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AUDREY SKIRBALL KENIS THEATER AT THE GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE Geffen Playhouse is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to enriching the cultural life of Los Angeles through plays and educational programs that inform, entertain and inspire.
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FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR THE ART OF STORYTELLING IS AT THE HEART OF everything we do in the theater. Often, the stories we tell grow into extensive productions complete with tools to enhance our experience: a cast of many, an orchestra, multiple settings, costume changes and all manner of spectacle. But without a strong story at a play’s core, all of the bells and whistles are just that. Sometimes these theatrical pyrotechnics can be distilled down to their essence — a single performer in front of an audience telling a tale, an art as old as civilization itself. In The Lion, writer/performer Benjamin Scheuer, with only his six guitars, weaves his autobiographical story with incredible heart and soul. Enriched by a performance that is part raw talent, part theatrical craftsmanship at its finest, this coming-of-age ballad is imbued with an empathy and with questions of family and self that have been relatable to audiences across the world. Rarely has the redemptive power of music served a story so well. We are particularly honored to have Benjamin here as he bids farewell to performing the piece. After more than two years on the road with The Lion, he will be concluding this tour here at the Geffen. Hearing a story from its original storyteller is a uniquely compelling experience, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to introduce Benjamin to the Geffen audience. If a story is a good one, no matter how far its narrative lies beyond the scope of our lives, we will find our own stories in it. We come to the theater for good stories. In fractious times, we gather together, artists and audience in one room, and consider that which makes us human, that which connects us all. Welcome, and thank you for being here. Enjoy the show! Randall Arney ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
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AN AMERICAN MASTERPIECE
WRITTEN BY EUGENE O’NEILL DIRECTED BY JEANIE HACKETT F E AT U R I N G J A N E K AC Z M A R E K & A L F R E D M O L I N A ADDITIONAL CASTING TO BE ANNOUNCED
O N S TA G E J A N U A R Y 3 1 – M A R C H 1 8 G I L C AT E S T H E AT E R AT T H E G E F F E N P L AY H O U S E
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A ROARING SUCCESS AN INTERVIEW WITH BENJAMIN SCHEUER
BY AMY LEVINSON
Benjamin Scheuer. Photo by Christie Goodwin.
AS HE BEGINS HIS FINAL RUN in his extraordinary, life–affirming musical,
As you began to perform the show regularly, did you find it morphed and changed over the course of the run? And did your perspective on your story change as
Benjamin Scheuer reflects on the experience
it became more and more popular?
of creating and performing The Lion.
BS: I loved making the album “Songs from The Lion” in
Will you talk about the evolution of this piece? How and when did you decide to tell your story? Did the music lead you to a play or vice versa?
between tour stops. Some tracks sound as they do in the show and some are completely reimagined. Making the album gave me all kinds of new ideas on how I could play these songs live. And even beyond that, it has been
Benjamin Scheuer: In 2012, I was playing at Cornelia
fascinating to see these songs take on lives of their
Street Café, Jack’s Coffee and Vagabond Café in NYC’s
own outside of my experience. The song “Weather the
Greenwich Village, where I live. I realized that in addition
Storm” has been sung by the Brooklyn Children’s Choir,
to writing and memorizing songs for these gigs, I
was a campaign song for someone running for office,
should also write and memorize the banter between the songs, to better frame each song and to better
and has been a post-election anthem for some folks. I hope this doesn’t embarrass you, but I have heard
connect the songs. My job is to keep the audience
numerous people say that The Lion is one of those
compelled the whole time, and at a coffee shop gig
life-changing evenings in the theater. I know that part
you can tell when your audience is bored because they
of this is due to the power of your performance and
check their phones or start talking to one another. So
the profundity of the story, but what do you feel the
each gig would show me what story was working, what
audience connects to in such a deep way?
songs needed to get rewritten, what needed to be cut
BS: To paraphrase lyricist Yip Harburg, who wrote
entirely and what seemed to be missing. Most writing
“Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” words are how we
think and music is how we feel, so songs allow us to
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A ROARING SUCCESS think our feelings and feel our thoughts. I agree with
teaches at the International Center of Photography,
Harburg. A song is a powerful tool for connection.
and asked her to photograph me once a week during
I’ve learned from Sean Daniels, director of The Lion,
my treatment. We’ve since made a book that includes
that the more specific, the more personal and the
these photos and text from the journals that I kept.
more honest a piece of writing is, the more it will have
The book is called Between Two Spaces, and 50% of
universal appeal. Not because your story is the same as
proceeds are donated to the Leukemia/Lymphoma
my story, but because we basically feel the same way
Society. The book is for sale in the lobby of the theater,
about our individual stories; we feel loss, triumph, love,
and at betweentwospaces.com. It feels wonderful to
fear, acceptance. If we can communicate our version
have turned something bad into something good.
of our experiences and these feelings to other people, we’ll connect our humanity to theirs and we will forge deep understanding. A songwriting teacher once told me, “Want to write a good song? Write what you don’t want other people to
How do you feel about another actor taking over this role? I imagine there will be many incarnations of this story — what do you imagine you’ll discover seeing other people perform your show?
know about you. Want to write a great song? Write what
BS: Ah, well we needn’t cast an actor; we need
you don’t want to know about yourself.” Sometimes the
to cast a guitar player. Guitaristically, the show is
things that we think distance us from others are in fact
very challenging. Many of the songs are played in
the things that most deeply connect us.
alternate tunings, meaning the different guitars are
You have been performing this show for quite some time and as these are your final performances in this role about your life, what would you say has been the most challenging part of creating and performing this piece?
tuned differently to different chords. (That’s one of the reasons there are so many guitars on stage.) For example, “Cookie-tin Banjo,” “The Lion” and “Dear Dad” are played on a guitar tuned CGDGCE. The songs in the show often employ a technique called “hybrid picking” where the right hand is playing three different
BS: Writing The Lion required me to dig deeply and
melodic lines at once: bass with the pick, chords with
honestly into my own experience and emotions. I had
the middle and forefinger and melody with the pinky.
to remember what it felt like to watch my father die
It’s challenging to do. Whoever takes over The Lion
when I was 13, what it felt like to go through my own
from me can be any race, any age, any gender, so long
battle with cancer when I was 28, and then write about
as they can play.
these experiences with clarity and honesty. I knew I needed to choose the right words. This required a lot of hard thinking. Ta-Nehisi Coates, in his book Between the World and Me, talks about “the craft of writing as the craft of thinking; loose and useless words were not separate from loose and useless thoughts.” When I
So what’s next? Have you had the opportunity to develop more ideas while you’ve been on the road with The Lion? Are you looking to explore other mediums or to continue working in the theater? BS: Well, there are three projects I’m excited about.
perform The Lion, my responsibility is to sing the correct
I’d like to make a longer animated musical film with
words and play the correct notes so the experiences and
director/animator Peter Baynton, with whom I’ve made
emotions can live in the audience’s mind; I don’t need to
four animated music videos for my songs “Weather the
“relive” the drama personally every night. Even though
Storm,” “The Lion,” “Cookie-tin Banjo” and “Cure,” which
I’m playing the character of myself, when I’m performing
have played at film festivals all over the world.
The Lion, I’m acting. And on the flip side, can you talk about one of the more rewarding aspects of this experience? BS: Right before I started chemotherapy, my doctor told me, “Ben, as you get better on the inside, you’ll
Since I’ve been on the road with The Lion, I’ve written an album’s worth of songs about travel and about what “home” means. I’m going to record this album with producer Geoff Kraly, who produced the album “Songs from The Lion.” And
look worse on the outside.” As a person I found this
Williamstown Theatre Festival to write a musical for a
horrifying, but as an artist I found this visual paradox
cast. My subject is Peter Mark Roget. Don’t know who
fascinating. So I called Riya Lerner, a friend who
he is? You will soon! PERFORMANCES MAGAZINE P5
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Written & Performed by
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Sean Daniels Originally produced in the United States by the Manhattan Theatre Club. Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director, Barry Grove, Executive Producer, on June 10, 2014
RUNNING TIME Approximately 70 minutes. There will be no intermission.
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS CIRCLE MEMBERS
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SEAN DANIELS (Director) Sean has directed at Manhattan Theatre Club (The Lion, Drama Desk Award & Theatre World Award, nominated for Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle), Lynn Redgrave Theater (NYC), The Kennedy Center
NEIL PATEL (Scenic Designer) Mr. Patel’s designs are well known on and off Broadway and at regional theaters and opera
houses in the U.S. and abroad. Recent New York credits include Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play; Stage Kiss; Indian Ink; Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 and 3). Other work includes production design for the HBO series In Treatment and the feature films Some Velvet Morning (Tribeca Films) and Loitering with Intent (Parts and Labor). BEN STANTON (Lighting Designer) Broadway: Fun Home (Tony nomination, Circle in the Square), An Enemy of the People (Friedman Theatre), Seminar (Golden Theatre). Recent OffBroadway: Fun Home (Lortel nomination, Public Theater); The Nether (Lortel nomination, MCC); Our Lady of Kibeho (Drama Desk nomination), Kung Fu, Angels in America (Signature Theatre); Murder Ballad (Lortel nomination, Manhattan Theatre Club/Union Square Theatre); Belleville (Lortel nomination, New York Theatre Workshop); Into the Woods (Delacorte); The Whipping Man (Lortel Award, Drama Desk nomination, Manhattan Theatre Club). Selected regional: Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Kirk Douglas Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe, South Coast Repertory (CA); Goodman Theatre (IL); Shakespeare Theatre (DC); Hartford Stage, Long Wharf Theatre (CT); Dallas Theater Center (TX); Huntington Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival (MA); Philadelphia Theatre Co., Paper Mill Playhouse, McCarter Theatre Center (NJ); Intiman Theatre (WA); Actors Theatre of Louisville (KY). Concert & tour designs for Regina Spektor, Sufjan Stevens, Beirut, St. Vincent. Touring LD for The National (summer/fall 2014). 2015 Obie Award winner for Sustained Excellence in Lighting Design. www.benstanton.com LEON ROTHENBERG (Sound Designer) Recent Broadway: Violet, The Realistic Joneses, The Nance (Tony Award). Select NYC/ Off-Broadway: Culture Project, Primary Stages, Second Stage
Theatre, Tectonic Theater Project, Women’s Project Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Public Theater, LCT3 and New York City Center. Select regional: Arena Stage, Seattle Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe, New York Stage & Film, Two River Theater, North Shore Music Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center, Intiman Theatre, Theatre By The Sea. International: Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza and Wintuk, National Theater of Cyprus, Dijon Festival. klaxson.net JENNIFER CAPRIO (Costume Consultant) Broadway: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. West End: The Lion (St. James). Current national tour: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Select NYC: Tail! Spin! (Culture Project), The Lion (Manhattan Theatre Club, tour), Little Miss Sunshine (Second Stage Theatre), In Transit (Primary Stages, Lortel nomination), Fugitive Songs (Dreamlight) and Striking 12 (Daryl Roth). Opera: Florida Grand, Minnesota Opera, Opera Colorado, Mill City Summer Opera. Costume designs at over 60 U.S. regional theaters. DOM RUGGIERO (Production Supervisor) Broadway credits include The Gathering starring Hal Linden, Borscht Belt on Broadway starring Bruce Adler, Mal Z. Lawrence, and Ain’t That A Kick In The Head – The Music of Sammy Cahn directed by Chet Walker. 1st National Tours include: The Cole Porter Songbook starring Melba Moore, The Irving Berlin Songbook starring Carole Lawrence, Greetings! Shalom Aleichem Lives starring Judy Kaye, Bruce Adler and Theo Bikel. Dom has worked on various productions in many capacities from stage management to general management and producing. His projects have taken him across the U.S., Europe, South America and Australia with Aint’ Misbehavin, Phantom, Anything Goes and Song & Dance, among many others. PERFORMANCES MAGAZINE P7
BENJAMIN SCHEUER (Writer/Performer) Benjamin Scheuer is the recipient of a Drama Desk Award, a Theatre World Award and London’s Off West End Award for Best New Musical. The official cast recording “Songs from The Lion” (produced by Geoff Kraly) is available on iTunes, CD and vinyl. Animated music videos for Scheuer’s songs “The Lion” “Cookie-tin Banjo” “Weather The Storm” and “Cure” (all directed by Peter Baynton) have won prizes at the Annecy Film Festival, the British Animation Awards, the Encounters Film Festival and Buenos Aires’ ExpoToons Film Festival. With photographer Riya Lerner, Scheuer is cocreator of the photography book Between Two Spaces, from which 50% of proceeds go to the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society (betweentwospaces. com). Scheuer has toured with Mary Chapin Carpenter, and has performed at venues including the Royal Albert Hall in London and Lincoln Center in New York. He has been a writer-inresidence at the Goodspeed Theatre, the Weston Playhouse and the Johnny Mercer Songwriting Workshop, and has been commissioned by the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Scheuer lives in New York City. BenjaminScheuer.com Instagram/Twitter: @BenjaminScheuer
(Washington, D.C.), St. James (West End, London - The Lion, winner of Best New Musical), Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Old Globe, Arena Stage, Portland Center Stage, Geva Theatre, Playmakers Rep, A.C.T., Cleveland Play House, Milwaukee Rep, Alliance Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, Dad’s Garage Theatre Company, Swine Palace, Neo-Futurists, Aurora Theatre Company, Crowded Fire Theater and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Sean has been named “one of the top fifteen up & coming artists in the U.S., whose work will be transforming America’s stages for decades to come” & “One of 7 People Reshaping and Revitalizing The American Musical” by American Theatre magazine. His direction and shows have won “Best Play” and “Best Director” in multiple cities. He is currently the Artistic Director of the Merrimack Repertory Theatre. He’s previously served as the Artist-At-Large for Geva Theatre Center and spent four years at the Tony Award-winning Actors Theatre of Louisville as the theater’s Associate Artistic Director (where he directed 17 productions including five Humana Festivals). Mr. Daniels is the former Associate Artistic Director/Resident Director of the California Shakespeare Theater and before that spent a decade as the Artistic Director and CoFounder of Dad’s Garage Theatre Company in Atlanta. He has developed new work with the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Ars Nova, PlayPenn, The Lark, PlayLabs, New York Stage and Film, Asolo Rep, Goodspeed Opera, Weston Playhouse, Bay Area Playwrights Festival and Magic Theatre, and was the first American director asked to attend the Baltic American Playwrights Conference in Hiiumaa, Estonia. He’d love to hear from you @seandaniels.
PRODUCTION BIOGRAPHIES MIND THE GAP PRODUCTIONS (Technical Supervisor) Mind the Gap is a Brooklyn-based production company specializing in custom fabrication, production management, and production logistics. Notable projects include: On the Town (Broadway), Hand to God (MCC), And I and Silence, A Particle of Dread (Signature Theatre), Sex With Strangers, The Substance of Fire (Second Stage Theatre), Romeo and Juliet, Caucasian Chalk Circle (Classic Stage Co.), The Tribute Artist, Poor Behavior, While I Yet Live (Primary Stages). MAXIMUM ENTERTAINMENT (General Management) Maximum Entertainment is a producing, developing and management company. Maximum Entertainment was founded in 2006 by Avram Freedberg, Mary Beth Dale and Eva Price. Managing Director/General Manager Carl Flanigan joined Maximum in 2016. General Management credits on Broadway, Off-Broadway and on tour include Small Mouth Sounds; Verso; Carefree — Dancin’ With Fred & Ginger; The Hip Hop Nutcracker; 50 Shades! The Musical; Ivy + Bean: The Musical; Blank! The Musical; Colin Quinn: Long Story Short; Forever Dusty; Voca People; The Judy Show; Circumcise Me; The Great American Trailer Park Musical; The Magic School Bus Live!; Ella; ’S Wonderful; Strega Nona and Irving Berlin’s I Love a Piano. EVA PRICE (Producer) Eva Price was recently named one of Crain’s New York 40 Under Forty Rising Business Stars. Current and notable productions include: On Your Feet! – The Story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Dear Evan Hansen, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons on Broadway!, Peter and The Starcatcher (5 Tony Awards), Colin Quinn Long Story Short (directed by Jerry Seinfeld), Annie (Tony-nominated musical revival), The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino (Tonynominated play revival), Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking, The Addams Family (starring Nathan P8 PERFORMANCES MAGAZINE
Lane and Bebe Neuwirth) as well as several other solo shows and critically acclaimed concerts starring The Temptations & The Four Tops, Kathy Griffin, Lewis Black and Hershey Felder. Recent Off Broadway projects include the Drama-Desk nominated Found (Atlantic Theater Company & Philadelphia Theater Company), and Bess Wohl’s critically acclaimed Small Mouth Sounds. International and touring credits include: Carefree: Dancin’ with Fred and Ginger (directed/ choreographed by Tony winner Warren Carlyle), The Hip Hop Nutcracker (featuring rap icon Kurtis Blow) as well as The Magic School Bus Live!: The Climate Challenge; Ella, a bio musical about the life and music of Ella Fitzgerald; ‘S Wonderful: The New Gershwin Musical; Tomie dePaola’s Strega Nona The Musical; Irving Berlin’s I Love A Piano (National Tour and Japan); The Great American Trailer Park Musical; Private Jokes, Public Places (London). For five years, Eva worked as an assignment editor and coordinating producer for special projects at ABC News, spending her last year producing and reporting on stories relating to Broadway for abcnews.com. STACEY MINDICH (Producer) Stacey is the Tony Awardwinning lead producer of the new Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen. Other Broadway highlights: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Bridges of Madison County and Lucky Guy. Stacey is co-chair of the board at New York City Center and the recipient of The 2016 Robert Whitehead Award for Excellence in Commercial Producing. Most beloved productions: Russell, Danny and Charlie. WARNER/CHAPPELL MUSIC (Producer; Jon Platt, CEO; Sean Patrick Flahaven, SVP Theatre) Warner/Chappell Music is the global music publishing arm of Warner Music Group and home to a wide array of legendary songwriters and a rich catalog of contemporary hits and influential standards. With offices in more
than 40 countries, Warner/ Chappell provides deep expertise across a range of creative services and the most innovative opportunities for songwriters and copyright holders. With a history dating back more than 200 years, Warner/Chappell currently publishes and administers music from every genre, including theater writers Stephen Sondheim, Ahrens & Flaherty, Boublil & Schonberg, Kitt & Yorkey, Lopez & AndersonLopez, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Benjamin Scheuer, Shaiman & Wittman, and many more. TOM McGRATH (Producer) Tom McGrath is the COO of STX Entertainment, a Los Angelesbased motion picture studio. Previously Chairman and owner of Broadway Across America and Broadway.com. Tony Awards for Pippin, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Hair, Boeing-Boeing, Memphis, God of Carnage, La Cage aux Folles. Chairman/owner of Bug Music, publishers of Johnny Cash and Bruno Mars among others. Former COO of Paramount Pictures including Titanic, Forrest Gump and Braveheart. At Act III producer of The Princess Bride and Stand by Me. SPRUCE LAKE THEATRICAL (Producer) Spruce Lake Theatrical was founded by David Bloch, Andrew Lippa and Robb Nanus. The Lion is their second collaboration as producers, their first being Andrew Lippa’s I Am Anne Hutchinson/I Am Harvey Milk, starring Mr. Lippa and Kristin Chenoweth. Robb Nanus is also producing The Woodsman off-Broadway. JAMIE DEROY/HALEY SWINDAL/DAN SHAHEEN (Producer) Jamie DeRoy credits include Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof, Sylvia, China Doll, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Norman Conquests (Tony Awards); Cinderella, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Realistic Joneses, Nice Work If You Can Get It The Addams Family, Catch Me If You Can, Finian’s Rainbow, Ragtime,
Thurgood, Blithe Spirit. OffBroadway: Exit Strategy, Kansas City Choir Boy, Tail! Spin!, All in the Timing, The Lives of the Saints, Dividing the Estate. Haley Swindal is thrilled to join The Lion! Recent producing: Warsaw, Uncle Morty’s Funeral, Fat Camp. Haley appeared on Broadway in Jekyll and Hyde, toured with White Christmas and JCS and played 54 Below with her solo show last year. Dan Shaheen produced the smash-hit comedy Buyer & Cellar by Jonathan Tolins (Lortel, Drama Desk, Outer Critics awards) in New York, London and on national tour. Additional producing credits include the national tour of the Tony Award– winning play Peter and the Starcatcher and The Fantasticks, Perfect Arrangement, Kansas City Choir Boy, The Good Swimmer and I Do! I Do! off-Broadway. ROBERT KRAFT (Producer) Robert Kraft is an Oscar-, Grammy-, and Golden Globenominated songwriter, film composer, recording artist and record producer. As President of Fox Music from 1994 to 2012, Kraft supervised the music for more than 300 feature films including the record-breaking scores and soundtracks for Avatar, Titanic, Waiting to Exhale, Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet, Garden State, Walk the Line and Juno. Kraft co-produced the Oscar- and Grammy Award-winning The Little Mermaid soundtrack, including the Academy Award-winning song “Under the Sea.” In 2013, Kraft founded Kraftbox Entertainment, a music and media production, management and consulting firm. He is currently producing the feature film, The Sugar Hill Story at Warner Bros. Studios. MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB (Originating Theatre) Under the dynamic leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, MTC has become one of the country’s most prominent theatre companies. Productions at its Broadway and Off-Broadway venues have earned numerous awards including 19 Tony® Awards and 6 Pulitzer Prizes to date.
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 many productions for the theater, most recently Icebergs, Outside Mullingar, The Night Alive, Reasons to Be Pretty, Slowgirl, American Buffalo, Superior Donuts, The Female of the Species, The Seafarer, Speed-thePlow and All My Sons. Arney is an ensemble member and former Artistic Director of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre where his directing credits include: Slowgirl, The Seafarer, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Death and the Maiden, Curse of the Starving Class, Killers and The Geography of Luck, among others. Arney also directed Steppenwolf’s
world premiere of Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile, as well as the subsequent national and international acclaimed productions. Mr. Arney’s acting credits with Steppenwolf include Born Yesterday, Ghost in the Machine, The Homecoming, Frank’s Wild Years, You Can’t Take it with You, Fool for Love, True West, Balm in Gilead and Coyote Ugly. As the Artistic Director for Steppenwolf from 1987 to 1995, he oversaw the creation of a new state-of-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 M.F.A. degree in Acting from Illinois State University and has taught master classes and workshops at UCLA, Steppenwolf, around the U.S. and in Tokyo.
GIL CATES, JR. (Executive Director) Gil Cates, Jr. has proudly served on the Geffen Playhouse Board since 2012 and has years of producing and directing experience in theater, film and television. Gil’s theater credits include the award-winning Names (Matrix Theatre) starring Dixie Carter and Greg Mullavey, The Night I Knocked Out Joe Frazer and Lost 90 Pounds (Gardner
Stage Theater), as well as Three Sisters and David Mamet’s A Life in the Theatre (both at Syracuse Stage). Gil’s film credits include The Surface (starring Sean Astin and Geffen Playhouse alumnus Chris Mulkey), Jobs (starring Ashton Kutcher, Josh Gad, Dermot Mulroney, as well as Geffen Playhouse alumni Matthew Modine and Ron Eldard) and the 2011 feature film Lucky (starring Colin Hanks, Ari Graynor, AnnMargret and Golden Globe winner Jeffrey Tambor). In addition, Gil produced and directed the critically acclaimed Life After Tomorrow, featuring Sarah Jessica Parker, which won best documentary at the Phoenix Film Festival and later had its premiere Christmas Eve on Showtime. His other films include Deal (starring Burt Reynolds, Bret Harrison and Charles Durning), The Mesmerist (starring Geffen Playhouse alumnus Neil Patrick Harris), and the critically acclaimed independent film Order of Chaos. Gil also made his television directorial debut with an episode of the NBC comedy, Joey, starring Emmy winner Matt LeBlanc. He studied at the National Theatre Institute in Waterford, Connecticut, and holds a B.F.A. in Drama from Syracuse University in 1991.
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, Charlize Theron's Africa Outreach Project, Water. org, Codenow.org 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.
REGINA MILLER (Chief Development Officer) Regina has been a development professional for over 18 years,
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. This theater operates under agreement between the League of Resident Theaters and Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, an independent national labor union. The scenic, costume, lighting and sound designers in LORT theaters are represented by United Scenic Artists Local USA-829, IATSE.
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CHAIRMAN’S CIRCLE $50,000+ Anonymous Audi of America, Inc Ben/Joyce Eisenberg Foundation Mrs. Carol K. Block & Chancellor Gene D. Block Claudia & Kevin Bright City National Bank Elizabeth & Gil Cates, Jr. Mary Ann Cloyd David Geffen Foundation Douglas Elliman Real Estate Edgerton Foundation The Edward A. & Ai O. Shay Family Foundation Joyce Eisenberg-Keefer & Melvin Keefer Herbert M. & Beverly J. Gelfand In Memory of Alice Ghostley & Felice Orlandi Sam Gores The Adi & Jerry Greenberg Foundation Guggenheim Partners Investment Management Holdings, LLC Carole & Bill Haber Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust Martha Henderson Rabbi Uri D. Herscher & Dr. Myrna Herscher Cindy & Alan Horn Marilyn & Jeffrey Katzenberg Glorya Kaufman Loretta Everett Kaufman & Victor Kaufman Kenneth T. & Eileen L. Norris Foundation Keyes Automotive Group Sandra Krause & William Fitzgerald L&N Andreas Foundation Latham & Watkins LLP Mr. and Mrs. Jason & Yvonne Lee Susan & David Leveton Ginny Mancini Fay & Frank Mancuso John McCrite & Juan Lopez Donna McKenna & Flynn Chernos Kelly & Ron Meyer B. Scott Minerd Ann & Jerry Moss Moss Foundation Paradigm Talent Agency Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Participant Media Plaza La Reina PricewaterhouseCoopers Madeline & Bruce Ramer Pamela Robinson Hollander & Robert Hollander Linda Bernstein Rubin & Tony Rubin Richard & Barbara Sherman Shubert Foundation P12 PERFORMANCES MAGAZINE
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GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE STAFF Randall Arney Artistic Director ARTISTIC
Gil Cates, Jr. Executive Director MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS
Amy Levinson Phyllis Schuringa Young Ji Rachel Wiegardt-Egel
Artistic Associate / Literary Director Artistic Associate / Casting Director Artistic Coordinator / Company Manager Literary Associate
DEVELOPMENT Regina Miller Ellen Catania Jessica Brusilow Rollins Jamie Mikelich Kristen Smith Eshaya Scott Kriloff Clay Dzygun Taylor Cerny Jessie Sherman Austin Merrill
Chief Development Officer Senior Vice President, Development Director of Education Partnerships & Donor Relations Director of Individual Giving & Spotlight Manager Development & Education Programs Coordinator Development Concierge & Database Manager Office Coordinator for Executive Director / Development Development Assistant Development Assistant Development Intern
Jessica Buzzard Director of Marketing & Communications Karen Gutierrez Director of Advertising & Audience Development Mark San Filippo Director of Ticketing & Database Administrator Brian Dunning Associate Director of Marketing Creative Ashley Bodul Associate Director of Public Relations Kevin O’Brien Marketing Coordinator Janice Bernal Box Office Manager Bryan Martin Box Office Manager Zack Hamra Assistant Box Office and Audience Services Manager Vaneh Assadourian, Kaitlin Huwe, Richard Martinez, Cameron Reck, Celia Rivera, Celeste Russi, Alyssa Tyson Box Office Staff Sue Fleishman Communications Consultant Quinn Francis Outreach Assistant Ramon Garcia Mission Continues Fellow
Jennifer Zakkai Director of Education & Community Engagement Carolyn Marie Wright Manager of Education & Community Engagement Brian Allman, Ramy Eletreby, David Guerra, McKenna Kerrigan, Robert Paterno, Connor White Teaching Artists Hermie Castillo Mission Continues Fellow
FRONT OF HOUSE
ADMINISTRATION Behnaz Ataee Peter Banachowski Samone Watts Marguerite Harris
Chief Financial Officer Accounting and Payroll Manager Accounts Payable Receptionist
PRODUCTION Daniel Ionazzi Jill Barnes Sam Craven-Griffiths Evan Friedman Rich Gilles James Grabowski Darren Rezowalli Ramine Ameli
Production Manager Associate Production Manager / Company Manager Technical Director Associate Technical Director Properties Master House Sound Supervisor Lighting & Video Supervisor Production Electrician
Jeni Pearsons Director of Special Events David Gerhardt Supervising House Manager Jane Phillips Harper Deputy Supervising House Manager Amy Farkas Lead Concierge James Porter Lead House Manager Josiah Davis, Brett Donaldson, Caroline Harrison Kohler, Nathaniel Meek, Roxana Meyers House Managers Claudia Baffo, Rebecca Birstock, Kailey Bray, Toshi Calderon, Taylor Cerny, Vianney Cossyleon, Ida Herndon, Isaac Jay, Olivia Lowe, Sarah Lyddan, Aaron Newman, JoJo Nwoko, Shannon O’Hara, Madison Shamoun, Charmee Taylor, Adam Turney, Cody Williams, Dennis Woullard Ushers Rob Mersola Bar Manager & Mixologist Manuel Mayorga Weekend Bar Manager Skylar Adams, Adam Carr, Brenda Davidson, Sarah Drescher, Ryan Turner Bartenders/Event Staff
FACILITIES MANAGEMENT Miguel del Castillo Mario Santillan-Perez Juan Carlos Umaña Camerina Martinez
Facility Manager Custodial Cleaning Custodial Cleaning Custudial
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.
P16 PERFORMANCES MAGAZINE
Program for the Los Angeles premiere of The Lion at the Geffen Playhouse