By Lillian Hellman
Directed by Scott Edmiston
Scenic Design by Janie E. Howland
Costume Design by Gail Astrid Buckley
Lighting Design by Karen Perlow
Sound Design by Dewey Dellay
Production Stage Manager: Nerys Powell
Assistant Stage Manager: Geena M. Forristall
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Lillian Hellman’s classic drama captures the riveting story of how a family’s vicious pursuit of financial success destroys the American Dream. In the post-Civil War South, Regina Giddens and her scheming brothers, Oscar and Ben, want to partner on a business deal to exploit the poor and increase their already substantial wealth. There is only one problem: Regina’s husband, Horace, refuses to give them the funds they need — setting in motion a vicious game of duplicitous dealings that ultimately leads to death. A timely story about corrosion of the soul and corruption of the heart.
“A brilliant, blistering indictment of rapacious southern family.” – Variety
Cast & Crew
Anne Gottlieb* – Regina
Anne Gottlieb (Regina) returns to the Lyric Stage having appeared in Blithe Spirit and My Name Is Asher Lev. Other credits include Broken Glass, Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune (IRNE and Elliot Norton Awards, New Rep), The Women, Other Desert Cities, In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play, (Elliot Norton Award, SpeakEasy Stage), Absence (Boston Playwrights Theatre), Not Enough Air, Crave, Betrayal (IRNE Award, Nora Theatre), and Antony and Cleopatra (IRNE Award, Boston Theatre Works.) Anne teaches presence work internationally. She is the founder of the newly formed Talk to Strangers Community Initiative and is currently developing a new play in Hamburg with German artists about walls. www.annegottlieb.com (launch spring, 2019)
Amelia Broome* – Birdie
Ameila Broome* (Birdie) has appeared at the Lyric Stage in Sweeny Todd, Rich Girl, and Kiss Me, Kate. Recent credits: Fiddler on the Roof, Master Class (New Rep), Spring Awakening, My Old Lady (Gloucester Stage), Steel Magnolias (Next Door Theatre), Next Fall, Adding Machine: a Musical, The Light in the Piazza [IRNE Award, Best Actress], Jerry Springer-The Opera, (SpeakEasy Stage), Two Wives in India (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre), and Tea at Five (Worcester Foothills Theater). She holds an M.F.A. from Boston University and is currently on the acting faculty at Emerson College. Originally from Georgia, Ms. Broome resides in Wilmington with her husband, John Silberman.
Craig Mathers* – Horace
Craig Mathers* (Horace) returns to the Lyric Stage having previously appeared in Stage Kiss. Other Boston appearances: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Light in the Piazza (SpeakEasy Stage), Academy Fight Song (CentaStage), Our Town (Huntington Theatre), Henry VII, Troilus and Cressida (ASP), Last Act (Israeli Stage), Not Enough Air (Nora Theatre), and Picnic (Greater Boston Stage Company). New York credits: Tea and Sympathy (Keen), Pera Pala (Second Stage), Poor Folks Pleasure (The Flea). Regional: Grapes of Wrath, All My Sons (Syracuse Stage), Edward II, Hamlet (Yale Rep), Travels with My Aunt (Baltimore Center Stage). TV/Film: Law & Order, Spin City, The Last Harbor, The Company Men. Craig is an associate professor at Emerson and is on the faculty of MICHA (The Michael Chekhov Association) and The Michael Chekhov Hudson School.
Remo Airaldi* -Ben
Remo Airaldi* returns to the Lyric Stage having previously appeared in Gypsy, Sweeney Todd, and My Fair Lady. Over sixty productions at the American Repertory Theater, including Night of the Iguana, Cabaret, Oliver Twist (also at Theatre for a New Audience and Berkeley Repertory Theatre), and Island of Slaves (IRNE Award, Outstanding Actor). Other credits: Eight productions including last summer’s Richard III (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), Shakespeare in Love (SpeakEasy Stage), Frankenstein (Central Square Theater), The King of Second Avenue (New Rep), and productions at La Jolla Playhouse, Geffen Playhouse, Cirque du Soleil, American Conservatory Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Moscow Art Theatre, and Taipei International Arts Festival. He is a Lecturer in Theater, Dance, and Media at Harvard University.
Will McGarrahan* – Oscar
Will McGarrahan* (Oscar) performed at the Lyric Stage in Souvenir (Norton Award), Stage Kiss, Company, Peter and the Starcatcher, Light Up the Sky, Into the Woods, Death of a Salesman, Becky’s New Car, The Chosen, The Temperamentals, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Grey Gardens, November, and Dirty Blonde. Other local credits: The Bridges of Madison County, Casa Valentina, Big Fish, Far From Heaven, Next Fall, The Drowsy Chaperone, Reckless, Some Men, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Five By Tenn, Company, The Last Sunday in June, Elegies, Ruthless!, A Class Act, and A New Brain (SpeakEasy Stage Stage), Being Earnest, Mame (Greater Boston Stage Company), A Raisin in the Sun (Huntington Theatre), The Wind in the Willows, Happy Days (Gloucester Stage), Nine Circles (Publick Theatre), The Moon for the Misbegotten and Buried Child (Nora Theater).
Cheryl D. Singleton* – Addie
Cheryl D. Singleton* (Addie) is a Boston-based actress who has previously appeared at the Lyric Stage in Intimate Apparel. Recent credits: 1776, Dollhouse, Rent, Passing Strange (New Rep), To Kill A Mockingbird (Gloucester Stage), Billy Elliot, the Musical (Wheelock Family Theatre), Absence (Boston Playwright’s Theatre), The Comedy of Errors (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), The Superheroine Monologues (Phoenix Theatre Artists and Company One), Stuff Happens, The Kentucky Cycle (co-pro with Way Theatre Artists and Zeitgeist Stage). And The Seagull (American Repertory Theatre). Other credits: Huntington Theater, Queer Soup, Ryan Landry and the Gold Dust Orphans, and ImprovBoston. A proud member of Actors Equity and StageSource, she serves on three arts boards in the Boston area.
Bill Mootos* – Mr. Marshall
Bill Mootos* (Mr. Marshall) returns to the Lyric Stage having appeared in Never the Sinner, The Judas Kiss, The Lisbon Traviata, Over the River and Through the Woods, The Comedy of Errors, and The Miser. Recent credits: Mothers and Sons (Shakespeare & Company), The Salonnières (Greater Boston Stage Company), and Blood on the Snow at Boston’s Old State House (IRNE Award). He has appeared at the Huntington Theatre Company, Central Square Theatre, Gloucester Stage, The Gamm Theatre, New Rep, Boston Playwrights Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, The Vineyard Playhouse, The Nora Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Ivoryton Playhouse, and SpeakEasy Stage, among others. TV/Film: American Odyssey (NBC), The Company Men, The Makeover, R.I.P.D., Chappaquiddick, Daddy’s Home 2, Little Women. He is on the National Board of SAG-AFTRA, and a proud member of Actors Equity Association.
Michael John Ciszewski – Leo
Michael John Ciszewski (Leo) is making his Lyric Stage debut. Recent credits: Peter and the Starcatcher (Hub Theatre Company of Boston), Midsummer Night’s Dream, Three Sisters (Apollinaire Theatre Company), Antigone (Flat Earth Theatre), Citizens of the Empire (Boston Public Works), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Holiday Memories (New Rep). Michael trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and is a proud graduate of Boston University’s B.F.A Theatre Arts program. michaeljohnciszewski.com @micjcis
Rosa Procaccino – Alexandra
Rosa Procaccino (Alexandra) is making her Lyric Stage debut. Rosa’s New York credits include Appointment with Death (The Gallery Players), Jerry Finnegan’s Sister (Emerging Artists Festival), Express, and A Fine Line (Manhattan Repertory Theatre). A recent graduate of Northeastern University her other credits include The Glass Menagerie, After Miss Julie, After the End, Mr. Burns, and Romeo and Juliet.
Kinson Theodoris – Cal
Kinson Theodoris (Cal) is a Boston-based actor making his Lyric Stage debut. Recent credits: Lost Tempo, Blood on the Snow, and Top Eye Open. Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Eastern Nazarene College. Kinson is very much excited to be a part of this production! kinsontheodoris.com
Scott Edmiston – Director
Scott Edmiston (Director) returns to the Lyric Stage where he recently directed the award-winning productions of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (2017 Elliot Norton Award) and My Fair Lady, (2016 Elliot Norton Award). Other Lyric stage credits: Light Up the Sky, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Water by the Spoonful,Time Stands Still, My Name is Asher Lev, Miss Witherspoon, The Scene, Lobby Hero, and Private Lives. He has directed more than 60 Boston-area productions at SpeakEasy Stage, American Repertory Theatre, Huntington Theatre, and Underground Railway Theatre, among others. Highlights include Long Day’s Journey into Night, Constellations, Shakespeare in Love, The History Boys, Casa Valentina, The Light in the Piazza, Reckless, Five by Tenn, In the Next Room or the vibrator play, A Marvelous Party, and Betrayal. Six of his productions have received Elliot Norton Awards as Outstanding Production or Musical, and he has received four Norton Awards and three IRNE Awards for his direction. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from Penn State, the StageSource Theatre Hero Award, and the Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence in Theatre. He is the author of “Acting Misbegotten: The Creative Journey to Eugene O’Neill” published in the anthology Critical Insights: Eugene O’Neill (Salem Press, 2012). Scott is a Professor of the Practice and Chair of the Department of Theatre at Northeastern University.
Janie E. Howland** – Scenic Design
Janie E. Howland** (Scenic Design) has called the Lyric Stage home for 25 years, having recently designed Kiss of the Spider Woman and Anna Christie. Other recent designs: Dancing at Lughnasa (Gloucester Stage), How I Learned to Drive (Northeastern Univ.), Art Makes Sense CONSENSES Exhibit (Mass MOCA), Madeline’s Christmas (BCT), Urban Nutcracker (City Ballet). Other venues: Lynn Redgrave Theatre (NY), Moonbox Productions, Emerson Majestic, New Rep, Weston Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, Odyssey Opera, Central Square Theatre, ASP, SpeakEasy Stage, Ohio Star Theatre, A.R.T. Institute, Boston Conservatory, Company One, Greater Boston Stage Company, Seacoast Rep, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, and Huntington Theatre Studio 210. Brandeis University M.F.A.; four-time Elliot Norton Award winner, four-time IRNE Award winner, adjunct faculty at Emerson College, Wellesley College. USA Local 829. janiehowland.com
Gail Astrid Buckley ** – Costume Design
Gail Astrid Buckley** (Costume Design) returns to the Lyric Stage having designed My Fair Lady, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Souvenir among many others. Recent designs include the 11th annual A Christmas Carol (Hanover Theatre), the opera Dialogue of the Carmelites (Boston Conservatory), Being Earnest, The Salonnières (Greater Boston Stage Company), and key tailor/shopper for the movie The Honest Thief. Gail has received two Elliot Norton Awards and two IRNE Awards for Costume Design. Gail is a proud member of United Scenic Artists Local 829.
Karen Perlow** – Lighting Design
Karen Perlow** (Lighting Design), a Boston area designer for over 25 years, returns to the Lyric Stage where favorite productions include: Anna Christie, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Death of a Salesman, Water by the Spoonful, My Name is Asher Lev, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Miss Witherspoon, Urinetown, the Musical, Dirty Blonde, and Lobby Hero. Recent designs Native Gardens (Merrimack Repertory Theater), and Fun Home (SpeakEasy Stage). She is a 3-time winner of the IRNE award for Best Lighting Design (2009, 2007, 2002), and NYC SOLO Fest 2013. Karen has taught Light Design at Northeastern and MIT. She currently teaches English to Speakers of Other Languages with the YMCA/ILC. Member USA 829. She also proudly serves as the treasurer of the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund (TCBF.org)
Dewey Dellay – Sound Design & Original Music
Dewey Dellay (Sound Design/Original Music) returns to the Lyric Stage having designed Anna Christie, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Death of a Salesman, Miss Witherspooon (Elliot Norton Award), 9 Parts of Desire (Elliot Norton Award), and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Other design/composition credits: The Bakelite Masterpiece, Ideation, Constellations (Elliot Norton Award, Underground Railway Theater) and Universe Rushing Apart (Commonwealth Shakespeare). TV: music for This is Life with Lisa Ling (CNN). Music composition for digital children’s books produced by Live Oak Media.
Nerys Powell* – Production Stage Manager
Nerys Powell* (Production Stage Manager) was the AEA Assistant Stage Manager for Kiss of the Spider Woman and the Production Stage Manager for Breath & Imagination. Nerys holds a B.A. in English Literature from the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY and is a member of the Actor’s Equity Association.
Geena M. Forristall* – Assistant Stage Manager
Geena M. Forristall* (Assistant Stage Manager) returns to Lyric Stage after previously working on Anna Christie, Souvenir, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Other credits include Our Dear Dead Drug Lord, The Weird (Off The Grid Theatre Company), Henry VI p. 3, The Tempest, Julius Caesar, Cymbeline, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. (Company One), Sleep No More (Punchdrunk NYC/Emursive), and the international tour of Kultar’s Mime. She holds a B.F.A. from Hofstra University.gmforristall.com
Tobi Rinaldi – Wardrobe
Cesara Walters – Props Artisan
Jesse Hinson – Fight Director
Jesse Hinson (Fight Director) is a Boston-based actor, choreographer, and educator. He has designed violence for the Lyric Stage (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Anna Christie), Actors’ Shakespeare Project (Macbeth), SpeakEasy Stage (Casa Valentina), Central Square Theater (Constellations), and Berkshire Theater Group (Anna Christie). He earned an M.F.A. in acting from Brandeis University and is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Theatre at Northeastern University.
Bryn Austin – Dialect Coach
Bryn Austin (Dialect Coach) returns to the Lyric Stage where she’s served as dialect coach for Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, Hold These Truths, Murder for Two, Peter and the Starcatcher, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning, Intimate Apparel, Sweeney Todd, Groundswell, and Blithe Spirit, and appeared in Dead Man’s Cell Phone. Boston area coaching credits: Dancing at Lughnasa (Gloucester Stage), My Wonderful Day (Zeitgeist Stage), and Translations (Boston College). Regional credits: Cabaret (Palace Theater, Manchester, NH), Top Girls (Apron Theater, VT), and Mary Poppins (New England Youth Theater, VT). Bryn serves on the Voice and Speech faculty at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. brynaustin.com
Kate Franklin – Assistant Director
Kate Franklin (Assistant Director) is making her Lyric Stage debut. She is currently a junior at Northeastern University earning a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a concentration in Performance and has previously trained at the Atlantic Theatre Company. She has previously directed People Don’t Change (They Just Change Their Hair) and Blueberry Waffles.
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