The Inheritance Part 1 & Part 2 Program

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Welcome to the opening of the 2022/2023 Season and Matthew López’s The Inheritance.

I first saw Matthew’s play in 2018, during its West End run and was blown away. A sevenhour, two-part production is a huge risk, and it is exactly the scope of that risk—the theat rical ambition, emotional depth, and thematic power—that makes The Inheritance an unfor gettable experience. His writing vibrates with contemporary immediacy that has only grown more urgent in the tumultuous years since the play’s premiere.

We are immensely proud to bring this piece to Los Angeles and thrilled that the production reunites Matthew López with director Mike Donahue. Longtime collaborators and friends, Matthew and Mike last worked together at the Geffen in 2017 on the spectacular West Coast premiere of The Legend of Georgia McBride.

This production uses elements of the design and staging of the London and New York productions directed by Stephen Daldry. Mike has taken the palette created by Stephen and brought the play to life for a new cast and audi ence. The breathtaking result is truly a testa ment to Mike and Matthew’s understanding of and trust in one another.

We hope that you will have the opportunity to see both Parts 1 and 2 of this story. While they certainly can stand on their own, the richness of the entire journey cannot be denied. The Inheritance exemplifies our continued desire to create work that is richer, deeper, and bolder— we can think of no better way to welcome you back for a new season of groundbreaking work.



As part of Geffen Playhouse’s Art Lives Here project, four Los Angeles artists have been invited to create original art works to be displayed in our lobby welcoming audiences during our 2022/2023 Season.

We celebrate the diversity in our audiences and our productions, and it is our mission to create, foster, and nourish an environment that is open and welcoming for all. We are a home for the arts, and we believe our physical space should also reflect and be representative of our ongoing commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion in everything we do and the communities we support.




Flora Kao


Sep. 13 – Dec. 18, 2022

Portal consists of a large-scale origami lotus, the Buddhist color of enlightenment. In Taiwan’s Buddhist tradition, grieving family members fold 108 origami lotus blossoms each week for seven weeks. Each week, the 108 paper lotuses are ceremonial ly burned until the cremation of the lotus covered-body on the forty-ninth day. Forced to mourn the death of my grandparents from afar during COVID-19, I was struck by the powerful symbol of the ritual burning of

origami lotus, as a portal for the dead to the afterlife, and as a portal for those mourn ing to solace. The death of a loved one is a shattering of life as we know it. As Arund hati Roy writes, “pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew... It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next.” Through meditative labor, this fragile paper bloom becomes a symbol of hope and rebirth in the face of loss.


Working in installation, painting, photogra phy, and video, artist Flora Kao explores the poetics of human relationship with environ ment. Examining the psychological potential of constructed space, Kao transforms every day structures into systems of beauty. Kao examines our impulse to order and preserve in the face of the unknown and uncontrolla ble. In mapping presence and absence, Kao meditates on memory, mortality, displace ment, and decay. Hovering between restraint and collapse, Kao’s work anchors moments of intense emotion through repeated action. Kao’s art responds to our contemporary dislocation from environment. In construct ing moments of poetic beauty, Kao chal lenges the rote experience of space through unexpected sensory encounters with the organic and handmade.




Welcome to the Geffen Playhouse 2022/2023 Season and the West Coast premiere of The Inheritance! We are excited to share this moving, poignant work with you to open the season, which also marks the first time the Geffen has presented a two-part production. It’s an ambitious undertaking of which we are very proud. With the launch of this season, we continue to forge new creative paths in our evolution as a home for the performing arts in Los Angeles. Ensuring the Geffen can continue to thrive while reinforcing our ability to weather any storm is critical to our future. That is why we recently launched the Geffen Playhouse Fund for the Future, a $25 million endowment that will support our operations for decades to come. These monies will ensure Geffen Playhouse can continue to produce engaging classic and contem porary plays, provocative world premiere produc tions, and share our vital education and community engagement programs. In addition, the endowment will support our ongoing investment in nurturing and empowering the next generation of theatermakers.

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Audience Engagement initiatives for The Inheritance are supported by the Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation.


1 & PART 2



Adam / Leo

Morgan / Walter Poole





Young Man 6 / Tristan JAY DONNELL


Young Man 2 / Jason #1 / Doorman #1 / Toby’s Other Agent

Young Man 3 / Young Henry / Tucker




Young Man 5 / Toby’s Agent / Charles Wilcox / Toby’s Dealer

Young Man 7 / Jasper / Paul Wilcox / Doorman #2

Young Man 4 / Young Walter

Young Man 8 / Jason #2 / Clinic Worker

Adam / Leo

Henry Wilcox







†Fight Captain

*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.


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



Eric Glass / Toby Darling / Young Man 7 / Young Man 3


Toby Darling / Young Man 8 / Young Man 2 / Young Man 5 ...... D.J. BLICKENSTAFF

Eric Glass / Young Man 4 / Young Man 5 / Young Man 7


Adam / Leo / Young Man 2 / Young Man 6 / Young Man 8 DELIUS DOHERTY * Young Man JONO EILAND

Margaret Avery EPM c KNIGHT *

Morgan / Walter Poole / Henry Wilcox

Adam / Leo / Young Man 3 / Young Man 4 / Young Man 6



Understudies never substitute for listed players unless specified.



Summer 2015–Spring 2017 New York and its environs.


3 hours and 10 minutes Including two intermissions.

The Inheritance Part 1 & Part 2 is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

The Inheritance was originally commissioned by Hartford Stage (Darko Tresnjak, Artistic Director; Michael Stotts, Managing Director)

The world premiere was performed in London at the Young Vic, Part 1 on March 2, 2018, and Part 2 on March 9, 2018. This production was supported by Nattering Way LLC and Sonia Friedman Productions.

The Inheritance transferred to the Noel Coward Theatre in the West of London, with a first performance of Part 1 on September 21, 2018, and of Part 2 on September 28, 2018.

The Young Vic production was presented in the West End by Tom Kirdahy, Sonia Friedman Productions and Hunter Arnold with Elizabeth Dewberry & Ali Ahmet Kocabiyik, 1001 Nights Productions, Greg Berlanti, Brad Blume, Shane Ewen, Rupert Gavin, Robert Greenblatt, Marguerite Hoffman, Mark Lee, Peter May, Amon Milchan, Oliver Roth, Scott Rudin, Tulchin/ Bartner Productions, Bruno Wang, Richard Winkler, Bruce Cohen/Scott M. Delman.



Spring 2017–Spring 2018 New York and its environs.


3 hours and 20 minutes Including one intermission and a brief pause.

The Inheritance opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York, with a first performance on November 17, 2019.

The New York production was presented on Broadway by Tom Kirdahy, Sonia Friedman Productions, Hunter Arnold, Elizabeth Dewberry & Ali Ahmet Kocabiyik, 1001 Nights Productions, Robert Greenblatt, Mark Lee, Peter May, Scott Rudin, Richard Winkler, Bruce Cohen, Mara Isaacs, Greg Berlanti & Robbie Rogers, Brad Blume, Burnt Umber Productions, Shane Ewen, Greenleaf Productions, Marguerite Hoffman, Oliver Roth, Joseph Baker/Drew Hodges, Stephanie P. McClelland, Broadway Strategic Return Fund, Caiola Productions, Mary J. Davis, Kayla Greenspan, Fakston Productions, FBK Productions, Sally Cade Holmes, Benjamin Lowy, MWM Live, Lee & Alec Seymour, Lorenzo Thione, Sing Out, Louise! Productions, AB Company/Julie Boardman, Adam Zell & Co./ZKM Media, Jamie deRoy/ Catherine Adler, DeSantis-Baugh Productions/Adam Hyndman, Gary DiMauro/Meredith Lynsey Schade, Ronald Frankel/Seriff Productions, John Goldwyn/ Silva Theatrical Group, Deborah Green/Christina Mattsson, Cliff Hopkins/George Scarles, Invisible Wall Productions/Lauren Stein, Sharon Karmazin/ Broadway Factor NYC, Brian Spector/Madeleine Foster Bersin, Undivided Productions/Hysell Dohr Group, UshkowitzLatimer Productions/Tyler Mount.


NIC ASHE (he/him)


Nic Ashe returns to the Geffen Playhouse after performing Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Choir Boy in 2014. Broadway: Choir Boy (Manhattan Theatre Club). Theater: Girls (Yale Repertory Theatre), Kill Floor (Lincoln Center Theater), The Lion King (national tour). Nic can be seen as “Micah” on Ava DuVernay’s critically-acclaimed series Queen Sugar (Oprah Winfrey Network/Hulu).

tized. He is best known for his 10-year run as cheerful police administrative aide “John Irvin” on ABC’s Emmy Award–win ning NYPD Blue (SAG Award Nomination) and five season recurring role as savvy police psychologist “Dr. Joe” on TNT’s Major Crimes. Other television credits include series regular roles on ABC’s Total Security and CBS’s Public Morals and recurring roles on Showtime’s Shameless and web series Kendra and After Forever.

Hamlet, “Regan” in King Lear, and the role of “Pelajia” in a production of The Rez Sisters She recently wrapped the series Three Pines opposite Alfred Molina, produced by the same producers of The Crown and is currently filming the new Marvel series, Echo


Morgan/Walter Poole

Theatre credits include the off-Broadway production of Jonathan Tolins’ Secrets of the Trade (Primary Stages) directed by Matt Shakman; Matthew López’s The Leg end of Georgia McBride at Ensemble Theatre Company in Santa Barbara; South Coast Repertory; Pasadena Playhouse; L.A. Theatre Works; Boston Court; Fountain Theatre; Rogue Machine Theatre; Black Dahlia Theatre; and Antaeus Theatre Company, where he serves as Artistic Director. Film: Life as We Know It, He’s Just Not That Into You, Ravenous, and Hypno


Margaret Avery Tantoo Cardinal is an award-winning actress of In digenous descent who recently worked with Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio on Mar tin Scorsese’s newest feature, Killers of the Flower Moon. Pre vious to the feature she played Sue Lynn Blackbird on ABC’s Stumptown. She has appeared in over 120 film and television projects over the course of her 50-year career. Features include: Legends of the Fall, Dances With Wolves, Black Robe, Falls Around Her, Wind River, The Grizzlies, Where the Rivers Flow North, Maïna, Chas ing Shakespeare, and Eden. Television credits include: See, Westworld, Longmire, Mohawk Girls, Frontier, Blackstone, Lonesome Dove, Outlander, Godless, and Penny Dreadful, among others. Theatre work includes playing “Gertrude” in

Toby Darling Theatre: Romeo y Julieta (The Public Theater), Transfers (MCC Theater, Lucille Lortel Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play), A Parallelogram (Second Stage Theatre), Oedipus El Rey (The Public Theater, Drama League nomination), Film/TV: Encanto (Disney), What/If (Net flix), Tales of the City (Netflix), The OA (Netflix). Juan received the Drama Desk’s highly coveted Sam Norkin Award for Excel lence in Off-Broadway Theatre. I love you, Bee.

Geffen Playhouse debut! Tours: The Color Purple (Harpo), Once on This Island (Storyteller, u/s Tonton, Agwe), Miss Saigon (u/s John). Regional: Bruce (Bill Butler, Seattle Rep); The Color Purple


(Harpo, Paper Mill Playhouse); My Very Own British Invasion (Paper Mill Playhouse); Ragtime (Coalhouse, SDMT); Clybourne Park (Laguna Playhouse); Lythg oe Family Panto’s Aladdin and His Winter Wish (Genie, Laguna Play house); Mamma Mia! and South Pacific (Hollywood Bowl); Kiss Me, Kate and Sleepless in Seattle (Pasadena Playhouse); Gulls (Boston Court); Memphis (Bobby, Musical Theatre West); Side Show (Jake, 3-D Theatricals); Frozen – Live at The Hyperion (opening cast Grand Pabbie/ Bishop) Campaigns/Print: Pelo ton, USFL, Allstate, Dodge. TV/ Film: Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean (Iconoclastic Fea tures), Lost Tapes: Poltergeist (Discovery Channel). Instagram: @jay.donnell. Website:


Young Man 2/Jason #1/Doorman #1/ Toby’s Other Agent

Israel is very honored to be making his Geffen Playhouse debut. You can catch him in Issa Rae’s HBO Max series Rap Sh!t. He was most recently fea tured in this summer’s critically acclaimed Afro-futurist produc tion of Twelfth Night as Feste at The Classical Theatre of Harlem. Before that he starred as Pharus Young in Choir Boy at Yale Repertory Theatre, where he was also seen in Father Comes Home From the Wars: Part 1. Israel holds an M.F.A. in Acting from the Yale School of Drama where his credits include blues for miss lucille, Hamlet, If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka, Slave Play, among others. He also holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Carnegie Mellon University.

ical theater. He was last seen in the world premiere of David, My Goliath at REDCAT under the direction of Jobel Medina. Before that, he originated the title role of xXPonyBoyDer ekXx created by Gage Tarlton (Misfits Theatre Company) and joined the premiere national tour of I Could Take a Nap by L.S. Browning which included performances Off-Broadway (Vineyard Theatre). This is his Geffen Playhouse debut.

Young Man

Eric Flores is very excited to be making his Gefffen Playhouse debut! He is a graduate from California State University, Fullerton with a B.F.A. in acting. His other credits include Lysander (A Midsummer Night’s Dream/Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum), Florizel u/s (The Winter’s Tale/A Noise Within), and Joshua (Corpus Christi/The Wayward Artist).



Young Man 3/Young Henry/Tucker

August Gray Gall is a queer artist originally from North Carolina. He recently studied at California Institute of the Arts where he received his B.F.A. in Acting and focused on experimental phys

Adam Kantor is making his L.A. stage debut. He won an Emmy and a Grammy for his performance in the Tony-win ning Broadway production of The Band’s Visit, as well as an Outer Critics Circle honor for his performance in Darling Grenadine at Roundabout Theatre Company. Previously, on Broadway, Adam starred in Fiddler on the Roof, Next to Normal, and Rent (final cast, filmed live for Sony Pictures). Off-Broadway, he starred in The Last Five Years at Second Stage Theater and Avenue Q at New World Stages. Regional credits include Duncan Sheik and Kyle Jarrow’s Noir at Alley Theater, as well as Barry Levinson and Sheryl Crow’s Diner at the Signature Theare. On TV he was in Billions on Showtime as “Pununzio”, and The Good Wife on CBS as “Ezra.” He recently starred in the feature film Either

ERIC FLORES (he/him) ADAM KANTOR (he/him) Eric Glass

Side of Midnight, directed by Roger Spottiswoode. Adam is a graduate of Northwestern Uni versity and the British American Dramatic Academy.

@AdamJKantor on social.

Young Man 5/Toby’s Agent/Charles Wilcox/Toby’s Dealer

Eddie Lopez makes his Geffen Playhouse debut with The Inheritance. LA theater credits: Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings (Boston Court); Richard Foreman’s What to Wear? (RED CAT). NYC Credits: Throne of Blood (BAM); The Unfortunates (Joe’s Pub). In nine seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festi val: The Pirates of Penzance, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hair spray, Destiny of Desire, Animal Crackers, and as Hedwig in Hed wig and The Angry Inch, among many others. Other regional: It Can’t Happen Here (Berkeley Rep); The Unfortunates (Ameri can Conservatory Theater); Mary Poppins, Henry V (Utah Shake speare Festival), Twelfth Night (Santa Cruz Shakespeare); Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Denver Center for the Performing Arts). Film/TV: You Go Girl! (Sundance); Redwood Highway; Madam Secretary. Training: CalArts. So much love to my entire family—especially to the gays that raised me: Ed and Norman and Papa and Troy. Besos. IG: @eleddielo

KASEY MAHAFFY (he/him) Young Man 7/Jasper/Paul Wilcox/ Doorman #2

Kasey is elated to be making his Geffen debut with The Inher itance. A Resident Artist at A Noise Within Theatre, some of his favorite productions include Metamorphoses; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Best Actor – LA Drama Critics Circle); Man of La Mancha; Noises Off; King Lear; The Glass Menagerie. Other theatre credits: The Wallis: The Heart of Robin Hood; Jungle Theatre: Le Switch (premiere); South Coast Repertory: Peter and the Starcatcher, Crimes of the Heart, You, Nero, Taking Steps; Humana Festival: Partners; Pioneer Theatre Company: Cly bourne Park. TV credits include: recurring on Modern Family, Getting On, Truth Be Told, Grace and Frankie, NCIS, 9-1-1, American Horror Story. Special thanks to Patty Woo and everyone at Artists & Representatives. Kasey loves living in Los Angeles with his husband Francisco and his ani matronic teddy bear dog named Rizzo. @kaseymahaffy on socials.

seen recurring opposite Lamorne Morris on the Hulu series Woke, as well as series regular roles on Amy’s Brother (FOX) and Mystery Girls (Freeform). He received his B.F.A. in Theatre & Gender Stud ies from NYU. NY Theatre credits include: Red Moon Appearing (The Public Theater), Group (New York International Fringe Festival), Pullman Car Hiawatha (Target Margin Theater). TV: 9-11: Lone Star (FOX), Law & Order: SVU (NBC), Young & Hungry (Freeform), 30 Rock (NBC). Mi guel would like to thank his reps at APA and 23 Management and his love Markos who makes it all possible. IG: @miguelapinzon

MIGUEL PINZON (he/him) Young Man 4/Young Walter Miguel Pinzon is over the moon to be making his Geffen Play house debut! He can currently be

AVI ROQUE (they/them)

Young Man 8/Jason #2/Clinic Worker Avi Roque is a Latine, Trans masculine, Non-binary actor and voice-over artist. They come from a theatre background having performed in a number of stage productions in Chicago and regionally as well, including the West Coast premiere of Tiny Beautiful Things (The Old Globe). Avi is a graduate of Cali fornia State University, Fullerton and is also the narrator of several audiobooks including the New York Times Best Seller Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas. Film credits include Landline, and short films To Be With You (Out fest 2019) and Kind Of (Outfest 2020). Currently, they are the voice behind Raine Whispers on Disney Channel’s animated series The Owl House. They are represented by Gray Talent Group, and are ecstatic to make their Geffen Playhouse debut.


Bradley is a Tejano actor from south Harlandale, San Antonio, TX. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from the Univer sity of the Incarnate Word and a Master of Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama. Recent theatre credits include: Tom in The Glass Menagerie as well as Alvaro in The Rose Tattoo, both at Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis; and Young Man 1 (Adam/Leo) and Young Man 4 in Broadway’s The Inheritance

Recent TV credits include: Blue Bloods and FBI

Recreation. Recent guest stars: The Sex Lives of College Girls, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Ballers, Bob’s Burgers, and The Great North. Films: The Mummy with Brendan Fraser, Robert De Niro’s The Good Shepherd, and Retake. Off-Broadway: White’s Lies starring opposite Betty Buckley, and Fortune’s Fools directed by John Rando. Most importantly, Tuc won all the money on the celebrity edition of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? and donated it to his sister’s non-profit organization, Courtney’s Creative Adventures.

It Hot. Matthew is also working on a reimagining of the iconic 1992 Whitney Houston box office hit, The Bodyguard for Warner Bros, as well as a feature film adaptation of the novel Leading Men for Searchlight Pictures, which centers on Tennessee Williams and his longtime partner Frank Merlo. Matthew will be making his directorial feature debut with the LGBTQ+ romantic comedy Red, White & Royal Blue for Amazon Studios. In addition to directing the film, Matthew has adapted the script, based on Casey McQuiston’s bestselling novel. In October 2020, he signed an overall television development deal with Amazon Studios.

Henry Wilcox

Tuc starred in the Tony Award–winning, Ryan Murphy produced, Joe Mantello directed The Boys in the Band on Broadway, and reprised his role in the Netflix film adaptation. He is currently recurring on HBO Max’s The Other Two and Uncoupled on Netflix. TV series regular: ABC’s Desperate Housewives, Show time’s Beggars and Choosers, and ABC’s One Life to Live. Recurring: Black Monday, Major Crimes, Awkward, Parks and

MATTHEW LÓPEZ (he/him) Playwright

Matthew López is an American playwright and screenwriter. His play The Inheritance, directed by Stephen Daldry, is the most honored American play in a generation, sweeping the “Best Play” awards in both London and New York, including the Tony Award, Olivier Award, Drama Desk Award, Evening Standard Award, London Critics Circle Award, Outer Critics Circle Hon ors, Drama League Award, and GLAAD Media Award. He is the first Latine writer to win the Tony Award for Best Play. In New York, Matthew’s work has been seen off-Broadway with The Whipping Man and The Legend of Georgia McBride. Other works include Somewhere, Reverberation, The Sentinels, and Zoey’s Perfect Wedding. Matthew is currently co-writing the musical adapta tion of the classic film Some Like

NYC credits include: world pre mieres of Ana Nogueira’s Which Way to the Stage (MCC Theater); Matthew López’s The Legend of Georgia McBride (MCC Theater, Geffen Playhouse, and Denver Center for the Performing Arts);

Jen Silverman’s Collective Rage (MCC Theater, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company) and Phoebe in Winter (Clubbed Thumb);

Jordan Seavey’s Homos, Or Everyone In America (Labyrinth Theater Company); and Ethan Lipton’s Red-Handed Otter (The Playwrights Realm). Regionally: Little Shop of Horrors with Mj Rodriguez, George Salazar, and Amber Riley (Pasadena Playhouse), and world premieres of Matt Schatz’s A Wicked Soul


in Cherry Hill (Geffen Playhouse), Jen Silverman’s The Roommate (Humana Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Long Wharf Theatre); Rachel Bonds’ Curve of Departure (South Coast Repertory, Studio Theatre); Kate Cortesi’s Love (Marin Theatre Company); Matthew López’s Zo ey’s Perfect Wedding and Lauren Feldman’s Grace, or The Art of Climbing (Denver Center for the Performing Arts); and the U.S. Premiere of Anne Carson’s adap tation of Euripides’ Bakkhai with music by Diana Oh (Baltimore Center Stage); and Shostakov ich’s Moscow, Cheryomushki with a new libretto by Meg Miroshnik (Chicago Opera Theatre). Mike’s first short film, Troy, premiered this past June at the Tribeca Film Festival and recently screened here in L.A. as an Official Selec tion of both Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ+ Film Festival (Audience Award for Best Narrative Short) and HollyShorts Film Festival.

JAIMIE TODD Scenic Designer

Jaimie Todd studied at Wim bledon School of Art. Credits include: Disgraced, The Royale, Perseverance Drive, Christmas is Miles Away (Bush Theatre); The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, Things of Dry Hours, Pretend You Have Big Buildings (Royal Exchange Theatre); Be My Baby (Salisbury Playhouse); Sweeney Todd, Hairspray, Cats, West Side Story (DUCTAC, Dubai); Rabbit (Trafalgar Studios). He has completed seven productions for Theatre of Debate and has also several international Shake speare tours. As an associate, he has worked on productions at the National Theatre: Collabo rators, Phèdre, The Habit of Art, People, Juno and the Paycock, Travelling Light, The Hard Prob lem, The Power of Yes; plus The

Audience, Orpheus Descending, The Dark Earth and the Light Sky, Aladdin, The Inheritance (West End and Broadway), The Glass Menagerie, La Belle Sauvage, Straight Line Crazy, Billy Elliot: The Musical (West End). He also associates with the Royal Ballet on their productions of Anasta sia, Strapless, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Winter’s Tale, and Like Water for Chocolate.


Original Scenic Design

Recent designs include The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage, Straight Line Crazy, Alys, Always, My Name is Lucy Barton, and Allelujah! (Bridge Theatre); The Inheritance (Young Vic, West End, Broadway); The Audience, Skylight (West End/Broadway). He has designed numerous productions for the National The atre, including: The History Boys (also Broadway), Pinocchio, Trav elling Light, Collaborators, The Habit of Art, Phèdre, and Fram (which he also co-directed with Tony Harrison), His Girl Friday, and Mourning Becomes Electra, plus more than twenty-five pro ductions for the RSC, including: Les Liaisons Dangereuses and The Plantagenets (Olivier Award).

For opera and ballet his designs include: Like Water for Choc olate, Strapless, The Winter’s Tale, Pavane, Anastasia, The Knot Garden, La traviata, and Alice in Wonderland (Royal Opera House); Don Carlos (Metropol itan Opera); The Cunning Little Vixen (Théâtre du Châtelet). He is the recipient of seven Tony Awards for An American in Paris (Broadway, London, and Paris), Once (London, Broadway, and U.S. tour), The History Boys (Roy al National Theatre, Broadway), Mary Poppins (West End, U.K. tour, and Broadway), Disney’s Aida (Broadway), The Coast of

Utopia (New York), Carousel (New York). He also received The Royal Designer for Industry Award and the Robert L.B. Tobin Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatrical Design.

Off-Broadway: Golden Shield (Manhattan Theatre Club);

Somebody’s Daughter (Second Stage Uptown); Fruiting Bodies (Ma-Yi Theater Company). Re gional: Guthrie Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, South Coast Repertory, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Geffen Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Lou isville, Folger Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Seattle Rep, Mixed Blood Theatre, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Baltimore Center Stage, Boston Court, Persever ance Theatre, East West Players, Cornerstone Theater Company, A Noise Within, Yale Repertory Theatre, and others. Set design faculty at UCLA School of The ater, Film and Television and is a recipient of the Donald and Zorca Oenslager Fellowship in Design. M.F.A., Yale School of Drama; A.B. Princeton University.

Lighting Designer

Josh Epstein’s previous Geffen Playhouse productions include A Wicked Soul in Cherry Hill, Sex With Strangers, and The Legend of Georgia McBride. He has designed lighting at many of the top regional theaters in the country including the Mark Taper Forum, Guthrie Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Arena Stage, Pasadena Playhouse, South Coast Repertory, Kirk Douglas Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, Trinity Repertory Company, Long Wharf Theatre, Alliance Theatre, and Actors Theatre of Louisville.


Josh is on faculty at Chapman University’s College of Perform ing Arts. He is an Ovation Award and Knight of Illumination Award winner and a Helen Hayes Award nominee. He was a recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Develop ment Program for Designers and currently serves on the O’Neill Playwrights Conference Artistic Council. Josh received his M.F.A. from NYU and lives in LA with his wife and three daughters.


Sound Designer

Veronika Vorel divides time between Los Angeles and Prague. Sound design credits include A Wicked Soul in Cherry Hill at Geffen Playhouse, Little Shop of Horrors at Pasadena Playhouse, A Nice Indian Boy at East West Players, Zoey’s Perfect Wed ding at Denver Center for the Performing Arts, as well as plays and musicals at Shakespeare Theatre Company, Ford’s Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Folger Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Signature Theatre (VA), and Starlight Theatre Kansas City. Associate sound design: Manhattan Theatre Club, The Kennedy Center, Balti more Center Stage, Arena Stage, and Geffen Playhouse. Outside of the theatre, she has worked with Walt Disney Imagineering as a sound designer, audio mixer, and AV engineer around the world. Training: Prague Conservatory of Music, California Institute of the Arts, Yale School of Drama.


Paul Englishby is a prolific, ver satile, and award-winning com poser for film, television, theatre, the concert hall, and dance. His recent scores include Richard III for the Royal Shakespeare Com

pany; The Canterville Ghost for BBC Studios; Jack Absolute Flies Again for the National Theatre; BAFTA-winning TV film Togeth er directed by Stephen Daldry; Imminent for Birmingham Royal Ballet; and They All Came Out To Montreux, the forthcoming documentary series directed by Oliver Murray. His best-known work includes: his thrillingly tense score for BBC’s Luther (BAFTA-nominated soundtrack); box office and critical hit The Inheritance, directed by Stephen Daldry (London and Broadway, Tony-nominated score); Emmy Award–winning music for David Hare’s Page Eight; his beautiful, lyrical music for Oscar-nom inated An Education, starring Carey Mulligan (for which Paul received an ASCAP Award); and his many, varied and vivid scores for the Royal Shakespeare Company, with whom Paul is an Associate Artist.


Associate Director Colm Summers is an Irish stage director based in New York. Selected credits include The Kill One Race, (Playwrights Horizons, NYC), Wednesday (New York Live Arts), La Clemenza di Tito (Grand Théâtre de Genève), Por tia Coughlan (National Theatre of Ireland, Abbey Theatre), Love à la Mode (Smock Alley Theatre and Trafalgar Square), Gays Against the Free State! (Dublin Fringe), Enemy of the Stars (Dublin & Morocco), God’s Ear by Jenny Schwartz, (Samuel Beckett The atre). Colm has worked with The Wooster Group, Milo Rau, the feath3r theory, Dead Centre, and Pan Pan. He is a Dublin Fringe Festival Radical Spirit Award Nominee, and was selected for the Next Stage: Forecast cohort at Dublin Theatre Festival and the Pan Pan Internation

al Mentorship. His writing is published in Liverpool University Press, Oberon, and Brill. He is a Resident Director at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin.


Fight Director

Fighting for representation, accessibility, and systemic equity in the entertainment industry through their work with The Commons (Artistic Director), The Joy-Jackson Initiative (Managing Director), Deaf West Theatre (Produc er), LGBTQ+ Victory Fund (Producer), and Union Station

Homeless Services (Community Organizer). Stage: Little Shop of Horrors (Pasadena Playhouse), Lesbian Love Octagon (Sorority), and others. Screen: Pee-wee’s Big Holiday (Netflix), Shameless (Showtime), Station 19 (ABC), Famous in Love (Freeform), and Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything (Disney XD). Online:

AMANDA ROSE VILLARREAL Intimacy Choreographer

Amanda Rose Villarreal is an intimacy choreographer and immersive artist. They are an associate faculty with Theatrical Intimacy Education, as well as having trained with IDC, IPA, and Moving Body Arts. Amanda Rose earned their M.A. in Theatre Production with an emphasis in Directing from Central Wash ington University and their Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder. After recently relocating to the L.A. area, they have choreographed intimacy for Pasadena Playhouse’s Uncle Vanya. Other recent intimacy choreography credits include work with The Catamounts and Boulder Ensemble Theatre Com pany, as well as creating consent


mechanics for, and performing in, playable performances at Sinking Ship Creations in NYC and Moonrise LARP in Chicago. Amanda Rose is also co-found er and editor of the Journal of Consent-Based Performance, and assistant faculty of Theatre Education at California State University Fullerton.


Olivia O’Connor joined the Geffen as Literary Manager & Dramaturg in July 2022. Her previous creative development experience includes staff positions at Pittsburgh CLO (Manager of New Work Develop ment) and Roundabout Theatre Company (Artistic Associate), as well as dramaturgy and selection committee work with City The atre Company, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Bricolage Production Company, Third Space Theatre, The Flea Theater, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, and the 5th Avenue Theatre. Outside of her institutional work, Olivia has experience as a script consultant, copywriter, and playwright. Her play Life-Chang ing Magic was a 2020 finalist for the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference and The Playwrights Realm Scratchpad Series and was featured in City Theatre Company’s Momentum Festival. Graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.


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Broadway credits: To Kill a Mockingbird, Meteor Shower, A Doll’s House, Part 2, Shuffle Along, Wicked, Glory Days, Chicago, and Cyrano de Bergerac National tour credits include: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Chicago, Joseph and the

Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Thoroughly Modern Millie, A Christmas Carol, and Wicked Regional: Kennedy Center, Muny, Pittsburgh CLO, Stages St. Louis, Santa Barbara Symphony, Frozen: Live the Hyperion, and Chita Rivera at Carnegie Hall. For the Geffen, Jason completed runs of Power of Sail and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. A leading voice in the world of educational theatre, Jason has served on the Board of Directors for the Educational Theatre Association and currently sits on the Board for California Thespians and the Educational Theatre Foundation.

He has taught at the middle school, high school, and college levels in theatre. Jason is honored to be collaborating with this company of artists on this powerful and important story. Dedicated to all those taken to soon who could not experience this performance. Thank you for supporting live theatre!

Geffen Playhouse: Debut. Other regional credits include: The Taming of the Shrew, Shutter Sisters, The Underpants, Native Gardens, The Wanderers, Red Velvet, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Somewhere, The Last Romance, The Whipping Man (The Old Globe); Once on This Island (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Put Your House in Or der, Hollywood, Ether Dome (La Jolla Playhouse); A Chorus Line (Moonlight Stage Productions); The Humans, Aubergine, Evita, Violet (San Diego Repertory Theatre); The Last Five Years, HIR, Dogfight, My Fair Lady, True West, Fool for Love, Spring Awakening, Company, Shake speare’s R&J, Assassins, Mistakes Were Made (Cygnet Theatre); Hairspray, The Full Monty (San

Diego Musical Theatre). She received her B.A. in Theatre Arts from University of San Diego.

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Lucy Houlihan is a stage man ager, assistant stage manager, director, and producer in Los Angeles. Most recently, she was the PA for three shows in the Geffen Playhouse’s Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater this past season—The Enigmatist, TRAYF, and Man of God. She travelled with Man of God to the Williamstown Theatre Festival and assistant stage managed the run there. She produces for MeetCute LA, an ongoing play showcase focused on building community with Los Angelesbased playwrights, directors, and actors. She is so excited to be spending her time in the Gil Cates Theater, and is honored to get to work on this incredibly important and relevant piece.

Shahzad Khan is making his Geffen debut in his hometown of Los Angeles. Most recently, he finished up the national tour of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Previous regional credits include the world premieres of Soft and Selling Kabul at William stown Theatre Festival and Venus in Fur at Santa Cruz Shake speare. He received his B.F.A. in Drama—Stage & Production Management from Carnegie Mellon University. Proud member of Actor’s Equity Association. Big thanks to his friends and family for their continued support!


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

productions at the Playhouse: the West Coast premiere of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People (2012), the world pre miere of Jeffrey Hatcher’s new adaptation of Wait Until Dark (2013), and Joshua Harmon’s Bad Jews (2015). Matt founded and was the artistic director of the Black Dahlia Theatre in Los Angeles, which was named “one of a dozen young American companies you need to know” by American Theatre magazine and “Best Small Theatre” by Los Angeles magazine. Matt has directed episodes of Game of Thrones (DGA nomination), Mad Men, Fargo, The Good Wife, and Succession. He helmed the pilot episode for Hulu’s The Great (Emmy nomination) starring Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult and produced and directed all episodes of WandaVision (Emmy nominations for Direc tion and Limited Series, DGA nomination), a Marvel Studios event series for Disney+ starring Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen. Matt recently produced and directed The Consultant for Amazon starring Christoph Waltz and Welcome to Chippen dales for Hulu starring Kumail Nanjiani, Murray Bartlett, and Annaleigh Ashford.


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Matt Shakman is Artistic Director of Geffen Playhouse. Matt last helmed Mysterious Circumstances for the Geffen in 2019 and prior to joining as Artistic Director in 2017, Shak man directed three acclaimed

GIL CATES, JR. Executive Director

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new, ongoing theater partner ships and leading its mission to inform, entertain and inspire diverse audiences with live theater of the highest caliber. Prior to being named Executive Director in 2015, Cates served as Geffen Playhouse Board Vice Chairman since 2012 and served as a producer and di rector in theater, film and televi sion. His theater credits include the award-winning Names (Matrix Theatre Company) and Three Sisters and David Mamet’s A Life in the Theatre (both at Syracuse Stage). Cates’ film credits include The Surface (starring Sean Astin and Geffen Playhouse alumnus Chris Mulkey), Jobs (starring Ashton Kutcher, Josh Gad, Dermot Mulroney, as well as Geffen Playhouse alumni Matthew Modine and Ron El dard) and the 2011 feature film Lucky (starring Colin Hanks, Ari Graynor and Ann-Margret). In addition, Cates co-produced and co-directed the critically acclaimed Life After Tomorrow, featuring Sarah Jessica Parker, which premiered on Showtime. His other films include Deal (starring Burt Reynolds, Bret Harrison and Charles Durning) and The Mesmerist (starring Jessica Capshaw and Geffen Playhouse alumnus Neil Patrick Harris). Cates’ television direc torial debut was an episode of the NBC comedy Joey, starring Emmy winner Matt LeBlanc. He is currently directing a doc umentary short chronicling the journey of one of the first refu gee families to flee Ukraine and arrive in the U.S. after escaping the Russian invasion, set for release in 2023. He studied at the National Theatre Institute in Waterford, Connecticut, and holds a B.F.A. in Drama from Syracuse University.


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CPA, after holding the position of Director of Accounting at FABS Management, where she was responsible for overseeing the finances of more than 25 non-profit organizations. As a financial professional with more than 30 years’ experience in for-profit and non-profit financial management and au diting, Ataee began her career in the Bay Area as a partner in a small tech startup. She holds a master’s degree from Pepper dine University.


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Rob Russo and Jamie DuMont, hosts of The Fabulous Invalid Podcast, sat down with playwright Matthew López in March of 2020, shortly before the COVID-19 pan demic forced the Broadway production of The Inheritance to close. The episode was released on May 6, 2020.

This transcript has been condensed and edited for clarity.

MATTHEW LÓPEZ: It started with the novel, Howards End . I was so in love with that book and the film as a teenager, and it has stayed with me all my life. I was in Central Park one afternoon in 2008, rereading it for the hundredth time. And it was just this bolt of inspiration. I knew in that instant that I could take these families from the novel from three social classes and retell it using gay men from three different generations.

ROB RUSSO: We were both struck by the way that the play dramatizes intergenera tional relationships among gay men, which is something that we don’t really see a lot in media. What inspired you to craft a story that touches on this dynamic of gay men from different generations?

As a gay man who was born in 1977— alive during the epidemic, but not old enough to be directly imperiled by it—I’ve always thought of my generation as a wit ness generation. We witnessed the events in the ‘80s and the early ‘90s, but we were not directly impacted by them. And then


we became adults, and our lives became settled as adults. And now there’s a new world that I’m watching this next genera tion of the queer community run with: this explosion of openness, of redefining who we are and who we are in the world.

ROB RUSSO: I have to imagine that some one who’s just now turning 18 or 20 would see this play in an entirely different way than I do, as someone in his 30s, or as you do, as someone in his 40s. It’s amazing how that small difference in time can mean so much for the progress of gay men, but also the timeline of this epidemic.

great solace in learning about my history as a gay man, my history as a member of the LGBTQ community, my history as an American, my history as a Puerto Rican American. I mean, it’s trite, but those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. And as I was writing the play, I saw the election of Donald Trump. I saw a lot of things that began to feel analogous to the epidemic years, to a lot of calamities in world history.

It is very difficult for me to imagine what the world looks like to an 18-yearold right now. And people have asked me, why are there only two characters from the younger generation in the play?

MATTHEW LÓPEZ: A lot can happen in a small period of time, and the world can change overnight. Anybody who has even a cursory understanding of history knows that’s true. I think that there’s a general human tendency towards amnesia. Every generation believes they invented sex. Every generation believes they invented rebellion. The idea of revolution seems to have been invented by whatever generation has come up with the latest one.

[But] there’s nothing that we haven’t seen before. Everything can be understood within the continuum of history. I’ve taken

And there are several answers to that. One is it’s a question of adaptation, which is that the Schlegel sisters became Toby and Eric, and they’re the central characters in the novel; therefore those became the central characters in my play. They are the age that I roughly was when I started working on the play. I can write about my generation. I have copious amounts of research and books and films and plays to help understand the generation that came before me. But the generation that is com ing after me, their story is only starting to be written, and they’re the ones who are


going to write it, not me. I realized quickly that any attempt on my part to do with their generation what I allowed myself to do with my own would be dishonest. It’s not my story to tell. It’s not my place to speak for them.

JAMIE DUMONT: I came out of the closet in the mid-’80s, at the height of the AIDS epi demic. And the thing I remember about that time is how it felt very special to be a part of the gay community. I feel that a lot of that is in this play, and it resonates quite clearly. It’s important to look back, as you said, and I think it informs our future.

MATTHEW LÓPEZ: One of my favorite historians, Shelby Foote, always contended that American history really began with the Civil War: everything that happened before the Civil War led up to the Civil War, and everything that happened after the Civil War was a result of the Civil War. And I think an argument could be made that the gay community was forged really in those [epidemic] years.

I look at those years as a student of history and as someone who knows people who were alive then and who have told me their stories. And of course the question that I always ask myself is, what would you have done? What would your reaction have been? Would you have hid? I hope not, I like to think not. Would I have been on the front lines, would I have been storming the FDA? Would I have died? There are so many “what ifs” that no one can answer. But it is the act of investigation into that question that leads to understanding and compassion. For history to be any use to us, it cannot just be facts and figures and numbers. It can’t be cold. It has to be hot. And the way to make it hot is to make it personal and applicable to our lives today.

The act of compassion is not the act of understanding someone’s feelings so much as it is the attempt to imagine yourself in their experience. And that is what I forced myself to do with this play. It’s the spirit in which I wrote the play and it’s what I hope people take away from the play.

I think if there’s any lesson that could be applicable to this play outside of the gay community, it is that no one is im mune from history, and we own our own history, whether we like it or not. We own each other’s history, because in a country as diverse and as disparate as ours, if we don’t own each other’s history, we can’t build a future together.

Listen to the full episode of The Fabulous Invalid Episode 76: “Matthew López: Theatre Is About Limitations” at

STORMING THE FDA In 1988 the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) organized a demonstration at FDA headquarters to protest for greater access to investigational drugs to help treat AIDS patients. Photo courtesy FDA/Wikimedia Commons.


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Janis Adams & John Lyons

Robert E. & Maria H. Barron

G2 Graphic Service, Inc.

Patricia & Mark Benjamin Shelly & Libby Bergen

Susan Bloch-Kay & Stephen Kay

Philip Blumenshine

VJ Boyd

Noora Raj Brown

Marissa Caudill & David Merrill

Adam & Lin Cheyer

Don Dorsey

Anne Dougherty* Jacki & Murray Drechsler Lawrence N. Field

Lynn T. Franklin

Jennifer von Schneidau Karney Guren Family Foundation Deidre Hall

Michael Hayden Gallery* Samantha & Eric Heer§* Alan & Michelle Heilpern Stephen Sass & Steven Hochstadt Jerry Katell* Nancy Koven Renee & Meyer Luskin Carolyn A. Poer & John M. Poer Joyce & Harvey Reichard Jerome & Joan Snyder* Zackery Alexzander Stephens Eric Strom & Eileen Goodis Susan & Peter Van Haften

Peter & Denise Walsh Julie & Peter Weil Susan & Dan White Laurie Ziegler§*


$1,500 – $2,999

Anonymous (4) Miriam Aguiar Henry Alpert Margaret Campbell Arvey Edward Avedis* Basch Family Foundation Paula & Bruce Bennett Yvette Bergeron & Dean Bailey Wendy & John Bergquist Westmount Asset Management Susan J. Booth & Christopher Wadden Dr. Wallace P. Brithinee

Janet & Mark Brown

Katherine Brown & Rene Mendoza Diana Buckhantz and the Vladimir and Araxia Buckhantz Foundation Jay Butterfield & Susan Ewert

Lexy & John Carroll Kasey Carrothers

Stephanie§ & Jonathan Carson Steven Cerasale & Mary Katherine Cocharo Caroline Choi*

The Christal Family Cindy Clark

Larry Coben Linda & John Coleman

Lori§ & Jerry Collins*

Tim Curtis & Shandon Youngclaus Debra Davis§

Pam Dawber & Mark Harmon Giovanna Desselle§ Dr. & Mrs. William M. Duxler David & Joyce Evans

AnonyMoose Foundation

Lisa Field, Field Family Foundation

Anita Dann Friedman & Harvey Friedman

Brenda Garcia§

Priscila Giraldo§*

The Glass Family

Jill Grigsby & Rett Bull

Penny Grosz & Eugene Korney

The Guerin Foundation

Zvia Hempling

Michael & Candie Herman

Jean Himmelstein

Robin & Edgar Hirst

Dr. John D. Hofbauer & Dr. Laura E. Fox Freya & Mark Ivener

Gary T. Izumi

Brenda Marie Izzi

Victoria Jackson & Bill Guthy Deborah & Ivan Kallick

Katherine Kleindienst & Marc Goldsmith

Carol Krause

Lena & Mark Labowe

Lydia & Chuck Levy

Hannah Linkenhoker* & Carter Cohn

The Malins Family Foundation

David Israeli & Dr. Marie Mazzone

In Memory of Robert & Stephen Paskus

Cookie Miller

Joan & Phil Miller

Andrew & Laura Mintzer

Laurie & Chuck Mondrus

Ron Myrick

Robert Nelson & Marguerite Renner Albert & Barbara Nichols

Conan & Liza O’Brien*

Carol & Alan Ostroff

Michael Parks & Judith Hayward

Daniel & Denise Perlstein

Phil & Agnes Peters

Ruth Popkin

Audrey Povar§

Gary & Gail Rachelefsky

Dolores Rogers

Eric Rollins§ Wil Rosser

Scott Sandler§

Amy & Andy Schwartz

Susan Schwarz & Stuart Berton

Snyder Family Foundation

John Sonego§ & Thomas Faughnan

Tom & Melanie Staggs

Andrew Stearn

Mitch & Sherry Stein

Cela Devine Sutton§

The Tatasciore Family*

John M. Teeples & Nicolas Martinez, Jr. Catherine & Leonard Unger

Rebecca Vail§

Kathryn & Alan Van Vliet Gelena & Seth Weissman

John & Connie Weston

Alison Whalen & Steve Marenberg


Judith & Philip Winik

David Young

Alissa & Jordan Zachary Ellen & Arnold Zetcher

In Loving Memory of Herman Ziegler



$1,000 – $1,499

Dr. Richard Ackerman & Miriam Shakter

Jan & David Altemus

Bonnie R. Arnold Karen Bell & Robb Cox*

Lydia & David Bell* Marjorie Blatt

Carol & Chancellor Gene D. Block†* Carol J. Bradshaw

Paula Brand

Broadway Wine Club* Samantha & Jack Brown

Sean & Martha Carey Family

Margaret Casey

Shelby & Lee Chaden

Martha J. Chase

Sachiko T. Cochran M.D. & Joseph T. Araki

Ginger Conrad

Stephen Cook

Honorable Candace Cooper Jen Crittenden & Bill Wrubel*

Jan & Thea Drayer

Ed & Barbara Dreyfus

Terri & David Elston

Elizabeth A. Evans

Lynne & Michael Feldman Dr. Kimberly Finney Shari Foos

Burt & Nanette Forester Dennis & Jackie Fox

Joan & Charles Fox Tomas Fuller & William Kelly Ellie Goodman

Murray & Gail Heltzer

Jackson Henry

Richard Rasiej & Joan Herman

Mrs. Dorothy Hoffman

In Honor of Sid & Sheila Weiss

Drs. Sharon & Lou Ignarro

Lynn Hunt & Margaret Jacob

Marcie & Marc J. Jacoby

Carrie Johnson

Quincy Jones^

Mark Kaplan

Sally & Dr. Manny J. Karbelnig

Patricia Keating

Trisha Kelley

Nancy Kenney

King Nutronics Corporation Barton H. Kogan Norman Koplof & Leslie Falick Richard & Cindy Koral Charles Kristenson

Carl Levinger Tania Lotia

Eric James Lund Kathy & Jim McCaffery Sheri & Jim McCashin Norma & Larry Meyers James and Ana Miles Family Foundation

In Honor of Development* Lee & Jeff Milman Mintz Family Fund Thaine & Elizabeth Morris

Lon Morse & Toni Hollander Morse Deborah & Stacey Olliff

Tal Oren & Liana Morgado-Oren Ornest Family Foundation London, Alex & Marty Padilla Jacalyn & Paul Pepperman

In Honor of Frank & Betty Fouce Clark & Kathryn Porter Barry Rosen & Neil Bokal Allison & Bennett Rosenthal Nancy Stephens & Rick Rosenthal and The Rosenthal Family Foundation Lori & David Rousso William Hoover & Jon Rupp David A. & Karen Richards Sachs

Nancy & Ted Sanborn Jane & Bill Schopf* Marc Seltzer

Peggy & Robert Shapiro

In Memory of Michael Sherman Rita & Jose Sigal Ron Silverman & Soraya Ross

In Memory of Ross Hunter & Jacque Mapes

Lisa Stonich

Melora Sundt & Rob Kadota Rose Tarlow* Anne C. Taubman

Franklin David Tell Audri & Stan Tendler Marjorie Thomson Suzanne Tito Leon & Stephanie Vahn Daniel & Shauna Valenzuela Marcia & Charles Wasserman Ph.D

In Memory of Effie Lucero & Anne Ettinger Cherie Wrigley

Richard Yaffe Elena & Drew Zager Arnold & Tricia Zane Bobbi & Walter Zifkin


$500 – $999

Anonymous (4) Terry & Richard Abrams Toshka & Norman Abrams Allan Africk Charles & Annick Allen Sylvia Almstadt Laura & Harvey Alpert Patti Amstutz

Audrey & Martin Appel Behnaz Ataee* Don Bacigalupi The Baek Family Cindy & Jeff Ballard

In Memory of Gregory Millar Barbara Berkowitz Pamela & Bill Bohnert

The Bordy & Leibovic Families

Toby Bornstein

Steven Briggs Howard Brightman Marlene Bronson

Mary Byrne

Anthony Carbone Sylvie & Peter Cartmell Shirley Churgin

James Clark

Laurel & Aaron Clark

The Clements Family Devorah Colker

Kirsten Combs^ Muriel Dance & Alvin Martin

Zoud Danko Hedva & Dr. Dudley Danoff

Susan Dashe

Rosette Delug Brock Dewey Linda Dozier

Jeff Eckerle & Marilyn Osborn Colleen M. Ellis

Barbara Fairchild

Terry Feuerborn Kenneth J. Friedman & Marilynn J. Friedman Family Foundation

Laurelle Frome & Brady Frome Diane Futterman

Gordon Gerson Bert & Benita Ginsberg Tina & Michael Gittelson Linda & Tom Givvin

Dina Goldstein Ellen & Reginald Golla

Mitchell Goodman

Roger Gordon

Liz Gottainer & David Sadkin

Howard Gradet

Gaby Allen & Rob Greenberg Vera & Paul Guerin

Keith Hall

Pamela Halle

Lonnie Hamerman & Kenneth Freundlich

Mary Hartley

Diane Haun

Yolanda Head

Hella Hershson

Winifred C. Hervey Jack Hileman & Roxanne Huddleston

Paul Gordon Hoffman & Sue Caren Hoffman

In Loving Memory of Stan Hollander

Robert & Gail Israel

Dr. Carole & David Jones

Linda Kaplan

William & Renee Kendall Sharon Kerson

Phyllis H. Klein

Dr. Leonard & Stella S. Kleinrock

Dorothy Klinger

Patricia Klous

Deborah Lacusta & Daniel Castellaneta

Lynne Lainer

John & Sandra Langfitt

Jill & Michael Lasky

Christo & Jeanne Lavagnino Rhonda K. Lawrence

Julie Leeds

Rena & Craig Leeds

Gina Maria Leonetti Marla E. Levine

Eric & Eva Plaza Mandel Michael N. Marks

Deborah Marsten Douglas McAvoy, Jr. Vickie McCorkendale

Jeanne McDonald-Powers & Travis Powers

Cynthia Melville

Nick & Vaughan Meyer Mona D. & Steven J. Miller

Thomas Mitchell

John Moschitta, Jr. Dr. Paula C. Moseley Swetha Movva

David Neilan Mark & Diane Neubauer

Rene Nourse

Sabine Oishi

Janie & Allan Orenstein

Charles Owens

Sharon Oxborough Naidu & Jane Permaul

Tami Pflug

The Poker People*


Cory & Bill Oppenheim

Ron Rafay

Lise Ransdell & Eric Augusztiny

Jennifer Redner

Fred & Denise Reimer

Linda & Erin Rice

Carol Risher

Julie Rogers

Eric Rolnick

Peter Rose

Dr. Martin & Lorraine Ross

Arlene & Peter Sacks

Cliff & Linda Schaffer Mary Lou Schanche

Jo Schiff Mr. Bernard Schiffer

Gary & Karen Schneider

Joel & Sonia Schneider

Nancy & Steven Schneider Robin Schoenfeld

William Schreiber

Linda Schwarz

John H. Scott

Donna Shapiro & Angel Castillo

Robert M. Shore & Diane M. Young

Nancy & Bruce Silverman

Karen & Bill Skinner

Marlene Sklar & Joel Moskowitz

Amy Jo & Jeff Smith

In Memory of Albert Sokol, M.D. Jill & Scott Spiwak

Sarah Stegemoeller

Frances & Sy Strasberg

Robert & Kristie Svaleson

Lance & Maureen Tan

Mr. & Mrs. David Tann Gloria Tapanes Barbara & Larry Tenan Brynn Thayer

David & Cathy Thomas Karen Van Kirk Bradley & Natalie Wallace Kelly Weber Williams

Jennifer Weiser

Lisa Welch

Elizabeth Wheat Gia & Michael Wise

Herbert Wolas

Delores Komar & Susan Wolford



$250 – $499

Anonymous (5)

James Ach Sara Adler

Elaine & Michael Agran

Carol & Silvy Alcalay

Geraldine & Harold Alden

Peter Anderson

Robert C. Anderson

Bonnie Ank

Claudia Apelfeld Bonnie & Bill Apfelbaum Eloise & Mark Appel

Joseph D. Argilagos Barbara & Ethan Aronoff David & Linda Atkinson Emily Atwater

Lisa Austin Elizabeth & Marc Axelrod Christopher & Azita Baffa Cecilia Ball

Pat Barkley Randy & Michael Bayard Patricia Beals

Jeme Benadon

Cynthia Berchan Marsha C. Berkowitz Michelle Bhatia Diane & Richard Birnholz Marilyn R. Blacker

Sally Blowitz

Bonnie & Cary Blume Ruthven & Hannah Bonaparte Christopher Bower Lonni Brill

Ms. Leah Lynn Broidy Deirdre Bronchick Laurrie Brooke

Mr. & Mrs. Todd Brown and Family

Katherine Browning Martha Browning George & Nadine Buck Carol Burts

Laura D. Campbell Jarrell Carter Maureen Cassidy The Claman/Cates Family* Bernadette Cemore Carrie Certa Sandra Chan & Richard Pezner Christopher Chang Stephen Cheatham Diane Chernansky Lori Christopher Carl Cohn Kenneth Cohn Jennifer Colantuoni Lynn Comer Michael Connelly Shari Conrad Heidi Jo Corey Gail Cottingham Shawn Cunningham Steven & Linda Darling J. Jason Daunter

Elizabeth De Oliveira & Moacyr Da Silva Judith Delafield Hal & Roberta Delevie

Dr. Joseph Demer & Dr. Melissa Reider-Demer Gail Dershewitz

Dr. & Mrs. Darin Detwiler Kristin Diehl Dr. Glorya Dixon Robin Donzis Tom & Diane Duralde Michael East & Tanisha Gonzalez Joan & Jerry Elledge Ronald Eng A.W. England Carl & Courtenay Enright Katherine A. Evans Rena & Peter Falk Carol Fatuzzo Diedre Feehan

Lisa & William Finkelstein Theodore First Miranda Fitzgerald Geralyn Flood Melissa Ford Debra Frank Dr. Amyanne Freeburg Robert Freedman Lora Fremont

Elaine & Larry Friedman Jean & Jerome Friedman Lynn & Barry Friesen Pat & Sandy Gage Joyce & Jeff Gampel Barbara & Jack Garrett Corinne B. Garson Mark Gavens Laura Gianni Daniel Giesberg Lori Glickman Lorain Goldberg Mark & Molly Goldberg Francine Golden & Marvin Schlossman Ronald Goldman AnaAlicia Gonzalez Nestor Gonzalez

Richard Goodman

Julie C. Graham, Olivia C. Zeiden & Liam D. Zeiden Carol Graiwer

Michael A. Green Trudi Green Jana & Randall Greer Susan Grinel Annika Guy

Eve Haberfield & David N. Johnson Estrella Hacker

Jeff Haller Justine Halliday

Amy Halpern Maurice Hamilton Lorraine Hartman Myron Hatcher Kam Hekmat Jacqueline Heller & Gabriel Kahana

Sue Herbers Carla & Alan A. Herd

Jerry Higgins Karen Higgins Diana & Joe Hilberman Gaye Hirsch

Tamara Horwich & Gerry Lipshutz

Adam Howard Cynthia Howard Roger & Linda Howard Kevin Huvane

In Memory of Joseph Jacobs

Frederic A. & Nancy Jacobus Linda Janger

Sheila Johnson-Brousseau

Philip Angerhofer & Stephen A. Jones

Raquel Jordan* Marcia Kadanoff Linda & David Kagel Joanne & Larry Kahn

Jessica Kaltman & Robert Reznik

Mr. & Mrs. Bernard Kamine Victoria Kapitany Joanna Kasirer

Owen Kato

Jim Keily Rachael Kelley Fred Kemmerling Jr. Teri Kennady Ann & Jonathan Kirsch Leana Kleinman & Jerald Johnson Allison Krensky

The Kriloff Family*

The Krischer Family Barbara Kroll & Ruth Spielman

Scott Lafayette Alexander Lamb Sheila & Norman Lane Donald LaPlante Linda Lavin

Alyce LaViolette Donna Leavy Maye Lebby Cheryl & Steve Leff

Johanna Leovey

Suzann & Jimmy Levine Lawrin & Linda Lewin Mae & Hugh Lichtig Hugh & Gail Linstrom

Steven & Nancy Lippman Andria Litto

Leslie & Adam Lobel Karen & Peter Locke

The Taylor Family Foundation

Fran & David Loew

Renee Lonner Daniel & Jennifer Low

Tracy Cohen & William Ludel Michelle & Tony Maiden


Sophie Mancall-Bitel

Beatrice & Leonard Mandel

Molly Mandel

Pam Marshall & Chris Wilson

Phillips & Emily Marshall

Tracey Martin

Laura Maslon

Kathleen McCarthy

John McClure

Carol McCrary

Aimee McDaniel

Joel & Sherry McKuin

Kathleen McMullin

Sharon McQueen

Leslie MeadowcroftSchipper

Eileen & Paul Meshekow

Julie Miller-Phipps

Bart Mills

Leslie Mitchner

Dr. Gail Devlin Moradi Marc Morriss

Linda Muccitelli* Bill Mullins

Michael & Delight Nasatir

Bonnie Nash

Stephen Nathan Jay Negrin

Sherri & Arnie Nelson

Dan Newman

Robert & Anita Nitta

Steven & Lori Nolls

Doreen & Donald Nortman* Brian O’Hara

Susan Oka Louise Olin

Adrienne & Arthur Omansky

Ron Ozur

Jorge Paganin

Michele Paley

The Palm Family Sylvia & Robert Paris Edward Parker

Sun Parmeshwaran

James Pelletier

Mr. & Dr. Don Pestana

Carol F. Phillips Jack & Jane Pollock

Heather M. Porter

Susan Poulson

Mojgan Pourpak

Paul Quaranto

Melodie Rahbar

Renee & Seth Burton

Gloria & Michael Rausch

Kay & Bob Rehme

Loren Rench

Brian Reynolds

Marianne Reynolds

Shannon Rhodes Rowley Rice

Richard Rico

Jason Ritter

Lindy Robbins


Susan & Steven Robbins

Edwin Robinson

Jaime & Linda Rodriguez Jaye Rogovin

Robert Rosania Mary Ann Rosenfeld & Sheldon Kadish Brad Ross

Lawrence Ross & Linda Nussbaum Drs. Diane & Michael Glazer Michael, Michon & Jackson Roth

Valerie & Bennett Roth Becca Rothschild Matthew Rudberg Sara Rutenberg Liz Ryan Terry Ryan Kris Salter Susan & Wayne San Filippo Tawny & Jerry Sanders

Jayne Santino Maxine Savitz

Susan Schechter Carole & Michael Scheinberg

Melanie Scher Michael Schiff Chris T. Schmidt Marc Scott Tony Sepulveda

Susanne Shallon

Dr. Mary Jo & Paul Shane Barbara Vickery & Martin Shapiro

Melanie Sharp & Kevin Miller

Tom & Judy Sharp Phyllis Shephard Muriel F. Sherman Barbara Shum Robin & Robert L. Sills Ken & Marinette Simon Steve Slaughter

Julie & Don Davis Gary Small Pamela Small Tricia Small Diane Good & Frank Smith Ethan & Joanna Smith Marvin & Jean Moore Karen Smits Susan Solomon Andy Spahn^ Melvin Spears Eric Spitz Reba St. Clair M Leslie Stearns

Catherine Stern Ms. Sally Stevens Arthur Streeter Peggi Sturm Mr. Kayser Sume & Dr. Renee Sabshin Ann & Paul Sunderland

Katherine Sung Robin & David Swartz

Andrea & Jay Swerdlow Saundra & Craig Szabo Susan Szambelan Gerry Szeman Moira Szilagyi Joanne Takahashi Collins Takamoto Ilisa E. Tanner Rose Tatlow Christine & Greg Thorpe

The Somaini Family Gail Title Christine Tock Robert & Tallah Tracy Celia Trujillo Barbara Tuchi Dr. Gerald D Turbow Sofia Vaisman Richard Vane Robin Venturelli

Paul Verdon & Michael Haight

The Victor Family Steven Vlasak Todd Vonbastiaans Julia Wackenheim Albert & Helen Wade Carole Wagner-Vallianos & Peter Vallianos William Wallace Chris Walther Andrea Wang Louise Wannier Barry Ward Marvin Wasserman Jill Waterman Andrew & Cathy Watts Barbara & Lawrence Weinberg Maxine & Brian Weinstock Marsha & Steven Weiss Sherry West

Teresa & Bill White Mr. & Mrs. Mark Whitman Aaron Widera Norma & Nancy Wischhusen WME*

Albert Wolsky Karen Woo Lisa Yen & Tom Bajoras

Cathleen Young Marian & Ted Zachary

David & Christine ZeBrack Will Miller & Anna Ziegler

Steven Ziel


As we celebrate our 25th Anniversary, the leadership wishes to acknowledge the historical contributions of these individuals to the Geffen Playhouse who have made the original vision of our founder, Gil Cates, possible:

Anonymous Annenberg Foundation

Mrs. Carol K. Block & Chancellor Gene D. Block†*

City National Bank* Kirsten^ & Donald Combs Maria Israel-Curley & Jim Curley

Gang, Tyre, Ramer, Brown & Passman, Inc.

The David Geffen Foundation Herbert M.^ & Beverly J. Gelfand*

Rabbi Uri D. Herscher & Dr. Myrna Herscher

Audrey & Charles Kenis

Lincy Foundation

Fay & Frank^ Mancuso Tina & Jerry^ Moss / The Moss Foundation Perenchio Foundation

The Shubert Foundation

The Simms/Mann Family Foundation Skirball Foundation University of California, Los Angeles Wasserman Foundation Judy & Chancellor Charles^ E. Young


Thank you to our year-round in-kind sponsors for their incredible generosity and support of the arts: Alligator Pear Catering* Beam Suntory* Cicada Club

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea* Peroni Italia*

Skylight Gardens Steinway & Sons*

STK | The ONE Group W Los Angeles –West Beverly Hills

HAVE WE MADE AN ERROR? To report a misspelling or omission in these listings, please contact the Development department at 310.208.6500 ext. 195



Amy Levinson

Associate Artistic Director

Daniel Ionazzi


Phyllis Schuringa

Artistic Associate / Casting Director

Abby Weston-Mark Company Manager

Olivia O’Connor

Literary Manager & Dramaturg

Lexy McAvinchey

Artistic Assistant

Carly Plasha

Assistant to the Artistic Director


Isaac Katzanek

Production Manager

Jill Barnes

Artistic & Production Administrator

J. Jason Daunter

Production Supervisor

Patty Squibb

Associate Technical Director

Alexandre Norkus

Gil Cates Theater Stage Supervisor

Tyler Brogla

Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater Stage Supervisor

Rick Gilles

Properties Master

Audrey Lastar Costume Supervisor

Sarah Lindsley

Costume Shop Supervisor

Spencer Doughtie

Lighting & Projection Supervisor

James Grabowski

House Sound Supervisor

Bob Gilmartin

Resident A1


Behnaz Ataee

Chief Financial Officer

Erick R. López

General Manager

Berenice Campos

Director of Human Resources

Peter Banachowski

Accounting Manager

Janice Gompers

Payroll Specialist & HR Admin

Youra Kim

Staff Accountant

Clay Dzygun Office Coordinator

Marguerite Harris Receptionist


Sarah Weinberg

Director of Development

Elizabeth Kegley

Director of Institutional Giving

Tracy Reich

Director of Individual Giving

Mark San Filippo

Director of Donor Stewardship

Christine Drew Benjamin

Director of Donor Engagement

Jessica Brusilow Rollins

Grant Writing Consultant

Allie Reasol

Development Assistant


Brian Allman

Director of Education & Community Engagement

Rudy King

Manager of Community Engagement

Paloma Nozicka

Education Associate

Sean Michael Boozer, DeJuan Christopher Conner, Lyssa Deehan, Ramy El-Etreby, Tara Ricasa, Maddy Wagner

Teaching Artists


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

Isaak Berliner

Social Media & Communications Manager

Janice Bernal

Box Office Manager

Alyssa Tyson

Box Office Manager

Vaneh Assadourian

Assistant Box Office Manager & House Seat Manager

Brianna Barrett, Jacob Feller, Rachel Jacoby, Sean James, Lauren Machain, Katie Sparks, Sarah Steuer, Sara Turken, Dennis Woullard

Box Office Staff


Jeni Pearsons

Director of Operations

Mel Yonzon

Front of House Manager

Bella Luna

Lead COVID-19 Safety & Compliance Manager

Amy Farkas

Lead Concierge

Rob Mersola Event Manager

Adam Carr

Hospitality Captain

Sarah Chute, Anya Pryjmak, Emir Yonzon

Part Time House Managers

Sigourney Chin, Savanna Chute, Ki Duncan, Elizabeth Fritsch, Tony Jose Garcia, Michelle Jasso, Alia Mahboob, Adam Simers, Ben Wendel

Guest Services

Brynn Allen, Lulu Altabbakh, Cristiana Barbatelli, Hannah Battersby, Blaire Battle, Haley Bronzino, Avery Brown, Marlon Campos, Sofia Constantine, Lauren Curet, Enzo De Cunto, Cecily Dowd, Camille Edwards, Hector Eribez, Sydney Fleischman, Alejandro Hernandez, Aja Hinds, Danny Lindberg, Austin Merrill, Ana Nguyen, Autumn Oyemade, Elena ScaringePeene, Areany Tolentino, Lanae Wilks


Cecilia Bonner, Phil Gold, Bethany Koulias, Juliet Park, Bradley Pierce

COVID-19 Safety Managers


Karim Bouzzit

Cloud System Administrator Dream Warrior Group System Administrator



Art Guillen Facilities Manager

Martin Ayala, Felipe Ayala Building Maintenance

Mario Santillan-Perez


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.