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Hot 'n' Throbbing

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A single parent who writes women’s erotica for a living is raising a teenage son and daughter who are both obsessed with sex.  She has taken out a restraining order against her alcoholic, unemployed ex-husband who has beaten her.  Despairing over his feelings of inadequacy, the husband comes for a visit.  She tries to call teh police when he starts to undress but realizes that the phone lines have been cut, so she shoots him in the buttocks.  Tending to his wound leads to lovemaking.  In the end, the son returns home and attacks his father, the mother is killed, and the daughter picks up where her mother left off on her screenplay.

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Creative team

by

Paula Vogel

The work of playwright Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive) last appeared on stage at the A.R.T. in 1994, when Hot'n' Throbbing was given its world premiere as part of the A.R.T. New Stages series. Her plays have been performed at theaters such as the Lortel Theatre and Circle Repertory in New York, Goodman Theatre, Magic Theatre, Center Stage, Trinity Repertory Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and Alley Theatre, as well as throughout Canada, England, Brazil, and Chile. Other plays include The Mineola Twins, premiered by Trinity Repertory Company last year and The Baltimore Waltz, which received an Obie award in 1992. Ms. Vogel is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an award from the Kennedy Center's Fund for American Plays, and a Pell Award for Excellence in Arts.

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Directed by

Anne Bogart

Directed by

Anne Bogart

A.R.T.: bobrauschenbergamerica, La Dispute, Life is a Dream, Once in a Lifetime, Hot 'n' Throbbing. Artistic director of SITI Company, which she founded with Japanese director Tadashi Suzuki in 1992. She is a recipient of two Obie Awards, a Bessie Award, a Guggenheim as well as a Rockefeller fellowship, and is a professor at Columbia University, where she runs the graduate directing program. Recent works with SITI include Hotel Cassiopeia, Intimations for Saxophone, Death and the PloughmanA Midsummer Night's Dream, La Dispute, Score, bobrauschenbergamerica, Room, War of the Worlds, Cabin Pressure, War of the Worlds (The Radio Play), Alice's Adventures, Culture of Desire, Bob, Going, Going, Gone, Small Lives/Big Dreams, The Medium, Noel Coward's Hay Fever and Private Lives, August Strindberg's Miss Julie, and Charles L. Mee's Orestes. She is the author of a book of essays entitled A Director Prepares: Seven Essays on Art and Theater and the co-author with Tina Landau of The Viewpoints Book: A Practical Guide to Viewpoints and Composition. Soon to be released by Routledge Press: a new book of essays entitled And Then You Act: Making Art in an Unpredictable World.

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Set design by

Christine Jones

Set design by

Christine Jones

Christine Jones, the set designer for Nocturne, previously designed The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew, Man and Superman, When the World Was Green (A Chef's Fable), Hot 'n' Throbbing, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Silence, Cunning, Exile, and The L.A. Plays for the American Repertory Theater. Her other credits include The Green Bird (for which she received Drama Desk and Outer Critics' Circle Award nominations) for the New Victory Theatre in New York, Texts for Nothing and Richard II for the New York Shakespeare Festival, Tartuffe and Richard III for Hartford Stage, and sets and costumes for Iolanthe at Glimmerglass Opera.

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Costume design by

Jenny Fulton

Lighting design by

John Ambrosone

Lighting design by

John Ambrosone

Lighting Designer John Ambrosone has designed over thirty productions for the American Repertory Theater, including Lysistrata, Absolution, Marat/Sade, Othello, Animals and Plants, Mother Courage (2001 Elliot Norton Design Award), The Doctor's Dilemma, Three Farces and a Funeral, Nocturne, IvanovThe Cripple of Inishmaan, The King Stag, Boston Marriage, Charlie in the House of Rue, Valparaiso, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, How I Learned to Drive, Nobody Dies on Friday, Man and Superman, The Old Neighborhood, When the World Was Green (A Chef's Fable), Alice in Bed, Slaughter City, and Buried Child. On Broadway he designed The Old Neighborhood. Work in resident theaters includes the Alley Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, the Coconut Grove Playhouse, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Walnut Street Theatre, Trinity Repertory Company, and Arena Stage. Mr. Ambrosone also has designed in Singapore, Moscow, Japan, Brazil, Taiwan, Mexico, Germany, and France.

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Sound design and original music by

Christopher Walker

Sound design and original music by

Christopher Walker

Christopher Walker has composed music and designed sound for We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay!, Phaedra, Beckett Trio: Eh Joe, Ghost Trio, and Nacht und Traüme, and An Evening of Beckett, and designed sound for The King Stag, Loot, The Idiots Karamazov, Ivanov, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Charlie in the House of Rue, The Merchant of Venice, Valparaiso, The Taming of the Shrew, The Bacchae, The Wild Duck, Woyzeck, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, The Wild Duck, Alice in Bed, Slaughter City, Buried Child, Ubu Rock, The Threepenny Opera, The Accident, Demons, Waiting for Godot, The Oresteia, Hot 'n' Throbbing, The America Play, A Touch of the Poet, The Cherry Orchard, What the Butler Saw, and Those the River Keeps at the A.R.T. Previously he composed music and designed sound for productions at the Intiman Theatre, the Bathhouse Theatre, and the Alice B. Theatre. He also scores for dance and has composed for the Allegro Dance Festival, the Bumbershoot Festival, and On The Boards.

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Cast

(Voice-over)

Alexandra Loria

(Voice-over)

Alexandra Loria

A Woman

Diane D'Aquila

A Woman

Diane D'Aquila

Title role in Dido, Queen of Carthage. A.R.T.:  The King Stag (created the role of Angela), The Changeling (Beatrice-Joanna), Gillette (Brenda), Six Characters in Search of an Author (Stepdaughter), Love's Labour's Lost (Rosaline), Robert Wilson's the CIVIL warS (Young Woman) and Alcestis (title role, also toured to France), and the world premiere of Paula Vogel's Hot n' Throbbing (Woman). Associate artist of the Stratford Festival of Canada, credits include: King Lear (Goneril), Antony and Cleopatra (Cleopatra), Richard III (Elizabeth), Romeo and Juliet (Nurse), The Alchemist (Doll Common), Oedipus Rex (Jocasta), King John (Constance), Elizabeth Rex (Elizabeth), The Swanne Parts I, II, and III (Scarecrow). Recipient of 2004 ACTRA for outstanding female performance and 2004 Gemini for best performance by an actress in a televised dramatic program for Elizabeth Rex.

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Girl

Amy Louise Lammert

Girl

Amy Louise Lammert

Voice

Royal  Miller

Voice

Royal  Miller

Boy

Randall Jaynes

Randall Jaynes, a graduate of the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University, returns to the A.R.T. to play Boo in The Marriage of Bette and Boo. He was previously seen on the A.R.T. stage in Henry V, Hot 'n' Throbbing, The Cherry Orchard, Winter Circus, and Demons. Mr. Jaynes has performed in and directed Blue Man Group: Tubes at the Astor Place Theatre in New York City, was a writer of and performer in The Pinocchio Experiment at the Moscow Solo Arts Festival and at the Ontological, and wrote and performed in The Bird Catchers at the Henson Festival, P.S. 122. He has performed a great variety of other roles, including the Soldier in A Soldier's Tale, the title role in Amphitryon, Vladimir in Waiting for Godot, Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath, Horner in The Country Wife, Frank in Mrs. Warren's Profession, and Ronnie in The House of Blue Leaves, among others.

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Man

Jack Willis

Jack Willis appeared as Hector Malone Sr. in Man and Superman, Carl in The Old Neighborhood, The Drum Major in Woyzeck, Bruto in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, and Relling in The Wild Duck in the American Repertory Theater's 1996-97 season. Previously, he appeared as Tilden in Buried Child, Caliban in The Tempest, the husband in The Accident, Man in Hot 'n' Throbbing, Jamie Cregan in A Touch of the Poet, Lopakhin in The Cherry Orchard, Sir Walter Blunt in Henry IV, Part 1 and Lord Hastings in Part 2, Boss Mangan in Heartbreak House, Panin in Black Snow, Uyttersprot in Dream of the Red Spider, Aston in The Caretaker, Sal in Those the River Keeps, and Banquo in Macbeth. As a member of the resident company at the Dallas Theatre Center, his roles included Willie Stark in All the King's Men, Caliban in The Tempest, and Jack Henry Abbott in In the Belly of the Beast. He has also appeared at the Alliance Theatre, Trinity Repertory Company, Yale Repertory Theatre, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Teatro de Dallas, the San Antonio and Dallas Shakespeare Festivals, and Cincinnati Playhouse.  Mr. Willis is also a founding member of Aruba Repertory. Television and film credits include Dallas, All My Children, Love Hurts, Problem Child, and I Come in Peace.

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