Mother (and Me) | 2016-2017 Season

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Mother (and Me)

Nov 3 – Nov 20

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Written and performed by Melinda Buckley
Scenic Design by Gary Jacobs
Costume Design by Amanda Doherty
Lighting Design by Derek Madonia
Stage Manager Katie Klemme

A larger-than-life Hungarian ‘Mama Rose,’ is slowly slipping into dementia as her Broadway baby, Melinda slips into de’middle age.  A brilliantly funny and touching story of two women who are losing everything they’ve ever been—in very different ways—as they lose each other. Who’s it harder for?  The one who can’t remember? …Or the one who can’t forget? This one-woman tour-de-force by Broadway performer and comedienne Melinda Buckley was an award-winner at the 2014 NY Fringe Festival.

 

MELINDA BUCKLEY

MELINDA BUCKLEY makes her Geva Theatre Center debut in Mother (and me). Broadway/National tour highlights include Crazy For You, A Chorus Line and Bob Fosse’s Sweet Charity. She has performed stand up, improv, and solo work all over NYC, and her solo show, Mother (and me) which premiered at FringeNYC (‘Best of Fest’ at the COW), had a developmental run at Second Stage Uptown and just returned from the Greenhouse Theater’s Solo Celebration in Chicago.  On the other side of the table, highlights include assisting Lonny Price (as SDC Fellow) in the filming of Company with Neil Patrick Harris and Patti Lupone, choreographing Paramour with Len Cariou at the Old Globe, and Stuart Little I and II, with Geena Davis and Hugh Laurie as well as an award winning promo for CBS.

MELINDA BUCKLEY

Writer

MELINDA BUCKLEY makes her Geva Theatre Center debut in Mother (and me). Broadway/National tour highlights include Crazy For You, A Chorus Line and Bob Fosse’s Sweet Charity. She has performed stand up, improv, and solo work all over NYC, and her solo show, Mother (and me) which premiered at FringeNYC (‘Best of Fest’ at the COW), had a developmental run at Second Stage Uptown and just returned from the Greenhouse Theater’s Solo Celebration in Chicago.  On the other side of the table, highlights include assisting Lonny Price (as SDC Fellow) in the filming of Company with Neil Patrick Harris and Patti Lupone, choreographing Paramour with Len Cariou at the Old Globe, and Stuart Little I and II, with Geena Davis and Hugh Laurie as well as an award winning promo for CBS.

GARY JACOBS

Scenic Design

GARY JACOBS has designed or assisted fifteen shows at Geva since 2001. In addition to his stage design work, Mr. Jacobs is a concept artist for architects and engineers throughout the country, and he teaches 3D animation at RIT. As a partner at BadFish Consulting, he works with innovation teams to incorporate more design thinking and narrative in their strategy and communications.

AMANDA DOHERTY

Costume Design

AMANDA DOHERTY is currently in her 16th season at Geva Theatre Center as the Costume Shop Supervisor.  While at Geva, she has had the opportunity to design costumes for the Wilson Stage productions of Miracle on South Division Street, Women in Jeopardy!, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Informed Consent, The Book Club Play, The Underpants and Shear Madness, the Fielding Stage productions of Katherine’s Colored Lieutenant, Tinker to Evers to Chance, Stranded on Earth, Underneath the Lintel, Race of the Ark Tattoo, Lobby Hero and the Big Theatre for Little People productions of Meet Me Incognito and And Then They Came for Me.  Other designs include work for Kodak, Coca-Cola, Penn State’s University Resident Theatre Company and Cornell University.  Her draping skills have also been seen in productions at the Utah Shakespearean Festival and Pennsylvania Center Stage.  She received her M.F.A. in Costume Design and Technology from Penn State University and now happily resides in Rochester with her husband and two Bumpus Hounds.

 

DEREK MADONIA

Lighting Design

DEREK MADONIA has designed numerous shows at Geva Theatre Center including Miracle on South Division Street, the world premiere of The Road to Where, The Mountaintop, Stranded on Earth, Freud’s Last Session, The Tribute to Sir Elton John and Billy Joel, Perfect Wedding, Underneath the Lintel, Evie’s Waltz, The Underpants, Shear Madness, That was Then, All is Well in the Kingdom of Nice, And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank, Meet Me Incognito, Tomato Plant Girl, the Portrait the Wind the Chair, This is Not a Pipe Dream and Women Who Steal. He received his B.A. from the University at Albany. Mr. Madonia came to Geva in 1992 as a lighting apprentice and he is currently in his 23rd season as Lighting Supervisor. He would like to thank his family and his talented band of electricians for all their help and support.

KATIE KLEMME

Stage Manager

KATIE KLEMME is based in Chicago where recent credits include Apartment 3a, Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight, Stick Fly (Windy City Playhouse), Mother and Me (Greenhouse Theater Center), You Can’t Take It With You (Northlight Theatre); Xanadu, The Project(S) (world premiere), Let Me Down Easy, Mercy Strain, Columbinus, Rent, Disgraced (World Premiere, 2013 Pulitzer Prize), among many others over the past eight seasons as a resident stage manager at American Theater Company; The New Sincerity, Mr. Burns A Post-Electric Play, Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England, The Santaland Diaries (Theater Wit); as well as work with About Face Theatre and the Music Theatre Company.  Regional credits include Columbinus (ArtsEmerson, Boston) and Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England (Todd + BRYAN Present, Las Vegas).  Upcoming projects include regional premiere of Men on Boats (American Theater Company), regional premiere of 10 Out of 12 (Theater Wit) and the world premiere of T. (American Theater Company).  Ms. Klemme is on faculty at Loyola University Chicago Department of Fine and Performing Arts and is the Managing Director at American Theater Company where current producing credits include a three show season as well as CORE (Chicago Open Residency Experiment), providing Chicago artists with week-long residencies to develop and present their work-in-progress to the public at no cost.

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