Apple Cove

January 29-March 6, 2011

By Lynn Rosen
Directed by Giovanna Sardelli

When newlyweds Edie and Alan King move into the gated community of Apple Cove, they trust they have found a safe haven from the chaotic world outside. But when lush and forbidden roses start popping up in their garden, they quickly learn that nothing, not even electric gates, can keep nature out. Especially one’s own nature.

“The sun-splashed cast–including Smallville’s Allison Mack… and maestro of beta-male awkwardness Erin Gann…–makes Rosen’s zippy, pointy dialogue sing.” –  New York Magazine

“A sweetly cracked parable—Rosen has a real gift for cockeyed humor.” – Time Out New York

“Whether you think the creation of mankind was divine or amoebic, Rosen’s absurdist vision of a world gone security-mad in a vain effort to regulate human nature – and Mother Nature – is an hour and a half of witty fun.” – Associated Press

Decidedly worth every off-Broadway dollar spent. The acting is superb. The storytelling is timely. It is the kind of theater that leaves you talking about it.” – WCBS Radio

Lynn Rosen

LYNN ROSEN (Playwright) Productions include: Apple Cove, (Women’s Project, 2010-2011 season, directed by Giovanna Sardelli; Todd Mountain Theater Project, NY); Washed Up On The Potomac (“Working It Out,” Centerstage, Baltimore; The Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathon, NYC); Back From The Front (The Working Theater, NYC; The NY International Fringe Festival; The Fire Dept “At War: American Playwrights Respond to Iraq”); Ideal Home (New Georges, NYC); Nighthawks (The Studio Theatre, D.C.; Willow Cabin Theatre Company, NYC; published by Samuel French); NEXT! (multiple productions in Germany). Her newest full-length plays Puddy Tat and Washed Up On The Potomac have been developed with many theatres, including: The Lark Play Development Center (Writing Fellow 2003-4), The New Harmony Project, New Georges, Centerstage (FirstLook), and The New Group. She was commissioned in 2003 and 2010 by The EST/Sloan Foundation for Progress In Flying, also workshopped at Geva Theatre and The Working Theater, and she is currently working on a commission for New Georges called Goldor & Mythyka: A Hero Is Born. A member of the Women’s Project Lab (2008-2010), EST, The Dramatists Guild, and The Fire Dept, as well as a New Georges and Lark Affiliated Artist, Lynn was named one of “50 To Watch” by The Dramatist magazine. She is originally from Gary, Indiana.

Giovanna Sardelli

(Director) Giovanna Sardelli has collaborated with Lynn Rosen on her fringe production of Back From The Front and the Barebones workshop of Apple Cove at the Lark Play Development Center and the Todd Mountain Theatre Project production.  Other select credits: West Coast Premiere of The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez (Old Globe), World Premieres of Christopher Wall’s Dreams of The Washer King (Playwrights Realm), Lila Rose Kaplan’s Wildflower, Rajiv Joseph’s plays Animals Out of Paper (Joe A. Callaway Award for Outstanding Director, Lucille Lortel Nomination Outstanding Play), All This Intimacy (all for Second Stage), The Leopard and The Fox (Alter Ego), Huck & Holden (Cherry Lane); Absalom by Zoe Kazan (Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival), Padraic Lillis’ Two Thirds Home (Broken Watch), and Adriana Sevan’s Taking Flight (The Goodman, CTG, San Diego Rep and Sundance Institute Theatre Lab).  Giovanna has developed new plays with The Lark Play Development Center (where she serves on the Artistic Cabinet), EST (where she is also a member), Sundance Institute Theatre Lab, TheatreWorks and The Playwrights’ Center among others.  She spent two seasons as Director of the Shakespeare Sedona Institute and two seasons as the Artistic Director of Studio Tisch. Giovanna received her MFA in Acting from the Graduate Acting Program at NYU and is a graduate of their Director’s Lab.  At NYU she has directed shows and presentations for the Graduate Acting Program, The Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, the Stella Adler Conservatory, and the Dramatic Writing Program. Giovanna is on the faculty of the Graduate Acting Program and the Department of Dance at NYU. Upcoming: The North Pool by Rajiv Joseph (TheatreWorks).

Paul Carlin

(Gary Hall) — NY Stage: Long Day’s Journey into Night at Irish Repertory Theatre (Jamie), director Charlotte Moore; After the Ball, Irish Rep (Lord Windermere), director Tony Walton; Woyzeck, Ensemble Studio Theatre (Woyzeck); Bella, Lincoln Center (Jacob); The Milk of Paradise, The Women’s Project (Billy), dir. Joan Vail Thorne; Twelfth Night, Phoenix Theatre Co. (Orsino), dir. John Barton, RSC; Paint Your Wagon, Musicals Tonight (Ben Rumson); Salvation, Hudson Stage (Jack). Regional Stage: The Boyfriend, Goodspeed Opera House (Percy Browne), dir. Julie Andrews; Where’s Charley? Goodspeed (Sir Francis), dir. Tony Walton; Shenandoah, W.V. Public Theatre (Charlie Anderson); On the 20th Century, Goodspeed, (Max Jacobs); Brigadoon, Goodspeed (MacLaren); 1776, Goodspeed (Chase; Hamlet, N.J. Shakespeare Festival (Laertes); Song of Singapore, Piper’s Alley, Chi. (Hans); A Christmas Carol, Indiana Repertory Theatre (3 seasons: Scrooge, Marley, Scrooge); The Herbal Bed, Indiana Rep (Goche). TV: 30 Rock; Ryan’s Hope 1980-82; One Life to Live; All My Children; Law & Order.

Erin Gann

(Alan King) Off-Broadway: The Aliens (Dir: Sam Gold; Rattlestick Theater Company), The Cherry Orchard (Dir: Scott Zigler; Atlantic Theater Company), Back From the Front (Dir: Giovanna Sardelli; NYC Fringe Festival), Apple Cove (Dir: Giovanna Sardelli; The LARK).  Regional: First Day (Dir: Sturgis Warner; The Kitchen Theater), The Persians (Dir: Ethan McSweeney; Shakespeare Theatre Co.), Romeo and Juliet (Rachel Kavanaugh; DC Shakespeare Theatre). FilmThe Hurt Locker (Dir: Kathryn Bigelow; Summit Entertainment).  TV:Law & Order (NBC). Training: Juilliard School of Drama

Allison Mack

(Edie King)
Finishing her role on Season 10 of The CW series Smallville, Allison Mack stars as “Chloe,” The Daily Planet’s eager journalist and longtime friend/confidante to Clark Kent.  She has also directed two episodes of the series.  Since beginning her career at age 4 in a commercial for German Chocolate, Mack has consistently worked in television and film.  She garnered much attention for her portrayal of a teenager who abuses and inflicts wounds to her wrist on 7th Heaven.  In the fall of 2000, she starred in The WB’s The Nightmare Room and The Opposite Sex and had a recurring role in Evening Shade. Mack also starred in Showtime’s critically-acclaimed feature My Horrible Year which was Eric Stoltz’s directorial debut.  Mack also starred in the Disney features Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves, Camp Nowhere and voiced the character of “Tiffany Nickle” in Warner Brothers hit animated feature The Ant Bully. She made her NY theatre debut last year with The Westside Theatre production of Loss, Loss and What I Wore.

Dion Mucciacito

(Duke) Theatre credits include: The House of the Spirits, The Denver Center; The Sins of Sor Juana, The Goodman; Age of Iron, Classic Stage Company; Finn, Mabou Mines; Boleros for the Disenchanted, American Conservatory Theatre; The Vigil or the Guided Cradle, Impetuous Theatre Group. Film and TV Credits include NBC’s Law and Order. He also directed an experimental short film called No Se which was screened at the New York International Independent Film and Video festival. He studied film at University of California Santa Barbara and graduated from The Juilliard School’s Drama Division.

Kathy Searle

(Mary Hall) Off-Broadway: Perfect HarmonyMy First Time; The Awesome 80s Prom; Carrie; I Can Cry (NY Fringe Festival). TV: The upcoming ABC series Body of Proof; Law & Order; Gossip Girl; Lipstick Jungle; New Amsterdam; L & O: Criminal Intent; Hope & Faith; MTV’s Damage Control; As The World Turns; All My Children. Film: Meskada; The Good Guy; 3 Backyards; Confessions of a Shopaholic; Baby Mama; Being Michael Madsen; The Last International Playboy; peoples. Kathy can be seen and heard in numerous commercials and voiceovers, including the animated series Starveillance on E! Entertainment.  Many thanks to the cast and crew! Lots of love to my amazing family!!

Alaine Alldaffer

(Casting Director) Alaine Alldaffer is the Casting Director for Playwrights Horizons and The Huntington Theater in Boston. Theater credits include Deadman’s Cellphone with Mary Louis Parker (PWH), Grey Gardens (PWH and Broadway), Walmartopia the musical, Knights of Prosperity (ABC), ED (NBC). Currently in the works is This with Parker Posey at Playwrights Horizons.   She credits Lisa Donadio as co-casting director for Apple Cove .

Scott Bradley

(Scenery) – Recent designs: Incident At Vichy (The Beckett Theater), Eurydice (Second Stage), All My Sons and Prelude To A Kiss (both at The Huntington Theater), She Loves Me (Oregon Shakespeare Theater), The Glass Menagerie (with Rita Moreno at Berkeley Rep), The Bluest Eye (Hartford Stage). Selected designs: August Wilson’s Seven Guitars and Joe Turner’s Come And Gone (Broadway), The Notebooks of Leonardo DaVinci (Second Stage), Silk, and Journey To The West (the Goodman) written and directed by Mary Zimmerman.

Amy Clark

(Costumes) – Dramatis Personae, Cherry Lane; Dreams of the Washer, Cherry Lane; Taming of the Shrew, Hudson Valley Shakes; Love Song, Hudson Stage; Marrying Meg, The Theatre at St. Clements; Animals Out of Paper, Second Stage; All this Intimacy, Second Stage; Jayson with a Y, Lion, Theatre Row; Baby by Tere O’Conner, DTW; In Case You Forget, New York Stage and Film; Dangerous Beauty, New York Stage and Film; Choke by Tere O’Conner; Cinderella, a new musical, Lyric Stage. Amy is a member of United Scenic Artists local 829 and has an MFA from NYU Tisch School for the Arts.

Japhy Weideman

(Lights) – Recent designs: Tigers Be Still (Roundabout). Other New York: Public-NYSF, Lincoln Center, Labyrinth, Ma-Yi, Soho Rep, City Center, and Juilliard Opera Center. Regional: ACT, Berkeley Rep, Houston Grand Opera, Huntington, Kansas City Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, Shakespeare Theatre, Santa Fe Opera, and Westport. International: West End, RSC-Stratford, Nederlandse Opera, Edinburgh International Festival, Epidaurus-Greece, LaScala, and Opéra de Lyon. Awards/Nominations: Drama Desks, Lortel, Hewes, Craig Noel Award, Bay Area Critics Award.


Bart Fasbender

(Sound) – Broadway: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Huck and Holden (Cherry Lane), All This Intimacy and Animals Out of Paper (Second Stage) dir. Giovanna Sardelli. Other NY: Playwrights Horizons, The Public, Primary Stages, The Atlantic, MTC, New Group, LAByrinth, The Play Company, P73, Les Freres, Juilliard, Fordham, SPF, NYMF, Clubbed Thumb, Rattlestick. Regional: Williamstown, Barrington Stage, NY Stage & Film, Philadelphia Stage, Yerba Buena PAC, Berkshire Theater Festival. underground International Tour, Screwtape Letters National Tour, Rash at Edinburgh Fringe.

Nicole Watson

(Assistant Director) Nicole Watson is a member of the WP Lab 2010-2012. She has a BA in history from Yale and an MA in interdisciplinary studies from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Credits include a workshop of Oyamo’s new musical White Hot Black Spice (New Dramatists, NYC)Deconstruction by Anne Phelan(Open Source Gallery, Brooklyn) Reverb by Radha Blank (The Fire This Time Festival) Traffic Jam,(Secret Theatre, NYC), One Minute-Play Festival (Here Arts Center, NYC), Derek Walcott’s Ti-Jean and His Brothers (NYU-Tisch School of the Arts, NYC),Foreclosure (NYTE at the Access Theatre, NYC), David Hilder’s Just Exactly Like(The Flea, NYC),  Daniel McCoy’s Eli and Cheryl Jump (2009 Fringe Festival, NYC), Words, Words, Words and Time Flies, (Chelsea Rep Lab, NYC) The Snow Queen (Urban Stages on Tour, NYC), and The Fantastiks (The Cathedral School, NYC).

Elizabeth R. English

(Associate Producer) Elizabeth R. English is a member of the 2010-2012 WP Lab. Before coming to New York, Elizabeth has produced theater in Los Angeles, Chicago, and at the Edinburgh Fringe.  Recently she co-produced with award-winning LA based Rogue Artists Ensemble their workshop production ofHYPERBOLE: origins at the inaugural Hollywood Fringe Festival.   Her developmental production ofThe Exile of Petie DeLarge by Jennifer Barclay has been presented at Son of Semele Theater and REDCAT in downtown Los Angeles.  She worked with Big Dance Theater during their residency at the Getty Villa, and produced Silver Years of Dust, three shorter dance theater pieces by members of that company at Highways Performance Space.  In 2009 she produced Erik Ehn and Katie Shook’s object theater and multimedia adaptation of “Godzilla”, One Eye Gone, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  She produced the Chicago premiere of John Patrick Shanley’s The Big Funk, nominated for two Joseph Jefferson Awards, and the Los Angeles premiere of Thomas Bradshaw’s Strom Thurmond Is Not A Racist for Blank-the-Dog.  Elizabeth founded her own production company, A Collection of Shiny Objects, to explore alternative models for the development of theatrical and multidisciplinary live performance.  She has a BS in Theatre from Northwestern University and an MFA in Producing from the California Institute of the Arts.

  • Apple Cove Interview with director Giovanna Sardelli and playwright Lynn Rosen

  • Apple Cove Interview with cast members Allison Mack and Erin Gann

  • Apple Cove Interview with cast members Dion Mucciacito, Kathy Searle, and Paul Carlin

  • Apple Cove Interview with props master Zach Roland

  • Backstage with Apple Cove Security: Dion Mucciacito

  • Allison Mack in APPLE COVE

  • Allison Mack and Dion Mucciacito in APPLE COVE

  • Erin Gann and Allison Mack in APPLE COVE

  • Paul Carlin and Kathy Searle in APPLE COVE

  • Allison Mack and Dion Mucciato in APPLE COVE