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When playwright Steven Tomlinson, an obsessive collector of vintage “Fiesta” ware, sets off in search of the perfect specimens, he finds a surprising series of connections between residents of “red” and “blue” states, as well as some startling divides within his own family when he announces his intention to marry his partner. Mark Brokaw directs this powerful and funny exploration of America and where it is headed.

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American Fiesta

April 14 - May 20, 2007

Written and Performed by Steven Tomlinson
Directed by Mark Brokaw
When playwright Steven Tomlinson, an obsessive collector of vintage "Fiesta" ware, sets off in search of the perfect specimens, he finds a surprising series of connections between residents of "red" and "blue" states, as well as some startling divides within his own family when he announces his intention to marry his partner. Mark Brokaw directs this powerful and funny exploration of America and where it is headed.

Mark Brokaw

(Director) New York premieres include works by David Auburn, Lynda Barry (THE GOOD TIMES ARE KILLING ME), Douglas Carter Beane (AS BEES IN HONEY DROWN), Charles Busch, Julia Cho, Lisa Kron (2.5 MINUTE RIDE), Kenneth Lonergan (THIS IS OUR YOUTH, LOBBY HERO), Craig Lucas (THE DYING GAUL), Nicky Silver (THE LYONS, TOO MUCH SUN) and Paula Vogel (HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, THE LONG CHRISTMAS RIDE HOME). Broadway: HEISENBERG, RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA, THE LYONS, AFTER MISS JULIE, THE CONSTANT WIFE, CRY-BABY, RECKLESS. Regional includes Guthrie, Seattle Rep, Center Theatre Group, Yale Rep, La Jolla, Steppenwolf, Berkeley Rep, Sundance Theatre Lab and the O’Neill Theatre Conference. He has directed at London’s Donmar Warehouse and Menier Chocolate Factory, Dublin’s Gate Theatre and the Sydney Opera House. Mark is the artistic director of the Yale Institute for Music Theatre and serves on the Executive Board of SDC. Artistic associate: Roundabout Theatre.

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David Lander

(Lighting Design) Vineyard: THE LYONS, BEAUTIFUL CHILD, AFTER ASHLEY, THE ARGUMENT, AMERICAN FIESTA. Broadway: MASTER CLASS with Tyne Daly, BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO (Drama Desk Award; Tony and Outer Critics Nominations), 33 VARIATIONS (Tony and Outer Critics noms), I AM MY OWN WIFE (Drama Desk and Outer Critics noms), A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS, DIRTY BLOND, GOLDEN CHILD. Off Broadway: MTC, New Group, NYTW , Playwrights Horizons, Public Theater, Roundabout Theatre, Signature Theatre, among others. Regional: Arena Stage, George Street Playhouse, Huntington Theatre, Kennedy Center, La Jolla Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, St. Louis MUNY, Old Globe, among others. International: London, Dublin, Caracas, Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney, Melbourne, among others. Architectural lighting designs in Copenhagen (Tivoli Gardens), Sea World in San Diego and Orlando. Public Art installations in Houston, Pittsburgh, Providence, Denver and New York City.

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Steven Tomlinson

(Playwright / Performer) Previous work includes: solo performances Managed Care (1998) and Curb Appeal (2000), produced at the Hyde Park Theatre in Austin, Perfect Pitch (Austin Music Hall, 2001) and his play Millennium Bug (Hyde Park Theatre, 1999).  American Fiesta won the American Theatre Critics Association 2006 "Osborn Award" for Best Play by an Emerging Playwright.  Mr. Tomlinson is the Director of Curriculum at the Acton School of Business and teaches economics and theology at the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas.  He coaches Fortune 500 executives on communication skills and strategy, is the author of three multimedia economics textbooks, and holds a Ph.D in economics from Stanford University.  American Fiesta marks his New York stage debut.

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Bill BC Du Boff

(Sound Designer) Vineyard: OUTSIDE PEOPLE, PICKED, MIDDLETOWN, THE FOURTH SISTER, WE LIVE HERE, AMERICAN FIESTA. Broadway: OTHER DESERT CITIES, GOOD PEOPLE, THE CONSTANT WIFE, THE GOOD BODY, BILL MAHER: VICTORY... Off-Broadway includes Atlantic, MTC, MCC, Playwrights Horizons, The Public, Second Stage, NYTW, WP, New Georges, Flea, Cherry Lane, Signature, Clubbed Thumb (Affiliate Artist), The New Group. Regional: Bay Street, La Jolla, Cincinnati Playhouse, Westport Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, Portland Stage, Long Wharf, The Alley, NYS&F, Humana, Williamstown, ATF. Radio: Studio 360.  Nominations: Drama Desk, Henry Hewes. Awards; Ruth Morley Design Award, 2011 Obie for Sustained Excellence. Adjunct Professor at Sarah Lawrence College. Love to Adam.

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Steven Tomlinson in AMERICAN FIESTA. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Steven Tomlinson in AMERICAN FIESTA. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Steven Tomlinson in AMERICAN FIESTA. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Steven Tomlinson in AMERICAN FIESTA. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Steven Tomlinson in AMERICAN FIESTA. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Steven Tomlinson in AMERICAN FIESTA. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Steven Tomlinson in AMERICAN FIESTA. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Steven Tomlinson in AMERICAN FIESTA. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Steven Tomlinson in AMERICAN FIESTA. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Steven Tomlinson in AMERICAN FIESTA. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Steven Tomlinson in AMERICAN FIESTA. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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AMERICAN FIESTA Review Quotes

"A RICH AND DELIGHTFUL 80 MINUTES

An open-hearted, quick witted little solo... Tomlinson has the rangy charm of John Lithgow"

- Linda Winer, Newsday

"TOPICALLY AMBITIOUS

Full of well-observed moments. Mr.Tomlinson writes evocatively."

- Gina Bellafante, The New York Times

"EXPERTLY DIRECTED BY MARK BROKAW"

- Lawrence Harbison, Chelsea Clinton News

"ENTERTAINING!

The writing is full of wit and

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