at The Public Theater
The Shiva at The Public Theater /425 Lafayette Street /New York, NY 10003
Previews: June 12-19, 2018 / Opening Night: June 20, 2018
Extended Closing: July 29, 2018
Ma-Yi Benefit Performance Night: June 26, $100
Written by Mike Lew
Choreographed by Jennifer Weber
Directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel
ELIZABETH: Marinda Anderson / EDDIE: Alex Breaux / BUCK: Shannon DeVido / CLARISSA: Sasha Diamond / RICHARD: Gregg Mozgala / ANNE: Tiffany Villarin
A portion of the development of Teenage Dick by Michael Lew has taken place with the support of the Mellon Foundation’s National Playwright Residency Program administered in partnership with HowlRound.
ABOUT TEENAGE DICK
A brilliantly hilarious take on Richard III, Shakespeare’s classic tale of power lust, TEENAGE DICK reimagines the most famous disabled character of all time as a 16-year-old outsider in the deepest winter of his discontent: his junior year at Roseland High. Picked on because of his cerebral palsy (as well as his sometimes creepy Shakespearean way of speaking), Richard is determined to have his revenge and make his name by becoming president of the senior class. But as he manipulates and crushes the obstacles to his electoral success, Richard finds himself faced with a decision he never expected would be his to make: is it better to be loved or feared?
Tony nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel (Present Laughter, Hand to God) directs Mike Lew’s (Tiger Style!) devastatingly funny, sharply written new play about perception, disability and the lengths we’re willing to go to rise above our station in life… and high school.
Set Design by Wilson Chin / Costume Design by Junghyun Georgia Lee / Lighting Design by Miriam Nilofa Crowe / Sound Design by Fabian Obispo / Movement Coordination by Robert Westley / Dramaturg: Jesse Alick / Production Stage Manager Alyssa K. Howard / Production Manager Zach Longstreet
TEENAGE DICK was commissioned and developed by The Apothetae, a company dedicated to plays that explore and illuminate the “Disabled Experience.”
Additionally, talkback dates with the cast and creative team of TEENAGE DICK are scheduled for Saturday, June 23 matinee; Tuesday, June 26 evening; and Sunday, July 1 matinee. Matinee performances begin at 1:30 p.m., while evenings are scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. curtain.
- Teenage Dick was developed by The Public Theater, Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director and Patrick Willingham, Executive Director
- It was also developed during a residency at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference in 2016, Preston Whiteway, Executive Director; Wendy C. Goldberg, Artistic Director
- Teenage Dick received additional development support from Playwrights Foundation, San Francisco, Amy L. Mueller, Artistic Director, and The Lark Play Development Center, New York City.
- Teenage Dick was originally commissioned and developed by The Apothetae; Gregg Mozgala, Artistic Director.
- This production of Teenage Dick is part of The Lark’s Venturous Playwright Fellowship Program, funded by Venturous Theater Fund of the Tides Foundation. Venturous Theater Fund Venturous Theater Fund of the Tides Foundation, in partnership with The Lark, launched the Venturous Playwright Fellowship Program to advocate for productions of ambitious, risk-taking, and innovative plays and provide concurrent residencies for their authors. Playwrights receive a fellowship award of $50,000 as well as production subsidy funds (up to $50,000) to support a production of the playwright’s choosing. Throughout their two-year fellowships, playwrights will be in residence at The Lark where they will have access to an individually-tailored lineup of new play development and advocacy resources designed to nurture their writing and advance their work into the repertoire.
- A portion of the development of Teenage Dick by Michael Lew has taken place with the support of the Mellon Foundation’s National Playwright Residency Program administered in partnership with HowlRound.
SCHEDULE OF PERFORMANCES
Benefit Night Performance 7:30 PM Tuesday JUNE 26, Extended Closing July 29.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Member of Ma-Yi Writers Lab Since 2005, Co-Director, Ma-Yi Resident Playwright, with Rehana Lew Mirza
Mike Lew is co-director of Ma-Yi Writers’ Lab and is currently on a 3-year fellowship at Ma-Yi through the Mellon Foundation (which he shares with his wife Rehana Lew Mirza, whom he met in the Lab). Mike’s plays include Tiger Style! (Huntington, La Jolla Playhouse, and Alliance productions; O’Neill, CTG, and Juilliard workshops), Teenage Dick (Public Studio; O’Neill, OSF, FST, and PF workshops), microcrisis(Ma-Yi, InterAct, and Next Act productions), Stockton (AracaWorks and EST workshops), People’s Park (Victory Gardens workshop), In Paris You will Find Many Baguettes… (Humana), Roanoke(Humana), and Moustache Guys. He is co-writing the book to the musical Bhangin’ It alongside Rehana Lew Mirza and their composer Sam Willmott. He is a Tony voter, Dramatists Guild Council member, and recipient of a Mellon Foundation residency, Lark residency, NYFA fellowship, and the Lanford Wilson, Helen Merrill, Heideman, and Kendeda awards. Education: Juilliard, Yale.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
MORITZ VON STUELPNAGELdda
Moritz von Stuelpnagel is a freelance director based in New York City. His production of Hand to God on Broadway received five Tony Award nominations including Best Play and Best Director. Other recent productions include Important Hats of the Twentieth Century by Nick Jones (Manhattan Theatre Club), Teenage Dick by Mike Lew (Public Theater), Verité by Nick Jones (Lincoln Center/LCT3), Bike America by Mike Lew (Ma-Yi), Love Song of the Albanian Sous Chef by Robert Askins (Ensemble Studio Theater), Trevor by Nick Jones (Lesser America), Mel & El: Show & Tell (Ars Nova), The Roosevelt Cousins Thoroughly Sauced by Mike Lew (EST), Spacebar by Michael Mitnick (Studio 42), and My Base and Scurvy Heart by Adam Szymkowicz (Studio 42). Around the US, his work has been seen at the Alliance Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Huntington Theatre, and others. Moritz is the former Artistic Director of Studio 42, New York City’s producer of “unproducible” plays.
ABOUT THE CHOREOGRAPHER
JENNIFER WEBER Choreography credits include KPOP (Ars Nova/Ma-Yi, Lortel Nomination) Cruel Intentions (LPR), Stockholm (Hudson Stage). Commercial direction/choreography: Marc Jacobs, CK2, AmEx, Uber, Ulta, L’Oreal, Reebok,Philosophy and Lifetime’s “Bring It Live! tour.” As director of Brooklyn-based hip hop theatre company, Decadancetheatre, she was nominated for the Outstanding Emerging Choreographer Bessie award. Her concert dance credits include Jacob’s Pillow, The Apollo, The Kennedy Center, New York City Center, Lincoln Center, London’s Southbank Center, and The Stanislavsky Music Theatre, Moscow. Weber is the co-creator, director, and choreographer of the annual hit holiday show, “The Hip Hop Nutcracker.”
CAST AND DESIGN TEAM
ELIZABETH: Marinda Anderson
MARINDA ANDERSON (Elizabeth) Off Broadway: Miss You Like Hell (The Public Theatre), The Treasurer, Bella: An American Tall Tale, A Life, Far From Heaven (Playwrights Horizons), Sex of the Baby (Access Theatre), Obama-ology (Juilliard School). Regional: Airness (Humana), A Doll’s House (Huntington Theatre), Three Sisters (Playmaker’s Rep), Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (Berkshire Theatre Award nominee), Intimate Apparel (Dorset Theatre Festival), Fairfield (Cleveland Play House). TV: “Madame Secretary”,“Horace and Pete,” “Gotham.” BFA: Howard University MFA: NYU Graduate Acting Program. www.Marindaanderson.com
EDDIE: Alex Breaux
ALEX BREAUX (Eddie) Broadway: Brodie in The Real Thing (Roundabout). Off-Broadway: Red Speedo (NYTW), Ajax in Troilus and Cressida (NYSF/The PUBLIC), The Rape of the Sabine Women… (Playwrights Realm), Much Ado About Nothing (NYSF/The PUBLIC). Film: Depraved (upcoming), Premise (upcoming), Bushwick (Sundance and Cannes 2017), Campfire Alpha, Katie Says Goodbye, BOGO. Training: The Juilliard School, B.A. Harvard University. www.alexbreaux.com. IG: cali_breaux
BUCK: Shannon DeVido
SHANNON DEVIDO (Buck) TV: “Difficult People,” “Delco Proper,” “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore,” “Law and Order:SVU,” “Nightcap,” “Sesame Street”. Off-Broadway: The Healing (World Premiere), Still More of Our Parts, New Hopeville Comics. Film: The Homecoming, Good Beer. Check out Shannon’s YouTube Series: Stare at Shannon. www.shannondevido.com
CLARISSA: Sasha Diamond
SASHA DIAMOND (Anne) Ma-Yi: The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra GO! Broadway: Significant Other. Off Broadway: Bobbie Clearly (Roundabout Theatre), Kentucky, Double Suicide at Ueno Park! (Ensemble Studio Theatre). Regional: The Birds, Peerless (Barrington Stage Company), The Winners (HotCity Theatre). TV: High Maintenance (HBO), The Romanoffs (Amazon). Workshops with The Lark, Long Wharf, Atlantic Theater Company, Second Generation Productions, and others. Proud member of Ensemble Studio Theatre.
RICHARD: Gregg Mozgala
GREGG MOZGALA (Richard) is thrilled to be making his Ma-Yi debut. He was last seen in New York Theatre Workshop’s revival of Light Shining In Buckinghamshire (Briggs, Ensemble), and recently received a Lucille Lortel Award (Best Featured Actor) for his work in Cost of Living (John) at Manhattan Theatre Club last season. Gregg is the subject of the documentary, Enter The Faun which aired on the award winning PBS series, America Reframed. Gregg is the Founding Artistic Director of, The Apothetae, a theatre company dedicated to producing works that explore and illuminate the, “Disabled Experience.” www.theapothetae.org
ANNE: Tiffany Villarin
TIFFANY VILLARIN (Anne) Select credits: House Rules (Ma-Yi), Do You Feel Anger? and The Grown up (Humana Festival), peerless (Cherry Lane, Yale Rep, Marin Theatre- SFBATCC Best Principal Actress/TBA Outstanding Actress Nomination), Figaro (The Pearl), The Seagull (NAATCO), Ghostwritten (Sundance Lab/Goodman), Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West (Timeline). Film/Television: Instinct, Bull, The Blacklist, Gotham, Certainty, Shadow. Villarin has a B.F.A. from The Theatre School of DePaul University and is a member of The Actors Center.
Set Design by Wilson Chin
Costume Design Junghyun Georgia Lee
Lighting Design by Miriam Nilofa Crowe
Sound Design by Fabian Obispo
Movement Coordination by Robert Westley
Production Stage Manager Alyssa K. Howard
Production Manager Zach Longstreet
- Company Manager — Heather Fichthorne
- Assistant Stage Manager — Nicole Marconi
- Assistant Director — Ella Steinlauf
- Associate Production Manager — Alberto Ruiz
- Associate Choreographer — Liz Tenuto
- Prop Master — Riva Fairhall
- Projection Programmer — Riva Fairhall
- Assistant Scenic Designer — Joo Kim
- Assistant Scenic Designer — Anton Volovsek
- Assistant Costume Designer — Sarah Constable
- Assistant Sound Designer — Kenneth Goodwin
- Assistant Lighting Designer — Alexandra Mannix
- Master Carpenter — Max Longstreet
- Master Electrician — Erick Hagen
- Wardrobe Supervisor — Deana Holness
- Light Board Programmer — Gabriel Rodriguez
- Light Board Operator — Caspin Jones
- Production Audio — Spencer Carter
- A1/Sound Mixer — Jorge Olivo
- Audio Crew — Abby Judd
- Audio Crew — Jeff Sherwood
- Audio Crew — Meg Whitehurst
- Scenic Artist — Shelby Ramsey
- Deck Crew — Emily Lin
- Ma-Yi Production AssistantSarah Hanlon
- Ma-Yi Production Intern — Sean Daley
- Electricians — Richard Barnes, Martin Bodenheimer, Joseph Coppola, Non Kuramoto, Sally Sheppard, Robert Picarelli
- Scenery Construction & Load-In Crew — Alec Bowyer, Nicholas Falconer Fleming, Hanoi Lopez
- Videographer — Zanni Productions, Jon Burkland
- Photographer — Carol Rosegg