Key Largo Program

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Bogie & Bacall. Edward G. Robinson. An exotic inn lashed by a hurricane. Romance, intrigue, and action. I first fell in love with Key Largo as a kid and I feel compelled to watch it again and again. So when Andy Garcia approached me with the notion of adapting this classic film to stage, I leapt at the idea. We quickly discovered the movie was adapted from a play by Maxwell Anderson—which in retrospect shouldn’t have been a surprise. You can feel the theatrical DNA at the core of the film, most of the action happening inside one grand interior location. With the gracious permission of both the Anderson estate and Warner Bros., Andy and the brilliant playwright Jeffrey Hatcher created a brand-new version of this timeless tale, drawing on both the play and the film. Tony Award-winning director Doug Hughes joined soon after, helping to further shape the script and bringing with him an extraordinary group of collaborators, led by the genius set 2 P L AY B I L L

designer John Lee Beatty and the legendary composer Arturo Sandoval. Johnny Rocco gets what he wants—at least until he shows up at a hotel in Key Largo. When Rocco faces off against a hurricane— the real one tearing up the world outside the hotel as well as the human storm roiling inside—his entire world is turned upside down. Somehow, a lost veteran haunted by his past, a grieving widow, and the blind hotel owner refuse to yield to this ruthless mobster. In a world where it is increasingly hard to hold powerful people accountable, this enduring story has a lot to say about our own times. With a legendary group of theatre artists— both on stage and behind the scenes—bringing this morality tale to life, you are in for a surprising and thrilling evening. Enjoy the show! Matt Shakman Artistic Director





Patricia Kiernan Applegate

Frank G. Mancuso Chairman Emeritus

Beth Behrs

Ron Meyer

Dr. Gene D. Block

Jerry Moss

Kevin Bright

Bruce M. Ramer Founding Chairman

Gil Cates Jr. Executive Director

Victoria Mann Simms Andy Spahn

Mary Ann Cloyd

Steven Spielberg

Merle Dandridge

Steve Tisch

Dr. Brad Edgerton

Dr. Charles E. Young Chairman Emeritus

Mark Fleischer Sue Fleishman Patricia L. Glaser Adi Greenberg Vice Chair Arthur Greenberg Martha Henderson Chair Emeritus Loretta Everett Kaufman

IN MEMORIAM Gilbert Cates Founder Marcia Israel-Curley Audrey Skirball Kenis Charles Kenis Karl Malden Jerry Perenchio

Carla Malden

Edie Wasserman

Brian Mann

Lew Wasserman

Barry Meyer Danny Passman Holly Rice


Pamela Robinson Chair Emeritus

Latham & Watkins LLP

Linda Bernstein Rubin Teri Schwartz


Matt Shakman Artistic Director

Miranda Tollman Chair

Richard Sherman

Stephanie Carson

Fred Specktor

Lori Collins

Cynthia P. Stafford

Ellyce R. Cooper

Kimberly Steward

Debra Davis

Marc Weinstock

Ann Gianopulos

Kevyn Wynn

Priscila Giraldo

FOUNDING TRUSTEES Kirsten Combs Robert A. Daly David Geffen Herbert M. Gelfand Chairman Emeritus


Harold A. Brown

Kirsten Hansen Eric Heer Laura Kennedy Wendy Kurtzman Hannah Linkenhoker Tiffany Mayberry John McCrite

Quincy Jones

Eric Rollins

Jeffrey Katzenberg

Allen Shay

Glorya Kaufman

John Sonego

Ginny Mancini

Laurie Ziegler

Welcome to the world premiere adaption of Key Largo! This production brings together some incredible artists already well-known to the Geffen in co-adaptors Jeffrey Hatcher and Andy Garcia. We also welcome back director Doug Hughes, who has masterfully assembled a world-class cast for a dramatic new version of this classic story. As we continue our 24th season at the Geffen Playhouse, there is already much to celebrate. I am particularly proud of the recent launch of our new website and how it showcases what the Geffen has to offer, as well as what we’re all about. We are constantly searching for ways to broaden our accessibility in an effort to bring the innovative and boundary-pushing art on our stages to as many people as possible. I invite you to go to today for a more in-depth look at what goes on here at the Geffen. I am also honored to have been able to bring this production to fruition with producer, Geffen family and friend, and my mentor, Frank Mancuso. Frank was immediately on board and became a catalyst for the rest of this remarkable project to come together. Frank is more than just a Geffen family member (and the namesake for the Frank Mancuso Mezzanine)—he plays a vital role in countless aspects of this theater, both past and present. So, it is with great pride and excitement that I invite you to sit back, relax, and enjoy this world premiere adaption of Key Largo! Gil Cates, Jr. Executive Director

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Based on the play by Maxwell Anderson and the Warner Bros. Film Produced by special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures


Laurie & Bill Benenson Martha Henderson Pamela Robinson Hollander & Robert Hollander Loretta Everett Kaufman & Victor Kaufman

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Linda Bernstein Rubin & Tony Rubin Kimberly Steward & Josh Godfrey Miranda & Brett Tollman


STEPHEN BORRELLO GAYE DAWN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JOELY FISHER JOHNNY ROCCO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ANDY GARCIA NORA D’ALCALA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ROSE MCIVER CURLY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LOUIS MUSTILLO FRANK MCCLOUD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DANNY PINO MR. D’ALCALA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TONY PLANA SHERRIFF GASH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RICHARD RIEHLE ZIGGY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BRADLEY SNEDEKER TOOTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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.



September, 1946. The lobby of the Key Largo Hotel, Key Largo, Florida.

There is no photography or filming of any kind allowed in the theater. Please turn off all electronic devices, including cell phones. Thank you!


2 hours and 15 minutes Including one 15 minute intermission.


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Stephen Borrello is honored to be making his Geffen Playhouse debut in Key Largo. He recently appeared in Theresa Rebeck’s Seminar at 2nd Story Theater. Other credits include: Desire Under the Elms, Waiting for Lefty, Early Morning Opera’s A Suicide Bombing by Invitation Only, After Marienbad, and Hollywood Fringe Festival’s production of Den of Thieves. Stephen was in the world premiere of Forgotten World directed by Laurie Carlos, as well as Peter Parshall Jensen’s Who Killed Whitey? and Kenwood Wilderness. His film and television credits include: Superbad, At Middleton, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, and Dirt. Stephen trained at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA Riverfront) and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting and a minor in Cultural Studies from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).

and film. Her Broadway credits include “Sally Bowles” in Rob Marshall and Sam Mendes’ Cabaret and “Rizzo” in Tommy Tune’s Grease. She garnered a Golden Globe nomination for her turn as “Paige” on ABC’s Ellen; starred opposite Brad Garrett in the FOX series ‘Til Death and John Goodman in FOX’s Normal, Ohio; and starred in CBS’s Baby Bob and Lifetime’s Wild Card. She recurred in Desperate Housewives and Last Man Standing and recently guest starred in Modern Family, Scorpion, and Station 19. In addition to starring in many independent films, Joely played opposite Jim Carrey in The Mask, Steve Martin in Mixed Nuts, and Nick Nolte in I’ll Do Anything, as well as Disney’s hit film Inspector Gadget. Currently, Joely tours her popular one-woman show based on her unflinching memoir Growing Up Fisher, and recently embarked on a directing career in television and film. She is the mother of five children and four four-legged creatures. Thank you, Geffen Playhouse, Ms. Fisher is thrilled to return to the stage in this incredible production and role.


Co-Adaptor, Producer, as Johnny Rocco


Gaye Dawn

Joely Fisher is multi-talented–a star in television, musical theater, 6 P L AY B I L L

As one of Hollywood’s most respected leading actors, Andy Garcia has enjoyed a multi-faceted career in acting, directing, and music. Roles include The Godfather: Part III (nominated for Academy and Golden Globe

Awards), For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story (nominated for Emmy and Golden Globe Awards), and recent appearances in Columbia’s remake of Ghostbusters, Book Club, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, The Mule, and television shows such as Ballers (HBO) and the upcoming Amazon show, Modern Love, based off of NPR’s popular podcast Modern Love. Other notable films include The Untouchables, Internal Affairs (Showest Star of the year), When A Man Loves A Woman, Night Falls on Manhattan, Black Rain, Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead, and Ocean’s 11, 12, 13. Garcia will star alongside Emory Cohen and Oscar Isaac in Brian Petsos’ upcoming film Big Gold Brick. Garcia also enjoys the other side of the camera, forming CineSon Productions in 1991 and making his directorial debut with the documentary concert film Cachao … Como Su Ritmo No Hay Dos (Like His Rhythm There is No Other). He also directed and starred alongside Bill Murray and Dustin Hoffman in the CineSon film The Lost City, which earned him two Imagine Awards for Best Director and Best Film, as well as a Best Director nomination for the Alma Award. Other CineSon Productions he starred in include Just The Ticket, Modigliani, City Island (Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award Winner) At Middleton, and The Man From Elysian Fields opposite Mick Jagger, James Coburn, and Julianna Margulies. In addition, Garcia has garnered multiple Grammy and Latin Grammy awards for producing the legendary Israel Lopez “Cachao,” the father of the mambo. Garcia also heads his own 13-piece Classic Cuban Orchestra, The CineSon All Stars.



Nora D’Alcala

McIver starred as the lead in Rob Thomas’ (Veronica Mars) series iZombie. The supernatural crime procedural, based on the DC Comics title of the same name, was on the CW for five seasons. Rose previously recurred on the Showtime series Masters of Sex, as well as the ABC series Once Upon A Time. She also starred in the Netflix movie A Christmas Prince, as well as the sequels, The Royal Wedding and The Royal Baby. She also starred in the independent films Brampton’s Own and Brightest Star as well as Dreamworks’ film The Lovely Bones, directed by Peter Jackson. She is based in Los Angeles, but often goes back to New Zealand, which she also considers home.



Off-Broadway: Sticks and Stones. One-acts, solo shows: Bartenders (Outer Circle Critics nomination), Circumstances, Different Angels. Series regular: Mike and Molly, Chuck Lorre Executive Producer; High

Incident, Steven Spielberg Executive Producer. Guest star, recurring: over 50 roles, The Sopranos, Strange Angel, Law & Order: SVU, The Bronx is Burning, Seinfeld, and Curb Your Enthusiasm, to name a few. Film: The Peacemaker, Dudley Do-Right, Just the Ticket, Not Fade Away, Inside Out, Johns, Hellraiser: Bloodline, Find Me Guilty, The Narrows, Passed Away, Wetlands, Cold Brook, Crappy Mother’s Day, One for the Money, Magic Hour. Louis is thrilled to be working at the Geffen.


Frank McCloud

Danny Pino is grateful to be making his Geffen Playhouse debut. Danny is currently playing Miguel Galindo in the acclaimed FX series Mayans M.C. His previous work on television includes: The Shield, Cold Case, Law & Order: SVU, Scandal, and One Day at a Time. Mr. Pino has appeared in the feature films: The Lost City (directed by Andy Garcia), Flicka (directed by Michael Mayer), and The Burning Plain (directed by Guillermo Arriaga). Danny has worked theatrically in Public Theater’s production of Measure for Measure (directed by Mary Zimmerman) and at Delacorte Theater; West End’s production of Up for Grabs (directed by Laurence Boswell) at the Wyndham’s Theatre. Mr. Pino is a graduate of Florida

International University (B.F.A.) and the Graduate Acting Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (M.F.A.). For Lilly, Luca, and Julian, always.


Mr. D’Alcala

Broadway: The Boys of Winter, Zoot Suit. Off-Broadway: The Happiest Song Plays Last (Second Stage Theater); Toast, Bang Bang Blues, Rum and Coke (Public Theater). Regional: Shakespeare Theater Company, Goodman Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Repertory. Feature films: over 60 including Bombshell, Roman J. Israel, Esquire, Pain and Gain, JFK, Nixon, Salvador, An Officer and a Gentleman, Lone Star, Romero, Three Amigos, Born in East LA, El Norte, One Good Cop, Havana, Half Past Dead, Goal! Television: seven prime time series, notably Ugly Betty (ALMA, Imagen Award, Golden Satellite Awards), Resurrection Blvd. (ALMA Award, 2 nominations). Recurring: Mayans M.C., Super Store, The Punisher, One Day at a Time, The Affair, Start Up, Madam Secretary, Alpha House, Desperate Housewives, 24, West Wing. Numerous movies and mini-series: Jugar con Fuego, Fidel, Noriega, The Burning Season, Drug Wars. Imagen, NCLR, NALIP Lifetime Achievement Awards. G E F F E N P L AY H O U S E 7




Sheriff Gash


Richard Riehle has performed in many of the country’s most prestigious theaters. Most recently, he starred as “Ed” in Straight White Men at Kirk Douglas Theatre, Toronto, Athens, and Brussels. Broadway: Execution of Justice, The Iceman Cometh, The Man Who Had All The Luck. Off-Broadway: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Public Theater); Right Behind the Flag (Playwrights Horizons); Mountain Language, The Birthday Party (Classic Stage Company). Regional: Guthrie Theater, Goodman Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, Seattle Rep, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, and others. He has also appeared in over 250 feature films and over 60 different television shows. Film: Casino, Bridesmaids, The Fugitive, Office Space, Of Mice and Men, Glory, Fried Green Tomatoes, Free Willy, Hero, Mysterious Skin, Hatchet, Chillerama, Black Rain, Palindromes. Television: NCIS, Modern Family, Mom, Black-ish, Major Crimes, Two and a Half Men, The Mindy Project, Grounded For Life, Married to the Kelly’s, The West Wing, ER, Boston Legal, Ned Blessing, Allie McBeal.

Colorado native and rancher, Bradley Snedeker began acting with a scholarship to The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts’ two-year Meisner conservatory program. From there, he started working in New York City, appearing on stage in Red Ryder at Three Studio; The Last Supper at The New York International Fringe Festival, The Eight at Expanded Arts as well as Scream King and Voice at TSI/PlayTime. Key Largo marks his debut at Geffen Playhouse. Feature credits include Universal Picture’s Truth or Dare and indie films Eternal Salvation and The Conway Curve. Television credits include Animal Kingdom, Westworld, Justified, The Young and The Restless, and E.R., to name a few. Bradley thanks wife Akrosia and son Triston for their continual motivation and inspiration.



At Geffen Playhouse: A Picasso, Wait Until Dark (adaptation). Broadway: Never Gonna Dance 8 P L AY B I L L

(book). Off-Broadway: Three Viewings and A Picasso at Manhattan Theatre Club; The Government Inspector at Red Bull Theater; Scotland Road and The Turn of the Screw at Primary Stages; Lucky Duck (book with Bill Russell) at The New Victory Theater; Tuesdays with Morrie (with Mitch Albom) at Minetta Lane Theatre; Ten Chimneys at Peccadillo Theater Company; Neddy at The American Place Theatre, Fellow Travelers at Manhattan Punchline Theatre. Other plays/theaters: Compleat Female Stage Beauty, Mrs. Mannerly, Murderers, Cousin Bette, Smash, A Confederacy of Dunces, and others at Guthrie Theater, The Old Globe, Yale Repertory Theatre, Seattle Rep, Huntington Theatre Company, South Coast Repertory, Arizona Theater Company, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Children’s Theater Company, Illusion Theater, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and dozens more in the U.S. and abroad. Film: Stage Beauty, Casanova, The Duchess, Mr. Holmes, and The Good Liar. Television: episodes of Columbo and The Mentalist. Grants/ awards: NEA, TCG, Lila Wallace Fund, Rosenthal New Play Prize, Frankel Award, Charles MacArthur Fellowship Award, McKnight Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Barrymore Award Best New Play, and 2013 Ivey Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a member and/or alumnus of the Playwrights’ Center, the Dramatists Guild.

PRODUCTION BIOGRAPHIES his wife, Fay, have two children: Maria, a mother and fashion designer, and Frank, Jr., a father and an independent motion picture and television producer. J O H N L E E B E AT T Y

Scenic Designer





Broadway productions include Junk, The Father, Outside Mullingar, The Big Knife, An Enemy of the People, Born Yesterday, Elling, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Oleanna, the Tony-nominated revival of The Royal Family, A Man for All Seasons, Mauritius, the Tony-nominated revival of Inherit the Wind, A Touch of the Poet, Outside Mullingar, The Father, and Doubt, for which he won the Tony Award for Best Director. Off-Broadway productions include Socrates, Dan Cody’s Yacht, Incognito, The City of Conversation, Death Takes A Holiday, The Whipping Man, An Experiment With an Air Pump, Flesh and Blood, and Defiance. In addition to the Tony, he has been awarded Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel, Obie, and Callaway Awards for his productions. Hughes previously directed the West Coast premiere of Farragut North at Geffen Playhouse in 2009.

Frank G. Mancuso has had a distinguished career in the entertainment and communication industry spanning four decades, culminating with his leadership of Paramount Pictures Corporation and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. as Chairman/CEO. During his tenure at MGM, he successfully revived the renowned studio including acquiring both Orion Pictures Corporation and Polygram Filmed Entertainment and effectively led MGM through the process of once again becoming a public company. Mr. Mancuso came to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. from Paramount Pictures Corporation, where his career covered nearly thirty-two years. During his tenure at Paramount, he oversaw many memorable film triumphs and television successes. He also partnered with MCA/Universal to build the USA cable network into one of the most-watched cable networks in the country. He has been honored by many national and international organizations for his achievements and contributions to the entertainment industry. During his forty-five-year career, he has given freely of his time and talents to numerous charitable and not-for-profit industry-related organizations. Frank and

California native John Lee Beatty has designed 115 Broadway shows in a long career and has been equally busy at Manhattan Theatre Club, Lincoln Center Theater, Circle Repertory Company, Encores! at New York City Center, Public Theater, and Shakespeare in the Park, as well as at major regional theaters. At Geffen Playhouse, he designed Time Stands Still and The Country House, and in Los Angeles multiple productions at Mark Taper Forum, Ahmanson Theatre, Civic Light Opera, and Kirk Douglas Theatre. Broadway productions include Junk, Sweat, Other Desert Cities, Doubt, Rabbit Hole, Chicago, Proof, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Burn This, Talley’s Folly, The Color Purple, The Sisters Rosensweig, and notable revivals of A Delicate Balance, The Heiress, The Royal Family, and Dinner at Eight. Awards include two Tonys, and multiple Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Obies, the New York Drama Critics, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, and the Theater Hall of Fame. L I N DA C H O

Costume Designer

Broadway: Great Society; Lifespan of a Fact; Anastasia (Tony Award nomination); A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Tony & Henry Hewes Design Awards, Outer Critics Circle nomination); The Velocity of Autumn. Her extensive body of work includes productions at G E F F E N P L AY H O U S E 9

PRODUCTION BIOGRAPHIES acclaimed theaters and opera companies across the country and around the world, including Royal Shakespeare Company, The Old Globe, American Conservatory Theatre, Hartford Stage, McCarter Theatre Center, Arena Stage at Theatre of Arts, Metropolitan Opera House (Samson et Dalila), Los Angeles Opera, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Currently residing in New York City, this Korean-born designer is the proud recipient of Theatre Development Fund’s Irene Sharaff Young Master Award; served as the American costume design curator for the International Prague Quadrennial; has been honored with the Ruth Morely Design Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women and is on the Advisory Committee of the American Theatre Wing. Education: M.F.A., Yale School of Drama. P E T E R K AC ZO R OWS K I

Lighting Designer

Previously at Geffen Playhouse: Time Stands Still, The Country House, The Gift, Ruined. Last season on Broadway, Peter designed American Son and Choir Boy, his 60th Broadway production. Other designs include Sweat, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Waiting for Godot /No Man’s Land (with McKellen and Stewart), Waiting for Godot (with Lane and Irwin), Venus in Fur, Anything Goes, Grey Gardens, Contact, The Producers, Kiss Me, Kate, She Loves Me, Young Frankenstein, Steel Pier. Extensive credits for Lincoln Center Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Theatre Company, Public Theater, The New Group, Playwrights Horizons, Encores! Regional credits 1 0 P L AY B I L L

include productions at Guthrie Theater, Goodman Theatre, Seattle Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Long Wharf Theatre, Hartford Stage, and McCarter Theatre Center, among

W. Engeman Theater, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, People’s Light, Portland Center Stage. National Tour: Golda’s Balcony. Podcasts: Naked Radio

many others. Opera: the Met, NYCO, San Francisco, Houston Grand, Santa Fe, St. Louis, LAMCO, Seattle. Abroad: Royal Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera/ North, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Maggio Florence, L’Arena di Verona, La Fenice, Bonn, Lisbon. Recipient of Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Dramalogue, Ovation, Hewes Awards.

for Naked Angels. Film: Go Tell Your Fathers. Numerous concerts and live events. IG: AFHawthorn


Sound Designer

Alex is a sound designer and composer for theater, film, and digital media. His theatrical work has taken him to six continents, and he’s currently figuring out how to get to the seventh. Geffen Playhouse: Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole. Off-Broadway/New York City: Ordinary Days (Keen Company); The Mad Ones (Prospect Theater Company at 59E59 Theaters); Fly By Night, A Strange Loop (Playwrights Horizons); The Great Immensity (The Civilians and Public Theater); Straight (Acorn Theatre); My Heart Is In the East (La Mama Experimental Theatre Club); Rhinebecca, NY, You On The Moors Now (Theater Reconstruction Ensemble); A Dream Play (National Asian-American Theatre Company); House, REMNANT, Juárez: A Documentary Mythology, Death of a Salesman, Medea, DR.C (Or How I Learned To Act In Eight Steps), HAIR (Associate Artist with Theater Mitu); Old Comedy from Aristophanes’ Frogs (Target Margin Theater). Regional: Baltimore Center Stage, John


Projection Designer

Geffen Playhouse: Mysterious Circumstances. Other recent credits: How to Catch Creation, Mother Road, UniSon, Mojada (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Lost Highway (Frankfurt Opera); A Trip to the Moon, Young Caesar (Los Angeles Philharmonic); Vietgone (East West Players, LADCC award); Smart People (Denver Center for the Performing Arts); Flora & Ulysses and OZ 2.5 (South Coast Repertory); Breaking Through (Pasadena Playhouse); Cuba Libre (Artists Repertory Theatre); A Fable (Cherry Lane Theatre); The Gin Baby (IRT Theatre); Do Like the Kids Do, Shiner (IAMA Theatre Company); RII (The Theatre @ Boston Court); Thieves, Slipping (Rattlestick West). @pxtstudio JAS O N H . T H O M P S O N

Projection Designer

Designs projections for opera, dance, theater, theme parks, commercial, architecture, and corporate events. Geffen Playhouse: Mysterious Circumstances, Underneath the Lintel, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, By the Waters of Babylon, The Quality of Life, The God of Hell. Other recent credits: Lost Highway (Frankfurt Opera); A Trip to the Moon (Los Angeles Philharmon-

PRODUCTION BIOGRAPHIES ic); Die Walküre (Karlsruhe, Germany); Tri Sestri (Vienna State Opera); Hopscotch (The Industry); Cunning Little Vixen and Pelléas et Mélisande (Cleveland Orchestra/Vienna), Young Caesar (Los Angeles Philharmonic); Grey Gardens (Center Theatre Group); Tarzan: Call of the Wild and Frozen A Sing-Along (Disney Shanghai Resort); Cage Songbooks (Carnegie Hall, San Francisco Symphony, and New World Symphony); Vietgone (East West Players, LADCC Award); Tales from Hollywood (Guthrie Theater); The Steward of Christendom (Mark Taper Forum); Great Immensity and Venice (Public Theater, Ovation Award for Venice); Chavez Ravine (Kirk Douglas Theatre, Ovation Award); Stars on Ice (20072019); Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation. He’s also created two video installations for the Petersen Auto Museum and co-designed a Chagall exhibit at LACMA with Yuval Sharon. A R T U R O SA N D OVA L


Arturo Sandoval is one of the most brilliant, multifaceted, and renowned musicians of our time! Although he is an acknowledged virtuoso of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, he is just as dynamic and vivacious on the piano, timbales, vocals, and keyboard. He delights in presenting a diverse and exhilarating show featuring Afro-Cuban Jazz, Be Bop, straight-ahead Jazz, and so much more. He is, by far, one of the world’s foremost entertainers, having been seen by millions performing live at the Oscars, the Grammys, at the White House, and the industry’s most esteemed performing arts

centers and festivals. Sandoval is a celebrated classical artist as well as composer who has been awarded 10 Grammy Awards, 6 Billboard Awards, an Emmy, the Hispanic Heritage Award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama, and was recently honored with a Doctorate in Fine Arts from the prestigious University of Notre Dame. STEVE RANKIN

Fight Choreographer

Most recently at Geffen Playhouse: Witch, Big Sky. Broadway: Ain’t Too Proud, All My Sons, Carousel (Drama Desk Outstanding Fight Choreography), Summer, Memphis, Jersey Boys, Henry IV, Twelfth Night, The Who’s Tommy, Anna Christie, The Real Inspector Hound, Macbeth, The Farnsworth Invention, Guys and Dolls, Dracula, Doctor Zhivago, Bonnie and Clyde, Getting Away With Murder, Two Shakespearean Actors. Off-Broadway: Pig Farm, The Third Story, The Night Hank Williams Died, Below the Belt. Public Theater: CORIOLANUS. Shakespeare Los Angeles: Henry IV (with Tom Hanks). Stratford Shakespeare Festival: Romeo and Juliet, Caesar and Cleopatra, The Who’s Tommy, Macbeth, Henry V. Metropolitan Opera: Faust, Rodelinda, Boris Godunov, Iphegenie at Tauride. Regional: Kennedy Center, Mark Taper Forum, Ahmanson Theatre, The Old Globe (Associate Artist), La Jolla Playhouse, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Actors Theater of Louisville, Center Stage Theater, Geva Theatre Center, Virginia Stage Company, Asolo, et al. Mr. Rankin also plays mandolin and guitar with The Susie Glaze New Folk Ensemble. Steve is a proud member of SDC.


Production Stage Manager

Ross is excited to continue his work with the Geffen Playhouse! Proudly native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Ross is now based in Los Angeles. Recent Geffen credits: Skintight, The Niceties, Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole, A Christmas Carol, The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona, Skeleton Crew, Sell/ Buy/Date, Ironbound and A Funny Thing Happened... Other credits: Meredith Monk’s Atlas (Los Angeles Philharmonic); Five Guys Named Moe (Ebony Repertory Theatre); The Tempest and Deferred Action (Dallas Theater Center); The Crucible and A Lesson Before Dying (Clarence Brown Theatre); Aladdin and His Winter Wish and Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight (Lythgoe Family Panto); Nickel Mines (New York Musical Theatre Festival), and several productions with the University of California, Irvine, from which he holds his Master of Fine Arts in Stage Management. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Love to Mom, Tom, and Megan. MICHAEL FRIEDLANDER

Assistant Stage Manager

Michael is excited and thrilled to be working with Geffen Playhouse. A recent transplant to Los Angeles, he hails from New York City for the last six years and is originally from Kansas City. Selected credits from Michael’s career from over 30 theatrical productions ranging from Off-Broadway to regional theaters to national tours include: Everything is Illuminated (Ensemble Theatre Company); The Magic Castle (Academy of Magical Arts); The Stone G E F F E N P L AY H O U S E 1 1

PRODUCTION BIOGRAPHIES Witch (Brierpatch Productions); Cagney the Musical (El Portal Theatre); Rock of Ages (Center REPertory Company); First Noel (Apollo Theater); Saturday Night Fever (Ogunquit Playhouse); Tail! Spin! (DR Theater Management); Hello Dolly (Big League Productions); Romeo N Juliet (Classical Theatre of Harlem); The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin (Roundabout Theatre Company); Blood Brothers (Astoria Performing Arts Center); Lost in Yonkers (The Actors Company Theatre). Numerous events for the Actors Fund, Vineyard Theatre, Dramatists Guild, and GMCLA. Michael would like to thank his friends and family for supporting him in such a rewarding career. J E F F G R E E N B E R G , C SA

Casting Director

Jeff Greenberg is the Emmy Award-winning Casting Director of the 11-year hit Modern Family. Other television casting credits include Cheers, Frasier, Wings, Ugly Betty, My So-Called Life, NewsRadio, Superior Donuts, Eli Stone, Early Edition, and dozens of others including the current Netflix comedy Merry Happy Whatever starring Dennis Quaid. He has cast the features Look Who’s Talking, Night at the Roxbury, Father of the Bride 2, and Die, Mommie, Die!. His theater casting credits include Art, Casa Valentina, As Bees in Honey Drown, Light Up the Sky, and Do I Hear a Waltz?, all for Pasadena Playhouse. Jeff is proud to return to Geffen Playhouse where, during his previous life as an actor, he performed in Jules Feiffer’s Hold Me. Jeff has won nine Artios Awards for casting and has been nominated for 14 Emmys. 1 2 P L AY B I L L

beth for the Geffen, starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.


Artistic Director

Matt Shakman is Artistic Director of Geffen Playhouse. In this role, he is responsible for identifying, developing and staging new work and revivals of classic plays with a focus on exceptional storytelling and audience experience. Shakman recently helmed Mysterious Circumstances for the Geffen and prior to joining as Artistic Director in 2017, he directed three acclaimed productions at the Playhouse: the West Coast premiere of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People (2012), the world premiere of Jeffrey Hatcher’s new adaptation of Wait Until Dark (2013) and Joshua Harmon’s Bad Jews (2015). Shakman founded and was the 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. He is a director and producer for FX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and has directed episodes of Game of Thrones (DGA nomination), Mad Men, Fargo, The Good Wife and Succession. Shakman recently helmed the pilot episode for Hulu’s The Great starring Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult, airing in 2020. This season he will direct Mac-

G I L CAT E S, J R .

Executive Director

Gil Cates, Jr. is Executive Director of Geffen Playhouse. In this role, he is responsible for managing the Geffen’s day-today operations; developing new, ongoing theater partnerships and leading its mission to inform, entertain and inspire diverse audiences with live theater of the highest caliber. Prior to being named Executive Director in 2015, Cates served as Geffen Playhouse Board Vice Chairman since 2012 and served as a producer and director in theater, film and television. His theater credits include the award-winning Names (Matrix Theatre Company) and Three Sisters and David Mamet’s A Life in the Theatre (both at Syracuse Stage). Cates’ film credits include The Surface (starring Sean Astin and Geffen Playhouse alumnus Chris Mulkey), Jobs (starring Ashton Kutcher, Josh Gad, Dermot Mulroney, as well as Geffen Playhouse alumni Matthew Modine and Ron Eldard) and the 2011 feature film Lucky (starring Colin Hanks, Ari Graynor and Ann-Margret). In addition, Cates co-produced and co-directed the critically acclaimed Life After Tomorrow, featuring Sarah Jessica Parker, which premiered on Showtime. His other films include Deal (starring Burt

PRODUCTION BIOGRAPHIES Reynolds, Bret Harrison and Charles Durning) and The Mesmerist (starring Jessica Capshaw and Geffen Playhouse alumnus Neil Patrick Harris). Cates’ television directorial debut was an episode of the NBC comedy Joey, starring Emmy winner Matt LeBlanc. He studied at the National Theatre Institute in Waterford, Connecticut, and holds a B.F.A. in Drama from Syracuse University.


Chief Development Officer

Regina Miller is Chief Development Officer of Geffen Playhouse. In this role, she is responsible for managing the theater’s comprehensive fundraising efforts, as well as overseeing its award-winning education and community engagement programs. Miller has been working with Geffen Playhouse since 2007. In addition to the Geffen, she has advised non-profit institutions, foundations and corporations on strategy, analysis and fundraising. She has consulted for Array Alliance, The Entertainment Industry Foundation, The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Charlize Theron’s Africa Outreach Project and Kershaw’s Challenge, among others. Prior to the Geffen, Miller worked for the Simon Wiesenthal Center/ Museum of Tolerance, where she produced an innovative human rights exhibition that traveled to 14 international destinations around Europe, Asia and the U.S. She also 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. Miller is a published author and photographer with Tallfellow Press and Prometheus Books, and has taught and lectured at numerous schools in New York, Los Angeles and abroad. She attended North Carolina School of the Arts and the Business of Entertainment and Sports Executive Program at Harvard Business School.









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PRODUCTION BIOGRAPHIES sight responsibility for accounting

for Van Sloten CPA, after holding

functions of the theater, including

the position of Director of Ac-

operating and capital budgets. In

counting at FABS Management,

addition, she supports all IT and

where she was responsible for

HR activities. Behnaz was named

overseeing the finances of more

Chief Financial Officer in 2015

than 25 non-profit organizations.

after serving as General Manag-

As a financial professional with

er since 2002. She first joined

more than 30 years’ experience in

Geffen Playhouse in 1999. Previ-

for-profit and non-profit financial

ously, Ataee worked as a senior

management and auditing, Ataee

financial analyst for Ultratech Inc.,

began her career in the Bay Area

an international semiconductor

as a partner in a small tech start-

Financial Officer of Geffen Play-

company based in San Jose. Prior

up. She holds a master’s degree

house. In this role, she has over-

to Ultratech, she was an auditor

from Pepperdine University.

B E H N A Z ATA E E Chief Financial Officer

Behnaz “Nazy” Ataee is Chief

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John Lee Beatty is one of the most renowned

R AC H E L W I E G A R DT- EG E L : You have such an

artists in the American theater. A two-time

incredible career. I’d like to go back to the very

Tony Award winner, he has designed 115

start—how did you get into scenic design?

Broadway shows and countless Off-Broadway and regional productions. After designing the Geffen’s productions of The Country House and Time Stands Still, he returns to bring us into the world of a tropical hotel for Jeffrey Hatcher and Andy Garcia’s world premiere adaptation of Key Largo. Early in the rehearsal

J O H N L E E B E AT T Y: When I was in first grade,

my parents took me to see Mary Martin in Peter Pan downtown at the Los Angeles Philharmonic. I came home, and of course, I wanted to fly and all that stuff, but I actually totally got scene design. I understood how the scenery worked—to

process, we sat down to chat about his start in

this day, I can imagine that set and the ground

theater, the steps of designing a set, and the

plan. My parents hoped I’d be an architect, but I

unique challenge and opportunity of creating

kept designing. I know this is odd, but I started

a hurricane on stage.

designing in first grade and have continued.

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BEHIND THE SCENES Q&A RW: Did you ever build anything that you de-

by the way it looks and the way it functions. I’m

signed back then?

essentially making an emotional connection to

J L B : Oh, yes. I had an arts complex in our ga-

the material through the script.

rage. I had a proscenium theater with flying

RW: Amy Levinson, who is the Associate Ar-

pieces, and I built miniature sets that I would

tistic Director here and is also a dramaturg,

scoot across the stage to have set changes.

always says that designers are great drama-

RW: For someone in our audience who has

never heard about how a set actually gets onto

turgs—it’s all about how you convey that story to the audience.

our stages, how would you describe the pro-

J L B : Yes, right! Sometimes I don’t think

cess of scenic design?

people realize it, but I often start earliest of

J L B : It’s an odd combination of literary appre-

anybody—with the director, obviously. A lot

ciation and art. As a set designer, you read a script and somehow you begin to inhabit it in

of beginning dramaturgy comes out of those meetings. I really pull the play apart. I read a play once or twice just to experience it, and


a way that you don’t quite understand. A lot of it is intuitive. At some point, the script gives you a visual clue—I call it secondary thinking

I don’t especially think about the scenery. I mean, you can’t miss it when in Key Largo they say, “The hurricane hits.” But I actually

or associative thinking. You get a feeling for

read a play first as a piece of literature. Then

what kind of movement the actors are going to

the next time through, I read it in a merciless

have or what kind of enclosure feels appropri-

manner. Like a surgeon, you pull it apart in

ate to this specific play. You’re always dealing

bits, dissecting. I make lists of questions:

with the specific event. You don’t say, “Oh, it

“Well, they said they came in this door. Why

takes place in a house, so I’ll take house plan

are they going in this door if they said they

#4 and do it again.” It doesn’t work that way.

were going down to the beach? Wouldn’t they

It’s very much an emotional connection and it

come out the other door?” Things like that—a

remains that way through the process to me.

lot of important but oddly dry questions. I’m

In the theater, with the lighting designer and

concerned as much as with how the scenery

the sound designer and costume designer and

functions in a floor plan with the actors as

props people and painters and everybody, we’re

with what it looks like. That all grows together

all dedicated to something that moves you just

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doing pictures, if you will—renderings, we call

ida built in the teens and 20s. I found one,

them—at the same time. I never do one with-

and I thought, “Oh, that’s funny—they have

out the other. There’s a physical reality and a

a central sort of octagonal tower with wings

physical dream world that are always related

coming off of it.”

to each other. I always say that if a floor plan looks good, the scenery will look good in the same way—they need to match. You don’t get

RW: What is it that you are drawn to in a proj-

ect these days?

a floor plan that doesn’t look like Key Largo

J L B : It’s always fun to do something you ha-

with scenery that does—they match. In this

ven’t done, so that’s why I’m attracted to new

particular case, oddly, the script suggested an

plays and new musicals. Key Largo is a new

octagon to me. Examining the script, we’ve

play—it isn’t just the old play or the old movie, it

got two major characters with moral crises in

is a new creation with a different sensibility. As

their lives. This meant that the place the first

much as we know it as a film, what we’re doing

one enters had to be diametrically opposed to

is very theatrical.

where the other one enters. So, we have two very strong entrances that are different but equal. I’m trying to match the script with the visuals—not just the pretty picture visuals but also the literal layout of the show.

RW: Returning to the idea of the hurricane—

director Doug Hughes, in his first rehearsal remarks, called it a character in the play. J L B : It is!

RW: I’m fascinated by what you said about how

RW: What can you share about the process of

so much of the process is intuitive at this point.

creating a hurricane on stage?

How much of the ultimate design comes from

J L B : We are trying to make scenery that’s hur-

that first impulse versus what you figure out along the way?

ricane-friendly. I’ve done a lot of rain on stage before. In fact, the last two Geffen plays I did,

J L B : I’m not always sure, because, as you say,

The Country House and Time Stands Still, both

it is intuitive. I’ve worked with directors who

had rain. But this is “mega-rain.” Obviously,

talk about the script entirely and have dissect-

waterproofing was where we began technically.

ed it in every way, and I’ve worked with direc-

We’re not in a movie—we’re in the theater—so

tors who literally never mention the script in

we’re setting up something that has to be re-

our meeting—who talk about their love life or

peated every night and can be cleaned up at

what they had for dinner or politics or some-

intermission. And we’re dealing not only with a

thing. Yet, a design comes out of both meth-

hurricane—we’re dealing with blood, and a lot

ods. A few words can conjure up something

of this scenery is starting to be fairly animated.

for me, and I’m off to the races. I do research,

Things are spinning, things are falling over,

of course—in this case I did look at fishing resorts in Florida—but a little bit of research goes a long way. I’d rather have one wonderful picture that inspired me than a hundred.

windows are broken and wind and rain and palm fronds swaying in the breeze—there’s a lot of scenic activity that we’re dealing with. The playwrights have laid out a sequence of storms

RW: Was there one image that you saw that

that all of our meetings have always acknowl-

inspired your set for Key Largo?

edged. So, it’s not been just free-form—we’re

J L B : Actually, it went in reverse. I drew an

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The Vampire Cowboys production of Living Dead in Denmark.

When you think of superheroes, you probably

spaceship dogfights to motorcycle chases to

picture them in comic books or Marvel mov-

puppet rap battles to countless martial arts

ies. In recent superhero movies, we’ve seen

fight sequences.

characters like Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, and the Hulk come to life through a complicated process of computer-generated imagery and impressive stunt work in front of a green screen—a process that takes years before a film ends up on the big screen. For self-proclaimed “geek theater company” Vampire Cowboys, however, heroes in comic bookstyle stories are brought to life in real time mere feet away from their audience.

But how did Vampire Cowboys originally cut their teeth in New York’s theater scene? Rewind to the spring of 2000, when co-artistic directors Qui Nguyen and Robert Ross Parker met as graduate students in the theater program at Ohio University. With their first collaboration, Vampire Cowboys was born. As they brought other talented artists into the company, the first few years of Vampire Cowboys were spent out of the spotlight, trying

Vampire Cowboys’ mission is to create and

to gain footing in the competitive New York

produce new works of genre-bending theater

theater scene. In 2003, Qui Nguyen met his

with an emphasis on action/adventure and

now-wife and Vampire Cowboys producer/

dark comedy. Their shows bring in audiences

managing director, Abby Marcus. Soon, thanks

with spectacle and action and then knock

to Marcus’s effective grassroots marketing

them out with thought-provoking stories—

efforts, Vampire Cowboys began to draw more

challenging their perceptions on race, sexuali-

and more attention. In 2007, for example, Mar-

ty, and gender—and can feature anything from

cus arranged for Vampire Cowboys to show

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off their stage combat skills at the second New York Comic-Con to promote their superhero play Men of Steel. Vampire Cowboys quickly found audiences who were tapped in to the subcultures woven into their shows, including gaming societies, creators of comic book podcasts, sci-fi fanatics. They staged main season productions, as well as a program called “First Bite,” which gave audiences a sneak peek into the development of plays that would later be fully staged. For actors and fans who wanted to hone their chops in stage combat, Vampire Cowboys offered The Rabid Vamps Fight Intensive, a class that provided fight conditioning, essential martial arts for the stage, nun chuck fundamentals, and more. This bold, cutting-edge theater collective soon became widely known for their innovative work, building a loyal New York City fan base and gaining recognition and renown. Vampire Cowboys shows—complete with music, puppetry, stage combat, and more— are experiences that can’t be found anywhere else, and audience members would often see a show four or five times in a run. They were awarded the Caffe Cino Award by the New York Innovative Theatre Awards for “consistently producing outstanding work” in 2006, and won the prestigious Village Voice OBIE Award Grant in 2010. The world last saw a Vampire Cowboys’ production in 2015 with Six Rounds of Vengeance at New Ohio Theatre in New York. That same year, playwright Qui Nguyen rose to national prominence with his play Vietgone, which went on to win numerous awards (2016 Steinberg Award, 2016 LADCC Ted Schmidt New Play Award, 2016 Kennedy Prize Finalist) and was produced around the country. Nguyen has since become one of the most lauded and sought-after contemporary American playwrights, as well as a writer for Marvel and Disney. Now, Vampire Cowboys is reuniting and returning, better than ever, with Revenge Song: A Vampire Cowboys Creation, written by Qui 2 2 P L AY B I L L

Playwright Qui Nguyen. Photo by Jesse Dittmar.

Nguyen, directed by Robert Ross Parker, and developed in collaboration with Vampire Cowboys veterans Nick Francone (scenic/lighting designer), Jessica Shay (costume designer), Shane Rettig (sound designer and composer), David Valentine (puppet designer), Maggie Macdonald (fight choreographer), and others. A rousing, romping, music-filled look at the real life of Julie d’Aubigny, a queer 17th century French swordswoman and opera singer, Revenge Song is a heroine’s journey toward self-discovery and acceptance. Though the play is set centuries ago, its story is electrifyingly modern. In this world premiere Geffen Playhouse commission, conversations about gender and sexuality combine with the outrageous fun and superhero style of the Vampire Cowboys to create something entirely singular—a hilarious, historical comedy with epic fight scenes and a punk rock attitude. As the thrilling debut of the Vampire Cowboys into the Los Angeles theater scene, Revenge Song will have its world premiere at Geffen Playhouse on February 13, 2020 in our Gil Cates Theater. It’s one you won’t want to miss! To read more about Revenge Song: A Vampire Cowboys Creation, visit


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The Vig Family

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Learning Encounters

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Amy Levinson Associate Artistic Director Daniel Ionazzi Producer Phyllis Schuringa Artistic Associate / Casting Director Young Ji Associate Producer / Company Manager Rachel Wiegardt-Egel Manager of New Play Development Kristopher Karcher Literary & Casting Assistant Natalie Epstein Literary Intern


Isaac Katzanek Production Manager Jill Barnes Production Office Manager Evan Friedman Technical Director Patrick Squibb Assistant Technical Director Aidan Welch Assistant Technical Director Alex Norkus Gil Cates Theater Stage Supervisor Tyler Brogla Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater Stage Supervisor Rich Gilles Properties Master James Grabowski House Sound Supervisor Jake Delgado Associate House Sound Supervisor Ramine Ameli Lighting & Projection Supervisor Brandon Paul Production Electrician Brian Gowen Production Electrician Liz Rose Wardrobe Supervisor


Behnaz Ataee Chief Financial Officer Peter Banachowski Senior Accountant & Financial Analyst Nova George Staff Accountant & Payroll Specialist Clay Dzygun Office Coordinator Marguerite Harris Receptionist


Regina Miller Chief Development Officer Ellen Catania Senior Vice President of Development 3 2 P L AY B I L L

Jessica Brusilow Rollins Director of Education Partnerships & Donor Relations Jamie Mikelich Director of Individual Giving Mark San Filippo Director of Donor Stewardship Christine Drew Benjamin Development Manager Ava Bogle, Sam Peurach Development Assistants Austin Merrill Development Intern

Alyssa Tyson Box Office Manager Celia Rivera Assistant Box Office Manager Clifton Adams, Kelsey Arlington, Vaneh Assadourian, Dashawn Barnes, Anthony Cloyd, Rebecca Connolly, Jamie Dawson, Alan Kistler, Lexy McAvinchey, Sam Peurach, Jonathan Ramos, Cameron Reck Box Office Staff Sue Fleishman Communications Consultant



Jennifer Zakkai Director of Education & Community Engagement Joannarae Ibañez Manager of School & Community Programs Brian Allman Manager of Theater Education Celia Rivera Community Engagement Coordinator Brian Majestic Veterans Project Coordinator Jake Arky, Darien Battle, Anniwaa Buachie, Ramy El-Etreby, Lyssa Deehan, David Guerra, Robert Paterno, Carissa Pinckney, Tara Ricasa, Celia Rivera, Jessica Winward Teaching Artists


Patrick Brown Director of Marketing Zenon Dmytryk Director of Communications Karen Gutierrez Director of Advertising & Audience Development Brian Dunning Director of Content & Creative Zack Hamra Associate Director of Audience Services & Ticketing Kevin O’Brien Marketing Manager Georgia Arnold Social Media & Communications Associate Ramon Garcia Video Producer Wendell Pascual Production Artist Janice Bernal Box Office Manager

Jeni Pearsons Director of Special Events Mel Yonzon Front of House Manager Amy Farkas Lead Concierge Sigourney Chin, Anya Pryjmak, Madison Shamoun House Managers Katherine Banos, Ryan Brophy, Lucas Gust, Elza Hofeld, Lucy Houlihan, Otniel Henig, Fiona Leahy, Hunter Lowden, Olivia Lowe, Robert Mahaffie, Austin Merrill, Sidne Phillips, Brandon Root, Remy Soloman, Chuck Soo-Hoo, Charmee Taylor, Caragh Tiernan, Robin Vega, Emir Yonzon Ushers Rob Mersola Bar Manager & Mixologist Adam Carr Bar Captain Manuel Mayorga Weekend Bar Manager Skylar Adams, Brenda Davidson, Sarah Drescher, Lauren Hargrave, Nick Marini, Ryan Turner Bartenders / Event Staff


Karim Bouzzit System Administrator


Miguel del Castillo Facility Manager Mario Santillan-Perez Custodial Juan Carlos Umaña Cleaning Custodial Camerina Martinez Cleaning Custodial

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. Geffen Playhouse, a not-for-profit theater company, is proudly affiliated with the University of California at Los Angeles.