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Luigi Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author

a new translation/adaptation by Patrick Baliani


Directed by David Morden
Musical direction by Harlan Hokin

September 18–October 5, 2008

Thursday–Saturday 7:30 PM, Sunday 2:00 PM
A post-show discussion will follow all performances

Preview Night Thursday September 18, 7:30 PM
Pay-What-You-Will Nights Thursdays September 25 & October 2, 7:30 PM

Zuzi’s Dance Theatre in the Historic YWCA,
738 North Fifth Avenue at University Boulevard

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Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Italian playwright Luigi Pirandello wrote his most famous play Six Characters in Search of an Author in 1921. Pirandello’s mysterious characters arrive in an empty theatre and entreat a group of actors to perform their story. Reality blurs as actors and characters bring to light the truth about a tragic event.

Featuring a new adaptation/translation of the play by national award-winning Tucson playwright Patrick Baliani, a native of Rome.

Laine Peterson as The Stepdaughter, Joseph McGrath as 
        The Father, Todd Fitzpatrick as The Leading Man, and Chris Farishon as The Leading Lady

Laine Peterson as The Stepdaughter, Joseph McGrath as The Father, Todd
Fitzpatrick as The Leading Man, and Chris Farishon as The Leading Lady

Photo by Tim Fuller

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Introducing Rogue After Curfew, a late night show in association with The Now Theatre
Anthony Minghella’s Cigarettes and Chocolate, directed by Matt Bowdren
Thursdays–Saturdays, 10:00 P.M., September 18–October 4, 2008 at the Zuzi Theatre

$10 Tickets available at the door ($5 with purchase of a ticket to Six Characters)

Full information about Cigarettes and Chocolate

Cigarettes and Chocolate



Apt challenge for audience: Rogue Theatre, Six Characters mesh

Review of Six Characters in Search of an Author by Kathleen Allen in the September 26 Arizona Daily Star

Characters in Abundance

Review of Six Characters in Search of an Author by James Reel in the September 25 Tucson Weekly

Six Characters, One Chance to Live

Preview of Six Characters in Search of an Author by Kathleen Allen in the September 19 Arizona Daily Star


David Morden (Director, Madame Pace)

David Morden (Director, Madame Pace) has appeared with The Rogue Theatre as 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. David also directed The Rogue Theatre’s production of The Goat. As a singer, he has played Constable Smith in Arizona Opera’s production of The Threepenny Opera and has sung in the chorus of Die Fledermaus, The Flying Dutchman, Susannah, and The Mikado (upcoming). He has performed locally with 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 directed productions with Green Thursday (Shakespeare’s R&J, White Garden), Oasis Chamber Opera (Sing to Love), DreamerGirl Productions (The Dreamer Examines His Pillow) and Arts For All (The Apple Tree).

Patrick Baliani (Playwright/Translator) received the 2005 Arizona Commission on the Arts Artist’s Project Grant for his play, Lie More Mountains. He was awarded the 1999 Arizona Commission on the Arts Playwriting Fellowship and he received the 1998 National Play Award by the Los Angeles National Repertory Theatre Foundation for his play, A Namib Spring. He received a Collaborative Artists Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts in 1997 and was awarded the Tucson Pima Arts Council Playwriting Fellowship in 1996. He was selected by New York’s Young Playwrights, Inc. to be their 1993 Southwest Resident Playwright. He received the 1991 Arizona Theatre Company Genesis New Play Award, for his play, Figs and Red Wine. Patrick’s plays—Figs and Red Wine, Two from Tanagra, Reckless Grace, Tortilla Curtain, Verba Non Facta, Sabunana, Monologue of a Muted Man, A Namib Spring, and Lie More Mountains—have been performed in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Phoenix, Prescott, and Tucson, where he has collaborated with Arizona Theatre Company, Tucson Art Theatre, Third Street Kids, Actor’s Gymnasium, Old Pueblo Playwrights, and Ubi Sunt. His one-act plays have been anthologized in Play It Again: One-Act Plays for Acting Students, Meriwether Publishing, and Twenty-Three Plays from the New Play Development Series, Mississippi State University. Patrick is on the faculties of English and the Honors College at the University of Arizona.

Patrick Baliani (Playwright/Translator)

Director’s Notes

I offer my deepest gratitude to Patrick Baliani for a contemporary, creative and exhilarating new translation of this play. His gifted ear and inquisitive nature have been a solid foundation that has allowed us to bring this classic piece of theatre to life in the 21st century. It has been a privilege collaborating on this production under his guidance and insight.

Secondly, I offer my thanks to you, our audience and theatrical family. Without your participation in this performance, we would not have had the opportunity to explore and re-discover this intriguing, mysterious and moving work of art. I look forward to your feedback, not only during the performance, but also at our post-show discussions and beyond. During our production of The Goat, I invited you to tell us what you thought that play was about—what caught your attention, what created an emotional response, how to make sense of it all. With Six Characters in Search of an Author, I renew that call to talk to us and tell us what you make of this enigmatic masterpiece. I’m in the throes of discovering new layers of this story every night at rehearsal in partnership with a wonderful cast and company. You are the final piece of the puzzle and I look forward to learning from you and understanding how this play resonates in your mind and your life after the curtain comes down.

—David Morden, Director of Six Characters in Search of an Author

Notes from a Character and an Author

This seminal play byPirandello, Six Characters in Search of an Author, presented at the beginning of the last century, marked a movement, along with the works of other artists of the time, from a more formal and collective sensibility in the theatre—moral issues within the broader society—to concerns of a more personal nature.

Pirandello’s brilliant theatrical construct is the Character—unfinished—unrealized—a wandering poltergeist with the bare bones of a narrative, seeking the fulfillment of an ultimate rendering. Six of these Characters are locked in a torrid family drama. When they entreat a company of actors to realize their plight on stage, we see two kinds of creatures: People—the theatre company (and, by the way, us)—and Characters. The contrast between these forms of existence lies at the core of the human dilemma.

The Characters are what they are. Perpetual and unchanging. They appear to have no life beyond the line of their narrative, their moment. The people, of course, are like us: ongoing and adaptive, learning and forgetting, in and out of love. We are hardly the same from one moment to the next, much less anything like the creatures we were twenty years ago.

Yet with Pirandello there is always paradox. If we empathize with the Characters it is because we see ourselves in them. We have all laughed and cried, been proud, vengeful, nurturing, and remorseful, as they are. We have at times yearned for, at times clung to, at times let go of, hopes and dreams, and each other. We know and we feel, as the Characters do, that our lives are not ours to keep and that works of art do live on, do change from moment to moment, era to era, given differing interpretations, retellings, recreations. Theatre is the embodiment of these many metamorphoses.

The most far-reaching question posed by the play is “what is reality?”—a phrase almost comic to our modern ear because of its repeated refrain in the movements of the fifties and sixties. But the question, as posed by Pirandello, is remarkably current and difficult—no less a puzzle now than when it was first posited. As actors, as characters, as audience—as people—we attempt and attempt again to realize the paradoxical nature of existence in order to live our lives to the fullest, an endeavor which seems always at hand, and always beyond our reach.

—Joseph McGrath, Artistic Director of The Rogue Theatre, and Patrick Baliani, Translator/Adapter


Leilani McAllister as The Girl, Cynthia Meier as The Mother, 
        Laine Peterson as The Stepdaughter, and Connor Foster as The Boy (background)

Leilani McAllister as The Girl, Cynthia Meier as The Mother,
Laine Peterson as The Stepdaughter, and Connor Foster as The Boy (background)

Photo by Tim Fuller



The Assistant Stage Manager
Nic Adams
The Director
Matt Bowdren
The Leading Lady
Chris Farishon
The Leading Man
Todd Fitzpatrick
The Boy
Connor Foster
The Girl
Leilani McAllister/
Madeline Pellicer
The Father
Joseph McGrath*
The Mother
Cynthia Meier
Madame Pace
David Morden*
The Actor
Nick Padilla
The Stepdaughter
Laine Peterson
The Son
John Shartzer
The Actress
Kristina Sloan
The Stage Manager
Martie van der Voort

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


Cast Biographies

Nic Adams (The Assistant Stage Manager)<b

Nic Adams (The Assistant Stage Manager) is delighted to be making his debut with The Rogue Theatre. A theatre student at the University of Arizona, Nic performed in the Arizona Repertory Theatre’s productions of Urinetown (Robbie the Stockfish), Titus Andronicus (Martius), and Candide (Ensemble). Nic will also be seen later this season in The Rogue Theatre’s production of Orlando.

Matt Bowdren (The Director) played Billy in the Rogue production of The Goat last season and is the director of the late night production of Cigarettes and Chocolate. Matt graduated this year with his BFA in Acting from the University of Arizona, and is a member of the Actors’ Equity Candidacy program. His credits at Arizona Repertory Theatre include Titus Andronicus, Bus Stop, Scenes from an Execution, Tartuffe, Epstein in Biloxi Blues, and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet. Matt also played Mercutio with Southwest Shakespeare Sedona and Hamlet at Live Theatre Workshop, and he has been an understudy for Twelfth Night and Molly’s Delicious at Arizona Theatre Company. Matt is also a proud member of The Charles Darwin Experience, a short form improv troupe that performs on the UA campus and around Tucson.

Matt Bowdren (The Director)
Chris Farishon (The Leading Lady)

Chris Farishon (The Leading Lady) most recently appeared as Hannah Jarvis in Arcadia at Beowulf Alley and as Justice Shallow in Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor with Tucson Parks & Recreation. Other Tucson performances include Fifth Planet and Other Plays and Maria in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Chris’ theatre background began in California 25 years ago, and she emerged onto the Tucson theatre scene last year after a twelve-year hiatus from the stage. Chris is delighted to be working with The Rogue and such a remarkably talented group of artists. Furthermore, she would like to express special thanks to her husband, Bryan, for his loving support.

Todd Fitzpatrick (The Leading Man) performed in The Rogue Theatre’s productions of The Cherry Orchard and Red Noses. Other Arizona credits include performances as Jesus in Godspell, Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz and Saul in Play On! (all at The Poor Man’s Theater), Joe in Our Town (Northern Arizona University) and Emile in New Moon (The Gilbert and Sullivan Theater). His other roles include Linus in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Teddy Prior in The Battle of Corpus Christi. Todd appeared as Lon in the HBO film El Diablo and has studied at American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.

Todd Fitzpatrick (The Leading Man)
Connor Foster (The Boy)

Connor Foster (The Boy) was most recently seen as Sebastian in Twelfth Night at Arizona Theatre Company’s Summer on Stage. He has also held lead roles with the Missoula Children’s Theater in Robin Hood, Cinderella, Jungle Book, and Robinson Crusoe. Connor is a Freshman at Salpointe Catholic High School.

Leilani McAllister (The Girl) attends kindergarten at Borton Elementary. She is an avid swimmer. She wishes to be an Animal Cop or a make-up artist when she grows up. She is very excited to be in her first play for The Rogue Theatre and has big plans to be in many more. She thanks her mother and her cat, Persephone.

Leilani McAllister (The Girl)
Joseph McGrath (The Father)

Joseph McGrath (The Father) is the Artistic Director for The Rogue Theatre for which he has performed in most of the productions, and has directed The Balcony, Endymion, The Maids, and Red Noses. Joe is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Drama and has toured with John Houseman’s Acting Company and performed with the Utah Shakespearean Festival. In Tucson, he is a frequent performer with Ballet Tucson appearing in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Cinderella, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dracula and perennially in The Nutcracker. He has also performed with Arizona Theatre Company, Arizona Opera, Arizona OnStage, Green Thursday, and Damesrocket Theatre in such plays as The Seagull, Assassins, Oleanna, Threepenny Opera, and Anger Box. Joe is also a scenic designer and owns Sonora Theatre Works with his wife Regina Gagliano, producing theatrical scenery and draperies.

Cynthia Meier (The Mother) is the Managing and Associate Artistic Director for The Rogue Theatre for which she has performed in The Balcony, Endymion, The Maids, The Goat, and Red Noses, adapted and directed James Joyce’s The Dead, and directed The Fever, The Good Woman of Setzuan, Happy Days, and The Cherry Orchard. Cynthia 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), A Namib Spring (1999 National Play Award winner), and Smirnova’s Birthday, The Midnight Caller, and The Ballad of the Sad Cafe (Tucson Art Theatre). Cynthia is a Faculty member in Speech at Pima Community College and holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from the University of Arizona.

Cynthia Meier (The Mother)
Nick Padilla (The Actor)

Nick Padilla (The Actor) is happy to be making his first appearance with The Rogue Theatre. A Theatre major at the University of Arizona, Nick most recently played Percy in the Arizona Repertory Theatre’s production of The Miracle Worker. He has also performed with the American Conservatory Theatre in A Christmas Carol and Broken Hallelujah and at Sacred Heart Prep in Guys and Dolls and Big.

Madeline Pellicer (The Girl) is a first grader at Drachman Elementary. She loves gymnastics, violin and roller derby. Madeline skates as “Madeline Bootyfly” with the Tucson Derby Brats/Skater Tots as their youngest skater. She would like to dedicate her first theater performance to the memory of her dear friend Lynn Robinson. Madeline would also like to thank her mom, her honorary nana—Bertha Santa Cruz, and Maria “Ria” Lofton.

Madeline Pellicer (The Girl)
Laine Paterson (The Stepdaughter)

Laine Peterson (The Stepdaughter) is a student at the University of Arizona where she performed in Tartuffe, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Romeo & Juliet, The Philadelphia Story, and Henry IV, Parts I & II as part of the Arizona Repertory Theatre. She was also an understudy for Arizona Theatre Company’s Love, Janis and performed in One Naked Woman and a Fully-Clothed Man at the UA. Laine is a member of the improv group The Charles Darwin Experience. Thank you to all of her loved ones!

John Shartzer (The Son) is pleased to be making his first appearance with The Rogue Theatre. A senior at the University of Arizona, John has performed with the Arizona Repertory Theatre in Titus Andronicus and Candide, S.O.S. Productions in Lucky Stiff, Arizona Broadway Theatre in Grease, Arizona Opera in Semele, and in the UA Review ’S Wonderful. John is a member of the improv troupe The Charles Darwin Experience. He is also performing in Cigarettes & Chocolate, the Rogue After Curfew production in conjunction with the Now Theatre.

John Shartzer (The Son)
Kristina Sloan (The Actress)

Kristina Sloan (The Actress) was most recently seen in Arizona Onstage’s production of Sunday in the Park with George. She has also performed with the Da Vinci Players (Tick, Tick…Boom!), Redondo Music Theatre (South Pacific, West Side Story), Red Barn Theatre (George M, The Fantasticks), Pima Community College (42nd Street, Pippi Longstocking, Kiss Me Kate, and Twelfth Night), Live Theatre Workshop (The Secret Garden), and numerous roles with The Gaslight Theatre. She would like to thank her family and friends for all their support and love.

Martie van der Voort (The Stage Manager) has performed previously with The Rogue in The Balcony, The Dead, The Good Woman of Setzuan, and The Cherry Orchard, and is honored to be working again with such a gifted cast and crew. A psychotherapist by day and performing artist by night, Martie has acted locally with Itch Productions, Wilde Playhouse, Old Pueblo Playwrights, Not Burnt Out Just Unscrewed Comedy Improv, Bloodhut Productions, V-Day, Borderlands Theatre, and Arizona Onstage, to name a few. She has recently written a one actor show, Transformations, based on transgender stories and characters, and hopes to produce it in the spring. She thanks her (newly-wedded!) spouse Lauren for 25 years of inspiration.

Martie van der Voort (The Stage Manager)


Laine Peterson as The Stepdaughter

Laine Peterson as The Stepdaughter

Photo by Tim Fuller


Music in Six Characters

The Stepdaughter’s song Chu Chin Chow was included in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1917. The song is based on a popular musical revue, also entitled Chu Chin Chow, that ran in London in 1916. Chu Chin Chow is the name of the lead character in the revue, a bad-guy hero, sort of like Ali Baba. The song did not appear in the London revue, but was composed separately by American songwriters for the Follies, probably as a nod to the international success and popularity of the London show. Its inclusion seems to be Pirandello’s obeisance to the significance of the musical revue as a theatrical genre. One assumes he was aware of the London show and later of the significance of Ziegfeld’s nod to its popularity across the pond. This exotic song provides an opportunity for the character of The Stepdaughter to demonstrate her position among the other “characters.”

—Harlan Hokin, Musical Director


piano Harlan Hokin


Harlan Hokin (Musical Director)

Harlan Hokin (Musical Director) 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 The Rogue Theatre as Musical Director for Red Noses, The Goat, The Cherry Orchard, The Good Woman of Setzuan, The Maids, Endymion, The Dead and The Balcony, and Arizona Onstage Productions as Vocal Director for their production of Assassins. Harlan has also served as music director for Arizona Theatre Company’s Summer On Stage program. He is currently serving as Artistic Director for the Arizona Early Music Society and is the father of two nearly perfect children.


Production Staff

Stage Manager Martie van der Voort
Light Board Harlan Hokin
                  Marketing and Publicity Thomas Wentzel
Poster and Program Thomas Wentzel


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


Clint Bryson (Lighting Design)

Clint Bryson (Lighting Designer) has designed lights for The Rogue Theatre’s productions of The Balcony, The Dead, Endymion, The Cherry Orchard, Happy Days, The Goat, and Red Noses. Other lighting design credits include As Bees in Honey Drown and Golf Game for Borderlands, Woman in Black for Beowolf Alley, and The Seagull for Tucson Art Theatre. Clint is currently the Shop Foreman, Production Technical Director and Marketing Director for Catalina Foothills Theatre Department where he designs and coordinates the construction of all scenery. He is also a member of Rhino Staging Services, and a regular participant in Arizona Theatre Company’s Summer on Stage program where he designs and builds the scenery as well as teaches production classes. Clint thoroughly enjoys the passion and integrity that The Rogue brings to their productions and looks forward to playing his part in their creative journeys.


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Laine Peterson as The Stepdaughter

Laine Peterson as The Stepdaughter

Photo by Tim Fuller


Performance Schedule for Six Characters in Search of an Author

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

Thursday September 18, 2008, 7:30 pm PREVIEW
Friday September 19, 2008, 7:30 pm
Saturday September 20, 2008, 7:30 pm
Sunday September 21, 2008, 2:00 pm matinee

Thursday September 25, 2008, 7:30 pm PAY-WHAT-YOU-WILL
Friday September 26, 2008, 7:30 pm
Saturday September 27, 2008, 7:30 pm
Sunday September 28, 2008, 2:00 pm matinee

Thursday October 2, 2008, 7:30 pm PAY-WHAT-YOU-WILL
Friday October 3, 2008, 7:30 pm
Saturday October 4, 2008, 7:30 pm
Sunday October 5, 2008, 2:00 pm matinee



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