Play By Ear

A 2001 Herbert Berghof Memorial Production

Playwright: Julie McKee

Director: Pamela Berlin

Cast: Patricia Conolly*, Mary Fogarty*, Rebecca Nelson*.

Scenic Design: Vicki R. Davis, Lightning Design: Chris Dallos Costume Design: Amela Baksic Sound Design: Robert Auld Production Stage Manager: David Apichell* Artistic Director: William Carden Managing Director: Robert Callely Master Electrician: Edmond Deraedt Technical Director: Josh Sherer Set Construction Crew: Steve Hayes & Rob Graham Electrics Crew: Andrew Schwartz & Kate Lewis Assistant Stage Managers: Damian Acosta & Angie Morrow Sound Board Operator: Sasenarine Ramlakhan

*Appearing courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association

Play By Ear was performed December 8th-21st, 2001

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The First Course

An HB Studio Special Presentation of a Work-in-Progress

Playwright: Jocelyn Meinhardt

Director: Andy Goldberg

Cast: Brian Kerwin, Betty Low, Russell Soder, Merritt Wever

Design Consultants: John Pollard, Chris Dallos, Leslie Bernstein, Robert Auld Scene: John Pollard Lighting: Chris Dallos Costume: Leslie Bernstein Sound: Robert Auld Assistant Stage Managers: Loren Crawford & James Wilson

The First Course was performed July 17th – 20th, 2002The First Course - HB Studio

The Funeral Plays

One Act Play Festival

Playwrights: Tug Yourgrau, Julie McKee, Ari Roth, Catherine Filloux, Daniel Reitz, Peter Sagal, Alexandra Gersten, Dmitry Lipkin, Ed Napier, Neena Beber, Jacquelyn Reingold, Quincy Long, Susan Sandler, Lisa Maria Radano, Theresa Rebeck, Donna deMatteo.

Directors: Susan Einhorn, Deborah Hedwall, Jim Milton, Jean Randich, Peter Wallace, Susan Einhorn, Caroline Kava, Oleg Kheyfets, Stephen DiMenna, Linsay Firman, Susann Brinkley, Kathleen Dimmick, Amy Saltz, Sarah Stern, Max Mayer, Carol Rosenfeld.

Cast: Daniel Ahearn, Stephanie Anson, Beth Bartley, Drew Battles, Larry Block, Caren Browning, Donald Buka, Molly Carden, Michael Countryman, Todd Alan Crain, Jim Cyrus, Tami Dixon, Marvin Einhorn, Claudia Fielding, Sean Folster, Abigail Gampel, Gin Hammond, Jayne Haynes, Tomothy Huang, Annette Hunt, Joseph Jamrog, Peter Jensen, Hamish Linklater, Amy Love, Tony Matines, Julie McKee, Elizabeth Worth McKibbon, Mark Nelson, Alexandra Napier, Gerard O’Brien, Evan Robertson, Adam Rose, Stephen Singer, Dale Soules, Valerie Stanford, Dolores Sutton, David Troy, Joe Urla, Trevor A. Williams, Jonathan Woodward, Amy Wright, Mark Zeisler.

Set: Vickie Davis Lights: Renee Molina Sound – Evening B: Robert Auld Sound – Evening A: Steve LeSieur Costumes – B: Amela Baksic Costumes – A: Christopher Peterson Tech Director: Carlo Adinolfi Production Stage Managers: David Apichell, Richard Hodge.

The Funeral Plays were performed June 6th – 25th

Cries from the CockpitAt his mother’s funeral, Jim freaks out when he sees her body in shocking conditions. 

Mathematics by Daniel Reitz: Canise, a priest and Dennis, a dead man in a coffin have a discussion as he is being buried.

Milton Bradley by Peter Sagal: At a funeral home, a man remembers his late brother with Allen, a rabbi.

Funeral Play by Julie McKee: In a funeral parlor two women who were married to the same same man reminisce and bond over their relationship to the deceased.

Jeffery Slugworth: Ex-Embalmer by Ari Roth: Jeff a former alcoholic in rehab talks to the man who helped him find his sobriety.

The Lessons Of My Father by Catherine filloux: Siblings at a funeral for their father reflect on the memories with him.

Untitled by Theresa Rebeck:  Jim and Roy, two estranged brothers reconcile at their father’s funeral.

The Obit by Donna De Matteo: In a reception room at a funeral home a family reconciles.

The Divine Child by Lisa-Marie Radano: An old woman and a young girl talk about life in a funeral home.

The Burial Society by Susan Sandler: During a funeral service at a chapel, Bella and Al, two distant siblings reconcile.

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Play by Ear

Playwright: Julie McKee

Director: Pamela Berlin

Cast: Patricia Conolly, Mary Fogarty, Rebecca Nelson,

Set: Vicki R. Davis Lighting: Chris Dallos Costume: Amela Baksic Sound: Robert Auld Production Stage Manager: David Apichell

Play by Ear was performed December 8th – 9th, 12th – 16th, 18th – 21st

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The Hospital Plays

One Act Play Festival

Playwrights: Neena Beber, Laura Cunnigham, Donna de Matteo, Catherine Filloux, Alexandra Gersten, Adam Kraar, Quincy Long, Julie Mckee, Jocelyn Meinhardt, Lisa-Maria Radano, Jacqueln Reingold, Daniel Reitz, Susan Sandler, Tug Yourgrau

Directors: Amy Saltz, John Steber, Jean Randich, Ethan Silverman, Guy Boyd, Marya Cohn, Thoma Caruso, Amy Wright, Carol Rosenfeld, Susan Einhorn, Kathleen Dimmick, John Coles, Joe Brancato

Cast: Betsy Aidem, Larry Block, Guy Boyd, Julie Boyd, Carla Briscoe, Gary Brownlee, Elizabeth Bunch, Marylouise Burke, Molly Carden, Patrick Darragh, Jack Davidson, Cecilia deWolf, Michael Esper, Gregory Esposito, Christine Farrell, Laura Flanagan, Dorothi Fox, Nancy Giles, Rod Grader, Kristin Griffith, Suzanna Hay, Larissa Kiel, Francesco LoJacono, Nikki Maack, Julie Mond, Carole Monferdini, Anne O’ Sullivan, Brenton popolizio, Eric Rasmussen, Courtney Reynolds, Adam Rose, Joan Rosenfels, Sidney Williams, Toshi Yamamoto

Director of the Playwrights Unit: Pamela Berlin, Casting Director: Cindi Rush, C.S.A., Set Design: Michael Schweikardt, Lighting Design: John Lasiter, Costume Design: Evening A- Mary Margaret O’ Neil, Costume Design: Evening B- Christopher Peterson, Sound Design: Evening A- John Kadela, Sound Design: Evening B- Robert Auld, Production Stage Managers: David Apichell, Richard Hodge

The Hospital Plays were performed June 5th – 24th, 2001

A Case of You: Kim is in the hospital due to an accident with her son Bobby at her side. During this play, Bobby and his mother get into arguments over another family member. 

The Volunteer: Emily is a hospital volunteer who has an in depth conversation about life while being fired by her superior, Dr. Samuels. 

Aftermath: While in the hospital Muriel talks to a candy striper about how her husband betrayed her. 

Jiley Nance and Lednerg: Jiley is a woman who visits a hospital for testing and encounters an old enemy.  

The Beauty Inside: A mother, Peri and her pregnant daughter, Yalova have a heartfelt conversion about life. 

El Depresso Espresso: A depressed woman, Liv visits a clinic and speaks to two doctors who talk about finding happiness. 

In Bed with Kafka/ Kafka in Bed: Patient K and his significant other, F have a discussion with Dr. X  after they receive news that patient K is terminally ill. 

Hokey-Pokey: A woman, Vivien has a conversation with a man in the hospital bed next to hers.

Her Name Is Kathy: This story revolves around a conversation between a lawyer and the son of a famous judge after a fatal car crash. 

Homer Falls: Two men are sharing a hospital room when they realize they have connection from the past.

Surviving Mom: This story is about Elsa and Suzy, a mother and daughter who discuss life while in a hospital. 

The Hospital Play: A man and a woman in a waiting room talk about their former marriage to each other.

Stand up Hospital: A stand up comedian does a show in a hospital wing.