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L E T T E R F R O M T H E A R T I S T I C D I R E C TO R

DEAR FRIENDS,

 ROBERT HUPP. PHOTO: MARC SAFRAN.

Welcome to A Raisin in the Sun. Thank you for joining us. It is our pleasure to once again produce work in association with our friends at The Indiana Repertory Theatre. Earlier this season, we partnered with them on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. I am particularly pleased to welcome director Timothy Douglas back to Syracuse Stage after a too-long hiatus. With Timothy at the helm, and with the artistic collaboration of IRT, we are well poised to bring this powerful American classic to life. The opening of A Raisin in the Sun marks the start of the fifth production in our 17-18 season. You likely know that we just announced the line-up of plays and musicals slated for our new, 18-19 season. Associate artistic director Kyle Bass and I have spent the past several months crafting a season that we hope illustrates the diverse and multifaceted power of live theatre. The new season takes you on journeys to 19th century Syracuse and the North Pole; it explores landscapes from Jane Austen’s England to Karen Zacarias’ Washington, DC. It’s a season with lots of humor and fun; it’s also a season of plays that confront ideas and issues about the world swirling around us.

drew inspiration for his play from the story of Harriet Powell, an enslaved woman who, in 1839, began a daring journey toward freedom from right here in Syracuse. The dramatic story of her courage, like the courage embodied by the Younger family in today’s performance, illustrates the inspiration and hope we draw from stories that demand to live on a stage. We hope works like these inspire you, and we hope you’ll join us as a season subscriber for a new collection of one-ofa-kind experiences at Syracuse Stage. Sincerely,

I am excited to include in our new season the world premiere of Kyle Bass’ play, Possessing Harriet. Kyle

Robert Hupp Artistic Director

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TA B L E O F C O N T E N T S 13 | Letter from the Artistic Director 17 | Title 19 | Cast & Credits 20 | Dramaturgical 31 | Cast & Artistic Staff Bios 51 | Mission/Vision 51 | About Syracuse Stage 51 | In the Community 52 | Next at Syracuse Stage 53 | Next at the Department of Drama 54 | Board of Trustees 55 | Emeritus Circle 55 | Education Advocacy Board 55 | Young Adult Council 57 | Sponsors 58 | Corporate, Foundation &

Government Honor Roll

59 | Endowment & Planned Gifts 59 | Individual Gifts 60 | In Tribute 65 | Matching Gift Program 66 | Staff 68 | Accessibility Performances 69 | General Information

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COLD READ: A FESTIVAL OF HOT NEW PLAYS

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ew work hot from the imaginations of some of the freshest voices writing for the theatre today. Syracuse Stage launches its Festival of New Plays by hosting a talented playwright and professional actors and directors for four days of exciting events.

THURSDAY, April 5 COLD READ KICK-OFF A cast of Stage stakeholders, board members, local celebrities, and community leaders put the fun in Fundraiser as they “cold read” a comedy script. Former Syracuse Stage artistic director Bob Moss is our honorary director! Champagne Reception: 6:30 pm, Reading: 7:30 pm on the Archbold Stage. FRIDAY, April 6 UNDER CONSIDERATION Join us for a reading of an exciting new play under consideration for an upcoming season. Audience talkback follows. Reading: 7:30 pm on the Archbold stage. PRESENTING SPONSORS

SATURDAY, April 7 SOLO ACT A workshop production of a new piece by renowned actress, poet, educator, activist, and playwright Liza Jessie Peterson. Credits include HBO'S Def Poetry Jam and Spike Lee's Bamboozled. Moderated talkback follows. 3 pm and 7:30 pm at The Nancy Cantor Warehouse, downtown Syracuse. SUNDAY, April 8 DRAFT/PAGES A first-ever reading of a brand new play in-progress by Maurice Emerson Decaul, a former Marine, poet, essayist, librettist, and playwright. Theatrical credits include: Dijla Wal Furat: Between the Tigris and the Euphrates. Selected print publications include: New York Times, The Daily Beast, and Callaloo. Local craft beers will be available. A talkback with the playwright follows. 3 pm on the Archbold stage. INAUGURAL INDIVIDUAL SUPPORTERS

SPONSORS

George Bain Elinor Spring-Mills & Darvin Varon David & Deirdre Stam

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SEASON SPONSORS


Robert Hupp

Jill A. Anderson

Kyle Bass

Artistic Director

Managing Director

Associate Artistic Director

I N A S S O C I AT I O N W I T H I N D I A N A R E P E R T O R Y T H E AT R E

Janet Allen

Suzanne Sweeney

Executive Artistic Director

Managing Director

PRESENTS

BY

Lorraine Hansberry DIRECTED BY

Timothy Douglas SCENIC DESIGNER

COSTUME DESIGNER

LIGHTING DESIGNER

COMPOSER

Tony Cisek

Kara Harmon

Peter Maradudin

Michael Keck

D R A M AT U R G

PRODUCTION S TA G E M A N A G E R

CASTING

Richard J Roberts

Stuart Plymesser*

Harriet Bass Casting

SPONSORS

George Bain

Gail Hamner & Daniel Bingham

MEDIA SPONSORS

OPENING NIGHT CHAMPAGNE TOAST SPONSOR

SEASON SPONSORS

Suzanne & Kevin McAuliffe

A Raisin in the Sun is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. February 21 - March 11, 2018 17


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THE CAST (speaking order)

Ruth Younger.......................................................Dorcas Sowunmi* Travis Younger.................................................Robert "RJ" Murphy Walter Lee Younger.................................................Chiké Johnson* Beneatha Younger..........................................................Stori Ayers* Lena Younger............................................................Kim Staunton* Joseph Asagai...........................................................Elisha Lawson* George Murchison....................................................Jordan Bellow* Karl Lindner.............................................................Paul Tavianini* Bobo...................................................................Donovan Stanfield Moving Men........................James "Jay" Mack†, Donovan Stanfield UNDERSTUDY Maxwell "Max" Brown (Travis Younger) SETTING The Youngers’ apartment on Chicago’s Southside Act 1 Scene 1 Friday morning Scene 2 Saturday morning Scene 3 Later the same day (fifteen-minute intermission) Act 2 Scene 1 Friday night, a few weeks later Scene 2 A week later Scene 3 An hour later ADDITIONAL CREDITS Assistant Director: Nirvania Quesada Stage Management Journeyman: Erin C Brett Stage Management Apprentice: Em Piraino Stage Management Intern: Samuel Arencibia Young Actor Supervisors: Megan Berner, Crystal Lyon Wardrobe Supervisor: Sarah Stark Sound Journeyman: Trinisha Dupree Electrics Apprentice: Anastasia Sioris Official Hotels for Guest Artists: The Genesee Grande Hotel, Parkview Hotel

*Members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. The director is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union. A Raisin in the Sun is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. † Student, Syracuse University Department of Drama.

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PAST, PROLOGUE, & PRESENT PRESENCE BY TIMOTHY DOUGLAS, DIRECTOR  RIGHT: CHIKÉ JOHN-

SON, DORCAS SOWUNMI AND KIM STAUNTON IN A RAISIN IN THE SUN. PHOTO: ZACH ROSING.

Lorraine Hansberry’s seminal A Raisin in the Sun has become a touchstone for me throughout my career in theatre. I participated as one of the Moving Men in the 25th anniversary production at Yale Repertory Theatre (which featured breakout performances from Beah Richards, Delroy Lindo, and Mary Alice). Later it was the very first play I ever staged—a production that would serve as the catalyst for the prolific directing career that continues for me these 23 years later.

Youngers as they compel us to take a cold, hard look at the festering, unresolved wound of American slavery, along with its ongoing aftereffects. At the same time, we discover an equally transformational, unwavering, and driving faith in humanity that inextricably interweaves itself with the spoken woes of racism’s grotesqueness. Delivered through Hansberry’s lyrical, muscular, and culturally precise use of African American vernacular, drama crystallizes into poetry.

This Syracuse Stage/ IRT production makes the fourth time I have journeyed alongside the

My previous three investigations of Raisin compelled me to enter the story through the

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prisms of Walter Lee, Lena (Mama), and Ruth, respectively. Each exploration yielded impactful and honest points of view, along with authentic and earned sentimentality. But this time— heavily influenced by the current headline– and statistic-driven realities facing Black American men—sentimentality has waned for me. I suppose that’s because I’m now relating as a Black American man whose age and experience sit squarely between those of the play’s central figures, parent and adult child. For me, the central conflict of the play is no lon-

ger limited to the given that as a black man, Walter Lee doesn’t stand a chance of realizing his mid-20th century American dream. Instead, I’ve become laser-focused on the ideological wrestling match between two of American drama’s most compelling titans— Lena and Walter Lee— and their struggle to determine who is best suited, prepared, and battle-ready to lead the Younger family through the harsh realities facing America’s 99 percent. Both Walter Lee’s and Mama’s parallel plans for their family’s very survival are as revolutionary now as they were in

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the late 1950s. Encoded within the prescient genius of Lorraine Hansberry’s script is the play’s ability to speak out loud the trials of life’s heights and depths—not only in her own time, but in ours as well.

“Delivered through Hansberry’s lyrical, muscular, and culturally precise use of African American vernacular, drama crystallizes into poetry.”


"THE BLACK REVOLUTION AND THE WHITE BACKLASH" FORUM AT TOWN HALL SPONSORED BY THE ASSOCIATION OF ARTISTS FOR FREEDOM. NEW YORK CITY - JUNE 15, 1964  RIGHT: PORTRAIT OF LORRAINE HANSBERRY, CIRCA 1950S. PHOTOGRAPHS AND PRINTS DIVISION, SCHOMBURG CENTER FOR RESEARCH IN BLACK CULTURE, THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY, ASTOR, LENOX AND TILDEN FOUNDATIONS

[Lorraine Hansberry] delivered this speech at the Town Hall forum in 1964. The memory of her father’s failure to shake segregation through legal means shaped her plea for action. Having tried “respectable” ways to battle injustice, she said, it was time to get radical. The forum was sponsored by the Association of Artists for Freedom, a loose coalition of well-known black performers and writers that included Sidney Poitier, James Baldwin, and actress Ruby Dee. One of the founders, Ossie Davis, told The New York Times, “We meet from time to talk and argue…about what we as

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artists can do, how we can express the anguish for the moral situation we find in this country, but not as civil rights pleaders.” The Town Hall forum was designed for white liberals and black activists to have an open conversation about tensions mounting between them in the civil rights movement. Charles Silberman, one of the white panelists, described the strain in a book he published in early 1964: “[W]hen the struggle for Negro rights moves into the streets, the majority of [white] liberals are reluctant to move along with it. They are all for the Negroes’ objectives,


I wrote to the Times and said, you know, “Can’t you understand that this is the perspective from which we are now speaking? It isn’t as if we got up today and said, you know, ‘what can we do to irritate America?’” 23


 RIGHT: LORRAINE HANSBERRY. PHOTO: DAVID ATTIE/GETTY.

they say, but they cannot go along with the means.” During the forum Hansberry blasted this reluctance, declaring, “ We have to find some way with these dialogues to show and to encourage the white liberal to stop being a liberal and become an American radical.” Writing in her journal two days later, Hansberry described the event as explosive: “Negroes are so angry and white people are so confused and sensitive to criticism.” The black panelists included

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writers Paule Marshall, John O. Killens and Leroi Jones, along with actors Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. James Wechsler, a columnist for the New York Post, was another of the white panelists. He wrote that the Association of Artists for Freedom was “ambushing captive white liberals.” Meanwhile, Nat Hentoff argued in the Village Voice that the white panel members were “estranged from Negro reality.” He said Wechsler “simply did not have the capacity to really listen to what was being said.”


“Do I remain a revolutionary?” she wrote in her journal. “Intellectually – without a doubt. But am I prepared to give my body to the struggle or even my comforts?...Comfort has come to be its own corruption.” During the Town Hall forum, Lorraine Hansberry was battling more than ideas–she was fighting cancer. Her body was beginning to whither and she was on painkillers. Robert Nemiroff, her former husband, says she “rose from a sickbed,” determined to participate in the forum and “set forth the need for a new militancy and a radically new relationship between Blacks and Whites in the freedom struggle. Privately though, Hansberry worried she was becoming a coward. “Do I remain a revolutionary?” she wrote in her journal. “Intellectually – without a doubt. But am I prepared to give my body to the struggle or even my comforts?...Comfort has come to be its own corruption.” In July of 1964, Hansberry wrote that when she regained her health she might travel to the South “to find out what kind of revolutionary I am.”

TEXT OF SPEECH How do you talk about 300 years in four minutes? [sighs, laughter, applause] Was it ever so apparent we need this dialogue? [laughter, applause] I wrote a letter to the New York Times recently which didn’t get printed, which is getting to be my rapport with the New York Times. They said that it was too personal. What it concerned itself with was, I was in a bit of a stew over the stall-in*, because when the stallin was first announced, I said, “Oh, My God, now everybody’s gone crazy, you know, tying up traffic. What’s the matter with them? You know. Who needs it?” And then I noticed the reaction, starting in Washington and coming on up to New York among what we are all here calling the white liberal circles which was something like, you know,

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“You Negroes act right or you’re going to ruin everything we’re trying to do.” [laughter] And that got me to thinking more seriously about the strategy and the tactic that the stall-in intended to accomplish. And so I sat down and wrote a letter to the New York Times about the fact that I am of a generation of Negroes that comes after a whole lot of other generations and my father, for instance, who was, you know, real “American” type American: successful businessman, very civic-minded and so forth; was the sort of American who put a great deal of money, a great deal of his really extraordinary talents and a great deal of passion into everything that we say is the American way of going after goals. That is to say that he moved his family into a restricted area where no Negroes were supposed


to live and then proceeded to fight the case in the courts all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States. And this cost a great deal of money. It involved the assistance of NAACP attorneys and so on and this is the way of struggling that everyone says is the proper way to do and it eventually resulted in a decision against restrictive covenants which is very famous, Hansberry v. Lee. And that was very much applauded. But the problem is that Negroes are just as segregated in the city of Chicago now as they were then [laughter] and my father died a disillusioned exile in another country. That is the reality that I’m faced with when I get up and I read that some Negroes my own age and younger say that we must now lie down in the streets, tie up traffic, stop ambulances, do whatever we can, take to the hills if necessary with some guns and fight back, you see. This is the difference. And I wrote to the Times and said, you know, “Can’t you understand

that this is the perspective from which we are now speaking? It isn’t as if we got up today and said, you know, ‘what can we do to irritate America?’” [laughter] you know. It’s because that since 1619, Negroes have tried every method of communication, of transformation of their situation from petition to the vote, everything. We’ve tried it all. There isn’t anything that hasn’t been exhausted. Isn’t it rather remarkable that we can talk about a people who were publishing newspapers while they were still in slavery in 1827, you see? We’ve been doing everything, writing editorials, Mr. Wechsler, for a long time, you know. [applause] And now the charge of impatience is simply unbearable. I would like to submit that the problem is that, yes, there is a problem about white liberals. I think there’s something horrible that Norman Podhoretz, for instance, can sit down and write the kind of trash that he did at this hour. [applause] That is to say that a distinguished American thinker can literally

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say that he is more disturbed at the sight of a mixed couple or that anti-Semitism from Negroes–and anti-Semitism from anybody is horrible and disgusting and I don’t care where it comes from–but antiSemitism, somehow, from a Negro apparently upsets him more than it would from a German fascist, you see. This was the implication of what really gets to him. [applause] Well, you have to understand that when we are confronted with that, we wonder who we are talking to and how far we are going to go. The problem is we have to find some way with these dialogues to show and to encourage the white liberal to stop being a liberal and become an American radical. [applause] I think that then it wouldn’t–when that becomes true, some of the really eloquent things that were said before about the basic fabric of our society, which after all, is the thing which must be changed, you know, [applause] to really solve the problem, you know. The basic organization of American soci-


ety is the thing that has Negroes in the situation that they are in and never let us lose sight of it.

ored people, you know, [laughter] several thousand miles–you just have a different viewpoint.

When we then talk with that understanding, it won’t be so difficult for people like Mr. Wechsler, whose sincerity I wouldn’t dream of challenging, when I say to him [laughter]–his sincerity is one thing, I don’t have to agree with his position. But it wouldn’t be so difficult for me to say, well, now, when someone uses the term “cold war liberal” that it is entirely different, you see, the way that you would assess the Vietnamese war and the way that I would because I can’t believe … [applause] I can’t believe that anyone who is given what an American Negro is given–you know, our viewpoint–can believe that a government which has at its disposal a Federal Bureau of Investigation which cannot ever find the murderers of Negroes and by that method… [applause] and shows that it cares really very little about American citizens who are black, really are over somewhere fighting a war for a bunch of other col-

This is why we want the dialogue, to explain that to you, you see. It isn’t a question of patriotism and loyalty. My brother fought for this country, my grandfather before that and so on and that’s all a lot of nonsense when we criticize. The point is that we have a different viewpoint because, you know, we’ve been kicked in the face so often and the vantage point of Negroes is entirely different and these are some of the things we’re trying to say. I don’t want to go past my time. Thank you. [applause] From Say It Plain Say It Loud: A Centruy of Great African American Speeches, Amercian Radio Works, American Public Media * Stall-in: a protest planned to block traffic to the 1964 New York World’s Fair by having motorists deliberately run out of gas on the main access highways.

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The problem is we have to find some way with these dialogues to show and to encourage the white liberal to stop being a liberal and become an American radical.


APRIL 23,1964 | TO THE EDITOR, THE NEW YORK TIMES:

WITH REFERENCE TO CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE AND THE CONGRESS OF RACIAL EQUALITY STALL-IN . . . My father was typical of a generation of Negroes who believed that the “American way” could successfully be made to work to democratize the United States. Thus, twenty-five years ago, he spent a small personal fortune, his considerable talents, and many years of his life fighting, in association with NAACP attorneys, Chicago’s “restrictive covenants” in one of this nation’s ugliest ghettos. That fight also required that our family occupy the disputed property in a hellishly hostile “white neighborhood” in which, literally, howling mobs surrounded our house. One of their mis-

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siles almost took the life of the then eight yearold signer of this letter. My memories of this “correct” way of fighting white supremacy in America included being spat at, cursed and pummeled in the daily trek to and from school. And I also remember my desperate and courageous mother, patrolling our house all night with a loaded German Luger, doggedly guarding her four children, while my father fought the respectable part of the battle in the Washington court. The fact that my father and the NAACP “won” a Supreme Court decision, in a now famous case which bears his


 ABOVE: LORRAINE HANSBERRY'S FAMILY MOVED INTO THIS WOODLAWN HOME ON CHICAGO'S SOUTH

SIDE IN 1937, WHILE HER FATHER STRUGGLED AGAINST RESTRICTIVE COVENANTS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

name in the law books, is–ironically–the sort of “progress” our satisfied friends allude to when they presume to deride the more radical means of struggle. The cost, in emotional turmoil, time and money, which led to my father’s early death as a permanently embittered exile in a foreign country when he saw that after such sacrificial efforts the Negroes of Chicago were as ghettolocked as ever, does not seem to figure in their calculations. That is the

reality that I am faced with when I now read that some Negroes my own age and younger say that we must now lie down in the streets, tie up traffic, do whatever we can–take to the hills with guns if necessary–and fight back. Fatuous people remark these days on our “bitterness.” Why, of course we are bitter. The entire situation suggests that the nation be reminded of the too little noted final lines of Langston Hughes’ mighty poem.

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What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up Like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a soreAnd then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar overLike a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags Like a heavy load. Or does it explode? Sincerely, Lorraine Hansberry


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CAST Orange Is The New Black. He earned a B.F.A. from Chapman University.

Stori Ayers (Beneatha Younger) is an original cast member and producer of Dominique Morisseau’s  Blood at the Root, winner of the Graham F. Smith Peace Foundation Prize. Other acting credits include:​ Foster Mom (Premiere Stages); Detroit '67 (Chautauqua Theater Company); Barbecue (Pennsylvania Centre Stage); Jitney (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); Yellowman (Anacostia Playhouse); Blood at the Root (​ National Black Theatre); Father Comes Home From the Wars Parts 1, 2 and 3 (​Round House Theatre)​. Stori assistant directed the world premiere of August Wilson’s one-man show How I Learned What I Learned at the Signature Theatre. She holds a B.A. from Mary Baldwin College and an M.F.A. in Acting from Penn State University. “I give all the glory to God for blessing me with the opportunities to pursue my dreams.”

Chiké Johnson (Walter Lee Younger) is making his debut at Syracuse Stage. He made his Indiana Repertory Theatre debut in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. He has been seen on Broadway in A Time to Kill and in Manhattan Theatre Club’s Wit, and Off-Broadway in Lost in the Stars for City Center’s Encores! and Ruined at the Manhattan Theatre Club. Chicago credits include Meet Vera Stark at the Goodman; Sizwe Banzi Is Dead at the Court; and The Crucible, The Unmentionables, and Huck Finn at Steppenwolf. Other regional credits include The Unmentionables at Yale Repertory Theatre, Topdog/Underdog at Renaissance Theaterworks, King Lear at Milwaukee Rep, Home at In Tandem Theatre, “Master Harold” ...and the boys at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Smoldering Fires at First Stage Children’s Theater, and two seasons at American Players Theatre. Film credits include Friends with Benefits, Sleepwalk with Me, and The Machinist; television credits include Law & Order, Girls, Veep, and Prison Break.

Jordan Bellow (George Murchison) is making his Syracuse Stage debut. Recent New York theatre includes The Feels...KMS at the New Ohio Theatre; Macbeth and Alkestis at The Connelly Theatre; Balm in Gilead  and  Ward Six at Columbia Stages; Romeo and Juliet at Pulse Ensemble Theatre. Regional credits include A Raisin In The Sun at Indiana Repertory Theatre;  All The Way, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and A Christmas Carol at South Coast Repertory; Fly at Florida Studio Theatre. Television: Gotham,

Elisha Lawson (Joseph Asagai) is happy to be making his debut here at Syracuse Stage. He’s been making a name for himself throughout the New York television scene, gaining fame for his role of Switch-

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CAST blade in the television series The Get Down. Additionally, he has portrayed roles in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, CBS’ Blue Bloods, and just filmed a recurring role in NBC’s Shades of Blue. He was hired by Chicago City Limits improv troupe straight out of school and has been working ever since. His theatre credits include Syncing Ink (The Flea Theater), A Christmas Carol (McCarter Theatre), To Kill a Mockingbird (Queens Theatre in the Park), and The Taste of It (Ballybeg Theater). He would like to thank God for his passion and his mom and dad for supporting it. elishalawson.com

would like to thank his parents and sister, Ryann, for their love, support, and sacrifice. He would also like to thank director Timothy Douglas, his fellow cast members, and everyone at Syracuse Stage for giving him this amazing opportunity. Finally, he would like to thank his extended family who traveled from afar and the countless friends who took time out of their busy schedules to see him as Travis Younger. Dorcas Sowunmi (Ruth Younger) is making her Syracuse debut. Dorcas made her Indiana Repertory Theatre debut in The Miracle Worker. She is a native Texan who lives in New York City. She was most recently seen in Nollywood Dreams at Cherry Lane Theatre. Other credits include Romeo and Juliet at the Classical Theatre of Harlem; Lines in the Dust at Luna Stage; Mary Stuart and Measure for Measure at Stratford Shakespeare Festival; Macbeth SS! at Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Trust at Lookingglass Theatre; I, Barbara Jordan at the Alley Theatre; and Twelfth Night at the Austin State Theatre. Dorcas received her M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Texas at Austin. She has also trained at the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, the School at Steppenwolf, and Stella Adler Studio of Acting. “I would like to thank Timothy Douglas and IRT for this amazing opportunity, and my family, friends, and Kreindler/Super Management for their continuous love and support.”  

James "Jay" Mack (Moving Man) is a sophomore Acting major in the Syracuse University Department of Drama from Trenton, New Jersey, who is making his debut at Syracuse Stage. He is very excited for this role and what the future holds. Robert “RJ” Murphy (Travis Younger) is a vibrant, energetic 5 th grader at Jamesville DeWitt Middle School. He considers it an honor and privilege to make his professional acting debut in A Raisin in the Sun. He has always loved theatre and has performed in school and community productions including Annie Jr., Oz the Musical, and Hansel & Gretel. RJ’s favorite part of acting is entertaining audiences and dreams to one day perform on Broadway. RJ

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CAST Donovan Stanfield (Bobo/Moving Man) is a local actor, and this will be his first time performing with Syracuse Stage. With just over a decades worth of theatre experience under his belt, Donovan is proud to work alongside the cast and crew to bring Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun to life. Donovan has been in several local productions, including Ragtime (The Redhouse Arts Center), Hair (Syracuse Summer Theatre), and First Date (CNY Playhouse). Thank you for coming. We hope you enjoy A Raisin in the Sun!

and the O’Neill Theatre Center. She has performed in numerous productions on and off-Broadway. Film credits include First Sunday, Changing Lanes, Heat, Dragonfly, Bark, Holy Man, Deceived, and Amos & Andrew. Television appearances have included guest starring roles on Eleventh Hour, Army Wives, The Nine, Bones, Strong Medicine, Judging Amy, Law & Order, City of Angels, New York Undercover, and TNT’s original movie Glory and Honor. Kim is a native of Washington, D.C., and a graduate of the Juilliard School. Paul Tavianini (Karl Linder) is thrilled to be making his Syracuse Stage debut with A Raisin in the Sun. Regionally he has appeared with the Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Nora Theatre and Huntington Theatre companies in Boston; Hippodrome Theatre Company in Gainesville, FL; Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY; the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre; and A Noise Within in Los Angeles. He was also a founding member of the Theatre Asylum theatre company in New York City, producing works by new playwrights and classic American authors such as Tennessee Williams, Clifford Odets, William Inge, and Elmer Rice. He has appeared on Law & Order, the Discovery Channel series Kidnap and Rescue, and is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity Association.

Kim Staunton (Lena Younger) has appeared at Syracuse Stage in August Wilson’s Fences. She has been a guest company member at the Denver Center Theatre Company for 14 seasons and represented DCTC as an inaugural Lunt-Fontanne Fellow at Ten Chimneys Foundation. Regional credits include Indiana Repertory, South Coast Repertory, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Arizona Theatre Company, Portland Stage Company, Ebony Repertory Theatre, Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Lake Dillon Theatre Company, Lone Tree Arts Center, Virginia Stage Company, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Arena Stage, Hartford Stage Company,

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This spring, Syracuse Stage invited local businesses to choose their own adventure with a $350 sponsorship of one of our spring plays.

DID THEY FOLLOW THEIR HEART AND CHOOSE

-OR-

Whose dreams get realized and whose deferred?

DID THEY DECIDE TO WATCH LOVE AND MAGIC COLLIDE AND CHOOSE

Magic tricks highlight this new play!

Find out the final results in the Magic Play program! Thank you to the many companies who participated in this adventure with us! $350 BUSINESS SPONSORSHIP BENEFITS • Four tickets to your sponsored play • Four complimentary drinks at the Stage bar • Two parking passes for the Madison-Irving Parking Garage • Special acknowledgment in the show program and lobby videos for duration of the show • Stage’s sincerest gratitude and a feeling of goodwill for supporting the performing arts *Other sponsorship levels and benefits are available. Please contact Tina Morgan for more information: 315-443-3931 or tmorg100@syr.edu

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UNDERSTUDY first. He is a very active young man who is involved in football, lacrosse, basketball, and wrestling for his school and community. He is supported by his parents and three siblings. He enjoys being an active youth.

Maxwell "Max" Brown (u/s Travis Younger) is a fourth grader at Wheeler Elementary in the Onondaga Central Schools. His role in this play is his

A R T I S T I C S TA F F Tony Cisek (Scenic Designer) has collaborated with Timothy Douglas on over 30 productions including The Crucible, Gem of the Ocean, Intimate Apparel, A Lesson Before Dying, and Blues for an Alabama Sky here at Syracuse Stage; Disgraced and King Hedley II at Arena Stage; Clybourne Park and Safe House at Cincinnati Playhouse; Father Comes Home From the Wars and Two Trains Running at Round House Theatre; Insurrection: Holding History and Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea at Theater Alliance; The Trip to Bountiful at Cleveland Play House; Much Ado About Nothing at Folger Theatre; and The Night is a Child at Milwaukee Rep. Tony’s work has been seen Off-Broadway and regionally at Roundabout Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Alliance Theatre, South Coast Rep, Portland Center Stage, New York Theatre Workshop, Woolly Mammoth, and the Kennedy Center, among others. www.tonycisek.com

rie Theatre, Arena Stage), The Legend of Georgia McBride (Marin Theatre Company), The Mountaintop (Trinity Repertory Theatre), Barbecue (Geffen Playhouse), The Rape of Lucretia (Wolf Trap Opera), Ethel (Alliance Theatre), Seven Guitars (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Much Ado About Nothing, The Comedy of Errors (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Safehouse (Cincinnati Playhouse), God of Carnage (Alliance Theatre). New York: Dot (Vineyard Theatre), Seven Guitars, Broke-ology (The Juilliard School). Assistant costume design Broadway: The Crucible, Magic Bird, First Date, and Memphis. Assistant costume design TV: Daredevil (Season 2, Netflix), Boardwalk Empire (Season 5, HBO). Training: NYU Tisch School of the Arts. www.KaraHarmonDesign.com Peter Maradudin (Lighting Designer) is pleased to return to Syracuse Stage, where he previously designed Gem of the Ocean (with Timothy Douglas). On Broadway, he designed the lighting for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and The Kentucky Cycle, and Off-Broadway Hurrah at Last, Ballad of Yachiyo, and Bouncers. Mr. Maradudin has designed over 300 regional theatre productions

Kara Harmon (Costume Designer). Regional: Nina Simone: Four Women (Arena Stage), A Guide for the Homesick (Huntington Theatre Company), In the Heights (Geva Theatre Center), Native Gardens (The Guth37


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A R T I S T I C S TA F F for such companies as The Guthrie Theater, American Conservatory Theater, Mark Taper Forum, La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Old Globe Theatre, and South Coast Repertory. Based in Southern California, he is the studio director of the architectural lighting group StudioK1 (www.studiok1.com), and is the author, under his pen name Peter Alexei, of the novels The Masked Avenger and The Queen of Spades (www.peteralexei.com).

ber of AEA, SAG–AFTRA, ASCAP, PEN, and the Dramatists Guild. Richard J Roberts (Dramaturg). This is Richard’s 28th season with the IRT, and his 20th as resident dramaturg. He has also been a dramaturg for the Hotchner Playwriting Festival, the New Harmony Project, and Write Now. He has directed the IRT’s productions of The Cay, Bridge & Tunnel, The Night Watcher, Neat, Pretty Fire, The Giver (2009), The Power of One, and Twelfth Night, as well as four editions of A Christmas Carol. Other directing credits include Actors Theatre of Indiana, the Phoenix Theatre, Edyvean Repertory Theatre, Indianapolis Civic Theatre, IndyShakes/ Wisdom Tooth, Butler University, and Anderson University. Richard studied music at DePauw University and theatre at Indiana University. In 2003 he was awarded a Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis.

Michael Keck (Composer). Most recently at the IRT, Michael composed music for and acted in April 4, 1968; he has also composed music for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Rabbit Hole, Gem of the Ocean, Searching for Eden, As You Like It, and both previous productions of Looking over the President’s Shoulder. His music has accompanied productions at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Rep, Mark Taper Forum, Arena Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse, and many others. His international credits include the Market Theatre (Johannesburg, South Africa), National Theater of Croatia–Zagreb, the Barbican Theatre Center, and Bristol Old Vic. Excerpts from his solo performance piece Voices in the Rain are published by Temple University Press and Alta Mira Press. Michael received the Theatre Bay Area Award in San Francisco and three Barrymore Award nominations for his work in Philadelphia. He has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and Meet the Composer. He is a mem-

Stuart Plymesser (Production Stage Manager) is in his 21st season at Syracuse Stage where he has stage managed more than 60 plays, musicals, and special events, working with such talents as Olympia Dukakis, Frank Langella, Elizabeth Franz, and Phylicia Rashad. Stuart has worked at numerous regional theatres around the country and in Cape Town, South Africa, and has toured nationally. Locally, he has also stage managed events for Syracuse Fashion Week. In addition, Stuart is adjunct faculty for Syracuse University’s Department of Drama and has been a guest speaker/lectur39


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A R T I S T I C S TA F F er at Ithaca College, Wells College, SUNY Oswego, and the Zabalaza Festival in Cape Town. Stuart is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers, as well as the United States Aikido Federation.

ertory Theatre. She cast the original and touring production of August Wilson’s Radio Golf, the Broadway production of Gem of the Ocean, and the Off-Broadway production of Jitney. Selected regional casting credits include Mark Taper Forum, Hartford Stage Co, Arena Stage, Trinity Rep, San Jose Rep, GeVa, Syracuse Stage, Pittsburgh Public, Merrimack Rep, Long Wharf Theatre, Alliance Theatre, the Goodman Theatre, Kansas City Rep, Baltimore Center Stage, Huntington Theatre Company, Virginia Stage Company, Dallas Theatre Company, Berkeley Rep, Portland Center Stage, and Playmaker’s Rep.

Harriet Bass Casting (Casting). Harriet is an independent New York casting director for theatre, film, and television. In New York she has cast for ABC/TV, Fox Television Studios, Joseph Papp’s Public Theater: New Work Now, the Minetta Lane Theatre, the Women’s Project, La Mama E.T.C., New York Women in Film and Television, and the Jewish Rep-

P L AY W R I G H T Lorraine Hansberry. When Lorraine Hansberry’s (1930-1965) A Raisin in the Sun appeared on Broadway in 1959, the artist became at twenty-nine the youngest American playwright, the fifth woman, and the only African American to date to win the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play of the Year. The play represented a landmark. In its authentic depiction of Black American life, and the vivid demonstration of so gifted a creator, cast, and director, it made it impossible for the American stage to ignore African American creativity and subject matter thereafter. In 1961, the film version won a special award at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for a Screen Writer’s Guild Award for Hansber-

ry’s screenplay. In 1965, Lorraine Hansberry died of cancer at age 34. As if prescient, in the six years she had between the triumph of her first play and her death, she was extraordinarily prolific. Her second play to be produced on Broadway, The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window, was in its early run subject to mixed reviews. The show closed on the day of Hansberry's death. To Be Young, Gifted, and Black, an autobiographical portrait in her own words adapted by her former husband and literary executor Robert Nemiroff, was posthumously produced in 1969 and toured across the country. In 1970, Les Blancs, her play about the inevitability of struggle between colonizers and colonized in Africa, and the impending crisis

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P L AY W R I G H T that would surely grow out of it, ran on Broadway to critical acclaim. During her career as a playwright, Hansberry wrote many articles and essays on literary criticism, racism, sexism, homophobia, world peace, and other social and political issues.

At her death, she left behind file cabinets holding her public and private correspondence, speeches and journals, and various manuscripts in several genres: plays for stage and screen, essays, poetry, and an almost complete novel.

DIRECTOR Timothy Douglas returns to Syracuse Stage where he previously directed Blues for an Alabama Sky, A Lesson Before Dying, The Crucible, Jitney, Intimate Apparel, and Gem of the Ocean. Representative productions include: the China Tour of Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced; Nina Simone: Four Women and King Hedley II for Arena Stage; Two Trains Running (two Helen Hayes nominations), The Trip to Bountiful, Permanent Collection, and A Lesson Before Dying at Round House Theatre; his Caribbean-inspired Much Ado About Nothing at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre; the world premiere of Rajiv Joseph’s The Lake Effect for Silk Road Rising (Chicago’s Jeff Award for Best New Work); Off-Broadway’s Bronte: A Portrait Of Charlotte; and

the world premiere of August Wilson’s Radio Golf for Yale Repertory Theatre. He is currently an associate artist at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park where he has directed Jitney, Clybourne Park, Buzzer, The North Pool, and the world premiere of Safe House, and served as associate artistic director at Actors Theatre of Louisville where he directed ten productions including three Humana Festival premieres. Timothy has directed over 100 projects for ACT, Guthrie, Berkeley Rep, Center Theatre Group, South Coast Rep, Steppenwolf, Playmakers Rep, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Downstage (NZ), National Theatret (Norway), Milwaukee Rep, and many others. M.F.A. Yale School of Drama. www.TimothyDouglas.org

O U R C O - P R O D U C I N G PA R T N E R Indiana Repertory Theatre founded in 1971, the Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT) is the largest professional notfor-profit theatre in the state of Indiana. The mission of IRT is to produce topquality, professional theatre and related activities, providing experiences that will engage, surprise, challenge, and enter-

tain people throughout their lifetimes, helping to build a vital and vibrant community. As an arts leader in the state of Indiana, IRT’s goal is to make Indiana a dynamic home of cultural expression, economic vitality, and a diverse, informed, and engaged citizenry. Learn more about IRT at irtlive.com.

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ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Robert Hupp is in his second season as artistic director of Syracuse Stage. The Three Musketeers marked his Syracuse Stage directing debut. Prior to coming to central New York, Robert spent seventeen seasons as the producing artistic director of Arkansas Repertory Theatre in Little Rock. He directed over 30 productions for Arkansas Rep ranging from Hamlet to Les Miserables to The Grapes of Wrath. In New York City, Robert directed the American premieres of Glyn Maxwell’s The Lifeblood and Wolfpit for the Phoenix Theatre Ensemble. He also served for nine seasons as the artistic director of the Obie Award winning Jean Cocteau Repertory. At the Cocteau, Robert’s directing credits include works by Buchner, Wilder, Cocteau, Shaw, Wedekind and the premieres of the Bentley/Milhaud version of

Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children, Seamus Heaney’s The Cure at Troy and Eduardo de Filippo’s Napoli Millionaria. He has held faculty positions at Pennsylvania’s Dickinson College and, in Arkansas, at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Hendrix College. Robert served as vice president of the Board of Directors of the Theatre Communications Group and has served on funding panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Theatre Communications Group, the New Jersey State Council of the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. While in Arkansas, Robert was named both Non-Profit Executive of the Year by the Arkansas Business Publishing Group, and Individual Artist of the year by the Arkansas Arts Council. He and his wife, Clea, ride herd over a blended family of five children, two dogs, and a cat named Pi.

MANAGING DIRECTOR Jill A. Anderson arrived at Syracuse Stage in July, 2016, and is delighted to serve as managing director. Jill is responsible for Stage’s nearly $6 million operating budget and has oversight of fundraising, marketing, and operational matters within the organization. Prior to joining Stage, Jill spent a decade as general manager at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. During her tenure, the O’Neill completed a $7 million capital campaign and campus expansion,

doubled its operating budget, and was honored with a 2015 National Medal of Arts and the 2010 Regional Theatre Tony Award. Under the O’Neill’s aegis, Jill also developed the Baltic Playwrights Conference, an annual international new play development retreat held in Hiiumaa, Estonia. Previously, Jill spent five years in the production office at Washington DC’s Arena Stage, after working as a stage manager in Minnesota, New Mexico, and Massachusetts. Jill has also served on numerous municipal and non-profit boards and participated in mentoring programs for

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MANAGING DIRECTOR high school and college students, including the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Jill is a proud cheesehead, hailing from Marshfield,

Wisconsin. She and her husband Dave Anderson, along with their daughter, look forward to calling Central New York home for years to come.

A S S O C I AT E A R T I S T I C D I R E C T O R Kyle Bass is a twotime recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (for fiction in 1998 and playwriting in 2010), a finalist for the Princess Grace Playwriting Award, a semi-finalist for the O’Neill Playwriting Conference, and Pushcart Prize nominee. His new play Possessing Harriet, was commissioned by the Onondaga Historical Association. Kyle is the co-author of the original screenplay Day of Days. The film stars award-winning veteran actor Tom Skerritt (Alien, Top Gun, Steel Magnolias, A River Runs Through It) and was released by Broad Green Pictures in 2017. He is currently writing the screenplay adaptation of the novel Milk by Darcy Steinke. Kyle is the co-author (with Ping Chong) of Cry for Peace: Voices from the Congo, which had its world premiere at Syracuse Stage and was subsequently produced at La MaMa Experimental Theatre in New York City. He worked with acclaimed visual artist Carrie Mae Weems on her theatre piece Grace Notes: Reflections for Now, which had its world premiere at the 2016 Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina

and was subsequently produced at Yale Rep and will be presented in the Kennedy Center this October. Kyle recently completed Separated, a piece of documentary theatre about the student military veterans at Syracuse University, which was first presented at Syracuse Stage in 2017, directed by Robert Hupp. Kyle’s prose and other writings have appeared in the journals Folio and Stone Canoe, among others, and in the anthology Alchemy of the Word: Writers Talk about Writing and he has appeared as a guest on National Public Radio’s “Tell Me More,” discussing race in American theatre. Kyle has taught in the MFA Creative Writing program at Goddard College since 2006. He also teaches playwriting in Syracuse University’s Department of Drama, theatre courses in the Department of African American Studies, and has taught playwriting at Colgate University and at Hobart & William Smith Colleges. Kyle is Drama Editor for the award-winning journal Stone Canoe and curator of Syracuse Stage’s Cold Read: A Festival of Hot New Plays. Kyle holds an MFA in Playwriting from Goddard College and is a proud member of the Dramatist Guild of America.

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Gifts to Syracuse Stage allows us to create work that touches tens of thousands of lives each season – providing a “home” to explore new ideas, review classics, and celebrate the magic of theatre! With your help, teams of professional actors, designers, and directors join Stage’s talented artisans to bring new worlds to our Central New York Community. Gifts to Syracuse Stage support our team every step of the way and allow them to bring out productions to life. Our “Magic of 44” campaign last season was a resounding success and your generosity resulted in us meeting our fundraising goal! We here at Stage are immensely grateful for your giving, and for allowing us to reach out to the community. Please help make this year as successful as the last. Thank you to the thousands of patrons each year who support our home. Every Gift Matters. Make yours today. WWW.SYRACUSESTAGE.ORG | 315-443-3931

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MISSION/VISION Mission: Syracuse Stage is a global village

turous, and entertaining productions of new plays, classics, and musicals, and offer interactive education and outreach programs in Central New York.

square where renowned artists and audiences of all ages gather to celebrate our cultural richness, witness the many truths of our common humanity, and explore the transformative power of live theatre. Celebrating our 45th season as a professional theatre in residence at Syracuse University, we create innovative, adven-

Vision: Syracuse Stage illuminates the

many truths of our common humanity through the transformative power of live theatre.

A B O U T S Y R A C U S E S TA G E Syracuse Stage is Central New York’s

and Ping Chong. These visiting artists are supported by a staff of artisans, technicians, educators, and administrators who are responsible for all facets of the theatre from building sets, props, and costumes to marketing, development, and box office. A solid core of subscribers and supporters helps keep Syracuse Stage a vibrant artistic presence in Central New York. Year after year their support and patronage contribute to the success of the theatre. Additional support from government, foundations, corporations, and Syracuse University helps to ensure the continued role of Syracuse Stage as a valued cultural resource for the community.  Syracuse Stage is a constituent of the Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre, and a member of the Arts and Cultural Leadership Alliance (ACLA), the University Hill Corporation, and the East Genesee Regent Association.

premier professional theatre. Founded in 1974, Stage has produced more than 300 plays in 44 seasons including a number of world, American, and East Coast premieres. Each season 70,000 patrons enjoy an adventurous mix of new plays and bold interpretations of classics and musicals featuring the finest theatre artists. In addition, Stage maintains a vital educational outreach program that annually serves over 20,000 students throughout Central New York. Syracuse Stage is a member of The League of Resident Theatres (LORT), the largest professional theatre association in the country. America’s leading actors, directors and designers work and/or have worked at Stage including: Tony Awardwinners Lillias White, Chuck Cooper, and Elizabeth Franz, Emmy recipient Jean Stapleton, Sam Waterston, John Cullum, James Whitmore, Ben Gazzara,

IN THE COMMUNITY An important aspect of the Syracuse Stage mission is to be an active partner and resource in the Central New York community. Each season Syracuse Stage is pleased to partner with a diverse group of community organizations in sponsoring and facilitating various programs, benefits, and events. Ongoing and past partnerships include Arc of Onondaga, The

Burton Blatt Institute, ARISE, InterFaith Works of Central New York, Hospice of CNY, SUNY Upstate Medical/St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Onondaga County, The Learning Place, AIDS Community Resources, Syracuse Homes, The Chadwick Residence, The Child Care Council of Onondaga County, and Vera House, among others.

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COLD READ: A FESTIVAL OF HOT NEW PLAYS

THE MAGIC PLAY B Y A NDR E W HI ND ERAKER | D IRECTED BY HA LE NA K AYS | CO -PRO D UCED W ITH ACTO RS THE ATR E OF LOU ISVILLE AN D PO RTLAN D C E NTE R S TAGE | APRIL 25 - MAY 13 OP E NING NIGH T: APRIL 27

APRIL 5 - 8

Thursday, April 5 Cold Read Kick-Off A cast of Stage stakeholders, board members, local celebrities, and community leaders put the fun in Fundraiser as they “cold read” a comedy script. Former Syracuse Stage artistic director Bob Moss is our honorary director! Champagne Reception: 6:30 pm, Reading: 7:30 pm on the Archbold Stage.

Acclaimed magician, illusion designer, and actor Brett Schneider stars in a mindblowing spectacle that combines the allure of a live magic show with engaging drama. A successful young magician, reeling from a recent romantic break-up, struggles to keep his off-stage reality from undermining his on-stage illusions. Magic tricks highlight this one-of-a-kind and uplifting theatrical experience.

Friday, April 6 Under Consideration Join us for a reading of an exciting new play under consideration for an upcoming season. Audience talkback follows. Reading: 7:30 pm on the Archbold stage. Saturday, April 7 Solo Act A workshop production of a new piece by Liza Jessie Peterson. 3 pm and 7:30 pm at The Nancy Cantor Warehouse, downtown Syracuse. Sunday, April 8 Draft/Pages A first-ever reading of a brand new play in-progress by Maurice Decaul. 3 pm on the Archbold stage. 52


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THE SEAGULL

THE BALTIMORE WALTZ

BY ANTON CHEKHOV | DIRECTED BY ROB BUNDY F E B R UA R Y 2 3 – M A R C H 4 O P E N I N G N I G H T : F E B R UAR Y 2 4

B Y PAULA VOGE L | D IRECTED BY K ATH E R INE M c GERR | MARCH 30 – APRIL 8 OP E NING NIGH T: MARCH 31

“The comedy has three female roles, six male roles, four acts, a view of a lake, much conversation about literature . . . and five tons of love.” So wrote Anton Chekhov to a friend about The Seagull, the 1895 play that established his reputation as a playwright and catapulted the famed Moscow Art Theatre to prominence. It’s all quite simple: Medvedenko loves Masha who loves Konstantin who loves Nina who loves Trigorin who’s involved with Arkadina. Meanwhile, Paulina is married to Shamreyev, but she pines for Dr. Dorn. What could go wrong? “So much love! Oh, that bewitching lake!”

Paula Vogel is a master of finding humor in life’s dark corners. The Baltimore Waltz, written as a kind of theatrical eulogy to her beloved brother who died of AIDS in 1988, is a satiric and at times whacky comedy that charts a tale of a schoolteacher named Anna who takes a wild, lust-filled, last grab at life trip abroad after contracting a (fictional) fatal malady. As she indulges in food and romance, her brother Carl embarks on an absurd pursuit for a possible cure inspired by the classic film The Third Man. Reality and fantasy intermingle in this daringly comedic and ultimately heart-stirring play about love, loss, and coping with grief.

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S Y R A C U S E S TA G E B O A R D O F T R U S T E E S CHAIR

Fran Nichols Vice Chairman Emeritus Eric Mower + Associates PRESIDENT

Bea Gonzalez Dean, University College Syracuse University CHAIR-ELECT

Richard Shirtz Regional President NBT Bank VICE CHAIR

Janet Audunson Senior Counsel National Grid VICE CHAIR

Larry Harris EVP and CFO Saab Defense and Security, USA VICE CHAIR

Melvin T. Stith Dean Emeritus, Whitman School of Management Syracuse University TREASURER

Lorraine Branham Dean/Professor, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications Syracuse University SECRETARY

Samantha Millier Associate Attorney Mackenzie Hughes LLP Jill Anderson** Managing Director Syracuse Stage George S. Bain Freelance Editor and Writer Dan Berman Partner Hancock Estabrook, LLP Sandra Brown President Grandma Brown’s Beans, Inc.

Robin Curtis Zellar Homes/Berkshire Hathaway CNY Realty Richard Driscoll Sr. Commercial Banking Relationship Manager Commercial Banking Division NBT Bank

Suzanne McAuliffe Retired Educator Rod McDonald Bond, Schoeneck & King Molly Mulvihill VP, Commercial Banking Relationship Manager Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Herman R. Frazier Senior Deputy Athletics Director Syracuse University

Virginia Parker Retired Educator

Helene Gold Private Voice & Piano Instructor

Annette Peters Marketing Director Syracuse Media Group

Neil Gold Retired VP Gold Pure Food Products Jacki Goldberg VP Fundraising Syracuse Stage Guild Nancy Green Investment Advisor Edward S. Green & Associates John Huhtala Relationship Manager Middle Market Commercial Banking Chase Robert Hupp** Artistic Director Syracuse Stage Kathy Kelly Health Educator, PNP, retired Larry Leatherman Retired Bristol-Myers Squibb, MOST Dan Lent Vice President Solvay Bank Rocco Mangano Partner Mangano Law Office, PLLC Maria Marrero Department of Drama Professor Syracuse University

Nancy Byrne Community Volunteer

Julia Martin Associate Attorney, Bousquet Holstein

Steve Chase Senior Vice President Harbridge Consulting Group

Kevin R. McAuliffe Partner Barclay Damon

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Kendall Phillips Associate Dean, Global Academic Programs and Initiatives Syracuse University Robert Pomfrey President & CEO POMCO Group Amir Rahnamay-Azar Chief Financial Officer Syracuse University Molly Ryan Partner, Goldberg Segalla LLP Robert Sarason Retired Lawyer, Organizer, Fundraiser L. John Steigerwald IV Marketing and Sales Representative Cathedral Candle Company Sharon Sullivan Community Volunteer Cora Thomas Radio Host and Office Manager, WAER Michael S. Tick Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts Syracuse University Phil Turner Pastor Bethany Baptist Church Ralph Zito** Chair Syracuse University Department of Drama Michael Zoanetti VP Senior Wealth Advisor Tompkins Financial Advisors **Ex-Officio


S Y R A C U S E S TA G E E M E R I T U S C I R C L E We are grateful to the following individuals who have served as Members of the Stage Board of Trustees and continue to support Syracuse Stage at the Circle level. Jim Breuer Mary Beth Carmen Eddie Green Joan Green Elizabeth Hartnett

Claude Incaudo Howard C. Johnson Jack Mannion Margaret Martin Eric Mower

Judy Mower Michael Shende Jack Webb

SYRACUSE STAGE EDUCATION ADVOCACY BOARD Sara Bambino

Rhiannon Berry

Melissa Morgan

CICERO-NORTH SYRACUSE

LIVERPOOL HIGH SCHOOL

BAKER HIGH SCHOOL

Elizabeth Defurio

Matthew Phillips

NOTTINGHAM HIGH SCHOOL

JAMESVILLE-DEWITT HIGH SCHOOL

David Fisselbrand

Jennifer Sabatino

AUBURN HIGH SCHOOL

CATO-MERIDIAN MIDDLE SCHOOL

HIGH SCHOOL

Todd Benware CHRISTIAN BROTHERS ACADEMY

Jordan Berger JAMESVILLE-DEWITT HIGH SCHOOL

Y O U N G A D U LT C O U N C I L Samantha Aitken

Jared Dunn

Lauren Lammers

JAMESVILLE-DEWITT HIGH SCHOOL

FAYETTEVILLE-MANLIUS HIGH SCHOOL

C.W. BAKER HIGH SCHOOL.

Chloe Butler

Ryan Dunn

Isabella Lantry

JAMESVILLE-DEWITT HIGH SCHOOL

FAYETTEVILLE-MANLIUS HIGH SCHOOL

C.W. BAKER HIGH SCHOOL

Mackenzie Bruen

Garrett Frink

Olivia Moffa

C.W. BAKER HIGH SCHOOL

PHOENIX HIGH SCHOOL

CHRISTIAN BROTHERS ACADEMY

Lily Byrne

Annie Gorham

Tyler Piper

CATO-MERIDIAN HIGH SCHOOL

C. W. BAKER HIGH SCHOOL

JORDAN-ELBRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL

Derek Caldeira

Chloe Hill

Victoria Sayre

FABIUS POMPEY HIGH SCHOOL

PAUL V. MOORE HIGH SCHOOL

MARCELLUS HIGH SCHOOL

Emma Ciardy

Marcus Johnson

Peyton VanBoden

JAMESVILLE-DEWITT HIGH SCHOOL

JAMESVILLE-DEWITT HIGH SCHOOL

HOMESCHOOLED

Cami Cortez

Molly Kotzin

Eleanor Wester

WESTHILL HIGH SCHOOL

JAMESVILLE-DEWITT HIGH SCHOOL

CAZENOVIA CENTRAL SCHOOL

Marissa DiGennaro JAMESVILLE-DEWITT HIGH SCHOOL

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A RAISIN IN THE SUN SPONSORS

The Reisman Foundation values what Syracuse Stage brings to the cultural fabric of Central New York, making it a better place to live and work. The Foundation is pleased to support the production of A Raisin in the Sun. Congratulations on another great season.

Tompkins Trust Company. Founded in 1836, Tompkins Trust Company is a full-service, locally managed community bank serving the Tompkins County area, Auburn, Cortland and Syracuse. We are proud to support artistic organizations like Syracuse Stage – thank you for all the amazing performances. You move us, inspire us, transport us. Thank you for adding so much magic to our lives.

CORPORATE, FOUNDATION, AND GOVERNMENT SUPPORTERS*

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*Corporate, Foundation, and Government operating support received in the last 12 months from $2,800 and above and in-kind support from $10,000 and above.

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SYRACUSE STAGE ANNUAL GIFTS Syracuse Stage depends on the generosity of contributions from individuals, corporations, businesses, foundations and government agencies. It is with much gratitude that we recognize the following donors to our annual campaign. Contributors listed below represent donations received in the past twelve months. For information regarding levels of contribution and benefits of each please contact the Development office at 315.443.3931 or visit syracusestage.org

CORPORATE, FOUNDATION & GOVERNMENT HONOR ROLL $100,000+ Syracuse University $75,000 - $99,999 The Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation $50,000 - $74,999 Advance Media New York§ Destiny USA§ Genesee Grande§ $20,000 - $49,999 Central New York Community Foundation County of Onondaga, Administered by CNY Arts The Richard Mather Fund« Shubert Foundation $12,500 - $19,999 Allyn Family Foundation Bank of America – Children’s Tour Business Journal News Network§ Cumulus Media§ iHeartMedia§ M&T Bank NBT Bank« NewsChannel 9§ New York State Council on the Arts The Green Family Foundation« Urban CNY§ WAER § $7,500 - $12,499 AXA Foundation Chase  = INCREASED GIFT,

The John Ben Snow Memorial Trust Syracuse New Times§ WRVO§ $5,000 - $7,499 Barclay Damon Carrier Corporation Community Bank N.A. Excellus BlueCross BlueShield The Grandma Brown Foundation Lockheed Martin Employees Federated Fund Lockheed Martin MST Pathfinder Bank Phoebe’s§ Pinnacle Raymour & Flanigan The SU Humanities Center presents as part of the 20172018 Syracuse Symposium™ on Belonging Syracuse Stage Board of Trustees Syracuse Stage Guild The Gifford Foundation« Tompkins Financial Advisors Upstate Medical University Wegmans $2,800 - $4,999 Bank of New York Mellon Cathedral Candle Company« The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation« Melvin & Mildred Eggers Family Charitable Foundation $1,500 - $2,799 Berkshire Hathaway CNY Realty

Bond, Shoeneck & King, PLLC Bristol-Meyers Squibb Foundation Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation« J.R. Clancy Crowne Plaza Syracuse§ Dannible & McKee, LLP Dolce Vita World Bistro§ McIntosh Box & Pallet Co., Inc.« National Grid New York State Council on the Arts, Administered by CNY Arts Frank & Frances Revoir Foundation« Syracuse Blue Print§ Theatre Development Fund, Inc. $500 - $1,499 ACLS Mailing & Fulfillment§ Action Printwear, Inc.§ Anoplate Corp. Cardinal Health Eastern Security Service Giarrusso Building Supplies Heritage Masonry Restoration The Kelberman Center Liberty Mutual Merrill Lynch Midstate Printing Corp.§ Law Office of Keith D. Miller Nixon Gear, Inc. Henry A. Panasci, Jr. Charitable Trust SRC, Inc. L. & J.G. Stickley« Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education

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CORPORATE, FOUNDATION & GOVERNMENT HONOR ROLL $250 - $499 Anaren Alan Byer Volvo Aspen Dental Bousquet Holstein PLLC Columbian Financial Group Dermody, Burke & Brown, CPAs, LLC Dunk & Bright Furniture Edward S. Green & Associates, LLC Elsbeth Rose East Freeman Interiors Geddes Federal Savings GE Foundation Hebert Financial Strategies/ Dennis & Judy Hebert« Hueber-Breuer Construction Co, Inc.

King David’s Restaurant« Longley Jones Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation Bill Rapp Subaru Reeves Farms Rockacres Veterinary Hospital Salina Abstract & Title Agency Smith Contemporary Furniture/Smith Interiors Ltd SOS: Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists Stadium International Trucks« The Concept @235 The Horowitch Family Foundation The Mid-York Press, Inc.

Tops Friendly Market University College of Syracuse University Carol Watson Greenhouse Zellar Homes Ltd. $75 - $249 Brady Systems Fulton Savings Bank Gaspirini Sales, Inc. Genuine Parts Company Lead to Success Sheats & Bailey PLLC Urist Financial & Retirement Planning Visual Technologies Ann Wolfson Associates

ENDOWMENT & PLANNED GIFT DONORS $100,000 - $124,999 In Honor and Memory of Sheldon P. Peterfreund and Josephine A. Peterfreund

$10,500 - $24,999 The Estate of Rosemary Curtis

$2,500 - $4,999 Dr. William J. Clark, Jr. Fund

$5,000 - $9,999 Mary Louise Dunn Fund§

INDIVIDUAL GIFTS All new and increased gifts this season are matched dollar for dollar by The Richard Mather Fund. Benefactors’ Circle $10,000+ George* Bain« Bill & Nancy* Byrne« Paul Phillips, MD & Sharon* Sullivan«

Helene* & Neil* Gold« Jacki* & Michael Goldberg« Suzanne* & Kevin* McAuliffe Judy & Eric* Mower Sally Lou & Fran* Nichols Patricia & Melvin* Stith«

Founders’ Circle $7,500 - $9,999 Mary & Larry* Leatherman« Elinor Spring-Mills & Darvin Varon«

Producers’ Circle $2,800 - $4,999 Janet* Audunson & David Youlen« Pete & Mary Beth* Carmen« Margaret, Amy & Bob Currier« Sandra Lee Fenske & Joe Silberlicht« Barbara & Michael Flintrop«

Playwrights’ Circle $5,000 - $7,499 Daniel Bingham & Gail Hamner

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Bea Gonzalez* & Michael Leonard Ann & Larry* Harris« Brigitte & Peter Herzog« Roberta & Rocco* Mangano Judith Sayles & David Murray« Frederick & Virginia* Parker Bob* & Kellie Pomfrey Mrs. Sherwin Radin Dr. & Mrs. Thomas R. Welch Directors’ Circle $1,500 - $2,799 Barbara Beckos & Arthur McDonald Kris & Jeffrey Bogart«


Lorraine* Branham & Melvin Williams« Cathy & Jim Breuer Sandra L. Brown* Richard Bunce« James Clark & Sharon Gordon Kristin & Sidney Cominsky Bob & Bobbie Constable« Robin Curtis* & David Zellar Edward & Susan Downing Therese & Richard* Driscoll« Dana & Peggy Dudarchik Alex Epsilanty & Dan Jonas« Herman* R. Frazier« Barbara W. Genton Joan Green Betsy Hartnett* David & Sally Hootnick Clea & Bob Hupp Sandra Hurd & Joel Potash« Peter Cannavo & Helen Jacoby Mr. & Mrs. Dudley Johnson Randy & Elizabeth Kalish Kathy Kelly* & Len Weiner« Ann & Dan* Lent« Anthony Malavenda & Martine Burat« Mr. John F.X. Mannion* & Mayor Stephanie A. Miner Nancy Green* & Tony Marschall« John P. & Elizabeth Y. McKinnell« Kevin & Molly* Mulvihill« Sheila R. Parker & John F. Parker, M.D.« Rosemary Pooler Yiwei Qi & Julie Yu Rissa & Michael Ratner« Dr. Amir* Rahnamay-Azar« Molly Ryan* & Tim Byrnes« Robert Sarason* & Jane Birkhead« Elaine & Michael* Shende« Margaret & Richard* Shirtz Leslie Kohman & Jeffrey Smith« Dr. & Mrs. Sam Spalding Raymond & Linda Straub Nancy Kramer & Doug Sutherland« Cindy Sutton & Family Cherry & Peter Thun« Cathy & Michael* Tick« Linda & Jack* Webb Glenda & Larry Wetzel Laurie & Michael* Zoanetti«

Patrons $1,000 - $1,499 Eric R. Allyn & Meg O’Connell Maria & Paul Badami Marlene A. Brown« Craig & Kathy Byrum« Joan Christy Mr. W. Carroll Coyne« John Druke« Mary Ann Finn« Grace & Michael Flusche« Marya & John Frantz and Sutton Real Estate Company, LLC Winifred E. Greenberg Theodore C. & Antonia M. Hansen« John* & Kim Huhtala« Linda & Dan Lowengard John MacAllister & Laurel Moranz« Margaret* & Don Martin Susan Beth Burgess & Michael S. Nilan Jan & David Panasci George & Rita Soufleris« Deirdre & David Stam« Stars $500 - $999 George & Sandra Abbott« Anonymous Marjorie Aubry Marion Barbero Daniel* & Sarah Berman William & Audrey Boyd Don Blair & Nancy Dock Mary Brady« Rachel May & Tom Brockelman« Pamela Caraccioli« Drs. Jayne & Larry Charlamb Steven* & Seanne Chase« Pat Colabufo Diana Coles« Frank N. Decker Roger & Naomi Demuth« Lew & Elaine Dubroff Karen & Nat Dunn« Clay & Dora Elliott Mary Ann Ferris Anita & Allen Frank« Sylvia & David Fry« Karen & Daniel Fuleihan Ernest & Penny Giraud« Lawrence & Dorothy Gordon« Drs. Michael & Wendy Gordon« Donna Graber«

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In Tribute Contributions have been made to Syracuse Stage to honor someone, celebrate a special occasion or offer an expression of sympathy in memory of a loved one.

Dr. & Mrs. Mark Adelson in memory of Laura Edell Sarah B. Alden in memory of Jacqueline Coley In Memory of Arlene Alpaugh Rose Erma Angotti in tribute of 43 years in real estate George Bain in honor of Don Buschmann and all the production shops at Stage Juanita Balamut in tribute of Marion A. Sevier Mrs. Gwynne Bellos in memory of Dr. Neal S. Bellos Carrie Berse in memory of Betty Lourie Carol Bryant in honor of Virginia Parker Marion L. Burke in honor of Barbara B. Liptak Elizabeth Burton in honor of Julia Martin Robert Caswell in Memory of Pam Jim Clark & Sharon Gordon in honor of Betty Lourie and Lou Kempton The Central New York Community Foundation in memory of Betty Lourie Ed Cohen in memory of Beverly Michaels Molly Corley in honor of Fran Nichols Judith Dannible in honor of my husband, Anthony F. Dannible


Drs. Michael & Wendy Evers Gordon« Deborah Haines« Margaret Harding & Joseph Whelan« David Heisig & Donna Mahar« Nancy & Lee Herrington« Jacqueline Hicks« Joyce Homan« David Jacobs« John & Gloria Kennedy« Penelope J.M. & Stephen M. Klein« Ellen & Terry Lautz« Bob & Pat Lebel« Elizabeth D. Liddy« Harlan London, Ph.D.« Julia* & Lee Martin« Kim & Phillip Mazza« Elizabeth & Walter Merriam« Jane Merrill Anne Morford Dorothea P. Nelson« John & Joan Nicholson« Michael & Maggie O’Connor« Ralph & Mary Lou Penner« Kenn & Annette* Peters« Nancy & Steve Rogers Tina Press & David Rubin Lois & Ted Schroeder« Kendrick & Gracia Sears« Nancy & Walter Shepard James W. Shults« Corinne & Lynn Smith James & Vicki Smith L. John* Steigerwald IV« H. Paul Steiner« Cora* & Redonnie Thomas« Wanda Thompson« Gregg Tripoli« Lennie Elizabeth Turner« Janice & Pastor Phil* Turner« Anonymous Angels $250 - $499 Anonymous« Mr. Timothy Atseff & Ms. Margaret G. Ogden Aminey Audi« Dr. Joanne & Jim Beckman Donna Marie & Michael Bocketti Dr. Sharon Brangman & Charlie Lester« Susan & Thomas Brett« Walter & Angel Broadnax

Douglas Brodie« Bob & Kathy Brown Jackie & Kevin Bryans Marion L. Burke Mary & Bill Butler« Frank & Kathy Campagna« Robert F. Caswell« Susan Chappuis« Drs. Alexander* & Margaret Charters Ann & Steve Chase« Ann Clarke« Dr. & Mrs. Paul S. Cohen« Barbara & Goodwin Cooke Jerilyn Costich« Mike & LaRae Cottrell« George Curry« Peter & Margaret Darby« Clive & Sandra Davis Carol Decker« Bill & Terry Delavan Paula A. Dendis« Wynetta Devore« Sandra Marie DiBianco« Cynthia Dietz Alan B. Dolmatch Susan Dorn« Elizabeth & Evan Dreyfuss« Walter & Linda Dudas Jonathan & Rosanne Ecker« Richard Ernst Robert & Terry Flower« Philip & Marilyn Frankel« Silvia & David Fry Melanie & Mark Fullerton Charles R. Gallagher Allen & Nirelle Galson Sheila Goldie« Linda Ann Greene« Jerry & Beth Groff« Patricia Haggerty« Mr H Baird Hansen & Mrs Sarah Hansen« David & Ellen Hardy« Dr. & Mrs. Donald M. Haswell« Nancy & Bud Haylor« Mary Hershberger« Drs. Joseph & Paula Himmelsbach Joseph Hipius« Alexander & Charlotte Holstein Randall LaLonde & Patricia Homer Carrie Mae Weems & Jeffrey Hoone Anne Jamison & Peter Vanable« Lex & Helen Joseph Robin & Mark Kasowitz«

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Vicki & David Dansky in memory of Betty Lourie Susan G. Dorn in memory of Phillip K. Dorn Barbara Genton in honor of Donna Perricone Peggy Ginniff in honor of my parents Harold & Mildred Ginniff Anne Grace in memory of Audrey Dwyre Daughter Carol Jean in tribute of Bob & Blanche Everingham Tom & Christine Hafner in tribute of Peter Hafner Kip & Terri Hargrave in honor of Gus Hargrave & Rick Menke Kelly & Colleen Harrison in honor of Kathleen D. Harrig Jody Harvey in memory of Mrs. Audrey W. Dwyre Kathlyn Heaton in honor of Sharon Waletzko Heidi Holtz in memory of Betty Lourie Elizabeth Burke Humphreys In memory of Barbara Burke Liptak Doris King in memory of Austin Hoffman II Richard & Joan Kollgaard in honor of Don Buschmann & Tracey White Lorraine LaDuke in honor of Mrs. Cecile LaDuke Janet W. Lowe in honor of Bob Moss Gerald Mager in tribute of Thomas A. Brisk Rocco Mangano in memory of Ed Green John Huppertz & Diane Mastin in honor of Fran & Sally Lou Nichols


Norma Kelley Jeanne Kempton Stephen & Janet Kimatian Don & Margo Koten« Mary Rose Kott Hume & Peggy Laidman« Zalie and Bob Linn Marlene & Scott MacFarlane Louis & Nancy Maresca« Candace & John D. Marsellus Albert Marshall« Susan Martineau« Rod* & Jana McDonald« Marilyn McKnight« Howard McLaughlin & Mary O’Hara« Sam & Margaret McNaughton« Dr. & Mrs. James L. Megna« Maggie & Andreas Meier« David Michel & Peggy Liuzzi« Samantha* Millier Anne Morford Tina Morgan John Palmer & Liz Morgenthein« Susan W. Moskal« James & Kathleen Muldoon Linda & Donald Napier Maria Maniscalco & James Nellis Dennis & Doren Norfleet« Kevin & Michelle O’Connor Lawrence & Joan Page« David & Susan Palen« Robert & Teresa Parke Kendall* Phillips« Robert & Jane Pickett Marilyn Pinsky« David Rankert« Kathy & Dan Rabuzzi« James* & Theresa Reed Teresa Reller« Michael & Cindy Rogan« Arnie & Libby Rubenstein Maria & Richard A. Russell« Mark Safran Marilyn & Mike Sees« Cheryl & Robert Shallish« Barbara Shaw Pamela Sherwood« Rhoda Sikes Carol & Dirk Sonneborn Lawrence Sovik Dr. Kenneth & Lois Spitzer Helene & George Starr« Jill & Ron Stratton« Dr. Martin & Jackie Talcik«

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Tenney« Tiso Family Cynthia G. Tracy« Lynn Vanderhoek & Michael VanVranken« Larry Volan & Sara Warner« Anita & Robert Wagner Linda Webb – in support of Audio-Described Performances John & Mitzi Wolf Mary Jane Woodward Supporting Cast $150 - $249 Harriet & Jerrold Abraham« Judy & Bud Adams Judith Adams Dr. George P. Adams & Mrs. Beverly C. Adams Kathy & Mark Adelson Sally Alden Kal Alston Kristi Andersen Robert & Jeanne Anderson« Nathan Andrews Tony Antonello & Danielle Quintus« Marina Artuso Holmes & Sarah Bailey« Rosemary Baker & Stu Spiegel Juanita Balamut« Gail & Dennis Baldwin« Ed & Joan Bangel Theresa & Dennis Bardenett« Nancy Barnum Joseph & Linda Barry Gerhard & Carole Baule« Todd C. Battaglia, M.D. Andrew & Margot Baxter« Gwynne Bellos« Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Berger Steffi Bergman« Phyllis & William Berinstein« Kathleen Bice Roslyn Bilford Diana Biro & Eric Rogers Nicki Bisson« Gerald & Barbara Black« Barbara Bloom Cynthia Blume« Gary & Fran Bockus Dick Bowman Carol & Eric Boyer« Bernie & Ona Cohn Bregman« Michael Brennan & Robert Moss

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Carl Peterson & Margaret Maurer in memory of Jacqueline Coley Mr. Wallace J. McDonald in memory of Betty Lourie Richard Midlam in tribute of Barbara Midlam Lyn Morsillo & Vanessa Kalette in honor of Tracey White & Mary Kennett Michael Brennan & Robert Moss in honor of Tracey White & Don Buschmann Janice Nelson in honor of Bea & Irving Solomon Brenda Neuss in tribute of Christine Lightcap In honor of Kathryn Mulligan Joy & Al Oliver in honor of Rebecca Oliver & Hillary Gale Susan A. Parker in honor of Virginia B. Parker Dr. Paul E. Phillips & Ms. Sharon Sullivan in memory of Betty Lourie Karen & Gary Pugh in memory of Audrey Dwyre Jeffrey and Wendy Purdy in honor of our grandson, Enoch Purdy Winona Rainbow, Jodi Gunther, Cindy & Jim Altman in memory of Audrey Dwyre David Relyea in honor of Paula Relyea Nancy Remchuk in honor of Timothy Bond Francis R. Rivette & Judith LaManna in recognition of Tracey White Erica Rube in honor of Jackie Goldberg


Virginia Brennan Jenifer Breyer Maren & Mark Brown Caroline & Nick Brust« Carol Bryant Jennifer Bryer Helen Buck Naomi & Jim Cannon« Joan Carlon Tom & Maryann Carranti Timothy McLaughlin & Diane Cass Dr. & Mrs. Raymond J. Cassady Linda Tassa & Joseph Cerroni Susan Chappuis« Joseph L. & Janice L. Charles Anthony & Carolyn Cimino Joan Cincotta Andrea & Jon Clardy« Anonymous Malcolm Clark Carolyn & Sam Clemence« Susan & Craig Cobb« Edward Cohen Sylvia & William Cohen« Martha Cole Margaret & Milton Coleman Mr. & Mrs. Robert Colley« Michele Combs« Melanie Comito & Spencer Brown Mr. & Mrs. Robert Congel Joan & Robert D. Conine« William & Julia Consroe« Molly Corley« Orazio & Genevieve Covelli Elizabeth Cowan Stephen Coyle Richard Cross & Kathryn Davis« Jamie & Julie Cyr« Judith Dannible George & Margaret DeLorenzo« Delores R. Dixon Cynthia & Mark Dowd Greene« Sharry Doyle« David & Robin Drucker Claire Duffy Jim & Patty Dungey Karen & Nat Dunn Nancy & Tony Ebersole Kathleen M. Effler« Elizabeth & William Elkins Greg & Linda Ellstrom Ted & Penny Emerick Susan Estabrook Dorothy Fagerstrom« Cissie Fairchilds«

Ms. Kathie Falgitano« Lori & Christopher Farrell Tom & Jane Ferguson Marsha & Benjamin Ferrara James & Barbara Finlon Mrs. Ruth Fitzmorris Daniel Fisher & Lori Rublman Karen & William Fisher Molly Fitzpatrick Katherine Flack« Geraldine Forbes & Sidney Greenblatt Len Fonte Kathleen Forrest« Pat Fortunato- Howard Hanna Real Estate Services Judith Fox Kurt A. Frazier« Jeff & Tess Freedman Cyril Freeman Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Freer« Carolyn & Sean Garner David & Bernice Gaynor Margaret Gelfuso & Peter Scheibe« John & Debbie Gerson« Michele & Carl Gildemeyer Frank & Anne Girardi« Peggy Ginniff James Godleski Joshua & Gloria Goldberg« Phyllis Goldman« Robert & Karen Goldman Annette Goodman« Mrs. Lewis H. Goodman Linda Fabian & Dennis Goodrich« Judith & Samuel Gorovit Joseph & Marie Grasso William J. Gray Stephen & Julia Graziano Dr. Roger & Vicki Greenberg« The Greenfield Family Drs. William & Ann Griffith Ms. Carol Guido« James M. Hahn Greg and Elaine Hallett« Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Halsey Ruth Pass Hancock Mrs. Stuart F. Hancock, Jr.« Carole & Mark Hansen Milena Hansen« Bill & Kathy Harmand Rebecca & Michael Harris David & Lib Hayes Lionel Lee Hector Alan & Dorothy Heller Christopher Henke & Carolyn Hsu

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Elaine Rubenstein in memory of Betty Lourie Lorne & Ellen Runge in tribute of Betty Lourie Ellen & Lorne Runge in honor of Laurie Clark In memory of Dene A. Sarason by Dene A. Sarason’s children Lois & Mike Schaffer in memory of Betty Lourie Nancy Scheutziw in tribute of Syracuse Stage Staff/Volunteers Mr. & Mrs. Jacob H. Schuhle in memory of William Whiting Mansukh J. Shah in memory of Indira M. Shah Mel Shindler in honor of Tracey White Alberta L. Shouldice in honor of Peter Fekete Artistic Director of Open Hand Theatre Corrine & Lynn Smith in support of Open Captioning H. Paul Steiner in honor of Tracey White Jordan Tannenbaum in memory of Sheva Tannenbaum Holly Thuma in memory of Genevieve and Theodore Thuma Union Bank & Trust in Honor of Betty Lourie Carol Bryant & Richard Ward in honor of Virginia & Fritz Parker Lynda Wheat In Honor of Barbara Beckos Lynda & Terry Wheat in memory of Betty Lourie Lynda Wheat in Honor of Diana Coles JoAnne Wickman, in memory of Arlene Alpaugh Janet Willis in memory of Genevieve Thuma


Celaine & Victor Hershdorfer Camille & Mark Hill« Judy & John Hoepner« Dr. and Mrs. Alvin Holmes« Marcia Hayden-Horan & Philip Horan« Mr. & Mrs. Richard Hovey Guy & Patricia Howard Elizabeth Burke Humphreys« Dr. Peter & Mary Huntington« Jim & Sherri Hyla Virginia Jacob Richard Jaeger Janet Jaffe« Susan & Theodore Jarosz« Mr. & Mrs. Jastrzab James Aiello & Pam Johnson Pamela Johnson Mr. & Mrs. Stephen L. Johnson Thomas & Corinne Johnston Michael & Lynette Jozefczyk Marjorie T. & Joseph V. Julian« Kankus Family Dr. & Mrs. Allan Kanter Jan & James Kaplan Dr. & Mrs. Philip Kaplan Carolyn & Gregory Keefe Jane & John Keegan Joan & Alexander Keilen« David & Noel Keith« Cheryle Kelley« Ed & Susan Kelley Amy Kemp Jean Kimber Barbara & Richard Kimm« Doris King« Russell & Joan King Sally & Dick Kinsey John & Susan Kline« Theresa & Stephen Kline« Julie Lutz Jeffrey Knox & Susan Maxwell« Mary Kochan Kathy & Barry Kogut Richard & Joan Kollgaard Elizabeth Kolodney« Dr. Sylvia Betcher & Martin Korn Kathy & Scott Krell Sheldon Kruth« Ellen & Robert LaBerge« Jill Ladd Lauren & Robert Lalley« Jay & Linda Land L. Lardy & E. Pennington« Phyllis & Harlan LaVine

Mark & Jeannette Levinsohn« Bonnie Levy Renee Levy Edward & Carol Lipson David Michel & Peggy Liuzzi Joanne Lloyd« K.B. Lloyd Betsy Long« John & Marian Loosmann« Sara Lowengard« Nicholas & Cathy Lozoponi Tom Miller & Mary MacBlane James MacKillop Alexis & Thomas Madden John & Janet Mallan« Jon M. Maloff J.R. Manier Rick Manier, Jr. Elizabeth G. Mascia Anonymous Frederick & Virginia Marty Dr. & Mrs. Michael Masingale« Mary K. Massad Michael Mattson Peter & Suzan Mazzaferro Phillip & Juli McCann Noreen & Donald McCrimmon William & Pamela McGarry Michael & Patricia McGrath Brian & Cheryl McIntyre Bev & Dave McKay Brian McLane Diane Cass & Tim McLaughlin« Kathleen McLeod Nancy & M. James McPherson« Mary & Eckart Meisterfeld Clifford & Marjorie Mellor Ann R. Melvin Ben & Julie Merchant« Sis Merrell David Michelo & Peggy Ruzzie Dan & Terry Miller« Merrill L. Miller, M.D. Don Milmore Beth & David Mitchell Gail & Peter Mitchell« June M. Mitchell James Mitscher Robert & Barbara Moore Dr. & Mrs. Charles Muniak« Betty Jane & Larry Myers Mary Jane & Stephen Nathan«

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Richard & Barbara Natoli Patricia Naughton Nancy Needham« Brenda Neuss Stephen Nevins Cathryn Newton Neil Novelli Brenda Neuss« Robert & Beth Oddy Katharine O’Connell & Dr. Michael Miller Ute Oestreicher Sally O’Herin Albert & Joy Oliver Phyllis Olmsted« Donna & Richard O’Neil« Timothy & JoDean Orcutt Deborah O’Shea« Cathy L. Palm« Peter & Constance Palumb Susan R. Parker« David & Cynda Penfield David & Susan Pickard Richard & Neva Pilgrim Mickey & Pat Piscitelli David & Linda Pitonzo Ann & Howard Port Jeffrey and Wendy Purdy« Mr. & Mrs. Robert Rabin« Jean Raper« Mark Re & Nancy Pasquale Wendy Ressler Robert & Christina Rhinehart Pat & Kuni Riccardi« Brian & Chris Rieger« Julie & Boyd Rimel« John P. & Bernice Ronan« Howard J. Rose Elaine Rubenstein Ellen & Lorne Runge Linda & Bob Ryan Don & Florence Saleh Richard & Jill Sargent Sisters Janet & Joan Kelly & Dr. Anthony Scalzo Jeffrey & Abby Scheer Robert Scheer Nancy Mudrick & Eric Schiff George & Sharon Schmit« Mr. & Mrs. Jacob H. Schuhle Margaret Schuhle Ellen Schwartz Janice Scully, M.D. Ruth Seaman Gracia & Kendrick Sears Thelie Trotty-Selzer & Jon Selzer« Rick & Betsy Severance Robert & Harriet Silverman«


Craig Simmons Nancy & Robert Slavens Craig & Martha Smith Debbie & David Smith Judith B. Smith Robert & Sheila Smith Harold & Ruth Smulyan Gwen Kay & Jef Sneider Marcene Sonneborn Jean & Paul Soper Helen E. Stacy Anne Stagnitti John Steinburg & Karl Crossman Deborah & James Stewart« Dr. Lawrence Stewart & Pamela Sunshine« Barbara Sullivan Myrna & E.D. Sullivan« Thomas Talbot Jordan Tannenbaum« Mr. & Mr. Richard Terpening

Laura M. Terpening Christine & Richard Thomas Cynthia G. Tracey Marguerite Conan & James A. Traver Charles F. Tremper« Gregg Tripoli Jean & John Tromans Dina & Gershon Vincow« Meghan & T.J. Vitale Fred & Patricia von Mechow« Frank & Alice Vreeland Ann Vaccaro Bob Visalli Susan Wadley Kashi & Kameshwar Wali Mrs. Barbara Wanamaker Dr. & Mrs. Donald Washburn Sara & Jay Wason« Mark Watkins & Brenda Silverman

Matching Gift Program The following companies will match gifts of their employees, retirees and spouses with a gift of their own to Syracuse Stage. Ask your personnel office for a matching gift form, send the completed form with your gift – and we’ll do the rest! AT&T Allied-Signal, Inc. American Express Company Avon Products, Inc. AXA Equitable Bank of America Borden, Inc. Bristol-Meyers Squibb Foundation CIGNA Corporation CNA Foundation Chemical Bank Chubb Group of Insurance Companies Citicorp & Citibank, N.A. Coopers Industries Foundation Crouse Hinds Co. – Cooper Industries

Deluxe Corporation Digital Equipment Corporation Emerson Electric Co. Equitable Life Assurance Society Farmer & Traders Life Ins. Co. Fireman’s Fund Insurance GE Foundation General Foods Corporation GlaxoSmithKline John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance The Home Depot Foundation Honeywell IBM Corporation J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. Johnson & Johnson

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Diane Webb Elizabeth Weinstein & Steven Shahan Ruth S. Weinstock, M.d., Ph.D. Anna Giacobbe & Peter Welge« Peter N. Wells Lynda & Terry Wheat Darryl & David Wheeler Evelyn D. White JoAnne Wickman« Elizabeth & James Wiggins Anonymous Renee Wiles Pauline & Robert Williamson Alex & Lola Winter Tina Winter Ivan & Bonnie Wolf Tom & Carol Wolff Kelly Wypych«

Kemper National P&C Co. Key Foundation Lever Brothers Company Marine Midland Bank, N.A. McDonald’s Corporation Merrill Lynch Mobil Oil Corporation The MONY Group Mutual Life Insurance Co. NCR Corporation National Grange New York Telephone Niagara Mohawk Foundation Owens-Illinois, Inc. Pitney Bowes The Prudential Foundation Charles Schwab Radio Shack Rockwell Automation Trust SmithKline Beecham Labs The St. Paul’s Companies The Travelers Companies United Parcel Service United Technologies Corp. Verizon Welch Allyn Xerox Corporation


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 Assistant Production Manager.................................................................................Dianna Angell Company Manager/Production Management Assistant..............................................Brian Crotty Production Assistant..........................................................................................Georgi Hughes Technical Director..................................................................................................Randall Steffen Assistant Technical Director............................................................................Rebecca Schuetz Scene Shop Foreman...........................................................................................Michael King Carpenters................................................Cheyenne Bonewell, Caleb Harris, Jordan Michaud Graduate Assistant...........................................................................................Marc Zbikowski Student Scene Shop Assistants............................................Weston Barnwell, Anna Livingston Scenic Charge Artist...........................................................................................Holly K. LaGrow Assistant Scenic Artist...........................................................................................Phillip Dyke Graduate Assistants........................................................................................Teona Yamanidze Student Assistant................................................................................................Roslyn Palmer Properties Coordinator/Master................................................................................Mary Houston Props Carpenter...................................................................................................Mike Gerlach Props Artisan....................................................................................................Jessica Culligan Props Graduate Assistant...................................................................................Charlie Hickey Student Props Artisans.........................................................Jonathan Hayes, Shannon Bagoly Costumer................................................................................................Gretchen Darrow-Crotty Assistant Costumer/Drama Department Costume Coordinator..................James A. McDaniel Cutter-Drapers..........................................................................................Catherine Hennessy First Hand.........................................................................................................Victoria Lillich Stitchers...................................................................................Sarah Alspach, Katelyn Yonkers Craftsperson/Shopper.........................................................................................Sandra Knapp Wardrobe and Wig Supervisor.................................................................................Sarah Stark Hair Stylist......................................................................................................Kristina Scalone Student Costumes Assistants................................................................................Abby McGee Master Electrician/Projections Coordinator.....................................................David M. Bowman Electrician…….......................................................................................................Jed Daniels Electrics Apprentice..........................................................................................Anastasia Sioris Student Electrics Assistants.................................Samuel Arencibia, Sasha Falsberg, Aria Sivick Resident Sound Designer/Audio Engineer......................................................................JR Herter Assistant Audio Engineer................................................................................Kevin O’Connor Sound Journeyperson......................................................................................Trinisha Dupree Graduate Assistant........................................................................Monica Giulianna Gonzalez Production Stage Manager....................................................................................Stuart Plymesser Stage Manager..............................................................................................Laura Jane Collins Stage Management Journeyman............................................................................Erin C Brett Stage Management Apprentice................................................................................Em Piraino

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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...............................................................................................................Jon Wilson Human Resources Manager/Business Associate.......................................................Kathy Zappala Student Business Office Assistant.............................................................Andrew Winogradoff Director of Information Management & Technology...................................Garrett Wheeler-Diaz Director of Ticketing & Subscription Services........................................................Miguel Tarrats Asst. Dir. of Ticketing & Subscription Services/Database Administrator........Courtney Richardson Assistant Box Office Manager............................................................................Laurie Lindsey Student Box Office Assistants................................................Danielle Bertolini, Isaiah Brooks, Stephanie Burnham, Ronnie Chen, Abigail Cieslewski, Rupert Krueger, Navaneeth Pandian, Chelsea Perez, Lexie Smychynsky, Olivia St. Peter, Mary Storholm Director of Audience Services.................................................................................Lydia Kubiniec Audience Services Assistant.....................................................................................Lisa Doerle Assistant House Manager...............................................................................Patricia Condello Student Assistant House Managers..................Valeria Berdecia, John MacLeod, Claire St. Marie Bartenders............................................................Meg Anthis, Patrick Cummings, Evan Davis Student Ushers.....................................Daisha Abdillahi, Summer Ainsworth, Manda Borden, Blake Brewer, Yasmine Chahine, Anju Cloud, Kat Eaton, Shamel Fadloun, Olivia Herz, Calvin Keener, Claire Kenny Jaelle LaGuerre, Jackson Norman, Briana Perez, Jack Rento, Isabel Rodiguez, Logan Shiller, McKenna Vargas, Marilyn Wechsler Comptroller...................................................................................................Mary Kennett Morreale Director of Development...............................................................................................Tina Morgan Development Manager.......................................................................................Stefania Ianno Development Associate...................................................................................Meggan Madden Interim Director of Educational Outreach........................................................................Kate Laissle Education Assistant...................................................................................................Len Fonte Education Intern.................................................................................................Greg Mytelka Director of Marketing and Communications..............................................................Joseph Whelan Group/Corporate Sales Manager..........................................................................Tracey White Marketing Manager...........................................................................................Joanna Penalva Graphic Designers.................................................................Jonathan Hudak, Brenna Merritt Group Sales Assistant........................................................................................Amanda Kurey Student Group Sales Assistant.............................................................................Lia Chapman Executive Assistant......................................................................................................Rebecca Grady Dramaturgy Graduate Intern...........................................................................................Ellie Kaplan Artistic Undergraduate Intern.................................................................................Elizabeth Gardner Sign Language Interpreters....................Brenda Brown, Jim Brown, Aaron Burton, Angelo Coppola, Mikki Evans, Sue Freeman, Joanne Jackowski, Zenna Preli, Trisha Schwartz, Ryan Wight Open Captioning..................................................................................................Jessika Whitehouse Audio Description...................................................................................Kate Laissle, Joseph Whelan Community Services Officers.......................................................Stacey Emmons, Joseph O'Connor Custodians.............................................................................Kitty Ashby, Les Edwards, Tony Rogers

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ACCESSIBILITY PERFORMANCES 2017/18 A RAISIN IN THE SUN

THE MAGIC PLAY

Sat. Mar. 3, 3:00 S Sat. Mar. 10, 3:00 AD Wed. Feb. 28, 2:00 O Sat. Mar. 10, 8:00 O Sun. Mar. 11, 2:00 O

Sat. May 5, 3:00 S Sat. May 12, 3:00 AD Wed. May 2, 2:00 O Sat. May 12, 8:00 O Sun. May 13, 2:00 O Audio-Described Performances = AD Simultaneous live narration and pre-show description for blind and visually impaired patrons. Please call the Box Office in advance to reserve headsets.

American Sign Language = S Sign Language Interpreted Performance Series supported in part by Welch Allyn, in memory of Susan Thompson. An American Sign Language Interpreted performance is offered for every production. For the most advantageous viewing, be sure to mention your interest in sign interpretation when reserving tickets.

Audio Enhancement: We offer a wireless FM system for patrons with up to a 70% hearing loss. Headsets can be reserved free of charge at the Coat Room before curtain, or patrons can use their own earbuds or headphones, or with t-coil technology for those who use hearing aids equipped with a t-switch.

Open Captioned Performances = O Open Captioning is provided for two matinee performances and one evening performance of every production. A small screen, placed to the side of the stage, displays text corresponding to the play’s dialogue and other sounds. Open Captioning can be viewed from most seats in the theatre. However, for the most advantageous viewing, please contact the Box Office. Open Captioning is supported by grants from Theatre Development Fund’s TAP Plus Praagram, NYSCA and donations from individuals and corporations.

Wheelchair Seating and Accessibility: Syracuse Stage is wheelchair accessible. Please call the Box Office at 315-443-3275 to arrange wheelchair seating.

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G E N E R A L I N F O R M AT I O N SYRACUSE STAGE 820 East Genesee Street Syracuse, NY 13210-1508 Administration: 315/443-4008 Box Office: 315/443-3275 www.SyracuseStage.org SINGLE TICKET PRICES Evenings: Fri., Sat.: $53, $48, $32 Sun., Tues., Wed., Thurs.: $43, $39, $32 Matinees: Wed., Sat., Sun.: $51, $46, $32 Previews: $39, $34, $32 All tickets can be purchased at the Syracuse Stage Box Office or online anytime at www.SyracuseStage.org. Prices may vary. DISCOUNTS Available for senior citizens, 40 below, 18 below, students, military, and veterans. Call the Box Office for prices. GROUP DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE Available for groups of 10 or more; additional discounts for student/senior citizen groups. Call Tracey White: 315/443-9844. RUSH TICKETS Rush tickets are available for purchase at a discounted rate on the day of the show for all performances. Limited availability. PAY-WHAT-YOU-WILL We believe everyone should be able to attend Syracuse Stage performances. With this in mind, we are offering 76 tickets to one performance of each show on a pay-what-you-will basis. Dates can be found on our website. Tickets must be claimed in person at the Box Office on the day of performance only, limit of two per person. Subject to availability. BOX OFFICE HOURS The Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and two hours before each performance. Box Office phone: 315/443-3275. Box Office fax: 315/443-1408. GIFT CERTIFICATES Call the Box Office or visit us online at SyracuseStage.org PARKING Entrance to the enclosed parking garage on Irving Avenue is on the corner of Madison Street and Irving, next to the Madison-Irving Medical Building. For hours of operation and parking costs, call (315) 475-4742. There is an open parking lot between Phoebe’s Garden Cafe and the garage maintained by Syracuse University. CELL PHONES For the actors’ safety and in consideration of the audience please turn off all cell phones. FIRE NOTICE The exit indicated by a red sign nearest the seat you occupy is the shortest route to the street. In the event of an emergency, walk to that exit and follow the house staff’s directions. SMOKING POLICY The Syracuse Stage/Drama Complex is proud to be tobacco- and smoke-free. To help ensure a healthy and respectful environment, the use of all tobacco and tobacco-related products is prohibited on the property, including buildings, sidewalks, and parking areas. For more information visit: wellness.syr.edu/tobacco-free QUIET CHILDREN Quiet children over the age of five are welcome at Syracuse Stage performances. We do ask that adults remove disruptive children to the lobby.

TICKET EXCHANGE All tickets may be exchanged. Please call the Box Office 24 hours prior to the earliest performance involved in the exchange. Single ticket exchanges carry a $5 fee per ticket. Flex Pack holders may make one free exchange per show. Subscribers may make unlimited free exchanges; upgrade charges may apply. Subscribers who missed a scheduled performance and did not exchange may use their Extra Value Coupon or purchase a missed performance pass for $5. LATECOMERS In order to ensure the safety and concentration of the actors and the uninterrupted enjoyment of our patrons, latecomers will be seated at the earliest, appropriate break in the performance in the closest available seats. BUY IT IF YOU LIKE IT! Many of the items featured in our productions are available for purchase. For information contact Mary Houston, Props Master: (315) 443-2437. TO VOLUNTEER AS AN USHER If you would like to get a backstage view of Syracuse Stage, or would like to expand your social circle, this is the ideal opportunity for you. All we ask for is a positive attitude, a smiling face and the willingness to commit a few hours a month. Please call our House Manager at (315) 443-3219 for more information. OPEN CAPTIONING We are pleased to offer three open captioned performances for each mainstage play. Open captioning provides a simultaneous display of the play’s dialogue on a screen to the right of the stage. AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCES Simultaneous live narration and pre-show description for blind and visually impaired patrons. Please contact Box Office in advance to reserve headsets. AUDIO ENHANCEMENT We offer a wireless FM system for patrons with up to a 70% hearing loss. Headsets can be reserved free of charge at the Coat Room before curtain, or patrons can use their own earbuds or headphones, or with t-coil technology for those who use hearing aids equipped with a t-switch. ASL INTERPRETED PERFORMANCES Saturday matinees, the second week of each production, we offer performances for the hearing impaired. WHEELCHAIR ACCOMMODATIONS Syracuse Stage is wheelchair accessible. Please call the Box Office to arrange wheelchair seating. EMERGENCY TELEPHONE CONTACT To be reached in an emergency, please leave your name and seat location at the Coat Room when you arrive. This is the only way we can locate you. In case of an emergency you may be reached at (315) 443-9922. SYRACUSESTAGE.ORG Subscribe, purchase Flex Packs, gift certificates, and single tickets 24-7. Information, schedules, reviews and more. PLEASE . . . The use of cameras and recording devices is not permitted. Please enjoy your food and drink quietly and respectfully. Only drinks in Syracuse Stage’s Approved Theatre Containers may be brought into the theatre. Those containers are available for purchase at the Gift Shop in the Coyne Lobby. ADVERTISER SUPPORT Syracuse Stage encourages audience members to support the businesses advertised in our program.

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A Raisin in the Sun Program  
A Raisin in the Sun Program