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From the Artistic Director When I first saw Joanna Glass’ beautiful play Trying several years ago in New York starring my friend Fritz Weaver, I was fascinated by this Pygmalion - like story about Judge Francis Biddle and his last assistant, based on Ms. Glass’ own experience working for him. David Saint Artistic Director

Looking at the play in 2018, I find the resonance of this “exemplary” Attorney General‘s passionate belief in social justice newly inspiring.

In a more personal way, this story of learning from an older, opinionated and sometimes difficult mentor hit home with me regarding my own relationship with my mentor, the extraordinary Arthur Laurents. I’m so pleased to have Jim Jack return to our main stage after the exquisite job he did directing My Name is Asher Lev. I believe he has found two remarkable actors to bring this touching, delicate dance of a duet to life in Philip Goodwin and Carly Zien. Together with their wonderful design team, they have mounted a production which will delight, enchant and ultimately move you as deeply as it does me. Enjoy.

David Saint Artistic Director

Productions sponsored by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation (from top-left clockwise): Bryan Cranston as Lyndon Baines Johnson in All The Way; Santino Fontana and Tony Shalhoub in a scene from Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Act One; Primary Stage production of Bronx Bombers; and Peter Gallagher, Kristin Chenoweth, Andy Karl, Michael McGrath and Mark Linn-Baker in On the Twentieth Century.


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Trying By Joanna McClelland Glass Directed by Jim Jack Set Design by Jason Simms Costume Design by Esther Arroyo Lighting Design by Christopher J. Bailey Composer/Sound Designer Scott Killian Production Manager Christopher J. Bailey Production Stage Manager Jane Pole* Casting by McCorkle Casting, Ltd.

March 13 – April 8, 2018 Trying is sponsored by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation Trying is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC. Originally Produced at Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago, Illinois Dennis Zacek, Artistic Director Sandy Shinner, Production Director March 29, 2004 Originally Produced on the New York Stage by Michael Leavitt, Maidstone Productions, Libby Adler Mages, Mari Stuart, Tony D’Angelo, Steve Dahl, Maria Cozzi Sandy Shinner, Production Director October 14, 2004

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CAST in order of appearance

Sarah Judge Biddle

Carly Zien* Philip Goodwin* *- denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Trying is performed with one 15 minute intermission.

Understudies: Christina Comizio and Rachelle Legrand

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COMPANY bios. Philip Goodwin (Judge Francis Biddle) Broadway: Tartuffe, The Diary of Anne Frank, and The School for Scandal. OffBroadway: A Day by the Sea, Mint Theatre; Celebration, Atlantic Theatre; Mud and Drowning, Signature Theatre; Grace (with Lynn Redgrave), MCC; and Henry VI (Drama Desk Nomination), Theatre for a New Audience; King Lear (with Kevin Kline), Public Theatre. Regional: Two River Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, Arizona Theatre Company, Cleveland Playhouse, Guthrie Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Portland Stage, Hartford Stage, and as Kenneth Tynan in Tynan, Studio Theatre DC. Film and TV: The Pink Panther, The Pink Panther 2, Diary of a City Priest, Law & Order, Law & Order: CI, Hamlet (PBS). Philip is an Associate Artist at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., and an alumnus of The Acting Company. Carly Zien (Sarah) is thrilled to be making her George Street Playhouse debut. Theater: One Slight Hitch (Totem Pole Playhouse); Over the River and Through the Woods (Flat Rock Playhouse); Buzzer (Cincinnati Playhouse); and Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Chautauqua Theater Company). Favorite roles from

school include Viola and Olivia in two different productions of Twelfth Night, Lula in Dutchman, and Harper in Angels in America. Film and TV: A Woman, A Part; The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon); Nightcap (PopTV). MFA: Yale School Of Drama. For my elders. Joanna McClelland Glass (Playwright) has had plays produced in many North American regional theatres, as well as in England, Ireland, Australia, and Germany. Trying was first presented by Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago in 2004 and won Chicago’s prestigious Jefferson Award for Best New Play. Trying was then produced at The Promenade Theatre, NYC, in the fall/ winter of 2004-2005. Ms. Glass has written two novels, Reflections on a Mountain Summer (published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1975), and Woman Wanted (published by St. Martin’s Press in 1984). She adapted both novels into screenplays. Kiefer Sutherland starred in and directed a film version of Woman Wanted — also starring Holly Hunter and Michael Moriarty — in 1998. Jim Jack (Director) returns to directing for GSP’s mainstage a second time, following his debut at the helm of the critically acclaimed production of My Name is Asher Lev in spring 2016. Directing credits for GSP’s Educational Tour and Communitybased programs include: Terra Incognita, Our Town Now; Gabi Goes Green!; Austin the Unstoppable; IRL: in real life; New Kid; Peacemaker; and


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A p r i l 24 – May 20 Willum’s birthday party gets a jolt of hilarious excitement when Rick Steadman, a fellow ex-soldier who saved Willum’s life, stops by for a visit. When he realizes that Rick is socially inept and will overstay his welcome with a vengeance, Willum must put together an outrageous plan to rid himself of this wacky GI who came to dinner. A rollicking farce from the author of the award-winning comedy The Foreigner.

“The audience almost never stops laughing—handkerchiefs wiping away tears of merriment…” — Variety

COMPANY bios. Break the Chains. Additional New York and regional credits include: The Road; Where is Home?; The Way It Was; K2 (Drama Logue Award for Outstanding Direction); Life and Limb; The Dumb Waiter; and The Zoo Story. Jim is the Director of Education and Outreach for George Street Playhouse. Jim wishes to thank David Saint, Kelly Ryman and the GSP staff, and Board of Trustees for their support. Jim dedicates this production to the memory of the man who helped him lace the skates and hit the ice, Dr. Homer Swander. Jason Simms (Set Designer) Productions at GSP include: American Hero, American Son, Sex With Strangers, Venus in Fur and The Whipping Man. Other Regional Theaters include: Philadelphia Theatre Co., Bristol Riverside Theatre (Bristol, PA), People’s Light and Theatre, (Malvern, PA) Denver Center Theatre Co., TheatreWorks, Silicon Valley, Chautauqua Theatre Co. (Chautauqua, NY), Berkshire Theatre Group, The Old Globe (San Diego), Two River Theatre Co. (Red Bank, NJ), Pioneer Theatre Co. (Salt Lake City), and many others. New York venues include: The Public, The Cherry Lane, 2nd Stage Uptown, The Pearl Theatre Co., Ensemble Studio Theatre, Soho Playhouse, The New Ohio, and more. MFA: NYU, BFA: Cornish College of the Arts. Esther Arroyo (Costume Designer) is the resident Costume Designer and Costume Director at George

Street Playhouse. Recent credits include this season’s An Act of God starring the legendary Kathleen Turner; Daddy Long Legs; Nureyev’s Eyes; Nora; The Fabulous Lipitones; Clever Little Lies at George Street Playhouse, Guild Hall and NYC’s Westside Theatre; One of Your Biggest Fans; Twelve Angry Men; The Subject Was Roses; and Come Back, Come Back, Wherever You Are by Arthur Laurents. Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts, majoring in Costume Design, from Rutgers University. Christopher Bailey (Lighting Designer/ Production Manager) This season marks Mr. Bailey’s 20th at George Street Playhouse and 14th as its Production Manager, having previously served the Playhouse as Technical Coordinator and Sound and Lighting Manager. He was recently Lighting Designer for GSP’s productions of American Hero, Bad Jews, Daddy Long Legs, My Name is Asher Lev, Sex With Strangers, Nureyev’s Eyes and Clever Little Lies, which moved to the Guild Hall Theatre in East Hampton and then off-Broadway to the Westside Theatre. He was Sound Designer for GSP’s American Son and offBroadway productions of The Fourth Wall at Primary Stages and Down the Garden Paths at the Minetta Lane Theatre. His work includes 6 scenic designs and 9 sound designs for GSP’s Educational Touring productions and 26 lighting designs and 40 sound designs for GSP’s

COMPANY bios. mainstage productions. He has also designed for: French Institute Alliance Française, The Pearl Theatre, Barrington Stage Company, Premiere Stages, The Bickford Theatre, Abingdon Theatre, Strand Theatre, The Berkshire Theatre Festival, Two River Theater Company, Ashlawn Highland Opera Festival, LKB Dance, Randy James Dance, The Rand Theater, The Irish Repertory Theatre, Westport Country Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company, Jacob’s Pillow, and more. Scott Killian (Composer/Sound Designer) Trying marks Scott’s 22nd production at George Street, where some of his favorite productions include Outside Mullingar, Good People, Clever Little Lies, My Name is Asher Lev, American Hero and The Seafarer. OffBroadway: Sarah, Sarah; Five by Tenn; A Picasso (Lortel Award nomination), The Other Side (Manhattan Theatre Club); Volpone; The Duchess of Malfi; Edward the Second; Women Beware Women (Red Bull Theater); Side Effects (MCC); Steve and Idi; Miss Julie (Rattlestick Theater). Regional: Resident Composer/Sound Designer, Berkshire Theatre Festival (35-plus productions); Westport Country Playhouse; American Conservatory Theatre; Seattle Repertory Theatre; Cleveland Playhouse; Cincinnati Playhouse; Shakespeare Theatre, DC; Shakespeare & Company; Theatre Calgary and Vancouver Playhouse. Music for dance includes Zvi Gotheiner (ZviDance), Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance, Shapiro and

Smith Dance, Alvin Ailey, Nikolais Louis Dance, and The Jose Limon Company. Jane Pole (Production Stage Manager) Broadway: The Addams Family, Macbeth, Tartuffe. Off-Broadway includes: School for Scandal, The 39 Steps, The Anthem, Bill W & Dr Bob, Hurt Village, Play it Cool,On The Levee, What Once We Felt, Evil Dead The Musical. BAM: The Bridge Project – The Cherry Orchard & Winter’s Tale (& International Tour), Macbeth, Happy Days, King Lear, The Seagull and Medea. Regional: A Connecticut Christmas Carol (Goodspeed), Guys & Dolls, Clue, Cake Off, Steel Magnolias, Plaid Tidings, Meet Me In St. Louis, It’s A Wonderful Life, Barefoot in the Park (Bucks County Playhouse); Daddy Long Legs, Rich Girl, One Slight Hitch, The 39 Steps (George Street Playhouse); Intimate Apparel (Westport Country Playhouse). UK: Over 50 productions for the RSC. McCorkle Casting, Ltd. (Casting) Pat McCorkle (C.S.A.), Katja Zarolinski (CSA) have been the proud casting director of George Street Playhouse for over 20 years. Broadway: Over 50 productions; Amazing Grace, On The Town, End of the Rainbow, The Lieutenant Of Inishmore, The Glass Menagerie, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Amadeus, She Loves Me, Blood Brothers, A Few Good Men. Off Broadway: Over 60 original productions; Clever Little Lies, Becoming Dr. Ruth, Tribes, Our Town, Falling, Toxic Avenger, Freud’s Last Session,

COMPANY bios. Almost Maine, Killer Joe, Driving Miss Daisy. Feature film: Senior Moment, Year by the Sea, Child of Grace, My Man is a Loser, Ghost Town, Secret Window, Tony and Tina’s Wedding, The Thomas Crown Affair, The 13th Warrior, Madeline, Die Hard with a Vengeance, School Ties, etc.,Television: Twisted (ABC Family) humans for Sesame Street, Californication (Emmy nomination), Hack (CBS), The Education of Max Bickford (CBS), Chappelle’s Show, Strangers with Candy, Barbershop (Comedy Central) and series’ for Showtime, HBO, TMC. David Saint (Artistic Director) is in his 21st season as Artistic Director of George Street Playhouse. He has directed 39 mainstage productions at GSP, having most recently helmed this season’s American Hero; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; and An Act of God starring the legendary Kathleen Turner. His time here has been marked by collaborations with such artists as Keith Carradine, Tyne Daly, Rachel Dratch, Sandy Duncan, Boyd Gaines, A.R. Gurney, Uta Hagen, Jack Klugman, Dan Lauria, Kathleen Marshall, Elaine May, Anne Meara, David Hyde Pierce, Chita Rivera, Paul Rudd, Stephen Sondheim, Marlo Thomas, Eli Wallach and many others, including a remarkable partnership with Arthur Laurents. In addition, many new award-winning works have begun their life here during his tenure, such as The Toxic Avenger, Proof, The Spitfire Grill, Joe DiPietro’s

Clever Little Lies and It Shoulda Been You. He has directed Clever Little Lies at Guild Hall in East Hampton, N.Y., and off-Broadway at Westside Theatre, as well as the National Tour of West Side Story. In July 2016, he directed a twonight concert performance of West Side Story at the legendary Hollywood Bowl. He also has directed on Broadway, off-Broadway and regionally at Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, Primary Stages, McCarter, Williamstown, Seattle Rep, Pasadena Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public, Long Wharf and many others on premieres by writers such as Aaron Sorkin, Wendy Wasserstein, Peter Parnell, Jonathan Marc Sherman, Joe Di Pietro and Jonathan Larson. He is the recipient of the Alan Schneider Award, Helen Hayes Award, L.A. Drama Critics Award, several DramaLogue Awards and is the President of The Laurents/Hatcher Foundation. Kelly Ryman (Managing Director) is now in her 18th season at George Street Playhouse. As Director of Marketing and Public Relations from 2000 to 2013, Kelly spearheaded promotional efforts resulting in the top 10-highest grossing productions in the Playhouse’s history, including the hit musical It Shoulda Been You, which ran on Broadway in early 2015. OffBroadway, Kelly was a member of the marketing team for The Toxic Avenger, which premiered at GSP and won the 2009 Outer Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Musical. She serves on the


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COMPANY bios. Board of Directors of New Brunswick City Market. Prior to her tenure at George Street Playhouse, Ms. Ryman worked at McCarter Theatre, and The Wilma Theatre. She is an adjunct professor of Arts and Entertainment Business at Mercer County Community College, and was recognized in 2012 by ArtPride NJ with their Jersey Arts Marketers Leadership Award. The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation (Production Sponsor) was established in 1983 by New Brunswick philanthropist Irving Laurie. The Foundation supports a variety of projects across broad issue areas. The 2017/2018 program of cultural support currently

includes the 2017/2018 Drew Forum – New Jersey’s most prestigious ongoing speakers series; Lincoln Center Theatre’s revival of My Fair Lady; the public television series American Masters and the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s 55th Annual New York Film Festival. The Foundation was gratified to have been selected as the Outstanding Foundation of 2016 by the New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. It is proud to report that the Foundation has provided approximately $80,000,000 in grants to philanthropic endeavors, addressing the Foundation’s interest in the arts, education, healthcare and social services.

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THEATRE ACADEMY SUMMER 2018 write: An Interview with Joanna McClleland Glass

Inset: The Honorable Francis Biddle via Wikipedia.

The following text is excerpted from an interview conducted in December 2003 by Emilie Syberg of the Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago, Illinois. Q: There’s a sense that much of your work is autobiographical. Can you talk about Trying in that way? Joanna McClelland Glass: Trying is about the last year in a life of enormous accomplishment. Francis Biddle was first a Harvard-educated lawyer; later he became Attorney General under Roosevelt, and then Truman appointed him Chief Judge of the Military Tribunal at Nuremberg. But in the last year of his life the things that preoccupied him most were the fact that one of his sons had died young, and that he had never known his own father, who died when Biddle was six. I was young enough, when I worked for him, to be rather amazed at that. I was so impressed with all of his credentials, by the illustriousness of his Philadelphia family. But here was a sick old man who had a great deal of pride, who hated my knowing how difficult it was for him to make a phone call, how forgetful he was, and so on; and whose real psychic pain resided in the two great losses in his life. Those losses are what he was about in his final year.

Q: Why did you write this story now, over 30 years after it happened? JMG: Within a couple of years after working for Francis Biddle, I very badly wanted to write it all down, because it had a tremendous effect on me. I had a one-act play that was about forty minutes long. But I knew—again, innately— that it needed to be a full-length play. I think this particular play required me to have a deeper knowledge of one’s mortality. I tried to go back to it about ten years ago. I was living in Toronto at the time, and my partner, who has since died, had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. I stopped working on it while in the midst of that. So here I am, in my sixties, writing about 1967 and ‘68. Q: Since the character Sarah is, in effect, you, did you find your older self commenting on the younger? Editing her? JMG: I had to go back and try to become again that girl who was quite close to the Saskatchewan prairie, because I’m very far away from it now. And with the prairie signifying what it does for me, which is a great deal of sorrow and unhappiness, I’ve done that very human thing of shutting down on a lot of memories. You shut down because you have to function, you have to get up in the morning and get on with life. So I had to get in there and dig, and remember what a blank slate I was in the presence of Biddle; I had to remember the way his accomplishments and his ancestry led me into American history. Growing up in Canada we got much more British history than American (and a great deal of British literature). Q: Can you tell us about the actual experience of working for Biddle? JMG: Back then I was more dazzled by the enormous difference between his background and mine. Biddle’s family bought a great deal of what is now New Jersey in the late 1600s— from William Penn, actually. That’s a far cry from the way my mother’s family arrived in Saskatchewan. Every family has its own lore, and my mother’s lore was all about pioneering. My mother’s grandparents went to Saskatchewan to homestead; their wagons overshot and they ended up in Alberta where, luckily, they found some dinosaur bones they sold to give them the money to go back to their intended acres in Saskatchewan. My mother was illiterate all her life. Biddle was born in Paris; his father went to Yale, and (as is in the play) knew Benjamin Franklin’s greatgranddaughter. It was this kind of introduction to American history that made me want to know about Philadelphia and the Declaration of Independence. Sometimes (this is not in the play) he loved to just educate me. And then there were other times when I would be very bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and I’d ask about something, and he was too preoccupied with the finality of his life, with what he knew to be his final year.

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($250 - $499) Marci and Martin Abschutz Michael Antoniades Frank Arcaro Ellen Berman Karen A. Beverly Jacqueline Brendel Mr. and Mrs. Terrill Brenner Adele and Jack Borrus Christine and Benjamin Bucca Andrea and James Carroll Scott Corbett Lynnette Durko Dina and Peter Engler Elaine and Bill Flynn Mark Froelich and Doug Otrimski Boyd Gaines Stephen Garvey Willard Geller Paula and Jack Gentempo Nancy Greenberger Margaret Grove Irwin Hametz Robert Hartmann Evelyn Hartmann Valerie and Nathaniel Hartshorne Kenneth Kaufman Ruth B. Klein Joseph Kosmo Susanne and Alexander Kucsma Howard R. Levine Nicky and Paige L’Hommedieu Andrew Lippa Lanny and Lee Livingston Rose and Anthony Lo Castro Kathleen Mattingly Richard McAdams John McEwen Mary Ann McLaughlin John Mortenson Lilia and Roberto Muniz Barbara Nathan Brenda Overcash and Thomas West Cori and Jim Palmere Kimberly and Gregory Parris Marion and Michael Portnoy Janet and Joseph Potenza Bethany and Jonathan Rabinowitz Mary Reece Stephen L. Ritz Alan Rothschild Rita Seplowitz Saltz Arline Schwartzman Megan Shook Patricia Sheehan Jerry Stiller Joel Studebaker Bonnie and David Sudol Gail and James Szeluga Blanquita B. Valenti Dan Vickery Joanne and Allan Williams

($100 - $249) Beatrice Abrams Carol Adelman Arda Agulian and Ron Russo Nancy and William Ainslie Beatrice and Ed Albaum David Alberts Jennifer Allen Mr. and Mrs. Marc L. Alterman Carol and Thomas F. Arnold Silvia Ascarelli Maryjane Austin Linda Bachman Barbara Baier Isabelle and John Baker Peggy Barbella Nancy R. Baron Jeanne and James F. Barrett, II Shirley and Stuart Bauer Kathi and Greg Baxter Edythe Ben-Israel Dorothea Berkhout and Paul Breitman Susan and Alan Blanchette Karen and David Blivaiss Nancy and Russell Block Stephen Boguchwal Bill Braden Jody and Phil Bramson Shelley Brankner Eileen and John Bufe Richard Bullock Joanne and James Bunce Mr. & Mrs. Charles M. Carroll Linda and Theodore M. Choplick Carolyn and Larry Cohen Ellen and Ted Cohen Sylvia and Howard Cohen Donald B. Cook Sheila Cooper Mark Corso Elizabeth Counselman Ellen and Cliff Cramer Robert Daly Natalie Darwin Nancy and Jeff Davis Madeline Detalvo Norman Diamond Ellen and Richard Diamond Betty and Paul Dicker Susan and Merv Dickinson David Drinkwater and Jonathan Mills Katherine Dulan Sandi and Allan Ellis Joseph Ercolino Paulette Ewert Sondra Fechtner Paula and Irwin Feifer David Feigley Gail and S. Ashby Foote Marie Foucher and Daniel D. Hyman Bonnie and William Fox Barbara and Sheldon Freidenreich Judith E. Gardner Stacey and David Garfield

Chris Gatelli Joyce and Alvin Glasgold Marilyn Glassner Garry Goldberg Susan and Eric Goldman Joel Goldsmith Marjorie and Bruce Goldstein Anne and Robert Gordon Marlene and Joel Gordon Elizabeth and Roy Gotta Robert Grant Laura Graumann Bruce Greenberg Marcia Greenberg Judy and Michael Greenwood Ed Grossman Brenda Hagan James Hastings Dorothy and George Heinze Lucille Heller Ellen and Joel Henkin Deborah Herman and Shelby Wells Blanche Hoffman Laura and James Holdsworth Frederick Holt Ann and John Holt Bernice and Robert Howatt Brian R. Humphrey Rachel and Jeff Humphrey Pamela Imbimbo Edna Ingold Jim Jack Marilyn Jeris Janice and Sherry Johnson Dr. and Mrs. Frank Jones Maxine and Mark Kasdin Liz and Murray Katz John P. Khouri Elisabeth and Donald King Gregory King David Klein Pat and Roger Klein Jackie Kreuger Evelyn and George Lander Kathleen Larkin and Frank Sonnenberg Ann and John Lech Renee and Steve Levin Mr. and Mrs. Michael Levine Karen and David Levinsky Rita and Philip Levy Marlaine Lockheed and Steven Frakt Kathleen Love Carolyn and Frank Lumia Mr. and Mrs. Robert Margolies Ruth and Michael Margolin Joanne M. and Tom Marino Charles Martino Elaine and William McClure Pat McCorkle Mary McDermott Mary Ann McLaughlin Susan and Jack Meola Sharon and Vance Merolla Marion Mezzetti Joan and Rabbi Bennett Miller

THANK YOU for your support Michele and Irwin Millinger Linda and Hassan Minor Karol and Wayne Morrison Bruce Moskovitz and John Felllin Jim Mulroy Judith S. Musicant Suzanne S. Nacson Barbara and Kurt Nathan Randi Neuman Debbie and Henry E. Newman Rochelle and Bruce D. Newman Walter Newman Dennis O’Dea Eugene F. O’Neill T. Oravetz Tracey O’Reggio Anita and Harry Paborsky Virginia and Michael Palmer Glenn M. Parker Margaret and Harry Perrin Barbara and Jim Petrosini Rosemary and Robert Polak, in Honor of Paul Charles Buckley Gerald Pomper George F. Poppe III Marcus Peter Porcelli Joan Pritchard Ellen O. Rebarber Maureen and Frank Rees Susan Rivkind and Richard Zucker Ruth Robinson David Rogoff Naomi and Jerry Rose David Rosen Buena Rosenbloom Judith Rubin Karen Satterthwaite Barbara Schafer Lolly Schenck Cory and Stanley Schneider Patricia Schneider and Roger Smith Dr. and Mrs. Ronald S. Schotland Kathy and Ken Schurzky Susette Schwartz and Marvin Brauth Todd and Tara Schwartzman Lynn and John Semmlow Lurlee Shutkin and Donald White Marjorie Shakun Carolyn and Arthur Sherbin Victoria and Michael Shernicoff Pat Shiffner Rachel and Michael Silverstein Harvey B. Singer Karen and Sheldon Singer Elaine and Gene Sletvold Cecile Spector Patricia and Robert Spencer Willa and Michael Spicer Ronnie and Drew Staffenberg Natalie and Ernest Stein Susan Steinfeld Toni and Edward Stern Robert Stone Beverly Teich Sheila and Raymond Testa

Donald Thomas James Tiesi Bridget Troccoli Cecilia Tyler Bonnie and Allan Warton Barbara Westergaard Adam White Caroline Willard Jon Winer Philip Witt Anita H. Wolfson J. Wood, in honor of Marc Vogt

GEORGE STREET PLAYHOUSE GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGES THE FOLLOWING GIFTS GIVEN IN MEMORIAM: In Memory of Stephanie Bramson Janice, Lewis, and Landon Stolar In Memory of Joseph Ciorciari Mary Botteon Nancy Catena Rick Engler and Brad Caswell Denise and Ashley Ruikis In Memory of Al Nacson Margaret and Andrew Burke Annie and Andy Berger Barbara Day and Bob Strosnider Sharon Grossman and Pat Crago Winifred and Edward Haymes Sue and John Janssen Megan and Rich Kacrinsky Phoebe Klein Carol Kumhall Daniel Levin

ARTHUR LAURENTS MEMORIAL FUND DONORS: Lauren Bacall* Roger Berlind Lois and Ronald Bleich Paddy Briglio Tyne Daly Joe DiPietro Holly and Orlando Esposito Freddie and Myrna Gershon David M. Greene David Hatcher Marcia Hefter Shirley Herz* James N. Heston Winnie Holzman and Paul Dooley Betty Wold Johnson Sharon Karmazin The Honorable Thomas H. Kean Jonathan Lomma Judith A. McDowell Anne Meara* and Jerry Stiller Karen S. Price David Saint Jocelyn Schwartzman Stephen Sondheim The Streisand Foundation Margaret Styne Lora and Bill Tremayne Ralph W. Voorhees* * – deceased

MAXIMIZE THE IMPACT OF YOUR GIFT with a matching gift from your company!

Double or triple the impact of your gift to George Street Playhouse! Include the name of your affiliation on your pledge form and your company’s matching gift form. GSP will credit the amount of your matching gift toward your gift total and include you in the higher level of benefits based on the combined gift total. Matching gifts play an essential role in the financial support of George Street Playhouse.

Current Matching Gift Companies Supporting the Playhouse Bristol-Myers Squibb

Merck Company

GE Foundation

Merrill Lynch & Co

The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey

Prudential Foundation

IBM Corporation

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Johnson & Johnson



Official Florist of George Street Playhouse The area’s most unique floral & gift accessory shop Weddings & Special Events Imported soaps - candles - home decor - gourmet and kosher baskets 732-828-1107 Mark Froehlich - Doug Otrimski




NOW ON BROADWAY ◆ 212-239-6200 Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St.



Thank you to the Rutgers Community for a Great Partnership in our new theater on Cook Campus! – James N. Heston

For Your Information GSP is located at 103 College Farm Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 • Box Office: 732-246-7717



The audio-described performances for patrons with visual impairments are at 8pm on:

If necessary, patrons are asked to leave cell phones with the bartender or House Manager, along with their seat location.

Trying, Mar. 29 The Nerd, May 10


Please call the Box Office, 732-246-7717, for further information. Large print and Braille brochures and programs are available upon request. Audio-described performances are made possible by support from Fund for the New Jersey Blind, Inc.

The exit indicated by the red light and sign nearest to the seat you occupy is the shortest route to the street. In the event of a fire or other emergency, please do not run, WALK TO THE EXIT.

OPEN-CAPTIONED PERFORMANCES The open-captioned performances for patrons with hearing impairments are at 2pm on:

George Street Playhouse maintains a policy of not cancelling performances due to inclement weather, except in the event a State of Emergency has been declared by the State or Local Government.

Trying, March 31 The Nerd, May 12


Please inform the Box Office that you wish to use this service so that you may be seated appropriately. George Street Playhouse’s accessible programming is made possible in part by Fund for the New Jersey Blind, Inc., the Gordon and Llura Gund Foundation, the William G. and Helen C. Hoffman Foundation, the Hyde and Watson Foundation, the Union Foundation, and the E.J. Grassmann Trust.

ASSISTIVE LISTENING SYSTEM For patrons who have a hearing impairment, light-weight, comfortable, padded earbuds and receivers are available. George Street Playhouse offers all people equal access and opportunities to participate in its services, programs and activities. If any individual requires special assistance or assistive technology, please contact the Patron Services Manager at 732-246-7717 as far in advance of the program as possible.


The theatre is open to the public one half-hour prior to the performance. In consideration of all patrons, latecomers will be seated at the discretion of House Management. Late patrons will be seated in the best available seating at an appropriate break or interval during the performance.

RECORDING EQUIPMENT Due to copyright and union regulations and restrictions, still cameras, video cameras or any type of recording equipment is not permitted at any time in the theatre and will be confiscated.

SMOKING The Playhouse is a smoke-free environment. There is no smoking in the building. If you wish to smoke, you may do so outside where there are ashtrays available.


APR 6-7


APR 15

APR 26

MAY 4-5


MAY 12

MAY 18-19

STNJ.ORG 732-246-SHOW (7469)

STAFF David Saint, Artistic Director • Kelly Ryman, Managing Director

ARTISTIC Producing Associate Casting

DEVELOPMENT Scott Goldman McCorkle Casting, Ltd.

EDUCATION Director of Education and Outreach

Jim Jack Assistant Director of Education Christa Cillaroto Manager of Tour and Academy Programs Diana Gundacker Education Administrative Assistant Angela Peletier Resident Teaching Artist/ Project Coordinator Annie Rutherford Lutz 2017/18 – Touring Cast Christina Comizio Evan Hart Rachelle Legrand Joe Piserchio Stage Manager Erica Leigh Teaching Artists Dustin Ballard Laura Bozzone Heather Holmes Sam Leichter Annie Rutherford Lutz Rachel Matusewicz Angela Peletier Lucas Pinner Sandy Sainvil Dave Seamon Jaime Ward

Director of Development

Jacqueline Brendel

Development Associate, Events and Operations

Caitlin Christensen

Development Associate, Institutional Relations

Cassidy Nogueira

Development Associate, Donor Relations Megan Shook

FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION Director of Finance Business Assistant

PRODUCTION Production Manager Assistant Production Manager

Technical Director

Assistant Technical Director Master Carpenter Carpenters Scenic Charge

Properties Master Assistant Properties Master


Sales & Community Engagement Assoc. Photographer

PATRON SERVICES & BOX OFFICE Patron Services Manager

House Manager

Sales Associates

Shakera Blakney Jaci D’Ulisse Megan Cherry Gerry Porcaro Lolly Schenck Austin Brecht Cassidy Nogueira Christopher Paterson Aaron Ratzan Melissa Thompson Kether Tomkins

Marc Vogt Matthew Schmutz Frank Giamella Theodore Hoelter Stone Coggins James Hancocks


Director of Marketing & Public Relations Graphic Designer/Marketing Associate

Megan Cherry


Deck Hand

Rick Engler Brian Kelley Mark Kieran Erin Leder T. Charles Erickson

Christopher J. Bailey

Company Manager/

MARKETING & PUBLIC RELATIONS Marketing & Public Relations Associate

Karen Price Lynne Holton

Costume Shop Manager

Helen Tewksbury Maureen Hennessey Andre Penn

Esther Arroyo

Wardrobe Supervisor /Assistant to the Costume Shop Manager

Kelli Kardell

SOUND & ELECTRICS Master Electrician Sound Engineer

Tommy Williamson Ted Crimy

Assistant Master Electrician and Lighting Console Operator

Marlon Lockhart

FOR THIS PRODUCTION Production Assistant

Heather Ber

Assistant Lighting Designer

Maximo Grano De Oro


ElleryJane Ring Rebecca Simon

Dialect Coach

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March 13 — April 8, 2018 Internationally known Francis Biddle, Chief Judge of the Nuremberg trials, opponent of the Japanese internment camp...

Trying playbill  

March 13 — April 8, 2018 Internationally known Francis Biddle, Chief Judge of the Nuremberg trials, opponent of the Japanese internment camp...