Richmond Loved Sight Unseen

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News Release

For Immediate Release
Date: October 16, 2014
Contact: Anna Johnson
Artistic and Managing Director
Cadence Theatre Company

Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with Virginia Rep Presents Richmond Premiere of Donald Margulies’ Sight Unseen

Richmond, VA–Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with Virginia Repertory Theatre proudly presents the Richmond premiere of Donald Margulies’ Pulitzer Prize-nominated and Obie Award-winning play, Sight Unseen. Sight Unseen runs October 16-November 8, 2014 (opens October 18) with a Talk Back Sunday post-show discussion on Sunday, October 26th. Nationally known sculptor Paul DiPasquale will facilitate.

This humorous and insightful work tells the tale of a wildly successful American Jewish artist whose British retrospective show leaves him pierced by racism and false memory. His journey causes him to question his purpose and reinvent the basis of his self worth. “…you can tell when a play has gripped its audience, for no one seems to breathe, let alone shift in his seat. This phenomenon can be observed…at Sight Unseen…”—The New York Times

Sight Unseen is directed by Rusty Wilson, and features Neil Brookshire, Heather Falks, Andrew Firda and Laine Satterfield. Scenic Design is by Benjamin Burke, Lighting Design is by Andrew Bonniwell, Costume Design is by Lynn West, Sound Design is by Andrew J. Hamm and Rusty Wilson, Properties Design and Set Dressing are by McLean Jesse, Scenic Painting is by Lara Koplin, Dialect Coaching is by Janet Rodgers, Set Construction is by Joel Ernst, Stage Management is by Sharon Gregory, and Production Management is by McLean Jesse.

Sight Unseen will be presented at Theatre Gym at the Virginia Rep Center; 114 W. Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia 23220. Shows are: TH at 7 pm; FR and SAT at 8 pm; SUN at 4 pm (SUN October 19th will be at 2 p.m.); 7pm performance on TUES November 4th. Special discount nights: Thursday, October 16th —1st Preview–$15 tickets—Code: SIGHTPRICE; Thursday, October 23rd —Girls’ Night Out–$25 event tickets—Code: GIRLSSIGHT; Friday, October 24th —Date Night–$25 event tickets—Code: DATESIGHT; Tuesday, November 4th —Industry Night–$15 event tickets—Code: INDSIGHT.

Tickets may be purchased at www.VA-Rep.org | 804.282.2620.
Photos by Jason Collins Photography and Cover Design by Noel Ritter.

Meet the Cast
AndrewAndrew Firda (Nick) is delighted to return to Cadence Theatre Company after making his Richmond debut last season in Clybourne Park. He has played Off Broadway with The Pearl Theatre Company, and Off-Off-Broadway with: Metropolitan Playhouse, The Gallery Players, NYC Fringe, Midtown International Theatre Festival, and NYC Shakespeare. His regional work includes projects with the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Northern Stage, Smoky Mountain Shakespeare Festival, and The Monomoy Theatre. Andrew has also appeared on television in: Law & Order: SVU, One Life to Live, As the World Turns, and on truTV, The History Channel, and online on The Onion News Network. He holds an MFA from Ohio University.

LaineLaine Satterfield (Patricia) has performed in, taught, choreographed, directed, and devised theatre both nationally and internationally. She has worked at the Public Theatre and Lincoln Center in NYC, and toured commedia dell’arte and in solo shows throughout Europe. She holds a BFA from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, and has taught at the University of Eurasian Theatre, Stella Adler Conservatory, Aquila University, Virginia Governor’s School, Center for the Arts, Artspower, the Joan Oates Institute for Partners in the Arts, Centerstage, Company of Fools, and given private instruction and workshops in the states and abroad. In addition to teaching theatre to all ages in the Richmond area, she serves as Program Director for SPARC’s New Voices for the Theater, a statewide high school playwriting program, and Director of Education for Cadence. Her recent plays with Cadence Theatre Company are: Detroit, and In the Next Room, (or the vibrator play). Her work with Virginia Repertory Theatre includes To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Little Dog Laughed (2008 RTCC Best Supporting Actress nomination). Laine has also performed under producer Carol Piersol in Boston Marriage (Stella di Domani Festival at Spoleto, Charleston), Gidion’s Knot (2013 RTCC Best Ensemble Acting Award), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (2012 RTCC Best Actress nomination), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (2011 RTCC Best Actress Award), and Eurydice (2009 RTCC Best Actress nomination). A few of Laine’s other favorite roles are: Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Elena in Uncle Vanya, Paulina in Death and the Maiden, and Ariel in The Tempest. Laine is a member of Actor’s Equity Association.

Neil NewNeil Brookshire (Jonathan) is originally from Wyoming, grew up in New Mexico, and attended college in Indiana and Idaho. He has a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Boise State and an MFA in Acting from Northern Illinois University. This summer he was in The Enchanted April with Company of Fools, directed by Steve Perigard. His work with other regional theater companies includes: Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Boise Contemporary Theater, Idaho Dance Theatre, Opera Idaho, Seattle Novyi Theatre, Great Lakes Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, and Peninsula Players Theatre. His recent films are The Pact and the short, Stygian. Neil also paints and writes.


Heather NewHeather Falks (Grete) is thrilled to make her debut on the Cadence stage and to work with this talented cast, director, and production team. Heather’s contributions to the Richmond theatre community include her work as a teaching artist with CTC, Associate Artist for TheatreLAB, and Production Director for The Shop. She is also a faculty member with SPARC and an adjunct professor at VCU. Next May, Heather is scheduled to graduate with her MFA in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University. She would like to thank her family, both near and far, for their continuous support of her work. Heather would also like to dedicate her performance to her loving husband and son, who give her strength and the will to make the most of this beautiful life.

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