Meet the Artists

Cast

Keith J. Conallen • Don Juan
Kate Czajkowski • Cressida
Melanye Finister • Company Actor
Yvette Ganier • Company Actor
Sarah Gliko • Company Actor
Hannah Gold • Company Actor
Kevin Meehan • Company Actor
Brian Ratcliffe • Company Actor
Lindsay Smiling • Company Actor

Production Team

Paula Vogel • Playwright
Blanka Zizka • Director
Matt Saunders • Set Designer
Thom Weaver • Lighting Designer
Vasilija Zivanic • Costume Designer
Daniel Perelstein • Composer & Sound Designer
Patreshettarlini Adams • Stage Manager
Paula Vogel

Paula Vogel's play, How I Learned to Drive, received the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Lortel Prize, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and New York Drama Critics Awards for Best Play, as well as winning her second Obie.  It has been produced all over the world.  Other plays include The Long Christmas Ride Home, The Mineola Twins, The Baltimore Waltz, Hot 'N' Throbbing, Desdemona, And Baby Makes Seven, and The Oldest Profession and A Civil War Christmas.  In 2004-5 she was the playwright in residence at The Signature Theatre in New York which produced three of her works.  Second Stage produced a revival of How I Learned to Drive directed by Kate Whorisky in 2012, and New York Theatre Workshop produced a new draft of A Civil War Christmas, directed by Tina Landau, in December 2012.  She is currently working on an adaptation of Odon Von Horvath’s play DON JUAN COMES HOME FROM THE WARS with Blanka Zizka at The Wilma Theater.  With support from the Pew Charitable Trust, she will be interviewing veterans of the Iraq War and offering workshops with veterans and family members throughout the year.  Her ongoing project with Rebecca Taichman, THE VENGEANCE PROJECT, has been commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Yale Repertory.  Theatre Communications Group has published four books of her work, The Mammary Plays, The Baltimore Waltz and Other Plays, The Long Christmas Ride Home and A Civil War Christmas.  Most recent awards include the Theatre Hall of Fame, Lifetime Achievement Award from the Dramatists Guild (2011), and the 2010 William Inge Festival Distinguished Achievement in the American Theatre Award.  She is most honored to have two awards to emerging playwrights named after her:  the Paula Vogel Award, created by the American College Theatre Festival in 2003, and the Paula Vogel Award in Playwriting is given annually by the Vineyard Theatre, since 2007.  Ms. Vogel won the 2004 Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Obie for Best Play in 1992, the Rhode Island Pell Award in the Arts, the Hull-Warriner Award, The Laura Pels Award, the Pew Charitable Trust Senior Award, a Guggenheim, an AT&T New Plays Award, the Fund for New American Plays, the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center Fellowship, several National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, the McKnight Fellowship, and the Bunting Fellowship from Radcliffe College.  She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  She was recently awarded a Thirtini, a most coveted award, from 13P in New York.  She has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, the Double UCross Colony as well as Yaddo.  She has taught for 24 years at Brown University and for five years at the Yale School of Drama where she was the Eugene O’Neill Professor (adjunct) of Playwriting.  Paula is honored by Philadelphia Young Playwrights and Quiara Hudes, who is curating the Paula Vogel Mentors Project.  And she would like to thank Virginia and Harvey Kimmel and Richard and Peggy Greenawalt for their hospitality during the writing process for this play.