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November 29 - December 23, 2012
Directed by Kyle Fabel

A farcical behind-the-scenes look at life in a repertory theatre. When the personal conflicts of a long-suffering couple, their adult daughter, and a young newcomer start to affect their performances, the audience is guaranteed a front row seat to this company’s theatrics.

Estimated run time 1 hour and 37 minutes with one 15 minute intermission.


George............................................ Jim Ortlieb
Loretta.............................................. Carol Halstead
Frances............................................ Zoë Winters
Michael............................................ Andrew Pastides

Playwright................................... John Kolvenbach
Director........................................ Kyle Fabel
Scenic Designer......................... Randall Parsons
Lighting Designer...................... Paul Hackenmuller
Sound Designer/Composer... J Hagenbuckle
Costume Designer................... Lara de Brujin

Jim OrtliebJIM ORTLIEB (George) MRT: Debut. Broadway: The Farnsworth Invention, Guys and Dolls, Billy Elliot: The Musical (1st National Tour) Regional: Picasso at the Lapin Agile, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Steppenwolf Theatre; Candide, The Goodman Theatre; Scapin, American Blues Theatre (Member); Of Thee I Sing (Dir. Charles Repole), Orchestra Hall; M the Murderer, Organic Theatre; Only Kidding (Joseph Jefferson Award Nominee), Wisdom Bridge Theatre; Hughie, Gare St. Lazare Players (Member); Tartuffe, The Mikado, Candide, Weston Playhouse. The Grapes of Wrath (Dir. David Cromer) The Ford's Theatre; Alfred Stieglitz Loves O'Keefe, Ghost Ranch Productions; The Wasps, Getty Villa; The Homecoming, Hughie (Paris, France), Faith Healer, Dark Pony, Translations (West Cork, Ireland),Gare St. Lazare Players. Television: Mr. Ortlieb has been in over 50 television shows including Vegas, Grey's Anatomy, The Closer, CSI, Bones, Six Feet Under, The Shield and Nasedo in Roswell. Film: Contagion (Dir. Steven Soderbergh), Drunkboat, A Mighty Wind (Dir. Christopher Guest), Magnolia (Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson). Chain Reaction (Dir. Andrew Davis), Home Alone and Running Scared. Education:Graduate of Mason Gross School of the Arts of Rutgers University. Other: Mr. Ortlieb also works as a teacher and director.




Carol HalsteadCAROL HALSTEAD(Loretta) MRT: Debut. Broadway:  Gore Vidal’s The Best Man. Off Broadway:  Walking Down Broadway, The Mint; The Duchess of Malfi, Pericles, Red Bull Theatre; Easter Candy, Amazing Adventures of Tense Guy, Paradise Theatre; The Mask, The Clurman; Urgent Fury, The Cherry Lane;  Alarm Dog Rep Plays Dead, NY Public Theatre; Dreams are Funny, Home; Planet America, Ensemble Studio Theatre; The Two Mrs. Trumps, The Westbeth; Easter Candy, Young Playwrights; Windows on the World, NY International Fringe Festival; Women at Work, Vital Theatre Company.  Regional:  Good People (Jean), The Old Globe;  August: Osage County (Barbara), Fulton Theatre; God Of Carnage (Annette),  Hudson Stage Co.; The Clean House (Lane), Syracuse Stage; Private Lives (Amanda), Kitchen Theatre; The Philadelphia Story, You Can’t Take It With You, Reckless, All My Sons, The Chautauqua Theatre Company;  A Flea In Her Ear (Raymonde), Kansas City Rep; West Coast Premier of Teresa Rebecks’ Bad Dates (Dean Goodman Choice Award – Best Solo Performance); June Moon (Lucille), Dorset Theatre Company; The Beard of Avon (Queen Elizabeth), Twelfth Night (Olivia), Bad Dates, Portland Center Stage;  Macbeth, Milwaukee Shakespeare. The Voysey Inheritance, Baltimore’s Center Stage; Picasso at the Lapine Agile, Cleveland Playhouse; A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, Arcadia, The Skin of our Teeth, Misalliance, Racing Demon, Life with Father, A Christmas Carol, The Denver Center Theatre; All’s Well that Ends Well, Loves Labors Lost, The Shakespeare Theatre, DC; International: Picasso At The Lapine Agile, Budapest, Hungary. Film/TV: Law and Order: CI, Jonny Zero, As the World Turns, All My Children, Towelhead, The Whipper Snapper.  Education: Florida State University, The American Conservatory. Other: Ms. Halstead makes her home in New York City where she trains as a Second-Degree Black Belt in Seido Karate.




Zoe WintersZOË WINTERS (Frances) Merrimack Repertory Theater: Debut. Off-Broadway: 4000 Miles, Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3; Love Song, 59E59 (Written/directed by John Kolvenbach). New York: Hater, Ohio Theatre; Swimming Legs, TheaterLab; The Eyes of Others, Not At The Dinner Table; New Ohio Theatre.Regional: The Importance of Being Earnest, Paper Mill Playhouse; The Imaginary Invalid, Seattle Repertory Theatre; The Rivals, The Matchmaker; Baltimore CENTERSTAGE; Mauritius, Magic Theatre; The Diary of Anne Frank, Virginia Stage Company.  Film/Television: In the Family, Under, Law & Order, Ugly Betty, Gossip Girl, Army Wives. Education:BFA, SUNY Purchase Acting Conservatory. Other: For my parents  




Andrew PastidesANDREW PASTIDES (Michael) Merrimack Repertory Theater: Debut. Off-Broadway: Love Song, 59 E59; Makeout Session, Barrow Group. Regional: Goldfish, Magic Theatre; The Glass Menagerie, Tartuffe, Two River Theatre; The Chosen, The Cleveland Playhouse; Molly's Delicious, The Arizona Theatre Co.; Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, Theatre Alliance. Film/Television: Blue Bloods (CBS), Law and Order (NBC), Suits (USA), Boardwalk Empire (HBO), Si Nos Dejan (Dir. Celia Rowlson-Hall),  Hank and Asha (Dir. James Duff). Mrs. Tenderfoot Takes a Lover and Shadows and Lies (Dir. Jay Anania).  Education:Andrew is a graduate of The University of North Carolina School of the Arts and the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities. Other: This is Andrew's third Kolvenbach play.




JOHN KOLVENBACH  is very pleased to continue his collaboration with Merrimack Rep. This is the third Kolvenbach play produced here. First Fabuloso, then Mrs. Whitney, both under the direction of Kyle Fabel.  Kolvenbach's other plays include: Goldfish, Love Song, on anaverage day and Gizmo Love. Goldfish premiered at South Coast Repertory in the spring of2009, directed by Loretta Greco. Goldfish was then produced at the MagicTheatre in San Francisco in the fall of that year. The Magic also premieredMrs. Whitney in the fall of 2009, under Kolvenbach's direction. Love Songpremiered at Steppenwolf in Chicago in the spring of 2006, directed byAustin Pendelton. Love Song went on to the West End, where it was nominatedfor an Olivier Award, best new comedy. The London production was directed byJohn Crowley, with Neve Campbell, Cillian Murphy, Kristen Johnston andMichael McKean. Love Song has been produced in Zurich, Melbourne, Sydney,Wellington, Seoul and Rome. There have been over fifty productions in theUS. on an average day premiered at the Comedy Theatre on the West End in2002, with Woody Harrelson and Kyle MacLachlan, also directed by Mr.Crowley. average day has been produced in Tel Aviv, Buenos Aires, and Lisbonamong many other places.  Kolvenbach's plays are published by Methuen and licensed by DPS. Kolvenbach's first screenplay, Clear Winter Noon, was selected for the Black List in 2008. He is currently writing a new play, a comedy.


KYLE FABEL (Director) Merrimack Repertory Theatre: Director credits: Homestead Crossing, Mrs. Whitney, The Persian Quarter, Fabuloso, Tranced, The Four of Us, Trying.  Actor credits: A View of the Harbor, Aunt Dan & Lemon, The Homecoming, Boy Gets Girl, Three Days of Rain.  Broadway: Sorkin’s The Farnsworth Invention, A Free Man of Color.  New York: The Triangle Factory Project, Noel Coward’s Long Island Sound, Anouilh’s Eurydice (director), The Good Soup (director), He and She (director), The Actors Company Theatre; David Ives’ English Made Simple, Primary Stages; Ayckbourn’s A Small Family Business (director), The Suicide (director), Enrico IV (director), The Ruffian on the Stair (director), NYU Graduate Acting Program.  Regional: Finian’s Rainbow (director), No Wake (director), Berkshire Theatre Festival; The Farnsworth Invention, Feydeau’s Private Fittings, La Jolla Playhouse; A Steady Rain, Hartford Theaterworks; The Real Thing, Pioneer Theatre; Closer, The Dead Eye Boy, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; The Taming of the Shrew, Williamstown Theatre Festival; The Last Hurrah, Huntington Theatre; Cymbeline, Loot, Hartford Stage Company; Tony Kushner’s Hydriotaphia, Alley Theatre; McCarter Theatre, O’Neill Center.  Education: Graduate Acting Program, 1995, and Graduate Acting Alumni Director’s Lab, 2001, New York University.  Other: Rich Hall’s Best Western, Edinburgh.


PAUL HACKENMUELLER (Lighting DesignerMerrimack Repertory Theater:  Homestead Crossing, Mrs. Whitney, Fabuloso. Broadway: Fela!, Desire Under the Elms, A Bronx Tale, Mauritius, The Frogs, Aida, Martin Guerre (Associate). Off-Broadway:  Jump/Rope, Square Peg Productions; Cloud Tectonics, Culture Project; Walk Two Moons, Lucille Lortel. Off-Off Broadway: Peter Pan, The Great American War Machine,  Irondale Ensemble; Carrie, PS122.Regional: Confluence, An Evening of One Acts, Short Stories, An Evening of Short Plays, Seven Eleven, I Keep Walking on Sinking Sand, A Long Walk, The Guthrie Theater (Resident Assistant 1999-2000); Caroline or Change, Syracuse Stage;Tosca, Boston Lyric Opera; Romeo & Juliet, Rusalka, Opera Colorado;  Parade, Theater Latte Da; Tale of Two Cities, Cinderella, Treasure Island: A Musical Panto, Twelfth Night, People’s Light & Theater Company; Ghost Brother's of Darkland County, Jesus Christ Superstar Gospel (Associate), Alliance Theatre; A Christmas Carol,  GEVA; Homestead Crossing, Portland Stage.  No Wake, Finians Rainbow, Homestead Crossing, Berkshire Theater Festival; Skin of Our Teeth, Perseverance Theater; Troy: After & Before, Princeton University / McCarter Theater Center; John Barton’s The Greeks: Part One, Juilliard School. Commercial Clients: Target Stores, Carlson Companies, Boston Scientific, Starkey Inc., Wells Fargo Bank, Life Touch, Arctic Cat, Microsoft, Children’s Cancer Research Fund and Cargill. Education:M.F.A. NYU Tisch, B.A. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis


LARA DE BRUIJN (Costume Designer) MRT: Homestead Crossing Off-BroadwayThe Travelers, 59E59. The Electric Lighthouse world premiere, The Flea Theater. The Suicide, The Bushwick Starr.  Dog Act, Flamboyan Theater.  Lysistrata,  La MaMa.  A Blessing on the Moon,  le Poisson Rouge.  Six Seeds: the Persephone Project, The Tank  Theater.  Regional: Present Laughter, Measure For Measure, The Torch-Bearers, Santaland Diaries, Peterborough Players. Homestead Crossing and Finian’s Rainbow, Berkshire Theater Festival.  The Threepenny Opera, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Vieux Carre, Trinity Rep  Consortium.  International: Pains of Youth, Unit 102.  Kaged, Stockholm Fringe Festival.  The Goat, Neptune Theatre.  Other: A Little Night Music, Castleton Opera Festival. Transformations, l’Enfant et les Sortilleges and l’Heure Espagnole, Boston Conservatory.  Animal Love 1, music video by Charlene Kaye.  Education: MFA, NYU Tisch School of the Arts. 


Jim Ortlieb, Carol Halstead, Zoë Winters and Andrew Pastides. Photos by Meghan Moore.

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