Read more about Lauren Gunderson and Nathan Wolfe's story in the feature by The New York Times: "A Playwright's New Subject: Her Husband, The Pandemic Expert"Read
Learn about the play creation process for The Catastrophist in this interview with playwright Lauren Gunderson and her husband, Nathan Wolfe.
"As not just the husband of a playwright but the subject of her latest work, virologist Nathan Wolfe knows that when it comes to onstage depictions of real people, the writer gets the last word."Read
William is an actor, writer, director, theatre educator, and dialect coach making his MTC and Round House debuts. Off-Broadway credits include The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World AKA the Negro Book of the Dead at Signature Theatre Company; Liz Swados’ Violence Project at LaMaMa ETC.; and Mom, How Did You Meet the Beatles? at The Public Theatre. International credits include Hamlet at the Bridge Lane Theater (London) and October in the Chair & Other Fragile Things at the Amsterdam International Fringe Festival. Regional credits include Will in Shakespeare in Love (U.S. premiere), Fenton in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Sholem Asch in Indecent at Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Orsino in Twelfth Night at Yale Rep; We, The Invisibles at the Humana Festival of New American Plays, Actors Theatre of Louisville; writer and co-creator of the one-man show Origin Story (winner, New York Innovative Theatre Award, Best Solo Performance); Sense and Sensibility at Dallas Theatre Center; and The Slam Jam at the Upright Citizens’ Brigade Theatre. Film credits include The Normal Heart; The Lennon Report; The Surrogate; What’s Up, Lovely?; and Bad Luck Dandelion. Television credits include The Flight Attendant (HBOMax), NCIS: New Orleans, Person of Interest, Law & Order: SVU, One Life to Live, The Outs (Vimeo), and Guiding Light. Additional credits include the audiobooks Underground Airlines (AUDIE nomination, Earphones award winner), The Mortifications, Snapshot, The Wild Ones trilogy, The Resisters, and the Isaiah Coleridge series; and Featured Narrator for The New Yorker and The New York Times on the AUDM app (streaming service for narrated long-form journalism). William has a BFA from Marymount Manhattan and an MFA from Yale School of Drama. williamdemeritt.com, @demeritt. Special thanks to my wife Cassandra for making this pandemic quarantine time thrive-able and not just survivable. And to Nathan and Lauren for trusting me with their story.
Lauren has been one of the most produced playwrights in America since 2015, topping the list twice including in 2019-2020. She is a two-time winner of the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award for I and You and The Book of Will, the winner of the Lanford Wilson Award and the Otis Guernsey New Voices Award, a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and John Gassner Award for Playwriting, and a recipient of the Mellon Foundation’s Residency with Marin Theatre Company. She studied Southern Literature and Drama at Emory University and Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School, where she was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. She co-authored the Miss Bennet plays with Margot Melcon, and her play The Half-Life of Marie Curie is available on Audible.com. Her work is published at Playscripts (I and You; Exit, Pursued By A Bear; The Taming; and Toil and Trouble), Dramatists Play Service (The Revolutionists; The Book of Will; Silent Sky; Bauer; Natural Shocks; The Wickhams; and Miss Bennet), and Samuel French (Emilie). Her picture book Dr. Wonderful: Blast Off to the Moon is available on Amazon. She is currently developing musicals with Ari Afsar; Dave Stewart and Joss Stone; and Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk. LaurenGunderson.com. This is for Nathan, Charles and Asa, Carol Wittenberg and Julie Hirsch.
Wolfe is the Founder and Chair of Metabiota, which provides a unique data analytics platform for epidemic risk. Wolfe received his doctorate in Immunology and Infectious Diseases from Harvard in 1998. He has been honored with a Fulbright fellowship and the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award. He is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a National Geographic Emerging Explorer. Wolfe has published over 100 scientific publications, and his work has been published in or covered by Nature, Science, The New York Times, The Economist, NPR, The New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, and Forbes, among others. Wolfe has two prominent TEDTalks that have garnered close to two million views. His critically acclaimed book, The Viral Storm, has been published in six languages and was shortlisted in 2012 for the Royal Society’s Winton Prize. In 2011, he was named as one of the hundred most influential people in the world by Time magazine; Rolling Stone named him one of the “100 Agents of Change” in 2009; and Popular Science recognized him as one of their “Brilliant 10” in 2006.
Jasson is in his 15th season as artistic director of Marin Theatre Company, where he has directed Mother of the Maid, Sovereignty, Oslo, Shakespeare in Love, Thomas and Sally, Guards at the Taj, August: Osage County, The Invisible Hand, Anne Boleyn, The Convert, The Whale, Failure: A Love Story, the world premiere of Lasso of Truth, The Whipping Man (San Francisco Bay Area Critics Circle Awards for Best Production and Best Acting Ensemble), Waiting for Godot, Othello: the Moor of Venice, The Glass Menagerie, Edward Albee’s Tiny Alice, the world premiere of Libby Appel’s adaptation of Chekhov’s Seagull, Happy Now?, Equivocation (SFBATCC Award, Best Director), the world premiere of Sunlight, Lydia, The Seafarer, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, A Streetcar Named Desire, said Saïd, Love Song, and The Subject Tonight is Love. As artistic director of Actor’s Express Theatre Company, he directed The Pillowman; Bug; The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer; Echoes of Another Man; Killer Joe; Burn This; The Goat or, Who is Sylvia?; Blue/Orange; and Bel Canto. As producing artistic director of Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival, he directed Jesus Hopped the ’A’ Train, Chagrin Falls (2002 Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Best Production), and numerous others, including 19 productions of Shakespeare. Regional credits include The Whipping Man at Virginia Stage Company, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Hamlet at Georgia Shakespeare, Copenhagen at Playhouse on the Square (2003 Ostrander Theatre Award for Best Dramatic Production), and Bedroom Farce at Wayside.
Peter is an Emmy award-winning filmmaker based in the SF Bay Area. His work has been distributed nationally on KQED, NPR, Upworthy, PBS, and at film festivals across the country. He is thrilled to be part of helping the MTC and RHT team get this important new work out into the world.
Martine is an Associate Professor at SUNY New Paltz, the Fellowship Associate at The Playwrights’ Center, Past President of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, and a freelance dramaturg. Her dramaturgical credits include He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box and Ohio State Murders at Round House Theatre; The Greatest with the Louisville Orchestra; Four Women Talking About The Man Under The Sheet, and Silent Dancer at Salt Lake Acting Company; Fences and One Man, Two Guvnors at Pioneer Theatre Company; Clearing Bombs and Nothing Personal at Plan-B Theatre; the Classical Theatre Company’s productions of Uncle Vanya, Antigone, Candida, Ghosts, Tartuffe, and Shylock, The Jew of Venice; Sweat at the Goodman; productions of King Hedley II, Radio Golf, Five Guys Named Moe, Blues for An Alabama Sky, Gem of the Ocean, Waiting for Godot, Iphigenia at Aulis, Seven Guitars, The Mountaintop, Home, and Porgy and Bess at the Court Theatre; The Clean House at CATCO; Hairspray, The Book of Will, Shakespeare in Love, UniSon, Hannah and the Dread Gazebo, Comedy of Errors, To Kill A Mockingbird, The African Company Presents Richard III, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; and Fences at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; 10 Perfect and The Curious Walk of the Salamander as part of the 2006 and 2007 Madison Repertory Theatre’s New Play Festival; and A Thousand Words as part of the 2008 WI Wrights New Play Festival. martinekeigreenrogers.com
Wen-Ling is happy to be back with MTC and work with Round House for the first time. Her previous credits with MTC include I and You, The Who & The What, The Wickhams Christmas at Pemberley. Selected credits include 44th Humana Festival (Are You There?, Nicole Clark is Having A Baby and Flex) with Actors Theatre of Louisville; Gloria and Vietgone at A.C.T; White Pearl with Studio Theater; House of Joy and Quixote Nuevo with Cal Shakes; The Chinese Lady, Oedipus El Rey, The Resting Place, and Reel to Reel with Magic Theater; Dance Nation, Significant Other, King of the Yees, and Barbecue with San Francisco Playhouse; Native Garden with Center Repertory Theater; The Importance of Being Earnest with Aurora Theater Company, The Boy Who Danced on Air with Abingdon Theater Company; Chill with Merrimack Repertory Theater; Milk Like Sugar with Huntington Theatre Company; Sense and Sensibility with Dallas Theater Center; Precious Little, Marjorie Prime, and Grounded with Nora Theater Company; Appropriate with SpeakEasy Stage Company, Luna Gale with Stoneham Theater; and A Nice Indian Boy with East West Players. Her selected international credits include Scarlet Stone at Tirgan Festival in Toronto; BodyParts/In Spite of It at TANZINOLTENF Festival in Switzerland; Riz Flambe and Riz Souffle at Avignon Off-Festival in France; and Toi at Taipei Fringe Festival in Taiwan. She earned her MFA from University of California, San Diego and BA from National Taiwan University. wenlingliao.com
Chris is a pianist and composer. He records and produces as Implied Music. He has composed music and/or designed sound for over 30 productions at Marin Theatre Company, including Oslo; The Legend of Georgia McBride; Guards at the Taj; The Invisible Hand; The Oldest Boy; The Convert; The Whale; Failure: A Love Story; August Wilson’s Fences; Jacob Marley’s A Christmas Carol; The Whipping Man; Waiting for Godot; It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play; Topdog/Underdog; Othello, the Moor of Venice; The Glass Menagerie; the world premiere of Bellwether; Seven Guitars; and In the Red and Brown Water. Locally, his designs and compositions have been featured at American Conservatory Theater, Aurora Theatre Company, SF Playhouse, Center REP, Magic Theatre, and the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. impliedmusic.com
Sarah is a Costume Designer and Technician local to the Bay Area. She was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, and made her way to San Francisco after graduating from the University of Puget Sounds with a BA in Theatrical Arts and Classical Studies. She has worked as a costume designer and builder in the area for the last five years. Sarah has designed throughout the Bay Area including Mother of the Maid at Marin Theatre Company; Pool of Unknown Wonders: Undertow of the Soul at Ubuntu Theatre; Black Eagles at African American Shakespeare Company; and Big Love and The Inspector General at The Nueva School. She has also worked on costumes for A.C.T, Berkeley Rep, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Menlowe Ballet, Dawson Dance, Lines Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and Colorado Shakespeare Festival. She is currently pursuing an Associates Degree in Fashion Construction and Design from Apparel Arts in Oakland.
Hogan is excited to work with Round House for the first time, and to return to Marin Theatre Company as Assistant Director. Previously she has worked as a Stage Manager at MTC on Mother of the Maid, Skeleton Crew and The Wolves. Other Stage Management credits include Gloria, Top Girls, Edward Albee’s Seascape, and Men on Boats American Conservatory Theatre; In Old Age, The Baltimore Waltz, runboyrun, And I and Silence, and Any Given Day at Magic Theatre; Ripped and Selkie at Z Space; It Can’t Happen Here at Berkeley Repertory Theatre; and A Raisin in the Sun at California Shakespeare Theater. Hogan has a BA in theater arts from Saint Mary’s College of California.
Nakissa, MTC’s new Associate Artistic Director, is an Iranian American dramaturg, producer, and French translator specializing in new plays and musicals for over 25 years. She is Regional VP Metro Bay Area for Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA), a Resident Artist of Golden Thread Productions, and a member of the Anti-Racism Task Force of LMDA. Recent credits include Yussef El Guindi’s Hotter Than Egypt (2020 Colorado New Play Summit), Heather Raffo’s Noura (Marin Theatre Company/Golden Thread), Marcus Gardley’s Play on! commission of King Lear (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), and world premiere productions with Gardley, Lauren Yee, Marisela Treviño Orta, Margo Hall, and Torange Yeghiazarian. She is a frequent collaborator on Golden Thread’s ReOrient Festivals of Short Plays and Bay Area Playwrights Festivals, including plays by Betty Shamieh, Naomi Wallace, Niku Sharei, Katori Hall, Garret Groenveld, Dustin Chinn, and Terence Anthony. Early highlights include the East Coast Premiere of Resurrection Blues by Arthur Miller (The Wilma), Every Good Boy Deserves Favor by Tom Stoppard & André Previn (The Wilma/The Philadelphia Orchestra), Culture Clash in Bordertown (San Diego Rep), and Festival Director for the 5th Annual New America Playwrights Fest – featuring new plays by Lynn Nottage, Naomi Iizuka and Polly Pen (San Jose Rep). Former dramaturg and literary manager of The Wilma Theater, San Jose Rep, and San Diego Repertory Theatre, and recipient of the 2015 Elliott Hayes Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dramaturgy for The Lark’s four-city premieres of Marcus Gardley’s the road weeps, the well runs dry. M.F.A. in Dramaturgy, UC San Diego.
Dr. Fugaro is an internist in San Francisco, where he has practiced for 35 years. He resides in Mill Valley with his wife Jill. He has been a member of the Sausalito Presbyterian Church for 25 years and is the Congregation President. Dr. Fugaro graduated from Stanford in 1977 and received his MD from Yale in 1981. He has held various faculty positions at UCSF. Dr. Fugaro is the former President of the San Francisco Medical Society. He is also the Chairman of the Board of the SF Health Plan, which oversees the MediCal program in SF.
Liz is delighted to return to Marin Theatre Company, where she has previously worked as a Stage Manager (LOVE, Noura, August Wilson’s How I Learned What I Learned, and The Who & The What). Locally, Liz has also worked with Magic Theatre, The Cutting Ball Theater, A.C.T. Conservatory, and PlayGround. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association.”
Ms. Deja began serving as MTC’s Interim Managing Director in November 2019 through the firm Arts Consulting Group (ACG) and is thrilled to be a part of such an esteemed organization and vibrant community. Ms. Deja has more than 20 years of experience in cultural organization leadership, programming, strategic planning, human resources, facility management, and marketing. She is passionate about building and aligning strong teams and has a track record of artistic innovation, business acumen, and administrative excellence. Developing diverse programs, increasing earned and contributed revenue, and fostering collaborative relationships with board, staff, and communities are at the center of Ms. Deja’s achievements. Ms. Deja joined ACG as a Vice President in 2015 as an integral part of the firm’s Leadership Transition team and in 2018 became ACG’s Practice Leader for Interim Management. She has delivered effective management and interim consulting services for clients such as Bravo! Vail, Long Wharf Theatre, The National Theatre, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, New York City Opera, Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Her deep belief in the value of interim management and her high-level client service skills have led to success in providing arts and culture organizations with impactful leaders. Prior to joining ACG, Ms. Deja spent 12 years at Chicago’s legendary comedy theater The Second City, most recently as Managing Producer, and has held various management roles in regional theatres across the country.
Marin Theatre Company is the Bay Area’s premier mid-sized theatre and the leading professional theatre in the North Bay, producing a six-show season focused on new American plays. MTC is committed to the development and production of new plays, with a comprehensive New Play Program that includes productions of world premieres, readings, and workshops by the nation’s best emerging and established playwrights. MTC’s numerous education programs serve more than 4,500 students from over 40 Bay Area schools each year. MTC strives to create intimate, powerful and emotional experiences that engage audiences to discuss new ideas and adopt a broader point of view. Marin Theatre Company believe in taking risks and inspiring people to participate in live theatre, regardless of personal means. MTC celebrates the intellectual curiosity of our community and believes that theatre is an important tool to help build empathy. MTC was founded in 1966 and is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Round House Theatre is one of the leading professional theatres in the Washington, DC, area, producing a season of new plays, modern classics, and musicals for more than 55,000 patrons each year at our 352-seat theatre in Bethesda. Round House has been nominated for more than 197 Helen Hayes Awards and has won more than 37, including four “Outstanding Resident Play” Awards, the “Outstanding Resident Musical Award,” and the Charles MacArthur Award for Original New Play in 2016. Round House’s lifelong learning and education programs serve more than 5,000 students each year at its Education Center in Silver Spring and in schools throughout Montgomery County. Cornerstone programs include Free Play, which provides free tickets to teens and college students; the year-round Teen Performance Company, which culminates in the student-produced Sarah Metzger Memorial Play; Summer Camp for students in grades K-12; and a full slate of classes for adults and youth.