The Baltimore Waltz

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The Baltimore Waltz by Paula Vogel
Directed by Troy Johnson
March 6 – April 5, 2020 (Main Stage Series)

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A young woman receives a deadly diagnosis — she has a mysterious new disease that has already killed many and has no cure. Trying to escape the pain and anxiety of her uncertain future, she and her beloved brother flee to Europe in a desperate search for a cure. This satirical fantasy is Vogel’s brilliant love letter to her brother who died of AIDS in the height of the epidemic in the 1980s.

The run time is approximately 110 minutes with NO intermission.  The show is rated R for adult themes, language, and sexuality.

This play is IN ROTATING REPERTORY with the world premiere of Confession by Barry Slater so the schedule is a bit different.

Baltimore Waltz schedule

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$39 general admission
$30 students, seniors, and people age 30 or under
$175 for the VIP box (seats 4 people and includes champagne and chocolates.)
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Cast:

Ellen Dunphy (Anna) is excited to make her Dragon debut in this moving and challenging play by Paula Vogel. Her recent Bay Area credits include Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Silicon Valley Shakespeare), Lady Chiltern in An Ideal Husband and Mrs. Daldry in In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play (Pear Theatre), Unholy Trinity (Exit Theatre), and The Laramie Project and Dog Sees God (Left Coast Theatre Company). A Wisconsin native, she moved to Redwood City in 2015. When she’s not at the theatre, she enjoys traveling, blasting music, and taking (short) hikes. More at www.ellendunphy.com

Filip Hofman (Third Man) is delighted to tread the boards at the Dragon again in this challenging role! Filip’s interest in acting and the arts began at an early age, and his formal acting education includes studying in Prague at the celebrated DAMU conservatory, as well as obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from CALARTS. Fluent in English and Czech, Filip’s been performing all over the world, including Edinburgh, Prague, New York, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area. You may have seen him recently in One Hour Star Wars (Dragon Productions), Never Swim Alone (Dragon Productions) and The Glass Menagerie (Role Players Ensemble), or perhaps remember him as Orlando in As You Like It (Silicon Valley Shakespeare). Other credits include The Rover (Role Players Ensemble), 1984 (Los Altos Stage Company), The Winter’s Tale (California Shakespeare Company), Spending the End of the World on OK Cupid (Pear Theater), and The Hood of Sherwood (Silicon Valley Shakespeare). He has also played Oskar in the TheaterWorks educational tour and worked with Epic Immersive in San Francisco. In his spare time, he enjoys long walks, playing the piano accordion, and reading a good book (he recommends Terry Pratchett).

Asher Krohn (Carl) is an American Israeli actor currently residing in the Bay Area. He has studied at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, Gately Poole Conservatory in Chicago, and holds a certificate in acting from Langara College. He was last seen on stage in Stage Kiss at City Lights Theater Company. Other theater appearances include Picasso at the Lapin Agile at the Altarena Playhouse, and Fool for Love, Problem Child, and Speed the Plow at the Rogues West Theater in Vancouver, BC. TV appearances include, Lucifer (Fox) and Timeless (NBC). He has starred in the independent films, Up & Away (Whistler Film Festival), Capture (Coronado Film Festival), and JIMBO (TIFF).  He is the singer and songwriter of Bay Area band, “Last Romantics”. He is represented by MDT Agency.

 

Production Team:

Paula Vogel headshotPaula Vogel (Playwright) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright whose plays include INDECENT (Tony Award for Best Play), HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE (Broadway production set for spring 2020; Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Lortel Prize, OBIE Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle and New York Drama Critics Awards for Best Play), THE LONG CHRISTMAS RIDE HOME, THE MINEOLA TWINS, THE BALTIMORE WALTZ, HOT’N’THROBBING, DESDEMONA, AND BABY MAKES SEVEN, THE OLDEST PROFESSION and A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS.

Her plays have been produced by Second Stage, New York Theatre Workshop, the Vineyard Theatre, Roundabout, and Circle Repertory Company, Center Stage, Intiman, Trinity Repertory, Woolly Mammoth, Huntington Theatre, Magic Theatre, The Goodman Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, Dallas Theatre Berkeley Repertory, and Alley Theatres to name a few. Harrogate Theatre and the Donmar Theatre have produced her work in England.

Internationally, her plays have been produced in in English in Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand and in translation in Italy, Germany, Taiwan, South Africa, Australia, Romania, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Poland Slovenia, Canada, Portugal, France, Greece, Japanese, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Brazil and many other countries.

John Simon once remarked that Paula Vogel had more awards than a “black sofa collects lint.”  Honors include induction in the American Theatre Hall of Fame, the Dramatists Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, the Lily Award, the Thornton Wilder Prize, the Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the William Inge Award, the Elliott Norton Award, a Susan Smith Blackburn Award, the PEN/Laura Pels Award, a TCG Residency Award, a Guggenheim, a Pew Charitable Trust Award, and fellowships and residencies at Sundance Theatre Lab, Hedgebrook, The Rockefeller Center’s Bellagio Center, Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, and the Bunting.

She is particularly proud of her Thirtini Award from 13P, and honored by three Awards in her name:  the Paula Vogel Award for playwrights given by The Vineyard Theatre, the Paula Vogel Award from the American College Theatre Festival, and the Paula Vogel mentorship program, curated by Quiara Hudes and Young Playwrights of Philadelphia.

Paula was playwright in residence at The Signature Theatre (2004-05 season), and Theatre Communications Group publishes six volumes of her work. Paula continues her playwriting intensives with community organizations, students, theater companies, subscribers and writers across the globe. She is the 2019 inaugural UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Hearst Theater Lab Initiative Distinguished Playwright-in-Residence and has recently taught at Sewanee, Shanghai Theatre Academy and Nanjing University, University of Texas at Austin, and the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis.  From 1984 to 2008, Paula Vogel founded and ran the playwriting program at Brown University; during that time she started a theatre workshop for women in Maximum Security at the Adults Correction Institute in Cranston, Rhode Island. It continues to this day, sponsored by the Pembroke Center for Women at Brown University.  From 2008-2012, she was the O’Neill Chair at Yale School of Drama.

Troy Johnson (Director) is happy to be directing here at Dragon Productions again and is excited to work with this very talented cast and staff.  Troy previously directed David Mamet’s November at Dragon in 2013. Recent directing credits elsewhere include Taking Steps, Northanger Abbey, and multiple iterations of Pear Slices at The Pear Theatre.  Also an actor, Troy has been seen onstage at Dragon Productions in last season’s productions of Hickorydickory and Macbeth as well as The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler and A Streetcar Named Desire.  As always, Troy thanks you for supporting live theatre.

Pati Bristow (Costume Design)

Miranda Whipple (Assistant Stage Manager) is glad to be back with Dragon Productions. Previous credits include Insignificance at Dragon, The Monster Builder, Dear Master and Temple with Aurora Theatre Company; Into the Beautiful North with Central Works; Love Sick with Jewish Circle Theatre; Antigonick and The Village Bike with Shotgun Players; Orlando and Escanaba in da Moonlight with TheatreFirst; Shrek: The Musical with Berkeley Playhouse; The Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, and The Merry Wives of Windsor with Livermore Shakespeare Festival. She is proud to have worked as a teacher for Arts Academy and Pleasanton Drama Camps.

Chrissie Schwanhausser (Stage Manager) is delighted to return to Dragon Productions! She has had the pleasure to stage manage multiple shows for Dragon, including K2, The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence, The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler, The Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church, and Dead Accounts. Other past credits include stage managing for The Hood of Sherwood and Sherlock Holmes and the Adventures of the Suicide Club for Silicon Valley Shakespeare and La Cage Aux Folles with Sunnyvale Community Players. She has also spent time as production assistant for Bay Are Children Theatre’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Elephant and Piggie.

Jonathan Covey (Sound Design) has been making noise with Dragon for a few years now. This is his ninth (and tenth) production with the company, the others being And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little, Rich & Famous, Caeneus And Poseidon, Insignificance, Three Days Of Rain, Equivocation, and Shoggoths on the Veldt. Covey also did sound for Hillbarn Threatre’s productions of The Elephant Man and Noises Off and even tried his hand at acting, recently playing Malcolm et. al. in Dragon’s Macbeth, as well as Jason in Pear Theatre’s production of Sweat. However, he still enjoys being alone in a dark room with a microphone, a guitar, and carrots and celery. They won’t let me break actual bones, so I make due with what I have, you know?

Sarah Hass (Intimacy Director) is thrilled to be returning to Dragon after appearing in Macbeth. Recent credits include Stupid F*cking Bird (Nina) with City Lights Theater Company, Seminar (Kate) at San Jose State University, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck) at San Jose State University, The Shape of Things (Evelyn) at San Jose State University, The Great Gatsby (Daisy) at San Jose State University, and Curtains (Ensemble) with South Bay Musical Theater. She graduated with BA in Theatre Arts from San Jose State University and spends her days as a pastry baker. She would like to thank her family and friends for being an overwhelming and constant source of love and support. 

Jeff Swan (Lighting Design) has been excited to work with Dragon Theater again. Previously at Dragon, Jeff did lighting design for Rx, November, Rich and Famous, and The Woman in Black.  Jeff has also been on stage at Dragon Theater in The Art of Dining and Marvin’s Room. Jeff has also done lighting design for The Kings Academy, Tabard Theater, Los Altos Stage, Sunnyvale Community Theater, Stratford Schools, Kids on Broadway, Scotts Valley Performing Arts, and The 418 Project (Dance). Theater has been a large part of Jeff’s life involving him in lighting design, acting and as a playright. Many thanks to his closest and best friend and love of his life, Beth.

Bora “Max” Koknar (Scenic Design) is a Turkish-born actor, director, writer, educator, producer and the Co-Artistic Director of Dragon Productions. Over a professional career of 15 years, Max has entertained over a half million people as a performer; produced a touring program serving over 100,000 children a year across the west coast; founded an education program designed to increase language fluency and communication skills of at risk youth in partnership with The Ohio State University;  created sold-out immersive experiences with Epic Immersive; and collaborated with international tech giants such as Google, Apple, Facebook, Box, Intuit, Genentech, and Paradox Interactive as performer, executive coach, training facilitator and experience designer.

Patricia Bilello (Properties Designer) is a 49 years old Professional Mother of three (two teenagers and a toddler). She is also a wife, a craftswoman, a photographer, and a multitasking expert. For the last 4 years Patricia has been driving her two older kids to rehearsals every day. As a result, she ended up working backstage as a volunteer where she found her calling. She designed props for Beauty and the Beast, Elf, the Musical, Legally Blonde,  The Wiz, A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder; Matilda, Sweat,and many more, and she enjoyed every minute of it. She is certain that it is never too late to find and follow your calling. She knows her nearby 50th birthday will find her backstage (her new happy place) trying to find the perfect “yellowish thingy, for that thing on top of the big thing in that play”… and she will be delighted!

Maggie Ziomek (Graphic Designer) is a graphic designer, illustrator, and copywriter, Maggie has been designing and producing show art for Dragon Theatre since 2015. In 2019, she designed the identity package for Redwood City Youth Theatre, a collaboration between Broadway By The Bay and Dragon Theatre. She is also the creative behind Dragon’s new print and web brand, positioning Dragon Theatre as a cultural hub in Redwood City. Need some design work? Contact maggie.ziomek.sf@gmail.com

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