Dropping Gumballs on Luke Wilson


JUNE 11- JULY 6, 2019

502 West 53rd Street @ 10th Ave

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.

Gumballs runs approximately 75 minutes with no intermission.


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

Pre-show Weds 7/3 7pm:
Art Installation & Performance: “The Next Generation”
Come before the show to see the work of young artists featured by our friends at Labor Arts and Brooklyn Acts!

CLICK HERE to read more about the panelists and post-show talkbacks.

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

Gumballs production photos by Carol Rosegg




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 is a prolific and widely produced playwright, whose work can be seen and read throughout the United States and abroad. Her fourth Broadway play, Bernhardt/Hamlet, premiered last fall as part of the Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2018-19 season, making Rebeck the most Broadway-produced female playwright of our time. Other Broadway works include Dead Accounts; Seminar and Mauritius. Other notable NY and regional plays include: Downstairs, 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 (Houston), the REP Company (Delaware); Dorset Theater Festival, the Orchard Project and the Folger Shakespeare Theater. Major film and television projects include Trouble, starring Anjelica Huston, Bill Pullman and David Morse (writer and director), “NYPD Blue,” the NBC series “Smash” (creator), and the upcoming female spy thriller 355 (for Jessica Chastain’s production company). 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.

CLICK HERE to read an interview with Theresa about her NYC directing debut.



Gumballs Cast

Reyna de Courcy (Jenny) Theatre credits include Luna Gale (The Goodman Theatre, and the Kirk Douglas in Los Angeles); The Whale (Playwrights Horizons), Burning (The New Group), Orange, Hat & Grace (Soho Rep), Dreams of the Washer King (Playwrights Realm), Monstrosity (13P), Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom (Humana Festival, ATL), the hollower (New Light Theatre Project), Civilization (All You Can Eat), and The World My Mama Raised (Clubbed Thumb), and A Night Near The Sun (Impetuous Theatre Group). Film credits include Wetlands, Coming Up Roses, Girls Against Boys, & Beach Pillows. Television includes “Bored To Death,” “Bull,” “Blue Bloods” & “Law & Order: SVU.” Quilters, please say hello on Instagram: @bramblebrains!

George Hampe (Rob) Off-Broadway: Regrets (Manhattan Theatre Club) Regional: Romeo and Juliet (Huntington Theatre Company), Dead Metaphor (American Conservatory Theater),  Arcadia (Yale Repertory Theatre), ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore and The Three Sisters (Yale School of Drama). Film: Julian Fellowes’ The Chaperone. TV: “Madam Secretary,” “The Good Fight,” “Unforgettable,” “Blue Bloods” and “One Tree Hill”. MFA: Yale School of Drama. Love to Rebecca. www.georgehampe.com

Ann Harada (Alice) 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 (Ken) 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, Working Theater, 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). MFA: Yale School of Drama (Constance Welch Scholar).

Jonathan Sale (Luke Wilson) is the proud father of the best seven year old in the world. Theater: Handle With Care (Westside Theater), A Soldiers Play (Second Stage Theater), Shape of Things (Promenade Theater), ScreenPlay (59E59), Trade, An Ice Cream Man for All Seasons, The View from Tall (Cherry Lane), Romeo and Juliet (Mint), Much Ado About Nothing (San Francisco Shakespeare), Twelfth Night (ACT Studio); Television – “God Friended Me,” “The Good Fight,” “Madam Secretary,” “Elementary,” “Person of Interest,” “Law and Order,” “All My Children,” “Guiding Light,” “As the World Turns,” “Third Watch,” “Ed,” “I Love You but I Lied.” 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 (Errol Morris) Theatre: Broadway: Dinner at Eight and Golden Boy (for Lincoln Center), Fiddler on the Roof (Minskoff), The Man Who Had All the Luck (Roundabout); Off Broadway: Abingdon, E.S.T., Rattlestick, Isn’t it Romantic (for Playwrights Horizons), The Basement Tapes (Village Gate), The Buddy System (Circle in the Square). Regional: Papermill, Weston, Huntington, Buck’s County, Victory Gardens, Pittsburgh, Williamstown, George Street, LaJolla, Taper, L.A.T.C., Pasadena, Cincinnati, Mixed Blood, Syracuse. Film: Recent: Asher, The Boy Downstairs. Earlier: The Wackness, Saving Private Ryan, Hot Shots Part Deux, Presumed Innocent, War of the Roses, Troop Beverly Hills, Brewster’s Millions, Revenge of the Nerds, Sophie’s Choice. Television: Series regular on “Hey Arnold,” “Brooklyn Bridge,” “D.E.A.,” “Once a Hero”. Many pilots, tv movies and episodes. Recent: “The Blacklist,” “Bull,” “Madame Secretary,” “Suits,” “White Collar.” Older includes “The Good Wife,” “Rescue Me,” “Law and Order,” “X Files,” “NYPD Blue,” “Law and Order,” “Home Improvement,” “Family Ties,” “Cheers.”

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

Deepest thanks to our 34th Season Supporters


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Archer, Byington, Glennon & Levine LLP
CWA Local 1180
NYC Central Labor Council
OPEIU Local 153
The Segal Company

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