The Madwoman in the Volvo
by Sandra Tsing Loh
directed by Lisa Peterson
WORLD PREMIERE
JULIANNE ARGYROS STAGE
January 3, 2016 - January 24, 2016

Madwoman in the Volvo

In ancient times, tribal women went alone to caves during menopause. Today, the 50 million menopausal women in America turn to cheery self-help books. As for Loh and her friends, they are determined not to go quietly into their sixth decade but instead opt for a desert festival of debauchery and half-nude stoners! "Burning Man" is only one hilarious side trip on this bumper car ride through mid-life “madness.” Based on the NPR commentator’s enormously popular memoir that Booklist calls “hilarious, comforting and enlightening.”

Previews: January 3-7, 2016
Opening Night: January 8, 2016
Regular Performances: January 9-24, 2016

Recommendation: High school and above.  Mature themes and frank discussion of sexuality. The Madwoman in the Volvo contains haze, fog effects and the smoking of electronic and herbal cigarettes.

Running Time:: Approximately 80 minutes with no intermission.

Sandra Tsing Loh is a writer/performer whose solo theatre shows include Aliens in America and Bad Sex With Bud Kemp (both off-Broadway at Second Stage Theatre), Sugar Plum Fairy (Geffen Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre), I Worry (The Kennedy Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville) and, most recently, The Bitch Is Back (Broad Stage). Her bestselling New York Times Notable Book, Mother on Fire, was inspired by her hit solo show in 2005, during which time Variety named her one of America’s 50 most influential comedians. Her memoir, The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones, was selected as one of The New York Times’ 100 Most Notable Books, and was inspired by her Best American Essay in The Atlantic, for which she is a contributing editor. The play version of Madwoman received development support from Sundance Theatre Lab and Ojai Playwrights Conference. Loh has been a regular commentator on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” and on PRI’s “This American Life” and “Marketplace”; her weekly segment, “The Loh Life,” is heard on KPCC, and her syndicated radio minute, “The Loh Down on Science,” is heard weekly by 4 million people. Loh is currently an adjunct professor at UC Irvine in drama and science communication. sandratsingloh.com
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Cast
Caroline Aaron

Caroline Aaron (​Actor A) is making her SCR debut. She made her Broadway debut in Robert Altman’s Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean and later appeared in the film. She also starred in a Broadway revival of The Iceman Cometh. Aaron has worked extensively with director Mike Nichols (on Broadway, Social Security; in film, Working Girl, Primary Colors and What Planet Are You From?). She headlined the West Coast premiere of Wendy Wasserstein’s The Sisters Rosensweig. She recently starred on Broadway in Woody Allen’s comedy, Honeymoon Hotel. In other work with Allen, she appeared in Crimes and Misdemeanors, Alice, Bullets Over Broadway, Husbands and Wives and Deconstructing Harry. Her work with Nora Ephron includes Sleepless in Seattle, This Is My Life, Lucky Numbers and Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Last season, she starred in Lincoln Center’s award-winning play A Kid Like Jake. Her film and television credits include recurring roles in “Episodes,” “Transparent,” Beyond the Sea, Edward Scissorhands and Bounce. Among her numerous honors are Helen Hayes and Drama-Logue awards (The Sisters Rosensweig) and a Blockbuster Award for Best Supporting Actress (Bounce).


Shannon Holt
Shannon Holt (​Actor B) was previously seen at SCR in Dead Man’s Cell Phone and Ben and The Magic Paintbrush. She most recently appeared as Rosemary in Picnic at The Antaeus Company, where she is a company member. She also has appeared at Laguna Playhouse, Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum, Trinity Repertory Company, Indiana Repertory Theatre, The Public Theater in New York and Actors Theatre of Louisville. In Los Angeles, she has worked on many stages including Evidence Room, Rogue Machine Theatre, The Theatre @ Boston Court, The Actors’ Gang, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, The Matrix Theatre Company, Los Angeles Theatre Center and East West Players. She has received nominations and awards from LA Weekly, Stage Raw, LA Stage Alliance Ovation and Backstage West. Her film and television credits include The Marc Pease Experience, Elsewhere, “The Suite Life On Deck,” “Seinfeld,” “That 70’s Show” and “ER” among others.

Sandra Tsing Loh
Sandra Tsing Loh (​Sandra) is a writer/performer whose solo theatre shows include Aliens in America and Bad Sex With Bud Kemp (both off-Broadway at Second Stage Theatre), Sugar Plum Fairy (Geffen Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre), I Worry (The Kennedy Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville) and, most recently, The Bitch Is Back (Broad Stage). Her bestselling New York Times Notable Book, Mother on Fire, was inspired by her hit solo show in 2005, during which time Variety named her one of America’s 50 most influential comedians. Her memoir, The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones, was selected as one of The New York Times’ 100 Most Notable Books, and was inspired by her Best American Essay in The Atlantic, for which she is a contributing editor. The play version of Madwoman received development support from Sundance Theatre Lab and Ojai Playwrights Conference. Loh has been a regular commentator on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” and on PRI’s “This American Life” and “Marketplace”; her weekly segment, “The Loh Life,” is heard on KPCC, and her syndicated radio minute, “The Loh Down on Science,” is heard weekly by 4 million people. Loh is currently an adjunct professor at UC Irvine in drama and science communication. sandratsingloh.com
Creative Team
Lisa Peterson (Director) returns to SCR after directing Collected Stories by Donald Margulies. At Center Theatre Group, she directed Culture Clash’s Chavez Ravine: An L.A. Revival (2015 Ovation Award, Best Production), Palestine New Mexico, Water and Power, Chavez Ravine, Electricidad, House of Bernarda Alba, Body of Bourne and Mules. She co-wrote and directed An Iliad, with Denis O’Hare (Broad Stage, New York Theater Workshop, Obie and Lortel Awards). She has directed world premieres by Tony Kushner, Beth Henley, Naomi Wallace, Chay Yew, Richard Montoya, Luis Alfaro, Fernanda Coppel, David Henry Hwang, Stephen Belber, Jose Rivera, Ellen McLaughlin, Marlane Meyer, Philip Kan Gotanda, Lisa Ramirez, John Belluso, Caryl Churchill, Janusz Glowacki, Cheryl West, and many others at theaters including New York Theater Workshop, The Public Theater, Vineyard Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Primary Stages, Guthrie Theater, Actors Theater of Louisville, Seattle Repertory, Berkeley Repertory, Arena Stage and McCarter Theatre Center. She was associate director at La Jolla Playhouse for three years and resident director at Mark Taper Forum for 10 years.

Rachel Hauck (Scenic Design) returns to SCR after designing The Clean House, Mr. Marmalade and Sidney Bechet Killed a Man. Her recent work in New York includes Night Is a Room, Our Lady of Kibeho, And I and Silence (Signature Theatre); Grand Concourse, The Patron Saint of Sea Monsters, The Call, Go Back to Where You Are (Playwrights Horizons); Bright Half Life (Women’s Project); To the Bone (Cherry Lane Theatre); Hamlet in Bed, Stay (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater); An Iliad (New York Theatre Workshop, McCarter Theatre Center, international tour); Slowgirl (LCT3); Harper Regan, Bluebird (Atlantic Theater Company); Regrets (Manhattan Theatre Club); This Wide Night (Naked Angels, nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award); and Orange, Hat and Grace (Soho Rep, Drama Desk nomination). Her recent regional work includes Animal (Studio Theatre, Washington, D.C.); The Good Book (Court Theatre); Into the Woods; Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella; Henry IV, Part Two; The Music Man; Othello (Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts); Clybourne Park; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Guthrie Theater); Chavez Ravine; Palestine New Mexico; Water and Power; Electricidad (Center Theatre Group); and Assassins (Playmakers Repertory Company). Hauck was the resident set designer for the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference for 10 seasons, as well as the recipient of the Princess Grace Award in theater; an NEA/TCG Fellow; and a Lilly Award for design excellence.

Candice Cain (Costume Design) returns to SCR where she previously designed The Injured Party, Shipwrecked!, A Feminine Ending, The Violet Hour, Everett Beekin, Dinner with Friends, Collected Stories and Three Days of Rain (also at Manhattan Theatre Club). At Center Theatre Group as costume director, she designed different words for the same thing, Nightingale with Lynn Redgrave, “13,” Stuff Happens, Living Out, Stones in His Pockets, The Body of Bourne, Enigma Variations with Donald Sutherland (also in Toronto and London), Tongue of a Bird (also at Intiman Theatre and The Public Theater), Neat, Mules, Dealer’s Choice and Blade to the Heat (Ovation Award nomination). Her other design work includes Bocon!, Black Butterfly, The Square Root of Terrible with P.L.A.Y.; The Affliction of Glory in a co-production with The J. Paul Getty Museum; The Beauty Queen of Leenane at Berkeley Repertory Theatre; Tales of the Lost Formicans, Antony and Cleopatra, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Playboy of the Western World and Orphans, among others at Oregon Shakespeare Festival; The Immigrant at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; and more than 30 productions as resident designer at Virginia Stage Company. She also has designed at other theatres including Greenway Court Theatre (Orphans with Al Pacino and Jesse Eisenberg), La Jolla Playhouse, Portland Stage Company, The Empty Space Theatre and Evidence Room.

Geoff Korf (Lighting Design) designed lighting for the SCR productions of Sight Unseen, Taking Steps, Bach at Leipzig, The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler, Lovers and Executioners, Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Dazzle, Making It, Hold Please, Art, Entertaining Mr. Sloane, Amy’s View, Two Sisters and a Piano, The Summer Moon and References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot. Korf is a member of the ensemble of Cornerstone Theater Company, where he has designed nearly 40 productions over the past 24 years. His designs also have appeared in productions at La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Mark Taper Forum, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Repertory Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Long Beach Opera, San Francisco Opera, Goodman Theatre, Trinity Repertory, Yale Repertory Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Guthrie Theater and on Broadway. Korf is a graduate of California State University, Chico, and the Yale School of Drama. He also serves as the head of design at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Lindsay Jones (Original Music/Sound Design) returns to SCR where he previously designed One Man, Two Guvnors, Smokefall and Vesuvius. He designed and composed for the Broadway productions of Bronx Bombers and A Time to Kill. His off-Broadway credits include Bootycandy (Playwrights Horizons), Mr. Joy (LCT3), Barbecue (The Public Theater), Top Secret (New York Theatre Workshop), Rx (Primary Stages) and many others. His regional credits include the Guthrie Theater, Hartford Stage, Alliance Theatre, Goodman Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, La Jolla Playhouse, Arena Stage and many others. His international work includes Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada and Royal Shakespeare Company in the U.K. He has received seven Joseph Jefferson Awards and 23 nominations; two Ovation Awards and three nominations; a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award; as well as three Drama Desk Award nominations; two Helen Hayes Award nominations; and many others. His film scoring credits include Magnolia Pictures’ The Brass Teapot and HBO Films’ A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin (2006 Academy Award for Best Documentary, Short Subject). lindsayjones.com.

Jerry Patch (Dramaturg) was affiliated with South Coast Repertory from 1967-2005 and returned in 2014 as literary consultant. He served as dramaturg on nearly 150 new plays developed and seen at SCR including the world premieres of Abundance, Freedomland, Golden Child, Intimate Apparel, Search and Destroy, Three Days of Rain and Wit. His dramatic writing has been produced at SCR and other theatres, and on television. He was project director of SCR’s Pacific Playwrights Festival from its inception in 1998 through 2005 and, for seven years, served as artistic director of the theatre program of Sundance Institute. As a professor of theatre and film, he taught at Long Beach City College, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, CSU Long Beach and other institutions. He was consulting dramaturg for New York’s Roundabout Theater Company for nearly a decade and left SCR to become resident artistic director for The Old Globe in San Diego. He is now artistic development consultant following seven seasons as director of artistic development for Manhattan Theatre Club in New York.

Jennifer Ellen Butler (Stage Manager) is the production stage manager at SCR, where she has been a part of the stage management team for 13 seasons and more than 50 productions. Her other theatre credits include productions at Laguna Playhouse, Utah Shakespeare Festival, California Shakespeare Theater, TheatreWorks, Perseverance Theatre, Spoleto Festival USA and Shakespeare Santa Cruz. She also has stage-managed operas for Long Beach Opera and Pacific Repertory Opera. Butler has a BA in theatre arts from UC Santa Cruz and has been a member of Actors’ Equity since 2007.
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