Last Gas | 2013-2014 Season

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Last Gas

Jan 7 – Feb 2


Somewhere on a woodsy road - not far from Almost, Maine - sits Nat Paradis’ “Last Gas, First Fun Convenience Store.” As Nat sorts through life as a single parent, his teenage son and fun-loving father give him constant grief…and time seems to slip through his fingers. When an old flame returns to town, Nat gets a rare second chance, only to discover that in between love lost and love found, life throws us a lot of curve balls. A bittersweet, romantic comedy full of heart, humor and baseball.

By: John Cariani
Director: Skip Greer
Scenic Designer: Robert Koharchik
Costume Designer: B Modern
Lighting Designer: Kendall Smith
Sound Designer: Dan Roach
Dramaturg: Jean Gordon Ryon

Run Time: 2 hrs, 30 min, including intermission
Age Recommendation: 16+

Geva offers sign interpretation, audio description and open captioning at select performances. For a list of dates this season, please click here.



NICK ERKELENS is excited to be making his Geva Theatre Center debut. He graduated from the University of Florida with a B.F.A. in Performance. Past credits include A Streetcar Named Desire at Yale Repertory Theatre; Picasso at the Lapin Agile and This is Our Youth for Florida Players; Measure for Measure, You Can’t Take it With You and The Grapes of Wrath at University of Florida. 



DAVID MASON returns to Geva Theatre Center where he made his debut in Almost, Maine in 2011 and appeared in the 2013 Festival of New Theatre. Other regional credits include the recent American premiere of a new adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ Period of Adjustment at TheatreSquared in Arkansas; world premiere productions of Love/Sick, Trouble is My Business and Last Gas at Portland Stage; The Quality of Life, Dinner with Friends, Intimate Apparel, Arcadia, Arsenic and Old Lace, Kimberly Akimbo, Sight Unseen, Lobby Hero, The Boys Next Door, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, An Inspector Calls and All in the Timing at New Century Theatre; The Last Mass at St. Casimir’s; Almost, Maine; Around the World in 80 Days and The Book Club Play at The Public Theatre; The 39 Steps, Enchanted April and It’s a Wonderful Life at Majestic Theater and Jerry Finnegan’s Sister at Foothills Theatre.  Recent NYC credits include The Three Hagi Sisters for The Japan Society; Sky at Impact Theatre Festival; Two Rooms at Red Fern Theatre; Barbara Bush Never Slept Here at Circle East; Kalighat at Circle East; New York for Ensemble Studio Theatre, Civilian Studios; Mae and Her Stories at Primary Stages; The Breaking Light for Present Company; This Will Be the Death of Him for NativeAliens.  Film/TV credits include “House Of Cards,” “All My Children,” Writer’s Block, Carson’s Place and The Good Life.


Guy Gagnon

AARON MUÑOZ is thrilled to be back at Geva Theatre Center after playing  Clown #1 in The 39 Steps earlier this season and Alex last season in The Book Club Play. Favorite roles include Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Actors Theatre of Louisville; Michal in The Pillowman at Studio Theater, DC; Macduff in Macbeth at Nashville Shakespeare Festival; Pompey in Measure for Measure at Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival and Ignatius in A Confederacy of Dunces for Theatrical Outfit, Atlanta. Other theatres include Northern Stage, About Face Theatre, and Shakespeare Festivals in Chicago, Colorado and Alabama. TV/Film credits include “The Walking Dead,” “Ben 10: Alien Swarm,” Cadillac Records and CBGB. Mr. Muñoz holds a B.A. from Columbia College Chicago and a M.F.A from Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Love to Liz.



JOHN PRIBYL is pleased to be back at Geva Theatre Center where he has been in Inherit the Wind, A Christmas Carol, Our Town and Below the Belt.  He has most recently been at American Players Theater where he appeared in Rosencranz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Hamlet and Waiting for Godot. Mr. Pribyl worked for 20 years at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and his favorite roles include Don Armado and Berowne in Love’s Labor’s Lost, Leontes in The Winter’s Tale, Caliban in The Tempest, Richard in Fuddy Meers, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Joseph Surface in The School for Scandal, Falstaff in Henry IV, Part One, Lord Are in Restoration, Eisenring in The Firebugs, and Benedick in Much Ado about Nothing. Other theatres include Utah Shakespeare Festival, Syracuse Stage, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Intiman Theater, Sacramento Theatre Company, Tacoma Actors Guild, Seattle Children’s Theatre, ACT Seattle, Group Theatre and Montana Shakespeare in the Parks. Mr. Pribyl received his B.F.A. from Montana State University and his M.F.A. from Wayne State University.



BRENDA WITHERS makes her Geva Theatre Center debut in Last Gas. She is a performer and writer based in New York.  Recent credits include The Seagull at Modern Theatre; Abundance at Hartford Stage; Crimes of the Heart at the McCarter Theatre; Cyrano at the Folger; Pride and Prejudice at Denver Center Theatre; The Less We Talk for Hoi Polloi; Almost, Maine at Hudson Stage and Twelfth Night for Arizona Theatre Company.  She is a founding member of the Harbor Stage Company (Hedda Gabler, Sticks and Bones) where her play The Billingsgate Project premiered last summer.  Some of her other pieces have been produced and developed at PS122 (Matt & Ben), Amphibian Stage (The Ding Dongs), and the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France (Double Negative).  She studied drama and religion at Dartmouth College. 



GABRA ZACKMAN is thrilled to be working on Last Gas at Geva Theatre Center!  NY credits include On the Verge at the John Houseman Theater and the Edinburgh Fringe; Train Story by Adam Rapp; new plays at Juilliard, Soho Rep, EST and Lincoln Center Studio. Regional credits include Reckless at Denver Center Theatre; Dividing the Estate at the Arvada Center; Love Song at Cincinnati Playhouse; My Name Is Asher Lev for Arden Theatre Company, Mary Zimmerman’s post Broadway tour of Metamorphoses at Hartford Stage, Kansas City Rep; Florida Studio Theatre; A Christmas Story at Pioneer; Boeing-Boeing at ACCC; Measure for Pleasure  at Florida Studio Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Stratford, CT and The Taming of the Shrew for Georgia and Nebraska Shakespeare. Ms. Zackman appeared in the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival for seven seasons.   TV credits includeLaw & Order,” “Law & Order: SVU” and AMC.  Ms. Zackman trained at Northwestern University and earned her M.F.A. at the Shakespeare Theatre, in Washington, D.C.  She spends most of her spare time recording audiobooks.



JOHN CARIANI is an award-winning actor and an accomplished playwright. He is probably best known for his role as CSU Tech Julian Beck on television’s “Law & Order,” and for his performance as Motel the Tailor in the 2004 Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof for which he received a Tony Award nomination and won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. As an actor, he has appeared on and off Broadway, in several films and television shows, and at regional theatres across the country. He got his first break when he was cast in the off-Broadway play It’s
My Party (And I’ll Die if I want To)
, starring Joyce Van Patten and Academy
Award winner F. Murray Abraham. As a playwright, John he is best known for his
first play, Almost, Maine, which premiered at Portland Stage Company in 2004, opened Off-Broadway in 2006, and is now featured in Smith and Kraus’ New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2006. Since its debut Off-Broadway, Almost, Maine has become one of the most frequently produced plays in the United States, with nearly 2000 productions to date. It has also been translated into eight languages. His second play, cul-de-sac premiered Off-Broadway in April of 2006 in a Transport Group production. His third play, Last Gas and Love/Sick premiered at Portland Stage Company in 2010 and 2013, respectively. Originally from Presque Isle, Maine, Mr. Cariani is a graduate of Amherst College, and now lives in New York City.



SKIP GREER serves as Artist in Residence and Director of Education at Geva Theatre Center.  His directing credits at Geva include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (co-director), Freud’s Last Session, On Golden Pond, Over the Tavern, Almost, Maine; the world premiere of The House in Hydesville; Doubt; American Buffalo; Inherit the Wind; Key West; Death of a Salesman; Lobby Hero; Below the Belt; The Weir; Women Who Steal; Beast on the Moon; Triumph of Love and Geometric Digression of the Species.  He directed King Lear at Shakespeare Santa Cruz.  Other regional directing credits include Studio Arena Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Sacramento Theatre Company, State Theatre of Austin and Gary Marshall’s Falcon Theatre, where he directed Golf with Alan Shepard starring Jack Klugman and Charles Durning.  Mr. Greer has also been an actor at Geva appearing in You Can’t Take It With You (Paul Sycamore), Superior Donuts (Arthur),The Music Man, (Mayor Shinn) Evie’s Waltz (Clay), Our Town (the Stage Manager), Hamlet (Ghost/Player King), 1776 (John Hancock), House and Garden (Giles), Art (Serge), Twelve Angry Men (Juror #1), A Girl’s Life (Ken and Louis Pasteur), Every Good Boy Deserves Favor (Alexander), The Illusion (Alcandre), Picasso at the Lapine Agile (Sagot) and State of the Union (Spike McManus).  Regional credits include seven seasons in the resident acting company of Sacramento Theatre Company, San Jose Repertory Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival and Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts.  Film and TV credits include “Bloodhounds,” “LA Law” and “VR5.”  Mr. Greer has toured Europe, Africa, Indonesia, New Zealand, Australia and the Cook Islands, teaching and performing.


Scenic Designer

ROBERT KOHARCHIK returns to Geva Theatre Center where past designs include Freud’s Last Session, On Golden Pond, A Christmas Story, Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, Doubt, American Buffalo, Key West, Lobby Hero, and Pyretown. Other credits include designs for: the Indiana Repertory Theatre, Weston Playhouse of Vermont, the Cincinnati Playhouse, the Cleveland Playhouse and the Contemporary American Theatre of Columbus. Mr. Koharchik is an Associate Professor of Design at Butler University.


Costume Designer

B. MODERN returns to Geva Theatre Center for her seventeenth season. She is an Affiliate Artist and has designed over 20 productions including On Golden Pond, Over the Tavern, The House in HydesvilleA Christmas StoryDial M for Murder, Death of a Salesman, The Brighton Beach Trilogy, Proof, Ghosts, The Miser; The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Importance of Being Earnest, Twelve Angry Men, My Fair Lady, The Illusion, The Comedy of Errors and A Christmas Carol. Ms. Modern is also an Associate Artist and has designed over 40 productions at Shakespeare Santa Cruz, CA. Regional theatre design credits include Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Denver Center Theatre Company, American Players Theatre, WI;  Indiana Rep; San Jose Rep; TheatreWorks, CA; Asolo Rep, FL; The Globe Theatres, CA; Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; The Magic Theatre; Georgia Shakespeare Festival; Berkeley Rep; Seattle Rep and Syracuse Stage. Opera credits include productions at Opera Theatre of St. Louis and Opera San Jose. Ms. Modern shares a home and studio in Santa Cruz, California with three cantankerous cats.


Lighting Designer

KENDALL SMITH returns to Geva Theatre Center where he has designed On Golden Pond; Amadeus; Almost, Maine; Key West; Death of a Salesman; Lobby Hero and A Christmas Carol. Theatre credits include Oregon Shakespeare, Indiana Repertory, Merrimack Repertory, Pioneer Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Studio Theatre in DC and Connecticut Repertory Theatre.  As the Resident Designer for Michigan Opera Theatre for the last sixteen years, he has designed over 60 productions.  Regional Opera companies include Florida Grand Opera, San Diego Opera, Opera Pacific, Boston Lyric Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Virginia Opera.


Sound Designer

DAN ROACH has, since 1988, worked on sound for numerous productions at Geva Theatre Center, NTID’s Theatre for the Deaf, SUNY Brockport, and Keuka College. Most recent productions at Geva include The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, Freud’s Last Session, , You Can’t Take It With You, Perfect Wedding, On Golden Pond, Over the Tavern; Almost, Maine; Dracula, the Shape of Evil with PUSH Physical Theatre; Evie’s Waltz; Dial M for Murder; The Underpants; Nine Parts of Desire; Doubt and A Christmas Story. He studied sound at Berklee College of Music in Boston and has been applying that knowledge to theatre over the past 25 years. He currently works full time for Hillside Family of Agencies as their Web Administrator and is grateful for their flexibility in providing time to pursue his love of theatre and sound design. He is a resident of Brighton where he lives with his beautiful wife Jing.



JEAN GORDON RYON serves as New Plays Coordinator at Geva Theatre Center where, among other duties, she produces the Regional Writers Showcase and the Young Writers Showcase. She was dramaturg for 1776, John Bull’s Other Island, That Was Then, Shear Madness, The Underpants, The Clean House, Almost Maine, The Music Man, Company, Perfect Wedding, The 39 Steps and Geva’s current production of A Christmas Carol, and she has contributed dramaturgical research and written program articles for several other productions. Ms. Ryon holds a degree in drama from Tufts University and a master’s degree in Arts Administration from Goucher College. Her most recent directing credits in the community include Grace and Glorie, Master Class, Blithe Spirit, Pride’s Crossing, and The Gin Game for Blackfriars, The Chosen and The Immigrant for JCC’s CenterStage, Juno and the Peacock, Da, Translations, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Waiting for Godot, The Kings of the Kilburn High Road, Dancing at Lughnasa, Faith Healer, The Hostage, Love in the Title, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Dublin Carol, and A Moon for the Misbegotten for RCP’s Irish Players, and Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing for RCP’s Shakespeare Players. Ms. Ryon is also the Artistic Director of The Geriactors, a traveling troupe of mature actors. 

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