All My Fathers

October 03 - October 20, 2019

Downstairs | 66 East 4th Street (Basement Level)

Thursday to Saturday at 8PM; Sunday at 5PM

$30 Adult Tickets; $25 Student/Senior Tickets (+$1 Facility Fee)

Run Time: 90 Minutes (No Intermission)

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World Premiere
Written by Paul David Young
Directed by Evan Yionoulis

The playwright's elderly, demented mother says he’s the bastard child of the family pediatrician.  The surreal, seemingly scripted disclosure instantly rewrites his devoutly Christian, Southern upbringing.  The tragicomedy incorporates Arthur Miller’s All My Sons and other family plays, such as HamletOedipusElektraWell, and The Seagull.
Paul David Young (Faust 3In the Summer Pavilion) won the Kennedy Center’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award.  Evan Yionoulis, an Obie winner, formerly Professor in the Practice of Acting and Directing at Yale School of Drama and Resident Director at Yale Repertory Theatre for twenty years and now Richard Rodgers Director of Drama at Juilliard, directs.  Two-time Tony-winner Donald Holder designs the lighting.  With: Richard Gallagher, Brian Hastert, Deborah Hedwall, and Jonathan Hogan. Find out more at www.allmyfathers.org

Press

"In the hilarious first half of Paul David Young’s new play, David (Richard Gallagher), a version of the playwright, pays a reluctant visit to his childhood home, in Kentucky. His monster of a mother, Regina (a spectacular Deborah Hedwall), announces, through the fog of her dementia, that David’s true biological father was his (now dead) pediatrician, Dr. Woodman (a perfectly doctorly Brian Hastert), and not her long-suffering husband, Bill (touchingly performed by Jonathan Hogan)."
—Rollo Romig, The New Yorker

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5-stars

"In All My Fathers, Paul David Young manages to weave material from thousands of years of literature’s unhappy families into his own story  and make it all sound like one family, undeniably distinct and yet painfully familiar. All My Fathers is remarkable work and should not be missed."

"Amazingly, everything fits together cohesively to make a truly wonderful piece of theatre. In Evan Yionoulis’ capable hands, a script that could have been played as complete tragedy or as a mockery of the aging mind walks a fine balance that lets us laugh at absurdity of the situation but also see the genuine pain that it causes each character. Acting is stellar throughout, especially Deborah Hedwall’s Regina, who is both maddening and heartbreaking. Design elements are strong; in particular, Melissa Friedling’s excellent video design is complemented by Ao Li’s simple, versatile set.”

- Carrie Lee O’Dell, The Reviews Hub

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BWW Interview: Paul David Young on Reconciling the Past with ALL MY FATHERS

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All My Fathers is a clever, circumspect examination of paternity and “how to find it,” ...Young’s humor is salient and sardonic. The actors are just terrific. Yionoulis’ direction reflects the balance needed to move from the dramatic beginning to the humorous, absurdist ending and the lovely reconciliation at the conclusion.”
- Carole Di Tosti, Theater Pizzazz

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"All My Fathers is a surprisingly nimble and funny fantasia on an issue that affects all of us, even if one's family life wasn't a textbook nightmare and one's forbears have been long correctly identified. Evan Yionoulis stages these games of identity charades with fluency, slipping between reality and fantasy with supple skill."
- David Barbour, Lighting & Sound America

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"Director Evan Yionoulis handles the potentially heavy material with a light touch, keeping her cast's heads above the flood of twists and turns, with Hedwall and Hogan turning in performances that are both hilarious and poignant. Young's text mirrors the emotional journey of his "protagonist," in that it goes through a lot of different feelings but hasn't come to terms with what it all means.”
-Regina Robbins, Theater is Easy

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“Then we have Mr. Young’s new play All My Fathers (RECOMMENDED), which has been stylishly directed by Evan Yionoulis at La MaMa. Mr. Young uses a number of tools in his shed to tell the “pseudo” autobiographical story of his relationship with his parents, specifically in light of a family secret (no spoilers here) that was divulged towards during the twilight of their lives. . . . The acting is very good across the board, especially Deborah Hedwall and Jonathan Hogan, who gamely play Mr. Young’s aging parents with agility and color."

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[Adrienne Kennedy’s] “He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box,” … has been directed with haunting lyricism by Evan Yionoulis for Theater for a New Audience.... Occupying a mere 45 minutes of stage time (Ms. Kennedy’s favorite dramatic form is the short fugue), it nonetheless seems to stretch and bend through generations of conflict.
- Ben Brantley, The New York Times

“Between its uncompromising, blistering rage and its condemnatory rhetorical stance, the play [Paul David Young’s Faust 3: The Turd Coming, or The Fart of the Deal] has many echoes of Biblical prophecy. . . . With its trove of references and dizzying wordplay, it is an impressive feat of rhetoric...”
- John Sherer, Hyperallergic

"Kentucky Cantata [by Paul David Young] is a masterful work that is likely to stay with you for a long time after the final bows...devastating...brilliantly composed."
- Howard Miller, “Talkin’ Broadway – Kentucky Cantata” Theatre Review
(selected by Miller as one of the 13 best Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway in 2015)

Special Events

After the Thursday, October 17th Performances

Dr. Sam Gandy will discuss his work on neuro-degeneration and Alzheimer’s Disease
Sam Gandy, MD, PhD, is Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where he is also Director of the Mount Sinai Center for Cognitive Health and NFL Neurological Care, and the incumbent of the Mount Sinai Endowed Chair in Alzheimer’s Research. He is also an Attending Neurologist at the James J Peters VA Medical Center.  Dr. Gandy is a member of the Faculty of 1000 Biology and an Associate Editor of the journals Molecular Neurodegeneration and Alzheimer Disease & Associated Disorders.  Dr. Gandy has written more than 250 original papers, chapters and reviews on Alzheimer’s disease, and he has received continuous NIH funding for his research since 1986.  Dr Gandy has also pioneered the use of brain imaging to confirm during life the diagnosis of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in retired athletes and Veterans. Dr Gandy is currently designing clinical trials with new drug and cell-based therapies that will soon be tested in Alzheimer’s and CTE.

Creative Team

Cast:
Richard Gallagher*, Brian Hastert*, Deborah Hedwall*, Jonathan Hogan*

Lighting Design by Donald Holder
Set Design by Ao Li
Costume Design by Teresa Snider-Stein
Video and Sound Design by Melissa Friedling
Stage Manager: Christine J. Colonna

Assistant Lighting Designer: Zachary Brienz
Assistant Costume Designer: Sara Vandenheuvel
Assistant Director: Heather Arnson
Sound and Projections Programmer: Käri Bertoon
Wardrobe Master: Emily Pisarra
Light Board Operator: David Bonilla

Special Thanks
Brooklyn College Department of Theatre
Darren Deverna, PRG Lighting

Actors members of AEA*

About the Artists

Evan Yionoulis (Director) is an award-winning director who has helmed new plays and classics in New York and across the country. She has enjoyed collaborations with major American playwrights, including Adrienne Kennedy (the critically acclaimed productions of He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box, world premiere, and Ohio State Murders, Lortel Award for Best Revival, Theatre for a New Audience) and Richard Greenberg (the premieres and New York productions of The Violet Hour, Biltmore Theatre, Broadway; Everett Beekin, Lincoln Center Theatre; and Three Days of Rain, Manhattan Theatre Club, Obie Award for direction). In her twenty years as a resident director at Yale Repertory Theatre, she directed Richard II, Cymbeline, The Master Builder, George F. Walker’s Heaven, Brecht’s Galileo, Gozzi’s The King Stag (which she adapted with composer Mike Yionoulis and Catherine Sheehy), Caryl Churchill’s Owners, Guillermo Calderon’s Kiss, and numerous other productions. Credits include work at the Mark Taper Forum, Huntington, NY Shakespeare Festival, the Vineyard, Cherry Lane, 2econd Stage, American Music Theatre Festival, Dallas Theatre Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Williamstown, Denver Center, Portland Stage, PlayMakers Rep, and many others. She directed SEVEN, a documentary theatre piece about extraordinary women from across the globe who work for human rights, in New York, Boston, Washington, Aspen, London, Deauville, and New Delhi. She serves on the Executive Board of SDC, the labor union representing stage directors and choreographers as Secretary, and is a Princess Grace Foundation Awards recipient. She is the Richard Rodgers Director of the Drama Division at the Juilliard School. http://evanyionoulis.com/wp/evan-yionoulis-theatre-director/

 

Paul David Young (Playwright) Young's 2017 Trump satire, Faust 3: The Turd Coming, or The Fart of the Deal, performed by four clowns at Judson Church, was featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, New York Magazine, Time Out New York, Village Voice (“Voice Choice”), The Wall Street Journal, and Hyperallergic. Upstage Downstage picked his play Kentucky Cantata, at HERE in New York, as one of the top 13 plays of Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway for 2015. Erik Haagensen of Backstage selected his In the Summer Pavilion in NYCFringe and at 59e59 Theaters as a “Critic’s Pick.” His No One But You won the Kennedy Center’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and was a finalist for the Kendeda Fellowship. His one-act Aporia was a finalist for the Kennedy Center’s John Cauble Short Play Award. His translations, with Carl Weber, of Heiner Müller’s Anatomy Titus Fall of Rome and Macbeth were published as Heiner Müller: After Shakespeare. A contributing editor at PAJ (MIT Press), he writes regularly for Hyperallergic. His book newARTtheatre: Evolutions of the Performance Aesthetic, about visual artists appropriating theatre, was issued by PAJ in 2014. He has had residencies at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace, Millay Colony, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Summer Conference. LMCC awarded him a five-month Process Space residency on Governors Island for 2015, where he conceived and performed Curtain Wall Part 3: An Immersive Landscape Theater Performance of Christopher Marlowe’s Hero and Leander, in which he swam across New York Harbor.
http://www.pauldavidyoung.com

 

Richard Gallagher (David) Credits include Broadway: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, 1984, The Front Page, The Lyons, The Importance of Being Earnest, Other NY credits include: The Pearl (Major Barbara), WP Theater, Lark Theatre, 59E59 Theaters. Selected regional credits include: Actors Theatre of Louisville (Angels in America parts 1 & 2), McCarter Theatre, Studio Theatre (Tribes), Baltimore Centerstage, Yale Repertory Theatre and The Norman Conquests at Northern Stage, Dorset Theatre Festival (directed by Evan Yionoulis) and Weston Playhouse. Film: Naked Singularity (with John Boyega & Olivia Cooke), El Camino (with Elisabeth Moss). TV: Recurring roles in Orange Is the New Black and Turn: Washington’s Spies. Other television: Blacklist, Quantico, Chicago P.D., Person of Interest, Blue Bloods, Law & Order, As the World Turns, Looking for Kathleen, Wallflowers. MFA, Yale School of Drama.

 

Brian Hastert (Dr. Woodman) Recent stage credits include the New York premier of Tectonic Theatre Project’s Uncommon Sense, Of Good Stock (Manhattan Theatre Company), Mission Drift (The National Theatre, London), A Future Perfect (SpeakEasy, World Premier), The Ragged Claws (Cherry Lane), as well readings/workshops at New Dramatists, The Lark, Manhattan Theatre Club, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Dixon Place, The Working Theatre, The Living Theatre, Terra Nova, and others. TV: Happy!, The Deuce, The Good Wife, Allegiance, Flesh and Bone, I love You… But I Lied, The Vampire Leland (pilot). Film: Walk With Me (upcoming). Radio: Twelve Years (BBC4). Brian is a founding member of The TEAM, a Brooklyn-based theater ensemble under the artistic directorship of Tony award-winning director Rachel Chavkin. With The TEAM, Brian has helped create seven original works and created roles in Particularly in the Heartland and Mission Drift which was recently voted one of the 50 best plays of the 21st century by The Guardian. As an educator, Brian was the founding head of Pace University’s BFA program in Acting for Film, Television, Voice Overs, and Commercials where he oversaw the creation of a new path for training actors and preparing them for a career in a world of digital media. MFA: Yale School of Drama. Similar information with better pictures can be found at brianhastert.com.

 

Deborah Hedwall (Regina) has been acting and teaching in New York for over 30 years. She has created many new roles in original Off Broadway productions; Sight Unseen by Donald Margulies at MTC for which she received an OBIE and Drama Desk Nomination, Savage in Limbo by John Patrick Shanley, Extremities by William Mastrosimone, Amulets Against The Dragon Forces by Paul Zindel at Circle Rep, Blind Date by Horton Foote at Ensemble studio Theater, Fall To Earth, directed by Joe Brancato at 59 East 59, Why We have a Body at The Women’s Project directed by Evan Yionoulis. Regionally she has worked at The Actor’s Theater of Louisville, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Conference, The Arena Stage, The New Play Festival at Sundance, The Long Wharf Theater, Yale Repertory, and Baltimore Center Stage where she appeared in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf directed by Ethan McSweeny. Since then she has worked at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor in Men’s Lives (directed by Harris Yulin), at Barrington Stage in Breaking the Code (directed by Joe Calarco), and at Hartford Stage in Christopher Shinn’s new play An Opening in Time (directed by Oliver Butler). Film and Television credits include Netflix’s Jessica Jones, Homeland, HBO’s Barry Levinson’s You Don’t Know Jack with Al Pacino, The West Wing, Law & Order, The Big C, Delocated, and Vera Farmiga’s Higher Ground, and to be released AFTER YANG directed by Kogonada. For two seasons Deborah played the mother in the Emmy Award winning series I’ll Fly Away. Hedwall has maintained an acting studio in New York for over 25 years.

 

Jonathan Hogan (Bill) On Broadway he appeared in Comedians, Otherwise Engaged, Fifth of July, The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, As Is (Tony and Drama Desk nominations for Best Actor), Burn This, Taking Steps, and The Homecoming. Among the many plays he appeared in as a member of Circle Rep since 1973 were Lanford Wilson’s The Hot l Baltimore, The Mound Builders, and Balm in Gilead (in collaboration with Steppenwolf – Drama Desk Award for Best Ensemble). Other performances Off Broadway include Wilson’s Book of Days, Brian Friel’s Molly Sweeney, London Wall, Samuel D. Hunter’s Pocatello (Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor), Kenneth Lonergan’s Hold Onto Me Darling (Lucille Lortel Award nominee for Outstanding Featured Actor) and Hindle Wakes. Regionally he has performed at the Dorset Theatre Festival, The Berkshire Theatre Festival, Merrimack Repertory, Long Wharf, McCarter, The La Jolla Playhouse, Repertory Co. of St. Louis, George St. Playhouse, and Hartford Stage. Films and TV include In Country, The House On Carroll Street, A Fish In The Bathtub, Revolution #9, several Movies of the Week, L.A. Law, Quantum Leap, all the Law & Orders, House of Cards, The Looming Tower, and Woody Allen’s yet to be released A Rainy Day in New York. Mr. Hogan is a graduate of The Goodman Theatre and School of Drama.

 

Donald Holder (Lighting Designer) Broadway: Tootsie, Kiss Me Kate, Straight White Men, My Fair Lady, Anastasia, Oslo, M Butterfly, She Loves Me, Fiddler On The Roof, The King and I, On The Twentieth Century, The Bridges Of Madison County, Golden Boy, Spiderman- Turn Off The Dark, Ragtime, Movin’ Out, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and many others. He has designed fifty eight Broadway productions, is the recipient of two Tony awards (The Lion King and South Pacific) and thirteen Tony nominations. Opera: Porgy Rigoletto for the Berlin Staatsoper, Porgy and Bess, Otello, ‘wo Boys, The Magic Flute, Samson et Delilah at the New York Metropolitan Opera, Carmen for the Chicago Lyric and Houston Grand Opera, many others. Television/Film: Recent projects include Smash Seasons one and two (NBC Dreamworks), Oceans Eight (Warner Brothers Pictures). Mr. Holder is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and the University of Maine, and Head of Lighting Design at Rutgers University.

 

Ao Li (Set Designer) is a set designer and visual artist who has worked internationally. His designs include: Scraps (Flea Theatre), Real (The Tank), As You Like It (Columbia University), Waiting for Godot (Alfred University), Lucretia (Cantata Profana), Where is My Maple Town (Theatre Row), Kiss (Yale Repertory Theatre), ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Yale School of Drama), Titus Andronicus (Iseman Theatre), Yale Cabaret credits include: The Apple Tree, Xander Xyst, Dragon:1 and The Styx Songs. His work in Shanghai include: Cao Zhi (Academy Theatre), Blind (Shanghai International Arts Festival), Everything in the Garden (Duanjun Theatre) among others. Ao associate designed Soft Power (The Public Theatre), The Orphan of Zhao at Beijing Poly Theater and assisted on productions including Judgement Day (Park Avenue Armory), The Twilight Zone (West End), Tamerlano (Frankfurt Opera), Le Nozze Di Figaro (Theatre Des Champs-Elysses) and Scenes From Court Life (Yale Repertory Theater) etc. His artwork has received three solo exhibitions including Expression, 2009 and Childhood. He holds an MFA in Set Design from Yale School of Drama and a BFA in Stage Design from Shanghai Theatre Academy. He is the co-founder and former president of the Intercultural Performance Studio in Shanghai. He is the winner of Donald and Zorca Oenslager Travel Fellowship Award in Design, Richard Harrison Senie Scholarship and Donald M. Oenslager Scholarship in Stage Design. http://aoliarts.com/about

 

Teresa Snider-Stein (Costume Designer) is a twenty-five year veteran of New York and Regional theatre, who has designed costumes for nearly a hundred productions. Selected credits include: I’m not Rappaport (Broadway & regional tour); Everett Beekin (Lincoln Center); the original productions of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Young Man from Atlanta, (Signature Theatre, Huntington Theatre, and Alley Theatre); Raised in Captivity, (Vineyard Theater and South Coast Rep); and 36 Views (Huntington Theatre, Boston, MA). For nine years as the resident costume designer at Signature Theatre in New York City, Ms. Snider-Stein particularly enjoyed the intensive yearlong collaboration with the various playwrights in residence. She designed the costumes for over thirty-five productions by Romulus Linney, Lee Blessing, Edward Albee, Horton Foote, Adrienne Kennedy, Sam Sheppard, Arthur Miller, John Guare, and Maria Irene Fornes. Working directly with each of the playwrights she was able to focus on specificity of character and tap into each author’s particular point of view. Through participation in this in-depth exploration of individual playwrights’ work, she was part of the team that helped cement the Signature Theatre’s playwright-centric techniques. New York credits include Playwrights Horizons, the Public Theater, Lucille Lortel Theatre, Classic Stage Company, the Vineyard Theatre, Irish Repertory Theatre, The Jewish Repertory Theatre, Mabou Mines, Village Light Opera Company, Ensemble Studio Theater, and Women’s Project & Productions. Regionally she has worked at South Coast Rep, Goodspeed Opera Company, The Alley Theatre, New York Stage and Film, Dallas Theatre Center, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Ford’s Theater, Coconut Grove Playhouse, the Huntington Theatre Company, George Street Playhouse, Portland Stage Company, and Paper Mill Playhouse. Most recent theatrical costume designs include the NYC premieres of HIM (Primary Stages); The Hereafter Musical (Theater 80); and MIKA created in answer to Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s initiative to end violence against women worldwide and presented at the Trusteeship Council Chamber at the United Nations, NYC. Ms. Snider-Stein was awarded the Bronze Medal for Costume Design at the 2005 World Stage Design International Exhibition and is a member of United Scenic Artists local 829 and USITT. She holds an MFA in Design from the Yale School of Drama and is currently Head of Costume Design and Assistant Professor of Theatre at Brooklyn College, CUNY.
Melissa Friedling (Sound & Video Design) is a filmmaker and media artist.  Her work has been exhibited internationally at venues including Tribeca Film Festival (NY), Athens Institute for Contemporary Art (ATHICA), Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center (Buffalo), Art Space (New Haven), Microscope Gallery (NY); Experiments in Cinema (NM); Cornell Cinemas, Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse),  Apexart (NY), New Orleans International Film Festival, Ann Arbor (MI), Atlanta Film Fest, Women in the Director’s Chair International Film & Video Festival, Black Maria Film & Video Festival, International Women Directors’ Film Festival (Créteil, France). She has been a recipient of a Fulbright Award and artist’s grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the New York State Council for the Arts.  She has previously created video for theatrical works written by Paul David Young, mounted at PS1 MoMA and at Judson Memorial Church. Friedling lives in Brooklyn, NY and teaches at The New School. 
Christine J. Colonna (Stage Manager) credits include Broadway: Tootsie. Pre-Broadway: Tootsie. Off-Broadway: Blue Ridge; The Great Leap (Atlantic Theater Company), The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Pacific Overtures (Classic Stage Company), Ordinary Days; Lonely Planet (Keen Company), The Metromaniacs (The Red Bull Theater), The Dread Pirate Project (world premiere, Baryshnikov Arts Center), Three Wise Guys (TACT), Stupid F*cking Bird (AADA).  Regional: Hurricane Diane (world premiere, (Two River Theater Company), Evita; Mamma Mia; Fiddler on the Roof (Maine State Music Theatre). MFA: Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.
Zachary M. Brienza (Assistant Light Design) is a freelance lighting designer based in New York City. He is an alumnus of Rutgers Mason Gross School of The Arts where he received a BFA in Lighting Design. During his time with Rutgers Theater Company he designed eight shows; most notably Julius Caesar, Herakles, and An Octoroon. His professional credits include The Eleventh Hour, No Child, & Sophie Scholl - The Final Days. Other credits include: Assistant Lighting Designer for Shake & Bake: Love’s Labour’s Lost.
Heather Arnson (Assistant Director) Associate/Assistant highlights: Michael Wilson (BEAU, Fellow Travelers, Right Before I Go, others), Lila Neugebauer (The Wolves), Leigh Silverman (Seat of Our Pants), and Evan Yionoulis (All My Fathers). As a director, selected credits: Apartment Block, Your Title Goes Here, Wasp, and Elizabeth: Almost By Chance A Woman. Associate member of SDC, 2019 Princess Grace Award Reader, SDCF Observership 2017 -2018, Newington-Crosby Fellow, B.A. in Theatre from UCLA. www.HeatherArnson.com