The Cratchits (in America) Program

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LAUNCH PAD 2020 SUMMER READING SERIES

THE CRATCHITS (IN AMERICA) by James Still

directed by Risa Brainin FRIDAY, JULY 31 / 7:00 PM (PST) featuring UCSB students and guest artist Julie Fishell

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THE CRATCHITS (IN AMERICA) by James Still

Public Reading July 31, 2020 Director / RISA BRAININ Dramaturg / JANINE LEANO Stage Manager / EMILY “MIKE” COIN Assistant Stage Manager / MEGAN BROWN Assistant Director / FRANCES (YIZHOU) SUN Assistant to the Playwright / JOHN LOREN Scenic Design Concept / JANINE LEANO & ALEXANDRA SINGLETON Costume Design Concept / ANABELL CHO & VIOLET JOY HANSEN Lighting Design Concept / / JANINE LEANO & LANA SPRING Sound Design Concept / LAJAE JOHNSON Properties Design Concept / MATTE KRANZ Social Media Assistant / ANABELL CHO Virtual Backgrounds / GW MERCIER LAUNCH PAD STAFF Artistic Director / RISA BRAININ Artistic Associate / JAN RUSKIN Literary Associate / JANINE LEANO Guest Artist / JULIE FISHELL


CAST OF CHARACTERS: (in order of appearance)

BILLIE MRS. F (ELOISE) TIM CAROL BELINDA MARTHA STAGE DIRECTIONS

ALEXANDRA SINGLETON JULIE FISHELL MATTE KRANZ LAJAE JOHNSON LANA SPRING VIOLET JOY HANSEN JANINE LEANO

This play was originally commissioned by the Indiana Repertory Theatre Janet Allen, Executive Artistic Director Suzanne Sweeney, Managing Director Indianapolis, Indiana

The 2020-2021 season is made possible by the Arnhold Endowed Theater and Dance Production Fund


ABOUT THE LAUNCH PAD READING SERIES The LAUNCH PAD Summer Reading Series: New Plays In Process invites professional playwrights to join the UC Santa Barbara community as artists-in-residence. The collaboration between a team of undergraduate students, professional guest artists, and the playwrights provides the experiential ground for seasoned and novice artists alike to participate in the creative process as it’s happening. In addition to acting, students explore stage management and dramaturgy as well as scenic, costume, lighting, projection, and sound design, offering ideas to the playwright as the script evolves. The first draft of the play is read aloud on day one and, four days later, a completely new piece of theater is shared with an audience. From the first minute to the last, the play is in constant evolution. The script is being revised and rewritten: new scenes are added, lines are cut, and even a new character may appear before the week is out. These kinds of workshops continue throughout the year as part of LAUNCH PAD Pop Ups. In this series, professional playwrights are invited to “pop in” for a short workshop and reading of their new play. During each academic year, LAUNCH PAD produces one “Preview Production” of a new play. While professional theaters are not always able to take a risk on fully producing new work, LAUNCH PAD offers the playwright the chance to work on the play in a safe environment with professional guest artists and students who are deeply engaged and hungry to learn. These Preview Productions are fully designed and realized, allowing the playwright to see their work in three dimensions. In Spring 2021, LAUNCH PAD presents a preview production of Shanghai by Linda Alper, directed by Sara Rademacher. Founded in 2005 by Artistic Director Risa Brainin, LAUNCH PAD is proud to be celebrating 15 years of innovation and contribution to the field of new play development. In these unprecedented times, LAUNCH PAD is grateful to be able to continue its tradition of providing opportunities for UCSB theater students and the community-at-large.


PRODUCTION BIOGRAPHIES JAMES STILL’s (PLAYWRIGHT) plays have been produced

throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, South Africa, China and Japan. He is a proud LAUNCH PAD alum having most recently contributed four Zoom plays to Alone, Together. Also: Appoggiatura in a Preview Production; April 4, 1968, (A) New World; and now The Cratchits (in America) -- all as part of the LAUNCH PAD Summer Reading Series. His other new plays include Black Beauty (premiering recently at Seattle Children’s Theatre); Dinosaur(s); and 20--Second Plays to Wash Your Hands By. He is also writing new plays for Prison Performing Arts in St. Louis and American Blues in Chicago. Recent work includes a trilogy of linked-plays: The House that Jack Built (Indiana Repertory Theatre), Appoggiatura (Denver Center Theatre), and Miranda (Illusion Theater, Minneapolis). Also: April 4, 1968: Before We Forgot How to Dream (Indiana Repertory Theatre); two plays about the Lincolns: The Widow Lincoln and The Heavens are Hung in Black (both premiering at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C.); a play for one actor about culinary icon James Beard called I Love to Eat (Portland Center Stage); a play for 57 actors called A Long Bridge Over Deep Waters (Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles); Looking Over the President’s Shoulder at theaters across the country; and And Then They Came For Me at theaters around the world (most recently at Alabama Shakespeare Festival). His short play When Miss Lydia Hinkley Gives A Bird The Bird was a winner of Red Bull Theater’s Short New Play Festival in New York and performed at many festivals. Still is an elected member of both the National Theatre Conference in New York and the College of Fellows of the American Theatre at the Kennedy Center. He received the Otis Guernsey New Voices Award from the William Inge Festival and the Todd McNerney New Play Prize from Spoleto. His plays have been developed at the New Harmony Project, the O’Neill Conference, Sundance, Seven Devils, the Colorado New Play Summit, LAUNCH PAD, and many others. He is a four-time Pulitzer nominee for his work in the theater, and a five-time nominee for his work in television. He is the Playwright in Residence at Indiana Repertory Theatre, Artistic Affiliate at American Blues in Chicago, and is a proud citizen of Los Angeles. Pronouns: he/him/his

RISA BRAININ (DIRECTOR) is a freelance director, LAUNCH PAD’s

Founder/Artistic Director, and Professor of Theater at UCSB. She served as Resident Director at the Guthrie Theater, Associate


Artistic Director at Indiana Repertory Theatre and Kansas City Repertory Theater, Artistic Director of Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and has directed at dozens of regional theaters across the country. She is a graduate of the Carnegie-Mellon Drama Program. www. risabrain.com. Pronouns: she/her/ hers

EMILY “MIKE” COIN (STAGE MANAGER) is an incoming fourth-year

Theatrical Design & Production student at UCSB. Santa Barbara stage management credits include The Death of Kings: Seize the Crown (NAKED SHAKES), What Martha Did (UCSB LAUNCH PAD), Anima (FEMININE UNDERGROUND), Alone, Together (UCSB LAUNCH PAD), and Desperate Measures (IMPROV CO-OP). You may also find Mike wearing an electrician’s hat in various theater spaces around town. Pronouns: she/her/hers

MEGAN BROWN (ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER) is a junior BFA Acting student at UCSB. This is her first season with LAUNCH PAD and she is very thankful to be a part of such a wonderful, inspiring group! Pronouns: she/her/hers

FRANCES (YIZHOU) SUN (ASSISTANT DIRECTOR) is an incoming

fourth-year Theater major in the Directing program. Frances really appreciates having the opportunity to work with all the people she loves who are part of LAUNCH PAD and knows that we will get through this difficult time with solidarity.

JOHN LOREN (ASSISTANT TO THE PLAYWRIGHT) is a fourth-year

Theater major and graduating at the end of this summer with a BA in the playwriting concentration! He’s a big fan of long walks on the beach, wondering if you like piña coladas (and getting caught in the rain), and hoping you enjoy the show!

ANABELL CHO (COSTUME DESIGN / SOCIAL MEDIA ASSISTANT) is a

fourth-year design student with limited experience working on productions at UCSB. She last worked on productions in high school four years ago and, after switching to the design major only last year, hopes to gain more experience by being part of the LAUNCH PAD series this summer!

JAN RUSKIN (LAUNCH PAD ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE) returned “home” to

theatre after a 35-year professional adventure through the worlds of politics, international relations, marketing, and education. She is a stand for pushing the creative envelope, stepping out of the comfort zone, and saying “yes” to what’s important. Pronouns: she/her/hers


CAST BIOGRAPHIES ALEXANDRA SINGLETON (BILLIE / SCENIC DESIGN) is an incoming

fourth year Theater major in the BFA Acting program at UCSB. She performed in last year’s LAUNCH PAD summer workshop and Preview Production of What Martha Did (Martha, Young Woman) as well as in last month’s Alone, Together. She’s also performed in the Prague Shakespeare Company’s Macbeth (Witch) and Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia). Pronouns: she/her/hers

JULIE FISHELL (MRS. F “ELOISE”) LAUNCH PAD: Abundance; What

Martha Did; Once Upon a Family; Prima Materia; Meanwhile There Are Letters. Appearances: Off-Broadway (The Public Theater, Theater for New Audience); Regional (Hartford Stage, The Kennedy Center, PlayMakers Rep., Chautauqua Theater Co.); International (Prague Shakespeare Co., Moscow Art Theatre (USSR). Select roles: Private Lives (Amanda), August: Osage County (Barbara), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Martha), The Tempest (Prospero), All My Sons (Kate), A Little Night Music (Charlotte). Teaching/Directing: UNC-Chapel Hill/PlayMakers Repertory Company (20 years); NC Women’s Prison Project; UCSB Dept. of Theater and Dance (BFA Acting/Directing programs). Education: Univ. of Evansville; Juilliard Drama Division. Pronouns: she/her/her

LAJAE JOHNSON (CAROL / SOUND DESIGN) designed and assisted with costumes for LAUNCH PAD’s Preview Production of The Watsons Go To Birmingham – 1963 but this is her first time being part of the Summer Series. She is glad to be ending her college years with her theatre home and knows that this will forever be in her heart. Pronouns: she/her/hers

MATTE KRANZ (TIM / PROPERTIES DESIGN) is an incoming third year

Theater major in the BFA Acting program at UCSB. He was most recently in LAUNCH PAD’s festival of plays and monologues, Alone, Together. He’s excited to be part of the Summer Series and hopes you enjoy these plays in progress! Pronouns: he/him/his

LANA SPRING (BELINDA / LIGHTING DESIGN) is a transfer student with

an AA in Theatre Arts from Santa Rosa Junior College and will be starting her junior year in UCSB’s BFA Acting program. At UCSB, Lana was ASM of The White Card, played Mariane in Tartuffe, was an actor in the Play in a Day Festival, and in LAUNCH PAD’s Alone, Together Festival. Lana is thrilled to be part of LAUNCH PAD this summer! Pronouns: she/her/hers


VIOLET JOY HANSEN (MARTHA / COSTUME DESIGN) is an incoming

Junior at UCSB in the BFA program for Acting and the BM program for Voice. She is excited to work with inspiring new productions, amazing actors and directors. Three shows in three weeks is an opportunity for growth unlike any other, and Violet is honored to be a part of this experience.

JANINE LEANO (STAGE DIRECTIONS / DRAMATURG / SCENIC DESIGN / LIGHTING DESIGN) is a graduate student in the UCSB Theater Arts

and Dance Department. She is an aspiring playwright, dramaturg and an artist-scholar. Leano has worn many hats, ranging from production manager to activist educator. She likes to draw, read, play violin and roller-skate (badly). She currently lives in L.A. with her family.


SPECIAL THANKS TO LAUNCH PAD SUPPORTERS Richard Auhll Barbara Lebow Jan and Don O’Dowd Performance Margaret Leonard and Clare Sheils Fund (in memory of Norman H. Brainin) Arnhold Endowed Theater and Dance Philip A. Levien and Production Fund* Darlene S. Craviotto-Levien John and Jill Bishop Jason Loewith The Towbes Fund for the Performing Brian and Karen MacDonald Arts, a field of interest fund of the SanDr. David Marshall and ta Barbara Foundation Dr. Candace Waid David Anderson Myles Matteson Jeffrey and Alyssa Anderson Meredith McMinn Sylvia Arreola Emily Newsome Jill and Arnie Bellowe Lucinda and Thurman Newsome Myrna H. Bernard Kim and Dean Pananides (in honor of Mrs. Joan Marks birthday) Doug and Alissa Parrish Eve Bernstein Owen and Barbara Patotzka Constance S. Brainin Charles and Joanna Reisner Deborah Brevoort Susan Rose Cliff Chamberlain Jeffry Sherbakoff Yussef El Guindi Manuel Sherbakoff Elizabeth Engelman Jessie Sherman Dr. Leonard M. and Jill H. Fromer Shad Springer Jack Harris Dale and Greg Stamos Lisa Harris William and Cheri Steinkellner Janet Head and Dr. Amr El Abbadi Anne Towbes Bonnie and Dick Jensen Steve and Joan Young Robert “Gib” Johnson and Zoe Iverson UCSB Summer Sessions Cultural and Bob Johnson and Lisa Reich Community Grant Scott Kassner and Linda Adler-Kassner Dean’s Office, UCSB College of Letters Bill and Linda Kitchen and Science, Division of Humanities Julie Ladner and Fine Arts

LAUNCH PAD relies on the support of our friends and alumni. If you love exciting new works performed by talented, up-and-coming actors, we invite you to consider making a gift and joining the LAUNCH PAD family. Please visit our website to make a donation. https://launchpad.theaterdance.ucsb.edu/giving A gift of any size makes a difference!


Department of Theater and Dance Donors The Department of Theater and Dance at UC Santa Barbara is honored to recognize Jody and John Arnhold ‘75 whose lifetime giving makes a profound impact on our students, faculty, and community. We also recognize donors whose lifetime giving to the Department of Theater and Dance is $100,000 and above. We are deeply grateful for their longtime visionary support and for believing that theater, dance, and the arts are vital to our lives. Thank you for making an extraordinary difference in our program. Recognition is based on cumulative, lifetime giving to the department. Anonymous Jody and John Arnhold ‘75 Richard A. Auhll Jill and John C. Bishop, Jr. Michael K. Douglas ’68 Dorcas* and Dr. Theodore W.* Hatlen H’93 Lillian and Jon* Lovelace Jan and Don O’Dowd Dianne and Dr. Daniel Vapnek

Donors Anonymous Bari And Marc Adelman Barbara And Lane Albanese Susan Alexander Christine Anderson David Anderson Jody And John Arnhold ‘75 Dinah And Jerome Baumgartner ‘69 Jill And Arnold Bellowe Jill And John C. Bishop Laurel Blair Diane Boss Constance Brainin Risa Brainin & Michael Klaers Eric Bushard

Kristina & Adam Cipriano Marcia & John Mike Cohen Alicia Corella Marianne Corgorno Toni And Bruce Corwin H’97 Paige Dunbar Yussef El Guindi Lorrie & Michael Epling Carolyn & James Flanigan Allyn Fleming Mark Flick Dennis Freedman Cecily Freedson Susan And Mark Frink Jill & Leonard Fromer


Allan Ghitterman* And Susan Rose Nelson Gibbs Ashley And Jeffrey Gish Lisa Harris Juliane Heyman Melinda & Alexander Horwitz Laura Isham Gib Johnson & Zoe Iverson Bob Johnson & Lisa Reich Laura & Benjamin King ‘94 Bill & Linda Kitchen Ada Ko Beverlie & Ronald Latimer Barbara Lebow Margaret Leonard & Clare Sheils Fima and Jere Lifshitz Jason Loewith Myles Mattenson David Marshall & Candace Waid Lucinda & Thurman Newsome, Jr. Jan & Don O’Dowd Vicki & Gary Olson Alissa & Doug Parrish Pauline Paulin Joanna & Mark Penner Philip Pierce Dean Pitchford Tyler Pon & Alice Youmans Albert Reid, Jr. Joanna And Charles Reisner Tanya Rice Cheryl Riggins Lisa Rock Gayle & Charles Rosenberg Rona J. Sande Santa Barbara Foundation Towbes Fund For The Performing Arts Arlene Satterlee Nancy Schlosser Bernard Seder & Lilyan Cuttler Anne Shanto Jeffry Sherbakoff & Amelia Gomez Manuel Sherbakoff Jessie Sherman

Diana And Stan Sherrill Tonia Shimin John & Suzanne Steed Fran & Thomas Stein Kat Sullivan Kay And Ashok Talwar Nicholas Tingle & Carol Press ‘80/’77 David A. Tufts, Jr. Katherine And John Ugoretz Dana Wayne Thomas Whitaker Dana White Laura Wilson Andre Yew Joan And Steven Young

If you are interested in making a gift to the Department of Theater and Dance please contact Leslie Gray Senior Director of Development LESLIE.GRAY@UCSB.EDU or visit us on the web at theaterdance.ucsb.edu Your support makes a difference!

This list notes gifts made between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. We apologize for any errors or omissions. Please contact Leslie Gray, Senior Director of Development.

*In Memoriam


PRODUCTION Chair / Director of Perfomance / IRWIN APPEL Vice Chair / Director of Dance / CHRISTINA MCCARTHY Director, BFA Actor Training Program / ANNIE TORSIGLIERI Production Manager / DANIEL J HERRERA Community Relations Specialist / UNA MLADENOVIĆ Theater Production Supervisor, Scenery+ Props / DEVIN GEE Theater Production Supervisor, Lighting + Audio / MARK WILLIAMS Costume Shop Manager / DENISE UMLAND Cutter/Draper / LILLIAN HANNAHS Senior Scene Technician / SANDARBH TRIPATHI Marketing Interns / KACEY HSU, ISABELLE GUILLORY, PHOEBE JIN House Managers / KAYLY HOWELL, ASHELY DAVIS, JAYDEN SHULTZ, STEVEN SCRUGGS, TEANNEA LUCAS, SYLVIA MCMAKIN

ADMINISTRATION Chief Administrative Officer / ERIC MILLS Financial Assistant / LAUREN MARQUEZ Undergraduate Advisor / SEAN O’SHEA Graduate Program Coordinator / MARY TENCH Academic Personnel Chair’s Assistant / DEBRA VANCE Principal Musician / PATRICK WELLS LINDLEY


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