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Camp David

MAR 21 – MAY 4, 2014

By Pulitzer Prize Winner Lawrence Wright

Directed by Artistic Director Molly Smith

in the Kreeger Theater

Who’s Who


Hallie FooteHALLIE FOOTE (Rosalynn Carter) is delighted to make her Arena Stage debut. On Broadway she earned a Tony nomination for her performance as MaryJo in Dividing the Estate. Off-Broadway she was seen in The Orphan’s Home Cycle (Outer Critics Circle Award nomination), The Trip to Bountiful (Lucille Lortel Award—Best Supporting Actress), The Last of the Thorntons (Drama League Award—Best Actress), Talking Pictures, Night Seasons, Laura Dennis (Drama Desk Award—Best Actress), Why They Speak of Rita and The Widow Claire. Hallie has also performed regionally at Hartford Stage/Alley Theatre (The Trip to Bountiful), Hartford Stage/Guthrie Theatre (The Carpetbagger’s Children) and Alley Theatre/Guthrie Theatre (The Death of Papa). She has been seen in films such as Paranormal Activity 3, Friends with Money, Walking to the Waterline, On Valentine’s Day, Courtship and 1918. In addition to acting, Hallie was a producer on the Broadway revival of The Trip to Bountiful and was an executive producer on the Lifetime Movie of The Trip to Bountiful (which airs March 8th). Back

Khaled NabawyKHALED NABAWY (Anwar Sadat) makes his first appearance at Arena Stage. Egyptian actor and activist Khaled is a prominent film star with a long successful career. His career was launched by the great Egyptian director Youssef Chahine, who directed Khaled in three films. Khaled quickly grabbed the attention of film audiences and the respect of film critics through his choice of material. He was the first major Arab actor to work in Hollywood cinema since the legendary actor Omar Sharif (whose career was also launched by Youssef Chahine). Khaled has been seen in films such as The Citizen, Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven and Doug Liman’s Fair Game. He has appeared in more than 20 movies, three theatrical plays and ten TV series. Khaled has won such honors as the African Film Award (1995) for Best Lead Actor for his performance in The Emigrant, the 100 Years Cinema Festival Award (1996) for The Youngest Actor and the Cairo International Film Festival Award (1998) for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for The Destiny. Khaled earned a BSc, with honors, in acting from the Academy of Arts in Cairo. Back

Ron RifkinRON RIFKIN (Menachem Begin) makes his Arena Stage debut with this production. Ron was honored with the Tony Award for his performance in the Broadway revival of Cabaret. His other Broadway credits include David Hirson’s Wrong Mountain, Turgenev’s A Month in the Country and Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass. Ron originated the role of Isaac Geldhart in the Jon Robin Baitz play Substance of Fire, for which he won the Obie, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel and Drama-Logue awards for Best Actor. The following year he performed in Baitz’s Three Hotels for which he received a second Lucille Lortel award and Drama Desk Award nomination. Ron has also recently been seen off-Broadway in The Twenty-Seventh Man at the Public Theater and in the critically acclaimed production of Jon Robin Baitz’s The Paris Letter. Ron’s film credits include The Words, Peep World, The Sum of All Fears, Dragonfly, The Majestic, Boiler Room, Keeping the Faith, The Negotiator, L.A. Confidential, Woody Allen’s Husbands and Wives and Manhattan Murder Mystery, Last Summer in the Hamptons, Wolf, JFK, The Sting II, The Big Fix, The Sunshine Boys, Silent Running and the film adaptation of Substance of Fire. On television, Ron starred as Arvin Sloane on the acclaimed ABC Television series Alias for five seasons. He subsequently spent five seasons as one of the stars of the hit ABC series Brothers and Sisters. He is also known to television audiences for his continuing role on Law & Order: SVU. He has appeared in numerous made-for-television movies and miniseries, including Deliberate Intent, Flowers for Algernon, Norma Jean and Marilyn, The Sunset Gang, Concealed Enemies, Buying a Landslide, Evergreen, The Winds of War and Dress Gray. He is also familiar to television audiences from his roles on One Day at a Time, The Trials of Rosie O’Neill, Sex and the City, ER, Nero Wolfe and The Outer Limits, for which he received a Cable ACE nomination. He was nominated for an Emmy award for his narration of the American Masters documentary, Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About. Back

Richard ThomasRICHARD THOMAS (Jimmy Carter) is happy to be making his Arena Stage debut. Richard starred in the award-winning series, The Waltons, for which he won an Emmy Award for Best Actor in a dramatic series. He has continued to star in series, films, plays and over 50 movies for television. His Broadway career began at age seven with 1958’s Sunrise at Campobello, and has continued with such shows as Fifth of July, The Seagull, The Front Page, Tiny Alice, Peer Gynt, Richard II, Richard III, Hamlet and The Stendhal Syndrome. Other stage credits include Broadway’s Democracy and A Naked Girl on the Appian Way, the national tour of the Broadway revival of 12 Angry Men, and Unusual Acts of Devotion by Terrence McNally. Recent projects include the Broadway production of David Mamet's Race; the Public Theater’s Timon of Athens (in the title role); and Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays for the Minetta Lane Theatre. He last appeared on Broadway in the Manhattan Theater Club revival of An Enemy of the People. Richard can currently be seen on the hit FX series The Americans. He also had starring roles on series such as Just Cause, It's a Miracle and Swiss Family Robinson. His television films include the Stephen King miniseries Nightmares and Dreamscapes; Stephen King’s It; All Quiet on the Western Front; The Silence; The Red Badge of Courage; The Master of Ballantrae; Johnny Belinda; Berlin Tunnel 21; Living Proof: The Hank Williams Story; Hobson’s Choice; Roots: The Next Generation; Go Toward the Light; In the Name of the People; The Christmas Secret; The Miracle of the Cards; Beyond the Prairie: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder; Anna’s Dream; Annie’s Point; Wild Hearts; and most recently the Hallmark Channel’s film Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. As a producer, Richard has worked on such television projects as What Love Sees and For All Time. Richard has appeared in such movies as The Wonder Boys, Battle Beyond the Stars, The Todd Killings, Last Summer, Winning, Red Sky at Morning, Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock and the forthcoming Anesthesia. Back



LAWRENCE WRIGHT (Playwright) makes his Arena Stage debut with Camp David. He is a longtime writer for The New Yorker and author of eight books, including his recent Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief. His book The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 won the Pulitzer Prize and was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 best nonfiction books ever written. He was the co-writer of the screenplay for 1998 movie The Siege, with Denzel Washington and Annette Bening, and also wrote Noriega: God's Favorite, with Bob Hoskins, for television. He has written and performed two one-man shows: My Trip to al-Qaeda, which he performed off-Broadway and at the Kennedy Center in 2007, was made into a movie for HBO; and The Human Scale, which Lawrence performed in New York and Tel Aviv. His most recent play, Fallaci, was staged by Berkeley Repertory Theater in the spring of 2013. Wright lives in Austin, Texas, where he plays the keyboards in a blues band, WhoDo. Back

MOLLY SMITH (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

WALT SPANGLER (Set Designer) makes his Arena Stage debut with this production. His Broadway credits include Desire Under the Elms directed by Robert Falls; Hollywood Arms directed by Harold Prince; Scandalous directed by David Armstrong; A Christmas Story The Musical directed by John Rando and the upcoming Tuck Everlasting, directed by Casey Nicholaw. Walt’s New York credits include designs for The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, Manhattan Theatre Club, Atlantic Theater Company, Playwrights Horizons, Signature Theatre Company, The New Group and Lincoln Center Festival. Regional credits include Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the Guthrie Theater, the Goodman Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, the Mark Taper Forum, the Ahmanson Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, Goodspeed Musicals, Paper Mill Playhouse, Centerstage, Hartford Stage, Yale Repertory Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, The 5th Avenue Theatre and the Alley Theatre. Walt received his MFA from the Yale School of Drama. Back

PAUL TAZEWELL (Costume Designer) is very excited to return to Arena Stage this season. Previous designs for the Arena include Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Camelot (Helen Hayes Award), Guys and Dolls, The Women of Brewster Place, The Women, The African Company presents Richard III (Helen Hayes Award) and many others. Other D.C. credits include the costumes for Carnival for the Kennedy Center, Showboat and Porgy and Bess at Washington National Opera and Peer Gynt (Helen Hayes Award) for Shakespeare Theatre. Broadway productions which Paul has designed include Memphis (Tony nomination); A Streetcar Named Desire (Tony nomination); Jesus Christ Superstar; In the Heights (Tony nomination); Guys and Dolls; The Color Purple (Tony nomination); Elaine Stritch at Liberty; Caroline or Change; and Bring in da’ Noise, Bring in da’ Funk (Tony nomination). Paul’s opera credits include Gounod’s Faust for Metropolitan Opera and English National Opera, Magdelena for Chatelet Opera, Margaret Garner for Michigan Opera and Little Women for New York City Opera. Back

PATRICIA J. COLLINS (Lighting Designer) will be making her debut as a designer at Arena Stage with Camp David. Previously in DC she has worked with Ford’s Theatre and with the Washington Opera at the Kennedy Center. Pat has worked with most regional theater companies around the U.S. including the Alley Theatre, Houston Theater, The Goodman Theatre, Hartford Stage, Lincoln Center Theater, Manhattan Theatre Company, Mark Taper Forum, Steppenwolf Theatre Company and others. On Broadway Pat has designed lighting for Threepenny Opera (Tony nomination), I'm Not Rappaport (Tony Award), Execution of Justice (Drama Critics Award), Proof, Doubt (Tony nomination), Good People, Orphans and others. In the world of opera, Pat has designed for such companies as the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Royal Opera at Covent Garden, Bayerisches Staatsopera of Munich and the Paris Opera at the Garnier among others. Back

DAVID VAN TIEGHEM (Original Music and Sound Design) is pleased to return to Arena Stage following last season’s Other Desert Cities. His Broadway credits include Doubt, The Lyons, Romeo and Juliet, The Big Knife, Born Yesterday, Arcadia, The Normal Heart, An Enemy of the People, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, A Behanding in Spokane, A Man for All Seasons, Inherit the Wind, Frozen, After Miss Julie, Judgment at Nuremberg, The Crucible, Three Days of Rain and The Best Man. Off-Broadway credits include Wit, The Piano Lesson, Through a Glass Darkly, How I Learned to Drive, The Grey Zone, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. Film/TV credits include Buried Prayers, Working Girls, Penn & Teller and Wooster Group. Dance credits include Twyla Tharp, Doug Varone, Elizabeth Streb, Elisa Monte and Michael Moschen. Percussionist: Laurie Anderson, Talking Heads, Brian Eno, Steve Reich. His awards and nominations include Drama Desk, Obie, Bessie, Eddy, Lortel and Guggenheim. David’s CDs incude Thrown for a Loop, Strange Cargo, Safety in Numbers and These Things Happen. Back

JEFF SUGG (Projection Designer) is a Brooklyn-based designer and multi-award winner. Jeff returns to Arena Stage, after working on shows such as The Mountaintop (as well as Alley Theatre), A Time to Kill and 33 Variations. His Broadway credits include Macbeth (Lincoln Center Theater), A Time to Kill, Bring It On, Magic/Bird, 33 Variations. Off-Broadway credits include Last Five Years, This Clement World, Tribes, Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island, The Accidental Trilogy. Regional credits include Elephant Man (Alley Theatre) and As You Like It (Shakespeare Theatre Company). He has also worked with Cynthia Hopkins, Laurie Anderson and The Wooster Group. Awards include a Lortel, an Obie, a Bessie and two Hewes Awards. Back

ANITA MAYNARD-LOSH (Dialect Coach) is the Director of Community Engagement for Arena Stage. Anita trained and taught at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, was on the faculty at Webster University in St. Louis, headed the theater department at the University of Alaska Southeast, and was the associate artistic director of Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Alaska. The Alaska Native-inspired production of Macbeth that Anita conceived and directed was performed in English and Tlingit at the National Museum of the American Indian as part of the Shakespeare in Washington Festival. She has been associate director, dialect coach and vocal consultant on numerous productions at Arena Stage, including Oklahoma!, and was the dialect coach on the revival of the musical Ragtime, produced at the Kennedy Center and on Broadway. 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

MICHAEL D. WARD (Assistant Stage Manager) has been a part of the Arena Stage family since the fall of 2010 (SM Intern Oklahoma!). He has filled various roles at Arena Stage from production assistant to company management. Michael is a graduate of the University of Evansville and is excited to be back on another great Arena Stage production. He thanks everyone who has assisted with his journey. Back

GEOFF JOSSELSON (Casting Director) returns to Arena Stage after having cast The Velocity of Autumn starring Estelle Parsons and Stephen Spinella, soon to be seen on Broadway. He is also responsible for casting many acclaimed New York productions, including Yank!, Enter Laughing, Southern Comfort, Altar Boyz, Septimus and Clarissa, and Perfect Harmony. He has cast productions for the York Theatre Company, Bay Street Theatre, Barrington Stage, Denver Center, North Shore Music Theatre, Kansas City Starlight Theatre, Sharon Playhouse and the New York Musical Theatre Festival.  In addition to his independent casting office, Geoff teaches master classes around the country and is on faculty at CAP21. Back

GERALD RAFSHOON (Producer) went from the White House into producing motion pictures and television films. He has won two Emmy Awards (Outstanding Miniseries for Joseph and Best News Documentary for Decisions That Shook the World). Gerald also produced a 40-hour international television series of biblical epics including the Emmy nominated Moses (starring Ben Kingsley). Other films he has produced include The Nightmare Years (starring Sam Waterston) and Running Mates (with Laura Linney, Tom Selleck and Faye Dunaway). Back