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Opening Night! Light food and drink provided.

OCT 21, 28 - TALKBACKS

Post-show discussion with the actors.

OCT 28 - UNDER-40 NIGHT


Swing night! Stay after the show for swing dancing in the lobby. The bar will be open too! Over 40s are welcome. With live music by Doug Robinson and Eric Aceto!

OCT 28 - WINE TASTING


Steve Stull and Jeanne Goddard speak on "Never Mind the Why and Wherefore: Life with Gilbert and Sullivan"

STEVEN STULL, baritone, has appeared with Glimmerglass Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, Syracuse Opera, Artpark, BAM, Kyrgyz State Opera, and has been heard with orchestras in Ithaca, Buffalo, Rochester, Anchorage, Jacksonville, Norwalk and in over forty performances with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, including eight productions with the Syracuse Opera. JEANNE GODDARD has trained and performed with Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane, June Finch/Danceworks, Saga Ambegaokar/Saga Dance Company, Beverly Brown, Susannah Newman, Lois Welk, and Jill Becker and Dancers.  Her work has been commissioned by ballet, modern dance, and opera companies, public television and the Western New York Institute for the Arts in Education.

Steve and Jeanne

reception: 6:30 PM
talk: 6:45 PM

Precious Nonsense

By Rachel Lampert
Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan

Oct 16 - Nov 6, 2016


Director: Sara Lampert Hoover
Music Director: Thomas Conroy*

CO-PRODUCER
Tompkins Trust Company


With: Eric Brooks*, Thomas Conroy*,
Lydia Gaston*, Jillian Gottlieb*, Patrick Halley*, Coleman Hemsath, Emily Jackson,
Weston Allen Kemp

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Recommended for ages 7+.
SYNOPSIS

A Modern Major Musical With songs by Gilbert and Sullivan, Precious Nonsense is a backstage/onstage tour de force for seven players packed with mistaken identities, romantic entanglements and gender-bending role playing. Fun for the whole family!

REVIEWS

"A sparkling musical that has not only concocted something unique and fresh out of Gilbert and Sullivan's songs, it is overflowing with enough laugh-out-loud silliness to block out winter's coldest chill" ~Ithaca Journal

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Monday-Friday 12:00-6:00pm; Saturday & Sunday 12:00-4:00pm
Box Office opens one hour before showtime

CREATIVE TEAM

RACHEL LAMPERT (Playwright) is now in her twentieth and final season as Kitchen Theatre Company Artistic Director with the 2016-2017 Season. Lampert is a playwright, director and choreographer. Her work at the Kitchen includes: Director: Hand to God, Peter & the Starcatcher (with her sister, Sara Lampert Hoover), Lonely Planet, Thin Walls, Venus in Fur, Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Opus, Broke-ology, Red Light Winter, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Mary's Wedding, Gutenberg! The Musical!, Secret Order, Last Train to Nibroc, The Glass Menagerie, The Price, Master Class, A Delicate Balance, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Swimming in the Shallows among many others. Her work as a playwright includes: The Soup Comes Last, The Book Club, adaptations of The Trial and Frankenstein, In the Company of Dancers, Losing Myself and And, Lately... With her composer/partner Larry Pressgrove she has written Tony & the Soprano, The Angle of the Sun, Bed No Breakfast, Comfort Food and Waiting for Spring. She is also the writer of many plays for family audiences, including the Emmett & Ella trilogy, The Mozart Mystery, I Have A Song to Sing O!, Fools, Schmools!, and many others with collaborator Lesley Greene. The Soup Comes Last was produced off-Broadway at 59E59 Theaters in Fall 2004. The Angle of the Sun was selected by the New York Musical Theatre Festival to be presented in NYC in September 2007. Rachel is a 4-time recipient of NEA Choreography Fellowship and a CAP Individual Artist Grant. She received a SALT Award for Best Actress 2004. Raised in Brooklyn, she moved to Ithaca as a trailing spouse with her husband David Squires in 1995. See full Artistic Director bio here.

SARA LAMPERT HOOVER (Director) - Most recent at KTC: Peter and the Starcatcherand Dancing Lessons.  Past KTC Productions: Black Pearl Sings! (Kitchen Theatre Co/GeVa),Neat, The Tricky Part, I Become a Guitar, Souvenir - 2008 SALT Award “Best Summer Production”, The Clean House, Tony And The Soprano, Yellowman, Precious Nonsense, The Syringa Tree, A Servant of Two Masters, Crumbs from the Table of Joy, Pretty Fire, and Molly Sweeney. At Vermont Stage Co: Three Days of Rain and Doubt, I Am My Own Wife. Other production credits: Falsettos, Sweeney Todd, Proof, 4 by Beckett, Merton of the Movies, Side Man, The Insect Comedy, and The Gnadiges Fraulein. Assistant directing credits: Sight Unseen (Manhattan Theatre Club, Daniel Sullivan, Director) and The Dybbuk  (Syracuse Stage, Barbara Damashek, Director). Member: SDC

THOMAS CONROY* (Herbie and Music Director) a New York City based theatre artist and musician, comes to Kitchen Theatre Company after a wonderful summer doing Violet as music director at Festival 56 in Princeton, IL; Almost Heaven: John Denver's America as director and music director on Hilton Head Island, SC; 8-Track as music director at Shadowlands Theatre in Ellenville, NY; and Gypsy as music director at Music Theatre of Connecticut, Nowalk, CT. He spent the winter and spring of 2015 on tour with In The Mood, a 1940s big band swing show. Upcoming gigs include End of the Rainbow at Music Theatre of Connecticut (Anthony and music director). Education: Rice University, Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition; St. John's College, Santa Fe, Master of Liberal Arts (Great Books program and Homeric Greek); San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Master of Music, Composition. National tours (actor/singer/dancer): GreaseKiss of the SpiderwomanCrazy For YouCabaret, and The Paris Lido. What a joy to be on stage again with Precious Nonsense. Thank you Rachel, Stephen, and Sara.

SARAH FRANK (Scenic Design) hails from Ann Arbor, MI. She recently graduated from the University of Michigan with a BFA in Theatre Design and Production, with a concentration in scenic design. She also graduated with a minor in Community Action and Social Change, and she hopes to use her passion for social justice to create meaningful and impactful theatre. She has worked at several regional theatre companies, including the Eugene O'Neill Memorial Theatre Center in Waterford, CT, where she was a lighting intern, and at the American Theatre Company in Chicago, IL, where she served as a production intern. While in school, she designed for several student run theatre groups, and her favorites designs were for The Cherry Orchard with Rude Mechanicals, and Spring Awakening with MUSKET. Sarah is excited to be back near the east coast, and thrilled to be working with KTC this season as the Production & Design Fellow. www.sarahfrankdesigns.com

ERIK HERSKOWITZ (Lighting Design) is a freelance lighting designer based out of New York City. Recent KTC credits include Hand to GodPaloma, and assistant lighting designer for Buyer & Cellar. His designs can also be seen at Dixon Place, New York University, CiderMill Playhouse, Wells College, and Ithaca College. Recent assistant designs include places such as Barrington Stage Company, and The Westport Playhouse. Erik is a graduate of Ithaca College with a B.F.A in Theatrical Production Arts.

 

 

CAST
Eric Brooks

ERIC BROOKS (R.D.C.) celebrates an artistic collaboration and friendship with Rachel Lampert that began in 1970. He is also delighted to rejoin the Carter Family Savoyards as R.D.C. Carter, a role he originated in the world premiere of Precious Nonsense. Also at the Kitchen: Peter and the Starcatcher, Heroes, The Price, The Unexpected Man, Iron, Between East and West, The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, Six Apparitions of Lenin Appear on the Piano, Talley's Folly. Regional credits include A View From the Bridge, The Iceman Cometh (Loretto-Hilton Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Comedy of Errors, Guys and Dolls, She Loves Me (Meadow Brook Theatre, Detroit), South Pacific (St. Louis Muny). Among his New York credits,: Henry V and Richard II for the 11th Hour Company, King John at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, Her First Roman with the York Theatre, and Naked Will at Performance Space 122. He also spent several years as Dr. Louis Darnell on the long-running soap opera, Guiding Light. Rachel, this one's for you!

Thomas Conroy

THOMAS CONROY* (Herbie and Music Director) a New York City based theatre artist and musician, comes to Kitchen Theatre Company after a wonderful summer doing Violet as music director at Festival 56 in Princeton, IL; Almost Heaven: John Denver's America as director and music director on Hilton Head Island, SC; 8-Track as music director at Shadowlands Theatre in Ellenville, NY; and Gypsy as music director at Music Theatre of Connecticut, Nowalk, CT. He spent the winter and spring of 2015 on tour with In The Mood, a 1940s big band swing show. Upcoming gigs include End of the Rainbow at Music Theatre of Connecticut (Anthony and music director). Education: Rice University, Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition; St. John's College, Santa Fe, Master of Liberal Arts (Great Books program and Homeric Greek); San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Master of Music, Composition. National tours (actor/singer/dancer): GreaseKiss of the SpiderwomanCrazy For YouCabaret, and The Paris Lido. What a joy to be on stage again with Precious Nonsense. Thank you Rachel, Stephen, and Sara.

 
Lydia Gaston

LYDIA GASTON (Angelina) was last seen in KTC's Count Me In, in 2015. Her Broadway credits include: The King and I, Lincoln Center 2015 revival and 1996 revival (Lady Thiang, u/s), Jerome Robbins' B'way, Miss Saigon, The Red Shoes, and Shogun. Off-Bway she has performed at The Public Theater in Dogeaters, the Shakespeare Lab, lead roles with Ma-Yi Theatre Group in L'il Brown Brothers and Peregrinasyon, with National Asian American Theatre Co. in He Who Says Yes/He Who Says No, and with Pan Asian Rep in Cambodia Agonistes. Recent regional appearances include Bloody Mary in South Pacific at Reagle Theatre of Greater Boston. This past summer she was in original musical theatre pieces in Prospect Theater Company's 2016 Musical Theater Lab, Archetype. Among her TV credits are HBO's The Sopranos (co-star). Lydia is a New York teaching artist with an MA in Applied Theatre, CUNY Graduate Center. www.lydiagaston.com

Jillian Gottlieb

JILLIAN GOTTLIEB (Josephine) Kitchen debut! Recent stage credits include: The Museum of Broken Relationships (Desi / O'Neill Musical Theatre Conference), Di Goldene Kale (Khanele / Museum of Jewish Heritage) nominated for two 2016 Drama Desk Awards, Lend Me A Tenor (Maggie / Fulton Theatre), Pardon My English (Frieda / Musicals Tonight!) Grease (Frenchy / Ogunquit Playhouse), Unlock’d (Belinda / The Duke), Les Miserables (Cosette / Surflight Theatre), Das Rheingold (Nibelung / The Metropolitan Opera). Love and thanks to Rachel, Sara, Cassara, and my cheerleaders at The Mine and ME Management. www.jilliangottlieb.com

Patrick Halley

PATRICK HALLEY (Pete) is making his Kitchen Theatre Company debut. His work has been seen Off-Broadway and at many of the country’s major resident theatres. Recent credits include In Love And Warcraft (Alliance Theatre, world premiere); Good People(Cleveland Play House, Syracuse Stage); Of Mice and Men (Pioneer Theatre Company); The Taming of the Shrew (Denver Center Theatre Company); The Misanthrope (The Pearl Theatre Company, Lortel Nomination - Best Revival);The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Arkansas Repertory Theatre);Peter and the Starcatcher (TheatreSquared, Arkansas Rep); The Bomb-Itty of Errors (Nevada Conservatory Theatre); and four seasons with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. On-camera work includes Amy Poehler’s Difficult People and commercials for Google and Humira, among others. Patrick is a Bucknell graduate and native of Poughkeepsie, NY. 
www.patrickhalley.com

Coleman Hemsath

COLEMAN HEMSATH (Frederic) is making his Kitchen Theatre Company debut with Precious Nonsense. A Dayton, Ohio native, he is proud to return to Ithaca after recently graduating from the Musical Theatre program at Ithaca College. NYC credits: The Gold (NYMF,Pearl Theatre ), Far From Canterbury (Soho Playhouse), We Have Apples (54 Below), Popstar (reading), A Night of Danny K. Bernstein (54 Below). Regional: Gypsy, James and the Giant Peach, Brother Love by Wendy Dann (Hangar Theatre), Les Mis, 1776, Grease (Cortland Rep), Spring Awakening - Melchior, Fool For Love - Eddie (Ithaca College). Thanks to Professional Artists and Sara and Rachel for letting him play!  @colemanscorner

Emily Jackson

EMILY JACKSON (Mack/Mabel) is a Manhattan-based director and actor. She was last seen onstage as Molly in KTC’s production of Peter and the Starcatcher. Other credits include Shedevil in Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage, Ursula in Bye Bye Birdie, Elizabeth I in Mary Stuart, and Amelia Earhart in They Promised Her the Moon. Emily’s directing credits include, for KTC: I and You, The Soup Comes Last, Physics Fair and Count Me In; for Cider Mill Playhouse: Urinetown andStage Kiss. Emily previously served as KTC’s Artistic Associate and Director of Audience Services and is now the Acting Artistic Director of Sanguine Theatre Company in NYC. Originally from Dallas, Texas, Emily received her BFA from The University of Oklahoma’s Peggy Dow Helmerich School of Drama. Much love and many thanks to SLH, RDL, TMP, and DJAM. 

Weston Allen Kemp

WESTON ALLEN KEMP (Samuel) is pleased to be making his Kitchen Theatre Company debut and would like to first and foremost thank Sara and Rachel for this opportunity. Weston is a graduate of Circle In The Square Theatre School and originally from Clarksville, AR. Other credits include Jack in Into The Woods, Doug in Gruesome Playground Injuries, Leaf Coneybear in Spelling Bee and Davey in Vincent River. Among his TV/Film credits are Blood Feuds, Redrum, When I'm With You, Girl Code, The Haunting Of, and Red Heads Anonymous. Much love to you Mother Darling, you keep me going each day.


(*Member, AEA)