The Enigmatist Program

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THE ENIGMATIST

GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE AUDREY SKIRBALL KENIS THEATER


WELCOME TO

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

PHOTO BY JEFF LORCH

MATT SHAKMAN

Welcome back to the Playhouse! It is with great joy and no small amount of relief that we re-open our doors and bring audiences back into this beautiful building to enjoy live and in-person theater. David Kwong and his incredibly talented and patient team have been on hold for sixteen months to do the Los Angeles premiere of this wildly smart and entertaining show, The Enigmatist. Of course, no one was resting on their laurels in the interim—David, along with director Jennifer Chambers and the rest of his extraordinary team of designers, embraced the virtual theater space and created Inside the Box as part of the Geffen Stayhouse series. That interactive evening of puzzle solving was a small slice of what you will experience here in The Enigmatist. 2 P L AY B I L L

Part magic, part puzzle party, The Enigmatist is also a story of a wonderfully eccentric genius, the birth of modern code breaking, and love amidst discovery. All of these ingredients create a surprising, fun, and interactive show, and I can think of no better way to launch our 25th Anniversary Season than with this longawaited, one-of-a-kind event. Enjoy the show! Matt Shakman Artistic Director


BOARD OF DIRECTORS Adi Greenberg

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

GIL CATES, JR.

Victoria Alonso

Ron Meyer

Patricia Kiernan Applegate

Jerry Moss

Beth Behrs

Bruce M. Ramer Founding Chair

Dr. Gene D. Block

Victoria Mann Simms

Kevin Bright

Andy Spahn

Gil Cates Jr. Executive Director

Steven Spielberg

Mary Ann Cloyd Vice Chair Merle Dandridge

Steve Tisch Dr. Charles E. Young Chair Emeritus

Martha De Laurentiis

IN MEMORIAM

Dr. Brad Edgerton

Gilbert Cates Founder

Mark Fleischer Sue Nahley Fleishman Patricia L. Glaser Martha Henderson Chair Emeritus

Marcia Israel-Curley Audrey Skirball Kenis Charles Kenis Karl Malden

Loretta Everett Kaufman

Jerry Perenchio

Carla Malden

Lew Wasserman

Brian Mann Tiffany Mayberry Danny Passman Holly Rice Pamela Robinson Chair Emeritus

Edie Wasserman

LEGAL COUNSEL Peter Rosen Latham & Watkins LLP

Linda Bernstein Rubin

ADVISORY BOARD

Matt Shakman Artistic Director

Miranda Tollman Chair

Richard Sherman

Stephanie Carson

Cynthia P. Stafford

Lori Collins

Howard Tenenbaum Chair Emeritus

Ellyce R. Cooper

Marc Weinstock Kevyn Wynn

Debra Davis Brenda Garcia Ann Gianopulos

FOUNDING TRUSTEES

Priscila Giraldo

Harold A. Brown

Eric Heer

Kirsten Combs

Laura Kennedy

Robert A. Daly

Wendy Kurtzman

David Geffen

Hannah Linkenhoker

Herbert M. Gelfand Chair Emeritus

John McCrite

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

PHOTO BY JEFF LORCH

CHAIR

Kirsten Hansen

Audrey Povar Eric Rollins Allen Shay

On behalf of the entire Geffen Playhouse family, I’d like to welcome you back as we celebrate the start of our 25th Anniversary Season. After an unprecedented break from in-person performances, our theater is alive again with the energy of artists, actors, set builders, costume designers and now— audiences! We are so excited to have you here. I remember as if it were yesterday, seeing the West Coast premiere of Four Dogs and a Bone, the first show to open Geffen Playhouse in 1995. The anticipation and energy in the building was palpable. Fast forward to now, starting our next 25 years with the West Coast premiere of puzzle-master and Geffen Stayhouse alumni David Kwong’s The Enigmatist. The lockdowns and theater closures brought with them a unique set of challenges we had never before experienced. With a pivot to live, virtual and interactive Geffen Stayhouse productions, we were fortunate to be able to keep the majority of our staff working, and audiences engaged, during very uncertain times. We also created a Geffen Playhouse Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee made up of Geffen artists, staff, and Board members. I invite you to learn more about these ongoing efforts, and how to get involved, on our website. The success of these initiatives was not only a result of the innovation and dedication from our entire team, but also due to the support of our incredible and loyal donors, subscribers and patrons like you. So, welcome home! We’ve missed you.

John Sonego Cela Devine Sutton Laurie Ziegler

Gil Cates, Jr. Executive Director G E F F E N P L AY H O U S E 3


THE GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE PRODUCTION OF

THE ENIGMATIST WRITTEN & PERFORMED BY

DAVID KWONG DIRECTING CONSULTANT

JENNIFER CHAMBERS PRODUCTION DESIGNER

LIGHTING & VIDEO DESIGNER

BRETT J. BANAKIS

JOSHUA HIGGASON

COSTUME DESIGN CONSULTANT

LIZ ROSE

SOUND DESIGNER

BRENDAN AANES

LIGHTING CONSULTANT

CHRISTOPHER KUHL

PUZZLE CONSULTANT

MAGIC CONSULTANT

DAVE SHUKAN

FRANCIS MENOTTI

PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH

ANDY JONES, DYLAN PAGER, GREG BERLANTI & ROBBIE ROGERS PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER

LIZZIE THOMPSON

The Stage Manager employed in this production is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

OPENING NIGHT

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2021 25TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON SPONSOR

OPENING NIGHT SPONSOR

RUNNING TIME 90 minutes There will be no intermission.

PLEASE NOTE There is no photography or filming of any kind allowed in the theater. Please turn off all electronic devices, including cell phones. Thank you! 4 P L AY B I L L

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS CIRCLE MEMBERS Laurie & Bill Benenson

Jerry & Terri Kohl

Martha Henderson

Linda Bernstein Rubin & Tony Rubin

Pamela Robinson Hollander & Robert Hollander Loretta Everett Kaufman & Victor Kaufman

Miranda & Brett Tollman


PRODUCTION BIOGRAPHIES

DAV I D K WO N G

Playwright & Performer

With his expertise in enigmas and illusions, David Kwong delights and challenges audiences around the world with his intellectual brand of magic. A veteran “cruciverbalist” (crossword puzzle constructor), Kwong routinely creates puzzles for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Wall Street Journal. Kwong was the head magic consultant on the 2013 worldwide hit film Now You See Me. Other projects Kwong has worked on include The Imitation Game, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Project Power, and NBC’s Blindspot (with Dave Shukan). A TED Talk favorite, Kwong regularly speaks to companies, demonstrating the principles of illusion and the science of why your brain is fooled. Kwong’s book Spellbound: Seven Principles of Illusion to Captivate Audiences and Unlock the Secrets of Success was published by Harper Business. In 2019, The Enigmatist, ran for 125 sold-out performances in New York City. During the pandemic, Kwong and the Geffen Stayhouse teamed up for Inside the Box, a virtual oneman puzzle show that garnered a Critic’s Pick from the New York Times. Kwong is a graduate of Harvard University, where he studied the history of magic. J E N N I F E R C H A M B E RS

Directing Consultant

Jennifer is a Los Angeles based director. She developed and directed the world premiere of The Cake by Bekah Brunstetter

at Echo Theatre Company with subsequent productions at Geffen Playhouse and Barrington Stage Company, If I Forget by Steven Levinson (Barrington Stage Company), A Kid Like Jake by Daniel Pearle (IAMA), The Feast by Deborah Stein (Cal Arts), Sheila Callaghan’s Bed (Echo), Jessica Goldberg’s Better (Echo), the world premiere of Stephen Belber’s The Muscles in Our Toes (El Portal), The Pain and The Itch by Bruce Norris (Zephyr), Playdates by Sam Wolfson (Theatre Asylum, Elephant Theatre), and the world premiere of Complete by Andrea Kuchlewska. She has worked with acclaimed playwrights Paula Vogel and Bess Wohl and had directed workshops and readings for South Coast Rep, The Old Globe, Geffen Playhouse, Center Theatre Group, and The McCarter Theater. She was associate artistic director at the Echo Theater Company and ran the playwrights lab for 3 years. She is a proud member of the new class of The Kilroys, an LA/NY based collective of playwrights, directors and producers who fight to achieve equal representation on our American stages and gender balance in the American Theater. She is the co-founder of Girl Crush Films. jennifergchambers.com B R E T T J. B A N A K I S

Production Designer

Brett J. Banakis is a designer for theater, opera, and live performance based in Brooklyn, NY. Brett is excited to continue his collaboration with David Kwong after developing The Enigmatist in New York City, and following that up with Inside the Box as part of the Geffen Stayhouse last season. In 2019, Brett made his Geffen Playhouse design debut with Mysterious Circumstances, which earned an Ovation Nomination for Best Set Design. Broadway: The Devil

Wears Prada (upcoming), The Notebook (upcoming), The Cher Show (Neil Simon Theater). Recent NYC: The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Transport Group), An Officer and a Gentleman (Nat’l Tour), Sunday (Atlantic Theater Company), Ghost Light (LCT3). Additional Geffen Playhouse, as Assistant Set Designer: Wishful Drinking, A Picasso, You Can’t Take It With You, Paint Your Wagon, Speed-the-Plow, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Take Me Out. Brett currently serves as International Scenic Supervisor for all worldwide productions of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Broadway, West End, Melbourne, San Francisco, Hamburg, Toronto, Tokyo). Brett is a faculty member at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. brettjbanakis.com J O S H UA H I G G AS O N

Lighting & Video Designer

Joshua Higgason is a video, lighting, scenic, and interactive designer, creating experiences for theater, concerts, opera, and events. Recently designed lights and video for David Kwong’s The Enigmatist at The High Line Hotel and Inside the Box for Geffen Stayhouse. Other recent video designs include Blue for Michigan Opera Theater; Cosi Fan Tutte at Opera di Firenze; Die Ägyptische Helena and Hansel und Gretel for Teatro Alla Scala; Purcell’s King Arthur for Staatsoper Berlin and Theater An Der Wien; Acquanetta for Bard Summerscape; Ira Glass’ Seven Things… Tour; and Sufjan Stevens’ Carrie and Lowell Tour. Upcoming: Aging Magician (lights and projection) for San Diego Opera and Flastaff for Opera di Firenze. His work has been seen at Carnegie Hall, Salzburg Festspiele, Bayreuth Festspiele, BAM, TED, MoMA, Panorama Festival NYC, Sydney Opera House, Beacon Theatre, and many others. He teaches design in the Music and Theater Arts program at MIT. G E F F E N P L AY H O U S E 5


PRODUCTION BIOGRAPHIES B R E N DA N A A N ES

Sound Designer

Off Broadway: Fire in Dreamland at The Public Theater; Balls with One Year Lease Theater Company (Drama Desk Nomination); Wild Abandon at Irish Repertory Theatre; {my lingerie play} at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater; beep boop at HERE. Regional: Everybody at Shakespeare Theater Company; The Good Person of Szechwan, War of the Roses, The Glass Menagerie, and Othello at Cal Shakes; The Unfortunates, John, The Hard Problem, and Chester Bailey at American Conservatory Theater; Curious Incident Of The Dog in the NightTime at Kansas City Rep, The Music Man at Sharon Playhouse. LIZ ROSE

Costume Design Consultant

Graduating with a degree in studio art, Liz Rose never imagined she’d make a career in theatre. She’s always had a love for costuming, belly dance, and cosplay and in 2013 she took a job as a wardrobe assistant for Arizona Broadway Theatre in Peoria, AZ. In 2015 she moved to Los Angeles on a whim with nothing but a duffle bag and a dream. She soon got her first job at Geffen Playhouse as a wig assistant for These Paper Bullets!. After that she never looked back and eventually became the Geffen Playhouse’s on-staff wardrobe supervisor in 2017. She’s happy to be back with her Geffen family and would like to thank her friends and great granny for their support on this wild ride. Outside of the theater you can find her painting skeletons by moonlight with her cats, Lil’ Miss Georgia McBride and Kitty Kylo Ren. C H R I S TO P H E R K U H L

Lighting Consultant

Christopher Kuhl is an acclaimed theater, dance, opera, installation artist and designer. Kuhl has developed work 6 P L AY B I L L

which has been produced and presented at such venues as Santiago a Mil Chile, Queer Zagreb, Sydney Festival, Hebbel am Ufer, Centre Pompidou, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, On the Boards, Fusebox Festival, Walker Art Center, Sundance Film Festival, and Santa Fe Opera, among others. Recent work includes Voices from the Killing Jar (Long Beach Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic), The Hunger (Abbey Theatre, BAM), The Object Lesson (New York Theatre Workshop), HOME (BAM), The Institute of Memory (Under the Radar), Straight White Men (Young Jean Lee’s Theatre Company, The Public Theatre, Kaaitheater), and Elephant Room (Kirk Douglas Theatre, St. Ann’s Warehouse). His work has been recognized with two Bessie Awards, two Los Angeles Ovation Awards, and the Center Theatre Group’s Sherwood Award. Kuhl is an Assistant Professor at UC San Diego in the Department of Theatre and Dance. He is a native of New Mexico and a graduate of California Institute of the Arts. DAV E S H U K A N

Puzzle Consultant

Dave Shukan is an intellectual property lawyer and a puzzle designer. As an attorney, he has represented some of the country’s most well-known companies in copyright, trademark, and patent matters, but over the past decade has devoted much of his time to puzzle creation and consultation. Dave has co-written the MIT Mystery Hunt, the largest annual puzzle hunt, four times, and has designed hundreds of other puzzles and games, including several for film and television, and for the recent Geffen Stayhouse musical The Door You

Never Saw Before: A Choosical Musical. Dave has collaborated with David Kwong on a number of projects, including as Puzzle Designer for the off-Broadway run of The Enigmatist, the Geffen Stayhouse show Inside the Box, and the Enigmas playing card deck and accompanying online puzzle hunt. A collection of Dave’s puzzles can be found at DavesPuzzles.com. Dave lives in San Marino with his wife, Rebecca, and their cat, Loki. F R A N C I S M E N OT T I

Magic Consultant

Francis Menotti is a magician, through and through. With two decades of professional performance and creation of illusions, Menotti specializes in original, made-to-order magic experience for film, theater, and television. Considered one of the most creative minds in magic today, he’s had his hand in film productions like The Immigrant, and was the full-time on-set magic consultant for ABC’s magic crime drama, Deception. He and David Kwong worked together on magical effects for the Geffen’s Mysterious Circumstances in 2019, and in the development of magic for Kwong’s first run of The Enigmatist in New York. In 2015, Menotti became one of the first to fool Penn & Teller on their hit show, Fool Us. He was invited back to perform again in 2020, and continues to create and consult for magicians around the world. Menotti resides in Philadelphia with his performance and life partner, Lindsey Noel. A N DY J O N E S

Producer

Andy Jones founded Baseline Theatrical in 2014 as a full service general management office for the theatre, after ten years on the management teams of Rent, Avenue Q, and In The Heights. On Broadway he has been the General Manager of


PRODUCTION BIOGRAPHIES Hamilton; Pass Over; Freestyle Love Supreme; The Cher Show; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812; and The Last Ship. Off Broadway he serves as the General Manager of Audible Theater at The Minetta Lane. In addition, Andy has served as the Executive Producer for Freestyle Love Supreme on Broadway, produced the sold out run of David Kwong’s The Enigmatist in New York City, and Inside The Box as part of the Geffen Stayhouse. DY L A N PAG E R

Producer

Dylan Pager recently produced the sold out run of David Kwong’s The Enigmatist in New York City and Inside The Box as part of the Geffen Stayhouse. With Baseline Theatrical he has served on the General Management teams of Derren Brown: Secret, Hamilton, The Cher Show, Hundred Days, Lempicka, and Bliss. Additionally, he assistant directed Engagements at Second Stage Theater and Man in the Ceiling at Bay Street Theater. Dylan is a proud graduate of Northwestern University. LIZZIE THOMPSON

Production Stage Manager

Lizzie Thompson is thrilled to be back stage managing again at the Geffen Playhouse. She has previously worked at the Geffen on Revenge Song: A Vampire Cowboys Creation, Key Largo, Skintight, Mysterious Circumstances, Black Super Hero Magic Mama, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Significant Other, and Ironbound, among others. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she received her B.S. from Allegheny College and her M.F.A. in Theater from Long Island University. Lizzie would like to thank her mom and dad for always believing in her, and her Geffen family.

M AT T S H A K M A N

G I L CAT E S, J R .

Artistic Director

Executive Director

Matt Shakman is Artistic Director of the Geffen Playhouse. Matt last helmed Mysterious Circumstances for the Geffen in 2019 and prior to joining as Artistic Director in 2017, Shakman directed three acclaimed productions at the Playhouse: the West Coast premiere of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People (2012), the world premiere of Jeffrey Hatcher’s new adaptation of Wait Until Dark (2013), and Joshua Harmon’s Bad Jews (2015). 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 is a director and producer for FX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and 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 Direction and Limited Series, DGA nomination), a Marvel Studios event series for Disney+ starring Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen. Matt is currently directing Star Trek for Bad Robot and Paramount Studios.

Gil Cates, Jr. is Executive Director of Geffen Playhouse. In this role, he is responsible for managing the Geffen’s day-today operations; developing new, ongoing theater partnerships 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 director in theater, film and television. 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 Eldard) 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 directorial debut was an episode of the NBC comedy Joey, starring Emmy winner Matt LeBlanc. He G E F F E N P L AY H O U S E 7


PRODUCTION BIOGRAPHIES studied at the National Theatre Institute in Waterford, Connecticut, and holds a B.F.A. in Drama from Syracuse University.

B E H N A Z ATA E E

Chief Financial Officer

Behnaz “Nazy” Ataee is Chief Financial Officer of Geffen

Playhouse. In this role, she has oversight responsibility for accounting functions of the theater, including operating and capital budgets. In addition, she supports all IT and HR activities. Behnaz was named Chief Financial Officer in 2015 after serving as General Manager since 2002. She first joined Geffen Playhouse in 1999. Previously, Ataee worked as a senior financial analyst for Ultratech Inc., an international semiconductor company based in San Jose. Prior to Ultratech, she was an

auditor for Van Sloten 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 auditing, Ataee began her career in the Bay Area as a partner in a small tech startup. She holds a master’s degree from Pepperdine University.

THE NEW PLAY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM Supporting artists is central to the mission of the Geffen Playhouse, and play commissions are a cornerstone of that support. To commission a playwright to write a play means making a commitment to their voice, craft and vision, with the hope of sharing the fruits of their work on our stage. The Geffen Playhouse’s New Play Development Program is made possible, in large part, through the leadership and generosity of donations from: The Edgerton Foundation, The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, Fay & Frank Mancuso, Sandra Krause & William Fitzgerald, Hilary & Jack Angelo and Mary Bianco, The MOCA Foundation. We are proud to have the following artists under commission: RACHEL BONDS COLMAN DOMINGO MICHAEL GOLAMCO MEGHAN KENNEDY MATTHEW LOPEZ MARTYNA MAJOK

CHELSEA MARCANTEL STACY OSEI-KUFFOUR JIEHAE PARK JOHN POLLONO ZOE SARNAK ROBERT SCHENKKAN

JEN SILVERMAN DAVID WIENER LAUREN YEE ANNA ZIEGLER

For more information on this program, please visit geffenplayhouse.org/newplays.

THE WRITERS’ ROOM A group for Los Angeles-based playwrights, The Writers’ Room is a product of the Geffen’s deep commitment to supporting new plays and specifically to fostering bold, relevant work by the vibrant artistic community of this city. During this one-year residency, playwright members gather monthly at the Geffen to share their work and receive feedback from their peers and the Geffen’s artistic staff, culminating in a play reading series. MEGHAN BROWN DIANA BURBANO

DONALD JOLLY MATTHEW PAUL OLMOS

T.TARA TURK-HAYNES ALI VITERBI

The Writers’ Room 2021/2022 is made possible through the generous support of Jerry and Terri Kohl. For more information on this program, please visit geffenplayhouse.org/thewritersroom.

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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PRODUCTION STAFF FOR THE ENIGMATIST Associate Video Designer / Assistant Lighting Designer Harry Foster

Carpenters Austin Bosley, Oliver Brink, Chris Cowan, James Stanley

Production Electrician Yelena Babinskaya

Electricians Julie Cowger, Emma Inglehart, Nicole Jaja, Robert Mahaffie

Light Board Operator Julie Cowger Sound Board Operators James Grabowski, Jake Delgado Stage Supervisor Tyler Brogla Production Assistant Lucy Houlihan

BOX OFFICE

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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LATE SEATING Should you arrive late to the theater or vacate your seat during the performance, please expect to be held in the lobby until an appropriate pause in the action on stage. To minimize disturbance to other patrons, you may be seated in the first available location by the house staff even if it is different from your assigned seat. Be advised that some productions or circumstances may not allow for late or return seating.

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

Properties Artisan Kate Reinlib Tailor Audrey Lastar Creative Consultants Joan Sergay, Adam Felber, Michael Mitnick, Greg Pliska

Lighting Equipment Provided By Kinetic Lighting, Inc.

Production Photographer Jeff Lorch

Video Equipment Provided By Launch LLC

Media Filming Ramon Garcia

Sound Equipment Provided By DnB Design

Design + Art Direction Base Design

Music By The Budos Band

Photography Yann Rabanier

SPECIAL THANKS UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television Scene, Prop, Sound, and Costume Shops; London Cleaners, Joshua Yocom; Mary Hamrick Williamson; Sean Gorski; Katherine Dumais; Geoff Kanick; Doug Nevin; Kevan Choset; Alex Freedman; Aline Brosh McKenna; Jay Wiley; LA Carpet Warehouse

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This theater operates under agreement between the League of Resident Theaters and Actors Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. The Stage Managers employed in this production is a member of 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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BEHIND THE SCENES Q&A

THE MAGIC OF BEING BACK IN THE THEATER

JUSTIN BARBIN PHOTOGRAPHY

AN INTERVIEW WITH DAVID KWONG

David Kwong

BY AMY LEVINSON, GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

A M Y L E V I N S O N : This show is a wonderful

zle-based magic tricks for the better part

amalgamation of your talents as a magician,

of a decade, and I started thinking about a

puzzle builder, and storyteller. Would you talk

story that I could tell in concert with sharing

a bit about how the show came together? DAV I D K WO N G : I like to think of this show

these puzzles based on secret codes. I was looking for stories in the world of unsolved

as all of my childhood passions combined.

codes and enigmas and ciphers. Then I

I discovered magic very young, and in my

came across this reference to the Friedmans

teenage years I started playing Scrabble and

and George Fabyan. I was in New York City

solving puzzles with my mother, the history

at the time, and discovered that there was

professor. Later in life, when I was around

an extensive archive of materials in the New

30 years old, the light bulb turned on, and I realized I could fuse the worlds of illusion and puzzles to create a new type of magic. And I believe magic tricks are puzzles, in a sense. They challenge your brain to figure out what’s going on. They ask you to figure out the solution. Of course, it’s a puzzle

York Public Library. I excitedly made an appointment to visit the rare books collection, where it’s all stored. And there I found the perfect jumping off point for the story. A L : I know you’ve been patiently—or rather,

impatiently—waiting for the theater to open

where we hope you don’t figure out the

again. Are there things about the show that

answer! That’s how this hybrid career came

have changed in the last 18 months? Are

about. So, I’d been performing these puz-

there things you had to alter?

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BEHIND THE SCENES Q&A D K: It goes without saying that we are living

challenge and encourage people so they have

in a different world now. But it’s a world that

a deep satisfaction when they hit that “aha

still needs magic, wonderment, and awe.

moment.” It should feel like an accomplish-

Like any good puzzle, in which the creator

ment when the puzzle is solved. I’ve also al-

is engineering something within given con-

ways admired Penn & Teller and their irrever-

straints, we have had to figure out what it

ent, transparent approach to magic. Similarly,

means to be in close quarters again. One of

I don’t pretend to have any superpowers.

the big things I learned is that we are at our

Magic is a puzzle. You can all figure it out.

most creative when we have to work within parameters, which is how Inside the Box came about. I’m taking that same spirit and applying it to this show. A L : Which is your first love—puzzles or

magic?

A L : What did you miss most about in-person

theater? D K: (laughing) Messing with people. And eye

contact! I missed the look of astonishment on people’s faces. I missed seeing people look at each other and mutually enjoying

D K: Magic was my first love. When I was

something. There’s a moment in the show

a young boy, I went to a pumpkin patch

where I celebrate that we’re all nerds and that

in Upstate New York—in Rochester, New

we’ve all come together to appreciate this

York, where I’m from. A magician was there

kind of nerdy culture. Whenever I say that, I

performing in the barn, and he performed

can see people look at each other knowingly.

a classic trick. Some consider it one of the

When I make mention of this lovely nerd love

greatest ever—it’s the little red sponge ball

story, I really enjoy the glances between the

trick. He showed me two red sponge balls,

couples in the audience.

he placed one in my hand and made the second one disappear. When I opened my hand, my mind was blown. Both red balls were in my hand. Then, what he did next changed my life forever. He performed the trick on my father, the biochemist. When my father opened his hand to reveal the two sponge balls, I turned to this omniscient character in my life and asked him how it worked. And he flashed me a sheepish grin and said, “I have no idea.” That’s when I knew I wanted to be a magician. So, it’s been a lifelong passion. A L : From whom do you draw your inspira-

tion? Are there other artists who inspire you?

A L : Finally, what did you enjoy most about

doing a virtual show? D K: The shortest commute I’ve ever had!

Down the stairs to my office. More seriously—that I was able to reach people from all over the world. We had people join in from numerous countries who were getting up at all hours to watch the show. What I’m most proud of with Inside the Box is how we embraced the format of Zoom, and the aesthetic of Zoom, if you will. I really have to tip my cap to Brett Banakis, the Inside the Box Creative Director. I just marvel at his aesthetic sense. He encouraged me every step of the way to embrace the boxes and write puzzles and tell

D K: I’m very inspired by Will Shortz, the

stories that utilized the five-by-five grid. The

puzzle editor of the New York Times. He has

greatest compliment I got about the show

been a dear friend and mentor, and his man-

was from a fellow magician who said we

tra is, “A good puzzle makes the audience

never once pretended we weren’t on a Zoom

feel smart.” I have taken a page out of his

call. That feels true to the kind of magic I do.

book in trying to build every puzzle to both

Figure out the puzzle—I welcome you to try. G E F F E N P L AY H O U S E 1 1


EDUCATION & COMMUNITY

THEATER IN EDUCATION HAS THE POWER TO IGNITE CHANGE

Geffen Playhouse is deeply committed to creating powerful and impactful arts education and engagement experiences that amplify, inspire, and encompass our diverse Los Angeles community. Our programs provide unique, in-depth access to theater and the arts for under-resourced and under-represented groups of youth and adults. the continued growth and expansion of our programs.

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EDUCATION & COMMUNITY

THEATER HAS THE POWER TO HEAL, INSPIRE & MOTIVATE “Geffen Playhouse and its productions have enriched my life both culturally and intellectually. Without the arts—society is doomed. Everyone is a storyteller as we all have our story to tell.” — LIGHTS UP PARTICIPANT

L I T E R ACY P R OJ E CT

Empowers students as readers, writers, and critical thinkers while engaging in and attending a full season of plays at the Geffen. Students experience theater workshops and one-on-one coaching in essay and monologue writing. H I G H S C H O O L PA R T N E RS H I P P R O G R A M

Blends Theater Arts learning with English Language Arts learning. Students build their creative voices and engage with teaching artists to deepen their ability to respond to the theater experience through writing, workshops, and performing monologues. VETERANS WRITING & P E R F O R M A N C E P R OJ ECT

An eight week theater intensive in which veterans have the opportunity to build community, artistic expression, and audience education through powerful storytelling. LIGHTS UP

Provides access to live theater and its power to educate, provoke thought, inspire change, and build community. Serves over 1,000 community members from non-profit and social service organizations across Los Angeles with limited access.

Geffen Playhouse’s education and community engagement programs exemplify our ongoing commitment to cultivating a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment while providing access to current and next generation theatergoers.

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2 5B TE HH IANNDN IT VH EE R SS CA ER NY E SS E QA &S AO N

25 YEARS AND COUNTING Founder Gilbert Cates with Trustee Kristen Combs at the soon-to-be Geffen Playhouse (formerly Westwood Playhouse)

“ONWARD AND UPWARD WITH THE ARTS.” That was the mantra of Geffen Playhouse Founder and Producing Director Gilbert (Gil) Cates, a visionary and a showman who brought this theater to life a quarter of a century ago. And it remains our mantra today. With the launch of our 2021/2022 season, we celebrate 25 years of storytelling, opening nights, world premieres, standing ovations, and all the artists and audiences who have passed through our doors since we first raised our curtain with Four Dogs and a Bone in 1995. We did not just begin life as Geffen Playhouse—there’s more to our story. It was the early 1990s and, as a lover of the arts, then-Dean of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Gil Cates had a dream and a vision. The goal was to create a new non-profit professional theater company that 1 4 P L AY B I L L

OCT 10, 1995 — John Patrick Shanley’s Four Dogs and a Bone, directed by Lawrence Kasdan, featuring Brendan Fraser, Elizabeth Perkins, Parker Posey, and Martin Short opened the Geffen Playhouse


Founder Gilbert Cates with philanthropist David Geffen and UCLA Chancellor Emeritus Charles E. Young

Geffen Playhouse is excited to celebrate 25 years by welcoming audiences back in 2021

would enrich the cultural life of Greater Los

of an endowment gift from philanthropist

Angeles and the UCLA community through

David Geffen) to begin the creation of a

plays and educational programs that in-

permanent professional non-profit theater

form, entertain and inspire.

in Westwood. The university created an

UCLA had a long history of working closely with professional theaters as an extension of its academic mission and, for many years,

independent board, helmed by Cates, which would assume all costs and risks of operating the theater. And the rest is history.

owned and operated the Doolittle Theater in

Since opening, Geffen Playhouse has staged

Hollywood to fulfill this mission. Cates rec-

nearly 200 productions, held more than

ognized the Doolittle’s geographic distance

9,000 performances, and entertained count-

from campus created a barrier to any mean-

less audiences from around the world and

ingful relationship with UCLA and argued a

every walk of life. Each year has brought

better partner would be the Westwood Play-

with it new stories, new artists, new laugh-

house, located right across from campus.

ter, new tears and new challenges—and we

Compelled by the proximity and potential

grow as a theater, and as a family, with every

of the historic theater, Chancellor Charles

one of them.

Young agreed to sell the Doolittle and pledged the proceeds of the sale to assist Cates with the purchase and refurbishment of the Westwood Playhouse.

It has been an honor to be a home for the arts in this remarkable city of Los Angeles, and we are excited for what the next 25 years will bring. We hope you will continue

UCLA leased the theater to the newly

to join us on this journey, as we go onward

named Geffen Playhouse (in recognition

and upward with the arts. G E F F E N P L AY H O U S E 1 5


OUR COMMITMENT

DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION In recognition of the essential examination of systemic racism and injustices, we at Geffen Playhouse commit to continued analysis and expansion of our own institutional practices in order to be part of the solution.

In adopting this statement, we are amplifying our strategic and ongoing commitment to improving and increasing the cultural diversity, equity and inclusion of our audiences, staff, artists, board, and programming.

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Our vision for the Geffen is that people of all races, faiths, sexual orientations, abilities, genders and backgrounds find it an easily accessible and highly relevant source of art that reflects the dynamic human experience and galvanizes a more equitable and vibrant community.


ANNUAL DONORS Geffen Playhouse recognizes the following individuals and organizations for their generous support of our Annual Fund and Backstage at the Geffen. Donors are listed at the Associate level and higher for gifts made between January 1, 2019 and August 12, 2021. In appreciation, donors enjoy a host of special benefits including house seats, complimentary drinks, receptions, and much more. For more information, please call Christine Drew Benjamin at 310.208.6500 ext. 195. ANGELS $100,000+

Anonymous (6) Patricia Kiernan Applegate Kevin & Claudia Bright City National Bank Mary Ann Cloyd Edgerton Foundation Louise & Dr. Brad Edgerton David Geffen Foundation The Adi & Jerry Greenberg Foundation Martha Henderson K Period Media Marilyn & Jeffrey Katzenberg Fund for Arts Education at the Geffen Playhouse Loretta Everett Kaufman & Victor Kaufman Keyes Automotive Group Jerry & Terri Kohl L & N Andreas Foundation Jason & Yvonne Lee Shubert Foundation Judith & Bruce Stern Kimberly Steward & Josh Godfrey /Steward Family Foundation Jodi & Howard Tenenbaum UCLA UCLA Health

CHAIRMANʾS CIRCLE $50,000 – $99,999

American Express Elizabeth & Gil Cates, Jr. Dwight Stuart Youth Fund Ben/Joyce Eisenberg Foundation Joyce Eisenberg-Keefer & Melvin Keefer Herbert M. & Beverly J. Gelfand Karen & Russell Goldsmith Rabbi Uri D. Herscher & Dr. Myrna Herscher Pamela Robinson Hollander & Robert Hollander Cindy & Alan Horn Latham & Watkins LLP Susan & David Leveton Fay & Frank Mancuso John McCrite & Juan Lopez Donna McKenna & Flynn Chernos

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The Friedman Group Gagosian Gallery Inc Gang, Tyre, Ramer, Brown & Passman, Inc. Ann & Jim Gianopulos Michael Golamco Goldman Sachs Scott Goldman Manuela & James Goren Greater Los Angeles New Car Dealers Association Arthur Greenberg Marcy & Edgar Gross Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP In Memory of Morris A. Hazan Samantha & Eric Heer Mellody Hobson / Ariel Investments, LLC ICM Partners Liberty Ross & Jimmy Iovine Peggy & Parise Jones Kat Judd Julie & David Kavner Kathleen Kennedy & Frank Marshall Willette & Manny Klausner LA Unified School District The Lear Family Foundation Lauren B. Leichman & Arthur E. Levine Family Foundation The Lowy Family Lucid Chart Carla Malden & Norman Beil Jonathan Manahan Ginny Mancini Steve McInnes Ron Meyer Ron Meyer / NBC Universal Pictures Wendy & Barry Meyer Anonymous Stephen Muller & Donna Baldwin Phoung Nguyen Conan & Liza O’Brien Olympus Theatricals Mo Ostin Dolly Parton Soundis & Danny Passman Jennifer Petrilla Popland Studios Judith Reichman, MD Richard Ruskell Pastries David Robinson Fredric D. Rosen & Nadine Schiff Family Foundation G E F F E N P L AY H O U S E 1 7


THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR

There is nothing more important to me than erasing the stigma around mental health. Being healthy mentally is equally as important as, if not more important than, being healthy physically. As a lifelong sufferer of anxiety, I have found my deepest healing through creativity.

We should never take for granted that the arts have the power to transform us, to expose our deepest vulnerabilities, to cultivate empathy and to bring about joy, healing, and relief from the daily stressors of the world.

I am so excited about this match made in heaven between UCLA Health and my second home, the Geffen Playhouse. —BETH BEHRS

Star of 2 Broke Girls, Geffen Playhouse Board Member & UCLA Alum


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$3,000 – $4,999 Anonymous (2) Janis Adams & John Lyons Aversa Foundation Robert E. & Maria H. Barron David Bartman Madelyn Bennett & Eric Gibson Paula & Bruce Bennett Shelly & Libby Bergen Laurie Bernhard SPARK Theatrical G E F F E N P L AY H O U S E 1 9


ANNUAL DONORS Susan J. Booth & Christopher Wadden Thomas & Nancy Boxwell VJ Boyd Helen Breitwieser & James Jacks The Eli & Edythe L. Broad Foundation Robert Brook & Jacqueline Kosecoff Linda & Jerry Bruckheimer Diana Buckhantz & The Vladimir & Araxia Buckhantz Foundation Linda & John Coleman Scott, Susan & Joshua Corwin Chris Daily Carl & Courtenay Enright Bill Fagerbakke Lisa Firestone & Caspar Von Winterfeldt Mindy Kirshner Freedman Steve Freedman & Helen Sideris Karney Guren Family Foundation Madeline Gussman John & Ann Daly Gustafson Deidre Hall Alan & Michelle Heilpern Stephen Sass & Steven Hochstadt Gail & Stanley Hollander Vicki Iovine & David Coiro James Jacks Susan Bloch-Kay & Stephen Kay Lenny & David Kelton Marla & Daniel Klein KNK Productions, Inc. Thea & Neal Koss Nancy Koven Cindi Krippendorf David & Tam Lachoff Joyce Lederer & Family David & Susan Leveton Sandy Little Parise Livanos Walter & Karen Loewenstern Renee & Meyer Luskin Jane & Rand Marlis Jill Mazursky Roxana Medina Sheila & Joel Mendelsohn Robin Mitchel & Kathleen Marshall Marcia & David Nimmer Bruce Nowel Caroline Ochital Michael R. Oppenheim Daniel & Denise Perlstein Perry Family The Perry Family Tom Politowski Craig E. Rogers Sue Weiss Rosenwasser Serenity Event Solutions LLC Vicki Magasinn & Robert Somer Amanda Spain Kimberly Steward, The Steward Family Foundation 2 0 P L AY B I L L

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Carol Parry & John Fox Naidu & Jane Permaul Karen Peter Sandra Chan & Richard Pezner Clark & Kathryn Porter Astrid & Howard Preston Catherine Raneri Rollin Ransom & Chris Lacroix Anne E. Rea & Kenneth A. Bigg Carol Risher Eden & Steven Romick Ronda & Fred Rose David & Susan Rosenblum Virginia Ross Edward Rubinstein Arlene & Peter Sacks Cheryl Saltus Millicent Sanchez Lorin Schiff Sonia Schneider Joel & Sonia Schneider Nancy & Steven Schneider Susan & Peter Schwab Janet & Michael Schwartz Brandon Scott John H. Scott Dr. & Mrs. P.K. Shah Dan Shalom Mary Sheibani In Memory of Michael Sherman Rita & Jose Sigal Arthur F. & Carol Silbergeld Manish Singh Karen & Bill Skinner Leah Sklar Bradley Small Jerome & Joan Snyder Chris Sorgi Jan Spiegel Donald B. Spradlin Sarah Stegemoeller Arthur Stern Mr. & Mrs. David Tann Andrea & David Tenenbaum Tina Tepper David & Cathy Thomas James Tillman Joyce & Josh Trabulus In Memory of Ginny Truesdale Janet Tsjihan Baron Vaughn Valerie Vetters Ira & Laurie Waldman Deborah Walsh Carl Weathers Barry Weissler Blake West JoBeth Williams Bruce & Marci Wiseman Delores Komar & Susan Wolford Christina Wren Richard Yaffe Jack S. Yeh Marc Zachary Harriet Zaretsky

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Anonymous (18) Terry & Richard Abrams Toshka & Norman Abrams Barbara Adams Ioe Adler Elaine & Michael Agran Shannon Ahl Bette & Wylie Aitken Mr. Arthur Alisi Helen Allan Charles & Annick Allen Sylvia Almstadt Debra Alpert Eden Alpert Laura & Harvey Alpert Charitable Foundation Jon Anderson Peter Anderson Robert C. Anderson Philip Angerhofer & Stephen A. Jones Jc & Jack Appelbaum Joseph D. Argilagos Arlyne Elliott Interiors Barbara & Ethan Aronoff Judith Ashmann-Gerst & Robert Gerst David Atkinson Lisa Austin Ross & Lindsey Avner Elizabeth & Marc Axelrod Lynne Babbitt Mike & Kim Baginski Robert Baker Cecilia Ball Cindy Ballard Donald Balzano Mr. & Mrs. Donald Balzano Thomas Barad Penny Bard Irene Baron June Bartczak Fay & Lester Bass Beach Cities Child Development Center Judith & Thomas Beckmen John & Bree Bedford Patricia Belcher Marshall Bell Joanne & Miles Benickes Katia Benthale & Josh Lewensohn Leslie Berger Karen Berko-Gibson Barbara Berkowitz Marsha C. Berkowitz Ellen & Jay Bienenfeld Marilyn R. Blacker Mark Blackham Deborah Blake Marjorie Blatt Pamela & Bill Bohnert Susan Boiko & Martin Schwartz Ruthven & Hannah Bonaparte Toby Bornstein Jill Boyd & Jarid Sumner Dr. Clarence Braddock Doug & Arlene Braun The Broderick Family Mitchell Brown


ANNUAL DONORS Raegan Brunson Marshall Bull Kimberly & Mark Burstein Steven Bushong Joann Busuttil Michelle Butler & Mark Blackham Mary Ellen Callahan Karla Campbell Laura D. Campbell Marlene & David Capell The Sean Carey Family Lorena Carlson Richard Cassese Valarie de la Garza & Michael Centeno Ling Chan Thomas Chappell Martha J. Chase Doryann Chasen Mr. Chavoshan Diane Chernansky Caroline Choi In Honor of Eric Chown Lori Christopher Steven Clayman Anselm Clinard Pam Coats Els Collins Larry Conover Heidi Jo Corey Tonia Corwin Gail Cottingham Norman & Nancy Cravens Valerie & Donald Cravitz Diana Cusumano Elizabeth De Oliveira & Moacyr Da Silva Muriel Dance & Alvin Martin Hedva & Dr. Dudley Danoff Steven & Linda Darling Susan Dashe Alex & Ben Dashwood Jeffrey S. Davidson Jeffrey & Louise Davis Julie Davis Bert Deixler Judith Delafield Hal & Roberta Delevie Dr. Udayakumar Devaskar Bernard & Deborah Diamond Gina DiBona Kristin Diehl Chelsea Dinsdale Carol Jean Doehring Fred & Marilyn Dorer Dorfman Family Daryl & Paul F. Doucette Linda Dozier The Milton L. & Betty J. Dranow Family Foundation Kay & Larry Driscoll Brian Duffield Roger Duhl Tom & Diane Duralde Loraine Eastlake Jeff Eckerle Richard Eden Ken Egel & Liz Wiegardt Ronald Eng Lidia & Mauricio Epelbaum Rena & Peter Falk Stephen Falk

Wilbur Faulk Dr. Francesco Federico & Lauren Wilson Diedre Feehan Mimi Alpert Feldman Terry Feuerborn Michael Warady & Anna Fiastro Abby & Malcolm Field Lisa & William Finkelstein Billy Finnegan Diane Fisher Ruth Fisher Evaline Fishman Elisabeth Fleischman Geralyn Flood Christopher & Claire Forsyth Sandra Francis Drs. Renee W. & Scott C. Fraser Renee Fraser Fran Fredella Amyanne Freeburg Elaine & Larry Friedman Lynn & Barry Friesen Judy Frith-Smith Catherine Froloff Laurelle Frome & Brady Frome Gina Furth Diane Futterman Dr. Lee Gardenswartz Mr. Scot McIntosh & Dr. Ruchira Garg Corinne B. Garson Henry Gayden Patricia Geffner Seth Gettleson Charles Gherardi Linda & Tom Givvin Jill Glasband Dr. Diane & Michael Glazer Carol & Neil Goldberg Lorain Goldberg Francine Golden & Marvin Schlossman The Goldfarbs Adam Goldman Les Goldman Gretchen Goldsmith Julie Clayton Goldsmith Dina Goldstein Jay Gordon & Meyera Robbins Roger Gordon Helen Goss Liz Gottainer & David Sadkin Andrea Gozali Howard Gradet Madelyne & Jerry Green Jana & Randall Greer Kimberly Grieger Roslyn & David Grinberg Edwin & Cecile Gromis Vera & Paul Guerin Eve Haberfield & David N. Johnson Kambiz & Sylvia Hakim Louise Halevy & Kenneth Erlich Mary & Alan Halkett Pamela Halle Jeff Haller Carol & Fred Halperin

Roberta & Marc Hamilton Susan Harbert Chris Hardeman Susan & Norm Harper Barbara Harris-Holdrege Brian & Karen Hatch Erica & Madison Hatchett Diane Haun Hanna Heiting Jacqueline Heller & Gabriel Kahana Dr. Felicia D. Henderson Carla & Alan A. Herd Michael & Candie Herman Matthew Herrmann Hella Hershson Winifred C. Hervey Gary & Jane Hewer Jerry Higgins Karen Higgins Jack Hileman & Roxanne Huddleston Gabrielle & David Hill Jan Hines Robin & Edgar Hirst Cina Hodges Mike & Wanda Hogan Melvin Horowitz Marissa Horrigan Ada & Jim Horwich Tamara Horwich & Gerry Lipshutz Sofie Howard Anne Ichiuji & Todd Humphrey In Memory of Ross Hunter & Jacque Mapes Kevin Huvane Katherine Immerman Michael Infiesto Robert & Gail Israel Jackie & Warren Jackson In Memory of Joseph Jacobs Barbara Jacobs Frederic A. & Nancy Jacobus Mary James Mr. & Mrs. Buford James Stephen & Erica Jamieson Sheila Johnson-Brousseau Martha Jones Roz & Jerry Joseph Joanne & Larry Kahn Kallis Family Charitable Foundation Isabel Kallman Jessica Kaltman & Robert Reznik David Kaminow Jean Kaplan Linda Kaplan Victoria Kapitany Sally & Dr. Manny J. Karbelnig Mr. & Mrs. Eran & Raquel Karoly Michael Karon Joanna Kasirer Owen Kato Dana Katz Geoffrey Evans & Bernard Katz Morgan Kay Jim Keily Michael Keir Dr. Louanne Kennedy

Nancy Kenney Sharon Kerson Shirlee Kessler Grant & Annie Kim Cynthia King Cathy & Bill Kirkpatrick Ann & Jonathan Kirsch Dr. & Mrs. Klausner Joanna Klein Phyllis H. Klein Leana Kleinman & Jerald Johnson Patricia Klous Carolyn & Charles Knobler Chad Kojorui Charles Kolstad The Kriloff Family Charles Kristenson Barbara Kroll & Ruth Spielman Kimberly Kruse Lynne Lainer Zachary Lainer Carol D. Lande Mona Lands John & Sandra Langfitt Donald LaPlante Joan Larkin Rhonda Lawrence Linda Lawson Learning EncountersValerie & Pamela Lev Miriam & Eli Lebental Doreen & Bruce Leddy Cheryl & Steve Leff Ann Leland Mark Leonard Johanna Leovey Jerry & Eve Lerman Don Lettiere Joan & Stuart Levin Suzann & Jimmy Levine Harla Levitt Rick & Vivian Levy Josh Lewensohn & Katia Benthale June Lewin Leslie Lian David Lieberman Ms. J Lieberman Victor & Madeline Lindenheim Joanne Lindsay Andria Litto Leslie & Adam Lobel Jessica & Frederick Lodge Alex Loewenthal Renee Lonner Laura Louie Bryan Lourd Mr. Eric Lund Kory Lunsford Loris & Kory Lunsford Elizabeth Luster Anne L. Lynch Morgan MacDouglas Paul Madwin Mactarun & Risha Malik Jain Malkin Eric & Eva Plaza Mandel Barbara Marcus Dean S. Marks Annette Marmalefsky Deborah Marsten G E F F E N P L AY H O U S E 2 3


ANNUAL DONORS Gina Martino Ruth Massaro Phyllis & Bert Massing Doug & Cindy Maxwell Linda May George Mayer Douglas Mcavoy, Jr. Kathy & Jim McCaffery Kathleen McCarthy John McClure Derrick McCray Joel & Sherry McKuin Barbara McLoughlin Sharon McQueen Christina Medigovich Marcie & Steven Medof Jay Melnick Cynthia Melville Anu Menon Robert Mercer & Carol Chanel Mercer Eileen & Paul Meshekow Mary Meyer Sara & Henry Michrowski For Everett Mikelich In Memory of Gregory Millar Lee & Ron Miller Lois Miller Lee & Jeff Milman Teddie J. Milner Adriana Kahane & Pino Modica Denise V. Moore Marvin & Jean Moore Suzanne Morrel Howard J. Morris Dr. Brian Morrow Dennis Moss Linda Muccitelli Bill Mullins Cynthia Murphy Charlotte C. Myers Anita Nagler Michael & Delight Nasatir Bonnie Nash Stephen Nathan Robert M. Nelson Sherri & Arnie Nelson Shauna Nep Paulette & Ron Nessim Mark & Diane Neubauer Tom Nevermann Andrew Newman Qui Nguyen & Abby Marcus Helen Nightengale Dennis Nollette Doreen & Donald Nortman Adrienne & Arthur Omansky Dr. Ronald & Iris Onkin Martin Ordman Janie & Allan Orenstein Stefan Otto Sharon Oxborough Ron Ozur & Nancy Lahana Jorge Paganin Cynthia & Todd Palm Steven Papazian Sylvia & Robert Paris Edward Parker Lawrence Parker Sun Parmeshwaran In Memory of Robert & Stephen Paskus 24 P L AY B I L L

Abhilash & Kelly Patel Kelly & Abhilash Patel Paul & Kathy Pearlson Dr. Kristine Penner & Steven Klein Mr. & Dr. Don Pestana Susan Petelik Dr. David B. Peterson Renee Pezzotta Carol F. Phillips Leo & Nina Pircher Carolyn & John Poer Darcy Pollack Jack & Jane Pollock Matthew Pomerantz Naveena Ponnusamy Zazi Pope Cory Popovich Heather M. Porter Cheryl & Mel Posner Susan Poulson Eric Powers Patricia Price Sam Puathasnanon Paul Quaranto Jose Quinonez Dr. Stephen & Lani Rabin Ron Rafay JoAnn Ralphs Joan Ransohoff Marvin Rapaport Gloria & Michael Rausch Mike Rausch Zoya Raynes Fred & Denise Reimer Elyse Resch Mike Resnick Marianne Reynolds Janice & Benjamin Reznik Sheena M. Ricchio Linda & Erin Rice Amy Richards Linda & Steve Richman William & Polly Ridgeway Carol Risher Jason Ritter In Honor of Daniel Robaire Natalie Roberts Ethan Robarts Jaime & Linda Rodriguez Julie Rogers Barbara & David Rognlien Peter Romwall Robert Rosania Barry Rosen & Neil Bokal Donna Rosen Mary Ann Rosenfeld & Sheldon Kadish Adrienne Rosenthal Beverly & Mel Rosenthal Margaret Rosenthal Laurie Ross Terry Ross Brad Ross Cathy Ross Douglas Ross Lawrence Ross & Linda Nussbaum Becca Rothschild Robert & Susan Rovner Sylvia Ruiz Mindy Rutigliano Liz Ryan Terry Ryan

Anne Sacks Nancy Sacks Noriko Salamon Susan & Wayne San Filippo Jay & Linda Sandrich Susan & Kenneth Sarno Jennifer Saunders Maxine Savitz Linda & Cliff Schaffer Mary Lou Schanche Melanie Scher Chris T. Schmidt Jamie Schmidt Gary & Karen Schneider Stanley Schneider Renee Schnell Ian Schorvitz Heidi Schulman & Mickey Kantor Myrna Schwam Dean Teri Schwartz Marc Scott Marc Seltzer Morton & Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz Barry & Mona Shafer-Edwards Roy Shaked Lisa Shalet Eric Shalov Barbara Vickery & Martin Shapiro Robin Share Melanie Sharp & Kevin Miller Erin Shields George Shohet Stuart Siegel Seymour & Dorothy Siegel Nancy & Bruce Silverman David B. Simons Sandra & Irwin Sitkoff Leah Sklar Marlene Sklar & Joel Moskowitz Steve Slaughter Diane Good & Frank Smith Marcia L. & Mark J. Smith Karen Smits Melvin Spears Debra Spector Lois Spector Alice Cortez & Richard Spitzer Jill & Scott Spiwak Donald Spradlin Elina Srulevitch-Chin Andrea & David Stanley Irina & Alex Stavchanskiy M Leslie Stearns Frances & Sy Strasberg Penny Strowger Mr. Kayser Sume & Dr. Renee Sabshin Miriam & Gene Summ Ann & Paul Sunderland Robert & Kristie Svaleson

Neely & Larry Swanson Robin & David Swartz Susan Szambelan Katherine Szopa Joanne Takahashi Lance & Maureen Tan Carole Tarnol Christine Tarr The Taylor Family Foundation Tenenbaums & Schoenfelds David Tepper The Thayer Family Cathy & Asher Thompson Natalie & Matthew Thompson Rebecca Thyret William Toth Judy & Art Tompkins Brigitta Troy Dr. Gerald D Turbow Dr. Harold Urman / Vital Research LLC Maureen Vana Anthony & Nancy Vasek The Vig Family Bobette Vikan Carole Wagner-Vallianos & Peter Vallianos Ann Wallace William Wallace Fern Wallach Louise Wannier Barry Ward Jill Waterman Gerald Watkins Julie Waxman Elisa Wayne Travis Webb Sherry Weinman & Michael Umansky Marsha & Steven Weiss Pat West Karen White Teresa & Bill White Janet Whitman Bruce Whizin Mike Williams Rae Jeane Williams Susan Williams Francesco Federico & Lauren Wilson Karen & Gary Winnick WME George & Diane Wolfberg Albert Wolsky Jennifer & Randy Wooster Andrew & Kimberly Zakanych Arnold & Tricia Zane Diane Zapach David & Christine ZeBrack David Zimmerman Laura Zucker & Allan Miller Sandy Zwirn

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Matt Shakman

Gil Cates, Jr.

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

ARTISTIC

DEVELOPMENT

Daniel Ionazzi Producer

Danielle Bearden-Mead Director of Individual Giving

Amy Levinson Associate Artistic Director

Ross Jackson Artistic Producer Phyllis Schuringa Artistic Associate / Casting Director Rachel Wiegardt-Egel Director of New Play Development Carly Plasha Assistant to the Artistic Director

PRODUCTION

Jessica Brusilow Rollins Director of Institutional Giving

Mark San Filippo Director of Donor Stewardship Christine Drew Benjamin Assistant Director of Institutional Giving Emma Rothschild Development Intern

EDUCATION

Isaac Katzanek Production Manager

Dawn Robinson-Patrick Director of Education & Community Engagement

Jill Barnes Production Office Manager

Brian Allman Manager of Theater Education

Evan Friedman Technical Director Patty Squibb Assistant Technical Director Alexandre Norkus Gil Cates Theater Stage Supervisor Tyler Brogla Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater Stage Supervisor Rick Gilles Properties Master Andrew Vance Lighting & Projection Supervisor James Grabowski House Sound Supervisor Jake Delgado Associate House Sound Supervisor Liz Rose Wardrobe Supervisor

ADMINISTRATION Behnaz Ataee Chief Financial Officer

Berenice Campos Director of Human Resources Peter Banachowski Senior Accountant & Financial Analyst Nova George Staff Accountant & HR/Payroll Manager Clay Dzygun Office Coordinator Marguerite Harris Receptionist

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Patrick Brown Director of Marketing

Zenon Dmytryk Director of Communications Karen Gutierrez Director of Advertising & Audience Development Brian Dunning Director of Content & Creative Zack Hamra Associate Director of Audience Services & Ticketing Kevin O’Brien Marketing Manager Georgia Arnold Social Media & Communications Manager

Vaneh Assadourian, Brianna Barrett, Jonathan Chen, Jamie Dawson, Alan Kistler, Lauren Machain, Sara Turken, Yua Watanabe Box Office Staff Sue Nahley Fleishman Communications Consultant

FRONT OF HOUSE Jeni Pearsons Director of Operations

Mel Yonzon Front of House Manager Amy Farkas Lead Concierge Rob Mersola Event Manager Adam Carr Hospitality Captain Emir Yonzon House Manager Sigourney Chin, Tony Jose Garcia, Bella Luna, Taylor McClain, Ryan Turner Guest Services Blaire Battle, Hannah Battersby, Clayton McInerney, Austin Merrill, Khadija Roane, Steven Vargas Ushers

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Jeremy Finn IT Manager

Dream Warrior Group System Administrator

FACILITIES MANAGEMENT

Art Guillen Facilities Manager

Janice Bernal Box Office Manager

Martin Ayala Felipe Ayala Building Maintenance

Alyssa Tyson Box Office Manager

Mario Santillan-Perez Custodial

Lexy McAvinchey Assistant Box Office Manager & House Seat Manager

Juan Carlos Umaña Camerina Martinez Cleaning Custodial

Geffen Playhouse is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. This project was also funded in part by the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles. Geffen Playhouse, a not-for-profit theater company, is proudly affiliated with the University of California at Los Angeles. G E F F E N P L AY H O U S E 2 5