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'Celia, A Slave' by Barbara Seyda

Celia, A Slave

by Barbara Seyda

PRODUCTION SPONSORS:
PAT AND JOHN HEMANN

Directed by Cynthia Meier
Music Direction and Original Composition by Jake Sorgen

September 7–24, 2017

Thursday–Saturday 7:30 P.M., Sunday 2:00 P.M.
plus 2:00 P.M.matinees Saturday, September 16 & 23

Discussion with the cast and director follows all performances

Performance Schedule
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The Rogue Theatre at The Historic Y
300 East University Boulevard

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Winner of the prestigious 2015 Yale Drama Series playwriting competition.
Based on court records of an 1855 case of the killing of a slaveholder by one of his slaves
that he had repeatedly raped over the course of years.
An unflinching confrontation with an American original sin.

 


 

Direction

Cynthia Meier, Director

Cynthia Meier (Director) is Co-Founder and Managing and Associate Artistic Director for The Rogue Theatre where she has adapted and directed James Joyce’s The Dead, Kafka’s Metamorphosis and F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tales of the Jazz Age, and directed Miss Julie, Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Merchant of Venice, Waiting for Godot, Jerusalem, Betrayal, Arcadia, Richard III, Journey to the West, The Winter’s Tale, Shipwrecked!, New-Found-Land, Old Times, The Tempest, Naga Mandala, The Four of Us, Othello, Animal Farm, Orlando, Happy Days, The Good Woman of Setzuan, The Fever and The Cherry Orchard. She 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. 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 received the Mac Award for Best Director, Drama for Richard III in 2013, and for Arcadia in 2014. She has been nominated for seven Mac Awards for Best Actress from the Arizona Daily Star, 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.
Cynthia Meier’s direction of Celia, A Slave is supported in part by a generous gift from Paul Winick & Ronda Lustman.

 

Cast

George Sterling Boyns*
A. Leonard/Jameson David Greenwood*
Polly Newsom/
Virginia Waynescot
Holly Griffith
Ulysses/Jingo

Darwin

Newsom/Young/Sheets/
Bartley
Ryan Parker Knox*
Viola/Solace T Loving
W.Powell/W.A.Hall/Higgler Joseph McGrath
Mildred Louisa Rollins Molly McKasson
Bethena/Euphrates Ida Rhem
Celia Vaune Suitt
Coffee Luka Vonier
Vine Destiny Wells
Matt Andrew Wilson
  *Member of Actors’ Equity Association,
the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

 

Music

Jake Sorgen
Vicki Brown
Jake Sorgen (Music Direction)

Jake Sorgen (Music Direction and Original Composition) was music director for A House of Pomegranates, Macbeth, Penelope, The White Snake, Uncle Vanya, Angels in America Part One, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, 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 an improviser/composer/musician originally from Woodstock, New York, and has composed for and performed with musicians, actors, and dancers in Amsterdam, Austin, Boston, New York, and Tucson. He performs solo and in music and interdisciplinary ensembles around the world and is currently recording his 4th solo album. Most recently Jake studied guitar with Ed DeLucia, improvised music with violist Mary Oliver, and movement with dancer Katie Duck and performed and studied with members of the Instant Composers Pool and the Creative Music Studio in the Netherlands and New York.
Jake Sorgen’s music direction is supported in part by a generous gift from Sally Krusing.

 

Designers

Costume Design Cynthia Meier

Costume design is supported in part by a generous gift from Bev & Bob Bechtel

Scenic Design Joseph McGrath
Lighting Design Deanna Fitzgerald

Lighting design is supported in part by a generous gift from Andy & Cammie Watson.

 

Production Staff

Stage Manager Shannon Wallace
Set Construction Joseph McGrath & Christopher Johnson
Costume Construction Cynthia Meier & Nanalee Raphael
Master Electrician Peter Bleasby
House Manager Susan Collinet
Box Office Manager Thomas Wentzel
Box Office Assistants Kara Clauser, Holly Griffith, Allie Knuth & Rebekah Thimlar
Program Advertising Paul Winick
Poster, Program & Website Thomas Wentzel

 

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, where she also serves as the Associate Director of the theatre program and the Director of Graduate Studies. 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) has served as stage manager for The Rogue Theatre productions of A House of Pomegranates, Macbeth, Penelope, Uncle Vanya, Angels in America Part One, The Bridge of San Luis Rey and The Picture of Dorian Gray, and as assistant director for The White Snake. She graduated 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’s Stage management is supported in part by a generous gift from Kristi Lewis.

Shannon Wallace (Stage Manager)
Peter Bleasby, Master Electrician

Peter Bleasby (Master Electrician) lit his first show at 13. Professionally, he was with BBC-TV for several years, and was an assistant to UK lighting designer Richard Pilbrow during the inaugural production of the National Theatre (Hamlet, directed by Olivier.) He transferred to architectural lighting, but maintained his theatre interests by lighting many shows on both sides of the Atlantic. When the Rogue established itself at the Historic “Y” in 2009, he volunteered for the initial season, returning in 2013 with  lighting designer Don Fox, and later working with Deanna Fitzgerald. He devised the installation of the permanent wiring system that enables lighting teams to devote more time to the creative process. For the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation he directs the technical and logistical aspects of 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

Tickets

Advance purchases are recommended for all performances.

Price: $38 all performances except for
$28 Previews Thursday, September 7 and Friday, September 8

$15 Student Rush tickets 15 minutes before curtain for all performances, pending availability
(Valid student ID required. No advance reservations for Student Rush.)

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Performance Schedule for Celia, A Slave

Location: The Rogue Theatre at The Historic Y, 300 East University Boulevard
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Thursday, September 7, 2017, 7:30 pm DISCOUNT PREVIEW
Friday, September 8, 2017, 7:30 pm DISCOUNT PREVIEW
Saturday, September 9, 2017, 7:30pm OPENING NIGHT
Sunday, September 10, 2017, 2:00 pm matinee

Thursday, September 14, 2017, 7:30 pm
Friday, September 15, 2017, 7:30 pm
Saturday, September 16, 2017, 2:00 pm
Saturday, September 16, 2017, 7:30 pm
Sunday, September 17, 2017, 2:00 pm matinee

Thursday, September 21, 2017, 7:30 pm
Friday, September 22, 2017, 7:30 pm
Saturday, September 23, 2017, 2:00 pm
Saturday, September 23, 2017, 7:30 pm
Sunday, September 24, 2017, 2:00 pm matinee

 

 

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