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Written by STEVEN DIETZ • Directed by CHARLES OTTE • Starring MEREDITH McCALL, ROBERT GOMES and SYDNEY ANDREWS
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"Quick ... full of memorable one-liners ... Fiction keeps the audience on its toes!"
"Fans of fine acting should make their reservations now!" - The Austin Chronicle (Read more.)
After cheering the wit, charm, and romance of Shooting Star and Becky’s New Car, ZACH audiences are in for a thrilling story of intrigue as Austin playwright Steven Dietz's FICTION comes to ZACH. In this razor-sharp play, two married writers live a life whose very profession places them on edge of fact and fiction. When Linda faces a fatal diagnosis, she and husband Michael are forced to confront the notion that the only thing harder than dying with a secret is living with one. Dietz, the most produced playwright in the country, teams with acclaimed director Charlie Otte to bring this gasp-out-loud comedic drama to stage with a trademark and irresistible blend of humor, heart and precision.
ABOUT FICTION BY STEVEN DIETZ
Linda and Michael, successful writers who happen to be married to each other, thrive on the give-and-take of their unusually honest relationship. But when they decide to share their diaries, the boundaries between past and present, fact and fiction, trust and betrayal begin to break down. No life, it turns out, is an open book.
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(L-R) Robert Gomes, Meredith McCall and Sydney Andrews star in FICTION by Steven Dietz
The only thing harder than dying with a secret is living with one.
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About the Company
MEREDITH McCALL (Linda Waterman) – AT ZACH THEATRE: The Drowsy Chaperone, Caroline, or Change, 365 Days/365 Plays, Present Laughter, Urinetown: The Musical, Cabaret, Side Man, The Pavilion, The Laramie Project, Little Shop of Horrors, Jouét, Pride’s Crossing, The Rocky Horror Show (1999 & 2006), The Santaland Diaries, Tommy, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Perestroika, The Taffetas, Jack and Jill, Ruthless! The Musical, Rockin’ Christmas Party, Das Barbecü, Born Yesterday, Avenue X, Beehive and Falsettos. REGIONAL THEATRE: Celebrity Autobiography (The Long Center); House of Several Stories (Imagine That); Jouét (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Guys and Dolls (Zilker Summer Musicals); She Loves Me and Pump Boys and Dinettes (Live Oak Theatre). AWARDS: Austin Critics’ Table Award for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical” (Urinetown), Austin Critics’ Table Award “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical” and B. Iden Payne Nomination “Best Lead Actress in a Musical” (Jouét), Austin Critics’ Table Award for “Featured Actress” (Angels in America), B. Iden Payne Award for “Best Actress in a Drama” (The Pavilion), “Best Actress in a Comedy” (Born Yesterday), “Best Actress in a Musical” (Falsettos). OTHER: M.A in Theatre from Northwestern University.
ROBERT GOMES* (Michael Waterman) – is happy to be making his ZACH Theatre debut in Fiction. BROADWAY: The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Racing Demon (Lincoln Center Theater). OFF-BROADWAY: Only You, As Is, Twelfth Night, The Diviners (Circle Repertory Company); The Temperamentals; A Quiet End; Shmulnik’s Waltz. REGIONAL THEATRE: The Winter’s Tale, Private Lives, The Play’s the Thing, Cymbeline (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ); Brooklyn Boy (Florida Studio Theater); Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Perestroika (Dallas Theater Center); The Substance of Fire (Seattle Rep); Dancing at Lughnasa and The Three Sisters (Pittsburgh Public Theatre); Another Country (Long Wharf Theatre); The American Clock (Huntington Theater); A Stone Carver (GeVa); Childe Byron and Fifth of July (Circle Rep); The Glass Menagerie (Fulton Opera House); 1918 (Delaware Theater Company); Mrs. Warren’s Profession (George Street Playhouse); We Were There (Other Side Productions). FILM: An Englishman in New York, the award winning Body/Antibody, Daddy (HBO Pictures). TV: Ed, Sex & the City, Law & Order, All My Children, As the World Turns. Mr. Gomes is a graduate of N.Y.U. and a member of the Bruised Fruits, a comedy improv group in New York City. As a producer, he is currently in pre-production for the film Deflated; as a screenwriter, he is adapting the plays Certainty and We Were There for the screen. www.robertgomes.com
SYDNEY ANDREWS (Abby Drake) – AT ZACH: Becky’s New Car; Love, Janis; Doubt. REGIONAL THEATRE: An Ideal Husband (Austin Shakespeare Theatre), James and the Giant Peach (Berkshire Theatre Festival), The Canterville Ghost (Children’s Theatre of Charlotte), The Allegory of Whiteness (Farm Theatre). FILM: Artois the Goat. OTHER THEATRE: The Death of Beth, Tides of Aberdeen, Pride and Prejudice, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Big Love (University of Texas at Austin); The Crucible, The Spitfire Grill, Uncle Vanya and Picnic (Greensboro College). ADDITIONAL CREDITS: M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, B.A. from Greensboro College.
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About the Artistic Staff
STEVEN DIETZ (Playwright) – is pleased to return to ZACH, where his plays Shooting Star (world premiere) and Becky’s New Car have been seen in previous seasons. Dietz’s thirtyplus plays and adaptations have been seen at more than 100 regional theatres, as well as Off-Broadway and internationally, and his work has been translated into ten languages. Dietz received the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award for both Fiction (produced Off-Broadway by the Roundabout Theatre Company) and Still Life with Iris, the Edgar® Award for “Best Mystery Play” for Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, the PEN USAWest Award in Drama for Lonely Planet, and the Yomiuri Shimbun Award (the Japanese “Tony”) for his adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s Silence. Recent work includes the National New Play Network featured play Yankee Tavern; the Pulitzer-nominated Last of the Boys; and the upcoming baseball play Jackie & Me (adapted from Dan Gutman). He is married to playwright Allison Gregory. They divide their time between Seattle and Austin where he teaches playwriting and directing at the University of Texas.
CHARLES OTTE (Director) - joins ZACH Theatre for the first time. He has worked around the country in theatre, opera and media. New York productions include Flood by Guntar Grass, Moliere’s Imaginary Invalid, Brecht’s Baal, Mikhail Bulgokov's Bliss, as well as Songs from Liquid Days and La Belle et La Bete by Philip Glass. Additional New York productions include The Cuchulain Cycle (based on the writings by W.B. Yeates), the multimedia production This Is a Test, and restaging The Civil Wars and Einstein on the Beach for Robert Wilson. Los Angeles productions include James Joyce’s The Dead, Travesties by Tom Stoppard, Bulgakov’s Flight, Brecht’s Threepenny Opera, Gozzi’s King Stag, David Rabe’s Goose and Tomtom, and new plays by Bradley Smith, Steven Haworth, Rick Pagano and John Bishop. Screenwriting and film directing credits include Blind Faith, Beer Nuts, “A&E Biography,” Sindbad and the media displays in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Illinois and The Spirit of Texas at the Texas State History Museum in Austin. Otte is a recent transplant to Austin, joining the faculty at the University of Texas where he teaches design and directing and is developing a curriculum in integrated media for theatre. For U.T., he has directed Francis Cowhig’s 410[GONE], Blue Point by Kyle Schmidt and Fight by Kimber Lee. He is happy to have received such a warm welcome from the Austin arts community.
MICHAEL RAIFORD (Set Design) - is a freelance scenic and costume designer based in Austin, Texas. Michael has been a designer at ZACH Theatre for over 15 years where he has designed more than 90 productions. ZACH projects include: Rent, Metamorphoses, The Drowsy Chaperone, Becky’s New Car, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Let Me Down Easy, Caroline, or Change, The Clean House, Porgy and Bess, Jesus Christ Superstar/Jesucristo Superestrella, Take Me Out, Urinetown, The Exonerated, I Am My Own Wife, Keepin’ It Weird, Crowns, The Laramie Project, Aida, The America Play, Hank William Lost Highway, Cabaret, Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues, Limonade Tous Le Jours, Smokey Joe’s Café, Hair, Hedwig, The Pavilion, Evita, Tru, The Rocky Horror Show (1999 & 2006), Angels in America (Parts I and II) and so many versions of costumes and sets for Rockin’ Christmas Party, we quit counting! Michael is now in his third season at the Humana Festival of New American plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville. His designs have included sets for the premiere of Craig Wright’s new play The Unseen and Carlos Murillo’s Dark Play or Stories for Boys. Also at Actors Theatre, Michael designed Costumes and Video for Jouét, which was first produced at ZACH where he designed the sets and video. Other favorite Regional Theatre projects include: Well and The Chosen at Cleveland Playhouse: Give ‘em Hell Harry and the US premiere of The Young Lady from Rwanda at Kansas City Repertory Theatre; Guys and Dolls at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre in Florida: The Fantastiks at Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC; and What Goes Up at the New Victory Theatre in NYC. Other Austin Projects include Rigoletto for Austin Lyric Opera; Big Love and Tesla for the Rude Mechanicals.
JASON AMATO (Lighting Design) – Jason’s career has spanned 15 years, designing over 450 local and international shows. In addition to designing at ZACH for 10 years, he is the resident lighting designer for Austin Shakespeare, Blue Lapis Light and the Vortex. Recent shows at ZACH: Red Hot Patriot, Rent, Metamorphoses, Becky’s New Car, Our Town, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Grapes ofWrath, Shooting Star, Beehive and Caroline, or Change. The Austin Critics’ Table Awards has honored Jason for outstanding lighting in 25 shows. He has also received B. Iden Payne Awards for his lighting of Troades, Trickster, The Exonerated, Omnium-Gatherum, Triskelion, Panoptikon, Despair’s Book of Dreams and The Deluge. In 2008, Jason received the “Outstanding Contribution to Austin Theater” award from Austin Circle of Theaters. You can view his work at www.jasonamato.com.
ANTONIO GARFIAS (Sound Design) – After 13 years of live theatre engineering for the Blue Man Group in New York and Las Vegas, Tony is excited to jump back into the design world. Past credits include: The Wax Museum (Purdue University), Love's Labours Lost (University of Missouri-Kansas City), Darkside of the Moon (The Coterie, Kansas City), A Christmas Carol (Missouri Rep), The Spirit of Life (Circle in the Square Theatre, NYC), Estrellita Llumenaria (INTAR, NYC), The Aquarium (Lincoln Center), Tales of the Lost Formicans (Monsterless Actors, NYC), Biloxi Blues (Suffolk Community College) and The African Company Presents Richard III (NYU).
BARBARA POPE (Costume Design) – During the last twenty years, Barbara’s work has been seen in regional and university theatres throughout the United States. For eleven years, she was resident designer for the Asolo Theatre Company (LORT) and the FSU/Asolo Conservatory, both in Sarasota, Fla. At the Asolo, she designed more than forty productions, including The Matchmaker, Tartuffe, Our Country’s Good, Hay Fever, The Winter’s Tale, Picasso at the Lapin Agile and A View from the Bridge. Other designs for professional theatres include Prelude to a Kiss (Florida Studio Theatre); Desire Under the Elms and The Illusion (American Stage); Romeo and Juliet (Theatre Works); Dracula and Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Tennessee Repertory Theatre); Broadway Bound, Wait Until Dark and Proof (Pennsylvania Centre Stage); and King John (Illinois Shakespeare Festival). Her designs for opera include many world premieres, such as Arabica and Her Lightness for Sarasota Opera. Barbara has also served as a professor of theatre at Florida State University, Penn State University and in her current position at the University of Texas at Austin.
BLAKE REEVES (Properties Design) – Blake returns as Prop Designer after working on ZACH Theatre’s productions of Rent and Red Hot Patriot. Blake has also worked with ZACH’s production team in numerous facets for The Santaland Diaries, The Drowsy Chaperone, Metamorphoses, Becky’s New Car, Our Town and The Flaming Idiots. In addition to production work, he performed with the award-winning cast of Our Town. Blake attended Baylor University and, during his time as a student, he designed, choreographed and performed in a number of productions. He later returned to serve as the Coordinator of Special Performances for the university, producing and designing several shows.
BLAIR HURRY (Costume Shop Manager) – grew up in Austin and studied Costume Design & Technology at the University of Texas. Her costume design works at ZACH Theatre include Metamorphoses, Shooting Star (2009-2010 Season), Farm to Market and Call It Courage (ZACH’s Performing Arts School). Other local designs include Vampyress (Vortex Theatre), Parade: A Musical (St. Edward’s University), The Famous Rio Grande, The TrojanWomen and Cabaret (University of Texas). Prior to ZACH, she built costumes for the Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Ohio Light Opera Company and STAGES: St. Louis. She also worked as Head of Wardrobe and Make-up for the national tour of Playhouse Disney’s The Doodlebops LIVE! and the 2008 National tour of The Moscow Ballet’s The Great Russian Nutcracker. She is currently an active member of the local 205 IATSE union.
PAUL FLINT (Director of Production) – joined ZACH Theatre in 2008. He earned his B.F.A. from Shorter College and M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, with a focus on Technical Direction, Scenic Design and Arts Management. He has more than ten years experience in technical theatre and has worked as a Technical Director for eight years. His theatre credits include the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Ga., Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, New York, Vitalist Theatre Company in Chicago, Ill., and he is a founding member of Seaside Repertory Theatre in Seaside, Fla. Paul is the author of Managing the Creative Mind: A Technical Director’s Process.
ELIOT HAYNES (Interim Assistant Technical Director) – produces sound and video. Recent ZACH Theatre design credits include video for Red Hot Patriot, Rent and Rockin’ Christmas Party, as well as sound for The Santaland Diaries and Doubt. He enjoys being part of the ZACH Theatre production team, having served as carpenter, Scene Shop Foreman and currently as the Interim Assistant Technical Director. Other video credits include The Assumption (Refraction Arts), I Witness (Tutto Theatre), A Series with a Chair and an 11-Foot Line (Forklift Dance), Dance Carousel (Spank Dance) and The E Word (Sharon Sparlin). He is also the Technical Director for Austin’s own Fuse Box Festival.
LILY WILLIAMS (Company Manager) – A fresh face to both Austin and ZACH Theatre, Lily brings a great deal of enthusiasm to her position as the Company Manager. She graduated from Montana State University with degrees in Media & Theatre Arts and Spanish Language & Literature. During her time in Montana, Lily served as the producer and stage manager for numerous university productions, including The Last Acts and Allen Ball’s Five Women Wearing the Same Dress. She has vast experience in the film, event management and visual art worlds.
AMANDA NADINE GASS* (Stage Manager) – AT ZACH: Stage Manger for Becky’s New Car, Substitute Stage Manager for Metamorphoses and The Santaland Diaries, and Assistant Stage Manger for The Grapes of Wrath. REGIONAL THEATRE: Taming of the Shrew at Illinois Shakespeare Festival. OTHER: The Nina Variations, Intermission: Life in the In-between and Elektra with Gobotrick Theatre. Much Ado About Nothing, Frame 312, The Rover, The Exonerated and The Art of Dining at Texas State University; Orestes with Cambiare Productions. OTHER CREDITS: M.A. from Texas State University.
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