TABLE OF CONTENTS
Land Acknowledgement and Wilma Values
Meet the Fairview Creative Team
Wilma Education and Portable Studio
Approximately 100 minutes, with no intermission
THE WILMA THEATER PRESENTS
BY JACKIE SIBBLIES DRURY
DIRECTED BY JAMES IJAMES
May 31-June 26, 2022
SET DESIGNER LAWRENCE E. MOTEN III
COSTUME DESIGNER MAIKO MATSUSHIMA
LIGHTING DESIGNER THOM WEAVER
SOUND DESIGNER DANIEL ISON
MOVEMENT COORDINATOR JUSTIN JAIN
STAGE MANAGER PATRESHETTARLINI ADAMS
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR SUNI B. ROSE
DRAMATURG MARIAH GHANT
EDI OFFICER NOELLE DIANE JOHNSON
INTERIM PRODUCTION MANAGER KATIE CHANCE
COVID SAFETY MANAGER KENNY NGUYEN
Fairview was originally commissioned and presented by Soho Rep, New York, NY (Sarah Benson, Artistic Director; Cynthia Flowers, Executive Director) and Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeley, CA (Tony Taccone, Artistic Director; Susan Medak, Managing Director).
Fairview is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
|Jasmine||JAYLENE CLARK OWENS|
|Keisha||BRETT ASHLEY ROBINSON|
|Mack||KEITH J. CONALLEN|
Jennifer Kidwell will perform the role of Jasmine from June 16-18.
Assistant Stage Manager: Leslie Ann Boyden
Associate Set Designer: Daniel Allen
Technical Director: Matt Zumbo
Head Carpenter, Union Steward: Benny Henry
Assistant Head Carpenter: Elliot Greer
Master Electrician: Michael Hamlet
Assistant Master Electricians: John Allerheiligen, Jackson Katz, Sydney Justice
Electricians: Dennis Madden, Kathavut Niranon, Olivia Rudd
Console Programmer/Light Board Operator: John Allerheiligen
Light Board Operators: Olivia Rudd
Properties Master: Kimitha Cashin
Properties Assistant: Theresa Finocchiaro
Costume Supervisor: Morgan Porter
Dresser: Lily McClure
Wig Designer: Amari Callaway
Audio Engineer: Edward Smith
Crew: Benny Henry, Elliot Greer
Audio Describer: Nicole Sardella
Open Caption Operator: Christina Binder
I am a fan of playwrights. The way people root for and follow sporting teams and star-level athletes, that’s how I interact with playwrights and their plays. I have been a Jackie Sibblies Drury fanatic since I appeared in her hypnotic and arresting play We Are Proud to Present… I learned from being inside one of Jackie’s masterpieces that to meet her work, you will be asked to extend yourself intellectually and physically, and Fairview is no different.
This play in structure and temperament is a sitcom that trips on a wrinkle in the rug and tumbles into the uncanny, the sublime, and the truth. If you are sitting in this room watching this play, you have survived so much. Think about it! You have survived tremendous restriction, tremendous loss, tremendous grief, fears, pain, anxiety– the list goes on. Now consider that what I have described is the daily lived experience of many marginalized people. Right now, some family is living apocalypse.
Jackie’s play asks us all to imagine together what it means to choose a different path. To practice empathy. To make room for someone who is suffocating. And to be clear–that person may be sitting right next to you in this very moment. They could be a neighbor. They could be a co-worker. They could be a spouse. They could be your own child. When the time comes, someone may ask you to move so they can breathe. I hope you will make space and recognize that their breathing does not stifle yours. There is air enough for all.
-Co-Artistic Director James Ijames
Lead Artistic Director, 2021-22 Season: James Ijames
Co-Artistic Directors: Morgan Green, Yury Urnov
Managing Director: Leigh Goldenberg
Artistic Director Emeritus: Blanka Zizka
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Season Lead Honorary Producers
Linda and David Glickstein
Mari and Peter Shaw
Season Honorary Producers
Peggy and Richard Greenawalt
John and Theresa Rollins
Honorary Producers Circle
Peter A. Benoliel and Willo Carey
Mark and Tobey Dichter
Helen and Herman Fala
Robert T. Foley
Carole Haas Gravagno
Katherine Kelton and Troy Graham
Eva and Michael Leeds
Barbara and Don Parman
Irving and Sharon Shapiro
Dr. R. J. Wallner
We acknowledge that our theatre is located on land that is not ours. We acknowledge that the Lenni Lenape people are the original people of this land and that they continue to be a vibrant community.
We acknowledge that we benefit from systems that are rooted in capital created and expanded by the free labor of Black people, in the form of chattel slavery and legal and cultural segregation. We stand in solidarity with Black people in fierce advocacy for equality and justice.
Fairview is a daring and adventurous play. It is so aligned with the work that we at the Wilma are always striving to produce. And I can share a little insight from inside the rehearsal room: it has been a major heft to honor what this play asks of us. We understand it will also be a heavy lift for you as an audience member. We see that. So, with that in mind, I wanted to gather a few resources to guide audience members before and after the performances. Click here for resources to help you prepare for and process the world of Fairview.
-Dramaturg Mariah Ghant
“A sculptor of space, a sculptor of energy”
Click here to read a Q&A with FAIRVIEW set Designer Lawrence E. Moten III
Wilma Education supports the larger Wilma mission by striving to cultivate the artists and audiences of tomorrow through meaningful engagement with the art today. Whether through interactive pre-show workshops with cast members, backstage tours with our production team, or classroom residencies with Wilma company members and teaching artists in which students develop their own theatrical responses to Wilma productions, we invite students into the conversations around our work at the deepest levels. By encouraging students to reflect on the complexities of contemporary life today, we nurture the audiences, innovators and global citizens of tomorrow.
The Wilma Theater’s Portable Studio offers FREE and FUN theater classes for adults who want to meet new people and inspire each other by seeing a show and collaborating creatively together. Classes are led by professional artists and take place in public spaces all over the city. No previous experience is required but the Portable Studio has become a creative home to much of Philadelphia’s hidden talent. Many Portable Studios are offered virtually and in-person. We are expanding in-person programming as it is safe to do so, and we are so excited to welcome you!
The Actors and Stage Managers employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
This theater operates under an agreement between the League of Resident Theatres and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
The scenic, costume, lighting and sound designers in LORT Theatres are represented by United Scenic Artists, Local USA-829 of the IATSE.
The Wilma Theater is a member of the following organizations: Avenue of the Arts, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, League of Resident Theatres, Midtown Village Merchants Association, Professional Non-Profit Theater Coalition, and Theatre Communications Group.
If your name has been omitted or misprinted, please accept our apologies and kindly notify us by contacting the Development Department at 215-893-9456 x108.
Thanks to the following funders for their generous organizational and programmatic support:
The Barra Foundation • Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation • The Christopher Ludwick Foundation • Connelly Foundation • Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation • Doris Duke Charitable Foundation • Ethel Sergeant Clark Smith Memorial Fund • Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce • Hamilton Family Charitable Trust • The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation • Independence Foundation • Kline and Specter • National Endowment for the Arts • The Patricia Kind Family Foundation • Pennsylvania Council on the Arts • The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage • PNC Charitable Trusts • The Shubert Foundation • Suzanne Roberts Cultural Development Fund • The Victory Foundation • Tides Foundation • U.S. Small Business Administration • Universal Health Services Inc. • William Penn Foundation • Wyncote Foundation • Zeldin Family Foundation
Thank you to our individual supporters:
This list represents gifts of $25+ made since Aug. 1, 2020.
$5,000 and above
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Lead Artistic Director, 2021-22 Season: James Ijames
Co-Artistic Directors: Morgan Green and Yury Urnov
Managing Director: Leigh Goldenberg
Artistic Director Emeritus: Blanka Zizka
Producing Director: Kellie Mecleary
Artistic Administrator: Mariah Ghant
HotHouse Company: Krista Apple, Ross Beschler, Taysha Marie Canales, Keith Conallen, Melanye Finister, Sarah Gliko, Suli Holum, Justin Jain, Anthony Martinez-Briggs, Jered McLenigan, Campbell O’Hare, Jaylene Clark Owens, Brandon Pierce, Steven Rishard, Brett Ashley Robinson, Matteo Scammell, Lindsay Smiling
Education Director: Anne K. Holmes
Education Associate: Alexandra Espinoza
Teaching Artists: Taysha Marie Canales, Chris Davis, Kirstie Floyd, Nick Hatcher, Donovan Lockett, Brennen S. Malone, Anthony Martinez-Briggs, Lee Minora, Taylor J. Mitchell, Campbell O’Hare, Lillian Ransijn, Taj Rauch, Sunflower B. Rose, Devon Sinclair
Program Director: Lee Ann Etzold
Portable Studio Program Coordinator: Wi-Moto Nyoka
Portable Studio Artists: Patreshetarlini Adams (she/her), Chris Davis (he/him), Debra Disbrow (she/her), Lindo Jones (he/him), Anthony Martinez-Briggs (he/they), Cat Ramirez (they/she), Lillian Ransijn (she/her)
Development Director: Jessica Betts
Institutional Giving Manager: Kelli Shermeyer
Individual Giving Associate: Brittney Anderson
Development Associate: Emily Wanamaker
Marketing Director: Bill D’Agostino
Visual Communications Manager: Kristin Finger
Business Manager: Sisi Wright
Business Associate: Minna Tran
IT Systems and Data Associate: Alyssa Cole
Interim Production Manager: Katie Chance
Interim Operations and Facilities Manager: Peter Escalada-Mastick
Resident Stage Manager: Patreshettarlini Adams
Technical Director: Matt Zumbo
Master Electrician: Michael Hamlet
Head Carpenter: Benjamin Henry
Properties Master: Kimitha Cashin
Wardrobe Supervisor: Morgan Porter
Audio Engineer: Amanda Hanna
Box Office Manager: James Specht
Patron Services Liaison: Sarah Blask
House Managers: Kate Carey, Rachel Core, Hayden Eric, Molly Gifford, James Haro, Kendall Key, Arwen Kozak, Gio Maneri, Jessica Merkins, Javier Mojica, Joey Schulman
Box Office Staff: Kate Carey, James Haro, Francesca LaRosa
Katherine Kelton, Interim Chair
Clare D’Agostino, Secretary
Wray Broughton, Former Chair
Mark S. Dichter, Former Chair
Herman C. Fala, Former Chair
Peggy Greenawalt, Former Chair
Jeff Harbison, Former Chair
John D. Rollins, Former Chair
A.E. (Ted) Wolf, Former Chair
James F. McGillin
Mari Shaw, Former Chair
Evelyn G. Spritz
David U’Prichard, Former Chair
Dr. R. J. Wallner
Jeanne P. Wrobleski
The Wilma HotHouse Company is the Wilma Theater’s ensemble of actors – a process oriented community of artists who develop and implement theatrical practice alive with possibilities, physical excitement, and intellectual engagement.
They meet regularly to train as artists and to expand, deepen, and liberate their bodies and voices through collective exploration.
In their sessions and rehearsals they lead with curiosity, care and honesty. Through multi-perspective collaboration, they interrogate truth, myth, and ethos, toward greater access and expression of the unknown.