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Jean Genet’s


Poster for The Balcony, cropped

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Directed by Joseph McGrath
Musical Direction by Harlan Hokin

October 6–23, 2005

Thu–Sat 7:30 pm , Sun 2:00 pm   All tickets $17
Preview Thu Oct 6 7:30 pm   $12
Performance Schedule

Zuzi’s Theatre  738 N Fifth Ave at University Blvd
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Director’s Notes

When we first embarked on this lush project, I felt a little uncertain about The Balcony’s currency in today’s world. The play comes from an exhausted Europe, bathed in blood. And from the mind of a criminal, understandably bitter at the hand he’d been dealt, and embracing an almost perfect negative of our current American world view. But as rehearsals progressed and we discovered together M. Genet’s hidden, parallel, and resonant meanings, the metaphors to our nightly news became all too apparent. The fifty years since the play’s first troubled staging have passed in an instant, and the human character has lost not a whit of its foibles. The costumes have changed, to be sure, but the need and desire for them has not. In this regard, the play satisfies the standard of universality that defines a classic. A universality that we, at The Rogue Theatre, hope to pursue on a regular basis.

In discussing any drama the most common first question is “what’s it about?” This usually entails a synopsis. I’ve found that this is misleading in discussing The Balcony, however. Describing the plot of this play will relate the experience of it as, perhaps, describing an eggshell might relate the experience of eating a soufflé. Our plot is something that is all but discarded by the time we’ve tasted the play’s visions and symbols.

Much ink has been spilled over the nature of this and all of Genet’s dramatic visions. The Balcony, more than most, seems to carry the burden of ritual, history, and fevered vision all at once. Frequently, the scene changes, and the world is turned sideways, and a voice within will say, “they’re not allowed to do that, are they?” It is this richness and unexpectedness that has attracted, frustrated, and inspired us in a rehearsal process that, while long, has not seemed long enough.

Joseph McGrath, Director


Music in The Balcony

Harlan Hokin (Musical Director/Tramp)

The Rogue’s production of The Balcony is filled with original and adapted music by our Musical Director, Harlan Hokin. Harlan has performed extensively as a singer in Europe and the United States, including a stint with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He earned a doctorate in historical performance practice from Stanford, and has taught at Stanford and UC Santa Cruz. Harlan is an active workshop teacher and writer on topics of interest to singers and early music performers. Recent theatrical involvement has been with Arizona Onstage Productions as Vocal Director for their production of Assassins. He is currently serving as Artistic Director for the Arizona Early Music Society and is the father of two nearly perfect teenagers.

The Rogue also welcomes violinist Dimo Canelos, a third generation Tucsonan who has studied music since age 4. He played in youth orchestras growing up and played and toured with the Stanford Symphony Orchestra. For the past 6 years, Dimo has taught private lessons and group classes to kids, ages 4 and older. Instruction includes guitar, violin, viola and bass, using a variety of methods including theory and by rote. He also writes music and his students perform non-classical music as well as the standard repertoire. He can be contacted at


Amy Kenton as Chantal in The Balcony

Amy Kenton as Chantal in The Balcony
Photo by Tim Fuller

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6-page review by Iris J. Arnesen in the Winter/Spring, 2006 The Opera Glass
Review by Kathy Allen in the Arizona Daily Star
Preview by Chuck Graham in the Tucson Citizen
Preview by Kathy Allen in the Arizona Daily Star



Bishop    Bill Epstein
Irma Cynthia Meier
Sinner Esther Blue Almazan
Judge William Killian*
Thief Tanaya Gallagher
Arthur Grant Bashore
General Brian Wees
Horse Arlene Naughton
Tramp Harlan Hokin
Dominatrix Martie van der Voort
Carmen Roxanne Harley
Chief of Police Terry Erbe
Chantal Amy Kenton
Roger David Greenwood
Envoy Art Jacobson

  *Member of Actors’ Equity Association,
the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States,
appearing under a Special Appearance Contract

Production Staff

Stage Manager Jessica Hudson
Assistant Stage Manager Sophia Blue
Costume Assistant Angela Bottka
Scene Design Assistant Ben Young
Additional Costume Construction Sara Harper
Elizabeth Bottka-Smith               
Light Board Operator Forrest Hatch
Marketing and Publicity Thomas Wentzel
Poster and Program Thomas Wentzel


Scenic Design Joseph McGrath
Costume Design Cynthia Meier
Lighting Design Clint Bryson

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Cast Biographies

Esther Almazan (Sinner)

Esther Blue Almazan (Sinner) has a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts and recently completed her Master’s Degree in Scriptwriting at Prescott College. A member of Tucson Art Theatre since 1990, she has also worked with the National Theatre of Great Britain, aka Theatre, Old Pueblo Playwrights and the Greer Garson Theatre.

Grant Bashore (Arthur) is juiced to be a part of The Rogue Theatre’s first volcanic voyage. Grant’s credits include Amal and the Night Visitors (Spring Green Theater); Frida Kahlo (Teatro Bravo); One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (2000 Zoni Award, Theater Works); Romeo and Juliet (Tucson Community Theater); and Measure for Measure (Tucson Theatre Ensemble). He has performed with The Jesters Improv Comedy Troupe in Scottsdale and Tucson’s Theatrical Mime Theatre. A member of the Screen Actors Guild, Grant also does Spanish voice-over work in film, radio, and television. He divides his time between Arizona and Spain.

Grant Bashore (Arthur)
Bill Epstein (Bishop)

Bill Epstein (Bishop) is a Professor of English at the University of Arizona and has produced, directed, written, and acted in productions in the U.S. and Britain, on campuses (Dartmouth, Purdue, Cambridge, Arizona) and in community and commercial theaters. He has played leads in mummers’ plays, commedia dell’arte, musicals (West Side Story, Bells Are Ringing), comedies (Plaza Suite, It Should Happen to a Dog, Misalliance, Light Up the Sky), and dramas (Old Times, Antigone), as well as featured roles in Shakespeare (Hamlet, Taming of the Shrew, Measure for Measure), Brecht, Fugard, Fo, Giraudoux, Shaw, Simon, and others. In Tucson, Bill has acted with, among others, Arizona Repertory Theatre, Quintessential Productions, Catalina Players, Festival Repertory Theatre, Tucson Theatre Ensemble, Borderlands Theater, and Beowulf Alley Theatre.

Tanaya Gallagher (Thief): This is Tanaya’s first professional show and she is delighted to be a part of The Balcony. She performed in many shows at Catalina Foothills High School including Cabaret, Jake’s Women, The Children’s Hour and Summer and Smoke. Currently she is training to become a fitness instructor at Canyon Ranch and is attending Pima Community College where she runs cross country.

Tanaya Gallagher (Thief)
Terry Erbe (Chief of Police)

Terry Erbe (Chief of Police) was most recently seen in the leading role in Live Theatre Workshop’s Social Security. Terry also played Ray in Toni Press-Coffman’s That Slut! in 2003. He is in his sixth year at Catalina Foothills High School as the Artistic Director of the theatre. Terry will direct A Perfect Ganesh for Live Theatre Workshop in November.

David Greenwood (Roger) is a founding member and the Artistic Director of Tucson Art Theatre. Favorite roles for Tucson Art Theatre include Jess in The Disposal, Tom in The Glass Menagerie, Konstantin in The Seagull, and Pinkie in The One-Armed Man.

David Greenwood (Roger)
Roxanne Harley (Carmen)

Roxanne Harley (Carmen)’s theater credits include The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife (Wilde Playhouse), The Hot’l Baltimore and Random Ax (Nathalia), The Vagina Monologues (V-Day Productions), The Foreigner (Pima College Theater Arts) and Spinning the Tale (Bloodhut Productions). She is a playwright and produced and directed her short film What She Wants. Roxanne is on the counseling faculty at Pima Community College.

Art Jacobson (Envoy) began his acting career as a child actor in Chicago radio. In college, he played John Adams in a summer-long production of The Common Glory. He wrote and acted in radio dramas produced by the Broadcasting Service of the University of Michigan and came home to Chicago as a production director at NBC’s affiliate, WMAQ. Subsequently, he taught philosophy at Roosevelt University in Chicago. Tucson audiences have seen him in readers’ theatre performances of No Exit and The Critics and as the Rabbi in Borderlands Theater production of Vilna’s Got a Golem. He’s delighted to be part of The Balcony.

Art Jacobson (Envoy)
Amy Kenton (Chantal)

Amy Kenton’s (Chantal) mostly musical theatre credits include Into the Woods (Witch), Man of La Mancha (Aldonza), The Fantasticks (Luisa), The Last Five Years (Kathy), Hansel and Gretel (Gretel), Die Fledermaus (Orlovsky), Trouble in Tahiti (trio), 1940s Radio Hour (Ann), Up A Tree (SuSu) and ensemble roles in Beguiled Again, Assassins, Grand Night for Singing and A Marvin Hamlisch Music Revue. She has also been seen in Eleemosynary (Artie), performed Samuel Barber’s Knoxville Summer of 1915 with chamber orchestra, and was vocal director for Catalina Foothills High School production of A Chorus Line.

William Killian (Judge) has theatre credits that include The Seagull and Cerceau (Tucson Art Theatre), A Streetcar Named Desire (Arizona Theatre Company), The Hot L Baltimore (Nathalia), and Romeo & Juliet (Borderlands Theatre), as well as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Love Letters, Bill W. and Dr. Bob, On Golden Pond, and Rain. He appeared in the telefilm Family Plan, the independent feature A Vicious Lick, and was the host of Different Drummers for the CBS affiliate in Chicago. Bill has appeared in many student films, and in 2003 received an Outstanding Actor Award from the U of A Media Arts students in appreciation of his work.

William Killian (Judge)
Cynthia Meier (Irma)

Cynthia Meier (Irma) has performed in A Streetcar Named Desire (Arizona Theatre Company), Blithe Spirit, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Michigan Repertory Theatre), Romeo & Juliet, Chicago Milagro (Borderlands Theatre), Top Girls (Damesrocket Theatre), A Namib Spring (by Patrick Baliani, winner of the 1999 National Play Award), A Nightingale, Smirnova’s Birthday, The Midnight Caller, The Ballad of the Sad Cafe (Tucson Art Theatre), and A Maid’s Tragedy (directed by Domini Blythe of the Royal Shakespeare Company). Most recently, she directed The Seagull (featuring Ken Ruta) for Tucson Art Theatre. Cynthia is a Division Dean at Pima Community College and holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from the University of Arizona.

Arlene Naughton (Horse) is very pleased to be returning to the stage after a ten-year absence. Her Arizona credits include Nunsense (Flagstaff Festival of the Arts), Brighton Beach Memoirs (Serendipity Playhouse), A Christmas Carol (Gaslight Theatre); and Wigged Out! (Stray Theatre Company). Arlene also toured with the Nebraska Theatre Caravan and performed in Lady Audley’s Secret (Imperial Hotel) and I’ll Be Back Before Midnight (Derby Dinner Playhouse). She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and works at Cottonwood de Tucson.

Arlene Naughton (Horse)
Martie van der Voort (Dominatrix)

Martie van der Voort (Dominatrix) has been performing as a musician and actor for over 30 years. She performs regularly with the Not Burnt Out Just Unscrewed comedy improv troupe and Bloodhut Productions, and just completed several roles in Lesbian Shorts II (a short play festival produced by Bloody Unicorn Theatre Company.) She is a singer/songwriter and is the soloist at the Pet Cemetery of Tucson. She facilitates Creative Expression workshops using theatre work and has a private practice in psychotherapy by day. She appreciates this wonderful company of rogues.

Brian Wees (General) was last seen in Live Theatre Workshop’s Corpus Christi. Brian spent his early years on the stage of Washington D.C. and New York City - most notably in the Off Broadway production of Hagar’s Children. Favorite productions in Tucson have been Quintessential Stage’s A Skull in Connemara and The Weir, LTW’s The Rainmaker and The Taming of the Shrew, Top Hat’s The Sunshine Boys, Borderlands’ Guantanamo, and Brachiate’s Macbeth. Brian’s next show will be The Exonerated at Invisible Theatre.

Brian Wees (General)


Performance Schedule for The Balcony

Location: Zuzi’s Dance Theater, Historic Y, 738 N. 5th Avenue at University  See map

Thursday Oct 6, 7:30 pm (Preview)
Friday Oct 7, 7:30 pm
Saturday Oct 8, 7:30 pm
Sunday Oct 9, 2:00 pm matinee

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

Thursday Oct 20, 7:30 pm
Friday Oct 21, 7:30 pm
Saturday Oct 22, 7:30 pm
Sunday Oct 23, 2:00 pm matinee



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