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January 29 - February 10

The Magician’s Daughter

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The Magician Prospero and his daughter Miranda dazzle their audiences until the day Miranda quits.  This funny bittersweet play dives deep into the ups and downs of a father-daughter relationship.   Viewer discretion advised if you have a father or a daughter (or know anyone who does).

By Lila Rose Kaplan

Directed by Shelley Butler


Run Time: 80 minutes with no intermission

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BRITTANY BELLIZEARE is making her Geva Theatre Center debut and is excited to be joining the family for a World Premiere! New York credits include In the Blue Hour, an interactive play at La Maison d’Art Gallery in Harlem; and Beneatha in A Raisin in the Sun at the Gallery Players. Regional credits include Tonya in King Hedley II at Two River Theater; Edith in three girls never learnt the way home at the JAW Festival at Portland Center Stage; Shanita in Skeleton Crew at Baltimore CenterStage; Pecola in The Bluest Eye at the Guthrie Theatre; Nina in Sunset Baby at TheaterWorks Hartford; Rose in The Last Tiger in Haiti (NAACP Theatre nomination for Best Ensemble) at La Jolla Playhouse/Berkeley Repertory Theatre; Camae in The Mountaintop at Northern Stage; Ruby in Seven Guitars at Two River Theater; Archy & Mehitabel at the Yard and Sunjata Kamalenya at the McCarter Theatre. Film/TV credits include “The Blacklist”,“Eye Candy” and “The Knick”. She received her M.F.A from the New School for Drama and her B.S. from Spelman College. She remains grateful for all the blessings she’s received and all the love and support from her family and friends. www.brittanybellizeare.com


TYRONE MITCHELL HENDERSON makes his Geva Theatre Center debut in The Magician’s Daughter. He is the Founder of Quick Silver Theater Company. New York credits include Yellowman at the Billie Holiday Theatre; Rancho Viejo at Playwrights Horizons; The Piano Lesson at Signature Theatre, the National Tour of Bring in ‘da Noise Bring in ‘da Funk; The America Play, The Tempest (with Patrick Stewart), Two Noble Kinsmen and The Public Sings at the Public Theatre; and King Lear with Tony Winner Billy Porter. Regional Theatre credits include world premieres of War, Aubergine and the West Coast premiere of Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures. Television credits include “FBI,” “Search Party,” “God Friended Me,” “The Good Fight,” “Sneaky Pete,” “Orange is the New Black,” “House of Cards,” and “Law & Order” (franchise trifecta – six episodes). www.TyroneMitchellHenderson.com


LILA ROSE KAPLAN’s plays shine light on the stories we don’t tell about women. Her plays include The Villains’ Supper Club, Jesus Girls, Home of the Brave, 1 2 3 – a play about abandonment and ballroom dancing, We All Fall Down, Wildflower, Bureau of Missing Persons, and Biography of a Constellation. Productions: A.R.T., South Coast Rep, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, New Victory Theatre, Second Stage, San Francisco Playhouse, Neighborhood Productions, Know Theatre, and Perishable Theatre. Development: Huntington Theatre, Trinity Rep, Arena Stage, Kennedy Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Center Theatre Group, Theatreworks, PlayPenn, and The Lark. Awards: National Science Award in Playwriting and The International Women’s Playwriting Award. Fellowships: Huntington Playwriting Fellowship, Playwrights’ Realm Writing Fellow, Old Vic/New Voices Exchange, and the Shank Fellowship. Residencies: The Orchard Project, Space on Ryder Farm, New Rep Next Voices, Harvard Business School, and the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics. B.A. with Honors in Playwriting: Brown University. M.F.A. in Playwriting: UC San Diego. Lila Rose lives in Somerville, MA with her marine biologist and her curious daughter. www.lilarose.org


SHELLEY BUTLER’s recent productions include the world premiere of Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House, Part 2 at South Coast Repertory, Human Error by Eric Pfeffinger for the Denver Center Theatre Company and the Japanese premiere of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at the Imperial Theatre in Tokyo. She has developed over two dozen new plays and musicals at companies including Ars Nova, Primary Stages, E.S.T., WP Theater, Yale Repertory Theatre, Hartford Stage, South Coast Repertory, Denver Center Theatre Company, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Geva Theatre Center, New York Stage and Film, Dallas Lyric Stage, PlayPenn, New Dramatists, the Lark, New Georges, The Playwright’s Realm and Keen Company. Ms. Butler is the recipient of a Drama League Fall Directing Fellowship, a 2018 Drama League resident director, a 2005 Director’s Guild of America Trainee, a member of SDC, the Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab, the WP Directors Lab and a New George’s affiliated artist. She spent two seasons as artistic associate in charge of new play development for Hartford Stage and three seasons as artistic associate for Great Lakes Theater Festival.

SARA C. WALSH | Scenic Designer

SARA C. WALSH is a New York-based designer of sets and environments for theatre, dance, and film. She is a member of Wolf 359 in NYC and Resident Designer at Welfleet’s Harbor Stage Theatre on Cape Cod. Her work has been presented in New York City at Lincoln Center, St Ann’s Warehouse, PS122, The Kitchen, New York Live Arts, Women’s Project, Abdington Theatre Company and Classic Stage Company, and around the country at A.R.T., The Wexner Center, The San Diego Museum of Art and the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. She was Head of Design on the immersive nightclub experience Queen of the Night. She has worked with comedians Jerry Seinfeld, Colin Quinn, and Hasan Minaj, and was Associate Designer on a new ballet with Basil Twist. She is on faculty at Hamilton College and holds an M.F.A. in Set Design from NYU.

LEX LIANG | Costume Designer

LEX LIANG’s work includes scenic and costume design for performance, and he is delighted to be making his Geva Theatre Center debut. NYC/Off-Broadway credits include 50+ productions—recent work includes Antigone, and 9 Circles. Regional credits include productions at Alliance Theatre, Asolo Rep., Cincinnati Playhouse, Cleveland Play House, Dallas Theatre Center, Denver Center, Florida Studio Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Portland Stage, Portland Center Stage, Syracuse Stage, Tantrum Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, and others. He is the principal/founder of LDC Design Associates, a bespoke event production company in NYC. Recent projects include Operation Smile: 35th Anniversary Gala, NY Fashion Week, and the Tony Awards Gala. Member, United Scenic Artists-829. www.LexLiang.com

SETH REISER | Lighting Designer

SETH REISER is a lighting and set designer who works in theatre, opera, dance and music, he lives here in Rochester. At Geva, Seth designed the lighting for The Lake Effect and Heartland both directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh. New York credits include Mike Daisey’s The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs at the Public Theater; The Mysteries at the Flea, directed by Ed Iskandar; Reggie Watts and Tommy Smith’s Radio Play at PS 122, directed by Kip Fagan; Taylor Mac’s Obie Award winning production of The Lily’s Revenge at HERE Arts. Regional credits include Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Dallas Theatre Center, Two River Theatre Company, Portland Center Stage, Trinity Repertory, Berkeley Repertory, Seattle Repertory, The Denver Center Theatre Company, Woolly Mammoth, American Repertory Theatre, and Playmakers Repertory, among others. Mr. Reiser received his B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University and his M.F.A. at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. sethreiserdesign.com

KATE MARVIN | Sound Designer

KATE MARVIN is a designer, composer and musician based in New York City. Recent work includes Men on Boats at American Conservatory Theatre; A Doll’s House, Part 2 at Actors Theatre of Louisville; Indecent at the Guthrie Theater; Babette’s Feast and Sotto Voce at Portland Stage Company; Crossing Delancey and Ugly Lies the Bone at the Alliance Theatre; Grounded at Westport Country Playhouse; Happy Days at Theatre for a New Audience and Yale Repertory Theatre; [Porto] with Women’s Project Theater and The Bushwick Starr; Somebody’s Daughter with Second Stage; Wilder Gone with Clubbed Thumb; Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet with Trinity Shakespeare Festival; and Fidelio and Don Giovanni with Heartbeat Opera. Kate is an associate artist with Target Margin Theater and Little Lord. She received her M.F.A. from Yale School of Drama. www.katemarvinsound.com

MICHAEL WEBER | Magic and Illusion Designer

MICHAEL WEBER co-founded the film and theatre consulting company Deceptive Practices with Ricky Jay, was the magic consultant for David Blaine’s Street Magic, helped create the hit series The Carbonaro Effect, co-created and directed the touring science extravaganza Brain Candy starring Adam Savage and Michael Stevens, was a consulting producer of Derek Delgaudio’s In and Of Itself, is the magic and illusion designer for the upcoming Broadway musical Beetlejuice, and co-designed and directed From the Dark — a magic show for the blind where the magician and audience were blindfolded. Weber’s magic and illusions have appeared in Broadway productions including the original Angels in America, A Year of Magical Thinking, David Mamet’s Faustus, On the Stem, Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants, Rogue’s Gallery, and the Pulitzer Prize winning Top Dog Underdog. His film work includes Affair of the Necklace, Casino, Congo, Forest Gump, Leap of Faith, Ocean’s 13, Serpent and the Rainbow, Sneakers, The Fountain, The Great Buck Howard, The Illusionist, The Parent Trap, The Prestige, and Wolf.

JENNI WERNER | Literary Director/Resident Dramaturg

JENNI WERNER is in her eighth season as Literary Director and Resident Dramaturg at Geva. In that role, she has served as dramaturg on 26 productions at Geva, including classics and world premieres by Brent Askari, Wendy MacLeod, Deborah Zoe Laufer, Cass Morgan, Nora Cole, Jamie Pachino, Mat Smart and Gabriel Jason Dean. In 2015, she co-produced Geva’s blues festival celebrating the life and legacy of musician Son House, Journey to the Son. Jenni also produces Geva’s new play programming, and has led the development of over 40 new plays during her tenure at Geva. She directs Geva’s commissioning of new plays through the Rochester Stories program. Previously, Jenni served as the Director of Programming at Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the non-profit theatre field. From 2005-2011, she 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 an adjunct instructor at New York University, and is now an adjunct instructor at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Jenni 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 serves on the board of ImageOut, Rochester’s LGBT film festival, and the National New Play Network.