UPDATED MAY 1, 2011
NEWS RELEASE: April 1, 2011
Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin 310.701-0788
I NEVER SANG FOR MY FATHER
Robert Anderson’s classic American play opens The New American Theatre’s 2011 season with veteran actors PHILIP BAKER HALL and ANNE GEE BYRD
Los Angeles, CA (April 1, 2011) - Award-winning and critically-acclaimed theatre company The New American Theatre (formerly Circus Theatricals) announces that veteran film, TV and stage actor PHILIP BAKER HALL has joined the cast of I Never Sang for my Father . Directed by Cameron Watson, I Never Sang for My Father opens the New American Theatre’s 2011 season, playing April 16 – May 22.
Robert Anderson's 1968 family drama tells the story of the tumultuous and sometimes humorous relationship between a college professor son, his aging, domineering father, and his loving mother. Philip Baker Hall plays the father.
“We are thrilled that Philip Baker Hall will be back on the stage here in Los Angeles. We’re happy that he found time in his busy film schedule to play this amazing role,” says Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin, the New American Theatre’s managing director. Film buffs know Philip Baker Hall for his performances in Paul Thomas Anderson's features, “Hard Eight,” “Magnolia,” and “Boogie Nights.”
I Never Sang for My Father stars award-winning stage veterans Philip Baker Hall and Anne Gee Byrd as the parents. John Sloan plays the son. The cast also includes Chelsea Povall, Brittani Ebert, Tim Halligan, Paul Messinger, and Dee Ann Newkirk.
The design team includes John Iacovelli (Scenic Design), Terri A. Lewis (Costume Design), and Jared A. Sayeg (Lighting Design).
TICKETS / VENUE
I Never Sang for My Father will be presented at the McCadden Theatre, 1157 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood, CA 90038. The production will play Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sunday matinees at 3pm, April 16 – May 22, 2011. Dark Easter Sunday April 24. Tickets, at $30, can be purchased online:
http://www.NewAmericanTheatre.com or by calling 310-701-0788.
THE NEW AMERICAN THEATRE
The New American Theatre (formerly Circus Theatricals) is a nonprofit theatre company founded in 1983. At the age of 28, Circus Theatricals announced that it was changing its name to The New American Theatre. The New American Theatre represents an evolution in the company’s vision for the future of the theatre company, and the American theatre-at-large.
Jack Stehlin founded Circus Theatricals in New York in 1983, just after graduating from the Juilliard School. Seeking a unique name, he decided to honor his family, who were famous circus performers
through much of the 20th century. The first production was Uncle Vanya, with Juilliard classmate Kevin Spacey. Other New York hits included Macbeth Off-Broadway at the Classic Stage Company, and Danton’s Death at the Rapp Arts Center.
In 1995, Circus Theatricals moved to Los Angeles, where Jack met and partnered with Jeannine Wisnosky. (Jack and Jeannine married two years later.) In LA, Circus Theatricals was at The Hudson Guild from 1995 - 1999, (with award-winning productions of The Job, Hedda Gabler) and the Odyssey Theatre from 1999 to December 2005 (with award-winning productions of Hamlet, Richard III, True West, Tartuffe and The Cherry Orchard). 2006 – 2008, Circus Theatricals presented a string of critically-acclaimed world-premiere and classic productions at the Circus Theatricals Studio Theatre including John Bunzel’s Complexity, Chuck Rose’s Safe, The Heiress, and The Women. The company produced Shem Bitterman’s Iraq War companion pieces Man.gov and 2008 Pen USA Award winning play Harm’s Way in LA and Off-Broadway.
In 2009, Circus Theatricals co-produced three plays with the Odyssey Theatre. Spring, 2010, the company presented the critically acclaimed hit More Lies About Jerzy at the Hayworth Theatre as well as the co-production of Titus Redux with Not Man Apart – Physical Theatre Ensemble at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City.
PHILIP BAKER HALL (Tom Garrison)
Mr. Hall was born in Toledo, Ohio during the Great Depression. He attended the University of Toledo where he received a degree in speech and theatre. He is a veteran theatre actor who has appeared on stages in New York, LA, London, Chicago and many of America’s leading regional theatres where he has been challenged by roles in The Inspector General, American Buffalo, Death of a Salesman, All My Sons and more than 100 other plays. For the past 25 years he has been active on TV where he has worked as a regular on several prominent TV series as well as guest starring in more than 200. The last ten years he has been giving most of his time to films such as “The Insider,” “Magnolia,” “Rush Hour,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” “Hard Eight,” “Dogville,” “Say Anything,” “Boogie Nights” and “Secret Honor” among others.
ANNE GEE BYRD (Margaret Garrison). Anne Gee’s most recent stage work was in Autumn Garden with the Antaeus Company. Pprior to that she was in the award winning production of Four Corners at the Rogue Machine playing Peggy for which she was nominated both for an Ovation award and for the Drama Critic’s award. Other recent work includes Molly at the Victory Theatre, Buried Child at the Ensemble Theatre in Santa Barbara. She is known to LA theatre goers for appearances at the Mark Taper Forum, the Geffen Playhouse, The Pasadena Playhouse, the La Theater Works, The Odyssey, the Andak Stage Co. and her work with the Antaeus Theater Company. She has worked in many of the major repertory theatres across the country including South Coast Repertory, The Old Globe, San Diego, Seattle Rep, La Jolla, ACT, San Francisco, The American Shakespeare Festival , Connecticut, the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival, the McCarter, Princeton, etc. She has also had a long television and film career most recently “The Mentalist”, “Medium”, “Southland” and “Monk”. She was named best leading actress by the LA Weekly for her work as Mother Courage with the Antaeus Company.
JOHN SLOAN (Gene Garrison) has appeared in productions at the Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Repertory, Theatre@Boston Court, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, Denver Center Theatre Company, Intiman Theatre (Seattle), Alabama Shakespeare Festival, LaMama Etc.(NY), The Mint Theatre Company (NY) and Soho Playhouse (NY). He is a member of the Antaeus Company where he most recently played Edgar in King Lear. Television credits include “ Gray's Anatomy”, “CSI:NY”, “Happy Hour”, “How I Met Your Mother”, “The Triangle”, “Commander in Chief “, “Judging Amy”, “Gilmore Girls” and “ American Dreams”. John is a graduate of Skidmore College.
DEE ANN NEWKIRK (Alice) Dee Ann Newkirk was most recently seen in Dinner With Friends (Theatre 40), Almost, Maine (Colony Theatre), and in Diverting Devotion (Art Works). On Broadway, she understudied in A Month in the Country with Helen Mirren, F. Murray Abraham and Jennifer Garner. She has performed in numerous Off-Off-Broadway shows in NYC, including at the Barrow Group Theatre Co. and in The Crucible at Circle in the Square Workshop. Regional theatre credits include: One Foot on the Floor (Denver Center Theatre Company), The Nerd (Colonial Theatre), Lion in Winter and Learned Ladies (St. Croix Falls Festival Theatre), Steel Magnolias (Hope Summer Repertory Theatre) and Machinal (Two Rivers Theatre Co). She’s also appeared in various roles in plays she’s written for the Yo! Yo! Theatre Company, which she founded in 2005.
JOHN COMBS (Marvin Scott)
Barney in Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Jellaby in Arcadia and Baylor in A Lie of the Mind, and was “Bernie the Super Jew” in Octomom the Musical. Also American Tales, The Man Who Had All the Luck, The Will, and Trial By Jury with The Antaeus Company (member), The Bay at Nice, Liberty Inn The Musical, Louis Slotin Sonata and The Brothers Karamazov. TV credits: “ Judging Amy”, “Crossing Jordan”, “Family Law”, “LA Dragnet”, “The Guardian”, “The District” and “ Law & Order”. Recent film work: “ Part Time Fabulous”, “Public Access”, “ A Little Step”, “ Never Say MacBeth”, “ Spaceships in Your Dessert”.
CHELSEA POVALL (Mary)
An LA Native, Chelsea’s theater credits include: with Circus Theatricals/New American Theatre- Macbeth, The Women, CT’s New One Act Plays 2008-1010, 365 Days/ 365 Plays, also The Night of the Black Cat (Edgemar CTA), Brigadoon (GCT), at PCPA Theaterfest- Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Sound of Music, and Brighton Beach Memoirs. At Tuacahn Amphitheater- Annie Get your Gun, Seven Brides... Oklahoma!, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She also performed as a Lead Singer and Dancer for Holland America Cruise Lines. She is a graduate of The Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts. (PCPA). Member of the New American Studio Ensemble.
BRITTANI EBERT (Nurse) Originally from Madison. UW - Milwaukee Theatre BA Graduate. Studied abroad in Paris for theatre and architecture. In Chicago, trained and performed improv and sketch at Second City and IO (Improv Olympic). Worked at Gary Sinise's Steppenwolf Theatre Company where she first saw Never Sang with John Mahoney. Highlights, TV: “ General Hospital” recurring, TLC's “ I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant”. New Media: “ Jury Room “opposite singer/actress Mya with FOX Digital, “ Great Gift Circle.com” recurring, along with casting, producing and directing. Voice Over: radio play “ My Favorite Husband”Lucille Ball role, sci-fi radio theatre productions “ Star Trek: Outpost and Psi Phi Shenanigans”, both recurring.
TIM HALLIGAN (Dr. Mayberry)
Favorite productions with such companies as Shakespeare Santa Monica, Theatricum Botanicum, and A Noise Within include: Merchant of Venice, Loves Labors Lost, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, Alls Well That Ends Well, Hamlet, As You Like It, Richard III, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Tartuffe, In The Belly Of The Beast, School For Scandal and How I Got That Story. Film credits include: “Freedom Writers”, “Paparazzi”, “Space Cowboys”, “Playing by Heart”, and “The Island”. Some T.V.: “Monk”, “The Unit”, “Criminal Minds”, “NYPD Blue”, “Lost”, “Alias”, “Without A Trace”, “X-Files”, “ER”, and “Chicago Hope”.
PAUL MESSINGER (Reverand Pell)
After attending The Goodman School of Drama in Chicago, Paul moved to New York City to study with Lee Strasberg. While in New York he managed to graduate from NYU and begin his career by starring with Elaine Stritch in the Papermill Playhouse production of Suite in Two Keys. In LA he appeared at The Taper in Stuff Happens. Some of his television credits include two years as Oscar on “All My Children,” “The Practice,” “The Gilmore Girls,” “Party of Five,” “Life,” and “Close to Home.” Paul also has an active career in commercials.
CREATIVE TEAM BIOGRAPHIES
JOHN IACOVELLI (Scenic Design). John Iacovelli, an Emmy Award-winning artist, has designed more than 200 productions at theatres across the nation, including the critically acclaimed, TONY nominated Broadway revival of Peter Panstarring Cathy Rigby. The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded Iacovelli the coveted 2001 prime-time Emmy Award for his art direction of the A&E broadcast of Peter Pan. He also designed The Twilight of The Goldson Broadway. Internationally he designed Pinter’s A Slight Ache for the Teatro Beckett in Barcelona and Oedipus in Colonus directed by Wole Soyinka for the Cultural Olympiad in Delphi, Greece. He has designed for the Pasadena Playhouse, the American Conservatory Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, the Magic Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Old Globe Theatre, and South Coast Repertory, among others. The winner of the 2001 Bob Z Award for Lifetime Achievement in Set Design, presented by the LA Drama Critics Circle, Iacovelli has also won a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, a Bay Area Drama Critics Circle Award and the Backstage West Garland Award, plus fourteen Drama-Logue Awards.
In addition to his theatre work, Iacovelli is a television and film production designer and art director for such shows as The Book of Daniel, Ed, Babylon 5, The Cosby Show, Resurrection Blvd., and the films Honey, I Shrunk the Kidsand Ruby in Paradise. He works on the cutting edge of integrated digital art direction and was nominated for the 1997 Excellence in Production Design award from the Society of Motion Picture and Television Art Directors. He is both a TONY and an Emmy voter. He holds an MFA in Scenic Design and Art Direction from New York University.
TERRI LEWIS (Costume Design) Terri is thrilled to be designing her first show with the New American Theatre. Her previous credits include “Souvenir”, “Everybody Say Cheese”, and “The Catholic Girl’s Guide to Losing Your Virginity” for the Falcon Theatre in Burbank. She has also designed “Grace & Glorie”, “Educating Rita”, and “The Voice of the Prairie” for the Colony Theatre, also in Burbank. Other work in the Los Angeles area includes “The Habitation of Dragons” for Actors Co-op, and “I Capture the Castle” for Hollywood Food Chain Productions. Her costume design for “I Capture the Castle” received an Ovation Award Nomination.
JARED A. SAYEG (Lighting Design ) Credits include extensive designs for opera, musicals, theatre, ballet, themed attractions, exhibits and architectural installations that have been throughout the US as well as
in Scotland, London, Spain, Las Vegas, the West-End, Broadway, Off-Broadway and Carnegie Hall. Other affiliations include: three seasons with LA Opera, the Neil Diamond world tour and lighting Pope Benedict XVI in NYC for the Papal Rally. His architectural designs can be seen regularly in various restaurants and exhibits as well as the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific. Jared became the youngest member of the United Scenic Artist-Local 829 and serves as a trustee to the executive board. www.jaslighting.com
ROBERT ANDERSON (Playwright)
Robert Anderson, who has been described as the "dramatist of loneliness," was one of America’s major playwrights to chronicle mid-century American life. Anderson was born in New York City in 1917 and received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard University, where he began writing for the stage. His plays have been produced professionally and in community and college theatres all over the world. Anderson’s most famous plays include TEA AND SYMPATHY (1953), SILENT NIGHT, LONELY NIGHT (1959), YOU KNOW I CAN’T HEAR YOU WHEN THE WATER’S RUNNING (1967), and I NEVER SANG FOR MY FATHER (1968). Other plays include COME MARCHING HOME (1945), EDEN ROSE (1948), LOVE REVISITED (1950), ALL SUMMER LONG (1954), SOLITAIRE/ DOUBLE SOLITAIRE (1971), THE DAYS BETWEEN (1975), and FREE AND CLEAR (1983). Anderson also wrote extensively for motion pictures, radio, and television. His film credits include “Tea and Sympathy” (1956); “Until They Sail” (1957), which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay; “Sand Pebbles” (1966); “The Nun's Story,” which received an Academy Award nomination; and “I Never Sang for My Father” which received an Academy Award nomination and was the winner of the Writers’ Guild of America Award (1970). In 1980 Anderson was nominated for the Writer’s Guild Award for his television drama, “The Patricia Neal Story,” and was elected to The Theatre Hall of Fame. In 1985 he was awarded the William Inge Award. THE KISSING WAS ALWAYS THE BEST was one of his later plays, and I NEVER SANG FOR MY FATHER enjoyed a successful revival in 1987 and 1988. In 1991 two of Anderson’s works were shown on television: “The Last Act is a Solo,” which won an Ace Award, and “Absolute Strangers.” He is the author of two novels, “After and Getting Up” and “Going Home.” Anderson served as president of the Dramatists Guild and is now on the Dramatists Guild Council. As a novelist, Anderson was vice-president of the Authors League of America.
CAMERON WATSON (Director)
Cameron Watson began his professional career in New York studying acting with the legendary Herbert Berghof at HB Studio. He soon landed the starring role in the original production of Horton Foote’s “The Widow Claire” at Circle in the Square, replacing Matthew Broderick, which led to a lifelong relationship and collaboration with Mr. Foote. Watson wrote and directed the feature film, “Our Very Own ,” starring Allison Janney, Jason Ritter, Cheryl Hines, Mary Badham, Autumn Reeser, Faith Prince, Beth Grant and Keith Carradine, and it was picked up and released by Miramax. Ms. Janney received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her work in the film.
Watson recently directed the east coast premiere of Dodie Smith’s “I Capture the Castle” at the renowned Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. The Wall Street Journal declared it among the “Best Theatre of 2010.” Watson directed “Grace & Glorie” starring Beth Grant at The Colony Theatre in Los Angeles which was nominated for four 2010 LA Ovation Awards and won for Best Lead Actress (Beth Grant) and Best Set Design. He also directed the box office record-breaking production of Joanna McClelland Glass’ “Trying” at The Colony Theatre starring Alan Mandell. This production was nominated for eight LA Ovation Awards including Best Play and Best Director and won for Best Lead Actor. The Los Angeles Drama Critic’s Circle nominated it for three awards including Best Production and it won for Best Actor. Watson received the Backstage West Garland Award for Best Director. Also at The Colony was Watson’s highly popular production of Willy Russell’s newly updated “Educating Rita.”
JEANNINE WISNOSKY STEHLIN (Producer / Managing Director).Jeannine has produced over 50 plays for The New American Theatre (Circus Theatricals), including Titus Redux (with Not Man Apart – Physical Theatre Ensemble at the Kirk Douglas Theatre), More Lies About Jerzy, Taming of the Shrew, Man.gov (LA/Off-Broadway) Harm's Way (LA/Off-Broadway/2008 Pen USA award), Twelfth Night, Sister Cities (world premiere), Misanthrope, Macbeth, Tartuffe , Cherry Orchard, Richard III, Hamlet, Scapin, The Job (LA/Off-Broadway). Also an actor, her stage credits include: Macbeth, Twelfth Night, The Job, Peer Gynt, Tartuffe(LA Weekly “Best Comedy Ensemble”), Misanthrope, Hippolytus, The Stronger, The Art of Success, Women and Wallace. Film/TV: “Watch It,” “Rancho Cucamonga." At the age of 4, Jeannine made her TV debut 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.
JACK STEHLIN (Producer/ Founding Artistic Director).
A descendent of circus trapeze artists, jugglers, and acrobats on one side of his family, and coal miners and minor league ball players on the other side, Jack Stehlin began his career at New York’s prestigious Juilliard School. After graduation, he joined the New York Shakespeare Festival, acting in dozens of plays including, Richard II with Steven Berkoff, Henry V with Kevin Kline, Casanova with Ethan Hawke, Henry IV, I with Mandy Patinkin, Julius Caesar (w/ Al Pacino and Martin Sheen), among others. His extensive New York, Regional and International stage credits include Salome with Al Pacino (New York and Los Angeles), Robert Wilson’s Alcestis, Andre Serban’sThe King Stag; JoAnne Akalitis’ The Balcony; Robert Brustein’s Six Characters; created the role of Bobby Nobis in William Hauptman’s Gillette, directed by David Wheeler. At Hartford Stage, the American premiere ofHidden Laughter by Simon Grey, directed by Mark Lamos.
Jack founded Circus Theatricals (now The New American Theatre ) in 1983. With his wife and partner Jeannine, he has produced more than 50 plays in NYC and Los Angeles. On the stages of Los Angeles, Jack’s roles include Circus Theatricals productions of the Spring 2010 critically acclaimed hits More Lies About Jerzy, written by Davey Holmes and directed by David Trainer; Titus Redux (co-production with Not Man Apart – Physical Theatre Ensemble at the Kirk Douglas Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew, The Misanthrope, Macbeth, Hamlet, Richard III, Tartuffe, True West, The Cheats of Scapin, and Shem Bitterman’s Harm’s Way (LA and Off-Broadway).
Jack is perhaps best known on television as DEA captain Roy Till on the popular Showtime series “Weeds.” He has had recurring and guest starring roles on countless hit TV fan favorites, such as “The Event,” “Dark Blue,” Without a Trace”, “Monk”, “NCIS”, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “JAG”, “The Practice”, “ER”, and “NYPD Blue”, as well as the new CBS comedy “Love Bites,” Jack has two films coming out in 2011: “Wilde Salome” directed by and starring Al Pacino, and “The Chicago 8” with Danny Masterson, Gary Cole and Phillip Baker Hall.