Office Hour
by Julia Cho
directed by Neel Keller
WORLD PREMIERE
JULIANNE ARGYROS STAGE
April 10, 2016 - April 30, 2016

Office Hour

He sits in the back of the classroom, wearing dark glasses, a baseball cap pulled down low…never speaking. His creative writing assignments are violent, twisted—and artless. He scares the other students. He scares the teachers. The kid is trouble. Or is he just mixed up, using his writing to vent, provoke, maybe even protect himself? Gina is the only teacher willing to get close. But at what risk?

Previews: April 10-14, 2016
Opening Night: April 15, 2016
Regular Performances: April 16 – May 1, 2016

Recommendation: High school and above. Adult language and subject matter. Multiple gun shots, both live and recorded, are used in this performance. Blanks will be fired.

Running Time: Approximately one hour and ​20 minutes, with no intermission.

Julia Cho has written the full-length plays Aubergine, The Language Archive, The Piano Teacher, Durango, The Winchester House, BFE, The Architecture of Loss and 99 Histories. They’ve been produced in New York at Roundabout Theatre Company, The Public Theater, Vineyard Theatre, Playwrights Horizons and New York Theatre Workshop and regionally at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, among others. Her honors include the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, the National Theatre Conference’s Barrie Stavis Award, the Claire Tow Award for Emerging Artists and the L. Arnold Weissberger Award for Playwriting. She has been the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts grant and a Van Lier Fellowship from New York Theatre Workshop. She was also a Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellow at The Juilliard School and is an alumna of New Dramatists.

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Cast
Bamis
Sola Bamis (Genevieve) appeared at SCR previously in the NewSCRipts reading of Office Hour. She is a Los Angeles-based actress in television, film and theatre. She plays Ayo on “Stitchers” on Freeform (formerly ABC Family) and received a SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for her role as Shirley, the fro-toting secretary on the final season of “Mad Men.” Her other television credits include “Killer Women” and “Mistresses” on ABC, “Perception” on TNT and “Jane By Design” on Freeform. Bamis’ theatre credits include Pecola Breedlove in The Bluest Eye at the Miles Memorial Playhouse, for which she received an NAACP Theatre Award nomination for Best Lead Actress; Gail in the Robey Theatre Company’s production of The River Niger; the Provost in Measure for Measure (CalArts); Ariel in The Tempest (Santa Monica Rep); and other productions and readings in Los Angeles, at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, and at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Ore.

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Corey Brill (David) appeared at SCR previously as Josh in Of Good Stock, Rufus in Five Mile Lake, as a fetus in Noah Haidle’s Smokefall and as Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. He is thrilled to be back. His Broadway credits include Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Rajiv Joseph’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (understudy) and the first national tour of Kander and Ebb’s Cabaret. He has performed at regional theatres around the country including The Kennedy Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Old Globe, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Hartford Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Chalk Repertory Theatre and Young Jean Lee’s Theatre Company. His television and film appearances include “Scorpion,” “The Walking Dead,” “Perception,” “CSI: Miami” and HBO’s “The Normal Heart.” He earned his MFA from UC San Diego. Follow him at coreybrill.com or @brillcorey.

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Raymond Lee (Dennis) appeared at SCR previously in the world premiere production and Pacific Playwrights Festival reading of Vietgone and in productions of Robin Hood and Four Clowns. He is a founding member of the Los Angeles-based, internationally touring clown troupe, Four Clowns. The company’s inaugural show, also titled Four Clowns, toured nationally and took them to notable venues such as La MaMa E.T.C. (New York City), SCR, Sacred Fools Theater Company, The Neo-Futurists (Chicago), Chopin Theatre (Chicago) and Gremlin Theatre (St. Paul, Minn.), among others. His selected television credits include “Scandal,” “Modern Family,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “How I Met Your Mother” and “Hart of Dixie.” His film credits include Farah Goes Bang (Tribeca Film Festival premiere and recipient of the Nora Ephron Prize) and A Leading Man (Best Supporting Actor, Asians on Film Festival). He also has appeared in numerous national commercials and sends all kinds of love to his mom and wifey. theraymondlee.com

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Sandra Oh (​Gina) is pleased to be making her SCR debut. Her theatre credits include Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden at Victory Gardens Theater; Diana Son’s Stop Kiss (Theatre World award) and Satellites at The Public Theater; Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba at Mark Taper Forum; Jessica Hagedorn’s Dogeaters at La Jolla Playhouse; and Mamet’s Oleanna at the Grand Theatre and National Arts Center. Oh also is known for her role as Cristina Yang in “Grey’s Anatomy” (Golden Globe, SAG award, five Emmy nominations), Sideways (SAG award) and Under the Tuscan Sun. She also has appeared in the Canadian indies Double Happiness, Last Night (both Genie awards) and The Diary of Evelyn Lau (FIPA d’Or). Oh can be seen and heard in the upcoming Catfight and “Peg+Cat.” She is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. She’d like to thank Lev and Zee and Kim for their support.
Creative Team

Neel Keller (Director) is making his SCR directorial debut. His directing credits include the world premieres of Dael Orlandersmith’s Forever, Kimber Lee’s different words for the same thing and Jennifer Haley’s The Nether. His other favorite productions include Sheila Callaghan’s Women Laughing Alone with Salad, Howard Gould’s Diva, Jessica Goldberg’s Good Thing, Thomas Babe’s Downed American and David Greig’s The Cosmonaut’s Last Message to the Woman He Once Loved in the Former Soviet Union. Keller is an associate artistic director at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles and has directed at CTG’s Mark Taper Forum and Kirk Douglas Theatre. He also has directed productions for New York Theatre Workshop, Long Wharf Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Remains Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Berkshire Public Theater and Pittsburgh’s City Theatre. Keller is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) and Directors Guild of America (DGA).


Takeshi Kata (Scenic Design) is making his SCR design debut. His New York credits include Gloria and Outside People (Vineyard Theatre); Forever (New York Theatre Workshop); BFE and Doris to Darlene (Playwrights Horizons); 3 Kinds of Exile, Storefront Church, Through a Glass Darkly, Dreams of Flying Dreams of Falling, Port Authority and The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow (Atlantic Theatre Company); Adding Machine and Orson’s Shadow (The Barrow Group); Gone Missing (The Civilians); and Pullman Car Hiawatha (Keen Company). Regionally, Kata has worked at Alley Theatre, American Players Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Dallas Theater Center, Ford’s Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, Goodman Theatre, Hartford Stage, Kirk Douglas Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, The Old Globe, Skylight Opera, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Yale Repertory. Kata has won an Obie and has been nominated for Drama Desk and Barrymore awards. He is an assistant professor at USC School of Theatre.


Se Oh (Scenic Design) is making his SCR design debut. He recently designed BED, a new play by Sheila Callaghan and directed by Jennifer Chambers, at Echo Theatre Company. His upcoming scenic design project is Hedda Gabler, directed by Steve Robman at The Antaeus Company (opens June 2-3). His selected Los Angeles credits include Mr. Marmalade, directed by Olivia Trevino at The Garage Theatre and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, directed by Raina Pratto at Long Beach Playhouse. His associate opera and musical credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Paul Curran at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma; Le Roi Malgre Lui, directed by Thaddeus Strassberger, at Bard SummerScape; and Another Sun, a musical arranged by Joseph A. Baker, directed by Kim Jin-Young at The Hyundai Theatre Company. Oh holds an MFA in stage design from Northwestern University. sehyunoh.com


Alex Jaeger (Costume Design) previously designed Zealot, Cloudlands, Goldfish, What They Have, Skylight, But Not for Me, All My Sons, True West, Nostalgia, Play Strindberg and Two Sisters and a Piano at SCR. Jaeger’s additional credits include Mr. Burns for Guthrie Theater; A Parallelogram and Other Desert Cities for the Mark Taper Forum; The Nether, Eclipsed and The Paris Letter for the Kirk Douglas Theatre; Major Barbara for Theatre Calgary; Arcadia, Rock ’n’ Roll, Maple and Vine, Once in a Lifetime, The Homecoming and more for American Conservatory Theater; Two Sisters and a Piano for The Public Theater; Wiesenthal at the Acorn Theatre (also at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and the Royal Manitoba Theatre); A Wrinkle in Time, A Streetcar Named Desire, Romeo and Juliet, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and August: Osage County for Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Extraordinary Chambers, Love, Loss and What I Wore and Third for the Geffen Playhouse; The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance for the Rubicon Theatre; 15 productions at Magic Theatre, San Francisco; Life is a Dream for California Shakespeare Theater; Romeo and Juliet, Gulls, Light and Gilgamesh for The Theatre @ Boston Court; 14 productions at Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C.; and Breaking Through, Looped, Doubt and Talley’s Folly for Pasadena Playhouse.


Elizabeth Harper (Lighting Design) returns to SCR, where she previously designed Venus in Fur and Reunion. Her regional credits include Immediate Family and A Raisin in the Sun, directed by Phylicia Rashad, and Woman Laughing Alone with Salad (Center Theatre Group); Play Dead (directed by Teller); and Wait Until Dark, Bad Jews and Good People (Geffen Playhouse). Her Los Angeles credits include The Twentieth-Century Way (The Theatre @ Boston Court, 2010 Ovation Award nominee for Best Lighting Design) and Crescent City (The Industry). She served as a technical consultant for art installations at Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Greene Naftali. Her industrial lighting projects include shows and events for Microsoft, On-Live, Ubisoft and Universal Studios. Harper holds an MFA in design for stage and film from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She is a guest lighting design instructor and lecturer at CalArts. eharperdesign.com


Peter Bayne (Composer/Sound Design) returns to SCR where previously he designed James and the Giant Peach. His other theatre credits include A Noise Within (The Tempest, You Can Never Tell), The Fountain Theatre (Dream Catcher, Painter Rocks of Revolver Creek, Citizen, Reborning, The Brothers Size, Broomstick, In the Red and Brown Water, A Normal Heart, The Blue Iris, Cyrano, On the Spectrum, Bakersfield Mist, Opus, Coming Home, El Nogalar, Shining City), The Antaeus Company (Cloud 9, Henry IV Part 1, The Liar, The Malcontent), Rubicon Theatre Company (Other Desert Cities), The Colony Theatre (Year Zero), The Actor’s Gang (Break the Whip), Rogue Machine Theatre (Lost Girls), Skylight Theatre Company (Forever House, Disconnection), Theatre of Note (Copy) and Elephant Theatre Company (Unorganized Crime, Twilight of Schlomo, Parasite Drag, 100 Saints You Should Know, Revelation). His other regional credits include American Repertory Theatre, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare and Company and Actor’s Shakespeare Project. Bayne is active as a composer in film and television. He produces dance music and performs in indie bands. He earned a BA in music from Vassar and an MFA in composition and theory from Brandeis. peterbayne.com


John Glore (Dramaturg) has been SCR’s associate artistic director since 2005, following five years as resident dramaturg for L.A.’s Center Theatre Group. He previously served as SCR’s literary manager from 1985 to 2000. He has worked as dramaturg on more than 100 SCR productions, workshops and readings including the Pacific Playwrights Festival world premieres of Mr. Wolf, by Rajiv Joseph and Five Mile Lake, by Rachel Bonds. His ongoing collaboration with Culture Clash has included co-writing new adaptations of two plays by Aristophanes, The Birds (co-produced by SCR and Berkeley Repertory Theatre in 1998) and Peace (at the Getty Villa in 2009); and serving as dramaturg on four other Culture Clash productions. His own plays have been produced at SCR, Arena Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and other theatres across the country. His adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time debuted at SCR in 2010 and has since moved on to more than a dozen productions nationwide.


Sue Karutz (Stage Manager) has been part of the stage management team at SCR on more than 15 productions, her favorite being this season’s One Man, Two Guvnors. Elsewhere, 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 has stage-managed for Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles Opera, Pasadena Playhouse, Falcon Theatre, Deaf West, Laguna Playhouse, American Conservatory Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Alpine Theatre Project and The National Theatre of the Deaf. When not at SCR, she is often running “Mickey and the Magical Map” at Disneyland.

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