Photo from Alchemy Theatre Company of Manhattan production of UMBRELLA

Umbrella

2008 Henry Hewes Design Award Nomination
Jill BC Du Boff (Sound Design)

Cast

Helen
Christa Kimlicko Jones

(Helen in Umbrella) Along with her work with Alchemy, Christa is a co-founder/co-artistic director of the dirigo group. Off-Broadway acting credits: Harvest (Alchemy Theatre Company); Lipstick on a Pig. Other NY credits: 365 Days/365 Plays (Genesius Theatre Group); Rearview Mirror (manhattantheatresource); Blah, Blah, Blah (Bayou Radio Productions, FringeNYC); The Information She Carried. Selected regional acting: Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; The Seagull; Private Lives; Arcadia; The Man Who Came to Dinner; Winter’s Tale; Antigone in Antigone. For the dirigo group: Hedda Gabler in Hedda; Abbie in desire; Fool for Love; Home Free!; and The Gypsy Chain. Other notable credits include: Elise in The Miser directed by Philip Goodwin; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (dir: Franchelle Stuart Dorn and Lucien Douglas); and Eye of God. Film credits include: Themes and Intermissions, Secondhand Lions, Bloodmask, Worse, Tempting David. Voice-acting credits include major roles Getbackers and Dai Guard, among others. Toured the Southeastern US with Troupe D’Jour (Educational Shakespeare) working with students and playing roles such as Juliet, Lady Macbeth, Beatrice, and Kate. Toured the western half of the US with BRAVVO! Productions, 1940s musical revue USO show, In the Mood.

Producer credits: Some with the dirigo group include: The Middle of the Night, The Mercy Seat, True West, Fool for Love, Cowboy Mouth, The Gypsy Chain, Hedda, bash, desire, and Home Free. With Alchemy: the NY premiere of L. Pontius’ Umbrella; the premiere of David Wright Crawford’s Harvest, and the NY premiere of Christopher Durang’s The Vietnamization of New Jersey. Teaches acting at John Robert Powers and CAP 21, Voice and Speech at Stella Adler; and is a teaching artist with American Globe Theatre. Holds an MFA in Acting from the UT Austin. Certified Voice Specialist and member of VASTA, a member of ‘First Look’ acting company, and a proud AEA member. www.christakimlickojones.com.

Frank
Judson Jones

(Frank in Umbrella) Along with his association with Alchemy Theatre Company, Judson is a Founding Member and Co-Producing Artistic Director of the dirigo group. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Texas Dramatists Association, and is an active member of First Look Theatre Company, Hyde Park Theatre Company, and a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. His Off-Broadway credits include: Rick Childress in Harvest, and Charles Spierling in Haymarket, both with Alchemy Theatre Company, and Sal in Worth at Urban Stages with Genesius Theatre Company. His other New York credits include Martin in Bayou Radio’s Blah, Blah, Blah; and Mark in The Information She Carried.

His regional credits include: The Soldier Dreams and Bleacher Bums, both for Subterranean Theatre Company; Art Striped Naked for Hyde Park Theatre; Macbeth with The State Theater Company, Austin Shakespeare Festival’s Winter’s Tale; Salvage Vanguard Theatre’s Fugitive Pieces; Mermaid Company production of The Seagull; One Small Step, Oversimplification, both with Bayou Radio; 300 Plays About Vladimir Putin with the Rude Mechanicals; Orange with Refraction Arts; and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Austin Playhouse. His credits for the dirigo group include desire, Fool for Love, The Gypsy Chain, True West, The Middle of the Night and The Mercy Seat. He toured the Southeastern United States with Troup D’Jour performing such roles as Brutus in Julius Caesar, and the title role in Henry V. His film credits include: Fairy Blight, The Messenger, Green Eyes, living, and Yorick. Selected voice acting credits: Samurai X: The Motion Picture, Dai Guard, Getbackers, Nadia, Zaion, The Princess Blade, Steam Detectives, and Soul Hunter.

Producer credits include: the premiere of David Wright Crawford’s Harvest, and the NY premiere of Christopher Durang’s The Vietnamization of New Jersey, both with Alchemy Theatre Company; The Jinn (The American Theatre Critics Award), Hedda, bash, desire, and Home Free, all with the dirigo group. www.judsonjones.com.

Production Team

Playwright

L. Pontius (Playwright) is a playwright based in New York City, born and raised in the Mid-West and educated around the country, most recently receiving his MFA in Playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin. Some of his produced work includes: Umbrella at the David Mark Cohen New Works Festival; On Sunday Morning by Collaboraction in Chicago; American Autobahnics at the Minnesota Fringe Festival; and The Connection is Made and Running Out of Time were both ACTF Regional Ten-Minute Play Finalists. He is a member of Unbound: Playwrights for A New Century, a New York based playwriting collective dedicated to the development of new work. His play Umbrella was read in New York by Alchemy Theatre Company of Manhattan. Also, Working Man’s Clothes Productions of New York produced a reading of his play Boom Vang. A monologue from The Cost of Mathematics was published in Audition Arsenal and Bitchin’ Devil Horns was published in Manhattan Theatre Source’s Spontaneous Combustion Anthology. Pontius has been commissioned to write a 15-part drama series for HUMTV, a Pakistani Cable channel. His other series, a 13-part mystery/thriller, is currently airing in Pakistan. In addition to the series, Pontius has written several episodes for an anthology series titled New York Stories, which were filmed in New York City and aired in Pakistan. Upcoming: Alchemy Theatre Company of Manhattan will produce Umbrella Off-Broadway in April of 2008 at TheatreRow on 42nd Street.

Director

Padraic Lillis (Director) this year directed Michael Puzzo’s The Dirty Talk (nominated NYIT Outstanding Director), Adina Taubman’s documentary play on Columbine, A Line in the Sand for the Midtown International Theater Festival (Awarded Best Production), was the dramaturg for Michael Lluberes’ The Boy in the Bathroom for the New York Musical Theater Festival (Awarded Most Promising New Musical and Best Book) and his play Ronnie’s Mask was produced in Chicago at the Steppenwolf Performance Garage as part of Collaboraction’s Sketchbook 7 and his full-length play Two Thirds Home was produced in New York by the Broken Watch Theater and is to be published by Dramatist Play Services, Inc. As a director he has worked with: Manhattan Theater Club, The Roundabout, New York Theater Workshop, The Pearl, The Lark, Young Playwrights Festival, The Labyrinth Theater, The McCarter Theater, Portland Stage Company, and The Playwrights Center of Minneapolis. He also directed the National Tour of She Loves Me. Padraic is a Usual Suspect with New York Theater Workshop, an alumnus of the Drama League Director’s Project, a company member of the Labyrinth Theater since 2004 and a lifelong Yankee fan.

Production Stage Manager

Jessica J. Felix (Production Stage Manager) In NYC: Good King Wenceslas (Stages on the Sound), Week September 10 [365 plays/365 days] (LAByrinth Theater Company, director Padraic Lillis), Riding the Bull (Flux Theatre Ensemble), Two Thirds Home (BrokenWatch Theatre Company, playwright Padraic Lillis), Life is a Dream (Flux Theatre Company), No Man’s Island (GUTWorks), Growing Pretty (Write Club NYC), and Five Story Walk-UP (13th Street Repertory). She has also stage managed numerous productions around Buffalo, NY and is a graduate of the University of Buffalo.

Set & Costume Design

Lea Umberger (Set/Costume Designer) is excited that her Off-Broadway debut is with Padraic Lillis and Alchemy Theatre Company. Umbrella is her seventh design collaboration with Padraic. Previous shows include A Line in the Sand (MITF 2007 — Best Overall Solo Production), Savage In Limbo (Sheperds. At 78th Street Theater Lab, NYC), The Dirty Talk (Spare Change Production at Center Stage and NY Fringe Festival 2005, NYC), Recreating Keiter (NYC), Foul Stench of Death (NYC) and Taming of the Shrew (Summer Rep — New Paltz). Recent Costume designs include Gem of the Ocean (American Stage, St Petersburg, FL), The Rape of Lucrece (Washington Shakespeare Company — Washington, DC), All My Sons starring Paula Prentiss and Richard Benjamin (Shadowlands Theatre — Ellenville, NY); Big River (feature film, released in 2006); Anton in Show Business, Sunday in the Park with George, The Secret Garden (SUNY — New Paltz); Emma (Byrdcliffe Theater — Woodstock); Betrayal (Fountainhead Theatre — Washington DC); Richard 3 (Judith Shakespeare Company — NYC); Schmaltz (78th Street Theatre Lab — NYC); Duchess of Malfi (Kings County Shakespeare Company, NYC). Recent set designs: Moonlight and Magnolias (American Stage, St Petersburg, FL), Savage in Limbo (Sheperds. At 78th Street Theater Lab, NYC), The Rape of Lucrece (Washington Shakespeare Company, Washington, DC), Betrayal (Fountainhead Theatre — Washington DC); The Hairy Ape (SUNY — New Paltz); Schmaltz (78th Street Theatre Lab); Auntie Mayhem (Bank Street Theatre). Film credits include Production Design for over 17 shorts including Gasoline, The Cheetah and the Reaper, The Property of Hub Cain, Party Boys, Time and the Hour Run; Art Director for Bam Bam and Celeste, NY Unit, Big River. Design MFA-NYU Design for Stage and Film 2003. To see more of her work please visit www.leaumbergerdesigns.com.

Lighting Design

Sarah Sidman (Lighting Designer) West End: Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train (directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman). Regional: Dallas Theater Center, CrossRoads. Off Broadway: Where’s My Money? (Manhattan Theater Club); Will Power’s Flow (NYTW); Celia, A Musical Journey; Quién Mató a Héctor Lavoe?; for LAByrinth Theater Company: All the Bad Things, A Fairytale Project and In Arabia We’d All be Kings; for the Women’s Project: Inky, Cataract, The Antigone Project, and Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen. Touring includes the Big Apple Circus, Pig Iron Theater Company, River Arts Repertory, and the Hip Hop Theater Festival. Opera: Teatro Nacional, Dominican Republic; Centro de Bellas Artes, Puerto Rico. Recipient of Harvard University’s 2006-2007 Clifton Fellowship. For more information: www.sarahsidman.com.

Sound Design

Jill BC Du Boff (Sound Designer) Broadway: The Constant Wife, The Good Body, Bill Maher: Victory…, Three Days of Rain (assoc.), Inherit The Wind (assoc.). Off-Broadway includes: MCC, Playwrights Horizons, Public, Vineyard, Signature, Second Stage, NYTW, WP, Flea, Cherry Lane, Culture Project, Clubbed Thumb, Cherry Lane, Actor’s Playhouse, Promenade, Urban Stages, Houseman, Fairbanks, Soho Rep. Regional: La Jolla Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Westport Country Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, The Alley, Cincinnati Playhouse, NYS&F, South Coast Rep, Humana, Williamstown, ATF. Television: “Comedy Central Presents: Slovin & Allen”, “NBC Late Fridays.” Nominations: Drama Desk, Hewes awards.

Props Design
Ashley Gagner
Voice & Dialect Coach

Kohli Calhoun (Dialect Coach for Harvest) is an instructor of Voice, Speech and Accents for NYU’s drama department. She is currently a faculty member at The Stella Adler Studio and The Lee Strasberg Institute. Dialect and Vocal coaching credits include Assassins, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Anton In Show Business, Picnic At Hanging Rock, Mad Forest, Museum, Paganini, Dancing At Lughnasa and Laura Dennis. Kohli has a BFA from NYU/Tisch and is a proud member of the Voice and Speech Trainers’ Association (VASTA).

Press Representative

Kevin P. McAnarney (Press Representative for Umbrella) has a varied background in public relations, casting and management. Kevin has handled major concerts on Broadway; international dance attractions and special events at the Metropolitan Opera House, NY State Theater, Carnegie Hall and others including two Katharine Hepburn tributes as well as the first NYC Academy Awards benefit. He did national press for Cirque du Soleil for four years and helped to open Mystere, in Las Vegas; tours of the Bolshoi Ballet, Red Army Song and Dance Ensemble to only name a few. For six years, he represented the Drama Desk Awards. He was honored to be the B’way press rep for Love! Valour! Compassion! (the first show ever to win the 5 top New York Theatre Awards in one season including the Tony, Outer Critics Circle, New York Drama Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Obie Awards). KPM Associates (Grant Lindsey, associate) was the Broadway press agent for Dame Edna: The Royal Tour; Some other NYC clients include: A R Gurney’s Sylvia; Children’s Defense League; Ballet Nacional de Cuba (Alisa Alonzo); Theater Hall of Fame, Julio Bocca and Ballet Argentino, National Dance Week; Madrid’s Ballet Ullate; the musical john and jen; Moiseyev Dance Company, American Ballet Theatre, Les Ballets Grandiva; and Moisés Kaufman and the award-winning hits Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde and The Laramie Project. They continue to represent Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College, Career Transitions for Dancers and others. Mr. McAnarney managed a 13-city tour of the musical Camelot starring Rock Hudson; Cape Cod Melody Tent and Beacon Theatre. He was also a union treasurer and box office manager. Kevin was a member of the organizing of Broadway Cares and helped write the mission statement; an organizing member of B’WAY (Better Wellness And You), the Wellness Committee for the theatre industry. He is serving his tenth term on the Board of Governors of ATPAM.

Production Consultant
R. Erin Craig
Show Poster for Umbrella

Apr. 11 - May 4, 2008
Premiere at
The Kirk Theater, Theatre Row

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Press

“Umbrella succeeds admirably… the two cast members act up a storm.”
Variety
“Judson Jones is an expert at nervous behavior, never overdoing it. Some of his facial expressions are heartbreaking…The highlight of the production is a rainstorm, which showcases the striking lighting design by Sarah Sidman… the Alchemy Theatre Company could have a profound piece on their hands.”
nytheatre.com
“[A] promising new play… Christa Kimlicko Jones has a powerful presence… stunning design… crackling moments of theatricality.”
Theatermania
“The two actors are wonderful. Christa Kimlicko Jones embodies every sad hipster who wishes the city was more forgiving. Even when silent, she speaks volumes. Judson Jones plays a wonderful nebbish who expected something more than pushing paper; his little tics are a delight to watch as he attempts a connection with someone as emotionally bruised as he. Padraic Lillis directs with a firm hand, every moment is clear and concise. Set and costumes by Lea Umberger are exquisite. Her startlingly realistic rooftop is beautifully set off by an impressionistic riot of windows. And bravo to her for making it rain on an off-Broadway stage. The costumes are all in shades of grey to indicate the character’s ghostly desperation. Sound by Jill BC Du Boff is also fantastic — giving the ambient noise of a city, with occasional car honks and thunder to set off certain moments.”
broadwayworld.com