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Hurricane Diane

Written By Pulitzer Prize Finalist Madeleine George
Directed By Tony Nominee Leigh Silverman

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In this wild comedy, the Greek god Dionysus takes form as Diane, a lesbian permaculture gardener from Vermont. She’s on a mission to gather followers and restore the Earth to its natural state. Where better to begin than a Monmouth County cul-de-sac and the women who live there?

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CRITICAL ACCLAIM

full of quick, funny wit

THE STAR LEDGER

boldly creative” & “fascinating

BROADWAY WORLD

THE CAST

Mia Barron

Mia Barron Stage work includes New York premieres of Bruce Norris’s The Pain and the Itch (Playwrights Horizons) and Domesticated (Lincoln Center), Tom Stoppard’s The Coast of Utopia (Lincoln Center), Beau Willimon’s Spirit Control (Manhattan Theatre Club), Jonathan Marc Sherman’s Knickerbocker (Public), Moira Buffini’s Dying for It (Atlantic Theater), Sam Hunter’s A Great Wilderness (Williamstown), as well as the recent Off-Broadway production of Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves (Playwrights Realm). Regional work includes Geffen, Mark Taper, New York Stage and Film, Guthrie, Long Wharf, Huntington, Westport Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Old Globe, among others. Recent TV includes a recurring role on NCIS, Comedy Central’s Review, HBO’s The Devil You Know, Newsroom, Elementary, Glee, Blue Bloods, Grey’s Anatomy, Medium, Numb3rs, Bones, Modern Family, Children’s Hospital, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, as well as the voice of Molotov on The Venture Brothers (Cartoon Network). Film work includes I Smile Back, The F Word, 27 Dresses, Amnesiac, 411, Righteous Kill and Half Empty/Half Full. Mia last worked with Leigh Silverman (and Danielle Skraastad as well) on the Off-Broadway production of Big Times, which she co-wrote and performed. MFA NYU.

Becca Blackwell

Becca Blackwell is a NYC-based trans actor, performer, and writer. Existing between genders, and preferring the pronoun “they,” Blackwell works collaboratively with playwrights and directors to expand our sense of personhood and the body through performance. Some of their collaborations have been with Young Jean Lee, Half Straddle, Jennifer Miller’s Circus Amok, Richard Maxwell, Sharon Hayes, Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf, and Lisa D’Amour. They were recently seen in Erin Markey’s A Ride on the Irish Cream at Abrons Art Center, which will be touring in Feb and March. Becca also wrote a solo show, They, Themself and Schmerm, which is touring in 2017. Becca is a recipient of the Doris Duke Impact Artist Award 2015.

 

Nikiya Mathis

Nikiya Mathis is thrilled to return to Two River Theater after appearing here in Intimate Apparel. Her Off-Broadway credits include: Skeleton Crew (Atlantic Theater); Fidelis and The Brother/Sister Plays: In the Red and Brown Water and Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet (The Public Theater); Milk Like Sugar (Playwrights Horizons); Seed (Classical Theatre of Harlem). Her regional credits include: The Blood Quilt (Arena Stage); By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Alliance Theatre); The Mountaintop (Milwaukee Rep); Eclipsed, The Brother/Sister Plays and A Christmas Carol (McCarter); Milk Like Sugar (La Jolla Playhouse); Continuum Company’s Romeo and Juliet (Florence, Italy). Her commercial work includes: Dunkin’ Donuts (national); Diet Coke “Heart Health” (national); Kraft Macaroni and Cheese “Pregnant” (national); Nationwide Insurance “Atlanta Falcon’s House.” Her television and film credits include: Blue Bloods, Shades of Blue, BraindeadElementary, Person of Interest, Madam Secretary, The Night OfCompliance (dir. Craig Zobel), Knucklehead (dir. Ben Bowman). BA: Temple University, MFA: NYU Grad Acting.

Danielle Skraastad

Danielle Skraastad previously appeared at Two River in My Wonderful Day. Broadway: All My Sons. NY: Prospect (Boundless), Baby Screams Miracle (Clubbed Thumb), The Mound Builders (Signature), The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide… (Public/Signature), The Wake (The Public Theater), Anon (Atlantic Theater), Lidless (Page 73), Midsummer… (Continuum Co), The Eyes of Others (The New Ohio), The Ones that Flutter (SPF at The Public), Kathleen Turner’s Ear (Samuel French Festival), Big Times (WET), Carrie (Theater Couture), Lascivious Something (Cherry Lane Mentor), Fugue (Cherry Lane), Cressida Among the Greeks, Red-Haired Thomas (The Ohio), The Pain and the Itch (Playwrights Horizons), Save the World (Roundtable). Regional: Old Globe, Humana Festival, Kirk Douglas Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Wilma Theater, ACT/Seattle, The Market Theater, Portland Stage, Stageworks/Hudson, Lantern Theater, Capital Rep, Hartford Stage. TV/ Film: Unforgettable, Fringe, Mercy, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, All My Children, As the World Turn, Hard Sell, 27 Dresses, The Business of Story.

Kate Wetherhead

Kate Wetherhead is the co-creator, director, writer, and star of Submissions Only, an online sitcom (www.submissionsonly.com). Broadway: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Legally Blonde. Other New York credits include God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater; Clever Little Lies; The Other Josh Cohen (Drama Desk nomination); Ordinary Days; Tatjana in Color; and Sarah, Plain and Tall. Regional: The Heidi Chronicles (Guthrie Theater), Clever Little Lies (George Street Playhouse, Guild Hall), Cabaret (Dallas Theater Center). Kate has also worked regionally at Paper Mill Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera House, and Skylight Opera Theatre. She and her collaborator, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, are co-authors of the Jack & Louisa series, published by Penguin Young Readers. Kate is currently working on her first play commission, for the Dallas Theater Center.

THE CREATIVES

Playwright

Madeleine George
Madeleine George

Madeleine George Plays include The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence (Pulitzer Prize finalist; Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award), Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England (Susan Smith Blackburn finalist), Precious Little, and The Zero Hour (Jane Chambers Award, Lambda Literary Award finalist). Honors include a Whiting Foundation Award, the Princess Grace Award for Playwriting, and three MacDowell Fellowships. Madeleine is a member of New Dramatists, a founding member of the Obie Award-winning playwrights’ collective 13P (Thirteen Playwrights, Inc.), the Fellow for Curriculum and Program Development at the Bard Prison Initiative at Bard College, and the Mellon Playwright-in-Residence at Two River Theater.

Director

Leigh Silverman
Leigh Silverman

Leigh Silverman , a two-time Obie winner, directed the Encores! and Broadway productions of Violet and earned a Tony Award nomination. At Two River: Ethan Lipton’s No Place to Go. Broadway: David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish, Lisa Kron’s Well. Encores!: Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party. Recent Off-Broadway includes: Sweet Charity starring Sutton Foster (New Group); All the Ways to Say I Love You starring Judith Light (MCC); The Way We Get By (Second Stage); Tumacho (Clubbed Thumb); I’m Looking for Helen Twelvetrees (Abrons); Bright Half Life (WP); American Hero (Second Stage and Williamstown Theatre Festival); Kung Fu (Signature Theatre); The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence (Playwrights Horizons); The Madrid (MTC); Golden Child (Signature Theatre); In the Wake (Center Theatre Group/Berkeley Rep and Public Theater, Obie Award, Lortel nomination); Go Back to Where You Are (Playwrights Horizons, Obie Award); From Up Here (MTC, Drama Desk nomination); Yellow Face (Pulitzer finalist, Center Theatre Group/Public Theater); Coraline (MCC/True Love); Hunting and Gathering (Primary Stages); Oedipus at Palm Springs (NYTM); The Beebo Brinker Chronicles (Hourglass Group); Blue Door (Playwrights Horizons/Seattle Rep);Well (Public Theater/Huntington Theatre/ACT).

Choreographer

Sonya Tayeh
Sonya Tayeh

Sonya Tayeh (Choreographer) is a New York City-based choreographer and teacher. Her work is a tribute to her Detroit roots—a constant yet grounding influence that inspires her to create the aggressive, sometimes jarring, emotional and powerful choreography she has become best known for. Since paving her professional career, her work has been described as a blend of powerful versatility and theatrical range. Tayeh has gleaned accolades for her work across the worlds of commercial dance and theater, including two Emmy nominations for Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance (2015 and 2013) and the 2014 Lortel Award and an Obie Award for Outstanding Choreography for her work on David Henry Hwang’s dance-play Kung Fu, for which she also received a Drama Desk nomination. Some of Tayeh’s recent choreographic credits include: You’ll still call me by name (New York Live Arts Commissioned Artist/directed and choreographed); Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party (City Center Encores!/dir. Leigh Silverman); Martha Graham Dance Company’s 2015 Lamentation Variation series (The Joyce Theater); Iphigenia in Aulis (Classic Stage Company/dir. Rachel Chavkin); The Last Goodbye (Old Globe/dir. Alex Timbers); Pieces for LA Ballet’s New Wave and Next Wave series; and Cirque du Soleil’s Walk for Water (premiered in Las Vegas). Her upcoming credits include: Public Works project (Show TBA, Public Theater’s Delacorte Theater 2017); Hundred Days (Under the Radar Festival, 2017); The Skin of Our Teeth (Theatre for a New Audience, 2017).

Original Music

The Bengsons
The Bengsons

American folk/rock duo The Bengsons have performed their music worldwide. Theater and Dance: You’ll still call me by name (New York Live Arts), Hundred Days (Under the Radar Festival), Anything That Gives Off Light (National Theatre of Scotland and The TEAM at Edinburgh Theater Festival), The Place We Built (The Flea), Iphigenia in Aulis (CSC). Television: So You Think You Can Dance (2012-2015). Upcoming: Sun Down, Yellow Moon (Ars Nova, Women’s Project), The Lucky Ones (Ars Nova), and a LCT commission. www.bengsons.com

Music Director

Matthew Dean Marsh
Matthew Dean Marsh

Matthew Dean Marsh is a New York City-based composer, writer, and performer. His compositions have been heard at Madison Square Garden, Lincoln Center, Michigan Opera House, BAM, Tribeca Film Festival, McKittrick Hotel (Sleep No More) and the White House in Washington, DC. His recent adaptation of Romeo & Juliet with Psittacus Productions was commissioned by Lincoln Center Education. He has music directed for The Civilians and NYU’s Reality Show, directed by Preston Martin. Accompanying credits include Jo Lampert, Joseph Keckler, Max Jenkins, Tom Hennes, Ato Blankson-Wood, Todd Almond, Salty Brine, David Cale, and Sherie Rene Scott. matthewdeanmarsh.com

 

Scenic Designer

Rachel Hauck
Rachel Hauck

Rachel Hauck Previously for Two River: No Place to Go. NYC theater credits include: Hadestown (NYTW); Tiny Beautiful ThingsDry Powder (The Public); All the Ways to Say I Love You (MCC); Antlia Pneumatica, Grand Concourse, Patron Saint of Sea Monsters, The Call (Playwrights Horizons); Night Is a Room, Our Lady of Kibeho, And I and Silence (Signature); An Iliad (NYTW). Regional: Poster Boy, And No More Shall We Part (WTF); It Can’t Happen Here (BRT); Animal (Studio Theatre). Ten seasons with the O’Neill Playwrights Conference; Princess Grace and Lilly Awards; Drama Desk and Lortel nominations; Obie Award for Sustained Excellence.

Costume Designer

Kay Voyce
Kay Voyce

Kay Voyce Broadway: The Real Thing, The Realistic Joneses, Shining City and this spring’s Significant Other. Recent work includes: Dael Orlandersmith’s Until the Flood (St. Louis Rep), This Day Forward (Vineyard), Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again (Soho Rep), Cardboard Piano (Actors Theatre of Louisville, directed by Leigh Silverman), Signature Plays and The Wayside Motor Inn (Signature Theatre), Indian Summer and Detroit (Playwrights Horizons), The Mystery of Love and Sex and 4000 Miles (Lincoln Center Theater), Il Turco in Italia (Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Opera Dijon and Teatro Regio Torino), Trisha Brown’s final two dances: Rogues and Toss, and Richard Maxwell’s The Evening Parts 1 and 2 (Walker Arts Center, Museum of Contemporary Art Buenos Aires, tour). Recipient of 2016 Obie for Sustained Excellence in Design.

Lighting Designer

Jen Schriever
Jen Schriever

Jen Schriever Designs include – NYC: Broadway: Eclipsed, John Leguizamo’s Ghetto Klown. Off-Broadway: ToasTA Second Chance, Eclipsed (Public Theater); Night Is a Room (Signature); Engagements, Mala Hierba, American Hero (Second Stage); Sunset Baby (Labyrinth); Bright Half Life (Women’s Project); I’m looking for Helen Twelvetrees (Abrons). Regional: American Repertory Theater, Goodman, Goodspeed Opera House, Studio Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, Shakespeare Theatre in DC, Paper Mill, CenterStage, Signature, Williamstown, Cleveland Playhouse, Asolo Rep.  Opera: The Pearl Fishers (ENO, Met); Die Fledermaus (Met); A Midsummer Night’s DreamFaustLa Traviata, (Mariinsky Theatre Russia). Dance: Liz Lerman’s Healing Wars.  Adjunct Professor: Purchase College. www.jenschriever.com

Sound Designer

Bray Poor
Bray Poor

Bray Poor is proud to have recently been awarded two Obies: one for Sustained Excellence in Sound Design, and one for his collaboration on Annie Baker’s John (for which he also received a Drama Desk nomination). Recent work includes original music and sound design for Sam Gold’s Othello at New York Theatre WorkshopHe has designed sound and composed music on Broadway and off at theaters including MTC, LTC, The Public (Lortel Nomination for Buzzer), Roundabout, PS 122, Signature, Second Stage, Playwrights Horizons. Regionally, he has worked at Berkeley Rep, South Coast Rep, The Old Globe, Long Wharf, Actors Theater of Louisville, Yale Rep, Trinity Rep, Arena Stage, among others. His next project is The Glass Menagerie with Sally Field and Joe Montello on Broadway, directed by Mr. Gold.

Production Stage Manager

Melanie J. Lisby
Melanie J. Lisby

Melanie J. Lisby Broadway: On the Twentieth Century. Off-Broadway: Dead Poets Society, The Public Theater’s Mobile Shakespeare Unit: Hamlet!, Women Without Men, Nathan the Wise, Once Upon a Mattress, Silence! The Musical. Regional: Sharon Playhouse, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Mosaic Theater, Crossroads Repertory, Gulfshore Playhouse (23 shows in 6 seasons as Resident PSM), The Barnstormers (16 shows in 2 seasons as PSM). Other New York credits include the Sundance Theatre Lab (2015 and 2016 MENA) and numerous showcases, readings, galas and events. Proud Indiana State University Alumnus and member of Actors’ Equity Association.

 

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