Other than Honorable | 2016-2017 Season

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Other than Honorable

Apr 25 – May 21

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Written by Jamie Pachino
Directed by Kimberly Senior
Scenic Design by Jack Magaw
Costume Design by Nan Zabriskie
Lighting Design by Josh Epstein
Original Music & Sound Design by Lindsay Jones
Projection Design by Miles Polaski
Dramaturgy by Jenni Werner
Stage Manager Frank Cavallo

 

With her husband deployed to an unknown location, lawyer Grace Rattigan, a former Army officer who resigned her commission under sealed terms, must make life-altering decisions on her own. When she reluctantly takes on a military sexual assault case, it re-opens old wounds and forces her to confront her past, along with the real meaning of the military’s codes of honor, courage and loyalty. A hot new drama by award-winning playwright and screenwriter Jamie Pachino, writer of NBC’s “Chicago PD.”

 

 

Recommended for ages 16 and up

Run time: 2 hours (including intermission)

Don't miss "Prologue" an hour before all performances (except for 8:00 PM on 4/29/2017 when it is abbreviated and at 7:30)

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RORY CUSHMAN

Witness #3

RORY CUSHMAN is delighted to make her Geva Theatre Center debut.  Recent local performances include Ann Reilly in 42nd Street with the Rochester Association of Performing Arts (RAPA); Lee Harvey Oswald in Assassins and Heathers: The Musical with Blackfriars Theatre and The Pajama Game with the Neighborhood Acting CompanyShe has a B.A. in Musical Theatre from SUNY Geneseo. She is also a local choreographer and Director at RAPA, Seton Catholic School, Bishop Kearney and Webster Theatre Guild.

JESSIEE DATINO

Grace Rattigan

JESSIEE DATINO makes her Geva Theatre Center debut in Other Than Honorable. Off-Broadway credits include The Late Christopher Bean at The Actors Company Theatre and Sin at the Baruch Theatre. Other regional credits include Kimberly Akimbo at Barrington Stage Company; Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Perestroika for Kansas City Repertory Theatre; King Lear at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; Tape at Duel Theatre; Hay Fever, The Dining Room and Lend Me a Tenor at Pennsylvania Centre Stage; Romeo and Juliet for Heart of America Shakespeare; Talley’s Folly and Talley and Son for Kansas City Actors Theatre. Ms. Datino received her M.F.A. at Penn State University. jessieedatino.com

CHRISTIAN HURDLE

Witness #4

CHRISTIAN HURDLE is thrilled to be a part of this production. He was last seen on the Geva stage as Tom Robinson in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird as part of the 2015 Stage Door Project. Most recently, he was part of the world premiere of Buck, Boogie, Bop & Beyond: The Black & Brown of Broadway Musicals at Buffalo State College, where he is currently a freshman majoring in Theatre Arts. Mr. Hurdle is a native of Rochester and a recent graduate of School of the Arts where he appeared in production such as The Twilight Zone; Shrek: The Musical; Annie and Urinetown, the Musical.

AIME DONNA KELLY

Lydia Walsh

AIME DONNA KELLY makes her Geva Theatre Center debut in Other Than Honorable. Off-Broadway credits include Sadie in Exit Strategy at Primary Stages and Witch in Macbeth and Bianca in Othello for Epic Theatre Ensemble.  Regional favorites include Jory in Disgraced for Philadelphia Theatre Company; White snake in The White Snake for Baltimore Center Stage; Lady Macduff/ Weird Sister in Macbeth for Arden Theatre Company; Petrushka in Moon Man Walk for Oribiter 3;  Noxolo in The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane (Barrymore Award nomination for Best Actress), Black Woman in We are Proud to Present… for InterAct Theatre Company; This Is the Week That Is for1812 Productions; Cleopatra in Unsex Me Here for Theatre 4the People; Sharon in We are Bandits for Applied Mechanics; Georgia in The Exonerated for Delaware Theatre Company and Shonda in The North Plan for Theatre Exile. Film/TV credits include Nurse Stacy Hill in “Iron Fist;” and Janet Shaw in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Ms. Kelly received her B.F.A. from The University of the Arts.

JASON KOLOTOUROS

Gideon Kane

JASON KOLOTOUROS makes his Geva Theatre Center debut in Other Than Honorable. New York credits include the American premiere of Sam Shepard’s Particle of Dread at the Signature Theatre in New York City; Her Majesty the King at HERE Arts Center; Blue Window at MCC; Killing Hand at EST Marathon and Home Section for Lincoln Center Drama League. Regional credits include the world premiere of Napoli Brooklyn at the Long Wharf Theatre. Cassius in Chicago Shakespeare’s acclaimed Julius Caesar; The Persian Quarter at Merrimack Repertory Theatre; Messugah at the McCarter Theatre and Macbeth and The Servant of Two Masters at Venture Theatre. Television credits include “Person of Interest,” “Blue Bloods,” “Damages,” “The Good Wife,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Rescue Me,” “Delocated,” “Law & Order” and “Sex and the City.” Film credits include Bounty Hunter, Bride Wars, Man on a Ledge and My Man Is a Loser. Mr. Kolotouros received his M.F.A. in acting from Temple University.

ELIZABETH RICH

Brenda Kurtz

ELIZABETH RICH is delighted to be at Geva Theatre Center.  She is coming off an Off-Broadway production of the new play What We Wanted by David Harms.  Ms. Rich has worked extensively in NYC and the regions at wonderful theatres such as Primary Stages, Steppenwolf, The Goodman, Cleveland Play House, Syracuse Stage, The Alley, Florida Stage and many others.  She has been nominated for a Helen Hayes Award and won a Joseph Jefferson and After Dark for her portrayal of Hannah Arendt in Hannah and Martin by Kate Fodor.  TV Credits include “House Of Cards,” “The Good Wife,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Law & Order” and “Law & Order: SVU.” 

JILL RITTINGER

Witness #1

JILL RITTINGER is a Rochester-based actor, educator, and mother. A sampling of stage credits includes the roles of Catherine in Proof, Laura in The Glass Menagerie, Katharine Hepburn in the one-woman show, Tea at Five at Blackfriars Theatre; David Bowie in the staged reenactment, Bowie Goes to Jail for Eggwork Productions, Anna in Closer, Angel and Others in Angels in America: Millenium Approaches for Method Machine and Miss Fischer in the staged reading of A Picasso with John Hertzler at Geva Theatre Center. Several commercial credits include I Love New York Tourism, Time Warner Cable, Planned Parenthood, and Nick at Nite. A proud graduate of the Masters in Adolescent Inclusive Education program at Nazareth, she has taught in both the Rochester and New York City areas. She is currently working as a commercial actress, and most rewardingly, a stay-at-home parent to toddler, Gabriel, and newborn, Rowan. 

BARBARA E. ROBERTSON

Alvina Croft

BARBARA E. ROBERTSON is very happy to make her Geva Theatre Center debut after playing in the national tours of Angels in America I & II and more recently, Wicked.  She received a Helen Hayes Award for her performance of Medea at the Kennedy Center, and has over twenty awards and nominations for her performances of a wide variety of plays and musicals on stages in Chicago. Among her film credits are David Lynch’s The Straight Story, and Robert Altman’s The Company. Ms. Robertson is proud to be a member of Actors Equity Association, and SAG/AFTRA.

JUAN FRANCISCO VILLA

Hector Nunez

JUAN FRANCISCO VILLA makes his Geva Theatre Center debut in Other Than Honorable. This summer he will be performing his solo play Empanada for a Dream, in Washington, DC at 1st Stage Theater, directed by Alex Levy. Off-Broadway credits include Empanada for a Dream at The Duke/terraNOVA, The Play About My Dad for Collaboration Town/59E59; Nature of Captivity for Mabou Mines; One Night in The Valley for INTAR. Chicago credits include Twelfth Night at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; Hillary and Clinton and Mojada at Victory Gardens Theater; 2666, El Grito del Bronx, at the Goodman Theatre; Elliot: A Soldiers Fugue at Teatro Vista; Empanada for a Dream and Gun Show for 16th Street Theater and Take Me Out for About Face Theatre. Film credits include One Night Stand, The Tank, Lac de Flambeau, Q, East Willy B, Gemini Rising and Audition for Death. Television credits include “Chicago PD” (NBC) and “Blacklist: Redemption and Betrayal” (ABC).  Juanfranciscovilla.com

JOHN WERNKE

Billy Rattigan

JOHN WERNKE makes his Geva Theatre Center debut in Other Than Honorable. Broadway credits include The Bronx Bombers, The American Plan, Accent On Youth and The Royal Family. Off –Broadway credits include The Bronx Bombers, Cactus Flower and A Little Journey. Regionally, Mr. Wernke has appeared at American Conservatory Theater, Ma-Yi Theater, Portland Center Stage, Capital Repertory, People’s Light and Theater and Two River Theater. Film/TV credits include “The Good Wife,” “Person of Interest,” “Royal Pains,” “Life on Mars,” The Good Shepherd, Broken English and NYC Serenade. He received his B.F.A. from Boston University. 

JAMIE PACHINO

Playwright

JAMIE PACHINO is thrilled to be back at Geva Theatre Center, which premiered her play Splitting Infinity in 2006. An award-winning playwright, screenwriter and television writer, her plays have been produced in four countries, commissioned, published and named the winner of the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays production grant, the Laurie Foundation Theatre Visionary Award, Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson (“Jeff”) Award for Best New Work, the Pinter Prize Gold Medal for Drama, and the Francesca Primus Prize by the American Theatre Critics Association, among many others. Her plays have been produced and developed by such theatres as Steppenwolf, Long Wharf, Hartford Stage, American Conservatory Theatre, San Jose Rep, Pasadena Playhouse, Northlight, Florida Stage, A Contemporary Theatre, and the Women’s Playwright Conference in Athens, Greece. On television, Ms. Pachino has written for the series “Chicago PD” (NBC), “Halt and Catch Fire” (AMC), “Franklin & Bash” (TNT) and “Fairly Legal” (USA) as well as teleplays for the Hallmark Hall of Fame, Hallmark Channel, Lifetime Television and UP. Her newest movie premiered on Amazon this past November, An American Girl Story – Maryellen 1955: Extraordinary Christmas.  As a screenwriter, she has written features for DreamWorks, Disney, Vanguard Films, Walden Media, and Lions Gate. Ms. Pachino has served on the faculties of Northwestern University (her alma mater), University of California Irvine, National Louis University, Columbia College and the Chicago Academy of the Arts. She is a proud member of the WGA, The Playwrights Center, and the International Center for Women Playwrights and makes her home in Los Angeles. 

KIMBERLY SENIOR

Director

Kimberly Senior makes her Geva Theatre Center debut. New York credits include the Broadway production of DisgracedChris Gethard’s Career Suicide, presented by Judd Apatow at the Lynn Redgrave; Engagements at Second Stage Uptown; The Who and The What, and Disgraced at Lincoln Center Theater 3. Chicago Credits include Support Group for Men, Disgraced and Rapture, Blister, Burn at the Goodman Theatre; The Scene, Marjorie PrimeThe Diary of Anne FrankHedda Gabler and The Letters at Writers Theatre; Discord4000 Miles, and The Whipping Man at Northlight Theatre; Want, and The North Plan at Steppenwolf; Disgraced for American Theatre Company; InanaMy Name is Asher LevAll My Sons and Dolly West’s Kitchen for TimeLine Theatre; The Great God PanAfter the RevolutionMadagascarThe Overwhelming and The Busy World is Hushed at Next; Waiting for Lefty at American Blues among others. Regional credits include Sex with Strangers at the Geffen Playhouse; Disgraced at the Mark Taper Forum, Berkley Repertory Theatre and Seattle Repertory Theatre; The Who and The What at La Jolla Playhouse; Little Gem at City Theatre; The Game’s AfootMurder on the Nile and A Few Good Men at Peninsula Players and Mauritius at Theatre Squared in Fayetteville, AR. Television credits include “Chris Gethard’s Career Suicide” (HBO/Funny or Die).   Ms. Senior was awarded the prestigious Alan Schneider Award at the 2016 TCG Conference.  She is also a 2013 Finalist for the SDCF Joe A. Callaway Award. She is the recipient of the 2016 Special Non-Equity Jeff Award for her Chicago career achievements as a trail blazer, champion and role model for emerging artists. She is the incredibly proud mother of Noah (10) and Delaney (8). She is a member of SDC. www.kimberlysenior.net

JACK MAGAW

Scenic Designer

JACK MAGAW previously designed scenery for Superior Donuts and Evie’s Waltz among others at Geva Theatre Center.  Recent Off-Broadway, Chicago and regional design credits include Evita at Kansas City Rep; The Flick at Steppenwolf Theatre; Rapture ,Blister, Burn at Goodman Theatre; The Who and The What at Lincoln Center Theatre-LCT3 and La Jolla Playhouse; Long Day’s Journey Into Night and Gem of the Ocean at the Court Theatre; East Texas Hot Links and The Diary of Anne Frank at Writers’ Theatre; Amadeus, South Pacific and Charley’s Aunt for Utah Shakespeare Festival; South Pacific at the Clarence Brown Theatre; Man of La Mancha and The Mousetrap at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and Discord and Mothers and Sons at Northlight Theatre.  Ten Joseph Jefferson Award nominations include designs for The Diary of Anne Frank at Writers’ Theatre and Long Day’s Journey Into Night at the Court Theatre.  Upcoming projects include A Flea in Her Ear for American Players Theatre and Fences at Kansas City Rep.  Mr. Magaw lives in Chicago and teaches design at The Theatre School at DePaul University.  www.jackmagaw.com

NAN ZABRISKIE

Costume Designer

NAN ZABRISKIE makes her Geva Theatre Center debut with Other Than Honorable. She is a costume designer in the Chicago area where her frequently Jeff-nominated costumes have been seen at Writer’s Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Steppenwolf, the Goodman Theatre, Court Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Peninsula Players Theatre, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Victory Gardens, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, the Joffrey Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance, River North Dance Co., Giordano’s Jazz Dance Theatre, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, Ms. Zabriskie works extensively in stage makeup where she designs makeups then trains actors to implement them at Goodman Theatre and Steppenwolf among others. She designed the makeup and prosthetics for Grace on Broadway with Michael Shannon. She was founder and co-artistic director of the original Chicago Children’s Theatre, an American Alliance for Theatre and Dance Award-winner for which she designed sets and costumes for 25 productions. She formed and runs the makeup and wig program at the Theatre School of DePaul University and is the Director of Wigs and Hair Chicago, a professional program designed to train theatrical wigmakers. Most recently she started the Chicago Green Theatre Alliance in collaboration with the League of Chicago Theatres. CGTA seeks to help theatres work together to reduce their carbon footprint as they produce their work.

JOSH EPSTEIN

Lighting Designer

JOSH EPSTEIN makes his Geva Theatre Center debut with Other Than Honorable. He has designed lighting at many of the top regional theatres in the country including the Mark Taper Forum, The Guthrie, Kirk Douglas Theatre (with Kimberly Senior), The Goodman, Pasadena Playhouse, South Coast Repertory, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Trinity Repertory Company, Baltimore Center Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Alliance Theater, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Playmakers Repertory and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. He has served as an adjunct professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television since 2014. Mr. Epstein received his M.F.A. from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He is a recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Designers and a Member of the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference Artistic Council. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three daughters. www.joshepsteindesign.com.

LINDSAY JONES

Original Music & Sound Design

LINDSAY JONES is very pleased to return to Geva Theatre Center for Other Than Honorable which is his 23rd production here. Broadway credits include Bronx Bombers and A Time to Kill. Off-Broadway credits include Privacy, Dry Powder, and Barbecue at the Public Theater, Bootycandy at Playwrights Horizons, Through the Night at Union Square/Westside Theatres, Top Secret for New York Theatre Workshop, Rx at Primary Stages and many others. Regionally he has designed for the Guthrie Theater, Center Stage, American Conservatory Theatre, Hartford Stage, South Coast Repertory, Alliance, Goodman, Arena Stage, Yale Repertory, The Old Globe, Chicago Shakespeare, Steppenwolf, Lookingglass and many others. International: Stratford Shakespeare Festival (Canada), Royal Shakespeare Company (England), as well as productions in Ireland, Austria, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Scotland. Awards: Seven Joseph Jefferson Awards and 24 nominations, two Ovation Awards and three nominations, LA Drama Critics Circle Award, two ASCAP Plus Awards, three Drama Desk Award nominations, 2 AUDELCO nominations 2 Helen Hayes nominations, 2 Barrymore nominations, and many others. Mr. Jones was also the first sound designer to win the Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award.  Film scoring includes HBO Films’ A Note of Triumph (2006 Academy Award, Best Documentary), and Family Practice for Sony Pictures.

MILES POLASKI

Projections Designer

MILES POLASKI makes his Geva Theatre Center debut. New York credits include productions with: The Flea Theater (Drama Desk nominee and Jeff Award nominee for Fulfillment 2016), Transport Group, Playwrights Realm, National Asian American Theatre Company, Ma-Yi Theater Company, Pace Gallery, and MBL Productions, among others.  Chicago credits include productions with: Chicago Shakespeare,  Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, American Theater Company, Red Tape Theatre (Jeff Award for Mouse in a Jar), Chicago Dramatists, The Gift Theatre, Collaboraction Theatre, Steep Theatre, and About Face Theatre, among others. He was the resident sound and projection designer for five seasons at Barter Theatre, in Abingdon, VA where he designed over 65 musicals and plays. www.MilesPolaski.com

RACHEL DART

Assistant Director

RACHEL DART’s recent directing credits include work at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre/Youngblood, Culture Project, The Flea, York Theatre, The Atlantic Alumni Workshop and Acting School, and Prospect Theater Company. Ms. Dart has assisted at The Vineyard, BAM, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Roundabout Theatre Company, The Acting Company, and Manhattan Theatre Club (Jonathan Alper Directing Fellow). She recieved her B.F.A. from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. racheldart.com

JENNI WERNER

Literary Director/Resident Dramaturg

JENNI WERNER is in her sixth season as the Literary Director and Resident Dramaturg at Geva Theatre Center. Ms. Werner has served as the dramaturg on twenty Geva productions, including world premieres of plays by Wendy MacLeod, Deborah Zoe Laufer, Cass Morgan and Nora Cole. She also produces Geva’s Festival of New Theatre and leads the development of new plays at Geva. Previously, she served as the Director of Programming at Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the non-profit theatre field. From 2005-2011, Ms. Werner produced TCG’s annual National Conference, curating the content and organizing the logistics for the largest national gathering of professionals in the non-profit theatre field. For six years, she was also an adjunct instructor in the Program in Educational Theatre at New York University, and the resident dramaturg of NYU’s Looking for Shakespeare program for high school students. She is now an adjunct instructor in the English department at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She has an M.F.A. in dramaturgy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a B.A. in theatre and history from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. Ms. Werner serves on the board of directors for ImageOut, Rochester’s LGBT Film Festival.

FRANK CAVALLO

Stage Manager

FRANK CAVALLO has stage managed numerous productions for Geva over several seasons. Earlies this season he stage managed A Christmas Carol. Previous productions include The May Queen, Spamalot!, Women in Jeopardy!, A Christmas Carol, Good People, Last Gas, The 39 Steps, Superior Donuts, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Anything Goes, The Glass Menagerie, 5 Guys Named Moe, Below The Belt, A Raisin In The Sun, Dancing At Lughnasa, Jitney, Vigil and several world premieres including Geva’s original productions of Convenience and 5 Course Love. He has also stage managed for several other regional theatres, been the production manager for the Rochester Children’s Theatre and toured for Poetry In Motion with Ms. Salome Jens’ one woman show…About Anne, featuring the poetry of Anne Sexton.

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