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The Pajama Game

Book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell
Music and Lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross
Directed by Alan Paul
Choreographed by Parker Esse
Music Direction by James Cunningham

Based on the novel
7½ Cents by Richard Bissell
October 27 — December 24, 2017
Fichandler Stage

The Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory is a tiptop model of efficiency — so why are things getting so steamy? It could have something to do with how hard new superintendent Sid Sorokin has fallen for Babe Williams, the trouble-making head of the union grievance committee. Sparks really start to fly when a workers’ strike pits management against labor and ignites an outrageous battle of the sexes. Packed with seductive dance numbers like “Steam Heat” and “Hernando’s Hideaway,” the best way to ensure a good night’s rest during the hectic holiday season is to play The Pajama Game!

The Pajama Game is generously sponsored by .
Additional support is provided by Hubert (Hank) Schlosberg, George and Duffy Ftikas, Sheila Stampfli and . Choreography is sponsored by Virginia McGehee Friend.


JAY ADRIEL (Eddie) appeared at Arena Stage in Smokey Joe’s Café. D.C. credits include Man of La Mancha and Kiss Me, Kate (Shakespeare Theatre Company) and Best Little Whore House in Texas and Dreamgirls (Signature Theatre). TV credits include House of Cards, House Hunters and For My Man. Jay is a fitness instructor and Certified Personal Trainer. He is a former educator in the Prince George’s County Public School system. Jay received a B.A. in dance and theater performance from Winthrop University and has a M. Ed. from Strayer University in Leadership and Supervision. Facebook / Twitter / Instagram: @JayAdriel.

NANCY ANDERSON (Gladys Hotchkiss) makes her Arena Stage debut! Broadway shows include A Class Act, Wonderful Town and understudy to Glenn Close in the revival of Sunset Boulevard. She starred as Lois/Bianca in the national tour and West End premiere of Kiss Me, Kate (Helen Hayes and Olivier Award nominations). This year, Nancy received her third Drama Desk nomination for best solo performance in the Off-Broadway premiere of The Pen. Nancy received a Helen Hayes nomination for Side By Side By Sondheim (Signature Theatre), and performed in and music directed Ethan McSweeny’s productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest (Shakespeare Theatre Company). Nancy appeared on Madame Secretary last year, and is featured on PBS/Great Performances broadcasts of Kiss Me, Kate and South Pacific starring Reba McIntyre.

KATIE ARTHUR (Swing) returns to Arena Stage after appearing in Carousel. She was recently a resident actress at Charleston Stage where she starred as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors and performed featured roles in Mary Poppins and The Producers. Katie is a proud grad from James Madison University where she earned a degree in theater and dance, with a concentration in musical theater. Her favorite roles in school include Charity in Sweet Charity, Olive in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Gloria in Boeing Boeing. She thanks her husband and all loved ones for their support.

BRITNEY COLEMAN (Babe Williams) is thrilled to make her Arena Stage debut. She recently appeared on Broadway as Lucille in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical; the revival of Sunset Boulevard, starring Glenn Close; and performed with the first national tour of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Regional credits include Guenevere in David Lee and Steve Orich’s eight-person adaptation of Camelot (Two River Theater and Westport Country Playhouse) opposite Robert Sean Leonard; and appearances at The Old Globe, Theater Under the Stars, Marriott Lincolnshire and North Shore Music Theater. She performed in A Very Potter… Musical / Sequel / Senior Year featuring Darren Criss and her fellow Starkids. Britney received her B.F.A. from the University of Michigan. She sends her love and thanks to the Fam, HCA and this fabulous team!

ELLIOT DASH (Pop) makes his Arena Stage debut. Regional credits include The Voice of The Plant in Little Shop of Horrors (Ford’s Theatre, Lyceum Theatre, Northern Lights Playhouse); Hoke in Driving Miss Daisy (Lyceum Theatre, Wayside Theatre); Tee Tot in Hank Williams: Lost Highway (Riverside Center, Totem Pole Playhouse, Lyceum Theatre, Riverside Theatre); King Triton in The Little Mermaid (Olney, Gretna Theatre); Othello (Wayside Theatre); The Civil War (Ford’s Theatre); Elizabeth the Queen (Folger Theatre); and Kiss Me, Kate, As You Like It, Hamlet and Henry V (Shakespeare Theatre Company).

MAGGIE DONNELLY (Brenda) is thrilled to be making her Arena Stage debut. Recent credits include The Girl in the Red Corner (The Welders); Floyd Collins (1st Stage, Helen Hayes nomination); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Folger Theatre); Flowers Stink and The Gift of Nothing (Kennedy Center); Godspell, Spring Awakening and How to Succeed in Business… (Olney); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Ford’s Theatre); and The Crucible (Barrington Stage Company). She attended Northwestern University. All my love to the barre tribe, the Parthenon, the Goldmans, the Griffins and Maw and Paw.

ALEXANDRA FROHLINGER (Sandra) is thrilled to make her Arena Stage debut. She was a member of the original Broadway cast of Soul Doctor. Off-Broadway, Alexandra played Sadie in Amerike: The Golden Land at the National Yiddish Theater. She traveled the U.S., Canada and Japan as Anybodys on the first national tour of West Side Story, and toured with the first national company of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Alexandra was featured as a top 10 finalist on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s reality TV show Triple Sensation. She trained at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, and has a B.F.A. in musical theater from The Boston Conservatory. She thanks The Pajama Game team, Josh and her family for their constant love and support.

EDWARD GERO (Hasler)’s Arena Stage credits include Justice Antonin Scalia in The Originalist, Benjamin Hubbard in The Little Foxes and Mark Rothko in Red. He is a four-time Helen Hayes Award winner and 15-time nominee. Regional credits include The Originalist (Asolo Repertory, Pasadena Playhouse, Court Theatre); Red and King Lear (Goodman); Nixon’s Nixon and Night Alive (Round House); Sweeney Todd (Signature Theatre); Scrooge in A Christmas Carol (Ford’s Theatre); and American Buffalo, Shining City and Skylight (Studio Theatre). In 32 seasons with Shakespeare Theatre Company, his 70+ roles include Henry IV, Richard II and Macbeth. Film / TV credits include House of Cards, TURN: Washington’s Spies, Die Hard 2, Striking Distance and narrations for Discovery Channel and PBS. He is a Ten Chimneys 2015 Lunt-Fontanne Fellow and associate professor of theater at George Mason University.

BEN GUNDERSON (Joe / Helper) recently moved to D.C. and makes his Arena Stage debut. He was in the Broadway, Toronto and 25th Anniversary Tour companies of Les Misérables. He recently appeared in Still Life with Rocket at Theater Alliance, and has worked in New York and regionally at theaters including Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Prospect Theatre, York Theatre Company, the Engeman and Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. He appeared on the Academy Awards, the Tony Awards and America’s Got Talent. In 2016, Ben founded OUTLIERS Theatre Co., with which he produced/directed The Maids, and developed Pin* and the Blue Fairy. He trained with SITI Company, MICHA, Odin Teatret of Denmark and earned his B.F.A. from University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He is a Princess Grace Foundation scholar. #RESIST

EDDIE KORBICH (Vernon Hines) makes his Arena Stage debut. He was born in D.C. in 1960 at The Doctor’s Hospital — some of you may remember — four years later it burned down — but between then and now he has appeared in 11 Broadway shows and nine Off-Broadway shows including the original cast of Wicked, The Little Mermaid as Scuttle, A Christmas Story as Santa, The Drowsy Chaperone, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, the revival of Carousel as Mr. Snow, and others. Film and TV credits include Blue Bloods, Elementary, Law & Order and Deadbeat. He has also provided voices for cartoon characters as a series regular on Doug, PB&J Otter and Pinky Dinky Doo. He is very happy to be back in D.C.

DONNA MCKECHNIE (Mabel) makes her Arena Stage debut. Broadway credits include A Chorus Line (original company, Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical), How To Succeed in Business…, The Education of Hyman Kaplan, choreographer / actress in Sondheim: A Musical Tribute, Promises-Promises, Company, On The Town, State Fair (Fred Astaire Award) and The Visit. Donna co-starred in The Wild Party (West End); starred in and choreographed productions in London, Tokyo and Paris; and was invited by Bob Fosse to lead the Sweet Charity national tour. Regional credits include Follies, Mack and Mabel, Gypsy, The Glass Menagerie and symphony orchestra appearances. Film / TV credits include Fame, Cheers, Dark Shadows, Every Little Step and The Little Prince. Donna released a memoir, Time Steps: My Musical Comedy Life, and is touring her one-woman show, Same Place: Another Time.

TONY NEIDENBACH (Anderson / Dance Captain) is thrilled to return to Arena Stage after performing in Carousel and serving as assistant choreographer for Oliver!. From Gainesville, Georgia, Tony is a New York-based performer. Regional credits include West Side Story (Signature Theatre), La Jolla Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, The Alley Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, The Muny, Northern Stage, Pioneer Theatre Company, Virginia Stage Company, Seaside Music Theater, Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival and Jacob’s Pillow. He toured nationally with Roundabout Theatre Company’s Anything Goes. New York credits include Off-Broadway, Metropolitan Opera, 65th and 70th annual Tony Awards, New York City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival and the HBO web series High Maintenance. He is also a member of the critically acclaimed Liz Gerring Dance Company. Thanks to Alan, Parker, Migs and the Fam. Instagram: @ToeToe_A_gogo.

HEIDI KERSHAW QUICK (Virginia) is delighted to make her Arena Stage debut. She made her musical theater debut in the 50th Anniversary world tour of West Side Story, and later appeared as a principal dancer in Showboat (Washington National Opera), Kristine in A Chorus Line (Onley Theatre Center) and in the ensemble of Kiss Me, Kate (Shakespeare Theatre Company). Heidi has been privileged to have performed in 39 opera ballets including The First Emperor (Metropolitan Opera), Carmen / dance captain in Faust (Santa Fe Opera), soloist in Les Pecheurs de Perles (Washington National Opera) and Candelas in El Amor Brujo (IN Series Opera). Heidi received her B.F.A. from George Mason University and is a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant.

BRIDGET RILEY (Doris) returns to Arena Stage after appearing in Carousel. She was seen Off-Broadway in Freckleface Strawberry and The Scarlet Letter. D.C.-area credits include 110 in the Shade (Ford’s Theatre). National tour credits include West Side Story and Seussical, international credits include Nine. Regional credits include Peter Pan, West Side Story, The Producers, Les Misérables, All Shook Up, Spelling Bee, Bare, Cabaret and Into the Woods, among others. Film/TV credits include Nurse Jackie, Something Borrowed and East of Adin. Concerts at Ted Shawn / Jacob’s Pillow and at Carnegie Hall. Bridget received a BFA at Pace University and trained with Jacob’s Pillow School for Dance. Thank you to the amazing Arena staff and The Pajama Game artistic team. Much love to Mom, Dad, Tom, Erin, Maeve and Greg. Instagram: @missbridgetriley.

TYLER ROBERTS (Swing) is ecstatic to be making his D.C. and Arena Stage debut. A born New Englander from Northford, Connecticut, Tyler is honored to be sharing the stage with such a wonderful cast and crew. Previous regional credits include Beauty and the Beast and West Side Story (North Shore Music Theatre); Pepper in Mamma Mia (The Fireside Theatre); Ambrose in Hello, Dolly! and The Night the Music Died (Texas Family Musicals). He received his B.A. in theater performance from Wagner College. He would like to thank Alan, Parker, James, casting and LDC Artist Representation for this wonderful opportunity. Much love to family and friends!

TIM ROGAN (Sid Sorokin) is beyond grateful to be home again in the D.C.-area for his Arena Stage debut. He first started working professionally in local theaters including Signature Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Theater J, Toby’s Dinner Theatre, Washington Savoyards, No Rules Theatre Co., Olney, the Kennedy Center, Adventure Theatre and Studio Theatre. National tour credits include Lancelot in Camelot and Gaston in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Regional credits include Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Chad in All Shook Up, Miles Gloriosus in A Funny Thing Happened…, Trevor Graydon in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Tony Elliot in Billy Elliot. TV credits include Younger and Shades of Blue. He received his Bachelor of Music from Catholic University. Instagram: @tim_rogan.

PAUL SCANLAN (Max / Salesman) was last seen at Arena Stage in Carousel. D.C.-area credits include La Cage aux Folles, Simply Sondheim, Elmer Gantry, Sunday in the Park with George, The Threepenny Opera, Company, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Really Really (Signature Theatre); The Laramie Project (Ford’s Theatre); Orphie and the Book of Heroes (Kennedy Center); The Rocky Horror Show (Studio Theatre); Hair, Cabaret, Spring Awakening (Keegan Theatre); Lost in the Stars (Washington National Opera); Fahrenheit 451 (Round House); By Jeeves (1st Stage); and Who’s Your Baghdaddy? (Capital Fringe Festival). Regional credits include The Unsinkable Molly Brown and My Fair Lady (The Muny). @PaulRScanlan.

BLAKELY SLAYBAUGH (Prez) makes his Arena Stage debut. Blakely was seen in D.C. in Shakespeare Theatre Company’s A Funny Thing Happened… Earlier in the season he performed in the original Broadway cast of Paramour. Recent credits include Benny Southstreet in Guys and Dolls directed by Tony Award nominee Hunter Foster at Bucks County Playhouse and Robertson Ay in Mary Poppins at the Tony Award-winning Paper Mill Playhouse. He performed in the first national Broadway tours of Shrek The Musical as Pinocchio and Rogers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella as the Raccoon / Jean-Michel understudy. Regional credits include Slim in Oklahoma!, Wickersham in Seussical, Emcee in Cabaret and Eugene in Biloxi Blues. Off stage, he can be found hiking and rock climbing with his partner in crime Beth. He received his B.F.A from CCM. Twitter/Instagram: @BSlaybs

GABI STAPULA (Mae) is a Washington D.C.-area native and is ecstatic to make her Arena Stage debut. Regional theater credits include The Unsinkable Molly Brown and Newsies (The Muny); and West Side Story, Oklahoma!, Crazy For You and Guys and Dolls (Finger Lakes Musical Theater Festival). Gabi received her B.F.A from Pace University. She sends a huge thank you to Alan, Parker, James, MSA and her amazing family for their constant support! Instagram and Twitter: @astoldbygabi

KARA-TAMEIKA WATKINS (Poopsie)’s Arena Stage credits include Crowns and Smokey Joe’s Café. D.C.-area credits include Dreamgirls, Hairspray, Jelly’s Last Jam, Jesus Christ Superstar, Sunset Boulevard and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Signature Theatre); Little Shop of Horrors and Children of Eden (Ford’s Theatre); Caroline, or Change (Studio Theatre, Creative Cauldron, Round House); Once on This Island (Round House); and Carmen: An Afro-Cuban Musical and Peter Pan (Olney). Regional credits include Hairspray at PCLO and Northshore Music Theatre and the Nevada productions of Hairspray and Smokey Joe’s Café. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

CASEY WENGER-SCHULMAN (Carmen) is absolutely thrilled to make her Arena Stage debut. Regional theater credits include Serena in Legally Blonde and Phyllis in 42nd Street (The Lexington Theatre Company); Violet in Violet, Nora in Brighton Beach Memoirs and The Winter’s Tale (Festival 56); and The Music Man (Cincinnati Pops Orchestra). Casey recently received her B.F.A from CCM. Endless thanks to the entire Pajama Game team, DGRW, the Latrash crew and her wonderful family!

VICTOR WISEHART (Charley) returns to Arena Stage where he was last seen in My Fair Lady. Victor has performed in the original Broadway casts of An American In Paris as Mr. Z and Holiday Inn The New Irving Berlin Musical as Hollywood Director. He performed on the West End in West Side Story, and has performed Off-Broadway in the 25th Anniversary Concert of Crazy for You and Encore’s Pipe Dream. Victor has toured with the first national tour of Lincoln Center’s South Pacific, and all over the world with the 50th Anniversary World Tour of West Side Story. Regional credits include Goodspeed, Huntington, Goodman, The MUNY and Music Theatre Wichita. Victor’s voice can be heard on the original Broadway cast recordings of An American In Paris, Holiday Inn and Pipe Dream. Instagram / Twitter: @victooooorius

PHIL YOUNG (Boris / Helper) was last seen at Arena Stage in Carousel. D.C. credits include La Cage Aux Folles (Signature Theatre) and The Wiz (Ford’s Theatre). Recent credits include Oklahoma! and Hairspray (Paramount Theatre), Sophisticated Ladies with Jennifer Holliday (ZACH Theatre), MEMPHIS (Mason Street Warehouse) and La Cage Aux Folles with Lee Roy Reams (Wick Theatre). He is a NFAA YoungARTS Award Winner and has a B.F.A. in musical theatre from Penn State University. So much love and infinite light to his ebony round table.


GEORGE ABBOTT (Book) had one of the most active and distinguished careers in the entire history of the American theater as an actor, director, writer and producer. He directed his first musical, Rodgers and Hart’s Jumbo, in 1935 and other directorial highlights include A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum, On Your Toes, The Boys From Syracuse, Pal Joey, On the Town, The Pajama Game, Damn Yankees and Once Upon a Mattress. He received numerous awards, including a Pulitzer Prize for Fiorello!, a New York Drama Critics Circle Award, four Donaldson Awards, four Tony Awards, a Handel Medallion from the City of New York and he was a Kennedy Center honoree. He died in 1995 at the age of 107.

RICHARD BISSELL (Book) worked for H.B. Glover Company, the garment factory founded by his grandfather. Bissell then began writing about his experiences and had his stories published in journals such as Atlantic Monthly, Colliers and Esquire. His greatest success came when he wrote a humorous novel based on the activities at the garment factory called 7 ½ Cents. He turned the book into a musical for Broadway, titled The Pajama Game, which was a smash and soon became a motion picture. This experience provided the fodder for his novel Say, Darling, which later became a Broadway musical. He also wrote 12 books and numerous articles over the course of his career.

RICHARD ADLER (Music and Lyrics) co-composed the music and lyrics for numerous musicals including The Pajama Game and Damn Yankees, both of which won Tony Awards for best musical and best score. His score for his musical Kwamina earned him a Tony Award nomination. Recordings of his biggest hit songs “You Gotta Have Heart,” “Hey There,” “Hernando’s Hideaway,” “Whatever Lola Wants,” “Steam Heat,” “Rags to Riches,” “Another Time, Another Place” and “Everybody Loves a Lover”, have sold over 30 million copies. Richard composed numerous symphonic works, four of which were Pulitzer Prize nominees. Awards and honors include Donaldson Awards, Variety Critics Choice Awards, a London Evening Standard Award, the University of North Carolina Playmakers Lifetime Achievement Award and a National Parks Service Honorary Ranger Award. Richard is a member of the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.

JERRY ROSS (Music and Lyrics) died prematurely at age 29, but won Tony Awards for two of the best-loved musicals in Broadway history, The Pajama Game and Damn Yankees — both written with Richard Adler, his frequent collaborator. As a team, they put out a number of catchy songs including the number one hit “Rags to Riches” (sung by Tony Bennett), songs for the musical Almanac (a revue featuring Harry Belafonte, Hermione Gingold, Orson Bean and Polly Bergen) and of course The Pajama Game, an out-and-out hit, playing for 1,063 performances and winning several Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Choreography. The Pajama Game was made into a movie starring Doris Day. In 1955, Ross and Adler wrote Damn Yankees and won the Tony Award for Best Musical.

ALAN PAUL (Director) is the Associate Artistic Director of Shakespeare Theatre Company, where he has directed Romeo and Juliet, Kiss Me, Kate, Man of La Mancha, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Helen Hayes Award for Best Director of a Musical), The Boys from Syracuse and revivals of Twelfth Night and The Winter’s Tale. Local highlights include Penny (Washington National Opera); I Am My Own Wife (Signature Theatre); Fully Committed (MetroStage); The Rocky Horror Show and Silence! The Musical (Studio Theatre 2ndStage); and numerous collaborations with the National Symphony Orchestra. Opera credits include The Pirates of Penzance (Palm Beach Opera), Man of La Mancha (Portland Opera) and numerous operas for Urban Arias. Alan was a 2013 finalist for the European Opera Directing Prize in Vienna, Austria. Upcoming projects include Camelot (Shakespeare Theatre Company) and Kiss Me Kate (Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre).

PARKER ESSE (Choreographer) is a five-time Helen Hayes Best Choreography nominee and recipient for Arena Stage’s Oklahoma! Director/choreographer credits include Crazy for You and West Side Story (Finger Lakes Music Theatre Festival). Choreographer credits include A Bed and a Chair: A New York Love Affair (Encores!); Carousel, Oliver!, Fiddler on the Roof, Smokey Joe’s Café, The Music Man and The Light in the Piazza (Arena Stage); A Wonderful Life, Fiddler on the Roof, The Most Happy Fella and Carousel (Goodspeed); Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Ogunquit Playhouse); West Side Story (Signature Theatre); Bells are Ringing and Little Shop of Horrors (Berkshire Theatre Group); and Me and My Girl, Sweet Charity and Guys and Dolls (Canada’s Shaw Festival). Associate choreographer credits include Broadway’s Finian’s Rainbow and A Tale of Two Cities, and featured performer in Fosse.

JAMES CUNNINGHAM (Music Director)’s New York credits include Avenue Q; music director for Bunnicula (TheaterworksUSA and original cast recording); Hot Mess in Manhattan (The Araca Project); and Happy Birthday (TACT) for which he also provided original music. National tour credits include White Christmas, Spamalot, Evita and Cats. He recently completed his first season as music director for Pittsburgh CLO, which included productions of In the Heights, Newsies, Mamma Mia and Million Dollar Quartet. He has served as music director for over ten productions for Casa Mañana in Fort Worth, Texas and has conducted productions for North Carolina Theatre, Sharon Playhouse, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Engeman Theater, Paper Mill and The Muny. He holds degrees from Manhattan School of Music and NYU.

MICHAEL DANSICKER (Dance Music)’s D.C. credits include Kiss Me Kate (Shakespeare Theatre Company). Over 20 Broadway productions including Piaf and Good (RSC), Les Liasons Dangereuses (National), Singin’ in the Rain, Dance of the Vampires, The Times They Are a-Changin’ and Little House on the Prairie. Film credits include Elf, Analyze That, Meet the Parents, Brain Donors and Garfield. Concert Dance: Twyla Tharp, Jerome Robbins, Agnes de Mille, ABT, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Kenny Ortega. Publications include The Sixteen Bar Theatre Auditions (8 Volumes) for Hal Leonard. He served as Supervisor for the launch of Disney Cruise Line. Michael is writing the songs for Play Ball (Lyrics by Martin Charnin) opening in Cooperstown, NY June ’18. His songs have been performed by Gay Men’s Chorus of Boston, San Francisco and Knoxville.

JAMES NOONE (Set Designer)’s Arena Stage credits include The Mystery of Irma Vep; A Time to Kill; You, Nero; and At Home at the Zoo. Other D.C. credits include work at Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington National Opera, the Kennedy Center, Studio Theatre and Signature Theatre. Recent Broadway credits include Sunset Boulevard, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill and A Time to Kill. He has worked on numerous off-Broadway and regional productions, and his opera work includes Lyric Opera of Chicago, English National Opera and Glimmerglass. He has received a Drama Desk Award, LA Ovation Award and two Helen Hayes Awards.

ALEJO VIETTI (Costume Designer)’s Arena Stage credits include Ella. Broadway credits include Holiday Inn, Allegiance (Drama Desk nomination) and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (also national tour and West End, Olivier Award nomination). Additional New York credits include Encores! At New York City Center, Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, MTC, Atlantic Theater Company, Irish Repertory and Primary Stages. Opera credits include New York City Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Minnesota Opera, Wolf Trap and Donetsk Opera (Ukraine). Regional credits include Alley Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Ford’s Theatre, Signature Theatre, Center Stage, Goodspeed, The Guthrie, Hartford Stage, Paper Mill, La Jolla and Old Globe. Other credits include Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Japan and Germany) and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. He received the 2010 TDF Irene Sharaff Young Master Award.

ROBERT WIERZEL (Lighting Designer) has worked with artists from diverse disciplines and backgrounds on stages throughout the country and abroad. Broadway productions include Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill starring Audra McDonald; FELA! (Tony Award nomination); and David Copperfield’s Dreams & Nightmares. He has designed at most major regional theaters including American Conservatory Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, The Guthrie, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Goodman, Old Globe and Hartford Stage, among many others. He has designed for opera companies in New York, Paris, Tokyo, Norway, Toronto, Boston, Seattle, San Diego, Houston, Dallas, D.C., Virginia, Florida, Atlanta and Chicago, plus 28 years with Glimmerglass. His dance work includes 32 years with Bill T. Jones and the BTJ/AZ Company. Robert is also a creative partner at Spark Design Collaborative.

DANIEL ERDBERG (Sound Designer)’s work has appeared at Arena Stage in Dear Evan Hansen and The Lion. Daniel’s designs have been heard at numerous New York theatres including The Public, Roundabout, New York City Center, 59E59, Atlantic Theater Company, Prospect and HERE. Highlights include the American premiere of Caryl Churchill’s Drunk Enough to Say I Love You, Mike Daisey’s Last Cargo Cult and Time it Was with Bill Irwin. Regional credits include Arena Stage, Milwaukee Repertory, Geffen Playhouse, ACT, Merrimack Repertory and Long Wharf, as well as productions in Korea, Japan, China, Canada and Cuba. He is a frequent Broadway associate designer, where credits include Significant Other, Violet, The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Heiress and The Nance. Daniel is a faculty member at NYU and a graduate of Northwestern University.

ANNE NESMITH (Wig Designer) returns to Arena Stage, where her design credits include Smart People, A Raisin in the Sun, Watch on the Rhine, Carousel, The Little Foxes, All the Way, Oliver!, Destiny of Desire, Fiddler on the Roof, Mother Courage and Her Children, and The Music Man. Her recent work includes Titanic (Signature Theatre), La Boheme and L’Opera Seria (Wolf Trap), Cosi fan tutte (Nishinomiya, Japan) and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Ford’s Theatre). Her designs have been seen at the Kennedy Center, Opera Philadelphia, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington Ballet and Saito Kinen Festival in Matsumoto, Japan. Anne was the resident wig / makeup designer for the Baltimore Opera and has created wigs for Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery programs, Investigation Discovery’s Ice Cold Killers, Maryland Public Television and the U.S. Army’s tour Spirit of America.

ROBB HUNTER (Fight Director) is thrilled to be back at Arena Stage, having previously choreographed for King Hedley II, Ruined, Stick Fly, Noises Off and Frankie & Johnny in the Claire de Lune to name a few. Robb directs movement for a variety of area theaters including Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington National Opera, Woolly Mammoth, Studio Theatre and Ford’s Theatre and has received multiple Helen Hayes nominations for choreography. He is a member of SDC, AEA and SAG / AFTRA, and is one of only 30 Fight Directors in the world certified by the Society of American Fight Directors, for whom he is also a Certified Teacher. He is on faculty of the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting and is Artist in Residence at American University, as well as a teaching artist at many other venues.

LYNN WATSON (Vocal Coach)’s Arena Stage credits include Carousel, Oliver!, Fiddler on the Roof, Moon for the Misbegotten, The Misanthrope, M. Butterfly, A Time to Kill and The Great White Hope. She has worked extensively as a voice, speech and dialects specialist at leading regional theaters. D.C. credits include The Glass Menagerie and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Kennedy Center), Ford’s Theatre, Signature Theatre, Olney and Round House. Other credits include four seasons at South Coast Repertory, A Streetcar Named Desire (A.C.T.) and Skylight (Mark Taper Forum). Current research includes an fMRI study on the cognitive effects of Fitzmaurice Voicework. She directed the world premiere of Tina Howe’s Milk and Water, is a past president of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association and professor of theater at UMBC.

VICTOR SIMONSON (Associate Music Director)’s Arena Stage credits include Smokey Joe’s Café and Three Mo’ Divas. He was Composer for the ground breaking hip-hop opera, STOMPING GROUNDS. D.C. credits include Ragtime, 110 in the Shade, Freedom’s Song and Violet (Ford’s Theatre); Wicked, Addams Family (Kennedy Center); national tours of Memphis and The Color Purple; and tour of Three Mo’ Tenors. Regional credits include A Civil War Christmas and The Wiz (Center Stage); Brooklyn, The Musical (Denver Civic Theater). Film / TV credits include Good Morning America, ABC Nightline and Rosie O’Donnell. Other credits include On My Journey Now; The McLurkin Project; Total Praise (Grammy Award nominee); and Victory. He thanks God for this opportunity and gives God praise for everything, especially his wife Ciara and children Victoria Grace and Immanuel Justice.

TONY NIEDENBACH (Assistant Choreographer) See cast bios.

GEOFF JOSSELSON, CSA (New York Casting) is pleased to continue his association with Arena Stage. Broadway and Off-Broadway productions include The Velocity of Autumn starring Estelle Parsons; Southern Comfort; Yank!; Enter Laughing; Pretty Filthy; John and Jen, Himself and Nora; and Altar Boyz. He has also cast productions for Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arizona Theatre Company, Barrington Stage Company, Bay Street Theatre, Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Civilians, Cleveland Play House, Denver Center, Marriott Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Old Globe, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Public Theatre, San Francisco Symphony, and the York Theatre Company. For more information:

KURT HALL (Stage Manager)’s Arena Stage credits include Smart People, Watch on the Rhine, Carousel, The Year of Magical Thinking starring Kathleen Turner, Born for This, All the Way, Sweat, Destiny of Desire, The Blood Quilt, Our War, The Shoplifters, Smokey Joe’s Café, Mother Courage and Her Children starring Kathleen Turner, Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life, Good People, Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins starring Kathleen Turner, The Normal Heart, Red, Ruined, every tongue confess starring Phylicia Rashad, Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies, Looped starring Valerie Harper, Next to Normal starring Alice Ripley, Awake and Sing! and The Goat, or Who is Sylvia. Additional regional credits at the Kennedy Center, Roundabout Theatre Company, McCarter Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company and Signature Theatre. Thanks to his family for all their support.

ANTHONY O. BULLOCK (Assistant Stage Manager) makes his Arena Stage debut. Off-Broadway credits include School for Lies (Classic Stage Company). D.C./Baltimore credits include The Hard Problem, Cloud 9, Hedda Gabler, Moment, Between Riverside and Crazy, Chimerica, Jumpers for Goalposts and Laugh (Studio Theatre) and Twisted Melodies (Center Stage). He toured with The White Snake by Mary Zimmerman in association with Goodman Theatre, and part of The Wuzhen Theatre Festival in Wuzhen, China. Select regional credits include McCarter, Barrington Stage Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Passage Theatre. He has also worked with Princeton University Dance Department. Anthony received his B.F.A. at Oklahoma City University. He is on the board of the Stage Managers’ Association as the Eastern Regional Representative.

MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL (MTI) is one of the world’s leading theatrical licensing agencies, granting theatres from around the world the rights to perform the greatest selection of musicals from Broadway and beyond. Founded in 1952 by composer Frank Loesser, and orchestrator Don Walker, MTI is a driving force in advancing musical theatre as a vibrant and engaging art form. MTI works directly with the composers, lyricists and book writers of these musicals to provide official scripts, musical materials and dynamic theatrical resources to over 70,000 professional, community and school theatres in the US and in over 60 countries worldwide.



Photo Gallery


Post-Show Discussions

November 14, 2017 – 7:30 p.m.
November 15, 2017 – 12:00 p.m.
November 29, 2017 – 12:00 p.m.
November 30, 2017 – 8:00 p.m.
December 5, 2017 – 12:00 p.m.
December 13, 2017 – 12:00 p.m.

Arena Stage After Hours
Saturday, December 2 at 8:00 p.m.
Join Arena Stage and 94.7 Fresh FM for a cocktail hour after the performance.

The post-show conversation on Thursday, November 30th, will feature representatives from the Worker Rights Consortium and the Kalmanovitz Institute for Labor and the Working Poor as they discuss how the garment industry has changed and the challenges that garment workers and their unions face today.


Audio Described

December 2, 2017 – 2:00 p.m.
December 23, 2017 – 2:00 p.m.

Open Captioned

November 9, 2017 – 8:00 p.m.
November 15, 2017 – 7:30 p.m.
November 19, 2017 – 2:00 p.m.
December 21, 2017 – 8:00 p.m.

The Pajama Game runs approximately two and a half hours, including one 15-minute intermission. Please be advised, this production utilizes special effects including haze, strobe lighting and black light.

The Pajama Game