The Book of Grace
"Lively and rhythmic ... a compelling, superbly acted, thought-provoking play!"
"Maddening and very funny!"
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Step into the imaginative playground of Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks for an extremely rare opportunity -- the first production of her new play directed by Ms. Parks herself!
A South Texas family breaks through familial borders when a young man named Snake returns home, lured by his stepmother Grace, to reunite with his father, a border patrol agent. The prodigal son confronts his father, and fences are erected as everyday life erupts into a battle for personal survival. At once fiercely intimate and explosive, this surprising and truly original play finds three people bound together by longing, passion and ambition.
"The ZACH production will ultimately represent the published edition of the play."
"The story is so Texan ... it speaks to things in our community."
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Nadine Mozon delivers a powerful performance as Grace in THE BOOK OF GRACE at ZACH Theatre.
Shaun Patrick Tubbs as Buddy/Snake in Suzan-Lori Parks' THE BOOK OF GRACE at ZACH.
Eugene Lee as Vet in THE BOOK OF GRACE
About the Company
EUGENE LEE* (Vet) – joins ZACH Theatre for the first time. Eugene enjoys an acting career that goes back as far as a command performance of a University Drama department production of A Raisin in The Sun for President Lyndon B. Johnson on his Texas ranch in 1972 and television episodes of Dallas, Good Times, The White Shadow, Guiding Light, playing coroner “Hud Sanders” on The District, The Women of Brewster Place mini-series with Oprah Winfrey, The Jackson Five: An American Dream and recent features Blacklisted and Coach Carter. On the professional stage, his career goes as far back as the original cast of Pulitzer Prize-winning A Soldier’s Play by Charles Fuller with the Negro Ensemble Company to a Broadway appearance in Gem of the Ocean by August Wilson. Other professional theatre credits include the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. (2008) performing in five of the ten August Wilson Century of Plays, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre production of Wilson’s Two Trains Running, Huntington Theatre in Boston production of Fences (Fall 2009) and the world premiere of Marcus Gardley’s every tongue confess at Arena Stage in D.C. (Fall 2010). Other Negro Ensemble Company appearances include Home by Samm Art William, Sons and Fathers of Sons by Ray Araanha and Manhattan Made Me by Gus Edwards. Lee appeared as “Sterling” in the Huntington Theatre staging of Radio Golf and “Eli” in their Broadway-bound production of Gem of The Ocean, as well as the True Colors Theatre Company in Atlanta productions of Fences by August Wilson, Ceremonies in Dark Old Men by Lonne Elder and Miss Evers’ Boys by David Feldshuh. As a playwright, he has written the plays East Texas Hot Links, Fear Itself, Somebody Called: A Tale of Two Preachers, Killingsworth and the musical Twist, along with episodes for television series that include Homicide: Life on the Streets, Walker Texas Ranger, Michael Hayes, The Turks and The Journey of Allen Strange. Mr. Lee serves as Artist in Residence and Artistic Director of the Texas State University Black and Latino Playwright’s Conference
NADINE MOZON* (Grace) – joins ZACH Theatre for the first time. NEW YORK AND REGIONAL THEATRE: Delta Rhapsody, her one-woman show, developed and presented at Pro Arts Collective, and further work-shopped via New York’s Liberation Theatre Company; Intimate Apparel, Fences, For colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf, Home, Crumbs From the Table of Joy, Talking With… and Boogie Woogie Landscapes; Texas State University productions of Piano Lesson and Much Ado About Nothing. TELEVISION: Friday Night Lights, Law and Order and Third Watch. FILM: principal role in Katrina’s Son, which recently screened at the Cannes Film Festival; principal roles in Two Weeks Notice, Shaft, The Two Bobs, Sam the Man and Spider-Man 2. OTHER CREDITS: Mozon’s one-woman show, Confirming The Search: That Girl’s Still Here Somewhere, received an AUDELCO Award nomination in New York, and won a Drama-Logue Award in Los Angeles. She is author of I.D. Please, an ensemble theatre piece, and a commissioned work. Mozon collaborated on creating new works with a diverse community of artists, including Carol Maillard (Sweet Honey in the Rock) Nioka Workman, Helga Davis, Joan Miller Dance Players and Richard Rivera. Mozon is a published poet who has been featured in New York venues ranging from Nuyorican Poets Café to Lincoln Center and regionally at festivals. She has hosted as a guest artist at colleges and universities; Mozon’s book of poetry Kiss it Up to God is available in stores and online. She earned her MFA in acting from American Conservatory Theatre, and currently teaches at Texas State University.
SHAUN PATRICK TUBBS* (Buddy/Snake) – joins ZACH Theatre for the first time. REGIONAL THEATRE: The Tempest, An Ideal Husband, Macbeth (Austin Shakespeare Theatre), A Brief Narrative of an Extraordinary Birth of Rabbits (Salvage Vanguard Theatre), Crossing America (Kirk Douglas Theatre), Lobby Hero (Ensemble Theatre of Santa Barbara), Boys Next Door (Whitmore Lindley Theatre) and Jitney (Human Race Theatre Company). FILM: The Remnants of Civilization & The Dawn of Anxiety. TELEVISION: General Hospital and The Parkers. OTHER THEATRE: The Red Box, Pride and Prejudice, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bad Penny, The Shadow Box, Elephants Graveyard and Don Juan In Hell (University of Texas at Austin); The Laramie Project and Our Country’s Good (Wright State University). OTHER CREDITS: Tubbs received his M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, and B.F.A. from Wright State University. www.ShaunPatrickTubbs.com.
* = Member Actors’ Equity Association
About the Artistic Staff
SUZAN-LORI PARKS (Playwright and Director) – has recently presented her performance piece Watch Me Work in theatres nationally and internationally. Her plays include The Book Of Grace, Venus, (OBIE Award), In The Blood, (Pulitzer Prize Finalist), Fucking A, The America Play, Father Comes Home From The Wars, Part 1: The Union of My Confederate Parts, Topdog/Underdog and 365 Days/365 Plays - a year-long international collaboration involving more than 700 theatres that was co-produced with Bonnie Metzgar. Parks’ other plays include The Death Of The Last Black Man In The Whole Entire World, Devotees In The Garden Of Love and Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom (OBIE Award, Best New American Play). Her Ray Charles musical, Unchain My Heart, is scheduled to premiere on Broadway. She holds honorary doctorates from her alma mater Mount Holyoke College, as well as from Spellman College and Brown University. She is the subject of the PBS film The Topdog Diaries. Almost all of Suzan-Lori’s plays are published by Theatre Communications Group. Her first novel, Getting Mother’s Body, is published by Random House. Suzan-Lori has a leading role in Plus One, the fictional documentary which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Her additional work for film includes serving as writer/director for Anemone Me (produced by Christine Vachon and Todd Haynes), as writer for Girl 6 (dir. Spike Lee) and screenplays for Brad Pitt, Jodie Foster and others. She wrote the adaptation of Their Eyes Were Watching God (starring Halle Berry) for Oprah Winfrey Presents. She is a recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Grant and won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Topdog/Underdog. Currently working on a revival of Porgy and Bess that will premiere in September at The American Repertory Theatre - and at work on her second novel - Suzan-Lori serves New York’s Public Theater as their Master Writer Chair and appears as an animated character on Nickelodeon Jr. For more information, visit www.suzanloriparks.com.
MICHAEL RAIFORD (Scenic and Costume Design) – is a freelance scenic and costume designer based in Austin. Michael has been a resident designer at ZACH Theatre for almost 20 years, where he has designed more than 100 productions. Recent ZACH projects include August: Osage County, Rent, The Drowsy Chaperone, Becky’s New Car, Let Me Down Easy, Love Janis, Shooting Star, Caroline or Change and The Clean House. Michael has also designed more versions of Rockin’ Christmas Party than we can count! Michael is in his fifth season designing for the Humana Festival of New American Plays at The Actors Theater of Louisville. This season includes Elemeno Pea by Molly Smith Metzler and Bob by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb. Previous Humana projects at ATL include Sirens by Debra Zoe Laufer, Fissures by Dominique Serrand, Phoenix by Scott Organ and Absalom by Zoe Kazan. Other projects at ATL include Jouét, Shipwrecked, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and The Kite Runner. Other favorite regional productions include Well, The Chosen, and Inherit The Wind at Cleveland Playhouse; The Young Lady from Rwanda at Kansas City Repertory Theatre; Guys and Dolls and Tin Types at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Florida; The Bartered Bride at Opera Boston; The Fantastiks at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC; and What Goes Up at New Victory Theatre, NYC. Other Austin productions include Rigoletto for Austin Lyric Opera, Big Love and Tesla for The Rude Mechanicals and When Something Wonderful Ends for our own Barbara Chisholm. Upcoming designs this season include Carmen at Central City Opera and The Magic Flute for Ballet Austin. Michael received his M.F.A. from the University of Texas, where he taught for 10 years, and he is a member of United Scenic Artists.
JASON AMATO (Lighting Design) – Jason’s career has spanned 18 years, designing more than 500 local and international shows. In addition to designing at ZACH for 12 years, he is the resident lighting designer for Austin Shakespeare, Blue Lapis Light and the Vortex Repertory Theatre. Recent shows at ZACH: August: Osage County, Red Hot Patriot, Rent, Metamorphoses, Becky’s New Car, Our Town, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Grapes of Wrath, 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. At ZACH: Sound Design for Fiction. REGIONAL CREDITS: 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).
COLIN LOWRY (Video Design) – is an executive producer/ partner with Line Dash, LLC www.linedash.com. Some favorite design credits include Rent, The Laramie Project and Limonade Tous Les Jours (ZACH Theatre), Jouét (ZACH Theatre, The Actors’ Theatre of Louisville), My Favorite Year (Zilker Theater Productions), Pexo, Silent Circle, five2ten, Gyre and Flush (Ariel Dance Theatre), Rhythm of a Life and Souls of Our Feet (Tapestry Dance Company), Writing Austin’s Lives (U.T. Humanities Institute), Requiem for Tesla and How Late It Was How Late - 2003-2004 Austin Critics’ Table Award for “Video Design” (Rude Mechs)
ELIOT HAYNES (Sound Engineer) – 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 August: Osage County, The Santaland Diaries and Doubt. He enjoys being part of the ZACH Theatre production team, having served as carpenter, Scene Shop Foreman and 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 annual FuseBox Festival.
TARA COOPER (Wig and Makeup Design) – AT ZACH: Metamorphoses, Red Hot Patriot and past Red Hot & Soul events. OTHER THEATRE CREDITS: Crew for The Lion King (Cheetah Tour), Mamma Mia! and many others. OTHER CREDITS: Tara works in all mediums including theater, print, commercial and film. Tara has a B.A. in Costume Design and Technology from the University of Texas at Austin, and she now teaches Make-up Design at St. Edward's University.
BLAKE REEVES (Properties Design) – AT ZACH: August: Osage County, Fiction, Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins, and Rent. 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.
TINA GRAMANN (Fight Choreographer) – Tina choreographed fights for August: Osage County, The Grapes of Wrath, Porgy and Bess, Take Me Out, Cabaret, Omnium Gatherum, Misery, bee-luther-hatchee, As You Like It, Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and more. Tina’s weapon specializations include single sword, broadsword, rapier and dagger, and hand to hand combat. Four-times recognized by the Society of American Fight Directors, Tina received her MFA from the University of Houston School of Theatre. Tina is also the Director of ZACH’s Education Department, which serves more than 60,000 students a year ages three and up through a variety of classes and performances for children.
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, Florida. Paul is the author of Managing the Creative Mind: A Technical Director’s Process.
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 Trojan Women 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.
LILY WILLIAMS (Company Manager) – 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 film, event management and visual art.
MOLLY MURPHY (Assistant Director) – joins ZACH Theatre for the first time. Recent directing credits include Intimate Apparel, 4.48 Psychosis, bobrauschenbergamerica, Okay Cupid! and Fefu and Her Friends. She has worked in venues that include The Public Theater, Arena Stage, Signature Theatre Company, The Apollo Theater, The Incubator Arts Project and The Dallas Theater Center. She has assisted for directors that include as Stan Wojewodski Jr., David Kennedy and Patricia McGregor. Molly holds a B.F.A. from Southern Methodist University and is a recipient of the Garland Wright Award for Achievement in Directing.
IAN SCOTT* (Stage Manager) – AT ZACH: Stage Manager for Shooting Star, Urinetown, Crowns, The Vagina Monologues, Circumference of a Squirrel, Rockin’ Christmas Party (Austin and San Antonio), Art, Evita, Abundance, Pride’s Crossing, Angels in America, Z-Cabaret, Gospel at Colonus, Das Barbecü and Once On This Island; Actor in The Drowsy Chaperone (Underling), The Rocky Horror Show (Dr. Scott), The Who’s Tommy (Uncle Ernie), Jelly’s Last Jam, And the World Goes Round, Passion and Schoolhouse Rock. Additional ZACH credits include Keepin’ It Weird, I Am My Own Wife, Schoolhouse Rock (Project Interact), Bucky!, Plaid Tidings, Bad Dates, House Arrest, Shear Madness, American Play, Twisted Olivia, Rocky Horror, Forever Plaid, My Children My Africa, Falsettos, Buddy Holly, Harvey and Nunsense. REGIONAL THEATRE: Numerous credits with companies that include Arkansas Rep, Austin Contemporary Ballet, Ariel Dance Theater, Austin Circle of Theaters, Austin Handel/Haydn Society, Austin Lyric Opera, Austin Musical Theater, Austin Shakespeare Festival, Broadway Austin, Capital City Playhouse, Casa Manana/Bass Hall, Deus Ex Machina, Different Stages, Erwin Center, Imagine That Productions, Live Oak Theatre, Mary Moody Northen, Myrna Loy Center - Montana, Palmer Auditorium, Paramount Theater, Playfest, Scott Schroeder Presents, State Theater, Southwestern University, Teatro Vivo, Tex-ARTS, University of Texas and Zilker Theatre Productions.
CARMELA VALDEZ* (Stage Manager) – has a degree from the University of Texas at Austin and worked on local productions ever since. Her most recent credits include assistant stage managing for Austin Lyric Opera’s Cinderella, The Bat, The Barber of Seville, Il Trovatore, The Marriage of Figaro, Elektra, and Tosca. She has also stage managed The Clean House, Always...Patsy Cline, The Vagina Monologues, Fully Committed & The Santaland Diaries at ZACH Theatre.
* = Member Actors’ Equity Association
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