Fondly, Collette Richland
Elevator Repair Service joins forces with playwright Sibyl Kempson to create a new original play, a co-production with New York Theatre Workshop. The World Premiere was at New York Theatre Workshop, Sept 11-Oct 24, 2015.
This production of Kempson’s play features twelve ERS performers and the work of ERS’ award-winning design team. Cast and creative team are veterans of Gatz, The Select (The Sun Also Rises), The Sound and the Fury, and Arguendo.
ERS performer Mike Iveson composed the score and accompanies the production live on piano. The production features ERS’ signature choreography and is directed by ERS Artistic Director John Collins.
While eating a quiet dinner at home, Mr. and Mrs. “Fritz” Fitzhubert (along with an uninvited guest) are summoned through a mysterious tiny door in their living room. On the other side, they find themselves in a phantasmagorical Alpen hotel where forgotten religions seep in through the cracks in the walls. Lost relatives, conniving employees, and chatty society ladies awaken their mysterious ancient selves and lead them on perilous hikes that will leave their lives forever altered.
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About the Playwright
Sibyl Kempson originated the role of Myrtle Wilson in Gatz and also stood in for Susie Sokol in the role of Jordan Baker for several international tours. She has collaborated with many ERS members on other projects of her own over the years, namely Crime or Emergency. She has now launched her own company, 7 Daughters of Eve Thtr. & Perf. Co. Their first production, Let Us Now Praise Susan Sontag, premiered at Abrons Arts Center in April.
Fondly, Collette Richland was commissioned in part by the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN) and had preview performances there in May 2013. Support for preview performances was provided by the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Producers’ Council members Leni and David Moore, Jr./The David & Leni Moore Family Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Developed with support from The Playwrights’ Center, and at New York Theatre Workshop, The Performing Garage, and Abrons Arts Center.
This production is supported by funds from:
-National Endowment for the Arts
-New York State Council on the Arts
-Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature
-New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council
-Robert Sterling Clark Foundation
-Edward T. Cone Foundation
-Barbara Bell Cummings Foundation
-Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
-The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation
-The Greenwall Foundation
-Lucille Lortel Foundation
-The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New York Theater Program
-David and Leni Moore Family Foundation
-Princeton Atelier of the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University
-Sequoia Foundation for Achievement in the Arts and Education
-The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust
-The Dorothy Strelsin Foundation
-Tony Randall Theatrical Fund
-and many individual contributors to ERS.
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Father Mumbles / Hans-Pierre: Mike Iveson Mabrel Fitzhubert: Laurena Allan Colonel "Fritz" Fitzhubert / Peggy Gladys: Vin Knight Cat Butler / Clotilde: Susie Sokol or Sarah Willis Local Representative Wheatsun: Greig Sargeant Winnifr’d Bexell: Kate Benson The Deposed & Dethroned Grand Queen Empress Queen Patrice / RMR: Lucy Taylor Collette Richland / Dora Fitzhubert: April Matthis Velede: Kaneza Schaal Miss Glynn Grills / Face of the Ghost of Jesus Christ: Maggie Hoffman Joan Ham Hobhouse: Lindsay Hockaday Sailor Boy / The Krampus: Ben Williams
Written by: Sibyl Kempson Created and performed by: Elevator Repair Service Directed by: John Collins Scenic Design and Additional Costumes: David Zinn Costume Design: Jacob A. Climer Lighting Design: Mark Barton Sound Design: Ben Williams Original Music: Mike Iveson Additional Costumes: David Zinn Associate Sound Designer and Sound Operator: Gavin Price Property Designer: Amanda Villalobos
Assistant Property Design: Matt Leabo Dance and Movement Coach: Katherine Profeta Stage Manager: Maurina Lioce Producer: Ariana Smart Truman Production Manager: David Nelson Associate Producer: Lindsay Hockaday Assistant Set Design: Tim McMath
Kate Scelsa developed the role of Winnifr'd Bexell (2012-2014). Kristen Sieh developed the role of Miss Glynn Grills (2013).
Sarah Hughes served as stage manager and assistant director on this project 2012-2013.