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From Rob Ackerman, playwright of Working Theater’s hit “Tabletop”.
“Gumballs” marks Theresa Rebeck’s NYC directorial debut.
Reyna de Courcy, George Hampe, Ann Harada, Dean Nolen, Jonathan Sale, David Wohl
Inspired by a true, little-known story about the making of an iconic TV commercial in which a legendary film director puts a movie star’s life in the hands of a very jittery props guy. A humorous and ultimately disturbing account of power in the workplace, “Gumballs” examines how truth is negotiated in both art and in life, and who gets to control the narrative in an increasingly divided society.
General Admission $30 / Reserved Tickets $40
Students/Seniors/Union Members (with ID) $25
Pay-what-you-can every Wednesday at the door, subject to availability. Tickets released first-come, first-served, 15 minutes prior to curtain.
Post-performance panel discussions:
Mon 6/17 7pm– Women in Entertainment
Thurs 6/27 7pm– Truth in the Media
Weds 7/3 7pm – Women in Non-Traditional Employment
Scenic Design: Christopher Swader & Justin Swader
Costume Design: Tricia Barsamian
Lighting Design: Mary Ellen Stebbins
Sound Design: Bart Fasbender
Video Design: Yana Biryukova
Properties: Addison Heeren
Production Stage Manager: Avery Trunko
Assistant Stage Manager: Michael Medina
Production Manager: Niluka Hotaling
Casting Director: Geoff Josselson, CSA
Graphic Design: Christy Briggs
Press Representation: Sam Rudy Media Relations
Playwright ROB ACKERMAN’s work includes Tabletop, directed by Connie Grappo for Working Theater, Drama Desk Award winner for Best Ensemble Performance; Origin of the Species, a play which became an indie film featuring Amanda Peet, directed by Andrés Heinz; book of Volleygirls, winner of three awards at the 2013 New York Musical Theater Festival, including Most Promising New Musical and Best in Fest, music by Eli Bolin, lyrics by Sam Forman, directed by Neil Patrick Stewart; Teach for America, commissioned and produced by American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco; Call Me Waldo and Disconnect, both for Working Theater. Rob’s work has been anthologized by Vintage Books, Dramatists Play Service, Smith and Kraus, and Playscripts, and nurtured at Yaddo, Flux, Lark, and Dorset Theatre Festival. For years, Rob has worked as Prop Master for the SNL Film Unit. He was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, majored in theater and Spanish at Middlebury College, and earned an M.F.A. in stage directing at Northwestern University. Rob and his wife, author Carol Weston, live in Manhattan, and he’s a longtime member of Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.
Director THERESA REBECK’s many plays have been widely produced on and off Broadway, regionally and internationally. This fall, her fourth Broadway play, Bernhardt/Hamlet, premiered on Broadway and her play Downstairs opened at Primary Stages starring Tim Daly and Tyne Daly. Other Broadway works include Dead Accounts; Seminar and Mauritius. Other notable NY and regional plays include: Seared, The Scene, The Water’s Edge, Loose Knit, The Family of Mann and Spike Heels (Second Stage), Bad Dates, The Butterfly Collection and Our House (Playwrights Horizons), The Understudy (Roundabout), View of the Dome (NYTW), What We’re Up Against (Women’s Project), Omnium Gatherum (Pulitzer Prize finalist). As a director, her work has been seen at The Alley Theater of Houston, Dorset Theater Festival, the Orchard Project and the Folger Shakespeare Theater. She recently wrote and directed the independent feature Trouble, starring Anjelica Huston, Bill Pullman and David Morse. In television, she is best known for her work on “NYPD Blue” and for creating the NBC series “Smash.” As a novelist, Rebeck’s books include Three Girls and Their Brother and I’m Glad About You. Rebeck is the recipient of the William Inge New Voices Playwriting Award, the PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Award, a Lilly Award and more.
REYNA DE COURCY: Theatre credits include Luna Gale at the Goodman Theatre and the Kirk Douglas in Los Angeles; The Whale with Playwrights Horizons; Burning with The New Group; Orange, Hat & Grace with Soho Rep; the hollower with New Light Theatre Project, Dreams of the Washer King with Playwrights Realm, Civilization (All You Can Eat), and The World My Mama Raised with Clubbed Thumb. Film credits include Wetlands, & Coming Up Roses.
GEORGE HAMPE: Theater credits include Regrets (Manhattan Theatre Club); Romeo and Juliet (Huntington Theatre Company); Dead Metaphor (American Conservatory Theater); Arcadia (Yale Repertory Theatre); and ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore and The Three Sisters (Yale School of Drama). Film and television credits include Julian Fellowes’ The Chaperone, “Madam Secretary,” “The Good Fight,” “Unforgettable,” “Blue Bloods,” and “One Tree Hill.” Recently graduated from Yale School of Drama. georgehampe.com
ANN HARADA played Christmas Eve in the Broadway and West End productions of AVENUE Q and stepsister Charlotte in RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA. Other Broadway: Madame Thénardier in LES MISÉRABLES (revival), 9 TO 5, SEUSSICAL, and M. BUTTERFLY. Film: SISTERS, TROUBLE, YOUTH IN OREGON, ADMISSION, HOPE SPRINGS, FEEL, HAPPINESS. TV includes: SMASH (as Linda, the Stage Manager), THE GOOD WIFE, HOUSE OF CARDS, MASTER OF NONE, THE JIM GAFFIGAN SHOW, SEARCH PARTY, YOUNGER, GOTHAM. Twitter: @annharada Instagram: iamannharada
DEAN NOLEN: Broadway: Mamma Mia! (original company). Off-Broadway: Terence in Theresa Rebeck and Alexandra Gersten-Vasillaros’ Omnium Gatherum (Pulitzer-Prize finalist), Tabletop (Drama Desk Award), also Manhattan Theatre Club, The Working Theatre, Naked Angels, others. Regional: Yale Rep, Alley Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Wilma, Dallas Theater Center, others. Television: “Mercy,” “Law and Order,” “Crossing Jordan”, “Law & Order: SVU”, others. Director: Division Avenue (world premiere NYC); Birds on a Wire (International Festival Fringe, Edinburgh, Scotland). Graduate of Yale School of Drama (Constance Welch Scholar).
JONATHAN SALE is the proud father of the best seven year old in the world. Off-Broadway: Handle With Care (Westside Theater), Soldiers Play (Second Stage Theater), Shape of Things (Promanade Theater), ScreenPlay (59E59), Trade (Cherry Lane); Television – “God Friended Me”, “The Good Fight”, “Madam Secretary”, “Elementary”, “Person of Interest”, “Law and Order”; Film: Lola Versus, Fair Market Value, Hard Lesson; MFA American Conservatory Theater, BA University of Richmond, Oxford School of Drama, Upright Citizens Brigade www.JonathanSale.tv
DAVID WOHL: Broadway: Golden Boy, Dinner at Eight (Lincoln Center), The Man Who Had All the Luck (Roundabout), Fiddler on the Roof (Minskoff). Off Broadway: Recent: The Last Will (Abingdon). Other: Between the Songs, The Shaker Chair (EST), Rag and Bone (Rattlestick), The Frugal Repast (Abingdon), Don Juan (TFANA), Isn’t it Romantic (Playwrights Horizons), The Basement Tapes (Village Gate). Regional: Recent: Deathtrap (Bucks County Playhouse), Elegy (Victory Gardens), Freud’s Last Session (Pittsburgh Public). Other: Goodspeed, Paper Mill, Williamstown, George Street, LaJolla, Taper, LATC, Mixed Blood, Cincinnati. Film: Recent: You Must Be Joking, Cabal (upcoming). Other: The Wackness, Joe Gould’s Secret, Saving Private Ryan, Hot Shots! Part Deux, War of the Roses, Presumed Innocent, Troop Beverly Hills, The Couch Trip, Brewster’s Millions, Revenge of the Nerds, Sophie’s Choice. Television: Series regular on “Brooklyn Bridge”, “D.E.A.”, “Once a Hero”, “Hey Arnold”. Recent: “White Collar”, “Suits”, “The Good Wife”, “Rescue Me”. Other: many episodes, pilots and tv movies.
Performance space for this production was subsidized by the
A.R.T./New York Theatres Rental Subsidy Fund,
a program of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York).
Subsidized studio space provided by the A.R.T./New York Creative Space Grant, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Empire BlueCross BlueShield
Archer, Byington, Glennon & Levine LLP
CWA Local 1180
NYC Central Labor Council
OPEIU Local 153
The Segal Company
MAJOR INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORTERS:
The Howard Gilman Foundation
The One World Fund
The Shubert Foundation
the National Endowment for the Arts
the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature
public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, with special thanks to Queens Council Member Rory Lancman