R.U.R by Karel Capek

February 11- 26, 2017
 

February 11-26, 2017

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM  Sundays at 2:30 PM

In 1921, Czech playwright Karel Capek published his play, RUR: Rossum’s Universal Robots, to the world. The dark comedy took as its theme the dehumanization of society by its technology, as well as the self-destructive nature of mankind’s all-encompassing drive toward automation. Two years later, in 1923, the play had been translated into over 30 languages including English, by Paul Selver and Nigel Playfair. This resulted in adding a new word to our vocabulary, as “robot” was fated to no longer be simply an obscure Czech term for “worker”. Please join us for this hilarious cautionary tale from nearly a century ago, as its message is as contemporary as the latest entry in your Social Media newsfeed. 


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Harry Domin

Thomas Weaver

$100 - Receive a personalized letter from Harry Domin and 2 tickets to Opening Night (or the performance of your choice) plus the post-show Meet the Cast & Crew Reception.

$100 - Receive a personalized letter from Harry Domin and 2 tickets to Opening Night (or the performance of your choice) plus the post-show Meet the Cast & Crew Reception.


The Scientists

Fabry, Dr. Gall, Dr. Hallemeier, Alquist, and Busman

Robert Campbell, William Eissler, Michael James Kacey, Dan Burke, and Jeff Wasileski

$50 - Receive a personalized letter from the Scientists and 1 ticket to Opening Night (or the performance of your choice) plus the post-show Meet the Cast & Crew Reception.

$50 - Receive a personalized letter from the Scientists and 1 ticket to Opening Night (or the performance of your choice) plus the post-show Meet the Cast & Crew Reception.

Helena Glory

Michelle Kay Smith

$75 - Receive a personalized letter from Helena and 2 tickets to the performance of your choice plus the post-show Meet the Cast & Crew Reception.

$75 - Receive a personalized letter from Helena and 2 tickets to the performance of your choice plus the post-show Meet the Cast & Crew Reception.


The Robots

 

Brennen Dickerson, Allison Chester , Emily Gray, Teresa Mastrobuono, Andrew Nyberg

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$50 - Receive a personalized letter from the Robots and 1 ticket to Opening Night (or the performance of your choice) plus the post-show Meet the Cast & Crew Reception.

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CAST


DAN BURKE (Alquist) Was first seen as Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, 1994.  Since then Dan has appeared in 15 main stage productions and park shows.  Some of his favorite roles include:  Brutus in Julius Caesar ‘95, Lareties in Hamlet ‘97, the title role of Macbeth 2000, Socrates in Barefoot in Athens ‘10 and Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night ‘16.   He holds a BFA in acting from U-Arts and is a twice certified Actor/Combatant.   (Fight Choreographer)  A twice certified Actor/Combatant, certified by the Society of American Fight Directors; Dan has been choreographing violence for the stage and film for the past 20 years.  Dan choreographs violence for many local thteatres, Colleges and Universities as well as teaching Stage Combat.  Outside of PA Dan has worked extensively with The Harlem Shakespeare Festival and The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory.  You can find out more about his company “Safe Violence by Dan Burke” on Fb or at safeviolence.com.

DAN BURKE (Alquist) Was first seen as Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, 1994.  Since then Dan has appeared in 15 main stage productions and park shows.  Some of his favorite roles include:  Brutus in Julius Caesar ‘95, Lareties in Hamlet ‘97, the title role of Macbeth 2000, Socrates in Barefoot in Athens ‘10 and Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night ‘16.   He holds a BFA in acting from U-Arts and is a twice certified Actor/Combatant.  

(Fight Choreographer)  A twice certified Actor/Combatant, certified by the Society of American Fight Directors; Dan has been choreographing violence for the stage and film for the past 20 years.  Dan choreographs violence for many local thteatres, Colleges and Universities as well as teaching Stage Combat.  Outside of PA Dan has worked extensively with The Harlem Shakespeare Festival and The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory.  You can find out more about his company “Safe Violence by Dan Burke” on Fb or at safeviolence.com.

ALLISON CHESTER (Robot C, Third Worker) is absolutely ecstatic to make her post-graduation professional debut with Gamut Theatre Group. She is a graduate of West Virginia University where she earned her BFA in Acting. She was most recently seen on stage in Morgantown, WV in WVU’s spring production of Arabian Nights as the Butcher and many other hilarious characters. Other credits include Emily in Disgraced, Snow White in Popcorn Hat Players’ Snow White and the Two Dwarfs, and Katie Rogers in Real Girls Can’t Win. Allison would like to dedicate her robotic performance to her cat, Sherlock, who was found in Reservoir Park during GTG’s Measure for Measure and who passed during rehearsals for R.U.R.

ALLISON CHESTER (Robot C, Third Worker) is absolutely ecstatic to make her post-graduation professional debut with Gamut Theatre Group. She is a graduate of West Virginia University where she earned her BFA in Acting. She was most recently seen on stage in Morgantown, WV in WVU’s spring production of Arabian Nights as the Butcher and many other hilarious characters. Other credits include Emily in Disgraced, Snow White in Popcorn Hat Players’ Snow White and the Two Dwarfs, and Katie Rogers in Real Girls Can’t Win. Allison would like to dedicate her robotic performance to her cat, Sherlock, who was found in Reservoir Park during GTG’s Measure for Measure and who passed during rehearsals for R.U.R.

BRENNEN DICKERSON (Marius, Robot A, 3rdRobot) This is Brennen’s fifth Gamut appearance, having previously performed in Choose Your Own Adventure: Space Vampire, Death of a Salesman, Shakespeare in Hollywood and 1984. Locally, he also appeared in The Diary of Anne Frank for several years with Open Stage of Harrisburg. In Philadelphia, he performed with several improv troupes and he co-founded Rainy Day Players, a theater collective, where he co-produced and appeared in Asylum. In addition to stage work, Brennen has also done voice work for several independent film projects out of the Philadelphia area. His all time favorite role was the “that’s delicious” guy from an Airheads commercial. Brennen is eternally grateful for the love and support his lovely wife, Kim, shows him every day.

BRENNEN DICKERSON (Marius, Robot A, 3rdRobot) This is Brennen’s fifth Gamut appearance, having previously performed in Choose Your Own Adventure: Space Vampire, Death of a Salesman, Shakespeare in Hollywood and 1984. Locally, he also appeared in The Diary of Anne Frank for several years with Open Stage of Harrisburg. In Philadelphia, he performed with several improv troupes and he co-founded Rainy Day Players, a theater collective, where he co-produced and appeared in Asylum. In addition to stage work, Brennen has also done voice work for several independent film projects out of the Philadelphia area. His all time favorite role was the “that’s delicious” guy from an Airheads commercial. Brennen is eternally grateful for the love and support his lovely wife, Kim, shows him every day.

TARA HERWEG-MANN (Nana) is very excited to be part of R. U. R., a play she first read and fell in love with over 20 years ago!  Tara was last seen as Mistress Ford in Gamut’s Free Shakespeare in the Park production of The Merry Wives of Windsor.  Her favorite roles include Arkadina (The Seagull), Jessica (Women Playing Hamlet--NNPN Rolling World Premiere), Lord Caversham--and others! (An Ideal Husband), all for Gamut, as well as Mama/Nun (The Texas Chainsaw Musical!, Bootless Stageworks, Wilmington, DE) and Lulu (The Long Affair, New School for Drama, NYC).  Many thanks to her husband, Matt, and her family for all their support!

TARA HERWEG-MANN (Nana) is very excited to be part of R. U. R., a play she first read and fell in love with over 20 years ago!  Tara was last seen as Mistress Ford in Gamut’s Free Shakespeare in the Park production of The Merry Wives of Windsor.  Her favorite roles include Arkadina (The Seagull), Jessica (Women Playing Hamlet--NNPN Rolling World Premiere), Lord Caversham--and others! (An Ideal Husband), all for Gamut, as well as Mama/Nun (The Texas Chainsaw Musical!, Bootless Stageworks, Wilmington, DE) and Lulu (The Long Affair, New School for Drama, NYC).  Many thanks to her husband, Matt, and her family for all their support!

TERESA MASTROBONO (Sulla) has worked in professional theater for 35 years as an actress, director, spoken word artist, writer, and educator. As the region’s specialist in commedia dell’arte - Italian Renaissance comedy - she served as Gamut’s movement coach in A Company of Wayward Saints and Julius Caesar. Other Harrisburg credits include 5 roles in Open Stage’s production of Bill W and Doctor Bob and Edith Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank, a role she will reprise in March. She performs with area actresses Lisa Weitzman and Linde Stern as the “The Crones” in the sketch comedy piece Coffee With Crones. Their scripted work Paddy’s Pot appeared at Gamut Theater, Theater of the 7th Sister, and Hershey Playhouse. Their latest production, The Cemetery Club debuts in Hershey in early March. Terri teaches at Elizabethtown College and spends summers in Abruzzo, Italy, as innkeeper at her guesthouse, Casa da Carmine. 

TERESA MASTROBONO (Sulla) has worked in professional theater for 35 years as an actress, director, spoken word artist, writer, and educator. As the region’s specialist in commedia dell’arte - Italian Renaissance comedy - she served as Gamut’s movement coach in A Company of Wayward Saints and Julius Caesar. Other Harrisburg credits include 5 roles in Open Stage’s production of Bill W and Doctor Bob and Edith Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank, a role she will reprise in March. She performs with area actresses Lisa Weitzman and Linde Stern as the “The Crones” in the sketch comedy piece Coffee With Crones. Their scripted work Paddy’s Pot appeared at Gamut Theater, Theater of the 7th Sister, and Hershey Playhouse. Their latest production, The Cemetery Club debuts in Hershey in early March. Terri teaches at Elizabethtown College and spends summers in Abruzzo, Italy, as innkeeper at her guesthouse, Casa da Carmine. 

PETER RUIZ (Primus) Peter is a core company intern at Gamut Theatre Group. Before arriving in Harrisburg Peter spent the past year with the WRITE-A-PLAY Program at Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota, Florida. Some of his past credits: AP in Columbinus, Charlie in All New People, and Dumaine inLove’s Labour’s Lost.  A self-proclaimed nerd, he is very excited to be able to explore a play where his passion for acting and sci-fi intersect.  He would like thank Gamut for creating opportunities to explore such unique work.

PETER RUIZ (Primus) Peter is a core company intern at Gamut Theatre Group. Before arriving in Harrisburg Peter spent the past year with the WRITE-A-PLAY Program at Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota, Florida. Some of his past credits: AP in Columbinus, Charlie in All New People, and Dumaine inLove’s Labour’s Lost.  A self-proclaimed nerd, he is very excited to be able to explore a play where his passion for acting and sci-fi intersect.  He would like thank Gamut for creating opportunities to explore such unique work.

JEFF WASILESKI (Busman) is honored to be appearing once again on the Gamut Main Stage with such an incredible cast and crew. Previously appeared for Gamut as Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor, as Sorin in The Seagull, and Nestor in Troilus & Cressida. Other area productions include Red, The Amish Project, Bill W and Dr. Bob, The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged, Jeeves in Bloom, Almost, Maine, My Three Angels, Out of Order, Incorruptible, and It Runs in the Family. Special thanks to my ever-patient wife, Deb.

JEFF WASILESKI (Busman) is honored to be appearing once again on the Gamut Main Stage with such an incredible cast and crew. Previously appeared for Gamut as Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor, as Sorin in The Seagull, and Nestor in Troilus & Cressida. Other area productions include Red, The Amish Project, Bill W and Dr. Bob, The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged, Jeeves in Bloom, Almost, Maine, My Three Angels, Out of Order, Incorruptible, and It Runs in the Family. Special thanks to my ever-patient wife, Deb.

ROBERT CAMPBELL (FABRY) Robert is a Gamut Core Company (2005-2007), Stage Door Series Ensemble member/director (2011-2014), and TMI Improv (2009-2013) alum who’s freelanced, volunteered, fundraised, and taught for the company numerous times before and since his Core Company years. After leading Susquehanna Township High School’s School of Performing Arts (SoPA) program for the past several years, he is excited to be the new theatre teacher at the Capital Area School for the Arts (CASA). Previous Gamut acting credits include: Hamlet in Rosencrantz & Guildernstern Are Dead; King Henry in Henry V; Frog in A Year With Frog & Toad; Tom in The Glass Menagerie; Brom Bones in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow; Dr. Seward in Dracula. Other professional credits include: Open Stage of Harrisburg; Illinois Shakespeare Festival; Gretna Theatre (Mozart in Amadeus; Jamie Lockhart in The Robber Bridegroom); Pennsylvania Centre Stage; Fulton Theatre. 

ROBERT CAMPBELL (FABRY) Robert is a Gamut Core Company (2005-2007), Stage Door Series Ensemble member/director (2011-2014), and TMI Improv (2009-2013) alum who’s freelanced, volunteered, fundraised, and taught for the company numerous times before and since his Core Company years. After leading Susquehanna Township High School’s School of Performing Arts (SoPA) program for the past several years, he is excited to be the new theatre teacher at the Capital Area School for the Arts (CASA). Previous Gamut acting credits include: Hamlet in Rosencrantz & Guildernstern Are Dead; King Henry in Henry V; Frog in A Year With Frog & Toad; Tom in The Glass Menagerie; Brom Bones in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow; Dr. Seward in Dracula. Other professional credits include: Open Stage of Harrisburg; Illinois Shakespeare Festival; Gretna Theatre (Mozart in Amadeus; Jamie Lockhart in The Robber Bridegroom); Pennsylvania Centre Stage; Fulton Theatre. 

GABRIELLA DECARLI (Robot Helena) is a member of Gamut Theatre’s core company as the Public Relations Manager. She is a graduate of Seton Hill University and holds her BFA in Musical Theatre. Gabriella was most recently seen at Gamut Theatre inDeath of A Salesman, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia/ Starveling), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Anne Page), and Red Velvet (Halina/Betty) Gabriella is so thankful to work with such an extraordinary theatre company that allows her to do what she loves every single day. Endless thanks to her family and friends for their continuous love and support!

GABRIELLA DECARLI (Robot Helena) is a member of Gamut Theatre’s core company as the Public Relations Manager. She is a graduate of Seton Hill University and holds her BFA in Musical Theatre. Gabriella was most recently seen at Gamut Theatre inDeath of A Salesman, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia/ Starveling), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Anne Page), and Red Velvet (Halina/Betty) Gabriella is so thankful to work with such an extraordinary theatre company that allows her to do what she loves every single day. Endless thanks to her family and friends for their continuous love and support!

EMILY GRAY(Robot B/ Servant/ 2nd Robot) is a former Gamut core company member who is beyond honored to be in her first show in the new theatre! She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where she received a BA in Theatre Arts. Emily was last seen on stage as Cinderella in Cinderella at the Magical Theater Company in Barberton, Ohio. Her most recent credit on screen is the music video for “Indica” by Foxing. Some of her favorite past roles with the Harrisburg Shakespeare Company include Rosalind in As You Like It and the Provost in Measure for Measure. She cannot thank the cast and crew enough for such an amazing experience and wishes them many broken legs!

EMILY GRAY(Robot B/ Servant/ 2nd Robot) is a former Gamut core company member who is beyond honored to be in her first show in the new theatre! She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where she received a BA in Theatre Arts. Emily was last seen on stage as Cinderella in Cinderella at the Magical Theater Company in Barberton, Ohio. Her most recent credit on screen is the music video for “Indica” by Foxing. Some of her favorite past roles with the Harrisburg Shakespeare Company include Rosalind in As You Like It and the Provost in Measure for Measure. She cannot thank the cast and crew enough for such an amazing experience and wishes them many broken legs!

MICHAEL JAMES KACEY (Dr. Hallemeier) is making his Gamut Theatre debut following 25 years in Los Angeles. A member of SAG-AFTRA, Mike’s on-screen credits include Beverly Hills 90210, All That, a Cracker Jack television commercial, and the HBO filmLive from Baghdad. On stage in LA, he has appeared as Lt. French in The Little Sister, Mike Talman in Wait Until Dark, and Hal Bentley in Seven Keys to Baldpate. A Penn State graduate and Pennsylvania native, Mike is thrilled to be returning to the stage with Gamut Theatre.

MICHAEL JAMES KACEY (Dr. Hallemeier) is making his Gamut Theatre debut following 25 years in Los Angeles. A member of SAG-AFTRA, Mike’s on-screen credits include Beverly Hills 90210, All That, a Cracker Jack television commercial, and the HBO filmLive from Baghdad. On stage in LA, he has appeared as Lt. French in The Little Sister, Mike Talman in Wait Until Dark, and Hal Bentley in Seven Keys to Baldpate. A Penn State graduate and Pennsylvania native, Mike is thrilled to be returning to the stage with Gamut Theatre.

ANDREW NYBERG (Radius/Scenic Designer) is a part of Gamut’s Core Company as the resident Technical Director and Scenic Designer. Originally from St. Paul, MN, he graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, IA with a BFA in Musical Theatre along with a heavy emphasis in Tech/Design. Over the years, Andrew has worked professionally both on and offstage at the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, Tent Theatre, and the Little Theatre at Broadleaf School of English. Andrew has appeared most recently at Gamut in Space Vampire, Death of a Salesman (Happy), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Detmetrius/ Bottom), The Seagull (Medvedenko), and Red Velvet (Charles Kean)

ANDREW NYBERG (Radius/Scenic Designer) is a part of Gamut’s Core Company as the resident Technical Director and Scenic Designer. Originally from St. Paul, MN, he graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, IA with a BFA in Musical Theatre along with a heavy emphasis in Tech/Design. Over the years, Andrew has worked professionally both on and offstage at the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, Tent Theatre, and the Little Theatre at Broadleaf School of English. Andrew has appeared most recently at Gamut in Space Vampire, Death of a Salesman (Happy), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Detmetrius/ Bottom), The Seagull (Medvedenko), and Red Velvet (Charles Kean)

MICHELLE KAY SMITH (Helena) Most recently seen as Miss Forsythe in Death of a Salesman, has performed with theatres across the US including the Carolina Actors Studio Theatre, Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre, & The Players Theatre (Off-Broadway). Favorite credits include: Olivia in Twelfth Night, Ellen in Red Velvet, Adult Woman in Spring Awakening. Michelle received her BA in Acting from James Madison University. She is thankful to be celebrating her second season as one of Gamut’s Core Company Members & to work with all of the wonderful people Gamut attracts! 

MICHELLE KAY SMITH (Helena) Most recently seen as Miss Forsythe in Death of a Salesman, has performed with theatres across the US including the Carolina Actors Studio Theatre, Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre, & The Players Theatre (Off-Broadway). Favorite credits include: Olivia in Twelfth Night, Ellen in Red Velvet, Adult Woman in Spring Awakening. Michelle received her BA in Acting from James Madison University. She is thankful to be celebrating her second season as one of Gamut’s Core Company Members & to work with all of the wonderful people Gamut attracts! 

THOMAS WEAVER (Harry Domin) is the Associate Artistic Director of Gamut Theatre Group. In addition to playing the title roles in Coriolanus, My Name is Asher Lev, and Beowulf, Thomas’ favorite roles include Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Enobarbus in Antony & Cleopatra, Angelo in Measure for Measure, and Doctor Caius in The Merry Wives of Windsor. Thomas has also directed Gamut’s recent production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, and Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. He holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Otterbein University.

THOMAS WEAVER (Harry Domin) is the Associate Artistic Director of Gamut Theatre Group. In addition to playing the title roles in Coriolanus, My Name is Asher Lev, and Beowulf, Thomas’ favorite roles include Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Enobarbus in Antony & Cleopatra, Angelo in Measure for Measure, and Doctor Caius in The Merry Wives of Windsor. Thomas has also directed Gamut’s recent production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, and Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. He holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Otterbein University.

WILLIAM EISSLER (Dr. Gall) is appearing in his sixth Gamut production, having appeared in Death of A Salesman, To Kill a Mockingbird, Romeo and Juliet, Merchant of Venice, and in the one-person show Shylock.  He holds a Masters in Shakespeare from the University of Essex, England.  Local audiences have seen him often at Theater of the Seventh Sister in Lancaster, notably in Cyrano, The Grapes of Wrath, and Richard III, and as director of Macbeth.

WILLIAM EISSLER (Dr. Gall) is appearing in his sixth Gamut production, having appeared in Death of A Salesman, To Kill a Mockingbird, Romeo and Juliet, Merchant of Venice, and in the one-person show Shylock.  He holds a Masters in Shakespeare from the University of Essex, England.  Local audiences have seen him often at Theater of the Seventh Sister in Lancaster, notably in Cyrano, The Grapes of Wrath, and Richard III, and as director of Macbeth.


OPENING NIGHT
MEET THE CAST & CREW RECEPTION
Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017


Opening Night is a big deal here at Gamut Theatre, and we like to do it up!  

Join us following the performance to mix and mingle with the Director, Cast, and Crew of RUR in Gamut’s beautiful Reception Lobby.  Join us for delicious food, and Peggy’s Pub supplying complimentary beer and wine.  Cash bar for mixed drinks.

Tickets for Show + Reception:
$80/couple, $45/single

 

R.U.R. SPECIAL EVENTS


DINNER AND A SHOW!
Have dinner before or after the show at Cafe 1500 [http://www.cafe-1500.com] and get a 20% off your total food purchase with proof of attendance.  Not to be combined with any other offers.  Good for February 2017 only with R.U.R. ticket proof of purchase (ticket stub, printout of ticket, or electronic ticket on smart phone.)  Does not apply to Bring Your Own Price tickets.

Joanne Landis- Enjoy our featured artist's exhibit in our reception lobby.

3rd in the Burg - Friday, Feb. 17 - Buy One Ticket, Get One Free!

BYOP - Gamut’s signature Sunday is Bring Your Own Price, where any size donation buys your ticket

Discussions - Peggy’s Pub is open after the show every Friday/Saturday for discussions with select cast members

 
 
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