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Past Productions

Billy & Ray feature

BILLY & RAY, a whip-smart comedy charting the birth of the film noir genre, follows literary odd couple writer-director Billy Wilder (Vincent Kartheiser of “Mad Men”) and novelist Raymond Chandler (Broadway’s Larry Pine of CASA VALENTINA) as they contentiously collaborate to adapt Double Indemnity for the silver screen. Set in 1940s Hollywood, BILLY & RAY is the true story of how two brilliant and thorny artists battled the Hollywood censors and each other to create a groundbreaking movie classic. Directed by legendary director/writer/producer Garry Marshall (Pretty Woman, Beaches).

“A smartly humorous, suspenseful production!”

-Jennifer Farrar, Associated Press


“A highly amusing, highly polished comedy!”

-David Finkle, Huffington Post


“The ever-reliable Larry Pine, lately of “Casa Valentina,” is very fine as Chandler. Vincent Kartheiser is energetic and likable.”

–Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal


“Endearing and funny!

Sophie Von Haselberg has inherited both the looks and the brilliant comic timing of her mother, Bette Midler. Meanwhile, Broadway musical star Drew Gehling proves that he doesn’t need to sing to shine as Wilder’s frustrated producer.”
– Brian Scott Lipton, Citi Tour


Billy & Ray

October 1 – November 22, 2014

BY MIKE BENCIVENGA
DIRECTED BY GARRY MARSHALL
with Drew Gehling, Vincent Kartheiser, Larry Pine, Sophie von Haselberg
BILLY & RAY, a whip-smart comedy charting the birth of the film noir genre, follows literary odd couple writer-director Billy Wilder (Vincent Kartheiser of "Mad Men") and novelist Raymond Chandler (Broadway’s Larry Pine of CASA VALENTINA) as they contentiously collaborate to adapt Double Indemnity for the silver screen. Set in 1940s Hollywood, BILLY & RAY is the true story of how two brilliant and thorny artists battled the Hollywood censors and each other to create a groundbreaking movie classic. Directed by legendary director/writer/producer Garry Marshall (Pretty Woman, Beaches).

"A smartly humorous, suspenseful production!”

-Jennifer Farrar, Associated Press

“A highly amusing, highly polished comedy!”

-David Finkle, Huffington Post

“The ever-reliable Larry Pine, lately of “Casa Valentina,” is very fine as Chandler. Vincent Kartheiser is energetic and likable.”

–Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal

“Endearing and funny!

Sophie Von Haselberg has inherited both the looks and the brilliant comic timing of her mother, Bette Midler. Meanwhile, Broadway musical star Drew Gehling proves that he doesn’t need to sing to shine as Wilder’s frustrated producer.”
– Brian Scott Lipton, Citi Tour


Drew Gehling

Broadway: ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER, JERSEY BOYS. Other: BILLY & RAY (Vineyard Theatre), A MINISTER’S WIFE (Lincoln Center Theatre), JERSEY BOYS (Chicago, San Francisco, and Las Vegas), JOHNNY BASEBALL (A.R.T.), ANNE OF GREEN GABLES (Off-Broadway, Award Winning Cast Album), MATA HARI, DEATHNOTE, THE FLAMINGO KID, MOBY DICK, HELLO DOLLY, MYTHS AND HYMNS, NIGHTINGALE. TV/Film: “30 Rock” and “Smash” (NBC), Mohammad Ali’s Greatest Fight (HBO), Blinders (Glamour Films), and some really baller video games. @drewgehling

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Vincent Kartheiser

Vincent Kartheiser recently wrapped AMC’s award-winning and critically-acclaimed television series "Mad Men." His performance as a young advertising executive on the make has attracted the attention of critics and audiences alike, earning him two SAG awards. On the feature side, Vincent was the lead villain in the Andrew Niccol’s feature In Time opposite Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, and Cillian Murphy for New Regency, and Universal’s Alpha Dog. He also starred in the independent films Elektra Luxx opposite Carla Gugino, Timothy Olyphant and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Killing Zelda Sparks and Waining Moon.

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Larry Pine

Broadway credits include: CASA VALENTINA, THE ROYAL FAMILY, THE SEAGULL, END OF THE WORLD, Roy Cohn in ANGELS IN AMERICA, BUS STOP. Off-Broadway credits include: AN UNAUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY OF WALT DISNEY, TOP SECRET, BEAST, SECRET ORDER, THE SHANGHAI GESTURE, STUFF HAPPENS, ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE, THE WOMEN OF LOCKERBIE, SAVED OR DESTROYED, THE DESIGNATED MOURNER, THE CHEMISTRY OF CHANGE, MIZLANSKY/ZILINSKY, UNCLE VANYA, THE DISPUTATION, AUNT DAN AND LEMON, THE MANDRAKE, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, TALK RADIO. Regional credits include KREUTZER SONATA (adaptation by Larry & Margaret Pine), CAROL MULRONEY, ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE, WRONG MOUNTAIN, LIGHT UP THE SKY, HEARTBREAK HOUSE, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, NIGHT OF THE IGUANA, A LIFE IN THE THEATRE, JOE EGG, HENRY V AND MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. Film: MoonRise Kingdom, A.D. Project, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, OutSourced, TransBeMan, Sweet Flame, Vick Cristina Barcelona, Empire Falls, Door in the Floor, Particles of Truth, Maid in Manhattan, The Royal Tenenbaums, A Foreign Affair, The Shipping News, Woody Allen’s Melinda and Melinda, Small Time Crooks and Celebrity, Sunday (Sundance Grand Prize winner), Vanya on 42nd Street, Dead Man Walking, Addicted to Love, and Stranger in the Kingdom. Television: “Hostages”, “House of Cards”, “Homeland”, “The Good Wife”, “Person Of Interest”, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”, “Law & Order”, “Gilmore Girls“, “Oz”, “100 Centre Street”, "A Will of Their Own”, (Movie of the Week), “New York Undercover”, “New York News”, “Prince Street”, “Feds”, “All My Children”, “One Life to Live” and much, much more.

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Sophie von Haselberg

Sophie von Haselberg recently graduated with her MFA from the Yale School of Drama, where favorite credits included SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, VIEUX CARRE, Wendy in PETER PAN, and Olivia in TWELFTH NIGHT. BILLY & RAY marks her New York theater debut and other credits include THE CAT AND THE CANARY (Berkshire Theatre Group), OUR TOWN (Williamstown Theatre Festival), and THE FATAL EGGS (Yale Cabaret). This summer, Sophie worked with Woody Allen on his next feature. She is also a graduate of Yale College, where she studied Sociology with a concentration in East Asian Studies.

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Mike Bencivenga

Mike Bencivenga (Playwright) is very proud to be working with Garry Marshall, the cast, crew and everyone at the Vineyard Theatre. STAGE: During his career Mike has written, directed, produced and acted in one acts and full length plays (with MTC and the Lightning Strikes Theater Company) as well as improv comedy (as one of the Chainsaw Boys) and sketch comedy in New York, Chicago, Boston and LA. His full length plays include SINGLE BULLET THEORY, COUPLETS, BILLY & RAY, SUMMER ON FIRE and BAD HEARTS. In 2013 BILLY & RAY won the prestigious W. Keith Hedrick award for best play. FILM: Mike wrote and directed Losers in Love starring Nick Searcy and Happy Hour starring Anthony LaPaglia and Eric Stoltz. TV: Mike is an Emmy award winning editor/producer at WABC-TV in New York. He attended Adelphi University and NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

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Garry Marshall

Garry Marshall (Director) is a veteran writer, director and producer of film, television, and theater. After graduating from Northwestern University’s Medil School of Journalism, he went on to create, write, and produce some of television’s most beloved situation comedies, including “Happy Days,” “Laverne & Shirley,” “Mork & Mindy,” and “The Odd Couple.” Marshall is passionate about live theater. His play, Shelves, was performed at the Pheasant Run Playhouse in St. Charles, Illinois, and The Roast, which he co-wrote with Jerry Belson, ran at the Winter Garden Theater in New York. In addition, he co-wrote Wrong Turn at Lungfish, with Lowell Ganz, which he then went on to direct in Los Angeles with Hector Elizondo, in Chicago and Off-Broadway with George C. Scott. At the request of Placido Domingo, he made his operatic directing debut at Los Angeles Opera in 2005, with his own adaptation of Offenbach’s The Grand Duchess, starring Frederica von Stade. In 2007, he joined the San Antonio Opera to direct Elixir of Love, which received rave reviews. He has directed 17 movies. Among them are Pretty Woman, Beaches, Overboard, The Princess Diaries 1 & 2, Runaway Bride, Valentine’s Day, and New Year’s Eve. In 1997, Mr. Marshall built a theater in Burbank, California with his daughter, Kathleen, called the Falcon Theatre. Happy Days: A New Musical, written by Marshall with music and lyrics by Paul Williams, made its debut there and was co-produced by his sister Ronny Hallin who also produced the TV series.

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Charlie Corcoran

(Scenic Design) Off-Broadway: THE EMPEROR JONES (Hewes Design Award nomination), PORT AUTHORITY, THE WEIR, THE FREEDOM OF THE CITY, THE BANISHED CHILDREN OF EVE, SIVE, PRISONER OF THE CROWN, DEFENDER OF THE FAITH, THE FIELD, (Irish Rep), CRAVING FOR TRAVEL (Peter J. Sharp Theatre), SMASH (Juilliard), THE LAST SMOKER IN AMERICA (Westside Theatre), A PERFECT FUTURE (Cherry Lane), THE LATE CHRISTOPHER BEAN (TACT), SOPHISTRY, THE BLACK MONK, THE BULLY PULPIT (Beckett Theatre), EXITS AND ENTRANCES (Primary Stages). Regional: VANYA and SONIA and MASHA and SPIKE (The Goodman Theatre 2015), ABSURD PERSON SINGULAR (Two River Theatre 2015), THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO (The McCarter Theatre), THE NIGHT WATCHER, WITHOUT WALLS (Center Theatre Group), FALLEN ANGELS (NJ Shakespeare Theatre). Opera: FIDELIO (Santa Fe Opera), THE BARTERED BRIDE, COSI FAN TUTTE (Co-Production Metropolitan Opera and Juilliard), DON GIOVANNI, (Juilliard) THE MAGIC FLUTE (Music Academy of the West). TV: “Believe,” “Madam Secretary.”

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Russell H. Champa

Russell H. Champa (Lighting Design) is excited to be working at the Vineyard Theater again. Previous Vineyard productions include Picked and the slug bearers of kayrol island. Current and recent projects: To The Bone (Cherry Lane Theater), Zealot (South Coast Rep), The Qualms (Steppenwolf Theater), When We Were Young And Unafraid (Manhattan Theater Club), Intimacy (The New Group), Water By The Spoonful and Modern Terrorism (Second Stage), The Twenty-Seventh Man (The Public Theater). On Broadway, Mr. Champa has designed In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play at the Lyceum Theater and Julia Sweeney’s God Said “Ha!” also at the Lyceum. Other New York theaters Mr. Champa has designed for include Lincoln Center, Playwrights Horizons, Classic Stage Company, New York Stage & Film, La Mama ETC. Regionally, Mr. Champa has designed for American Conservatory Theater, Wilma Theatre, Arena Stage, The Old Globe, Trinity Rep, Mark Taper Forum, and the Kennedy Center. Thanks J + J. Peace.

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David Van Tieghem

(Original Music and Sound Design) Broadway: Doubt, The Lyons, Romeo and Juliet, The Big Knife, Born Yesterday, Arcadia, The Normal Heart, Reckless, An Enemy of the People, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, A Behanding in Spokane, A Man for All Seasons, Inherit the Wind, Frozen, After Miss Julie, Judgment at Nuremberg, The Constant Wife, The Crucible, Three Days of Rain, The Best Man. Off-Broadway: Too Much Sun, Wit, The Piano Lesson, Through a Glass Darkly, How I Learned to Drive, The Grey Zone, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, The Metal Children, Farragut North, Jack Goes Boating. Film/TV: Buried Prayers, Working Girls, Penn & Teller, Wooster Group. Dance: Twyla Tharp, Doug Varone, Elizabeth Streb, Elisa Monte, Michael Moschen. Percussionist: Laurie Anderson, Talking Heads, Brian Eno, Steve Reich. Awards/Nominations: Drama Desk, Obie, Bessie, Lortel, Guggenheim. CDs: Thrown for a Loop, Strange Cargo, Safety in Numbers, These Things Happen. www.vantieghem.com

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Stephen Gabis

(Dialect Coach) For The Vineyard: The North Pool. Selected Broadway/Off Broadway: Hedwig And The Angry Inch, Beautiful, Of Mice And Men (for Jim Norton and Chris O’Dowd), Outside Mullingar, The Winslow Boy, Once, Look Back In Anger, Man And Boy, Memphis, Doubt, Frozen, Jersey Boys, The Lieutenant of Innishmore, Port Authority, Coram Boy, Brighton Beach Memoirs, A View From The Bridge, The Farnsworth Invention, Fetch Clay/Make Man, Juno And The Paycock, The Weir. For Yale Rep: Arcadia, These Paper Bullets, Stones In His Pockets, A Woman Of No Importance. Selected Film/TV: “Boardwalk Empire,” “Mildred Pierce,” Salt, Dark Matter, Across The Universe, Prime Suspect, Bernard and Doris.

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Eric Insko

Eric Insko (Production Stage Manager) is honored to be a part of the Vineyard Theatre’s 2014-15 season. First National Tours: War Horse, Jersey Boys, Titanic, Hairspray, Disney’s Aida, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Disney’s On The Record, Chicago, The Secret Garden. Los Angeles: Wicked. Toronto: Billy Elliott, Jersey Boys, Phantom of the Opera. Broadway: Saturday Night Fever, Peter Pan.

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Mallory Hewell

Mallory Hewell (Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to be back at The Vineyard with the Billy & Ray team! Previously at The Vineyard: The North Pool. Other New York Credits: RED-EYE to HAVRE de GRACE; Fetch Clay, Make Man; A Civil War Christmas; Red Dog Howls (NYTW); A Public Reading...Disney (Soho Rep.); Buddy’s Tavern, Songs for a New World (York Theatre); Breathing Time (Fault Line Theatre); Craig’s Wife (TRG Productions). Regional: Found the Musical (NYS&F); Love in the Wars (Bard SummerScapes). Very proud AEA member and Florida State University alum. All of the love to her friends and family.

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Joseph Leo Bwarie

JOSEPH LEO BWARIE (Associate Director) has collaborated with Garry Marshall on Billy & Ray since its world premiere in California. Bwarie continues with the play’s New York premiere as associate director. He has a long-time association with Marshall’s Falcon Theatre as a director, playwright and member of the critically acclaimed Troubadour Theater Company. Bwarie is best known nationally for his record-breaking number of performances as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys. He continues to portray the pop icon on Broadway.  A California native, Bwarie began his professional singing career at the age of 8 and as a solo recording artist, his records are heard alongside Dean Martin and Harry Connick, Jr. on XM Siriusly Sinatra. Josephleobwarie.com  

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Michael Krass

(Costume Design) Vineyard Theatre: THE LANDING, THE LYONS, MARY ROSE, BEAUTIFUL CHILD, EIGHT DAYS (BACKWARD), ANTIGONE IN NY, AMERICA DREAMING, HIT THE LIGHTS. Broadway: MACHINAL (Tony nomination); THE LYONS, AFTER MISS JULIE; THE CONSTANT WIFE (Tony nomination); TWELVE ANGRY MEN; YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN; RECKLESS, THE REHEARSAL (Drama Desk nomination), HEDDA GABLER, A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE; many more. Off-Broadway: world premieres by Edward Albee, John Guare, Nicky Silver, Kenny Lonergan, David Rabe, Christopher Durang, Alfred Uhry, Theresa Rebeck, Elaine May, Keith Bunin. Downtown NY: built for collapse, THE SERPENT (Daniel Kramer), HADESTOWN (Rachel Chavkin), etc. Dance: BalletTech. Regional: The Guthrie, Arena Stage, The McCarter, Old Globe, La Jolla, ten summers at The Hangar, twelve summers at Williamstown. Film: Campbell Scott’s HAMLET. Opera: PELLEAS AND MELISANDE in St. Petersburg, Russia. Teaching: eighteen years at NYU undergrad, now the grad school at Brown.

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Billy & Ray Production Calendar

OCTOBER 1 - NOVEMBER 22, 2014 | Tuesday - Wednesday at 7pm | Thursday - Saturday at 8pm | Saturday - Sunday at 3pm | CLICK HERE for complete calendar.

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From left to right: Vincent Kartheiser, Larry Pine. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Sophie Von Haselberg. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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From left to right: Larry Pine, Vincent Kartheiser, Drew Gehling. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Vincent Kartheiser. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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From left to right: Larry Pine, Vincent Kartheiser. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Vincent Kartheiser. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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From left to right: Vincent Kartheiser, Larry Pine. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Larry Pine. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Sophie Von Haselberg. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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From left to right: Larry Pine, Sophie Von Haselberg. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Larry Pine. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Drew Gehling. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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From left to right: Larry Pine, Drew Gehling. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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From left to right: Larry Pine, Drew Gehling, Vincent Kartheiser. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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From left to right: Larry Pine, Vincent Kartheiser. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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From left to right: Vincent Kartheiser, Larry Pine. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Drew Gehling. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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From left to right: Vincent Kartheiser, Sophie Von Haselberg. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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From left to right: Drew Gehling, Larry Pine. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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From left to right: Larry Pine, Sophie Von Haselberg, Drew Gehling. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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From left to right: Sophie Von Haselberg, Drew Gehling. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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From left to right: Vincent Kartheiser, Sophie Von Haselberg, Larry Pine. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Sophie Von Haselberg. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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From left to right: Larry Pine, Vincent Kartheiser. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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From left to right: Sophie Von Haselberg, Larry Pine. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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From left to right: Larry Pine, Vincent Kartheiser. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Larry Pine. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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BILLY & RAY review quotes

"A smartly humorous, suspenseful production!”

-Jennifer Farrar, Associated Press

“A highly amusing, highly polished comedy!”

-David Finkle, Huffington Post

“The ever-reliable Larry Pine, lately of “Casa Valentina,” is very fine as Chandler. Vincent Kartheiser is energetic and likable.”

–Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal

“A continuously entertaining and engaging play about collaboration, compromise, and compassion!”

–Casey Curtis, Front Row Center

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Cast and Creative Team for 'Billy & Ray' Announced

become a member “Mad Men” star Vincent Kartheiser and Broadway's Larry Pine (CASA VALENTINA) will play Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler, respectively, in BILLY & RAY, Mike Bencivenga's new play -- directed by the legendary director/writer/producer Garry Marshall -- being given its NY premiere this fall at the Vineyard Theatre (108 E.

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