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TRUE WEST
TRUE WEST

November 7 - December 8, 2013

 by Sam Shepard

Two estranged brothers find themselves together in a house near the desert. One is a writer and family man. The other is a drifter and a thief. Their epic rivalry has made this grand and mythic story Sam Shepard's most famous play. Full of twists, action, insight, and gritty humor, True West has been a magnet for charismatic actors since its debut in 1980.

 RUN TIME: 1 hour and 50 minutes with 1 twelve-minute intermission.

KEN BARNETT (Austin) is very pleased to return to Pittsburgh Public Theater after playing Hero in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum in 1998. He has appeared on Broadway in Wonderful Town directed by Kathleen Marshall and in Julie Taymor's The Green Bird. His Off-Broadway credits include February House at The Public, Manon/Sandra, La Ronde, Debbie Does Dallas, A Christmas Carol, and Whore of Sheridan Square. Regionally he has played leading roles in plays and musicals at The Old Globe, Hartford Stage, Geffen Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, The O'Neill, Long Wharf, Delaware Theatre Company, Prince Music Theatre, The Guthrie, and Paper Mill Playhouse. Film work includes Admission, People Like Us, Friends with Kids, Ira and Abby, and Puccini for Beginners. For television: "Mad Men," "In Plain Sight," "Grey's Anatomy," "Entourage," "How I Met Your Mother," and "Monk." A graduate of Wesleyan University, he has received two Connecticut Critics Circle Acting Awards and a Best Actor Award from NY Fringe Festival. www.kenbarnett.net

DAVID MOGENTALE (Lee) is a proud graduate of Peters Township High School right here in the South Hills. David is thrilled to be doing this particular production in this particular town after all these years in New York City! In NYC he is most pleased with his involvement in 29th Street Rep where he has been a Company Member for 23 years and Artistic Director for 19. He has been the leading influence in creating a unique style of visceral, raw work audiences have come to love and expect at 29th Street Rep. "Brutal Theater" done extremely well. David has acted in 25 productions for the comapny, most recently as Harry Caul in the New York City premiere of Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation. Other New York premieres include: Jack Henry Abbott in In the Belly of the Beast-Revisited, Avenue A, Pick Up Ax, the title role in Killer Joe, Visiting Oliver, Necktie Breakfast, and Killers. Memorable revivals: a 19-week run as Eddie in Fool for Love, title role in High Priest of California, title role in Bobby Supreme, and Tracers. Off-Broadway: An Oak Tree (Obie Award). Broadway: True West and Death of a Salesman. TV: Charles Augustus Milverton on "Elementary,"  SWAT Team Commander (Reynolds) on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," Gerard Petosky on "Law & Order," and the recurring role of Coach Goodwin on "The Sopranos." Film: Invisible, Arresting Gena, and Mickey Blue Eyes. He also directed the NYC premiere of Hiding Behind Comets for 29th Street Rep. He currently can be seen and heard as Nervous Ron Jakowski in the newest chapter of the most successful and violent video game of all time, Grand Theft Auto 5.

MARY RAWSON (Mom) is a member of Playhouse Rep and was honored as 2012 Performer of the Year by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for her role as Violet in August: Osage County. Recent credits include Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre's House & Garden and Quantum Theatre's When the Rain Stops Falling. World premieres: Amy Hartman's Chicken Snake and Tammy Ryan's In the Shape of a Woman and FBI Girl. Favorite roles include Mrs. Young in Honus and Me for City Thaetre, Micheleine in Splendour for Quantum and, for PICT, Margrethe in Copenhagen and Pauline in Thomas Kilroy's adaptation of Chekhov's The Seagull, set in the west of Ireland. But her all-time favorite role is Cousin Mary on "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood."

DAN SHOR (Saul) has performed at The Guthrie, Mabou Mines, The Old Glboe, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Taper Too, and the New Met, among others. Film credits include: Tron: The Next Day, Silakbo, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Air Force One, Wise Blood, Tron, and A Strangers Kiss, among others. Television appearances include "Cagney and Lacey" (series regular), "Studs Lonigan," "Friendly Fire," "Star Trek: Next Generation," and "Star Trek: Voyager," among others. Dan has received multiple L.A. Ovation and L.A. Weekly awards as well as People's Choice Award for the mini-series "The Blue and The Gray." He hosted three seasons of "Screen Test" for Fashion TV Asia and has been an instructor at the International Academy of Film and Television in the Philippines and at Northern Marianas College. He is the writer/director of "State of Liberty: Saipan" and the owner of ShodaVision, a moving picture company.

PAMELA BERLIN (Director) has directed six previous productions at Pittsburgh Public Theater: Clybourne Park, Red, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Talley's Folly, Driving Miss Daisy, and Tea. New York credits include Steel Magnolias (also Los Angeles, Chicago, and National Tour), To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (Circle in the Square), The Cemetary Club (Broadway), Joined at the Head (Manhattan Theatre Club), The Family of Mann and Red Address (Second Stage), Black Ink and Elm Circle (Playwrights Horizons), Snowing at Delphi, Club Soda and Peacetime (WPA), Close Ties (Ensemble Studio Theatre). Regionally, she has directed at the Long Wharf, Kennedy Center, Huntington, Seattle Rep, Pasdena Playhouse, Portland Stage, Virginia Stage, TheatreWorks Palo Alto. Opera credits: La Traviata, Rigoletto, Madame Butterfly, Lucia di Lammermoor, Eugene Onegin, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Of Mice and Men, Bernstein's Mass. Pam  has taught at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and served for six years as President of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national labor union.

SAM SHEPARD (Playwright) now age 70, has been described as the greatest playwright of his generation. He has written almost 50 plays as well as numerous books of poetry and short stories. In additional to True West, his most famous plays include Buried Child (Pulitzer Prize), Curse of the Starving Class, Tooth of Crime, Fool for Love, Lie of the Mind, and Cowboy Mouth. Shepard is also a screen actor who received an Academy Award nomination for his performance as Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff. He wrote and appeared in the cult classic movie Paris, Texas. Other film appearances include: Days of Heaven, The Pelican Brief, All the Pretty Horses, Black Hawk Down, The Notebook, and Frances. In 2011 he starred as Butch Cassidy in Blackthorn and in 2012 he had roles in six movies. He will also appeare in the upcoming films Out of This Furnace and August: Osage County and on the Discovery Channel's first scripted mini-series, "Klondike." Published this fall was the book Two Prospectors: The Letters of Sam Shepard and Johnny Dark. Shepard's recent plays include Ages of the Moon and  Heartless.
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MICHAEL SCHWEIKARDT (Scenic Designer) Recent and favorite Pittsburgh Public Theater credits include Other Desert Cities, Clybourne Park, Talley's Folly, Around the World in 80 Days, Red, Superior Donuts, Tea, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Bird Sanctuary, The Subject Was Roses, and Anna in the Tropics. Selected Off-Broadway productions include: The Bus and the American Premiere of Frank McGuinness' Gates of Gold (59 E 59), Bloodsong of Love (Ars Nova), The Black Suits (Public Theater), Things to Ruin (Second Stage, The Zipper Factory). Regional credits include productions at The Old Globe, Cleveland Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Repertory Theater of St. Louis, Sarasota Opera, The MUNY, Papermill Playhouse, and multiple productions for Goodspeed Musicals including The Most Happy Fella, Carousel, Showboat, Annie Get Your Gun, 1776, Big River, and Camelot. Tours: James Taylor's One Man Band, Ella, Motherhood the Musical, Other productions: Oklahoma! starring Kelli O' Hara and Will Chase celebrating The Oklahoma State centennial. www.msportfolio.com

MICHAEL KRASS (Costume Designer) Previous work at The Public includes Good People, 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, David Rabe, and Elaine May, plus multiple revivals. He 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, etc. He designed Campbell Scott's film of Hamlet and last year 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. He is currently preparing the revival of Sophie Treadwell's Machinal for Broadway. 

JOHN LASITER (Lighting Designer) returns to Pittsburgh Public Theater for the eighth time with True West. His other Public Theater credits include The Subject Was Roses, Anna in the Tropics, Ella, Life x3, Rabbit Hole, Clybourne Park, and Other Desert Cities. Mr. Lasiter has designed on Broadway and Off-Broadway. Additionally he has designed for Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arena Stage, Arizona Repertory Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, CENTERSTAGE, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cleveland Play House, Dallas Theater Center, Florida Stage, George Street Playhouse, Geva Theatre Center, Goodspeed Musicals, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, The MUNY, New Mexico Repertory Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Pioneer Theater Co., Repertory Theater of St. Louis, South Coast Repertory, Syracuse Stage, Virginia Stage Company. Mr. Lasiter's opera credits include Eos Orchestra, the Curtis Institute of Music, Glimmerglass Opera, Manhattan School of Music, Opera Delaware, Opera Carolina, and Skylight Opera Theatre. www.johnlasiter.com

ZACH MOORE (Sound Designer) most recently designed the sound for Our TownOther Desert Cities,Clybourne Park, and Thurgood here at The Public. He has designed more than 65 productions for Pittsburgh Public, including the world premieres of The Chief, Harry'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 1776Around the World in 80 DaysRedElectra, Circle Mirror Transformation (also original music), A Midsummer Night's DreamMetamorphoses, I Am My Own WifeMan of La Mancha, and Tea. Other designs include Pop! (City Theatre), 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 operates a small music mastering studio.

McCORKLE CASTING, LTD (Casting) Pat McCorkle, Casting Director and Joe Lopick, Casting Associate. Broadway: productions of End of the Rainbow, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Glass Menagerie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus, She Loves Me, Blood Brothers, A Few Good Men. Off-Broadway: Becoming Dr. Ruth, Lady Day, Hit the Wall, Tribes and Our Town (Barrow Street), Falling, Almost Maine, Freud's Last Session, Driving Miss Daisy. Feature film projects include My Man is a Loser, Premium Rush, Ghost Town, Secret Window, Tony and Tina's Wedding, The Thomas Crown Affair, The 13th Warrior, Madeline, Die Hard III, School Ties. Television: "Sesame Street," "Californication," (Emmy nomination), "Max Bickford," "Chapelle's Show," and "Twisted," a new ABC Family series. McCorkle Casting wishes to especially thank Pittsburgh Public Theater for many years of creative collaboration. www.mccorklecasting.com

FRED NOEL (Production Stage Manager) is pleased to be celebrating his 25th 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, D.C. and Gallaudet University's tours of Europe, Argentina, Japan, India, South America, Mexico, and Romania. He also serves part-time as Productiong Manager for D.C. area Quest Productions; he assisted the company in producing Deaf Way II, an international deaf arts festival, and several shows as part of the Edingburgh 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 Play. 

KELLY HAYWOOD (Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to be returning to Pittsburgh Public Theater for the Masterpiece Season. This season Kelly will be working on True West, An Iliad, and Noises Off. Past Public Theater productions: Born Yesterday. Pittsurgh CLO: A Musical Christmas Carol and 42nd Street. Pittsburgh Opera: Carmen, Madama Butterfly, Flight, Aida, I Capuleti e i Montechhi, Samson et Dalila, The Grapes of Wrath, L'Italiana in Algeri, La Boheme, Don Pasquale, Eugene Onegin, Falstaff, The Rape of Lucretia, l'elisir d'amore, and The Marriage of Figaro. Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh: Die Fledermaus. Pittsburgh Playhouse: Reefer Madness. RWS and Associates: Luminosity. Woodstock Ice Productions: Everyone Loves Snoopy. Kelly is a proud member of Actor's Equity.

TED PAPPAS (Producing Artistic Director) celebrates his 14th season as Producing Artistic Director of Pittsburgh Public Theater and his 21st 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 Shaffer'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 and Gene Collier's The Chief. His career began in New York City where he worked at 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 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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