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MAN.GOV and HARM'S WAY

In repertory Oct. 10 - November 9, 2008
45th Street Theatre, 354 W. 45th Street.
New York, New York 10036

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Press Release: Harm's Way Wins PEN USA Literay Award

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Oct 10 - Nov 8 2008

**** Recommended!
LA TIMES ****

**** Recommended! LA WEEKLY! ****

A high ranking weapons inspector leaks damning information about the "sexed up"reports of weapons of mass destruction leading up to the Iraq war.
When one man breaks a code of silence, what happens to his family and a nation whose existence is based on keeping secrets?

written by SHEM BITTERMAN
directed by STEVE ZUCKERMAN
produced by CIRCUS THEATRICALS

with Robert Cicchini, Christopher Curry,
Thomas Kopache, Jordan Lund,
Britt Napier

Original music by Roger Bellon

MAN.GOV Performance Dates: (all times 8pm) October: 10,13,15,17,24,25,29,30
November: 4,6,8

October 11 thru Nov 9

**** WINNER! 2008 PEN USA AWARD!****

****Recommended!
LA TIMES ****

Harm's Way tells the tale of a career Army prosecutor who investigates a possible war crime against Iraqi civilians by U.S troops - while at the same time fighting to save his troubled daughter here on American soil.

written by SHEM BITTERMAN
directed by STEVE ZUCKERMAN
produced by CIRCUS THEATRICALS

with Josh Allen, Ben Bowen, Sarah Foret,
Wendy Makkena, Eric Pierpoint
and Jack Stehlin

Original music by Roger Bellon

HARM’S WAY Performance Dates: (all times 8pm except 11/9)
October 11, 14, 16, 18, 22, 23, 31
November 1, 5, 7, *9 (3pm matinee)

Jack Stehlin and Wendy Makkena in Harm's Way

 

Ben Bowen and Jack Stehlin in
Harm's Way

Jack Stehlin and Wendy Makkena in Harm's Way

Eric Pierpoint and Jack Stehlin in
Harm's Way

Josh Allen, Sarah Foret and Ben Bowen in Harm's Way

Christopher Curry and Libby West in Man.gov

 

Christopher Curry and Robert Cicchini in Man.gov

Christopher Curry and Britt Napier in Man.gov

Thomas Kopache and Britt Napier in Man.gov

CAST and PRODUCTION

Josh Allen
Sammy Havesford
Harm's Way

Ben Bowen
Nick Granville
Harm's Way

Robert Cicchini
Graylin James
Man.gov

Christopher Curry
Dave G.
Man.gov

Sarah Foret
Bianca Fredricks
Harm's Way

Thomas Kopache
Henry K.
Man.gov

Libby West
Jean G.
Man.gov

Jordan Lund
Mitch F.
Man.gov

Wendy Makkena
Connie Durrell
Harm's Way

Britt Napier
Laura G,
Man.gov

Eric Pierpoint
General Hank Davis
Harm's Way

Jack Stehlin
Major Jonathon Fredricks
Harm's Way

Roger Bellon
Original Music

Shem Bitterman
Playwright
Man.gov &
Harm's Way


Steve Zuckerman
Director
Man.gov &Harm's Way

 

Jeannine W. Stehlin
Managing Director / Producer
Man.gov &
Harm's Way

MAN.GOV CAST

 

ROBERT CICCHINI (Graylin James / Man.gov)
With Circus Theatricals: Twelfth Night, Three Sisters, Hedda Gabler, Tartuffe, Modigliani, the Circle, The Job (Garland Award for Acting). Other Stage: The Screens, As is, The Taming of the Shrew, Woycek. Over 150 credits in film, television and theatre. Films include: "Dream Girls," “War of the Worlds,” "EM," "Primary Colors," "Paths to War," "Play Dead," "Light Sleeper," “Mrs. Harris,” ”The Godfather III."

Television includes recurring roles on: “NCIS,” “Six Feet Under,” ” “24,” and guest star appearances on "The Sopranos," “Everybody Hates Chris,” “Desperate Housewives,” "Cold Case," "Without a Trace," "State of Mind," "Shark," "CSI New York," "NYPD Blue," "The Practice," "Las Vegas," etc. Graduate of the NYU graduate acting program.

Circus Theatricals Associate Artist since 1987.

CHRISTOPHER CURRY (David G./ Man.gov)
Circus Theatricals: Twelfth Night. Broadway: All My Sons ,The Crucifer of Blood, Dirty Linen. Off-Broadway:dozens of original NY productions including Larry Shue's THE FOREIGNER, KENNEDY AT COLONUS, STRANGE SNOW,LIFE CLASS, THE PROMISE, and WHEN YOU COMIN' BACK, RED RYDER? In Regionals played at The Long Wharf, Buffalo Stage, GEVA, the Alliance,Seattle Rep, Pittsburgh Playhouse, etc. In Los Angeles at Pasadena Playhouse, the Geffen, the Ahmanson,the Falcon, and many waiver productions.

TV: dozens of guest stars in a range of dramas, m.o.w.s, sitcoms (among them WITHOUT A TRACE, HUFF, WEST WING, NYPD BLUE, CHICAGO HOPE, WINGS, LA.LAW, THIRTY SOMETHING) Films: many, including "FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS,STARSHIP TROOPERS, (Matt Dillon's) "CITY OF GHOSTS,RED DRAGON,BULLWORTH, and C.H.U.D. MAN.GOV is his 3rd show with Shem Bitterman, his fourth with Steve Zuckerman.

THOMAS KOPACHE (Henry K / Man.gov)
Circus Theatricals: “Antigone”, “As You Like It”, “Iphigenia in Aulis”, “The Adding Machine” ( Garland Award Honorable Mention), “Twelfth Night.” Broadway: “Orpheus Descending”, “Our Town”. Off -Broadway: Manhattan Theatre Club, The Public Theatre, EST, American Place Theatre, , La Mama, The Women’s Project, etc. Regional: Pasadena Playhouse, A.C.T., Baltimore Center Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, Old Globe, etc.

Film: “No Country For Old Men” (SAG Award Best Ensemble), “Zodiac”, “Catch Me If You Can”, “Leaving Las Vegas”, “Mr. Jones”, “This Boy’s Life”, “Breakdown”, “Ghosts of Mississippi”, “Stigmata”, “Star Trek: Generations”, etc.Television: “Big Love”, Dirty Sexy Money”, “Brothers & Sisters”, Desperate Housewives”, “The West Wing”, “Boston Legal”, “Six Feet Under”, “Carnivale”, “Malcolm in the Middle”, “Gilmore Girls, and many others.

Circus Theatricals Associate Artist.

JORDAN LUND Associate Artist

For Circus Theatricals: Safe, Twelfth Night, The Adding Machine, Weedwacker, Man.Gov, As You Like It, The Cherry Orchard, Tartuffe and the One-Acts: First to The Egg, Bender, The Sanest Men in America. Jordan also directed the One-Act, Joey.

Jordan appeared on Broadway at the ( Belasco Theatre , NY Shakespeare Festival) in Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, and Macbeth all directed by Estelle Parsons. Also in NY: The Golem, Twelfth Night, and King John (NYSF Delacorte Theatre in Central Park), Eric Bogosian’s I Saw the Seven Angels (The Kitchen), Sleep and Tis Pity She’s A Whore (LaMama), Israel Horovitz’s Henry Lumper (the Actor’s Outlet), and BH Barry’s production of Treasure Island (Blue Light Theatre Company at the Ohio Space). Regional credits include: Sir Peter Hall’s Romeo and Juliet (Ahmanson Theatre), Scapin directed by Bartlett Sher (Portland Stage Company), On The Waterfront (Cleveland PlayHouse), What the Butler Saw (Great Lakes Theatre Festival) and Scaramouche directed by BH Barry (TheatreVirgina). In the Bay Area Jordan appeared in the World Premieres of My Antonia (TheatreWorks), and Marius ( Aurora Theatre ).

Other Los Angeles theatre includes: The Cradle Will Rock (LA Weekly Award, Best Musical), Starr Struck, Hello Again (The Blank Theatre Company), The Shadow of a Gunman, Hogan's Goat, Boo:An Evening of Ghost Stories, Ardele (Pacific Resident Theatre).

Over 75 film and TV appearances include: "The Bucket List", "Doc Hollywood", "Speed," "Species," "Lockup", "The American President," "The Rookie," "Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man,""Life," "Fletch Lives", "Lonesome Dove", "The Stand," “Without A Trace”, "NYPD Blue," "Cop Rock", "Cheers," "Frasier," "Firefly", "Walker Texas Ranger," "Murphy Brown," "Life Goes On," "Law and Order," "Star Trek DS9 & TNG," "Enterprise," "Providence," "ER," "Chicago Hope" and "The Practice."

Jordan received his training at Carnegie-Mellon University . tlbrsm

BRITT NAPIER   (Laura G./Man.gov)

Britt received a BBA in Business Administration and BA in Theater Studies from Emory University. She has worked on over 17 different shows as an actor, producer, and director. Past credits include Someone Who'll Watch Over Me, Spike Heels, Three Sisters, and 30 Below. She is also a founding member and producer for Freeman Angel Films. Projects include the short film Redirect and the 2008 Seattle International Film Festival winner EM. Britt will be producing Anne & Emmett, a play by Ms. Janet Langhart Cohen, with the Race and Reconciliation Foundation in April 2009. Thanks go out to my family and friends. Special thanks to the Man.Gov cast and crew for making this a truly wonderful experience.

LIBBY WEST (Jean G. / Man.gov)
Circus Theatricals: Macbeth. Off-Broadway: The Public, The Promenade. Regional: Denver Center, The Shakespeare Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Intiman, Wilma, Pasadena Playhouse, Mark Taper, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, IRT, The Old Globe, ACT, South Coast Rep, CATF, etc. NYC: The Actors Studio, SoHo Rep, Expanded Arts, Third Eye Rep, West End Theater, etc. LA: ICT, A Noise Within, Furious Theater, Odyssey, Boston Court, etc. Film/TV: Jericho, Six Feet Under, As The World Turns, One Life to Live, All My Children, Fractalus, One Too Many Mornings, Two Weeks Notice, Zombie Holocaust, A Midsummer Night’s Re-Write, Who Flew?, Divorce Be Gone, Iceman, Dream House, Ride of Passage, The Guests, Dream State, and The Wedding Video. Internet: ERA. Training/Awards: MFA from NYU, Fox Foundation Fellow, Dean Goodman Choice Award.

HARM'S WAY CAST

JOSH ALLEN (Sergeant Sammy Havesford /Harm’s Way ) most recently appeared in the Circus Theatricals production of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night in the role of Sebastian. He received his BFA in theatre performance from Rhode Island College in Providence, RI where he also grew up. Some regional theatre credits include Ferdinand in The Tempest, Hamlet in Hamlet, The Young Man in The American Dream, Noah in The Grapes of Wrath and Goose in Goose and TomTom. Member: Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

BEN BOWEN (Private Nick Granville /Harm’s Way )

LA theatre debut with Circus Theatricals. A recent graduate of USC, he received his B.F.A in Acting, where he also studied Shakespeare at the British American Drama Academy in London. Stage credits include: Tilden in Buried Child, Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Aimwell in The Beaux Stratagem, and Whizzer in Falsetto’s.

SARAH FORET (Bianca / Harm's Way)
Though Sarah Foret, a Louisiana native, is brand new to the New York theater, she is not new to the stage. While moving around the country with her mother, Sarah worked in community theatre. Eventually she landed in Arkansas where she attended an arts magnet junior high and arts magnet high school. Most notably starring in ABC Family's “Beautiful People”, Foret has also worked on the critically acclaimed series “Gilmore Girls”, “CSI: NY” and cult favorite “Moonlight.” Independent features include lead roles in “American Crude’ opposite Ron Livingston, Michael Clarke Duncan and Rob Schneider, “The Dead Sleep” and “Lost Dream”.

WENDY MAKKENA (Constance Durrell / Harm’s Way)
Broadway: "Side Man"; "Pygmalion" "Lend Me a Tenor". Off B’way: “The Shawl,” opposite Diane Wiest, (Sidney Lumet, Dir.)  MTC: "TheAmerican Plan", "The Loman Family Picnic", and "Prin".  Playwrights Horizons and the Matrix Theater: ”The Water Children" ( L.A. Drama Critic's Circle Award, Robbie Award).  CSC Rep: Pinter's “The Birthday Party” and the American Premiere of “Mountain Language”. Television:  "Listen Up" opposite Jason Alexander;  Charlotte Beene on “Oliver Beene”, Denis Leary’s wife on "The Job”; Caruso’s partner, “NYPD Blue”, “House”, “CSI”, “The Nine” Judging Amy etc.   Film:  leading roles in "Noise" "Finding North", "Camp Nowhere", "Air Bud", "Sister Act" and recently wrapped State of Play” w/Ben Affleck. Happy to be reprising the role of Connie in “Harm’s Way”.

ERIC PIERPOINT (General Davis / Harms's Way)

Circus Theatricals: Greensward, Richard III.

In New York, premier of PANACHE at the Player's theater, DANGEROUS CORNER.  Regional favorites include, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS, THE MAGISTRATE, MACBETH, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE,  A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, SLY FOX, THE HASTY HEART. L.A. stage: MISSOURI WALTZ, OURSELVES ALONE.

His most notable films are THE WORLD' S FASTEST INDIAN, HOLES, LIAR LIAR, FOREVER YOUNG, WHERE TRUTH LIES, PHIL COBB'S DINNER FOR FOUR, and has just completed TRANSFORMERS II.  Also now at festivals, THE DIMINISHED FIFTH, MESSIAH, FOUR WEEKS FOUR HOURS, TV VIRUS. Television series leads are ALIEN NATION, FAME, and HOT PURSUIT, with many guest appearances and recurring roles starting from HILL STREET BLUES to the most recent CSI, MEDIUM, CSI MIAMI, BROTHERS AND SISTERS and now recurring on BIG LOVE. The screenplay of his western, BITTERROOT, is now in development at Hallmark.

Circus Theatricals Associate Artist.

JACK STEHLIN (Major Jonathon Fredricks / Harms Way / Circus Theatricals Artistic Director)

Most recently, Jack was seen on stage in the Los Angeles premiere of Salome with Al Pacino, directed by Estelle Parsons. Broadway: Brighton Beach Memoirs. Off-Broadway includes: the New York Shakespeare Festival productions of Richard II (dir. Steven Berkoff), Henry V (w/Kevin Kline), Casanova (w/ Ethan Hawke, dir. by Michael Greif), Henry IV, I (w/Mandy Patinkin, dir. Des McAnuff), Julius Caesar (w/ Al Pacino and Martin Sheen), Timon of Athens (dir. Brian Kulick), Richard Foreman’s Don Juan , and Romeo and Juliet (dir. Les Waters), as well as productions at C.S.C. and Primary Stages. In LA, Circus Theatricals productions include The Misanthrope, The Circle , Macbeth, Hamlet, Richard III, Tartuffe, True West, The Cheats of Scapin, The Job. Other Los Angeles Theatre: Speed-the-Plow (Odyssey /LA), and Habitation of Dragons (Zephyr).

Film credits include the upcoming film “Salomaybe?” (with Al Pacino). He is best known on TV for his role as DEA Captain Roy Till on the Showtime series "Weeds." Other TV guest star roles include “Without a Trace,” “”NCIS,” “JAG,” (recurring), “Buffy” (recurring ), “Judging Amy,” “The Practice,” “Crossing Jordan,” “NYPD Blue,” and “ER.” Jack is an alumnus of The Acting Company and The Juilliard School.

PRODUCTION TEAM

DERRICK McDANIEL (Lights) With Circus Theatricals: Safe, Twelfth Night, Complexity, Greensward, The Misanthrope and Iphigenia in Aulis. A few of his lighting credits include “The Godfather Workout” for the HBO comedy festival in Aspen; “The Quiet Room” at the Whitefire Theater, “Worse Than Murder” at the Ventura Court Theater, and “Eubie Weller” at the Stella Adler Theater; “Among The Thugs” at the Odyssey Theater-and many others. Awards/nominations include 2008 Ovations nom. for Lady (Road), 2004 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle award for “Among The Thugs”, a 2005 ADA lighting nomination. Derrick would like to thank you for your support of live theater. Enjoy.

KITTY ROSE (Set/Costumes) Kitty Rose is a long time collaborator with Circus Theatricals. Most recent productions include Safe, The Heiress, Twelfth Night, Greensward, Complexity and Modigliani.
JULIE WATSON (Stage Manager) has recently worked on The Two Sisters (The Brainum Bros. and Sons) and LaSanta (Sintroca Productions) as part of the Ontological-Hysteric Incubator. Other NY credits include: Mary Christmas (Orange Hanky Productions), Random Acts 2008 (The New School for Drama), Arpeggio (Maieutic Theater Works), Can’t Live Without You (Manhattan Repertory Theatre), The Mercy Swing (NYC Fringe).
ROGER BELLON (Original Music)

Roger Bellon was born in Neuilly sur Seine, France. He attended The Berklee College of Music, Boston, where he received his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition, and post graduate studies in composition and conducting at The École Normale de Musique, Paris. Roger has scored over three hundred television episodes including the cult series "Highlander-The Series," and numerous award winning television movies such as the Emmy nominated six-hour CBS mini-series Mario Puzo's "The Last Don". His feature film credits include an original score to the 1921 silent movie classic "The Sheik", starring Rudolph Valentino.

 

SHEM BITTERMAN (Playwright Man.gov and Harm’s Way)

With Circus Theatricals: The Job (LA Drama Critic's Circle Award for Best New Play). The Job subsequently transferred to Off-Broadway and was published by Samuel French and Smith & Kraus, and The Circle (LA Weekly Award nominee and 2005 Pen/West Finalist). Other plays include Ten Below, (starring Kevin Conway and Anthony Edwards; winner of the National Play Award), Peephole (Davie Award); Night-Side (at Actor's Theatre of Louisville, starring Pamela Gien); The Ramp (at South Coast Rep, winner of the California Playwright's Competition); Beijing Legends (Mark Taper Forum, winner of the Fund For New American Plays Award); Self Storage; Iowa Boys (CBS/FDG New Plays Award). The film version of The Job (starring Joe Pantoliano and Ron Perlman) is in post-production.

STEVE ZUCKERMAN(Director) directed Nuts by Tom Topor on Broadway, which received both Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations. As Associate Director of New York's WPA Theater he directed productions including Steve Metcalf's The Incredibly Famous Willy Rivers, Shem Bitterman's Ten Below and Israel Horovitz's Unexpected Tenderness and North Shore Fish.

He directed the filmed version of North Shore Fish for Showtime, which starred Mercedes Ruehl, Peter Riegert and Tony Danza. His productions of the revivals of Tennessee Williams’ Vieux Carre and Ibsen's When We Dead Awaken with Kim Hunter received Drama Desk Awards. He has been Director of Play Development at Circle in the Square Theatre and Artistic Director of New York’s Impossible Ragtime Theatre and the Sharon Playhouse in Connecticut. He has directed at the Manhattan Theater Club, Circle Rep and regional theatres including Baltimore's Center Stage, The La Jolla Playhouse and Yale Rep.

Steve has directed over 350 episodes of prime time TV including Everybody Loves Raymond, The Drew Carey Show, Friends, and Murphy Brown for which he received an Humanitas Award. He is currently directing According to Jim and Hanna Montana.

JEANNINE W. STEHLIN (Managing Director, Circus Theatricals)

Produced over 50 plays for Circus Theatricals, including Safe (premiere), Iphigenia in Aulis, The Misanthrope, Macbeth, Tartuffe, The Cherry Orchard, Richard III, Hamlet and The Cheats of Scapin, The Circle and the award-winning The Job by Shem Bitterman. She received an LA Weekly "Best Sound Design" nomination for her work on The Circle. Stage acting credits include: The Heiress, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, The Job, Peer Gynt, Tartuffe, The Misanthrope, Hippolytus, The Stronger, The Art of Success, Women and Wallace and the films, “Watch It,” and “ Rancho Cucamonga." Jeannine made her TV debut as a child on the popular children's program, "Romper Room." Jeannine earned a B.S. in Advertising from the University of Illinois, and an M.B.A. in Marketing from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

 

 

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