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Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Program: The Heidi Chronicles, June 01, 2000

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Domer, President & CEO 2950 State Street South •AnnArbor • MI 48104 Member • FDIC 734.887.3100 EQUAL HOUSIHCI LENDER • Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Opening night June 1, 2000 at the Playhouse Heidi Uhroniules THE Written by Wendy Wasserstein Directed by Jan Koengeter Producer Assistant Stage Manager Jan Koengeter Michele Leshan Assistant Director Sound Designer Sharon Sheldon Jeff Zupan Stage Manager Sound Operator Deb Huntley Neil Clennan Set Designer Slide Projectionist Art Exhibit Coordinator Lighting Designer & Operator Pax Bobrow Props & Set Dressing Amanda Diaz Barbara Wells Set Builder Costumes Jim Barnes Cast Susie Berneis Set Crew John Alexander Heidi Buchele Andrew Goss Deb Huntley Pat Huntley Angela Hurlbut Roberta P~tersen Josephine Rood Glen Ulrich Make-Up & Hair Cast Costume Running Crew Heidi's Dresser Alix Berneis Special Thanks to Carol Powloski of the Eastern Michigan University Slide Library for providing us with the slides for the play, Ann Arbor Community Education and Recreation, and Kathi Genik for filling in as Heidi's Dresser on the night Alix was unavailable. Cast (in order of appearance) Heidi Holland · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · Mori Richner Susan Johnston · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · Debra Steele Chris Boxer, Hippie, Mark, Steve The TV Technician, Waiter & Ray · · · · · · · · · · · · · R.J. White Peter Patrone · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · Michael A. LaFlamme Scoop Rosenbaum · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · Carl Hanna Jill · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · Sharon Sheldon Fran & April Lambert··············································· Susie Bemeis Becky Groves················································ Melissa 'Misty' Mills Debbie· · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · Michele Leshan Molly & Betsy · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · Jennifer Nardine Lisa Freidlander Rosenbaum· · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · Rebecca Kleinheksel Denise Friedlander · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · Cherie Kifer Synopsis of S~enes Act I Prologue: Columbia University Lecture Hall, New York, 1989 Scene 1: High School Dance, Chicago, 1965 Scene 2: Eugene McCarthy Fundraiser Dance, Manchester, New Hampshire, 1968 Scene 3: Huron Street Ann Arbor Consciousness Raising Rap Group, 1970 Scene 4: Protest outside the Chicago Art Institute, 1974 Scene 5: Outside the Pierre Hotel Ballroom (Wedding Reception), New York, 1977 Act II Prologue: Columbia University Lecture Hall, New York, 1989 Scene 1: Scoop & Lisa's New York Apartment (Baby Shower), 1980 Scene 2: "Hello New York" TV Studio, 1982 Scene 3: Trendy New York Restaurant, 1984 Scene 4: "Women-Where Are We Going?" Luncheon, Plaza Hotel, New York, 1986 Scene 5: Pediatrics Ward Lounge, New York, 1987 Scene 6: Heidi's New York Apartment, 1989 Your Year 'Round Fun Source • • • • Theme Party Supplies Host-a-Murder Games Costume Rentals Makeup & Accessories 305 S. Main 665-2680 Moving this summer to 3010 Packard Rd . • 973·8000 antasy Attic WHERE IMAGINATION REIGNS About the Cast and Crew Jim Barnes (Set Builder) One of Jim's retirement hobbies is set building. He has been on many AACT set crews, and both designed and built some of them, Candide, Blood Wedding, Brighton Beach Memoirs, that he can remember. He also is a regular set crew member for the University of Michigan Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Besides all that he fiddles with the innards of computers and with other electronic stuff. Susie Berneis (Fran and April) After playing the wonderfully poisonous Stella in AACT's Light Up the Sky, Susie was going to take a little rest but who can resist The Heidi Chronicles? She is also delighted to be plumbing her own history in order to help with costuming. What a long, strange trip it's been!" Thanks to old friends and new! Pax Bobrow (Set Design) Pax is a student of fine arts at Eastern Michigan University. She has been involved with theater since she was nine years old. This is her first attempt at set design. Pax can do anything because Andrew believes in her. Neil Clennan (Sound Operator) has worked backstage several times before but this is his first experience running sound. Jan and the cast greatly appreciate that he stepped in at the very last minute when a replacement was needed! Neil is more often seen onstage at AACT-most recently as the Mute in The Fantasticks earlier this season. Neil was glad ' to be our "midnight hour" savior, especially since Jan is a friend who has directed him as an actor twice before, and hopefully will direct him again someday soon! Amanda Diaz (Lighting) I'm glad to be working lighting for this show. Other shows I have worked on are Angels In America, The Fantasticks, and was crew in The Crucible. Most recently I was spotlight coordinator for A Chorus Line. I'm glad to be in this show with this cast. I hope you enjoy the show. Carl Hanna (Scoop Rosenbaum) Carl's AACT credits include Ezekiel Cheever in The Crucible, John in A Life In The Theater and Eugene Gant in Look Homeward, Angel. His previous roles for Huron High School are Rubin Flood in The Dark At the Top of the Stairs, Inspector Belsize in Night Must Fall and numerous small roles in Feijfer's People. His interests are chess, soccer, computers, movies and music. He has been employed as a rural letter carrier for the Dexter Post Office for twelve years. He has been married to his lovely wife Mary for seventeen years and they have one sixteenyear-old son, Luke. Carl would like to thank Jan for this marvelous opportunity and express his gratitude toward the rest of the cast and crew for their high level of commitment. Deb Huntley (Stage Manager) This is Deb's first experience with the AACT. She has previously participated in many aspects of the theater. Deb currently works at Washtenaw Engineering as a Civil Engineer. Cherie Kifer (Denise Friedlander) A newcomer to the Civic stage, Cherie is grateful to be playing the witty part of Denise. Almost a junior at EMU, past favorite roles include Marta in Company, Sandy in Grease and various roles in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Oliver! plus many many more. Thanks to all her family and friends who pay money to see this stuff. Pirouz and Terry for the inspiration to go on and all the cast and crew for making this show such a blast! Rock on to all of you! Jan Koengeter (Director & Producer) has directed several AACT shows, including Burn This, Mame, The Music Man and Damn Yankees-ali of which won the AACT award for best of season. She also directed last season's The Snow Queen as well as The Musical Comedy Murders Of 1940, the Farnsdale spoof of A Christmas Carol and several shows for other area theater groups. Although less and less frequently in recent years, Jan also occasionally acts and, in fact, won AACT's Best Actress award as Betty in The Foreigner. Although it's hard to believe in miracles, Jan sincerely hopes that AACT's financial future improves "dramatically," and that we can continue to have use of a theater/playhouse plus rehearsal space and storage space for costumes, props and set pieces in a set-up at least remotely similar to what we've enjoyed these last several years. Rebecca Kleinheksel (Lisa) Rebecca returns to the AACT stage for the second time (previously seen in The Snow Queen, winter 1998). She spent her four years of high school as a student in the Creative and Performing Arts program in Livonia and working backstage for the Jewish Ensemble Theatre in Bloomfield Hills. She is re-dedicating herself to the performing arts after four years of establishing her massage therapy practice and one year of establishing her marriage. She wishes to thank her family for their love and support (especially her husband, Chuck) and the powers that be for bringing balance into life once again. Michael A. LaFlamme (Peter Patrone) Mike once sang at the Hollywood Bowl (his tourgroup didn't see him slip away) and he was on stage at the Fisher Theatre for Equus (the college audience). He has been involved with theater for some 27 odd years (obviously). He was last seen as Thomas Putnam in The Cru- II PAESANO'S ~ YOUR DINNER THEATRE DESSERT DESTINATION Paesano's is offering V.I.P. (Very Important Punctuality) treatment to AACT patrons who dine before the show. You'll receive guaranteed reservations and priority seating. Bring your ticket stub in after the show for coffee and dessert is on us. cible. Michele Leshan (Debbie) From the Elizabethan Age to modem times ... this is Michele's fourth show at AACT. The first was The Merchant of Venice. Still wearing black, but speaking more lines, Michele is grateful for this opportunity to emerge from backstage. Thanks to Steve for his constant encouragement. Melissa 'Misty' Mills (Becky Groves) Misty is happy to be returning to the AACT stage, having recently appeared in last year's production of Romeo & Juliet. She would like to give a special thank you to her mom Barbara, her husband Christopher and (of course) Angie for II •PAESANO S$ ltaliatt For Good Friends 3411 't/VASHTENAW AVE, JUS,T WEST OF US-23 all their support. Oh yeah, and the hair? It's real. Jennifer Nardine (Molly & Betsy) The Heidi Chronicles marks Jennifer's third appearance in an AACT production. She landed in Ann Arbor after a stint as a lounge singer in Chicago, and now spends her days at local software development company. She's also a published poet, and looks forward to the day when she can "stop being responsible and run away to sing on cruise ships and write stories." Mori Richner (Heidi Holland) Heidi marks Mori's second show with AACT (her last time on stage was as Alaura in City of Angels). Past favorite performances include Luisa in The Fantasticks and a stint with the Young Americans. She spent three years as an actor and writer for Griffin's Tale Repertory Company, a touring children's theater troupe in Chicago, as well as three years as the voice of Lauralai Olivier in Virtue in the Storm, a radio soap opera spoof. Love and gratitude to Cedric and Sorbie for your support, love, and patience. Sharon Sheldon (Assistant Director, Jill), Sharon was most recently see in AAC1"s The Snow Queen. She's thankful to Jan for this delightful diversion and grateful for the four terrific men in her life. Debra Steele (Susan Johnston) Debra was born and raised in the Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor area. She attended Ypsilanti High School, and graduated from EMU, where she majored in telecommunications & film and minored in journalism. She has worked as a TV news anchor/reporter in California and Ohio. Debra is a divorced single mother of a five-year-old daughter. R.J. White (Chris Boxer, Hippie, Mark, Steve The TV Technician, Waiter & Ray) What the critics are saying: "Mr. White's bios have been lacking ever since January's Light Up the Sky. Who cares?" -Carl Bonroy, Sacramento Bee "He usually ends by thanking his parents and Sara. How trite!" -A. Vardo, Cleveland Plain Dealer Jeff Zupan (Sound Designer) Jeff has been around so long and done so many shows that he's getting tired of writing these little blurbs. He's been everything from stagehand to stage manager, apprentice builder to award-winning set designer, actor to director, (most recently of last year's "Best Play", On Golden Pond), as well as designing lighting and sound. He'll be directing Saline Area Players' Harvey in August. Great tasting food ... N aturally! • Natural and organic foods • Gourmet and ethnic foods • Largest selection of beer and wine in southeast Michigan! 2789 Plymouth Rd. Ann Arbor, Ml.48105 (734) 769-0900 From the Director I think The Heidi Chronicles is a wonderful play. Since it won the 1989 Tony Award for Best Play as well as the 1989 Pulitzer Prize, I guess I'm not the only one who thinks so. Here's what a few N.Y. critics said: "an enlightening portrait of a generation" (Mel Gussow, The New York Times), "perceptive and very funny" (Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press), "with splendid humor, clear-headedness and a healthy compassion for absurdity ... This is not just a funny play, but a wise one." (Howard Kissel, New York Daily News), "Smart, compassionate, witty, courageous ... gloriously wellwritten" (Linda Winer, New York Newsday), and "Delightfully amusing ... emotionally penetrating" (William A. Raidy, The Star-Ledger). So, are you excited now or what? I saw the Broadway production and agree with all those critics! Heidi is only a few years older than me. That probably has something to do with why this play appeals so much to me. I experienced some of the same things, listened to the same music, met some of the same kinds of people, and have some of the same kinds of friendships as Heidi. But although this play may have the most resonance for members of the baby boom generation, I think the basic essence of humanity reflected in the play is relevant for people of all ages. Most of the actors in our production were born after the boomers, but they seem to feel a close connection to and have a deep understanding of these characters. Hopefully, you will also enjoy these characters and the changes they go through from 1965 to 1989. To those of you who may not agree with the choices Heidi makes, please remember the title is The Heidi (not "every woman') Chronicles. Wendy Wasserstein is not trying to tell you that all women should make the same choices as Heidi to end up feeling happy and fulfilled. Heidi chooses what she thinks is best for her. Heidi's friends choose various life paths. As Sly & The Family Stone sang to us, "Different strokes for different folks". And for those of you men who might try to dismiss this play by comparing it to what some of you like to refer to as "chick flicks", then, as Heidi, herself, might retort, "Suffer!" Or her more oftsaid "Oh, please!" would also suffice. I hope you take the time to peruse the artwork in the gallery. It wasn't hard to find some fantastic local women artists. I'm glad they were willing to exhibit their work and share their art with us during the run of performances. Lastly, yes, Wendy Wasserstein really did set Act I, Scene 3 in Ann Arbor. We did not localize it just for fun. I heard that she really did visit a college friend here, herself, which made her think of "immortalizing" our town (and Ypsilanti, too!) in her play. It sounds likely, but I can't guarantee its veracity. We hope you enjoy our production as much as we have enjoyed preparing it for you. -JK living a liberty lifestyle With energy, enthusiasm and enjoyment! LIBERTY SPORTS COMPLEX 'aut\ BAR Ann Arbor's Premier ~n-Bar Serving 315 Braun Ct. • Ann Arbor, Ml• 734·994·3677 • Ann Arbor Since 1973 2975 W. Liberty Rd. P.O. Box 1044 Ann Arbor, Ml 481 06 (734) 665-3738 Music composed by men in wigs, tights, and pulfy shirts. Not that there's anything wrong with that Join us for our exciting 1999-2000 season and be part of our Music Director Search! 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