REVELATION THEATRE PRESENTS---
ROBERT CUCCIOLI MARGARET COLIN CHAD ALLEN
IN THE NEW YORK PREMIERE OF
WRITTEN BY DAVID WILTSE DIRECTED BY LESLIE L. SMITH
NOVEMBER 12, 2002- DECEMBER 8, 2002
Revelation Theater proudly presented the New York premiere of David Wiltse's TEMPORARY HELP starring Chad Allen, Margaret Colin and Robert Cuccioli. TEMPORARY HELP is the inaugural production of Revelation Theater and is being staged in their temporary home at the Women's Project Theatre (424 West 55th Street/ formerly Theatre Four). Directed by Leslie L. Smith, TEMPORARY HELP began preview performances on Thursday, November 12 and officially opens on Sunday, November 17 at 6:00 p.m. This limited engagement ran through Sunday, December 8, 2002.
A psycho-sexual thriller from the pen of suspense writer David Wiltse, TEMPORARY HELP was inspired by sensational 1990 headlines exposing a Mid-western couple who were found guilty of killing their hired hands in Missouri. TEMPORARY HELP witnesses Faye Streber (Margaret Colin), an insecure rancher's wife, and her abusive husband Karl Streber (Robert Cuccioli) turned upside-down by the arrival of Vincent Castelnuovo-Tedesco (Chad Allen), a handsome drifter with a mysterious past.
TEMPORARY HELP received its world premiere as part of the 1999-2000 season at A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) in Seattle.
TEMPORARY HELP also features William Pruehl as Ron Stucker. TEMPORARY HELP has scenic design by Troy Hourie, costume design by Mattie Ullrich, lighting design by Chris Dallos and sound design by David Arnold.
CHAD ALLEN (Vincent Castelnuovo-Tedesco) is best known to television audiences as Matthew Cooper from the Emmy Award-winning CBS television series "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman." Mr. Allen began his career with featured roles on the television series "My Two Dads," "Our House," and has played recurring roles on "St. Elsewhere," "Total Recall" and "NYPD Blue." On stage, Mr. Allen co-founded Creative Outlet, a non-profit Los Angeles based theater company where he has produced and starred in productions of Biloxi Blues, Of Mice and Men and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) among others. Mr. Allen produced the Los Angeles premiere of Terrence McNally's contemporary morality play Corpus Christi along with stepping into the lead role. Film: What Matters Most; Do You Wanna Know A Secret; If Tomorrow Comes; Terror Vision; Downtown, A Street Tale; Paris. Mr. Allen is proud to be on the Artistic Advisory Board of Revelation Theater.
MARGARET COLIN (Faye Streber) is best known for her co-starring roles in the feature films Independence Day and The Devil's Own. Broadway: Jackie in Jackie (Theatre World Award). Off-Broadway: Aristocrats (MTC, Drama Desk nomination), Psychopathia Sexualis (MTC), Sight Unseen (MTC), Last Moons and Salomé (Actors Studio). Other Films include Unfaithful, Blue Car, True Believer, The Butcher's Wife, The Wedding Dress, Three Men and a Baby, Amos and Andrew, Adventures of Sebastian Cole and Pretty in Pink. Television: "Chicago Hope," "Foley Square," "SIBS" "Wright Verdicts," "Leg Work," "Now and Again" and "Madigan Men." TV Movies: "Swing Vote," "Goodnight Sweet Wife," "Familiar Strangers," "Hit and Run" and "Return of Sherlock Holmes."
ROBERT CUCCIOLI (Karl Streber) Broadway: Jekyll & Hyde (1997 Tony Award Nomination, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards), Javert in Les Miserables (Broadway Debut). Off-Broadway: And The World Goes 'Round (1991 Outer Critics Circle Award); The Rothschilds. Tour: Jekyll & Hyde (Chicago's prestigious Joseph Jefferson Award); Camelot (U.S. and Canada). Regional: Victor, Victoria and Funny Girl (Papermill); Dorian (world premiere); Carninval, Antony and Cleopatra and Enter the Guardsman (NJSF); Guys and Dolls, The Pajama Game and Bells are Ringing (Pittsburgh CLO). Director: Jekyll & Hyde (Westchester Broadway Theater and Pittsburgh CLO). Television: Sci-Fi Channel's Sliders, Baywatch, currently on The Guiding Light. Film: Woody Allen's Celebrity and The Stranger. Mr. Cuccioli is featured on the original cast recordings of Jekyll & Hyde (Atlantic) and And the World Goes Round (RCA Victor).
DAVID WILTSE (Playwright) won a 1972 Drama Desk Award for Most Promising Playwright for his first play Suggs (Lincoln Center). Broadway: Doubles. Other plays include: A Grand Romance; A Dance Lesson; Hatchetman; Crazy Horse and Three Stars. Mr. Wiltse has published 12 novels. Most recently, "The Hangman's Knot," was published in July by St. Martin's Press. Mr. Wiltse's first novel,"The Wedding Guest," was selected as one of the 100 Notable Books of the Year by The New York Times. Time Out London selected Mr. Wiltse's "Prayer for the Dead" as book of the year in 1991. Mr. Wiltse's book "Edge of Sleep" was a main selection by the Literary Guild in 1993. Mr. Wiltse is the recipient of the Edgar Allan Poe award from the Mystery Writers of America.
LESLIE L. SMITH (Director) began his career as a literary intern at The Young Playwrights Festival in 1991. He has since held producing and managing positions at Naked Angels, New York Theater Workshop, Four Corners Productions and The Liminal Stage. Smith has written and developed numerous plays including Somewhere In Between (Carousel Theater Co./ Samuel French One Act semi-finalist); his one-man show Finding My Voice On The F-Train (Naked Angels, NYTW and The Public); The Usual Way and The Same Kind Of Love. Film: David Searching (starring Camryn Manheim) as well as development projects for Paramount Classics and Fineline Features in Los Angeles. Smith created, produced and directed the annual West Coast benefit Cracked Christmas starring Gillian Anderson, Terri Garr, Drew Carey and Olivia Newton-John among countless others for The Trevor Project, a youth suicide crisis hotline, currently in it's fifth year. Other charity events Smith has produced and directed include The GLAMA Awards (Gay and Lesbian American Music Association) for 3 years; AIDS Walk LA and Qwest for the Crown (a drag beauty pageant for AIDS). Most recently Smith created Halloween At The Factory with the participation of the Andy Warhol Foundation and many of The Factory regulars for the NY Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Community Center. For the past year, Smith has been honored to serve for the American Red Cross September 11th Recovery Program, as the first director of Planning and Program Finance. Smith is thrilled to be directing the inaugural production of his newly formed theater company.
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Colin, Cuccioli to Star in Revelation's Temporary Help Off Broadway, Nov. 12 18-OCT-2002
Revelation Theatre, a new nonprofit Off-Broadway outfit, will make a splashy debut Nov. 12, when previews begin for its first production, Temporary Help by David Wiltse.
Starring are a couple Broadway veterans, Robert Cuccioli and Margaret Colin, as well as Chad Allen of "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" fame. The play will be presented at Theatre Four. Artistic director Leslie L. Smith directs the run, which opens Nov. 17 and runs through Jan. 12, 2003. Cuccioli is still best remembered for his performance in the title roles of the musical Jekyll & Hyde. Colin's most famous Broadway part was also an eponymous characterthe former First Lady in Gip Hoppe's satire Jackie.
In Help, Cuccioli plays Karl Steber, the abusive rancher spouse of Colin's Faye. Allen is Vincent Castelnuovo-Tedesco, an example of that classic thriller archetype: "a handsome drifter with a mysterious past." The piece is described as a psycho-sexual thriller. Temporary Help was seen at Westport Country Playhouse last summer. Gordon