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'A House of Pomegranates' by Oscar Wilde, adapted by Christopher Johnson

A House of Pomegranates

by Oscar Wilde
adapted for the stage by Christopher Johnson

PRODUCTION SPONSORS:
ANN AND NILS HASSELMO

A Co-production with Artifact Dance Project
Directed by Joseph McGrath
Choreography by Ashley Bowman
Music Direction and Original Composition by Jake Sorgen

July 6–16, 2017

Thursday–Saturday 7:30 P.M., Sunday 2:00 P.M.
plus a 2:00 P.M.matinees Saturday, July 15

Discussion with the cast and director follows all performances

Performance Schedule
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The Rogue Theatre at The Historic Y
300 East University Boulevard

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An adaptation of three of Oscar Wilde's short stories—a comic murder mystery
(Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime), a fairy tale (The Happy Prince),
and a myth in Biblical style (The Fisherman and His Soul)— explores
both the limitations and resilience of the human soul.

 

Brendan Kellam, Nathanael Myers and Allie Knuth as ghouls and Ryan Parker Knox as Lord Arthur

Brendan Kellam, Nathanael Myers and Allie Knuth as ghouls and Ryan Parker Knox as Lord Arthur

 

Holly Griffith as The Happy Prince

Holly Griffith as The Happy Prince

 

Claire Hancock as the Empress with Brendan Kellam and Nathanael Myers as her consorts

Claire Hancock as the Empress with Brendan Kellam and Nathanael Myers as her consorts

Photos by Tim Fuller

 

A Free Open Talk on
A House of Pomegranates

Saturday, July 1, 2:00 P.M.

The Rogue Theatre
Free—reservations not required
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presented by Director Joseph McGrath
with a sneak preview of the play!

This open talk is supported in part by a generous gift from Paul Winick & Ronda Lustman.

 


Direction

Joseph McGrath, Director

Joseph McGrath (Director) is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Drama and is the Artistic Director for The Rogue Theatre.  For The Rogue Theatre, Joe authored and directed Immortal Longings, and directed Uncle Vanya, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, By the Bog of Cats, The Lady in the Looking Glass, Dante’s Purgatorio, Mistake of the Goddess, Mother Courage and Her Children, As I Lay Dying, The Real Inspector Hound (2010 Mac Award for Best Director), The Decameron, Our Town, Red Noses, Endymion, The Maids (winner of the Arizona Daily Star 2007 Mac Award for Best Play), and The Balcony. Joe was most recently seen as Roy Cohn in Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches, Mr. Taylor in Tales of the Jazz Age, a singing peasant in Miss Julie, as Claudius in Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Lord Henry Wotton in The Picture of Dorian Gray, Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, Vladimir in Waiting for Godot, Johnnie ‘Rooster’ Byron in Jerusalem, Myron Berger in Awake and Sing, Bernard Nightingale in Arcadia, Duke Vincentio in Measure for Measure, and Richard, Duke of Gloucester in Richard III. 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 direction of A House of Pomegranates is supported in part by a generous gift from Carol Mangold, in memory of Bill Mangold.

Ashley Bowman (Choreographer) is a founding member of Artifact Dance Project. Since 2009, she has choreographed and directed several original large-scale works for the company. She most recently choreographed and directed Surrounding Dillinger in collaboration with Cameron Hood. The project was reviewed as; “It’s contemporary dance. It’s theater. It’s a concert. And it is, simply, astounding.” —Kathy Allen, Arizona Daily Star. She has helped shape many collaborations in music, art and film on behalf of the company. Ashley holds a BFA and MFA from the University of Arizona School of Dance where she was the recipient of the Maria Mandel Scholarship, The Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, and the Creative Achievement Award. She is the recipient of the 2011 Buffalo Exchange Arts Award. Ashley specializes in professional training for adult and young adult students with a strong emphasis in contemporary dance. She was choreographer for The Rogue Theatre’s production of Tales of the Jazz Age.
Ashley Bowman’s choreography of A House of Pomegranates is supported in part by a generous gift from Meg and Peter Hovell.

Ashley Bowman, Choreographer
Jake Sorgen (Music Direction)

Jake Sorgen (Music Direction and Original Composition) was music director for Macbeth, Penelope, The White Snake, Uncle Vanya, Angels in America Part One, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Miss Julie, By the Bog of Cats, Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Merchant of Venice, The Lady in the Looking Glass, Waiting for Godot, Jerusalem and Awake and Sing at The Rogue Theatre, and has performed as a musician at The Rogue in Purgatorio and Betrayal. Jake is an improviser/composer/musician originally from Woodstock, New York, and has composed for and performed with musicians, actors, and dancers in Amsterdam, Austin, Boston, New York, and Tucson. He performs solo and in music and interdisciplinary ensembles around the world and is currently recording his 4th solo album. Most recently Jake studied guitar with Ed DeLucia, improvised music with violist Mary Oliver, and movement with dancer Katie Duck and performed and studied with members of the Instant Composers Pool and the Creative Music Studio in the Netherlands and New York.
Jake Sorgen’s music direction is supported in part by a generous gift from Susan Tiss.

Playwright

Jake Sorgen (Playwright)

Christopher Johnson (Playwright) is The Rogue’s General Manager, and has also served as an actor (Angels in America: Millennium Approaches), director (Penelope), stage manager (By the Bog of Cats) and adapter (The Picture of Dorian Gray) over the past six seasons since first appearing on the Rogue stage as Jewel in As I Lay Dying. Favorite Tucson credits include Cabaret, The Year of Magical Thinking, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Wit, Thom Pain (based on nothing), Dying City, The Rocky Horror Show, Bug, Corpus Christi, and Titus Andronicus, to name a few. His recent adaptation of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper will see its first full production at The Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre in the Fall of 2017.

 

Holly Griffith as The Happy Prince and Hunter Hnat as Oscar Wilde

Holly Griffith as The Happy Prince and Hunter Hnat as Oscar Wilde

Photo by Tim Fuller

 

Cast

Sybil Merton Bryn Booth
The Happy Prince Holly Griffith
The Swallow Claire Hancock
The Soul Hunter Hnat
Ensemble Brendan Kellam
Lord Arthur Ryan Parker Knox*
Duchess Paisley Allie Knuth
Podgers Steve McKee
Lady Windemere Cynthia Meier
Ensemble Nathanael Myers
  *Member of Actors’ Equity Association,
the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
 

Music

Jake Sorgen

 

Bryn Booth (Sybil Merton)

Bryn Booth (Sybil Merton)  is a graduate from the BFA Acting program at the University of Arizona and member of the Equity Membership Candidacy program. She is thrilled to return to the Rogue after performing in the Rogue’s productions of The White Snake and Macbeth. Bryn was recently seen as Juliet in Romeo & Juliet with Tucson’s Shakespeare in the Park. She performed many times with Arizona Repertory Theatre as Bianca in Othello, Justine in Frankenstein, and Fritzie in Cabaret. In recent years, she had the wonderful pleasure to understudy for Arizona Theatre Company’s productions of Romeo & Juliet as Lady Montague and Lady Capulet, and Of Mice and Men as Curley’s Wife. Bryn is overjoyed to join the Rogue’s ensemble for their upcoming 2017–2018 season.

Holly Griffith (The Happy Prince) is a member of the Acting Ensemble at The Rogue Theatre and has appeared in Macbeth, The White Snake, Uncle Vanya, Angels in America Part One, Tales of the Jazz Age, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Miss Julie, By the Bog of Cats, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, The Lady in the Looking Glass, Jerusalem, Purgatorio and Arcadia. She has also served as Box Office Assistant, Dramaturg, Stage Manager, and Co-Producer of the John & Joyce Ambruster Play-Reading Series at The Rogue. Holly dabbles in tap, jazz, and ballet dance, and has performed and choreographed for Emerson Dance Company, X-Dance, and Emerson Urban Dance Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts. Holly holds an MA in English Literature from the University of Arizona, teaches Freshman Composition, and has a fierce interest in the history, culture, and literary tradition of Ireland.
Holly Griffith’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Bill & Barb Dantzler.

Holly Griffith (The Happy Prince)
Claire Hancock (The Swallow)

Claire Hancock (The Swallow) performs both nationally and internationally as a dancer, and has been a guest teacher and choreographer for organizations including the Limon Institute, Broadway Theatre Project, Arizona Theatre Company, Arizona Opera, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, and True Concord Voices and Orchestra. She holds a Master of Arts degree in European Dance Theatre from the Laban Centre in London, England, and earned both a Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts degree in dance from the University of Arizona. In 2009, together with colleague Ashley Bowman, she formed Artifact Dance Project, a professional contemporary dance company dedicated to presenting original dance works with live music. Claire is co-artistic director, founding member and rehearsal director for the company. For The Rogue Theatre, she has appeared as the Third Witch in MacBeth and Nancy Lamar in Tales of the Jazz Age.
Claire Hancock’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Susan Collinet.

Hunter Hnat (The Soul) is working with The Rogue Theatre for the first time and is very excited to start the season off working on this wonderfully delicious performance of A House of Pomegranates. He is a Tucson local who has most recently been seen in the Tucson Fringe Festival’s Beer with the Bard. He is a U of A alumi with his BFA in Musical Theatre class of 2015 and has plans to take his career to Chicago where he can live happily ever after with his amazing fiance. Enjoy the show!
Hunter Hnat’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Rhonda & Robert Fleming.

Hunter Hnat (The Soul)
Brendan Kellam (Ensemble)

Brendan Kellam (Ensemble) is an up and coming tap phenom from Tucson, Arizona. He most recently performed at the Lincoln Center in New York City as the featured tap dancer with the Tucson Jazz Institute in a tribute to Bill Robinson. Brendan is a well-rounded dancer having trained extensively in jazz, ballet, modern, hip-hop, and ballroom, but his heart lies with tap. He is an energetic tap dance performer and choreographer with a fresh modern style who has traveled all over the U.S. to study with many masters including Jason Samuels Smith, Gregg Russell, Logan Miller, Lady Di’ Walker, Bril Barrett, and the late Professor Robert L. Reed. Brendan has been seen performing with Danswest Dance Company since 2002 under the direction of Megan Maltos, as well as the Phoenix-based tap company, Tap 24.7. At age 12, Brendan began his journey as a choreographer. His work has been selected to be performed in the Big Apple Tap Festival in New York City and the Motor City Tap Festival in Detroit. He has choreographed for studios in various parts of the country producing top awards and accolades. Brendan is also a member of Artifact Dance Project, a modern based professional dance company in Tucson.

Ryan Parker Knox (Lord Arthur)   A House of Pomegranates marks Ryan’s 25th production at the Rogue spanning more than five seasons as a member of the Acting Ensemble. He remains humbled by the fierce intellect of his fellow company members and the gracious support from the faithful Rogue patrons. Ryan is a South Dakota native and graduate from US in 1999 with a BFA in Acting, and also spent over a decade performing in Minneapolis/St Paul before arriving in Tucson in the autumn of 2011. He would like to sincerely thank his family and friends for all their support through all the ups and downs.
Ryan Parker Knox’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Karen DeLay & Bill Sandel.

Ryan Parker Knox (Lord Arthur)
Allie Knuth (Duchess Paisley)

Allie Knuth (Duchess Paisley) graduated from the University of Arizona BA Theatre Arts program one year ago, and has since appeared in Tales of The Jazz Age at The Rogue Theatre, Tesoro + Artifact and Brittney Katter + Artifact as a member of ADP II, and created and co-directed IDENTITY as a part of Live Theatre Workshop’s Etcetera Series. She has performed across Europe twice with International Dance Alliance, and has dedicated several years to dancing with and choreographing for Camalo Dance Company to support LGBTQA youth causes. In her free time, Allie enjoys painting, blogging, and traveling. She has been the dramaturg for Arizona Repertory Theatre’s The Comedy of Errors, The Tempest, and Twelfth Night. Allie is inspired by language, communication, and culture and is a budding practitioner of Theatre of the Oppressed.
Allie Knuth’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from anonymous donors.

Steve McKee (Podgers) has appeared at The Rogue in Awake and Sing, Measure for Measure, Richard III, Mother Courage and Her Children, and The Winter’s Tale. Steve has worked with many local theatre companies and been featured in independent and student films. Favorite roles include Harpagon in The Miser, Halder in Good, Terrence in Breaking Legs, A.C. in Death of Zukasky and Alan in God of Carnage. Steve also performs regularly with The Gaslight Theatre.
Steve McKee’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Paul & Mary Ross.

Steve McKee (Podgers)
Cynthia Meier (Lady Windemere)

Cynthia Meier (Lady Windemere) is Co-Founder and Managing and Associate Artistic Director for The Rogue, and has appeared in Macbeth, Uncle Vanya, Angels in America Part One, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, By the Bog of Cats, The Lady in the Looking Glass, Awake and Sing, Purgatorio, Measure for Measure, Mistake of the Goddess, Mother Courage and Her Children, The Night Heron, The New Electric Ballroom, As I Lay Dying, Major Barbara, The Real Inspector Hound, The Decameron, Ghosts, Not I, Our Town, A Delicate Balance, Immortal Longings, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Red Noses, The Goat (2008 Mac Award for Best Actress), The Maids, Endymion, and The Balcony. Cynthia has been nominated for seven Mac Awards for Best Actress from the Arizona Daily Star. She has also performed in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Arizona Repertory Theatre), A Streetcar Named Desire (Arizona Theatre Company), Blithe Spirit and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Michigan Repertory Theatre), Romeo & Juliet and Chicago Milagro (Borderlands Theatre) and A Namib Spring (1999 National Play Award winner). Cynthia co-founded Bloodhut Productions, which toured throughout the western United States. Cynthia holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from the University of Arizona.
Cynthia Meier’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Todd Hansen.

Nathanael Myers (Ensemble) was born in Glendale, Arizona, finding his way to Tucson to attend the University of Arizona, where he earned his BFA in Studio Art, with an emphasis in Two-Dimensional Studies. With a background of visual art and music, playing the saxophone since he was 13, creating and performing has always been a soul-feeding passion. Nathanael began studying dance a year and a half ago and is so thankful for the support and training given at Artifact Dance Project. This is Nate’s second season with Artifact and first time being involved in the theatre. Blessed with this opportunity to take the stage with The Rogue Theatre, he is eager to immerse himself in another medium of art. Continuing this passion for a Renaissance approach to art, he looks forward to cross medium overlap in his art practices.
Nathanael Myers’ performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Bill Krauss & Kate McMillen.

Nathanael Myers (Ensemble)

 

Claire Hancock as the Empress with Brendan Kellam and Nathanael Myers as her consorts and Hunter Hnat as the Soul

Claire Hancock as the Empress with Brendan Kellam and Nathanael Myers as her consorts and Hunter Hnat as the Soul

Photo by Tim Fuller

 

Designers

Costume Design Cynthia Meier

Costume design is supported in part by a generous gift from Kristi Lewis

Scenic Design Joseph McGrath
Lighting Design Don Fox

Lighting design is supported in part by a generous gift from Nancy Peterson & David Becker.

 

Production Staff

Stage Manager Shannon Wallace
Set Construction Joseph McGrath & Christopher Johnson
Costume Construction Cynthia Meier & Nanalee Raphael
Master Electrician Peter Bleasby
House Manager Susan Collinet
Box Office Manager Thomas Wentzel
Box Office Assistants Kara Clauser, Holly Griffith, Allie Knuth & Rebekah Thimlar
Program Advertising Paul Winick
Poster, Program & Website Thomas Wentzel

 

Don Fox (Lighting Design)

Don Fox (Lighting Design) holds an MFA in Lighting Design from The University of Arizona and a BA in Theatre Administration from St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX. He is a distance/online lighting design instructor for Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has served as Interim Instructor of Lighting Design at The University of Arizona. Fox is a professional, freelance lighting and scenic designer and theatre producer and consultant whose clients include The Moscow Ballet, The Atlantis Resort Bahamas, Borgata Casino Atlantic City, Silversea Cruises, Music Theatre Wichita, Florida State University, Central Washington University, City Opera Ballet Company Bellevue, the San Antonio Botanical Garden’s Shakespeare in the Park, and many others. He is the creator of the techno-rock opera EDM Antigone (visit www.EDMAntigone.com) launching in March, 2017. Locally, he is honored to regularly design for Artifact Dance Project and has designed acclaimed Rogue productions since 2013 including Arcadia, Lady in the Looking Glass, Angels In America, By The Bog of Cats and The White Snake, among many others. Please visit Don on the web at www.DonFoxDesigns.com.

Shannon Wallace (Stage Manager) has served as stage manager for The Rogue Theatre productions of Uncle Vanya, Angels in America Part One, The Bridge of San Luis Rey and The Picture of Dorian Gray, and as assistant director for The White Snake. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, focusing on both stage management and lighting design. During her time in school she worked on over 25 productions with Arizona Repertory Theatre, including: Bat Boy: The Musical, Avenue Q, Love Song, Cymbeline, Nine, Boeing Boeing, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Oklahoma!, Lend Me A Tenor, The Full Monty and Othello. She also worked at Arizona Theatre Company on their Summer on Stage productions of Elephant’s Graveyard and Legally Blonde: The Musical. Additionally, she had the opportunity to work as assistant stage manager for Oklahoma City Philharmonic’s The Christmas Show 2014. And she enjoyed a summer with the Contemporary American Theatre Festival in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, working as part of the company and events management team.
Shannon Wallace’s Stage management is supported in part by a generous gift from Kathleen McGrath & Jerry James.

Shannon Wallace (Stage Manager)
Peter Bleasby, Master Electrician

Peter Bleasby (Master Electrician) lit his first show at 13. Professionally, he was with BBC-TV for several years, and was an assistant to UK lighting designer Richard Pilbrow during the inaugural production of the National Theatre (Hamlet, directed by Olivier.) He transferred to architectural lighting, but maintained his theatre interests by lighting many shows on both sides of the Atlantic. When the Rogue established itself at the Historic “Y” in 2009, he volunteered for the initial season, returning in 2013 with  lighting designer Don Fox, and later working with Deanna Fitzgerald. He devised the installation of the permanent wiring system that enables lighting teams to devote more time to the creative process. For the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation he directs the technical and logistical aspects of fundraisers, including the fashion show Moda Provocateur.

Susan Collinet (House Manager) earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Creative Writing and English 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.

Susan Collinet, House Manager

 

Brendan Kellam, Nathanael Myers and Allie Knuth as ghouls and Ryan Parker Knox as Lord Arthur

Brendan Kellam, Nathanael Myers and Allie Knuth as ghouls and Ryan Parker Knox as Lord Arthur

Photo by Tim Fuller

 

Tickets

Advance purchases are recommended for all performances.

Price: $38 all performances except for
$28 Preview Thursday, July 6

$15 Student Rush tickets 15 minutes before curtain for all performances, pending availability
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Performance Schedule for A House of Pomegranates

Location: The Rogue Theatre at The Historic Y, 300 East University Boulevard
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Thursday, July 6, 2017, 7:30 pm DISCOUNT PREVIEW
Friday, July 7, 2017, 7:30 pm OPENING NIGHT
Saturday, July 8, 2017, 7:30pm
Sunday, July 9, 2017, 2:00 pm matinee

Thursday, July 13, 2017, 7:30 pm
Friday, July 14, 2017, 7:30 pm
Saturday, July 15, 2017, 2:00 pm
Saturday, July 15, 2017, 7:30 pm
Sunday, July 16, 2017, 2:00 pm matinee

 

 

 

 

 

 

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