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First Look at A.R. Gurney's What I Did Last Summer

Tony nominee Kristine Nielsen stars in the second show of Gurney's Signature Residency.

Hayley Levitt • Off-Broadway • May 4, 2015
Kristine Nielsen as Anna Trumbull with Carolyn McCormick as Grace in A.R. Gurbey's What I Did Last Summer. Kristine Nielsen as Anna Trumbull with Carolyn McCormick as Grace in A.R. Gurney's What I Did Last Summer.
(© Joan Marcus)

A.R. Gurney's What I Did Last Summer is now in performance on Irene Diamond Stage at the Pershing Square Signature Center.

Running through June 7 with an official May 17, the play is described as follows:

"With her husband overseas near the end of World War II, Grace fights to save the splintering bonds of her family by taking her teenage son and daughter to spend the summer on Lake Erie. When her son takes up with the town outcast, the entire family must confront the expectations of a society that holds conformity in the highest regard. Grace finds that her attempt to restore normalcy may have only fractured their relationships further."

The cast includes Pico Alexander (Punk Rock) as Ted, Juliet Brett (The Jacksonian) as Bonny, Noah Galvin (Love and Information) as Charlie, Carolyn McCormick (The Open House) as Grace, Kate McGonigle as Elsie, and Tony Award nominee Kristine Nielsen (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) as Anna Trumbull. Get a first look at the cast in the second of A.R. Gurney's Signature Residency productions.
Juliet Brett (Bonny) and Noah Galvin (Charlie) share the Irene Diamond Stage.Juliet Brett (Bonny) and Noah Galvin (Charlie) share the Irene Diamond Stage.
(© Joan Marcus)
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Playwright Beth Henley, Artist Alexis Lavine, "The Wire", and Composer Tom Hauser

By David Ford, Eddie Garcia & Bethany Chafin

Beth Henley - Back in 1978, American dramatist and actress Beth Henley won a Pulitzer Prize for her play Crimes of the Heart. It was the Mississippi native’s first professionally produced play, and since then Beth’s become one this country’s most influential theatre voices. That voice is well known for blending the comic and the serious in nearly all of her pieces. A wonderful example can be found throughout her play Abundance which opened earlier this week at Hanesbrands Theatre in Winston-Salem, and is directed by Preston Lane.

Abundance was Beth Henley’s first play not set in the South. The 25-year narrative takes place in the 1860s in Wyoming and tells the story of two mail order brides. The hopelessly romantic Bess and fiercely determined Macon meet while waiting for their husbands to arrive. They become close friends as the years pass and their lives overlap. One husband is the abusive, revolting Mr. Rooker who is so foul that his nastiness actually provides comic relief. Husband #2 is the meeker, glass-eyed Mr. Flaherty faced with a loveless and bankrupt life. Beth Henley spoke with David Ford by phone from her home in Los Angeles.

American dramatist and actress Beth Henley. Her 1990 play Abundance set in 1860s Wyoming is presented by Triad Stage and playing at Hanesbrands Theatre in Winston-Salem through May 17th.

Alexis Lavine - She’s being honored in Watercolor Artists Magazine as one of the “Ones to Watch”. Last year three of her paintings were published in The Artistic Touch, volume 6, and she kicked off 2015 by having her work accepted by the American Watercolor Society. Their annual spring exhibition just wrapped up last month in New York City, and it’s considered by many to be the most prestigious and competitive watercolor exhibition in the country.

But you don’t have to travel to the big city to catch Alexis Lavine’s wonderful work. The Greensboro-based artist has a solo exhibition of recent watercolors going on at Hampton House Gallery on Coliseum Drive in Winston-Salem, through May 30th.

Alexis Lavine’s use of color and light is truly awe-inspiring and her skills as an artist allow her to represent her subjects in a variety of styles from impressionistic images to hyper realism so detailed you may give it a double take to make sure it’s not a photograph. Whichever techniques she’s exploring, her paintings are captivating, personal reflections that will have your eyes glues to the canvas.

Critical Media Studies and The Wire - The HBO series The Wire completed its critically acclaimed broadcast run in 2008.

In the years since, interest in the show hasn’t waned, and if anything its significance is even clearer. Widely heralded as either the best or one of the best television series of all time, much has been written on The Wire - if you doubt Eddie, it's just a Google search away.

Eddie's guests today contributed to a 600-page book of essays on the show, but from a new perspective. The Baltimore-based drama was the subject of Professor Mary Dalton’s Critical Media Studies class. She tasked her students with authoring and publishing a book - Critical Media Studies: Student Essays on The Wire. Eddie spoke with students Connor MacKenzie and Ally Harper about their writing.

Critical Media Studies: Student Essays on The Wire is available now on Amazon.comin physical and digital versions.

Composer/Producer Tom Hauser - Composer/producer Tom Hauser received his BM in Sound Recording Technology from Ithaca College before earning an MFA in Film Scoring at UNC School of the Arts. He’s since returned to Winston-Salem where he’s found the perfect marriage of both in surround sound composing techniques. He’s employed in the recently premiered Indie film Brewconomy, and in his current sound engineering project In Saturn’s Rings due out next year.

Tom's film Death and the Robot (directed by Austin Taylor) continues to play at film festivals across the United States, and has over 32,000 views on Vimeo.
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Jennifer Coolidge to Lead SAVING KITTY at Nora Theatre Company

The Nora Theatre Company will present "Saving Kitty" by Marisa Smith, featuring film and television star Jennifer Coolidge, and is directed by Artistic Director Lee Mikeska Gardner. "Saving Kitty" runs from July 9 through August 2, 2015. The press performance is Monday, July 13 at 7:30PM.

Kate and Huntley Hartley, atheist Manhattanites anxiously await the arrival of their daughter, up-and-coming television news producer Kitty, and her new beau Paul, for dinner - and much, much more. When Paul turns out to be an Evangelical Christian educator - the liberal, cultured Kate's worst nightmare - everything is turned upside down as Kate tries to scuttle the budding romance. The uproarious Jennifer Coolidge (American Pie, Best in Show, and TV's 2 Broke Girls) makes her Boston debut as Kate, the ruthless, unfiltered, and politically incorrect matriarch in Marisa Smith's hilarious comedy.

Tickets for Saving Kitty start at $20 and will go on sale Tuesday, May 12. Saving Kitty is currently available as part of subscriptions for the 2015-16 Season which are on sale at CentralSquareTheater.org or by calling 617.576.9278.

Marisa Smith's Saving Kitty premiered at the Wellfleet Actors Harbor Theater on Cape Cod and was produced by the New Jersey Repertory Theater, workshopped at the Williamstown Theater Festival and is a Clauder Competition winner (Portland Stage.) Marisa's comedy Mad Love (O'Neill Festival semi-finalist, NH, Clauder competition winner, Portland Stage) will be the first world premiere produced at the new Northern Stage Theater, White River Junction, Vermont in the winter of 2016. Theresa Rebeck will direct. Other produced plays include: Book Group, The Divine Family Comedy (finalist, Orlando Shakespeare Festival) Kong's Reunion and The Lumpkin Sisters Christmas Caper. Marisa's 10-Minute plays have been produced in the Boston Marathon of 10- Minute Plays, Barrington Stage in NY and in other theaters in VT, NH, Florida, New York and Massachusetts. They include: The Dress Rehearsal, Getting into Vassar, The Pre-num, Polar Bear Swim, Day One, Welcome to the Beekman Arms, and Total Expression (Heideman Award Finalist, Actors Theater of Louisville). In 2014 Marisa penned her first film, Second Wind, shot in England, staring June Brown, Harriet Walter and Tamzin Merchant, an Andrew Silver Production. Ms. Smith is the co-owner and Publisher of Smith and Kraus Publishers, a theater book publisher with over 600 titles in print.

Jennifer Coolidge (Kate) is known for her many memorable roles in the American Pie films, Legally Blonde films and A Cinderella Story. Jennifer has also starred in Christopher Guest's Best in Show, A Mighty Wind and For Your Consideration. She is currently a series regular on the hit CBS series 2 Broke Girls and was seen opposite Steve Carell in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, which was released this past October. Jennifer was also on Broadway in all-star casts of The Women and Elling with Brendan Fraser and Denis O'Hare.

Lydia Barnett-Mulligan has trained and performed at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA since the age of 15, where selected credits include Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Ice Glen, both directed by Tina Packer, The Servant of Two Masters, The Tamer Tamed, Dibbledance, and Twelfth Night. She most recently played Pompey in Measure for Measure at Actors' Shakespeare Project, where credits include The Cherry Orchard (Anya), Macbeth, and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Dr. Caius/Ann Page). Selected regional credits include The Physicists (with Roger Rees) at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Pericles at Elm Shakespeare Company in New Haven, CT, Romeo & Juliet (Juliet) at the Putney Gardens, Steel Magnolias and Miracle on 34th Street at Stoneham Theatre, 123 and Outlaw Jean with Fresh Ink Theatre, Shakespeare On Love (Juliet) at Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, and A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo & Juliet, and Macbeth with Shakespeare Now. Directing credits: King John, The Tempest, and Someone Who'll Watch Over Me, all at Williams College. LydiaBarnettMulligan.com

Alexander Cook (Huntley) returns to Central Square Theater, where he is best known for his seven characters in our award-winning holiday tradition, Arabian Nights. Mr. Cook can be seen in upcoming films The Forger (with John Travolta), The Congressman (with Treat Williams), Black Mass (with Johnny Depp), Universal's Almost Mercy, Disney's The Finest Hours, and David O. Russell's Joy (with Jennifer Lawrence). He starred in the indie thriller This Killing Business, now in European distribution, and appeared in George Romero's classic Dawn of the Dead as the Sledgehammered Zombie. Recent stage roles include Saunders in Lend Me A Tenor at Ocean State Theatre, Picasso in A Picasso at the Theater Workshop of Nantucket, and Ian in the critically-acclaimed Blasted at Providence's Wilbury Theater Group. He has appeared in Boston as Colonel Dulac in the premiere production of Burning at Boston Playwrights, Ian (understudy, performed) in The Other Place at the Nora Theater, and Mary Prime Deity in The Lily's Revenge at American Repertory Theater. In New York, he originated the role of Schumann in Carnaval Off-Broadway, and was a member of the Riverside Shakespeare Company, appearing in their productions of The Tempest, Julius Caesar and Richard III. He was a founding member of Pittsburgh's City Theater Company, appearing in such productions as Curse of the Starving Class, Indians and How I Got That Story. He received his BFA in Acting from Carnegie-Mellon's School of Drama.

Lewis D. Wheeler (Paul Cook) - Lewis has performed at CST in The Nora Theatre Company's Emilie, La Marquise du Chatelet Defends her Life Tonight and Underground Railway Theater's The Life of Galileo. This summer he appears in Israel Horovitz's Gloucester Blue at Gloucester Stage. Regional credits include No Man's Land - IRNE Nomination, Best Supporting Actor (American Repertory Theatre); Long Day's Journey Into Night, Pattern of Life, Muckrakers (New Rep); Chosen Child - IRNE Nomination, Best Supporting Actor (Boston Playwrights' Theatre); Doubt, An Ideal Husband (Gloucester Stage); The Importance of Being Earnest, A Number, The Glass Menagerie (Lyric Stage); Arcadia - IRNE Nomination Best Actor and Troilus and Cressida (Publick Theatre); No Exit (Payomet); Hamlet and Macbeth (Shakespeare Now); Bald Soprano, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, What the Butler Saw, and five seasons with Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre (WHAT); also American Stage (Florida), Commonwealth Shakespeare, Huntington Theatre, Wellesley Summer Theatre, Stoneham Theatre, Vineyard Playhouse, Wheelock Family Theatre, TCAN Natick. He was a founding member of Harbor Stage in Wellfleet, where he performed in The Seagull and Hedda Gabler and directed David Rabe's Sticks and Bones. Film/TV credits include The Company Men, Pink Panther 2, Louisa May Alcott (PBS), Brotherhood, pilots Hatfields & McCoys, Gilded Lilys, and the upcoming Kenneth Lonergan film Manchester-by-the-Sea and Whitey Bulger saga Black Mass. Lewis earned his BA in Theatre and Film Studies at Cornell University and his MFA from the American Film Institute. Proud member of Actors' Equity since 2004.
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