Rob Urbinati is a freelance director and playwright based in New York City. He has directed at The Public Theater, Culture Project, Abingdon Theatre, Classic Stage Company, The Pearl Theatre, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, New York Music Theatre Festival, New York University and theatres and universities across the country. He is Director of New Play Development at Queens Theatre. Rob’s plays include Hazelwood Jr. High, Miss Julie in Hollywood, Rebel Voices, Cruel & Barbarous Treatment, Karaoke Night at the Suicide Shack, The Queen Bees, West Moon Street, Nymph Errant, Death by Design: A Comedy With Murder, Death By Design: A Comedy With Songs and Murder, and UMW: University of Mostly Whites. Hazelwood Jr. High, West Moon Street and both versions of Death By Design have been published by Samuel French, who will also be publishing The Queen Bees, Rebel Voices and Nymph Errant. UMW:University of Mostly Whites, was published by Steel Springs Stage Rights, and his book, Play Readings: A Complete Guide for Theatre Practitioners was published by Focal Press/Routledge. Rob is an alumnus of the Drama League Directors Project and The Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. His plays have received over one hundred productions world-wide.
David Saint (Artistic Director) is in his 23rd season as Artistic Director of George Street Playhouse. He has directed 39 mainstage production at GSP, having most recently helmed last season’s The Trial of Donna Caine, in addition to American Hero; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; and An Act of God starring the legendary Kathleen Turner in the 2017-18 season. His time here has been marked by collaborations with such artists as Keith Carradine, Tyne Daly, Rachel Dratch, Sandy Duncan, Boyd Gaines, A.R. Gurney, Uta Hagen, Jack Klugman, Dan Lauria, Kathleen Marshall, Elaine May, Anne Meara, David Hyde Pierce, Chita Rivera, Paul Rudd, Stephen Sondheim, Marlo Thomas, Eli Wallach and many others, including a remarkable partnership with Arthur Laurents. In addition, many new award-winning works have begun their life here during his tenure, such as The Toxic Avenger, Proof, The Spitfire Grill, Joe DiPietro’s Clever Little Lies and It Shoulda Been You. He has directed Final Follies at Primary Stages, Clever Little Lies at Guild Hall in East Hampton, N.Y., and off-Broadway at Westside Theatre, as well as the National Tour of West Side Story. In July 2016, he directed a two-night concert performance of West Side Story at the legendary Hollywood Bowl. In Summer 2019, he directed a revolutionary new production of West Side Story for IHI Stage Around in Tokyo and currently serves as a creative consultant for a new film version of West Side Story directed by Steven Spielberg. He also has directed on Broadway, offBroadway and regionally at Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, Primary Stages, McCarter, Williamstown, Seattle Rep, Pasadena Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public, Long Wharf and many others on premieres by writers such as Aaron Sorkin, Wendy Wasserstein, Peter Parnell, Jonathan Marc Sherman, Joe DiPietro and Jonathan Larson. He is the recipient of the Alan Schneider Award, Helen Hayes Award, L.A. Drama Critics Award, several Drama-Logue Awards and is the President of The Laurents/ Hatcher Foundation.
Betsy Aidem (Director) This is Ms. Aidem’s professional directorial debut. She directed a premiere production of Caroline McGraw’s Ultimate Beauty Bible (Experimental Theater Wing/NYU). Acting: At GSP: Mama's Boy, God of Carnage and Jolson Sings Again directed by David Saint and most recently at the Cherry Lane theater in Final Follies. Thank you to so many directors: David Kennedy, David Cromer, Sir David Jones, Michael Gracey, Kenneth Lonergan, Neil Pepe, Tina Landau, Carolyn Cantor, Maria Mileaf, Bartlett Sher, Bill Rauch, John Malkovich, Simon Curtis, Julie Taymor, Daniella Topol, Brian Mertes, Woody Allen, Christopher Ashley, Melia Bensussan, Pamela Berlin, Adam Rapp, Sara Wolkowitz, Danya Taymor, Michael Apted, Daniel Aukin, Carey Perloff, Phil Gelatt , Pamela Berlin, R. Stuart White, Phillip Glass, Richard Hamburger, Liz Diamond, Ain Gordon, Alex Timbers, Jo Bonney, Michael Greif, Mark Nelson, Paul Mullins. Obie Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance.
Laurel Casillo: Broadway: Act One (Lincoln Center Theater); Regional: Elevada (Yale Rep, nominee outstanding actress in a play, Connecticut Critics Circle), Mad Love (Northern Stage), Mama’s Boy, The Rainmaker (Good Theater, best actress in a play, BroadwayWorld Maine 2015),Talley’s Folly (Hangar Theatre) Miracle on South Division Street, The Diary of Anne Frank, A Shayna Maidel (Chenango River Theater), Black Comedy (Shadowland Theater). New York: Bryan and Kim, The Custodian, Don’t Step on the Cracks (NY Fringe), In Naked Time (The Beckett), The Kitchen Plays (HB Playwrights Theater), What a Life (Center Stage). Film credits and more: laurelcasillo.com
Michael Goldsmith: New York: Tales From Red Vienna (Manhattan Theatre Club), Final Analysis (winner, Outstanding Lead Actor at the Midtown International Festival). Regional: Long Lost (Illinois Theatre), 4000 Miles (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (Folger Theatre), Awake and Sing! and Now or Later (Huntington Theatre). London: Olivier- winning production of Clybourne Park (West End and Royal Court), Six Degrees of Separation (Old Vic), Brooklyn (Cock Tavern), The Shape of Things (Courtyard). Film and Television: Woody Allen’s Irrational Man, Gotham, Doctor Who. Several plays for BBC Radio. Training: The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Miles G. Jackson
Miles G. Jackson returns to George Street after making his debut in last season’s nale, My Name is Asher Lev. Stage credits include Tribes (Barrington Stage), Harry and the Thief (The Habitat), 4000 Miles (Capital Rep). Recent lm credits include In Reality (Lumanova Pictures) and Flora (Pulp Pictures). Thank you to David and Rob for your collective brilliance, Priscilla for your generosity and knowledge, and this cast and crew for your never-ending talents. Pat, Kevin, and Sam – “somewhere in my youth or childhood,” etc. For Abby. www.milesgjackson.com
Boyd Gaines returns to George Street Playhouse from Sylvia in 2010 and Our Town in 2014. Broadway: Enemy of the People, The Columnist, Driving Miss Daisy (also West End, Australian tour), Gypsy (Tony, Drama Desk Awards), Pygmalion, Journey’s End (Tony nominee; Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards), Twelve Angry Men, Contact (Tony, Lucille Lortel Awards), Cabaret, The Show Off, She Loves Me (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards), Company, The Heidi Chronicles (Tony Award). Off-Broadway: The Grand Manner, Bach at Leipzig, Major Barbara, The Shawl, Comedy ofErrors, The Extra Man, The Maderati, The Winter’sTale, Barbarians, A Month in the Country (Theatre World Award). Regional: Williamstown, Westport Playhouse, Yale Rep, Center Stage, Long Wharf, Guthrie, Kennedy Center. Film: Robber Barons of Wall Street, Funny Games, Lovely by Surprise, Second Best, I’m Not Rappaport, Heartbreak Ridge, The Sure Thing, Porky’s and Fame. TV: Angela’s Eyes, The Confession, Piece of Cake, One Day at a Time, Frasier, Law & Order. Training: Juilliard.
Marguerite Oswald was domineering, obsessive and desperate in her need to be loved by her younger son, Lee Harvey. A chilling glimpse into the Oswald household before and after that fateful November morning in Dallas. This New York metro area premiere was called “a gripping family drama that illuminates history by adding a touch of humanity" by The Press Herald.
News & Reviews
- "Mama's Boy" Kicks Off New George Street Playhouse Season - Q on Stage (10/31/2016)
- THEATER REVIEW: 'Mama's Boy' traces the evolution of Lee Harvey Oswald - New Jersey Hills (10/31/2016)
- A MAMA'S BOY Indeed! - BroadwaySelect.com (10/31/2016)
- ‘Mama’s Boy’ Looks at Lee Harvey Oswald from His Mother’s Point of View - Let's Go to the Theater (10/30/2016)
- STAGE REVIEW: 'Mama's Boy' at George Street - The Princeton Packet/Time Off (10/28/2016)
- 'Mama's Boy' review: This drama of Oswald and his mother is smart and moving - The Star-Ledger / NJ.com (10/25/2016)
- REVIEW: Mama's Boy - Front Row Center (10/25/2016)
- REVIEW: 'Mama's Boy' at George Street - Home News Tribune / MyCentralJersey.com (10/24/2016)
- BWW Review: MAMA'S BOY at GSP is Intriguing Drama - BroadwayWorld.com (10/24/2016)
- The Never Ending Story of Lee Harvey Oswald - History News Network (10/24/2016)
- 'Mama's Boy' Explores the Life of Lee Harvey Oswald - TAPInto.Net (10/24/2016)
- 'Mama's Boy' - a look at Lee Harvey Oswald - New Jersey Stage (10/24/2016)
- "Mama's Boy:" A mother's love, taken beyond the limits - Out in Jersey (10/22/2016)
- NJ Review: Mama's Boy - CurtainUp.com (10/22/2016)
- Review: George Street Playhouse's "Mama's Boy" Offers a Humanizing Peek Behind the Familial Curtain of JFK's Assassin - NJ Arts Maven (10/22/2016)
- David Saint begins 20th season at George Street - Home News Tribune / MyCentralJersey.com (10/21/2016)
- Marking 20 years at George Street: David Saint opens a new season with a play about Lee Harvey Oswald's mother - The Princeton Packet/Time Off (10/21/2016)
- AUDIO: WBGO Journal Web Extra: Full Interview with Betsy Aidem and Michael Goldsmith of "Mama's Boy" (25:13) - 88.3 FM WBGO (10/21/2016)
- In 'Mama's Boy' at George Street Playhouse, Oswald's mother takes center stage - The Star-Ledger / NJ.com (10/20/2016)
- Theater: 'Mama's Boy' at New Brunswick's George Street Playhouse - The Times of Trenton / NJ.com (10/19/2016)
- George Street opens season with 'Mama's Boy' - Home News Tribune / MyCentralJersey.com (10/17/2016)
- AUDIO: David Saint interview with WCTC's Bert Baron (5:11 mp3) - 1450 AM WCTC (10/14/2016)
- BWW Interview: Betsy Aidem and MAMA'S BOY at George Street Playhouse 10/18 to 11/6 - BroadwayWorld.com (10/10/2016)
- George Street Playhouse Announces Casting for Season-Opening MAMA'S BOY - BroadwayWorld.com (9/21/2016)
Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund.
This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.
by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation