CHINESE ART OF PLACEMENT
by Stanley Rutherford
Nov 11-27, 2004
NAJERA Sparky Litman, Co-Producer
Stephen is a Mexican-American native of the state of Texas who makes
his home in New York City. He is delighted to be making his Toronto stage
debut in the Alley Theatre Workshop inaugural production. He is an actor,
voice over artist and graphic designer and has collaborated with Michael
Kash on productions in Toronto and New York including SO IT’S COME
TO THIS, GRANDMOTHERFU**ER and the lauded POUNDING NAILS IN THE FLOOR
WITH MY FOREHEAD. He has been seen off off Broadway in New York in SECTIONS
3&5 written and performed with Deke Weaver, and in Jonathan Abraham’s
LONG LOST with Michael Kash. Other New York stage credits include Iago
in OTHELLO, the maniacal Chick in Benjamin Bettenbender’s BLISS
and Joe Pintauro’s SOFT DUDE.
Stanley Rutherford is the author of fifteen plays including RED TULIPS,
BAD GUMS, and GARDEN OF BLUE CHAIRS. His play BILLY NOBODY was nominated
for a Helen Hayes Award for Best New Play. THE CHINESE ART OF PLACEMENT
was originally presented at the Phoenix Theater in San Francisco, where
it won the San Francisco Weekly’s “Black Box” award
for Best Play and was nominated for the Bay Area Theater Critics Circle
Award for Best Original Script. It has subsequently been produced by
theaters in New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, and Dallas. Mr. Rutherford
is a graduate of Stanford University and lives in Sonoma County, California.
He is delighted that ATW has selected Chinese Art of Placement as its
inaugural production, and hopes that ATW will have a long, highly successful,
and dramatically fulfilling life.
Rusty Owen resides in New York City where he recently directed Pat Candaras
in her one woman show PANIC IS NOT A DISORDER for the New York International
Fringe Festival and THE POETICS OF BASEBALL for the Double Helix Theatre.
Other directing credits include GRANDMOTHERFU**ER (Don’t Tell Mama’s)
and SO IT’S COME TO THIS starring Emmett Foster (Joe’s Pub/The
Public Theatre), both produced by Michael Kash. In Toronto Rusty directed
Eric Bogosian’s POUNDING NAILS IN THE FLOOR WITH MY FOREHEAD starring
Michael Kash (Theatre Passe Muraille) and SO IT’S COME TO THIS
(Buddies in Bad Times). Rusty is Creative Director for Broadway producer
Darren Bagert whose production of Eugene O’Neill’s LONG DAYS
JOURNEY INTO NIGHT won three Tony awards. Best Revival of a Play, Best
Actress for Vanessa Redgrave and Best Actor for Brian Dennehy.
KASH Producer, ATW Artistic Director
Michael is from Toronto and divides his time between Toronto and New
York. He appeared this past summer in the world premier of TROUT STANLEY
by Claudia Dey at The Ships Company Theatre in Nova Scotia. In 1999 Michael
started Bridge Productions and was last seen in Eric Bogosian’s
POUNDING NAILS IN THE FLOOR WITH MY FOREHEAD (Theatre Passe Muraille
2002) for which he earned a Dora nomination for Best Actor. Other Toronto
theatre credits include: HEDDA GABLER, THE AMERICAN DREAM, DANNY AND
THE DEEP BLUE SEA and SURE THING. His television credits include: Sue
Thomas FBI, Adventure Inc., Blue Murder and Once a Thief. New York credits
include: THE MARRIAGE OF BETTE AND BOO, ANOTHER FINE MESS’ (New
York Theatre Workshop). New York producing credits: GRANDMOTHERFU**ER
and SO IT’S COME TO THIS (Joe’s Pub). Recent film: Ron Howard’s
Cinderella Man. Mike has also recently been accepted as aworking finalist
at The Actors’ Studio.
TAYLOR Set & Lighting Design
David is a graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in painting.
He has worked in several fields of the arts in Toronto. As a new graduate
he sculpted body prosthetics for the special effects industry before
moving into the area of specialized design and fabrication for galleries
in and around Toronto including The Goodwater Gallery and Lennox Contemporary.
KENNEDY Sound Design
Fred recently designed the sound for Claudia Dey’s TROUT STANLEY
at the Ships Company Theatre in Nova Scotia. He is a drummer and sound
designer and has played with a wide variety of musicians including Ben
Monder, Tim Hagans, Bobby Shew, Philip Glass, Lynn Seaton and his own
group Daybreak. In 2003 Frederick toured the United Kingdom and the southwest
US with the Brooklyn based electronic rock band Vic Thrill. He has also
collaborated extensively with theatre and dance artists on such projects
as Dorian/A Rock Musical 1992-93, Extract 1994, TIGERS HEART (Ships Co.)
2002, and BRIGHTER THAN THE LIGHT OF THE SUN 2003. Last year Fred wrote,
recorded and edited his first film score for the independent feature
100 Stories and a recent composition – the sound design for an
experimental video, Clouds and Raindrops – was featured at the
Bronx Museum of Art, in their 2004 Artists in the Market series.