T U C S O N A R I Z O N A
Elegant and funny, this Stoppard-clever work spans two eras,
Matt Bowdren as Valentine Coverly and Patty Gallagher as Hannah Jarvis
Gabriella De Brequet as Thomasina Coverly and Ryan Parker Knox as Septimus Hodge
Patty Gallagher as Hannah Jarvis and Joseph McGrath as Bernard Nightingale
Matt Bowdren as Valentine Coverly and Holly Griffith as Chloë Coverly
Ryan Parker Knox as Septimus Hodge and Kathryn Kellner Brown as Lady Croom
Photos by Tim Fuller
Rogue’s riveting Arcadia among company’s best productions
Cynthia Meier (Director) is the Managing and Associate Artistic Director for The Rogue Theatre and holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from the University of Arizona. She is co-founder of Bloodhut Productions, a company performing original monologues and comedy improvisation, which toured throughout the western United States. At The Rogue Theatre, Cynthia has adapted and directed James Joyce’s The Dead and Kafka’s Metamorphosis and directed Richard III, Journey to the West, The Winter’s Tale, Shipwrecked!, New-Found-Land, Old Times, The Tempest, Nāga Mandala, The Four of Us, Othello, Animal Farm, Orlando, Happy Days, The Good Woman of Setzuan, The Fever and The Cherry Orchard. She also directed The Seagull (featuring Ken Ruta) for Tucson Art Theatre, and she directed Talia Shire in Sister Mendelssohn and Edward Herrmann in Beloved Brahms for Chamber Music Plus Southwest. Cynthia has been nominated for seven Mac Awards for Best Actress from the Arizona Daily Star. In 2008, she received the Mac Award for Best Actress for her performance of Stevie in Edward Albee’s The Goat at The Rogue Theatre. Last season, Cynthia played the title role in The Rogue’s production of Mother Courage and Her Children.
Over the past few months, several people have asked me, “What’s Arcadia about?” I’ve mumbled something like, “Well, it takes place in two different eras in the same room . . .“ or “All of the characters are pursuing knowledge,” but I may just as well have said, “history and the cosmos” or ‘sex and math” or “you and me” because the truth is that Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia is about all of human life and culture.
Classically, the concept of “Arcadia” is an idyllic vision of nature—the wilderness removed from the city. This idea lit the imaginations of the ancient Greeks who later inspired Virgil to write a vision of Arcadia in his cycle of poems, Eclogues. In England, John Dryden translated Virgil in 1697. The idea of a retreat into nature became very important for the English landed aristocracy.
With the fecundity of nature comes images of sex and procreation. Nature not only provides an idyllic place for love and lovemaking, but Nature itself is sexual. Nature figures as a lover in much of the Romantic poetry of the early 19th century—one of the settings of the play. And sex figures quite prominently in Stoppard’s Arcadia.
In a comic moment early in the play, Lady Croom describes her beautiful garden by referring to the 17th century French landscape painter Nicolas Poussin’s "Et in Arcadia ego." His pastoral paintings depict shepherds from classical antiquity, clustered around an austere tomb. Lady Croom mistranslates “Et in Arcadia, ego” as “Here I am in Arcadia.” Her translation embraces only the pastoral element of Arcadia. Later Septimus, the tutor, correctly translates “Even in Arcadia, there am I.” This translation directs the painting into the genre of memento mori—“remember that you too will die.” Even in this Arcadia of harmony and fecundity and life, patient Death still looms. Lady Croom misses the point, but Stoppard, through Septimus, makes sure we remember.
I believe Stoppard was truly inspired when he wrote Arcadia. The characters are delightfully eccentric, the ideas are soaring, and the poetry is at times breathtaking. All of us at The Rogue are thrilled to share it with you. As Septimus says, “Life is very short.” Enjoy, dear audience.
—Cynthia Meier, Director of Arcadia
Ryan Parker Knox as Septimus Hodge, Gabriella De Brequet as Thomasina Coverly,
Patty Gallagher as Hannah Jarvis and Dustin Rieffer as Gus Coverly
Gabriella De Brequet as Thomasina Coverly, Ryan Parker Knox as Septimus Hodge,
Kathryn Kellner Brown as Lady Croom and David Greenwood as Richard Noakes
Photos by Tim Fuller
Lighting design by Don Fox
Thomasina Coverly Gabriella De Brequet Septimus Hodge Ryan Parker Knox Jellaby David Morden* Ezra Chater Lee Rayment Richard Noakes David Greenwood Lady Croom Kathryn Kellner Brown Captain Brice David Morden* Hannah Jarvis Patty Gallagher* ChloŽ Coverly Holly Griffith Bernard Nightingale Joseph McGrath* Valentine Coverly Matt Bowdren Gus/Augustus Coverly Dustin Rieffer
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association,
the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States,
appearing under a Special Appearance Contract
Matt Bowdren (Valentine Coverly) has appeared at The Rogue in Measure for Measure, Mistake of the Goddess (Hayavadana), after the quake (2013 Mac Award for Best Actor), Richard III, Metamorphosis, Mother Courage and Her Children, The Night Heron, Journey to the West, As I lay Dying, Major Barbara, The Real Inspector Hound, New-Found-Land, The Four of Us, Six Characters in Search of an Author and The Goat. Other Arizona credits include The Pillowman with The Now Theatre and Romeo and Juliet with Southwest Shakespeare. Matt has worked regionally in Georgia and New York City performing with The Rose of Athens, Hudson Shakespeare Company, and Collaborative Stages. Matt holds an M.F.A in Performance from the University of Georgia, and teaches acting at Pima College and The University of Arizona.
Matt Bowdren’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Sheldon Trubatch & Katharina Phillips.
Gabriella De Brequet (Thomasina Coverly) is thrilled to be making her professional debut at The Rogue Theatre. She is an alumna of Cienega High School where she was seen in 1984 (Gladys), Romeo and Juliet (Clown), and West Side Story (Anybodys). She is now a full time student and theatre major at Pima Community College where she has appeared in the Shakespearian Showcase, Musical Theatre Workshop, Curtains (Niki Harris), The Jungle Book (Ensemble), All Shook Up (Ensemble), The Trumpet of the Swan (Miss Plum), and The Diary of Anne Frank (Anne Frank). Gabriella would like to thank her professors, her family for supporting her passion, Anne Frank, and everyone at The Rogue Theatre.
Patty Gallagher (Hannah Jarvis) is Professor of Theatre Arts at University of California Santa Cruz where she teaches movement, mask, Balinese dance, and clown traditions. With The Rogue, she has performed the roles of Kali in Mistake of the Goddess (Hayavadana), Red Peter in Kafka’s Monkey, Mrs. Samsa in Metamorphosis, Monkey King in Journey to the West, Autolycus in The Winter’s Tale, Player 1 in Shipwrecked!, Alibech in The Decameron, Ariel in The Tempest, Rani in Naga Mandala, Emilia in Othello, the Player in Act Without Words, Orlando in Orlando, Sonnerie and Scarron in Red Noses, Winnie in Happy Days, Ranevskaya in The Cherry Orchard and Shen Te in The Good Woman of Setzuan. She has worked with Shakespeare Santa Cruz, The Folger Shakespeare Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, The New Pickle Circus, Ripe Time Theatre, Two River Theatre, Teatro Cronopio and Grupo Malayerba. She has performed, choreographed and directed workshops in Asia, South America, Europe, and the U.S. In 2006 she was Fulbright Scholar in Quito, Ecuador. She holds a doctorate in Theatre from University of Wisconsin–Madison, and she is Director in Residence for the Clown Conservatory, San Francisco Circus Center.
Patty Gallagher’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Ellen & Warren Bodow.
David Greenwood (Richard Noakes) was a member of the cast of The Rogue Theatre’s first production, The Balcony, and has recently appeared in Measure for Measure, Mistake of the Goddess (Hayavadana), Richard III, Metamorphosis, Mother Courage and Her Children, The Night Heron, Journey to the West, The Decameron, The Real Inspector Hound, Major Barbara, As I Lay Dying and The Winter’s Tale. He has appeared locally in Shining City and The Birthday Party at Beowulf Alley Theatre and The One-Armed Man, The Disposal and The Glass Menagerie at Tucson Art Theatre.
David Greenwood’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Bill Sandel & Karen DeLay.
Holly Griffith (ChloŽ Coverly) feels blessed to be making her acting debut at The Rogue, where she has also served as a box office assistant and as dramaturg for Measure for Measure and Mistake of the Goddess. Holly is a Master’s student of English Literature at the University of Arizona where she also teaches Freshman Composition. Holly’s academic interests include American Literature, folklore, Irish literature, and of course, drama and theatre studies. In addition to her scholarly pursuits, Holly has worn many hats as a performing artist. She most recently served as the President of Emerson Dance Company in Boston, MA, and choreographed a Student Dance Showcase at The Miami Valley School in Dayton, OH. Holly also directed Marina Carr’s By the Bog of Cats, and co-directed Brian Friel’s Lovers for Rareworks Theatre Company in Boston, MA. Holly would like to dedicate her performance to her genius brother Luke.
Kathryn Kellner Brown (Lady Croom) performed with The Rogue Theatre as Queen Margaret in Richard III, Paulina in A Winter’s Tale and Mrs. Baines in Major Barbara. Her professional acting career has included work in the areas of television, film, industrial film and training, voiceover, and musical theatre, as well as regional theatre and off-Broadway. Kathryn has a BFA from the University of Arizona and recently participated in the American Conservatory Theater's Summer Congress classical program in San Francisco, as well as past studies with the Royal National Theatre Studio, London. She is a member of the Screen Actor’s Guild.
Ryan Parker Knox (Septimus Hodge) is a native of South Dakota and has lived in Tucson for two years. A BFA graduate of the University of South Dakota, “RPK” called Minneapolis/St. Paul home for over a decade before relocating to the Southwest on a whim, and good thing he did. This marks his second season as a Rogue Acting Company Member, having previously appeared in Measure for Measure as Pompey, Mistake of the Goddess (Hayavadana) as Devadatta, Richard III as Hastings/Blunt, Metamorphosis as Clerk/Charwoman/Three Gentlemen, Mother Courage and Her Children as Lieutenant/various other soldiers, The Night Heron as Neddy Beagle, and Journey to the West as Sha Monk. Some of his favorite past roles include Jerry in The Full Monty, and title roles in Picasso at the Lapin Agile and The Who’s Tommy, all for Paul Bunyan Playhouse in Bemidji, MN as well as Henry in Henry V, Tesman in Hedda Gabler, and Phillip in Orphans. Ryan sends humble thanks out to all his previous and current Rogue sponsors, to his four biggest little fans O, D, A, and P back in South Dakota, and especially to his beautiful girlfriend Shayna. Please enjoy the season!
Ryan Parker Knox’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Lillian Fisher.
Joseph McGrath (Bernard Nightingale) is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Drama and is the Artistic Director for The Rogue Theatre for which he has directed and performed in many plays. Joe was most recently seen at The Rogue Theatre as Duke Vincentio in Measure for Measure, in the title role of Richard III, as Griffin in The Night Heron, the Jade Emperor in Journey to the West, Leontes in The Winter’s Tale, Patsy in The New Electric Ballroom, in the ensemble of Shipwrecked! and as Andrew Undershaft in Major Barbara. In 2009 Joe won the Arizona Daily Star Mac Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Tobias in A Delicate Balance. He has toured with John Houseman’s Acting Company, performed with the Utah Shakespearean Festival, and he is a frequent performer with Ballet Tucson appearing in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Cinderella, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dracula and The Nutcracker. He has also performed with Arizona Theatre Company, Arizona Opera, Tucson Art Theatre, and Arizona Onstage. Joe owns, with his wife Regina Gagliano, Sonora Theatre Works, which produces theatrical scenery and draperies.
Joseph McGrath’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Bill & Carol Mangold.
David Morden (Jellaby/Captain Brice) has appeared with The Rogue Theatre as the Actor in Mistake of the Goddess (Hayavadana), Buckingham in Richard III, The Chaplain in Mother Courage and Her Children, the Dragon King in Journey to the West, Polixenes in The Winter’s Tale, Louis de Rougemont in Shipwrecked!, Rinieri in The Decameron, Stephano in The Tempest, Brabantio and Montano in Othello, Editor Webb in Our Town, in the ensembles of Animal Farm and Orlando, as Madame Pace in Six Characters in Search of an Author, The Pope in Red Noses, Yephikhov in The Cherry Orchard, The Man in the Silver Dress in the preshow to The Maids and Glaucus in Endymion. He has acted locally with Arizona Opera (The Pirates of Penzance, The Threepenny Opera), Arizona Onstage Productions (Assassins), Actors Theatre (The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged)) and Green Thursday Theatre Project (Anger Box, Rain), of which he was a co-founder. David has also directed The Rogue’s productions of Measure for Measure, Major Barbara, Ghosts, A Delicate Balance, The Goat (2008 Arizona Daily Star Mac Award), Six Characters in Search of an Author and Krapp’s Last Tape, Not I and Act Without Words. Last season, David directed Inspecting Carol for Arizona Repertory Theatre and directed three one-act adaptations of Medea for the Studio Series at the University of Arizona, where he is an Assistant Professor in the School of Theatre, Film and Television.
David Morden’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Jan Stewart.
Lee Rayment (Ezra Chater) is a graduate from the University of Northern Colorado. When not performing he can be found swinging on the trapeze at the Zuzi Theatre or saving Corporate America from utter destruction. He has performed in several shows at The Rogue: Measure for Measure (Lucio), Richard III (Sir William Catesby, Second Murderer), Mother Courage and Her Children (Regimental Clerk), Journey to the West (Moksa), The Winter’s Tale (Archidamus), As I Lay Dying (ensemble), and in Major Barbara (Stephen Undershaft). He has also assistant directed The Night Heron and The New Electric Ballroom. In Tucson he has appeared as Katurian in The Pillowman for The Now Theatre (for which he received the 2011 Mac Award for Best Actor from the Arizona Daily Star). At the University of Northern Colorado he performed in Amadeus (Salieri), The Servant of Two Masters (Pantalone), and Urinetown (Mr. Caldwell).
Lee Rayment’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from John & Joyce Ambruster.
Dustin Rieffer (Gus/Augustus Coverly) is a Tucson native and is excited to be a part of his first show at The Rogue. He recently performed various roles in Pima Community College’s production of The Laramie Project, where he is working on an Associates of Fine Arts. Other PCC productions include Treasure Island (Jim Hawkins), Roosters (Shadow), All Shook Up (ensemble), Trumpet of the Swan (Louie), and Inherit the Wind (Howard).
Gabriella De Brequet as Thomasina Coverly and Ryan Parker Knox as Septimus Hodge
Photo by Tim Fuller
Music Director Paul Amiel Pianist Sara M. Tobe
Paul Amiel (Music Director) is a musician/composer passionate about traditional music and instruments of the world, with an emphasis on Turkish, Medieval, Chinese, Japanese, Mediterranean, and ancient music. Paul has performed on gothic harp, kaval, saz, ney, banjo, flute, piano, guitar, dizi, shakuhachi, and accordéon for his groups Summer Thunder, Muso, Seyyah, Zambuka, and Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Theatre 3) as well as Musica Sonora, the Arizona Early Music Society, and Odaiko Sonora. Paul, an Artistic Associate of The Rogue, was Music Director for Measure for Measure, Mistake of the Goddess, Richard III, Kafka’s Monkey and Metamorphosis, The Night Heron, Journey to the West, As I Lay Dying and The Winter’s Tale. Arcadia is his 18th production with The Rogue Theatre.
Paul Amiel’s music direction is supported in part by a generous gift from Paul Barby.
Sara M. Tobe (Pianist) is a first year graduate student at the University of Arizona in medical ethnomusicology studying with Dr. Janet Sturman. She is also performing with the Arizona Baroque ensemble at the University. Prior to moving to Tucson in July, Ms. Tobe graduated this year from Bowling Green State University in Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts in music and a minor in ethnic studies. At Bowling Green, she served as accompanist for all of the University Bands and A Capella Choir. At the completion of her senior year she served as accompanist for Gian Carlo Menotti’s radio opera The Old Maid and the Thief with charity donations benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Joseph McGrath as Bernard Nightingale and Holly Griffith as Chloë Coverly
Ryan Parker Knox as Septimus Hodge and Lee Rayment as Ezra Chater
Photos by Tim Fuller
Costume Design Cynthia Meier Scenic Design Joseph McGrath Lighting Design Don Fox
Assistant Director Bryan Rafael Falcòn Stage Manager Leah Taylor Dialect Coach David Morden Costume Construction Cynthia Meier, Kathryn Kellner Brown,
Zohreh Saunders & Karen DeLay
Assistant Lighting Designer Josh Hemmo Master Electrician Peter Bleasby Lighting Crew Heather Phillips & Fatimah Amil House Manager Susan Collinet Box Office Manager Thomas Wentzel Box Office Assistants Kara Clauser, Holly Griffith,
Caroline Ragano & Latifah Street
Poster, Program & Website Thomas Wentzel
Don Fox (Lighting Design) holds a B.A. in Theatre Administration from St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX and in May 2014 will complete his M.F.A in Lighting Design at the University of Arizona. Prior to returning to grad school in 2011 Don was the Technical Director and Facilities Manager at the high-tech Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee, in Washington’s Cascade Mountains. He has served as lighting and sound consultant for Silversea Cruises, has twice designed Shakespeare in the Park for the San Antonio Botanical Gardens, and is resident lighting designer for Tucson’s Artifact Dance Project for whom he recently designed I Wonder if My Name is Alice, and The Great American Dance Tour which toured for a month to the great opera houses of China. Favorite designs include Bat Boy—The Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, and SAAF’s Moda Provacateur fashion show/fundraiser. Don recently designed Measure for Measure and Mistake of the Goddess for The Rogue and The Fantasticks for the University of Arizona. His complete portfolio is at www.djfox.biz.
Bryan Rafael Falcón (Assistant Director) is a graduate of the MFA in Directing program at the University of Western Illinois. His most recent projects include The Night Heron (The Rogue Theatre), Bug (New World Arts) and The New Electric Ballroom (The Rogue Theatre). In 2012 Bryan won the Arizona Daily Star Mac Award for Best Director for his work with The New Electric Ballroom and was nominated for The Night Heron. He is the former artistic director of two Indiana-based theater companies: The Backporch Theater Company (a Shakespeare traveling troupe) and New World Arts (an experimental black box theater company). Bryan dedicates the show to his wife, Elizabeth, who graciously watches their two munchkins while he blissfully lives in Arcadia.
Leah Taylor (Stage Manager) was Resident Stage Manager for The Rogue Theatre’s 2011–12 and 2012–13 seasons, Stage Manager for The Rogue’s recent production Mistake of the Goddess (Hayavadana) and Assistant Director for Measure for Measure. She was Assistant to the Stage Manager for The Rogue Theatre’s 2011 production of The Decameron, and has stage managed for several theatre companies in Tucson including the Now Theatre and Winding Road Theatre Ensemble. Leah received her BA in Classics and Anthropology from the University of Arizona.
Susan Collinet (House Manager) earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Creative Writing and nglish Literature from the University of Arizona in 2008. Decades before returning to college as a non-traditional student, Susan spent twenty years in amateur theater, mostly on the East coast, as well as in Brussels, Belgium in the American Theater of Brussels, and the Theatre de Chenois in Waterloo. She has worked in such positions as a volunteer bi-lingual guide in the Children’s Museum of Brussels, the Bursar of a Naturopathic Medical school in Tempe, Arizona, an entrepreneur with two “Susan’s of Scottsdale” hotel gift shops in Scottsdale, Arizona, and as the volunteer assistant Director of Development of the Arizona Aids Project in Phoenix. Susan continues to work on collections of poetry and non-fiction. Her writing has won awards from Sandscript Magazine, the John Hearst Poetry Contest, the Salem College for Women’s Center for Writing, and was published in a Norton Anthology of Student’s Writing. In addition to being House Manager, Susan serves on the Board of Directors and acts as Volunteer Coordinator for the Rogue.
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Performance run time is 2 hours and 40 minutes, including one ten-minute intermission, and not including music preshow or post-show discussion.
Thursday, January 9, 2014, 7:30 pm DISCOUNT PREVIEW
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Gabriella De Brequet as Thomasina Coverly and Ryan Parker Knox as Septimus Hodge
Matt Bowdren as Valentine Coverly, Joseph McGrath as Bernard Nightingale,
Holly Griffith as Chloë Coverly and Patty Gallagher as Hannah Jarvis
Photos by Tim Fuller