Regular Singing


Date: May 4, 2017 — June 4, 2017
Days & Times:

Wed. & Thurs. at 7 pm
Fri. & Sat. at 8 pm
Sun. at 2 pm
No perf. May 7, 10 & 17

Running Time: 105 Minutes
Price: $28

Written by Richard Nelson
Directed by Julie Allen Hamilton


Presented with generous support from:

Summary

This wonderfully intimate drama, set on the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, unfolds in the Apple home in Rhinebeck, New York as the family shares a monumental evening together, one that is both unique and familiar to us all.— “A rare and radiant mirror of the way we live – and fail to live – now“ Ben Brantley, New York Times.

Cast

Richard Apple
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Richard Martin (Richard Apple) has been acting and directing on Cape Cod for over 10 years and has been involved in a number of productions. Favorite recent roles include Howie Corbett in Rabbit Hole,  Bob Zelnick in Frost/Nixon, Paddo Dooley in Beauty Queen of Leenane, Wesley in Jerusalem (Cape Rep), Ludwig Van Beethoven in 33 Variations, and Father Brendan Flynn in Doubt. Previous directing credits  include Frost/Nixon, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, his original play If Nothing Changes and 12 Angry Men all at the Cotuit Center for the Arts. Many thanks to Director Julie Hamilton for her vision and patience throughout this production, Stage Manager Kate Gulden for her dedication and support to the whole cast and to the Cape Rep Theater family for supporting and producing such meaningful and original works.

Barbara Apple
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Claudia Schneider (Barbara Apple) SELECT NYC MOMENTS: REX (New Light Theatre Project), CORRECT USAGE & COMMON ERRORS Playwrights Horizon), FRANK MCCOURT’S THE IRISH AND HOW THET GOT THAT WAY (Irish Repertory, East and West Coast Nationals, Wilbur Theatre, Boston), SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION ( Queens Theatre in the Park), A NAME FOR THE MOON (Lincoln Center with Barbara Barrie), MARTIN CHARNIN’S WINCHELL (Brooks Atkinson), COWGIRLS (NY workshop with Judy Kaye), A WILLIAMS EVENING (National Arts Club with  Patricia Neal and Eli Wallach), A SINGLE WOMAN (The Culture Project), WORDS OF CHOICE (1st National, World-wide Livestream). Select regional: Maine-Good Theater (SPITFIRE GRILL) Monmouth Shakespeare (WAT TYLER, OTHELLO), Originals (SHIVAREE), Florida-Caldwell (COWGIRLS), Wisconsin- TAP (STEEL MAGNOLIAS), Skylight Comic Opera (TINTYPES, CHARLOTTE SWEET), NY-Forestburgh Playhouse (eight seasons), DEPOT (six seasons). Thanks to Susan Nicholson for introducing me to this wonderful theater

Marian Apple
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McNeely Myers (Marian Apple) loves the play of theatre. . .the dangerous safety of the stage. . .the resilience of life. . .the beauty of nature. . . the warmth of this community. . .and the craziness of the world today. Having recovered from the multi-character whirlwind that was Cape Rep’s amazing Hairspray last summer and having interviewed a few fisher folk types in the research phase of Boundless; she’s grateful to belong now to the Apple Family of Regular Singing and tread the boards of Cape Rep again. McNeely has also appeared locally in her one-woman show Sunny & the Swami; with WHAT: Body Awareness, Bug, Driving on the Sidewalk, Indecent Exposure; Counter Productions: Dr. Vivian Bearing in Wit, Anton in Show Business,  Provincetown Theatre: A Perfect Ganesh and most notably with Provincetown Rep as Maria Callas in Master Class for which Terrence McNally tagged her “Cape Cod’s answer to Meryl Streep”. Prior to her days on the Cape; McNeely was a 10 year member of Whetstone Theatre in southern Vermont.

Jane Apple
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Jade Schuyler (Jane Apple) Jade is very excited to be working at Cape Rep again, and being directed by Julie Allen Hamilton. They last collaborated in 1998 in Dancing at Luhnasa.  She is busy promoting her new film “Runner”, which she starred in and also produced with her husband Paul and premiered at the Chatham Orpheum in March.   Recently Jade has been seen as Becca in “Rabbit Hole” at the Cotuit Center for the Arts, “Peter and the Star Catcher” at Cape Rep., Chelsea in “On Golden Pond” at Cape Cod Theater Company and  Pam in “The Full Monty” with the Peregrine Theater Company in Provincetown.  After moving from Los Angeles to the Cape, she remains very active in film and recently worked on the feature “Cowboy Drifter,” releasing soon, and was also nominated for best supporting actress for the film “They are Mine” at the San Diego FANtastic film festival 2016. She has been an active member of SAG/AFTRA since 2001.

Benjamin Apple
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Dennis Cunningham (Benjamin Apple) Dennis last appeared on the Cape Rep Stage as Tony Reilly in Outside Mullingar.  Most recently he performed at the Provincetown Theater in their 24 Hour Theater Festival. Dennis has also been involved in a number of short films at Emerson and Boston Universities, and in the feature film, Disposable. He has a long connection to theater on Cape Cod, dating back to the opening season at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater in 1985 when he played Bobby in David Mamet’s American Buffalo.

Tim Andrews
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Marty Brent (Tim Andrews) is pleased to be returning to the Cape Rep stage! He was last seen as Asher Lev in the Rep’s rendition of My Name is Asher Lev. Marty is humbled by and honored to be involved with the incredible Regular Singing team. He would like to dedicate this performance to his sweetheart, Olivia.

* Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under Special Appearance Contract.


Creative

Director
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Julie Allen Hamilton is an Associate Artist with Cape Rep, also often seen at Cape Rep’s box office.  Favorite directorial credits include: Knuffle Bunny, How I Became A Pirate, Macbeth, The Tempest (Cape Rep), The Crucible, To Kill A Mockingbird, Dancing At Lughnasa, The BFG (CCTC/HJT), Three Sisters, Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter’s Tale, The Weir, Dancing At Lughnasa (APA).  Thank you to this marvelous cast, to Kate, Mo and Jared, and especially to Janine for the opportunity to direct this gorgeous play.  Special thanks and love to her ever-supportive family, Jak, Ian and Nell.

Scenic Design
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Ryan McGettigan (Set Design Woman Black)  Cape Rep credits: Woman in Black, My Name is Asher Lev, Failure: A Love Story, Evita, La Cage aux Folles, Jerusalem, Next to Normal, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Anna Christie, Avenue Q, Xanadu, Dirty Blonde, A Class Act, Eurydice, Side Man, Beauty Queen of Leenane, and Circle Mirror Transformation.  Recent designs in the Northeast include Wilde Tales (World Premiere), The Odyssey (World Premiere), Trouble in Tahiti (Glimmerglass Festival), Julius Caesar (Shakespeare & Co./Orlando Shakespeare Theatre), and The Fabulous Lipitones (WHAT).  Regional credits: Rocky Horror Show, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Million Dollar Quartet (Theatre Under the Stars), Heathers, Sweet Potato Queens (World Premiere), First Date (Houston Press, Best Musical 2015), Striking 12, Bonnie & Clyde (Broadway World Houston Best Scenic Design Award) (TUTS Undergound), Marie Antoinette (Houston Press, Best Scenic Design, 2015), The Language Archive (Stages Theatre, Houston–2013 BATEH Scenic Design Award, Broadway World Houston Best Scenic Design nominee), Barber of Seville, Ghost Sonata, The Birds, The Cherry Orchard, The Importance of Being Earnest, Doctor Faustus, Ubu Roi (Classical Theatre Company), Boom (Black Lab Theatre, 2013 BATEH Award Nominee), Mother Divine (New York Musical Theatre Festival), Next to Normal, Much Ado About Nothing (Abilene Shakespeare Festival), 9 to 5 the Musical, The Marvelous Wonderettes, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Legacy Theatre, Atlanta).  International: Henry V, As You Like It, Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged, Richard III (Prague Shakespeare Company, Czech Republic).  Opera: The Magic Flute (San Jose Opera), Faust, Die Fledermaus, Carmen, Lucia di Lammermoor, Marriage of Figaro (New Orleans Opera), Bound, From My Mother’s Mother, Your Name Means the Sea (World Premieres) (Houston Grand Opera – HGOco).  Dance: ‘Bout a Stranger (World Premiere) (Open Dance Projects), Tsuru (World Premeire) (Houston Ballet/Asia Society Texas). Upcoming projects include Pippin (Theatre Under the Stars), and Robin Hood (Glimmerglass Festival).  RyanMcGettigan.com

Lighting Design
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Susan has been illuminating productions professionally since 2004. Favorite shows include “Ragtime” and “Xanadu” at Cape Rep, “Chicago” at CCSU, and “Death for Five Voices” at Prospect Theatre Company. Regionally she has designed at the Forestburgh Playhouse, Enchanted Dance, AADA, Harbor Lights Theatre, The Resident Theatre Company, and Provincetown Theater.  In the last year she has had the honor of lighting The Former First Lady Michelle Obama, Mary J Blige, Amy Schumer, Kevin James, and Laura Benanti.  She is also a part of HG Lighting Design and freelances for WorldStage. Honors include Barbizon Region 3 winner, at the National level Runner-Up, Nominated for an Ostrander in Lighting in Memphis.  She holds a BA from Purdue University and a MFA from the University of Memphis.  Member local 829. www.susanmnicholsondesign.com

Costume Design
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Music Consultant
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Margaret Bossi (Music Consultant)  is the former conductor of the Chatham Chorale, a post she held for 25 years. She taught for many years at the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School, which has has very warm relationship with Cape Rep. At Cape Rep she has done the musical direction for Lady in the Dark, and collaborated with Bob Troie on a production of Follies. She has been the musical director at Eventide Arts for Threepenny Opera and A Little Night Music. Currently she maintains a private music studio and is the choir director and organist at Dennis Union Church, where she plays a splendid new Casavant pipe organ.

Stage Manager
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Kate is delighted to return to Cape Rep for the 2017 season, having previously stage managed six shows from 9-Ball (2013) to Peter and the Starcatcher (2016), and assistant stage managed four. Most recently, she returned home to North Carolina and Bartlett Theatre as stage manager for Crumbs from the Table of Joy, having stage managed their inaugural production of The Glass Menagerie (2015). Other credits include assistant stage manager at Playhouse on Park (The Chosen & I Hate Hamlet, 2016). Kate is a graduate of Gettysburg College where she earned a BA in English and Theatre Arts. She also serves as head of public relations and managing editor for Sunset Liminal Press and their flagship literary magazine, Sunset Liminal. She loves themed baking challenges and hates describing herself.

Photos courtesy of Bob Tucker/Focalpoint Studio.

Reviews

Exemplary acting drives Cape Rep’s ‘Regular Singing’

“To a person, the acting is nothing short of exemplary. The ensemble works seamlessly, as if they have been acting together forever.” – , Cape Cod Times

Cape Rep Theatre opens season with drama ‘Regular Singing’

“…this kind of a play requires the finest ensemble cast, and the Rep has found the right mix.” – , The Barnstable Patriot

Theater review: Cape Rep’s ‘Regular Singing’

“…director Julie Allen Hamilton and her cast mine the best lines so they resonate long after the show is over.” – , The Cape Codder

Behind the Scenes

About the playwright

Richard Nelson (October 17, 1950 – ) is one of America’s most respected and prolific playwrights.  He was born in Chicago, brought up in Gary, Indiana, Philadelphia and the suburbs of Detroit.  He graduated from Hamilton College, married in 1972 and has two daughters.
He developed an artistic home at the Royal Shakespeare Co., which produced ten of his plays between 1989 and 2003 and also with Playwrights Horizons, Lincoln Center and the Public Theatre in New York City.  Nelson was chair of the Playwriting Department at Yale School of Drams from 2005-2008. He now lives in Rhinebeck, NY, the setting of both the Apple Family Plays and The Gabriel Family Plays.

Bestowed with many prestigious awards in his career, Nelson received the Olivier Award for Best Play for Goodnight Children Everywhere (1999), and the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for James Joyce’s The Dead which he also directed (2000). In 2008, Nelson was honored with the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award as a Grand Master of American Theater.

Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director of the Public Theater in New York City,  approached Nelson in 2009 to write what he termed,  “a large scale public issue play.”  Nelson returned with a proposal to write three plays based on the lives of a family in Rhinebeck, NY, each play opening on the date of national significance.  The dates chosen were November 2, 2010, the date of the midterm elections, and titled That Hopey Changy Thing; September 11, 2011, the tenth anniversary of 9/11, and titled Sweet and Sad; and November 6, 2012, presidential election day, and titled Sorry. The fourth play, conceived later, was set on November 22, 2013, the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of JFK, and is Regular Singing.   All 4 plays were collectively entitled The Apple Family, Scenes From Life in the Country.

Success prompted a second 3-play commission from the Public Theater, The Gabriels, The Election Year in the Life of One Family: Hungry, What Did You Expect?, and Women of a Certain Age.   All three plays take place in the election cycle of 2016, the final play opening on election day, November 6, 2016.

Both play cycles were a huge success with both audience and critics and resulted in a remounting, at the Public Theatre and subsequently at other regional theaters of the plays in repertory or in marathon fashion to experience the complete cycle.

Nelson stated in his notes to the Apple Family Plays, “My ambition remains much simpler: to put the most complex, complicated people I can on stage and to let them talk about their country today.”  Nelson also directed both family cycles and utilized an ensemble of actors that remained relatively unchanged for all.  This allowed changes and rewriting and ensemble work contributions to the story right up to opening night.  For the audience, the experience is intimate, in the moment and as about as shared an experience as one can achieve.

Oskar Eustis has written, “The Apple Family plays model not only a different kind of drama, but a different idea of humanity; one based not on conflict but on collegiality, not on achievement but on being; not on selfishness, but on listening, and love.”

Quotes from Oskar Eustis and Richard Nelson are form: Nelson, Richard. The Apple Family: Scenes from Life in the Country Theatre Communications Group, 2014.

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