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December 31 - January 30, 2013 , Allen Theatre

Bell, Book and Candle

written by John van Druten
directed by Michael Bloom

Run time: Act I: 60 minutes Intermission: 15 minutes Act II: 60 minutes --------------------------- Total:
Advisory: Recommended for ages 12 and up.

In this fun and sexy romantic comedy, we meet Gillian Holroyd, a beautiful and lively free spirit - who also happens to be a witch. Frustrated by a lack of romance in her life and smitten by her handsome neighbor, she “helps things along” by casting a spell. But will she give into the one thing that will take away her magical powers forever?

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Cleveland Play House production of Bell, Book and Candle directed by Michael Bloom in Allen Theatre at PlayhouseSquare,January 11 - February 3, 2013. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. © 2013 Roger Mastroianni

Georgia Cohen as Gillian Holroyd in Cleveland Play House production of Bell, Book and Candle directed by Michael Bloom in Allen Theatre at PlayhouseSquare, January 11 - February 3, 2013. Also pictured: Eric Martin Brown. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. © 2013 Roger Mastroianni

Marc Moritz in the Cleveland Play House production of Bell, Book and Candle directed by Michael Bloom in Allen Theatre at PlayhouseSquare,January 11 - February 3, 2013. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. © 2013 Roger Mastroianni

From left: Jeremy Webb, Patricia Kilgarriff and Georgia Cohen in the Cleveland Play House production of Bell, Book and Candle directed by Michael Bloom in Allen Theatre at PlayhouseSquare,January 11 - February 3, 2013. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. © 2013 Roger Mastroianni

From left: Jeremy Webb, Marc Moritz and Georgia Cohen in the Cleveland Play House production of Bell, Book and Candle directed by Michael Bloom in Allen Theatre at PlayhouseSquare,January 11 - February 3, 2013. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. © 2013 Roger Mastroianni

From left: Patricia Kilgarriff and Georgia Cohen in the Cleveland Play House production of Bell, Book and Candle directed by Michael Bloom in Allen Theatre at PlayhouseSquare, January 11 - February 3, 2013. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. © 2013 Roger Mastroianni

From left: Patricia Kilgarriff and Eric Martin Brown in the Cleveland Play House production of Bell, Book and Candle directed by Michael Bloom in Allen Theatre at PlayhouseSquare, January 11 - February 3, 2013. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. © 2013 Roger Mastroianni

Georgia Cohen as Gillian Holroyd in Cleveland Play House production of Bell, Book and Candle directed by Michael Bloom in Allen Theatre at PlayhouseSquare,January 11 - February 3, 2013. Also pictured: Patricia Kilgarriff. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. © 2013 Roger Mastroianni

From left: Georgia Cohen, Jeremy Webb in the Cleveland Play House production of Bell, Book and Candle directed by Michael Bloom in Allen Theatre at PlayhouseSquare,January 11 - February 3, 2013. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. © 2013 Roger Mastroianni

From left: Eric Martin Brown and Georgia Cohen in the Cleveland Play House production of Bell, Book and Candle directed by Michael Bloom in Allen Theatre at PlayhouseSquare, January 11 - February 3, 2013. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. © 2013 Roger Mastroianni

From left: Jeremy Webb, Marc Moritz and Georgia Cohen in the Cleveland Play House production of Bell, Book and Candle directed by Michael Bloom in Allen Theatre at PlayhouseSquare,January 11 - February 3, 2013. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. © 2013 Roger Mastroianni

From left: Georgia Cohen and Eric Martin Brown in the Cleveland Play House production of Bell, Book and Candle directed by Michael Bloom in Allen Theatre at PlayhouseSquare,January 11 - February 3, 2013. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. © 2013 Roger Mastroianni

From left: Eric Martin Brown and Georgia Cohen in the Cleveland Play House production of Bell, Book and Candle directed by Michael Bloom in Allen Theatre at PlayhouseSquare,January 11 - February 3, 2013. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. © 2013 Roger Mastroianni

From left: Eric Martin Brown and Georgia Cohen in the Cleveland Play House production of Bell, Book and Candle directed by Michael Bloom in Allen Theatre at PlayhouseSquare,January 11 - February 3, 2013. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. © 2013 Roger Mastroianni

From left: Georgia Cohen and Eric Martin Brown in the Cleveland Play House production of Bell, Book and Candle directed by Michael Bloom in Allen Theatre at PlayhouseSquare,January 11 - February 3, 2013. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. © 2013 Roger Mastroianni

Georgia Cohen as Gillian Holroyd in Cleveland Play House production of Bell, Book and Candle directed by Michael Bloom in Allen Theatre at PlayhouseSquare, January 11 - February 3, 2013. Also pictured: Patricia Kilgarriff. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. © 2013 Roger Mastroianni

Georgia Cohen as Gillian Holroyd in Cleveland Play House production of Bell, Book and Candle directed by Michael Bloom in Allen Theatre at PlayhouseSquare,January 11 - February 3, 2013. Also pictured: Patricia Kilgarriff. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. © 2013 Roger Mastroianni

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Michael Bloom

Michael Bloom

(Director) is the eighth artistic director of Cleveland Play House. For CPH he has adapted Emma(published by Samuel French), and directed Bell, Book and Candle; Every Good Boy Deserves Favor (with The Cleveland Orchestra for New Ground Theatre Festival); Ten Chimneys;Lost in Yonkers; Heaven’s My Destination; The Glass Menagerie; more(Director) is the eighth artistic director of Cleveland Play House. For CPH he has adapted Emma(published by Samuel French), and directed Bell, Book and Candle; Every Good Boy Deserves Favor (with The Cleveland Orchestra for New Ground Theatre Festival); Ten Chimneys;Lost in Yonkers; Heaven’s My Destination; The Glass Menagerie; A Streetcar Named Desire; Lincolnesque; Rabbit Hole; Well; and Private Lives. He has directed at many of the country’s other major theatres including American Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Old Globe Theatre, South Coast Rep, Seattle Rep, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Manhattan Theatre Club, Alley Theatre, Alliance Theatre Company, and Long Wharf Theatre. His productions have also been seen throughout Japan. His off-Broadway production of Sight Unseen garnered three Obie Awards, and he received a Drama Desk nomination for direction. Other productions include the American premiere of A Young Lady from Rwanda; Gross Indecency, Elliott Norton Award for Best Directing, 1998; and the world premieres ofDinner with Friends at Actors Theatre of Louisville and Tennessee Williams’ Spring Storm. His articles have appeared in American Theatre Magazine and The New York Times, and his book Thinking Like a Director was published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2001.

Eric Martin Brown

Eric Martin Brown

(Shepherd Henderson) acted on Broadway in Dance of Death alongside Dame Helen Mirren and Sir Ian McKellen. Off-Broadway work includes The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd, Mint Theater; Suddenly Last Summer, NIKO Companies; Fly, Lincoln Center Institute; Servicemen, The New Group; and The Ruby Sunrise, The Public Theater. Regional theatre includes more(Shepherd Henderson) acted on Broadway in Dance of Death alongside Dame Helen Mirren and Sir Ian McKellen. Off-Broadway work includes The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd, Mint Theater; Suddenly Last Summer, NIKO Companies; Fly, Lincoln Center Institute; Servicemen, The New Group; and The Ruby Sunrise, The Public Theater. Regional theatre includes The Wilma Theater; Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C.; The Old Globe; Capital Repertory Theatre; Studio Arena; Bread Loaf; Palm Beach Dramaworks; Elm Shakespeare; Arkansas Rep; Caldwell, and Yale Rep. Brown has so far appeared on television and film in Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, 30 Rock, Gossip Girl, Third Watch, One Life to Live, All My Children, As the World Turns, Pear, Found In Time, The Response, Jacklight and All I want for Christmas. Training includes a Master of Fine Arts, Yale School of Drama and Bachelor of Fine Arts, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Georgia Cohen

Georgia Cohen

(Gillian Holroyd) appeared in New York City as Sasha in Wasted: An Historical Burlesque at Ars Nova, as Olivia in Fiasco Theater Company’s Twelfth Night at Access Theater, and Hostess in The Acting Company’s National Tour of Henry Vwhich ran at New Victory Theater (in NYC), Arizona Theatre Company, and more(Gillian Holroyd) appeared in New York City as Sasha in Wasted: An Historical Burlesque at Ars Nova, as Olivia in Fiasco Theater Company’s Twelfth Night at Access Theater, and Hostess in The Acting Company’s National Tour of Henry Vwhich ran at New Victory Theater (in NYC), Arizona Theatre Company, and Guthrie Theater. Additional regional theatre credits include portraying Meg in Crimes of the Heart at McCarter Theatre Center; Sandy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at People’s Light & Theatre; and Julia in 1984and Elizabeth in Don Carlos at The Sandra Feinstein – Gamm Theatre in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Cohen holds a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University and is a proud graduate of Brown/Trinity Rep’s Master of Fine Arts Acting Program. Other training includes workshops with The Public, Long Wharf, PS 122 and Naked Angels.

Patricia Kilgarriff

Patricia Kilgarriff

(Miss Holroyd) appeared at Cleveland Play House in Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot (world premiere) andThe Importance of Being Earnest. Broadway credits includeSteel Magnolias, Tartuffe, Night Must Fall, A Delicate Balance,A Small Family Business, La Bete, Lettice and Lovage, Shirley Valentine, Noises Off!, and The Man Who Had Three more(Miss Holroyd) appeared at Cleveland Play House in Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot (world premiere) andThe Importance of Being Earnest. Broadway credits includeSteel Magnolias, Tartuffe, Night Must Fall, A Delicate Balance,A Small Family Business, La Bete, Lettice and Lovage, Shirley Valentine, Noises Off!, and The Man Who Had Three Arms. Off-Broadway includes Mary Broome, Mint Theater; Time and Again, Kindertransport and The Art of Success, Manhattan Theatre Club; Beckett/Albee; Spread Eagle; London Suite; All’s Well That Ends Well; Counting the Ways; and Footfalls. Selected regional appearances are A Woman of No Importance, Yale Repertory Theatre (Connecticut Critics Award, Outstanding Actress); Shirley Valentine, Portland Repertory Theatre (Drammy Award); Arkansas Repertory Theatre; City Theatre Pittsburgh; McCarter Theatre Center; and Hartford Stage. Film/television includes The Muppets Take Manhattan, The Real Blonde, Law & Order, Law & Order SVU, All My Children,Second Honeymoon, Loving and Ryan’s Hope. Kilgarriff also has numerous voiceover and audiobook credits.

Marc Moritz

Marc Moritz

(Sidney Redlitch) appeared at Cleveland Play House in Bell, Book and Candle and readings of U.S. v. Howard Mechanic, The Will to Art and Thicker than Water. Originator of the Broadway role Talk Show Host in the Sondheim/Prince musical Merrily We Roll Along, Moritz is featured on the original more(Sidney Redlitch) appeared at Cleveland Play House in Bell, Book and Candle and readings of U.S. v. Howard Mechanic, The Will to Art and Thicker than Water. Originator of the Broadway role Talk Show Host in the Sondheim/Prince musical Merrily We Roll Along, Moritz is featured on the original cast recording. Regional theatre includes Long Wharf, Goodman, New Harmony, Riverside Shakespeare, Porthouse, Cain Park, Weathervane (as director), TrueNorth (as director), Dobama (as an actor and director), Great Lakes/Idaho Shakespeare Festival and many more. The founding director of Cleveland-based Giant Portions Improv Company, training includes a Master of Fine Arts, Kent State University; stints at ImprovOlympic; and extensive workshops with Paul Sills, Del Close, and Charna Halpern. Other credits include the national feature film Underdogs, the TV movie Dead and Alive: The Race for Gus Farace, and numerous television and radio commercials. Moritz is a free-lance teaching artist specializing in improvisation, and he presents his unique workshops throughout the U.S.

Jeremy Webb

Jeremy Webb

(Nicky Holroyd) made his professional debut in Cleveland as Dionysos in The Bahhhai for Gerald Freedman at Great Lakes Theater Festival. He appeared in New York in The Visit (Broadway, The Actors Fund); The Glorious Ones (Lincoln Center Theater, original cast recording); The Baltimore Waltz,Tabletop, Photograph 51 and BFF. Other more(Nicky Holroyd) made his professional debut in Cleveland as Dionysos in The Bahhhai for Gerald Freedman at Great Lakes Theater Festival. He appeared in New York in The Visit (Broadway, The Actors Fund); The Glorious Ones (Lincoln Center Theater, original cast recording); The Baltimore Waltz,Tabletop, Photograph 51 and BFF. Other credits include Williamstown Theatre Festival; L.A. Theatre Works; workshops of The Royal Family of Broadway, Dance of the Vampires,Yeast Nation; Eugene O'Neill Theater Center; New York Stage and Film; The Old Globe; The Kennedy Center; Long Wharf; Shakespeare Theatre Company; Huntington; McCarter; and The Hangar. Webb received a Drama Desk Award forTabletop; Connecticut Critics Circle Award for The Laramie Project; and Helen Hayes and SALT Award nominations. Film and television includes Love Walked In, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and The Guiding Light. Training was at The North Carolina School of the Arts.

Jamie R. Benetto

(Assistant Stage Manager) having just served as assistant stage manager for Cleveland Play House’s production of Bell, Book and Candle, has been a production assistant, stage coordinator, crew member, and/or child supervisor for CPH off and on since 2002. She has worked on several CPH readings and over 30 more(Assistant Stage Manager) having just served as assistant stage manager for Cleveland Play House’s production of Bell, Book and Candle, has been a production assistant, stage coordinator, crew member, and/or child supervisor for CPH off and on since 2002. She has worked on several CPH readings and over 30 CPH mainstage productions, including Lost Highway,Rabbit Hole, Vincent in Brixton, Pride and Prejudice, A Christmas Story, Dream a Little Dream, Crowns, Emma and, most recently, A Carol for Cleveland andThe Life of Galileo. Other area credits include Ntozake Shange’s Why I had to Dance at Oberlin College and Idea Center, The Sound of Music and Annie at Carousel Dinner Theatre, The Secret Garden at Cain Park, and Into the Woodsand The Seagull at Great Lakes Theater. Benetto is a graduate of Kent State University.

Michael Boll

(Lighting Designer) Cleveland Play House productions include: These Mortal Hosts, The Good Peaches; A Christmas Story; The Little Foxes; Venus in Fur; Every Good Boy Deserves Favor; In the Next Room, or the vibrator play and Stew and the Negro Problem. CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program credits include: Metamorphoses, Too True more(Lighting Designer) Cleveland Play House productions include: These Mortal Hosts, The Good Peaches; A Christmas Story; The Little Foxes; Venus in Fur; Every Good Boy Deserves Favor; In the Next Room, or the vibrator play and Stew and the Negro Problem. CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program credits include: Metamorphoses, Too True To Be Good, Identity Theft, The Winter's Tale, In Arabia We'd All Be Kings, An Orchard, Cloud 9 and Angels in America: Millennium Approaches. Cleveland lighting design work includes Cleveland Public Theatre, Cain Park, Cleveland Museum of Art, Karamu House, Dobama Theatre and Beck Center for the Arts. Off-Broadway credits include The Moliere Cycle (Classic Stage Company), Songs for a New World (George Street Playhouse), Dog Sees God (SoHo Playhouse) and The Moonlight Room (Associate Lighting Designer, Beckett Theatre). His work has also been seen at the N.Y. Fringe Festival, La MaMa E.T.C., HERE Arts Center, and Yale Cabaret.

John Godbout

(Stage Manager) was Cleveland Play House's resident stage manager from 2001 to 2008 and returned to CPH in the fall of 2011. This past summer, he returned for season 2 of Tantrum Theater in Dublin, Ohio to stage manage Caroline, or Change. John has also stage managed at North more(Stage Manager) was Cleveland Play House's resident stage manager from 2001 to 2008 and returned to CPH in the fall of 2011. This past summer, he returned for season 2 of Tantrum Theater in Dublin, Ohio to stage manage Caroline, or Change. John has also stage managed at North Shore Music Theatre, Capital Repertory Theatre, The Weston Playhouse, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Northern Stage, and Seaside Music Theatre.

David Kay Mickelsen

(Costume Designer) returns for his 23rd production at Cleveland Play House, having recently designed costumes for The Diary of Anne Frank, All the Way; A Christmas Story; Bell, Book and Candle; and In the Next Room, or the vibrator play. He has designed more than 400 productions at regional theatres more(Costume Designer) returns for his 23rd production at Cleveland Play House, having recently designed costumes for The Diary of Anne Frank, All the Way; A Christmas Story; Bell, Book and Candle; and In the Next Room, or the vibrator play. He has designed more than 400 productions at regional theatres across the country including Guthrie Theater, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Arizona Theatre Company, Geffen Playhouse, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis; Seattle, Tennessee, Missouri, San Diego and New Mexico Repertory Theatres, Sundance Theatre Festival; Oregon, Utah, Colorado, and Illinois Shakespeare Festivals. Originally from Canby, Oregon; David now makes his home in Long Beach, California. David is The Creative Director of the Theatre Costume Design Program at The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles, and is the Vice Chairman of The Western Region of United Scenic Artists 829.

Russel Parkman

(Scenic Designer) designed the world premiere production ofHeaven’s My Destination, Doubt: A Parable and Rabbit Hole for Cleveland Play House. For the past 13 years, Parkman has been teaching in the graduate design program at Southern Methodist University. Internationally he has designed at the Flamenco Biennale in Seville, Teater Ibsen more(Scenic Designer) designed the world premiere production ofHeaven’s My Destination, Doubt: A Parable and Rabbit Hole for Cleveland Play House. For the past 13 years, Parkman has been teaching in the graduate design program at Southern Methodist University. Internationally he has designed at the Flamenco Biennale in Seville, Teater Ibsen in Norway, and the Teatro Popular in Bogotá, Colombia. In New York, Parkman has designed at Perry Street Theatre, Manhattan Class Company, La Cucaracha, The New Theatre of Brooklyn, Fordham University, and New York Stage and Film. Regionally in the United States, his credits include Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Huntington Theatre, Missouri Repertory Theatre, Geva Theatre, El Teatro Campesino, Santa Fe Stages, Dallas Theater Center, Denver Center Theatre Company, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Meadow Brook Theatre, Yale Rep, Skylight Opera Theatre, and Opera Memphis.

Elissa Myers Casting, Paul Fouquet, CSA

(Casting) credits include Poisoner’s Handbook, Becoming Helen Keller, and Mystery of Matter, PBS. Other PBS projects include The Abolitionists, Dolley Madison, Alexander Hamilton, John and Abigail Adams, Benjamin Franklin (Emmy Award), Liberty (Peabody Award), God in America, People vs. Leo Frank, Louisa May Alcott, Great Performances (Artios Award in Outstanding more(Casting) credits include Poisoner’s Handbook, Becoming Helen Keller, and Mystery of Matter, PBS. Other PBS projects include The Abolitionists, Dolley Madison, Alexander Hamilton, John and Abigail Adams, Benjamin Franklin (Emmy Award), Liberty (Peabody Award), God in America, People vs. Leo Frank, Louisa May Alcott, Great Performances (Artios Award in Outstanding Achievement in Casting), and Murder Of A President for American Experience. Feature films include Hank and Asha (Audience Award at Slamdance 2013) and The Union. Theatre credits include seven Broadway shows, including Tony nominated Having Our Say, as well as 26 Off-Broadway shows. Regional theatre casting in the past two years includes Denver Center, Geva Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Magic Theatre, Arena Stage, Alley Theatre, George Street Playhouse, and Arizona Theatre Company. The office has so far received 16 nominations and has won three Artios Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Casting.

James C. Swonger

(Sound Designer) has designed sound for over 50 Cleveland Play House productions including The Good Peaches (world premiere); Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Breath and Imagination; Venus in Fur; Good People; The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith; Bell, Book and Candle; The Game’s Afoot more(Sound Designer) has designed sound for over 50 Cleveland Play House productions including The Good Peaches (world premiere); Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Breath and Imagination; Venus in Fur; Good People; The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith; Bell, Book and Candle; The Game’s Afoot (world premiere); Bill W. and Dr. Bob; Heaven’s My Destination (world premiere); Crime and Punishment; Noises Off!; Gee’s Bend; The Chosen; and I Am My Own Wife. CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program credits include The Philadelphia Story, The Three Sisters, Twelfth Night, and An Orchard. Additional credits include Cleveland’s Lyric Opera Company, Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company, Centerstage Theatre, George Street Playhouse, Yale Repertory Theatre, Cleveland State University Summer Stages, and premiere productions of why i had to dance, The Tragic Demise of the Whaleship Essex and Swinging on a Star: A Tribute to the Music of Johnny Burke.

John van Druten

(Playwright) was born in 1901 in London, England. His first successful play, Young Woodley, produced in 1928, was the impetus for his abandoning his law career to concentrate on writing and directing for theatre full-time. His best-known plays, primarily light comedies, include Old Acquantance(1940); The Voice of the Turtle (1943); more(Playwright) was born in 1901 in London, England. His first successful play, Young Woodley, produced in 1928, was the impetus for his abandoning his law career to concentrate on writing and directing for theatre full-time. His best-known plays, primarily light comedies, include Old Acquantance(1940); The Voice of the Turtle (1943); I Remember Mama (1944); Bell, Book and Candle (1950); and I am a Camera (1951), on which Joe Masteroff’s book for the Kander and Ebb musical Cabaret was partly based. After several years and considerable accomplishments in the United States, van Druten became an American citizen in 1944. He passed away in 1957 following a years-long battle with heart disease.

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