April 6-30, 2011
Amadeus
by Peter Shaffer
Fri & Sat Nights at 8pm
Sun April 15th and 22nd & 29th at 2pm*

Winner of a Tony Award for Best Play, the Academy Award for Best Film, and triumphant in recent revivals in the West End and on Broadway, Amadeus weaves a provocative tale of the confrontation between mediocrity and genius into a saga of breathtaking dramatic power. From the vantage point of an insane asylum, aging royal composer Salieri recalls the events of three decades earlier, when the young Mozart first gained favor in the court of Austrian emperor Joseph II. Salieri was incensed that God would bless so vulgar and obnoxious a young snipe as Mozart with divine genius. Why was Salieri -- so disciplined and so devoted to his art, not touched by God? Unable to match Mozart's talent, Salieri uses his influence in court to sabotage the young upstart's career. Disguising himself as a mysterious benefactor, Salieri commissions the backbreaking Requiem, which eventually costs Mozart his health, wealth, and life. Amadeus asks us to contemplate the nature of art, the influence of divine inspiration and the lengths some are willing to go to achieve greatness.
* Talkback with the director, design team, and cast following shows on the 15th and 22nd. Special ticket discounts available for high school and college students to attend on these dates. Call the box office for more information 425-881-6777.

From the TPS 2012 Gregory Awards nominating process:

"Exceptionally good performance and overall production. Brandon Ryan is an amazing talent. Chemistry between him and Brittany Cox was right on."

"All elements of this show were done to a high standard. In particular, the costumes were just outstanding ... they were well executed, faithful to the period and full of originality as well. There were a lot of subtle and not-so-subtle changes in costumes during the play that worked quite well. Overall, a very good show."

MEET THE CAST

Gerald B. Browning (Salieri) Gerald is thrilled to return to SSR, having last appeared in Dinner with Friends & Natural Selection, to play one of his dream roles. Locally, he’s appeared at Seattle Shakespeare (Coriolanus), Taproot Theatre (The Beams are Creaking & Something’s Afoot), Harlequin Productions (The Love List) and Annex Theatre (Love’s Tangled Web). Regionally, he’s appeared at Maine’s Theater at Monmouth, the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian, Florida’s Seaside Repertory Theatre, Virginia’s Wayside Theatre, and is a Helen Hayes Award Nominee for Alone it Stands with DC’s Keegan Theatre. Gerald has also appeared in two national commercials and an Emmy nominated History Channel production, Countdown to Ground Zero. His voice can be heard in a number of projects including an upcoming video game from Herr Interactive. He earned an MA in Theatre (Directing) from Chicago’s Roosevelt University. www.geraldbbrowning.com

Brandon Ryan (Mozart) In 2009 Brandon Ryan was honored with both a Seattle Times Footlight Award and a TPS Gregory Falls Award Best Actor nomination for his performance in Maria/Stuart at Theater Schmeater. He is currently the founder/artistic director of Man Alone Productions. Look for him Oct 2012 in MAP's production of Soft Click of a Switch, directed by his producing partner and best girl, Peggy Gannon. 

Brittany Cox (Constanze) can't express how excited she is to be doing her first show at SecondStory Rep. Previous shows in Seattle include Ballard Underground's Hedda and Pacific Play Company's premier of Snakes and Ladders. Thanks and love to Ryan, Kamille, Fox, and all her friends and family for their love and support. 

Robert Hinds (Joseph II) moved to the Seattle area about a year and a half ago after finishing his MFA at Purdue University. Since then he has been performing regularly in the local theater scene.  Most recently he performed Wallace Shawn's one-person show The Fever, and can next be seen in Tryptonite with Quiet Theater.  Last books read: Crash by J.G. Ballard and The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro.

Jesse Putnam (Von Strack) is delighted to be part of SecondStory Repertory’s production of Amadeus and especially thrilled to again work with Corey and the amazing SecondStory production and design team. Jesse has performed in several regional plays, most recently in The Greatest Christmas Pageant Ever at Seattle Public Theatre and as Cléante in SecondStory Repertory’s production of Tartuffe. Also a writer, Jesse is currently working on his third play – a comedy about death, grief, loss and devastating heartbreak.

John Clark (Orsini) is again delighted to be back at SSR after having appeared as Antonio in last year’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING and as Orgon in this year’s Tartuffe. This is his second production of AMADEUS, having played the role of Mozart a “few” years ago. He has acted, directed, juggled/clowned at many places including; Seattle Repertory Theatre, Pioneer Sq, Empty Space, The Bathhouse, and Village Theatre. Favorite roles include: Ellard in THE FOREIGNER, Rosencrantz in ROSENCREANTZ AND GUILDENSTER ARE DEAD and HAMLET, Hortensio in TAMING OF THE SHEW, Dr. Chausible in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, The Old Man in FOOL FOR LOVE, and Clov in Samuel Beckett’s’ Endgame. Hat’s off to Mark, Jen, the crew, and this very talented group.

Josh Krupke (Van Swieten) is very happy to return to SecondStory Repertory for a second time, having previously appeared as Don Pedro in last season's Much Ado About Nothing.  He has also recently been seen in productions of Twelve Days to Christmas (Taproot Theatre Co.), Jesus Christ Superstar (Village Theatre), Romeo and Juliet, King John (GreenStage), and As You Like It (Harlequin Productions). Josh would like to thank God, Lorrie and his parents for all their love and support.

Jon-Erik Hughes Hegstad (Venticelli 1) has a B.S. in Theater from Southern Oregon University where he also received a minor in Shakespeare. His most recent credits include Thebes with Macha Monkey and a crazy show about Lewis and Clark at Annex. This happens to be the first time working with SecondStory Rep and again, hopefully not the last. It is an honor to work with such a talented cast and as always, thanks to Mom, Dad and especially Gramma. What goes black and white, black and white, black and white?

Matthew Gilbert (Venticelli A) is so excited to be back at SecondStory Rep with such a brilliant cast.  He was last seen at SSR in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Matthew has work with theater companies such as GreenStage, Book-It-All-Over, Ghost Light Theatricals, and Stone Soup. In May, he'll be appearing in his first SecondStory Rep Theater for Young Audiences Show Charles Way's Beauty and the Beast. Thank you and enjoy the show.

Leslie Wisdom (Teresa) Recent theater credits include Fiddler on the Roof (Golde) with META Performing Arts, Camelot  and The Music Man (Maud Dunlop) with Lyric Light Opera and Rumplestiltskin (The Queen) for SecondStory’s Young Audience Series.  She has also performed for The Inverse Opera’s 2011-12 season. Leslie studied voice at Seattle Pacific University, and currently studies with Jadd Davis and Paul Linnes.  She is honored to be working with the SecondStory Repertory team and appreciates their support and commitment to excellence.

Alysha Curry (Ensemble) is so honored and thankful to be back at SecondStory with Corey again Alysha was most recently seen in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at Seattle Public Theater, Hedda at Ghost Light Theatricals and in SecondStory Repertory's production of Tartuffe. Look for her next in I Dream Before I Take the Stand with Confrontational Theatre Project in May. She studied Theatre at Seattle Pacific University and wishes to thank GF Byrd for his continued support and encouragement. [Love to Geb.]

Tom Dewey (Ensemble, Cook) is honored to walk the boards of SecondStory Repertory for the first time in Amadeus. As an actor and fight choreographer, Tom's work was seen most recently in Coriolanus with Seattle Shakespeare Company. Other notable roles include Fisher in Book-It Repertory Theatre's "Border Songs, Malcolm in Greenstage's "Hard Bard Macbeth," Septimus Hodge in The Driftwood Players' "Arcadia," and Every Minor Character (Who Dies) in Greenstage's "Hard Bard Titus Andronicus." Tom's fights have been seen with numerous companies including Book-It, Handwritten Productions, Lyric Light Opera, Tacoma Little Theatre, and Greenstage. Tom is an Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors and a graduate of the Theater Arts and History programs from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma.

Kevin Dailey (Ensemble, Valet) I am excited to be in my first production here at SecondStory Rep. Recently I have completed the Ensemble Theatre Intensive program at Freehold Theatre and am in an improv./sketch group called the “Closet Monsters”. I feel blessed by god in my life to have great family and friends who supported me putting down my tool belt 3 years ago and pursuing my calling.

Meagan Castillo (Katherina Cavaleieri) is excited to be appearing with SecondStory Repertory for the second time after appearing as the miller’s maid in Rumpelstiltskin earlier this season in SSR’s Theater for Young Audiences series. Past favorite roles include Nancy in Oliver!, Ado Annie in Oklahoma!, The Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods and Rosa Bud in Drood. When not rehearsing or performing, Meagan enjoys reading, sewing, and running.

PRODUCTION TEAM

Corey McDaniel (Director) Corey is extremely grateful for this experience with such an impeccable cast and crew. After working as a freelance director in Seattle for the last 4 years was recently named Artistic Director of SSR. Corey’s SSR shows include Turn of the Screw (actor), Tartuffe and Much Ado About Nothing (director) and looks forward to a very full season next year in his new home. He has directed, performed and taught in several countries. Locally, he has worked with several companies, worked in PR, development and marketing. He spent two and half years as the education director for GreenStage prior to stepping into the role of interim education director at SSR in September of 2011. He is also a charter member and 2011 Chair of the TPS Gregory Awards. Special thanks to his partner, Alber for the continuous sacrifices, love and support.

Dan Posluns (Assistant Director) is excited to be returning to the directing scene after a decade-long hiatus, with such a phenomenal script and cast to go with it. He ran and assisted on the production side of multiple shows in the Toronto area back in-the-day, even operating his own small theater company for several years until it gave him one too many grey hairs. These days he is more often found on the stage, performing improv in Seattle Theatresports or in various scripted shows around the area. He will be appearing next month in The Book of Liz with Seattle STAGEright. Love to Elizabeth and thanks to Jen, Mark and Corey for taking him seriously about this.

Sean McKay (Stage Manager) is pleased to return to SecondStory after being away for a few years.  This marks the twenty year anniversary since he last worked “Amadeus” (he played Mozart in Huntsville, AL in 1992).  He last worked “Woman In Black” and “Urinetown” for SSR.  Most recently, he’s done work extensively for Driftwood Players, including “Fiddler on the Roof”, “A Christmas Story”, and “The King and I”, to name a few.  Sean would like to give his heartfelt thanks to those at SecondStory for this wonderful opportunity, especially Jen for bringing him back and Mark and Corey for welcoming him with open arms.  He dedicates his work on Amadeus to his darling wife, Pat, without whom his theater career would never exist.  Love you, little wife of my heart!

Janessa Jayne Styck (Costume Design) a Midwest native, is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois where she studied under Tony-nominated Marcia McDonald. During her time at Wesleyan she interned at the acclaimed Glimmer Glass Opera in upstate New York. She also competed at the 2006 South Eastern Theatre Conference Costume Design Competition, where she place second in the undergraduate division. Janessa relocated to Seattle, WA in the spring of 2007. Since relocating to the Pacific Northwest Janessa has designed costumes for many Seattle-area theaters, including Book-It Repertory Theatre, Seattle Musical Theatre, GreenStage, Wooden O, Youth Theatre Northwest, and SecondStory Repertory. In January of 2010 she was honored to have her design for GreenStage’s summer production of Comedy of Errors named Best Costumes of 2009 by the West Seattle Weisenheimer arts blog. Early 2010 also saw Janessa’s first venture into costuming for the big screen. Wolfsbane, a short steampunk film, was recently exhibited at the 2011 Seattle True Independent Film Festival (STIFF). Janessa was flattered to be chosen as the People’s Choice Nominee for the 2011 Gregory Award of Outstanding Costume Designer. This is her 5th show with SecondStory. She is delighted to be back working with her good friends once again.

Megan Chenovick (Music Advisor) is delighted to lend her classical ear to the production crew of Amadeus. Megan was last seen onstage at SecondStory rep as Edith in Kind Hearts & Coronets and fondly recalls her turn as Pam in Baby alongside her husband Mark Chenovick. Most recently Megan performed the role of Marian the Librarian in The Music Man with Lyric Light Opera. Other recent highlights include Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes with The Inverse Opera & the Seattle Dance Project, Shostakovich’s Jewish Folk Poetry, Op. 79 with Music of Remembrance, Musetta in La Bohème with Bellevue Opera, and Magnolia in Show Boat with the Village Theatre. Megan also made her McCaw Hall solo debut as a guest artist with the Seattle Men’s Chorus singing the concert’s title aria “Glitter and Be Gay”. In 2011 Megan helped found the Seattle chapter of Opera On Tap whose mission is to break down the stereo-type that opera is a stuffy or elitist art form by bringing it to your local pub. Megan currently resides in Bellevue, Washington where she teaches private voice lessons www.megan.chenovick.com; www.vocalpathstudio.com

 



 
   

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