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The Whipping Man: Cast and Creative Team

Posted by Kinsley Suer | 29 January 2013

The Whipping Man
Cast
 
Gavin Gregory*..................................................................Simon
 
Carter Hudson*..................................................................Caleb
 
Christopher Livingston*......................................................John
 
 
Creative Team
 
Matthew Lopez....................................................................Playwright
 
Rose Riordan......................................................................Director
 
Tony Cisek.........................................................................Scenic Designer
 
Jeff Cone............................................................................Costume Designer
 
Diane Ferry Williams..........................................................Lighting Designer
 
Casi Pacilio.........................................................................Sound Designer
 
Mark Tynan*.....................................................................Stage Manager
 
Lydia Comer......................................................................Production Assistant
 
 
*Member of the Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
 
 
Cast Biographies

 
Gavin Gregory (Simon)
Gavin is happy to return to Portland Center Stage to perform this amazing play! On Broadway, Gavin has performed in The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess (Crown understudy), The Color Purple (Buster/African Chief/ Harpo understudy) and Showboat. He was also in the first national tour of The Lion King (Mufasa/Scar understudy). In Portland, Gavin was recently seen at Portland Playhouse in The Huntsmen (Boyfriend/Hitchhiker) and here at Portland Center Stage in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Mitch Mahoney), Ragtime (Coalhouse), JAW: A Playwrights Festival, and An Intimate Evening of Musical Theater with Susannah Mars. He won a Drammy Award for his role in Ragtime. Television credits include Law & Order: SVU and Dawson’s Creek. Special thanks to Rose Riordan and Chris Coleman. Gavin is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
 
Carter Hudson (Caleb)
Carter Hudson is thrilled to be back at PCS.  He was last seen here in The Chosen. Other theater credits include Honus and Me (Mountain Playhouse), '68 (LAByrinth Theatre), Playing With Fire (workshop, The Private Theatre) and the upcoming webseries The Beard.  He holds a B.F.A. from SUNY Purchase Acting Conservatory.
 
 
Christopher Livingston (John)
Christopher is pleased to make his Portland Center Stage debut in The Whipping Man.  His theater credits include Xu Xian in The White Snake at Berkley Repertory Theatre; Malik in Party People, Cleante in The Imaginary Invalid, Osric in Hamlet, Peto in Henry IV Pt. 1, a Pirate in The Pirates of Penzance and Xu Xian in The White Snake at Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet at Virginia Stage Company; The Youthink Theater Festival at McCarter Theatre Center; Black Nativity at Intiman Theatre; Sankofa and The Maafa Suite at The Moore/ Seattle Theatre Group; and various projects with The Rutgers Theatre Company. He holds a B.F.A. in Acting from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts.
 
 
 
 
Creative Team Biographies

 
Matthew Lopez (Playwright)
Matthew Lopez’s play The Whipping Man is currently one of the most regularly produced plays in America, with productions planned in over 15 U.S. cities in the 2012/2013 season. The Whipping Man premiered off-Broadway in 2011 at the Manhattan Theatre Club in a production directed by Doug Hughes and starring Andre Braugher. For it, Mr. Lopez was awarded the John Gassner Playwriting Award from the Outer Critics Circle. The play premiered at Luna Stage in Montclair, New Jersey in 2006 and was produced and developed at Penumbra Theatre Company in St. Paul, Minnesota and the Old Globe in San Diego before arriving in New York. His play Somewhere premiered last year at the Old Globe under the direction of Giovanna Sardelli and was produced in January 2013 at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, California. Other works include Reverberation, The Legend of Georgia McBride, Zoey’s Perfect Wedding and The Sentinels, which premiered last year in London as part of Headlong Theatre Company’s 9/11 Decade project. Mr. Lopez is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect, a past member of the Ars Nova Play Group and a recent artist-in-residence at the Old Globe. He is currently the 2012/2013 Aetna New Voices Fellow at Hartford Stage. He is commissioned by Hartford Stage, Roundabout Theatre Company and Manhattan Theatre Club. Mr. Lopez is also a staff writer on the HBO series The Newsroom.
 
Rose Riordan (Director)
Rose is in her 16th season at Portland Center Stage, where she serves as associate artistic director. At PCS she has directed The North Plan, Red, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, A Christmas Story, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Receptionist, A Christmas Carol, Frost/Nixon, How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found, Doubt, The Underpants, The Pillowman  and The Thugs, which won four Drammy Awards, including Best Ensemble and Best Director. Recently she has directed Adam Bock’s Phaedra, The Passion Play, Telethon and The Receptionist at various regional theatres around the country. Born and raised in Alaska, Rose began her career in theater before she had acquired a lexicon for describing the work. Her first “professional” play, an intense examination of six stewardesses and their “man troubles,” was presented at Eagle River Elementary School. It solidified Rose’s commitment to a pursuit of theater with the sole desire to illuminate and be illuminated. In 1999 she founded Portland Center Stage’s annual JAW: A Playwrights Festival. JAW has been instrumental in developing new work for the PCS repertory. The Body of An American, The North Plan, Anna Karenina, Outrage, Flesh and Blood, Another Fine Mess, O Lovely Glowworm, Celebrity Row, Act a Lady, The Thugs and A Feminine Ending have all begun as readings at JAW. Rose has also directed some of the staged readings for JAW festivals, including The Thugs (2005), Telethon (2006), A Story About a Girl (2007), 99 Ways to F*** a Swan (2009), The North Plan (2010), San Diego (2012) and The People’s Republic of Portland (2012). She enjoys being part of a company committed to new work and having a beautiful building in which to work.
 
Tony Cisek (Scenic Designer)
Tony has collaborated with Rose Riordan on The North Plan (Drammy Award), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Drammy Award), A Christmas Story (2010 and 2011) and Frost/Nixon at PCS, and also designed Anna in the Tropics, A Feminine Ending and the premiere of Sometimes a Great Notion (Drammy Award). Tony’s work has also been seen at Roundabout Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, The Goodman, The Guthrie, Arena Stage, South Coast Rep, Milwaukee Rep, Indiana Rep, Cincinatti Play House, Cleveland Play House, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Intiman Theatre, Folger Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, The Kennedy Center, McCarter Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Delaware Theatre Company, Two River Theater, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Arden Theatre, Wolf Trap Opera, Woolly Mammoth and Signature Theatre, among others. He holds a M.F.A. in Theatre Design from New York University and has also received a Barrymore nomination and four Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Set Design.
 
Jeff Cone (Costume Designer)
This is Jeff’s fourteenth season at PCS. In that time he has designed costumes for more than 60 productions. Of those shows, 31 have been in the last five seasons at the Armory. Favorite productions include West Side Story, Cabaret, Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Sometimes a Great Notion, Snow Falling on Cedars and The Imaginary Invalid. Jeff received Drammy Awards for his costume designs for Dirty Blonde and Act A Lady. In addition to his resident costume designer duties, Jeff is happy to manage the costume shop here at Portland Center Stage.
 
Diane Ferry Williams (Lighting Designer)
Diane Ferry Williams is pleased to be returning to Portland. Diane is the resident lighting designer at the Marriott Theatre in Chicago and has also worked for many other theaters around the country, including The Alliance Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, The Goodspeed, Chicago ShakespeareTheatre, The Goodman, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, ACT Seattle, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Ford’s Theatre, Hubbard Street and Regional Dance America. International work includes The Harlem Gospel Singers in Paris and their European tour, and Die Shone Und Das Biest in Berlin and their European tour. She has also lit several national tours and the premiere of Don’t Stop the Carnival by Jimmy Buffet and Herman Wouk. Awards include a Jeff Award, an After Dark Award, a Carbonelle Award, four Drammy Awards (the most recent being One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) and seven Jeff nominations. Diane has a M.F.A in Theatrical Design from Northwestern University.
 
Casi Pacilio (Sound Designer)
Casi feels so lucky to be in Portland, working at one of the best regional theaters and doing a job she loves. Portland Center Stage credits include Oklahoma!, The North Plan, Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline, Black Pearl Sings!, Opus, futura (with composer Jana Losey), Ragtime (PAMTA Award 2010), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Chosen, Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, Snow Falling on Cedars, Crazy Enough, The Little Dog Laughed, Sometimes a Great Notion, The Beard of Avon, Twelfth Night, Cabaret, The Pillowman, Act a Lady, I Am My Own Wife, West Side Story, Celebrity Row and seven seasons of JAW. Hand2Mouth Theatre credits include My Mind is Like an Open Meadow (Drammy Award 2011), Something’s Got Ahold Of My Heart and the upcoming PEP TALK. Other theatrical credits include Squonk Opera’s Bigsmorgasbord-WunderWerk (Broadway, Off-Broadway, national and international touring); I Am My Own Wife, I Think I Like Girls and Burning Deck (La Jolla Playhouse); and Playland, 10 Fingers and Lips Together, Teeth Apart (City Theatre, PA). Film credits: Creation of Destiny, Out of Our Time and A Powerful Thang. Recordings: Glitterfruit’s fruit snacks.
 
Mark Tynan (Stage Manager)
Imagine being in a room full of artists, watching the birth of an idea, a movement given purpose, a sentence, phrase, scene, act given life.  Then imagine that room translating to the stage with lighting, sound, costumes, scenery and props, then you can imagine what Mark’s job is like.  Special thanks to the phenomenal PCS production assistants, Lydia Comer, Kelsey Daye Lutz and Kailyn McCord, who help keep the vision attainable.  Prior to PCS, Mark toured nationally and internationally with musicals including Dreamgirls, The King and I with Rudolf Nureyev, How to Succeed…, Grand Hotel, The Phantom of the Opera and Rent. Other Portland credits include several summers with The Broadway Rose Theatre Company in Tigard. Regional credits include The Alley Theatre (Houston, Texas), La Jolla Playhouse (La Jolla, California) and Casa Manana Theatre (Fort Worth, Texas).

 

Lydia Comer (Production Assistant)
Lydia is grateful to be in her third season as a production assistant for PCS.  Previously, Lydia was a production assistant for Sweeney Todd, Black Pearl Sings! (as well as playing the prison guard), Red, The Santaland Diaries, The Real Americans, Opus, The Imaginary Invalid and An Illiad.  Lydia started at PCS as the audience recruiter for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  A recent graduate, Lydia received her B.F.A. in Theatre, specializing in production and management, from the University of Victoria. University credits include stage managing La Ronde and Romeo & Juliet. For the last two years of university, she also served as the assistant technical director and master electrician for her program. Lydia would like to especially thank Mark Tynan and Emily Wells as well as Jeremy Eisen, Kailyn McCord and Kelsey Daye-Lutz.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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