eProgram Three Tall Women

Director’s Notes

I first encountered Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women when I was asked to play The Boy in a production directed by a friend.  I found it compelling and a great vehicle for three dynamite actresses.  At the time I did not know that it is a biographical piece about Albee’s mother.  In it we learn of her childhood, young adult life, marriage, and motherhood.  Nothing is left out or glossed over.  All of her triumphs and struggles are laid bare, including the fraught relationship between Albee and his mother.  Through it all there are bits of comedy and many deep insights.

The use of several racial epithets and derogatory descriptions of people have been retained as they are so much a part of the central character that they cannot be left out. 

It has been a joy working with these actors to bring this Three Tall Women to life.  Their insights and research have contributed greatly to the production.  I can’t thank them enough for taking on such a dense script.  It’s quite an undertaking after nearly two years of not “treading the boards.”

Lastly, I cannot adequately thank Claudia Lillibridge for all of her hard work in creating the set.  From her initial thoughts to my suggested revisions and the contributions of pieces from several places, she has been invaluable in getting it all done. 

I sincerely hope you enjoy this show even half as much as I have enjoyed working on it.

 

D. Keith Stiver, Director

Cast Breakdown

A........................................Margo Parker

B........................................Theresa Dean 

C................................Claudia Lillibridge

The Boy.......................Samuel Marazita                            

CAST BIOGRAPHIES

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D. Keith Stiver holds a BFA in Musical Theatre performance, and two Masters Degrees in music.  He is thrilled to finally have the opportunity to do live theatre again.  Keith is particularly excited about being back at Twin Masks Performing Arts Center, where he has directed Afterplay and Love, Loss and What I Wore.  (It’s hard to believe that was the last live show produced at Twin Masks.)  In addition to directing at various theatres, Keith has worked as music director for numerous productions at Aurora Community Theatre, Chagrin Valley Little Theatre, and many other venues across northeast Ohio.

As a performer he has been seen on stage at Aurora Community Theatre in Jesus Christ Superstar!, The Man of La Mancha, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and at Twin Masks in First Date. 

Keith is an adjunct faculty member at Cuyahoga Community College, is the Coordinator of Musical Life at Faith UCC in Richmond Heights, and runs the Stiver Voice Studio in South Euclid.

Much love and thanks to my husband Marc for all his support, and for sharing his life with me.

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Margo Parker (A) was most recently seen in Love, Loss and What I Wore here at Twin Masks right before the world shut down due to the pandemic. Prior to that, she performed in Velocity of Autumn at CVLT’s River Street Playhouse and on CVLT’s main stage in The Country House. She began acting in high school in St. Louis, and has performed at numerous theaters in Northeastern Ohio including Seat of the Pants Productions, Aurora Community Theatre, Actors’ Summit Theater, Weathervane Community Playhouse, and Coach House Theatre. Some of her favorite roles include ‘Eleanor’ in The Lion in Winter, and ‘Joyce’ in The Sum of Us, where she met her partner, John Bruce. Margo retired in 2013 and moved to Bainbridge from Akron. She is the daughter of a musician and a dancer. Her daughter Melanie is a writer. Her son Bryan is an artist.

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Theresa Dean (B) is making her first appearance at Twin Masks but is no stranger to NE Ohio stages.  She was most recently seen as Annie in Art of Murder at Chagrin Valley Little Theatre and as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd at Happy Endings Lyric Players.  Favorite past shows/rolls include Man of La Mancha (Aldonza), Into the Woods (The Witch), Legally Blond (Paulette), and The Three Penny Opera (Jenny).  “Many thanks to Keith and Claudia for taking on this very challenging play and creating such a welcoming and safe environment in which to work.  It’s good to be back!”

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Claudia Lillibridge (C) was most recently seen in Holmes and Watson at Chagrin Valley Little Theatre as "The Woman".  She lives in Twinsburg with her dog, Bella and during the day she is the Tumor Board Coordinator for Seidman Cancer Hospital.  Claudia is currently completing her Masters In Health Informatics at Kent State University.  As always and ever, dedicated to DAL.

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Samuel Marazita (The Boy) was most recently seen as Tommy Williams in the Ohio debut of The Shawshank Redemption at Avenue Arts Theatre, his first show post lockdown.  Samuel is ecstatic to dive back into the world of acting, and has been fortunate enough to find no shortage of new projects and welcoming theatrical communities.  He is ever grateful to be brought onboard for his first show at Twin Masks Performing Arts Center and is thankful for the safe and accommodating environment everyone has helped create.  His favorite precious shows include Reasons to Be Happy (Greg), Columbinus (Freak), and of course, The Shawshank Redemption (Tommy).