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AN UNFORGETTABLE MYSTERY

SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS

Based on the book by David Guterson
Adapted for the stage by Kevin McKeon

Directed by Robert Kelley

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

March 30—April 24, 2011

Regional Premiere
The best-selling novel springs to life in this haunting tale of murder, redemption, and star-crossed romance set on a misty Washington island in 1954. Pride, prejudice, and the legacy of forbidden love permeate the trial of a Japanese-American veteran charged in the death of a rival, rekindling memories of the wartime internment that once divided this remote community, and threatens its humanity still.
Contains mature language.
“Stunning...beautiful…consistently enthralling.”Portland Mercury

*Visual Voice audio described performances 4/22 8pm, 4/23 8pm, 4/24 2pm 

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"GRIPPING...beautifully depicted"
San Francisco Chronicle

"THEATRICAL MAGIC...the 12 actors are excellent"
Palo Alto Daily News

"Excellent cast...ANOTHER WINNER for TheatreWorks”
San Mateo Daily Journal

"Exquisitely beautiful...A GREAT GIFT"
The Stark Insider

“Lovely…UNDENIABLE RESONANCE”
The Mercury News

“Full of POETRY and BEAUTY…there’s no other local theater that would do this play as well.”
Palo Alto Weekly

“CAPTIVATING…Superior cast”
Broadway World

“A production to be seen not once, but again and again”
The Bay Times

“Masterfully directed…TREMENDOUS HUMANITY”
Cultural World

“Tightly written with touches of BRILLIANCE and PATHOS”
For All Events

“Exceptional cast…LIVELY and INTRIGUING”
Nichi Bei Weekly

“STELLAR CAST…a voyage no one should miss”
Metro Silicon Valley

“A FASCINATING STORY…rich characterizations”
Aisle Say, San Francisco

Director Robert Kelley says, “the play is about a murder trial that shouldn’t have been, and a romance that should.”
Mountain View Patch



MOLLY BENSON

(Susan Marie Heine) performed with Dark Porch Theatre Company in the world premiere of Comedy Ballet (Roxelana) and The In-Betweens (Olivia Vanderpoole). She has also appeared in the Atmostheatre/Theatre in the Woods adaptation of Alice in Wonderland (White Queen) and A Midsummer Nights Dream (Helena). Other Bay Area credits include Better Homes and Ammo (Angela Bosra) with No Nude Men Productions and Design for Living (Gilda) at the Lafayette Town Hall Theatre. In Los Angeles, Ms. Benson performed in Blake... da Musical (Bonnie Lee Bakely) which won the 2005 Ovation Award for best new musical. She recently finished filming the independent feature film Women & Cigarettes (Kate King). She earned her BA in theatre from Oberlin College and is currently an actress and voiceover artist in the Bay Area.


TIM CHIOU

(Kabuo) recently performed in the world premiere of Michael Golamco's Year Zero (Han) at the Victory Gardens in Chicago, and in East West Players' production of Crimes of the Heart (Doc Porter) in Los Angeles. His film and television work include shows such as NCIS, Grey's Anatomy, and CSI: New York.


WILL COLLYER

(Ishmael) made his professional stage debut in TheatreWorks' Conversations With My Father (Young Charlie) while a sophomore at Palo Alto High School. Since then he has established himself onstage in Los Angeles, where recent credits include Parade at the Mark Taper Forum, Big: The Musical (Josh) with West Coast Ensemble, Hello Again (College Boy) and One Touch of Venus (Rodney) with Musical Theatre Guild, and the world premieres of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at the Kirk Douglas Theater, Gulls at Theatre@Boston Court, and Unfinished American Highwayscape #9 & 32, also at Theatre@Boston Court. Television credits include Melrose Place, Pushing Daisies, Numb3rs, Las Vegas, Charmed, Jack & Bobby, A Christmas Carol: The Musical, Judging Amy, CSI: Miami and Boston Public. Proud member of Actors' Equity. www.willcollyer.com


ANNE DARRAGH

(Etta) is delighted to be making her debut with TheatreWorks. Ms. Darragh has performed in numerous world premieres including the Eureka Theatre production of Angels in America (Harper) for which she received both a Dramalogue and a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award. Recent world premieres include A Round-Heeled Woman (starring Sharon Gless) at Z Space, Brian Thorstenson's Over the Mountain at Brava Theater Center and Peter Nachtrieb's T.I.C. (Trenchcoat in Common) with Encore Theatre. Locally she has performed with American Conservatory Theater, Aurora Theatre Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Campo Santo, Magic Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Porchlight Theatre and San Jose Repertory Theatre, among others. Her film appearances include the award-winning independent film Fanny, Annie and Danny. She is a member of the Stephen Pelton Dance Theatre Company.


MAYA ERSKINE

(Hatsue) is thrilled to be performing with TheatreWorks. She has acted in various productions both in New York and Los Angeles including Crimes of the Heart (Babe, East West Players), Romeo and Juliet (Juliet, Lake George Theater Lab) and A Winter's Tale (Autolycus, Theater 80 St. Marks). A recent graduate of New York University's TISCH School of the Arts, Ms. Erskine began her training in California at Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and was the winner of the 2005 Emerging Young Artist award. She thanks TheatreWorks for this wonderful opportunity.


RANDALL NAKANO

(Zenhichi) performed with TheatreWorks in Pacific Overtures (the Reciter) and Nagasaki Dust (Papa/Capt. Sato). He is a veteran actor with the Asian American Theatre Company having appeared in over 10 productions with the company where he was directed by Philip Kan Gotanda and Lane Nishikawa among others. His Bay Area credits include appearances with Magic Theatre, Aurora Theatre Company, Thick Description, and Theatre of Yugen. Mr. Nakano trained at American Conservatory Theater and has taught Drama in the San Francisco Unified School District for over 20 years. He was a founding faculty member at School of the Arts (SOTA). "Sansei" Nakano dedicates his performance to his family who endured the incarceration and especially sister Carolyn who was born behind those barbed wires.


MARK ANDERSON PHILLIPS

(Alvin Hooks) was last seen at TheatreWorks in The 39 Steps (Hannay), Opus (Dorian) and Theophilus North (Theophilus). His many TheatreWorks appearances include The Grapes of Wrath (Tom Joad), Proof (Hal), Charley's Aunt (Jack), The Cripple of Inishmaan (Babby Bobby), and Dolly West's Kitchen (Alec). Mr. Phillips recently appeared in Happy Now? at Marin Theatre Company. Other recent appearances include Noises Off and Witness for the Prosecution, both at Center REPertory Company, The Weir at San Jose Repertory Theatre, Miss Julie at Aurora Theatre Company, and last summer in Abraham Lincoln's Big Gay Dance Party at the New York International Fringe Festival. His work at other theatres includes roles with Magic Theatre, SF Playhouse, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Word for Word, Marin Theatre Company and American Conservatory Theater. www.markandersonphillips.com


JOSIAH POLHEMUS

(Abel) first worked with director Robert Kelley in Oliver! while in 4th grade. He has since appeared at regional theaters including American Conservatory Theater, Shotgun Players, foolsFURY, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Encore Theater Ensemble, and with Los Angeles' Pacific Resident Theater, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble and Electric Lodge. He won an LA Weekly Award for his performance in All My Sons (A Noise Within). His film appearances include writer/director Dave Boyle's White On Rice and Surrogate Valentine as well as The Truth About Cats and Dogs, My Bad Dad, and The Scottish Tale. He also appeared in the HBO series Tracy Takes On. Mr. Polhemus is the Artistic Director of Stagebridge Theater in Oakland, CA, holds an MFA in acting from American Conservatory Theater and a BA in Theater Arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz.


KEVIN ROLSTON

(Art Moran) made his TheatreWorks debut in Opus. His regional credits include 'Tis Pity She's A Whore at American Conservatory Theater; What the Butler Saw, Sunlight, and Happy Now? at Marin Theatre Company; Doubt and Noises Off at Center REPertory Company; and The Glass Menagerie and Enrico IV at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Other credits include three world premieres at Magic Theatre, including Rebecca Gilman's The Crowd You're In With; two tours with San Francisco Mime Troupe; and productions with New Federal Theatre, Pulse EnsembleTheatre, Word for Word, foolsFury, PCPA Theatrefest and San Francisco Playhouse.


EDWARD SARAFIAN

(Nels) has performed with TheatreWorks in Twentieth Century, Southern Comforts, The Elephant Man, Over the River and Through the Woods, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Camping with Henry and Tom, You Never Can Tell, Passion, The Man Who Came to Dinner, As You Like It, and Ah, Wilderness! for which he won a Drama-Logue award. Mr. Sarafian appeared as Selsdon in the regional tour of Noises Off at San Jose Repertory Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Marines Memorial Theatre, and Redondo Beach Playhouse. Other Bay Area credits include American Conservatory Theater's A Streetcar Named Desire; Magic Theatre's 3F, 4F; Aurora Theatre Company's The Entertainer; Marin Theatre Company's The Crucible and Mornings at Seven; and Center REPertory Company's The Merchant of Venice. Mr. Sarafian has also been active in national commercials, film, and television.


WILL SPRINGHORN JR.

(Carl Heine Jr.) is thrilled to be making his TheatreWorks debut. Bay Area theatre credits include King Lear (Edmund), Romeo and Juliet (Tybalt), and King Henry IV parts 1 and 2 (Mortimer and Prince John) with San Francisco Shakespeare Festival; Coronado (Will) and Cabaret (Ernst) with SF Playhouse; and reasons to be pretty (Kent) and Every Christmas Story Ever Told (Will) at San Jose Stage Company. Mr. Springhorn has appeared in films that have screened at the International Digital Video and High Definition Film Festival, Cinequest, The Temecula Film Festival, 4site film festival, New York International Film Festival, and the Thrill Spy Film Festival. Mr. Springhorn teaches Acting, Shakespeare and Stage Combat at Notre Dame de Namur University and Diablo Valley College. www.willspringhornjr.com


MIA TAGANO

(Fujiko) returns to TheatreWorks after appearing in M Butterfly. Her New York credits include Far East (Lincoln Center), 99 Histories (Cherry Lane Theatre), and Song of Singapore (Capital Repertory Theatre). She has regional credits including Royal Shakespeare Company and Denver Center's Tantalus, Tamburlaine (Shakespeare Theatre), Waiting for Tadashi (George Street Playhouse), A Christmas Carol (Virginia Stage), Nicholas Nickleby (California Shakespeare Theatre), Twelfth Night (San Francisco Shakespeare Festival), a solo show Cincinnati (Seattle, San Francisco, London) and recently Snow Falling on Cedars at Portland Center Stage and Hartford Stage. Ms. Tagano's TV/film credits include All My Children, Law & Order, Tantalus: Behind the Mask, and The Shakespeare Sessions. She received her MFA from the University of Washington. With Love to John and Obaachan Mutsuko (interned at Poston, AZ), and in loving memory of Grandma and Grandad Sprinkles.


KEVIN McKEON

(Adapter) is a West Coast theatre artist and a long-standing company member of Book-It Repertory Theatre in Seattle. He was a resident company member at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Santa Maria for several years and taught acting at UC Davis, Cal Poly Pomona, and California Institute for the Arts. His directing credits for Book-It include Great Expectations, Anne Tyler's Breathing Lessons, and David Guterson's Snow Falling on Cedars. He has adapted several works for the company as well, including Plainsong, A Tale of Two Cities (with Jane Jones), and The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears. His adaptation of Snow Falling on Cedars has been produced at Portland Center Stage, Hartford Stage in Connecticut, and CENTERSTAGE in Baltimore.


ROBERT KELLEY

(Director) is a Bay Area native and Stanford University graduate. He founded TheatreWorks in 1970 and has been its Artistic Director ever since. He has directed over 150 TheatreWorks productions, including many world or regional premieres. He has received the Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Paine Knickerbocker Award for lifetime achievement, BATCC Awards for Outstanding Direction for his productions of Into the Woods; Pacific Overtures; Rags; Sweeney Todd; Another Midsummer Night; Sunday in the Park with George; Jane Eyre; and Caroline, or Change; Bay Area Drama-Logue Awards for his direction of Ah, Wilderness! and Once in a Lifetime; Dean Goodman Choice Awards for Violet, Ragtime, Proof, Dolly West's Kitchen, and Harold & Maude; and Back Stage West Garland Awards for his direction of Side Show and Sunday in the Park with George. He recently directed The 39 Steps, A Christmas Memory, The Light in the Piazza, and To Kill a Mockingbird.

ANDREA BECHERT

(Scenic Designer) has designed 22 productions for TheatreWorks including To Kill a Mockingbird, Twentieth Century, Twelfth Night, Dolly West's Kitchen, Bat Boy: The Musical, Night of the Iguana, Floyd Collins, and Talley's Folly. She has designed scenery for theatres across the country including Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, American Musical Theatre of San Jose, The Starlight Theatre, The Stardust Casino in Las Vegas, Marin Theatre Company, Opera San José, and Center REPertory Theatre. Her numerous awards include three Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards, a Denver Ovation Award, and her designs have been included in the 2005 World Design Expo and 1996 Prague Quadrennial. She has taught at or been a guest at several universities including Stanford University, Ohio University, and University of Wisconsin. Ms. Bechert is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829.

FUMIKO BIELEFELDT

(Costume Designer) has designed over 50 productions for TheatreWorks since 1983, including The Light in the Piazza, A Civil War Christmas; Yellow Face; Twentieth Century; Caroline, or Change; and Emma, which traveled to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (Kevin Klein Awards Nominee). Her designs have also appeared in the Bay Area at American Conservatory Theater, Aurora Theatre Company, California Shakespeare Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, and Magic Theatre, among others. She is a graduate of Waseda University in Tokyo and studied costume design at Stanford. Ms. Bielefeldt has received many awards for her designs, including the 2004 Barbara Bladen Porter Special Award, Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Awards, Dean Goodman Choice Awards, Back Stage West Garland, and the Drama-Logue Award.

KIMBERLY MOHNE HILL

(Dialect Coach) has served as Dialect Coach on over 16 shows for TheatreWorks, including The North Pool, Doubt, Theophilus North, Arcadia, Jane Eyre, Baby Taj, and Anna in the Tropics, to name a few. An Assistant Professor in Acting at Santa Clara University, she continues to teach, direct, and coach throughout the Bay Area. Ms. Hill recently directed reasons to be pretty and last year's The Seafarer at San Jose Stage Company. She has published two books with Smith & Kraus: Scenes in Dialect for Young Actors and Monologues in Dialect for Young Actors. Volume II of both books is due out soon.

JAMIE D. MANN

(Stage Manager) recently stage managed TheatreWorks' The 39 Steps, Superior Donuts, and the developmental production of Fly By Night in TheatreWorks' New Works Festival. He also stage managed the world premiere of Mrs. Whitney (Magic Theatre), 2X Malmud­ The Jewbird and The Magic Barrel (Word for Word/The Jewish Theatre), The Last Yiddish Poet (The Jewish Theatre), and Sunrise at Campobello (Willows Theatre Company). He was Production Manager for six seasons at San Jose Stage Company, and stage managed Dirty Blonde, Rock 'N' Roll, The Great America Trailer Park Musical, AlwaysŠPatsy Cline, Altar Boyz, Blade to the Heat (with Thick Description); The Diary Of Anne Frank and Beehive, The Musical. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a degree in Theatre Arts.

STEVEN B. MANNSHARDT

(Lighting Designer) has been the lighting designer for over 55 productions at TheatreWorks, having won numerous Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards and Dean Goodman Choice Awards for his work. His regional design credits include Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven; A Contemporary Theatre, Seattle; American Repertory Theater, Cambridge; Studio Arena Theatre, Buffalo; Magic Theatre; Pasadena Playhouse; The Weston Playhouse Theatre Company, Vermont; Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company; Centaur Theatre Company, Montreal; The du Maurier Theater, Toronto; and Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland. Mr. Mannshardt taught lighting design at Santa Rosa Junior College for 14 years and continues to be a guest lecturer at various local colleges. Formerly the production manager at TheatreWorks, Mr. Mannshardt now runs an organization dedicated to improving the education system for both children and adults in Nepal. www.nepal.wwep.org

Jonathan Rider

(Fight Director) was fight director for TheatreWorks' Superior Donuts. He has been choreographing fights regionally, nationally, and internationally for twenty years. For the past ten years Mr. Rider has been the Resident Fight Director for the San Francisco Opera. Recently, he has directed fights for Gran Teatro Del Liceu in Barcelona, Spain (Tristan and Isolde), Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Italy (Faniciulla Del West), American Conservatory Theater (The Homecoming), Lyric Opera of Kansas City (Antony and Cleopatra), The Crucible in Oakland (Dracul Prince of Fire, Firebird, The Fire Odyssey, and Romeo and Juliet), and Berkeley Opera (Legend of the Ring, Carmen). Mr. Rider holds a BA from Santa Clara University.

JOSHUA M. ROSE

(Assistant Stage Manager) is returning for his twenty-fourth show in his sixth season with TheatreWorks, having most recently been the Equity Assistant Stage Manager for The 39 Steps, A Christmas Memory, The Light in the Piazza, To Kill a Mockingbird, Daddy Long Legs (world premiere); and Tinyard Hill (world premiere). Recently, he was also the Equity Stage Manager for Secret Order, Groundswell, and Splitting Infinity at San Jose Repertory Theatre. Mr. Rose has also worked with A Contemporary Theatre, Tacoma Actors' Guild, Seattle Children's Theatre, The Fifth Avenue, Village Theatre, On the Boards, Fulton Opera House, Mount Washington Valley Theatre Company, Minnesota Repertory Theatre, and Minnesota Festival Theatre. He received his BFA in Stage Management and Theatre Technology from the University of Minnesota Duluth and is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association.

VICKIE ROZELL

(Dramaturg) has been TheatreWorks' resident dramaturg for ten seasons, working on over seventy productions including as co-director/ dramaturg on Doubt, Arcadia, and Wrong for EachOther; associate director/dramaturg for Yellow Face; Caroline, or Change; M Butterfly; Into the Woods; Dolly West's Kitchen; Shakespeare in Hollywood; Jane Eyre; Ragtime; Pacific Overtures; Side Show; and Floyd Collins among many others. She has directed Picnic, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, The Little Foxes, and Ladies of the Camellias (Palo Alto Players); W;t (Bus Barn Stage Company); Proof (City Lights Theatre Company); CTRL+ALT+DELETE (Pear Avenue Theatre), and The Vagina Monologues (California Theatre), taught at Ohlone and Foothill Colleges, is a member of the West Coast Director's Lab, has BAs in English and Psychology from Stanford University, and an MFA in directing from the University of California.

GREGORY ROBINSON

(Sound Designer) has designed sound for several TheatreWorks productions, including, Living Out, You Can't Take It With You, An American Daughter, Be Aggressive, and Present Laughter. Throughout the past three decades, his sound design, sound effects, music, and recordings have been featured in local, regional, and national radio and television advertisements, documentaries, corporate video, and theatre. He has created and produced for AC Transit, Amazing People LLC (London), Bank of America, California Lottery, Carlos & Deborah Santana, HBO/Comic Relief, Ivory Coast Pictures (Hollywood), Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, Magic Theatre, Safeway, The United Way, Wells Fargo, and many others.