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Wake Forest University Theatre presents

Smash
by Jeffrey Hatcher

based on George Bernard Shaw’s Novel An Unsocial Socialist
September 17-18 & 22-26, 2010

Director
Cindy Gendrich

Stage Manager
Paige Klasing*

Scenic Designer
Mary Wayne-Thomas

Costume Designer
Lisa Weller

Vocal Coach
Leah Elyce Roy

Lighting Designer
Dean Wilcox

Sound Designer
Carolyn Jones*

Assistant Director
Suzanne Spicer*

CAST


SIDNEY TREFUSIS.............................................................................Jake Meyer*
HENRIETTA JANSENIUS...............................................................Lizzy Thomas*§
AGATHA WYLIE..........................................................................Mara McCaffray*
MISS WILSON.................................................................................Sarah Wheeler*
GERTRUDE LINDSAY.................................................................Anita Ostrovsky*§
JANE CARPENTER.................................................................Mackenzie Finnegan*
MR. JANSENIUS...........................................................................Wesley Longacre
SIR CHARLES BRANDON...................................................................Elliot Lerner
CHICHESTER ERSKINE........................................................................Andy Belt*
LUMPKIN...........................................................................................Wes Hughes*

*denotes a member of the Anthony Aston Players
§denotes a Presidental Scholar in Theatre

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Lumpkin

 

My Faults book

DIRECTOR’S NOTE


George Bernard Shaw, who wrote An Unsocial Socialist, the novel upon which Smash is based, has been a wonderful ghost haunting me throughout rehearsals. His love of language, his political fervor, and his very real commitment to social justice have been important to remember even as we've played badminton, skated, and cycled our way through rehearsals.

As the word "socialist" has, in some American circles, become known as a curse word rather than an economic theory, it's been interesting to revisit (however lightheartedly) socialism's place in the English-speaking world. In adapting Shaw's novel for the stage, Jeffrey Hatcher has made some adjustments to character and plot that underscore competing views on the role of money and class in our search for the common good. He has diverged from Shaw, but in so doing has undoubtedly made the story less a political tract and more a prompt for conversation. He's also built a beautifully constructed play with delicious language, sparkling characters, and playful situations that have been a treat to explore.

And speaking of tasty treats, please join us in the lobby on September 17th for our regular opening night post-performance reception. We will offer refreshments and welcome the newest members of our Wake Forest faculty, and you'll be able to meet the cast, crew, director, and designers. Or stay after the show on September 24th for a panel discussion in the Ring theatre, sponsored by the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism at WFU. The discussion will include our special guest, Smash playwright Jeffrey Hatcher, as well as some smart and generous members of the Wake Forest faculty, including Ian Taplin (Sociology), Pat Dickson (Business), and Allin Cottrell (Economics). We'll share coffee and dessert, and hopefully have a spirited discussion about the themes of the play, followed by a Q & A session.

Whether or not you can join us on either of those occasions, we hope Smash will bring you pleasure and lead to scintillating conversations of your own.

Enjoy!

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Agatha & Sidney kiss Sir Charles

PRODUCTION STAFF


Technical Director..............................................................R. Trevor Anderson
Assistant Stage Managers...................................Dean D. Guerra*, Cam Roberts*
Properties..........................................................................................Ben Hege
Master Electrician..................................................................Donald Davidson§
Electricians...................................................Mackenzie Finnegan*, Chris Garcia
Carpenters......................Michael Whatley*, Alex Aceituno, Mackenzie Finnegan*
Nathan Musgrove*§, Chandalae Nyswonger*, Perry Ransbottom,
Danielle Thorson*, Chris Garcia, Monty King, THE 150 class
Welders..................................................Nathan Musgrove*§, Michael Whatley*
Scenic Artists......................................................Perry Ransbottom, C.J. Milam
Costume Shop Supervisor................................................................Lisa Weller
Costume Assistants.....................................Caroline Dignes§*, Elizabeth Skinner
Lomar Osborne, Chakayla Taylor
Stitchers.........................................................Jessica Ferguson, Ashley Birkedal
Wardrobe Assistants...........................................Adam Green, Lindsay Hutchins
Grips.............................................................Nick Reichert, Austin McWilliams
Light Board Operator......................................................................Garet Fryar
Sound Board Operator.................................................................Ashley Singer*
Photography........................................Ken Bennett, Bill Ray III, Leslie Spencer
Audience Services Coordinator....................................................Leslie Spencer
Box Office Staff.......................Ae’Jay Mitchell*, Sarah Sparks*, Lizzy Thomas*
Suzanne Spicer*, Dean D. Guerra*, Sara Lindsey*, SheRea DelSol
Ushers..................................................................Brandon Ferri, Jake Skillings

*denotes a member of the Anthony Aston Players
§denotes a Presidential Scholar in Theatre

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Hetty's father

 

Gertrude & Erskine Chained to the teacart

SPECIAL THANKS
Sharon Andrews
Joanne Davidson
Woody Hood
Adela and Mark Larimore
Page West
Tom and Lillian Shelton
Bland Wade and the UNCSA Prop Shop
Clay Western of Smooth-On, Inc.
Twin City Stage

 

All photos by Bill Ray III

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