Past Productions

Mrs. K lives in a twilight world and enjoys recollections of students past. But a tugging dissonance permeates just beyond her memory and the ghosts who haunt this woman stand on the brink of making their way to light.


Awards

Winners
Lucille Lortel Award – Elizabeth Franz, Outstanding Lead Actress
Nominations
Drama League Award – Distinguished Performance: Elizabeth Franz

The Piano Teacher

October 31 - December 23, 2007

Written by Julia Cho
Directed by Kate Whoriskey
With John Boyd, Elizabeth Franz, Carmen M. Herlihy
Mrs. K lives in a twilight world and enjoys recollections of students past. But a tugging dissonance permeates just beyond her memory and the ghosts who haunt this woman stand on the brink of making their way to light.

Awards

Winners
Lucille Lortel Award - Elizabeth Franz, Outstanding Lead Actress
Nominations
Drama League Award - Distinguished Performance: Elizabeth Franz

John Boyd

(Michael) John Boyd is excited to be making his Vineyard Theatre debut. Other theater credits include Romania Kiss Me (The Play Co.), Pinwheel Freak (Glaxa Studios, LA), The Crusaders (Two Roads Theater). Film: Lady in the Water, The Notorious Bettie Page, Building Girl, and the upcoming films Careless and Jelly.  TV: Law and Order.  He is a graduate of Bennington College.

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Julia Cho

(Playwright) Julia Cho's plays include Durango (Long Wharf Theatre & The Public Theater), The Winchester House (The Theatre@Boston Court), BFE (Long Wharf Theatre & Playwrights Horizons), The Architecture of Loss (New York Theatre Workshop), 99 Histories (Cherry Lane Alternative, Theater Mu), and Bay and the Spectacles of Doom (La Jolla Playhouse's POP Tour). Honors include the Barrie Stavis Award, the Claire Tow Award for Emerging Artists and the L. Arnold Weissberger Award. An alumna of the Juilliard School and NYU's Graduate Dramatic Writing Program, Julia is currently a resident playwright at New Dramatists. Her plays are available from Dramatists Play Service and www.playscripts.com.

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Elizabeth Franz

(Mrs. K) Broadway: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Brighton Beach Memoirs (Tony Award & Drama Desk Award nominations), The Cherry Orchard, The Octette Bridge Club, The Cemetery Club, Getting Married, Uncle Vanya, Morning’s At Seven, (Tony, Drama Desk, & Outer Critics Circle Award nominations) and Death of a Salesman (Tony Award, Chicago’s Jefferson Award, Boston’s Eliot Norton Award, Los Angeles’ Ovation Award, New York’s Fany Award, Drama Desk Award nomination and Outer Critics Circle Nomination). Off Broadway: originated the title role in Christopher Durang’s Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You (Obie Award & Drama Desk nomination); Howard Katz, The Cripple of Inishman, The Comedy of Errors, Minutes from the Blue Route, Madwoman of Chaillot, and One Night Stands of a Noisy Passenger. Regional: American premiere of Frank McGuinnes’s The Bird Sanctuary, Long Day’s Journey into Night, Driving Miss Daisy, Lion in Winter, The Glass Menagerie, A View from the Bridge, The Matchmaker, The Wizard of Oz, Great Expectations, Model Apartment, Woman in Mind. Film:  Christmas with the Kranks , The Substance of Fire, Sabrina, The Pallbearer, Stephen King’s Thinner, Fish in a Bathtub, Secret of My Success, School Ties, and Jacknife.  Television Movies: Death of a Salesman (Emmy & SAG Award nominations), A Town’s Revenge (Emmy nomination), A Girl Thing, Shameful Secrets,The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket, Dottie, Love and Other Sorrows, and House of Mirth. Television Series: Law and Order, Law and Order, S.V.U., Cold Case, Judging Amy, Roseanne, and The Gilmore Girls.  In 2003, she was awarded the Dramatist Guild Fund’s Sidney Kingsley and Madge Evans Lifetime Achievement in the Theater Award.   At London’s Royal National Theatre in 2005 she starred in Sam Shepard’s Buried Child and won the Best Newcomer of the Year award.

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Carmen M. Herlihy

(Mary Fields) New York credits include: The Thugs (Soho Rep), Columbinus (NYTW; Drama League nomination for Ensemble) The House of Bernarda Alba (NAATCO), Misterioso 119 (Act French/Lark), Romeo and Juliet (RTW), Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Two Rooms (Atlantic), HamletMachine, Ahraishak, (Theater Mitu). London: Hamlet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Vagina Monologues. Regional: Hartford Stage, Berkshire Theater Festival, McCarter, RMT, Mark Taper Forum, NCT. TV and FILM: Cold Case (CBS), Six Degrees (ABC), 2007 ABC Diversity Showcase and the upcoming films Tiny Dancer (Dir. Eva Husson), The Trouble with Cali (Dir. Paul Sorvino), and Burn After Reading (Dir. Joel and Ethan Coen). Training: BFA NYU Tisch, ETW Amsterdam, The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.

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Bryce McDonald

(Production Stage Manager) Vineyard Debut! Off-Broadway: Beyond Glory, Howard Katz, Suddenly Last Summer (RTC), The House in Town (LCT) and Based on a Totally True Story (MTC). Regional: CATS, 42nd Street, Disney's Beauty and the Beast and Into the Woods. Proud member of AEA! Love and thanks to The Vineyard Staff, Talia, Britt, Kate, Mom and Dad.

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Derek McLane

(Scenic Design) Broadway: The Pajama Game (2006 Tony Award, Best Revival), Grease, The Threepenny Opera, Little Women, I Am My Own Wife (2004 Tony Award, Best Play), Barefoot in the Park, Lestat, The Women, Present Laughter, London Assurance, Holiday, Honour, Summer and Smoke, The Three Sisters. Off-Broadway: Ten Million Miles, The Scene, The Voysey Inheritance, Two Trains Running, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Macbeth (Shakespeare in the Park), Hurlyburly, Abigail's Party, Modern Orthodox, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Aunt Dan and Lemon, The Creadeux Canvas, What the Butler Saw, Servicemen, East is East, suburbia, The Waverly Gallery, Hello Again, Saturday Night.

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Ilona Somogyi

(Costume Design) Vineyard Theatre: Unwrap Your Candy, Swimming with Watermelons and Brutal Imagination. New York credits include: Scarcity and Celebration/The Room (Atlantic Theater,) The American Pilot (MTC), Hot n' Throbbin' (Signature), Controversy at Valladolid and Fucking A (Public), Savannah Bay (MCC), God of Hell, Wit, Tabletop and Hard Times. Associate Designer for Spamalot, The Crucible, and Art. Also: Princess Wishes, Disney on Ice. Many regional credits including The Autumn Garden, Sweet Bird of Youth (Williamstown Theater Festival). Europe: Norwegian National Ballet and Saturday Night Fever in Holland. Ilona is a graduate of The Yale School of Drama and a recent addition to its faculty.

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Kate Whoriskey

(Director) NY credits include The Last Tree in Antarctica by Julia Cho at Ensemble Studio Theatre, the world premiere of Fabulation by Lynn Nottage at Playwrights Horizons and Massacre by Jose Rivera at the Labyrinth Theatre Company of which she is a member. She also directed the world premiere of Vigils, The Rose Tattoo and Heartbreak House at the Goodman Theatre, The Tempest at Shakespeare Theatre, The Master Builder at American Repertory Theatre, Intimate Apparel, The Piano Teacher, Life is a Dream, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Antigone, and The Clean House at South Coast Repertory, and Blue/Orange, Lady from the Sea and The Chairs at the Intiman Theatre. She has worked with writers Nilo Cruz, Sarah Ruhl, Michael Oondaatje, Regina Taylor and Said Sayrefezadieh. Other theatres where she has directed include Baltimore Center Stage, Perseverance Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Sundance Theatre Lab, The Fisher Center, The Eugene O'Neill Center and Geva Theatre. A graduate of NYU and the ART Institute at Harvard, she is currently a visiting lecturer at Princeton University and an associate artist at South Coast Rep. Upcoming: Biyi Bandele's adaptation of Oroonoko for Theatre for a New Audience.

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THE PIANO TEACHER Review Quotes

"A HAUNTING PLAY BY A GIFTED YOUNG PLAYWRIGHT!

-Linda Winer, Newsday

"A RIVETING NIGHT AT THE THEATRE

  A spellbinding performance by Elizabeth Franz. Remarkable!"

-Joy Goodwin, New York Sun

"AN ARRESTING NEW PLAY!

Chilling thrills!"

- David Finkle, Theatermania

"AN EFFECTIVE CHILLER!

Julia Cho has constructed her play with a keen sense of suspense.  You will probably feel s

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