The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek

Text Naomi Wallace
Direction Lisa Peterson

June 11, 1999—July 10, 1999

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Set during the Great Depression, The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek tells the story of two lonely, defiant kids who imagine their escape from the hopeless gloom of their crumbling country town. The play examines the troubling, dark secrets sometimes buried in the hearts of American youth and asks if one generation’s failure to make a decent world is a reason for the hardships that confront our young people.

Scenic Design Riccardo Hernandez
Costume Design Katherine Roth
Lighting Design Scott Zielinski
Original Music and Sound Design David Van Tieghem
Fight Direction Rick Sordelet
Dialect Consultant Sarah Felder
Stage Manager Martha Donaldson
Assistant Stage Manager Katie J. Garton

with David Chandler, Philip Goodwin, Alicia Goranson, Michael Pitt and Nancy Robinette

The Gimmick

Creator and Performer Dael Orlandersmith
Direction Chris Coleman

April 16, 1999—May 23, 1999

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The Gimmick is a coming of age tale that centers on Alexis, who is eight year old and big for her age.  The first turning point in her life occurs when she meets Jimmy, a neighborhood boy about the same age.  Their subsequent bonding helps them rise above peer hostilities and parental abuse in the 1960’s and ‘70s.  They share time and dreams with one another: Alexis dreams in words and aspires to become a writer, Jimmy dreams in images and aspires to become a celebrated painter.  Together, the youngsters struggle through their early childhood days and discover the “gimmicks” that enable them to transcend the daily hardships they encounter in East Harlem.

Scenic and Costume Design Scott Pask
Lighting Design Matthew Frey
Sound Design Kurt Kellenberger
Stage Manager Martha Donaldson

Bright Lights Big City

Text, Music and Lyrics Paul Scott Goodman
Based on the novel by Jay McInerney
Direction Michael Greif

January 29, 1999—March 14, 1999

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Jamie’s dream of becoming a novelist leads him to the the Big Apple, where he and his dream get lost in the bright lights of decadent 80’s nightlife. A product of the 80s and the “Me” generation, Jamie forsakes his dreams, his unreconciled past, his family and his unsatisfying marriage for the temptations of the clubbing and drugging circuit.

Composition Paul Scott Goodman
Orchestration and Arrangement Jeff Levine
Set Design Paul Clay
Costume Design Angela Wendt
Lighting Design Blake Burba
Sound Design Jon Weston
Musical Direction Jeff Levine
Vocal Arrangement Anne Marie Milazzo
Casting Bernard Telsey Casting
Stage Manager Martha Donaldson

with Carla Bianco, Kerry Butler, Paul Scott Goodman, Sharon Leal, Norm Lewis, Anne Marie Milazzo, Anthony Rapp, Alice Ripley, Alexis Toomer and Patrick Wilson

The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told

Text Paul Rudnick
Direction Christopher Ashley

November 13, 1998—January 10, 1999

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“God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.” The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told ponders what it would be like if the opposite were true. In this comedy about the struggle for faith- from Mesopotamia to Chelsea- Adam and Steve and Jane and Mabel- Earth’s first two couples- seek God on the ark, beside the pyramids, and at K-Mart on Christmas Eve.

Scenic Design Michael Brown
Costume Design Susan Hilferty
Lighting Design Donald Holder
Sound Design Darron L West
Choreography Joey Pizzi
Casting Bernard Telsey Casting
Stage Manager Charles Means
Assistant Stage Manager Lee J. Kahrs

with Joanna P Adler, Jenny Bacon, Becky Ann Baker, Peter Bartlett, Juan Carlos Hernandez, Lisa Kron, Orlando Pabotoy, Amy Sedaris and Alan Tudyk

Culture of Desire

Conception and Direction Anne Bogart.
Creation and Performance The Siti Company

August 28, 1998—October 18, 1998

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Inspired by the life of Andy Warhol and loosely based on Dante’s Inferno, Cultue of Desire follows Warhol on a fantastic journey through a world obsessed with the accumulation of wealth, fame, and material possessions. Beginning the moment of his attempted assassination, Warhol takes a tour of the early years of America’s consumerist society, encountering numerous icons of Sixties pop culture, including Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Diana Vreeland, and Jacqueline Kennedy as well as famous Warhol cronies like Edie Sedgwick, Ultraviolet, and Henry Geldzahler.

Scenic Design Neil Patel
Costume Design James Schuette
Lighting Design Mimi Jordan Sherin
Noize Darron L West
Company Stage Manager Megan Wanlass
Stage Manager Charles Means

with Akiko Aizawa, J. Ed Araiza, Ellen Lauren, Jefferson Mays, Kelly Maurer, Karenjune Sanchez and Stephen Webber