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February 19 - March 17

The Humans

Winner of four 2016 Tony Awards including ‘Best Play.’ Three generations of the Blake family from Scranton, PA gather for Thanksgiving in a tiny NYC apartment. Over toasts, turkey and tough love, family hopes and myths are shared and shattered. This funny and heart-tugging play was hailed on Broadway two seasons ago.

A Co-Production with Syracuse Stage

Directed by Mark Cuddy

 

By Stephen Karam

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TONI DiBUONO | Dierdre Blake

TONI DiBUONO is thrilled to be back at Geva, where she played Clara in Miracle on South Division Street and Sonia in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Her Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include The Boys from Syracuse, Wonderful Town, Bad Habits, The Truth About Ruth and Forbidden Broadway (for which she received a Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award) and just finished playing Maria in the ASF production of Twelfth Night.
Toni lives in New Jersey with her husband, actor Michael McGrath and their daughter actress Katie Claire McGrath.

SKIP GREER | Erik Blake

SKIP GREER serves as Artist in Residence and Director of Education at Geva Theatre Center. For Geva he has acted in To Kill a Mockingbird (Atticus Finch), Clybourne Park (Russ/Dan), You Can’t Take It With You (Paul Sycamore), Superior Donuts (Arthur Przybyszewski),The Music Man (Mayor Shinn), Evie’s Waltz (Clay), Hamlet (Ghost, Player King), 1776 (John Hancock), House and Garden (Giles), Art (Serge), Twelve Angry Men (Juror #1), A Girl’s Life (Ken), Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (Alexander), The Illusion (Alcandre), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Sagot) and State of the Union (Spike McManus). Directing credits at Geva include the world premiere of Hard Cell; Steel Magnolias; Red; Last Gas; On Golden Pond; Over the Tavern; Almost, Maine; the world premiere of The House in Hydesville; American Buffalo; the world premiere of Key West; Death of a Salesman; Lobby Hero; Below the Belt; The Weir; Women Who Steal; Beast on the Moon; The Triumph of Love and Geometric Digression of the Species (for the 2000 Fielding Nextstage opening). Regional credits include seven seasons in the resident acting company of Sacramento Theatre Company, San Jose Repertory Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts and Garry Marshall’s Falcon Theatre in Los Angeles where he directed Jack Klugman, Charles Durning and Paul Dooley in Carter Lewis’ Golf With Alan Shepard. Film and TV credits include “Bloodhounds,” “LA Law,” and “VR5.” Mr. Greer has toured Europe, Africa, Indonesia, New Zealand, Australia and the Cook Islands teaching and performing.

THAMER JENDOUBI | Richard Saad

THAMER JENDOUBI is a native New York based actor and comedian. In September, he performed at his first regional theatre in Salt Lake City in Pioneer Theater Company’s production of Oslo and he is so excited to get to work at Geva Theatre Center on this fantastic play. New York credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Prophet, Haram! Iran!, Racquetball, and A Lonely Night in Coney Island. He trained in New York City at the Maggie Flanigan Studio and earned his M.A. in Acting at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in the United Kingdom. Love and thanks to my parents and brother who have supported me on this journey and the team at BWA for all their hard work and belief.

MADELEINE LAMBERT | Aimee Blake

MADELEINE LAMBERT is thrilled to return to Geva Theatre Center having played Susan B. Anthony in The Agitators. Other theatre credits include 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas for Lookingglass Theatre Company; How I Learned to Drive at Cleveland Play House and Syracuse Stage; Steel Magnolias and A Christmas Carol at Trinity Repertory Company; The Children’s Hour, Marie Antoinette, Blackbird, and Anne Boleyn at The Gamm Theatre; Cock and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater; Uncle Jack at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre; Grounded, Middletown, and At the Vanishing Point for Manbites Dog Theatre Company. Television credits include “Empire” and “Chicago PD.” Madeleine received her M.F.A. in Acting from Brown University/Trinity Rep and her B.A. from Duke University. She is a graduate of and instructor at The School at Steppenwolf and an adjunct faculty member in the Theater Studies Department at Duke University. Madeleine is an award-winning audiobook narrator.

SUSANNE MARLEY | "Momo" Blake

SUSANNE MARLEY returns to Geva Theatre Center where she appeared in Stepping Out in 1987. Broadway credits include The Humans from its Off-Broadway run through the run on Broadway, where she played and covered “Momo.” She also covered and performed the roles of Violet and Mattie Fae Weston in August: Osage County. National tours include The Humans (cover for “Momo”); Angels in America/Perestroika (Hannah). Off-Broadway credits include John Malkovich’s Balm in Gilead; Fool For Love; How the Other Half Loves; Other People’s Money; Romeo and Juliet; and God’s Daughter. She played Violet Weston in August: Osage County at the Human Race Theatre Company, SBCC’s Garvin Theatre in Santa Barbara and at the Arkansas Rep. She has appeared at Syracuse Stage in Stepping Out and Wit. TV credits include “All My Children,” “Law & Order: CI” and HBO Hardcore Comedy Special.

REGAN MORO | Brigid Blake

REGAN MORO is thrilled to make her Geva Theatre Center debut in The Humans. Regional credits include work at Playwrights Horizons, La Jolla Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Theatreworks Silicon Valley. She has also workshopped plays with New Georges, the Drama League, and The Mad Ones. Regan is a member of the UV Theatre Collective in Chicago, where she recently played Natasha in Three Sisters to culminate the company’s four-year artistic residency at the Ragdale Foundation. She was an Acting Apprentice in the 2016-2017 Professional Training Company at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, where she performed in the 43rd Humana Festival of New American Plays, and is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan, where she played Kate Keller in the centennial production of All My Sons directed by Wendy C. Goldberg. My special gratitude to Pirronne Yousefzadeh, and all the love in the world to my own family: Mom, Nassi, Delaney, Rob, Taylor, and the boys.

STEPHEN KARAM | Playwright

STEPHEN KARAM’s plays include The Humans (Tony Award, Obie Award for Playwriting, Drama Critics’ Circle Award, and Pulitzer Prize finalist), Sons Of The Prophet (Drama Critics’ Circle Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist), and Speech & Debate. His adaptation of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard premiered on Broadway as part of Roundabout’s 2016 season; his film adaptation of The Seagull starring Annette Bening premiered in 2018. Recent honors include two Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, a Lucille Lortel Award, a Drama League Award, and a Hull-Warriner Award. Stephen is a graduate of Brown University and grew up in Scranton, PA. www.stephenkaram.com

MARK CUDDY | Director

MARK CUDDY is in his twenty-fourth season as Artistic Director of Geva Theatre Center. This season, in addition to The Humans, he also directed A Christmas Carol and will direct the revival of Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End. Last season, he directed A Christmas Carol and Erma Bombeck at Wit’s End and appeared in the world premiere of Heartland. Mr. Cuddy is well known for his staging of premieres, contemporary comedies and musical theatre. Among his Geva Theatre Center productions have been Private Lives, Sylvia, To Kill a Mockingbird, Good People, The Road to Where (world premiere), Clybourne Park, Pump Boys and Dinettes, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, You Can’t Take It With You, 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 Favour with the RPO, Golf With Alan Shepard, Picasso at the Lapin Agile and State of the Union. In 2013, he was also appointed the Producer and Chief Executive of The Cape Playhouse in Dennis, MA. 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.

TIM MACKABEE | Scenic Designer

TIM MACKABEE made his Geva Theatre Center debut with The May Queen in 2016. Broadway credits include The Elephant Man (also West End, starring Bradley Cooper), Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth (dir. Spike Lee). Off-Broadway credits include Heathers, Gigantic (Vineyard), Luce (Lincoln Center Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Public Theater), Guards at the Taj, Our New Girl (Atlantic Theatre Company), Important Hats of the Twentieth Century, Vietgone (Manhattan Theatre Club). Regionally, Mr. Mackabee’s work has been seen at ACT San Francisco, The Old Globe, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company, Center Stage Baltimore, Ford’s Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Dallas Theatre Center, Syracuse Stage, Cleveland Play House, Yale Repertory Theatre, Philadelphia Theater Company, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Studio Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, The Muny, Pittsburgh CLO, Paper Mill Playhouse, Barrington Stage Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival. Film/TV credits include “Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo” (dir. Chris Rock), “Gotham,” “Smash,” “The Today Show” and Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth. Mr. Mackabee was educated at North Carolina School of the Arts and Yale School of Drama. timothymackabeedesign.com

CHRISTINA SELIAN | Costume Designer

CHRISTINA SELIAN has designed costumes for The Road to Where, Superior Donuts, Evie’s Waltz, Tuesdays with Morrie, Below the Belt and Art at Geva Theatre Center and served as assistant director for Beast on the Moon. She graduated from Emerson College and began her professional career in New York City working for the Riverside Shakespeare Company, Theatre for the Open Eye and The Actor’s Outlet. Ms. Selian later became an artist-in residence with the Boston-based TheatreWorks, where she met her husband Mark Cuddy. For three seasons, she was associate producer of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, where she established and directed the apprentice program and was assistant director for Othello, The Comedy of Errors and Sherlock Holmes. When not designing, Ms. Selian teaches craft sewing classes to children out of her Highland Park home.

JOSH EPSTEIN | Lighting Designer

JOSH EPSTEIN returns to Geva where designs include The Other Josh Cohen and Other Than Honorable. He has designed lighting at many of the top regional theatres in the country including the Guthrie Theater, Mark Taper Forum, Arena Stage, Goodman Theater, Kirk Douglas Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, South Coast Repertory, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Trinity Repertory Company, Baltimore Center Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Alliance Theater, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Playmakers Repertory and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. He is also a lecturer at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and USC’s School of Dramatic Arts. Josh is an LA Ovation Award Winner, a Knight of Illumination Nominee and a recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Designers. In addition, he serves on the O’Neill Playwrights Conference Artistic Council. Josh received his M.F.A. from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three daughters. www.joshepsteindesign.com

DANNY ERDBERG | Sound Designer

DANNY ERDBERG returns to Geva Theatre Center where he designed the sound for Hair, In the Heights, Rooms, Five Course Love and The Lion. Daniel’s work has appeared at numerous New York theatres, including The Public, Roundabout, City Center, 59E59, Atlantic, Prospect and HERE. Highlights include the American premiere of Caryl Churchill’s Drunk Enough to Say I Love You, Mike Daisey’s Last Cargo Cult and Time it Was with Bill Irwin. Regional credits include Arena Stage, Milwaukee Rep, ACT, Virginia Stage Company, Merrimack Rep and Long Wharf, as well as shows in Korea, Japan, China, Canada and Cuba. He is a frequent Broadway associate designer, where credits include Significant Other, Violet, The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Heiress and The Nance. Danny is an adjunct faculty member at Tisch/NYU, a member USA829, IATSE, SDC, and a proud graduate of Northwestern University.

BECCA POCCIA HAYS | Dramaturg

BECCA POCCIA HAYES is in her seventh season at Geva Theatre Center, where she serves as Assistant Literary Director. Past dramaturgy credits at Geva include The Diary of Anne Frank, The Lake Effect, Miracle on South Division Street, The Road to Where, Katherine’s Colored Lieutenant, Tinker to Evers to Chance and All Your Questions Answered. Becca also serves as Geva’s Venue Manager for the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival. She holds an M.F.A. in Dramaturgy from Columbia University and also works as a freelance dramaturg; favorite credits include Goliath (Planet Connections Theatre Festivity) and the world premieres of AK-47 Sing Along (New York International Fringe Festival), Lifetime Fairytale (Columbia Stages), Dirt: Part 1 (Enthuse Theater) and Foreign Wars (Random Access Theatre).

JENN LYONS | Stage Manager

JENN LYONS is a Rochester native happy to be working at Geva. Previous shows at Geva include A Christmas Carol, Hair, Million Dollar Quartet, The Other Josh Cohen, In the Heights, Private Lives, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Miracle on South Division Street, Red, The Mountaintop, Little Shop of Horrors, The Odd Couple and Clybourne Park. National Tours include Mary Poppins, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella (starring Eartha Kitt), Showboat and The Who’s Tommy. New York credits include work at Roundabout Theatre and Circle Repertory Theater as well as the Broadway production of The Little Mermaid. Her two favorite productions are Maddie and Jack.