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Dominique Morisseau
Playwright

Dominique Morisseau is the author of The Detroit Project (A 3-Play Cycle) which includes the following plays: Skeleton Crew (Atlantic Theater Company), Paradise Blue (Signature Theatre), and Detroit ’67 (Public Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem and NBT). Additional plays include: Pipeline (Lincoln Center Theatre), Sunset Baby (LAByrinth Theatre); Blood at the Root (National Black Theatre) and Follow Me To Nellie’s (Premiere Stages). She is also the book writer on the new musical Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations (Berkeley Repertory Theatre). Dominique is an alumna of The Public Theater Emerging Writer’s Group, Women’s Project Lab, and Lark Playwrights Workshop and has developed work at Sundance Lab, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference. Her work has been commissioned by Steppenwolf Theater, Women’s Project, South Coast Rep, People’s Light and Theatre, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival/Penumbra Theatre. She most recently served as Co-Producer on the Showtime series “Shameless.” Awards include: Spirit of Detroit Award, PoNY Fellowship, Sky-Cooper Prize, TEER Trailblazer Award, Steinberg Playwright Award, AUDELCO Awards, NBFT August Wilson Playwriting Award, Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama, OBIE Award, Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellowship, and being named one of Variety’s Women of Impact for 2017-18.

LA Williams
Director

LA Williams is a New York-based director. He is currently an inaugural recipient of the Old Globe Classical Directing Fellowship. Recent Off-Broadway credits include assistant to Oskar Eustis & Suzan-Lori Parks on the world premiere of 
White Noise by Suzan-Lori Parks (The Public Theater); Rated Black: An American Requiem by Kareem M. Lucas (Next Door at New York Theatre Workshop); Father Comes Home from the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3 by Suzan-Lori Parks (The Juilliard School); Richard in 9 Poses by Sarah DeLappe (Clubbed Thumb). Regional credits include Too Heavy for Your Pocket by Jirèh Breon Holder (George Street Playhouse). LA has developed and directed new work at The Public Theater, The New Group, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Classical Theatre of Harlem, and The Kennedy Center. He is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and was a recipient of the National Directors Fellowship, Clubbed Thumb Directing Fellowship, and Kenny Leon Directing Fellowship. Education: M.A. Emerson College; B.A. Alabama State University. 

Caite Hevner
Set Designer

New York City based scenic and projection designer. Broadway: 
In Transit. Selected Off-Broadway: Collective Rage (MCC); Derren Brown: Secret (Atlantic Theater Company); DISCORD (Primary Stages); Ugly Lies the Bone (Roundabout) Tail! Spin! (Lynn Redgrave Theater);  My Mother Has 4 Noses (The Duke); Baghdaddy (St. Luke’s Theatre); Triassic Parq (Soho Playhouse); Orwell in America (59E59); The Elephant in Every Room I Enter (New York Theater Workshop Next Door); Parade and The Scarlet Pimpernel (MCP/Lincoln Center). Select Regional: Guthrie, Seattle 5th Avenue, Kennedy Center’s Broadway Center Stage, Alley, Arena, McCarter, Williamstown, Alliance, Alabama Shakespeare, Baltimore Center Stage, Cleveland Play House, Dallas Theater Center, Pasadena Playhouse, Long Wharf, People’s Light. www.caitedesign.com

Asa Benally
Costume Designer

Westport Country Playhouse:
In the Heights, Man of La Mancha, Romeo and Juliet. Other credits: Too Heavy For Your Pocket (George Street Playhouse); Father Comes Home…(Juilliard); Then They Forgot About the Rest (INTAR Theater); Cymbeline (Yale Repertory Theater); The Brobot Johnson Experience (The Bushwick Starr); Tricks the Devil Taught Me (Minetta Lane Theatre); Coriolanus and The Seagull (Yale School of Drama);  Whale Song (Perseverance Theater);  The Crazy Shepherds of Rebellion, The SecretariesRoberto ZuccoTrouble in Tahiti (Yale Cabaret); A Midsummer Night’s DreamMeasure for Measure (Frog and Peach Theater Company); The Winter’s Tale (HERE Arts Center);  Peer Gynt, Big Love (Amherst College). M.F.A Yale School of Drama. B.F.A. Parsons School of Design. He is originally from the Navajo Nation in Northern Arizona. www.asabenally.com, Instagram: @Asa_Benally_Design. 

Xavier Pierce
Lighting Designer

Westport Country Playhouse:
Thousand Pines, A Raisin in the Sun. In two seasons at OSF: Othello, Shakespeare in Love. Other: White Noise (The Public Theater); Native Gardens, Harvey, Blithe Spirit (Guthrie Theater); Smart People, Native Gardens (Arena Stage); The Roommate (Steppenwolf); Fun Home (Baltimore Center Stage); Little Girl Blue (George Street Playhouse); Yours Unfaithfully, A Day by the Sea (Mint Theatre NYC); Misery (Cincinnati Playhouse); Noises Off! (Syracuse Stage); Fences (Long Wharf Theatre,  McCarter Theatre); Peter and the Starcatcher, 4000 Miles, The Mountaintop, Detroit ’67 (PlayMakers Repertory Company); Two Trains Running (Arden Theatre); Outside Mulingar (Arizona Theatre Company); The Piano Lesson (Olney Theatre Center); Fly (Florida Studio Theatre); Common Enemy, Red (Triad Stage); Two Trains Running (Two River Theater Company); Everybody, The Glass Menagerie, black odyssey, Fences (California Shakespeare Theater); Hamlet, Pippin (Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre); Pipeline (Indiana Repertory Theatre); Hypeman (The Flea); Othello ( A.R.T.).

Chris Lane
Sound Designer

Chris
 is humbled to be making his Westport Country Playhouse debut. This Atlanta-based DJ has transitioned his rhythms and scores into the theatrical space. His Atlanta credits include: Pipeline (Horizon Theatre); Four Women and Skeleton Crew (True Colors Theatre); An Octoroon (Actor’s Express); Footloose (Theatre Buford); The America Play (GSU-Theatre Arts Guild). Regional/National credits include: Too Heavy for Your Pocket (George Street Playhouse); Four Little Girls (Alabama Shakespeare Festival); The Royale (Kitchen Theatre Company/Geva Theatre Center); and Kennedy Center's American College Theater Festival. In tandem with his freelance work as a designer, audio engineer and music producer, he is also a proud member of Alliance Theatre’s teaching artist division as well as the executive director of RUN Arts: a youth education program defying the “starving artist” stereotype with interactive, high quality arts and business curricula. 

Ron Carlos
Dialect Coach

Ron is thrilled to be returning to the Westport Country Playhouse! Other theater work includes Broadway, The Public Theater, MCC, NYTW, Abingdon, Two River, Hartford Stage, Shakespeare Theater of NJ, A.R.T., and Yale Rep where Ron spent five years teaching speech and dialects at the Yale School of Drama. Film and television work includes: “The Enemy Within” (NBC), “Family Pictures USA”
(PBS), “OITNB” (Netflix), “Madam Secretary” (CBS), “Power” (STARZ), “Unforgettable” (CBS), “Fringe” (Fox). Beautiful Darkness, The Week Of. MFA Voice and Speech Pedagogy from the A.R.T. Institute at Harvard. Associate Teacher: Fitzmaurice Voicework®. Certified Teacher: Knight-Thompson Speechwork.

Sandra Daley
Dramaturg

Sandra is an Afro-Caribbean artist, living in Harlem. She has earned her merits over twenty years as an OBIE Award-winning producer, award-winning playwright, director, actress, and dramaturg. She is a recipient of the Josephine Abady Award. She earned an MFA in Playwriting from Hunter College under the mentorship of Master-Artists-in-Residence Annie Baker and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. She teaches Playwriting at Sarah Lawrence. Not one, but two of her plays made it to the Kilroys List 2017. Sandra is a member of Beehive Dramaturgy Studio, founded to make skilled dramaturgy accessible to all theater practitioners.

Tara Rubin Casting
Casting

Seventh Season at Westport Country Playhouse.
 Selected Broadway and National Tours: Ain’t Too Proud, King Kong, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, The Band’s Visit, Prince of Broadway, Indecent, Bandstand, Sunset Boulevard, Miss Saigon, Dear Evan Hansen, A Bronx Tale, Cats, Falsettos, Disaster!, School of Rock, Bullets Over Broadway, Les Misérables, Big Fish, The Phantom of the Opera, Billy Elliot, Shrek, Spamalot, …Spelling Bee, The Producers, Mamma Mia!, Jersey Boys  Off-Broadway: Gloria: A Life, Smokey Joe’s Café, Here Lies Love, Love, Loss, and What I Wore  Selected Regional: Yale Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Asolo Rep. www.tararubincasting.com

Tara Rubin Casting
Tara Rubin CSA, Merri Sugarman CSA, Laura Schutzel CSA, Kaitlin Shaw CSA, Claire Burke CSA, Peter Van Dam CSA, Felicia Rudolph CSA, Xavier Rubiano CSA, Louis DiPaolo, Kevin Metzger-Timson, Juliet Auwaerter.

Bryan Bauer
Production Stage Manager

Westport Country Playhouse debut.
Off-Broadway: Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie, KPOP (Ars Nova); Slave Play (New York Theatre Workshop); The Things That Were There (The Bushwick Starr); Dance Nation, Miles for Mary, Bella: An American Tall Tale, The Light Years, A Life (Playwrights Horizons); Richard in 9 Poses (Clubbed Thumb); King Liz (Second Stage Theatre). Regional: In Your Arms, Roar of the Greasepaint…. (New York Stage and Film); A Christmas Carol (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma), Bernstein’s MASS (Canterbury Chorale Society). Dance: Peter Pan, Scheherazade, Beauty and the Beast (Oklahoma City Ballet); Vail Dance Festival; New Dance Alliance.

Megan Smith
Assistant Stage Manager

Westport Country Playhouse: 
In The Heights, Romeo and JulietGrounded, Lettice and LovageWhat the Butler SawThe Invisible Hand, Art, Red, Bedroom FarceThe LiarOf Mice and Men, David Copperfield, Finian’s Rainbow, and Script in Hand playreadings of Tricks of the Trade, The Cemetery ClubTuesdays with Morrie, Breaking Legs, Better LateSherlock Holmes, You Know I Can’t Hear You When the Water’s RunningLunch HourThe Late Christopher Bean, The Cocktail Hour, Scotland Road, The Last Night of Ballyhoo. Recent credits include: Tiny Beautiful Things (Long Wharf Theatre) and Usual Girls (Roundabout Underground).  Proud AEA member since 1999.

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 (Desire Under the Elms at Moscow's Pushkin Theatre), 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, and 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 served on the Yale School of Management Alumni Advisory Board, and is a current Association of Yale Alumni delegate. He is a member of the inaugural class of artEquity diversity, equity and inclusion facilitators. He is a member of the vestry at St. Timothy’s on the Hill Episcopal Church in Fairfield. 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 not-for-profit Playhouse provides this experience in multiple ways by offering live theater experiences of the highest quality, under the artistic direction of Mark Lamos; educational and community engagement events to further explore the work on stage; the New Works Initiative, 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 to deepen relationships with audiences and artists; the renowned Woodward Internship Program during the summer months for aspiring theater professionals; Family Festivities presentations to delight young and old alike and to promote reading through live theater; youth performance training through Broadway Method Academy, Westport Country Playhouse’s resident conservatory program; and the beautiful and historic Playhouse campus open for enjoyment and community events year-round.

For This Production
Associate Scenic Designer: Emma Antenen
Assistant Costume Designer: Raphael Regan
Assistant Lighting Designer: Lance Lewis
Assistant Sound Designer: Jeremiah Davison
Production Assistants: Lissette Velez-Cross

Skeleton Crew
rehearsed at TWStudios-Chelsea NY, NY.

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