JAMES BLACK (Director) is proud to be celebrating his 25th consecutive season at the Alley Theatre where as an actor and occasional director, he has been involved in over 100 productions. Recent appearances include Black Coffee (Hercule Poirot), Noises Off (Lloyd Dallas), The Seafarer (James “Sharky” Harkin), The Seagull (Trigorin), Dividing the Estate (Lewis Gordon), Pygmalion (Colonel Pickering), Amadeus (Count Orsini-Rosenberg), August: Osage County (Steve Heidebrecht), Peter Pan (Captain Hook/Mr. Darling), St. Nicholas, Boeing-Boeing (Bernard), Harvey (Elwood P. Dowd), Mrs. Mannerly (Jeffrey), Our Town (Stage Manager), The Farnsworth Invention, Rock ‘n’ Roll (Max), The Man Who Came to Dinner (Sheridan Whiteside), A Christmas Carol (Mrs. Dilber/Jacob Marley), Cyrano de Bergerac (Le Bret), Othello (Iago), Arsenic and Old Lace (Jonathan Brewster), Treasure Island (Long John Silver), Hitchcock Blonde (Hitch), A Moon for the Misbegotten (James Tyrone Jr.), Orson’s Shadow (Olivier), Journey’s End (Lieutenant Osborne), A Christmas Carol (Scrooge), The Crucible (Proctor), After the Fall (Quentin), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Marcus Lycus), Twelfth Night (Sir Toby Belch), Sherlock Holmes (Moriarty), Hamlet (Claudius), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (George), One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (McMurphy), How I Learned to Drive (Uncle Peck), A View From the Bridge (Eddie Carbone), and Not About Nightingales (Butch O’Fallon) among others. He has also directed A Behanding in Spokane, Doubt, Death on the Nile, Glengarry Glen Ross, Deathtrap, Dial “M” for Murder, Our Lady of 121st Street, The Foreigner, Of Mice and Men and As Bees in Honey Drown. His film and television credits include Olympia, The Man with the Perfect Swing, Houston: The Legend of Texas, Fire and Rain, Challenger, Night Game and Killing in a Small Town. He received a Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut and a Drama Desk nomination for Best Actor for Not About Nightingales and a BackStage West Garland Award for his appearance as Eddie Carbone in the Alley’s production of A View from the Bridge.
KEVIN RIGDON (Scenic Design) is an Associate Director for Design for the Alley Theatre. For the Alley, he has created scenic, lighting and costume designs for more than 50 productions, including November, What We’re Up Against, The Seagull, The Monster at the Door, August: Osage County, A Behanding in Spokane, St. Nicholas, Intelligence-Slave, Mrs. Mannerly, Our Town, The Crucifer of Blood, Mauritius, Secret Order, The Unexpected Guest, Underneath the Lintel, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Scene, Death on the Nile, The Clean House, Subject to Fits, Orson’s Shadow, The Pillowman, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Crucible, After the Fall, Life X 3, Topdog/Underdog, Proof, The Greeks, Twelfth Night, In the Jungle of Cities, among many others. He has designed the Broadway productions of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Old Neighborhood, Buried Child, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, The Song of Jacob Zulu, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Grapes of Wrath, Our Town, Speed-the-Plow, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Caretaker and Ghetto. His Off-Broadway credits include Oleanna, Distant Fire, Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants, Orphans, Balm in Gilead, And a Nightingale Sang … , Edmond and True West. His designs have been seen in the London productions of Waiting for Godot, You Never Can Tell, American Buffalo, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Speed-the-Plow, The Grapes of Wrath and Orphans. He has designed more than 110 productions for Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, and has designed for organizations including The Peter Hall Company, The Kennedy Center, American Repertory Theatre, The Goodman Theatre, The Center Theatre Group, The Festival of Sydney, and The Cameri Theatre of Tel-Aviv, among others. He is the recipient of two Tony Award nominations, two American Theatre Wing Design awards, and seven Joseph Jefferson awards among many others. Kevin is the Moores Professor of Theatre and head of graduate design at the University of Houston.
JANICE PYTEL (Costume Design) is pleased to return to the Alley, having previously designed costumes for The Farnsworth Invention. Janice is based in Chicago where she designed the world premiere productions of Bruce Norris’ The Infidel and The Pain and the Itch, both at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Recent Chicago credits include Crooked and Falling A: Wake (Rivendell Theatre Ensemble); Disgraced (American Theatre Company); The Caretaker, The Detective’s Wife; A Streetcar Named Desire; and Picnic (Writers’ Theatre); Spunk (Court Theatre); Middletown (Steppenwolf); and Festen (Steep Theatre). Broadway: 33 Variations, I Am My Own Wife. Regional: Broke (Alliance Theatre); Crime and Punishment (Centerstage); Winesburg, Ohio, The Glass Menagerie, The Drawer Boy (Kansas City Rep.); 33 Variations (Arena Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Center Theatre Group); Lombardi: The Only Thing, Rembrandt’s Gift, Topdog/Underdog (Madison Rep.); The Seafarer (Geffen Playhouse). Feature film: Mariachi Gringo (Speak Productions). Multimedia: Catherine Sullivan’s Triangle of Need (Walker Art Center, Vizcaya Musuem and Gardens, Metro Pictures Gallery). Her online portfolio can be found at www.janicepytel.com.
JOHN AMBROSONE (Lighting Design) returns to the Alley Theatre where he previously designed lighting for Steel Magnolias, Dial M. For Murder, Black Coffee, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Life X 3, Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf, The King Stag. Broadway: The Old Neighborhood. Off-Broadway: Nocturne. National Tour: The King Stag. International: Sao Paulo, Brazil; Strasbourg, France; Berlin, Germany; Tokyo, Japan; London, England; Leon, Mexico; Moscow, Russia; Singapore; Taipei, Taiwan. Regional: Alliance Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, American Stage Festival, Annenberg Center, Arena Stage, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Capital Theatre, Coconut Grove Theatre, Contemporary American Stage Festival, Emerson Majestic Theatre, Gloucester Stage Company, The Gravity Project, Hartford Stage Company, Long Wharf Theatre, Lyric Stage Company, McCarter Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, New Repertory Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, The People’s Light & Theatre Company, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Playmakers Repertory Company, Prince Music Theatre, Ridge Theatre Company, Royal George Theatre, Sugan Theatre Company, Trinity Repertory Company, Virginia Stage Company. Opera: Spoleto Festival USA, Boston Early Music Festival, Boston Musica Viva. Dance: Boston Conservatory. Affiliations: United Scenic Artists, United States Institute For Theatre Technology. Education: Head of BA/MFA Lighting Design and Technology at Virginia Tech.
PIERRE DUPREE (Sound Design) is the Sound Supervisor at the Alley Theatre, where he has previously designed November, And Then There Were None, August: Osage County, A Behanding in Spokane, The Mousetrap, Intelligence-Slave, The Crucifer of Blood, The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Santaland Diaries and Secret Order .
ALAINE ALLDAFFER (New York Casting Director) Alaine Alldaffer is Casting Director for Playwrights Horizons, while Lisa Donadio serves as the Associate Casting Director. Credits include Grey Gardens (Broadway and PWH), Clybourne Park (Broadway and PWH), Detroit, The Whale, This and Circle, Mirror, Transformation (Artios Award), Present Laughter (Artios Award) with Victor Garber for The Huntington Theatre and The Roundabout, Every Tongue Confess at The Arena with Phylicia Rashad. TV credits include Knights of Prosperity aka Let’s Rob Mick Jagger for ABC. Assoc. credits include ED (NBC), Monk (USA). Theatres include the Long Wharf, Soho Rep, ACT in San Francisco, The Huntington Theatre, Boston and the Arena in Washington, D.C. Festivals include Williamstown and Humana.