OFF BROADWAY PRODUCTION
THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR
Adapted by JEFFREY HATCHER
From Revizor by NIKOLAI GOGOL
Directed by JESSE BERGER
JESSE BERGER (Director). For Red Bull Theater, Jesse has directed productions of Pericles, Revenger’s Tragedy, Edward the Second, Women Beware Women, The Duchess of Malfi, The Witch of Edmonton, The Maids, Loot, Volpone, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, and The Changeling. Jesse has also directed contemporary and classic plays and musicals for the Old Globe, Denver Center, Pittsburgh Public, PlayMakers Rep, Barrington Stage, the O’Neill, and elsewhere including the Great Lakes, Idaho, St. Louis, Arizona, Hamptons, and Utah Shakespeare Festivals. Jesse’s work has been recognized with Helen Hayes and Obie Awards, as well as nominations for Lucille Lortel, Drama League, and Callaway Awards. Jesse has taught and directed at Juilliard, NYU Grad, UNCSA, and other universities and training programs. Jesse was raised in Oregon to NYC expat-parents, grew up attending the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and received undergraduate training at Central College in London and Southern Utah University, home of the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Jesse was assistant director of Michael Kahn’s Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington DC for three seasons, was the 1999 US Directing Fellow at Shakespeare’s Globe in London under Mark Rylance, and began his professional career as an assistant director to Garland Wright at The Guthrie Theater. A member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, New York Theater Workshop’s Usual Suspects, Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab, and an NEA/TCG Director, Jesse also sits on the National Advisory Board of SUU’s College of Performing and Visual Arts, and the Drama League Directors Project’s National Advisory Council.
ALEXIS DISTLER (Scenic Design) Recent credits: Include Intimate Apparel (McCarter Theatre); The Piano Lesson (Hartford Stage); Toast (The Public Theater); Having Our Say—The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years (Hartford Stage); Daddy Long Legs (George Street Playhouse); Three Sisters (PlayMakers Theatre); Il Turco in Italia (Juilliard Opera); Nureyev’s Eyes (George Street Playhouse); Trouble In Mind (PlayMakers Theatre); Seven Guitars (People’s Light and Theatre Company); The Marriage of Figaro (Juilliard Opera). Awards: Winner of the Barrymore Award for In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play (The Wilma Theatre). Education: MFA: NYU. www.alexisdistler.com
TILLY GRIMES (Costume Design) is an English theatre designer based New York. Recent Credits include Lightning Rod Special’s Underground Railroad Game at Ars Nova (Lortel Nomination), Bess Wohl’s Small Mouth Sounds directed by Rachel Chavkin, Kingdom Come by Jenny Rachel Weiner directed by Kip Fagan at Roundabout. Awards include The Balsamo Grant for Emerging Immigrant Artists, The Irish Arts Design Award, Irish Times Theatre Award Nomination and The Onstage Critics Award. New York credits include theatres such as Roundabout, Ars Nova, The Foundry, Red Bull Theatre, Cherry Lane, The Pearl, Clubbed Thumb, Here Arts Centre, The Barrow Group, The Pearl, New Georges & La Mama Theatre Club. Regional work includes - The Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Alley Theatre, Goodspeed Opera, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Wilma, Hudson Valley Shakespeare, Two Rivers Theatre Company, Trinity Repertory Company, Pittsburgh Public and Westport County Playhouse. Opera credits include The Boston Lyric Opera, Philadelphia Opera, The Curtis School of Music and The Juilliard School of Vocal Arts. Tilly has been a guest artist at Duke University, University of Rochester, Rutgers University, Brown-Trinity Graduate program, Fordham University, PPAS, Trinity College Dublin. She has an M.F.A from NYU Tisch and has taught at Brown University’s directing MFA program. tillygrimes.com | instagram - mistygrimes
PETER WEST (Lighting Design) Red Bull Theater: The Changeling, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Pericles, Revenger’s Tragedy, Edward the Second, Women Beware Women, The Witch of Edmonton, The Maids, Volpone and The Mystery of Irma Vep. Recent designs include: Soldier X (Ma-Yi) The Long Christmas Dinner (Alice Tully Hall-ASO), Melancholy Play (Trinity Rep), Macbeth and Millennium Approaches (Juilliard Drama), and Cloud 9 (Studio Theater) and shows at The Public, Manhattan School of Music, NYTW, The Shakespeare Theatre, Pig Iron Theater, Spoleto Festival, American Dance Festival, Berkeley Rep, Playmakers, Barbican, UK, Huntington among many others. Peter is a long time associate of Red Bull Theater. peterwestdesign.com
MEGAN LANG (Lighting Design) has designed at BAM, La Mama, Abrons Arts Center, EST, Under St. Mark’s, the Wild Project, Dixon Place, 59E59, JACK, Atlantic Stage 2, among others. Recent designs include A Star Has Burnt My Eye (BAM Next Wave, directed by Paul Lazar), Riot Antigone (La Mama, directed by Seonjae Kim), and Furry/La Furia! (The Bushwick Starr, directed by William Burke). She is the resident lighting designer for the Ubumuntu Arts Festival in Rwanda. Assistant/associate special effects work includes Sting’s The Last Ship, Our Lady of Kibeho and An Act of God. BA: Fordham University. meganlangld.com
GREG PLISKA (Original Music and Sound Design). Red Bull: Pericles, The Tempest (reading), School for Scandal. Broadway: Sylvia, War Horse (Best Play) (MD). Off-B’way: Shakespeare in the Park: As You Like It w/Steve Martin (Drama Desk nom.), Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night. Regional: The Secret Garden (libr. David Ives), In a Lake of Fire (Moss Hart Award). Film (orch.): Manhattan Nocturne, The Wildest Dream, Flying Monsters 3D (BAFTA winner). TV (co-comp.): Life, Blood in the Water (Discovery, Shark Week), Hunting the Edge of Space (Nova). Podcast themes for Audible; orch. themes for IMAX, CBS News, Golf Channel.Hannah Woodward (Production Stage Manager) New York credits include: The Moors (Playwright’s Realm), Homos, or Everyone in America (Labyrinth), The Woodsman (New World Stages), The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey (Westside Downstairs, National Tour), Nice Girl (Labyrinth), Buyer & Cellar (Rattlestick, Barrow Street, National Tour, Westport), The Belle of Amherst (Westside Upstairs), Bad Jews (Roundabout Underground), My Children! My Africa! (Signature). Regional: McCarter Theatre, PA Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, Ogunquit Playhouse.
DAVE BOVA (Hair & Wig Design) Red Bull: Tis Pity She’s a Whore. Broadway: Sunset Boulevard, Bandstand, Indecent, Violet, The Real Thing; Off-Broadway: Joan of Arc, Little Miss Sunshine, Here Lies Love, Buried Child, Pericles, What I Did Last Summer, Booty Candy, The Killer, My Name is Asher Lev, Good Person of Szechwan, Romeo and Juliet; Regional: Marie Antoinette (Steppenwolf Theatre), Hamlet (The Wilma), Les Mis, Light in the Piazza (Weston Playhouse); Tours: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Joseph, 42nd Street, Ragtime, Adam’s Family, Camelot, Rock of Ages, & Spamalot; Broadway Wig Construction: Wicked, Memphis, Motown, Color Purple, Addams Family, Jersey Boys. Thank you to Zevie.
J. DAVID BRIMMER (Violence Designer) (Fight Master, SAFD) Red Bull Theater: The Revenger’s Tragedy, The Duchess of Malfi, The Changeling; Selected Broadway: Spring Awakening, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Grace, Wit, Speed the Plow; NY Premieres: Yen, Gloria, Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again., An Octoroon, Punk Rock, We are Proud to Present, Bethany, Mr. Burns, Blasted, The Whipping Man, Bug, Killer Joe), and worked with some great folks (David Mamet, Sam Shepard, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Ethan Coen, Conor McPherson, Martin McDonough, Tracy Letts, Kenneth Lonergan, Neil LaBute, Wilson Milam, Evan Cabnet, Doug Hughes, Sarah Benson, Joel Schumacher, Ken Russell, Franco Zeffirelli). “Walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in everyone.” G. Fox
ANDREW DIAZ (Properties Master/Assistant Scenic Designer) Red Bull Theater: Coriolanus, Volpone and The Dance of Death. Andrew is a Brooklyn based set and props designer. Has worked in collaboration with: Roundabout Theatre, The Flea Theatre, The Bay Street Theater, The Vineyard Theatre, The Signature Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Carnegie Hall, Classic Stage Company, Primary Stages, The Public, Theater For A New Audience, Cherry Lane Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, among others. BFA University of Arizona School Of Theater Arts.
STUART HOWARD (Casting) Stuart Howard has been the casting director for Red Bull Theater for the past ten years. Stuart casts for Broadway, Off-Broadway, National and International tours and for several regional theaters. In New York City, he has taught at The Juilliard School, Brooklyn College and Stella Adler Studio of Acting.
DAVID GERSTEN & ASSOCIATES (Press Representatives) has served as press representatives and marketing consultants on Broadway and off for over twenty years. In addition to Red Bull (11 seasons), other not-for profit theaters currently represented include INTAR, Keen Company, Mint Theater, NAATCO, TACT, and Shaw Project/GTG, among others. David serves on the Board of Governors of ATPAM, the Association of Theatrical Press Agents & Managers and is a member of the Off-Broadway League and a founder of the Off-Broadway Alliance.