Produced in association with LAByrinth Theater Company
2009 NYTheatre.com People of the Year Recipient
Elizabeth Rhodes (Sound Designer)
Padraic Lillis (Director) this year directed Michael Puzzo’s The Dirty Talk (nominated NYIT Outstanding Director), Adina Taubman’s documentary play on Columbine, A Line in the Sand for the Midtown International Theater Festival (Awarded Best Production), was the dramaturg for Michael Lluberes’ The Boy in the Bathroom for the New York Musical Theater Festival (Awarded Most Promising New Musical and Best Book) and his play Ronnie’s Mask was produced in Chicago at the Steppenwolf Performance Garage as part of Collaboraction’s Sketchbook 7 and his full-length play Two Thirds Home was produced in New York by the Broken Watch Theater and is to be published by Dramatist Play Services, Inc. As a director he has worked with: Manhattan Theater Club, The Roundabout, New York Theater Workshop, The Pearl, The Lark, Young Playwrights Festival, The Labyrinth Theater, The McCarter Theater, Portland Stage Company, and The Playwrights Center of Minneapolis. He also directed the National Tour of She Loves Me. Padraic is a Usual Suspect with New York Theater Workshop, an alumnus of the Drama League Director’s Project, a company member of the Labyrinth Theater since 2004 and a lifelong Yankee fan.
Jessica J. Felix (Production Stage Manager) In NYC: Good King Wenceslas (Stages on the Sound), Week September 10 [365 plays/365 days] (LAByrinth Theater Company, director Padraic Lillis), Riding the Bull (Flux Theatre Ensemble), Two Thirds Home (BrokenWatch Theatre Company, playwright Padraic Lillis), Life is a Dream (Flux Theatre Company), No Man’s Island (GUTWorks), Growing Pretty (Write Club NYC), and Five Story Walk-UP (13th Street Repertory). She has also stage managed numerous productions around Buffalo, NY and is a graduate of the University of Buffalo.
Lea Umberger (Set/Costume Designer) is excited that her Off-Broadway debut is with Padraic Lillis and Alchemy Theatre Company. Umbrella is her seventh design collaboration with Padraic. Previous shows include A Line in the Sand (MITF 2007 — Best Overall Solo Production), Savage In Limbo (Sheperds. At 78th Street Theater Lab, NYC), The Dirty Talk (Spare Change Production at Center Stage and NY Fringe Festival 2005, NYC), Recreating Keiter (NYC), Foul Stench of Death (NYC) and Taming of the Shrew (Summer Rep — New Paltz). Recent Costume designs include Gem of the Ocean (American Stage, St Petersburg, FL), The Rape of Lucrece (Washington Shakespeare Company — Washington, DC), All My Sons starring Paula Prentiss and Richard Benjamin (Shadowlands Theatre — Ellenville, NY); Big River (feature film, released in 2006); Anton in Show Business, Sunday in the Park with George, The Secret Garden (SUNY — New Paltz); Emma (Byrdcliffe Theater — Woodstock); Betrayal (Fountainhead Theatre — Washington DC); Richard 3 (Judith Shakespeare Company — NYC); Schmaltz (78th Street Theatre Lab — NYC); Duchess of Malfi (Kings County Shakespeare Company, NYC). Recent set designs: Moonlight and Magnolias (American Stage, St Petersburg, FL), Savage in Limbo (Sheperds. At 78th Street Theater Lab, NYC), The Rape of Lucrece (Washington Shakespeare Company, Washington, DC), Betrayal (Fountainhead Theatre — Washington DC); The Hairy Ape (SUNY — New Paltz); Schmaltz (78th Street Theatre Lab); Auntie Mayhem (Bank Street Theatre). Film credits include Production Design for over 17 shorts including Gasoline, The Cheetah and the Reaper, The Property of Hub Cain, Party Boys, Time and the Hour Run; Art Director for Bam Bam and Celeste, NY Unit, Big River. Design MFA-NYU Design for Stage and Film 2003. To see more of her work please visit www.leaumbergerdesigns.com.
Sarah Sidman (Lighting Designer) West End: Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train (directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman). Regional: Dallas Theater Center, CrossRoads. Off Broadway: Where’s My Money? (Manhattan Theater Club); Will Power’s Flow (NYTW); Celia, A Musical Journey; Quién Mató a Héctor Lavoe?; for LAByrinth Theater Company: All the Bad Things, A Fairytale Project and In Arabia We’d All be Kings; for the Women’s Project: Inky, Cataract, The Antigone Project, and Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen. Touring includes the Big Apple Circus, Pig Iron Theater Company, River Arts Repertory, and the Hip Hop Theater Festival. Opera: Teatro Nacional, Dominican Republic; Centro de Bellas Artes, Puerto Rico. Recipient of Harvard University’s 2006-2007 Clifton Fellowship. For more information: www.sarahsidman.com.
Jun. 11 - Aug. 16, 2009
The Kirk Theater, Theatre Row
“Sweet Storm stays with you like the freshness following a summer cloudburst.”
— The New York Times
“In the style of early Mamet, the conversation is lyrical, angry, far-reaching, and deep. This show is largely about surprise, not the least of which is the beauty and originality of the script and the unusual precision and abandon of the two actors, under the direction of Padraic Lillis.”
— The New Yorker
“There’s not much else in New York that looks and talks like Sweet Storm!”
“A genuine, honest-to-God love story!”
“Two fetching performances breathe indelible life into Scott Hudson’s evocative Sweet Storm.”
— Backstage (Critic’s Pick)
“This sweet love story has a refreshing power… reminiscent of the light romance in William Inge’s Bus Stop”
— Curtain Up
“But really, when is the last time you heard people in a jaded New York audience sigh "awww" all together under their breath... and mean it. Jamie Dunn and Eric T. Miller are both exceptional."