Language and Sexual situations in The Baltimore Waltz may make it unsuitable for children under 14. It is strongly recommended that parents accompany children under the age of 17 and be prepared to have a discourse with them on safe sex and AIDS.
In this humorous allegory for the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, Anna, an unmarried schoolteacher, is diagnosed with ATD (Acquired Toilet Disease). It's fatal and mysterious, so she and her brother Carl take off for a dream tour of Europe before the inevitable happens. As Anna drowns herself in the sensuality of food and sex, Carl becomes involved in a wild Third Mannish espionage scheme to find a cure for his sister. But the cracks in the story start to widen and soon the audience becomes aware that they are engaged in Anna's fantasy attempt at keeping her brother's spirit alive when she can not save his life.THE BALTIMORE WALTZ is Paula Vogel's most personal play, written in reaction to her brother's death from AIDS-related pneumonia in 1988. It is dedicated "To the memory of Carl - because I cannot sew."
Retro Productions is proud to be donating 15% of our ticket sales from this production to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
THE BALTIMORE WALTZ cast and staff:
|Greg Oliver Bodine* (The Third Man) was last seen as Freddie in Retro's production of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. Other recent roles include Johnny in his one-act, The Fatwā of Corpsman Johnny Jones (Semi-finalist, 2012 Samuel French OOB Short Play Fesitval, directed by Kathy MacGowan) and Montressor/Alfred in his solo adaptation of two Edgar Allan Poe short stories, Poe, Times Two (NYIT Award nominee for Outstanding Solo Performance, directed by DeLisa White). Film: Mania Days, Movie 43; TV: Law & Order: SVU, Guiding Light, As the World Turns and Saturday Night Live. Training: MFA, UNC-Chapel Hill. Special thanks to Heather,Pete and everyone at Retro for yet another amazing opportunity! www.gregoliverbodine.com|
Heather E. Cunningham* (Anna) recently played Ethel Rosenberg in a developmental reading of Mozzlestead's Trial and Martha Washington in the world premiere of Your Colonel at the Metropolitan Playhouse. Off-Broadway: Mrs. Shandig, The Runner Stumbles - The Bleecker Company/Retro Productions; Prisoner, Far Away - New York Theatre Workshop. Indie Theater: A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Benefactors (NYITAwards nominee Outstanding Acctress in a Lead, Outstanding Production), The Desk Set (NYITAwards nominated Outstanding Production), Women and War (world premiere), Holy Days (NYC premiere) Still Life (Back Stage East "Performance to Remember") - Retro Productions; Mrs. California (NYC premiere) - River Heights Productions; HB Playwrights Theatre, Metropolitan Playhouse Living Literature Series; Laviathan Lab, Boomerang Theatre Company; Young Playwrights; KEF Productions. B.F.A. Theatre Performance, Denison University. Proud member of the Mozzlestead Development Cast, SAG-AFTRA, AEA and Retro Productions. For additional credits please visit www.heathercunningham.net
|Ricardo Rust (Carl)
is honored to be making his debut with Retro Productions in such an
extraordinary project. He is the recipient of the 2008 National
Actors' Equity Roger Sturtevant Musical Theater Award and has received
San Francisco Bay Area Critic Circle nominations for Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour) and Thrill Me (Nathan). Additional off-Broadway and regional credits include: SMILE: A Country-Rock Musical (Leonard, Choreographer), CATS (Mungojerrie), Pageant (Miss Texas), Sweeney Todd (Tobias), Hair (Claude), Jesus Christ Superstar (Simon), Assassins (Giuseppe Zangara) and The Drawer Boy (Miles). Ricardo is a proud member of Actors' Eqeuity. www.ricardorust.com
(director) Off-Broadway: Rumspringa (The Bleecker Street Theater), The Runner Stumbles (Bleecker/Retro Productions at the Arclight Theatre). Other Retro directing credits include; Holy Days, Benefactors (2011 NYITAward nomination for Outstanding Production), and Women and War, and A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. For HB Playwrights Foundation Theatre: Always, Reike on the Plains, Found, Numbers, and It's Time. Also So Long Lives This (American Globe Theatre) and Smile: A Country Rock Musical
(Deane Center for teh Performing Arts). Peter has directed seeral
workshop productions and staged readings of new plays including The Whaleship Essex (Starring Tom Hanks) and Chip Off the Moon (Starring Anne Meara). He recently finished directing the film, Hypothetically
starring Vincent Pastore, which premiered at The Cannes Film
Festival this summer. As an actor he's performed with Steppenwolf Theatre, The
Goodman Theater, The Geffen Playhouse, The Milwaukee Rep and others.
He is a proud member of Retro Productions. Love to C, B, and A.
Paula Vogel (playwright), a productive playwright since the late 1970s, first came to national prominence with her AIDS-related seriocomedy, The Baltimore Waltz, which won the Obie award for Best Play in 1992. She is best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning play How I Learned to Drive (1997), which examines the impact and echoes of child sexual abuse and incest. Other notable plays include Desdemona, A Play About A Handkerchief; The Oldest Profession; And Baby Makes Seven; Hot 'N Throbbing; The Mineola Twins and The Long Christmas Ride Home. During her two decades leading the graduate playwrighting program and new play festival at Brown University, Vogel helped develope a nationally reognized center for educational theatre, culminating in the creation of the Brown/Trinity Repertory Company Consortium with Oskar Eustis, then Trinity's artistic director, in 2002. She left Brown in 2008 to assume her current posts as adjunct professor and the Chair of the playwriting department at Yale School of Drama, and the Playwright-in-Residence at Yale Repertory Theatre. (Source: the American Theatre Wing.)
Andrea Alton (Press Representative) formed Alton PR & Production in 2011 with the aim of providing full press and production services to emerging artists. Recent clients include; The Unfortuates (FringeNYC/Press Rep), Big Dummy (Fringe NYC/Executive Producer) and The Sister Rosettas (terraNOVA Colective/Press Rep). Andrea has done press & production work for numerous New York festivals including: The New York International Fringe Festival, The Frigid, 1st Irish Festival, The Midtown International Theatre Festival, Fresh Fruit Festival and the United Solo. www.altonprandproduction.com
Lauren Bremen (Lighting Designer) has a BA from Yale University. Recent Credits: The Drowsy Chaperone (Blue HIll Troupe), The Magic Flute (Amore Opera), Aftermath (HUP productions), Baptized (fringeNYC), Infallibility (fringeNYC), Walking the Dead, Abstract Nude (VirtualArtsTV), Huis Clos, The Austerity of Hope, The Assistant, Love in Pine, La Traviata (Amore Opera), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Blue HIll Troupe). www.laurenbremen.net
Patrick Burks (Sound Designer) is thrilled to be making his New York debut by designing for Retro Productions. He is currently finishing his BFA in Sound Design at the Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts, where he has designed plays such as Dinner with Friends and Eurydice. He has also designed and composed for regional productions around his hometown of St. Louis, MO including: The Divine Sister, The Crucible, Lend Me a Tenor, and The Glass Menagerie. He has also designed and/or mixed for musical theatre productions including Legally Blonde, Carousel, Hello Again, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
Jack and Rebecca (Beckie) Cunningham (set design) designed Retro's 2012 OB production of The Runner Stumbles. Previous designs for Retro include A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Benefactors, The Desk Set, Holy Days, When You Comin' Back, Red Rider?, Mill Fire, The Tender Trap, What I Did Last Summer, and Still Life. The Innovative Theatre Awards nominated their Mill Fire set for best scenic design. Rebecca's costumes for Summer and scenic design for The Desk Set also received nominations. Rebecca is professor emerita of Brooklyn College and the author of two costume textbooks, The Margic Garment, 2ed, and The Basics of Costume Construction, 2ed. Rebecca received USITT's 2008 Distinguished Achievement Award in Costume Design and Technology. Jack has designed productions for opera, summer stock, Off-Off Broadway and regional theatre. Jack's play, Women and War, is published by Samuel French. Jack and Rebecca were honored this spring by Brooklyn College Department of Theater as Outstanding Theater Alumni.
Viviane Galloway (Costume Designer) earned her MFA in Thetaer Design at Brooklyn College. Her recent design for Theater 2020s production of A Midsummer Night's Dream was nominated for the 2013 NY Innovative Theatre Awards. Other New York design credits include A View from the Bridge, The Secret Theater; Dear Ruth and The Desk Set (2010 NYIT design nominee), Retro Productions; Mrs. California, River Heights Productions; Pygmalion and Mother Courage, Jean Cocteau Repertory; Judy and Me, St. Luke's Theater; The Water Engine, 78th Street Theater Lab; True West, White Horse Theater Co,; The Tempest, Happy End and The Cradle Will Rock, Theater 1010; Jane Eyre, Mergatroyd Productions. Thanks, as always, to the love and support from her husband Joe!
Sarah Lahue (Stage Manager). Retro debut! Previous stage management credits: Lickspittles, Buttonholers, and Damned Pernicious Go-Betweens (Boomerang Theater Company), Marley: A Musical Tragedy (Stamp Brothers Productions), The Oldest Profession and Twelfth Night (Albany Civic Theater). Sarah received her MA in literature from The College of Saint Rose and her BA in English from Hofstra University where she minored in Theater. Thanks to teh entire cast and crew for their hard work, and thanks to her mom for all her support.
(Dialect Coach) has been coaching dialects in NYC for the last 10
years. This is his second collaboration with Retro Productions (previously, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg). Recent credits: Awake and Sing! (NAATCO, Walkerspace), Lemon Sky (Keen Co., Clurman Theater), and Sweeney Todd (Bryn Mawr). He is a current
faculty member both at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School. www.accentsnyc.com
Sara Slagle (Properties Design) is delighted to return for another Retro production after working on A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. Recent New York: Richard III; Johna Adams' Lickspittles, Buttonholers and Damned Pernicious Go-Betweens; Candida; To Fool the Eye (Boomerang Theatre Co.); The History Boys, Master Class, Dreamgirls; Blithe Spirit (The Gallery Players); Arthur Miller's The Last Yankee (Theatre Row); Montgomery Sutton's Your Colonel (Metropolitan Playhouse); Death for Five Voices (Prospect Theatre Co.); Honey Fist, Johnna Adams' Sans Merci (Flux Theatre Ensemble). TV: "HitRECord on TV! with Joseph Gordon-Levitt" premiering this winter on the Pivot Network.
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