The White Card

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THE WHITE CARD

A PROVOCATIVE, RELEVANT DRAMA EXAMINING THE CHARGED CONVERSATION ABOUT RACE, ART, AND SOCIETY

BY CLAUDIA RANKINE DIRECTED BY SHIRLEY JO FINNEY

NOV 21, 2019 / 8 PM & NOV 22, 2019 / 3 PM NOV 22 - 23, 2019 / 7 PM & NOV 23 - 24, 2019 / 1 PM STUDIO THEATER

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THE WHITE CARD by CLAUDIA RANKINE

Director / SHIRLEY JO FINNEY Lighting Designer / ALLISON MCSWAIN Projections Designer / GREG MITCHELL Stage Manager / JESSE WALL Movement Collaborator / CHRISTINA MCCARTHY Voice Consultant / MICHAEL MORGAN Dramaturg / RITA RALEY Assistant Director / NICOLE ZAHNER Assistant Stage Managers / MEGAN BROWN & LANA SPRING

The White Card opened on February 28, 2018 in a production by ArtsEmerson and the American Repertory Theatre at the Emerson Paramount Center.


CAST OF CHARACTERS:

CHARLOTTE CUMMINGS JORDAN FINLEY VIRGINIA COMPTON SPENCER HAYLEY O’TOOLE CHARLES HAMILTON SPENCER MARIO CARLO YANES ALEX COMPTON-SPENCER JOHNATHAN BUHRER ERIC SCHMIDT COOPER VON BRUHNS

The 2019-2020 season is made possible by the Arnhold Endowed Theater and Dance Production Fund

The run time is 67 min, no intermission


PRODUCTION BIOGRAPHIES CLAUDIA RANKINE (PLAYWRIGHT) was born in Kingston, Jamaica,

and earned a BA at Williams College and an MFA at Columbia University. Rankine has published several collections of poetry, including Citizen: An American Lyric (2014), a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, the PEN Center USA Poetry Award, and the Forward poetry prize; Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric (2004); and Nothing in Nature is Private (1994), which won the Cleveland State Poetry Prize. Her work often crosses genres as it tracks wild and precise movements of mind. Noting that “hers is an art neither of epiphany nor story,” critic CALVIN BEDIENT observed that “Rankine’s style is the sanity, but just barely, of the insanity, the grace, but just barely, of the grotesqueness.” Discussing the borrowed and fragmentary sources for her work in an interview with Paul Legault for the Academy of American Poets, Rankine stated, “I don’t feel any commitment to any external idea of the truth. I feel like the making of the thing is the truth, will make its own truth.” Rankine has coedited American Women Poets in the 21st Century: Where Lyric Meets Language (2002), American Poets in the 21st Century: The New Poetics (2007), and The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind (2014). Her poems have been included in the anthologies Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present (2003), Best American Poetry (2001), and The Garden Thrives: Twentieth Century AfricanAmerican Poetry (1996). Her play Detour/South Bronx premiered in 2009 at New York’s Foundry Theater. Rankine has been awarded fellowships from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Academy of American Poets, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Lannan Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 2013, she was elected as a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, and in 2014 she received a Lannan Literary Award. She has taught at the University of Houston, Case Western Reserve University, Barnard College, and Pomona College.

SHIRLEY JO FINNEY (DIRECTOR) is an award-winning international

director and actress. She has worn her director’s hat in some of the most respected regional theater houses across the country: including The McCarter Theater, The Pasadena Playhouse, The Goodman Theater, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, the


Cleveland Playhouse, the Fountain Theater, LA Theater Works, the Crossroads Theater Company, Actors Theater of Louisville Humana Festival, the Sundance Theater Workshop, The Mark Taper Forum , Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the State Theater in Pretoria, South Africa. Miss Finney has received many prestigious awards over the years for her special talent and eye for storytelling and for creating exciting ensembles. Her awards include the LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award, The Los Angeles Drama Critics Award, LA Weekly Award, The NAACP and the Santa Barbara Independent awards for her directing work. Miss Finney also helmed the acclaimed International all South African Opera entitled “Winnie” based on the life of political icon Winnie Mandela. Most recently Miss Finney directed and developed the critically acclaimed World premiere of Citizen: An American Lyric by the award winning PENN poet Claudia Rankin. Other recent works include Facing Our Truth, The Trayvon Martin Project at the Kirk Douglas Theater in Los Angeles, the Lark Foundations rolling world premier of The Road Weeps by Marcus Gardley at the Los Angeles Theater Center and Tarell McCraney’s Brother/Sisters Plays. Miss Finney is also and established television and film director. She has directed several episodes of Moesha and she garnered the International film award for her short film Remember Me. She was honored with the UCLA Department of Stage Film and Television Distinguished Alumni Award, The Black Alumni Associations Dr. Beverly Robinson Award for Excellence in the Arts, and The African American Film Marketplace Award of Achievement for Outstanding Performance and Achievement and leader in Entertainment. Miss Finney is an alumnus of the American Film Institute’s Director Workshop for Women and holds an MFA degree from UCLA. She is also a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, the Director’s Guild, and the Screen Actor’s Guild. She has also been an Artist in Residence at several colleges and universites including Columbia College in Chicago, UCSB, USC and UCLA. Miss Finney is also an accomplished actress with many television and film credits to her name. She is best known for her portrayal


in the historic title role of Wilma Rudolph, the first female 3-time gold medalist in the made-for-TV bio picture Wilma.

JESSE WALL (STAGE MANAGER) is a third-year English major with

an emphasis in Literature and the Mind. This is officially his first show as stage manager, though as an ASM he has helped bring shows such as Cabaret and Vanity Fair to life on the UCSB stage. He would like to thank Shirley Jo for pushing him and the actors against the paralyzing fear of “having the conversation that needs to be had.” Because of this, they have all grown closer together and stronger as human beings. Pronouns: he/him/his

NICOLE ZAHNER (ASSISTANT DIRECTOR) is incredibly honored to

work as the assistant director for this show! As a graduate of the directing program at UCSB, she is excited to add another show from this great place to her resume. She would like to thank everyone in the cast and creative process for breathing life into a very important and impactful show. Pronouns: she/her/hers

MEGAN BROWN (ASSISTANT STAGE MAANGER) is a sophomore in

the BFA Acting Program at UCSB. The White Card is her first show with the department and as an ASM. She is very thankful for this opportunity to be a part of such a complex and relevant production, and is extremely excited to pursue more roles onstage and off in the future. Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

LANA SPRING (ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER) is a recent transfer,

coming from Santa Rosa Junior College in California with an AA in Theatre Arts. As an actor, she performed at Left Edge Theatre Company, Marin Shakespeare Company and SRJC Theatre Arts Department. She also worked as a teaching assistant at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theatre. She is excited to be part of UCSB’s BFA Acting class of 2022 and to serve as an ASM for The White Card, and thrilled to be learning from such a fantastic team. Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

CAST BIOGRAPHIES JORDAN MARIE FINLEY (CHARLOTTE CUMMINGS) is a freshman,

Writing and Literature major, and Promise Scholar. Her favorite past role was Camillo in The Winter’s Tale at The Old Globe Theatre. She was the winning playwright of the California Playwrights Project this year and her play Feliz Cumpleaños is being produced at the Joan Kroc Theatre. Jordan is thrilled and humbled to be in her first UCSB production sharing Charlotte’s


story as a black woman. Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

HAYLEY O’TOOLE (VIRGINIA COMPTON SPENCER) is a senior BFA

Acting major. You might’ve seen her as Varya in The Cherry Orchard, Miss Riverton in The Way of All Fish, or in Naked Shakes’s Hamlet. She was also in New Works Lab, in Bad Blood (2018) and Rewrites (2019), and was in LAUNCH PAD these past two years. Other UCSB productions include The Magic Tower, and Helena in Shakespeare in the Park’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She thanks you for witnessing this important piece of theatre. Pronouns: he/him/his

MARIO CARLO YANES (CHARLES HAMILTON SPENCER) is a senior in the

BFA Actor Training program. You may have seen him previously in: The Caucasian Chalk Circle 2017 (Monk/Ironshirt 2); LAUNCH PAD Summer Reading 2017; New Works Lab 2018; The Odyssey Project 2018; Naked Shakes-Hamlet 2018 (Ensemble); The Cherry Orchard 2018 (Yepikhodov); The Thread Men 2019 (Addelin Lewis); Into the Beautiful North 2019 (Various); and Naked Shakes-The Winter’s Tale 2019 (Polixenes). He hopes this play inspires people to accept. Pronouns: he/him/his

JOHNATHAN BUHRER (ALEX COMPTON-SPENCER) is a fourth year

undergraduate here at UCSB. He has also appeared in Black Flag (Harry) and The Coyote Stratagem (Aaron). He is extremely grateful to have had this chance to confront himself in new and necessary ways and he hopes this play will inspire the same introspection in others. Pronouns: he/him/his

COOPER VON BRUHNS (ERIC SCHMIDT) is a queer fourth-year student

in UCSB’s BFA Acting Program. Past collegiate roles include: Leontes (The Winter’s Tale), Aaron/others (The Laramie Project), Joseph (The Family), Berger (Hair), Manager (Vanity Fair), Cliff (Cabaret), Mr. Burns (Mr. Burns: a post-electric play), and parts in various One-Acts. International credits: Berowne (Love’s Labor’s Lost) with the Prague Shakespeare Company. They thank Shirley Jo for helping them grow as a human and storyteller. Socials: @coopervonbruhns. Pronouns: he/they

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*In Memoriam


DEPARTMENT OF THEATER AND DANCE 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 Technical Director / JAMIE BIRKETT 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 Office Assistant / DANIELA SHERWIN, CHRISTIAN MORGAN, EZRA ADKINS Marketing Interns / KACEY HSU, PHOEBE JIN, ISABELLE GUILLORY House Managers / KAYLY HOWELL, ASHELY DAVIS, JADYN STEAFFENS, 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

THE WHITE CARD SCENIC

Production Supervisors/ GIO CASTILLO, JUDY ZHU Deck Crew/ JAZZ HAYES, ERICK MARTINEZ, DILLON REDD, LANA SPRING, MEGAN BROWN Scenic Collaborator/ JAMIE BIRKETT, GREG MITCHELL Production Supervisor/ TRISTAN NEWCOMB

CIPRIANO, GLORIA HUANG, YERIM KIM, JUDY ZHU

LIGHTING

Light Board Operator/ LANA SPRING Sound Board Operator/ MEGAN BROWN Lighting Practicum/ JASMINE GOC, AILYN GONZALEZ, VALERYEE JIMENEZ, SHILLA NAMARA, HAYLEY O’TOOLE, ABBY STOIBER, GIO COSTUMES CASTILLO, JULIE CAUDILL, Costume Collaborator/ DENISE JORDAN CURIEL, MONICA UMLAND GRANADOS CAMPA LINDSEY Practicum/ GUILLERMO CASTRO, GUMAER SOPHIE SWEZEY QINGWEI “BRITNEY” LI, IVANNA Lighting Technicians/ ANTONIO CRUZ, CRUZ, ANDREA RODRIGUEZ, DANIELLA SHERWIN, EMILY COIN, WHITNEY ROSS, MADDIE TAKIMORI, GIO CASTILLO, GRACE SLANSKY, ANNABELL WALKER, MORGAN JUDY ZHU, NICK FREEDSON, SOFIA GERAGHTY, MADDIE WILLIAMS, LYON MASON TEICHERT, ALEXANDRA