My Wonderful Day
May 15, 2012 - June 3, 2012
By Alan Ayckbourn
Directed by Nicholas Martin
JOAN AND ROBERT RECHNITZ THEATER
Winnie Barnstairs, a nearly 9-year-old, Anglo-Caribbean girl from south London, has a school assignment to write an essay about her day. By chance, she is spending it with her mother, a house cleaner who works for a rich, unhappily married, minor television celebrity. Instructed to get on with her homework, Winnie sits quietly with her notebook and does just that, observing and recording all the events around her…even as the day turns into an increasingly frenetic domestic farce of marital infidelity, volcanic egos, and comic misunderstandings. Written by one of the world’s most popular playwrights, My Wonderful Day is an insightful, compassionate, and utterly hilarious comedy about life’s disappointments, as seen through the eyes of a watchful child.
Please note: This production includes adult language and humor.
Alison Cimmet (Tiffany) is delighted to make her Two River Theater Company debut! Broadway: Bonnie and Clyde (Stella); Baby It’s You! (stand-by for Beth Leavel); A Tale of Two Cities (Mrs. Cruncher). NYC/Regional favorites: Viola in Twelfth Night (Prince Music Theater); Ostrovsky (with Kevin Kline, MTC); Joan in Time and the Conways (TACT); Fanny Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility (Playwrights Horizons, Denver Center); Sally Cato in Mame (with Christine Baranski, Kennedy Center). TV/Film: Are We There Yet?; March!; Chasing Taste. Graduate of Brown University. www.AlisonCimmet.com
Kimberly Hebert Gregory
Kimberly Hebert Gregory (Laverne) is excited to be collaborating with Nicholas Martin again, following their work together on Lisa Kron’s The Veri**on Play at the Humana Festival. She was last seen in New York in Lynn Nottage’s critical success By the Way, Meet Vera Stark as Lottie/Carmen Levy Green, for which she has garnered Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk Award nominations. Other credits include The Brother/Sister Plays (The Public Theater, McCarter Theatre), Gee’s Bend and Antony and Cleopatra (Hartford Stage), and the National Tour of The Lion King. Her Chicago credits include: Amen Corner (Goodman Theatre), Nickel and Dimed (Steppenwolf), Waiting to Be Invited (Victory Gardens), and Julius Caesar (Chicago Shakespeare Theater). On-camera credits include Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer, Law & Order, I Think I Love My Wife, Gossip Girl, New Amsterdam, The Black Donnellys, and a nationally running Gerber commercial spot.
Susan Heyward (Winnie) New York credits: The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler (Exit, Pursued by a Bear); Ruined (Manhattan Theatre Club); Nathan the Wise, The Oedipus Cycle (Pearl Theatre); I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady from Rwanda (Phoenix Theatre Ensemble). Regional: Race (American Conservatory Theater); Sabrina Fair (Ford’s Theatre); The Master Builder (Yale Repertory Theatre); Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, As You Like It (American Shakespeare Center); You Can’t Take It With You (Peterborough Players). TV: 30 Rock, Law & Order, Michael and Michael Have Issues. Proud member of Equity. Dale, we love and miss you. Many thanks to family and new friends and colleagues at TRTC!
Kevin Isola (Josh) Broadway: Brooklyn Boy. Off-Broadway: By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Second Stage); The Boys in the Band (Transport Group); Aliens (The Women’s Project); New House Under Construction (59E59); Trust (Kirk Theatre); The World Over, The Water Children (both for Playwrights Horizons); Twelfth Night, Venus, Wasp and Other Plays (all for NYSF/ The Public Theater); Everett Beekin (Lincoln Center); The New Bozena (Cherry Lane Theatre). Regional: Twelfth Night (McCarter Theatre); The Glass Menagerie (The Old Globe); Accidental Death of an Anarchist, King Lear, As You Like It (all for Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); Brooklyn Boy (South Coast Rep); The Rainmaker (Baltimore Center Stage); The New Bozena (Hudson Theatre, Tiffany Theatre); Venus (Yale Repertory). Film: Blumenthal, Frank the Rat, The New Bozena, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Uninvited, 24 Nights, Academy Boyz, The New Yorker. Television: Fringe, Damages, Boston Legal, Law & Order, The Summer of Ben Tyler (Hallmark Hall of Fame), Viva Variety, All My Children. MFA, NYU Graduate Acting Program.
Danielle Skraastad (Paula) was last seen in Death Tax at Actors Theatre of Louisville, directed by Ken Rus Schmoll. Broadway: All My Sons. NY credits: Tony Kushner’s iHo and Lisa Kron’s The Wake at The Public; The Pain and the Itch at Playwrights Horizons; Anon at Atlantic Theater Company; Lidless with Page 73; Big Times with WET, co-written with Mia Barron and Maggie Lacey and directed by Leigh Silverman; Cressida Among the Greeks and Red-Haired Thomas at the Ohio Theatre; Lascivious Something at the Cherry Lane Theatre Mentor Project; Fugue at the Cherry Lane; New Day with Theater for the New City; Carrie with Theatre Couture. Regional: Berkeley Rep, Kirk Douglas Theatre, Wilma, ACT/Seattle, the Market Theater, Hartford Stage, Capital Rep in Albany, Stageworks/Hudson. TV/Film: Unforgettable, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order, Mercy, Fringe, As the World Turns, All My Children, 27 Dresses, The Business of Story.
Marc Vietor (Kevin) is delighted to be working at Two River Theater. He last appeared on stage in Nicholas Martin’s hit production of The Circle at the Westport Country Playhouse. His New York credits include Present Laughter, The Moliere Comedies (Roundabout); Edward the Second, The Revenger’s Tragedy (Red Bull Theater); Grey Gardens (Playwrights Horizons); King John, The Jew of Malta, Merchant of Venice (Theatre for a New Audience); Two Gentlemen of Verona (NYSF); The Libertine (Theatre Row); and Lucky Lives On (79th Street Playhouse). Regional credits include the premiere of Noah Haidle’s Mister Marmalade at South Coast Rep, the premiere of Quincy Long’s The Lively Lad at the Humana Festival, the O’Neill Center, Sundance Theatre Lab, Ravinia Music Festival, Royal Shakespeare Company, The Old Globe, Cape Cod Theatre Project, Huntington Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Prince Music Theater, Stratford Festival, Virginia Stage Company, Hartford Stage, and Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. He has appeared on Law & Order, The Onion News Network, and in the film Asylum Seekers. He has narrated many audiobooks for Audible.com including the award-winning 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. He is a charter member of Red Bull Theater and a graduate of Yale and The Juilliard School.
Alan Ayckbourn (Playwright) As one of Britain’s most performed playwrights, Alan Ayckbourn has, to date, written 75 plays. Almost all received their first performance at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, with more than 35 of his works being subsequently staged in the West End, at the National Theatre or by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Major successes include Relatively Speaking, How the Other Half Loves, Absurd Person Singular, Bedroom Farce, A Chorus of Disapproval, A Small Family Business, Henceforward…, Comic Potential, Things We Do for Love, and House & Garden. In 2009, Matthew Warchus’ hit in-the-round production of The Norman Conquests first seen at the Old Vic transferred to Broadway, earning a Tony for Best Revival of a Play. Christmas 2010 saw the National Theatre’s staging of his 1980 play Season’s Greetings to great acclaim and in January this year a revival of Absent Friends began at the West End’s Harold Pinter Theatre. Although he stepped down as Artistic Director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in 2009, a post he held for 37 years, he continues to guest direct there; last year saw Dear Uncle (his adaptation of Uncle Vanya) and Neighbourhood Watch, and he will be directing yet again this summer. His plays have been translated into 35 languages, won numerous awards nationally and internationally, and have been performed worldwide on stage and television. In recent years, he has been inducted into American Theatre’s Hall of Fame, received the 2010 Critics’ Circle Award for Services to the Arts, and became the first British playwright to receive both Olivier and Tony Special Lifetime Achievement Awards. He was knighted in 1997 for services to the theatre. (Biography supplied by Alan Ayckbourn’s official website, www.alanayckbourn.net.)
Nicholas Martin (Director) Broadway: Present Laughter, Butley, Match, Hedda Gabler, The Rehearsal, You Never Can Tell. Off-Broadway: Christopher Durang’s Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them (The Public Theater); Observe the Sons of Ulster… (Drama Desk Award nomination), The Time of the Cuckoo, Chaucer in Rome, Saturn Returns, Paul Rudnick’s The New Century (Lincoln Center Theater); Fully Committed (Vineyard Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre); Full Gallop (Manhattan Theatre Club, West Side Arts); Betty’s Summer Vacation (Obie Award, Drama Desk Award nomination), Sophistry (Playwrights Horizons); Bosoms and Neglect (Signature Theatre). Mr. Martin’s numerous regional credits include She Stoops to Conquer (McCarter Theatre), The House of Blue Leaves (Mark Taper Forum), Dead End (Ahmanson Theatre), Macbeth (The Old Globe), The Veri**on Play (Actors Theatre of Louisville), The Circle, A Cheever Evening, The Substance of Fire (Westport Country Playhouse). Upcoming: Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (McCarter Theatre, Lincoln Center Theater). Mr. Martin is the former artistic director of the Williamstown Theatre Festival and of Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company. During his tenures at both theaters, he directed numerous classical and new plays.
Cameron Anderson (Scenic Design) designs for theater and opera in the US and abroad. She recently designed West Side Story for Norway’s Kilden Performing Arts Center and Vancouver Opera, and Simon Boccanegra for Argentina’s Teatro Colon. Theater credits include: The Language of Trees (Roundabout Underground), A Feminine Ending (Playwrights Horizons), Fault Lines (Naked Angels, directed by David Schwimmer), Massacre (LAByrinth Theater Co), Underground (David Dorfman Dance at BAM), A Midsummer Night’s Dream—which was nominated for a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award—Sight Unseen, and Emilie (South Coast Rep), Heddatron (Les Freres Corbusier), Dixie’s Tupperware Party (Ars Nova), Elvis People (New World Stages), Dead City, Anna Bella Eema, and Belly (New Georges). Opera designs include: La Cenerentola (Glimmerglass), The Barber of Seville (Opera Theatre of St. Louis), West Side Story, A Little Night Music, and Three Decembers (Central City Opera), Maria Padilla (Minnesota Opera), Don Giovanni (Wolf Trap Opera), Das Liebesverbot (USC Thornton School of Music), Cosi fan tutte (Seattle Opera), The Village Singer (Manhattan School of Music), Gypsy Songs (Gotham Chamber Opera/ Morgan Library), The Consul (Opera Boston), and La Boheme (San Francisco Opera Center). www.cameronanderson.net.
Dane Laffrey (Costume Design) is an American stage designer. His recent New York City credits include The Talls (Second Stage), The Patsy (Transport Group), Tigers Be Still (Roundabout), The Other Place (MCC Theater), Benefactors (Keen Company), Exit (Keigwin + Company at the Joyce Theater), The Boys in the Band (Transport Group), Inner Voices: Solo Musicals (Primary Stages/Premieres), Sixty Miles to Silver Lake (Soho Rep/P73), Rag and Bone (Rattlestick), Bad Jazz (Play Company) and others. His recent regional work includes God of Carnage (Huntington Theatre Company), Fly by Night (TheatreWorks, CA), Hurricane (Ringling International Arts Festival), Giant (Signature Theatre), and others. Dane’s recent international designs include The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (PARCO Theatre, Tokyo and Osaka), The Colour of Panic (Sydney Opera House and Det Apne Teater, Oslo), Some Explicit Polaroids (Darlinghurst Theatre Company), and many others. Dane has been nominated for a Drama Desk Award, the Henry Hewes Award and a Sydney Theatre Award.
Philip Rosenberg (Lighting Design) Off-Broadway: Cactus Flower. Regional credits include Bus Stop and She Loves Me (Huntington Theatre); Summer and Smoke (Manhattan School of Music); Title of Show (George Street Playhouse); I Do! I Do! and The Circle (Westport Country Playhouse); Sweeney Todd (Barrington Stage Company) Bach at Leipzig, The Syringa Tree, The Morini Strad, and God of Carnage (Portland Stage Company); The Memorandum (TACT); The Lisbon Traviata (The Kennedy Center); A Dram of Drummhicit (La Jolla Playhouse); The Winter’s Tale (The Guthrie); The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, Edward II, Amadeus, Cymbeline and Elizabeth Rex (Chicago Shakespeare); Knickerbocker (Williamstown Theatre Festival); The Motherfucker with the Hat (TheaterWorks); The Recommendation (The Old Globe); Shanghai Moon and The Lady in Question (Bay Street Theatre). Over the past 12 years Philip has served as associate lighting designer on more than 35 Broadway plays and musicals.
Mark Bennett (Sound Design) previously composed music and designed sound for Two River Theater’s production of Much Ado About Nothing. Broadway scores and/or sound designs include The Coast of Utopia (Outstanding Music for a Play, Drama Desk Award; Sound Design, Henry Hewes Award), Driving Miss Daisy, A Steady Rain, Henry IV, Golda’s Balcony, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Goat, A View from the Bridge. Sam Mendes’ The Bridge Project (BAM and The Old Vic, London). Off-Broadway: credits at Lincoln Center Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, and The Public Theater include Mad Forest; Light Shining in Buckinghamshire; Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them; My Children! My Africa!; Valhalla, and scoring 10 Shakespeare productions for The Public Theater. Regional: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (La Jolla Playhouse), An Iliad (McCarter), Dead End (Williamstown/Mark Taper Forum). Honors include the Obie for Sustained Excellence in Sound Design, Bessie, Ovation, Robbie and Garland Awards; and 10 Drama Desk nominations.
Deborah Hecht (Vocal Coach) previously worked at Two River Theater as Vocal Coach on Much Ado About Nothing. Broadway: Ghost the Musical, Evita, Spider-Man, Driving Miss Daisy, A Free Man of Color, A Life in the Theatre, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Finian's Rainbow, The Seagull, Cyrano, Long Day’s Journey into Night, The Crucible, Mary Poppins, Festen, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Angels in America, numerous others. Off-Broadway: Lincoln Center (most recently Blood and Gifts), The Public Theater (including many Shakespeare productions in Central Park), Signature Theatre (including the recent Angels in America), Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Theatre Workshop, Vineyard, others. Regional: Yale Rep, Long Wharf, Seattle Rep, Berkeley Rep, many others. England: RSC, National. Film: Leaves of Grass, The Producers, Kinsey, Stardust, others. Faculty: NYU Grad Acting, Juilliard.
MelCap Casting/David Caparelliotis
MelCap Casting/David Caparelliotis (Casting) Broadway: The Columnist, Death of a Salesman, Seminar, Stick Fly, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, The House of Blue Leaves, Good People, Fences, Lend Me a Tenor. Also: MTC, Second Stage, Atlantic, Williamstown Theatre Festival (three seasons), Ars Nova, the Goodman, Arena, Ford’s, and ACT in San Francisco. Film/television: The Corrections (upcoming), The Newsroom (upcoming), Brotherhood, Gossip Girl (two seasons), Rubicon, Love & Other Drugs (NY casting), Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, That’s My Boy (NY casting), HairBrained starring Brendan Fraser (upcoming), and Steel Magnolias for Lifetime produced by Neil Meron and Craig Zadan (upcoming).
Joanne E. McInerney
Joanne E. McInerney (Production Stage Manager) Broadway: Impressionism (PA/sub). Off-Broadway: Galileo and The Cherry Orchard (Classic Stage Company); Macbeth and Chair (Theatre for a New Audience); Crane Story, Dramatis Personae, Dreams of the Washer King, and Dov and Ali (Playwrights Realm); Sin (Baruch Performing Arts Center); Love Child (New World Stages); Love Child and Buffalo Gal (Primary Stages). Regional: The Evildoers and The Mistakes Madeline Made (Yale Repertory Theatre); Exits and Entrances, The Island, The Four Poster, and Restoring the Sun (Contemporary Stage Company). Jo also served as the PSM at PlayMakers Repertory Company for three seasons. Other credits include: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Hall, Production Glue, 360 Design Events, STREB, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Berkshire Theatre Festival, and Battersea Art Center in London. MFA, Yale School of Drama.