BONNETS: How Ladies of Good Breeding are Induced to Murder
By Jen Silverman
Directed by Annie G. Levy
A punk comedy of rage and revenge that ends in a total blood bath, narrated by God. “Try shoving Joan Jett in a corset and see what she does to you.” — Jen Silverman
November 8-11, 2023
All performances open to the public
BONNETS is presented by special arrangement with United Talent Agency
Music and Music Production for “Chop Chop” by Max Vernon.
Run Time: 80 minutes, with no intermission
Content Advisory: This comedy contains explicit depiction of simulated graphic physical violence, implied self-injurious acts, parental abuse, simulated weapons, depicted animal skinning, disturbing imagery, sexual content, and a whole lotta blood.
Sensory Advisory: The production contains flashing lights, ringing, tinnitus-like sounds, and a loud, gorey “wham” sound effect.
HAIR & MAKEUP DESIGN
FIGHT & INTIMACY DIRECTOR
A note from the
Director, Annie G. Levy
Welcome to a punk comedy about serious things.
Like what happens when the given circumstances are stacked so high against you that you can’t take it anymore.
Or when the only way out appears to be a total surrender to your own misery.
Or possibly becoming the cruelest version of yourself in order to survive.
But, you know, with laughs.
Jen Silverman wrote Bonnets in 2019, which seems like a different era from the one we find ourselves in now. We started rehearsal for our production of Bonnets on October 1st, 2023, which also feels like a different era from the one we find ourselves in now.
Theatre can sometimes help us mark time and it can sometimes help us merge time. Theatre can often help us laugh at time and how meaningless it can be.
This play attempts to do all three: While playing dress-up with sort of 17th-century France, 19th-century England-ish, and almost 18th-century Salem, MA, Bonnets remains hyper-contemporary, forcing Time and Space to suffer a rupture and then start to bleed together. This smashing of time periods is meant to elicit a giggle. We all know that time is not supposed to do that.
But in that blatant disregard for “the rules,” the play’s punk nature asserts itself: This play will not behave the way you expect! It will not follow the rules! It will tear down, it will rip up, it will destroy everything in its path!
But the most punk thing about Bonnets is its delivery system, the fact that it is a play at all, as plays (all of Theatre, really) can’t help but be hopeful.
And Punk is, at its core, hopeful. Full of rage, yes, just like our show, but also hopeful. Maybe by examining the broken systems, the hierarchies, the dynamics, all of those given circumstances stacked against us, as we do in Theatre, all of the broken parts can be mended and healed…? That’s the hope.
Rage is Punk, but in its purest form, Punk rage is the force that fuels fighting for change. Punk is the hope that change is possible.
As the time-space continuum reveals itself to be much faultier than we generally imagine, we see that time can repeat itself, perhaps it even wants to repeat itself, unless we actively do our part to change it and push it forward.
The closest thing Bonnets has to a traditional antagonist at one point declares, “There are no new worlds. There are no new ages.”
And, oh dear, I very much hope she is wrong.
A note from the
Dramaturg, Hannah Freeman
FACING THE MUSIC
Bonnets: How Ladies of Good Breeding Are Induced to Murder invites you to to be transported to a world where the line between decency and depravity blurs, and where the most genteel of women discover their capacity for murder. Written by Jen Silverman in 2019, this gripping, darkly humorous, and beautifully staged production invites you to reflect on the complexities of human nature, the power of secrets, and the high price of transgressing societal boundaries. Jen Silverman is a prolific playwright, novelist, poet, and screenwriter, who was born in Simsbury, CT, but grew up traveling in Scandinavia, Asia, Europe, and within the United States. After receiving a BA in Comparative Literature from Brown University, Silverman went on to receive an MFA from the University of Iowa in Playwriting and graduate diploma from Julliard. Their work has received numerous awards and fellowships including Yale Drama Series Award, Lilly Award, and the Kennedy Center’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award among many others. Silverman is also a 2022 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow (prose) and 2022 Guggenheim Fellow (theatre). Some of their other well-known works are: Collective Rage: A Play In 5 Betties; Imagine The Antarctic As A Pussy And It’s Sort Of Like That, The Moors, Phoebe in Winter, Pirates of the Cafeteria, The Roommate, Still, Wink, and Witch. In addition to her plays, Silverman has written The Island Dwellers: Stories (2018) and We Play Ourselves: A Novel (2021).
Bonnets was developed through a program known as the Big Ten Theatre Consortium. Initiated by Alan MacVey at the University of Iowa in 2014, the big ten consortium took an important step toward equity in the theatrical repertoire, commissioning new plays written by female-identifying playwrights and featuring multiple strong roles for women. Five plays have been written and produced to date as a result of this initiative with the most recent and final commission to come out of the program being Jen Silverman’s Bonnets: How Ladies of Good Breeding Are Induced to Murder. The others include Good Kids, by Naomi Iizuka, Baltimore, by Kirsten Greenidge, Twilight Bowl, by Rebecca Gilman, and Companion Animals, by Madeleine George.
Bonnets masterfully combines elements of period drama: weaving through the 17th and 19th centuries, suspense, and punk rock rebellion by bringing to life a vibrant cast of characters, each ensnared in their own tangle of motivations and secrets. In eras- and a present- that demanded feminine decorum and obedience, these characters rise above those expectations, exploring their desires and aspirations with explosive consequences. Taking you through space and time, Bonnets will ask you to question what you know about feminism, punk, and love.
Maybe even leaving you asking, what even is the point of it all?
Claire / Bonnet — LORELEI BARCELOS
Valerie / Bonnet — ABBIE ANDERSON
Webster / Bonnet — SAMANTHA BOUTUREIRA
Georgette / Bonnet — ISABEL DEGRANDI
Prudence / Bonnet — SARA KELLEY
Fortitude / Bonnet –– ANNEKE SALVADORI
Mistress Stone / Bonnet –– SOPHIA INEZ
Mrs. Wolcott / Bonnet –– ANNAJEAN GIONTA
Laurent / Bonnet –– HANNAH BOSSANGE
Daniel Stone / Bonnet –– MOLLY HOWARD
God –– AMARIS RIOS
Webster / Bonnet — ZOE HALPERIN
Prudence / Bonnet — NATSU HYDEN
Valerie / Bonnet — BOWEN HUANG
Mrs. Wolcott / Bonnet –– KYLEE MAJKOWSKI
Daniel, Laurent / Bonnet –– EM SALZMAN
Claire, Mistress Stone / Bonnet –– GRACE OSIER
Georgette, Fortitude / Bonnet –– ISAN GHARAJEH
Artistic and Production Staff
Assistant Director — AMALIA SANDINE
Assistant Director –– LENA SCHMITT
Music Director –– ISAN GHARAJEH
Fight Captain –– LENA SCHMITT
Intimacy Captain –– AMALIA SANDINE
Movement Captain –– HANNAH BOSSANGE
Assistant Scenic Designer –– AVERY PIAZZA
Assistant Scenic Designer — ECHO LU
Assistant Scenic Designer –– LIV MILLER
Assistant Costume Designer — MADDISON NIDEFFER
Hair & Makeup Supervisor –– GEORGIANNE TEN EYCK
Assistant Hair & Makeup –– OLIVIA WASZAK
Wardrobe Supervisor — MADELINE HENRY
Assistant Lighting Designer — GRACE ELPHINSTONE
Production Electrician — JO WILLIAMS
Lead Electrician — ARTHUR MANSAVAGE
Assistant Lead Electrician — RYAN TSE
Assistant Sound Designer — ERI LACKEY
Production Sound Engineer –– JULIE BEAULIEU
Technical Director — MERCY SUAREZ
Assistant Stage Manager — ETHAN WEST
2nd Assistant Stage Manager — BEE LACLAIR
Production Assistant — XUANYE SU
Production Assistant –– FARREN BOWERS
Associate Production Supervisor — ESTHER CHILSON
Assistant Production Supervisor — NONA FERNEY
Company Manager — MINA PAZ-LE DRAOULEC
Assistant Company Manager — SAM DUGGAN
Assistant Company Manager — ABIGAIL GRACE LEE
Assistant Company Manager –– FIBY DICHTER
NEL BLINMAN, LOUIS CORRERO, ARIANNE FLAHERTY, KIERAN GRAEFF, TRIPP ISHAYIK, MORGAN LINDELL, ALEXA LUNNEY, ELISA LUO, CATALINA MAYORAL, MICHAEL MECK, ZOE MILLS, ANDREA MORENO, RYAN O’CONNOR, OSCAR SCHUMAN, ALYSSA SCHLAIFER, IAN SONNABEND, STEVEN TAVARES
ABBIE ANDERSON (she/her) — Valerie
BFA ’24 Theatre & Performance. Emerson Stage credits: Rage (Moana-Eats) and Arizona Rain, NFSW (Danielle/Bea). Emerson College credits: Musical Theatre Society’s Heathers (Ms. Fleming), and Musical Theatre Against the Grain’s Hot Dam! (Chuck). Regional credits include Aesop’s Fables Onstage! (Actor 1) at The Rev Theatre Company. Thanks to my parents and Jack for all their love!
LORELEI BARCELOS (she/her) — Claire
BFA ’24 Theatre & Performance. Emerson Stage credits: The Wolves (#00), NewFestShortWorks – That Feeling (Woman 1). Emerson College credits: Compensation (Yogi) for Mercutio Troupe; Moksha (Sunya) for Kidding Around; and David Z. Winklemeyer, The Clown that Hated Everyone (Mayor Chumbles) for Rareworks Troupe. Other credits: Transparency (Maya) for A Party at Annas and ComEx! Tonight (Lorelei) for The Center of Comedic Arts. Thank you to my Mom, I love ya. <3 @loveloreleirose
HANNAH BOSSANGE (any pronouns) — Laurent, Movement Captain
BFA ’25 Acting. Emerson Stage credits: Boston Theater Marathon ‘23: Who’s There?, The Secret in the Wings (Actor 2), NewFest Short Works: Recollection: TMAA (Jon) and ‘Til Death Do Us Part (Eliza). Emerson College credits: RareWorks’ Gold (Claudia); emShakes’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream! (Fairy) and The Moors (Emilie); and MTS’ EFA Cabaret. Film Credits: Object Permanence (Stevie). Thanks to everyone in the cast and crew, my family, and to Zoe and Emma <3. @hann_.b
SAMANTHA BOUTUREIRA (she/they) — Webster
BFA ’24 Acting. Emerson Stage credits: The Loyals (General Clinton, Hannah Arnold, and others) and The Wolves (#8). Emerson College credits: Our Dear Dead Drug Lord (Pipe), Antigone (Antigone), All Night: at a party in the suburbs (Riley), and When Her Art is No Longer Her Own (C/The Woman). Thank you to everyone in the room for creating such an inviting, warm place to create, and murder.
ISABEL DEGRANDI (she/her) — Georgette
BFA ‘24. Acting. Emerson Stage credits: New Fest Short Works: The Archetypes (Wife). Emerson College credits: RareWorks Theatre Company’s Gold (Gogo). Thank you to friends, family, and Studio for all the love and support!
ANNAJEAN GIONTA (she/her) — Mrs. Wolcott
BFA ‘24 Acting. Emerson Stage credits: RAGE (Ensemble, swing); This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing (Swing). Emerson College credits: The Moors (Marjory) for EmShakes; Heathers (Heather Duke) and First Lady Suite (Eleanor Roosevelt) for MTS; A Wrinkle in Time (Mrs. Whatsit) for KA; Actor and writer for The Girlie Project. Thank you to friends, family, cast, and crew for your endless support!
ISAN SALEM GHARAJEH (she/her) — U/S Georgette, Fortitude
BFA ’25 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credits: Old Jake’s Skirts (Ellis, Good Samaritan), NFSW’s Vampire Therapy (Charlene). Emerson College credits: Rareworks’ How Macy Survived Without Her Wisdom Teeth (Winnie); MTS’s La Cage aux Folles (Chantal) and Cabaret of Color 2022 (Music Director); MTAG’s The Wild Party (Co-Music Director). Enjoy the show! ig: @isansalem
ZOE HALPERIN (she/her) — U/S Webster
BFA ’24 Theatre & Performance. Emerson Stage credits: Are You Someone to Somebody? (Ensemble), NFSW: What If? (Researcher 1), Sometimes a Soul (Kaila). Emerson College credits: Kidding Around’s A Wrinkle in Time (Meg), MTAG’s 25th Annual…Spelling Bee (Dani Mom), Mercutio’s Spooktacular (Announcer, Diane), and EmShakes’ Cornflower Blue (Asst. Director) and Ismene (Director). To my wonderful friends in this show – I am so grateful to have gotten to work with and learn from you. You guys inspire me.
MOLLY HOWARD (she/her) — Daniel Stone
BFA ’25 Acting. Emerson Stage credits: Are You Someone to Somebody?: A New Devised Piece (Ensemble), Paris (Maxine), and The Loyals (Peggy Chew/Varick). Emerson College credits: Musical Theater Against the Grain’s 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Assistant Director), Hot Dam! (Hair and Makeup Designer). Special thank you to her mom, who taught her how to be punk from day 1, and to that little punk rocker that lives in all of us. This one is for you. Make some noise! @hollymoward
BOWEN HUANG (she/her) — U/S Valerie
BFA ’24 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credits: Cabaret (Rosie); Other credits: Curtain Call Theater: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Woman #1); The Umbrella Art: Dracula (Marilla); The Prizery: Xanadu (Muse). Much appreciation to the loved ones for all the support<3 IG: @on_bw
NATSU HYDEN — U/S Prudence
BFA ’26 Theatre & Performance. Emerson College credits: Kidding Around’s Moksha (Fairy). Regional credits: If Only We Knew (He) for Grad Directing 10-minute Play Fest. Thank you to my Venn diagram of family and friends for letting me play pretend! @myosotis.bouquet on Instagram
SOPHIA INEZ (she/her) — Mistress Stone
BFA ‘24 Acting. Emerson Stage credits: Are You Someone To Somebody? A New Devised Piece (Jan), RAGE (Ensemble/Jaz US). Emerson College credits: Mercutio Troupe’s Our Dear Dead Drug Lord (Kit) and Dance Nation (Ashlee), Kidding Around’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (Siobhan), and emShakes’ Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick). Thank you for all the love. @thesophiainez
SARA KELLEY (she/her) — Prudence
BFA ’25 Acting. Emerson Stage credits: The Secret in the Wings (Actor 4). Emerson College credits: Emshake’s The Moors (Huldey) and Humble Boy (Rosie). Feature Film credits: Misfit (Marcie) and Womb Raider (Cindy). Independent Film credits (selected): Leaving Blue (Nat), How It Ended (April), and Mudslide (Cami). Regional Theater credits (selected): Blauvelt Theatre’s Metamorphoses (Alcyone/Myrrha/Psyche), Chicago (Velma Kelly), and Our Town (Emily Webb). Thank you to this incredible cast and crew for all giving me something to look forward to every day. Thank you to my parents, Chad, Jamieson, and of course, my sistor <3. Instagram: _sarakelley_
KYLEE MAJKOWSKI (she/her) — U/S Mrs. Wolcott
BFA ‘26 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage Debut! Emerson College credits: MTS’ Ride The Cyclone (Ocean) and MTAG’s Hot Dam! (Young Man Gibson). Other roles include: Little Women (Jo) and Head Over Heels (Mopsa). Kylee would like to thank the entire company for such an enriching process, and her friends, family, and cat for all the love. Stay unpleasant!
GRACE OSIER (she/her) — U/S Claire, Mistress Stone
BFA ’26 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage Debut! Emerson College credits: Musical Theatre Against the Grain’s Hot Dam (Gayorg), Emerson Dance Company. Other credits: Gypsy (Louise) at The Orange County School of the Arts, Freaky Friday (Ellie) at Yaya’s Performance Academy, Quilters (Jenny) at The Orange County School of the Arts. Thank you forever to my super awesome family and friends for your endless support and love! Rock on. @graceosier
AMARIS RIOS (she/they) — God
BFA ‘24 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credits: The Late Wedding (Narrator), The Wolves (#13), Cabaret (Fritzie). Emerson College credits: MTAGs Rock of Ages (Assistant Director), MTAGs Equity Fights Aids Cabaret (Assistant Director), EmShakes Antigone (Chorus – EVVY Award for Best Supporting Actor), MTS’s Falsettos (Charlotte). Professional credits: Hamlet (Assistant Director) at the Apollinaire Theatre. Amaris is also currently working as a fellow for ArtsEmerson. She wants to thank the cast and production crew of Bonnets, Annie Levy, and her friends and family for their relentless support.
ANNEKE BRIGID SALVADORI (she/they) — Fortitude
BFA ‘26 Theatre & Performance. Emerson Stage Debut! Emerson College credits: EmShakes’ King Arthur’s Socks: A Staged Reading of Floyd Dell Selections (The Old Woman). Film credits: BA Capstone Big Red (Ally); EIV’s Bloody Mess (Brit); and Headphones (Syd). Thank you to my friends, family, and middle school emo phase for supporting me in this process. Rock on, Bonnets. annekebrigid.com
EM SALZMAN (they/them) — U/S Daniel, Laurent
BFA ‘26 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credits: Are You Someone to Somebody? (Hair and Makeup Supervisor). Emerson College credits: Kidding Around’s Seussical TYA (Jojo), MTAG’s The Wild Party (Max), Emerson’s Grad Directing Showcase – If Only We Knew (she). Em is also a proud member of Swomo (longform improv and sketch comedy troupe), as well as Emerson Urban Dance Theatre’s Contemporary company. Em would like to thank the entire company for their hard work! Rock on!
Creative Team Bios
ANNIE G. LEVY — Director
Annie G. Levy is a theatre-maker and director whose work often revolves around mythology, historical turning points, and scientific breakthroughs. She is an educator and facilitator focused on connecting the next generation of theatre practitioners to current professional trailblazers and the dynamic conversations that make up our evolving field and art form. Her original pieces include Space Rock | Door Stop, Tree Army: The CCC Project, Daughter of the Sun, and SIX SEEDS: The Persephone Project. Levy is a founding member of the World Wide Lab (WWL), an international director’s collective and theatre laboratory with an emphasis on cross-cultural dialogue through experiments in co-directing. With WWL, she has created work for the Irondale Center in Brooklyn, Teatro Due in Rome, Syros Institute on the Greek Island of Syros, Art Zone 453 in Taipei, Taiwan, and for the Superior Theatre Festival in Thunder Bay, Canada. She has also created and directed new work with theatre incubator warner | shaw, the Northwood Theatre Company, and various other theatres in her home town of NYC, including City Center, Dixon Place, HERE, The New Ohio Theatre, Theatre at the Tank, Fringenyc, and Access Theatre. She has curated and line-produced live experiences that range from ongoing literary reading series to fundraising events to walk-through theatre pieces for multi-generational audiences. Levy is the recipient of a FAIR assistantship at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, a residency at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, Paul Artist Residency at Indiana University, Bloomington, and a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Uptown/Downtown Artist. She is a member of the Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab and an associate member of SDC. As an educator, she creates community as a theatre teaching artist, teaching coach, professional development facilitator, and curriculum designer working with students from kindergarten through college. She has created and taught courses and workshops for all levels of theatre makers and theatre directors. Her research explores the relationship between embodied cognition and physical theatre and the integration of theatre and STEM subjects with college-aged populations to create more fluid science literacy. She serves as the artistic director of Emerson Stage at Emerson College. www.annieglevy.com
LULU BATZORIG (she/her) — Scenic Designer
BFA ‘24 Theatre Design & Technology. Emerson Stage credits: Bonnets: How Ladies of Good Breeding Are Induced to Murder (Scenic Designer), Cabaret (Assistant Scenic Designer), The Secret in the Wings (Scenic Artist). Big thanks to my mentors, family, and friends for their support in fueling my journey. Your encouragement has been inspiring, and your continued belief in me motivates me to the fullest. Thank you for being my pillars of strength and inspiration!
RACHEL PADULA-SHUFELT (she/her) — Costume Designer
Rachel Padula-Shufelt is a graduate of Emerson College. Recent costume design credits include Assassins, Fabulation, Preludes, Be Here Now, Thanksgiving Play at Lyric Stage, 39 Steps at Greater Boston Stage Company, Heroes of the Fourth Turning, The Children, Choir Boy, Once, Shakespeare in Love, Men on Boats at Speakeasy Stage, Young Nerds of Color, Frankenstein at Central Square Theatre, Oliver, 1776 at New Rep Theatre, Macbeth, Edward II (Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Design) at Actor’s Shakespeare Project, Charlotte’s Web at American Repertory Theatre, Gloria, Barefoot in the Park, Trad, and Crimes of the Heart at Gloucester Stage Company. Rachel’s work as a hair and makeup designer has been seen at Boston Ballet, American Repertory Theatre, Huntington Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, and on Broadway.
ELI GOLDBERG (he/him) — Lighting Designer
BFA ’25 Theatre Design & Technology. Select Emerson Stage credits: The Loyals (Production Electrician), The Secret in the Wings (Asst. Lighting Designer), The Wolves (Asst. Lighting Designer). Select Emerson College credits: MTAG’s A Chorus Line (Lighting Designer), MTS’s Ride the Cyclone (Lighting Designer), EDC’s Revival, Vitality, and Elements (Lighting Designer) Evvy42 (Asst. Lighting Designer). Other credits, Summit Playhouse’s American Idiot and Spring Awakening (Lighting Designer). He would like to thank his friends and family for everything. IG: @egoldberg.lx
SARAH MILLER — Sound Designer
BFA ‘24 Theatre Design & Technology. Emerson Stage credits: Little Women (Sound Designer), Cabaret (Sound Designer), The Secret in the Wings (Production Sound Engineer), The Spitfire Grill (Production Sound Engineer), The Wolves (Sound Designer), Into the Woods (A2), RAGE (Sound Designer), Next to Normal (Production Sound Engineer). Emerson College credits: Rareworks Theatre Company’s Feeding the Moonfish (Sound Designer) and SUB (Associate Sound Designer). Regional credits: Who’s There? (Sound Designer) at Boston Theatre Marathon; Into the Woods (Assistant Sound Designer) at Boston Conservatory; The Great Leap (Assistant Sound Designer) at Lyric Stage Company. Thanks to my friends and family!
LAUREN CORCUERA (she/they) — Props Lead
Lauren Corcuera is a Boston-area theater technician/designer and an Emerson alum who enjoys working with props, paint, and wardrobe. Emerson Stage prop credits include: Stupid Fucking Bird, Next to Normal, Into the Woods, Old Jake’s Skirts, and Cabaret. Other select prop credits: Little Shop of Horrors, The Cake, the Treasurer, Be Here Now, The Last Five Years, Mr. Parent, the Light, Fabulation, or… of Undine, Preludes, Assassins (Lyric Stage Company); Barefoot in the Park, Tiny Beautiful Things, Seared, Think of Me Tuesday, Grand Horizons (Gloucester Stage Company); Pippin, Oklahoma! (Reagle Music Theater); Chicken & Biscuits (Front Porch Arts Collective), Sweeney Todd (Moonbox Productions). Lauren is also currently the Assistant Prop Director for Emerson Stage and wants to thank all of the great students in the shop and on the various productions.
LIV MILLER (she/her) — Hair & Makeup Designer
BFA ‘25 Theatre Design and Technology. Emerson Stage credits: The Loyals (Wardrobe Supervisor), The Secret in the Wings (Props Lead), Paris (Assistant Costume Designer), Old Jake’s Skirts (Assistant Scenic Designer), Into the Woods (Wig Runner), RAGE (Assistant Wardrobe Supervisor), Next to Normal (Assistant Props Lead). Emerson College credits: MTAG’s Rock of Ages (Hair/Makeup Designer); MTS’s La Cage Aux Folles (Hair/Makeup Artist and Designer). Big thanks to the costume shop and to Rachel for all of the wonderful collaboration!
JAMIE NICKERSON (she/her) — Stage Manager
BFA ’24 Stage & Production Management. Emerson Stage credits: Mary, Sweet Mary (Assistant Production Supervisor), Are You Someone to Somebody? A New Devised Piece (1st Assistant Stage Manager), Baltimore (2nd Assistant Stage Manager), and Spring Awakening (Production Assistant). Emerson College credits: EVVY42 (Assistant Stage Manager); emShakes’ Lord of the Flies (Stage Manager) and Antigone (Dramaturg); Mercutio Troupe’s Our Dear Dead Drug Lord (Dramaturg) and All Night: At a Party In the Suburbs (Assistant Stage Manager). Other credits: Punctuate4’s Rite of Passage (Stage Manager, Co-Sound Designer). Thank you to Mum, Dad, Allie, and Alex for being forever supporters, as well as Ethan, Bee, Farren, and Joanna for being the most epic team.
GRACE DINATALE (she/her) — Production Supervisor
BFA ’24 Stage & Production Management. Emerson Stage credits: The Wolves (1st ASM), Three Romances… (2nd ASM), Marisol (Production Assistant), The Loyals (Assoc. Production Supervisor), This Girl Laughs… (Asst. Production Supervisor). Emerson College credits: EVVY42 (ASM), Musical Theatre Society’s Big Fish (Co-Costume Designer). Other credits: Summer Theatre of New Canaan’s Once On This Island (ASM) and The Wizard of Oz (ASM). A very big thank you to her family and friends for their unyielding love and support!
SUZIE RZECZNIK (she/they) –– Movement Director
Suzie Rzecznik is a movement director and dancer based in Boston and NYC. As a performer, Suzie has been seen with Phish at MSG, the art installations at Panorama Music Festival, in work by Kelly-Ashton Todd, Boy Friday, Mike Esperanza, the Kuperman brothers, Elena Vazintarias, and many others. Suzie’s work has been presented by BOMB Magazine, DIY Dancer Magazine, Marie Claire Mexico Magazine, Triskelion Arts, HiArtist, Maine International Film Festival, Mobius Gallery, Create Art/The Ace Hotel, Boston Conservatory, and Keshet Arts. Suzie worked as movement director in last year’s Emerson Stage performance of The Secret in the Wings and is thrilled to be back for Bonnets!
HANNAH FREEMAN (she/her) — Dramaturg
BFA ‘23 Theatre. Emerson Stage credits: New Fest Short Works (1st Assistant Stage Manager), Marie Antoinette (Assistant Production Supervisor), This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing (Production Assistant). Emerson College Credits: RareWorks Theatre Company’s Gold (Stage Manager and Dramaturg), Sub (Stage Manager), Cornflower Blue (Associate Producer); ERA Awards (Assistant Stage Manager); Resident Dramaturg for Kidding Around, Snow Angel (Dramaturg). Thank you to all my friends and family, and for a wonderful final EmStage production!
Emerson Stage Staff
Artistic Director — Annie G. Levy
General Manager — David Colfer
Assistant General Manager — Joshua M. Feder
Production Manager — Timothey Sullivan
Technical Director — Kristin Knutson
Head Carpenter — Connor Thompson
Scenic Carpenter –– Raven Whyles
Scenic Painter — Joe Keener
Props Director — Ryan Bates
Assistant Properties Manager — Lauren Corcuera
Costume Shop Supervisor — Richelle Devereaux-Murray
Assistant Costume Shop Supervisor — Becky Pieroth
Draper/Cutter — Laurie Bramhall
Electrics Advisor — Nicole Cerra
Resident Sound Designer — Elizabeth Cahill
Sound Technician — Julie Beaulieu
Advisors FOR THIS PRODUCTION
Stage and Production Management — Debra A. Acquavella
Scenic Design — Ryan Bates
Scenic Painting — Joe Keener
Lighting Design — Scott Pinkney
Sound Design — Elizabeth Cahill
Dramaturgy — Marissa Friedman
Vocal Coach — Indira Pensado
Emerson Stage Office Assistants — Jake Tolentino, Kayla Copping, Alayna Domboski, Samantha Duggan, Karli Fisher, Carly Mentis
Production Management Assistants — Blake Berggren, Esther Chilson
Videographers — Xiao Chen, Carmen Pedrero, Ethan West
Scenic Technicians Casper Apodaca, Cora Glazer, Davis Kranchalk, Bee LaClair, Oscar McQuilkin, Harley Novy, Mercedes Suarez, Elise Tuckwood
Scenic Artists/Painters — Rayan Afif, Nel Blinman, Paige Boyon, Elizabeth Fuire, Sophia Inez Bulbulia, Katherine Kendrick, Elizabeth Nunnery, Leo Servetar, David Staats, Charlize Tabrizi
Paint Shop Assistant — Maggie Stewart
Prop Shop Assistant — Delene Beauchamp, Amaya Gonzalez-Mollmann, Oliver Hawke, Mariel Richardson, Ava Scanlon, Mercy Suarez
Stitchers — Izzy Bacallao, David Estabrooks, Madeline Henry, Amanda Jacobson, Lorence Jones-Perpich, Heidi Keithahn, Alexa Peterson-Ismail, David Schell, Ava-Sofia Settoon, Anna Ten Eyck, Nina Turovsky
Laundry Assistants — Angelina Parillo
Stock Attendants — Sierra Bivins, Isabella Fortebuono, Ashleigh Jones, Lucile Lyon
Crafts — Wei Zhao
Light Lab Inventory Assistant — Eli Goldberg