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Cabaret

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  • AUG 31, 2010 – OCT 29, 2010

  • OBERON

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Take your seat at the Kit Kat Klub, the perfectly marvelous cabaret where singer Sally Bowles meets writer Cliff Bradshaw. As the two pursue a life of pleasure in Weimar Berlin, the world outside the Klub begins to splinter. Sally and Cliff are faced with a choice: abandon themselves to pleasures promised by the cabaret, or open their eyes and face the coming storm. Singer and songwriter Amanda Palmer of Dresden Doll fame stars as the Kit Kat Klub’s magnetic Emcee, presiding over the debauched party where nothing is as it seems, with A.R.T. regulars Remo Airaldi, Thomas Derrah, and Jeremy Geidt.

“There was a cabaret, and there was a Master-of-Ceremonies and there was a city called Berlin in a country called Germany. It was the end of the world…and I was dancing with Sally Bowles and we were both asleep…” – Cliff in Cabaret

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Don’t miss out on the Cabaret VIP Amanda Palmer Experience. VIP tickets may still be available for sold out shows! Learn more

The production contains nudity, and simulated sex and drug use. Recommended for 16 and older, unless accompanied by an adult.

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Don’t miss out on the Cabaret VIP Amanda Palmer Experience. VIP tickets may still be available for sold out shows! Learn more

The production contains nudity, and simulated sex and drug use. Recommended for 16 and older, unless accompanied by an adult.

Discussions

Come to the Cabaret: A special panel discussion co-presented by the A.R.T. and the Humanities Center at Harvard, moderated by Homi K. Bhabha. September 20 at 6:30 p.m. Learn more

Don and Susan Ware

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Credits

Creative Team

Book by

Joe Masteroff

Based on the play by

John Van Druten

Stories by

Christopher Isherwood

Music by

John Kander

Lyrics by

Fred Ebb

Directed by

Steven Bogart

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Starring

Amanda Palmer as the Emcee

A.R.T.: The Onion Cellar. Performer, director and composer who is best known for her role as leader of the “punk cabaret” band The Dresden Dolls. After making her living from 1997–2003 as a Harvard Square “living statue” known as The Eight Foot Bride, Palmer turned to music full-time. After releasing three albums with the Dolls, she released (with the help of fellow pianist and producer Ben Folds) her first solo effort, Who Killed Amanda Palmer, along with an accompanying photography book of the same name that included short stories by writer (and husband-to-be) Neil Gaiman. She recently completed a two-year-long touring cycle that took her (and a troupe of Butoh- based Australian performance artists known as The Danger Ensemble under the direction of Steven Mitchell Wright) through Europe, North America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. She wrapped up her year with the Boston Pops for a historic New Year’s celebration in which Palmer was possibly the first pianist to put Tchaikovsky, Nine Inch Nails and Lady Gaga in the same program. Last year, Palmer and Cabaret director Steven Bogart collaborated on an original show (workshopped and performed by Palmer and students of Lexington High School) titled With The Needle That Sings In Her Heart, which was inspired by the music of Neutral Milk Hotel and the diary of Anne Frank. Her excitement to be working with Steven Bogart and the A.R.T. knows no bounds and she hopes to continue to keep one foot in the theater world as she continues down the long road of rock ’n’ roll.

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Emcee

Amanda Palmer

A.R.T.: The Onion Cellar. Performer, director and composer who is best known for her role as leader of the “punk cabaret” band The Dresden Dolls. After making her living from 1997–2003 as a Harvard Square “living statue” known as The Eight Foot Bride, Palmer turned to music full-time. After releasing three albums with the Dolls, she released (with the help of fellow pianist and producer Ben Folds) her first solo effort, Who Killed Amanda Palmer, along with an accompanying photography book of the same name that included short stories by writer (and husband-to-be) Neil Gaiman. She recently completed a two-year-long touring cycle that took her (and a troupe of Butoh- based Australian performance artists known as The Danger Ensemble under the direction of Steven Mitchell Wright) through Europe, North America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. She wrapped up her year with the Boston Pops for a historic New Year’s celebration in which Palmer was possibly the first pianist to put Tchaikovsky, Nine Inch Nails and Lady Gaga in the same program. Last year, Palmer and Cabaret director Steven Bogart collaborated on an original show (workshopped and performed by Palmer and students of Lexington High School) titled With The Needle That Sings In Her Heart, which was inspired by the music of Neutral Milk Hotel and the diary of Anne Frank. Her excitement to be working with Steven Bogart and the A.R.T. knows no bounds and she hopes to continue to keep one foot in the theater world as she continues down the long road of rock ’n’ roll.

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Sally Bowles

Aly Trasher

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Sally Bowles

Aly Trasher

A.R.T.: The Donkey Show (Tytania). Regional credits: The Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), Crimes of the Heart (Babe), Peter Pan (Peter), Oliver (Nancy) and The Mikado (Pitti-Sing). She is a recent graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York.

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Cliff Bradshaw

Matt Wood

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Cliff Bradshaw

Matt Wood

A.R.T.: The Donkey Show (Dr. Wheelgood). Other: Mrs. Smith Presents (Devron), directed by Michael Goldfried, as part of the Emerging America Festival at OBERON; Hotel Blanc, directed by Amanda Palmer. B.A. in Theater from Bard College.

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Fraulein Schneider

Thomas Derrah

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Fraulein Schneider

Thomas Derrah

A.R.T.: 119 productions, including R. Buckminster Fuller: THE HISTORY (and Myster) OF THE UNIVERSE (R. Buckminster Fuller), Cabaret (Fraulein Schneider), Endgame (Clov), The Seagull (Dorn), Oliver Twist (also at Theatre for a New Audience and Berkeley Repertory Theatre), The Birthday Party (Stanley), Highway Ulysses (Ulysses), Uncle Vanya (Vanya), Marat/Sade (Marquis de Sade), Richard II (Richard). Broadway: Jackie: An American Life (23 roles). Off-Broadway: Johan Padan (Johan), Big Time (Ted).  Tours with the Company across the U.S., with residencies in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles, and throughout Europe, Canada, Israel, Taiwan, Japan and Moscow, and has recently been performing Julius Caesar in France. Other: I Am My Own Wife, Boston TheatreWorks; Approaching Moomtaj, New Repertory Theatre; Twelfth Night and The Tempest, Commonwealth Shakespeare Co.; London’s Battersea Arts Center; five productions at Houston’s Alley Theatre, including Our Town (Dr. Gibbs, directed by José Quintero); and many theatres throughout the U.S. Awards: 1994 Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence, 2000 and 2004 IRNE Awards for Best Actor, 1997 Los Angeles DramaLogue Award (for title role of Shlemiel the First). Television: Julie Taymor’s film Fool’s Fire (PBS American Playhouse), "Unsolved Mysteries," "Del and Alex" (Alex, A&E Network). Film: Mystic River (directed by Clint Eastwood), The Pink Panther II. He is on the faculty of the A.R.T. Institute, teaches acting at Harvard University and Emerson College, and is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Herr Schulz

Remo Airaldi

Remo Airaldi

Herr Schulz

Remo Airaldi

A.R.T.: The Lily’s Revenge, Cabaret, Paradise Lost, Endgame, The Seagull, Oliver Twist, Island of Slaves, The Onion Cellar, The Communist Dracula Pageant, Cardenio, Julius Caesar, Amerika, The Miser, Henry IV and V, The Birthday Party, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, La Dispute, Uncle Vanya, Enrico IV, The Winter’s Tale, The Wild Duck, Buried Child, Tartuffe, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Waiting for Godot. Regional: Twelfth Night, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company; Sweeney Todd, My Fair Lady, Lyric Stage Company; Boston Playwrights’ Theatre; The Poets’ Theater; Israeli Stage; Central Square Theater; New Repertory Theater; Hartford Stage.

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Ernst Ludwig

David Costa

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Ernst Ludwig

David Costa

Credits: Crazy For You (Bobby Child, IRNE Award for Best Actor in a Musical) and Funny Girl (Eddie Ryan, IRNE nomination), Fiddlehead Theatre; West Side Story (Tony), Riverside Theatre Works; Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus), Company Theatre; Chicago (Fred Casely), Festival Theatre; The Hot Mikado and Wild Party (IRNE Award), New Repertory Theatre; Man of La Mancha (Ansemblo), Lyric Stage; Grand Night for Singing (Jason), JM Productions. Choreographer for Fiddler on the Roof (IRNE nomination), Fiddlehead Theatre. Films: The Game Plan, Pink Panther 2, The Great Debaters, What Doesn’t Kill You. Commercials: Ocean Spray, Oral-B White Strips, Sam Adams Beer, Mohegan Sun and The Boston Globe. Model for Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs and Tommy Hilfiger.

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Fraulein Kost

Claire Elizabeth Davies

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Fraulein Kost

Claire Elizabeth Davies

A.R.T.: The Onion Cellar (Amanda’s Doppleganger). Other: Pigcat (Jane), Plants, Plants (Woman), The Adventures of Teddy Idic, Theatre Critic and his Pet Fish (Fishy Feegle), Rouged Ape; Hotel Blanc (Eva), Shadowbox Productions; Waiting for Godot (Lucky), Footfalls (May), Smith College. Workshop member, The Talking Band, NYC. Ten year original performance art installation series performed in New York, London and Boston, OSh*t Productions. Guest lecturer, Bard College Film Department. Films: Piggy, Mona Lisa Smile, Quiet Desperation, Neovoxer. Commercials: Machine Age. Education: Physical Theatre, Ivy House, London. She is a graduate of Smith College.

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Max

Jeremy Geidt

A.R.T. Senior Actor, founding member of the Yale Repertory Theatre and the A.R.T. Yale: more than 40 productions (including The Seagull). A.R.T.: 100 productions including The Seagull (three turns as Sorin), Julius Caesar, Three Sisters, The Onion Cellar, Major Barbara (Undershaft), Heartbreak House (Shotover), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Quince four times, Snug once), Henry IV (Falstaff), Twelfth Night (Toby Belch), The Caretaker (Davies), The Homecoming (Max), Loot (Truscott), Man and Superman (Mendoza/Devil), Waiting for Godot (Vladimir), The Threepenny Opera (Peacham/Petey), Ivanov (Lebedev), Three Sisters (Chebutkin), Buried Child (Dodge), The Cherry Orchard (Gaev) and The King Stag (Pantelone). Teaches at Harvard College, Harvard’s Summer and Extension Schools and at the A.R.T/MXAT Institute. Trained at the Old Vic Theatre School and subsequently taught there. Acted at the Old Vic, Young Vic, The Royal Court, in the West End, in films and television and has been hosting his own show “The Caravan” for the BBC for five years. Came to the U.S. with the satirical revue The Establishment and acted on and off Broadway, at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and at the Lincoln Center Festival. Lectured on Shakespeare in India and the Netherlands Theatre School. Received the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Boston Actor and the Jason Robards Award for Dedication to the Theatre.

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Kit Kat Dancer (Rosie)

Lucille Duncan

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Kit Kat Dancer (Rosie)

Lucille Duncan

A.R.T.: The Donkey Show (Vinnie, Dimitri). Off-Broadway: The Donkey Show (all four leads), The Karaoke Show (Andrea), both directed by Diane
Paulus; Rods and Cables (That Woman) and Charles L. Mee’s Fire Island (Olympia), 3 Legged Dog. Other New York: Betty and the Belrays (Mary), Theater for the New City; New Amsterdames (Kitchi Amik), HERE Arts Center; and Betterland (Alicia). Other: Three Sisters (Masha), Of Mice and Men (Curley’s wife), Equus (Jill), A Kind of Alaska (Deborah), The Rose Tattoo (Serafina). Television: “General Hospital,” “Frazier,” “She on Broadway.” Upcoming: Charles L. Mee’s Paris Orgy, New York.

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Kit Kat Dancer (Louie)

Gaetano Pugliese

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Kit Kat Dancer (Louie)

Gaetano Pugliese

A.R.T.: The Donkey Show. Credits: The Donkey Show (Cob Web) and The Karaoke Show (Anthony #1/Dragon Boy), El Flamingo, NYC; The Wedding Singer (George), Airport Playhouse; The Rocky Horror Show (Rocky), CM Performing Arts; Broadway Bares 15, 16 & 17 (Dancer), Roseland Ballroom, NYC. Television: “Global Groove” (Dancer) and “Say What? Karaoke” (Performer/Contestant), MTV.

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Kit Kat Dancer (Frenchie)

Eric Johnson

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Kit Kat Dancer (Frenchie)

Eric Johnson

A.R.T.: The Donkey Show (Peasblossom/Dance Captain). Other: Cole Porter Tribute (Featured Soloist/Dancer), Boston Pops, Symphony Hall; The Producers, Zeiterion Theatre; Sorry, Wrong Number, SpeakEasy; Boston Conservatory B.F.A. 2011.

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Kit Kat Dancer (Texas)

Tamara Hickey

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Kit Kat Dancer (Texas)

Tamara Hickey

New York theater: Wrath of Aphrodite, The Barrow Group. Regional theater: Holiday, The Imaginary Invalid, The Matchmaker, Hamlet, As You Like It, Three Musketeers, Robin Hood, Much Ado About Nothing, Elm Shakespeare Co.; Aunt Dan and Lemon, Merrimack Rep. Boston theater: Airport Hell, Boston Theater Marathon. Toronto theater: Tamara, Necessary Angel; Beauty and the Beast, Princess of Wales Theater. Film: It All Happens Incredibly Fast, Against The Ropes (with Meg Ryan). U.S. television: “Army Wives,” “One Life To Live.” Canadian TV: “Rent-A-Goalie,” “This Is Wonderland,” “Puppets Who Kill,” “DOC,” “Blue Murder” (Series Lead, Gemini nominee), “The Associates” (Series Lead, Gemini nominee), “Laughter On The 23rd Floor,” “Angels In The Infield,” “Dying To Dance,” “Code Name: Eternity,” “Small Vices,” “Bad As I Wanna Be.” Training: M.F.A. from the A.R.T.

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Kit Kat Dancer (Fritzie)

Renée-Marie Brewster

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Kit Kat Dancer (Fritzie)

Renée-Marie Brewster

A.R.T: Alice vs. Wonderland (Alice, Dance Captain), Your Chance International Theater Festival in Moscow, Cambridge; Cabaret (Fritzie); Platanos and Collard Greens (Malady), Between The Lines, New York; Auction Block (Kleo), Between The Lines, New York; Unscene (Nancy), Ghostlight, New York. Choreographer for Auction Block, Between The Lines. Films: Broken Chains, Mildred Richards, Strawberry Martyr. TV: “As The World Turns.” Commercials: OK Cable Time Warner, Sterling Bank, Lucille Roberts, Vo5, MLB Allstar, Herman Miller Furniture Company. Dance: MTV Awards, BET Source Awards, The Miami Heat. Graduate of the A.R.T./MXAT Institute for Advanced Theater Training. B.S. from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Kit Kat Dancer (Helga)

Jordy Lievers

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Kit Kat Dancer (Helga)

Jordy Lievers

A.R.T.: Alice vs. Wonderland (Queen of Hearts), Cabaret (Helga). Credits: The Days of ’98 Show (Belle), Skagway, Alaska; You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Lucy); Urinetown (Hope); The Rocky Horror Show (Janet); and The 113th Annual Varsity Show. Art History and English Literature B.A.s, Columbia University. Currently a second year student at the A.R.T./MXAT Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University.

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Ensemble (Bobby)

Christopher I. Thomas

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Ensemble (Bobby)

Christopher I. Thomas

Local credits: Pigcat (Bobby), Boston Playwrights Theatre; Snakebite (Guiche), Touchstone (Phil), Provincetown Playwrights Festival; Indian Blood (Lambert), Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre; West Side Story (Riff), Hamlet (Hamlet), Into the Woods (Prince), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius), Nauset Players; among others.

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Ensemble (Victor)

Ed Walsh

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Ensemble (Victor)

Ed Walsh

A.R.T.: Cabaret (Victor). A.R.T Institute: Alice vs. Wonderland (White Knight/Lory). New York theater: Homeward Bound (Tex), Greenlight Productions; One Tennis Shoe (Harvey) and It’s Not You (John), The Barrow Group Theatre; Mating the Black Widow (Roger), Short Attention Span Theatre. Regional theater: Moon Over Buffalo (Paul), Ivoryton Playhouse; Richard III (Stanly), The Tempest (Boatswain), Penobscot Theatre Company; Spinning Into Butter (Greg), Stamford Theatre Works; Stop Kiss (Det. Cole), Actors Alliance of San Diego. Films: Crash- Down Hearts, Temple City, Troubled Life. Commercial: San Diego County Credit Union. Formerly a US Marine, and currently a second year student at the A.R.T/MXAT Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University.

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Ensemble (Hansel)

Annika Franklin

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Ensemble (Hansel)

Annika Franklin

A.R.T.: Alice vs. Wonderland (Mary Ann); Cabaret (Hansel, ensemble, Sally u/s). New York: Jiminy in the Wild City (ensemble). Other: Bug (Agnes), The English Channel (Emilia Lanier),
Measure for Measure (Mariana), Omnium Gatherum (Lydia), Despite All Marriages (Assia Weville). B.A. from Oberlin College. Currently a second-year student at the A.R.T./MXAT Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University.

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Staff

Set and Costume Design

David Israel Reynoso

Set and Costume Design

David Israel Reynoso

A.R.T: Cabaret, Sleep No More (with Punchdrunk U.K.), Trojan Barbie, Copenhagen, No Man’s Land, The Keening, Resident Crafts Artisan. A.R.T. Institute: Alice vs. Wonderland, Hamletmachine, Ajax in Iraq, Abigail’s Party. Other: Othello, The Comedy of Errors (Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Design); Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Lyric Stage; The Woman in Black, Gloucester Stage; Training Wisteria, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Kennedy Center; Little Wing, NYC Fringe Festival; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, B.U. Opera Institute. Music-Video Art Direction: Juan Son’s Mermaid Sashimi, (Universal Music); Porter’s Host of a Ghost (Universal Music, Tercer Piso Records).

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Lighting Design

Nicholas D. Vargelis

Lighting Design

Nicholas D. Vargelis

A.R.T. Institute: The Idiot, Mud, A Bright Room Called Day, Lie of the Mind, The Trojan Women and The Memory of Water. Currently enrolled in a studio art program at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts Paris-Cergy (France), his artistic work spans from lighting design to performance to sculpture. Recent artistic projects include: Le paradoxe de l’action furtive featured in the festival “Imaginez Maintenant” (Centre Pompidou Metz, Metz, France); This is the Time and This is the Record of the Time, part of “Repetition Island” (Centre Pompidou, Paris, France); l’Archive de la Zone Utopie Temporaire (L’abbaye de Maubuisson, Saint- Ouen-l’Aumône, France); You’ve Got My Number (Théâtre de l’Apostrophe, Pontoise, France); Till Vegetables Triumph: and freedom can only be achieved through the dictatorship of the vegan proletariat (ENSAPC, Cergy, France); L’Ampoule Eco-Citoyenne (La Vitrine, Paris, France); A Light Shines On (ENSAPC, Cergy, France); The Temporary Autonomous Vegan Zone (Université de Paris VIII, St. Denis, France); Post Factum (Berlin, Germany); Zum Licht (Kunstraum t27, Berlin, Germany), Zimmer ohne spiegel (Open Space, Berlin, Germany).

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Sound Design

Clive Goodwin

Sound Design

Clive Goodwin

A.R.T.: Pippin, The Lily’s RevengeAs You Like It, Once, Prometheus Bound, The Blue Flower (IRNE and Elliot Norton Award), Cabaret, Alice vs. Wonderland, Paradise Lost. Sound Design credits: Broadway: Once (Tony Award, Drama Desk Award nomination). New York: Soul Doctor, Once (Lucille Lortel Award nomination), New York Theatre Workshop. London: BBC: “Dancing With The Stars,” “Later with Jools Holland,” “The Sound of Musicals,” “Friday Night with Jonathan Ross.” ITV: “Parkinson.” Music: Radiohead, Jamiroquai, Paolo Nutini, Orbital, Sparks, The Waterboys, Glastonbury Festival, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal College of Music. Woodhouse Players: The Dresser, Wyrd Sisters, Dracula—The Vampire Strikes Back. He has worked on numerous shows including work at: Brooklyn Academy of Music, Hollywood Bowl, Madison Square Garden, Royal Festival Hall, Avignon Festival.

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Casting

Ariane Barbanell

Ari Barbanell is the Director of Special Projects, and the Associate Producer for the A.R.T.'s second stage and club theater, OBERON. Ari serves as the A.R.T.'s Producer for The Emerging America Festival, a collaboration with the Huntington Theatre Company and ICA/Boston that presents groundbreaking American performance. In 2000, she co-founded the New York City-based theater company One Year Lease, and now serves on its Board of Directors. Ari worked in New York with many theatre artists including The Wooster Group, Fovea Floods, and lighting designer Jennifer Tipton, and in Boston as a grant writer for The Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She holds a Masters in Arts Administration from Boston University and received her BA from Vassar College with a degree in Drama.

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Stage Manager

Katherine Shea

Stage Manager

Katherine Shea

A.R.T.: Stage Manager: Prometheus Bound; The Blue Flower; Cabaret; Johnny Baseball; Paradise Lost; Best of Both Worlds; Romance; Endgame; The Communist Dracula Pageant; When It’s Hot, It’s Cole; Donnie Darko. Assistant Stage Manager: The Seagull; Oliver Twist; The Onion Cellar. Production Associate: Island of Slaves; Desire Under the Elms. A.R.T. Institute: Stage Manager: The Front Page; Arabian Night; Zoya; Mayhem; A Bright Room Called Day; The Island of Anyplace; The Bacchae; Spring Awakening; Donnie Darko. Gloucester Stage Company: Production Stage Manager: The Woman in Black. Lyric Stage Company: Production Stage Manager: Kiss Me, Kate; Three Tall Women; Adrift in Macao. Actors’ Shakespeare Project: Stage Manager: King John.

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Movement Director

Steven Mitchell Wright

Movement Director

Steven Mitchell Wright

Steven Mitchell Wright has directed and worked on movement in the U.K., U.S., Hong Kong and Australia. He most recently directed the world premiere of In God We Trust for the Queensland Academy for Creative Industries. Steven is the Artistic Director of The Danger Ensemble and Vanguard Youth Theatre, both based in Australia. In 2008–2009, he directed and choreographed Amanda Palmer’s Who Killed Amanda Palmer World Tour. 2009 also saw The Danger Ensemble’s The Hamlet Apocalypse directed by Steven highly acclaimed and sold out at Melbourne Fringe 2009, followed by a subsequent successful season at Adelaide Fringe 2010. Steven has worked with The Brisbane Cabaret Festival, Laboite Theatre Company, Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre, Queensland Arts Council, Brisbane City Council and Boston Pops Orchestra amongst others. In addition to his work as a director, Steven is a specialist teacher in Somatic Actor Training Systems, having taught for Queensland University of Technology, Griffith University and independent intensive training workshops in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Boston and London.

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Production Associate

Taylor Adamik

Assistant Director

Jilian Singer

Assistant Director

Jilian Singer

Previously assisted directors Erica Schmidt (Juilliard and Bard Summerscape), Lou Jacob (Urban Stages, NYC) and Crystal Field (Theater for the New City, NYC). Jillian has directed in New York at New World Stages, Manhattan Repertory Theatre and for Workingman’s Clothes (American Place Theater), as well as at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. Jillian has taught acting at New York Film Academy as well as in New York City and Massachusetts public schools. She holds an M.F.A. in Directing from The New School.

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Voice Coach

Karen Kopryanski

Dramaturgy

Jessica Green, Rachel Hutt

Cabaret Artist in Residence

Rick Berry

Cabaret Artist in Residence

Rick Berry

Figurative painter Rick Berry began his career at 17 in underground comics, expanding into mainstream popular culture with art for Marvel and DC comics; major book and gaming publishers; and feature film (including a role as Keanu Reeves’s stunt double in cyberspace for Johnny Mnenonic). In 1984, raiding the digital labs of MIT Media Arts and Mass College of Art, he created the world’s first digital cover for a novel, William Gibson’s Neuromancer. Authors such as Neil Gaiman and Stephen King commission work, and Berry’s art continues to win awards and appear in numerous annuals. Berry taught at Tufts for three years, where he also created gallery paintings exploring political and social topics at four global symposia. His most recent exhibition, Parallel Evolutions, included an evening of collaboration with London based artist Phil Hale at Lucca Museum of Contemporary Art, Italy. Embedded artist in OperaBoston rehearsals, Berry’s large charcoals from the 2009 season were featured in his summer exhibition, Seeing in the Dark. Rick Berry maintains a studio in Medford, Mass. Published art books are Double Memory and Sparrow.

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Stage Management Intern

Chelsea Parrish, Maia Gokhale

Kit Kat Club Orchestra

Music Director/​Conductor/​Piano

Debra Barsha

Lance Horne

Music Director/​Conductor/​Piano

Debra Barsha

A.R.T.: Cabaret, Prometheus Bound (dir. Diane Paulus). Currently: Associate Conductor of Jersey Boys on Broadway. Composer Credits: Radiant Baby (dir. George C. Wolfe), Public Theater; Sophie, JRT; A Womb With a View (one-woman show, dir. Frank Ventura), CAP21. Musical Director/Supervisor credits: Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir (dir. Mark Rucker), US (Peter Gabriel musical), Swingtime Canteen (dir. Ken Elliott), Tony ’N’ Tina’s Wedding (original cast), One Man Band (dir. Jack Hoffsiss). Keyboards/vocals for: Thomas Dolby, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell. Awards: Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation, ASCAP. Songs recorded by: George Clinton, Jackie Mason, Michael Winther, Rebecca Luker, Marty Balin, Patti Austin.

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Music Director/​Conductor/​Piano

Lance Horne

A.R.T.: ExtraOrdinary, Cabaret, Prometheus Bound. Emmy Award-winning music director, composer, singer-songwriter, pianist, orchestrator, and producer. Creates and collaborates with: Alan Cumming, Margaret Cho, the von Trapps, Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer/The Dresden Dolls, Meow Meow, Justin Vivian Bond, Rufus Wainwright, Pink Martini, Kylie Minogue, Liza Minnelli, Kristin Chenoweth, Darren Criss, Peaches, Ricki Lake, the Gatlin Brothers, Michael Feinstein, Carol Channing, Ben Folds, System of a Down, Pina Bausch Tanzfestival, Boston Pops, Atlanta Symphony, London/SF/LA/NY Gay Men’s Choruses, Sydney Dance Company, Sesame Street. Original music: Moisés Kaufmann’s Bent, Mark Taper Forum; Jake Shears, debut solo album ft. Preservation Hall Jazz Band; Vegas! The Show, Planet Hollywood. Performance with Kristin Chenoweth at London US Embassy for President Obama, the First Lady, and Queen Elizabeth. World Tour and PBS Special: Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs. Broadway: Little Women (vocal arrangements). Multiple West End appearances. Lincoln Center Songbook Series. TV: “Ricki Lake Show,” FOX; Macy’s Parades, NBC; “One Life to Live,” ABC. Upcoming: Johnny Mercer Residence for “Revelations,” based on Anne Rice, Goodspeed; Reefer Madness revival. Ongoing: Mondays in the Club with Lance, Club Cumming. Steinway Artist, Jonathan Larson Award recipient. Education/Training: BFA, MFA, Music Composition, The Juilliard School; Interlochen graduate.

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Saxophone/Clarinet/Flute

Kelly Roberge

Saxophone/Clarinet/Flute

Kelly Roberge

Kelly Roberge attended the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he studied saxophone with Paul Cohen and Donald Walden and received a bachelor’s of music. Roberge moved to Portland, Ore. to perform with the Ezra Weiss Sextet and study with saxophonist Rob Scheps. After one year in Portland, Roberge moved to Boston to attend the New England Conservatory where he studied with Steve Lacy, Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Brookmeyer, Ben Monder and George Garzone. After receiving his master’s degree from NEC, Roberge continues to live in Boston where he performs with many unique ensembles including The Quartet of Happiness (theater jazz), Eric Hofbauer’s Infrared Band (original avant garde jazz), Ronald Reagan (Boston’s premier 80s pop saxophone duo), All of Us (electronic solo quartet), the Rebecca Shrimpton Quintet (original vocal jazz), Black Planets (acid jazz), Slow Poken Turtle (reggae) and the Ayn Inserto Big Band (contemporary jazz orchestra). Roberge has performed throughout the United States, Canada and Japan. Some notables that Roberge has recorded or performed with include Vincent Herring, Antonio Hart, Michael Mossman, John Tchicai, Billy Hart, Mark Gross, Bob Brookmeyer, George Garzone, Curtis Lundy and the band Boston.

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Trumpet/Accordion

Tom Duprey

Trumpet/Accordion

Tom Duprey

Tom Duprey has been actively playing trumpet in the Boston area since 1986 when he moved here to receive his Master’s degree in Jazz Studies/Composition at the New England Conservatory of Music. Since then he has performed in many regional, college and downtown musical theater productions. He has also performed for many star acts such as Dionne Warwick, Johnny Mathis, Robert Goulet, Tommy Tune and various other artists. He has played trumpet for the past eight years with the Boston Gay Man’s Chorus. These performances include world premieres at Symphony Hall and the Cutler Majestic Theatre, as well as performances at Jordan Hall and the Boston Pavillion. He can also be heard on two of the group’s CDs. Duprey’s latest musical project is playing cornet with TickleJuice, featuring the music of James Merenda. The group is an exploration of improvisation utilizing Merenda’s compositions as the material of inspiration. This is Duprey’s second A.R.T./OBERON production, having just finished playing trumpet and accordion for Cabaret this past fall. He’s totally pumped to play Prometheus Bound with its excitement, strong and timeless message and the challenge of playing no less than six instruments! It has been an absolute pleasure to work with such wonderfully talented individuals to put this show together from the ground up.

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Trombone/Violin/Banjo/Guitar

David Finch

Trombone/Violin/Banjo/Guitar

David Finch

A.R.T.: Prometheus BoundCabaret. An actor/musician specializing on strings and horns, Finch has played beside artists as diverse as Alan Cumming, Amanda Palmer, Tony Bennett, Justin Bond, and Dee Snider. He was a cast member of the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of Cabaret at the infamous Studio 54 (directed by Sam Mendes) and toured with the show in the United States, Canada, and Japan. In 2011 he made his West End debut with Woody Sez. Other productions of Woody include the Edinburgh Fringe, Glasgow Celtic Connection Festival and the U.S. premiere at the Lyric Theatre in Oklahoma City. Off-Broadway credits include Fame on 42nd Street and the New York premiere of Tennessee Williams’ 60-year-old play, Spring Storm. He also spent several years touring Europe, the US and Canada with Fame the Musicaland regionally has performed in Hank Williams’ Lost HighwayGrapes of Wrath,1940s Radio HourFiddler on the RoofBuddy: The Buddy Holly Story andCotton Patch Gospel. Finch is proud to have been an Associate Producer at Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS in NYC from 2004–2006. Check out his newly released CD — the fiddle made me do it. He makes his home in Brooklyn, NY.

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Bass

Paul Dilley

Paul Dilley has been thriving in the fertile environment of folk, folk punk, punk “cabaret,” weird American gothic, straight up rock and roll, jazz of all types and bluegrass that is the Boston music scene. Since his three years at Berklee he toured nationwide (and much of Canada) with groups as diverse as Reverend Glasseye, Humanwine, Beat Circus and swing and jazz vocalist Miss Tess. For the past several years, when he hasn't been on the road he's been hitting the greater Boston area clubs hard with these acts and others such as Plough and Stars Sunday afternoon staple Frank Drake, or sax man Kurtis Rivers. This show is his debut as a pit musician.

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Drums

Dov Michael Schiller

Dov Michael Schiller is a professional freelance drummer, percussionist and timpanist. He attended the New England Conservatory of Music where he studied with a number of Boston Symphony Orchestra members as well as working with many fine jazz, rock, Third Stream and Klezmer luminaries.
After touring in Europe for ten years with various Broadway musical theater tours, Dov is now keeping busy with an incredible array of musical projects throughout New England, New York City and beyond. His freelance career includes positions as Principal Timpanist with the Handel Society Orchestra, Great Waters Music Festival Orchestra and Clearlakes Chorale. He remains an active member of the Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra and the Rhode Island Philharmonic. He is the Artistic Director and founding member of the Mt. Elmore Music and Arts Center and enjoys playing with COSA BUENA, a four-piece jazz/latin/world ensemble (www.cosabuenavt.com). Dov is also a member of the fantasy rock band Moss Circle. (www.mosscircle.com)
In addition to his wide array of performances, Dov maintains a busy schedule with various recording engagements in both New York City and California. While based at home in the Green Mountains of Vermont, Dov maintains a very busy teaching and freelancing schedule as well as presenting frequent workshops and clinics throughout the region

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