Written by Nicky Silver

Past Productions

Beautiful Child

February 6 - March 28, 2004

Written by Nicky Silver
Directed by Terry Kinney
With Penny Fuller, Alexandra Gersten- Vassilaros, George Grizzard, Kaitlin Hopkins, Steven Pasquale
When a troubled teacher seeks refuge at home with his parents, they must find a way to continue loving him despite who he's become. This riveting new works marks the return of playwright Nicky Silver, whose previous plays at The Vineyard include PTERODACTYLS and RAISED IN CAPTIVITY.

Nicky Silver

Nicky Silver (Playwright) has been produced extensively in New York City as well as across Europe and as far away as South Korea (where THE LYONS was called HAPPY HAPPY FAMILY). His plays include PTERODACTYLS (Oppenheimer Award, Kesselring Award, Drama Desk nomination, Outer Critic’s Circle nomination), THE EROS TRILOGY, THE FOOD CHAIN (Outer Critic’s Circle nomination), FAT MEN IN SKIRTS, FIT TO BE TIED, THE MAIDEN'S PRAYER, FREE WILL & WANTON LUST (Helen Hayes Award), MY MARRIAGE TO ERNEST BORGNINE, THE ALTRUISTS, RAISED IN CAPTIVITY (Drama Desk nomination, Outer Critics Circle nomination, Drama-Logue Award), TOO MUCH SUN and THE LYONS (Drama Desk nomination).


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.


Penny Fuller

(Nan) Penny Fuller received a Tony Award Nomination in 2001 for her performance as "Gabrielle" in Neil Simon's The Dinner Party. Recent NY: Lincoln Center: A New Brain (Drama Desk nom.), An American Daughter, Ancestral Voices; Manhattan Theatre Club: New England, Three Viewings (Drama Desk nom.); National Actors' Theatre: Right You Are. She created "Eve Harrington" in Applause (Tony no.). Recent Regional: Do I Hear a Waltz (George Street), Tina Howe's Rembrandt's Gift (Actors Theater for Louisville); The Glass Menagerie (Charlotte Rep); Franny's Way by Richard Nelson (Geffen Playhouse). Other LA Theatre: Taper: Twelfth Night, Henry IV, Chekov in Yalta, Dutch Landscape; Ahmanson: The Elephant Man, Ring Around the Moon; Matrix Theatre: Betrayal (LA Drama Critics Circle Award), The Tavern, and The Seagull (Dramalogue). She has received Emmy nominations for her work on China Beach, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Miss Rose White, NYPD Blue, and ER. She was awarded the Emmy for her work in The Elephant Man.


Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros

(Playwright) My Thing of Love (Broadway, Steppenwolf Theatre, Joseph Jefferson Award), Supple In Combat (Steppenwolf Theatre), I Never Told Anyone (a short play, McCarter Theatre) and Mother of Invention (Steppenwolf Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival). Her play, Omnium Gatherum, which she co-wrote with Theresa Reeck, premiered at the 2003 Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville and was subsequently produced Off-Broadway, as well as countless regional and international productions. Omnium Gatherum was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. A one act, The Airport Play, will appear this Spring's EST Marathon 2005 and seven other short plays have been produced at the HB Playwrights Foundation. Her plays have been published by Samuel French and Smith and Kraus. As an actress, she recently appeared in last year's premiere of Nicky Silver's Beautiful Child (Vineyard Theatre) as well as productions in New York at EST, Second Stage, Primary Stages, HOME, New York Stage and Film Company and on Broadway. Special thanks to all the talented theatre artists who collaborated on The Argument in its many incarnations, especially dramaturg Len Berkman and the gang at New York Stage and Film Company where the play was workshopped last summer. Ms. Gersten-Vassilaros is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, a member of Actors Studio, and the HB Playwrights Foundation. She would especially like to thank her husband John and her three sons, Tonio, Luka and Stefano for their abundant enthusiasm and and very long surname.


Randy Graff

(Narrator/Woman) Broadway: A Class Act (Tony and Drama Desk Nominations), Moon Over Buffalo, Laughter on The 23rd Floor, City of Angels (Tony and Drama Desk Awards), Falsettos, Les Miserables (Helen Hayes Nomination), High Society. Off-Broadway: A Class Act (MTC-Lucille Lortel nomination), Hotel Suite (Roundabout), Do Re Mi (Encores!), A...My Name is Alice (Village Gate), Coming Attractions (Playwrights). Regional: Three Penny Opera (Williamstown), Edgardo Mine (Hartford Stage), A Little Night Music (Kennedy Center), Rough Crossing (McCarter Theatre). TV and Film: Keys to Tulsa, Moon Over Broadway, Law and Order, Ed, Mad About You, The Tonight Show, The Rosie O'Donnell Show.


George Grizzard

(Harry) Theater: Twenty Broadway plays, including Judgment at Nuremberg, A Delicate Balance (Tony Award), The Disenchanted (Tony nom.), Big Fish, Little Fish (Tony nom.), the original production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Neil Simon's California Suite. In London and Canada, he played Cap-n Andy in the Hal Prince production of Show Boat, and in theatres across the country the roles of Hamlet, Henry V, Richard III and Cyrano. Film: From the Terrace, Advise and Consent, Simon's Seems Like Old Times and Wonder Boys, among others. Television: The Oldest Living Graduate (Emmy Award), The Adams Chronicles (Emmy nom.), Attica and guest appearances on Law and Order (Atty. Arthur Gold), The Golden Girls, Murder, She Wrote and The Twilight Zone, among many others. He is a member of the Theater Hall of Fame.


Kaitlin Hopkins

(Dr. Elizabeth Hilton/Victor's Mother) Favorite theatre credits: Noises Off (Broadway), Bat Boy-The Musical (Off Broadway, Drama Desk nomination), Come Back Little Sheba (Roundabout), Present Laughter (Pasadena Playhouse), The Philanderer (South Coast Rep.), She Loves Me (The Reprise Series, Ovation Award nomination)  and the world tour of John Adam's opera I Was Looking at the Ceiling directed by Peter Sellars. Kaitlin has recorded over twenty live radio plays for LA Theater Works including The Heidi Chronicles and Proof. She serves on the advisory boards for The Pasadena Playhouse Outreach Program. Film and TV includes: How To Kill Your Neighbor's Dog, Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles, Spin City, Providence, The Practice, Star Trek Voyager, JAG, The Division and three years as Dr. Kelsey Harrison on Another World.


Terry Kinney

(Director) Co-founded the Steppenwolf Theatre Company with Gary Sinise and Jeff Perry, where his many directing credits include OF MICE AND MEN, FOOL FOR LOVE, STREAMERS, RECKLESS, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST (2001 Tony Award, Best Revival) and A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE. For The Vineyard, he directed Gina Gionfriddo’s AFTER ASHLEY and Nicky Silver’s BEAUTIFUL CHILD and THE AGONY & THE AGONY. Other credits include reasons to be pretty (both MCC and on Broadway) and FIFTH OF JULY (Bay Street Theatre and Williamstown Theatre Festival). After directing the short film Kubuku Rides (This Is It) for Steppenwolf Films, Mr. Kinney directed his first full-length feature, Diminished Capacity with Matthew Broderick and Alan Alda (2008 Sundance Film Festival, distributed by IFC Films). Television appearances include HBO’s prison drama “Oz”, ABC’s “The Unusuals”, CBS’s “NYC22”, the HBO special “The Laramie Project”, among many others. Film appearances include Save the Last Dance, Sleepers, Fly Away Home, House of Mirth, No Mercy, Last of the Mohicans, The Firm, Devil in a Blue Dress, and the upcoming Promised Land, starring Matt Damon.


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 Pasquale and Penny Fuller in BEAUTIFUL CHILD. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Penny Fuller and George Grizzard in BEAUTIFUL CHILD. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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George Grizzard, Steven Pasquale, and Penny Fuller in BEAUTIFUL CHILD. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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