Past Productions

The Argument

May 11 - June 19, 2005

Written by Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros
Directed by Maria Mileaf
With Melissa Leo, John Rothman, Jay O. Sanders
Timely and resonant, THE ARGUMENT chronicles the arc of a relationships between a man and a woman with bracing humor, passion and fury. What happens when two people who say they love each other fight over something so precious that they reach a point of no return?

Obadiah Eaves

(Sound Design & Original Music) Obadiah created sound and music for the Vineyard’s Beautiful Child, The Argument, Stopping Traffic, and The Agony and the Agony.  Broadway:  Shining City and for The Lieutenant of Inishmore on Broadway.  Selected Off-Broadway:  Romance, Celebration and The Room, The Bald Soprano/The Lesson, Birth and After Birth, A Second Hand Memory (Atlantic), Chinese Friends (Playwrights Horizons), Hamlet, Fucking A  (Public), Nine Parts of Desire (MET), Birdie Blue (Second Stage), The American Pilot, Moonlight and Magnolias (MTC).  He won a Lortel Award for Nine Parts of Desire, and a Viv for Fucking A. Television: HBO, Nickelodeon, Discovery, and TLC.


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.


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.


Melissa Leo

(Sophie) Melissa Leo is very happy to be making her debut at the Vineyard Theatre. Stagework includes: The Distance From Here, The Vagina Monologues, A Touch of the Poet, Out of Gas on Lover's Leap, The Hurdy Gurdy Man, Don Juan, Cinders, and Tongue of the Bird. Film credits include: Runaways, The Three Burials of Melquiades Strada, Hide and Seek, 21 Grams, Confess, From Other Worlds, Always, Venice/Venice, Last Summer in the Hamptons, The 24 Hour Woman, The Ballad of Little Jo, Immaculate Conception, A Time of Destiny, and  Streetwalkin. TV credits include: Homicide: Life on the Street, All My Children, The Young Riders, Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBC), The L-Word (Showtime), CSI (CBS), Veronica Mars (UPN), Law & Order (NBC), Legacy (UPN), The Equalizer (CBS), Miami Vice (NBC), Spencer For Hire (NBC), Carolina Skeletons and the miniseries Scarlett. Ms. Leo would like to dedicate her performance to her son Jack upon his high school graduation this June.


Maria Mileaf

(Director) Directing credits include the New York premieres of Lee Blessing's Going to St. Ives at Primary Stages, Kira Obolensky's Lobster Alice at Playwrights Horizons, Vijay Tendulkar's Sakharam Binder and Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt's Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran for The Play Company, Oren Safdie's Private Jokes Public Places at the Center For Architecture, Neena Beber's Hard Feelings at the Women's Project and her Tomorrowland for New Georges, Erik Ehn's Maid for the Lincoln Center Festival, Julia Cho's 99 Histories at the Cherry Lane, Brighde Mullins' Those Who Can Do at Clubbed Thumb, Jeannie Hutchins' Laugh I Thought I'd Die at P.S. 122 and Dawn Saito's HA at DTW. Regionally she has worked at the La Jolla Playhouse, The Geffen, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Theatre X, Actors Theatre of Louisville's Humana Festival and New York Stage and Film. This summer she will direct Lucy Prebble's The Sugar Syndrome for the Williamstown Theatre Festival.


John Rothman

(Herb) On Broadway Social Security, directed by Mike Nichols, Richard Nelson's Some American's Abroad, directed by Roger Michell. Off Broadway: At Playwrights Horizons: Richard Nelson's Goodnight Children Everywhere and Rodney's Wife, Biran Kulick's production of The Mysteries, Jo Bonney's Good Thing by Jessica Golderg, Woody Allen and Elaine May plays in Death Defying Acts, directed by Michael Blakemore. He wrote and starred in The Impossible H.I. Mencken-a one man sow, at The American Place. On film, he has supporting roles in Woody Allen's Stardust Memories, Zelig, Purple Rose of Cairo. Also Copy Cat, Picture Perfect, Say it Isn't So, and Easy. He's featured in many more. Recently Door in the Floor, Huckabees, Taxi with Prime and The Ringer coming soon. TV: a series regular on Birdland and Feds; guest starred on Law and Order and recently on Judging Amy.


Jay O. Sanders

(Phillip) Jay O. Sanders recently sang and danced in a fatsuit as Falstaff in The Red Clay Ramblers' musical version of The Merry Wives of Windsor, Lone Star Love, Off-Broadway at the recently demolished John Houseman Theatre. He has appeared around New York the U.S., and in England in a long list of classics and new plays, from the original cast of The Exonerated. Hurdy Gurdy Man, Buried Child, and Loose End o Shakespeare (Macbeth, Petruchio, Faulconbridge, Mar Antony & Caliban) and Shaw (on Broadway opposite his wife, Maryann Plunkett in St. Joan) His feature films include: The Day After Tomorrow, Tumbleweeds, JFK, Kiss the Girls, Music of The Heart, The Matchmaker, Glory, Tucker, A Man and His Dream, Angels in the Outfield, On television, he appeared in the pilot of Peter Berg's controversial Wonderland, portrayed 'Terry Anderson' in HBO's Hostages, and guest-starred on Roseanne, Law & Order and Law & Order, Criminial Intent, among many others. The resident narrator for WNET's international news documentary series, Wide Angle, Jay has also recorded numerous audiobooks. He is at work writing a play which investigates the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Jamie's dad.


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Jay O. Sanders and Melissa Leo in THE ARGUMENT. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Jay O. Sanders and Melissa Leo in THE ARGUMENT. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Melissa Leo and Jay O. Sanders in THE ARGUMENT. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Jay O. Sanders and Melissa Leo in THE ARGUMENT. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Jay O. Sanders and Melissa Leo in THE ARGUMENT. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Jay O. Sanders and Melissa Leo in THE ARGUMENT. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Jay O. Sanders and Melissa Leo in THE ARGUMENT. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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