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2021-2022 Season Program: "Red Bike," Fall 2021

UB Theatre and Dance Presents: Red Bike, by Caridad Svich
December 4, 2021 @ 2pm & 7:30pm
December 5, 2021 @ 2pm
Directed by Victoria Pérez

Set Design: I. M. Fortunato
Lighting Design: Nicholas J. Taboni
Projection Design: Katja Rabus
Costume Design: Sophie McGuire
Properties Design: Eve Brunswick
Sound Design: Jacob Clouse
Stage Manager: Eve Brunswick

Thomas Hughes Bellavigna
Alissa Dabrowski
Julia Damatin
Regan Ariel Dolan
Rahim Dunston
Isabella Gomez Barrientos
Fiona Lombardo
Chris Moriatis
Timothy Nuñez
Jessica Snider
Julia Witt

This production includes flashing lighting and gunshot sound effects.

Imagine being 11 years old and your life is not your own. You watch the world spin around you and have no say in how it moves. But, there is one thing you’re allowed to do and that is to want things, to want someTHING. THE RED BIKE. The red bike means having independence, means choosing your journey, means racing downhill on the adventure of your life. But at what cost? When you’re faced with a life-or-death situation, what do you think of? What do you wish for? What are you afraid of? What problems are you trying to solve before the imminent happens? The Red Bike is a journey through a child’s racing thoughts on a bike that’s racing downhill in a slow-motion accident. The child is moving through time and memory. This is everyone’s journey. We all have this shared experience. We think out loud in a stream of consciousness. It’s LIFE. I invite you to go on this ride with us as we experience, remember and ultimately decide to live.

Victoria Pérez is an accomplished theatre artist, director and teaching artist. She is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Raíces Theatre Company, the only theatre company in WNY dedicated to develop, nourish and produce modern and original works dealing with the Latino experience in order to preserve our roots. Victoria is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC majoring in musical Theatre. Shortly after graduating she had the honor of performing in Pregone’s (NYC) acclaimed production of The Red Rose/La Rosa Roja starring Puerto Rico’s own Danny Rivera. She toured with this musical to Puerto Rico and was a part of the cast recording. Recently she was the assistant director of the world premiere of The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao at NYC’s Repertorio Español. Victoria has worked with many WNY theatres including Road Less Traveled, Buffalo United Artists, Second Generation, Theatre of Youth, Ujima, ArtPark, Musicalfare, O’Connell and Company, Kavinoky Theatre and Subversive.

Technical Director: Timothy “TJ” Wildow
Head Electrician & Assistant Lighting Designer: Johnathan Dodds
Assistant Set Designer: Katja Rabus
Assistant Stage Manager: Daniel Warman
Rehearsal Assistant Stage Managers: Ethan Borrok, Tioga Simpson
Movement Captain: Julia Damatin
Light Board Operators: Gianna Militello, Julianna Tracey
Sound Operator: Cassandra Elkin
Projection Operator: Sophia Fino
Left Supervisor: JJ Kassem-Lopez
Decd Electrician: Jen Gorcheck
Fly Crew: Juliana Guiffrida, Julianna Tracey
Deck Crew: Kiara Cieslinski, Alisa Guiffrida
Dresser Supervisor: Tioga Simpson
Dressers: Maya Calvo, Maria Gionis, Julia Murphy

Department Information Technologists: Jacob Clouse, Kaja Rubus
Department Video: Nicholas J. Taboni
Department  Sound  Supervisor: Jacob Clouse
Department Costume Assistants: Sophie McGuire, Annie Pascucci
Department Painter: Katja Rubus
Department Props: Eve Brunswick
Department Head Electrician: Jonnathan Dodds
Department Carpenter: I.M. Fortunato
Department Technical Director & Season Graphics Designer: Timothy “TJ” Wildow
Technicians: Noah Beckwith, Olivier Bijoux, John Brubacker, Aneesah Karam, Julia Murphy, Alia Nunge

Tom Burke, Dyan Burlingame, Judy Curtis, Cindy Darling, Erich Frank, Rick Haug, Lynne Koscielniak, Melinda J. Lamoreux, Catherine F. Norgen, Jon Shimon, Tom Tucker

Technical Director: Dave Jordan
Production Manager: Elizabeth Patrick
Head Electrician: Harry Mandris
Head Electrician: Patty Rihn
Head Carpenter: John Rickus
Audio Video Technician: Josh Piatov
Audio Engineer: Mark Shotwell

Ken Smith

Executive Director: Jamie Enser
Director of Events: Katherine Trapanovski
Facilities Manager: Vince Harzewski
House Manager: Sara Wild
Director of Photography: Paul Calandra
Production Associate: Sean Krueger

Department Chair & Producing Director: Anne Burnidge
Production Manager: Michael A. Formato
Assistant to the Chair: Veronica Sedota
Staff Assistant: Rachel Olszewski
Faculty Liaison: Lindsay Brandon Hunter
Voice and Movement Coach: Kathleen Golde
Production Assistant: Rob Falgiano
Academic Manager: Melissa Berg


We would like to thank alumni Hayden Harter, a member of the B.F.A Theatre Design/Technology class of 2018, and Northstar Bikes for their generous donation of bike items for this production.

The UB Department of Theatre and Dance is a proud member of the UB College of Arts and Sciences.

UB College of Arts and Sciences participants in the production complied with all relevant university, county, state and federal health and safety requirements associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, part of the Rubenstein Arts Access Program, is generously funded by David M. Rubenstein.

Special thanks to The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

Additional support is provided by The Honorable Stuart Bernstein and Wilma E. Bernstein; and the Dr. Gerald and Paula McNichols Foundation.
Kennedy Center education and related artistic programming is made possible through the generosity of the National Committee for the Performing Arts.

This production is entered in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF). The aims of this national theater education program a re to identify and promote quality in college-level theater production. To this end, each production entered is eligible for a response by a regional KCACTF representative, and selected students and faculty are invited to participate in KCACTF programs involving scholarships, internships, grants and awards for actors, directors, dramaturgs, playwrights, designers, stage managers and critics at both the regional and national levels.

Productions entered on the Participating level are eligible for invitation to the KCACTF regional festival and may also be considered for national awards recognizing outstanding achievement in production, design, direction and performance.

Last year more than 1,500 productions were entered in the KCACTF involving more than 200,000 students nationwide. By entering this production, our theater department is sharing in the KCACTF goals to recognize, reward, and celebrate the exemplary work produced in college and university theaters across the nation.


UB Theatre and Dance wishes to acknowledge the generous continued philanthropic support of Fox Run at Orchard Park, and Lake Shore Savings Bank, official 2021-2022 season sponsors, especially in light of the challenges facing Buffalo's vibrant community of performing arts organizations.

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