ARS NOVA and WP Theater present

SUNDOWN, YELLOW MOON

A nighttime play with songs by RACHEL BONDS
Music & Lyrics by THE BENGSONS
Additional Lyrics by RACHEL BONDS
Directed by ANNE KAUFFMAN
 

FEBRUARY 28 – APRIL 1, 2017

 

 

ABOUT THE SHOW

While navigating the unsettling waters of young adulthood, twin sisters return home to find their father in a moment of crisis. Under the cover of late-night, small-town shadows, sleep is elusive, connections are frayed, and the southern summer heat presses in. An ethereal, honest, funny-sad play about seeing old faces with new eyes, and the liminal space between loss and letting go.

 

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ARS NOVA and WP Theater present

SUNDOWN, YELLOW MOON

A nighttime play with songs by RACHEL BONDS
Music & Lyrics by THE BENGSONS
Additional Lyrics by RACHEL BONDS
Directed by ANNE KAUFFMAN

 

 

The New York Times
CRITICS PICK

SUNDOWN, YELLOW MOON, a quietly perceptive portrait of a family in simmering crisis… knows the redemptive joy of singing your sorrows and finding the rhymes in a world without reason… Filled with the irresistibly plaintive tones of down-home folk songs… written by The Bengsons, a husband-and-wife team whose piquant, yearning music is an ideal match for this play.
 

 

TIME OUT NEW YORK

“One of the most surprisingly delightful and imaginative musicals of 2018.”

ARS NOVA and WP Theater present

SUNDOWN, YELLOW MOON

A nighttime play with songs by RACHEL BONDS
Music & Lyrics by THE BENGSONS
Additional Lyrics by RACHEL BONDS
Directed by ANNE KAUFFMAN

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THE TEAM

Set Design Lauren Helpern
Costume Design Jessica Pabst
Lighting Design Isabella Byrd and Matt Frey
Sound Design Leah Gelpe
Production Stage Manager Erin Gioia Albrecht
Assistant Stage Manager John C. Moore
Casting Caparelliotis Casting/Lauren Port, CSA and Kelly Gillespie, CSA

 

 

ABOUT THE CAST

EBONI BOOTH (Joey) is very excited to make her debut with Ars Nova and WP Theater. Previous appearances include Ultimate Beauty Bible (Page 73); On a Clear Day I Can See to Elba (ICE FACTORY/New Ohio); Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. (Soho Rep.); Family Play, 1979-Present (Collaboration Town); Motel Cherry (Clubbed Thumb/New Georges); Girls in Trouble (Flea Theater); and The Cider House Rules (Atlantic Theater Company). Television: Show Me a Hero and Daredevil.

LILLI COOPER (Ray) Broadway: Wicked (Elphaba), Spring Awakening (Original Cast). NYC and regional: Tick, Tick…Boom! (Keen Company), The Spongebob Musical (Sandy Cheeks, Broadway in Chicago), The Wildness (Ars Nova), Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (A.R.T.), Noir (NYSAF & NAMT), The Threepenny Opera (Atlantic Theater), LMNOP (Goodspeed). Television/Web: Bull (CBS), Creator of Glamour.com’s web shorts “It’s Not Okay, Cupid.” LaGuardia Arts High School and Vassar alum.

PETER FRIEDMAN (Tom) Theater: Her Requiem, The Nether, Jacuzzi, Fly By Night, The Open House, The Hatmaker’s Wife, End Days, Circle Mirror Transformation, Body Awareness, Uncle Vanya, The Shaggs, After the Revolution, The Great God Pan, The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island, The Heidi Chronicles, Ragtime, The Common Pursuit, A Soldier’s Play, and a Nightingale Sang…, The Loman Family Picnic, Twelve Angry Men. Films: The Savages; Safe; Single White Female; The Messenger; Breaking Upwards; Love and Other Drugs. Television: The Muppet Show, Brooklyn Bridge, The Affair, High Maintenance, The Path.

GREG KELLER (Ted Driscoll) Broadway: Our Mother’s Brief Affair, Wit. Off-Broadway: Of Good Stock (MTC), The Who and The What (LCT3), Belleville (NYTW), Somewhere Fun (Vineyard), Cradle and All (MTC), The Seagull (CSC with Dianne Wiest), That Pretty Pretty, Steve & Idi (Rattlestick), Smudge (WP Theater) Regional: Seminar with Jeff Goldblum, 33 Variations with Jane Fonda (Ahmanson), Scenes From Court Life, War, Elevada (Yale Rep). Greg was a Playwriting Fellow at The Juilliard School and has an MFA in acting from NYU.

ANNE L. NATHAN (Jean) Broadway: It Shoulda Been You, Once, Sunday in the Park With George, Chicago, Assassins, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Ragtime. Off-Broadway: Taming Of The Shrew (Public Theatre), Wings (2ST), Music In The Air (Encores), Road Show (Public Theatre). Regional: McCarter Theatre, Kansas City Rep, The Huntington, The Citadel. Film & TV: You Must Be Joking, Sugar, Baby Mama, King of California, The Good Wife, Dirt, Law & Order, Veronica Mars, Bull, Submissions Only.

MICHAEL PEMBERTON (Bobby/DJ) Broadway: The Farnsworth Invention, I’m Not Rappaport, Not About Nightingales, Mamma Mia, Picnic and Hedda Gabler. Off-Broadway: Insignificance, Dinner With Friends, Saturday Night, Outward Bound (Drama Desk Nom), You Never Can Tell and Black Snow. Film: Bridge of Spies, We the Animals, Brooklyn’s Finest, The Family Stone. Television: The Affair, The Good Wife, Veep, Damages, Blue Bloods, Elementary, Conviction, Sleepy Hollow. Love to Andrea always and ever.

JD TAYLOR (Carver) Theater credits include: peerless by Jiehae Park (Yale Rep), The Last Match (City Theatre Company), Rich Girl (The Old Globe), The Understudy (McCarter Theatre), Ed, Downloaded (Denver Center Theatre), Leslye Headland’s Bachelorette (Studio Theatre), Red (Asolo Rep & Maltz Jupiter Theatre), She Stoops To Conquer (Williamstown Theatre Festival) and various workshops with Ars Nova, LCT Directors’ Lab, O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Sundance Theatre Lab. TV/Film credits include: Elementary, The Good Wife and The Mend. MFA: NYU Graduate Acting.

 

 

ABOUT THE TEAM

RACHEL BONDS’ (Playwright) plays have been developed or produced by South Coast Rep, Ars Nova, Manhattan Theatre Club, McCarter Theatre, Roundabout Underground, Atlantic Theater Company, Studio Theatre, New Georges, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Williamstown Theatre Festival and New York Stage & Film, among others. Her plays include: Curve of Departure (South Coast Rep commission, PPF 2016, Kilroys List 2016); Five Mile Lake (South Coast Rep, McCarter, Weissberger Award); The Wolfe Twins (Studio Theatre, Kilroys List 2015); Swimmers (Marin Theatre Co., Rella Lossy Award, Sky Cooper Prize, Kilroys List 2014); Sundown, Yellow Moon (Ars Nova/WP Theater); Alma (Atlantic Theatre Company commission); Firecracker (Kilroys List 2016); At the Old Place (Arden); Michael & Edie (NY Times Critic’s Pick, 2010); Winter Games (Actors Theatre of Louisville, Heideman Award); and Anniversary (EST, Sam French OOB Festival Winner). She is an Alumna of the EST’s Youngblood, Ars Nova’s Play Group and SPACE on Ryder Farm’s Working Farm Writers’ Group. She was recently named the 2016 Tow Foundation Playwright in Residence at Ars Nova. Current commissions include The Geffen and McCarter. Bonds is a graduate of Brown University.

ANNE KAUFFMAN (Director) New York: A Life, Marjorie Prime (Lortel Nomination, Drama League Nomination); Detroit, Your Mother’s Copy of the Kama Sutra and Maple and Vine (Playwright’s Horizons); The Nether, Smokefall (MCC); Buzzer (The Public); Belleville (Lortel Nomination, NYTW, Yale Rep); You Got Older (Drama Desk Nomination, P73 Productions); The Muscles in Our Toes (Labyrinth Theater Company); Somewhere Fun, God’s Ear (New Georges and Vineyard Theater); Stunning, Slowgirl (LCT3). Regional: The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window, Smokefall (Goodman Theatre); And No More Shall We Part, You Better Sit Down: Tales from My Parents’ Divorce, Six Degrees of Separation (Williamstown Theater Festival); 100 Days (Z Space, The Know Theater); Belleville (Yale Rep, Steppenwolf). Artistic Associate and Founding Member of The Civilians, Sundance Program Associate, Clubbed Thumb Associate Artist and co-creator of the CT Directing Fellowship, New Georges Associate Artist, Artistic Council of Soho Rep, SDC Executive Board Member. OBIES (Directing and Sustained Excellence), the Joan and Joseph Cullman Award for Exceptional Creativity from Lincoln Center, the Alan Schneider Director Award and two Barrymore Awards.

THE BENGSONS (Music & Lyrics) have performed around the world. Their music was featured in Sonya Tayeh’s You’ll Still Call Me By Name (New York Live Arts), The National Theater of Scotland and The Team’s Anything That Gives Off Light (Edinburgh Theater Festival), Sarah Gancher’s The Place We Built (The Flea), Anne Washburn’s Iphigenia in Aulis (Classic Stage Company) and their concert musical Hundred Days at the Under the Radar festival at The Public Theater. They have had three singles featured on So You Think You Can Dance (FOX). Abigail Nessen Bengson has toured as a member of tUnE-yArDs, including an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Upcoming work includes commissions with Ars Nova and Lincoln Center Theatre.