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                            Rubicon Theatre Company Presents

                         FIDDLER ON
                          THE ROOF
                   Based on Sholem Aleichem stories by special permission of Arnold Perl
                                          Book by Joseph Stein
                                           Music by Jerry Bock
                                        Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
            Original New York Stage Production Directed and Choreographed by Jerome Robbins
                             Produced on the New York Stage by Harold Prince

                              Directed by James O’Neil
                          Musical Direction by Lloyd Cooper
                  Original Choreography Reproduced by Lee Martino
           February 25, 2009 …Ventura, CA … Rubicon Theatre Company continues its “Brave New
           World” Season with FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. The musical begins previews Thursday,
           March 19, open on Saturday, March 21 at 7pm and run through Sunday, April 26, 2009
           at Rubicon Theatre, 1006 E. Main Street in Ventura.


           FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is the Tony Award® winning musical that captured the hearts of
           people all over the world with its universal appeal. The play tells the story of Tevye, a
           Jewish milkman coping with day-to-day "shtetl” life, Jewish traditions and the women in
           his life in pre-Revolutionary Russia.




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Rubicon is the only regional theatre with permission to stage FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
until the year 2011, and is presented through special arrangement with Music Theate
International (MTI). This large-scale musical is the biggest production ever on Rubicon’s
stage. Director James O’Neil directs FIDDLER as a play with music, bringing forward the
timeless nature of the story and its resonance for today’s world. Songs include “Sunrise,
Sunset,” “Matchmaker” and “If I Were a Rich Man.”


The cast features actors from the stages of Canada and New York and includes George Ball,
Eileen Barnett, Robert Barry, Tom Beyer, Heidi Bjorndahl, Chad Borden, Jay Brazeau, Joseph
Fuqua, Helen Geller, Jessica Gordon, Rob Hancock, Leslie Henstock, Amy Hillner, Josh Jenkins,
Jeff Johnston, Larry Lederman, Chad Michael, Lauren Patten, Steve Perren, Betsy Randle, Oskar
Rodriguez, and Jamie Thompson.


The show is presented in association with the Ventura Music Festival, and also features
Artistic Director Nuvi Mehta as The Fiddler.


ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM
JIM O’NEIL (Director) co-founded Rubicon Theatre Company in 1998 with his wife Karyl Lynn Burns. Jim’s
Rubicon directing credits include the World Premiere of The Spin Cycle by David Rambo, Will Rogers America, A
Delicate Balance, The Diary of Anne Frank, Man of La Mancha, The Night of the Iguana, A Streetcar Named
Desire (Indie Award), Driving Miss Daisy (NAACP Award), All My Sons (2004 Ovation Award for Best Production
of a Play), Sylvia, The Glass Menagerie, Jesus Christ Superstar, Love Letters and Romeo and Juliet. Regional
directing credits include The Lion in Winter, The Petrified Forest, Inherit the Wind and area premieres of John
Ford Noonan’s A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking and Rupert Holmes’ Drood! Prior to starting
Rubicon, Jim worked for more than 25 years as a producer, director and actor. He received his BFA from
California Institute of the Arts. While on staff at Landmark Entertainment Group, Jim directed a multi-million
dollar animatronics/special effects show in Japan, supervising all aspects of production and creative direction for
themed attractions in Sanrio’s Harmonyland. As Associate Producer/Artistic Associate for Santa Barbara
Repertory Theatre, Jim helmed a new works program. As an actor, he received rave reviews in the role of
Pontius Pilate in the National Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar starring Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson and Irene Cara.
Other roles include Dr. Prospero in the American regional premiere of Return to the Forbidden Planet at the
American Heartland Theatre in Kansas City, John Adams in 1776, John in Oleanna, John in Lips Together, Teeth
Apart, The Duke/Dr. Carrasco in Man of La Mancha, and Adam in the first reading of Dale Wasserman’s Western
Star. For Rubicon he has appeared in Love Letters, The Rainmaker, The Devil’s Disciple, Dancing at Lughnasa, The


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Turn of the Screw and most recently as Claudius in Hamlet (Indie Award). This season at Rubicon Jim, directs
Fiddler on the Roof. He is the recipient of an “Outstanding Contribution to the Theatre” REP Award and a “Friend
of Education” Award from the California State Board of Education (for Rubicon’s outreach programs).



LLOYD COOPER (Musical Director) has won three Drama-Logue Awards for best musical
direction and received awards for Plan-B Entertainment’s production of Beauty and the Beast.
He was recently the musical director for Happy Days — A Family Musical! written by Garry
Marshall and Paul Williams. Lloyd has worked as composer, arranger and/or conductor in such
television shows as Father Dowling, Matlock and Perry Mason and the films The Prince of Tides,
Godzilla and The Holiday. He worked with Barbra Streisand and Stephen Sondheim in rehearsing
and choosing music for her Back To Broadway album. Lloyd and his wife, Barbara Matteson
Cooper, have a successful night club career and have recorded four albums of original music
which have reached audiences all over the world.


LEE MARTINO (Choreographer) choreographed Rubicon’s Lies and Legends and Side By Side By
Sondheim. She is the resident choreographer for The Reprise Theatre Company under the
Artistic Direction of Jason Alexander. Choreography for Reprise Theatre Company includes Li’l
Abner starring Cathy Rigby, On Your Toes, Damn Yankees, On The Town, Brigadoon, I Love My
Wife and several of the summer events at The John Anson Ford Amphitheatre. Most recent
credits include: directing this year’s Alzheimer’s Benefit, directing and staging American Stars In
Concert starring Kimberly Locke and Diana Degarmo, choreography for the soon to be released
animated feature Alpha Omega, the World Premiere of Silk Stockings at Musical Theatre West,
directing and choreographing What a Pair, a benefit for the John Wayne Cancer Institute
starring some of the biggest female stars of TV, film and theatre, and the Bravo series Step It Up
and Dance. Other credits include: Beehive at the El Portal Theatre; the Full Monty and All Shook
Up for Musical Theatre West; I Do I Do and Side By Side By Sondheim for The Pasadena
Playhouse; Lies and Legend for the Rubicon Theatre, direction and choreography for several
large-scale shows for Harley-Davidson throughout the country; Warner Bros. animated feature
The King and I; Universal Studios’ New York Rascal Show; Disney’s Santa Clause 3 Stage Show at
the El Capitan Theatre; Disney International’s Latin American Stage Tour A Dream Is A Wish; the
Opening Gala for Theatre Under the Stars, TUTS,’ Hobby Performing Arts Center honoring Jerry
Herman; the Opening of Ford Field, the Detroit Lions football stadium, starring Gladys Knight;
the opening of the Spa Resort Casino in Palm Springs starring Ruben Stoddard. Lee’s work has
been seen in many S.T.A.G.E. (Los Angeles’ longest running AIDS benefit), Actor’s Fund, and
Alzheimer’s benefits as well as the CHOC Follies, an annual event for Children’s Hospital of


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Orange County. Lee’s choreography has won her two Los Angeles Drama Critic’s Awards, two
Ovation Awards, Garland awards, and many nominations for these awards. Her On Your Toes
for Reprise won her the 2007 Ovation, LADCC and Garland awards. Upcoming projects include
The Fantastiks for Reprise.




FIDDLER ON THE ROOF features Scenic Design by Thomas Giamario (2008 Ovation Award for Set
Design, Larger Theatre), Lighting Design by Ward Carlisle, Costume Design by Shon Le Blanc,
Sound Design by Jonathan Burke, Prop Design by T. Theresa Scarano, Hair and Make-up Design
by Spanky Reynoso with Production Stage Management by Linda M. Tross.


ABOUT THE CAST
JAY BRAZEAU (Tevye): Some highlights of Brazeau’s career include: singing and dancing in a
dress and fat suit on stage playing Edna Turnblad in the musical Hairspray for Mirvish
Productions in Toronto; and singing and dancing in the production of The Producer’s and as The
Man in the Chair for The Drowsy Chaperone. Brazeau was recently awarded a Jessie Award for
his work in Edward Albee’s The Goat. He will soon be seen on the big screen in the feature film,
“The Watchmen,” based on the graphic novel of the same name. Other credits include work on
the features; Ratko, Far Cry, Blonde and Blonder and Christmas Cottage. Recent Movie of the
Week work includes “The Competition,” “Murder on Spec,” “Just a Girl” and “Presumed Dead”
as well as the mini-series “Masters of Horror.” He appeared in A Guy Thing, starring Jason Lee
and Julia Stiles and also appeared in Steven Spielberg’s mini-series Taken and the feature
film Insomnia starring Al Pacino and Robin Williams.

Brazeau was in three seasons with the CTV hit series “Cold Squad” as the coroner. He was
nominated for a Gemini Award for his work on the series “Stargate SG-1.” He has also received
six Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards, plus a Pittsburgh Press Critic’s Award for Best Actor of the
Year in 1988. Work on stage includes Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman , the hit musical
Urinetown and the 1,000 year-old man in 999, A Saga. He has impressive feature film credits
including Head Over Heels as the lead bad guy opposite Freddie Prinze Jr. and Monica Potter and
Double Jeopardy in which he worked opposite Ashley Judd and Tommy Lee Jones. He played a
studio head in Murder at the Cannes Film Festival. Other leading roles include the critically
acclaimed feature Kissed which was chosen for the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, The Prisoner
of Zelda, the pilot for Dead Man’s Gun, as well as co-starring roles in the features Kitchen Party,
We’re No Angels with Robert DeNiro and Sean Penn, Snow Falling on Cedars with Ethan Hawke
and Scott Hicks (Director of Shine), Middlemen plus the award winning Movie of the Week The


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Diary of Evelyn Lau, the feature Slam Dunk Ernest as well as roles in the features Gold Diggers,
Little Women and Andre.

Numerous television credits include guest starring roles on The West Wing, Reaper, Blood Ties,
Psych, Supernatural, Falcon Beach, Whistler, Stargate Atlantis, Dead Man’s Gun, Young Person’s
Guide To Be A Rockstar, Mysterious Ways, DaVinci’s Inquest, U.C. Undercover, Outer Limits, So
Weird, 7 Days, Millenium, Outer Limits, Poltergeist, The Sentinel, The Adventures of Shirley
Holmes, North of Sixty, Jake and the Kid, My Life as a Dog, The Marshall, The X-Files, The
Odyssey and Lonesome Dove. Jay also voices animated projects such as The Playroom, The Big
Snit and numerous radio dramas and commercials.

He just wrapped a guest starring role in the series Eureka and was recurring in the series
Harper’s Island.



ELLEN BARNETT (Golde) was last seen on the Rubicon stage in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well. Her
recent television credits include guest starring roles on “ER,” “Brothers and Sisters” and “The Ex-
List.” Some other guest starring roles include “Gilmore Girls,” “Strong Medicine,” “ Fraiser” and
“Still Standing.” Eileen also played the very wicked Stephanie Woodruff on “Days Of Our Lives”
and did a stint on “Knots Landing” opposite Michael York.

In addition to Golde, Eileen’s repertoire includes many long-suffering wives and mothers. On
Broadway she starred in Tommy Tune’s Tony Award ®winning musical Nine as Luisa Contini; in
the National tour of Footloose, she was Vi Moore; and most recently she was the mother of a
son who was in a South American prison, in the acclaimed Havok Theatre Company’s
production of Kiss Of The Spider Woman.


Some Los Angeles appearances also include Putting It Together (LA Premiere) at the Colony
Theatre, Radio Gals and LOVE AND SHRIMP at the Pasadena Playhouse, Billy Barnes’ Movie Star,
The Most Happy Fella at Reprise!, Wild Party at The Blank Theatre and The Best Little
Whorehouse In Texas for which she won a Dramalogue Award. Some regional theatre credits
include roles in Man Of La Mancha, Showboat and No, No, Nanette.


As a member of The Musical Theatre Guild, Eileen has appeared in Stephen Sondheim’s Passion
(LA Premiere), Lady In The Dark, Street Scene and A Man Of No Importance as well as producing
several of their concerts.




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AMY HILLNER (Tzeitel) was last seen in Footloose in New York where she played the role of
Rusty. She also understudied and performed the role of Tracy Turnblad on the National Tour of
Hairspray. Other credits include Shelley in Hairspray, Little Red in Into the Woods, Nikki in Sweet
Charity, Judy in A Chorus Line, and Hot Box Girl/Dance Captain in Guys & Dolls. She has danced
throughout the US, Canada, & Europe and has performed in workshops with Richard Adler and
Ann Reinking. Amy has a BA in Theatre Performance from Wagner College as well as several
choreography credits.



CHAD BORDEN (Motel) recently received an L.A. Drama Critics’ Circle nomination for his
performance as Molina in Kiss of the Spider Woman (Havok Theatre Company). Chad’s other
favorite credits include Andy Paris (et. al) in The Laramie Project (Ovation & Garland Awards,
Laguna Playhouse & Colony Theatre), Bobby in A Chorus Line (McCoy-Rigby & AMT of San Jose),
Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz (South Bay CLO & Sacramento Music Circus), Will Parker in
Oklahoma! (Cabrillo Music Theatre), Simon in Only A Kingdom (Pasadena Playhouse), Frank in
Showboat (Musical Theatre West), Frank in Mack & Mabel opposite Jane Krakowski (Reprise),
Larry in Burn This (Elephant Theatre), and Bud Frump in How to Succeed in Business (Ovation
nom., Colony Theatre). His National Tour credits include Mordred in Camelot and The Duke
Ellington Songbook as a featured soloist with Marilyn McCoo. His TV credits include “General
Hospital”, “Bold and the Beautiful”, and “Girls Behaving Badly”. Last year, Chad started the
Havok Theatre Company with Artistic Director Nick DeGruccio. Their first three productions
received critical acclaim, including an Ovation nomination for Best Musical (L.A. Premiere of
Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story), and nominations for the GLAAD Media Award and LADCC
Best Production (L.A. Premiere of Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead).


LESLIE HENSTOCK (Hodel) was recently Amalia in Rubicon’s She Loves Me and this past
summer’s workshop of Daddy Long Legs (as Jerusha Abbott with Rob Hancock as Jervis). In 2007,
she made her Off Broadway debut in Frankenstein and also appears on the Original Cast
Recording. Prior to that she completed the tour of The Light in the Piazza as Clara, receiving
wonderful reviews for her performances. And for almost five years, she toured with Les
Miserables (Cosette). She is currently forming a cabaret repertory company called Anthologies
Untold that will be performing in NYC sometime soon. Other credits include Manhattan Theatre
Club and Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. She is a University of Michigan Musical Theatre graduate.




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JOSH JENKINS (Fyedka) absolutely thrilled to be performing in his first full production at the
Rubicon. He was most recently seen in the reading of Cheri Steinkellner's Hello! My Baby,
playing the part of Junior Tierney. Other recent shows he has done include The World Goes
Round, Omnium Gatherum, and All In The Timing. He is currently a theatre student at Santa
Barbara City College, and is very involved with the theatre group there. He hopes to transfer to a
four year university in the near future to continue his theatre training and education. This is
Josh's first professional show, and he can think of no better place than the Rubicon to make his
debut.




LAUREN PATTON (Chava) is thrilled to be back at the Rubicon after appearing last year as Elma
in “Bus Stop,” (Ovation Award Nomination for Featured Actress) and as Anne in “Diary of Anne
Frank” in 2007. In the past year, Lauren originated the role of Sadie in “Ten Cent Night,” a world
premiere play at Chicago Dramatists, and appeared in the short film “Geography Bee.” Past
credits include “A Christmas Carol” at the Goodman Theatre, and “Training Wisteria” at the
Summer Play Festival of New York City. An independent-study high school junior, Lauren’s most
recent project was taking the SATs.


GEORGE BALL (Lazar Wolf) has appeared on and off Broadway in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well
and Living in Paris. He also had the pleasure of starring in the San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston
and Dutch productions of Jaques Brel. George starred in the pre-Broadway production of the
new musical Cowboy in New York. He played the irascible sheriff Ed Earle Dodd in the Pittsburgh
and San Jose CLO productions of Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and the leading role of Ben
Rumson in the Goodspeed Opera House revival of Paint Your Wagon. His other stage credits
include leads in Brecht, Sacred and Profane at the Mark Taper Forum, Vincent at the Las Palmas
Theatre and Merry-Go-Round at the El Rey Theatre, all in L.A. He originated the role of the
husband Steve in the musical Heartbeats at The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, and starred in
subsequent productions at The Pasadena Playhouse, Sacramento Music Circus and the Morris
Mechanic Theatre in Baltimore. He originated the role of Man One in Lies and Legends: The
Musical Stories of Harry Chapin at the Apollo Theatre in Chicago, and won both the Drama-
Logue and L.A. Drama Critics’ Circle Award for his recreation of that role at The Pasadena
Playhouse and the Canon Theatre in L.A. His stock credits include leading roles in Camelot, Man
of La Mancha, Oliver, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and I Do! I Do! .Television appearances
include “Cheers,” “General Hospital,” “The Young and the Restless,” and most recently as Peter
Lund, the singing President of CBS on “Late Night with David Letterman.” Additional credits


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include Damn Yankees at Sacramento Music Circus and Tony in Most Happy Fella for Reprise! at
UCLA’s Freud Theatre. He co-starred with his wife Amanda McBroom in Gold Coast Plays’
production of Sondheim’s A Little Night Music; played the role of John Hancock in 1776 for
Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera, and starred in the title role of Sweeney Todd for Gold Coast
Plays, which was named one of the ten best theatrical events of the year 2000 by the Los
Angeles Times and for which he received a Robby Award for Best Actor in a Musical. George
returns to Rubicon for a third time, having previously directed the award-winning anniversary
production of Lies and Legends: The Musical Stories of Harry Chapin, and having starred in the
award-winning production of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.


HELLEN GELLER (Yente) makes her Rubicon Theater debut in a role that is near and dear to her
heart. When first cast as Yente, years ago, she was a bit young for the part, but now, years later,
Yente is quite a comfortable fit.


Helen began her career in theater as a “Meglin Kiddee” toddler where she was trained in every
aspect of a performing actor – singing, dancing, pantomime, etc, and grew up appearing on
radio, television, cinema, stage, as well as touring with the USO.


She has participated in National Tours of musicals and plays, including most recently The Tale of
the Allergist’s Wife, the hilarious Ovation Award Musical, Radio Gals, The Sound of Music, to
name a few. You have also seen her in recent sit-coms such as “Scrubs,” “Will & Grace,” dramas,
including “ER,” “The Practice,” etc.


SCHEDULE AND PRICING
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF previews March 19 and March 20, 2009. Opening is Saturday, March 21
at 7PM. Opening Night tickets are $125 and include a pre-show champagne reception, the
opening performance, an after-party with cast and VIP’s hosted by the Jewish Federation of
Ventura County, and a tax-deductible donation to Rubicon.


Regular performances of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF continue through April 26 on Wednesdays at
2:00 p.m. ($49) and 7:00 p.m. ($59), Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. ($59), Fridays at 8:00 p.m. ($64),
Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. ($59) and 8:00 p.m. ($69) and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. ($59). Seniors ages
65+ save $5 per ticket. Student and Equity tickets are available for $30 with ID. There is a $5
discount for tickets purchased for shows March 19 – 28 when purchased by March 14.




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Discounts of up to 30% are available for groups of 12 or more, and group organizers receive one
free ticket. To purchase single tickets or discounted group tickets, call the Rubicon box office at
(805) 667-2900. To purchase tickets online, go to www.rubicontheatre.org.


Special performances include Talk Back Wednesdays: a chance to talk with the director and cast
immediately after the 7pm performance on Wednesdays, March 25 and April 1.


SPONSORS
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is sponsored by Barbara Meister/Barber Automotive Group and Janet
and Mark Goldenson. Co-sponsors are Dottie and Bernie Novatt and Family and Sandra and
Jordan Laby/San Buenaventura Foundation for the Arts. Media sponsors include Time Warner
Cable, Gold Coast Broadcasting, and Ventura County Star.


LOCATION
All performances are at Rubicon Theatre, an intimate former church built in the 1920s. The
theatre is located at 1006 E. Main Street (the corner of Main and Laurel) in Ventura’s Downtown
Cultural District.


FOR TICKETS
Ticket prices $49 to $85. Please call Rubicon Theatre Company’s box office at (805) 667-2900 or
visit www.rubicontheatre.org




PRESS INFORMATION
For interviews with the cast or creators of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF , to receive photos, or to
arrange for press tickets, please contact: David Elzer/DEMAND PR at (818) 508-1754; email:
ElzerD@aol.com .




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