Thursday, October 26, 2017
Jeff Whitty is an American playwright and actor. Born in 1971 in Coos Bay, Oregon, Mr. Whitty got his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon, and received a master’s degree in acting from NYU. Best known for his award winning musicals, Mr. Whitty wrote the book for Avenue Q, which won him the 2004 Tony Award for best book of a musical and best overall musical. He also wrote the libretto for Bring It On, the Musical which features music by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Locally, you might recognize his work because he wrote the libretto for the musical version of Armistad Maupin’s Tales of the City for the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. The Futher Adventures of Hedda Gabler was commissioned by and world premiered at South Coast Repertory in January of 2006 and then played at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2008.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
You may be wondering: Do I have to know Hedda Gabler to follow this play?
If you can identify with wanting to make a change than the answer is no. It’s fascinating to think about the possibility of a place of nothing but stereotypes…and then tease them with the thought that they might actually be able to change. That’s the world of The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler and really all you need to know in advance.
Aside from the possibility of a fantastic drinking game (take a swig every time you see a new famous character. what can I say… this is how my mind works), the world created by The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler is way more important to us right now in the world than it might seem at first pass. Arguments around if we should place a modern sensibility to representations of history have never been more heated... or tragic. I think it’s in the absurd tone of this play that we are allowed a relatively easy access point to what might be described, at least in part, as the theatrical equivalent of Civil War era statues. It seems cringe worthy to say so. There’s no doubt its tough (as if often the case, who would have known when this particular play was selected that it would be so well timed?) but I think the pay off and insights that this work offers makes it worth it.
Lean in, engage and enjoy The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler!
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
DAMARIS DIVITO (Woman in Pink and Others) This native New Yorker is delighted to make her debut at the Dragon Theatre. Recent credits include In the Next Room (Elizabeth-Pear Theatre), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Cassandra-Palo Alto Players), Clybourne Park (Francine/Lena-Palo Alto Players), Boeing Boeing (Gloria-Palo Alto Players), The Color Purple (Squeak-Hillbarn), Lend Me A Tenor (Diane-Hillbarn) and Chicago (Murderess-Hillbarn). By day, she is a speech-language pathologist for students pre-k through High School. She deeply appreciates the support and love given to her by friends and family; Shawn, Jordan, Chloe & Madeline.
JANINE EVANS (Their Neighbor and Others) Most recently seen here as Jenny in last winter's Dead Accounts and Meena in Rx in 2014, Janine proudly returns for her 9th show at Dragon. She has been eager to work with director Dale Albright and feels very fortunate to get to mix it up with this dedicated and daring group of actors. A Bay Area native with a BA in theater from Santa Clara University, she has worked at several local companies for the last 20 years including the Santa Clara Players, Palo Alto Players, Silicon Valley Shakespeare and Renegade Theatre Experiment. One of her favorite roles to date was Ivy in August Osage County at Pear Theater. Janine lives in Mountain View with her husband and two daughters. She thanks you for supporting the arts - specifically live theater. Enjoy!
JOSIAH FRAMPTON (Eilert Loverborg and Others) Josiah is excited to return to Dragon Theatre. He was just seen at San Francisco Playhouse where he went on for five different roles throughout the run of their production of La Cage Aux Folles. Before that Josiah worked at Palo Alto Players as Sir Robin in Spamalot, and he previously worked with Cabrillo stage in multiple productions including playing Manny/Freddy in Escaping Queens, Ensemble in The Full Monty, and Ernst in Cabaret. Josiah received most of his training on the job in addition to working with touring children’s theatre groups and coaching youth theatre games.
JUANITA HARRIS (Mammy) Juanita Harris is a musician/vocalist/actor who has been actively entertaining audiences around the Bay Area and internationally. A native of Sunnyvale, she is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music and excels in myriad genres such as Jazz, R&B, Musical Theater, Gospel, Rock and Roll and Opera. She travels internationally to Austria and Germany to perform for UNICEF in many of the concerts and fundraisers they host around Europe. Onstage she has played in the musicals Nunsense, Nunsense II and Nunsense: With A Twist, Ragtime, Crowns, The Crucible, Hairspray, All Shook Up, Chicago, Violet, Going To St. Ives, and made her Directorial debut last year with the Tabard Theater Company directing and starring in the musical Crowns.
TROY JOHNSON (George Tesman) Troy is thrilled to be back onstage at Dragon Productions and working with this amazing group of theatre artists. Troy has been seen previously at Dragon Productions as Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire. He also directed Dragon’s production of David Mamet’s November. Other recent acting credits include Mr. Daldry in Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play, Sean Kineen in Birds of a Feather by Paul Braverman, Colonel Pickering in Shaw’s Pygmalion, Johann Fasch in Itamar Moses’ Bach at Leipzig, and the Yankee in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, adapted by Diane Tasca, all at Pear Theatre, as well as Christy in The Lieutenant of Inishmore at Palo Alto Players. Thank you for continuing to support live theatre.
CAITLIN PAPP (Hedda Gabler) Caitlin Lawrence Papp- Caitlin is delighted to be working with the Dragon Theatre for the first time. Past favorite roles include Anna in Truce: A Christmas Wish From The Great War (City Lights Theater Company), Milady in The Three Musketeers (Silicon Valley Shakespeare), Anne Hathaway in Beard Of Avon (Pear Theater), Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing (Festival Theatre Ensemble) and Lana Sherwood in Its A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play (Broadway By The Bay). Caitlin would like to thank her family and friends for their love and support, especially her two sons Nicholas and Andrew.
TYLER PARDINI (Steven and Others) Tyler is thrilled to be a part of this production. Tyler has a BA in Theatre from Hofstra University. Acting credits Include: Pontius Pilate in The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot (Spectrum Players), Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing (Hofstra University Department of Drama and Dance) and Jeff in The Bridges of Madison County the Musical (South Bay Musical Theatre). Directing Credits Include: When The Rain Stops Falling (Cupertino Actors' Theatre) and Cabaret (Cupertino Actors' Theatre). Tyler would like to thank his very supportive family and his friends, Arcadia Conrad, Paola Zavala, Jona Nicklin, John Ramirez, and Victor Velasquez.
DANIEL ZAFER-JOYCE (Patrick and Others) This will be Daniel’s first return performance at The Dragon Theatre, having appeared last spring as Pirithous last Spring in Bridgette Dutta Portman’s Caeneus and Poseidon. Originally from Tennessee, Daniel has been a native of California for the last six and half years and has directed dozens of children’s theatre shows, taught workshops, film courses, and private coaching through the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre. Daniel’s background as an actor began in college. He gravitated towards roles and material that had something profound to say about the human condition. Some of his favorite roles included Orestes in The Oresteia, Billy Bibbit in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Bobby Strong in Urinetown. He received his BA in Theatre Arts from Middle Tennessee State and has been working professionally as an actor and director for the last decade. His work has taken him across the US and has included regional theatres and film everywhere from North Carolina to California. His work here has included children’s theatre state tours and a number of main stage roles with the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre. He’d like to thank his wife, Dia, for always inspiring him with her enthusiasm and own special brand of creativity.