Cohort Report 25 January 2015
Geva’s ripples. Geva tossed a stone into the pool. The first professional theatre to create a Cohort Club, Geva has gained attention across the...
Welcome to the Double Cupp Diner, way down on Highway 57 between Frog Level and Smyrna, where the cherry pie is fresh, and the waitresses are like the coffee – hot! The boys from the gas station next door play a high-octane blend of country and bluegrass packed with entertaining toe-tappers about life, love, and good times. Come on in and let good American folk melt your troubles away with a generous serving of great music and foot-stomping fun.
Book, Lyrics, and Music: John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel, and Jim Wann
Director: Mark Cuddy
Choreographer: Peggy Hickey
Music Director: Nathan Dame
Scenic Designer: Vicki Smith
Costume Designer: Devon Painter
Lighting Designer: Don Darnutzer
Sound Designer: Ian Hildreth
Dramaturg: Jenni Werner
Run Time: 1hr, 40 min, including intermission
Age Recommendation: 10+
Geva offers sign interpretation, audio description and open captioning at select performances. For a list of dates this season, please click here.
FARAH ALVIN makes her Geva Theatre Center debut in Pump Boys and Dinettes. She has appeared on Broadway in Nine, The Look of Love, Saturday Night Fever, Grease! and A Christmas Carol. Off-Broadway credits include The Last Smoker in America (original cast album), The Marvelous Wonderettes (Drama Desk Nomination and original cast album), I Love You Because (original cast album), If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Cam Jansen and Kuni-Leml. Also in New York, Date of a Lifetime (NYMF Outstanding Actress Award), The Tenth Floor (Talkin’ Broadway Best Actress Citation) and multiple appearances at the Town Hall. Recent regional credits include Ginnie in the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s Sycamore Trees at Signature Theater (Helen Hayes Award), Fanny in Funny Girl at Gretna Theatre, Heidi in [title of show] at Theatreworks Silicon Valley, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance at Huntington Theatre and Mother in Ragtime at White Plains Performing Arts Center. Ms. Alvin is also a singer/songwriter. Her debut album someday is available on cdbaby.com. Please visit www.FarahAlvin.com for more.
TRAVIS ARTZ is thrilled to be wailing his guitar in his Geva Theatre Center debut! Recent theatre credits include the Off-Broadway production of The Awesome 80’s Prom, Miss Saigon at the Ogunquit Playhouse, and Street Theater (TSOS). Mr. Artz is a proud NYU/Tisch alum (CAP21, ITW Amsterdam), AEA member, and UCB improviser! His original music has been performed at venues including Yankee Stadium, the Theater at Madison Square Garden, the Beacon Theater, and Radio City Music Hall. Listen to his band Dirty Chai (www.dirtychaiband.com)! Special thanks to his family, Katie, JLC Entertainment, David Hibbard, Mike Ruckles, Michael McElroy, Debra Monk, Elissa Myers Casting, Mark, Nathan, the cast and crew! www.travisartz.com
NATHAN DAME is a music director originally from Ogden, Utah and makes his Geva Theatre Center debut in Pump Boys and Dinettes. He has worked as music assistant on the First National Tour of The Addams Family. Some recent credits include Music Supervisor for Mr. Burns by Anne Washburn, with music by Michael Friedman at Playwrights Horizons; Associate Music Director for Triassic Parq: The Musical (Best Musical NY Fringe 2011) at Soho Playhouse in NYC; Fly By Night at Dallas Theater Center, premiering in New York next spring at Playwrights Horizons;: Himself and Nora (NYMF), 40 Naked Women, a Monkey, and Me (O’Neill Cabaret Conf.) with Tritone Productions and composer Jonathan Brielle Nightmare Alley (NYMF). He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his fiancée, singer/songwriter Liz Tormes.
JOHNNY KINNAIRD is excited to be a part of this incredible cast of Pump Boys and Dinettes! He spent three years with the Tony award-winning Million Dollar Quartet in both the original Chicago cast and the New York company. Most recently, Mr. Kinnaird completed a tremendously received production of Ring of Fire at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. He is a proud graduate of Webster Conservatory (Go Gorloks!) Mr. Kinnaird would like to thank the wonderful people at Geva as well as his beautiful wife and son for their continued support. He also wants to thank all his family in Tennessee.
ERIN MAGUIRE makes her Geva Theatre Center debut in Pump Boys and Dinettes. New York credits include Forbidden Broadway, Charles Busch’s Bunnicula, Flight of the Lawnchair Man, Five Course Love (which originated at Geva!), It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play at the Queens Theatre and Bedtime Sketch Comedy. National Tours include Seussical with Cathy Rigby and 101 Dalmatians directed by Jerry Zaks. Regionally, Ms. Maguire has appeared in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at Goodspeed Opera House, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Avenue Q at Theatre Aspen, Roxie Hart in Chicago in Maine, and many more. She is now doing standup in NYC and can be found at various comedy clubs throughout the city. Visit facebook.com/wackyginger or www.erinmaguire.com for more info. Love and kisses to my hubby!
JONATHAN SPIVEY is delighted to make his Geva Theatre Center debut. New York credits include Myra at the American Globe Theatre, The Medicine Showdown at Secret Theatre, The Naked Side of Grace at Theatre for a New Audience, The Last Chanukah at Dixon Place, and multiple cabaret appearances. Regional favorites include Death of a Salesman directed by Pam MacKinnon, Richard III, The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Inherit the Wind, Amadeus at the Old Globe, the world premiere of Dogpark: The Musical at Milwaukee Rep, Around the World in 80 Days at Sierra Rep, the world premiere of Black Gold at Phoenix Theatre, Cyrano de Bergerac, Souvenir, Beauty and the Beast, Anything Goes for Virginia Rep, Merchant of Venice for Richmond Shakespeare, and Forever Plaid, Kiss Me Kate, Room Service, The Foreigner, Shakespeare in Hollywood, She Loves Me, Oliver!, A Year With Frog And Toad, and Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) for Hope Summer Rep. Mr. Spivey is a Second City-trained improv artist, a narrator for Vivabooks, and the co-author of the musical comedy Murphy’s Law. He has an M.F.A. from the Old Globe in San Diego.
JOHN FOLEY is a musician, actor and educator currently practicing in the Chicago, Illinois area. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and studied acting with William Esper at the Neighborhood Playhouse. He arrived in New York playing the cowardly Bob Ford in the off-Broadway hit Diamond Studs: the Life of Jesse James (co-written by Jim Wann). Mr. Foley continues to act and direct in regional theatres around the country. In 1999, John returned to school in order to teach English and theatre.
MARK HARDWICK graduated from Southern Methodist University, where he met Debra Monk and went to New York City where he became a musician, actor, writer composer. He composed the incidental music for the 1975 Broadway production of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, starring James Earl Jones. He was crowned one of the “New Faces” of the NYC theatrical world in the early 80’s. In addition to his work on Pump Boys and Dinettes, Mark also performed in Diamond Studs: the Life of Jesse James (co-written by Jim Wann) and had roles in Woody Allen’s Broadway Danny Rose and also the 1990 film Men Don’t Leave. He and partner Mike Cramer co-wrote Oil City and Radio Gals. Mr. Hardwick died in 1993.
DEBRA MONK is a Tony, Obie and Emmy Award winning actress, whose Broadway credits include Curtains, Chicago; Reckless; Thou Shalt Not; Ah, Wilderness!; Steel Pier (Tony Nomination); Company; Picnic (Tony nomination); Redwood Curtain (Tony Award); Nick & Nora; Prelude to a Kiss; and Pump Boys and Dinettes (Tony nomination). Off-Broadway credits include Show People, The Seagull, The Time of the Cuckoo (Obie), Three Hotels, Assassins, Oil City Symphony (co-author, Drama Desk). She has appeared in regional theatres all over the country. Film credits include The Producers, Palindromes, Center Stage, Devil’s Advocate, In & Out, Extreme Measures, The Bridges of Madison County, Jeffrey, Fearless, Prelude to a Kiss, The Savages with Philip Seymour Hoffman and The Great Buck Howard with John Malkovich. TV credits include “Desperate Housewives,” “Frasier,” “Law & Order,” “Nero Wolfe,” Katie Sipowicz on “NYPD Blue” (Emmy Award) and George’s mother on “Grey’s Anatomy.”
CASS MORGAN originated the role of Mama in the 2010 Tony award- winning Broadway musical Memphis, for which she received an Outer Critics Circle nomination. Previous Broadway credits include Mary Poppins, Ring Of Fire, Beauty and the Beast, Capeman, The Human Comedy and Hair. Ms. Morgan has also worked extensively regionally and Off-Broadway, and among her favorite productions are The Immigrant, Floyd Collins, Violet, Merrily We Roll Along (York Theatre revival) Memphis (La Jolla and Seattle), Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas (Goodspeed) and the national tour of Cabaret, among others. She spent eleven years with The New Harmony Project, which devotes itself to nurturing the writers of plays, musicals and films. Ms Morgan grew up in Rochester, and in 2011, she performed in Geva’s production of The Music Man.
JOHN SCHIMMEL has had a long career as a Hollywood producer and development/production executive with Warner Bros., with Michael Douglas and Steve Reuther’s company Douglas-Reuther, and as President of Production at indie Ascendant Pictures. He has worked on such films as The Fugitive, Batman, Interview with the Vampire, Outbreak, Face/Off, Rainmaker, Lucky Number Slevin and Lord of War. Prior to that, he worked as a bass player and musical director in New York theaters, clubs, and studios. He received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College in 2009 and currently teaches screenwriting at the University of California at Riverside’s Low Residency M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts. He has been published in The Pitkin Review, T(OUR) Literary Magazine, and in a collection of short fiction entitled Soul’s Road, edited by Cody T. Luff. His book Screenwriting From Behind Enemy Lines – Tips from Inside the Studio Gates has just been picked up for publication by Michael Wiese Productions.
JIM WANN is the principal composer of Pump Boys and Dinettes in which he appeared, originating the role of Jim. The London production of received an Olivier nomination for Best Musical, and the Toronto version won Canada’s Best Musical (Dora Award). Off-Broadway, Mr. Wann co-wrote (with Bland Simpson) Diamond Studs: The Life of Jesse James, a Saloon Musical; King Mackerel & The Blues are Running: Songs and Stories of the Carolina Coast (with Mr. Simpson, Don Dixon, and Jake Mills); and The People vs. Mona: A Musical Mystery Screwball Comedy (with Patricia Miller). The Great Unknown: An American Musical Adventure, with music and lyrics by Mr. Wann and book by William Hauptman, played for six performances in 2010, as an official selection of the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Mr. Wann has recorded a CD of Johnny Mercer songs (Pardon My Southern Accent, Vol. 1) and one of his own songs (Vol. 2), and acted as host of “Farmer’s Almanac TV”, a “green” lifestyle show on PBS. A Morehead Scholar graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, Mr. Wann was elected to the Order of the Golden Fleece, the University’s honor society dedicated to unity, harmony, and service.
MARK CUDDY (Director) is in his nineteenth season as Artistic Director of Geva Theatre Center. Last season, he co-directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and directed The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, A Christmas Carol (which he also adapted) and You Can’t Take It With You. Mr. Cuddy is well known for his staging of premieres, contemporary comedies and musical theatre. Among his Geva Theatre Center productions have been the Mainstage and Nextstage productions of Company, Superior Donuts The Music Man, Five Course Love, Fences; Sweeney Todd; A Christmas Story; Pride and Prejudice (which he also co-adapted); Bad Dates; Our Town; Tuesdays With Morrie; Urinetown; Splitting Infinity; Vigil; A Chorus Line; Hamlet; That Was Then (American premiere); Convenience (world premiere musical); 1776; Proof; the world premiere of Thornton Wilder’s Theophilus North which was also seen at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.; The Miser; the East Coast premieres of both House and Garden; Quilters; Art; Famous Orpheus (world premiere musical) with Garth Fagan Dance; Every Good Boy Deserves Favor with the RPO; Golf With Alan Shepard; Picasso at the Lapin Agile and State of the Union. Prior to his tenure at Geva Theatre Center, Mr. Cuddy directed a number of world and American classics while Artistic Director of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Sacramento Theatre Company.
PEGGY HICKEY (Choreographer) returns to Geva Theatre Center where she previously choreographed The Music Man, Five Course Love and Urinetown. She will make her Broadway debut with the upcoming production of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Other credits include choreography for My Fair Lady with the New York Philharmonic; Die Fledermaus with Plácido Domingo (broadcast on PBS “Live from The Kennedy Center”); Hansel und Gretel (broadcast on PBS “Live From Lincoln Center”); Lucky to be Me: The Music of Leonard Bernstein at New York City Opera; Lucio Silla at Santa Fe Opera; The Merry Widow, Aida, La Bohème, Falstaff, La Cenerentola, Carmen, and La Traviata at Houston, San Francisco, Chicago Lyric, Dallas, and LA Opera; Petroushka with the LA Philharmonic; A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Old Globe in San Diego; Gigi for Reprise Theatre Company; A Little Night Music, On the Twentieth Century, Amour, Brigadoon at Goodspeed, Oklahoma at Paper Mill Playhouse,Fiddler on the Roof with Mexico Company) and Beauty and the Beast at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Upcoming projects include City of Angels for Goodspeed Musicals; Carmen at the Seattle Opera; The Most Happy Fella and La Rondine for New York City Opera. TV/Film credits include The Brady Bunch Movie, “Samantha Who?” “90210,” “General Hospital,” “Port Charles,” “Days of Our Lives,” “Passions,” and the MTV Video “Beck’s The New Pollution.” www.peggyhickey.com
VICKI SMITH returns to Geva Theatre Center where she designed Tuesdays with Morrie. Regional credits include 53 productions for the Denver Center Theatre Company, Penumbra Theatre Company, Guthrie Theatre, Children’s Theatre Company, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cleveland Playhouse, Arizona Theatre Company, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre Louisville, Repertory Theatre St. Louis, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Dallas Theatre Center, ACT (Seattle), Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Alley Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Opera credits include Anchorage Opera and Minnesota Opera. International credits include Picasso at the Lapin Agile, at Vigszinhaz in Budapest, Nemzeti Szinhaz and Miskolc. Ms. Smith is the recipient of the Bay Area Critics Awards for Kite Runner and Execution of Justice; Dramalogue Award for Cyrano; Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Award for Mariela in the Desert, Plainsong, Doubt; Denver Ovation Awards for Pierre; I’m Not Rappaport; Prague Quadrennial Design Exposition 2007 for Pierre. Ms. Smith received her B.A. at Reed College; her M.F.A. in Theatre from the University of Washington; and her M.F.A. in sculpture from the University of Washington.
DEVON PAINTER returns to Geva Theatre Center to work with the incredible artists here. Previous Geva credits include A Christmas Carol, Five Course Love and Sweeney Todd. Ms. Painter lives in New Jersey and designs costumes throughout the United States, most recently, My Fair Lady at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. New York credits include shows for Juilliard, The Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Culture Project, and many, many productions at The Pearl Theater Company, as well as assisting on Broadway. Regional theatre credits feature designs for the Guthrie Theater (Shadowlands, Private Lives, Death of A Salesman), the Denver Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company, Trinity Repertory Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, the Folger Theatre and the Studio Theatre in Washington DC, Anchorage Opera, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, Great Lakes Theater Festival, the Utah Shakespearean Festival, the Contemporary American Theater Festival, and American Players Theatre. Her design work was exhibited in Curtain Call; Celebrating a Century of Women Designing for Live Performance. Ms. Painter is a member of United Scenic Artists.
DON DARNUTZER returns to Geva Theatre Center where he previously designed the lighting for Tuesdays with Morrie. Broadway credits include It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues. Off-Broadway credits include Hank Williams: Lost Highway, The Immigrant and Almost Heaven: John Denver’s America. Mr. Darnutzer has designed for Portland Opera, Guthrie Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Denver Center Theater Company, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Shakespeare Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Alley Theater, Cleveland Play House, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, New Orleans Opera, Penumbra Theatre, The Shakespeare Theater, The Arena Stage, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, The Old Globe Theater, The Alley Theater, Geffen Playhouse, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis, Palm Beach Opera, Mark Taper Forum, Coconut Grove Playhouse, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Chautauqua Opera, Central City Opera, San Antonio Festival, Atlanta Opera.
IAN HILDRETH has been designing and audio engineering at Geva Theatre Center for six years. Past designs include MoM: A Rock Concert Musical, Next to Normal, Avenue Q, Fences, 3 Mo’ Divas and Carry It On. Associate designs include The Whipping Man, Dracula, Two Jews Walk Into a War and Radio Golf. Mr. Hildreth is a graduate of SUNY Brockport.
JENNI WERNER is in her third season at Geva Theatre Center. Last season she served as dramaturg on You Can’t Take It With You, Freud’s Last Session, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 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 the past six years, she was adjunct instructor in the Program in Educational Theatre at New York University, and is now an adjunct instructor at SUNY Geneseo and RIT. Ms. Werner 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. She and Sean Daniels co-author Geva’s blog.
VERONICA AGLOW returns to Geva Theatre Center where she last stage managed The Whipping Man, Next to Normal, You Can’t Take It With You, Company, A Raisin in the Sun, A Christmas Carol, Dracula, On Golden Pond, Girls Night The Musical and assistant stage managed Superior Donuts, Perfect Wedding, The Music Man and Over the Tavern. Ms. Aglow stage managed the Philadelphia run of Girls Night at the Kimmel Center’s Innovation Studio, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Little Shop of Horrors at the Devon Theatre. Favorite credits include productions of Parade, Can-Can, and the world premiere of Broadway’s American Idiot. Ms. Aglow is a proud graduate of Point Park University. As always, she would like to thank her super-supportive parents, who have helped make her dreams a reality.
FRANK CAVALLO has stage managed dozens of productions for Geva Theatre Center since first joining the company after it moved into the then newly renovated Richard Pine Theatre. Earlier this season he stage managed The Book Club Play and Freud’s Last Session. Previous productions include Superior Donuts, Anything Goes, Vigil, The Glass Menagerie, Jitney, 5 Guys Named Moe (twice), Golf With Alan Shepherd, Below The Belt, A Raisin In The Sun, Dancing At Lughnasa, several world premiers for the Reflections New Plays Festival and the occasional A Christmas Carol. He has also stage managed at several other regional theaters, was the production manager for the Rochester Childrens’ Theatre at Nazareth College and has toured for Poetry In Motion with Ms. Salome Jens’ one woman show …About Anne, featuring the poetry of Anne Sexton. He is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the national union for stage actors and stage managers.
JENNY DANIELS is very excited to be returning to Geva Theatre Center for her sixth season and her second season as an AEA ASM. After studying at SUNY Brockport Ms. Daniels was very grateful to be able to work at Glimmerglass Opera’s Stage Operations department for their 2006 and 2007 seasons. Some favorite past credits at Geva include A Christmas Carol, The Music Man, Over the Tavern, Almost Maine, A Christmas Story, and Sweeney Todd.
ELISSA MYERS CASTING, Paul Fouquet, CSA Mr. Fouquet, a Rochester native, is honored to be recognized as a Geva Associate Artist. This marks the 15th year of Myers’ and Fouquet’s collaboration with Geva Theatre Center. Broadway casting credits include seven shows, including the Tony-nominated Having Our Say and 25 Off-Broadway Shows. Regional casting includes Denver Center, Cleveland Play House, Alabama Shakespeare Festival and Magic Theatre. Film/TV credits include the upcoming PBS movie Souls on Fire, to air in 2013; three “Movies of the Week” (with Tyne Daly, Claire Danes, Christopher Reeve, Ed Asner and Daniel J. Travanti); five pilots and two PBS specials by Wendy Wasserstein and Terrance McNally (with Bernadette Peters, Nathan Lane, Blythe Danner, Spike Lee and Paul Sorvino); the Peabody Award-Winning mini-series “Liberty,” as well as the Emmy Award-Winning mini-series “Benjamin Franklin,” and “John & Abigail Adams;” and the mini-series “God In America,” “The People v. Leo Frank,” “Dolley Madison” and “Louisa May Alcott.” The office has so far received 15 nominations and has won three Artios Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Casting.
Cohort Report 25 January 2015
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