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A Perfect Wedding Program Information

CAST


The Bride’s Family and “Friends”

Meridee – Engaged to be married to Amadou – Triza Cox
Tessa – Meridee and Jonathan’s sister – Natalie Combs
Jonathan –Meridee and Tessa’s brother – Jared White
Maria – Mother of Meridee, Tessa and Jonathan; married to Frank – Archana Khommineni
Francois – Maria’s “very special friend” – Tad Timberlake
Frank – Father of Meridee, Tessa and Jonathan; married to Maria – Conrad Newman
Edmund – Frank’s “very special friend” – James Thompson
Amadou – Engaged to Meridee – Nick Potter
James – Tessa’s boyfriend – Gary Brice
Ariel – Jonathan’s girlfriend – Kelly Anne Bunch

The Radical Faerie Wedding Planners

Dieter – a Radical Faerie – Janelle Hunnicutt
Isaac – a Radical Faerie – Lanisha Gholston
Heiner – a Radical Faerie – Stephanie FitzSimon
Julian – a Radical Faerie – Kaitlin Westbrook

The Priest

Father Thane –priest, a friend of the family – Collin Sage

The Groom’s Family

Djamila – Amadou and Willie’s mother, married to Vikram – Beth Tantanella
Vikram – Amadou and Willie’s father, married to Djamila – Nadeem Zaman
Willie – Amadou’s brother; very, um. plain spoken – Matt Elzy

The Gravediggers

Bob – a gravedigger – Cara McHugh
Karl – another gravedigger – Lauren Street

Musicians

Michael Vettraino - guitar
John Aurelius - flute
Janelle Hunnicutt - voice

Setting:  A mansion of many rooms, and then the fantastically, transportingly beautiful woods
Time:  The day of Meridee’s wedding

DESIGN STAFF


Scenic Design: Kathryn Blackburn
Lighting Design: Michael Hottois
Costume Design: Zhanna Goldentul
Sound Design: Tommy Neville
Original Music: John Aurelius

PRODUCTION STAFF


Stage Manager: Gina Vito
Assistant Stage Manager: Amos Dreisbach
Technical Director: Garry Brown
Associate Technical Director/ Scene Shop Foreman: Charles A. Nasby
Scenic Construction: Patrick Bayne, Jake Beamer, Kelly Anne Bunch, James Coomer, Deanna Gillispie, Eric Goldschmidt, TA 241 Stagecraft II
Production Buyer: Billy Flood
Costume Shop Manager: Melissa Shepherd
Assistant Costume Designer: Jessi Eichberger
Costume Construction: James Coomer, Jessi Eichberger, Amanda Hinds, Meredith Johnson, Ebony Jordan, Jocelyn Matsuo, Kendra Potts, Hannah Pruitt
Wardrobe Master: Amanda Hinds
Assistant Wardrobe Master: Meredith Johnson
Costume Buyer: Hannah Pruitt
Wardrobe Crew: Theo Collins, Jacqueline McKenney
Properties Manager: Amos Dreisbach,
Assistant Properties Manager: Kathryn Blackburn
Properties Crew: Patrick Bayne
Master Electricians: Lauren Camargo, Nick Potter
Lighting Operator: Kendra Potts
Sound Engineer: Tommy Neville
Sound Operator: Alee Meredith
Box Office Manager: Melanie Henry
Box Office Staff: Obadiah Ewing-Roush, Will Salmons, Jacqueline Thompson
House Manager: Susan Hlavinka
Poster Design: Emily Crawford

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS


Zachary Gilbert, Amelia Pantalos, Melanie Henry, Jennifer Day, Nefertiti Burton, Rinda Frye, Russ Vandenbroucke, everyone who attended our open reading, workshops and discussions, Amy's entire family, Chuck Mee, Cornerstone Theater Company and I-7

SPECIAL NOTE


Final song: "Do You Realize?" by the Flaming Lips, adapted by Gary Brice

BIOS


Chuck Mee (Playwright) has written Big Love, True Love, First Love, Bobrauschenbergamerica, Hotel Cassiopeia, Orestes 2.0, Trojan Women, A Love Story, Summertime, and Wintertime among other plays--all of them available on the internet at www.charlesmee.org, and as a free iphone app at the iphone app store. Among other awards, he is the recipient of the gold medal for lifetime achievement in drama from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and of the Richard B. Fisher Award. He is also the author of a number of books of history, and the former Editor-in-Chief of Horizon Magazine, a magazine of history, art, literature, and the fine arts. His work is made possible by the support of Richard B. Fisher and Jeanne Donovan Fisher.
 
Amy Steiger (Director) received a PhD in Performance as Public Practice from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006. She was born and raised in Louisville, and returned after nearly twenty years away to accept a position as Assistant Professor in the Theatre Arts Department. Her research focuses on working with students to develop a method of training and rehearsal that combines dramatic literature, ensemble and solo performance, community-based research, and civic dialogue. Last summer she attended Cornerstone Theater Company’s Summer Institute in Los Angeles. Directing credits in UofL’s Studio Theatre include The Magenta Shift by Carol K. Mack and Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed: A Theatrical Documentary About Marriage. The latter project, which included excerpts from A Perfect Wedding, was devised in collaboration with students from a previous course in acting, performance and community.

Kathryn Blackburn (Scenic Design) is a senior Fine Arts major.  This is her debut as a Scenic Designer for UofL.  She was the Props Master for the Theatre Arts Department for two Mainstage Seasons.  She also served as the Props Master for the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival’s 2010 season and as a Production Intern for the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival’s 2009 season.

Zhanna Goldentul (Costume Design) is the resident Costume Designer for the Theatre Arts Department.  Her recent designs for the department include The Colored Museum, The Laramie Project, A Song for Coretta, Come Down Burning, Titus Andronicus, Cage Rhythm, Romeo and Juliet, Blithe Spirit, In The Blood, and many others.  She is a graduate of the Theatrical Art College in Moscow and earned her MA in Fine Arts from UofL.  She has designed costumes at Stage One: Louisville Children’s Theatre, and is a member of the United Scenic Artists' Union, Local 829.

Michael F. Hottois (Lighting Design) is the resident Scenic and Lighting Designer for the Theatre Arts Department.  He has recently designed scenery for A Song for Coretta; Betty’s Summer Vacation; Soldiers Circle; Hamlet; Cage Rhythm; Interrogating the Nude, and many others.  Over the past few summers he designed Always, Patsy Cline; All Shook Up; The Producers; Ain’t Misbehavin’; and No, No, Nanette for the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in New York.  His credits as a scenic artist include the films Boris and Natasha and Closetland, as well as Soul of the Game for HBO. He is also a member of United Scenic Artists Union, Local 829.

Tommy Neville (Sound Design) is a junior Theater Arts Major.  He recently served as the Soundboard Operator for The Laramie Project and Sound Designer for Measure for Measure at UofL, and appeared as Heath Ledger in Hell's Awesome and Donny in Lambs for Studio Theatre.  Past credits elsewhere include the role of Lord Chamberlain with the Ballard Madrigals of 2007 and 2008.  He is also the Sound Engineer for the Theater Arts Department.

Leigh Nieves (Dance Captain) is a senior Theatre Arts major.  She has been dancing ballet, jazz, modern, and hip hop styles for seventeen years and is a member of the Louisville Lightning Professional Dance Team.  This is her debut at UofL.

Jessi Alice Eichberger (Assistant Costume Design), Louisville, KY, is a senior double majoring in Fine Arts and Theatre Arts.  Previous production credits at UofL include Costume Design for Measure for Measure, Betty’s Summer Vacation, Assistant Costume Designer for As You Like It, and Makeup Assistant for Abe Lincoln and Uncle Tom in the Whitehouse.  She designed the Kentucky Shakespeare Competition T-Shirts for 2009-2010 and is presently working on redesigning shirts for the Frazier Arms Museum.

John Aurelius (Music Direction), Georgetown, KY, is a senior Music major at UofL.  He recently appeared as a musician in Hamlet and As You Like It for UofL’s Department of Theatre Arts, and as a Sailor in Dido and Aeneas and Buoso Donati, the deceased in Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicci for the Opera Theatre.

Gary Brice (James), Alton, IL, is a second-year MFA student in Performance.  He received his BA in Theatre Arts from Western Illinois University.  Past productions at UofL include Reggie in Lift Every Voice for the AATP Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Service, various roles in The Colored Museum, Voice #1 in Betty’s Summer Vacation, and Corin in As You Like It.  Past credits elsewhere include Cephus Miles in Home, Porter in Portrait of a Madonna, George Armstrong in Intimate Apparel, and Newt Lee in Parade, all at Western Illinois University.  He currently serves as the Graduate Student Coordinator of Studio Theatre.

Kelly Anne Bunch (Ariel), Glasgow, KY, is a junior Theatre Arts major.  Past productions at UofL include Wanda in Wanda’s Visit and Lisa in Best Daddy, both for Studio Theatre, Eva in Abe Lincoln and Uncle Tom in the White House, and Reynaldo in Hamlet.  Past credits elsewhere include Buttons in Lying in State and Ellard in The Foreigner, both with the Far Off-Broadway Players and Betty Parris in The Crucible with the Kentucky Repertory Youth Theatre.  She is also the Undergraduate Student Coordinator of Studio Theatre.

Natalie Combs (Tessa), Prestonsburg, KY, is a junior Fine Arts major.  Past productions at UofL include Francisca in Measure for Measure and various roles in The Laramie Project.  She also participated in the visual art program at the 2007 Governor’s School for the Arts.

Triza Cox (Meridee) Marion, SC, is a second-year MFA student in Performance.  She received her BS in Biology from Coastal Carolina University.  Previous productions at UofL include various roles in The Colored Museum, various roles in The Laramie Project, and LaBeau in As You Like It.  Past credits elsewhere include Mattie in Nothing New for Easter with the Kentucky Historical Society, JJ in Family Tracks at the UofL School of Medicine, and Maxine in The Truth about Chains at the National Black Theatre Festival.

Matt Elzy (Willy), Louisville, KY is a junior Justice Administration and Psychology major.  This is his debut production at UofL.  He recently appeared as a zombie in Night of the Living Dead at Stage One.

Stephanie Fitzsimon (Heiner), Monticeillo, KY, is a junior Theatre Arts major.  She recently served at the Sound Technician for The Vagina Monologues at UofL.  Past productions at UofL include Tina in Soldier’s Circle and Servant in Hamlet.  Past credits elsewhere include Drizzella in The True Story of Cinderella, Hannatis in The Parchene Conspiracy, The Red Queen in The Wizard of Wonderland at Monticello High School, and Cassie in The Dollmaker at Somerset Community College.

Lanisha Javon Gholston (Isaac) Louisville, KY, is currently working towards her MBA at Indiana Wesleyan University and is an Account Installation Manager at Humana.  Past productions at UofL include Samantha in Lift Every Voice for the AATP Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Service and various roles in The Laramie Project.  Past credits elsewhere include Reporter #2 in The Gospel Nativity Live for RTE Productions.

Janelle Renee Hunnicutt (Dieter), Duncan, SC, is a MFA student in Performance.  Past credits at UofL include Stella in The Owl Killer (Studio Theatre), Yvonne in The Story, and Montana in Cage Rhythm.  She also served as Director of Slanguage (Studio Theatre) and The Creation for The Fredrick Hart Project.

Archana Kommineni (Maria), Louisville, KY, is a senior Humanities major.  This is her debut production at UofL.

Cara McHugh (Bob), Memphis, TN, is a first-year MFA student in performance.  She recently appeared as the Female Greek Chorus in How I Learned to Drive.  Past credits elsewhere include Trudy in The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe and Dorine in Tartuffe, both at Murray State University.  She also served as the Choreographer for Working and Sleepy Hollow at Murray State University.

Conrad Newman (Frank), Greenville, KY, is a second-year MFA student in Performance.  He earned his BA in Theatre from the University of Kentucky.  Past productions at UofL include Duke Vincentio in Measure for Measure, Keith in Betty’s Summer Vacation, and Duke Senior in As You Like It.  Past credits elsewhere include Demetrius in Titus Andronicus at the University of Kentucky, Daniel Boone with Blue Jacket Outdoor Drama with First Frontier Inc. in Xenia, Ohio, and Peter Kinney in Johnny Appleseed with Johnny Appleseed Outdoor Drama in Mansfield, OH.  He is also trained in all eight weapons offered by the Society of American Fight Directors.

Nick Potter (Amadou), Louisville, KY, is a senior Theatre Arts major.  Past productions at UofL include Duff in Guys, Rollo in Emotional Baggage, Bob in If Men Played Cards as Women Do, and Nick in Hell’s Awesome, all with Studio Theatre.  He is also the Master Electrician for the Theatre Arts Department. 

Collin Sage (Father Thane), Louisville, KY, is a sophomore Theatre Arts major.  He recently appeared in various roles in The Laramie Project at UofL.  Past credits elsewhere include Claudius in Hamlet with the Kentucky Shakespeare Globe Players and Grandpa in You Can’t Take it with You at Georgetown College.

Lauren Street (Karl), Nashville, TN, is a first-year MFA student in performance.  She recently appeared as Teenage Greek Chorus in How I Learned to Drive.  Past credits elsewhere include Laura Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie at Naked Stages in Nashville, TN, Stella Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire at The Black Box Theatre in Clarksville, TN, Estelle in No Exit and Mrs. Bassett in Summer and Smoke, both at Middle Tennessee State University.

Beth Tantanella (Djamila), Colorado Springs, CO, is a second-year MFA student in Performance.  She received her BA in Theatre and English from Adams State College.  Past productions at UofL include Mistress Overdone in Measure for Measure, various roles in The Laramie Project, and Celia in As You Like It.  Past credits elsewhere include Ensemble in Sizzlin’ Shakespeare for the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Becca in Rabbit Hole, and Genevra in Bright Ideas, both at Adams State College.  She is also a certified Yoga instructor.

James Thompson (Edmund), Louisville, KY, is a freshman Spanish major with a minor in Theatre Arts.  This is his debut performance at UofL.  He recently appeared as Alfred in Death by Chocolate at Jeffersontown High School.

Tad Timberlake (Francois), New Albany, IN, is a sophomore History major.  This is his debut production at UofL.  Past credits elsewhere include Villefort in The Count of Monte Cristo and Jacob in Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, both at St.Xavier High School.

Michael Vettraino (Musician) is a Jazz Performance Major at UofL.  He plays regularly around town with local jazz groups and teaches beginner/intermediate lessons.

Kaitlin Westbrook (Julian), Alvaton, KY, is a freshman here at UofL making her debut performance.  Past credit elsewhere include Ensemble in Juvie, Tituba in The Crucible, Lucy Wenstrom in Dracula, and Ensemble in Grease, all at the Capitol Arts Youth Theatre in Bowling Green, KY.

Jared White (Jonathon), Alanosa, CO, is a second-year MFA student in Performance.  He received his BA from Adams State College.  Past productions at UofL include Provost in Measure for Measure, various roles in The Laramie Project and Orlando in As You Like It.  Past credits elsewhere include Alan in Equus and Michael in Peter Pan at Adams State College, Man #2 in Lucky Stiff for the Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre, and The Jerk in Mates: The Musical! at Idaho State University.

Nadeem Zaman (Vikram), Chicago, IL, is a first-year MA student in Political Science.  This is his debut production at UofL.  Past credits elsewhere include Bisher Al-Rawi in Guantanamo at the Timeline Theatre, Gopalmasra in Masrayana with the Rasaka Theatre Company, Hamlet in Hamlet with the Keyhole Theatre Company, and Mohammed in Omnium Gatherum at the Next Theatre, all in Chicago, IL.

Jennifer Day (Assistant Director), Clarksville, IN, is a second-year MA student in Humanities.  She recently appeared as Mrs. Siezmagraff in Betty’s Summer Vacation at UofL.  Past credits elsewhere include Aunt Cora in Life with Father and Portia in Cinderella, both at Clarksville Little Theatre, Connie Jennings in Breeder’s Tontine at the Floyd County Theatre, and The Witch Woman in The Magic Drum of Yucatan at Indiana University Southeast.

Gina Vito (Stage Manager) Louisville, KY, is a sophomore Theatre Arts major.  She recently served as the Assistant Stage Manager for How I Learned to Drive and The Colored Museum, and appeared in various roles in The Laramie Project.

Amos Dreisbach (Assistant Stage Manager), Louisville, KY, is a junior Theatre Arts major.  He recently appeared as Claudio in Measure for Measure at UofL.  He also served as the Director of Wanda’s Visit and Medea (Studio Theatre), and Assistant Director of The Laramie Project, all at UofL.  He is also the Props Master for the Theatre Arts Department.

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