The World Premiere of Ass

The World Premiere of Ass

Is genius a good enough excuse for bad behavior?

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October 22 through November 6, 2021

Monday – Thursday , 7 p.m.

Friday & Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, 2:00 p.m

Artistic Staff Bios

ELLEN SIMON (Playwright) wrote the screenplays for One Fine Day and Moonlight and Valentino, based upon her stage play. She also worked on How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, as well as doing rewrites for numerous other films. Her plays have been performed at Duke Broadway Preview Series, Stages Repertory in Houston and The Pasadena Playhouse. Ellen wrote for the television series, “thirtysomething,” and created a sitcom pilot for NBC. She is most grateful to Karen Azenberg and Pioneer Theatre Company for the 2018 staged reading of Ass in their Play-by-Play series, and now for their mainstage production.

KAREN AZENBERG (Director) This marks Karen Azenberg’s eighth season as Artistic Director at PTC. Favorite projects include the world premieres of Alabama Story and “i”; the regional premieres of Sting’s The Last Ship, and Les Misérables; and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Newsies, Sweet Charity, and The Rocky Horror Show. Originally from New York, her work there includes Lyrics and Lyricists (92nd St. Y), Blocks (a collaboration with Jonathan Larson), Prom Queens Unchained, and choreography for Richard Greenberg’s The Dazzle (Roundabout Theatre Company). Among her other credits are National Tours of Carousel and Brigadoon, West Side Story (over 15 productions), and productions at Indiana Repertory, Geva Theatre Center, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Goodspeed, and Utah Shakespeare Festival. Karen is a past president of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). Her favorite productions are her son Alexander and her daughter Emelia.

WILL VAN DYKE (Music Composer) currently serves as the Music Supervisor/Orchestrator/Arranger of the hit revival of Little Shop Of Horrors Off-Broadway.  Will also Orchestrated and Arranged Pretty Woman on Broadway and continues to Supervise worldwide. Other credits: Kinky BootsRent, The Addams FamilyGrease, and Wicked.  As a composer: i (Pioneer), The Gravedigger’s Lullaby (TACT), Straight (Acorn), Writing Kevin Taylor (Village), The Lion King Experience titles (Disney).  Will also writes musicals with Jeff Talbott and is one-half of the band Stereo Dawn (@stereodawn). For more info and music: www.willvandyke.com or @wvdmusic.

JO WINIARSKI (Scenic Designer) Jo’s previous designs at PTC were this past winter’s Holiday Windows and The Lifespan of a Fact. Jo’s Off-Broadway credits include Accidentally Brave, The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, Love, Loss, and What I Wore; other New York credits include Abingdon Theatre Company, New Georges, The New Group, Keen Company, and Clubbed Thumb. Regional design credits include Guthrie Theater; Arizona Theatre Company; Utah Shakespeare Festival (over 40 shows); The Old Globe; Berkeley Repertory Theatre; Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Dallas Theater Center; and Geva Theatre Center. Additional credits include Wishes for Disney Cruise Line. Jo was art director on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (episodes 1-844) and received an Emmy nomination for “A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All.”

PHILLIP R. LOWE (Costume Designer) Is a MFA graduate of Utah State University and was the Kennedy Center’s 2002 recipient of the National Barbizon Award for his costume design of The Lion in Winter. Phil spent five seasons as Costume Director for Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre where his favorite credits include: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatOklahoma!How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Seussical. Phil has also designed over 25 productions for SLC’s Plan-B Theatre Company including the World Premier of The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later. Other local credits include: La Cage aux Folles, White Christmas and Urinetown at Park City’s Egyptian Theatre, Musical of Musicals: The Musical, and Xanadu at The Grand Theatre, and Iphigenia in Taurisfor the Classical Greek Theatre Festival.  

PAUL MILLER (Lighting Designer) Previously at PTC: Cagney, Mamma Mia!, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Curious Incident…, I Hate Hamlet, A Few Good Men, Much Ado About Nothing, In The Heights. Broadway: Amazing Grace, The Illusionists, Legally Blonde, Freshly Squeezed, Laughing Room Only; Off-Broadway: Desperate Measures, Clinton!, Pageant, Vanities – the Musical, Waiting for Godot, Addicted, Nunsense, Balancing Act, and 11 productions for New York City Center Encores!. Regional: The Old Globe, Dallas Theatre Center, Chicago Shakespeare, Idaho Shakespeare, Asolo Repertory, American Conservatory Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera House, Westport Playhouse. U.S. Tours include: The Illusionists, Elf, Shrek, Legally Blonde, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Hairspray, The Producers, The Sound of Music. Television: Live from Lincoln Center, Netflix, New Year’s Eve from Time’s Square for the last 20 years. International: Stratford Festival, London’s West End, Vienna, Milan (Teatro alla Scala), Brazil, The Phillippines, South Africa, and China.

MICAH MAXSON (Sound Designer) Micah hails from Ogden, Utah where in three years he earned his BA in Theatre Arts, emphasizing in Sound Design, at Weber State University. During his time there, Micah facilitated his education by honing his skills as an audio engineer, working for premier audio production companies in the Salt Lake area, in addition to working directly for performance venues across the Wasatch Front. After graduating in 2018, Micah went on to work with Carnival Cruise Line in an international capacity as a production engineer and audio technician, facilitating hundreds of shows across dozens of Caribbean ports. Micah is happy to be home and remembers fondly attending PTC shows as a high school student where he proudly works now.

This production is sponsored by:

The Bireley Endowment

Sandi Behnken