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Set in New York circa 1975, the play focuses on Frank Payovski, a Vietnam vet known as Pay, who struggles to return home to his mother.  Unfortunately, demons from his past condemn him to a prison of guilt, rage, and horrific memories of war.


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Robert Auletta

Robert Auletta's work was most recently seen at the American Repertory Theater in Tartuffe and The Oresteia (both directed by François Rochaix). His plays have been produced in theaters across the U.S., including the premieres of Walk the Dog, Willie at Yale Repertory Theatre, 1976; Rundown at the A.R.T. New Stages, 1982; as well as Diesel Moon; Hage — The Sexual History; The Tobogganists; and Guess Work; produced in theaters such as the Joseph Papp Public Theater, The Production Company, Cafe La Mama, the Victory Gardens Theater, and elsewhere. His two one-act plays, Stops and Virgins, won the Village Voice Obie Award for distinguished playwriting in 1983. Ajax, his modern version of Sophocles' tragedy, directed by Peter Sellars in 1985, was produced at the Kennedy Center and the La Jolla Playhouse, toured extensively in Europe, and received a Hollywood Dramalogue Award. His adaptation of Georg Büchner's Danton's Death was directed by Robert Wilson and produced at the Alley Theatre in Houston in November, 1992. His Gulf War version of Aeschylus's The Persians, also directed by Peter Sellars, was first presented at the 1993 Salzburg Festival, and then at the Edinburgh Festival, the Mark Taper Forum, and in Paris and Berlin. Mr. Auletta is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts playwriting grants, and a New York State Foundation grant. He teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York, at the Yale School of Drama, and at the Harvard University summer writing program.

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Directed by

Bill Foeller

Set design by

Kate Edmunds

Costume design by

Nancy Thun

Lighting design by

James F. Ingalls

Lighting design by

James F. Ingalls

Cardenio (Lighting Design). A.R.T.: Resident lighting designer, 1981–1984: Ghosts (directed by Robert Brustein), Orlando (directed by Peter Sellars), Marsha Norman's 'Night, Mother and Traveler in the Dark, Jules Fieffer's Grownups, Sganarelle (directed by Andrei Serban), the first Hasty Pudding season (True West and Robert Auletta's Rundown), Waiting for Godot (directed by Andrei Belgrader), The Boys from Syracuse, The Marriage of Figaro, The Seven Deadly Sins (all directed by Alvin Epstein). Recent seasons: A Midsummer Night's Dream (directed by Martha Clarke), The Children of Herakles (directed by Peter Sellars), The Seagull (directed by Ron Daniels), Once in a Lifetime (directed by Anne Bogart), Major Barbara, Larry Gelbart's Mastergate. Recent: New Works Festival (ten new pieces for San Francisco Ballet), Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cellphone (Steppenwolf Theatre Company/Chicago), King Arthur (directed and choreographed by Mark Morris at New York City Opera), Kaija Saariaho’s Adriana Mater (directed by Peter Sellars at Finnish National Opera), Coppelia (Dutch National Ballet). He often collaborates with Melanie Rios and the Saint Joseph Ballet.

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Stephen Rowe

Stephen Rowe (Tito Belcredi in Enrico IV) is a founding member of the A.R.T. company whose work includes A Midsummer Night's Dream, As You Like It, LuluMan and Superman, The Wild Duck, and his one-man show Albee's Men (which opened the 2002 season at the Berkshire Theatre Festival). His Broadway credits include The Nerd, Some Americans Abroad, Serious Money, and Spoils of War. New York Shakespeare Festival audiences have seen him in The Tempest, Macbeth, Coming of Age in Soho, A Private View, and The Normal Heart. His extensive working relationship with Edward Albee includes The Zoo Story and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf at Vienna's English Theatre, the international Albee Directs Albee project, and last season's Tiny Alice Off-Broadway. Since his last A.R.T. appearance in Full Circle, he has performed in Mark Lamos's School for Scandal and in Emily Mann's Romeo and Juliet, both at the McCarter Theatre; and in Defying Gravity at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre. Mr. Rowe has performed at Yale Repertory Theatre, Hartford Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle, and has received the Bay Area Theatre Critics Award for his performarnce in Berkeley Rep's Sight Unseen, and the DramaLogue Award for So Many Words at South Coast Repertory in Los Angeles. He has been seen on television in Law and Order, E.R., Cheers, Wings, L.A. Law, Beverly Hills 90210, and Law and Order: Criminal Intent, and in the films Attack of the 50 Foot Woman and Basic Instinct.

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Tony Shalhoub

Tony Shalhoub most recently appeared at the American Repertory Theater in the role of Bobby in The Old Neighborhood, having appeared previously in eighteen A.R.T. productions over four seasons. His roles included He in Diderot's Rameau's Nephew (which he also played off-Broadway), Pozzo in Waiting for Godot (1983), Joseph Surface in The School for Scandal, Angelo in Measure for Measure, Solyony in Three Sisters, Spear in the premiere of Rundown, and The Son in Six Characters in Search of an Author. A 1980 graduate of the Yale School of Drama, he performed in seven productions at the Yale Repertory Theatre, appearing as Vince in Buried Child, and Crotch and General Laskey in Ubu Rex. Tony has appeared on Broadway in The Heidi Chronicles and Conversations with My Father (Tony Award nomination), in Zero Positive and For Dear Life at the Public Theater, and Richard III and Henry IV, Part I at Shakespeare-in-the-Park. Other resident credits include Progress at the Long Wharf Theatre, and Rum and Coke at Coconut Grove. Film credits include the highly acclaimed Big Night opposite Stanley Tucci, Searching for Bobby Fischer, Honeymoon in Vegas, Barton Fink, Longtime Companion, and Quick Change. On television, Mr. Shalhoub played Ian Stark on the NBC series Stark Raving Mad, and was a regular cast member on the long-running series Wings.  He has also appeared in The Equalizer, Spencer for Hire, and numerous TV movies including Day One, in which he portrayed Enrico Fermi.

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Karen MacDonald

Irina Nikolayevna Arkadina in The Seagull. A.R.T.: founding member, sixty-six productions including Elena Ceausescu in The Communist Dracula Pageant, When It's Hot, It's Cole, Luisa in Cardenio, Margrethe Bohr in Copenhagen, Kitty Farmer in Donnie Darko, A Marvelous Party!, Mrs. Bumble in Oliver Twist (also at Theatre for A New Audience and Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Island of Slaves, the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, Estelle in No Exit, Ellen in Olly's Prison, Anna in Dido, Queen of Carthage, Madamoiselle in The Provok'd Wife, Frosine in The Miser, Meg in The Birthday Party, Hippolyta/Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream, several roles in Highway Ulysses, Kalonika in Lysistrata, Simonne Evrard in Marat/Sade, Emilia in Othello, the Duchess of Gloucester and Duchess of York in Richard II, the title role in Mother Courage, and Madam Yelena Popov/Nastasya in Three Farces and a Funeral. She has also appeared as Paulina in The Winter's Tale, Translator/Ursula in Full Circle, Zinaida in Ivanov, Anaïs Nin in The Idiots Karamazov, The Maid in Charlie in the House of Rue, Eileen in The Cripple of Inishmaan, Enone in Phaedra, Margaret Brennan in The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Female Interviewer in Valparaiso, Beline in The Imaginary Invalid, the Chorus Leader in The Bacchae, Mrs. Darling in Peter Pan and Wendy, Mrs. Pierson in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Gena in The Wild Duck, Smeraldina in The King Stag, Karen in Six Characters in Search of an Author, and in Big River, School for Scandal, and Baby With the Bathwater. New York: Roundabout Theatre, Second Stage, Playwright's Horizons, and Actors' Playhouse. Regional: The Misanthrope (Arsinöe, Berkshire Theatre Festival), Infestation (Mother, Boston Playwrights Theatre), Twelfth Night (Maria, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Maureen) and The Last Night of Ballyhoo (Boo, Vineyard Playhouse), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Martha, Elliot Norton Award) and Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune (Frankie, Merrimack Repertory Theatre), As You Like It (Rosalind, Shakespeare & Co), Shirley Valentine (Shirley, Charles Playhouse). Other: Alley Theatre (Company member), the Goodman Theatre, the Wilma Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Geva Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Buffalo Studio Arena, Cincinnati Playhouse, Philadelphia Festival of New Plays.

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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.

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