Bruce Weitz and Christina Pickles
Sound Design & Original Music
Properties Design & Set Dressing
Production Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Assistant Scenic Artist
Assistant Lighting Designer
Assistant Costume Designer
Assistant Sound Designer
Light Board Operator
Sound Board Operator
Jared A. Sayeg
de la Paz
Dale Alan Cooke
Robert T. Kyle
Maureen Lenker, Shaina Rosenthal
Red Colegrove/Grove Scenery
Watson Bradshaw, Karen Forest, Cuyler Perry,
Christopher Rivera, Matthew Tsang
Aaron Batzdorf, Brie Quinn
(in order of speaking)
A home in Westchester County, just outside New York City
Planning is performed without intermission
Running time: Approximately 90 minutes
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT'S FROM THE PLAYWRIGHT
I have a lot of gushing to do:Family Planning
was originally staged in 2012 as a workshop production at Pacific
Resident Theatre. Eternal thanks to the PRT Writer’s Workshop and the
following people who dedicated so much time and talent to the
development of this play: Michael Rothhaar, Sarah Brooke, Tony
Pasqualini, Valerie Dillman, and
Michael Balsley. In addition I would like to thank Marilyn Fox, Norman
Scott, Todd Lanker, Ron Cohen, Tania Getty, Amy Landecker, Ben Weber,
Beverly Saunders, Arye Gross, Larry Pressman, Kelly Younger, Kevin
Salter, Melissa Clark, Bruce Miller, and Mel, who reminded me that the
house was a lifeboat.
Continued thanks to the EST Writer’s Workshop, Shaina Rosenthal, Jenny O’Hara, Ray Xifo, Sarah Malkin, and William Duffy.
the tremendous crew at the Colony Theatre: From Box Office to
Marketing/PR to tech. Thank you for investing so much and for making
everything work so seamlessly.
In regard to the many artists who have conspired to create the physical world of Family Planning:
Just look at that stage! Look at those leaves and the light and that
set! Not to mention the costumes and did you hear that wonderful music?
Is it just me or does anyone else want to live in that house for real?
That is some magic right there. Thank you, thank you, all of you.
Bruce, Dee Ann, and Jack: Your dedication and talent is stunning. I am
so thrilled that each of you agreed to inhabit the characters of Family Planning.
Talk about magic.
Watson is ridiculously talented. We are all so lucky that he shares his
great gifts with the LA theatre community. I am very fortunate to have
him as the captain of this lifeboat.
Barbara Beckley, my everlasting thanks for all you do for LA Theatre and for giving Family Planning
a beautiful home.
there is no way I could do anything without the love and support of my
husband, Max, and my son, Henry. It is much easier to face a blinking,
blank computer page when you know guys like that believe in you.
~ Michelle Kholos Brooks
FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
How many times have you seen this sign at a box office?
EXAMINE YOUR TICKETS CAREFULLY BEFORE LEAVING THE WINDOW.
THERE WILL BE ABSOLUTELY NO
REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES.
What it’s really
saying is “Be sure you don’t get sick, or have a last-minute family
emergency or car trouble on the way to the theatre. Now that
we have your money we
Here’s another one I saw recently in a season brochure:
Play titles and schedule subject
to change without notice.
Subscription sales are NON-REFUNDABLE!
In other words “We don’t have to live up to our commitment to you
because we’ve got your
Am I missing something here? Are theatres doing so well that
they can afford to drive people away like this?
Of course not. These days we’re constantly hearing that
audiences are dwindling and theatres are struggling to
survive. Yet unfriendly warnings at the point of purchase
continue to be standard in our world.
Not so at The Colony. We understand that life isn’t always
predictable. Things happen. And sometimes they
happen on the date and time stamped on your tickets.
This is not a problem.
If something comes up and you can’t make it, give us a call even if it’s only fifteen
minutes before the performance.
book you for another date (if you’re not a subscriber there’s a very
small service fee). If we can’t find a performance that works
in your schedule, we’ll give you credit for a tax-deductible
donation. If none of these options appeal, we’ll give you a
refund. If you subscribe and, partway through the season, something
happens in your life that makes it impossible for you to continue – or
even if you just decide our shows are not for you – we’ll refund the
balance of your subscription, no questions asked.
We want you to come to our shows, and we don’t want you to worry that
you might be disappointed – for whatever reason – when you hand us your
That’s a promise.
Brad Brown Rebecca Forshee, Sunrise to Sunset
Dr. Wayne Liebman Paul Manganiello Wadler Data