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Kathleen Turner inMother Courage and her Children

JAN 31 – MAR 9, 2014

By Bertolt Brecht
Translated by David Hare

Directed by Molly Smith

Composition and Music Supervision by James Sugg

Movement by David Leong

on the Fichandler stage

Who’s Who

Cast


Monalisa AriasMONALISA ARIAS
(Soldier/Ensemble) is delighted to make her Arena Stage debut. Washington appearances include The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui with Catalyst Theatre Company, which received a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Ensemble. Other appearances include Marela in Ana in the Tropics, Fabia in The Knight from Olmedo at GALA Hispanic Theatre; and Rosemary in Brainpeople with Rorschach Theatre. She has also performed internationally in Panama (The Producers, Jesus Christ Superstar). Fight choreography credits include The Lord of the Flies with Round House Theatre, Picasso’s Closet with Theatre J and House of Spirits at GALA Hispanic Theatre. Monalisa received her training at The London Drama Academy, The College of William and Mary, The Society of American Fight Directors and The Center for Movement Theatre. Back

Lise BruneauLISE BRUNEAU (Peasant Wife/Ensemble) is delighted to return to Arena Stage after appearing in Karen Zacarías' wonderful Legacy of Light. Other area appearances include Coriolanus, An Ideal Husband, Ion, Othello and The Winter’s Tale at the Shakespeare Theatre Company; Mikveh (Helen Hayes nomination) and The Odd Couple for Theatre J; This at Round House; Blithe Spirit and Mary Stuart at Center Stage. Last year for the Denver Center, she garnered a Henry Award for playing Hesione in Heartbreak House. Lise is also a director, having worked on Savage in Limbo for MetroStage, Hamlet for the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival; and for the upstart theatre company Taffety Punk—most recently the Riot Grrrls' Titus Andronicus, Oxygen, Owl Moon, The Devil in His Own Words and 6 Bootlegs (full productions of Shakespeare plays rehearsed and performed in one day), among others. She has performed in regional theatres across the country, such as The Old Globe, ACT, Seattle Rep, the Wilma Theatre, Triad Stage, and Berkeley Rep, and for the Idaho, St. Louis, Alabama, Chicago, Santa Cruz and Oregon Shakespeare Festivals. Lise trained at RADA, and is proud to be a Taffety Punk. Back

Jed FederJED FEDER (Soldier/Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his Arena Stage debut. A Chicago-based actor and musician, Jed’s credits include Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Benjamin), drums and orchestration team for Marriott’s HERO (Jeff Award, Best New Musical), drums for About Face’s new work We 3 Lizas and BoHo Theatre’s Striking 12 (The Drummer). Jed worked on the music team for Goodman Theatre’s The Jungle Book, just co-wrote the new musical Do Over for the Music Institute of Chicago, and, most recently, co-starred with Belugas and Dolphins in Shedd Aquarium’s A Holiday Fantasea. Check out Jed's band, Late For Lunch, at lateforlunch.com. A proud Northwestern University alum. Thanks to his amazing family and friends. jedfeder.com. Back

Rick FoucheuxRICK FOUCHEUX (The Chaplain) appeared in Arena's 2012 Eugene O'Neill Festival as the patriarch Nat Miller in Ah, Wilderness! His many other appearances here include The Goat, or Who is Sylvia; The Chosen (with Theater J); R. Buckminster Fuller; and as Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman. Rick was seen recently in The Apple Family rep at Studio Theatre, Glengarry Glen Ross at Roundhouse Theatre and Stupid Fucking Bird at Woolly Mammoth where he is a company member. Last fall he portrayed Alexander Graham Bell in the one-man show Bell at the National Geographic Society. Later this season he will appear as the title character in Freud's Last Session at Theater J. Rick is a Helen Hayes Award winner and a Lunt-Fontanne Fellow of the Ten Chimneys Foundation. Back

Meg GillentineMEG GILLENTINE (Yvette) is thrilled to be back at Arena Stage where she was last seen as Sally Bowles in Cabaret (Helen Hayes nomination, Best Actress) and Lola in Damn Yankees (Helen Hayes Award, Best Actress). Most recently she was seen in A Bed and a Chair: A New York Love Affair, a City Center Encores Production. On Broadway she played Cassandra in Cats, and also appeared in Fosse and The Frogs. She was in both the first national tours of Fosse and The Producers. She has also performed regionally at Baltimore Center Stage (Gladys in The Pajama Game), Reprise (Lola in Damn Yankees; Bianca/Lois in Kiss Me Kate, Ovation Nomination, Best Actress), Pasadena Playhouse (Dangerous Beauty) and Atlanta Lyric (Ulla in The Producers).Film credits include The Producers, Madea's Witness Protection with Tyler Perry, and Every Little Step. TV credits include Sleepy Hollow. She is a graduate of New York University. Back

Rayanne GonzalesRAYANNE GONZALES (The Voice/Ensemble) happily returns to Arena Stage following her appearances in My Fair Lady, The Music Man, Damn Yankees and the world premiere of Señor Discretion Himself. She’s been seen on Broadway in The Phantom of the Opera and Hands on a Hardbody. Her theater credits include In the Heights (first national tour and Walnut Street Theatre), South Pacific (North Carolina Theatre and Casa Mañana), The Music Man (Geva Theatre) and Porgy and Bess (Natchez Festival). An alumna of Boston University, the Longy School of Music and The Banff Centre, Rayanne’s honors include the National Federation of Music Clubs, Metropolitan Opera Auditions and Placido Domingo’s OPERALIA. With warmest thanks to my family, CGF Talent and Paloma most courageous! Credo. Back

Jacobi HowardJACOBI HOWARD (Recruiting Officer/Ensemble) is originally from Charlotte, NC and is new to the D.C. theatre scene having made his first stage appearance as Ennis King in Theatre Alliance's Brokeology, directed by Candace Feldman. Other appearances include White Rabbit/Red Rabbit, directed by Colin Hovde at The Anacostia Playhouse. Mother Courage and Her Children is his third performance in the city of Washington D.C. He is grateful to be part of such a noteworthy opportunity! He is 29 years of age and a graduate of The University of NC School of the Arts. He dedicates this performance to his late brother, Devin Howard. Jacobi thanks Molly Smith, the cast and the Arena Stage family. He would also like to thank Jesus his Lord and savior for the gift of storytelling. Back

Dan IstrateDAN ISTRATE (Sergeant/Ensemble) is making his Arena Stage debut with Mother Courage and Her Children. Other Washington appearances include Bernardino in Measure for Measure and Cornwall's man in King Lear for Shakespeare Theater Company; Mephisto in Faust, title roles in Dracula, Frankenstein and Don Quixote, Ariel in The Tempest and Cardinal Richelieu in Three Musketeers for Synetic Theatre. Off-Broadway he performed the title role in The Butcher at The Players Theater. He has performed internationally in Bucharest, Romania; Tbilisi, Georgia; Izmir, Turkey; Bratislava, Slovakia; Paris, France; and Seoul, South Korea. His TV and films credits include Romanian feature Double Ecstasy, The Conspiracist, Gwendolyn Dangerous, Plita and Ciclu (co-producer) and Alias. He is a graduate of University of Theater and Film in Bucharest, Romania. Back

Nehal JoshiNEHAL JOSHI (Swiss Cheese) has appeared at Arena Stage in The Music Man, Oklahoma! and Señor Discretion Himself. Select D.C. credits include Mister Roberts (Kennedy Center), Recent Tragic Events (Woolly Mammoth), Carousel (Olney) and Mad Dancers (Theatre J). Broadway credits include Les Misérables (original revival cast) and The Threepenny Opera (Roundabout). Off-Broadway he has been seen in Working (Prospect/59e59) and Falling for Eve (York). Select regional credits include The Jungle Book (Goodman Theatre/Huntington Theatre), Working (Original 2008 revision; Old Globe, Asolo Rep), Arsenic and Old Lace (Dallas Theatre Center), the 25th and 26th annual Humana Festival of New American Plays (Actors Theatre of Louisville). Film and TV credits include roles in Blackout (BET), The Wire (HBO) and Submissions Only. Video Game credits include World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. He is a graduate from Robinson Secondary School and James Madison University. He was the recipient of a Drama Desk Award last year. Nehal would like to thank his father. @nehalPjoshi. Back

Nathan KociNATHAN KOCI (Band Leader/Ensemble) is grateful to be making his Arena Stage debut this evening. He was last seen in D.C. as the Instrumental Songman in the first national tour of War Horse at the Kennedy Center. Other theatre credits include a roving NYC production of Days of the Commune in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement and the role of the Big Stone, as well as composer/music director, in Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice at PURE Theatre in Charleston, SC. A relative newcomer to playing music on the stage, Nathan is most often a Brooklyn-based composer and musician, performing in a variety of settings from folk music and jazz to Broadway pits and experimental chamber music. Back

James KnoicekJAMES KNOICEK (Commander-in-Chief/Ensemble) is happy to be returning to Arena stage where he last appeared in Born Yesterday. His most recent D.C. credits include Rancho Mirage at The Olney Theatre Center, Peter Pan and Wendy (as Captain Hook) at Imagination Stage, and Twelfth Night (as Sir Andrew Agucheek) at The Folger Shakespeare Theatre. James performs annually in A Christmas Carol as the Ghost of Jacob Marley at Ford's Theatre, where he has also appeared in the recent productions of Our Town, Fly, 1776, Parade and Liberty Smith. He performed in The Shakespeare Theatre's productions of The Merry Wives of Windsor, As You Like It, Edward II and Tamburlaine. Additionally James has appeared locally in Woolly Mammoth's The Vibrator Play, and Roundhouse Theatre's Pride and Prejudice and Around the World in 80 Days. James received a Helen Hayes nomination for his role as Drake in Annie at the Olney Theatre Center. James narrates books for the Library of Congress and has voiced numerous national television and radio advertisements. www.jameskonicek.com. Back

Nicholas RodriguezNICHOLAS RODRIGUEZ (Eilif) was recently seen at Arena Stage as Freddy in My Fair Lady, Fabrizio Nacarelli in The Light in the Piazza and Curly in Oklahoma! (Helen Hayes Award, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical). On Broadway, he performed the title role in Tarzan. Off-Broadway, he’s appeared in The Toxic Avenger, Almost Heaven, Bajour and Collete Collage. Tours include Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus), Evita (Che) and Hair (Claude). Regional credits include The Ten Commandments (Kodak Theatre); Jesus Christ Superstar; Beauty and the Beast; Damn Yankees; Cinderella; South Pacific; Master Class; Love, Valour, Compassion!; and The King and I. He was in the film Sex and the City 2, and featured on the film’s soundtrack. He’s perhaps best known for his portrayal of Nick Chavez on ABC’s One Life to Live (GLAAD Media Award). Nicholas is the Artistic Director of the Broadway Dreams Foundation (www.mybroadwaydreams.com) and volunteers for The Harvey Milk School in New York City and SMYAL in Washington, D.C., for which he received the 2011 Outstanding Community Ally Award. He holds a BM and MM in Vocal Performance from the University of Texas at Austin. www.thenickrod.com. Back

Jesse TerrillJESSE TERRILL (Man with Patch/Ensemble) makes his fourth appearance at Arena Stage after performing in The Fantasticks, She Loves Me and Born Yesterday. He has acted at many area theatres, most recently in Glengarry Glen Ross at Roundhouse Theatre and The Lady Becomes Him with Faction of Fools. Jesse is also a composer, recently creating music for Faction of Fools' A Commedia Christmas Carol and Romeo and Juliet, and composing and playing live music for Folger Theatre's The Comedy of Errors. He earned a Joseph Jefferson nomination for original music for T.U.T.A. Theatre's production of Bertolt Brecht's The Wedding, and a Helen Hayes nomination for Ensemble for Forum Theatre's The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Back

Kathleen TurnerKATHLEEN TURNER (Mother Courage) returns to Arena Stage after starring in last season’s box office hit Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins. She also starred as Molly Ivins in the world premiere of the production at Philadelphia Theatre Company, as well as performances at Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. Kathleen has starred on Broadway in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, for which she received a Tony nomination; Indiscretions, The Graduate and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, for which she received a second Tony nomination. She also starred on Broadway in the world premiere of a play called HIGH. She also completed a tour of HIGH in various cities all over the country. Last year she directed and starred in The Killing of Sister George at The Long Wharf Theatre. As a screen icon Kathleen has garnered critical acclaim for her performances in various movies including Body Heat, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe; Romancing the Stone and Prizzi’s Honor, which earned her a Golden Globe Award for each; Peggy Sue Got Married, which brought Kathleen both an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination; and War of the Roses, and yet another Golden Globe nomination. Kathleen’s extensive film credits also include The Man with Two Brains, with Steve Martin; Jewel of the Nile, with Michael Douglas; The Accidental Tourist; V.I. Warshawski; John Waters’ Serial Mom; Naked in New York; Moonlight and Valentino; The Real Blonde; and Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides. She had a starring role in The Perfect Family, which opened in movie theaters in 2011, and received great reviews for the film. Kathleen had a major recurring role in Showtime’s hit series Californication. In addition to her stage and film credits, Kathleen wrote of her many accomplishments and life experiences in her 2008 autobiography Send Yourself Roses: Thoughts on My Life, Love, and Leading Roles, which secured a position on the New York Times Best-Seller List. Back

Erin WeaverERIN WEAVER (Kattrin) is proud and grateful to be making her Arena Stage debut. This fall she will portray Juliet in Romeo and Juliet at the Folger Theatre where she also appeared as Luciana in The Comedy of Errors and Thomasina in Arcadia (Helen Hayes Award, Outstanding Supporting Actress). Other area performances include Amy in Company, Cathy in Last Five Years and Kira in Xanadu (Helen Hayes nomination) all at Signature Theatre; as well as Meg in A Wrinkle in Time at Round House Theatre. Erin started her professional career playing young Cosette/Eponine in the first national tour of Les Misérables and went on to perform regionally at the California Shakespeare Theater, Arden Theatre, People's Light and Theatre Company (where she received a Barrymore Award for their production of Cinderella, Best Ensemble) among others. She wishes to thank Molly and Daniel for this extraordinary experience as well as her husband Aaron and daughter Maisie for their immense love and support. Back

Jack WillisJACK WILLIS (The Cook) returns to Area Stage, where he previously appeared in Book of Days, Of Mice and Men (Helen Hayes nomination) and Agamemnon and His Daughters. Recent work includes three seasons at Oregon Shakespeare Festival appearing in King Lear; Cymbeline; The White Snake; All the Way; Henry IV, Part Two; and Love's Labor's Lost. On Broadway he has been seen in Julius Caesar, The Crucible, 'Art' and The Old Neighborhood. His off-Broadway credits include The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, World of Mirth, The Iphigenia Cycle and Valhalla. He has appeared in more than 200 productions worldwide and has been a member at American Conservatory Theater, American Repertory Theater, Trinity Repertory Company and Dallas Theater Center. Film and TV credits include Toy Story 3, The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Cradle Will Rock, The Out-of-Towners, Love Hurts, I Come in Peace, Problem Child, Law & Order, Ed and Dallas. Jack was awarded a Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship in its inaugural year at Ten Chimneys Foundation. Back

John Leslie WolfeJOHN LESLIE WOLFE (Old Colonel/Ensemble) last appeared at Arena Stage in Damn Yankees. At Kennedy Center he played roles in Passion, Golden Child, and Martin Guerre. At The National, John played Peron in the national tour of Evita. His Ford’s Theater appearances include 1776, Elmer Gantry, Captains Courageous and To Kill a Mockingbird. For several years, John played Andre in the Las Vegas company of The Phantom of the Opera. On Broadway, John created roles in Parade, Passion, Evita and Sarava. At NY City Opera, he played Tommy in Brigadoon and Joey in Most Happy Fella. For television John has played roles in House of Cards, Something the Lord Made, The West Wing, The Wire and Homicide. His feature films include The Invasion, Step Up and Invincible. Back

Creative


Bertolt BrechtBERTOLT BRECHT
(Playwright) was born in Augsburg, Germany in February 1898 and was one of the country's most influential playwrights, poets and directors. He established himself as a playwright during the 1920s and early 1930s with plays such as Baal, Man is Man, The Threepenny Opera and The Mother. In 1933, as Hitler came to power in Germany, Brecht fled to Scandinavia before eventually settling in the USA where he remained until 1947. During the war years, he wrote many of his best known plays, including, The Life of Galileo, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Mother Courage and Her Children and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. He returned to Europe in 1947 and shortly after his arrival formed the Berliner Ensemble. He died in Berlin on August 14th, 1956 but remains a hugely influential theatre practitioner. Back

DAVID HARE (Translator) has been called "one of the great post-war British playwrights". Along with co-founding Portable Theatre Company and Joint Stock Theatre Group, he served as Resident Dramatist at the Royal Court Theatre in London and Resident Dramatist at the Nottingham Playhouse. His first play, Slag, was performed at the Hampstead Theatre Club in 1970. Subsequent works include Knuckle, Fanshen, Plenty, Pravda: A Fleet Street Comedy, The Secret Rapture, Skylight, Amy's View and The Judas Kiss. He has been Associate Director of the National Theatre since 1984, and was knighted in 1998. Back

MOLLY SMITH (Artistic Director) has served as Artistic Director of Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. since 1998. Her directing credits include Oklahoma!, A Moon for the Misbegotten, My Fair Lady, The Great White Hope, The Music Man, Orpheus Descending, Legacy of Light, The Women of Brewster Place, Cabaret, An American Daughter, South Pacific, Agamemnon and His Daughters, Coyote Builds North America, All My Sons and How I Learned to Drive at Arena Stage. Her directorial work has also been seen at the Shaw Festival in Canada, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Trinity Repertory Company, Tarragon Theatre in Toronto, Centaur Theatre in Montreal and Perseverance Theater in Juneau, Alaska, which she founded and ran from 1979-1998. Molly has been a leader in new play development for over 30 years. She is a great believer in first, second and third productions of new work and has championed projects like How I Learned to Drive; Passion Play, a cycle and Next to Normal.  She has worked alongside playwrights Sarah Ruhl, Paula Vogel, Wendy Wasserstein, Lawrence Wright, Karen Zacarías, John Murrell, Eric Coble, Charles Randolph-Wright and many others. She led the re-invention of Arena Stage, focusing on the architecture and creation of the Mead Center for American Theater and by positioning Arena Stage as a national center for American artists.  During her time with the company, Arena Stage has workshopped more than 100 productions, produced 22 world premieres, staged numerous second and third productions and been an important part of nurturing six projects that went on to have a life on Broadway. Following Mother Courage and Her Children, Molly will direct the world premiere of Camp David by Lawrence Wright at Arena Stage and The Velocity of Autumn on Broadway following its critically acclaimed run at Arena Stage in fall 2013. Back

JAMES SUGG (Composer/Musical Supervisor) returns to Arena Stage after his sound designs of Good People, The Chosen and Long Day’s Journey into Night. He has previously been seen in Washington performing and designing at Woolly Mammoth (performing Mr. Burns and Hell Meets Henry Halfway and designing The Vibrator Play), performing Shakespeare and designing at The Folger (Sir Andrew in Twelfth Night, various roles in Melissa Arctic, composition for Orestes) and sound designing at The Studio (Rainpan 43’s All Wear Bowlers; Amnesia Curiosa; and Machines, Machines…). James is a 15-year member of Pig Iron Theater Company, with whom he has created 20 original pieces. He is also the composer of the music theater pieces A Murder, A Mystery and A Marriage (book by Aaron Posner); The Sea; and Cherry Bomb (book by Jen Childs). Back

DAVID LEONG (Movement) Arena Stage credits include Oklahoma!, A View from the Bridge, Death of a Salesman, The Mystery of Irma Vep, The Quality of Life, Legacy of Light, The Odyssey, I Am a Man and Coming of the Hurricane. His Broadway credits include Billy Elliott, The Civil War, Carousel, Company, Hamlet, Macbeth, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, King Hedley II, Picnic, Sex and Longing, The Rainmaker, A Delicate Balance, The Homecoming and In the Summer House. Off–Broadway his work has been seen in more than 70 productions for Lincoln Center, NYTW, MTC, Public, Playwrights Horizons, and Second Stage. David’s regional credits include Shakespeare Theater, Mark Taper, Guthrie, Goodman, ART, ACT, Yale Rep, Long Wharf, Hartford Stage, CenterStage, Seattle Rep, Alley, Williamstown and many more. He is chair and professor of theater at Virginia Commonwealth University. Back

MARK BLY (Production Dramaturg) is pleased to return to Arena Stage after serving as its Senior Dramaturg and Director of the New Play Downstairs Series from 2004–2008 presenting over 30 new readings of plays. His many highlights during that era include working with Molly Smith on Cabaret and the world premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play, the world premiere of Cuttin’ Up with Charles Randolph-Wright, and Moisés Kaufman on the world premiere of 33 Variations including the Broadway production. From 1992–2004 Mark was the Chair of the Graduate Playwriting at the Yale School of Drama while being the Associate Artistic Director. Over the past thirty years he has dramaturged and served as an Associate Artistic Director dramaturging and producing over 150 plays at resident theatres across the country and on Broadway. Back

TODD ROSENTHAL (Set Designer) Previous Arena Stage designs include Good People, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Red. He designs for regional theaters including Steppenwolf (30 productions), Goodman (artistic partner), Guthrie, Mark Taper, La Jolla, Oregon Shakespeare, Berkeley Rep, Manhattan Theater Club, Lincoln Center and many others. He has worked abroad at London’s National Theatre, The Sydney Theatre in Australia and Ireland’s Theater Royal. He designed six seasons for The Big Apple Circus. Awards include: Tony, Laurence Olivier, Joseph Jefferson, Los Angeles Ovation, Helen Hayes and Michael Merritt. Broadway credits include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; The Motherfucker with the Hat; August: Osage County; Of Mice and Men; and This is Our Youth. He was the lead designer on Mythbusters, the Explosive Exhibition and The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes (museum exhibitions). Todd teaches at Northwestern University, and is a graduate of Yale Drama. Back

JOSEPH P. SALASOVICH (Costume Designer) is the Costume Director at Arena Stage, where he has worked for thirteen seasons on over 100 productions. Mother Courage and Her Children is his Arena Stage design debut. He has realized designs for Theoni Aldredge, Susan Benson, Linda Cho, Anne Hould-Ward, Toni-Leslie James, Willa Kim, Jess Goldstein, Martin Pakledinaz, Carrie Robbins, ESosa, and Paul Tazewell, among others. In addition to his work at Arena Stage, Joe has served in various capacities in costume departments for the Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre, the Shakespeare Theatre, Virginia Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, NBC, HBO and Disney. His internships were with Williamstown Theatre Festival and Actor's Theatre of Louisville. Joe studied at the University of Dayton. Special thanks to Molly and the entire Costume Shop. For Karen and Marjan. Back

NANCY SCHERTLER (Lighting Designer) enjoys an association with Arena Stage that spans over three decades. Nancy's Arena credits include collaborations with directors Zelda Fichandler, Liviu Ciulei, Molly Smith, Kyle Donnelly, Garland Wright and Douglas C. Wager. She designed the Broadway productions of Bill Irwin’s Fool Moon and Largely New York (Tony nomination). Off-Broadway productions include Hilda (dir. Carey Perloff), Texts for Nothing and The Regard Evening (dir. Bill Irwin). Regional theater credits include original productions of After the War, The Colossus of Rhodes and The Difficulty of Crossing a Field for the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, The Sisters Matsumoto for Seattle Repertory and Moby Dick for Milwaukee Repertory. Opera credits include the world premieres of Shadowboxer, Clara and Later the Same Evening, an opera inspired by the work of Edward Hopper, all commissioned by the University of Maryland Opera Studio, under the direction of Leon Major. Back

TIMOTHY M. THOMPSON (Sound Designer), a native Washingtonian, has designed for theater and the Smithsonian Institution and spent more than 20 years as sound department head at Arena Stage. Recent Arena designs include Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Oklahoma!, Sophisticated Ladies, Stick Fly, The Fantasticks, Crowns, A Delicate Balance, The Goat, Proof, A Man’s a Man, Book of Days, South Pacific, The Misanthrope, Anthems, A Moon for the Misbegotten, On the Jump, Blues in the Night, Of Mice and Men and K2. Timothy has received Helen Hayes nominations for You Can’t Take It with You and The Revengers’ Comedies. Other designs include The Blue Room (Signature), Life in Refusal, Via Dolorosa and The Ride Down Mt. Morgan (Theater J), Voir Dire (Long Wharf), Saki Operas (DiCapo), Life Is a Dream (Univ. of Maryland) and work on Jitney in New York. Back

ANNE NESMITH (Wig Designer) is pleased to return to Arena Stage following this season’s Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. She also designed Other Desert Cities, My Fair Lady, Mary T. & Lizzy K., The Music Man and A Time to Kill for Arena Stage. Her recent work includes Powder Her Face at Opera Philadelphia, Signature Theatre's Crossing and Elephant and Piggie with the Kennedy Center. Her designs have been seen locally at Ford's Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Folger Shakespeare Theatre and Lyric Opera of Baltimore. Anne was the resident wig/makeup designer for the Baltimore Opera and has constructed wigs for The Green Bird (dir, Julie Taymor), Scooby Doo! Live tour and the Asian tour of 42nd Street. Her work has also been seen in four Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery programs, Ice Cold Killers for Investigation Discovery, the Military Channel’s Great Planes and the US Army’s tour Spirit of America. Back

SUSAN R. WHITE (Stage Manager) is thrilled to be a part of Arena’s 64th season and to be working, once again, with Molly Smith. Susan is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Back

KURT HALL (Assistant Stage Manager)'s  favorite Arena credits include Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life; Good People; Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins starring Kathleen Turner; The Normal Heart; Red; Ruined; every tongue confess starring Phylicia Rashad; Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies; Looped starring Valerie Harper; Next to Normal starring Alice Ripley; Awake and Sing!; and The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?. Other regional credits at the Kennedy Center, Roundabout Theatre Company, Shakespeare Theatre Company and Signature Theatre. Thanks to his family for all their support. Back

MARNE ANDERSON (Assistant Stage Manager) is excited to be a part of Mother Courage and Her Children. Other Arena Stage credits include Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life, The Mountaintop, Metamorphoses, Long Day’s Journey into Night, Oklahoma!, A Time to Kill, The Arabian Nights, Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies, The Fantasticks and The Quality of Life. Other regional credits include Cricket in Times Square; The Wings of Ikarus Jackson (Kennedy Center, TYA); Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare Theatre Company); SPIN (Signature Theatre); You For Me For You; Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play; and In the Next Room, or the vibrator play (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company). National tours include Young Frankenstein. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. She is thankful to her family for all their love and support. Back