Women in Jeopardy! | Season

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Women in Jeopardy!

Feb 24 – Mar 22


$25 Seats by phone or at the Box Office only, not available online.

World Premiere
Thelma and Louise meets The First Wives Club in this fun and flirtatious new comedy by Rochester-born playwright Wendy MacLeod. Divorcees Mary and Jo are suspicious of their friend Liz’s new dentist boyfriend. He’s not just a weirdo; he may be a serial killer! After all, his hygienist just disappeared. Trading their wine glasses for spy glasses, imaginations run wild as the ladies try to discover the truth and save their friend in a hilarious off-road adventure.

By Wendy MacLeod
Directed by Sean Daniels
Scenic Design by Michael Raiford
Costume Design by Amanda Doherty
Lighting Design by Brian J. Lilienthal
Sound Design by David Remedios
Dramaturgy by Jenni Werner
Stage Manager Frank Cavallo

Run Time: 2 hours, 5 minutes, including intermission.

Julia Brothers


JULIA BROTHERS makes her Geva Theatre Center debut in Women in Jeopardy! She recently appeared in the world premiere of George Is Dead (written and directed by Elaine May, opposite Marlo Thomas) at Magic Theatre, George Street Playhouse and Arizona Theatre Company, and moved with the production to Broadway in Relatively Speaking, three one-act comedies by Ethan Coen, Elaine May and Woody Allen, directed by John Turturro.  Regional credits include Medea (title role) directed by Joseph Chaikin at Pacific Repertory Theatre; Body Awareness and The Game’s Afoot at Gulfshore Playhouse; Abigail’s Party at SF Playhouse; Other Desert Cities at TheatreWorks; The First Grade at Aurora Theatre Company; the world premieres of Seagull (as adapted by Libby Appel), Magic Forest Farm and Fortune at Marin Theatre Company; The Lily’s Revenge (with Taylor Mac) at Magic Theatre; and three productions of Wit as Vivian Bearing.

Scott Rad Brown


SCOTT RAD BROWN is thrilled to be back at Geva Theatre Center. A Rochester native, he got his start onstage doing readings and workshops at Geva. He is also a proud alumnus of the Summer Academy. Now based in Brooklyn, coming home for this production is a real treat. In New York, he has been seen at INTAR, APAC, Red Fern, The Lark, The Flea, Jimmy’s No. 43, Horsetrade, The Living Theater, and Primary Stages among others. Film credits include Jumping Out of Windows, and Night and A Switchblade. He also created and produced Who Is Jordan Bishop? a collaborative new play which combined the talents of over 50 theatre artists.

Jennifer Cody


JENNIFER CODY is thrilled to again return to her hometown following her appearance in The Odd Couple last season as Gwendolyn Pigeon. Broadway credits include A Christmas Story; Shrek; Pajama Game; Taboo; Urinetown the Musical; No, No Nanette (encores); The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Actor’s Fund); Seussical the Musical; Grease; Beauty and the Beast and Cats and most recently Mr. Magoo’s Christmas.  Ms. Cody has spent the last few years lending her voice to movie and TV characters and commercials. She won the Annie Award (the voice-over Oscar for Best Actor in an Animated Motion Picture Feature Film) for creating the voice of Charlotte La Boeuff in Disney’s The Princess and the Frog. She is the voice of Darcy in Nickelodeon’s “Winx Club” and Lucy in “Robot and Monster.” Off-Broadway, she created original roles in The Wild Party (MTC), Charles Bush’s Judith of Bethulia and Henry and Mudge. TV/FILM credits include Lucky Stiff, Khumba, “Blue Bloods,” “Unforgettable,” “Winx Club,” “Robot and Monster,” “American Dad,” “Phineas and Ferb,” “Law & Order,” “Gravity Falls,” “The Daily Show” and “Late Night with David Letterman.” 

Liam Craig


LIAM CRAIG makes his Geva Theatre Center debut in Women in Jeopardy! Broadway credits include Boeing, Boeing (u/s; appeared). Off-Broadway he has appeared in The Killer for TFANA, The Internationalist at Vineyard Theatre, Aunt Dan and Lemon for The New Group and Two Noble Kinsmen at the Public. Regionally, Mr. Craig has appeared in The Tempest and The Government Inspector for Shakespeare Theatre Company; Uncle Vanya at Weston Playhouse, Accidental Death of an Anarchist at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Yale Repertory Theatre; Servant of Two Masters at Yale Repertory Theatre, Guthrie Theatre and Seattle Repertory Theatre; and The Scene at Hartford Stage and the Alley Theatre. TV credits include “Mozart in the Jungle” (Amazon), “Unforgettable,” “Mercy,” “Rescue Me,” “Boston Legal” and “Law & Order: SVU.” Film credits include The Royal Tenenbaums. Mr. Craig received his M.F.A. from The New York University Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program.

Ashley Shamoon


ASHLEY SHAMOON is thrilled to be making her Geva Theatre Center debut! National tour credits include Junie B in Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus. She has appeared in the title role in Alice in Wonderland at the Hilberry Repertory Theatre, Nora in A Doll’s House at WSU Studio Theatre, Diwata in Speech and Debate at The Elizabeth Theatre. Film credits include Trees, The Space In-Between, Lock & Key. Ms Shamoon received her B.F.A. at Wayne State University. She owes everything to her large family, especially Mom and Bobby. A special shout out to the amazing Paul Fouquet and Debbie Lannen! ashleyshamoon.com

Laurie Wells


LAURIE WELLS makes her Geva Theatre Center debut in Women in Jeopardy! Broadway/National Tours include Donna in Mamma Mia!, and the Principal Vocalist in Swing! Off-Broadway/Select Regional credits include Alice in The Addams Family at Gateway Playhouse; Sing For Your Shakespeare at Westport Playhouse; Rachel Carson in Always, Rachel at the NYMF; Our Sinatra, Swing!, Bobby/Gabby in City of Angels at Goodspeed; Dorothy in 42nd Street at Goodspeed and Riverside Theatre; Mother in Ragtime at the Hangar Theatre; Harley in Pure Country at Casa Manana; Dames at Sea (Mona, Bay Street Theatre);  My Fair Lady (Eliza, Santa Monica CLO); and I Got Merman at Stamford PAC. Ms. Wells appeared in the premiere of Trip of Love in Osaka, Japan. Concert appearances include Our Sinatra at 54 Below, Lyrics & Lyricists at the 92nd St. Y, Transcendence Theatre Company Gala, a solo show on Princess Cruises, and at the Grand Ole Opry. www.lauriewells.net

Wendy MacLeod


WENDY MacLEOD’S play The House of Yes became an award-winning Miramax film starring Parker Posey and was produced at many theatres including the Magic Theater, Soho Rep, the Washington Shakespeare Company, the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin, and the Gate Theatre in London.  Her other plays include Sin (The Goodman, Second Stage), Schoolgirl Figure (The Goodman), The Water Children and Juvenilia (Playwrights Horizons), and Things Being What They Are (Seattle Repertory Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre).  Her play This Flight Tonight was seen in Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays, which premiered in L.A., and was seen across the country and at NYC’s Minetta Lane Theatre.  She was the first playwright chosen for The Writers’ Room residency at The Arden Theatre in Philadelphia, where she began Women in Jeopardy!  The Ballad of Bonnie Prince Chucky premiered at His Majesty’s Theater in Aberdeen, Scotland and opened this season at A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory.  Her prose has appeared in The New York Times, The Dramatist, POETRY, on Salon, The Rumpus, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and All Things Considered.  A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, she is the James E. Michael Playwright-in-Residence at Kenyon College and Artistic Director of the Kenyon Playwrights Conference.

Sean Daniels


SEAN DANIELS has previously directed Little Shop of Horrors, The 39 Steps, Informed Consent, Tinker to Evers to Chance, The Book Club Play, 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, Bob, All Your Questions Answered, The Race of the Ark Tattoo and Noodle Doodle Box at Geva.  He has also directed at the Manhattan Theatre Club (NYC) The Kennedy Center (Washington, DC.), St. James (West End, London), Actors Theatre of Louisville, Playmakers Rep, Cleveland Play House, Alliance Theatre, Cal Shakes, Portland Center Stage, Southern Rep,  Swine Palace, Neo-Futurists, Aurora Theatre, Crowded Fire, and at the Edinburgh Scotland Fringe. He was recently named the Artistic Director at Merrimack Repertory Theatre, after serving as the Artist-At-Large/Director of Artistic Engagement at Geva. He previously spent four years at the Tony Award- winning Actors Theatre of Louisville as the theater’s Associate Artistic Director (where he directed 17 productions including 5 Humana Festivals). Mr. Daniels is the former Associate Artistic Director/Resident Director of the California Shakespeare Theater and before that spent a decade as the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Dad’s Garage Theater Company in Atlanta, Ga.   Mr. Daniels has been named “One of the top fifteen up & coming artists in the U.S., whose work will be transforming America’s stages for decades to come.” &  “One Of 7 People Reshaping And Revitalizing The American Musical” by American Theatre Magazine.  @seandaniels

Michael Raiford

Scenic Designer

MICHAEL RAIFORD, a Scenic and Costume designer based in Austin, Texas, made his Geva Theatre Center debut during the 2012 season with The Book Club Play and also designed The 39 Steps and Informed Consent last season and, most recently, Little Shop of Horrors this season. He has designed 2O shows at Actors Theatre of Louisville including a dozen world premieres at The Humana Festival of New American Plays. Other regional credits include Cleveland Play House; Central City Opera; Kansas City Rep; The Maltz Jupiter Theatre; Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C.; Opera Boston, The New Victory Theatre in NYC, South Coast Rep. and Playmakers Rep. In Austin he designed The Magic Flute and The Mozart Project for Ballet Austin; Rigoletto for Austin Lyric; Tesla and Big Love for the Rude Mechanical’s; 20 years and 100 productions for Zach. Recent Favorites include Ragtime, God of Carnage, Spring Awakening and Hairspray. Currently projects at Zach include the Premier of Mad, Beat, Hip and Gone by Steven Dietz.  In addition, Mr. Raiford works as a Creative Consultant in many fields including Architecture, Advertising and yes, even Marching Band and Drum Corps (Artistic Director of The Academy).   He received his M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin where he also taught design for ten years. He is a Member of United Scenic Artists.  To see more of his work visit: flickr.com/photos/michaelraiford/sets

Amanda Doherty

Costume Designer

AMANDA DOHERTY is currently in her 13th season at Geva Theatre Center as the Costume Shop Supervisor.  While at Geva, she has had the opportunity to design costumes for the Wilson Mainstage productions of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Informed Consent, The Book Club Play, The Underpants and Shear Madness, the Fielding Nextstage 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, where she was a resident draper and Assistant Costume Shop Manager.  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.

Brian J. Lilienthal

Lighting Designer

BRIAN J. LILIENTHAL made his Geva Theatre Center debut in 2012 with The Book Club Play and also designed The 39 Steps and Informed Consent last season, and most recently, Little Shop of Horrors. New York credits include La Mama ETC, Cherry Lane and 29th Street Rep. Regional credits include Actors Theatre of Louisville (over 60 productions as Resident Designer), Milwaukee Rep, The Huntington Theatre Company, Playmakers Rep, Arizona Theatre Co, South Coast Rep, Pasadena Playhouse, Capital Rep, Cleveland Playhouse, Arden Theatre Co, Merrimack Rep, Trinity Rep, The Kennedy Center, Theatre @ Boston Court, Perishable Theatre, Pig Iron Theatre, New Paradise Labs, amongst many.    Mr. Lilienthal has designed lighting for operas at Opera Bard Summerscape, Long Beach Opera and Portland Opera Repertory Theatre.  He has spent eight summers at the National Playwrights Conference at the O’Neill Theatre Center as a resident lighting designer. He is the recipient of the 2005 Ovation Award (LA) for lighting design.  Mr. Lilienthal holds an M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts.  He is currently teaching lighting design at Tufts University. 

David Remedios

Sound Designer

DAVID REMEDIOS made his Geva Theatre Center debut in 2012 with Two Jews Walk Into a War…. Recent credits include original music and sound for Stop All the Clocks at Brandeis Theatre Company/Susan Dibble Ensemble,  Year Zero at Merrimack Repertory Theatre; Twelfth Night for Commonwealth Shakespeare Company; sound for Oceanside and The Best Brothers at Merrimack Repertory Theatre; North of the Boulevard and One Night…for the Contemporary American Theater Festival; The Whale for SpeakEasy Stage Company (Elliot Norton Award nomination); Ryan Landry’s ‘M’ for Huntington Theatre Company (IRNE Award), and Invisible Man at the Huntington Theatre and the Studio Theatre (Helen Hayes Award nomination). Mr. Remedios’ work has been heard at theatres and colleges throughout New England, and at many other regional theatres including Portland Stage, Theatre for a New Audience, CenterStage Baltimore, Berkeley Rep, Hartford Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse and fifty productions for American Repertory Theatre. International credits include festivals in Bogota, Paris, Hong Kong and Edinburgh. He is the recipient of awards from the Independent Reviewers of New England, Connecticut Critics Circle, and the Elliot Norton Award. Remediossound.com

Jenni Werner


JENNI WERNER is in her fourth season at Geva Theatre Center. Geva dramaturgy credits include Katherine’s Colored Lieutenant,  Good People, A Raisin in the Sun, Superior Donuts, You Can’t Take It With You, Freud’s Last Session, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Clybourne Park, Informed Consent and The Odd Couple. 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 adjunct instructor in the Program in Educational Theatre at New York University, and is now an adjunct instructor at SUNY Geneseo.  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, at gevajournal.wordpress.com.

Frank Cavallo

Stage Manager

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. Earlier this season, Mr. Cavallo stage managed A Christmas Carol. Last season, he 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 theatres, 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.

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