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MAGAZINE
THE AUDREY SKIRBALL KENIS THEATER
AT THE GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE
welcome to the geffen playhouse
Photo by Andrew Southam
BUILD
From the artistic Director
Welcome to the world premiere of Build by Michael Golamco,
a wonderfully contemporary and complex piece to open our 2012/2013 season
in the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater.
In Build, Michael tackles an incredibly topical subject: the difficulty of maintaining
human connection amidst our current age of pervasive technology and social
media. With a keen insider perspective, he uses humor and pathos to sensitively
explore the basic challenge of finding ways to stay connected to those we love.
The result is a new topic confronted in a new way.
With Build, we are delighted to introduce several artists who are new to our
Geffen stages. The first, of course, is Michael, a playwright with a fast growing
national reputation, yet a man so local to us that he literally walks to the theater.
Joining Michael to helm the production is Will Frears, a director we have sought
to collaborate with for many years. The happy coincidence that Michael and
Will successfully teamed on Michael’s earlier play Year Zero seems a perfect
confluence of artists coming together for the right play at the right time.
Also deeply rewarding has been watching Will and Michael assemble an amazing
cast and an incredible design team. As one, this artistic team has brought Build
to life, uniting cutting-edge technology with basic human desire and, ultimately,
creating a thrilling evening of theater.
I hope you enjoy the show.
Randall Arney
Artistic Director
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letter from the chaiRman
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Frank G. Mancuso
Chairman
Patricia Kiernan Applegate
Randall Arney
dr. Gene d. Block
Harold A. Brown
Gil Cates jr.
Mary Ann Cloyd
Dennis Doty
John Ebey
Mark Fleischer
Herbert M. Gelfand
Chairman Emeritus
FRANK G. MANCUSO
I am delighted to welcome you back to the Audrey Skirball
Kenis Theater at the Geffen Playhouse as we launch our 2012/2013 season, which
promises to be an exciting and wonderful experience. We at the Geffen are
thrilled to have you be a part of it.
It is our particular pleasure to inaugurate the season with Build — a world premiere
written by Michael Golamco and directed by Will Frears. We are proud that this
show is a recipient of the Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, and as
always, thank Dr. and Mrs. Edgerton for their support.
I would like to take a moment to update you about our work in the community,
a facet of the Geffen of which I am exceedingly proud. As you may know, our
education and outreach programs, which serve more than 22,500 each season,
include not only underserved students, but also low-income seniors and
veterans from our community. We are committed to the mission of bringing
theater into the lives of people who might otherwise not have access to it and
believe it is our responsibility and privilege to afford the experience of live
theater to all segments of our city’s population. For many, these programs have
been a life altering experience.
Without our donors we would not be able to continue and extend these vital
programs. The Geffen Board of Directors joins me in thanking them for their
generous support.
If you are interested in supporting our community involvement, please contact
Chief Development Officer Regina Miller at 310.208.6500, ext. 112.
Thank you again for joining us here at the Geffen Playhouse. Now sit back, relax
and enjoy Build.
Respectfully yours,
Frank G. Mancuso
Chairman, Geffen Playhouse
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Dr. Gerald S. Levey
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FOUNDING TRUSTEES
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Kirsten Combs
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Jerry Moss
Jerry Perenchio
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Founding Chairman
Victoria Mann Simms
Steven Spielberg
Steve Tisch
Dr. Charles E. Young
Chairman Emeritus
IN MEMORIAM
gilbert cates
founder
marcia israel-curley
audrey skirball kenis
charles kenis
Karl Malden
Edie wasserman
lew wasserman
Peter rosen
LEGAL COUNSEL,
latham & watkins LLP
(dis)connecting
by amy levinson
“There has been no other invention of the
human mind that simultaneously brings
two people together, whilst reminding
them how far apart they are.”
— Salvador Dali
The above quote is said to have been Salvador
Dali’s response when asked why the telephone played such
a prominent role in his work. Just imagine what the artist
would have had to say about Facebook, Skype, email, and
the numerous ways that technology has advanced with the
goal of bringing people closer together. And yet, with all of
these developments designed to connect us, what Michael
Golamco questions in his play Build, is their very ability to do
so. As a result of increasingly more modern technology, has
society begun to retreat into solitude, presenting an online
version of themselves? Have we somehow traded in a human
connection for a wireless connection?
The examples of this are countless: emails versus lunch
meetings; electronic birthday wishes versus a phone call,
chats via skype versus chats over dinner, etc. One specific
example of this disconnect is in the arena of online dating.
A friend, who had ventured into this heavily utilized way of
meeting new people summed-up the shortcomings of this
strange process. He noted that while he might be a 98% match
with someone due to algorithms based on a list of questions,
that the numbers are worthless if chemistry is absent. To draw
out his argument further, wouldn’t this mathematical matching
also overlook the old adage that opposites attract? Certainly
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build
(dis)connecting
James Carville and Mary Matalin would have never been
paired on match.com.
And once that chemistry is found, one of the greatest
ironies of online communication is the belief that we are
somehow closer to each other because of technology. We
may be in touch with people far more often and tend to know
details about their lives based on status updates or photos,
but none of these things create a feeling of closeness to those
with whom we wish to stay connected. It is a constant stream
of information, without the space for unplanned reaction.
We edit and re-edit ourselves online, we portray ourselves
as we wish the world to view us, and in that way, we become
artificial versions of ourselves. This telecommunication also
requires a constant exchange of information so that the
most intimate aspects of our relationships: human contact,
intonation and the comfortable silences that exist with those
we love, are never available to us.
The A.I. (artificial intelligence) created in the mind of Michael
Golamco for the world of Build is a perfect representation of
all these ideas. She encompasses the search for an ideal mate
through technological means, but at what cost? And while
technology is an extraordinary thing that does in fact simplify
our lives in many ways, where is the tipping point at which our
lives are in fact made more complicated by the very thing we
purchased for ‘convenience’?
Rest assured, I am not criticizing one’s dependence on
their mobile devices or on the internet in all its rabbit-hole
glory. I am able to see both the benefits and drawbacks of
technological advances because I am a slave to them. As
a dramaturg, my research used to involve microfiche and
books that no one had touched in thirty years. Now I spend
hours online culling the research of others. The research
is easily accessible and therefore amassed in a far more
timely way. The upside of this is that I have more time to
cover more material — the downside is my source material
is often three degrees removed from the original, and I am
far less likely to find that precious footnote that can change
the entire meaning of a Shakespearean soliloquy. I am also
less inclined to interview subjects for information on a
given topic, opting for a retelling of their stories.
Unlike many other forms of entertainment, theater still
requires live interaction — it is one of the most appealing
aspects of the art. It changes form in every performance
because it is ephemeral and the audience — a living, breathing
entity — creates a different impact every night. As a playwright,
Michael Golamco knows this, and specifically chose this
collaborative, social medium to tell his tale of technology and
its extraordinary impact on our culture, both good and bad.
But just as in life, it is the human connection — the relationship
between two old friends — that gives Golamco’s play its
profound impact. No technology can replace the simplicity
and complexities that exist between two people together in a
room — and that is a good, good thing.
THE GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE
presents
Written by
Michael Golamco
Set Designer
Sibyl Wickersheimer
Lighting Designer
Young Ji
E. B. Brooks
Sound Designer
Daniel Ionazzi
Production Stage Manager
Costume Designer
Vincent Olivieri
Casting by
Phyllis Schuringa
Dramaturg
Amy Levinson
Directed by
Will Frears
Recipient of the Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award
Build was originally commissioned by Daniel Dae Kim and Joel De La Fuente.
Opening Night: Wednesday, October 24, 2012
OPE N I N G N I G HT SPO N SOR s
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BUILD
cast of characters
(In order of appearance)
The A.I. (Artificial Intelligence)�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Laura Heisler
Will..................................................................................................................................................Peter Katona
Kip............................................................................................................................................. Thomas Sadoski
understudies
The A.I. (Artificial Intelligence)������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ Sasha Higgins
Will / Kip........................................................................................................................ Scott Victor Nelson
Time
September 21 — September 28, 20xx
and one month later
setting
The kitchen of a single-level ranch home in Palo Alto, California
running time
90 minutes
There will be no intermission
The Geffen Playhouse is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.
This project was also funded in part by the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles.
The Geffen Playhouse, a non-profit theater company, is proudly affiliated with the University of California at Los Angeles.
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production biographies
producer: Ashton Kutcher). Awards:
Oliver Thorndike Acting Award (Yale),
Helen Hayes Nomination, Twelfth Night
(The Shakespeare Theatre DC), Fox
Foundation Fellowship (Ancient Italian
Rapier Fencing/Peking Opera Martial
Arts Sword Dancing/Acrobatics). MFA
Acting (Yale School of Drama).
LAURA HEISLER
(The A.I.)
Laura Heisler is delighted to make
her Geffen Playhouse debut with this
production. She recently received
Lucille Lortel and Drama League
Award nominations for her work in
Bathsheba Doran’s Kin at Playwrights
Horizons, where she also previously
appeared in Doris to Darlene and
People Be Heard. Other theater
credits include Broadway: Coram
Boy (Imperial Theatre); The Mistakes
Madeline Made (Naked Angels);
Everything Will Be Different (Soho Rep);
Top Girls, Bus Stop (Williamstown);
The Language Archive (South Coast
Rep); Stunning, Rocket to the Moon
(Woolly Mammoth); A Seagull in
the Hamptons (McCarter); title role
in the world premiere of Eurydice
(Madison Rep); Humana Festival; The
Old Globe; The Shakespeare Theatre;
Pacific Playwrights Festival and many
others. TV and film credits include:
Bones, The Defenders, Numb3rs, Ugly
Betty, recurring role on The Middle,
YellowBrickRoad, Coach, Cold Souls
and Forged.
PETER KATONA
(Will)
Peter Katona is honored to be making
his Geffen Playhouse debut. Peter
last appeared as Joseph Percival in
G.B. Shaw’s Misalliance (South Coast
Rep). Theatrical credits: Twelfth
Night (NYSF/Public Theater); Cyrano
De Bergerac with Placido Domingo
(Metropolitan Opera). Off Broadway:
Big Trouble in Little Hazzard! (coproducer and co-writer, NYC Fringe
Festival). Regional: A Feminine Ending
(South Coast Rep); Hamlet, Twelfth
Night (The Shakespeare Theatre
DC); Our Town (Dallas Theater
Center); The Imaginary Invalid, The
Birds (Yale Rep); Hamlet in Hamlet
and numerous other productions
(YSD). Television: The Wedding Band
(premieres November 10), Castle, How
I Met Your Mother, Numb3rs, Deadly
Honeymoon, Mama Flora’s Family
and host of Pop Fiction (E! Network,
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THOMAS SADOSKI
(Kip)
Theater: Broadway and off-Broadway
productions of both Other Desert
Cities (Obie and Lucille Lortel Awards)
and reasons to be pretty (Tony, Drama
Desk Outer Critics Circle and Drama
League Award nominations), The
House of Blue Leaves, Reckless, Sam
Mendes’s Bridge Project productions
of As You Like It and The Tempest,
Becky Shaw (Lucille Lortel Award
nomination), This is Our Youth, Gemini,
Where We’re Born, Stay, The Mistakes
Madeline Made, Jump/Cut, The
Waverly Gallery and David Sedaris’s
Santaland Diaries at the Long Wharf
Theatre. Television: currently stars on
HBO’s The Newsroom, Law & Order:
Special Victims Unit, Ugly Betty,
Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and
Law & Order. Film: The New Twenty,
Circledrawers, Loser, Happy Hour and
Winter Solstice. A graduate of Circle in
the Square Theater School in New York
City, Sadoski has worked extensively
in helping to develop new theatrical
works at New Dramatists, The Lark, The
Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center and the
Sundance Institute.
WILL FREARS
(Director)
Film: Coach, All Saints Day (Winner,
Best Narrative Short, Savannah Film
Festival) Beloved. Off Broadway: Year
Zero (Second Stage Uptown); Still
Life (MCC); Rainbow Kiss (The Play
Company); The Water’s Edge (Second
Stage); Pen (Playwrights Horizons);
Terrorism (The New Group/The Play
Company); Omnium Gatherum (Variety
Arts); Where We’re Born and God
Hates the Irish (both at Rattlestick
Playwrights Theatre); Get What You
Need (Atlantic 453) and Kid-Simple
(Summer Play Festival). Regional: Some
Lovers at the Old Globe Theater,
Romeo & Juliet, Bus Stop, The Water’s
Edge and A Servant of Two Masters
at the Williamstown Theatre Festival;
The Pillowman at George Street
Playhouse; Hay Fever and The Price
at Baltimore CenterStage; Sleuth at
the Bay Street Theatre; Our Lady of
121st Street (Steppenwolf Theatre);
Omnium Gatherum (Actor’s Theatre
of Louisville). Artistic Director, Yale
Cabaret, 1999-2000. He is a recipient
of the Boris Sagal and Bill Foeller
directing fellowships and a contributor
to The Paris Review, New York
Magazine, Harper’s and The London
Review of Books. He is a graduate of
Sarah Lawrence College and the Yale
School of Drama and serves on the
faculty at Sarah Lawrence College.
MICHAEL GOLAMCO
(Playwright)
Michael Golamco is an Los Angeles
based screenwriter and playwright. His
critically-acclaimed play Year Zero has
been produced at the Colony Theatre
in Los Angeles, Second Stage Uptown
in New York and Victory Gardens in
Chicago, where it was the Grand Prize
Winner of Chicago Dramatists’ Many
Voices Project, as well as nominated
for a Jeff Award - Best New Work. His
play Cowboy Versus Samurai has had
several productions since its premiere
in NYC, including in Canada and Hong
Kong. Michael is the recipient of the
Helen Merrill Award and is a member
of New Dramatists. He is currently
working on new play commissions for
South Coast Repertory and Second
Stage Theatre.
SIBYL WICKERSHEIMER
(Scenic Designer)
Regional theaters: Oregon Shakespeare
Festival, Lookingglass Theatre,
Portland Center Stage, Berkeley
Repertory, South Coast Repertory,
Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas
Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, Utah
Musical Theatre. International: The
Actors’ Gang productions of 1984
directed by Tim Robbins, and The Trial
of the Catonsville 9. Los Angeles Area
Theaters: The Actors’ Gang, Boston
Court, Circle X, EST, Los Angeles
Theatre Center, Inside the Ford,
Open Fist, CalRep. Opera: Crescent
City, a hyperopera, INDUSTRY LA.
Dance: Transit Space, Diavolo Dance
Theatre. Other: What About Dick? at
The Orpheum Theatre starring Eric
Idle, Eddie Izzard, Tracy Ullman, Russell
Brand and Tim Curry, Encounters stage
for Natural History Museum of Los
Angeles County, Toy Story, the musical,
Disney Creative Entertainment for
Disney Cruise Lines. Art exhibitions:
RAID Projects, Hi-Lite, Weekend, The
New Chinatown Barber Shop, Gallery
825, Shoshane Wayne Gallery, Andrew
Shire Gallery, Hatch Gallery, Latch and
the Pacific Asia Museum. Education:
BA, Washington University in St. Louis,
MFA, UCLA School of Theatre, Film,
and Television. Sibyl is also an Assistant
Professor in the USC School of
Dramatic Arts.
E. B. BROOKS
(Costume Designer)
Geffen Playhouse: Good People
(costume designer) and The Exorcist
(associate costume designer).
Black Dahlia Theater: Hey Morgan!,
Forgiveness, Finally, Secrets of the Trade
and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
directed by Matt Shakman. Center for
New Performance/ RedCat: Brewsie and
Willie directed by Travis Preston (2010
LA Weekly Award for Best Production
Design), What to Wear directed by
Richard Foreman. A Noise Within: Blithe
Spirit directed by Damaso Rodriguez
(2010 Ticketholder Award Best Costume
Design). East West Players: The
Language Archive directed by Jessica
Kubzansky. Celebration Theater: Take
Me Out directed by Michael Matthews.
Uncanny Valley by Hand2Mouth at the
ART in Portland, Oregon. Her costumes
have been on exhibit at the Hammer
Museum and Machine Project alongside
the film Fly Amanita directed by David
Fenster. Other films include Three
Nights in the Desert, Sawdust City, and
The Murder of Hi Good. She received
her MFA from California Institute of the
Arts and currently designs and lectures
at California Institute of Technology.
DANIEL IONAZZI
(Lighting Designer)
Daniel Ionazzi is Production Manager
for the Geffen Playhouse. He is also
a member of the faculty of the UCLA
School of Theater, Film and Television
and Director of Production for the
Department of Theater. Mr. Ionazzi is
the author of The Stage Management
Handbook and The Stagecraft
Handbook. Design credits include:
WWII — Beyond all Boundaries for the
National World War II Museum. For
Arena Stage: Red Hot Patriot: The KickAss Wit of Molly Ivins. For Steppenwolf
Theatre Company: The Seafarer. For
South Coast Repertory Theater: In The
Next Room. For the Wallis Annenberg
Center for the Performing Arts: Teatro
alla Moda. For the Geffen Playhouse:
The Jacksonian, Red Hot Patriot: The
Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins, Radiance:
The Passion of Marie Curie, Superior
Donuts, A Step In Time; Nightmare
Alley, The Female of the Species, The
Seafarer, Atlanta, Speed-the-Plow,
A Picasso, Wishful Drinking, All My
Sons (Ovation nomination), Cat On
A Hot Tin Roof, Paint Your Wagon,
Take Me Out, I Just Stopped By To
See The Man, Boy Gets Girl (Ovation
nomination), Under The Blue Sky,
Oscar & Felix, God’s Man in Texas, The
Unexpected Man, The Weir, Defiled,
Merton of the Movies and All in the
Timing (Ovation nomination). For the
Dance Company Diavolo: Catapult and
Traajectorie. For the Denver Center
Theatre Company: Henry IV Part I, The
Three Sisters, The Night of the Iguana,
Antigone. Additional design credits:
The Ahkmatova Project, Amelia Lives,
Telling Time, Othello, Trojan Women,
Misalliance and Jenufa with Josef
Svoboda.
VINCENT OLIVIERI
(Sound Designer)
Broadway: High. Off-Broadway: The
Water’s Edge, Omnium-Gatherum and
Fatal Attraction: A Greek Tragedy.
Southern California work includes In a
Garden, Emilie, Noises Off, The Heiress
and A Feminine Ending at South
Coast Repertory, Jitney at Pasadena
Playhouse and Clownzilla: A Holiday
Extravaganza at Rude Guerrilla. New
production biographies
YOUNG JI
(Production Stage Manager)
Geffen Playhouse: The Exorcist, The
Jacksonian, Radiance: The Passion of
Marie Curie, The Elaborate Entrance of
Chad Deity, Extraordinary Chambers,
In Mother Words, Love Loss & What
I Wore, Ricky Jay: A Rogue’s Gallery;
Louis & Keely: Live at the Sahara. Other
Los Angeles: Center Theatre Group:
The Cherry Orchard (Taper); Wrecks,
Trial of the Catonsville Nine, Pyrenees,
A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings
(Kirk Douglas Theatre). Antaeus
Company: Cousin Bette, King Lear,
The Autumn Garden (Producer); La
Ronde, The Glass Menagerie (Director);
Tonight at 8:30, Phaedra (Getty Villa),
Mother Courage and Her Children,
Pera Palas, Chekhov X 4.
PHYLLIS SCHURINGA, CSA
(Casting)
Phyllis is in her tenth season as Casting
Director at the Geffen Playhouse.
Recent plays include: Good People,
Superior Donuts, The Escort, Ruined
(LA Casting), Equivocation, Matthew
Modine Saves the Alpacas, Farragut
North, Time Stands Still and By the
Waters of Babylon. Prior to the Geffen,
Phyllis served as casting director for
the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago.
Her favorites include Frank Galati’s
adaptation of The Grapes of Wrath
(also La Jolla Playhouse, National
Theatre in London, and Broadway,
where it received the Tony Award for
Best Play), the original production of
Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin
Agile (and subsequent productions
including Westwood Playhouse and
Briar Street Theater in Chicago),
Austin Pendleton’s Orson’s Shadow
and Charles L. Mee’s Time to Burn.
Broadway transfers include One Flew
Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Tony for Best
Revival) and The Song of Jacob Zulu.
She teaches auditioning at Steppenwolf
West and is a proud member of the
Casting Society of America.
AMY LEVINSON
(Dramaturg)
Amy Levinson is the Artistic Associate and
Literary Director at the Geffen Playhouse.
As dramaturg, Amy has overseen over 40
productions including the commissions
and world premieres of Donald Margulies’
Time Stands Still and Jane Anderson’s
The Quality of Life. She has also had the
privilege of working with numerous writers
on premiere productions including Neil
Simon, Neil LaBute, Bill Cain, Joanna
Murray-Smith and David Weiner, among
others. Production dramaturgy credits
include: The Weir, Boy Gets Girl, Cat on
a Hot Tin Roof, Extraordinary Chambers,
The Escort and Equivocation. As Artistic
Associate and Literary Director, she has
helped to build programs for new play
development including the commissioning
and development of emerging and
established playwrights. Also a translator
of Yiddish drama, she holds an MFA
in dramaturgy from the University of
Massachusetts, Amherst.
RANDALL ARNEY
(Artistic Director)
Randall Arney has been a theater
professional for over 30 years, and has
served as Artistic Director of the Geffen
Playhouse since 1999. In addition to his
artistic programming and oversight at
the Geffen, Arney has helmed more
than 10 productions for the theater, most
recently Superior Donuts, The Female of
the Species, The Seafarer, Speed-the-Plow
and All My Sons. Arney is an ensemble
member and former Artistic Director of
Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre where his
directing credits include: The Seafarer,
The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Death and
the Maiden, Curse of the Starving Class,
Killers and The Geography of Luck, among
others. Arney also directed Steppenwolf’s
world premiere of Steve Martin’s
Picasso at the Lapin Agile, as well as the
subsequent national and international
acclaimed productions. Mr. Arney’s acting
credits with Steppenwolf include Born
Yesterday, Ghost in the Machine, The
Homecoming, Frank’s Wild Years, You
Can’t Take it with You, Fool for Love, True
West, Balm in Gilead and Coyote Ugly.
As the Artistic Director for Steppenwolf
from 1987 to 1995, he oversaw the, creation
of a new state-of-the-art theater which is
Steppenwolf’s current home. Broadway
transfers under his leadership include The
Rise and Fall of Little Voice, The Song of
Jacob Zulu (six Tony Award nominations)
and The Grapes of Wrath (1990 Tony
Award, Best Play). Mr. Arney has an
MFA degree in Acting from Illinois State
University and has taught master classes
and workshops at UCLA, Steppenwolf,
around the U.S. and in Tokyo.
FBS Management where she acted as
Director of Accounting, overseeing the
finances of more than 25 non-profit
organizations. Behnaz continued her
work with non-profits as an auditor
for Trump and Van Sloten CPA and
then returned to the for-profit sector
at Ultratech, before ultimately landing
at the Geffen Playhouse. Behnaz has
a Master’s degree from Pepperdine
University.
KEN NOVICE
(Managing Director)
Ken Novice’s career in the professional
theatre spans 25 years and over 250
productions. Prior to joining Geffen
Playhouse, he served as Managing
Director and Director of External
Affairs at Pasadena Playhouse where
his credits include the revival of
Fences starring Lauren ce Fishburne
and Angela Basset and the world
premieres of Sister Act the Musical,
Ray Charles Live, Stormy Weather
starring Lesley Uggams and many
others. He was Director of Marketing
and Public Relations for San Diego’s
Tony Award-winning Old Globe Theatre
where his credits include Jack O’Brien’s
acclaimed revival of Damn Yankees,
the Tony Award-nominated musical
The Full Monty, Henry IV starring
John Goodman and Sheldon Epp’s
Tony-nominated hit Play On! among
many others. His credits also include
marketing and public relations for the
Tony Award-winning Denver Center
Theater Company and New York’s
Circle Repertory Company. As Director
of Programming for YouthStream
Media Networks he developed
national marketing and public relations
programs for most of Hollywood’s
major motion picture studios. Novice
also served as Head of the Theatre
Management MFA/MBA program
at California State University, Long
Beach and has been a guest lecturer
at San Diego State University and the
University of California, San Diego. He
holds a BA from the Pennsylvania State
University and an MBA from San Diego
State University.
REGINA MILLER
(Chief Development Officer)
Regina has been a development
professional for over 18 years,
working with non-profit institutions,
foundations and corporations on
strategy, analysis and fundraising. She
has worked for Simon Wiesenthal
Center, The Clinton Foundation, Ben
Affleck’s Eastern Congo Initiative,
Hank Azaria’s Determined to Succeed,
The Millan Foundation and Whole
Child International, among others.
Prior to the Geffen, Regina served
as the Director of Partnerships for
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater
Los Angeles and the Inland Empire
where she led strategic planning and
development while executing policies
that advanced the organization’s
visibility and growth. Regina also has
a strong passion for teaching. After
graduating from University of North
Carolina School of the Arts, she taught
in preschools and kindergartens in New
York. From the age of 13, Regina worked
as a professional dancer on Broadway
as well as with a number of prominent
modern dance ensembles. Fusing two
of her interests, she created a highly
successful program which incorporated
dance therapy and creative movement
into an early childhood curriculum as
well as wrote and produced a television
show based on this concept. In addition
to being a published author and
photographer with Tallfellow Press and
Prometheus Books, Regina has taught
and lectured at numerous schools in
New York, Los Angeles and abroad.
Behnaz Ataee
(General Manager)
Behnaz Ataee is a financial professional
with more than 25 years of experience
in for-profit and nonprofit financial
management and auditing. Behnaz
joined the Geffen Playhouse in 1999
and this marks her ninth season as the
theater’s General Manager. She began
her career in the Bay Area as a partner
in a small family start-up before joining
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York and regional: Actors Theatre of
Louisville, Barrington Stage Company,
Center Stage (Baltimore), Cincinnati
Playhouse in the Park, The Juilliard
School, Pittsburgh Public Theatre,
Portland Center Stage, The Public (New
York), South Coast Repertory, Syracuse
Stage, Theatre Novi Most (Minneapolis),
Woolly Mammoth, Virginia Stage
Company and Yale Repertory Theatre.
Mr. Olivieri has created designs and
music for world-premiere productions
by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Kirsten
Greenidge, Lauren Gunderson, Howard
Korder, Matthew Lombardo, Charles
L. Mee, Adam Rapp, Theresa Rebeck,
Sarah Treem and August Wilson. For
three seasons, he was the Resident
Sound Designer at Actors Theatre of
Louisville, where he designed for the
Humana Festival of New American
Plays. International work includes
productions in Romania, Italy, China,
South Korea and the Czech Republic.
Mr. Olivieri is a graduate of the Yale
School of Drama and serves on the
faculty at University of California-Irvine.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
PRODUCTION STAFF FOR BUILD
Properties Master Rich Gilles
Properties Artisan Devin Lennon-Davey
Sound Master Michael Gunderson
Assistant Sound Designer Stephen Swift
Wardrobe Supervisor Holly Victoria
Production Electrician Dan Tuttle
Production Assistant Leia Crawford
Assistant Costume Designer Morgan DeGroff
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Set provided by Scenic Highlights
Lighting Equipment provided by Entertainment Lighting Services
Sound Equipment provided by Jon Sound Inc.
SPECIAL THANKS
UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Scene Prop, Sound and Costume
Shops; London Cleaners; Peet’s Coffee & Tea
UCLA SCHOOL OF THEATER, FILM AND TELEVISION
The Geffen Playhouse is affiliated with the University of California at
Los Angeles, specifically the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.
The Geffen Playhouse values its role as an important educational resource
by providing students with master classes, workshops and internships.
Students are also able to work and learn from distinguished visiting Geffen
artists such as Alan Ayckbourn, Jon Robin Baitz, Annette Bening, Ed Harris,
David Ives, Neil LaBute, David Mamet, Donald Margulies, Terrence McNally,
John Rando and Kathleen Turner in areas of directing, playwriting, acting,
design, dramaturgy, management and production. The Geffen Playhouse
also draws upon the distinguished experts in the university to enhance the
theater’s programs and research.
The actors and stage managers employed in this production are members
of Actors’ Equity Association; The Union of Professional Actors and Stage
Managers in the United States.
The director is a member of the society of Stage Directors and Choreographers,
Inc., an independent national labor union.
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A Jewish Christmas show for the whole family
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coney island christmas
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Rodolfo Segovia
John & Lori Shaw
Dora R. Sher
Danelle Sherrod
Yossi Sidikaro
Seymour & Dorothy Siegel
Robin & Robert Sills
Dr. Leigh Silverton
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Lori & Robert Goodman
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Ken Greenblatt & Peter Walsh
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Mel & Faith Henkin
David & Lisa Hernand
Herradura Tequila
Grant & Lysa Heslov
Jean Himmelstein & David Coleman
Stephen Sass & Steven Hochstadt
Dr. John D. Hofbauer & Dr. Laura E. Fox
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Rand Hoffman & Charlotte Robinson
Gail & Stanley Hollander
Roger & Linda Howard
Toni Hoyt
Thomas Pryor & Vincent Imhoff
Vicki Iovine
Lynn Hunt & Margaret Jacob
Terry & Marc J. Jacoby
Jerome & Linda Janger
Lori Johnson
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Steven Lee
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Michelle Margules
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Stewart Mayeda
Georgianna McBurney
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Kimberly Meye
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The Miles Family
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Pamela & Mark Mischel
Jean Miyamoto
Andrew Molasky
Susan & Robert Morse
Deborah Myman
Catherine Nameth
Bonnie Nash
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Dr. Deborah Natoli & Justin Natoli
Mark & Diane Neubauer
Lillian & Joseph Nizinski
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Elad Offer
Adrienne & Arthur Omansky
Martin Ordman
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Donald Ott
Michael Pannullo
Bob Paris
Council Member Bernard C.
& Bobbie Parks
Mr. & Mrs. Herman Pass
David Paymer
Kathy & Jeff Perkins
Michael & Leslee Perlstein
Naidu & Jane Permaul
Beverly Pine
Gloria Pink
Frank Piontek
Dr. Ronald & Alyson Podell
Ms. Kim Pompey
Zazi Pope
Nancy Porter
Mr. David Posner
Susan Poulson
Drs. Laurence & Isabell Purdy
Lisa Quateman
Edward B. Rasch
Mildred Reid
Vicki Reiss
Holly Rice & Vince Gilligan
Linda & Steve Richman
William Ridgeway
Ellen Riley
David Robbins
Jill Schary Robinson
Barbara & David Rognlien
Mr. & Mrs. Avi Rojany
Marie Rolf
Barry Rosen & Neil Bokal
Ruth & Larry Rosen
Janet & Lenny Rosenblatt
Kathleen & Dale Rosenbloom
Dr. & Mrs. James Rosenblum
Linda & Marvin Rosenfeld
Adrienne Rosenthal
Brendan & Jill Ross
Lawrence Ross & Linda Nussbaum
Ms. Francoise Rozzell
Joyce Hokin Sachs
June & Melvin Sattler
Clifford Schaffer
Carole Scherzer
Mr. Bernard Schiffer
Steven & JoAnna Schilling
Nancy & Steve Schneider
Elaine Carey & Vincent J. Schodolski
Stacy Schrier
Mr. Charles Schwartz
& Mrs. Carol Schwartz
Elizabeth & Justin Schwartz
Mary & Paul Shane
Annette & Leonard Shapiro
Thom & Judy Sharp
Jill Shear
Dorothy Shepherd
Jeff Sherman
Muriel F. Sherman
Pearl Shultz
Steven Siegel & Lily Carey
Chuck Simon
In Memory of Ross Hunter
& Jacque Mapes
Don & Marie Sirney
Satori Communications
Julie & Don Davis
Fanya & Sidney Soll
Kalee St. Clair
Carol & Paul Stager
Ms. M.L. Stearns
Dorothy Steiner
Arthur Stern
Chambers Stevens
Sally Stevens
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Sybil Stoller
Holly Strom
Kayser & Renee Sume
Katherine Sung
John & Eva Sutton
Robin & David Swartz
Keith & Judy Swayne
The Tauber Family
Troy Thompson
Cheryl Tiano & Frank Gerechter
Mr. & Mrs. Art Tompkins
Judith Toscano
Joan Townsend
Jean & Hal Trifon
Beryl Turner
Anthony Vasek
Rita Vennari Studstill
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William Walsh
Ann W. Wang
Berna Lynn Warner
Marie Washington
Marcia & Dr. Charles Wasserman
Seymour Waterman
Dr. George & Pat Watson
Elisa & Brad Wayne
Louise Weber & Sean Lavery
Julie & Peter Weil
Brian Weinstock
Jackie & Fred Weintraub
Donna & Jason Weiss
Jacqueline Weitz
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The Wexler Family
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Linda A. Wilson
David Wintroub
Barry & Florence Wise
George Wolfberg
Kenneth & Teresa Worley
Pam & Leo Wyler
Thelma & Sam Yellen
Mark Young & Patty Everett
Arnold Zane
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Dayle & Abram Zukor
Sandy Zwirn
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geffen playhouse staff
Randall Arney
Artistic Director
Ken Novice
Managing Director
ARTISTIC
Behnaz Ataee
General Manager
Regina Miller
Chief Development Officer
PRODUCTION
Mary Garrett
Amy Levinson
Phyllis Schuringa
Shannon Noel
Kristina Leach
Artistic Manager
Artistic Associate / Literary Director
Artistic Associate / Casting Director
Artistic Coordinator
Literary Associate
DEVELOPMENT
Ellen Catania Director of Major Gifts &
Corporate/Foundation Partnerships
Jessica Brusilow Rollins
Associate Director of Donor Relations
& Strategic Partnerships
Jamie Sherman
Associate Director of Individual Giving
Development Associate &
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Database Manager
Adam Carr Donor Annual Fund Support
Donor Annual Fund Support
David Gerhardt Jessie Sherman
Donor Annual Fund Support
EDUCATION
Connor White
Resident Teaching Artist &
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Benjamin Salka
Story Pirates CEO
Duke Doyle
Story Pirates Producing Director
Lee Overtree
Story Pirates Artistic Director
Quinton Johnson
Story Pirates Education Director
Gabe Jewell
Story Pirates Producer
ADMINISTRATION
Frankie Ocasio
Executive Assistant to
the Managing Director
Maryam Meehan
Staff Accountant
Staff Accountant
Janet Huynh
Marguerite Harris
Receptionist
FACILITIES MANAGEMENT
Miguel del Castillo
Victor Cueva De Loera
Mario Santillan-Perez
Facility Manager
Maintenance
Custodial
Daniel Ionazzi
Jill Barnes
Matthew Carleton Rich Gilles James Grabowski
Darren Rezowalli
Leah A. Lewis
Production Manager
Associate Production Manager
Technical Director
Properties Master
Sound Master
Master Electrician
Wardrobe Supervisor
COMMUNICATIONS
Allison Rawlings Chelsey Rosetter Director of Communications
Communications Coordinator
MARKETING & SALES
Joseph Yoshitomi
Marketing Director
Karen Gutierrez
Associate Marketing Director
Mark San Filippo
Ticket Services Director &
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Stephanie Strand
Audience Services Manager
Brian Dunning
Graphics / Production Artist
Jodi Feigenbaum
Advertising & Promotions Assistant
L.J. Stevens
Group Sales
Janice Bernal
Associate Box Office Manager
Bryan Martin
Associate Box Office Manager
Assistant Box Office Manager
Janet Huynh
Korie Benavidez, Audrey Cain, Zack Hamra,
Richard Martinez, Lilach Mendelovich,
Martin Wurst
Box Office Staff
FRONT OF HOUSE
Jeni Pearsons Events Coordinator
David Gerhardt Supervising House Manager
Michelle Cantrell, Adam Carr, Amy Farkas,
Tommy French, Kimberly Legg, Julianne Tveten,
Zack Schultz
House Managers
Abdoulaye N’Gom
Head Usher
Caroline Harrison, Sean Jones, Matt Jones, Lyndsi Larose,
Rebecca Leigh, Nathaniel Meek, Katie Mitchell,
Leah Munson, Lindsay Nyman, Erik Odom,
Jonathan Schwartz
Ushers
Bar Manager
Rob Mersola
Manuel Mayorga
Weekend Bar Manager
Adam Carr, Jared White, Kimberly Legg,
Lyndsi LaRose
Bartenders
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the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.
The scenic, costume, lighting and sound designers in LORT theaters are represented by United Scenic Artists Local USA-829, IATSE.
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