Future Thinking
by Eliza Clark
directed by Lila Neugebauer
March 25, 2016 - April 24, 2016

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Chiara is a spoiled starlet, 23 going on 45, going on 6. Peter is a pet photographer. He’s also Chiara’s obsessed, middle-aged stalker-fan. It’s Comic Con time, and Peter’s back—in spite of a restraining order—with visions of another dimension, a dream world where he and Chiara will live happily forever. All Chiara wants is for her stage mom and her bodyguard to get lost—preferably, together. Everyone has a fantasy, and soon they’ll collide with each other—and reality.

Previews: March 25-31, 2016
Opening Night: April 1, 2016
Regular Performances: April 2-24, 2016

Recommendation: High school and above.  Adult language.

Running Time:: Approximately ​two hours, including one intermission.

Eliza Clark has had her plays developed at Manhattan Theatre Club, the Studio at Cherry Lane Theatre, Page 73 Productions, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Provincetown Playhouse, The New York International Fringe Festival and Yale University. She has received commissions from SCR and Yale University’s O’Neill Studio. Clark was a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre’s emerging writers group, Youngblood and was the 2010 Page 73 Playwriting Fellow. Her play, Edgewise, was co-produced by Page 73 and The Play Company in 2010 and her play, Recall, was produced by Colt Coeur at The Wild Project in 2012. Both Edgewise and Recall are published by Samuel French. Clark also has written for television including AMC’s “Rubicon” and “The Killing” as well as “Extant,” produced by Steven Spielberg on CBS. She is a writer/producer on a new show, “Animal Kingdom,” airing this summer on TNT. She currently is developing Margaret Atwood’s “Maddaddam” trilogy with Darren Aronofsky for HBO.

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Heidi Dippold (Crystal Farrow) first appeared at SCR in the world premiere of Noah Haidle’s Mr. Marmalade, later in Joe Penhall’s Dumb Show and most recently in the world premiere of Noah Haidle’s Smokefall. Last year, she played Marilyn Monroe opposite Geoffrey Arend and Ed Asner in the L.A. Theatre Works production of Arthur Miller – A Life. She also played Mrs. Robinson in the L.A. Theatre Works national tour of The Graduate. Dippold received a Big Easy Award for her work as Olivia in Twelfth Night at The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival. She also has appeared at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Signature Theatre (NYC) and Cleveland Play House, to name a few. Her 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. Dippold is an MFA graduate of Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts and is certified in Fitzmaurice Voicework®.

Enver Gjokaj (Jim Barnard) previously appeared at SCR in the Pacific Playwrights Festival reading of Future Thinking. His other theatrical credits include Arms and the Man at The Old Globe and The Cherry Orchard with Kate Burton. Gjokaj’s recent television and film work includes “Agent Carter,” “The Walking Dead,” “Community,” “Dexter” and Marvel’s The Avengers.

Arye Gross (Peter Ford) returns to SCR having appeared most recently in Circle Mirror Transformation. He also appeared here in The Time of Your Life, Wild Oats and the world premieres of Our Mother’s Brief Affair, Screwball, Let’s Play Two and Brooklyn Boy, a role he reprised on Broadway. His recent Los Angeles-area productions include Parfumerie (the inaugural production at The Wallis Annenberg Center in Beverly Hills) and the world premieres of Donald Margulies’ Coney Island Christmas at Geffen Playhouse and Above The Fold at Pasadena Playhouse, playing opposite Taraji P. Henson. His other recent credits include the West Coast premiere of Stupid F**king Bird at The Theatre @ Boston Court, where he previously had performed in Julia Cho’s Winchester House and Uncle Vanya (adapted by Annie Baker) for The Antaeus Company, where he also was seen in the world premiere of Chekhov X 4. His film and television credits include Harvest (with Victoria Clark), Grey Gardens, Minority Report, Big Eden, “The Riches” (with Eddie Izzard), “Law & Order” and the recurring role of Dr. Sidney Perlmutter on ABC’s “Castle.” Gross is a 1978 graduate of SCR’s Professional Actor Training Program and previously worked with Lila Neugebauer on After the Revolution at Center Stage in Baltimore, Md.

Virginia Vale (​Chiara Farrow) is thrilled to return to SCR after previously appearing in the West Coast premiere of Adam Rapp’s The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School Drama Division and winner of the John Houseman Award for excellence in the classics. Her credits include Barefoot in the Park (Bucks County Playhouse) and “The Mysteries of Laura” on NBC.


​Jud Williford (​​Sandy Mills) is happy to make his SCR debut. Some of his recent credits include the first two national tours of Wicked, Scapin (with Bill Irwin), Twelve Angry Men (directed by Frank Galati) and Macbeth (title role). He has performed at numerous regional theatres around the country including The American Conservatory Theater (four years as a company member), Asolo Repertory Theatre (two seasons as a company member) People’s Light Theatre, Aurora Theatre Company, California Shakespeare Theater, The Echo Theater Company and International City Theatre in Long Beach. His select television and film credits include “Angel from Hell” (pilot, 2105), The Tripper (directed by David Arquette) and And Two From the Line (short). Williford received his master’s degree from The American Conservatory Theatre.

Creative Team

Lila Neugebauer (Director) is a New York-based director whose recent work includes Kill Floor (Lincoln Center Theater); The Wayside Motor Inn (Drama Desk nomination, Signature Theatre); Mike Bartlett’s An Intervention and The Valley of Fear (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Amy Herzog’s After the Revolution and 4000 Miles (Baltimore Center Stage); Zoe Kazan’s Trudy and Max in Love (SCR); Lucas Hnath’s Red Speedo (Studio Theatre); Dan LeFranc’s Troublemaker (Berkeley Repertory Theatre); Partners and O Guru Guru Guru (2014, 2013 Humana Festivals); Annie Baker’s The Aliens (San Francisco Playhouse, Studio Theatre); Eliza Clark’s Edgewise (Cherry Lane Studio); Snow Day (Drama League); and associate-directing Karen O’s Stop The Virgens (St. Ann’s Warehouse, Sydney Opera House). As co-artistic director of The Mad Ones, Neugebauer conceives and directs ensemble-devised work including Samuel & Alasdair: A Personal History of the Robot War (Ars Nova, The Brick Theater, New Ohio Theatre) and The Essential Straight & Narrow (New Ohio Theatre). She is an alumna of the Drama League, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Ensemble Studio Theatre member, New Georges Affiliated Artist and a Princess Grace Award recipient. Her upcoming projects include Sarah Delappe’s The Wolves (New York Stage and Film); The Sandbox, Drowning and Funnyhouse of a Negro (as an evening); Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Everybody; and Annie Baker’s The Antipodes (all at Signature Theatre).

Dane Laffrey (Scenic Design) is making his SCR design debut. On Broadway, he designed set and costumes for Deaf West’s Spring Awakening and the set for Fool For Love. His recent off-Broadway credits include set and/or costumes for The Christians, Indian Summer and Iowa (Playwrights Horizons); The Glory of the World (BAM Harvey Theater); Cloud 9 (Atlantic Theater Company); Bad Jews and Tigers Be Still (Roundabout Theatre Company); Arlington (Vineyard Theatre); King Liz, American Hero and The Talls (2econd Stage Theatre); Disgraced (Lincoln Center Theater); The Maids (Red Bull Theater); I Remember Mama and The Patsy (Transport Group); and The Few (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater). He has worked regionally at Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival of New American Plays, Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Old Globe, Huntington Theatre Company, Goodspeed Musicals, Denver Center Theatre Company, The Wallis Annenberg Center, Center Stage, Dallas Theatre Center, New York Stage & Film and others. He has worked internationally in Tokyo, Oslo, Osaka and throughout Australia. He has been nominated for a Drama Desk Award and four American Theatre Wing Henry Hewes Awards.

Melissa Trn (Costume Design) is making her SCR design debut. She is a Los Angeles-based designer whose New York credits include Trojan Women (After Euripides) at BAM and SITI Company; Antigone at SITI Company; From The Fire (composed by Elizabeth Swados); My Sweet Charlie at Abingdon Theatre Company; The Screens and Baal at Columbia Stages; and The Sporting Life, The Erotic Diary of Anne Frank and Spacebar at Studio 42. Her regional credits include Antigone at Getty Villa; The Recommendation at IAMA Theatre Company; The 39 Steps at Triad Stage; Roller Disco at American Repertory Theater’s Oberon; Richard II at Yale Repertory Theatre; The Me Nobody Knows at St. Louis Black Repertory Company; and Hands on a Hardbody, Cataclysm, Con, Little Shop of Horrors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Wake Up! at Telluride Theatre where she is also an associate artist. She earned her MFA at Yale School of Drama.

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, American Repertory Theater, Arena Stage, 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. 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 Award nomination for The Good Negro at The Public Theater. Chu is on the lighting design faculty at California Institute of the Arts.

Stowe Nelson (Sound Design) is making his SCR design debut. His New York credits include Indian Summer (Playwrights Horizons, upcoming), Iphigenia in Aulis (Classic Stage Company), The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek and The Wayside Motor Inn (Signature Theatre) and Buyer & Cellar (Barrow Street Theatre, national tour). Regionally, he has designed Ropes (Two River Theatre); Tinker to Evers to Chance (Merrimack Repertory Theatre); 4000 Miles (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Clarkston (Dallas Theatre Center); An Iliad (Hudson Valley Shakespeare); and Under the Skin, Blithe Spirit and Ghosts (Everyman Theatre). As a company member of The Mad Ones, he has designed sound for The Tremendous Tremendous, The Essential Straight & Narrow and Samuel & Alasdair (New York Innovative Theatre Award, Drama Desk nomination). Find more information at wingspace.com/stowe.

Kimberly Colburn (Dramaturg) is the literary director and co-director of the Pacific Playwrights Festival at SCR. Recently, she was the literary manager at Actors Theatre of Louisville, where she was the dramaturg for the world premieres of Partners by Dorothy Fortenberry, The Roommate by Jen Silverman and Dot by Colman Domingo, among others. Formerly, as the associate literary director at SCR, she was the dramaturg for world premieres of The Long Road Today by José Cruz González, Zoe Kazan’s Trudy and Max in Love, and A Wrinkle in Time adapted by John Glore, among dozens of other productions and readings. She has worked with companies including Los Angeles Opera, Sledgehammer Theatre, Oregon Contemporary Theatre, Critical Mass Ensemble, Artists at Play and Native Voices at the Autry. She earned a BA from University of California, Riverside, and MA from the University of Oregon.

Kathryn Davies (Stage Manager) previously stage-managed Red, Vietgone, OZ 2.5, The Whipping Man, Tartuffe, Reunion, Trudy and Max in Love, Ivy+Bean: the Musical, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, How to Write a New Book for the Bible, Sight Unseen, Topdog/Underdog, Sideways Stories from Wayside School, In the Next Room or the vibrator play, Doctor Cerberus, Ordinary Days, Our Mother’s Brief Affair, The Injured Party, The Brand New Kid and Imagine at SCR. Her favorite credits include Dividing the Estate at Dallas Theater Center, La Bohème at Tulsa Opera, The Mystery of Irma Vep at The Old Globe, Daddy Long Legs at Laguna Playhouse, Tosca and La Fille du Régiment at Opera Ontario, Of Mice and Men at Theatre Calgary/CanStage/Neptune Theatre, The Dresser at Manitoba Theatre Centre, Skylight at Tarragon Theatre, To Kill a Mockingbird at Citadel Theatre/Manitoba Theatre Centre/Theatre Calgary and The Designated Mourner at Tarragon Theatre and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Davies also has worked as head theatre representative at the Toronto International Film Festival, Dubai International Film Festival, AFI Fest (part of the American Film Institute), Los Angeles Film Festival and as team leader at Sundance.

Leia Crawford (Assistant Stage Manager) started her professional career at SCR and is happy to be back. At SCR, she worked on James and the Giant Peach, The Whale, The Motherf**ker With the Hat, The Importance of Being Earnest, A Little Night Music, dead man’s cell phone and An Italian Straw Hat, to name a few. Previously, Crawford wrapped up L.A. Theatre Works’ national tour of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. She worked on Massoud: The Lion of Panjshir and Neva at Center Theatre Group; and Murder For Two, Switzerland, The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord, The Pianist of Willesden Lane, Play Dead, The Judy Show, Miss Julie, Build, The Break of Noon and Ruined at Geffen Playhouse. She also enjoys her work with the Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company. Her other theatre credits include The Surgeon and Her Daughters by Chris Nunez and Permission by Robert Askins at Ojai Playwrights Conference, Story Pirates, The Antaeus Company, Classic and Contemporary American Plays, Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles and REDCAT. Her film credits include of Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse, Rap Battle 4: Cinderella vs. Belle, Princess Rap Battle 5: Maleficent vs. Daenerys and Princess Rap Battle 6: Hermione vs. Katniss.

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