The Piano Teacher
By Julia Cho
Directed by Diego Arciniegas
Oct 21 - Nov 4, 2018
Mrs. K has recently retired after teaching piano in her living room for 30 years. Alone and curious about what became of the children she once saw weekly, Mrs. K picks up the phone, calling former students in the hopes they'll come for a visit and a cookie. When a former prodigy arrives at her doorstep, the memories of happy afternoons by the piano quickly unravel in the face of a truth darker than anything she could have imagined.
BETH DIXON (Mrs. K) – Most recently: Clubbed Thumb. The New Line Humana Festival 2017. Broadway: Major Barbara, Wrong Mountain. Off-B’way: Twentieth Century Blues, City of Conversation (Drama Desk and Lortel nominations), Rapture Blister Burn, Wings, Vieux Carre,The Cripple of Inishmaan, Mary Stuart, Endpapers, Terese Raquin, Booth is Back, America Dreaming, Unbound, The Grille Room. Regional: Long Day’s Journey, On Golden Pond, Three Tall Women, Tartuffe, All My Sons, The Grapes of Wrath, The Glass Menagerie, Vincent in Brixton, The Constant Wife, etc. Film and Television: Non Stop, Zero Hour, Off- Ramp, Ballad of the Sad Café, Dark Tides, The Good Wife, Blacklist, Incredible Polar Bear, Storm of the Century, Law and Order, L&O Criminal Intent, Game Change.
MATTHEW J. HARRIS (Michael) is an actor/dancer/choreographer with a BFA from Rutgers Mason Gross. He has acted in productions of Tartuffe, Topdog/Underdog (Elliot Norton Award), and Milk Like Sugar at the Huntington Theatre. Other theatre credits include In the Heights (Walnut Street), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Classical Theatre of Harlem), and many more. Television credits include Blindspot and Person Of Interest. He has taught and choreographed at Hip Hop conventions throughout the tristate area. Next up he will be returning to the Huntington for Romeo and Juliet, playing Mercurio. You can stay up to date at matthewjharris.net or ManInMotionNYC.com.
AMELIA WINDOM (Mary Fields) is thrilled to be working with the Kitchen Theatre Company! Although she is now a New York based actress, she is a graduate of Ball State University where she received her BFA in acting, and is a past apprentice of Actors Theatre of Louisville's Professional Training Company. Selected theater credits: A Christmas Carol, Coffee Break*, Maybe One Day He Will Get Divorced* (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Wondrous Strange* (Humana Festival of New American Plays, written by Jen Silverman,Martyna Majok, Meg Miroshnik, and Jiehae Park); ... An Unnamed Love/ Suicide (Access Theatre); Chamber Music (St. Johns, new ending written and workshopped with Arthur Kopit); A Midsummer Night's Dream (PTC).
*denotes world premier
JULIA CHO (Playwright) Plays include: The Language Archive, The Piano Teacher, Durango, The Winchester House, BFE, The Architecture of Loss, and 99 Histories. She has been a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2004. Her work has been produced at the Vineyard Theatre, The Public, South Coast Repertory, Long Wharf Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, New York Theatre Workshop, East West Players, Theatre @ Boston Court, and Silk Road Theatre Project, among others. Honors include the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Barrie Stavis Award, the Claire Tow Award for Emerging Artists, and the L. Arnold Weissberger Award. Durango was also named one of the Top 10 Plays of 2006 by Entertainment Weekly and one of the Best of 2007 by the The L.A. Times. She is an alumna of the Juilliard School and NYU’s Graduate Dramatic Writing Program.
DIEGO ARCINIEGAS (Director) is currently a Senior Lecturer in Theatre Studies at Wellesley College. From 2001 until 2011, Diego also served as Artistic Director at The Publick Theatre Boston. He first met the Kitchen’s Artistic Director, M. Bevin O’Gara, at the New Repertory Theatre in Boston, where she produced his production of White People. That same year he played Thom Paine in Thom Pain: Mostly a Comedy at New Rep. Both performance and production were nominated for an Elliot Norton Award. Diego ran into Bevin again at the Huntington Theatre, where she served as Artistic Associate and he was performing in Dead End, The Rose Tattoo, and Two Men of Florence. Diego received an Elliot Norton Award for his performance as Wolfgang Mozart in Amadeus, and another for Best Production for Arcadia by Tom Stoppard, at the Publick Theatre. He is honored and delighted to be a part of Bevin’s second season at the Kitchen and wants to reassure all concerned that he is not stalking her.
STEVE TENEYCK (Scenic & Lighting Designer) is pleased to return to the Kitchen Theatre having designed over 25 productions since 2001. Some favorites include The Trial, The Glass Menagerie, The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, Buyer and Cellar and Every Brilliant Thing from last year’s season. Design work has been seen both nationally and internationally. Companies include Syracuse Stage, Pennsylvania Shakespeare, TACT-NYC, Big Art Group NYC, The Dallas Theatre Center, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, The Gulf Shore Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Hangar Theatre, Tacoma Opera, Madison Opera, Syracuse Opera, Anchorage Opera, Minnesota Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Tri-Cities Opera and The Mill City Summer Opera. Designs for live events with the Herson Group Ltd. for such institutions as Northwestern, Princeton, Cornell, Texas A&M, and the University of Tennessee, to name a few. Steve is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 and teaches design at Ithaca College.
EMILY WOODS HOGUE (Costumes) is delighted to be working with the Kitchen for the first time! This show marks her return to the East Coast after completing her Master of Fine Arts in Costume Design at the University of Washington in Seattle in June. Most recently, she wrapped her first feature film- a strange little indie called Warmuffin. Other design credits include Annex Theatre (WA), the Williamstown Theatre Festival Foeller Fellowship Project, Speakeasy Stage Company, The Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Bad Habit Productions, Wellesley Summer Theatre, Suffolk University, and many more. Feel free to follow her freelance adventures on Instagram (@ewoodshogue) or at her website: www.ewoodshoguedesigns.com.
FAN ZHANG (Sound Designer) is a sound designer, composer, and multi-instruments musician based in New York. Her design focus on creating distinctive sounds which blur the boundaries between sound design and musical composition. Off-Broadway: Slave Play (New York Theatre Workshop), Beautiful Day Without You (Origin Theatre), Scissoring (Intar). NYC: Tania In a Gateway Van (New Georges), Calling( La MaMa), The Ideal Obituary (The Tank), Cannibal Galaxy (New Ohio Theatre), Salesman (Rough Draft Festival), The Mecca's Tale (The Sheen Center),Interstate(Theatre Row), Girl From Nowhere(New York Musical Festival). Regional: Seven Guitars at Yale Repertory Theatre (CT Critics Circle, Outstanding Sound Design), Cincinnati Ballet, Pittsburgh City Theatre, Capital Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theatre. Training: MFA, Sound Design, Yale School of Drama. fanzhangsound.com