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April 20 - April 21

Native Gardens

One of this year’s most-produced plays: A brilliant new backyard comedy redefining what it means to be “neighborly”. When a disagreement over a property line turns into a war of green thumbs, neighbors spin out of control with hilarious results.

A Co-Production with Syracuse Stage and Portland Center Stage

By Karen Zacarías

Directed by Melissa Crespo

Run Time: 1 Hour and 45 minutes including an intermision

 

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ANNE-MARIE CUSSON | Virginia Butley

ANNE MARIE CUSSON returns to Geva where she has appeared in The Clean House, Our Town and Inherit The Wind. Broadway credits include Magic/Bird (u/s). Off-Broadway credits include Stalking the Bogeyman; Echoes of the War with Richard Easton and Frances Sternhagen, Schnitzler’s Far And Wide. Regionally credits include Equus and Collected Stories at Palm Beach Dramaworks; Good People, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, Philadelphia, Here I Come! at the Asolo Repertory; All My Sons at Delaware Theatre; Anne Frank at Virginia Stage; Arms and the Man for Shakespeare Theatre NJ; Third for Riverside; Defying Gravity for Merrimack Repertory; A Moon for the Misbegotten at New Repertory; and Alabama Shakespeare Festival repertory company member in Romeo & Juliet and The Count of Monte Cristo. She appeared in the National Tour of Steel Magnolias Film credits include The Good Shepherd, My Dead Boyfriend, A Nice Girl Like You, and several indie films. TV credits include VEEP, Law & Order: SVU, and As the World Turns. A New Hampshire native and proud member of Actors’ Equity.

PAUL DeBOY | Frank Butley

PAUL DeBOY makes his Geva Theatre Center debut in Native Gardens. Broadway credits include Mamma Mia! at the Broadhurst Theatre; and Sight Unseen at  Manhattan Theatre Club (cover). Off-Broadway credits include Eurydi-ce at Second Stage; Edwin, The Story of Edwin Booth at St Clement’s; Ferguson at the 30th St Theatre; and Swiss Family Robinson at the NYMF. Tours include the North American tour of Mamma Mia!; and Martin Luther On Trial for the Fellowship for Performing Arts. Regional credits include The Christians at Syracuse Stage/The Wilma; Cat On A Hot Tin Roof at Baltimore Center Stage; Appoggiatura at Indiana Repertory Theatre; All The Way at Denver Center; Everything is Wonderful and We Will Not Be Silent at CATF; The Audience at Maltz Jupiter Theatre; The 39 Steps and The Pillowman (and 15 others) at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; My Fair Lady and The Real Thing  at The Pioneer Theatre; Sylvia, The Clean House and The Caine Mutiny at Cincinnati Playhouse; and Blithe Spirit at The Olney Theatre. Film/TV credits include all four Law & Orders, The Blacklist: Redemption, Royal Pains, The Following, A Dirty Shame. Instagram: @pauladeboy, www.pauldeboy.com.

ERICK GONZÁLEZ | Pablo Del Valle

ERICK GONZÁLEZ makes his Geva Theatre Center debut in Native Gardens. New York credits include El Coronel No Tiene Quien Le Escriba, Valor Agravio y Mujer, En El Nombre De Salomé, El Loco por Fuerza, and Aire Frio at Repertorio Español; Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth in Macbeth, Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew, and Iachimo in Cymbeline at Frog and Peach Theatre; Angelo in Measure for Measure, Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing, Marc Antony in Julius Caesar, and Orlando in As You Like It for the Hip to Hip Theatre Company; Marfa Lights at Intar Theatre; Noche Tan Linda for PRTT/Pregones; and Farragut North at Premiere Stages. TV credits include Madam Secretary and Start Up. Film credits include A Nice Girl Like You. Proud member of the Upstart Creatures. www.erickgonzalezactor.com

MONICA RAE SUMMERS GONZALEZ | Tania Del Valle

MONICA RAE SUMMERS GONZALEZ makes her Geva Theatre Center debut in Native Gardens.  A native New Yorker, Monica graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts where she studied Drama. She received her B.F.A. in Acting from the Conservatory of Theater Arts at SUNY Purchase College. Off-Broadway credits include The Siblings Play at Cherry Lane Theatre. Other NY credits include Ten Days in a Mad-House with Strangemen Theatre Company. Regional credits include Scapino at the Gulfshore Playhouse. TV credits include Orange Is the New Black and Shades of Blue. Many thanks to HCKR Agency, Cathy Kanner, Harriet Bass Casting, and her phenomenal family and friends. @_monicarae_

KAREN ZACARÍAS | Playwright

KAREN ZACARÍAS was recently hailed as one of the most produced playwrights in the United States. Her award-winning plays include Destiny of Desire, Native GardensThe Book Club Play, Legacy of LightMariela in the DesertThe Sins of Sor Juana, and the adaptations of Just Like Us, Into The Beautiful North, and How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent. She is the author of ten renowned theatre for young audiences (TYA) musicals and the librettist of several ballets. She is one of the inaugural resident playwrights at Arena Stage, a core founder of the Latinx Theatre Commons, and a founder of Young Playwrights’ Theater. She was voted 2018 Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian Magazine for her advocacy work in the arts.

MELISSA CRESPO | Director

MELISSA CRESPO is a New York City-based director of theatre, opera, and film. She has developed new work at The Lark, Atlantic Theater Company, Two River Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Ars Nova, Labyrinth Theater Company, and more. Upcoming: world premiere of Daughters of the Rebellion by Guadalís del Carmen at Montclair State University. Recent credits include: In the Red and Brown Water by Tarell Alvin McCraney for Columbia Graduate Acting; Wickedest Woman by Jessica Bashline at Strange Sun Theatre; graveyard shift by Korde Arrington Tuttle at San Francisco Playhouse; Pedro Pan by Rebecca Aparicio and Stephen Elkins at NYMF;  In the Blue Hour by Martina Potratz for Lil’ Explosions; Brother Toad by Nathan Louis Jackson at Kansas City Repertory Theatre; The Review or How to Eat Your Opposition by Donnetta Lavinia Grays at WP Theatre; eat and you belong to us by mj kauffman at NYU Tisch School for the Arts; ¡Figaro! (90210) by Vid Guerrerio at The Duke on 42nd  Street and LA Opera; ABC Talent Showcase for Disney NYC; Destiny of Desire by Karen Zacarías at Garden Theatre; and Tar Baby by Desiree Burch with Dan Kitrosser seen at 59E59, Edinburgh, London, Finland, and New Zealand. Fellowships and Residencies include Time Warner Fellow (WP Theatre), Usual Suspect (NYTW), The Director’s Project (Drama League), Van Lier Directing Fellow (Second Stage Theatre), and the Allen Lee Hughes Directing Fellow (Arena Stage). http://www.melissacrespo.com

SHOKO KAMBARA | Scenic Design

SHOKO KAMBARA makes her Geva Theatre Center debut with Native Gardens. Recent work includes Next to Normal, The Turn of the Screw and The Bomb-itty of Errors at Syracuse Stage; Little Girl Blue at George Street Playhouse; Holiday Inn, Always . . . Patsy Cline, and Guys and Dolls at Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival; A Christmas Carol  and Chicago at the Hangar Theater; the world premiere of The Prince of Players at Houston Grand Opera and Florentine Opera; Carrie: The Musical at Montclair State University; The Barber of Seville at Opera Philadelphia, Opera Theatre of St. Louis (St. Louis Theater Circle Award for Outstanding Set Design), Opera Omaha and Virginia Opera; Don Pasquale at The Juilliard School; The Little Mermaid at Arkansas Repertory Theatre; the national tour of Nice Work If You Can Get It (Worklight Productions); Animals Out of Paper at Hudson Stage Company; and Shining City at Nevada Conservatory Theatre. She is an adjunct professor at New York University and Montclair State University. www.shokokambara.com

LUX HAAC | Costume Design

LUX HAAC is a New York-based costume designer for theatre, film, opera, and dance. Credits include Ajijaack on Turtle Island at New Victory Theater; Well Intentioned White People at Barrington Stage Company; The Lover, The Collection at University of Rochester; The Review or How to Eat Your Opposition at WP Theater; ¡Figaro! (90210) at The Duke on 42nd Street/Ragman Ventures; Destiny of Desire at Garden Theatre; Nibbler for The Ammoralists/Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre; Crossing the Line for Amphibian Stage Productions; The FairyQueen at Hofstra University; Fall River, Syncopation, and Trayf at Penguin Rep Theatre; Hair, Echoes and Nibbles of the Sun, and The Seagull at NYU; A Lesson from Aloes at The Juilliard School; The Road to Damascus at 59E59; Leave Me Green at The Gym at Judson; A Winter’s Tale at The New School; The Erlkings at Theatre Row; Rock & Roll Refugee, and  Love/Sick for Royal Family; Powwow Highway for Amerinda/HERE. Film credits include #TEXIT, Look Closer (Can’t You See the Signs), Violation, Across the Sea, A Teacher’s Reward, and Deluge. Education: M.F.A., Design for Stage and Film, Tisch School of the Arts/NYU. www.luxhaac.com. Upcoming: Between Two Knees (OSF).

DAWN CHIANG | Lighting Design

DAWN CHIANG designed the lighting for the Geva Theatre Center productions of Having Our Say and John Bull’s Other Island. She has designed the lighting at numerous regional theatres including Syracuse Stage, Denver Center Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, South Coast Repertory, Alliance Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Guthrie Theater, Arena Theatre, and Geva Theatre Center. On Broadway, Dawn designed the lighting for Zoot Suit, was co-designer for Tango Pasion, and associate lighting designer for Show Boat, The Life, and the original production of La Cage Aux Folles. Off-Broadway, she has designed for the Roundabout Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, and co-designed the first two seasons of the Encores! concert musical series at City Center. Dawn was resident lighting designer for New York City Opera, where her designs included A Little Night Music and Fanciulla del West. She is the lighting designer for the award-winning FDNY Fire Zone at Rockefeller Center, New York. Awards include two Lighting Designer of the Year Awards (Syracuse Area Live Theatre), two Dramalogue awards, a THEA Award (Themed Entertainment Association) and nominations for the Hewes Design Award from American Theatre Wing, Syracuse Area Live Theatre – Lighting Designer of the Year, Los Angeles Drama Critics’ and San Francisco Bay Area Critics’ Award.

ELISHEBA ITTOOP | Sound Design/Original Music

ELISHEBA ITTOOP makes her Geva Theatre Center debut with Native Gardens. Elisheba’s designs and original music have been heard at The Kennedy Center, Guthrie Theater, The Public Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Theatre Workshop, Steppenwolf Theatre, Signature Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, National Gallery of Art, Soho Rep, Huntington Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Denver Center, Two River Theater, Women’s Project, Triad Stage, Woolly Mammoth, Arena Stage, Alliance Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Cleveland Play House, LaMaMa, 59E59, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Bonnaroo Music Festival, Okeechobee Music Festival, and the Center for Puppetry Arts. Elisheba was a resident sound designer at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center for the 2010 and 2011 National Playwrights Conferences, a recipient of the Kenan Fellowship at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and winner of the 2008 USITT Rising Star Award. Education: NYU, North Carolina School of the Arts. www.elishebaittoop.com