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National Tours: The Lion King. Regional: A Song at Twilight (Hartford Stage), Zorro (American Premiere, Alliance Theatre), Abigail/1702 (World Premiere, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Coriolanus (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), Much Ado About Nothing (Chautauqua Theater Company), Cyrano de Bergerac (Barrington Stage Company). Film: Handsome Harry. Television: Guiding Light. Education: Yale School of Drama.
Westport Country Playhouse: Once a Catholic, Return Engagements, Speed-the-Plow, Angel Street, Our Town; Script in Hand playreadings of A Song at Twilight, Angel Street, Morning’s at Seven. Broadway: Our Town (with Paul Newman), The Miser, Hay Fever (directed by Brian Murray), The Corn Is Green, Crimes of the Heart, Agnes of God, Once a Catholic, Da. Off-Broadway: Remembrance; The Three Sisters; New England; Come Back, Little Sheba; The Exonerated. Regional: A Song at Twilight, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Delicate Balance, Ghosts, The Cherry Orchard, A Period of Adjustment, Molly Sweeney, Much Ado About Nothing. Ireland: Deathtrap. Film: Isn’t It Delicious, Gods and Generals, All Good Things, The Money Pit. Television: All three “Law & Orders”; “Mary and Rhoda”; “The Jury”; “The Cosby Show.” Awards: Tony Award nom., Clarence Derwent Award, Barrymore Award nom., Drama Desk Award nom.
Westport Country Playhouse: The House of Blue Leaves; Script in Hand playreading of Angel Street. Broadway: The Importance of Being Earnest, Mary Stuart, The Rivals, The Crucible (Tony Award nom.), Uncle Vanya (Drama Desk Award nom.), Twelfth Night, The Little Foxes (Drama Desk Award, Tony Award nom.), Racing Demon, A Small Family Business (Drama Desk Award nom.), Noises Off (Drama Desk Award), Black Comedy, Sleuth, Da, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Tony Award nom.). Off- Broadway: Me, Myself And I; Keep Your Pantheon; Gaslight; Colder Than Here; Much Ado About Nothing, Beckett/Albee; Scattergood; Hobson’s Choice; The Play About the Baby (Obie Award); Long Day’s Journey into Night; The Entertainer; Entertaining Mr. Sloane; Misalliance; Molly Sweeney; Travels with My Aunt (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle awards); Mud River Stone; Ashes (Obie Award); Spread Eagle; The Merry Wives of Windsor; Hamlet; The Butterfly Collection. Regional: A Song at Twilight (Hartford Stage); the world premieres of Edward Albee’s Me, Myself and I and A Seagull in the Hamptons (McCarter Theatre) and Alfred Uhry’s Edgardo Mine (Hartford Stage, Guthrie Theater). As director (Broadway): The Circle, Blithe Spirit, Hay Fever, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Show-Off, The Waltz of the Toreadors. Film/TV: Bob Roberts, City Hall, Treasure Planet (voice of John Silver), “Person of Interest,” “The Good Wife,” “30 Rock,” Dolley Madison, The Investigation, Liberty, Hamlet, Twelfth Night. Recipient: 1998 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence, 1998 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work, Fox Foundation Fellow.
Broadway: Credits include Conversations with My Father, Old Acquaintance, Cymbeline, The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore, The Road to Mecca, The Anarchist. Regional: Othello; Light Up the Sky; Richard III, Morocco (dir. Mark Lamos); A Song at Twilight, A Shayna Maidel, Woyzeck (Hartford Stage); Torch Song Trilogy; roles ranging from Callas in Master Class to Miss Gooch in Auntie Mame and the Mouth in Not I; favorite roles include Regina in The Little Foxes, Lady in Orpheus Descending, Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, Elizabeth in Richard III, Miss Van Huysen (Drama Logue Award) in The Matchmaker, and Yelena in Uncle Vanya. Television: “Whoopi” series as Jadwiga; “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Conviction,” “The Wire,” “Mad Men.” Films: Heaven’s Gate, Dead Again, Waltzing Anna, Suddenly Manhattan. Awards: Obie Award for portrayal of a Holocaust survivor, Luisa, in A Shayna Maidel (originated at Hartford Stage), and a Drama Desk Award nomination. Reprising the role in L.A. she earned L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award, Drama Logue Award, and L.A. Weekly Award. For her first professional NYC production as Emma in Fefu and Her Friends, she received a Theatre World Award.
Westport Country Playhouse: The Dining Room, World Premiere of Harbor (transferred to New York’s Primary Stages), Into the Woods, among others since 2008. New York credits: The Rivals, Big Bill, Seascape, Cymbeline, Measure for Measure (Lortel Award), all for Lincoln Center Theater; The Gershwins’ Fascinating Rhythm; The Deep Blue Sea; Our Country's Good (Tony Award nomination). Off-Broadway: The End of the Day (Playwrights Horizons);Thief River (Signature Theatre Company); Love's Fire (Public Theater, Acting Company); As You Like It (Public Theater, Central Park); Indian Blood, Buffalo Gal, Black Tie (Primary Stages). Artistic director, Hartford Stage (1989 Tony Award for theater's body of work). Other theater: The Kennedy Center; Delaware Rep, Washington's Ford's Theatre; Canada's Stratford Festival; Guthrie Theater; A.C.T.; Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Yale Repertory Theatre; D.C.'s Shakespeare Theatre; Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; San Diego's Old Globe; Moscow's Pushkin Theatre (first American to direct in former Soviet Union); American Ballet Theatre. Opera: I Lombardi, Wozzeck (both televised for Great Performances); The Great Gatsby (world premiere) and Adriana Lecouvreur at the Metropolitan Opera; many productions for New York City Opera, including televised productions of Paul Bunyan, Tosca, Central Park, and Madama Butterfly (Emmy Award); Glimmerglass Opera; Gothenberg's Stora Teatern; L'Opéra de Montréal; Chicago Lyric; San Francisco Opera; Norway's Den Nye Opera and Bergen National Opera; and opera companies of Santa Fe, St. Louis, Washington, Dallas, Seattle. Lamos began his career in the theater as an actor on and Off-Broadway and in regional theater. He made his film debut in Longtime Companion. He was awarded the Connecticut Medal for the Arts as well as honorary doctorates from Connecticut College, University of Hartford, and Trinity College.
James Will McBride
James is in his second season as Hartford Stage’s Artistic Apprentice. He was the American Theatre Wing’s SpringboardNYC Directing Candidate in 2012. Directing credits include: The Retreating World, Almost Maine (Loyola New Orleans). Assistant Directing: Twelfth Night, Macbeth, La Dispute, A Christmas Carol, A Song at Twilight, Somewhere (Hartford Stage). Education: BA in Theatre Business, Loyola University New Orleans. jameswillmcbride.com
Noël Coward (1899 – 1973)
Westport Country Playhouse: The Show-Off, The Year of Magical Thinking, The Circle (Connecticut Critics Circle Award), The Archbishop’s Ceiling. Broadway: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Connecticut Critics Circle and Craig Noel Awards), Present Laughter (Tony Award nomination), Old Acquaintance, Butley, Hedda Gabler. West End: All New People. Off-Broadway: Rapture Blister Burn, Maple and Vine (Playwrights Horizons); All New People, Trust, The Water’s Edge (Second Stage); The Understudy (Roundabout Theatre Company); Measure for Pleasure (Public Theater); Observe the Sons of Ulster…(Lortel Award); Chaucer in Rome (Lincoln Center Theater). Opera: Il Trittico (Deutsche Oper Berlin), Cosi Fan Tutte (Minnesota Opera), Der Waffenschmied (Munich), Der fliegende Holländer (Würzburg), Lohengrin (Budapest). Training: Yale.
Hamlet (Resident Ensemble Players) directed by Mark Lamos. Broadway: Romeo and Juliet. Upcoming: La Rondine (Opera Theatre of St. Louis); Double Bill (Santa Fe Opera); My Fair Lady (Guthrie Theater). Regional Theater and Opera: Hartford Stage, Old Globe, Alley Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, American Players Theatre, Children’s Theatre Company, Ford’s Theatre, Studio Theatre, Wexford Opera Festival (IE), Nationale Reisopera (NL), Landestheater (AU), Gotham Chamber Opera, Portland Opera. Off-Broadway Premieres: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Batboy the Musical, The Divine Sister. Ballet: The Nutcracker at Ballet Arizona. Awards: Connecticut Critics Circle Award 2012, Irene Sharaff Young Master 2008, Lucille Lortel Award nomination 2001.
Westport Country Playhouse: Loot, Tartuffe, Suddenly Last Summer, Dinner with Friends. Broadway: Ann. Off-Broadway: Atlantic Theater Company, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Lincoln Center, MCC, Playwrights Horizons, Play Company, Primary Stages, Rattlestick, Second Stage, TheatreworksUSA. Regional: Actors Theater of Louisville, Arena Stage, Baltimore’s Center Stage, Bay Street Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cleveland Play House, Dallas Theater Center, Ford’s Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Hartford Stage, Hangar Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, New York Stage and Film, The Old Globe, Shakespeare Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Yale Repertory Theatre. Graduate: University of Massachusetts, Yale School of Drama. matthewrichardsdesign.com.
Original Music and Sound Design
Westport Country Playhouse: Harbor; Twelfth Night; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; Beyond Therapy; Happy Days, Of Mice and Men; The Archbishop’s Ceiling; Journey’s End; Dear Brutus; Trumbo. Broadway: More than 30 productions including The Trip to Bountiful (Tony nomination), The Columnist, Clybourne Park, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man (Drama Desk Award), The Road to Mecca, Man and Boy, Seminar, Next Fall, Proof, Sight Unseen, Dividing the Estate, Prelude to a Kiss, A Bronx Tale, Well, Rabbit Hole, Twelve Angry Men, Twilight LA, A Few Good Men, more. Gromada has composed many scores for Hartford Stage productions, including Horton Foote's epic Orphans' Home Cycle (Drama Desk and Henry Hewes Awards), and Michael Wilson's A Christmas Carol. Long Wharf Theatre: The Old Masters, Train Driver, more. Other New York: Satchmo at the Waldorf, Domesticated, Measure for Measure (Delacorte), Vera Stark, The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore, The Screwtape Letters, Shipwrecked!... (Lucille Lortel Award), The Grand Manner, Buffalo Gal, Black Tie, more. Public Theater: The Singing Forest, Henry V, Julius Caesar, The Skriker (Drama Desk Award) , Machinal (Obie Award), more. Television: Scored the Lifetime movie adaptation of The Trip to Bountiful, The Interrogators (Biography). Other Awards: Eddy, Drama-logue, NEA Opera/Music Theatre Fellowship, ASCAP awards. www.johngromada.com
Mark Adam Rampmeyer
Hair and Make-Up Design
Hartford Stage: To Kill A Mockingbird, The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore (with Olympia Dukakis), Horton Foote’s The Orphans’ Home Cycle. Broadway: Lysistrata Jones, West Side Story, The Farnsworth Invention (with Hank Azaria). Off-Broadway: Tally’s Folly, The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore (Roundabout Theater Company); Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (with Megan Hilty), (New York City Center); The Toxic Avenger (New World Stages); Chasing Manet (Primary Stages); Restoration (New York Theater Workshop). Regional: A Song at Twilight (Hartford Stage); The Most Happy Fella, Good News, 42nd Street (Goodspeed Opera House); Hairspray, Oklahoma, Kiss Me, Kate!, Steel Magnolias (Paper Mill Playhouse); The Adding Machine, Restoration, The 39 Steps (La Jolla Playhouse); Les Misérables, Mary Poppins, Shrek, Spamalot (The MUNY); Sylvia, The Toxic Avenger (George Street Playhouse). Awards: Winner 2009/10 Drama Desk Award for Horton Foote’s The Orphans’ Home Cycle.
Prior to joining Hartford Stage as Senior Dramaturg and Director of New Play Development, Elizabeth Williamson was Associate Artistic Director and Literary Manager at Pioneer Theatre Company. Translations include Marivaux’ La Dispute (co-adapted with Darko Tresnjak) at Hartford Stage, Michel Azama’s The Life and Death of Pier Paolo Pasolini (with Nicholas Elliott, Act French Festival, New York), Michel Azama’s Airlock (with Nicholas Elliott), and Michel Azama’s Night Zoo. As dramaturg and director, she has developed new work and new adaptations of the classics with Bess Wohl, Dan O’Brien, Matthew Lopez, Brighde Mullins, Wendy MacLeod, Mary Zimmerman, Big Dance Theatre, Dominique Serrand and Steve Epp, and others. She’s worked around the country at many theaters and opera companies, including About Face Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, Aurora Theatre, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Berkshire Opera, Court Theatre, HERE Arts Center, La Jolla Playhouse, Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival, Steppenwolf Theatre, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Education: BA, Bennington College; Master’s, Oxford University; trained at the École Jacques Lecoq. Williamson received a 2007 NEA Fellowship in Literary Translation and is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas.
Resident Production Stage Manager
Westport Country Playhouse: Room Service; Oblivion; Loot; The Show-Off; The Dining Room; A Raisin in the Sun; Harbor; Tartuffe; The Year of Magical Thinking; Into the Woods; Twelfth Night; Suddenly Last Summer; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; Beyond Therapy; The Diary of Anne Frank; Happy Days; She Loves Me; That Championship Season; Tick, Tick...Boom!; Around the World in 80 Days; A Holiday Garland; The Pavilion. Broadway: The Light in the Piazza, Coram Boy, Hamlet, Curtains, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Wicked, The Lion King, All Shook Up, The Frogs. Off-Broadway: Black Tie, Buffalo Gal, Happy Now?, Shipwrecked! An Entertainment..., White Chocolate, Open Heart, The Architecture of Loss. Other New York: Show Boat In Concert (Carnegie Hall). Regional: A Song at Twilight (Hartford Stage), January Joiner (Long Wharf Theatre), Honk!(Two River Theater Company), Into the Woods (Center Stage). Sundance Theatre Labs 2013 & 2014.
Assistant Stage Manager
Westport Country Playhouse: Room Service; Oblivion; The Dining Room; Harbor; Into the Woods; Twelfth Night, or What You Will; Happy Days; Dinner with Friends. A Song at Twilight (Hartford Stage). New York: A Bed and A Chair (Encores! NY City Center); Luck of the Irish (LCT3);The Morini Strad (Primary Stages); Instinct (Creation Production Company); The Pirates of Penzance, The Twenty-Seventh Man, Titus Andronicus, All’s Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure (The Public Theater).
Binder Casting with Jay Binder, CSA, Jack Bowdan, CSA, Mark Brandon, CSA, and Jason Styres, CSA, have cast over 70 Broadway shows including Dames at Sea (upcoming 2014), A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Born Yesterday, The Miracle Worker, Finian’s Rainbow, Brighton Beach Memoirs, A Chorus Line, Gypsy, The 39 Steps, White Christmas, Is He Dead?, Inherit the Wind, Journey’s End, Butley, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Sweet Charity, Wonderful Town, Movin’ Out, 42nd Street, The Music Man, The Iceman Cometh, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, The Sound of Music, Beauty and the Beast, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Chicago, The King and I, Damn Yankees, Lost in Yonkers, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, The Goodbye Girl, and every City Center Encores! production since its inception in 1994. Film/TV/Other: Carousel (NY Philharmonic/PBS), Six by Sondheim (HBO), So You Think You Can Dance, West Side Story (San Francisco Symphony), Hairspray, Dreamgirls, Chicago, Nine. Ten–time Artios Award winner.
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April 10, 2014
A Song at Twilight Opens Westport Country Playhouse Season
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