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The Shape She Makes

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  • Apr 5, 2014 - Apr 27, 2014

  • OBERON

  • Run Time: 90 Minutes - Patrons who arrive late will not be seated.

Doors open 7:00PM

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An ensemble of ten fuse movement and dialogue in this intriguing world premiere theatrical hybrid that explores the continual impact of childhood experiences on our adult lives as Quincy, a precocious 11-year old seeks to understand what she’s inherited from her absent father and neglectful mother. Featuring music composed by Julia Kent and Son Lux.  

Need to know

Grade 9 and Up
This dance-theater piece takes place in OBERON, and is appropriate for mature high school students age 14 and up.  It contains strong profanity and intense subject matter (including alcoholism, obesity, mental illness).

Notable dates

ASL Dates:

April 22, 7:30PM
April 27, 2:00PM

Discussions

There will be a post-show discussion after the performance on April 23 with Nancy Rappaport and after the performance on April 24 with Jill Johnson.

The Shape She Makes was in part developed during residencies at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Theater Institute & The Baryshnikov Arts Center in NYC.

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Credits

Creative team

Conceived by

Susan Misner + Jonathan Bernstein

Music composed by

Julia Kent + Son Lux

Choreographed by

Susan Misner

Written + Directed by

Jonathan Bernstein

Scenic Design

Sara Brown

Scenic Design

Sara Brown

A.R.T.: The Lily’s Revenge.  A.R.T. Institute: Bob: A Life in Five Acts. Selected designs include: A House in Bali, BAM and CalPerformances; World of Wires, The Kitchen NYC and Festival d’automne Paris; Temperamentals, Lyric Stage Company; Distracted, Central Square Theater; The Gacy Play, Slideshow Theater Co. Chicago. She is the Director of Design at MIT. 

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Costume Design

Sarah Cubbage

Costume Design

Sarah Cubbage

A.R.T.: The Lily’s Revenge. Assistant/Associate Broadway Design: Bullets Over Broadway, Big Fish, A Streetcar Named Desire, Scandelous, Godspell, Master Class, Gypsy. Off-Braodway: Soho Rep, Theater For a New City, Atlantic Stage 2. Regional: Northern Stage, Playwrights theatre of New Jersey. Film: A Clerk’s Tale; So Over You; Half the Perfect World. Dance: Dark Lark, BAM, Kate Weare Company; Radio Show, Kyle Abraham/ Abraham.In.Motion.

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Light Design

Dan Scully

Light Design

Dan Scully

A.R.T.: Debut. Broadway: Rocky. Other Designs: Die Jermann, Salzburger Festpiele; Another Night, Alvin Ailey/ADT; A Charlie Brown Christmas, New York Pops; The Orchestra Rocks!, Carnegie Hall; Pavement, Kyle Abraham/ Abraham.In.Motion; Seven Last Words, Chamber Music Society; Trinity Rep.; Two River Theater. Awards: 2010 Bessie Award for The Radio Show, Abraham.In.Motion

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Sound Design

M. L. Dogg

Sound Design

M. L. Dogg

A.R.T.: The Shape She Makes. M.L. Dogg has designed for such companies as Actors Theatre Of Louisville, Cherry Lane Theatre, Huntington Theatre, Colt Coeur, New Group, MCC Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, Roundabout Theatre Company, Royal National Theatre, Debate Society, Ars Nova, Joey Parnes Productions, South Coast Repertory, Signature Theatre, Pearl Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Public Theatre, Second Stage Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Nicholas Ward Productions, Scott Sanders Productions, and Women’s Project.  Drama Desk, IRNE, and IT nominee; Lortel award for Here Lies Love, fringeNYC award for Go-Go Kitty, GO!.

 

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Projection Design

Darrel Maloney

Projection Design

Darrel Maloney

A.R.T.: WARHOLCAPOTE. Broadway: American Idiot, A Night with Janis Joplin, Everyday Rapture. Others designs include: Checkers (Drama Desk Nomination), Vineyard Theatre; Kung Fu, Golden Child, Signature; Allegiance, Old Glove; Karen O’s Stop the Virgens, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Sydney Opera House; The Submission, MCC; Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey 144th. www.darrelmaloney.com

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Music Supervision

Mary-Mitchell Campbell

Music Supervision

Mary-Mitchell Campbell

A.R.T.: The Shape She Makes. New York: Company (Drama Desk Award- Orchestrations); Big Fish; The Addams Family; Sweeney Todd; Road Show; Next to Normal; Hello Again (Drama Desk nomination-Orchestrations). Founder: ASTEP-Artists Striving to End Poverty (www.asteponline.org) and is passionate about arts education and poverty reduction. She has served on the faculties of NYU, Boston College, and Juilliard.

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Casting

Tara Rubin Casting

A.R.T.: Marie Antoinette. Broadway: Ghost; Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway; How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; Promises, Promises; A Little Night Music; Billy Elliot; Shrek; Guys and Dolls; The Country Girl; RockN’Roll; The Farnsworth Invention; …Young Frankenstein; The Little Mermaid; Mary Poppins; My Fair Lady; Pirate Queen; Les Misérables; History Boys; Spamalot; Jersey Boys; …Spelling Bee; The Producers; Mamma Mia!; Imaginary Friends; Phantom of the Opera; Oklahoma!; Happiness; The Frogs; Contact; Thou Shalt Not. Off-Broadway: Love, Loss, and What I Wore, Second Stage. Regional: Yale Repertory Theatre, Kennedy Center, La Jolla Playhouse, Dallas Theatre Center, The Old Globe, Westport Country Playhouse. Film: Lucky Stiff, The Producers.

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Stage Manager

Taylor Brennan

Stage Manager

Taylor Brennan

A.R.T.: Stage Manager: HEAR WORD!Burn All Night; Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education1984; O.P.C.The Shape She MakesThe Donkey Show. Assistant Stage Manager: Bedlam's Sense & SensibilityThe Night of the IguanaFingersmithRoosevElvisKansas City Choir BoyNatasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812The Heart of Robin HoodAll the WayThe Glass MenagerieThe Lily’s RevengeOnce. Production Associate: Prometheus BoundThe Blue FlowerCabaret. Education/Training: Graduate of Boston University (Summa cum laude) College of Fine Arts.

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Cast

Michael Balderrama

A.R.T. Debut. Broadway: Soul Doctor (Associate Choerographer), Ghost In the Heights, Hot Feet, Movin’ Out, Urban Cowboy, Saturday Night. Film/TV: Rock of Ages, Across the Universe, Michael Jackson’s Ghosts, “Academy Awards,” “Sesame Street” (Choreographer). Tour: In the Hegiths (Resident Director/Choreographer), Joseph/Dreamcoat (Associate Choreographer). Co-Founder-R. Evolución Latina, Owner/CEO-Silber Producer/Co-Owner-Last Call Theatricals LLC.

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Mary Cavett

A.R.T.: Debut.Theater: Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Rockette); Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, Smith Street Stage; Romeo & Juliet, CRY HAVOC; Is It Already Dusk?, Irondale Arts Center; ENDURE:A Run Woman Show, Edinburgh Fringe; Love Song, Chester Theater Company. Film/TV: Surrogate Valentine, “Pan Am,” “All My Children.” B.F.A. NYU/Tisch.

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Nina Goldman

A.R.T Debut. Broadway: Dirty Rotten  Scoundrels, Swan Lake, Contact, Red Shoes, Phantom of the Opera. Off-Broadway: Belle Epoque, LCT; A Dybbuk, Public Theater; Bloomergirl, Encore!. Regional/ London: Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Edward Scissorhands, The Carman, Great Lakes Theater Festival; The Metamorphosis, Royal Opera House; The National Ballet of Canada. Associate choreographer for 2013 US Tour: The Phantom of the Opera.

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Deidre Goodwin

A.R.T.: Debut. Broadway: Chicago (Velma Kelly), A Chorus Line (Shelia Bryant), Nine (Our Lady of the Spa), Jesus Christ Superstar, Rocky Horror Show, Boys from Syracuse, Chita Rivera: The Dancers Life, Never Gonna Dance. Off-Off-Broadway: Silence the Musical. Film: Chicago (June), Every Little Step. Television: “30 Rock” (Deborah). 

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Seán Martin Hingston

A.R.T. Debut. Broadway: Curtains; Contact; Crazy For You; Promises, Promises. Off-Broadway: The Cocoanuts. Regional: Pirates of Penzance, A Wonderful Life, The Pirate, Yankee Doodle, Long Christmas Ride Home, Evita, The Music of ALW. Film/TV: Across The Universe, The Producers, Beyond the Sea, Center Stage, “Bronx is Burning,” “Sex and the City,” “Law & Order: CI,” “One Life to Live,” “Guiding Light.” www.SeanMartinHingston.com 

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Benjamin Howes

A.R.T.: Debut. Broadway: Scandalous, Mary Poppins, [title of show]. Off-Broadway: [title of show], Vineyard Theatre; Girl Crazy, Encores!; The Charity That Began At Home, Mint Theatre Company. Regional: Old Globe, Barrington Stage, Pittsburgh Public, Goodspeed, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Milwaukee Rep. Television: “One Life to Live,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Flight Of the Conchords.” 

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Susan Misner

A.R.T.: Debut. Film credits include: Chicago (for which she received a Screen Actors Guild Award), Hope Springs, The Forgotten, Caymen Went, If I Didn’t Care, Mentor, The Hoax, Walking On The Sky (Best Supporting Actress Award, New York, International Independent Film Festival), Tanner Hall, Something’s Gotta Give, Gigantic, Sombody’s Hero. TV credits include: “Nashville,” “Person Of Interest,” “The Good Wife,” “In Treatment,” “Without A Trace,” “Rescue Me,” “The Bronx is Burning.” She currently plays Sandra Beeman on FX’s “The Americans.”

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Sydney K. Penny

A.R.T.: Debut. Regional: After The Quake Nominated for Elliot Norton Best Play),Company One;Hurry DownThe Chimney, Boston Actors Theatre; Sarah & Samuel, SLAM Boston; Warmth of Jupiter, Zero Point. Film: Demi Pointe (Boston International Film Festival: Best Picture–Winner).Television/Web: “Teenage Critic” Co-host,“It Could Be Worse” (Jesse). 

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Jermaine Maurice Spivey

A.R.T.: Debut. Member of Ballet Gulbenkian (Portugal), Cullberg Ballet (Sweden), Hofesh Shechter Company (UK), acclaimed choreographer Crystal Pite’s company, Kidd Pivot (Canada) and most recently guest artist with master choreographer William Forsythe’s The Forsythe Company (Germany). B.F.A. from The Juilliard School. 

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Finnerty Steeves

A.R.T.: Debut. Broadway: Brighton Beach Memoirs. Off-Broadway: Lost inYonkers; Almost Maine; Marion Bridge. Regional: Boeing-Boeing, Dorset Theater Festival; Absurd Person Singular, Wonder of the World, Barrington Stage; EnchantedApril, ArizonaTheatre Company; The Norman Conquests, Milwaukee Rep; Hedda Gabler, ACT. Film/TV: Delivery Man, Francis Ha, Morning Glory, Away We Go, “The Big C,” “Bored to Death,”“The Sopranos.” 

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Additional staff

Assistant Director

Sarah Johnsrude

Assistant Director

Sarah Johnsrude

A.R.T.: Debut. Theatrical Lighting Design: It’s A Wonderful Life (Assistant Lighting Design), American Blues Theater; The Tempest (Assistant Lighting Design), City Lit; Silent Night of the Living Dead, New Millennium Theater Company. Acting, Kenyon College: Blackbird, Hedda Gabler, Almost, Maine. Graduate of National Theater Institute and Kenyon College. 

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Associate Choreographer

Mary Ann Lamb

Associate Choreographer

Mary Ann Lamb

A.R.T.: Debut. Recently, she was associate choreographer in Harmony at The Ahmanson and Oliver at the Paper Mill Playhouse. As a performer, among many credits: 11 Broadway shows; 8 Encores at NY City Center. FILM: Chicago; Rock of Ages; In Crowd. Thanks Susie and Jonathan for including her on this wonderful show. 

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Assistant Choreographer

Jaime Lynn Verazin

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Assistant Choreographer

Jaime Lynn Verazin

A.R.T. Assistant Choreographer: The Shape She Makes. Performed/Collaborated with: Andy Blankenbuehler, Bartlett Sher, Ben Wright, Crystal Pite, Kelly Devine, Mark Dendy, Michael Grandage, MOMIX, Robert LePage. Non-Vocal Lead/ Aerialist: Armida; The Tempest, The Metropolitan Opera. Dancer: Aida, Don Giovanni, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Faust, The Metropolitan Opera. Regional Associate Choreographer: The Wiz, MSMT; Pippin, Phoenix Theatre. TV: “America’s Got Talent.” Assistant Artistic Director & Associate Choreographer of Mark Stuart Dance Theatre.

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Assistant Stage Manager

Catherine Agis

Assistant Stage Manager

Catherine Agis

A.R.T.: Debut. A.R.T. 2014 Boundless Gala. Theater: Baritones Unbound: Celebrating the Uncommon Voice of the Common Man, ArtsEmerson; H20, Contemporary American Theatre Festival; A Christmas Carol, Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts. Currently perusing B.F.A. in Stage and Production Management at Emerson College.

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Associate Sound Designer

Elliot Davoren

A.R.T. Production Dramaturg

Fiona Kyle

Voice Coach

Jeremy Sortore

Production Associate

Ruth Lichtman

Production Interns

Kyra Atekwana + Joey Longstreet + Sam Moore

Tara Rubin Casting
Tara Rubin, CSA Eric Woodall, CSA Merri Sugarman, CSA
Lindsay Levine, CSA Kaitlin Shaw, CSA Scott Anderson