Yasmina Reza is a French playwright and novelist, based in Paris, whose works have all been multi-award-winning, critical and popular international successes, produced worldwide, and translated into 35 languages. She has written seven plays (Conversations after a Burial, The Passage of Winter, "Art," The Unexpected Man, Life X 3, A Spanish Play, God of Carnage, How You Talk the Game) and 6 novels (Hammerklavier; Une Desolation (Desolation); Adam Haberberg; Dans la Luge d'Arthur Schopenhauer, Nulle Part; and L'Aube, le Soir ou la Nuit (Dawn Dusk or Night)). Films include: Le Pique-Nique de Lulu Kreutz, directed by Didier Martiny, and Chicas, written and directed by the author.
Christopher Hampton's plays, musicals, and translations have garnered three Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, four Evening Standard Awards, and the New York Theatre Critics Circle Award. Prizes for his film and television work include an Academy Award, two BAFTAs, a Writer's Guild of America Award, the Prix Italian and a Special Jury Award at the Cannes Film Festival. His plays for the Royal Court include Treats, Savages, The Philanthropist, Uncle Vanya, Total Eclipse, Marya, and When Did You Last See My Mother? Other plays include Embers, Three Sisters, Art, Sunset Boulevard, The Talking Cure, Alice’s Adventures under Ground, White Chameleon, Tales from Hollywood, Don Juan Comes Back from the War, Tales from the Vienna Woods, An Enemy of the People, The Wild Duck, Hedda Gabler, Life X 3, Tartuffe, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Unexpected Man, and Conversations after a Burial. Hampton’s plays have been performed at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Almeida, the Royal National Theatre, and both on West End and Broadway. He has written the screenplays for Atonement, Imagining Argentina, The Quiet American, The Secret Agent, Mary Reilly, Carrington, Total Eclipse, Dangerous Liaisons, Wolf at the Door, The Good Father, The Honorary Consul, Tales from the Vienna Woods, and A Doll’s House. His television credits include The Ginger Tree, Hotel du Lac, The History Man, and Able’s Will.
John Logan received the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critic Circle and Drama League awards for his play Red. This play premiered at the Donmar Warehouse in London and at the Golden Theatre on Broadway. He is the author of more than a dozen other plays including Never the Sinner and Hauptmann. His adaptation of Ibsen’s The Master Builder premiered on the West End in 2003. As a screenwriter, Logan films include Hugo, Coriolanus, Rango, Sweeney Todd (Golden Globe), The Aviator (Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA and WGA nominations), Gladiator (Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA and WGA nominations), The Last Samurai, Any Given Sunday, and RKO 281 (WGA Award, Emmy nomination).
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.
Westport Country Playhouse: Intimate Apparel, Into the Woods, Being Alive, Thurgood. Recent Broadway: The Lyons, Lysistrata Jones, After Miss Julie, Grey Gardens (Tony/Drama Desk nominations, Henry Hewes Award), Thurgood, The Little Dog Laughed, The Constant Wife, Twelve Angry Men. Recent Off-Broadway: Rasheeda Speaking, Steve (The New Group); Dot (Vineyard Theatre); Dinner with Friends (Roundabout at the Laura Pels Theatre); A Minister’s Wife, The New Century (Lincoln Center Theater); and numerous productions for Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Theatre Company, Second Stage, NYSF/PublicTheater. Extensive opera credits include Metropolitan Opera (Orfeo ed Euridice, directed by Mark Morris), New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera, San Francisco Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Scottish Opera, Wexford Festival (Ireland), English National Opera. Also, with Mr. Morris, Sylvia (San Francisco Ballet), Romeo and Juliet: On Motifs of Shakespeare (Mark Morris Dance Group). 2006 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence..
Westport Country Playhouse: Broken Glass; Sing for Your Shakespeare; Harbor; Into the Woods; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; She Loves Me; The Turn of the Screw. Broadway: Our Country’s Good, Fences, Hughie, Search and Destroy, Mastergate. Off-Broadway: Indian Ink (Roundabout Theatre Company – Lucille Lortel nom.), Fires in the Mirror, The Skin of Our Teeth, Love’s Fire, others. Regional: The Wiz, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Matchmaker, A Little Night Music, The Three Sisters, The Murder of Isaac, Lady Windermere’s Fan, Misalliance, The Winter’s Tale, She Stoops to Conquer, many others. Baltimore’s Center Stage, ACT San Francisco, Long Wharf Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, Guthrie Theater, Alley Theatre, Berkeley Repertory, American Repertory Theater, Yale Repertory Theatre, others. Opera: Haroun and the Sea of Stories, La Finta Giardiniera, Central Park, The Flying Dutchman, The Tales of Hoffmann, Ermione, Casino Paradise, Black Water. Film/TV: Dolley Madison; Ben Franklin; Alexander Hamilton; Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992; Liberty!; others. Education: MFA, Yale School of Drama.
Westport Country Playhouse: The Liar, A Song at Twilight, Nora, Loot, Tartuffe, Suddenly Last Summer, Dinner with Friends. Broadway: Ann. Off-Broadway: Verité (Lincoln Center 3); The Killer, Tamburlaine (Theatre for a New Audience); Atlantic Theater Company; Brooklyn Academy of Music; 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.
Westport Country Playhouse: Broken Glass, The Liar, Souvenir, Heaven Can Wait, Triangles for Two. Broadway/Off-Broadway: Souvenir; Ah, Wilderness; A Long Day's Journey into Night; Our County's Good; Other People's Money; Measure for Measure; And A Nightingale Sang; From the Mississippi Delta; Search and Destroy; End of the Day; Playland; Marisol. Regional Theatre credits include designs for Ford’s Theatre, Hartford Stage, Baltimore’s Center Stage, Dallas Theater Center, South Coast Repertory, Long Wharf Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Alliance Theatre-Atlanta, La Jolla Playhouse, Portland Stage Company-Maine, Yale Repertory Theatre. Mr. Budries chairs the Sound Design Program at the Yale School of Drama..
Westport Country Playhouse: Broken Glass, The Liar, Nora, Room Service, Harbor, Loot, A Raisin in the Sun, Tartuffe, Into the Woods. Broadway: A Tale of Two Cities. Regional: Yale Repertory Theatre, The Old Globe, Geffen Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Primary Stages, Delaware REP, Red Bull Theater, SoHo Repertory Theatre, The MUNY, Baltimore’s Center Stage, Goodspeed Opera House, Paper Mill Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Public Theater, Huntington Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre, Metropolitan Opera, Williamstown Theatre Festival, 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 is also the Stage Combat Supervisor for all undergraduate productions at Yale College.
Rachel is very pleased to be making her Westport debut. Other credits include: Queen of the Night, Mala Hierba (2ST); and Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 (Kazino). She has assisted on a number of Broadway shows including The Heidi Chronicles and The Visit, as well as Off-Broadway on Dada Woof Papa Hot (Lincoln Center Theater), and Smart People and Lips Together, Teeth Apart (2ST). As an artisan her work has appeared in Sleep No More, Then She Fell, Hand to God, Gigi, On the Town, The Tempest (Shakespeare in the Park); Dry Powder, Southern Comfort (The Public Theater), and many more.
Tara Rubin Casting
Fourth Season at Westport Country Playhouse. Selected Broadway: Falsettos (upcoming), School of Rock, Dr. Zhivago, It Shoulda Been You, Gigi, Bullets Over Broadway, Aladdin, Les Misérables, How to Succeed.., A Little Night Music, Billy Elliot, Shrek, Guys and Dolls, Young Frankenstein, The Little Mermaid, 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, Emma Atherton
Production Stage Manager
Westport Country Playhouse: Bedroom Farce, The Liar, Of Mice and Men, David Copperfield, Finian’s Rainbow, and Script in Hand playreadings of The Cocktail Hour, Scotland Road, The Last Night of Ballyhoo. Select credits: Off-Broadway: Fetch Clay, Make Man, Red Dog Howls (New York Theatre Workshop); The Scottsboro Boys, American Fiesta, Mary Rose, The Internationalist (Vineyard Theatre); Look Back in Anger, Ordinary Days, Distracted, Entertaining Mr. Sloane (Roundabout Theatre); Good Boys and True (Second Stage); Book of Days (Signature Theatre). Regional: Rain, Found, The Nightingale (New York Stage and Film); The Scottsboro Boys (Guthrie Theater), Williamstown Theatre Festival. Ms. Smith is a Founding Member of Blue Roses Productions. Equity member since 1999.
Assistant Stage Manager
Recent credits include Broadway: Our Mother’s Brief Affair (Manhattan Theatre Club), Wolf Hall Parts One & Two, Wicked. 1st National Tour: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. Off-Broadway: Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story. MFA in Stage Management from Columbia University; B.A. in Theatre from the University of Maine.
Ross is in his seventh season as managing director of Westport Country Playhouse. From 2002 to 2008, he was managing director of Center Stage in Baltimore, the award-winning State Theater of Maryland. Previously, Ross was managing director of Long Wharf Theatre (1997-2002), where he was on the producing team for the commercial transfer of the Pulitzer Prize winner, Wit. He was general manager, and business and box office manager at Hartford Stage (1986-1996). Ross served as program officer/project director at National Arts Stabilization, and worked with Baltimore Opera Company and Alley Theater, Houston. Ross has consulted in fundraising, board development, executive search, and strategic planning for theaters nationwide, including Kansas City Repertory Theatre, SITI Company, Wilma Theater, Trinity Repertory Company, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and Everyman Theatre. He has been a panelist for programs hosted by the National Endowment for the Arts, Theatre Communications Group, and New England Foundation for the Arts, among others, and was an adjunct professor in The Yale University School of Drama Theater Management Program. He currently serves on the Board of the Burry Fredrik Foundation. .
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 from May through October; educational and community engagement events and opportunities to further explore issues presented by the work on stage; 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 training 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 to the Director – Katherine M. Carter
Assistant Scenic Designer/Princess Grace Award Winner 2015 – 2016– Adam Rigg
Production Assistant – Katherine Hustmyre
Rehearsed at Theatre Row Studios
Header Photo: Jennry Denman (Into the Woods). Photo by T. Charles Erikson.