Cast & Creative

LOIS ROBBINS (Playwright, The Woman) was most recently seen in the independent film The Aspern Papers, alongside Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. She also stars in the film Shepherd: The Story of a Jewish Dog, directed by Lynn Roth. She will also be starring in the feature One Nation Under God with Casper Van Dien, Kevin Sorbo and Antonio Sabato Jr., as well as in the YA adventure film Kingfish alongside Molly Ringwald. She can be seen in the independent films Blowtorch,opposite Billy Baldwin, Kathy Najimy and Armand Assante, Juvie alongside Eric Roberts, and Meg Ryan’s directorial debut, Ithaca, with Sam Shepherd, Melanie Griffith and Meg Ryan. Ms. Robbins recently played the recurring role of art collector Penelope in the fifth season of the hit TV Land series “Younger.” On the stage, Robbins earned acclaim for her starring role as Stephanie Dickinson in Cactus Flower (Westside Theatre, 2011). She has starred in two world premiere musical comedies: My History of Marriage by Academy Award winner and two-time Grammy winner David Shire at the 2011 New York Musical Theatre Festival and A Time for Love by David Shire and Richard Maltby, Jr., presented by Rubicon Theatre Company. Robbins has starred in productions at the Eugene O’Neil Theater Center, Goodspeed Opera, Trinity Repertory, Studio Arena Theater, Rubicon Theater, Schoolhouse Theater and Roundabout Theatre Company. She has also graced the silver screen in Town and Country, The Screamaker, Hudson River Blues and Motherhood. She is best known for her roles on daytime television, including “One Life to Live,” “Loving,” “Ryan’s Hope” and “All My Children.” Additional television includes guest roles on “Sex and the City,” “Law & Order,” “Kingpin,” “Once and Again,” “Law & Order: SVU” and “Blue Bloods.” Heartfelt gratitude to my agent Mark Redanty and everyone at BRS/Gage, my manager Robyn Bluestone, and Stacey, Robin and Laury. Endless thanks to Daryl Roth for her continued guidance and enduring friendship. Lastly, to my husband Andrew and my beautiful children, I love you so much for your encouragement and support throughout this entire process.

 

KAREN CARPENTER (Director). Upcoming NYC productions include the new plays Harry Townsend’s Last Stand and Re-Wire, and the new musicals Brave New World and American Twistory. Off-Broadway: Delia and Nora Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore, produced by Daryl Roth (Drama Desk Award for Best Unique Theatrical Experience, New York Times Critic’s Pick); Handle With Care (New York Times Critic’s Pick); Bulldozer: The Ballad of Robert Moses; and Witnessed by the World. Regional: Wizard of Oz at Surflight, where she returned this fall to direct the new musical Boynton Beach Club, based on the Susan Seidelman film; Vagina Monologues at Bucks County; Steel Magnolias at Paper Mill Playhouse; premieres of Admit One at New Jersey Rep and Sex, Death and the Beach Baby at Contemporary American Theater Festival. Classical: Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park (American premiere, Indianapolis Opera); Frankenstein with artists Michael Arthur and Andre Miripolsky and Riot of Spring with Roger Rees (Indianapolis Symphony). Festivals: The 24 Hour Plays, starring Michael Keaton; The 24 Hour Musicals, starring Bridget Everett; Spoolie Girl (Best of Fest, Midtown International Theatre Festival). Former artistic director of William Inge Theater Festival, where she instituted the New Play Lab and honored David Henry Hwang, Arthur Kopit, Beth Henley and Donald Margulies for lifetime achievement. Former associate artistic director of The Old Globe, where she produced more than 40 plays and musicals, revived their annual Shakespeare Festival and directed Abi Morgan’s Splendour (American premiere, Critic’s Choice, L.A. Times), Two Sisters and a Piano (Critic’s Choice, L.A. Times), Smash (Patté Award) and Betrayal (The Reader’s “Best Bet”). Her other productions there included As You Like It, named Best of the Year by San Diego Magazine. Karen is producing director of The Figment Factory, LLC, the event company she founded, which has delivered spectacles for Playhouse Square in Cleveland, The Million Women Heart Project, Donna Karan’s Urban Zen, Glamour Women of the Year 20th anniversary, the United Nations and the World Health Organization. Ms. Carpenter chaired the MFA program in stage management for the Yale School of Drama from 1991-1996, after serving as Lloyd Richard’s PSM for several of August Wilson’s premieres, and her first career as a Broadway PSM. Alumna of Boston University. kcdirector.com @kcdirector

 

JO WINIARSKI (Scenic Design) is a set designer and art director. Her NYC/Off-Broadway credits include Accidentally Brave; The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey; Love, Loss, and What I Wore; and multiple shows with Pearl Theatre Company. She has also designed for New York theatre companies including Abingdon Theatre Company, New Georges, The New Group, Keen Company and Clubbed Thumb. Regional design credits include Guthrie Theater, Utah Shakespeare Festival (more than 35 shows), The Old Globe, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Dallas Theater Center and Geva Theatre. She designed the musical Wishes for Disney Cruise Line. Jo served as art director on “Late Night With Seth Meyers” for the show’s first five seasons. She received a Primetime Emmy nomination for outstanding art direction for “A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All.”

 

JEANETTE OI-SUK YEW (Lighting Design) designs for theatre, dance, opera, musicals, music performances and immersive installation. The New York Times described her work as “clever” and “inventive.” With DRT, Jeanette designed Emily Mann’s Gloria: A Life directed by Diane Paulus. Recent (Off-Broadway/regional): KPOP (Hewes Design Award, LIT Design Award; Lortel and Drama Desk nominations); Qui Nguyen’s Vietgone at DCPA (Best Lighting Design nomination); Carla Ching’s Nomad Motel; Aziza Barnes’ BLKS at Woolly Mammoth; Sam Chanse’s Fruiting Bodies; Lauren Yee’s Song of Summer at Trinity Rep; and Eve Ensler’s Fruit Trilogy. Upcoming: Scotland, PA for Roundabout Theatre Company. NEA/TCG Career Development Program recipient. jeanetteyew.com

 

JANE SHAW (Sound Design). Off-Broadway: I Was Most Alive With You (Playwrights Horizons/Drama Desk and Lortel nominations); Actually (Manhattan Theatre Club); Theatre for a New Audience; Mint Theater; National Black Theatre; Rattlestick; WP Theater; Repertorio Español; New York Theatre Workshop. Regional (selected): Hartford Stage, Cleveland Play House, The Old Globe, Mark Taper Forum, Two River Theater. Next: Terra Firma (COOP), Amerikin (Alley), Only Yesterday (Northern Stage at 59E59 Theaters) and Fear (Lortel). Recognition: Drama Desk, Connecticut Critics Circle, Henry Award, Bessie Award, Premios ACE 2012, Meet the Composer Grant. Member: USA 829, TSDCA. Training: Harvard University, Yale School of Drama.

 

FAYOLA RICOTTA (Stylist) is a Bronx native and has been a part of New York City fashion for more than 20 years. During that time she has been involved in every aspect of the industry, from styling to editing collections and consulting with the top designer houses in the business. Her reputation has led her to be showcased in top publications such as The Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times, and she is often referred to as “fashion’s best kept secret” by her many high-profile clients and executives.

 

PAUL HUNTLEY (Hair Design). Londonborn, Huntley has worked on hundreds of Broadway shows since his 1972 arrival in New York, most memorably the original productions of Amadeus, Cats, Evita, Les Misérables, Sweeney Todd, The Producers and Hairspray. A recipient of the Drama Desk and Tony awards, he has also worked with some of the most legendary leading ladies of the cinema, ranging from Bette Davis, Marlene Dietrich and Vivien Leigh to Jane Fonda, Glenn Close, Jessica Lange and Scarlett Johansson. Current Broadway shows include Tootsie.

 

LILY PERLMUTTER (Production Stage Manager). We’re Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time, Savage Love, The Apple Family Plays, Richard III, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, Measure for Measure, Hair (The Public Theater), Chick Flick: The Musical (Westside Theatre), Girls & Boys (Minetta Lane), The Gentleman Caller (Abingdon), Torch Song (Second Stage), The Government Inspector (Red Bull), Buyer & Cellar (Barrow Street) and productions with Signature, Playwrights Realm, Labyrinth Theater Company, Vineyard, Foundry, Soho Rep and The Civilians.