Guadalupe in the Guest Room
February 14, 2015 - March 15, 2015
By Tony Meneses
Directed by Daniella Topol
Marion Huber Theater
Guadalupe in the Guest Room tells the story of two people—with nothing in common but a shared grief—who bond in the most unexpected ways. Written by the rising young playwright Tony Meneses, the play is a deeply moving and very funny celebration of life, new beginnings, and the healing power of telenovelas.
“Guadalupe in the Guest Room soars” – The Star Ledger
“First-class production” – Two River Times
“Engrossing, Sensitive and Humorous” – Talkin’ Broadway
"Get your tickets now. Guadalupe in the Guest Room is a treasure on the Red Bank stage." – Broadwayworld.com
Approximate Running Time: 90 minutes
Deonna Bouye (Raquel) is delighted to be making her Two River Theater debut. Her New York appearances include Ars Nova, Playwrights Horizons, The Lark Theater, Atlantic Theater Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Project Y Theatre, Ugly Rhino Productions, The People’s Improv Theater (The PIT) and Page 73. Regional credits include Clybourne Park and Safe House (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Weston Playhouse), How We Got On (Actors Theatre of Louisville-Humana Festival and B Street Theatre), Alligator and Tall Girls (Eugene O’Neill Theater Center), Wonder of the World (Iowa Summer Rep) and Barrio Grrrl (The Kennedy Center). Her film and television credits include Brazzaville Teenager starring Michael Cera and a promo spot on the Oxygen Network. Ms. Bouye received her MFA in acting from the University of Iowa. For more information, visit www.deonnabouye.com.
Alfredo Huereca (Roberto) is an actor and the founder of Bridge Playhouse. He has produced and starred in the following stage productions: Cayendo con Victoriano (Off-Broadway), Muerte Subita (Off-Off-Broadway), SOLO (Miami-Dade County Auditorium), and Cadena Perpetua (Microtheatre, Miami), a play he also wrote and directed. Other New York theater credits include: La Cena, Caprichos (IATI); Blood Wedding, Life Is a Dream, Mojiganga, Innocent Erendira, Dominican Serenade (Repertorio Espanol), One Hour Without Television (Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre), Papa (Lincoln Center), Death of the Mind (HERE Arts Center), Venus of Lespugue (Tribeca Performing Arts). Regional credits include: Chicago Boys (Goodman), Kiss of the Spider Woman (Alliance), Magical Mystery Mall (Hyde Park Theatre), Birth and After Birth (Capitol City Playhouse), Johnny on a Spot (Different Stages), Macbeth (Black Wolf Productions), The Learned Ladies, Yerma (University of Texas). International theater credits include: The Knight of Olmedo, The Miracle Worker, Candide, The Pushcart Peddlers, Hotel Savoy’s Dandy (Mexico). His recent film and TV credits include: Cosita Linda, Ruta 35, and Voltea Pa Que Te Enamores (Univision/Venevision). Other film /TV includes: Blank Check, Deadline, Witness to the Execution, Wonderland, and Cosby. He received Best Actor recognition by the Latin-ACE and HOLA (Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors) in 1998, 2011, 2012 and 2013, among many other honors for his performances. Television audiences voted him Best Supporting Actor on a Soap Opera in Venezuela, 2014, for his participation in Cosita Linda. He has written a film adaptation of his play, Cadena Perpetua, which will soon go into production. Guadalupe in the Guestroom marks his debut at Two River Theater.
Socorro Santiago (Guadalupe) is thrilled to be at Two River Theater (debut)! She has performed on Broadway in The Bacchae (Circle in the Square) and Off-Broadway at the 59E59 Theaters, LARK, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theater, Naked Angels, Ohio theatre, HERE, La MaMa and INTAR, where she recently performed in Jose Rivera’s Adoration of the Old Woman. She is also working with Jose Rivera on his play Another Word for Beauty, an ongoing project that was recently seen at the Goodman Theatre (director Steve Cosson). She just returned from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts where she worked on Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. At the Sundance Theatre Lab, she worked on Matthew Paul Olmos’ So Go the Ghosts of Mexico Part II; The Good Book by Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson; and with Quiara Alegria Hudes (winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize) on the musical adaptation of Like Water for Chocolate. Regional credits include the world premiere of Luis Alfaro’s Mojada, directed by Chay Yew at Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theatre; and Long Wharf Theatre’s productions of Macbeth 1969, adapted by Eric Ting, and John Patrick Shanley’s Italian American Reconciliation, directed by Eric Ting. Socorro earned an Independent Reviewers of New England actress nomination for her role in Boleros for the Disenchanted by Jose Rivera at the Huntington Theatre. Film credits include The Other Woman, Ornament of Faith, Order of Redemption, All Good Things, and Freedomland, among many. Numerous television appearances include Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, Unforgettable, Bored to Death, Third Watch, and all the Law & Orders. She received an American Latino Media Arts (ALMA) Award for her work as Isabella Santos on All My Children.
Charles Socarides (Steve) is thrilled to be making his Two River debut. Recent credits include John Logan’s Red opposite Tim Daly at Dorset Theatre Festival, Twelfth Night with Pig Iron Theatre and the indie film Bad Hurt. New York credits include Sons of the Prophet, The Marriage of Bette and Boo (both with Roundabout); Trust (Second Stage); Indian Blood (Primary Stages); The Rise and Fall of Annie Hall (Stage 13); Awake and Sing! (Belasco Theatre); Old Money (Lincoln Center). Regional: The Dining Room (Westport); Lulu (Yale Rep); Seminar (City Theatre). TV: Elementary, Person of Interest, Law & Order, Guiding Light. Film: In Lieu of Flowers, Breaking Upwards, The Missing Person, Virgin. Charlessocarides.com.
Tony Meneses (Playwright) is absolutely excited to be working with Two River on this World-Premiere production, and is looking forward to working together more on his current new play commission! Previous productions include Las Hermanas Padilla through Chicago’s DCA Storefront Theatre and The Boy in Black through Chicago Fusion Theatre. He is currently a 2015/2016 Ars Nova Play Group Resident Playwright and a 2014/2015 Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow, and his work has been previously developed at Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Claque, and the LARK Playwrights’ Week. He is the recipient of The Kennedy Center ACTF Latino Playwriting Award and was a finalist for the National Latino Playwriting Award. Alumni: Youngblood at the Ensemble Studio Theatre. MFA: Iowa Playwrights Workshop. BA: The University of Texas at Austin.
Daniella Topol (Director) is thrilled to be back at Two River after directing A Wind in the Willows Christmas last season. Daniella’s recent world-premiere productions include: Martyna Majok’s Ironbound (Steppenwolf Theatre); Cori Thomas’ When January Feels Like Summer (EST/P73); Rachel Bonds’ Five Mile Lake (South Coast Rep); Jessica Dickey’s Row After Row (Women’s Project) and Charles Ives Take Me Home (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre), Catherine Trieschmann’s How the World Began (South Coast Rep; Women’s Project), Rajiv Joseph’s Monster at the Door (Alley Theatre), Sheila Callaghan’s Dead City (New Georges), Lloyd Suh’s Jesus in India (Magic Theatre; Ma-Yi Theatre), Willy Holtzman’s The Morini Strad (City Theatre, PA), Stefanie Zadravec’s The Electric Baby (Quantum Theatre), Janet Allard and Niko Tsakalakos’ Pool Boy (Barrington Stage), Carla Ching’s The Sugar House at the Edge of the Wilderness (Ma-Yi), Caridad Svich’s Instructions for Breathing (Passage Theatre), and Sheila Callaghan’s Lascivious Something (Women’s Project/Cherry Lane). Formerly the Artistic Program Director of the Lark Play Development Center and New Works Program Director of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, Daniella is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon, an NYTW Usual Suspect, EST Member, and member of the Board of the Lark Play Development Center. Daniella lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.
Marion Williams (Set Designer) is pleased to be returning to Two River, where she designed the scenery and costumes for Barefoot in the Park and ReEntry as well as the scenery for The Glass Menagerie and the costumes for 26 Miles. New York credits include MCC Theater, Mint Theater Company, The Juilliard School, Jose Limon Dance Company, Manhattan School of Music, Parsons Dance, Performance Space 122, Primary Stages, and The Women’s Project. Regional credits include McCarter Theatre Center, CenterStage, Alliance Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, South Coast Rep, Old Globe, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Round House Theatre, PlayMakers Rep, Barrington Stage, Triad Stage, The Folger Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Cincinnati Ballet, Louisville Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Sacramento Theatre Company, the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and Williamstown Theatre Festival. International credits include Hochschule fur Musik und Theater (Leipzig, Germany) and Introdans (Holland). MFA University of Washington. Princess Grace Award and a Princess Grace Special Projects Grant recipient.
Karen Perry (Costume Designer) previously designed Third, Trouble in Mind and August Wilson’s Jitney and Two Trains Running at Two River. Recent credits include The Happiest Song Plays Last (Second Stage); Clybourne Park, A Raisin in the Sun (Dallas Theater Center); stop. reset. and The Piano Lesson (Signature); Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (dir. Phylicia Rashad, Mark Taper); the 10th Anniversary production of Crowns, written and dir. by Regina Taylor (Goodman); Pearl Cleage’s Blues for an Alabama Sky, dir. Sheldon Epps (Pasadena Playhouse); John Grisham’s A Time to Kill, dir. Ethan McSweeny (Arena); Regina Taylor’s Trinity River Plays, dir. McSweeny (Dallas Theater Center, Goodman); The Trip to Bountiful, Walter Mosley’s The Fall of Heaven, dir. Marion McClinton (Cincinnati Playhouse); The Brother/Sister Plays by Tarell McCraney, dir. Tina Landau (The Public) and Landau and Robert O’Hara (McCarter); Things of Dry Hours by Naomi Wallace (NYTW); Having Our Say, written and dir. by Emily Mann (McCarter); and Resurrection by Daniel Beaty (Arena). She has designed eight of the 10 August Wilson plays including: Gem of the Ocean, The Piano Lesson, King Hedley II, Radio Golf, Two Trains Running, and Seven Guitars. Honors include: three NAACP Image Awards (Joe Turner, Blues for Alabama Sky, Rosa Parks Story), six AUDELCO Awards, Chicago’s Ira Aldridge Award 2012, Ovation TV Theatre Award 2013, the 2007 San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award, the 2006 “Woodie” Award, and the 2005 National Black Theatre Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award; as well as Henry Hewes and Lortel nominations. Select film/TV credits include: Gregory Hines Show, Saturday Night Live, and The Brother from Another Planet by director John Sayles.
Jiyoun Chang (Lighting Designer) Credits: brownsville song (b-side for tray) (Lincoln Center Theater LCT3), The World Is Round (BAM Fisher Space, OBIE Award Special Citation in Lighting Design), The Unfortunates, Troilus and Cressida (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), The Dance and the Railroad (Signature Theatre, Wuzhen International Festival in China); T. 1912, Peter and the Wolf (Guggenheim Museum), Dirty Blonde, Anna Christie, Tennessee Playboy, A Doll’s House (Triad Stage), Light Within (Carnegie Hall); Our Planet (Japan Society); I came to look for you on Tuesday by Chiori Miyagawa (La MaMa); Pinter Project, Cowboy Mouth, and The Poor of New York (collaborations with Tyne Rafaeli). MFA in Design at Yale School of Drama. http://jiyounchang.com/
Jane Shaw (Sound Designer) previously designed Pinkolandia at Two River Theater. New York credits include The Killer, Tamburlaine (Theatre for a New Audience); Red Dog Howls (New York Theatre Workshop); London Wall (The Mint); Jackie (Women’s Project); Grounded (Page 73); The Rivals (The Pearl). Regional credits include The Brothers Size (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Hamlet (Hartford Stage); All in the Timing (Dorset Theatre Festival); 4000 Miles (Asolo Rep); and The Little Foxes (Cleveland Play House). Next: Don Juan at The Pearl, Crimes of the Heart, Triad Stage. Recognition: Bessie Award, Henry Award, Premios ACE 2012, Meet the Composer grant, Theatre Communications Group’s Career Development Program, and nominations for two Lortels, Connecticut Critics Circle, Henry Hewes and Elliot Norton awards. She was born in Kansas and currently lives in Brooklyn.
Erin Hicks (Wig Designer) was born in New York City and grew up in Harlem. Her love for hairstyling began when she was a high school junior and was offered a job working as a hair assistant on The Winter’s Tale at the New York Shakespeare Festival, starring Alfre Woodard, Mandy Patinkin, and Diane Venora. She continued onto other shows working with such talents as Gloria Foster, Helen Hunt, Don Cheadle and Morgan Freeman. By the time she left NYSF she was Supervisor of the hit Broadway show Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk. Over the last 20 years she has worked on various Broadway, film and TV shows such as Cyrano, Ragtime, Fosse, A Christmas Carol, Beauty & the Beast, The Lion King, The Sopranos, NY Minute, Rescue Me, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Law Abiding Citizen, The Lovely Bones, The Bounty Hunter, Gravity, Madea's Big Happy Family, Are We There Yet, Don’t Trust the B* In Apt. 23, Elementary. She has held the position of Department Head Hair on The Architect, Ira & Abby, Shame, Begin Again, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, That Awkward Moment, Black Nativity, The Cobbler, Friends of the People. Erin had the great opportunity to style the hair of Keira Knightley, Mila Kunis, Carey Mulligan, Diahann Carroll, Angela Bassett, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Nicole Beharie, Telma Hopkins, Adam Sandler, Michael Fassbender, Zac Efron, Mos Def, and Bill Bellamy to name a few.
J. Steven White
J. Steven White (Fight Director) is pleased to return to Two River (where he previously fight directed Camelot, On Borrowed Time and As You Like It) and to be working again with his former colleagues from productions at The Public Theater, where his fight work has been seen in 22 shows including Julius Caesar, The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, King Lear, A Language of Their Own, and Cymbeline with Liev Schreiber and Michael C. Hall, whom Mr. White trained at NYU Graduate Acting. Broadway credits include The Pillowman, Bombay Dreams, Uncle Vanya, A View from the Bridge, Golden Child, The Lion in Winter, All My Sons, as well as Shogun: The Musical (Assistant Director). His fights have been seen on the stages of every major New York theater including MTC, CSC, Playwrights Horizons, Roundabout, and the Irish Repertory Theatre. He has worked at McCarter on six productions including The Convert most recently. Mr. White spent 11 seasons at American Conservatory Theater, where he began his teaching career 43 years ago. He is on the faculties of the Stella Adler Studio and the Graduate Acting Program at NYU-Tisch. He wants to go on record that he is in love with Red Bank and the Jersey Shore.
Rosie Berrido (Dialect Coach) is a native New Yorker of Hispanic parents. A graduate of the School for Film and Television and NYU, she is a bilingual coach and audiobook narrator for the Library of Congress. Her clients include actors that have made appearances on Law & Order, Blue Bloods, What Would You Do?, POWER, The Bridge, Mountain Dew campaigns, A Bicycle Country, and numerous independent films, as well as business professionals and journalists for NBCLatino.com, Latina Magazine, HBO Latino. Rosie also prepares acting students for admissions audition to colleges in the US. She is best known for having translated and adapted to the Spanish language John Leguizamo’s Broadway hit Ghetto Klown (for his Latin-American tour 2012-2013) and she still coaches for Mr. Leguizamo’s production company. As an actress she is the recipient of 6 HOLA awards, a NY State Citation Award and the Pan-Pacific Film Award (Best actress in a Drama), and she has appeared in over 75 theater productions in English and Spanish in New York and abroad. She is currently an active member of the Spanish Repertory Theater in New York City and a member of the Broadways Leagues’ VIVA Broadway initiative. Rosie is the Owner and Founder of Rosie’s Rules.com - Bilingual acting and diction coaching in the Tri-State area.
Zoe E. Rotter
Zoe E. Rotter (Casting Director) Broadway: Waiting for Godot/No Man's Land and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. West End: Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Regional: Pinkolandia and Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England (Two River Theater!), Wild Swans (A.R.T./Young Vic). World Tour: Einstein on the Beach. Film: The ADK, Ce sentiment de l'ete (NY Casting), The Girl in The Book, To Whom It May Concern, BearCity, Socks and Bonds (short), Just the Three of Us (short) and Mountain Low (short). Zoe is also in her fifth season of casting Symphony Space’s reading series ‘Selected Shorts.’
Production Stage Manager
Kate Croasdale (Production Stage Manager) is delighted to return to Two River after stage managing The Tricky Part and All the Rage. Broadway: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Ghost the Musical, Relatively Speaking, Dead Accounts. Other New York credits include: The Band Wagon (City Center Encores!), When January Feels Like Summer (Ensemble Studio Theatre & The Women’s Project), Charles Ives Take Me Home (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater). Thanks to Jamie for his love and support.