Smokefall
by Noah Haidle
directed by Anne Kauffman
WORLD PREMIERE
SEGERSTROM STAGE
March 30, 2013 - April 29, 2013

Smokefall

A world premiere co-production with Goodman Theatre, Chicago, Illinois.

This family is full of surprises. Violet’s twins will soon be born, but her husband can’t cope with life, her father can’t remember yesterday, and her daughter stopped talking when she had nothing left to say. The dog is silent, too, but wait until you hear what he’s thinking! Magical and tragic, funny and fascinating, Smokefall is Our Town for a new generation.

Previews: March 29 – April 4, 2013
Opening Night: April 5, 2013
Regular Performances: April 6-28, 2013

Recommendation: This play contains adult language and content. It also contains strobe-light effects.

Running Time:  Approximately one hour and 30 minutes; there is no intermission.  

Noah Haidle's plays have premiered at SCR (Mr. Marmalade and Princess Marjorie), Lincoln Center Theatre, Roundabout Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, Huntington Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, NYC Summer Play Festival, HERE Arts Center, as well as many others around the country and abroad. He is a graduate of Princeton University and The Juilliard School, where he was a Lila Acheson Wallace playwright-in-residence.  He is the recipient of three Lincoln Center Le Compte Du Nuoy Awards, the 2005 Helen Merrill Award for emerging Playwrights, the 2007 Claire Tow Award and an NEA/TCG theatre residency grant. He is published by Methuen in London, Suhrkamp in Berlin, and seven of his plays are published through Dramatists Play Service in New York City. His first movie, Stand Up Guys, starring Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin began shooting recently in Los Angeles. 
Cast
Orson Bean
Orson Bean (Colonel/Johnny) is making his SCR debut. He was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award for his performance in the film Being John Malkovich. He starred on Broadway for 20 years, winning a Theater World Award and a Tony Award nomination in the process. He appeared on “The Tonight Show” more than 200 times, 100 of them as substitute host. He played Mrs. McCluskey’s husband in the final three seasons of “Desperate Housewives,” and beat Charlie Sheen with a cane on “Two and a Half Men.” It seems to have done Charlie no good. He is blessed to be married to the actress Alley Mills.

Corey Brill
Corey Brill (Daniel/Fetus One)made his SCR debut last season as Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice and is thrilled to be back. Broadway credits include Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (understudy) and Cabaret (Broadway national tour). Regional theatre credits include How I Learned to Drive (Santa Monica Rep), The Glass Menagerie (The Kennedy Center), Doubt (Seattle Repertory Theatre); Opus (The Old Globe); Lady Windermere’s Fan and On the Razzle (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Bay at Nice (Hartford Stage), Beauty (La Jolla Playhouse), Twelfth Night and Three Sisters (Chalk Repertory Theatre). Television appearances include “CSI: Miami” and “Confessions of a Dog.” He earned his MFA from University of California, San Diego. coreybrill.com

Carmela Corbett
Carmela Corbett (Beauty) is thrilled to be returning to SCR after appearing in Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl, and in the reading of Steven Drukman’s new play, Death of the Author. She is a recent graduate of the Juilliard drama division, where some of her roles included Sorel in Hayfever, Helena in All’s Well that Ends Well, Isabella Bird and Nell in Top Girls, Miss Leighton in Once in a Lifetime and Amy in Mine by Laura Marks. Originally from London, she moved to New York at 19 to study at the Lee Strasberg Institute during which time she auditioned for Juilliard. She narrates for Audible Books and is a member of the Misrule Theatre Company in the UK. She has also performed with the National Youth Theatre and National Youth Music Theatre of Great Britain, most notably at her majesty Queen Elizabeth’s private 80th birthday celebration.

Heidi Dippold
Heidi Dippold (Violet) first appeared onstage at SCR in the world premiere of Noah Haidle’s Mr. Marmalade and later in Joe Penhall’s Dumb Show. She recently received a Big Easy Award for her work as Olivia in Twelfth Night at The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival. She has also appeared onstage at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Signature Theatre (New York City) and The Cleveland Play House, to name a few. Favorite television roles include a recurring role on HBO’s “The Sopranos,” serial killing identical twins on “NCIS” and Jeffrey Tambor’s love interest on the sitcom “20 Good Years.” She has appeared in numerous commercials and survived the horrible horror film, House. She is an MFA graduate of Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts.

Leo Marks
Leo Marks (Footnote/Fetus Two) returns to SCR, after appearing as George in the world premiere of The Language Archive and Bill Walker in Major Barbara. He has also performed at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Washington, D.C.’s Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Old Globe, Intiman Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, Ahmanson Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Kirk Douglas Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre, La MaMa E.T.C., Soho Rep, and Playwrights Horizons, among many others. He’s a member of The Antaeus and Evidence Room companies, and a founder of New York’s Elevator Repair Service. Marks won an Obie Award for Heather Woodbury’s Tale of 2 Cities; An American Joyride on Multiple Tracks. Other accolades include Bay Area Critics Circle, Best Supporting Actor nominee, 2011; LA Times “Culture Monster” 2010 Year-End Top Flight Performances for George in The Language Archive; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Performer of the Year, 2012; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Top Ten Leading Men, 2010 and 2011; and several LA Weekly nominations and awards. He has made many television appearances.
Creative Team
Marsha Ginsberg - Scenic Design
Melanie Watnick - Costume Design
David Weiner - Lighting Design
Lindsay Jones - Original Music/Sound Design
Jamie A. Tucker - Stage Manager
Kathryn Davies - Assistant Stage Manager

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