Meet the Creative Team
George Brant’s plays include Grounded, Marie and Rosetta, Elephant’s Graveyard, The Mourners’ Bench, Any Other Name, Salvage, Grizzly Mama, Three Voyages of the Lobotomobile, and Dark Room. An Affiliate Writer at the Playwrights' Center, his scripts have been produced internationally by the Public Theater, the Atlantic Theater Company, Cleveland Play House, the Alley Theatre, Trinity Repertory Company, the Studio Theatre, City Theatre, the Gate Theatre of London, Page 73, and the Traverse Theatre, among others. His plays have received a Lucille Lortel Award, a Kennedy Center National Playwriting Award, the Smith Prize, an Edinburgh Fringe First Award, a Creative Workforce Fellowship, three OAC Individual Excellence Awards, and the Keene Prize for Literature. He has been awarded writing fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the McCarter Theatre Center, Blue Mountain Center, the Djerassi Resident Artist’s Program, and the Michener Center for Writers. He is published by Samuel French, Oberon Books and Smith & Kraus.
Westport Country Playhouse debut. Liz Diamond is a Resident Director at Yale Rep and Chair of Directing at Yale School of Drama, where she has taught since 1992. She has directed new and classical works at Yale Rep and at theatres in New York and across the US, including A.R.T., the Joseph Papp Public Theatre, Arena Stage, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She has won OBIE and Connecticut Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Direction. Her translation and production of Stravinsky’s l’Histoire du Soldat recently premiered at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall. Upcoming productions include Suzan-Lori Parks’ Father Comes Home from the Wars at Yale Rep and at A.C.T. in San Francisco.
Westport Country Playhouse: Sing for your Shakesepeare, She Loves Me. Broadway: Indecent; The Gin Game; The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess; The People in the Picture; Caroline, or Change (also Royal National Theater London); Elaine Stritch at Liberty (also National Tour, Old Vic London); Topdog/Underdog (Royal Court); Bells Are Ringing; Parade (directed by Hal Prince, Tony and Drama Desk nominations); Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk (also National Tour, Japan); The Tempest. Recent: Red Speedo (NYTW), The Skin of Our Teeth, The Father, A Doll’s House (TFANA), Don Giovanni (Santa Fe Opera), Grounded (directed by Julie Taymor), La Mouette (Cour D’Honneur, Palais des Papes – Avignon Festival), Abigail’s Party (Oslo National Theater, Norway), The Dead (Abbey Theater Dublin). He has designed over 250 productions in the US and internationally. Over 25 productions at Public Theater, BAM, American Repertory Theater, Lincoln Center Theater, NYTW, Goodman, Guthrie, Lyric Opera of Chicago, HGO, San Francisco Opera, NYCO, LA Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Theatre du Chatelet Paris, Theater an der Wien (Vienna), Teatro Real Madrid, English National Opera/Young Vic, etc., Genet’s Splendid’s (La Colline-Theatre National Paris) Obie Award Sustained Excellence, Yale School of Drama Faculty.
Westport Country Playhouse debut. Recent: Sweat (Broadway, Public Theater, OSF), King Lear (Guthrie); Tiny Beautiful Things (Public Theater), Aubergine (Playwrights Horizons), Important Hats of the Twentieth Century (MTC), Candide (Glimmerglass), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare in the Park), The Last Goodbye (Old Globe), Dance and the Railroad (Signature), Happy Now? (Primary Stages), Winter's Tale and Dance of the Holy Ghost (Yale Rep), La Boheme (Kennedy Center), The How and the Why (McCarter), Six Degrees of Separation (Williamstown), Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare Theatre Company).
Westport Country Playhouse debut. New York credits include Duat (Soho Rep); Men on Boats (Playwrights Horizons/Clubbed Thumb); This is the Color... (Door 10/Baryshnikov Arts Center); Christina Anderson’s Hollow Roots (Public Theatre/Under the Radar); Rite of Spring (Martha Graham); The Soldier’s Tale (Carnegie Hall); The Film Society (Keen Company). Regionally: Arden, Berkshire Theatre Group, Magic, Merry-Go-Round, Portland Playhouse, Portland Stage, Yale Rep. Solomon's work in dance, dance/theatre and avant-garde music includes original full-length pieces with Jennifer Archibald, Joshua Beamish/MOVE, Maria Chavez, Ximena Garnica / Leimay, Invisible Anatomy, LoudHound Movement, Belinda McGuire, Patricia Noworol, Jen Shyu, Waxfactory, and four major works as associate set designer with Bill T Jones. MFA: Yale School of Drama. www.solweisbard.com
Westport Country Playhouse debut. Recent work: Somebody’s Daughter (2ST Uptown), Richard III / Measure for Measure (Trinity Shakespeare Festival), Happy Days (TFANA), Porto (Bushwick Starr), Sotto Voce (Portland Stage Company), Ugly Lies the Bone (Alliance Theatre), NOW IS THE TIME (Little Lord), Happy Days, Elevada (Yale Repertory Theatre), He Left Quietly (Toronto Summerworks), The Tempest, Uncle Vanya, Second Language (Target Margin Theater), How to Hamlet, Faustus, Set in the Living Room of a Small Town American Play, Three Seagulls or MASHA MASHA MASHA (Theater Reconstruction Ensemble). Kate is Associate Artistic Director of Theater Reconstruction Ensemble and an Associate Artist with Target Margin Theater and Little Lord. MFA: Yale School of Drama. www.katemarvinsound.com
Westport Country Playhouse debut. Yana Birÿkova is a multimedia artist and designer. Her theatrical designs include Imogen Says Nothing (Yale Repertory Theatre); Big Love (Amherst College); Collisions (Yale Cabaret); Scenes from Court Life (Yale Repertory Theatre); Square Root of Three Sisters (Dmitry Krymov Lab); Don Quixotte (Yale Opera); Mad Forest (UNC Wilmington); Women Beware Women (Yale School of Drama); The Secretaries; We Are All Here (Yale Cabaret); Don Juan (Yale School of Drama); 1/13/14 (Studio Tisch); Transport (Irish Repertory Theatre). Her assistant credits include Indecent (Yale Repertory Theatre); Elevada (Yale Repertory Theatre); The Master and Margarita (Yale School of Drama); Deepest Man (3LD Art&Technology Center); Chang in a Void Moon (Incubator Arts Project). In addition to theater design Yana has worked on art installations and performances featured at the Yale Art Gallery, Yale University, Danspace Project, Harvestworks, UNC Wilmington. Originally from Moscow, Russia, Yana holds a BA in Film Studies from UNC Wilmington and an MFA in Theatre Design from Yale School of Drama.
Ron Carlos is a New York City based voice, speech, and dialect coach and is currently on the faculty of The Yale School of Drama and the National Student Leadership Conference. Broadway: It's Only A Play, The Glass Menagerie. Off-Broadway: Sweat, Gently Down The Stream, Plenty, Party People, Privacy (The Public Theater); The Capables (Gym at Judson). Regional: Assassins, Seven Guitars, War (Yale Rep/World Premiere); The Piano Lesson (Hartford Stage); Misalliance, Love's Labour's Lost (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); The Glass Menagerie, The Lily's Revenge, The Snow Queen (American Repertory Theater). TV: “Orange Is The New Black” (Netflix); “Madam Secretary” (CBS); “Power” (STARZ); “Unforgettable” (CBS); “Fringe” (FOX). Film: Look Away. Ron has his MFA in Voice and Speech Pedagogy from The American Repertory Theater Institute at Harvard University and a BA in Theater Performance from Marymount Manhattan College.
Westport Country Playhouse: Lettice and Lovage, Camelot, What the Butler Saw, The Invisible Hand, Broken Glass, Bedroom Farce, And a Nightingale Sang, The Liar, Intimate Apparel, Things We Do for Love, Nora, Sing for Your Shakespeare, Room Service, The Show-Off. Off-Broadway: The School for Scandal, ‘Tis Pity She's a Whore, The Mystery of Irma Vep (Red Bull Theater); Rimbaud in New York (Brooklyn Academy of Music/ The Civilians); Petrol Station (New York University); Posterity (Atlantic Theater Company); Indian Ink (Roundabout Theatre); Punk Rock, Village Bike, Small Engine Repair, Reasons to Be Happy, Don't Go Gentle, Carrie, Wild Animals You Should Know, The Submission (MCC Theatre); Brooklynite (Vineyard Theatre); The Chocolate Show, Craving for Travel, I Call My Brothers. Opera: L’Enfant et les Sortileges and Persee et Andromede (Manhattan School of Music); La Perichole, Moses in Egypt, The Turn of the Screw, Powder Her Face, Orpheus, Cosi Fan Tutti, A Quiet Place, Don Giovanni, Margaret Garner, Semele, Cappriccio, Daphne, Alcina, Il Trittico, Lilith, The Flying Dutchman, Rinaldo, Roberto Deveraux (New York City Opera).
Tara Rubin 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
PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER
Westport Country Playhouse: Lettice and Lovage, What the Butler Saw, The Invisible Hand, Art, Red, Bedroom Farce, The Liar, Of Mice and Men, David Copperfield, Finian’s Rainbow, and Script in Hand playreadings of Lunch Hour, The Late Christopher Bean, 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: Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Baltimore Center Stage); 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
Michelle Lauren Tuite
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER
Westport Country Playhouse debut. Production Stage Management credits include: Tenderly, The Rosemary Clooney Musical (Ivoryton Playhouse); Charlotte’s Web (TheatreworksUSA), North of Providence & Delores (Workshop Theatre); Calendar Girls (Ivoryton Playhouse); Still Life with Iris (Long Wharf Theatre); Cinderella, The 39 Steps (The Arundel Barn Playhouse). Assistant Stage Management credits include: Caught (The Play Company); South Pacific, Memphis and La Cage Aux Folles (Ivoryton Playhouse); Disgraced and Our Town (Long Wharf Theatre).
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 Madam 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 joined Westport Country Playhouse in September 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 currently serves as vice president of the board of the Yale School of Management Alumni Association. 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 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
DIRECTING FELLOW — Taylor Haven Holt
ASSISTANT LIGHTING DESIGN – Robert Franklin
WARDROBE SUPERVISOR – Lisa Ficco
SCENIC ARTIST – Nickolas D’Annunzio
Judy & Scott Phares
Johnna G. Torsone & John McKeon