A Thousand Clowns
February 1, 2011 - February 20, 2011
By Herb Gardner
Directed by Davis McCallum
An uproarious, subversive and delightful comedy about a whip-smart kid who lives with his far-from-conventional uncle in 1960s New York. When child services knocks on his door, Uncle Murray is forced to make a decision: hold on to the kid, or hold on to his life of free-spirited fun. A Tony Award winner and classic movie with Jason Robards, this heart-warming tale is brought to the Two River stage with humor, vigor, and a fresh new spirit.
Mr. Gardner received a 1963 Tony Award nomination for A Thousand Clowns, which was his Broadway debut, and won the Variety Critics Poll as Outstanding New Playwright. For his 1965 film adaptation of the play, he won the Best Screenplay Award from the Writers Guild and received Academy Award nominations for Best Screenplay and Best Picture. Gardner received the 1986 Tony Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and John Gassner Playwriting Award for I’m Not Rappaport and was a 1992 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Conversations with My Father. One of the contributing writers to Free to Be…You and Me, he wrote the screenplays for Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?, which starred Dustin Hoffman, and adaptations of his plays I’m Not Rappaport, The Goodbye People (both of which he also directed) and Thieves. At the beginning of his career he wrote a comic strip, “The Nebbishes,” which started in the Chicago Tribune and was syndicat
Mr. McCallum directed Namaste Man at Two River earlier this season as part of the “Flashes of Brilliance” series. Recent work in New York includes the world premieres of Sam Hunter’s A Bright New Boise (Partial Comfort) and Five Genocides (Clubbed Thumb), Greg Moss’s punkplay (Clubbed Thumb), Charles Mee’s Queens Boulevard (Signature), Quiara Alegria Hudes’ Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue (P73; Pulitzer Prize finalist), Laura Marks’ Unbound: The Journals of Fanny Kemble, and Rob Urbinati’s West Moon Street (both Prospect Theater). For the Acting Company, he directed The Turn of the Screw (adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher), Jane Eyre (adapted by Polly Teale) and Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Henry V, the last of which was co-produced by The Guthrie and presented in New York at the New Victory. Regional credits include Itamar Moses’ Back Back Back (world premiere, Old Globe), The Belle’s Stratagem (Oregon Shakespeare Fest
Crystal Finn *
New York: Five Genocides (Clubbed Thumb); What Happened To Bill Viola? (Ars Nova); Brack’s Last Bachelor Party, Crime and Punishment (59E59 Theaters); Cooler (The Chocolate Factory); With Claws and Beak (3LD). Regional credits include Beasley’s Christmas Party (Merrimack Repertory); The Cherry Orchard (Trinity Repertory); Henry V, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Illinois Shakespeare); Merton of the Movies, The Hollow (Dorset Theatre Festival); Speech and Debate, Power of Sail (Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep). Crystal received her MFA from the Brown/Trinity Consortium in 2007.
Matthew Gumley *
Mr. Gumley is so excited to be performing here at the Two River Theater! Broadway: Elf (Original Michael Hobbs) The Addams Family (Original Broadway Cast), Mary Poppins (Original Michael Banks), Beauty and the Beast (Chip). Off-Broadway: Distracted (Roundabout, starring alongside Cynthia Nixon). Film: Artie Lange’s Beer League and the upcoming Summer Child. TV: Law & Order: SVU, Drake and Josh, Dora the Explorer (voice of Benny the Bull, regular), The Wonder Pets (recurring), All My Children. TV performances: The Late Show with David Letterman, The View, The Daily Show, Live with Regis and Kelly. Proud member of AEA, SAG, AFTRA. To Nancy Carson, Marc Lewis, my family, friends and teachers, thank you.
Brad Heberlee *
Off-Broadway/New York: This Beautiful City (Vineyard Theatre/The Civilians), The Thugs (Soho Rep), (I am) Nobody’s Lunch (The Civilians), Man Is Man (Prospect Theatre Company). Regional: Frost/Nixon (Arkansas Rep); This Beautiful City (Humana Festival/Center Theatre Group/Studio Theatre); The Sweetest Swing In Baseball (Denver Center Theatre Company); I Am My Own Wife, David Copperfield (Weston Playhouse); 36 Views (Huntington Theatre); Hay Fever (CENTERSTAGE); Serious Money (Yale Rep); Amadeus (Syracuse Stage/Virginia Stage/Geva Theatre); A Christmas Carol (McCarter Theatre/Actors Theatre of Louisville); Candida, Measure for Measure (Sacramento Theatre Company); The Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice (Idaho Shakespeare Festival). Brad is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.
Lou Liberatore *
Mr. Liberatore is proud to be making his Two River debut. Broadway: Burn This (Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award nominations), As Is. Off Broadway: Ensemble Studio Theatre, Lark Theatre, Vineyard Theatre, Naked Angels, Orpheum, Manhattan Theatre Club, Circle Repertory Company. London: Burn This. Regional: The Diary of Anne Frank, That Championship Season (Westport Country Playhouse); Twelve Angry Men (Pioneer Theatre); Arsenic & Old Lace (CENTERSTAGE); Danton’s Death (Alley); Wait Until Dark, The Odd Couple (Shadow Lawn); Burn This (Steppenwolf). Film/TV: It’s My Party, Honey, I Shrunk the Audience (Epcot), Nurse Jackie, Sex and the City, Law & Order, Who’s the Boss?, Tales of the City, Original Sin. Education: Fordham University at Lincoln Center; Circle Repertory Company; William Esper. Lou is a Board Member of ReVision Theatre in Asbury Park (www.revisiontheatre.org).
Michael Nathanson *
Mr. Nathanson is thrilled to be making his Two River debut! Theater credits include: The Lion King (National Tour: Timon, Ed the Hyena, Zazu); Romeo and Juliet (Tybalt, Lincoln Center/Hangar Theater); The Flight of Icarus (Ohio Theatre, Ice Factory Festival); Stage Blood (John Houseman Theatre); God & Mr. Smith (Mint Theatre); Don’t Hug Me and tempOdyssey (NJ Rep); the title role of Hamlet, dir. Josh Gladstone, Ishmael in Moby Dick Rehearsed, dir. Tony Walton, w/Peter Boyle (Guild Hall, NY); God of Desire (InterAct Theatre, Philly). Film/TV includes: 30 Rock, Law & Order, Rescue Me, and the upcoming Generation Um (w/Keanu Reeves) and Young Adult (dir. Jason Reitman). His latest film, Time Freak, recently played the AFI Festival in LA. He has also appeared in numerous national commercials and voiceovers. This spring he will play Prince Hal in his multimedia, co-adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Parts 1&2 at Theatre Row in NYC. Training: Northwestern, RADA, Ba
Nick Sullivan *
Broadway: Footloose, White Liars/Black Comedy, and The Moliere Comedies. Off- Broadway: Lone Star Love. Nick has worked extensively in regional theaters including the New York and New Jersey Shakespeare Festivals, Paper Mill Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera House, Cleveland Play House, GEVA, Virginia Stage Company, Fulton Opera House, North Shore Music Theatre, 5th Avenue Theatre, Theater Under the Stars, Theatre on the Square, and the Shakespeare Theatre of DC. Television: 30 Rock, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: SVU, Spin City, Hope & Faith, All My Children, Guiding Light, One Life to Live, The Onion News Network. Film: Prison Song, Puccini for Beginners, Grave of the Fireflies, My Idiot Brother. Nick has recorded more than 300 audiobooks, receiving five Earphones Awards.
Stage credits include A Bright New Boise (Partial Comfort, The Wild Project); American Treasure (13P, the Paradise Factory); MilkMilkLemonade (The Management, Under St. Marks); Franklin (Arclight); Babes in Toyland (Ice Factory ‘09, Ohio Theatre); Seven.11Convenience Theatre (Center Stage, Desipina & Co.); This is the Peaceable Kingdom, The Pronoun ‘I’, Liberty Differed (Target Margin Labs at the Bushwick Starr and the Chocolate Factory); The Woman (Riverside Church, Columbia University); Dot, Vendetta Chrome (Ohio Theatre, Clubbed Thumb Summer Works); Vaidehi and Isaac and Ishmael (Chautauqua Theater); The Clean House and Canticle (NYU Tisch School of the Arts); The Crucible (Ursinus College, Penn.); Anything Goes and Closer Than Ever (Civic Light Opera, Seattle); Hedda Gabler, Hansel and Gretel, Fen, and The Cripple of Inishmaan (Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle). Jason earned his MFA from NYU, Tisch School of the Arts in the Department of Design for Stage
Previous Two River credits include: Orestes: A Tragic Romp, A Year with Frog and Toad, and The Underpants. Syracuse Stage: Rent, Fiddler on the Roof, Bug, Big River (co-design), and The Santaland Diaries (set and costumes). Long Wharf Theatre: A Doll’s House, The Fantasticks, Athol Fugard’s Coming Home (world premiere), The Price, and The Santaland Diaries (set design). Regional credits: Arena Stage, Dallas Theater Center, CENTERSTAGE, Berkeley Rep, Portland Center Stage, Folger Theatre, Yale Rep, Shakespeare & Company, People’s Light & Theatre Company, and Actors Theatre of Louisville, among others. Select New York credits: The Play Company, Second Stage, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Pearl Theatre. MFA: Yale School of Drama. Awards: 2007 NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Theatre Designers.
Two River Theater: The Underpants, Salome, Old Wicked Songs, Arms and the Man. NYC: Atlantic Theater Company, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Ars Nova, Edge Theater, Katharsis, Lincoln Center, The Play Company, Playwrights Horizons, The Public/ LAByrinth, MCC, Rattlestick, Second Stage, Theatreworks USA. Regional: Baltimore’s CENTERSTAGE, Bay Street, Cleveland Play House, Dallas Theater Center, Ford’s Theatre, Goodman, Huntington, New York Stage and Film, Old Globe, Shakespeare Theatre, Westport Playhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Yale Repertory Theatre. Graduate: University of Massachusetts, and the Yale School of Drama. matthewrichardsdesign.com.
Sound Designer/Original Music
Broadway scores and/or sound designs include The Coast of Utopia (Outstanding Music for a Play, Drama Desk Award; Sound Design, Henry Hewes Award), Driving Miss Daisy,A Steady Rain, Henry IV, Golda’s Balcony, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Goat, A View from the Bridge. Off-Broadway: credits at Lincoln Center Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, and The Public Theater include Mad Forest; Light Shining in Buckinghamshire; Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them; My Children! My Africa!; Valhalla, and scoring ten Shakespeare productions for The Public Theater. Sam Mendes’ The Bridge Project (BAM, Old Vic, international tours). Regional: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (La Jolla Playhouse), An Iliad (McCarter), Dead End (Williamstown/Mark Taper Forum), and The House of Bernarda Alba (Mark Taper). Honors include the OBIE for Sustained Excellence in Sound Design, Bessie, Ovation, Robbie and Garland Awards; and ten Drama Desk nominations.
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