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MRT 2013/14 Season

I Left My Heart: A Salute to the Music of Tony Bennett    •    Ragtime    •    Venus in Fur    •    Forever Plaid    •    A Christmas Carol    •    Noises Off
Woody Sez   •   End of the Rainbow   •   The Whipping Man   •   An Iliad   •   Ain’t Misbehavin’   •   Rep Lab  •   The History of Invulnerability

Noises Off

November 19 – December 22
Quadracci Powerhouse

By Michael Frayn
Directed by KJ Sanchez

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Buddy and Catherine Robinson, Associate Producers

Pure comedic genius that will make you laugh until you beg it to stop!

Called “the funniest farce ever written” by the New York Post, Michael Frayn’s uproarious play-within-a-play follows the on- and off-stage antics of the members of a mediocre touring company as they blunder from an ominously bad dress rehearsal to a spectacularly disastrous performance. The perfect show for the holiday season, Noises Off is a hysterical romp packed full of a side-splitting collection of forgotten cues, missed connections, and backstage hilarity!

“A spectacularly funny, peerless backstage farce. This dizzy, well-known romp is a festival of delirium.”THE NEW YORK TIMES

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Meet the Cast

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Mark Clements

"Patrons have requested a comedy in the Quadracci Powerhouse—not just a play with some laughs, but an outright hilarious evening in the theater. Noises Off is one of the best comedies every written, a contemporary classic that has had people rolling in the aisles for three decades now, and I can’t wait to share it with our audiences!"


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Creative Team

Directed by KJ Sanchez
Scenic Designer, Dan Conway
Costume Designer, Mathew J. Lefebvre
Lighting Designer, Andrew Cissna
Sound Designer, Matt Callahan
Dialect Coach, Jill Walmsely Zager
Fight Chorographer, Jamie Cheatham
Casting Directors, Sandy Ernst and JC Clementz
Assistant Director, Frank Honts
Stage Manager, Sarah Deming-Henes *
Assistant Stage Manager, Jennifer Anderson *
Stage Management Intern, Rachel Lantow

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
± Milwaukee Repertory Theater Associate Artist


Joe Boersma

Joe Boersma, Tim
Joe just received his BFA in acting at the University of Illinois this past May. His first show here at the Rep was as Stanford P. White in Ragtime, along with understudying Tateh, Houdini, and Willie Conklin. This summer Joe worked as an acting intern at Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre in Bottom’s Dream (Puck) and Much Ado About Nothing (Messanger/Otecake). At U of I he worked in The Krannert Center’s Summer Studio Program two years in a row in Shipwrecked (Player 2) and [title of show] (Jeff). Other credits at U of I include Spring Awakening (Moritz), 44 Plays for 44 Presidents (Ensemble), Kabuki Lady Macbeth (Witch 2), and Misalliance (Gunner). He also appeared in Reefer Madness (Jack Stone) with Ensemble 113 at the Atheneum Theatre in Chicago.  -Top-

Aaron Christensen

Aaron Christensen, Frederick
Aaron Christensen is bleedin’ excited to be making his Milwaukee Rep debut with Noises Off. Based in Chicago, Aaron’s Windy City credits include Among the Thugs (Goodman Theatre), Stories of Carl Sandburg (Steppenwolf Theatre), King Lear (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Holiday, The Philadelphia Story, Power, and Some Americans Abroad (Remy Bumppo Theatre Company), Inherit the Wind, Henry IV, and Henry V (Oak Park Festival Theatre), Taming of the Shrew and The Rainmaker (First Folio Theatre), True West and Broken Spokes (After Dark Award, Bailiwick), The 39 Steps (Artists Ensemble) and Not About Nightingales (Timeline Theatre). Regional credits include God’s Man in Texas, Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet and The Crucible with Greenbrier Valley Theatre in WV. He can also be seen this winter at your local Redbox in the Wisconsin-lensed survival thriller Dead Weight. During his darker hours, Aaron (aka “Dr. AC”) is the editor of the Rondo-nominated monster movie guidebooks, HORROR 101 and HIDDEN HORROR, as well as a staff writer with HorrorHound magazine…but don’t let that scare you. As always, love to Shel.  -Top-

Jonathan Gillard Daly

Jonathan Gillard Daly, Selsdon
Jonathan Gillard Daly first appeared at Milwaukee Rep as Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol back in 1995. He joined the resident acting company in 1998 and has been in at least three productions at the Rep each year since then. He opened this season as Grandfather and J.P.Morgan in Ragtime. Some of his many roles played at the Rep include Otto Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank, The Proprietor in Assassins, Herr Schulz in Cabaret, Nicky Giblin in The Seafarer, Arkady in A Month in the Country, Donald in Half Life, Jimmy in The Weir, and Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. Jon is also a founding member of the Great River Shakespeare Festival, where his roles include Lear, Prospero in The Tempest, Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, Falstaff in Henry IV, Part One, and, most recently, Feste in Twelfth Night, in which he co-composed his own songs with longtime associate Jack Forbes Wilson. Jon is also a published playwright. His plays The Daly News and To The Promised Land have enjoyed local and national productions. He lives in Milwaukee with his wife, Gale Childs Daly; they are proud parents of Samuel, a doctoral student at Columbia University and Emily, a third year theater major at the University of Evansville.  -Top-

Joe Dempsey

Joe Dempsey, Lloyd
Joe Dempsey last performed at the Rep in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) in the Stackner. He also was a Rep intern (a long time ago) appearing in A Christmas Carol, Three Sisters, The Miser, and Laughing Wild. Based in Chicago, Joe has worked at Goodman Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre, Court Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, Ravinia Festival, The Second City National Touring Company, and many other theatres. Regionally he's worked at Madison Rep, City Theatre Pittsburgh, Cincinnati Playhouse, St. Louis Rep, Center Stage Baltimore, and Kansas City Rep. He is a company member of the Neo-Futurists performing in their hit show, Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Big love to KJ, the Rep and his old friend, Aaron Christensen.  -Top-

Kelley Faulkner

Kelley Faulkner, Brooke
At Milwaukee Rep: Evelyn Nesbit in Ragtime, Miep Gies in The Diary of Anne Frank, Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Patsy Cline in Always . . . Patsy Cline, Assassins and A Christmas Carol. Next up: The History of Invulnerability. Regional credits include: Claire in Proof (TheatreFest); Nancy in Oliver! and Emily Arden in State Fair (Walnut Street Theatre); Roxie in Chicago (New Candlelight Theater); Woman 2 in Give My Regards to Broadway (Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts) and The Music Man and Street Scene (New York City Opera). National Tour: Miss Watson in Big. She received her BFA in Acting from Montclair State University. For more info visit  -Top-

Laura Gordon

Laura Gordon, Dotty
Most recent acting credits include Good People (Forward Theater), Sense and Sensibility and The Diary of Anne Frank (Milwaukee Rep). At The Rep Laura has appeared in over 75 productions including Death of a Salesman, The Lady with All the Answers, Pride and Prejudice, Enchanted April, The Crucible, Doubt, The Clean House, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Mary Stuart, Endgame and Copenhagen. As a director, her credits at The Rep include Venus in Fur; Gutenberg! The Musical!; In the Next Room or the vibrator play; Speaking in Tongues; Laurel and Hardy; Almost, Maine; Edward Albee’s Seascape; and I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady from Rwanda. Other directing credits include The Royal Family and Old Times (American Players Theatre); Love's Labour's Lost and The Winter’s Tale (Utah Shakespeare Festival); Richard III (Notre Dame Shakespeare); Skin Tight, Memory House, Full Gallop (Renaissance Theaterworks) and Going to St. Ives (Forward Theater Company). Laura is a Lunt-Fontanne Fellow and a Milwaukee Rep Associate Artist.  -Top-

Gerard Neugent

Gerard Neugent, Garry Lejeune
Gerard just completed his tenth season with The Rep, his sixth season as a member of the Resident Acting Company and, with the start of the 2012/13 Season, is now a Rep Associate Artist. He most recently appeared as Willie Conklin in Ragtime and as Karl/Steve in Clybourne Park, Reverend Waghorn/ Marley/Old Joe/Mourner in The Rep’s annual production of A Christmas Carol and Doug in The Rep’s production of Gutenberg! The Musical!. Other credits include: Iago in Othello, Gerry in The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged), Michael McCormick in Lombardi, Happy in Death of a Salesman, Clown 2 in The 39 Steps, Stan Laurel in Laurel and Hardy, Lou Max in Seven Keys to Slaughter Peak, Jimmy/Lendall/Randy/Phil/Dave in Almost, Maine, Johnny in Happy Now? and Hlestakov in The Government Inspector, Simon Panteleyevich Yepikhodov in The Cherry Orchard, Charles Bingley in Pride and Prejudice, Fabrizio in Mirandolina, multiple roles in Greater Tuna, Rogers/Young Pedgift in the world premiere of Armadale, Antony Wilding in Enchanted April, Norman in The Norman Conquests, Rick Steadman in The Nerd, Edgar in King Lear, Ellard in The Foreigner, Young Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Steindorf in Bach at Leipzig and Camille in A Flea in Her Ear. Gerry is a proud Marquette grad who lives in Milwaukee with his wife, Kate, and their two sons, Gerry and Peter.  -Top-

Deborah Staples

Deborah Staples, Belinda
Deborah is honored to continue her work with The Rep, where she most recently played Susan in How The World Began, Mrs. Van Daan (The Diary of Anne Frank), Emilia (Othello), and Jean Louise (To Kill a Mockingbird). Other recent credits include work on the independent film Pilot Error, Season #8 with American Players Theatre as Victoria (Too Many Husbands) and Gertrude (Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead), and her Jeff Award Nominated performance at Writers' Theatre. Deborah is a commercial (yes, that was her as Glinda the Good Witch with Packer Jordy Nelson) and voiceover talent, is teaching Acting Fundamentals at Marquette University and is the mother of two fabulous girls. She is fiercely proud to be an Associate Artist with The Rep and to be part of this extraordinary community – in work, play, art and all around living. Joy to all!  -Top-

Sara Zientek

Sara Zientek, Poppy
Sara Zientek is thrilled to be working with Milwaukee Rep. Companies Sara has worked with include: Center for Applied Theatre, First Stage Children’s Theater, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Optimist Theatre, Uprooted Theatre and Youngblood Theatre Company. She also toured with the Utah Shakespeare Festival and The Normal in Schools Foundation. Sara received her BA in acting from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  -Top-

KJ Sanchez, Director
KJ Sanchez is the founder and CEO of American Records, devoted to making theater the chronicles our time. As playwright, KJ Sanchez’s work has been produced at Asolo Rep Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Two River Theater Company, Baltimore’s Center Stage, Round House Theatre, Cornerstone Theater Company, Chicago’s Yo Solo Festival, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Hopkins Center for the Arts, HERE Arts Center and Off-Broadway at Urban Stages Theater. Directing credits include: Martin Zimmerman’s Seven Spots on the Sun at Cincinnati Playhouse, The Diary of Anne Frank at Milwaukee Rep, 26 Miles at Round House Theatre and Two River Theater Company, The Giver at Asolo Rep Theatre, 9 Parts of Desire and The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity at Actors Theatre of Louisville and Private Lives and Mere Mortals at Two River Theater Company. KJ is the voice of many characters on the Nickelodeon cartoons Go, Diego, Go!, and Dora the Explorer. She is a Fox Fellow, Douglass Wallop Fellow, Albert Award Nominee, an NEA CDP recipient and a TCG Doris Duke/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New Generations Future Leaders Recipient.  -Top-

Dan Conway, Scenic Designer
Recent projects include: The Diary of Anne Frank for Milwaukee Rep, Directed by KJ Sanchez; the premiere of Ken Ludwig’s new play, The Games Afoot for Cleveland Playhouse, Directed by Aaron Posner; the American premiere of Sucker Punch, Directed by Leah C. Gardiner and The Secret of Sweet for Studio Theatre, Directed by Timothy Douglas; Company, Hairspray, Chess, and Sunset Boulevard for Signature Theatre, Directed by Eric Schaeffer; Sabrina Fair for Ford’s Theatre, Directed by Aaron Posner; Cyrano for Folger Theatre; The Merry Wives of Windsor for The Shakespeare Theater Company, and August Osage County for Arden Theatre Company. Current and upcoming productions include: Love In Afghanistan for Arena Stage, The Tempest for A.R.T., End of The Rainbow for Milwaukee Rep; Sunday in the Park with George, Directed by Matt Gardiner for Signature Theatre; The Adventures of Homer P. Figg for The Kennedy Center Family Theatre, Directed by Gregg Henry; The Aliens, Directed by Lila Neugebauer; and Spoonful of Water, Directed by KJ Sanchez for The Studio Theatre. Nominated for the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Set Design twelve times, he received the award in 2000, and most recently in 2009 for Stunning at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Directed by Anne Kaufmann.

Mathew J. Lefebvre, Costume Designer
Off Broadway: Signature Theatre: Two Trains Running; New York Theatre Workshop: Bach at Leipzig. Milwaukee Rep: Mirandolina, Enchanted April, Cyrano de Bergerac, Tartuffe, A Flea in Her Ear, Bach at Leipzig. Other Regional Theater: Guthrie Theater: More than 20 productions since 1998 including A Christmas Carol, Roman Holiday, When We Are Married, The Importance of Being Earnest, 1776, She Loves Me, The Night of the Iguana, A School for Scandal, Sweeney Todd. Kansas City Repertory Theatre: Radio Golf, Jitney, A Raisin In The Sun, Two Trains Running; Penumbra Theatre: Fences, Gem of The Ocean (scenery and costume design), Red Shirts, Get Ready, On the Open Road, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Someplace Soft to Fall, Jitney; Other credits include: The Old Globe, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Player's Theatre, The Acting Company, Arizona Theatre Company, Geffen Playhouse, Children's Theatre Company, Mixed Blood Theatre. Awards: TDF-Irene Sharaff Young Master Award, AUDELCO Award Nominee. Teaching: Professor and Director of Theatre at the University of Minnesota.  -Top-

Andrew Cissna, Lighting Designer
Andrew is thrilled to be doing his first show with Milwaukee Rep. Washington, DC: 1984 (Catalyst Theatre Company, 2008 Helen Hayes nomination); Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Round House Theatre); One Destiny (Ford’s Theatre); After the Revolution (Theater J); Passion for Justice (Olney Theatre Center); Teddy Roosevelt and the Ghostly Mistletoe, Blues Journey, and American Scrapbook (John F. Kennedy Center’s Theatre for Young Audiences); Alexander, The Happy Elf, Little Engine that Could, Holes, and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (Adventure Theatre); Birds of a Feather and Act a Lady (HUB Theatre); Dead City and Rough Magic (Rorschach Theatre); Valparaiso (Forum Theatre); and Blue/Orange, In On It, and Gross Indecency (Theatre Alliance). Juneau, AK: Noises Off (Perseverenace Theatre Company). Assistant Designer: The Mountaintop (Broadway); Chinglish (Broadway, Berkeley Rep); Bullet for Adolf (Off-Broadway); Peer Gynt (Guthrie Theater); Moon for the Misbegotten (Merrimack Rep, Virigina Stage Company); Miss Saigon, Chess, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Sweeney Todd (Signature Theatre, VA). Education: BFA, University of North Carolina School of the Arts; MFA candidate, University of Maryland.  -Top-

Matt Callahan, Sound Designer
Served as the Resident Sound Designer at Actors Theatre of Louisville for eight seasons and over 50 productions including the world premieres of The Hour of Feeling, Michael Von Sienberg Melts Through the Floorboards, Bob, Elemeno Pea, Ground, Sirens, Wild Blessings, The Hard Boating Party, Slasher, The End, Rock and Roll – The Reunion Tour, Dark Play – stories for boys, Great Falls, Beautiful City, The Scene, The Unseen, Six Years, Pure Confidence and Hazard County. Other Regional Theater: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Ensemble Theatre Company, Cleveland Play House, Geva Theatre Center, Milwaukee Rep, St. Louis Rep, Arizona Theatre Company, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Walnut Street Theatre, Prince Music Theatre and Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Garage Theatre and Studio Theatre. Other Credits: Resident Sound Designer O’Neil National Playwrights Conference 2008, 2009.  -Top-

Jill Walmsely Zager, Dialect Coach
Jill is very happy to be back at The Rep for the 2013/14 Season. Other Milwaukee Rep credits include: A Raisin in the Sun, Clybourne Park, Sense and Sensibility, A Christmas Carol, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Mountaintop, Assassins, To Kill a Mockingbird, Lombardi, Yellowman, Ten Chimneys, The 39 Steps, My Name Is Asher Lev, Laurel and Hardy and Cabaret. Jill has recently returned to Milwaukee from three years as the Co-Head of Voice and Dialects and the Company Coach at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Regionally, she has worked at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, Drury Lane Water Tower, Apple Tree Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre & Conference Center, Utah Shakespeare Festival and Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. Jill earned her Master’s Degrees at Central School of Speech & Drama (London) and Northwestern. She is married to James Zager, the Head of the Theatre Program at Carroll University.  -Top-

Jamie Cheatham, Fight Chorographer
Jamie Cheatham is a nationally recognized Fight Director and Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD). Before moving to Wisconsin in 2003, he was based in New York City as a fight director, teacher and actor. He has over twenty years experience as a professional, classically trained actor (AEA, SAG-AFTRA) and fight director. His fight work includes such theatres as the New York Shakespeare Festival, Alley Theatre (TX), Actor’s Theatre of Louisville (KY), many regional Shakespeare festivals, and recently the Milwaukee Ballet. He has taught in several MFA acting programs, privately in New York City, and is currently the head of acting at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.  -Top-

Frank Honts, Assistant Director
Frank was Assistant Director for Venus in Fur earlier this season, and prior to that, worked as Artistic Associate at Forward Theater Company in Madison. Recent directing projects include: 9 Circles (Midwest premiere) and Speech & Debate. In addition to his work as a Director, Dramaturg, and Assistant Director at Forward Theater, Frank has worked with American Players Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Madison Opera, and Children’s Theater of Madison. Education: AB, History, Brown University.  -Top-

Sarah Deming-Henes, Stage Manager
Sarah has long loved Noises Off and is incredibly happy to be a part of it at The Rep. In previous seasons she has stage managed Song Man Dance Man, To Kill a Mockingbird and Sense and Sensibility. Sarah has also worked at American Players Theatre and First Stage Children’s Theater. Thanks to family, friends and a very nice fellow for unfailing kindnesses.  -Top-

Jennifer Anderson, Assistant Stage Manager
Jen is very excited to return to The Rep after working on From My Hometown during the 2011/12 Season. Previous credits include Guthrie Theater, Skylight Music Theatre, Tuacahn Center for the Arts and Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. Many thanks to her friends and family for all the love and support. Jen is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.  -Top-

Rachel Lantow, Stage Management Intern
Rachel, originally from Lakeville, Minnesota, is joining the Intern Ensemble of The Rep as a recent graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato where she earned her BFA in Theatre Design/Technology. Favorite MSU credits include: Wait Until Dark, The Odyssey, Dracula, Phantom of the Opera, Legally Blonde: The Musical, Chicago, The Rocky Horror Show, Into the Woods, and The Producers. Rachel has also worked for Highland Summer Theatre in Minnesota for two seasons on productions including On Golden Pond, The Sunshine Boys, Almost Maine, The Owl and The Pussycat, and Annie. This past summer she took the trip to Nebraska to stage manage for Crane River Theater’s Seussical: The Musical and Grease. She wants to thank her family for always supporting her decisions to pursue the dreams laid on her heart, and her friends in Mankato for their impact on her life. “For my Audience of One, for my family, and for Kaela.”  -Top-

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Rep in Depth | Pre-Show
Get an insider’s look at the production from cast member Joe Dempsey that begins 45 minutes prior to every performance.

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Wednesday Dec 4 and 11 – Matinee performances
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Running Time
Approx. 2hrs and 40 minutes

Recommended Age
12 years and older

Content Advisory
Contains adult themes and language

Performance Times
Tuesday: 6:30pm*
Tuesday - Thursday: 7:30pm
Sunday Evening: 7:00pm
Fri/Sat Evening: 8pm
Saturday Matinee: 4pm
Sunday Matinee: 2pm
Wednesday Matinee: 1:30pm
*Once per run otherwise 7:30pm

Access Dates
Audio Described
Tuesday, Nov 26, 6:30pm
ASL Interpreted
Thursday, Dec 12, 7:30pm
Sunday, Dec 15, 2pm

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