Roberta Maxwell (Lillian Hellman). Credits include Broadway: Our Town, Equus, Othello, Henry V. Off-Broadway: CSC, The Public Theater, MTC. Regional: McCarter Theatre Center, Hartford Stage, Long Wharf, Mark Taper Forum, The Old Globe, Guthrie Theater, Alley Theatre, ACT, Stratford Connecticut, Stratford Ontario. Film: Dead Man Walking, Brokeback Mountain, Popeye, Philadelphia, Last Night, Sudden Disclosure, Scar Tissue. Films to be released: What We Have and Hungry Hearts. TV: “Law & Order,” “Another World,” “Mourning Becomes Electra” (PBS), “Airwaves” (CBC Series), “What Makes a Family,” “Warehouse 13,” “Rookie Blue.” Upcoming: “The Money” (HBO). Awards: Obie (Whistle in the Dark, Ashes), Drama Desk (Slag), Villager (Mary Stuart), Carbonell (national tour, Lettuce and Lovage).
Marcia Rodd (Mary McCarthy) received a Tony nomination for the Cryer/Ford musical Shelter. Other Broadway: Oh, What a Lovely War!, Your Own Thing, Neil Simon’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Norman Krasna’s Love in E Flat. LA theatre: Driving Miss Daisy, Agnes of God, The Last of Mrs. Lincoln, Once in a Lifetime, The Supporting Cast, On Golden Pond (with Julie Harris and Charles Durning), Fiddler on the Roof (25th and 30th Anniversary national tours), Kander & Ebb’s The World Goes ‘Round, Everyone’s Friend (ADA Best Actress) and The Beat Goes On. TV credits include 4 years on “Trapper John, M.D.,” “21 Jump Street,” “Family Law,” “13 Queens Boulevard” and numerous guest star roles. Films include Little Murders, T.R. Baskin, and Jonathan Demme’s Handle with Care. She portrayed Diana Vreeland in Full Gallop (Actors’ Theatre of Louisville), played the title role in House of Bernarda Alba (Santa Fe Rep), starred opposite Tom Poston in Remember Me? (New Theatre in Kansas City), and fulfilled a childhood dream of playing Anna in The King & I (New London Playhouse).
Peter Brouwer (Lester Marshall) has worked with Abingdon since its beginning, as an actor, production manager, set builder, and benefit auctioneer. He was instrumental in bringing Ed Steele’s Cedar Creek to Theatre Row and has built sets for The Appearance of Impropriety, The Parker Family Circus, and Laurence Luckinbill’s Teddy Tonight!. For Abingdon, he has performed in Hail to the Chef, Jan Buttram’s Lost on the Natchez Trace and Glory Girls, Barton Bishop’s God’s Daughter, John Epperson’s My Deah, Elisabeth Karlin’s Bodega Bay and, in China, Robert Brustein’s The Last Will. He appeared in the recent film Arthur and “Person of Interest” as, can you guess it?—the Auctioneer.
Rowan Michael Meyer (Ryan Hobbs) is so thrilled to be making his Abingdon debut! New York: Blood Brothers (APAC), The Detour (Metropolitan Playhouse), Benito Cereno (The Flea), The Why Overhead (Zootopia Theatre Co.). Regional: Amadeus (Maltz Jupiter Theatre), Charlotte’s Web (TheatreworksUSA, international tour). Rowan recently completed his first book, Tiny Fiction, a collection of 300 very short stories, hopefully to be published soon. MFA: Rutgers University: Speech and Debate, At Home, Lone Star, The Hostage, Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Thank you friends and family for your bottomless well of support. www.rowanmeyer.com
Jeff Woodman (Burt Fielding). Broadway: Cymbeline (LCT). Off-B’way: Tiny Alice (Second Stage), The Libertine (Theatre Row), A Pirate’s Lullaby (Rattlestick), The Boys in the Band (WPA). Regional: An Ideal Husband (Berkeley Rep, Bay Area Critics’ Circle Award), Enchanted April (San Jose, Goodman Choice Award), The Notebook of Trigorin (Cincinnati Playhouse), McCarter, O’Neill Conference, many others. TV: “Person of Interest,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Sex and the City,” “Cosby,” etc. An eight-time Audie award finalist (2007 winner), his 400+ audiobooks have earned him multiple awards, including 20 Golden Earphones. Jeff is also the voice of Watson, IBM’s “Jeopardy!” winning super-computer.
Brian Richard Mori (Playwright). Brian’s plays have been produced in dozens of venues across the U.S., including Adult Fiction (GeVa Theatre, New Jersey Repertory Company), Bedtime Stories (American Renegade Theatre), Dreams of Flight (Victory Gardens Theatre), First Date (Nat Horne Theatre), Memories (Theatre 22), and Slow Fade to Black (Neighborhood Playhouse). Adult Fiction (winner of the Davie Prize for Playwriting) and Bedtime Stories are anthologized in Smith & Kraus’s Best Plays series; Dreams of Flight is published by Dramatists Play Service. He has had 12 screenplay options including Fade In Magazine winner Obscura, which is in preproduction. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, PEN and the Writers Room. www.brian-mori.com
Jan Buttram (Director/Artistic Director) began her professional theatre career as an actress with the New Orleans Repertory Theatre under the artistic direction of June Havoc. She has acted Off-Broadway and in regional theatres. While touring nationally with The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, she began writing plays. A founding member of Abingdon, her productions here include Glory Girls, Private Battles, Zona (the Ghost of Greenbrier), The Parker Family Circus, Texas Homos, The President and Her Mistress, Phantom Killer, and Lost on the Natchez Trace. Her play, Backwoods, received the Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center’s Fund for New American Plays. Samuel French, Smith & Kraus and Heineman Books publish her plays and monologues.
Andrew Lu (Set Design). Andrew’s credits for Abingdon include: Bodega Bay, March Madness, Lost on the Natchez Trace, Blame It on Beckett, Summer in Sanctuary, and The Nanjing Race. Other credits include: Abdul Latif Rashid’s There Are No Tangents (Lincoln Center, NYC); Phil Darg’s Sasquatched! The Musical (NYMF, NYC); Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music (Gallery Players, NYC); Marilee Talkington’s Sticky Time (Brava Theater Center, San Francisco); Colin Taylor and Alison Sealy-Smith’s The Polished Hoe (Harbourfront Centre, Toronto and Frank Collymore Hall, Bridgetown Barbados). Andrew earned his MFA in design from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Jane Greenwood (Costume Design). Originally from Liverpool, England, Ms. Greenwood was educated at the Central School of Arts in London. She began her career at the Playhouse Theatre in Oxford. She has designed for theatre, opera, dance and film, including over 125 productions for Broadway since Ballad of the Sad Café in 1963. Recent Broadway credits: The Snow Geese, The Assembled Parties, Harvey, The House of Blue Leaves, That Championship Season, Driving Miss Daisy, Million Dollar Quartet, and A View from the Bridge. Awards for costume design include: the Lucille Lortel Award for Sylvia (1996) and Old Money (2001), the Henry Hewes Award for Our Leading Lady (2007), the Helen Hayes Award, the Irene Sharaff Award, and the Lilly Award, as well as 16 Tony Award nominations. She is also in The Theatre Hall of Fame. Ms. Greenwood has been a professor at the Yale School of Drama since 1976.
Travis McHale (Lighting Designer). For Abingdon: The Last Will, Lost on the Natchez Trace, How I Fell in Love, Love Drunk, Phantom Killer, and Freudian Slips. Regional: world premiere–Terrance McNally’s Mothers and Sons starring Tyne Daly (Bucks County Playhouse); The Diary of Anne Frank (Westport Country Playhouse, Connecticut Critics’ Circle Award); My Favorite Things starring Shirley Jones (Colorado Festival of World Theatre); LUV (Guild Hall); ten seasons for Weston Playhouse in Vermont. Off-Broadway Premieres: The Awake (59E59), A Steady Rain (TBG), The People vs. Mona (Ground UP) and for New Federal Theatre, Theatre Row, 3LD, Primary Stages, and the premiere of Mozart and Bario’s opera Zaide (Carnegie Hall). Member: United Scenic Artists Local 829.
Ian Wehrle (Sound Design) is an active composer and arranger and a founding member of the Ultrasonic rock orchestra. Credits include Lifeline (Abingdon), “Allen Gregory” (Fox) and various music direction and sound design for theatre. He is credited at the Food Network, MTV and NBC Sports and is continually developing new musicals and television music.
Mark Hoffner (Production Stage Manager). Abingdon: The Last Will, March Madness, Lifeline, Blame It on Beckett, Summer in Sanctuary. Other stage management credits include State of the RE:Union Live at Baltimore Theatre Project and Theater Masters’ MFA Playwrights’ Festival in Aspen and New York. He was the Children’s Series Director at Interlakes Theatre in New Hampshire for three seasons, where he directed the world premiere of Devin Scillian’s Memoirs of a Goldfish and wrote, choreographed, and directed original adaptations of Pete the Cat, The Velveteen Rabbit, Aladdin, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and many more. During the day he puppets a talking bus called The Ride. He graduated from Quinnipiac University.
Deidre Works (Assistant Stage Manager). Abingdon: Fix Me, Jesus (PSM) and The Good Boy (PSM). Recent credits: The Boomerang Effect (Village Green Productions at The Zephyr Theatre, PSM & Assoc. Prod.), The Doctor’s Dilemma (A Noise Within, SM), The Government Inspector (The Theatre at Boston Court & Furious Theatre, ASM), The Closeness of the Horizon (CoffeeHouse Productions at The Odyssey Theatre, SM), The Boomerang Effect (Village Green Productions at The Odyssey Theatre, SM), No Good Deed (Furious Theatre at [Inside] the Ford, ASM), The God of Isaac (West Coast Jewish Theater Company, SM), Trigger (Electric Footlights & 2nd Street Theater, ASM), and Hothouse at the Playhouse Series (Furious Theatre & Pasadena Playhouse, SM). Thanks to friends and family for their unending support!
Carol Hanzel (Casting). Broadway: Swing!, Sally Marr and Her Escorts. National tours: The Screwtape Letters, Defending the Caveman, Girl’s Night. Off-Broadway: Mardi Gras/The Last Word, Cougar The Musical, Ionescopade, March Madness, Bodega Bay, The Screwtape Letters, My Vaudeville Man, Wanda’s World, Signs of Life, Dr. Sex, Theda Bara and the Frontier Rabbi, Dorian Gray, Trophies, Identical Twins from Baltimore. Regional credits include: The Beautiful Dark, Clybourne Park, Farragut North, Handicapped People in Their Formal Attire, Divorce Party, Cagney, Backwards in High Heels, Tarzan, Legally Blonde, Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods, Dracula, Odd, Hats!, Flight of the Lawnchair Man, Hannah, The Good Counselor, The Tin Pan Alley Rag, Lizzie Borden. Series TV: “Peg + Cat,” “The Wonder Pets,” “Hi-5,” “Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego?,” “Globe Trekker.” Feature Film: A Very Serious Person, The Guru (dance sequence casting)… and over 2,500 commercials.
The Actors and Stage Managers employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
Special Thanks: Bob Ari, Barnard College, Brad Bellamy, Gwin Chin, Scott Davis, Catherine Filloux, Beth Glover, the Estate of Shirley Herz, Sidney Levitt, Susanne Marley, Carole Monferdini, New Jersey Repertory Company, Ricky Oliver, Judy Rosenblatt, Emma Sapper, MaryAnn D. Smith, Transport Group, and Eric Winterling.
Disclaimer: Hellman v. McCarthy is a work of fiction based on fact about the greatest literary feud in modern American history.
Abingdon Theatre Company’s 2013-14 Season is made possible, in part, by the New York State Council of the Arts, the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs, The Shubert Foundation, Inc. and The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.