FREDERICK KNOTT was born on August 28, 1916, in China to an English missionary family. Knott earned a law degree from Cambridge University after attending Oundle School and served in the British Army from 1939 to 1946, achieving the rank of major. Knott only wrote three plays during his lifetime, yet his spine-tingling thrillers ran successfully on Broadway in the 1950s and 1960s, and have been standards in regional theatre and touring productions throughout the world. His most famous script, Dial M for Murder, is about a man who plots the murder of his wealthy wife, but has to improvise once she staves off his plan, and was rejected several times before playing successfully on British television in the early 1950s. It then hit the London stage to rave reviews. In 1952, the play opened on Broadway, and in 1954 was adapted by Knott into a film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Grace Kelly and Ray Milland. His second most popular play, Wait Until Dark, ran for 374 performances on Broadway in 1966 and earned actress Lee Remick a Tony Award nomination for her portrayal of a blind woman terrorized by thugs. In 1967, the play was made into a popular film of the same name starring Alan Arkin and Audrey Hepburn. It was revived on Broadway in 1998 in a production starring Marisa Tomei and Quentin Tarantino. His third play, Write Me a Murder, opened on Broadway in 1961 and ran for twenty-five weeks. Frederick Knott passed away in 2002.
JEFFREY HATCHER’s Broadway credits include Never Gonna Dance (book). Off-Broadway credits include Three Viewings and A Picasso at Manhattan Theatre Club; Scotland Road and The Turn of the Screw at Primary Stages; Tuesdays With Morrie (with Mitch Albom) at The Minetta Lane; Murder By Poe, The Turn of the Screw, and The Spy at The Acting Company; Neddy at American Place; and Fellow Travelers at Manhattan Punchline. Other plays/theatres include Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club; Ten Chimneys; Louder Faster; Compleat Female Stage Beauty, Mrs. Mannerly, Murderers, Ella; Mercy of a Storm, Smash, Armadale, Korczak’s Children, To Fool The Eye, The Falls, A Piece of the Rope, All The Way With LBJ, The Government Inspector, Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde and others at The Guthrie, Old Globe, Yale Rep, The Geffen, Seattle Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Cleveland Play House, CATCO, South Coast Rep, Arizona Theater Company, San Jose Rep, The Empty Space, Indiana Rep, Children’s Theater Company, History Theater, Madison Rep, Intiman, Illusion, Denver Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Rep, Repertory Theater of St. Louis, Actors Theater of Louisville, Philadelphia Theater Company, Asolo, City Theater, Studio Arena and dozens more in the U.S. and abroad. Film and Television credits include: Stage Beauty, Casanova, The Duchess, and episodes of “Columbo.” He has received Grants/Awards from NEA, TCG, Lila Wallace Fund, Rosenthal New Play Prize, Frankel Award, Charles MacArthur Fellowship Award, McKnight Foundation, Jerome Foundation, and Barrymore Award Best New Play, IVEY Award Best New Play. He is a member and/or alumnus of The Playwrights Center, the Dramatists Guild, the Writers Guild, and New Dramatists.
DAVID IRA GOLDSTEIN
VICKI SMITH returns to Geva Theatre Center where she designed sets for Pump Boys and Dinettes and Tuesdays with Morrie. Regionally, her work has been seen at Denver Center Theatre Company (53 productions), Utah Shakespeare Festival, Penumbra Theatre Company, Guthrie Theatre, Children’s Theatre Company, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, 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. She has designed for Anchorage Opera and Minnesota Opera and International credits include Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Vigszinhaz (Budapest), Nemzeti Szinhaz (Miskolc). Ms. Smith is the recipient of 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 and Doubt; Denver Ovation Awards for Pierre and I’m Not Rappaport; Prague Quadrennial Design Exposition 2007 for Pierre. Ms. Smith received her B.A. from Reed College and M.F.A.’s in both theatre and sculpture from the University of Washington.
MARCIA DIXCY JORY
MARCIA DIXCY JORY is designing for the first time at Geva Theatre Center. Ms. Jory’s regional theatre credits include ACT, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Guthrie Theater, Long Wharf Theatre, Hartford Stage, Opera Company of Boston, Kentucky Opera, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Circle in the Square Downtown, NY. As a resident costume designer for Actors Theatre of Louisville, she designed over seventy productions. She is a faculty member at Santa Fe University of Art and Design and her book on costume design, The Ingenue in White, is published by Smith and Kraus. Visit her website: marciadixcyjory.com.
DON DARNUTZER returns to Geva where he designed Pumpboys and Dinettes and Tuesdays with Morrie. Broadway credits include It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues. Off-Broadway, Mr. Darnutzer has designed Hank Williams:Lost Highway, The Immigrant and Almost Heaven: John Denver’s America. He has also designed lighting 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, Cleveland Play House, 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.
BRIAN JEROME PETERSON
BRIAN JEROME PETERSON is very happy to return to Geva Theatre Center where he last designed Sweeney Todd and Tuesdays with Morrie. Currently he celebrates his 29th season and over 75th sound design for ATC, where he has designed, among others: Around The World In 80 Days, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Sunshine Boys, Jane Austen’s Emma, The Great Gatsby, God of Carnage, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Lost in Yonkers, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Somebody/Nobody, Enchanted April, Touch The Name, , Molly’s Delicious, Twelfth Night, Crowns,Macbeth, Permanent Collection, The Pirates of Penzance, The Mystery of Irma Vep (forwhich he won an ariZoni Award), Loot, The Road to Mecca, and the world premieres of Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of The Suicide Club, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, Inventing van Gogh, Rocket Man, Minor Demons, and The Holy Terror. His designs have been heard in many theatres includingBerkeley Repertory Theatre,La Mirada Theater, Virginia Stage Company, Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Cleveland Play House, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Northlight Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, St. Louis Repertory Theatre and Childsplay. Mr. Peterson has also been the associate Sound Designer on a number of productions with the legendary Abe Jacob.
ADRIANO GATTO is honored to return to his hometown working on this production! Previous work at Geva includes fight direction for Last Gas and stage combat workshops for the Summer Academy. Certified with Full Distinction by Fight Directors Canada, Mr. Gatto’s work as a fight director has been seen in over 50 productions across the country, most recently at the Irish Classical Theatre, Torn Space Theatre and MusicalFare. He has taught stage combat and also choreographed for many institutions, including the Eastman School of Music, and Niagara University, where he currently serves as the Artist in Residence. As an AEA member, Mr. Gatto was awarded an Acting Fellowship to train at the Shakespeare Theatre Company with Michael Kahn. Additional acting credits include productions with Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Round House Theatre, and Indiana Repertory Theatre, among others. Sincerest gratitude to Mark and David for this opportunity and love to my wife, Boo.
JEAN GORDON RYON
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, Last Gas andGeva’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.
FRANK CAVALLO has stage managed dozens of productions for Geva since first joining the company after it moved into the (then) newly renovated Richard Pine Theatre. Last season, Mr. Cavallo stage managed The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Informed Consent, Last Gas and The 39 Steps. Previous productions include 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 for the Reflections New Plays Festival. He has also stage managed at several other regional theaters, has been the production manager for the Rochester Children’s 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.
Assistant Stage Manager
JENNY DANIELS is very excited to be returning to Geva Theatre Center for her seventh season and her third 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
ELISSA MYERS CASTING, Paul Fouquet, CSA, a Rochester native, is honored to be recognized as a Geva Affiliate 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.