Creative Team

HE BROUGHT HER HEART BACK IN A BOX

By Adrienne Kennedy

Directed by Evan Yionoulis

Featuring Juliana Canfield* and Tom Pecinka*

Set Designer: Christopher Barreca; Costume Designer: Montana Levi Blanco; Lighting Designer: Donald Holder; Composer & Sound Designer: Justin Ellington; Video Designer: Austin Switser

Assistant Stage Manager: Shane Schnetzler*

Production Stage Manager: Cole Bonenberger*

*Actors and Stage Managers appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association.

ADRIENNE KENNEDY (Playwright) Adrienne Kennedy has been a force in American theatre since the early 1960s. She is a three-time Obie award winner, including for Funnyhouse of a Negro in 1964, June and Jean in Concert in 1996 and Sleep Deprivation Chamber which she co-authored with her son Adam Kennedy. Among her honors are the American Academy of Arts and Letters award, a Guggenheim fellowship, an Anisfield-Wolf Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 and a Modern Language Association Honorary Fellow in 2005. She has been a visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley and Harvard University, among others and has been commissioned by The Public, the Royal Court, Juilliard and by Jerome Robbins. Signature Theatre devoted its entire 1995-96 Season to her work. Her memoir People Who Led To My Plays was recently reissued by Theatre Communications Group. In 2008 Theatre for a New Audience produced the Off-Broadway premiere of Ohio State Murders featuring Lisa Gay Hamilton and directed by Evan Yionoulis. On this occasion Adrienne Kennedy would like to remember Jim Houghton’s kindness and thoughtfulness; his interest in her work changed her life.
  EVAN YIONOULIS  (Director) has directed new plays and classics in New York, across the country, and internationally, including Richard Greenberg’s The Violet Hour (Broadway), Three Days of Rain (OBIE Award for direction, Manhattan Theatre Club), and Everett Beekin (Lincoln Center Theater), as well as Adrienne Kennedy’s Ohio State Murders (Lortel Award for Best Revival, Theatre for a New Audience). Regionally: South Coast Repertory, Mark Taper Forum, Dallas Theater Center, the Huntington, Williamstown, and many others.  She is a resident director at Yale Repertory Theatre where credits include Cymbeline, Richard II, The Master Builder, Galileo, Caryl Churchill’s Owners and The King Stag.  Princess Grace Foundation Awards recipient.
JULIANA CANFIELD (Kay) is a 2017 MFA graduate of the Yale School of Drama. Upon graduation, she was cast in a recurring role on the upcoming HBO series SUCCESSION, produced by Adam McKay. She is proud to be making her professional NY stage debut in Theatre for a New Audience’s production of He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box.
  TOM PECINKA (Chris) makes his Theatre for a New Audience debut with He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box. His Off-Broadway credits include Troilus and Cressida (Shakespeare in the Park, Public Theatre), The Soldier’s Tale (Carnegie Hall), and Torch Song (Second Stage). His regional credits include Arcadia (Yale Rep, Connecticut Critics Circle Award Nomination); Cloud 9 (Hartford Stage, Connecticut Critics Circle Nomination), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hartford Stage); Deathtrap, Design for Living, and Cat and the Canary (Berkshire Theatre Festival); and As You Like It and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare on the Sound). Tom will next be seen in Suzan Lori Parks’ Father Comes Home from the Wars at both Yale Rep and ACT in San Francisco. He received his BA from Fordham University; and his MFA from Yale School of Drama.
  CHRISTOPHER BARRECA (Set Designer) Broadway: Rocky (2014 Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards), Search and Destroy, Our Country’s Good, Chronicle of a Death Foretold (American Theatre Wing Award). Off-Broadway: Turn Me Loose (starring Joe Morton), Athol Fugard’s Master Harold, Painted Rocks, The Train Driver, Blood Knot, Three Days of Rain (Drama Desk nom.), Neon Psalms (American Theater Wing nom.). Opera: Wole Soyinka’s Scourge of Hyacinths (BMW Award nom.) Teaching: CalArts.
  MONTANA LEVI BLANCO (Costume Designer) TFANA debut. Off-Broadway: The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World (Lortel nom.) and In the Blood (Signature); Pipeline (LCT); Red Speedo, Nat Turner in Jerusalem (NYTW); The Last Match (Roundabout); Hamlet, Teenage Dick, Pretty Hunger (Public); O, Earth (the Foundry Theatre); and Orange Julius (Rattlestick). Regional: The Bluest Eye (Guthrie); An Octoroon (Berkeley Rep); War (Yale Rep); Measure for Measure (Santa Cruz Shakespeare/CA Shakespeare); Side Show and Our Country’s Good (Trinity Rep). Upcoming: Is God Is and Fairview (Soho Rep); Angels in America (Berkeley Rep); Lempicka (Williamstown). Training: Yale School of Drama, MFA; Brown University, MA; Oberlin, BA; Oberlin Conservatory of Music, BM. montanaleviblanco.com
  DONALD HOLDER (Lighting Designer) TFANA: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Oroonoko, The Last Letter, many others. Broadway: Over fifty productions, two Tony Awards (The Lion King and South Pacific) and twelve Tony nominations. Recent projects include: Oslo, M. Butterfly, Anastasia, She Loves Me, Fiddler On The Roof, The Father, The King and I, The Bridges of Madison County, Golden Boy, Spiderman, Ragtime, many others. Television: Smash, seasons 1 and 2 (NBC-Dreamworks).
  JUSTIN ELLINGTON (Composer & Sound Designer). Broadway: Other Desert Cities. Off-Broadway: Pipeline (LCT); The Pride (dir. Joe Mantello); Fetch Clay, Make Man (dir. Des McAnuff); The Seven (dir. Jo Bonney); American Clock (workshop dir. Rachel Chavkin); X or Betty Shabazz vs The Nation of Islam (dir. Ian Belknap). Other theatre: Until the Flood (dir. Neel Keller), As You Like It (dir. Des McAnuff), The Mountaintop (dir. Steve Broadnax), Syncing Ink (dir. Nigel Smith), Trouble in Mind (dir. Valerie Curtis Newton), Move Act Free (dir. George C. Wolfe). Awarded by: The American Society of Composers and Publishers, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and The Industry Film Producers Association.
  AUSTIN SWITZER (Video Designer) is a New York-based designer that focuses on the integration of video and live performance. Opera: Onegin (Spoleto Festival), Trojan Women (National Changgeuk Company of Korea), Paradise Interrupted (Spoleto Festival, Lincoln Center Festival), Emilie (Lincoln Center Festival, Finnish National Opera), Facing Goya (Spoleto Festival), Tristan and Isolde (The Dallas Opera). Austin is the resident video designer for The Builders Association (Elements of Oz, Sontag: Reborn, House/Divided, Jet Lag 2010) as well as the creative director of Switser + Knight.