About Elvis People
JORDAN GELBER (John L, Col. Parker, Art, Elvis (asleep), Townsperson, Guy Plagett). Broadway: Avenue Q (special Outer Critics Circle Award). Off-Broadway/NY: Avenue Q, Birth and After Birth, Onthe Sporadic, The Polish Play, The White Devil, Waiting for Godot (NY International Fringe Festival), Women and Criminals (HERE Living Room Series). Regional: Betty’s Summer Vacation (dir. Doug Hughes), Camelot. TV: first three “Law & Order” series (recurring on “SVU”), “The Sopranos,” “Queens Supreme,” “100 Centre Street.” Film: upcoming Fanboys and Sidney Lumet’s Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Everyday People(IFP/Gotham Award nominee for Breakthrough Acting), Riding in Cars With Boys, Changing Lanes. B.A., Stanford University; M.F.A., NYU Tisch Graduate Acting (2000 Laura Pels Award). Proud member of Actors’ Equity.
JENNY MAGUIRE (Susie, Marsha, Young Carol, Hannah, Seraphina, Townsperson, Linda, Dalia). New York theatre: Stay, Acts of Mercy and Stuck (Rattlestick); Anon and New Works: Chance (Atlantic Theater); Live Girls (Urban Stages); Karla (Culture Project); Rose’s Dilemma, Wonder of the World (MTC); Cavedweller (NYTW); Museum (Keen Company); The Latecomer (Joseph Kesselring Award); Goner (Present Company). Regional: Indoor/Outdoor (Hangar), Amadeus (ATL); Whores (CATF), Synergy and Frame 312 (Alley); Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Studio Arena); The Hunger Education (O’Neill Center); The Ruler of My Destiny (Long Wharf). Film/TV: The Girl in the Park, The Baxter, Reveille, Stella Shorts, “Stella,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “That ’70s Show,” “One Life to Live,” “As the World Turns.” Jenny is also currently producing the feature-length documentary 21 Below
DAVID McCANN (Stuart, Keith, Officer Fallon, Townsperson, Doc, Winston) has appeared at theatres across the U.S. and U.K. as Hamlet (three times), Claudius (two), Prospero (two), Oberon, Feste (two), Bassanio, Lord Byron, Hosanna (two), Don Pedro (two), Aunt Augusta (three), Salieri, Cauchon, Ganesha, Robert Scott, Colm Primrose, Claudio, Ross (two), Pato, Bernard Nightengale, Felix Turner (three), Judge Brack, Rev. Brown, Edward (The Retreat...), and in John Barton’s Tantalus. TV includes “Sex and the City,” “The Sopranos,” “L&O” and “L&O: CI.” He is also a food writer and playwright (Great American Home Cooking, Christmas Carol
[16 Productions], Immortal Longings)
NICK NEWELL (Eddie, Vick, Young Keith, Boy, LD, Brad, Elvis Impersonator) is making his Off-Broadway debut. Regional: Hamlet (title role) Elvis People (world premiere), Mill Mountain Theatre; Antigone, Doctor’s Dilemma, Mother Courage, American Repertory Theatre; Drawer Boy, Last Train To Nibroc, Tomfoolery, South Carolina Repertory Company; Nina Variations, Chester Theatre Company. Film: Neo-Noir (Sundance selection 2003). M.F.A.: Moscow Art Theatre School & Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard.
NELL PAGE (Mom, Carol, Louise, Nettie). Off-Broadway debut. She has been acting in professional regional theatre for more than 30 years and a veteran of more than 80 productions in that time, including the southeastern premiere of Elvis People. Regional highlights: The Smell of the Kill, Our Town, To Kill a Mockingbird, Dinner with Friends, Life X 3, The Carpetbagger’s Children, Betrayal, Two Gentlemen of Verona. Elvis People is Nell’s second collaboration with playwright Doug Grissom. Together they co-wrote the play Coquina, which opened at New York’s Harold Clurman Theatre.
ED SALA (Dad, Godwin, Townsperson, Publisher, Hank) has appeared in The Scarlet Pimpernel on Broadway, in Johnny Guitar and Perfect CrimeOff-Broadway and in Robert Fulghum and Friends at Carnegie Hall. He thanks his wife Renee and his daughter Emma Shenandoah for their patience and support. He dedicates his work in this show to the memory of William Pitts, an extraordinary performer and true friend.
KRISTEN BEDARD (Understudy). National tours: Grease (Jan). New York theatre: Pullman Car Hiawatha (twelve o’clock, Keen Company), Jungle Queen Debutante reading (Tiffy/Rocco, Hell’s Kitchen Musicals). Graduate of Hanover College. Thank you to my family.
NED NOYES (Understudy). Credits include The Cherry Orchard (Steppenwolf Theatre); The Taming of the Shrew, Pacific Overtures, AMidsummer Night’s Dream (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); The Glass Menagerie, Fräulein Else, My Fair Lady, Scapin, Mary Stuart (Court Theatre); Orson’s Shadow (Chicago Center); Brigadoon (Marriott Lincolnshire); At Wit’s End (Northlight Theatre); Stories on Stage! (Museum of Contemporary Art); And Neither Have I Wings to Fly (Fox Theatricals); and numerous shows with Roadworks, including Stupid Kids and This is Our Youth. Training: Northwestern University. Special thanks extended to KGA and Stephanie.
DOUG GRISSOM’s (Playwright) plays have been produced in many regional and university productions including at Theatre Virginia, the Source Theatre in Washington, D.C., Mill Mountain Theatre and Theatre 40 in Los Angeles, as well as in numerous productions Off-Off- Broadway. He has won several awards including the Virginia Playwriting Award, Mill Mountain New Play Competition and the Outstanding New Play Award at the Washington Theatre Festival. His educational theatre piece on acquaintance rape But I Said No has toured extensively for the last five years on college campuses throughout the nation. He is the co-founder of Offstage Theatre in Charlottesville, a theatre committed to producing new work non-theatrical spaces. He is chair of the playwriting committee for the Southeastern Theatre Conference and is active in the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival, having been a regional playwriting chair and a national vice chair.
HENRY WISHCAMPER (Director). The Polish Play, A Conflation of Macbeth by William Shakespeare and Ubu Roi by Alfred Jarry (Katharsis Theater Company); Pullman Car Hiawatha (Keen Company; Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Play; Time Out New York Top 10 Productions of 2004); Scott Blumenthal’s So Frightful...(McGinn/Cazale Theatre; commissioned by the Maine Humanities Council); The Good Thief (Portland Stage Company); The Flying Doctor and The Imaginary Cuckold (Roundtable Ensemble); ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore (HERE); Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Maine Summer Dramatic Institute/Shakespeare in Deering Oaks Park). He served as the assistant director on the Broadway productions of Shining City (directed by Robert Falls), Absurd Person Singular (directed by John Tillinger) and Match (directed by Nicholas Martin). Henry is the Artistic Director of Katharsis Theater Company. He served as the Artistic Director of the Maine Summer Dramatic Institute in Portland, Maine from 1997–1999 and as the Artistic Associate of Keen Company from 2002–2005. He is a Drama League Directing Fellow. Upcoming: Conor McPherson’s Port Authority at the Atlantic Theater Company.
PORTIA KRIEGER (Assistant to the Director). New York directing credits include On the Verge, Clinically Negative, Welcome to the Moon, Look Back in Anger, Fefu and Her Friends and Svetlana’s Junk Show. Last summer during her residency at the Williamstown Theatre Festival she directed Aria da Capoand Let Us Go Out Into the Starry Night, and choreographed the new musical Demon Dreams. Assistant directing credits include The Pillowman and Agnes of God at the George Street Playhouse, Hannah and Martin(with David Straithairn) and Alive in the World. Portia graduated from Smith College in 2003. She is a member of the Drama League Assistant Directors Project.
CAMERON ANDERSON (Set Design). Recent credits include The Barber of Seville (Opera Theatre of St. Louis); Massacre... (LAByrinth, Public Theater); Maria Padilla (Minnesota Opera); Underground (David Dorfman Dance at BAM); Don Giovanni (Wolf Trap Opera); Così fan Tutte (Seattle Opera); Heddatron (Les Frères Corbusier); Dixie’s Tupperware Party (Ars Nova); The Village Singer and Lord Byron’s Love Letter (Manhattan School of Music); Tall Grass and Widower’s Houses (Theatre Row); The Consul (Opera Boston); La Bohème (SF Opera); Susannah and Roméo et Juliette (Festival Opera); Dead Cityand Anna Bella Eema (New Georges); Much Ado About Nothing and Martha Mitchell Speaks (Shakespeare and Co.); and Earthquake Chica andMarge (SPF). Upcoming: A Feminine Endingat Playwrights Horizons and Escape From Bellevue (WestBeth Entertainment). www.cameronanderson.net
THERESA SQUIRE (Costume Design) designs costumes for theatre, dance and film. She is the resident costume designer for Drama Desk-winning Keen Company. This past year Theresa has designed for the Atlantic Theater Company, The New Group, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, The Hourglass Group, The Flying Machine, iTheatrics and Tami Stronach Dance. Her costumes were seen on Broadway in High
Fidelityand The Lieutenant of Inishmore.
ERIN KENNEDY LUNSFORD (Wig, Hair and Makeup Design). Recent credits: The Underpants (Two River Theatre); Stay (Rattlestick); Essential Self-Defense, Pen, Manic Flight Reaction (Playwrights Horizons); The Polis Play (Katharsis Theater), Two Trains Running (Signature), Birth and After Birth (Atlantic), Dog Sees God... (Century Center), The Revenger’s Tragedy (Red Bull). Also Primary Stages, Mint, Columbia University, Les Frères Corbusier, Vineyard. 2006 season at Music Theatre of Wichita; Così fan Tutteand She Stoops to Conquer (University of Michigan); three seasons with U. of Minnesota Opera. Etc: Grey Gardens, Paul Huntley; Bach at Leipzig, Tom Watson. She also works with many young performers and designers in and around NYC.
ROBERT P. ROBINS (Lighting Design). Bob has held the title of Lighting Designer-in-Residence/Audio Production at the Hippodrome State Theatre in Gainesville, Florida for more than 22 years. During this time, Bob has designed the lighting for more than 250 productions. He has also Stage Managed more than 18 productions. In addition to designing and Stage Managing, Bob also engineers the soundtracks and designs the sound reinforcement (live sound mix and equipment specifications) for all Hippodrome productions and is the Safety Officer for the Hippodrome.
GRAHAM JOHNSON (Sound Design). Select New York credits: Relativity and Klonsky & Schwartz with the notorious Ensemble Studio Theatre, assistant on In the Continuumwith Primary Stages and assistant on Sealed for Freshness at New World Stages. Regional credits with the award-winning Hippodrome State Theatre include The Diary of Anne Frank, Blue Room, Dracula, Romeo and Juliet, The War of the Worlds and Closer.
LORELEI ESSER(Properties Designer). Lorelei has been designing properties for the Hippodrome State Theatre since 1994. She has long been recognized in the community for her accomplishments and contributions as an independent artist. In addition to her work at the Hippodrome Lorelei works as a freelance wardrobe, makeup and properties designer for film (most recently Victor Nunez’ Coastlines), television and commercial photo shoots. Lorelei is also the Curator of the Hippodrome Art Gallery.
MAYA CIARROCCHI (Video and Projection Design) is a projection designer and video artist. Design credits for dance include choreographers Wally Cardona, Merce Cunningham, Bebe Miller and Donna Uchizono. Additional design credits include the critically acclaimed Relativity directed by Talvin Wilks. Ciarrocchi received a 2006 Bessie Award for her work on Bebe Miller’s Landing/Place.
ERIC TYSINGER (Production Stage Manager). Eric is proud to make his Off-Broadway debut with Elvis People. Regional credits include pre-Broadway run of Hedda Gabler starring Kate Burton; Light up the Sky, Tonight at 8:30, Williamstown Theatre Festival; Elvis People, Great Expectations, Mill Mountain Theatre; Crumbs From the Table of Joy, Old Wicked Songs, Angel Street, Triad Stage; A Prayer For Owen Meanyand Hobson’s Choice, Playmakers Repertory Company; A Christmas Carol, Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, NCSF. Proud member, AEA. Thank you Teresa, Mom and God for all of your love and support. For my Granny and Rick.
ALEX JEPSON (Assistant Stage Manager). Alex is excited to rejoin the production after ASMing the Florida opening. He is a proud member of AEA, and would like to thank all those in his life that help in his daily toil to enable him to bring positive attitudes to the work environments he finds himself in.
STEPHANIE KLAPPER CASTING (Casting). Klapper Casting’s work has been seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regionally, internationally, on television, film and heard on radio. Selected recent credits: Off- Broadway: an oak tree (Barrow Street Theatre); Kathleen Clark’s Southern Comfortsand A.R. Gurney’s Indian Blood (Primary Stages); Treason (Perry Street Theatre); Indoor/Outdoor (DR2 Theatre); A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pagent (Les Frères Corbusier at NYTW); Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue (ElMuseo del Barrio); The Polish Play (Katharsis Theater Co.); Bulrusher (Urban Stages); Jose Pliya Project (ACT French Festival, Ohio Theatre). National tour: In the Contiuum; New York casting for Mary Zimmerman’s Mirror of the Invisible World (Goodman Theatre). Numerous regional the- atre including New York Classical Theatre, Round House Theatre, Clarence Brown Theatre, Hangar Theatre, Adirondack Theatre Festival, Capital Repertory Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company, The New Theatre, Vermont Stage Company and Virginia Stage Co. Television and film: several independent feature films including The Feast of the Goat with Isabella Rossellini, Uncertain Terms and Altamont Now! Ms. Klapper is a member of the Casting Society of America and the League of Professional Theatre Women.
DAVID GERSTEN & ASSOCIATES (Press Representatives) represents the Off-Broadway hits Altar Boyz (3rd smash year), Naked Boys Singing! (eight full frontal years!) and The Awesome ’80s Prom (3rd year). Other current clients include New World Stages, Stage Entertainment US, York Theatre, Mint Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Lucille Lortel Foundation and The League of Off- Broadway Theatres & Producers’ annual Lortel Awards, which David also writes and co-produces. David produced the acclaimed Tea at Five starring Kate Mulgrew as Katharine Hepburn as well as the musicals Dr Sex and Eleanor & Hick.
MARTIAN ENTERTAINMENT LLC (General Management) is owned and founded by Carl D. White. Producing/Management credits include Altar Boyz (NYC); Naked Boys Singing! worldwide; Elvis People; Mother Load; [title of show]; Dog Sees God...; The Musical of Musicals...(NYC & West End); The Black and White Blues; People Are Wrong!; Matt & Ben; Love, Janis; The Last Session; 21 Dog Years...; The Women of Lockerbie; Criss Angel Mindfreak; York Theatre Company, many others. Next: producing the new MySpace Musical Top 8 by Jordan Beck and Jonathan May; a new Sci-Fi rock musical with composer Paul Murphy; the controversial new play Kick the Spotted Dog; the new musical Sammy & Me. www.MartianEntertainment.com
EMILEE MACDONALD (Associate Producer). At 23, MacDonald became one of the youngest staff members at the highest ranked theatre in the state of Florida, the Hippodrome State Theatre. As Patron Relations Director she managed the needs of several thousand season ticket holders and led the sales team to a record-setting increase of 68% in season subscription sales. MacDonald finished her career at the Hippodrome State Theatre in 2006 as Director of Development. Her work in this key leadership role led to a healthy increase in corporate support for the nonprofit. As a co-founder of E.P. Productions, Inc. she has helped to orchestrate the artistic and business path of Elvis Peopleto unprecedented success for the north central Florida theatre community. MacDonald is proud to create a work environment that honors the art, the artist and the audience by delivering works of excellence.
ROBERT A. RUSH (Producer). Rush discovered Elvis People in 2003. He has spent the last three and half years developing this new play alongside playwright Doug Grissom. His dedication and vision for the certain success of Elvis People fostered the founding of E.P. Productions, Inc. Originally from the New York City area, Rush moved to North Central Florida outside of Gainesville, and attended Johns Hopkins University and the University of Florida where he obtained his law degree. Rush is one of only four attorneys in the State of Florida to be Board Certified in both Civil Trial Law and Criminal Trial Law. He also teaches Trial Practice at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Rush served on The Florida Bar Board of Governors for six years, ending in 2005, and also served on The Florida Bar’s Executive Committee. He is a past president of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Rush’s continual commitment to his community is made evident by his 12-year tenure as President and member of the Board of Directors of the Volunteer Center of Alachua County. Rush is also involved in the renovation of historic properties in and around the Gainesville area, including the complete renovation of several landmark houses.
April 28th, 2006
Elvis People made its South Eastern Premiere at the Curtis M. Phillips Performing Arts Center's Black Box Theatre. This production is the beginning stages of building a national tour.
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February 12th , 2006
Elvis People had its world premiere production at the highly acclaimed regional theatre Mill Mountain. The production played to sold out crowds and received rave reviews.
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July 26th , 2004
Elvis People was first seen as a staged reading at the Hippodrome State Theatre. The project was titled The Digital Elvis Project.
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E.P. Productions, Inc. is a new theatrical production company. We are dedicated to providing theatrical entertainment to diverse communities and intergenerational audiences. It is our goal to produce work that is universally appealing in a variety of different venues. E. P. Productions, Inc. is committed to creating an environment that honors the art in which it creates by conducting business in a professional manner that continually strives for nothing less then excellence.
Robert A. Rush
Robert Rush discovered Elvis People in 2003. He has spent the last three and half years developing this new play alongside playwright Doug Grissom. His dedication and vision for the certain success of Elvis People fostered the founding of E.P. Productions, Inc. Originally from the New York City area, Rush moved to North Central Florida outside of Gainesville, and attended Johns Hopkins University and the University of Florida where he obtained his law degree. Rush is one of only four attorneys in the State of Florida that is Board Certified in both Civil Trial Law and Criminal Trial Law. He also teaches Trial Practice at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Rush served on The Florida Bar Board of Governors for six years, ending in 2005, and also served on The Florida Bar’s Executive Committee. He is a past president of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Rush’s continual commitment to his community is made evident by his 12 year tenure as President and member of the Board of Directors of the Volunteer Center of Alachua County. Rush is also involved in the renovation of historic properties in and around the Gainesville area including the complete renovation of several landmark houses.
Emilee MacDonald has worked for six years at the highest ranked theatre in the state of Florida, the Hippodrome State Theatre. As Patron Relations Manager she managed the needs of over 2,500 season ticket holders and led the sales team to a record setting increase of 68% in season subscription sales. In her theatre management in the non-profit sector, she was the Executive Assistant to the Producing Director. MacDonald finished her career at the Hippodrome State Theatre as Director of Development. Her work in this key leadership role led to a healthy increase in corporate support for the nonprofit. She has helped to orchestrate the artistic and business path of Elvis People to unprecedented success for the north central Florida theatre community. MacDonald serves as Associate Producer of the New York Production.
Grissom's plays have been produced in many regional and university productions including Theatre Virginia, the Source Theatre in Washington, D.C., Mill Mountain Theatre, Hippodrome State Theatre and Theatre 40 in Los Angeles, as well as numerous productions Off-Off Broadway. He has won several awards, including the Virginia Playwriting Award, Mill Mountain New Play Competition and the Outstanding New Play Award at the Washington Theatre Festival. His educational theatre piece on acquaintance rape "But I Said No" has toured extensively on college campuses throughout the nation. He is the co-founder of Offstage Theatre in Charlottesville, a theatre committed to producing new work in non-theatrical spaces.
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