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LETTER FROM THE CHAIR

WELCOME TO THE DEPARTMENT OF DRAMA AS YOU WILL READ ELSEWHERE in these pages, our current mainstage season is dedicated to the memory of our beloved colleague, mentor, and friend, Felix E. Cochren, Jr. And while our tribute to him can detail facts, figures, and lists of accomplishments, it will always be woefully incomplete. It will never capture his radiant spirit, his wry humor, nor his fierce dedication to his students and to the enduring power of the theater. Among other things, Felix was famous for reminding his design students that “Man is the measure of all things….so remember to put a figure in your drawings.” Woe betide the

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student who handed in a rendering of a set that included only walls and furniture. That human figure was needed – not only to serve as a visual reminder of the scale of the composition, but more importantly to remind all of us that we are engaged in the act of storytelling; the act of illuminating the human condition. Aesthetic details and theatrical flourishes don’t matter if they don’t help us find our way to the heart of the matter. As you read our tribute, you will note that in 2017, Felix was the recipient of a Torch Bearer for Black Theatre Award, in recognition of his commitment to the legacy and continuing development of black theater nationwide. This dedication to legacy – not


only to preserving the past, but also to bringing it actively and vitally into the present for his students and his audiences – is what brings him particularly to mind for me as I welcome you to our 2019-20 season.

I am grateful that you have chosen to join us, and I hope you will be as engaged by these stories as we have been as we worked to bring them to life. And I hope that we have done Felix proud. Finally, I invite you to share your thoughts about some of the themes these stories investigate by joining us for one or more of our free Sunday Salon Series discussions following the first Sunday matinee of each production. Join the director, members of the creative team, and experts drawn

ď Ž RALPH ZITO

Each of these plays is a classic example of its genre, or is directly linked to a classic. All of them invite us to explore and critique the values, themes, and underlying assumptions of the eras in which they were written and the eras that they depict. Further, they provide many opportunities for us to explore the art of storytelling, and demand that we share these stories in ways that speak to our current cultural condition.

from the Syracuse University faculty and Syracuse community as we take a closer look at the creative process and the larger questions raised by each production. Once again, thank you and enjoy the show!

Ralph Zito

Chair, Department of Drama

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THE SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF DRAMA DEDICATES THE 2019-20 MAINSTAGE SEASON TO THE MEMORY OF

Felix E. Cochren, Jr. BELOVED COLLEAGUE, MENTOR, AND FRIEND SEPTEMBER 21, 1950 – APRIL 26, 2019

A Syracuse native, Cochren joined the College of Visual and Performing Arts in 2002. Beloved by his students and colleagues, he was recognized for teaching excellence with the college’s Outstanding Faculty Award in the 2007-08 academic year.

 FELIX E. COCHREN, JR.

A scenic and costume designer, Cochren attended Carnegie Mellon University and was an associate member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829, New York. His New York credits included Broadway productions of Home, Inacent Black and Amen Corner and off-Broadway productions of A Soldier’s Play, A Brief History of White Music and Lotto. His other New York credits included designs for the New Federal Theatre, Billie Holiday Theatre, Opera Ebony, Boys Choir of Harlem, New York Theatre Workshop, the Negro Ensemble Company, Soho Rep and the Joseph Papp Public Theater. Cochren’s resident theater credits included productions for Alabama Shakespeare Theatre, Buffalo Studio Arena, Syracuse Stage, GeVa, Alliance Theatre, Philadelphia Drama Guild, Harmonie Park Playhouse, Freedom Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Cleveland Play House, St. Louis Black Repertory Company, Crossroads Theatre, Hartford Stage, McCarter Theatre Center, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Indiana Repertory Theatre, the Guthrie, the Huntington and the Goodman. For the Opera Company of Philadelphia, he created sets and costumes for Porgy and Bess, which were also featured in productions for Indianapolis; Atlanta; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Memphis, Tennessee.

Network’s Winona Fletcher Award for Excellence in Design, six St. Louis Black Rep’s Woodie King Awards, seven AUDELCO Awards (New York City), a Cleveland Newspapers Tribute, a Detroit Free Press Award, nominations for Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award and BTAA Award, a shared OBIE Award for Black Nativity and the first award for Outstanding Scenic Design from the National Black Theatre Festival. In 2017 he was honored as a “Torch Bearer for Black Theatre” and participated in the Passing of the Torch Ceremony in New York City. Torch Bearers for Black Theatre are past recipients of the “VIV” (Vivian Robinson/AUDELCO Recognition Award for Excellence in Black Theatre) and are committed to the legacy and continuing development of black theater nationwide.

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College of Visual and Performing Arts

PRESENTS

CONCEIVED AND ORIGINALLY DIRECTED AND CHOREOGRAPHED BY

Michael Bennett BOOK BY

MUSIC BY

LYRICS BY

James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante

Marvin Hamlisch

Edward Kleban

CO-CHOREOGRAPHED BY

Bob Avian DIRECTED AND CHOREOGRAPHED BY

Brian J. Marcum MUSIC DIRECTOR

Brian Cimmet SCENIC DESIGNER

COSTUME DESIGNER

LIGHTING DESIGNER

SOUND DESIGNER

Alex Koziara

Lindsey Quay Voorhees

Maranda DeBusk

Jacqueline R Herter

DIALECT COACH

ASSISTANT MUSIC DIRECTOR

STAGE MANAGER

Blake Segal

Jacob Stebly

Hector Aguirre

CHAIR, DEPARTMENT OF DRAMA

Ralph Zito SEASON SPONSOR

Original Broadway production produced by the New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp, Producer, in association with Plum Productions, Inc. A Chorus Line is presented by arrangement with Tams-Witmark, A Concord Theatricals Company. www.tamswitmark.com October 4 - 13, 2019

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CAST (in alphabetical order)

Haley Ayers.............................................................Val Weston Barnwell................................................Zach Blake Brewer.....................................................Richie Emily Britt.......................................................Kristine Sam Brownstein................................................Frank Ryan Byrne.......................................................Bobby Carly Caviglia...................................................Cassie Anju Cloud.......................................................Connie Candice Hatakeyama......................................Sheila Kate Jarecki.....................................................Maggie Rachel Kay...........................................................Bebe Joshua Keen...........................................................Don Joshua Kring........................................................Mark Noah Lentini........................................................Mike Imri Leshed.............................................................Roy Mieke Moll...........................................................Judy Kevin Morrison....................................................Paul Caroline Portner.................................................Vicki Isabel Rodriguez...............................................Diana Camille Theriault...............................................Laura JT Tully........................................................................Al Damon Robert Williams...................................Greg Haley Wright.......................................................Tricia

UNDERSTUDIES Sam Brownstein (Mark, Mike, Paul, Richie) Ryan Byrne (Zach) Rachel Kay (Cassie) Imri Leshed (Bobby, Greg, Al, Don) Caroline Portner (Kristine, Sheila, Judy, Val) Camille Theriault (Connie) Haley Wright (Diana, Maggie, Bebe, Laura [Larry])

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ADDITIONAL CREDITS Dance Captain: Camille Theriault Assistant Director: Alex Cortinas Assistant Choreographer: Joshua Keen Assistant Scenic Designer: Ian Borowik Assistant Costume Designers: Sabrina Knaack, Cara Spindel Assistant Lighting Designers: Garett Pembrook, Adrian Yuen Assistant Stage Managers: Alana Barker, Alyssa Jaffe Rehearsal Pianist and Keyboard Programming: Jacob Stebly Casting Associate: Wallis Dean

ORCHESTRA Piano/Conductor.........................................................................................Brian Cimmet Woodwinds................ Joe Carello, Kiel Clark, Mike Dubaniewicz, John Jeanneret Trumpets....................................................................................Pat Carney, Rob Robson Percussion.....................................................................................................Josh Dekaney Trombone................................................................................................Dave DiGennaro Bass...............................................................................................................Mike Fittipaldi Keyboard 2.....................................................................................................Jacob Stebly A Chorus Line is performed with a live orchestra.

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MUSICAL NUMBERS I Hope I Get It...............................................................................Company I Can Do That........................................................................................Mike And . . . ............................................Bobby, Richie, Val, Judy, Company At the Ballet............................................................Sheila, Bebe, Maggie Sing..............................................................................................Kristine, Al Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen, Hello Love..............................Company Nothing.................................................................................................Diana Dance: Ten; Looks: Three......................................................................Val The Music and the Mirror...............................................................Cassie One................................................................................................Company The Tap Combination................................................................Company What I Did For Love......................................................Diana, Company One (reprise)...............................................................................Company A Chorus Line will be performed without an intermission.

SETTING A Broadway Theatre, 1975.

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A CHORUS LINE

DIRECTOR'S NOTE ON APRIL 28, 1990 I WAS ON my high school drama department’s trip to New York City. It was my first time in the city and we were walking through Time Square on our way to see Jerome Robbins’ Broadway (featuring David Lowenstein and Andrea Leigh Smith, both current Department of Drama professors). As we passed 44th and Broadway, I looked down the street and saw a line of limousines outside the Shubert Theatre. Wondering what it was all about, I heard a passerby say “A Chorus Line closes tonight!” After 6,137 performances, making it the longest running Broadway show at the time, A Chorus Line was closing. At that moment in my life, my knowledge of the show was little more than remembering there was a number from it about a tap dancing boy (like me)… “I Can Do That.” As time went by and I graduated high school, went to college to become a Broadway dancer, actually became a Broadway dancer, and then transitioned to teaching students how to become Broadway dancers, the show was my life.

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A Chorus Line is the story of Broadway dancers. It is based on the lives of real dancers who were invited one night by Michael Bennett, the show’s creator and the original director and choreographer, to tell their stories of how they became dancers. Michael, a dancer himself, wanted to bring dancers out of the shadows and make them the feature of a show. They told stories of growing up with a dream, family dynamics, and the struggles of the business. He taped the conversations and from those conversations, A Chorus Line was born. Although this show takes place in the 1970s (it opened on Broadway in 1975), the show is timeless. The life of a dancer in NYC and on Broadway is the same. You train at your craft for many years. You audition. You might get the job. You might not. You finally get a job. You rehearse. It opens. It closes. You are back to square one. It is the cycle we live and love and hate sometimes…but it is a dancer’s passion. In the opening number the dancers sing, “God, I hope I get it… I need this show.” Sure, they need this show to


As we follow the journey of the dancers trying to get on “the line” we learn of their personal journeys and why they found solace in dancing. Some are funny. Some are heartbreaking. Remember these characters are based on real people. They are all trying to get the next show and Zach is asking them to “just talk” about their lives. For dancers, “just talking” is hard. We train to show our emotions through movement and to stand on a line and talk about ourselves in front of a group and out to a faceless voice in an empty theatre is terrifying. At the end of the show Zach poses a question to the dancers, “What would you do if you couldn’t dance anymore?” It is a heavy question. A question every dancer has to come to terms with. Diana reminds everyone that this job is not like any other and that even though there are many sacrifices that must be made to pursue this career, there are no regrets. “The gift was ours to borrow.” The gift – to be able to stand on a Broadway stage and do what you love for a blip in history – is fleeting, and the next glorious group of dancers will come in and have the same experience. But you were there for a time and it was great!

 BRIAN J. MARCUM

make money, to further their careers, but for dancers it is a life choice and it is what makes them get out of bed every day - the love and need to dance, to express, to share. Cassie sings, “All I ever needed was the music and the mirror and the chance to dance for you.” That says it all.

The finale of the show is the culmination of a dancer’s life. We work hard as individuals only to come together ultimately to be “One.” We dance beautifully and in harmony and it is exciting and glorious for you, the audience, to watch and then…we are gone. The show resonates with me on so many levels, as a dancer, as a parent, as a professor of students who want to do what I’ve done. It is a perfectly crafted piece of theater and anyone who has ever had to fight to do what they love can identify. Please enjoy this journey. It was my journey and it has been my ultimate pleasure to shepherd this wonderfully talented group of young theater artists on their journey into the world of A Chorus Line. Sincerely, Brian J. Marcum

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CAST Haley Ayers (Val) is a senior musical theater major from San Clemente, CA. Her Department of Drama credits include female swing in The Wild Party (mainstage), producer and soloist in Tesori Tonight (classroom project), and female swing in Much Ado About Nothing (Black Box Players). Her professional credits include Teen Kim, Misses, and Dancer in Show Boat, and Dancer in La Traviata at The Glimmerglass Festival. 

and can be seen as Monsieur D’Arque/ Gaston understudy/ensemble in the Syracuse Stage/Department of Drama co-production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. This past summer Blake was Nikkos/Kiki in Legally Blonde and in the ensemble of Mamma Mia  at Cortland Repertory Theatre. Thanks to his parents for their love and support. @bythewayimblake Emily Britt (Kristine) is a senior musical theater major from Christchurch, New Zealand. This past summer Emily worked at Cortland Repertory Theatre in Mamma Mia! (ensemble), Legally Blonde (Judge/Store Manager), The House at Pooh Corner (Rabbit), and Born Yesterday (ensemble). At the Department of Drama Emily has been seen as Florinda in Into The Woods (mainstage) and will be playing Babette in the upcoming Syracuse Stage/Department of Drama co-production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Emily would like to thank her parents, professors, and friends for their continued support.

Weston Barnwell (Zach) is a senior acting major from Houston, TX. Weston is very excited to be returning to the Department of Drama maintstage following his last production of We Are Proud to Present… as Actor 1/White Man. Recent credits include Building Company Theatre’s Prognosis: Poor as ensemble, Black Box Player’s Much Ado About Nothing as Leonato, and the Syracuse Stage/Department of Drama co-production of The Three Musketeers as Buckingham. Weston would like to send a special thanks to Ralph Zito, Rob Bundy, Brian Cimmet, Brian J. Marcum, and his mother.

S a m B r ow n s t e i n (Frank, u/s Mark, u/s Mike, u/s Paul, u/s Richie) is a sophomore musical theater major from Shrewsbury, MA. He is very excited to make his Syracuse University Department of Drama mainstage debut. He would like to thank his family, friends, and the Pride for all the support and love.

Blake Brewer (Richie) is a junior musical theater major from Los Angeles. At the Department of Drama, Blake has been seen as Mr. Black in The Wild Party (mainstage) 12


CAST Ryan Byrne (Bobby, u/s Zach) is a senior musical theater major from the Chicago suburbs. Regional credits include The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Riff Raff) and Footloose (Chuck Cranston) at Clear Space Theatre. At the Department of Drama Ryan has been seen as Burrs in The Wild Party (mainstage), Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors (mainstage), and swinging Crazy for You (mainstage). Ryan will be swinging in the Syracuse Stage/ Department of Drama co-production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. @ryan_byrne

Anju Cloud (Connie) is a senior musical theater major from Los Angeles, CA. Syracuse University Department of Drama credits include Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party (Kate) and Little Shop of Horrors (Crystal). Regional theater credits include: Grease (ensemble, Rizzo/ Cha Cha u/s) at The Fingerlakes Musical Theatre Festival; West Side Story (Anybodys), Oklahoma! (Minnie, u/s Dream Laurie), and Porgy and Bess (chorus, Dance Captain) at The Glimmerglass Festival; and in Syracuse Stage/Department of Drama co-productions of The Wizard of Oz (ensemble, u/s Dorothy Gale), Elf The Musical (ensemble, u/s Jovie), and in the upcoming Disney's Beauty and the Beast (Silly Girl). This “peanut on pointe” would like to thank her family, friends, and cast for all of their love and support! @anjucloud

Carly Caviglia (Cassie) is a senior musical theater major from Visalia, CA and is thrilled to be standing on the line alongside this incredible cast. Department of Drama credits include The Seagull (mainstage), Into the Woods (mainstage), The Wild Party (mainstage), The Second Shepherds’ Play (studio project), and The Women (sophomore project). Other credits include The Last Five Years (Syracuse Stage) along with Hairspray and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Priscilla Beach Theatre). Up next, she will appear as a silly girl in the Syracuse Stage/Department of Drama co-production of Beauty and the Beast. She would like to thank her amazing family and friends for being “all I ever needed”. www.carlycaviglia.com 

Candice Hatakeyama (Sheila) is a junior musical theater major from Honolulu, HI. She was most recently seen as Liat in South Pacific and in the ensemble of All Shook Up at Flat Rock Playhouse. Department of Drama credits include the ensemble of Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party (mainstage), and Mrs. Antrobus in The Skin of Our Teeth, directed by Nicholas Kowerko (sophomore project). This November, Candice can be seen in the ensemble of the Syracuse 13


CAST Stage/Department of Drama co-production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. @canditheduck

cates this performance to her Fighting Pansies. Thank you for supporting me with what I did for love. IG: @raykayyy

Kate Jarecki (Maggie) is a senior musical theater major from Aurora, IL. Professionally, Kate has been seen as Dorothy in the Syracuse Stage/Department of Drama coproduction of The Wizard of Oz and as  Natalie’s understudy in Syracuse Stage’s production of Next to Normal.  Other Department of Drama credits include Mae in The Wild Party and Zelda/Head Lady Bug in the workshop of Fly More Than You Fall (studio project). A big thank you to mom and dad!  

Joshua Keen (Don, Asistant Choreographer) is a junior musical theater major from Erwin, NC. Previous credits include: The Sound of Music (Rolf Gruber), An American in Paris, A Chorus Line (Dance Captain/swing), and Chicago - Music Theatre Wichita; Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party (Jackie/Dance Captain) - Department of Drama, mainstage; Elf The Musical - Syracuse Stage/Department of Drama coproduction; 42nd Street - Bucks County Playhouse; Beauty and the Beast, Spamalot, Grease, The Little Mermaid, Evita, and Oliver! NC Theatre. This winter Joshua will be in the ensemble of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast - Syracuse Stage/Department of Drama coproduction. He would like to thank his family and friends for all of their support. @joshuakeen

Rachel Kay (Bebe, u/s Cassie) is a senior musical theater major. Department of Drama credits include Amy in Dry Land (studio project), Dolores in The Wild Party (mainstage) and a swing in Crazy For You (mainstage). Other credits include Roxie in Chicago (Summer Repertory Theatre), Graziella in West Side Story (Glimmerglass Festival, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Summer Repertory Theatre), and a featured dancer in Show Boat (Glimmerglass Festival). This winter she is traveling to France with the Glimmerglass production of The Ghosts of Versailles as Living Marie Antionette. She dedi-

Joshua Kring (Mark) is a senior musical theater major from Princeton, NJ. His regional credits include Show Boat (ensemble u/s Frank Schultz) and The Ghosts of Versailles (chorus/dancer u/s Whilhelm) at The Glimmerglass Festival. He will

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CAST Imri Leshed (Roy, u/s Bobby, u/s Greg, u/s Al, u/s Don) is a sophomore musical theater major from Ithaca, NY, and is thrilled to be making his Department of Drama debut! He would like to thank the cast and creative team, his family, and his friends for all of their support!

be joining the company of The Ghosts of Versailles at The Royal Opera House in Versailles, France in December. Joshua’s educational credits include Jack in Into the Woods (Department of Drama mainstage), ensemble, u/s Sam, Phil and Oscar in The Wild Party (Department of Drama mainstage) and Flynn in the Broadwaybound workshop of Fly More Than You Fall (studio project). Thanks for the memories. @jashd11

Mieke Moll (Judy) is a junior musical theater major from Grand Rapids, MI. She is so excited to be making her Department of Drama mainstage debut with A Chorus Line! She was last seen in The Skin of Our Teeth as Mrs. Antrobus (sophomore project). Recent credits include Sister Act, A Chorus Line, Ragtime, and Catch Me if You Can. She’d like to thank Brian J. Marcum, the production team, cast and crew, and her amazing family for their support!

Noah Lentini (Mike) is a senior B.F.A. musical theater major from the Detroit suburbs. He is thrilled to be appearing in the Syracuse University Department of Drama mainstage production of A Chorus Line. Other Department of Drama mainstage credits include Into the Woods (Milky White/Steward) and Crazy For You (Billy/ensemble). Professional credits: Elf The Musical and The Wizard of Oz (Syracuse Stage/Department of Drama co-productions), as well as Newsies, La Cage Aux Folles, To Kill A Mockingbird, and A Christmas Carol. Film credits: Unrequited, Parables Ep. 4, and The Field Trip. Up next, Noah will appear in the Syracuse Stage/Department of Drama co-production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Huge thank you to Mom and Dad for their support!

Kevin Morrison (Paul) is currently a junior musical theater major at Syracuse University, from Atlanta, GA. He is super excited to be a part of this magnificent production of A Chorus Line! At the Department of Drama, Kevin has been seen in the mainstage production of The Wild Party (Max/ ensemble) and in the Syracuse Stage/ Department of Drama co-production of Elf The Musical (ensemble). He

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CAST Camille Theriault (Laura, Dance Captain, u/s Connie) is a senior musical theater major from the suburbs of Chicago. At the Syracuse University Department of Drama, Camille has been seen as Nadine in The Wild Party (mainstage), ensemble in the Syracuse Stage/Department of Drama co-production of The Wizard of Oz, and the women swing in Miss Electricity (children’s tour). She will be a swing again in the Syracuse Stage/Department of Drama co-production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Camille thanks her wonderful family for their overwhelming support. @cgt0212

has also been seen in Hot Mikado and Crazy for You at Orbit Theatrical. Major thanks to Brian J. Marcum, the production team, the cast, the crew and his family and friends! He is happy to join this team and make art that inspires. Enjoy the show! Caroline Portner (Vicki, u/s Kristine, u/s Sheila, u/s Judy, u/s Val) is a junior musical theater major and is so excited to be making her Syracuse University Department of Drama mainstage debut! Recent credits include Bring It On! (ensemble), Beauty and the Beast (Babette), and Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins). Caroline will be a swing in the Syracuse Stage/ Department of Drama co-production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast this Christmas. Caroline would like to thank her friends, family, and Department of Drama instructors for all of their support.

JT Tully (Al) is currently a junior musical theater major and is so excited to be in this production! JT has recently been seen in the Syracuse Stage/ Department of Drama co-production of Elf The Musical (Chadwick) and can be seen this coming winter in the ensemble of the Syracuse Stage/Department of Drama co-production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Other credits include the Department of Drama mainstage production of The Wild Party (ensemble, Eddie U/S), and Mamma Mia! (ensemble) and Legally Blonde (ensemble) at Cortland Repertory Theatre. All thanks to Mom. Enjoy the show!

Isabel Rodriguez (Diana) is a junior musical theater major from Bronx, NY. At the Department of Drama, Isabel has been seen as Ms. Gibbs in Our Town (sophomore project) and recently in the Syracuse Stage production of Native Gardens (ensemble). She is thrilled to be making her mainstage debut in A Chorus Line.

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CAST Damon Robert Williams (Greg) is a sophomore musical theater major from Huntington Beach, CA and is excited to be making his Department of Drama debut in A Chorus Line! Coming up he will be in the ensemble and understudying the Beast in the Syracuse Stage/Department of Drama co-production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. He is so thankful for all the amazing support he has received from his friends and family. Bingo! @damonrobwilliams

Haley Wright (Tricia, u/s Diana, u/s Maggie, u/sBebe,u/sLaura[Larry]) is a sophomore musical theater major from Long Island, NY and is ecstatic to be making her Department of Drama mainstage debut in A Chorus Line! Coming up next, she’ll be playing a Silly Girl in the Syracuse Stage/Department of Drama co-production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. She would like to thank her incredible family and friends for always being so supportive.

A R T I S T I C S TA F F Alexander Koziara (Scenic Designer) is an associate professor of theater design and technology. Syracuse University Department of Drama credits include the lighting designs for The Wild Party, Stepping Out, Lips Together, Teeth Apart, Seussical, Into the Woods, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Henry V, and settings for The Wild Party, As You Like It, Cabaret, My One and Only, Sweet Charity, Miss Julie, and costumes for Speed The Plow and Top Girls. Syracuse Stage credits: set designs for Stones in His Pockets, Fully Committed, the lighting for The Santaland Diaries (2008 production) and The Wizard of Oz. For Syracuse Opera; Rigoletto, The Medium, and the lighting for Eugene Onegin, La Traviata, Carmen, and

Pagliacci. Lighting for Syracuse City Ballet: Aladdin, The Nutcracker, and Peter Pan. At the Maggio Musicale in Florence, Italy, Bianca Neve and Maurice Sendaks’ Where the Wild Things Are. He created courses at SU Abroad in Florence on the Magic of Light in Italy and Opera Scenography. He is a member of United Scenic Artists local 829. Lindsey Quay Voorhees (Costume Designer) received her M.F.A. in costume design from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She is a professor in the theater department at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY and serves as the resident costume designer. Recent designs include Possessing Harriet at Franklin Stage Company, Syracuse

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A R T I S T I C S TA F F Stage’s children’s tour Miss Electricity, SUNY Cortland’s 9 to 5, CNY Arts’ Christmas ballet Dasher’s Magical Gift,  and for Gifford Family Theatre’s Elephant and Piggie’s: We are In a Play!. Designs for Le Moyne include  9 To 5: The Musical, She Kills Monsters,  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Heathers: The Musical, The Liar, Pericles: Prince of Tyre, Master and Margarita, and Dead Man’s Cell Phone. Before moving to Syracuse, Lindsey was an instructor and costume designer at the University of Mississippi. Other credits include Ohio’s premiere of Hairspray at Weathervane Playhouse, and the Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra’s production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. As a draper, Lindsey spent several seasons at the Texas Shakespeare Festival and Bard College’s Summerscape.

of St. Louis); Projection Design Matilda (Virginia Stage Company), The Little Mermaid Jr. (Flat Rock Playhouse), and Violet (Clarence Brown Theatre). Select International Exhibitions include: Emerging Artist, World Stage Design Expo 2017, Taipei, Taiwan; and Featured Emerging Artist, Prague Quadrennial 2019, Prague, Czech Republic. Jacqueline R Herter (Sound Designer) has served as resident sound designer for twenty-one seasons at Syracuse Stage and the Syracuse University Department of Drama. She has designed for Indiana Repertory Theatre, Studio Arena, the Wilma, Geva, Round House, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Virginia Stage, and the Hangar Theater as well as other theaters across the nation. Some favorite designs have been: Next to Normal, The Three Musketeers, Nine, Hairspray, The Overwhelming, Caroline, or Change, The Miracle Worker, The Day Room, The Christians, Radio Golf, Parade, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Red Noses, The Real Thing, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, M. Butterfly, A Raisin in the Sun,  A Lesson Before Dying, Frozen, Copenhagen, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Inherit the Wind, and Big River.

Maranda DeBusk (Lighting Designer) is a freelance lighting and projection designer currently from Atlanta, GA. Select regional credits include: Lighting Design – Ragtime and The Seagull (Serenbe Playhouse), Matilda (Virginia Stage Company), The Passion of Teresa Rae King (Triad Stage;), and Tomás and the Library Lady (Nashville Children’s Theatre); Associate Lighting Design - Ring of Fire (Syracuse Stage), Death of a Salesman (Trinity Repertory Theatre), Sweeney Todd (Denver Center for the Performing Arts), Peter and the Starcatcher (Repertory Theatre

Blake Segal (Dialect Coach) is thrilled to return to the Department of Drama. NYC production dialect coaching credits include Ensemble

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A R T I S T I C S TA F F Studio Theatre, New Georges, Araca Project, Walkerspace at SoHo Rep, and Fault Line Theatre. Regional production dialect coaching credits include Berkshire Theatre Group, Two River Theater Company, Playmakers Repertory Company, Cleveland Musical Theatre, Luna Stages, and Passages Theatre. Educational production coaching credits include Syracuse University Department of Drama, Yale School of Drama, Columbia University School of the Arts, Fordham University Theatre, Kean University Department of Theater, and Stella Adler Conservatory. As an actor, he has appeared in the National Tour of Mary Poppins, major regional theaters across the country, film, and on television. B.A.: University of Virginia, M.F.A.: Yale School of Drama.

the Syracuse Stage/Department of Drama co-production of The Wizard of Oz. He serves as assistant music director and a voice teacher for the Department of Drama at Syracuse University where he recently music directed  Little Shop of Horrors as well as serving as the assistant music director for Wild Party, Into the Woods, and Crazy For You. This coming spring he will be working on A Grand Night for Singing. He recently music directed The Last Five Years at the Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre.   Hector Aguirre (Stage Manager) is a senior stage management major from Los Angeles, CA. In Syracuse, he has stage managed Circle Mirror Transformation (Black Box Players), Much Ado About Nothing (Black Box Players), and The Women (sophomore project). Outside of Syracuse, Hector has worked at the Independent Shakespeare Company and La Jolla Playhouse. He would like to thank his family and friends for their endless love and support.

Jacob Stebly (Assistant Music Director, Rehearsal Pianist and Keyboard Programming) is a Syracuse-based pianist and graduate of The Eastman School of Music. He was the associate music director for

A S S I S TA N T S & A S S O C I AT E S Alana Barker (Assistant Stage Manager) is a sophomore stage management major and public communications minor from Simsbury, CT.

and technology major with a concentration in scenic design from Weston, CT. Alex Cortinas (Assistant Director) is a senior drama major from San Jose, CA.

Ian Borowik (Assistant Scenic Designer) is a sophomore theater design

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A S S I S TA N T S & A S S O C I AT E S is a junior theater management major from Dallas, TX.

design and technology major from Rochester, NY.

Alyssa Jaffe (Assistant Stage Manager) is a senior stage management major from San Diego, CA.

Cara Spindel (Assistant Costume Designer) is a sophomore theater design and technology major with a concentration in lighting and costume design from Portland, OR.

Sabrina Knaack (Assistant Costume Designer) is a junior theater design and technology major with a focus in costume, hair, and makeup design from Westchester, NY.

Adrian Yuen (Assistant Lighting Designer) is a sophomore theater design and technology major with a concentration in lighting design from Newton, MA.

Garett Pembrook (Assistant Lighting Designer) is a sophomore theater

DIRECTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER Brian J. Marcum has directed and choreographed all over the country. Most recently, he directed and choreographed Chicago and A Chorus Line at Music Theatre Wichita. His work has been seen here as the choreographer of the Syracuse Stage/ Department of Drama co-production of Elf The Musical (associate choreographer of the Broadway production) and the director/choreographer of the Department of Drama’s mainstage production of Crazy For You. He has also directed and/or choreographed for The North Carolina Theatre, Alpine Theatre Project, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, and Summer Repertory Theatre among others. As a dancer, Brian performed in six Broadway shows, The Gershwins’ Fascinating Rhythm, Saturday

Night Fever, the Tony award-winning revival of 42nd Street, The Boy from Oz starring Hugh Jackman, Spamalot, and The Drowsy Chaperone. He has toured nationally with Annie Get Your Gun and State Fair and internationally with The Who’s Tommy. Brian teaches master classes all over the country and has toured with Dance Olympus, taught for Broadway Theatre Connection, Southern Association of Dance Masters, Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, Oklahoma Dance Masters, Dance Masters of America and Lachey Arts. He has been on the dance faculty at Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, and both Broadway Dance Center and Ballet Arts in NYC. Brian spent six years as an associate professor of dance in the Ann Lacy School 20


DIRECTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER of American Dance and Arts Management at Oklahoma City University and is now an assistant professor of dance/musical theater at Syracuse

University where he teaches tap, jazz, and theater dance. Next year, Brian will become the associate artistic director of Music Theatre Wichita.

MUSIC DIRECTOR Brian Cimmet. As a member of the faculty of the Drama Department, Brian teaches courses in musical theater performance, literature, history, and audition technique. He directed Little Shop of Horrors (2018), Avenue Q (2015), and Merrily We Roll Along (2012), and has served as the department’s music director since 2010. For Syracuse Stage, he been music director for The Last Five Years, Elf The Musical, Next to Normal, The Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins, Peter Pan, and Hairspray, and also worked on White Christmas and Rent. Beyond the confines of Syracuse, Brian’s credits include the Broadway companies of The Drowsy Chaperone, Mary Poppins, and Grease, the original Off-Broadway productions of I Love You Because (also the

cast album), and The Tin Pan Alley Rag, as well as too much regional and stock theater to remember. He has composed scores to Absolutely Anything,  The Spirit of Reindeer,  A Christmas Carol,  Burn This,  Stop Kiss, Let’s Play Two, and Ultimate Beastmaster: The Musical, and his songs have been nominated for three MAC Awards (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs). In an entirely unrelated walk of life, Brian has won dubious distinctions at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, has contributed original puzzles to several books, and he hosts a weekly crossword puzzle podcast called Fill Me In, an annual crossword puzzle tournament called Lollapuzzoola, and a rarely updated website at www.bemoresmarter.com.

C R E AT I V E T E A M Michael Bennett (Conception, Original Direction and Choreography) is best known for the Pulitzer Prize–winning A Chorus Line (1975), now considered the quintessential concept musical, in which the choreography, dialogue, music, and

staging support a central theme. The musical’s intimate subject matter—the personal lives of chorus dancers auditioning for a show—was revolutionary for its time. Bennett also introduced the concept of workshopping a musical, as a way to test material in 21


C R E AT I V E T E A M preparation for a Broadway run. A Chorus Line ran for 15 years, then a record-breaking run for a Broadway show. At 16, Michael Bennett DiFiglia dropped out of high school to dance in the European tour of Jerome Robbins’ West Side Story, taking the stage name Michael Bennett. After a year on tour, he moved to New York City to dance on Broadway and was cast in Subways Are for Sleeping (1961) and Here’s Love (1963). In 1962 he became the choreographic assistant for Nowhere to Go But Up. His first credit as sole choreographer came four years later for A Joyful Noise (1966), for which he received his first Tony Award nomination. By the 1970s, choreography was frequently the first element of a Broadway musical to get cut when money was tight, so dancers constantly struggled to find work. It was during this time that a friend invited Bennett to attend a meeting with dancers to address these issues. He brought a tape recorder and listened as the dancers shared their personal stories, including what set them on their career path. This is the material that eventually became A Chorus Line. Bennett worked closely with the dancers to develop all elements of the show, from the choreography to the set design, through a series of workshops—a method that set a new standard for testing Broadway material. The show premiered in 1975 and was an immediate hit. Audiences were struck by the poignancy of the subject matter—the real-life

struggles of Broadway’s unsung heroes, the chorus dancers. A Chorus Line won 10 Tony Awards, including two for Bennett: best direction and best choreography. Over the course of his career, Bennett choreographed and directed 10 Broadway musicals, earning seven Tony Awards. After the success of A Chorus Line, he had two more hits, Ballroom (1978) and Dreamgirls (1981). He was diagnosed with AIDS in the mid-’80s and died in 1987 at the age of 44. James Kirkwood (Book) was an American librettist, actor, author, and playwright who, together with Nicholas Dante, wrote the text for the Broadway musical A Chorus Line (1975), which in 1983 became the longest-running musical in the history of Broadway. It held the record until 1997, when it was surpassed by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats. As the son of silent film stars Lila Lee and James Kirkwood, the young Kirkwood followed his parents into show business, appearing on Broadway in Junior Miss, Small Wonder, and Welcome Darlings and in such films as Oh God, Book II (1980), and Mommie Dearest (1981). For A Chorus Line, a story about dancers auditioning for a musical, Kirkwood won both a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize in 1976. He also wrote such plays as U.T.B.U. (1965; “Unhealthy to Be Unpleasant”) and the comedy Legends (1986). Among his books are There Must Be a Pony! (1960),

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C R E AT I V E T E A M Good Times/Bad Times (1968), P.S. Your Cat Is Dead (1972), Hit Me with a Rainbow (1980), and Diary of a Mad Playwright (1989).

Line, which received the Pulitzer Prize as well as They’re Playing Our Song, The Goodbye Girl, and Sweet Smell of Success. (He also wrote the musical scores for: Jean Seberg (1983 National Theatre, London) and Nutty Professor Musical (2012 TPAC, Nashville, TN) – These two musicals have never been produced on Broadway. He was the composer of more than forty motion picture scores including his Oscar-winning score and song for The Way We Were and his adaptation of Scott Joplin’s music for The Sting, for which he received a third Oscar. His prolific output of scores for films include original compositions and/or musical adaptations for Sophie’s Choice, Ordinary People, The Swimmer, Three Men and a Baby, Ice Castles, Take the Money and Run, Bananas, Save the Tiger, and The Informant!, starring Matt Damon and directed by Steven Soderbergh. At the time of his passing he had just finished his last musical score for film. The film is about Liberace, starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon and directed by Steven Soderbergh. The film: Liberace – Behind The Candelabra was shown at the 2013 Cannes Festival and aired on HBO on May 2013 to great reviews. (The film won several Emmys including Michael Douglas for Best Actor) Mr. Hamlisch was musical director and arranger of Barbra Streisand’s 1994 concert tour of the U.S. and England as well as of the television special, Barbra Streisand:

Nicholas Dante (Book) spent his early career dancing in the chorus of Broadway musicals such as Applause and Ambassador. In 1974, he was approached by friend Michael Bennett who invited him to the sessions which led to the basis of material for the book of a musical about Broadway “gypsies”, the dancers who serve as a backdrop for the leading performers. Eventually, collaborating with James Kirkwood Jr, the result was A Chorus Line, which earned him the 1976 Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for Best Book of a Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. In particular, the story of Paul was based primarily on Dante. The actor who originated the role with the famous monologue, Sammy Williams, won a Best Featured Actor in a Musical award in 1976 for the role. Dante played the role himself later on. He later authored a screenplay, Fake Lady, and a stage musical based on the life of entertainer Al Jolson entitled Jolson Tonight. Marvin Hamlisch (Music). As composer, Hamlisch won virtually every major award that exists: three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globe awards. For Broadway he wrote the music for his groundbreaking show, A Chorus

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C R E AT I V E T E A M The Concert (for which he received two of his Emmys). Marvin Hamlisch held the position of principal pops conductor for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony and Pops, Seattle Symphony, San Diego Symphony, The Buffalo Philharmonic, and The National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. (At the time of his death he was preparing to assume responsibilities as principal pops conductor for The Philadelphia Orchestra). Hamlisch was a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music and Queens College (where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree). He believed in the power of music to bring people together.

prises songs from Gallery, as well as songs from several unfinished Kleban musicals, including Scandal, the last Michael Bennett show. Mr. Kleban was a longtime member of Lehman Engel’s BMI Musical Theatre Workshop. During the 1980’s, he carried on Mr. Engel’s tradition and taught songwriting in the workshop. He died in 1987, at the age of 48. The Kleban Foundation, created according to his Will, awards grants of up to one hundred thousand dollars a year to aspiring theatre lyricists and librettists. Over the past dozen years, The Kleban Foundation has given grants totaling over three million dollars. Bob Avian (Co-Choreographer) Bob began his career as a dancer and was in more than a dozen Broadway shows including West Side Story and Funny Girl. He then became an integral part of every Michael Bennett production for the next 20 years, working as associate choreographer and/or assistant director on productions including Company, Follies, Twigs, Seesaw, and God’s Favorite. He received a Tony Award as cochoreographer of A Chorus Line. He then went on to win his second Tony award for co-choreographing Ballroom as well as serving as coproducer. Bob was also a producer of the original and national companies of Dreamgirls, the highly acclaimed musical which won six Tony Awards. He choreographed the London production of Follies and then created

Edward Kleban (Lyrics) was the lyricist of A Chorus Line, for which he won the 1975 Tony, The Pulitzer Prize, The Drama Desk, and Olivier Awards. Mr. Kleban’s score for A Class Act was nominated for the 2001 Tony and Drama Desk Awards and also received an Obie Award. Mr. Kleban was a graduate of the High School of Music and Art and of Columbia College, where he wrote the music for the Varsity Show of 1960, with a book by Terrance McNally. In the ‘60’s, he was a record producer in the heyday of Columbia Records. His musical, Gallery, for which he wrote both music and lyrics, was given a workshop at The Public Theatre in 1980. The score of A Class Act com-

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C R E AT I V E T E A M the musical staging for Miss Saigon. He choreographed the London and Broadway productions of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard, receiving his sixth Tony nomination. Next came the Boublil and Schönberg musical Martin Guerre for which he won the Olivier Award for choreography. Bob also did Stephen Sondheim’s Putting It Together offBroadway starring Julie Andrews and

on Broadway starring Carol Burnett. Returning once again to London, he choreographed The Witches Of Eastwick. Bob directed the revival of A Chorus Line on Broadway and then in London at the Palladium. Most recently he recreated his choreography for the new Miss Saigon currently playing in London. He is a proud member of the board of the Miami City Ballet.

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C H A I R , D E PA R T M E N T O F D R A M A Ralph Zito is in his tenth year as chair of the Department of Drama. He came to Syracuse University from the Juilliard School Drama Division, where he had been a teacher and director from 1992 to 2010 and chair of the Voice and Speech Department since 1999. He was a director and adjunct lecturer in the Barnard College Theater Department from 2006 until 2010 and has been a guest artist at training programs across the country, including the Old Globe in San Diego, The University of Texas at Austin, and the Academy for Classical Acting in Washington, DC. Directing credits for the Department of Drama include: The Spitfire Grill, As You Like It, Gruesome Playground Injuries, and The Aliens. He has served as a voice, text or dialect consultant for numerous professional productions both on and off-Broadway, including: The Light in the Piazza; Awake and Sing!; The Herbal Bed; Mrs. Klein; The Fiery Furnace; The Time of the Cuckoo (Lincoln Center Theatre); Tongue of a Bird; The Merchant of Ven-

ice (New York Shakespeare Festival); The Pitchfork Disney (Blue Light Theatre Company); Birdy (The Women’s Project); The Model Apartment (Primary Stages); the New York premiere of Tony Kushner’s SLAVS! (New York Theatre Workshop); and The African Company Presents Richard III (The Acting Company). His regional theater credits include numerous productions at The Shakespeare Theatre and Arena Stage in Washington, DC; Syracuse Stage; Baltimore CENTERSTAGE; Hartford Stage; and the McCarter Theatre, among others. A former touring member of The Acting Company, he served as artistic associate of The Chautauqua Theatre Company for seven years and was a member of the Board of Directors of The American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) for six years. He is a graduate of Harvard University, The Juilliard School, and the American Center for the Alexander Technique. He was recently awarded the prestigious Juilliard President’s Medal in recognition of his contributions to both Juilliard and to the broader performing arts community.

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A C H O R U S L I N E P R O D U C T I O N S TA F F & R U N C R E W

Faculty Advisor to Student Designers......................................................................Alex Koziara Faculty Advisor to Stage Managers........................................................................Dianna Angell Light Board Operator................................................................................................Eve Dillingham A1...................................................................................................................................Daniel McLain Sound Board Operator................................................................................................Rebecca Voss Spotlight Operators...........................................................................Malena Logan, Em Stripling Deck (Run Crew).................................................................Kennedy Campbell, Stella Schwartz Dressers (Run Crew).......................Logan Becker, Manny Khan, Olivia Tyrrell, Emma Yehle Costume Maintenance.....................................................................Erika Garcia, Samuel Haines LX Hang and Focus Crew.....................Chrissy Forrestiere, Manny Khan, Addie Livingston, Malena Logan, Sophia O'Connor, Adeline Santello, Sarah Schultz, Em Stripling, Ben Wolfe, Jason Zong Production Assistants.............................Austin Brannan, Charlotte Bush, Rachel Langetieg, Jackson Poulin, Eleanor Yarborough S Y R A C U S E U N I V E R S I T Y D E PA R T M E N T O F D R A M A

Chair.......................................................................................................................................Ralph Zito Business Manager.................................................................................................................Lisa Tucci Administrative Specialist...................................................................................Charlotte Santella Director, Tepper Semester in NYC.............................................................................Lisa Nicholas Assistant Music Director...............................................................................................Jacob Stebly Dean, VPA...................................................................................................................Michael S. Tick F U L L-T I M E FA C U LT Y

Rufus Bonds, Jr. Brian Cimmet Gerardine Clark James A. Clark Stephen Cross Rodney Hudson Felix Ivanov

Rebecca Karpoff Marie Kemp Alex Koziara Victor Lazarow Andrea Leigh-Smith David Lowenstein Celia Madeoy

Brian J. Marcum Maria Marrero Katherine McGerr Thom Miller Ricky Pak Anthony Salatino Holly Thuma

A D J U N C T FA C U LT Y

Jill Anderson Rob Andrusko Dianna Angell Kathleen Baum Kyle Bass Bradley Beckman Dave Bowman Rob Bundy Don Buschmann Diane Coloton Richard Crawley Gretchen Darrow-Crotty Peggy Droz

Danita Emma Kathryn Fathers Len Fonte Jacqueline R Herter Robert Hupp Sandra Knapp Richard Koons Holly K. LaGrow Victoria Lillich Karen Menter Kathryn Miranda William Morris Leslie Noble

Whitney Pak Stuart Plymesser Rebecca Schuetz Hanni Schwarzlander Abel Searor Blake Segal Jacob Stebly Randy Steffen Renee Storiale Joseph Whelan Karl Wildman Matthew Winning Kathleen Wrinn

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N E X T AT T H E D E PA R T M E N T O F D R A M A

THE CRUCIBLE

ROMEO AND JULIET

BY A RT H U R M I L L E R | D I RECT ED BY G E RA R D I N E C L A R K | NOV EMB ER 8 - 17 O P E N I N G N I G H T : NOV E MB ER 9

BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE | DIRECTED BY THOM MILLER | PERFORMED IN THE ARCHBOLD THEATRE | FEBRUARY 14 - 22 OPENING NIGHT: FEBRUARY 15

Having had personal experience with the House Committee on Un-American Activities in the 1950s, Arthur Miller penned The Crucible, a drama born of hysteria and fear. Set in 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts Bay Colony, amid a whirl of reckless accusations of witchcraft, Miller’s play cuts right to the heart of paranoia’s poisonous power and serves as a potent reminder that irrational and unfounded fear of the “other” knows no boundary or time. One of the great American plays of the last century.

A grudge so ancient that its origins are never revealed brings tragedy to two families and untimely death to two young lovers. Four hundred years ago Shakespeare understood how intolerance begets violence and violence victimizes an entire society: See what a scourge is laid upon your hate . . . All are punish’d. He also understood that the deepest human hope lies in the unmatched beauty contained in our capacity to love.

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N E X T AT S Y R A C U S E S TA G E

DISNEY’S

Beauty

and the

TWELVE ANGRY MEN

DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

BY R E GI NA L D RO S E | D I RECT ED BY JA MES ST I L L | CO - P RO D UC E D W I T H I NDI A NA R E P E RTO RY T HE AT R E | O CTO B ER 9 – 27 O P E N I N G N I G H T : O CTO B ER 11

MUSIC BY ALAN MENKEN | LYRICS BY HOWARD ASHMAN AND TIM RICE | BOOK BY LINDA WOOLVERTON | DIRECTED BY DONNA DRAKE | CHOREOGRAPHY BY ANTHONY SALATINO | MUSICAL DIRECTION BY BRIAN CIMMET | FLYING EFFECTS BY ZFX INC. | CO-PRODUCED WITH THE SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF DRAMA | NOVEMBER 22 – JANUARY 5 OPENING NIGHT: NOVEMBER 29

1957. A teenager is accused of murdering his father. His fate rests with twelve jurors. “He doesn’t stand a chance,” mutters the courtroom guard. As the jurors deliberate, the impulse to quickly convict is thwarted by one holdout, who insists on a close evaluation of the evidence. Slowly, without hectoring rhetoric or even firm belief in the youth’s innocence, he argues the case for further questioning. Then gradually and in different ways, other jurors begin to change their minds, a development that fuels simmering tension and threatens volatile confrontation. Prejudices, passions, and human failings collide in a search for truth as a young man’s life hangs in the balance. A taut and absorbing drama as compelling now as when it was written.

Be our guest for family theatre at its very best. Spectacular costumes and fantastic sets combine with beloved songs in this classic story about finding the magic in love. A wicked curse has transformed a young prince into a ghastly Beast. To break the power of this spell and return to his former self, the Beast must learn how to love and be loved. His fate is in the hands of a young woman, Belle, who must guide and teach him before he is lost forever. A tale as old as time to celebrate the holiday season.

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S Y R A C U S E S TA G E S TA F F Artistic Director.............................................................................................................Robert Hupp Managing Director.....................................................................................................Jill A. Anderson Associate Artistic Director....................................................................................................Kyle Bass P R O D U C T I O N S TA F F

Director of Production Operations...........................................................................Don Buschmann Associate Director of Production Operations..........................................................Dianna Angell Company Manager and Production Management Associate......................................Brian Crotty Events Manager and Production Management Assistant......................................Audrey Flynn Facilities Student Assistants..............Rachel Ackerman, Hector Aguirre and Marilyn Wechsler Technical Director..................................................................................................Randall Steffen Assistant Technical Director............................................................................Rebecca Schuetz Scene Shop Foreman...........................................................................................Michael King Carpenters.............................................Brian McBurney, Cheyenne McBurney, John Gamble Graduate Assistant................................................................................................Joshua Baker Student Assistans....................................................................Ian Borowik, Adeline Livingston Scenic Charge Artist...........................................................................................Holly K. LaGrow Assistant Scenic Artist...........................................................................................Phillip Dyke Props Supervisor............................................................................................................Mara Rich Props Carpenter...............................................................................................Jordan Michaud Props Artisan....................................................................................................Jessica Culligan Props Apprentice.............................................................................................Andrew Morgan Student Assistants.................................................Shannon Bagoly, Drew Davis, Allison Turlo Costume Shop Manager..........................................................................Gretchen Darrow-Crotty Assistant Costume Shop Manager.....................................................................Amanda Moore Cutter-Drapers.................................................................Catherine Hennessy, Kathryn Rauch First Hand.........................................................................................................Victoria Lillich Stitchers.......................................................................................Emily King, Katelyn Yonkers Craftsperson/Shopper.........................................................................................Sandra Knapp Wardrobe and Wig Supervisor...............................................................................Jaylene Ogle Student Assistants..................................................................Christina Forestiere, Xinglan Yan Lighting and Projection Supervisor..................................................................David M. Bowman Electrician…….......................................................................................................Jed Daniels Electrics Apprentices...............................................................Sydney E. Curran, Susan Pipolo Student Assistants.....................................................................Garett Pembrook, Adrian Yuen Resident Sound Designer/Audio Engineer......................................................Jacqueline R Herter Assistant Audio Engineer................................................................................Kevin O’Connor Sound Apprentice.............................................................................................Daniel McLain Production Stage Manager....................................................................................Stuart Plymesser Stage Manager..............................................................................................Laura Jane Collins Stage Management Journeymen........................................................Erin C Brett, Em Piraino 30


S Y R A C U S E S TA G E S TA F F A D M I N I S T R AT I V E S TA F F

General Manager....................................................................................................Michael McCurdy Comptroller..............................................................................................Mary Kennett Morreale Human Resources Manager/Business Associate.......................................................Kathy Zappala Business Office Intern........................................................................................Jordan McKey Director of Information Management & Technology...................................Garrett Wheeler-Diaz Box Office Managers......................................Laurie Lindsey, Courtney Richardson, A'Isha Shanes Box Office Staff...............Chidube Egbo, Crystal Heller, Jordan McKey, Makenzie Nickerson, Rachel Nickerson Samoya Peters, Eli Schwartz, Olivia St. Peters Box Office Intern...............................................................................................Cara Christian Audience Services Manager........................................................................................Jacob Ellison Audience Services Assistant.................................................................................Ella Lafontant House Managers...................................................................Patricia Condello, Donna Stuccio Student Assistant House Managers..................Valeria Berdecia, John Macleod, Kerri McAneney, Jackson Norman, Claire St. Marie Student Front of House Associates..............................Haley Ayers, Alana Barker, Ben Bauder, Anju Cloud, Ashley Collado, Avery Curcio, Trevor Hart, Ellie Kallay, Maria Polanco, Brandon Richards, Eli Schwartz, Stella Schwartz, Gabriel Vazquez-Arbelo, Marilyn Wechsler Bartenders....................................Daisha Abdillahi, Michelle Cannizzo, Kristian Elderbroom, Jack Fortin, Meg Pusey-Anthis Director of Development...............................................................................................Tina Morgan Development Manager.......................................................................................Stefania Ianno Development Assistant..............................................................................Ryan Duncan-Ayala Director of Education & Community Engagement.......................................................Joann Yarrow Associate Director of Education.............................................................................Kate Laissle Community Engagement and Education Assistant...................................MiKayla Hawkinson Education Assistant...................................................................................................Len Fonte Education Intern.......................................................................................Brianna Stankiewicz Director of Marketing and Communications..............................................................Joseph Whelan Group/Corporate Sales Manager..........................................................................Tracey White Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications......................................Joanna Penalva Patron Campaign Specialist.........................................................................Nori Gartner-Baca Senior Designer, Creative Content....................................................................Brenna Merritt Graphic Designer............................................................................................Jonathan Hudak Group Sales Assistant..............................................................................................Sara Tucker Student Group Sales Assistant.............................................................................Lia Chapman Marketing Intern.............................................................................................Adam Saifudeen Executive Assistant..................................................................................................Rebecca Li Grady Artistic Student Intern................................................................................................Beruk Teshome Sign Language Interpreters..............................Brenda Brown, Jim Brown, Jessie Falke, Sue Freeman, Mae Harrington, Joanne Jackowski, Zenna Preli, Trisha Schwartz, Tessa Wall Open Captioning...................................................................................................Michael McCurdy Audio Description...................................................................................Kate Laissle, Joseph Whelan Community Services Officers.......................................................Stacey Emmons, Joseph O'Connor Custodians.................................................................................................Les Edwards, Tony Rogers 31


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A CHORUS LINE

PRESENTS

CONCEIVED AND ORIGINALLY DIRECTED AND CHOREOGRAPHED BY MICHAEL BENNETT | BOOK BY JAMES KIRKWOOD AND NICHOLAS DANTE | MUSIC BY MARVIN HAMLISCH | LYRICS BY EDWARD KLEBAN CO-CHOREOGRAPHED BY BOB AVIAN | DIRECTED AND CHOREOGRAPHED BY BRIAN J. MARCUM | MUSIC DIRECTION BY BRIAN CIMMET | OCTOBER 4 - 13 OPENING NIGHT: OCTOBER 5

THE CRUCIBLE BY ARTHUR MILLER | DIRECTED BY GERARDINE CLARK NOVEMBER 8 - 17 | OPENING NIGHT: NOVEMBER 9

SEASON

DISNEY'S

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST* MUSIC BY ALAN MENKEN | LYRICS BY HOWARD ASHMAN AND TIM RICE | BOOK BY LINDA WOOLVERTON | DIRECTED BY DONNA DRAKE CHOREOGRAPHY BY ANTHONY SALATINO | MUSICAL DIRECTION BY BRIAN CIMMET | FLYING EFFECTS BY ZFX INC. | CO-PRODUCED WITH SYRACUSE STAGE NOVEMBER 22 – JANUARY 5 | OPENING NIGHT: NOVEMBER 29

ROMEO AND JULIET BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE | DIRECTED BY THOM MILLER | PERFORMED IN THE ARCHBOLD THEATRE FEBRUARY 14 - 22 | OPENING NIGHT: FEBRUARY 15

RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S

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ON THE LAKE BY REZA DE WET | DIRECTED BY STEPHEN CROSS ASSOCIATE DIRECTION AND CHOREOGRAPHY BY ANDREA LEIGH-SMITH | MAY 1 - 9 | OPENING NIGHT: MAY 2

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