THE TEAM

MARTIN PLATT, DAVID ELLIOTT, MARY COSSETTE, JAMIE DEROY,
RIKI KANE LARIMER MIKE BLANK, RICHARD WINKLER

present

GEORGIE My Adventures with George Rose

Written by and Starring ED DIXON
Scenic Design ERIC SCHAEFFER
Lighting Design CHRIS LEE
Production Stage Manager MEGAN COUTTS
Press Representative RICHARD HILLMAN PUBLIC RELATIONS
Advertising/Marketing/Social Media ABM
General Management PERRY STREET THEATRICALS
Production Manager KRISTA ROBBINS
Directed by ERIC SCHAEFFER


ED DIXON

writer/performer

is the author/composer/lyricist of Shylock (The York Theatre) which garnered him his first Drama Desk Nomination. He wrote Richard Cory with A. R. Gurney, on a Steinberg Grant from Playwrights Horizons. It was nominated for a Leon Rabin Award for Best New Work and won the NYMF Festival Award and the Audience Prize. Cloak and Dagger, his four-person musical recently opened at the Signature Theatre in DC, helmed by artistic director, Eric Schaeffer. Dixon’s Fanny Hill was presented by the York Theater where it won a Dramalogue Award, two Dean’s List Awards and was nominated for two Drama Desk Awards. Cather County which opened at Playwright’s Horizons won him a Leon Rabin Award at Lyric Stage in Dallas where it was also named best new theater work of 2000. Dixon’s grand farce, L’Hotel was given its premiere at Pittsburgh Public Theater last year by Producing Artistic Director, Ted Pappas. Ed’s comic thriller, Whodunit…The Musical has had countless productions all over the United States and he is the author of the highly successful book, “Secrets of Life Onstage…and Off.”

As an actor, Ed made his Broadway debut in 1971 with No, No, Nanette starring Ruby Keeler and directed by Busby Berkeley. Six months later he was opening the Kennedy Center in Washington DC as a soloist in Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, a role he reprised on the recording and at the Metropolitan Opera. Other Broadway credits include Belasco in King of Schnorrers, Cardinal Richelieu in The Three Musketeers, Thenardier in the original company of Les Miserables (a role he played more than 1700 times) the Baker in Cyrano: The Musical, Ozzy in The Scarlet Pimpernel, General Wetjoen in The Iceman Cometh (with Kevin Spacey), Senator Carlin in The Best Man  (he also went on for Charles Durning as President Hockstader), Mister in Sunday in the Park with George, Max in How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Admiral Boom in Mary Poppins, and the Captain in Anything Goes. On tour he was Mssr. De Rougement in David Merrick’s Very Good Eddie, Charlemagne in Pippin with Ben Vereen, Max in Sunset Boulevard, the Governor of Texas in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas with Ann-Margret, Albert Blossom in Doctor Doolittle, the Director in Curtains, Max in The Sound of Music and Doolittle in My Fair Lady. Off-Broadway he teamed up with Leonard Bernstein again (as well as Comden and Green) for By Bernstein, played opposite Bebe Neuwirth in Here Lies Jenny, joined Len Cariou and Roberta Maxwell in The Persians, and starred in Oliver Quade, Hotel Broadway, Identity and Shylock, all of which he wrote. He has received a Helen Hayes Award, and been nominated for a Drama Desk, a Joseph Jefferson, an Irne, and a Henry.

ERIC SCHAEFFER

director/set-designer

is the Co-founder and Artistic Director of Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA.  Under his leadership, the Theatre was honored with the 2009 Tony Award® for Outstanding Regional Theater in America, as well as 90 Helen Hayes Awards over the years, with an additional 340 nominations for theater excellence in Washington, DC.

At Signature, he has directed numerous productions that include Elmer Gantry; Cloak and Dagger; Beaches; Crossing; Miss Saigon; Spin; Hello, Dolly! (Ford‘s Theatre co-production); The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas; Brother Russia; Hairspray; Sunset Boulevard; Chess; Show Boat; First You Dream: The Music of Kander & Ebb; The Hollow; Les Misérables; ACE; Kiss of the Spider Woman; Glory Days; The Witches of Eastwick; Saving Aimee; Into the Woods; My Fair Lady; Nevermore; The Highest Yellow; One Red Flower; Allegro; Twentieth Century; 110 in the Shade; Hedwig and the Angry Inch; The Gospel According to Fishman; Grand Hotel; The Rhythm Club; Over & Over; The Fix; Working; The Rink; Cabaret; First Lady Suite; Wings; Poor Superman; Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love; and the Sondheim musicals Merrily We Roll Along, Sunday in the Park with George (Arena Stage co-production), Passion, Into the Woods, Company, Assassins, Sweeney Todd, Follies and Pacific Overtures, among others.

On Broadway, Mr. Schaeffer directed Gigi, the critically acclaimed revival of Follies, as well as the Tony Award®-winning Million Dollar Quartet, Glory Days and Putting It Together. His national tours include Million Dollar Quartet and Big.   Off-Broadway, he has directed Sweet Adeline (City Center Encores! Great American Musicals in Concert) and Under the Bridge. His West End credits include Million Dollar Quartet and The Witches of Eastwick.


CHRIS LEE

lighting designer

has lit over 300 shows on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Regional Theatre, London’s West End, Tokyo, film, opera, television, cruise ships, theme parks, and Las Vegas spectacles. He has been nominated for Henry Hewes, The Helen Hayes, The Barrymore, The Tina and The Katherine Cornell. For his design work he has received The Helen Hayes Award, Katherine Cornell Award and, with the Walt Disney creative team, the 2015 IAAPA Brass Ring for Best Overall Production for King Triton’s Concert. He was honored as Philadelphia’s Best Lighting Designer by Philadelphia Magazine and has been featured in Lighting Dimensions Magazine, Live Design and Lighting and Sound America.


MEGAN E. COUTTS

production stage manager

Broadway: Godspell. Off Broadway: Tennessee Williams’ The Two-Character Play (New World Stages), Oohrah! (Atlantic Theater Company), The Memorandum (TACT), Phantom Killer (Abingdon Theatre Co). New York: Brazil! Brazil! (New Victory Theater), Moonchildren (ATC), Dedalus Lounge (Royal Family Productions), Suite Horovitz/Mid-East Pieces (Barefoot Theatre Company), All Fall Down (NYMF), Civil War Voices (MITF), Peter & The Wolf (Guggenheim W&P), The Maria Project (59E59), Magical History Tour (Floating Theater), The Picture of Dorian Gray (Sonnet Rep). Regional: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Goodspeed Musicals, Opera Philadelphia, Theatre West Virginia.


KRISTA ROBBINS

production manager

has worked as a company manager, production manager and event stage manager in New York City for the past 20 years. She has been a part of Carnival Knowledge, Garden of Earthly Delights, A Jew Grows in Brooklyn, Play Dead, SILENCE! The Musical, A Revolution in the Elbow…, 50 Shades The Musical and The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, The Portal, and That Golden Girls Show, among many others.


Richard Hillman Public Relations

Richard Hillman/Philip Carrubba

has been representing Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, music venues and theatre companies, for over fifteen years. Clients include Church and State, A Class Act, Cagney, Fuerza Bruta, One Funny Mother, My Father’s Voice, PREMIERES: Inner Voices, That Physics Show, The Amazing Max, Amas Musical Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, The York Theatre Company, The Drama League, Theatre World Awards. Members of The Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers (ATPAM). www.richardhillmanpr.com.


ABM

advertising/marketing/social media

Led by Amanda Bohan, ABM is a full-service advertising & marketing firm specializing in theatre, arts & culture, with expertise in marketing & promotions, traditional & online advertising, social media, and creative services. ABMAgency.com 


GEORGE ROSE

February 19, 1920 – May 5, 1988

was a two time Tony® Award-winning Broadway star (who had a total of five Tony® nominations, and numerous other awards and nominations). Born in England, Mr. Rose came to the US in 1946 on tour with the Old Vic, and returned fifteen years later as The Common Man in Robert Bolt's A Man For All Seasons – and never left. His 41-year Broadway career included 25 plays and musicals.


MARTIN PLATT and DAVID ELLIOTT

producers/general management

are co-founders of Perry Street Theatricals, an award-winning, independent theatrical producing and general management company based in New York City, offering a full breadth of GM and Consulting services for plays and musicals and/or act as Executive Producers for other Producers. They were Tony® Award-winning producers of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and recently represented on Broadway with Dames At Sea.  Under their partnership, they have produced or co-produced over fifteen productions, including the London West End production of Lend Me A Tenor The Musical (Gielgud Theatre) and award-winning Off-Broadway productions such as Bedlam’s Hamlet and Saint Joan, an oak tree (Barrow Street), In The Continuum (Perry Street, U.S. and International Tour), and My Life is a Musical (Bay Street).  In addition to receiving a Tony Award (and 6 other Tony® Award nominations), they have won the Drama League Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, New York Theatre Critics Award, Obie Award, Off-Broadway Alliance Award, as well as Astaire Award and Oliver Award nominations. Lorna Mulvaney joined the company as Associate General Manager in summer 2016.

Co-Directors, David Elliott and Martin Platt founded their company in 2003. Under their management in 2016 were Bedlam’s smash hit Sense & Sensibility (Gym at Judson), Missed Connections (New Ohio), and Jonathan Rockefeller’s That Golden Girls Show! (DR2).


MARY COSSETTE

producer

Mary Cossette Productions is a strong behind-the-scenes theatrical presence supporting work both On and Off-Broadway.  Off-Broadway: Cagney the Musical, starring Robert Creighton; the internationally produced Woody Sez – The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie starring David M. Lutken; Mind Games starring Keith Carradine and directed by Ken Russell; and Nevermore at New World Stages, which received three 2015 Lucille Lortel Award nominations including Best Musical. Broadway: The Addams Family, Bonnie and Clyde, That Championship Season, and Peter and the Starcatcher, which won five 2012 Tony® Awards. She received a 2013 Tony® Award, a Drama Desk Award, and a Drama League Award for Vanya Sonya Masha and Spike on Broadway, starring Sigourney Weaver and David Hyde Pierce.


JAMIE DEROY

producer

Broadway: The Front Page, Bright Star, American Psycho, China Doll, The Gin Game, Sylvia, Fiddler on the Roof, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Tony), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Tony), The Norman Conquests (Tony), Cinderella, The Addams Family, Lend Me a Tenor, Finian’s Rainbow, Ragtime, Blithe Spirit, Seagull, Thurgood. Off-Broadway: Cagney, Othello: The Remix, Not That Jewish, Roads To Home, Butler, The Lion, Turn Me Loose, Exit Strategy, Dividing The Estate, Black Tie, Opus.


RIKI KANE LARIMER

producer

is lead producer on the hit musical Cagney about the life of James Cagney, currently running at the Westside Theatre. Other credits include Dear Evan Hansen, A Bronx Tale, Natasha Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, Memphis (London), On the Town, Gigi, and the upcoming Come From Away. A member of The Friars Club, Riki is also on the board of Bay Street Theatre and The York Theatre Company.


MIKE BLANK

producer

is a retired business man who has supported the performing arts for over 20 years. He is avid fan of Arlington's Signature Theatre and continues to support the theatre's new works including Georgie, Crossing and Silver Belles.  He has produced the CDs of multiple young artists, as well as sponsoring the works of new composers and cabaret artists.


RICHARD WINKLER

producer

has been producing since 2009. Tony Awards: The Norman Conquests (2009), La Cage aux Folles (2010), Memphis (2010), Vanya and Sonia and  Masha and Spike (2013). Other Broadway includes: Something Rotten!, Act of God, King Charles III (2016 Tony nom.), Disgraced (2013 Pulitzer Prize). Off Broadway: Turn Me Loose. West End:  Long Day’s Journey into Night (Olivier Award), Betrayal and Dreamgirls.  Up-coming Broadway: Come From Away. Richard is developing several plays and musicals including Chasing Rainbows at Goodspeed.


THE DAVENPORT THEATRE

Housed in a remodeled firehouse conveniently located in the heart of Manhattan's theatre district, the Davenport Theatre offers two unique performance spaces. The Davenport Theatre is named after Delbert Essex Davenport, a producer, publicist, author and lyricist in the early 20th century. Known for his publicity and marketing stunts (including dropping flyers out of planes), "Del," as he was called, was a theatrical entrepreneur and the great-grandfather of theatre owner Ken Davenport. 




Originally Produced at Signature Theatre • Arlington, Virginia • January 2016
Eric Schaeffer, Artistic Director Maggie Boland, Managing Director

Developmental Production at Sharon Playhouse • Sharon, Connecticut
John Simpkins, Artistic Director Justin Ball, Managing Director

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Photo of Ed Dixon by Christopher Mueller.
Graphic design by Jessica Aimone/Signature Theatre.