Writers Theatre inaugurates new building with Arcadia

Writers Theatre inaugurates new building with Arcadia 1 Writers Theatre, under leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, presents the first production in their new home, Arcadia, written by Tom Stoppard, directed by Michael Halberstam. The production, which begins performances on March 16, 2016 has already been extended by one week, and will now play through May 1, 2016 in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre in Writers Theatre’s new theater center at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe.  


Writers Theatre, under leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, presents the first production in their new home, Arcadia, written by Tom Stoppard, directed by Michael Halberstam. The production, which begins performances on March 16, 2016 has already been extended by one week, and will now play through May 1, 2016 in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre in Writers Theatre’s new theater center at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe.  

In the heart of a 19th century English country estate awash in secret desires, illicit affairs and professional rivalries, a brilliant young student proposes an earthshaking scientific theory. Two hundred years later at that same estate, academic adversaries Hannah and Bernard race to unravel the enticing mysteries left behind in a heated battle for intellectual and sexual dominance. 

Part detective story and part comedy of manners, Tom Stoppard’s elegant, time-jumping masterpiece forges a complex comedy of wit, romance, poetry, sex and scientific theory, introducing characters whose lives and passions intersect across the centuries. 

Directed by Artistic Director Michael Halberstam, who previously helmed WT’s hit productions of Stoppard’s The Real Thing, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and Rough Crossing Arcadia serves as an ideal first production in Writers Theatre’s new home, serving as bridge between the Theatre’s celebrated past and its exciting future.

“I cannot think of a more fitting way to embrace our new home than with a production of Tom Stoppard’s beautiful ode to the past, the present and the future,” said Artistic Director Michael Halberstam. “It is a play that stands at the core of our mission to focus on intimate engagements with text and artist. It takes advantage of the epic canvass that our beautiful new Nichols theatre can encompass while highlighting the intimate relationship that can be articulated between audience and actor. Our cast and production team is rooted firmly in Chicago and embodies the remarkable breadth of artistry that lies at the heart of our very unique and exciting community.”

The cast of Arcadia includes Greg Matthew Anderson (Septimus Hodge), Chaon Cross (Lady Croom), Kate Fry (Hannah Jarvis), Torrey Hanson (Jellaby), Nathan Hosner (Capt. Brice, RN), Callie Johnson (Chloë Coverly), Scott Parkinson (Bernard Nightingale), Gabriel Ruiz (Richard Noakes), Alistair Sewell (Gus Coverly/Agustus Coverly), Christopher Sheard (Valentine Coverly), Elizabeth Stenholt (Thomasina Coverly) and Rod Thomas (Ezra Chater).

The designers are Collette Pollard (Scenic Designer), Rachel Anne Healy (Costume Designer), John Culbert (Lighting Designer), Josh Schmidt (Sound Designer) and Scott Dickens (Properties Master). The Stage Manager is David Castellanos, and the Dialect Coach is Eva Breneman. 

Tom Stoppard (Playwright) is one of the premiere playwrights working in modern drama today. His seminal works for the theatre include: Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead (Tony Award for Best Play), The Real Inspector Hound, Jumpers, Travesties (Tony Award for Best Play), Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, Night And Day, On The Razzle, The Real Thing (Tony Award for Best Play), Rough Crossing, Dalliance, Hapgood, Arcadia (Tony nominee for Best Play), Indian Ink, The Invention Of Love (Tony nominee for Best Play), The Coast Of Utopia (Tony Award for Best Play) and Rock ‘N’ Roll (Tony nominee for Best Play). He is also a very successful screenwriter, writing or co-writing the screenplays for Brazil, Empire of the Sun and Shakespeare in Love (for which Stoppard won an Oscar), among others. He was appointed a Commander of the British Empire in 1978, knighted in 1997 and appointed to the prestigious Order of Merit in 2000.

Michael Halberstam (Artistic Director and Director) is the co-founder of Writers Theatre. He has directed over thirty-five productions for the company, including Not About Heroes (starring Nicholas Pennell), Private Lives, Look Back In Anger, Candida, The Father, Crime and Punishment, Benefactors, Seagull, The Duchess of Malfi, Othello, The Savannah Disputation, the world premiere musical A Minister’s Wife, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, She Loves Me, The Real Thing, Hamlet, Sweet Charity, Days Like Today, Isaac’s Eye and in Spring of 2016 he will be co-directing Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody, the first production in the Gillian Theatre. Halberstam has appeared in numerous Writers Theatre productions, including Richard II (title role), Loot and Misalliance. Previously, he spent two years at The Stratford Festival in Ontario and performed in Timon of Athens, The Knight of the Burning Pestle (title role), Much Ado About Nothing and As You Like It. Halberstam’s other Chicago acting credentials include productions with Wisdom Bridge Theater, Court Theatre and Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Elsewhere he directed The Gamester (Northlight Theatre), A Man for All Seasons (Peninsula Players Theatre), Hamlet (Illinois Shakespeare Festival), Candida (Jean Cocteau Repertory in New York), Ten Little Indians (Drury Lane Theatre), a highly acclaimed revival of Crime and Punishment, which Writers Theatre produced off-Broadway at 59E59 Theaters in New York City, Enchanted April and State of the Union (Milwaukee Repertory Theater). In 2010 he directed A Minister’s Wife at Lincoln Center Theater, and also directed the west coast premiere at San Jose Repertory Theatre in 2013. His forays into opera have included The Rape of Lucretia (Chicago Opera Theater), Francesca da Ramini featuring the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Christoph Eschenbach and Le Freyshutz, a Berlioz adaptation of the Weber opera conducted by Christoph Eschenbach in its North American Premiere (Ravinia Festival). He spent two and a half years teaching Shakespeare at The Theatre School at DePaul University and has received awards for excellence in theater management and/or artistic achievement from The Chicago Drama League, The Arts & Business Council, Chicago Lawyers for the Creative Arts, and The Chicago Associates of the Stratford Festival. He also received the 2010 Zelda Fichandler Award, the 2013 Artistic Achievement Award from the League of Chicago Theatres, and was named the Chicago Tribune‘s 2013 “Chicagoan of the Year” for Theater. He currently serves on the board of the Arts Club of Chicago.

Greg Matthew Anderson (Septimus Hodge) makes his Writers Theatre debut with Arcadia. Greg is an Artistic Associate at Remy Bumppo Theatre Company where credits include Power, The Best Man, The Philadelphia Story, Bronte, On the Verge, The Marriage of Figaro, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Night and Day, The Importance of Being Earnest, Chesapeake (Joseph Jefferson Award nomination), You Never Can Tell, Northanger Abbey, An Inspector Calls and Travesties (Joseph Jefferson Award nomination). Other Chicago credits include Rock ‘N Roll, the commercial production of Immediate Family (Goodman Theatre), Sense and Sensibility, The Mousetrap (Northlight Theatre), Arcadia (Court Theatre), Sons of the Prophet, Oklahoma! (American Theater Company) and A Moment Alone (iO Theater). Television credits include ‎Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, Betrayal, The Playboy Club, Underemployed, The Chicago Code, Detroit 187 and the pilot Matadors. Film credits include Transformers: Age of Extinction, The Middle Distance, Game Day and Older Children. Greg is a graduate of Duke University’s Department of Theater Studies.

Chaon Cross (Lady Croom) returns to Writers Theatre where she appeared in Hedda Gabler. Chicago credits include The Wheel, The Cherry Orchard, (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), Proof (Joseph Jefferson Award Nomination), Uncle Vanya, The Glass Menagerie, Scapin, The Romance Cycle, Phèdre (Court Theatre), Cyrano (Court Theatre and Redmoon), As You Like It, Private Lives, Cymbeline, Troilus and Cressida, The Two Noble Kinsmen, The Taming of the Shrew (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Macbeth (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Brothers Karamazov (Lookingglass Theatre Company) and Grace (Northlight Theatre). Regional credits include Lady Windermere’s Fan (Milwaukee Repertory Theater) and Pride & Prejudice (Cleveland Play House). TV credits include Chicago Fire (NBC), Boss (Starz) and Detroit 187(ABC). Film credits include My Dog Skip (Warner Bros).

Kate Fry (Hannah Jarvis) returns to Writers Theatre after appearing in Marjorie Prime, Hedda Gabler, The Letters, Oh Coward! and A Minister’s Wife. Chicago credits include Outside Mullingar (Northlight Theatre), In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play (Victory Gardens Theater), As You Like It, Henry IV Parts One and Two (also at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon), The Merchant of Venice, The Moliere Comedies, The Taming of the Shrew, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Two Gentlemen of Verona (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Caroline or Change, Arcadia, The Romance Cycle, My Fair Lady, The Cherry Orchard (Court Theatre) and productions at The Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire. Regional credits include The School for Scandal (Center Theatre Group in LA), My Fair Lady (McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton) and Into the Woods (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis). Off-Broadway credits include A Minister’s Wife (Lincoln Center Theater). She is the recipient of three Joseph Jefferson Awards, an After Dark Award and Chicago’s Sarah Siddons Award. Fry is married to actor/teacher Timothy Edward Kane. They have two sons.

Torrey Hanson (Jellaby) makes his Writers Theatre debut with Arcadia. Chicago credits include Scrooge in A Christmas Carol (Drury Lane Theatre), Pericles, Julius Caesar, Elizabeth Rex, Madness of King George (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Cock (Profiles Theatre), Language Archive (Piven Theatre Workshop), Paulus (Silk Road Rising), Spoon River Anthology (Provision Theater) and Never the Sinner (Northwestern University). Regional and international credits include Milwaukee Repertory Theater (75 productions, 17 seasons), Oregon Shakespeare Festival (5 seasons), Seattle Repertory Theatre, Intiman Theatre Festival, A Contemporary Theatre, The Empty Space, Cleveland Play House, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Resident Ensemble Players at the University of Delaware, Madison Repertory Theatre, Subaru Theatre Company in Tokyo. Television credits include Empire, Crisis, Chicago Fire, Cheers and Wings. Online credits include Onion Network.

Nathan Hosner (Capt. Brice, RN) returns to Writers Theatre where he appeared in Marjorie Prime and Hesperia. Chicago credits include productions with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Goodman Theatre, The Paramount Theatre, About Face Theatre, First Folio Theatre, Shaw Chicago and The Shakespeare Project of Chicago. Other credits include Peter and the Starcatcher (First National Tour) and productions with American Players Theatre, The New Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, BoarsHead Theater, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Door Shakespeare and the Madison Repertory New Play Festival. Nathan is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London.

Callie Johnson (Chloe Coverly) makes her Writers Theatre debut with Arcadia. Chicago credits include Melba Snyder in Pal Joey (Porchlight Music Theatre, Joseph Jefferson Award—Cameo Performance); Natalie Goodman in Next to Normal (Drury Lane Theatre, Broadway World Award: Best Musical Revival), Carrie White in Carrie: The Musical (Bailiwick Chicago, Joseph Jefferson Award Nomination—Best Leading Actress, Broadway World Nomination—Best Leading Actress). She is a 2012 B.F.A. graduate of Columbia College Chicago’s musical theatre program, a proud player of the Peninsula Players in Door County and is originally from Genoa, IL. Callie is a vocal student of Rebecca Schorsch. Television credits include a guest role on Chicago P.D. Much love and thanks to her friends and family; she couldn’t do it without you. calliejohnson.com

Scott Parkinson (Bernard Nightingale) returns to Writers Theatre where he appeared in Hedda Gabler, Hamlet, Crime and Punishment, The Doctor’s Dilemma, Booth, Candida, The Glass Menagerie and Marriage and Bears. Chicago credits include sixteen productions at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, including the title role in Richard II, the Fool in King Lear, Caesar in Antony & Cleopatra and Speed in The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Other Chicago credits include Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Guys & Dolls (Court Theatre), Angels in America (The Journeymen), Northlight Theatre, Goodman Theatre; title roles in Hamlet and Richard III, Iago in Othello (Shakespeare on the Green). Regional credits include An Iliad, Cock (Studio Theatre), Angelo in Measure for Measure, Cassius in Julius Caesar, The Persians (Shakespeare Theatre Company), Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet, Treplev in Seagull (The Old Globe), The School for Scandal (Mark Taper Forum), Hartford Stage and La Jolla Playhouse. Off-Broadway credits include Hamlet (Classic Stage Company), You Belong to Me (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Stage Manager in David Cromer’s Our Town, Orson’s Shadow (Barrow Street Theatre), The Third Story (MCC Theater), Rose Rage and Crime and Punishment. National Tour credits include The 39 Steps. Broadway credits include The Coast of Utopia (Lincoln Center Theater). Featured interview: North American Players of Shakespeare.

Gabriel Ruiz (Richard Noakes) makes his Writers Theatre debut with Arcadia. He is a proud ensemble member of Teatro Vista. Chicago credits include Agamemnon (Court Theatre), City of Angels (Marriott Theatre in Linconshire), The Upstairs Concierge (Goodman Theatre), White Tie Ball (Teatro Vista), Creditors (Remy Bumppo Theatre Company), How Long Will I Cry?, The Motherfucker with the Hat (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), Sita Ram (Chicago Children’s Choir), After (Profiles Theatre), Working: The Musical (Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place), Richard III, Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chicago Shakespeare Theater) and Arabian Nights (Lookingglass Theatre Company). Regional credits include Harvey (Milwaukee Repertory Theater), Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them (Forward Theater Company) and Blood and Gifts (Lincoln Center). He can also be seen as Dilip Singh in both seasons of Boss on the Starz Network, and he appeared on an episode of Chicago Fire.

Alistair Sewell (Gus Coverly/Augustus Coverly) makes his Writers Theatre debut with Arcadia. Chicago credits include Jay in Lost in Yonkers (Northlight Theatre). Based in Madison, other theater credits include The Flick, From Up HereThe Farnsworth Invention (Forward Theater Company), And Then They Came for Me (Children’s Theater of Madison) and Turn of the Screw (Madison Opera). Film credits include Blame, Into the Wake, The Half of Me That’s Him and The Mourning Hour. Alistair would like to thank his family for their continuing support.

Christopher Sheard (Valentine Coverly) makes his Writers Theatre debut with Arcadia. Chicago credits include Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight (Windy City Playhouse), SPILL (TimeLine Theatre Company), A Doll’s House (directed by Michael Halberstam, Definition Theatre Company), SS! Macbeth and SS! Romeo and Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Cock (Profiles Theatre) and A Christmas Carol (Metropolis Performing Arts Centre). Regional credits include Boy by Anna Ziegler (Ensemble Studio Theatre); 9 productions with American Players Theatre, most recently Romeo and Juliet and The Seagull; and two summers with the Great River Shakespeare Festival. He received his B.A. from Florida State University, his M.F.A. from The University of Illinois PATP and is a company member with Definition Theatre Company. Love to Annie!

Elizabeth Stenholt (Thomasina Coverly) is deliriously happy to be making her Writers Theatre debut in Arcadia! Recent Chicago credits include Thea and u/s Wendla in Spring Awakening (Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire), u/s Zoe/Party Goer in Airline Highway (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), Juliet in Romeo & Juliet (Collaboration with Writers Theatre & Loyola University), Morse Braithwaite in One Flea Spare (Eclipse Theatre Company), Laurie in Brighton Beach Memoirs (Raven Theatre and Fox Valley Repertory) and Victoria Roubideaux in Plainsong (Signal Ensemble Theatre). Elizabeth would like to thank her family, friends, cast, crew and especially the wonderful community of people at Writers Theatre. She hopes you cherish and enjoy this brilliant and intellectually stimulating story!

Rod Thomas (Ezra Chater) returns to Writers Theatre where he appeared in She Loves Me. Chicago credits include Jeff in Brigadoon (Goodman Theatre), Javert in Les Misérables (Paramount Theatre), Dan in Next to NormalThe Game’s Afoot, Hairspray, Sugar, Barefoot in the Park, Big – The Musical (Drury Lane Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The People vs. Friar Laurence (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), City of Angels, Mary Poppins, White Christmas, Guys and Dolls (Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire), as well as work with Court Theatre, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Light Opera Works and Theatre at the Center. Mr. Thomas was a standby for Scar and Pumbaa in Disney’s The Lion King for the Broadway, National Tour and Las Vegas companies. His television appearances include Chicago Fire (NBC). A recipient of Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award, Mr. Thomas is a graduate of Northwestern University and a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.


Post Show Conversation: The Artist

Join us after every Wednesday evening performance (excluding previews) for a 15-minute talk-back featuring actors from the production, facilitated by a member of the WT Artistic Team.

Post Show Conversation: The Word

Join us after every Tuesday evening performance (excluding previews) for a 15-minute discussion of the play, facilitated by a member of the WT Artistic Team.

Living Program Notes: Arcadia

Join us at 7:00pm on Tuesday through Friday evening performances for a 15-minute discussion designed to provide context for the production. Living Program Notes is generously sponsored by Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin.

Spotlight Sunday – Sunday, April 10, 2016

This one-hour event will follow the matinee performance and feature an expert in a field related to the themes or setting of Arcadia, moderated by a member of the WT Artistic Team. Seating is limited. RSVP is required.

The Making of… Series – Monday, April 18, 2016

Writers Theatre will once again host its popular The Making of… Series, providing insight into a different aspect of creating the productions seen on our stages. This one-hour event will feature Writers Theatre’s Literary Manager Bobby Kennedy in conversation with an artist associated with the production, discussing their part in bringing the play to life. The Making of… events are FREE and open to the public. Seating is limited. RSVP is required.

For more information about Writers Theatre Audience Enrichment programs visit writerstheatre.org/events


In an effort to promote taking public transit to the Theatre, Writers Theatre launched a new promotion in 2013. Any audience member who purchases a ticket to a Writers Theatre production and rides Metra’s Union Pacific North Line to the Theatre may snap a photo of themselves on the train and post it to their Facebook page or Twitter feed with a tag of @WritersTheatre and #[the title of the show], and upon showing the post at the Writers Theatre Box Office, receive $5 in cash to put toward the cost of your fare as a thank you for going green.

This promotion is available for a limited time only, and may end without warning. Ticket must have been paid for in advance. Not valid on comp tickets. More information available at writerstheatre.org/metra


Writers Theatre is pleased to recognize BMO Harris Bank as Inaugural Season Sponsor and Lead Sponsor of Grand Opening Gala and Opening Events during the 2015/16 Season. Northern Trust is serving as Major Corporate Sponsor of Arcadia, and ComEd as Official Lighting Sponsor. Arcadia is also supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additionally, Writers Theatre is grateful to the following individuals for their support of Arcadia: Janice and Philip Beck, Mary Winton Green, Mary Pat Studdert, and Carl and Marilynn Thoma as Major Production Sponsors; Jim and Karen Frank as Artists Council Sponsors; Julie and Lawrence Bernstein and the Schnadig-Belgrad Foundation in memory of Dorothy Schnadig as Student Matinee Supporters; Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin as Living Program Notes Sponsors; and Nancy L. Bodeen, Jeremy and Gill Farmer, Carol and Joel Honigberg, William and Amalia Mahoney, Christine and Michael Pope and Sallyan Windt as Director’s Society Sponsors.

For more information about Writers Theatre’s 2015/16 Partners, visit writerstheatre.org/our-supporters.


Over the past twenty-three seasons, Writers Theatre has become a major Chicagoland cultural destination with a national reputation for excellence. Under the artistic leadership of Michael Halberstam and the executive leadership of Kathryn M. Lipuma, Writers Theatre has been deemed the “best drama company in the nation” by The Wall Street Journal. The company, which plays to a sold-out and discerning audience of 35,000 patrons each season, has garnered critical praise for the consistent high quality and intimacy of its artistry. Prized for the finest interpretations of classic and contemporary theatre in its two intensely intimate venues, Writers Theatre’s acclaimed work includes Artistic Director Michael Halberstam’s world premiere in Glencoe and subsequent productions of A Minister’s Wife at Lincoln Center Theater and West Coast premiere at the San Jose Repertory Theatre; David Cromer’s productions of A Streetcar Named Desire and Picnic; and the commissioning, world premiere and New York premiere of Crime and Punishment, which has received more than 30 subsequent regional theater productions.

Writers Theatre continues with the $34 million On to a New Stage Campaign, of which $33.2 million has been raised to date. The campaign establishes the company’s first permanent home in a new theatre center in downtown Glencoe, designed by the award-winning, internationally renowned Studio Gang Architects, led by Founding Design Principal Jeanne Gang, in collaboration with Theatre Consultant Auerbach Pollock Friedlander. This allows the Theatre to continue to grow to accommodate its audience, while maintaining its trademark intimacy. The new facility resonates with and complement the Theatre’s neighboring Glencoe community, adding tremendous value to Chicagoland and helping to establish the North Shore as a premier cultural destination.

Find Writers Theatre on Facebook at Facebook.com/WritersTheatre or follow @WritersTheatre on Twitter. For more information, visit www.writerstheatre.org.


Title:                 Arcadia

Written by:         Tom Stoppard

Directed by:        Artistic Director Michael Halberstam

Featuring:          Greg Matthew Anderson (Septimus Hodge), Chaon Cross (Lady Croom), Kate Fry (Hannah Jarvis), Torrey Hanson (Jellaby), Nathan Hosner (Capt. Brice, RN), Callie Johnson (Chloe Coverly), Scott Parkinson (Bernard Nightingale), Gabriel Ruiz (Richard Noakes), Alistair Sewell (Gus Coverly/Augustus Coverly) Christopher Sheard (Valentine Coverly), Elizabeth Stenholt (Thomasina Coverly) and Rod Thomas (Ezra Chater) 

Notes of Interest:

Arcadia marks the 100th production in Writers Theatre history and the first production at the Theatre’s new home at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. It will be staged in the 250-seat Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre, designed by Studio Gang Architects, led by Founding Design Principal Jeanne Gang.

Artistic Director Michael Halberstam has previously directed Stoppard’s The Real Thing, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and Rough Crossing at Writers Theatre.

The production design includes books that were part of the permanent décor at Writers Theatre’s former home at The Woman’s Library Club of Glencoe.

Arcadia first opened at the Royal National Theatre in London on April 13, 1993, in a production directed by Trevor Nunn with Rufus Sewell as Septimus Hodge, Felicity Kendal as Hannah Jarvis, and Bill Nighy as Bernard Nightingale. It won the 1993 Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Play.

The first Broadway production opened in March 1995, directed by Trevor Nunn, and starring Billy Crudup as Septimus, Blair Brown as Hannah, Victor Garber as Bernard, and Paul Giamatti in his Broadway debut as Ezra Chater. This production won the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, and was nominated for the 1995 Tony Award for Best Play.

In 2006, the Royal Institution of Great Britain named Arcadia one of the best science-related works ever written.

The 2015/16 Season will continue with Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody, created by Tim Sniffen and Tim Ryder, written by Tim Sniffen and co-directed by Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Stuart Carden (The Gillian Theatre), and Company, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by George Furth, originally produced and directed on Broadway by Harold Prince, original orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick. The Writers Theatre production will be directed by William Brown with musical direction by Tom Vendafreddo and choreography by Brock Clawson (Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre).