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WHITE HOUSE WIVES: OPERATION LYSISTRATA!
produced by Twinbiz
Written and Directed by Yvette Heyliger
In this anti-war comedy, First Lady Laura Bush tries to enlist wives of the architects of the impending war in Iraq in a preemptive sex strike, but will she succeed?
Composer/Arranger/Sound Design by Larry Farrow; Choralography by Yvonne Farrow; Set Design by Patrice Davidson; Light Design by Joyce Liao; Costume Design by Faith Heyliger; Stage Manager, Sir Louis Jones.
Starring: Pamela Bierly Jusino as LAURA BUSH, Mary Tierney as LYNNE CHENEY, Yvonne Farrow as ALMA POWELL, Leslie Lynn Meeker as JOYCE RUMSFELD, Kate Konigisor as STEPHANIE TENET, Natasha Yannacañedo as SIGNIFICANT OTHER, Terria Joseph as CHERIE BLAIR and Clark Jackson as STAGE MANAGER.
All Actors and Production Stage Manager are appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.
ABOUT OUR CHARITY
The Company of “White House Wives: Operation Lysistrata!” has selected “To Iraq With Love,” a campaign of the AdoptaPlatoon Soldier Support Effort®, a volunteer based nonprofit 501C-3 dedicated to serving deployed United States Service Men and Women. Audience members can participate by bringing selected care package items, as well troop mail—cards and letters from home to encourage and uplift our troops, ensuring that they are not forgotten by a grateful Nation. A complete list of care package items to bring to the theatre and place in our drop-off box will be posted soon! Questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. See you at the show!
Genre: American Politics, Comedy, Anti-War
Planet Connections Theatre Festivity offers its congratulations to the cast and crew for the following nominations. For more information, please visit our award nominations page at http://planetconnections.org/planet-connections-nominees-2011/:
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical or Play With Music, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical or Play With Music, Outstanding Book, Music, Lyrics or Play With Music, Outstanding Scenic Design, Outstanding Costume Design, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical or Play With Music, or Musical Event, Outstanding Ensemble in a Play, Musical, or Evening of One-Acts, Planet Activist Award, Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical or Play With Music,
WHITE HOUSE WIVES: OPERATION LYSISTRATA!
Creative Team Bios
YVETTE HEYLIGER (Writer/Director) wrote and directed, What Would Jesus Do?, which won seven 2010 AUDELCO Recognition Awards for Excellence in Black Theatre, including DRAMATIC PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR for producer Billy Holiday Theatre and AUGUST WILSON PLAYWRIGHT AWARD for Heyliger. Yvette directed her play, The Valentine, in John Chatterton’s Short Play Plab, A Better Wife at Where Eagles Dare Short Play Lab and Hillary and Monica: The Winter of Her Discontent at Midtown International Theatre Festival. She was nominated “Best Director” for Coming Clean by Steven Shapiro in the Strawberry One-Act Festival. Yvette has also directed her plays in National Black Theatre Festival (NC), Gloucester Stage Company (MA), and at the Hollywood Court Theatre (LA) where she was honored with an NAACP Theatre Award nomination, “Best Playwright,” for her published play, Autobiography of a Homegirl, excerpts of which can be found in Smith and Kraus’ The Best Women’s Stage Monologues 2003 and The Best Stage Scenes 2003. Look for her new book, What A Piece of Work is Man!: Plays for Leading Women. Professional, associate, adjunct and community memberships include: Dramatists Guild, Broadway League, SDC, AEA, SAG, AFTRA, League of Professional Theatre Women, Theatre Resources Unlimited and Harlem Arts Alliance. Heyliger serves on Hedgebrook’s Alumnae Leadership Council. She is an advocate for parity for women artists in the American theatre. www.twinbiz.com
LARRY FARROW (Composer/Arranger/Sound Design) is the composer/arranger and musical director for Heyliger’s play with music, What Would Jesus Do? which won DRAMATIC PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR at the 2010 AUDELCO Recognition Awards for Excellence in Black Theatre. Farrow, aka Piano Man Productions, was nominated for “Best Producer” at the Los Angeles NAACP Theater Awards for WWJD‘s world premiere. Named to the A-List of American Composers and Arrangers by the National Repertoire & Standards Committee, Farrow made his “Pops” debut as composer/conductor with the San Francisco Symphony and has conducted for a number of major orchestras and legendary artists. Most recently, Larry composed Fanfare for the Caregivers, a Memorial Day Tribute broadcast live from our Nation’s Capital which was introduced by Colin Powell and performed by Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell, the National Symphony Orchestra and Navy Sea Chanters. Farrow and partner, Robert Marcus, are shopping a new musical, Jeez!
YVONNE FARROW (Choralographer) is making her NY choreographic debut. A dancer-turned-actor, Yvonne has synthesized her talents into an art form called “choralography”. Farrow defines her work as “choreography specifically designed for choral groups, whereby the singers, who are not dancers, perform movement while preserving the choral sound.” A trailblazer in this growing field, Farrow has specialized in choralography of concert choral works for over 20 years. She also serves as dramatic coach employing theater and lighting design to choral performance as an extension of her vision. Yvonne is a member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, American Choral Directors Association, Chorus American and National Association of Negro Musicians, working with choirs from middle school to the professional. Farrow’s choral ballets have been performed around the world and have contributed to top international competitive awards, while becoming a staple in the choral world as an alternative to “show choir.” For more information visit www.gotchoralography.com
PATRICE ANDREW DAVIDSON (Set Design) is an award winning set designer. he as garnered rave reviews for his designs for productions at the Beacon Theatre, Billy Holiday Theatre, Negro Ensemble Company and Capitol Repertory Theatre in New York; the Freedom Theatre in Philadelphia; the Passage Theatre in Trenton; and ETA Creative Arts in Chicago. Award winning designs include: What Would Jesus Do? for which he won an AUDELCO Recognition Award for Excellence in Black Theatre for Set Design, and Levee James for which he won the Chicago Black Theatre Alliance Award for Best Set Design. Other notable productions include: Pill Hill, Birthright, The Desire, The Deacons, Robert Johnson: Trick the Devil, Having Our Say and A Few Good Men. Patrice has his own successful interior design firm, Davidson Designs, and is also a production designer for film & television. Patrice recognizes his Creator for the blessing and gift to be able to create designs; without Him it would not be possible. “Live Life Well and Enjoy the Journey.”
JOYCE LIAO (Lighting Design) Broadway: Marquis Theatre, where her work helped Soul of Shaolin to a Tony nomination in the category of Special Theatrical Event. Other New York credits: Baruch Performing Arts Center, Cherry Lane Theatre, Henry Street Playhouse and Here Arts Center, Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre. Regional credits: The Studio Theatre (DC), Le Petit Theatre (New Orleans), Jefferson Performing Arts Society (LA). Liao was awarded the Peggy Ezekiel Award Outstanding Achievement Lighting Design for Caucasian Chalk Circle. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Ohio University Theater School.
SIRLOUIS JONES (Production Stage Manager) has stage managed shows for Gertrude Jeannette’s H.A.D.L.E.Y. Players, Woodie King, Jr.’s New Federal Theatre, Carl Clay’s Black Spectrum Theatre, and Paul Robeson Theatre, as well as for notable directors: Chuck patterson, Ali Woods, Clinton Turner David, Ajene Washington, and others. he is very happy to work Twinbiz on Yvette Heyliger’s new play, White House Wives: Operation Lysistrata! Many thanks to a great cast.
(In Order of Appearance)
Pamela Bierly Jusino (LAURA BUSH) has performed at Arena Stage, The Shakespeare Theatre at the Folger and the Lansburgh, Kennedy Center and National Theatre. She replaced Chita Rivera in the National tour of Can Can with the New York City Rockettes. She is currently working on a chamber opera entitled, A Woman Changed Into A Fox by Susan Galbraith and R. Bartlett Johnson. She recently portrayed Sarah in George Brandt’s The Mourner’s Bench at HRC Showcase. Pam read White House Wives: Operation Lysistrata! with playwright Yvette Heyliger at the Theatre of Dionysius in Athens, Greece. Pam was there appearing in The Rest of Oedipus by Robert Montgomery. Her favorite roles, though, are wife to Pastor Eddie and Mom to Emmett and Charlotte.
Mary Tierney (LYNNE CHENEY) Theatre: Favorite roles include Jack Kerouac’s mother in Pat Fenton’s Jack’s Farewell, Kate in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, and mother in Chekhov’s, Wood Demon. Upcoming: Aftermath at Fallen Angel’s Theater Company. Film: Grandmother in Little Red Riding Hood. Performance Art: Tableau Vivant of the Delerium Constructions by Sarah Small. Mary worked on the other side of the footlights in New York after acting professionally in Dublin. Founded: Billy Munk Theatre and Quaigh Theater’s Lunchtime Series. Produced: plays of Eugene O’Neill and Samuel Beckett starring actor William Hickey, and Tennessee Williams One-Act Play Series featuring premier of Mr. Paradise with London’s Old Vic in Cyprus.
Yvonne Farrow (ALMA POWELL) won LEAD ACTRESS fro her role as Mrs. Wilson in Yvette Heyliger’s , What Would Jesus Do? at the 2010 AUDELCO Recognition Awards for Excellence in Black Theatre. A member of SAG, AFTRA, and AEA, selected credits include: (film) My Uncle Rafael, Ice Dreams and I’d Rather Be Dancing, where she won BEST ACTRESS; (television) Grey’s Anatomy, Passions and Alias, where she recurred as Diane Dixon; (stage) Heyliger’s A Better Wife, Athol Fugard’s Sorrows and Rejoicings and Lorriane Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, where she won BEST ACTRESS. Farrow is represented by the Geddes Agency, www.geddes.net/yvonne-farrow.
Leslie Lynn Meeker (JOYCE RUMSFELD) has enjoyed working professionally onstage for three decades. Recent New York credits include No. 5, in which she portrayed CoCo Chanel at the 78th ST. Playhouse and Emerging Artists Theatre. She played multiple Shakespearean women under the direction of Dennis Turney in The Women of Will. Regionally she has performed at the Cincinnati Playhouse,, Pittsburgh Public, Meadowbrook, The Barter, Horse Cave and Totem Pole Playhouse. Leslie Lynn is a longstanding member and current President of Polaris North in NYC, a co-operative of theatre professionals. She is the proud mother of Keithlyn, a college bound chemist.
Kate Konigisor (STEPHANIE TENET) is delighted to join the cast of White House Wives: Operation Lysistrata! Favorite roles include the title role in the acclaimed all-female production of Macbeth, Titania/Hyppolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY), Emilia in Othello (opposite Austin Pendleton, West End Theatre, NYC), Shirley Valentine (Gretna Theatre), Germaine in Picasso at the Lapin Agile (TheatreVirgina), Gorgeous in The Sisters Rosensweig (Labyrinth Theatre), Eleanor in The Lion in Winter, and Kate in Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway Bound (Surflight Theatre). In loving memory of Mom and, as always, for Michael.
Natasha Yannacañedo (SIGNIFICANT OTHER) As an actress, writer and director, Natasha’s work spans independent film, radio, primetime television, and numerous plays. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater. Natasha is thrilled to be a company member of Judith Shakespeare Company, Take Wing and Soar, and Visible Theatre. She is passionate about the craft of acting and public speaking and works as an adjunct professor at L.I.M. College and St. Francis College. Natasha also teaches private and group classes for her own company, the N.Y. Acting Company. Please visit www.nyactingcompany.com or email her at email@example.com.
Terria Joseph (CHERIE BLAIR) was born in Detroit, MI and is a graduate of New York University School of the Arts. She has performed on stage, in independent films, and television projects in New York, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia. She was last seen as the Baroness in New Federal Theatre’s production of Cool Blues. Ms. Joseph is a member-in-good-standing of Screen Actors Guild and the Actors’ Equity Association. Thanks Yvette, for fighting the good fight and making the rank of woman mean something and be funny! “If women ruled the world…” firstname.lastname@example.org
Clark Jackson (STAGE MANAGER and Various) is pleased to be a part of this festival. Broadway: All My Sons, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. NYC/REGIONAL: Cobb, Le Ménage, Cuba and the Night, Lobby Hero, Permanent Collection, Waiting for Tadashi, Fabulation, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Travesties, Yellowman. FILM: An Affirmative Act, Humdinger, Forged, The Arrangement, 6 Things I Never Told You, Rapmatics. TV: Blue Bloods, Gossip Girl, Rescue Me, White Collar, Law & Order, Fringe, Law & Order: SVU, The Return of Jezebel James, Wonderland, Honky Saugsages, Guiding Light. Awards: Drama Desk, Dean Goodman Choice Award. Training: Stanford University, Yale School of Drama.
All Actors and Production Stage Manager are appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.
Twinbiz™ partners Yvette Heyliger and Yvonne Farrow (twins in the business), write, direct and produce original works for stage, television and film, which seeks to educate, entertain and serve. The twins have been selected to receive the inaugural National Black Theatre Festival Emerging Producer Award in August. In February of 2011 Twinbiz launched the National Black HIV & AIDS Theatre Initiative, held annually on February 7th (National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day) in order to enlist black theatres and theatre artists nationwide to do more to combat this epidemic by reading or producing at least one play a season until HIV is eradicated in our communities. To commemorate and support their efforts, the Twins received a Resolution from the City of Los Angeles, recommended by Councilman Bernard Parks and signed by all City Council members. This is the debut of a Twinbiz production in Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. Visit www.twinbiz.com.
at The Robert Moss Theatre
440 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003
Located at 440 Lafayette St. between Astor Place and 4th St. and across the street from The Public Theater.
Conveniently located near the N, R, W, and 6 trains.
reusing materials; online communication; public transportation; making a battery operated phallus out of recycled materials; printed application on old script