The New York premiere of Marius von Mayenburg’s FIREFACE was presented at The Brick in August/September 2015. Pubescent siblings, Kurt and Olga, navigate the violence and betrayal of growing up — and find the cruelty, humiliation, exhilaration of destroying their claustrophobic childhood.
OLGA Rachel Keller
KURT Tim Creavin
MOTHER Danielle Delgado
FATHER Paul Albe
PAUL Steven Robertson
Presented by Third Space with Billy Porter and in association with Victoria Le Vine and Celtru Productions
Written by: Marius von Mayenburg
Translation: Maja Zade
Director: Benjamin Viertel
Scenic Designer: Bryce Cutler
"Inventive and sophisticated…it will be exciting to see what [Director Benjamin Viertel] and his designers accomplish next."
-New York Times
"The staging was very innovative...the darkest and most disturbing thing I’ve ever seen in my entire life."
Costume Designer: Sylvianne Shurman
Lighting Designer: Mary-Ellen Stebbins
Sound Designer: Daniel Lundberg
Dramaturg: Olivia O'Connor
Production Stage Manager: Kelly Hartnett
Associate Producers: Lio Sigerson, Trevor McQueen & Stephen Tonti
Press Agent: Toro Communications
MARIUS VON MAYENBURG (Writer) Born in 1972 in Munich. he was awarded the Kleist Prize for young dramatists for his first play Fireface, the Frankfurt Writer’s Foundation Prize and was named 1999’s up-and-coming writer by the magazine Theaterheute. Since then, he has written several plays, such as “Eldorado”, “Turista”, “The Ugly One”, “Perplexed” and “Martyr”, amongst others. His plays have been translated into over 30 languages and performed both in Germany and abroad. Alongside his activities as playwright, dramaturg and director, Mayenburg has worked as a translator for Thomas Ostermeier’s productions of Hamlet, Othello and Measure for Measure.
MAJA ZADE (Translator) Raised in Germany and Sweden, Maja studied at London University, at Queen’s University in Canada and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She was Senior Reader at the Royal Court Theatre in London from 1997-99. She is a dramaturg at the Schaubühne Berlin, where she has worked with directors such as Thomas Ostermeier, Katie Mitchell, Ivo van Hove, Luk Perceval, Benedict Andrews and Marius von Mayenburg. Her translations into German include works by Lars von Trier, Arnold Wesker and Caryl Churchill, and she has translated works by Marius von Mayenburg, Roland Schimmelpfennig, David Gieselmann, Lars Norén and Falk Richter into English.
BENJAMIN VIERTEL (Director & Co-Artistic Director) Upcoming: blankmylife a webseries by Alex Spieth and a new play by Bill C. Davis. Directing credits: Grindr The Musical! (Best Director at West Village Musical Theater Festival and Theater Now New York Sound Bites Festival), Clipped (Atlantic Stage 2), Inexperienced Love (NYC Fringe, Players’ Theater). Associate/Assistant Directed for Billy Porter, Steve Cosson, Moises Kaufman, and Peter Kleinert. Artistic Manager of National Theatre for Student Artists. Member of the Kennedy Center Directors Lab; 2015 Resident Artist at The Brick; 2015-2016 Manhattan Theater Club Directing Fellow. Carnegie Mellon University graduate. www.benjaminviertel.com
RACHEL KELLER (Olga) is a Los Angeles based actress and is thrilled to be making her New York debut with Third Space's Fireface. She will appear in the second installment of Fargo on FX this October and starred in the Zachary Quinto and Chris More produced Hollidaysburg as part of STARZ The Chair series. Guest stars include: The Mentalist, Supernatural. She holds a BFA in Acting from Carnegie Mellon where she was seen in: Oleanna, Three Sisters, As You Like It, You Can't Take It With You.
TIM CREAVIN (Kurt) is a recent graduate of Yale University, where he received a B.A. in Theater Studies and worked extensively with The Yale Dramatic Association and The Control Group, Yale’s only experimental theater ensemble. New York: Then... (Manhattan Repertory Theatre). Select Yale credits: The Children (Yale School of Drama), A Prayer for Owen Meany, The Rocky Horror Show, Bent, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, In the Next Room or the vibrator play, Hair, The Tell-Tale Heart, and Man of La Mancha. www.timcreavin.com.
DANIELLE DELGADO (Mother) has worked Off-B-way, off-off-B'way, way-off regionally, also in television, short film, and voiceover. Favorite roles include the Bond-spoof Russian villainess in a film for Chrysler, Carlotta in The Cherry Orchard, Bluebeard in Ludlam's Bluebeard, Wanda the Ridiculously Clever Maid on All My Children (ABC), and the Screaming Tenement Dweller on A&E's 100 Centre Street. Also an avid photographer and imbiber of delicious things, she is a graduate of both Yale and A.R.T., and a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA. www.danielledelgado.com
PAUL ALBE (Father) was in the original stage production of To Kill A Mockingbird at the Papermill Playhouse. He likes working Off- Broadway and has done several shows at La Mama. He played principal TV roles on The Sopranos, Law and Order, and Sex in the City. In film he has worked with American Directors Spike Lee and Hal Hartley and German Director Jan Shutte.
STEVEN ROBERTSON (Paul) is from Boston, MA and currently training at the Juilliard School. He is excited to be a part of this company and to be making his New York stage debut. Recent stage credits from his second year of training include Caliban/Ferdinand in The Tempest and Prokhor in Gorky’s A Mother. Film: The Immaculate Reception (Sundance 2014).
BRYCE CUTLER (Set Designer & Co-Artistic Director) Previous work has been seen at New York Stage and Film, The Folger Shakespeare Library, Dixon Place, The Wild Project, The Invisible Dog, Arts@Renaissance, Incubator Arts and Playhouse on the Square. He designed the projections for The Danish Widow written and directed by John Patrick Shanley and starring Kyra Sedgwick. His design for The Lady In Red... was selected for international exhibition at the PQ2015. He is the recipient of the Lloyd Weinger Award and his design for Kiss Me Kate was nominated for an Ostrander Award for Best Scenic Design. Upcoming: Orpheus Unsung at the Guthrie Theater. Education: Carnegie Mellon University. www.brycecutler.com
SYLVIANNE SHURMAN (Co-Costume Designer) is a Los Angeles-based costume designer working in film, television and theater, and is absolutely thrilled to be working with Third Space on their premier production! Recent NYC credits: Sila: The Breath of the World (Lincoln Center), Wingman (Ars Nova), Blind Angels (Theater for the New City), Something Cloudy, Something Clear (Dixon Place), She is King (Incubator Arts- Other Forces Festival), The Lady in Red Converses with Diablo (Arts@Renaissance), Inexperienced Love (NYC Fringe). Education: B.F.A. in Costume Design, Carnegie Mellon University. www.sylvianneshurman.wix.com/design
EMILY CHALMERS (Co-Costume Designer) designs and styles for theatre, TV and film. Traditionally trained in the UK at The University of Kent, Canterbury in Theater Studies she then furthered her career In costume design at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. Recent credits include: Thre3bound, feature film, You Cant Take It With You Carnegie Mellon. She has been the assistant stylist on commercials for Dove, Modell’s, Pepsi/NFL, Budweiser and Swedish Fish. She has credits with HBO, Comedy Central, Food Network, Nickelodeon, VH1 and FX.
MARY ELLEN STEBBINS (Lighting Designer) is a NYC-based lighting designer. Her recent credits include Chicago (PPAS), Spring Awakening (Princeton University), and associate design with Jane Cox for The Ambassador (BAM, UCLA). Other selected credits include Gotham Chamber Opera, Monica Bill Barnes, Columbia Stages, Target Margin, Waterwell, eighth blackbird, New Repertory Theatre, Bristol Valley Theater, UCSD Music. She is the resident designer for the Encounters Ensemble (Peabody Essex Museum), Sightline Theater, HOWL ensemble, and HelikonRep. Mary Ellen was a 2014 Live Design Young Designer to Watch, received the 2011 USITT Barbizon Lighting Design Award, and was a 2009 Hangar Theatre Lab Company Design Fellow. She is a member of United Scenic Artists 829MFA, Boston University; AB, Harvard College.
DANIEL LUNDBERG (Sound Designer) Designs include Freaks: a legend about growing up (FringeNYC) and The Ballad of Beckett Kruszynski (Kraine Theatre). Assistant design work includes Amazing Grace (Broadway), The Tallest Tree in the Forest (BAM Harvey), On the Twentieth Century (Broadway), and You Can't Take It With You (Broadway). Daniel has consulted on sound systems for Cirque du Soleil, Franco Dragone Entertainment Group, Universal Studios, and other theme parks and venues around the world. Daniel is a member of United Scenic Artists 829 and a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. He's happy to be back in New York making theatre with his friends.
OLIVIA O’CONNOR (Dramaturg) is a Third Space Associate Artist and the Artistic/Literary Assistant at Roundabout Theatre Company. She is also a board member of the National Theatre for Student Artists. Past dramaturgy work includes The Mysteries at The Flea Theater and Pittsburgh City Theatre Company’s Young Playwrights Festival. Graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.
KELLY HARTNETT (Production Stage Manager) After spending a third of her life stage managing, Kelly is delighted to be working on the NYC premiere of Fireface. She is finishing her BFA in Stage Management at SUNY Purchase College after starting her degree at Carnegie Mellon University (where she met most of the creative team of Fireface). Many thanks to Ben, Olivia, the talented designers, the Third Space team, and a wonderful cast. Selected past productions include: Sordid Lives (PSM, Clear Space Productions), Balm in Gilead (SM, Purchase College), Fiddler on the Roof (SM, CSP), Andrea's Got Two Boyfriends (ASM, Edinburgh Fringe).
BILLY PORTER (Executive Producer) is a Tony® and Grammy® award winning actor, singer, director, composer, and playwright from Pittsburgh, PA. Porter currently stars as “Lola” in the smash hit Broadway musical Kinky Boots, for which he won the 2013 Drama Desk and Tony Awards for Best Actor in a Musical. His film and television credits include The Humbling co starring Al Pacino & Greta Gerwig directed by Barry Levinson. As a director, Porter recently directed the revival of George C. Wolf’s groundbreaking play, The Colored Museum at the prestigious Huntington Theater. Porter is also a graduate of The Professional Program In Screenwriting at UCLA and is an adjunct professor at his alma mater Carnegie Mellon University’s School Of Drama, where he has directed productions of Company and Letters From ‘Nam. Porter also has received an honorary doctorate from Washington & Jefferson College.
FIREFACE was premiered at the Müchner Kammerspiele, Munich, on 10 October 1998, directed by Jan Bosse, and in the UK by The English Stage Company at the Royal Court Upstairs on May 26 2000, directed by Dominic Cooke, first US production by PushPush Theatre, Atlanta / Georgia on 15 April 2004, directed by Tim Habeger.
Fireface (Feuergesicht) is produced by special arrangement with henschel Theaterverlag/Berlin and AO International.