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May 1 - 31, 2015 , Outcalt Theatre

Fairfield

written by Eric Coble
directed by Laura Kepley

Run time: 2 hours including one 15-minute intermission
Advisory: Recommended for ages 16+. Play contains strong language including profanity and derogatory terms, mild violence, innuendo, and frank conversations on race.

“Peace. Love. Respect for all.” So goes the motto of Fairfield Elementary, a public school located in a diverse, liberal district. But when a young teacher’s misguided attempts at celebrating Black History Month take a hilariously dark turn, chaos erupts and it seems it may be impossible to safely reach the ‘CelebrEthnic Potluck.’ Fairfield is a razor-sharp, insightful comedy from Cleveland playwright Eric Coble that examines how we each determine what’s appropriate and inappropriate, and whether “We Shall Overcome.”

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From left to right: Marinda Anderson (Vanessa Stubbs), Nedra McClyde (Angela Wadley), Brian Sills (Scott Flemmingsen), and Crystal Finn (Laurie Kaminski). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

From left to right: Marinda Anderson (Vanessa Stubbs), Crystal Finn (Laurie Kaminski), and Leenya Rideout (Molly Flemmingsen). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

From left to right: Marinda Anderson (Vanessa Stubbs) and Crystal Finn (Laurie Kaminski). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

From left to right: Brian Sills (Mr. Snyder) and Nedra McClyde (Angela Wadley). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

From left to right: Bjorn DuPaty (Charles Clark) and Nedra McClyde (Angela Wadley). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

From left to right: Bjorn DuPaty (Charles Clark) and Nedra McClyde (Angela Wadley). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

From left to right: Marinda Anderson (Vanessa Stubbs) and Crystal Finn (Laurie Kaminski). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

From left to right: Crystal Finn (Laurie Kaminski) and Leenya Rideout (Molly Flemmingsen). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

From left to right: Brian Sills (Mr. Snyder) and Nedra McClyde (Angela Wadley). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

Foreground, left to right: Brian Sills (Scott Flemmingsen) and Leenya Rideout (Molly Flemmingsen). Background, left to right: Bjorn DuPaty (Daniel Stubbs) and Marinda Anderson (Vanessa Stubbs). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

Foreground, left to right: Bjorn DuPaty (Daniel Stubbs) and Marinda Anderson (Vanessa Stubbs). Background, left to right: Leenya Rideout (Molly Flemmingsen) and Brian Sills (Scott Flemmingsen). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

From left to right: Brian Sills (Scott Flemmingsen) and Leenya Rideout (Molly Flemmingsen). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

From left to right: Bjorn DuPaty (Daniel Stubbs), Marinda Anderson (Vanessa Stubbs), and Nedra McClyde (Angela Wadley). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

From left to right: Brian Sills (Scott Flemmingsen) and Leenya Rideout (Molly Flemmingsen). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

Crystal Finn (Laurie Kaminski). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

Crystal Finn (Laurie Kaminski). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

From left to right: Nedra McClyde (Angela Wadley) and Crystal Finn (Laurie Kaminski). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

Nedra McClyde (Angela Wadley). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

Artists

Marinda Anderson

Marinda Anderson

(Vanessa Stubbs) was most recently seen at Cleveland Play House in the reading of Fairfield for New Ground Theatre Festival and also in A Carol for Cleveland by Eric Coble. New York credits include Macbeth, Lincoln Center Theatre; Far From Heaven, Playwrights Horizons; Obamaology, Juilliard School; and The Devine One: more(Vanessa Stubbs) was most recently seen at Cleveland Play House in the reading of Fairfield for New Ground Theatre Festival and also in A Carol for Cleveland by Eric Coble. New York credits include Macbeth, Lincoln Center Theatre; Far From Heaven, Playwrights Horizons; Obamaology, Juilliard School; and The Devine One: Sassy Swings Tokyo, her show about Sarah Vaughan, La MaMa E.T.C. Regionally, she has performed at Theatreworks, Chautauqua Theatre, Perseverance Theatre and Playhouse on the Square. Marinda also has a web series, Homegirls, she co-writes and stars in. Marinda is a graduate of Howard University where she received a B.F.A. in musical theatre and NYU’s Graduate Acting Program where she received her M.F.A. in Acting.

Bjorn DuPaty

Bjorn DuPaty

(Daniel Stubbs/Charles Clark) is extremely excited to be making his Cleveland Play House debut. New York credits include Carnaval, National Black Theater; Office Hours, The Flea Theater; and Sugarhouse at the Edge of the Wilderness, Ma-Yi Theater. Regional credits include A Raisin in the Sun, Crossroads Theater; Clybourne Park, Pittsburgh more(Daniel Stubbs/Charles Clark) is extremely excited to be making his Cleveland Play House debut. New York credits include Carnaval, National Black Theater; Office Hours, The Flea Theater; and Sugarhouse at the Edge of the Wilderness, Ma-Yi Theater. Regional credits include A Raisin in the Sun, Crossroads Theater; Clybourne Park, Pittsburgh Public Theater; and Julius Caesar and The Comedy of Errors, Guthrie Theater. Bjorn was also a recurring character on Amazon.com’s original program Alpha House. Other Television credits include: The Blacklist, Person of Interest, Codes of Conduct, Zero Hour and All My Children. Film Credits: Demolition. Bjorn received his MFA from Rutgers University. bjorndupaty.com

Crystal Finn

Crystal Finn

(Laurie Kaminski) is thrilled to be back at Cleveland Play House, where she played Claudine in Tory Stewart’s new play Rich Girl. Crystal also performed her own play, Becoming Liv Ullmann, at the New Ground Theatre Festival in 2013. New York credits include Pocatello, Playwrights Horizons; 16 Words or Less, more(Laurie Kaminski) is thrilled to be back at Cleveland Play House, where she played Claudine in Tory Stewart’s new play Rich Girl. Crystal also performed her own play, Becoming Liv Ullmann, at the New Ground Theatre Festival in 2013. New York credits include Pocatello, Playwrights Horizons; 16 Words or Less, La Brea, Luther and Five Genocides, Clubbed Thumb Theater; Breaking the Spell, Some Women… and Brack’s Last Bachelor Party, 59E59; and Bird in the Hand, Fulcrum Theater. Regional credits include Two River Theater, George Street Playhouse, Dorset Theatre Festival and Merrimack Repertory. Crystal’s play The Faire received its world premiere in 2013 with Fault Line Theater in New York. Crystal received her B.A. in English from UC Berkeley and her M.F.A. in Acting from Brown/Trinity Rep. She is an affiliated artist with Clubbed Thumb Theater.

Nedra McClyde

Nedra McClyde

(Angela Wadley) recently went on as an understudy opposite John Hawkes at Manhattan Theatre Club in David Auburn’s two-person play, Lost Lake. Other New York credits include Mr. Burns, Playwrights Horizons; Headstrong, Ensemble Studio Theatre; and Macbeth, Classical Theatre of Harlem. Nedra is a recipient of New Dramatists’ Charles Bowden more(Angela Wadley) recently went on as an understudy opposite John Hawkes at Manhattan Theatre Club in David Auburn’s two-person play, Lost Lake. Other New York credits include Mr. Burns, Playwrights Horizons; Headstrong, Ensemble Studio Theatre; and Macbeth, Classical Theatre of Harlem. Nedra is a recipient of New Dramatists’ Charles Bowden Award and is a two-time AUDELCO Award nominee and NYIT Best Leading Actress nominee, a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre, an Associate Artist with The Civilians and M.F.A. graduate of The Actors Studio Drama School. Favorite regional theatre includes Good People at The Old Globe. Nedra has made television appearances on new Netflix Marvel series, Jessica Jones, Blue Bloods, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, 30 Rock, As the World Turns and One Life to Live. Please visit nedramcclyde.com.

Leenya Rideout

Leenya Rideout

(Molly Flemmingsen) is thrilled to be back at Cleveland Play House where she appeared in Woody Sez. Broadway credits include War Horse, Cyrano de Bergerac (with Kevin Kline), Company and Cabaret. Off-Broadway credits include Yiddle with a Fiddle, American Jewish Theatre; The Portable Pioneer and Prairie Show, Melting Pot Theatre more(Molly Flemmingsen) is thrilled to be back at Cleveland Play House where she appeared in Woody Sez. Broadway credits include War Horse, Cyrano de Bergerac (with Kevin Kline), Company and Cabaret. Off-Broadway credits include Yiddle with a Fiddle, American Jewish Theatre; The Portable Pioneer and Prairie Show, Melting Pot Theatre Company; and Cowgirls, Minetta Lane Theatre. Regional credits include The Secret Garden, Capital Repertory Theater; Woody Sez, Theaterworks and Milwaukee Repertory Theater; The Last of the Red Hot Lovers and Gypsy, Hangar Theatre; Holidays with the Chalks, Alliance Theater; Merrily We Roll Along, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; Cardenio, American Repertory Theater; Summer of 42, Mill Mountain Theater; The Canterbury Tales, Guthrie Theater; Guys and Dolls, North Carolina Theatre; and Avenue X, Cincinnati Playhouse. International tours include My Fair Lady. Film credits include Mona Lisa Smile, Loser and Bittersweet. Television and radio credits include Company, Cyrano de Bergerac and My Favorite Broadway, PBS; Nashville Star, USA Network; Jerry Lewis Telethon and Selected Shorts, NPR. Original songs available at leenya.com.

Brian Sills

Brian Sills

(Scott Flemmingsen/Mr. Snyder) Previous Cleveland Play House credits include last year’s production of Eric Coble’s Fairfield, and Around The World in 80 Days. New York credits include The Machine (Park Avenue Armory & the Donmar Warehouse, UK), Himself and Nora (NYMF). Brian is also an original cast member of the more(Scott Flemmingsen/Mr. Snyder) Previous Cleveland Play House credits include last year’s production of Eric Coble’s Fairfield, and Around The World in 80 Days. New York credits include The Machine (Park Avenue Armory & the Donmar Warehouse, UK), Himself and Nora (NYMF). Brian is also an original cast member of the National Tour of Disney’s The Lion King. Regional theatre credits include: The SantaLand Diaries, Cabaret (Kansas City Repertory Theatre), How Water Behaves (Capital Repertory Theatre), The Heidi Chronicles (Asolo Repertory Theatre), Assassins (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre), Amadeus (Clarence Brown Theatre) My Life Is A Musical (Bay Street Theatre) The Taming of the Shrew, Cymbeline, The Three Musketeers, The Two Noble Kinsmen and How Can You Run With A Shell On Your Back? (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre). Television: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix), Mr. Robot (USA Network). Film: Baby On Board, Nothing Like The Holidays, Rocky Marciano. Upcoming: Brian has been cast in the independent feature film Bikini Sunshine shooting in New York City in May & June 2016. Brian is a New York City based actor, originally from Toronto, Canada.

Jen Caprio

(Costume Designer)

Broadway: Falsettos and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. West End: The Lion (St. James). Current National Tours: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Lion. Selected NYC: Perfect Arrangement (Primary Stages); Laugh it Up, Stare it Down (Cherry Lane); Little Children Dream of God

more(Costume Designer)

Broadway: Falsettos and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. West End: The Lion (St. James). Current National Tours: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Lion. Selected NYC: Perfect Arrangement (Primary Stages); Laugh it Up, Stare it Down (Cherry Lane); Little Children Dream of God (Roundabout); Tail! Spin! (Culture Project); The Lion (MTC, Culture Project and Tour); Little Miss Sunshine (Second Stage); In Transit (Primary Stages); Fugitive Songs (Dreamlight) and Striking 12 (Daryl Roth). Opera: Florida Grand Opera, Minnesota Opera, Opera Colorado, Opera Boston and Mill City Summer Opera. Regional Theater: Guthrie Alley Theatre, Papermill Playhouse, Williamstown Theater Festival, Goodspeed Musicals, La Jolla Playhouse, Dallas Theater Center, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Portland Rep, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Asolo Repertory Theater, Virginia Stage Company, George Street Playhouse, Weston Playhouse, Geva Theater, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, among others. Graduate of Ithaca College and Carnegie Mellon. Proud Member USA-829.

Broken Chord

(Sound Design) Previously at Cleveland Play House: Fairfield. Broadway: Eclipsed. New York: Atlantic Theater (The Jammer, The Lying Lesson), The Incubator Arts Project (OZET), Labyrinth Theater (The Insurgents), Manhattan Theatre Club (Spirit Control, When We Were Young and Unafraid), Primary Stages (Harrison TX, Informed Consent), The Public Theater (The Good more(Sound Design) Previously at Cleveland Play House: Fairfield. Broadway: Eclipsed. New York: Atlantic Theater (The Jammer, The Lying Lesson), The Incubator Arts Project (OZET), Labyrinth Theater (The Insurgents), Manhattan Theatre Club (Spirit Control, When We Were Young and Unafraid), Primary Stages (Harrison TX, Informed Consent), The Public Theater (The Good Negro, Eclipsed, Party People), Rattlestick (Stay, Massacre), Second Stage Theatre (The Other Thing), Signature Theatre (The Dance and the Railroad, Appropriate), Women's Project (Lascivious Something). Regional: Actors’ Theatre of Louisville (Tom Sawyer), Berkeley Rep (Party People), Centerstage (American Buffalo), Dallas Theater Center (The Tempest, Deferred Action), Hartford Stage (Whipping Man, Snow Falling on Cedars), Huntington Theatre (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, A Raisin in the Sun), La Jolla Playhouse (Ruined), Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Ruined, Party People), People's Light (End Days), Shakespeare Theatre Company (Romeo and Juliet), Trinity Rep (The Glass Menagerie), Yale Rep (These Paper Bullets!). Film: Fall to Rise. www.brokenchord.us

Eric Coble

Eric Coble

(Playwright) plays include The Velocity of Autumn (Broadway, starring Estelle Parsons and Stephen Spinella, directed by Molly Smith), Fairfield, Bright Ideas, My Barking Dog, A Girl’s Guide to Coffee and The Giver. Eric’s plays have been produced Off-Broadway, in all fifty states of the U.S. and on several continents, including more(Playwright) plays include The Velocity of Autumn (Broadway, starring Estelle Parsons and Stephen Spinella, directed by Molly Smith), Fairfield, Bright Ideas, My Barking Dog, A Girl’s Guide to Coffee and The Giver. Eric’s plays have been produced Off-Broadway, in all fifty states of the U.S. and on several continents, including productions at Manhattan Class Company, The Kennedy Center, Playwrights Horizons, Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival, Denver Center Theatre Company, Arena Stage, New York and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, Alliance Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, South Coast Repertory, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Coterie Theatre, Stages Repertory Theatre, Geva Theatre and The Contemporary American Theatre Festival. Awards include the AATE Distinguished Play Award for Best Adaptation, an Emmy nomination, the Chorpenning Playwriting Award for Body of Work, the AT&T Onstage Award, National Theatre Conference Playwriting Award, an NEA Playwright in Residence Grant, the Cleveland Arts Prize, two Cuyahoga Arts and Culture Fellowships and four Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Grants.

Jennifer Matheson Collins

(Stage Manager) stage managed Cleveland Play House productions of The Good Peaches, Luna Gale, Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors, Fairfield, Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life, Informed Consent, Breath and Imagination, A Christmas Story, Woody Sez, Rich Girl, The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith, A more(Stage Manager) stage managed Cleveland Play House productions of The Good Peaches, Luna Gale, Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors, Fairfield, Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life, Informed Consent, Breath and Imagination, A Christmas Story, Woody Sez, Rich Girl, The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith, A Carol for Cleveland, A Night With Janis Joplin (at both CPH and Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.), The Trip to Bountiful and This Wonderful Life. Other recent credits include: Angels in America (Millennium Approaches and Perestroika), A Christmas Carol, The Santaland Diaries, and The Who and the What (Kansas City Repertory Theatre). Previously, she was a full-time faculty member at Northwestern University, overseeing the stage management program. From 2000 to 2007, she was a resident stage manager at Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier, where selected credits include Passion, Marionette Macbeth, Hamlet, Seussical the Musical, A Flea in Her Ear, Kabuki Lady Macbeth, A Little Night Music, Sunday in the Park with George and Pacific Overtures. Other Chicago credits include Death of a Salesman, Waiting for Godot, Floyd Collins, Jitney, The Odyssey and A Christmas Carol (Goodman Theatre). She earned a Bachelor of Science, Theatre and a Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology from Kansas State University and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Laura Kepley

Laura Kepley

(Director) became Artistic Director of Cleveland Play House in 2013 and has directed numerous CPH mainstage productions including The Diary of Anne Frank, Shakespeare in Love; The Crucible; Steel Magnolias; The Good Peaches (world premiere); Fairfield (world premiere); How I Learned to Drive (also at Syracuse Stage); The Little Foxes; more(Director) became Artistic Director of Cleveland Play House in 2013 and has directed numerous CPH mainstage productions including The Diary of Anne Frank, Shakespeare in Love; The Crucible; Steel Magnolias; The Good Peaches (world premiere); Fairfield (world premiere); How I Learned to Drive (also at Syracuse Stage); The Little Foxes; Venus in Fur; Good People (also at Syracuse Stage); A Carol for Cleveland (world premiere); In the Next Room, or the vibrator play; My Name is Asher Lev and CPH readings of Roe Green Award-winning plays Soups, Stews and Casseroles: 1976; Marjorie Prime and Daphne’s Dive. She joined CPH in 2010, having arrived from Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island where she was Resident Director and Artistic Associate for four seasons and Interim Director of the Brown/Trinity Rep M.F.A. in Directing Program for one. She has also directed for The Alliance Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Contemporary American Theatre Festival, among others. A native Ohioan, Laura received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and her Master of Fine Arts from Brown University/Trinity Rep. She is a Drama League Fellow and a recipient of the 2009-2011 National Endowment for the Arts/Theatre Communications Group Career Development Program for Directors.

Brian J. Lilienthal

(Lighting Designer) designed The Kite Runner and Informed Consent for Cleveland Play House. New York credits include La MaMa E.T.C., Cherry Lane Theatre and 29th Street Repertory. Regional theatre credits include Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Pasadena Playhouse, Capital Repertory Theater, Geva more(Lighting Designer) designed The Kite Runner and Informed Consent for Cleveland Play House. New York credits include La MaMa E.T.C., Cherry Lane Theatre and 29th Street Repertory. Regional theatre credits include Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Pasadena Playhouse, Capital Repertory Theater, Geva Theatre Center, Arden Theatre Company, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Trinity Repertory Theatre, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Theatre at Boston Court, Perishable Theatre, Pig Iron, New Paradise Laboratories and more than 60 productions as Resident Designer at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Brian also designed lighting for Bard SummerScape,Long Beach Opera and Portland Opera Repertory Theater. He spent eight summers at the National Playwrights Conference at the O’Neill Theater Center as a Resident Lighting Designer. He is recipient of the 2005 Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Award for Lighting Design. Brian holds a Master of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts and teaches lighting design at Tufts University.

Timothy R. Mackabee

(Scenic Designer) Cleveland Play House: Mr. Wolf and Fairfield. Broadway: The Elephant Man and Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth. Off-Broadway: Heathers, Gigantic (Vineyard Theatre), Luce (Lincoln Center Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (The Public Theater), Guards at the Taj, Our New Girl (Atlantic Theater Company), and Important Hats of the Twentieth more(Scenic Designer) Cleveland Play House: Mr. Wolf and Fairfield. Broadway: The Elephant Man and Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth. Off-Broadway: Heathers, Gigantic (Vineyard Theatre), Luce (Lincoln Center Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (The Public Theater), Guards at the Taj, Our New Girl (Atlantic Theater Company), and Important Hats of the Twentieth Century (Manhattan Theatre Club). Regional: American Conservatory Theater San Francisco, Center Stage Baltimore, Ford’s Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Dallas Theatre Center, Syracuse Stage, Yale Repertory Theatre, Philadelphia Theater Company, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Studio Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Geva Theatre Center, The Old Globe, South Coast Repertory and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Film/TV: Gotham, Smash, The Today Show, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth andMargot at the Wedding. Education: North Carolina School of the Arts and Yale School of Drama. timothymackabeedesign.com

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