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The Price


October 6 – November 19, 2017

By Arthur Miller
Directed by Seema Sueko

Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle

Everything has a price — even our dreams. Victor Franz has returned home to settle his late father’s estate. In an attic overflowing with memories and furniture he meets the enigmatic Gregory Solomon (Hal Linden), a professional appraiser committed to turning a profit off Victor’s past. But before a bargain can be struck, an estranged brother enters the scene to reframe Victor’s memories and force them both to reconsider the true cost of personal sacrifices. One of the most personal plays by an American theater giant, Arthur Miller’s The Price is “as relevant today as the day it was written.” (The Hollywood Reporter)

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(L to R) Maboud Ebrahimzadeh as Victor Franz and Pearl Sun as Esther Franz in The Price, running October 6-November 12, 2017 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by Colin Hovde.

(L to R) Maboud Ebrahimzadeh as Victor Franz and Hal Linden as Gregory Solomon in The Price, running October 6-November 12, 2017 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by Colin Hovde.

(L to R) Hal Linden as Gregory Solomon and Maboud Ebrahimzadeh as Victor Franz in The Price, running October 6-November 12, 2017 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by Colin Hovde.

(L to R) Hal Linden as Gregory Solomon and Rafael Untalan as Walter Franz in The Price, running October 6-November 12, 2017 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by Colin Hovde.

Maboud Ebrahimzadeh as Victor Franz in The Price, running October 6-November 12, 2017 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by Colin Hovde.

(L to R) Pearl Sun as Esther Franz, Maboud Ebrahimzadeh as Victor Franz and Rafael Untalan as Walter Franz in The Price, running October 6-November 12, 2017 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by Colin Hovde.

(L to R) Maboud Ebrahimzadeh as Victor Franz and Pearl Sun as Esther Franz in The Price, running October 6-November 12, 2017 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by Colin Hovde.

Hal Linden as Gregory Solomon in The Price, running October 6-November 12, 2017 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by Colin Hovde.

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MABOUD EBRAHIMZADEH (Victor Franz, October 6 – November 5) is thrilled to make his Arena Stage debut. He recently won the Barrymore Award for Outstanding Leading Actor for The Invisible Hand (Theatre Exile). D.C. credits include Timon of Athens and Julius Caesar (Folger Theatre); The Pillowman, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Bobrauschenbergamerica and Scorched (Forum Theatre); Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Round House); Water by the Spoonful and Edgar and Annabel (Studio Theatre); The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife and Boged (Theater J); A Few Good Men (Keegan Theatre); A Man, His Wife, and His Hat (Hub Theatre); and Side Man (1st Stage). Regional credits include Murder on the Orient Express and Disgraced (McCarter); Disgraced (Milwaukee Repertory); The Liar (Gulfshore Playhouse); The Container (Center Stage); and Mockingbird (Kennedy Center). Film credits include Imperium and Sally Pacholok. www.maboudebrahimzadeh.com

RICARDO FREDERICK EVANS (Victor Franz, November 7 – 12) returns to Arena Stage after appearing in Our War. Other D.C.-area credits include Sterling in Two Trains Running (Round House); the Egungun in In the Red and Brown Water (Studio Theatre); Orsino in Twelfth Night (Taffety Punk); the titular character in Hercules in Russia (Doorway Arts Ensemble); and The Jungle Book, Disney’s Mulan, Ferdinand the Bull, Rumpelstiltskin and a Helen Hayes nomination for Doctor Dolittle (Imagination Stage). Ricardo can be seen in the independent film Of Dice and Men directed by Kelley Slagle, and Route 30, Three! and The Father and the Bear, both directed by John Putch. TV credits include House of Cards.

HAL LINDEN (Gregory Solomon) makes his Arena Stage debut. He is an actor, singer and musician whose career has spanned over 65 years on stage, TV, film and a cabaret-style variety show which tours nationally, Hal Linden in Concert. Hal is perhaps best known for his portrayal of police precinct captain Barney Miller in the hit TV series Barney Miller, which earned him seven Emmy Award nominations and three Golden Globe nominations. Film credits include Bells Are Ringing, When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder?, Starflight One, Out To Sea, A New Life and Time Changer. Hal has performed in over 20 Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, including the revival of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes and The Rothschilds, for which he won a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. He currently serves as spokesman for the Jewish National Fund.

PEARL SUN (Esther Franz) is honored to make her Arena Stage debut. Select Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include If/Then, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Assassins (City Center Off-Center), Merrily We Roll Along (City Center Encores!), The Seven (New York Theatre Workshop) and Happiness (Lincoln Center Theatre). She played Diana for over 50 performances in the first national tour of Next to Normal; Bernstein’s Mass (Philadelphia Orchestra); Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots and The Seven (La Jolla Playhouse); and tick, tick… Boom! (Westport Country Playhouse). TV credits include Orange is the New Black (Netflix), Gotham (FOX) and The Good Wife (CBS). Special thanks to Ashley at KMR. For Johannes & Max. Instagram: @pearlraysun.

RAFAEL UNTALAN (Walter Franz) is delighted to make his Arena Stage debut. D.C.-area credits include Yellow Face and Falling Out of Time (Theater J); Anime Momotaro and Sinbad (Imagination Stage); and The Duchess of Malfi (We Happy Few). Regional credits include Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Homes Mystery (Cleveland Play House and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), The Ramayana (A Contemporary Theatre), Equivocation (Virginia Repertory), Twelfth Night (TheatreWorks), A Tale of Two Cities (Seattle Children’s Theatre) and The Winter’s Tale (Marin Shakespeare). Rafael spent three years at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where he appeared in numerous productions including Cyrano de Bergerac and Romeo and Juliet. Film and TV credits include Earth and Eden (Invisible Pictures) and Leverage (TNT). Rafael received his M.F.A. from The Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University.

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ARTHUR MILLER (Playwright)’s plays include All My Sons (New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award winner, two-time Tony Award winner), Death of a Salesman (Pulitzer Prize winner, New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award winner), The Crucible (Tony Award winner), A View from the Bridge, A Memory of Two Mondays, After the Fall, Incident at Vichy, The Price, The Creation of the World and Other Business, The American Clock, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, The Last Yankee, Broken Glass, Mr. Peter’s Connections and Finishing the Picture. His novels include Focus and The Misfits, he has written the text for In Russia, In the Country and Chinese Encounters. Published books include Echoes Down the Corridor: Collected Essays, 1994-2000; On Politics and the Art of Acting; and Timebends. He received the 2001 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

SEEMA SUEKO (Director) joined the Arena Stage staff in July 2016 as deputy artistic director and made her Arena Stage directorial debut with Smart People. She previously served as associate artistic director at The Pasadena Playhouse and executive artistic director of Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company. Her directing and acting credits include The Pasadena Playhouse, People’s Light, The Old Globe, San Diego Repertory, Yale Repertory, 5th Avenue Theatre and Native Voices, among others. As a playwright, she received commissions from Mixed Blood Theatre and Center Stage. Her work has been recognized by the California State Assembly, NAACP San Diego, Chicago Jeff Awards, American Theatre Wing and American Theatre magazine. Seema developed the Consensus Organizing for Theater methodology, has done research on the neuroscience of acting and serves on the Diversity Committee of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

WILSON CHIN (Set Designer) is excited to make his Arena Stage debut! Previous D.C. productions include Tribes (Studio Theatre) and The Way of the World (Shakespeare Theatre Company). Wilson has earned acclaim for his designs for new plays, including Geoffrey Nauffts’ Next Fall (Broadway); Julia Cho’s Aubergine (Berkeley Repertory); Samuel Hunter’s Lewiston (Long Wharf); Elizabeth Irwin’s My Mañana Comes (Playwrights Realm); Hansol Jung’s Wild Goose Dreams (The Public); Jason Kim’s The Model American (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Mike Lew’s Tiger Style! (Huntington); Martyna Majok’s Cost of Living (Manhattan Theatre Club); Terrence McNally’s Mothers and Sons (Bucks County Playhouse); Antoinette Nwandu’s Pass Over (Steppenwolf); and Mat Smart’s Kill Local (La Jolla). Opera designs include Lucia di Lammermoor (Lyric Opera of Chicago) and Eine Florentinische Tragodie/Gianni Schicchi (Canadian Opera, Dora Award). www.wilsonchin.com

IVANIA STACK (Costume Designer)’s regional and D.C.-area credits include Woolly Mammoth (company member), Arena Stage, the Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences, Center Stage, Everyman Theatre, The Second City, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Round House, Signature Theatre, Imagination Stage, Olney Theatre Center (associate artist), Studio Theatre, Theater J, Constellation Theatre, Pointless Theatre, Synetic Theater, Forum Theatre, Theater Alliance, Rorschach Theatre, The Karski Project, Metro Stage and Gala Hispanic Theatre. She is a Ringleader for Audience Integration and the Artistic Director for Original, Interactive Work for dog & pony dc, and has an M.F.A. in design from the University of Maryland.

ALLEN LEE HUGHES (Lighting Designer) returns for his 70th design at Arena Stage, where audiences will remember his work from Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Locally, he designed lighting for the August Wilson Twentieth Century plays at the Kennedy Center. Broadway credits include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Clybourne Park, Having Our Say, Mule Bone, Once on This Island, K2, Strange Interlude, Accidental Death of an Anarchist and Quilters. He received the 1997 Merritt Award for Excellence in Design and Collaboration, two Helen Hayes Awards and three Tony Award nominations. His work has been seen regionally at Seattle Repertory, The Public’s Shakespeare in the Park, Guthrie Theater, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Goodman and Lincoln Center. Allen teaches at NYU and is very proud to have the Arena Stage fellows program named in his honor.

ROC LEE (Sound Designer) is a D.C.-based composer and sound designer. Arena Stage credits include The Year of Magical Thinking and Mother Courage and Her Children. Additional credits include Charm, Hooded: Or Being Black for Dummies and Ulysses On Bottles (Mosaic Theater); Fickle Fancy Farce, Dial M for Murder and assistant on The Diary of Anne Frank (Olney Theater Center); Our Town (Faction of Fools); The Revolutionists (Catholic University); Romeo and Juliet (We Happy Few); In the Red and Brown Water, Insurrection, Begotten and Visible Impact (Georgetown University); Sleeping Beauty (Pointless Theatre); Seneca El Raton de Biblioteca and In the Heights (Gala Hispanic Theatre); and National Players tours. He holds a Master of Music in stage music composition from Catholic University. www.roclee.net

ANNE NESMITH (Wig Designer) returns to Arena Stage where design credits include Smart People, A Raisin in the Sun, Watch on the Rhine, Carousel, The Little Foxes, All the Way, Oliver!, Destiny of Desire, Fiddler on the Roof and others. Recent credits include A Little Night Music (Signature Theatre), La Pietra Del Paragone (Wolf Trap), Le Nozze di Figaro (Nishinomiya, Japan) and Death of a Salesman (Ford’s Theatre). Her designs have been seen at the Kennedy Center, Opera Philadelphia, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington Ballet and Saito Kinen Festival in Matsumoto, Japan. Anne was the resident wig/makeup designer for the Baltimore Opera and has created wigs for Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery programs, Investigation Discovery’s Ice Cold Killers, Maryland Public Television and the U.S. Army’s tour Spirit of America.

ZACH CAMPION (Dialect Coach) is a freelance voice, speech and dialect coach and once worked in the Arena Stage sales office. D.C. credits include voice/dialect coach for Smart People (Arena Stage); Hand to God (Helen Hayes Award-winning) and Terminus (Studio Theatre); the world premiere of The Gulf (Signature Theatre); Sweeney Todd and My Fair Lady (Olney Theatre Center); Angels in America Part 1 and 2 (Round House); and When the Rain Stops Falling (Helen Hayes Award-winning, 1st Stage). Upcoming projects include Annie (Olney Theatre Center). Zach is a certified teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework© and is a member of the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory faculty. He received his M.F.A in theater pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University and his B.F.A. in performance and production from Texas State University. www.voicecoachdc.com

CAPARELLIOTIS CASTING (NY Casting Director)‘s current Broadway credits include Junk (Lincoln Center) and Meteor Shower. Other select Broadway credits include A Doll’s House, Part 2; Jitney; The Little Foxes; The Glass Menagerie; The Front Page; Les Liaisons Dangereuses; Blackbird; Fish in the Dark; It’s Only a Play; An Act of God; Disgraced; Casa Valentina; Holler If Ya Hear Me; The Trip to Bountiful; and Fences. They have additionally worked with Atlantic, Signature, LCT3, Ars Nova, Old Globe, Goodman, McCarter and others. Film and TV credits include American Odyssey (NBC), the How to Get Away with Murder pilot (ABC), the Ironside pilot (NBC) and Steel Magnolias (Sony for Lifetime).

TREVOR A. RILEY (Stage Manager)’s previous Arena Stage credits include Intelligence, Carousel, Destiny of Desire and Our War. Other D.C.-area credits include The Jungle Book, Jack and Phil, Slayers of Giants-INC, A Year with Frog and Toad and Sinbad: The Untold Tale (Imagination Stage); My Fair Lady, The Diary of Anne Frank, Bakersfield Mist, Godspell and A Christmas Carol (Olney Theatre Center); and Just The Two of Each of Us, Appropriate, Detroit and The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Woolly Mammoth).

JEN GRUNFELD (Assistant Stage Manager) returns to Arena Stage after last working on Camp David. Additional D.C. credits include The Night Alive (Round House); Laugh, Choir Boy, Bad Jews and Belleville (Studio Theatre); The Best Man (Keegan Theatre); and Cat in the Hat (Adventure Theatre). Broadway credits include Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2017 Spring Gala and The Man Who Came to Dinner Benefit Reading and Lincoln Center’s Directors’ Lab 2016. Regional credits include The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Guys & Dolls, Oklahoma!, Tim Rice’s From Here to Eternity, Treasure Island, Million Dollar Quartet, Smokey Joe’s Café, West Side Story, Light in the Piazza, Saturday Night Fever and Sweeney Todd (Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival). Touring credits include Saturday Night Fever.

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