AUG 15 – SEPT 2





2017 SEASON


Meet the Creative Team

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
PLAYWRIGHT

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' plays include Neighbors (Public Theater), Appropriate (Actors Theatre of Louisville, Victory Gardens Theater, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, and Signature Theatre, OBIE Award), An Octoroon (Soho Rep, OBIE Award), and WAR. He is a Residency Five playwright at Signature Theatre and a Lila Acheson Wallace Fellow at the Juilliard School. Additionally, his work has been seen at the Vineyard Theatre, the Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles, Company One in Boston, and the HighTide Festival in the United Kingdom. He has taught at New York University and Queens University of Charlotte, and his honors include the 2016 MacArthur Fellowship, the Paula Vogel Award in Playwriting, the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, and the inaugural Tennessee Williams Award. He holds an M.A. in Performance Studies.

David Kennedy
DIRECTOR/ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Westport Country Playhouse:  The Invisible Hand, And a Nightingale Sang, Nora, Loot, Tartuffe, Suddenly Last Summer, Beyond Therapy, Dinner with Friends. Kennedy joined the Playhouse in March 2009 as associate artistic director. He previously served as associate artistic director at Dallas Theater Center from 2004 to 2007 and as acting artistic director for their 2007-08 season. His Dallas Theater Center directing credits include The Misanthrope, Glengarry Glen Ross, Moonlight and Magnolias, I Am My Own Wife, The Violet Hour, and Thom Pain (based on nothing). He has also staged productions at the Wilma Theater, Clarence Brown Theatre Company, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, 78th Street Theatre Lab, Prospect Theater Company, and Kitchen Dog Theater, among others. He was a founding artistic director of The Lunar Society in Toronto and Milkman Theatre Group in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and was artistic director of the Summer Cabaret in New Haven. Kennedy is a former Phil Killian Fellow at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, a Drama League Directing Fellow, and a graduate of Yale School of Drama. 

Andrew Boyce
SCENIC DESIGNER

Westport Country Playhouse: Buyer & Cellar, Loot, Twelfth Night. Andrew is a Chicago and NYC based designer working in theatre, opera, and film/TV. NY credits with: Lincoln Center Theater, Roundabout Theatre Company, Atlantic Theater Company, Rattlestick, Play Company, Playwrights Realm, etc. Regional credits with: Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alliance, A.C.T. (SF), American Players, Asolo Rep, California Shakespeare Theater, Dallas Theater Center, Geffen, George Street Playhouse, Goodman, Kirk Douglas, Mark Taper Forum, Milwaukee Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Syracuse Stage, Yale Rep, among many others. Andrew is a graduate of Yale School of Drama, and is currently Assistant Professor of set design at Northwestern.  www.andrewboycedesign.com

Emily Rebholz
COSTUME DESIGN

Westport Country Playhouse: Dinner With Friends, Loot, The Invisible Hand. Broadway: Indecent, Dear Evan Hansen, Oh Hello, On BroadwayIf/Then, Vanya, Sonia, Masha, and Spike, Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson. Recent Off Broadway: The Roundabout: The Robber Bridegroom; Lincoln Center Theater: The Who and the What, Stop Hitting Yourself, Vanya, Sonia, Masha, and Spike, Brokeology; Off-Broadway: The Public Theater (Shakespeare in the Park): The TempestInto the Woods; Signature Theatre: Our Lady of Kibeho; Second Stage: The Way We Get ByThe Substance of FireThe Last Five YearsThe Bachelorette; Playwrights Horizons: Mr. Burns, The Call, The Shaggs, Philosophy of The World. Select Regional: La Jolla Playhouse: Freaky Friday and Indecent; Arena Stage: Dear Evan Hansen; The Goodman Theatre: Another Word for Beauty. OPERA: Santa Fe Opera: Lucia Di Lammermoor and Don Giovanni ; Opera Theatre of St. Louis: La BohèmePagliacciIl TabarroSweeney Todd; Opera Philadelphia: Charlie Parker’s Yardbird; Cincinnati Opera: Morning Star. www.emilyrebholz.com

Matthew Richards
LIGHTING DESIGN

Westport Country Playhouse: The Invisible Hand, Red, Art, And A Nightingale Sang, The Liar, Nora, Loot, Tartuffe, Suddenly Last Summer, Dinner with Friends. Broadway: Ann. Off-Broadway: Absolute Brightness …, and The Curvy Widow at Westside Arts; The Killer, Tamburlaine, and Measure For Measure at Theatre For a New Audience; The Atlantic; B.A.M.; MCC; Playwrights Horizons; Play Co.; Primary Stages; Rattlestick; Second Stage. Regional: Actor’s Theater of Louisville; Arena Stage; Baltimore’s Center Stage; Cincinnati Playhouse; Cleveland Playhouse; Dallas Theater Center; Ford’s Theatre; The Goodman; Hartford Stage; The Hangar; The Huntington; La Jolla Playhouse; Long Wharf; New York Stage and Film; The Old Globe; Shakespeare Theatre; Westport Playhouse; Williamstown Theatre Festival; Yale Repertory Theatre.  Graduate: University of Massachusetts, Yale School of Drama. matthewrichardsdesign.com.

Fitz Patton
SOUND DESIGNER/COMPOSER

Broadway: Our Mother's Brief Affair, The Humans, The Father, Blackbird, Act of God, It's Only a Play, Airline Highway, The Other Place, I’ll Eat You Last, Outside Mullingar, Casa Valentina, The House of Blue Leaves, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Broadway Bound. In 2010 he was awarded both Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk awards for his design for When the Rain Stops Falling at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, and was nominated again in 2011 for his work on The Other Place. He is the founding editor of Chance Magazine, a serialized art book on performance and design.

Michael Rossmy
FIGHT DIRECTOR

Westport Country Playhouse: Lettice and Lovage, Camelot, The Invisible Hand, Art, Red, Broken Glass, The Liar, Nora, Room Service, Harbor, Loot, A Raisin in the Sun, Tartuffe, Into the Woods. Broadway:  A Tale of Two Cities.  Michael's work was most recently featured in the Shakespeare in the Park production of Troilus and Cressida. Regional: The Public Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, The Old Globe, Geffen Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Primary Stages, Delaware REP, SoHo Repertory Theatre, The MUNY, Baltimore’s Center Stage, Goodspeed Opera House, Paper Mill Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Huntington Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre, Rattlestick Theater, Pace University, Cherry Lane Theatre, Smith Street Stage, and others. Michael is a faculty member at the Yale School of Drama where he teaches Stage Combat, and the Stage Combat Supervisor for all undergraduate productions at Yale College. He is also the Creator/Coach of the physical training program, "The Actor as Athlete.”

Alison Mantilla
PROPS MASTER

Westport Country Playhouse debut. Broadway: Significant Other, Spring Awakening, Gigi, Of Mice and Men, Macbeth. Off-Broadway: Lincoln Center Theater, The Public Theater, Roundabout Theater Co. The Atlantic Theater Co. SUNY Purchase Alumni.

Dana Tanner-Kennedy
PRODUCTION DRAMATURG

Westport Country Playhouse: Suddenly Last Summer, Loot, and Nora. Other credits include: The Soldier’s Tale (Carnegie Hall, NYC); Hamlet (with Paul Giamatti, Yale Repertory Theatre); Urge for Going (The Public Theater); Psychos Never Dream (by National Book Award-winner Denis Johnson, Kitchen Dog Theater, Dallas). Dana currently teaches in the Department of Drama at the University of Alberta and in the Summer Conservatory for Actors at Yale University, and she serves as the Managing Editor of Marginalia Review of Books, an online magazine of ideas, religion, and culture. She is a former Literary Associate for Yale Rep and a former Managing Editor of Theater magazine. She spent five seasons in the education department at Dallas Theater Center, serving as Associate Director for two, and worked in the literary offices of Atlantic Theater Company and The Public Theater in New York. Currently, Dana is a doctoral candidate at the Yale School of Drama, where she also earned her MFA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism. 

Tara Rubin Casting 
CASTING

Fifth Season at Westport Country Playhouse.  Selected Broadway: Indecent, Dear Evan Hansen, A Bronx Tale, Falsettos, Miss Saigon, Cats, School of Rock, Disaster!, Gigi, Bullets Over Broadway, Aladdin, Les Misérables, How to Succeed.., A Little Night Music, Billy Elliot, Shrek, Guys and Dolls, Mary Poppins, Spamalot, …Spelling Bee, The Producers, Mamma Mia!, Jersey Boys, The Phantom of the Opera. Off-Broadway: Here Lies Love; Old Jews Telling Jokes; Love, Loss, and What I Wore.  Regional:  Sundance Theatre Lab, Yale Repertory Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, The Old Globe.
Tara Rubin CSA, Laura Schutzel CSA,
Merri Sugarman CSA, Eric Woodall CSA,
Kaitlin Shaw CSA, Lindsay Levine CSA,
Claire Burke CSA, Felicia Rudolph CSA

Geoff Boronda
PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER

Westport Country Playhouse debut. Off Broadway: The Public Theater: Mobile Unit: Romeo & JulietMobile Unit: The Comedy of ErrorsBuzzerPing PongUnder the Radar FestivalThe Urban RetreatThe Great ImmensityFortress of Solitude. New York: Soho Rep: generations; New School of Drama: She Kills Monsters; Rising Circle: Nobody Rides a Locomotive No Mo’. Regional: Baltimore Center Stage: Jazz, My America Too; Center Theatre Group: A View from the Bridge; Yale Repertory Theatre: HamletDear ElizabethA Doctor in Spite of Himself; The Acting Company: X, Julius Caesar; Dorset Theater Festival: Dear Elizabeth; Triad Stage: Beautiful StarA Christmas Carol; Connecticut Repertory Theater: The Sunshine Boys. Education: Yale School of Drama, MFA in stage management.

Erin McCoy    
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER

Westport Country Playhouse debut.  Broadway: 24 Hour Plays on Broadway, Off Broadway credits include: The Public Theater: Tiny Beautiful Things, Dry Powder, Under The Radar Festival, Buzzer, Fidelis, Public Works: Twelfth Night, Shakespeare in the Park: The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare in the Park: The Tempest; Second Stage Theater: Invisible Thread. Regional credits include: Baltimore Center Stage: Jazz; Center Theatre Group: A View From The Bridge. Education: Otterbein University.

Mark Lamos    
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Westport Country Playhouse: Artistic Director since 2009. Broadway: Our Country's Good (Tony nomination); The Rivals, Cymbeline, Seascape (Tony nomination, best revival) for Lincoln Center Theater; The Deep Blue Sea; The Gershwins' Fascinating Rhythm. Off-Broadway: Tiny Alice, Measure for Measure (Lortel Awards for both); productions at Playwrights Horizons, Primary Stages, Signature Theatre, The Public Theater, Shakespeare in the Park (As You Like It). He was Artistic Director of Hartford Stage for 16 seasons (1989 Tony Award). Other theater: Kennedy Center, Canada's Stratford Festival, Guthrie Theater, Yale Repertory Theatre (Associate Artist), A.C.T., The Old Globe, Delaware Rep, Ford’s Theatre, D.C.'s Shakespeare Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and others. He was the first American to direct a company in the former Soviet Union (Moscow's Pushkin Theatre - Desire Under the Elms), and the first to act as dramaturge in the creation of a ballet, Alexei Ratmansky's The Tempest for American Ballet Theatre. His work in opera is extensive. For the Metropolitan Opera: New productions of I Lombardi with Luciano Pavarotti, and Wozzeck (both televised for “Great Performances”), as well as the world premiere of Harbison's The Great Gatsby, and Adriana Lecouvreur with Placido Domingo. He created many productions for NYC Opera, including televised productions of Paul Bunyan, Tosca, Central Park, and Madama Butterfly (Emmy Award). Other opera: Glimmerglass, Bergen National, Gothenberg, Munich Biennale, London's Barbican, L'Opera du Montreal, Chicago Lyric, Santa Fe, St. Louis, Dallas, San Francisco, and others. Lamos began his career in the theater as an actor on and Off-Broadway and in regional theater and made his film debut in Longtime Companion. He was awarded the Connecticut Medal for the Arts as well as honorary doctorates from Connecticut College, Trinity College, and the University of Hartford. In October 2016, he was the recipient of the John Houseman Award.

Michael Barker
MANAGING DIRECTOR

Michael Barker joined Westport Country Playhouse in 2016 from Mill Valley, CA, where he was the managing director of Marin Theatre Company.  Previously, Barker was general manager of Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach, CA, and managing director for the Los Angeles classical theater ensemble The Antaeus Company. Before moving to California, Barker was associate managing director at Yale Repertory Theatre and managing director of Yale Summer Cabaret, where he produced the first annual Carlotta Festival of New Plays. He was Seattle Repertory Theatre’s 2008 Managing Director Fellow. Barker holds an MFA in theater management from Yale School of Drama and an MBA from Yale School of Management. At Yale, he was the recipient of the Daniel and Helene Sheehan Scholarship for theater management and a Kosciusko Scholarship for outstanding students of Polish descent. He serves on the Yale School of Management Alumni Advisory Board. He is a member of the inaugural class of artEquity diversity, equity and inclusion facilitators. Prior to graduate school, he was associate director of marketing for Court Theatre in Chicago, and also worked with Goodman Theatre, American Theater Company, Sansculottes Theater Company, and The Playground Theater.

 


Westport Country Playhouse
The mission of Westport Country Playhouse is to enrich, enlighten, and engage the community through the power of professionally produced theater worth talking about and the welcoming experience of the Playhouse campus.  The Playhouse creates this relationship with the community and provides this experience in multiple ways by offering: Live theater experiences of the highest quality, under the artistic direction of Mark Lamos, from May through November; educational and community engagement events and opportunities to further explore issues presented by the work on stage; the New Works Circle, a program dedicated to the discovery, development, and production of new live theatrical works; special performances and programs for students and teachers with extensive curriculum support material; Script in Hand play readings throughout the year to deepen relationships with audiences and artists alike; the renowned Woodward Internship Program during the summer months for aspiring theater professionals; Family Festivities presentations from November through April to delight young and old alike and to promote reading through live theater; and the beautiful and historic Playhouse campus open for enjoyment and community events year-round. The value of the Westport Country Playhouse to all it touches is immeasurable.


FOR THIS PRODUCTION
Assistant Scenic Designer: Scott Penner
Assistant Costume Designer: Deirdre Morgan
Assistant Lighting Designer: Gifford Williams
Assistant Sound Designer: Joel Abbott
Wig Designer: J. Jared Janas
Production Assistant: Page Tazewell

Rehearsed at Westport Country Playhouse.

 

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PRODUCTION SPONSORS
Eunice and David Bigelow Foundation