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MIDWEST PREMIERE!

A comedic look at love in the golden years

"This crowd-pleasing play seems bound for Broadway and could be another Tony-nominated vehicle for Robbins."
Dayton Most Metro

Managing Maxine

by Janece Shaffer

directed by Marya Spring Cordes

September 6 – 23, 2012

She's bold, yet tender. She's brash, but sincere. And at the age of 70, Maxine Levine may have just found real love for the first time in her life. When this lively widow finds a retired, reserved judge to her liking, they each discover that when it comes to romance, everything old is new again. But the memories of past loves and current heartbreaks of their children could derail any hope of happiness these late-in-life lovebirds may have. It's the Midwest Premiere of a new comedy about septuagenarian sexiness and matronly merriment, with Broadway actress Jana Robbins as Maxine and television veteran Steve Vinovich as Arthur.

Running time: 2 hours, including one intermission

Cast

Maxine Levine
Jana Robbins*

Arthur Rinzler
Steve Vinovich*

Emmie
Debra Whitfield*

Larry
Tim Lile*+

Ivy
Michelle Zimmerman*

Louis
Scott Stoney*+

Joanne
Kay Bosse*+

 

Creative Team

Playwright
Janece Shaffer

Director
Marya Spring Cordes

Scenic Designer
Tamara L. Honesty

Costume Designer
David M. Covach

Lighting Designer
John Rensel+

Sound Designer
Rich Dionne
Production Stage Manager
Kay Carver*

 

*Member of Actors Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.

 

+Resident Artist of The Human Race Theatre Company.

 

The scenic designer of this production is represented by United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829 of the IATSE.

Biographies

Jana Robbins

Jana Robbins (Maxine) returns to The Human Race Theatre Company, having played the title role in last year’s Broadway musical The Drowsy Chaperone at the Victoria Theatre. She’s played leading roles on Broadway in Good News, I Love My Wife, Romance/Romance, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Crimes of the Heart, Gypsy—where she stood by for Tyne Daly as Mama Rose (40 performances)—while playing the “bump it with a trumpet” stripper Mazzeppa, and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife where she stood by for both Linda Lavin and Michele Lee. Ms. Robbins starred opposite Valerie Harper in the show’s national tour. Other national tours include Footloose with Matt Morrison and Christian Borle, the pre-Broadway tour of Gypsy, and Man of La Mancha, playing Aldonza opposite Jose Ferrer. She has appeared at many of the country’s leading regional theatres in musicals as well as plays, playing such roles as Rosie in Bye Bye Birdie, Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Anita in West Side Story, Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Walnut St. Playhouse), Martirio in The House of Bernarda Alba (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Bessie Berger in Awake and Sing (Arena Stage) and playing Maxine in the world premiere of Managing Maxine at The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, to name a few. Television appearances include Law And Order: SVU, Criminal Intent, Roseanne, and Cheers among others. Jana also appeared in the recent feature film version of The Women with Eva Mendez, Meg Ryan and Annette Benning. Her cabaret shows One Hell of a Ride (The Songs of Cy Coleman) and Gypsy in My Soul have played across the country. A director as well, Ms. Robbins serves as the Artistic Director of The Okoboji Summer Theater, owned and operated by her Alma Mater, Stephens College, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theater. She is the recipient of the Jewish National Fund’s prestigious “Tree Of Life Award” for her career and her humanitarian efforts. For more information, visit her website: www.janarobbins.com.

Steve Vinovich

Steve Vinovich (Arthur) has appeared on Broadway in Loose Ends, Lost in Yonkers, The Magic Show, The Robber Bridegroom, Jerry Herman’s The Grand Tour, and David Hare’s The Secret Rapture. Steve has played the leads in The Foreigner, Special Occasions, and The Little Foxes at the Pasadena Playhouse; The Price, Art and Don’t Talk to the Actors at the Laguna Playhouse; 1776 at Musical Theater West; On Golden Pond with Charles Durning, and The Robber Bridegroom at the Mark Taper; Kiss Me Kate, Bells Are Ringing, Strike up the Band, and Babes in Arms for Reprise; and The 60’s, Awake and Sing, Golden Boy, Divorcons and All My Sons at Pacific Resident Theater. He did the Broadway tour of Neil Simon’s The Dinner Party, The Diary of Anne Frank at Westport Playhouse, Twelfth Night with Lynn Redgrave at Stratford, Connecticut; A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Delacorte in Central Park; and George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Uncle Peck in How I Learned to Drive and Mathew H. Brady in Inherit the Wind at the Nevada Conservatory Theater. Steve’s films include The Santa Clause, Awakenings, and Mannequin and he was the voice of Puffin in the animated feature The Swan Princess. He has done hundreds of commercials and TV shows, including Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Everybody Loves Raymond, Cold Case, Malcolm in the Middle, Law and Order LA, and even, yes, Hannah Montana plus many, many more. He is a graduate of the Juilliard Acting School under John Houseman. He is a three-time winner of the LA Drama Logue Awards. He is married to actress Carolyn Mignini and they have two great sons.

Kay Bosse

Kay Bosse (Joanne) has been a proud Resident Artist with The Human Race Theatre Co. since 1990 and is an active member of Actors’ Equity. She holds a MA in Theatre and Steinbeck Studies. She has taught a variety of theatre classes at almost every local university but calls The University of Dayton home. Kay’s directing credits at UD include The Grapes of Wrath, Galati adaptation of Steinbeck novel; Dancing at Lughnasa and Translations by Brian Friel; All in the Timing by David Ives; the musical Lucky Stiff by Flaherty and Ahrens and the award-winning Day in Hollywood/Night in the Ukraine. As an actress/singer/performer, she was most recently seen in Caroline or Change last season on The Human Race stage. Other favorite acting credits include Eleanor of Aquitaine in The Lion in Winter and Charlotte in A Little Night Music.

Tim Lile

Tim Lile (Larry) is a Resident Artist with The Human Race. He holds an MFA in Acting from Ohio University. Human Race audiences may remember his performances in God of Carnage, Twelfth Night, Lend Me a Tenor, Ears on a Beatle, A Tuna Christmas, Moonlight and Magnolias (at The Loft and Victoria), The Underpants, The Odd Couple, Spinning into Butter, Resident Alien, Art, Trip to Bountiful, On Golden Pond, The Beauty Queen of Leenane and Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Tim also directed Rounding Third and co-directed the home-run hit Take Me Out. Most recently he performed the role of Lillas Pastia in the Dayton Opera production of The Tragedie of Carmen. If none of those ring a bell, you may recognize him as that auctioneer guy. He is an Ohio State Bid-Calling Champion, Head Auctioneer of Innovative Auctions, Inc., and Regional Director for the national real estate auction firm, AmeriBid. Tim will be back with The Race this season directing our production of Lombardi.

Scott Stoney

Scott Stoney (Louis) is a Founding Resident Artist of The Human Race Theatre Company. Recent roles with The  Race include Selig in Gem of the Ocean, all of Rosie’s family and friends in Tenderly: the Rosemary Clooney Musical, Alfred Morris in Permanent Collection, Malvolio in Twelfth Night and Beverly Weston in August: Osage County. This past summer he was seen at the 2012 Festival of New Musicals in Red-Blooded, All-American Man and at the Old Courthouse portraying Dayton defense attorney Samuel Craighead in Old Case Files: the State vs. Harry Adams. Other favorite roles include Willy Loman, Papa Charlie, and Sweeney Todd. Scott is in the Dayton Theatre Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the Montgomery County Lifetime Achievement Award.

Debra Whitfield

Debra Whitfield (Emmie) is happy to be making her HRTC debut. Originally from Columbus, she is a New York City-based actress, director and writer. Debra has worked at The Mint Theater, Virginia Stage Company, Hartford TheaterWorks, Two River Theater Company, Bristol Riverside Theatre and the Depot Theatre, among others. Favorite roles include Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra, Natasha in Rough Crossing and Claire in Proof. Debra won Best Actress awards for her work in How I Learned to Drive (CATCO), Relatively Speaking (Dorset Theatre Festival), and The Adjustment (Florida Stage). TV/Film: she was a regular on The Edge of Night and had a featured role on As the World Turns and in Lost Revolution with Melissa Leo. As a director: Debra’s production of Trifles (Looking Glass Theatre) won the Beaux Arts Da Vinci Award for Best Revival in New York; In the Belly of the Beast (Florida Studio Theatre) was awarded Best Play of the year by Sarasota Magazine. She will once again direct the award-winning The Banana Monologues for its Off-Broadway run in 2013. Debra is a founding member and Co-Artistic Director of Algonquin Theater Productions and is on the Board of Directors for The Shaw Project.  Love to Jon. www.DebraWhitfield.net.

Michelle Zimmerman

Michelle Zimmerman (Ivy) is thrilled to be back on The Loft stage and can’t believe it has been almost ten years since she performed here in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. In those ten years, she has been dedicating her time to raising her three children—Noah, Mirabelle, and Oliver—as well as building her husband’s successful speaking career. Race audiences may remember Michelle from the many productions, namely musicals, which she performed in—A Little Night Music, Beehive, Children of Eden,and Rocky Horror. Michelle has been an HRTC Resident Artist and is so proud to call The Human Race her artistic home.

Janece Shaffer (Playwright) is a nationally produced, award-winning playwright who has penned more than a dozen play. Her play Managing Maxine, winner of the 2008 Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award and Gene Gabriel Moore Best New Play Award, was commissioned by the Alliance Theatre and premiered there in 2009 under the direction of Alliance Artistic Director Susan V. Booth.  The play went on to be produced at the Asolo Repertory Theatre in 2010. Shaffer’s other plays include Broke, which received its world premiere at the Alliance Theatre in October 2011 and Brownie Points, which debuted at Atlanta’s Theatrical Outfit under the direction of Jasmine Guy in 2010 and was then produced at Seattle’s Taproot Theater in May 2011. Shaffer has developed work at: Alabama Shakespeare Festival; True Colors Theatre; Theatre J; Sacramento Theatre Company; Horizon Theatre; San Diego Repertory Theatre; and with New Rivers Dramatist. Her earlier theater credits—all professionally produced—include: The Short Story of Michael Fish, Wishful Thinking, The Genes of Beauty Queens, and He Looks Great in a Hat. In 2010, Shaffer was invited to be the guest playwright for the Alliance Theatre’s Collision Project. She was also selected to be a member of the Alliance’s inaugural 2007-2008 Atlanta Writer’s Lab. Shaffer resides in Atlanta with her husband and daughter.

Marya Spring Cordes (Director) has made a career of a blissful blend of performing, directing, and teaching. Her passion is newly written work and Marya excitedly rejoined The Human Race’s Musical Theatre Workshop series this year directing Kooman and Dimond’s Dani Girl. In 2010, Marya directed the MTW of Freidman and Yates’s Tenderly (which enjoyed a full production at the Victoria Theatre in February 2012 under the direction of Kevin Moore). Marya has also aided in shepherding Hartmann/Cummins’s Vanishing Point (which moved on to have a full production at American Stage Theatre in June 2012), and Flowers/Vaughn’s KAINE  (which had a staged reading in New York in May 2011). Upcoming projects include a collaboration with Sean Michael Flowers on the book of a new musical, Gaurding Gold Street, (which will premiere in Alabama in October 2012), and direction of Grand Hotel in the Festival Playhouse of Wright State University in March 2013. Marya is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of The Puzzle: Marble’s Festival of New Work which is an annual new works reading series in June in New York. She is Assistant Professor in Acting/Musical Theatre in Wright State University’s Department of Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures and is the founding Acting Instructor for Wright State University’s MAPP (Musical Theatre/Acting Preparatory Program for ages 12-18).  Marya is an active member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), and Alexander Technique International (ATI). She received her Masters of Fine Arts from the John Wells Directing Program in the School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University.

Tamara L. Honesty (Scenic Designer) is thrilled to return to The Human Race Theatre!  Past designs at HRTC include Permanent Collection, Rounding Third, Ethel Waters: His Eye Is on the Sparrow, Alone Together, and Green Gables. She also enjoys designing theatre for young audiences, recently designing River Rat & Cat, her tenth show for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park's Educational Touring Company. Her designs have been on stages from New York City to the Midwest. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Scenic Design at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota in Winona, MN. When she returns in February to design Lombardi, Tammy will be able to tell you all about the “Frozen River Film Festival.”  (In case you’re wondering which river, it’s the Mississippi!)

David M. Covach (Costume Designer) has been involved with the art of costuming for 28 years and Managing Maxine marks his 29th production with The Human Race Theatre Company since his first show with them in 1989. His most recent Human Race productions include August: Osage County, Moonlight and Magnolias, Lend Me a Tenor, Five Course Love, The Underpants and Green Gables,which earned him a prestigious DayTony Award for excellence in costuming. David is currently the costume shop manager for Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, Florida and had the opportunity to work on last season’s Broadway production of Bonnie and Clyde. David is thrilled to return to his roots and to work once again with this wonderful company.

John Rensel (Resident Lighting Designer) Mr. Rensel is the long term resident lighting designer for The Human Race Theatre Company, Muse Machine and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Pops series and has provided lighting design services for numerous Dayton Opera Association productions. He also serves as the long-time Technical Director for the Fraze Pavilion and has provided technical advance production coordination, lighting designs, automation programming and performance operation services for many artists and productions that have visited that venue.  John also has a diverse dance lighting background, having provided lighting designs and technical production services for many years to The Dayton Ballet and Dayton Contemporary Dance Co. John’s national credits include a lighting design package for a national touring production of the Elton John/Tim Rice collaboration, Aida. Most recent local credits include all the designs for the 2011-2012 Human Race Theatre Company’s season at The Loft Theatre; the Muse Machine concert, Too Darn Hot at the Victoria Theatre and the Dayton Opera Association’s 2011-2012 season at the Schuster Center. John recently put new divider inserts in his kitchen drawers.

Rich Dionne(Sound Designer) Company credits: Gem of the Ocean, Red, Twelfth Night, Wait Until Dark, Doubt: A Parable, Ears on a Beatle, Romeo and Juliet, and The Tempest. Other sound design credits include Henry IV, Part I; The Comedy of Errors; The Accidental Death of an Anarchist; The Lion in Winter; The Winter’s Tale; Amadeus; A Christmas Carol; Life of Galileo; Macbeth; The Glass Menagerie; The Tempest; Enrico IV; The Crucible; Three Sisters; The Blue Bird; Antony & Cleopatra; and Rhinoceros at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey; Rent, at the John W. Engeman Theatre at Northport, Long Island; Shadow of Greatness (starring Richard Chamberlain) and Starr’s Last Tape (a barbed and witty exploration of the Whitewater investigation) both at The Berkshire Theatre Festival. Rich has served as the sound engineer and the technical director at Berkshire Theatre Festival and as a sound engineer at Actors Theatre of Louisville. He is currently the production manager and head of the MFA technical direction program at Purdue University; prior to this, he served as the production manager at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey for four seasons.

Kay Carver (Production Stage Manager) graduated from Wright State University’s Department of Theater, Dance & Motion Pictures with a degree in Design/Technology and Stage Management. Her professional credits include Stage Manager for Gem of the Ocean, Band Geeks!, and Dani Girl, Assistant Stage Manager for The Drowsy Chaperone and Production Assistant for Twelfth Night, The 39 Steps and Ordinary Days, all with The Human Race Theatre Company. She also served as the Production Stage Manager for the Wright State University/ Dayton Philharmonic collaborative production of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass at the Schuster Center. Kay is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.