Todd Nielsen returns to ICT where he previously directed The Robber Bridegroom, How the Other Half Loves; Frankie and Johnnie in the Claire de Lune; Ray Cooney's Tom, Dick and Harry; and HONK! Other directing credits: Dames at Sea (Colony Theatre), 1776 (Glendale Centre Theatre), Proposals, No Sex Please, We're British and Squabbles (Norris Theatre); Peter and Wendy (Nine O'Clock Players); White Christmas (San Diego Musical Theatre & Cabrillo Music Theatre); Company, Urinetown, Godspell, Lend Me A Tenor (Chapman University); Phantom (Moonlight Stage Prods, Vista, CA); Ben Franklin in Paris (42nd Street Moon Theatre, San Francisco); A New Brain, Seesaw and Out of This World (Musical Theatre Guild); Plaid Tidings (Oregon Cabaret Theatre) Thoroughly Modern Millie (Welk Resort); Absolutely Dead (world premiere for the International Mystery Writers Festival in Owensboro, KY) and resident director for the national tour of Disney's The Lion King. He has won awards, nominations and Critic's Choice status for several productions including On the Twentieth Century, City of Angels, Rags, The Diviners, Working, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, King of Hearts, The Skin of Our Teeth and The Matchmaker.
Terrence McNally is the recipient of four Tony Awards, an Emmy Award, two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Rockefeller Grant, the Lucille Lortel Award, the Hull-Warriner Award and a citation from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His plays include Love! Valour! Compassion!, winner of the Tony Award for Best Play; The Ritz; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, which was made into a feature film starring Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer; and the books for the musicals Kiss of the Spider Woman, winner of the Tony Award for the Best Book of a Musical, and The Rink. Other successes include Lips Together, Teeth Apart and The Lisbon Traviata. He serves as vice president for the Dramatists Guild, the national organization of playwrights, composers and lyricists.
Set design for Master Class is by JR Bruce; lighting design is by Jeremy Pivnick; costume design is by Kim DeShazo; sound design is by Dave Mickey; hair and wigs are by Anthony Gagliardi; props are by Patty and Gordon Briles; production stage manager is Pat Loeb; and casting is by Michael Donovan Casting.
Master Class runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8 pm and Sundays @ 2 pm, March 22 through April 14. Two preview performances take place on Wednesday, March 20 and Thursday, March 21 @ 8 pm. Tickets are $38 on Thursdays and $45 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, except opening night which is $50 and includes a reception with the actors following the performance. Preview tickets are $29. International City Theatre is located in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center at 300 E. Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach, CA 90802. For reservations and information, call the ICT Box Office at 562-436-4610 or www.InternationalCityTheatre.org.