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From the artistic Director Welcome to Play Dead. You are in for the ride of your life. Todd Robbins and Teller have created an evening that follows in a long and popular tradition of interactive theater. In Play Dead Robbins is an illusionist, a telepath and possibly a sociopath, but above all, he is a captivating storyteller, here telling the stories of those who can no longer speak for themselves. Having had the experience of working with Teller on The Exorcist, with pleasure we welcome him back for an evening he cocreated and directs. In the capable hands of Robbins and Teller, a journey with the dead becomes a veritable thrill. Embracing what separates live theater from the screens to which we are all so attached, Play Dead is immersive and all-encompassing and plays upon the viewer’s senses to create an environment that is both titillating and terrifying. When the intimate Audrey Skirball Kenis theater was built, we knew it would facilitate our desire to create work that draws outside the lines. Play Dead follows our mandate for this theater in offering a non-traditional theatrical event and, in doing so, introduces audiences to artistry that defies categorization. Sometimes art — in order to thrive — has to find its own path. We’re happy to provide one step on that path for new works such as these. Mr. Robbins will warn you as the show begins about the frightening events you are about to witness, but let me assure you that the most terrifying aspect of this show comes from within our own minds. Participation, as with all good theater, is what makes Play Dead the exciting ride that it is. Enjoy the show.

Randall Arney Artistic Director


letter from the chaiRman

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Frank G. Mancuso Chairman

FRANK G. MANCUSO We are honored to welcome you here to our theater

and to the West Coast premiere of Play Dead created by Todd Robbins and Teller. Thank you for your support and participation in one of the oldest and most precious art forms there is: live theater. As we come to the second anniversary of the sudden passing of our founder, Gil Cates, I am reminded once again, what a treasure of an organization he created. Additionally, I think how incredibly fortunate we were to have had time with this gifted and humane man, and to share in the joy of building an organization that continues to bring so much to all of our lives, and will, for future generations to come. I would also like to take this time to thank you, our incredible Board, Advisory Board, corporate and foundation funders, our staff, and other individuals who have so clearly stood with us, during a time of great loss and transition. You have not only helped keep Gil’s vision and values alive, you have helped us build an organization that will continue to chart new territory and grow beyond original expectations. As you watch Play Dead, I hope it will remind you what a precious and remarkable gift and art form live theater is for all of us. I also hope it will remind you to continue to support this one-of-a-kind theater and institution, founded by a one-of-a-kind man, and built by all of us. From all of us on the Board of Directors, our profound gratitude to all who have stepped forward to keep this gem of a theater and institution growing and going. This will be my last open letter to you as your Chairman. I have decided after seven years of leading the Board that it is time to turn over the reins to someone else. We leave the theater in excellent financial shape, free of debt and producing an eight show season with additional entertainment coming from our newly created Spotlight Series. It has been a pleasure to serve our community and the Geffen in this capacity. I know the new leadership will continue to maintain the values that have been created for this special place and will continue to create a “little bit of magic” here on Le Conte. Now, I invite you to sit back, hold on tight to the hand of your date and enjoy Play Dead. With gratitude,

Frank G. Mancuso Chairman, Geffen Playhouse P2  PERFORMANCES  MAGAZINe

Patricia Kiernan Applegate Randall Arney Behnaz Ataee beth behrs dr. Gene d. Block Harold A. Brown Gil Cates jr. Mary Ann Cloyd Dennis Doty John Ebey dr. brad edgerton Mark Fleischer Herbert M. Gelfand Chairman Emeritus

Patricia L. Glaser Adi Greenberg Arthur Greenberg Martha Henderson Pamela Robinson Hollander Joan Kaloustian Glorya Kaufman Loretta Kaufman Dr. Gerald S. Levey carla malden Susan Mallory Ginny Mancini barry meyer Susanna Midnight Regina Miller Ken Novice Steven A. Olsen Loren Rothschild Linda Bernstein Rubin Teri Schwartz Richard Sherman Fred Specktor lorraine spurge deeanna staats Cynthia P. Stafford Howard Tenenbaum michael walsh

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

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

IN MEMORIAM gilbert cates founder

marcia israel-curley audrey skirball kenis charles kenis Karl Malden lawrence j. ramer Edie wasserman lew wasserman Peter rosen

LEGAL COUNSEL, latham & watkins LLP

our obsession with the dead by amy levinson

Pennhurst Asylum

Throughout history people from every culture have sought to commune

with the dead. Our desire — to know if an afterlife exists, if our departed loved ones are within our grasp — quickly evolved into crowd-pleasing entertainment. The need to know what lies beyond allowed showmen to capitalize on an audience’s fear and intrigue and have kept psychics and spiritualists in business. From these roots grew a genre that continues to be among the most popular in the world. Here is just a sampling of the entertainment borne out of our obsession with the dead.

Stage mediumship One of the most infamous practitioners of séance for audiences was Paschal Beverly Randolph. An 1800’s occultist who specialized in contact with the dead, he performed public séances wherein he conjured the spirits of family members of the audience who had since died. In keeping with Randolph’s tradition, medium John Edward, in his long running television talk show Crossing Over, questions audience members using information he says is communicated by their deceased friends and relatives. From “the other side” Edward receives images and clues which the audience must assist him in interpreting. The audience does not supply Edward with any prior information about themselves, or the person with whom they are trying to make contact (although they do fill out questionnaires prior to taping). His show’s popularity suggests there are many who believe in his power to connect with “the other side.”

Haunted Experiences During the month of October, everywhere one turns there is another haunted funhouse to be found. One extraordinary example is Pennhurst Asylum. What is most terrifying about this deserted sanitarium turned horror house is that it mixes terrible truths with frightening fiction to create an all-in experience. The facts: Pennhurst State School in Spring City, PA opened in 1908 and operated for almost 60 years before allegations of mistreatment of residents surfaced.

Complaints stated that conditions were unsanitary, inhumane and dangerous and that the medical staff used cruel and unusual punishment. After a lengthy investigation and trial, prosecutors concluded that the conditions at Pennhurst were negligent at best and dangerous at worst, and in its 80 year history, the mentally impaired population deteriorated rather than improved. The fiction: For several years Pennhurst was alive again with activity but no one knew what was going on behind the walls and under the complex. Stories of evil doctors performing experiments and fires that killed patients and staff are all part of the lore that lures those with morbid curiosity. There are four different tours of Pennhurst that include underground tunnels, and a morgue which are all part of the original building. Among the scariest of haunted venues, Pennhurst’s popularity grows exponentially every year.

Murder-minded tourists In London, on any given evening, tours are given following the murderous path of Jack the Ripper. Experts on Ripper’s methodology lead terror tours down dark alleys and abandoned streets to recreate an approximation of the original scene of his crimes. In Los Angeles, patrons take tours via hearse to places where celebrities have died, where Manson slaughtered Sharon Tate and where the Hillside Stranglers left their victims. These macabre entertainments appeal to us because nothing scares us more than death and that fear makes us feel unmistakably alive. PErFORMANCEs  MAGAZINE P3



Todd Robbins Written by

Todd Robbins & Teller Scenic Designer

Tom Buderwitz

Costume Designer

Kathryn Shemanek

Original Music

Lighting Designer

Magic Designer

Gary Stockdale

Johnny Thompson

Associate Director

Production Stage Manager

Jim Millan

Sound Designer

Elizabeth Harper

Young Ji

Cricket S. Myers

Illusions Engineer

Thom Rubino Casting by

Phyllis Schuringa, CSA


Julie Marie Hassett • Brianna Hurley • Shar Mayer • Rick Williamson

Directed by


Original Off-Broadway stage production by Alan Schuster, Cheryl Wiesenfeld and Pat Blake in association with Frank and Jono Gero and Ethan Silverman.

running time Approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes There will be no intermission.

Opening Night: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 OPE N I N G N I G HT SPO N SOR s


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Julie Marie Hassett (Ensemble) Julie Marie Hassett’s love of and work on the stage has thrived from Chicago to Los Angeles. She directed and performed in The Vagina Monologues at the Hermosa Beach Playhouse for the V-Day Campaign to end violence against women. Leading feature film roles include a police detective (Measure), a dominatrix (Salesgirl)

Brianna Hurley (Ensemble) Brianna Hurley is thrilled to be making her West Coast debut! Hailing from New York City, Ms. Hurley has well over twenty-five Off and Off-Off Broadway credits, most recently including The Theater Project’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the East Coast run of Play Dead. She also holds international credits with Teatro Jaco and the Walt Disney Company. She is both a graduate of The American Musical and Dramatics Academy and a proud member of SAG-AFTRA. She would like to thank her family, Matt and all of her friends for their love and support.

Shar Mayer (Ensemble) Shar Mayer is a New Yorker who now lives in Southern California.

Shar began doing magic shows as a child. She played “Magicgal” in a touring vaudeville show where she found her love of performing. Shar enjoys working in theater on both sides of the curtain. Her obsession with horror makeup and scare-acting took her on a 30 year journey working in the haunt industry. Shar has performed monster roles in live haunted events and TV/movie projects, including Zombies VS Vampires. She’s been featured in national haunt commercials, billboards, bus and print ads. Shar has worked on many interesting projects like Star Trek: The Tour and Glory of Christmas. She also designs makeup for DWI programs and is the production manager for ScareLA. Shar thanks Jerry and Rosie for their love and support. Thank you to Teller for this wonderful opportunity. Also thanks to Harry Houdini for showing us the way.

Rick Williamson (Ensemble) Rick Williamson is an actor, writer, director, stunt man and puppeteer. He is very honored to work with Teller and the Geffen Playhouse. His other stage performances include award-winning productions of Loot at The Odyssey Theatre, Bleacher Bums at The Century City Playhouse, Flight of the Penguin at The Limelight Playhouse and his own The Puppet Show at The Company of Angels. TV credits include Reno 911, The Conan O’Brien Show, Firefly and a recurring role on General Hospital. Film credits include Born to be a Star, Houndz from Hell and Death Factory where he played the infamous Albert Fish. He is currently in pre-production to direct and star in his very own Combat Nuns. Previously he directed and wrote the awardwinning A Short Film which has won over audiences worldwide. Rick went into the arts because it was easier than pulling a nun through the eye of a needle.

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Todd Robbins (As Himself / Co-Writer) Todd Robbins is an award winning performer and creative artist who has worked in many areas of popular entertainment and the performing arts during a thirty year career. If Todd looks familiar to you, it’s probably because you have seen him on one of the more than 200 TV shows he has done. These include all the major network morning shows, the late night talkfests of Letterman, Leno and Conan O’Brien and the NBC special Extreme Variety. Classically trained as an actor, he has put his performing abilities to good use in the two Drama Desk nominated theater pieces that he created for off-Broadway. The first one, Carnival Knowledge, was a behind the scenes look at the world of the American sideshow and chronicled his experiences working in places like Coney Island. The second show is Play Dead. Currently, Todd is working with Discovery Studios on developing a TV series based upon dark chapters of history. And he is also reviving the 1923 musical Poppy. This was the show that made W.C. Fields a star.

and a werewolf (Blood Redd). She wrote and performed in the film, Joy. She looks forward to playing Frieda in next year’s The Joy Division, a WWII feature developed from a Cannes recognized short film telling the story of a Polish resistance fighter who triumphs over oppression after being forced into concentration camp prostitution. Julie is a partner in Red Love Film and founding member of Foundation of Joy, a nonprofit which raises funds and awareness for the welfare, education, and artistic development of women, children and young adults through art. She is grateful to the Geffen Playhouse and Teller for this opportunity.

Teller (Director / Co-Writer) Teller has been the smaller, quieter half of Penn & Teller since 1975. With Penn Jillette, he has played off and on Broadway, toured in North America and Britain, and is currently the longest-running headline act in Las Vegas. Penn & Teller have written and starred in television series and specials, including eight seasons of the Emmynominated Showtime series Penn & Teller: Bullshit!; Penn & Teller Tell a Lie on Discovery; Penn & Teller’s Sin City Spectacular on FX; Behind the Scenes, a PBS children’s series on the arts; The Unpleasant World of Penn & Teller, a magic and comedy series on England’s Channel 4; and the recent ITV variety series, Penn & Teller: Fool Us. Teller has written for The Atlantic Monthly, Smithsonian, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Esquire, GQ, The New Yorker; as well as three books with Penn Jillette and two on his own. He’s also a frequent contributor to All Things Considered on NPR. In 2008, Teller co-directed a version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, conceived as a supernatural horror thriller that employed stage magic to represent the play’s uncanny hallucinations and manifestations. He directed the original Off-Broadway production of Play Dead and co-directed the performance film. In 2014, Teller’s dark, magical vision of Shakespeare’s The Tempest (with music by Tom Waits) will run at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge; and the feature documentary Teller directed, Tim’s Vermeer, will be released in theaters internationally by Sony Picture Classics. TOM BUDERWITZ (Scenic Designer) Previously designed Under The Blue Sky and Joan Rivers: A Work in Progress for the Geffen PErFORMANCEs  MAGAZINE P5

production biographies Playhouse. Tom has designed for South Coast Repertory, Center Theater Group, Pasadena Playhouse, Denver Center Theatre Company, Intiman Theater, Portland Center Stage, Laguna Playhouse, Chautauqua Theater Company, Arizona Theatre Co., San Diego Repertory, Artists Repertory Theater, The Antaeus Co., Reprise Theatre Co., The Theatre @ Boston Court, P.C.P.A. Theaterfest, Riverside Theater, Florida Studio Theater, Rogue Machine, DeafWest Theatre and A Noise Within among many others. Tom has been honored with 4 Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Awards (24 nominations) and 3 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards. For Television, Tom has designed specials and series for every major broadcast and cable network and has 3 Emmy Award nominations and an Art Director’s Guild Award nomination. Kathryn Shemanek (Costume Designer) My high school drama teacher is the person I have to thank for introducing me to the theater. I became a stage manager, dedicating my life to all its facets. In 1974, I was hired by the Guthrie Theater Costume Shop. In 1988, I joined Prince’s PRN Productions which led to pursuing work in film and TV in the Los Angeles area. My focus was mostly TV movies, but found the greatest reward in designing costumes for historical recreations including Fox’s Big Bad Beetleborgs and Showtime’s Penn & Teller: Bullshit! Currently, I am the Costume Designer for Big History on History 2, Blood Relatives on Investigation Discovery Channel and the movie Unbelievable!!!!! The loves in my life are my two cats, Bunny and Monkey and my parents — who are happy that I am making living at doing what I love. Elizabeth Harper (Lighting Designer) Theatrical design credits and awards include Wait Until Dark (Geffen Playhouse), A Raisin in the Sun, directed by Phylicia Rashad (Kirk Douglas Theatre, 2011 Ovation Nominee, 2012 NAACP Theatre Award Nominee), Good People (Geffen Playhouse, 2012 Ovation P6  PERFORMANCES  MAGAZINe

Nominee), The Twentieth-Century Way (The Theatre @ Boston Court, 2010 Ovation Nominee), American Misfit (The Theatre @ Boston Court), Crescent City (The Industry), Fraternity (The Ebony Repertory Theatre), It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Family Guy Live (Gibson Amphitheater), How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (Reprise Theatre Company). Industrial and Event Design: Microsoft, Universal Studios, OnLive, Comedy Central, and Spike TV. Her design work and sketches were selected for display at the 2011 Prague Quadrennial and were part of an exhibit showcasing the work of emerging American designers. Education and Affiliation: Guest Instructor, California Institute of the Arts; MFA, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU; Member United Scenic Artists Local 829. Cricket S. Myers (Sound Designer) Broadway: Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Drama Desk Award, Tony Nomination). Off-Broadway: Marvelous Wonderettes. Regional: Wrecks, Some Girl(s), Emergency (Ovation, NAACP nominationGeffen); Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Vigil, Burn This, The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Ovation nomination), Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, The Subject was Roses, The School of Night, Nightingale (Mark Taper Forum); The Wake, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Ovation nomination), Second City’s Christmas Carol, The Little Dog Laughed (Ovation nomination), Come Back, Little Sheba (Kirk Douglas Theatre); Sideways, The Nightingale (La Jolla Playhouse); Book Club Play (Arena Stage); In the Wake (Berkeley Rep); The Fantasticks, Parisian Woman, Elemeno Pea, Three Days of Rain, The Trip to Bountiful (South Coast Rep); Crowns, Orson’s Shadow (Pasadena Playhouse); Marvelous Wonderettes (Laguna Playhouse). Other selected L.A. theaters include The Colony Theatre, Boston Court, Ghost Road Theater Company, The Celebration Theater, Ford Amphitheater, The Shrine Auditorium and Circle X.

Gary Stockdale (Original Music) Gary Stockdale is a two-time Emmy nominee who has composed for television shows such as Sabrina, the Teenage Witch; To Tell the Truth; and Showtime’s Penn & Teller: Bullshit! as well as Penn & Teller’s Sin City Spectacular on FX. He also wrote music for The Aristocrats, a documentary by Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza. Gary has written music for most of Penn & Teller’s television and stage productions since 1990. He was also an original member of the Brian Setzer Orchestra, appeared as a singing killer on the cult-classic TV series Cop/Rock, and recently backed up Adele for the 2013 Academy Awards. With Spencer Green, Gary co-wrote the irreverent adult musical Bukowsical, which won Outstanding Musical at the 2007 New York Fringe Festival, and just ended a well-reviewed run in St. Louis. In 2010, Gary composed the score for the original OffBroadway production of Play Dead. Gary’s CD, Sure of Mice Elf is available wherever music is found online. Johnny Thompson (Magic Designer) Johnny Thompson is a Las Vegas illusionist who performs under the stage name “The Great Tomsoni” with his wife, Pamela Hayes. They have a comedic slapstick act with the well-dressed Thompson and his gum-popping assistant, Pam, performing illusions while enduring a series of mishaps. Of Polish ancestry, he is also known as “Poland’s Finest Magician.” Within the magician community, Tomsoni is considered a virtuoso, widely known as a mentor and teacher of magic and a creator of tricks, as opposed to simply a performer. He has worked behind the scenes with magicians such as Penn & Teller, Criss Angel, Siegfried & Roy, Lance Burton and Doug Henning. He was the magic consultant for the OffBroadway production of Play Dead and in conjunction with Teller, designed the magic effects for the Geffen’s production of The Exorcist. In 1999 he was awarded one of the highest honors in the magician community, a Master Fellowship with the Academy of Magical Arts.

thom rubino (Illusions Engineer) Thom Rubino started designing illusions, theatrical effects and displays 28 years ago. Originally from Long Island, Thom worked with local magicians creating effects for their award-winning acts. In 1999 he moved to Las Vegas to continue his journey. His company, Thom Rubino Illusions has a prestigious list of clients that include Armani Exchange, Goldman Sachs, Gucci, Sephora, Myth Busters, Siegfried and Roy Productions, Cirque du Soleil, & Teller, to name a few. I would like to thank my great friend Johnny Thompson for introducing me to Teller in 2009 when my journey with Play Dead began. jim millan (Associate Director) Jim Millan is one of Canada’s most versatile and sought after stage directors and innovators. He worked alongside Todd Robbins and Teller on Play Dead Off
-Broadway. Among his various recent credits, Jim teamed with Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman to create Mythbusters Live which continues to sell out across North America. He collaborated with Alton Brown on his Edible Inevitable tour. He wrote with and directed Larry King to create his solo show Standing Up. As a comedy writer/director he created SPANK! The 50 Shades Parody that has played over 140 cities in the last year and has a
sequel SPANK HARDER opening in January. He has directed three tours with sketch comedy legends The Kids
in the Hall. In fact he has directed on 5 continents in 35 countries in 17 languages. He has multiple new projects
opening in the next year in the USA, Australia and Asia. Young Ji (Production Stage Manager) Most recently, Assistant Director for Robert Falls, The Jacksonian at The New Group (NYC). Geffen Playhouse: Rapture Blister Burn, Yes, Prime Minister, American Buffalo, Nothing to Hide, Build, The Exorcist, The Jacksonian, Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, Extraordinary Chambers, In Mother Words, Love Loss & What I Wore, Ricky Jay: A Rogue’s Gallery; Louis & Keely: Live at the Sahara. Other

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PHYLLIS SCHURINGA, CSA (Casting) Phyllis has been the Casting Director at the Geffen for 12 years and now is also an Artistic Associate. Recent plays are American Buffalo, Yes, Prime Minister, The Gift, Coney Island Christmas, Build and the Los Angeles production of By the Way, Meet Vera Stark. Before joining the team at the Geffen, she was the Casting Director for Steppenwolf Theatre 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 for Best Revival) and The Song of Jacob Zulu. She teaches auditioning at Steppenwolf West and is a member of the Casting Society of America.

RANDALL ARNEY (Artistic Director) Randall Arney has been a theater professional for over 30 years, and has served as Artistic Director of the Geffen Playhouse since 1999. In addition to his artistic programming and

oversight at the Geffen, Arney has helmed more than 10 productions for the theater, most recently American Buffalo, Superior Donuts, The Female of the Species, The Seafarer, Speed-thePlow and All My Sons. Arney is an ensemble member and former Artistic Director of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre where his directing credits include: The Seafarer, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Death and the Maiden, Curse of the Starving Class, Killers and The Geography of Luck, among others. Arney also directed Steppenwolf’s world premiere of Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile, as well as the subsequent national and international acclaimed productions. Mr. Arney’s acting credits with Steppenwolf include Born Yesterday, Ghost in the Machine, The Homecoming, Frank’s Wild Years, You Can’t Take it with You, Fool for Love, True West, Balm in Gilead and Coyote Ugly. As the Artistic Director for Steppenwolf from 1987 to 1995, he oversaw the creation of a new stateof-the-art theater which is Steppenwolf’s current home. Broadway transfers under his leadership include The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, The Song of Jacob Zulu (six Tony Award nominations) and The Grapes of Wrath (1990 Tony Award, Best Play). Mr. Arney has an MFA degree in Acting from Illinois State University and has taught master classes and workshops at UCLA, Steppenwolf, around the U.S. and in Tokyo.

KEN NOVICE (Managing Director) Ken Novice’s career in the professional theater spans 25 years and over 250 productions. Prior to joining Geffen Playhouse, he served as Managing Director and Director of External Affairs at Pasadena Playhouse where his credits include the revival

of Fences starring Laurence Fishburne and Angela Basset and the world premieres of Sister Act the Musical, Ray Charles Live, Stormy Weather starring Lesley Uggams and many others. He was Director of Marketing and Public Relations for San Diego’s Tony Award-winning Old Globe Theatre where his credits include Jack O’Brien’s acclaimed revival of Damn Yankees, the Tony Award-nominated musical The Full Monty, Henry IV starring John Goodman and Sheldon Epp’s Tony-nominated hit Play On! among many others. His credits also include marketing and public relations for the Tony Award-winning Denver Center Theater Company and New York’s Circle Repertory Company. As Director of Programming for YouthStream Media Networks he developed national marketing and public relations programs for most of Hollywood’s major motion picture studios. Novice also served as Head of the Theatre Management MFA/MBA program at California State University, Long Beach and has been a guest lecturer at San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego. He holds a BA from the Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from San Diego State University.

BEHNAZ ATAEE (General Manager) Behnaz Ataee is a financial professional with more than 25 years of experience in forprofit and nonprofit financial management and auditing. Behnaz joined the Geffen Playhouse in 1999 and this marks her ninth season as the theater’s General Manager. She began her career in the Bay Area as a partner in a small family start-up before joining FBS Management where she acted as Director of Accounting, overseeing the finances of more than 25 nonprofit organizations. Behnaz

continued her work with nonprofits as an auditor for Trump and Van Sloten CPA and then returned to the for-profit sector at Ultratech, before ultimately landing at the Geffen Playhouse. Behnaz has a Master’s degree from Pepperdine University.

REGINA MILLER (Chief Development Officer) Regina has been a development professional for over 18 years, working with non-profit institutions, foundations and corporations on strategy, analysis and fundraising. She has worked for Simon Wiesenthal Center, The Clinton Foundation, Ben Affleck’s Eastern Congo Initiative, Hank Azaria’s Determined to Succeed, The Millan Foundation and Whole Child International, among others. Prior to the Geffen, Regina served as the Director of Partnerships for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles and the Inland Empire where she led strategic planning and development while executing policies that advanced the organization’s visibility and growth. Regina also has a strong passion for teaching. After graduating from University of North Carolina School of the Arts, she taught in preschools and kindergartens in New York. From the age of 13, Regina worked as a professional dancer on Broadway as well as with a number of prominent modern dance ensembles. Fusing two of her interests, she created a highly successful program which incorporated dance therapy and creative movement into an early childhood curriculum as well as wrote and produced a television show based on this concept. In addition to being a published author and photographer with Tallfellow Press and Prometheus Books, Regina has taught and lectured at numerous schools in New York, Los Angeles and abroad. PErFORMANCEs  MAGAZINE P7

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Regional: Center Theatre Group: The Cherry Orchard (Taper); Wrecks, Trial of the Catonsville Nine, Pyrenees, A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings (Kirk Douglas Theatre). Other Los Angeles: Cousin Bette, King Lear, The Autumn Garden (Producer); La Ronde, The Glass Menagerie (Director); Tonight at 8:30, Phaedra (Getty Villa), Mother Courage and Her Children, Pera Palas, Chekhov X 4.



PRODUCTION STAFF FOR PLAY DEAD Assistant Lighting Designer Jonathan A. Lebovic Assistant Set Designer Jamie Lew Production Assistant Leia Crawford Production Electrician Dan Tuttle Sound Operator Amy Poliner Wardrobe Supervisor Carol Ann Sparks Stage Crew Brad Hernandez ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Management for Penn & Teller Glenn S. Alai and Peter Adam Golden Metal fabrication by Bryan Schuette, United Machine & Tool Set provided by Scenic Highlights Lighting Equipment provided by Entertainment Lighting Services Sound Equipment provided by Jon Sound Inc. Prosthetic Fabrication Frank Ippolito Lobby Marionettes Michael Curry Production Photographer Michael Lamont Media Filming Four Leaf Media Key Art Fraver SPECIAL THANKS UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Scene Prop, Sound and Costume Shops; London Cleaners; Peet’s Coffee & Tea; T. Gene Hatcher; Laura Foley; Ezekiel Zabrowski; Penn Jillette UCLA SCHOOL OF THEATER, FILM AND TELEVISION The Geffen Playhouse is affiliated with the University of California at Los Angeles, specifically the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. The Geffen Playhouse values its role as an important educational resource by providing students with master classes, workshops and internships. Students are also able to work and learn from distinguished visiting Geffen artists such as Alan Ayckbourn, Jon Robin Baitz, Annette Bening, Ed Harris, David Ives, Neil LaBute, David Mamet, Donald Margulies, Terrence McNally, John Rando and Kathleen Turner in areas of directing, playwriting, acting, design, dramaturgy, management and production. The Geffen Playhouse also draws upon the distinguished experts in the university to enhance the theater’s programs and research. The actors and stage managers employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association; The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. The director is a member of the society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Inc., an independent national labor union. The Geffen Playhouse is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. This project was also funded in part by the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles. The Geffen Playhouse, a non-profit theater company, is proudly affiliated with the University of California at Los Angeles.


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Your support changes lives — inspiring profoundly disadvantaged youth across Los Angeles County to stay in school and to realize their potential as writers, critical thinkers, and much more through their time and work with Geffen artists, casts and teaching artists.


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

Mauro Bautista

Principal, Mendez High


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Behnaz Ataee General Manager

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

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

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

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

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

Play Dead Program - Extension  

Program for the West Coast premiere of Play Dead at the Geffen Playhouse.

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