Working Theater

at Urban Stages
259 West 30th Street, New York, NY 10001

with (l to r): Julie Jesneck, Vayu O'Donnell, Molly Carden, and Patrick Carroll



ABOUT Cherry Smoke

Poverty, first kisses, boxing, and irrational hope combine in a brutal love story about four young people trying to grasp the American Dream. In this Princess Grace Award-winning play, James McManus captures the devastated remnants of the steel towns of his youth, channeling the frustrations of a working class without work. A combustion of the magical and the mundane, Cherry Smoke takes you to a world rarely seen on the New York stage.

Scenic Design: Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams
Costume Design: Emily DeAngelis
Lighting Design: Solomon Weisbard
Sound Design: Sam Kusnetz
Props Design: Claire Kavanah

Production Manager: Libby Jensen

Production Stage Manager: Megan Schwarz Dickert
Assistant Stage Manager: Kelly Hardy

Casting Director: Stephanie Klapper
Press Representative: Daniel Demello
Fight Choreographer: Rick Sordelet


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General Admission: $25
Students / Seniors / Union Members: $23

Group Rates available - up to 30% off - please email or call 212.244.3300

April 22 through May 18, 2014
at Urban Stages
259 West 30th Street, New York, NY 10001

Monday, Wednesday - Saturday at 7.00pm
Saturday at 2.00pm
Sunday at 3.00pm

Wednesday Matinee on May 7 at 2.00pm

**Dates and Times subject to change**

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This production is made possible with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New York Theater Program, in partnership with the New York Foundation for the Arts, and a grant from the Shubert Foundation.


James McManus

James McManus (Playwright) is the author of six plays: Love on San Pedro, Dorothy 6, Bulldog Whiskey, Underground, Cherry Smoke and Blood Potato. His plays have been developed and performed at Cornerstone Theater Company, Labyrinth Theater Company, Apothecary Theatre Company, The Clockwork Theatre, Glass Umbrella Creative (Sydney), Revolt Theatre (Melbourne), Gurnet Theatre Project, The Kennedy Center, The BE Company, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Barebones Productions, Irish Repertory Theatre, Son of Semele, The Side Project Theatre Company, The Lark Play Development Center, The Inkwell, Diverse City Theater Company, and the August Wilson Center for African American Culture. James was the recipient of the 2006 Princess Grace Award in Playwriting for Cherry Smoke, which is published by Samuel French. He received an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University and is a resident playwright at New Dramatists.

Tamilla Woodard

Tamilla Woodard (Director) is a Director residing in New York City. She is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, an alumnus of The Lincoln Center Directors Lab and founder of PopUp Theatrics, a partnership creating site impacting theatrical events in collaboration with theatre artists working around the globe. Most recent work: Long Distanace Affair: BA Edition, (Bienal Arte Joven Buenos Aires and PopUP Theatrics, Buenos Aires) INSIDE (PopUP Theatrics, Madrid, Spain;) La Ruta, by Ed Cardona Jr ( Working Theater, NYC) With PopUP Theatrics: Long Distance Affair, an international collaboration for live Skype performance; Hotel Project, Co-Creator, world premiere in Querétaro Mexico in July 2011, American premiere at Washington Jefferson Hotel and the Summit Grand Hotel in January 2012; Other recent work includes, 3 Editions of Long Distance Affair, Edinburgh, Scotland, Querétaro, Mexico, New York, USA; DramaTour in Querétaro Mexico (Sabandijas del Palacio) Valiant by Lanna Joffrey at InterAct Theatre (Philadelphia, PA); Nightlands by Sylvan Oswald (New Georges,NYC) and the development and direction of Saviana Stanescu's Polanski Polanski (Teatrul Odeon, Bucharest; The Sibiu International Theatre Festival, Sibiu, TIFF International Festival, Cluj; PS122/SoloNOVA festival, HERE, NYC and The Chain, LIC, New York). She has directed for the Working Theater, HERE, The Actors Theatre of Louisville, PS122, DR 2, The Culture Project, Urban Stages, Dance Theatre Workshop, The Kitchen Theatre and for festivals around the US and internationally. She a recipient of The Charles Bowden Award from New Dramatists, The Josephine Abady Award from The League of Professional Theatre Women, New York Theatre Workshop Director Fellowship, New Georges Audrey Residency and a TCG On The Road Grant.

Molly Carden

Molly Carden (Cherry) New York credits: Downtown Race Riot (NYSF/Powerhouse Theater), Emotional Creature (Signature Theatre), Everything is Ours (HERE Arts/Colt Coeur) in addition to many readings and workshops at Ensemble Studio Theatre where she is a member. Regional: Emotional Creature (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), The Great Immensity, (co-production with The Civilians at Kansas City Repertory Theatre) Proof (Temple Theatre in North Carolina). Molly trained at University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Patrick Carroll

Patrick Carroll (Duffy) made his Broadway debut in David Lindsay Abaire's Good People directed by Daniel Sullivan at Manhattan Theatre Club. Recent theater credits include Fires Are Confusing (NYS&F), Are You There McPhee? (McCarter), Titus Andronicus (The Public Theatre), A Maze (NYS&F). He made his feature film debut in a leading role in Brian DePalma's Redacted, and appeared in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby and Virgin Alexander. In television, he will next be seen in the upcoming HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge and the TNT series "Public Morals." He has also appeared on "Boardwalk Empire," "Law & Order," "Do No Harm," "Eleventh Hour" and "Six Degrees." Patrick is a graduate of the Rutgers University acting conservatory program.

Julie Jesneck

Julie Jesneck (Bug) Broadway: Rock 'N Roll; Off-Broadway credits include Mary Broome and Love Goes to Press (Mint Theater), Tricks The Devil Taught Me (Minetta Lane), The Runner Stumbles (The Actors Company Theatre), Romania. Kiss Me! (The Play Co.), Mr. Marmalade (Roundabout), Abu Ghraib Triptych (Ensemble Studio Theatre), as well as the Drama League, Cherry Lane, Summer Play Festival, and HERE. Regional credits include: Cyrano de Bergerac (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Fallen Angels (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), Grace, or The Art of Climbing (Denver Center), The Gaming Table (The Folger), IN (Pioneer), 33 Variations (Capital Rep), The Trip to Bountiful *Henry Award for Best Supporting Actress (Denver Center), A Thousand Clowns (Intiman), Thinking Of You (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Othello and A Midsummer Night's Dream (The Old Globe), The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (Alliance/The Acting Co.), The Ruby Sunrise (Trinity Rep and Actors Theatre of Louisville), Mary's Wedding (San Jose Rep). TV/Film: "Law & Order," "Empire Falls" (HBO), "Feeling Tall," "Fishy Business." Julie is a graduate of The Juilliard School.

Vayu O'Donnell

Vayu O'Donnell (Fish) is an actor/writer based in New York. He is a graduate of Yale University where he majored in American Studies with a concentration in Cultural Theory and minored in theater. He then graduated the Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting program. His credits include: BROADWAY: Golden Boy (Lincoln Center, Driscoll, Dir. Bartlet Sher) and Man And Boy (Roundabout, Basil, u/s Beeston, Dir. Maria Aitken), and NEW YORK: The Poor of New York (Connolley Theater), Jester's Dead (The PIT), L(y)re (Ars Nova), Desperate Writers (Union Sq. Theater), Tales From the Tunnel (Bleeker St. Theater), The Picture of Dorian Gray (Theater Row), Dance Dance Revolution (Les Freres, Dir. Alex Timbers), Perfect Harmony (Theatre Row), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Poor Tom Productions, Dir. Moritz VonStupenagel) REGIONAL: Edward II, Tamburlaine (Shakespeare Theater D.C.); Double Indemnity (Old Globe Theater); Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), Of Mice and Men (Cleveland Playhouse/Buffalo Studio Arena), Sweet Bird of Youth, This is a Play, Harmonious Pimps of Harmony (Williamstown Theater Festival), FILM/TV: I Just Want My Pants Back; The Weekend; Suzanne and Sharif; USMC; Created, and co-wrote the new web-show "80/20" with Christopher Oscar Pena.

Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams (Scenic Designer) Recent Credits include: The Brothers Size, The Glass Menagerie, and The Cook (Seattle Repertory Theatre), It's A Wonderful Life: a Live Radio Play (Long Wharf Theatre), Abe Lincoln in Illinois, and The Year of Magical Thinking (Intiman Theatre), Top Dog/Under Dog, and 9 parts of Desire (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Macbeth, Dispatches from (A)mended America, and Hold These Truth (Epic Theater Ensemble, Off Broadway), points of departure, kissing Fidel and Tight Embrace (INTAR Theatre, Off Broadway), Lenin's Embalmers and Pigeon (The Ensemble Studio Theatre, Off Broadway), Our Dad is in Atlantis (Working Theatre, Off Broadway), Low (The Public Theatre's Under the Radar Festival), Three Musketeers the musical (Nissei Theatre, Tokyo), Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci (Nikikai Opera, Tokyo), The Mikado (Opera Theatre of St. Louis). Mikiko's work has been seen at Cornerstone Theatre Company, Cincinnati Playhouse, Yale Repertory Theatre, Brevard Music Center, New Jersey Opera, National Asian- American Thteatre, Yale Opera, among others. As an Associate Scenic Designer, Broadway credits include: Golden Boy, That Championship Season, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Next Fall and Joe Turner's Come and Gone, and for the US, UK and Australian national tour of Lincoln Center Theatre production of South Pacific. MFA: Yale School of Drama, BFA: Cornish College of the Arts

Emily Morgan DeAngelis (Costume Designer) is a sought after designer both in development of World Premiere work and the revamping of classic pieces for modern audiences. Emily's Opera work includes projects with Ash Lawn Opera and Gotham Chamber Opera. Internationally her costumes can be seen touring with Parsons Dance Company in Round My World, and in The Physicists for the National Hungarian Theatre of Cluj, Romania.Regional Highlights include designs for the Engeman Theatre on Long Island, PCPA Theatrefest, Le Petit Theatre of New Orleans, The Aspen Dance Festival, and collaborations with LaJolla Playhouse. Off-Broadway design work includes projects with: Working Theater, New Georges, Daryl Roth Theatrical, Prospect Theatre Company, Classical Theatre of Harlem, and The Public Theatre. Other New York credits include work for The Guggenheim Museum, The West End Theatre, The Wild Project, New York Musical Theatre Festival, and the New York Fringe Festival. Ms. DeAngelis received her MFA from the University of California, San Diego.

Solomon Weisbard (Lighting Designer) Selected credits: A Soldier's Tale, Stones in his Pockets (Yale Rep); Rite of Spring (Martha Graham Dance Co.); The Coronation of Poppea (Princeton); The Film Society (Keen / Theatre Row); I Came to Look for You on Tuesday(La Mama); Lion in Winter, A Class Act (Berkshire Theatre Festival); White's Lies (New World Stages); Christina Anderson's Hollow Roots(Public Theatre - Under the Radar); Blind.ness, Quartet v4.0 (Waxfactory); Jitney, A Christmas Carol (Portland Playhouse); Pommerat's Cinderella (Univ. of Rochester); Faust, The Barber of Seville (Tri-Cities Opera); What of the Night, St. Joan of the Stockyards (Barnard College); 9 to 5, A Chorus Line, All Shook Up (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse); Frank London's A Night in the Old Marketplace (international tour); bauhaus the bauhaus, A Gathering, The Attendants (The Nerve Tank, as resident designer). Original full-length dance / movement pieces with Alethea Adsitt, Jennifer Archibald, Julian Barnett, Ximena Garnica / Leimay, Lane Gifford, Ofelia Loret de Mola, Patrick Lovejoy, Stefanie Nelson, and three new works as associate set designer with renowned choreographer Bill T. Jones. Education: BFA at Ithaca College, MFA at Yale School of Drama.

Sam Kusnetz (Sound Designer) has been designing, composing, photographing, filming, stage managing, and solving all manner of theatrical challenges for nearly twenty years. He's thrilled to return to the Working Theatre after designing sound for last season's La Ruta. Off B'Way: Bikeman (TPAC/Commercial), Lady Day (Little Shubert/Commercial), Sleeping Rough (Page 73), Ahh Ha! (Do Jump/New 42nd Street), Brazil! Brazil! (Broadway Asia), Wearing Lorca's Bowtie (AENY El Puente), Arms and the Man, Small Craft Warnings (Jean Coctau Repertory). Regional: One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Frost/Nixon (Portland Center Stage). Other: Not All Thieves Come To Harm You (Fordham University), Bureau of Missing Persons (Neighborhood Productions) The Wonderful World of Dissocia (Third Rail Rep.), Twelfth Night (Leviathan Lab), A Tuna Christmas (Oregon Repertory), Biglittlethings (international tour, Imago Theater) Kid/Simple (world premiere, Brown University). Sam is proud to be a member of the support team for Figure 53, and just as proud to be on the theater faculty at Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn.

Claire M. Kavanah (Props Designer) is a Brooklyn-based designer and performer. She graduated from UMass Amherst with a BA in Theatre and has trained in Suzuki and dance. Claire has worked with Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA in many capacities, including education and production. Recent prop design work includes Working Theater's La Ruta, Full Stop Collective's productions of Foreplays 2012: Full Fervor and Outfoxed, and Hit the Wall at Barrow Street Theatre.

Megan Schwarz Dickert (Production Stage Manager) New York: Public, Lincoln Center, Vineyard, Rattlestick, Foundry, 13P, Civilians, Flea, Barrow Street, Clubbed Thumb (affiliated artist), Builders Association, New Georges. Regional: Hartford Stage, Williamstown, NYSAF, Long Wharf, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Trinity Rep, Adirondack Theatre Festival, and the Idaho, North Carolina, Utah, and Nebraska Shakespeare Festivals. Upcoming: The Who and the What, LCT3. Megan has PSMed two Pulitzer winners (Disgraced, LCT3, 2012 and Water by the Spoonful, Hartford Stage, 2011.) She is an advanced open water scuba diver and has run four marathons (Amsterdam 2006, NYC 2008 & 2010, and Wineglass 2013.)

Kelly Hardy (Assistant Stage Manager) New York: Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Actors Company Theater. Regional: Long Wharf Theater, Hartford Stage Company, Trinity Repertory Company, La Jolla Playhouse, Bucks County Playhouse, Repertory East Playhouse. International: Royal College of Music, London; Shakespeare's Globe, London. Education: University of California, San Diego.

Libby Jensen (Production Manager) is a freelance Production Manager as well as the Resident Production Manager at Stella Adler Studio of Acting, and enjoys working in all aspects of technical theater and design. She received her BA in Theater with an emphasis in Lighting and Scenic Design from UCLA in 2006, and has worked as a freelance lighting designer and technician in California, Massachusetts, Louisiana, and New York. Ms. Jensen's recent Production Management credits include: Hellman v. McCarthy (Abingdon Theatre Company), The Laramie Project (AfterWork Theater Project), and Mercy Killers (Working Theater and Stella Adler Studio of Acting). She is thrilled to be involved in another Working Theater production!