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A Thousand Maids

World Premiere

by Tony Meneses

Directed by Aneesha Kudtarkar

The Marion Huber Theater

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CAN YOU SEE THEM FOR WHO THEY REALLY ARE?

Cordelia’s stuck. Cordelia needs to design a maid’s costume, but she can’t stop thinking about The Help and Maid in Manhattan and Gone with the Wind and As Good As It Gets and… and… and… How can she find a way to show these women for who they really are? Two River favorite Tony Meneses (The Hombres, Guadalupe in the Guest Room) returns with this world premiere comedy.

This performance contains: Strong language.

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WATCH

Official Trailer

Mood Board Q&A with the Cast & Creatives

MEET THE ARTISTS

THE CAST

Deonna Bouye

Deonna Bouye (BUTTERFLY MCQUEEN) Off-Broadway: Cullud Wattah(Public Theater-Studio); Revolving Cycles (The Playwrights Realm); The Netflix Plays (ARS NOVA). Regional: The Bluest Eye (The Guthrie); The Great Society (Arena Stage);This Random World (Actors Theatre of Louisville-Humana Festival), How We Got On (Actors Theatre of Louisville-Humana Festival); Clybourne Park (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); Safe House (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park) Guadalupe in the Guestroom (Two River Theater);Vanya/Sonia/Masha/Spike (Weston Playhouse); Not Medea (B Street Theatre); Barrio Grrrl (The Kennedy Center); Several summers at The National Playwright’s Conference (The O’Neill). Film: Brazzaville Teenager with Michael Cera. Media: Jody in PlayStation’s Hidden Agenda . TV: My Crazy Love” (Oxygen Network). Training: MFA- The University of Iowa. Deonna would like to dedicate this run to the memory of an acting legend, mentor, and friend: Ms. Lynda Gravátt. 

Maria Elena Ramirez

Maria Elena Ramirez (LUPE ONTIVEROS/Others) (she/her) Broadway: Fish in the Dark with Larry David, Rachel Jackson in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. National Tours: Siobhan in the 1st National Tour of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and War Horse (USA/Canada/Japan), both with the National Theatre of Great Britain. Off-Broadway: 72 Miles to Go (Roundabout Theatre Company), Little Women (Primary Stages), Mary Page Marlowe and Living Out (Second Stage), Important Hats of the Twentieth Century (Manhattan Theatre Club), Somewhere Fun (Vineyard Theatre), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (The Public Theater), The Thugs (Soho Rep), Princess Turandot (McGinn/Cazale Theatre), Skin of Our Teeth (New York Shakespeare Festival). Maria Elena has appeared at numerous regional theatres across the country including The Guthrie Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Seattle Rep, American Repertory Theatre, Westport Country Playhouse, and the Long Wharf Theatre, among othersShe most recently appeared in the World Premiere of Monet Hurst-Mendoza’s Torera at the Alley Theatre. Film and Television credits include: St. Vincent, The Women, Assassination of a High School President, Personal Velocity, “Blue Bloods,” “New Amsterdam, “The Blacklist,”” “Defending Jacob,” “FBI,” “Elementary,” “Search Party,” “The Other Two,” “Limitless,” “Person of Interest,” “Unforgettable,” “Army Wives,” “Law & Order(s),” “The Sopranos,” among others.  MFA: NYU Graduate Acting Program. 

Kate Siahaan-Rigg

KATE SIAHAAN-RIGG (VIVIAN) is an award-winning artist & activistUpon graduation from the Juilliard School of Drama, she immediately hit the New York comedy clubs, poetry spaces and downtown haunts for multi-hyphenate performers with restless hearts. She writes, performs and produces work for television, film, stage and dive bars around the world. She is one of only two winners of the Juilliard Interarts Award given to artists who crossed disciplines to create work across the school’s divisionsWorld Premieres: Wilder Rediscovered (ATL) Most Fabulous Story Ever Told (NYTW), Cygnus (Women’s Project), Three Kinds of Exile (Atlantic), BFE (Long Wharf and Playwrights Horizons), The World of Extreme Happiness (MTC), Collective Rage (Wooly Mammoth), A Thousand Splendid Suns (ACT), Other Off-Broadway: The Jammer (Atlantic),  Dogeaters (NYSF The Public Theater), Redwood (EST). Solo shows: Birth of a nASIAN (CTGLA, La Mama ETC./Comedy Central Theater/The Smithsonian Institute), Americasiana (MACLA/Dixon Place/The Smithsonian Institute),  Happy Lucky Golden Tofu Panda Dragon Good Time Fun Fun Show (La Mama ETC / Edinburgh Fringe/ indie film), Zombie Asian Moms, (La Mama ETC). TV: “New Amsterdam”, “Tales of The City”, “The Path”, “Law and Order SVU”, “Law and Order”, “Family Guy”,  “The Dr. Phil Show. Film: Mile 22, Race Is the Place, That’s What She Said. I see you and you see me, Family Guy Movie. Stand Up Comic and rapper in stadiums and dive bars around the world. Co-Host/Producer of disOrientalism at Joe’s Pub NYSF. Training: Juilliard. :www.katerigg.com  IG @kateriggnyc 

Natalie Woolams-Torres

Natalie Woolams-Torres (CORDELIA) (she/her)Natalie is a Dominican American actor and artist from New York City and graduate of SUNY Purchase Theater Arts and Film. Off-Broadway: The Fears Produced by Steven Soderbergh, Novenas for a Lost Hospital, and the original production of Tiny Beautiful Things at The Public Theater. Other NY Public Theater credits include: Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Comedy of Errors, Taming of The Shrew, and Julius Caesar. TV: “Difficult People”, “Room 104”, “High Maintenance”, “Chicago Med”, “New Amsterdam”, “Succession”, “Dead Ringers”. She can be seen in Steven Soderbergh’s 2024 upcoming film Presence. You can follow her on instagram @personataliewoolams or keep up with her urban inspired illustrations @personataliedraws 

THE CREATIVES

Playwright

Tony Meneses
Tony Meneses

Tony Meneses (Playwright) (he/him) was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and raised in Albuquerque and Dallas. His plays include Guadalupe in the Guest Room, twenty50, The Hombres, and El Borracho. He is an alum of the Soho Rep. Writer/Director Lab, Ars Nova Play Group, Sundance Institute Playwrights Retreat at Ucross Foundation, The Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship, and Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood; his work has been previously developed at the Lark Playwrights’ Week, Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, The Denver Center’s Colorado New Play Summit, The Old Globe’s Powers New Voices Festival, and South Coast Repertory’s Pacific Playwrights Festival and New SCRipt Series. He is a two-time recipient of The Kennedy Center Latinx Playwriting Award, is published by Dramatists Play Service and Theatrical Rights Worldwide, and has been previously commissioned by Denver Center, Two River Theater, South Coast Rep, and The Juilliard School. He is currently under commission from The Old Globe. Education: The University of Texas at Austin, Iowa Playwrights Workshop, Juilliard.

Director

Aneesha Kudtarkar
Aneesha Kudtarkar

Aneesha Kudtarkar (Director)  (she/her) is a New York-based theatre director. She likes plays that start out normal, and then get weird. Select projects include Water by the Spoonful, The Who and The What (Juilliard), Ms. Watson & Ms. Holmes – #2B (Dorset Theatre Festival), Queen (Long Wharf Theatre, National Asian American Theatre Company), The Cherry Orchard (The New School), Men on Boats (Southern Methodist University), [Veil Widow Conspiracy] (National Asian American Theatre Company), LOCUSTS, Trouble in Mind (Yale School of Drama), The Purple Flower (Yale Cabaret). She has also developed new works with Clubbed Thumb, NYTW, Cape Cod Theatre Project, and the Hunter College MFA Program. Aneesha is an alumna of Southern Methodist University and the Yale School of Drama MFA Program. AneeshaDirects.com

 

Scenic Designer

Alexander Dodge
Alexander Dodge

Alexander Dodge (Scenic Designer) Alexander was born in Switzerland, raised in Arizona, and lives in Manhattan with his husband and two sons. TWO RIVER: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. BROADWAY: I Need That, Anastasia (Outer Critics Nomination), A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Nominations), Present Laughter (Tony Nomination), Old Acquaintance, Butley, Hedda Gabler. OFF-BROADWAY: Russian Troll Farm: Vineyard, The Whisper House: 59E59, Harry Clarke: Vineyard/Minetta Lane, The Understudy: Roundabout, Ripcord: MTC, The Water’s Edge, Trust: Second Stage, Paris Commune: Public, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Toward the Somme: LCT (Lortel Winner). LONDON WEST END: Harry Clarke, All New People. OTHER: Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame: La Jolla and Paper Mill Playhouses/Japan/Germany/Austria; American Buffalo: The Gate, Dublin. OPERA: Samson et Dalila: Metropolitan Opera; The Thirteenth Child: Santa Fe; Ghosts of Versailles: L.A. Opera; Ukiyo-E: Grand Théâtre de Genève; Dinner at Eight, Minnesota Opera/ Wexford Festival: Il trittico: Deutsche Oper Berlin, Lohengrin: Budapest. TRAINING: MFA-Yale. alexanderdodgedesign.com @alexanderdodgedesign 

Costume Designer

Kara Harmon
Kara Harmon

Kara Harmon (Costume Designer) Off-Broadway: Watch Night, Perelman PAC, Cullud Wattah, Public Theater; Lockdown, Rattlestick Playwrights, The Niceties, Manhattan Theatre Club; Dot, Vineyard Theatre. Select Regional credits include: The Penelopiad, Goodman Theatre; The Three Musketeers, OSF; 42nd Street, Goodspeed Musicals (CT Critics Circle Outstanding Costume Design); Choir Boy, Steppenwolf; Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Children’s Theatre Company; Cosi Fan Tutte, Arizona Opera; Hometown to the World, Santa Fe Opera; Shutter Sisters, Old Globe;  Darlin’ Cory, The Alliance Theater, Guys & Dolls, Guthrie Theater; Toni Stone, Milwaukee Rep; The Color Purple, Portland Center Stage; The Wiz!, Ford’s Theatre (Helen Hayes Award); Nina Simone: Four Women, Arena Stage;  The Purists, Huntington Theatre; Barbecue, Geffen Playhouse (NAACP Award).  Assistant Costume Design TV: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” Season 2, Amazon; “Daredevil,” Season 2, Netflix; “Boardwalk Empire,” Season 5, HBO. KaraHarmonDesign.com 

Lighting Designer

Cat Tate Starmer
Cat Tate Starmer

Cat Tate Starmer (Lighting Designer) Off-Broadway: Georgia Mertching is Dead, White People (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Hold These Truths, MacBeth, Richard III (Epic Theatre Ensemble); American Jornalero (Working Theatre); Recent Regional designs include Living and Breathing (Two River Theatre), A Christmas Carol, 1984 (LDI Design Achievement Award), The Winter’s Tale, Murder on the Orient Express (Alley Theatre); Hurricane Diane, They Promised Her the Moon (Old Globe); Steel Magnolias, Frankenstein (LIT Design Award) (Guthrie Theatre); Hold These Truths (Theatreworks: Silicon Valley, Guthrie Theatre, Playmakers Rep); Buzz (Alabama Shakespeare Theatre) and The People Next Door (Yale Rep). Cat has been a guest lecturer and designer at Yale, Juilliard, Fordham, Barnard, Princeton, Brown, and Bard College. Cat designed the architectural lighting for Plaza 33, a pedestrian plaza near Penn Station in NYC and received two Lumen awards and a SOURCE Award for her work with Focus Lighting. She is a professor at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts. MFA: Yale School of Drama. 

Sound/Composition Designer

Fabian Obispo
Fabian Obispo

Fabian Obispo (Sound/Composition Designer) debuts at Two River Theater. Recent off-Broadway credits include Public Theater’s Sea Wall/A Life, Oedipus El Rey (Hewes nomination), The Chinese Lady (Lucille Lortel nomination) and MaYi Theatre’s Once upon a Korean Time (Hewes nomination). His musical Felix Starro premiered off Broadway marking the first off-Broadway musical created by Filipino Americans. Regional credits include Arena Stage’s Angels in America (Helen Hayes nomination), Alliance Theater’s Bina’s Six Apples (Suzi Bass nomination), and American Conservatory Theater’s Imaginary Invalid (Bay Area Critics Circle nomination). His music for the movie Vancouver was awarded best original score by the LAFilm Festival’s Indie Short Fest Award. On TV he wrote the original music for 20 Years of Asian American Playwriting, a PBS Documentary. He is also a recipient of the Berkshires Theatre Critics Award and the Barrymore. 

Hair & Makeup Designer

Gabbie Vincent
Gabbie Vincent

Gabbie Vincent (Hair & Makeup Designer) (she/her) Gabrielle “Gabbie” Vincent is a New York based Hair & Makeup Artist. Designs for theater and opera include Philip Glass’ Drowning (Days & Nights Festival, WP); Song of the Nightingale (WP), Coffee Cantata, Il Tabarro, Gianni Schicci, Turn of the Screw, Murasaki’s Moon (WP), Amahl and the Night Visitors, Das Barbecu, The Secret Gardener, and The Marriage of Figaro (all with On Site Opera); The Welkin (upcoming Makeup Design, Atlantic Theater Company); The Sandbox, Drowning, Funnyhouse of a Negro (Associate Design; Signature Theatre). Her 20+ Broadway credits include Disney’s Frozen (Makeup Specialist), The Nap, and What the Constitution Means to Me (Hair & Makeup Supervisor). Additionally, her work can be seen in multiple feature films and television shows including The Gilded Age, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Miranda’s Victim, and (upcoming) The Alto Knights. Gabbie holds a BFA from the University of Miami, and a Certificate of Cosmetology from the Aveda Institute, NY. 

Production Stage Manager

Genevieve Ortiz
Genevieve Ortiz

Genevieve Ortiz (Production Stage Manager) Off-Broadway: Daphne(LCT3/Lincoln Center Theatre); Toros (Second Stage); Catch As Catch Can (Playwrights Horizons); Patience (Second Stage); Notes on Killing Seven Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Board Members (Soho Rep); 7 Minutes (Waterwell); What to Send Up When It Goes Down (Playwrights Horizons, BAM, Woolly Mammoth, A.R.T.); Hercules (The Public); Is God Is (Soho Rep); Regional: Living and Breathing (Two River Theater); The Christians (Baltimore Center Stage) 

Assistant Stage Manager

Brillian Qi-Bell
Brillian Qi-Bell

Brillian Qi-Bell (ASM) Brillian is an SM passionate about making positive changes in her industry & community. She has been a part of advocacy programs such as the Cody Renard Richard Scholarship, Beyond the Stage Door (Baseline Theatricals), & The Harriet Tubman Effect. She is proud to represent her different cultures during this creation being Chinese, Black, Queer, & the most foreign – Iowan. Previous Work includes- PA: Hell’s Kitchen (The Public Theater), The Heart of Rock & Roll (RCI Theatricals, workshop), SUFFS (101 Productions, development), & Jagged Little Pill, 1st National Tour (RCI Theatricals). ASM Sub: Funny Girl, National Tour (NETworks Presentations), The Harder They Come (The Public Theater). ASM: Cymbeline (NAATCO, reading), Bees & Honey (MCC Theater), 38th Marathon of One Act Plays (Ensemble Studio Theater), Hit the Wall (UIowa), The Wolves (UIowa). PSM Sub: El Otro Oz (Atlantic Theater) SM: The Sensational Sea Mink-ettes (MCC Theater, reading) BREATHE (New Professional Theater), BLKS (UIowa), Media Clown (UIowa), UIXR Theater (UIowa), The People Before the Park (UIowa). Special thanks to Genevieve, Kelsea, Colten, Mojo, & my family for supporting me along the way! Instagram: @brillian_the_qi 

CRITICAL ACCLAIM

A Thousand Maids delivers an essential, socially conscious message from multiple perspectives, yet it is very clever and humorous. It’s a show this April that shouldn’t be missed.

—BROADWAY WORLD

A Thousand Maids is a play to be enjoyed in the moment, with its deeper messages about the potential, the dignity, and the choices of working women sinking in as you think about it later. I cannot congratulate Tony Meneses more highly for succeeding at putting a time- and genre-bending comic spin on this subject. For a subversive evening with four wickedly funny yet serious actors, I suggest you get to the Two River Theater and see A Thousand Maids!

—OUT IN JERSEY

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