Is Life Worth Living?

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Is Life Worth Living?
DIFFERENT STAGES’ REPERTORY
DIFFERENT STAGES’ REPERTORY
Begun as Small Potatoes Theatrical Company
Begun as Small Potatoes Theatrical Company
1981: August Strindberg’s Creditors and The Stronger. 1982: William Shakespeare’s The Tempest
1981: August Strindberg’s Creditors and The Stronger. 1982: William Shakespeare’s The Tempest
and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 1983: George Bernard Shaw’s Candida; Anton Chekhov’s The
and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 1983: George Bernard Shaw’s Candida; Anton Chekhov’s The
Brute, Swan Song, and Celebration. 1984: Luigi Pirandello’s Right You Are (If You Think You Are);
Brute, Swan Song, and Celebration. 1984: Luigi Pirandello’s Right You Are (If You Think You Are);
JaneJane
Martin’s
Talking
With…
1985:
Caryl
Churchill’s
Cloud
9; 9;
William
Shakespeare’s
Martin’s
Talking
With…
1985:
Caryl
Churchill’s
Cloud
William
Shakespeare’sAsAsYou
YouLike
Like
It; Carl
Sternheim’s
The
Underpants;
Michael
Weller’s
Moonchildren.
1986:
Amlin
Gray’s
It; Carl Sternheim’s The Underpants; Michael Weller’s Moonchildren. 1986: Amlin Gray’sHow
HowI I
Got Got
ThatThat
Story;
William
Shakespeare’s
TheThe
Winter’s
Tale;
Eugene
Story;
William
Shakespeare’s
Winter’s
Tale;
EugeneO’Neill’s
O’Neill’sBeyond
Beyondthe
theHorizon.
Horizon.
1987:
Michael
Weller’s
Loose
Ends;
Aristophanes’
The
Wasps;
Larry
Kramer’s
The
Normal
1987: Michael Weller’s Loose Ends; Aristophanes’ The Wasps; Larry Kramer’s The NormalHeart;
Heart;
Arthur
Schnitzler’s
Anatol.
1988:
Wallace
Shawn’s
Aunt
Dan
and
Lemon;
Arthur
Schnitzler’s
Anatol.
1988:
Wallace
Shawn’s
Aunt
Dan
and
Lemon;Dylan
DylanThomas’
Thomas’Under
Under
MilkMilk
Wood;
Moss
Hart’s
Light
Up Up
the the
Sky;Sky;
Jean
Racine’s
Phaedra;
Wood;
Moss
Hart’s
Light
Jean
Racine’s
Phaedra;Jean-Baptiste
Jean-BaptisteMolière’s
Molière’sThe
The
Misanthrope.
1989:
Caryl
Churchill’s
Fen;Fen;
Charles
Ludlam’s
The
Artificial
Misanthrope.
1989:
Caryl
Churchill’s
Charles
Ludlam’s
The
ArtificialJungle;
Jungle;William
WilliamShakeShakespeare’s
The The
Merchant
of of
Venice.
1990:
Eric
Overmeyer’s
OnOnthetheVerge;
speare’s
Merchant
Venice.
1990:
Eric
Overmeyer’s
Verge;Eugene
EugeneO’Neill’s
O’Neill’sLong
Long
Day’sDay’s
Journey
IntoInto
Night;
Milan
Kundera’s
Jacques
andand
HisHis
Master;
Tom
Journey
Night;
Milan
Kundera’s
Jacques
Master;
TomWhite’s
White’sThe
TheTrouble
Troublewith
with
Tofu;Tofu;
William
Shakespeare’s
Titus
Andronicus.
1991:
George
Kelly’s
The
William
Shakespeare’s
Titus
Andronicus.
1991:
George
Kelly’s
TheShow-Off;
Show-Off;George
GeorgeBerBernardnard
Shaw’s
Mrs.Mrs.
Warren’s
Profession;
Keith
Reddin’s
Life
and
Limb;
Mozart/Lorenzo
Shaw’s
Warren’s
Profession;
Keith
Reddin’s
Life
and
Limb;
Mozart/LorenzodadaPonte’s
Ponte’s
CosìCosì
fan Tutte;
Jean-Baptiste
Molière’s
TheThe
Learnèd
Ladies.
1992:
fan Tutte;
Jean-Baptiste
Molière’s
Learnèd
Ladies.
1992:Alan
AlanAyckbourn’s
Ayckbourn’sWoman
Womaninin
Mind;
Carlo
Gozzi’s
TheThe
Raven;
Henrik
Ibsen’s
TheThe
Wild
Duck;
Charles
MacArthur’s
Mind;
Carlo
Gozzi’s
Raven;
Henrik
Ibsen’s
Wild
Duck;
Charles
MacArthur’sJohnny
Johnnyononaa
George
Farquhar’s
Recruiting
Officer.
1993:
TimberlakeWertenbaker’s
Wertenbaker’sOur
OurCountry’s
Country’s
Spot;Spot;
George
Farquhar’s
TheThe
Recruiting
Officer.
1993:
Timberlake
Good;
Charles
Ludlam’s
Secret
Lives
Sexists;
TennesseeWilliams’
Williams’Orpheus
OrpheusDescendDescendGood;
Charles
Ludlam’s
TheThe
Secret
Lives
of ofthethe
Sexists;
Tennessee
1994:
Constance
Congdon’s
Tales
Lost
Formicans;
WilliamShakespeare’s
Shakespeare’sCymbeline;
Cymbeline;
ing. ing.
1994:
Constance
Congdon’s
Tales
of ofthethe
Lost
Formicans;
William
George
M. Cohan’s
Tavern;
Marlayne
Meyer’s
Etta
Jenks.
1995:
PierreMarivaux’s
Marivaux’sThe
TheTriTriGeorge
M. Cohan’s
TheThe
Tavern;
Marlayne
Meyer’s
Etta
Jenks.
1995:
Pierre
of Love;
Stoppard’s
Travesties;
Larry
Kramer’s
The
Destinyof ofMe;
Me;Alexander
AlexanderOstroOstroumphumph
of Love;
TomTom
Stoppard’s
Travesties;
Larry
Kramer’s
The
Destiny
vsky’s
Diary
a Scoundrel.
1996:
Caryl
Churchill’s
MadForest;
Forest;Agatha
AgathaChristie’s
Christie’sBlack
Black
vsky’s
The The
Diary
of aof Scoundrel.
1996:
Caryl
Churchill’s
Mad
Coffee;
William
Congreve’s
The
Way
of
the
World.
1997:
Terrence
McNally’s
A
Perfect
Ganesh;
Coffee; William Congreve’s The Way of the World. 1997: Terrence McNally’s A Perfect Ganesh;
Dorothy
Parker’s
Alan
Ayckbourn’s
Drinking
Companion;
TerrenceMcNally’s
McNally’sNoon;
Noon;
Dorothy
Parker’s
HereHere
We We
Are;Are;
Alan
Ayckbourn’s
Drinking
Companion;
Terrence
George
M. Cohan’s
Seven
to Baldpate;
Sean
O’Casey’s
Juno
and
Paycock.1998:
1998:Tom
TomStopStopGeorge
M. Cohan’s
Seven
KeysKeys
to Baldpate;
Sean
O’Casey’s
Juno
and
thethe
Paycock.
pard’s
Arcadia;
Aeschylus’
Agamemnon;
Giles
Havergal’s
Travels
with
Aunt;Arthur
ArthurMiller’s
Miller’sAll
All
pard’s
Arcadia;
Aeschylus’
Agamemnon;
Giles
Havergal’s
Travels
with
mymy
Aunt;
My
Sons.
1999:
Edit
Villareal’s
My
Visits
with
MGM;
Jean-Baptiste
Molière’s
The
Hypochondriac
My Sons. 1999: Edit Villareal’s My Visits with MGM; Jean-Baptiste Molière’s The Hypochondriac
(tr. Martin
Sorrel);
Edward
Percy
Reginald
Denham’s
LadiesininRetirement;
Retirement;Anton
AntonChekChek(tr. Martin
Sorrel);
Edward
Percy
andand
Reginald
Denham’s
Ladies
Uncle
Vanya.
2000:
Peter
Parnell’s
Rise
Rise
DanielRocket;
Rocket;Ann
AnnCiccolella’s
Ciccolella’s
hov’shov’s
Uncle
Vanya.
2000:
Peter
Parnell’s
TheThe
Rise
andand
Rise
of ofDaniel
Fruits and Vegetables; George S. Kaufman and Marc Connelly’s Merton of the Movies; Martin
Fruits and Vegetables; George S. Kaufman and Marc Connelly’s Merton of the Movies; Martin
McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan. 2001: Milcha Sanchez-Scott’s Roosters; George Bernard
McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan. 2001: Milcha Sanchez-Scott’s Roosters; George Bernard
Shaw’s The Devil’s Disciple; J. B. Priestly’s Dangerous Corner; Tennessee Williams’ Summer and
Shaw’s The Devil’s Disciple; J. B. Priestly’s Dangerous Corner; Tennessee Williams’ Summer and
Smoke. 2002: Ann Ciccolella’s Madame X; David Linsay-Abaire’s Fuddy Meers; Agatha Christie’s
Smoke. 2002: Ann Ciccolella’s Madame X; David Linsay-Abaire’s Fuddy Meers; Agatha Christie’s
The Unexpected Guest; Federico Garcia Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba. 2003: Christopher
The Durang’s
UnexpectedBetty’s
Guest;Summer
Federico
Garcia Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba. 2003: Christopher
Vacation; Horton Foote’s The Traveling Lady, William Shakespeare’s
Durang’s
Betty’s
Summer
Vacation;
Foote’s
Traveling
Lady,The
William
Shakespeare’s
Two Gentlemen of Verona; Oscar Horton
Wilde’s An
Ideal The
Husband;
Moliere’s
Miser. 2004:
John PatTworick’s
Gentlemen
of
Verona;
Oscar
Wilde’s
An
Ideal
Husband;
Moliere’s
The
Miser.
2004:
John
PatThe Hasty Heart; Tom White’s The Misses Overbeck; Brian Friel’s Molly Sweeney,
George
rick’s
The
Hasty
Heart;
Tom
White’s
The
Misses
Overbeck;
Brian
Friel’s
Molly
Sweeney,
George
Bernard Shaw’s Arms and the Man. 2005:William Shakespeare’s Pericles, Prince of Tyre; Edit VilBernard
Shaw’s
Armsisand
the Man.
2005:William
Shakespeare’s
Pericles,
of Tyre; Edit
Villareal’s
Marriage
Forever;
Agatha
Christie’s Appointment
with
Death;Prince
John Millington
Synge’s
lareal’s
Forever;
Christie’s
Millington
Synge’s
The Marriage
Playboy of isthe
WesternAgatha
World. 2006:
Two Appointment
into War (Thewith
GiftsDeath;
of WarJohn
and The
Retreating
World);
The Amy
Playboy
of theThe
Western
2006:
Two into
War (The
of War
and The Retreating
World);
Freed’s
BeardWorld.
of Avon;
Agatha
Christie’s
TheGifts
Hollow;
Christopher
Durang’s Mrs.
Bob
AmyCratchit’s
Freed’s Wild
The Beard
of Avon;
Christie’s
The Hollow;
Durang’s
Bob
Christmas
Binge.Agatha
2007: Edward
Albee’s
The GoatChristopher
or Who is Sylvia?,
PeterMrs.
Shaffer’s
Cratchit’s
Binge.
2007: Edward
Albee’s
Goat or
WhoMoliere’s
is Sylvia?,The
Peter
Shaffer’s
LetticeWild
and Christmas
Lovage, W.
Sommerset
Maugham’s
TheThe
Constant
Wife;
Miser.
2008:
Lettice
and Lovage,
W. Sommerset
Maugham’s
The
Constant& Wife;
Moliere’s
The Miser.
Tennessee
Williams’
Garden District:
Something
Unspoken
Suddenly
Last Summer,
Diana2008:
Son’s
Tennessee
Williams’
Garden
District:
Something
Unspoken
Suddenly
Last Summer,
Diana Son’s
Stop Kiss;
Tom White’s
What
I Want
Right Now;
George&Bernard
Shaw’s
Getting Married.
2009:
StopChristopher
Kiss; Tom White’s
What
Want Right Now;
Bernard
Shaw’s
Married.
2009:
Durang’s
MissI Witherspoon;
CarylGeorge
Churchill’s
A Number;
J.B.Getting
Priestley’s
An Inspector
Christopher
Durang’s
Miss Witherspoon;
Churchill’s
Number;
J.B.Eurydice;
Priestley’s
An Inspector
Calls; Thornton
Wilder’s
The Skin ofCaryl
Our Teeth.
2010:ASarah
Ruhl’s
Horton
Foote’s
Carpetbagger’s
Children;
Agatha
Christie’s
Web; Paul
Osborn’s
Morning’s
Seven.
Calls;The
Thornton
Wilder’s
The Skin
of Our
Teeth. Spider’s
2010: Sarah
Ruhl’s
Eurydice;
Horton at
Foote’s
CharlotteChildren;
Jones’ Humble
Boy;
Tennessee
Williams’
Night
of the Morning’s
Iguana; W. at
Somerset
The 2011:
Carpetbagger’s
Agatha
Christie’s
Spider’s
Web;The
Paul
Osborn’s
Seven.
Maugham’s
Many
Husbands;
Lisa Kron’sWilliams’
Well. 2012:
Lillian
The Children’s
Hour;
2011:
CharlotteToo
Jones’
Humble
Boy; Tennessee
The
NightHellman’s
of the Iguana;
W. Somerset
Agatha Christie’s
on theLisa
NileKron’s Well. 2012: Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour;
Maugham’s
Too ManyMurder
Husbands;
Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile
Different
Presents
Different Stages
Stages Presents
Lennox
Lennox Robinson’s
Robinson’s
Is Life Worth
Worth Living?
Living?
June2222– –July
July14,14,2012
2012
June
TheVortex,
Vortex,2307
2307Manor
Manor
The
main.org/diffstages
main.org/diffstages
Different Stages presents
Is Life Worth Living?
by Lennox Robinson
PRODUCTION STAFF
Director ...................................................................................................... Norman Blumensaadt
Assistant Director .................................................................................................Phoebe Greene
Stage Manager......................................................................................................Tamara L. Farley
Set Design ....................................................................................................... Ann Marie Gordon
Light Design..........................................................................................................Patrick Anthony
Costume Design ........................................................................Paula Gilbert & Douglas Kelley
CAST
Lizzie Twohig...........................................................................................................Mary Kennelly
Helena ............................................................................................................... Bethany Harbaugh
Christine Lambert ...............................................................................................Alexandra Russo
Eddie Twohig..............................................................................................................Gabriel Peña
John Twohig ................................................................................................................Andy Brown
Constance Constantia ..............................................................................................Lorella Loftus
Hector de la Mare ......................................................................................................Mick D’Arcy
Annie Twohig ..............................................................................................................Jean Budney
Peter Hurley, T.D. ....................................................................................................Freddy Carnes
Michael “the boots” ............................................................................................Denver Surgener
John Hegarty .......................................................................................................Benjamin Weaver
William Slattery...............................................................................................................Steven Fay
Tom Mooney ...........................................................................................................Jonathan Urso
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS AND SPECIAL THANKS
Karen Jambon, Bob Tolaro, Bonnie Cullum,
Lucy Lister, The School at Waller Creek
FUNDING AND DONATIONS
Director Level $5000+
The City of Austin
Stage Manager Level $500-$999
Craig Kanne, AMD Foundation/Paul Arndt
Stage Hand Level $100-$249
Steven Kinslow, Diane Herrera, John & Betty Wood, Andy & Renee Brown, Roy & Leona
Kaskin, Annette Sherman, Keith Yawn, Pamela Bates, Marla Boye, Melanie & Travis
Dean, The Pfizer Foundation, Bonnie & Frank Cahill, Tom White, David Smith, Paula &
Bill Kemp, Anonymous
Actor Level $1000 - $5000
Karen Jambon & Jennifer Underwood,
Jack Grimes, Ameriprise Financial
Designer Level $250-$499
Irene Dubberly, Sarah & David Seaton, Royce Gehrels, Bruce McCann, Emily & Kent
Erington, Connie McMillan, Harvey Guion, Ann Bower
Audience Level $20-$99
Mary Alice Carnes, Patricia Bennett, Cade & Al Minder, Gerald Moore, Paula Gilbert,
Kelly Slupek, Cecilia Berg, Rebecca Robinson, Reba Gillman, Charles Ramirez Berg, Dianne & Donna Le Roy, Richard Collins, Miriam & Larry Rubin
In-Kind Donations
The scene is a small sitting room in the Seaview Hotel
at Inish, a small seaside resort in Ireland.
Act I:
A July morning.
Act II:
Scene 1: Early evening, ten days later.
~Intermission~
Scene 2: A few hours later.
Act III:
Morning, a week later.
Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Karen Jambon, Bill Peeler
This project is funded and
supported in part by the
City of Austin through
the Cultural Arts Division
believing an investment
in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future.
Visit Austin at:
NowPlayingAustin.com
PRODUCTION
STAFF
PRODUCTION
STAFF
& Sound
Technician
...................................................................Tamara
L. Farley
Light Light
& Sound
Technician
...................................................................Tamara
L. Farley
Set
Crew
...................................Ann
Marie
Gordon,
Elaine
Jacobs,
Denver
Surgener
Set Crew...................................Ann Marie Gordon, Elaine Jacobs, Denver Surgener
Properties
.....................................................................................Norman
Blumensaadt
Properties
.....................................................................................Norman
Blumensaadt
Webmaster
..........................................................................................Martina
Ohlhauser
Webmaster
..........................................................................................Martina
Ohlhauser
Photography
............................................................................................Bret
Brookshire
Photography
............................................................................................Bret
Brookshire
Graphic
...............................................................................................Matthew
Graphic
ArtistArtist
...............................................................................................Matthew
Ing Ing
Program
Design
......................................................................................Emily
Erington
Program
Design
......................................................................................Emily
Erington
Publicity
..................................................................Carol
Norman
Blumensaadt
Publicity
..................................................................Carol
Ginn,Ginn,
Norman
Blumensaadt
ABOUT
DIFFERENT
STAGES
ABOUT
DIFFERENT
STAGES
Different
Inc.been
has been
a community-based
organization
its incepDifferent
Stages,Stages,
Inc. has
a community-based
organization
since since
its incepin 1981
and incorporation
in 1984.
It produces
by playwrights
tion intion
1981
and incorporation
in 1984.
It produces
worksworks
by playwrights
whomwhom
we believe
be defining
in theatre.
We to
seekentertain
to entertain
perforwe believe
to betodefining
forcesforces
in theatre.
We seek
with with
performances
that
reveal
life
in
all
its
comedy,
tragedy
and
intensity;
and
we
hope
mances that reveal life in all its comedy, tragedy and intensity; and we hope to to
educate
by choosing
that provide
exceptional
intohuman
the human
educate
by choosing
plays plays
that provide
exceptional
insightinsight
into the
con- conBy challenging
ourselves
as artists,
and audiences
our audiences
as participants,
dition.dition.
By challenging
ourselves
as artists,
and our
as participants,
we endeavor
to provide
the community
with vigorous
and exciting
live theatre.
we endeavor
to provide
the community
with vigorous
and exciting
live theatre.
Producing
Artistic
Director
Producing
Artistic
Director
Norman
Blumensaadt
Norman Blumensaadt
of Directors
BoardBoard
of Directors
Jambon,
T.J. Moreno,
Norman
Blumensaadt
KarenKaren
Jambon,
T.J. Moreno,
Norman
Blumensaadt
Operating
Operating
BoardBoard
Norman
Blumensaadt,
Seaton,
Gehrels,
Gilbert
Norman
Blumensaadt,
SarahSarah
Seaton,
RoyceRoyce
Gehrels,
Paula Paula
Ruth Ruth
Gilbert
ABOUT
THE
PLAYWRIGHT
ABOUT
THE
PLAYWRIGHT
sidethe
andAnglo-Irish
the Anglo-Irish
the other
Stuart
Lennox
Robinson
(4 and
on theonother
EsméEsmé
Stuart
Lennox
Robinson
(4 side
can
be in
seen
in a such
play such
asBig
The Big
October
- 15 October
can be
seen
a play
as The
October
1886 1886
- 15 October
1958)1958)
was was
(1926),
depicts
a burnan Irish
dramatist,
and theatre
HouseHouse
(1926),
whichwhich
depicts
a burnan Irish
dramatist,
poet poet
and theatre
ing
of
such
a
Protestant
manor
producer
and
director
who
was
inproducer and director who was in- ing of such a Protestant manor by Ir-by Irregulars,
or extreme
Republicans.
volved
withAbbey
the Abbey
Theatre.
regulars,
or extreme
Republicans.
volved
with the
Theatre.
Robinson’s
popular
playThe
was The
Robinson
in Westgrove,
Robinson’s
most most
popular
play was
Robinson
was was
born born
in Westgrove,
Whiteheaded
Boy (1916).
Douglas,
in County
and raised
Whiteheaded
Boy (1916).
OtherOther
playsplays
Douglas,
in County
Cork Cork
and raised
Crabbed
in a Protestant
and Unionist
in included
Crabbed
YouthYouth
and and
Age Age
in a Protestant
and Unionist
familyfamily
in included
(1924),
TheOff
FarHills
Off Hills
(1928),
he the
wasyoungest
the youngest
of seven
(1924),
The Far
(1928),
Dra- Drawhichwhich
he was
of seven
at Inish
(1933),
and Church
children.
His father,
Andrew
Robinma atma
Inish
(1933),
and Church
StreetStreet
children.
His father,
Andrew
Robin(1935).
Drama
at Inish,
son, awas
a middle-class
stockbroker
(1935).
Drama
at Inish,
whichwhich
was was
son, was
middle-class
stockbroker
presented
in London
andBroadon Broadwho
in 1892
decided
to become
presented
in London
and on
who in
1892
decided
to become
a cler-a clerway
Life Worth
Living?,
was regyman
the Church
of Ireland
way as
Is as
LifeIs Worth
Living?,
was regyman
in theinChurch
of Ireland
in thein the
vived
as
part
of
the
2011
season
small
Ballymoney
parish,
near
Balsmall Ballymoney parish, near Bal- vived as part of the 2011 season at theat the
Festival
(Niagara-on-the-Lake,
in West
A sickly
ShawShaw
Festival
(Niagara-on-the-Lake,
lineenlineen
in West
Cork.Cork.
A sickly
child,child,
Ontario,
Canada).
Robinson’s
Robinson
was educated
by private
Ontario,
Canada).
Robinson’s
fictionfiction
Robinson
was educated
by private
tu- tuincludes
Stories
(1919).
tor atand
at Bandon
Grammar
School.
includes
EightEight
ShortShort
Stories
(1919).
tor and
Bandon
Grammar
School.
In
1931
he
published
a
biography
In
August
1907,
his
interest
in
the
In August 1907, his interest in the In 1931 he published a biography of of
Cooper,
whorecently
had recently
theatre
he went
BryanBryan
Cooper,
who had
died. died.
theatre
beganbegan
after after
he went
to seetoansee an
In 1951,
he published
Ireland’s
Abbey
production
of plays
In 1951,
he published
Ireland’s
AbbeyAbbey
Abbey
production
of plays
by W.byB.W. B.
Theatre,
thefull-length
first full-length
history
and Lady
Gregory
the Cork
Theatre,
the first
history
of of
YeatsYeats
and Lady
Gregory
at theatCork
the
company.
He
published
an
Opera
House.
He
published
his
first
Opera House. He published his first the company. He published an editededited
edition
of Lady
Gregory’s
diaries
that same
His play,
first play,
edition
of Lady
Gregory’s
diaries
in in
poempoem
that same
year. year.
His first
The Cross
Roads,
was performed
in 1947.
The Cross
Roads,
was performed
in 1947.
the Abbey
in 1909
andbecame
he became
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CAST BIOGRAPHIES
ANDY BROWN (John Twohig) is pleased to be making his debut with Different
Stages. He wants to thank the cast and crew for a fun, frenzied experience, and his
wife Renee for letting him out to play. Select roles include Mark Styler in Mindgame,
Lennie in Of Mice and Men, Hugo Taney in God’s Man in Texas, and numerous roles
in Slapdash Flimflammery.
JEAN BUDNEY (Annie Twohig) is pleased to be making her Austin debut with
Different Stages. A graduate of Boston Conservatory of Music, Jean performed
in many stage productions, along with singing in nightclubs and doing jingle and
voice-over work in New York City for many years. Predominantly a musical theatre
performer, some of her favorite roles have included the title character in Mame,
Amy in Company, Ruby in Dames at Sea, and Sharon McLonergan in Finian’s Rainbow.
She has participated in several Dramatists Guild performances, as well. She is delighted to have arrived in Austin in time for Norman Blumensaadt to introduce her
to the Austin theatre community.
FREDDY CARNES (Peter Hurley, T.D.) is pleased to be working with Different Stages for the first time. He has been an admirer for many years and is honored
to be working with the company. He has his own company (Freddy Carnes Productions) and has written many original musicals including The Odyssey: A Rock Musical
based on Homer’s epic poem. During the day he works for Theatre Action Project
as a teacher and a performer. He wants to thank his lovely wife Olga for her love
and support.
MICK D’ARCY (Hector de la Mare) most recently appeared as Gen. Humpty in
:Humpty at the VORTEX. Other recent shows include Romeo and Juliet and Imaginary
Invalid (City Theatre), and Lear (VORTEX). His last Different Stages production
was Black Coffee and his next after this will be directing You Can’t Take It With You
in the fall, for which Mick thanks Norman for the opportunity to do so. Mick has
received four B. Iden Payne nominations as an actor, two as a playwright, and one
Critics’ Table nomination as an actor.
STEVEN FAY (William Slattery) appears in his 20th Different Stages production. He was last seen injecting himself into the plot of Murder on the Nile. In other
DS shows, he has quoted Torah in The Skin of Our Teeth and grilled suspects in Appointment With Death (B. Iden Payne nomination). He was last seen at the VORTEX
in You Can’t Take It With You (B. Iden Payne nomination).
BETHANY HARBAUGH (Helena) is pleased to be working again with Different Stages. Her recent work includes The Children’s Hour (Different Stages), Symphony
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for many
ferent
Stages.
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in many
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furniture
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in many
of the
antique
furniture
torations
that
were
used
in
past
Different
Stages
shows.
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is
Douglas’
second
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collaboration
withwith
Paula
Gilbert
for afor
Different
Stages
production.
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Stages
production.
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areas:
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of Clouds
(a co-production
withwith
Ballet
Austin
and and
Pollyanna
Theatre),
and and
she she
will will
of Clouds
(a co-production
Ballet
Austin
Pollyanna
Theatre),
be appearing
nextnext
in City
Theatre’s
production
of She
to Conquer.
Bethany
is is
be appearing
in City
Theatre’s
production
of Stoops
She Stoops
to Conquer.
Bethany
a company
member
of
Pollyanna
Theatre
and
Weird
City
Theatre.
This
fall
she
will
a company member of Pollyanna Theatre and Weird City Theatre. This fall she will
be making
her second
silversilver
screen
appearance
in Masters
of theof Universe:
The Fountain
be making
her second
screen
appearance
in Masters
the Universe:
The Fountain
of Life.
of Life.
MARY
KENNELLY
(Lizzie
Twohig)
is sincerely
delighted
to be
her her
MARY
KENNELLY
(Lizzie
Twohig)
is sincerely
delighted
to making
be making
Austin
debut
withwith
suchsuch
a fine
Different
Stages
director
and and
cast.cast.
She She
recently
left left
Austin
debut
a fine
Different
Stages
director
recently
southern
California
where
she
gave
award-winning
performances
as
Kate
in
All
southern California where she gave award-winning performances as Kate in My
All My
Sons,Sons,
ArrieArrie
in Mornings’
at Seven,
Ethel
in Barefoot
in theinPark,
and and
Ida in
the River
in Mornings’
at Seven,
Ethel
in Barefoot
the Park,
IdaOver
in Over
the River
and Through
the Woods.
Other
beloved
rolesroles
include
Charmian
in Antony
and Cleopatra,
and Through
the Woods.
Other
beloved
include
Charmian
in Antony
and Cleopatra,
and and
E.M.E.M.
Ashford
in
Wit.
As
a
founding
Member,
she
actd
and
stage
managed
for for
Ashford in Wit. As a founding Member, she actd and stage managed
the Redlands
Shakespeare
Festival
and
was
the
Production
Director
for
Redlands
the Redlands Shakespeare Festival and was the Production Director for Redlands
Footlighters
Community
Theater,
where
she she
also also
assistant
directed.
ThisThis
one’sone’s
for for
Footlighters
Community
Theater,
where
assistant
directed.
you,you,
Chris
– inspiration!
Chris
– inspiration!
LORELLA
LOFTUS
(Constance
Constantia)
is delighted
to betoworking
withwith
LORELLA
LOFTUS
(Constance
Constantia)
is delighted
be working
Different
Stages
for the
firstfirst
time.time.
Lorella
is a ismember
of VORTEX
Repertory
Different
Stages
for the
Lorella
a member
of VORTEX
Repertory
Company,
and
has
been
acting,
directing,
producing
and
writing
in
the
Austin
the-theCompany, and has been acting, directing, producing and writing in the Austin
atre atre
community
for
the
past
eleven
years.
She
has
worked
with
several
different
community for the past eleven years. She has worked with several different
companies
and and
organizations,
including
CityCity
Theatre
and and
the Austin
Celtic
Festival.
companies
organizations,
including
Theatre
the Austin
Celtic
Festival.
She She
mostmost
recently
directed
and
acted
in
a
workshop
production
of
a
play
she
wrote
recently directed and acted in a workshop production of a play she wrote
called
Elizabeth:
HeartHeart
of a ofKing
(about
Queen
Elizabeth
I) atI)the
to beto be
called
Elizabeth:
a King
(about
Queen
Elizabeth
at VORTEX,
the VORTEX,
fullyfully
produced
in
January
of
2013.
Favorite
parts
include
Susan
in
Good
Things
by by
produced in January of 2013. Favorite parts include Susan in Good Things
Scots
playwright
Liz Lochhead
(B. Iden.
Payne
nomination
for Best
LeadLead
Actress
in in
Scots
playwright
Liz Lochhead
(B. Iden.
Payne
nomination
for Best
Actress
a Comedy),
Alisoun
in
Chaucer’s
The
Wife
of
Bath’s
Tale,
which
Lorella
adapted
with
a Comedy), Alisoun in Chaucer’s The Wife of Bath’s Tale, which Lorella adapted with
Shekhar
Govind
(Austin
Theatre
Examiner
nominations
for Best
Script
and and
BestBest
Shekhar
Govind
(Austin
Theatre
Examiner
nominations
for Best
Script
LeadLead
Actress
in a in
Comedy),
and and
Maureen
in Martin
McDonagh’s
The The
Beauty
Queen
Actress
a Comedy),
Maureen
in Martin
McDonagh’s
Beauty
Queen
of Leenane
(B.
Iden
Payne
award
for
Outstanding
Cast).
of Leenane (B. Iden Payne award for Outstanding Cast).
GABRIEL
PEÑA
(Eddie
Twohig)
is pleased
to be
for the
firstfirst
timetime
GABRIEL
PEÑA
(Eddie
Twohig)
is pleased
to working
be working
for the
withwith
Different
Stages.
A fairly
newnew
faceface
in Austin,
he has
performed
in various
Different
Stages.
A fairly
in Austin,
he has
performed
in various
works
in
North
Carolina
and
California.
His
last
work
(and
first
one
in
town!)
was was
works in North Carolina and California. His last work (and first one in town!)
Paper
Moon
Repertory’s
The
21
Would-Be
Lives
of
Phineas
Hamm
(Phineas
Hamm),
Paper Moon Repertory’s The 21 Would-Be Lives of Phineas Hamm (Phineas Hamm),
which
has been
nominated
for two
Critics
Table
Awards.
He isHe
excited
to betosharing
which
has been
nominated
for two
Critics
Table
Awards.
is excited
be sharing
the stage
with
such
an
animated
group
and
wants
to
thank
the
company
and and
Austin
the stage with such an animated group and wants to thank the company
Austin
for being
so welcoming!
for being
so welcoming!
ALEXANDRA
RUSSO
(Christine
Lambert)
is a graduate
of the
of of
ALEXANDRA
RUSSO
(Christine
Lambert)
is a graduate
of University
the University
Texas,
where
she
obtained
her
degree
in
Theatre
and
Dance.
She
is
happy
to
Texas, where she obtained her degree in Theatre and Dance. She is happybe
to be
making
her her
Different
Stages
debut.
Favorite
pastpast
rolesroles
include
Angeliqué,
in City
making
Different
Stages
debut.
Favorite
include
Angeliqué,
in City
Theatre’s
Imaginary
Invalid,
Ginger
in The
1940’s
RadioRadio
Hour,
and and
Baker’s
WifeWife
withwith
Theatre’s
Imaginary
Invalid,
Ginger
in The
1940’s
Hour,
Baker’s
the Roundabout
Players’
Into the
Other
notable
productions
include
Christina
the Roundabout
Players’
IntoWoods.
the Woods.
Other
notable
productions
include
Christina
in Fefu
and
her
Friends,
Julie
in
Crank
Collective’s
Antarctica,
Loaded
Gun
Theory’s
in Fefu and her Friends, Julie in Crank Collective’s Antarctica, Loaded Gun Theory’s
The Automat,
plusplus
several
Slapdash
Festivals
and and
City City
Theatre’s
The Miracle
Worker.
Her Her
The Automat,
several
Slapdash
Festivals
Theatre’s
The Miracle
Worker.
nextnext
gig isgig
choreographer
for ASMC’s
production
of Alice
in Wonderland,
opening
in in
is choreographer
for ASMC’s
production
of Alice
in Wonderland,
opening
August
at the
Vance
Theatre.
Many
thanks
to her
theatre
widow
August
at Boyd
the Boyd
Vance
Theatre.
Many
thanks
to supportive
her supportive
theatre
widow
hubby,
Matt!Matt!
hubby,
DENVER
SURGENER
(Michael
“the“the
boots”)
is a is
newcomer
to the
DENVER
SURGENER
(Michael
boots”)
a newcomer
to Austin
the Austin
theatre
scene
and
is
thrilled
to
be
working
with
Different
Stages.
While
attending
theatre scene and is thrilled to be working with Different Stages. While attending
Oakland
University
in Michigan,
he performed
in such
playsplays
as Chekhov
in Yalta,
A A
Oakland
University
in Michigan,
he performed
in such
as Chekhov
in Yalta,
Flea Flea
in Her
Ear,Ear,
The Cripple
of Inishmaan,
and and
the award
winning
Come,Come,
Beauty.
He’dHe’d
in Her
The Cripple
of Inishmaan,
the award
winning
Beauty.
like to
the wonderful
cast cast
for welcoming
him him
on such
shortshort
notice.
Slainte!
likethank
to thank
the wonderful
for welcoming
on such
notice.
Slainte!
JONATHAN
URSO
(Tom
Mooney)
is pleased
to beto working
withwith
Different
JONATHAN
URSO
(Tom
Mooney)
is pleased
be working
Different
Stages
again.
Earlier
Different
Stages
credits
include
playing
Homer
in Morning’s
At At
Stages
again.
Earlier
Different
Stages
credits
include
playing
Homer
in Morning’s
SevenSeven
and and
directing
Humble
Boy.
He
has
also
enjoyed
stage-managing
several
producdirecting Humble Boy. He has also enjoyed stage-managing several productions.tions.
Other
recent
credits
include
the role
of Ken
Gorman
in Rumors,
Gooper
in in
Other
recent
credits
include
the role
of Ken
Gorman
in Rumors,
Gooper
Cat on
Hota Hot
Tin Roof,
and and
he directed
Of Mice
AndAnd
Men,Men,
all with
City City
Theatre
ComCata on
Tin Roof,
he directed
Of Mice
all with
Theatre
Company.pany.
Some
of
the
other
companies
he
has
had
the
pleasure
of
working
with
are
Some of the other companies he has had the pleasure of working with are
VORTEX
Repertory
Company,
BlueBlue
LapisLapis
Light,
Capital
City City
Men’s
Chorus,
and and
VORTEX
Repertory
Company,
Light,
Capital
Men’s
Chorus,
ONSTAGE
Theatre
Company,
just just
to name
a few.
He has
directed
Butterflies
ONSTAGE
Theatre
Company,
to name
a few.
He also
has also
directed
Butterflies
Are Are
Free Free
and and
Lunch
HourHour
for ONSTAGE
Theatre
Company.
Many
thanks
to the
Lunch
for ONSTAGE
Theatre
Company.
Many
thanks
to the
cast,cast,
crewcrew
and and
Norman.
AndAnd
to Cary
for her
lovelove
and and
support.
Norman.
to Cary
for patience,
her patience,
support.
BENJAMIN
WEAVER
(John
Hegarty)
has been
acting
locally
sincesince
2008.2008.
He He
BENJAMIN
WEAVER
(John
Hegarty)
has been
acting
locally
has performed
numerous
times
at
Sam
Bass
Community
Theatre
(Picasso
at
the
Lapin
has performed numerous times at Sam Bass Community Theatre (Picasso at the Lapin
Agile,Agile,
The Last
DaysDays
of Judas
Iscariot,
Waiting
For Godot,
Secondary
CauseCause
of Death
and and
A A
The Last
of Judas
Iscariot,
Waiting
For Godot,
Secondary
of Death
Company
of Wayward
Saints).
Earlier
this this
year,year,
he made
his debut
at the
in in
Company
of Wayward
Saints).
Earlier
he made
his debut
at VORTEX
the VORTEX
Elizabeth:
Heart
of
a
King.
Elizabeth: Heart of a King.
DIRECTION
AND
DESIGN
BIOGRAPHIES
DIRECTION
AND
DESIGN
BIOGRAPHIES
NORMAN
BLUMENSAADT
(Director)
is theis Producing
Artistic
Director
for for
NORMAN
BLUMENSAADT
(Director)
the Producing
Artistic
Director
Different
Stages.
As
an
actor
he
has
worked
in
Shakespeare
Festivals
in
Odessa,
Different Stages. As an actor he has worked in Shakespeare Festivals in Odessa,
Texas,
Madison,
NewNew
Jersey
and and
Dallas,
Texas.
For Different
Stages,
he has
Texas,
Madison,
Jersey
Dallas,
Texas.
For Different
Stages,
he recently
has recently
appeared
in Humble
Boy, Boy,
Eurydice,
A Number,
The Miser,
ArmsArms
and the
and and
The The
appeared
in Humble
Eurydice,
A Number,
The Miser,
andMan
the Man
Playboy
of
the
Western
World.
Among
the
numerous
shows
that
he
has
directed
are
Playboy of the Western World. Among the numerous shows that he has directedThe
are The
House
of Bernarda
Alba,Alba,
An Ideal
Husband,
The Beard
of Avon,
The Hollow,
The Constant
House
of Bernarda
An Ideal
Husband,
The Beard
of Avon,
The Hollow,
The Constant
Wife,Wife,
The The
SkinSkin
of Our
Teeth,Teeth,
The The
Carpetbagger’s
Children,
and and
Too Many
Husbands.
In In
of Our
Carpetbagger’s
Children,
Too Many
Husbands.
celebration
of
his
long
and
outstanding
work
in
the
Austin
theater
scene,
the
Austin
celebration of his long and outstanding work in the Austin theater scene, the Austin
Circle
of Theaters
bestowed
uponupon
Norman
the 1998
Deacon
Crain/John
Bustin
Circle
of Theaters
bestowed
Norman
the 1998
Deacon
Crain/John
Bustin
Award.
His His
productions
of The
Normal
HeartHeart
and and
The The
GoatGoat
or Who
is Sylvia
wonwon
Award.
productions
of The
Normal
or Who
is Sylvia
ACOT
Awards
for
Best
Production
of
a
Drama.
Different
Stages
was
also
the
ACOT Awards for Best Production of a Drama. Different Stages was also first
the first
theatre
company
in Austin
to produce
Arcadia
by Tom
Stoppard;
that that
production
theatre
company
in Austin
to produce
Arcadia
by Tom
Stoppard;
production
wonwon
the Austin
Theater
Critics
Award
for Best
Comedy.
the Austin
Theater
Critics
Award
for Best
Comedy.
PHOEBE
GREENE
(Assistant
Director)
reprises
her role
as Assistant
DirecPHOEBE
GREENE
(Assistant
Director)
reprises
her role
as Assistant
Director for
Worth
Living?
Previous
she served
as Assistant
Director
in Differtor Is
forLife
Is Life
Worth
Living?
Previous
she served
as Assistant
Director
in Different Stages’
WellWell
and and
Too Too
Many
Husbands,
in addition
to the
role role
of Taylor.
ent Stages’
Many
Husbands,
in addition
to acting
the acting
of Taylor.
Other
recent
acting
credits
include
Frau
Fahrenkopf
in
Different
Stages’
The
Night
Other recent acting credits include Frau Fahrenkopf in Different Stages’ The
Night
of the
Miranda
in Smoke
Screen
, and, and
numerous
productions
withwith
The The
Vi- Viof Iguana,
the Iguana,
Miranda
in Smoke
Screen
numerous
productions
olet olet
Crown
Radio
Players.
Notably
she portrayed
Doris
Walker
in Miracle
on 34th
Crown
Radio
Players.
Notably
she portrayed
Doris
Walker
in Miracle
on 34th
Street,
Hazel
in
Dorothy
Parker’s
Big
Blonde
and
as
an
audio
engineer
for
King
Street, Hazel in Dorothy Parker’s Big Blonde and as an audio engineer for King
Kong,
which
garnered
a B. aIden
Payne
Awards
Nomination
for Outstanding
Sound
Kong,
which
garnered
B. Iden
Payne
Awards
Nomination
for Outstanding
Sound
Design.
She She
holdsholds
degrees
in RTF
and and
History
fromfrom
UT Austin
and and
is delighted
to to
Design.
degrees
in RTF
History
UT Austin
is delighted
workwork
withwith
this this
talented
ensemble
in her
Different
Stages
production.
talented
ensemble
in fourth
her fourth
Different
Stages
production.
ANN
MARIE
GORDON
(Scenic
Design)
is pleased
to betoworking
againagain
withwith
ANN
MARIE
GORDON
(Scenic
Design)
is pleased
be working
Different
Stages.
Her Her
recent
workwork
withwith
Different
Stages
include
The Children’s
Hour,Hour,
Different
Stages.
recent
Different
Stages
include
The Children’s
and and
A Number,
which
was was
nominated
for afor
Critics
Table
Award.
She She
is a member
A Number,
which
nominated
a Critics
Table
Award.
is a member
of the
Repertory
Company
where
she designed
the sets
for Oceana,
The The
of VORTEX
the VORTEX
Repertory
Company
where
she designed
the sets
for Oceana,
Inbetweeners,
and and
The The
Dragonfly
Queen,
all premier
works
recently
presented
by the
Inbetweeners,
Dragonfly
Queen,
all premier
works
recently
presented
by the
VORTEX.
VORTEX.
PATRICK
ANTHONY
(Light
Design)
has been
designing
lightslights
in Austin
for for
PATRICK
ANTHONY
(Light
Design)
has been
designing
in Austin
threethree
years.
His previous
designs
include
VORTEX
Repertory
Company’s
Air, Air,
Sky Sky
years.
His previous
designs
include
VORTEX
Repertory
Company’s
Candy’s
The Red
and and
Different
Stages’
Eurydice,
Spider’s
Web Web
and and
Murder
on theon the
Candy’s
The Shoes
Red Shoes
Different
Stages’
Eurydice,
Spider’s
Murder
Nile,Nile,
and and
is delighted
to continue
designing
withwith
Different
Stages’
Is Life
Worth
Liv- Livis delighted
to continue
designing
Different
Stages’
Is Life
Worth
ing? ing?
PAULA
GILBERT
(Costume
Design)
is a is
Different
Stages
alumna.
As an
PAULA
GILBERT
(Costume
Design)
a Different
Stages
alumna.
Asacan actress,tress,
she she
performed
in many
of Different
Stages’
past past
shows
including
Orpheus
performed
in many
of Different
Stages’
shows
including
Orpheus
Decending,
Talking
With,With,
The Tavern,
Suddenly
Last Last
Summer
and and
manymany
of the
Decending,
Talking
The Tavern,
Suddenly
Summer
of Agatha
the Agatha
Christie
summer
shows.
Paula’s
mostmost
recent
directing
venture
was was
Second
Act Act
Christie
summer
shows.
Paula’s
recent
directing
venture
Second
Troupe’s
The Last
Act Was
a Solo.
ThisThis
is theis second
organized
venture
withwith
Douglas
Troupe’s
The Last
Act Was
a Solo.
the second
organized
venture
Douglas
Kelley
for afor
Different
Stages
showshow
as costumer.
When
not working
withwith
Different
Kelley
a Different
Stages
as costumer.
When
not working
Different
Stages,
Paula
is
on
the
board
of
Vortex,
and
works
at
odd
jobs
such
as
stagehand,
Stages, Paula is on the board of Vortex, and works at odd jobs such as stagehand,
babysitter,
examexam
proctor,
and and
otherother
itemsitems
that that
pay pay
moremore
thanthan
meremere
satisfaction.
babysitter,
proctor,
satisfaction.
Thank
you you
to special
consultant,
make-up
and and
hair,hair,
KayeKaye
Brown.
Thank
you you
to to
Thank
to special
consultant,
make-up
Brown.
Thank
Lia Haisley
for
costume
assistance.
Thanks
to
Lucy
for
putting
up
with
a
costume
Lia Haisley for costume assistance. Thanks to Lucy for putting up with a costume
shopshop
in the
room
and and
the coming-and-going
at allathours.
Thanks
to Mesko
in living
the living
room
the coming-and-going
all hours.
Thanks
to Mesko
for perseverance.
for perseverance.

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