All Through the Night
By Shirley Lauro
Directed by Melanie Moyer Williams
Featuring Theo Allyn*, Hana Kalinski, Michelle Lookadoo*, Lesley McBurney*, and Andrea Sooch*
ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT speaks directly with a warning for today. Inspired by interviews with German Gentile women, and set during and after the Third Reich, the play is both stylistic and surrealistic, sweeping through the women's teen years and young adulthood during the Holocaust and then beyond. The Nazi Regime impacts the women's lives as they struggle over education, work, religion, marriage and motherhood. Making overwhelmingly hard choices, they survive or succumb to Hitler's Reign and are changed forever.
ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT received its New York Premiere October 2-25, 2009 at The Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater (
5 West 64th Street @ Central Park West)
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All Through the Night was made possible by generous grants from the following foundations:
The Dramatists Guild Fund
The Puffin Foundation
The Josephine Foundation
Simon Wiesenthal Center:
For this production, the RFTC has chosen to partner with the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) is an international Jewish human rights organization dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust by fostering tolerance and understanding through community involvement, educational outreach and social action. SWC confronts important contemporary issues including racism, antisemitism, terrorism and genocide. With a membership of over 400,000 families and 250,000 e-members, SWC is headquartered in Los Angeles and maintains offices in New York, Toronto, Miami, Jerusalem, Paris and Buenos Aires. SWC is accredited as a non-governmental organization at the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, Council of Europe and Latin American Parliament. In 2005 the SWC opened a state-of-the-art multi-media training center in New York, adjunct to the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, the New York Tolerance Center (NYTC). NYTC provides diversity seminars for educators, criminal justice officials, state/local government practitioners, and middle and high school students from the public, private and parochial school systems. In addition, NYTC provides special film, lecture and facilitated tours for the general community. For a more complete overview please visit www.wiesenthal.com
Theo Allyn*, Gretchen
Theo Allyn is delighted to be making her debut with the Red Fern Theatre Company! She was most recently seen on Ellis Island in TAKING A CHANCE ON AMERICA - sometimes as many as seven times a day. Theo is originally from Pittsburgh, where she has performed with Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre, City Theatre, Saints and Poets Theatre, Bricolage, and the REP. Theo trained at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts at the Stella Adler Acting Studio, as well as at the Atlantic Theatre Company Acting School.
Hana Kalinski, Angelika
Hana Kalinski - Is thrilled to be making her off-Broadway debut with the Red Fern Theatre Company. Previous off-off Broadway credits include: THE CORN MAIDEN (Fringe Festival), OPH3LIA (HERE, IT Awards nominee for Best Ensemble), and AFTER THE RAIN (LaMama). She is a proud NYU graduate. Please visit her website www.hanakalinski.com for more information. Thank you to cast and crew, Shirley and Melanie, her wonderful family for their loving support, her ‘coach’ Steven, and to the brave women who lived and shared these stories and the God who gave them strength.
Michelle Lookadoo*, Friederike
Michelle Lookadoo has just finished playing Adella and understudying the role of Ariel in the Broadway production of THE LITTLE MERMAID. Her other Broadway credits include Silly Girl (u/s Babette) in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and Ensemble (u/s Miss Lark) in the original cast of MARY POPPINS. She has been seen on the big screen as Evan Rachel Wood's singing and dancing high school friend in ACROSS THE UNIVERSE and on the small screen in various national and regional commercials. Michelle has also performed in numerous regional theatre productions including MY FAIR LADY(Papermill Playhouse), BRIGADOON (Theatre Under the Stars), BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (North Shore Music Theatre and Pioneer Theatre - Babette), and KISS ME, KATE and SINGIN IN THE RAIN (Westchester Broadway Theatre). Before venturing into the world of theatre, Michelle trained and worked in the world of classical ballet. After training in New York at American Ballet Theatre, she danced professionally for Richmond Ballet, Lexington Ballet, Greensboro Ballet, and New Jersey Ballet. Favorite ballet roles include Sugar Plum Fairy (Nutcracker), Russian girl (Serenade), Giselle (Giselle), and Candide (Sleeping Beauty). She holds a BA in English literature and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond Virginia. Michelle is also a self proclaimed Scrabble addict and an inexhaustable bookworm. She has two fabulous parents (Kay and Dan), a very patient husband (Victor), and the two cutest shih-tzus ever (Dollie and Duchess). www.michellelookadoo.com
Lesley McBurney*, Ludmilla
Lesley McBurney keeps busy in many realms of the New York acting scene. On the dramatic side, she has appeared in numerous theatrical productions and independent films. On the comedic side, she has performed stand up in several clubs throughout New York and is a founding member of the improv and sketch group Kundalini Komedy.
Andrea Sooch*, Fraus
Andrea is thrilled to be part of this production. Favorite US credits include: Irena in THE MUSIC LESSON, Maria in NINE, Ingrid Bergman in CASABLANCA REVISITED, Anne Wikzemsky in LAW & ORDER: CI, Hungarian Vampire in TRUE BLOOD, Lena in ALL MY CHILDREN, Alice Henry in GUIDING LIGHT, Greta Härbärle in 100 YEARS OF EVIL. Thanks to all the amazing people and serendipitous opportunities, which make the journey more beautiful and fulfilling. www.andreasooch.net
Production Team Bios:
Shirley Lauro, Playwright
SHIRLEY LAURO’S ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT, received a “Jeff” 2006 nomination as ‘Best New Chicago Play’, for its original Chicago production. Her anthology, “FRONT LINES: Political Plays by American Women”, co-edited with Alexis Greene, New Press, 2009, is a “2009 Honoree of The Coalition of Professional Women in Arts and Media”. Her latest play, THE RADIANT won a 2008 Sloan Science Commission and enjoyed its first staged reading, June 2009, at The Actors Studio. A PIECE OF MY HEART, premiered at Manhattan Theatre Club’s and was revived by in New York Red Fern Theater in 2008, Melanie Moyer, directing. With over 1000 other productions around the world, the play was recently designated by VW Veterans, Inc.: “The most enduring American play on Vietnam”. CLARENCE DARROW’S LAST TRIAL, received a “2006 Carbonell Nominee as ‘Best New Florida Play’”, and an “NEA Access To Excellence Award.” On Broadway, OPEN ADMISSIONS received 1 Tony nomination, 2 Drama Desk nominations, and a Theatre World Award. Ms. Lauro adapted it for CBS, starring Jane Alexander and Estelle Parsons. A Guggenheim Fellow, Ms. Lauro is a 3 time NEA and a New York Foundation for the Arts winner. She served 12 years on The Dramatists Guild’s Council and Steering Committee and currently as Director of the Dramatists Guild Fund. Other affiliations: WGAE; PEN; Author’s Guild; EST(Council); League of Professional Theatre Women.
For more information on Ms. Lauro, please visit www.shirleylauro.com.
Melanie Moyer Williams, Director
Melanie, a cum laude graduate of Duke University, is also Co-founder and Executive Artistic Director of the Red Fern Theatre Company. Her credits for the company include MISS EVERS' BOYS, AN IDEAL HUSBAND, A PIECE OF MY HEART, WHO WILL CARRY THE WORD?,THE EXONERATED, THE LONG CHRISTMAS RIDE HOME, FOUND A PEANUT, TWO ROOMS, AND PATIENT A. This past summer, Melanie worked with Shirley Lauro on a reading of her new play, THE RADIANT at the Actors’ Studio and Ensemble Studio Theatre. For Woodframe Productions, Melanie directed a reading of MEMORIAL DAYS by John Attanas and the World Premiere of HENRY KISSINGER in FringeNYC where they received rave reviews. She has also directed A TRIBUTE TO ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER with the Youth Symphony Orchestra of El Salvador in El Salvador with Wanderlust Theatre Company. She directed THAT IS THE QUESTION in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival which was named one of the Best in the Festival. Other New York credits include MEDEA excerpts for CYPRECO and the New York Public Library; FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS, WHEN THE WORLD WAS GREEN and ICARUS’S MOTHER for the Michael Chekhov Theatre Company. Prior to moving to New York, Melanie was also a founder and Managing Director of the Camden Shakespeare Company in Camden, Maine.
Emily DeAngelis, Costume Design
Costume Design credits include: WE DECLARE YOU A TERRORIST (The Public, SPF), LITTLE EVA (Oracle Theatre Co.), THE CHILDREN’S HOUR (APAC), BELLES (Heiress Productions), THE LOST SHAKESPEARE PLAY (World Premier), The Dome (Prospect Theatre Company), The Angel Eaters Trilogy (NYITA Nominee), THE PHYSICISTS, THE LABYRINTH OF DESIRE, and ELECTION DAY (UCSD, La Jolla Playhouse). Favorite Assistant credits include: BLASTED (Soho Rep.), DEAR EDWINA (DR2 Theatre). Emily holds an MFA in Theatre from The University of California, San Diego.
Jessica Greenberg, Lighting Design
Jessica received her BA from Hampshire College with a self-designed concentration in lighting, directing, and producing. After graduating, she directed her focused on lighting design and has since been pursuing a freelance career in NYC. Jessica is looking forward to the next stage of her career at UMass Amherst, where is currently pursuing her MFA. To learn more about her work, please visit www.jessicagreenberg.com. New York City lighting credits include: THE LONG CHRISTMAS RIDE HOME, FOUND A PEANUT, THE EXONERATED, WHO WILL CARRY THE WORD?, A PIECE OF MY HEART, STARS IN A DARK SKY, RAISED IN CAPTIVITY (Red Fern Theatre), BELLES (Heiress Productions), Coming of Age In Korea, A Season in the Congo (Castillo Theatre), The Scariest (The Exchange/Orchard Project), THE ART OF THE DOUBLE CROSS (JB Heaps Productions), RICHARD III, ROMEO & JULIET, WINTER'S TALE, (Epic Theatre Ensemble), and HENRY VI (Midlantic Theatre).
Adrienne Kapalko, Scenic Design
Adrienne is very excited to be involved with the New York debut of ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT. Favorite design credits include: STILL LIVES (The Workshop Theater), THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO (Purchase College), Bat Boy: THE MUSICAL (St. John's University), THE JUNGLE BOOK (HHC Theatre, Maine), ONCE UPON A MATTRESS (HHC Theatre, Maine), and MISS EVERS' BOYS (The Shell Theatre). Recent assistant design work include CREATURE OF THE BLACK LAGOON: THE MUSICAL at Universal Studios Hollywood and Twyla Tharp's new Frank Sinatra dance piece, COME FLY WITH ME, set to tour the U.S. next year. Adrienne graduated with a BFA in scenic design from SUNY Purchase.
Kristen Lee Rosenfeld, Musical Direction/Arrangement
Kristen is currently serving as Associate Conductor on the first national tour of SPRING AWAKENING but is happy to be able to return to Red Fern over her hiatus. Previously for Red Fern she has composed music for THE LONG CHRISTMAS RIDE HOME and MISS EVERS' BOYS. Other New York credits include EMMA at NYMF, ZOMBIE PROM at ATA, Prospect Theatre and Atlantic Acting School. Regional credits include the Barn Theatre, Cortland Rep, SecondStory Rep and others. As a composer, Ms. Rosenfeld has written two original musicals and music for several plays in New York, Seattle and elsewhere. Her upcoming projects include composing an original piece for the DeFunes Dance Company in NYC.
Danielle Schultz, Props Master
Chautauqua Theater Company: Props Master (2009) ARCADIA, THE GLASS MENAGERIE, THE WINTER'S TALE. Assistant Props Master (2007- 2008) AH! WILDERNESS, THE JUST, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, DEATH OF A SALESMAN, RECKLESS, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. Suny-Fredonia: Scenic Design (2007) TARTUFFE. Props Master: VICTOR VICTORIA. Danielle graduated from Suny-Fredonia with a BFA in Scenic Design and a minor in Visual Arts and New Media.
Shaun Dozier, Assistant Director
Shaun Dozier, a recent graduate of Duke University, is excited to be joining Red Fern Theatre Company for his first professional theatre experience! While at Duke, Shaun co-directed Shakespeare's PERICLES for the Department of Theatre Studies with professor John Clum and directed the student production of GUYS AND DOLLS. Shaun has directed several short films including his thesis film, FOR NATALIE WHO LEFT. Shaun is currently editing two socially conscience documentaries he filmed in South America this past year.
Laura Luciano, Stage Manager
Laura is thrilled to be a part of another Red Fern Theatre production! For the last three seasons, Laura has acted as stage manager for the Red Fern Theatre Company. Other credits include: POLAROID STORIES (director/SUNY New Paltz), Striking Chords (playwright/Creative Place Theatre), Henry Kissinger (stage manager/NY Fringe Festival), KATE SMITH: THE ORIGINAL AMERICAN IDOL (stage manager/dir. Vincent Scarza), WHO WILL CARRY THE WORD? (Madeleine/Red Fern Theatre), STARS IN A DARK SKY (stage manager/NY Fringe Festival), and LOVE AND SEX (Stage Manager/Turtle Shell Productions). Laura received a BA in both performance and design technology from SUNY New Paltz.
Alison Owings, Author
Alison is a writer, editor, oral historian, and journalist. She graduated from the American University in D.C., attended Freiburg University, and for several years was a television news writer for CBS TV, NY. Owings has written several books, including “Wander Woman’s Phrasebook/How to Meet or Avoid People in Three Romance Languages”; “Frauen/German Women Explore the Third Reich”; and “Hey Waitress! The USA From The Other Side of the Tray." Currently she is at work on “We’re Still Here/Listening To Native Americans."