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CANDIDA
CANDIDA

April 17 - May 18, 2014

by George Bernard Shaw
directed by Ted Pappas

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Candida was a smash when it premiered in 1903 and is still a triumph of sophistication. In this sparkling comedy, Candida is in the middle of a romantic tug of war between husband John Morell, the practical parson, and Eugene Marchbanks, the passionate poet. They are surrounded by her uproarious provincial father and Morell's eccentric staff, but it is love and marriage that are the targets of Shaw's celebrated wit. Gretchen Egolf, the radiant Rosalind of As You Like It will return to The Public to dazzle audiences in the role of Candida. 

RUN TIME: 2 hours with two intermissions. 

GRETCHEN EGOLF (Candida Morell) has appeared at Pittsburgh Public Theater in The Secret Letters of Jackie and Marilyn and As You Like It. She has played on Broadway in Jackie (also in the West End production) and Ring Round the Moon (Lincoln Center on Broadway); Off-Broadway in new plays with Second Stage, The Vineyard, The Flea, and The Women's Project; and regionally as Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire at The Guthrie, Emma in Betrayal at The Huntington, Gilda in Design for Living at The Shakespeare Theatre, and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing at Barrington Stage, among others. Television includes "Elementary," "The Good Wife," "Blue Bloods," "CSI: Miami," "NCIS," "Law & Order," "Lie To Me," and "Criminal Minds," among others, as well as recurring roles in "Law & Order SVU" and "Roswell," and series regular roles in "Journeyman" and "Martial Law." TV movies include Lifetime's "The Two Mr. Kissels" and "Gleason." Training: Juilliard.

JARED McGUIRE (Eugene Marchbanks) couldn't be happier to return to this magnificent theater to work on this extraordinary play. Recent work includes: Clybourne Park (Pittsburgh Public Theater), Master Harold and the Boys (Palm Beach Dramaworks and Cape May Stage), Speech and Debate (American Theatre Company) Please Continue and The Secret Catcher (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Leave the Balcony Open and Photograph 51 (3LD), The Rubber Room (NY Fringe Festival), as well as the films Between Josie and Maria, SubterraNYa, and the upcoming feature Behind the Mirror. Jared is a proud member of Ensemble Studio Theatre.

MATTHEW MINOR (The Reverend Alexander Mill) is thrilled to make his debut at Pittsburgh Public Theater. Other notable stage credits include "Piggy" in director Giovanna Sardelli's production of Lord of the Flies at Barrington Stage, "Benjie" in the regional premiere of the musical Summer of '42 at Casa Mañana, and "Bear" in the dark comedy White People by Neil Cuthbert at Ensemble Studio Theatre. Proud graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre and member of the Drama Desk Award-winning Godlight Theatre Company, where he will be seen Off-Broadway as "Bobby" in the stage adaptation of Deliverance at 59E59 Theatre in the fall. 

JOHN O'CREAGH (Mr. Burgess) a native North-Sider, is delighted to be back in the 'Burgh and working with this talented company. Pittsburgh audiences last saw him as Doc in West Side Story when the National Tour played The Benedum. John has appeared on television on "The Late Show with David Letterman," and "John Adams," "Life on Mars," "Law & Order SVU," "Kidnapped," and "Sex and The City." He's currently preparing a book of light verse for publication. 

MEGHAN MAE O'NEILL (Miss Proserpine Garnett) has appeared in Tribes (Barrow St. Theater, Mark Taper, La Jolla Playhouse), See Jane.... (NYC Fringe), Extinguish Yourself (LES Spaces Festival), As You Like It (Guthrie Theatre), Macbeth and Blithe Spirit (Utah Shakespeare Festival), Untold Crimes (Guthrie Lab). Sketch and Comedy: Matt&Meghan (TONY critic's pick), Fraidy Cat: A Sort of Solo Show (Ars Nova, W.I.C. Festival, Sketchfest NY, Charleston Comedy Festival), Queens City Radio, JCrew Crew, Animals, Girl Camp, Livia Scott Sketch Program. Contributor to Reductress, Slacktory, NYMag. Proud member of The Story Pirates. Training: Guthrie Actor Training Program, National Theatre London, Iowa Writer's Workshop, Second City, UCB, Magnet Theatre. www.meghanoneill.org.

DAVID WHALEN (The Reverend James Mavor Morell) is excited to be back with The Public for his seventh production, having previously appeared in Good People, God of Carnage, The Royal Family, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Electra. Pittsburgh: 20 productions with PICT, six with City Theatre, Quantum Theatre, The REP, and barebones. He is a former Post-Gazette Performer of the Year and has also received Barrymore, Helen Hayes, and Kevin Kline Awards. He has played leading roles at The Roundabout, South Coast Rep, Alley Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre, Arden Theatre, Hartford Stage, Folger Theatre, Center Stage, Huntington Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, McCarter Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Playmakers Rep, among others. Film credits include: Mr. Waters in the upcoming The Fault in Our Stars, The Legion, Jack Reacher, 61*, The Xmas Tree, Black Dahlia, My Bloody Valentine, True Blue, as well as many TV appearances. davidwhalenactor.com

TED PAPPAS (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. 

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW (Playwright) was born in Dublin, Ireland on July 26, 1856. Although his family was not well-to-do, he learned a love and appreciation of the arts from his mother, who was a singer and music teacher. Shaw rebelled against formal education but taught himself through reading, attending the theater, and visiting museums. He moved to London at age 20 and from then on he was a prolific writer, first as a music and drama critic and also as a member of the Socialist group the Fabian Society, for which he wrote political pamphlets. Inspired by playwright Henrik Ibsen, in a burst of creativity in the 1890s Shaw began to write plays himself. By 1898 he published Plays Unpleasant, which included Widowers' House, The Philanderer, and Mrs. Warren's Profession, and Plays Pleasant, which featured Arms and the Man, Candida, The Man of Destiny, and You Never Can Tell. By shortly after the turn of the century he had great critical and financial success in both England and America. Other famous plays by Shaw include The Devil's Disciple, John Bull's Other Island, Man and Superman, Major Barbara, The Doctor's Dilemma, Pygmalion, Heartbreak House, Back to Methuselah, and Saint Joan, among many others. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925 and the Oscar for his screen adaptation of Pygmalion in 1938. Shaw died in 1950 at age 94.

JAMES NOONE (Scenic Designer) Designs for Pittsburgh Public Theater include Company, Thurgood1776, Born Yesterday, Private Lives, As You Like It, Electra, Camelot, The Royal Family, Time of My Life, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Little Foxes, Harry's Friendly Service, Metamorphoses, The Lady With All the Answers, The Odd Couple, The Comedy of Errors, This Wonderful Life, and Amadeus. Mr. Noone's Broadway credits include A Bronx Tale, Come Back Little Sheba, Match, Urban Cowboy, A Class Act, Judgement at Nuremberg, Jekyll and Hyde (Drama Desk, American Theater Wing Design Awards), The Rainmaker, Night Must Fall (Drama Desk nomination), Getting and Spending, The Sunshine Boys, The Gin Game, and Inherit the Wind. Off-Broadway credits include Fully Commited, Full Gallop, Three Tall Women, Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, The Boys in the Band, Cowgirls, Breaking Legs, The Green Heart (Lincoln Center Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, Primary Stages, Roundabout Theatre, Atlantic Theater, Second Stage). Regional credits include Huntington Theatre Company, Goodspeed Musicals, Long Wharf, Seattle Rep, Washington Opera, Canadian Opera, Portland Opera, Geffen Playhouse, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and Cleveland Play House. Tours include Jekyll and Hyde (1999), The Belle of Amherst, The Gin Game, Deathtrap, Three Tall Women, Stieglitz Loves O'Keefe, and also The History of Sex at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas and Latin Soul in Atlantic City. He is the recipient of several design awards including the Drama Desk, American Theatre Wing, two Helen Hayes, and the LA Ovation. Mr. Noone heads the Scenic Design Program at Boston University. 

ANDREW B. MARLAY (Costume Designer) has designed the costumes for numerous plays, musicals, operas, and ballets. On Broadway: Strider and Truly Blessed. Off-Broadway: Fallen Angels, Heartbreak House, Man and Superman, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Mistress of the Inn, Ghosts, The Member of the Wedding, Enrico IV, Grand Magic, The Fantod, The Nice and the Nasty, and Hedda Gabler. For the New York Opera: Naughty Marietta, Tosca, Cavalleria Rusticana, I Pagliacci, The Music Man, and The New Moon. In addition: Die Fledermaus (Santa Fe Opera), The Mikado and Idomeneo (Opera Theatre of St. Louis). He has also designed costumes for many regional productions including Private Lives and Fifty Million Frenchmen at Pittsburgh Public Theater. Other regional credits include Damn Yankees, Amadeus, The Philadelphia Story, Dracula, and Pygmalion, which won the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Costume Design. Mr. Marlay is a graduate of the NYU School of the Arts.

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) Most recently designed Company, The Chief, True West, and Our Town. Past PPT designs include 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, HDdB.

DON WADSWORTH (Dialect Coach) Over the past decade Don has served as the dialect/voice coach for many Public Theater productions; recently he helped the actors with their Boston dialects for Good People and later this season he will coach the British accents for Noises Off. 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"! In Los Angeles he worked with Chis PIne on Unstoppable (now on DVD) for Twentieth Century Fox. Other recent films are A New York Heartbeat 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.

McCORKLE CASTING, LTD. (Casting) Pat McCorkle (C.S.A.). Broadway: End of the Rainbow, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Glass Menagerie, Cat 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, among many others. Off-Broadway: Hit the Wall, Tribes, Falling, Our Town (Barrow Street), Toxic Avenger, Almost Maine, Freud's Last Session, Driving Miss Daisy, and more. Feature film: Premium Rush, Ghost Town, Secret Window, Tony and Tina's Wedding, The Thomas Crown Affair, The 13th Warrior, Madeline, Die Hard With A Vengeance, School Ties, etc. Television: New George Lopez series, "St. George," "Sesame Street" (CTW), "Californication" (Emmy nomination), "Max Bickford" and "Hack" (CBS), "Strangers with Candy," "Barbershop," "Chappelle's Show," and many more. www.mccorklecasting.com.

FREDRIC H. ORNER (Production Stage Manager) 2013-2014 season at The Public: Our Town, Company, Candida. Other Pittsburgh Public Theater: Born Yesterday, Superior Donuts, The Price, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Rabbit Hole, Radio Golf, The Glorious Ones, Amadeus. Broadway: Private Lives, If You Ever Leave Me,... I'm Going With You, The Capeman, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, City of Angels, Mule Bone, Sunday in the Park With George (Original Cast), Our Country's Good. National Tours: Cats, City of Angels, Laughter on the the 23rd Floor. Off-Broadway: Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, The Syringa Tree. Elsewhere: MUNY (St. Louis), American Repertory Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Long Wharf Theatre, Hartford Stage, McCarter Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Roundabout Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Pasadena Playhouse, ACT (Seattle), Theatreworks (Mountainview, CA), Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He has also stage managed tours in the UK, Ireland, and Canada. 

ALICIA DiGIORGI (Assistant Stage Manager) has been working in Pittsburgh for more than ten years with companies such as Bricolage, barebones productions, City Theatre, The Rep, Pittsburgh Musical Theatre, Pittsburgh Irish & Clasical Theatre, and Unique Staging Solutions. Some favorite productions include Thurgood, Good People, Around the World in 80 Days, Talley's Folly, Superior Donuts and RED (The Public); August: Osage County, A Moon to Dance By, and Death of a Salesman (The REP); Strata and Wild Signs (Bricolage), Killer Joe and The Glory of Living (barebones); The Missionary Position and Cafe Puttanesca (City Theatre); House and Garden and The Lieutenant of Inishmore (PICT)

 

 

 

 

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