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The Trial of Donna Caine

October 16 — November 11, 2018

October 16 — November 11, 2018

Playwright
Walter Anderson

Walter Anderson

Playwright

A recipient of the Horatio Alger Award, Walter Anderson is a prolific author and playwright. He is a seasoned publishing executive who spent 32 years at Parade Publications where he held the positions of Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, and Editor-in-Chief. Prior to joining PARADE in 1977, Mr. Anderson held newspaper management positions with Gannett Publications in Westchester, New York. Previously, he was an investigative reporter whose articles appeared in New York magazines and others. A Vietnam veteran, Mr. Anderson served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1961-1966 and rose to the rank of sergeant. Mr. Anderson received an AA in Liberal Arts and Social Science from Westchester Community College and a BS in Psychology from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York. He served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Mercy College for eight years and is now Trustee Emeritus.

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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
John Bolger

John Bolger

Cast

John Bolger (Roy Gill) returns to George Street Playhouse for a seventh time, having previously appeared here in American HeroAmerican SonOutside MullingarGood PeopleTwelve Angry Men and Lips Together, Teeth Apart. National Tours: South Pacific and Dirty Dancing; Regional: Five Presidents at Bay Street, cover for That Face at MTC; staged concert of Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream with The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; Richard III at Hartford Stage; The Real Thing and Antony and Cleopatra at The Old Globe; Light Up The Sky at The Roundabout; The Lady From Maxim’s at The Huntington; Safe Sex at La Mama; Midsummer Night’s DreamMacbethTwelfth NightAs You Like ItThe Sea Plays and Ages of Man,  with The Willow Cabin Theatre Co. TV: TakenBullHomelandThe BlacklistOrange is the New BlackThe Black Donnelly’sSex and the CityLaw & OrderNYPD BlueGeneral HospitalOne Life to Live and Another World. Film: Patriots DayThe Only Living Boy in New YorkJust LookingParting Glances and Black and White. And thank you Pat McCorkle for your decades, yes decades, of encouragement and support. You wonderful woman you!

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Julia Brothers

Julia Brothers

Cast

Julia Brothers (Lt. Colonel Sandra Eden) last appeared at GSP as Carla in Roger Is Dead, written and directed by Elaine May.  Recently, Julia appeared as Arthur Miller in Jeremy Tiang’s Salesman in the Rough Cut Festival at LPAC and will be reprising her role as God in the Kilbanes’ rock opera Weightless at The Public Theatre’s Under The Radar in January, directed by Becca Wolff. Regionally, she has worked at Merrimack Repertory Theatre (where she is an Artistic Associate), TheatreWorks (CA), ACT, SF Playhouse, Gulfshore Playhouse, Z Space, Arizona Theatre Company, Marin Theatre Company, GEVA, Aurora Theatre, Magic Theatre (SF), The Cape Playhouse, B Street Theatre (company member) and SF Playground (company member) among others. Broadway: Relatively Speaking. Off Broadway: Clever Little Lies.

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Michael Cullen

Michael Cullen

Cast

Michael Cullen (Sergeant Major Clayton Williams) NY Stage:  King Liz (Second Stage Theater); Finks (Ensemble Studio Theater); Bug (Barrow St. Theater-OBIE AWARD); Len, Asleep in Vinyl (Second Stage Theater); Cobb (Lucille Lortel Theater- Drama Desk Award, Best Ensemble); Dark Matters (Rattlestick Theater); One Shot, One Kill (Primary Stages); The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow (Atlantic Theater); Bus Stop (Circle In The Square). Regional Theaters : Actors Theater of Louisville- Humana Festival, Denver Stage, Dallas Theater Center, Penguin Theater, Buffalo Studio Arena, The English Theater of Frankfurt - Germany. TV: Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: SVU, Life On Mars, A Gifted Man, Ed, Third Watch, NY Undercover, Flesh and Bone, The Blacklist, CLAWS. Film: The Place Beyond The Pines, Margot At The Wedding, Dead Man Walking, ClockersMalcolm X, and the Coen Brothers' The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

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Kally Duling

Kally Duling

Cast

Kally Duling (Private First Class Ellen Colessio) is thrilled to be back at George Street! Broadway and National Tour: Fun Home. Regional: American Hero (George Street Playhouse), Into the Woods (TUTS), The Tall Girls (Alliance Theatre), Next to Normal (Baltimore Center Stage), Fifth of July (Williamstown Theatre Festival/Bay Street), Bus Stop (Fulton Theatre), Little Women (John Engeman Theatre). TV/Film: The Good WifeOne Bad Choice Voiceover: Nickelodeon, Scholastic, Fischer Price. Huge thanks to Dave Brenner, Wolf Talent, Pat McCorkle, and David Saint. Love to my family, especially B and Ellie Mae! Instagram: @kallydu

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Peter Frechette

Peter Frechette

Cast

Peter Frechette (Vincent Stone) previously appeared at George Street Playhouse in Arthur Laurents’ New Years Eve, directed by David Saint. New York credits include productions on and off-Broadway. Regional credits include work at South Coast Rep, Seattle Rep, Berkeley Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Old Globe, Mark Taper Forum, La Jolla Playhouse, American Conservatory Theater and the Cape Playhouse among others. He has received the Obie, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Theater World and LA Drama Critics Circle Awards, as well as two Tony nominations (Our Country’s Good, Eastern Standard), two Lortel nominations (The Dazzle, Valhalla) and an Emmy nomination (thirtysomething). He is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island. 

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Ryan George

Ryan George

Cast

Ryan George (Gunnery Sergeant Jacob Jasper Walker) is a Miami raised, NYC based actor, with a BFA from the University of Florida. His NYC credits include the title role of Othello (Alchemical Theater Laboratory) and Jeb in Rush (Paradise Factory Theater). His Regional Credits include Oshoosi Size in The Brothers Size (Gablestage), Fish in The Royale (Gablestage), Spike in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Florida Rep), Caliban in The Tempest (Hippodrome Theater), Associte in The Christians (Riverside Theater) and Monk in Fault (TheatreSquared). He's excited to be here at George Street for the first time and to be part of this wonderful premiere. 
 

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Margarita Levieva

Margarita Levieva

Cast

Margarita Levieva (Emily Zola Ginsberg) is currently one of the leads in David Simon’s critically acclaimed HBO drama The Deuce, starring opposite James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Margarita can next be seen in the independent feature Inherit the Viper opposite Josh Hartnett and Bruce Dern. She made her Broadway debut in 2009 with the play Impressionism at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre opposite Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen. She has completed the Meisner Training Program at the William Esper Studio in New York. Margarita's past film credits include Diary of a Teenage GirlSleeping with Other PeopleJames WhiteFor Ellen, and Adventureland. Margarita’s television credits include memorable roles in ABC’s Revenge, NBC’s Allegiance and The Blacklist, and HBO’s Luckand How to Make It In America

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Melissa Maxwell

Melissa Maxwell

Cast

Melissa Maxwell (Judge Olivia Easton) Acting credits: Queen Elizabeth I and the Nurse (Shakespeare in Love), The Countess and Marianna (All’s Well That Ends Well), Queen Margaret (The Tragedy of Richard III), The Abbess (Comedy of Errors) all at Great River Shakepeare Festival. Other theatre credits: The Public Theatre Lewiston Maine, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Pearl Theatre Company, Capital Rep, Helen Hayes Performing Arts, Cincinnati Playhouse, Crossroads Theatre, Kennedy Center. TV and film: HOSTAGES, The Thomas Crown Affair, Law & Order, The Sopranos, Third Watch, Oz, Special Victims Unit, Never Again, Petty Crimes, 13 Conversations About One Thing, As The World Turns, All My Children, and countless TV commercials. Ms. Maxwell is also an accomplished director and playwright. She has two TEDx Talks to her credit: ON COURAGE: TEDxBarnardCollegeWomen and TAKING OWNERSHIP: TEDxMosesBrownSchool. www.melissamaxwell.com.

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Flor De Liz Perez

Flor De Liz Perez

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Flor De Liz Perez (Staff Sgt. Donna Caine) is honored to be making her George Street Playhouse debut with this production. International credits include The Motherf**ker with the Hat (National Theatre, London). Off-Broadway: Dolphins and Sharks (Labyrinth Theater); Seven Spots on the Sun (Rattlestick Theater/The Sol Project); Comedy of Errors, Pericles (The Public); Sense and Sensibility (Bedlam); Los Monólogos de la Vagina (Westside Theatre); In the Time of the Butterflies (Repertorio Español). Selected Regional: Good Men Wanted (NY Stage & Film/Vassar College); The House that will not Stand (Berkeley Rep/Yale Rep); A Christmas Carol (Hartford Stage); Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England (Two River Theater); In the Continuum, Nicholas Nickleby (PlayMakers Rep). Film: Big Exit (in post-production), The House That Jack Built. TV: Blue Bloods, Madam Secretary, The Good Wife, Elementary (CBS).

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When Marine Staff Sergeant Donna Caine is accused of a serious crime, highly respected attorney Emily Zola Ginsberg is convinced to take the case.  Fighting for her client’s future, Ginsberg finds herself taking on the military establishment in order to expose the truth. From the former editor and CEO of Parade Magazine and inspired by actual events, this riveting courtroom drama is filled with intrigue that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats.   

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The Trial of Donna Caine is sponsored by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation. 


 

 

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Courtroom drama 'The Trial of Donna Caine' to premiere in New Brunswick

It's premature to consider where the play could go next. For now, Anderson's goal is that "it gives people hope, that we are not destined to always be polarized," he says. "It has happened through our history, and has been far worse. We did have a civil war and polarization. We had Vietnam for 10 years." Learn More

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Playwright Walter Anderson Talks About "The Trial Of Donna Caine"

The political climate in the United States—with its right and left, red and blue, conservative and liberal—prompts this question: Is reconciliation possible? Walter Anderson’s play—“The Trial of Donna Caine”—beginning its world premiere on October 16 at the George Street Playhouse, will pose the same question about individual characters: However severe our differences, can we forgive each other and move on together toward some common good? Learn More

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George Street Playhouse to Open Season with World Premiere of "The Trial of Donna Caine"

The production will star Margarita Levieva (ABC’s Revenge and HBO’s The Deuce), alongside Flor De Liz Perez (Two River Theater’s Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England) making her Playhouse debut in the titular role of Staff Sgt. Donna Caine. Learn More

These NJ arts venues examine provocative topics from superstorms to war

George Street Playhouse kicks off its season with the world premiere of “The Trial of Donna Caine,” a courtroom drama penned by Walter Anderson, former editor and CEO of Parade magazine. The show is helmed by the New Brunswick theater’s artistic director, David Saint, and is based on the real-life events surrounding a training accident that killed Marine recruits and put a spotlight on the recent move to open military combat positions to women. Learn More

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George Street Playhouse announces 2018-19 season

George Street Playhouse's 2018-19 five-play mainstage season features a Tony Award-nominated play, a Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award winner set during the early days of the Civil Rights movement, a suspenseful courtroom drama, a heartwarming story of arriving in a strange land for the first time, and the world premiere of a new musical. Learn More