Tony Award winner Michael Frayn’s Noises Off belongs on any list of the funniest plays ever written. Screwball antics, sight gags, pratfalls, misplaced props, slamming doors and flying sardines all combine in this celebrated, flawless farce-within-a-farce. Sarna Lapine, whose credits include the acclaimed recent Broadway revival of Sunday in the Park with George with Jake Gyllenhaal, directs.
Simply a whole lot of fun
THE STAR LEDGER
A Sidesplitting comedy wonderfully performed
…a fast, funny farce and a welcome bit of fun in the chilly months
…a master-class in comic timing
SCENE ON STAGE
MEET THE ARTISTS
Kathleen Choe is thrilled to be working with this lovely, happy company of Noises Off at Two River Theater. Theater credits include: When the Sari Travels (Rising Circle Theater Collective), Devising the American Dream (Geva Theatre Center), A Piece of My Heart (Speranza Theatre Company), Avenue Q (Arkansas Repertory Theatre), You Are Now the Owner of This Suitcase (Theatre 167), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (dir. Austin Pendleton), Ginger (Ensemble Studio Theatre), 4.48 Psychosis (59E59 Theaters), Trying to Find Chinatown (Bank Street Theatre). Film and TV: Maniac, The Dangerous Book for Boys, Quantico, Show Me a Hero, Mysteries of Laura, Forever, Broad City, Delivery Man. Thanks to Sarna, the wonderful cast and creative team for this amazingly hilarious ride, and much love to my family and friends. Training: MFA, The New School for Drama. www.Kathleen-Choe.com, IG: @katchoe
Kimiye Corwin New York Theater: The Changeling (Red Bull), Martyrs (La MaMa), Wasted: An Historical Burlesque (Ars Nova), Fire Throws (Ripe Time), Kate’s Chink-O-Rama (Joe’s Pub). Regional: Sense and Sensibility (Guthrie), Hedda Gabler (Studio Theatre), A Christmas Carol (McCarter), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Actors Theater of Louisville), Midsummer Night’s Dream (Syracuse Stage), Now Circa Then (TheatreWorks Palo Alto), Snow Falling on Cedars (Hartford Stage), Twelfth Night, Hamlet (Shakespeare Festival St. Louis). TV/Film: The Blacklist, The Family, The Following, The Michael J. Fox Show, One Life to Live, Five Dances (film by Alan Brown). Kimiye had trained as a dancer at Juilliard and danced with the José Limón Dance Company for five years before training as an actor. She enjoys the collision of her worlds now with work as a choreographer and movement consultant for theater. So grateful to be at Two River and for her loves, Jesse, Ruby and Maxine! Training: BFA Juilliard, MFA Brown/Trinity. www.kimiyecorwin.com
Michael Crane New York Theater: Gloria (Vineyard), This Day Forward (Vineyard), The Body of an American (Primary Stages/Hartford Stage), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, King Lear and Richard III (Public Theater), Taking Care of Baby (MTC), Doris to Darlene (Playwrights Horizons), The Mag-7 (Naked Angels), The Young Left (Cherry Lane), The Tenant (Woodshed Collective), West Moon Street (Prospect Theater Company), Bone Portraits (Stillpoint Prods), The Leopard and the Fox (TBG), Brack’s Last Bachelor Party (59E59), Middlemen (Human Animals). Regional Theater: Father Comes Home from the Wars (A.R.T.), Hamlet (Pioneer Theatre), Hell Meets Henry Halfway (Pig Iron Theatre Co.), Long Wharf, Williamstown, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Weston Playhouse. TV/Film: People of Earth, Succession, Barry, Damages, White Collar, Winter’s Tale, Forever, Law & Order, Kings. MFA: NYU.
Gopal Divan Off-Broadway: The Low Road (Public Theater/NYSF), The Other Village (Symphony Space). Regional/International: Disgraced (Best Actor, Houston Press; 4th Wall), White Rabbit/Red Rabbit (The Ringling), Ideation (Best Ensemble, Herald Tribune; Urbanite), Love’s Labour’s Lost, Señora Carrar’s Rifles (The Cochrane, London), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Junction, Cambridge UK), Around the World in 80 Days, Emma (Hong Kong Civic Centre). TV: Divorce (HBO), Casualty (BBC). Film: In Heaven’s Hands, The Groundskeeper, Consensus Reality, Draupadi, Forbidden, Guys Reading Poems. Training: Drama Centre, London. RADA. Thankful to be making his Two River Theater debut!
Philip Goodwin Two River Theater: As You Like It, Lives of Reason. Broadway: The Diary of Anne Frank, The School for Scandal, Tartuffe. Off-Broadway: Cymbeline, Pericles, Macbeth and as the Fool in King Lear with Kevin Kline at The Public Theater; The Broken Heart, Troilus and Cressida and as Henry VI in Henry VI (Drama Desk nomination) at Theatre for a New Audience; Grace at MCC with Lynn Redgrave; Drowning at Signature Theatre; The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek at New York Theatre Workshop; Richard III, Double Falsehood at CSC; Celebration at Atlantic Theatre Company. Regional: Associate Artist at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington DC. Roles include Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Timon in Timon of Athens and Mayor Stockbridge in Enemy of the People (Helen Hayes Awards); Kenneth Tynan in Tynan, The Lisbon Traviata, The Puppetmaster of Lodz at Studio Theatre, DC; Dr. Tambourri in Passion at The Kennedy Center. Other regional appearances include Hartford Stage, Cleveland Playhouse, Great Lakes Theater Company, Portland Stage, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Intiman Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival and The Acting Company. Film: The Pink Panther, The Pink Panther 2, Diary of a City Priest. Television: Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Hamlet for PBS.
Ellen Harvey Broadway: Miss Erikson in Present Laughter (starring Kevin Klein), Miss Jones in How to Succeed in Business… (starring Daniel Radcliffe), Madame Giry in Phantom of the Opera, The Music Man, Thou Shalt Not. Off-Broadway: Big Love (Eleanor), Signature Theatre. Shakespeare in the Park: Into the Woods (Cinderella’s Stepmother). National Tours: Mary Poppins (Miss Andrew), Disney’s High School Musical (Ms. Darbus), Mamma Mia! (Tanya) and Sunset Boulevard. She previously appeared at Two River as Dionyza in Pericles. Other regional favorites: Company (Joanne, Barrington Stage Company with Aaron Tveit; BTCA 2017 Award), Sweeney Todd (Mrs. Lovett, KC Rep), Animal Crackers (Mrs. Rittenhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival), Last Night of Ballyhoo (Boo Levy, Bay Street Theater), Sister Act (Mother Superior, North Shore Music Theatre), The Little Mermaid (Ursula, NC Theatre), and Gypsy (Mazeppa, The MUNY). TV: Martha Wilson on House of Cards, Gotham, Younger, and Partners. Proud owner of a rescue dog! Everything else: www.ellenharvey.net & @ellenharveynyc
Adrianna Mitchell is an actor/writer/director and teaching artist from Atlanta, GA and recent graduate of American Conservatory Theater’s MFA program. Adrianna has a passion for epic storytelling and heightened language and has been blessed to work her way through Shakespeare’s canon, playing Juliet in Chautauqua Theater Company’s Romeo and Juliet; The Player Queen in A.C.T.’s Hamlet; Isabella in Actor Shakespeare Project’s Measure for Measure; and most recently Kate in Taming of the Shrew for an educational website spearheaded by Stanford University. Other credits include Booth in Topdog/Underdog, St. Monica in Last Days of Judas Iscariot, and Nina in Sunset Baby. Adrianna directed, co-devised and designed a one-woman show called The Crooked Room about dismantling harmful stereotypes about black women, and she also co-authored A Subtlety: The Sugar Play, a magical satire exploring the impact of Sugar on black history and bodies. She is a two-time alumna of the prestigious Chautauqua Theater Company, The British American Drama Academy, and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Spelman College.
JASON O’CONNELL is a NYC-based actor, writer and director whose plays include Cyrano, The Dork Knight (Abingdon Theatre, Joe’s Pub at The Public), and Fat and Scant of Breath: or, Stabbing at Hamlet. Directing credits include the world premiere of Cyrano (Amphibian Stage), Pride and Prejudice (Syracuse Stage), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival), and Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Texas Shakespeare Festival). As an actor, Jason’s Off-Broadway credits include Harold Ryan in Happy Birthday, Wanda June (Wheelhouse/The Duke on 42nd St), Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice (Primary Stages), Bottom and Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Pearl), Edward Ferrars and Robert Ferrars in Sense and Sensibility (Bedlam/The Gym at Judson), and Trigorin in The Seagull (Bedlam/Sheen Center). Regional acting credits include Noises Off and The Merry Wives of Windsor at Two River Theater, The Play’s the Thing at A.P.T., Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) at Great Lakes Theater, Next Fall at Florida Studio Theatre, All My Sons and Frost/Nixon at Arkansas Rep, the title role in Hamlet at Texas Shakespeare Festival, the title role in Richard III at Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, and 24 plays in 10 seasons with Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (favorite roles include Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, Berowne in Love’s Labour’s Lost, Dorante in The Liar). Jason has appeared on several episodes of NBC’s Law & Order franchise, and has performed stand-up comedy all over NYC, including at Caroline’s on Broadway. He won the NYIT award for Outstanding Lead Actor in Don Juan in Hell (also cited as one of the year’s best performances by The Wall Street Journal); the premiere production of Cyrano received Best Play and Best Director citations from the Dallas-Fort Worth Critics Forum. Jason is a founding member of NYC theatre company The COOP, and makes his home in Queens with his fiancée, the actress/playwright Kate Hamill. www.jason-oconnell.com.
Phillip Taratula is a New York-based actor and writer. His theater credits include Empire Travel Agency (Woodshed Collective); Taylor Mac’s The Lily’s Revenge (HERE Arts Center); understudying the role of Frosch in Die Fledermaus at the Metropolitan Opera; Two Gentlemen of Verona (directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel); and several shows with the theatre company Collaboration Town, including The Deepest Play Ever (New Ohio Theatre). He is a co-bookwriter of the musical Bloody Bloody Jessica Fletcher, an unauthorized parody of Murder, She Wrote, which is currently in development. Regionally, he’s appeared in productions at North Shore Music Theatre, Argyle Theatre, Gulfshore Playhouse, Huntington, Williamstown Theatre Festival, O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Portland Stage, Castleton Opera Festival, and several others. Film/TV includes Sell By and the hit webseries The Outs. Instagram @ptaratula
Michael Frayn was born in London in 1933. He began his career as a reporter for the Guardian and later the Observer. After leaving the Observer he continued to write as a columnist as well as publishing novels and plays for television and stage. His plays for stage include: Democracy, Copenhagen, Afterlife, The Two of Us, Alphabetical Order, Donkeys’ Years, Clouds, Balmoral (Liberty Hall), Make and Break, Noises Off, Benefactors, Alarms and Excursions, Look Look, Here and Make and Break. His translations include: four full-length Chekhov plays (The Cherry Orchard, Three Sisters, The Seagull and Uncle Vanya) and four one-act plays (The Evils of Tobacco, Swan Song, The Bear and The Proposal). Mr. Frayn is married to the biographer and critic Claire Tomalin.
Sarna Lapine is a director and developer of new work. Current: Into the Woods (Juilliard), a site-specific production of The Rape of Lucretia (Boston Lyric Opera) and Kate Hamill’s adaptation of Little Women (Primary Stages). Recent productions include: Frost/Nixon by Peter Morgan (Bay Street Theater); a new musical by Brian Hill and Neil Bartram, You Are Here (Goodspeed Musicals); Japan premiere of Anna Ziegler’s Photograph 51; Sondheim on Sondheim (Boston Pops and the L.A. Phil) and the critically acclaimed Broadway revival of Sunday in the Park With George, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford. Sarna directed a national tour of Dirty Dancing, South Pacific and was Associate Director of The National Theatre’s War Horse, North American Tour and Japan production. She began her career in theater as Bartlett Sher’s assistant director on The Light in the Piazza and worked with him on three more Broadway shows: Awake and Sing!, South Pacific and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. She holds an MFA in film from Columbia University and was an IFP/Marcie Bloom Film Fellow.
Regional theatre: On Beckett, Without Walls (Center Theatre Group) Tiny House, Doubt (Westport Country Playhouse), A Comedy of Tenors, (Outer Critics Circle Award) (Cleveland Playhouse / McCarter Theatre), Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike (The Goodman Theatre), The Marriage of Figaro (The McCarter Theatre), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, (Two River Theatre),
NY theatre: The O’Casey Trilogy (Henry Hewes design award), The Shadow of a Gunman (Lucille Lortel award nomination) The Weir and The Quare Land (Origin, First Irish Award), The Emperor Jones (Henry Hewes design award nomination), (Irish Repertory Theatre), Billy and Ray (Vineyard Theatre), Exits And Entrances (Primary Stages).
Opera: Fidelio (Santa Fe Opera), The Bartered Bride, Cosi Fan Tutte (co-production Metropolitan Opera and Juilliard) Katya Kabanova, Don Giovanni, (Juilliard), L’Opera Seria (Wolftrap Opera) The Flood (Opera Columbus)
Television: Project Runway (Bravo), Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS,) The Equalizer (NBC Universal), Dickinson (Apple tv), Madam Secretary (CBS).
Valérie Thérèse Bart
Valérie Thérèse Bart Regional: The Song of Summer (world premiere by Lauren Yee, Trinity Rep); A Doll’s House, Part 2 (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Vietgone (Denver Center); You Are Here (Goodspeed); The Great Leap (world premiere by Lauren Yee, Denver Center/Seattle Rep); The Invisible Hand (Cleveland Play House); Too Heavy for Your Pocket (world premiere by Jiréh Breon Holder, Roundabout); The Servant of Two Masters (Seattle Rep, Guthrie, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Yale Rep); POP! (Yale Rep; sets). Off-Broadway: Vanity Fair (world premiere by Kate Hamill, Pearl Theatre); The Servant of Two Masters (TFANA); Twelfth Night and What You Will (Bedlam); Macbeth (Acting Company); Tina Packer’s Women of Will (sets/costumes). Opera: Rocking Horse Winner/Vinkensport (Opera Saratoga); Rigoletto (Minnesota Opera); Fidelio; Butterfly (Heartbeat Opera); Listen, Wilhelmina! (Wolf Trap; sets/costumes); She, After (Urban Arias; sets/costumes). Training: M.F.A. Design Yale School of Drama. For more: valeriebart.com
Ken Billington creates lighting for the theatre, television, interior spaces, and architecture. Among his nearly 100 Broadway shows are the original production of Sweeney Todd, the current Chicago (the longest-running American musical in history and a hit in over twenty countries), Act One, Hugh Jackman Back on Broadway, The Scottsboro Boys, White Christmas, Title of Show, Footloose, as well as revivals of My Fair Lady, Hello Dolly, Sunday in the Park with George (twice), Annie (twice), and Fiddler on the Roof (three times). Ken’s craft has illuminated many spectacular events and venues; he designed the Christmas Show at The Radio City Music Hall for 27 years. He has devised the lighting for over 100 opera productions, including Porgy and Bess for Milan’s La Scala, Madrid’s Teatro Real, and Opéra Bastillle. His lighting designs have enhanced such landmarks as New York’s Tavern on the Green and 54 Below, as well as many other important architectural and interior design projects around the world. Ken’s awards include the Tony, the Luman (architecture), and the Ace (television). In 2015, Ken Billington was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame.
Karin Graybash has created numerous sound designs for regional theater and Off-Broadway, including: Hartford Stage, Long Wharf, Berkeley Rep, Dallas Theater Center, Yale Rep, McCarter, Arena Stage, Portland Stage, TheatreWorks, and the Alliance. Her work has been nominated for the Helen Hayes Awards and she is a recipient of the Bay Area Theatre Critics Award for her sound design of Polk County at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Karin was the original live sound consultant for the multi-media production Freedom Rising at the National Constitution Center. Many of her soundscapes can be heard at The Franklin Institute’s exhibit entitled Your Brain. Karin also holds the position of Sound Supervisor for the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.
David Bova Broadway designs include The Visit, The Real Thing, Violet, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Motown, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, All About Me, and Next to Normal. Films include Angelica and The Night Before. TV includes Six by Sondheim, Scream Queens, Gotham, Mozart in the Jungle, and Inside Amy Schumer.
Lorenzo Pisoni Broadway: Beetlejuice (Spring 2019), Disney’s Frozen, Noises Off, Taller than a Dwarf. Off-Broadway: All the Fine Boys, Humor Abuse, Harlequin Studies, Lobster Alice. Other selected credits: Pickle Family Circus, Cirque du Soleil. As an actor, Lorenzo works on and Off-Broadway and regionally, as well as on film and TV. His work has been recognized with Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Obie, and Outer Critics Circle Awards, among other honors. social: @lorenzopisoni
Ron Carlos is a New York-based voice, speech, and dialect coach. He is currently a lecturer in Acting at the Yale School of Drama and has taught at Harvard University, City College of New York, Marymount Manhattan College, Atlantic Theater School (NYU/Tisch School of the Arts), The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, the National Student Leadership Conference, and Shakespeare Academy @ Stratford. Coaching credits include: Broadway: The Glass Menagerie, It’s Only a Play. Off-Broadway: Mother of the Maid, Fire In Dreamland, Mlima’s Tale, The Low Road, Kings, Oedipus El Rey, Gently Down the Stream, Sweat, Party People, Plenty, Privacy (Public Theater); The Gentleman Caller (Abingdon); Grounded (Westport Country Playhouse); Charm (MCC); Mary Jane (NYTW); The Capables (Gym at Judson). Regional: Native Son, Assassins, Mary Jane, Seven Guitars, War (Yale Rep); The Piano Lesson (Hartford Stage); Misalliance, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); The Lily’s Revenge (ART); “Master Harold”…and the Boys (Gloucester Stage). Film: The Week Of, Look Away. Television: OITNB, Madam Secretary, Unforgettable, Power, Fringe. Ron holds his MFA in Voice and Speech Pedagogy from the American Repertory Theater Institute at Harvard University. He is a Certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework® and a Certified Teacher of Knight-Thompson Speechwork.
Calleri Casting (James Calleri, Paul Davis, Erica Jensen) Broadway: Fool for Love, Hughie, The Elephant Man (also West End), Hedwig and The Angry Inch, The Visit, Of Mice and Men, Venus in Fur, Living on Love, 33 Variations, A Raisin in the Sun, Chicago, James Joyce’s The Dead. Previously at Two River Theater: Songbird. National Tour: Hedwig and The Angry Inch, Bright Star (NY Casting). Select Theater: Casting for the Alliance, Berkeley Rep, Classic Stage Company (14 seasons), CTG, The Flea, Keen Company, Long Wharf (15 seasons), McCarter, OSF, Playwrights Horizons (10 seasons), The Playwrights Realm, Williamstown (4 Seasons) Television: Dickinson for Apple, The Path for Hulu, Army Wives, Lipstick Jungle, Monk, Hope & Faith, Ed. Select Film: Mike Cahill’s Sundance winners Another Earth and I Origins. Calleri Casting has been awarded 14 Artios Awards for Outstanding Casting Achievement. They are members of the Casting Society of America. callericasting.com
Production Stage Manager
Jane Pole is thrilled to be working at TRT for the first time, and delighted to be working with Sarna again. Broadway: The Addams Family, Macbeth, Tartuffe. Off-Broadway includes: School for Scandal, 39 Steps, The Anthem, Bill W. & Dr Bob, Hurt Village, On the Levee, Evil Dead The Musical, Measure for Pleasure, Almost Heaven, Coriolanus, Švejk, The Oldest Profession, Franny’s Way and Breath, Boom. Regional includes: You Are Here, A Connecticut Christmas Carol (Goodspeed); The Rocky Horror Show, Million Dollar Quartet, Guys & Dolls, Clue, Cake Off, Steel Magnolias, Barefoot in the Park (Bucks County Playhouse); Trying, Daddy Long Legs, Rich Girl, One Slight Hitch, The 39 Steps (George Street Playhouse); Intimate Apparel (Westport Country Playhouse); The Bridge Project: The Cherry Orchard & Winter’s Tale (& International Tour), Macbeth, Happy Days, King Lear, The Seagull, Medea (BAM). In the UK: Over 50 productions for the RSC, working with Sir Peter Hall, Sam Mendes, Edward Hall, Matthew Warchus, Terry Hands, David Leveaux and others.