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Opus

October 26, 2010 - November 14, 2010

By Michael Hollinger

Directed by Matthew Arbour

Making great art is never easy. Making it in perfect harmony might just be impossible. When one member of an esteemed string quartet is fired days before the most important performance of their career, the others must quickly find a replacement. Personalities clash, tensions rise, and the musicians grapple with how far they will go to achieve excellence. This play—about the shockingly difficult dynamics of a string quartet—has been called "vibrant", "astounding", and "truly remarkable." It is a passionate, smart, funny and moving story that resonates with the creative artist in all of us.

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Artists

Michael Hollinger
Michael Hollinger

Playwright

Mr. Hollinger is the author of Red Herring,Incorruptible, An Empty Plate in the Cafe du Grand Boeuf, and Tiny Island, all of which premiered at Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre Company and have together enjoyed productions around the country, off-Broadway, and abroad. These plays are all published by Dramatists Play Service. Tiny Island also appears in New Playwrights: Best Plays of 1999, published by Smith and Kraus. His latest play, Tooth and Claw, was commissioned by the Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Science and Technology Project, and received its world and New York premieres in the spring of 2004 at the Arden and EST, respectively. Michael has written seven touring plays for young audiences, as well as the 3D Laser Show Extreme Choices for New Jersey’s Liberty Science Center. For PBS, he has written three short films and co-authored the feature-length Philadelphia Diary. Awards include the Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center’s Fund for New Americ

Matthew Arbour

Director

Matthew’s work has been seen at PlayMakers Repertory Company, Chautauqua Theater Company, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Two River Theater Company, New Jersey Repertory, 78th Street Theatre Lab, Ohio Theater, Washington Ensemble Theater, Portland Stage Company, Hangar Theatre, Theatre at Monmouth, and the Penobscot Theatre Company among others. Matthew served as resident dramaturg and literary manager of Portland Stage Company from 1992 to 1998. He is a member of the First Look Theatre Company at NYU, an Associate Artist of the Washington Ensemble Theater, a Usual Suspect of New York Theatre Workshop, and Drama League Directing Fellow. MFA: University of Washington, Seattle.

Craig Baldwin *

Dorian

This is Craig’s first appearance at Two River. New York: Twelfth Night for NYSF/Public Theater at the Delacorte; Age of Iron, An Oresteia, The Tempest, Richard III and Richard II, Classic Stage Company; Septimus & Clarissa for Ripetime and Red Bull Theater; The Field for Irish Repertory Theater; Murder by Poe and Richard III for The Acting Company; The Passion of George W. Bush for NYCFringe and Joe’s Pub; and more. Regional: Repertory Theater of St. Louis, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Shakespeare & Company, Milwaukee Shakespeare, Connecticut Rep, Berkshire Theater Festival; and more. Screen: Title role in Charles Gilpatrick: Front Desk Clerk; and As the World Turns. Craig is the Associate Artistic Director at Red Bull Theater, an Associate Artist with Classic Stage Company, Resident Director of Outhouse Theatre Company and a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors’ Lab. Training: Juilliard.

Anjanette Hall *

Grace

Ms. Hall is proud to be making her Two River Theater Company debut in Opus. Credits include: Ilse in Spring Awakening, Sarah in J.B. with Red Stage Theatre Company; Emily in Our Town and Turtle in A Year with Frog and Toad with Cardinal Stage Company; Emma in Betrayal, Lydia in Big Love, Carol in Oleanna with Rutgers Theatre Company. Film/Television: Gretchen Huber on NBC’s ED, Josie in Be Still. Anjanette’s favorite role to date is mother to 6-year old Jack. BFA Western Michigan University, MFA Rutgers University.

Kevin Kelly *

Alan

Mr. Kelly is very happy to return to Two River Theater Company, having performed in Accidental Death of an Anarchist and All My Sons. New York appearances include Public Theater (The Brother/Sister Plays, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing) the Acting Company, HERE, Lincoln Center Institute, and 59E59. Regional appearances include Arena Stage, Great Lakes, the Guthrie Theatre, National Playwright’s Conference, Peterborough Players, Portland Stage, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, Triad Stage, and this past summer, The Adirondack Theater Festival. Film/TV—includes Law & Order, As the World Turns, All My Children, Guiding Light, One Life to Live. As an accordionist appearances include Erin and Her Cello, Zibaldone, and particular subway stations around the city. Education— NYU/Tisch Grad Acting. Member of Actors Equity.

Geoffrey Owens *

Carl

Theater: Salome (with Al Pacino); Romeo and Juliet (Romeo), As You Like It (Orlando) and Macbeth (Ross) at The Belasco Theater (director Estelle Parsons, producer Joseph Papp); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck), Timon of Athens, Pericles, Richard II at The New York Shakespeare Festival; Arms and the Man (Bluntschli) at Dallas Theater Center; Tartuffe (Valere) at Hartford Stage; The Misanthrope (Acaste) and Much Ado About Nothing (Don Pedro) at Long Wharf Theatre. Television: The Cosby Show, Boston Legal, Medium, Flash Forward, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Journeyman, Las Vegas, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Built to Last, and That’s So Raven. Film: The Paper (director Ron Howard); Play the Game (with Andy Griffith); Salomaybe? (director Al Pacino).

Saxon Palmer *

Elliot

Broadway: Three Sisters and Design For Living (Roundabout). Other NY theater: Measure for Pleasure (Public), Ohio State Murders, Merchant of Venice, and The Jew of Malta (TFANA), The Glass Cage (The Mint). Regional: The Pillowman (Wilma), Tonight at 8:30 (Williamstown), and Tragedy: a Tragedy (Eno, Inc.). TV/Film: The Dark Fields, various soaps. Education: FSU and Florida School of the Arts.

Lee Savage

Scenic Designer

New York: Jack’s Precious Moment (Page 73), Ordinary Days (Roundabout), Oohrah! (Atlantic), punkplay (Clubbed Thumb), End Days (EST), I (Heart) Kant, The Private Lives of Eskimos (Committee Theatre Company), Harvest (LaMaMa), and Go-Go Kitty Go! (Fringe NYC, Best Play Award). Regional: Alliance Theatre, Asolo Rep, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Centerstage, Chautauqua Theater Company, Cleveland Playhouse, Dallas Theater Center, Delaware Theatre Company, Ford’s Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, The Old Globe, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Trinity Repertory Company, Westport Country Playhouse and Yale Repertory Theatre; International: Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Jammer (Fringe First award). Awards: Helen Hayes Award Nomination (Richard III), and Connecticut Critics Circle Award (The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow); Affiliations: Wingspace Theatrical Design Group. Education: BFA from Rhode Island School of Design, MFA from Yale School of Drama.

Lesley Sorenson

Costume Designer

Ms. Sorenson is currently the costume shop supervisor for Two River Theater. Previous work includes: costume designs for Wrecks, My Name is Rachel Corrie, and Fifty Words at the Contemporary American Theater Festival, where she was also the costume shop manager for three seasons. Lesley also assisted Ann Hould-Ward for Anna Deavere-Smith’s Let Me Down Easy (world premiere) at Long Wharf Theatre. Other regional theater includes: Utah Shakespeare Festival, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Sonoma City Opera, Jean Cocteau Rep, and Phoenix Theatre Ensemble.

Tyler Micoleau

Lighting Designer

Two River Theater: Orestes A Tragic Romp, The Charlatan’s Seance. Other NJ credits: Little Foxes, The Bald Soprano, The Rivals (all with director Matthew Arbour, Shakespeare Theater of NJ). Notable New York Off-Broadway credits: That Face (MTC); When the Rain Stops Falling (Lucille Lortel Award, Lincoln Center Theater/Mitzi Newhouse); The Aliens (Rattlestick); Blasted (American Theatre Wing Hewes Award, Soho Rep); Hell House (Hewes nom., St. Ann’s Warehouse); Bug (Lucille Lortel and OBIE Awards, Barrow Street Theater); God’s Ear (New Georges/Vineyard Theatre); Orson’s Shadow (Barrow Street Theater); Underneath the Lintel (Soho Playhouse); and Mojo (Atlantic Theater). Regionally: American Repertory Theatre; Long Wharf; Trinity Rep; Old Globe; Shakespeare Theater; Dallas Theater Center; Playmakers; and many others. 2010 Village Voice OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence. Education: BA Bowdoin College. www.tylermicoleau.com

Zach Williamson

Sound Designer

Mr. Williamson is pleased to be designing again for Two River, where previous designs include You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, 26 Miles, ReEntry, Glass Menagerie, Charlatan’s Séance, Umbrellas of Cherbourg and House of Blue Leaves. Recent New York designs include Vanities (Judith Ivey, dir; Second Stage), Make Me A Song (R. Ruggiero, dir), White Women Street, The Aristocrats, The Master Builder, The Hairy Ape and 13 other productions at the Irish Rep, Secrets of a Soccer Mom (Judith Ivey, dir), and The Shape of Metal (Brian Murray, dir; Origin/59E59). As assistant designer on Broadway: The Ritz and Pal Joey (Roundabout). Regionally, he has designed for The 5th Avenue Seattle, Pasadena Playhouse, Roundhouse, Clarence Brown, Virginia Stage, Asolo, TheaterWorks Hartford, St. Louis Rep, Vermont Stage and Syracuse Stage. Zach is a member of United Scenic Artists, local 829.

Multimedia

Playbill

CREATING AN OPUS

“I am a violist by training and have played lots of chamber music, so the general dynamic of a small group working together to make music is very familiar to me…”

INSPIRING AN OPUS

One of inspirations for Opus was High Fidelity: The Adventures of the Guarneri String Quartet, a documentary about one of the most famous and long-lasting string quartets: the Guarneri quartet.