Curve of Departure
by ​Rachel Bonds
directed by Mike Donahue
September 24, 2017 - October 15, 2017


On the night before Cyrus’ funeral, the family he left years ago gathers in a hotel room. Linda, his ex-wife. Felix, his grown son. Rudy, Cyrus’ ailing father. All steeling themselves for the burial of a man they may have loved but didn’t like. And then there’s Jackson, Felix’s new boyfriend. In the tight confines of the hotel room, it’s hard to keep secrets—especially when everyone is at a crossroads in their life. A warm and surprisingly funny family drama.

Previews: September 24–28, 2017
First Night: September 29, 2017
Regular Performances: September 30–October 15, 2017

Recommendation: High school and above.

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

Rachel Bonds has had plays developed or produced by South Coast Repertory, Ars Nova, Women’s Project Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Atlantic Theater Company, La Jolla Playhouse, McCarter Theatre Center, Studio Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Williamstown Theatre Festival and New York Stage & Film, among others. Her plays include Curve of Departure (SCR, Studio Theatre); Five Mile Lake (SCR, McCarter; Weissberger Award); Sundown, Yellow Moon (Ars Nova/WP); At the Old Place (La Jolla); The Wolfe Twins (Studio Theatre); Swimmers (Marin Theatre Company; Sky Cooper Prize). She is an alumna of the EST’s Youngblood, Ars Nova’s Play Group and SPACE on Ryder Farm’s Working Farm Writers’ Group. She was the 2016 Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence at Ars Nova. Bonds is an alumna of Brown University.

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Christian Barillas (Jackson) appeared at SCR previously in Amadeus, Peter and the Starcatcher, A Christmas Carol and The Motherf**ker with the Hat, for which he received a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle nomination. On “Modern Family,” he recurs as Ronaldo opposite Nathan Lane and, most recently, appeared in “The Handmaid’s Tale.” His other recent credits include Romeo in Romeo & Juliet and Richard III (Utah Shakespeare Festival), Pride and Prejudice and Twelfth Night (Oregon Shakespeare Festival) and Lydia (Yale Repertory Theatre and Denver Center for the Performing Arts). His additional theatre credits include R&J at A Noise Within, Macbeth with Antaeus Theatre Company, Sonia Flew at Laguna Playhouse, A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings at Center Theatre Group and Cornerstone Theater Company’s As You Like It presented at Pasadena Playhouse. His other television credits include a recurring role as a transgender informant on “The Bridge,” “The Great Indoors,” Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Without a Trace.” He was a series regular on CBS’ “The Jim Gaffigan Show” and also appeared in the pilot for ABC Family’s “Bunheads,” opposite Sutton Foster. His film credits include Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths, Best Night Ever, Bosco’s Guitar and Two Man Job. Barillas attended the University of North Carolina and received his MFA from UCLA, where he was the recipient of the George Burns Fellowship in Comedy.

​Allan Miller ​(Rudy) has acted in more than 300 films, television productions and plays. He last appeared at SCR in Brooklyn Boy by Donald Margulies and most recently in Awake and Sing (Odyssey Theatre) and Broadway Bound (Odyssey Theatre, La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts). He was in Three Views of the Same Object (Rogue Machine Theatre), Brooklyn Boy (Manhattan Theatre Club), and Substance of Fire (Seattle Repertory Theatre). He created the role of Abe Burrows in Are You Now... at Yale Repertory Theatre. His latest film was Bad Words and his most recent television role was in an episode of “Silicon Valley.” For 10 years, he was artistic director of the Back Alley Theatre (Los Angeles). He has directed more than 40 plays, including his own award-winning play, The Fox. Miller taught at Yale School of Drama, New York University and currently is teaching at the Actors Studio Drama School. He is the author of the book A Passion for Acting, also available in a digital version from Amazon, and the DVD Auditioning.

Larry Powell (Felix) was last seen at SCR in the role of Felix in the Pacific Playwrights Festival reading of Curve of Departure and he is truly happy to be a part of the actual production, as well. His recent credits include Peter in Evanston Salt Costs Climbing at the Ojai Playwrights Conference and Rexy/Jason in The Legend of Georgia McBride at Geffen Playhouse. Before that, he appeared in Lost in The Stars at UCLA’s Royce Hall, directed by Anne Bogart, and the world premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s new play, Seared, at San Francisco Playhouse. He played Homer in Center Theatre Group’s production of Father Comes Home From the Wars, for which he received an Ovation Award nomination. He originated the role of Associate Pastor Joshua in Lucas Hnath’s The Christians (Humana Festival of New American Plays, Playwrights Horizons and Mark Taper Forum). His other credits include Martin Luther King Jr. in The Mountaintop (L.A. Theatre Works and Actors Theatre of Louisville); While I Yet Live (Primary Stages); The Brothers Size (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Broke-ology (Lincoln Center Theater and Kansas City Repertory Theatre); four seasons at the Obie Award-winning The Fire This Time Festival; and Bronzeville (Robey Theatre Company, NAACP Award nomination). He will appear in the upcoming film, The Browsing Effect. Powell is also a published playwright and a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.

Kim Staunton (Linda) last appeared at SCR as Linda in Death of a Salesman (2013) and as Berniece in The Piano Lesson. She has been a guest company member at the Denver Center Theatre Company (DCTC) for the past 14 seasons, and represented DCTC as an inaugural Lunt-Fontanne Fellow at Ten Chimneys Foundation. Staunton has appeared regionally at Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Ebony Repertory Theatre, Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre, Portland Stage Company, Syracuse Stage, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Lake Dillon Theater Company, Lone Tree Arts Center, Virginia Stage Company, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Folger Theatre, Arena Stage, Hartford Stage Company and the O’Neill Theatre Center. She has performed in numerous productions on and off-Broadway. Her film credits include First Sunday, Changing Lanes, Heat, Dragonfly, Bark, Holy Man, Deceived and Amos and Andrew. Her television appearances have included guest-starring roles on “Eleventh Hour,” “Army Wives,” “The Nine,” “Bones,” “Strong Medicine,” “Judging Amy,” “Law & Order,” “City of Angels,” “New York Undercover” and TNT’s original movie, Glory & Honor. Staunton is a native of Washington, D.C., and a graduate of The Juilliard School.

Creative Team
Mike Donahue (Director) is a New York-based director. His New York City credits include the world premieres of Matthew Lopez’s The Legend of Georgia McBride (MCC Theater, Geffen Playhouse, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Joe A. Callaway Award, Outer Critics Circle Nomination); Jordan Seavey’s Homos, or Everyone In America (Labyrinth Theater Company); Jen Silverman’s Phoebe in Winter (Clubbed Thumb), The Hunters (Cherry Lane Mentor Project) and The Moors (The Playwrights Realm); and Ethan Lipton’s Red-Handed Otter (The Playwrights Realm). Regionally, he directed the world premieres of Jen Silverman’s The Roommate (Williamstown Theatre Festival, Humana Festival of New American Plays) and Collective Rage (Woolly Mammoth Theatre); Rachel Bonds’ The Wolfe Twins (Studio Theatre) and Swimmers (Marin Theatre Company); and Lauren Feldman’s Grace, or The Art of Climbing (Denver Center for the Performing Arts). He has directed readings and workshops at Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Underground, New York Theatre Workshop, Soho Rep, McCarter Theatre Center, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and Ars Nova. Donahue is the recipient of a Fulbright Artist Grant-Berlin, the Dramaleague Fall Fellowship, The Boris Sagal Fellowship at Williamstown and was the artistic director of the Yale Summer Cabaret for two seasons. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the Yale School of Drama. Coming up, he’ll direct Curve of Departure for Studio Theatre and the world premiere of Matthew Lopez’s Zoey’s Perfect Wedding (Denver Center for the Performing Arts).

Lauren Helpern (Scenic Design) has designed scenery for numerous critically acclaimed productions including 4000 Miles at Lincoln Center Theater (Lucille Lortel Award); the Pulitzer Prize-winner Disgraced at Lincoln Center’s LCT3; The Model Apartment for Primary Stages, which was on Time magazine’s and Ben Brantley’s New York Times’ “Best of Theater” lists; Bad Jews at Roundabout Theatre Company, which was on AM New York’s Top 10 list; BUG at Barrow Street Theatre (Obie Award); and Blue Man Group/Live at Luxor in Las Vegas (Eddy Award, also productions in Boston and Chicago). Based in New York City, she has designed on and off-Broadway and for companies including Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, MCC Theater, Atlantic Theater Company, La MaMa, Second Stage and TheatreworksUSA. Regionally, she has designed at La Jolla Playhouse, Geffen Playhouse, The Old Globe, Arizona Theatre Company, Huntington Stage Company, Portland Center Stage, Guthrie Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, Chautauqua Theatre Company and Anchorage Opera, among others. She is a production designer for the web series “Janice Gunter: Ghost Hunter.” Helpern has designed events and benefits for a diverse group of clients. Her work can be seen at

Rachel Myers (​Costume Design) is a designer for stage and film in both costume and scenic design. She has designed for many regional theatres including Center Theatre Group, South Coast Repertory, The Shakespeare Theatre, Getty Villa, The Watermill Center and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Her Los Angeles design credits include Rattlestick West, Los Angeles Ovation Awards, International Artist Managers’ Association, The Theatre @ Boston Court and VS. Theatre Company. Her production design film credits include Short Term 12 (winner of SXSW and Independent Spirit awards), The Drowning, Search Party, Identity Theft, Chronicles Simpson, Saving Lincoln and Liminal (winner of Best Art Direction at the Barcelona International Film Festival, Punta del Este Festival and Action on Film Festival). Her television designs include “East Los High” for Hulu, “Five Points” for Facebook, “Sing It” for YouTube-Red, “Faking It” for MTV, “Blue” for Lifetime (nominee for an Art Directors Guild Award) and “Paloma” and “Video Game High School” for Lionsgate (2014 and 2015 Producers Guild Award nominations and a Streamy Award nomination for Best Production Design). Her commercial clients include Crayola, ADIDAS, Ray Ban, ESPN, Volkswagon, Marriott, DAQRI, Hewlett Packard, Turbo Tax, Wrigley’s, Gevalia, CVS, Soul, Pampers, L’Oreal, Schick, Taco Bell, Macaroni Grill and Getty Images. Her award-winning experiential design company, 3 PENNY DESIGN, has conceived and produced live events, brand activations, pop-ups and interiors for “The Emmys,” “The Golden Globe Awards,” VIDCON in Times Square and more. Myers received her MFA from the Yale School of Drama and is a member of the Art Directors Guild, Local 800, and United Scenic Artists, Local 829. Additional samples of her work can be viewed at and

Scott Zielinsk (Lighting Design) has created designs for more than 300 productions in theatre, dance and opera throughout the world. He has worked extensively in New York (including Topdog/Underdog on Broadway) and at most regional theatres including Arena Stage, Goodman Theatre, Guthrie Theater, Joseph Papp Public Theater, Lincoln Center Festival, Mark Taper Forum, New York Theatre Workshop and Steppenwolf Theatre Company. His extensive work outside the U.S. includes theatre productions in Adelaide, Amsterdam, Avignon, Berlin, Bregenz, Edinburgh, Fukuoka, Gennevilliers, Goteborg, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Linz, Ljubljana, London, Lyon, Melbourne, Orleans, Oslo, Ottawa, Paris, Reykjavik, Rotterdam, Rouen, St. Gallen, Seoul, Shanghai, Shizuoka, Singapore, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Vienna, Vilnius and Zurich. His opera and dance highlights include productions for Opera Australia, Bregenzer Festspiele, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Canadian Opera Company, Opera Colorado, English National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Lithuanian National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Minnesota Opera, National Changgeuk Opera of Korea, De Nederlandse Opera, New York City Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Pittsburgh Opera, Opera de Rouen Haute Normandie, Royal Opera House, San Francisco Opera, Spoleto Festival, American Ballet Theatre, American Dance Festival, Boston Ballet, Canada Dance Festival, Centre National de la Danse (Paris), Dance Theater Workshop, Houston Ballet, The Joyce, Kansas City Ballet, The Kennedy Center, National Ballet of Canada, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Stuttgart Ballet.

Peter Bayne (Original Music and Sound Design) returns to SCR, where he previously composed and sound-designed District Merchants, Office Hour and James and the Giant Peach. His other theatre credits include Center Theatre Group, A Noise Within, The Theatre @Boston Court, The Fountain Theatre (resident composer and sound designer), Antaeus Theatre Company, Rubicon Theatre Company, The Colony Theatre Company, The Actors’ Gang, Rogue Machine Theatre, Skylight Theatre Company, Theatre of Note and The Elephant Theatre Company. His other regional credits include American Repertory Theater, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Portland Playhouse, Shakespeare and Company and Actors’ Shakespeare Project. Bayne is active as a composer in film and television. He produces dance music and performs as a multi-instrumentalist. He earned a BA in music from Vassar College and an MFA in composition and theory from Brandeis University.

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 Office Hour by Julia Cho. 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 (Getty Villa, 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.

Bree Sherry (Stage Manager) has previously worked off-Broadway on These Paper Bullets! (Atlantic Theater Company). Her regional theatre credits include A Doll’s House, Part 2 and Destiny of Desire (SCR); These Paper Bullets! (The Geffen Playhouse); Kiss Me, Kate (Pasadena Playhouse); Princess & Pirates (Kirk Douglas Theatre), A Snow White Christmas (San Diego Repertory); Shear Madness and 12 Angry Men (Florida Repertory Theatre); The Reduced History of Comedy Abridged, Talley’s Folly, Equally Divided, Stella & Lou, Devil’s Music and Mrs. Mannerly (Merrimack Repertory Theatre); Nutcracker and The Sun Also Rises (The Washington Ballet); Bad Jews, The Motherf**ker with the Hat (Studio Theatre); A Christmas Carol, A Doll House, Dial “M” for Murder, Masquerade, Steel Magnolias and The Sunset Limited (Triad Stage); and The Servant of Two Masters and Rough Crossing (Yale Repertory Theatre). She is operations manager for the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, touring stage manager with the Reduced Shakespeare Company, and has served as production manager for UC-Santa Barbara’s Department of Theatre and Dance. She has worked on the Latin Grammy and the Drama Desk Awards. Sherry earned her BA in technical theatre and design from Elon University and her MFA in stage management from Yale University, School of Drama.
Allan Miller and Kim Staunton in "Curve of Departure." Photo by ​Danielle Bliss.
Kim Staunton and Larry Powell in "Curve of Departure." Photo by ​Danielle Bliss.
Kim Staunton and Larry Powell in "Curve of Departure." Photo by Debora Robinson.
Larry Powell and Allan Miller in "Curve of Departure." Photo by ​Debora Robinson.
Kim Staunton, Allan Miller and Larry Powell in "Curve of Departure." Photo by ​Debora Robinson.
Christian Barillas, Kim Staunton and Larry Powell in "Curve of Departure." Photo by ​Danielle Bliss.
Christian Barillas, Kim Staunton, Allan Miller and Larry Powell in "Curve of Departure." Photo by ​Debora Robinson.
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