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Show times: Tues @ 7:00 (Jan 31 only), Wed & Thurs @ 7:30 PM, Fri & Sat @ 8 PM, Sun @ 4 PM, Thurs matinee @ 2:00 PM (Feb 9 only).

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Post-show discussion with the actors, facilitated by Lee Rayburn of WHCU.

Preshow talk by John W. Fitzpatrick, Louis Agassiz Director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

6:30 pm - Reception 
6:45 pm - Talk

John Fitzpatrick

Dr. John W. Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., is Director of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University. From 1988-1995 he was Executive Director of the Archbold Biological Station in central Florida, and before that served for twelve years as Curator of Birds and Chairman of the Department of Zoology at the Field Museum in Chicago. He has authored over 150 scientific papers, discovered and described seven bird species, and is co-inventor of eBird, one of the world’s largest and most rapidly growing citizen-science projects.


The bar will stay open after the show, and anyone under 40 gets a free drink!


Birds of East Africa
By Wendy Dann
Jan 29 - Feb 12, 2017
World Premiere!

Director: Rachel Lampert
CSP Management

With: Jacob Goodhart, Lena Kaminsky*, Gabriel Marin*, Daniel Pettrow*, Jeremiah Porter, and Jeremy Swift

Additional Support from:
Elissa Cogan
David Squires

World Premiere Marion, an accomplished ornithologist, finds herself without a place that feels like home. Not knowing where to land, she arrives on the doorstep of her college friend Stephen and his husband Nick. Three mid-40’s friends discover they are standing at a crossroads, and that what once seemed permanent and secure in their lives is now fragile and vulnerable. In a series of tightly wrought scenes moving back and forth in time, with actor/dancers transforming into the birds so central to Marion’s life, Wendy Dann’s new play explores how we heal, find hope and move on. 


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Jacob Goodhart

WENDY DANN (Playwright) is a writer and director based in Ithaca. She is the co-author of the musical Sammy & Me (MusicalFare Theatre, Hangar Theatre, Alliance Theatre, National Black Theatre Festival and New Vintage Theatricals). Her play The Strangest Thing was a finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and her short play Brother Love was a finalist for the Arts & Letters Prize in Drama and was published in Stone Canoe. Her work has been developed and produced by the Hangar Theatre Pilot Series, the Civic Ensemble and Cherry Arts. Wendy is a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Playwriting. Regional directing work includes Dallas Theater Center, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Alliance Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Capitol Repertory Theatre, Kitchen Theatre Company, and seven seasons as associate artistic director at the Hangar Theatre. Member, SDC and the Dramatists Guild of America.

RACHEL LAMPERT (Director) Kitchen Theatre Company director credits include: Hand to God, Frankie & Johnny in the Clare de Lune, Miss Julie, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Glass Menagerie, The Price, Our Town, Our David, Broke-ology, Swimming in the Shallows, A Delicate Balance, Talley's Folley, Master Class, Lonely Planet, Venus in Fur among others. A My Name is Alice (Arkansas Rep), Falsettos, The Sisters Rosensweig, Sweeney Todd (Hangar Theatre), Swimming in the Shallows (Cal Rep), West Side Story, Gypsy, Fiddler on the Roof (Mill Mountain Theatre). See full Artistic Director bio here.

TUCKER DAVIS (Choreographer) has danced around the world and studied all styles of dance in cities including NYC, Madrid, London and Berlin. Tucker danced in the National Broadway Touring companies of Cats and Susan Stroman's The Music Man and has performed with US theater companies including the Dallas Theater Center, Fulton Opera House, Theater Under the Stars, Sacramento Music Circus, Marriot Lincolnshire, Sierra Repertory Theatre, Kitchen Theatre Company and Carousel Dinner Theater. An accomplished ballet dancer, Tucker danced as a principal with Lydia Johnson Dance and the Gehring Dance Theater, as a soloist with De Funes Dance and Collective Body Dance Lab, and in the corps with Chase Brock Dance Experience, Eglevsky Ballet, and Ruth Rosenberg Dance Ensemble. As a choreographer Tucker recently choreographed contemporary works for NYC's Periapsis Music and Dance, The Gehring Dance Theater, Socrates Art Festival, Dixon Place Dance Week, PeriDance and MadCo in Montana. For more information please visit www.TuckerDavisDance.com.

GRANT CAREY (Original Music & Sound Design) is a singer-songwriter, composer, music producer, music director & theatre artist from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Grant has written original music for a variety of albums, plays, short films, musicals, and dance works. Recently, he collaborated with his alma mater Ithaca College & the Department of Theatre Arts to compose an original ballet choreographed by Amy O'Brien. Last winter, Grant composed the Idaho premiere of Angels in America: Millennium Approaches. Favorite music direction credits include Spring Awakening & Next to Normal. Recent performance credits include Shrek in Shrek the Musical and Henry in Next to Normal. Grant is also a member of indie pop group Summer Underground. Last year, Summer Underground completed a 20-city nationwide tour in support of their 3rd album More Than a Friend, Less Than a Lover. In 2016, Grant began his first solo music endeavor Private Victories. Private Victories' self-titled debut album was released last May. Grant holds a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance from Ithaca College. More at www.grantcarey.xyz

SCOTT HITZ (Robotics) is a Director, Producer, Puppeteer, and educator whose work has been seen worldwide. His company, PuppHitz, is dedicated to promoting the art of puppetry and to expanding the idea of what that art form can do. Scott was also a co-founder of Monkey Boys Productions where he still serves as an Associate Artist and Producer from time to time.  His work has been seen on television: TV Funhouse (Comedy Central), The Book of Pooh (The Disney Channel), Mother Goose Jams (Sprout), and on stage: Avenue Q (Vineyard Theater, NYC), Bunnicula (The Arden Theater, Philadelphia), Little Shop of Horrors (Ford’s Theater, Washington DC), Animal Farm (Synapse Theatre, NYC).  Directing and writing credits include: Carnival of the Animals (Philadelphia Orchestra), Orchestra 2000 (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra), Little Shop of Horrors (Associate Director, Hangar Theatre), Spring (Sprout Television). Scott has also been honored with the position of Artist in Residence at the Eugene O’Neil Theater Center summer puppetry program, where he began work on his stage adaptation of The Little Prince, which premiered at Cape May Stage in NJ and eventually played at the New Victory Theatre on 42nd street in NYC. His work has taken him to Korea as part of the Chunchon International Festival for Puppetry, and he has also been the recipient of a Henson seed grant for his production Ursa Major: The Voice of the Bear. This season Scott served as Puppet Director for the Kitchen’s Hand To God, an opportunity he is most grateful for. He is extremely happy to be able to give his services once again to the Kitchen and Rachel.

STEVE TENEYCK (Lighting Designer) is pleased to return to Kitchen Theatre Company having designed over 25 productions since 2001. Some favorites include The Trial, The Glass Menagerie, The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, A Perfect Ganesh and Buyer and Cellar from last year’s season. Design work has been seen both nationally and internationally. Companies include Syracuse Stage, Pennsylvania Shakespeare, TACT-NYC, Big Art Group NYC, The Dallas Theatre Center, The Gulf Shore Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Hangar Theatre, Tacoma Opera, Madison Opera, Syracuse Opera, Anchorage Opera, Minnesota Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Tri-Cities Opera and The Mill City Summer Opera. Designs for live events with the Herson Group Ltd. for such institutions as Northwestern, Princeton, Cornell, Texas A&M, and the University of Tennessee, to name a few. Steve is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 and teaches design at Ithaca College.

LISA BOQUIST (Costume Design) has designed and coordinated costumes for a number of previous productions at Kitchen Theatre Company, including: Precious Nonsense, Thin Walls, A Body of Water, Lungs, Black Pearl Sings!, Heroes, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, The Whipping Man, Circle Mirror Transformation, Irma Vep, Red Light Winter, Broke-ology and Waiting For Spring. Other favorite designs at the Kitchen include Mary's Wedding, Bed and Sofa, Last Train To Nibroc, I Become A Guitar, and Nine Parts Of Desire. She runs her own studio, where she designs and constructs prototypes, mascots and custom clothing for film and public appearances. She has been the Textiles Coordinator and Design Associate for MacKenzie-Childs, Ltd., and presently runs the costume shop at Cornell University. There she is responsible for training students in all aspects of costume construction, and has designed costumes for: Picasso At The Lapin Agile, Beat Box Bard, Bedroom Farce, and Drama, Dance And The Disco Of Desire, among others.

JUDY BOWMAN, CSA (Casting). With KTC:  Paloma, The Mountaintop, Swimming in the Shallows, Body of Water, Count Me In, Sunset Baby, Lonely Planet, Lungs, Venus in Fur, Black Pearl Sings!, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, and The Two of You.   Upcoming NY theater: Ken Urban’s Nibbler(Amoralists/Rattlestick) & Betrayal (Mile Square Theatre). Recent Projects: A Day by the Sea (Mint/Austin Pendleton), Connected (59e59/Project Y) & Abigail/1702 (Merrimack Rep). Judy also works with Dorset Theatre Festival, Woolly Mammoth, San Francisco Playhouse, Partial Comfort, & Jewish Plays Project. FILM/TV:  Hurricane Bianca (with Bianca del Rio & Rachel Dratch), Block Island, Lost Cat Corona, Gold Star, & upcoming The More Series (episodic).     2016 Artios Award nominee for Best webseries casting.  www.judybowmancasting.com


Jacob Goodhart

JACOB GOODHART (Daniel) is an actor/dancer based out of Brooklyn, NY. His TV credits include The Affair (Showtime), FOREVER (ABC), My Crazy Love (Oxygen), and Breuckelen (pilot). He is also a member of the NYC based dance company, Emily Craver and the Little Streams, and has appeared in numerous national commercial spots. Jacob is elated to make his premier at KTC. He sends all his love to his family. 

Lena Kaminsky

LENA KAMINSKY* (Marion) is thrilled to return to KTC where she was last seen in Adam Bock’s Swimming in the Shallows.  Selected credits: My Name is Asher Lev (George Street Playhouse), Outside Mullingar (Saint Michael’s Playhouse), In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play (Syracuse Stage), Frankie & Johnny in the Claire de Lune (Virginia Stage Company), Black Pearl Sings! (Portland Center Stage), Love, Janis (Kansas City Repertory Theatre) as well as work with Passage Theatre, Hartford TheaterWorks, Northern Stage, Chicago Shakespeare, Cleveland Playhouse and others. TV: Law & Order. Member of The Actors Center.  www.LenaKaminsky.com. Love to MMM.

Gabriel Marin

GABRIEL MARIN* (Nick) is excited to make his Kitchen Theatre Company debut. Selected Regional: (American Conservatory Theatre) Between Riverside and Crazy; Napoli; The Plays The Thing; Love and Information; (San Francisco Playhouse) Stage Kiss, Storefront Church, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, The MotherF**ker with the Hat Wirehead, Landscape of the Body, Bug, Jesus Hopped the A Train, and Our Lady of 121st St.(Kansas City Rep) Fire in Dreamland (TheatreWorks) Superior Donuts (San Jose Rep); The Understudy; Love in Amercican Times. (Marin Theatre Company); A Streetcar Named Desire, It's a Wonderful Life: Live Radio Play, Bellwether . (Aurora Theatre Company), Rapture, Blister Burn; This is How it Goes; Collapse; Jack Goes Boating; The Devils Disciple; St Joan; The Glass Menagerie; Gunplay.(Magic Theatre) The Happy Ones; Tape; The Rues of Charity. (Center Rep) Mirandolina; The Book Club Play; Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the new World; A Number; Arms and the Man; Noises Off; Rumors; Tuesdays with  MorrieFilm/TVOpal; Trama (NBC); How to make your first Billion and save the World (BBC); Paperback Dreams(PBS), Nash Bridges (CBS)  www.gabriel-marin.com

Daniel Pettrow

DANIEL PETTROW* (Stephen) is an actor and director based in New York. He is an associate actor with The Wooster Group (since 2006.)  He has performed in HAMLET, VIEUX CARRE, and WHO’S YOUR DADA?!. He is also a teaching artist at The Wooster Group’s Summer Institute. Daniel is a frequent collaborator with multi disciplinary theater company Bluemouth Inc. performing in DANCE MARATHON, HOW SOON IS NOW?, and DEATH BY WATER.  He works closely with French Director Arthur Nauzyciel, having performed the lead roles in Jean Genet’s SPLENDID’S, Bernard Marie Koltes’ BLACK BATTLES WITH DOGS and ROBERTO ZUCCO, and Mark Antony in JULIUS CAESAR. Daniel has performed in over 6O plays at International and Regional theaters. He directs NY sketch group SBJM. Daniel is the communications coordinator and drama teacher for Heifetz International Music Institute. He also is a guest teacher at NYU and other leading dance and theater companies. Daniel has collaborated with John Heginbotham as the drama director for YoungArts Miami (2015) and YoungArts LA (2016 & 2017). Daniel performs the role of “The Wolf” in Isaac Mizrahi’s production of PETER AND THE WOLF at The Guggenheim for their ‘Works and Process’ series. TV:  “Red Band Society”, “Good Eats”, “Don’t Know Jack”.  FILM:  “In Stereo”, “Sweet Parents”, “The Cult of Sincerity”,  “The Last Adam”, “FightF*ckPray”,  “Psychopathia Sexualis”, “Kathy T”, “My Uncle Sidney.”

Jeremiah Porter

JEREMIAH PORTER (Blue Bird, Head Lab Assistant, Airplane Passenger) is delighted to be making his professional debut with Kitchen Theater Company. Born and raised in Brooklyn New York, Jeremiah spent most of his life in the city. He attended PPAS (Professional Performing Arts School) for his Freshman year of high school before going to Metropolitan School of the Arts, in Virginia, where he received the majority of his training in acting, vocal technique, and dance. He is now a Freshman at Ithaca College (BFA Acting, Class of 2020), and is excited to see what the future holds.

Jeremiah Swift

JEREMY SWIFT (Red Bird, Second Lab Assistant, Ticket Agent) is grateful to be spreading his wings in East Africa while making his KTC debut. Favorites include, Off-Broadway: TRACKS (Jamal). Regional: TARZAN (swing, dance captain, ensemble), Dreamgirls (Frank, Wayne, Tiny Joe Dixon, Ensemble), Hairspray (Gilbert/Ensemble), Rocky Horror Picture Show (Phantom), RENT (Street Performer/Ensemble). Middle chambers of my heart thanks to Judy Bowman Casting, the wonderful KTC family, my fellow thespians and the F, S & HG. Hi Mama!

(*Member, AEA)