Revenge Song Program

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There are many writers I admire. Many plays I have truly loved. But I am a fan of Qui Nguyen. As the high priest of Geek Theatre, he inspires this kind of response. The same pull that brings Marvel and Star Wars fans on opening day drives me (and many others) to the debut of a new Qui play. His sense of style, his deeply felt and beautifully wrought characters, his brilliant sense of humor, and—above all—his pure originality, all conspire to create a unique night in the theatre. When I began at the Geffen, I knew that I wanted our audiences to have that experience, so Qui was my first call. And he became the first commissioned playwright of my tenure as Artistic Director (along with his partners in crime, director Robert Ross Parker and the Obie Award-winning theater collective Vampire Cowboys). 2 P L AY B I L L

From the start, Qui wanted to tell the story of Julie d’Aubigny—a swashbuckling, boundary-defying 17th century luminary now lost to time. From his initial concept to the finished production, everyone at the Geffen has been thrilled by the inventiveness of Qui and the Vampire Cowboys. This team has forged a combined aesthetic over a decade of close collaboration. They utilize unique skills in puppetry, fight choreography, filmmaking, scenic design and a comic book spirit to build a wholly original theatrical world—one that is intricately forged while maintaining a spirit of improvisation. Which is a pretty apt way to describe Qui’s writing as well. Please enjoy this world premiere by a very special voice in American theatre. I expect you will leave a fan. Matt Shakman Artistic Director





Beth Behrs

Ron Meyer Jerry Moss

Dr. Gene D. Block

Bruce M. Ramer Founding Chairman

Kevin Bright

Victoria Mann Simms

Harold A. Brown

Andy Spahn

Gil Cates Jr. Executive Director

Steven Spielberg

Mary Ann Cloyd Merle Dandridge Dr. Brad Edgerton

Steve Tisch Dr. Charles E. Young Chairman Emeritus

Mark Fleischer


Sue Fleishman

Gilbert Cates Founder

Patricia L. Glaser Adi Greenberg Vice Chair

Marcia Israel-Curley

Arthur Greenberg

Charles Kenis

Martha Henderson Chair Emeritus

Karl Malden

Loretta Everett Kaufman

Edie Wasserman

Carla Malden Brian Mann Barry Meyer Danny Passman Holly Rice Pamela Robinson Chair Emeritus Linda Bernstein Rubin Teri Schwartz Matt Shakman Artistic Director

Audrey Skirball Kenis

Jerry Perenchio Lew Wasserman

LEGAL COUNSEL Peter Rosen Latham & Watkins LLP

ADVISORY BOARD Miranda Tollman Chair Stephanie Carson

Richard Sherman

Lori Collins

Fred Specktor

Ellyce R. Cooper

Cynthia P. Stafford

Debra Davis

Kimberly Steward

Ann Gianopulos

Marc Weinstock

Priscila Giraldo

Kevyn Wynn

Kirsten Hansen


Eric Heer Laura Kennedy

Kirsten Combs

Wendy Kurtzman

Robert A. Daly

Hannah Linkenhoker

David Geffen

Tiffany Mayberry

Herbert M. Gelfand Chairman Emeritus

John McCrite

Quincy Jones Jeffrey Katzenberg Glorya Kaufman Ginny Mancini Frank G. Mancuso Chairman Emeritus

Audrey Povar Eric Rollins Allen Shay John Sonego Cela Devine Sutton Laurie Ziegler


Patricia Kiernan Applegate

Thank you for joining us as we welcome the next great decade of thrilling, innovative theater at Geffen Playhouse! We’re excited to be kicking off 2020 with our world premiere production of Revenge Song: A Vampire Cowboys Creation from playwright Qui Nguyen. This new year also welcomes our signature fundraiser Backstage at the Geffen—our honorees for 2020 include the incomparable Diane Keaton and co-creator/executive producer of the reboot of One Day at a Time, Gloria Calderón Kellett. We will also be introducing the inaugural Founders Award, which will be presented to the highly esteemed Chairman Emeritus of our Board of Directors, Frank Mancuso. Broadway star and host of the Geffen Playhouse Unscripted podcast, Rory O’Malley, will serve as our distinguished master of ceremonies for the evening. Thank you to our Title Sponsor, City National Bank, and Presenting Sponsor, Audi of America, for their loyal commitment to Geffen Playhouse. We invite you to save the date—Monday, April 20— and join us for a night of lively, unforgettable backstage stories and surprise performances. All proceeds support the art of live theater and Geffen Playhouse’s education and community engagement initiatives. To learn more about various opportunities to support the evening, please contact the Geffen Playhouse Development team at 310.208.6500 ext. 141 or ext. 113, or visit See you Backstage! Gil Cates, Jr. Executive Director G E F F E N P L AY H O U S E 3


























THURSDAY‚ FEBRUARY 13‚ 2020 This play was commissioned as part of the Geffen Playhouse’s New Play Development Program thanks to the generosity of The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust Major support for this world premiere production provided by the Edgerton Foundation New Play Production Fund Developed in part with CalArts Center for New Performance and with assistance from the Orchard Project, Ari Edelson, Artistic Director

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

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


NOSHIR DALAL† * EMILY AND OTHERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BETH HAWKES LOUIS, GAULARD AND OTHERS �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������TOM MYERS JULIE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MARGARET ODETTE MADAME DE SENNETERRE AND OTHERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AMY KIM WASCHKE ALBERT AND OTHERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . EUGENE YOUNG SERANNES, GASTON AND OTHERS ����������������������������������������������������������������������

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. *Dance Captain

†Fight Captain


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


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PRODUCTION BIOGRAPHIES the West Coast! Previous VC (New York) shows include: Six Rounds of Vengeance, Alice in Slasherland, Men of Steel, Living Dead in Denmark, and A Beginner’s Guide to Deicide. Most recently, you may have seen him on NBC’s The Good Place, Sunnyside (NBC/Hulu), or HBO’s Veep: The Final Season. His N O S H I R DA L A L


Serannes, Gaston and others

Emily and others

Nosh is very glad to reunite with

Beth Hawkes is thrilled to be mak-

his Vampire Cowboys crew. Past

ing her Geffen Playhouse debut. A

plays include: Men of Steel and

recent transplant from New York

Fight Girl Battle World for VC,

City to Los Angeles, she is a gradu-

Cymbeline at Lincoln Center,

ate of the University of North Caro-

Arabian Nights at Berkeley Rep,

lina School of the Arts with a B.F.A.

Take Me Out at Gallery Players,

in Acting, with supplement training

as well as Caligula, Macbeth, and

at the Upright Citizens Brigade.

King Lear at Classical Theatre

She can be seen on season 3 of

of Harlem. He has recurred on

Marvel’s Runaways (Hulu) and sea-

television in Good Trouble and

son 1 of Liza on Demand (Youtube

General Hospital, along with roles

Premium). Selected theater credits

on S.W.A.T., Hawaii Five-O, Rizzoli

include: Janet Van De Graaff in

& Isles, and Pair of Kings. For the

The Drowsy Chaperone (UNCSA,

gamers, you’ll see his performance

directed by Matt Loehr); Mrs.

capture work as Charles Smith

Morehead in The Women (UNCSA,

(Red Dead Redemption 2), Sgt.

directed by Giovanna Sardelli); Ad-

Pettibone (Love, Death & Robots),

elaide u/s in Guys and Dolls (UNC-

Zeyad Khalil (Call of Duty: Black

SA, directed by Gus Kaikkonen);

Ops III), or Days Gone, Spider-Man,

Tom Snout in A Midsummer Night’s

Death Stranding, Halo, Halo Wars,

Dream (NC Symphony, directed by

and others. You may hear him tell

Carl Forsman); and Beauty in the

you to hit up Taco Bell, or in Sekiro,

The Beast’s Beauty (Lincoln Center

No More Heroes 3, Gears Tactics,

Education, directed by Ethan Nien-

Outer Worlds, Fallout 4, Titanfall

aber). Much love to Mom and Dad,

2, Scooby-Doo, Mickey’s Roadster

Ethan, and Craig.

Racers, and more. Noshir dedicates

The Funhouse Massacre, Where are You? (short), and OJ: The Musical. Tom would like to thank his family and friends for all of their love, support, and inspiration. Much love.



Margaret Odette recently appeared in the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park production of Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon. Other New York theater credits include The Convent (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Art NY), She Kills Monsters (The Flea Theater, Vampire Cowboys), Figaro (The Pearl), and Sehnsucht (JACK). Regionally,

this performance, and the role of

she’s appeared in Paradise Blue

Gaston in particular, to his wife

(Long Wharf Theatre), Taming of

Sharon, and their son, Koa. Our

the Shrew, and The Vibrator Play

brave boy...I feel you near me with

(Chautauqua). Margaret will next

every breath. You are our greatest

appear in Eddie Huang’s feature

joy, little warrior. Your Mommy and

film debut Boogie, How to Make

I love you matter where you

Love to a Black Woman (Show-

go. Have fun and go play!

time), and Blindspot (NBC). Other TO M M Y E R S

Louis, Gaulard and others

Tom Myers is excited to be back with the Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company family, creating some new VC mischief and magic to share for the first time ever with 6 P L AY B I L L

most recent film work includes:

film and television credits include Sleeping with Other People (IFC), Instinct, Elementary (CBS), and The Public Theater’s Much Ado About Nothing (PBS). B.A., Brown University; M.F.A., NYU Tisch Graduate Acting.

PRODUCTION BIOGRAPHIES Award, 2016 LADCC Ted Schmidt New Play Award, 2016 Kennedy Prize Finalist); Poor Yella Rednecks; She Kills Monsters (2013 AATE Distinguished Play Award); Soul Samurai (2009 GLAAD Media Award nom); Begets; Krunk Fu Battle Battle; and the critically acclaimed Vampire Cowboys A M Y K I M WAS C H K E


Madame de Senneterre and others

Albert and others

Amy Kim Waschke is thrilled to

Eugene Young is making his Gef-

be making her Geffen Playhouse

fen Playhouse debut. He recently

debut. She has performed with

appeared in the world premiere

the Vampire Cowboys in The

production of Qui Nguyen’s Poor

Inexplicable Redemption Of Agent

Yella Rednecks at South Coast

G, Alice In Slasherland, and Living

Repertory and has performed with

Dead In Denmark. Amy is also a

the Vampire Cowboys in Alice in

proud company member of the

Slasherland and Geek!. Much love

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

and thanks to Qui, Robert, Abby,

(OSF), where she was last seen as

and the rest of the VC fam. Other

Lady Macbeth in Macbeth and the

theater credits include Cardinal

Queen of Hearts in Alice In Won-

(Second Stage Theater); Tiger

derland. Select theater credits

Style! (Eugene O’Neill Theater

include: Othello, Snow In Midsum-

Center); Twelfth Night (Leviathan

mer, The Winter’s Tale, Hannah

Lab); as well as the operas La

and the Dread Gazebo (OSF);

Bohème, Turandot, and Carmina

Water By The Spoonful (Studio

Burana (Lincoln Center New

Theatre); Vietgone (OSF, Seattle

York City Opera). Film: Amazon

Rep); Edward II (Shakespeare

Studios’ Bliss. Select television

Theatre Company); The White

credits include Veep (HBO), Jane

Snake (The Old Globe, Berkeley

the Virgin (CW), Criminal Minds

Rep, McCarter Theatre Center,

(CBS), Unforgettable (CBS), and

Goodman Theatre, Guthrie

Revenge (ABC). Eugene is a grad-

Theater, OSF, and the Wuzhen

uate of Dartmouth College and the

Theater Festival in China). Film

National Theatre Institute.

and television credits include: Law

IG: @eugeyoung

& Order: SVU; Eighteen Seconds;

productions of The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G, Alice in Slasherland, Fight Girl Battle World, Men of Steel, and Living Dead in Denmark. For television/ film, Qui’s written for AMC, SYFY, PBS, Netflix, and Marvel Studios. He currently writes for Walt Disney Animation Studios. Notable honors include a 2016 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Preschool Animated Program (Peg+Cat), a 2015 NY Community Trust Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, and a 2014 Sundance Institute/Time Warner Fellowship. He’s currently under commission by South Coast Repertory/Manhattan Theatre Club (The Vietgone Saga), Geffen Playhouse, Center Theatre Group/Goodman Theatre, Atlantic Theater Company, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He is a proud member of the WGA, The Dramatists Guild, The Playwrights Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Ma-Yi Writers Lab, and an alumnus of New Dramatists and Youngblood.

The Feminist Cooking Show (web series). Amy is a graduate of the University of Washington’s Professional Actor Training Program. Much love to Moses. VC4Life.



Qui Nguyen is a playwright, television and film writer, and co-founder of the Obie Award-winning Vampire Cowboys of NYC. Scripts include Vietgone (2016 Steinberg


Director (Writer/Director of Opening Trailer)

Robert is co-founder of the Obie-winning Vampire Cowboys. He has directed all of their pro-

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ductions including Soul Samurai,

NYMF). 2015 Frederick Loewe

Alice in Slasherland, Fight Girl/

Award (War is F*cking Awesome),

Costume Designer

Battle World, and The Inexplica-

Drama Desk, and Lortel nomina-

7 seasons as Resident Designer

ble Redemption of Agent G. Other

tions. Regional: Actors Theatre

for the Vampire Cowboys. Broad-

credits include Anna Moench’s

of Louisville, Arena Stage, Berk-

way: The Performers. Off-Broad-

Mothers (The Playwrights Realm);

shire Theatre Festival, Baltimore

way/New York: Measure for

Vietgone (Royal Manitoba The-

Center Stage, Children’s Theatre

Measure (The Acting Co); Lewis-

atre Centre); Disgraced (Mirvish,

Company, Dallas Theater Center,

ton/Clarkston (Rattlestick Play-

Citadel Theatre, Hope and Hell

La Jolla Playhouse, South Coast

wrights Theater); A Kid Like Jake,

Theatre Company); Fast Compa-

Repertory, Williamstown Theatre

All-American (LCT3 at Lincoln

ny (Ensemble Studio Theatre Los

Festival, Yale Repertory Theatre,

Center Theater); Outside People

Angeles, where Robert is a mem-

Prague Quadrennial. Upcoming:

(Vineyard Theatre and Naked

ber); Branched (InViolet Theater);

Poor Yella Rednecks at MTC,

Angels); Suicide, Inc., The Dream

How to be a New Yorker (CRC

electronic chill album Alt/Freq,

of the Burning Boy (Roundabout

productions); She Kills Monsters

and a retrospective album of the

Underground); Oliver Parker!, The

(The Flea Theater); Goodbye Cru-

music of the 80s punk band An-

Gingerbread House (The stage-

el World (The Roundtable Ensem-

gry Kavanaughs.

FARM); OohRah! (Atlantic Theater Company); Next Fall, Armed &

ble), and Hamlet (solo) (Hope and Hell Theatre Company) which


Naked in America, The Mistakes

has toured for ten years playing

Scenic & Lighting Designer

in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.

Nick Francone is a New York

Germ Project (New Georges);

Acting credits include Constella-

based production designer

H.M.S. Pinafore (Vortex Theater);

tions (Hangar Theatre) and Fran-

working in theatrical produc-

Regional: Cyrano, The Sea Maid’s

kenstein (Soho Rep./The Flying

tion, television, and film. Recent

Music, Love’s Labour’s Lost, A

Machine). He is the former editor

theatrical design credits include

Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hud-

of The Dramatist, the Journal of

projects with Vampire Cowboys,

son Valley Shakespeare Festival);

the Dramatists Guild of America.

Ensemble Studio Theater, Ma-Yi

Sex With Strangers (City Theatre

M.F.A., Ohio University.

Theater Company, New Georges,

Company); Out of the City (Merri-

Public Theater, Labyrinth Theater

mack Repertory Theatre); Agnes

Company, HERE Arts Center, The

Under the Big Top, Bad Dates,

Flea Theater, and many more.

Shipwrecked!, Underneath the

Shane Rettig is a composer,

Television and film credits include

Lintel (Long Wharf Theatre); The

sound designer, music producer,

production design for New Year’s

Last Smoker in America (Contem-

and lyricist. He has written, de-

Eve with Carson Daly and Red

porary American Theatre Compa-

signed for, and performed with

Nose Day. Art direction credits

ny); Complete Works of William

a diverse range of theater and

include upcoming feature films

Shakespeare (Abridged) (Weston

dance companies including Vam-

with Aaron Sorkin and Judd Ap-

Playhouse). Awards: Recipient of

pire Cowboys, Public Theater,

atow, and two seasons of Bull for

NY Innovative Theatre Award for

Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC),

CBS. Broadway associate design

Costume Design. Jessica is also a

Monica Bill Barnes & Company,

collaborations include Wicked

mom, a farmer, and the costume

The New Group, Signature The-

with Eugene Lee (Broadway and

supervisor for theater at Fordham

atre, Roundabout Theatre Com-

adaptations around the world),

University at Lincoln Center.

pany, Ensemble Studio Theatre,

Billy Elliot with Ian Macneil, 9 to

Ma-Yi Theater Company, Clubbed

5 with Scott Pask, and Love Never

Thumb, New Georges, The Flea

Dies with Gabriela Tylesova. Ed-

Projection Designer

Theater, The New Victory The-

ucation and affiliations include a

Geffen Playhouse: Mysterious

ater, La MaMa Experimental The-

B.A. in Theater Arts from Gonza-

Circumstances. Other recent

atre Club, Soho Rep., Rattlestick

ga University, an M.F.A. in Scenic

credits: How to Catch Creation,

Playwrights Theater, and HERE

and Lighting Design from Ohio

Mother Road, UniSon, Mojada

Arts Center. Music/co-lyricist

University, and membership in

(Oregon Shakespeare Festival);

for War is F*cking Awesome with

USA Local 829.

Lost Highway (Frankfurt Opera);

Qui Nguyen and William Jackson

A Trip to the Moon, Young Cae-


Original Music & Sound Designer

Madeline Made (Naked Angels);


Harper (2013 Sundance Lab).

sar (Los Angeles Philharmonic);

Music for The Unknown (2005

Vietgone (East West Players,

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Bublé’s Christmas in Hollywood

(Denver Center for the Performing

Puppet & Creature Design

Arts); Flora & Ulysses and OZ 2.5

For Vampire Cowboys: Alice

Dragons (Dreamworks), I Am

(South Coast Repertory); Breaking

in Slasherland (NY Innovative

Big Bird (Copperpot Pictures),

Through (Pasadena Playhouse);

Theatre Award nomination); The

Cuba Libre (Artists Repertory The-

Calgary Stampede, choral ar-

Inexplicable Redemption of Agent

atre); A Fable (Cherry Lane The-

rangements for Shawnee Press/

G, Fight Girl Battle World (Amer-

Alfred. Catch him performing

ican Theatre, Wing Henry Hewe’s

weekly at the Golden Horseshoe

Design nomination), She Kills

in Disneyland.

atre); 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 Philhar-

(NBC). As composer/arranger:

Monsters. Film: Muppets Most Wanted (Disney), The Happytime


Murders (STX). Television: Sesa-


me Street (since season 44), The

Stacy Dawson Stearns is a Bessie

Furchester Hotel (CBBC), Julie’s

Award winning artist known for

Greenroom (Netflix), Helpsters

her work with Big Dance Theater,

(Apple TV+) Saturday Night Live

David Neumann, Hal Hartley, Ken

(NBC), The Chris Gethard Show

Nintzel, and Blacklips Perfor-

(TruTV). David is the resident

mance Cult. She has performed

puppet designer of Vampire Cow-

in 9 countries and in domestic

boy Theatre Company, as well as

venues including Jacob’s Pillow,

a puppet builder for The Jim Hen-

American Dance Festival, Spole-

son Company. Follow his work on

to USA, Walker Art Center, The

Instagram @dvpuppets

Whitney, The Ontological-Hysteric Theater, Classic Stage Com-


Music Director & Vocal Arrangements

pany, HERE, City Center, Lincoln Center, Dance Theater Workshop

Ryan O’Connell is a music

(now NYLA), PS 122, MassMoCA,

director, orchestrator, arranger,

Chicago Museum of Contempo-

composer, and performer. He

rary Art, The Performing Garage,

recently music directed and

Mother, and REDCAT. Beyond

orchestrated the off-Broadway

theater, Stacy has choreographed

run of Ernest Shackleton Loves

stage shows for pop icons Debbie

Me at Second Stage NYC

Harry and Ann Magnusen. Film

(streaming on Broadway HD).

acting credits include: No Such

He also contributed music to

Thing, Wigstock: the Movie!, and

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at

filmmaker Jonathan Demme’s

Disneyland and the Walt Disney

performance film of Big Dance

World Resort. Favorite music

Theater’s Another Telepathic

directing credits: Mary Poppins,

Thing. She is a proud recipient

West Players, LADCC Award); Tales

Oliver (Musical Theatre West),

of the 2019 Pieter Dancemakers

from Hollywood (Guthrie Theater);

In The Heights, Into the Woods,

Grant. Special thanks to Dan

The Steward of Christendom (Mark

CATS (Broadway at the Gardens),

Safer, Robert, Abby, and Qui for

Taper Forum); Great Immensity and

Bonnie & Clyde, Bright Star (Can-

bringing me into the VC Universe.

Venice (Public Theater, Ovation

dlelight Pavilion Dinner Theater),

Award for Venice); Chavez Ravine

42nd Street (Palos Verdes), Loch

(Kirk Douglas Theatre, Ovation

Ness, Claudio Quest (Chance

Award); Stars on Ice (2007-2019);

Theater), Pipe Dream, On the

Fight Director

Scott Hamilton CARES Founda-

20th Century, Pal Joey (MTW

Maggie Macdonald first worked

tion. He’s also created two video

Reading Series), Grammy Expe-

with Vampire Cowboys 15 years

rience (Norwegian Cruise Line),

ago in New York City and is

Nightline: JFK Special (NBC). As

thrilled to be back in action with

orchestrator: Loch Ness, Claudio

her theater family! She is an ac-

Quest, Sinatra 100 (CBS), Michael

complished fight director, stunt

monic); 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 SingAlong (Disney Shanghai Resort); Cage Songbooks (Carnegie Hall, San Francisco Symphony, and New World Symphony); Vietgone (East

installations for the Petersen Auto Museum and co-designed a Chagall exhibit at LACMA with Yuval Sharon.


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PRODUCTION BIOGRAPHIES coordinator, motion-capture ac-

Ann’s Warehouse, Playwrights’

of Fine Arts in Stage Manage-

tress, and stuntwoman. Her fight

Center in Minneapolis, Drama-

ment. Proud member of Actors’

direction was featured last season

tists’ Guild of America, HERE

Equity Association. Love to Mom,

at South Coast Repertory’s Poor

Arts Center, LAByrinth Theater

Tom, and Megan.

Yella Rednecks. Maggie’s film and

Company, and Baryshnikov Arts

television credits include: Season

Center. With Vampire Cowboys,

2 of The Tick, The Hunger Games

Abby produced The Inexplicable

Assistant Stage Manager

series, Furious 7, The Americans,

Redemption of Agent G, Alice

Lizzie Thompson is honored to

and season 7 of The Vampire

in Slasherland, Soul Samurai

be stage managing again at the

Diaries. Her stunt coordination

(GLAAD Media Award nominee),

Geffen Playhouse. She has pre-

will be featured in the film Back

Fight Girl Battle World, and many

viously worked at the Geffen on

to Lyla this year. Also this year,

more. In Vampire Cowboys’ Bat-

Key Largo, Skintight, Mysterious

Naughty Dogs’ The Last of Us II

tle Ranch studio, Abby created

Circumstances, Black Super Hero

will be released, their highly antic-

and produced The Saturday

Magic Mama, Charles Dickens’ A

ipated sequel that took over three

Night Saloon series, a monthly

Christmas Carol, Significant Oth-

years to make. She is the main

theater party that featured six

er and Ironbound, among others.

motion-capture stunt performer

new one act plays shown in

Originally from Pittsburgh, Penn-

for the lead character Ellie. She is

monthly serialized episodes. She

sylvania, she received her B.S.

blessed by her husband Chris and

served as Chair for the Honorary

from Allegheny College and her

newborn son Reeves.

Awards Committee for the NY

M.F.A. in Theater from Long Is-

Innovative Theater Awards and

land University. Lizzie would like

was a founding Board Member

to thank her mom and dad for

for the League of Independent

always believing in her, Charley

Theatre, New York.

for putting up with her (espe-


Fight Director

As an actor, stuntman, and fight director, Tim has been fortunate enough to have worked on every-


cially during tech week), and her R O S S JAC KS O N

Geffen family.

thing from Shakespeare to sketch

Production Stage Manager

comedy, from soap operas to

Ross is excited to continue his

zombie movies. A few highlights

work with the Geffen Playhouse!

Casting Director

of his fight direction include—

Proudly hailing from New Or-

Phyllis is an Artistic Associate

theater: Zastrozzi, multiple

leans, Louisiana, Ross is now

productions of Romeo & Juliet,

based in Los Angeles. Geffen

multiple productions of Macbeth;

credits: Key Largo, Skintight, The

LA Opera: Porgy & Bess, Othello;

Niceties, Lights Out: Nat “King”

film: Open House, Privateer; tele-

Cole, A Christmas Carol, The

vision: How I Met Your Mother,

Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki

Strange Angel, Warriors - Miya-

Corona, Skeleton Crew, Sell/Buy/

moto Musashi. Tim also teaches

Date, Ironbound, and A Funny

stage combat at the American

Thing Happened... Other credits:

Musical & Dramatic Academy -

Meredith Monk’s Atlas (LA Phil);

LA (where he has directed fights

Five Guys Named Moe (Ebony

for over 25 productions).

Repertory Theater); The Tempest and Deferred Action (Dallas The-


Vampire Cowboys Producer

ater Center); The Crucible and A Lesson Before Dying (Clarence

Abby is Lead Producer for the

Brown Theatre); Aladdin and His

Obie Award winning “geek

Winter Wish and Sleeping Beauty

theater” company Vampire

and Her Winter Knight (Lythgoe

Cowboys. In addition, Abby is

Family Panto); Nickel Mines (New

the Managing Director for the

York Musical Theatre Festival)

Orchard Project and on Faculty

and several productions with the

at California Institute for the

University of California, Irvine,

Arts. Abby has worked with St.

from which he holds his Master

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and the Casting Director for the Geffen Playhouse. Recent casting includes 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 5 Artios nominations: 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

PRODUCTION BIOGRAPHIES the Lapin Agile (and subsequent

of Game of Thrones (DGA nom-

co-produced and co-directed the

productions including West-

ination), Mad Men, Fargo, The

critically acclaimed Life After

wood Playhouse and Briar Street

Good Wife and Succession. Shak-

Tomorrow, featuring Sarah Jes-

man recently helmed the pilot ep-

sica Parker, which premiered on

isode for Hulu’s The Great starring

Showtime. His other films include

Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult,

Deal (starring Burt Reynolds, Bret

airing in 2020. This season he

Harrison and Charles Durning)

will direct Macbeth for the Geffen,

and The Mesmerist (starring

starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

Jessica Capshaw and Geffen Play-

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) and The Song of Jacob Zulu. She is a

house alumnus Neil Patrick Har-

member of the Casting Society

ris). Cates’ television directorial

of America.

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. G I L CAT E S, J R .

Executive Director


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

Gil Cates, Jr. is Executive Director of Geffen Playhouse. In this role, he is responsible 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

Chief Financial Officer

caliber. Prior to being named

Behnaz “Nazy” Ataee is Chief

Executive Director in 2015, Cates

Financial Officer of Geffen Play-

served as Geffen Playhouse Board

house. In this role, she has over-

Vice Chairman since 2012 and

sight responsibility for accounting

served as a producer and director

functions of the theater, including

in theater, film and television.

operating and capital budgets. In

His theater credits include the

addition, she supports all IT and

award-winning Names (Matrix

HR activities. Behnaz was named

Theatre Company) and Three

Chief Financial Officer in 2015

Sisters and David Mamet’s A Life

after serving as General Manag-

in the Theatre (both at Syracuse

er since 2002. She first joined

Stage). Cates’ film credits include

Geffen Playhouse in 1999. Previ-

The Surface (starring Sean Astin

ously, Ataee worked as a senior

and Geffen Playhouse alumnus

financial analyst for Ultratech Inc.,

Chris Mulkey), Jobs (starring

an international semiconductor

Ashton Kutcher, Josh Gad, Dermot

company based in San Jose. Prior

Mulroney, as well as Geffen

to Ultratech, she was an auditor

Playhouse alumni Matthew Mo-

for Van Sloten CPA, after holding

dine and Ron Eldard) and the

the position of Director of Ac-

2011 feature film Lucky (starring

counting at FABS Management,

Colin Hanks, Ari Graynor and

where she was responsible for

Ann-Margret). In addition, Cates

overseeing the finances of more G E F F E N P L AY H O U S E 1 1

PRODUCTION BIOGRAPHIES than 25 non-profit organizations.

and produces new works of

been lauded by the NY Innovative

As a financial professional with

genre-bending theater. We make

Theatre Awards and nominat-

more than 30 years’ experience in

shows that proudly dance between high-brow art and mass

ed for multiple GLAAD Media

for-profit and non-profit financial management and auditing, Ataee began her career in the Bay Area as a partner in a small tech startup. She holds a master’s degree from Pepperdine University. VA M P I R E C OW B OYS

media entertainment. Founded and led by Artistic Directors Qui Nguyen and Robert Ross Parker and Producer Abby Marcus, Vampire Cowboys are the originators of the “geek theater” genre. Our productions, which demonstrate that “experimental theater can

Awards. Hailed by The New York Times as “culturally savvy comedy,” Vampire Cowboys was awarded an Obie in 2010. Past productions include: Vampire Cowboy Trilogy, Living Dead in Denmark, Men of Steel, Alice in Slasherland, Fight Girl Battle

Vampire Cowboys is an

be innovative and entertaining

World, Soul Samurai, The Inexpli-

award-winning NYC downtown

instead of droning and preachy”

cable Redemption of Agent G, and

theater company that creates

(Show Business Weekly), have

Six Rounds of Vengeance.

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Danny Glover presents an award at Backstage at the Geffen 2019

Jennifer Garner speaks of past inspiration

Billy Crystal has the crowd in stitches



Kristen Bell sings a song cut from Frozen


Jane Fonda presents an award at Backstage at the Geffen 2019

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Playwright Qui Nguyen and director Robert Ross Parker




As its subtitle suggests, Revenge Song is not only a play by Qui Nguyen, commissioned by and developed with the Geffen—it is a creation born out of the off-kilter, brilliant, theatrically innovative brain trust that is the Vampire Cowboys theater company. Vampire Cowboys established a reputation for consistently producing outstanding work in New York City in the early 2000s, but has been on hiatus in recent years. Now, the team is assembling once again for the company’s Los Angeles debut. Director Robert Ross Parker heads up Vampire Cowboys with Nguyen, and the co-artistic directors have been making work together for two decades. In the first week of rehearsals, I had the chance to chat with Robert about the collaboration that sparked the formation of Vampire Cowboys, the ways the company’s process has changed over the years, and the joys of reuniting for Revenge Song. 1 6 P L AY B I L L

R AC H E L W I E G A R DT- EG E L : What is the origin story of Vampire Cowboys? How did you get started in the first place? R O B E R T R O S S PA R K E R : Qui and I were in our first quarter grad school—almost exactly 20 years ago. We’d been assigned to work together. Qui had written this one act, and I was assigned to direct it—that was how we first met. It was a “serious play” that he’d written in a serious manner that I tried to direct very seriously. Then we ran into each other in a comic book shop in this tiny university town. Qui always says this was “before geek was chic.” So it was almost a little embarrassing to see each other in there, but we started talking about comic books and decided we should go for a beer. It was one of those beers that became many beers, and we had that conversation that you have when you’re young and full of it: “You know what the problem


with theater is...” We were really into a lot of popular story genre things that you see in comics and movies and TV. The ecosystem has changed a lot, with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but back then, that stuff had a niche vibe to it. We wanted to tell those stories on stage. So we cowrote this thing called Vampire Cowboy Trilogy and put it on, to our advisors’ great displeasure. (They thought we should be doing more serious things.) It was the story of a paranormal film noir detective and some 1950s American superheroes fighting communism and—this is so dated—a teenage warrior princess Xena riff. There were celebrity guest ninjas in the show every night. We had a great time. The story of the name is that we wanted the title to be something that had nothing to do with the show. One of us said, “Well, there are no vampires in it.” And the other one said, “There are no cowboys in it.” So that was what we called it. We went on to do another show while we were in school— it was about a Catholic school girl on a murder spree backward through time to kill God— and we would just get in trouble. When we got to New York after school, we thought “No one’s going to do a developmental reading of our ninja plays. And we don’t really want them to, either.” So we started producing them ourselves, and that’s how Vampire Cowboys came about. RW: How does the process of directing a Vampire Cowboys show differ from other plays? How has process changed over the years? R R P : It’s changed a lot over the years. Orig-

inally, Qui and I would co-write the shows, and he would also choreograph all the fights. Then we moved to a more traditional director/playwright relationship. Even when we’re working in a more traditional way where Qui is writing drafts of a script and I’m staging them, I’ve been around while he’s writing and he’s been in the room while I’m staging. We would start in weird ways, like deciding first on the title or the genre. Often, the structure was that we would do a workshop of a show in the fall and then stage it in the spring. We were focused on putting on a show no matter

what. Sometimes we had an awesome idea, and sometimes—I don’t know what we had, but the show went on. That taught us a specific set of skills that are different from what you learn through the more traditional format of developing work. It’s varied greatly over the years. One thing that has always stayed the same is that we try to bring the work to the company. A choreographer could say, “I choreographed this awesome spin kick here.” And it’s like, “That’s a great choice, but can the actor do it? Is the actor amazing at it?” That’s something we do not just with fighting but with puppetry, with singing, with the play itself. Qui can write a great moment but if it’s not right for the actor we’ve cast, we will continue to tweak toward the company. That, I think, gives the shows a vibe of being devised, even if they’re not. RW: What are you most looking forward to

tackling in this rehearsal process? R R P : I always have a lot of fun in tech with

Vampire Cowboys shows, because we’re putting it all together. In the preview process too, because we do learn so much. Creatives always say, “We learn so much from the audience.” But on these, we really learn a lot from the audience, and we will sometimes make significant changes during previews. As a team, we’re committed to getting it right. There are all these pieces, and sometimes we’re shuffling the pieces around, but there’s also a kind of mercenary showperson-ship to the whole thing, where you’re like, “It’s gotta be a great show. The people have gotta love it.” Sometimes when I’m working on more traditional plays, it can get a little more precious and arty. There’s an old-timey entertainer vibe to the way we all think that I very much enjoy and think is unique. I’m looking forward to the people more than anything, especially as we get older and have gone our separate ways and had kids. To all be able to come together on the same project—to get the band back together, in a way—is really special. To read more about Revenge Song: A Vampire Cowboys Creation, visit G E F F E N P L AY H O U S E 1 7


Revenge Song: A Vampire Cowboys Creation is inspired by the life of Julie d’Aubigny, a remarkable woman who lived in 17th century France. If you’ve never heard of Julie d’Aubigny, also known as La Maupin, it’s not especially surprising. She and her story have largely been lost to history. Julie’s antics have long been the focus of speculation, and little about her life is known for sure. Based on that which is known, her story is so unbelievable that it’s difficult to imagine she existed at all—but exist she did. Julie was born around 1670 in or near Paris. Her father, Gaston d’Aubigny, was the secretary to Louis de Lorraine-Guise, a noble who was the Master of the Horse for King Louis XIV. Master of the Horse was an important office in the king’s court, and included the supervision of all of the royal stables. Gaston trained the court pages, and Julie (who dressed in traditionally male clothing from a young age) was trained alongside the boys in both academic subjects and fencing—unusual for a girl at the time. Louis de Lorraine-Guise took Julie as his mistress by the time she was 14, and later arranged for her to be married to Sieur de Maupin, a timid clerk. Louis then sent Sieur de Maupin away to the French provinces, and continued his relationship with Julie. Julie fled Louis’s household, and started a love affair with a young girl. When the girl’s parents found out, they were outraged and put her into a convent. Julie infiltrated the convent 1 8 P L AY B I L L

with a plan to free her lover—the results of which landed her with a death sentence from the French parliament. According to some sources, she was sentenced under her husband’s name because the judges did not believe that a woman could have done this deed. At some point, Julie met a young nobleman named Comte d’Albert, who challenged her to a duel. She wounded him and he almost died, but the two ended up forming a relationship— romantic by some accounts and purely platonic by others—that lasted the rest of her life. A superb singer (amongst her other talents), Julie joined the Paris Opera in 1690 after being pardoned by the king for her convent heist. She became a celebrated performer, known as La Maupin (her married name, per French custom). Julie’s audacious nature led her to adventure and scandal alike. She continued to duel, once beating three men at the same time. She continued to take lovers, both women and men. She continued to sing, defending chorus girls from lecherous singers and patrons. Most of the facts of Julie’s existence come from documents related to the opera, so even less is known about the interior life of this master swordswoman, renowned singer, and darling of the gossips. What were her motivations, her regrets, her deepest hopes? As we watch Revenge Song: A Vampire Cowboys Creation, we get to ponder all that makes this woman so recognizably human—even as we revel in all that made her impossibly badass.

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Jim Kelly

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Linda Rodriguez

Nancy Kenney

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Stephen Nathan

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Edward Parker

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Lawrence Parker

June Lewin

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Katia Benthale & Josh Lewensohn Ms. J. Lieberman Angela & Jonathan Light

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Abhilash and Kelly Patel Dr. Kristine Penner & Steven Klein

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Joanne Lindsay

Carol F. Phillips

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Renee Lonner

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Laura Louie

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Susan Poulson

Anne L. Lynch

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Barbara Marcus

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Dean S. Marks

Jose Quinonez

Annette Marmalefsky

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Joan Ransohoff

Ruth Massaro

Marvin Rapaport

Phyllis & Bert Massing

Michael & Gloria Rausch

Linda May

Fred & Denise Reimer

Douglas Mcavoy, Jr.

Marianne Reynolds

Kathleen McCarthy

Amy Richards

Kathy & Jim McCaffrey

Linda & Erin Rice

Derrick McCray

Linda & Steve Richman

Christina Medigovich

William & Polly Ridgeway

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Dr. David B. Peterson

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Donna Rosen

Lance & Maureen Tan

Mary Ann Rosenfeld & Sheldon Kaddish

Deborah Tavlin David Tepper

Adrienne Rosenthal

Cathy Thomas

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Cathy & Asher Thompson

Brad Ross

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Lawrence Ross & Linda Nussbaum

Rebecca Thyret

Cathy Ross

Judy & Art Tompkins

Robert & Susan Rovner

Brigitta Troy

Dr. Diane & Michael Glazer

Dr. Gerald D. Turbow

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Dr. Harold Urman

Sylvia Ruiz

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Anne Sacks

Valerie Vetters

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Barbara Vickery & Martin Shapiro

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Sherry Weinman & Michael Umansky

Melanie Sharp & Kevin Miller

Travis Webb Marsha & Steven Weiss

George Shohet

Pat West

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Leah Sklar

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Janet Whitman

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Ronald Smith

Susan Williams

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Chris Sorgi

Albert Wolsky

Melvin Spears

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Debra Spector

Bruce Whizin

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Arnold & Tricia Zane

Irina & Alex Stavchanskiy

David Zimmerman

M Leslie Stearns

Laura Zucker & Alan Miller

Penny Strowger

Sandy Zwirn

Diane Zapack


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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


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 Miriam Avital Levenson Associate 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


Stacy Barnes Senior Director of Philanthropy Ellen Catania Senior Vice President of Development 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


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 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


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, Ian Benchwick, Ryan Brophy, Rogelio Douglas, Lucas Gust, Caitie Hawthorne, Elza Hofeld, Lucy Houlihan, Fiona Leahy, Hunter Lowden, Olivia Lowe, Robert Mahaffie, Austin Merrill, Sidne Phillips, Brandon Root, Sam Sherry, 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 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