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November 8 - December 9, 2012

By David Lindsay-Abaire

Directed by Tracy Brigden


The distance between Boston’s Chestnut Hill and the Lower End is measured in more than miles. Mike and Margaret both grew up poor, but he made it out and became a doctor while she is stuck – a single mother who gets by on sarcasm and bingo games with her pals. When they meet again, an invitation leads Margaret to his luxurious home and into a turbulent conversation with Mike and his surprising wife. This tough and tender play looks at luck, choices, blame, pride, and what people will do to survive.

"The most substantial new play since August: Osage County." -- TimeOut New York

AGE RECOMMENDATION:  Mature high school students and older. 
RUN TIME: 2 hours and 15 minutes, with intermission.

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GLYNIS BELL (Dottie) is delighted to return to Pittsburgh Public Theater where she appeared in Electra. Some of her credits after many years in the business are as follows - Broadway: Harvey, Looped, Amadeus, My Fair Lady, The Robber Bridegroom, The Time of Your Life, School for Scandal, Heartbreak House. Off-Broadway: The Morini Strad, Richard III, Blithe Spirit, Pera Palas, Badge, Sleep Deprivation Chamber, Invention for Fathers and Sons. Regional: The Lion in Winter, Underneath the Lintel, Martha Mitchell Calling, Doubt, Romeo and Juliet, Woman Before a Glass, The Retreat from Moscow, Major Barbara, Kid Simple, Pera Palas, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Inspecting Carol, Six Degrees of Separation, The House of Blue Leaves, Driving Miss Daisy, The Cherry Orchard, Arms and the Man, The Way of the World, Macbeth. Television: 12 episodes of various incarnations of "Law & Order", "Mercy", "The Time of Your Life".

HELEN COXE (Jean) is pleased to be back at Pittsburgh Public where she appeared in Betty's Summer Vacation. Broadway: Sideman. Off-Broadway: In the Middle of the Night; The Shanghai Gesture; Beauty on the Vine; Bug; As Bees in Honey Drown; Love, Janis; World of Mirth. Other credits include Marion Jean (E. 4th Street Theatre), Anchors (LIA), Silence (Roundtable Ensemble), The Gabriel's and Training Wisteria (Summer Play Festival), The Mouthful of Birds and {wish} (rUDE mECHANICAL), Blythe Spirit (Public, Maine), My Mother's a Baby Boy (The Kraine), Romulus Linney's Coda and Tennessee (dir. Harris Yulin), and many, many plays at the Ensemble Studio Theatre. TV: "The Newsroom", "Made in Jersey", "Person of Interest," "30 Rock," "Third Watch," all versions of "Law & Order". Film: Julie and Julia, The Rebound, Sherrybaby, Knots, Backseat, Slippery Slope, The Houstaurant. Helen recieved her MFA from American Conservatory Theater.  

JANUARY LAVOY (Kate) is thrilled to return to Pittsburgh Public Theater (The Piano Lesson) and delighted to be reunited with Tracy Brigden, who directed her in City Theatre's Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge. Broadway: ENRON. Off-Broadway: Wings (Second Stage), Coraline (MCC), Two Trains Running, and Home (Signature Theatre). Regional credits include What I Learned in Paris (Alliance Theatre); Measure for Measure (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ); A Streetcar Named Desire, Lobby Hero, The Merchant of Venice (Denver Center); and world premieres at the Wilma Theater and the Contemporary American Theater Festival. She was also a 2010 participant in the Sundance Theatre Lab. Film: War of the Worlds, High Ground (upcoming). Television: "3 lbs.," "Law & Order," "The Guiding Light," "All My Children," and Noelle Ortiz-Stubbs on "One Life to Live". Voiceover work includes campaigns for Revlon, Dannon, and Obama for America, and dozens of audiobooks. MFA: National Theatre Conservatory (Denver). She is married to her favorite actor, Mat Hostetler.

KELLY McANDREW (Margaret) is thrilled to be at The Public working on this amazing play. Kelly was seen last season at Pittsburgh's City Theatre in Precious Little (also directed by Tracy Brigden). Broadway: Maggie the Cat, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (with Ned Beatty). Off-Broadway: Still LIfe (MCC), The Cataract (The Women's Project), Book of Days (Signature Theatre). Other New York theater: Brendan (First Irish Festival), Greedy (Clubbed Thumb), Topsy Turvey Mouse (Cherry Lane Mentor Project), Trout Stanley (Culture Project), Lyric is Waiting (kef productions). Regional theaters include: The Old Globe, Bard Summerscape, The Alley, Huntington Theatre, A.R.T, Arena Stage, George Street Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, St. Louis Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, the Olney Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company. Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Shakespeare on the Sound. TV: "Smash" (upcoming), "Law & Order," "Law & Order: SVU," "Gossip Girl." Film: In the Family, Everbody's Fine (with Robert DeNiro), Superheroes, New Guy, Out of the Darkness

PAUL TERZENBACH (Stevie) was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon and recieved his BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Recent theater credits include Philotis/Cardinal in Tis Pity She's a Whore, Tommy in Empirical, (Off-Off Broadway), Mercutio in Shakespeare's R&J (Hartford TheatreWorks), Autolycus in The Winter's Tale (Rutgers Theatre Company at Shakespeare's Globe in London), Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet (Rutgers Theater Company). Film/TV credits include White Boy Brown, The Sisters, and HBO's "Mildred Pierce."

DAVID WHALEN (Mike) returns to The Public where he was seen in God of Carnage, As You Like It, Electra, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and The Royal Family. He just appeared in August: Osage County for The REP. This summer, he played Vershinin in Three Sisters and the title role in Ivanov for the Chekhov Festival with Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre. Also for PICT: The Mask of Moriarty, Doubt, Stuff Happens, Julius Caesar, Betrayal, and many others. For City Theatre, he was seen in The Monster in the Hall, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Opus, Speak American, and The Morini Strad. Other Pittsburgh credits: Quantum in Cymbeline, barebones' Take Me Out (director). He played Padraic in The Lieutenant of Inishmore at St. Louis Rep (2009 Kevin Kline Award for Best Actor). He is a former Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Performer of the Year. He played Claudius in Hamlet at the Folger Theatre (2010 Helen Hayes Award, Best Production). He has appeared across the country, Europe, and in New York including: The Roundabout, South Coast Rep (10 productions), Alley Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Arden Theatre, Hartford Stage, The Roundhouse, Center Stage, Huntington Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, McCarter Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Venice's Biennale Festival, among others. TV & Film: Jack Reacher, 61*, The Xmas Tree, Black Dahlia, My Bloody Valentine, True Blue, Indictment, "Three Rivers," "Silk Stalkings," "Diagnosis: Murder," "All My Children," and "The Guiding Light."

TRACY BRIGDEN (Director) is thrilled to return to Pittsburgh Public Theater where she last directed Arthur Miller's The Price. Tracy is in her 12th season as Artistic Director of City Theatre. Most recently at City, she directed the American premiere of The Monster in the Hall by David Greig, the world premiere of Louder Faster by Jeffrey Hatcher and Eric Simonson, as well as more than 30 productions including premieres of plays by Christopher Durang, Keith Reddin, Adam Rapp, Helen Edmundson, Eve Ensler, and Steven Dietz. Prior to coming to Pittsburgh, Tracy was Associate Artistic Director of Hartford Stage and Artistic Associate for Manhattan Theatre Club. Other directing credits include productions at both regional and New York theaters, including the Hangar Theatre, the Atlantic Theater Company, TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, and the Westport Playhouse. Her next project will be the regional premiere of Seminar by Theresa Rebeck at City Theatre this January. 

DAVID LINDSAY-ABAIRE (Playwright) receieved the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Spirit of America Award, and five Tony nominations for his play Rabbit Hole, which premiered on Broadway. He was also nominated for a Grammy Award (Best Musical Show Album) and two Tony Awards (Best Book of a Musical and Best Score) for his work on Shrek the Musical. Prior to that, David was awarded the 2008 Ed Kleban Award as America's most promising musical theater lyricist. David's plays include Fuddy Meers, Kimberly Akimbo, Wonder of the World, and A Devil Inside. In addition to his work in theater, David's screen credits include his adaptation of Rabbit Hole (starring Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckart, and Dianne Wiest, and directed by John Cameron Mitchell), as well as the upcoming features Rise of the Guardians (Dreamworks) and Oz: The Great and Powerful (Disney, directed by Sam Raimi). David is a proud New Dramatists alum, a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the Juilliard School, as well as a member of the Writers Guild of America, and the Dramatists Guild Council. 

JEFF COWIE (Scenic Designer) designed the Tony-nominated Dividing the Estate on Broadway. His Off-Broadway credits include The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant (Drama Desk nom), What Didn't Happen (by Christopher Shinn), The Day Emily Married, A Safe Harbor for Elizabeth Bishop, The Carpetbagger's Children, The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore, The Red Devil Battery Sign, Colder Than Here, and A Letter from Ethel Kennedy, among others. He has designed for City Theatre, Huntington Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alley Theatre, Berkeley Rep, The Guthrie, The Goodman, Hartford Stage, Long Wharf, Mark Taper Forum, New York Stage & Film, Philadelphia Theatre Company, among many others. Mr. Cowie is a recipient of the NEA/Rockefeller Foundation Award, an Edward Albee Foundation Fellowship, and the 2010 Drama Desk and American Theatre Wing's Henry Hewes Award for his design of Horton Foote's three-part, nine-hour epic, The Orphan's Home Cycle

MICHAEL KRASS (Costume Designer) previous work at The Public includes The Price, Fences, and Wings, and he has often designed for Pittsburgh's City Theatre. On Broadway he designed The Lyons; The Constant Wife; Twelve Angry Men; Reckless; After the Fall; Hedda Gabler; You're a Good Man Charlie Brown; The Rehearsal; The Lion in Winter; and many others. Off-Broadway he has designed world premieres by Edward Albee, John Guare, Christopher Durang, Kenny Lonergan, Theresa Rebeck, Keith Bunin, David Rabe, and Elaine May, plus multiple revivals. He designed A Little Night Music for the Kennedy Center's Sondheim Festival, and has often worked at Boston's Huntington, The Guthrie in Minneapolis, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Hangar Theatre, The Ahmanson, The Old Globe in San Diego, Arena Stage, Chicago Shakespeare, the McCarter Theatre, etc. He designed Campbell Scott's film of Hamlet and recently his first opera, Pelleas and Melisande, for the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. Award nominations include the 2006 Tony Award, the Drama Desk, the American Theatre Wing, and two Jefferson nominations.

PHIL MONAT (Lighting Designer) has designed 28 productions for Pittsburgh Public Theater over many years, most recently last season's Private Lives and Superior Donuts. Regionally, he has designed more than 450 productions at theaters around the country, including Seattle Rep, The Old Globe, Cincinnati Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Alliance, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, La Jolla Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, McCarter Theatre, Alley Theatre, Huntington Theatre, among others. Broadway designs include Sly Fox staring Richard Dreyfuss, Finian's Rainbow, and Sally Mar...and Her Escorts. Off-Broadway credits include: Woman Before a Glass (Obie Award), Adult Entertainment, Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weil, Visiting Mr. Green, Mere Mortals, The Boys in the Band, Three Tall Women, Camping With Henry & Tom (1995 Lucille Lortel Award), The World Goes Round With Kander & Ebb, Godspell, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, and Goblin Market (Drama Desk nomination). In New York he has also designed at Playwrights Horizons, Lincoln Center Theater, Circle Repertory Theatre, the New York Shakespeare Festival, Manhattan Theatre Club, the WPA Theatre, Second Stage, and the Vineyard Theatre. 

ZACH MOORE (Sound Designer) most recently designed the sound for Private Lives and Around the World in 80 Days here at The Public, and Pop! at City Theatre. He has designed more than 60 productions for Pittsburgh Public, including the world premieres of The ChiefHarry's Friendly ServiceThe Glorious OnesThe Secret Letters of Jackie and Marilyn, and Paper Doll; the American premieres of The Bird Sanctuary and RolePlay (also original music); as well as Red, Electra, Circle Mirror Transformation (also original music), A Midsummer Night's Dream, Metamorphoses, I Am My Own Wife, Man of La Mancha, Tea, and Wit. Other designs include Sweeney Todd and Angels in America (Pitt Rep), House and Garden (Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre), Completely Hollywood (abridged) (Reduced Shakespeare Company), Falsettos (The Huntington), Paper Doll (Long Wharf Theatre), and Fully Committed (PPT, Dallas Theater Center, McCoy/Rigby Productions). Zach also plays guitar in Hero Destroyed, and operates a small music mastering studio. 

DON WADSWORTH (Dialect Coach) over the past decade he has served as the dialect/voice coach for many Public Theater productions; recently he helped the actors in Freud's Last Session with their Viennese and British dialects as well as the many accents needed for Around the World in 80 Days. On Broadway he taught the Irish dialect to the full cast of the musical The Pirate Queen. Don has the distinction of coaching six Oscar-nominated actors. For the film Warrior Don taught Australian and British actors how to sound like American brothers, voted by Esquire magazine to be "the most American non-Americans"! For the ABC-TV movie "Elixir," he coached Jane Seymour. Upcoming feature films are A New York Heart Beat and Jobs, a film about Steve Jobs with Josh Gad and Ashton Kutcher. Don is a Professor of Voice and Speech for Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama where this year he will direct Romeo and Juliet on CMU's mainstage. 

McCORKLE CASTING, LTD. (Casting) for more than 30 years Pat McCorkle (C.S.A.) and associates have cast for Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theater, film, and television. Broadway casts include: End of the Rainbow, High with Kathleen Turner, The Lieutenant of InishmoreThe Glass MenagerieCat on a Hot Tin Roof, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, Amadeus, She Loves Me, Blood Brothers, A Few Good Men, and others. Notable Off Brodway casts include: The Seventh Monarch, Tribes, Freud's Last Session, Our Town, Almost Maine, Down the Garden Paths, Killer Joe, Mrs. Klein, Driving Miss Daisy. Feature films: Premium Rush, My Man is  a Loser, Ghost Town, Secret Windo, Basic, The Thomas Crown Affair, The 13th Warrior, Madeline, Die Hard With a Vengeance, School Ties, etc. A sampling of television projects: "Sesame Street," "Electric Company," "Californication" (Emmy nomination), "3Lbs," "Barbershop," "Chapell's Show," "Hack," "Max Bickford."

FRED NOEL (Production Stage Manager) marks his 24th season at Pittsburgh Public Theater. He also completed four seasons with the National Theatre of the Deaf, touring throughout the United States and China. Mr. Noel was Stage Manager for the Performing Arts Season at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf in Washington, DC and Gallaudet University's tours of Europe, Argentina, Japan, India, South Africa, Mexico, and Romania. He also serves part-time as Production Manager for DC area Quest Productions, assisting the company in producing Deaf Way II, an international deaf arts festival, and several shows as part of the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe. His credits also include the Off-Broadway production of Women of Manhattan. Mr. Noel is a Pennsylvania native and alumnus of Duquesne University. In Pittsburgh he has also stage managed for Don Brockett Productions, Pittsburgh CLO, and Carnegie Mellon Showcase of New Plays.

ALICIA DeMARA (Assistant Stage Manager) has been working on productions in the great city of Pittsburgh for more than 10 years with companies such as Briocolage, barebones productions, City Theatre, The REP, Pittsburgh Musical Theatre, Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre, Unique Staging Solutions, and The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Some favorite productions include Around the World in 80 Days, Talley's Folly, Superior Donuts, and Red (The Public); August: Osage County, The Lonesome West, Mojo, The Goat, A Moon to Dance By, and Death of a Salesman (The REP); Strata, Midnight Radio, B.U.S., and Wild Signs (Bricolage); Killer Joe, Frozen, The Glory of Living, This is Our Youth, and Take Me Out (barebones); The Missionary Position, Shooting Star, Human Error, Fiction, and Cafe Puttanesca (City Theatre); House and Garden, King Lear, Endgame, Uncle Vanya, and The Lieutenant of Inishmore (PICT).

TED PAPPAS (Producing Artistic Director
celebrates his 13th season as Producing Artistic Director of Pittsburgh Public Theater and his 20th year of close association with the company as a director. He has staged more than 40 productions for The Public, including the works of Euripides, Shakespeare, Schiller, Wilde, Gilbert & Sullivan, and Sondheim. Some highlights include Sophocles' Electra, Shakespeare's As You Like It, Kaufman & Ferber's The Royal Family, Peter Schaffer's Amadeus, Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses, Kander & Ebb's Cabaret, the American premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's RolePlay, and the world premiere of Rob Zellers & Gene Collier's The Chief, which played The O'Reilly for seven seasons and was filmed. His career began in New York City where he worked for Playwrights Horizons, Joseph Papp's Public Theater, John Houseman's The Acting Company, New York City Opera under the leadership of Beverly Sills, and shows on and off Broadway. His regional credits are numerous and varied and include productions for the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Arena Stage in Washington DC, the Kennedy Center, the Canadian Opera Company, Toronto's Royal Alexandra, and Goodspeed Musicals. He staged a hip-hop concert hosted by Harry Belafonte which galvanized the Cannes Film Festival, directed a Las Vegas extravaganza for impresario Steve Wynn, and served as choreographer for NBC's legendary series "Saturday Night Live." He studied Shakespeare with Samuel Schoenbaum and modern drama with Eric Bentley, and holds degrees from Northwestern University and Manhattan's Hunter College. He is a past president of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, the national labor union. 

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