The Children

By lucy kirkwood
directed by margarett perry

SEP 8 - SEP 29, 2019

Hazel and Robin, retired nuclear scientists, have set up camp on the British coast. Though living in the wake of a nuclear disaster, they have found a way to lead a quiet life of yoga and farming. That is, until an old colleague turns up at the door and makes them question their past—and their future. A gripping and thought-provoking story about the messes we make of our lives and our planet, and how we attempt to clean them up.

1 hour and 40 minutes, performed without an intermission
Recommended for ages 14+

 

Sponsors

 
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Elissa Cogan
and Barry Chester

 
 

Cast

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SUSANNAH BERRYMAN (Rose) is a long-standing member of Ithaca’s theatre community. She teaches in the BFA performance program at Ithaca College and acts and directs regionally, most recently appearing in A Doll's House Part Two at the Hangar and Nothing to Do with Love with Cherry Arts. Susannah is delighted to return to KTC, where she has appeared in nineteen productions, including last season’s The Roommate. Other venues include the Homecoming Players, the Signature Theatre, Syracuse's Redhouse Theatre, the Tampa Playmakers, and the American Stage Company. Directing venues include Ithaca College (Floyd Collins, The Cradle Will Rock, etc.), Opera Ithaca (Thumbprint), KTC (Bed and Sofa), the Cider Mill Playhouse, the University of Illinois, and the Greenbrier Theatre. Susannah would like to congratulate Ithacans at large for supporting such a vibrant theatre community.

 
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JEN JOHANSEN (Hazel) is thrilled to be making her debut at the Kitchen with this stirring play, and is grateful to be working again with Margarett Perry who directed her in God of Carnage and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike both at the Human Race Theatre in Dayton, Ohio. Jen will return to The Race in the new year to portray Gloria Steinem in Gloria: A Life. Jen makes her life with husband and fellow actor Rob and their pup, Olive, and cat, Mr. Tibbs, in Indianapolis. Some favorite Indy productions include: Hamlet and Coriolanus with the Indianapolis Shakespeare Company, The Game’s Afoot, The Syringa Tree, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julius Caesar and many years of A Christmas Carol at the Indiana Repertory Theatre, and The Christians, The Pill, On Clover Road, Hir, and Mr. Burns: a post-electric play at the Phoenix Theatre. Jen has also performed at the Geva Theatre Center, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, and Chicago Shakespeare Theater. TV: Chicago Fire. Gratitude and love to my family. Thank you for supporting live theatre!

 
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DEAN ROBINSON (Robin) is delighted to return to the Kitchen, where he has appeared in several plays, including The Cripple of Inishmaan, Swimming in the Shallows, The Chairs, Circle Mirror Transformation, Nora, and Tribes. Other area performances include Sirens, Perfect Crime, and Dancing at Lughnasa (Cider Mill Playhouse), Bee-Luther Hatchee (Cornell), and White Rabbit Red Rabbit and George Kaplan (the Cherry Arts). Regionally, Dean has performed at A.C.T. (San Francisco), Trinity Repertory Theatre, American Southwest Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, and New York’s Public Theatre as well as performed in the international tour of Robert Wilson’s The Black Rider. He is a founding member of the critically acclaimed The Actors’ Gang where he has directed and acted in multiple plays including Peer Gynt, Woyzeck, Titus Andronicus, Carnage - A Comedy, The Lower Depths, and The Imaginary Invalid (directed by Beth Milles). Dean is a graduate from the Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University; he is currently an assistant professor of theatre at Ithaca College, where he teaches voice, movement, and acting.

Creative Team

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LUCY KIRKWOOD (Playwright) is an acclaimed playwright and screenwriter. In 2009, Lucy’s play IT FELT EMPTY WHEN THE HEART WENT AT FIRST BUT IT IS ALRIGHT NOW was produced by Clean Break Theatre Company at the Arcola Theatre. The play was nominated for an Evening Standard Award for Best Newcomer and made Lucy joint winner of the 2010 John Whiting Award. NSFW premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in 2012, starring Janie Dee and Julian Barratt. CHIMERICA premiered at the Almeida Theatre in 2013 and subsequently transferred to the West End, earning Best New Play at the 2014 Olivier and Evening Standard Awards, as well as the Critics Circle Award and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Recent work includes MOSQUITOES (presented by special arrangement with Manhattan Theatre Club), which opened at the National Theatre, London, in summer 2017; and THE CHILDREN, which premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 2016. THE CHILDREN opened on Broadway in December 2017. Lucy also writes for screen: She has written for "Skins" (Company Pictures); created and wrote "The Smoke" (Kudos/Sky 1); wrote and directed the short film "The Briny"; and is developing projects with Raw TV, Cowboy Films, Clio Barnard, and Lenny Abrahamson. Her new six-part season "Adult Material" (Tiger Aspect Productions) and the mini-series of her play CHIMERICA (Playground Productions) have both recently been greenlit.

 
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MARGARETT PERRY (Director) is thrilled to be back at the Kitchen Theatre Company where she has directed more than 25 productions since first coming here in 2006 with Clean Alternatives by Brian Dykstra. Some KTC favorites include Private Lives (the first production in the new theatre!), Motherfucker with the Hat, Sunset Baby, Cock, Old Times, A Marriage Minuet and world premieres by Brian Parks (The House), Rob Ackerman (Call Me Waldo), Rachel Axler (Archeology) and 6 by Brian Dykstra (The Two of You, Strangerhorse, The Jesus Factor, Selling Out, Ho!, A Play on Words). Margarett has directed and developed new work Off-Broadway and in regional theatres across the country as well as in Scotland and London. Recent favorites include: Shrek the Musical (Connecticut Rep), Electra (Resident Acting Company), Education by Brian Dykstra (59E59), The House by Brian Parks (London, Scotland & Ohio) and the critically acclaimed world premiere of Seared by Theresa Rebeck at San Francisco Playhouse. Perry is a regular at the Human Race Theatre in Dayton where she has directed numerous productions including Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, God of Carnage, One Slight Hitch and the world premiere of Banned from Baseball by Patricia O’Hara. She is an Artistic Fellow at The Lark where she has worked with a variety of writers developing new plays. Upcoming productions include: A Doll’s House, Part 2 (Hudson Stage), the world premiere of Born in East Berlin by Rogelio Martinez (San Francisco Playhouse) and The Revolutionists (Human Race). Margarett is grateful to KTC for providing her a creative home to explore, create and grow. margarettperry.com

 
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ANNIE WIEGAND (Lighting Design) is a professional Lighting Designer who happens to be Deaf. She returns to the Kitchen Theatre Company having previously designed Tribes, Matt and Ben (SALT Nominee for Best Lighting Design) and Brahman/I. Off-Broadway: I Was Most Alive With You (Playwrights Horizons). Select Regional: Under the Breeches, Steel Magnolias (Alabama Shakespeare Festival); Steel Magnolias (Dallas Theater Center); Follies (Astoria Performing Arts Center); Small Mouth Sounds, The Bridges of Madison County, and Tribes (Speakeasy Stage Company); The Who and The What (Huntington Theatre Company); Fast Company (Lyric Stage of Boston). Assistant Professor, Theatre Arts Program, Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. anniewiegand.com

DANIEL ZIMMERMAN (Scenic Design): Kitchen Theatre: Girlfriend, Boom. Select Off-Broadway: Fashions for Men (Drama Desk nomination; The Mint); After the Blast and Kill Floor(Lincoln Center); Friend Art (Second Stage); Suicide, Incorporated (Roundabout); You Got Older (Page 73 Productions); Be a Good Little Widow (Ars Nova); NYC: The Play Company, Clubbed Thumb, Cherry Lane, Colt Coeur, Lesser America,The Pearl. Regional: Arena Stage, Dallas Theatre Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Humana Festival of New American Plays, NYS&F, Cincinnati Playhouse, Center Stage, Playmakers Rep, Trinity Repertory Company, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Theatreworks Palo Alto, Portland Stage Company, People’s Light, Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference. Daniel teaches set design at Ithaca College.

 
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CHRIS LANE (Sound Designer) is honored to be returning to the Kitchen Theatre Company. Credits include: The Royale (Kitchen Theatre Company/Geva Theatre Center), Skeleton Crew (Westport Country Playhouse); Too Heavy for Your Pocket (George Street Playhouse); Four Little Girls (Alabama Shakespeare Festival) and Kennedy Center's American College Theater Festival. Lane resides in Atlanta with credits including: Sweet Water Taste, Pipeline (Horizon Theatre); Four Women, Skeleton Crew (True Colors Theatre Company); An Octoroon, Jump (Actor’s Express); Hands of Color (Synchronicity Theatre); Footloose (Theatre Buford) and The America Play (GSU-Theatre Arts Guild). Check his rhythms and compositions at www.lanedesign.org



LISA BOQUIST (Costume Design) has designed and coordinated costumes for a number of previous productions at Kitchen Theatre Company, including: Bright Half Life, Precious Nonsense, Thin Walls, A Body of Water, Lungs, Black Pearl Sings!, Heroes, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, The Whipping Man, Circle Mirror Transformation, Irma Vep, Red Light Winter, Broke-ology and Waiting For Spring. Other favorite designs at the Kitchen include Mary's Wedding, Bed and Sofa, Last Train To Nibroc, I Become A Guitar, and Nine Parts Of Desire. She runs her own studio, where she designs and constructs prototypes, mascots and custom clothing for film and public appearances. She has been the Textiles Coordinator and Design Associate for MacKenzie-Childs, Ltd., and presently runs the costume shop at Cornell University. There she is responsible for training students in all aspects of costume construction, and has designed costumes for: Picasso At The Lapin Agile, Beat Box Bard, Bedroom Farce, and Drama, Dance And The Disco Of Desire, among others.

CELIA MADEOY (Dialect Coach) teaches and directs on Performance Faculty at Syracuse University Drama as well as performs at Syracuse Stage. Performances there include Deb in Elf the Musical, Miss Andrew in Mary Poppins, Guido’s Mother in Nine, Adult Woman in Spring Awakening, Frances Flute/Thisbe in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mrs. Fezziwig in A Christmas Carol, and this coming fall, Madame de la Grande Bouche in Beauty & The Beast. In Ithaca, Celia enjoyed dialect coaching Or, What She Will and playing Penelope in You Can’t Take It With You at Hangar Theatre. She created three world premiere performances as Mistress Hibbins in A Scarlet Letter, Olga Knipper in To Chekhov With Love, and Ana in Who Killed Pablo Neruda? for Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She’s also acted in almost all of Shakespeare’s canon at The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Shakespeare & Company, Folger Theatre, Marin Shakespeare Festival, and the American Shakespeare Center where she performed with Blackfriars Playhouse Resident Company as Lady Macbeth, Phoebe in As You Like It, and Emilia in Othello. Internationally, she has worked alongside many distinguished directors and voice teachers of the Royal Shakespeare Company, British American Drama Academy, Canadian National Voice Intensive, Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. Celia holds her MFA in Acting from The Theatre School Conservatory at DePaul University in Chicago. www.celiamadeoy.com

DANIELLE MOYAL (Props Designer) is from Alameda, CA and a proud (very recent) alum of Ithaca College! Her past credits include Props Designer for Girlfriend  and Tribes at the Kitchen, Props Artisan at Williamstown Theatre Festival for the 2018 summer season and returned for this past 2019 summer season as the Main Stage Assistant Props Master. She is so excited to be back at the Kitchen for this wonderful show!

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EVIE HAMMER-LESTER (Master Electrician) Evie came to Ithaca as a Kitchen Theatre Fellow in 2015. She has worked in Ithaca, Endicott, and Auburn as an assistant director, associate choreographer, stage manager, and teaching artist. She has also served as the Master Electrician at the Kitchen for the previous 2-3 years. Most recently she had the pleasure to direct Et Le Lion, a solo performance by Elizabeth Seldin, that premiered at the United Solo Festival in NYC before coming to Ithaca last winter. 

 

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