Anastasia Krupnik
adapted by Meryl Friedman
from the book by Lois Lowry
February 8, 2013 - February 24, 2013

Anastasia KrupnickTen-year-old Anastasia is opinionated, sassy and funny.  Really funny.  Of course, she also has a funny name, but she’ll make up for it in this offbeat story taken right from the pages of her diary.  It’s about all the things she loves—and hates—and what she plans to do about them.  This memorable story from the Newbery Medal-winning author of The Giver is a wonderful portrait of childhood and family life, complete with all its ups and downs.

Previews: February 8-15, 2013
Regular Performances: February 16-24, 2013

Recommendation: Theatre for Young Audiences … and Their Families is just that, a multi-generational experience for all ages (except children under the age of four and babes in arms). The only requirement is that each audience member occupy a seat and sit quietly through the performance while having a wonderful time.

Lois Lowry (author) is an American author of children's literature. She began her career as a photographer and a freelance journalist during the early 1970s. Her work as a journalist drew the attention of Houghton Mifflin and they encouraged her to write her first children's book, A Summer to Die, which was published in 1977 (when Lowry was 40 years old). She has since written more than 30 books for children and published an autobiography. Two of her works have been awarded the prestigious Newbery Medal: Number the Stars in 1990, and The Giver in 1993.

Meryl Friedman (playwright) was a founder and producing director at Lifeline Theatre in Chicago where she worked for 16 years. During her long collaboration with Lifeline she produced over 60 productions, most of them new and premiere works, adapting and/or directing over half of these. She has adapted novels and other fiction by award-winning authors Melissa Fay Greene, Louise Erdrich, Ursula K. Le Guin, Allen Ginsberg, Molly Ivins and Bruce Chatwin, to name a few. She is the recipient of numerous awards for writing and directing; in July of 1999 she received the Distinguished Play Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education for her adaptation of Journey of the Sparrows. Her adaptations have been produced across the country; she has worked at Lincoln Center Institute, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Webster Conservatory at St. Louis Repertory, The Kennedy Center, Chicago Theaters on the Air, National Jewish Theatre, WBEZ's "Stories on Stage" (a program of National Public Radio), Ensemble Studio Theatre—The LA Project and ASK Theater Projects. At the Falcon Theatre in Burbank, she directed Zoetrope All Story: All Live. On Stage; Pudd'nhead Wilson (which was nominated for three LA Weekly Theatre Awards, including best production of the year and best adaptation); Figaro…Pigaro, A Barnyard Musical and Anastasia Krupnik, which was called a "cause for celebration" by the L.A. Times.

Emily Eiden
Emily Eiden (Anastasia Krupnik). I’m excited to be back at SCR in another play based on a terrific series of books! You might remember me from Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! and A Year with Frog and Toad —or your parents may have seen me here in Taking Steps. Elsewhere, I’ve played excellent literary characters like Charlotte (Charlotte’s Web) and Lilly (Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse). It turns out that telling stories is practically my family business! Long ago, my great-grandma wrote many children’s books including a famous one about my great-great-great grandma, Caddie Woodlawn. Now, my job is to bring to life characters written by authors like my great-grandma. You can also hear me tell stories in audiobooks like Little Pig Joins the Band, A Dog’s Way Home and Paranormalcy—or the Scholastic cartoon, "Children Make Terrible Pets." In person, you can catch me narrating planetarium shows at Griffith Observatory.

Ann Noble (Katherine Krupnik). This is my first time at SCR! Before doing this show, I was in one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, the very spooky and tragic tale of Macbeth. I played Lady Macbeth, which I’ve wanted to do since I first read the play in high school. My high school is where my love of theatre began. I was blessed to have some wonderful teachers who fostered my interest in plays, performing and writing! In fact, that’s what I do when I’m not acting, I write plays and movies and TV series for the internet. But as an actor, I mainly work on stage, and mostly with my home theatre company, The Antaeus Company, (“ann-tee-us” rhymes with “come see us”!) where we do “classic” plays, which are plays that are very old. And while it’s fun to do new plays, it’s wonderful to tell a story from a long time ago…today.

Jennifer Parsons (Grandmother/Mrs. Westvessel ). Once my mom sent me an old fashioned black and white photo of a little kid who looked very serious and a little bit consternated at the proceedings at the time of the photo. The kid looked like me, but I couldn’t recall the time or place. It turned out it was actually a photograph of my mom when she was little. I saw myself in her! It made me realize how all older people were younger people once. And that’s why my mom and dad and grandparents were so good at making me feel better about stuff. They’d been there. As an older person, I have been in several Theatre for Young Audiences shows here at SCR: The Borrowers, Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Bunnicula, James and the Giant Peach, The Only Child, Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business, The BFG and The Brand New Kid. You may have seen me as Mrs. Cratchit in A Christmas Carol. I’ve also appeared in many other plays, movies and TV shows.

Elia Saldana (Elisa Gonzalez). I hope you enjoy the show! I started out doing dance recitals dressed as a bear and singing Christmas carols for my dad’s camcorder. Then I got schooled at a place called The University of California, San Diego, and went on to have many acting adventures. You might have seen me previously at SCR as Kayla in Jane of the Jungle! I also was married to a rock and roll star in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story and toured all over the place. I got to dance a lot in West Side Story. I played a sassy girl in Family Planning, and even got nominated for a big, shiny award called the Ovation. Recently I fulfilled my dream of voicing a cartoon character by playing Cecilia on Fox’s "The Cleveland Show." I want to thank my friends and family for their love and support. Never stop learning new things and follow your dreams!

Geoffrey Wade (Myron Krupnik, Robert). Poetry is like the candy bar of language, concentrated and delicious with the extra chewy nougat of rhyme to kinda make us happy. That’s why it’s fun for me to be playing a poet in this show: because I love poetry … and candy! My favorite poet is Emily Dickenson and I went to college where she lived. On TV I usually play doctors, like when I was on "Scrubs," or lawyers on "NUM3ERS" and "Law & Order," or even a general on "NCIS," but I really am a teacher and that’s why I like being one in this play. Also, even though being on TV is cool, acting in theatre is more fun because we get to hear you laugh! I’ve acted in theatres all over the country, but there’s nowhere I’d rather be than right here today telling you Anastasia’s story. Hope you enjoy it!
Creative Team
Keith Mitchell - Scenic Design
Jessica Olson - Costume Design
BJeremy Pivnick - Lighting Design
Jeff Polunas - Sound Design
Jennifer Sherman - Stage Manager

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