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Incident at Vichy

Incident at Vichy

Incident at Vichy
1942. A make-shift detention room in Vichy, France, holds ten men who have been picked up for questioning. Why are they there? What have they done? America’s preeminent playwright, Arthur Miller, expertly weaves the fears, uncertainty, and self-denial of a disparate group awaiting an unspeakable fate, into a masterwork of hope and survival. 

The critics are unanimous,
is must-see theatre!

“A RIVETING 90 MINUTES….quietly chilling.”
The New York Times

Timeout NY

“EXCELLENT…effective in its chilling details.”
New York Post

“ABSORBING…FIRST-RATE…throws a scorching searchlight on Jewish identity.” - Backstage

“EXCELLENT…truly Miller’s most harrowing theater piece.”

“A stellar ensemble cast revives a stirring production… not to be missed.” - CurtainUp

“UNIFORMLY GREAT…The Actors Company Theatre takes the play and delivers one of their usual WONDERFUL productions.” BroadwayWorld

“EXTRAORDINARY…a stirring and stinging production.” NYTHEATRE.com

“…one of the most exciting theatrical experiences in town.” Total Theatre

Breathtakingly honest…chillingly illuminating.”

“A first rate ensemble cast that has you sitting on the edge of your seat.”
Talk Entertainment.com

“Superb and chilling…"
Wolf Entertainment Guide

MARCH 8 through APRIL 11, 2009
Mon., Wed., Thur., Fri. at 7:30 PM
Sat. at 2:00 and 8:00 PM
Sun. at 3:00 PM

The Beckett Theatre
Theatre Row
410 West 42nd Street, NYC

with Company Members:
Jamie Bennett, Richard Ferrone, Todd Gearhart, Jack Koenig, Ron McClary, James Prendergast, and Gregory Salata
and guest artists
Mark Alhadeff, Christopher Burns, John Freimann, Jeffrey Hawkins, Lief Huckman, Russell Kahn, Michael Oberholtzer and Dan Stowell.

Production Stage Manager: Meredith Dixon
Assistant Stage Manager: Christine Massoud
Props Master: Nicole Gaignat
Casting by Stephaine Klapper
Original Music by Joseph Trapanese
Sound design by Jill BC Du Boff
Lighting design by Mary Louise Geiger
Costume design by David Toser
Set design by Scott Bradley

Directed by 
Scott Alan Evans 


 MARK ALHADEFF (Lebeau) TACT: Bedroom Farce; Ladies in Retirement. New York: Catch-22 (Aquila), Piscary (EST Marathon); Widows (59e59); The Young Left (Cherry Lane); Tolstoy’s The Power Of Darkness (Mint Theatre); Rearviewmirror (59e59); Conor Mcpherson’s Rum & Vodka (Ohio); Pagans (Abingdon); Bigger Man (Partial Comfort). Regional: Seattle Rep, McCarter, Berkeley Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public, Dorset, Wilma, New Jersey Shakes. Fest. Film & Television: Law & Order; Monday Night Mayhem; Daily Pops.

Jamie BennetJAMIE BENNET (Police Captain) TACT: Company Member since 2002/2003, 18 productions, most recently, The Late George Apley. New York: The Traveling Lady (Drama Desk nomination, E.S.T.); The A Train Plays (Neighborhood Playhouse); Berlin (Tribeca Playhouse); When They Speak of Rita (Horton Foote, dir., Primary Stgs.); This Lime Tree Bower (Harris Yulin, dir., Primary Stgs.); Pieces of the Sky (Urban Stgs.); plus various workshops. Regional and Other: The Traveling Lady (Horton Foote Fest., Horton Foote dir.); The Drawer Boy, Romeo and Juliet (Pitts. Public); Twelfth Night (Milwaukee Rep); Over the Tavern (Studio Arena & Milwaukee); The Diary of Ann Frank (Cleveland); The Tie That Binds (Barter); Goosebumps Live On Stage (Nat’l Tour). Film & Television: Shaft; Strangers with Candy; The Adventures of Pete & Pete.

Chris BurnsCHRISTOPHER BURNS (Leduc) TACT: Debut. New York: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Longacre Theatre); A Question of Mercy (NY Theater Workshop); Fool for Love; Satisfy Me (Studio Tisch); Ice Island: The Wait for Shackleton (Melting Pot Thtr. Co.); Boise; Suburban Motel: Problem Child (Rattlestick); Prides Crossing (Lincoln Center); Sexual Perversity in Chicago (Common Ground); Stones in His Pockets (US Tour & London). Regional: The Great Game (Broadway @ Duke University); The Crucible (St. Louis Rep. & Cincinnati Playhouse); Night of the Iguana (Dallas Theater Center); The Glass Menagerie (Intiman); Shakes. Theater of NJ, Portland Center Stage, Clarence Brown Theater, Virginia Stage Co., Colorado Shakes. Fest., Westport Country Playhouse. International: Extremities (Edinburgh Fringe). Film & Television: Ten Stories Tall; A Perfect Christmas; The Accountant; Clown Karma; Kings; Important Things with Demitri Martin; Rescue Me; Law and Order; Law and Order SVU; Guiding Light; All My Children.

RICHARD FERRONE (Waiter) TACT: Company Member since 2002/2003, 16 productions, most recently, The Late George Apley. Broadway: A Little Hotel on the Side. Off-Broadway: Romeo & Juliet (TFANA);The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial. Regional: Much Ado About Nothing; Merry Wives of Windsor; Midsummer Night’s Dream; As You Like It (Actors Shakes. Co., NJ); Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune (Geva); Eight seasons at the Trinity Repertory Company including: Volpone; The Cherry Orchard; Noises Off; Present Laughter; Misalliance; Tartuffe; Jonestown Express (world premiere); Cloud 9; Galileo; The Tempest; Tintypes. AUDIE Award-winning narrator of over 200 Audiobooks. Tour: Streamers

John FreimannJOHN FREIMANN (Old Jew) TACT: Mornings at Seven. An actor, director, scenic / costume designer, and teacher, John has been a part of theatre for over sixty years, beginning as a messenger boy at Warner Bros. Regional & Stock: Berkely Rep, Arena Stage, The Muny, and numerous others. Teaching: Chairman, Drama Dept. Whitman College (for 30 years). Since retiring from Whitman he has worked Off Bdwy, toured in 42ND Street, done commercials and, of course, has been on Law & Order.

Todd GearhartTODD GEARHART (Von Berg) TACT: Company Member since 2007/2008, 3 productions, most recently The Eccentricities of a Nightingale and My 3 Angels. New York: The Chaos Theories (McGinn/Cazale);The Young Girl and the Monsoon (Playwright’s Horizons); Warm Love, and Voir Dire (NY premier HB Playwrights); The Magic Lamp (Vineyard); Big Doolie (NYC Fringe); Terra Australis Incognito (Australia Project). Regional: All My Sons (Guthrie); Bluish (The Alliance); Going Gone (Cincinnati); Do I Hear a Waltz? (George Street); Room Service (Cleveland); Death of a Salesman and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (West Virginia Public); also productions at New Harmony, Barter Theater, Allenberry Playhouse, Hilton Head Playhouse, and in the O’Neil Playwright’s Conference. Television: Several appearances on Law and Order and Law and Order: SVU, including a recent guest lead (w/Chevy Chase); The Education of Max Bickford (w/Richard Dreyfuss), and on All My Children; As the World Turns; The Guiding Light. Film: Neurotica; Peppermills; Moving Mike (upcoming). BFA The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and was a student of Uta Hagen’s at HB Studios.

Jeffrey C. HawkinsJEFFREY C. HAWKINS (Professor Hoffman) TACT: The Confidential Clerk. Regional: A Funny Thing… Forum; The Crucible; Hay Fever; Measure for Measure (Great Lakes Theater Fest.); Romeo and Juliet; The Three Musketeers; She Stoops to Conquer; Two Gentlemen of Verona; Cymbeline (Idaho Shakes. Fest.); The New New; The Roads that Lead Here (Guthrie Theater); Compleat Wrks Wm Shakes. Abrgd (Delaware Theatre Co.); 1776; Comedy of Errors; Robin Hood the Musical (PCPA Theaterfest). Film/TV: Across the Universe; The Obedient Son; The Warriors; Manhunt 2; Grand Theft Auto –San Andreas; Grand Theft Auto -Liberty City Stories.

Lief HuckmanLEIF HUCKMAN (Gypsy) TACT: Debut. Regional: The Mahabharata (MCC Theater); Olivier Py’s Exaltation of the Labyrinth (ETW); The Servant of Two Masters (Lincoln Center) He recently returned to the stage after several years as the bass guitarist for the soul-pop trio Trick and The Heartstrings and a touring member of indie-rock band The Boggs. B.F.A. from NYU.

Russell KahnRUSSELL KAHN (Boy) TACT: Debut. 14 years old and currently in the 9th grade at Fiorello LaGuardia High School where he majors in drama. Training: Lee Strassberg Theater Institute and ‘Saturday Program’ of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Russell has appeared in a number of productions and thesis films. Love and thanks to  my family for all your support!

Jack KoenigJACK KOENIG (Major) TACT: Company Member since 1998/1999, 18 productions most recently Light up the Sky. Broadway: The Lion King. Off-Broadway: Tabletop (American Place - Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble); Big Bill; Everett Beekin (Lincoln Center); The Voysey Inheritance (Mint); Marco Polo Sings a Solo (Signature); Misalliance, Cymbeline (Pearl); I’m With Ya, Duke (EST); Three Days of Rain; The American Plan; Mad Forest; Fuddy Meers (MTC); First Night (Westside); Not About Heroes (Lortel); A Trip to the Beach (Rattlestick). Regional: Macbeth (Phil.Shakes. Fest.); A Moon for the Misbegotten; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; The Importance of Being Earnest (Virginia); Private Lives; An Ideal Husband; Stones in His Pockets; Return of the Prodigal; Laughing Stock (Peterborough); Absurd Person Singular (Bristol Riverside); You Can’t Take It With You; A Month in the Country; Hamlet (Asolo); Rough Crossing; Battle of Angels (Westport) A Quiet End (St. Louis); The Woman Who Laughed (Sharon Stage); Mandragola (Shakes.). Film: Marci X; My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend; I.Q.; The Proprietor; Last Exit to Brooklyn. Television: Sex & the City; Law & Order; Law & Order: SVU; Law & Order: CI; Cosby Mysteries; Now & Again; The Education of Max Bickford; All My Children; As the World Turns; Another World; Monsters.

Ron McClaryRON McCLARY (Bayard) TACT: Company Member since 2006/2007, 6 productions, most recently, Home. Las Vegas: Mamma Mia. Off-Broadway: Summer ’69 (Douglas Fairbanks Theatre). Off-Off Broadway: The Lightning Field (Flea - Winner - Outstanding Play, 2005 Fringe); Dear Vienna, Idiot’s Delight (Vital); Passion (Dicapo Opera); Moonwork’s What You Will (12th Night) (Connelly); The Cherry Orchard (Ohio); Three Sisters (Greenwich St.). Regional: Midsummer Night’s Dream; Romeo & Juliet; The Tempest; Much Ado; Three Musketeers; Macbeth (Actor’s Shakes. Co. of NJ); The Foreigner (Connecticut Rep). Television: Law & Order; Ed; Law & Order: SVU; Conan O’Brien. Film: Neurotica; Crazy Little Thing; The Weatherman; The Pleasure of Your Company.

Michael OberholtzerMICHAEL OBERHOLTZER (Police Guard) TACT: Debut. New York: Poetics: a Ballet Brut (Public - Under the Radar Fest.); The Drowning of Natalie Wood, Orpheus & Euridyce (New York Theatre Workshop); The War of Safety (CSC); Ante Meridiem (79th Street Theatre Lab); Universal Language & The Philadelphia (Maggie Flanigan Studio). Regional: Far Away (Next Theatre, Evanston IL); Sweet Water Taste (Theodore Ward Winner, Chicago IL); A Raisin in the Sun (New Branch, Chicago); The Lower Depths (New Studio, Chicago).

James PrendergastJAMES PRENDERGAST (Marchand) TACT: Company member since 2002/2003, 20 productions, most recently The Eccentricities of a Nightingale and The Late George Apley. New York Theatre: Playwrights Horizons, EST, The Directors Co. National Tours: Harvey; My Daughter, Your Son. Regional: Old Globe, Dorset Theatre Fest., Hangar, Allenberry Playhouse, Shadowland, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Public Theatre of Maine, Washington’s National Theatre in Born Yesterday; Three Sisters; The Cherry Orchard; Death of a Salesman; School for Scandal; Seascape; Mr. Roberts; A Doll’s House; Inherit the Wind; The Woman In Black; Don’t Dress For Dinner; The Immigrant; Ten Little Indians; Death and the Maiden, etc. Film: The Changeling; Moscow On The Hudson; Purple Rose of Cairo; Quiz Show. Television: As The World Turns; Guiding Light; All My Children; Prime Time Live; David Letterman; Conan O’Brien; Dana Carvey Show.

Gregory SalataGREGORY SALATA (Monceau) TACT: Founding member. 54 productions, most recently, The Late George Apley. Broadway: Bent; Equus; Piaf: A Remembrance; Dance with Me. Off-Broadway: Endpapers; Measure for Measure; Desire Under the Elms; I’m Getting my Act Together...; Jacques and His Master; Twelfth Night. NY Theatre: The Sea (TACT); Jacques and His Master (TNT); Twelfth Night Regional: The Art Of Murder (Amer. Stage Co.); Bedroom Farce, He Who Gets Slapped (Hartman); Crucifer of Blood (Stage West); Hoagy, Bix... (Indiana); . Film: Pink Panther; Little Kings; Devil’s Own; Weekend at Bernie’s. Television: The Jury; Law and Order; NYPD Blue; Kate & Allie; Dear John; Mother’s Day; Hearts of Steel; Legwork; Spenser: For Hire; Love, Sidney; Andros Targets.

Dan StowellDAN STOWELL (Detective/Ferrand) TACT: Debut. Theatre: Peter Pan (Olney) and productions at The Shakes. Theatre Co.; Huntington Theatre; Hartford Stage and Vineyard Playhouse. Awards: NY Innovative Theater Award in 2007 (Collaboration Town). BFA graduate of Boston University and a founding member of No One Way Arts Collaborative.

SCOTT ALAN EVANS (Director) TACT: Co-Artistic & Executive Director, Founding member. Mr. Evans created the company’s unique reading performance style and has directed 60 of its productions. Off-Broadway: Home; The Sea; The Runner Stumbles; The Triangle Factory Fire Project (world premiere - conceived, co-wrote and directed); Nöel Coward’s Long Island Sound (U.S. Premiere); Goose! Beyond the Nursery (wrote and directed - three Outer Critic Circle Award nominations including Best Off-Broadway Production). Other Recent New York Theatre: Joseph Hayden’s The Seven Last Words… (Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center - conceived & directed); The Constant Wife (NYU Graduate Acting). Published: The Triangle Factory Fire Project (Dramatists Play Service - with productions all over the country). AMP: Artistic Director of the American Musicals Project (AMP) at The New-York Historical Society. AMP, academic program, which Mr. Evans helped devise and craft, uses great American musicals to help NYC public middle school teachers teach social studies and English. For ten years, as part of AMP’s public outreach, he has created, directed and produced a concert series at the New-York Historical Society, celebrating great musical theatre writers and featuring Broadway headliners. Mr. Evans is a magna cum laude graduate of Boston University’s School for the Arts. For 15 years, Mr. Evans studied, assisted and taught with Michael Howard at the Michael Howard Studios. Member: SSDC; The Dramatist Guild.

SCOTT BRADLEY (Scenic Design) TACT: Debut. Broadway: Seven Guitars (Drama Desk Award, Tony nomination); Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Drama Desk Nomination). Off-Broadway: The Notebooks of Leonardo DaVinci; Eurydice (Second Stage); Picasso at the Lapin Agile; Sin (Promenade); Passion Play (Arena Stage); Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Steppenwolf). Regional: Rich and Famous (A.C.T.); Macbeth (Oregon Shakes. Fest.); The Bluest Eye (Long Wharf); Silk; Journey To The West; The Baltimore Waltz (Goodman); Midsummer Night’s Dream (Huntington); Akhnaten (Boston Lyric Opera). Ivanov; The Idiots Karamatsov (A.R.T.); Dutchman; Electra; Oedipus; A Raisin in the Sun (Hartford); The Great White Hope; Gem of the Ocean (Arena Stage), Intimate Apparel (Guthrie); The Glass Menagerie (Berkeley Rep); Picnic; The Rainmaker (Center Stage). Upcoming: For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf (Broadway Revival). MARY LOUISE GEIGER (Lighting Design) TACT: Adjunct Company Member since 2003, 19 productions, most recently, The Runner Stumbles. Broadway: The Constant Wife. New York: Kindness; The Busy World Is Hushed; The Blue Door (Playwrights’ Horzons); Buffalo Gal (Primary Stages); One +One (NY Stage and Film); Violet Fire (BAM Next Wave Fest.); Oslo Elsewhere Fest. (59E59); Jump/Cut (Women’s Project); Red Beads (Mabou Mines); Oedipus at Palm Springs (New York Theatre Workshop); Mabou Mines’ Dollhouse (St. Ann’s and tour). Regional: The Miracle Worker (Papermill); The Mad 7 (McCarter Theatre); ACT, Alley, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Asolo, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, GeVa, Indiana Repertory, Intiman, Seattle Repertory, Portland Center Stage, Portland Stage Co., Virginia Stage Co., Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Mark Taper Forum, Pioneer, Playmakers Repertory Co., LA Opera, Philadelphia Orchestra. Training: Yale School of Drama. Faculty: NYU Tisch School of the Arts

DAVID TOSER (Costume Design) TACT: Adjunct Company Member since 1997, most recent production, The Eccentricities of a Nightingale. David has been well represented at venues on and Off-Broadway as well as at over a dozen regional theatres. In recent years he has designed regularly for the Irish Repertory Theatre and has been the costume designer/coordinator for the last 20 Tony Awards.

JILL BC DU BOFF (Sound Design) TACT: Debut. Broadway: The Constant Wife; The Good Body; Bill Maher: Victory…; Three Days of Rain (assoc.); Inherit The Wind (assoc.); Wit (National Tour). Off-Broadway: Atlantic, MTC, MCC, Playwrights Horizons, Public, Vineyard, Second Stage, NYTW, WP, New Georges, Flea, Cherry Lane, Signature, Clubbed Thumb, Culture Project, Actor’s Playhouse, New Group, Promenade, Urban Stages, Houseman, Fairbanks, Soho Rep, Adobe . Regional: Minneapolis Children’s Theatre, Bay Street, La Jolla Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Westport Country Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, Portland Stage, Longwarf, The Alley, Kennedy Center, NYS&F, South Coast Rep, Humana, Williamstown, Berkshire Theatre, ATF. Television: "Comedy Central Presents: Slovin & Allen", "NBC Late Fridays" Film: We Pedal Uphill: Radio: Contributing producer for PRI’s Studio 360; Nominations: Drama Desks, Henry Hewes. Awards: Ruth Morley Design Award

JOSEPH TRAPANESE (Composer) TACT: The Runner Stumbles; The Sea; A Handsome Man. Theatre: Twelfth Night (Atlantic /NYU Tisch School); Snikrep Productions (Los Angeles); Riff Raff (w/Lawrence Fishburne). Orchestrator - Film/TV: Dexter; Traitor; Beethoven’s Big Break; What Happens in Vegas; Rendition; The Memory Keeper’s Daughter; Victoria’s Secret 2008 Holiday Ads. Awards: Jerry Goldsmith Award (2007); ASCAP Plus Awards (2006-2008); ASCAP Young Composer Award (2003). Faculty: UCLA California State University-Northridge

STEPHANIE KLAPPER (Casting Director) Klapper Casting’s work has been seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regionally, internationally, on television and film. Selected recent Broadway & Off-Broadway: Dividing the Estate; Bedroom Farce; A Dangerous Personality; King of Shadows; an oak tree. Resident director for Primary Stages, most recently Donald Margulies’ Shipwrecked! NY Casting for Mary Zimmerman’s The Arabian Nights; Mirror of the Invisible World; The Blonde, The Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead; Old Wicked Songs (Vienna). Numerous regional plays currently running and independent feature films. Ms. Klapper is a member of the Casting Society of America and the League of Professional Theatre Women.

MEREDITH DIXON (Production Stage Manager) TACT: Debut. Off-Broadway: Philip Roth in Khartoum (Labyrinth Theater Company). Live Events: ‘Celebrity Charades: We Will Rock You’ (LAByrinth Theater Co.); ‘Lyrics and Laughter’ (Safe Horizons/Apollo Theatre). Workshops/ Staged Readings: Fault Lines; 7 Captiva Road; Ruined; ISO…; Unconditional (Labyrinth Theater Co.). University: Kid Simple (UNC Pro. Actor Training Program); One Slight Hitch by Lewis Black (UNC PATP); Dead Man Walking (UNC Mainstage).

CHRISTINE MASSOUD (Assistant Stage Manager) TACT: The Late George Apley. Production Stage Manager: Macbeth (Roust Theatre); Baby Cow (NY Fringe Fest. ‘08); The Grapes of Wrath (MMC); I Dig Doug (NY Fringe Fest. Outstanding Play ‘07); Motormorphosis (Havel Fest.); The Old Law (MMC). Technical Credits: Rock of Ages (Off-Broadway); Flamingo Court (Off-Broadway); Naked Boys Singing (Off-Broadway); Serenade (Jaradoa Theatre Company). Christine is a recent graduate of Marymount Manhattan College.

NICOLE GAIGNAT (Props) TACT: Debut. Prop Master: Tuna Christmas (Gallery Players); Romeo & Juliet (TheatreRats); youth productions of Dracula, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Jungle Book. Other Credits: Orpheus in the Underworld; Kiss Me, Kate; Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Glimmerglass). Nicole works as a free-lance props master and artisan for theatre and window displays. She moved to NYC for a props internship with Manhattan Theatre Club where she worked on the original production of Doubt.

JENN THOMPSON (Associate Producer) TACT: Company Member since 2002/03; 10 productions with the company, most recently Ladies in Retirement, Bedroom Farce and The Eccentricities of a Nightingale (Director). Jenn is a an actress and director with extensive credits on and off-Broadway and in film and TV. She is married to actor Stephen Kunken.

CATHY BENCIVENGA (Producer) TACT: General Manager since 2004/05. Producer: Tejas Verdes by Fermín Cabal (THALATTA!), The Actor’s Nightmare & Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You; 10th Annual Black Box New Play Fest.; Six Degrees of Separation (Gallery Players). Associate Producer: Take Me Out (Gallery Players), Word and Thought (Cameo Prods. w/ The Austiner Ensemble, World Premier). Education: Bachelors Degree in Theatre Management from Southwestern University and internships at Musical Theatre Works (NYC) and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Cathy serves as Managing Director of The Internationalist, a collective of directors from around the world.

THE ACTORS COMPANY THEATRE - TACT (Scott Alan Evans, Cynthia Harris, Simon Jones - Co-Artistic Directors) celebrates language, the actor, and the spoken word. Founded by professional actors in 1992, TACT is a professional repertory company dedicated to presenting neglected or rarely performed plays of literary merit with a focus on creating theatre from its essence: the text and the actor’s ability to bring it to life. For more information vist our website at www.tactnyc.org