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A Note From the Artistic Director Welcome to Assassins! This is one of the great achievements in American musical theatre, vividly distilling the nation’s most visible political violence in a collage of documentary history, fanciful fiction, and song. More than a quarter century after its first production, the work retains its historical importance and derives new meaning from its prescience. Since the early days of the republic, no fewer than thirteen of our misguided countrymen and women have taken it upon themselves to strike at presidents. This show reckons with nine of them and their motives for taking up arms. Their reasons, as it happens, are a whirlwind tour of national preoccupations, of which I name only a selection: the right to “the pursuit of happiness” (or happiness itself, as some would have it); winning; individuality; fame; belonging; optimism; cynicism; racism; exploitation; progress; guns; and the American Dream. Such a dream yields a surreal landscape, in which John Weidman’s book wittily introduces the assassins—none of whom met in real life—not only to us, but also to each other. At the same time, in a transcendent score embracing more than a century of American popular culture, Stephen Sondheim has soulfully humanized historical figures through songs stylistically embedded in our experience to this day. We know this music in our bones, as we know these characters, whether we’ve heard of them before or not. We know the assassins, as well, because we see them in the media, and in the mirror, now. Anger and resentment often drive our national discourse. We are increasingly unmoored from evidence and inclined to reject communitarian resolutions of our differences. For any of us confronting America’s turbulent history and competing values, it can be difficult to discern where rights end and privileges begin, and easy to let frustration and misapprehension quicken our impulses toward retribution, as opposed to empathy. In a time when empathy seems in short supply, the special refuge of the theatre is as a place where courageous and compassionate actors can illuminate the human experience together with us in a darkened room. Although some would have us believe otherwise, fallibility, instability, immorality, and uncertainty never go out of season. Reminding ourselves of such lasting truths is serious, joyful, sometimes funny, work. How we come to terms with our frailty is also an enduring project, and theatre is better at posing questions than answering them—that’s what you get to wrestle with on the way home after the show. All of us working on Assassins are grateful to you for joining us, as we are to Messrs. Sondheim and Weidman for the inspirations of their writing. I hope you’ll write to me at email@example.com, to let me know your thoughts on any aspect of your experience here at Yale Rep! Sincerely, James Bundy 4
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YALE REPERTORY THEATRE James Bundy, Artistic Director Victoria Nolan, Managing Director
JOHN WEIDMAN MUSIC & LYRICS BY STEPHEN SONDHEIM DIRECTED BY JAMES BUNDY BOOK BY
Associate Music Director
NATHAN A. ROBERTS
LYNDA A. H. PAUL
TARA RUBIN CASTING
LAURA SCHUTZEL, CSA
PAULA R. CLARKSON
Assassins is based on an idea by Charles Gilbert, Jr. Playwrights Horizons, Inc., New York City, produced Assassins Off-Broadway in 1990. First Broadway Production, 2004, Roundabout Theatre Company, Todd Haimes, Artistic Director. Assassins is supported in part by a generous gift from The Ted & Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund. Additional generous support provided by Marty and Perry Granoff. Yale Repertory Theatre gratefully acknowledges The Burry Fredrik Foundation and Carol L. Sirot for funding the 50th Anniversary Season. Yale Rep is supported in part by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development. WILL POWER! SPONSOR 6
in order of appearance
LUCAS DIXON STEPHEN DeROSA
RICHARD R. HENRY
Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme
Sara Jane Moore
John Wilkes Booth
Balladeer DYLAN FREDERICK
President James Garfield
BRIAN RAY NORRIS LIZ WISAN FRED INKLEY BRIAN RAY NORRIS
Billy SANA “PRINCE” SARR
President Gerald Ford
Lee Harvey Oswald
FRED INKLEY DYLAN FREDERICK FRED INKLEY
COURTNEY JAMISON JAY AUBREY JONES BRIAN RAY NORRIS SANA “PRINCE” SARR LIZ WISAN
Understudies STEPHEN CEFALU JR.—John Hinckley; JOHN R. COLLEY—John Wilkes Booth; KAYLENE CORDERO—Bystander; ERRON CRAWFORD—Bystander; ANNA CRIVELLI—Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme; STEPHEN HUMES—Balladeer, Lee Harvey Oswald, Bystander; FRED INKLEY—Leon Czolgosz; JAY AUBREY JONES—Proprietor; STEPHANIE MACHADO—Bystander; AARON THOMAS McALEAVEY—Charles Guiteau, Guiseppe Zangara; LAUREN R. MODIANO—Sara Jane Moore, Bystander
Assistant Dance Captain
Assistant Stage Manager
JULIA MURNEY COURTNEY JAMISON SHELBY NORTH
Setting The U.S.A.
Musical Numbers “Opening”..............................................Proprietor, Czolgosz, Hinckley, Guiteau, Zangara, Byck, Fromme, Moore, and Booth “The Ballad of Booth”...............................................................................Balladeer and Booth “How I Saved Roosevelt”.................................................................Zangara and Bystanders “The Gun Song”...........................................................Czolgosz, Booth, Guiteau, and Moore “The Ballad of Czolgosz”................................................................Balladeer and Bystanders “Unworthy of Your Love”......................................................................Hinckley and Fromme “The Ballad of Guiteau”........................................................................ Guiteau and Balladeer “Another National Anthem”.............................................. Balladeer, Proprietor, Czolgosz, Hinckley, Guiteau, Zangara, Byck, Fromme, Moore, and Booth “Something Just Broke”.............................................................................................Bystanders “Everybody’s Got the Right” (Finale).................................... Oswald, Czolgosz, Hinckley, Guiteau, Zangara, Byck, Fromme, Moore, and Booth
Musicians Conductor—ANDREA GRODY Reed 1—MICHAEL SCHUSTER; Reed 2—CHRIS REZA; Reed 3—ANDREW STUDENSKI; Reed 4—NATHANIEL HOSHAL; Trumpet 1—JENS LARSEN; Trumpet 2—MIKE FLYNT; Horn—JAIME THORNE; Trombone/Euphonium—SCOTT CRANSTON; Guitar—JEFFREY CARLSON; Associate Conductor/Keyboard 1—DANIEL SCHLOSBERG; Keyboard 2—GARY CHAPMAN; Bass—DAVID UHL; Percussion—ED FAST Musician Contractor—SCOTT CRANSTON Keyboard Programmers—TAYLOR WILLIAMS and JEREMY KING, RANDY COHEN KEYBOARDS Associate Keyboard Programmer—ENRICO De TRIZIO
ASSASSINS IS PERFORMED WITHOUT AN INTERMISSION. 8
WHEN JOHN WEIDMAN AND STEPHEN SONDHEIM
first began work on what would become Assassins in the late 1980s, the show was intended to be a survey of all political murders throughout history. This survey quickly became unwieldy. Sondheim was concerned that, when faced with the breadth of the history addressed (and the constantly shifting theatrical and musical styles that necessitated), the show would deteriorate “into the kind of mishmash that happens when you throw dollops of paint into a bucket and hope they blend.” In response, Sondheim and Weidman narrowed the narrative to focus on assassins and would-be assassins of American presidents. A new political potency emerged from the piece; and when Weidman’s witty, incisive book was merged with the score, the show became something else entirely for Sondheim: “Assassins was something more complicated and dangerous [than a mishmash]—it was a collage.” This careful juxtaposition of historical figures and events— sometimes fictionalized and often taken out of chronology and context—posits its own history of the United States: one of violence, disillusion, and the American Dream gone awry. —MATTHEW CONWAY, PRODUCTION DRAMATURG 9
1865 APR 14
Ford’s Theatre, Washington, D.C. Weapon: .41-caliber Derringer
ABRAHAM LINCOLN 1809–1865 Lincoln is shot while watching a performance of Our American Cousin and dies the next day. Andrew Johnson becomes President.
JOHN WILKES BOOTH 1838–1865 Booth is shot and killed during capture by law enforcement.
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Czolgosz is executed by electric chair.
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FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT 1882–1945 President-elect Roosevelt was unharmed and leads the country through the New Deal and World War II. Stray fire kills Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak.
GIUSEPPE ZANGARA 1900–1933 Zangara is executed by electric chair.
1963 NOV 22
1974 FEB 22
Dallas, Texas Weapon: Mannlicher-Carcano rifle with a telescopic sight
Washington, D.C. Weapon: commercial airplane hijacked with use of .22-caliber revolver
JOHN1917–1963 F. KENNEDY
RICHARD M. NIXON 1913–1994
Kennedy is shot and killed while riding in a motorcade. Lydon B. Johnson becomes President.
Nixon remains far from immediate danger as Byck never gets a plane off the jetway at BWI airport.
LEE HARVEY OSWALD 1939–1963
SAMUEL BYCK 1930–1974
Oswald is taken into police custody and shot to death by Jack Ruby.
Byck kills a police officer (George Ramsburg) and a pilot (Fred Jones) in his thwarted plot. He commits suicide by gunshot to avoid capture by authorities.
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1981 MAR 30
Outside the Hilton Hotel, Washington, D.C. Weapon: .33-caliber Röhm RG-14 revolver
RONALD REAGAN 1911–2004 Reagan survives his wounds and becomes a conservative icon.
JOHN HINCKLEY, JR. b. 1955 Hinckley is committed to a psychiatric hospital. He is released with restrictions in 2016.
THE AMERICAN DREAM OFFERS A VISION OF WEALTH AND PROSPERITY.
But if there is a corresponding American Nightmare, it might be the spectre of violence and struggle hanging over the many people in this country who cannot achieve the American Dream. Every day they fight against financial hardship and a lack of access to resources—circumstances often exacerbated by systemic discrimination and oppression. As director James Bundy puts it, “we live in an overpromising and under-delivering culture.” Assassins highlights the frustrations that can arise when there is a disconnect between what people feel they deserve and what they are able to obtain. The relationship between personal grievance, economic frustration, legitimate political action, and violence is complex, and each historical assassin represented in the play turned toward murder for different reasons. Yet their stories, adapted by Weidman and set to music by Sondheim, can help us understand what Bundy describes as the “perpetual ugliness and at the same time bizarre resilience and optimism [that] dwell together” in American culture—a contradiction that is perhaps even more relevant today as the nation strives to unify itself in the face of its increasingly visible divisions. —LYNDA A. H. PAUL, PRODUCTION DRAMATURG 12
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Cast STANLEY BAHOREK* (GIUSEPPE ZANGARA) is making his Yale Rep debut. Broadway and Off-Broadway credits: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, West Side Story (Carnegie Hall), Amazing Grace, February House (The Public Theater, Long Wharf), LaChiusa’s Queen of the Mist, See Rock City (Transport Group), Inventing Avi (Abingdon Theater Company), The Explorers Club (Manhattan Theatre Club), and Little Me (Encores!). Regional: Ludwig’s Baskerville (Arena Stage, McCarter Theatre Center), McNally’s And Away We Go, Nerds (North Carolina Theatre/Philadelphia Theatre Company), the title roles in Candide (5th Avenue Theatre) and Amadeus (Alley Theatre), and Tom Sawyer in Big River (DeafWest). Television: HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and Law and Order: CI. Upcoming: season two of Aziz Ansari’s Master of None on Netflix. As producer: Sent By Hand, Sign, and Charles L. Mee’s Soot and Spit in NYC, spring 2017. BFA, University of Michigan; MA, Baruch College, expected 2017. stanleybahorek.com @stanleybahorek
STEPHEN DeROSA* (CHARLES GUITEAU) was last seen at Yale Rep in the world premiere of These Paper Bullets! Broadway credits include On the Town; Betrayal directed by Mike Nichols; understudied and went on for Nathan Lane in The Nance directed by Jack O’Brien; Hairspray; Henry IV; Twentieth Century; The Man Who Came to Dinner (recorded live for PBS); and as the Baker in the revival of Into the Woods. Off-Broadway: The Mystery of Irma Vep; Do Re Mi (Encores!); and Romeo and Juliet directed by James Bundy and the world premiere of Love’s Fire, an evening of Shakespeare-inspired one acts written by John Guare, Wendy Wasserstein, William Finn, and Tony Kushner (both for The Acting Company). Regional credits include Goodspeed Musicals, Westport Country Playhouse, George Street Playhouse, McCarter Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, and five seasons with the Berkshire Theatre Group. Film and television: Woody Allen’s Cafe Society; Elementary; The Good Wife; and for HBO, Divorce, Vinyl, Show Me a Hero, and as Eddie Cantor on Boardwalk Empire. MFA, Yale School of Drama.
LUCAS DIXON* (JOHN HINCKLEY) is thrilled to be making his Yale Rep debut. His theatre credits include Three Sisters, Elijah, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Chautauqua Theater Company); Western Country, House of Home (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Twelfth Night, Coriolanus, King Lear (Utah Shakespeare Festival); and hey brother, 9 Circles, The Minister’s Black Veil in Los Angeles; Titus Andronicus, Cymbeline, Passing, Henry VI Parts 1 and 2, The Taming of the Shrew, Jib, the friendship of her thighs, Uncle Vanya, Elijah, Thriftcrawl, and One Day It Came (Yale School of Drama). Film and television credits include A Picture of You, Z: The Beginning of Everything, Masters of Sex, Elementary, and Mystery of Matter. BFA, Otterbein University; MFA, Yale School of Drama. *MEMBER OF ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION, THE UNION OF PROFESSIONAL ACTORS AND STAGE MANAGERS
AUSTIN DURANT* (PROPRIETOR) is happy to return to Yale Rep, where he previously appeared in American Night: The Battle of Juan José, Death of a Salesman, Hamlet, and Passion Play. His other credits include You Can’t Take It With You (Broadway); War (LCT3); War Horse, Macbeth (Lincoln Center Theater); Much Ado About Nothing (The Public Theater); Anna Christie, The Comedy of Errors (The Old Globe); A Doctor in Spite of Himself (Intiman Theater); Nathan the Wise (Classic Stage Company); The Illusion, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Oklahoma! (Berkshire Theatre Festival). He has also appeared on the television programs Nurse Jackie, Person of Interest, and Elementary. He received his BA from Temple University and his MFA from Yale School of Drama. Austin was a 2012 Leonore Annenberg Fellow.
DYLAN FREDERICK (BALLADEER, LEE HARVEY OSWALD) is a third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama, where he has been seen in Bulgaria! Revolt!, The Dog Pack Play, New Domestic Architecture, Women Beware Women, The Skin of Our Teeth, and Deer and the Lovers. Other credits include Episode #121: Catfight and Roberto Zucco at Yale Cabaret. Last summer his play, Boy Gets Violent, premiered at Ars Nova’s ANT Fest. Dylan holds a BFA in theatre performance from the University of Evansville.
P.J. GRIFFITH* (LEON CZOLGOSZ) New York credits include St. Jimmy in American Idiot (Broadway); Jett Rink in Giant (The Public Theater); Sleep No More; A Scythe of Time (New York Musical Festival); Romeo and Juliet (La MaMa E.T.C.). Tours: We Will Rock You and Mamma Mia!. Regional: Georama (world premiere, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Parade (Donmar Warehouse/Mark Taper Forum), Rent (Musical Theatre West), Giant (Dallas Theater Center), the L.A. revival of The Who’s Tommy, Setup and Punch (world premiere, The Blank Theater; 2010 L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award), and Macbeth (Los Angeles Theatre Center). Film and television: Jessica Jones, Gotham, The Good Wife, The Mysteries of Laura, The Dark Knight Rises, Without a Trace, House, and Easter Mysteries. Graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
RICHARD R. HENRY* (SAMUEL BYCK) previously appeared at Yale Rep in American Night: The Ballad of Juan José and The Winter’s Tale. His other theatre credits include Fiorello (City Center Encores!), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (The Public Theater), as well as the National Tours of Sweet Charity, Urinetown, Man of La Mancha, and Jesus Christ Superstar. Regionally he has appeared in ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Baltimore Center Stage), The Mystery of Irma Vep (Intiman Theatre), Guys and Dolls (Long Wharf Theatre), Moby 16
Cast Dick: Rehearsed (Berkshire Theatre Festival), The Music Man (Guthrie Theater), Candide (Arden Theatre Company), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Connecticut Repertory Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Folger Theatre), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (The Old Globe), and Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame (La Jolla, Papermill Playhouse).
STEPHEN HUMES* (UNDERSTUDY BALLADEER, LEE HARVEY OSWALD, BYSTANDER) Stephen is thrilled to be making his Yale Rep debut. A native of New Haven County, Stephen has worked with notable regional theatres including Northern Stage, Lyric Repertory Company, the New London Barn, Cider Mill Playhouse, East Lynne Theatre, Connecticut Free Shakespeare, and the Valley Shakespeare Festival. Some favorite productions include Mary Poppins, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Into the Woods, Last Train to Nibroc, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Fantasticks, Romeo and Juliet, Spring Awakening, and Songs for a New World. BFA: Ithaca College. @actrsgh stephenhumes.com
FRED INKLEY* (JAMES BLAINE, PRESIDENT GERALD FORD, BYSTANDER) New York credits include Les Misérables (Valjean), Annie (Drake, FDR, Bert Healy), The Addams Family (Lurch, Mal Beineke), A Tale of Two Cities (Stryver), The Boys from Syracuse (Sergeant), all on Broadway; Company (Vocal Minority) with New York Philharmonic and The Nutty Professor (Murray and Maury) with Broadway at Birdland series. Tours: The Little Mermaid (King Triton), Beauty and the Beast (Beast), Les Misérables (Valjean). Regional: Ever After (Auguste), Paper Mill Playhouse; Les Misérables (Valjean), North Shore Music Theater and Pittsburgh CLO; Aida (Zoser), Pittsburgh CLO; the title roles in Jekyll and Hyde, Ritz Theater; Boston Pops Guest Artist. Proud member of Actor’s Equity.
COURTNEY JAMISON (BYSTANDER) is thrilled to be making her Yale Rep debut. She is a second-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama, where her credits include Bulgaria! Revolt!; Bluebeard’s Wife, A tale of (gay) marriage and (queer) death; The Three Sisters; and Some Bodies Travel. Other credits include In the Red and Brown Water and The Slow Sound of Snow (Yale Cabaret). She has performed regionally in Dreamgirls and The Color Purple (Virginia Repertory Theatre). Courtney holds a BA in musical theatre from James Madison University, where she appeared in How I Learned to Drive, Spring Awakening, Trojan Women, and All Shook Up, among others. CourtneyJamison.com
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JAY AUBREY JONES* (BYSTANDER) is making his Yale Rep debut. Broadway credits include How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Cats. Metropolitan Opera: Porgy and Bess. Off-Broadway: Take Me Along, Oh Captain!, Inacent Black and the Five Brothers, Divine Hysteria, The Cradle Will Rock. Regional theatre credits: Anything Goes, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Gotham!, A Little Night Music, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Crucifer of Blood, The Threepenny Opera. Film and television: Shortcut to Happiness, Gotham, The Michael J. Fox Show, The Electric Company, All My Children, One Life to Live, Guiding Light. He is a graduate of Syracuse University.
ROBERT LENZI* (JOHN WILKES BOOTH) Broadway credits include Miles Tuck in Tuck Everlasting and South Pacific (Lincoln Center Theater). Off-Broadway: Dogfight (Second Stage Theatre) and Hello Again (Transport Group). Regional: A Sign of the Times (Goodspeed Musicals),Tuck Everlasting (Alliance Theater), Road Show (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Into the Woods (Baltimore Center Stage and Westport Country Playhouse). Film and television credits include The Last Airbender, Sex and the City 2, The Happening, The Village, The Good Fight (CBS), Deception (NBC), Blue Bloods (CBS), One Life to Live (ABC), Live from Lincoln Center (PBS), and Clubhouse (CBS). Robert received a BFA in acting from Carnegie Mellon University. For Mom, Dad, and Krystina.
LAUREN MOLINA* (LYNETTE “SQUEAKY” FROMME) Broadway credits: Regina in Rock of Ages and Johanna in the Sweeney Todd revival directed by John Doyle. Off Broadway: co-starred in Sondheim’s Marry Me A Little (Drama League nomination) and originated the role of Megan in Nobody Loves You at Second Stage Theatre. Regional credits: Eileen in Wonderful Town (Goodman Theatre), Countess in A Little Night Music (Huntington Theatre Company), Cunegunde in Candide (Goodman, Huntington, Shakespeare Theatre; Helen Hayes Award), Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors (Cleveland Play House), Janet in The Rocky Horror Show (Cleveland Play House, Bucks County Playhouse). Television: The Good Wife. She’s half of the acclaimed comedy-pop duo The Skivvies. LaurenMolina.com TheSkivviesNYC.com
JULIA MURNEY* (SARA JANE MOORE) last appeared on Broadway as Elphaba in Wicked after playing the role on the National Tour, for which she received an Acclaim Award. Other New York credits include Lennon, The Wild Party (Drama Desk nomination), Falling (Drama Desk nomination), A Class Act, The Landing, Queen of the Mist, and Time and Again (Lucille Lortel nomination). Television credits include Madam Secretary, 30 Rock, Sex and the City, all the Law & Order series, 18
Cast First You Dream, and about a gazillion voiceovers. A Syracuse University graduate, her recordings include her solo album I’m Not Waiting, available on iTunes. She is a Beinecke Fellow at Yale School of Drama this spring.
BRIAN RAY NORRIS* (DAVID HEROLD, PRESIDENT JAMES GARFIELD, BYSTANDER) is thrilled to be making his Yale Rep debut. Brian was most recently in A Dog Story Off-Broadway (Davenport Theater) and before that played Lord Middleton in Paul Gordon’s Sense and Sensibility (The Old Globe). Favorite roles include Mr. Bumble in Oliver, Chef Louis in The Little Mermaid (Theatre Under the Stars); Jean-Michael in Cinderella, Big Davey in Billy Elliot (Gateway Playhouse); Luther Billis in South Pacific; Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd; and touring North America in Mamma Mia!.
SANA “PRINCE” SARR (BILLY, BYSTANDER) is delighted to be making his Yale Rep debut. He recently appeared in Westport Country Playhouse’s production of Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot as Tom of Warwick. He also performed in Bridgeport Downtown Cabaret’s Bye Bye Birdie. At school, Sana has performed in musical productions of Shrek and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He was featured on WNPR in October 2016. Sana lives in Bridgeport with his parents and younger brother, Ali. He loves singing, reading, and sports.
LIZ WISAN* (EMMA GOLDMAN, BYSTANDER) Yale Rep credits include The Caucasian Chalk Circle, These Paper Bullets! (also Atlantic Theater Company), The Servant of Two Masters (Theatre for a New Audience, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Guthrie Theater, ArtsEmerson, Seattle Rep), and A Woman of No Importance. Other credits include Other Desert Cities (Lincoln Center Theater, Broadway); The Tempest (La MaMa E.T.C.); Bill W. & Dr. Bob (Soho Playhouse), Baskerville (Old Globe); Absurd Person Singular (Two River Theater); The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide… (Berkeley Rep); The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare Theatre Company); and productions at Premiere Stages, Chautauqua Theater Company, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Television and film: Elementary, Ready or Knot, and Bitches (short). Member of New Neighborhood and The Actors Center. MFA, Yale School of Drama. Iizwisan.com
Creative Team JAMES BUNDY (DIRECTOR) Please see page 25 for his bio. RON CARLOS (DIALECT COACH) teaches Speech and Dialects at Yale School of Drama and has taught at Harvard University, City College of New York, Marymount Manhattan College, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and The National Student Leadership Conference. Coaching credits include The Glass Menagerie and It’s Only a 19
Play on Broadway; Party People, Sweat, Plenty, Privacy (The Public Theater); Seven Guitars, War (Yale Rep); The Piano Lesson (Hartford Stage); Misalliance, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); The Lily’s Revenge, The Snow Queen (American Repertory Theater); “Master Harold”…and the Boys (Gloucester Stage Company); television: Orange Is the New Black, Madam Secretary, Power, Unforgettable, and Fringe; and film: Look Away. He received his MFA in voice and speech pedagogy from the ART Institute at Harvard University and is an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®.
PAULA R. CLARKSON* (STAGE MANAGER) is excited to return to Yale Repertory Theatre, where she previously served as assistant stage manager on The Moors. Other favorite credits include The White City, Ship Show (Yale Institute for Music Theatre); The Belle of Amherst (Mirror Repertory Company); Some Bodies Travel, The Skin of Our Teeth, The Troublesome Reign of King John (Yale School of Drama); and Chinglish (assistant stage manager, Syracuse Stage). She is a thirdyear MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama and holds a BA in drama from Ithaca College. Proud Member: AEA.
CHARLES COES (SOUND DESIGNER) Previous credits include Passion Play and Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Yale Rep), as well as productions at Seattle Rep, Berkeley Rep, The Old Globe, Guthrie Theater, Shakespeare Theatre Company, ArtsEmerson, Wilma Theater, Two River Theater, North Shore Music Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, HERE Arts Center, Ford’s Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Roundabout Theatre Company, Huntington Theatre Company, and South Coast Rep. Tours: Peter and the Starcatcher (Phoenix); Into the Woods (Fiasco/ NETWorks); Julius Caesar and Macbeth (The Acting Company). He has designed several shows for Royal Caribbean, Queen of the Night, Puppet UP! (Las Vegas), and has collaborated on installations with artists Anne Hamilton, Abelardo Morell, and Luis Roldán. He has worked as associate on 19 Broadway shows, including Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812; Jitney; and The Glass Menagerie. He is a graduate of and now teaches at Yale School of Drama.
MICHAEL COMMENDATORE (PROJECTION DESIGNER) is a third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama, where his credits include New Domestic Architecture, Some Bodies Travel, Amy and the Orphans, The Oresteia, and The Winter’s Tale. Other design credits include Collisions, I’m with you in Rockland (Yale Cabaret); Macbeth (Gamm Theatre); and The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Wilbury Group). Assistant design credits include The Stone Witch (Berkshire Theatre Group) and War (Yale Rep). He has designed installations Hearing Rothko (Yale Art Gallery) and A Journey Through Time and Space (Beinecke Library). Michael has a BA in film media and a BFA in theatre with a concentration in directing. MichaelCommendatore.com
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Creative Team MATTHEW CONWAY (PRODUCTION DRAMATURG) is a second-year MFA
candidate at Yale School of Drama, where his credits include …and sometimes why. Additional directing and production dramaturgy credits include work with Immediate Theatre Company, Boston Children’s Theatre, the Williams College Summer Theatre Lab, and Cap & Bells Theatre Company, where he also served as Artistic Director. He has performed at both Yale Cabaret (Débâcles) and Yale School of Drama (Othello). Matthew is a grateful recipient of the George Pierce Baker Memorial Scholarship from Yale School of Drama. His current research focuses on national identity and political performance in totalitarian regimes. He holds a BA in history and theatre from Williams College, graduating in 2015. During the summer, he teaches acting and dramatic literature at Phillips Academy, Andover.
DAVID DORFMAN (MUSICAL STAGING) is pleased to return to Yale Rep, where he served as choreographer on last season’s Indecent (opening on Broadway this spring). He is the Artistic Director of David Dorfman Dance, celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2017 with a new dance, Aroundtown, and has been Professor of Dance at Connecticut College since 2004. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, four NEA fellowships, a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award, and a Best Choreography Barrymore Award in Philadelphia for Green Violin, directed by Rebecca Taichman. In 2014–15 DDD traveled to Central Asia via the State Department, DanceMotion USA, and Brooklyn Academy of Music, where DDD has appeared in three Next Wave Festivals. David also tours the serio-comic, Live Sax Acts, with long-time collaborator, Dan Froot. daviddorfmandance.org
ANDREA GRODY (MUSIC DIRECTOR) is making her Yale Rep debut. Recent
projects include the world premieres of The Band’s Visit (Atlantic Theater Company), Cake Off (Signature Theatre/Bucks County Playhouse), The Fortress of Solitude (The Public Theater/Dallas Theater Center), Unknown Soldier (Williamstown Theatre Festival), and Love’s Labour’s Lost (The Public Theater/ Shakespeare in the Park); and the New York premieres of The Great Immensity and Venice (The Public Theater). Other favorites include Robin Hood as Composer/ Music Director (Williamstown Theatre Festival) and the upcoming Public Works adaptation of As You Like It. Writing credits include the full-length musical Strange Faces and several songs for The Civilians’ Let Me Ascertain You series. Andrea is an Associate Voice Teacher at New York Vocal Coaching. BA, Princeton University; MA, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
RICCARDO HERNANDEZ (SCENIC DESIGNER) Yale Rep: Indecent, Marie
Antoinette, Autumn Sonata, Battle of Black and Dogs, The Evildoers, The America Play. Broadway: The Gin Game; The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess; The People in the Picture; Caroline, or Change (National Theatre); Elaine Stritch at Liberty (Old Vic); Topdog/Underdog (Royal Court); Bells Are Ringing; Parade (Tony, Drama Desk nominations); Bring in ’Da Noise, Bring in ’Da Funk; The Tempest. He has designed over 250 U.S. and international theatre and opera productions, most recently including Red Speedo (Drama Desk nomination), The Invisible Hand (Henry Hewes Design Award) at New York Theatre Workshop; Splendid’s (Théâtre national de la Colline); The Father, A Doll’s House (Theatre for a New Audience); Don Giovanni 21
(Santa Fe Opera); Grounded (The Public Theater); La Mouette (Cour d’honneur, Palais des papes: Festival d’Avignon); Abigail’s Party (Oslo National Theatre); The Dead (Abbey Theatre). He serves on the faculty of Yale School of Drama.
SHELBY NORTH* (ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER) is a second-year MFA
candidate at Yale School of Drama, where her credits include Bulgaria! Revolt!, Macbeth, and Best Lesbian Erotica 1995. Other credits include Thoreau, or Return to Walden; Fiorello!; Constellations (Berkshire Theatre Group); Bat-Hamlet and Sleeping Country (Essential Theatre). Shelby has a BA in drama from College of Charleston.
LYNDA A. H. PAUL (PRODUCTION DRAMATURG) is a third-year MFA
candidate at Yale School of Drama, where her credits include The Three Sisters and Some Bodies Travel. She served as production dramaturg for Cymbeline and assistant director for The Moors, both at Yale Repertory Theatre. A multidisciplinary theatre practitioner, Lynda has been seen as an actor, vocalist, bassoonist, and saxophonist at Yale Cabaret. Directing credits include Leoš Janáček’s Cunning Little Vixen (Opera Theatre of Yale College); Christopher Chen’s Caught and Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti (Yale Cabaret). Lynda trained at British American Drama Academy and holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, University of Chicago, and Yale University, where she received distinction on her PhD in music and afterwards held the position of Postdoctoral Associate in the Integrated Humanities at Yale.
NATHAN A. ROBERTS (SOUND DESIGNER) is a multi-instrumentalist,
composer, instrument-maker, and sound designer who specializes in creating original music and soundscapes for plays, often live onstage. Original music and design credits include Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Baltimore Center Stage); Sense and Sensibility (Guthrie Theater, Dallas Theater Center); Tokyo Fish Story (The Old Globe); In the Next Room, or the vibrator play (Syracuse Stage); Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Yale Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre); The Widow Lincoln, Our Town (Ford’s Theatre); Twelfth Night, The Tempest (Hartford Stage); The Servant of Two Masters (Theatre for a New Audience, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Guthrie Theater, Shakespeare Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre); Julius Caesar, Macbeth (The Acting Company); and It’s a Wonderful Life (Long Wharf Theatre). Nathan earned his MFA from Yale School of Drama and teaches in the Theater Studies Program of Yale College.
TARA RUBIN CASTING (CASTING DIRECTOR) has been casting at Yale Rep
since 2004. Selected Broadway: Falsettos; A Bronx Tale; Dear Evan Hansen; Cats; Disaster!; School of Rock; Doctor Zhivago; It Shoulda Been You; Gigi; Bullets Over Broadway; Aladdin; Les Misérables; Mothers and Sons; Big Fish; The Heiress; How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; A Little Night Music; Billy Elliot; Shrek; Guys and Dolls; Young Frankenstein; The Little Mermaid; Mary Poppins; Spamalot; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; The Producers; Mamma Mia!; Jersey Boys; The Phantom of the Opera. Off-Broadway: Here Lies Love; Old Jews Telling *MEMBER OF ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION, THE UNION OF PROFESSIONAL ACTORS AND STAGE MANAGERS
Creative Team Jokes; Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Bucks County Playhouse.
DANIEL SCHLOSBERG (ASSOCIATE MUSIC DIRECTOR, KEYBOARD PLAYER), a composer and pianist, previously served as music director for Yale Rep’s production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle. He is a recipient of the 2014 Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and 2014 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award. His compositions have been performed at venues including Carnegie Hall, Detroit Institute of Arts, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Beijing Modern Music Festival, and Royal Albert Hall. He is currently working on commissions for the Dover Quartet, Albany Symphony, and Chamber Music Northwest. He is a cofounder of the composer-performer ensemble Invisible Anatomy and co-Music Director of Heartbeat Opera. Education: BA, Yale College; MM and MMA, Yale School of Music.
ILONA SOMOGYI (COSTUME DESIGNER) Recent New York-area productions
include Gloria (Vineyard Theatre and Goodman Theatre); Nice Fish (St. Ann’s Warehouse, ART and London’s West End); Body of an American, Satchmo at the Waldorf, My Name Is Asher Lev (Westside Theatre, also Long Wharf); A Soldier’s Tale (Zankel Hall); Clybourne Park (Broadway and Playwrights Horizons); Jerry Springer: The Opera (Carnegie Hall); Almost an Evening, Scarcity (Atlantic Theater Company); and the original production of Wit. Her many regional credits include Three Sisters, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Passion Play (Yale Rep); Cloud 9, Romeo and Juliet, The Crucible, Gem of the Ocean, Tom Sawyer, Noises Off, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hartford Stage); Anything Goes (Goodspeed Musicals); Disgraced (Long Wharf Theatre); The Torchbearers, The Autumn Garden, Sweet Bird of Youth, Top Girls, On the Razzle (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Tartuffe and Suddenly Last Summer (Westport Country Playhouse). Ilona is a proud graduate of Yale School of Drama and is a member of its faculty.
STEPHEN SONDHEIM (COMPOSER AND LYRICIST) wrote the music and
lyrics for Saturday Night (1954), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962), Anyone Can Whistle (1964), Company (1970), Follies (1971), A Little Night Music (1973), The Frogs (1974), Pacific Overtures (1976), Sweeney Todd (1979), Merrily We Roll Along (1981), Sunday in the Park with George (1984), Into the Woods (1987), Assassins (1990), Passion (1994), and Road Show (2008), as well as lyrics for West Side Story (1957), Gypsy (1959) and Do I Hear a Waltz? (1965), and additional lyrics for Candide (1973). Anthologies of his work include Side by Side by Sondheim (1976), Marry Me a Little (1981), You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow (1983), Putting It Together (1993/99), and Sondheim on Sondheim (2010). He composed the scores of the films Stavisky (1974) and Reds (1981) and songs for Dick Tracy (1990) and the television production Evening Primrose (1966). His collected lyrics with attendant essays have been published in two volumes: Finishing the Hat (2010) and Look, I Made A Hat (2011). In 2010 the Broadway theatre formerly known as Henry Miller’s Theatre was renamed in his honor. He is a Beinecke Fellow at Yale School of Drama this spring.
RICK SORDELET (FIGHT DIRECTOR) and his son, Christian Kelly-Sordelet, are
the creators of Sordelet Inc., a stage combat company. Among their credits are 72 Broadway productions, including The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast, and more than 60 first-class productions on five continents in hundreds of cities around the world. Rick and Christian have been fight directors for dozens of regional theatres around the U.S. Their shows range from Sam Shepard to William Shakespeare. They have four National Tours running across America and Beauty and the Beast internationally. Both Rick and Christian are stunt coordinators for television and film with over 1000 episodes of daytime television and numerous feature films. Rick teaches stage combat for Yale School of Drama and with Christian at HB Studio in NYC. sordeletink.com
STEPH WAASER (TECHNICAL DIRECTOR) is a second-year MFA candidate at
Yale School of Drama making her Yale Rep debut. She served as a technical director for Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Nikos Stage 2016 season. She has also worked as Shop Foreman at PlayMakers Repertory Company in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, as well as with Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival; Baltimore Center Stage; and central North Carolina’s live event production company, Creative Visions. Steph earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
JOHN WEIDMAN (BOOK WRITER) has written the books for a wide variety of
musicals, among them Pacific Overtures (Tony nomination, Best Book), Assassins (Tony Award, Best Musical Revival), and Road Show (Lucille Lortel nomination, Best Musical), all with scores by Stephen Sondheim; Contact (Tony nomination, Best Book; Tony Award, Best Musical), co-created with director/choreographer Susan Stroman; Happiness, score by Scott Frankel and Michael Korie, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman; Take Flight and Big (Tony nomination, Best Book), scores by Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire; and the new book, co-authored with Timothy Crouse, for the Lincoln Center Theater and Roundabout Theatre revivals of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes (Tony Award, Best Musical Revival; Olivier Award, Best Musical Production). Since his children were preschoolers, Weidman has written for Sesame Street, receiving more than a dozen Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for a Children’s Program. From 1999 to 2009 he served as President of the Dramatists Guild of America. He is a Beinecke Fellow at Yale School of Drama this spring.
YI ZHAO (LIGHTING DESIGNER) Previous Yale Rep credits include War, In a Year
with 13 Moons (co-designed with Jennifer Tipton), and A Doctor in Spite of Himself, which was also seen at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Other credits include The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World (Signature Theatre); Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again., FUTURITY (Soho Rep.); Red Speedo (New York Theatre Workshop); Henry IV Part 1, The Winter’s Tale, Much Ado About Nothing (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); and productions with The Guthrie Theater, Dallas Theater Center, The Wilma Theater, Huntington Theatre, Hoi Polloi, Ma-Yi Theatre Company, and New Georges. His designs for opera, music, and dance have been seen at ArtsEmerson, Curtis Institute of Music, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and Nichole Canuso Dance Company. He is a graduate of Yale School of Drama and is a recipient of the 2016 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Theatre. yi-zhao.com 24
Yale Repertory Theatre JAMES BUNDY (ARTISTIC DIRECTOR) is in his 15th year as Dean of Yale School of Drama and Artistic Director of Yale Repertory Theatre. In his first 14 seasons, Yale Rep has produced more than 30 world, American, and regional premieres, nine of which have been honored by the Connecticut Critics Circle with the award for Best Production of the year and two of which have been Pulitzer Prize finalists. During this time, Yale Rep also has commissioned more than 50 artists to write new work and provided low-cost theatre tickets to thousands of middle and high school students from Greater New Haven through WILL POWER!, an educational program initiated in 2004. In addition to his work at Yale Rep, he has directed productions at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Great Lakes Theater Festival, The Acting Company, California Shakespeare Festival, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and The Juilliard School Drama Division. A recipient of the Connecticut Critics Circle’s Tom Killen Award for extraordinary contributions to Connecticut professional theatre in 2007, Mr. Bundy served from 2007–13 on the board of directors of Theatre Communications Group, the national service organization for nonprofit theatre. Previously, he worked as Associate Producing Director of The Acting Company, Managing Director of Cornerstone Theater Company, and Artistic Director of Great Lakes Theater Festival. He is a graduate of Harvard College; he trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and Yale School of Drama.
VICTORIA NOLAN (MANAGING DIRECTOR) is in her 24th year as Managing Director of Yale Repertory Theatre, serves as Deputy Dean of Yale School of Drama, and is on its faculty. She was previously Managing Director of Indiana Repertory Theatre, Associate Managing Director at Baltimore’s Center Stage, Managing Director at Ram Island Dance Company in Portland, Maine; and she has held various positions at Loeb Drama Center of Harvard University; TAG Foundation, an organization producing Off-Broadway modern dance festivals; and Boston University School for the Arts. Ms. Nolan has been an evaluator for the National Endowment for the Arts, for which she has chaired numerous grant panels, and has served on other panels and foundation review boards including the AT&T Foundation, The Heinz Family Foundation, Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund, and the Metropolitan Life Foundation. She has also served on the Executive Committee of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT) and on numerous negotiating teams for national labor contracts. A Fellow at Yale’s Saybrook College, she is the recipient of the Betsy L. Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellowship Award from the State of Connecticut and the Elm/Ivy Award, given jointly by Yale University and the City of New Haven for distinguished service to the community. 25
JENNIFER KIGER (ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND DIRECTOR OF NEW PLAY PROGRAMS) is in her twelfth year as the Associate Artistic Director of Yale Repertory Theatre and is also the Director of New Play Programs of Yale’s Binger Center for New Theatre. Since its founding in 2008, the Binger Center has supported the work of more than 50 commissioned artists and underwritten the world premieres and subsequent productions of 24 new American plays and musicals at Yale Rep and theatres across the country. Ms. Kiger came to Yale Rep from South Coast Repertory, where she was Literary Manager from 2000–2005 and Co-Director of the Pacific Playwrights Festival. Prior to that, she was a production dramaturg at American Repertory Theater and adapted Robert Coover’s Charlie in the House of Rue and Mac Wellman’s Hypatia for the stage with director Bob McGrath. She has been a dramaturg for the Playwrights Center of Minneapolis and Boston Theatre Works; a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council; and a consultant for the Fuller Road Artist Residency. She is a founding member of the theatre and television company, New Neighborhood. Ms. Kiger completed her professional training at the American Repertory Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University, where she taught courses in acting and dramatic arts. She is currently the Interim Chair of the Playwriting Department of Yale School of Drama.
BRONISLAW SAMMLER (HEAD OF PRODUCTION) has been Chair of Yale School of Drama’s acclaimed Technical Design and Production Department since 1980. In 2007 he was named the Henry McCormick Professor Adjunct of Technical Design and Production by former Yale President, Richard C. Levin. He is co-editor of Technical Brief and Technical Design Solutions for Theatre, Vols. I, II, & III. He co-authored Structural Design for the Stage, which won the United States Institute of Theatre Technology’s (USITT) Golden Pen Award. Demonstrating his commitment to excellence in technical education and professional production, he co-founded USITT’s National Theatre Technology Exhibit, an on-going biennial event; he has served as a commissioner and a director at-large and is a lifetime Fellow of the Institute. He was honored as Educator of the Year in 2006 by the New England Theatre Conference and chosen to receive the USITT Distinguished Achievement Award in Technical Production in 2009. His production management techniques and his introduction of structural design to scenic technology are being employed in both educational and professional theatres throughout the world.
Yale Repertory Theatre JONATHAN A. REED (PRODUCTION MANAGER) has been the Production Manager for Yale School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre since 2013. Also a member of the Technical Design and Production faculty, teaching courses in management, planning and technology, Mr. Reed serves on the Yale Summer Cabaret and Yale Digital Media Center for the Arts advisory boards. Prior to Yale, he worked as the Technical Director for the Cornell College Department of Theatre and Communication Studies and the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre. Mr. Reed has also served as a freelance lighting and sound designer for companies including the Riverside Theatre, Orchesis Dance Company, Open Stage Theatre, and Pennsylvania Centre Stage. He is married to soprano Sarah Comfort Reed, and they have two children, Emma and Henry. BFA, Pennsylvania State University; MFA, Yale School of Drama.
JAMES MOUNTCASTLE (PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER), has been at Yale Rep since 2004. He has stage managed productions of Scenes From Court Life, or a whipping boy and his prince; Arcadia; A Streetcar Named Desire; American Night: The Ballad of Juan JosĂŠ; Three Sisters; The Master Builder; Passion Play; Eurydice; and the world premiere of The Clean House. Broadway credits include Damn Yankees, Jekyll & Hyde, Judgment at Nuremberg, The Boys from Syracuse, The Smell of the Kill, Life (x) 3, and Wonderful Town. Mr. Mountcastle spent several Christmas seasons in New York City as stage manager for A Christmas Carol The Musical at Madison Square Garden. Broadway national tours include City of Angels, Falsettos, and My Fair Lady. He served as Production Stage Manager for Damn Yankees starring Jerry Lewis for both its national tour and at the Adelphi Theatre in Londonâ€™s West End. In addition, Mr. Mountcastle has worked at The Kennedy Center, Center Stage in Baltimore, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and elsewhere. James and his wife Julie live in North Haven and are the proud parents of two girls, Ellie and Katie.
Assassins Staff ARTISTIC Rory Pelsue, Assistant Director Joo-Hyun Kim, Assistant Scenic Designer Herin Kaputkin, Assistant Costume Designer Marika Kent, Associate Lighting Designer Tye Hunt Fitzgerald, Assistant Sound Designer and Engineer John Michael (Johnny) Moreno, Assistant Projection Designer Lisa Race, Assistant Choreographer Molly Sturges, Substitute Associate Music Director John Carlin, Production Assistant PRODUCTION Becca Terpenning, Associate Production Manager Spencer Hrdy, William Neuman, Jen Seleznow, Assistant Technical Directors Ross Wick, Assistant Properties Manager Mayumi Nishiyama, Master Electrician Dashiell Menard, Projection Engineer Nikki Fazzone, Judianne Wallace, Drapers Logan Baker, Yana Birÿkova, John BondiErnoehazy, An-Lin Dauber, Armando Huipe, Aneesha Kudtarkar, Matthew R. Malone, Gwyneth Muller, Elize Simon, Katie Touart, Jecamiah Ybanez, Molly FitzMaurice, Haydee Zelideth, Alex Zenovenko, Run Crew Stevi Kramer, Youth Supervisor ADMINISTRATION Leandro A. Zaneti, House Manager SPECIAL THANKS La Cuisine, Anne Tofflemire, Cassie Dorland and the Signature Theatre Prop Department, Chris’ Indoor Range & Gun Shop JFK assassination footage courtesy of Zapruder Film © 1967 (Renewed 1995), The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.
Yale Repertory Theatre Staff James Bundy, Artistic Director Victoria Nolan, Managing Director Jennifer Kiger, Associate Artistic Director Director of New Play Programs ARTISTIC Resident Artists Paula Vogel, Playwright in Residence Liz Diamond, Evan Yionoulis, Resident Directors Catherine Sheehy, Resident Dramaturg Michael Yeargan, Set Design Advisor, Resident Set Designer Ilona Somogyi, Costume Design Advisor Jess Goldstein, Resident Costume Designer Jennifer Tipton, Lighting Design Advisor Stephen Strawbridge, Resident Lighting Designer David Budries, Sound Design Advisor Walton Wilson, Voice and Speech Advisor Rick Sordelet, Fight Advisor Mary Hunter, Stage Management Advisor Associate Artists 52nd Street Project, Kama Ginkas, Mark Lamos, MTYZ Theatre/Moscow New Generations Theatre, Bill Rauch, Sarah Ruhl, Henrietta Yanovskaya Artistic Management James Mountcastle, Production Stage Manager Amy Boratko, Literary Manager Kay Perdue Meadows, Artistic Associate Jocelyn Prince, Artistic Coordinator Rachel Carpman, Literary Associate Tara Rubin, CSA; Lindsay Levine, CSA; Laura Schutzel, CSA; Kaitlin Shaw, CSA; Merri Sugarman, CSA; Eric Woodall, CSA; Claire Burke; Felicia Rudolph, Casting Josie Brown, Senior Administrative Assistant to the Artistic Director and Associate Artistic Director Laurie Coppola, Senior Administrative Assistant for the Directing, Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism, Playwriting, and Stage Management Departments Kate Begley Baker, Senior Administrative Assistant for the Design and Sound Design Departments Lindsay King, Library Services
PRODUCTION Production Management Bronislaw J. Sammler, Head of Production Jonathan Reed, Production Manager C. Nikki Mills, Associate Head of Production and Student Labor Supervisor Grace O’Brien, Senior Administrative Assistant to the Production and Theater Safety and Occupational Health Departments Scenery Neil Mulligan, Matt Welander, Technical Directors Alan Hendrickson, Electro Mechanical Laboratory Supervisor Eric Sparks, Shop Foreman Matt Gaffney, Ryan Gardner, Sharon Reinhart, Master Shop Carpenters Alex McNamara, Shop Carpenter Trent Davis, Interim Shop Carpenter Bryanna Kim, Brian Pacelli, Assistants to the Technical Director Painting Ru-Jun Wang, Scenic Charge Lia Akkerhuis, Nathan Jasunas, Scenic Artists Olga Tyurikova, Assistant to the Painting Supervisor Properties Jennifer McClure, Properties Master David P. Schrader, Properties Craftsperson Ashley Flowers, Properties Assistant Bill Batschelet, Properties Stock Manager Logan Baker, Michael Schermann, Assistants to the Properties Master Costumes Tom McAlister, Costume Shop Manager Harry Johnson, Clarissa Wylie Youngberg, Mary Zihal, Senior Drapers Deborah Bloch, Patricia Van Horn, Senior First Hands Linda Kelley-Dodd, Costume Project Coordinator Denise O’Brien, Wig and Hair Design Barbara Bodine, Company Hairdresser Elizabeth Beale, Costume Stock Manager Jamie Farkas, Rachel Gregory, Assistants to the Costume Shop Manager
Electrics Donald W. Titus, Lighting Supervisor Jennifer Carlson, Linda-Cristal Young, Senior Head Electricians Mayumi Nishiyama, Assistant to the Lighting Supervisor Sound Mike Backhaus, Sound Supervisor Stephanie Smith, Staff Sound Engineer Roxy Jia, Haley Wolf, Assistants to the Sound Supervisor Projections Erich Bolton, Projection Supervisor Mike Paddock, Head Projection Technician Stage Operations Janet Cunningham, Stage Carpenter Elizabeth Bolster, Wardrobe Supervisor Jacob Riley, FOH Mix Engineer Mark Bailey, Light Board Programmer ADMINISTRATION General Management Flo Low, Gretchen Wright, Associate Managing Directors Melissa Rose, Sylvia Xiaomeng Zhang, Assistant Managing Directors Emalie Mayo, Senior Administrative Assistant to the Managing Director Jaime Totti, Lisa D. Richardson, Leandro A. Zaneti, Management Assistants Al Heartley, Company Manager Caitlin Crombleholme, Leandro A. Zaneti, Assistant Company Managers Development and Alumni Affairs Deborah S. Berman, Director of Development and Alumni Affairs Janice Muirhead, Senior Associate Director of Institutional Giving Susan C. Clark, Senior Associate Director of Operations for Development and Alumni Affairs Joanna Romberg, Senior Associate Director of Annual Giving and Special Projects Chiara Klein, Associate Director of Development and Alumni Affairs Jennifer E. Alzona, Senior Administrative Assistant to Development and Marketing & Communications
Yale Repertory Theatre Staff Alice Kenney, Development Associate Rebecca Hampe, Development Assistant Finance and Human Resources Katherine D. Burgueño, Director of Finance and Human Resources Erin Ethier, Business Manager Janna J. Ellis, Director, Yale Tessitura Consortium Chris Fuller, Preston Mock, Business Office Specialists Shainn Reaves, Senior Administrative Assistant to Business Office, Digital Technology, Operations, and Tessitura Susan Ireland, Ashlie Russell, Business Office Assistants Marketing, Communications, and Audience Services Daniel Cress, Director of Marketing Steven Padla, Director of Communications Caitlin Griffin, Senior Associate Director of Marketing and Communications Emily Reeder, Associate Director of Marketing and Communications Gwyneth Muller, Jaime Totti, Malenky Welsh, Marketing and Communications Assistants Marguerite Elliott, Publications Manager Laura Kirk, Director of Audience Services Shane Quinn, Assistant Director of Audience Services Tracy Baldini, Subscriptions Coordinator Roger-Paul Snell, Audience Services Assistant Alexandra Cadena, Sara Cho, Jordan Graf, Nicolette Mántica, Kenneth Murray, Alexis Payne, Tarleton Watkins, Box Office Assistants Erika Anclade, Tracy Bennett, Tasha Boyer, Rachel Brodwin, Denyse Burke, Kerry Burke-McCloud, Billy Cavell, Sabrina Clevenger, Cara Correll, Paige Cunningham, Aryssa Damron, Daniel Diaz-Vita, Adam D’Sa, Rebecca Hampe, Hannah Herzog, Jamie Inwood, Michaela Johnson, Shawn Luciani, Bonnie Moeller, Ashley Stanbury, Monica Traniello, Elizabeth Wiet, Cate Worthington, Larsson Youngberg, Ushers Paul Evan Jeffrey, Art and Design Joan Marcus, Production Photographer David Kane, Videography
Operations Diane Galt, Director of Facility Operations Nadir Balan, Operations Associate Jennifer Draughn, Arts and Graduate Studies Superintendent Sherry Stanley, Team Leader Michael Humbert, Facility Steward Donell DiGioia, Ty Frost, Kathy Langston, Mark Roy, Jerome Sonia, Custodians Digital Technology Chris Kilbourne, Director of Digital Technology Luis Serrano, Web and Email Services Associate Kader Sümer, Interim Digital Technology Associate Don Harvey, Ron Rode, Ben Silvert, Database Application Consultants Theater Safety and Occupational Health William J. Reynolds, Director of Theater Safety and Occupational Health Jacob Thompson, Security Officer Ed Jooss, Audience Safety Officer Kevin Delaney, John Marquez, Customer Service and Safety Officers
The Actors and Stage Manager employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers. The Scenic, Costume, Lighting, and Sound Designers in LORT are represented by United Artists Local USA-829, IATSE. Yale Repertory Theatre operates under an agreement between the League of Resident Theatres (LORT) and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
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2014 OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A PLAY CONNECTICUT CRITICS CIRCLE
These Paper Bullets! by Rolin Jones, with songs by Billie Joe Armstrong; Yale Rep, world premiere, 2014; Geffen Playhouse, west coast premiere, 2015; Atlantic Theater Company, New York premiere, 2015.
Binger Center for New Theatre YALE REPERTORY THEATRE, the internationally celebrated professional theatre in residence at Yale School of Drama, has championed new work since 1966, producing well over 100 premieres—including two Pulitzer Prize winners and four other nominated finalists. Twelve Yale Rep productions have advanced to Broadway, garnering more than 40 Tony Award nominations and eight Tony Awards. Yale Rep is also the recipient of the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. Established in 2008, Yale’s BINGER CENTER FOR NEW THEATRE has distinguished itself as one of the nation’s most robust and innovative new play programs. To date, the Binger Center has supported the work of more than 50 commissioned artists and underwritten the world premieres and subsequent productions of 24 new American plays and musicals at Yale Rep and theatres across the country—including this season’s Scenes from Court Life by Sarah Ruhl, Imogen Says Nothing by Aditi Brennan Kapil, and Mary Jane by Amy Herzog. Photos by Joan Marcus and Carol Rosegg.
“A SHARP DRAMA ABOUT
FORGIVENESS, GENEROSITY, AND FAMILY.” TIME OUT NEW YORK
War by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins; Yale Rep, world premiere, 2014; Lincoln Center Theatre’s LCT3, New York premiere, 2016. 33
2016 OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A PLAY CONNECTICUT CRITICS CIRCLE
Indecent created by Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman; Yale Rep and La Jolla Playhouse, world premiere, 2015; Vineyard Theatre, New York premiere, 2016; upcoming Broadway, 2017.
“FIERCELY FUNNY!” THE NEW YORK TIMES
“SPLENDID!” NEW HAVEN REGISTER
peerless by Jiehae Park. Yale Rep, world premiere, 2015.
Familiar by Danai Gurira; Yale Rep, world premiere, 2015; Playwrights Horizons, New York premiere, 2016.
“BEST BROADWAY PLAY OF 2014!” USA TODAY
The Realistic Joneses by Will Eno; Yale Rep, world premiere, 2012; Broadway premiere, 2014. 34
Yale School of Drama Board of Advisors John B. Beinecke, Chair Scott Delman John Badham, Vice Chair Michael Diamond Jeremy Smith, Vice Chair Polly Draper Charles S. Dutton Nina Adams Sasha Emerson Amy Aquino Heidi Ettinger Sonja Berggren Lily Fan Carmine Boccuzzi Terry Fitzpatrick Lynne Bolton Marc Flanagan Clare Brinkley Marcus Dean Fuller Sterling B. Brinkley, Jr. Anita Pamintuan Fusco Kate Burton Donald Granger Lois Chiles David Marshall Grant Patricia Clarkson David Alan Grier Edgar M. Cullman III Ruth Hendel
Catherine MacNeil Hollinger Sally Horchow Ellen Iseman David Johnson Jane Kaczmarek Asaad Kelada Sarah Long Donald Lowy Elizabeth Margid Drew McCoy David Milch Tom Moore Arthur Nacht Jennifer Harrison Newman
Lupita Nyong’o Carol Ostrow Amy Povich Liev Schreiber Tracy Chutorian Semler Tony Shalhoub Michael Sheehan Anna Deavere Smith Andrew Tisdale Edward Trach Esme Usdan Courtney B. Vance Donald Ware Henry Winkler Amanda Wallace Woods
Thank you to the generous contributors to Yale School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre LEADERSHIP SOCIETY ($50,000 and above)
Nina Adams and Moreson Kaplan Dmitry Ananiev Anonymous (2) John B. Beinecke Sonja Berggren and Patrick Seaver Lynne and Roger Bolton Burry Fredrik Foundation Lois Chiles and Richard Gilder Nicholas Ciriello Edgerton Foundation Lily Fan Anita Pamintuan Fusco and Dino Fusco The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Lane Heard and Margaret Bauer Stephen J. Hoffman William and Sarah Hyman David Johnson Geoffrey Ashton Johnson Rocco Landesman The Frederick Loewe Foundation Neil Mazzella Tom Moore James Munson Alan Poul Pam and Jeff Rank Robert Riordan Robina Foundation Linda and Larry Rodman Talia Shire Schwartzman Tracy Chutorian Semler The Ted and Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund The Shubert Foundation Jeremy Smith 35
Stephen Timbers Time Warner Foundation Nesrin and Andrew Tisdale Edward Trach Trust for Mutual Understanding Kara Unterberg Esme Usdan Albert Zuckerman
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