Tribes

By Nina Raine
Directed by M. Bevin O’gara

Jun 2 - Jun 23, 2019

Billy, born deaf into a fast-talking, academic family, was never taught sign language. Pushed by his parents to assimilate into the hearing world by reading lips, he has spent most of his life flying under the radar. But when a young woman introduces him to the Deaf community, Billy decides it is time his family learns to communicate with him on his terms. Told in spoken English and sign language, Tribes explores the danger of not listening—and what it means to be truly heard.

 

Cast

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JASMINE CARMICHAEL (Sylvia) is excited to be making her Kitchen Theatre Company debut. She previously worked with M. Bevin O'Gara in the IRNE award winning production of Milk Like Sugar (Huntington Theatre Company). Other regional credits include Jazz and Dance of the Holy Ghost (Baltimore Center Stage). Jasmine can be seen as the cunning con artist Gina on Amazon's Sneaky Pete. Other television credits include Blue Bloods, Chicago PD, Law&Order: SVU, The Following and Unforgettable. Jasmine has starred in several award winning indie features including Romeo and Juliet in HarlemRunaway and To The Flame. Jasmine is a proud alumni of Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts.

 
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JOEY CAVERLY (Billy) has recent credits that include performing in Children of a Lesser God (U/S) at Studio 54; Tribes at SpeakEasy Stage Company, Studio Theatre, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre; Beertown and Squares with Dog & Pony DC; Tales of Honor and Anchovies and Tales of Courage and Poultry with Faction of Fools Theatre Company; and numerous works at his alma mater, Gallaudet University. He was involved with National Theatre of the Deaf, performing in Journey of Identity, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, and a number of shows for young audiences. His recent directing work includes Romeo & Juliet, Cloud 9 (assistant), Dr. Faustus, The Philadelphia, and Noises Off (which gained recognition from The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival). He received his BA in Theatre Arts from Gallaudet University.

 
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KARL GREGORY (Daniel) recently named “Best Actor” by the Ithaca Times, Karl has been in over 45 productions at KTC.  Favorite shows include: Every Brilliant ThingHand To GodBuyer & Cellar, Peter and the Starcatcher (SALT Award), Gutenberg! The Musical!Fully Committed(SALT Award), SantaLand DiariesSwimming In The Shallows, as well as title roles in A Perfect GaneshThe Cripple of Inishmaan, and The Servant of Two Masters. Regional:  Testosterone (Cherry Arts), Ever So HumbleThe 39 Steps (Hangar Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew(SFSTL), The Importance of Being Earnest (Trinity Rep).  NYC credits: From White Plains (Fault Line Theatre, GLAAD Media Award), FROGS (Fault Line Theatre), Mother’s Day (FringeNYC Encore Series), BecauseHeCan (Personal Space Theatrics), The Servant of Two Masters (PS122).   TV: ALPHA HOUSE, NIGHTCAP. BFA- Syracuse University, MFA- Brown/Trinity Rep. He and his husband, Andrew, now split their time between NYC and Ithaca. www.karlgregory.com

 
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JULIET KIMBLE (Ruth) Is a 2019 graduate of Ithaca College with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Her credits at Ithaca include: Wild Party (Madeleine True), Twelfth Night(Maria), Fallen: A New Musical (Lilly), and Blood Wedding(U/S Mother). Regional Credits include: Peter Pan (Wendy), Ajax/ Aias (Odyssia/ Tecmessa), and Snow White at the Hangar Theatre and Charlie Brown Christmas (Lucy) at Cider Mill Playhouse. In the fall, Juliet is thrilled to be attending the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) to receive her Master of Arts degree in classical acting. This is Juliets' Kitchen Theatre debut! She is incredibly excited and grateful to be working with such talented and professional artists.

 
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ADRIANNE KRSTANSKY (Beth) Boston area credits include Paradise LostBritannicus and Ubu Rock at American Repertory Theater; Doll’s HouseCome Back Little Sheba (Elliot Norton and IRNE Award) at Huntington Theater Company; Every Brilliant ThingTribesBody AwarenessSnakebit at Speakeasy Stage Company; Blackberry WinterImagining MadoffOn the VergeHoliday MemoriesThree Viewings2.5 Minute Ride at New Repertory Theater; New Electric Ballroom at Gloucester Stage; The RoommateBarbecue Lyric Stage; and Gary at Boston Playwrights Theater. She has appeared regionally at the Steppenwolf Theater and La Jolla Playhouse. Film credits include principal roles in American WomanOlive Kitteridge and The Company Men.  

 
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DEAN ROBINSON (Christopher) is delighted to return to The Kitchen, where he has appeared in several plays, including The Cripple of InishmaanSwimming in the ShallowsThe ChairsCircle Mirror Transformation, and Nora. Other area performances include SirensPerfect 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 GyntWoyzeckTitus AndronicusCarnage - A ComedyThe 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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NINA RAINE (Playwright): After graduating from Oxford, Nina Raine began her career as a trainee director at the Royal Court Theatre. She dramaturged and directed the hard-hitting verbatim play Unprotected at the Liverpool Everyman, for which she won both the TMA best Director Award and the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award for an Outstanding Production on a Human Rights Theme. Her debut play, Rabbit, which she also directed, premiered at the Old Red Lion Theatre in 2006 and after a sell out run transferred to the Trafalgar Studios in the West End before being produced as part of the Brits off Broadway festival in New York. The play earned her the Charles Wintour Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright as well as the Critics Circle Award for most Promising Playwright. She directed her second play, Tiger Country, at Hampstead Theatre. Her commission for the Royal Court Theatre, Tribes, directed by Roger Michel, enjoyed a sell out run and won an Offie award for best New Play. It was also nominated for both Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best New Play. Tribes had its North American Premiere at the Barrow Street Theatre in New York in 2012 where it won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play, the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, and the Off-Broadway Alliance Award. Tribes has also been produced in Hamburg, Budapest, Sao Paolo, Zargreb, Wellington and Melbourne. There were thirteen upcoming productions in the USA including at the Steppenwolf, Chicago. Nina has also directed at the Royal Court Theatre: Shades, which went on to win Critics Circle and Evening Standard Awards for Most Promising Newcomer, and Jumpy, which then extended its run at the Duke Of Yorks Theatre in the West End.

 
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M. BEVIN O'GARA (Director) is Artistic Producing Director at the Kitchen Theatre Company. As a director, Bevin's credits include The Who & The What by Ayad Ahktar,  Milk Like Sugar by Kirsten Greenidge (Elliot Norton Award nomination for Best Production) and Becoming Cuba by Melinda Lopez at the Huntington Theatre Company; The Bridges of Madison County, appropriate, A Future PerfectTribes (Elliot Norton and IRNE Awards for Best Production), and Clybourne Park with SpeakEasy Stage Company;  Brahman/iChronicles of KalkiYou for Me for YouLove Person, and The Pain and the Itch with Company One Theatre; Phedre with Actors’ Shakespeare Project; Fast Company with the Lyric Stage Company, Marjorie Prime with the Nora Theatre Company, How Soft the Lining and Translations with Bad Habit Productions, Two Wives in India and Gary with Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 2.5 Minute Ride with New Repertory Theatre, and Melancholy Play with Holland Productions.

 
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BETH APPLEBAUM (Director of Artistic Sign Language) Recent credits: Beth Applebaum’s adaptation of “The Red Shoes” Workshop marks her debut as a Director/ Choreographer in New York; Theatre Credits: Off Broadway Debut: I Was Most Alive With You (Shadow Astrid); Regional Theatre: The Dusk Cages (Betty), Performance at the Pub/Public Works’ Shaina Taub, NYC Sign and Sing, New York Deaf Theatre’s Titus (Lavinia), ASL Rocky Horror (Janet Weiss), and National Theatre of the Deaf Tour (2015-16). She is an Alumni (10’) of RIT with BFA in Film/Animation/Stage and MS in Deaf Education: Theatre and English (12’), and an alumni of Mercer County Performing Arts High School Dance Major (05’).

 
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ARI HERZIG (Projections) has designed projections/video for ArtsEmerson (Kiss, Mala, Sugar), Speakeasy Stage Company (The Bridges of Madison County, Tribes), Revels Inc. (Christmas Revels 2016), Lyric Stage Company (Fast Company, Dear ElizabethChinglish), New Repertory Theatre (The Snow Queen), Poets' Theatre (Albatross), and the Huntington Theatre Company (Ryan Landry's M).  They received an IRNE award for Projection Design for a Small Stage in 2016 for Albatross at the New Repertory Theatre.   Ari works as the Lighting and Projection Supervisor for the Office of the Arts at Emerson College.  They graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in Theatre Design/Technology.  ariherzig.com

 

CRISTINA TODESCO (Scenic Design) Ms Todesco designed Brawler last season at the Kitchen. Most recent credits include Small Mouth Sounds (Speakeasy Stage), and 1776 (New Repertory Theater). Theater  companies include Actors' Shakespeare Project,  ART Institute, Company One, Boston Conservatory, Central Square Theater, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, the Culture Project, Gloucester Stage, Huntington Theatre, Boston Playwrights, Merrimack Repertory Theater, New Repertory Theater, Olney Theater Center, Orfeo Group, Poet's Theater, Stoneham Theater, Harbor Stage, Summer Play Festival, Trinity Rep, Wheelock Family Theater, Williamstown Theater Festival among many more. She has designed for the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall in Boston and at Tanglewood. For Outstanding Design, she is the recipient of four Elliot Norton Awards: The Clean House (New Rep), Twelfth Night (ASP), The Aliens and The Flick (Company One) and an IRNE Award: appropriate(Speakeasy Stage). She earned a BFA in painting from Boston University's School of Visual Arts, and an MFA in scenic design from BU's School of Theatre Arts, where she currently teaches.

 
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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 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 SoundsThe 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

 

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.

 
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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 at the Kitchen, Props Artisan at Williamstown Theatre Festival for the 2018 summer season and is excited to go back as the Assistant Props Master for the Main Stage for the future 2019 summer season.

 

MICHELE HOCHSTETTER (ASL Interpreter) received her interpreter training in the Chicago area and then became an interpreter at the National Technology Institute for the Deaf in Rochester. Since moving here in the 90's, she has has interpreted in many of our schools for 20 years and the Hangar Theatre for 10 years. She is currently a full time freelance interpreter.

 

LISA WITCHEY (ASL Interpreter) received a dual degree in Interpreting and Theatre Arts from Bloomsburg University, PA. Previous credits include last years’ KTC production of Matt and Ben in addition to numerous productions at the Hangar Theatre. As well as a full time ASL Interpreter, she is on the faculty at Ithaca College having taught ASL classes for 20 years.

 

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