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by Vaclav Havel
Directed by Jenn Thompson
at The Beckett Theatre
410 West 42nd Street, NYC
October 25 through December 4, 2010
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 7:30
Saturday at 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday at 3:00
(Special performance on Tuesday, November 23rd. No performance on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 25th)
In The Memorandum, renowned playwright, former political prisoner, and the first president of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Havel, gives us a spiky satire of bureaucracy gone mad. When the managing director of an enormous organization discovers that all office communications are suddenly being written in "Ptydepe," a newly invented and impossibly complicated language, his attempts to get one memo translated lead him through an increasingly ridiculous maze of red tape.
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With TACT Company Members:
Mark Alhadeff, Jeffrey C. Hawkins, John Plumpis, James Prendergast and Lynn Wright
and Guest Artists: Nilanjana Bose, Trent Dawson, Joel Leffert and Kate Levy
Directed by Jenn Thompson
Costumes by David Toser
Sets by Adrian W. Jones
Lighting by Philip S. Rosenberg
Sound by Stephen Kunken
Original Music by Joseph Trapanese
Production Manager: Matt McAdon
Props by Lily Fairbanks
Casting by Kelly Gillespie
Production Stage Manager: Meredith Dixon
Assistant Stage Manager: Megan E. Coutts
MARK ALHADEFF (Ballas) TACT: Company Member since 2009/08. 7 productions with the company, most recently, The Cocktail Party. New YorkTheatre: Love Child (New World Stages); Incident At Vichy (TACT); Bedroom Farce (TACT); Catch-22 (Lucille Lortel); Piscary (EST); Widows (59e59); The Young Left (Cherry Lane); Tolstoy’s The Power Of Darkness (Mint); 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, NJ Shakespeare Fest. Film & Television: Law & Order; Monday Night Mayhem; Daily Pops.
NILANJANA BOSE (Maria) TACT: Debut. Theatre, Juilliard: The Americans, Arms and The Man, End Of The Road, Loves Laborʼs Lost, House Of Bernarda Alba, Book of Days, Uncle Vanya, Whoʼs P.T Butterhouse, Romeo and Juliet, The Crucible, Skin of Our Teeth, Broken Eggs, Henry IV, Part I. New Delhi , India : The Comedy Of Errors, All My Sons, The Real Inspector Hound, Every Good Boy Deserves Favor, Twelfth Night. Kolkata, India : An Ideal Husband, The Merchant Of Venice, The Wyrd Sisters. Film: Devaki (Nominated for best feature film at Sao Paulo International Film Festival, Brazil). Nilanjana Bose is a recent graduate of The Juilliard School, New York. She is also a trained Indian Classical Dancer.
TRENT DAWSON (Savant) TACT: Debut. Broadway: The Herbal Bed. New York: The Revival (The Lion Theatre), Love's Labor's Lost, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing (American Globe), Macbeth (SOHO Rep.), The Way of the World, Altitude Sickness (Blue Coat Rep.). Regional: Lady Windermere's Fan, The Miser, Missalliance (Baltimore Center Stage), School for Scandal (McCarter Theatre), Pal Joey (Prince Music Theatre), Cyrano (Fulton Opera House), Geva Theatre, American Players Theatre, American Stage Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Television: Guiding Light, As the World Turns (Emmy nominations, Best Supporting Actor).
JEFFREY C. HAWKINS (Pillar/Thumb/George/Column) TACT: Company member since 2009/10. 3 productions with the company, most recently, Incident at Vichy on the Mainstage and The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse in the Salon Series. THEATER: The Lover (The Drama League) Dance/Speak (New York Theatre Ballet)A Funny Thing… Forum, The Crucible, Hay Fever, Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Tempest,Measure for Measure, A Christmas Carol (Great Lakes Theater Festival) The New New,The Roads that Lead Here (Guthrie Theater) Comp Wrks Wm Shakspr (Lake TahoeShakespeare Festival) Burn This (Boise Contemporary Theater) Romeo and Juliet,The Three Musketeers, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, She Stoops to Conquer,Cymbeline, The Taming of the Shrew, All’s Well that Ends Well, Titus Andronicus,Scapin (Idaho Shakespeare Festival) Comp Wrks Wm Shakspr (Delaware TheatreCompany) The Comedy of Errors, 1776, H.M.S. Pinafore, Robin Hood (PCPA Theaterfest) Six Degrees of Separation (Phoenix Theatre) FILM/TV/etc: Red Dead Redemption, The Glass House, Across the Universe, The Obedient Son, Jojo and Avila, The Warriors, Manhunt 2, Grand Theft AutoSan Andreas, GTA IV, Liberty City Stories EDUCATION: MFA from The University of Delaware’s PTTP, and a graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts. Jeffrey is represented in NYC by THE MINE.
JOEL LEFFERT (Lear) TACT: Debut. Broadway: Not About Nightingales (also West End). Off-Broadway: Hard Times (Pearl); Freudian Slip (Abingdon); The Gardens of Frau Hess (Jewish Rep); Richard III (Salamander Rep). Regional: Yale Rep, Snowmass Rep, Syracuse Rep, Nassau Rep, Trinity Rep, Wilma Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, Delaware Theater Company, Hangar Theatre, Florida Rep, Fulton Opera House, Shadowland Theatre, Ivoryton Playhouse. Tours: The Graduate (National Tour); Amadeus; A Christmas Carol (American Drama Group, Europe). Television: Law & Order, Six Degrees. Film: Deconstructing Harry, Goyband, The Killing Floor, Green Lights.
KATE LEVY (Helena) TACT: Debut Broadway National Tours: On Golden Pond with Michael Learned and Tom Bosley; The Graduate. New York Theatre: The Return Of The Prodigal, and Soldier's Wife, (Mint); Halfway Home (New Group); An Empty Plate In The Cafe Du Grand Boeuf (Access Theatre); The Normal Heart (Alchemy). Regional: Well (Denver Center); A Sleeping Country (Cincinnati Playhouse In The Park); The Goat (Arena Stage); Outrage (Portland Center Stage); On Golden Pond (Cleveland Play House); Uncle Vanya (Denver Center); Present Laughter (Pioneer); Heaven (Yale Rep); Dinner With Friends (Alliance); The Hand Of God (O'Neill Theatre Center); The Real Thing (Alley). Also: Northern Stage, Florida Stage, Syracuse Stage, Indiana Rep, Clarence Brown, Philadelphia Festival for New Plays, Boarshead. Numerous Shakespeare Roles at Festivals In Idaho, Santa Cruz And Pittsburgh. Television: The Good Wife, Law And Order: Criminal Intent, Gossip Girl, Law And Order, Assorted Soaps And Movies Of The Week. Film: The Origins Of War. Ba, Tufts University; Mfa, American Conservatory Theatre. Member Of Actors Equity.
JOHN PLUMPIS (Stroll) Company member since the 2000/2001 Season and has appeared in or directed 15 productions with the company, most recently, The Tavern. Theatre: most recently: Andre in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Eddie in Neil Simon’s Lost In Yonkers. National companies: Five years as Timon in The Lion King; Barrymore, with Christopher Plummer, directed by Gene Saks; Neil Simon's Laughter On The 23rd Floor, directed by Jerry Zaks. New York: Playwrights Horizons; Primary Stages; Mint Theatre Company; NorthEastern Co.; Riverside Shakespeare Co.; The Lark; Repertorio Espanol; NYMF. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse; Portland Center Stage; Yale Rep; Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington DC; Mason Street Warehouse; University of Delaware REP; Capital Rep; Missouri Rep; PlayMakers Rep; North Carolina Theatre; Merrimack Rep; Shakespeare festivals across the nation. International: Suzuki Company of Toga. Television: "Law and Order: SVU;" "7th Heaven;" "One Life to Live;" "Another World;" "Guiding Light." Film: 'TIL THERE WAS YOU. Training: MFA, University of Delaware, Professional Theatre Training Program. Teaching: Workshops at over 50 colleges, multiple Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festivals, and privately in NYC. His essay "Stories Make The World," is published in the Northwest Theatre Review. Thrilled to be married to Celia Smith. In early 2011 John will join Christopher Plummer once again as Frank (John Barrymore’s prompter) in a revival of Barrymore at Toronto’s Elgin Theatre, and in a film of the play.
JAMES PRENDERGAST (Joseph Gross) TACT: Company member since 2002/2003. 26 productions with the company, most recently, Olympia. On the TACT Mainstage: The Eccentricities of a Nightingale; Incident at Vichy; The Late Christopher Bean. New York Theatre: Playwrights Horizons; Ensemble Studio Theatre; Directors Co.; Lark; New Georges. National Tours: Harvey; My Daughter, Your Son. Regional: Old Globe Theatre, Dorset Theatre Festival, Hangar Theatre, Allenberry, Shadowland, Mountain Playhouse, Woodstock Fringe, 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; Gypsy; ART; Don’t Dress For Dinner; The Immigrant; Ten Little Indians; The Chief (solo show), etc. Film: The Changeling; Moscow On The Hudson; The Purple Rose of Cairo; Quiz Show; The Day The Bread Turned Green. Television: As The World Turns; Guiding Light; All My Children; Prime Time Live; David Letterman; Conan O’Brien; Dana Carvey Show.
LYNN WRIGHT (Hana) TACT: Company Member since 1994/95; 28 productions with the company, most recently, Candle-Light. Broadway: The Elephant Man. Off-Broadway: The Democracy Project (Culture Project/Naked Angels, Jonathan Bernstein, dir.); As Bees in Honey Drown (Mark Brokaw, dir.); Bread and Circuses (Lamb’s); La Mama E.T.C.; Jean Cocteau Rep.; Theatreworks USA. National Tour: M. Butterfly. Regional: All's Well That Ends Well (Old Globe, Sheldon Epps, dir.); Cymbeline (Huntington Theatre); Eleemosynary (Hartford Theatreworks); Cakewalk (Marshall Mason, dir.); American Conservatory Theatre; VITA Shakespeare Festival. Ms. Wright is a graduate of the American Conservatory Theatre.
JENN THOMPSON (Director) TACT: Company member since 2002/03 and Associate Producer, having appeared in several productions and, most recently, directing last season’s The Late Christopher Bean. Other directing credits for TACT include Alan Ayckbourn’s Bedroom Farce; Tennessee Williams’ The Eccentricities of a Nightingale (The New York Times “Top Ten Theatre Picks for 2008”), Ladies in Retirement, My 3 Angels, Rain and Kind Lady. Other NYC directing credits include the world premiere musical Seeing Stars, for The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), Badge by Matthew Schneck (Rattlestick), Term Limit by Viki Boyle (American Globe Theatre), The Brilliance Of Bernstein (featuring
DAVID TOSER (Costume Design) TACT: Adjunct Company Member since 1997, most recent production, with the company The Cocktail Party. 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.
ADRIAN W. JONES (Set Design) Recent work includes: How to Succeed In Business at Goodspeed Musicals, and Vision Disturbance directed by Richard Maxwell. Other theater includes: Looped with Valerie Harper, New York Stage & Film, LAByrinth Theatre, The New Group, Baltimore Centerstage, Arena Stage, Pasadena Playhouse, People’s Light and Theater, Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble, Barrington Stage Company, Boise Contemporary Theater, Capital Rep, and Synapse Productions. He has received a Carbonell Award for Anna In The Tropics at the Coconut Grove Playhouse, a Connecticut Critic’s Circle Award for The Dazzle at Theaterworks Hartford, and a Kevin Kline award for The Little Dog Laughed at The Repertory Theater of St. Louis. Adrian is a graduate of Occidental College and the Yale School of Drama. adrianwjones.com
PHILIP S. ROSENBREG (Lighting Design) TACT: Debut. Theatre: Bus Stop, She Loves Me (Huntington Theatre); I Do, I Do (Westport Playhouse); Sweeney Todd (Barrington Stage Co.); Bach at Leipzig (Portland Stage Company); The Lisbon Traviata (The Kennedy Center); The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, Edward II, Amadeus and Cymbeline (Chicago Shakespeare); Knickerbocker (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Shanghai Moon, The Lady in Question (Bay Street Theatre); and Bury the Dead (Illinois State University). Philip has spent much of the last 10 years as an Associate Lighting Designer on Broadway where some of his credits include: A Steady Rain, 9 to 5, Shrek, Spelling Bee, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Spamalot, Bombay Dreams, The Graduate, Hairspray, The Crucible, 42nd Street, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, On the Town, Triumph of Love.
STEPHEN KUNKEN (Sound Designer) TACT: Bedroom Farce. Recent New York design credits include the world premiere musical Seeing Stars for The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), last season's acclaimed Off-Broadway production of Alan Ayckbourne's Bedroom Farce (TACT/The Actors Company Theatre) and the world premieres of Matthew Schneck's Badge (Rattlestick) and Richard Thompson's Big Doolie at the New York Fringe Festival. He was the resident Sound Designer for the award-winning River Rep Theatre Company in Connecticut for seven seasons where some of his favorite designs include: The Heiress, Dinner with Friends, The Good Doctor, The Foreiger and Proof. In his other life Stephen is an actor whose work include Television, Film and Broadway.
JOSEPH TRAPANESE (Composer) TACT: Adjunct Company Member since 2008/09, 5 productions, with the company, most recently, The Cocktail Party. Theatre: Twelfth Night (Atlantic /NYU Tisch School); Riff Raff (Snikrep Productions, LA); Film / TV: Composer: Dexter; The Bannen Way; Beyond Limits. Orchestrator: Dexter; Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief; Traitor; What Happens in Vegas. Awards: Harold Arlen Film & TV Award (2009); Jerry Goldsmith Award (2007); Henry Mancini Music Scholarship (2006); ASCAP Young Composer Award (2003). Faculty: UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.
MATT McADON (Production Manager) TACT: Debut. Matt is a PM, designer, and technical director producing work in New York, Boston, and San Francisco. Currently resident Scenic Designer at Brava! Theatre Center in San Francisco and Technical Director for Mannes Opera of The New School. Selected Credits: Donnie Darko; Betty's Summer Vacation; Trigger, Melancholy Play(A.R.T.); The Beebo Brinker Chronicles, IPH, Scalpel! (Brava!, SF), A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof(Boxcar, SF); Traviata; Cosi Fan Tutte (Mannes Opera); The Crucible; Sarka; Emmeline; Turandot (Dicapo Opera); References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot; The Late Henry Moss; the West Coast Premiere of Suzan Lori Parks' In The Blood.
LILY FAIRBANKS (Props) TACT: The Cocktail Party. Lily is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts where she received her BFA in Stage Properties. Her recent projects include prop mastering for TACT's The Cocktail Party, Bard Summerscape, the Big Apple Circus, and the Vineyard Theater's Middletown. She is currently living in Brooklyn, and continues to enjoy the new and exciting challenges of the prop world.
MEREDITH DIXON (Production Stage Manager) TACT: Adjunct Company Member since 2009/10. 3 productions with the company most recently The Cocktail Party. New York: Philip Roth in Khartoum (Public LAB); In the Daylight (Choice Theatricals); Dance/Speak (New York Theatre Ballet). Live Events: “Celebrity Charades: Jackpot;” “Bitter Honey II” and “Celebrity Charades: We Will Rock You” (Labyrinth); “Sweet 16 Gala” (TACT); “Lyrics and Laughter” (Safe Horizons/Apollo Theatre). Workshops/Readings: Red Rooster, Ady, and The NYU Master Thesis Reading Series (The Public Theater); Fault Lines, 7 Captiva Road, Ruined, ISO…, and Unconditional (Labyrinth). Meredith also works as the Associate Division Director of the National High School Institute Theatre Division (“Cherubs”).
MEGAN E. COUTTS (Assistant Stage Manager) TACT: PSM for Olympia. Off Broadway: ASM- Phantom Killer (Abingdon Theatre Company); PA-Oohrah! (Atlantic Theater Co.); New York: PSM- Moonchildren (Atlantic Theater Co. Acting School); SM- Latino Mixfest, Atlantic Theater Co.; PSM- Suite Horovitz/Mid-East Pieces, Barefoot Theatre Co.; ASM- All Fall Down, NYMF; ASM- Civil War Voices, Wildly Productive Productions. Regional: Stage Management Intern at the Williamstown Theatre Festival for two consecutive seasons. Credits Include: ASM- Three Sisters, Not Waving, and True West; PSM- Greylock Theatre Project, One-on-Ones. Other Credits: PSM- Little Shop of Horrors, Cheaper by the Dozen, Emma (Public Theatre of Kentucky); ASM- Honey in the Rock, Hatfields and McCoys, GREASE (Theatre West Virginia).
KELLY GILLESPIE (Casting) TACT: Casting Director. Kelly is also the Casting Associate at Manhattan Theatre Club. Projects she has worked on at MTC include Spirit Control, Collected Stories, That Face, Equivocation, The Royal Family, To Be Or Not To Be, From Up Here and Come Back, Little Sheba. Prior to MTC, as the Casting Associate at McCorkle Casting, she worked on The Lieutenant Of Inishmore (Broadway & Atlantic Theatre Co.), the independent film War Eagle, and the series 3 LBS for CBS. Other credits, as Casting Director, include PHOTOGRAPH 51 for E.S.T. (currently running), The Zero Hour and Monstrosity for 13P, the 2007 season for the Dorset Theatre Festival, and six seasons for off-Broadway’s Keen Company, including the Drama Desk honored revivals of The Dining Room, Outward Bound, and Pullman Car Hiawatha, and the world premiere of Michael Murphy’s The Conscientious Objector. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
CHRISTINE MASSOUD (Wardrobe Supervisor) TACT: Incident at Vichy (ASM); The Late George Apley (SM). An Error Of The Moon (CRC Productions) Wardrobe Supervisor Modotti (Pascal Productions) Wardrobe Supervisor Lascivious Something (The Women's Project) Wardrobe Supervisor
CATHY BENCIVENGA (General Manager) TACT: General Manager since 2004/05. GM/Producing credits include: Seeing Stars (NYMF); Around the World in 24 Hours 2008 & 2009, Decomposition (The Internationalists), Tejas Verdes (THALATTA!); Six Degrees of Separation, Bury Him, The 10th Annual Black Box New Play Festival, The Actor's Nightmare & Sister Mary Ignatius… (The Gallery Players). Education: Bachelors Degree in Theatre Management from Southwestern University. In addition to her work with TACT, Cathy is the Managing Director of The Internationalists, a collective of directors from around the world with the mission to create a more interactive global theatrical community.
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