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Sylvia Program Information

BY A. R. Gurney
Directed by Daniel R. Hill
Scenic & Lighting Design: Michael F. Hottois
Costume Design: Zhanna Goldentul


Sylvia - Ashley Smith
Greg - Casey Moulton
Kate - Sabrina Spalding
Tom - Konrad Davis
Phyllis - Candice Handy
Leslie - James Thompson

Director's Note
On the surface, SYLVIA is a play about a husband, a wife, and their dog (played by an actor).  Yet, this play serves a much deeper meaning.  This play is funny, touching, profound, and full of happy surprises.  It is a play that teaches us new meanings of the word love, and shows the challenges people face with relationships, careers, and finding themselves.  SYLVIA is an endearing play that speaks to animal lovers and non.  Whether you have ever hated your job, been in a relationship, or wondered what your pet was thinking; this play has something for everyone.
-Daniel R. Hill, Director

New York City (Manhattan)

There will be a brief 10 minute intermission between Acts one and two.

Konrad O. Davis Jr. (Tom), Dallas, TX, is a first-year MFA student in performance. He earned his BFA in Theatre Performance with a minor in Dance from University of Memphis, and also completed a 2-week intensive with Second City Improv Theatre, and a 6-week intensive at the American Dance Festival. He recently appeared as Jean Paul in Monsieur Baptiste, the Con Man at UofL. Past credits elsewhere include The Young Us in The Purple Flower, Sacka in Act without Words II, both at the University of Memphis, Eze in Voodoo & the Priestess at The Rose Theatre, and Willard Hewitt in Footloose at the East Mississippi Art Center.

Candice Handy (Phyllis), Birmingham, AL, is a first-year MFA student in performance. She earned an Acting Certificate from the American Musical & Dramatic Academy. She recently appeared as Valerie in Monsieur Baptiste, the Con Man at UofL. Past credits elsewhere include Vivian in On the Faultlines with the Ruffled Feathers Theatre Ensemble in Harlem, NY and Mae in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, NY.

Casey Moulton (Greg), North Port, FL, is a first-year MFA student in performance. He earned his BFA in Performance and Technical Theatre from Florida Southern College, where he received the J. Gordon Ogden Award. He recently appeared as Antonio in The Tempest and Brat in Advice from a Caterpillar (Studio Theatre). Past credits elsewhere include Jack Palmer in The Boys Next Door, Joe Keller in All My Sons, Jack Manningham in Angel Street, and Judge Turpin in Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, all at Florida Southern College.

Ashley Smith (Sylvia), Louisville, KY, is a third-year MFA student in performance. She earned her BA in Theatre from the University of Kentucky. Previous productions at UofL include Ariel in The Tempest, Andrea in Once on This Island, Ursula in Much Ado about Nothing, and Laura Fermi in Atomic Bombers. Past credits elsewhere include Little Red in Once upon a Wolf at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Sarah in Dracula at the Kentucky Repertory Theatre, Sister James in Doubt and Lavinia in Titus Andronicus, both at the University of Kentucky. She trains in aerial silks at Turners Circus and trained this summer at the Dario Fo Project in Arezzo, Italy.

Sabrina Spalding (Kate), Louisville, KY, is an English major and Theatre Arts minor at UofL. She currently works as a teaching artist with Walden Theatre. A few of her recent acting credits include Twelfth Night, The Bald Soprano, The Rover, Lysistrata, The Man with the Flower in His Mouth, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream all with Savage Rose Classical Theatre Company. Other theatre includes Rx at The Bard's Town, Lydia and the Dawn of Man at the Marrow Street Theatre, Prometheus & Io, 18, and Fat Pig with The Walden Theatre Alumni Company.

James Thompson (Leslie), Louisville, KY, is a senior Theatre Arts major. Previous productions at UofL include Trinculo in The Tempest, Spaz in Advice from a Caterpillar, various roles in Sleep Rock Thy Brain, and Friar Francis in Much Ado about Nothing. He recently appeared as Alfred in Death by Chocolate at Jeffersontown High School, and currently works in the Theatre Arts Costume Shop. He also trained this summer at the Dario Fo Project in Arezzo, Italy.

Daniel R. Hill (Director) is a professional actor and director, originally from Louisville, KY. He has worked professionally as an actor and/or master teacher for the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and others. He previously taught at the University of South Carolina and Indiana University Southeast, before joining the faculty at UofL. Daniel is a member of the Bingham Professor Committee, and teaches courses in Graduate Acting, Graduate Voice, Shakespeare, Theatre Pedagogy, and others. Professor Hill earned his MFA in Acting from the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of South Carolina (PATP) as well as a BA in Theatre Arts with a double concentration in Performance and African American Theatre from the University of Louisville.

Michael F. Hottois (Scenic & Lighting) is in his 40th year as Production Designer. Professionally he has designed for such theatres as the Milwaukee Rep, the Sharon Playhouse, Stage One, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Derby Dinner Playhouse, Circa ’21, Centre Stage, Theatre By The Sea and the Merry-go-Round Playhouse. Ballet companies include the Houston Ballet, National Ballet of Illinois, Fort Worth Ballet, Ballet Arts of Miami and the Louisville Ballet. Michael has also served as Master Scenic Artist on the films Boris and Natasha, Closetland, and Soul of the Game along with Roger Rabbit’s Christmas Factory at Disney Land. He is also a member of the United Scenic Artists Union, Local 829.

Zhanna Goldentul (Costume) is the resident Costume Designer for the Theatre Arts Department. Her recent designs for the department include The Tempest, Once on This Island, Atomic Bombers, Richard III, The Laramie Project, A Song for Coretta, Come Down Burning, Titus Andronicus, Cage Rhythm, Romeo and Juliet, Blithe Spirit, and many others. She is a graduate of the Theatrical Art College in Moscow and holds an MA in Fine Arts from UofL. She has designed costumes at Stage One Family Theatre, and is a member of the United Scenic Artists' Union, Local 829.

Anna Neikirk (Stage Manager), Crescent Springs, KY, is a junior Theatre Arts major. She recently Assistant Stage Managed The Tempest, directed Advice from a Caterpillar (Studio Theatre), and served on the Properties Crew for Monsieur Baptiste, the Con Man, and Wardrobe Crew for Once on This Island and Shakin’ the Mess outta Misery, all at UofL. She works in the Theatre Arts costume and scene shop, and is currently serving as an Undergraduate Studio Theatre Coordinator.

Bekah Abersold (Assistant Stage Manager), Louisville, KY, is a freshman Theatre Arts major. This is her debut production at UofL. Past credits elsewhere include Yente in Fiddler on the Roof, Myra in Nifty Fifty’s Malt Shop Murder, and Dolorius Gordon in The Understudy, all at Christian Academy of Louisville.

Megan Kubac (Assistant Stage Manager), Louisville, KY is a freshman Theatre Arts major at UofL. She recently served as the Sound & Media Operator for Dead Man Walking at UofL. Past credits elsewhere include Annelle in Steel Magnolias, Maggir in Much Ado of West, Juror #2 in Twelve Angry Women, and various roles in The Festival of New Plays, all at Mercy Academy.

Ashley McKenzie (Understudy), Louisville, KY, is a senior Theatre Arts major. Past productions at UofL include various roles in The Tempest, Jacobene Schmidt in The White Rose, Missy in Advice from a Caterpillar and Jackie in Where do We Go from Here (Studio Theatre).

Michael Robinson (Understudy), Louisville, KY, is a sophomore Theatre Arts major. He recently appeared in various roles in The Tempest at UofL. Past credits elsewhere include Captain Horster in Enemy of the People and Man in Oh, the Humanity, both at University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Production Staff

Stage Manager: Anna Neikirk
Assistant Stage Managers: Bekah Aebersold, Megan Kubac
Production Manager: Garry Brown
Technical Production Supervisor: Charles Nasby
Scene Shop Foremen: Michelle Gentry, Collin Sage
Master Carpenter: Elliot Cornett
Scenic Construction: Phoebe Bell, Megan Fuller, Braden McCampbell, Anna Neikirk, TA 241 Stagecraft II
Production Buyer: Candice Handy
Costume Shop Manager: Melissa K. Shepherd
Assistant to Costume Designer: James Thompson
Wardrobe Master: James Ryan Coomer
Costume Construction: James Ryan Coomer, Amy Davis, Anna Neikirk, Jennifer Siow, James Thompson, Gina Vito
Costume Buyer: James Thompson
Wardrobe Crew: Garrick Anderson, Zakiya McIntosh
Properties Manager: Kathryn Spivey
Properties Crew: Xavier Bleuel, Renea Brown, Megan Fuller
Master Electricians: Jacob Bolton, Will Dyre
Lighting Operator: Michelle Gentry
Sound Engineer: Alex Cooper
Sound Operator: Eric Knoppkie
Box Office Manager: Melanie Henry
Box Office Staff: David Galloway, Travis Stolp
House Manager: James Coomer

Acknowledgments/Special Thanks
Phoenix Lighting and Sound, Rinda Frye, Melanie Henry, Debbie Hudson, Charles Nasby, Erin Crites, Ian Issitt, Tia Davis, Ashley McKenzie, Michael Robinson, Costume Shop, Stagecraft Students, Technical Staff and Students, and anyone else we may be forgetting, thank you ALL for your hard work in helping this production come alive!

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