by Tom Stoppard
Adapted from Gérald Sibleyras's Le Vent des peupliers
March 27 - April 22, 2012
Three aging WWI veterans, in a French retirement home, vow to undertake one last adventure together—escape. But what happens if the promise of freedom on the horizon isn’t as easy to grab as the certainty of soup tomorrow? Veering from the poignant to the absurd, Stoppard’s sharp-witted comedy is a heartwarming tale of cantankerous camaraderie amidst the frustrations inherent in growing older. Illustration by Douglas Smith.
Running Time: 2hrs including a15 minute intermission
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Gérald Sibleyras (b. 1961) is a playwright and actor from Paris, France. Heroes, (originally titled Le Vent des Peupliers), is the most famous of his plays, which also include Le Béret de la Torture, Une Huere et Demie de Retard, and La Danse de l’Albatros. Sibleyras’s play Un Petit Jeu sans Conséquence (A Little Game Without Consequence) received five Molière awards in 2003, and is currently in development as a film directed by Ang Lee under the title A Little Game.
Tom Stoppard (b. 1937) born Tomáš Straussler, is a prolific Czech-British playwright and screenwriter. He emerged on the British Theater scene in 1966 with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, and since then has been one of the most influential playwrights in the English language, with a style that blends wry comedy with profound philosophical and historical thought. His plays include Travesties (1974), Arcadia (1993), The Invention of Love (1997), and The Coast of Utopia (2002). He co-wrote the screenplay for Shakespeare in Love (1998) and is the recipient of one Academy Award, four Tony Awards, and numerous Evening Standard Awards and Olivier Awards. Portland Stage has previously produced Stoppard’s plays The Real Inspector Hound (1977), The Real Thing (1987), Arcadia (2002), and Rough Crossing (2006).
ABOUT THE CAST
Edmond Genest (Gustave) grew up in Lynn, MA and makes his home in New Preston, CT. He has been actively employed in the business of making plays, movies, television shows and various forms of entertainment for the past fifty years. Broadway: The Elephant Man; A Few Good Men; The Retreat From Moscow; Dance of Death; The Real Thing; Whose Life is is, Anyway?; Dirty Linen and New-Found Land and Onward Victoria. Off-Broadway: The Real Inspector Hound; After Magritte; The Browning Version; Later Life; Escape From Happiness. Regional Theatres: The Huntington, The Long Wharf, Hartford Stage, Hartford's Theaterworks, The Yale Rep, Baltimore's Center Stage, The Kennedy Center, Cincinnati Playhouse, Houston's Alley Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Pittsburgh's City Theater and The Public Theater. He has performed for five seasons at The Williamstown Theater Festival and for sixteen seasons with The Shakespeare Theater Festival of New Jersey. Mr. Genest is a proud member of three unions: Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild and The American Federation of Radio and Television Artists.
And he is quite pleased to be hooked up once again with Messers Goodwin, Hicks, and Mullins.
Philip Goodwin (Phillippe) has appeared on Broadway in Tartuffe, The Diary of Anne Frank, and The School for Scandal. Off Broadway he has been seen at the Public Theatre in King Lear, Pericles, Macbeth and Hamlet, at MCC in Grace, the Atlantic Theatre Company in The Room/Celebration, the Signature Theatre in Drowning, New York Theatre Workshop in The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, Theatre for a New Audience in Cymbeline, Troilus and Cressida and Henry VI as Henry VI, for which he received a Drama Desk nomination. As a company member of the Shakespeare Theatre Company of Washington, D.C. he received Helen Hayes Awards for Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Timon in Timon of Athens and Mayor Stockman in An Enemy of the People. Other Regional theatre work includes the Kennedy Center, Studio Theatre DC, Hartford Stage, Guthrie Theater, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Studio Arena Buffalo, Intiman Theatre and The Acting Company. Film and TV:The Pink Panther, The Pink Panther Two, Diary of a City Priest, Men in Black II, and episodes of Law and Order.
Munson Hicks (Henri) is pleased to return to Portland Stage a mere 27 years after he directed Levitation here. He has acted in a dozen Broadway productions, most recently in the Tony Award-winning August Osage County. Other credits include The Elephant Man, Love For Love, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Misanthrope and The Visit. Off-Broadway Mr. Hicks co-starred in Neil Simon's London Suite and Ackbourne's Communicating Doors. He has been featured at resident theatres around the country, performing in Death of a Salesman in Rochester and Arthur Miller's final play, Resurrection Blues, in Philadelphia. He has performed such roles as Dr. Strauss in Spinning Into Butterat Atlanta's Alliance Theatre, Bernard in Arcadia at The Pittsburgh Public Theater, Trigorin in The Sea Gull, and Tesman in Hedda Gabbler at the Guthrie Theatre, Bri in Joe Egg at the Philadelphia Drama Guild, Charles in Blithe Spirit at Center Stage in Baltimore and twenty productions at Boston's Huntington Theater. Mr. Hicks film and television credits include appearing in Mildred Pierce, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, The Goodbye Girl, The Sentinel,Against the Law, Law and Order, recurring roles on Ed and As the World Turns, All My Childrenand The Guiding Light. His professional directing experience includes Betty's Summer Vacation in Pittsburgh, The Early Girl at Circle Repertory Theatre Off-Broadway, as well as both Candide andCandida at the Goodman Theatre, Charlotte's Web and Double Double at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Kaleidoscope at the Goodspeed Opera House, The Misanthrope and Uncle Vanya at the Court Theatre in Chicago.
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION TEAM
Paul Mullins (Director) is always happy to return to Portland Stage where he directed The Center of Gravity, Third, Trying, Lettice and Lovage and True West. Paul is a company member at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey where he has directed Accidental Death of an Anarchist, The Lion In Winter, Noises Off, Private Lives, The Time of Your Life, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Richard II, Illyria, King John, The Illusion, Tartuffe, Rhinoceros, Measure for Measure, All's Well That Ends Well and The Threepenny Opera. Other regional credits: Twelfth Night, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Measure for Measure and Macbeth at The Old Globe; Tynan, The Solid Gold Cadillac, The Seafarer, Fat Pig, This Is How It Goes and The Russian National Postal Service at The Studio Theatre, DC; You Can't Take It With You at Chautauqua Theater Company; Superior Donuts at Dorest Theatre Festival; I'm Connecticut, Urinetown: The Musical, The Comedy of Errors at Connecticut Repertory Theatre; The Swan, Reckless and Two Gents at American Stage; A Month in the Country, The Time of Your Life, Summerfolk at Yale School of Drama and As You Like It at The Juilliard School.
Anita Stewart (Set Designer) has worked as a set and costume designer at leading theatres across the country, including: the Guthrie, Seattle Rep, Canadian Opera Company, Minnesota Opera, A.R.T., Steppenwolf, Hartford Stage, Dallas Theater Center, Long Wharf Theatre, New York Theater Workshop, Boise Contemporary Theater, New Jersey Shakespeare and Portland Stage Company. Anita's desire to play a meaningful role as an artist in a specific community brought her to Portland Stage Company in Maine as Artistic Director, a company for which she had previously done significant freelance design.
Gregg Carville (Lighting Designer) is a free-lance lighting and sound designer who has worked in the Portland area for a while. A native of Maine, he previously worked for Portland Stage in both administrative and production roles. Gregg is currently the technical director for Merrill Auditorium and other City of Portland venues. He received a MFA in Lighting Design from NYUTisch School of the Arts in 2002. He continues to free-lance as a designer as well as consults on various theatrical projects.
Hanson Hugh (Costume Designer) Last season at Portland Stage, Hugh designed The Center of Gravity. His selected regional credits include Colorado Shakespeare Festival (CO) Comedy of Errors, The Shakespeare Theatre (NJ) Lion in Winter, Hamlet, A Streetcar Named Desire, As You Like It, Richard II, George Street Playhouse (NJ) Lend Me A Tenor, Pan-Asian Rep (NY) Aloha Las Vegas, Eating Chicken Feet, Diamond Head Theatre (HI) Victor/Victoria, O'hia Productions (HI) On Dragonfly Wings, Gary and Harry, Manoa Valley Theatre (HI) Grace and Glorie, and Honolulu Theatre for Youth (HI) Duke Kahanamoku. Hugh is a milliner and draper at Carelli Costumes NY. He is a tenor with the St. Bart's Singers, St. Bart's Episcopal, NY.
Seth Asa (Sound Designer) is a singer-songwriter from Parsonsfield, Maine. He began his career working for Children's Theatre of Maine while attending Waynflete School ('93) and has since worked and performed in various capacities for arts organizations across the country. Seth Asa's work has been seen and heard at Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Boise Contemporary Theater, The College of Idaho, Boise State University, Great Lakes Theatre Festival in Cleveland, and Open Waters Theatre Arts here in Maine. Seth's past designs at Portland Stage Company include Collected Stories and I Am My Own Wife and he is thrilled to be working once again with this fine organization. For more information on Seth Asa, visit www.linkedin.com/in/sethasa, www.sethasa.com, or www.howiegondu.com.
Shane Van Vliet (Stage Manager) is thrilled to be in her fourth season at Portland Stage. Some of her other credits include; The Theater at Monmouth, national and international tours with Jean Ann Ryan Productions, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Two Beans Productions, Theaterworks and The Radio City Rockettes. She has worked on numerous productions in New York with Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, Turtleshell Productions, T.Shcreiber Studios and The New York Fringe Festival as well as The Washington D.C. Fringe Festival and she spent some time in Buffalo, NY working with The Kavinoky Theater and Sheas Performing Arts Center.