The School For Wives
September 13, 2014 - October 5, 2014
Translated into English Verse by Richard Wilbur
Directed by Mark Wing-Davey
Joan and Robert Rechnitz Theater
We open our season with Molière’s classic comedy about a rich, middle-aged man named Arnolphe, whose plan to groom his innocent young ward into the “perfect” wife goes quickly awry. Can this pompous bachelor really be a match for rival suitors, inept servants, and the wit of his soon-to-be bride? This true classic, written by the master of French farce, is not to be missed!
- Robert Stanton (Arnolphe) is best known for his role as the father in the 1993 film Dennis the Menace. More recently, he has been seen in Orange Is the New Black.
- Also an actor, director Mark Wing-Davey has appeared in such cult classics as Absolutely Fabulous and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in his native England.
- This production will be set in France in the late 1950s, with a production design inspired by the films of Jean Luc Godard and the photography of Henri Cartier-Bresson.
Approximate Running Time: 2 hours (including one intermission)
Bree Elrod (Georgette) is beyond excited to be working with her amazingly talented brother Carson in this production. Off-Broadway: My Name Is Rachel Corrie (dir. Alan Rickman, Minetta Lane Theatre), Jump! and Realism (The Kirk Theatre). Regional: A Christmas Carol (Kansas City Rep), Gravid Water with Jason Sudeikis (Kansas City Improv Festival), Rock ‘n’ Roll (Huntington Theatre, Boston/A.C.T, San Francisco), Angels in America, Parts I and II (Boston Theatre Works, Elliot Norton Award nominee, IRNE Award nominee), Candida (Malibu Theatre), The Two Noble Kinsmen, Antony and Cleopatra (Old Globe Theatre, San Diego Theatre Critic’s Circle Award Winner for Best Actress), Our Town, The Merry Wives of Windsor (Southwest Shakespeare). The Marriage of Bette and Boo, A Lie of the Mind, Measure for Measure, Ah Wilderness! (NYU). Film: Shutter Island (dir. Martin Scorsese), Dark Feed, Dysopticon. She has appeared in several productions with New York City’s 52nd Street Project. Bree has an M.F.A from N.Y.U.’s Graduate Acting Program.
Carson Elrod (Alain) is beyond excited that he gets to act with his brilliant sister Bree in this production. Broadway: Peter and the Starcatcher, Reckless, Noises Off. Off-Broadway: The Heir Apparent (Classic Stage Company, Drama League nom.), The Explorer’s Club (Lortel nom), Comic Potential, House/Garden (Manhattan Theatre Club), All in the Timing (Primary Stages), The Tempest, Measure for Measure, All’s Well That Ends Well (The Public Theater/NYSF), Cavedweller (NYTW), Oliver Twist (TFANA), Waiting for Godot (NYFringe). Regional: Yale Rep, Shakespeare Theatre DC (Battis Award Winner), Williamstown Theatre Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, Center Theatre Group, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, American Repertory Theater, Westport Country Playhouse, Shakespeare and Company, Bay Street Theater. TV: Person of Interest, Deadbeat (Hulu), 30 Rock, Law & Order: CI. Film: The Weekend, Kissing Jessica Stein, Wedding Crashers. Princess Grace Award Recipient. NYTW Usual Suspect. AEA since 2000. BA from KU. MFA from NYU Grad Acting. www.carsonelrod.com
Korey Jackson (Horace) Credits include Wild with Happy (The Public), Far from Heaven (Playwrights Horizons), Toast (Sundance Theater Lab). He is a graduate of NYU's Grad Acting program where in his final year he portrayed abolitionist Henry Box Brown in the world premiere of Tony Kushner’s The Henry Box Brown Play directed by Mark Wing-Davey. TV credits include Homeland, Law & Order: SVU, Nurse Jackie, and Royal Pains. Korey is a recipient of the 2013-2014 Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellowship.
Billy Eugene Jones
Billy Eugene Jones (Chrysalde) Broadway: A Raisin in the Sun, The Trip to Bountiful, The Big Knife, The Mountaintop, Passing Strange, Radio Golf, Gem of the Ocean. Off-Broadway: The Jammer, In the Footprint, Three Sisters, Waiting for Godot. Regional: The Goodman, Arena Stage, Huntington Theatre Company, Yale Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Hartford Stage, Alliance Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, California Shakespeare Theater. Billy is a graduate of Yale School of Drama.
Steven Rattazzi (Notary/Enrique) New York: Marie Antoinette (Soho Rep), Galileo (CSC w/F. Murray Abraham), Henry V (NYSF w/Liev Schreiber, dir. Mark Wing-Davey), The Tempest (w/Mandy Patinkin), Stunning (David Adjmi, Lincoln Center), Walk Across America for Mother Earth (Taylor Mac), Painted Snake on a Painted Chair (OBIE, Talking Band), The Really Big Once (Target Margin), Marcellus Shale (La MaMa), Spy Garbo (3LD), Dinner Party (dir. David Herskovits), Age of Iron (dir. Brian Kulick), Therese Raquin (dir. David Esbjornson), McGurk (ERS), The Fourth Sister (dir. Lisa Peterson), Samuel's Major Problems (Richard Foreman). Regional: Marie Antoinette (dir. Rebecca Taichman, A.R.T/Yale Rep), The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer (dir. Mark Wing-Davey), Really Rosie (Maurice Sendak, National Tour). Film: The Family. TV: The Venture Brothers.
Keith Reddin (Oronte) most recently appeared as Vanya in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Lincoln Center Theater). He has also appeared at the Roundabout Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, as well as regionally.
Phillipa Soo (Agnes) Off-Broadway: Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (Ars Nova, Kazino). Regional Theatre: A Little Night Music (Berkshire Theatre Group). Film/TV: Dangerous Liaisons (pilot), Smash (NBC). Phillipa is a graduate of The Juilliard Drama Division (Group 41).
Robert Stanton (Arnolphe) appeared on Broadway in A Free Man of Color, The Coast of Utopia (Lincoln Center Theater), Mary Stuart and A Small Family Business. Off-Broadway shows include The Killer (Theatre for a New Audience); Checkers (Vineyard); Love’s Labour’s Lost, Keith Reddin’s Rum and Coke (The Public); Love Child (performed with co-writer Daniel Jenkins), All in the Timing (Obie and Clarence Derwent Awards, Primary Stages); The Bald Soprano (Atlantic Theater Company); The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (National Actors Theatre); Fuddy Meers, Overtime (MTC); A Cheever Evening, Mr. Reddin’s Highest Standard of Living (Playwrights Horizons); Owners directed by Mark Wing-Davey, Traps (NYTW); Cymbeline and his debut, as Froth in Measure for Measure, directed by Joseph Papp (Delacorte Theater). Regional credits include Strange Interlude (Shakespeare Theatre Company); The Front Page, On the Razzle (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Hay Fever (Westport Country Playhouse); The Homecoming, Once in a Lifetime, Major Barbara and Twelfth Night (American Repertory Theater). He played Karlheinz Stockhausen in Alarm Will Sound’s multimedia concert 1969 (Carnegie Hall). His films include Rupert Goold’s upcoming True Story, and Confessions of a Shopaholic, Find Me Guilty, The Stepford Wives, Head of State, The Quiet American, Mercury Rising, Next Stop Wonderland, Red Corner, Washington Square, Striptease, Dennis the Menace, Bob Roberts and A League of Their Own; many television appearances include Orange Is the New Black, Alpha House, Elementary, The Good Wife, several guest leads on Law & Order and its franchises, and Frasier. He received his MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program.
Moliere (1622-1673) (Playwright) is one of France’s greatest playwrights, and one of the greatest comic playwrights ever. Described by Voltaire as “the painter of France”, he held a mirror up to his country’s vices and virtues and captured French society’s foibles with sparkling wit and ferocious intellect. Moliere was born Jean-Baptiste Poquelin in Paris, France to a family of artisan merchants attached to the court of King Louis XIV. Even though the family was not part of the well-to-do aristocracy, Jean-Baptiste enjoyed a privileged upbringing. As his father maintained the king’s furnishings, he studied at some of the best schools in Paris, including the Jesuit College du Clermont. Despite his father’s expectation for him to take over as furnisher and upholsterer to the king, Jean-Baptiste abandoned all plans for a secure future. Instead, he chose a life in the theater, having been enchanted by the plays he attended at the Hotel de Bourgogne with his grandfather as a child, and the comedians he often saw trying to sell patent medicine on the streets of Paris. At the age of 21, with the actor and theater director Madeleine Bejart, he established the Illustre Theatre, which went bankrupt less than two years later. Taking the stage name of Moliere, he reemerged with a more focused dedication to the theater and, again with Bejart, established a new company of his own. During this time Moliere developed his skills as a theater manager, comedic actor and, eventually, as a playwright. In 1658, after a successful performance for King Louis XIV, Moliere obtained the patronage of the king’s brother and was given permission to use the Petit-Bourbon (a court theater) and eventually a theater in the Palais-Royal. Once in the favor of the king, Moliere quickly became a leading figure in French culture. Until the end of his life in 1673, Moliere continued to write uproariously funny plays that satirized Parisian society. His works, though controversial, were extremely popular. With masterpieces such as The School for Wives (1662), Tartuffe (1664), and The Misanthrope (1666), Moliere secured his place in the canon of great French dramatists. His plays weave together themes of human error and hypocrisy while presenting characters that are wholly human and undeniably humorous. Today, his works are continuously performed in theaters throughout the world and continue to influence and inspire theater artists.
Richard Wilbur (Translation) is an American poet and translator, specializing in the 17th-century French comedies of Moliere and the dramas of Jean Racine. He has earned many awards and honors, among them the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (twice, in 1957 and again in 1989) and the National Book Award. He was elected a chevalier of the Ordre des Palmes Academiques and is a former Poet Laureate of the United States. Wilbur served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 1961 to 1995. He currently lives in Cummington, Massachusetts and Key West, Florida.
Mark Wing-Davey (Director) first came to prominence in the United States with his highly acclaimed 1992 production of Caryl Churchill’s Mad Forest at New York Theatre Workshop, following up with Owners and The Skriker. Since then he has worked extensively in New York City for NYTW, Manhattan Theatre Club, Lincoln Center, Playwrights Horizons, and The Public Theater, directing Troilus and Cressida and Henry V in Central Park. He directed Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play at the Goodman in Chicago, Yale Rep, and most recently for Epic Theatre Ensemble in a site-specific production at the Irondale Center in Brooklyn. Additional US credits include productions of new and classic plays at ACT, ART, Berkeley Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, La Jolla, Mark Taper, McCarter, Milwaukee Rep, Pittsburgh Public, PlayMakers Rep, and Seattle Rep. His international credits include productions at London’s Royal Court Theatre, National Theatre, the Edinburgh Festival, and musicals in the West End and Australia. Committing much of his career to developing new plays, he has directed new work by Caryl Churchill, Sarah Ruhl, Adam Rapp, Amy Freed, Naomi Iizuka, Jose Rivera, Anna Deavere Smith, Keith Reddin, Tony Kushner, Howard Korder, and Craig Lucas, amongst others. He directed the world premiere of Brett C. Leonard’s Unconditional for LAByrinth Theater Company, Craig Lucas’s The Singing Forest at The Public Theater, and Carson Kreitzer’s play about the photographer Lee Miller, Behind the Eye, in its premiere in Cincinnati in April 2011. In summer 2011, he directed Keith Reddin’s new play Acquainted with the Night for the O’Neill Playwright’s Conference. In 2012 he directed three world premieres: KMT—an adaptation by Keith Reddin and Carol Rocamora of Sukhovo-Kobylin’s Russian Trilogy—at NYU, Mona Mansour’s play The Hour of Feeling for Louisville’s Humana Festival, and Brett C. Leonard’s Ninth and Joanie for LAByrinth in New York. He directed his adaptation of Pericles for Berkeley Rep in Spring 2013 and workshopped Mansour’s The Vagrant for the Sundance Theatre Lab. Mr. Wing-Davey is the Chair of Graduate Acting at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where in September 2010 he premiered Tony Kushner’s music-theater work The Henry Box Brown Play and, in November 2013, Adam Rapp’s new play The Eggs: A Fantasy of Love & Death in the Age of Amelioration. Also an actor, in June 2012 he embarked on a six-week National UK tour reprising the role he created—Zaphod Beeblebrox—in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Radio Show Live on Stage, playing to thousands of people a night.
David Gallo (Scenic Designer) is an award-winning scenic designer and visual storyteller whose work can be seen daily in more than a dozen cities worldwide. Mr. Gallo has designed over 30 Broadway plays and musicals and also designs media, video and projections. Some recent Broadway credits include First Date, Stick Fly, The Mountaintop, Memphis, Reasons to be Pretty, A Catered Affair, Xanadu, Company, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. As a core member of celebrated playwright August Wilson’s creative team from 1996 until Mr. Wilson's death, he designed the premiere productions of Wilson’s later works including King Hedley II, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Jitney, Gem of the Ocean and Radio Golf which garnered him two Tony Award nominations for Best Scenic Design. David designed the Kennedy Center’s historic tribute production of August Wilson’s Twentieth Century and Wilson’s autobiographical play How I Learned What I Learned at the Signature Theatre. He was honored with the Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of The Drowsy Chaperone and is also the recipient of the Obie for Sustained Excellence in Set Design, multiple NAACP, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, American Theater Wing, Hewes Design, Ovation, and LA Critics Circle awards.
Emily Rebholz (Costume Designer) Broadway: If/Then; Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson. Recent Off-Broadway: The Who and The What, Stop Hitting Yourself, VSMS (Lucille Lortel 2013 nomination) (Lincoln Center); Substance of Fire, The Last Five Years (Second Stage); Into The Woods (Shakespeare in the Park); Your Mother’s Copy of the Kama Sutra, Mr. Burns, The Call, The Shaggs (Playwrights Horizons); Carrie (MCC). Additional designs have been seen at Opera St. Louis, Lincoln Center, MTC, Second Stage, Roundabout, Rattlestick, Ars Nova, The Atlantic, The Old Globe, A.R.T, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and Asolo Repertory. MFA, Yale School of Drama.
Michael Chybowski (Lighting Designer) has recently lit The Magic Flute, directed by Isaac Mizrahi, at Opera Theatre of St Louis, and Acis and Galatea for the Mark Morris Dance Group. Other work in opera includes Parsifal, the opening production of the new Seattle Opera House, as well as Mark Morris’ Four Saints in Three Acts for English National Opera. Michael has worked extensively in theatre, opera, and dance, as well as with the performance artist Laurie Anderson. He also designed the lighting for Isaac Mizrahi’s 2008 fall fashion show in New York. Michael is the Head of Lighting at the University of CT design program and is the recipient of an Obie Award for Sustained Excellence, as well as the Hewes Award and two Lucille Lortel Awards for his work in New York.
Brandon Wolcott (Composer/Sound Designer) is returning to Two River after previously designing sound for As You Like It and Henry V, for which he also composed original music. Selected credits include: New York: The Record (with 600 Highwaymen, original score), The Good Person of Szechwan and Titus Andronicus (The Public Theater), Kiss the Air (Park Avenue Armory), The Mystery of Irma Vep, The Maids (Red Bull Theater), The Tenant, Confidence Man (Woodshed Collective), So Much Mad in Me (with Faye Driscoll), Hit the Wall (Barrow Street), Manhattan Theatre Club, Lincoln Center, The Joyce, La MaMa, DTW, PS122, 3LD, Juilliard, New Ohio, New Georges. Regional: Great Lakes, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, The Magic.
Mary Kay Yezerski-Bondoc
Mary Kay Yezerski-Bondoc (Wig Designer) is returning to Two River for her second show. She has worked on seven Broadway shows including The Producers, Spamalot, and Memphis. She is currently the Hair Supervisor on Wicked, which has been running for nearly 11 years. This fall she celebrates her 10 year anniversary of living in New York City.
UnkleDave's Fight-House (Fight Direction) UnkleDave’s Fight-House is a critically acclaimed company of fight directors founded by David Anzuelo. Jesse Geguzis, Gerardo Rodriguez and Sean Griffin are the core team members. Theater credits: To the Bone (Cherry Lane); And I and Silence (Signature); The Muscles in Our Toes (Labyrinth); Adoration of the Old Woman (INTAR); The Hill Town Plays, A Fable, Ode to Joy (Rattlestick); One Arm (The New Group). Upcoming: Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar on Broadway.
Heidi Griffiths (Casting) has been a casting director for more than two decades working in theater, film, and television. She previously cast August Wilson’s Two Trains Running, Jitney and Topdog/Underdog, written and directed by Suzan-Lori Parks, for Two River Theater. She has worked for more than 20 years at the Joseph Papp Public Theater in NYC, casting over 200 productions Off-Broadway and at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, including Shakespeare, new plays, and musicals. On Broadway: A Delicate Balance; A Raisin in the Sun; Lucky Guy; Chinglish; The Motherf**ker with the Hat; The Merchant of Venice; Hair; Passing Strange; Caroline, or Change; Take Me Out (Tony Award, Best Play 2003); Topdog/Underdog (Pulitzer Prize, 2002); The Wild Party; Bring in ’Da Noise, Bring in ’Da Funk; On the Town; and The Tempest. She also cast the films The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love, Murder and Murder, and Saving Face.
Kate Murray (Casting) is thrilled to be working on her first show for Two River Theater. Selected casting credits include: Broadway: A Delicate Balance (Casting Associate), A Raisin In the Sun (Casting Associate), Lucky Guy (Casting Assistant). Off-Broadway: To the Bone (Cherry Lane Theater). Kate has been the Casting Director for the 2013 & 2014 Cherry Lane Mentor Project and for the BAFTA/Rocliffe New Writing Forum since 2011. Film: Across the Sea, My First Kiss and the People Involved (upcoming). Kate is currently the Casting Associate at The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival.
Production Stage Manager
James Latus (Production Stage Manager) Broadway: All The Way, A Time to Kill, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Clybourne Park, The Pee-Wee Herman Show, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Elaine Stritch At Liberty, Stones in His Pockets, Bells Are Ringing; Assistant Director - Paul Simon’s The Capeman. Off-Broadway: The Great American Trailer Park Musical, They Wrote That?, The Persians (National Actors Theatre). The Public Theater: 25 productions including Stephen Sondheim’s Road Show, three productions of King Lear, The Skriker directed by Mark-Wing Davey, WASP by Steve Martin, Stuff Happens by David Hare, Antony and Cleopatra starring and directed by Vanessa Redgrave. Playwrights Horizons: Chinese Friends, Memory House - directed by David Esbjornson. Twelve productions for The New York Shakespeare Festival in Central Park. Also productions at Young Playwrights Festival, Theatre for a New Audience, B.A.M. Regional: The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington D.C., Seattle Rep, Chautauqua Theatre Company, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Utah Shakespeare Festival, McCarter Theatre. International: Oedipus at the Athens Festival. Training: The P.T.T.P, now at the University of Delaware.