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SU Department of Drama Announces 2010/2011 Season

April 29, 2010 - SYRACUSE, NY: Syracuse University's Department of Drama in the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) is proud to announce its 2010/2011 season. The season's productions will include the groundbreaking Kander and Ebb musical Cabaret; Jungalbook, a modern take on Rudyard Kipling's classic story; RENT, a co-production with Syracuse Stage; the Ancient Greek comedy Lysistrata; Sam Shepard's starkly funny dysfunctional family play Curse of the Starving Class; and composer William Finn's autobiographical musical A New Brain.

"Through these vastly differently productions, we hope to further solidify the department's status as a leader in artistic training while providing our community with adventurous theatre," said Producing Artistic Director Timothy Bond.

Season packages are currently available at the Syracuse Stage Box Office at 820 East Genesee Street from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by calling the Box Office at 315-443-3275. Season subscriptions are $95 (includes five plays plus RENT) - and $85 for seniors. All shows will be performed in the Storch Theatre at Syracuse Stage (approximately 200 seats), except for Cabaret and RENT which will be performed in the Archbold Theatre, allowing students in the Department of Drama an opportunity to perform in a larger venue (approximately 500 seats).

SEASON OVERVIEW

Cabaret
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Book by Joe Masteroff
Directed and Choreographed by David Wanstreet
October 1 – 10 *Performed in the Archbold Theatre

Energetically musical and deeply entertaining, Cabaret ranks among the greatest American musicals. A memorable score (“Come to the Cabaret,” “Money,” “Married”) supports this daring and visionary play set amid the decadence of 1929 Weimar Germany’s netherworld. Life is a cabaret for the habitués of the Kit Kat Club as long as they remain willfully blind to the growing menace of Nazism.

Originally directed on Broadway in 1966 by Harold Prince, Cabaret won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Supporting Actor for Joel Grey as the Emcee. The musical inspired the 1972 film, directed by Bob Fosse, starring Liza Minelli as Sally Bowles, a role for which she won an Academy Award. The 1998 Broadway revival of Cabaret directed by Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall ran for six years, the third longest running revival in history. Previously for SU Drama, David Wanstreet has directed Anything Goes, Sweet Charity, Damn Yankees, Chicago, and Steel Pier.

Jungalbook
By Edward Mast
Based on The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling
Directed by Felix Ivanov
November 12 – 21

Take an excursion into a playground full of imagination and physical dexterity. Adapted from Rudyard Kipling’s books and poems, these intertwined tales of Mowgli, the “mancub,” get a contemporary spin as Kipling’s great characters spring to life. The familiar story of Mowgli—raised by Akela the wolf, tutored by Baloo the bear and protected by Bagheera the panther—climaxes in the final showdown with Sherakhan the tiger. Along the way, Mowgli learns the laws of the jungle and the price paid for breaking them. Unlike some popular film versions, this adaptation adheres closely to Kipling’s stories and captures the poetic spirit of the original tales.

Mast is a Seattle-based playwright whose adaptations of The Jungle Books and The Hobbit allow contemporary audiences to access dated, but important stories. After Jungalbook's New York premiere in August 2006, it has been performed around the US for audiences of all ages. Previously for SU Drama, Felix Ivanov directed Aesop’s Fables in the Black Box Theatre. He is a graduate of the prestigious Schukin Theatre School at the Vakhtangov Academy Theatre and the Stasov Musical School (violin) in Moscow, Russia.

RENT
A Co-Production between Syracuse Stage and Syracuse University’s Department of Drama
January 18 – February 13
By Jonathan Larson
Directed and Choreographed by Anthony Salatino

Jonathan Larson’s Broadway phenomenon ignites the stage with passion and energy. One year—525,600 minutes—in the lives of seven young friends from Alphabet City brings love, loss, tragedy and triumph in a whirl of non-stop music. Larson built the show on the artists and addicts he knew in his neighborhood as they battled poverty, drugs, AIDS and the looming gentrification of their Vie Bohème. Urban and gritty, this Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical brims with raw emotion and infectious enthusiasm.

Based on Puccini's La Boheme, Rent opened off-Broadway in January 1996 to wide critical acclaim. It quickly moved to its Broadway home, the Nederlander Theatre, where it ran for 12 years, becoming the eighth longest running Broadway musical in history. Rent won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for drama and was nominated for ten Tony Awards, winning four, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. The rock musical was adapted into a 2005 feature film directed by Chris Columbus starring most of the original cast, including SU Drama alumnus Taye Diggs ’93, Idina Menzel, and Adam Pascal. Rent's composer, lyricist and scribe Jonathan Larson died suddenly of an aortic aneurism just before previews began off-Broadway, a testament to Larson's message that there is "no day but today." Anthony Salatino previously directed A Little Night Music, Der Tisch the Table, Clowns, Red Noses, Ain’t Misbehavin’, and Sweeney Todd. For Syracuse Stage he choreographed A Christmas Carol; directed and choreographed Little Women, Fiddler on the Roof, The Sound of Music, West Side Story, Peter Pan, and choreographed The Wizard of Oz, Big River and My Fair Lady.

Lysistrata
By Aristophanes
Directed by Stephen Cross
February 18 – 27

Bawdy, provocative and hilarious, Lysistrata has been delighting audiences since Socrates was a baby, give or take a few decades. Aristophanes was the great comic writer of ancient Athens and in this wild play he captures the frustration of women weary of the suffering wrought by the long war waged by their glory-hungry men. The solution? Inflict a frustration of a more intimate sort on the men—deny them sex until they cease fighting. A classic in every sense of the word, Lysistrata proves that long before talk radio outrage and outrageousness lived side by side.

First performed in Athens in 411 B.C., the play has survived over two centuries due to its comical take on a serious subject. Aristophanes authored approximately 40 plays between 425 and 388 BC, 11 of which survive today. Previously Stephen Cross directed Arabian Nights for SU Drama.

Curse of the Starving Class
By Sam Shepard
Directed by Gerardine Clark
April 1 – 10

Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard’s 1978, excoriating comedy has never seemed timelier. “The whole thing is geared to invisible money,” laments Weston, the chronically soused patriarch of a family in serious financial and psychological disarray. The refrigerator’s empty, the house is crumbling, the creditors are baying, and that much longed-for American idyll is unattainable. Shepard’s savage fantasy on America’s voraciousness only gets better with age.

Premiering at the New York Shakespeare Festival in 1978, Curse won the Obie Award for Best New American Play. Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis (cousin of presidential candidate Michael Dukakis) played the matriarch Ella in the premiere of Curse. In the 1994 film version, another Academy Award winner, Kathy Bates, took on the role. Shepard, who won a Pulitzer Prize for drama for his subsequent play Buried Child, is also an Academy Award nominated actor for his supporting role in The Right Stuff (1983). Previously for SU Drama, Gerardine Clark directed The Rimers of Eldritch, Hurlyburly, Othello, Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, and Fifth of July, among others.

A New Brain
Music and Lyrics by William Finn
Book by William Finn and James Lapine
Directed by Nathan Hurwitz
May 6 – 14

A talented young composer named Gordon Schwinn struggles with a creative block. For a brief diversion, he meets a friend for lunch and promptly passes out in his pasta. Rushed to the emergency room, he discovers he has a brain condition requiring surgery. Face to face with mortality, he worries he’ll die before having the chance to write his best songs. And so—from his hospital bed, from his wheelchair, from the depths of an MRI, and even while comatose—Gordon writes them. They flow out of his imagination and his subconscious as snatches of reality magically intrude. Tony Award-winning writer/composer William Finn (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) draws on his personal experience to create a beautiful musical celebrating life, love and the healing power of art.

A New Brain, Finn's autobiographical musical, opened off-Broadway at Lincoln Center's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre in 1998. It starred Malcolm Gets as Gordon and Tony Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth as his nurse, Nancy. The musical reunites Finn and James Lapine (Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George); together, they make up the Tony Award-winning writing team of Falsettos (1992). For SU’s Department of Drama Nathan has musical directed Urinetown, Little Women, My One and Only, Sweeney Todd, Steel Pier and Oklahoma!, and has directed and musical directed Lucky Stiff and The World Goes Round. For Syracuse Stage Nathan has musical directed A Christmas Carol and Menopause: The Musical and appeared as the Rabbi in Fiddler On The Roof.

DEPARTMENT OF DRAMA

Syracuse University’s Department of Drama offers conservatory-style BFA programs in acting, musical theatre, theatre design and technology, and stage management as well as training in community engagement, theatre education, and other aspects of the arts. Students benefit from the Department’s collaboration with Syracuse Stage, a member of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT), through casting in productions, professional internships, administrative assistance, classroom instruction and other interaction with professional theatre artists. Drama students may also study abroad in London and Florence, Italy, at the Tepper Center in New York City, or attend a one-week intensive with writer/producer Aaron Sorkin at the Sorkin in LA Learning Practicum. http://vpa.syr.edu/drama

VPA AT SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY

VPA is committed to the education of cultural leaders who will engage and inspire audiences through performance, visual art, design, scholarship and commentary. It provides the tools for self-discovery and risk-taking in an environment that thrives on critical thought and action.


Fences

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of August Wilson's
Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize Winning Play
Fences

Directed by Timothy Bond

ARCHBOLD THEATRE at SYRACUSE STAGE
Running Dates: May 5 - 30
Press Opening: Friday, May 7 at 8:00 p.m.

April 26, 2010 - SYRACUSE, NY: Pittsburgh, 1957. Troy Maxson, ex-ballplayer, complicated African-American family man and garbage collector has lived a life of diminished hopes and abandoned dreams. Now Troy’s talented son, Cory, has hopes and dreams of his own. Will Troy allow his bitterness about the past to poison his son’s promising future? With a view toward a better future, August Wilson first posed this dramatic and necessary question 25 years ago when Fences premiered at Yale Repertory Theatre on April 30, 1985. With a cast featuring top Broadway performers as well as local talent, and costume design by August Wilson’s widow Constanza Romero, Stage’s Producing Artistic Director Timothy Bond directs this special 25th anniversary production, running May 5-30 at Syracuse Stage. Tickets can be purchased online at www.SyracuseStage.org, by phone at 315-443-3275, or in person at 820 East Genesee Street.

Syracuse Stage season sponsors are The Post-Standard and Time Warner Cable. Sponsors for Fences are the National Endowment for the Arts, the Reisman Foundation, and Chase. Media sponsors are Urban CNY, WAER, and WRVO. Fences is a co-production with Seattle Repertory Theatre, where it ran March 26—April 18 to critical acclaim.

The professional acting company includes six actors led by Broadway veteran James A. Williams (as Troy), who appeared in the original New York production of August Wilson’s Radio Golf. Rounding out the professional cast is Craig Alan Edwards (as Gabriel), Seattle-based actor William Hall Jr. (as Jim Bono), regional theatre actor José A. Rufino (Lyons), theatre and film actress Kim Staunton (Rose), and New York City-based actor Stephen Tyrone Williams (Cory). Playing the role of Raynell, Troy’s daughter, is local 7-year-old actress Yemurai Tewogbola. Understudying the role of Raynell is local 8-year-old Alexis Simmons.

The distinguished design team is comprised of nationally well-known scenic designer William Bloodgood, who previously designed for Stage’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Broadway Bound, and The Sisters Rosensweig); August’s Wilson’s widow Constanza Romera as costume designer (she also designed costumes for the 2010 revival of Fences on Broadway); 25-year veteran lighting designer Geoff Korf; and composer Michael G. Keck who previously served as music director for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at Syracuse Stage.

Wilson’s widow, Constanza Romero, requested that Timothy Bond direct this production to appear in Syracuse and Seattle (where Wilson spent much of his life). Bond, who had previously turned down opportunities to direct Fences, felt now was the right time.

“There’s something about the age of the character (Troy Maxson is fifty-three, slightly older than Bond) and something about having a teenage son that makes this play feel very close to my heart,” Bond explained. “Maybe it’s because I have a teenage son and at the same time I’m caring for an aging father. That father/son connection is very powerful for me.”

With Bond on the project, Romero agreed to design costumes for this production, in addition to having already agreed to design costumes for the currently running 2010 Broadway revival.

Fences is Wilson’s most acclaimed work, the recipient of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the 1987 Tony Award for Best Play, the 1987 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play, and the 1987 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play.

Fences continues Bond’s commitment to complete Wilson’s 20th Century Cycle of plays. To date, Syracuse Stage has produced Fences (1991), The Piano Lesson (1996), Jitney (2002), Gem of the Ocean (2007) and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2008). This leaves Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Seven Guitars, Two Trains Running, King Hedley II and Radio Golf.

“These plays speak to how important roots are,” Bond explains. “How important ancestors are, and we have to continue to celebrate our past and our history and our culture as a whole American people. We need to embrace all of our history. Don’t forget where you came from.”

TICKETS:

Single Tickets: $24-$48
Children (under 18):
$16
Under 40:
$20 all tickets, all performances.
Rush: $15-$25 general public, $10 with valid student ID, subject to availability

*Rush tickets available day of performance, by phone ($5 fee) or in person (no fee)
*Discounts available for seniors, students, groups and subscribers

Online: www.SyracuseStage.org
Call: 315-443-3275
In person: 820 East Genesee Street
Groups (10 or more): 315-443-9844


Syracuse Stage Announces 2010/2011 Season
Broadway Standouts, American Classics, and New American Voices

April 1, 2010 - SYRACUSE, NY: Syracuse Stage is pleased to announce the 2010/2011 season, offering the world’s greatest suspense writer with the Tony Award-winning The 39 Steps, the beloved holiday classic A Christmas Story, the landmark Pulitzer-Prize winning musical RENT, August Wilson’s lyrical and rousing Radio Golf, the inspirational story of Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker, and the healing power of a perfect joke in The Clean House.

“The 2010-11 season continues the success, excitement, and imagination of the current season,” said Producing Artistic Director Timothy Bond. “As I get to know the community, I recognize how integral Syracuse Stage is to the cultural richness of our region, and I take great pride in bringing our country’s leading theatre artists to our hometown stage. From Broadway standouts to American classics to vibrant new American voices, the new season promises rewarding and fulfilling theatre for your enjoyment.”

Season subscriptions: Several Six-Play Subscription Packages are available and range in price from $96-$264. Ages 40 and younger: $120. Ages 18 and younger: $96. Discounts for seniors are available for the matinees and weekday evening series. Special series and events are available with select packages for no additional fee. Six-Play Subscription Packages are now available at the Syracuse Stage Box Office, 315-443-3275 or in person at 820 East Genesee Street. Hours: Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

SEASON OVERVIEW

Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps
October 20 – November 7
Adapted by Patrick Barlow
Directed by Peter Amster

Press quote: “Absurdly enjoyable! This gleefully theatrical riff on Hitchcock’s film is fast and frothy, performed by a cast of four that seems like a cast of thousands.” – The New York Times

Blurb: Gunshots, murder, and dastardly plots; seductive spies, thrilling chases and serious flirtation; they’re all part of this rollicking comedy/mystery and Broadway hit. Based on the 1935 classic film by Alfred Hitchcock, The 39 Steps follows Richard Hannay as he sets out for a night of music hall entertainment only to be ensnared in a dangerous attempt to smuggle top-secret information out of the country. Four actors and ingenious and inventive staging prove that anything movies can do, theatre can do more hilariously.

Background: The 39 Steps premiered in London in 2006, won a 2007 Laurence Olivier Award in 2007 for Best New Comedy, and won two Tony Awards when it transferred to Broadway in 2008. Now playing off-Broadway at the New World Stages, the play features four actors performing 150 different roles. The 39 Steps is a co-production with The Cleveland Playhouse.

A Christmas Story
November 30 – December 30
Based on the motion picture by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark
Adapted by Philip Grecian
Directed by Seth Gordon

Press quote: “You’ll shoot your eye out with laughter.” – StarkSilverCreek.com

Blurb: A smoking furnace, a bully named Farkus, a pack of thieving-baying hounds, a dingblang-fuzzle-whizzin-mouthed old man, a prized leg lamp that’s more leg than lamp—and a bunny suit: Is this the stuff of Christmas? It is for Ralphie, and all he really wants is a legendary official Red Ryder 200-Shot Carbine Action Range Model Air Rifle with a compass and this thing which tells time built right into the stock. Brighten the holidays with this hilarious and critically acclaimed stage adaptation of Jean Shepherd’s wry and witty tale of a special Christmas past and journey back to a time when we all had less and it felt like more.   

Background: The film A Christmas Story opened in theatres in 1983, and has since become an American classic. Since 1997, the movie has been shown on television every year on Christmas Eve into Christmas Day in a 24-hour marathon. Based on a series of short stories by Jean Shepherd, the film was adapted into a stage play in 2000 by Philip Grecian, which has enjoyed successful runs in every corner of the United States and parts of Canada. Seth Gordon directs in Syracuse, after directing the highly praised and well received world premiere at The Cleveland Playhouse. A Christmas Story at Syracuse Stage will require casting local children in key roles; casting information will be announced later this year.

RENT
A Co-Production between Syracuse Stage and Syracuse University’s Department of Drama
January 18 – February 13
By Jonathan Larson
Directed and Choreographed by Anthony Salatino

Press quote: “What makes Rent so wonderful is its extraordinary spirit of hopeful defiance and humanity.” - The New York Times

Blurb: Jonathan Larson’s Broadway phenomenon ignites the stage with passion and energy.  One year—525,600 minutes—in the lives of seven young friends from Alphabet City brings love, loss, tragedy and triumph in a whirl of non-stop music. Larson built the show on the artists and addicts he knew in his neighborhood as they battled poverty, drugs, AIDS and the looming gentrification of their Vie Bohème. Urban and gritty, this Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical brims with raw emotion and infectious enthusiasm.

Background: Based on Puccini's La Boheme, Rent opened off-Broadway in January 1996 to wide critical acclaim. It quickly moved to its Broadway home, the Nederlander Theatre, where it ran for 12 years, becoming the eighth longest running Broadway musical in history.  Rent won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for drama and was nominated for ten Tony Awards, winning four, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. The rock musical was adapted into a 2005 feature film directed by Chris Columbus starring most of the original cast, including SU Drama alumnus Taye Diggs ’93, Idina Menzel, and Adam Pascal. Rent's composer, lyricist and scribe Jonathan Larson died suddenly of an aortic aneurism just before previews began off-Broadway, a testament to Larson's message that there is "no day but today."

August Wilson’s Radio Golf
February 23 – March 13
Directed by Timothy Bond

Press quote: “Gorgeous writing with a big heart. Not only is this Wilson’s most contemporary work, it is also his most accessible and most unambiguously political—an urgent call to remember what the 20th century has done to these people and their community.” – Newsday

Blurb: How do we move forward without leaving behind difficult but defining aspects of our past? A powerful and timely drama from the most celebrated American playwright of this generation, Radio Golf tells the story of a man striving to become the first African American mayor of Pittsburgh. He’s forced to weigh the importance of family, legacy, heritage and history against the truth of his political and class ambitions. Moving, funny, lyrical and rousing, Radio Golf is the inspiring final play of August Wilson’s monumental, ten-play 20th Century Cycle and career.

Background: Radio Golf is the final installment in August Wilson’s 10-play 20th Century Cycle, chronicling the African American experience during each decade of the 20th Century. Radio Golf received four 2007 Tony nominations, including Best Play, and won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best American Play. With Radio Golf,Stage’s Producing Artistic Director Timothy Bond continues his commitment to produce Wilson’s 10-play cycle. Past Wilson productions at Syracuse Stage include Fences (2010), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2008), Gem of the Ocean (2007), Jitney (2002), The Piano Lesson (1996), and Fences (1991). Wilson's cycle (in order of decade which the drama is set) includes Gem of the Ocean, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars, Fences, Two Trains Running, Jitney, King Hedley II and Radio Golf. Radio Golf is a co-production with Geva Theatre Center of Rochester, NY.

The Miracle Worker
March 23 – April 23
By William Gibson
Directed by Paul Barnes

Press quote: “A stirring piece of theatrical storytelling.” – The Wall Street Journal

Blurb: “Once I knew only darkness and stillness... my life was without past or future... but a little word from the fingers of another fell into my hand that clutched at emptiness, and my heart leaped to the rapture of living.” In her own words, Helen Keller captures the inspirational heart of William Gibson’s classic American play. Between the emptiness and the rapture, though, came a fierce struggle of wills, with Helen, in her darkness and stillness, on one side, and the determined Annie Sullivan on the other, a young woman who had endured a lifetime of pain in just twenty years. Gibson’s text is unsparing and unflinching in its depiction of their confrontation and mutual triumph. The hearts that will be leaping will be ours.

Background: Set in the American South in the 1880s, The Miracle Worker tells the story of real-life Medal of Freedom winner Helen Keller, who suddenly lost her sight and hearing at the age of 19 months, and the extraordinary teacher who taught her to communicate with the world, Annie Sullivan. The 1960 Broadway premiere won four Tony Awards including Best Play, and starred Patty Duke as Helen Keller and Anne Bancroft as Annie Sullivan. The Miracle Worker at Syracuse Stage will require casting local children in key roles; casting information will be announced later this year.

The Clean House
May 4 - 22
By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Michael Barakiva

Press quote: “One of the finest and funniest new plays you’re likely to see in New York this season.” – The New York Times

Blurb: Matilde (pronounced Ma-chil-gee) has a problem: she’s a cleaning lady who doesn’t like to clean. She’d rather think up the perfect joke. Now that her parents (once the funniest people in Brazil) are dead—her mother died laughing—she is the funniest person in her family.  Mathilde works for a doctor named Lane, who has a problem: Lane’s husband Charles, a surgeon, has found his soul mate, and it’s not Lane. It’s Ana, a vibrant Argentinean woman, who is dying, and that is Charles’s problem. Sarah Ruhl is an exceptional playwright and MacArthur Foundation Fellow whose work has garnered Pulitzer nominations and  justified recognition from Broadway to theatres across the country. The Clean House is one of her best, a compassionate, theatrically bold, and emotionally rich comedy. The perfect joke is worth the wait.

Background: The Clean House won the 2004 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, awarded annually to the best English-language play written by a woman, and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. At the end of 2006, Entertainment Weekly magazine named the New York production one of the top ten theatrical attractions of the year.

SIX-PLAY SUBSCRIPTION PACKAGES RANGE $96-$264

  • Opening Night: $150-$264
  • Fri and Sat Evenings: $150-$246
  • Matinees—Sat, Sun, Wed: $150-$234
  • Weekday Evenings—Tues, Wed, Thur: $150-$198
  • Wed & Thur Preview: $120-$156
  • Age 40 and under: $120
  • Age 18 and under: $96

*Discounts for seniors are available for the matinees and weekday evening series.
*Special series and events are available with select packages for no additional fee.

HOW TO SUBSCRIBE

  • Season subscriptions are available at the Syracuse Stage Box Office, 315-443-3275 or in person at 820 East Genesee Street. Hours: Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Discounts for seniors are available for the matinees and weekday evening series.
  • Special Series and Events are available with select packages for no additional fee.

 

BENEFITS TO SUBSCRIBING

  • Extra $48 value . . . One Free Ticket!
  • Best Seats: the same choice seats for each play.
  • Best Prices: save over the price of single tickets.
  • Best Single Ticket Discounts: a discount on additional tickets to share with friends.
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  • Best Ticket Exchange: no charges for easy exchange by phone, fax, mail or in person.
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  • StageView Newsletter: the insider’s view to what’s happening at Stage.

 

SPECIAL SUBSCRIPTION SERIES & EVENTS

  • Prologues – NEW in 2010! – 1 hour before each performance

A free, 20-25 minute, intimate pre-show conversation with a member of the cast held prior to every performance. Starting time: one hour prior to curtain, except Wednesday matinees when patrons may enjoy the Wednesday @ 1 Lecture Series. Get more out of your Syracuse Stage experience. Supported by the Grandma Brown Foundation.

  • LGBT Pride Night Series – NEW in 2009! - (Thursday Previews)

Get IN with the OUT crowd - pre-show receptions with food and music.

  • LIVE in the Sutton Series – NEW in 2009! - (Opening Nights)

Come for the show, stay for the music – post-show parties with food and music.

  • Actor Talkback Series (Sunday Evenings)

Hundreds of patrons enjoy the Sunday Discussion series immediately after the 7 p.m. performance of each play. This is a comfortable forum where your questions are answered by members of the cast and Stage staff.

  • Wednesday at 1 Lecture Series (Wednesday Matinees)

A free and informative talk about each play, starting at 1 p.m. before the Wednesday matinee performances.

  • Signed Interpreted Performance Series (Saturday Matinees)

For every production there is a Saturday matinee performance that is signed for our hearing impaired audience members. Supported by Welch Allyn, Inc in Memory of Susan Thompson.

*Special event programs are additionally funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation/The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group, the National Organization for the American Theatre.

SYRACUSE STAGE

Syracuse Stage is Central New York’s premier professional theatre. Founded in 1974, Stage has produced more than 220 plays in 36 seasons including a number of world, American, and East Coast premieres. Each season 90,000 patrons enjoy an adventurous mix of new plays and bold interpretations of classics and musicals featuring the finest theatre artists. In addition, Stage maintains a vital educational outreach program that annually serves over 30,000 students from 24 counties. A solid core of subscribers and supporters helps keep Syracuse Stage a vibrant artistic presence in Central New York. Additional support comes from the government, foundations, corporations and Syracuse University. Syracuse Stage is a constituent of the Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre, and a member of the Syracuse Chamber of Commerce, the Arts and Cultural Leadership Alliance (ACLA), the University Hill Corporation and the East Genesee Regent Association. Syracuse Stage is a member of The League of Resident Theatres (LORT), the largest professional theatre association in the country.


Chat With an Actor at Stage's New Prologue Program
1 hour before every performance of Almost, Maine. Free.

March 24, 2010 - SYRACUSE, NY: Syracuse Stage is pleased to introduce a new program called Prologue, a free 25-minute pre-show chat with an actor held prior to every performance of Almost, Maine. Starting time is one hour before curtain, except for the Wednesday matinee when patrons may enjoy the Wednesday @ 1 Lecture Series. Prologue is supported by the Grandma Brown Foundation.

Actor Patrick Noonan will lead the Prologue chats for Almost, Maine. Patrick performed in the off-Broadway production of Almost, Maine, and he appeared over 1,500 performances of Shear Madness. He spent the prior year working extensively with the Florida Studio Theatre starring in Jewtopia, The Mystery Of Irma Vep and Edward Albee's Occupant. TV credits include 30 Rock, several Law & Orders, Life on Mars, The Black Donnellys, Hope and Faith, and The Guiding Light. Film credits include The Princess Diaries, Frame of Mind, and the soon to be released horror movie Choose.

Romantic happenings bloom in Almost, Maine, a co-production with Geva Theatre Center of Rochester, NY. Running March 24-April 11 at Syracuse Stage, tickets can be purchased online at www.SyracuseStage.org, by phone at 315-443-3275 or in person at 820 East Genesee Street. Almost, Maine is sponsored by J.R. Clancy, Residence Inn Marriott, and the Syracuse Stage Board of Trustees. The Syracuse New Times is the media sponsor. Syracuse Stage season sponsors are The Post-Standard and Time Warner Cable.


Syracuse University Department of Drama presents: 

Room Service

“A farce delivering comic goods at upper speed limits.” – The New York TImes
Written by John Murray and Allen Boretz
Directed by Robert Moss

ARTHUR STORCH THEATRE at SYRACUSE STAGE
Opens: March 26       Closes: April 3

March 15, 2010 - SYRACUSE, NY: This comic delight from the 1930s is a real treat for anyone who loves theatre and especially for those who love the people who make theatre. An unscrupulous Broadway producer struggles to find a backer for his new show, which he knows will be a smash hit. Holed up in a Times Square hotel with 19 hungry actors and a ballooning room service bill, he tries to forestall eviction by concocting a series of ever-more preposterous events. A gem from an era of great American comedy. Directed by Robert Moss and presented by the Department of Drama in Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA), Room Service runs March 26-April 3. For tickets, please call 315-443-3275 or visit vpa.syr.edu/drama.

When Room Service by John Murray and Allen Boretz opened on Broadway in 1937, America was on the rebound from the Great Depression and people were flocking to movies and theatres seeking escape from their troubles. A backstage comedy about an undauntable theatre producer, Room Service in its original staging played for 500 performances and it has been one of the most popular American comedies ever since. One year after its opening on Broadway, RKO Studio paid Murray and Boretz $225,000, an astounding amount for the time, for the film rights to their play and subsequently paid the Marx Brothers $100,000 to star in the movie.

Four years later, in 1943, RKO turned Room Service into a musical for Frank Sinatra, entitled Step Lively. Although Boretz adapted both the film and musical versions of Room Service, neither project matched the popularity of its source. In 1953, however, sixteen years after its premiere, Room Service had a Broadway revival featuring a newcomer named Jack Lemmon. And today, over seventy years after its first success, audiences from coast to coast continue
to enjoy and rediscover Room Service.

TICKETS

Tickets for the Syracuse University Department of Drama’s production of Room Service are $18 for adults and $16 for students and seniors. $7 rush tickets are available at the door, one hour before curtain. Wednesday, March 31 is “Pay What You Can Night” for valid SU ID holders. For tickets and more information, contact the Department of Drama box office at 315-443-3275 or visit http://vpa.syr.edu/drama.

DESIGNERS
Gette Levy (Scenic Designer)
Caroline London (Costume Designer)
Marc Fisher (Lighting Designer)
David Huber (Sound Designer)

STAGE MANAGER
Kathryn Graves (Stage Manager)

CAST
Daniel Bateman (Thomas Jefferson)
Ross Baum (Dr. Glass)
Chris Dwan (Leo Davis)
Raffy Ganimian (Gregory Wagner)
Chelsea Gonzalez (Hilda Manney)
Peter Hourihan Jr. (Senator Blake)
Christopher Hutton (Timothy Hogarth)
Melissa Jessel (Amelia Earhart)
Kerry Kazmierowicz (Joseph Gribble)
Mary Claire King (Betsy Ross)
Charlo Kirk (Gordan Miller)
Brad Koed (Harry Binion)
Toby Marks (Annie Oakley)
Aeryn Michelle (Harriet Tubman)
Lori Pasqualino (Christine Marlowe)
Nicholas Petrovich (Simon Jenkins)
Robbie Simpson (Faker Englund)
Amos VanderPoel (Sasha Smirnoff)


Almost, Maine

Romantic Happenings Bloom Beneath the Aurora Borealis

By John Cariani
Directed by Skip Greer

ARCHBOLD THEATRE at SYRACUSE STAGE
Running Dates: March 24 – April 11
Press Opening: Friday, March 26 at 8:00 p.m.

March 15, 2010 - SYRACUSE, NY: It’s all about love, and like love, it is never what you expect. Meet the people of Almost, Maine, a tiny town so far north Vermont is considered the South. One winter night with the aurora borealis creating celestial enchantment, eight couples fall under the spell of that funny little unpredictable thing called love. By turns touching, comic, warm, gentle and altogether surprising, Almost, Maine is a funny Valentine of a play that will make you smile with your heart.

Almost, Maine is co-produced with Geva Theatre Center of Rochester, NY, where the production played to sold out audiences earlier this season. Running March 24-April 11 at Syracuse Stage, tickets can be purchased online at www.SyracuseStage.org, by phone at 315-443-3275 or in person at 820 East Genesee Street. Almost, Maine is sponsored by J.R. Clancy, Residence Inn Marriott, and the Syracuse Stage Board of Trustees. The Syracuse New Times is the media sponsor. Syracuse Stage season sponsors are The Post-Standard and Time Warner Cable.

Playwright John Cariani is an actor and playwright best known for his role as CSU Tech Julian Beck on television's Law & Order, and for his performance as Motel the Tailor in the 2004 Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof for which he received the Outer Critics’ Circle Award and a Tony Award nomination. After establishing his career as a stage and screen actor, Cariani began his playwriting career in 2004 with Almost, Maine, which debuted at the Portland Stage Company and was named one of the best plays of the year by The Wall Street Journal. In 2006, Almost, Maine opened off-Broadway and has since been produced by some 300 theatres all over the U.S., Mexico, Korea, Germany and Australia.

TICKETS

Single Tickets: $24-$48
Children (under 18): $16
Under 40: $20 all tickets, all performances.
Rush: $15-$25 general public, $10 with valid student ID, subject to availability

*Rush tickets available day of performance, by phone ($5 fee) or in person (no fee)
*Discounts available for seniors, students, groups and subscribers

Online: www.SyracuseStage.org
Call: 315-443-3275
In person: 820 East Genesee Street
Groups (10 or more): 315-443-9844

PLAYWRIGHT
John Cariani
(Playwright) is an actor as well as a playwright. Almost, Maine, his first play, was developed by the Cape Cod Theatre Project in 2002, premiered at Portland (Maine) Stage Company in 2004, and went on to become the most successful play in Portland Stage’s 32-year history: it sold out its run and garnered critical acclaim. The Wall Street Journal recognized Almost, Maine as one of best regional theatre productions of the 2004-2005 season, and the new American National Theatre honored Almost, Maine as one of the outstanding plays of 2004-2005. Almost, Maine opened off-Broadway in early 2006 at the Daryl Roth Theatre (produced by Bulldog Theatrical - Jack Thomas/Bruce Payne) and is featured in Smith and Kraus' New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2006. As an actor, John has appeared on and off Broadway, and in several films and television shows. Originally from Presque Isle, Maine, he is a graduate of Amherst College, and now lives in New York.

DIRECTOR
Skip Greer (Director) serves as Artist in Residence and Director of Education at Geva Theatre Center. His directing credits at Geva include the world premiere of The House in Hydesville, Doubt, American Buffalo, Inherit the Wind, Key West, Death of a Salesman, Lobby Hero, Below the Belt, The Weir, Women Who Steal, Beast on the Moon, Triumph of Love and Geometric Digression of the Species. He directed King Lear at Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Other regional directing credits include Studio Arena Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Sacramento Theatre Company, State Theatre of Austin and Gary Marshall’s Falcon Theatre, where he directed Golf with Alan Shepard starring Jack Klugman and Charles Durning. Mr. Greer has also been an actor at Geva appearing in Evie’s Waltz (Clay), Our Town (the Stage Manager), Hamlet (Ghost/Player King), 1776 (John Hancock), House and Garden (Giles), Art (Serge), Twelve Angry Men (Juror #1), A Girl’s Life (Ken and Louis Pasteur), Every Good Boy Deserves Favor (Alexander), The Illusion (Alcandre), Picasso at the Lapine Agile (Sagot) and State of the Union (Spike McManus). Regional credits include seven seasons in the resident acting company of Sacramento Theatre Company, San Jose Repertory Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival and Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts. Film and TV credits include Bloodhounds, LA Law and VR5. Mr. Greer has toured Europe, Africa, Indonesia, New Zealand, Australia and the Cook Islands, teaching and performing.

CAST

David Mason (Pete, Steve, Lendall, Chad, Dave) makes his Syracuse Stage debut in Almost, Maine. Other regional credits include Almost, Maine at Shadowland Theatre; Last Gas by John Cariani at Portland Stage Little Festival; The Last Mass At St. Casimir's and Almost, Maine at the Public Theatre in Lewiston; Enchanted April, It's A Wonderful Life and Lumberjacks in Love at the Majestic Theater; Arcadia, Arsenic and Old Lace, Kimberly Akimbo, Kong's Night Out, Sight Unseen, The Underpants, Lobby Hero, The Boys Next Door, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, An Inspector Calls, The Big Apple and All in the Timing at the New Century Theatre and Jerry Finnegan's Sister at Mt. Holyoke Summer Theatre, Foothills Theatre. Recent NYC credits include The Three Hagi Sisters at the Japan Society; Sky at Impact Theatre Festival; Two Rooms at Red Fern Theatre; Barbara Bush Never Slept Here and Kalighat at Circle East; L'esprit D'escalier at the Chip Deffaa Invitational; New York at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, Civilian Studios National Theatre for the Handicapped; Mae and Her Stories at Primary Stages; The Breaking Light with Present Company and This Will Be the Death of Him for NativeAliens.

Alexis McGuinness (Glory, Waitress, Marvalyn, Marci, Suzette, Rhonda) makes her Syracuse Stage debut in Almost, Maine. Recent credits include The 49 Project (Fringe NYC), Waxing West at La MaMa, Bucharest and Sibiu, Romania and Stockholm, Sweden, The Lacy Project at the Ohio Theatre, Half of Plenty at SPF, The Drama League's Directors Project of Itamar Moses' Authorial Intent and Abandon at La MaMa. Regional credits include Twelfth Night at Milwaukee Shakespeare and Safe in Hell at Yale Repertory Theatre. She has studied at the NTI/Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center and the Guthrie Theatre, has a B.A. in Theatre from Dartmouth College and an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama.

Regan Thompson (Ginette, Sandrine, Gayle, Woman) is thrilled to be making her Syracuse Stage debut. Off-Broadway credits include Theophilus North with Keen Company. NYC and other regional credits include A Christmas Story at Pioneer Theatre Company, Bad Dates at Hangar Theatre, The Elephant Man and The Crucible at Northern Stage, Crimes of the Heart at Playmakers Repertory Company, Theophilus North at Dorset Theatre Festival, As You Like It and Julius Caesar at North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, Vanities at Penguin Repertory Company, Deja Vu at Caldwell Theatre Company, Dracula at Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Proof at the Depot Theatre, I Vermin at NYC Fringe Festival, A Midsummer Night's Dream, King John, and Julius Caesar at Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Television appearances include As the World Turns and Law & Order: SVU. Ms. Thompson received her M.F.A. in Acting from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival P.A.T Program/University of Alabama.

Patrick Noonan (East, Jimmy, Randy, Phil, Man) makes his Syracuse Stage debut in Almost, Maine. He performed Almost, Maine off-Broadway and is excited to be playing in that world once more with such a fantastic company. A proud veteran of the longest running play in America, he starred in over 1,500 performances of Shear Madness and just finished another successful run over the summer with the Capital Repertory Theatre. Mr. Noonan spent the prior year working extensively with the Florida Studio Theatre starring in Jewtopia, The Mystery Of Irma Vep and Edward Albee's Occupant. TV credits include 30 Rock, several Law & Orders, Life on Mars, The Black Donnellys, Hope and Faith, and The Guiding Light. Film credits include The Princess Diaries, Frame of Mind, and the soon to be released horror movie Choose.

DESIGNERS

Dipu Gupta (Scenic Designer) makes his Syracuse Stage debut with Almost, Maine. He is a Bay Area set designer and architect and has designed for companies throughout the country including for the Santa Fe Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Opera Pacific, Berkshire Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, San Jose Rep, the Julliard School, the Manhattan School of Music, the Gotham Chamber Opera, and two productions for Opera Africa in Johannesburg. As an architect, he has designed buildings in New York, New Hampshire, California, Montana and New Mexico. His interior design work in New York City has been published. He studied art history and architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, went on to earn a Masters of Architecture at the University of Virginia and a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is on the faculty of the University of California as an Artist in Residence.

Pamela Scofield (Costume Designer). Previous Syracuse Stage credits include Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, Three Sisters, Awake and Sing, Finding Donis Anne, Lend Me A Tenor, and Androcles and the Lion. She has designed for regional theatres across the country, including Actors Theatre of Louisville, Geva Theatre Center, Asolo Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Theatreworks Palo Alto, Goodspeed Opera, and Berkshire Theatre Festival. New York credits include off-Broadway productions of Almost, Maine, Over the River and Through the Woods, A Fine and Private Place, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, and The Summer of ‘42. Ms. Scofield designed the national tour and Madison Square Garden productions of Cinderella, starring Eartha Kitt, and has designed several editions of the Grammy Awards at Radio City Music Hall. She is the designer for dramatic dancer Joan Evans, who performs internationally, and with whom she shares a Fringe First Award from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and an NEA grant for collaborative performance. Presently she is working on designs for Touch(ed), a new play for Salt Lake City’s Pioneer Theatre.

Kendall Smith (Lighting Designer). Theatre credits include Indiana Repertory Theatre; Pioneer Theatre; Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C; Weston Playhouse; Merrimack Repertory Theatre; North Shore Music Theatre; Brunswick Music Theatre; Connecticut Repertory Theatre; Barter Theatre; and American Stage Festival. Regional Opera companies include San Diego Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Michigan Opera, Minnesota Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, San Antonio Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Virginia Opera, Dayton Opera, and Eugene Opera. As the Resident Designer for Michigan Opera Theatre for the last twenty years, Mr. Smith has designed over 55 productions. 
Dan Roach (Sound Designer). Most recent productions include Almost Maine, Evies Waltz, A Christmas Story, Dracula: The Shape of Evil, Doubt, Dial M for Murder, A Christmas Carol, The Underpants and 9 Parts of Desire at Geva Theatre Center. He studied sound at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and has been applying that knowledge to theatre over the past two decades. He is looking forward to working on this show at Syracuse Stage and greatly appreciates being surrounded by the dedicated actors, designers, directors and staff that have been a hallmark of their productions. His last production at Syracuse Stage was Golf with Alan Shepard. He currently works full-time for the Hillside Family of Agencies as their webmaster and is grateful for their flexibility in providing time to pursue his love of theatre and sound design. He lives in Rochester with his lovely wife Jing, who he found at the end of his journey around this wonderful world.
John Zeretzke (Composer) returns to Geva where he composed music for 9 Parts of Desire, Beast on the Moon and Death of a Salesman. He has composed music for the Royal Danish Ballet, the Ohio Ballet, the Ice Theater of New York, and Ballet Folklorico del Pacifico.   Mr. Zeretzke’s score for the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago was featured in Robert Altman’s docu-drama The Company. He has composed original scores to The Tempest, As You Like It, King Lear for Shakespeare Santa Cruz.  He’s recorded for Paramount Pictures, Disney, Discovery Channel and Kushner-Locke Productions for Sleepy Hollow, Cold Sassy Tree, The Crow, AmericaEast, Solomon and Sheba, Streetfighter, Mortal Combat and Delta of Venus. In 1999, he won the P.A.S.A. Award, (Professional Artist Service Award), a lifetime achievement award for his work in arts education in the state of California.   He is associated with numerous educational organizations including the Music Center of Los Angeles County, Orange County Performing Arts Center, The California Arts Project and Ronald McDonald’s Summer Camps for children with cancer.  Mr. Zeretzke received the highest Medal of Honor from the White Helmets of the United Nations for peace keeping in the world today for his program, Flutes Across the World, during its July 2009 humanitarian mission to the southern Philippines. 
SYRACUSE STAGE

Syracuse Stage is Central New York’s premier professional theatre. Founded in 1974, Stage has produced more than 220 plays in 36 seasons including a number of world, American, and East Coast premieres. Each season 90,000 patrons enjoy an adventurous mix of new plays and bold interpretations of classics and musicals featuring the finest theatre artists. In addition, Stage maintains a vital educational outreach program that annually serves over 30,000 students from 24 counties. A solid core of subscribers and supporters helps keep Syracuse Stage a vibrant artistic presence in Central New York. Additional support comes from the government, foundations, corporations and Syracuse University. Syracuse Stage is a constituent of the Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre, and a member of the Syracuse Chamber of Commerce, the Arts and Cultural Leadership Alliance (ACLA), the University Hill Corporation and the East Genesee Regent Association. Syracuse Stage is a member of The League of Resident Theatres (LORT), the largest professional theatre association in the country.


 

 


 

 


 



 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


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