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The Rogue Theatre’s Bridge of San Luis Rey is magnificent.
Years from now people will still be talking about it.

—Chuck Graham, TucsonStage.com

Meier has a triumph here. McGrath and the company of actors do as well.
The book is wonderful; this adaptation makes it dance off the page and on to the stage.

—Kathleen Allen, Arizona Daily Star

On a scale of one to ten, this production is an 11.

—Pat McKnight, Audience Member

'The Bridge of San Luis Rey' by Thornton Wilder

The Bridge of San Luis Rey

by Thornton Wilder
Adapted by Cynthia Meier

PRODUCTION SPONSOR:
JOAN COOK

Directed by Joseph McGrath
Music Direction by Jake Sorgen

April 21–May 8, 2016

Thursday–Saturday 7:30 P.M., Sunday 2:00 P.M.
2:00 P.M.matinees April 30 & May 7

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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Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel tells the story of
five people who die in the collapse of an Inca rope bridge in Peru.
A friar who witnesses the tragic accident investigates the lives of the victims,
seeking a cosmic answer to the question of why each had to die.

 

Kathryn Kellner Brown as the Marquesa Doņa Maria, Holly Griffith as Doņa Clara and Connor Foster as Doņa Clara's husband

Kathryn Kellner Brown as the Marquesa Doña Maria, Holly Griffith as Doña Clara
and Connor Foster as Doña Clara’s husband

 

Christopher Johnson as Esteban and Matt Bowdren as Manuel

Christopher Johnson as Esteban and Matt Bowdren as Manuel

 

There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.

“There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.”

Photos by Tim Fuller

View all production photos for The Bridge of San Luis Rey

 

 

 

Podcast

Listen to our free open talk on The Bridge of San Luis Rey
Bringing the Novel to the Stage
that was presented by
Director Joseph McGrath and Adapter Cynthia Meier, on Saturday, April 16th.

View the handout that was used at that open talk.

This open talk was supported in part by a generous gift from Pat & John Hemann.

 

Poster

View the full-sized poster for the play

 

 


 

Press

Bridge of San Luis Rey is magnificent

Review of The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Chuck Graham on April 25 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

Rogue nails Bridge of San Luis Rey
Meier’s adaptation shows respect for the popular novel

Review of The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Kathleen Allen to be published in the April 28 Arizona Daily Star

Wilder novel finds Rogue home
Nephew will attend the stage adaptation of author’s second novel

Preview of The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Kathleen Allen in the April 21 Arizona Daily Star

Read others’ reviews of The Rogue Theatre, or write your own review on TripAdvisor!

 

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 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 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 McGraths’s direction of The Bridge of San Luis Rey is supported in part by a generous gift from Katharina Phillips & Sheldon Trubatch.

Notes from the Director

“On Friday noon, July twentieth, 1714, the finest bridge in all Peru broke and precipitated five travellers into the gulf below.”

No, I haven’t spoiled the play for you. This most dramatic of events is, in fact, the first sentence of Wilder’s remarkable novel, and clues us in to his shrewd mode of storytelling. He proceeds to take us on a journey, both backwards and forwards in time from that catastrophe, to find the common thread of those five lives that might help us understand the mind of God. The task is impossible, of course, but the search alone affords its measure of fascination, grace, and wisdom.

Adaptation is always a tempting challenge, and we hope to never upstage the author in the process. Perhaps the most delicate quality in the voice of Thornton Wilder is a wry warmth wedded to a determination to avoid sentimentality. In this early novel he avoids lapsing into sentiment with an occasional awareness of distance, either near or far, that places the concerns of the moment in a corner of a wider world—something he was to do to staggering effect in the entire final act of Our Town.

As you will see, this is a quintessentially ensemble project. Some who have seen a selection of what we’ve done here have asked me “Whose idea was that bit of staging?” And for much of this production my answer would have to be that I haven’t the faintest idea. As I’ve guided an overall shape, the specifics, and even some of the larger lines and events, have grown from the ensemble in as organic a way as time might permit. Our familiarity with one another has been a tremendous boon in letting this story reveal itself.

Finally, it is always our task as theatre artists to be specific. If we are murky about what we are doing, the evening can be unsatisfying. But Wilder will be maddeningly coy about certain specifics in his story. What was the Abbess’s loss? What really happened to Alvarado’s daughter? And what is in that final, transcendent letter of the Marquesa? These and a thousand other little mysteries populate the story, and we as actors and audience must rise to the challenge of seeing through a glass darkly to the core of these people. Perhaps these little mysteries are his poetic expression that one cannot, in the end, assemble facts and events, write them down, and capture a person, much less the mind of God. But we can try.

—Joseph McGrath, Director
director@TheRogueTheatre.org

 

 

About the Playwright

Thornton Wilder (1897–1975), most famous for writing the American classic Our Town, was an American playwright and novelist. Thornton was born in Wisconsin but spent much of his childhood in China where his father was a U.S. diplomat. He graduated from Yale with a Bachelor of Arts degree and received his M.A. in French from Princeton in 1926. He taught at private schools and universities throughout his life and considered himself to be a teacher first and a writer second. He acted in his plays occasionally, most notably as the Stage Manager in Our Town on Broadway. In 1955, Tyrone Guthrie encouraged Wilder to rework The Merchant of Yonkers into The Matchmaker, which later became the basis for the hit 1964 musical Hello, Dolly! In 1962 and 1963, Wilder lived twenty months in Douglas, Arizona, apart from family and friends. There he started his longest novel, The Eighth Day. Wilder won three Pulitzer Prizes—for the novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1927) and for the two plays Our Town (1938) and The Skin of Our Teeth (1942)—and a U.S. National Book Award for the novel The Eighth Day (1967).

For more information, please visit www.thorntonwilder.com and www.thorntonwildersociety.org.

Thornton Wilder (Playwright)

 

Marissa Garcia as Camila Perichole and David Morden as Uncle Pio

Marissa Garcia as Camila Perichole and David Morden as Uncle Pio

 

Holly Griffith and David Greenwood as Viceroy Don Andres

Holly Griffith and David Greenwood as Viceroy Don Andres

 

Christopher Johnson, Marissa Garcia, Ryan Parker Knox as Brother Juniper, Kathryn Kellner Brown and Cynthia Meier

Christopher Johnson, Marissa Garcia, Ryan Parker Knox as Brother Juniper,
Kathryn Kellner Brown and Cynthia Meier

Photos by Tim Fuller

 

Cast

Manuel Matt Bowdren*
Pepita Gabriella De Brequet
The Archbishop Connor Foster
Camila Perichole
Don Jamie
Marissa Garcia
Viceroy Don Andres David Greenwood*
Doña Clara Holly Griffith
Esteban Christopher Johnson*
Marquesa Doña Maria Kathryn Kellner Brown*
Brother Juniper
Captain Alvarado
Ryan Parker Knox*
The Abbess Cynthia Meier
Uncle Pio David Morden*
   
  *Member of Actors’ Equity Association,
the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
Matt Bowdren (Manuel)

Matt Bowdren (Manuel) is an Artistic Associate and Education Director for The Rogue Theatre. At the Rogue he has appeared in Miss Julie, By the Bog of Cats, Hamlet (2015 Mac Award for Best Actor), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Merchant of Venice, Waiting for Godot, Awake and Sing, Betrayal, Arcadia, Measure for Measure, Mistake of the Goddess, 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. Recently Matt was seen as a Faculty Fellow and teaching artist with The Arizona Repertory Theatre in Frankenstein and Othello. Regionally Matt has performed in Georgia and New York City with The Rose of Athens, Hudson Shakespeare Company, and Collaborative Stages. Matt holds an M.F.A in Performance from the University of Georgia.
Matt Bowdren’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Todd Hansen in memory of Lonny Baker.

Gabriella De Brequet (Pepita) has appeared at The Rogue in Jerusalem, Purgatorio and Arcadia as Thomasina Coverly. She has studied in The Rogue’s summer conservatory training program were she performed scenes from Summer and Smoke and King Lear. Notable credits include Anne Frank in the Diary of Anne Frank, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Curtains, The Jungle Book and All Shook Up. Gabriella is a solo buyer at Buffalo Exchange, and a theatre student at The University of Arizona. Gabriella would like to dedicate her performance to all those who have ever felt alone in the world.
Gabriella De Brequet’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Lori Levine & Gary Benna.

GabriellaDe Brequet (Pepita)
Connor Foster (The Archbishop)

Connor Foster (The Archbishop) is performing in his eleventh show with The Rogue Theatre. Connor first worked with The Rogue in 2008 when he appeared as The Boy in Six Characters in Search of an Author. In 2012 he played an ensemble character in Mother Courage, then in 2013 he played Claudio in William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. Last season he played Davey in Jerusalem, a member of the ensemble of The Lady in the Looking Glass and Salanio in The Merchant of Venice. This season he appeared as Horatio in Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, the Ghost of Joseph Swane in By the Bog of Cats and a singing peasant in Miss Julie.
Gabriella De Brequet’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Karen DeLay & Bill Sandel.

Marissa Garcia (Camila Perichole, Don Jamie) has appeared at The Rogue in Miss Julie, By the Bog of Cats, The Merchant of Venice, Awake and Sing, Purgatorio, Betrayal, Measure for Measure, Mistake of the Goddess, after the quake, Richard III, Metamorphosis, Mother Courage, The Night Heron, Journey to the West, The Winter’s Tale, As I Lay Dying, and Major Barbara. Marissa has been honored to work for troupes in Colorado and California and graced with the talents of band mates throughout the country. 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 Garcia’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Bill & Carol Mangold.

Marissa Garcia (Camila Perichole, Don Jamie)
David Greenwood (Viceroy Don Andres)

David Greenwood (Viceroy Don Andres) has appeared at The Rogue in By the Bog of Cats, Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Merchant of Venice, Waiting for Godot, Jerusalem, Awake and Sing, Purgatorio, Arcadia, Measure for Measure, Mistake of the Goddess, Richard III, Metamorphosis, Mother Courage, The Night Heron, Journey to the West, The Winter’s Tale, As I Lay Dying, Major Barbara, The Real Inspector Hound, The Decameron and The Rogue’s first production, The Balcony. David 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 Kristi Lewis.

Holly Griffith (Doña Clara) has performed at The Rogue Theatre as Kristine in Miss Julie, Caroline Cassidy in By the Bog of Cats, Ophelia in Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Nerissa in The Merchant of Venice, in the ensemble of The Lady in the Looking Glass, as Pea in Jerusalem, in the ensemble of Purgatorio and as Chloë Coverly in Arcadia. Holly has also served at The Rogue as a box office assistant, Stage Manager for Waiting for Godot and as dramaturg for By the Bog of Cats, Awake and Sing, Measure for Measure and Mistake of the Goddess. Holly received her Master’s degree in English Literature at the University of Arizona in 2015. Holly has also served as the President of Emerson Dance Company in Boston, MA, and choreographed a Student Dance Showcase at The Miami Valley School in Dayton, OH. Holly also directed Marina Carr’s By the Bog of Cats, and co-directed Brian Friel’s Lovers for Rareworks Theatre Company in Boston, MA.
Holly Griffith’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Todd Hansen in memory of Lonny Baker.

Holly Griffith (Dona Clara)
Christopher Johnson (Esteban)

Christopher Johnson (Esteban) is The Rogue’s General Manager, additionally serving as an Artistic Associate and Ensemble Member. An actor, director, and stage manager; favorite Rogue credits include As I Lay Dying, Journey to the West, The Lady in the Looking Glass, The Picture of Dorian Gray and By the Bog of Cats. Having previously served as Artistic Director of Etcetera at Live Theatre Workshop (2006–12) and Winding Road Theater Ensemble (2012–14), notable local credits include Corpus Christi, Bug, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Lemon Sky, Camino Real, The Rocky Horror Show, Dying City, Thom Pain (based on nothing), Wit, Psycho Beach Party, The Year of Magical Thinking and Cabaret (2013 Mac Award winner, best actor in a musical).
Christopher Johnson’s performance is supported in part by generous gifts from Meg & Peter Hovell.

Kathryn Kellner Brown (Marquesa Doña Maria) performed with The Rogue Theatre as Gertrude in Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Prince of Morocco in The Merchant of Venice, Mrs. Ivimey in The Lady in the Looking Glass, Dawn in Jerusalem, Lady Croom in Arcadia, Queen Margaret in Richard III, Paulina in A Winter’s Tale and Mrs. Baines in Major Barbara. She recently played Queen Eleanor in Southwest Shakespeare’s production of King John and participated in Phoenix Theatre’s 2014 24HR Theatre Project. Her early work also includes television and film. She has studied at ACT’s Summer Training Congress’ Classical Program in San Francisco, Royal National Theatre Studio in London and at Megaw Actors Studio in Phoenix. She holds a BFA, University of Arizona, and is also a member of SAG/AFTRA. 
Kathryn Kellner Brown’s performance is supported in part by generous gifts from Stu Salasche & Els Duvigneau.

Kathryn Kellner Brown (Marquesa Dona Maria)
Ryan Parker Knox (Brother Juniper, Captain Alvarado)

Ryan Parker Knox (Brother Juniper, Captain Alvarado)   The Rogue’s 11th Anniversary Season marks Ryan’s fourth as a member of the Resident Acting Company. He has previously appeared in By the Bog of Cats, Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Merchant of Venice, The Lady in the Looking Glass, Jerusalem, Awake and Sing, Dante’s Purgatorio, Betrayal, Arcadia (2014 Mac Award for Best Actor), Measure for Measure, Mistake of the Goddess (Hayavadana), Richard III, Kafka’s Metamorphosis, Mother Courage and Her Children, The Night Heron, and Journey to the West. “RPK” is a native South Dakotan, but spent nearly eleven years in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area working for various theatres, including Gremlin Theatre, Children’s Theatre Company, Park Square Theatre, and Paul Bunyan Playhouse to name a few. But Ryan is pleased to now call Tucson home thanks to the fiercely intelligent Rogue audiences and his superb fellow ensemble members, a loyal day job that works with his Rogue schedule, and his lovely lady Shayna. Finally, Ryan would like to dedicate this and every performance in the 2015–16 season to the memory of Lillian Fisher.
Ryan Parker Knox’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Katherine Smith.

Cynthia Meier (The Abbess) is Co-Founder and Managing and Associate Artistic Director for The Rogue, and has appeared in 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 in memory of Lonny Baker.

Cynthia Meier (The Abbess)
David Morden (Uncle Pio)

David Morden (Uncle Pio) has been a part of The Rogue Theatre for ten years, where his appearances onstage include Polonius in Hamlet, Antonio in The Merchant of Venice, Pozzo in Waiting for Godot, Wesley in Jerusalem, Louis de Rougemont in Shipwrecked!, Buckingham in Richard III, Stephano in The Tempest, and Editor Webb in Our Town, among many others. David also directed The Rogue’s productions of Measure for Measure, Major Barbara, Ghosts, A Delicate Balance, The Goat, Six Characters in Search of an Author and Krapp’s Last Tape, Not I & Act Without Words. David is an Assistant Professor of Voice and Movement in the University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film and Television where he has directed Lend Me a Tenor and Inspecting Carol for Arizona Repertory Theatre and directed three one-act adaptations of Medea for the Studio Series. This summer, he will be the Voice Coach at Santa Cruz Shakespeare, where he will also direct Sarah Ruhl's adaptation of Virginia Woolf's Orlando.
David Morden’s performance is supported in part by generous gifts from Paul Winick & Ronda Lustman.

 

Music

Jake Sorgen
Miguel Molina

 

Preshow

Danza de los Sicuris (Traditional)

Variations on Vals Peruano No. 1 by Fernando Carlos Tavolaro,
Variations by Jake Sorgen

Dolencias (Traditional)

Variations on Scottish Choro by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Variations by Jake Sorgen

Hanacpachap Cussicuinin (Anonymous, first published by
Franciscan friar Juan Pérez Bocanegra )

Amores Hallaras (Traditional) 

Miguel Molina and Jake Sorgen

Miguel Molina and Jake Sorgen

Photo by Tim Fuller

 

Music Director’s Notes

The events of The Bridge of San Luis Rey take place amid a mixture of Native American and Old World cultures. Thornton Wilder carefully chooses the viceregal period in Peru to set his philosophical tale. Andean roots and Spanish influence combined in Peru, which at the time incorporated what is now Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia, and Chile, among other nations. The music for this play complements the amalgam of cultures of this region. I have been so fortunate to have Miguel Molina working with me. His knowledge of traditional Andean folk music and his skill on a variety of Peruvian and Native American instruments swims in and out of the more Spanish-influenced 6- and 12-string guitar music to create a sound that is wholly unique to this original adaptation. My deepest thanks to Miguel and the wonderful Joan Warfield who helped us bridge the language barriers between Miguel and me, and in turn, allowed the music to bridge these interconnected cultures.

—Jake Sorgen, Music Director and Composer

 

Jake Sorgen (Music Direction)

Jake Sorgen (Music Direction) was music director for 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 a musician/composer originally from Woodstock, New York. Trained as both a guitarist and saxophonist, Jake has performed on numerous plucked string and wind instruments in styles including Medieval, Baroque, Classical, American and European folk, jazz, and contemporary improvisation. As a solo artist Jake has released two albums, Sudden Myth in 2012 and In Transit in 2013, and in 2012 Jake composed the score for Rareworks Theatre’s productions of Lovers and By the Bog of Cats. A forthcoming album of lyrical songs and a new instrumental work are both due out in 2016.
Jake Sorgen’s music direction is supported in part by a generous gift from an anonymous donor.

Miguel Molina (Musician) is making his first appearance at The Rogue Theatre. He is a multifaceted artist who has performed in various theatre, musical, and film productions throughout the United States, Japan, Peru, and various Latin American countries. He is delighted to form part of this cast, and play the musical score that has been a collaboration with the musical director. Since graduating from the Escuela de Bellas Artes de Peru, he has appeared in the movie El Señor del Sipán, and later contributed to Integro—acclaimed for its avant-garde dance and theatre of image performances—in Juanita, Taki Onqoy, to name a few. He was honored to provide the musical accompaniment to the Shisuko Butoh Dance Performance in Tokyo. After presenting the show Inka Sikuris in Japan, he moved to the United States to perform this very show upon invitation from Disney Entertainment Productions.
Miguel Molina’s performance is supported in part by generous gifts from Kristi Lewis & Joan Warfield.

Miguel Molina (Musician)

 

Gabriella De Brequet as Pepita, Kathryn Kellner Brown as the Marquesa Doņa Maria, Christopher Johnson as Esteban, David Morden as Uncle Pio and Marissa Garcia as Don Jamie

Gabriella De Brequet as Pepita, Kathryn Kellner Brown as the Marquesa Doña Maria,
Christopher Johnson as Esteban, David Morden as Uncle Pio and Marissa Garcia as Don Jamie

 

Ryan Parker Knox as Captain Alvarado and Christopher Johnson as Esteban

Ryan Parker Knox as Captain Alvarado and Christopher Johnson as Esteban

Photos by Tim Fuller

 

Designers

Costume Design Cynthia Meier

Costume design is supported in part by a generous gift from Ellen & Warren Bodow

Scenic Design Joseph McGrath
Lighting Design Deanna Fitzgerald*
 

Production Staff

Stage Manager Shannon Wallace
Scenic Artist Amy Novelli
Set Construction Christopher Johnson & Joseph McGrath
Costume Construction Cynthia Meier & Karen DeLay
Wig Styling Kate Mammana
Master Electrician Peter Bleasby
Lighting Crew Melissa Arnaud, Brie Gonzalez, Connor Greene, Patrick McClanahan, Shannon Wallace, Lawrence Ware & CJ Washburn
Interpreter for Miguel Molina Joan Warfield
House Manager Susan Collinet
Assistant House Manager Leigh Moyer & Elizabeth Schloss
Box Office Manager Thomas Wentzel
Box Office Assistants Kara Clauser, Holly Griffith & Rebekah Thimlar
Program Advertising Paul Winick
Poster, Program & Website Thomas Wentzel

  *Represented by United Scenic Artists Local USA 829 of the
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees

 

Deanna Fitzgerald (Lighting Design)

Deanna Fitzgerald (Lighting Design) is a professional Lighting Designer and member of United Scenic Artists, as well as an Associate Professor and head of lighting design and technology at the University of Arizona. Her lighting design credits include theatre, dance, opera, circus-themed, puppets, architectural lighting and more. She is also a registered yoga and meditation teacher and conducts classes and workshops focused on using these and other "quietive" practices to enrich creative processes. Some of Deanna’s career highlights include the lighting designs of Cirque Mechanics: Boom Town, which toured for 2 years with a off-Broadway appearance at The New Victory Theatre, and Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo US Tour. She designed the lighting for the world premiere STOMP OUT LOUD, the Las Vegas version of the internationally acclaimed STOMP. Other design credits include the San Francisco Opera’s Merola and Coconut Grove Playhouse’s Young Artist programs, as well as numerous original dance designs for choreographers such as Deborah Hay, Ben Levy and Andy Vaca. Other credits include 6 years as the Lighting Director on the International Tour of STOMP; Production Director of the Opera Theater Music Festival in Lucca, Italy; Lighting Supervisor/Assistant Lighting Designer at the Santa Fe Opera; Lighting and Tour Consultant for the Original Broadway Cast tours of the Greater Tuna trilogy and Assistant Lighting Designer at the Cincinnati Ballet.

Shannon Wallace (Stage Manager) is grateful to be working with The Rogue Theatre again, having previously worked on The Picture of Dorian Gray as stage manager and associate lighting designer. She graduated last May 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 (Stage Manager)
Peter Bleasby, Master Electrician

Peter Bleasby (Master Electrician) lit his first show at 13, using near-lethal home-made equipment.  Professionally, he was with BBC-TV for several years, and then was an assistant to UK lighting designer Richard Pilbrow, including the inaugural production at the National Theatre in London (Hamlet, directed by Olivier). He later transferred to the general lighting industry, handling projects ranging from major sports stadia to cathedrals, but maintained his theatre interests by lighting innumerable shows on both sides of the Atlantic.  When the Rogue established itself at The Historic Y in 2009, he volunteered for the initial lighting “hang,” returning in 2013 to work with lighting designer Don Fox and later with Deanna Fitzgerald.  For the 2014-15 season, he planned and supervised the installation of an extensive permanent wiring system that enables the lighting crews to devote more time to the creative process.  In Tucson, he also directs the technical and logistical aspects of Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation 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

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Holly Griffith as Doņa Clara and Gabriella De Brequet as Inez

Holly Griffith as Doña Clara and Gabriella De Brequet as Inez

 

David Morden as Uncle Pio, Connor Foster as The Archbishop, Marissa Garcia as Camila Perichole, David Greenwood as Viceroy Don Andres and Ryan Parker Knox as Captain Alvarado. Background: Gabriella De Brequet and Christopher Johnson.

David Morden as Uncle Pio, Connor Foster as The Archbishop, Marissa Garcia as Camila Perichole,
David Greenwood as Viceroy Don Andres and Ryan Parker Knox as Captain Alvarado.
Background: Gabriella De Brequet and Christopher Johnson.

Photos by Tim Fuller

 

Performance Schedule for The Bridge of San Luis Rey

Location: The Rogue Theatre at The Historic Y, 300 East University Boulevard
Click here for information on free off-street parking

Performance run time of The Bridge of San Luis Rey is two hours and twenty-five minutes, including one ten-minute intermission.
Run time does not include the music preshow beginning 15 minutes before curtiain, or post-show discussion.

Thursday, April 21, 2016, 7:30 pm DISCOUNT PREVIEW
Friday, April 22, 2016, 7:30 pm DISCOUNT PREVIEW
Saturday, April 23, 2016, 7:30 pm OPENING NIGHT
Sunday, April 24, 2016, 2:00 pm matinee SOLD OUT

Thursday, April 28, 2016, 7:30 pm
Friday, April 29, 2016, 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 30, 2016, 2:00 pm
Saturday, April 30, 2016, 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 1, 2016, 2:00 pm matinee SOLD OUT

Thursday, May 5, 2016, 7:30 pm
Friday, May 6, 2016, 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 7, 2016, 2:00 pm matinee SOLD OUT
Saturday, May 7, 2016, 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 8, 2016, 2:00 pm matinee SOLD OUT

 

Gabriella De Brequet as Pepita and Kathryn Kellner Brown as the Marquesa Doņa Maria

Gabriella De Brequet as Pepita and Kathryn Kellner Brown as the Marquesa Doña Maria

 

Ryan Parker Knox as Captain Alvarado and Christopher Johnson as Esteban

Ryan Parker Knox as Captain Alvarado and Christopher Johnson as Esteban

Photo by Tim Fuller

 

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