GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE AUDREY SKIRBALL KENIS THEATER
YF A R T
PHOTO BY JEFF LORCH
When I first read Lindsay Joelle’s TRAYF sever-
incredibly talented cast and group of design-
al years ago, I was taken with its ode to friend-
ers for this production, and they have breathed
ship and its exploration of how we find—and
brilliant life into Lindsay’s moving words,
create—community. The heart of this piece
conjuring the spirit of 1990s Brooklyn.
leapt off the page. Now, after living through such a long period of being apart, the play’s focus on community and belonging resonates more than ever.
I hope you will join us again soon for our revival of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in our Gil Cates Theater, as well as the widely varied shows we have coming up in the
In addition to welcoming playwright Lindsay
rest of our 25th Anniversary Season. The whole
Joelle to the Geffen for the first time, I am so
team at the Geffen and I are grateful for your
pleased to welcome back director Maggie
continued support of the live performing arts.
Burrows. Maggie was last here to direct Man of God, which had to close abruptly due to the pandemic. It is a thrill to have her at the helm of this piece and to introduce her wonderful work to a larger Geffen audience. (She will be back to direct Man of God for this season later in the spring!) Maggie has brought together an 2 P L AY B I L L
Enjoy the show! Matt Shakman Artistic Director
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Adi Greenberg CHAIR
Patricia Kiernan Applegate
Bruce M. Ramer Founding Chair
Victoria Mann Simms
Dr. Gene D. Block
Gil Cates Jr. Executive Director
Mary Ann Cloyd Vice Chair
Dr. Charles E. Young Chair Emeritus
Dr. Brad Edgerton
Gilbert Cates Founder
Bonnie E. Eskenazi Mark Fleischer Sue Nahley Fleishman Patricia L. Glaser Martha Henderson Chair Emeritus
Marcia Israel-Curley Audrey Skirball Kenis Charles Kenis Karl Malden Ginny Mancini
Loretta Everett Kaufman
Brian Mann Tiffany Mayberry Danny Passman Holly Rice Pamela Robinson Chair Emeritus
Miranda Tollman Chair
Cynthia P. Stafford
Howard Tenenbaum Chair Emeritus
Ellyce R. Cooper Brenda Garcia Ann Gianopulos Priscila Giraldo
Harold A. Brown
Robert A. Daly
Herbert M. Gelfand Chair Emeritus
Glorya Kaufman Frank G. Mancuso Chair Emeritus Ron Meyer
WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?
Latham & Watkins LLP
Matt Shakman Artistic Director
Linda Bernstein Rubin
EDWARD ALBEE GORDON GREENBERG
WRITTEN BY DIRECTED BY
Audrey Povar Eric Rollins Allen Shay John Sonego Cela Devine Sutton Laurie Ziegler
EDMUND CALISTA ZACHARY DONOVAN FLOCKHART QUINTO
T I C K E T S S T A R T A T J U S T $ 3 0! G E F F E N P L A Y H O U S E.O R G · 310.2 0 8.2 0 2 8
THE GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE PRODUCTION OF
TRAYF WRITTEN BY
LINDSAY JOELLE DIRECTED BY
MAGGIE BURROWS SCENIC DESIGNER
LAP CHI CHU
EVERETT ELTON BRADMAN
PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER
LEIA S. CRAWFORD
PHYLLIS SCHURINGA‚ CSA
THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 2022
TRAYF was originally produced by Theater J, a program of Edlavitch DC JCC (Adam Immerwahr, Artistic Director; Rebecca Ende Lichtenberg, Managing Director) Developed and presented by Penguin Rep Theatre (Joe Brancato, Artistic Director & Andrew M. Horn, Executive Director) from May 18, 2017 to June 11, 2017 in Stony Point, NY
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EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS CIRCLE MEMBERS Adi & Jerry Greenberg
Jerry & Terri Kohl
Linda Bernstein Rubin & Tony Rubin
Pamela Robinson Hollander & Robert Hollander Loretta Everett Kaufman & Victor Kaufman
Miranda & Brett Tollman
TRAYF CAST OF CHARACTERS (IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)
ILAN ESKENAZI SHMUEL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BEN HIRSCHHORN LEAH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LOUISA JACOBSON JONATHAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GARRETT YOUNG
ZALMY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
KATIE CROYLE ZALMY / SHMUEL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JOSH GREEN JONATHAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JOHN GARET STOKER LEAH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Understudies never substitute for listed players unless specified. The Actors and Stage Managers employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. TIME/SETTING
Manhattan and Brooklyn, winter/spring 1991
There is no photography or filming of any kind allowed in the theater. Please turn off all electronic devices, including cell phones. Thank you!
80 minutes There will be no intermission. 25TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON SPONSOR
OPENING NIGHT SPONSORS
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I L A N ES K E N A Z I
Ilan Eskenazi is thrilled to be making his Geffen Playhouse debut. New York City born and raised, he is a graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for Performing Arts and a recent graduate of Pace University with a B.F.A. in Acting. Most recently on stage in New York Theater Workshop’s production of Sing Street, which was planned to debut on Broadway at the Lyceum Theater prior to the COVID-19 shutdown. He can also be seen in Marvel’s Iron Fist (Netflix). Ilan would like to send much love and thanks to his family, Miranda, and Craig, Ellen, and Rachel.
Ben Hirschhorn is an actor, writer, and director best known for his work in the films Closets Keep Suburban Boys Home (2020) and Practice Funeral (2019) for which he received the Best Actor award at the Los Angeles Short Film and Script Festival. A native New Yorker, Ben studied acting at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for Performing Arts and ventured out to the West Coast to attend 6 P L AY B I L L
USC’s B.FA. Acting program. He made his directorial debut with his new short film Goggles (2022), which is currently making its way through the festival circuit. Additionally, he was notably seen in the 2018 New York Stage and Film production of As You Like It as “Rosalind/ Ganymede.” You’ll find Ben next playing the loveable “Malcolm” in the new Tupac inspired film Amaru (2022), which will have its world premiere at the Pan African Film Festival. Love to Mum, Dad, Jess, and Josh.
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Louisa Jacobson is a recent graduate of the Yale School of Drama where she received her M.F.A. in acting. She has appeared regionally as Juliet in Romeo & Juliet (The Old Globe), as Mary Dalton in a stage adaptation of Richard Wright’s Native Son by Nambi E. Kelley (Yale Repertory Theatre), and as Janice in Carson McCullers’ The Member of the Wedding (Williamstown Theater Festival). Currently, Louisa can be seen playing the role of Marian Brook in HBO’s The Gilded Age, an original series from Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes. In addition to her training at Yale, Louisa attended the British American Drama Academy and holds a B.A. in psychology from Vassar College.
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Garrett Young is elated to be making his Geffen debut! He has previously worked with St. Louis Shakespeare Festival, the Goodman Theatre, TheatreSquared, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, and he almost made his Oregon Shakespeare Festival debut in their 2020 production of Everything That Never Happened which, in fact, never happened. He is a founding member of the Santa Fe-based experience company The Exodus Ensemble. TV credits include: Chicago Fire, New Amsterdam, Chicago Med, and Chicago Justice. He studied at The Theatre School at DePaul University and the British American Drama Academy.
Lindsay Joelle is a Chicago-born, NYC-based playwright, librettist, and screenwriter whose writing explores the rituals, routines, jargon, and humor of micro-communities across America. Her critically acclaimed play The Garbologists, an EST/Sloan Foundation Science & Technology commission, recently re-
PRODUCTION BIOGRAPHIES ceived a co-world premiere at Philadelphia Theatre Company and is slated at City Theatre in spring 2022. Other plays include: TRAYF (Theater J, New Repertory Theatre, Penguin Rep), a Goldberg M.F.A. Playwriting Prize recipient; A Small History of Amal, Age 7 (Forward Flux & Pratidhwani); and The Messengers, an Audible Theatre Emerging Playwright Commission recorded by Audible. Joelle was the National New Play Network’s Playwright-in-Residence at Curious Theatre and is a proud NNPN, New Georges, and American Theatre Wing affiliated artist. Alumna of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, Nashville Repertory Theatre’s Ingram New Works Lab, Hunter Playwriting Program (M.F.A.), and Columbia University (B.A.). Other writing includes restaurant coverage/food blogs for New York Magazine’s Grubstreet and the prep book Tutor Tells All: ACT Test Strategy. lindsayjoelle.com
for Excellence in the Arts. She is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, the inaugural 2018-2019 BOLD Resident Director at Northern Stage, and the recipient of the 2018 Boris Sagal Directing Fellowship at Williamstown Theatre Festival. In 2020, in collaboration with the Roald Dahl Story Company, Maggie co-conceived and produced James and the Giant Peach with Taika and Friends to benefit Partners in Health. Select theater credits: On Your Feet! (The Muny), Indecent (Juilliard), Man of God (Geffen Playhouse), Damsels (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Sound of Music (Northern Stage), Spacebar (Wild Project). Film work includes her short Condolences and a GOTV video for Michelle Obama’s When We All Vote organization. Upcoming: Legally Blonde (The Muny), Zoe Sarnak and Alexis Scheer’s Shook, and Mark Sonnenblick’s new musical Devotion. T I M M AC K A B E E
M AG G I E B U R R OWS
Maggie Burrows is a theater and film director living in New York City. She has worked with Atlantic Theater Company, Playwrights Horizons, New York Theatre Workshop, WP Theater, Roundabout Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the Geffen. She received her B.A. from Yale University, where she was a nominee for the Sudler Prize
Geffen Playhouse: Our Very Own Carlin McCullough, Ironbound, Actually. Broadway: The Elephant Man (starring Bradley Cooper), Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth (dir. Spike Lee). West End: The Elephant Man. Off-Broadway: Seared (MCC Theater, Outer Critics Circle Award); Guards at the Taj (Lucille Lortel Award); Our New Girl (Atlantic Theater Company); Vietgone, Important Hats of the Twentieth Century (Manhattan Theatre Club); Heathers: The Musical, Luce (Lincoln Center Theater); Gigantic (Vineyard Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (Public Theater). Regional: Geffen Playhouse, ACT San Francisco, Ford’s Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Old Globe, Center Stage
Baltimore, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Portland Center Stage, Cleveland Play House, Dallas Theatre Center, Geva Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Syracuse Stage, South Coast Repertory, Victory Gardens Theatre, Bay Street Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival. Television: Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo, Gotham, Smash, The Today Show. Education: North Carolina School of the Arts, Yale School of Drama. D E N I T SA B L I Z N A KOVA
Denitsa is a Bulgarian costume designer whose design work has been seen nationwide at regional venues including Pasadena Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, South Coast Repertory, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Kennedy Center, Cleveland Play House, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and others. Denitsa’s work for opera includes productions at Los Angeles Opera, San Diego Opera, and Santa Fe Opera. Costume design credits for other media include films and music videos. At Geffen Playhouse, she previously designed: Man of God, Constellations, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Big Sky, and Guards at the Taj (Ovation award nomination). Nominations for Outstanding Costume Design: LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award and Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Award. She is the 2020 recipient of the Costume Design Award from Costume Society of America. Denitsa is a member of local USA 829, United States Institute for Theatre Technology and Costume Society of America. Denitsa is a Professor and the Head of the M.F.A. Design and Technology program in the School of Theatre, TV, and Film at SDSU. denitsa.com G E F F E N P L AY H O U S E 7
PRODUCTION BIOGRAPHIES LAP CHI CHU
Recent designs include the premiere of Simon Stephens’ Morning Sun at Manhattan Theatre Club and David Lindsay-Abaire/ Jeanine Tesori’s new musical, Kimberly Akimbo at the Atlantic Theater Company. He has designed regionally for Mark Taper Forum, Williamstown Theater Festival, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, American Contemporary Theater, Goodman Theatre, American Repertory Theater, Arena Stage, Dallas Theater Center, and the Alley Theater. His New York design credits include The Public Theater, Roundabout Theatre Company, Lincoln Center Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Signature Theatre, Second Stage Theatre, Performance Space 122, and Kitchen Theatre Company. His awards include the Obie for Sustained Excellence in Lighting Design, the Lucile Lortel Award, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Angstrom Award for Career Achievement in Lighting Design, the Ovation Award, and multiple Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards. He is a professor and the Head of Lighting Design at University of Los Angeles. lapchichu.com
Project’s The Waste Land). Other recent adventures include Shotgun Players’ The Light and The Niceties; Aurora Theatre Company’s The Flats; A.C.T.’s Ironbound; and Snowflakes, or Rare White People for UC Berkeley. He is currently co-writing a musical for Bay Area Children’s Theatre and The Rose Theater in Omaha, Nebraska. Stop by and say hello at eltonsounds.com! KC M O N N I E
Seattle born and raised, KC grew up hanging off of lamps in his living room imitating Gene Kelly. To his mother’s frustration (and light-less rooms from broken lamps), she threw him in dance straight away. He quickly learned that dance would become his first love and preferred language. He moved to L.A. when he was 18 and has been working professionally for the past 15 years. KC would like to thank Maggie and the Geffen for letting him be a part of this wonderful story. Some of his credits include: Disney’s Disenchanted coming out fall 2022, So You Think You Can Dance, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, La La Land, Glee, Grease: Live, A Christmas Story: Live, and The Secret (Broadway Asia). R AC H E L W I E G A R DT- EG E L
E V E R E T T E LTO N B R A D M A N
Everett Elton Bradman’s 2021 composer/sound designer credits include audio dramas (Aurora Theatre Company’s The Bluest Eye), student productions (A.C.T.’s The House of Yes), Zoom theater (Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Romeo & Juliet: Louisville 2020), podcasts (Z Space / Word for Word’s Retablos trilogy), filmed theater (San Francisco Playhouse’s [hieroglyph]), hybrid visual/audio (New Conservatory Theatre Center’s Interlude), and outdoor performances (Oakland Theater
Rachel is the Director of New Play Development at the Geffen Playhouse, where she supports the artistic staff in season planning and fostering new work. She spearheads The Writers’ Room annual program, in which Los Angeles-based playwrights develop new plays with the Geffen. She has previously worked in a dramaturgy/literary management capacity at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, McCarter Theatre Center, Marin Theatre Company, and the Ojai Playwrights Conference. Favorite past dramaturgy projects
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include the world premieres of Matt Schatz’s The Door You Never Saw Before: A Choosical Musical, Chelsea Marcantel’s Citizen Detective (New York Times Critic’s Pick), Inda Craig-Galván’s Black Super Hero Magic Mama, and Alena Smith’s Icebergs (Geffen Playhouse). L E I A S . C R AW F O R D
Production Stage Manager
Leia Crawford is so happy to be back at one of their L.A. homes, the Geffen Playhouse, where they’ve worked on: The Niceties; Murder for Two; Switzerland; The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord; The Pianist of Willesden Lane; Play Dead; and Ruined. National tours: SEVEN, Steel Magnolias, The Mountaintop, Judgment at Nuremberg, Dracula (L.A. Theatre Works); Other L.A. regional: Dana H. (Center Theatre Group, Kirk Douglas Theatre), Massoud: The Lion of Panjshir (CTG Workshop), Neva (CTG Reading); Last Stop on Market Street, Future Thinking, The Whale, The Motherfucker with the Hat, The Importance of Being Earnest, A Little Night Music, and An Italian Straw Hat (South Coast Repertory); For Piano and Harpo (Falcon Theatre). Dance: Incubation, Four Seasons, LACDC10, and Youth (Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company). Other theater credits: What Goes Around (Kaiser Permanente Educational Theater), Ojai Playwrights Conference 2014-2016, Story Pirates, Antaeus Theatre Company, Shakespeare Center LA, and Redcat. Film Festivals: AFI, TCM, AIF, and Los Angeles Independent. Film: Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse. Educational: Kaiser Permanente’s 2020-2021 Season. YouTube: Princess Rap Battle 4: Cinderella vs. Belle; Princess Rap Battle 5: Maleficent vs. Daenerys; and Princess Rap Battle 6: Katniss vs. Hermione.
PRODUCTION BIOGRAPHIES P H Y L L I S S C H U R I N G A , C SA
Phyllis is an Artistic Associate and the Casting Director for Geffen Playhouse. Recent casting includes Power of Sail, Paradise Blue, Mysterious Circumstances, Black Super Hero Magic Mama, Skeleton Crew, The Legend of Georgia McBride, Guards at the Taj, and American Buffalo at the Geffen, and Put Your House in Order at La Jolla Playhouse. She has received 6 Artios nominations: Witch, Significant Other, Actually, Barbecue, Barcelona, The Country House. Before joining the Geffen, she was the Casting Director for Steppenwolf Theater Company in Chicago where her favorites include Frank Galati’s adaptation of The Grapes of Wrath (also La Jolla Playhouse, National Theatre in London and Broadway, where it received the Tony Award for Best Play), the original production of Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile (and subsequent productions including Westwood Playhouse and Briar Street Theater in Chicago), Austin Pendleton’s Orson’s Shadow, and Charles L. Mee’s Time to Burn. Broadway transfers include One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Tony Award for Best Revival) and The Song of Jacob Zulu. She is a member of the Casting Society of America.
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.
M AT T S H A K M A N
Matt Shakman is Artistic Director of Geffen Playhouse. Matt last helmed Mysterious
G I L CAT E S, J R .
Gil Cates, Jr. is Executive Director of Geffen Playhouse.
In this role, he is responsible for managing the Geffen’s day-to-day operations; developing new, ongoing theater partnerships and leading its mission to inform, entertain and inspire diverse audiences with live theater of the highest 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 studied at the National Theatre Institute in Waterford, Connecticut, and holds a B.F.A. in Drama from Syracuse University.
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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. VIVIAN BARNES LISA SANAYE DRING WESTON GAYLORD
ALEXANDRA KALINOWSKI, TOVA KATZ, & KATIE LINDSAY
NICHOLAS PILAPIL MICHAEL SHAYAN
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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GEFFEN AT A GLANCE
PRODUCTION STAFF FOR TRAYF
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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.
Lighting Design Intern Emily Moore Consultant Rabbi Yechiel Hoffman Production Assistant Lucy Houlihan Automation Operator & Stage Supervisor Tyler Brogla Wardrobe Supervisor Sarah Nearhoff
Properties Artisans Christopher Baab Electricians Miri Henerson, Nicole Jaja, Justin Kelley-Cahill, Juan Lozano COVID-19 Compliance Manager Phil Gold
Light Board Operator Emma Inglehart Sound Board Operator Stephanie Lynn Yackovetsky
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Scenery Provided by F&D Scene Changes Ltd., AAA Flag & Banner Lighting Equipment Provided By Kinetic Lighting, Inc. Sound Equipment Provided By DnB Design
Production Photographer Jeff Lorch Media Filming Ramon Garcia Photography Justin Bettman
SPECIAL THANKS UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television Scene, Prop, Sound, and Costume Shops; London Cleaners; Joseph Piekarski
UCLA SCHOOL OF THEATER, FILM AND TELEVISION Geffen Playhouse is affiliated with the University of California at Los Angeles, specifically the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Geffen Playhouse values its role as an important educational resource by providing students with master classes, workshops and internships. Students are also able to work and learn from distinguished visiting Geffen artists in areas of directing, playwriting, acting, design, dramaturgy, management and production. Geffen Playhouse also draws upon the distinguished experts in the university to enhance the theater’s programs and research.
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 Actors and Stage Managers employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. This theater operates under agreement between the League of Resident Theaters and Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, an independent national labor union. The Director is a Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical 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
FINDING COMMON GROUND AN INTERVIEW WITH PLAYWRIGHT LINDSAY JOELLE
Playwright Lindsay Joelle
BY RACHEL WIEGARDT-EGEL, GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE DIRECTOR OF NEW PLAY DEVELOPMENT
R AC H E L W I E G A R DT- E G E L : What was your
inspiration for writing the play? L I N D SAY J O E L L E : My experience with Judaism is not as earnest and joyful as this play. Both my grandparents are Holocaust survivors. My grandmother was a member of Poland’s underground youth resistance. So she, as a teenager, was smuggling supplies across borders, and that evolved into moving people into areas that were safer. My family knew nothing about her history for most of my childhood, because she refused to talk about the war. And then, when I was in junior high, she wrote her autobiography, and all of a sudden, we learned our family history. It’s a point of pride, and she was a hero, but it’s a dark legacy to inherit. I always felt that Judaism was the last thing that I ever wanted to write about. When I went to grad school, one of my mentors was Sam Hunter—who probably needs no introduction, but is a playwright who frequently writes about his own religious upbringing and the joys and 1 2 P L AY B I L L
demons associated with that. He told me it’s a playwright’s job to press on the bruise, because that’s where all the interesting things are. So, I started writing TRAYF. Fortunately, one of the first friends I made in New York grew up as a Hasidic Jew in Crown Heights and left the community in his 20s. [Note: Hasidic Judaism is a branch of Orthodox Judaism.] He would tell me stories of growing up Hasidic and secretly dipping his toe into the secular world. When I started writing TRAYF, my friend was able to open a lot of doors for me in Crown Heights. I visited Jewish bakeries. I boarded a mitzvah tank. I talked fashion with a Hasidic hatmaker. I saw how tefillin are made. I did a lot of fieldwork and research and interviews to try to—I would say—earn the permission to tell stories from this community. I grew up Jewish, but this is not my community. I wanted to honor their voices and their experience and, at the same time, filter it through my own secular experience as a teenager, navigating friendships and being obsessed with music and spending a lot of time hanging out in cars.
BEHIND THE SCENES Q&A RW: What was it about the Chabad community that sparked your interest and made you want to center that in the play? [Note: Chabad is a specific dynasty of Hasidic Judaism and is one of the largest Hasidic groups and Jewish organizations in the world. The movement's center is in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. In TRAYF, Zalmy and Shmuel have grown up in the Crown Heights Chabad community.] L J: The first thing that grabbed me was the bravery that it must have taken for my ex-Hasidic friend to dive into a world that was completely unknown to him and experience secular culture so deeply and fully when he did not have easy access to it. I also had a lot of false assumptions about this community. When I actually went into the community, I was shocked by how normal it all felt. Shabbat dinner with my friend’s family felt like hanging out with my own family. These were multi-dimensional, human people, and religious observance
to try to increase the goodness and justice in the world, so that the world is prepared for Moshiach to arrive. So messianic fervor is at an all-time high. Also, in 1991, there’s no easy access to the internet. Finding out about the world outside of your community is a much more active pursuit. Zalmy and Shmuel, the two Hasidic teenagers in TRAYF, can’t secretly search the net and find out everything they need to know about girls and sex and music. They would have to actually go out and experience it, which makes it more dangerous. It makes the stakes higher. RW: Is there anything you’re seeing differently, in coming back to this play after such a long time away from in-person theater and after such a strange period of life for all of us? L J : I am more focused than ever on the evolution of the friendship between Shmuel and Zalmy, and I’m currently feeling that it’s not a
“I DID A LOT OF FIELDWORK AND RESEARCH AND INTERVIEWS TO TRY TO—I WOULD SAY—EARN THE PERMISSION TO TELL STORIES FROM THIS COMMUNITY.” — PLAYWRIGHT LINDSAY JOELLE
was the guiding organization of their lives and the root of their faith, but it wasn’t the center of every conversation. So, when I started writing, I was interested in the private conversations that are happening if you’re growing up in this community. If you’re driving a mitzvah tank, what do you talk about when you’re off-duty? What do you talk about when you’re just hanging out with your friend? Do you talk about God, or do you talk about what’s on the radio? RW: What are some of the reasons for setting the play at this specific moment in time, in 1991? L J: First of all, it’s a pivotal moment for this community because their spiritual leader Rebbe Schneerson is in his late eighties at the time of the play. Much of the community believed that he would imminently be revealed as Moshiach— in other words, the person to usher in messianic times of peace and unity. That was part of their guiding mission of going out and inspiring Jews,
Jewish play, per se. The “Chabad-ness” of it all is the characters’ given circumstances. But this is a play about being in a truck with your ride or die buddy—listening to your favorite music and dreaming about the future—and what it feels like to be the friend beginning a new journey you are unable to share or to be the friend left behind, watching your soulmate grow in a different direction. It’s about the renegotiation that happens between friends when the dreams that you built for the future are changing. That negotiation between people feels universal. My mission with all my plays is to present people that feel very “other”—to the audience, and sometimes to each other as well—and to make us experience our similarities more than our differences by the end of the play. Hopefully that has the power to change us a little bit. To read more about Lindsay's writing process and research for the play, visit geffenplayhouse.org/blog. G E F F E N P L AY H O U S E 1 3
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 with its 2021/2022 Anniversary Season
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
independent board, helmed by Cates, which would assume all costs and risks of operating the theater. And the rest is history.
years, owned and operated the Doolittle
Since opening, Geffen Playhouse has
Theater in Hollywood to fulfill this mission.
staged nearly 200 productions, held more
Cates recognized the Doolittle’s geographic
than 9,000 performances, and entertained
distance from campus created a barrier to
countless audiences from around the world
any meaningful relationship with UCLA and
and every walk of life. Each year has brought
argued a better partner would be the West-
with it new stories, new artists, new laugh-
wood Playhouse, located right across from
ter, new tears and new challenges—and we
campus. Compelled by the proximity and
grow as a theater, and as a family, with every
potential of the historic theater, Chancellor
one of them.
Charles 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
NOW ON DISPLAY IN THE LOBBY
ART LIVES HERE
As part of Geffen Playhouse’s inaugural Art Lives Here project, four Los Angeles artists have been invited to create original art works to be displayed in our lobby welcoming back audiences during our 25th Anniversary Season. We celebrate the diversity in our audiences and our productions, and it is our mission to create, foster, and nourish an environment that is open and welcoming for all. We are a home for the arts, and we believe our physical space should also reflect and be representative of our ongoing commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion in everything we do and the communities we support.
FEATURED WORK #2 The Drummer and the Lady ARTIST Roberto Delgado ON DISPLAY Feb. 8 – Apr. 10, 2022
This work layers Old World Shakespeare with New World Chicano Theatre. Most prominently, this work is inspired by the Luís Valdez El Teatro Campesino, and features a lady lute player and a drummer from Día de Los Muertos carpas plays. Carpa, or tent theatre, were touring groups on both sides of the border that toured from town to town, set up tents, and performed a mix of slapstick comedy, folk dance, circus stunts and puppetry, all for a mostly working-class audience. Like the Shakespearean actor William Kempe's "nine daies wonder" performed "in a daunce from London to Norwich," the carpa tradition is making a comeback with Valdez's TC, and "The Carpa Plays," of the Teatro Bravo, connecting a theatre tradition 400 years apart. ABOUT THE ARTIST The work of Roberto Delgado evolves from the reality of the photo. Both the easel work and public art murals have been based on the people and circumstances that he has encountered, with both being an appreciation of the human figure. Born and raised in the
Koreatown area of Los Angeles, Delgado served in the US Army and was a graduate of UCLA’s M.F.A. program. Spending most of the 70s and 80s in Chiapas State, Mexico, Delgado honed his skills in murals and public art. In 1985 he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship and lived in Mexico City, working on large monotypes and murals. Seeing the influence of Mexican-American-Chicano barrio realism on the Mexico City art world first hand, he realized how Chicano art had come full circle, with the craft of Mexican art taken to L.A., now coming back to the Mexico City art world.
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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