Acclaimed playwright Steven Dietz’ black comedy looks at affluent suburban couples whose truths finally catch up with them. At an ill-fated dinner party, these long-time friends are awakened to the secrets of their past with hilarious and farcical results. Written by one of America’s most widely produced playwrights, this National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere comedy asks what remains between us when youth, dreams, and the last bottle of wine is gone?
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Cate Damon* (Pam) returns to New Repertory Theatre after appearing in Jack and Jill. Other area credits include First Night (The Theater Lobby), It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, and A Christmas Carol (Foothills Theatre). Off-Broadway credits include Johnny Got His Gun (Cherry Lane) and 5th of July (Equity Library Theatre). Film credits include The God Question. Television credits include commercials for Burger King, Pizzeria Uno, and Arm and Hammer. She is a member of New Century Theatre in Northampton, MA, where she has appeared in over 30 plays including God of Carnage, Distracted, Arcadia, The Heidi Chronicles, Sight Unseen, Kimberly Akimbo, and Morning’s at Seven.
Tamara Hickey* (Diane) makes her New Repertory Theatre debut. Other area credits include Pericles and Living in Exile (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); Beat Generation and Aunt Dan and Lemon (Merrimack Repertory Theatre); and Cabaret (A.R.T., IRNE Award Best Ensemble). Film and television credits include The Judge (Warner Bros); Chasing Life and Gilded Lilys (ABC Pilots); The Makeover (ABC); In Your Eyes (Independent Film); Army Wives (Lifetime); One Life To Live (ABC); and Against The Ropes (Paramount). Ms. Hickey earned her MFA in Theatre from American Repertory Theatre. Originally from Prince Edward Island, Canada, she resides in Medford. After Rancho Mirage, she will appear in Henry VIII (Actors’ Shakespeare Project).
Abigail Killeen* (Louise) makes her New Repertory Theatre debut. Other New England credits include Love/Sick and A Christmas Carol (Portland Stage Company); Love’s Labor’s Lost and Macbeth (Fenix Theater, PEER Award Best Actress); Next Fall, The Importance of Being Earnest and Death by Design (Good Theater). Off-Broadway credits include The Mag-7 (Naked Angels) and The Phoenician Women (New York Theatre Workshop). Ms. Killeen earned her BFA from New York University, her MFA from Brandeis University, and teaches acting at Bowdoin College in Maine. Originally from Brazil, she resides in Brunswick, ME. After Rancho Mirage, her adaptation of Isak Dinesen’s Babette’s Feast (written with Rose Courtney) will premiere Off-Broadway.
John Kooi* (Charlie) makes his New Repertory Theatre debut. Recent area credits include Operation Epsilon (The Nora Theatre Company); The Company We Keep (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); A Moon for the Misbegotten, Dinah Was, Betrayal, and As You Like It (Merrimack Repertory Theatre); Danny Casolaro Died For You and Romance (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater); and Hamlet (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company). Regional credits include The Glass Menagerie and The Woman In Black (Shadowland Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (The Cleveland Orchestra); Beyond Therapy (Long Beach Playhouse); and Much Ado About Nothing (Pasadena Shakespeare Company). New York credits include Othello (John Montgomery Theatre Company); Twelfth Night (The Actors’ Company Theatre); and Romeo and Juliet (Metropolitan Playhouse of New York). Film and television credits include The Minister’s Wife and Labor Day. Mr. Kooi earned his BA from St. John’s University (Minnesota) and his MFA from Brandeis University. Originally from suburban Chicago, he resides in North Chelmsford.
Marion Mason (Julie) makes her New Repertory Theatre debut. Recent area credits include Fireworks (Mercutio Troupe), The Bear, Tartuffe (Emerson Stage), DNA, and Julius Caesar (Shakespeare Society). Marion is also an active cast member in the national tour of Speak About It. Film and television credits include The Byte (EIV), Crazy in Training (Women in Motion), The Uplink (Emerson Channel), and Camp Hope (Lionsgate Entertainment). Ms. Mason earned her BFA in Acting from Emerson College. Originally from Westport, CT, she resides both in Boston and in New York.
Robert Pemberton* (Trevor) returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in ‘ART’, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, and Speed the Plow/IRNE Award; Other credits include Driving Miss Daisy, Ponies, and Dinner with Friends (Gloucester Stage Company); Mercy Seat (The Lyric Stage Company); Antony and Cleopatra, A Midsummer Night’s Dream/Elliot Norton Award (Boston Theatre Works); Much Ado About Nothing/Elliot Norton Award (Public Theatre); and Shel’s Shorts (Market Theatre/Elliot Norton Award). Film credits include By the Sea (nominated for a Latin Oscar), Treading Water, Boondock Saints, The Exchange, Gentleman from Boston, Temps, The Still Point, The New England Connection, and Anathema. Television credits include Another World, Guiding Light, Unsolved Mysteries, and over 400 national and local commercials.
Lewis D. Wheeler* (Nick) returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Silence, and Cyrano. A founding member of the new Harbor Stage Company in Wellfleet, acting credits there include The Seagull and Hedda Gabler, and he directed Sticks and Bones. Regional credits include No Man’s Land/IRNE Nomination, Best Supporting Actor (American Repertory Theatre); The Importance of Being Earnest, A Number, and The Glass Menagerie (The Lyric Stage Company); Doubt and An Ideal Husband (Gloucester Stage Company); Arcadia/IRNE Nomination, Best Actor and Troilus and Cressida (Publick Theatre); Life of Galileo (Underground Railway Theater); No Exit (Payomet); Hamlet and Macbeth (Shakespeare Now); Bald Soprano, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, What the Butler Saw, and five seasons with Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre; and work at American Stage (Florida), Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Huntington Theatre Company, Wellesley Summer Theatre, Stoneham Theatre, The Vineyard Playhouse, and The Center for Arts in Natick. Film and television credits include The Company Men, Gone Baby Gone, Pink Panther 2, Underdog, Louisa May Alcott (PBS), and Brotherhood (Showtime). Mr. Wheeler earned his BA in Theatre and Film Studies at Cornell University and his MFA from the American Film Institute. He resides in Boston.
Robert Walsh (Director) returns to New Repertory Theatre after directing Race, Speed the Plow, True West, Holiday Memories, and The Circle. As an actor he has appeared in ‘ART’ and The Cocktail Hour. He has also served as Fight Choreographer for The Pillowman, Approaching Moomtag, and A Girl’s War, among others. Other directing credits include Othello (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); Table Manners, Round and Round the Garden, K2, and Later (Merrimack Repertory Theatre); The Goatwoman of Corvis County and The Secret of Sherlock Holmes (Shakespeare & Company); I Hate Hamlet (Stage West); The Little Foxes (Barter Theatre); North Shore Fish, Fighting Over Beverly, The Widow’s Blind Date, and The Primary English Class (Gloucester Stage Company); Misalliance and A Life in the Theatre (Two River Theatre Company); The Liar (The Lyric Stage Company); The Speed of Darkness (The Nora Theatre Company); Of Mice and Men (Stoneham Theatre); A Lie of the Mind (A.R.T./M.X.A.T. Institute); and numerous productions at the American Stage Festival, where he served as Producing Artistic Director. Other area acting credits include As You Like It, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Coriolanus, Twelfth Night, and Measure for Measure (Actors’ Shakespeare Project). Mr. Walsh is on faculty at both the Institute for Advanced Theater Training at A.R.T. and Brandeis University.
John Howell Hood*** (Scenic Designer) returns to New Repertory Theatre after designing The Pillowman and Romeo and Juliet. Other credits include work at Actors Theatre of Phoenix, Phoenix Theatre, Childsplay, Inc. (Tempe, AZ), PCPA Theaterfest (Solvang/Santa Maria, CA), Paul Bunyan Playhouse (Bemidji, MN), Montana Shakespeare in the Parks (Bozeman, MT), The Billings Opera (MT) and others. Mr. Hood is both a designer and professor in the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Worcester State University, where he has designed over twenty productions in multiple design categories. He earned his MFA in Theatre Design/Technology from University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and his BFA from Arizona State University. Originally from Tempe, AZ, he resides in Cherry Valley, MA. After Rancho Mirage he will design Urinetown and Twelfth Night (Worcester State University.
Amanda Maciel Antunes (Costume Design) joins New Repertory Theatre after designing costumes for How We Got On (Company One) and The Stronger. She is also the founder and creative director of Boston arts and culture magazine, Spirited. She has created scenic designs and custom wardrobes for music videos by Faux Fix and Gretel, as well as for advertising campaigns. Ms. Antunes studied at Universidade Belas Artes in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where she is originally from. She now resides in Arlington. After Rancho Mirage, she will join productions with Company One and Fresh Ink Theater.
Deb Sullivan*** (Lighting Designer) returns to New Repertory Theatre after designing Fully Committed and Chesapeake (both set and lights), Collected Stories, Boston Marriage , Eurydice , and Clean House/Elliot Norton Award, Best Design. Recent area credits include Pericles (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); M (Huntington Theatre Company); and Clybourne Park (SpeakEasy Stage Company). New York credits include The Ruby Sunrise and The Human Scale (The Public Theater/NYSF); Or (Women’s Theatre Project); and Play it Cool (Mary’s Hideaway Production). Ms. Sullivan serves as Production Manager for Actors’ Shakespeare Project and is a member of Bringing Up Tallula.
Dewey Dellay (Sound Designer) returns to New Repertory Theatre after composing music and designing sound for Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Other recent area credits include Operation Epsilon (Nora Theatre Company); The Chosen, Miss Witherspoon, and 9 Parts of Desire/Elliot Norton Award Best Sound Design (The Lyric Stage Company); and The Women and Five By Tenn/IRNE Award Best Sound Design (SpeakEasy Stage Company). Mr. Dellay has composed music for the Off-Broadway version of The Countess, which went to London’s West End Criterion Theater. Currently he is composing for the fourth season of Our America with Lisa Ling (Oprah Winfrey Network). Mr. Dellay will also design sound for New Rep’s The Whipping Man, in January.
Production Stage Manager
Leslie Sears* (Production Stage Manager) returns to New Repertory Theatre after working on Amadeus and Race. Area credits include A Raisin in the Sun, Invisible Man, Private Lives, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Sons of the Prophet, Ruined, Vengeance is the Lord’s, Bus Stop, Prelude to a Kiss, All My Sons, A Civil War Christmas, Fences, The Miracle at Naples, and The Corn is Green (Huntington Theatre Company); four festival operas with Boston Early Music Festival; three seasons at Boston Lyric Opera; and four seasons at Tanglewood Music Center. New York credits include Sons of the Prophet (Roundabout Theatre Center). Ms. Sears is a graduate of Boston University where she currently teaches Stage Management. Originally from San Diego, California, she resides in East Boston. She will also stage manage New Rep productions of Camelot and The Whipping Man.
*member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
**member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
***member of United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829
|Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 5:30pm|
|Attend first rehearsal to see where and how it all begins. Participate in a “Meet and Greet” with the cast, designers, crew, and New Rep staff, then stick around to hear a reading of the play.
|Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 6:30pm|
|Attend part of a working rehearsal with the director and cast. Learn about rehearsal process at the mini-talkback.|
Meet the Designers
|Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 6:30pm|
|Meet the director and scenic, costume, lighting, and sound designers. Learn about the design concepts and collaborative process.|
Meet the Playwright: RANCHO MIRAGE’s Steven Dietz
|Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 4:30pm|
Hear some of the original music composed by RANCHO MIRAGE Sound Designer Dewey Dellay: