In This House
March 4, 2012 - April 8, 2012
Music by Mike Reid
Lyrics by Sarah Schlesinger
Book by Jonathan Bernstein, Sarah Schlesinger, and Mike Reid
Music Direction by James Sampliner
Directed by May Adrales
MARION HUBER THEATER
In this melodic and poignant chamber musical, two couples—one at the beginning, the other at the end of their time together—meet accidentally, and spend an evening together in a now-deserted house on a wintry New Year’s Eve. Intimate and personal, In This House touches people no matter where they are in their own lives, evoking the universal experience of being in love and bringing audiences deeply inside the challenges and rewards of navigating a relationship.
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Chuck Cooper (Henry Arden) made his Two River Theater debut this season in August Wilson’s Jitney. He is a veteran of 10 Broadway plays and musicals, and numerous television and film guest lead appearances over the span of his 30 years as a professional actor. He won the 1996 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a musical for his portrayal of Memphis in The Life. Other Broadway credits include: Finian’s Rainbow; Lennon; Caroline, or Change (AUDELCO Award, Best Featured Actor); Chicago; Passion; Someone to Watch Over Me; Rumors; Amen Corner; Getting Away With Murder. Off-Broadway: Lost In the Stars (Encores); On the Levee (LCT3); Thunder Knocking on the Door (Minetta Lane, AUDELCO nomination); Colored People's Time (Negro Ensemble Co.); and more. Regional credits include: All My Sons (Intiman); Dance of the Holy Ghosts (Yale Rep); Robeson (Passage Theatre); Othello (New Jersey Shakespeare Festival); Julius Caesar (Philadelphia Drama Guild); Hamlet, Twelfth Night (Shakespeare Theatre, DC); Coriolanus, Timon of Athens, Two Trains Running (San Diego Critics Circle Award, The Old Globe); and more. Television: Gossip Girl; Nurse Jackie; Hack; 100 Centre Street; Law & Order; SVU; Oz; NYPD Blue; Cosby; New York Undercover; I'll Fly Away; and more. Film: Boy Wonder; Noise; Evening; American Gangster; Find Me Guilty; Three Days of Rain; The Hurricane; The Opportunists; Gloria; The Juror; North. Mr. Cooper is a Beinecke Fellow at the Yale School of Drama. Favorite role: Eddie, Alex, and Lilli's father. www.chuckcooper.net.
Jeff Kready (Johnny D’Amato) Broadway: Billy Elliot (Tony Elliot), Sunday in the Park with George revival, Les Miserables revival (Jean Valjean u/s). Off-Broadway: Tokio Confidential (Atlantic Stage 2). National Tour: Billy Elliot. Favorite regional: Godspell (Jesus), Anything Goes (Billy Crocker), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Jimmy Smith), Cats (Rum Tum Tugger), 42nd Street (Billy Lawlor). Training: BA in Vocal Performance and Vocal Music Education from Washburn University. Kansas music teacher turned actor, now proud member AEA. Many thanks to The Mine and acting coach David Hibbard. All glory and credit to JC.
Suzzanne Douglas (Luisa Arden) is an award-winning actor, singer, and producer. She most recently appeared in New York in the world premiere of Kara Lee Corthron’s post-modern play, Julius by Design. Regionally, she has appeared in three of Regina Taylor’s plays: Drowning Crow at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, Night in Tunisia in New Brunswick at George Street Playhouse, and Crowns at Pasadena Playhouse (NAACP Image Award for Best Ensemble); Women of Brewster Place for Alliance Theatre; and Georgina in Arthur Laurents’ Hallelujah, Baby! (which Laurents re-wrote for her) at Arena Stage and George Street Playhouse. Also at George Street, she was the first African American to play the role of Dr. Bearing in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Wit. On Broadway Ms. Douglas was in The Tap Dance Kid, It’s a Grand Night for Singing, and 3 Penny Opera opposite Sting. Her film credits include Tap alongside legends Sammy Davis, Jr. and Gregory Hines (NAACP Image Award); How Stella Got Her Groove Back (for which she received the Black Oscar); and Jason’s Lyric. On television, she is known for her work in the long-running family sitcom Parent ‘Hood; guest starring roles on such shows as The Good Wife, NYPD Blue, Law & Order, Touched by an Angel, I’ll Fly Away, and In the Shadow of Love; and the TV film Sounder ( Image Award nomination). Ms. Douglas is an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. and the honors society of Sigma Alpha Lambda. For more information, visit www.suzzannedouglas.com.
Margo Seibert (Annie Friedkin) was previously seen at Two River in Orestes: A Tragic Romp (also Folger Theatre). New York: The Taming of the Shrew with Old Vic New Voices, Joshua Schmidt: Songbook at Barrow Street Theatre. Her regional credits include Candide (dir. Mary Zimmerman) with the Goodman Theatre/Shakespeare Theatre, D.C.; Arcadia, School for Scandal at the Folger Theatre; A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre; The Boy Detective Fails, The Hollow, Saving Aimee at Signature Theatre; Fiddler on the Roof, Of Mice and Men, Cinderella with Olney Theatre Center; Reefer Madness at Studio Theatre. National Tour: The Phantom Tollbooth at The Kennedy Center. Education: American University. www.margoseibert.com.
Mike Reid and Sarah Schlesinger
Composer, Co-Bookwriter (Mike Reid) and Lyricist, Co-Bookwriter (Sarah Schlesinger)
Mike Reid (Composer, Co-Bookwriter) and Sarah Schlesinger (Lyricist, Co-Bookwriter) wrote The Ballad of Little Jo, which was produced by Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago as its first musical and was subsequently produced at the Bridewell Theatre in London. They have written the score for Casanova Returns, a new musical based on the life of Casanova, which won the Global Search for New Musicals. The team’s opera Different Fields was commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera Guild and has recently been on tour in Australia. Mike and Sarah have received the Kleban Award, the Richard Rodgers Award, a Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Theater Foundation Award, the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award, and Chicago’s Jeff Award for best original musical. Mike is a Grammy Award-winning songwriter with more than 30 Top-Ten pop and country hits recorded by many artists including Bonnie Raitt (“I Can’t Make You Love Me”), Anita Baker, Kenny Rogers, Wynonna, Alabama, Willie Nelson, Joe Cocker, Bette Midler, and Tim McGraw. Sarah is the Chair of the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Jonathan Bernstein’s (Co-Bookwriter) plays and musicals have been produced all over the country. He is currently at work developing a dance play with actress/choreographer Susan Misner, as well as completing a new musical with collaborators Gavin Creel and Robbie Roth. He is the Artistic Director of The Performing Arts Project, a theater training intensive that works with students from all over the world. Additionally, he teaches in NYU’s Graduate Program for Musical Theater Writing (run by the estimable Sarah Schlesinger), volunteers for the 52nd Street Project, is trying to learn Spanish, has recently conquered a fear of scuba diving, and happens to be a New York Mets fan which—like anything difficult—is fundamentally worthwhile.
May Adrales (Director) is thrilled to be directing In This House at Two River. She directed the world premieres of Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them at Actors Theater of Louisville; Mary at the Goodman Theatre; Suprema for the O’Neill National Music Theater Conference; A Hard Wall at High Speed by Ashlin Halfnight at Astoria Performing Arts Center; and Our Lot by W. David Hancock and Kristin Newbom at Clubbed Thumb. She also recently directed Yellowman at Milwaukee Repertory Theater. She has directed work at The Public Theater, Roundabout, Second Stage, New York Theatre Workshop, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Partial Comfort Productions, and Long Wharf Theatre. Awards: TCG New Generations grant; Paul Green Directing Award; Bill Foeller Fellowship at WTF; SDC Denham Fellowship; Van Lier Fellowship; Drama League Directing Fellow; NYTW Fellow; SoHo Rep Directors Lab; and Women’s Project Directors Lab. She served as Director of Onsite Programming at the Lark Play Development Center (2008-2010) and Artistic Associate at The Public Theater (2006-2008). MFA, Yale School of Drama.
James Sampliner (Music Director) is a graduate of Indiana University’s School of Music. Soon after graduation, he was asked to be the music director of Williamstown Theatre Festival’s late-night cabaret series. He then became music director of the festival until 2004, where he conducted Tonight at 8:30, Where’s Charley? and The Threepenny Opera amongst others. His major New York debut was as a keyboardist for Radiant Baby at The Public Theater. He was arranger and associate conductor of Never Gonna Dance, his Broadway debut. Other Broadway credits include music director of Brooklyn, The Wedding Singer, and Legally Blonde (of which he also was an arranger). Off-Broadway: The Mistress Cycle and Ghetto Superstar. With Billy Porter, he created African-American revues of songs by Stephen Sondheim (Being Alive, which has had productions in Westport and Philadelphia) and Richard Rodgers (The Soul of Rodgers for Reprise Theatre Company). Mr. Sampliner supervised the West End production of Legally Blonde and the 1st National Tour in the United States. His work can be heard on the original cast albums of his Broadway productions, and on At the Corner of Broadway and Soul, a live recording with Billy Porter. His most recent release will be Julie Reiber’s upcoming Love Travels, on which he served as arranger, orchestrator, producer and keyboardist. Most recently, he has been involved in the development and first two productions of Sleeping Beauty Wakes at McCarter Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse, where he was both music director and orchestrator.
Lee Savage (Scenic Designer) Previously at Two River: Opus. NYC: Rx (Primary Stages); All-American (LCT3); The Dream of the Burning Boy and Ordinary Days (Roundabout); Oohrah! (Atlantic Theater); The Bereaved (Partial Comfort); punkplay (Clubbed Thumb); End Days (EST). Regional: Alliance, Asolo, Baltimore Centerstage, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Chautauqua Theater Company, Cleveland Play House, Dallas Theater Center, Long Wharf, The Old Globe, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Trinity Rep, Westport Country Playhouse, Wilma, and Yale Rep. Awards: Helen Hayes nomination (Richard III); Connecticut Critics Circle (The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow). Member of Wingspace Theatrical Design. BFA: RISD; MFA, Yale School of Drama (currently on Faculty).
Camille Assaf (Costume Designer) In the US, Camille’s costumes have been seen at New York City Ballet, the Park Avenue Armory, the Guggenheim Museum, Joyce Theater, Mint Theater, the National Gallery of Art, Wolf Trap Opera, Nashville Opera, the Florentine Opera, Yale Repertory Theatre, PlayMakers Rep, and Syracuse Stage, among other institutions. Her international credits include costume design contributions to the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games ’08, under the costume direction of the late Eiko Ishioka; Three Children (costumes and lights, Hong Kong Fringe Club), the world premiere of Khmer rock opera Where Elephants Weep (costumes, Phnom Penh, Cambodia), Don Giovanni and Falstaff (costumes, Théâtre Municipal de Castres, France). She received degrees from the Sorbonne in Paris, and the Yale School of Drama. She is a recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program.
Gina Scherr (Lighting Designer) recently designed lights for Yellowman at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. Other collaborations with May Adrales include Our Lot (Clubbed Thumb), The Wife (Access Theater), and Mrs. Packard (Fordham University). New York designs include 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). Other designs include Red (Maltz Jupiter and Asolo Rep), Safe in Hell (Yale Rep), Why Not Theatre’s 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.
Nevin Steinberg (Sound Design) TRTC debut! Upcoming Broadway: Magic/Bird. More than 30 other Broadway productions as a former founding principal of Acme Sound Partners and four Tony nominations for Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Fences, In the Heights, and Hair.
Danny Larsen (Orchestrations) graduated from NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program in 2005 as a composer/lyricist and holds Bachelors of Arts degrees in Music and Theatre Education from Brigham Young University. His most recent show, Cloaked, written with collaborator Michelle Elliott, has received a number of workshop productions in New York and all over the country, and was honored with both a Jonathan Larson Grant and the Kleban Award in 2011. His first musical with Elliott, The Yellow Wood, received the 2006 Richard Rodgers Development Award and the Daryl Roth Award; it was presented as part of the 2007 New York Musical Theatre Festival (where he won the Excellence in Music Award) and 2008 National Alliance of Musical Theatre Festival. Danny also won the ACTF Kennedy Center Composition Award for his music and lyrics for Soft Shoe. He has done an extensive amount of arranging, orchestration, and composing for his own original musicals and other various projects.
Tara Rubin Casting
Tara Rubin Casting (Casting) Broadway: Ghost; Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway; How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; Promises, Promises; A Little Night Music; Billy Elliot; Shrek; Guys and Dolls; The Country Girl; Rock ‘n’ Roll; The Farnsworth Invention; …Young Frankenstein; The Little Mermaid; Mary Poppins; My Fair Lady; Pirate Queen; Les Misérables; History Boys; Spamalot; Jersey Boys; …Spelling Bee; The Producers; Mamma Mia!; Imaginary Friends; Phantom of the Opera; Oklahoma!; Happiness; The Frogs; Contact; Thou Shalt Not. Off-Broadway: Love, Loss, and What I Wore; Second Stage. Regional: Yale Repertory, The Old Globe, The Kennedy Center, La Jolla Playhouse, Dallas Theater Center.
Production Stage Manager
Whitney McAnally (Production Stage Manager) most recently stage managed Nilaja Sun’s No Child… at Two River and stage managed the same production in January at PlayMakers Rep in North Carolina. Other Two River credits are Much Ado About Nothing, Candida, and Opus. She spent 10 seasons as a resident stage manager at Milwaukee Rep where she worked on more than 35 productions, including The Norman Conquests, Escape from Happiness, Tartuffe, Half Life, The Magic Fire, Work Song, and The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead. Regionally she has also stage managed at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Madison Repertory Theatre, Austin Lyric Opera, and Des Moines Metro Opera. Whitney looks forward to her 12th summer season at Cincinnati Opera, where she will stage manage Porgy and Bess, La Traviata, and a double bill of Pagliacci and Gianni Schicchi. Love to Raymond, who is on this crazy journey with me.
Musician - Cellist
Marisol Espada, cellist, has performed with the American Symphony Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Kansas City Symphony, Lake Placid Sinfonietta, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, and the North/South Consonance Ensemble, as well as in more than 20 Broadway shows. She has appeared as a soloist in Carnegie Hall as part of the Don Shirley Trio. Versatile in a variety of musical styles, she has performed and/or recorded with Cantor Ida Rae Cahana (Central Synagogue, NYC), Ann Carlson (Jacob’s Pillow), Ron Carter, Alicia Keys, Chuck Mangione, David Murray, and Barbra Streisand, among others. In recent years she has given numerous cello solo demonstration/performances in NYC Public Schools as part of Music Outreach®. Ms. Espada is a graduate of the Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music. Her teachers include Ardyth Alton and Scott Ballantyne.
Musician - Woodwinds
Henry Hernandez has an illuminated career of multiple woodwind performance and education and is excited to continue his career in this direction. Prior to moving to New Jersey, Henry served in the United States Navy as a woodwind performer, playing piccolo, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, and multiple saxophones. He later attended the University of North Texas and added oboe and English horn to his arsenal before touring with Carnival Cruise Lines, performing with a jazz combo, a Dixie band, and a Stevie Wonder tribute band on a nightly basis. After his time at sea, Henry decided to stay in Texas, eventually moving to the Austin area. He maintained a studio of over 30 students while performing in local show productions, most notably Funny Girl, 42nd Street, and Andrew Lippa’s world premiere of A Little Princess.
Musician - Violinist
Jens Kramer, violinist, is thrilled to be a part of this world premiere! After receiving his Degree in Music from the University of Wisconsin, Jens, with nothing but a Packers Jersey on his back, relocated to New York City. He totally rocked out a successful run as an onstage performer with the North American Tour of Johnny Cash: Ring of Fire and also at the MGM Grand’s Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy. Jens dusted off his snap-bracelets and joined Debbie Gibson and Tiffany on their Journey Through the 80s tour and was featured on ABC’s The View and CBS’s Good Morning America. But Jens’s talents don’t stop there. He has musically directed a variety of shows and bands ranging from CBS’s Survivor Live to HIT Entertainment’s Bob the Builder, Live! He would like to thank God and his wife Danielle for all of her support in this crazy and lucky lifestyle.
In This House - playbill