2019-2020 Season

Kunstler: Jan. 17 - Feb. 1, 2020

“Kunstler”

By Jeffrey Sweet

January 17, 2020 - February 1, 2020
Jan. 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30 and 31, Feb. 1 at 8:00 pm January 19 and 26 at 2:00 pm


Premiered January 2020
Presented by iTheatre Collaborative

Arizona premiere. Famous for defending the Chicago Seven, the Catonsville Nine, and his involvement at Attica and Wounded Knee, the radical attorney and civil rights activist William Kunstler had an outsize personality and a tremendous appetite for life. In this two-character play, tensions flare when he arrives on a college campus to give a seminar. The brilliant young law student assigned to introduce him objects to his appearance on campus and is determined to confront him. Has Kunstler finally met his match?

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Cast (Alphabetically)

Duane Daniels is the cast

Duane Daniels (William Kunstler)

Duane has been in entertainment his whole life. As an actor, he was most recently awarded by Phoenix New Times, “Best Performance, 2019” for his role in Let the Right One In at Stray Cat Theatre. Other recent credits include EAR at Space 55 (Zoni Award for Outstanding Leading Actor) and Harlowe at Nearly Naked Theatre. He has logged more than 2000 performances in Triple Espresso, A Caffeinated Comedy in Minneapolis, San Diego, St. Louis, Rochester and Des Moines. In music, Duane has sung opera, (San Diego Opera) Classical (Cleveland Orchestra) and has played the title role in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd three times. He has also won a Dramalogue Award, a Patte Award and a Garland Award from Variety Magazine. The show he created, Country Blue Saloon, has been produced twice, and he is currently developing a rock opera Teenagers From Space, hopefully coming to a Phoenix stage sometime in 2020. As a director, Duane has spent 23 years as Artistic Director at The Fritz Theatre, (San Diego) Buzzworks Theatre, (Los Angeles) and Space 55. (Phoenix) He directed Sara Ramirez (Grey’s Anatomy) in HAIR and Peter Breitmeyer (Fargo, A Serious Man) in Munched by Phoenix’s Kim Porter. This production garnered many awards including the Los Angeles Drama Critics and LA Weekly Awards for Best Production. In television and film, Duane is best known for his role in the cult hit Veronica Mars (TV show, movie and the Hulu reboot, shot earlier this year) as well as appearances in Invisible Man, The Chronicle, Big Shots and Tremors, The Series. As an acting coach and teacher, Duane has spent the last 11 summers as Head of Contemporary Performance at Berridge Programs in France. Through his acting school, The Actor’s WorkHouse, he teaches several classes a week here in Phoenix. His unique approach to acting has helped countless actors to become more empowered in their work. His book You’re Not Really Hamlet, And Everybody Knows It is available on Amazon. You can also get his book (or inquire about clas-ses) by contacting Duane via email or on social media: actorsworkhouse@gmail.com or Patreon.com/DuaneDaniels.

Playwright

Jeffrey Sweet is a playwright

Jeffrey Sweet

Jeffrey has been associated as a playwright-in-residence with the Tony Award-winning Victory Gardens Theatre of Chicago since 1979. Of him, former Chicago Tribune critic Richard Christiansen says, "He’s not only an artist, he's a craftsman." Among the plays Victory Gardens has presented either in world or Chicago premieres are Porch (winner of the Society of Midland Authors Award), Responsible Parties, Ties (basis of an Emmy-winning TV show), Stops Along the Way (premiere at Lincoln Center), Routed, The Value of Names (premiere at Actors Theatre of Louisville, winner of the Heidemann Award), With and Without, Flyovers (Joseph Jefferson Award for playwriting), Bluff (Jefferson nomination), The Action Against Sol Schumann (American Theatre Critics Association award for playwriting), Immoral Imperatives (Jefferson nomination), and Berlin '45. Other works include American Enterprise (premiere at the Organic Theatre, ATCA playwriting award, Kennedy Center-American Express prize, Outer Critics Circle nomination, citation as a "Best Play") and the musicals I Sent a Letter to my Love (book and lyrics to music by Melissa Manchester, based on novel by Bernice Rubens) and What about Luv? (Outer Critics Circle Award for best book, written in collaboration with composer Howard Marren and lyricist Susan Birkenhead, based on the play LUV by Murray Schisgal). He is the author of three books: Something Wonderful Right Away (an oral history of the Second City comedy troupe currently published by Limelight Editions) and two widely used texts on playwriting, The Dramatist's Toolkit" and Solving Your Script (both published by Heinemann). As “creative consultant,” he wrote the teleplay for the award-winning adaptation of Hugh Whitmore's Pack of Lies. He was an executive story editor for Jay Presson Allen’s TV series Hot House. He wrote sitcom pilots for Norman Lear and the Charles Brothers. Along the way, he picked up a Writers Guild of America Award and an Emmy nomination. He has taught for a variety of universities and professional programs, including the Actors Studio Theatre School, Second City, New Dramatists, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Rutgers, University of Richmond, and Columbia University. He is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, an alumnus of New Drama-tists, and a member of the Council of the Dramatists Guild. www.jeffreysweet.com

Creative Team (Alphabetically)

Elizabeth Broeder is part of the creative team

Elizabeth Broeder

Elizabeth Broeder is so honored to be a part of this story! This is her second acting project with iTheatre Collaborative. In January she was a part of the Hostage cast as Masoumeh. She has been an artistic associate with iTheatre Collaborative for three seasons and is completely in love with the scripts/themes iTheatre explores. She is currently an actor in Southwest Shakespeare Company's educational tour, SWIFT and a choreographer/resident artist for GreasePaint Youtheatre. Recent stage credits include Brooke in Stage Left Production's Other Desert Cities, Rachel in Theatre Artist Studio’s Inherit The Wind, and Jordan in Stage Left Production's The Great Gatsby (for which she won a Broadway World Award for Best Actress in a Non-Professional Play.) She sends so much gratitude to Rosie, Chris and Rapheal. She sends all her love to mom, dad, Sarah, Jake, John and Charles. @el_lostboi

Rosemary  Close is part of the creative team

Rosemary Close

Rosemary 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 is part of the creative team

Christopher Haines

Christopher 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.

Jacob Nichols is part of the creative team

Jacob Nichols

Jacob is an artist and recent graduate from ASU. Along with performing, he has directed two short films. Video and visual media production is where he is trained, but he has also worked to design projections and sounds for live stage performances. Jacob thanks his mother, friends, Charles St. Clair, and iTheatre for all of their support.

Charles St. Clair

Charles is an interdisciplinary artist with over 400 major productions to his credit in theatre, lm and video. Some directing credits include: By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, Race, Indivisible, August in April, TopDog/UnderDog, Death and the Maiden, The 36th, Underneath the Lintel, Venus, Bee-Luther-Hatchee, The Piano Lesson, A Raisin in the Sun, Mozart’s Opera The Marriage of Figaro, The Impresario, as well as The Three Penny Opera, Faust, Tosca, La Traviata, Carmen and the ve- time ariZoni award winning production of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. Mr. St. Clair was Resident Equity Stage Manager for Burt Reynolds’ Theatre in Jupiter, FL, the Ruth Foreman Theatre in Miami, FL and the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival. He has been a technical director and production manager for over 300 productions and events, including the Closing Ceremonies of the Winter Special Olympics, the Orange and Sun Bowl half time productions and tours to Europe, China, India and the Middle East. He has also had the opportunity of lighting such well-known performers as Liza Minnelli, Barbara Mandrell, Pia Zadora, Alabama, Harry Belafonte and tours of the Broadway shows A Chorus Line, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Into My Parlor, I’m Not Rapport and Arsenic and Old Lace. Mr. St. Clair presently serves on the faculty of Arizona State University at the West campus where he teaches Acting and Directing and serves as the Technical Director for the Division of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

About Charles