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Different Stages to Present Theresa Rebeck's MAURITIUS at City Theatre, 1/9-31
January 7
5:07 PM 2015
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BROADWAY.COM/Broadway Week - Jan 20 - Feb 9

Different Stages continues its 2013 - 2014 season with Theresa Rebeck's Mauritius, running January 9 - 31, 2015 at the City Theatre (3823 Airport Blvd, Ste D).

Two estranged half-sisters sisters are mourning the recent loss of their mother. However, they inherit from her a valuable stamp collection that includes a "One and a Two Penny Mauritius," two of the world's rarest stamps. One sister tries to collect on the windfall, while the other resists for sentimental reasons. In this gripping tale, a seemingly simple sale becomes dangerous when three seedy, high-stakes collectors enter the scene, willing to bully, connive, cheat, and, if all else fails, conduct a legitimate business transaction in order to claim the rare find as their own. The characters try to out con each other in an attempt to reap the possible rewards. They face off in shifting configurations, each exchange and encounter emotionally fraught with growing tension. This play is tightly written and is compared by critics to the timeless film The Maltese Falcon.

Mauritius is directed by Mick D'Arcy (You Can't Take it with You). Playing the two half-sisters are Melissa Voigt (Quills) and Jean Budney (Good People). Playing the three stamp collectors are Barry Pineo (Man and Superman), Matt Patterson (For Fear the Glass May Shatter) and Craig Kanne (Pygmalion).

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Speak Up! Speak Out! Acting Techniques That Make Public Speaking Fun and Fearless! by Kathryn Marie Bild ©2014
9781575258904, $17.95(pa)

Many people have to speak in public, from students presenting an oral report to business people making a presentation. Speaking in public can make many people nervous, but in this helpful guide acting coach Kathryn Bild applies tips, tricks, and exercises used by actors to a variety of different speaking situations. The book includes numerous fill in the blank sections to help readers focus the information and personalize the advice for their own
situations. Bild offers help on how to use honest emotions for persuasive power, how to incorporate humor, and how to handle stage fright. Much of the book focuses on understanding the similarities between acting and public speaking and Bild provides tips on becoming “fully performance ready” and seeing the audience as part of the cast.

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Paper Mill Playhouse Announces Cast and Show Times for Winter Comedy. The Millburn Theatre will produce Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike this season, featuring a cast of acclaimed television and film actors. By Emily Everson (Patch Staff) December 26, 2014 at 11:37am

This touching and wickedly hysterical Tony Award-winning best play features Broadway, television and film veterans: Philippe Bowgen, Gina Daniels, Carolyn McCormick, Mark Nelson, Michele Pawk, and Jamie Ann Romero.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike will be directed by Don Stephenson. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike will run eight times a week at the Millburn, New Jersey, theater from Jan. 21 through Feb. 15.

“The thing I really admire about Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is the way it jumps back and forth from funny to touching, and it does both very well,” commented director Don Stephenson.

The Plot Thickens

The master of comedy, playwright Christopher Durang, mixes six distinct characters and dishes up a hilarious stew in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.

Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia live a quiet life in the Pennsylvania farmhouse where they grew up, but their peace is disturbed when their movie star sister Masha returns unannounced with her twenty-something boy-toy, Spike.

A weekend of rivalry, regret, and raucousness begins. “Will Vanya and Sonia ever find happiness? Will Masha sell the Bucks County farmhouse out from under them? And will Spike ever put his pants on?” writes USA Today.

Tickets and Show Times

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike will be performed at Paper Mill Playhouse eight times a week, Wednesday through Sunday. Performance schedule: Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Thursday at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now and range from $28 to $99. Tickets may be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online. College students can order $20 rush tickets over the phone or in person at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office on the day of the performance.

Who’s Who in the Cast

Philippe Bowgen (Spike) appeared off-Broadway in The Danger of Bleeding Brown, Water and Power, Over the Horizon and Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992. Bowgen was seen in regional productions of Antony and Cleopatra, Oedipus el Rey, Darko Tresnjak’s Macbeth and more. His film credits include Son of a Kingpin, Sobrevivo and The Remains of Something Whole.

Carolyn McCormick (Masha) appeared in the Broadway companies of Equus, Private Lives and The Dinner Party. McCormick was seen off-Broadway in The Open House, Family Furniture, Black Tie, Celebration and more. In addition to playing Dr. Olivet on Law & Order, McCormick was a series regular onSpenser: For Hire and Cracker. She has been a guest star on Blue Bloods, Body of Proof, Cold Case, Judging Amy, The Practice, Homicide, Star Trek, L.A. Law and more. Her film credits include You Know My Name, Loverboy, Enemy Mine,Nights in Rodanthe, Whatever Works and Downtown Express.

Mark Nelson (Vanya) was seen in the Broadway productions of After the Fall, A Few Good Men, The Invention of Love, Bioxi Blues and others. Nelson appeared in productions of Timon of Athens at The Public Theater, Three Sisters at Roundabout, The Winter’s Tale at BAM, The Invention of Love at Lincoln Center and more. Some of his regional credits include Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Uncle Vanya, The Merchant of Venice, Underneath the Lintel, Talley’s Folly, Falsettosand I Am My Own Wife. Nelson’s television credits include The Good Wife, Unforgettable, Ed and Law & Order.

Michele Pawk (Sonia), a South Orange resident, won the 2003 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance as Louise in Hollywood Arms. Pawk received Drama Desk Award nominations for Cabaret and Crazy for You. On Broadway, Pawk also appeared in Hairspray, Losing Louie, Mamma Mia!, Chicago, Seussical, Triumph of Love and Mail. She appeared in off-Broadway productions of Giant, A Small Fire, The Paris Letter, Hello Again, Merry We Roll Along and more. Pawk’s television credits include Law & Order, Guiding Light, All My Children, Shannon’s Deal, The Golden Girls,L.A. Law and more.

Gina Daniels (Cassandra) was last seen on Broadway in All the Way. Daniels performed in regional productions of Doubt, Measure for Measure, As You Like It, A Christmas Carol and more. Jamie Ann Romero (Nina) appeared in regional productions of The Legend of Georgia McBride, The Three Musketeers, Romeo and Juliet,Sunsets and Margaritas, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and others.

About the Director

Don Stephenson (Director) returns to Paper Mill Playhouse, where he directed Lend Me a Tenor and played John Adams in 1776. Mr. Stephenson directed Of Mice and Manhattan for the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, Noises Offand The 39 Steps at the Flat Rock Playhouse, and The Great Unknownfor the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Stephenson directed Titanicat Lincoln Center, the Hangar Theatre and the Muny. He directed critically acclaimed productions of Oleanna, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and the hit musical Doctors and Diseases at the Barter Theatre, which moved Off Broadway to the Players Theater. Other New York directing credits include Buck Simple (Garrick Gaieties), When Pigs Fly (Kaufman Theatre), Golden Voices (Symphony Space), Old Flames(Theatre-Studio Inc.) and a workshop of My Time of Day: The Music of Frank Loesser. Stephenson also directed The Desperate Hours and Through All Kinds of Weather at the Clarence Brown Theatre and Sleeping Beautyat American Stage Festival.

About the Playwright

Christopher Durang (Playwright) won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. His other plays include Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Betty’s Summer Vacation(all Obie Award winners), Miss Witherspoon (Pulitzer Prize finalist), A History of the American Film (Tony nomination, best book of a musical), Baby with the Bathwater, Durang/Durang (six one-act plays including the Tennessee Williams parody For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls), Sex and Longing, and many more. Also a performer, Mr. Durang has appeared in several of his own plays and cabaret acts. A New Jersey native, he attended Harvard College and the Yale School of Drama, and he is co-chair with Marsha Norman of Juilliard’s playwrights program. His numerous honors include the Lila Wallace–Reader’s Digest Writers’ Award, Guggenheim and Rockefeller fellowships, and induction into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

Who’s Who on the Design Team

David Korins (Scenic Design) has designed sets for many Broadway shows including Motown, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Annie, Passing Strange and more. At Paper Mill Playhouse, Korins designed sets for Anne Frank, Godspelland The Other Josh Cohen.

Leon Dobkowski (Costume Design) returns to Paper Mill Playhouse, where he recently served as the assistant costume designer on Can-Can. On Broadway, Dobkowski served as the associate/assistant costume designer on The Trip to Bountiful, Nice Work If You Can Get It, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever and more.

Stephen Terry (Lighting Design) served as the associate lighting designer on the Broadway productions of Glengarry Glen Ross and The People in the Picture. Terry served as the assistant lighting designer on the Broadway production of Sixteen Wounded. At Paper Mill Playhouse, Terry served as the lighting designer forLend Me a Tenor.

Mark Bennett (Original Music & Sound Design) has designed sound and composed original music for many Broadway shows including Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Macbeth,A Streetcar Named Desire, The Coast of Utopia, Golda’s Balconyand more.

Leah J. Loukas (Hair & Wig Design) worked on the Broadway productions of On the Town, A Night with Janis Joplin, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, American Idiot and Irena’s Vow. At Paper Mill Playhouse Loukas designed Elf, Grease, The Sound of Music, The Little Mermaid, Oliver! and South Pacific.

Amanda Stephens (Scenic Coordination) served as assistant scenic designer for the Broadway productions of Motown, Annie,Bring It On, Magic/Bird, Imaginary Friends and Godspell. Stephens also worked on the Broadway productions of Lombardi, Passing Strange and The Times They Are A- Changin’.

Telsey + Company (Casting) is an award-winning organization of casting professionals in New York City with local, regional, national and international clientele including Broadway and touring companies of If/Then, The King and I, Motown, Kinky Boots, Finding Neverland, Honeymoon in Vegas, Rock of Agesand Wicked. The lead casting director on this project is Karyn Casl, CSA.

Gary Mickelson (Production Stage Manager) recently stage managed Can-Can and Elf at Paper Mill Playhouse. On Broadway, Mr. Mickelson stage managed First Date, Memphis,Gypsy, Company, Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life, The Lion in Winter and Victor/Victoria.

Accessible Performances for All Audiences

Paper Mill Playhouse, a leader in accessibility, will offer audio-described performances of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike on Saturday, Feb. 14, and Sunday, Feb. 15, at 1:30 pm. Prior to these performances at noon, the theater will offer free sensory seminars.

Sensory seminars offer an opportunity for patrons with vision loss to hear a live, in-depth description of the production elements of the show and hands-on interaction with key sets, props, and costumes. There will be a sign-interpreted and open-captioned performance on Sunday, February 15, at 7 pm.

About Paper Mill Playhouse

Paper Mill Playhouse, a not-for-profit arts organization, is one of the country’s leading regional theaters. Paper Mill Playhouse programs are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Paper Mill Playhouse is a member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, the Council of Stock Theatres, and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.
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