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Juilliard Drama Announces 2013-2014 Season

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Monday, July 15, 2013

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Juilliard Drama's production of Shakespeare's Pericles from the 2012-13 season (Photo by Jessica Katz)
Juilliard Drama's production of Shakespeare's Pericles from the 2012-13 season (Photo by Jessica Katz)

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Juilliard’s Drama Division announces the 2013-2014 season of fully-staged productions featuring Juilliard’s 43rd group of acting students in their fourth and final year in the drama program at Juilliard. This season’s plays include Jeffrey Hatcher’s Smash, directed by Victor Pappas; Amy Herzog’s The Great God Pan, directed by Maria Mileaf; and Sam Shepard’s Buried Child, directed by Daniel Fish. All performances take place in the Stephanie P. McClelland Drama Theater at Juilliard.

Juilliard’s Drama Division also presents 4th-year repertory in February 2014, which features Master Harold…and the Boys by Athol Fugard, directed by Jonathan Rosenberg; Iphigenia and Other Daughters by Ellen McLaughlin, directed by Ellen Lauren; and Middletown by Will Eno, directed by Evan Cabnet.

Juilliard fourth-year actors (Group 43) appearing in these productions are: Colin Bates, Lars Berge, Kailey Bray, Alex Breaux, Wallis Currie-Wood, Corey Dorris, Danaya Esperanza, Betty Gabriel, Marcus Crawford Guy, Sarah Hunt, Samuel Lilja, Kate McGonigle, Jessica Savage, Alexander Sharp, Ryan Spahn, Claire Siebers, Austin Smith, and Brittany Vicars.

While Juilliard Drama Division performances aren’t open for review, we invite you to enjoy these productions featuring the next generation of American actors.

Tickets at $20 are available at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard, 155 West 65th Street. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 AM – 6 PM. $10 student/senior tickets are available at the Box Office as well. TDF vouchers are accepted. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or visit the Web site at events.juilliard.edu.

About The Juilliard School’s Drama Division

Juilliard’s Drama Division is one of the most respected conservatory programs for theater artists worldwide. The Drama Division’s creative reputation, distinguished faculty, and extraordinary level of rigorous professional training have enabled 40+ years of alumni to excel as artists, leaders, and global citizens. Founded in 1968 by renowned American director, producer, and theater administrator John Houseman and French director, teacher, and actor Michel Saint-Denis, the program emphasizes intuition and spontaneity as well as discipline, technique, and intellectual development. The Juilliard Drama Division continually has expanded and revised its programs, responding to and anticipating the needs of the contemporary theater artist. Some of the significant additions, among others, have included expanded faculty and curriculum, additional performance opportunities, and the addition of the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program, as well as Master of Fine Arts Program in Drama that began in the fall of 2012. Juilliard Drama’s acting and playwriting alumni have distinguished themselves in all areas of the arts, including theater, film, and television. For more information on Juilliard, visit www.juilliard.edu/drama.

JUILLIARD DRAMA DIVISION

2013-2014 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Smash

By Jeffrey Hatcher

Directed by Victor Pappas

Based on the novel An Unsocial Socialist by George Bernard Shaw, the story centers on Sidney Trefusis, a millionaire Socialist who leaves his bride on their wedding day because he fears his passion for her will get in the way of his plans to overthrow the British government. Sidney vanishes "underground" - disguises himself as a common laborer called "Mengels" - and infiltrates Alton College, a girls' school where well-bred young women are "fitted and fatted to be put on the marriage market." His plan: Take over the school and plant the seed of radical Socialism into the fertile brains of the future consorts of cabinet ministers and kings. What he doesn't plan on is the presence of one Agatha Wylie, a sixth-form rabble-rouser, who falls hopelessly in love with both Sidney and his politics, and just happens to be his deserted wife's cousin. Love triangles, mistaken identities, Marx, Engels, pistols and the proletariat jostle for position in this adaptation of Shaw's last comic novel, written in 1883.

Wednesday, October 9 (8 PM)

Thursday, October 10 (8 PM)

Friday, October 11 (8 PM)

Saturday, October 12 (2 PM and 8 PM)

Sunday, October 13 (7 PM)

Tickets available September 19. For further information, visit www.juilliard.edu/smash.

Victor Pappas (Director, Smash) Served as Associate Artistic Director of Seattle’s Intiman Theatre for seven years, directing productions of The Importance of Being Earnest, Playland, Betrayal, Smash (world premiere), The Turn of the Screw, The Glass Menagerie, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, A Question of Mercy, and Skylight. In addition, he directed ten developmental workshops for the “New Voices at Intiman” series. Other directing credits include Other Desert Cities, Old Times, Mary Stuart, The Trip to Bountiful, and Stuff Happens (ACT Theatre, Seattle); I Am My Own Wife (Portland Center Stage); An Ideal Husband (Pioneer Theatre Company); Othello (Idaho Shakespeare Festival); Ghosts (Utah Shakespeare Festival); Falsettos, Follies, and Anyone Can Whistle (Showtunes Theatre Company); and the world premiere of Mark Jenkins’ All Powers Necessary and Convenient for the University of Washington. He was a co-founder of Shadow and Light Theatre and directed Two By Pinter for that company. He received the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Direction for his work on the world premiere of Jamie Baker’s South Central Rain, and several of his productions have been given Footlight Awards by the Seattle Times. As an actor, he appeared in the Broadway production of Brecht & Weill’s Happy End, and acted at the American Conservatory Theatre, California Actors Theatre, and the Oregon, Marin, and Sherwood Shakespeare festivals.

A widely respected teacher of acting and text, Pappas recently concluded a decade as associate chair of the Graduate Acting Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he received the David Payne Carter Award for Teaching Excellence. For Grad Acting, he directed productions of Pygmalion, The Diary of Anne Frank, All My Sons, Golden Boy, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Working, Smash, The Three Sisters, The Emperor Antony, and The Cherry Orchard. Other New York credits include Waters of the Moon, The Hot L Baltimore, and Harold Brighouse’s Zack for the salon series of The Actors Company Theatre (TACT). He is a proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and SDC and a founding member of Theatre Puget Sound, a service organization for performing artists in the Pacific Northwest.

 

The Great God Pan

By Amy Herzog

Directed by Maria Mileaf

Jamie’s life in Brooklyn seems just fine: a beautiful girlfriend, a budding journalism career, and parents who live just far enough away. But when a possible childhood trauma comes to light, his life is thrown into a tailspin. Unsettling and deeply compassionate, The Great God Pan tells the intimate tale of what is lost and won when a hidden truth is unloosed into the world.

Wednesday, October 30 (8 PM)

Thursday, October 31 (8 PM)

Friday, November 1 (8 PM)

Saturday, November 2 (2 PM and 8 PM)

Sunday, November 3 (7 PM)

Tickets available October 9. For further information, visit www.juilliard.edu/pan.

Maria Mileaf (Director, The Great God Pan) Mileaf’s New York directing credits include Lee Blessing’s Body Of Water (Primary Stages) and his Going To St. Ives (Outer Critic Circle Award for Best New Play), Alexandra Gerston-Vasilleros’ The Argument (The Vineyard), Kira Obolensky’s Lobster Alice (Playwright’s Horizons), Vijay Tendulkar’s Sakharam Binder and Erik Emmanuel-Schmidt’s Monsieur Ibrahim And The Flowers Of The Koran (The Play Company), Brooke Berman’s A Perfect Couple (DR2), Oren Safdie’s Private Jokes Public Places (Center for Architecture), Erik Ehn’s Maid (Lincoln Center Festival), Neena Beber’s Hard Feelings (Women’s Project), Julia Cho's 99 Histories (Cherry Lane), and Dawn Saito's Ha (DTW). Regionally, Maria has directed Lucy Prebble’s Sugar Syndrome, John Belluso’s A Nervous Smile and Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Patricia Wettig’s F2M, Joanna Murray-Smith’s Ninety (New York Stage and Film), Neil LaBute’s Reasons To Be Pretty, Lynn Nottage’s Ruined, Paula Vogel’s How I Learned To Drive, Martin McDonagh’s The Beauty Queen Of Leenane, Joan Holden’s Nickel And Dimed, Margaret Edson’s WIT and Tracy Scott Wilson’s The Story (Barrymore Award for Outstanding Direction, all at Philadelphia Theatre Company), Wendy Wasserstein’s The Heidi Chronicles (Berkshire Theatre Festival), Wasserstein’s Third (with Christine Lahti at the Geffen Playhouse in LA). On the West End, Maria directed Richard Schiff in Glen Berger’s Underneath the Lintel. She lives in NYC with her husband, designer Neil Patel and their two children.

 

Buried Child

By Sam Shepard

Directed by Daniel Fish

The setting is a squalid farm home occupied by a family filled with suppressed violence and an unease born of deep-seated unhappiness. The characters are a ranting alcoholic grandfather; a sanctimonious grandmother who goes on drinking bouts with the local minister; and their sons, Tilden, an All-American footballer now a hulking semi-idiot; and Bradley, who has lost one leg to a chainsaw. Into their midst comes Vince, a grandson none of them recognizes or remembers, and his girlfriend, Shelly, who cannot comprehend the madness to which she is suddenly introduced. The family harbors a dark secret—years earlier the grandfather, Dodge, had buried an unwanted newborn baby in an undisclosed spot, creating a cloud of guilt which is dispelled only when Tilden unearths the child's mummified remains and carries it upstairs to his mother. His act purges the family, at last, of its infamy and suggests the perhaps slim possibility of a new beginning under Vince, whose estrangement from the others has spared him the taint of their sin.

Thursday, November 21 (8 PM)

Friday, November 22 (8 PM)

Saturday, November 23 (2 PM and 8 PM)

Sunday, November 24 (7 PM)

Monday, November 25 (8 PM)

Tickets available October 31. For further information, visit www.juilliard.edu/child.

Daniel Fish (Director, Buried Child) For roughly the last twenty years, Daniel Fish has been making innovative, dazzlingly weird work for theater, opera, and more recently, film. His heterodox theatrical vision traffics in the unlikeliest of aesthetic combinations – revolutionizing revered dramatic classics (Shakespeare, Moliere, Odets, Benjamin Britten, Rodgers and Hammerstein) through radically, disorientingly experimental stagings, or else finding theater where none was intended, as in the labyrinthine writings of the late David Foster Wallace with A (radically condensed and expanded) Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again (The Chocolate Factory and ArtsEmerson’s TNT Festival) and Jonathan Franzen with House For Sale. Fish’s work is at once conceptually rigorous and theatrically lavish, and it is this rare conjunction that gives his work its singular flavor. He received his B.S. in 1989 from the department of Performance Studies at Northwestern University, where he was exposed to many diverse ways of making live performance. He began a freelance career directing innovative and modern productions of classical plays at theaters in the U.S. and abroad including The McCarter Theatre (Hamlet), Yale Repertory Theatre (Tartuffe), Classic Stage Company, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, and the California Shakespeare Theater. This led to work on contemporary language-driven plays, such as the 2001 premiere of Charles Mee’s True Love at The Zipper Theater, Joanna Lauren’s Poor Beck at the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the 2008 premiere of Mee’s Paradise Park at Signature Theater and Sheila Callaghan’s We Are Not These Hands at the Düsseldorfer Shauspielhaus. In January 2011, his stage version of the film Bigger Than Life, Tom Ryan Thinks He’s James Mason Starring In A Movie By Nicholas Ray…, premiered at the Incubator Arts Project and was named one of Time Out New York’s top 10 shows of 2011. Also in 2011, Fish completed work on his first film, The Dollar General. Fish has taught directing, design, and performance at the Yale School of Drama, Juilliard, NYU Tisch School of Arts, Princeton University, University of California at San Diego, and Bard College. Residencies and commissions include Baryshnikov Arts Center, LMCC on Governor’s Island, The Chocolate Factory, The Bushwick Starr, and Incubator Arts Project.

Juilliard Drama Division - 4th-Year Repertory - February 12–23, 2014

Master Harold… and the Boys

By Athol Fugard

Directed by Jonathan Rosenberg

A white teen who has grown up in the affectionate company of the two black waiters who work in his mother's tea room in Port Elizabeth learns that his viciously racist alcoholic father is on his way home from the hospital. An ensuing rage unwittingly triggers his inevitable passage into the culture of hatred fostered by apartheid.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 8:00pm

Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 8:00pm

Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 2:00pm

Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 8:00pm

Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 8:00pm

Jonathan Rosenberg (Director, Master Harold… and the Boys) Jonathan Rosenberg's work has been seen at the Walker Art Center, Dance Theater Workshop, Berkshire Theater Festival, A Contemporary Theater, the German Theater Abroad’s and New Work Now’s festivals at the Public Theater, Flynn Theater, Institut International de la Marionnette (Charleville-Mezieres), Bedlam Theatre (Edinburgh), Wits Theatre (Johannesburg), Juilliard’s Drama Division (with which ‘Master Harold’…and the Boys will be his seventh collaboration) and NYU’s Graduate Acting Program, among others. Upcoming projects include Orson Welles’ Moby Dick-Rehearsed at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard. He is the recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fox Foundation and serves on the faculty of the Bard College Theater and Performance Program.

 

Iphigenia and Other Daughters

By Ellen McLaughlin

Directed by Ellen Lauren

This three-play cycle is a modern retelling of the fall of the House of Atreus. It follows the children of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon, siblings who are both players in the family tragedy and victims of it. The cycle of blood and vengeance seems inescapable until the final reunion of a lost sister and brother brings the bloody family saga to its mystical and unlikely end.

Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:00pm

Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 8:00pm

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 8:00pm

Friday, February 21, 2014 at 8:00pm

Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 2:00pm 

Ellen Lauren (Director, Iphigenia and Other Daughters) Associate artistic director for SITI Company. SITI credits include: Under Construction, Radio MacBeth, Who Do You Think You Are, Hotel Cassiopeia, Death and the Ploughman, Midsummer Night's Dream, Room, bobrauschenbergamerica, systems/layers, War of the Worlds, Cabin Pressure, The Medium, Culture of Desire, Going, Going, Gone, Orestes, and American Document with Martha Graham Dance Company. National and international venues include: Bonn Germany, Iberoamericano Bogota, BAM Next Wave, Humana, Bobigny, Melbourne, Edinburgh, Singapore festivals; Wexner, Krannert and Walker Center for the Arts; In New York: Dance Theater Workshop, NYTW, CSC, Miller, Public, Joyce Theater. Regional credits with SITI include: San Jose Rep, ART Cambridge, Court Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville (including Picnic, Adding Machine, Hay Fever, Miss Julie, Private Lives). Ongoing classes and residencies in the U.S. and abroad for more than 18 years. Additional credits include The Women (Hartford Stage), Seven Deadly Sins, New York City Opera (Kosovar Award for Anna II), Marina, a Captive Spirit, all with Anne Bogart. Resident company member: StageWest, (Massachusetts), The Milwaukee Repertory, The Alley Theatre, (Houston). Associate artist for The Suzuki Company of Toga (SCOT) under the direction of Tadashi Suzuki: venues include, Moscow Art Theatre, Toga Festival, Alexandrinksky Theatre, RSC, Theatre Olympics Athens, Shizuoka Japan, Buenos Aires Festival, Vienna Festival, Istanbul Festival, Festival Mundial Chile, Teatro Olympico Italy, Montpelier France, Hong Kong Festival. Ongoing faculty member: The Juilliard School of Drama; Associate Director Summer Training Program, Toga, Japan. Fox Fellowship recipient for Distinguished Achievement 2008.

 

Middletown

By Will Eno

Directed by Evan Cabnet

Mary Swanson just moved to Middletown. About to have her first child, she is eager to enjoy the neighborly bonds a small town promises. But life in Middletown is complicated: neighbors are near strangers and moments of connection are fleeting. Middletown is a playful, poignant portrait of a town with two lives, one ordinary and visible, the other epic and mysterious.

Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:00pm

Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 2:00pm

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 8:00pm

Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 8:00pm

Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 2:00pm

Lila Neugebauer (Director, Middletown) is a freelance director based in New York. Upcoming: world premieres of Lucas Hnath’s Red Speedo (The Studio Theatre, DC) and Zoe Kazan’s Trudy & Max in Love (South Coast Repertory). Recent projects include Dan LeFranc’s Troublemaker, or the Freakin Kick-A Adventures of Bradley Boatright (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Mallery Avidon’s O Guru Guru Guru (2013 Humana Festival), Annie Baker’s The Aliens (West Coast Premiere, SF Playhouse; The Studio Theatre, DC) and Circle Mirror Transformation (Juilliard), The Valley of Fear, When the Tanks Break, and Tape (all at Williamstown Theatre Festival), Eliza Clark’s Edgewise (Cherry Lane Studio) and Snow Day (Drama League), new works by Kristoffer Diaz and Molly Smith Metzler in The Wii Plays (Ars Nova), and associate directing Karen O’s Stop The Virgens (St. Ann’s Warehouse, Sydney Opera House; Dir. Adam Rapp). As co-artistic director of The Mad Ones, Lila conceives and directs ensemble-devised works, most recently, Samuel & Alasdair: A Personal History of the Robot War (Ars Nova, The Brick, The New Ohio Theatre). She is an alum of the Drama League, Soho Repertory Writer/Director Lab, and Lincoln Center Directors Lab, a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, New Georges Affiliated Artist, and a Time Warner Fellow with The Women’s Project.

All performances take place in the Stephanie P. McClelland Drama Theater, The Juilliard School, 155 West 65th Street, 4th Floor, NYC

DRAMA REP TICKET AND BOX OFFICE INFORMATION:

Tickets for all Juilliard Drama repertory performances are $20 and available on January 22 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. $10 student/senior tickets also are available at the Box Office. TDF vouchers are accepted. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or visit the Web site at www.juilliard.edu/dramarep.

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