Book by Erin Courtney and Max Vernon
Ida Gibson (Jackie Hoffman) is a grandma and model citizen, happily concealing her shocking past… until a parade of tattooed ladies hijacks her living room to stage an otherworldly intervention. The Tattooed Lady is a rock musical about shattering taboos and a woman’s right to control her body and choose her destiny.
This production contains theatrical haze, strobing/flashing lights, racialized violence, strong language, and is recommended for ages 13+.
OCT 29 – NOV 20, 2022
Wednesday, November 2 @7pm – Ink Industry Night
Sunday, November 6 & 13 @3pm – Post-Show Talkback
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MEET THE Team
Erin Courtney (Book) Erin Courtney’s play, A Map of Virtue, produced by 13P and directed by Ken Rus Schmoll, was awarded an Obie and nominated for a GLAAD Award. Courtney’s play I Will Be Gone, directed by Kip Fagan, premiered at Actors Theater of Louisville. Her new play, Ann, Fran, Mary Ann, is a Playwrights Horizons commission and is published by 53rd State Press. She has written two operas with Elizabeth Swados, The Nomad and Kaspar Hauser. Five of her plays have been produced by Clubbed Thumb, including Alice the Magnet and Demon Baby. She is an alumnus of 13P, New Dramatists, MacDowell, the Core Writer group at the Playwrights’ Center, and the Working Farm at Space on Ryder Farm. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013. She earned her MFA in playwriting at Brooklyn College, her BA from Brown University, and she is an assistant professor in the Department of Radio/Television/Film at Northwestern University.
Max Vernon (Book, Music, Lyrics & Orchestrations) is 3 time Drama Desk nominee, Out100 Honoree, 2 time MacDowell Fellow and recipient of the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical, Richard Rodgers Award, Jonathan Larson Grant, Pew Arts and Culture Grant, New York Stage and Film’s Founders Award, New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship, and the JFund Award from the Jerome Foundation. Their musicals include The View UpStairs, The Tattooed Lady, Show & Tell, and KPOP, which will open on Broadway this November at Circle in the Square. Www.maxvernon.com insta: @frauleinsallybowels
Ellie Heyman is a director of theater and film. Upcoming projects include Nick Blaemire and Van Hughes’ Space Dogs (MCC). Recent credits include: The Great Work Begins: Scenes from Angels in America featuring Glenn Close and Brian Tyree Henry (Drama League Award; NYT Best of 2020); (Still) Asking For It (The Public Theater); A$AP Rocky’s Lab Rat, Jason Craig & Dave Malloy’s Beardo (Drama Desk Nomination; Pipeline Theater), Erin Markey’s Boner Killer (Under the Radar), Becca Blackwell’s They, Themself and Schmerm (Under the Radar); THIS (Bessie Nomination for Outstanding Production; NYLA),The Traveling Imaginary with Julian Koster (Neutral Milk Hotel) rated “Top 5 shows of the year” by NPR; music-fiction podcast The Orbiting Human Circus (Of the Air) featuring Tim Robbins and John Cameron Mitchell, rated #1 on Apple Podcasts and downloaded over 5 million times, and the “cult classic” Dreamboy (Night Vale Presents). She is a graduate of Northwestern University and Boston University, and a Drama League and WP Theater Time Warner Directing Fellow Alumni. ellieheyman.com
Mayte Natalio (Choreographer) is from Queens, New York by way of Dominican parents. She studied at the LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts and SUNY Purchase (BFA). Theater choreography credits include The Winter’s Tale (DTC/ Public Works), Runaways (NYU) Into The Woods (Barrington Stage Company), Measure for Measure (The Public Theater/ Mobile Unit 2019), Love in Hate Nation (Two River Theater), Hair (The Old Globe), La Hora Santa written, directed and choreographed by Mayte for Ars Nova’s Vision Residency and Kiss My Aztec (Hartford Stage). Broadway: Associate Choreographer, For Colored Girls… Mayte is co-founder of the immersive events production company MinuteZero.
MEET THE CREATIVE TEAM
Lex Liang (Scenic & Costume Designer) Currently playing: Vietgone (SD, Guthrie), Emma (SD/CD, Playmaker’s), Private Lives (SD, St. Louis Rep). Int’l/Nat’l Tours/NYC/Off-B’way: 100+ productions, including The Acting Company’s Romeo & Juliet, currently on tour. Regional: Actor’s Theatre Louisville, Alliance Theatre, Asolo, Cleveland Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Dallas Theatre Center, Denver Center, Geva, Guthrie, La Jolla, Long Wharf, Paper Mill Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, Playmaker’s Rep, Portland Center Stage, St. Louis Rep, Syracuse Stage, Woolly Mammoth, many others. Lex is the founder and principal of LDC Design Associates, an experiential event design and production company in NYC. Recent projects/clients include Absolut Vodka, Operation Smile, Ubuntu Pathways, The Kardashians, The Tony Awards Gala, NYFW, NYWFF, William Hill, Invesco, and others. www.LexLiang.com www.LDCdesign.com
Mary Ellen Stebbins (Lighting Designer) is based in New York City, collaborations include work with MCC Theater, Shakespeare Theater Company, Opera Philadelphia, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as Theresa Rebeck, Clare Barron, A$AP Rocky, Adrienne Truscott, Monica Bill Barnes, and eighth blackbird. Mary Ellen is a 2020 Bessie Award Honoree for her work with Monica Bill Barnes’ Days Go By and a 2016 Henry Hewes nominee for her design for Clare Barron’s I’ll Never Love Again. She is a 2019 Opera America Tobin Director-Designer Prize recipient, a 2014 Live Design Young Designer to Watch, the 2011 USITT Barbizon Lighting Design Award winner, and a 2009 Hangar Theater Lab Company Design Fellow. Mary Ellen holds an AB from Harvard University and an MFA from Boston University. She is a member of USA 829 and currently teaches at Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.
Nevin Steinberg (Sound Designer) PTC: Nerds. Broadway: Tina: The Tina Turner Musical (Tony nomination), Hadestown (Tony award), Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, Freestyle Love Supreme, The Cher Show, Bandstand, Bright Star, It Shoulda Been You, Mothers and Sons, Rodgers+ Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Tony nomination), The Performers, Magic/Bird. Over thirty other Broadway productions with Acme Sound Partners and five additional Tony nominations: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Fences, Hair and In The Heights.
Jason Hayes (Wig & Makeup Designer) is a 2016 & 17’ Drama Desk Award Nominee for Outstanding Wig & Hair Design for his work on The Legend of Georgia McBride & The View Upstairs. Hayes was the Hair Supervisor for The Present starring Cate Blanchett. Broadway Theatrical design credits: Casa Valentine, The Realistic Jones’s, Spring Awakening, Blithe Spirit, 13 The Musical & Radio City Christmas Spectacular for 10 years. TV Credits: “Imoredcai”, “The Rise of Hollywood”, “The Mysteries of Laura”, “Smash”, “Hostages”, “30 Rock”, “Mercy”, “Gossip Girl”, “SNL”. Selected film credits: Transamerica, Camp, The Savages & Party Monster. Celebrity clients: Cate Blanchett, RuPaul, Angelica Huston, Debra Messing, Toni Colette, Dylan McDermott, Felicity Huffman, Jennifer Hudson, Liza Minelli, Sean Hayes, Josh Lucas, Megan Fox, Antonio Banderas, Mary Stuart Masterson, Cherry Jones, Angela Lansbury, Laura Linney, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Macauley Culkin, Marilyn Manson, Harvey Fierstein, Paul Rudd, Patrick Stewart, T.R Knight.
Rodney Bush (Music Director) Selected Music Direction: Loophole (The Public Theater); Split (The Transport Group) The Storyteller (The Public Theater); Darling (Le Poisson Rouge); Hair (Schaeberle Theater); Xanadu (Schaeberle Theater); American Idiot (Schimmel Theater); Tianenmen. Regional: We Foxes (Goodspeed); Young Frankenstein (Theatre by The Sea). International: The Trojan Women (Hera, London) Educational: Kiss of the Spider Woman; Urinetown; I Love You, Because; The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Rocky Horror Picture Show; Zombie Prom. Berklee: Ragtime; Songs for a New World. Associate Musical Director: Show Boat (Asolo Rep). Music Supervisor/Arranger: Eva Noblezada; Eden Espinosa; Nick Adams; Adam Kantor; Zeniba Now; Carmen Cusack; Claybourne Elder (various across US).
Sarah Lunnie (Dramaturg) Broadway: Heidi Schreck’s What the Constitution Means to Me (also NYTW, Clubbed Thumb); Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House, Part 2 and Hillary and Clinton; Bess Wohl’s Grand Horizons. Off-Broadway: Jeff Augustin’s Where the Mountain Meets the Sea, featuring original music by The Bengsons (Manhattan Theatre Club); Out of Time (NAATCO/The Public); Anne Washburn’s Shipwreck (The Public, Woolly Mammoth); Hnath’s The Thin Place (Playwrights Horizons); and, with The Mad Ones, Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie (Ars Nova) and Miles For Mary (Playwrights, the Bushwick Starr). Regional: Humana premieres of Hnath’s The Christians and Death Tax; Mona Mansour’s The Hour of Feeling; and Charles Mee’s Under Construction, made with SITI Company, among many others. Digital/Audio: Christopher Chen’s The Podcaster (Audible); Telephonic Literary Union’s Human Resources (Woolly Mammoth, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); The Bengsons’ Sovereignty Hymns (La Jolla Playhouse). Sarah is the Senior Dramaturg of the Public Theater.
Adam John Hunter (Stage Manager) is making his PTC debut with this season’s opener The Tattooed Lady. He was the Production Stage Manager on Broadway for Mrs. Doubtfire, The Encounter, Bronx Bombers, Relatively Speaking, Rock of Ages, Sweeney Todd, and A Catered Affair, also for the world premieres of the The Exorcist, Moulin Rouge, and August Rush. He has been the PSM for over 20 Encores! productions at New York City Center. He lives in Red Hook, Brooklyn with his wife and two kids who are waaaay smarter than he is.
Christine D’Amore (Assistant Stage Manager) Broadway: Mrs. Doubtfire, The Color Purple, Les Misérables, 20 productions at New York City Center Encores! Other credits include The Public Theater, Shakespeare in the Park, Lincoln Center Theater, Signature Theater, Berkeley Rep, and more.
Matthew Melchiorre (Assistant Stage Manager) has been touring the country for the past seven years with Steve Martin and Martin Short. Broadway credits include The Light in the Piazza, The Frogs, All Shook Up, Coram Boy and several others. Matthew has worked with NY City Center Encores! and Off-Broadway for Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Theatre Company, Primary Stages and New York Theatre Workshop and in regional theatre for Westport Country Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Paper Mill Playhouse, Hartford Stage, Baltimore CENTERSTAGE and Two River Theatre. Matthew has also spent some time with the New Jersey Symphony and teaching at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts and University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Matthew has been an Actors’ Equity Member since 2003.
Paige Price (Creative Producer) is a NYC-based producer, director and arts leader. After artistic director stints at Philadelphia Theatre Company and Theatre Aspen, she launched her new company Paige Price Productions in 2022, to develop and produce work for the commercial and non profit theatre.
MEET THE CAST OF THE TATTOOED LADY
Kim Blanck (Maud Wagner) is thrilled to be in Philadelphia with The Tattooed Lady! Kim originated the role of Karly in the World Premiere of Dave Malloy’s OCTET at the Signature Theatre in 2019 and reprised her performance this spring at Berkeley Rep. Other New York and regional credits include Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater’s Alice by Heart (MCC), Shaina Taub’s musical adaptation of Twelfth Night (Shakespeare in the Park), and Dave Malloy’s Moby-Dick (A.R.T.). Onscreen, she can be seen in Call Jane, the independent feature Friday Afternoon, “WeCrashed,” “Dr. Death,” and “New Amsterdam.” Training: BFA in Drama from NYU Tisch, MFA in Acting from UC San Diego. (she/her/hers) @kblanck
Ashley Pérez Flanagan (Imagena Gibson) Broadway: Freestyle Love Supreme; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. Off-Broadway: Oratorio For Living Things, (Ars Nova); Freestyle Love Supreme, (Ars Nova); In The Green, (LCT3); The Lucky Ones, (Ars Nova); Hadestown, (NYTW); In Love With Jobim, (York Theatre.) Regional: Life After (Goodman Theatre) A Crossing, (Barrington Stage Company), Moby-Dick, (A.R.T.), The Great Comet of 1812, (A.R.T.), Prometheus Bound, (A.R.T.), Evita, West Side Story, The Sound of Music. Select workshops: The Connector (JRB project), Cowboy Bob, NYSF; The Seeker, (Public Theater). Concerts: Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub, 54 Below. Film: The Kitchen. Ashley is a Lucille Lortel nominated actor and a member of the band Moondrunk.
Jackie Hoffman (Ida Gibson) is best known for her Emmy-nominated role of ‘Mamacita’ from FX’s “Feud: Betty and Joan,” Jackie Hoffman can currently be seen in HULU’s “Only Murders in the Building” and Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” She will next be seen in Netflix’s “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,” and “You Are SO Not Invited To My Bat Mitzvah!” and Paramount +’s “Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies.” Hoffman’s numerous credits include Ryan Murphy’s Netflix series “The Politician,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Girls,” “The Good Wife,” “Inside Amy Schumer,” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” In film, Hoffman has appeared in memorable roles including Birdman, Kissing Jessica Stein, The Sitter, Garden State, and Mo’ Money. On Broadway, Hoffman has co-starred in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, On The Town, The Addams Family, Xanadu and Hairspray. Her show “Jackie Hoffman: Live from Joe’s Pub” is available on CD.
Maya Lagerstam (Joy Gibson) just finished up at NYSAF and Williamstown Theater Festival performing in Most Happy in Concert directed by Daniel Fish. Prior to that she wrapped the movie musical 1660 Vine directed by Patricia McGregor and choreographed by Paula Abdul and in Indianapolis workshopping a new musical by Zack Zadek. Favorite roles include Dorothy in The Wiz, Maria in The Sound of Music, Belle in A Christmas Carol, Juno/Miranda in The Tempest. NY audiences have seen Maya in concerts at the Green Room 42, National Sawdust, and Feinstein’s/54 Below. She is a proud Interlochen Arts Academy/Camp alum and UMN/Guthrie BFA graduate @mayalagerstam
Anthony Lawton (Bob Baxter) has acted in Philadelphia for thirty years. Favorite roles include George in Of Mice and Men (Walnut); “man” in Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (1812); and Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet (Arden). In 2005, Lawton’s original play, The Foocy, garnered five Barrymore nominations (including Best New Play). In 2017, Lawton’s musical adaptation of The Light Princess won the Barrymore for Best Original Music.The Philadelphia City Paper named him the city’s “Best One-Man Theatre” for his solo productions of The Devil and Billy Markham, The Great Divorce and The Screwtape Letters. www.anthonylawtonactor.com.
Anastacia McCleskey (Trixie Richardson) is excited to make her debut at the PTC. Recently starred as Celie in The Muny’s The Color Purple, in NY Times Critic pick Ain’t Misbehavin’ at Barrington Stages, as JO in the world premiere of Afterwords the Musical at The 5th Ave Theater, Sophie, Mrs. Greer, & Perkins in ANNIE LIVE on NBC, Dotty in the B’way Revival of Caroline or Change, and Nurse Norma in Waitress. Recurring on NBC’s New Amsterdam as Dr. Phylicia Elder & on CBS’s The Good Fight as Opal. She’s been featured in 7 broadway hits, 1 West End hit, a few off broadway hits, tons of regional theater, & sung w/ & back-up for many artist. Started a Podcast Them 3 Podcast with her brothers during the shut down. Nominated for a Helen Hayes Award, an Alliance Award , & an Audelco Award. Is the creator of #hellobeautifulspirits. Thank You God! www.anastaciamccleskey.com
Sophia Ramos (Jean Carroll) Born in the Bronx, New York, Sophia cut her teeth as a member of the NYC hard rock band Sophia’s Toy who were signed to Sony/Epic Record. With a commanding, snarling stage presence, Sophia was soon named “Best Undiscovered Artist” by VH1, and was awarded the Abe Olman Excellence in Songwriting scholarship from The National Academy of Popular Music. She has collaborated with the likes of Metallica’s Jason Newstead, Psychotica, and Joey Ramone, and performed as a vocalist with an incredible variety of artists, including Rod Stewart, Government Mule, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson and Jefferson Starship. Sophia is a veteran live and studio vocalist and voiceover artist. Her talents in both English and Spanish have been employed in countless commercials and
Some of her theater work includes Robert Schenkkan’s musical The Twelve at Signature Theater, Arizona Theater Company’s production of Love, Janis, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and The Public Theater in New
York City, in the ensemble cast of PARTY PEOPLE created/produced by UNIVERSES and directed by Liesl Tommy. She went on to work with Liesl Tommy in Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of Macbeth 2017, Huntington Theater production of Top Girls 2018. Live From The Edge UNIVERSES, City Theatre Pittsburgh, 2021.
Jessie Shelton (La Belle Irene) is a NYC based performer and creator who is thrilled to be making her Philadelphia theatre debut with PTC and The Tattooed Lady team! Recent Highlights: Hadestown (OBC, NYTW), Waitress (1st Nat’l tour), Conflict (Mint Theater), Cruel Intentions: The ’90s Musical (Le Poisson Rouge), Futurity (Soho Rep/Ars Nova). Film: Feast of the Epiphany. Podcast: Shipworm, Orbiting Human Circus of the Air, 36 Questions: The Podcast Musical. Massive thanks to the team at Wolf Talent Group & major gratitude to M&P, M&K and the kiddos, fiancé Matt and our fur baby Willow. More info at jessieshelton.com.
Grace Slear (Lady Viola) New York City based artist Grace Slear most recently celebrated their Broadway debut in Jagged Little Pill in which they understudied the role of Jo. Grace’s theatrical credits also include Urleen in Kennedy Center’s Footloose directed by Walter Bobbie, the Stephen Brackett led New York workshop of Reefer Madness, and developmental readings of new musical A Girl and a Boy Dance by Marshall Pailet. As part of performing arts training organization Broadway Dreams, Grace has served as an international Teaching Associate, having been mentored by their many industry leaders including Founder Annette Tanner and Emmy- nominated choreographer Spencer Liff.
Katie Thompson (Nora Hildebrandt) was last seen on Broadway as Aunt Eller in Daniel Fish’s Oklahoma, the world premiere of Renascence by Carmel Dean and Dick Scanlan, and R.R.R.E.D. a Secret Musical, which she composed. Other roles include: Vashti in Giant by Michael John LaChiusa, The Witch in the world premiere of Big Fish by Andrew Lippa, and Doctor Madden/Fine in Marcos Santana’s Next to Normal at The Westport Country Playhouse. In addition to her musical theater discography, Katie’s solo albums have been featured on “So You Think You Can Dance” and can be found on iTunes. Instagram/Twitter handle: @katiethompsonkt