LAURA EASON is among the most-produced living playwrights in the United States and Sex with Strangers one of the top ten most-produced plays in the 2015-16 American regional theatre season. Ms. Eason is the author of 20 plays, original works, and adaptations, as well as being a musical book writer and screenwriter. Selected productions include The Undeniable Sound of Right Now, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and Around the World in 80 Days. As a screenwriter, Laura wrote on seasons two and three of the Emmy-winning Netflix show “House Of Cards.” She is a member of Rising Phoenix Rep, an Affiliated Artist of New Georges and an alumna of the Women’s Project Playwright’s Lab. She is an active ensemble member and former Artistic Director of Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago, recipient of the 2011 Regional Theatre Tony Award. Ms. Eason is a graduate of the Performance Studies Department of Northwestern University. Originally from Chicago, she lives in Brooklyn, NY. More information available at lauraeason.com.
RACHEL LAMPERT makes her Geva Theatre Center directing debut with Sex With Strangers. Kitchen Theatre Company director credits include Sex With Strangers, Hand to God, Frankie & Johnny in the Clare de Lune, Miss Julie, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Glass Menagerie, The Price, Our Town, Our David, Broke-ology, Swimming in the Shallows, A Delicate Balance, Talley’s Folley, Master Class, Lonely Planet, Venus in Fur among others. A My Name is Alice (Arkansas Rep), Falsettos, The Sisters Rosensweig, Sweeney Todd (Hangar Theatre), Swimming in the Shallows (Cal Rep), West Side Story, Gypsy and Fiddler on the Roof (Mill Mountain Theatre).
DAVID L. ARSENAULT
DAVID L. ARSENAULT returns to Geva where he designed the sets for The Lake Effect. Previous Kitchen Theatre Company productions presented here include Black Pearl Sings!, A Body of Water and Dancing Lessons. Select NYC credits include Peer Gynt (Classic Stage Company), A Better Place (The Duke), Sense of an Ending (59E59) NY Times Critic’s Picks Handle with Care (Westside Theatre), The Awake (59E59), and Long Story Short (Prospect). International credits include English Theatre Berlin, Germany. Regionally, Mr. Arsenault’s work has been seen at Bay Street Theatre, Opera North, Weston Playhouse, Dorset Theatre Festival, Northern Stage, Hangar Theatre, Merry Go Round Playhouse, Gulfshore Playhouse, Urban Arias, Bucks County Playhouse, and others. Broadway (Associate): The Color Purple (revival), Les Liaisons Dangereuses, King Charles III, Constellations, and Disaster! In 2011, he was nominated for the American Theatre Wing’s Hewes Award for his design of First Prize (kef Productions). He is a member of United Scenic Artists 829. Mr. Arsenault trained at Ithaca College. www.DavidArsenaultDesign.com
TYLER M. PERRY
TYLER M. PERRY returns to Geva Theatre Center where he designed the lighting for last season’s Kitchen Theatre Company production of Dancing Lessons. A NYC-based lighting and scenic designer, he received Kitchen Theatre Company’s 2013-14 Norma Fire Emerging Artist award. Kitchen Theatre Company favorites include Peter and the Starcatcher, The Soup Comes Last, I and You, Thin Walls, The House, Venus in Fur, Opus, Slashes of Light, What I Thought I Knew, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, The Whipping Man, Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, among others. NYC credits include Schooled (FringeNYC, Time Out New York’s Critics’ pick); The Wild Party, The Adding Machine and A Man of No Importance for b-side Productions. Regional credits include Trick or Treat for Northern Stage; Avenue Q (2016 RI BroadwayWorld Award-Winner), Damn Yankees for Ocean State Theatre Co.; The Fantasticks, Hairspray, Smokey Joe’s Cafe for Hope Summer Repertory Theatre; Urinetown, The 39 Steps, Stage Kiss, Lend Me A Tenor, Into the Woods for Cider Mill Playhouse. TV and Web credits include Garbage Time with Katie Nolan, AOPA Live, Monumental Sports Network (Infinite Designs). Broadway (Assistant) credits include Miss Saigon (2017 revival); Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (National Tour). Mr. Perry earned his B.F.A. from Ithaca College. Member: United Scenic Artists Local 829. www.tylermperrydesign.com
Original Music/Sound Design
SERGEY LEVITSKIY makes his Geva Theatre Center debut with the Kitchen Theatre Company production of Sex with Strangers. He is an interdisciplinary artist, based in Ithaca, NY, working in a variety of media, including sound and animation. He received his B.F.A. from Cornell University in 2016 where he studied electroacoustic composition, musical improvisation and visual arts. His theatre design involvement began in 2016 when he worked on The Cherry Arts productions of Bitter Banquet and The Show Queen. Aside from having a blast designing sound for this production of Sex with Strangers, he is also currently working on Life Sentence, a play set to premiere at Schwartz Center in April, and What Happens Next, a forthcoming Cherry Arts production.
LISA BOQUIST has designed and coordinated costumes for previous Kitchen Theatre Company productions of Dancing Lessons, A Body of Water and Black Pearl Sings! at Geva Theatre Center. Kitchen Theatre Company credits include Precious Nonsense, Thin Walls, A Body of Water, Lungs, Black Pearl Sings!, Heroes, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, The Whipping Man, Circle Mirror Transformation, Irma Vep, Red Light Winter, Broke-ology and Waiting For Spring. Other favorite designs at the Kitchen include Mary’s Wedding, Bed and Sofa, Last Train To Nibroc, I Become A Guitar, and Nine Parts Of Desire. She runs her own studio, where she designs and constructs prototypes, mascots and custom clothing for film and public appearances. She has been the Textiles Coordinator and Design Associate for MacKenzie-Childs, Ltd., and presently runs the costume shop at Cornell University. There she is responsible for training students in all aspects of costume construction, and has designed costumes for: Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Beat Box Bard, Bedroom Farce, and Drama, Dance And The Disco Of Desire, among others.
KITCHEN THEATRE COMPANY, ITHACA, NY
KITCHEN THEATRE COMPANY, ITHACA, NY
Rachel Lampert, Artistic Director
Kitchen Theatre Company is celebrating its 26th Season. Located in a LEED certified newly renovated building, KTC’s intimate 99-seat thrust stage space invites a bold relationship between the actors and the audience. An anchor of Ithaca’s thriving West End, Kitchen Theatre Company is an Equity theatre with performances running for 10 months a year from September to June. The production of Sex With Strangers by Mark St. Germain marks the fourth production originating at KTC to be seen by Geva Theatre Center audiences. Previous productions include Dancing Lessons by Mark St. Germain, A Body of Water by Lee Blessing and Black Pearl Sings! by Frank Higgins. Kitchen Theatre Company has commissioned new work by playwrights Adam Bock, Brian Dykstra and produced the world premieres and first full productions of plays by Judy Tate, Wendy Dann, Rachel Axler, Francesca Saunders, Tanya Barfield, Deb Margolin, Alexander Thomas, Brian Parks, world premiere musicals by Rachel Lampert and Larry Pressgrove and original musicals for general audiences by Lesley Greene and Rachel Lampert. Plays and musicals originating at the Kitchen have been produced at 59e59th Street Theatre in NYC (The Soup Comes Last by Rachel Lampert and A Play On Words by Brian Dykstra), New York Musical Theatre Festival and theaters around the country. Kitchen Theatre Company is committed to new and recent work fully reflecting the diversity of the community, and to selecting plays that reach its branding “important conversations happen in the Kitchen”. More information about the Kitchen is available at www.kitchentheatre.org or 607 272-0403.
For Kitchen Theatre Company
Rachel Lampert, Artistic Director
Stephen Nunley, Managing Director
Lesley Greene, Associate Producing Director
Production Stage Manager, Jennifer Schilansky
Technical Director, Brendan Komala