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Women in Jeopardy!

Cast

Aysan Celik

Aysan Celik (MARY) is making her ATC debut. Off-Broadway: The Civilians’ Gone Missing, “Songs by Michael Friedman” (NY City Center Encores Off Center!); The Undertaking (59E59 Theater/ Civilians); co-creator/Actor in Juarez: a Documentary Mythology,“Songs by Ada Westfall” (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater/Theater Mitu); Paris Commune -“Songs adapted by Michael Friedman” (BAM Next Wave Festival/Civilians); The Black Eyed (New York Theater Workshop); Faust (Classic Stage Company/ Target Margin); Pericles (The Culture Project/ Red Bull Theater); Dhammashok – “Songs by Todd Almond” (The Public Theater /Under the Radar Festival/ Mitu); Attempts on Her Life (Soho Rep). Regional & International: War of the Roses (Cal Shakes); The Making of a Great Moment (Merrimack Rep, Z Space); Juarez: a Documentary Mythology (US & International Tour), Bob: A Life in Five Acts (Humana Festival); Antigone (American Repertory Theater) The King Stag (Barbican), co-creator and title role, Hamlet/Ur-Hamlet (NYU Abu Dhabi Arts Center/ Mitu). Film: CC Dances the Go-go, Mr. Lamb, and The Brooklyn Heist.

Julia Brothers

Julia Brothers (JO) was in the world premiere of Women In Jeopardy! at GEVA theatre with Sean Daniels at the helm. She is thrilled to be joining Sean again at Arizona Theatre Company, where she was last seen opposite Marlo Thomas in Elaine May’s George Is Dead, which subsequently moved to Broadway (dir John Turturro.)  During the pandemic, Julia was commissioned by SF Playhouse to write and perform her first solo piece, I Was Right Here, directed by Padraic Lillis, which was filmed and ran for five weeks on SF Playhouse’s website. Ah! Pandemic Theatre! Brothers has a passion for developing new work, and some recent world premieres include A Peregrine Falls by Leegrid Stevens (dir Padraic Lillis) at The Wild Project, NYC; playing God in the Kilbanes’ rock opera Weightless (dir Becca Wolff) at ACT and at The Public Theater’s Under The Radar Festival; Salesman (Rough Draft Festival, NYC) by Jeremy Tiang (dir Michael Leibenluft) in which she played Arthur Miller; and Col Sandra Eden in The Trial of Donna Caine by Walter Anderson (dir David Saint) at George Street Playhouse. Brothers is a company member of The B Street Theatre and SF Playground.  She was named MVP for Bay Area Theatre by the San Francisco Chronicle and has received numerous awards for performances there and regionally.

Gail Rastorfer

Gail Rastorfer (LIZ) is making her ATC debut. Regional highlights: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Indiana Rep and Syracuse Stage); The Heidi Chronicles, The Game’s Afoot (Asolo Rep); Ten Chimneys and In the Next Room (Cleveland Playhouse); Noises Off (Clarence Brown Theatre); The Mousetrap (Maltz Jupiter Theatre) and Women in Jeopardy! (Merrimack Rep). Chicago Theatres: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge at Drury Lane Theatre, Romeo and Juliet in the Parks directed by Marti Lyons with Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; and various productions at Northlight, First Folio, Chicago Dramatists, The Goodman and American Blues Theatre. The one-woman play, The Unfortunates, with SoloChicago earned her a Jeff nomination for solo performance. TV/Film credits: Being the Ricardos, AHS: 1984, Chicago Fire, Crisis , Boss, Chicago Code, and dozens of national commercials. Union proud AEA and SAG-AFTRA. www.gailonline.net and  www.hellokittymustdie.com

Ashley Shamoon

Ashley Shamoon (AMANDA) is happy to be back in the theatre making her ATC debut as Amanda, a role she originated. Some of her other roles include Junie B. in Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus; Gabrielle in When the Rain Stops Falling; Nora in A Doll’s House; Alice in Alice in Wonderland. Ashley can usually be found with multiple books in hand and her two cats.

Damian Garcia

Damian Garcia (TRENNER) He/Him is thrilled to be making his ATC debut. Local credits: Looped, Trumbo: Red White & Blacklisted, Last Train to Nibroc, and Dancing Lessons (MAC Award Best Actor Comedy 2020) (Invisible Theatre); The Big Meal, The Little Foxes, and The Fantasticks (Winding Road Theatre Ensemble); A Chorus Line, West Side Story, and Something Rotten! (Arts Express); Switzerland and Constellations (Something Something Theatre Company). A.F.A.: Pima Community College. College credits include The Mandrake, Fiddler on the Roof, The Laramie Project, and The Diary of Anne Frank. Instagram: @the_damiangarcia

Joel Van Liew

Joel Van Liew (JACKSON/SGT. KIRK SPONSÜLLAR) was last seen by Arizona Theatre Company audiences as Peter in ATC’s September 2020 digital recording of Wendy MacLeod’s Slow Food. He is thrilled to be working with Sean Daniels and MacLeod again, after having appeared in the world premiere of Slow Food at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre, directed by Daniels. Other regional credits include Home of the Brave (Merrimack) and The 39 Steps (Geva Theatre), both directed by Daniels; The Ver**on Play (ATL Humana Festival); Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England (Two River); Pride and Prejudice (ATL); Well (ACT); and The Pavilion (City Theatre).  New York Theatre: Well (Public); From Up Here (MTC); The Hunt (HB Studio Theatre); Park Slope Minstrel Show by Eleanor Burgess (finalist, Samuel French Play Fest); Permanent Visitor (new georges); and Born of Conviction (White Bird Prods). Film: Monster, Crown Heights, and The Girl in the Book.  TV: The White House Plumbers, Escape at Dannemora, Billions, Broad City, Blue Bloods, Girls, Boardwalk Empire, Nurse Jackie, and Law & Order. Van Liew is a member of the Actors Center.

Creative Team

Wendy MacLeod

Wendy MacLeod (Playwright) is also the playwright of Slow Food, which was presented digitally by Arizona Theatre Company in 2020, and she is delighted that Women in Jeopardy! is being presented in person. Most recently her play BASTA! was commissioned by The National Theater of Genoa and just finished its run there. Her play The House of Yes became an award-winning Miramax film starring Parker Posey, and was produced by The Magic Theater, Soho Rep, The Washington Shakespeare Company, The Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin, and The Gate Theater in London, among others. Her other plays include Sin and Schoolgirl Figure, both of which premiered at The Goodman; Juvenilia and The Water Children, both of which premiered at Playwrights Horizons; and Things Being What They Are, which premiered at Seattle Repertory Theatre and had an extended run at Steppenwolf in Chicago. Women in Jeopardy! premiered at GEVA, where it was directed by Sean Daniels, and has since been done around the country.  Slow Food, also directed by Sean Daniels, premiered at Merrimack Repertory Theater. MacLeod’s new play The Laugh Track was commissioned by ACT in Seattle. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, she is the James E. Michael Playwright-in-Residence at Kenyon College. Her plays are available through Dramatists Play Service and at Playscripts.com. She recently did the screenplay adaptation for The Shallow End, a short film directed by Cynthia Silver.

Sean Daniels

Sean Daniels (Director) has directed at ATC (My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend and Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley), at Manhattan Theatre Club (The Lion, Drama Desk Award & Theatre World Award, nominated for Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle), 59e59 (NYC, I and You, nominated for Outer Critics Circle), the Lynn Redgrave (NYC), The Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), the St. James (West End, London – The Lion, winner of Best New Musical), and at many wonderful regionals (Old Globe, ACT, Geffen, Cleveland Playhouse, Milwaukee Rep, Long Wharf, Alliance, and the Neo-Futurists in Chicago!). In addition, Sean has been an Artistic Director at Merrimack Repertory and Dad’s Garage (which he co-founded), and an Associate Artistic Director at California Shakespeare Theatre and Actors Theatre of Louisville.

Michael B. Raiford

Michael B. Raiford (Scenic Design) is a freelance Set and Costume designer based in Austin, Texas, and is making his ATC debut. Raiford’s theatre designs have been seen at South Coast Repertory, The Alliance Theatre (Atlanta), City Theatre (Pittsburgh), Cleveland Playhouse, Geva Theatre Center, Playmakers Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Ford’s Theatre (Washington, D.C.), New Victory Theatre (New York), Merrimack Repertory Theatre, The Lyric Theatre (Oklahoma City), The Antaeus Company (LA), and Actors Theatre of Louisville, where he worked on 20 productions including 12 world premieres for the Humana Festival of New American Plays. Ballet and Opera: Kansas City Ballet, Colorado Ballet, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Ballet Austin, Opera Boston, and Central City Opera. His designs for “The Wizard of Oz” were honored at the Bolshoi Ballet in 2019, where they were nominated for the “Benois de la Danse.” Raiford was also the Director of Blast: The Music of Disney, Tokyo and National Tour of Japan. He is a creative consultant/director in architecture, advertising, and yes; marching band/DCI and WGI. Raiford’s MFA is from The University of Texas at Austin, where he taught for 10 years. He is a Member of United Scenic Artists. michaelraiford.myportfolio.com

Connie Furr

Connie Furr (Costume Designer) is making her ATC Debut. Theatre: The Christians (Playwrights Horizon) ; The Christians (Mark Taper Forum); Glory to the World (Brooklyn Academy of Music); 14 productions including six Humana Festivals at Actors Theatre of Louisville; Beauty and the Beast, Seussical, and 101 Dalmatians (Premiere) (Children’s Theatre of Charlotte); Othello and Henry the 4th (Georgia Shakespeare Festival); Sun Serpent and Tale of Two Cities (Premieres) (Childsplay); The Nearly True Story of the Mamas and Papas (Premiere), The Man of La Mancha, Into the Woods, Cookin’s a Drag (Premiere) (Phoenix Theatre); and seven seasons with Fabulous Palm Springs Follies. Opera: Pique Dame (Syracuse Opera) and La Cenerentola and Fidelio (Orlando Opera). Television: Salsa. Design Exhibitions: 2003, 2007 Prague Quadrennial, 2005 USITT World Stage Design, 2017 Bakhrushin Museum, Russia. Furr authored Liberace, Extravaganza!, a book detailing the amazing costumes of the showman Liberace. She is a United Scenic Artist member and professor at Arizona State University.

Brian J. Lilienthal

Brian J. Lilienthal (Lighting Designer) previously worked at Arizona Theatre Company on My 80 Year Old Boyfriend, Cabaret, and The Clean House. Regional: More than 250 productions including 60 productions at Actors Theatre of Louisville (with 20 world premieres), Alley Theatre, Arden Theatre Company, Capital Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cleveland Playhouse, GEVA Theatre Center, Gloucester Stage, Hartford Stage, The Huntington Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Milwaukee Rep, Pasadena Playhouse, Playmakers Repertory Theatre, South Coast Repertory, and more than 30 productions at Trinity Repertory Company, among others. Lilienthal has designed operas for Long Beach Opera, Bard Summerscape, and Portland Opera Repertory Theatre. He has won the Los Angeles Ovation Award for lighting design, as well as the 2016 Artistic Achievement Award from Merrimack Repertory Theatre, and he has been nominated multiple times for Boston’s IRNE Award. He has spent 12 summers as the resident lighting designer for the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. He holds an M.F..A. from California Institute of the Arts and currently teaches lighting design at Tufts University. He lives in Somerville, MA, with his wife Emily, their daughter Eliza, and dog Babe, and he  is a drummer with a rockabilly/jump blues band that performs throughout New England.  www.BrianJLilienthal.com  

Dave Remedios

Dave Remedios (Sound Design) is making his ATC Debut. Recent: Recent work includes The Rise and Fall of Holly Fudge and A Woman of the World (Merrimack Repertory Theatre); The Sound Inside and The Children (SpeakEasy Stage Company); Berta, Berta (Everyman Theatre); and We All Fall Down (Huntington Theatre Company). Other Regional: American Repertory Theatre (50 productions), Contemporary American Theater Festival, Portland Stage, The City Theatre Company, Alley Theatre, Trinity Repertory Company, Geva Theatre Center, The Studio Theatre, 59E59, Theatre for a New Audience, La Jolla Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, Baltimore Center Stage, and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. International: Prominent arts festivals in Bogotá, Paris, Hong Kong, and Edinburgh. Awards: Independent Reviewers of New England, Connecticut Critics Circle, and Elliot Norton Award. Remedios is Program Head of Sound Design at Boston University’s School of Theatre. remediossound.com.

Dom Ruggiero

Dom Ruggiero (Stage Manager) is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.  Recent ATC productions as Stage Manager: The Royale, Cabaret, The Legend of Georgia McBride and My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend. Broadway PSM credits include The Gathering starring Hal Linden, Borscht Belt on Broadway starring Bruce Adler, Mal Z. Lawrence, and Ain’t That A Kick In The Head – The Music of Sammy Cahn directed by Chet Walker. 1st National Tours include: The Lion with Benjamin Scheuer (Directed by Sean Daniels), The Cole Porter Songbook starring Melba Moore, The Irving Berlin Songbook starring Carole Lawrence, Greetings! Shalom Aleichem Lives starring Judy Kaye, Bruce Adler and Theo Bikel. Regional credits include: Lost Laughs: the Slapstick Tragedy of Fatty Arbuckle at Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Man of La Mancha, Mame, The Drowsy Chaperone, Beauty & The Beast and Always Patsy Cline at The Wick Theatre in Boca Raton, Fla. among others. Ruggiero has stage-managed across the US, Europe, South America and Australia with Aint’ Misbehavin, Phantom, Anything Goes, Song & Dance, West Side Story and countless other musical productions. Thanks to Sean Daniels for the opportunity to join the Arizona Theatre Company for another season. Theatre is back!

Olsen Torres

Olsen Torres (Assistant Stage Manager) is a member of Actors Equity Association and a Tucson local. Past credits include: Production Stage Manager, La Comedia of Errors (Oregon Shakespeare Festival) and Assistant Stage Manager, Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles; Off the Rails; The Merry Wives of Windsor;  Great Expectations; Hamlet; Much Ado about Nothing; Long Day’s Journey into Night; The Great Society; The Two Gentlemen of Verona; Water by the Spoonful;  and The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window (Oregon Shakespeare Festival).