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"The Pianist of Willesden Lane" Cast and Creative Team

Posted 31 March 2016

Portland Center Stage presents
Mona Golabek in
The Pianist of Willesden Lane
Based on the book The Children of Willesden Lane by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen
Adapted and Directed by Hershey Felder

Cast

Mona Golabek as Lisa Jura

Creative Team

Misha Kachman..................................Scenic Designer
Laree Lentz........................................ Costume Designer
Colin K. Bills........................................Lighting Designer
James Sugg........................................ Sound Designer
Miriam Weisfeld.................................Production Dramaturg
Mark Tynan........................................Stage Manager
Bailey Anne Maxwell..........................Production Assistant
Harriet Bass........................................Casting

The Actors and Stage Manager employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Mona Golabek
Lisa Jura
American concert pianist Mona Golabek has appeared at the Hollywood Bowl, The Kennedy Center and Royal Festival Hall. She is a Grammy nominee who has been the subject of several documentaries, including Concerto for Mona with conductor Zubin Mehta. Her recordings include Carnival of the Animals and Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite featuring Meryl Streep, both recorded with Mona’s sister, Renee Golabek-Kaye. Both daughters were taught by their mother, Lisa Jura, who is the subject of Mona’s acclaimed book, The Children of Willesden Lane. Mona’s father, Michele Golabek, received the Croix de Guerre for his role in the French Resistance. Mona founded Hold On To Your Music, a foundation devoted to spreading the message of the power of music. With the help of the Milken Family Foundation, Facing History and Ourselves, and the Annenberg Foundation, she created educational resources which, with her book, have been adopted into school curricula across America. Additional educational partnerships have been formed with the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, Mashplant and the USC Shoah Foundation — all helping to bring forth the story of Lisa Jura.

Hershey Felder
Director/Adapter
Mr. Felder created and performed George Gershwin Alone, which played on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre, in the West End at the Duchess Theatre, and in theaters around the country. His Composers Sonata — George Gershwin Alone; Monsieur Chopin; Beethoven, As I Knew Him; Maestro Bernstein; Hershey Felder as Franz Liszt in Musik, Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin — has been presented at dozens of theaters across the U.S. and around the world. Compositions and recordings include Aliyah, Concerto for Piano and Orchestra; Fairytale, a musical; Les Anges de Paris, Suite for Violin and Piano; Song Settings; Saltimbanques for Piano and Orchestra; Etudes Thematiques for Piano; Love Songs of the Yiddish Theatre; Back from Broadway; George Gershwin Alone; Monsieur Chopin; Beethoven As I Knew Him and An American Story for Actor and Orchestra. As director, he premiered Mona Golabek in The Pianist of Willesden Lane at the Geffen Playhouse in 2012. He created Eighty-Eight Entertainment in 2001; its newest division, Hershey Felder Presents, continues in the creation of new works of musical theater. Current projects include the musical play Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin, as well as the upcoming Hershey Felder Tchaikovsky and several musical theater projects in development. Mr. Felder has been a scholar-in-residence at Harvard University’s Department of Music and is married to Kim Campbell, the first female Prime Minister of Canada.

Trevor Hay
Associate Director/Scenic Co-Designer
Directed the world premieres of Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin, An American Story for Actor and Orchestra, Abe Lincoln's Piano and Hershey Felder as Franz Liszt in Musik. Former member of the historic Old Globe in San Diego where, at the age of nine, his first position was selling Old Globe memorabilia. Over the next 32 years, Mr. Hay went on to various aspects of production on more than 80 presentations, including the Broadway productions of Jack O'Brien's Damn Yankees, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Twyla Tharpe's The Times They Are A-Changin'. Included in his 23 seasons at The Old Globe were eleven seasons of the Summer Shakespeare Festival Repertory, as well as work on Tracy Letts' August: Osage County, directed by Sam Gold, and Hershey Felder's George Gershwin Alone, Monsieur Chopin and Maestro Bernstein.

Christopher Rynne
Lighting Designer
This marks Chris’ fifth collaboration with Hershey Felder. Other productions with Mr. Felder include An American Story for Actor and Symphony, Maestro Bernstein, Hershey Felder as Franz Liszt in Musik (lighting design and scenic co-design), and Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin. Additional theater and opera lighting credits include designs for Geffen Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, South Coast Repertory, The Old Globe, San Diego Opera, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Cygnet Theatre, San Diego Musical Theatre, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Houston Grand Opera, Madison Opera and Michigan Opera Theatre. Chris also designs lighting for museum exhibitions, special events and lighting systems for new venues.

Jason Bieber
Assistant Lighting Designer
Jason is currently the assistant lighting designer for San Diego Opera. His other design credits include The Old Globe’s The Mystery of Irma Vep and Since Africa; Mo’olelo’s Cowboy Versus Samurai (2007 Patté Award), Permanent Collection, Night Sky (2008 Patté Award), Good Boys, Yellowface, Stick Fly, Kita Y Fernanda, Extraordinary Chambers and The Amish Project; Moxie Theatre’s Topdog/Underdog, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Eurydice, Bluebonnet Court and Bleeding Kansas.

Erik Carstensen
Sound Designer/Tour Production Manager
Sound Designer on Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin, An American Story, The Pianist of Willesden Lane (2012 Ovation Award Nomination), Franz Liszt in Musik, Abe Lincoln’s Piano and Louis and Keely ‘Live’ at the Sahara. Master sound technician at The Old Globe in San Diego, 1997-2012. Production engineer on over 60 productions, including Allegiance, Robin and the Seven Hoods, A Catered Affair, Hershey Felder’s George Gershwin Alone, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Chita Rivera — A Dancers Life, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, The Full Monty, Dirty Blonde and Floyd Collins. Erik is a member of IATSE Local 122.

Andrew Wilder
Projection Design
Andrew’s experience in lighting design, web design and photography has led him to the world of projection design. He is thrilled to be a part of the Eighty-Eight Entertainment team, having designed projections for Beethoven, As I Knew Him, Maestro Bernstein, Abe Lincoln's Piano, Franz Liszt in Musik and Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin. Andrew also designs websites and consults on internet strategy at BlogTutor.com, writes about being a “healthy foodie” at EatingRules.com, and is the founder of HealthyAds.com. He is also the founder of International Kale Day, which is celebrated every year on October 10th.

Jaclyn Maduff
Executive Director/Costume Designer
Jaclyn has been the director of Hold On To Your Music, Inc. since its formation in 2003. Hold On To Your Music is a non-profit foundation dedicated to providing educators and students with the book The Children of Willesden Lane. For more information, visit holdontoyourmusic.org.

Karen Racanelli
Executive Producer
Karen comes to Hershey Felder Presents from Berkeley Repertory Theatre, where she worked as General Manager since 1993, overseeing daily operations, and where she had the pleasure of producing several shows performed and/or directed by Hershey Felder. She has represented the League of Resident Theatres during negotiations with both AEA and SSDC, served on LORT’s Executive Committee and served as a panelist at several LORT meetings. Prior to her tenure at Berkeley Rep, Karen worked as an independent producer at several Bay Area theater companies and has served on the boards of Climate Theater, Overtone Theatre Company, Park Day School and the Julia Morgan Center. Karen is married to arts attorney MJ Bogatin.

Samantha F. Voxakis
Producer/Company Manager
Prior to joining Eighty Eight Entertainment in early 2004, Samantha spent 12 memorable years in the front office of the Baltimore Orioles professional baseball team. Since then, Sam has been responsible for the day-to-day operations of Eighty-Eight LLC and Hershey Felder Presents. She proudly works behind-the-scenes and has not been bored in 12 years. With special thanks to her very supportive family and to Ms. Golabek and Mr. Felder.

Kelsey Daye Lutz
Stage Manager
PCS credits include: stage manager for Each and Every Thing, Forever, The Santaland Diaries, The Lion, The People’s Republic of Portland (second engagement), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Typographer’s Dream, The Last Five Years and A Small Fire; production assistant for Clybourne Park, Venus in Fur, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The North Plan and Anna Karenina. Kelsey Daye is a graduate of University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She would like to thank her pups for all their unconditional love, and Shamus for being wonderful.


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