Pointless Theatre Presents: Don Cristóbal
Don Cristóbal freely adapts Federico Garcia Lorca's iconic puppet show El Retablillo de Don Cristóbal.
Story adaptation by Patti Kalil, Rachel Menyuk, Eric Swartz
VANESSA CHAPOY Rosita
ADRIAN IGLESIAS Puppeteer/Guardia
ADRIANNE KNAPP The Madre/Guardia
PAZ LOPEZ THe Poet/Lorca
THAIS MENENDEZ The Director
MATTHEW SPARACINO* Don Cristóbal/The Actor
SCOTT WHALEN* The Enfermo
* Pointless Company Member
^ Pointless Artistic Associate
Scenery built by Renegade Productions
RACHEL MENYUK* & ERIC SWARTZ Co-Directors
MEL BIELER* Set Designer
FRANK LABOVITZ* Costume Designer
FRANCISCO BENAVIDES Puppet Designer
AMY KELLETT Props Designer
NIOMI COLLARD Lighting Designer
EVAN COOK Sound Designer
LEX DAVIS* Fight Director
HAYDEN MORRISETT Stage Manager
ANTONELLA PEREZ FERRERO Assistant Stage Manager
NAVID AZEEZ* Production Manager
SPECIAL THANKS. AACPS Studio 39, Brick Hill Properties, Theater Alliance. Stephen Baker, Steve Cosby, Etta Hulcher, Devin Mahoney, Jaime Nudd, Jennifer Osborn, Mike Winch.
Pointless Theatre’s 2017-18 Season is generously sponsored by The Nora Roberts Foundation, The Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Foundation, and The Share Fund. Funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.
FRANCISCO-JAVIER BENAVIDES (Puppet Design) Pointless Premiere! Hailing from Minneapolis, MN; where he was a frequent collaborator with Theater Forever and Teatro Del Pueblo, a founding
member of the creatively named Neutral Mask Collective, and a staple at numerous cabarets and art happenings. Other: H.T. Darlings Museum by (Puppet Maker & Actor/Submersive Productions). Upcoming: A Horse By The Tail In The Night at (Submersive Productions).
MEL BIELER (Set Design) Mel is a founding company member of Pointless Theatre. Select Pointless: Give Me A Band... (Co-Playwright, Set, Puppets), Doctor Caligari (Production Manager), A Very Pointless Holiday Spectacular (PM & Set Designer), Sleeping Beauty: A Puppet Ballet (Stage Manager & PM), Canterbury (SM & PM), Imagination Meltdown Adventure (PM). Mel has worked professionally as a Production Manager and Stage Manager for various Washington, DC theatre companies, and is now and Event Designer with Design Foundry.
NIOMI COLLARD (Lighting Design) Pointless Premiere! Other: PBS Newshour, Step Afrika!, BHAVI The Avenger, The Source Festival. Remember kids, at your smallest components you are indistinguishable from a forest fire.
EVAN COOK (Sound Design) Pointless Premiere! Evan’s work has also been heard in The Pavilion (The Hub Theatre) and The Love of The Nightingale (CUA). See and hear more at evancook.audio.
PATTI KALIL (Co-Adapter) Pointless: Rite of Spring (Story), Imogen (Set Design), d0t::a RotoPlastic Ballet (Puppets), King Ubu (Puppets), Gimme a Band, Gimme a Banana! The Carmen Miranda Story (Co-Playwright, Set, Puppets), Hugo Ball (Set, Puppets), Doctor Caligari (Set- Helen Hayes Nomination). Other: Where Words Once Were (Props/Kennedy Center-TYA), Twist Your Dickens (Props/The Second City- Kennedy Center), Peter Pan (Props/Synetic Theatre), Still Life with Rocket (Props/Theatre Alliance), Hello, My Name is (Props/The Welders). Patti is a graduate at the Juilliard School Professional Internship program, and holds an MFA in Studio Art from MICA, and a BA in Theatre from the University of Maryland, College Park.
AMY KELLETT (Props Design) Pointless: Rite of Spring (Puppet & Props), King Ubu (Props). Other: The Late Wedding (The Hub Theatre), Peekaboo! (The Hub Theatre), She Kills Monsters (HCC), The Three Musketeers (Synetic Theater), A Tale of Two Cities (Synetic Theater), New Play Festival 2016 (YPT), Mein Kampf (Scena Theatre). Some of the other hats Amy wears in the DC area include being a company member/puppeteer/puppet builder with Wits End Puppets and a freelance scenic artist.
FRANK LABOVITZ (Costume Design) Pointless: Rite of Spring, King Ubu (Director), Costumes for Gimme a Band, Gimme a Banana!, Doctor Caligari, Sleeping Beauty: A Puppet Ballet, Mark Twain's Riverboat Extravaganza. Other: Roundhouse Theatre, Studio Theatre, Forum Theatre, Theater J, Metrostage, Imagination Stage, and Adventure Theatre. Helen Hayes Awards: Dreamgirls (Signature Theatre, 2013). Nominations: The Threepenny Opera (Signature Theatre, 2015), The Totalitarians (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 2015). Frank received his MFA in design from The University of Maryland (which might explain how he got dragged into all this Pointlessness).
RACHEL MENYUK (Co-Director/Co-Adapter) Select Pointless: King Ubu (Puppets), Hugo Ball: A Dada puppet AdveNTurE!!/?1!!?? (Assistant Director), Doctor Caligari (Jane), Sleeping Beauty: A Puppet Ballet (Ensemble), Canterbury (Nun). Other: Rachel has worked with Live Action Theater, Infinite Stage, Wit's end Puppets and is a dancer and acting coach with the Performing Arts Repertory Company (PARC). She couldn't have done this without Eri(c and K) and of course, Charlie.
HAYDEN MORRISSETT (Stage Manager) Pointless: .d0t:: a RotoPlastic Ballet and King Ubu (Assistant Stage Manager). Hayden is thrilled to be back in DC and back with these weirdos!
ANTONELLA PEREZ FERRERO (Assistant Stage Manager) Pointless Premiere! Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe (SM/Rose of Athens), Casa Patas Flamenco Show (SM,LBO/Gala Hispanic Theatre), Bored of Education (SM/UMD Second Season). Antonella has her BA in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Maryland.
ERIC SWARTZ (Co-Director/Co-Adapter/Translator) Pointless: Doctor Caligari (Stage Manager). Other: Theater Alliance (select): Still Life with Rocket (Producer, Stage Manager), Mnemonic (Producer, Props Design), Black Nativity (Producer, Stage Manager, Props Design), Word Becomes Flesh (Producer), Going to a Place where you Already Are (Asst. Director, Producer), Occupied Territories (Stage Manager, Line Producer). Forum Theatre: Nat Turner in Jerusalem (Stage Manager). Eric was Associate Artistic Director at Theater Alliance from 2015-2017, and was a Creative Producing Fellow with the Latino Theater Company at the Los Angeles Theatre Center for the 2017 Encuentro de las Américas. He is a graduate of Amherst College and a proud DC native. Gracias, Mami, for insisting that I speak Spanish.
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PATTI KALIL & MATT RECKEWEG, Co-Artistic Directors
DAVID LLOYD OLSON, Managing Director
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SCOTT WHALEN, Director of Public Relations
FRANK CERVARICH, Director of Audience Engagement
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NAVID AZEEZ, Director of Visual Communications
LEX DAVIS & JOSIE FELT, Co-Production Managers
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David Lloyd Olson, Chair
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Laura Gross, Patti Kalil, Matthew Reckeweg, Bridget Woodbury
Company Members. Mel Bieler, Aaron Bliden, Lee Gerstenhaber, Frank Labovitz, Devin Mahoney, Rachel Menyuk, Sadie Rothman
EMERETI: John Hamilton & Ruth Anne Watkins
Artistic Associates. Kyra Corradin, Mary Catherine Curran, Madeline Key, Owen McCusker, Robert Christopher Manzo, Stacy Musselman, Matthew Sparacino, Nick Wilby, Michael Winch