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FROM OUR LEADERS Happy 2020! Last year was a momentous and eventful year for Round House Theatre. We renovated and reopened our theatre, produced two of the best-selling shows in our history, expanded the impact of our education programs, launched a new program to give free group tickets to area nonprofits, took our production of Handbagged to New York for an off-Broadway run, and produced the world premiere of Aaron Posner’s The Heal at the Getty Villa in Los Angeles. We don’t like resting on our laurels, so we’ve got some exciting plans for the coming year and next season. Stay tuned for those announcements! Unfortunately, 2019 ended on a sad note with the passing of the incomparable Victor Shargai. It would be impossible to overstate the impact that Victor had on our community. The DC-area theatre scene is now one of the most active and broad theatre communities in the country. As the long-time Chair of theatre Washington/Helen Hayes Awards, a generous financial supporter, and a tireless promoter, Victor played a starring role in getting us to this point. Victor was known for supporting emerging companies, but he also loved supporting young actors. Accordingly, it is our honor to dedicate this production of Spring Awakening to his memory. Spring Awakening is the first musical we are producing in our renovated space, and we can’t wait for you to experience how our improved acoustics and seating bring you closer to both the music and the action. It also gives us the chance to welcome Alan Paul in his Round House directorial debut. While Alan is known as one of the area’s most celebrated directors of musicals, we also take pride in welcoming home a native of Montgomery County and an alum of Churchill High School. We also welcome James Cunningham as Music Director, Paul McGill as Choreographer, and the many cast members who are at Round House for the first time. Along with those of you making your first visit, it’s always a pleasure to expand the Round House family. Come back again soon!





Round House Theatre extends its deep gratitude to Michael Beriss and Jean Carlson, Bonnie and Alan Hammerschlag, and Shugoll Research, sponsors of Spring Awakening.

We are honored to sponsor Spring Awakening directed by Alan Paul. After winning Tony Awards on Broadway and an Olivier Award in London, it is a great show to draw new audiences to theatre both generally and at Round House specifically. We are looking forward to seeing Round House’s production.”

— Michael Beriss and Jean Carlson

When we first saw Spring Awakening on Broadway in 2007, we found it very moving and effective in looking at teenage angst in a different way. With Alan Paul as director, we know he will find an even more creative and compelling way to tell this story. We are thrilled to sponsor this production, the first musical in the newly renovated Round House.”

— Bonnie and Alan Hammerschlag

Shugoll Research is thrilled to sponsor Spring Awakening at Round House Theatre. ‘Led by the artistic brilliance of Artistic Director Ryan Rilette and the innovative management of Managing Director Ed Zakreski, Round House has reached the top echelon of Washington area theatres, bringing exciting work to an ever growing audience,’ says Mark Shugoll, CEO of Shugoll Research, and a proud Round House Board member. ‘Our support of Round House is part of our corporate commitment to help the arts thrive in the Washington area.’ Shugoll Research is a Bethesda-based marketing research company that is among the national leaders in the field. It conducts surveys and focus groups for a large list of corporations, non-profits and government agencies. Shugoll Research created the popular arts education program ArtSpeak! which is held in Montgomery County schools. Celebrating its 23rd anniversary, ArtSpeak! has brought for free such stars as Patti LuPone, Kristin Chenoweth, Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Sutton Foster, Kelli O’Hara, Lea Michele, Stephen Schwartz and the late Marvin Hamlisch into area public schools. For more information: www.artspeak.net.

To become a sponsor for an upcoming Round House Theatre production, please contact Veronica Kannan, Director of Development, at 240.670.8795.


R O U N D H O U S E T H E AT R E Ryan Rilette, Artistic Director, and Ed Zakreski, Managing Director, present





Orchestrations DUNCAN SHEIK Choreographer PAUL MCGILL


Scenic Designer ADAM RIGG


Lighting Designer COLIN K. BILLS Intimacy Consultant LORRAINE RESSEGGER-SLONE

String Orchestrations SIMON HALE

Props Master ALEX WADE

Associate Sound Designer JUSTIN SCHMITZ

Fight Director CASEY KALEBA


Production Stage Manager CHE WERNSMAN*

Costume Designer SARAH CUBBAGE

Assistant Director MADELEINE SMITH

Assistant Stage Manager REBECCA SILVA*

*Member Actors’ Equity Association, The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

Spring Awakening is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, New York, NY. www.MTIShows.com Original Broadway Production Produced by, IRA PITTELMAN, TOM HULCE, JEFFREY RICHARDS, JERRY FRANKEL, ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY, Jeffrey Sine, Freddy DeMann, Max Cooper, Mort Swinsky/Cindy and Jay Gutterman/Joe McGinnis/Judith Ann Abrams, ZenDog Productions/CarJac Productions, Aron Bergson Productions/Jennifer Manocherian/Ted Snowdon, Harold Thau/Terry E. Schnuck/Cold Spring Productions, Amanda Dubois/Elizabeth Eynon Wetherell, Jennifer Maloney/Tamara Tunie/Joe Cilibrasi/StyleFour Productions. The world premiere of Spring Awakening was produced by the Atlantic Theater Company by special arrangement with Tom Hulce & Ira Pittelman. The videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.

ADDITIONAL PRODUCTION STAFF Light Board Operator: Chris Hall Wardrobe Head: Paulina Campbell Audio Engineer: Kaitlyn Sapp Wardrobe/Run Crew: Jessica Hagy A2/Run Crew: Elijah Whittle Spotlight Operators: Daniel Cioffi, Caitlin Weller Carpenters: Jacob Blumberg, Jeff Campbell, Ty Edwards, Thomas Iodice Electricians: Ben Harvey, Vika Hearne, Tim Lord, Sarah Mackowski, Elliot Peterson, Cassandra Saulski, Samantha Wilhelm Audio Overhire: Tosin Olufolabi, Elijah Whittle Stitchers: Charlotte Brooks, Dennis Kitmore Assistant Costume Designer: Jeanette Christensen Assistant Lighting Designer: Peter Leibold Accessibility Consultant: Wyckham Avery

ORCHESTRA Conductor/Keyboards: James Cunningham Guitars: Gerry Kunkel Drums/Percussion: Chris Barrick  Violin: Jeff Thurston  Viola: Jennifer Ries Cello: Aron Rider  Bass: Chris Chlumsky  The musicians employed in this production are members of and represented by Washington D.C. Federation of Musicians, Local 161-710 of the American Federation of Musicians. Additional audio equipment provided by APG. Special Thanks To: Olney Theatre Center, and to VisArts for their contributions to the art exhibit on the second floor. Full staff listing on page 26.

This theatre operates under an agreement between the League of Resident Theatres and Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. AEA, founded in 1913, represents more than 45,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote, and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is associated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence. For more information, visit www.actorsequity.org. The Scenic, Costume, Lighting, and Sound, and Projections Designers are represented by United Scenic Artists, Local USA-829 of the IATSE. The Director, Choreographer, and Fight Choreographer are members of the STAGE DIRECTORS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS SOCIETY, a national theatrical labor union.

CAST WENDLA.............................................................................................Cristina Sastre* MARTHA....................................................................................................Chani Wereley* THEA........................................................................................................Kalen Robinson ANNA....................................................................................................Katie Rey Bogdan* ILSE.............................................................................................................Jane Bernhard* MELCHIOR..................................................................................................Evan Daves* MORITZ..................................................................................................Sean Watkinson* HANSCHEN / RUPERT....................................................................Christian Montgomery ERNST / REINHOLD...................................................................................James Mernin* GEORG / DIETER........................................................................................Carson Collins OTTO / ULBRECHT......................................................................Michael Mainwaring* THE ADULT WOMEN...........................................................................Tonya Beckman* THE ADULT MEN............................................................................................Bobby Smith* Dance Captain – Sean Watkinson*, Fight Captain – Michael Mainwaring* Understudies: Katie Rey Bogdan* – Adult Women, Carson Collins – Melchior, Hailey Rebecca Ibberson – Chorus Swing, Michael Mainwaring* – Adult Men, Christian Montgomery – Moritz, John Sygar – Chorus Swing, Chani Wereley* – Wendla *Appears courtesy of Member Actors’ Equity Association, The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Spring Awakening runs approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.

SONG LIST ACT ONE Mama Who Bore Me Mama Who Bore Me (Reprise) All That’s Known The Bitch of Living My Junk Touch Me The Word Of Your Body The Dark I Know Well And Then There Were None The Mirror-Blue Night I Believe Don’t Do Sadness/Blue Wind

ACT TWO The Guilty Ones Left Behind Totally Fucked The Word Of Your Body (Reprise) Whispering Those You’ve Known The Song Of Purple Summer


CAST T O N YA BECKMAN (Adult Women) returns to Round House, where previous credits include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, A Wrinkle in Time, Alice, and Crime and Punishment. DC credits include Love’s Labors Lost and Twelfth Night at Folger Theatre; Love’s Labor’s Lost and Lady Windermere’s Fan at Shakespeare Theatre Company; Fickle and Rancho Mirage at Olney Theatre Center; The Internationalist at Studio Theatre; Jewish Queen Lear and Mikveh at Theater J; and Shear Madness at the Kennedy Center, as well as appearances at Arena Stage, Ford’s Theatre, Constellation Theatre, Mosaic Theater, Solas Nua, Forum Theatre, 1st Stage, and Imagination Stage. Tonya is also a company member at Taffety Punk Theatre Company. Regional credits include Cleveland Play House, Cincinnati Playhouse, Fulton Theatre, and Totem Pole Playhouse. tonyabeckman.com JANE BERNHARD (Ilse) makes her Round House debut. DC credits include The Wolves at Studio Theatre (Helen Hayes Outstanding Ensemble Winner). Regional credits include Only Anne at Goodspeed Opera House; On the Town at Barrington Stage Company; The Little Mermaid at Red Mountain Theatre Company; Carrie the Musical at Peregrine Theatre Ensemble; and Corner of Bitter and Sweet at the 5th Avenue Theatre and Abingdon Theatre Company (reading). TV credits include The Deuce on HBO, A Billion to One on Amazon Prime (recurring guest-star), and the Amazon pilot Single. Film credits include Penned with Framework Productions. Jane has a BFA in Musical Theatre from Boston Conservatory and is represented by

Headline Talent Agency and Center Stage Management. Instagram: @janebernhard. janebernhard.com K ATIE REY BOGDAN (Anna) is making her Round House debut in Spring Awakening. Other DC credits include Three Cheers to Grace at Young Playwright’s Theater and Musical Therapy at Capital Fringe. Other area credits include Much Ado About Nothing at Prince George’s Shakespeare in the Parks; 35MM at Free Range Humans; Winnie the Pooh at Maryland Ensemble Theatre; and Godspell at Infinity Theatre Company. Katie has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from The Catholic University of America and is currently working on her Master of Arts in Theatre History. www.katiereybogdan.com CARSON COLLINS (Georg/Dieter) is thrilled to be making his Round House Theatre debut! He is a recent graduate of The Catholic University of America with a BM in Musical Theatre. Other DC credits include The Bridges of Madison County at The Keegan Theatre; Little Shop of Horrors at Constellation Theatre Company; Bonnie and Clyde at Monumental Theatre Company; and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at The Catholic University of America. Upcoming credits include Memphis at The Keegan Theatre. Instagram: @carsoncarson23 EVAN DAVES (Melchior) is thrilled to make his Round House Theatre debut in Spring Awakening. Broadway credits include Nine at Roundabout Theater Company; Hollywood Arms; and The Coast of Utopia at Lincoln Center Theater. Most recently, Evan was seen Off-Broadway in Roundabout Theater Company’s Scotland, PA. Other regional credits include The Cripple of Inishmaan at Guild Hall and Gettin’ the Band Back Together at George

Street Playhouse. Evan also starred as Abe in Porno, a horror comedy which premiered at SXSW in March, 2019; in theaters Spring 2020. Past television credits include Wu Tang: An American Saga (Hulu), Law and Order: SVU (NBC), and The Last O.G. (TBS). evandaves.com MICHAEL J. MAINWARING (Otto/ Ulbrecht) returns to Round House, where he previously appeared in the Olney Theatre Center/Round House Theatre co-production of In the Heights. Other DC area credits include Matilda, Godspell, and Sweeney Todd at Olney Theatre Center; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at Imagination Stage; Smokey Joe’s Cafe at Arena Stage; Me... Jane and Lost in the Stars at the Kennedy Center; Jesus Christ Superstar, U.G.L.Y., and Dreamgirls at Signature Theatre; Shenandoah and Freedom’s Song at Ford’s Theatre; Thunder Knocking on the Door at Creative Cauldron; and Three Little Birds at Adventure Theatre MTC. Regional credits include RENT at Harbor Lights Theatre Company in New York. Michael trains under voice coach Kristin Halliday. JAMES MERNIN (Ernst) is thrilled to be making his Round House Theatre debut! DC credits include Cabaret (Swing) and Elf, The Musical (Swing) at Olney Theatre Center; as well as Gypsy (L.A.) at Toby’s Dinner Theatre. Regional credits include West Side Story (Tony) at White Plains Performing Arts Center. James has a BA in Musical Theatre from American University. Instagram: @jamesbmernin CHRISTIAN MONTGOMERY (Hanschen/Rupert) is making his Round House debut. DC credits include Little Shop of Horrors, Melancholy Play, and Avenue Q at Constellation Theatre Company; Jesus

Christ Superstar at Signature Theatre; Elf at Olney Theatre Center; Carrie the Musical and Wig Out at Studio Theatre; American Idiot (Helen Hayes nomination, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical), Next to Normal (Helen Hayes nomination, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical) and HAIR at Keegan Theatre; Be More Chill at Monumental Theatre Company; Alexander... Very Bad Day at Adventure Theatre; Dry Land at Forum Theatre; and Hunchback of Notre Dame and Memphis at Toby’s Dinner Theatre. KALEN ROBINSON (Thea) is making her Round House Theatre debut in Spring Awakening. Her DC area credits include Grease at Toby’s Dinner Theatre. Kalen is a graduating senior at Howard University, and her credits at Howard University’s Department of Theatre Arts include Ain’t Misbehavin’, Antigone, and Flyin’ West. Instagram: @k_nicole143 CRISTINA SASTRE (Wendla) is making her Round House debut in Spring Awakening. Regional credits include Nina in In the Heights at North Carolina Theatre, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, and ZACH Theatre; Sophie in Mamma Mia at Theatre Aspen; and Ellie in The Whale at Marin Theatre Company. Cristina graduated last May with a BFA in Musical Theatre from Texas State University and is now based in New York. BOBBY SMITH (Adult Men) returns to Round House, where he previously appeared in A Year with Frog and Toad. Broadway credits include Crazy for You. Off-Broadway credits include Forever Plaid, The World Goes ‘Round, and Of Thee I Sing. National tours include Brigadoon and The World Goes ‘Round. DC credits include A Little Night Music, Titanic, Simply Sondheim, Company, Midwestern


Gothic, Road Show, Threepenny Opera, La Cage aux Folles, and Spin at Signature Theatre; A Class Act, The Long Christmas Ride Home, Caroline, or Change, Grey Gardens, Reefer Madness, and Jerry Springer: The Opera at Studio Theatre; Elmer Gantry, Liberty Smith, 1776, A Christmas Carol, and Violet at Ford’s Theatre; Girl in the Goldfish Bowl, Musical of Musicals, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well, and Living in Paris at MetroStage. S E A N WAT K I N S O N (Moritz/Dance Captain) is happy to be home and to be making his Round House Theatre debut! Other DC credits include Tony Elliot in Billy Elliot and Miss Saigon at Signature Theatre. Recent regional credits include Last Days of Summer at George Street Playhouse; Jack Kelly in Newsies and Freaky Friday at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma. Sean is a proud alumnus of Florida State University, where he received a BFA in Musical Theatre. GO NOLES! Instagram: @seanwatkinson CHANI WERELEY (Martha) is making her Round House Theatre debut. Previous DC credits include Earthrise at The Kennedy Center; Love’s Labor’s Lost at the Folger Theatre: Little Shop of Horrors and Aida at Constellation Theatre Company; American Idiot and Dogfight at The Keegan Theatre; and Pippin and Bonnie and Clyde at Monumental Theatre Company. Other regional credits include Godspell at NextStop Theatre Company and Bridges of Madison County at Red Branch Theatre Company. Upcoming credits include A New Brain at 1st Stage. Instagram: @cwereley. www.chaniwereley.com.

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A Century of Awakening By Gabrielle Hoyt

A society undergoing titanic change. Adults, terrified of the future, clinging to harmful, repressive ideology. Children in crisis, facing a brave new world without guidance. GERMANY, 1891. In response to the environment of his country—its industries and influence expanding wildly, its youth facing ever greater pressure to succeed—playwright Frank Wedekind wrote Spring’s Awakening, A Children’s Tragedy. The play caused a scandal from its inception for its depictions of sexual awakening, mental illness, suicide, homosexuality, and incest; Wedekind was forced to publish the work at his own expense, and it did not receive a production until 1906 (and even then, crucial scenes had to be censored). When an abridged English-language production reached New York in 1917, the city attempted to shut it down entirely. Only a court-ordered injunction allowed the show to go on…for a single

performance. Scathing critics and an outraged public ended the play’s run (the New York Times deemed it “tasteless”), and it wasn’t produced again in America for decades. Today, however, we can see Wedekind’s work for what it is: a reaction to the conservatism of the fading Victorian Era, and a prescient prediction of the chaos the new century would bring. In 1999, almost exactly a century after Wedekind, composer Duncan Sheik and writer Steven Sater hoped to find a new work on which to collaborate. Sater recommended Spring’s Awakening to Sheik, who found himself attracted to the “fullness and richness of life” depicted in the work. As for the controversy it engenders—“The fact that

Photo of Evan Daves, Sean Watkinson, and Cristina Sastre by Key In Films.

In keeping with its source material, Spring Awakening has remained culturally relevant in the decade-andchange since its Broadway premiere. Sheik and Sater infused Wedekind’s The world changed unimaginably from work (renamed Spring Awakening) with 1891 to 2006 yet Wedekind’s themes, a pop-punk score that would speak transposed by Sater and Sheik, spoke to a modern audience, vocalizing its as clearly to earlyteenage characters’ aughts audiences as hidden desires they had a hundred through song. “THE FACT THAT years before. After a lengthy PEOPLE WERE SO Though there’s development no intervening process, the SCANDALIZED BY IT, century between the musical finally hit THAT’S ONLY A GOOD musical’s Broadway Broadway in 2006, premiere and the where it became an THING IN MY BOOK.” production you’ll instant sensation. see today, the world Nominated for has nevertheless eleven Tony Awards and winning eight (though some of its undergone a massive paradigm shift. lyrics were too risqué for broadcast), The rise of social media, the changing discussion around mental health, and the musical also launched the careers of the looming existential threats to our Lea Michele, Jonathan Groff, and John shared future all find a place within Gallagher Jr. For a generation of theater our production of Spring Awakening, lovers, Spring Awakening remains iconic, a work that revitalized the rock musical woven organically into the musical’s rock by expanding the boundaries of what the chords and 19th-century storyline. Listen to what this production has to say—it’s genre could achieve. speaking directly to you. people were so scandalized by it, that’s only a good thing in my book.”


TALKING TO THE FUTURE By Gabrielle Hoyt Spring Awakening has always offered bleeding-edge social commentary, in keeping with its controversial 19th-century source material. Any audience must reckon with the work’s challenges and provocations, and accept the truths it has to tell. As Round House prepared to produce Spring Awakening, we asked ourselves how the show would speak to a 2020 DC-area audience; and we asked our Teen Performance Company, made up of exceptional students from around the region, the same question. We present excerpts from their three-hour discussion here, in the hopes that you’ll hear them as as clearly as you do the characters onstage.


MENTAL HEALTH In addressing this major theme within Spring Awakening, the Teen Performance Company quickly reached a consensus: the conversation around mental health has evolved dramatically even since the musical’s first production in 2006. Beyond this point, though, the perspectives they had to offer were as personal as the topic itself. Some felt a disconnect between the way their peers talked freely about mental health, and the attitudes they encountered at home. “My parents don’t think of mental illness as an option,” explained a student; “I was taught that you have to be tough, so deal with it,” another agreed. A third, who had spoken freely about their mental health journey, recalled the difficulty in sharing with their family. “When my mental health began to decline, my parents actually started more pressure on me,” they recounted. Still, they remained silent despite months of struggling: “I didn’t want them to think less highly of me.”

Introducing this topic led to a tumult of shouted opinions and agreements from these high schoolers. Some responded with humor, illustrating how they actually feel peer pressure to succeed academically. “AP’s? All the cool kids are doing! Come out back and study with us!” From inside the daily grind of high school, with eyes on the dreaded “college process,” students expressed frustration at what they saw as a pointless, inescapable system. “If high school is purely a jumping-off point for college, and college is purely a jumping-off point for a career, what’s the point of doing anything between now and choosing a career?” elicited a round of applause. Another student, however, responded with a challenge: “It’s on us to choose activities that represent what we value as people and what we want to get out of life. Otherwise high school really will be meaningless.”

THE GENERATION GAP From the front lines of the generation wars, these members of Generation Z expressed the age-old frustrations of being young, tinged with new 21stcentury anxieties. Some took the topic personally, articulating a desire for their own families to grow, change, and admit fault. “I’ve spent such a long time thinking that I needed to clean up their mess, get them to admit that something was wrong, and get them to a therapist. It’s their problems that they refuse to admit,” explained one young woman. Others looked to the bigger picture, desiring greater engagement and respect from the adults around them. “As kids, we’re not autonomous, we’re not powerful, but if adults would work to be open to what we have to say, we want to have adults in the conversation too,” led to another communal assent. Another student expanded: “A lot of the adults I know say they want to listen, but don’t want to fix anything. They want to talk, but they don’t want to be persuaded.”

THE FUTURE Discussions of the generation gap led, naturally, to this group’s fears for the future. With the oldest of these students born in 2002, they have only known an age of anxiety and tumult, and it shows. “I feel like all generations have had their one big disaster. Generation Z hasn’t had that. We’ve had school shooting after school shooting, the Amazon burning down, we’re told that we’re all doomed in the next hundred years—it’s become normal for us to have all these bad things happening around us, but I think that gives us more of a desire to fix them.” This trend of anxiety leading to activism was a common theme in their comments, as student after student tried to articulate their urge to change, and fix, the world they are inheriting. After nothing her peers’ tendency to apologize for their opinions and beliefs, one student ended with hope: “There’s definitely an increasing number of teens standing up for their own beliefs. Climate change walkouts and protests are a significant example of that; they literally say ‘we should not be responsible for the mess you are making.’ We are the future, and we need to speak up for our future.”

IVE EXECUT IP SH LEADER RYAN RILETTE is in his eighth season as Artistic Director of Round House Theatre. During his tenure, he has produced four of the best-selling and highest-attended seasons in the theatre’s history. His productions have received 51 Helen Hayes Awards nominations and 13 Helen Hayes Awards, including Outstanding Original New Play or Musical, Outstanding Ensemble, and Outstanding Resident Musical. Ryan created the theatre’s Equal Play Commissioning program, Resident Artist program, Fair Play pay scale for artists, and Free Play ticketing program. Prior to joining Round House, Ryan served as Producing Director of Marin Theatre Company, Producing Artistic Director of Southern Rep Theatre, and co-founder and Artistic Director of Rude Mechanicals Theatre Company. He is the former Board President of the National New Play Network, and currently serves on the boards of theatreWashington and Maryland Citizens for the Arts.

ED ZAKRESKI is in his fourth season as Managing Director of Round House Theatre. He has produced the five bestselling shows in Round House history and led the theatre’s $14 million Full Circle campaign. He has been an executive leader and fundraiser in DC area nonprofit arts organizations for more than 25 years, raising more than $120 million. Prior to joining Round House, Ed spent 12 years as Chief Development Officer at Shakespeare Theatre Company where he completed the $75 million capital campaign to build Sidney Harman Hall and produced its $3 million opening gala. From 19982005, Ed worked in Development at the Kennedy Center, ultimately overseeing a 22-member team raising more than $11 million annually. Ed holds a degree in Arts Management from American University and frequently presents and leads workshops about management and fundraising for nonprofit arts organizations. He is the incoming Co-Chair of Montgomery County Arts Advocates.




STEVEN SATER (Books and Lyrics) was awarded the 2007 Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score for Spring Awakening along with the Drama Desk and Outer Critic Circle Awards for Best Lyrics. With alt-rocker Duncan Sheik, he received the 2007 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album for Spring Awakening. In addition, the two received The Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award, the Outer Critics Circle, the Drama Desk, the Lucille Lortel, New York Drama Critics’ Circle, and Drama League Awards for Best Musical. Steven is the author of numerous plays, including the long-running Carbondale Dreams, Perfect for You, Doll (the Rosenthal Prize, Cincinnati Playhouse); Umbrage (Steppenwolf New Play Prize); A Footnote to the Iliad (New York Stage and Film, The Miniature Theatre of Chester); Asylum (Naked Angels); Murder at the Gates (commissioned by Eye of the Storm); In Search of Lost Wings (Sanford Meisner Theater) and a re-conceived version of Shakespeare’s Tempest, with music by Laurie Anderson, which played London’s Lyric Hammersmith and toured throughout Great Britain. In addition to Spring Awakening, Sater has collaborated with Sheik on the NY premiere of Umbrage (HERE), Nero (The Magic Theatre, workshopped at the New York Shakespeare Festival and New York Stage & Film), and The Nightingale (workshopped at the O’Neill Musical Theatre Conference, La Jolla Playhouse, A.C.T., and New York Theater Workshop). He is also hard at work with System of a Down’s Serj Tankian on a musical version of Prometheus Bound, to be directed by Diane Paulus at the American Repertory Theater. Sater is the lyricist for Sheik’s critically acclaimed album Phantom Moon (Nonesuch), and together the two wrote the songs for Michael Mayer’s feature film A Home at the End of the World (Warner Classics) as well as the independent features Brother’s Shadow and Mary Stuart Masterson’s The Cake Eaters. Sater is also co-creator and

executive producer, with Paul Reiser, of recent pilots for both NBC and Sony/ FX, and has developed two projects for HBO, and another for Showtime (with Reiser). He is also at work, with Jessie Nelson, on a feature film and is creating an original movie musical for producer Larry Mark. In addition, Steven works as a lyricist with various composers in the pop/ rock world -- recently writing songs with Burt Bacharach, Johnny Mandel, Andreas Carlsson, and William Joseph. DUNCAN SHEIK (Music Orchestration) In addition to writing the music for Spring Awakening (2007 Tony Awards for “Best Orchestrations” and “Best Original Score”, 2008 Grammy Award for “Best Musical Show Album”), Sheik’s other theater credits include: Nero (Another Golden Rome) (currently in development), The Nightingale (currently in development), Whisper House (currently in development). Recorded works include: Whisper House (Sony/Victor 2009), White Limousine (Rounder 2006), Daylight (Atlantic Records 2002), Phantom Moon (Nonesuch 2001), Humming (Atlantic Records 1998), Duncan Sheik (Grammy Nomination “Best Male Vocal”) (Atlantic Records 1996). Film Scores include: DARE (2009), Little Spirit: Christmas in New York (2008), Capers (2007) and The Cake Eaters (2007). Producer Credits include: Holly Brook (forthcoming CD 2009), Micah Green (2008), Spring Awakening Original Cast Album (Universal 2007) and Chris Garneau (2006). A N N M A R I E M I L A Z Z O ( Vo c a l Arrangements) Composer/lyricist: Pretty Dead Girl, Sundance Film Festival. Vocal arranger: Broadway productions of Spring Awakening and Next To Normal. Bright Lights, Big City at The New York Theater Workshop, and the Paramount feature film, The Marc Pease Experience. AnnMarie is a Grammy nominated singer from The East Village Opera Company on Universal/Decca.


SIMON HALE (String Orchestrations) After graduating from the University of London with an honors degree in composition, Simon Hale’s acclaimed solo album, East Fifteen, led to recordings with many artists, including George Benson, Simply Red, Jamiroquai and Björk. In 1996 he orchestrated Duncan Sheik’s first album, and their musical collaboration has continued ever since. Simon’s involvement with Spring Awakening marked his Broadway debut and the Tony Award for Best Orchestrations in 2007. He continues to work with Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik on other projects. For more information please visit www.simonhale.co.uk. ALAN PAUL (Director) is currently the Associate Artistic Director of The Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC). His STC credits include the world premiere of Peter Pan and Wendy by Lauren Gunderson; The Comedy of Errors; Romeo and Juliet; Kiss Me, Kate; Man of La Mancha; A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (Helen Hayes Award winner, Best Director); “Free For All” Revivals of Twelfth Night and The Winter’s Tale; and Camelot, which became the highest grossing show in STC’s history. Recent credits include Cabaret at Olney Theatre Center; The Pajama Game at Arena Stage; Silence! The Musical and The Rocky Horror Show at Studio Theatre; and Kiss Me, Kate at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre. In 2013, Alan was the only American finalist for the European Opera Directing Prize in Vienna, Austria. Opera highlights include The Pirates of Penzance at Palm Beach Opera (starring Stephanie Blythe); Man of La Mancha at Portland Opera; and Penny at Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center. Alan has collaborated extensively with The National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, and with conductors Edward Gardner, Juraj Valcuha, and Gianandrea Noseda. Alan has taught scene study at the University of Maryland’s Opera Studio and acting for the Washington National Opera’s Young Artist Program. AlanPaulDirector.com

PAUL MCGILL (Choreographer) is excited to make his Round House debut working on Spring Awakening with this team. Broadway/Tour credits include Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Off-Broadway credits include The Legend of Georgia McBride at MCC (Astaire Award, Lortel nom); STEVE at New Group (dir. Cynthia Nixon); and School for Scandal at Red Bull Theater. Regional credits include Last Days of Summer at George Street Playhouse; The Legend of Georgia McBride at Geffen Playhouse (NAACP Award and LA Ovation Award); The Music Man at Asolo Rep (dir. Jeff Calhoun); Robin Hood at Serenbe Playhouse. Circus credits include Filament (Edinburgh Fringe 2019) and Grounded Aerial. TV/Film credits include Diamond Soles, Disney Channel, and numerous commercials. Upcoming credits include Between the Lines at Second Stage Theater in New York. PaulMcGill.org. Instagram: @Paul_McGill_ JA M E S C U N N I N G H A M ( M u s i c Director) is making his Round House Theatre debut. DC credits include Camelot (Helen Hayes nomination) and Kiss Me, Kate at The Shakespeare Theatre; and The Pajama Game at Arena Stage. Off-Broadway credits include Avenue Q; Bunnicula for TheatreworksUSA; Hot Mess in Manhattan for The Araca Project; Happy Birthday for The Actors Company Theatre. National Tour credits include White Christmas, Spamalot, Evita, and Cats. James is currently the Music Director for the Pittsburgh CLO summer season. Other regional credits include I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change and A Wonderful Life at The Engeman Theater; Big River at The Sharon Playhouse; Damn Yankees at Paper Mill Playhouse; Little Shop of Horrors and Cats at The MUNY; and Maury Yeston’s Phantom and In The Heights for North Carolina Theatre.

ADAM RIGG (Scenic Designer) is working with Round House for the first time. They are Princess Grace Award winner, a two-time American Theater Wing Henry Hewes Design Award nominee, a Connecticut Critics Circle Award nominee, and a multiple Ovation Award nominee. They were a recipient of the Donald Oenslager Fellowship in 2012 and the Pierre Cardin Fellowship in 2015. Credits include Soho Rep, Mark Taper Forum, New York Theater Workshop, LA Opera, Theater an der Wien in Austria, Signature Theater Company, The Guthrie, Seattle Rep, Teatro Municipal in Brazil, Yale Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Atlantic Theatre Company, Opera Philadelphia, Cincinnati Opera, Manhattan Theatre Club, the Kennedy Center, Berkeley Rep, and Theatre for a New Audience. They received a BA from UCLA and an MFA from Yale School of Drama. SA R A H C U B B AG E (Co s t u m e Designer) returns to Round House, where she previously designed for The Heal, co-produced with The Getty Villa. DC credits include A Chorus Line at Signature Theatre; King John at Folger Theatre; Kings, The Wolves, and The Hard Problem at Studio Theatre; The Crucible and Labour of Love at Olney Theatre; Actually at Theatre J; Sweeney Todd and Dorian’s Closet at Rep Stage; and That Face at Center Stage. New York credits include Crazy for You at Geffen Hall and Triumph of Love and Hippolyte et Aricie at The Juilliard School. Regional credits include The Lily’s Revenge at American Repertory Theatre, and Disgraced and In The Next Room at Syracuse Stage. Other credits include Disney Cruise Line’s Beauty and the Beast. Sarah is a USA 829 member. Instagram: @sarahcubbagedesign www.sarahcubbage.com

COLIN K. BILLS (Lighting Designer) returns to Round House, where he last designed The Legend of Georgia McBride. Colin has designed over fifty productions at Woolly Mammoth, where he is a Company Member. His work has been seen at Arena Stage, Asolo Rep, Berkshire Theater Festival, CENTERSTAGE, Chicago’s Second City, Constellation Theatre, Contemporary American Theater Festival, Court Theater, Dallas Theater Center, Everyman, 59E59, Ford’s Theatre, Forum Theatre, Imagination Stage, Intiman, Kennedy Center, Marin Theatre Company, Metro Stage, Olney Theatre Center, Opera Lafayette, Opéra Royal Versailles, Pasadena Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, Smithsonian, Signature, Studio Theatre, Synetic, Syracuse Stage, Theater J, Washington Revels, Wilma Theater, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Colin has won three Helen Hayes Awards and is a recipient of a Princess Grace Fellowship. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College. MATTHEW M. NIELSON (Sound Designer) returns to Round House, where design and composition credits include The Legend of Georgia McBride, The Book of Will, Two Trains Running, Around the World in 80 Days, and A Prayer for Owen Meany. DC-area credits include Arena Stage, Ford’s Theatre, the Kennedy Center, Woolly Mammoth, Signature Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Studio Theatre, Theatre Alliance, CATF, and The Smithsonian. Off-Broadway credits include The Public Theatre, Lincoln Center, and 59e59. Regional credits include Denver Performing Arts Center, Cincinnati Playhouse, Milwaukee Rep, Portland Center Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Philadelphia Theatre Company, and Barrington Stage Company. Film/TV credits include Those Who Wait, The Hero Effect, Elbow Grease, From Hell to Here, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and Delivery.com. Matthew has won five Helen Hayes Awards and several regional theatre and film festival awards. CuriousMusic.com.


CASEY KALEBA (Fight Director) returns to Round House, where he has staged more than a dozen shows including The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Oslo, Angels in America, Young Robin Hood, and The Night Alive. DC credits include Fences, Into the Woods, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf at Ford’s Theatre; King John, Romeo and Juliet, and Richard III at Folger Theatre; Otello and Tosca with the Washington National Opera; Blackbeard, Billy Elliot, and West Side Story with Signature Theatre; and Singing in the Rain, Mary Stuart, and Sweeney Todd with Olney Theatre Center. Casey is a two-time Helen Hayes nominee for work at Constellation Theatre Company and The Keegan Theatre, and coordinates the stage combat training program through Round House Theatre’s education wing. www.ToothandClawCombat.com

in 2018 with a BA in Theater. A portfolio of her work can be found at acwade.com

LO R R AI N E R E SS EG G E R -S LO N E (Intimacy Consultant) is delighted to make her Round House debut. Lorraine is an Intimacy, Movement, and Fight Director in the DC metro area. Her DC theatre credits as Intimacy Director include How to Catch Creation at Baltimore Center Stage; and Describe the Night, BLKS, and Botticelli in the Fire at Woolly Mammoth Theater. Regional Credits include The Bebo Brinker Chronicles at Richmond Triangle Players. Lorraine’s Fight Director credits include Little Shop of Horrors at Constellation Theatre Company; Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Three Days of Rain at 1st Stage; Pram Kicker and Romeo and Juliet at Taffety Punk; and Oedipus el Ray and Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play at Woolly Mammoth Theatre.

M A D E LE I N E S M ITH ( A s s i s t a n t Director) is making her Round House debut. She recently served as Assistant Director and Directing Fellow at the Shakespeare Theatre Company for Peter Pan and Wendy. Other Credits include Equivocation at Silver Spring Stage; and The Merry Widow and La Perichole at The Victorian Lyric Opera Company. Upcoming credits include Pride and Prejudice at Silver Spring Stage. Madeleine received a BFA in Acting at the University of the Arts BFA Acting and trained at Vocal Mastery, Inc. Instagram: @midgeleine_

ALEX WADE (Props Master) is thrilled to be working with Round House Theatre again, where she previously worked as the Props Master for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and as Associate Props Master for School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play. She has also done props design in the DMV area with other companies including NextStop Theater Company and Rorschach Theatre. Alex graduated from George Mason University

GABRIELLE HOYT (Dramaturg) is thrilled for her fifth season at Round House, where she has contributed to every production for the past four years, including the world premieres of Ironbound and Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley. She also coordinates the Equal Play commissioning program, which seeks to amplify underrepresented voices in theatre. In addition to her role at Round House, she is a freelance director and dramaturg who focuses on new plays and non-traditional rehearsal processes. She has recently worked at the Jewish Plays Project, the Kennedy Center, HEREArts New York, the Barrow Group, and the San Diego Jewish Arts Festival. Gabrielle studied theatre at Yale University.

JUSTIN SCHMITZ (Associate Sound Designer) is excited to return to Round House, where he was previously associate sound designer for Handbagged and Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley. He has designed for the Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre, Theater J, Olney Theatre Center, Woolly Mammoth, Studio Theatre, Imagination Stage, Forum Theatre, WSC Avant Bard, Chautauqua Theatre Company, Triad Stage, Catholic University, Gallaudet University, and The University of Maryland, amongst others. He was a Helen Hayes nominee for I Call My Brothers with Forum Theatre. Design fellowships include the Kennedy Center through the

Kenan Institute, KCACTF to attend The Orchard Project, and Chautauqua Theatre Company. Justin holds an MFA in Sound Design for Theatre from The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and a BA from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. www.justinschmitztheatre.com CH E WE R N S MAN (Resid ent & Production Stage Manager) is reveling in her fourth full season at Round House! Some of her favorite RHT credits include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play; Handbagged (OffBroadway, Bethesda); Oslo; Gem of the Ocean; Small Mouth Sounds; The Legend of Georgia McBride; Or,; The Book of Will; and A Prayer for Owen Meany. Che has worked as an AEA Stage Manager in the DC/Baltimore region for the past two decades, with shows at Imagination Stage, The National, The Kennedy Center, Folger

Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Theatre J, Studio, Everyman, Rep Stage, Center Stage, and Olney Theatre Center. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Virginia Tech. REBECCA SILVA (Assistant Stage Manager) is happy to return to Round House Theatre, having previously assisted on Oslo, How I Learned to Drive, and “Master Harold” …and the Boys. Favorite DC credits include the world premiere of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical! at The Kennedy Center; Fairview and BLKS at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company; and Matilda at Olney Theatre Center. Rebecca has also worked with Studio Theatre, Flying V, Constellation Theatre Company, Adventure Theatre MTC, and Imagination Stage. Rebecca holds a BS from American University.






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Round House Theatre is incredibly grateful for all supporters of the Full Circle capital campaign. Because of their generosity, our goals to launch innovative artistic initiatives, expand our education programming, create a warm and welcoming theatre, and ensure our financial security are becoming a reality. Michael, Larry, & Jennifer Abrams in honor of Natalie R. Abrams Natalie R. Abrams Dave and Toko Ackerman Jim and Esthy Adler Helen and Fred Altman Anonymous Anonymous in honor of Doug Bibby Keith and Celia Arnaud Arronson Foundation Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County Marla and Bobby Baker, Baker-Merine Family Foundation Daniel and Nancy Balz Nan Beckley Michael Beriss and Jean Carlson Ellen Berman Cathy S. Bernard Doug and Lorraine Bibby Elaine Kotell Binder and Richard Binder Donald and Nancy Bliss Eben and Wendy Block Donald and Janet Boardman Ellen and Jon Bortz The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Jane and Fred Cantor Larry Culleen and Nina Weisbroth Belle Negrin Davis Bill Davis and Jane Hodges Dimick Foundation Heidi and Mitch Dupler Victoria Edouard Jim Eisner Rich and Pam Feinstein Thomas and Kathleen Fingleton Laura Forman and Richard Bender Dr. Helene Freeman Arlene Diener Friedlander Christopher and Carol Sue Fromboluti Cary C. Fuller Susie and Michael Gelman Tim and Susan Gibson Ann and Frank Gilbert Susan Gilbert and Ron Schechter Dr. Harry and Arlene Gildenhorn Chris and Jean Gilson Eric Glantz and Jessica Nassau Larrie and Joyce Greenberg Neil R. Greene and Ellen G. Miles The Greene-Milstein Family Foundation Stuart and Beverly Greenfeig

Nancy Greenspan The Greif Family Ed Grossman and Rochelle Stanfield Leslie Grizzard Hale and Joseph Hale Jay and Robin Hammer Alan and Bonnie Hammerschlag Holly Hassett John and Meg Hauge Robert E. Hebda Mindy A. Hecker Connie Heller Paul R. Henderson Robin Hettleman and Matthew Weinberg Levi and Alesha Holliday Reba and Mark Immergut Larry and Sue Jeweler Clifford Johnson and Margaret Roper Elaine Economides Joost Daniel Kaplan and Kay Richman Jerry and Deena* Kaplan Richard Kasten The Sheldon & Audrey Katz Foundation Henry B. & Jessie W. Keiser Foundation, Inc. Chaz and Jane Kerschner Ann and Neil Kerwin John and Rachel King Carole Klein and Brad Chesivoir The Koff Family Debra Kraft and Rob Liberatore Shawn and Stacia Krantz Bruce S. Lane and Ann E. Lane Charles Lane and Catarina Bannier Darrell Lemke and Maryellen Trautman Jeffrey* and Carolyn Leonard Phyllis and Mort Lessans Marion Ein Lewin and Mark Ein, in honor of Larry Lewin Frank Liebermann Peter Locker and Debra Roth Judy and Brian Madden State of Maryland Paul and Zena Mason Susan Freeman McGee Marvin and Joanne McIntyre John and Marie McKeon Maureen and Michael McMurphy and the Patrick Michael McMurphy Memorial Foundation Scott and Louise Melby Jeff Menick Lynn and Philip Metzger

Lisa Mezzetti Joanna Miller and Lachlan Bell Pete Miller and Sara Cormeny Montgomery County Executive Community Grant Robert K. and Caryn McTighe Musil Heidi and David Onkst Sally Patterson Patricia Payne and Nancy Firestone Denise and Craig Pernick Joram and Lona Piatigorsky Geraldine Fogel Pilzer Kathy and Ed Quinn Linda Ravdin and Don Shapero Susan and Bill Reinsch Deborah and Lee Rogers Pamela and Glenn Rosenthal Margaret Ann Ross The Estate of Henry Schalizki Dian and Steve Seidel Barbara Selter, Sue O’Hara, and Alan Miller Share Fund Victor Shargai* and Craig Pascal Robin Sherman Mark and Merrill Shugoll Shugoll Research Steven and Linda Skalet Tina and Albert Small, Jr. and family David and Sherry Smith Patti and Jerry Sowalsky John and Pamela Spears Ed Starr and Marilyn Marcosson Shellie Steinberg Janice and Steve Straske Carol Trawick DMW Susan and Richard Westin George and Patti White Alan and Irene Wurtzel Anne and Robert Yerman Judy and Ed Zakreski Joe and Lynda Zengerle Judy and Leo Zickler Margot Lurie Zimmerman, in memory of Paul Zimmerman *in memoriam This list is current as of December 18, 2019 and includes all donations and pledges of $2,500 and above.

We gratefully acknowledge the following donors who support the work of our 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 Seasons. These tax-deductible gifts help Round House continue to be a home for outstanding ensemble acting and lifelong learning. To learn more about ways to support Round House, donor benefits, and to make a gift, visit www.RoundHouseTheatre.org/InnerCircle or call the Development Department at 240.641.5352. List is current as of December 16, 2019.


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Elaine Kotell Binder and Richard Binder Don and Nancy Bliss Ellen and Jon Bortz Larry Culleen and Nina Weisbroth, in memory of Rosa K. Culleen The Dimick Foundation Susie and Michael Gelman Ann and Frank Gilbert Susan Gilbert and Ron Schechter Susan and Peter Greif John and Meg Hauge Rick Kasten Ann and Neil Kerwin Debra Kraft and Rob Liberatore Paul and Zena Mason Chris and Kathleen Matthews Susan Freeman McGee Phillip and Judith Messing Carl and Undine Nash Sally J. Patterson Elissa Leonard and Jay Powell Hank Schlosberg, in honor of Paul Mason, Mark Shugoll, and Marion Ein Lewin Dian and Steve Seidel Linda and Steve Skalet David and Sherry Smith Anne and Robert Yerman Weissberg Foundation Alan and Irene Wurtzel

Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County Maryland State Arts Council P L AT I N U M C I R C L E ($ 5 0 ,0 0 0  – $ 9 9, 9 9 9) Cathy S. Bernard The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Heidi and Mitch Dupler Share Fund Shubert Foundation GOLD CIRCLE ($ 2 5 ,0 0 0  – $ 4 9, 9 9 9) Paul M. Angell Family Foundation Michael Beriss and Jean Carlson Linda Ravdin and Don Shapero The Sulica Fund Judy and Leo Zickler S I LV E R C I R C L E ($10 ,0 0 0  – $ 24 , 9 9 9) Margaret Abell Powell Fund of the William S. Abell Foundation Esthy and Jim Adler Lorraine and Doug Bibby Don and Jan Boardman The Cora & John H. Davis Foundation Pam and Richard Feinstein Jay and Robin Hammer Bonnie and Alan Hammerschlag Carolyn Kaplan* Daniel Kaplan and Kay Richman Ann and Bruce Lane Jeffrey* and Carolyn Leonard Marion Ein Lewin Maureen and Michael McMurphy and the Patrick Michael McMurphy Memorial Foundation The Estate of Henry J. Schalizki Mark and Merrill Shugoll Patti and Jerry Sowalsky Susan and Bill Reinsch The Rowny Foundation Bernard and Ellen Young

COPPER CIRCLE ($ 2 , 5 0 0  – $ 4 , 9 9 9) Celia and Keith Arnaud Marla and Bobby Baker, Baker-Merine Family Foundation Nan Beckley Ellen Berman City Of Rockville Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts Belle Davis Eileen and Paul DeMarco Michael DeSantis and Patrick Baugh Hope Eastman and Allen Childs Jim Eisner Laura Forman and Richard Bender Graham Holdings Company Neil R. Greene and Ellen G. Miles

Robert E. Hebda Linda Lurie Hirsch Robbins and Giles Hopkins Reba and Mark Immergut Bob and Gail Linn Rosalyn Levy Jonas Judy and Brian Madden B. Thomas Mansbach Barbara Rapaport Clifford Johnson and Margaret Roper Glenn and Pamela Rosenthal Margaret Ann Ross Pamela and John Spears Venable LLP Elena and Joel Widder Lynda and Joseph Zengerle Margot Lurie Zimmerman, in memory of Paul Zimmerman

INNER CIRCLE S U S TA I N E R S ($1 , 5 0 0  –  $ 2 ,4 9 9) Clement and Sandra Alpert Designated Endowment Fund Daniel and Nancy Balz Sue Ann and Ken Berlin Janice Crawford Lorraine S. Dreyfuss Theatre Education Foundation Susan Dweck Victoria Heisler Edouard Fleishhacker Foundation - in honor of Mitch and Heidi Dupler Victoria Frink Susan and Timothy Gibson Eric Glantz and Jessica Nassau Michael and Ellen Gold Edward Grossman and Rochelle Stanfield Ms. Mindy Hecker Jane Holmes Renee Klish Barry Kropf Franklin and Jackie Paulson Lerch, Early, & Brewer Anne & Henry Reich Family Foundation, Lee G. Rubenstein, co-President Elaine and English Showalter Richard and Susan Westin Roger Williams and Ginger Macomber Mier and Cathy Wolf

B E N E FACTO R S ($1 ,0 0 0  – $1 ,4 9 9) Rachel H.M. Abraham Kate and Stephen Baldwin William Davis and Jane Hodges Bill and Donna Eacho Ann and Frank Gilbert Dr. and Mrs. David A. Grier Richard and Janice Grossman Lana Halpern Jeffrey Heintz Patti Herman David and Sheila Holm Glen and Lauren Howard David and Lisa Jones Carol Kleinman Chuck Knauss and Ann McLarty Dana and Ray Koch Ellen Kohn Daniel Korengold and Martha Dippell Mimi Kress Isiah and Catherine Leggett Darrell Lemke and Maryellen Trautman Judy Gilbert Levey and Jeff Levey The Levitt Philanthropic Fund in honor of Bonnie and Alan Hammerschlag Doug and Mary Beth McDaniel Melamed Foundation Dale Mott and Ken Hyle Martha Newman Stan Peabody Denise and Craig Pernick Geraldine Fogel Pilzer Markley Roberts Deborah and Lee Rogers Eric and Shelley Rubin Evelyn Sandground and Bill Perkins Elisabeth Schouten* Amy Selco and Kevin Keeley Robin Sherman Shellie Steinberg Page and Amy Stull Susan and John Sturc Mark Sucher and Jane Lyons Marna Tucker and Lawrence Baskir Kathy and Bob Wenger Ms. Carolyn L. Wheeler Andrew A. and Marcia D. Zvara A DVO C AT ES ($ 5 0 0 – $ 9 9 9) Wallace Babington Marian Block and Ed Rosic Barbara Brown Sharon Brown Patricia Bryant Lynn and Bill Choquette Barbara and Peter Clapman Douglas Cochrane Mary Cole Sue Cunningham Paul Ehrenreich and Ellen Riker Marjorie and Tony Elson Clare Evans Duane and Barbara Fitzgerald

Carole and Robert Fontenrose Helene Freeman Arlene Friedlander Alan* and Hedda Gnaizda Stuart and Beverly Greenfeig Leonard Hockstader Jane Holmes William L. Hopkins and Richard B. Anderson* Carol and Terry Ireland Larry and Sue Jeweler Erna Kerst Megan Klose Ann Labriola and Bruce Coolidge Herbert and Dianne Lerner Erik Lichtenberg and Carol Mermey Keith Martin Alfred Munzer and Joel Wind Geri Olson P. David Pappert Wes Pickard and Jeanette Studley Posner-Wallace Foundation Winton Matthews, Jr. Dennis Renner and Michael Krone David and Gayle Roehm Froma Sandler Barbara Selter The Honorable Robert Sharkey and Dr. Phoebe Sharkey Leslie Smith Luanne and Marc Stanley Jane and Herb Stevens Lucinda and Stephen Swartz DMW John Wheeler George and Patti White Ed Zakreski Marc Zwillinger

Jim Myerberg David and Susan Reichardt Nancy Sachs and Mitt Regan William and Ellen Sandler Joseph Serene Mickie Simpson Sarah Sloan Scott Spector Grant P. and Sharon R. Thompson Sheila Truxon Sandra Willen Kathryn Winsberg and King Stablein *in memoriam M ATC H I N G G I F T C O M PA N I ES ExxonMobil Foundation Freddie Mac Foundation GE Foundation IBM Salesforce SunTrust Foundation Synchrony Financial Tegna Texas Instruments IN KIND DONORS Chevy Chase Florist Dawson’s Market Doyle Printing & Offset Co. ERG International Honest Tea Company Provisions Catering Shugoll Research Vamoose Zeke’s Coffee

A S S O C I AT ES ($ 3 0 0  –  $ 4 9 9) Bob and Marilyn Abrams Toko and Dave Ackerman Donald Adams and Ellen Maland Betsy Anderson Anonymous Naomi and David Balto Marty Bell Adrienne Butler Wallace Chandler Stacey Colino Marianne Dawson Karen Deasy Ted Deming Deborah Elam Harold Finger Matthew Fink Molly Frantz Helene Guttman Ms. Brigid Haragan Judith Hautala James Heegeman Larry Hothem Howard and Ella Iams Vinca LaFleur Frank Liebermann Jan Lower and Paul Berger Scott McCarthy John and Marie McKeon Karen McLeod


Round House Theatre is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County government, The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, and the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive (MSAC is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, which believes that a great nation deserves great art). The theatre is deeply grateful for the continued support of its federal, state, and local elected officials. We make every effort to provide accurate acknowledgement for our contributors. If your name is misspelled or omitted, please accept our apologies and contact the Development Department at 240.641.5352 or Development@RoundHouseTheatre.org.

TEES OF TRUS BOARD Doug Bibby President Linda Ravdin, Vice President Amy Selco, Secretary Cathy Bernard, Treasurer Bruce Lane, Assistant Secretary Jay Hammer, Assistant Treasurer Mitchell Dupler, Immediate Past President Elaine Kotell Binder Timothy Douglas Maboud Ebrahimzadeh Laura Forman Ann Gilbert Susan Gilbert Bonnie Hammerschlag Daniel P. Kaplan Neil Kerwin Marion Ein Lewin Debra Kraft Liberatore Kathleen Matthews Paul Mason Aruna Miller Sally Patterson Ryan Rilette Mark Shugoll David H. Smith Patti Sowalsky Ivania Stack Riley Temple Roger Williams Ed Zakreski Judy Zickler



Esthy and James Adler Sue Ann Berlin Don Boardman* Jean Carlson Bunny Dwin* Donna W. Eacho* Burt Fishman Stuart Greenfeig* Reba Immergut* Peter A. Jablow* Ann Lane Carolyn Leonard Ann Marie Mehlert Trina and Lee G. Rubenstein Ron Schechter Marilyn Scheiner Jeremy W. Schulman* Robin Sherman William J. Sim* Shellie Steinberg Kathy Yanuck Wenger* Roger Williams* Mier Wolf* Andrew A. Zvara *former Round House Theatre Trustees

TS 20 ARTIS 2019-20 Maboud Ebrahimzadeh Paige Hathaway Ivania Stack Craig Wallace

Tosin Olufolabi Andre Pluess Adam Rigg Kristen Robinson Debra Kim Sivigny Ani Taj Paul Toben Alex Wade Thom Weaver Sinan Refik Zafar



Moriamo Temidayo Akibu Shirine Babb Eunice Bae Tonya Beckman Jane Bernhard Katie Rey Bogden Harrison Bryan Carson Collins Debora Crabbe Theresa Cunningham Yao Dogbe Cliff Eberhardt Laura C. Harris Emma Hebert Helen Hedman Eric Hissom Maya Jackson Kashayna Johnson Jade Jones Tessa Klein Regan Linton Michael Mainwaring Alina Collins Maldonado James Mernin Christian Montgomery Gregg Mozgala Cody Nickell Mason Alexander Park Chinna Palmer Lester Purry Kalen Robinson Kacie Rogers Claire Saunders Awa Sel Secka Kimberly Schraf Bobby Smith Jamie Smithson Jaquita Ta’le Kathryn Tkel Chani Wereley Cody LeRoy Wilson

Meredith McDonough Jared Mezzocchi Alan Paul Aaron Posner Ryan Rilette Nicole A. Watson


DESIGNERS Kim Bey Colin K. Bills Harold F. Burgess II Tony Cisek Sarah Cubbage James Cunningham Melissa Flaim Kathleen Geldard Kasey Hendricks Casey Kaleba Paul McGill LaShawn Melton Jared Mezzocchi Sherrice Mojgani Martha Mountain Matthew M. Nielson

PLAYWRIGHTS Jocelyn Bioh Martyna Majok Charles L. Mee Rehana Lew Mirza Aaron Posner Steven Sater & Duncan Shiek Simon Stephens STAGE MANAGERS Rachael Danielle Albert Marcedes Clanton Rachel Hamilton Rebecca Silva Che Wernsman Samantha Wilhelm TEEN PERFORMANCE COMPANY Griffin Boswell Anna Brosowsky Abigail Cannon Legacy Chase Natalia Dunn Shaelyn Edwards Eck Natalie Fernandez Hank Harris Alice Hockstader Jessie Israel Graciela Luna Nate Mitchell Xavier Monroe Kana Seiki Miles Solomon Ellie Strickland Alyssa Taylor Gillian B. Tomlinson Xander Toti Sebastian Valderrama August Van Der Werf

STAFF LEADERSHIP Artistic Director: Ryan Rilette Managing Director: Ed Zakreski ARTISTIC Associate Artistic Director: Nicole A. Watson

Literary Manager: Gabrielle Hoyt Artistic Apprentice: Johnny Monday Literary Apprentice: Agyeiwaa Asante PRODUCTION Production Manager: Jesse Aasheim Assistant Production Manager/ Company Manager: Sara Patterson Technical Director: Matt Saxton Assistant Technical Director: Jose Abraham Master Electrician/Audio Supervisor: Chris Hall Costume Shop Manager: Aubrey Mazzaferri Scenic Charge: Jenny Cockerham Master Carpenter: Shaun Bartlow Resident Stage Manager: Che Wernsman Seasonal Carpenter: Frank Gauthier Production Apprentice: J.J. Querubin Stage Management Apprentice: Jessica Hagy EDUCATION Director of Education: Danisha Crosby Education Manager: Kathleen Mason Education Assistant: Patrick Joy Lead Teaching Artists: Ian Anthony Coleman, Kelsey Hall, Brandon McCoy Education Apprentice: Melody Wang Faculty: Ashley Barrow Desiree Chappelle Reenie Codelka Kevin Corbett Mary C. Davis Amanda Forstrom Dominique Fuller JJ Jager Emma Hébert Gabrielle Hoyt Claire Jones Patrick Joy Casey Kaleba Benairen Kane

Emily Lettau Tim J. Lord Laura Loy Katelyn Manfre Christopher Richardson Mimi Rinaldi Sophie Rosenthal Nate Ruleaux Justin Schmitz Danielle Scott Morgan Scott Stefan Smith-Simmons Ivania Stack Elle Sullivan Mariana Taitano Rosa Tellez Michael Thomas Jacob Traver Craig Wallace Che Wernsman Gray West Rick Westerkamp Michael Anthony Williams Mary Rose Winnard

ADMINISTRATION General Manager: Tim Conley Associate General Manager: Emmy Leaverton Facilities Manager: Liz Sena Executive Assistant & Board Liaison: Carter Rice DEVELOPMENT Director of Development: Veronica Kannan Development Officer: Dina Goldman Development Operations Manager: Helen Aberger Institutional Giving Manager: Katelyn Maurer Special Events & Development Associate: Taylor Brandt Development and General Management Intern: Des’ree Brown MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Interim Director of Marketing & Communications:

Robert Sweibel Associate Director of Marketing & Communications: Katie Atkinson Public Relations & Partnerships Manager: Jasmine Jiang Graphic Designer: Kent Kondo Marketing Apprentice: Teddy Sullivan Community Engagement Apprentice: Stephanie Deutchman AUDIENCE SERVICES Associate Director of Sales & Audience Services: Brian Andrade Audience Services Manager: Mason Catharini Box Office Associates: Agyeiwaa Asante Marquita Dill Lauren Farnell Steve Langley Sisi Reid Danielle Scott Morgan Scott Teddy Sullivan House Management Staff: Agyeiwaa Asante Julia Marks Maureen May Sonia Olchyk Tamisha Ottley J.J. Querubin Nashira Rawls Stephanie Rose Lacey Talero FOURTH WALL BAR & CAFÉ Food & Beverage Manager: Hudson Tang Food & Beverage Lead: Julyanna Kasunic Bar & Café Associates: Agyeiwaa Asante Amendiana Adams Samual Dozier Cara Forster Mark Lyons Ellen Mitchell Johnny Monday Greta Tanudjaja

ABOUT ROUND HOUSE THEATRE ROUND HOUSE THEATRE is one of the leading professional theatres in the Washington, DC, area, producing a season of new plays, modern classics, and musicals for more than 55,000 patrons each year at our 352-seat theatre in Bethesda. Round House has been nominated for more than 181 Helen Hayes Awards and has won more than 32, including four “Outstanding Resident Play” Awards, the “Outstanding Resident Musical Award,” and the Charles MacArthur Award for Original New Play in 2016. Round House’s lifelong learning and education programs serve more than 4,000 students each year at its Education Center in Silver Spring and in schools throughout Montgomery County. Cornerstone programs include Free Play, which provides free tickets to teens and college students; the year-round Teen Performance Company, which culminates in the student-produced Sarah Metzger Memorial Play; Summer Camp for students in grades K-12; and a full slate of classes for adults and youth.


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