The Song of Summer

November 1 – November 24, 2019
By Lauren Yee | Directed by Addie Gorlin
Music by Max Vernon and Helen Park

Run Time: Approximately 90 minutes. No intermission.

Content Warning: Adult situations and language. Sexual intimacy.

With catchy tunes and outrageous comedy, Lauren Yee’s THE SONG OF SUMMER – an unrequited romance between a reluctant rock star and his high school BFF – tops the charts.  Named for that inescapable earworm that dominates the summer, THE SONG OF SUMMER is an electrifying romcom about who is behind the song that’s on everyone’s playlist and what happens when the song’s singer runs away from his headlining world tour to return to his hometown.  A play with music, THE SONG OF SUMMER is multi-layered, rich and absorbing, with fascinating, complex, lovable characters who’ll keep you laughing, entertained, and intrigued from the moment the play begins.

World Premiere Produced by Trinity Repertory Company Curt Columbus, Artistic Director; Tom Parrish, Executive Director; Laura Smith, Director of Production, March 18, 2019.

Meet the Creative Team

Lauren Yee

Lauren Yee, Playwright

Lauren Yee (she/her/hers), a 2019 Doris Duke Artist, is a playwright whose perceptive work often explores family stories, history reimagined through different lenses and the lives of people on the margins of or outside of a dominant culture. Her award-winning play “Cambodian Rock Band,” a comedy infused with music by the band Dengue Fever and classic Cambodian oldies, shadows a young woman on her mission to take down a Khmer Rouge war criminal thirty years after her father fled Cambodia. The play premiered at South Coast Repertory and is running at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, followed by runs at La Jolla Playhouse, City Theatre, Merrimack Rep, Portland Center Stage, Jungle Theatre and Signature Theatre in New York City. Her play “The Great Leap,” a sociopolitical sports tale that centers on a fictitious friendship game between China and America in the late 80s, has been produced by The Denver Center Theatre Company, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Atlantic Theater Company, the Guthrie Theater, Arts Club Theatre Company and InterAct Theatre Company, Steppenwolf, Long Wharf, Pasadena Playhouse/East West Players, Asolo Rep/Miami New Drama and Cygnet Theatre.

Yee has received the Whiting Award, the Steinberg/ATCA Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters literature award, the Horton Foote Prize, the Kesselring Prize and the Francesca Primus Prize.  She is a Residency 5 playwright at Signature Theatre, a Princeton University Hodder fellow, a New Dramatists member, a Ma-Yi Writers’ Lab member and a Playwrights Realm alumni playwright. Her work is published by Samuel French, and her plays were in the top two slots of the 2017 Kilroys List. Her current commissions include Geffen Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, Second Stage and South Coast Rep. She currently writes for the TV adaptation of “Pachinko” for Apple and previously wrote for Netflix’s “Soundtrack.”

Addie Gorlin

Addie Gorlin, Director

Addie Gorlin (she/her/hers) is a director, producer, and educator invested in the regional theater movement, new play development, and theater for all-ages. Recent: Strange Heart Beating (Cloudgate Theater- Chicago), Good Person of Szechwan, Eurydice, Twelfth Night, and Streetcar Named Desire (Brown/ Trinity Rep), Next to Normal (Brown University), Charm and According to Coyote (Mixed Blood Theatre), Laramie Project (Children’s Theatre Company’s T.A.T. program), I and You (Phoenix Theater and Children’s Hospital of Minnesota), and Five Tries (Cutting Ball Theatre- San Francisco). Addie has developed work at The Playwrights Center, The Lark, Mixed Blood, Hudson Stage Company, Riverside Theater, Ivoryton Playhouse, and has served as an assistant director at The Public, The Guthrie, Trinity Rep, and A.R.T. among others. She is a recipient of the O’Neill/ NNPN National Directors Fellowship, an NNPN Producer-in-Residence grant at Mixed Blood, and served as the Artistic Management and Directing fellow at Cutting Ball Theater. Addie holds a K-12 English and Drama teaching credential obtained via Teach for America. B.A. Dartmouth College. M.F.A. Brown University/ Trinity Rep. Upcoming: And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank at Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Appropriate by Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins at Warehouse Theater in Greenville, South Carolina, and Lila Rose Kaplan’s TINK at various public libraries.

The Cast

Dustin Bronson as Robbie

MIXED BLOOD: HIR, Pussy Valley; TWIN CITIES: Juno and the Paycock, To Kill A Mockingbird (Guthrie), A Steady Rain (Gremlin), A Midsummer Nights Dream, Of Mice and Men (Park Square); REGIONAL: Hazardous Materials, Pride and Prejudice, Little Shop of Horrors, Barefoot in the Park (Creede Repertory), American Prom (TheatreWorks); AWARDS: Best Actor 2018 and Best Comedic Actor 2015 Lavender Magazine, Henry Award Nominee 2018 for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, YoungArts Winner; EDUCATION: University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theatre, B.F.A. in Acting

Elyse Ahmad as Tina

MIXED BLOOD: Orange; REGIONAL: The Who and the What (Marin Theatre Company), A Christmas Carol, Guys and Dolls (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre), Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno (u/s, The Second City), Christmas Mubarak (Silk Road Rising), East by East, 8 Angry Asians (Second City Blackout Cabaret), Coupled: Your love story, improvised! (Second City Skybox); TV/FILM: Dhoom 3, Shift Focus, Horse Camp, Jimmortal, commercials for Special K and T-Mobile; DANCE: Deeva Dance Troupe; AWARDS: Winner Best Actress in a Pilot, Chicago Comedy Film Festival

Gavin Lawrence as Joe

MIXED BLOOD: Ruined, Salt Fish And Bakes, Pure Confidence, Boy, Bill Of (W)Rights, How To Improve Your Golf Game, Primary English Class, Fires In The Mirror, History Of Bowling, Birth Of The Boom, Colorblind, The Mad Dancers, Flags; TWIN CITIES: Many Colors Make The Thunder King (Guthrie), The Brothers Size, In The Red And Brown Water (Pillsbury House), Two Trains Running, Waiting In Vain (Penumbra); REGIONAL: Pure Confidence (Off-Broadway), Ma Rainey’s Black Botton (Arena Stage), Marie Antoinette (Woolly Mammoth), The Gospel Of Franklin (Steppenwolf), Blood Knot (American Players Theatre); TV/Film: Chicago PD, Joe Somebody, Justice; AWARDS: AUDELCO Award for Outstanding Actor In A Leading Role – Pure Confidence Off-Broadway and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Howard University.

Maggie Pistner as Mrs. C

MIXED BLOOD: Debut; TWIN CITIES: Collected Stories, The Allergist’s Wife (The Minnesota Jewish Theatre), Next Fall (The Jungle), Long Day’s Journey into Night (Theatre in the Round), Other Desert Cities (Artistry); REGIONAL: Macbeth (Pittsburgh Public Theater); TV/Film: Further North (Solstice Film Festival 2008) A Serious Man, The Lucky One (Mpls. St. Paul International Film Festival 2011), Little Words (Mpls/St Paul International Film Festival, 2012), Amelia (2017), Velvet Farewell (2019); EDUCATION: University of Minnesota (BA and Post-Baccalaureate Program for Teaching license), Columbia University, NYC (MA in Blindness and Visual Impairment)

The Designers

An-lin Dauber (Set & Costume Designer) MIXED BLOOD: Debut; TWIN CITIES: The Rocky Horror Show (Park Square Theatre); REGIONAL: Seven Guitars (Yale Repertory Theater), Blood Wedding (The Williams Project), Paul Swan is Dead and Gone (The Civilians), The Good Person of Szechwan (Brown/Trinity Rep), The Seagull (Serenbe Playhouse); EDUCATION: Yale School of Drama, MFA in Design

Scott W. Edwards (Sound Designer) Children’s Theatre Company’s resident sound designer for 8 years and The Guthrie Theater’s resident sound designer for 21 years, designing 140 productions.  He has worked with many theaters in the Twin Cities and around the country including being a founding member of Myron Johnson’s Ballet of the Dolls and the live sound engineer and production manager for Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. Recently his work on Mark Rylance’s and Louis Jenkins’ Nice Fish premiered in London’s West End. Awards: 2018-19 McKnight Theater Artist Fellow.

Sophie Peyton (Assistant Director) MIXED BLOOD: Debut; TWIN CITIES: Fellow Travelers (Minnesota Opera), Understood (Trademark Theater), Jefferson Township Sparkling Junior Talent Pageant, Antigone, Pirates of Penzance (Park Square Theatre), The Highwaymen, Dance ‘Til You Drop (History Theatre), Superman Becomes Lois Lane (History Theatre – upcoming); REGIONAL: The Mousetrap, Baby Doll, A Christmas Carol (McCarter Theatre Center), The Real Thing (Wilma Theater), Missed Connections (Simpatico Theatre), No Such Thing (PlayPenn New Play Development Conference); EDUCATION: Temple University, B.A. in Directing

Mary Shabatura (Lighting Designer) MIXED BLOOD: Prescient Harbingers (Gloria, Hypeman, Hooded), Is God Is; TWIN CITIES: Gloria, A Life (History Theater), Chicago (Theater Latte Da), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Theater Latte Da); DANCE: Public Love (Morgan Thorson), Grey Skies Blue, XI:XI (Shapeshift Dance); OPERA: Fellow Travelers (Minnesota Opera); EDUCATION: B.A. Theater Arts, University of Minnesota

Abbee Warmboe (Props Designer) MIXED BLOOD: Roe, Two Mile Hollow, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Vietgone; TWIN CITIES: Chicago (Theater latte Da), Pipeline (Penumbra Theatre), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Ordway Center), Gloria: A Life (History Theatre), A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Old Log Theater); AWARDS: 2018 MN Theater Awards Honoree for Exceptional Design, 2017 Ivey Award for Production Design for Six Degrees of Separation

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