A drama by Edward Albee; Directed by Bill Morgan
From the celebrated playwright of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? comes this thoughtful meditation on the complicated gap between age and experience. Three women – one a 90-something-year-old, one a 52-year-old one a 26-year-old – navigate the emotional terrain of a life mixed with pleasure, satisfaction, shame and regret.
The play’s three female characters are nameless. Instead, the playwright identifies the women only by the letters A, B and C.
"A" is an elderly woman who knows that the end of her life is approaching quickly. "B" is A’s 52-year-old caretaker, a slightly sarcastic yet caring woman. "C" is a boldly self-confident 26-year-old who has come from A’s attorney’s office to discuss the elder woman’s finances.
Due to the play's adult language and themes, Three Tall Women is recommended for audiences 13 and older. The show is staged in Weathervane's intimate, 50-seat John L. Dietz Theter. All tickets are sold in a general-admission format ("first come, first seated). Ticketholders are encouraged to arrive no later than 15 minutes prior to showtime.
In his 1994 review of the original off-Broadway production of the play, critic Ben Brantley of The New York Times describes the play’s structural premise: "Mr. Albee baldly sets these characters up as representatives of three ages of woman. C embodies all the intolerance and the conviction of immortality of youth, and is impatient with the old woman's meanderings. The caretaker, in turn, is impatient with C's impatience and given to sharp-tongued reminders that A represents C's future. (In this sense, she is a sort of stand-in for Mr. Albee, as playwright, not as son.) And throughout all this, A fades between past and present."
In characterizing Three Tall Women as "often a truly moving work," Brantley also notes the play’s semi-autobiographical roots:
"Mr. Albee has admitted in interviews that it was directly inspired by his own adoptive mother, a domineering, Amazonian woman. And the details of A's life, including her ambitious marriage to a wealthy man and her warring relationship with her recalcitrant son, seem to tally with what we know of Mr. Albee's family history. He has described the writing of the play as 'an exorcism.' And one can see in A the roots of the controlling women who abound in the rest of his oeuvre."
ABOUT THE PLAY’S PRODUCTION HISTORY AND AWARDS
The world premiere of Three Tall Women took place at Vienna’s English Theatre in Vienna, Austria, on June 14, 1991, and was directed by Edward Albee. The first United States production was at the River Arts Repertory in Woodstock, New York. Three Tall Women had its New York City premiere on Jan. 27, 1994, at the Vineyard Theatre, where it ran for 47 performances before closing on March 13, 1994. This production of Three Tall Women, directed by Lawrence Sacharow, then moved to the Promenade Theatre for a commercial run – where it opened on April 13, 1994, and ran for 582 performances before closing on Aug. 26, 1995.
Among the play’s many honors, it won the 1994 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, the 1994 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Play, the 1994 Drama Critics’ Circle for Best Play and the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
ABOUT THE CAST
MARCI PAOLUCCI (A) is grateful to have been given this opportunity to perform in the Dietz Theatre for the first time. She was last seen on stage at Weathervane during the 2009-2010 season in The Last Night of Ballyhoo and Italian American Reconciliation. She thanks director Bill Morgan for all his help. Thanks also to Lorena Goold, Hannah Storch and Carlina Croston for all their support. Marci has been performing in the Northeastern Ohio area for 25 years in more than 80 productions for both professional and community theater companies, including Actors' Summit, Coach House Theatre, Cesear's Forum, KSU Stark, Magical Theatre Company, National Parks Association, Queen Bee Productions, Stan Hywet, Stow Players and Weathervane. Among her favorite roles are Eleanor in The Lion in Winter (Coach House Theatre – Best Production/Best Actress 2002), and Amanda in The Glass Menagerie (KSU Stark Theatre 2011). Marci sends "much love" to her husband, Roland Paolucci, for all his support and love and to her children and all her family, especially her mother.
LORENA GOOLD (B) was last seen on the Weathervane Playhouse stage during this past summer’s 8x10 TheatreFest when she played a role in the festival-winning show, Trips with Grandma. Prior to that, she was in Weathervane’s 2005 production of The Grapes of Wrath and played the part of Ma, a role for which she earned a Chanticleer Award for Best Actress. Lorena really enjoys being back at Weathervane, but her "home theater" is Stow Players, where she is the president and has been involved in many productions both on and off the stage. Lorena is a psychologist and works at the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Besides theater, Lorena enjoys spending time with her husband, Charlie, and their sons, Brian and Stephen, as well as playing golf and gardening.
HANNAH STORCH (C) is a theatre major/English minor at Kent State University, and this is her first Weathervane production. Past credits include: The Nurse in Jet of Blood (Kent State University), Mother in Six Characters In Search of an Author (Kent State University), Iras in Antony and Cleopatra (Cleveland Shakespeare Festival) and Bombalurina in Cats (Near West Theatre). She has worked with the Ravenna Police Station in crisis-training scenarios, as well as Tower City Center in Cleveland in its annual holiday show as Raggedy Ann, and is a member of Alpha Psi Omega Beta Psi Cast. Hannah thanks her family, Ebby, and Mckenzie for all their love and support.
CONNOR LOGAN REESE (The Boy) is excited to be returning to Weathervane Playhouse. He attends Kent State University and is majoring in theater arts. He is a graduate of Jackson School for the Arts, where he performed in All My Sons, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Beauty and the Beast and Brigadoon. His other acting credits include Hello, Dolly! at Porthouse Theatre and The Crucible at Kent State University. Connor thanks his family, friends and other people who have helped him to get to where he is today.
ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM
BILL MORGAN (Director) is the Artistic Manager for CHSC (The Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center), where he controls the day-to-day activities of SignStage, a deaf-awareness program within the Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing department. In addition to directing for many local community theaters, Bill is a specialist at adapting mainstream children’s stories into "deaf theatre" plays that highlight deaf characters and cultural conflicts. Bill also has several years of experience at writing, producing and implementing school residencies that integrate theatre-arts programming with American Sign Language into the state of Ohio's Standards for the Arts. Bill co-wrote and produced D.E.A.F. (Dedicated to the Elimination of Assumptions and Fallacies) a fun, interactive educational school-assembly program that focuses on deaf awareness. He has more than 30 years of experience at producing theater ranging from simple one-acts to huge outdoor productions with more than 300 actors complete with live horses in Civil War re-enactments that include gun and cannon fire. You may have seen him acting in a PBS-TV miniseries titled KC and The Kidd, in which he played the lead role of The Kidd. Bill has been the co-owner/producer of Sign Stage on Tour (SSonT) for 12 years; SSonT is a professional children’s theater company that produces deaf-theater productions and tours nationally. For SSonT, Bill has produced stage adaptations of many of Roald Dahl’s works including Matilda, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He was the only person in the world who received permission from the Roald Dahl estate to create a deaf-theater adaptation of both Matilda and James and the Giant Peach. Bill has served as a member of the Artist in Residence Grant Review Committee for the Ohio Arts Council and was a member of the Arts in Education curriculum committee for the Cleveland Municipal School District. In 2009, Bill was nominated for the State of Ohio Governor’s Award as Outstanding Arts Administrator. This past July, Bill was very proud to have directed Trips with Grandma, the winning entry in Weathervane’s inaugural 8x10 TheatreFest and 10-minute play competition. Bill continues his work with Cleveland civic organizations and educational organizations such as Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio, the Cleveland Theatre Collective and the Cuyahoga Arts and Education Consortium.
CAR CROSTON (Stage Manager) is a welcome addition to our stage-management team. She is a student at the University of Akron majoring in theatre. During 2011, Car was the stage manager for UA productions of SHOT! Requiem for a Bullet (at E.J. Thomas Hall) and The Gospel According to Tammy Faye. She was also property master for Bug (also at UA). For Weathervane, Car was a spotlight operator for our production of Pippin. During her three years at UA, she served as the assistant stage manager for Big River, stage manager for The Bear and played Mrs. Cratchit in a production of A Christmas Carol staged at Hower House.
ERIN KATZ FORD (Lighting Co-Designer) is a dedicated and longtime Weathervane volunteer who can be found in our scene shop many evenings after work. By day, she is a Director of Synagogue Education and Programming at Beth-El Congregation. For Weathervane, Erin co-designed properties for The Wedding Singer and Rabbit Hole and the lighting for Man of La Mancha (for which she won a Chanticleer Award for her co-design), The Lion in Winter, The Sum of Us and My Way.
JASON BRYAN MAURER (Lighting Co-Designer) assumed the role of assistant stage manager for our recent production of 3 Guys Naked from the Waist Down and was also stage manager for our summer production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella. He played the role of Louis in Weathervane's production of Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge last season and now assumes the role of lighting co-designer for this production. He has been involved in the performing arts since high school. Since then, Jason took a brief hiatus from acting to do more of a behind-the-scenes role with a few small theater companies. Last December, he directed the Ohio premiere of Dear Harvey at First Grace Arts in Akron.
TODD DIERINGER (Scenic Designer and Properties Designer) is thrilled to be designing both the set and the props for Three Tall Women. You may recall his work here at Weathervane as props designer for last summer’s Pippin and as co-designer for The Wedding Singer. Todd served as scenic designer at Weathervane for The Sisters Rosensweig, Children of a Lesser God and Man of La Mancha. He helps build scenery for most of our productions and serves as the chair of the properties department on the Weathervane Production Board. Todd shares his passion for theatre with his father, Roger, who also volunteers in the scene shop. During the day, Todd serves as the systems administrator in the admissions office at the University of Akron. Todd says, "Theatre is a communal art and I’m proud to be part of the Weathervane community — my second family."
JASEN SMITH (Costume Designer) joined the Weathervane professional staff in August 2008 as its Resident Costume Designer and Costume Shop Manager. Since then, he has designed costumes for the Playhouse's productions of Children of Eden, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Bloody Murder, Intimate Apparel and Pride and Prejudice among others. His co-costuming credits include Putting it Together (with Adam Thatcher) and Man of La Mancha (with Hedy Jones), the latter of which earned him and his collaborator the Chanticleer Award for best costume design. Jasen also won the 2009 Marquee Award for Best Costume Design from the Youngstown Area Community Theatre Association for his work on Children of Eden. His other regional costume-design credits include Porthouse Theatre (The Odd Couple), Case Western Reserve University (The Philadelphia Story, How I Learned to Drive, Much Ado About Nothing and Stage Door) and Ohio Light Opera (Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, Robin Hood and The Merry Widow).
ALAN SCOTT FERRALL (Technical Director) began his association with Weathervane as a backstage volunteer under the tutelage of the late John R. Thomas. This is Scott's 15th season as a Weathervane staff member, serving as the Resident Technical Director and Scenic Designer. Before Weathervane, he worked at Cuyahoga Falls High School. He has designed sets for many local high schools as well as for the Players Guild of Canton, Cleveland Signstage Theatre and Western Reserve Public Media (PBS-TV Channels 45/49). At Weathervane, Scott has earned several Chanticleer Awards one as stage manager for Fences, lighting designs for The Laramie Project and A Lesson Before Dying; co-lighting designs for A Man for All Seasons, The Full Monty and Man of La Mancha and, most recently, for Best Technical Element/Young Actor Series for his lighting design for the 2010 production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Assistant Technical Director