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September 5 - October 3, 2015 , Allen Theatre

Ken Ludwig's A Comedy of Tenors

written by Ken Ludwig
directed by Stephen Wadsworth
co-produced with McCarter Theatre Center

Run time: 2:00 including intermission
Advisory: Sexual innuendo and one instance of strong language.

Three tenors. Three egos. One stage. What could possibly go wrong? Producer — and former mayor of Cleveland — Henry Saunders is about to find out as he attempts to stage the concert of the century. But with an amorous Italian superstar and his hot-blooded wife causing chaos on an operatic level, all bets are off! As opening night draws near, flaring tempers, mistaken identities, and bedroom hijinks bring new meaning to the phrase “the show must go on,” in this laugh-out-loud farce set amidst the glitz and glamour of 1930s Paris.

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From left to right: Bobby Conte Thornton (Carlo) and Kristen Martin (Mimi). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.

From left to right: Bradley Dean (Tito) and Lisa Brescia (Tatiana Racón). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.

From left to right: Rob McClure (Max) and Ron Orbach (Saunders). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.

From left to right: Lisa Brescia (Tatiana Racón) and Bradley Dean (Tito). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.

From left to right: Bobby Conte Thornton (Carlo), Ron Orbach (Saunders), Bradley Dean (Tito), and Rob McClure (Max). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.

From left to right: Rob McClure (Max) and Bradley Dean (Tito), Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.

From left to right: Ron Orbach (Saunders), Bradley Dean (Tito), and Bobby Conte Thornton (Carlo), Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.

Bradley Dean (Tito). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.

From left to right: Bobby Conte Thornton (Carlo) and Bradley Dean (Tito). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.

Kristen Martin (Mimi). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.

From left to right: Bradley Dean (Tito) and Antoinette LaVecchia (Maria). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.

From left to right: Antoinette LaVecchia (Maria) and Bradley Dean (Tito). Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.

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Lisa Brescia

Lisa Brescia

(Tatiana Racón) On Broadway, Lisa has starred in Mamma Mia!, Wicked, Twyla Tharp’s The Times They Are A-Changin’, Aida, and The Woman in White. Additional New York credits include All’s Well That Ends Well at the Public Theatre’s Shakespeare Lab and Roundabout’s Ordinary Days. Regional credits include: The Winter’s Tale, more(Tatiana Racón) On Broadway, Lisa has starred in Mamma Mia!, Wicked, Twyla Tharp’s The Times They Are A-Changin’, Aida, and The Woman in White. Additional New York credits include All’s Well That Ends Well at the Public Theatre’s Shakespeare Lab and Roundabout’s Ordinary Days. Regional credits include: The Winter’s Tale, Hamlet, August: Osage County, Sister Play, Victor/Victoria, Cabaret, Kennedy Center’s Broadway: Three Generations-Side Show, Wicked, Into the Woods, The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown, Evita, The Last 5 Years, A Little Night Music, and Brigadoon. Training: MFA in Classical Acting from ACA; American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Much gratitude to all at Cleveland Play House, Stephen Wadsworth and my husband, songwriter Craig Carnelia.

Bradley Dean

Bradley Dean

(Tito) Bradley has appeared on Broadway in A Little Night Music, Spamalot, Company, Man of La Mancha, Evita, The Story of My Life, Jane Eyre, Doctor Zhivago and The Last Ship. Other NYC credits include The Most Happy Fella and A New Brain, both at Encores, Sweeney Todd with Emma more(Tito) Bradley has appeared on Broadway in A Little Night Music, Spamalot, Company, Man of La Mancha, Evita, The Story of My Life, Jane Eyre, Doctor Zhivago and The Last Ship. Other NYC credits include The Most Happy Fella and A New Brain, both at Encores, Sweeney Todd with Emma Thompson and the New York Philharmonic, The Fantasticks, Walmartopia at Minetta Lane, and The Big Time at NYMF. He has toured nationally in Evita, directed by Hal Prince, and internationally in The Rocky Horror Show performing in more than a dozen countries. Regional highlights: Camelot at Goodspeed Musicals, Falsettos at Barrington Stage, and the world premiere of Fly at Dallas Theater Center.

Antoinette LaVecchia

Antoinette LaVecchia

(Maria) Select NY: A View From The Bridge (Broadway), String of Pearls (Primary Stages), The Bottle House (Public Theater), Kimberly Akimbo (Manhattan Theatre Club), How To Be A Good Italian Daughter [in spite of myself] (Cherry Lane Theatre), Magic Hands Freddy (SoHoPlayhouse), The Tempest (Lincoln Center Inst.). Regionally: leading roles more(Maria) Select NY: A View From The Bridge (Broadway), String of Pearls (Primary Stages), The Bottle House (Public Theater), Kimberly Akimbo (Manhattan Theatre Club), How To Be A Good Italian Daughter [in spite of myself] (Cherry Lane Theatre), Magic Hands Freddy (SoHoPlayhouse), The Tempest (Lincoln Center Inst.). Regionally: leading roles at Asolo Rep, George Street Playhouse, Two River Theater, TheaterWorks Hartford, Pittsburgh Public, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Wilma Theater and Portland Center Stage. In 2014, premiered award-winning solo show; I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti; at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; Asolo Rep and George Street Playhouse. Select film/TV: Deliver Us From Evil, Law & Order: SVU, Blue Bloods, The Sopranos, Killing Kennedy. MFA Tisch/NYU, studied at Moscow Art Theatre. Awards/Grants: Fox Fellowship, Drama League Directing Fellow, BroadwayWorld.com Connecticut Best Actress 2012, the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust Grant, the Connecticut Critics Circle Award.
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Kristen Martin

Kristen Martin

(Mimi) Broadway: Original cast of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Off-Broadway: The City Club (Minetta Lane Theatre), first national tour of A Chorus Line, 42nd Street (Goodspeed Musicals), La Cage (Goodspeed Musicals), Footloose (Pittsburgh CLO), Footloose (Mainstate Music Theatre), Dames at Sea (The Baystreet Theatre), 42nd Street Asia Tour, CATS more(Mimi) Broadway: Original cast of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Off-Broadway: The City Club (Minetta Lane Theatre), first national tour of A Chorus Line, 42nd Street (Goodspeed Musicals), La Cage (Goodspeed Musicals), Footloose (Pittsburgh CLO), Footloose (Mainstate Music Theatre), Dames at Sea (The Baystreet Theatre), 42nd Street Asia Tour, CATS national tour, TV: Deception.

Rob McClure

Rob McClure

(Max) has worked regionally across the country including the world premiere of Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot here at Cleveland Play House. He received Tony, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle nominations and won the Theatre World and Clive Barnes awards for his performance in the title role in Chaplin: more(Max) has worked regionally across the country including the world premiere of Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot here at Cleveland Play House. He received Tony, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle nominations and won the Theatre World and Clive Barnes awards for his performance in the title role in Chaplin: The Musical. Other Broadway: Jason Robert Brown’s Honeymoon In Vegas, I’m Not Rappaport opposite Judd Hirsch and Ben Vereen and Avenue Q. Rob charmed audiences at Encores! in Where’s Charley? and Irma La Douce. He is a two-time Barrymore Award winner for Best Actor, having collaborated with the Arden, Walnut Street, and many more. Rob won Best Actor at The Williamsburg Independent Film Festival and The Queen’s World Film Festival for the short film Recursion, directed by Sam Buntrock. He made his television debut guest starring on Person of Interest. Love to his family and wife, Maggie Lakis.

Ron Orbach

Ron Orbach

(Saunders) Broadway: Laughter on the 23rd Floor; later starred in the Chicago premiere, on the national tour and at ACT, Seattle (Also directed), Chicago (Amos Hart), first national tour/Chicago’s Jeff Award, 1998, Dance of the Vampires, Never Gonna Dance, Soul Doctor. Off-Broadway: Harry Chapin: Lies & Legends, also Chicago (Equity more(Saunders) Broadway: Laughter on the 23rd Floor; later starred in the Chicago premiere, on the national tour and at ACT, Seattle (Also directed), Chicago (Amos Hart), first national tour/Chicago’s Jeff Award, 1998, Dance of the Vampires, Never Gonna Dance, Soul Doctor. Off-Broadway: Harry Chapin: Lies & Legends, also Chicago (Equity Card, 1983) and Pasadena Playhouse (LADCC Award, Best Ensemble,1988), Hotel Suite (Roundabout), Mark St. Germain’s, The God Committee. Regional Theater: The Twenty-Seventh Man (Old Globe), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bottom; Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Fiddler on the Roof (Tevye; Sacramento Music Circus), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Pseudolus; Denver Center), Enter Laughing (Berkshire Theater Festival), Moonlight and Magnolias (Selznick; World Premiere; Goodman). Film:Clueless (DMV Tester). Most recent TV: Girls. Mr. Orbach is also an acting coach and a director, who resides in Jamestown, NY, with his beloved wife, Kathleen Eads.

Bobby Conte Thornton

Bobby Conte Thornton

(Carlo) is humbled to make his Cleveland Play House debut in its centennial season. Regional: Grease (Paper Mill Playhouse), Les Misérables (MUNY), The Light in the Piazza (Farmers Alley Theatre), 8 (A.C.T.), Equus (Boxcar Theatre). Solo concert: Blame It On My Youth at Venetian Room, San Francisco Fairmont and 54 more(Carlo) is humbled to make his Cleveland Play House debut in its centennial season. Regional: Grease (Paper Mill Playhouse), Les Misérables (MUNY), The Light in the Piazza (Farmers Alley Theatre), 8 (A.C.T.), Equus (Boxcar Theatre). Solo concert: Blame It On My Youth at Venetian Room, San Francisco Fairmont and 54 Below (upcoming). Training: B.F.A. University of Michigan ’15, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Love to Mom, Mimi, Pappy, Mike Ruckles, Innovative and Soffer/Namoff. For Richard, my great teacher. @bcontethor

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.

Charlie Corcoran

(Scenic Designer) Recent NY scenic designs include Billy and Ray at the Vineyard Theatre, The Weir and Port Authority at the Irish Repertory Theatre and The Marriage of Figaro at Juilliard. Other NY credits include The Emperor Jones (Hewes design award nomination) at the Irish Repertory Theatre. Craving for Travel more(Scenic Designer) Recent NY scenic designs include Billy and Ray at the Vineyard Theatre, The Weir and Port Authority at the Irish Repertory Theatre and The Marriage of Figaro at Juilliard. Other NY credits include The Emperor Jones (Hewes design award nomination) at the Irish Repertory Theatre. Craving for Travel (Peter J. Sharp Theatre), The Last Smoker In America (Westside Theatre), A Perfect Future (Cherry Lane), The Bully Pulpit (Beckett Theatre), and Exits And Entrances (Primary Stages). Regional theatre designs include: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (The Goodman Theatre), The Barber Of Seville, The Marriage Of Figaro (The McCarter Theatre), Absurd Person Singular (Two River Theatre), Without Walls (Center Theatre Group). Opera designs include: Fidelio at the Santa Fe Opera, Così Fan Tutte (co-production Metropolitan Opera and Juilliard) Don Giovanni, (Juilliard) and The Magic Flute (Music Academy of the West). TV design work includes Believe on NBC and Madam Secretary on CBS.

Josh Horvath

(Sound Designer) is an award winning Sound Designer/Composer/Music Producer. Mr. Horvath started his career mixing at Cain Park, and playing music through- out the Akron/Cleveland area. His designs and music have been heard regionally at Long Wharf, Hartford Stage, The Arena, Centerstage, The Alliance, The Goodman, Steppenwolf, The Court, Lookingglass, more(Sound Designer) is an award winning Sound Designer/Composer/Music Producer. Mr. Horvath started his career mixing at Cain Park, and playing music through- out the Akron/Cleveland area. His designs and music have been heard regionally at Long Wharf, Hartford Stage, The Arena, Centerstage, The Alliance, The Goodman, Steppenwolf, The Court, Lookingglass, Milwaukee Rep, McCarter, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Kansas City Rep, The Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, The Mark Taper Forum, California Shakespeare, and Oregon Shakespeare. Mr. Horvath has taught sound design for theatre and film at Northwestern University and DePaul University. He is a four time Joseph Jefferson Award winner and a LA Ovation winner, a company member of The House Theatre of Chicago, an artistic associate of Lookingglass Theatre, and a collaborative partner with The Goodman.

Tom Humes

(Assistant Stage Manager) returns to Cleveland Play House where previous stage management work includes These Mortal Hosts, Between Riverside and Crazy, The Mountaintop, The Little Foxes, and Grounded. Assistant stage management work at CPH includes Shakespeare in Love, How I Learned to Drive, All the Way, Steel Magnolias, Ken Ludwig’s more(Assistant Stage Manager) returns to Cleveland Play House where previous stage management work includes These Mortal Hosts, Between Riverside and Crazy, The Mountaintop, The Little Foxes, and Grounded. Assistant stage management work at CPH includes Shakespeare in Love, How I Learned to Drive, All the Way, Steel Magnolias, Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Maurice Hines Is Tappin Thru Life, Clybourne Park, Breath and Imagination, A Christmas Story, Woody Sez, Lombardi, and A Night With Janis Joplin. Selected area stage management credits include Rock of Ages, Godspell, The Frogs, Smokey Joe's Café, Avenue Q, Pippin, and Oliver! (Cain Park); Le Nozze di Figaro and Cosi Fan Tutte (The Cleveland Orchestra); Tosca, La Boheme, and Lucia Di Lammermoor (Opera Cleveland); Caroline, or Change (Dobama Theatre and Karamu House); and History Boys (Beck Center for the Arts). He is a proud member of both Actors' Equity Association and International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a minor in Mathematics from Bowling Green State University.

David Lander

(Lighting Designer) is making his Cleveland Play House debut. Broadway credits include The Heiress with Jessica Chastain and Dan Stevens, The Lyons with Linda Lavin, Master Class with Tyne Daly, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo with Robin Williams (Drama Desk Award, Tony and Outer Critics Award nominations), 33 Variations more(Lighting Designer) is making his Cleveland Play House debut. Broadway credits include The Heiress with Jessica Chastain and Dan Stevens, The Lyons with Linda Lavin, Master Class with Tyne Daly, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo with Robin Williams (Drama Desk Award, Tony and Outer Critics Award nominations), 33 Variations with Jane Fonda (Tony and Outer Critics Award nominations), A Man for All Seasons with Frank Langella, I Am My Own Wife (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Award nominations), Dirty Blonde (Drama Desk Award nomination).Off-Broadway credits include The Lady from Dubuque with Jane Alexander, King Lear with Kevin Kline, Macbeth with Liev Schreiber and Jennifer Ehle, The Tempest with Sam Waterson, Modern Orthodox with Molly Ringwald and Jason Biggs. Regional designs at The Alley Theatre, Arena Stage, Goodman Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, Huntington Theatre, The Old Globe, The Kennedy Center and La Jolla Playhouse. International credits include productions in London, Dublin, Caracas, Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore and Japan.

William Ivey Long

(Costume Designer) is a six time Tony Award-winning costume designer. For Stephen Wadsworth, he designed A Quiet Place/Trouble in Tahiti by Leonard Bernstein at La Scala, Vienna Staatsoper, and Abduction from the Seraglio at the San Francisco Opera. He also designed the original Broadway production of Lend Me A Tenor more(Costume Designer) is a six time Tony Award-winning costume designer. For Stephen Wadsworth, he designed A Quiet Place/Trouble in Tahiti by Leonard Bernstein at La Scala, Vienna Staatsoper, and Abduction from the Seraglio at the San Francisco Opera. He also designed the original Broadway production of Lend Me A Tenor (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards) and Crazy For You (Tony and Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Ken Ludwig. At Cleveland Play House, he designed Carnival, directed by Jack Hofsiss. Select Broadway credits include: Chicago, now in its 19th year; Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Grey Gardens, The Producers, Hairspray and Nine. He recently made his Metropolitan Opera debut with his designs for The Merry Widow. Mr. Long has been nominated for 15 Tony Awards. He was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2005, and elected Chairman of The American Theatre Wing in June 2012. williamiveylong.com

Ken Ludwig

(Playwright) has had 6 shows on Broadway and 7 in London’s West End, and his plays and musicals have been performed in more than 30 countries in over 20 languages. His first play on Broadway, Lend Me A Tenor, which the Washington Post called "one of the classic comedies of more(Playwright) has had 6 shows on Broadway and 7 in London’s West End, and his plays and musicals have been performed in more than 30 countries in over 20 languages. His first play on Broadway, Lend Me A Tenor, which the Washington Post called "one of the classic comedies of the 20th century,” won two Tony Awards and was nominated for seven. He has also won two Laurence Olivier Awards (England’s highest theater honor), the Charles MacArthur Award, two Helen Hayes Awards, the Edgar Award for Best Mystery from The Mystery Writers of America, the SETC Distinguished Career Award, and the Edwin Forrest Award for Services to the American Theatre. His plays have been commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Bristol Old Vic. He has written 22 plays and musicals, including Crazy For You (5 years on Broadway and the West End, Tony and Olivier Award Winner for Best Musical), Moon Over Buffalo (Broadway and West End), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Broadway), Treasure Island (West End), Twentieth Century (Broadway), Leading Ladies, Shakespeare in Hollywood, The Game’s Afoot, The Fox on the Fairway, The Three Musketeers, and The Beaux’ Stratagem. His most recent plays include Baskerville, A Comedy of Tenors, and Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol (2015 Helen Hayes Award nominee for Outstanding Play). His newest book, How To Teach Your Children Shakespeare, (winner of the Falstaff Award for Best Shakespeare Book of 2014) is published by Random House. His plays have starred Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, Lynn Redgrave, Mickey Rooney, Hal Holbrook, Dixie Carter, Tony Shalhoub, Anne Heche, Joan Collins, and Kristin Bell. His work is published by the Yale Review, and he is a Sallie B. Goodman Fellow of the McCarter Theatre, Princeton. He holds degrees from Harvard, where he studied music with Leonard Bernstein, Haverford College and Cambridge University. For more information, please visit www.kenludwig.com.

Shad Ramsey

(Fight Director) Credits include:Two Boys (Metropolitan Opera), The Barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro (McCarter Theatre Center), Don Giovanni (Wolf Trap Opera), Il Trovatore (Lyric Opera of Kansas City), Don Giovanni, Così Fan Tutti, Cunning Little Vixen (Juilliard), Henry V, Macbeth, Hamlet, Cymbeline, Richard III, The Rover (New York more(Fight Director) Credits include:Two Boys (Metropolitan Opera), The Barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro (McCarter Theatre Center), Don Giovanni (Wolf Trap Opera), Il Trovatore (Lyric Opera of Kansas City), Don Giovanni, Così Fan Tutti, Cunning Little Vixen (Juilliard), Henry V, Macbeth, Hamlet, Cymbeline, Richard III, The Rover (New York Classical Theatre), The Black Suits (Kirk Douglas Theatre), Blue Monday (On Site Opera), Sleuth (Cape Playhouse), Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet (Empirical Rogue), Memphis the Musical (2010 Tony Award winner), Bonnie & Clyde, Macbeth, Doctor Zhivago (As associate FD on Broadway), Boris Godunov, Rodelinda, Iphegenie en Tauride, Faust, Cesare, Prince Igor (Metropolitan Opera), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Paper Mill Playhouse), Ruined (Huntington Theatre & La Jolla Playhouse), The Three Musketeers (Cape Fear Regional Theatre), Mary Poppins, Peter Pan, The Wizard of OZ (As a Flying Effects Director with ZFX Flying Effects).

John Simmons

(Vocal Coach) has appeared in numerous recitals in Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Italy and the U.S. His studies include the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria, where he was a student of Paul Badura-Skoda, and a master’s degree from the Peabody Conservatory in piano performance more(Vocal Coach) has appeared in numerous recitals in Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Italy and the U.S. His studies include the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria, where he was a student of Paul Badura-Skoda, and a master’s degree from the Peabody Conservatory in piano performance as a student of Yoheved Kaplinsky. Mr. Simmons has coached, taught and performed at AIMS in Graz, the Spoleto Festival USA, Lincoln Center Festival, Centro Studi Italiani, The Amalfi Coast Music Festival and the Shaker Mountain Festival. He has performed with such artists/ensembles as Jonas Kaufmann, Christopher Maltman, John Aler, the London Symphony Chorus, the Westminster Choir, the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago and the Spoleto Festival Orchestra. Mr. Simmons is currently opera coach, chorus master and assistant conductor at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Additionally, he is Music Director and conductor for Nightingale Opera Theater in Hudson, Ohio and is the pianist for the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus.

Stephen Wadsworth

(Director) Wadsworth’s productions of Aeschylus’ Oresteia, Wagner’s Ring cycle, a series of Marivaux comedies, the Beaumarchais Figaro trilogy, and plays and operas by Shakespeare, Molière, Handel, Goldoni, Mozart, Shaw, Wilde, and Coward, have established him as a master of the classical repertoire and one of the most influential directors in more(Director) Wadsworth’s productions of Aeschylus’ Oresteia, Wagner’s Ring cycle, a series of Marivaux comedies, the Beaumarchais Figaro trilogy, and plays and operas by Shakespeare, Molière, Handel, Goldoni, Mozart, Shaw, Wilde, and Coward, have established him as a master of the classical repertoire and one of the most influential directors in the American theater. He has also directed plays by John Guare, Beth Henley, Anna Deavere Smith, and Terrence McNally (Master Class on Broadway and in London’s West End, starring Tyne Daly) and during the 1990s reintroduced the work of Marivaux to the U.S. in a series of translations and productions (available as Marivaux: Three Plays from Smith and Kraus). His translation/production of Molière’s Don Juan reimagined and revived a lost text, and, with his work on Marivaux, earned him the Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters from the government of France. He has three productions in the repertoire of the Metropolitan Opera (Rodelinda, Boris Godunov, and Iphigénie en Tauride) and has directed opera in Milan, Vienna, London, Edinburgh, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, and notably in Seattle, where his famous production of Wagner’s Ring cycle played 2000-2013. He wrote the opera A Quiet Place with Leonard Bernstein (Grammy nomination) and was a 2013 Fellow at the Sundance Institute Playwrights Retreat at Ucross, and a 2015 McCarter/Sallie B. Goodman playwriting fellow. He is the James S. Marcus Faculty Fellow at the Juilliard School and Head of Dramatic Studies in the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.

Wigs and Whiskers

(Wig Design) owned and operated by Mary Schilling-Martin and Caitie Martin; provides wig, hair and specialty makeup services to performing arts organizations and educational institutions around the country. Their motto is: “To hair is human, to wig divine.” Local credits include Cleveland Play House, Great Lakes Theater, Dobama Theatre, Case more(Wig Design) owned and operated by Mary Schilling-Martin and Caitie Martin; provides wig, hair and specialty makeup services to performing arts organizations and educational institutions around the country. Their motto is: “To hair is human, to wig divine.” Local credits include Cleveland Play House, Great Lakes Theater, Dobama Theatre, Case Western Reserve University, Baldwin Wallace University, and Cleveland Opera Theatre. Regional credits include The Goodman Theatre, Old Globe Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Great Lakes Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Marriott Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Victory Gardens, Theatre at the Center, American Theatre Company, Chicago Theatre for Young Audiences, Lyric Opera Works, Northwestern University, Roosevelt University in Chicago, University of California at San Diego, San Diego State University, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

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