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NOISES OFF
NOISES OFF

May 29 - June 29, 2014

by Michael Frayn

When the brilliant Noises Off begins, a troupe of English actors is rehearsing the sex comedy Nothing On. As we eavesdrop, the director explains his theatrical philosophy: "Bang you're on. Bang you've said it. Bang you're off." If only things would go that smoothly. But with these thespians, including the dim-witted starlet, the method actor without motivation, and the leading lady on her last legs, it's total chaos and non-stop laughter.

RUN TIME: Approximately 2 hours with one intermission.

KAREN BAUM (Poppy Norton-Taylor) is happy to return to The Public! (Amadeus). She is a 2014 Featured Artist with Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre (Don Juan/Lear/Boston Marriage/The Shaughraun), and most recently Blithe Spirit. Local theater: Saint Vincent Summer Theatre (The Nerd/Too Many Cooks/Almost Maine/Suite Surrender/Taking Steps/Be My Baby), PlayhouseREP (Hamlet/Halcyon Days/Knights of the Round Table/Riddley Walker/Ithaka), Off the Wall (Looking for the Pony/Shaken & Stirred/Shining City/Stop, Kiss), Unseam'd Shakespeare (Out of This Furnace/Nina Variations/Lion in Winter/The Blue Room/SHREW/Othello/The Winter's Tale), NoName Players (Reasons to be Pretty), Bricolage, Squonk Opera, Pitt's Shakespeare in the Schools, and CMU Interactive (Pittsburgh and Chicago). Regional: Public Theater of Kentucky (Crimes of the Heart), Theatre54 NYC, and Chicago venues. Film and TV: Promised Land, The Road, My Bloody Valentine 3D, "KillPoint," "The War That Made America," TV pilot series "Ghosthunters, PSI," A Fancy Piece of Homicide (2015). Next up, Woman and Scarecrow (PICT). Karen teaches and judges for The Public's Shakespeare Monologue & Scene Contest.

SCOTT COTE (Tim Allgood) is thrilled to be a part of this wonderful cast of Noises Off here at Pittsburgh Public Theater. Scott played the role of Goran in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on both the first Broadway National Tour and the regional premiere at the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma. He also originated the role of Gus Gus in the new musical Twice Charmed: An Original Twist on the Cinderella Story for Disney Creative Entertainment. Other regional credits include The Bellhop in Lend Me a Tenor (Bay Street Theatre), Harry the Horse in Guys and Dolls (Flat Rock Playhouse), Gangster #1 in The Drowsy Chaparone (Human Race Theatre), Ernst Ludwig in Cabaret, Howard in Moon Over Buffalo, Thurston Wheelis (et al) in Greater Tuna, Lefou in Beauty and the Beast, Robert in Boeing Boeing, and Brian Runnicles in No Sex Please, We're British all at Northern Stage. Scott has yet to appear on "Law & Order."

PRESTON DYAR (Frederick Fellowes) is making his Pittsburgh Public Theater debut. Off-Broadway: Danny in Jean Claude van-Itallie's Ancient Boys, Principal performer and Associate Producer of Flamenco Revolucion. National/International Tour: The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Regional: Thomas in Marcia Milgrom Dodge's Sense and Sensibility at Denver Center for the Arts. Thenardier in Les Miserables, Edna Turnblad in Hairspray, Roger deBris in The Producers, Caleb in The Spitfire Grill, Gooper in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Marcia Milgrom Dodge, director), Feldzieg in The Drowsy Chaparone, Thurston/Aunt Pearl/Bertha in Red, White and Tuna, Porthos in Ken Ludwig's The Three Musketeers, Master Ford/Brook in William Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor.

GARRETT LONG (Belinda Blair) Pittsburgh Public Theater debut! Thrilled for this second time around with Don and fellow Noises Off-ers! Broadway: South Pacific (Nellie us), Bonnie and Clyde (Blanch us). First National Tour: Seussical the Musical (Gertrude) starring Cathy Rigby. Off Broadway/NY: Fun Home (standby Alison/Karen), The Spitfire Grill (Percy Talbot) Drama Desk/Drama League nominations. Things As They Are: New York Musical Theatre Festival Outstanding Performance award. Regional: The Guthrie, McCarter, Fords, Signature, George Street, Goodspeed, Papermill, Great Lakes Theater Festival, St. Louis Rep, Missouri Rep, North Shore, Flat Rock Playhouse, Mountain Playhouse, and much fun at Music Theatre of Wichita and Cape Playhouse!

MICHAEL MacCAULEY (Lloyd Dallas) is thrilled to be here at the wonderful Pittsburgh Public Theater for the first time. He has performed in several Off-Broadway productions, including Lincoln Center, a national tour with John Houseman's The Acting Company, and at various regional theaters throughout the country includingThe Shakespeare Theatre, St. Louis Rep, Indiana Rep, Florida Stage, Flat Rock Playhouse, and many more. He also runs a youth acting program at North Carolina Stage Company where he has been in several productions. He has performed a one-man show, Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol, to rave reviews and sold-out crowds for two years running. His television credits include "Homeland," "Law & Order," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," and "Law & Order: SVU." Michael is Artistic Director of Ensemble Theatre Company in Ashville, NC., and a consultant for Executive Repertory. Michael and his amazing wife, Allyson, are responsible for the most astounding production of all: their son, Sean Patrick, who recently had his first birthday.

NOAH PLOMGREN (Garry Lejeune) is thrilled to be at Pittsburgh Public Theater this summer. Recent credits include: Max in Lend Me A Tenor (Bay Street Theatre), Claude in the national tour of HAIR (dir. Diane Paulus), Charles Clarke in Titanic (Westchester Broadway Theatre), Gabe in Next to Normal (Hangar Theatre), Zack in Tigers Be Still (City Theatre Company). Proud graduate of the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama.

RALPH REDPATH (Selsdon Mowbray) Noises Off is Ralph's first appearance at the Public Theater. He also played Selsdon in director Don Stephenson's production at North Carolina's Flat Rock Playhouse. That is his principal theatrical home, where he has appeared in more than 100 productions over the past 44 years. Favorite roles there include Cardinal Richelieu in The Three Musketeers, Norman in On Golden Pond, and Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady. He has appeared in regional theaters from Florida to Alaska. A transplanted Californian, he lives in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, NC. Ralph is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.

HELENA RUOTI (Dotty Otley) is thrilled to return to Pittsburgh Public Theater where she appeared last season as Polly in Other Desert Cities. Most recently she appeared in Madagascar with Quantum Theatre and Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike at City Theatre. As an actor in the Pittsburgh region her career encompasses leading roles in more than a dozen productions at The Public. Favorites include Julie in The Royal Family, Regina in The Little Foxes, and Ann in The Lady With All the Answers, all directed by Ted Pappas. She has made many notable performances with City Theatre, Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival, Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre, and barebones productions; as well as appearances with the International Poetry Forum and the Pittsburgh Symphony. Helena also performed two seasons with the Philadelphia Theater Company. She is a recipient of a Post-Gazette Performer of the Year Award, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Creative Achievement Award for the Established Artist, and City Theater's Robert M. Frankel Award. Most recently Helena was recognized by the Allegheny County Council with a Proclamation honoring her contribution to women in the arts as part of 2014's Women's History Month.

LAURA WOYASZ (Brooke Ashton) “Sorry!?” Laura is delighted to be doing one of her favorite plays at Pittsburgh Public Theater! She was most recently seen as Glinda on Broadway when she returned to Wicked for a limited engagement. Favorite theater credits include: Broadway: Wicked (Glinda standby). Off-Broadway: My Life With Albertine (Playwrights Horizons). Other: Wicked (1st National Tour, Pantages), Thoroughly Modern Mille (Millie cover, 1st National Tour), James Joyce's The Dead (Rita, the Kennedy Center/A.C. T), Gloria in Boeing Boeing (Cape May Stage), The Odd Couple (Gwendolyn Pigeon, Flat Rock Playhouse), Smokey Joe’s Café (Shimmy Girl, Sacramento Music Circus), Anything Goes (Erma), The Who’s Tommy (Sally Simpson), Breaking Up is Hard to Do (Lois). TV: “Person of Interest,” “All My Children.” She has sung across the country in Symphonies with the Wicked Divas, and also as a back-up singer for Kenny Rogers. She became a published photographer last year, and has volunteered for three years at the Ronald McDonald House in New York City. Visit www.laura-woyasz.com  

DON STEPHENSON (Director) has directed Of Mice and Manhattan at the Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Center; Titanic at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, the MUNY Opera, the Hangar Theatre (Best Director Musical Broadwayworld nom.), and Westchester Broadway Theatre; Lend Me a Tenor at the Paper Mill Playhouse and Bay Street Theatre (Best Director Play Broadwayworld nom.); Deathtrap, Noises Off and The 39 Steps at the Flat Rock Playhouse; The World Goes ’Round at Bucks County Playhouse; The Great Unknown for the New York Musical Theatre Festival; and The Mystery of King Tut and Skippyjon Jones for Theatreworks/USA. He directed the critically acclaimed productions of Oleanna, Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, Three to Get Ready, and the hit musical comedy Doctors and Diseases at the historic Barter Theatre. Other New York directing credits: Buck Simple (Garrick Gaities), When Pigs Fly (Kaufman Theatre), Golden Voices (Symphony Space), Old Flames (Theatre Studio Inc.), and a workshop production of My Time of Day: The Letters, Lyrics and Music of Frank Loesser. Regionally, Don has directed: The Desperate Hours and Through All Kinds of Weather at the Clarence Brown Theatre, and Sleeping Beauty at American Stage Festival. As an actor, Don starred as Leo Bloom in the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of The Producers, and the D’ysquith family in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. He also played Victor in the Tony Award-winning revival of Private Lives. Also on Broadway he created the roles of Renfield in Dracula and Charles Clarke in the Tony Award-winning production of Titanic. Don later returned to the show as radioman Harold Bride. Other Broadway credits: Hertz Kleinman in Rock of Ages, Leo Frank and Mr. Peavy in the original company of Parade at The Vivian Beaumont Theatre, Bingo Little in By Jeeves at the Helen Hayes Theatre, Dickie Clarke in Pardon My English, and he appeared as Frank Lippencott in the revival of Wonderful Town at Lincoln Center. 

MICHAEL FRAYN (Playwright) is the award-winning author of a wide variety of plays, novels, works of non-fiction, and translations. His play Copenhagen received the 2000 Tony Award for Best Play. His most recent plays are Democracy (2003) and Afterlife (2008). Other plays include Alphabetical Order, Clouds, Donkeys’ Years, Make or Break, and Benefactors, which won the 1984 Olivier Award for Best New Play. Mr. Frayn’s most recent novel is Skios (2012) and his memoir, My Father's Fortune: A Life, was published in 2010. Earlier novels include The Tin Men, The Russian Interpreter, Towards the End of Morning, A Landing on the Sun, Headlong, and Spies. In addition, Mr. Frayn has translated numerous works by Chekhov and Tolstoy from Russian to English. He lives in London with his wife Claire Tomlin, a writer of award-winning biographies.

MICHAEL SCHWEIKARDT (Scenic Designer) Recent Pittsburgh Public Theater credits include Red, Superior Donuts, and Talley’s Folly. Mr. Schweikardt has created sets for the world premiere of Duncan Sheik’s Whisper House for The Old Globe and for several musicals by Joe Iconis, including Bloodsong of Love at Ars Nova, ReWrite at Urban Stages, The Black Suits at The Public Theater, and Things to Ruin at both The Zipper Factory and Second Stage Theatre. Other recent credits include the critically acclaimed productions of Showboat, Annie Get Your Gun, 1776, Big River and Camelot for Goodspeed Musicals; Ella, appearing in cities all across the country; Barnum for Asolo Repertory Theatre’s 50th anniversary season; Oklahoma! starring Kelli O’Hara and Will Chase (Oklahoma State Centennial); the American premieres of Frank McGuinness’ Gates of Gold and The Bird Sanctuary; and national and international tours of James Taylor’s One Man Band. Mr. Schweikardt’s online portfolio can be seen at www.msportfolio.com.

AMY CLARK (Costume Designer) designed the costumes for Pittsburgh Public Theater’s productions of Other Desert Cities and Superior Donuts. Broadway: A Night With Janis Joplin, Chaplin (Drama Desk and Outer Critic’s Circle nominations). Off-Broadway: Heathers the Musical, Unlock’d, Animals Out of Paper. New York City and regional: Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus presents Legends, On Your Toes (City Center Encores), Somewhere (Hartford Stage Co.), Chaplin (St. Petersburg, Russia), The Little Mermaid (Paper Mill Playhouse), The Mountaintop (Actors Theatre of Louisville and Hartford Theater Works), Showboat (The Asolo and Goodspeed Musicals), Monster at the Door (the Alley Theater), Lord Of The Flies and Muckrakers (Barrington Stage Co). Awarded the 2012 Theatre Hall of Fame Emerging Artists fellowship. MFA from NYU.

KIRK BOOKMAN (Lighting Designer) Pittsburgh Public Theater: Born Yesterday, As You Like It, Electra, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Goodspeed Opera House: Funny Thing...Forum. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park: Speaking in Tongues, God of Carnage, The Fantasticks. Off-Broadway:Closer Than Ever, Divine Sister, and The Tribute Artist (Charles Busch). Irish Rep: Bedbound, The Playboy of the Western World, The Importance of Being Ernest, Major Barbara. Drama Dept.:June Moon, Rude Entertainment. Manhattan Theatre Club: Green Heart. Broadway: The Gin Game (Julie Harris/Charles Durning), The Sunshine Boys (Tony Randall/Jack Klugman),Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Other theater credits include New York Philharmonic: Company (dir. Lonny Price), San Francisco Symphony/ Michael Tilson Thomas: Thomashefsky's, A Flowering Tree (dir. Peter Sellars). Upcoming: Les Sylphides and Troy Games for Hungarian National Ballet at the Budapest Opera House. www.KirkBookman.com

ZACH MOORE (Sound Designer) has designed more than 70 productions here at The Public, most recently designing Candida, Company, True West, and Our Town.  Past PPT designs include the world premieres of The Chief, Harry’s Friendly Service, The Glorious Ones, The Secret Letters of Jackie and Marilyn, and Paper Doll; the American premieres of The Bird Sanctuary and RolePlay (also original music); as well as Thurgood, 1776, Around the World in 80 Days, Red, Electra, Circle Mirror Transformation (also original music), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Metamorphoses, I Am My Own Wife, Man of La Mancha, and Tea. Other designs include Pop! (City Theatre Company), Sweeney Todd and Angels in America (University of Pittsburgh 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, HDdB.

DON WADSWORTH (Dialect Coach) has been the dialect/voice coach for many Public Theater productions; he also serves as a voice coach for many other regional productions around the country. On Broadway he taught the Irish dialect to the full cast of the musical The Pirate Queen. He has worked on more than a dozen feature films and several TV shows. Don has the distinction of coaching six Oscar-nominated actors. In Los Angeles he helped Chris Pine on Unstoppable (now on DVD) for Twentieth Century Fox. Recent films include A New York Heart Beat and Jobs, a film about Steve Jobs with Josh Gad and Ashton Kutcher. Wadsworth is a Professor of Voice and Speech for Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

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 Galludet University's tours of Europe, Argentina, Japan, India, South Africa, Mexico, and Romania. He also serves part-time as Production Manager for D.C. area Quest Productions; he assisted the company in producing Deaf West II, an international deaf arts festival, and several shows as part of the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe. His credits also include the Off-Broadway productions 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.

KELLY HAYWOOD (Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to be returning to Pittsburgh Public Theater for their Masterpiece Season. Past Public Theater productions: Born Yesterday, An Iliad, and True West. Pittsburgh CLO: A Musical Christmas Carol and 42nd Street. Pittsburgh Opera: Carmen, Madama Butterfly, Flight, Aida, I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Samson et Dalila, The Grapes of Wrath, L’Italiana in Algeri, La Bohème, Don Pasquale, Eugene Onegin, Falstaff, The Rape of Lucretia, l’elisir d’amore, and Marriage of Figaro. Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh: Die Fledermaus. Pittsburgh Playhouse: Reefer Madness. RWS and Associates: Luminosity. Woodstock Ice Productions: Everyone Loves Snoopy. Proud member of Actors’ Equity.

TED PAPPAS (Producing Artistic Directorcelebrates 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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