King Liz Program

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Welcome to the final offering in the Audrey

also grateful to our staff for their unceasing

Skirball Kenis Theater season—Fernanda

efforts to bring beautiful productions to life

Coppel’s King Liz, a witty and moving explo-

while keeping our patrons safe and comfort-

ration of the harsh world of sports and how

able. All of us have been heartened by the

young athletes are exploited for their extraordi-

enthusiasm you have shown in returning to the

nary talent.

theater—it has been a much-needed reminder

This is a play I’ve long been a fan of and I am grateful it is in the talented hands of director Jesca Prudencio, who is making her Geffen debut. Along with an amazing cast and top-notch designers, Jesca has crafted the world of cutthroat sports agents beautifully and brought to life Fernanda’s fast-paced, heart-felt ride through a ruthless world. As we close out our first season back inside the walls of the Playhouse, I want to take a moment to thank you for your continued support. I am 2 P L AY B I L L

of the power and joy of live performance. We look forward to seeing you in the Fall for the West Coast premiere of The Inheritance. And now, please enjoy King Liz! Matt Shakman Artistic Director



As part of Geffen Playhouse’s inaugural Art Lives Here project, four Los Angeles artists have been invited to create original art works to be displayed in our lobby welcoming back audiences during our 25th Anniversary Season. We celebrate the diversity in our audiences and our productions, and it is our mission to create, foster, and nourish an environment that is open and welcoming for all. We are a home for the arts, and we believe our physical space should also reflect and be representative of our ongoing commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion in everything we do and the communities we support.

FEATURED WORK #4 Play, Art, Life ARTIST Yeu “Q” Nguyen ON DISPLAY Jun. 23 – Aug. 14, 2022

Using heirloom tapestry weaving as an allegory to the communal nature of theatre production, this work embodies the magic of theatre in form, material, and process. Fabric remnants of different texture and colors, some sourced directly from the Geffen’s costume department, ripple with energy as they flow seamlessly together to create a new whole. Featuring actors’ signatures from past Geffen productions, the title words, dazzling with costume gems and read like a backstage cheer, celebrate stage life and those who live it. Like a performance, this work is incomplete without audience presence. Please help me fully realize this work’s intention by attaching your ticket to the tapestry using the loose ribbon ends.

lations and intricately crafted objects rich in symbolism, Q has exhibited at notable venues such as the SouthWest Museum, the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. “The Resilience Archive,” a retrospective of Q’s expansive work circa 2016-22, is currently on view at Stay Gallery in Downey. Upcoming


projects include “At The Table” group exhibition at the Armory Center for the Arts and an

Born in Saigon, Yeu “Q” Nguyen is a multi-

art commission with Santa Monica city. More

disciplinary artist working in Los Angeles.

on Q can be found at and

Known for her vibrant, interactive instal-

Instagram @yeuqart.





Victoria Alonso Beth Behrs Dr. Gene D. Block Kevin Bright


Gil Cates, Jr. Executive Director

Bruce M. Ramer Founding Chair Victoria Mann Simms Andy Spahn Steven Spielberg Steve Tisch

Mary Ann Cloyd Vice Chair

Dr. Charles E. Young Chair Emeritus

Merle Dandridge


Dr. Brad Edgerton Bonnie E. Eskenazi

Gilbert Cates Founder

Mark Fleischer

Marcia Israel-Curley

Susan Nahley Fleishman

Audrey Skirball Kenis

Patricia L. Glaser

Karl Malden

Martha Henderson Chair Emeritus

Ginny Mancini

intriguing look behind-the-scenes of the professional

Loretta Everett Kaufman

Edie Wasserman

sports world.

Carla Malden

Welcome to the West Coast premiere of King Liz! As a lifelong Los Angeles Lakers fan and general lover of sports, it’s a pleasure to present this production, an

As we approach the close of our 2021/2022 season, we can’t help but reflect on the last 25 years of incredible and genuinely heart-warming memories. Not only are we celebrating our 25th Anniversary this

Brian Mann Tiffany Mayberry Danny Passman Holly Rice

Charles Kenis

Jerry Perenchio Lew Wasserman

LEGAL COUNSEL Nikki Kerman Venable LLP

season, but we are excited to announce the estab-

Pamela Robinson Chair Emeritus


lishment of the Geffen Playhouse Fund for the Future

Linda Bernstein Rubin

Endowment with a goal of $25 million. This newly

Matt Shakman Artistic Director

Miranda Tollman Chair

created fund will make certain Geffen Playhouse can continue to produce provocative reimagined classics and world premiere productions, share our vital

Richard Sherman Cynthia P. Stafford

Stephanie Carson Lori Collins Ellyce R. Cooper Debra Davis

education and community engagement programs,

Howard Tenenbaum Chair Emeritus

and invest in the next generation of audiences, play-

Marc Weinstock

Brenda Garcia

wrights, actors, and theatrical professionals.

Kevyn Wynn

Ann Gianopulos

Now that we are entering the public phase of the


Fund for the Future campaign, we invite you to join the future of Geffen Playhouse and consider donating in order to carry on our legacy for the next 25 years and beyond. Join us in ensuring a permanent home for the arts in Los Angeles for generations to come. Thank you for being a part of the Geffen Playhouse family. Enjoy the show! Gil Cates, Jr. Executive Director

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Harold A. Brown Kirsten Combs Robert A. Daly David Geffen Herbert M. Gelfand Chair Emeritus Quincy Jones Jeffrey Katzenberg

Giovanna Desselle

Priscila Giraldo Kirsten Hansen Eric Heer Laura Kennedy Wendy Kurtzman Hannah Linkenhoker John McCrite Audrey Povar Eric Rollins Scott Sandler

Glorya Kaufman

Allen Shay

Frank G. Mancuso Chair Emeritus

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THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2022 King Liz is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. King Liz was Produced by Second Stage Theatre, New York, 2015; Carole Rothman, Artistic Director; Christopher Burney, Curator/Associate Artistic Director


Jerry & Terri Kohl

Martha Henderson

Linda Bernstein Rubin & Tony Rubin

Pamela Robinson Hollander & Robert Hollander Loretta Everett Kaufman & Victor Kaufman

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Miranda & Brett Tollman


RAY ABRUZZO* * COACH JONES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . OSCAR BEST * BARBARA FLOWERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NANCY LINARI FREDDIE LUNA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . EVAN MORRIS REISER † GABBY FUENTES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MICHELLE ORTIZ * LIZ RICO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SABRINA SLOAN MR. CANDY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

†Fight Captains *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.



2022, New York City

There is no photography or filming of any kind allowed during the performance. 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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Mr. Candy

Ray Abruzzo starred in The Mystery of Love & Sex at Seattle’s ACT Theatre, Dinner with the Boys at the Acorn Theatre on Theatre Row, The Guys at the Malibu Playhouse, and played the title role of Lombardi at Florida’s Mosaic Theatre. Additional theater credits include Mauritius at Pasadena Playhouse, Louis LaRusso II’s Vespers Eve and Stooplife, the world premiere of John Patrick Shanley’s Italian American Reconciliation, Robert Dubac’s one-man show The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron in Chicago and Boston, and 10 years with L.A.’s Playwrights’ Kitchen Ensemble as a director/ actor. Television guest star: NYPD Blue, various Law & Orders, NCIS, House, Criminal Minds, Ray Donovan, and dozens more. He was a series regular or recurring on L.A. Law, Dynasty, Night Court, Doogie Howser M.D., The Practice, Boston Legal, Mad Men, most notably as Little Carmine on The Sopranos and as “trans-amorous” Sal on Transparent. Ray was Allison Janney’s husband in the film Bad Education.


Coach Jones

Oscar Best started his stage career as a dancer, dancing with 8 P L AY B I L L

the Dance Theater of Harlem. Coming to L.A., he performed as Captain Richard Davenport in A Soldier’s Play at Malibu Stage Company, and in Stick Fly at PlayMakers Repertory Company. Oscar was awarded Best Lead Actor by the NAACP in his role as Zachariah in Blood Knot. He is a lifetime member of the famed Actors Studio. Film: Arthur the King with Mark Wahlberg and Nathalie Emmanuel, When We Kill the Creators with Shelby Lynne. Oscar would like to thank his mentor Dick Van Dyke who gave him his first acting job, but more importantly his friendship.


Barbara Flowers

Nancy Linari began her career in Chicago performing with the famed improv comedy group The Second City. A few of her notables from TV/Film include: American Auto, This Is Us, Gilmore Girls, Bosch, the L.A Law pilot, and the Academy Award– winning The Social Network. Selected theatre performances: Ruthless! The Musical at the Canon Theatre, I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road with Gretchen Cryer and Donna McKechnie, I’m Not Rappaport with Shelly Berman and Garrett Morris, and Last Summer at Bluefish Cove with Jean Smart. Nancy joined the Marvel Universe as the iconic Aunt May in Insomniac’s hit Spider-Man on PS4, as well as in the animated series Marvel’s Spider-Man. She is also an award-winning audiobook narrator who once appeared on The $25,000 Pyramid, winning a trip to Hong Kong and a 10-year supply of rice.


Gabby Fuentes

Michelle Ortiz is thrilled to be making her Geffen Playhouse debut! You can catch her later this summer as a series regular in the Hulu Original series This Fool as Maggie, premiering August 12th. Ortiz was previously a series regular on CW’s MADtv, and recurred on such shows as Gentefied (Netflix), Tacoma FD (truTV), Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn (Nickelodeon). Other recent guest stars include I Think You Should Leave (Netflix), Mr. Corman (Apple TV+), B Positive and Mom (CBS). Upcoming, she will be seen opposite Jaime Camil in the feature Snag for Paramount+ and a voice in Primos, an animated series for Disney+.


Freddie Luna

Evan Morris Reiser was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. After graduating from the prestigious Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Performing Arts, he went on to study at The Neighborhood Playhouse Conservatory in New York. Evan went on to perform in many theatre projects including roles at Lynn Redgrave Theatre in Sweety, The Metropolitan Opera in Othello, and The Soho Playhouse in Black

PRODUCTION BIOGRAPHIES Magic. Some of his television roles include Shades of Blue and Deception. After moving to Los Angeles, he landed the role of Solo in the short film Peacocking which premiered at the Mammoth Film Festival. Evan is also musically talented, playing in bands as a singer, guitarist, drummer and has performed solo on many city stages.


Liz Rico

Fresh off a four-year run as Angelica Schuyler in Hamilton, performing opposite Lin-Manuel Miranda in Puerto Rico, Sabrina is thrilled to be back home and making her Geffen debut with King Liz. A native of Southern California, she spent a decade in New York in the original Broadway companies of Hairspray and Catch Me If You Can, Motown, and the first national tour of In the Heights—where she also played opposite Lin-Manuel Miranda at the Pantages here in Los Angeles. Regionally, Sabrina has been a part of new works at the Pasadena Playhouse (Sleepless in Seattle and Ray Charles Live!) and Boston Court (Gulls), and has starred in Rent, Children of Eden, and Ain’t Misbehavin’. She is a graduate of Northwestern University’s prestigious acting program and her TV and film credits include HBO’s Hacks, All Rise, Ode to Joy, Blindspot, The Mysteries of Laura, and Boston Legal. Grateful for every opportunity to create and share space in live theater. Thank you to my family always for allowing me to go play.





Fernanda Coppel is a Mexican/ American playwright and screenwriter. Her play King Liz received its world premiere at Second Stage Theater in 2015. King Liz was published by Samuel French and has recently been optioned by ABC Signature and 42 for television. Fernanda will be penning the pilot. Her professional New York debut, Chimichangas and Zoloft premiered at the Atlantic Theater Company in 2012 and is published by Samuel French. Fernanda received the New Play Commission from Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2015 where she wrote her latest play: AYA or Dear Lover. She’s currently working on a commission for La Jolla Playhouse of a new play entitled: Friendship Park. Fernanda’s work has won the 2012 HOLA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Playwriting and the 2012 Helen Merrill Award. She’s an alum of: The Juilliard School, NYU (M.F.A.), and UC Santa Cruz (B.A.). Fernanda’s also written for TV shows such as: Shonda Rhimes-produced How to Get Away with Murder, Jason Katims’s Rise, USA Network’s adaptation of Queen of the South, among others. In feature film, Fernanda co-wrote No One Gets Out Alive which was produced by Netflix and Andy Serkis’ UK-based Imaginarium Productions and premiered on Netflix in fall 2021.

Jesca Prudencio is a director and choreographer dedicated to developing new theatrical works that humanize issues nationally and internationally. Recent works: Can We Now? (La Jolla Playhouse WOW Festival), Interstate by Kit Yan and Melissa Li (currently at East West Players), It’s a Ship Show (Virgin Voyages), and the award-winning short film American Quartet (Filmelodic, NYC). Other credits include The Great Leap by Lauren Yee (Steppenwolf Theatre), Vietgone and Actually (San Diego Rep), Calling (La MaMa E.T.C.), Man of God (East West Players), A&Q (Pineapple Lab, Philippines), and FAN (B-Floor Theatre, Thailand). Jesca is Head of Directing at SDSU’s School of Theatre, Television, and Film. She is a recipient of The Drama League Fellowship and the inaugural Julie Taymor World Theater Fellowship. B.F.A. NYU Tisch, M.F.A. UC San Diego. JUSTIN HUMPHRES

Scenic & Video Designer

Justin is a scenic and media designer who strives to make worlds that are playful, kinetic, and immersive. His designs have been presented at venues nationwide and internationally across Europe and Asia. Justin is excited to be working with the Geffen Playhouse for the first time. Recent credits: It’s a Ship Show (Virgin Voyages); The Great Leap (Steppenwolf G E F F E N P L AY H O U S E 9

PRODUCTION BIOGRAPHIES Theatre); Man of God (East West Players); Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Diversionary Theatre); Actually, Vietgone (San Diego Repertory Theatre). Broadway associate credits include: Thoughts of a Colored Man; Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations; Summer: The Donna Summer Musical. Justin holds a B.F.A. from Western Michigan University and an M.F.A. from the University of California, San Diego. D E VA R I O D. S I M M O N S

Costume Designer

Broadway: Thoughts of a Colored Man; Off-Broadway: Tumacho, Between the Bars, EMERGENCY!, and P.S. Additionally, Simmons has had the pleasure of working regionally at: Center Theatre Group, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Jean’s Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, and Baltimore Center Stage. Other credits include: Rustin (Netflix), three seasons of AMC’s television show Turn: Washington’s Spies, the second national touring production of In the Heights, and two seasons of PBS television series Mercy Street. Member of United Scenic Artist 829. Website: IG: @devariosimmons R E B EC CA B O N E B R A K E

Lighting Designer

Rebecca Bonebrake is excited to be making her Geffen Playhouse debut. A Los Angeles based lighting designer, her recent credits include The Great Leap (Pasadena Playhouse in association with East West Players), Hannah and the Dread Gazebo (The Fountain Theatre in association with East West Players), Man of God (East West Players), and Death and Cockroaches (Chalk Rep). Bonebrake is a member of the Artistic Circle at Chalk Rep and holds an M.F.A. in Lighting Design from UC San Diego. Be1 0 P L AY B I L L

yond her theater work, she is an architectural lighting designer, primarily working on themed entertainment projects. Notable recent projects include Aquarium at the Boardwalk (Branson, MO) and spaces within Meow Wolf’s Convergence Station (Denver, CO). For more words and pictures visit MELANIE CHEN COLE

Sound Designer

Melanie Chen Cole (she/her/ hers) is thrilled to be making her debut at the Geffen with this production. Select regional credits include: The Sound of Music, Trouble in Mind, Clue (Utah Shakespeare Festival); Mud Row (Cygnet Theatre in San Diego); Zoey’s Perfect Wedding (TheaterWorks Hartford); Steel Magnolias (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park/Indiana Repertory Theatre co-production); Little Shop of Horrors, Macbeth, A Christmas Carol, Alabama Story, Buzz, Romeo & Juliet (Alabama Shakespeare Festival); High School Play: A Nostalgia Fest (Alley Theatre); The Supreme Leader, Steel Magnolias (Dallas Theater Center); Witch (Huntington Theatre Company); Ohio State Murders (Goodman Theatre); Mrs. Harrison, Tuesdays with Morrie (Indiana Repertory Theatre); Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (South Coast Repertory); Noura, Tiny Beautiful Things, The Imaginary Invalid (The Old Globe); At the Old Place (La Jolla Playhouse). Education: M.F.A. in Theatre and Dance from UC San Diego., @melaniechencole on Instagram STEVE RANKIN

Fight Director

Most recently at Geffen Playhouse: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Paradise Blue, Key Largo, 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, et al. Mr. Rankin also plays mandolin and guitar with The Susie Glaze New Folk Ensemble. Steve is a proud member of SDC. LIZZIE THOMPSON

Production Stage Manager

Lizzie Thompson is thrilled to be back stage managing again at the Geffen Playhouse. She has previously worked at the Geffen on Power of Sail, The Enigmatist, Revenge Song: A Vampire Cowboys Creation, Key Largo, Skintight, Mysterious Circumstances, Black Super Hero Magic Mama, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Significant Other, and Ironbound, among others. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she received her B.S. from Allegheny College and her M.F.A. in Theater from Long Island University. Lizzie would like to thank her mom and dad for always believing in her, and her Geffen family.


Casting Director

Phyllis is an Artistic Associate and the Casting Director for Geffen Playhouse. Recent casting includes Power of Sail, Paradise Blue, Mysterious Circumstances, Black Super Hero Magic Mama, Skeleton Crew, The Legend of Georgia McBride, Guards at the Taj, and American Buffalo at the Geffen, and Put Your House in Order at La Jolla Playhouse. She has received 6 Artios nominations: Witch, Significant Other, Actually, Barbecue, Barcelona, The Country House. Before joining the Geffen, she was the Casting Director for Steppenwolf Theater Company in Chicago where her favorites include Frank Galati’s adaptation of The Grapes of Wrath (also La Jolla Playhouse, National Theatre in London and Broadway, where it received the Tony Award for Best Play), the original production of Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile (and subsequent productions including Westwood Playhouse and Briar Street Theater in Chicago), Austin Pendleton’s Orson’s Shadow, and Charles L. Mee’s Time to Burn. Broadway transfers include One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Tony Award for Best Revival), The Song of Jacob Zulu, and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. She is a member of the Casting Society of America.

Circumstances for the Geffen in 2019 and prior to joining as Artistic Director in 2017, Shakman 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). Matt 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. Matt 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. He helmed the pilot episode for Hulu’s The Great (Emmy nomination) starring Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult and produced and directed all episodes of WandaVision (Emmy nominations for Direction and Limited Series, DGA nomination), a Marvel Studios event series for Disney+ starring Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen. Matt is currently directing Star Trek for Bad Robot and Paramount Studios.

for managing the Geffen’s day-to-day 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 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


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THE NEW PLAY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM Supporting artists is central to the mission of the Geffen Playhouse, and play commissions are a cornerstone of that support. To commission a playwright to write a play means making a commitment to their voice, craft and vision, with the hope of sharing the fruits of their work on our stage. The Geffen Playhouse’s New Play Development Program is made possible, in large part, through the leadership and generosity of donations from: The Edgerton Foundation, The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, Fay & Frank Mancuso, Sandra Krause & William Fitzgerald, Hilary & Jack Angelo and Mary Bianco, The MOCA Foundation. We are proud to have the following artists under commission: RACHEL BONDS COLMAN DOMINGO MICHAEL GOLAMCO MEGHAN KENNEDY MATTHEW LOPEZ MARTYNA MAJOK



For more information on this program, please visit

THE WRITERS’ ROOM A group for Los Angeles-based playwrights, The Writers’ Room is a product of the Geffen’s deep commitment to supporting new plays and specifically to fostering bold, relevant work by the vibrant artistic community of this city. During this one-year residency, playwright members gather monthly at the Geffen to share their work and receive feedback from their peers and the Geffen’s artistic staff, culminating in a play reading series. VIVIAN BARNES LISA SANAYE DRING WESTON GAYLORD



The Writers’ Room 2021/2022 is made possible through the generous support of Jerry and Terri Kohl. For more information on this program, please visit

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Geffen Playhouse 10886 Le Conte Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90024

Assistant Director Lauren Stevens

Lead Carpenters Melissa Hartman, Philip Rossi


Rehearsal Stage Manager Liv Scott Intimacy Director Mia Schachter

Carpenters Austin Bosley, Christopher Bowe, Casey Braxton, James Chew, Chris Cowan, Ryan Fischer, Rob Hille, Sarah King, Vanessa Lara, Chandish Nester, James Stanley, Sam Stein-De Turck, Eiden Weissblum

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BOX OFFICE The box office window is open Tuesday through Sunday from 12:00pm – 6:00pm, as well as on performance days up until 15 minutes after curtain during the run of a show. Please note: the box office window is unable to process exchanges and future sales one hour prior to curtain time on any performance day.

ACCESSIBLE ACCOMMODATION Geffen Playhouse is fully committed to providing access to patrons with mobility, visual and hearing impairments. Parking spaces directly outside the theater are zoned for drop off and pick up, as well as disabled parking spots for patrons with appropriate placards and plates. For more information about our Accessibility services and programs, visit access or call our box office.

LATE SEATING Should you arrive late to the theater or vacate your seat during the performance, please expect to be held in the lobby until an appropriate pause in the action on stage. To minimize disturbance to other patrons, you may be seated in the first available location by the house staff even if it is different from your assigned seat. Be advised that some productions or circumstances may not allow for late or return seating.

NO PHOTOGRAPHY There is no photography or filming of any kind allowed during the performance. Please turn off all electronic devices, including cell phones.

Assistant Scenic Designer Yi-Chien Lee Assistant Lighting Designer Zo Haynes Production Assistants Raven Chatt, Juliet Park Stage Supervisor & Automation Operator Tyler Brogla Deck Crew Oliver Brink Production Electrician Emma Inglehart A1 Matthew Colleran Wardrobe Supervisor Meghan Gottschalk

Properties Assistant Sarah Nearhoff Properties Artisans & Carpenters Christopher R. Baab, Sigourney Chin, Danny Dolan, Alec Long Electricians Sean Allinson, Ezra Fisher, Justin Kelley-Cahill, Alannah Lasiter, Juan Lozano, Skye Mahaffie, Melanie Miller, Keanu Ross-Cabrera, Christiana Saldibar, James Tatsch, Kyle Wurtz COVID-19 Compliance Manager Bella Luna COVID-19 Safety Managers Cecelia Bonner, Phil Gold, Bethany Koulias, Juliet Park, Bradley Pierce

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Scenery Provided by Scenic Highlights, AAA Flag & Banner

Production Photographer Jeff Lorch

Lighting Equipment Provided By Kinetic Lighting, Inc.

Media Filming Ramon Garcia

Sound Equipment Provided By DnB Design

Photography Justin Bettman

Video Equipment Provided By Launch

SPECIAL THANKS UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television Scene, Prop, Sound, and Costume Shops; London Cleaners; Chalk Repertory Theater

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RECORDING NOTICE The videotaping or making of electronic or other audio and/or visual recordings of this production and distributing recordings or streams in any medium, including the internet, is strictly prohibited, a violation of the author(s)’s rights and actionable under United States copyright law. For more information, please visit:

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 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. This theater operates under agreement between the League of Resident Theaters and Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, an independent national labor union. The Director is a Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union. The scenic, costume, lighting and sound designers in LORT theaters are represented by United Scenic Artists Local USA-829, IATSE. G E F F E N P L AY H O U S E 1 3





Playwright Fernanda Coppel


A M Y L E V I N S O N : Can you talk a bit about the genesis of the play, and its evolution? F E R N A N DA C O P P E L : The play is very personal, but it’s not necessarily autobiographical. King Liz is very much about one’s journey towards a commercial sense of success. My journey towards writing was very tough. As a Mexican immigrant, I didn’t grow up around theater and being a writer wasn’t a viable career option. I had to blaze a trail for myself which took a lot of bravery and hard work. I discovered theater by accident as an undergrad and upon graduation promptly moved to New York to become a playwright. At 21, I was broke and living in a bedroom that was 5’ by 7’ but I was thrilled to be pursuing my dream. Eventually, I signed with these snazzy agents, who helped me get Off-Broadway productions. And the next step in my career, they claimed, was, “You need to go to Los Angeles now to write for TV.” So, I did, and suddenly found myself in writers’ rooms which were so foreign to me. I felt like I didn’t belong and that I didn’t have the tools to succeed. There was no guidance, rather I was met with a lot of “figure 1 4 P L AY B I L L

it out yourself because you’re very replaceable.” It was a hard adjustment. After my second staffing job, I started to have terrible anxiety attacks and one day I walked out of the writers’ room, went to the parking lot, and called my agent Scott Chaloff, who was also my friend, and I said, “Hey, I don’t know what I’m doing here. I’ve lost track of my love for writing and myself.” And he said, “Sounds like a good time to write a new play.” So, that’s what I did: I put that dilemma into this play. I started thinking about art and commerce, and how to maintain your identity— who you are and what you stand for—within a commercial setting. How can I make a living while not letting go of that excited 21-year-old who loves to write? So that crossroads is what inspired the play. That was back in 2014. A L : 2014. And now here you are—and all of these things have happened. I know you have made recent changes to the play. What drove you to make these changes and can you speak about some of them? F C : It’s been fascinating. Reading it now as a new mom and as a writer who’s constantly strug-


gling to find work that’s meaningful while balancing the work that pays the mortgage, I have a totally new perspective on King Liz. Although it’s taken a lot of trial and error, I have found a way to exist within this world of commerce while staying authentic to who I am (although it’s a constant struggle). But also, in revisiting the play, it’s clear that there were some breadcrumbs that my 29-year-old self left behind for me to think about now. I actually now identify with different characters than I did when I originally wrote it. The Mr. Candys, the Coach Joneses, and the Barbara Flowerses of the world seem even more complicated to me rather than black and white. But, I still stand by the message of the play and still root for Liz Rico finding her way after the play ends. The main reason I chose to update King Liz for this production is because the NBA, not unlike the entertainment industry, is so rapidly changing that absolutely none of the references from the 2014/2015 draft are applicable today. Absolutely none. So, to begin with, I just jumped in to do that. A L : Because you write in different mediums, when you have an idea about something, how do you know what form the idea ought to take? F C : I’ve been doing a lot of TV development and film. In film, the plot is king. We need to know what happens and we need to get there. TV is more character driven, but an extremely concise type of writing. When writing for TV you end up making a lot of cuts, and sometimes those cuts are heartbreaking. In fact, my new play, Friendship Park, was borne out of a scene from a pilot that I was trying to develop. Everyone was really excited about this one scene that I wanted to be about 5 pages long— which for TV is like a novel. As I continued to develop the pilot, I kept obsessing about THAT scene. I just knew as I worked on it, that it was meant to be a play because I wanted to spend all of my time in that scene. TV is dictated by pace and the structure— so much of what you write is about how much time you have between commercial breaks and peoples’ attention spans. So, if you find yourself writing 5-7 page scenes in a pilot or a screenplay, that usually means you’re starting a new play. Playwrighting is more meditative and messier. It’s about recreating the human experi-

ence that’s full of pauses, people saying the wrong thing, fights over the dinner table, etc. A L : On the first day of rehearsal, I heard you mention that this is your first time back in a rehearsal room post-pandemic. A) How do you feel about that and B) having been away from it, is there any sort of marked difference as a theatergoer or as a theatermaker that you have observed? F C : I’m thrilled to return to the theater. I forgot that when I’m in a rehearsal room, I’m usually a very quiet collaborator. I like to watch the actors/director and listen. If you listen closely enough, you can immediately tell what works in the script and what needs some re-writing. But also, while we’re at the table, I tend to get a lot of ideas for other plays. I don’t know why; I just start scribbling and thinking about new plays. It may be because there are so many creative people around a table and that inspires my creative brain, but that’s a feeling I had forgotten. Writing is a solitary art form—your process is just you and your thoughts. So, it’s just nice to be around artists again, post-pandemic when a lot of people experienced the solitary lifestyle of a writer. The difference in my theater practice is that now more than ever, I’ve realized that my job as the playwright is to bring a quality script to the table, and then my collaborators take it where it needs to go from there. And watching that process inspires me, but I also don’t have the patience for all the details that the director’s job entails, and I don’t have the bravery to do what these actors do every night. And I’m totally okay with that. My gratitude for the strengths of my collaborators is even more immense. My focus is always on the script and seeking out collaborators who can bring that idea to life. I also missed the connection between the live audience and the performers: the call and response. Nothing can replicate it. You can feel when people are on the edge of their seats. You can feel when they’re bored and restless. For me, theater is the process of creating a moment in time with the audience. A moment so well-crafted that it makes both the performers and the audience forget that it’s make-believe. That’s something I’m thankful to be a part of. To read the full interview with Fernanda, visit G E F F E N P L AY H O U S E 1 5


25 YEARS AND COUNTING Founder Gilbert Cates with Trustee Kristen Combs at the soon-to-be Geffen Playhouse (formerly Westwood Playhouse)

“ONWARD AND UPWARD WITH THE ARTS.” That was the mantra of Geffen Playhouse Founder and Producing Director Gilbert (Gil) Cates, a visionary and a showman who brought this theater to life a quarter of a century ago. And it remains our mantra today. With the launch of our 2021/2022 season, we celebrate 25 years of storytelling, opening nights, world premieres, standing ovations, and all the artists and audiences who have passed through our doors since we first raised our curtain with Four Dogs and a Bone in 1995. We did not just begin life as Geffen Playhouse—there’s more to our story. It was the early 1990s and, as a lover of the arts, then-Dean of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Gil Cates had a dream and a vision. The goal was to create a new non-profit professional theater company that 1 6 P L AY B I L L

OCT 10, 1995 — John Patrick Shanley’s Four Dogs and a Bone, directed by Lawrence Kasdan, featuring Brendan Fraser, Elizabeth Perkins, Parker Posey, and Martin Short opened the Geffen Playhouse

Founder Gilbert Cates with philanthropist David Geffen and UCLA Chancellor Emeritus Charles E. Young

Geffen Playhouse is excited to celebrate 25 years with its 2021/2022 Anniversary Season

would enrich the cultural life of Greater Los

of an endowment gift from philanthropist

Angeles and the UCLA community through

David Geffen) to begin the creation of a

plays and educational programs that in-

permanent professional non-profit theater

form, entertain and inspire.

in Westwood. The university created an

UCLA had a long history of working closely with professional theaters as an extension of its academic mission and, for many

independent board, helmed by Cates, which would assume all costs and risks of operating the theater. And the rest is history.

years, owned and operated the Doolittle

Since opening, Geffen Playhouse has

Theater in Hollywood to fulfill this mission.

staged nearly 200 productions, held more

Cates recognized the Doolittle’s geographic

than 9,000 performances, and entertained

distance from campus created a barrier to

countless audiences from around the world

any meaningful relationship with UCLA and

and every walk of life. Each year has brought

argued a better partner would be the West-

with it new stories, new artists, new laugh-

wood Playhouse, located right across from

ter, new tears and new challenges—and we

campus. Compelled by the proximity and

grow as a theater, and as a family, with every

potential of the historic theater, Chancellor

one of them.

Charles Young agreed to sell the Doolittle and pledged the proceeds of the sale to assist Cates with the purchase and refurbishment of the Westwood Playhouse.

It has been an honor to be a home for the arts in this remarkable city of Los Angeles, and we are excited for what the next 25 years will bring. We hope you will continue

UCLA leased the theater to the newly

to join us on this journey, as we go onward

named Geffen Playhouse (in recognition

and upward with the arts. G E F F E N P L AY H O U S E 1 7



Geffen Playhouse is deeply committed to creating powerful and impactful arts education and engagement experiences that amplify, inspire, and encompass our diverse Los Angeles community. Our programs provide unique, in-depth access to theater and the arts for under-resourced and under-represented groups of youth and adults. the continued growth and expansion of our programs.



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Doreen & Donald Nortman Susan Oka Louise Olin Adrienne & Arthur Omansky Cory & Bill Oppenheim Sharon Oxborough Ron Ozur & Nancy Lahana Jorge Paganin The Palm Family Steven Papazian Sylvia & Robert Paris Edward Parker Sun Parmeshwaran Kelly & Abhilash Patel Mr. & Dr. Don Pestana Susan Petelik Carol F. Phillips Vanessa Pizzuto Darcy Pollack Jack & Jane Pollock Heather M. Porter Susan Poulson Mojgan Pourpak Paul Quaranto Gloria & Michael Rausch Kay & Bob Rehme Mike Resnick Marianne Reynolds Linda & Erin Rice Richard Rico Jason Ritter Lindy Robbins Susan & Steven Robbins Edwin Robinson Jaime & Linda Rodriguez Julie Rogers Eric Rolnick Robert Rosania Brad & Nancy Rosenberg Mary Ann Rosenfeld & Sheldon Kadish Margaret Rosenthal Brad Ross Lawrence Ross & Linda Nussbaum Laurie Ross Michael, Michon & Jackson Roth Becca Rothschild Liz Ryan Terry Ryan Nancy Sacks Noriko Salamon Susan & Wayne San Filippo Tawny & Jerry Sanders Jayne Santino Jennifer Saunders Maxine Savitz Carole & Michael Scheinberg Melanie Scher Chris T. Schmidt Marilyn Schmitter

Ian Schorvitz William Schreiber Toni & John Schulman Heidi & Mickey Schulman Linda Schwarz Michael Schiff Marc Scott Marc Seltzer Tony Sepulveda Morton & Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz Barbara Vickery & Martin Shapiro Robin Share Tom & Judy Sharp Phyllis Shephard Muriel F. Sherman Barbara Shum Elizabeth Silberlicht Nancy & Bruce Silverman Ken & Marinette Simon David B. Simons Sandra & Irwin Sitkoff Marlene Sklar & Joel Moskowitz Leah Sklar Steve Slaughter Gary Small Tricia Small Ethan & Joanna Smith Karen Smits Jon Snow Susan Solomon The Somaini Family Melvin Spears Donald Spradlin Reba St. Clair Andrea & David Stanley M Leslie Stearns Catherine Stern Ms. Sally Stevens Cydney Stewart Frances & Sy Strasberg Frances Strasberg Arthur Streeter Mr. Kayser Sume & Dr. Renee Sabshin Ann & Paul Sunderland Katherine Sung Neely & Larry Swanson Robin & David Swartz Andrea & Jay Swerdlow Saundra & Craig Szabo Susan Szambelan Moira Szilagyi Katherine Szopa

Joanne Takahashi Lance & Maureen Tan Ilisa E. Tanner Gloria Tapanes Tenenbaums & Schoenfelds The Thayer Family Allison Thomas Daniel Tongbai & Henry Clancy William Toth Robert & Tallah Tracy Barbara Tuchi Dr. Gerald D Turbow Sofia Vaisman Carole Wagner-Vallianos & Peter Vallianos Karen Van Kirk Richard Vane Robin Venturelli Paul Verdon & Michael Haight The Victor Family Steven Vlasak Todd Vonbastiaans Julia Wackenheim Albert & Helen Wade William Wallace Fern Wallach Chris Walther Andrea Wang Louise Wannier Barry Ward Marvin Wasserman Jill Waterman Andrew & Cathy Watts Teresa & Bill White Mr. & Mrs. Mark Whitman Kelly Weber Williams Donna Weiss Marsha & Steven Weiss Lisa Welch John & Sherry West Aaron Widera Norma & Nancy Wischhusen WME Albert Wolsky Karen Woo Jennifer & Randy Wooster Lisa Yen & Tom Bajoras Marian & Ted Zachary David & Christine ZeBrack Julie C. Graham, Olivia C. Zeiden & Liam D. Zeiden Will Miller & Anna Ziegler Steven Ziel Laura Zucker & Allan Miller


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Daniel Ionazzi Producer

Elizabeth Kegley Director of Institutional Giving

Phyllis Schuringa Artistic Associate / Casting Director

Tracy Reich Director of Individual Giving

Amy Levinson Associate Artistic Director

Abby Weston-Mark Company Manager Olivia O’Connor Literary Manager & Dramaturg Lexy McAvinchey Artistic Assistant Carly Plasha Assistant to the Artistic Director

PRODUCTION Isaac Katzanek Production Manager

Jill Barnes Artistic & Production Administrator J. Jason Daunter Production Supervisor Evan Friedman Technical Director Patty Squibb Assistant Technical Director Alexandre Norkus Gil Cates Theater Stage Supervisor Tyler Brogla Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater Stage Supervisor Rick Gilles Properties Master Audrey Lastar Costume Supervisor Sarah Lindsley Wardrobe Supervisor Julie Cowger Assistant Lighting Supervisor

Sarah Weinberg Director of Development

Mark San Filippo Director of Donor Stewardship Christine Drew Benjamin Director of Donor Engagement Jessica Brusilow Rollins Grant Writing Consultant Allie Reasol Development Assistant


Brian Allman Interim Director of Education & Community Engagement Rudy King Manager of Community Engagement Paloma Nozicka Education Associate Sean Michael Boozer, DeJuan Christopher Conner, Lyssa Deehan, Ramy El-Etreby, Tara Ricasa, Maddy Wagner Teaching Artists

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Patrick Brown Director of Marketing

Zenon Dmytryk Director of Communications Karen Gutierrez Director of Advertising & Audience Development Brian Dunning Director of Content & Creative

James Grabowski House Sound Supervisor

Zack Hamra Associate Director of Audience Services & Ticketing

Jake Delgado Associate House Sound Supervisor

Kevin O’Brien Marketing Manager

ADMINISTRATION Behnaz Ataee Chief Financial Officer

Berenice Campos Director of Human Resources Peter Banachowski Accounting Manager Kimberly Holloway Payroll Specialist Youra Kim Junior Accountant Clay Dzygun Office Coordinator Marguerite Harris Receptionist

Isaak Berliner Social Media & Communications Manager Janice Bernal Box Office Manager Alyssa Tyson Box Office Manager Vaneh Assadourian Assistant Box Office Manager & House Seat Manager

Brianna Barrett, Jacob Feller, Sean James, Alan Kistler, Lauren Machain, Sara Turken, Dennis Woullard Box Office Staff


Jeni Pearsons Director of Operations Mel Yonzon Front of House Manager Amy Farkas Lead Concierge Rob Mersola Event Manager Adam Carr Hospitality Captain Sarah Chute, Anya Pryjmak, Emir Yonzon Part Time House Managers Sam Baker, Ron Burch, Sigourney Chin, Savanna Chute, Ki Duncan, Elizabeth Fritsch, Tony Jose Garcia, Joe Maldonado, Simon Martin, Adam Simers, Kari Solum Guest Services Brynn Allen, Lulu Altabbakh, Anya Banerjee, Cristiana Barbatelli Hannah Battersby, Blaire Battle, Haley Bronzino, Marlon Campos, Enzo De Cunto, Cecily Dowd, Hector Eribez, Sydney Fleischman, Charlene Herrella, Alejandro Hernandez, Aja Hinds, Keo Lacebol, Alia Maboob, Meredith McClure, Clayton McInerney, Austin Merrill, Ana Nguyen, Autumn Oymade, Elena Scaring-Peene, Angel Tolentino, Areaney Tolentino, Steven Vargas, Ben Wendel, Lanae Wilks Ushers


Karim Bouzzit Cloud System Administrator Dream Warrior Group System Administrator


Art Guillen Facilities Manager Martin Ayala, Felipe Ayala Building Maintenance Mario Santillan-Perez Custodial Juan Carlos Umaña, 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. G E F F E N P L AY H O U S E 2 5