Five Mile Lake
by Rachel Bonds
directed by Daniella Topol
April 13, 2014 - May 4, 2014

Jamie enjoys a quiet life in his small Pennsylvania town, fixing up his grandfather's old lake house and pining after Mary, his troubled coworker.  When his brother comes back to town with a new girlfriend, Jamie's peaceful world is turned upside down.  A tender story about those who stay and those who go away.

Previews: April 13-17, 2014
Opening Night: April 18, 2014
Regular Performances: April 19 - May 4, 2014

Recommendation: This play contains adult language and situations and herbal cigarette smoking.

Running Time: Approximately one hour and 45 minutes with no intermission.

Rachel Bonds’ plays have been developed or produced by Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Underground, Atlantic Theater Company, New Georges, Ars Nova, Ensemble Studio Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center, Arden Theatre Company and New York Stage and Film, among others. She was the 2013 Writers Room Resident at Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre, where her play At the Old Place was produced in July of 2013, directed by Ed Sobel. Her other plays include Anniversary, winner of the 2012 Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival; The Noise, developed at New Georges and Ars Nova; Michael & Edie, named a New York Times Critic's Pick in 2010; Swimmers, featured as part of New York Stage and Film’s 2013 Powerhouse Reading Series and Roundabout Underground’s Reading Series; and Five Mile Lake, part of Manhattan Theatre Club’s [email protected] Series, McCarter’s Spring Lab Festival and a finalist for the O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference in 2013. She is an alumna of Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood, Ars Nova’s Play Group and New Georges’ The Jam, and was the Fr. William Ralston Fellow at the 2011 Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She is currently working on commissions for The Studio Theatre, Ars Nova/MTC’s Writer’s Room, SCR and Atlantic Theater Company. Bonds is a graduate of Brown University.

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Corey Brill
Corey Brill as Rufus.  Brill appeared at SCR previously in Smokefall and as Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice and is thrilled to be back. His Broadway credits include Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (understudy) and Cabaret (national tour). His regional theatre credits include Noises Off! (Actors Theatre of Louisville), 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) and Twelfth Night and Three Sisters (Chalk Repertory Theatre). His television and film appearances include “Perception,” “CSI: Miami,” “Confessions of a Dog” and HBO’s “The Normal Heart.” He earned his MFA from UC San Diego.

Nate Mooney
Nate Mooney as Jamie. Mooney is making his SCR debut. He apprenticed at the Actors Theatre of Louisville and The Warehouse Theatre, as well as two years’ membership in the Williamstown Theatre Festival Non-Equity company. His television credits include “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Breaking Bad,” “Criminal Minds” and “The Riches.” He has appeared in several features including Charlotte’s Web, One for the Money, Push and Kelly Reichardt’s upcoming Night Moves.

Rebecca Mozo
Rebecca Mozo as Mary. Mozo appeared at SCR previously in 4000 Miles, The Parisian Woman, In the Next Room or the vibrator play, A Wrinkle in Time, Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight, The Heiress and Doubt, a parable. Her other theatre credits include We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia at The Matrix Theatre Company; The Savannah Disputation (Ovation Award nomination); Educating Rita and Trying (Ovation Award nomination) at The Colony Theatre Company; The Cherry Orchard opposite Annette Bening and Alfred Molina at Center Theatre Group; Ghosts at A Noise Within; and Top Girls, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Peace in Our Time, King Lear, Cousin Bette and Pera Palas at The Antaeus Company. She also appeared in I Capture the Castle at El Portal Theatre (Ovation Award nomination for Best Actress), as well as at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her film and television credits include The Repatriate, Zerophilia, Headless Horseman, The Waterhole, “Pizza Time,” “Cold Case” and “Medium.” She recently wrapped the web series “Kittens in a Cage,” directed by Jillian Armenante. Mozo earned her BFA from Rutgers University and studied at The Globe Theatre in London. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and The Antaeus Company.

Nicole Shalhoub
Nicole Shalhoub as Peta. Shalhoub is making her SCR debut. Her theatre credits include the off-Broadway productions of The Fifth Column at Mint Theater Company and Hell House at St. Ann’s Warehouse. Regionally she has performed in American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose at Yale Repertory Theatre; Arabian Nights at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Kansas City Repertory; Mirror of the Invisible World at Goodman Theatre; Icarus at Lookingglass Theatre Company; Snow in June, A Lie of the Mind and Six Characters in Search of an Author at American Repertory Theatre; Inana at Hartford Stage; and A Murder of Crows at Williamstown Theatre Festival. She has appeared on the television shows “Scandal,” “Criminal Minds,” “The Good Wife” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” as well as the films The International, Sex and the City 2 and Arranged. She received her MFA in acting from the ART/MXAT at Harvard University and a BA from Columbia University. 

Brian Slaten
Brian Slaten as Danny. Slaten is excited to be making his SCR debut. He has worked in various theaters in New York and Los Angeles, including The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, The Antaeus Company, Slant Theatre Project and is a member of Chalk Repertory Theater. His film and television credits include Happy 40th, Uggs for Gaza (Aspen Shortsfest), “Criminal Minds,” “Army Wives,” “Law & Order: SVU,” Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “Fringe.” He has an MFA from UC San Diego. He would like to thank his wife, Yvonne, for her love and support.
Creative Team
Daniella Topol (Director) is thrilled to be back at SCR after directing Catherine Treischmann’s How the World Began. Her other world premiere productions include Jessica Dickey’s Charles Ives Take Me Home (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater) and Row after Row (Women’s Project), Rajiv Joseph’s Monster at the Door (Alley Theatre), Lloyd Suh’s Jesus in India (Magic Theatre and Ma-Yi Theater Company), Carla Ching’s Sugarhouse at the Edge of the Wilderness (Ma-Yi Theater), Willy Holtzman’s The Morini Strad (City Theatre), Sheila Callaghan’s Dead City (New Georges), Lascivious Something (Women’s Project) and Janet Allard and Niko Tsakalakos’ Pool Boy (Barrington Stage Company). Committed to developing programs that support new writers and new plays, Topol has been the associate producing director of the City Theatre, the New Works Program director of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre and the artistic program director of the Lark Play Development Center. Upcoming: Cori Thomas’ When January Feels Like Summer (Ensemble Studio Theatre in a co-production with P73). Topol lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

Marion Williams (Scenic Design) is a New York-based scenic and costume designer and is pleased to be returning to SCR after designing the scenery for last season’s The Parisian Woman. Her New York credits include MCC Theater, Mint Theater Company, The Juilliard School, José Limón Dance Company, Manhattan School of Music, Parsons Dance, Performance Space 122, Primary Stages and Women’s Project. Regional credits include McCarter Theatre Center, CenterStage, Alliance Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Round House Theatre, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Barrington Stage Company, Triad Stage, The Folger Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Cincinnati Ballet, Louisville Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Two River Theater Company, Sacramento Theatre Company, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and Williamstown Theatre Festival. International credits include The Turn of the Screw (opera, Leipzig, Germany) and Introdans (Holland). She earned her MFA from the University of Washington (Seattle), and was awarded a Princess Grace Award and a Princess Grace Special Projects Grant.

David Kay Mickelsen (Costume Design) has designed more than 300 productions at the nation’s leading theatres, including SCR; Guthrie Theater; Denver Center Theatre Company (59 productions); Arizona Theatre Company (47 productions); The Cleveland Play House (21 productions); Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (14 productions); Ford’s Theatre; Williamstown Theatre Festival; Berkeley Repertory Theatre; Geffen Playhouse; Pasadena Playhouse; Laguna Playhouse; The Old Globe; San Diego Repertory Theatre; A Contemporary Theatre; the Oregon, Utah, Colorado and Illinois Shakespeare festivals; Studio Arena Theatre; Portland Center Stage; Northlight Theatre; Pioneer Theatre Company; GeVa Theatre; The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis; Tennessee Repertory Theatre; Missouri Repertory Theatre; Sundance Theatre Festival; New Mexico Repertory Theatre; Pennsylvania Center Stage; Florida Stage; The Maltz-Jupiter Theatre; Ensemble Studio Theatre; Irish Repertory Theatre; Theatre of the Open Eye; Jean Cocteau Repertory Theatre; The Hampton Playhouse; and Timberlake Playhouse. Originally from Canby, Oregon, he graduated with an MFA from California Institute of the Arts and is a member of the United Scenic Artists.

Lap Chi Chu (Lighting Design) has designed regionally for SCR, Mark Taper Forum, Geffen Playhouse, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Goodman Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre, Arena Stage, Hartford Stage, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Portland Center Stage and Evidence Room. His New York design credits include The Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Signature Theatre, Second Stage Theatre, Performance Space 122 and Kitchen Theatre Company. He is the lighting/video designer for ChameckiLerner Dance Company (Costumes by God, Visible Content, Hidden Forms, I Mutantes Seras, Por Favor and Não Me Deixe), which has performed in the United States and Brazil. His awards have included the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Angstrom Award for Career Achievement in Lighting Design, an Ovation award, multiple Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards, a “Drammy” for best lighting, as well as a Lucille Lortel nomination for The Good Negro at The Public Theater. Chu is on the lighting design faculty at California Institute of the Arts.

Vincent Olivieri (Sound Design) is pleased to return to SCR for Five Mile Lake. His previous projects include Jitney, The Heiress, A Feminine Ending and Noises Off. His Broadway credits include the design and score for High. His off-Broadway design credits include The Water’s Edge, Omnium-Gatherum, The God Botherers and Fatal Attraction: A Greek Tragedy. His New York City and regional credits include productions with The Geffen Playhouse (Ovation nomination), Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (LCT Award), Portland Center Stage, Center Stage (Baltimore), Barrington Stage Company, The Juilliard School, Syracuse Stage, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati (CEA Award), Virginia Stage Company and Berkshire Theatre Festival. He has created designs for world premiere productions by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Kirsten Greenidge, Charles L. Mee, Kira Oblensky, Adam Rapp, Theresa Rebeck and August Wilson. For three years, Olivieri was the resident sound designer at Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Humana Festival of New American Plays. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and serves on the faculty at UC Irvine.

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 premiere of Cloudlands, book and lyrics by Octavio Solis and music and lyrics by Adam Gwon. 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.

Jennifer Ellen Butler (Stage Manager) has been a part of the stage management team at SCR for 11 seasons and more than 40 productions. Her other theatre credits include Laguna Playhouse, Utah Shakespearean Festival, California Shakespeare Theatre, TheatreWorks, Perseverance Theatre, Spoleto Festival USA and Shakespeare Santa Cruz. She has also 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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