T U C S O N A R I Z O N A
A backward glance at a wife’s loyalty and a friend’s trust.
Marissa Garcia as Emma, Ryan Parker Knox as Jerry and Matt Bowdren as Robert
Ryan Parker Knox as Jerry, Matt Bowdren as Robert and Marissa Garcia as Emma
Marissa Garcia as Emma and Ryan Parker Knox as Jerry
Marissa Garcia as Emma and Matt Bowdren as Robert
Photos by Tim Fuller
Betrayal renews faith that theater can provoke, excite without being ponderous
A Puzzle of a Play
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 Arcadia, 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 2013, she received the Mac Award for Best Director, Drama for Richard III, and 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.
Harold Pinter (Playwright) (1930–2008) was a Nobel Prize-winning English playwright, screenwriter, director and actor. One of the most influential modern British dramatists, his writing career spanned more than 50 years. His best-known plays include The Birthday Party (1957), The Caretaker (1960), The Homecoming (1964), No Man’s Land (1975), and Betrayal (1978), most of which he adapted for the screen. His screenplay adaptations of others’ works include The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981), The Trial (1993), and Sleuth (2007). He also directed and acted in radio, stage, television, and film productions of his own and others’ works.
Marissa Garcia as Emma and Ryan Parker Knox as Jerry
Photos by Tim Fuller
Scene 1: Pub. Spring.
Scene 2: Jerry’s house. Later, same day.
Scene 3: Flat. Winter. Two years earlier.
Scene 4: Robert and Emma’s house. Autumn. One year earlier.
Scene 5: Hotel room, Venice. Summer. One year earlier.
Scene 6: Flat. Later that summer.
Scene 7: Restaurant. Still later that summer.
Scene 8: Flat. Summer. Two years earlier.
Scene 9: Robert & Emma’s house. Three years earlier.
Ryan Parker Knox as Jerry and Matt Bowdren as Robert
Photos by Tim Fuller
Robert Matt Bowdren Emma Marissa Garcia Jerry Ryan Parker Knox Waiter Patrick Baliani
Patrick Baliani (Waiter) makes his debut with The Rogue Theatre, having acted previously in Tucson Fringe Theatre’s Renoir Blue, Theatre 3’s Soy Formaggio, The Third Street Kids’ Reckless Grace, and The Tucson Art Theatre’s Cerceau and The Disposal. He is a nationally acclaimed playwright on the faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Honors College, University of Arizona.
Matt Bowdren (Robert) has appeared at The Rogue in Arcadia, 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 Norma Davenport.
Marissa Garcia (Emma) celebrates her third season with The Rogue, having in that time played many roles. Favorites include Bodhisattva Guanyin in Journey to the West, Lady Anne Neville in Richard III, Isabella in Measure for Measure, and the title character in Major Barbara. Marissa has been seen on Rogue stages as a musician as well, contributing flute, mandolin and voice to the company’s always-live music tradition. She has been honored to work for troupes in Colorado and California and graced with the talents of band mates throughout the country. A homegrown export, Marissa is a native Tucsonan and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting and Directing from the University of Arizona. Other local roles include: Ann Deever in All My Sons (Live Theatre Workshop), Thomasina Coverly in Arcadia (Arizona Repertory Theatre) and Ana Hernandez in Living Out (Borderlands Theater—Mac Award Nominee, Best Actress). Marissa would like to dedicate this performance to C.P.E. and extend her thanks to all who come to watch and learn with us.
Marissa Garcia’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from John & Joyce Ambruster.
Ryan Parker Knox (Jerry) 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 Arcadia as Septimus Hodge, 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 Peter & Meg Hovell.
Marissa Garcia and Jake Sorgen
Photos by Tim Fuller
Music Director Paul Amiel Guitar Jake Sorgen Vocals Marissa Garcia
Notes from the Music Director
“Betrayal” is a world of longing and lusting, of romantic thrills and heartbreak, of disappointment and fantasy—in short, the world of popular music. For the preshow we knew from the outset that the immense catalogue of sad love songs would be our source material, and we found perennial standards that speak to the bitter but “better to have loved” nature of us all. The three songs we’ve chosen—How Insensitive (Insensatez by the Bossa Nova genius Jobim, loosely based on a Chopin prelude), Tenderly (by Gross and Lawrence), and These Foolish Things (actually very British as is our Mr. Pinter, written by Eric Maschwitz for his lost love, Anna May Wong)—lyrically and musically capture the emotional core of love, where it leads us, how it feeds us and deceives us.
Jake Sorgen is the guitarist as well as the composer of incidental music throughout the play. He brings musical sensitivity and skill to the Rogue and we are very happy to have him. (Thanks, Jake.)
Our very own multi-talented Marissa Garcia has lent her lovely voice for the opening songs before her performance in the play. (Thanks, Marissa.)
All romance is tragic, in that, like a beautiful melody, it must end; but in the memory of the melody, we regain again that fleeting, perfect moment when all the world was right, and bright, and beautiful, in the eyes and arms of our beloved—expressed best by Hoagy Carmichael in Stardust:
Sometimes I wonder why I spend the lonely nights
Dreaming of a song
The melody haunts my reverie
And I am once again with you
When our love was new
And each kiss an inspiration
—Paul Amiel, Music Director
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 Arcadia, 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. Betrayal is his 19th production with The Rogue Theatre.
Paul Amiel’s music direction is supported in part by a generous gift from David Morden.
Jake Sorgen (Guitar) is a musician/composer originally from Woodstock, New York. Primarily a guitarist & saxophonist Jake also plays mandolin, bass, and other reed instruments in a wide range of styles including American and European folk, jazz, contemporary improvisation, and free music. As a solo artist Jake has released two albums, Sudden Myth in 2012 and In Transit in 2013, as well as appearing as a featured artist on the avant-garde band BLOB’s 2010 release A Night At The Opera and has performed extensively throughout the Northeast. In 2012 Jake composed the score for Rareworks Theatre’s production of Lovers and By The Bog of Cats in Boston and began work on a lyrical project adapting Joseph Brodsky’s Watermark for guitar and voice. Betrayal is his first production with The Rogue.
Matt Bowdren as Robert, Patrick Baliani as the Waiter and Ryan Parker Knox as Jerry
Photo by Tim Fuller
Costume Design Cynthia Meier Scenic Design Joseph McGrath Lighting Design Don Fox
Assistant Director Leah Taylor Stage Manager Sara Micromatis Master Electrician Peter Bleasby Lighting Crew Josh Hemmo House Manager Susan Collinet Assistant House Manager Caroline Ragano Box Office Manager Thomas Wentzel Box Office Assistants Kara Clauser, Holly Griffith,
Jake Sorgen & 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, T,X 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 Arcadia, 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.
Leah Taylor (Assistant Director) was Resident Stage Manager for The Rogue Theatre’s 2011–12 and 2012–13 seasons, Stage Manager for The Rogue’s recent productions of Arcadia and 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.
Sara Micromatis (Stage Manager) holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theater from Frostburg State University in Maryland, and has had the pleasure of working with several theaters in Tucson, both onstage and backstage. She has performed with comedy improv troupe Not Burnt Out Just Unscrewed, and acted with Old Pueblo Playwrights, Top Hat Theater Club, the Vagina Monologues, New Kiva Motions Puppet Theater, and the Lesbian Short Series, also stage managing for Wilde Playhouse. Before her move to Tucson, she stage managed with the Red Barn Theater and the touring dance company Urban Bush Women.
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.
Matt Bowdren as Robert, Marissa Garcia as Emma and Ryan Parker Knox as Jerry
Photo by Tim Fuller
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Location: The Rogue Theatre at The Historic Y, 300 East University Boulevard
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Performance run time is 90 minutes. There is no intermission.
Thursday, February 27, 2014, 7:30 pm DISCOUNT PREVIEW
Friday, February 28, 2014, 7:30 pm DISCOUNT PREVIEW
Saturday, March 1, 2014, 7:30pm DISCOUNT PREVIEW
Sunday, March 2, 2014, 2:00 pm matinee OPENING PERFORMANCE
Thursday, March 6, 2014, 7:30 pm
Friday, March 7, 2014, 7:30 pm SOLD OUT
Saturday, March 8, 2014, 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 9, 2014, 2:00 pm matinee SOLD OUT
Thursday, March 13, 2014, 7:30 pm SOLD OUT
Friday, March 14, 2014, 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 15, 2014, 2:00 pm matinee
Saturday, March 15, 2014, 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 16, 2014, 2:00 pm matinee SOLD OUT