Angels in America (Tony nomination), and The Baltimore Waltz. He is a recipient of Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Helen Hayes, Clarence Derwent, Obie, and Joe A. Callaway awards. He is a member of Naked Angels and an associate artist at Roundabout Theatre Company. SCOTT PASK (Scenic Design) Geffen: The Exorcist. Selected Broadway: I’ll Eat You Last, Pippin (Tony nomination), Macbeth (LCT), The Book of Mormon (Tony Award, also London and National Tours), The Pillowman (Tony Award, also National Theatre London), The House of Blue Leaves, A Behanding in Spokane, The Ritz, Promises Promises, A Steady Rain, HAIR, Pal Joey (Tony nomination) Speed the Plow, Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Tony nomination, Drama Desk Award), November, 9 to 5, The Coast of Utopia (Tony Award, Drama Desk,

Outer Critics Circle, Hewes Awards), The Vertical Hour, Martin Short…, Cry Baby, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Nine, Take Me Out and Urinetown. UK: The Same Deep Water as Me (Donmar Warehouse), Barnum (Chichester Theatre), Finding Neverland (Curve), LoveSong, HAIR, On An Average Day, The Country Girl (all West End), The Playboy of the Western World (Old Vic), Tales from Hollywood, Take Me Out (Donmar), Bash (Almeida), Albert Herring (Opera North). Selected Off Bway: Tribes, Blackbird, Bash and The Mineola Twins. Peter Grimes (Metropolitan Opera) and Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna. ANN ROTH (Costume Design) Select theatre: The Nance (Tony Award), The Testament of Mary, Death of a Salesman, The Best Man, Hurlyburly, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Singin’ in the Rain, Purlie, Waiting for Godot, The Odd Couple, plus Tony nominated for The Royal Family, The Crucifer of Blood, The House of Blue Leaves, The Book of Mormon. Select films: The English Patient (Oscar), The Way Way Back, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Julie & Julia, The Reader, Doubt, Mamma Mia!, Closer, The Village, The Stepford Wives, Cold Mountain, The Hours, The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Birdcage, The Mambo Kings, Working Girl, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Silkwood, Nine to Five, Hair, The Day of the Locust (BAFTA),

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BETTE MIDLER (Sue Mengers) Bette Midler has earned three Grammys, four Golden Globes, three Emmys, a Tony Award, and sold 30 million records worldwide in a career that spans more than four decades. She has played memorable film roles in The Rose, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Ruthless People, Beaches, and The First Wives Club, among many others. Miss Midler made her Broadway debut in the chorus of Fiddler on the Roof. Other stage performances include Tony Award-winning Clams on the Half Shell, Experience the Divine, for which she holds the all-time record for a six week engagement at Radio City Music Hall, The Divine Miss Millennium Tour, Kiss My Brass, and The Showgirl Must Go On at The Colosseum in Caesars Palace. Outside the spotlight, she is the proud founder of the New York Restoration Project (www.nyrp.org), a non-profit organization that revitalizes abandoned and neglected public spaces across New York City. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @BetteMidler.

League awards for his play Red, directed by Michael Grandage. This play premiered at the Donmar Warehouse in London and at the Golden Theatre on Broadway. Since then Red has had more than 200 productions across the US and has been presented in over 30 countries. He is also the author of more than a dozen other plays including Never the Sinner and Hauptmann. In 2013, his new play Peter and Alice premiered in London and I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers opened on Broadway. He is currently writing the book for the musical The Last Ship composed by Sting and directed by Joe Mantello. As a screenwriter, Logan has been three times nominated for the Oscar and has received a Golden Globe, BAFTA and WGA award. His film work includes Skyfall, Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator, Rango, Coriolanus, Sweeney Todd, The Last Samurai, Any Given Sunday, and RKO 281. He is currently writing the next James Bond film and in production for Penny Dreadful, a drama series he created and is producing for Showtime.


production biographies Klute, Midnight Cowboy. Television (HBO): Angels in America, Mildred Pierce. Recipient of the Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award (2000). Inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame (2011). HUGH VANSTONE (Lighting Design) Hugh’s West End and Broadway career spans more than 20 years and over 160 productions worldwide. His many awards for lighting include the 2013 Tony Award for Matilda in New York and three Olivier Awards in London. Recent productions include the musicals: Matilda (London & New York), Ghost (London, New York, Korea, USA & UK tours), Shrek (New York, London USA & UK tours), The Wizard of Oz (West End, Toronto and USA tour) and the long running European hit musical Tanz der Vampire directed by Roman Polanski. Plays: I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers (Broadway), La Bête (with Mark Rylance, David Hyde Pierce and Joanna Lumley — West End and Broadway) and A Steady Rain (with Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig on Broadway). He has recently opened a new version of the ballet Don Quixote choreographed by Carlos Acosta for the Royal Ballet in London. Hugh’s next project is the stage adaptation of Strictly Ballroom directed by Baz Luhrmann opening in Australia April 2013. More at hughvanstone.com.

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CRAIG STELZENMULLER (Co-Lighting Design) Broadway: Associate Lighting Designer for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, I’ll Eat You Last, Lysistrata Jones and Wonderland. Assistant Lighting Designer for Matilda, Scandalous, Everyday Rapture, The Little Mermaid, [Title of Show] and White Christmas. Recent Projects: Associate Lighting Designer for The Wizard of Oz (National Tour), Dogfight (Second Stage Theatre), The Lost Colony (Manteo, NC), Limelight (La Jolla Playhouse), A Bronx Tale (Tour), The Pride (MCC Theatre), 101 Dalmatians (National Tour), Stormy Weather (Pasadena Playhouse), Toy Story: The Musical (Disney Cruise Lines), Blackbird and Regrets Only (Manhattan Theatre Club). Regional Designs include: Hairspray, Annie, Hello Dolly, A Chorus Line, Dreamgirls, High School Musical 1 & 2, The Music Man, Anyone Can Whistle, Beauty & the Beast, Aida, Les Miserables, The Sound of Music, Funny Girl, Mame, Cinderella, Ragtime, On the Town, Swing!, Camelot, South Pacific, Anything Goes. Craig is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829. Fitz Patton (Sound Design) Fitz Patton has designed and scored more than 260 productions in 20 cities across the U.S, and was the designer for I’ll Eat You Last featuring Bette Midler

at The Booth. In 2010 he was awarded both the Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk Awards for his design for When the Rain Stops Falling at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, and was nominated again in 2011 for his work on The Other Place at MCC, which completed its Broadway run this winter at the Friedman. His symphony, The Holy Land, a 45-minute work for baritone, tenor, mezzosoprano, and orchestra, was completed in January of this year, and he is the founder of Chance Magazine, a new theatre design magazine that debuted in May. BARCLAY STIFF (Production Stage Manager). Broadway: The Assembled Parties, The Other Place, Don’t Dress For Dinner, Wit, The House of Blue Leaves, Elling, Enron, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Mary Stuart, The Country Girl, The Seafarer, Inherit the Wind, Losing Louie, Shining City, Whoopi, Hedda Gabler, The Price. Off-Broadway: Gruesome Playground Injuries, Farragut North, Beauty of the Father, A Picasso, House/Garden, From Door to Door, Juvenilia, Frank’s Home, Debbie Does Dallas, Fully Committed. Williamstown: eight seasons. KYRA HANSEN (Assistant Stage Manager) Kyra is happy to be joining the cast and crew of I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers. Past Geffen Playhouse credits include: Coney Island Christmas, Good People, The Jacksonian, Radiance:

The Passion Of Marie Curie, Extraordinary Chambers and Love, Loss and What I Wore. Other credits include Assistant Stage Manager for: Cenerentola, Dulce Rosa, Tosca, Arabella, The Magic Flute and La Boheme at LA Opera and Grand Duchesse, La donna del lago, Oscar, Tosca, Arabella, La Traviata, Maometto II, Elixir of Love, and Don Giovanni at The Santa Fe Opera and 200 Motels at LA Philharmonic. Stage Manager for Beneath The Veil at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Kyra would like to thank her husband Adam for his love and support.

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


production biographies

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 Award-nominated musical The Full Monty, Henry IV starring John Goodman and Sheldon Epp’s Tonynominated 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 for-profit 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.

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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 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.


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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PRODUCTION STAFF FOR I’LL EAT YOU LAST: A CHAT with Sue MENGERS Hair Designer Mary Brunetti Makeup Designer Oslyn Holder Light Board Operator Chad Mata Associate Scenic Designer Orit Jacoby Carroll Assistant Scenic Designer (Broadway) Jeff Hinchee Assistant Scenic Designer (Broadway) Lauren Alvarez Production Assistant Taylor Ruge Stage Crew Joel Fullerton Assistant to Ms. Midler Jill Hattersley ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Set provided by Scenic Highlights Originally built by PRG Scenic Lighting Equipment provided by Entertainment Lighting Services Sound Equipment provided by Jon Sound Inc. Props Kathy Fabian Photography Richard Termine Public Relations Support Sunshine Sachs SPECIAL THANKS UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Scene Prop, Sound and Costume Shops; London Cleaners; Peet’s Coffee & Tea; Hillary Blanken and Juniper Street Productions; Annabelle Dunne; Holly Ferguson; Wendy Orshan and Jeffrey M. Wilson of 101 Productions, Ltd. 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.

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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World Premiere Limited Engagement Begins January 3 How can one evening at the theater change history? The unfolding of events of April 14, 1865 did just that as the lives of those in the audience and those in our country would never be the same. Uncovering Abraham Lincoln’s White House piano and many of the era’s personalities to tell these stories best, Hershey Felder regales us with a stunningly new and insightful look at the artistry, politics and individuals surrounding that fateful night at Ford’s Theatre. From vaudeville to minstrel shows to American hymns and songs of patriotism, Felder’s signature storytelling and music reminds us of our collective history and how the history of the brave emboldens us all.

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“The play that first staked out Harold Pinter’s defining hold on modern drama.” — Variety

“Time has proven its brilliance.” — Chicago Tribune

“Creepily sinister … darkly funny.” — Chicago Sun Times

“Pinter subjected the comedy of keeping up appearances to an intimate scrutiny not seen since Anton Chekhov.” — Variety

“This is Pinter Land, where menace and mystery rule … and nothing is quite as it seems.” — The New York Times

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harold pinter directed by

william friedkin february 4 — march 16 the classic returns in the gil cates theater at the geffen playhouse

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California ranks dead last — 50th out of the 50 states — in the amount spent per child and adult on the arts: 14 cents per person.

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Your support brings unparalleled strength, insight, humanity and hope to those working hard to transition out of homelessness, through season-long work with Geffen artists and performances.

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Imagine being a 14-yea r-old who, on top of the normal angst and pre age, was also surround ssure most young peo ed by the lure of gangs, ple experience at this drugs and more in a nei high school diploma. How could you believ ghborhood where mo e you would make it st adults do not have neighborhood did so? to graduation when so a few, if any, adults in yo ur Boyle Heights is only 11 miles from the Geffe n Playhouse, but it mi brought the first buslo ght as well be 11,000 mi ad of our students to a les away. In fact, when play at the Geffen a few different state. They cou we months back, some ask ldn’t believe how green ed if we had travelled it was here. They had never been east of Down to a nev town Los Angeles. Fou er been to such a beauti rteen-year-olds who had their neighborhoods. ful building. They had never been more than a few miles outside of I am the principal of the se students who attend Mendez High School — Angeles. My parents bro a public high school in ught me here to Boyle Boyle Heights, East Lo Heights when I was fiv elementary school. Bu s e. Neither of my parent t they knew the powe r of education to chang s had completed more a Master’s in education e than liv es. Several years ago, . I am back in Boyle He I graduated from UCLA ights to give back, to hel with p more kids get on a gre We were shocked when ater path in life. the Geffen Playhouse answered our call for schools in economical help last year at this tim ly depressed neighbor e. As is the case for mo hoods across LA and acr each year who decide st high oss the US, we were los d to give up because the ing too many 14-year-o y didn’t think they cou high school diploma. lds ld ever make it to 12th This is abysmal not on gra ly de. for footsteps and in this do Less than 50% obtain them, but for all of us, a wnward spiral if nothi and for the generations ng is done. who will follow in the ir One of the top reasons 14-year-olds make the disastrous decision to of how far behind the drop out of high school y are academically and ? They are acutely aw are convinced they wo to graduate. One of the are n’t be able to catch up most painful reminders to meet the requirement of how far behind the tasks. Kids so far behind s y are? Daily struggles they don’t even know wi th even basic writing how to write one senten coherent essay. ce in response to a tea cher’s question, let alo ne a Writing is a complex ski ll, as we all know. Even the most celebrated, pro writing. How can we help kids who are so fro lific writers of all time zen with fear about wr have shared their dread having to learn how to iting that they will dro for do it? p out of high school ins tead of The Geffen answered our call for help. The org anization worked with and classroom work wi us to develop a year-lo th teaching artists and ng runway of experienc experts from UCLA to critical thinking and wr es gradually build studen iting — skills that will ts’ comfort and succes jet propel them for life. s with Leveraging the rich and no world-class teaching art vel experience of seeing each Geffen play thr oughout the year, and ists to decipher and int working with the Geffe erp express their thoughts n’s , these young people dev ret the plays in ways that comfortably forced them to organize and eloped muscle, clarity and con fid enc e in writing, in speaki I can tell you that becaus ng, in life. e of the Geffen Playhou track to graduate. Our se program at our school school was just cited as thi s past year, 70% of the one of the top in LA for youth are now on improvements in the lite We have to share this mo racy scores of its studen del and get it out to mo ts. re schools across Los An understand the precious, geles. With your help, on we will. We know you Please include the Geffen e-of-a-kind value of live theater. Hopefully, thi s letter has underscored Playhouse in your yea r-end charitable giving its value even more. gratitude to you for rea this year. We have a lot ding this long letter, and more work to do. My dee for considering an invest pest me nt in these children and Sincerely, in their futures.

Mauro Bautista

Principal, Mendez High

School

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chairman’s circle i’ll eat you last: a chat with Sue mengers

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2013 Geffen Playhouse Chairman’s Circle Dinner Thank you to those who joined the Geffen Playhouse Chairman’s Circle Dinner Sponsored by

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Joan & Martin Ransohoff Karen Reckamp Mildred Reid Vicki Reiss Linda & Steve Richman Lee Rodgers Elizabeth Roewe Barbara & David Rognlien Rose Brand Beverly & Melvin Rosenthal Joyce & Deane Ross Blanche & Bruce Joel Rubin Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Sackheim Janet Salter In Memory of Hon. Maxwell Hillary Salter Karen Sandler Susan & Kenneth Sarno Maxine Savitz Carole & Michael Scheinberg Carole Scherzer Gary & Karen Schneider Nancy & Steven Schneider Jane & Bill Schopf 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 Seymour & Dorothy Siegel Diane Good & Frank Smith Marcia L. & Mark J. Smith Joan Snyder Fanya & Sidney Soll Michael & Millie Sondermann Anne-Marie & Alex Spataru Ms. Rita Spiegel Ms. M.L. Stearns Mr. & Mrs. Tom Stempel Gloria Stroock Stern Holly Strom Mr. Kayser Sume & Dr. Renee Sabshin Katherine Sung I.H. Sutnick Dorothy Thornhill Jay Tobin Mr. & Mrs. Art Tompkins David Trainer Leon & Stephanie Vahn Scott VanGerpen 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 Karen & Frank Wurtzel Kevyn Wynn Lynn & Meir Ziv Dayle & Abram Zukor Sandy Zwirn

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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 Sherman Associate Director of Individual Giving Kristen Smith 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

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FRONT OF HOUSE Jeni Pearsons Director of Special Events David Gerhardt Supervising House Manager Michelle Cantrell, Amy Farkas, Tommy French, Matt Jones, Erik Odom, Julianne Tveten House Managers Abdoulaye N’Gom Head Usher Sevana Baghdasarian, Kevin Cernansky, Vianney Cossyleon, Josiah Davis, Erica Keller, Caroline Harrison Kohler, Brennan Kelleher, Rebecca Zoe Leigh, Nathaniel Meek, Roxana Meyers, Lindsay Nyman, Chase O’Donnell, Jonathan Schwartz, Chelsea Smachetti 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. P24  PERFORMANCES  MAGAZINe


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