2016-2017 Season

“Veronica's Room”

By Ira Levin

Premiered October 2016


Presented by iTheatre Collaborative

Oct. 14-29, 2016

Oct. 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 and 8 pm Oct. 16, 23 at 2 pm

From the author of Rosemary’s Baby comes an harrowing labyrinth of suspense, entwining fantasy and reality. The story begins in 1973; Susan and her boyfriend, Larry have been enticed to the Brabissant mansion by the Mackeys, a charming, elderly Irish couple who are struck by Susan’s strong resemblance to Veronica, the long-dead daughter of the family for whom they work. Veronica’s room has been untouched by time and has been left exactly as it was in 1935. The mystery deepens as twist after twist unravels the frail threads of reality. Is it 1973 or 1935? Will Susan ever leave Veronica’s room? 




Cast

Alaina Beauloye

Alaina Beauloye (The Woman) has worked on Broadway and in film as well as national TV shows and commercials. She recently starred in the Discovery ID series, Love The Way You Lie. Recent stage roles; at Theatre Artist’s Studio, 39 Steps, Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), The King and I (Anna), and Sweeney Todd (Mrs. Lovett). She is a two time ariZoni award recipient for the roles of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard and Christine in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Alaina also received the Videographer Award of Excellence for her work as the host of Maricopa Now TV show in AZ. She is thrilled to be making her iTheatre Collaborative debut! 

Brad Bond

Brad Bond (The Man) has had a long and varied life in the theatre and worn many hats, including actor, voiceover artist, director, choreographer, playwright, producer, and composer/lyricist. He’s worked all over the country--with national tours and extended gigs in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Mississippi, and lived and worked for 18 years in New York City. A few of his favorite roles include the Baker in Into the Woods, Mozart in Amadeus, Charlie in The Foreigner, The Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance, Paul in A Chorus Line, and Tom in The Glass Menagerie. Since moving to the Valley 4 years ago, he has found a wonderful artistic home at Theatre Artists Studio, appearing in several productions including Maple and Vine, Cabaret, The Weir and the original run of The Velocity of Autumn. He has also worked on a number of projects at Lunchtime Theatre as a director and a performer. Brad is grateful to iTheatre Collaborative for another chance to do this beautiful play with the wonderful Judy Rollings. Maybe we can go home again after all!

Makala Close

Makala Close (The Girl) is a born and raised Phoenician. She has been performing for local audiences for over fifteen years, proudly calling iTheatre part of the family. Her first main show with iTheatre was Paul Zindel’s The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds. Ms. Close was in Bad Friend by Jules Feiffer and is excited to return to the stage in this production. She has worked with the Black Theatre Troup and Space 55 and other local companies. Makala believes the arts play a vital role in education and she hopes to enlighten her students and audiences through theatre.

Kyle  Hartwick

Kyle Hartwick (The Young Man) from Tempe, Arizona, Kyle has a passion for the arts and creative process and is beyond thrilled to make his formal stage acting debut in Veronica’s Room. With nearly 10 years of musical performance experience and numerous appearances in short films and videos, Kyle wishes to bring his unique performance experiences and skills to the stage; a setting he wishes to spend a good deal of time at perfecting.

Playwright

Ira Levin graduated from the Horace Mann School and New York University, where he majored in philosophy and English. His first novel, A Kiss Before Dying, was well received, earning him the 1954 Edgar Award for Best First Novel. A Kiss Before Dying was turned into a movie twice, first in 1956, and again in 1991. Levin's first produced play was No Time for Sergeants (adapted from Mac Hyman's novel), a comedy about a hillbilly drafted into the United States Air Force that launched the career of Andy Griffith. The play was turned into a movie in 1958, and co-starred Don Knotts. Mr. Levin’s best known play is Deathtrap, which holds the record as the longest-running comedy-thriller on Broadway and brought Levin his second Edgar Award. In 1982, it was made into a film starring Christopher Reeve and Michael Caine. He is the author of the novels turned into films of; Rosemary's Baby, The Boys from Brazil, The Stepford Wives, and Sliver. Stephen King described Ira Levin as "the Swiss watchmaker of suspense novels, he makes what the rest of us do look like cheap watchmakers in drugstores.” Mr. Levin passed away in November of 2007 at the age of 78.

Creative Team

Rosemary  Close

Rosemary Close (Production Stage Manager, Producer) has been involved in theater in the Valley for over thirty years. Her work dates back as far as the Arizona Contemporary Theater Company, Northwest Studios and the Glendale Little Theater to name a few oldies. Her onstage credits include: Frozen, Harvey, Chapter Two, Barefoot in the Park, Cabaret, The Balcony, The Way We Live Now, Royal Gambit, Loves Scenes from Romeo and Juliet, Reel to Real, The Collected Works of Billy the Kid, The Maids, Skimpies and The Bad Seed. Her recent directing credits include: last season’s Velocity of Autumn and Hughie, previous season’s Grounded and An Almost Holy Picture. In 1991, Rosemary began her longtime association with the New York theater company, Mabou Mines. She appeared in numerous productions with that company both in Phoenix and New York. The highlight of that work with Mabou Mines was a leading role in the multimedia stage production, Wrath of Kali, directed by the award winning and acclaimed, Lee Breuer. Currently, she is the Managing Director for iTheatre Collaborative and is proud to be a part of the impact iTheatre has made in the Phoenix downtown community.

Christopher Haines

Christopher Haines (Scenic Design, Producer) is a theater veteran with over thirty years of experience as an actor, producer, stage manager, writer, director and designer. He graduated in 1991 from Duke University and in 2016 from Arizona State. Directing credits include: (for iTheatre) White Guy on the Bus, A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay about the Death of Walt Disney, A Bad Friend, The Fish Must Die, Molly Sweeney, and Cat’s Paw. As a designer his work includes: Topdog/Underdog, A Raisin in the Sun, Gunplay, Peter Pan and Wendy, The Wizard of Oz, The Colored Museum, The House of Bernarda Alba, and Horn in the West, a 1500-seat outdoor amphitheater in Boone, N.C. In 1994, Mr. Haines collaborated with the internationally acclaimed director, Lee Breuer (founder of Mabou Mines), on his project Wrath of Kali, as the Director of Videography, both in its debut in Phoenix, AZ and in New York. Other design work in video, photography and media includes; the Daniel Lentz Group's “A Crack in the Bell,” such plays as Jack, Reel to Real, Romeo and Juliet, Sweet Thunder, Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope, and he has worked as the Director of Photography on the feature films Wake of the Hero and Means of Escape and was the production designer for the independent film Hack. In 2002 he co-founded iTheatre Collaborative. His work at iTheatre has garnered national attention and recognition with invited performances at the National Black Theater Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., the Black Arts Movement Festival in Austin, TX and the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, AK. For iTheatre he has produced well-over sixty productions in the Valley with numerous regional and world premieres.

Charles St. Clair (Director) from Tempe, Arizona, Kyle has a passion for the arts and creative process and is beyond thrilled to make his formal stage acting debut in Veronica’s Room. With nearly 10 years of musical performance experience and numerous appearances in short films and videos, Kyle wishes to bring his unique performance experiences and skills to the stage; a setting he wishes to spend a good deal of time at perfecting.