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the gift

From the artistic Director I am pleased to welcome you to the American premiere of The Gift by Joanna Murray-Smith and directed by Maria Aitken. After their collaboration on last year’s world premiere in Melbourne, we are thrilled to reunite this internationally-acclaimed duo and provide them the opportunity to continue to examine and refine their stellar work. Having the opportunity in 2010 to produce Joanna’s play The Female of the Species, a side-splitting comedy with a dark streak coursing through it, we were eager to find the next project on which we might collaborate. The Gift provides that opportunity — an intelligent and provocative new work that poses challenging questions. While wildly different, both The Female of the Species and The Gift highlight the hallmarks of Joanna’s style — her plays come alive with a sense of humor while maintaining a breezy sophistication that takes the audience on an unexpected journey. Her writing is rich with social satire, hilarity and an unnerving edge that puts an audience off balance enough to see circumstances through an enlighteningly different prism. I’m happy also to welcome the world-class director Maria Aitken to the Geffen. A preeminent actor and scholar of Noël Coward — in addition to other impressive credits — she is a force and perfectly paired with her Australian counterpart. Together they have assembled amazing designers who transport us to a tropical island, a Los Angeles home and into the ocean itself. In addition, Maria has helmed an ensemble of actors as fine as they come, and the result of all of these pieces coming together is something we hope you will enjoy. As we look forward to a new year with new hope, we also continue our commitment to new work. Writers such as Joanna make this search a joy with a fresh perspective that is smart, challenging, scintillating and that gives fodder for discussion on the ride home. Enjoy The Gift.

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letter from the chaiRman

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Frank G. Mancuso Chairman

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

FRANK G. MANCUSO It is, as always, my pleasure to welcome you to the third show of the season in the Gil Cates Theater. The Gift marks a return to the Geffen Playhouse for playwright Joanna Murray-Smith whose show, The Female of the Species, was a smashing success a few seasons ago. It is also that time of year when we begin to look forward to our favorite event of the season: Backstage at the Geffen. This star-studded evening of behind-thescenes stories, laughter and surprises will be held in May, 2013. The date will be announced shortly. Backstage benefits our education and outreach programs which serve more than 22,500 low income youth, seniors, veterans and community members each year. These programs are an aspect of the Geffen of which we are enormously proud. I would like to take this opportunity to acquaint you with one of these programs: the Geffen Playhouse Writing Project. In response to a request from two principals at Mendez Learning Center in the Boyle Heights area of East Los Angeles, the Geffen is using theater as a tool to assist high school youth with their writing skills. Not only does this program expose these young people to theater, but it uses their experiences here to develop their critical thinking and their ability to express their thoughts in writing, particularly as they prepare to pass the essay requirement of the California High School Exit Exam. Working closely with six classrooms of 10th grade students in this immersive writing program centered around our season of plays, Geffen teaching artists use the plays as thought-provoking and, quite simply, fun springboards for discussion. This dialogue and self-expression boosts the students’ confidence in writing while developing an appreciation of the arts. We look forward to presenting the results of this program to you this summer. In the meantime, know that your donations are what make this rigorous and innovative program possible. On behalf of all of us at the Geffen Playhouse, I wish you a Happy New Year. Enjoy The Gift!

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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

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playwright joanna murray-smith

How An Aussie’s work found a home in America: an interview with joanna murray-smith by amy levinson

Amy Levinson: As an Australian writer, do you feel your plays need adjustment when bringing them to an American audience? And if so, what does that adjustment entail? Joanna Murray-Smith: I didn’t realize for a long time that my plays had any geographical markers. It was never a selfconscious decision. I think that at the very beginning of my playwriting life I felt as if the job was to reduce the story to the barest and most primal human elements: love, suffering, rage, competition, envy, spiritual longing, grief over mortality, sexuality and so on. One way of being “elemental” was to deny the story the kind of specifics which would allow an audience to give the story away, as in “that’s not my life, it’s an Australian life.” From the very beginning, I saw the plays as P4  PERFORMANCES  MAGAZINe

belonging to any audience so I wanted to allow my audiences to place the plays in their own landscapes. AL: Without giving anything away, can you talk about your impetus for writing this play. JMS: It’s always very hard to pinpoint the origins of a play, since they can begin with only a whisper of a passing thought. But a lot of different ideas collided here, in part the notion of how we deal with several competing parts of ourselves and more specifically the notion of duty to creativity. Is there such a thing? Do artists have a moral responsibility to create? What happens when that collides with their other more ordinary human responsibilities? I think I was interested in this in a metaphorical way, and suddenly it seemed


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interesting to me to play out this idea in a literal story, to push the boundaries of what seems feasible and see if I could take the audience along for the ride. I hope that whether or not you “buy” the set-up of this play, you will find the tussle of ideas engaging and provocative enough to suspend disbelief for ninety minutes. In addition to this, I am always drawn to stories where a single accidental moment transforms all that follows. Two couples meet at a resort and their destinies are forever altered. There’s a Hitchcockian element to that idea that thrills me. Most of my plays are about moral boundaries and the human compulsion to transgress. AL: Does your process always begin in the same way? How do ideas come to you? How do you flesh them out?

AL: Can you talk a bit about how you got started in theater and what keeps you attracted to it.

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JMS: My working style is usually to write a first draft in a mad flourish over a couple of weeks, and then to take a long time, sometimes a year, fixing, editing and revising. I’m always surprised how much the finished play retains of that early draft: everything that’s good about a play happens when the thinking is not moderated or censored. And yet you need the nitty gritty revisions for structure, clarity and sometimes for taste or good judgement. Annette Bening and Merritt Wever in the American premiere of Joanna Murray-Smith’s The Female of the Species directed by Randall Arney at the Geffen Playhouse

JMS: I never chose to be a playwright, I fell into it. I always (immodestly) believed myself to be a writer — from the age of seven or eight. And I loved the theater and went to it a lot as a child. My uncle was a well-known actor in London, and I loved and admired him. But ultimately I think I started because from a very young age, I always “heard” ideas in the form of arguing voices. My parents and their friends were all left wing writers and artists and intellectuals and they stayed up all night in summer arguing about the world. We spent every summer in a cabin on an uninhabited island between the mainland of Australia and Tasmania, in the middle of a wild stretch of sea. Each night, I listened in on those adult voices, and even though I didn’t understand the content, I did understand how power shifted between voices, how no one was always all right, how sometimes eloquence triumphs over morality, and the sheer exhilarating power of the spoken word.

but can’t explain why not. But with a first production, or an early production, that first week tests the strength of the foundations of the play and the writer must face that music or there will be hell to pay later. Later in rehearsals, it’s useful for the writer to come back as a “clean” pair of eyes — someone who knows the work intimately but has not been lost in the forest of incremental development. In previews, the writer believes she or he is very useful and totally right, but often directors are dealing with bigger problems than the fact that the leading lady is emphasizing the wrong syllable in the eighth word of the third line of the play or that the other character would never wear yellow socks.

AL: Can you talk a bit about your process from idea to fruition and how involved you like to be during the rehearsal process.

JMS: I’ve found audiences to my plays have been remarkably similar from Sydney to LA to New York to London to Rome to Tokyo. The plays are about being human (and often about being middle-class and educated). I’ve found the resonances, the triumphs and the criticisms are usually universal. What makes audiences different are different productions of the same work, rather than the play itself or inherent cultural antagonisms or preferences. A bad production will fail to engage audiences anywhere. A good production will find the magic more nights than it doesn’t — and this is true anywhere.

JMS: I like to be as much a part of rehearsals as the director wishes me to be. There is nothing worse than a writer planting themselves in the rehearsal room for the duration; no one wants you there, and if they do, they shouldn’t. The first week, when the script is closely examined, is nightmarish — but at least the writer can be useful. This is the point when actors ask lots of questions, most of which you cannot answer, when they ask for changes you don’t want to make

AL: Do you find the audiences in Australia to be very different than in Los Angeles? Does it change how your plays are received?

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THE GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE presents

Written by

Joanna Murray-Smith Scenic Designer

Derek McLane

Costume Designer

Laura Bauer

Lighting Designer

Peter Kaczorowski

Original Music and Sound Design

John Gromada

Media Designer

Howard Werner

Production Stage Manager

Mary Michele Miner

Assistant Stage Manager

Gary J. Breitbach

Casting by

Phyllis Schuringa

Dramaturg

Amy Levinson

Directed by

Maria Aitken The first performance of The Gift was presented by Melbourne Theatre Company on May 28, 2011 The Gift is produced by special arrangement with David Richenthal who we thank for his generous support of this production.

OpeningNight: Night:Wednesday, Wednesday,November February 28 6, 2013 Opening , 2012 O PEN I N G N I G H T SP O NS O R s

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(In order of appearance)

Sadie................................................................................................................................................ Kathy Baker Ed.................................................................................................................................................... Chris Mulkey Chloe................................................................................................................................ Jaime Ray Newman Martin............................................................................................................................ James Van Der Beek

understudies (In alphabetical order)

Ed / Martin............................................................................................................................. Chris Fairbanks Sadie / Chloe..............................................................................................................................Nina Sallinen

Time/setting A luxury tropical resort A year later, the Los Angeles home of Ed and Sadie running time 90 minutes There will be no intermission

The Geffen Playhouse gratefully acknowledges the following media sponsors for their generous support of The Gift.

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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cast of characters


production biographies

Kathy Baker (Sadie) Kathy Baker is a multi-award winning actress. She has received seven Emmy Award nominations and won three, along with a Golden Globe Award and a SAG Award, for her work on the hit television series Picket Fences. Kathy’s extensive film work includes Take Shelter, The Jane Austen Book Club, All the King’s Men, Nine Lives, Cold Mountain, The Cider House Rules, Edward Scissorhands, The Party is Over, Jackknife, Clean and Sober, Street Smart and The Right Stuff. On the stage, Baker originated the role of May in Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love, and took the part to New York along with co-star Ed Harris, where she won an Obie Award. The following year, Kathy played Abbie in Desire under the Elms and Lemon in Aunt Dan and Lemon. Recent television includes: Door to Door, Jesse Stone, Too Big to Fail and Against the Wall. Recent theater includes: Man from Nebraska by Tracy Letts and Memory House by Kathleen Tolan.

CHRIS MULKEY (Ed) Most recent film credits include: Any Day Now with Alan Cumming; Captain Phillips with Tom Hanks; The Purge with Ethan Hawke and Last Weekend with Patricia Clarkson. Other film credits include: First Blood, Radio, Bullworth, The Fan, 48 Hours, North Country and Cloverfield. Chris was nominated for two Spirit Awards for his P8  PERFORMANCES  MAGAZINe

work in Patti Rocks (best actor and best screenplay). Television credits include: series regular on Any Day Now, Bakersfield P.D., Twin Peaks; and recurring roles on Friday Night Lights, Saving Grace, Boardwalk Empire, 24, Sleeper Cell and the miniseries Broken Trail with Robert Duvall. Chris got his start in the theater as a member of the Tony award winning Minneapolis Children’s Theatre Company. His most recent stage work includes: starring with his wife Karen Landry in the premiere of Jane Martin’s Flags (Mixed Blood Theater, Minneapolis), Pure Confidence (Mixed Blood and off-Broadway); Jesse Boy (Ruskin Theater, Santa Monica); and August: Osage County (Park Square Theater, St. Paul). Chris won a LADCC Award for Blue Window at South Coast Repertory Theater. Chris is also a musician and a songwriter.

JAIME RAY NEWMAN (Chloe) Jaime Ray Newman is thrilled to return to the Geffen after her turn in Some Girl(s), written and directed by Neil Labute and Fat Pig, directed by Jo Bonney. She made her Off-Broadway debut last year in the Atlantic Theater Company’s The New York Idea. On television, she can soon be seen as a series regular on ABC’s Red Widow. She starred on ABC’s short lived series Eastwick (based on The Witches of Eastwick), and has reoccurred on a slew of shows, including Grimm, CSI:NY (playing Gary Sinise’s wife), Eureka, and Drop Dead Diva. Film credits include the upcoming indie Red Robin opposite Judd Hirsch, and the remake of Tarzan, to be released in 2013. She is a graduate of Northwestern University. This New Year’s Eve Jaime married her best friend and North Star, Guy Nattiv.

JAMES VAN DER BEEK (Martin) James Van Der Beek is excited to be making his LA stage debut, having made his NY bow 19 years earlier in Edward Albee’s Finding the Sun at the Signature Theater. Other stage credits include My Marriage to Ernest Borgnine at the Vineyard Theater, Shenandoah at the Goodspeed Opera House and Lanford Wilson’s Rain Dance, also at the Signature. For six years he played the title character on the hit TV show Dawson’s Creek. Van Der Beek has played various killers, lovers, doctors, psychopaths, cops and everything in between on the big screen, on television, in Funny Or Die skits, and even a Ke$ha video. His many film credits include Varsity Blues (MTV Movie Award), The Rules of Attraction and Formosa Betrayed (Best Actor – San Diego Film Festival). He will next be seen on the big screen in the upcoming Jason Reitman film Labor Day, with Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet for Paramount Pictures. He currently stars in the ABC comedy Don’t Trust the B---- in Apt 23, which is in its second season. Van Der Beek would like to thank his wife Kimberly, and their children, Olivia and Joshua, for their love and support. MARIA AITKEN (Director) Directing credits include: Betrayal (Huntington Theatre, Boston); Private Lives (Huntington Theatre, Boston); Man and Boy (Broadway); The Gift (Melbourne Theatre); Educating Rita (Huntington Theatre, Boston); As You Like It (Shakespeare Theatre DC); Quartermaine’s Terms (Williamstown Festival); The 39 Steps (Broadway, Tony nomination Best Director, current Olivier Award-winning 5-year-old West End production). Leading roles include: Blithe

Spirit, Bedroom Farce (Royal National Theatre); Travesties, Waste (Olivier Award nomination Best Actress); Happiest Days of Your Life (Royal Shakespeare Company); Humble Boy, Sylvia; Other People’s Money; The Vortex; The Women; Sister Mary Ignatius; Design for Living; Private Lives (Olivier Award nomination Best Actress); A Little Night Music (all London’s West End) and a BAFTA nominated role in A Fish Called Wanda. In addition Maria teaches Master classes in High Comedy and in Noel Coward at Juilliard, Yale, NYU, Actors Center NYC, Academy for Classical Acting (DC) and the Royal National Theatre Studio (UK). JOANNA MURRAY-SMITH (Playwright) Joanna Murray-Smith has written 16 full-length plays which have been performed throughout the country and around the world, in many languages. They have all been commissioned and first produced in Melbourne, Australia. Her plays include Songs for Nobodies; Day One, A Hotel, Evening; Rockabye; Ninety; Bombshells; Rapture; Redemption; Love-Child and Atlanta, among others. Her play Honour had its first public reading in New York with Meryl Streep in 1996 and was subsequently produced on Broadway, on the West End and at the Royal National Theatre in London, for which Dame Eileen Atkins won an Olivier Award. Her play The Female of the Species, produced at the Geffen Playhouse in 2010 with Annette Bening, was produced on the West End, where it was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. She adapted Bergman’s Scenes From a Marriage for Sir Trevor Nunn and is about to premiere a new adaptation of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler. Joanna has also written three novels, all published by Penguin, and two operas and has written for television. In 2013, she will have two new plays premiering, Fury at the Sydney Theatre Company and True Minds at the Melbourne Theatre Company. In 2008 U.S. Variety described Joanna as “Australia’s foremost female playwright.” Her plays have won many awards.


production biographies

Laura Bauer (Costume Designer) Broadway credits include A Life in the Theatre, Speed the Plow, Glengarry Glen Ross (2008), Talk Radio, Top Girls, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, November, and Frankie and Johnny and the Claire de Lune. She is a company member of the Atlantic Theater Company in New York and has worked extensively with the Steppenwolf Theater Company in Chicago. At the Geffen she designed The Escort and Superior Donuts. This season she designed November at The Mark Taper Forum where she had previously designed The Subject Was Roses. She also designed Palomino at The Kirk Douglas here in Los Angeles. Her film designs include Woody Allen’s Sweet and Lowdown, and Stephen Frears’ High Fidelity among many others. Peter Kaczorowski (Lighting Designer) Previously at the Geffen: Ruined, Time Stands Still. Broadway: more than 45 plays and musicals including Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Assembled Parties, Nice Work if You Can Get It, Wit, The Road to Mecca, Venus in Fur, Anything

Goes, A View from the Bridge, Waiting for Godot, Grey Gardens, Contact, The Producers, Kiss Me Kate, Steel Pier. Mr. Kaczorowski also has extensive Off-Broadway and NY resident theatre credits with companies such as Lincoln Center, MTC, Roundabout, NY Shakespeare Festival, Playwright’s Horizons, 2nd/Stage, Classic Stage, Signature, The Vineyard, and Encores as well as many credits with most leading regional theatres in the U.S. Opera credits include productions at: The Met, NYCO, San Francisco, Houston Grand, Santa Fe, St. Louis, LAMCO and Seattle Opera. Abroad: Royal Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera/ North, Maggio Florence, L’Arena di Verona, La Fenice, Bonn, Lisbon. Recipient of Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Dramalogue and Hewes Design awards. John Gromada (Original Music and Sound Design) John Gromada has composed music or designed sound for more than 30 Broadway productions including last season’s The Best Man (Drama Desk Award) , Clybourne Park, Seminar, Man and Boy, The Road to Mecca and The Columnist, in addition to Next Fall, A Bronx Tale, Prelude to a Kiss, Proof, Sight Unseen, Well, Rabbit Hole, A Streetcar Named Desire, Twelve Angry Men and A Few Good Men. His other New York credits include Measure for Measure in Central Park, The Orphans’ Home Cycle (Drama Desk and Henry Hewes Awards), By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, The Screwtape Letters, Shipwrecked! (Lucille Lortel Award), The Singing Forest, Julius Caesar, The Skriker (Drama Desk Award), Machinal (Obie Award) and many more. His regional theatre credits number more than 300, including the Geffen Playhouse production of By the Way, Meet Vera Stark and Next Fall as well as Seminar at the Ahmanson, Divine Rivalry at the Old Globe, and A Dram of Drummhicit at the La Jolla Playhouse. Music and more info at www.johngromada.com Howard Werner (Media Designer) Since 1982 Howard has created lighting and media designs for theater, architectural installations,

trade shows, special events and corporate shows throughout the world. On Broadway, he has been represented with Lysistata Jones, Bye, Bye Birdie, Dream, Lestat, The Pirate Queen and Say Goodnight Gracie as well as the current hit Spider Man: Turn off the Dark and the US National Tour of Dreamgirls. Howard has been a member of the Atlantic Theater Company in New York since 1995. At the Atlantic he has designed many shows including American Buffalo directed by Neil Pepe with William H. Macy, Distant Fires directed by Clark Gregg with Samuel L. Jackson and Dangerous Corner directed by company founder David Mamet. A native of Chicago, Howard has designed at many of the theaters there including Chicago Shakespeare Festival, the Goodman Theatre and Victory Gardens. For the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Howard has designed a number of shows, including Death and the Maiden, directed by Randall Arney. Howard has been nominated for a Jeff Award three times and is a Principal of Lightswitch, a design consortium specializing in lighting and media design. Mary Michele Miner (Production Stage Manager) Previous credits at the Geffen Playhouse include By The Way, Meet Vera Stark, Red Hot Patriot, Superior Donuts, Nightmare Alley, Wrecks, By The Waters of Babylon, Some Girl(s), Heroes, Wishful Drinking, God Of Hell and Boston Marriage. Other local credits include Medea at UCLA Live, and Back to Bacharach & David at the Music Box in Hollywood; Stuff Happens, The Goat, The Talking Cure, Like Jazz, Living Out, Flower Drum Song, The Dinner Party and Putting It Together (among many others) at the Mark Taper; Romeo and Juliet, The Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure For Measure, The Heiress and Candide at the Ahmanson. Regional theaters include La Jolla Playhouse, Magic Theatre, Kennedy Center, Guthrie, McCarter, Steppenwolf, NY Public, Circle Repertory and the Montreal International Theatre Festival. She’s toured around the states and Japan. In New York she has PSM’d both on and off Broadway. Proud member

of Actors’ Equity. Her husband, Paul Perri, and she have two children, Giacomo and Justine. Gary J. Breitbach (Assistant Stage Manager) After just finishing a successful run of The Pianist of Willesden Lane in Boston, Gary is happy to be returning to the Geffen Playhouse with this premiere of The Gift. Local LA stage managing credits include: The Pianist of Willesden Lane and The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (ASM) at the Geffen Playhouse, as well as 1776 with Musical Theatre West and Jesus Christ Superstar, Bye Bye Birdie, The Full Monty and Fiddler On The Roof with the Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities. Other stage managing credits include; 3 Seasons at the Hermosa Beach Playhouse, Miss Saigon with North Carolina Theatre and Diva on the Verge staring Julia Migenes at the Sydney Opera House. National tours include; Same Time Next Year, The Sunshine Boys, The Fantasticks, Pump Boys and Dinettes, A Christmas Carol, Miracle On 34th Street, and Blast II Shockwave. PHYLLIS SCHURINGA, CSA (Casting) Phyllis is in her ninth season as Casting Director at the Geffen Playhouse. Recent plays include: The Escort, Ruined (LA Casting), Equivocation, Matthew Modine Saves the Alpacas, Farragut North, The Seafarer, Time Stands Still, By the Waters of Babylon, The Quality of Life and Third. Prior to the Geffen, Phyllis served as casting director for the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. 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. PErFORMANCEs  MAGAZINE P9

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Derek McLane (Scenic Designer) Broadway: The Heiress, Nice Work If You Can Get It, The Best Man, Follies, Anything Goes (Tony Award, Best Revival), How to Succeed in Business…, Bengal Tiger in the Baghdad Zoo…., Million Dollar Quartet, Ragtime, Man and Boy, 33 Variations (Tony Award, Best Scenic Design), Grease, Lestat, Little Women, The Pajama Game (Tony Award, Best Revival); The Threepenny Opera; I Am My Own Wife (Tony Award, Best Play); The Women; Present Laughter; London Assurance; Holiday; The Three Sisters. Off-Broadway: Ruined, Lie of the Mind, The Voysey Inheritance, Hurlyburly, Abigail’s Party, Aunt Dan and Lemon, The Creadeux Canvas. Many Opera and theatre designs in London, Dublin, Glasgow, Moscow, Krakow, Caracas, Sydney, and Warsaw. He is currently designing the 85th Academy Awards, AWARDS: Winner of 1997 and 2004 OBIE Awards, 2004, 2005, 2007 Lucille Lortel Awards; 2009 Tony Award, 2011 Drama Desk Award.


production biographies AMY LEVINSON (Dramaturg) Amy Levinson is the Artistic Associate and Literary Director at the Geffen Playhouse. As dramaturg, Amy has overseen over 40 productions including the commissions and world premieres of Donald Margulies’ Time Stands Still and Jane Anderson’s The Quality of Life. She has also had the privilege of working with numerous writers on premiere productions including Neil Simon, Neil LaBute, Bill Cain, Joanna Murray-Smith and David Weiner, among others. Production dramaturgy credits include: The Weir, Boy Gets Girl, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Extraordinary Chambers, The Escort and Equivocation. As Artistic Associate and Literary Director, she has helped to build programs for new play development including the commissioning and development of emerging and established playwrights. Also a translator of Yiddish drama, she holds an MFA in dramaturgy from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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 Superior Donuts, The Female of the Species, The Seafarer, Speed-the-Plow and All My Sons. Arney is an ensemble member and former Artistic Director of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre where his directing credits include: The Seafarer, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Death and the Maiden, Curse of the Starving Class, P10  PERFORMANCES  MAGAZINe

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 theatre 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.


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

GEFFEN AT A GLANCE ADDRESS

PRODUCTION STAFF FOR THE GIFT Properties Master Rich Gilles Sound Master James Grabowski Wardrobe Supervisor Leah A. Lewis Production Electrician Yelena Babinskaya Assistant Costume Designer Steven Hawley  Assistant Lighting Designer (NY) Aaron Porter Assistant Lighting Designer (LA) John A. Garofalo Associate Media Designer Lianne Arnold Assistant to the Director Lauren Patten Movement Director Ned Mochel Automation Operator Eric Svaleson Stage Crew Brad Ashten Production Assistant Tim Dyess The Gift was commissioned by Melbourne Theatre Company and received its world premiere in the MTC Theatre, Australia, June 2011 Simon Phillips Artistic Director • Ann Tonks General Manager ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Set provided by Scenic Highlights Lighting Equipment provided by Entertainment Lighting Services Sound Equipment provided by Jon Sound Inc. SPECIAL THANKS

Geffen Playhouse 10886 Le Conte Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90024 Administrative Offices.......... 310.208.6500 Weekdays.........................10:00 am — 6:00 pm Box Office Phone Line........... 310.208.5454 Daily......................................7:00 am — 6:00 pm Subscriber Hotline.................. 310.208.2028 Weekdays.........................10:00 am — 6:00 pm Weekends........................ 12:00 pm — 6:00 pm Please visit geffenplayhouse.com for hours, parking and more information TICKET SERVICES Box Office Window When shows are not in performance, the box office window is open: Weekdays.........................10:00 am — 6:00 pm Weekends........................ 12:00 pm — 6:00 pm During the run of a show, the window will be open until curtain. Please note: the box office is unable to process exchanges and future sales one hour prior to curtain time on any performance day. access

UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Scene Prop, Sound and Costume Shops; London Cleaners; Peet’s Coffee & Tea; Jocelyn Harrison as Eleanor; Suzanne Harrison and Jessie Sherman 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.

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Accessible Accommodation The Geffen Playhouse is fully committed to ensuring a satisfying theater experience for our patrons with special needs or disabilities. Please contact the box office or an usher to discuss your needs.

AT THE THEATER 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 sat into the first available location by the house staff even if different from your assigned seat. Be advised that some productions or circumstances may not allow for late or return seating.

The director is a member of the society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Inc., an independent national labor union.

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talk back tuesdays

Meet the Moderators The cast of Good People at a Talk Back Tuesday event. Photo by Chelsey Rosetter.

geffen playhouse Post-show Conversations

Talk back Tuesdays are performances that feature post-show discussions with artists and Geffen Playhouse staff. These forums are dedicated to providing the audience with in-depth production information, an opportunity to discuss the play and an overall enhanced theatrical experience. It’s interactive, fun and thought-provoking; now let’s meet the moderators!

Randy Artistic Director

The number one reason that the Geffen Playhouse exists is to bring the community together. It is inspiring for us to produce a play, then listen and see what kind of an experience people are taking home from it. The actor does something on stage that inspires a reaction in the audience and that in turn inspires the actor, and this continues until the curtain goes down. At that point, we can break down the fourth wall and discuss our shared experience. That’s the beauty of live theater, and with our Talk Back Tuesdays we can keep that conversation going.

Amy Literary Director / Artistic Associate

While I am always nervous about having to stand in front of an audience, I do love talk backs. They provide audiences an opportunity for in-depth discussion about a piece of art that is completely fresh in their minds. It is much like the conversation you have on the car ride home, but here artists can directly answer any questions that may arise. I almost always learn something from the audience during discussions and that is invaluable for me both as a dramaturg and as part of the team that selects the plays we produce.

Kristina Literary Associate

The only thing I love more than reading plays is talking about them. One of the best aspects of my position is the opportunity to interact with theater enthusiasts and artists alike. As a talk back moderator, I get to do it all. Here on a Tuesday? Stick around and find out the scoop!

Phyllis Casting Director/Artistic Associate

Talk Back Tuesdays are a great opportunity for the actors to share inside information about how a play comes to life: what happened during rehearsals, how did the director work, what was the discussion around the table? Hearing questions from the audience also allows the actors to know how their story lands. We talk about the themes of the play, the details of the characters and the work of the designers; talk backs are always illuminating.

conversation points FOR THE RIDE HOME

Playwright Joanna Murray-Smith’s work frequently prompts conversation. Here are a few points to get you started … Do artists have a moral responsibility to create? Describe an experience that changed one of your strongly held beliefs. Is parenting a selfless act? continue the conversation

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Opening Night of Coney Island Christmas Presented by OneWest Bank Sponsored by Audi of America, Inc., Los Angeles magazine, Malibu Family Wines, Napa Valley Grille and Richard Ruskell Pastries 2

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1. The cast of Coney Island Christmas with playwright Donald Margulies and director Bart DeLorenzo 2. Geffen Playhouse donors Fielding Edlow and Larry Clarke with Next Fall playwright Geoffrey Nauffts and guest 3. Geffen Board member Gil Cates Jr. with Coney Island Christmas cast member Isabella Acres 4. Geffen Playhouse donor Manny Kaplan and guest

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5. Charlie Midnight with Geffen Playhouse Board members Mary Ann Cloyd and Susanna Midnight 6. Geffen Artistic Director Randall Arney and guest Sheila Ardalan, Advisory Board member Deborah Walsh and Managing Director Ken Novice 7. Tony Rubin, Geffen Board member Linda Rubin, playwright Donald Margulies and Artistic Director Randall Arney 6

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SUBSCRIBE TO AN UNPRECEDENTED GEFFE

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April 2 — May 12, 2013

american buffalo Written by david mamet Directed by randall arney pulitzer prize winning playwright One of Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet’s defining works, American Buffalo was instantly hailed as a new American classic when it opened on Broadway in 1975. Now, Geffen Playhouse Artistic Director Randall Arney takes a fresh look at these misguided misfits who are a little out of luck and way out of their league as they plot the theft of a rare coin collection. As the time of the heist approaches, tension and anticipation build, revealing loyalties and testing friendships. Negotiating explosive humor, frenetic energy and surprising tenderness, this play, which has not had a major Los Angeles production in more than a decade, promises a mesmerizing night whether seeing it for the first time or rediscovering this groundbreaking work.

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EN PLAYHOUSE SEASON in TWO THEATERS June 4 — July 14, 2013

YES, PRIME MINISTER Written by Antony Jay & Jonathan Lynn Directed by Jonathan Lynn west end smash comedy

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Join the Prime Minister and an always hilarious cast of characters, ranging from the scheming Cabinet Secretary, the morally confused Principal Private Secretary and the beautiful but ruthless Head of the PM’s Policy Unit as they lurch from crisis to crisis, trying to survive a disastrous weekend that teeters on the edge of catastrophe despite their best (and worst) intentions. Will they manage to save the Euro from collapsing, resolve the energy crisis, solve the debt crisis, hide an embarrassing illegal immigrant, control the media and avoid public humiliation? Brits and Yanks alike can bank on the laughs in the American premiere of this uproarious satire fresh from an acclaimed West End run.

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April 23 — june 2, 2013

MISS JULIE

Written by August Strindberg Adapted by Neil LaBute Directed by jo bonney a daring world premiere adaptation August Strindberg’s classic play about sex, greed and manipulation is adapted by the modern master of such tantalizing topics: Neil LaBute. This scandalous work chronicles the flirtation and seduction between the wealthy lady of the house and one of her father’s footmen — capturing the timeless consequences of passion and power.

June 18 — july 28, 2013 Geffen Playhouse by special arrangement with Daryl Roth and Eva Price presents

the judy show — my life as a sitcom Starring Judy Gold Written by Judy Gold & Kate Moira Ryan Directed by Amanda Charlton west coast premiere comedy The acclaimed comic broadcasts her hilarious life story through the sitcoms we all knew and loved growing up. Infused with pop-culture references and her signature irreverent humor, The Judy Show unabashedly recounts the mix of riotous, touching and otherwise embarrassing moments that taught Gold The Facts of Life.

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1. Dinner held to honor the Chairman’s Circle generously underwritten by Louis XIII and Audi of America 2. Geffen Playhouse Board member Howard Tenenbaum with Jodi Tenenbaum and Geffen donors Donna McKenna and Flynn Chernos 3. Marcia Glow with Elizabeth Lacey and Geffen Board members Gil Cates Jr. and Patty Applegate 4. Geffen Artistic Director Randall Arney with Neil Patrick Harris, Donald Margulies, Jane Anderson and Chairman of the Board, Frank Mancuso 5. Geffen Board member Martha Henderson with Marilyn Anderson 6. Sponsors of the Chairman’s Circle Dinner Yves DeLaunay of Louis XIII and Alan Cruciani of Audi of America 7. Judy Young with Geffen Playhouse Board of Trustees member Chancellor Young 8. Chairman of the Board Frank Mancuso with Fay Mancuso and the stars of Nothing to Hide, Derek DelGaudio and Helder Guimarães

Photos by Jordan Strauss

9. The executive team at the Geffen Playhouse: Ken Novice, Regina Miller, Frank Mancuso, Gil Cates Jr., Behnaz Ataee and Randall Arney 10. Geffen Playhouse Board member Michael Walsh with Geffen Playhouse Advisory Board member Deborah Walsh 11. Geffen donors Yvonne and Jason Lee 12. Neil Patrick Harris with Geffen donors Joyce Eisenberg-Keefer and Mel Keefer 13. Barbara Sherman, Fay Mancuso and Geffen Playhouse Board member Richard Sherman 14. Chairman of the Board Frank Mancuso with Beverly Gelfand and Board member Herb Gelfand 15. Dana Delany with Geffen Board member Harold Brown

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AMERICAN BUFFALO GIRLS NIGHT MEETS GUYS NIGHT OUT!

Win a friends four pack to Girls Night Out at the Geffen! Bring the man in your life plus two friends on April 18, 2013 for David Mamet’s American Buffalo. Prize package includes four orchestra tickets, access to the exclusive after-party at Skylight Gardens plus a gift certificate valued at $160 to return to Skylight Gardens for dinner on a night of your choice!

TO ENTER Follow the Geffen Playhouse on Pinterest (Pinterest.com/GeffenPlayhouse) Create a pinboard titled “Girls Night Meets Guys Night Out at the Geffen” Re-pin American Buffalo show poster from the Geffen Playhouse American Buffalo board  Pin a look from your favorite American designer Pin a photo of your favorite American leading man Pin a favorite “All American” recipe you’d love to steal

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You need a Pinterest account to enter. If you don’t have a Pinterest account, please email pinterestcontest@geffenplayhouse.com and we will send you an invite. To submit your board, email a link to pinterestcontest@geffenplayhouse.com Contest begins January 29, 2013 and deadline to submit is March 17, 2013 at midnight PST. Winner will be chosen at random. Winner will be contacted on March 25, 2013 via phone and/or email.


Photo by Jordan Strauss

Create-A-Show

When the Pirates take the stage, you’ll be amazed at what happens next ... and so will they! That’s because the 45-minute show they’re performing has not been written! The Pirates will steal your kids’ ideas and incorporate them on the spot into an interactive show that validates the imagination of every child in the audience. Laugh as your sons and daughters invent monsters, dancing ninjas, superhero tomatoes – or any other idea they call out – and watch as Story Pirates bring their ideas to life. Create-A-Show is as crazy, hilarious and unexpected as kids themselves.

Saturday, March 9 • 11:00 a.m. Recommended for Ages 6 - 13

more story pirates performances to be announced visit geffenplayhouse.com/family for updates!


annual donors The Geffen Playhouse recognizes the following individuals and organizations for their generous support of our Annual Fund and Backstage at the Geffen. Donors are listed at the Associate level and higher for gifts made between August 1, 2011 and December 15, 2012. In appreciation, donors enjoy a host of special benefits including house seats, complimentary drinks, receptions and much more. For more information, please call Jamie Sherman at 310.208.6500 ext. 128.

CHAIRMAN’S CIRCLE $50,000+

Anonymous Patricia Kiernan Applegate Aria Resort & Spa Audi of America, Inc Ben/Joyce Eisenberg Foundation City National Bank Mary Ann Cloyd Creative Artists Agency Susan & John Ebey Edgerton Foundation Joyce Eisenberg-Keefer & Melvin Keefer Fox Entertainment Group Herbert M. & Beverly J. Gelfand Jim & Ann Gianopulos Adi & Jerry Greenberg Guggenheim Partners Carole & Bill Haber Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust Martha Henderson J.P. Morgan Private Bank Marilyn & Jeffrey Katzenberg Glorya Kaufman Keyes Automotive Group Sandra Krause & William Fitzgerald Latham & Watkins LLP Mr. and Mrs. Jason & Yvonne Lee Los Angeles County Arts Commission Ginny Mancini Fay & Frank Mancuso Donna McKenna & Flynn Chernos Ron & Kelly Meyer Ann & Jerry Moss Moss Foundation News Corporation OneWest Bank PricewaterhouseCoopers Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Madeline & Bruce Ramer Linda Bernstein Rubin & Tony Rubin Richard & Barbara Sherman Shubert Foundation Skirball Foundation Kate Capshaw Spielberg & Steven Spielberg DeeAnna Staats, Staats & Co. Cynthia P. Stafford & Lanre Idewu Jodi & Howard Tenenbaum The UCLA Dream Fund Deborah & Michael E. Walsh The Walt Disney Company Westfield Group Judy & Chancellor Charles E. Young Dirk & Natasha Ziff

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

$25,000 — $49,999 Anonymous A&E Television Networks Arlene & Alan Alda The Backyard Belvedere & Grand Marnier Stephanie & Jonathan Carson CBS Corporation Classic Party Rentals Dan Hartman Arts & Music Foundation The Douglas Foundation DreamWorks Animation The Edward A. & Ai O Shay Family Foundation Greater Los Angeles New Car Dealers Association J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation

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Loretta Kaufman The Lear Family Foundation Los Angeles magazine Susan & Peter Mallory Marcia Israel Foundation, Inc. Susanna Midnight & Charlie Midnight Montage Hotels & Residences Leslie Moonves & Julie Chen Morgan Stanley Napa Valley Grille Northern Trust, NA Sony Pictures Entertainment Judith & Bruce Stern Shel & Cynthia Stone Transamerica Insurance & Investment Group Universal Studios Vomo W Hotel Westwood Warner Bros. Entertainment

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$10,000 — $24,999 Ariel Investments, LLC Charles A. Black, Jr. Annette Blum James L. Brooks Brotman Foundation of California Eileen & Harold Brown Linda & Jerry Bruckheimer Mark Burnett & Roma Downey James Cameron Capital Group Companies Celine Dion Foundation Valarie de la Garza & Michael Centeno City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs Shelley Wike Cranley Carole Bayer Sager & Robert A. Daly Destination Fit4LA Dean & Lisa Devlin Barry Diller DreamWorks Studios Dwight Stuart Youth Fund Electric Entertainment The Eli & Edythe L. Broad Foundation Susan & Mark Fleischer G.E. Foundation Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown, Inc. Patty Glaser & Sam Mudie Arthur Greenberg C. Curtis Grisham In Memory of Morrie Hazan HBO Films Eric & Samantha Heer Mellody Hobson Cindy & Alan Horn InterActive Corp (IAC) Joan Kaloustian Kenneth T. & Eileen L. Norris Foundation Leo S. Guthman Fund Peter & Janine Lowy LucasFilm LTD Carla Malden Mona Malden Malibu Family Wines Nancy & Michael McClelland Sandra E. Milken Hope Mineo & Jeffrey Kitchen Occidental Petroleum Corp Christine Marie Ofiesh Lee & Lawrence J. Ramer* Rollin Ransom & Chris Lacroix Readers Fine Jewelers Dr. Judith Reichman Resnick Family Foundation The Richenthal Foundation

Pamela Robinson Hollander & Robert Hollander Loren Rothschild & Hon. Frances Rothschild Richard Ruskell The Simms/Mann Family Foundation Fred Specktor & Nancy Heller Tanino Ristorante Heather Thomas & Skip Brittenham Steve Tisch Tribune Direct Union Bank The Vidal Sassoon Foundation Wells Fargo Foundation William Morris Endeavor Entertainment Rita Wilson & Tom Hanks Ruth Ziegler Ziffren Brittenham LLP Ken & Ellen Ziffren

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$5,000 — $9,999 Jehan F. Agrama & Dwora Fried Jack & Hilary Angelo Anschutz Film Group/Walden Media Neal Baer & Gerrie Smith Mara & Jonathan Blum Bobcat Productions, Inc. Creative Intelligence Incorporated Jeanne Cunicelli John Davis Directors Guild of America Fielding Edlow & Larry Clarke Dr. & Mrs. Paul Eisenberg Nora Ephron Melinda & Peter Farrelly Fisker Eric Flamholtz & Yvonne Randle Four Seasons George Hoag Family Foundation Priscila Giraldo Gloria & Peter Gold Jay Gordon & Meyera Robbins Barbara Grenell Rabbi Uri D. Herscher & Dr. Myrna Herscher Lynne & Michael Heslov Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa Stanley Iezman & Nancy Stark Wendell & Bernice Jeffrey Mannon Kaplan Sally & Dr. Manny J. Karbelnig Wendy Kurtzman Paul Lester Drs. Gerald & Barbara Levey Shawn Levy Michael Lewis Jennifer LoPata Lost Iguana Resort & Spa Marlene & Sandy Louchheim Michael & Summer Mann MOCA Foundation Todd Morgan & Rosanna Arquette Morris & Libby Singer Foundation Neda Nobari Foundation Kay & Bob Rehme Mayor Richard Riordan Jane Rissman & Richard Sondheimer Jay D. Roth & Sherry E. Grant Paula & Allan Rudnick Thomas L. Safran Safran & Associates Jody & Arthur Schmid Gabi & Lowell Sharron Sidley Austin LLP Simon Strauss Foundation Sondheimer Foundation St. Regis Princeville Resort

Ben Stiller & Christine Taylor Tanaz Assil Jewelry Thomas L. Safran & Associates David Tillman, MD & Karen Zoller, MD Miranda Tollman The Travel Company Daniel Truly UBS Private Wealth Management U.S. Bank US Playing Card Company Tony & Tanya Vincent Gail Zappa Ruth & Stan Zicklin

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$3,000 — $4,999 Janis Adams & John Lyons Chancellor Gene D. Block & Mrs. Carol Block Marcy Carsey & Leo Yoshimura Terri ann Cooper Konheim Dora & Neil Kadisha Robin & Seth Kugler Phyllis & Ken Lemberger Pam, Amanda, Lianna & Eddie Robert Luketic Renee & Meyer Luskin William & Karen Timberlake W Fort Lauderdale Leslie White & Al Limon Karen & Rick Wolfen Mimi & Werner F. Wolfen

EDUCATION ADVOCATE $1,000 — $2,999

Anonymous (3) 23rd Street Jewelers Harry & Gay Abrams/Abrams Artists Agency Dr. Richard Ackerman & Miriam Shakter Richard Acosta Tamara Aden-Llewellyn Miriam Aguiar Olga S. Alderson Richard Alonso Nicole Alpe Merryl & David A. Alpert Amgen Foundation Patti & Harlan Amstutz Arizona Biltmore Margaret & Howard Arvey Asics Avion Tequila Hank Azaria D.C. & Carol Ann Bakeman Robert E. & Maria H. Barron Richard & Shelley Bayer Robert Beitcher Susan & Eric M. Bender Peter & Barbara Benedek Patricia & Mark Benjamin Shelly & Libby Bergen Wendy & John Bergquist Cathy & Bill Bindley Susan Booth The Bordy & Leibovic Families Brenda & Alan Borstein Brentwood School Dr. Wallace P. Brithinee Carolyn & Gerald Bronstein Robert Brook & Jacqueline Kosecoff Wendy & David Brotman Mr. & Mrs. Todd Brown & Family Scott Carlberg


annual donors Terry & Marc J. Jacoby Jerome & Linda Janger Lori Johnson Jack & Cindy Jones Jordan Strauss Photography Joseph B. Gould Foundation Linda & David Kagel Carol Kahn Mr. & Mrs. Bernard Kamine Karney Guren Family Foundation Julie & David Kavner Sabrina Kay Charitable Foundation Patricia Keating Lenny & David Kelton Tamara Keough Barbara & Stuart Klabin Kent Klavens Lisa Klingenberg Leslie & Norman Koplof Thea & Neal Koss Carol Krause Krol Vodka Eric & Melissa Kurtzman Deborah Lacusta & Daniel Castellaneta Despina Gianopulos Landers & Jay Landers Helene & Arthur Laub Mae & Hugh Lichtig John Liebes Christine & David Lindsay-Abaire Steven & Nancy Lippman Gerald & Dorothy Lipsky Judith Locke & Dennis Massie Marcia E. Williams & Gene Lucero The Jennifer & Greg Malins Foundation Brian & Renee Mann Eric G.C. Mark John McCrite & Juan Lopez Janis B. McEldowney Sue McHugh & Herb Seese Melia Cozumel All Inclusive Golf & Beach Resort Dianne & Burton Merrill Tobias Meyer Andrew & Laura Mintzer Joanne & Joel Mogy Laurie & Chuck Mondrus Richard & Kioko Morganstern Lowell & Jackie Morgen Gail Morino In Loving Memory of Harvey S. Morse Rio & Frank Morse Lon Morse & Toni Hollander Morse Music Express, Inc. Joan & Fred Nicholas Albert & Barbara Nichols Occidental Grand Cozumel Steve & Judy Orich Ornest Family Foundation Carol & Bill Ouchi London, Alex & Marty Padilla Laurie MacDonald & Walter Parkes Michael Parks & Judith Hayward Philip & Leslie Paton Jennifer Peltz Julie Piepenkotter Herbert & Marilyn Piken In Memory of Michael Piller Paula, Lauren, Nicole, & Joseph Pinhas Jack & Jane Pollock Ruth Popkin Popland Studios Jeanne McDonald-Powers & Travis Powers Pure Cheesecakes Daniel Rappaport Richard Rasiej & Joan Herman Harvey & Joyce Reichard Michele Reiner Donald B. & Susan F. Rice In Memory of Frances Richman Esther & Howard Richmond Beth Roberts & Warren Smith Ric Robertson Ron Robinson Brad & Nancy Rosenberg

Sue Weiss Rosenwasser Lori & David Rousso Russ August & Kabat Laura & John Saade David A. & Karen Richards Sachs Richard & Amber Sakai Daphna Salimpour Mark San Filippo Joseph Schrage Jonathan Schwartz Steve & Paula Schwartz Screen Engine, LLC Lillian Seidman-Davis Alex & Danielle Shahidi Matthew Shakman Tony Shalhoub & Brooke Adams In Memory of Diane Barnett-Shapiro Traci Shelton Diane Sherman-Smith Showtime Networks Inc. Holly & Larry Shulman Rita & Jose Sigal Greg & Amanda Silverman Ron Silverman & Soraya Ross Karen & Vic Smith Snyder Family Foundation Drs. Matthew & Marion Solomon Bruce & Patti Springsteen Mitch & Sherry Stein Joannie Stern Barbra Streisand & James Brolin Eric Strom & Eileen Goodis Mr. Alec Sulkin Kathryn & Mark Sullivan Elaine & Radoslav Sutnar Fred Tatasciore Family Anne C. Taubman & David Boyle John Teeples & Nicolas Martinez, Jr. Larry & Barbara Tenan Audri & Stan Tendler Green Dot Films Daniel Tongbai Jenno Topping The Lodge at Torrey Pines Laura Trice, M.D. Peter & Susan Van Haften Alan Van Vliet Paula Wagner Peter & Denise Walsh Craig Ali Sander Weiner & Marcia Gilbert Joanne & Ken Weinman Roberta Weintraub Gelena & Seth Weissman Pat West Alison Whalen & Steven Marenberg Ms. Patricia Youngman Marcie & Howard Zelikow Ellen & Arnold Zetcher In Loving Memory of Herman Ziegler David & Ellie Zuckerman

ARTISTIC ADVOCATE $500 — $999

Anonymous (2) Dale Adrion Robert C. Anderson Dr. Sandra & Dr. Charles Aronberg Sheila & Raymond Bangs Janet & Irwin Barnet Dawn & Marshall Bein Roger P. Berg Stu & Lucy Billet Ruth & Jake Bloom Deanne Bosnak Janet & Mark Brown Dr. R.W.G. Bugental David & Kathy Burke The Busch-Schifino Family Bush Gottlieb Singer Lopez Kohanski Adelstein & Dickinson Bruce Carr

Ms. Martha Chase David Copperfield Ted Cordes Donald & Zoe Cosgrove Robert Cushnir & Perry Lewis Jeffrey S. Davidson James Dixon Carol Jean Doehring The Milton L. & Betty J. Dranow Family Foundation Good Works Foundation Richard & Lauren Donner Paul Dowling Patricia L. Eisenberg Marjorie & Arthur Fine Sydney M. Finegold, M.D. Dr. Barbara Fish Michael & Lynne Flynn Burt & Nanette Forester Glenn & Jane Fowler Fran Fredella & Scott Rubin Lora Fremont Gwen & Jacob Friend Lois & Gerald Gallop Sharlene & Sol Galper Benita & Bert Ginsberg Richard & Lori Glucksman Dr. & Mrs. Lee B. Gold Louis & Linda Goldsman Abner & Roz Goldstine Lori & Robert Goodman Julie C. Graham, Olivia C. Zeiden, Liam D. Zeiden Diana & Ronald Granit Peter E. Hall Ms. Linda Hanada Ronald Hansen Ms. Tess Harper Salma Hayek Murray & Gail Heltzer Diana & Joe Hilberman Marion & Todd Hindin Rand Hoffman & Charlotte Robinson Kelley M. Hogan Paula Holt Carol Hove-Ahmanson Gerald Isenberg Robert & Gail Israel Susan & Greg Kay Milly & Robert Kayyem Ann & Jonathan Kirsch Irwin Kishner Annette & Charles Kleeman Carol & Richard Kurland Rick Kurtzman Bill & Tiiu Jacobson Joyce Lederer Peter Levin & Audrey Davis Levin Barry Levinson Burton & Anita Levinson Jordan & Sheri Levy Lydia Levy Loris & Kory Lunsford Sacha Malin & Dori Levanoni Neil L. & Ora D. Macfarlane Cindy Mediavilla Robert Mercer Philip & Joan Miller Allan M. Mohrman Jr. Carol Moran John & Sandy Murdock Ms. Sherri Nelson Vicki Niemi Carol F. Phillips Lisa Pierozzi Gary & Gail Racheletsky Lynda Rick Linda & Manny Rider Richard Robertson Randy Rode Dolores Rogers Ronda & Fred Rose In Memory of Gil Cates Lawrence Ross & Linda Nussbaum Samantha Roth Nancy & Ted Sanborn Nadine Schiff Malcolm Schneer & Cathy Liu

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Chancellor Emeritus Albert Carnesale & Mrs. Robin Carnesale Dr. Fanya Carter & Dr. Harold J. Delchamps David Cates & Christine Vavak Gilbert Cates, Jr. & Elizabeth Lacey Jane Cates Melissa Cates & Roger Claman Lisa, Michael & Rachel Chalfin Sheldon Cherry & Carolyn Runowicz Frank Chiocchi & Jessica Rich Roy & Dorothy Christopher Laurel & Aaron Clark Linda & John Coleman Lou Colen Tim & Charlene Conway Janine Cristiano Brunello Cucinelli In Loving Memory of Ed Cypert Daedalus Foundation, Inc Ruth Daugherty Shirley Lu & Norman Davidson Roger Davis Pam Dawber Gavin de Becker Deluscious Cookies Daniel & Gayle Devin Carolyn Dirks & Brett Dougherty Dennis & Jeralyn Doty Michael Douglas & Catherine Zeta-Jones Dr. Laura’s Wholesome Junk Food Jan & Thea Drayer Dream Warrior Group Gerald & Sally Ducot Victoria Dummer William Duncan Colleen M. Ellis Terri & David Elston Kevin Watts & Christine Enlow Carl & Courtenay Enright Carol & J.B. Esterkin Stacey Feinberg Susanna Felleman & Erik Feig Gloria & Morton Field Lawrence N. Field Michael Filerman Joan & Charles Fox Steve Freedman Tom & Kathy Freston Carol & Paul Frimmer Tomas Fuller & Bill Kelly Future Lighting G2 Graphic Service, Inc. Jim Garfield Kathleen Garfield Jeanne & Arnold Geffner Harry A. Gilbert Rose Gilbert Kiki & David Gindler Cherna & Dr. Gary Gitnick Charlotte Gold Dr. Irene Goldenberg Adrienne Grant & Paul Jennings Ken Greenblatt & Peter Walsh Jack Grossbart & Marc Schwartz Allen & Deborah Grubman Michael Grunwald The Guerin Foundation Madeline Gussman Andrea & Marc Guth Monty & Marilyn Hall Alan & Michelle Heilpern Mr. & Mrs. William Hellman Mel & Faith Henkin David & Lisa Hernand Grant & Lysa Heslov Jean Himmelstein & David Coleman Stephen Sass & Steven Hochstadt Dr. John D. Hofbauer & Dr. Laura E. Fox Mrs. Dorothy Hoffman Gail & Stanley Hollander Roger & Linda Howard Vicki Iovine Lynn Hunt & Margaret Jacob


annual donors David & Margaret Schwanke Bob & Susan Schwartz Susan Schwarz Michele & Peter Serchuk Robert Shadur Dora R. Sher Danelle Sherrod Pearl Shultz Steven Siegel & Lily Carey Carol & Arthur F. Silbergeld Robin & Robert Sills Martin & Leah Sklar Karen Smits Trudy Sokol Michael & Millie Sondermann Melvin Spears Roberta Spero Ms. Rita Spiegel Staples Center Foundation Cori Steinberg Thomas & Lisa Stern Mr. & Mrs. Robert Sugar Jerry & Diana Swartz Lance & Maureen Tan Mr. & Mrs. David Tann Deborah Valdez Anthony Vasek Ira & Laurie Waldman Jay Weinstein & Lori Woldar Rae Jeane Williams Herb Wise Ben & Anne Youngblood Andrew & Kimberly Zakanych Debra Zavala & Alpha Zavala

ASSOCIATE $250 — $499

Anonymous (5) Herbert Ehrmann & Constance Abell Terry & Richard Abrams Norman & Toshka Abrams Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Irwin & Helene Adler Elaine & Michael Agran Charles & Annick Allen Sylvia Almstadt Arthur Alper Jan Altemus Irving Anderson Clayton Anderson Elise Andrews Philip Angerhofer & Stephen A. Jones Eloise Appel Barbara & Ethan Aronoff Marc & Betsy Axelrod Charles & Kayatana Axelrod Lynne & Lee Babbitt Irene Baron Anne Barry Cecile Bartman Arnold & Susan Becker Terry & Lionel Bell Laurie & Bill Benenson Carole A. & Charles Bennett Richard N. Berger James & Diane Berliner Mr. & Mrs. William Birnkrant Adrienne & Michael Blackman Ronald & Jamie Blackstone Joe Blackstone & Jamie Mohn Pamela & Bill Bohnert Frances & Thomas Booth Mary Bosak Paula Brand Shelli & Bill Broder Dennis & Bobbi Brown Marcia Burnam The Schifino Family Laura D. Campbell Marlene & David Capell Barry Charles Marjore Chronister Wilma Chung Ken Coelho David Conney, M.D.

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Dino Conte Gail Cottingham Susan Georgine Craig Whitney Cummings Randall & Diane Daniel Sarah Daniels Hedva & Dr. Dudley Danoff Jaye T. Darby Diana Davidow & Deborah Constance Ruth B. Davis & Pearl Schultz Gregory Dawley Hal and Roberta Delevie Dr. Udayakumar Devaskar Virginia DiBona Suzanne & Bruce Dodds Fred & Marilyn Dorer Steven & Beverly Dorfman Daryl & Paul F. Doucette Ms. Susan Downey Mr. Chris Easley Roni & Ethan Eller Lisa Erspamer Phyllis Factor Alan & Barbara Faiola Marc Feldman Mimi Feldman Gladys Fellman Abby & Malcolm Field Lila & Fred Fink William & Elisabet Fleischman Edward Flores Janet Fourticq Kenneth J. Friedman & Marilynn J. Friedman Family Foundation L.T. Friesen Ms. Laurelle Frome Yury & Yelena Furman Sandy Gage Lee Gardenswartz Karen Berko Gibson Diane Glazer David & Denise Goldberg Ann M. Goldberg Francine Golden & Marvin Schlossman Marilyn & Allen Golden Dr. Peter Goldman Barry Goldstein Ellie Goodman Mark Gordon Roger Gordon Susie & Bruce Goren Tiki Greenberg In Loving Memory of Frank & Eileen Flood Eve Haberfield & David Johnson Lance Hagenbuch Ross & Lindsey Avner Mary & Alan Halkett Mark & Monica Haloossim Carolyn & Bernard Hamilton Kay Harrington Sheila Hasday Dr. & Mrs. Samuel Haveson Lois Haytin Penny & Steve Held Jackson Henry Carla & Alan A. Herd Gunter Herman Cina Hodges Jackie & Dr. Irwin Hoffman Dr. Sharron Holman Ada & Jim Horwich Fred & Nancy Jacobus Daniel & Carolyn Jordan Nancy Josephson Seymour Kahn Joyce Kaiserman Ruth & Marvin Kalin Trudy & Albert Kallis Drs. Elaine & Jeff Kamil Anita Karbelnig Harris Katleman Owen Kato Mr. & Mrs. William Keast William & Renee Kendall Stuart Kessler Phyllis Klein

Dr. Phyllis Klein Donna & Jeffrey Klein Laurie & Milton Klorman Judy Knapp In honor of Leni Jane Knapp Charles Kolstad Donald Kottler Richard Kraft Barbara & Stan Krasnoff Howard & Vivian Krepack Janice White & Eugene Krieger Charles Kristenson Frumeh Labow Doctors Mark & Lena Labowe Joan & Christopher Larkin Jill & Michael Lasky Jeanne & Christopher Lavagnino Ann Leland Gail J. Levine Marla E. Levine Dr. Isaac & Barbara Levy Mr. Warren Lincoln Lee & Therese Linden Victor & Madeline Lindenheim Irma & Allen Lipin Donald Lipschutz Leslie & Adam Lobel Lori & Tom Low Ann & Bill Lucas Dianne Lum Anne L. Lynch Liz Lytle Teresa L. Maguire Guillaume Maillet Mike & Millie Maloney Connie & Leslie Martinson Phyllis & Bert Massing Stewart Mayeda Cheryl McCormick William E. & Marcela H. McKenna Kimberly Meye Bettina Michaels Teddie J. Milner Ankica Milosavljevic Andrew Molasky John Moschitta Catherine Nameth Bonnie Nash David Neilan Mark & Diane Neubauer Sheila Newman Napoleon & Afra Nobay Shelby Notkin Elad Offer Adrienne & Arthur Omansky Martin Ordman Donald Ott Allen Pack & Rikki Gordon Michael Pannullo Bob Paris Edward Parker Mr. & Mrs. Herman Pass David Paymer Kathy & Jeff Perkins Michael & Leslee Perlstein Naidu & Jane Permaul William Pesetski Frank J. Pfizenmayer & Josh Brown Gloria Pink Frank Piontek Dr. Ronald & Alyson Podell Lily & Rick Pollack Ms. Kim Pompey Zazi Pope Nancy Porter Mr. David Posner Andrea Pourmoradi Philip Pritchett Mr. & Mrs. Howard Privette

Drs. Laurence & Isabell Purdy Lisa Quateman Edward B. Rasch Mildred Reid Vicki Reiss Linda & Steve Richman William Ridgeway Carlene Ringer Jill Schary Robinson Barbara & David Rognlien Mr. & Mrs. Avi Rojany Beverly & Melvin Rosenthal Adrienne Rosenthal Joyce & Deane Ross Blanche & Bruce Joel Rubin Terry Ryan Joyce Hokin Sachs Janet Salter In Memory of Hon. Maxwell Hillary Salter Charlene & Victor Sands Susan & Kenneth Sarno June & Melvin Sattler Maxine Savitz Gary & Karen Schneider Nancy & Steve Schneider Elaine Carey & Vincent J. Schodolski Jane & Bill Schopf Stacy Schrier Susan & Peter Schwab Dr. & Mrs. Jack Schwartz Mr. Charles Schwartz & Mrs. Carol Schwartz Arlene & Arthur Schwimmer Rodolfo Segovia Mary & Paul Shane Thom & Judy Sharp Yossi Sidikaro Seymour & Dorothy Siegel Don & Marie Sirney Marcia L. & Mark J. Smith Dr. Jerry & Marci Smith Diane Good & Frank Smith Fanya & Sidney Soll Debra & Bruce Spector Ms. M.L. Stearns Mr. & Mrs. Tom Stempel Sally Stevens Chambers Stevens Holly Strom Katherine Sung Robin & David Swartz The Tauber Family Cheryl Tiano & Frank Gerechter Mr. & Mrs. Art Tompkins Joan Townsend David Trainer Brigitta Troy Pia & Steve Vai Anthony Vasek Carole Wagner-Vallianos & Peter Vallianos Andrew Kevin Walker Ann W. Wang Berna Lynn Warner Marcia & Dr. Charles Wasserman Annette Weil Julie & Peter Weil Marsha & Steven Weiss Elayne & Walter Wentz Richard & Joyce Wickline Dara & Greg Payne Rowie & Jeffrey Wolf George Wolfberg Kenneth & Teresa Worley Karen & Frank Wurtzel Barbara & Stanley Zax Lynn & Meir Ziv Dayle & Abram Zukor Sandy Zwirn

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Coming up at the geffen playhouse extended again by popular demand! check geffenplayhouse.com for future dates

CREATE-A-SHOW saturday, march 9 11:00am

MONDAY

THE FLAGSHIP SHOW saturday, february 2 11:00am

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TUESDAY january

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audrey skirball kenis theater at the geffen playhouse

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THURSDAY

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the gift

8:00pm

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nothing to hide

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8:00pm

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9 3:00/8:00pm

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2 8:00pm

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8:00pm

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donuts the gift

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8:00pm

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8:00pm

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opening night

nothing to hide

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8:00pm

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8:00pm

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2:00/7:00pm

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WEDNESDAY

gil cates theater at the geffen playhouse

february

gil cates theater at the geffen playhouse

8 8:00pm

the gift

the gift

9 8:00pm

the gift

3:00/8:00pm

the gift

10 2:00/7:00pm

the gift

talk back tuesdays

girls night out

lounge fridays

wine down sundays

Please visit geffenplayhouse.com/signatureseries for more event details.

PErFORMANCEs  MAGAZINE P23


geffen playhouse staff Randall Arney Artistic Director

Ken Novice Managing Director

ARTISTIC

Behnaz Ataee General Manager

Regina Miller Chief Development Officer

PRODUCTION

Mary Garrett Amy Levinson Phyllis Schuringa Shannon Noel Kristina Leach

Artistic Manager Artistic Associate / Literary Director Artistic Associate / Casting Director Artistic Coordinator Literary Associate

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

EDUCATION Connor White Resident Teaching Artist & Education Associate Benjamin Salka Story Pirates CEO Duke Doyle Story Pirates Producing Director Lee Overtree Story Pirates Artistic Director Quinton Johnson Story Pirates Education Director Gabe Jewell Story Pirates Producer

ADMINISTRATION Frankie Ocasio Executive Assistant to the Managing Director Maryam Meehan Accounting and Payroll Manager Candice Mitchell Accounting and Payroll Specialist Marguerite Harris Receptionist

FACILITIES MANAGEMENT Miguel del Castillo Victor Cueva De Loera Mario Santillan-Perez

Facility Manager Maintenance Custodial

Daniel Ionazzi Jill Barnes Matthew Carleton Rich Gilles James Grabowski Darren Rezowalli Leah A. Lewis

Production Manager Associate Production Manager Technical Director Properties Master Sound Master Master Electrician Wardrobe Supervisor

COMMUNICATIONS Chelsey Rosetter

Communications Coordinator

MARKETING & SALES Joseph Yoshitomi Marketing Director Karen Gutierrez Associate Marketing Director Mark San Filippo Ticket Services Director & Database Administrator Stephanie Strand Audience Services Manager Brian Dunning Graphics / Production Artist Jodi Feigenbaum Advertising & Promotions Assistant L.J. Stevens Group Sales Janice Bernal Associate Box Office Manager Bryan Martin Associate Box Office Manager Korie Benavidez, Audrey Cain, Zack Hamra, Richard Martinez, Lilach Mendelovich, Martin Wurst Box Office Staff

FRONT OF HOUSE Jeni Pearsons Director of Special Events David Gerhardt Supervising House Manager Michelle Cantrell, Amy Farkas, Tommy French, Kimberly Legg, Erik Odom, Julianne Tveten House Managers Abdoulaye N’Gom Head Usher Caroline Harrison, Sean Jones, Matt Jones, Lyndsi Larose, Rebecca Leigh, Nathaniel Meek, Katie Mitchell, Leah Munson, Lindsay Nyman, Jonathan Schwartz Ushers Rob Mersola Bar Manager Manuel Mayorga Weekend Bar Manager Adam Carr, Jared White, Kimberly Legg, Lyndsi LaRose Bartenders

This theater operates under agreement between the League of Resident Theaters and Actors Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. The scenic, costume, lighting and sound designers in LORT theaters are represented by United Scenic Artists Local USA-829, IATSE. P24  PERFORMANCES  MAGAZINe


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