CREATIVE TEAM

 

SHEM BITTERMAN (PLAYWRIGHT)

Shem is an alumnus of Juilliard, where he studied acting, and of the University of Iowa where he earned an MFA in Dramatic Writing in 1985. Recent plays include: A Death in Colombia (Katselas Theatre Company, LA, 2011), Influence (Katselas, 2010; Best Play, Best Production, Best Ensemble nominations, LA Weekly Awards), The Stone Witch (runner-up, 2010 Stanley Award for Drama) Harm's Way (Circus Theatricals; winner, 2008 PEN USA Literary Award; runner-up, 2007 Smith Prize; published by Broadway Play Services), man.gov (Circus Theatricals, 2006; Best Play nomination, LA Weekly Awards), Sensitive Skin (The Elephant Theatre), The Circle (Circus Theatricals; 2005 PEN USA Literary Award Finalist; 2001 Best Playwright, SCA Fringe Festival). Under Mr. Bitterman's direction, The Job won the 1999 LA Times Critic's Circle Award for Best New Play and was published by Samuel French and in Smith & Kraus's Best New Plays of 1998. Other plays include: Night-Side (Actor's Theatre of Louisville, starring Pamela Gien), Peephole (Geva, starring Josh Brolin; winner, Davie Award; subsequently made into a film directed by Mr. Bitterman), The Ramp (South Coast Rep; winner, California Playwright's Competition), Beijing Legends (The Mark Taper Forum, the Pacific Jewish Theatre, Mixed Blood Versus America; winner, Fund For New American Plays), Self Storage (The Odyssey, subsequently made into the film Tinsletown starring Arye Gross), Ten Below ( WPA Theatre, starring Kevin Conway and Anthony Edwards; winner, National Play Award and Lee Korf Playwriting Award), Iowa Boys (The Actor's Studio; winner CBS/FDG New Plays Award). Feature films include: The Job (directed and produced by Mr. Bitterman; winner, Best Screenplay, The 2009 San Diego International Film Festival), Play Dead (co-authored and produced with director Jason Wiles, starring Fred Durst andChris Klein), Full Count (co-authored and produced with Mr. Wiles), Out Of The Rain (directed by Gary Winick), Off The Lip (directed by Robert Mickelson), Open House (directed by Mr. Bitterman). Mr. Bitterman has written for Warner Brothers, Disney, Dreamworks, and many other independent studios, and his plays have been developed at Sundance, Steppenwolf, Midwest Playlabs, The Taper's New Works Festival, and elsewhere. Mr. Bitterman has also lectured on the entertainment field and taught screenwriting, playwriting, and acting from the California Prisons to Beijing. Mr. Bitterman heads the Playwrights Unit at the Katselas Theatre Company. This summer, Mr. Bitterman's play, A Death In Colombia was performed at the Festival Transatlantyk in Poznan, Poland with Frances Fisher and Joe Regalbuto under his direction, and his recently completed a biopic Betty and Coretta, starring Angela Bassett and Mary J. Blige, about the friendship between Betty Shabazz, the widow of Malcolm X, and Coretta Scott King  airs on Lifetime in January.


STEVE ZUCKERMAN (DIRECTOR) 

Steve directed Nuts by Tom Topor on Broadway, which received two Tony Award nominations and a Drama Desk Award. As Associate Director of New York's WPA Theater, he directed over 15 productions including the premieres of Nuts, Shem Bitterman's Ten Below, and Israel Horovitz's Unexpected Tenderness and North Shore Fish. His Off-Broadway revivals of Tennessee Williams' Vieux Carre and Ibsen's When We Dead Awaken, with Kim Hunter, both received Drama Desk Awards. Also Off-Broadway, he directed The Freak, Kennedy at Colonus and Today I am A Fountain Pen. Recent productions include Mr. Bitterman's plays A Death in Colombia, their seventh collaboration; Influence, which garnered three LA Weekly Award nominations including Best Production and a LA Critics Circle Award nod; and Open House, which was voted one of the Ten Best Plays of 2014. He also directed Mr. Bitterman's Man.Gov and Harm's Way, which was a LA Pen Award Winner. At the Falcon Theatre he directed the premier of Garry Marshall's Everybody Say Cheese. He has been Director of Play Development at The Circle in the Square Theatre and Artistic Director of the Impossible Ragtime Theatre in New York and the Sharon Playhouse. He has directed at many regional theatres including Baltimore's Center Stage, TheLa Jolla Playhouse  and the Yale Cabaret where he directed the world premiere of Christopher Durang's Better Dead Than Sorry, which later moved to the Manhattan Theatre Club. He directed over 400 episodes of network and cable television shows including "Golden Girls," "Everybody Loves Raymond," "Friends" and "Murphy Brown" for which he received an HUMANITAS award. Mr. Zuckerman was trained at the University of Michigan and the Yale School of Drama. He has taught at The University of Southern California, The Circle in the Square Theater School, NYU and Juilliard.


YAEL PARDESS (SCENIC DESIGN AND ILLUSTRATION ART)

Yael designed the original set for The Stone Witch at Berkshire Theatre Festival. Yael designs for theatre, theme parks and museums in the U.S. and worldwide. She designs for Los Angeles and regional theatres, Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. To name a few: Dulce Rosa Opera (Broad), Stand Up Tragedy (touring/Criterion/Broadway), Blade to the Heat, Richard II, Scenes from an Execution, Julius Caesar, (Mark Taper forum L.A.), Macbeth (Guthrie Theater), The Cherry Orchard (The Lensic), George Gershwin Alone (regional tour, Helen Hayes/Broadway, The Duchess/West End) many of which were award winning productions. www.yaelpardessdesigns.com


MIMI MAXMEN (COSTUME DESIGN)

This is the 18th production she has designed for Steve Zuckerman. New York: The Norwegians, Uncle Vanya (Tom Courtenay, James Fox), A Shayna Maidel, Vieux Carré, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Frogs, Today I am a Fountain Pen, The Seagull, Virgil Thomson's Lord Byron and The Mother of Us All. She has designed for Roundabout Theatre Company; Manhattan Theatre Club; Second Stage Theatre; Mark Taper Forum; Geva Theatre Center; Cleveland Play House; the New York City, Joffrey and Metropolitan Opera Ballet companies; Ariadne auf Naxos (Susan Graham, Ben Heppner) for Santa Fe Opera. Films include The Lightkeepers (Richard Dreyfuss, Blythe Danner), Tumbleweeds (Janet McTeer), The Singing Detective, Luster. She currently teaches at Parsons School of Design and serves on the advisory board of TDF/The Costume Collection. 


BETSY ADAMS (LIGHTING DESIGN)

Betsy is a Lucille Lortel Award-nominated lighting designer whose work has been seen from New York to Alaska to Caracas to London. Recent designs include Kunstler at 59E59 Theaters and Barrington Stage Company; and the world premiere of Daphne's Dive at Signature Theatre, written by Quiara Hudes and directed by Thomas Kail; upcoming designs include Metromaniacs for Red Bull Thater and her ninth season of the Shakespeare Rep at The Juilliard School. Other notable productions include the premiers of The Laramie Project and TLP: 10 Years Later, Spill, When I Come to Die, A.R. Gurney's Family Furniture, The People's Temple and Gross Indecency. 


CHRISTOPHER CRONIN (SOUND DESIGN)

Broadway credits include The Cherry Orchard, Noises Off, Private Lives, Ghetto Klown, Driving Miss Daisy, Dame Edna: All About Me, Your Welcome America, God of Carnage, The Vertical Hour, Faith Healer, Bridge and Tunnel, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Life (x) 3, The Graduate, Prune Danish, Much Ado about Everything. 50-plus Broadway shows as associate: including 1984, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Crucible, A View From the Bridge, Wolf Hall, The River, Cripple of Inishmaan, Of Mice and Men, Waiting for Godot, Clybourne Park, Hamlet, Enron, Red, The Norman Conquests, Boeing Boeing, Rock and Rolls, Frost/Nixon, Pillowman, Jumpers, Def Poetry Jam. 


BRAD PETERSON (PROJECTION DESIGN)

Brad is a New York-based projection and video designer. Recent designs: Cats (2016 Broadway revival); Fish in the Dark (Broadway); If I Forget (Roundabout Theatre Company); Bring It! Live! Tour (A+E Networks); world premiere musicals Between the Lines (Kansas City Rep), Heartbreak Hotel (Ogunquit Playhouse), Red Roses Green Gold (Minetta Lane Theatre) and Empire (McCoy Rigby Entertainment); Carousel, A Little Night Music and The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (Stratford Festival); Encounter (Beijing, China); Soul Doctor (Off-Broadway); The Wiz and Frost/Nixon (Maltz-Jupiter Theatre); Jesus Christ Superstar and Big Fish (Casa Mañana Theatre); The Tempest (Alabama Shakespeare Festival; Shuffle Along... (video consultant, Broadway). Proud member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829. www.bradpetersondesign.com


ROGER BELLON (COMPOSER)

The Stone Witch marks Emmy-nominated composer Roger Bellon, writer Shem Bitterman and director Steven Zuckerman's sixth collaboration. Their most recent work Open House was voted on of L.A.'s ten best plays. Born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, Roger attended The Berklee College of Music, where he received his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition and post-graduate studies in composition and conduction at the École Normale de Musique, Paris. Roger has scored over 300 television episodes including "Highlander" and numerous award-winning television movies and mini-series as well as theatre works including A Death in Colombia Influence, Harm's Way and Man.gov