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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4th Wall at the RTCC Awards!

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And the Winners Are…

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2014 RTCC Winners Announced!

Congratulations to all of the Richmond Theatre Critics Circle nominees! We are proud to share that Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park was honored with the Best Play of 2014 Award, Keri Wormald was honored for Best Director for Clybourne Park, and Jacqueline O’Connor was honored with Best Supporting Actress for David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People.  Cadence Theatre Company thanks the Critics Circle, Deb Clinton, Jason Marks, and the event planners for hosting a spectacular and memorable evening!

Listed are the recipients of the 7th Annual Richmond Theatre Critics Circle Awards (the nominees are also listed).

Best Musical: The Color Purple, Virginia Repertory Theatre

Cabaret, Richmond Triangle Players

The Drowsy Chaperone, Swift Creek Mill

Fiddler on the Roof, Virginia Repertory Theatre

Shrek The Musical, Virginia Repertory Theatre


Best Direction (Musical): Chase Kniffen, The Color Purple

Robin Arthur, Shrek the Musical

Penny Ayn Maas, Cabaret

Richard Parison, Fiddler on the Roof

Tom Width, The Drowsy Chaperone



Best Actor (Musical): Josh Marin, The Color Purple

David Benoit, Fiddler on the Roof

Ronnie Brown, Shrek the Musical

Chris Hester, Cabaret

Jason Marks, Shrek the Musical

Jerold Solomon, The Color Purple



Best Actress (Musical): Felicia Curry, The Color Purple

Grey Garrett, Beyond the Rainbow, Swift Creek Mill

Christie Jackson, The Drowsy Chaperone

Nicole Oberleitner, Caberet

Aly Wepplo, Shrek the Musical



Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Musical): Doug Schneider, Cabaret

Steve King, The Drowsy Chaperone

Josh Marin, The Wild Party, Firehouse Theatre

Matt Shofner, The Drowsy Chaperone

Scott Wichmann, Olympus on my Mind, Virginia Repertory Theatre



Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Musical): Jeanie Rule, Cabaret

Carolyn Meade, The Wild Party

Carolyn Minor-Daughtry, The Color Purple

Nicole Oberleitner, The Drowsy Chaperone

Desiree Roots, The Color Purple



Best Musical Direction: Paul Deiss, The Drowsy Chaperone

Kim Fox, Cabaret

Ben Miller, The Color Purple

Ben Miller, The Wild Party

Anthony Smith, Fiddler of the Roof



Best Choreography: Leslie Owens-Harrington, The Color Purple

Robin Arthur, Shrek the Musical

Dennis Clark, The Drowsy Chaperone

Karen Getz, Fiddler on the Roof

Penny Ayn Maas, Cabaret



Best Play: Clybourne Park, Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with Virginia Rep

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, Firehouse Theatre (aka ‘Chad Deity’)

Good People, Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with Virginia Rep

Joshua Plant, Chamberlayne Actors Theatre

Quality of Life, HATTheatre



Best Direction (Play): Keri Wormald, Clybourne Park

Anna Johnson, Detroit, Cadence Theatre in partnership with Virginia Rep

Anna Johnson, Good People

Kerry McGee, Chad Deity

David Emerson Toney, ‘night, Mother, Firehouse Theatre



Best Actor (Play): Scott Wichmann, Say Goodnight Gracie

Joseph Carlson, A Streetcar Named Desire, Firehouse Theatre

Jeff Cole, Wittenberg, Henley Street/Richmond Shakespeare

Aaron Orensky, Joshua Plant

Alexander Sapp, Grace, TheatreLAB



Best Actress (Play): Catherine Shaffner, ‘night, Mother

Eva DeVirgilis, Hypocrites & Strippers, Richmond Triangle Players

McLean Jesse, Clybourne Park

Katrinah Carol Lewis, Death & the Maiden, Henley Street/Richmond Shakespeare

Dawn A. Westbrook, Good People



Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Play): TIE: Mauricio Marces, Chad Deity

& Alexander Sapp, Richard III

Andrew Firda, Clybourne Park

Stephen Ryan, The Importance of Being Earnest, Henley Street/Richmond

Shakespeare/Richmond Triangle Players

Alexander Sapp, Tartuffe, Virginia Repertory Theatre



Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Play): Jacquie O’Connor, Good People

Jennifer Frank, The Dixie Swim Club, Swift Creek Mill

Melissa Johnston Price, Other Desert Cities, Virginia Repertory Theatre

Debra Wagoner, Tartuffe

Raven Wilkes, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henley Street/Richmond Shakespeare



The Ernie McClintock Award for Best Ensemble Acting: The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity

Clybourne Park



Quality of Life



Most Promising Newcomer: TIE Grace Mincks, Beyond the Rainbow

& Diego Salinas, Joshua Plant

Isabella Cipolina, The Miracle Worker, Swift Creek Mill

Ally Dodds, Fiddler on the Roof

Brad Frazier, Tartuffe



Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design: Geno Brantley, Chad Deity

Joe Doran, The Drowsy Chaperone

Joe Doran, The Color Purple

Lynne M. Hartman, Other Desert Cities

Robert Perry, Fiddler on the Roof



Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design: Elizabeth Weiss Hopper, Shrek the Musical

Maura Lynch Cravey, The Drowsy Chaperone

Sue Griffin, The Color Purple

Sue Griffin, Fiddler on the Roof

Sue Griffin, Tartuffe



Outstanding Achievement in Set Design: Ben Burke, Other Desert Cities

Tennessee Dixon, Death & the Maiden

Frank Foster, Cabaret

Ron Keller, Color Purple

Tom Width, The Drowsy Chaperone



Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design: Joey Luck, Cabaret

Andrew Craig, Death & the Maiden

Derek Dumais, The Color Purple

Chase Kniffen, Say Goodnight Gracie

Joey Luck, Chad Deity


Outstanding Achievement in Fight Choreography: James Long, Chad Deity


Liz Marks Memorial Award for Ongoing Contribution to Richmond Area Theater: The Acts of Faith Festival

Photo by Jason Collins Photography.

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