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Jez Butterworth's 'The Night Heron'

PRODUCTION SPONSORS:
JOHN & JOYCE AMBRUSTER

Directed by Bryan Rafael Falcón

November 1–18, 2012

Thursday–Saturday 7:30 P.M., Sunday 2:00 P.M.
plus a Saturday 2:00 P.M. Matinee November 17

Musical Preshow begins 15 minutes before curtain
Discussion with the cast and director follows all performances

Performance Schedule

The Rogue Theatre at The Historic Y
300 East University Boulevard

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The sighting of a rare bird has brought attention to the remote fens of England where two men, recently unemployed and being blackmailed for a horrible secret, struggle to survive in a broken cabin. One of them, Wattmore, is recreating an iconostasis, a vast painting of saints, which dominates the stage as both men, their lodger, and those they are running from all seek their own kind of salvation.
Contains adult themes and nudity.

 

David Greenwood as Wattmore and Zachary Karon as the Boy

David Greenwood as Wattmore and Zachary Karon as the Boy

Cynthia Meier as Bolla, Matt Bowdren as Royce and Joseph McGrath as Griffin

Cynthia Meier as Bolla, Matt Bowdren as Royce and Joseph McGrath as Griffin

Joseph McGrath as Griffin and Ryan Parker Knox as Neddy

Joseph McGrath as Griffin and Ryan Parker Knox as Neddy

Photos by Tim Fuller

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Press

Rogue’s play The Night Heron is a strange bird
A descendent of Pinter’s “comedy of menace” with clear traces of absurdist theatre

Review of The Night Heron by Dave Irwin posted November 12 on TucsonSentinel.com

A haunted Night Heron

Review of The Night Heron by Chuck Graham on November 8 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

Heron provocative—we think

Review of The Night Heron by Kathleen Allen in the November 8 Arizona Daily Star

Evoke Rather Than Explain
The Night Heron is enigmatic and imperfect—but it’s also undeniably intriguing

Review of The Night Heron by Sherilyn Forrester in the November 7 Tucson Weekly

Rare bird sighting sets up comedy
Metaphor-rich Night Heron filled with compelling, quirky characters

Preview of The Night Heron by Kathleen Allen in the November 1 Arizona Daily Star

 

Direction

Bryan Falcon (Director)

Bryan Rafael Falcón (Director) is a director/designer, recently re-based in Tucson, who also spends time crafting the occasional independent film. 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). His most recent projects include directing The New Electric Ballroom and assistant directing As I Lay Dying and The Tempest at The Rogue and directing Tracy Letts’ Bug at New World Arts. Every once in awhile he flexes a pen to stroke a quiet phrase or two.

Director’s Notes

“You write the things you have to reveal. You run out of things to reveal, you run out of things to write.”

Jez Butterworth, October, 2011

At the heart of our most ancient stories lies an immaculate garden.

This garden is the perfect setting for a perfect folktale. After all, who does not understand the visceral yearning for a rustic home and a pining for a simpler time?

In The Night Heron, Jez Butterworth gives us the tale of Jess Wattmore, a gifted gardener who is accused of a heinous crime and exiled from his garden against his will. As Wattmore struggles to repair his reputation, his companions slip into darkness, committing wildly desperate crimes in his name.  All struggle with their own damnation and try to find escape from the unforgiving nature of their lives.

As an artistic team working to realize this play, The Night Heron provides particularly unique challenges to our cast. In this unforgiving world of the Fenlands, no one is who they first appear. Murderers, convicts and cult members all chase after dubious dreams in the hopes that they might be transported from the brutal wilderness that has ensnared them back to their gardens.

Never fearing the power of mystery, Butterworth mires his characters in ambiguity, self-doubt and damning revelations. There are many actions in the script that are unexplained or purposefully left ambiguous. Events awash in speculation lurk in Wattmore’s dark and amorphous past, further obscured by exaggeration and falsehoods.

Who are we to believe when the playwright himself is whispering lies?

And can any of them return to the garden?

Perhaps Butterworth’s greatest revelation in The Night Heron is the manner in which he has awakened that question in each of us.

—Bryan Rafael Falcón, Director of The Night Heron
director@TheRogueTheatre.org

Joseph McGrath as Griffin, David Greenwood as Wattmore, Cynthia Meier as Bolla and Zachary Karon as the Boy

Joseph McGrath as Griffin, David Greenwood as Wattmore,
Cynthia Meier as Bolla and Zachary Karon as the Boy

Photo by Tim Fuller

 

About the Playwright

Jez Butterworth (Playwright)

Jez Butterworth (Playwright) was born in London in 1969. He attended St. John’s College at Cambridge University. Harold Pinter was a major influence on his work, as a friend and mentor. Butterworth’s first play, Mojo (1995), won the George Devine Award, the Olivier Award for Best Comedy, and the Writer’s Guild, Critics’ Circle, and Evening Standard Awards for Most Promising Playwright. His next two plays, The Night Heron (2002) and The Winterling (2006), also opened at the Royal Court Theatre. Butterworth’s fourth play for the Royal Court was Jerusalem (2009), which won the Evening Standard Theatre Award and Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for the best play of 2009. Jerusalem opened on Broadway in 2011, with many of the original UK cast, and was nominated for a Tony Award. On 26 October 2012, Butterworth’s new play The River opened at the Royal Court Theatre.

 

Joseph McGrath as Griffin, David Greenwood as Wattmore, Matt Bowdren as Royce and Christopher Johnson as Dougall

Joseph McGrath as Griffin, David Greenwood as Wattmore,
Matt Bowdren as Royce and Christopher Johnson as Dougall

Cynthia Meier as Bolla and David Greenwood as Wattmore

Cynthia Meier as Bolla and David Greenwood as Wattmore

Photos by Tim Fuller

 

Cast

Wattmore David Greenwood
Griffin Joseph McGrath*
Bolla Cynthia Meier
Neddy Ryan Parker Knox
Royce Matt Bowdren
Boy Zachary Karon
Dougall Christopher Johnson
Townspeople Marissa Garcia & Lee Rayment

  *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

Matt Bowdren (Royce)

Matt Bowdren (Royce) holds an M.F.A in Performance from The University of Georgia and a B.F.A from the University of Arizona. At The Rogue, Matt has appeared in 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 (The Now Theatre) Romeo and Juliet (Southwest Shakespeare), and Titus Andronicus (Arizona Repertory Theatre). In Georgia, Matt has been seen in The Shape of Things, Betrayal, Endgame, and The Comedy of Errors. In New York City, Matt performed in Somewhere In Between with Collaborative Stages, and Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Hudson Shakespeare Company.
Matt Bowdren’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Dave Lewis.

David Greenwood (Wattmore) was a member of the cast of The Rogue Theatre’s first production, The Balcony, and has recently appeared in 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 Norma Davenport.

David Greenwood (Wattmore)
Christopher Johnson (Dougall)

Christopher Johnson (Dougall) has previously appeared at The Rogue in Journey to the West, The Winter’s Tale and As I Lay Dying. He serves as Co-Artistic Director of Winding Road Theatre Ensemble, where he recently directed Speech & Debate. Christopher also spent five seasons as Artistic Director of Etcetera at Live Theatre Workshop and has appeared elsewhere with Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre, Invisible Theatre, Brachiate Theatre Project, Borderlands Theatre and Sparrow & Cicada Theatre.
Christopher Johnson’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Karen DeLay and Bill Sandel.

Zachary Karon (Boy) is making his debut with the Rogue Theatre, and is thrilled to be working with such brilliant, artistic people. He is a student at the University of Arizona currently completing a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. Arizona Repertory credits include the chorus of Bat Boy, Colin in The Secret Garden, and Milky White in Into the Woods. The past two summers Zachary has worked with Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre performing in The Wizard of Oz, Hello Dolly, and Spamalot! His all time favorite roles played are Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Brick in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. “Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.” (Percy Bysshe Shelley).

Zachary Karon (Boy)
Ryan Parker Knox (Neddy)

Ryan Parker Knox (Neddy) is a South Dakota native and University of SD graduate. Ryan moved to Tucson in October of 2011 after living for just over a decade in Minneapolis/St. Paul where he worked on over 70 productions for over a dozen companies. Ryan has appeared in The Rogue Theatre production of Journey to the West as Sha Monk. Some of his favorite past roles include Jerry in The Full Monty, and the 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, Phillip in Orphans, and Bradley in Buried Child. “RPK” (or just Ryan) is extremely thrilled to be a Rogue Acting Company Member and hopes you enjoy his work this season. Special thank yous to his supportive family and friends all over the Midwest (OOTM), and his 4 littlest fans, Olivia, Dylan, Audrey, and Parker...his beloved nieces and nephews.
Ryan Parker Knox’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from John & Joyce Ambruster.

Joseph McGrath (Griffin) 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 as 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 Norma Davenport.

Joseph McGrath (Griffin)
Cynthia Meier (Bolla)

Cynthia Meier (Bolla) is the Managing and Associate Artistic Director for The Rogue Theatre for which she has directed and acted in many plays. Most recently she was seen as Clara in The New Electric Ballroom, Addie Bundren in As I Lay Dying, Lady Britomart Undershaft in Major Barbara, Mrs. Drudge in The Real Inspector Hound, Pampinea in The Decameron and Mrs. Alving in Ghosts. In 2008, she received Arizona Daily Star’s Mac Award for Best Actress for her performance in The Rogue’s production of The Goat. 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 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 Norma Davenport.

Musicians

Paul Amiel
Marissa Garcia

Marissa Garcia and Paul Amiel perform preshow music

Marissa Garcia and Paul Amiel perform preshow music

Photo by Tim Fuller

 

Music Director’s Notes

The setting of The Night Heron made it relatively easy to find songs fitting the mood of the play. English ballads can be extraordinarily dreary, with murdered, jilted, and suicidal lovers in abundance, juxtaposed with many merry instrumental melodies that can be easily remembered upon first hearing and strangely forgotten immediately afterwards. The fens of Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire have been well noted for their grand folk music traditions, with the likes of Percy Grainger and Ralph Vaughn Williams tapping into that local brew to distill a nationally and internationally quaffed “Music of England.” Cheers.

Our preshow music includes a Morris dance from the region, “Sweet Jenny Jones,” played on melodeon; a very curious broadside, “Poor Murdered Woman,” that is quintessentially British in its emotionless report of finding a corpse on a hunting trip; “Oh, Joe, the Boat is Going Over,” a rollicking tune with a terrifying title that I am told is well known to all East Anglians; “Polly Vaughn,” a haunting, and in some iterations, magical song about a man who mistakenly shot his beloved after she had transformed herself into a swan; and one last contemporary, melancholy folk song. In all of this, I am overjoyed to be accompanying the beautiful voice of Marissa Garcia, who also plays mandolin and flute.

The rest of the play is preoccupied with the sounds of the fens: thunder, rain, dogs, cars, glass, church bells, and a plethora of birds. I thank the cast members for all of their suggestions as to the creation of these sounds, their enthusiastic tweeting, chirping and honking on the various devices found or created, Marissa for her deep sensitivity and camaraderie, Paul Barby for supporting this musical endeavor, and Bryan Falcón, whose astonishing comprehension of this play allows him to hear things internally before hearing them from me on accordion or goose whistle.

—Paul Amiel, Music Director

 

Musician Biographies

Paul Amiel (Music Director)

Paul Amiel (Music Director) is a multi-instrumentalist and ethnomusician focusing on Medieval, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese, Middle Eastern, and ancient music. He founded and performs with the Summer Thunder Chinese Music Ensemble, the traditional Japanese music duo Muso, and various Turkish/ Middle Eastern/Mediterranean ensembles such as Seyyah and Zambuka. Paul has performed on gothic harp, kaval, saz, ney, banjo, shakuhachi, and accordéon for groups such as Musica Sonora, Arizona Early Music Society and Illegitimate Theater. Paul was Music Director for Journey to the West, As I Lay Dying and The Winter’s Tale, as well as in many Rogue productions, including The Decameron, The Tempest, Our Town, Othello, Immortal Longings, Orlando, Endymion, The Dead and on the recent Rogue Album CD.
Paul Amiel’s music direction is supported in part by a generous gift from Paul Barby.

Marissa Garcia (Musician, Townsperson) performed with The Rogue Theatre as Guanyin in Journey to the West, in the ensemble and as a musician in As I Lay Dying, as Barbara Undershaft in Major Barbara and as Dorcas in The Winter’s Tale. She is a Tucson native and received her BFA in Acting/Directing from the University of Arizona. Since graduating, Marissa has performed and directed with companies throughout Arizona, Colorado and California. She was seen on Los Angeles stages in premieres of Bernardo Solano’s Lost and Evangeline Ordaz’s Visitors’ Guide to Arivaca, a show she was also involved in here with Borderlands Theater. Other credits include: Ana in Living Out (2005 Mac Award Nominee–Best Actress), Julia in School of the Americas (Borderlands Theater), Thomasina in Arcadia, Cordelia in King Lear (Arizona Repertory Theatre), and Evelyn in Close Ties (Catalina Players).

Marissa Garcia (Musician, Townsperson)
 

Cynthia Meier as Bolla and Matt Bowdren as Royce

Cynthia Meier as Bolla and Matt Bowdren as Royce

Photo by Tim Fuller

 

Designers

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

Production Staff

Stage Manager Leah Taylor
Assistant Director Lee Rayment
Dialect Coach David Morden
Rabbit Construction &
Tattoo Design
Leah Taylor
House Manager Susan Collinet
Box Office Manager Thomas Wentzel
Box Office Assistants Susan Koenig, David Morden,
Evren Sonmez & Rebekah Thimlar
Poster, Program & Website Thomas Wentzel

 

Clint Bryson (Lighting Design)

Clint Bryson (Lighting Designer) has designed lights for nearly every Rogue Theatre production. Other lighting design credits include As Bees in Honey Drown and Golf Game for Borderlands, Woman in Black for Beowulf 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.

Leah Taylor (Stage Manager) was Stage Manager for The Rogue Theatre’s Major Barbara, As I Lay Dying, Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, The New Electric Ballroom, The Winter’s Tale and Journey to the West and Assistant to the Stage Manager for The Decameron. She was Stage Manager for The Now Theatre’s The Pillowman, The Bald Soprano and Overruled. Other work includes shows with Winding Road Theatre Ensemble and Sacred Chicken Productions. Leah graduated from the University of Arizona in May 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Classics and Anthropology.

Leah Taylor (Stage Manager)
Lee Rayment (Assistant Director, Townsperson)

Lee Rayment (Assistant Director, Townsperson) is a graduate from the University of Northern Colorado. Lee has recently returned from a brief stint abroad. He has performed as Moska in Journey to the West, Archidamus in The Winter’s Tale, in the ensemble of As I Lay Dying, and as Stephen Undershaft in Major Barbara for The Rogue Theatre, Katurian in The Pillowman for The Now Theatre (for which he received the 2011 Mac Award for Best Actor from the Arizona Daily Star), Salieri in Amadeus, Pantalone in The Servant of Two Masters, and Mr. Cladwell in Urinetown.

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 acts as Volunteer Coordinator for the Rogue.

Susan Collinet, House Manager

 

Our Thanks

    Tim Fuller   
  Arizona Daily Star      
Chuck Graham
Tucson Weekly
Dave Irwin
Jesse Greenberg 
Herb Stratford
Shawn Burke
Chris Babbie
Grimaldi Pizza
Arizona Theatre Company

 

David Greenwood as Wattmore

David Greenwood as Wattmore

Photo by Tim Fuller

 

Performance Schedule for The Night Heron

Location: The Rogue Theatre at The Historic Y, 300 East University Boulevard
Free off-street parking! Click here to see map and parking information.

Performance run time is 2 hours and 15 minutes, including one ten-minute intermission, and not including music preshow or post-show discussion.

Thursday, November 1, 2012, 7:30 pm DISCOUNT PREVIEW
Friday, November 2, 2012, 7:30 pm OPENING NIGHT
Saturday, November 3, 2012, 7:30pm
Sunday, November 4, 2012, 2:00 pm matinee

Thursday, November 8, 2012, 7:30 pm DISCOUNT THURSDAY
Friday, November 9, 2012, 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 10, 2012, 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 11, 2012, 2:00 pm matinee

Thursday, November 15, 2012, 7:30 pm DISCOUNT THURSDAY
Friday, November 16, 2012, 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 17, 2012, 2:00 pm matinee
Saturday, November 17, 2012, 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 18, 2012, 2:00 pm matinee

 

Joseph McGrath as Griffin and David Greenwood as Wattmore

Joseph McGrath as Griffin and David Greenwood as Wattmore

Photo by Tim Fuller

 

 

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