Demon Wine: Credits
Los Angeles Theatre Center
Bill Bushnell, Artistic Producing Director
presents the World Premiere of:
by Thomas Babe
Directed by: David Schweizer
Produced by: Diane White
Set Designed by: Timian Alsaker
Lighting Designed by: Marianne Schneller
Costumes Designed by: Susan Ninninger
Sound Designed by: Jon Gottlieb
Original Music Composed by: Steve Moshier
Stage Manager: Pericles Rellas
Ensemble (In Order of Appearance)
Jimmie: Bill Pullman
Curly: Tom Waits
Vinnie: Philip Baker Hall
Fast Mail/Smith: Jan Munroe
Mary: Carol Kane
Bill: Bud Cort
Wanda: Vanessa Marquez
Gangster: Delbert Highlands
Gangster: Kevin Symons
There will be one fifteen minute intermission
BUD CORT (Bill) Other Theatres: Clov in Endgame directed by Alvin Epstein at Cherry Lane Theatre, New York and Mayfair Theatre in Santa Monica; Evening of lonesco directed by Paul Verdier at the Doolittle Theatre; The Crucible/ Are You Now or Have You Ever Been, Babbit, and Oh, Dad, Poor Dad... radio performances with L. A. Classic Theatre Works (founding member); Broadway debut opposite Donald Pleasance in Simon Gray's Wise Child, By Ira . . , By George at Carnegie Hall. Film and TV: The Chocolate War, Maria's Lovers, Electric Dreams, Why Shoot the Teacher?, Brewster McCloud, M*A *S*H, Harold and Maude, "Midnight Caller," "The Twilight Zone, "Poison." Awards: Drama-Logue Award and L.A. Critics' Circle nomination for Endgame, Crystal Star for Harold and Maude.
CAROL KANE (Mary) Other Theatres: Frankie and Johnnie in the Clair de Lune in New York; Beth Henley's The Debutante Ball and The Lucky Spot in New York; A Woman of Mystery written and directed by John Cassavetes; The Tempest at Lincoln Center, Midsummer Night's Dream. Films and TV: The Lemon Sisters, Scrooged, Hester Street, The Last Detail, Men a Stranger Calls, Wedding in White, The World's Greatest Lover, Carnal Knowledge, Dog Day Afternoon, The Princess Bride, "All is Forgiven," "Taxi."
PHILIP BAKER HALL (Vinnie) Los Angeles Theatre Center/Los Angeles Actors' Theatre: The Inspector General, All My Sons, The Petrified Forest, Nanawatai, Secret Honor, Museum. Other Theatres: Nuts, Portage to San Cristobal of A. H. at Odyssey Theatre; No Man's Land at South Coast Rep; Gorky at American Place Theatre in New York; The Biko Inquest at the Mark Taper Forum. Film and TV: Midnight Run, Three O'Clock High, Secret Honor directed by Robert Altman, "Mariah," "Family Ties," "Goddess of Love." Awards: L. A. Drama Critics Nomination, New York Drama Desk Nomination, L. A. Weekly Award and four DramaLogue Awards for Secret Honor.
DELBERT HIGHLANDS (Gangster) Los Angeles Theatre Center- Worker in The Seagull, Korobkin in The Inspector General. Other Theatres: Patsy in Marathon '33, Ken in Fifth of July, Delmount in Miss Firecracker Contest at CarnegieMellon University. Film and TV: "Courting" for WQED, Pittsburgh.
VANESSA MARQUEZ (Wanda) Los Angeles Theatre Center: Roosters, Latino Theatre Lab. Film and TV: Ana in Stand and Deliver, Night Children. "I would like to dedicate every performance to my mother Delia, whom I love and cherish."
JAN MUNROE (Fast Maill/ Smith) Other Theatres: Phaedros in Plato's Symposium at Modem Artist's Company; Leo Lehrer in The Genius at San Diego Rep.; wrote and performed Little Monster, Alligator Tails, Notes: ON PERFORMANCE, Woodworks, Blood-Is-Thicker-Than- Water; founding member of Mystic Knights of the Oingo-Boingo, Awards: 8 Drama-Logue and L. A. Weekly awards, N. E. A. Theatre Fellowship, Rockefeller Playwrights Fellowship, California Arts Council 'New Genres" Fellowship.
BILL PULLMAN (Jimmie) Los Angeles Theatre Center: Barabbas, All My Sons, Nanawatai. Other Theatres: OffBroadway: Curse of the Starving Class, Life and Limb. Film and TV: The Accidental Tourist, The Rocket Gibraltar, The Serpent and the Rainbow, Spaceballs, Ruthless People, "Home Fires Burning" (Hallmark Hall of Fame).
KEVIN SYMONS (Gangster) Other Theatres: The Hairy Ape directed by Jos� Quintero for National Public Radio; Finding the Sun directed by Edward Albee; Guildenstern stern in Hamlet at Theatre Exchange; The Country Wife, Treplev in The Sea Gull and Vladimir in Waiting for Godot at Cal State University, Fullerton.
TOM WAITS (Curly) Other Theatres: Frank in Frank's Wild Years written by Kathleen Brennan, directed by Gary Sinese at Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago. Film and TV: lronweed, Rumblefish, Cotton Club, Candy Mountain, Down by Law.
TIMIAN ALSAKER (Set Designer) is the Head of Design for the Los Angeles Theatre Center. Beginning his career in 1973 in London, he was Assistant to John Bury at the National Theatre of Great Britain and Associate Designer and Head of Design for the National Theatre's season at the Institute of Contemporary Art, London. From 1976-1982, Mr. Alsaker was Head of Design of the National Theatre of Norway, Bergen. His 100-plus set, costume and lighting designs have been on stages throughout Europe, in addition to his work in musicals, film, and TV. At the Theatre Center, his credits include Company, Three Sisters, Nanawatai, Boesman and Lena, The Sound of the Voice/ As the Crow Flies, Spain/ 36, Barabbas, Alpha, Happy Days, The Glass Menagerie, Jacques and his Master, Antony and Cleopatra, Sarcophagus, King Lear, and Roosters.
THOMAS BABE (Playwright) has written a number of plays that have been produced in Los Angeles, including Kid Champion, Rebel Women, A Prayer for My Daughter, as was Fathers and Sons (with Richard Chamberlain) and Planet Fires at the Mark Taper Forum's New Theatre for Now Festival. He has also written Taken in Marriage, Salt Lake City Skyline and Buried Inside Extra, all produced by Joseph Papp and the N. Y. Shakespeare Festival. He is now finishing a musical, Call The Children Home, scheduled for New York this spring, and a new play, Junk Bonds. Mr. Babe has directed over 100 plays, including new work by Neal Bell, Terry Curtis Fox and Keith Reddin. He has also written for television, radio and film, and created the text for Twyla Tharp's When We Were Very Young. Demon Wine was encouraged at its inception by LATC, where it received its first reading. Last summer, prior to its premiere here, the play received a second staged reading at the O'Neill Playwright's Conference
BILL BUSHNELL (Artistic Producing Director) is the recipient of the 24th annual Margo Jones Award for outstanding continuing production of new American plays. He is the primary force behind the creation of the Theatre Center and is responsible for both the creative work and management of the Center. The recipient of numerous critics' nominations and awards as a director and producer, "Bush" has directed 27 productions for LAAT/LATC. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Theatre Center Board of Trustees, the Board of Directors of the California Theatre Council, and the Governing Board of the American-Soviet Theatre Initiative (ASTI).
JON GOTTLIEB (Sound Designer), LATC's Resident Sound Designer, has been heard in virtually every production since the Theatre Center's opening. Notable productions include Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (recipient of the 1987 NAACP and Drama-Logue Awards), The Film Society (1987 DramaLogue Award), Barabbas, Jacques and His Master, Tamer of Horses (1987 NAACP Image Award), and most recently Kingfish, The Seagull, Stars in the Morning Sky, and A Burning Beach. He is a three-time winner of the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for his designs for journey's End, Nanaviatai, and Bent. He is also the recipient of the 1988 L. A. Weekly Award for Career Achievement, and recently became an adjunct Assistant Professor of Drama on the faculty of USC.
STEVE MOSHIER (Composer) has composed music for a number of plays and performance works including Kingfish by Marlane Meyer at LATC, David Schweizer's The Winter Tale,Jan Munroe's Notes. NON PERFORMANCE, John Fleck's Psycho-Opera, Anna Homier's Breadwoman and Pharmacia Poetica, Karen Goodman's Force of Gravity and=Jan Munroe's Woodworks. In 1983, he received an L. A. Weekly award for sound Design in Donald Krieger's Boy's Life. Moshier is a founding member of the Cartesian Reunion Memorial Orchestra.
SUSAN NININGER (Costume Designer) a Los Angeles based designer and artist, designs for feature films, stage, commercials and music videos, and has been exhibiting her Costume Sculpture in galleries, art centers, and museums since 1972. She has received numerous awards: a nomination for Best Costume Design from the National Academy of Video Arts and Sciences for her work in the music video "Rock and Roll Children: Ronnie James Dio" (1985); the L. A. Weekly Award for Best Costume Design for The Mandrake at the Odyssey Theatre (1981); and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1979), the Washington State Arts Commission (1979) and the Western States Arts Foundation (1977). Most recently, she has designed costumes for the "Mac Tonight" McDonald's spots, Janet Jackson's "Men I Think of You" video, directed by Julian Temple, The Ladies Room at the Tiffany Theatre directed by Kim Friedman, and Kingfish by Marlane Meyer, directed by David Schweizer at LATC.
MARIANNE SCHNELLER (Lighting Designer) received a Drama-Logue award for her lighting design in the LATC production of Kingfish She has brought her prismatic lighting style to a variety of productions, in theatre, dance and concert settings. As Lily Tomlin's lighting director/stage manager, Ms. Schneller mounted shows in numerous regional theatres and helped develop Ms. Tomlin's Tony Award-winning play, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe. Ms. Schneller's designs have appeared on such Los Angeles stages as the Japan American Theatre, John Anson Ford Theatre, and the Ensemble Studio Theatre, as well as the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego and at international theatre festivals. Currently her work can be seen at the Odyssey Theatre's production of Spring Awakening.
DAVID SCHWEIZER (Director) has been developing original theatre work through his Modem Artists Company in L.A. for the past few years, including the award-winning Plato's Symposium and Psycho-Opera which has also had a successful tour. He also directs the experimental ensemble Theatre X in Milwaukee, whose new play, A History of Sexuality is on tour in this country and in Europe. His career began in New York directing for Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival Theatre, and his first work in L. A. was as director of the Mark Taper Forum Lab. His recent travels have taken him to Lisbon where he conducted multi-media workshops, Yugoslavia where he directed at the national theatre, and bark to New York where It's A Man's World, his collaboration with Mabou Mines, was seen. This work was originally developed at LATC and opened the first downtown season. Next year he will direct Marlane Meyer's new play The Geography of Luck for LATC and recreate his acclaimed production of Meyer's Kingfish - which premiered at LATC in the fall of 1988 - in New York. He will also be directing his first feature film with Theatre x.
PERICLES RELLAS (Stage Manager) marks his second production at the Theatre Center with Demon Wine and his third production working with David Schweizer, including the critically acclaimed Kingfish at LATC and The Ballad of the Sleepy Heart at the Padua Hills Playwrights Festival. Other stage management credits include both the Los Angeles and Boston productions of Nite Oub Confidential, the world premiere of American Beef at Israel Horovitz's Gloucester Stage Company, and The Italian American Reconciliation written and directed by Academy Award-winning author John Patrick Shanley.
DIANE WHITE (Producer) has been with the Theatre Center from its inception as the Los Angeles Actors' Theatre in 1975. Among her producing credits are Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act, The Widow's Blind Date, the award winning production of Eden, 2 by South, The Sun Always Shines for the Cool, Artaud at Rodez, Secret Honor (CoProducer), Sherlock's Last Case, and the English language premiere of Samuel Beckett's Company. She has produced Three Sisters, Nanawatai, Boesman and Lena, The Petrified Forest, Tartuffe, Barabbas, Tamer of Horses, The Film Society, The Glass Menagerie, Jacques and His Master, Antony and Cleopatra, Sarcophagus, and, most recently, The Inspector General and Kingfish among others at the Theatre Center. Ms. White is the recipient of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle's Margaret Harford Award for distinguished achievement in the theatre.
Projection Seqence by: Donald Krieger
Assistant to the Set Designer: Samuel Hale
Assistant to the Costume Designer: Donna Barrier
Recording and Projection Engineer: Mark Friedman
Movement Consultant: Jan Munroe
Crew Head: Michael Lucchesi
Sound Operator: Brad Brinkman
Light Board Operator: Jane Lloyd
Dressers: Rafi Mercado, Josephine Willes, Kevin Remington
Running Crew: Galen Wade
Program Editor: Peter Sagal
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Bill Pullman's formal wear provided by After 6, Inc. available at Gary's Tuxedo.
Bill Pullman's second suit provided by Sy Devore Valley Shop in Fashion Square, Sherman Oaks.
The Ushers are members of Volunteers Plus.
The Los Angeles Theatre Center is a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the California Confederation of the Arts, and Theatre L. A.
This production of Demon Wine is made possible through the sponsorship of the Mayor and the City of Los Angeles; and Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Los Angeles County Music and Performing Arts Commission; the City of Los Angeles, Cultural Affairs Department; the California Arts Council, a state agency; and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Previews: February 3 - February 9
Performances: February 10 - March 19
Tom Bradley Theatre
"Manny" Rice Stage
Special thanks to Dorene Lalonde for donating the Demon Wine theatre program.