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Cast and Creative Team Announced for East Coast Premiere of A Brief History of Penguins & Promiscuity

The Depot Theatre’s 39th season begins with the east coast premiere of “A Brief History of Penguins and Promiscuity”. Is the stuffy but steady English Lit Professor the true father of his son? Or is it the incredibly ugly Marine Biologist? Or the obnoxious French Waiter? Or the FedEx, DHL or UPS Delivery man? (Not to mention the aspiring Mime…) A simple question becomes hilariously convoluted when the power of Penguin Musk is unleashed on the unsuspecting mother!

This production of A Brief History of Penguins and Promiscuity is sponsored by Skidmore College.

ABOUT THE CAST (in alphabetical order)

Jack Herholdt

JACK HERHOLDT

JACK HERHOLDT (King) Depot Theatre debut! Off Broadway: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory; That Physics Show! (Drama Desk Award-Unique Theatrical Experience); King Lear. National Tours: Peter Pan, A Christmas Carol. Regional: Greater Tuna, The Importance of Being Earnest (Savannah Rep) Out at Sea (John Drew Theatre); How to Succeed… (BAPA); The Vampire Lesbians of Sodom. As playwright: Bacchae Redux, Little Stories, Falling in Love and Other Ridiculous Ideas.

CHRISTIAN PEDERSEN

CHRISTIAN PEDERSEN

CHRISTIAN PEDERSEN (Fantasy Man) is making his Depot Theatre debut, and is very pleased to be working with Kevin again. They first collaborated on Eternal Equinox at the 59E59 Theatre in NYC. Other NY credits include The Fabulous Kane Sisters (Cherry Lane), Vieux Carre (The Pearl), Another Vermeer (Abingdon), and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (3LD). Regionally, Christian has performed at Cleveland Play House, Rep St. Louis, Geva, Arkansas Rep, Maltz-Jupiter, NJ Rep, and most recently in Cloud Nine, directed by Michael Kahn at the Studio Theatre in Washington DC. TV appearances include The Good Wife, Fringe, Damages, Royal Pains, and recurring roles on One Life to Live. Next month he will head West to perform in Once at South Coast Rep. www.christianpedersen.com

RICHARD ROWAN

RICHARD ROWAN

RICHARD ROWAN (Roquefort) played General Genghis Kahn Schmitz in the First National Tour of Seussical the Musical with Cathy Rigby and appeared in the world premiere of Disney’s When You Wish. His many New York and regional credits include Sister Act (Monsignor O’Hara), Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere), A Little Night Music (Fredrik), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Douglas Panch), Crazy for You (Eugene), Forever Plaid (Smudge), Urinetown (Mr. McQueen), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Pharaoh), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Miles Gloriosus), The Pirates of Penzance (Pirate King), Godspell (John the Baptist/Judas), Kiss Me Kate (First Gangster) and The School for Scandal (Joseph Surface). He also appeared on the final season of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. Richard is a graduate of Northwestern University.

AUBREY SAVERINO

AUBREY SAVERINO

AUBREY SAVERINO (Julia) is a New York based actor with an MFA from The Old Globe/USD. OFF BROADWAY/NYC credits include: Dido in Dido & Aeneas (Dixon Place); Antigone, Mend (Epic Theatre Ensemble); Brewed (NYC Fringe) Absolution (St. Luke’s) and more. REGIONAL credits include: Regan in King Lear, Maria in Twelfth Night (The Old Globe); Jordan Baker in The Great Gatsby, Princess of France in Love’s Labour’s Lost (Orlando Shakespeare Theater); Lady Percy in Henry IV, Viola in Twelfth Night (Independent Shakespeare Company); Elizabeth Bennet in Pride & Prejudice (Capital Repertory Theatre); Catherine Givings in In The Next Room (San Diego Repertory Theatre); additional credits include Vineyard Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Furious Theatre Company, Chester Theatre Company, various commercial work and more. In addition to her acting work, Aubrey is also a published playwright and co-creator of the award-winning series, The Digressions (www.thedigressions.com). IG: @AubreySaverino. www.aubreysaverino.com

JONATHAN C. WHITNEY

JONATHAN C. WHITNEY

JONATHAN C. WHITNEY (Albert) is thrilled to be a part of this incredibly fun new show. From southern Ohio, Whitney has since appeared in several NYC, regional, and collegiate productions, including: Sex Tips for Straight Women From a Gay Man, Off- Broadway (Stefan); The Video Games, Off-Broadway (Scorpion/DK swing); Henry V (Henry V); Taming of the Shrew (Petruchio); Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde); Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery (Sherlock Holmes); One Man Two Guvnors (Stanley Stubbers); The Importance of Being Earnest (Jack); He has also appeared in several web series, music videos, video games, and advertisements. Many thanks to his very supportive family, and all his amazing friends. BFA, Acting: Ball State University. ​

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM

KEVIN COCHRAN (Director, Set Designer) has been Artistic Director of Grove Theater Center in Burbank, California since 1994. Plays directed there include Blake…da Musical! (L.A. Ovation Award for Best New Musical, Ovation and LA Weekly nominations for Best Director); Film Chinois (Ovation Award for Best New Play); R.R.R.E.D. (LA Weekly Nomination for Best Director); The Adding Machine (OC Weekly Award for Best Production); The Beckett Project II (OC Weekly nomination for Best Director) and Eternal Equinox (also its Off-Broadway premiere). Kevin wrote and directed Bobby & Matt at GTC and FringeNYC (Pick of the Week in Back Stage NY). He is also the Producing Artistic Director of the Moss Hart & Kitty Carlisle Hart New Play Initiative whose first project premieres October 2017 in LA and Off-Broadway at 59E59 Theaters in March 2018. Kevin graduated as a Scholar of the House in theater, design and circus arts from Yale University.

BONNIE BREWER (Lighting Designer) has been working the professional theatre circuit for more than a quarter of a century. Professional Stage Manager & Company Member at Pendragon Theatre since 1990, she is also a Director of more than 20 shows, and has shared her talents in designing sound, lights and creating props for close to 150 productions throughout upstate NY. She has even had the occasion to make a few rare on-stage guest appearances – sometimes on purpose, other times out of necessity. Recently she found herself teching two shows simultaneously on opposite sides of the mountains: Man of La Mancha at Pendragon, and My Way at The Depot.

JIM CARROLL (Sound Designer) Jim’s love of technical theatre that started when he was in Middle School. Challenging a severe case of stage fright, he made his acting debut as Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors for Essex Theatre Company in 2005. Jim has been Technical Director or provided support for over 150 shows since 1998 with various local, community, and professional theatres. He can occasionally be seen on the Discovery and Travel Channels talking about his sightings of Champ, the Lake Champlain Sea Monster. Jim and his family run Westport Marina and The Galley Restaurant and Bar. In addition, he creates memories with OvertimePhotoBooth.com. Jim is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Depot Theatre and continues his work with the Boquet River Theatre Festival, the NYS Theatre Education Association and is a member of the Westport Central School Board of Education.

KELLIE MCMENEMON (Stage Manager) is excited to be a part of the 2017 summer season at Depot Theatre! Most recently Kellie has been a part of the world premiere of Beatsville at Asolo Repertory in Sarasota Florida. Other credits include Guys and Dolls (Asolo Rep, FL), the 2016 summer season at Pendragon Theatre (Saranac Lake, NY), Butler and Alabama Story (Florida Studio Theatre, FL), Almost Maine (Two Roads Theatre, CA) and Desdemona: A Play About A Handkerchief (Edinburgh, Scotland). Kellie would like to thank her amazing family, Matthew, Beth and Karen for their support as well as her super adorable puppy, Henley!

A Brief History of Penguins & Promiscuity Special Events


Catch a special preview July 7 at 8pm. The performance is a fully-rehearsed and staged performance, although some directorial decisions may be changed for future performances of the production. Preview Night tickets are $20, plus the $1 per ticket facility fee.* No other discounts apply.

Celebrate Opening Night on July 8 with a toast immediately following the performance with the cast and crew, staff and board. (While the toast is free, tickets to the performance are required.)

Depot Dialogue: Join the cast and crew after the 5:00 performance on Sunday, July 16, for a moderated discussion about the show.

Full Production Information:

A Brief History of Penguins & Promiscuity
By James McLindon
Directed by Kevin Cochran
With Jack Herholdt, Christian Pederson, Richard Rowan, Aubrey Saverino, and Jonathan C. Whitney
Lighting Design by Bonnie Brewer
Set Design by Kevin Cochran
Sound Design by Jim Carroll
Stage Management by Kellie McMenemon
Sponsored by Skidmore College

At the Depot Theatre, 6705 Main Street, Westport, NY 12993
July 7-23, 2017

CAST:
King: Jack Herholdt
Fantasy Man: Christian Penderson
Roquefort: Richard Rowan
Julia: Aubrey Saverino
Albert: Jonathan C. Whitney

CREATIVE TEAM:
By James McLindon
Director: Kevin Cochran
Lighting Designer: Bonnie Brewer
Sound Designer: Jim Carroll
Stage Manager: Kellie McMenemon
Back Stage Apprentice: Libby Morehouse
Producing Director: Kevin Cochran
Business Manager: Erin Harrington

PLAN YOUR VISIT

TICKETS: Tickets for A Brief History of Penguins & Promicuity are $30 ($28 seniors/students) and are based on availability. A $1 facility fee will be added to each ticket to help defray the cost of maintaining our historic theatre.

Tickets and subscriptions may be purchased online at depottheatre.org, by phone at 518-962-4449 or at the Box Office window at 6705 Main Street in Westport. Phone and Window hours are 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

PARKING: Free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the upper and lower lots of the Westport Train Station.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE: The Depot Theatre is air-conditioned and accessible to all audiences. Patrons who are sensitive to air-conditioning and Adirondack breezes may wish to bring a light jacket or sweater.

For full details about the 2017 season, visit: http://depottheatre.org/main_stage/

ABOUT THE DEPOT THEATRE

The Depot Theatre is a non-profit, professional theatre located in a historic, functioning 1876 train station in Westport, N.Y., and operates under an agreement with Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. In addition to its volunteer board of trustees, the theatre depends on the support and generosity of its loyal donors, volunteers and community members. Committed to promoting and providing exposure to the performing arts in the Adirondacks, the Depot Theatre invites all to “Take a journey without leaving the station.” The Depot Theatre’s 2017 Season is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Westport’s Depot Theatre Announces 39th Season Promising Laughs, Love, Music…and Penguins

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The Depot Theatre has announced the details for its 39th Season. The main stage lineup will be filled with lots of laughs, love and music as it presents three productions: a hilarious new comedy (with penguins!?); the true story of the infamous “singer” Florence Foster Jenkins; and a musical tour of 1950’s with an aspiring girl group.

“I wanted to create a season that would deliver a journey without leaving the station and I know we’ve succeeded!” said Kevin Cochran, Producing Director. “The summer of 2017 is definitely going to be a summer to remember,” said Cochran, who is also the Creative Director of the Grove Theater Center in Burbank California.

Opening the season on July 7th in its East Coast Premiere, A Brief History of Penguins & Promiscuity is an outrageous new comedy in which Victorian literature, Penguin musk, shotguns, fantasy men, and French waiters all collide in this racy look at paternity. “We’re excited that the playwright, James McLindon will be onsite working with us to make the show as crazy and unpredictable as possible,” stated Cochran.

Next up, Souvenir is a funny and touching look at the New York Socialite who thought she could sing, but couldn’t — at all! This amazing and true story about her awful, off key recitals became a sensation in the late 1930’s and early 40’s with everyone in on the joke except her (this story was told in a different way in the recent movie starring Meryl Streep and in the 2005 film Marguerite).

Closing the season, The Taffetas takes us down a musical memory lane through the fabulous fifties as we experience the story of a four woman girl group desperately trying to get on The Ed Sullivan Show. They’ll sing such classics as “Mr. Sandman”, “Johnny Angel”, “Dedicated to the One I Love”, and many, many more!

In addition, the new reading series, page2stage, will feature new works and the playwrights will be in attendance at each reading to hear your feedback and answer your questions. Come and be part of developing the plays of the future!

“We are looking forward to an entertainment packed summer. Our fearless Producing Director, Kevin Cochran, and the Depot team have put together a novel lineup of shows and play readings. And this year, you can sit in air conditioned comfort in our brand new seats!” said Amy McNamara, Depot Theatre Board President.

Season subscriptions will be available for purchase in March. Single tickets go on sale to the public on June 1. For more information, updates and program announcements, visit depottheatre.org or contact the box office at 518.962.4449.  Our season sponsor is The Galley Restaurant and Marina in Westport, NY.

DETAILS ABOUT THE SEASON

A BRIEF HISTORY OF PENGUINS & PROMISCUITY
Written by James McLindon
July 7-22

A Brief History of Penguins and Promiscuity, is an outrageous new comedy by Boston playwright James McLindon. Is the stuffy but steady English Lit Professor the true father of his son? Or is it the incredibly ugly Marine Biologist? Or the obnoxious French Waiter? Or the Fedex, DHL or UPS Deliverymen? (Not to mention the aspiring Mime…) A simple question becomes hilariously convoluted when the power of Penguin Musk is unleashed on the unsuspecting mother! The LA Times named it a Best Bet that “yields plenty of laughter!”

SOUVENIR
Written by Stephen Temperley
July 28-August 6

A funny and touching look at Florence Foster Jenkins, the true story of a New York Socialite who thought she could sing, but couldn’t– at all! Her recitals became a sensation in the 1930’s with everyone in on the joke except her. Her “career” culminated with a recital at Carnegie Hall. It sold out in two hours! By the end of that concert, her understanding of music (and our understanding of her) will both change profoundly

THE TAFFETAS
Conceived by Rick Lewis
Additional Material by Arthur Whitelaw
Musical & Vocal Arrangements by Rick Lewis
August 11-27

This four woman girl group sings hit after hit of the 1950’s as they desperately try to get chosen for The Ed Sullivan Show. Songs include such classics as “Mr. Sandman”, “Johnny Angel”, “Dedicated to the One I Love”, “Where the Boys Are”, “Sincerely” and many, many more!

ABOUT THE DEPOT THEATRE

The Depot Theatre is a non-profit, professional theatre located in a historic, 1876 train station in Westport, N.Y., and operates under an agreement with Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Committed to promoting and providing exposure to the performing arts in the Adirondacks, the Depot Theatre’s 2017 Season is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

All Aboard for 2017! Season Sneak Peek!

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This past year was filled with excitement and triumphs onstage and off! Now we’re asking you to help ensure 2017 is even better!

Our stage was graced by the top quality, professional artists you expect at the Depot – talented women sang, emoted, and triumphed in Shout!; incredible men made Murder for Two seem like a cast of dozens, the outstanding ensemble of Outside Mullingar transported us to Ireland and Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake loaned us their wonderful Glass Menagerie.

And these shows were only part of the Depot’s success! Behind the scenes we kicked off a major campaign to replace our tired old seats and carpeting, formed a plan to change-out the aging lighting grid, and welcomed a new, year-round Producing Director (since I am he, I shall refrain from self-aggrandizing adjectives.  But seriously, I couldn’t be more pleased and proud to join you in the Depot family)!

You might be tired of hearing the generalization that ticket sales cover only a portion of the expense of producing quality theatre, so I want to put it in black and white: at the Depot, if we had to cover all our expenses with box office revenue, we’d have to raise our ticket price from $30 to $69.76. Yep, read that shocker again.

This is why we have to reach out to you, our Depot family, to help cover this difference between ticket prices and production costs. To stay true to The Depot Theatre’s mission to create the highest quality, professional entertainment possible at an affordable price in order to reach the largest audience possible.

As the Polar Vortex hovers over Westport, I thought that a sneak peek at our 2017 summer season might bring some warmth to you and yours. The season is taking shape and promises to be packed with fun! Shows I’m considering include:
  • A Brief History of Penguins & Promiscuity
    The East Coast Premiere of an outrageous new comedy! Victorian literature, Penguin musk, shotguns, fantasy men and French waiters all collide in this racy look at paternity!
  • Souvenir
    A funny and touching look at the New York Socialite who thought she could sing, but couldn’t – at all! Her recitals became a sensation in the 1940’s with everyone in on the joke except her (this story was told in a different way in the recent movie starring Meryl Streep).
  • The Taffetas
    This four woman girl group, desperately trying to get on The Ed Sullivan Show, takes us on a musical journey through the fabulous fifties including Mr. Sandman, Johnny Angel, Dedicated to the One I Love, Where the Boys Are, and many more!
  • New Playwright Reading Series
    Our play reading series this year will feature NEW plays still under development (and the playwrights will be there to take part in our discussion!).

So please, if you can, make a contribution today – of any amount.  Help us keep the Adirondacks’ premiere professional theatre, The Depot, alive with stirring music, hysterical comedy, and indelible characters!  Your generosity makes the magic possible. (And all contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law!)

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Thank you and see you at the theatre this summer!

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Kevin Cochran
Producing Director

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