Steve Martin is one of the most acclaimed and beloved talents in entertainment. His work has earned numerous honors including an Academy Award, five Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, and the Kennedy Center Honor. Martin began his career on “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” (1967-1969), for which he earned his first Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy, Variety or Music in 1969. In the mid-1970s, Martin shone as a stand-up on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” and NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” Martin’s films are widely popular successes and are the kind of movies that are viewed again and again: The Jerk (1979), Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987), Roxanne (1987), Parenthood (1989), L.A. Story (1991), Father of the Bride (1991), and Bowfinger (1999). As an author, Martin’s work includes the novel An Object of Beauty; the play The Underpants (adapted from Carl Sternheim’s Die Hose); a collection of comic pieces, Pure Drivel; a bestselling novella, Shopgirl; and his memoir, Born Standing Up. His writing has often appeared in The New Yorker. Martin is also an accomplished, Grammy Award-winning, boundary-pushing bluegrass banjoist and composer. In 2013, Martin released his third full-length album called Love Has Come For You, a unique collaboration with songwriter Edie Brickell. The remarkable album offers 13 eloquently rootsy compositions that combine Martin’s inventive five-string banjo work with Brickell’s distinctive vocals and vivid, detail-rich lyrics. Love Has Come For You won a Grammy for Best American Roots Song for the title track and inspired their new musical Bright Star.
Mr. Edelstein is in his twelfth season as Artistic Director of Long Wharf Theatre. His most recent Long Wharf Theatre credits include Our Town, The Last Five Years, The Shadow of the Hummingbird, The Underpants, Ride the Tiger, Curse of the Starving Class, Satchmo at the Waldorf, My Name is Asher Lev, Shirley Valentine, and his own adaptations of A Doll’s House and Uncle Vanya. His acclaimed Long Wharf Theatre production of The Glass Menagerie played the Roundabout and the Mark Taper Forum and was the recipient of the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Revival. He has a continued artistic association with Athol Fugard, directing the world premieres of The Shadow of the Hummingbird, Have You Seen Us?, and Coming Home as well as the East Coast premiere of The Train Driver. Gordon directed the Off-Broadway production of Satchmo at the Waldorf (Westside Theatre, starring John Douglas Thompson) and his NYC production of My Name is Asher Lev recently won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play. He also directed the Broadway production of Fugard’s The Road to Mecca for the Roundabout Theatre Company. Mr. Edelstein’s countless plays and workshops for Long Wharf Theatre include Julia Cho’s BFE, The Day the Bronx Died, A Dance Lesson, and The Times, as well as The Blue Album, We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!, A New War, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Anna Christie, The Front Page, and Mourning Becomes Electra. As a director of an extremely diverse body of work, he has garnered three Connecticut Critics Circle Awards and under his artistic leadership, Long Wharf Theatre has received 17 additional Connecticut Critics Circle Awards, including six best actor or actress awards in plays that he directed. He is also the recipient of the organization’s Tom Killen Award, given annually to an individual who has made an indelible impact on the Connecticut theatrical landscape.
Michael Yeargan returns to Long Wharf Theatre where he last designed The Curse of the Starving Class, The Glass Menagerie, Uncle Vanya, The Cocktail Hour and The Front Page. His Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include designs for The Ritz, Bad Habits, Seascape, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Happy Days, Dinah Was, Athol Fugard’s A Lesson From Aloes (World Premiere), A Light in the Piazza (Tony Award and Drama Desk Award), Awake and Sing! (Drama Desk Award), Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, South Pacific (Tony Award, Drama Desk Award), Blood and Gifts and Golden Boy. His opera credits are equally extensive; he has designed the world premieres of A Streetcar Named Desire and Dead Man Walking for San Francisco Opera, The Great Gatsby for the Metropolitan Opera, Cold Sassy Tree for Houston Grand Opera, and Central Park for Glimmerglass and New York City Opera among many others. Michael Yeargan has designed extensively for America’s regional theaters, including the Guthrie Theater, Goodman Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Hartford Stage, Washington’s Arena Stage, Dallas Theater Center, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Old Globe in San Diego, La Jolla Playhouse, Center Stage, McCarter Theatre, and the Yale Repertory Theatre where he is resident designer. Mr. Yeargan is a Professor of Stage Design and co-chair of the Design Department at the Yale School of Drama.
Long Wharf Theatre: over 20 productions since 1985's The Glass Menagerie with Joanne Woodward, including February House and Ride the Tiger. Selected Broadway credits include On the Town, Jersey Boys, Disney's Newsies, Next Fall, Take Me Out, The Most Happy Fella, The Apple Tree with Kristin Chenoweth, Enchanted April, Julius Caesar with Denzel Washington, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Proof, Sight Unseen, Judgment at Nuremberg, The Merchant of Venice with Al Pacino (Tony nomination) and Lincoln Center Theater's Henry IV with Kevin Kline (Tony nomination) and The Rivals (2005 Tony Award). Off-Broadway he has designed Buried Child, How I Learned to Drive, Dinner With Friends, The Substance of Fire, Other People's Money, Black Tie and The Mineola Twins (Lortel and Hewes Awards). He is a graduate of Yale School of Drama and has served on their faculty since 1990.
Long Wharf Theatre: The Day The Bronx Died, Sight Unseen, Almost All In The Timing, Blithe Spirit, The Importance of Being Earnest. Broadway: The Lion King and South Pacific (Tony awards), The Bridges Of Madison County, Golden Boy, Ragtime, Les Liasons Dangereuses, A Streetcar Named Desire, Movin’ Out, Gem of the Ocean, Juan Darien (all Tony nominated), You Can’t Take It With You, The King and I and On The Twentieth Century (Upcoming: Spring 2015), Spiderman, Big Fish, Bullets Over Broadway, Promises, Promises, La Cage Au Folles, Cyrano De Bergerac, The Boy From Oz, many others. Television: “Smash” Seasons 1 and 2.
Broadway and Off-Broadway, Souvenir, Ah Wilderness, A Long Day's Journey into Night, Our County's Good, Other People's Money, Measure for Measure, And A Nightingale Sang, From the Mississippi Delta, Search and Destroy, End of the Day, Playland, and Marisol. Regional Theatre credits include designs for the Ford’s Theatre, WDC; Hartford Stage Company; Center Stage, Baltimore; The Dallas Theatre Center; South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa; McCarter Theatre, Princeton; The Alliance Theatre, Atlanta; The La Jolla Playhouse; San Diego Rep; Portland Stage Company, Maine and the Yale Repertory Theatre. Mr. Budries is the Chair of Sound Design Program and a professor at the Yale School of Drama.
REBECCA C. MONROE
Production Stage Manager
Broadway: Flower Drum Song, Riverdance on Broadway, Saturday Night Fever, Side Show. Off-Broadway: Spring Spectacular (Radio City Music Hall), The Duchess of Malfi (Red Bull Theater), Is Life Worth Living?, Return of the Prodigal (Mint Theater Company), Bad Sex with Bud Kemp, Something Blue, Oblivion Postponed (Second Stage), and The Cryptogram (Cryptogram Ltd). National Tours: On the Road, West Side Story. Regional: A Grand Night for Singing, The Scene, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, A Raisin in the Sun, and Fences. Opera: Madam Butterfly (Opera Omaha), Don Giovanni (Tacoma Opera), The Flying Dutchman (Houston Grand Opera), Black Water (A.M.T.F.).
AMY PATRICIA STERN
Assistant Stage Manager
Amy’s Assistant Stage Manager credits include over 25 productions with Long Wharf Theatre, among them Our Town, The Last Five Years, 4000 Miles, Fences, Clybourne Park, Sylvia, The Fantasticks, The Glass Menagerie, A Civil War Christmas, The Bluest Eye, Let Me Down Easy, Uncle Vanya, and Travesties. Other Production Stage Manager credits include Mary Stuart (Pearl Theatre Company); Waiting For Godot, Therese Raquin and Another Part of the House (Classic Stage Company); and The Dying Gaul (Vineyard Theare). Other ASM credits include A Naked Girl on the Appian Way, Intimate Apparel and The Foreigner (Roundabout Theatre Company); Crimes of the Heart and Tiny Alice (Second Stage); The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife (Manhattan Theatre Club); Iphigenia and Other Daughters and Endgame (Classic Stage Company); The Waiting Room (Vineyard Theatre); and Golden Boy (Blue Light Theatre Company).
Broadway: Disgraced (2014-current, 2013 Pulitzer Award); Pippin (2013-current, directed by Diane Paulus, Tony Award 2013, Drama Desk Award); Dan Lauria and Judith Light in Lombardi (2010); Carrie Fisher in Wishful Drinking (2009-10); Harvey Keitel in Jerry Springer: The Opera at Carnegie Hall (2008); How The Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical (2006-07); Kiki and Herb: Alive On Broadway (Tony Nomination 2006); Dame Edna (Tony Award, 2000); Russell Simmons’s Def Poetry Jam (Tony Award, 2003); Bill Maher: Victory Begins at Home (Tony nomination, 2003) and It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues (Tony nomination 1999). National Tours: Pippin , Wishful Drinking, Guys and Dolls, The Piano Lesson, Ken Hill's Phantom of the Opera, Dame Edna, and Picasso At Lapin Agile. San Francisco: Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues; Sam Shepard’s The Late Henry Moss (Sean Penn, Woody Harrelson, Nick Nolte and Cheech Marin); Dame Edna , Forever Tango, Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile, John Leguizamo’s premiere of Freak; Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde; The Piano Lesson and Forever Tango . Mr. Reinis built and operated the 50 seat Theatre on the Square in San Francisco (1981-2002) and is a member of the Broadway League.
Stephen Eich is a producer, director, manager, and teacher with over 35 years’ experience, in both the commercial and not-for-profit professional theatre. He was the Managing Director of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company where he produced over 125 productions including the 1990 Tony Award–winning Best Play, The Grapes of Wrath. He was an original producer of Steve Martin’s award-winning Picasso at the Lapin Agile and was co-producer of Paul Simon’s musical The Capeman on Broadway. In addition he produced two concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York featuring the National Voices of Puerto Rico. He also served as the Managing Director of the Geffen Playhouse as well as the Executive Director of the Pasadena Playhouse. Currently he is the Producer/Director of a project entitled FRANK starring award winning singer/impressionist, Bob Anderson. The show is the quintessential recreation of a Frank Sinatra Concert, complete with a 32 piece orchestra playing the original arrangements of all the great tunes, opening at the Venetian/Palazzo in Las Vegas in January 2015.
CALLERI CASTING (James Calleri, Paul Davis, Erica Jensen)
Long-time Casting Director for Long Wharf Theatre. Broadway: Hedwig and The Angry Inch, Of Mice and Men, Venus in Fur, 33 Variations, A Raisin in the Sun, Chicago, James Joyce’s The Dead and the upcoming The Elephant Man with Bradley Cooper. Off-Broadway: Satchmo at The Waldorf, Buyer & Cellar, Murder for Two, The Revisionist, All in the Timing, Passion, My Name is Asher Lev, Fuerza Bruta, Silence! The Musical. Casting for Rattlestick, CSC, Williamstown Theater Festival, The Flea, Bay Street, McCarter, Berkeley Rep. Playwrights Horizons (10 seasons). TV: “Army Wives,” “Lipstick Jungle,” “Monk,” “Hope & Faith,” “Ed”. Lots of film including Mike Cahill’s Sundance winners Another Earth and I Origins. Awarded 12 Artios Awards for Outstanding Casting Achievement. Member CSA. www.callericasting.com