MRS. MANNERLY to Open 10/11 at TheaterWorks
Ed Stern (Director) Up until a year ago Ed was Producing Artistic Director of Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. During his twenty year tenure he premiered dozens of new works and secured for The Playhouse two Tony Awards (2004 Regional Theatre of the Year and 2007 Best Musical Revival for Company which transferred from The Playhouse to Broadway). Shows he directed at The Playhouse included Othello, Sweeney Todd, God of Carnage, Our Country's Good, As You Like It, and many others. Ed has also directed at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, San Jose Repertory, Cleveland Play House, and many others. Back in the 1970?s he was co-founder and Artistic Director of Indiana Repertory Theatre. He was on the directing faculty at Rutgers University and taught at the William Esper Acting Studio in New York. He is married to Anne Ward and has two sons, Robert and Ward
Jeffrey Hatcher (playwright) Broadway credits include: Never Gonna Dance (book). Off- Broadway credits include: Three Viewings and A Picasso at Manhattan Theatre Club;Scotland Road and The Turn of the Screw at Primary Stages; Tuesdays with Morrie (with Mitch Albom) at The Minetta Lane; Murder by Poe, The Turn of the Screw, and The Spy at The Acting Company; Neddy at American Place; and Fellow Travelers at Manhattan Punchline. Other credits/theaters include: Compleat Female Stage Beauty, Mrs. Mannerly, Murderers, Mercy of a Storm, Smash, Armadale, All the Way With LBJ, The Government Inspector, Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and others at The Guthrie, Old Globe, Yale Rep, TheGeffen, Seattle Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, South Coast Rep, OregonShakespeare Festival, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Rep, Repertory Theater of St. Louis, Actors Theater of Louisville, Philadelphia Theater Company, Asolo, City Theater, Studio Arena and dozens more in the U.S. and abroad. Film and Television credits include:Stage Beauty, Casanova, The Duchess, and episodes of Columbo. Grants/Awards: NEA, TCG, Lila Wallace Fund, Rosenthal New Play Prize, Frankel Award, Charles MacArthur Fellowship Award, McKnight Foundation, Jerome Foundation, and Barrymore Award Best New Play, IVEY Award Best New Play.
Rob Ruggiero (Producing Artistic Director) has been associated with TheaterWorks since 1993 where he has directed almost fifty shows, including the recent productions of Time Stands Still, Venus In Fur, I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti (Broadway World Award), and The Understudy. At TheaterWorks he also conceived, developed and directed Ella, which has played major regional theaters nationwide since 2005. On Broadway, Rob directed HIGH (starring Kathleen Turner) and Looped (starring Valerie Harper in a Tony Award nominated performance). Rob recently launched the national tour of Looped starring Stephanie Powers. Off-Broadway he directed All Under Heaven (also starring Ms. Harper), as well as conceiving and directing the original musical revue Make Me a Song: The Music of William Finn (Drama Desk/Outer Critics Circle Nominations). Rob has been recognized nationally for directing both plays and musicals. His work has been seen at major regional theaters around the country, including: Actor?s Theater of Louisville, Barrington Stage Company, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cleveland Playhouse, Guthrie Theater, Hartford Stage, The Pittsburgh Public Theater, and The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis among others. Rob recently directed the critically acclaimed revival of Carousel whichearned multiple Broadway World Awards. This was his sixth collaboration with Goodspeed, where he also directed highly successful productions of Annie Get Your Gun, Camelot, Big River, 1776 and a recent revival of Show Boat which garnered him his fifth Connecticut Critics? Circle Award for best direction. This "new" version is now being licensed by the R&H Organization. Rob is currently directing a revival of The Most Happy Fella for Goodspeed and will next direct a world premiere holiday play at TheaterWorks. www.robruggiero.com