THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY
February 17, 2018 - March 18, 2018
By Thornton Wilder
Adapted for the stage by David Greenspan
Directed by Ken Rus Schmoll
WORLD-PREMIERE | MARION HUBER THEATER
We can't always see what connects us.
Thornton Wilder won three Pulitzer Prizes: two for the classic American plays Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth, and one for his novel, The Bridge of San Luis Rey. This quiet masterpiece—a dazzling rumination on the nature of love—will be brought to life on stage by a troupe of actors led by one of the singular figures in the American theater: writer and actor David Greenspan, the winner of five Obie Awards.
“An outstanding opportunity to experience Thornton Wilder's touching masterpiece.”—Broadway World
“It is a whimsical fairytale about big themes like love, longing, loss, and loneliness, but it is first a paean to the joys and powers of words.”—The Star-Ledger
“Give Mr. Greenspan considerable credit for his venturesome daring: adapting a novel that Wilder thought beyond the reach of the stage.”—The Wall Street Journal
Sumaya Bouhbal is thrilled to be performing at Two River Theater. Sumaya’s credits include Runaways, the Encores! production at New York City Center, and Jessa in the off-Broadway production of A Civil War Christmas at New York Theatre Workshop. Sumaya also performed in The TEAM’s Primer for a Failed Superpower concert, directed by Rachel Chaikin, and she co-starred as the Puerto Rican girl in the Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle. Sumaya would like to send a special thank you to her family, manager Achilles Tsakiridis (Prestige Management), agent John Shea (FBI), and singing coach Daniel Orama (Vocal Production Studios) for their love and continued support.
David Greenspan has acted in his plays The Home Show Pieces, Dead Mother, She Stoops to Comedy, The Argument, The Myopia, Go Back to Where You Are and I’m Looking for Helen Twelvetrees—and in premieres by David Adjmi, Sarah Ruhl, Adam Rapp, Stephin Merritt, William Hoffman, Terrence McNally, David Grimm, Kathleen Tolan, Richard Foreman and Mac Wellman. He has performed solo renditions of Eugene O’Neill’s Strange Interlude, Barry Conners’ 1925 comedy The Patsy, Gertrude Stein’s lecture Plays and a program of Stein lectures and a playlet entitled Composition…Master-Pieces…Identity. He enjoys close collaborative relationships with directors David Herskovits, Leigh Silverman and Jack Cummings III—and is the recipient of Guggenheim and Fox fellowships, Alpert, Lambda Literary and Helen Merrill Playwriting awards and five Obies.
Zachary Infante, a native of Roselle Park, New Jersey, is grateful to be making his Two River debut. Off-Broadway: Big River (dir. Lear deBessonet) and Do I Hear a Waltz? (dir. Evan Cabnet), both for New York City Center’s Encores!; Pericles (dir. Trevor Nunn), Tamburlaine the Great (Drama Desk nomination, Outstanding Revival of a Play, dir. Michael Boyd), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Francis Flute, dir. Julie Taymor), all for Theatre for a New Audience. Regional & International: Rent at Cas di Cultura, Aruba’s National Theatre (Angel, dir. Nicola Murphy); Fingersmith at the American Repertory Theater (dir. Bill Rauch); Somewhere at Hartford Stage (dir. Giovanna Sardelli); Peter Pan at Paper Mill Playhouse (dir. Mark Hoebee). Film & TV: School of Rock (dir. Richard Linklater); Carrie Kilby (dir. Susan Johnson); Alpha House; Gotham. BFA in Drama from NYU Tisch (CAP21 & ETW). A great many thanks to Ken, David, John and the TRT family for the opportunity to join The Bridge. He maintains love and gratitude for his family, friends, this cast, crew, and the team at Abrams Artists. “Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.” www.zacharyinfante.com, @zachinfante
Elizabeth Ramos made her Two River debut last season in The Women of Padilla. Off-Broadway: The Surgeon and her Daughters (Cherry Lane Theatre, dir. Adrienne Campbell-Holt); The Idea of Me (Cherry Lane Theatre, dir. Jose Mayas); and A Month in the Country (Classic Stage Company, dir. Erica Schmidt). Regional: Fade (TheaterWorks, dir. Jerry Ruíz); Deferred Action (Dallas Theater Center, dir. David Lozano); Sleep Rock Thy Brain (Actors Theatre of Louisville, dir. Amy Attaway). Previous credits include Romeo and Juliet; Odilia; and Sonnets for an Old Century. Training: Actors Theatre of Louisville Apprenticeship and California State University, Fullerton. Liz would like to thank Two River Theater for letting her be a part of such an extraordinary family. And to her husband, her bridge…Kenji.
Don Andrés de Ribera/Captain Alvarado/Don Vicente/Jaime/Inez
Steven Rattazzi previously appeared at Two River in The School for Wives. Broadway: Indecent. Off-Broadway: The Black Crook (Abrons Arts); Indecent (Vineyard); Henry V w/Liev Schreiber (Public Theater); Galileo w/F. Murray Abraham; The Tempest w/Mandy Patinkin (CSC); Stunning (Lincoln Center); Dinner Party (Target Margin); Painted Snake on a Painted Chair (Obie); McGurk (ERS); Richard Foreman’s Samuel’s Major Problems (Ontological). Regional: Seder (Hartford Stage); Indecent (Yale Rep/La Jolla Playhouse); Marie Antoinette (ART/Yale Rep); The Livelong of J. Robert Oppenheimer (Cincinnati Playhouse). Film: The Family. TV: Venture Brothers.
Mary Lou Rosato
Broadway: Once Upon a Mattress, 1996 (Queen Aggravain), School for Scandal (National Actors Theatre), My Life as a Fairytale (Lincoln Center Festival), The Suicide, The Inspector General, The Robber Bridegroom, Beggar’s Opera, Measure for Measure, The Time of Your Life, The Three Sisters. Off-Broadway: The Skin of Our Teeth, Henry the 5th (TFANA), Government Inspector (Red Bull), The Winter’s Tale, The Misanthrope (CSC), Mother Courage, The Cradle Will Rock, Ten by Tennessee, School for Scandal (Drama Desk Award). Regional: Guthrie (Candide), Yale Rep (The Alchemist, Elizabeth: Almost By Chance a Woman), ART (The Miser), Shakespeare Theatre, Washington (Witch of Edmonton and King Lear), Cincinnati Playhouse (Medea), Seattle Rep (Misanthrope, Coming of Age in Soho), McCarter (Triumph of Love, Changes of Heart, Mirandolina), Old Globe San Diego (The Hostage), Williamstown Theatre Festival (Camino Real), Baltimore Center Stage (Roza), Berkshire Theatre Festival (High Spirits), St. Nicholas Theater Company (Curse of an Aching Heart—Jeff Award, Primary English Class), Playwrights Lab at Sundance, SCR (The Clean House), Mark Taper (Changes of Heart). Film: Quiz Show, Hudsucker Proxy, The Wedding Banquet, Two Bits, Spike of Bensonhurst, Brenda Starr, Illuminata. TV: Titus (Nurse Kathy), Law & Order: SVU, and Caroline in the City, Warehouse 13, The Lot, Miami Vice, Stone Pillow with Lucille Ball. Juilliard Drama (Group 1) under John Houseman and Michel St. Denis. Founding member: The Acting Company. Faculty Emerita—California Institute of the Arts.
Bradley James Tejeda
Bradley James Tejeda recently appeared in Two River Theatre’s production of El Coqui Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom as Alex/El Coqui. From San Antonio, TX, he obtained a B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of the Incarnate Word in 2013, then recently graduated from the Yale School of Drama in 2016. Bradley will be playing Ralph in a stage adaptation of Lord of the Flies at Nebraska Repertory Theatre in Lincoln, Nebraska in April. The power of Love itself doesn’t happen accidentally, but it does desperately desire to become intention. Be patient, the power of loving yourself and another profoundly with an undying purpose to master the tight-rope walk of love itself—connecting the lands of the living and the dead—is primary. To love, is to live. To live with. That is primary. Before we can live for another, we must learn to love. Profoundly, courageously, faithfully. Convivir! Conjunto! Con el Mundo!
Select theater credits include Cute Activist (The Bushwick Starr); Far Away (Sharon Playhouse); Minor Character (Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival; Invisible Dog; Sharon Playhouse); The World My Mama Raised (Clubbed Thumb Summerworks); the feels (KMS) (American AF Festival/New Ohio); Choice (Huntington, IRNE nom for Best Supporting Actress); PlayMoney (La MaMa ETC); Tall Women in Clogs (Edinburgh Fringe). Film/web includes Whatever this is., Snow Day, The Outs, Peacekeepers. Readings and developmental work with Playwrights Horizons, LCT3, New York Theatre Workshop, Clubbed Thumb, Ars Nova, Playwrights Realm, Drama League, New Group, The Lark, Huntington, and more. Madeline is a founder of New Saloon Theater Co and a member of the Actors Center. madelinewise.com.
Thornton Niven Wilder
Thornton Niven Wilder (1897-1975) Born in Madison, Wisconsin, and educated at Oberlin, Yale (B.A. 1920) and Princeton (M.A. 1925), Thornton Wilder was an accomplished novelist and playwright whose works, exploring the connection between the commonplace and the cosmic dimensions of human experience, continue to be read and produced around the world. Wilder is the only writer to win Pulitzer Prizes for both fiction and drama—for his novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1927) and two plays, Our Town (1938) and The Skin of Our Teeth (1942). His other novels include The Cabala, The Woman of Andros, Heaven’s My Destination, The Ides of March, The Eighth Day and Theophilus North. His other major dramas include The Matchmaker (adapted as the musical Hello, Dolly!) and The Alcestiad. The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden, The Long Christmas Dinner and Pullman Car Hiawatha are among his celebrated shorter plays. Wilder also enjoyed success as an essayist, translator, research scholar, teacher, lecturer, actor, librettist and screenwriter. His screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt (1943) remains a classic psycho-thriller to this day. Wilder’s many honors include the Gold Medal for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the National Book Committee’s Medal for Literature, The Order of Merit (Peru), and the Goethe-Plakette (Germany). In 1930, with royalties received from The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Wilder built a home for himself and his family in Hamden, CT. Although often away from it for as many as 250 days a year, restlessly seeking quiet places in which to write, Thornton Wilder always returned to “The House The Bridge Built.” He died here on December 7th, 1975. More information on Thornton Wilder and his family is available in Penelope Niven’s definitive biography, Thornton Wilder: A Life (2013) as well as on the Wilder Family website, www.thorntonwilder.com
See actor bios.
Ken Rus Schmoll
Ken Rus Schmoll directed Tony Meneses’s The Women of Padilla and Madeleine George’s Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England at Two River Theater. Other regional credits include John (ACT); Hilary and Clinton (Philadelphia Theatre Company); The Grown-Up, Death Tax (Humana Festival); and Love in the Wars (Bard SummerScape). New York credits include Sagittarius Ponderosa (NAATCO); Antlia Pneumatica, Iowa (Playwrights Horizons); Judy, Grounded (Page 73); Card and Gift, Luther, Telethon, Amazons and Their Men, Demon Baby (Clubbed Thumb); The Invisible Hand, Red Dog Howls (New York Theatre Workshop); Not What Happened (BAM Next Wave); The Peripherals (Taking Band); A Map of Virtue, Mark Smith, Aphrodisiac, The Internationalist (13P); Middletown, The Internationalist (Vineyard Theatre); What Once We Felt (LCT3); FUREE in Pins and Needles, Telephone (Foundry Theatre); and Hello Failure (PS 122). He staged the world premiere of Charles Wuorinen’s cantata It Happens Like This (Tanglewood) and the American premiere of Wolfgang Rihm’s opera Proserpina (Spoleto Festival USA). He is a usual suspect at New York Theatre Workshop, an affiliated artist with Clubbed Thumb, a co-mentor of the Clubbed Thumb Directing Fellowship, a former co-chair of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, and the recipient of two Obie Awards, a Lucille Lortel Award nomination, and a Drama League Award nomination. Next he will direct Jordan Harrison’s Marjorie Prime at Marin Theatre Company.
Ante Ellermann designs sets for theater, opera and TV. Her NY credits include: Building the Wall, Stuffed, Dear Elizabeth (WP Theater and Off Broadway), I’ m Looking for Helen Twelvetrees, The Belle of Amherst, The Open House (Signature Theatre), Hamlet and The Broken Heart (Theatre for a New Audience), and Honor (La Mama). Regionally her work has been seen at: Kansas City Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Hartford Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, Yale Rep, Berkeley Rep, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, NY Stage & Film, Trinity Rep, Huntington Theatre Company, Arena Stage, Denver Center Theatre Company, Cleveland Playhouse, Seattle Rep, Geffen Playhouse, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Bard SummerScape and Pittsburgh Opera Center. Award nominations: Connecticut Critics Circle Award (The House that will not Stand), Helen Hayes Award, Ovation Award and Lucille Nortel Award (Nine Parts of Desire), Emmy Award nomination: Becoming American). www.antjeellermann.com
Elizabeth Hope Clancy
Broadway: A Christmas Story: The Musical, Passing Strange, The Goat; or Who Is Sylvia?, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan. West End: A Few Good Men. Dublin: Death of a Salesman (Gate). Off-Broadway: The Lady from Dubuque, The Oldest Profession, The Last of the Thorntons (Signature), Measure for Measure (Shakespeare in the Park), Hamlet (TFANA), In the Blood, A Dybbuk (Public), Memory House, Recent Tragic Events, The Wax (Playwrights Horizons), Waiting for Godot, Endgame, The Entertainer (CSC). Regional: The Outsiders (Paper Mill), Our Town (George Street), productions at The Guthrie Seattle Rep, Intiman, Huntington, Mark Taper, OSF, Hartford Stage, Long Wharf, Geffen, Yale Rep, etc. Dance: resident designer for Sally Silvers Dance. MFA: Yale School of Drama. Faculty: Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers and Fashion Institute of Technology.
Yuki Nakase previously designed Tony Meneses’ The Women of Padilla with Ken Rus Schmoll and Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest with Michael Cumpsty at Two River Theater. With Ken Rus Schmoll: Octavia at Todd Theatre on the University of Rochester’s River Campus and Craig Lucas’ Blue Window (Columbia Stages/CSC). Recent design credits include Anne Washburn’s Apparition (SBU), Un Yamada’s Kaya (Japan), Chanel Haute Couture Presentations FW 17/18 (Venue57), Nene Humphrey’s Circling the Center (3LD), Mallory Catlett’s Decoder 2017 (Agnes Varis PAC), Kate Ballen’s No One Asked Me (SoHo Playhouse), Bastards of Strindberg inspired by August Strindberg’s Miss Julie (Theatre Row), Michel Haussmann’s The Golem of Havana (La MaMa). Recent associate design credits include Mira Nair’s new musical Monsoon Wedding (Berkeley Rep), Steve Martin’s new play Meteor Shower (Old Globe/Long Wharf), NYFW FW 2018 for COACH 1941(Basketball City). B.A. in Dance: JWCPE, M.F.A. in Lighting Design: NYU. She was born in Tokyo, grew up in Kyoto, Japan and currently lives north of NYC in the woods. For more information, visit http://yukinakase.com.
Karin Grayish has created numerous sound designs for regional theater and Off-Broadway, including: Hartford Stage, Long Wharf, Berkeley Rep, Dallas Theater Center, Yale Rep, McCarter, Arena Stage, Portland Stage, Folger Theatre, People’s Light, and the Alliance. Her conceptual sound design for Popsicle’s Departure was also produced internationally. Her work has been nominated for the Helen Hayes Awards and she is a recipient of the Bay Area Theatre Critics Award for her sound design of Polk County at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Karin was the original live sound consultant for the multi-media production Freedom Rising at the National Constitution Center. Many of her soundscapes can be heard at The Franklin Institute’s exhibit entitled Your Brain. Karin also holds the position of Sound Supervisor for the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.
Broadway designs include The Visit, The Real Thing, Violet, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Motown, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, All About Me, and Next to Normal. Films include Angelica and The Night Before. TV includes Six by Sondheim, Scream Queens, Gotham, Mozart in the Jungle, and Inside Amy Schumer.
Performance credits include: The Soldier’s Tale (Bushwick Starr), What Are You Eating? (The Tank), The Firebird (City Center), Alice in Wonderland (New York City Opera), P.S. Jones and the Frozen City (New Ohio Theater), Compulsion (Yale Rep, Berkeley Rep, The Public), Disarmer (St. Ann's Warehouse), Madama Butterfly (Metropolitan Opera), Peter and Wendy (Arena Stage), Powerhouse (Fringe Festival NYC), Petrushka (Lincoln Center), La Bella Dormant… (Spoleto Festival), Hiroshima Maiden (St. Ann’s Warehouse), Don't Trust Anyone over 30 (Art Basel Miami). He is an Associate Artist of Sinking Ship Productions, and regular performer in Puppet Playlist. Mr. Wright is one of the co-founders and ‘Head Chef’ of the Puppet Kitchen, which provides puppetry services for stage and screen productions worldwide. www.puppetkitchen.com
Taylor “Sharky” Williams
Taylor “Sharky” Williams is the Casting Director at New York Theatre Workshop. For Two River Theater she has cast: Pericles, The Lion in Winter, The Ballad of Little Jo, A Raisin in the Sun and El Coqui Spectacular and the Bottle of Doom.
Production Stage Manager
Megan Smith is thrilled to work with Ken and David again and to be at Two River Theater. Select credits include: Off-Broadway: Fetch Clay, Make Man and Red Dog Howls (New York Theatre Workshop); The North Pool, The Scottsboro Boys, The Slug Bearers of Karol Island, Mary Rose, The Internationalist (The Vineyard Theatre); Look Back in Anger, Ordinary Days, Distracted, Entertaining Mr. Sloane (Roundabout Theatre Company); Good Boys and True (Second Stage); Book of Days (Signature Theatre). Regional: Romeo and Juliet, Grounded, Lettice and Lovage, What the Butler Saw, The Invisible Hand, Art & Red (in rep), Bedroom Farce, The Liar, Of Mice and Men, David Copperfield, Finian’s Rainbow (Westport Country Playhouse); Les Liaisons Dangerouses (Baltimore Center Stage); Rain, Found, The Nightingale (New York Stage and Film); Love in the Wars (Bard SummerScape); The Scottsboro Boys (The Guthrie). Ms. Smith is a Founding Member of Blue Roses Productions. Proud member of Actors’ Equity since 1999.
David Greenspan Interview Full WBGO
January 30, 2018 - Two River Theater continues its 2017/18 Season with the World Premiere of The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder, Adapted by and Starring Five-Time Obie Award Winner David Greenspan, Directed by Ken Rus Schmoll