The Electric Baby
April 6, 2013 - May 5, 2013
By Stefanie Zadravec
Directed by May Adrales
Marion Huber Theater
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In this dazzling new play, three very different couples discover that their lives are connected in ways that none of them could ever imagine. A middle-aged couple confronts the secrets of their troubled marriage. A young woman becomes attached—literally—by a pair of pink, fluffy handcuffs to the hopeful young man who secretly loves her. And a Romanian mother and Nigerian father care for their child, who glows like the moon—and brings everyone together to experience the power of storytelling, the importance of community, and the hope of new beginnings. The company features Oberon K.A. Adjepong, Lucy DeVito, Antoinette LaVecchia, Nick Lehane, Lizbeth Mackay, and Steven Skybell.
The Electric Baby contains adult language.
When life imitates art, a playwright's work and family life nurture each other in surprising ways. By Stefanie Zadravec. (Originally appeared in American Theatre magazine, March 2012)
Materials For Teachers
Oberon K.A. Adjepong
Oberon K.A. Adjepong (Ambimbola) is making his Two River Theater debut. He has performed Off-Broadway in Like I Say, Cellophane (The Flea Theater); Mother Courage, The Blacks (Classic Stage Company, Classical Theatre of Harlem); Wabenzi (Ohio Theatre); Hieroglyphic Graffiti (Hip-Hop Theater Festival); The Hamlet Project (La MaMa E.T.C.); Oya and Sango (National Black Theatre). Regional credits include Good Goods (Yale Rep); Ruined (La Jolla Playhouse, Huntington, Berkeley Rep, Philadelphia Theatre Company); The Piano Lesson, Our Town, James and the Giant Peach (Arden); Timon of Athens, Coriolanus (Shakespeare Theatre Company); and A Rhyme Deferred (National Black Theatre Festival, The Kennedy Center, Nuyorican Poets Cafe). He has also appeared in film and television projects such as Murder in Manhattan, Something Whispered, Smash, NYC 22, Margin Call, The Son of No One, The Onion News Network, Hope & Faith, and Law & Order: SVU. He has trained at Lola Louis’ Creative & Performing Arts Studio, Oxford University and Howard University.
Lucy DeVito (Rozie) Theatre: The Bird and the Two-Ton Weight (EST), Nora and Delia Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore (NY and LA), The Shoemaker (Cause Celeb), Miracle at Naples (Huntington), The Diary of Anne Frank (Intiman), and Lucy (EST). Film: Sleepwalk With Me (dir. Mike Birbiglia), Leaves of Grass (dir. Tim Blake Nelson), Syrup, Beware the Gonzo, and A Quiet Little Marriage. TV: Melissa & Joey and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. She is a member of The Ensemble Studio Theatre and a graduate of Brown University.
Antoinette LaVecchia (Natalia) Broadway: A View from the Bridge. NY: Mamma Roma (Cherry Lane); A World Apart (The Flea); How to Be a Good Italian Daughter (in spite of myself) (Cherry Lane); The Bottle House (The Public); String of Pearls (Primary Stages); Magic Hands Freddy (Soho Playhouse); Kimberly Akimbo (MTC); The Sweepers (Urban Stages); The Tempest (Lincoln Center Inst.). Regional: I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti (Hartford TheaterWorks); You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up! (National Tour); Superior Donuts (Pittsburgh Public); Heartbreak House (Two River Theater); Little Dog Laughed (Portland Center Stage); Tough Titty (Williamstown). Film/TV: The David Dance, Delirious, Jesus’ Son, Blue Bloods, The Sopranos, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Guiding Light, One Life to Live. Education: MFA - NYU Grad Acting, Moscow Art Theatre. Awards: 2012 BroadwayWorld CT Best Actress Award, Fox Fellowship, Anna Sosenko Assist Trust Grant, CT Critics Circle Award, and Drama League Directing Fellowship.
Nick Lehane (Dan/Don/Dave) NYC Theatre: The Old Man and the Old Moon (PigPen Theatre Company); Set in the Living Room of a Small Town American Play (Theater Reconstruction Ensemble); Victor Frange Presents Gas (The Incubator); The Beautiful Beautiful Sea Next Door (Ars Nova/EBE Ensemble); Arok of Java, These Seven Sicknesses (Exit, Pursued by a Bear); Look Back In, Play America, The Screens (Sister Sylvester); You May Be Splendid Now (Shelby Company); Avatar Agency (dir. Marianne Weems). Regional: The Electric Baby, When the Rain Stops Falling (Quantum Theatre); The Cryptogram (City Theatre). Film: Warrior. Nick holds a BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University and studied at the Moscow Art Theatre School.
Lizbeth Mackay (Helen Casey) is making her debut at Two River Theater. She recently played Delia in the George Street Playhouse and Williamstown Theatre Festival productions of Lewis Black’s One Slight Hitch. Broadway: The Price, All My Sons, Picnic, The Heiress, Doubt, Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Death and the Maiden, Crimes of the Heart (Theatre World, Outer Circle Critics and Hollywood Drama-Logue Awards). Off Broadway: Sons of the Prophet, Durang/Durang, The Forest, Sea of Tranquility, The Old Boy, Kate’s Diary. Regional: All My Sons; The Clean House; Faith Healer; ‘night, Mother (Elliott Norton Award); The Heidi Chronicles; Toys in the Attic. Film: One True Thing, In & Out, Marvin’s Room, White Squall, Malcolm X. Liz is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and Mom to Katie and John.
Steven Skybell (Reed Casey) returns to Two River, where he was previously seen in Much Ado About Nothing and Candida. Broadway: Pal Joey; Wicked; The Full Monty; Love! Valour! Compassion!; Cafe Crown; Ah, Wilderness!. Off-Broadway includes: Antigone in New York (Obie Award); Love’s Labor’s Lost (The Public); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Galileo, and The Age of Iron (all CSC); The Lesson (Atlantic); The Controversy (The Public), What Didn’t Happen (Playwrights Horizons); numerous Shakespeare productions at the Delacorte, The Public, and Theatre for a New Audience. Regional credits include Arthur in Camelot (Helen Hayes nomination); title roles in Uncle Vanya (McCarter/La Jolla) and Hamlet (California Shakespeare); Berkshire Theatre Festival; Westport Country Playhouse; former company member of American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, Mass.; inaugural season of Shakespeare’s Globe, London (PBS Great Performances). BBC radio drama: The Day That Lehman Died (Peabody Award). TV/Film: this season’s short-lived 666 Park Avenue, Elementary, Law & Order, Sex and the City, All My Children, Simply Irresistible, Cradle Will Rock, Tom and Francie.
Stefanie Zadravec (Playwright) is a resident playwright at New Dramatists and a 2012-2013 Playwright Fellow at the Lark Play Development Center. Her play Honey Brown Eyes (Theater J; Working Theater) received the 2009 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play. The Electric Baby (Quantum Theatre) received the Women in the Arts & Media Collaboration Award. Save Me (The Barrow Group) received the Phoenix Theatre’s National Playwriting Award. Stefanie’s collaborations include: We Play for the Gods (The Women’s Project), The Fear Project (The Barrow Group), and The Jackson Heights Trilogy (Theater 167). Stefanie has received commissions from Oregon Shakespeare Festival/Full Stage USA, The Working Theater/NYSCA and Epic Theatre Ensemble/Ford Foundation. Awards and residencies include a Playwrights Realm Fellowship, the 2012 Sustainable Arts Foundation Writing Award, a Dramatists Guild Fellowship, The Women’s Project Lab, Play Penn and Sewanee Writers Conference. Upcoming productions: The Electric Baby at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble in Chicago (June 2013). Stefanie teaches screenwriting and playwriting at Primary Stages (ESPA). www.szadravec.com
May Adrales (Director) is thrilled to be back at Two River Theater where she directed the world premiere of the musical In This House. May has helmed several world premieres including Katori Hall’s Whaddabloodclot!!! (Williamstown Theatre Festival); A. Rey Pamatmat’s Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Thomas Bradshaw’s Mary (Goodman Theatre); Tommy Smith’s The Wife (Access Theater) and The Bereaved (Partial Comfort Productions). She recently directed David Henry Hwang’s The Dance and the Railroad at Signature Theatre and Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop at Milwaukee Rep. She is a Drama League Directing Fellow, Women’s Project Lab Director, SoHo Rep Writers/Directors Lab and NYTW directing fellow, and a recipient of the TCG New Generations Grant, Denham Fellowship, and Paul Green Directing Award. She proudly serves as an Associate Artist at Milwaukee Rep. She is a former Director of Onsite Programs at the Lark Play Development Center and Artistic Associate at The Public Theater. MFA, Yale School of Drama. May has directed and taught at Juilliard, ART, ACT, Fordham University, NYU, and Bard College. She is on faculty at the Einhorn School of Performing Arts and the Yale School of Drama. www.mayadrales.net
Mimi Lien (Scenic Designer) is a New York-based designer of sets and environments for theater, dance, and opera. She is an artistic associate with Pig Iron Theatre Company and The Civilians. Recent work includes The Dance and the Railroad (Signature), Luck of the Irish (Lincoln Center), Zero Cost House (Pig Iron), Pierre, Natasha, & The Great Comet of 1812 (Ars Nova), and The Whale (Playwrights Horizons). Regionally, her work has been presented at Berkeley Rep, A.R.T., Wilma Theater, Long Wharf Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, Alliance Theatre, and PlayMakers Rep, among others. Mimi’s designs for dance have been presented in the Netherlands and Russia, and she was a semifinalist in the Ring Award competition for opera design in Graz, Austria. Her work has been recognized by an Obie Award for Sustained Excellence, a Barrymore Award, four Barrymore nominations, Hewes Design Award nomination, and Bay Area Critics Circle nomination. She was a recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program, a MacDowell Colony fellow, and her sculptures were featured in the exhibition Landscapes of Quarantine at the Storefront for Art and Architecture. MFA: NYU, BA: Yale.
Alixandra Gage Englund
Alixandra Gage Englund (Costume Designer) Sumeida’s Song (HERE); Song from the Uproar (The Kitchen); Macbeth (Epic Theatre); Take What Is Yours (59E59); An Error of the Moon (Off Broadway); You Can’t Take It With You, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chautauqua Theater Company); The Tempest, Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare Theatre NJ); The Seagull, Leah’s Train (NAATCO); Dog & Wolf (59E59); Midnight Angel (Skylight Opera); The Comedy of Errors (Yale Rep); Guest from the Future (Bard SummerScape); Hell, an Opera (PS122); The Busybody (Fordham University); and Christine. 1403 (short film). Alixandra has also designed for a number of NY companies including Youngblood/ EST, Spankin’ Yanks, Columbia Stages, SPF, The Chocolate Factory, The Women’s Project, and Chamber Dance Project, and is a founding member of Wingspace Theatrical Design. Education: Brown University; Yale School of Drama.
Gina Scherr (Lighting Designer) For Two River: In This House. Other collaborations with May Adrales include Whaddabloodclot!!! (Williamstown), The Mountaintop, Yellowman (Milwaukee Rep), and The Wife (Access Theater). New York designs include 20 Years of Encores! at City Center, Binibon (The Kitchen), Aliens with Extraordinary Skills (Women’s Project), Vendetta Chrome (Ohio Theatre), The Movado Hour (Baryshnikov Arts Center), Chamber Dance Project (Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater), and The Apple Trilogy (Company XIV). Regional designs include The Brothers Size (Old Globe), Red (Maltz Jupiter and Asolo Rep), and Safe in Hell (Yale Rep). International designs include I’m So Close (Toronto SummerWorks, Dublin Fringe, Vancouver Tremors), Digital Buddha (Seoul, Korea), and The Jammer and Pinocchio for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Gina received her MFA from the Yale School of Drama.
Nathan A. Roberts
Original Music/Sound Design
Nathan A. Roberts (Original Music/Sound Design) is a multi-instrumentalist who specializes in creating original music and soundscapes for plays, often live onstage. Some recent credits include original music for Our Town (Ford’s Theatre) and The Tempest (Hartford Stage); live Foley for It's a Wonderful Life (Long Wharf Theatre); and sound design for The Servant of Two Masters (The Guthrie, Shakespeare Theatre, Yale Rep). He also designs and builds musical instruments, with a special emphasis on flutes and hurdy-gurdies. MFA, Yale School of Drama.
Original Music/Sound Design
Charles Coes (Original Music/Sound Design) Off-Broadway: Louis Armstrong: Jazz Ambassador, The Butterfly, Dreams of the Washer King. Off-Off-Broadway: The Shot, The Realm, User 927, Up Up Down Down, Stand Tall. Regional: Passion Play (Yale Rep); My Wonderful Day (Wilma theater); One Slight Hitch (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Parade (Ford’s Theatre); Servant of Two Masters (Shakespeare Theatre, The Guthrie, ArtsEmerson); Annie (North Shore Music Theatre). Associate: Peter and the Starcatcher, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Grace, Chinglish. Teaching: Swarthmore College, Yale School of Drama, and New York University. Training M.F.A., Yale School of Drama.
Jaime Lincoln Smith
Jaime Lincoln Smith (Vocal/Dialect Coach) fell in love with Voice, Speech, and Diction while studying for his MFA in Acting at Rutgers University. He has a love for the clarity of speech in any language or dialect; the attraction and attention that good speech brings to an individual is like no other. Thus far he has done coaching for the U.S. Premiere of Born Bad at Soho Rep in NYC, the world premiere of Katori Hall’s Whaddabloodclot!!! at Williamstown Theatre Festival, and a staged reading of Radha Blank’s HappyFlowerNail at the New Black Arts Festival. As an actor he has performed at numerous regional theaters around the country, as well as New York City, and also appeared on TV/film in numerous TV shows and commercials.
Cindy Tolan and Adam Caldwell
Cindy Tolan & Adam Caldwell (Casting) Broadway: Cinderella, The Performers, Lysistrata Jones, Relatively Speaking, That Championship Season, A View from the Bridge, All My Sons, Avenue Q, and Xanadu. Previous productions with Vineyard Theatre, Bay Street, Dallas Theater Center, Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theater, and Lincoln Center Theater. Film: Beasts of the Southern Wild, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Blue Valentine, Another Happy Day, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, Letters to Juliet, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, Starting Out in the Evening, Death of a President, The Darjeeling Limited, The Namesake, Sherrybaby, Kinsey, The Ballad of Jack and Rose, Personal Velocity. Upcoming films: This Is Where I Leave You, Winter’s Tale, The Place Beyond the Pines, Gods Behaving Badly. Television: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Flight of the Conchords, Fringe, The Return of Jezebel James, and multiple HBO pilots. Members of CSA.
Production Stage Manager
Lori Amondson (Production Stage Manager) is delighted to be working for the first time at Two River Theater. New York credits include: Volpone and The Witch of Edmonton (Red Bull Theater); Tomfoolery and The Housewives’ Contata (York Theatre Company); plus various readings and workshops at Ars Nova, Playwrights Horizons and others. Regional credits include: Lend Me a Tenor at Paper Mill Playhouse; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Hello, Dolly!, West Side Story at 5th Avenue Theatre; Red, Three Tall Women, The Cure at Troy at Seattle Rep; Red at Arizona Theatre Company; Miss Witherspoon at ACT Theatre; The Lion in Winter, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Bach at Leipzig at Shakespeare Santa Cruz; along with productions at Intiman Theatre, Arkansas Rep, Village Theatre, Chester Theatre Company.