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Alley Theatre Announces Cast and Creative Team for You Canít Take It With You
- 8/30/2013

August 30, 2013

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Alley Theatre Announces Cast and Creative Team for Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s You Can’t Take It With
 You Can’t Take It With You Runs September 20 through October 20 on Hubbard Stage

HOUSTON – Alley Theatre Artistic Director Gregory Boyd announces the cast and creative team for You Can’t Take It With You. Sanford Robbins returns to direct this new production after directing last season’s November. Robbins also directed the Alley Theatre’s 2003 production of You Can’t Take It with You.

This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic by the team of Kaufman and Hart (The Man Who Came to Dinner, 2009) is perhaps the greatest American comedy ever written. Alice Sycamore must introduce her fiancé’s straight-laced family to her rather more eccentric family. When the wildly different families meet, the worlds of the wealthy, uptight Kirbys and the off-kilter Sycamores collide. At first the Sycamores seem mad, but it is not long before we realize that if they are mad, the rest of the world is madder. Kaufman and Hart’s hilarious You Can’t Take It With You features the Alley Resident Company of Actors. Recommended for general audiences.

Some of the Alley Theatre’s Resident Company Members performed in the 2003 production, and many are taking on new roles now.
You Can’t Take It With You features Resident Company Members Jeffrey Bean as Mr. De Pinna, James Black as Martin Vanderhof, Elizabeth Bunch as Gay Wellington, Paul Hope as Mr. Kirby, Chris Hutchison as Ed, Emily Neves as Alice, Melissa Pritchett as Essie, David Rainey as Donald, Jay Sullivan as Tony Kirby, John Tyson as Boris Kolenkhov and Todd Waite as Paul Sycamore.

You Can’t Take It With You also features Jasmine Bracey as Rheba (Alley Theatre Debut), Alma Cuervo as Olga (Alley’s The Baltimore Waltz), Josie de Guzman as Penelope Sycamore (Alley’s Death of a Salesman), Andrew Love as G-Man (Alley’s A Christmas Carol), David Matranga as Henderson/G-Man (Alley’s The Hollow), Anne Quackenbush as Mrs. Kirby (Alley’s Ether Dome) and Mike Yager as G-Man (Alley Theatre Debut).

You Can’t Take It With You features scenic design by Hugh Landwehr and costume design by Judith Dolan. Lighting design is by Kevin Rigdon with sound design by Rob Millburn and Michael Bodeen and musical staging by Joann Browning. The dialect coach is Pamela Prather with Assistant Director Brandon Weinbrenner.

You Can’t Take It With You, by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, directed by Sanford Robbins, begins performances Friday, September 20 opens officially Wednesday, September 25, and runs through October 20, 2013 on the Hubbard Stage.


Moss Hart’s plays with George S. Kaufman include Once in a Lifetime, Merrily We Roll Along, You Can’t Take It With You which was a Pulitzer Prize Winner, I’d Rather Be Right, The Man Who Came to Dinner and George Washington Slept Here. Mr. Hart also collaborated on such musicals as Face the Music and As Thousands Cheer, both with Irving Berlin, I’d Rather Be Right with Rodgers and Hart and Lady in the Dark with Kurt Weill and Ira Gershwin. Other plays include Winged Victory, Light Up the Sky and The Climate of Eden. He also directed the other works of dramatists, notably Irving Berlin’s Miss Liberty, Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady and Camelot. He wrote the screenplays for A Star is Born, Gentleman’s Agreement and Hans Christian Andersen. He wrote a best-selling book,
Act One: An Autobiography.

George S. Kaufman’s plays with Moss Hart include Once in a Lifetime, Merrily We Roll Along,
You Can’t Take It With You which was a Pulitzer Prize Winner, I’d Rather Be Right, The Man Who Came to Dinner, George Washington Slept Here. Other plays include Dulcy, Minick, The Butter and Egg Man, The Good Fellow, The Royal Family, Animal Crackers, The Band Wagon, Of Thee I Sing, Dinner at Eight, Let ‘Em Eat Cake, The Dark Tower, Stage Door, The Fabulous Invalid and Silk Stockings. Most of his plays were adapted into films, with Kaufman being the adaptor.


Jeffrey Bean (Mr. De Pinna) is in his 19th season as an Alley Company Artist and has appeared in over 100 Alley productions since 1989. Recently he has appeared in Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club as Mr. Henry/AC Crosse, The Elephant Man as Frederick Treves, A Few Good Men as Cmdr. Walter Stone, Clybourne Park as Russ/Dan, Death of a Salesman as Charley, November as Charles Smith, Black Coffee as Dr. Carelli, The Seagull as Sorin, Ether Dome as Dr. Charles Jackson, Amadeus as Salieri, August: Osage County as Bill Fordham, Peter Pan as Smee, Boeing-Boeing as Robert and The 39 Steps as Man #2. Previous Alley highlights include The Farnsworth Invention as David Sarnoff, Mauritius as Philip, Cyrano de Bergerac as Cyrano, The Scene as Charlie, Doubt as Father Flynn, Subject to Fits as Prince Myshkin, Much Ado About Nothing as Benedick, Journey’s End as 2nd Lieutenant Trotter, The Pillowman as Michal, Hapgood as Ridley, Twelfth Night as Feste, The Importance of Being Earnest as Algernon, Billy Bishop Goes to War as Billy Bishop, Gross Indecency as Oscar Wilde, Arms & the Man as Bluntschli, The Crucible as Deputy Gov. Danforth, The Foreigner as Charlie Baker and Stones in His Pockets as Charlie Conlon, et al. Broadway credits include Bells Are Ringing as Francis and Amadeus as Kappelmeister Bonno. Television credits include Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU and All My Children. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts and a Princess Grace Award winner.

James Black (Martin Vanderhof) is proud to be celebrating his 27th consecutive season at the Alley Theatre where, as an actor and occasional director, he has been involved in over 100 productions. Recent appearances include The Hollow as Sir Henry Angkatell, Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club as Mr. Richards/Mycroft Holmes, The Elephant Man as Man/Conductor/Snork, A Few Good Men as Capt. Matthew A. Markinson, Black Coffee as Hercule Poirot, Noises Off as Lloyd Dallas, The Seafarer as James “Sharky” Harkin, The Seagull as Trigorin, Dividing the Estate as Lewis Gordon, Pygmalion as Colonel Pickering, Amadeus as Count Orsini-Rosenberg, August: Osage County as Steve Heidebrecht, Peter Pan as Captain Hook/Mr. Darling, St. Nicholas, Boeing-Boeing as Bernard, Harvey as Elwood P. Dowd, Mrs. Mannerly as Jeffrey, Our Town as Stage Manager, The Farnsworth Invention, Rock ‘n’ Roll as Max, The Man Who Came to Dinner as Sheridan Whiteside, A Christmas Carol as Mrs. Dilber/Jacob Marley, Cyrano de Bergerac as Le Bret, Othello as Iago, Arsenic and Old Lace as Jonathan Brewster, Treasure Island as Long John Silver, Hitchcock Blonde as Hitch, A Moon for the Misbegotten as James Tyrone Jr., Orson’s Shadow as Olivier, Journey’s End as Lieutenant Osborne, A Christmas Carol as Scrooge, The Crucible as Proctor, After the Fall as Quentin, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum as Marcus Lycus, Twelfth Night as Sir Toby Belch, Sherlock Holmes as Moriarty, Hamlet as Claudius, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? as George, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest as McMurphy, How I Learned to Drive as Uncle Peck, A View From the Bridge as Eddie Carbone, and Not About Nightingales as Butch O’Fallon among others. He has also directed Clybourne Park, 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.

Jasmine Bracey (Rheba) is making her Alley Theatre debut. Her regional theatre and tour credits include The Acting Company: As You Like It as Audrey, Macando as Diane/Nemesis at The Guthrie Theater, Antony and Cleopatra as Soothsayer at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Catch-22 as Chaplain/Psychiatrist at The Brink and A Piece of My Heart as BJ Steele with Flying Squirrel Entertainment. She has performed several productions with the Resident Ensemble Players including The Little Foxes as Addie, the world premiere of O Beautiful as Sondra, All the King’s Men as Sadie, Midsummer Night's Dream as Titania/Hippolyta and Our Town as Mrs. Webb. She is a proud graduate of the PTTP - University of Delaware, Class of 2011.

Elizabeth Bunch (Gay Wellington) has appeared in more than 40 shows at the Alley Theatre since 2002 and recently served as Assistant Director for The Seafarer and Amadeus. Performances include Henrietta Angkatell in The Hollow, Christiane de LaBegassier in Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club, Mrs. Kendal in The Elephant Man, Bev/Kathy in Clybourne Park, Clarice Bernstein in November, Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion, Karen in August: Osage County, Wendy in Peter Pan, Boeing-Boeing, Harvey, The 39 Steps, Our Town, Mauritius, Cyrano de Bergerac, Othello, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Scene, Doubt, Treasure Island, Steel Magnolias, Proof and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? New York theatre credits include The Voice of the Turtle produced by The Keen Company and The Mint Theater, The Water Children at Playwright Horizons, Museum with The Keen Company, The Light Outside with Bat Theater Company, and New World Rhapsody, The Motel Plays, and The Hospital Plays at HB Playwrights Foundation. Other theatre includes Little Foxes at The Denver Center; A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Guthrie Theater; Goosebumps, a national tour produced by Feld Entertainment; Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, Viola in Twelfth Night, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Isabella in Measure for Measure, Big Love, and Arcadia with Bread Loaf Acting Ensemble. Television appearances include Law & Order: SVU. Elizabeth is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Alma Cuervo (Olga) returns to the Alley, where she played in The Baltimore Waltz in 1992. Broadway credits include Beauty And The Beast, Cabaret, Titanic, The Heidi Chronicles, Ghetto, Quilters, Is There Life After High School?, Censored Scenes From King Kong and Bedroom Farce. National Tours include My Fair Lady, Wicked, Cabaret and M. Butterfly. Recent Off-Broadway credits include Far From Heaven and Sondheim and Weidman's Road Show. She won an Obie for her performance in Uncommon Women And Others, which was also on PBS. Recent regional credits include 4000 Miles at Good Theatre in Portland, Into The Woods at Baltimore/Westport, The Clean House at Syracuse, And The Curtain Rises at Signature, The Three Sisters at Cincinnati and The Miracle At Napes at Huntington. She won a Barrymore Award for The Beauty Queen Of Leenane at PTC. She was a series co-star of Norman Lear's Aka Pablo. Alma is a graduate of Tulane and Yale Drama School.

Josie de Guzman (Penelope Sycamore) returns to the Alley having recently appeared as Lady Angkatell in The Hollow, Club Secretary in Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club, Linda in Death of a Salesman, Barbara Amory in Black Coffee, Belinda Blair in Noises Off, Arkadina in The Seagull, Vera Claythorne in And Then There Were None, Barbara Fordham in August: Osage County, Miss Casewell in The Mousetrap, Berthe in Boeing-Boeing, Mrs. Mannerly in Mrs. Mannerly, Mrs. Gibbs in Our Town, Eleanor/Esme in Rock ‘n’ Roll, Maggie Cutler in The Man Who Came to Dinner, Matilde in The Clean House, the title role in Hapgood, as well as After the Fall, Twelfth Night, Sherlock Holmes, And Then There Were None and House & Garden. She appeared as Mrs. Gibbs in Hartford Stage’s production of Our Town. Her Broadway career includes Tony nominations for Guys and Dolls and West Side Story, as well as creating roles in Nick and Nora, Runaways, and Carmelina. She won the 2002 Connecticut Critics Award for Anna in The King and I and has appeared extensively at the Public Theatre, where she created roles in Elizabeth Swados’ Runaways, Lullaby and Goodnight and The Haggadah, at BAM in Missionaries and Off-Broadway in Tamara and Once Removed. Her regional theatre appearances include Hartford Stage in Diosa, Great Lakes in She Loves Me, and Denver Center in Man of La Mancha, as well as such varied classical roles as Carmen, Viola, Varya, and Beatrice. Her films include Exiles in New York, FX, and FX2, while television appearances include Miami Vice, The Cosby Show, Third Watch, All My Children, and Guiding Light. Her recordings include Lullabies for Everyone and Nanas Para Todos, both sold at, as well as the cast recordings of Guys and Dolls, Carmelina, and Runaways.

Paul Hope (Mr. Kirby) is a native Houstonian and an Alley Company Artist, who has appeared on the Alley stages for 20 seasons in a wide range of roles, including Edward Raynor in Black Coffee, Crumpet in The Santaland Diaries, William Crocker in The Farnsworth Invention, Beverly Carlton in The Man Who Came to Dinner, Julian Farrar in The Unexpected Guest, Duke of Venice in Othello, Officer O’Hara in Arsenic and Old Lace, Charles in The Clean House, Gavin in House and Garden, Richard in Hay Fever, Arthur in Love! Valour! Compassion!, Serge in Art, Miles Gloriosus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Barrymore in I Hate Hamlet, Frederick in Noises Off and Sgt. “Froggy” Le Seuer in The Foreigner, among many others. His musical theatre roles include Rohna in Grand Hotel with Cyd Charisse and Liliane Montevecchi and Col. Lockert in Dodsworth with Hal Linden, both at Casa Mañana in Fort Worth; and Beauregard in Mame with Juliet Prowse, Bienstock in Sugar with Robert Morse, and M. Renaud in La Cage with Lee Roy Reams, all at Theatre Under the Stars. He has also performed as Steve Baker in Showboat with Eddie Bracken at Houston Grand Opera, and most recently took over for John Lithgow as the narrator of Carnival of the Animals for Houston Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet. He is the Artistic Director for Bayou City Concert Musicals, which has presented concert stagings of Follies, Falsettos, A Little Night Music, She Loves Me, 70 Girls 70, Assassins, Fiorello, The Secret Garden, Pal Joey, On the Town, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Finian’s Rainbow, and this year, One Touch of Venus

Chris Hutchison (Ed) is in his seventh season as an Alley Company Artist. This is his 32nd Alley Theatre production since first appearing here as Hal in Proof in 2004. Other favorite roles include Weber in What We’re Up Against, Nicky in The Seafarer, Medvedenko in The Seagull, Mervyn in A Behanding in Spokane, Bruno Clemens in Intelligence-Slave, Dennis in Mauritius, Padraic in The Lieutenant of Inishmore, and Boo Radley in To Kill a Mockingbird. He spent this summer with the Houston Shakespeare Festival, playing Touchstone in As You Like It, and Enobarbus in Anthony and Cleopatra. Off-Broadway credits include EST Marathon and revivals of The Second Man, Museum and The Hasty Heart with Obie Award-winning Keen Co. Chris’s solo show TRIP was selected for production by Here Arts Center in SoHo. Regionally he has appeared at the Guthrie Theater, Pasadena Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, Milwaukee Rep, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Hartford TheatreWorks and Capital Rep, as well as six summers as a member of the Acting ensemble at Breadloaf in Vermont, where he most recently played Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire. Film and television credits include Kill the PoorEdChappelle’s ShowAll My Children, Guiding Light and some Movies of the Week. He holds a MFA from the University of Washington. Chris has served as an adjunct faculty member at several colleges and universities, including the University of Houston.

Andrew Love (G-Man) returns to the Alley, having previously performed in A Christmas Carol as Fred/Scrooge at 21, Our Town as Baseball Player, Othello as Ensemble, The Lieutenant of Inishmore as Understudy, and To Kill a Mockingbird as Ensemble. Andrew also performs regularly at the Houston Grand Opera, having appeared in  Il Trovatore, Showboat as Pete, Ariadne auf Naxos, and La Italiana en Algieri. Andrew is also a voice actor for Sentai Filmworks and Funimation Studios, where he has voiced more than 80 characters since 2005. For his work as Enlike in Book of Bantorra, Andrew was nominated by Behind the Voice Actors for Best Supporting Actor in an Anime Series. Film credits include Starship Troopers: Invasion, Through Her Eyes and Critical Mass.

David Matranga (Henderson/Jim) was last seen by Houston audiences as Detective Sergeant Penny in in the Alley Theatre’s The Hollow. Prior to that, he appeared as Steve Baker/ Max in Houston Grand Opera’s production of Showboat. This past fall he appeared as Jean in Classical Theatre Company’s production of Miss Julie. Other recent productions include Comedy Of Errors/Hamlet at the 2012 Houston Shakespeare Festival; the regional premiere of In The Next Room or The Vibrator Play at Stages; Uncle Vanya at CTC; Mistakes Were Made at Stages Repertory Theatre; A Christmas Carol at Alley Theatre; Yankee Tavern, Auntie Mame, Complete History of America Abridged, Man From Nebraska, Grey Gardens as Joe Kennedy Jr./Jerry and Lobster Alice, all at Stages Repertory Theatre. New York Theater credits include The Armageddon Dance Party at NYC Fringe and Ophelia: Opera In Blue as Hamlet. Other Regional theatre credits include originating the roles of Patrick in 110 Flights and General Longstreet in General Desdemona at the 1st Annual Proctors New Play Festival, Pride and Prejudice at Dallas Theater Center, The King Stag at Yale Rep and  A Christmas Carol at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Film and TV credits include Patriot Act, The Rejects, Law & Order, All My Children, As The World Turns and he is currently filming the up and coming action comedy Urban Shakedown. David has also voiced over 20 animated characters including Appleseed, Appleseed Ex Machina, Halo Legends and Sony's Starship Troopers: Invasion. Training includes Yale School of Drama. 

Emily Neves (Alice) is in her fifth season as a member of the Resident Acting Company here at the Alley Theatre. Emily has appeared in more than 20 plays at the Alley since 2007. Some favorites include Rock ‘n’ Roll, Boeing-Boeing, A Behanding in Spokane, Peter Pan, August: Osage County, Clybourne Park, A Few Good Men and many more. Emily is also a voice actor for Sentai Filmworks, Sony Pictures and FUNimation Studios. Behind the Voice Actors nominated Emily for three of their annual Anime Voice Acting awards for 2012, Female Voice Actor of the Year, Best Female Lead in a film or special as Inga in Un-go, which Emily won, and Best Female in a Supporting Role in a film or special as Trig in Starship Troopers: Invasion. Emily recently graduated cum laude from Texas State University with a BFA in Acting. While studying at Texas State in 2012, Emily performed at the Kennedy Center as part of a national finalist team in the Irene Ryan acting competition. Emily is a native Houstonian and a proud AEA member.

Melissa Pritchett (Essie) is an Alley Company Artist recently appearing in The Hollow as Gerda Cristow, Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club as Mrs. Hudson/Lucy O’Malley, The Elephant Man as Pinhead/Whore/Miss Sandwich/Countess, Death of a Salesman as The Woman, Noises Off as Brooke Ashton, Ether Dome as Elizabeth Whitman Morton, Pygmalion as Clara Eynsford-Hill, Amadeus as Constanze Weber, Boeing-Boeing as Gretchen, Farnsworth Invention as Agnes, Rock ‘n’ Roll as Gillian/Magda, Eurydice as Little Stone, Cyrano de Bergerac as Lise, Othello as Bianca, Hitchcock Blonde as Blonde, Much Ado About Nothing as Ursula and The Pillowman as Mother. Other theatre credits include Beauty and the Beast, Brigadoon at Theatre Under the Stars and Footloose at Great Caruso. As a dancer, she was a principal dancer for Longview Ballet Theatre. She has choreographed several shows for Bayou City Concert Musicals including One Touch Venus, Finnian’s Rainbow and Fiorello! She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Sam Houston State University.

Anne Quackenbush (Mrs. Kirby) returns to the Alley Theatre having recently appeared in Ether Dome as Mrs. Wadsworth/Miss Lanakova/Jane White, And Then There Were None as Mrs. Rogers, Amadeus as Teresa Salieri, The Mousetrap as Mrs. Boyle, Harvey as Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet, Our Town as Mrs. Soames, The Man Who Came to Dinner as Miss Preen, The Unexpected Guest as Miss Bennett, The Thirteenth Chair, House & Garden and A Christmas Carol. Other credits include Searching for Eden, Orange Flower Water and The Pavilion, both by Craig Wright, Heart of a Woman, Anton in Show Business, The Maiden's Prayer, and Ascendancy at Stages Repertory Theatre; Hysteric Studs; Poor Super Man, subUrbia, and Breaking the Code at Theater LaB; A Midsummer Night’s Dream at San Francisco Shakespeare Festival; and Shooting Stars, House of Blue Leaves, On The Verge; Or The Geography of Yearning at Ensemble Theatre of Santa Barbara. Film/television credits incljude The Year Without A Santa Claus; Laughing Boy; Rocket Man; Pascagoula; Dwelling. Education includes a BFA in Theatre Performance, Scripps College, California; Shakespeare Program, Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London; and American Conservatory Theatre. Currently Anne is a third year MA student at the University of Houston’s School of Theatre and Dance where she played Linda Loman in Death of a Salesman. She is also an Assistant Lecturer in Theatre History at Texas A&M University in the Department of Performance Studies.

David Rainey (Donald) is in his 14th season as an Alley Company Artist. Recent roles include Col. Julius Alexander Randolph in A Few Good Men, Albert/Kevin in Clybourne Park, Bert/Spirit of Christmas Present in A Christmas Carol, Dwight Grackle in November, Ben in What We’re Up Against, Mrs. Dilber/Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol, Rogers in And Then There Were None, Sterling in Mauritius, Nasty Interesting Man/Lord of the Underworld in Eurydice,  the title role in Othello, Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird,  Paryfon Rogozhin in Subject to Fits, Master Jacques in The Miser, Ariel in The Pillowman, Giles Cory in The Crucible, David Keaton in The Exonerated, Lincoln in Topdog/Underdog for which he won Best Actor by the Houston Press, a Best Actor Nominations by the Jeff Awards in Chicago and Black Theatre Alliance Awards in Chicago, Lenny in Of Mice and Men and Donald in You Can’t Take It With You. He has performed with The National Actors Theatre, Joseph Papp Public Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, The Acting Company, New York Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Rep with Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Hartford Stage Company, Dallas Theatre Center, Guthrie Theatre, Crossroads Theatre Company and Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, among others. Film and television credits include Cosby, Law & Order, Vengeance Unlimited, As the World Turns, One Life to Live, Lowball, North Starr, Hell Swarm, Starforce, Multifacial and The ‘M’ Word. He holds degrees from Eastern New Mexico University and Juilliard, where he received the Drama Division’s highest honor, the Michel and Suria Saint-Denis Prize. He is Artistic Director of The Landing Theatre Company, is on the drama faculty of the University of Houston-Downtown and also teaches professional acting classes.

Jay Sullivan (Tony Kirby) is an Alley Company Artist. Alley appearances include The Hollow as Edward Angkatell, Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club  as Prince Nikita Starloff, The Elephant Man as Merrick, A Few Good Men as Cpl. Howard, Clybourne Park as Jim/Tom/Kenneth, A Christmas Carol as Fred/Scrooge at 21, Death of a Salesman as Happy, Black Coffee as Richard Amory, Red as Ken, Peter Pan as Peter, Our Town as George Gibbs and Eurydice as Orpheus. Jay recently made his Broadway debut in Jerusalem as Lee. Other theatre credits include Durango as Red Angel/Bob at The Public Theatre and Longwharf; DogSeesGod as Matt/Pigpen at Soho Repertory Theatre; Orestes: A Tragic Romp as Orestes at The Folger and Two River Theatre; Afternight Seating as James at Abingdon Theatre; and The Bilbao Effect as Grole Andacht at The Center for Architecture, as well as The History Boys as Dakin and Rock ‘n’ Roll as Stephen at The Studio Theatre; Much Ado About Nothing as Claudio produced by As Written Productions; and Romeo and Juliet as Benvolio at Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Film and television credits include The Good Wife, Law & Order: SVU and The Unidentified. Jay is a graduate of Florida State University.

John Tyson (Boris Kolenkhov) has appeared in a wide variety of roles in his 14 seasons at the Alley Theatre. Recent credits include Selsdon Mowbray in Noises Off, Richard Harkin in The Seafarer, Alfred Doolittle in Pygmalion, The Storyteller in Peter Pan, Mr. Paravicini in The Mousetrap, Professor Metz/Banjo in The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Librarian in Underneath the Lintel, Dr. Einstein in Arsenic and Old Lace and Tupolski in The Pillowman. Notable performances include Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night, Boris Kolenkhov in You Can’t Take It With You, AEH in The Invention of Love, both Dromios in The Comedy of Errors and Henry Carr in Travesties. Before coming to the Alley Theatre, Mr. Tyson worked at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Stagewest and Playmakers Repertory Company. At the Alley he directed The Woman in Black and his own play, Act Of Passion. He recently directed The Good Thief at the Mosaic Theatre. He has also written an adaptation of Christmas Carol and, with Santry Rush, written the musical Happy Ending.

Todd Waite (Paul Sycamore) is in his 13th season as an Alley Company Artist. Most recently seen in The Hollow as Gudgeon, Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club as Sherlock Holmes, he has appeared in over 60 productions including five Christmas seasons of the one-man show, The Santaland Diaries. Other shows include Noises Off as Frederick Fellowes, Pygmalion as Henry Higgins, Sherlock Holmes as Sherlock Holmes, Rock ‘n’ Roll as Jan, The Goat or Who is Sylvia? as Martin, Arsenic and Old Lace as Mortimer Brewster, Hapgood as Kerner, Deathtrap as Sydney, Art as Ivan, Stones in His Pockets as Jake, The Devil’s Disciple as Burgoyne, The Mousetrap as Christopher Wren and The 39 Steps as Richard Hannay. Previously, Mr. Waite spent six seasons with the Shaw Festival, played Enjolras in the Canadian premiere of Les Miserables and guest-starred on all major U.S. and Canadian networks. Awards include the Critic’s Choice Award for Intimate Exchanges at Dallas Theater Center and a Best Actor nomination for his performance in the world premiere of The Coronation Voyage. He has directed several Canadian premieres and was the resident director for Cirque du Soleil’s ‘O’ in Las Vegas. A recipient of the Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship for master actor/teachers, Mr. Waite holds an MFA in Directing, and is an adjunct professor for the University of Houston’s Graduate Program in Theatre Education. His private students attend Juilliard, Yale, The Royal Scottish Academy, The Stella Adler School, as well as Stage Door, Interlochen, and Houston’s High School for the Performing Arts.

Mike Yager (G-Man) is making his Alley Theatre debut. Houston theatre credits include Black Lab Theatre’s Chinglish as Daniel Cavanaugh, Our House as Merv; Theatre LaB’s Reasons To Be Pretty as Kent; Horse Head Theatre’s Among the Thugs as Ensemble; NRT’s Arabian Nights as Harun Al-Rashid, Scorched as Everyman; and at Slightly Off-Center, Deer Park in The Pillowman as Katurian. He received his BA in Theatre from the University of Texas at Austin, credits including Much Ado About Nothing as Don John, Blood Wedding as Woodcutter, and The Marriage of Miss Hollywood and King Neptune as Manny Weisenberg. He also appears in the Lionsgate horror film Teeth as Eliot.


Sanford (Sandy) Robbins (Director) directed the 2003 Alley production of You Can’t Take It with You, as well as last season’s production of November. He is the founder and Producing Artistic Director of the Resident Ensemble Players (REP) in Delaware. Theatres for which he has directed include the Oregon Shakespearean Festival, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Los Angeles Shakespeare Festival, and American Players Theatre, as well as multiple productions for the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre where he served for several years as a resident director and remains a frequent guest director, most recently for Cyrano de Bergerac and Lombardi. He has directed the international premieres of Sam Shepard’s plays for the national theatres of several foreign countries, including Buried Child for the Moscow Art Theatre Studio and the National Theatre of Cyprus. His production of Shepard's The Tooth of Crime received the Thalia Award for Best Production in Finland, an award won the previous year by Ingmar Bergman. Mr. Robbins also serves professional theatres as a text and verse speaking coach for Shakespeare and other classic plays, including for the Alley Theatre's 2004 production of Hamlet. He is the founder and Director of Training for the University of Delaware Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP), which is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 10 theatre training programs in America and by Hollywood Reporter as one of the 25 best theatre training programs in the English speaking world. Sandy has taught acting, voice, verse speaking, and period style at Carnegie-Mellon University, Los Angeles City College, and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Later this season at REP he will direct Margaret Edson’s

Hugh Landwehr (Scenic Design) has designed scenery throughout the U.S. At the Alley he designed scenery for Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club, Death of a Salesman, Noises Off, The Seafarer, Peter Pan, Harvey, The 39 Steps, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Eurydice, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Cyrano de Bergerac, Arsenic and Old Lace, Doubt, Witness for the Prosecution, Journey’s End, Steel Magnolias, Death of a Salesman in 1997, The Front Page, Hedda Gabler, Noises Off, A View from the Bridge and Hay Fever. His work on Broadway has included productions of Frozen, Bus Stop, All My Sons and A View from the Bridge. Off-Broadway he has designed Last Easter, Scattergood, Filumena, The Baby Dance, The Entertainer and Candide, among others. He has had long and productive relationships with many regional theatres including Center Stage in Baltimore, Denver Center Theatre Co., The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington D.C., Kansas City Rep., South Coast Rep., Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, the Guthrie Theater, Seattle Repertory, and A.C.T. in Seattle. During summers he has designed at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Berkshire Theatre Festival and the Westport Country Playhouse. He is presently a member of the faculty of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and has taught at University of Wisconsin (Madison), The North Carolina School of the Arts and Williams College. He has twice been the recipient of NEA grants as an Associate Artist. Other awards include Murphy Award in Design, administered by Long Wharf Theatre, and the 2003 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Set Design. He was educated at Yale College.

Judith Dolan (Costume Design) has designed costumes for numerous Alley Theatre productions, including The Seafarer, Harvey, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Arsenic and Old Lace, Leading Ladies, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Glass Menagerie, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth and As You Like It.  Her work extends beyond theatre to opera, film and television. Dolan is a Tony Award winner for Candide who also earned a Lucille Lortelle Award for The Petrified Prince and two Drama Desk nominations. Most recently she designed the Broadway production of LoveMusik, with music by Kurt Weill, as well as Parade and Hollywood Arms by Carol Burnett and Carrie Hamilton. Other credits include Lewis and Clark Reach the Euphrates and Travesties, both directed by Gregory Boyd. Opera designs include Idomeneo for Wolf Trap Opera, Christholf Von Dohnanyi’s The Magic Flute for The Cleveland Orchestra and Carlyle Floyd’s Willie Stark. Dolan has designed for a number of other companies, including Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, Theatre Clwyd in Wales, The Old Vic, Kennedy Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, D.C.’s Shakespeare Theatre, Goodman Theatre, New York City Opera and Houston Grand Opera. She has a Ph.D. in Directing and Design from Stanford University and is Professor and Head of Design in the Department of Theater and Dance at the University of California, San Diego.

Kevin Rigdon (Lighting 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.

Rob Milburn & Michael Bodeen (Sound Design) Broadway credits include music composition and sound for Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Miracle Worker, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and The Speed of Darkness; music for My Thing of Love; and sound for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Superior Donuts, reasons to be pretty, A Year with Frog and ToadMa Rainey's Black BottomHollywood ArmsKing Hedley IIBuried ChildThe Song of Jacob Zulu and The Grapes of Wrath. Off-Broadway credits include music and sound for Checkers, Inked Baby, After AshleyBoy Gets GirlRedSpaceThe Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci and Marvin's Room; sound for Brundibar, The Pain and the Itch and Jitney; and music direction and sound for Eyes for Consuela and Ruined. Recent original music and sound credits at Houston’s Alley Theatre include Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club, The Seagull,  Peter Pan and Cyrano de Bergerac and sound design for Rock ’n’ Roll. They have created music and sound at many of America's resident theatres, often with Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, the Comedy Theatre in London's West End, The Barbican Center, the National Theatre of Great Britain, the Cameri Theatre in Tel Aviv, the Subaru Acting Company in Japan and festivals in Toronto, Dublin, Galway, Perth and Sydney. 

Pamela Prather (Dialect Coach) is thrilled to return the Alley Theatre after coaching The Hollow, The Elephant Man, Death of a Salesman, Black Coffee, Noises OffBoeing-BoeingThe Gershwins’ An American in ParisOthello and The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Other credits include Hartford Stage Company, Yale Repertory Theatre, Primary Stages, Underwood Theatre, The Play Company, The Edge Theatre Co., New York Classical Theatre, St. Ann’s Warehouse DUMBO, Dance Theatre Workshop and Hampton’s Shakespeare Festival. Pamela is currently an Assistant Professor of Theatre at SUNY Purchase College and has taught at Yale School of Drama, NYU and UCLA. She received her MFA in Acting from UCLA and is certified in Fitzmaurice Voicework®, Laughter Yoga and Prana Yoga. Pamela is the founder of “Laughing Voice”

Joann Browning (Musical Staging) creates and coaches movement, choreographs, and provides musical staging for professional theatres and dance companies. Past credits include the Alley Theatre, the Enchantment Theatre, Resident Ensemble Players (REP), and the Delaware Theatre Company. As a dancer, she has performed with the Kathryn Posin Dance Company, James Sutton & Dancers, Repertory Dance Company, Milwaukee Dance Theatre, and Dancers Unlimited, among others. She has served as a guest artist at universities around the country and has conducted movement workshops throughout the U.S. and in London, Japan, Thailand and Canada. Joann is currently the Associate Dean for the Arts at the University of Delaware, Head of Movement for the Professional Theatre Training Program and resident choreographer and movement coach to the Resident Ensemble Players, the University’s resident professional acting company. 

Brandon Weinbrenner (Assistant Director) is beginning his first full season as Resident Assistant Director at Alley Theatre. This is his fifth production as assistant director, having previously worked on The Hollow, Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club, The Elephant Man, and A Few Good Men. Brandon will be making his Alley Theatre directing debut with David Ives’ Venus in Fur. Past theatrical credits include serving as the Bret C. Harte Directing Fellow at Berkeley Rep, producing the 2013 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival in his hometown of Dallas, Texas, and acting in productions at the Guthrie Theater, The Children’s Theatre Co., Illusion Theater, WaterTower Theatre, and Undermain Theatre. Brandon is a graduate of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater
BFA Acting Training Program.

The Alley Theatre is a nationally recognized Theatre Company based in Houston, Texas.  The Alley was founded in 1947 and is one of the few US companies with a commitment to resident artists. Under the direction of Artistic Director Gregory Boyd and Managing Director Dean R. Gladden, the Alley creates a wide-ranging repertoire of innovative productions of classics, neglected modern plays, and new works in its 11 production season. The Alley has brought its productions to Broadway, Off-Broadway, London, 40 American cities, to Berlin, Paris, and St. Petersburg, as well as to major European festivals (including two in one season at the Venice Biennale). A recipient of the Special Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, the Alley has premiered plays by Edward Albee, Horton Foote, Robert Wilson, Rajiv Joseph. Kenneth Lin,  Eve Ensler, Keith Reddin, and Herbert Siguenza, as well as creating the premieres of the musicals Jekyll & Hyde, The Civil War, and Wonderland. Other notable collaborations include The Roman Plays (with Vanessa Redgrave), Hydriotaphia (by Tony Kushner), and Danton's Death. The Alley’s productions are built and rehearsed in the Alley Theatre Center for Theatre Production – a 75,000-square-foot facility adjacent to the theatres themselves and are performed on the 824-seat Hubbard Stage and the 310-seat Neuhaus Stage. The Alley continues to provide its audiences with thought-provoking, diverse and transformative theatre.

You Can’t Take It With You is generously sponsored
Lead Sponsor Enbridge Energy Company, Inc. and Supporting Sponsor Norton Rose Fulbright (Fulbright & Jaworski LLP). The Alley Theatre is supported by the 2013-2014 season sponsor United Airlines, the official airline of the Alley Theatre.

Tickets to
You Can’t Take It With You start at $26. All tickets to You Can’t Take It With You are available for purchase at, at the Alley Theatre Box Office, 615 Texas Avenue, or by calling 713.220.5700. Groups of 10 or more can receive special concierge services and select discounts by calling 713.220.5700 and asking for the group sales department.

Sunday, September 22, 2:30 p.m.
The Alley Theatre offers access services for our deaf or hard of hearing and sight-impaired patrons. Audio Description is provided for each Hubbard Stage production and Open Captioning is offered for every Hubbard Stage and Neuhaus Stage production. To ensure that your seats will accommodate your needs, please call the box office 713.220.5700 when ordering tickets to this performance.  Discounted tickets are available for groups of 10 or more.

Saturday, September 21
The Alley Theatre continues its efforts to make the theatre affordable to patrons. Partnering with other social non-profit organizations, the Alley seeks to generate in-kind donations and reward patrons with $10 Tix for select performances. The $10 Tix are available in person only on Saturday, September 21, and are limited to two tickets per person. With your donation, you can purchase two $10 tickets for Sunday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 24 at 7:30 p.m. or Thursday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m. Donate and purchase in person at the box office (615 Texas Ave.) on Saturday, September 21 only. Limited availability. The $10 Tix partner for You Can't Take It With You is Houston Food Bank. They will be accepting donations of new/unopened, unperishable food items starting at noon. to be determined.

Tuesday, September 24, 6:00 p.m.
Grab your group and join us for InterACT, the Alley Theatre’s newest pre-show mixer for groups of 10 or more. Interact and network with members of other theatre-loving groups while enjoying music, complimentary cocktails and appetizers provided by Frankie B. Mandola's Catering and Damian's Cucina Italiana. This pre-curtain event is FREE with a group purchase of 10 or more tickets to the 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 24 performance of You Can't Take It With You. Group Leaders can contact the Group Sales Department at 713.315.3346 or email to inquire about group rates, seat availability, easy payment options and flexible payment due dates. The Group Sales Department is open from 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Tuesday, October 1, 7:30 p.m.
Members of the cast return to the stage following the performance to take questions from the audience. TalkBacks are led by a member of the Alley Artistic Staff.

Thursday, October 3, 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.
Join the hottest GLBT theatre event in town! ActOUT is in its fifth season with a variety of events and productions that will once again have Houston’s GLBT community talking. Patrons enjoy fabulous pre-performance mixers with music, socializing, complimentary cocktails and appetizers. The place to see and be seen, ActOUT is sure to be a great night on the town. This pre-curtain event is free with your ticket to the Thursday, October 3, 7:30 p.m. performance of ActOUT. To buy a ticket, required for this event, use the promo code: ACTOUT. Purchase by calling the box office anytime at 713.220.5700, then enter 1. For more information, please call 713.228.9341 ext. 556.

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