Rest
by Samuel D. Hunter
directed by Martin Benson
World Premiere
SEGERSTROM STAGE
March 28, 2014 - April 27, 2014

Rest

A retirement home in northern Idaho is shutting down. Only three patients remain—and one of them is lost. Gerald, 91 and suffering from dementia, has wandered off, leaving his wife Etta and her friend Tom. Remaining staff includes a new 20-year-old cook and two longtime employees, women suddenly faced with a crisis of their own. In the midst of a record-breaking blizzard, the search for Gerald takes an unexpected turn—as the others find themselves powerless in the face of an uncertain future. A tender and heartbreakingly funny new work by the playwright who has risen like a meteor on the theatrical scene—author of last season’s play The Whale.

Previews: March 28 – April 3, 2014
Opening Night: April 4, 2014
Regular Performances: April 5-27, 2014

Recommendation: Appropriate for high school and above.

Running Time: Approximately one hour and 55 minutes including one 15-minute intermission.

This play is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays award.  To see all the award winners, please visit the TCG website.

Samuel D. Hunter's plays include The Whale (2013 Drama Desk Award, 2013 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, 2013 GLAAD Media Award, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Play), A Bright New Boise (2011 Obie Award for Playwriting, 2011 Drama Desk nomination for Best Play), and his newest plays, The Few, A Great Wilderness and Rest. His plays have been produced by theaters such as Playwrights Horizons, SCR, The Old Globe, Seattle Repertory, Victory Gardens Theater, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Denver Center Theatre Company, Clubbed Thumb and Page 73 Productions. His work has been developed at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, the Ojai Playwrights Conference, Seven Devils, and elsewhere. Hunter is the winner of a 2012 Whiting Writers Award, the 2013 Otis Guernsey New Voices Award, the 2011 Sky Cooper Prize, and the 2008-09 PONY Fellowship. He is a member of New Dramatists, an Ensemble Playwright at Victory Gardens, a Core Member of The Playwrights’ Center, a member of Partial Comfort Productions, and was a 2013 Resident Playwright at Arena Stage. A native of northern Idaho, Hunter lives in NYC. He holds degrees in playwriting from NYU, The Iowa Playwrights Workshop, and Juilliard.

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Cast
Sue Cremin
Sue Cremin (Faye) most recently appeared in the Studio SCR production of Neva, co-produced with The Kirk Douglas Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse. Her New York credits include Honey Brown Eyes (Clurman Theatre), Killing The Boss (Cherry Lane Theatre), On Naked Soil (Theater for the New City), A Part of The Story (MCC Theatre) and Dinosaur Dreams (New York Stage and Film). Regionally, she has appeared in world premieres at the Mark Taper Forum, Baltimore’s CenterStage, Actors Theatre of Louisville and Yale Repertory, as well as Twelfth Night (The Old Globe), Candida (Two River Theater), Rabbit Hole (Premiere Stages) and God of Carnage (Virginia Stage Company). Her film credits include Homeland, Can’t Miss Nick, Broken, The Good War, Dream Hackers and The Tao of Steve. On television, she has guest-starred on “NCIS,” “The Good Wife,” “Unforgettable,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Hawthorne,” “The Shield,” “Law & Order,” “Monk,” “NYPD Blue,” “Spin City,” and others. She earned her MFA from the Yale School of Drama.

Richard Doyle
Richard Doyle (Gerald) is an SCR Founding Artist celebrating—with SCR—his 50th year as an actor. He has appeared in some 200 SCR productions. He was last seen in A Christmas Carol as The Ghost of Christmas Past (a role he has reprised some 30 times); Earthworm in James and The Giant Peach; Henry in The Fantasticks (nominated for a special ensemble Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award); Roy in The Trip to Bountiful; Jack in The Weir; and Lord Summerhays in Misalliance. He won an LADCC award for Holy Days, was nominated for the Reverend Hale in The Crucible and for his work in Intimate Exchanges (2004). He has made many television and film appearances and was featured in the recurring role of Mr. Gaines on the series “Cheers.” He is a busy voice actor in video/motion capture games (Odin for Marvel) and animated films and series such as Clutch Powers and Ben Ten. Doyle is a recipient of the Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy Award and is now known for his live show narration of The Pageant Of The Masters in Laguna Beach.

Wyatt Fenner
Wyatt Fenner (Ken) appeared at SCR previously in The Whale, Misalliance, the Pacific Playwrights Festival readings of The Few and Happy Face, the NewSCRipts reading of Spirit Control and the Theatre for Young Audiences productions of James and the Giant Peach and The Borrowers. His recent credits include Bailey in the world premiere of Pluto at Actor’s Express Theatre, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, Slipping with Rattlestick West and performances at the Geffen Playhouse, Ahmanson Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Folger Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Arena Stage, The Theatre@Boston Court, A Noise Within and The Antaeus Company, among many others. His television credits include “Veronica Mars” and “Bones.” He is a graduate of USC. 

Hal Landon Jr.
Hal Landon Jr. (Tom) is an SCR Founding Artist who has appeared in The Fantasticks, The Trip to Bountiful, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Nothing Sacred, Man from Nebraska, Born Yesterday, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, A View from the Bridge, Habeas Corpus, Cyrano de Bergerac, Antigone, The Drawer Boy (Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award nomination), Major Barbara and Tartuffe. His other credits include Arcadia, Our Town, Sidney Bechet Killed a Man, BAFO, Six Degrees of Separation, An Ideal Husband, A Mess of Plays by Chris Durang, Faith Healer, Green Icebergs, The Miser, Our Country’s Good and Waiting for Godot. He created the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in SCR’s A Christmas Carol, and has performed it in all 34 productions. He appeared in Leander Stillwell (Mark Taper Forum) and in Henry V (The Old Globe in San Diego). Among his television and film credits are “The Closer,” “My Name is Earl,” “CSI: NY,” “Mad Men,” The Artist, Trespass, Pacific Heights, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Playing by Heart.


Lynn Milgrim
Lynn Milgrim (Etta) appeared at SCR previously in The Trip to Bountiful, The Heiress, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Bosoms and Neglect, The Countess, Death of a Salesman and Pygmalion. On Broadway, she was seen in Otherwise Engaged, directed by Harold Pinter; Bedroom Farce, directed by Sir Peter Hall; Charley’s Aunt; and in the international tour of Brighton Beach Memoirs, directed by Gene Saks. Her off-Broadway appearances include Win/Lose/Draw, Echoes, Macbeth, Crimes of Passion, City Scene, Talking With and Ribcage at Manhattan Theatre Club; and Close of Play and Museum at New York Shakespeare Festival. She has played leading roles in regional theatres nationwide, including the Los Angeles productions of The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Harvey, Eastern Standard (Robby Award), Treasure Hunt (Robby nomination), Accelerando and Brush Strokes. She has guest-starred on numerous television shows, most recently “Franklin and Bash” and “Southland” and has been a series regular in pilots for CBS and ABC. Her recent film credits include Employee of the Month with Matt Dillon. She is a member of The Antaeus Company, where she appeared in The Malcontent, (StageSceneLA Award for outstanding performance by a featured actress).

Rob Nagle
Rob Nagle (Jeremy) last performed at SCR in Taking Steps. His regional credits include productions at Portland Center Stage, Denver Center Theatre Company, Mark Taper Forum, The Old Globe, CenterStage, San Jose Repertory and the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. In Los Angeles, he is a proud member of the Troubadour Theatre Company and The Antaeus Company, where he serves as a co-artistic director alongside Bill Brochtrup and John Sloan. His film appearances include Boost, Fishing Naked, New Year’s Eve, Life As We Know It, The Soloist, Fun with Dick and Jane, Cellular and American Wedding. His television credits include recurring roles on “Lincoln Heights,” “Eli Stone” and “Dawson’s Creek,” as well as guest appearances on “Mistresses,” “Criminal Minds,” “Touch,” “Castle,” “Major Crimes,” “NCIS,” “Harry’s Law,” “Mad Men,” “Cold Case,” “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” “Without a Trace,” “Everwood,” “The Guardian” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” robnagle.com

Libby West
Libby West (Ginny) appeared at SCR previously in Lovers and Executioners, In The Next Room or the vibrator play, and the NewSCRipts reading of People be Heard. She has appeared off-Broadway at The Public Theater and The Promenade Theatre; regionally at The Old Globe, American Conservatory Theater, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Denver Center Theatre Company, Paper Mill Playhouse, Intiman Theatre, The Wilma Theater, Pasadena Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, Playmakers Repertory Company, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and many others; in New York at The Actors Studio, Soho Rep, Performance Space 122, and many others. In Los Angeles, she appeared in numerous productions, including performances at The Theatre @ Boston Court, A Noise Within, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble and Sacred Fools Theater Company. Her film and television credits include A Life, Taken, Helen Keller Had a Pitbull, One Too Many Mornings (Sundance), Jason’s Big Problem, Fraktalus, Two Weeks Notice, Transcendence, Zombie Holocaust and You, A Midsummer Night’s Re-Write, Divorce Be Gone, Iceman, “Jericho,” “Six Feet Under,” “As The World Turns,” “One Life to Live,” “All My Children,” etc. She holds an MFA from New York University, a BA from the University of Chicago, was a Fox Foundation Fellow, and earned a Dean Goodman Choice Award.
Creative Team
Martin Benson (Director/Founding Artistic Director) co-founder of SCR, has directed nearly one-fourth of SCR’s productions. In 2008, he and David Emmes received the Margo Jones Award for their lifetime commitment to theatre excellence and fostering the art and craft of American playwriting. They also accepted SCR’s 1988 Tony Award for Outstanding Resident Professional Theatre and won the 1995 Theatre L.A. Ovation Award for Lifetime Achievement. Benson has received the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Distinguished Achievement in Directing an unparalleled seven times for George Bernard Shaw’s Major Barbara, Misalliance and Heartbreak House; John Millington Synge’s Playboy of the Western World; Arthur Miller’s The Crucible; Sally Nemeth’s Holy Days; and Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Wit, which he also directed at Seattle Repertory Theatre and Houston’s Alley Theatre. He has directed American classics such as A Streetcar Named Desire and has distinguished himself in staging contemporary work, including the critically acclaimed California premiere of William Nicholson’s Shadowlands. Most recently, he directed the world premiere of Julie Marie Myatt’s The Happy Ones, a revival of Misalliance, Horton Foote’s, The Trip to Bountiful and Samuel D. Hunter’s The Whale. Benson received his BA in theatre from San Francisco State University.

John Iacovelli (Scenic Design) previously designed The Language Archive, On the Jump, Hurrah at Last and Collected Stories at SCR. His designs are well-known on and off Broadway and at regional theaters and opera houses in the United States and abroad. Patel designed the original productions of Water by the Spoonful (Pulitzer Prize), Side Man (Tony Award Best Play), Dinner with Friends (Pulitzer Prize), Collected Stories, American Night, References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, Adoration of the Old Woman, Quills, The Grey Zone, Reasons to Be Happy, The Mercy Seat, Some Girl(s), By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, A Question of Mercy, The Language Archive, [title of show], Madame Mao, Anna Karenina, Pilobolus’ Shadowland, the HBO series “In Treatment” (Peabody Award), and the feature film Some Velvet Morning (TriBeCa Films). neilpateldesign.com

Angela Balogh Calin (Costume Design) designed the world premiere of Wole Soyinka’s Oedipus at Colonus for the Cultural Olympiad in Delphi, Greece, and the world premiere of a full-length dance based on the classic film Casablanca at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. He designed the acclaimed recent productions of Waiting for Godot and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone at the Mark Taper Forum. His memorable designs at SCR include Silent Sky, Noises Off, Talley’s Folly, The Philanderer, Heartbreak House (LADCC) Oleanna, The Company of Heaven, Shadowlands, Frankie and Johnny In the Clair de Lune, Faith Healer, and 12 others. He has designed more than 300 plays and musicals at most major theatres in the United States. Iacovelli received a prime time Emmy Award for the A&E broadcast of the Broadway production of Peter Pan, starring Cathy Rigby. He has an MFA in scenic design from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. www.iacovelli.com 

Donna Ruzika (Lighting Design) returns to SCR where her credits include Tomfoolery, Ashes, Coming Attractions, more than 20 children’s plays for the Young Conservatory Players and with her husband Tom, co-designs for The Whale, The Trip to Bountiful, Collected Stories and A Christmas Carol. During the past 16 years, Ruzika has designed more than 56 productions for The Utah Shakespeare Festival, working both in the outdoor Adams Shakespeare Theatre and the indoor Randall Theatre. Her recent work with International City Theatre in Long Beach includes Flyin’ West, Let’s Misbehave and Red. She has also designed for Laguna Playhouse, The Colony Theatre, The Alabama Shakespeare Festival and Fullerton Civic Light Opera, where she designed more than 100 musicals as resident designer. For the past eight summers, Ruzika has been associate lighting designer for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s summer musical at the world-famous Hollywood Bowl. Her award-winning lighting has also been seen in Barcelona, Spain; Bogota, Colombia; and Cairo, Egypt.

Michael Roth (Original Music/Soundscape) returns to SCR where his work has been heard in more than 50 productions. His recent projects include Christopher Plummer’s one-man show, A Word or Two, recently in Los Angeles, and The Tempest (Stratford Festival, Bravo); many collaborations with Randy Newman including musical direction/arrangements for Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, Faust, and editing five songbooks; at SCR, The Whale, world premieres of Mr. Marmalade, Wit, Brooklyn Boy (also Broadway), Dinner with Friends (also off-Broadway); and Jews and Baseball (a documentary for PBS); many productions as La Jolla Playhouse’s resident composer; collaborations with, among others, Culture Clash, Dan Sullivan, Des McAnuff, Sarah Ruhl, Mac Wellman, Anne Bogart, the United Nations and Tom Stoppard (including the American premieres of Indian Ink, Invention of Love); accompanying singers from Alicia Keyes to Alice Ripley; and a 2011 Sundance film composer fellowship. His opera Their Thought and Back Again is available via iTunes. Among upcoming projects are his chamber music/theatre treatment of Beckett’s Imagination Dead Imagine and Fats November, a piano sonata. For more information: http://rothmusik.wix.com/rothmusik

John M. Baker (Dramaturg) is the artistic associate at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and associate producer of Partial Comfort Productions (New York City). He is the former literary manager at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. As a dramaturg, Baker has developed new work at Boise Contemporary Theatre, Clubbed Thumb, The Juilliard School, The Kennedy Center, Ma-Yi Theater Company, Partial Comfort Productions, Page 73 Productions, PlayPenn, Seattle Repertory, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, SPF, Woolly Mammoth, among others. He has spent seven summers as a dramaturg at The O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. Baker has taught at Fordham and Rutgers universities and at Marymount Manhattan College and has recently been a guest artist in the graduate playwriting programs of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Asia, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Iowa. He holds a BA from Boston University and an MFA from the University of Iowa.

Sue Karutz (Stage Manager) has stage-managed or assisted on more than a dozen productions at SCR and looks forward to more. She has toured with The Black Rider (London, San Francisco, Sydney, Los Angeles), Wicked (Chicago, L.A., San Francisco), Les Misérables (U.S., Canada, China and Korea) and Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo (Russia and Belgium.) Off-Broadway, she earned her Equity card on Howard Crabtree’s When Pigs Fly. Karutz is a graduate of El Camino College, U.C. Irvine and U.C. San Diego and has stage-managed for Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles Opera, Pasadena Playhouse, Falcon Theatre, Deaf West, American Conservatory Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Idaho Shakespeare Festival and The National Theatre of the Deaf, and she also spends some of her time running the show Fantasmic! at Disneyland Resort. 

Jamie A. Tucker (Assistant Stage Manager) is excited to be in his 12th season at SCR. ucker completed his MFA in dance, specializing in stage management, at the University of California, Irvine in 1994. Since coming to SCR, he has stage-managed or assisted on 64 productions. Some of his favorites have been the world premieres of Richard Greenberg’s Three Days of Rain, The Violet Hour and The Dazzle; Rolin Jones’ The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow; and Noah Haidle’s Mr. Marmalade. Other favorites include Elemeno Pea, Jitney, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Crimes of the Heart, Fences, Anna in the Tropics, The Trip to Bountiful, A View from the Bridge, Chinglish, Death of a Salesman, Hamlet and The Light in the Piazza. He has had the pleasure of working seven seasons on La Posada Mágica and six seasons at the helm of A Christmas Carol. If you can’t find him in the theatre, he is likely to be riding his bike through the canyons of South Orange County. He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.
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