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Mama's Boy

October 18 — November 6, 2016

October 18 — November 6, 2016

Playwright
Rob Urbinati

Rob Urbinati

Playwright

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.

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Director
David Saint

David Saint

Director

David Saint (Director/Artistic Director) is in his 22nd season as Artistic Director of George Street Playhouse. He has directed 39 mainstage production at GSP, having most recently helmed last season's American Hero;I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; and An Act of God starring the legendary Kathleen Turner. 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 AvengerProofThe 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. He also has directed on Broadway, off-Broadway 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 Di Pietro 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.

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Cast
Betsy Aidem

Betsy Aidem

Cast

Betsy Aidem: George Street Playhouse: Mama's Boy, God of Carnage, Jolson Sings Again (under the direction of David Saint). Broadway: All the Way (opposite Bryan Cranston), Beautiful. Off-Broadway highlights include Celebration (Atlantic), The Metal Children and Mary Rose (Vineyard); Nikolai and the Others and Road (Lincoln Center); Crooked (Women’s Project); Stone Cold Dead Serious (Edge); Steel Magnolias (Lortel); A Lie of the Mind (Promenade); Balm in Gilead (Circle Rep and Minneta Lane). Regional: ART, Huntington, Long Wharf, Portland Stage, CATF, Williamstown, Hartford, Dorset, etc. Film: Irrational Man (Woody Allen), Margaret and You Can Count on Me (Kenneth Lonergan), The Bleeding House. TV: Orange is the New Black, The Americans, Rescue Me, The Big C, Nurse Jackie, Law & Order (7). OBIE for Sustained Excellence of Performance, IRNE nomination, BWW Award.

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Laurel Casillo

Laurel Casillo

Cast

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

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Michael Goldsmith

Michael Goldsmith

Cast

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.

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Miles G. Jackson

Miles G. Jackson

Cast

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
 

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Voiceover
Boyd Gaines

Boyd Gaines

Voiceover

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.

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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.

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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

Excellent performances and sharp direction. Powerful. Compelling.

The Star-Ledger