SONS OF THE PROPHET

By Stephen Karam

Directed by Rob Lutfy

Jan 15 - Feb 15, 2015

Low-priced Previews Jan 15 - 23, 2015

Inspired by an actual news story about a high school prank gone wrong, Karam's contemporary tale about two gay brothers dealing with a family tragedy in a run down area of Nazareth, PA, deals with themes of family, culture, and resilience. Two brothers are on their own after their father dies of a heart attack two weeks after a car accident, leaving them alone to take care of themselves and their aging uncle. What unfolds is a comedy about human suffering, love, strength and hope. Sons of the Prophet explores the inevitability of loss and our attempts to cope with its consequences.

Contains mature themes and language.

"Devastating and thrilling...by turns grave, poetic, wrenching, wry, and madcap, SONS OF THE PROPHET...defies easy categorization. And it confirms Karam as a major voice in American theater." - Vogue


Running Time: 2:15

Cast

Faeren Adams (Dr. Manor/Ensemble)
This production is Faeren’s Cygnet Theatre debut! A San Diego native, she has always loved the stage. Select favorite credits: Mary/Calcetina in Learn to Be Latina, Priscilla in When Last We Flew, Shelley in Boys & Girls (Diversionary), Mrs. Stanley in The Man Who Came to Dinner, Gianna in A Roman Holiday (Coronado Playhouse). She is a member of New Fortune Theatre Company and a performing artist with Playwrights Project.
Maggie Carney (Gloria)
Maggie was previously seen at Cygnet as Miss Prism in The Importance of Being Earnest, Nadya in Travesties, and A Christmas Carol.  Local credits include:  Pygmalion (Old Globe), Midsummer Night’s Dream, Peter and the Starcatchers, Suzette Who Set to Sea, Salsalandia! (La Jolla Playhouse), The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties, A Christmas  Carol (Cygnet Theatre), The Divine Sister (Diversionary)  Elsewhere:  Bill Irwin’s Largely/NY, The Tempest (Seattle Rep), A Phoenix Too Frequent, Spite for Spite (Writers’ Theatre), Ghetto (Famous Door), Bad Dates (BoarsHead), Bedroom Farce, Into the Woods (Touchstone Theatre), Smash (Bailiwick).   She has also appeared with Northlight Theatre, Roadworks Productions, Noble Fool Theatricals, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, The Poetry Foundation, The Second City, Peninsula Players, Creede Repertory Theatre and the Wisconsin Shakespeare Festival. Look for Maggie in the film musical “Lucky Stiff”, scheduled for release in 2015.
Alex Hoeffler (Joseph)
Broadway: War Horse. Regional: Tribes (Philadelphia Theatre Co & Pittsburgh City Theatre), Derma (Charleston, SC). The Phantom of the Alamo (The Magik Theatre). New York: Happy’s Funeral. Training: University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Dylan James Mulvaney (Charles)
Dylan is excited to be back on the Cygnet stage after playing Ernst in Spring Awakening. Other San Diego credits: BARE: a Pop Opera, Musical Madlibs (Diversionary Theatre), How The Grinch Stole Christmas!, Celebrity Sonnets (The Old Globe), Oklahoma! (Welk Resort Theatre), 8 the Play (Birch North Park Theatre), Next to Normal (Arts Off-Broadway). TV/FILM: 7th Heaven, Wake Up Samantha Evans. Special thanks to Robby, Sean and Bill, and loved ones! Dylan is currently auditioning for BFA Acting/Musical Theatre programs, and will (fingers crossed) attend this fall. @dylanmulvaney.
Navarre T. Perry (Bill)
Navarre is pleased to be making his debut appearance at Cygnet Theatre. He has appeared on many stages in San Diego and regionally including, the Old Globe Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, South Coast Repertory Theatre, The Gaslamp Quarter Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, The Western Stage, Starlight Opera, Welk Resort Theatre in numerous productions, including, The School For Scandal, The Biko Inquest, In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer, The Homecoming, The Hothouse, East Of Eden (a three play epic), As You Like It, Saint Joan, Fiddler On The Roof, Singin' in the Rain, Guys and Dolls, Damn Yankees, 1940's Radio Hour, Mame, and The Music Man. He has also performed supporting and featured roles in several television and film productions films including Silk Stalkings, Divorce Court, Unsolved Mysteries, Highway Casanova, and The Lemon Grove Incident. Mr. Perry dedicates his performance to his late son, Thomas Perry, Architect.
Li-Anne Rowswell (Mrs. McAndrew/Ensemble)
Li-Anne is so pleased to be making her Cygnet debut. She was last seen onstage as Edith in Blithe Spirit at Moonlight at the Avo where she also has played Aunt Clara in Magic Fire and as Clara the maid in Hay Fever. Li-Anne has performed in a number of companies in the area including New Village Arts as Leah in Prelude to a Kiss and Widow Bassett in Summer and Smoke. She is an HHP, Herbalist, and “Aunt Li-Anne”- a Professional Storyteller with the Storytellers of San Diego. Li-Anne is very grateful to her husband-Michael and sons-Jonas and Beckett for their patience and support.
Xavier Scott (Vin)
Born and raised in Dallas, TX, Xavier started acting his senior year of high school when he was cast in Alice in Wonderland. He moved to San Diego in the fall of 2012 to attend San Diego State University and pursue a B.A in Theatre Arts with an Emphasis in Performance. At the end of his freshman year at SDSU, he studied acting abroad in Lima, Peru for a period of two weeks. Favorite credits include the Laramie Project, The Jungle Book, and Peter Pan (SDSU). Currently a junior at SDSU, Xavier is planning on graduating in the spring of 2016. He is beyond thrilled to be working on his first professional show ever here at Cygnet Theatre and is looking forward to growing his craft among such passionate individuals.
Austin Vaccaro (Timothy)
This is Austin’s first production with Cygnet Theatre. His credits include a staged reading of Tucumcari at Fountain Theatre, Rope with Queen City Theatre Company, and Another Part of the Forest, Vinegar Tom, and Twelfth Night at University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He also composed the score to last year’s independent film Seeing Each Other. Along with attending UNCSA, Austin studied at The Clown School with David Bridel.
Sean Boyd (Understudy)
Sean is a member of Cygnet Theatre's Storytelling on the Green program in Old Town and is honored to be making his debut with the theatre's main stage. Other San Diego credits include North Coast Repertory Theatre's Professional Theatre for Families: Christmas Toy Shop, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Pinkalicious; Trinity Theatre: Drinking Habits, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged); Coronado Playhouse: Pageant, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas;Breakthrough Theatre: Dear Harvey, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, The Diary of Anne Frank. Much love to Megan, Mom, Dad, Connor, and William.

 

Creative Team

Rob Lutfy (Director)
Rob is the 2014-2015 National New Play Network Producer-in-Residence at Marin Theatre Company. Some directing credits include: The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Cygnet Theatre; Clown Play, NYC International Fringe Festival; The Gin Game, Anacostia Playhouse; The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Threshold Repertory; The Sunset Limited, 3M Productions; Time Stands Still, Collaborative Arts; and Big Shoes, Open Dream Ensemble. He has worked on plays in development at The Kennedy Center, The O’Neill Theatre Center, Burning Coal Theatre, The Hub Theatre, The Rensing Center, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. He has assisted directors at Shakespeare Theatre Company, Folger Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Arena Stage, The Kennedy Center and Marin Theatre Company. He was the 2012-13 William R. Kenan, Jr. Directing Fellow at The John F. Kennedy Center. Rob is a graduate of the directing program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts school of Drama where he returns annually to teach acting as guest faculty.
Chandra R.M. Anthenill (Stage Manager)
Cygnet Theatre (SM): True West, Fool for Love, Spring Awakening, WCYG: A Christmas Carol ('12 & '13)Assassins, Company, (ASM): Dirty Blonde. San Diego Repertory Theatre (SM): Honky, A Weekend With Pablo Picasso, (ASM): In the Next Room aka The Vibrator Play, Tommy, Walter Cronkite is Dead, A Hammer A Bell and A Song to Sing, Tortilla Curtain, Zoot Suit. Lamb's Theatre (SM): Twelfth Night. Diversionary Theatre (SM) Pippin. San Diego Asian American Repertory Theatre (SM): B.F.E. Lyric Opera San Diego (ASM): Barber of Seville. San Diego State University (SM): Desire Under the Elms, Good Person of Szechwan, A Midsummer Nights Dream. Chandra is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.
Sean Fanning (Scenic Designer)
Sean is a San Diego based scenic designer and Resident Artist of the Cygnet, where he has designed sets for twenty productions including Maple & Vine, The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties, Shakespeare’s R&J, Mistakes Were Made, Man of La Mancha, Parade, Little Shop of Horrors, Cabaret, Sweeney Todd, The Norman Conquests, and many more. Elswhere: A Doll’s House, Plaid Tidings, KINGDOM (The Old Globe); In the Heights, Walter Cronkite is Dead (San Diego Repertory); A Raisin in the Sun (Moxie Theatre); Hamlet (Intrepid Shakespeare); Birds of a Feather, Pippin, Harmony Kansas (Diversionary Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing, Measure for Measure, Twelfth Night, The Winter’s Tale, Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Old Globe/USD). Sean is in his sixth season as the Resident Design Assistant at the Old Globe. He holds an M.F.A. in Scene Design from San Diego State University. See more of his work at www.seanfanningdesigns.com.
Ryan Heath (Assistant Stage Manager)
Stage Management Credits: The Motherf***ker with the Hat, Maple and Vine (Cygnet Theatre); Pericles, Reckless, Antigone (Old Globe/USD MFA Acting); Marry Me a Little, The Divine Sister, Birds of a Feather, The Pride (Diversionary Theatre); References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, Freedom of Speech (MOXIE); Merry Wives of Windsor (Livermore Shakespeare Festival); I Hate Hamlet (The Western Stage). Production Assistant Credits: Kingdom City, Side Show (La Jolla Playhouse); A Dolls House (The Old Globe). Ryan earned his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from San Diego State University.
Peter Herman (Wig & Makeup Designer)
Cygnet Theatre: Costumes and Wig/Makeup Design for Shakespeare’s R&J, Hedwig and the Angry Inch.  Wigs/Makeup Design for Pageant, Fool for Love, True West, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Spring Awakening, Maple and Vine, The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties, Company, Assassins, A Christmas Carol, Gem of the Ocean, Mistakes Were Made, Man of La Mancha, Dirty Blonde, Parade, A Behanding in Spokane, The Glass Menagerie, Little Shop of Horrors, Our Town, Cabaret, The Norman Conquests, Private Lives, Sweeney Todd.  Elsewhere: Peter has designed hair and wigs for over 300 productions, including the La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Rep, San Diego Opera, Disneyland, and various film and television projects. Film: Costume design for Ready? OK!  Peter currently teaches wigs and makeup at SDSU.
Matt Lescault-Wood (Sound Designer)
Dying City, It's A Wonderful Life, The History Boys, Mauritius, Noises Off, Sweeney Todd, Private Lives, Cabaret, Little Shop of Horrors, The Glass Menagerie, A Behanding In Spokane, Dirty Blonde, Man of La Mancha, Assassins, Company, Spring Awakening, Pageant, True West, Fool for Love, A Christmas Carol (Cygnet); Wit, I Love You Because (North Coast Repertory Theatre); Request Programme, The Cripple of Inishmaan (ion Theatre); Butcher of Baraboo, Dog Act, Expecting Isabel, Eurydice (2010 San Diego Critics Circle Nominee), Eleemosynary, The Crucible, Toughest Girl Alive, Ten Cent Night, Dead Man's Cell Phone, Coming Attractions, Hickorydickory, References To Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, Skinless, Mud Blue Sky (Moxie Theatre); Richard II, Hamlet, Macbeth, I Hate Hamlet (Intrepid Shakespeare Company), The Break-Up/Break-Down, Ragnarok, Deconstruction of A Drag Queen (Circle Circle dot dot); Seascape (New Village Arts). Matt holds a degree in Theatre Design and Technology from SDSU.
Veronica Murphy (Costume Designer)
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Chris Rynne (Lighting Designer)
Cygnet Theatre: Design and installation of lighting system for the original Cygnet space in Rolando, Spring Awakening, The Importance of Being Earnest/Travesties, Company, Assassins, Gem of the Ocean, Parade, Little Shop of Horrors, Cabaret, Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2003). Hershey Felder’s Lincoln: An American Story, Maestro: The Art of Leonard Bernstein, Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin, The Pianist of Willesden Lane. Old Globe: Good People, God of Carnage, Plaid Tidings, The Last Romance, Boeing-Boeing, I Do! I Do!, The Price, Sight Unseen, The American Plan, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Two Trains Running, Lincolnesque (San Diego Critics Circle Award), Pig Farm, Trying, Vincent in Brixton (San Diego Critics Circle Award), The Lady with All the Answers, The Food Chain, Two Sisters and a Piano, Blue/Orange, Time Flies, Knowing Cairo, Beyond Therapy, Santaland Diaries. His other credits include Geffen Playhouse, San Diego Opera, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Madison Opera, Pasadena Playhouse, San Diego Repertory Theatre, San Diego Musical Theatre, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Houston Grand Opera, Diversionary Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, and Starlight Theatre. Chris also designs lighting for museum exhibitions, special events, and lighting systems for new venues.
Chad Shelton (Assistant Lighting Designer)
Chad is very excited to be a part of the Cygnet design staff for the first time. Originally from Chicago, IL. he is currently seeking his MFA in lighting design from the San Diego State University School of Theatre, Television, and Film, where he recently designed Les Miserables in Concert.  Other recent design works includes Traditions of Christmas for the Christian Youth Theatre, and an upcoming design for Baby with the Bathwater at Diversionary Theatre in San Diego. As a member of the budding lighting design firm RealEyes Lighting, he looks forward to becoming a part of Cygnet, as well as the San Diego theatre community. Chad would like to thank his professors, and the staff of Cygnet for giving him this opportunity.
Syd Stevens (Properties Designer)
Syd is a multitalented fine artist, photographer, filmmaker and multimedia designer. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cinema and Photography from Southern Illinois University. Syd has contributed to numerous theatre productions, music videos, television productions, TV commercials and has worked both behind the scenes and in front of the camera on motion picture film productions. He has had has had many public art, photography and digital multimedia exhibitions. He is also a community activist and covers current local events as a photojournalist and blogger. At Cygnet, Syd was charge artist for The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Fool for Love and True West. Other theatres include: Bailiwick Theater, Diversionary Theatre, J*Company Youth Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company, Moxie Theatre, Northwestern University Theater Department, San Diego Jr. Theatre, SDSU Department of Theatre, UCSD Department of Theatre & Dance. Syd has two National Youth Theatre Awards for Outstanding Set Design.

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Social Media Night - Jan 23rd @ 8:00PM
Enjoy a unique theatre experience during the performance. Share your thoughts on the show as you tweet from your seat. Follow @CygnetTheatre using #SonsOfTheProphet to get behind the scenes information, live as it's happening. Follow and interact on Facebook and Instagram before the show and at intermission!
Out Night @ Cygnet - Jan 28th @ 6:30PM
Cygnet is proud to present an evening for our theatre loving friends in the LGBT community. Enjoy a pre-show mixer before the performance on Cygnet's beautiful Elaine Lipinsky Patio, with food provided by Aladdin Lebanese Restaurant. Everyone is welcome! A theatre ticket for the evening's performance is required to attend.
Theatre on Tap - Jan 30th @ 7:00PM
Join Cygnet and Benchmark Brewing for Theatre on Tap! Enjoy a pre-show beer tasting, and mix and mingle with other craft beer lovers. The complimentary tasting begins at 7 pm, followed by an 8:00 pm performance. A theatre ticket for the evening's show is required to attend. Must be 21 to partake.
Friday Forum - Jan 30th @ 8:00PM
Friday Forums gives you an opportunity to chat with the cast and director following the performance on the first Friday after opening night.
Wine Tasting Night - Feb 5th @ 6:30PM
Join Cygnet and Gianni Buonomo Vinters for a pre-show Wine Tasting. The complimentary wine tasting begins at 6:30pm followed by a 7:30pm performance. A theatre ticket for the evening's performance is required to attend.
CygNext Night - Feb 6th @ 7:00PM
Members of our CygNext: Under 30 Club can stick around after the show for a pre-show mixer. Meet members of the cast and enjoy happy hour prices including $2 beers.
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