The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Jan 20th - Feb 19th, 2012
Adapted from the novel by Mark Twain
Written by Laura Eason
Directed by Jeremy B. Cohen
Labeled “Sassy, ingeniously staged and deeply affecting” by the New York Times this is a new adaptation of Mark Twain’s American literary narrative The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by acclaimed playwright Laura Eason and veteran director Jeremy Cohen. Together they have created a work that is full of imagination and fresh theatrical style. Growing up in a small Missouri town on the banks of the Mississippi River, young Tom spends his days making mischief, avoiding school and famously tricking others into doing his chores. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a classic coming-of-age story that will fire the imaginations of young and old alike.
SPECIAL EVENT: Tom Sawyer Treasure Hunt
Sunday, February 19, 1:00pm
Spencer Theatre Lobby
Parents, Teachers Pirates, one and all!
Kansas City Repertory Theatre is pleased to announce The Adventures of Tom Sawyer has been extended with performances running now until February 19th! But what’s even more fun… KC Rep is thrilled to be hosting The Tom Sawyer Treasure Hunt!
Just like Tom Sawyer himself, kids can partake in a bit of adventure as they learn to battle pirates while searching for clues that lead to buried treasure! Appropriate for kids aged 6 to 12, the Tom Sawyer Treasure Hunt begins at 1pm and is included with your purchase of one adult chaperone ticket and a specially priced $10.00 children’s ticket. After the treasure hunt has ended, enjoy the final performance of the Mark Twain classic The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in the Spencer Theatre one last time. It’s a surefire afternoon of interactive theatrical fun! We hope to see you there!
This production of Tom Sawyer is produced through special arrangement with Hartford Stage and in collaboration with Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.
Appropriate for all ages.
JOSEPH ADAMS (Muff Potter, Ensemble) KC Rep: debut. Broadway: Come Back Little Sheba, The Real Inspector Hound, A View From the Bridge, The Survivor. Off-Broadway: Sixty Miles to Silver Lake (Soho Rep); Dance of the Seven Headed Mouse (Beckett Theatre); Serendib (Ensemble Studio Theatre); The Don Juan and the Non Don Juan (Vineyard Theatre); Balm in Gilead, (Minetta Lane Theatre). Regional: The Old Globe, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Hartford Stage, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, Westport Country Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and Studio Arena. Film & TV: Brooklyn’s Finest, Inhale, Twelve. “Iron Jawed Angels” (HBO), “Gossip Girl”, “Dirty Sexy Money”, “Law & Order”, “Law & Order: SVU” , “Law & Order: CI” ,“The Sopranos”, “Point Last Seen”, “Consenting Adult”, “The Private History of a Campaign That Failed”, “The Heidi Chronicles”.
JUSTIN FULLER (Joe Harper) KC Rep: debut. Regional: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Actors Theatre Louisville, , Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); To Kill a Mockingbird, Our Town, 365 Days and 365 Plays, BRAND NEW, A Christmas Carol (Hartford Stage Company); Superior Donuts, The House of Blue Leaves, Voices in Conflict (New Century Theatre); The History Boys (Northern Stage Company); Hamlet, The Matchmaker (Elm Shakespeare Company); Enchanted April (Majestic Theatre Project); The Comedy of Errors, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet (Capital Classics Theatre Company); The Laramie Project (Aznuntuck Playhouse); The Front Page, The Tempest, As You Like It, Equus (Hartt Company). Off-Broadway: The Orphans Home Cycle: Roots In a Parched Ground, Lily Dale, The Widow Claire, Valentines Day, 1918, Cousins (The Signature Theatre Company, Hartford Stage Company). Education: BFA Actor Training, The Hartt School.
TIM MCKIERNAN (Tom Sawyer, Ensemble) KC Rep: debut. Regional: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Hartford Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, , Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); Of Mice and Men (Beowulf Alley Theatre Company); Romeo and Juliet, Titus Andronicus, Tartuffe, Biloxi Blues, Philadelphia Story, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, Pericles (Arizona Repertory Theatre); Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure (Arizona Theatre Company, Tucson). New York: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hudson Shakespeare Company); The History Boys (Heights Players). Film & TV: Quixote, The Righteous, Ride the Box, Erica Wexler Is Online; “The Bold and the Beautiful”. Education: BFA in acting, the University of Arizona.
MICHAEL D. NICHOLS (Injun Joe, Schoolmaster, Minister) KC Rep: debut. Regional credits: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); A Few Good Men (Syracuse Stage); Enrico IV, Antony and Cleopatra (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); Henry IV Part 1 (Orlando Shakespeare ); Annie Get Your Gun (Goodspeed Opera House); Guys and Dolls (Barrington Stage Company); Shooting Craps (Studio Arena); One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Chief Bromden (The Alley Theatre, Roundhouse in Washington, D.C., and Pioneer Theatre Company). Broadway: November (World Premiere with Nathan Lane); One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Tony; Best Revival with Gary Sinise). Off-Broadway: Exit the King, Iphigenia at Aulis (The Pearl Theatre). Film & TV: “All My Children”, “Another World”, “As the World Turns”, “Days of Our Lives”, and “General Hospital”. Education: MFA, Old Globe Theatre. Mr. Nichols is a Veteran of the U.S. Army.
ROBBIE TANN (Huckleberry Finn, Ensemble) KC Rep : debut. Regional: Heist!: 34th Annual Humana Festival, Dracula, The Tens: Be Good/Courtship of Anna Nicole Smith, Crime and Punishment, Laramie Project: 10 years later (reading), Greater Tuna, A Christmas Carol (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Cinderella (Plano Repertory Theatre). Off-Broadway: Much Ado About Nothing (New York Classical Theatre); Henry V (American Globe); 5 Borough Plays (Milk Can Theatre Company); New Play Festival (Rapscallion Theatre Company); The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Theatre on the Edge). Education: BFA acting, Long Island University; Broadway Theatre Project Apprentice (2004); Actors Theatre of Louisville Apprentice (2009).
HAYLEY TREIDER (Becky Tatcher) KC Rep: debut. Off-Broadway: Double Falsehood (Classic Stage Company). Regional: Judgment Day (Bard Summer Festival); Comedy of Errors, Red White & Blue Review, Take One Step (Roanoke Island, Festival Park). Educational Theatre: Balm in Gilead, Our Country’s Good, Sunday in the Park with George, Twelfth Night, Kid Champion. New York City Workshops: The Great Immensity, American Stare, Drones (New York Stage & Film). Film & TV: “The Drama Depart-ment” (upcoming pilot); “Law & Order: SVU” (guest lead). BFA, University of North Carolina School of the Arts. hayleytreider.com
NATE TRINRUD (Sid Sawyer, Doc. Robinson, Ensemble) KC Rep: debut. Regional: The Verona Project (California Shakespeare Theatre); Peter Pan: A Play (Lookingglass Theatre); Not Wanted on the Voyage (American Music Theatre Project); The Bowery Boys (The Marriott Theatre/AMTP); Pinocchio: A Folk Musical (Summer Theatre of New Canaan). Readings and Workshops: The Giver, Fly by Night (Theatreworks American Music Theatre Project), Moby Dick: An American Opera (American Musical Theatre Project), The Irresistible Machine (Agnes Nixon Festival). Educational Theatre: The Waa-Mu Show, In Trousers, Angels in America, The Who’s Tommy, And Baby Makes Seven. Education: BS in Theatre and Music Theatre Certificate Program, Northwestern University. Associate Student, Queen Mary University of London.
NANCE WILLIAMSON (Aunt Polly/Ensemble)KC Rep: debut. Dividing the Estate, Bette and Boo, As You Like It, Good (Dallas Theater Center); Shooting Star, Dancing At Lughnasa, Prelude to a Kiss, (Trinity Repertory Theatre); The Ladies Man (Pioneer Theater); Bad Dates (Syracuse Stage); Our Town (Berkeley Repertory Theatre); Fiction, Love and Hours, The Countess, Measure for Measure (Old Globe); The Misanthrope (Arena Stage); Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra, Rivals, Titus Andronicus, Richard III, Henry V, Romeo and Juliet, and others (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival); Dinner With Friends (Philadelphia Theater Company); A Hotel on Marvin Gardens (Denver Center Theatre Company); Private Eyes, Heartbreak House (Seattle Repertory Theatre); Hope of the Heart (Mark Taper Forum); Henry V (Shakespeare Theater); Molly Sweeney, Shirley Valentine (Delaware Theater Company); Moon for the Misbegotten (Alliance Theater); Arcadia (Playmaker’s Repertory Theatre). Off-Broadway: Two Gentle-men of Verona, Marvin’s Room, An Empty Plate, The Seagull. Broadway: Cyrano de Bergerac, Henry IV, The Rehearsal, Broken Glass. Upcoming: Boeing Boeing (Trinity Repertory Theatre). Awards: Best Actress Awards in Dallas and Denver; 2003 Helen Hayes Award Nominee, The Misanthrope.
MARY R. HONOUR (Production Stage Manager) Kansas City Rep stage management: The History of Kisses, Peer Gynt (including the coproduction at La Jolla Playhouse), Circle Mirror Transformation, Harriet Jacobs, Bus Stop, A Flea in Her Ear, Winesburg, Ohio, The Glass Menagerie, Radio Golf, The Drawer Boy, A Marvelous Party!, A Christmas Carol, Doubt, Two Pianos, Four Hands, The Syringa Tree, Love, Janis, Jitney, The Trip to Bountiful, Man and Superman, The Voysey Inheritance, Little Women, The Front Page, Incognito; assistant stage management includes: Hank Williams: Lost Highway, The Pirates of Penzance, Liliom, Metamorphoses, Indian Ink, Saint Joan, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. She has also stage managed the Rep’s annual fundraising event A Fearless Fête. Additional local and regional credits: The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Starlight Theatre, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Arizona Theatre Company, and Northwestern University.
LAURA EASON (Playwright) is the author of more than 20 plays, both original work and adaptations. Current/upcoming productions include Sex With Strangers (Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago), Ethan Frome (also director, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Chicago) and The Undeniable Sound of Right Now (Rising Phoenix Repertory, New York City). Regional productions include Hartford Stage, People’s Light, CENTERSTAGE, City Theatre Miami, Kansas City Repertory and Seattle’s Theater Schmeater, among others. New York productions include 59E59, the Women’s Project, W.E.T and Vital Theatre, among others. Publishing includes Smith & Kraus, Playscripts and Broadway Play Publishing. She is an affiliated artist of New Georges and an alumna of the Women’s Project Playwright’s Lab, both in New York City; and current ensemble member and former artistic director of Lookingglass Theatre Company. Originally from Chicago, Laura lives in Brooklyn, New York. More information at www.lauraeason.com.
JEREMY B. COHEN (Director) Prior to his current role as Artistic Director of the Playwrights’ Center, Cohen served as the Associate Artistic Director and Director of New Play Development at Hartford Stage from 2003 to 2010. His directing credits there include: Snow Falling on Cedars, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mistakes Were Made, The Scene (with George Street Playhouse), Mahalia: A Gospel Musical (with Frenchie Davis), I Am My Own Wife, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune (with Portia & Robert Clohessey), Bad Dates and A Christmas Carol. Other regional theatre credits include: the world premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s The Novelist (Dorset Theatre), the U.S. premiere of Kwame Kwei-Armah’s Let There Be Love with Avery Brooks (Centerstage), the world premiere of Smart Cookie (Alliance), The Scene, Bad Dates, and Trip to Bountiful (Alley Theatre); inaugural workshops of Seminar (NYSF), Some of the People, All of the Time (Pasadena Playhouse & Playwrights’ Center), Smart Cookie (Playwrights’ Center), Good on Paper (Denver Center), Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods (New Harmony) and The Radiant Abyss (Woolly Mammoth); productions of Hannah and Martin (Theater J), after its world premiere production (TimeLine); Nickel and Dimed (Steppenwolf); The Unexpected Man (Adirondack Theatre); world premieres of Adam Rapp’s Ghosts in the Cottonwoods (Victory Gardens), Scott McPherson’s Scraped (Bailiwick), world and West Coast premieres of Michael Elyanow’s The Idiot Box (Naked Eye Theatre Company, Chicago & Open Fist Theatre, LA); American premiere of Mom’s the Word (Metropolis Theatre/Royal George); East Coast premiere of Closet Land (NY Performance Works); and the Midwest premiere of Shopping and F***ing. As Founding Artistic Director of Naked Eye Theatre Company in Chicago, Cohen developed/directed 20 plays, including world premieres of Jamie Pachino’s Waving Goodbye (Steppenwolf) and Timothy Mason’s Cannibals; Midwest premieres of Adam Rapp’s Nocturne and Naomi Wallace’s One Flea Spare (Goodman). Cohen remounted Naomi’s The Retreating World Off-Broadway, after directing its world premiere (McCarter). He is the recipient of numerous awards and nominations for his directing and productions, including Joseph Jefferson, Helen Hayes and After Dark. Cohen has been a Director and part of the Directing Faculty at the O’Neill Playwright’s Conference/National Theatre Institute, and recipient of both an NEA/TCG Directors Fellowship and a Northwestern University award for his play 12 Volt Heart.
DANIEL OSTLING (Set Design) KC Rep: The Arabian Nights, Metamorphoses. Recent Regional: Candide (Huntington, Goodman, Shakespeare Theatre); Once in a Lifetime (American Conservatory Theatre San Francisco); Verona Project (California Shakespeare); Becky Shaw (South Coast Repertory Theatre); The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Actor’s Theater Louisville, Hartford Stage); Ethan Frome (Lookingglass Theatre); Amadeus (Alley Theatre). New York: La Sonnambula, Lucia Di Lammermoor (Metropolitan Opera); Glorious Ones (Lincoln Center); Durango (Public Theatre); Pain and the Itch (Playwright’s Horizon); Lookingglass Alice (New Victory); Metamorphoses (Broadway/Tony Nomination, 2nd Stage); Measure for Measure (New York Shakespeare Festival); Arabian Nights, Galileo, Galilei (BAM Theatre). International: Donmar Warehouse and Barbican Theatre (London), Melbourne Theatre. Other: Ensemble Member (Lookingglass Theatre), Associate Professor (Northwestern University, Chicago). Mr. Ostling is based in San Francisco and New York City, and made his directing debut in May with Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (Two River Theater/ Red Banks).
LORRAINE VENBERG (Costume Design) has designed costumes for numerous regional theatres including Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Studio Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Victory Gardens Theater, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Cleveland’s Playhouse Square Theatre, Arden Theatre Company, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Pittsburgh Public Theater and City Theatre. Productions include Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Barefoot in the Park, Intimate Apparel, A Christmas Carol, The Crucible, Twelfth Night, Love Janis, Fences, Pure Confidence, Memory House, The Gin Game, Betrayal, The Glass Menagerie, Blues for an Alabama Sky, Kid Simple, The Second Death of Priscilla, The Pavilion, As You Like It, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Crimes of the Heart, Omnium-Gatherum, Mercy of a Storm, Blackbird, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Proof, The Importance of Being Earnest, Cyrano de Bergerac, Compleat Female Stage Beauty, Red Herring and Dinner with Friends.
ROBERT WIERZEL (Lighting Design) KC Rep: debut. Regional: Arena Stage, McCarter Theatre Center, CENTERSTAGE, Hartford Stage, Yale Repertory Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, Mark Taper Forum and Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Broadway: FELA! (Tony Award Nomination). Other Theatre: Numerous off-Broadway and opera productions including credits with the companies of Paris, Berlin, Tokyo, Toronto, Boston, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Virginia, Chicago, Glimmerglass Opera and New York City Opera. Mr. Wierzel has collaborated with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (Bessie Award) and Philip Glass, including Hydrogen Jukebox (American Theatre Wing Award). Education: MFA, Yale School of Drama. Upcoming: Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, music by John Mellencamp, book by Stephen King (Alliance Theatre Company); Timon of Athens (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); Mary T. & Lizzy K., new play by Tazewell Thompson (Arena Stage). Mr. Wierzel serves as a faculty member of the Design Department at New York University’s Tisch School.
BROKEN CHORD | DANIEL BAKER & AARON MEICHT (Sound Design and Original Music) KC Rep: debut. Regional: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry IV, and Back, Back, Back (Dallas Theater Center); Iron Kisses (Geva Theatre Center); Gee’s Bend, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and Snow Falling on Cedars (Hartford Stage); Private Lives (Long Wharf Theatre); Eclipsed (Yale Repertory Theater); Ruined (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); The Taming of the Shrew and Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Theatre Company of Washington, DC); Cyrano de Bergerac (Weston Playhouse); Ruined (La Jolla Playhouse, Huntington Theatre Company, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre); Vigil (Westport Country Playhouse); End Days and Kidnapped! (People’s Light and Theater); Instructions for Breathing (Passage Theatre Company). www.brokenchordcollective.com
TOMMY RAPLEY (Fight/Movement Director) most recent work includesThe Adventures of Tom Sawyer at Hartford Stage and Actors Theatre of Louisville. He is a proud company member with The House Theatre of Chicago (www.thehousetheatre.com), where he has choreographed 20 world-premiere productions, earning four Jeff Award nominations and two Jeff Awards for Outstanding Choreography (Cave with Man and The Sparrow). Directorial work includes The Great and Terrible Wizard of Oz, Hope Springs Infernal, Ellen Under Glass, The Nutcracker (which premiered at the Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre in 2007) and All the Fame of Lofty Deeds at The House Theatre of Chicago. Rapley has choreographed for other theatrical institutions, including Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Second City, American Theatre Company, The Hypocrites, Chicago Children’s Theatre and Bailiwick Chicago, where he received a 2006 After Dark Award for Outstanding Choreography for original dance-opera DORIAN. He has been a professional dancer with Ballet Memphis and The Joffrey Ballet. He received a BFA in dance performance from Southern Methodist University.
STEPHANIE YANKWITT (Casting) has been working as a producer/director/casting associate since arriving in New York in 2001. As a director and assistant director, Yankwitt’s work includes November (Joe Mantello, director); The Receptionist (Joe Mantello, director); Letters to the End of the World (Anton Dudley, writer); This Is a Cowboy Poem My Daddy Taught Me (Katie Bender, writer); All That I Will Ever Be (New York Theatre Workshop, Jo Bonney, director); Brutality of Fact (Urban Stages Theater) and Stephen Guirgis’ Our Lady of 121st Street. Producing credits include John Patrick Shanley’s Dirty Story and Our Lady of 121st Street (both with LAByrinth Theater Company). Yankwitt has produced with LAByrinth Theater Company, The Cardinal Group and MCC Theater. In addition to commercial casting credits, Broadway casting credits include Glengarry Glen Ross, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me and Three Days of Rain. Film casting includes Rent, Helen Hunt’s Then She Found Me, Peter Hedges’ Dan in Real Life and Julie Taymor’s Across the Universe.
HARTFORD STAGE, located in Harford, Connecticut, is one of the leading resident theatres in the United States, known internationally for entertaining and enlightening audiences with a wide range of the vest of world drama, from classics to provocative new plays and musicals and neglected works from the past. The theatre has earned many of the nation’s most distinguished awards, including the Regional Theatre Tony Award, the Margo Jones Award for Development of New Works, OBIE and New York Critics Circle Awards, an Elliot Norton Award and a 2007 Bank of America neighborhood Builders Award.
ERIC ROSEN (Artistic Director) is a nationally recognized playwright, director and producer and the fourth artistic director in the 45-year history of Kansas City Repertory Theatre. He is also co-founder and former artistic director of Chicago’s acclaimed About Face Theatre, where he developed nearly 30 world premieres in his thirteen seasons there. Rep credits include direction of Metamorphoses (also Australia and regional tour) and The Trip to Bountiful prior to his appointment, and direction of Clay (prior to NY premiere at Lincoln Center Theatre/LCT3, winner of Chicago’s Jefferson Award and nominee for the Drama Desk Award in NY); Winesburg, Ohio (for which he also wrote book and lyrics, winner of the Jeff Award for Best New Work and Philadelphia’s Barrymore Award for Best Musical); the world premiere of A Christmas Story, The Musical! (transfer to 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle); the world premiere of Venice, a new musical he co-wrote with Matt Sax (co-production with CTG in Los Angeles, Fall of 2010; currently in development for a NY premiere in 2012, named Best Musical of the Year in TIME magazine) and the acclaimed hits Cabaret and August: Osage County. Other plays include Dream Boy (Jeff Award for best direction and production, produced nationally) and Wedding Play (Jeff nomination for best new work, produced at Steppenwolf), Dancer from the Dance, Whitman and Undone (About Face). Other directing credits include the world premieres of M. Proust by Mary Zimmerman (Jeff nomination for best new play) and Theater District (Jeff Award for best new play), and the Chicago premiere of Take Me Out, all in About Face/Steppenwolf co-productions. Regional credits include work at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles; Steppenwolf, the Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, and Lookingglass Theatre in Chicago; the Prince Music Theatre; Hartford Stage; Cincinnati Playhouse; Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; 7 Stages in Atlanta; and workshops at the Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, the O’Neill, and Sundance Theatre Lab. Rosen produced the pre-NY premiere of Doug Wright’s play I Am My Own Wife, winner of the Tony Award for best play and the Pulitzer Prize; Eleven Rooms of Proust created by Mary Zimmerman; and was dramaturg for Frank Galati and Stephen Flaherty’s Loving Repeating at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Moisés Kaufman's One Arm at Steppenwolf Theatre and Kaufman’s Tony nominated 33 Variations at Sundance Theatre Lab. Rosen earned his Ph.D. in performance studies from Northwestern University, and held a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)/Theatre Communication Group (TCG) Career Development Fellowship for Directors. He has twice served as a theatre panelist for the NEA and has participated in the TCG/Pew Charitable Trusts’ National Theatre Artists Residency Program. Rosen has taught at Northwestern University, University of Chicago, Brooklyn College and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, his alma mater.
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