By RAJIV JOSEPH
Directed by Celeste Cosentino
September 27th- October 20th
When a world-renowned origami artist opens her studio to a teenage prodigy and his school teacher, she discovers that life and love can't be arranged neatly in this drama about finding the perfect fold.
"Mr. Joseph's observant, pitch-perfect script is really quite ambitious, dealing ruthlessly with the fragility of happiness, the tragedy of impulsiveness
and the tenuousness of hope."
Fridays & Saturdays @8pm. Sundays @2pm
Talkbacks with local origami artists!
Smokey Joe’s Café at Cain Park (dir. Scott Plate) and Frances Black in Moss Hart’s Light Up the Sky at Oberlin Summer Theater Festival (dir. Paul Moser). Other theatrical credits include: the national tour of The Will Rogers Follies; Man of La Mancha (Human Race Theatre Company); A Little Night Music (FPAC); Caroline or Change (Karamu/Dobama); An Ideal Husband and Anyone Can Whistle (Lakeland); Two Gentlemen of Verona (Ohio Shakespeare Festival). Katherine began her theatrical and musical training at the age of eight, and over the years has been fortunate to have studied at many prestigious institutions, including Interlochen, Cleveland Institute of Music, and London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. She holds a JD from Cleveland Marshall College of Law and a BA in Theater from Baldwin Wallace College. (*Member of Actors' Equity Association)
Geoff Knox (Andy) is very excited to be back in Cleveland making his Ensemble debut. He was last seen at the Ohio Shakespeare Festival's productions of The Comedy of Errors and Cymbeline. In Summers past he performed many roles at CSU Summer Stages, including Dr Treves in The Elephant Man, Edwin in Booth, and Preacher Haggler in Dark of the Moon. Other area theatres Geoff has worked at include The Great Lakes Theater Festival and Cleveland Public Theater. He recently attained his MFA from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory in Sarasota, Florida, where he performed the title roles in Hamlet and Tartuffe, among others.
. She played the role of Kayleen in Ensemble's Gruesome Playground Injuries was raised by Ensemble Theatre and has a special dedication to it's continuation for many years to come. She is honored with the opportunity to work on the Cleveland Premiere of this wonderful script. Thank you Rajiv!
Rajiv Joseph (Playwright) is a graduate of Cleveland Heights High School. His play, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, and produced on Broadway, starring Robin Williams. His film Draft Day is currently filming in Cleveland and other locations and stars Kevin Costner, among others. He was also wrote for the HBO series Nurse Jackie. Off-Broadway: Gruesome Playground Injuries; Animals Out of Paper (Lortel nomination for Outstanding Play), The Leopard and the Fox (adaptation), All This Intimacy, Huck & Holden. Regional credits include: The Monster at the Door (Alley Theatre, Houston); The North Pool (Theatreworks, Palo Alto); Gruesome Playground Injuries (Alley Theatre; Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Washington, D.C.), Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (world premiere – Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre). Rajiv was recently awarded a United States Artists Grant and is a fomer Whiting Award winner. He received his B.A. in Creative Writing from Miami University and his M.F.A. in Playwriting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He served for three years in the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa.
Angelina Herin (Costumes) Angelina serves as the Resident Costume Designer and Costume Shop Manager at CWRU. Prior to joining the the Case faculty, she taught at Ashland University and The University of Montana. In addition to being a Costume Designer, she also has experience as a Wig Designer/Wigmaster and Makeup Artist. Angelina has designed costumes and worked as a makeup artist for companies across the country. She is pleased to have her work presented at many venues, including the Seattle Opera, Cleveland Public Theatre, Village Theatre, Montana Repertory Theatre, and Theatre South Carolina. In addition, Prof. Herin has had the opportunity to work with several television production companies as a makeup artist and stylist, including Script to Screen, Mad Monkey, and ESPN. She has also served as the resident Costume, Wig, and Makeup Designer for American Folklore Theatre in Door County, WI for the seven years. Angelina earned her Master of Fine Arts in Costume Design at The University of South Carolina and two Bachelors of Arts in English Literature and Theatre from Eastern Washington University. She is a member of USITT and Costume Society of America (CSA). For Ensemble she has designed Dividing the Estate, Huck & Holden, Waiting for Lefty, Song for Coretta, Lower Ninth, Gruesome Playground Injuries, The Normal Heart, Miracle & Wonder, and The Iceman Cometh. She will also design this seasons production of Prelude to a Kiss.
Ian Hinz (Set/Projection Design) is a graduate of Ohio University holding a BA in Theater with an emphasis in playwriting. Ian most recently directed the critically acclaimed The Iceman Cometh, Miracle and Wonder and Waiting for Lefty at Ensemble. He is co- founder of the Ensemble Stage-Wrights' workshop and serves as Operations Manager at Cain Park in Cleveland Heights. Design credits include set and projections for The Normal Heart, The Gospel According to James, Waiting for Lefty, A Song for Coretta, Grounds for Dismissal and Lower Ninth. Other projection designs include The Pitmen Painters and 33 Variations at the Beck Center in Lakewood. While in New York Ian worked as a producer on several off off Broadway productions including 4 hours across the stones of fire by Jeff Biggers at the Gene Frankel Theatre. Ian has worked professionally as a director, designer, production stage-manager, Director of Operations and theater educator for over 13 years in Ohio and New York.
Becca Jean (Stage Manager)
Andrew Eckert (Lighting Design) is excited to continue his work as the Resident Lighting Designer at Ensemble Theatre for the 2013 -2014 Season, where he recently designed The Normal Heart, Miracle & Wonder and The Gospel According to James, The Colombi New Play Festival shows, and "The Iceman Cometh". He recently served as Master Electrician in the Evans Amphitheatre for CAIN PARK’s 2012 & 2013 Summer seasons. A recent graduate of Hiram College, Andrew is thrilled to be working with such a great cast and crew. He would like to thank Rick Hyde, Ian Hinz, Carl Skorepa, and Mum.