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The Servant of Two Masters

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The insatiable Truffaldino is a servant to two masters, each unaware of the other’s existence.  Much of the comedy derives from the Truffaldino’s attempts to keep his double service a secret and from a subplot that involves the two fathers’ plan to have their offspring properly betrothed.

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by

Carlo Goldoni

Adapted by

Andrei Belgrader

Andrei Belgrader is well known to American Repertory Theater audiences for his productions of Loot, We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay!, Ubu Rock, The Servant of Two Masters, Rameau's Nephew, The Bald Soprano and the Chairs, Waiting for Godot (for which he received the Boston Circle Critics Awards for Best Play and Best Director for 1982/1983), Measure for Measure, and As You Like It. Since arriving from his native Romania in 1978, Mr. Belgrader has directed several off-Broadway productions, including Waiting for Godot, Scapin, Woyzeck, and Troilus and Cressida. At Yale Repertory Theatre he directed Molière's Scapin, which he adapted with Shelly Berc and Rusty Magee and was subsequently performed at Classic Stage Company in New York and American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. His other credits at Yale Repertory Theatre include John Guare's Moon Over Miami, The Miser, As You Like It, Alfred Jarry's Ubu Rex, the American premiere of Dario Fo's About Face, Joe Orton's What the Butler Saw, and Gogol's Marriage. At the Goodman Theatre in Chicago he directed Beckett's Happy Days. Mr. Belgrader also worked at the West Bank Cafe, where he directed Qunicy Long's Korea and Tom Eyen's The White Whore and The Bit Player, which was subsequently performed at the Edinburgh Festival and then moved to two London theaters. For the Double Image Theatre, he directed Ondine and Brendan Cole's Tenth Avenue Tales. With Shelley Berc, Mr. Belgrader also adapted Rameau's Nephew and directed the original production for the Classic Stage Company in New York. For the Norwegian State Theatre, he directed Nikolai Erdman's Suicide. Mr. Belgrader also directed several episodes of Coach for MCA Universal.

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Adapted by

Shelley Berc

Shelley Berc (translator/adaptor of The Imaginary Invalid). Ms. Berc's previous work at the American Repertory Theater includes stage adaptations with Andrei Belgrader of Alfred Jarry's Ubu Rock, Diderot's Rameau's Nephew, The Servant of Two Masters (with Rusty Magee), and Wedekind's Lulu with Lee Breuer. Ms. Berc also collaborated with Belgrader and Magee on a new musical adaptation of Molière's Scapin for the Yale Repertory Theatre. Her plays include Dual Heads, Burn Out, and Shooting Shiva. Her play A Girl's Guide to the Divine Comedy was published by John Hopkins Press in 1995. Ms. Berc's plays and adaptations have been performed at the Women's Project, CSC Repertory, St. Louis Repertory, the Mark Taper Forum, Yale Repertory Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, Odyssey Theatre, and at the Edinburgh Festival. Her plays and essays have been published in the Drama Review, Performing Arts Journal, TCG's Plays in Progress, and Theatre Magazine. She has held several grants and awards, including two Lila Wallace Reader's Digest "New Young Audiences" commissions, a McKnight fellowship in playwriting, an NEA Opera/ Music Librettist fellowship, and an artist's residence at the Rockefeller Foundation's center in Bellagio, Italy. Ms. Berc is the Professor of Playwriting at the University of Iowa. Her first novel, The Shape of the Wilderness, was published by Coffee House Press in 1995.

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Directed by

Andrei Belgrader

Directed by

Andrei Belgrader

Andrei Belgrader is well known to American Repertory Theater audiences for his productions of Loot, We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay!, Ubu Rock, The Servant of Two Masters, Rameau's Nephew, The Bald Soprano and the Chairs, Waiting for Godot (for which he received the Boston Circle Critics Awards for Best Play and Best Director for 1982/1983), Measure for Measure, and As You Like It. Since arriving from his native Romania in 1978, Mr. Belgrader has directed several off-Broadway productions, including Waiting for Godot, Scapin, Woyzeck, and Troilus and Cressida. At Yale Repertory Theatre he directed Molière's Scapin, which he adapted with Shelly Berc and Rusty Magee and was subsequently performed at Classic Stage Company in New York and American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. His other credits at Yale Repertory Theatre include John Guare's Moon Over Miami, The Miser, As You Like It, Alfred Jarry's Ubu Rex, the American premiere of Dario Fo's About Face, Joe Orton's What the Butler Saw, and Gogol's Marriage. At the Goodman Theatre in Chicago he directed Beckett's Happy Days. Mr. Belgrader also worked at the West Bank Cafe, where he directed Qunicy Long's Korea and Tom Eyen's The White Whore and The Bit Player, which was subsequently performed at the Edinburgh Festival and then moved to two London theaters. For the Double Image Theatre, he directed Ondine and Brendan Cole's Tenth Avenue Tales. With Shelley Berc, Mr. Belgrader also adapted Rameau's Nephew and directed the original production for the Classic Stage Company in New York. For the Norwegian State Theatre, he directed Nikolai Erdman's Suicide. Mr. Belgrader also directed several episodes of Coach for MCA Universal.

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Costume design by

Catherine Zuber

Costume design by

Catherine Zuber

Catherine Zuber has created the costumes for Richard II, The Doctor's Dilemma, and over forty other A.R.T. productions including Three Farces and a Funeral, Antigone, Loot, The Idiots Karamazov, Ivanov, Phaedra, The Merchant of Venice, Valparaiso, The Imaginary Invalid, The Taming of the Shrew, Peter Pan and Wendy, The Bacchae, Man and Superman, The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari, Woyzeck, The Wild Duck, The Naked Eye, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Tartuffe, Ubu Rock, Waiting for Godot, The Oresteia, Shlemiel the First, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, A Touch of the Poet, What the Butler Saw, The Cherry Orchard, and Orphée. Ms. Zuber's credits include work at Lincoln Center, The Joseph Papp Public Theater, Goodman Theatre, The Guthrie Theater, Mark Taper Forum, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Hartford Stage Company, La Jolla Playhouse, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Houston Grand Opera, and Glimmerglass Opera, among others. Her Broadway credits include The Triumph of Love (Connecticut Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk nomination), Ivanov (Drama Desk nomination), The Sound of Music, Twelfth Night, The Red Shoes, London Assurance, The Rose Tattoo, and Philadelphia Here I Come. Ms. Zuber was the recipient of the 1997 Obie Award for sustained achievement in design. She is the costume designer for La Fête des Vignerons de 1999, the massive Festival of the Winegrowers in Vevey, Switzerland.

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Lighting design by

Natasha Katz

Sound design by

Maribeth Back

Music composed by

Rusty Magee

Music composed by

Rusty Magee

Rusty Magee is a composer, pianist, and performer who has composed the music and lyrics for The Imaginary Invalid, Ubu Rock, and The Servant of Two Masters at the American Repertory Theater. He won the 1993 Outer Critics Circle Award for Most Promising Composer for his music and lyrics for the production of Andrei Belgrader and Shelley Berc's adaptation of Molière's Scapin at the Classic Stage Company, also produced at Yale Repertory Theatre and A.C.T. He wrote the music and lyrics for The Green Heart, book by Charles Busch, produced by the Manhattan Theatre Club. He co-wrote the musical The Czar of Rock & Roll, produced at the Alley Theatre, Houston, and was the musical conductor for Harold Prince's Grandchild of Kings Off-Broadway. He also wrote music for John Patrick Shanley's The Fool and Her Fortune. Mr. Magee recently appeared at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston, singing and playing the piano in Frank McCourt's The Irish … And How They Got That Way.

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Cast

Silvio

Royal Miller

Silvio

Royal Miller

Pantalone

Jeremy Geidt

Pantalone

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.

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Dr. Lombardi

Alvin Epstein

Dr. Lombardi

Alvin Epstein

Alvin Epstein is a former artistic director of the Guthrie Theater and associate director of Robert Brustein's Yale Repertory Theatre. He has directed over twenty productions (five at the American Repertory Theater, including the inaugural A Midsummer Night's Dream in 1980) and performed in over one hundred (over fifty at the A.R.T.). His A.R.T. roles include Old Man in Lysistrata, the Herald in Marat/Sade, Dionisio Genoni in Enrico IV, John of Gaunt/First Gardener in Richard II, Erich Honecker in Full Circle, McLeavy in Loot, Shabelsky in Ivanov, and Lee Strasberg in Nobody Dies on Friday; Mr. Epstein has also appeared in The Doctor's Dilemma, Antigone, Three Farces and a Funeral, The Winter's Tale, Charlie in the House of Rue, The Merchant of Venice, In the Jungle of Cities, The Bacchae, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, When the World Was Green (A Chef's Fable), Slaughter City, Tartuffe, The Tempest, Beckett Trio, The Threepenny Opera, and Waiting for Godot, among many others. His twenty Broadway and off-Broadway productions include his debut with Marcel Marceau, the Fool in Orson Welles's King Lear, Lucky in the American premiere of Waiting for Godot, Clov in the American premiere of Endgame, Peachum in The Threepenny Opera (co-starring with Sting), and the world premiere of Sam Shepard and Joseph Chaikin's When the World Was Green (A Chef's Fable). For twenty years he and Martha Schlamme performed A Kurt Weill Cabaret on tour in the U.S. and South America and a year's run on Broadway. He has performed at many resident theaters throughout the U.S., in films and on television. Awards include Most Promising Actor ('56 Variety Poll), Brandeis Creative Arts Award ('66), Obie for Dynamite Tonight! ('68), Elliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence ('96), and the IRNE Award for Best Supporting Actor as Shabelsky in Ivanov ('99). Mr. Epstein teaches acting at the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University.

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Smeraldina

Kate Burke

Smeraldina

Kate Burke

Brighella

Miguel Perez

Brighella

Miguel Perez

Clarice

Jennifer Roszell

Jennifer graduated from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University in 1992 and moved to New York City. In those first years, she worked as a temp and became a theatrical Bedouin, performing at regional theatres in such romantic locales as Knoxville, Tennessee; Cleveland, Ohio; and Westerly, Rhode Island. During the final week of her Cleveland run in Moliere’s School for Wives, she received a call summoning her back to New York. The soap opera Guiding Light needed an urgent replacement for one of their lead characters. The character spoke with a Greek accent, and as Jennifer was married to a Greek man at the time (don’t ask), she was unusually proficient at mimicking that particular dialect. She landed the part, and flew back to finish her run of the play. So, one week she was roller-blading on a raked stage, speaking the words of Moliere, and the next she was on a soundstage in front of a camera for the oldest continuously broadcast show in television history. Go figure.

Jennifer spent three lovely, debt-reducing years on the Guiding Light, where she learned a great deal about working on-camera, and discovered that soap acting was really, really hard. She then stepped into the lead role of Sam MacRae, a fast-talking newspaper editor in the AMC series, Paramour. Starring in this period piece—in the style of Howard Hawks’ film, His Girls Friday—she was able to indulge in her love for all things 1940’s. Sadly, despite its terrific cast (which also included Kristin Chenoweth), the pilot and three other episodes still sit on the network shelves, gathering dust.

After her stint on the small screen, Jennifer happily returned to theatre, albeit closer to home. She landed the role of Catarina—a model and muse to the renaissance sculptor, Benevenuto Cellini—in Cellini, written and directed by John Patrick Shanley. It was performed at New York Stage and Film and, after multiple readings, Off-Broadway at Second Stage. Jennifer also performed in High Infidelity Off-Broadway at the Promenade Theatre. Hitting the road again, she performed in two plays at San Diego’s Old Globe: Smash and Tom Stoppard’s play-with-music, Rough Crossing. The Stoppard play holds a special place in her heart, as it’s where she met her current husband (you can ask this time), the musician/conductor/composer Karl Mansfield. Recently, she performed in The Mysteries at Classic Stage Company, The Miracle Worker at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, The Comedy of Errors at Yale Rep, and has thankfully fulfilled the Law & Order requirement on her NY Actor resume.

This past year, she was selected by Sam Mendes and David Hare to understudy Julianne Moore in Mr. Hare’s The Vertical Hour on Broadway. Relationships from her A.R.T. Institute past are very present in her life now, as she can be seen in the recurring role of Deb Shayes in FX’s new hit show, Damages, which stars Glenn Close and Ted Danson. Glenn Kessler and Todd Kessler, both undergrads at Harvard whom Jennifer met when she was at the A.R.T., write and produce the show.

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Truffaldino

Thomas Derrah

Truffaldino

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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Beatrice

Stephanie Roth

Beatrice

Stephanie Roth

Florindo

Derek Smith

Florindo

Derek Smith

First Porter

Raymond Fox

First Porter

Raymond Fox

RAYMOND FOX recently played Mr. Stubb, Captain Boomer and Captain Gardiner in Moby Dick (adapted and directed by Lookingglass Ensemble Member David Catlin), on tour to the Alliance Theatre (Atlanta, GA), Arena Stage (Washington, D.C.) and South Coast Repertory (Costa Mesa, CA). Raymond will return to the production in Chicago this summer (2017) at Lookingglass Theatre, where he is an Ensemble Member. His numerous regional credits include Simon Craig in Blood and Gifts (TimeLine Theatre - 2013 Joseph Jefferson Award - Supporting Actor). Mr. Fox performed in and co-adapted Charles Dickens’ The Old Curiosity Shop (2006 Joseph Jefferson Award for New Adaptation – shared) for Lookingglass. He played King Midas in the original Off-Broadway and Broadway runs of Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses (Second Stage and Circle in the Square) as well as in numerous regional productions of the play. His American Repertory Theater credits include The Servant of Two Masters, Black Snow and The L.A. Plays. Additional regional credits include the Goodman Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Route 66 Theatre Company, South Coast Repertory, Arena Stage, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Meadow Brook Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Arden Theatre, Next Theatre, Remy Bumppo Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Hartford Stage, First Folio Theatre, Court Theatre and Canada’s Stratford Festival where he was a member of the Young Company. Mr. Fox is a graduate of Northwestern University and the American Repertory Theatre/Moscow Art Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University, class of '93.

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First Wwaiter

Rex Young

First Wwaiter

Rex Young

Gondoliers/Waiters

Charles Butler, Hans Canosa

Gondoliers/Waiters

Charles Butler, Hans Canosa