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The Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust Awards the Depot Theatre with Grant for Theatre Improvements

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The Depot Theatre, a not-for-profit organization committed to providing professional theatrical arts in the Adirondacks, has received a grant for theatre improvements from the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust.

The Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust has awarded the Depot with a grant of $6,710 to replace the theatre’s aging lighting grid. “The new lighting grid will improve and expand the theatre’s technical capabilities for our designers and technicians,” said Kevin Cochran, the Depot’s Producing Director.

The grant provides half of the funds for the project, of which the remainder will come from the theatre’s recent theatre improvement fundraising campaign, which began last summer. The goal of the campaign is to raise funds for infrastructure improvements including new seats, new carpeting, aisle lighting, expanded WiFi service and other projects. “Improvements such as these allow us to fulfill our mission of producing professional theatre for our community,” said Erin Harrington, business manager at the Depot.

“We are so pleased that the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust has decided to support this important project,” said Amy McNamara, president of the Depot Theatre Board of Trustees. Donors to the theatre improvement campaign include numerous individuals from the community, the Charles R. Wood Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts.

For more information about the Depot Theatre, visit depottheatre.org.

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, its 39th, 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. Additional support is provided by the Essex County Arts Council.

ABOUT THE ALFRED Z. SOLOMON CHARITABLE TRUST

The Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) was established to benefit nonprofit scientific, medical, educational, cultural, religious, and charitable organizations by funding project and programs in memory of the Trust’s founder, Alfred Z. Solomon. Mr. Solomon, a leader in the fashion industry, a horse racing enthusiast, and a philanthropist in Gansevoort, N.Y., and New York City, died on Sept. 4, 2004, at the age of 104, and founded the Trust in his Last Will and Testament.

DEPOT THEATRE INC. BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Maureen Carlo, Jim Carroll, Alisa Endsley, Beth Glover (secretary), David Howson, Daniel Keegan, Lawrence Masle, Amy McNamara (president), Diana McGuigan, Cheri Phillips, Kathy Recchia (vice president), Kimberly Rielly (treasurer) and Shirley Bacot-Shamel.

DEPOT THEATRE INC. ADVISORY COUNCIL

Bobbi Atz, Linda Beane, Bonnie Brewer, Randy Buck, George Davis (honorary chair), Howard Fish, Jonathan Hadley, John Klipper, Karen Lewis, Michael McDonald, Mary Ellen O’Loughlin, Libby Pataki, Jane Preston, Annie Scavo, Sally Struthers and Michael Thomas.

 

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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#Giving Tuesday 2016

giving-tuesday-logo-2017Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (this year that’s November 29th — tomorrow), #GivingTuesday is a movement that celebrates and supports giving & philanthropy and kicks off the charitable season. Now in its fifth year, #GivingTuesday has become a global day of giving powered by social media and collaboration.

“#GivingTuesday connects diverse groups of individuals, communities and organizations around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving.”(www.givingtuesday.org)

Thankful boardThe Depot Theatre will be showing support for #GivingTuesday again this year by participating in an awareness campaign to help spread the word. We will be collecting photos of people holding a sign in support of #GivingTuesday and sharing them across our social media channels and on our website here.

amy-guglielmo-giving-tuesdayOn November 29, we invite you to join the movement by taking a selfie or a photo of your friends/family holding this sign (or make one of your own!) and share it on social media along with some words in support of giving back. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #GivingTuesday and #DepotTheatre so we can find it!

How else can you help?

1. Help spread the word to others. Start a conversation at work, at home, or with your friends.
2. Use social media. Use the hashtag #GivingTuesday to talk about charity and the causes and organizations you support.
3. Make donations to your favorite organizations and causes like the Depot Theatre. Visit us online to make a donation now or to donate by mail send your check to:

Depot Theatre
PO Box 414,
Westport, NY 12993

We encourage you to join the movement and visit www.givingtuesday.org to learn more about how you can make a difference.

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New Seating/Theatre Improvements Project Underway – Watch the Video!

Making room for a seat with your name on it!
Thanks to your support, it’s really happening!

This past summer, the Depot Theatre announced a special capital campaign to replace the audience seating and carpeting in our historic 1876 train station theatre.  The new seats will include accommodations for patrons in wheelchairs as well as LED aisle lighting. Matched by a grant from the New York State Council for the Arts, we set a lofty goal for the project — a sold out house!

Each new seat can be sponsored by contributing $500 or more per seat, which includes a personalized name plate on the seat. Recognition on Front Row seats has been especially reserved for donors wishing to contribute $1000 or more per seat.  All contributions of $250+ will be recognized on a permanent display, and all contributors at any level will be recognized in the theatre’s playbills for the coming three seasons.

gift-graphicLooking for that perfect holiday or birthday gift?  Consider putting that person’s name permanently on a seat or making a gift in honor of a family member or friend.  This limited time opportunity is a very unique way to further ensure the long term viability of professional theatre in the Adirondacks.

You can make a donation online today here!

Thank you for your generosity and continued support of the Depot Theatre!  See you next season, sitting back and enjoying a show in one of our new seats!

CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND OTHER WAYS TO CONTRIBUTE.

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 2016 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.

Meet The Cast of THE GLASS MENAGERIE

Pendragon Theatre presents
THE GLASS MENAGERIE
By Tennessee Williams
Directed by Karen Lordi-Kirkham
Sponsored by Emmet Carter Green Design
At the Depot Theatre
September 1-4

The play that catapulted Williams to fame is as haunting and treasured as memory itself. Based on elements of his own life, the classic drama moves from shimmering moments of warmth and humor to scenes of shattering heartbreak. This special offering is produced by the award-winning Pendragon Theatre of Saranac Lake.

(l to r) Beth Glover, Liv Paulson, and Miles River Willow (Photo credit: Burdette Parks)

(l to r) Beth Glover, Liv Paulson, and Miles River Willow (Photo credit: Burdette Parks)

BETH GLOVER (Amanda), a NYC-based actress, starred most recently in the Broadway national tour of Cinderella as the Wicked Step Mother. Beth has performed in 11 Depot Theatre productions over an 18 year period; most recently MarieLombardi in Lombardi.  She was last seen at Pendragon as Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire. National Tours: All Shook Up; Promises, Promises, Dirty Blonde, Anything Goes, The Taffetas.  Off-Bway: Take Me Along, Counsellor at Law, and many more.  World Premieres: Analog & Vinyl; The Good Girl is Gone; Book of Candy; Body Shop. She won the SFBACC Best Actress award for portraying Big Edie and Little Edie in Grey Gardens. She was nominated for best actress for 9to5, Good News, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.  National commercials, TV & Film. For complete credits: www.BethGloverActress.com.  Much love and thanks to Karen and Karen.

Liv Paulson (Photo credit: Burdette Parks)

Liv Paulson (Photo credit: Burdette Parks)

LIV PAULSON (Laura) has been involved in over 20 Pendragon productions since 2007, including Bus StopAlice in Wonderland, Other Desert Cities, and most recently The Snow Queen and Arcadia. This season she is delighted to be part of Amadeus and The Glass Menagerie.  She is an undergraduate in Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Binghamton University and would like to thank the wonderful cast and crew of The Glass Menagerie & her Pendragon family. Special thanks to Anne and Don Paulson, and Steven Hebert.

(l to r) Miles River Willow and Beth Glover (Photo credit: Burdette Parks)

(l to r) Miles River Willow and Beth Glover (Photo credit: Burdette Parks)

MILES RIVER WILLOW (Tom) is pleased to return to Pendragon for his second season. Last year you may have seen him in Arcadia (Septimus Hodge), The Seagull(Konstantin), or Twas the Night Before Christmas (Uncle Brierley/Sir Guy). Other favorite credits include: Bent (Captain), Back of the Throat (Bartlett), and A Streetcar Named Desire (Stanley Kowalski). Miles is a graduate of SUNY Potsdam and will soon be a proud resident of New York City. Miles would like to thank his family for their unending support; and you-the patrons of Pendragon for keeping theatre thriving here in the Adirondacks. Cheers!

(l to r) Liv Paulson and Dylan Duffy (Photo credit: Burdette Parks)

(l to r) Liv Paulson and Dylan Duffy (Photo credit: Burdette Parks)

DYLAN DUFFY (Jim) is ecstatic to be back for another summer season here at Pendragon! He has spent the last 3 years working in the community as a real estate salesperson and acting as much as possible. Recently, Dylan has been in the following Pendragon productions: The Complete World of Sports: Abridged, Aladdin, Dirty Blonde, Death of a Salesman, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Dylan is also very involved in community theatre with the Upper Jay Arts Center and the Community Theatre Players. When Dylan isn’t working or at the theatre you can find him on the lake or trying to keep up with his 2 year old black lab, Maya. Lastly, Dylan would like to say thank you and congratulations to the entire Pendragon summer cast and crew on another great season!

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM

KAREN LORDI-KIRKHAM (Director) has extensive experience directing in both regional and academic settings. In addition to her over fifteen years at Pendragon, she has directed for the Jean Cocteau Repertory, Handcart Ensemble and Phoenix Ensemble in NYC, and the Attic Theater in Los Angeles, where she received the Drama Logue’s Award for Best Director and Production. She has directed productions ranging from musicals to new plays, including the world premiere of Andre Gregory’s Bone Songs, for which she also served as the dramaturg working extensively with Gregory pre-publication of the script. Highlights include directing Julie Harris in the world premiere of Peter Dee’s Amber Patches, touring shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Berlin, assisting Marshall Mason for the Broadway production of Lanford Wilson’s Redwood Curtain and assisting Jiri Zizka and being dramaturg for the Wilma Theater’s production of Stoppard’s Every Good Boy Deserves Favor with the Philadelphia orchestra. She has additional experience in dance, movement theater and choreography. She graduated with a MFA and DFA from the Yale School of Drama, where she was the artistic director of the Yale Summer Cabaret. She is also a Full Professor of Theater and Dance at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA.

KELLIE MCMENEMON (Stage Manager) is excited to be a part of the 2016 summer season at Pendragon Theatre. Most recently Kellie has worked at Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota Florida as an Assistant Stage Manager on Butler and Alabama Story. Other credits include Almost Maine (Two Roads Theatre, CA), Be More Chill (Two River Theatre, NJ) and Desdemona: A Play About  A Handkerchief (Edinburgh, Scotland).

PEGGY ORMAN (Touring Stage Manager) is excited to be involved in her sixth summer season at Pendragon Theatre; working with old friends and new! Recent onstage appearances include CTP’s The Little Mermaid and the Reader’s Theatre series, cabarets and Ghost Tales at Pendragon. As always, much love and thanks to her family for “being there,” so she can be here.

BONNIE B. BREWER (Production Manager/Lighting Designer) has been working the professional theatre circuit over a quarter of a century. A company member at Pendragon Theatre since 1990, she has directed more than 20 shows, and has shared her talents in designing sound, lights, sets and creating props for close to 160 productions all throughout upstate NY. This season is for Bean, he is missed every minute of every day–of all the souls I have known, his was the most… human.

TIJANA BJELAJAC (Set Design) is a New York based set designer and visual artist. Her work includes set designs, paintings, sculptures, for theater and opera. She has shown her work in various exhibitions throughout Europe and U.S. Since 2006 she has been one of the designers in “George Tsypin Opera Factory” where she worked on operas such as Magic Flute for Opera Australia, musicals Spiderman and Little Mermaid and Opening ceremony for the Olympic Games 2014 Sochi, Russia. Past credits include: Three Penny Opera (Marvell Repertory Theater) NYC; Othello(Actors Shakespeare Project) Boston; Odyssey (45.Bleecker St. Theater) NYC;Hinges Keep A City (Huntington Theatre) Boston, The Red Lion (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre) Boston; Peter Pan (Olney Theater, MD); Doorman’s Double Duty (Ohio Theater) NYC; Wolves (Belgrade National Theatre). Tijana is the recipient of several major awards, including the prestigious Kahn Career Entry Award for extraordinary talents (2007).

KENT STREED (Costume Design) is a year round part time member of the Pendragon staff who: sells tickets, stuffs envelopes, designs and occasionally acts and answers the phone to loan you a prop or costume item.

Get Your Tickets Here! Or Call 518.962.4449.

GLASS Calendar

Pendragon Theatre presents
THE GLASS MENAGERIE
By Tennessee Williams
Directed by KAREN LORDI-KIRKHAM
With BETH GLOVER, LIV PAULSON, MILES RIVER WILLOW, AND DYLAN DUFFY
Lighting Design by BONNIE B. BREWER
Set Design by TIJANA BJELAJAC
Costume Design by KENT STREED
September 1-4, 2016

The 2016 Season is sponsored by The Galley Restaurant & Bar at Westport Marina

Depot Theatre Launches Capital Campaign for Enhanced Audience Amenities

Professional theatre to add new seating and carpeting upgrades

to historic train station venue

The Depot Theatre is pleased to announce the launch of a new capital campaign to upgrade audience seating in its historic 1876 train station theatre.

The new seats, upholstered with 100% recycled fabric, will replace the existing 60+ year-old seats which are difficult to maintain and for which replacement parts are obsolete. Dedicated wheelchair accessible seats with companion seating are part of the upgrade, as well as LED aisle lighting. Additionally, new commercial grade tile carpeting will be installed throughout the seating area. Plans are underway to install the new seats by the opening of the 2017 summer season.

The Depot Theatre, located in Westport on Lake Champlain, is a not-for-profit organization committed to providing professional theatrical arts in the Adirondacks.

The launch of the campaign is an important requirement to the recently awarded matching gift grants from the New York State Council on the Arts and the Charles R. Wood Foundation to improve infrastructure which will enhance the patron and artist experience.

“”We’ve been receiving huge rounds of audience applause since first mentioning this at the start of our new season!” said David Howson, President of the theatre’s Board of Trustees. “We’re excited about formally launching this campaign and are aiming for a sold out show of seats by the end of the campaign.”

Each new seat can be sponsored by contributing $500 per seat, which includes a personalized name plate on the seat, as well as choice of seat (on a first come, first serve basis).

Recognition on Front Row seats has been especially reserved for donors wishing to contribute $1,000+ per seat.

All contributions of $250+ will provide recognition to the campaign on permanent display, and all contributors will be recognized in the theatre’s programs for the coming 3 years.

“Put your name permanently on a seat, or in honor of a family member or friend!” said Lawrence Masle, Board of Trustee Member and Chair of the Capital Campaign. “This limited time opportunity is a very unique way to further ensure the long term viability of professional theatre in the Adirondacks.”

The campaign has literally just kicked off, and donors are already making contributions and choosing seats with their names on them. For further information, direct online contributions, and the latest about the 2016 season, please visit www.depottheatre.org.

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 2016 Season, its 38th, 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. Additional support is provided by the Essex County Arts Council.

DEPOT THEATRE INC. BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Maureen Carlo, Jim Carroll, Alisa Endsley, Beth Glover (secretary), David Howson (president), Lawrence Masle, Amy McNamara (vice president), Diana McGuigan, Cheri Phillips, Kathy Recchia, Kimberly Rielly (treasurer) and Shirley Bacot-Shamel.

DEPOT THEATRE INC. ADVISORY COUNCIL

Bobbi Atz, Linda Beane, Bonnie Brewer, Randy Buck, George Davis (honorary chair), Howard Fish, Jonathan Hadley, John Klipper, Karen Lewis, Michael McDonald, Mary Ellen O’Loughlin, Libby Pataki, Jane Preston, Annie Scavo, Sally Struthers

Cast Announced for MURDER FOR TWO

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Meet The Cast of

MURDER FOR TWO

Book & Music by Joe Kinosian
Book & Lyrics by Kellen Blair
Directed by Evan Pappas

August 12-28

A zany blend of classic musical comedy and madcap mystery, this tuneful whodunit is a highly theatrical duet loaded with killer laughs. In this hilarious 90-minute show, one performer plays the detective and the second actor plays all 12 suspects. And they both play the piano! It’s a witty and winking homage to old-fashioned murder mysteries.

JOHN GRIECO

JOHN GRIECO

JOHN GRIECO (Marcus) is thrilled to be performing in Murder for Two here at the Depot!  Regional credits include West Side Story (Tony) at Harbor Lights Theatre,Million Dollar Quartet (Jerry Lee Lewis) at Croswell Opera House, Les Misérables at Fulton Theatre, South Pacific at Riverside Theatre, Phantom at Gateway Playhouse,The Secret Garden at WPPAC, Oklahoma (Curly) at Ocean City Theatre Company,Carousel (Billy Bigelow), Meet Me in St. Louis (Warren), Brigadoon (Tommy), andSweeney Todd (Anthony).  New York credits include Three Wishes for Jamie (Musicals Tonight!), a workshop of Finian’s Rainbow (Irish Rep), and Martha(Liederkranz Opera Theatre).  Proud AEA member. Thanks to everyone here at the Depot, and to Traci and my family for their support!  www.johngrieco.com

ERIC SHOREY

ERIC SHOREY

ERIC SHOREY (The Suspects) Eric is thrilled to make his Depot Theatre debut. National/International Tours: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; Guys & Dolls; West Side Story; Cats; Disney On Classic. New York: Wonderful Town (MusicalsTonight!). Regional Theatre: Arena Stage, Paper Mill Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera House, North Shore Music Theatre, Denver Center, Maine State, Cape Playhouse, Kansas City Starlight, Alabama Shakespeare Festival. TV: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver. www.EricShoreyNYC.com.

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM

EVAN PAPPAS (Director) is pleased to be returning to The Depot Theatre where he directed My Way. Off-Bway: Liberty, Wonderful Town. What Will People Think?Regionally; Evita , West Side Story, The Daughter of the Regiment (Opera North), 7 Brides for 7 Brothers  (SF Critics Best Production Award, and Director nom), Funny Girl (SF Critics Director nom). Some Place Like Home (Best Director Award Soundbites Festival, NYC), Lucky Stiff (Arizona Broadway Theatre), Carousel and A Man of No Importance (Montclair State Univ), West Side Story (Santa Fe College), Broadway Babes (Covent Garden), Assoc. Dir. on Being Sellers (59E59),Moscow  (Samuel French One-Act Festival), Parallel Lives (Theatre for the New City), Daily Sounds (Finalist in Strawberry Festival), etc.  As an actor he has starred on and off-Broadway in My Favorite Year, Parade, Putting It Together, A Chorus Line, I Can Get It For You Wholesale, Café Society Swing, etc., and in London’s West End in Follies and Merrily We Roll Along.

RAFI LEVAVY (Stage Manager) Rafi’s Off-Broadway credits include The Velveteen Rabbit, The JAP Show, Confessions of an Irish Rebel (Irish Arts Center), Young Playwrights Festival, Lifegame, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, Stop Kiss (Public),Mizlansky/Zilinsky or ‘Shmucks’, Psychopathia Sexualis (both Manhattan Theatre Club), Life Is A Dream (Pearl), Lonely Planet, The Professional, The Truth Teller (all Circle Rep) and Das Barbecü.  Regionally, Rafi has worked at Lincoln Center Theatre, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Foothills Theatre Company, New Repertory Theatre, The Miniature Theatre of Chester, Centenary Stage Company, Barter Theater, Northern Stage, PCPA Theaterfest, Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center, Maine State Music Theatre and Paper Mill Playhouse. Additionally, Rafi has worked for Jim Henson Productions, Walt Disney Theatrical Productions, and has stage managed clown school and shows for the NY Musical Theater Festival.  A proud member of Equity, Rafi holds a degree in computer science from Brandeis University.

BONNIE BREWER (Scenic 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.

MARGARET SWICK (Lighting Designer) is happy to be returning for her third season at the Depot Theatre. While exploring options at Plattsburgh State, she decided to become a lighting designer. Since graduation, Margaret has been doing local theatre throughout the North Country as well as freelancing with I.A.T.S.E. Local 919 in Vermont.

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 and community theatres. He can occasionally be seen on the Discovery and Travel Channels talking about his sightings of Champ. Jim and his family run ShipStore.com and Westport Marina. In addition, he creates memories with OvertimePhotoBooth.com. Jim is a new 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 as a member of the Westport Central School Board of Education.

MURDER FOR TWO
Book & Music by Joe Kinosian Book & Lyrics by Kellen Blair
Directed by Evan Pappas
With John Grieco and Eric Shorey
Scenic Design by Bonnie Brewer
Lighting Design by Margaret Swick
Sound Design by Jim Carroll
Stage Management by Rafi Levavy

August 12-28, 2016

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The Depot TheatreABOUT 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 2016 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.

Cast Announced for Outside Mullingar at Depot Theatre

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Meet The Cast of
OUTSIDE MULLINGAR

By John Patrick Shanley
Directed by Kevin Cochran
July 22 – August 7

Anthony and Rosemary are lovelorn farmers in rural Ireland who haven’t got a clue when it comes to love. These hopeless singletons need to overcome a bitter land feud, familial rivalries and their own romantic fears to find happiness. Full of John Patrick Shanley’s trademark dark humor, this tenderhearted portrait reminds us it’s never too late to take a chance on love.

The New York Times calls Outside Mullingar “Mr. Shanley’s finest work since Doubt.”

Sponsored by Skidmore College

Todd Cerveris

Todd Cerveris

TODD CERVERIS (Anthony) Broadway: South Pacific, Twentieth Century. Off-Broadway (premieres): Southern Comfort; Almost, Maine; The Booth Variations; The Butcherhouse Chronicles; Time and the Conways; Somewhere, Someplace Else; Dick In London. National tours: War Horse, Spring Awakening, Twelve Angry Men, The Acting Company. Regional: Arena Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, Philadelphia Theater Company, Denver Theater Center, Pioneer Theater, George Street Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Portland Stage, Rep Theater of St. Louis, Actors Theater of Louisville, Grove Theater Center. International: Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Actor’s Touring Company (UK & Greece). Film & television: AllegianceOne Bad ChoiceWhite CollarNurse JackieOne True ThingLiving and Dining, Law & Order,”The Rake’s Progress.

Amy Griffin

Amy Griffin

AMY GRIFFIN (Rosemary) is delighted to be making her Depot debut. She has appeared on Broadway in How The Grinch Stole Christmas! (original cast, cast recording) and Off-Broadway in The English Bride, Mr. President, Infertility, Forbidden Broadway, Newsical, and the recent revival of Once Upon A Mattress(starring Jackie Hoffman). First National Tours: Mrs. Mayor in Seussical the Musical(starring Cathy Rigby) and Grinch. Favorite regional roles include: Sally in Talley’s Folly (Bickford/ Oldcastle Theatres); Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd (Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival); Nicky in The Smell Of The Kill (Women’s Theater); Edith in Blithe Spirit (Indiana Rep); Fran in Grumpy Old Men (starring F. Murray Abraham); Celia in As You Like It (Grove Theater Center, directed by Kevin Cochran), and seven (!) flights as Peter Pan (Independent Theatre Award). Northwestern University graduate (Excellence in Theatre Award). www.Amy-Griffin.org.

David Allen Jones

David Allen Jones

DAVID ALLEN JONES (Tony) Broadway: Apostle Andrew in Jesus Christ Superstar. National Tour: Pilate in Superstar. Regional Theatre: Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Mr. Zero in The Adding Machine,  Juror #8 in Twelve Angry Men, Krapp in Krapp’s Last Tape, Claudius in Hamlet, Sheridan Whiteside in The Man Who Came to Dinner, Father Farley in Mass Appeal, Saunders in Lend Me a Tenor, Lloyd Dallas in Noises Off (Grove Theater Center); Vandergelder in Hello, Dolly!, Narrator/Mysterious Man in Into the Woods, Professor Marvel/Gate Keeper/the Wizard (L.A. Ovation Award nominee) in The Wizard of Oz (3-D Theatricals); Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Gaston inPicasso at the Lapin Agile (PCPA Theaterfest); Applegate in Damn Yankees, Fagin in Oliver! (Fullerton CLO); Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof (South Bay); Herr Shultz in Cabaret, Honoré in Gigi, Captain (critics award) in Dames at Sea (Welk Resort). General Hospital, Bold & the Beautiful.

Rosemary Loar

Rosemary Loar

ROSEMARY LOAR (Alioe) Seven broadway shows including,You Can’t Take It With You, two Off Broadway shows, four national tours including Grizabella in Cats and numerous regional lead roles (including Mame in Mame). Rosemary performed HBO’s, Show Stoppers, PBS-TV production, New Year’s Eve with Guy Lombardo, at Town Hall’s Cabaret Convention, and Carnegie Hall (concert version of Chess). She has performed her critically acclaimed cabaret acts in NYC, LA, Chicago, and Munich, German and won the Hansen Award for continued excellence in cabaret. Ms. Loar is also writes musicals, (with Robert W. Atwood) including STING*chronicity (a true story of Ms. Loar’s experience at a Sting concert), Spoolie Girl (award for best music and lyrics for the MITF Festival and last January, Water From The Moon, produced at Urban Stages in NYC. Rosemary has 5 CD’s of her original music and jazz stands available on iTunes or www.rosemaryloar.com

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.

DAVID DARWIN (Lighting Designer) David has been active within the field of entertainment lighting for over 30 years. He has designed for such organizations as Grove Theater Company, Grove Shakespeare, Shakespeare Orange County, A Noise Within, Western Maryland College, and Chapman University. Live event designs include the Los Angeles Volvo World Cup Dressage Final, the Watcha Tour – Greek Theater, and benefits for the Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences, Santa Monica, CA. David has received multiple Drama Logue awards for scenic and lighting design and recently, an Ovation Award nomination lighting “A Christmas Carol” for Grove Theater Center. In addition to theater, David has been involved in television and film productions such as ABC’s “Nashville”, HBO’s “Entourage”, and Paramount’s “Freedom Writers”. David is a proud member of IATSE Local 728, Studio Electrical Lighting Technicians, Los Angeles, CA.

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 and community theatres. He can occasionally be seen on the Discovery and Travel Channels talking about his sightings of Champ. Jim and his family run ShipStore.com and Westport Marina. In addition, he creates memories with OvertimePhotoBooth.com. Jim is a new 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 as a member of the Westport Central School Board of Education.

OUTSIDE MULLINGAR
By John Patrick Shanley
Directed by Kevin Cochran
With Todd Cerveris, Amy Griffin, David Allen Jones, and Rosemary Loar
Lighting Design by David Darwin
Set Design by Kevin Cochran
Sound Design by Jim Carroll
Sponsored by Skidmore College
July 22- August 7, 2016

 

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