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Wow! That about sums up spring at the DCPA. There’s so much going on and it’s exhilarating. First, our Board of Trustees just named Martin Semple as its next Chairman. Martin will succeed Dan Ritchie who vacates the seat at the end of June. Martin has been a Trustee for 10 years, and his love for the DCPA is as rich as his Irish accent! Second, just as the current season nears its end, we are delighted to share our Broadway and Theatre Company lineup for 2017/18. Touring titles include Waitress, Hamilton and Disney's Aladdin, while our locally-produced plays include Macbeth, four new plays and The Who’s Tommy. Subscriptions are at a record high thanks in part to the success of our current season including sold-out houses at The Book of Will and anticipation for the pre-Broadway debut of Frozen, which is on public sale May 1. Third, we just wrapped up our most successful Saturday Night Alive, netting a whopping $1 million to support theatre education programs, which include two new opportunities for young audiences. We are one of three markets nationally to host In a Pickle, an immersive play for Pre-K students by England’s Oily Cart Company. Also on tap is a new Theatre for Young Audiences program for Pre-K through second graders. Set to launch this fall, we will greet 18,000 students at The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats, half of whom will attend on scholarship. Fourth, we have just concluded another extremely successful Colorado New Play Summit featuring five new play readings and a 15% increase in attendance. One ingredient essential to the Summit’s success is our Women’s Voices Fund, a first-of-its-kind endowment to support women playwrights. The Fund gets a boost annually at our Women with Hattitude luncheon, which is coming up on May 4. Don your hat, grab a friend and get ready to strut your stuff at this fun luncheon and spontaneous fashion show. And fifth, we’ve just announced a new partnership. Off-Center will co-produce Mixed Taste, the 14-year-lecture series developed by Museum of Contemporary Art Denver that pairs two completely unrelated topics followed by engaging and unscripted dialogue. The move will feature eight Wednesday evening events July 5-August 23 in the Seawell Ballroom. How lucky am I to be here and share the excitement of our recent successes plus the announcement of even more great things in store? With new leadership, new programs and new seasons all made possible by you, we hope to widen our appeal so that we’re relevant, engaging and vital to our community for seasons to come.

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one place to another. There are things that people do in our show that are unbelievably remarkable. You won’t believe what you are seeing on stage.” You might not realize this, Dorward said, but magic — much like the circus — started to go out of fashion in the 1980s and ’90s. “But magic is back,” Dorward said, “and I think we were a big part of bringing it back and making it cool again.” They achieved that, he said, by not taking magic too seriously. “This show has got lots of humor,” Dorward said. “We have some hysterically funny magicians, and some beautiful magicians.” While the Denver lineup is subject to change, Dorward called out South Korea’s World Magic Champion An Ha Lim, otherwise known as “The Manipulator,” and Dan Sperry, who is described as Marilyn Manson meets David Copperfield. “I would just bring your whole family out to the show,” Painter said. “It is highly entertaining. It’s lots of fun, lots of laughter and lots of astonishing ‘wows.’ You will be definitely fooled. So come along.”

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There was nothing quite so appealing to the Victorians as tales of tragedy, gloom and redemption. Think Charles Dickens. But a less well-remembered though equally prolific writer by the name of Frances Hodgson Burnett, who grew up in England on a diet of Dickens, Walter Scott and Thackeray before emigrating to the United States, used that formula as the inspiration for much of her own literary work. With a twist. She is mostly remembered today for three children’s books: Little Lord Fauntleroy (1885-6), which became a worldwide sensation that put her on the map; A Little Princess (1905), and The Secret Garden, serialized in 1909 when Burnett was already 60 and published as a book in 1911. Unlike the previous two works, The Secret Garden was tepidly received when it emerged and almost forgotten by the time Burnett died in 1924. So credit Marsha Norman (book and lyrics) and Lucy Simon (music) with rescuing the novel by using it as the basis for their 1989 musical of the same name. The book deserved the rescue. It tells of the transformation of a selfish little girl, Mary Lennox, growing up overprivileged in India, who loses her uncaring parents to cholera and is sent back to England to live on the estate of a hunchbacked uncle, Archibald Craven. Craven is too involved mourning the loss of his wife to pay much attention to his son Colin, let alone the unexpected arrival of this niece. So Mary, once again, finds herself left to her own devices. But when she befriends her maid Martha, and Martha’s brother Dickon, Mary starts to see the world through different eyes. When Mary discovers a sealed and dying garden that once belonged to Colin’s mother and decides to bring it back to life, other things begin to change as well. With Dickon’s help, she finds a path not only to her salvation, but also to her cousin Colin who, unfairly treated as an invalid since birth, is in even greater need of rescuing. Thanks to the shared experience of bringing a garden back to life, they discover all the good that awaits them in theirs: the joy of friendship, the value of the caring and kindness of others, and nature’s singular restorative power. It is a sweet and hopeful story. Burnett’s novel focused on Mary, Colin and Dickon — and a little red robin that points the way. But the musical, which added a chorus of ghosts and a complex musical score, evolved into a kind of chamber opera with a thriller backdrop. Its technical intricacy requires many skills. So where does the emphasis land? “For me the emphasis has always been to keep it accessible,” replied Jenn Thompson, charged with staging this Denver Center production. “I haven’t done this show before, but I’ve done other technically complicated and large scale musicals. [The Secret Garden] could easily feel rather weighted down, and while I have no intention of dodging any of its darker themes — grief, death, abandonment — I’ve approached all aspects with an eye to letting the audience in. The theatre space is a great help. We perform on a thrust stage. That automatically pushes the actors into the audience’s orbit.” And, she added, the experience will be enhanced by “a big, beautiful live orchestra.”


“It’s a powerful story about rebirth and renewal, about creating a space to heal and grow. It’s also about forging family ties — found and biological. I wish to honor this message of reinvention.” — JENN THOMPSON, DIRECTOR “This is a show that may be a little hard to penetrate,” she explained. “Some of the characters are in deep mourning, but anyone who has been through grieving knows that there are many colors to bereavement. It’s a lot more complicated than just being perpetually sad. These characters are looking to connect and they can only change by making themselves vulnerable to one another. “It’s a powerful story about rebirth and renewal, about creating a space to heal and grow. It’s also about forging family ties — found and biological. I wish to honor this message of reinvention. I’d love for the audience to see itself in these characters and be inspired by their fortitude in the face of great loss. “My aim is to make a clear lane for the audience to go on this ride, for us to try and live inside these beloved and familiar characters and not present them but inhabit them. And, of course,” she underscored, “be entertained.” SYLVIE DRAKE is a translator and contributing writer to culturalweekly.com, American Theatre magazine, and is a former theatre critic and columnist for the Los Angeles Times.

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Casting, which started in November, was an arduous process. “It’s far and away the most important thing I do,” Thompson explained. “Much of the success of the show rests on those decisions. Do-overs in casting are rare and can be very disruptive, so it’s crucial to get it right. I look for talent and skill, but also for people who inspire me to want to spend six weeks with them under close and sometimes stressful circumstances. “I vet every actor I hire if I don’t already know them. Enthusiasm, professionalism, directability and a sense of humor always turn my head. The same applies to the kids — though I might inquire about their parents as well, since they’ll be part of the company.” Thompson critically chose Patricia Wilcox as choreographer, saying, “We’ve worked together on multiple projects. She’s a great partner as well as choreographer. My favorite designers, musical directors and choreographers always bow to story first. It’s great to have a team around you that shares your taste and whose opinions you trust, even when [these don’t] necessarily pertain to their area of expertise.” But Thompson’s choices go beyond shared enthusiasms. The structure of The Secret Garden demands precision and shovelfuls of collaboration. Colleagues she’s used to can provide it.

COSTUME COLUMN In The Secret Garden, spirits, or “dreamers,” narrate the story through songs. Traditionally, the dreamers are costumed in stark white. This is an important storytelling tool that helps the audience differentiate between the living characters in the piece and those who have passed on but are still present, helping young Mary as she acclimates into her uncle’s household after the death of her parents. When Secret Garden is staged in proscenium that bright white design reads beautifully. However, costume designer David Toser quickly realized that stark white costumes in the DCPA’s Stage Theatre, in which the audience surrounds the stage in a semicircle, would have created a lighting nightmare for his colleague, lighting designer Phillip Rosenberg and a distraction for the audience. “Our eyes would go to them immediately, regardless of if they were the true focal point of the scene,” said Toser. The solution? Gorgeous layered costumes that will evolve when the character passes away. Party guests will start in colorful gowns overlaid with jewels. As they pass away throughout the course of the story, the layer will be removed to show a reflection of the first dress in a sepia tone. Take a careful look at the first iteration of each costume and see if you can find those moments of connection to their dreamer look.


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elements that make it possible for Christopher to fly or to stand in the middle of a bustling London train station. Some sequences take place entirely in Christopher’s head. “This is something that only theatre can do,” Gillette said. Tony Award-winner Marianne Elliott directed the play for the National Theatre in London and then on Broadway, where it ran for almost two years. That’s an extraordinary achievement for a non-musical, although the expansive and fluid show functions in some ways like a musical. “The secret weapon of this show is, to my mind, pretty simple,” wrote Chicago Tribune theatre critic Chris Jones. “There is a fearless, laser-like focus on telling the entire story from Christopher’s point of view.” Christopher’s dissociative disorder is never given a label. “He is very good with math. He loves Sherlock Holmes. And he loves his clinical, detached way of looking at the world,” Gillette said. “Solving the mystery of who killed the neighbor’s dog is very thrilling to him. But he also doesn’t like to be touched, which is very difficult for me, playing his father. He doesn’t have any friends. He enjoys being alone and he talks about how amazing it would be to be an astronaut and see the Milky Way. So he has a kind of bittersweet outlook on life.” Elliott says Christopher is very much aware of how he, “as a tiny human, fits into the vast universe.” And that’s exactly why audiences so easily identify with him — even if they can’t fully understand how his brain works. “This is a show about a boy enduring in spite of himself,” Elliott said. Gillette understands his stage son better than most.


“Christopher has an extraordinary set of abilities, and this play is a fully immersive, deep dive inside his brain.” — GENE GILLETTE, COLORADO NATIVE WHO PLAYS ED To play the role, Gillette looked primarily to his own father, who had his hands full with a teen Gene. He said performing back in Colorado, at the Ellie, is going to be a dream realized. “That’s the place, man,” he said. “That’s the crown jewel, in my head. I cannot wait.” Still, he thinks it will mean even more to his dad. “I think I have heard my dad cry maybe two or three times in my life, and one of them was when I called him after I woke up from three weeks in a coma from cancer,” Gillette said. “This might be the next time. I think it’s going to mean a lot to him to be there.” Some reporting for this story was by Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune. To read the full story of Gene Gillette’s odyssey, go to denvercenter.org/news-center.

Adam Langdon, Maria Elena Ramirez in the touring production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Photo by Joan Marcus.

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Gene Gillette, Adam Langdon in the touring production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Photo by Joan Marcus.

At age 13, Christopher learned that his mother died. Gillette lost his mother to cancer when he was five, which led to a troubled adolescence. He credits theatre for helping him make it to adulthood at all. He said it was watching theatre at The Buell Theatre, located right next to The Ellie, where he will be performing in Curious Incident, that he found his direction in life. “The first play I ever saw was the national tour of Biloxi Blues in 1986 at The Buell Theatre, and that changed everything,” Gillette said. His seminal performances on Colorado stages included playing Hamlet at the Denver Civic Theatre, John Proctor in the Arvada Center’s The Crucible and a particularly chilling turn as a child killer in Curious Theatre’s death-row drama Coyote on a Fence. He won The Denver Post Ovation Award in 2008 for his darkly funny turn in Curious’ The Lieutenant of Inishmore as an alternately savage and sweet Irish madman. Gillette’s biggest break came two years ago when he joined the national touring production of the National Theatre’s War Horse, also directed by Elliott. Gillette was recovering from his own near-death battle with cancer when he landed the role of Ed in Curious Incident. Gillette said if Ed were a real person, the two would probably be good friends. “Ed is a guy you would want to watch a football game with,” Gillette said. “He’s a good dude. He runs his own company. But he has all kinds of challenges in his family. He’s got a lot of weight on his shoulders, but he’s doing the best he can.”

COMING UP FROM BROADWAY:

FROZEN

The DCPA welcomes the preBroadway engagement of Disney Theatrical Production’s Frozen (Aug 17Oct 1), a new musical based on Disney’s Academy Award®-winning musical film. This Broadway-bound Frozen, a full-length stage work told in two acts, is the first and only incarnation of the tale that expands and deepens the indelible plot and themes through new songs and story material from the film’s creators. Written by a trio of Oscar® winners, Frozen features music and lyrics by the creators of the film score Kristen Anderson-Lopez (In Transit, Up Here) and Robert Lopez (Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon, Up Here) and a book by Jennifer Lee (Wreck-It Ralph). Frozen’s director is Michael Grandage, a Tony Award® winner and director of three Olivier-winning Outstanding Musicals (Merrily We Roll Along, Grand Hotel, Guys & Dolls). Tony winner Christopher Gattelli (Newsies, South Pacific, The King and I) is choreographer and Tony winner Stephen Oremus (Avenue Q, Wicked, The Book of Mormon) is music supervisor.  The design team includes scenic and costume design by Tony and Olivier winner Christopher Oram (Evita), lighting design by six-time Tony winner Natasha Katz (Aladdin, An American in Paris, once) and sound design by four-time Tony nominee Peter Hylenski (The Scottsboro Boys, Motown The Musical, After Midnight). Don’t miss Frozen debuting in our own Buell Theatre before it joins Disney hits Aladdin and The Lion King on Broadway in spring 2018 at the St. James Theatre.


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Theatre Forward is pleased to partner with its member organization, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA), as part of the Staging Success initiative supported by AT&T. The two-year program, started in 2016, will study four programs across the country to measure and evaluate the impact of theatre education on school engagement and participation. The Staging Success program exposes Title 1 students to 21st century skills and tracks participation, school engagement, and students’ beliefs and attitudes over time. The DCPA’s Education program will be in residence in Westminster High School’s intermediate and advanced theatre classes. The DCPA was selected to be part of this program because it provides enriching opportunities for students both to work with theatre professionals as well as to identify how artistic involvement and expression connect with academic and vocational engagement, which are vital for improving students’ critical thinking and communication skills. The Theatre Forward staff is eager to work with DCPA’s Dramatic Learning program on this project as it connects analytical and creative thinking, directing students to the pathway of higher-order thinking. “Through AT&T Aspire, we are committed to finding creative solutions like these that blend the arts and our local community. We are honored to bring the artistic talents of DCPA to students and teachers to spark interest, creativity and success in the classroom,” said Roberta Robinette, PresidentAT&T Colorado. “Theatre Forward is honored to have the support of AT&T to help demonstrate the impact of theatre education on at-risk high school students’ engagement in school. The work of our member theatres, including DCPA, is a testament to the unique collaborative approach which drives Theatre Forward,” said Bruce E. Whitacre, Executive Director of Theatre Forward. Based in New York City, Theatre Forward’s mission is to advance American theatre and its communities by providing funding and other resources to the country’s leading nonprofit theatres, including the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Theatre Forward aims to increase access and opportunity for all to experience theatre that builds community and sets the stage for individual achievement. Theatre Forward supports educational access and opportunities throughout its network of 19 theatres at every grade level and beyond. It supports the development of 21st-century workforce skills, social emotional learning competencies and individual cultural/global competencies, and measurement and assessment design for programs with an emphasis on underserved and underrepresented youth and adults. Please visit www.theatreforward.org to learn more.

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MARK HADDON STARRING

ADAM LANGDON BENJAMIN WHEELWRIGHT MARIA ELENA RAMIREZ GENE GILLETTE FELICITY JONES LATTA

AMELIA WHITE KATHY McCAFFERTY JOHN HEMPHILL BRIAN ROBERT BURNS FRANCESCA CHOY-KEE GEOFFREY WADE JOSEPHINE HALL ROBYN KERR TIM McKIERNAN J. PAUL NICHOLAS TIM WRIGHT SCENIC & COSTUME DESIGN

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BUNNY CHRISTIE

CHOREOGRAPHY

SCOTT GRAHAM & STEVEN HOGGETT FOR FRANTIC ASSEMBLY CASTING

DANIEL SWEE, C.S.A. CINDY TOLAN, C.S.A.

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Adam Langdon

Benjamin Wheelwright

Maria Elena Ramirez

Gene Gillette

Felicity Jones Latta

Amelia White

Kathy McCafferty

John Hemphill

Brian Robert Burns

Francesca Choy-Kee

Geoffrey Wade

Josephine Hall

Robyn Kerr

Tim McKiernan

J. Paul Nicholas

Tim Wright


Christopher Boone........................................................................................................ADAM LANGDON At the following performances, the role of Christopher will be played by BENJAMIN WHEELWRIGHT Thursday Evenings: 6/1 & 6/8, Thursday Matinee 6/15 Saturday Matinees 6/3 & 6/10, Saturday Evening 6/17 Sunday Evenings 6/4 & 6/11, Sunday Matinee 6/18 Mrs. Shears/Mrs. Gascoyne/Woman on Train/ Shopkeeper/Voice One/Ensemble.......................................................... KATHY McCAFFERTY Siobhan/Ensemble.........................................................................................MARIA ELENA RAMIREZ Mr. Thompson/Policeman 1/Drunk Two/Man with Socks/ London Policeman/Voice Three/Ensemble.....................................BRIAN ROBERT BURNS Roger Shears/Duty Sergeant/Mr. Wise/Man Behind the Counter/ Drunk One/Voice Two/Ensemble......................................................................JOHN HEMPHILL Ed/Ensemble..................................................................................................................... GENE GILLETTE Reverend Peters/Uncle Terry/Station Policeman/ Station Guard/Voice Four/Ensemble........................................................... GEOFFREY WADE No. 37/Lady in Street/Information/Punk Girl/ Voice Five/Ensemble.............................................................................. FRANCESCA CHOY-KEE Mrs. Alexander/Posh Woman/Voice Six/Ensemble.............................................AMELIA WHITE Judy/Ensemble................................................................................................. FELICITY JONES LATTA Ensemble........................................................................................ROBYN KERR, J. PAUL NICHOLAS

THERE WILL BE ONE 15-MINUTE INTERMISSION. UNDERSTUDIES Understudies never substitute for players unless a specific announcement for the appearance is made at the time of the performance.

For Siobhan, Judy, Mrs. Alexander, Posh Woman, Voice Six, Mrs. Shears, Mrs. Gascoyne, Woman on Train, Shopkeeper: JOSEPHINE HALL; for Mrs. Shears, Mrs. Gascoyne, Woman on Train, Shopkeeper, Siobhan, Judy, No. 37, Voice Five, Lady in Street, Information, Punk Girl: ROBYN KERR; for Christopher, Mr. Thompson, Voice Three, Drunk Two, Man With Socks, London Policeman: TIM McKIERNAN; for Ed, Roger Shears, Duty Sergeant, Voice Three, Mr. Wise, Man Behind Counter, Drunk 1, Policeman 1, Mr. Thompson, Voice Two, Drunk Two, Man with Socks, London Policeman: J. PAUL NICHOLAS; for Ed, Roger Shears, Duty Sergeant, Voice, Mr. Wise, Man Behind Counter, Drunk One, Reverend Peters, Uncle Terry, Voice Four, Station Policeman, Station Guard: TIM WRIGHT. Dance and Fight Captain: TIM WRIGHT

The use of any recording device, either audio or video, and the taking of photographs, either with or without flash, is strictly prohibited. Please turn off all electronic devices such as cellular phones, beepers and watches. The use of cell phones in the theatre is prohibited.

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WHO’S WHO IN THE CAST ADAM LANGDON (Christopher). A 2015 graduate of The Juilliard Drama Division. Regional: Kimberly Akimbo (Barrington), I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn’t Even Smile (BTG), Hapgood (Williamstown), Robin Hood (WTF). Select Juilliard credits: The Goat, or Who is Sylvia; Rabbit Hole. TV/Film: “Red Oaks,” “The Good Wife,” “Great News,” “The Path,” among others. Adam is the co-star, co-creator and co-writer of the web series “Moe and Jerryweather.” Love to Mom, Dad and G44! B E N JA M I N W H E E LW R I G H T (Christopher at certain performances). Broadway: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Select credits include: Lion in the Streets, Our Country’s Good, The Changeling, The Seagull, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear (National Theatre School), The Pillowman, Julius Caesar (Citadel Theatre), Skylight, Caucasian Chalk Circle (University of Alberta), Like Mother Like Daughter (Assistant, Complicité). Graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. For more info visit benjaminwheelwright.com MARIA ELENA RAMIREZ (Siobhan). Broadway: Fish in the Dark with Larry David, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Rachel Jackson). National Tour: War Horse (Rose Naracott, National Theatre). Off-Broadway: The Public/NYSF, Manhattan Theatre Club, Second Stage, Vineyard. Regional: A.R.T., Guthrie, Berkeley Rep, Seattle Rep. Film: Wonderstruck, St. Vincent, Happythankyoumoreplease, The Women, among others. Television: “Limitless,” “Odd Mom Out,” “Person of Interest,” “Unforgettable,” “Army Wives,” “Law & Order,” “The Sopranos.” MFA: NYU Graduate Acting Program. GENE GILLETTE (Ed). War Horse (National Tour, National Theatre), Macbeth (with Frances McDormand, Berkeley Rep), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare Theatre Company), Streetcar Named Desire (Theatreworks), The Lieutenant of Inishmore and Coyote on a Fence (Curious Theatre), Burn This (Shakespeare Santa Cruz), Columbinus (Round House/Perseverance), among others. TV: “The Good Wife,” “Person of Interest,” “Elementary,” “Law & Order: SVU.” MFA from STC’s Academy for Classical Acting. FELICITY JONES LATTA (Judy). Broadway: Metamorphoses. Off Broadway: The Captain’s Tiger with Athol Fugard (MTC), Measure for Measure (NYSF), As You Like It (The Acting Company). Regional: ACT,

Berkeley Rep, Centerstage, Goodman, Hartford Stage, Huntington, LaJolla Playhouse, McCarter, Seattle Repertory, Westport Country Playhouse, Yale Repertory. Artistic Associate with Theatre de la Jeune Lune: 1985-1995. Associate Director at Lattawork Productions: ME PLURIBUS UNUM. Film and Television: Signs, Julie & Julia, “The Carrie Diaries,” “Wonderland,” “Deadline,” “Ed,” “Law & Order.” Felicity is a 2014 Lunt-Fontanne Fellow.

Premiere). Regional: Agnes Under the Big Top (Long Wharf, CCC Award); Good People (Arena Stage);  Winter’s Tale, Arabian Nights (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival); As You Like It (Cincinnati Playhouse); Luck of the Irish (The Huntington); among others. TV: “Elementary.” NYU Graduate Acting Program (MFA), Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (London). Gratitude to Phoenix Artists and love to my husband and dearest family.

AMELIA WHITE (Ensemble). Broadway credits include Crazy for You and The Heiress. Off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theater Company, receiving a Theatre World Award for her work in The Accrington Pals at the Hudson Guild. Proud member of AEA, she continues to work in Regional Theatre all over the USA, resides in Los Angeles, born in Nottingham, GB.

GEOFFREY WADE (Ensemble) has worked on Broadway and off-Broadway, National Tours and Regionally at Old Globe, Center Stage, GeVa, Guthrie, Denver Center, South Coast Rep, La Jolla, La Mirada, Cincinnati Playhouse, Weston Playhouse, among others. TV: “NCIS,” “Mad Men,” “Mentalist,” “Numb3rs,” “ER,” and more. Films include City Hall, Steven Spielberg’s BFG and Perry King’s The Divide. Directed acclaimed productions of A Walk In The Woods and The Crucible.

KATHY McCAFFERTY (Ensemble). Off-Broadway: Dada Woof Papa Hot (Lincoln Center). Regional Premieres of Fata Morgana and Last Gas. Huntington Theatre, Williamstown (six seasons), Portland Stage, Boise Contemporary, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Rep. Theatre of St. Louis, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Arkansas Rep. Bay Street, Human Race, etc. TV/Film: “House of Cards,” “30 Rock,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Dates Like This,” “Law & Order: CI,” “The Onion News.” JOHN HEMPHILL (Ensemble). Hello America. Broadway: School of Rock, Mamma Mia!. National Tour: Mamma Mia!. Film: David Fincher’s Zodiac. TV: “Billions,” “Show Me A Hero,” “Mr. Robot,” “The Blacklist,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Castle.” Special thanks to my parents, my golden retriever Norman and cat Birdie and especially to my beautiful wife Jenn without whom none of this would be possible. Also John loves to golf. BRIAN ROBERT BURNS (Ensemble). First National Tour: War Horse. Regional: Romeo and Juliet and Richard III (Yale Rep); Becky Shaw (San Francisco Playhouse); Cider House Rules I/II (Cal Rep). New York: Abingdon Theatre Company, HERE Arts Center, ARS Nova, Richmond Shepard Theatre. TV/Film: Daredevil, “Bear Trap.” Tiger Schulmann’s MMA: Kickboxing Champion (2015, 201 6), G rappling Champion (2015). MFA Yale School of Drama. brianrobertburns.com. #teamparkerjoe FRANCESCA CHOY-KEE (Ensemble). Broadway: Disgraced. Off-Broadway: Out of the Mouths of Babes (World

JOSEPHINE HALL (Ensemble, Understudy). Regional Theatre: Les Liaisons Dangereuses (American Shakespeare Center); Richard III, Midsummer Night’s Dream (Illinois Shakespeare Festival); Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, Other Desert Cities (Actors Theatre of Charlotte); Doubt (New Stage Theatre); Beauty Queen of Leenane (Barter Theatre); Twelfth Night, Othello (Shakespeare in the Park, TX); Macbeth (Kentucky Shakespeare Festival). Head of Acting and Voice, Greensboro College, NC. RO BY N K E R R (Ensemble, Understudy). Theater: Dark Vanilla Jungle (The Shop, HERE Arts), Love’s Labour ’s Lost (G reat Lakes Theater), Uncle Vanya (The Pearl Theatre Company), Spine (Theatre Uncut, Clurman Theatre), As You Like It (Sprite Productions, UK), Round 2 (The Factory, UK). TV: “Murphy’s Law” (ITV), “Casualty” (BBC), “MI5” ( BBC). Film: Stud Life, Scoop, Hank and Asha. Training: Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. TIM McKIERNAN (Ensemble, u/s Christopher, u/s Mr. Thompson) is thrilled to join this production. He was last seen in the First National Tour of War Horse. He would like to dedicate his performance to his mother, Maria McKiernan, who taught special education for 33 years and helped hundreds of children to believe they could do anything. J. PAUL NICHOLAS (Ensemble, Understudy). Off-Broadway: Blood


Beware Women, All’s Well That Ends Well, War Horse (Tony), Harper Regan, Saint Joan (Olivier, South Bank Show Award), Thérése Raquin, Pillars of the Community (Evening Standard Award). Associate Director at the Royal Court: Stoning Mary, Notes on Falling Leaves, The Sugar Syndrome. Artistic Director of the Royal Exchange Theatre: Port, Design for Living, Les Blancs, As You Like It, A Woman of No Importance, Nude with Violin. Other: Sweet Bird of Youth (Old Vic), Much Ado About Nothing (RSC), The Little Foxes (Donmar). Film: Alice.

TIM WRIGHT (Ensemble, Understudy, Dance Captain). Broadway: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Bridges of Madison County. OffBroadway: 3 Kinds of Exile (Atlantic Theater Co.) International: Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company. Regional: Williamstown. TV: “SMASH,” “Do No Harm,” “Blue Bloods,” “A Gifted Man.” Film: My Man is a Loser, Ned Kelly, Two Hands Training (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts). For Emma, Lachlan and Harrison.

BUNNY CHRISTIE (Scenic and Costume Design). Recent: People Places and Things (National Theatre and West End), If You Kiss Me Kiss Me (Young Vic London), Made in Dagenham (West End). Other credits include: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (NT, London West End, Olivier Award, Barrymore Theatre NY, Tony Award); The Red Barn, Emil and the Detectives, Blurred Lines, The Comedy of Errors, Elmina’s Kitchen (BBCTV), The Cherry Orchard (all NT); Julius Caesar and Henry V (Donmar Warehouse, St. Ann’s Warehouse, NY, Donmar at Kings Cross); The White Guard (Olivier Award); A Streetcar Named Desire (Olivier Award); Baby Doll (Evening Standard Award). Film: Swansong (Oscar nomination, Best Short Film). Opera: Medea (ENO), Brief Encounter, Tosca (Houston and L.A. Opera).

MARK HADDON (Book). Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was published in 2003. It was the winner of more than 17 literary awards, including prizes in Japan, Holland and Italy, and was translated into 44 languages. A spot of Bother, published in 2006, was also an international bestseller. His first work for the theatre, Polar Bears, was produced by the Donmar Warehouse in 2010. He has written 15 books for children, published a first collection of poetry in 2005 and is an illustrator and awardwinning screenwriter. Mark Haddon’s latest novel, The Red House, was published in 2012. SIMON STEPHENS’ (Playwright) plays have been produced in many languages throughout the world. His plays Harper Regan and Bluebird were staged in New York at the Atlantic Theatre Company. His play Punk Rock was staged by MCC. His version of A Doll’s House for the young Vic transferred to New York in 2014. His adaptation of Mark Haddon’s novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime ran for two years on Broadway and won the Tony Award for Best New Play in 2015. His play Heisenberg was produced by MTC in 2015 and is revived by them this Autumn. Simon is an associate at the Lyric, Hammersmith and the Royal Court, London. MARIANNE ELLIOTT (Director). For the National Theatre: Angels in America, Husbands & Sons, The Light Princess, The Curious Incident... (Olivier, Tony), Port, Season’s Greetings, Women

PAULE CONSTABLE (Lighting Design). Recent: the opening season for the Michael Grandage Company, Threepenny Opera and Warhorse (National Theatre) and Les Misérables (Broadway). Recipient of four Oliviers, two Tony Awards, the Helpmann Award, L.A. Critics Circle and New York Drama Desk Awards. Operas: The Marriage of Figaro, Cunning Little Vixen, Die Meistersinger, Billy Budd (Glyndebourne); Anna Bolena, Don Giovanni, Satyagraha, Giulio Cesare (Met). Dance: Sleeping Beauty and Dorian Gray for Matthew Bourne. FINN ROSS (Video Design). Theatre: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the NightTime (NT, West End, Olivier & Tony Award), Chimerica (Almeida, West End, Olivier Award). Broadway: All My Sons, Betrayal, American Psycho (Drama Desk Award). Opera (Met, ENO, DNO, ROH, La Scala et al.): Benvenuto Cellini, The Death of Klinghoffer Eugene Onegin, Simon Boccanegra, Damnation of Faust, A Dog’s Heart, Don Giovanni, American Lulu, Das Portrait, La Clemenza di Tito, The Adventures of Mr. Broucek, Les Pecheurs de Perles, Béatrice et Bénédict, The Turn of the Screw, Sunset Boulevard.

SCOTT GRAHAM (Choreography) is Artistic Director and co-founder of Frantic Assembly. He has directed/ co-directed all of Frantic’s work, including Things I Know To Be True, The Believers, Lovesong, Beautiful Burnout (Drama Desk Nomination), Othello (TMA Award, Best Direction), Stockholm (UK and Sydney Theatre Company). He has worked with the Royal National Theatre and National Theatres of Scotland and Wales. He received Olivier and Tony Award nominations for his work on Curious Incident, and, with Steven Hoggett, has written The Frantic Assembly Book of Devising Theatre. He is Visiting Professor in Theatre Practice at Coventry University. STEVEN HOGGETT (Choreography). Credits: Let the Right One In (West End); Rocky (Broadway, Tony nomination); The Light Princess (National Theatre); What’s It All About (NYTW); The Glass Menagerie (Broadway); Once (Broadway and West End; Obie, Lortel and Callaway Awards); Rigoletto (Met Opera); Peter and the Starcatcher (Broadway and NYTW, Lortel Award); American Idiot (Broadway and NYTW) Black Watch (National Theatre of Scotland, Olivier Award); Little Dogs, Lovesong, Beautiful Burnout, Othello (Frantic Assembly, co-founder). Film includes How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Dreamworks). ADRIAN SUTTON (Music) works in orchestral and electronic genres. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (National Theatre) won an Olivier for Sound Design; Coram Boy (Broadway) and War Horse (Broadway) won Olivier noms. His 25-minute orchestral work War Horse Suite was the centerpiece of the War Horse Prom, 2014 BBC Proms season in London. His children’s concert opera The Griffin and the Grail premiered in 2013. Other theatre: Nation, The Revenger’s Tragedy (National Theatre). www.adriansutton.com IAN DICKINSON (FOR AUTOGRAPH) (Sound Design). Ian’s previous US shows include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nigh-Time (Drama Desk Award), Rock ‘n’ Roll (Tony nomination), The Seagull, Jerusalem (Tony nomination), John Gabriel Borkman (Drama Desk nomination) and The River. He has extensive sound design credits to his name throughout the UK and was fortunate enough to win an Olivier Award for his work on The Curious Incident. He has been a member of the Autograph design team since 2009. DAVID BRIAN BROWN (Wig and Hair Design). Broadway-Highlights: War Paint, She Loves Me, If/Then, Bridges

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& Gifts (LCT); Rosmersholm (59E59). Regional: Othello, Oedipus, Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, The Duchess of Malfi, Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Little Foxes (Shakespeare Theater); The Invisible Hand, Winter’s Tale, Ciphers, The English Bride, Lidless, Scorched, Language Rooms (Various Philadelphia Theaters); Cymbeline, Romeo & Juliet, The Count of Monte Cristo (Alabama Shakespeare); Yellowman (Everyman); Stuff Happens (Olney); The Butcher (Gulfshore Playhouse); The Underpants (Geva Theater). www.JPaulNicholas.com


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of Madison County, Macbeth, The Nance, Death of a Salesman, Follies, Sister Act, Shrek, The Little Mermaid, Legally Blonde, Spamalot, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Fiddler on the Roof, Nine, Gypsy, Sweet Smell of Success, The Invention Of Love, Aida, The Iceman Cometh, Chicago, Sideshow, Steel Pier. Film credits: Peter Pan–Live, Sound of Music-Live NBC, It’s Complicated, Angels in America (Emmy Nominated), Too Wong Foo… BEN FUREY (Voice and Dialect Coach). Broadway: includes Curious Incident…, King Charles III, The Last Ship, Billy Elliot, Spamalot, Matilda. Off-Broadway: productions at Lincoln Center, Atlantic Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout, Signature Theatre, National Tours include: A Gentleman’s Guide To Love and Murder, Billy Elliot, Spamalot, Mamma Mia. Regional/ international includes: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Guthrie Theater, Gate Theatre (Ireland), Two River Theater, Palm Beach DramaWorks, Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Film includes: Lost City of Z, Treasure Buddies, Pete’s Meteor. TV: “Elementary,” “Vine Talk” (PBS). Teaching: Juilliard, UNCSA. DANIEL SWEE (Casting). As casting director for Lincoln Center Theater, more than 80 productions including Act One, The Nance, Golden Boy, War Horse. Additional recent Broadway: The Realistic Jonses, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, God of Carnage. Films include The Hours, The Crucible. CINDY TOLAN (Casting). Broadway: Betrayal, Macbeth, Cinderella, The Performers, Lysistrata Jones, Relatively Speaking, That Championship Season, A View From The Bridge, All My Sons, Xanadu, Avenue Q. Film: Beasts of the Southern Wild, The Place Beyond the Pines, Blue Valentine, The Namesake, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee. BENJAMIN ENDSLEY KLEIN (Associate Director) Director of Ann starring Tony Nominated Holland Taylor as Governor Ann Richards. Before playing Broadway’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center, the production played Chicago and The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Selected credits as Director include First Date at Pittsburgh CLO, Bend in the Road at New York Musical Theatre Festival, Hello Out There at The Adirondack Theatre Festival, Sick by Zayd Dohrn at New Jersey Repertory, Hairspray at Charlottetown Festival (Prince Edward Island, Canada), Notes to MariAnne at the Eugene O’Neill Musical Theatre Conference, and Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas at The Old Globe. Selected credits as Resident, Associate, or Assistant Director, include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on Broadway, War Horse at

Lincoln Center Theatre, Love Never Dies in the West End, Hairspray in the West End, the UK tour of Hairspray, Lincoln Center Theater’s The Coast of Utopia, and Broadway and 1st National US Tour Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. TAYLOR HAVEN HOLT (Assistant Director). Credits include My Only Friend is Jesse... (EST), Factory Girls (54 Below), Balloon Boy (NYMF). Recent Associate/Assistant: Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour (Broadway), Hand to God (Broadway & MCC). NYU, BA/MA. For my Mom. YA S M I N E L E E (A s so c iate Choreographer) has worked as performer/choreographer/movement director in over 25 countries in theater, dance, film, television, and video. Select credits include: The Crucible (2016 Broadway), The Curious Incident...(Broadway), Once (A.R.T., NYTW, Broadway, all subsequent productions), RENT (Broadway, National Tours), Pearl (world premiere Lincoln Center) Opening Ceremonies XXII Winter Olympic Games (Sochi), Tender Napalm, Across the Universe, Momix. J E SS WI LLIAM S ( A s sociate Choreographer) is trained at the London Contemporary Dance School. On graduating she joined ‘Transitions Dance Company’ at the Laban Centre. Jess began working for Frantic Assembly in 2012. She toured the UK with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the NightTime in 2014\15. Other work includes: co direction for National Youth Theatre Wales, assistant movement director National Theatre Wales, movement direction for Neontopia Theatre and Sherman Cymru. KATHLEEN E. PURVIS (Production Stage Manager). Some credits include: Finding Neverland, Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark, Mary Poppins, Wicked, The Pirate Queen, The Lion King, Ragtime, Show Boat, The Scarlet Pimpernel, CATS, The Good Body, The Vagina Monologues, & Barbra Streisand’s Timeless Concert. JAY CAREY (Stage Manager). Broadway/Off-Broadway: Jersey Boys, Finding Neverland, Kinky Boots, Exit Strategy. Tours: Jersey Boys (1st & 2nd Natl.). Regional: Unexpected Joy (WHAT), God of Carnage (Virginia Stage Company). Very happy to be a part of this important show. Thanks to my family. Love to Chris. KRISTIN NEWHOUSE (Stage Manager). Credits include: The Lion King, Kinky Boots, Mary Poppins, RENT, Madame Butterfly, Grease!, How to Succeed..., “Kids Choice Awards,” DevCon. Directing: “Easter Bonnets” and “Gypsy of the Year” for BC/EFA.

ELIZABETH M. TALMADGE (Company Manager). Broadway: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Love Letters, The Trip To Bountiful, The Performers, One Man Two Guvnors, Chinglish, Once, The Scottsboro Boys, Wicked, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, The Color Purple, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Pirate Queen. National Tours: Wicked, Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Dr. Dolittle, The King & I. Thank you Eric. BOND THEATRICAL GROUP (Marketing & Publicity Direction) is a fully independent Booking, Marketing and Publicity company for live entertainment productions. Current tour booking and marketing projects include Blue Man Group; CATS; Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. Current marketing and publicity projects include Anastasia; Amélie; Cabaret; The Color Purple; Dear Evan Hansen; Dirty Dancing; Escape to Margaritaville; Fiddler on the Roof; Half Time; Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical and marketing services for The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. AURORA PRODUCTIONS (Production Management). Current Shows: Amelie, Anastasia, Book of Mormon (Broadway and Tour), Cats, Groundhog Day, Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Tour), Hello Dolly!, Matilda (Tour), School of Rock, Significant Other, The Present, The Glass Menagerie, If I Forget, On the Exhale, Sweat, The Price, Six Degrees Of Separation and A Doll’s House: Part 2. Aurora has been providing technical supervision and production management to the entertainment industry since 1989. www.auroraprod.com THE BOOKING GROUP (Tour Booking Agency) has represented more than 20 Tony Award® winning Best Musicals and Plays since its inception in 1996. In addition to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, TBG also currently represents the touring productions of: An American in Paris, The Book of Mormon, The Bodyguard, Cabaret, The Color Purple, Finding Neverland, Fun Home, The Humans, Motown The Musical, On Your Feet!, School of Rock, Something Rotten!, the 20th Anniversary tour of RENT, Waitress and Hamilton. BESPOKE THEATRICALS (General Manager). Partners Amy Jacobs & Devin Keudell manage Broadway musicals, plays & tours. Current/recent productions include: Cats, Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour, School of Rock, The Color Purple, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Broadway), Something Rotten!, Motown the Musical and Mamma Mia!. General Managers in the firm include Nathan Gehan, David Roth and Danielle Saks.


TIM LEVY (Producer) is director of NT America, overseeing the transfer of National Theatre shows to America and fostering transatlantic exchange. As producer, productions include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (Broadway); The Light Princess; One Man, Two Guvn ors; Sleep No More; War Horse; The Pitmen Painters; South Pacific; Boeing-Boeing; The 39 Steps; The Seagull; 13; Sunday in the Park with George and The History Boys. Tim was the producer for Boyett Theatricals and previously worked at the National and Donmar in London. WARNER BROS. THEATRE VENTURES INC. (Producer) is the live stage entity of Warner Bros. Entertainment. Critically acclaimed productions include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (currently in London’s West End), the Broadway holiday hit Elf, the original musical Secondhand Lions and the Tony Awardwinning The Bridges of Madison County. Upcoming productions include Misery. Licensed productions include Hairspray, Singin’ in the Rain, The Bodyguard, The Wizard of Oz and the upcoming Diner and Honeymoon in Vegas. LISA BURGER (Producer) has been Executive Director of the National Theatre since 2014, working alongside Rufus Norris. Lisa’s interest is in widening audience access and she played a vital role in making NT Live cinema broadcasts available, broadcasting to over 50 countries. She also led the strategic partnership with the National Theatre of China resulting in the Mandarin production of War Horse, opening in 2015. As a Director of NT Productions she has played a key role in the NT’s commercial productions. BOB BOYETT (Producer). Tony Awards: War Horse; South Pacific; Journey’s End; The Coast of Utopia; The History Boys; Spamalot; Glengarry Glen Ross and The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? Extremely proud of his ten-year association with both the National Theatre (Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr) and Lincoln Center Theater (Bernard Gersten, André Bishop).

ROGER & WILLIAM BERLIND (Producer). Recent plays include Copenhagen; Proof; Medea; Doubt; The History Boys; Equus; Arcadia; Jerusalem; Death of a Salesman; One Man, Two Guvnors; Clybourne Park; Lucky Guy; Betrayal; Twelfth Night/ Richard III; A Raisin in the Sun. SCOTT M. DELMAN (Producer) is an occasional private-equity investor and an inveterate theatre enthusiast. Scott has co-produced more than 40 Broadway and West End productions, and he thanks Tim, Stuart and the National for including him on the Curious Incident team. ROY FURMAN (Producer). Currently: The Book of Mormon (Tony), Cinderella, It’s Only a Play, This is our Youth. Upcoming: The Last Ship, A Delicate Balance, The Elephant Man, An American in Paris. Best Musical/Play Tony: A Raisin in the Sun, In the Heights, The History Boys, Spamalot, Fosse, War Horse. GLASS HALF FULL PRODUCTIONS (Producer). Managing members: Gareth Lake and Adam Blanshay. Broadway: Twelfth Night/Richard III. U.S. tour: Evita. London: Made in Dagenham, Sunny Afternoon, Forbidden Broadway, The Importance of Being Earnest, 1984, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Ghost Stories, Ghosts (Olivier Award), Mojo. UK tour: Shrek. www.glasshalfullproductions. co.uk RUTH HENDEL (Producer). Broadway: This is Our Youth, Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Tony), A Gentleman’s Guide (Tony), A Raisin in the Sun (Tony), Fela!, Clybourne Park (Tony), Death of a Salesman (Tony), Red (Tony). Upcoming: A Delicate Balance, Honeymoon in Vegas. Film: Finding Fela. JFLT TLP PARTNERSHIP (Producers). Tanya Link Productions: Twelfth Night/ Richard III; UK: Ghosts, Mojo, Chimerica, A Choris Line, Merrily We Roll Along, Abigail’s Party, Sunny Afternoon, Forbidden Broadway. Just for Laughs Theatricals: Adam Blanshay (CEO), Gilbert Rozon (Chairman). www.hahaha.com. Philip Hagemann & Murray Rosenthal: Red (Tony), Sweeney Todd (Olivier), Pippin (Tony), The Pajama Game. JON B. PLATT (Producer). Credits: Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Perestroika, Copenhagen, Clybourne Park, God of Carnage, The Book of Mormon, Death of a Salesman, A Raisin in the Sun, A View from the Bridge, Wicked, Venus in Fur, Jerusalem, Exit the King, Cyrano de Bergerac, I’ll Eat You Last, Driving Miss Daisy, The Heiress, Betrayal, Waiting for Godot, No Man’s Land, Forbidden Broadway. 2012 Robert Whitehead Award for Distinguished Producing.

SCOTT RUDIN (Producer). Films include: Steve Jobs, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Inside Llewyn Davis, Moonrise Kingdom, Moneyball, The Social Network, There Will Be Blood, School of Rock, The Hours, The Royal Tenenbaums, Clueless. Theatre includes: A Funny Thing…, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Gypsy, God of Carnage, Fences, The Book of Mormon, The Motherf**ker With the Hat, Death of a Salesman, A Raisin in the Sun, A View From the Bridge, The Humans, The Crucible, Blackbird, Shuffle Along. TRIPLE PLAY BROADWAY (Producers). Carl Moellenberg: six Tony Awards, 43 productions, chairman of Dominion Pictures. Wendy Federman: three Tonys, four Drama Desks, 40 productions, VP Dominion Pictures. Ricardo Hornos: Film and theatre producer on Broadway, West End and Buenos Aires. THE SHUBERT ORGANIZATION (Co-Producer) has produced or coproduced hundreds of shows. Under the leadership of Philip J. Smith, Chairman, and Robert E. Wankel, President, the Shubert Organization owns and operates 17 Broadway theatres. Since 1983, the Shubert Ticketing and Telecharge divisions have provided superior ticketing and marketing services to the entertainment industry. THE NATIONAL THEATRE, founded in 1963, is dedicated to the revitalization of the great traditions of the British stage, to expanding the horizons of audiences and artists and to opening up the theatre to new audiences and practitioners. Around 25 new productions each year are staged in its three theatres on the south bank of the Thames in London; shows also transfer to the West End, tour in the UK and internationally and are broadcast to cinemas via National Theatre Live. In 2013, the National’s work was seen by 4.3 million people. www.nationatheatre. org.uk NATIONAL THEATRE PRODUCTIONS, part of the National Theatre, is responsible for non-subsidized productions in London’s West End, throughout the UK and around the world. AMERICAN ASSOCIATES OF THE NATIONAL THEATRE (AANT) is a New York based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports the work of the Natinal Theatre in the United Kingdom and in the United States. To become a member and enjoy National Theatre productions and events in the U.S. year-round, visit www.aarnt.org.

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STUART THOMPSON (Producer). Select Broadway Credits: The Present (previews begin in December), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, King Charles III, The Book of Mormon (executive producer for U.S. companies), Skylight, The River, No Man’s Land/Waiting for Godot, The Testament of Mary, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Death of a Salesman, Jerusalem, The Motherf**ker With the Hat, A View From the Bridge, God of Carnage, Exit the King. West End Credits: No Man’s Land, King Charles III.


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Opening Night: September 27, 2016 AUDITORIUM THEATRE, ROCHESTER, NY STAFF FOR THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME GENERAL MANAGEMENT BESPOKE THEATRICALS Amy Jacobs Devin Keudell Nathan Gehan David Roth Danielle Saks COMPANY MANAGER Elizabeth M. Talmadge Assistant Company Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . Mike Salonia TOUR BOOKING AGENCY THE BOOKING GROUP Meredith Blair, Kara Gebhart www.thebookinggroup.com MARKETING AND PUBLICITY DIRECTION BOND THEATRICAL GROUP DJ Martin Temah Higgins Marc Viscardi Mahaley Jacobs Nicholas Jaech PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT AURORA PRODUCTIONS, INC. Ben Heller, Chris Minnick, Geoff Quart, Ryan Murphy, Anthony Jusino, Liza Luxenberg, Isaac Katzanek, Eric Casanova, Luke Ricca, Steven Dalton, Allison Queen, Serena Montsma, Justin Bell, Cori Gardner, and Gene O’Donovan CASTING Daniel Swee, C.S.A Camille Hickman, Casting Associate Cindy Tolan, C.S.A Nicholas Petrovich, Casting Associate Production Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . Kathleen E. Purvis Stage Managers . . . . . . . . . . Jay Carey, Kristin Newhouse Assistant Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Taylor Haven Holt Director’s Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Holly Henry US Associate Choreographer . . . . . . . . . . . . Yasmine Lee UK Associate Choreographer . . . . . . . . . . . . Jess Williams Associate Set Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Evan Adamson Associate Costume Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . China Lee US Associate Lighting Designer . . . . . . . . . . .Gina Scherr UK Associate Lighting Designer . . . . . . . . . . . .Rob Casey Associate Video Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shawn Duan Dialect & Vocal Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ben Furey Moving Light Programmer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Zach Peletz US Video Programmer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matthew Houstle UK Video Programmer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jonathon Lyle US Associate Sound Desiger . . . . . Joanna Lynne Staub UK Associate Sound Designer . . . . . . . . . Luke Swaffield Head Carpenter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jon Wildesen Production Sound . . . . . . . . . Phil Lojo, Simon Matthews Head Sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Todd Higgins Assistant Sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chris Powell Production Electrician Michael Cornell, Greg Husinko Head Electrician . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matthew Rocha Assistant Electrician . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jada Cox Deck Electrician . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jesse Sutten Production Props . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . James Cariot Head Props . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Vera Pizzarelli Wardrobe Supervisor . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jocelyn Cartwright Hair and Makeup Supervisor . . . . . . . . . . . Patty LaRocco Flyman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sean Hulbert Animal Wrangler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cara Kilduff Show Veterinarian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dr. Amy Kantor, DMV Puppy provided by . . . . . . . . . . . . . . River Valley Doodles Rats provided by . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Totes for Realz Rattery Physical Therapy . . NEURO TOUR Physical Therapy, Inc Physical Therapist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Annie J. Hadley, DPT Medical Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dr. Craig Weil, MD Production Assistants Olivia Gunderson, Dane Urban General Management Associate . . . . . .Michael Demniak Lisa Jaeger General Management Intern . . . . . . . . . . . . . Morgan Hoit US Legal Counsel . . . . . . . . . . . . . Davis Wright Tremaine/ M. Graham Coleman, Robert Driscoll UK Legal Counsel. . . . . . Harbottle & Lewis LLP/ Neil Adelman Visa Consultant.Wiskoff Law, PLLC/Carly Wiskoff, David King Re-Production/Hannah Black Accountant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Withumsmith and Brown/ Robert Fried, CPA; Karen Kowgios, CPA and Anthony Moore, CPA Controller. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Galbraith & Co./Kenny Noth

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FOR THE NATIONAL THEATRE Chairman of the NT Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . Damon Buffini Director of the National Theatre . . . . . . . . . . Rufus Norris Executive Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lisa Burger Chief Operating Officer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Liz Fosbury General Counsel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Peter Taylor FOR NT PRODUCTIONS Managing Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kash Bennett Director of Marketing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Heather Epple Head of Press and Communications . . . . . . Nada Zakula Production Accountant . . . . . . . . . . . . Akosua Koranteng CREDITS Scenery built by Showmotion. Lighting equipment by PRG. Sound and video equipment by Sound Associates. Properties sourcing by Peter Sarafin. Special thanks to Bra*Tenders for their hoisery and undergarments. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time rehearsed at the New 42nd Street Studios

THE ELLIE CAULKINS OPERA HOUSE is part of the Denver Performing Arts Complex, owned and operated by the City and County of Denver, Arts and Venues. CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER Michael Hancock, Mayor ARTS AND VENUES Kent Rice, Director For information call: 720.865.4220

No animals were harmed in this Production. SPECIAL THANKS Special thanks to the staff of the National Theatre. Members of Denver Theatrical Wardrobe, Wigs, Hair and Make-up, Union 719 Linda Ackerschott Carrie Breidenbach Vonnie Clough Janel Clough Craig Cory Cyndie Cory Laura Cotugno Steve Davies Anne Davis Carolyn Dore Deborah Guess

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The twelfth annual Colorado New Play Summit went global in its storytelling while also becoming an intimate, heartfelt celebration of departing founder Kent Thompson (see sidebar). The Summit has grown into one of the nation’s premier showcases of new plays. Under Thompson, the Summit has workshopped 50 new plays, leading to 29 fully produced world premieres as part of the DCPA Theatre Company’s mainstage season. Thompson has commissioned 44 new plays, almost half written by women. “I feel like for the past 12 years, I’ve had a great opportunity to present many different windows on the world, from many different peoples’ viewpoints,” Thompson said. This year’s Summit featured readings of five plays that spanned in time from 1931 to present day and traveled

the world from Brooklyn to Berlin to Beijing to Geneva to Georgia to a suburban Ohio fertility clinic. Every year, two or more readings from the previous Summit go on to become fully staged plays on the Theatre Company’s mainstage season. This year’s featured productions were Tira Palmquist’s Two Degrees and Lauren Gunderson’s The Book of Will. The annual late-night Playwrights’ Slam drew an eclectic group of writers sampling their developing works in a fun and supportive atmosphere while the third annual Local Playwrights’ Slam, held a week earlier, was curated by the Colorado chapter of the Dramatists Guild. For the fourth year, winners of DCPA Education’s Regional High School Playwriting Workshop and Competition had their plays presented at the Summit. This year a record four writers were showcased.

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PHOTOS: 1. Actor Jason Delane Lee (Two Degrees) and commissioned playwright Kemp Powers (One Night in Miami). 2. Curtain call for the cast of the featured play Last Night and the Night Before. (l-r): Tresha Farris, Jasmine Hughes, Valeka Holt, Olivia Sullivent and Brynn Tucker. 3. Playwright Eric Pfeffinger in rehearsal for the featured play Human Error. 4. Actors Brian Keane and Francis Jue in the featured play Manford at the Line, or The Great Leap. 5. Commissioned playwright Tony Meneses performs at the Playwrights’ Slam. 6. Actors Victor Slezak, Liam Craig and Rodney Lizcano rehearse Rogelio Martinez’s featured play, Blind Date. 7. The annual gathering of playwrights and supporters of the $1.3 million Women’s Voices Fund. Photos by John Moore (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7) and Adams VisCom (3).

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This year’s Summit drew more local audiences and national industry leaders than ever before, with 44 playwrights and 36 theatre organizations attending from at least 16 states. Visitors represented companies ranging from the Public Theatre in New York to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to the Banff Centre in Ontario to the Dorset Theatre Festival in Vermont. Closer to home, guests included the Creede Repertory Theatre, Curious Theatre, The Catamounts, Athena Festival Project, Lake Dillon Theatre Company and more. The five featured Summit readings: • D  onnetta Lavinia Grays’ Last Night and the Night Before opens with a Georgia woman on her sister’s doorstep in Brooklyn, with her 10-year-old daughter in tow. The mystery for both the characters and the audience to solve is what trauma took place in Georgia that brought them here. • R  ogelio Martinez’s Blind Date centers on Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev’s first meeting at the Geneva Summit in 1985 to try to open up channels between the US and the Soviet Union. • In Eric Pfeffinger’s comedy Human Error, a couple goes to what they think is a routine appointment at their fertility clinic only to discover that their fertilized embryo has been mistakenly implanted into another couple. And it turns out they are polar opposites. • R  obert Schenkkan’s Hanussen is set in 1931 Berlin and introduces us to the brilliant mentalist Erik Jan Hanussen who captivates German audiences with his ability to read minds and his uncanny predictions of the future. His reputation brings him to the attention of avid occultist Adolf Hitler, who does not realize he is a Jew. • L  auren Yee’s Manford at the Line, or The Great Leap follows an American college basketball team as it travels to Beijing for a “friendship” game during the politically charged Cultural Revolution in 1989. Audiences will be delighted to see American Mariachi (2016 Summit), The Great Leap and Human Error (2017 Summit), which have been selected for full development as part of the Theatre Company’s 2017/18 season.

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THANK YOU TO OUR SUMMIT SPONSORS: Producing Partners: Joy S. Burns, Terry & Noel Hefty, Karolynn Lestrud, Robert & Carole Slosky and Daniel L. Ritchie. All 2017 readings sponsored by Sheri & Lee Archer in memory of Bob Davidson. Contributing Partners: Jeremy & Susan Shamos.

A TRIBUTE TO KENT THOMPSON PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, DCPA THEATRE COMPANY When Kent Thompson took over the helm at the DCPA Theatre Company, he staked claim to three issues that he felt needed to be urgently addressed: creating a vibrant new works program, achieving better gender parity, and commissioning and producing work by playwrights of color. Right away he resurrected the company’s new works program, at the center of which were four to five commissions per season. He created the Colorado New Play Summit, a new play festival that has grown in stature to be one of the best in the country. He created the singular Women’s Voices Fund, which has generously supported the work of women playwrights and directors. And he has brought greater diversity to our stages, which have featured more work by Latino and African-American writers. He also welcomed a number of large-scale musicals to the Theatre Company, including Sweeney Todd, The Unsinkable Molly Brown and Sense & Sensibility The Musical. He fed us a steady stream of thoughtful plays, comedies, dramas, classics, new plays, and plays for youth and families. Most of all, his assured leadership and expansive artistic vision have made the Theatre Company a relevant and vital part of so many lives here in Denver. We wish him the best and will miss him.


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As Creative Producer of MAMMA MIA!, my job started long before any script had been written. The story begins more than 25 years ago when I first met Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, the songwriting geniuses behind ABBA. I was working for Sir Tim Rice at the time, who was collaborating with Benny and Björn on his musical, Chess, and I was immediately smitten — after all, these were the men who had written “Dancing Queen,” one of the greatest pop songs of all time — but it was another of their songs, “The Winner Takes It All,” that first suggested to me the potential of an original musical using their compositions. The lyrics revealed a roller coaster story of love and loss that struck me as extraordinarily theatrical, but how was I to bring this to life? First I had to approach Benny and Björn, who were a little unsure of my intentions. I explained that the project I had in mind would focus on a new and exciting story; it wouldn’t be a tribute show or the “ABBA Story” but a truly original “book” musical. They weren’t 100% convinced. So I sat on the floor of my apartment listening to ABBA late into the night. I may have driven my neighbors to despair but as time passed I became more and more certain of my idea. In 1995 my tenacity finally paid off. Björn said, “If you can find the right writer and story, well... let’s see what happens….” A year later I was on location with a film I was producing when the director mentioned Catherine Johnson. I was aware of her work as a playwright. We met in January 1997

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and soon I was confidently telling Björn that we had found our writer. My brief to Catherine was that no lyrics could change, the story should be a contemporary, ironic, romantic comedy and that if she listened carefully to ABBA’s songs, she’d notice how they fell into two different generations: the slightly younger, playful songs like “Honey, Honey” and “Dancing Queen” and the more mature, emotional songs such as “The Winner Takes It All” and “Knowing Me, Knowing You”...and so the idea of a cross-generational love story was devised. By the end of that year Catherine had finished the first draft of the script and I persuaded Phyllida Lloyd to come on board as our director. Her background was serious, legit theatre and opera, and her secret weapon was her “Dry Martini wit.” It was unusual, if not unheard of, for three women to be the collaborative creative force. I think it readdressed the balance and had a great nurturing effect on the production. Appropriately, MAMMA MIA! features three strong women in the story. Their characters are completely different — slightly bossy, a bit chaotic, extremely practical, and very high maintenance! We have a lot of laughs about who is who in real life. Suddenly it was time to give up my day job as a TV and film producer and prepare for the white-knuckle ride of making the dream a reality: money to raise, a theatre to find, artwork to create, ticket agents to seduce, deadlines


“The Winner Takes It All”…revealed a roller coaster story of love and loss that struck me as extraordinarily theatrical… — JUDY CRAYMER, CREATIVE PRODUCER Our very first North American premiere was in Canada where we were booked for six months and stayed for five years. The first US tour opened in 2000 at San Francisco’s Orpheum Theatre. Having celebrated over 12 years and 5,000 performances at the Winter Garden Theatre, MAMMA MIA! transferred to the Broadhurst Theatre on Broadway in late 2013. As of its final performance in September 2015, it was the eighth longest-running show in Broadway history. And let’s not forget MAMMA MIA! – The Movie, which had had its worldwide premiere in London on June 30, 2008, rapidly making history as the highest-grossing movie of all time at the UK and Irish box offices. One thing I’ve learned from 17 fun and frantic years of overseeing and coordinating the many productions of MAMMA MIA! is that the potential and possibilities are continuously exciting and seem to be limitless. Enjoy the show!

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to meet. It was the summer of 1998 and we had to open by April 7, 1999 or we’d lose Phyllida, who’d been booked to direct an opera in London. April 6 happened to be the anniversary, to the day, of ABBA winning the Eurovision Song Contest with “Waterloo” 25 years before. It seemed a good omen. Although Björn was enthusiastic and shared the vision for the musical, Benny was a little more cautious and at any time both could have put an end to the project. It was a tense time, as their emotional backing as well as their creative input was very important. If they were going to trust me with their fabulous songs, I didn’t want to let them down. Benny and I agreed that on our opening night one of us would be able to tell the other “I told you so.” By now we had a date for opening but we had no theatre. We’d been looking at smaller venues when suddenly the rather large and prestigious Prince Edward Theatre in London’s West End became available. But its sheer size meant that the scale of the production had to expand dramatically too, with cast, crew, set and budget all having to be reworked. A lot of fingers were crossed for the big night. And so...April 6, 1999, a night I will never forget — the world premiere of MAMMA MIA! The audience was charmed and one British critic wrote, “MAMMA MIA! could put Prozac out of business.” Benny heartily accepted his defeat: with the entire theatre dancing in the aisles, he turned to me and said, “You can say it now.” I flashed back, “I told you so!”

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DCPA TEAM DCPA Janice Sinden......................................................President & CEO Maggie Lamb.......................Executive Assistant to the CEO

BROADWAY & CABARET John Ekeberg........................... Executive Director Broadway Alicia Bruce......................................................... General Manager Alyssa Chacon............. Operations Business Administrator Abel Becerra.................................. Technical Director, Cabaret

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EDUCATION Allison Watrous........................................Director of Education Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski.........................Associate Director of Education and Curriculum Manager Jessica Austgen................................................ Teaching Artist & Shakespeare Coordinator Stuart Barr.................................. Education Technical Director Claudia Carson...... Bobby G and Playwriting Coordinator Leslie Channell................................................. Business Manager Melissa Doherty...........................Office Manager & Registrar Linda Eller..............................................................................Librarian Tim McCracken..................................................... Head of Acting Michelle Patrick...................Corporate Training Coordinator Natalie Rice.......................................Evening Point Person and Assistant Registrar David Saphier.......... Teaching Artist & School Coordinator Rachel Taylor...........Teaching Artist & At-Risk Coordinator Chloe McCleod, Heather Hughes, Justin Walvoord, Robyn Yamada.................................................... Teaching Artists

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