Genre: Comedy
A Love Letter to the Theatre

Phare Play Productions inaugural season opens with Bill Svanoe's love letter to the theatre, Callback. Spanning the course of 40 years in the lives of an aspiring actor and director, Callback chronicles the joy and disappointments that change the lives and relationships of two friends starting with their first meeting off-off Broadway in the 1960's.
Open:   12/29/06
Close:   01/14/07

Cast A (Joan Darling/Greg Mullavey): 12/29 - 01/14 Wednesday - Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 2 PM; Cast B (Molly Church/Ax Norman): 01/01 - 01/14 Monday - Tuesday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2 PM, Sunday at 8 PM; Special Performance featuring both casts on January 14th at 8 PM
Theater:   Producers Club Theatres
Address:   358 W 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
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Joan Darling Judy - Cast A

Joan Darling began her career as an actress with the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford as Viola in Twelfth Night. She starred in the award winning improvisational theater company, The Premise, with Gene Hackman, Tom Aldredge, and Ron Liebman. She starred on Broadway in Leda had a Little Swan and A Minor Adjustment. She won an Emmy for her performance in Dorothy Parker, Woven in Crazy Plaid.

She was the first woman nominated for an Emmy for directing. She has been nominated four times and won an Emmy for directing Mom's on Strike. Her episode of "The Nurses" for M.A.S.H. was nominated for an Emmy and is included in the Best of M.A.S.H. episode.

She is considered the first woman director of the modern age and blazed the way for the women who followed in her footsteps. Her first directing assignment was Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, which was featured on the cover of every major magazine from Newsweek to Rolling Stone within six weeks of its debut. She followed that by directing the world famous episode "Chuckles the Clown" of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, named by the New York Times as the funniest half hour ever on television.

Her first feature, First Love was named one of the ten best by CBS. She was the first woman to direct Magnum P.I. and among her many other television credits are Rich Man, Poor Man, Doc, Rhoda, Doogie Howser, M.D., and Civil Wars.

She is renowned as a teacher (her classes in LA have had up to a five year waiting list) and is currently adjunct Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She created the "Directing the Actor" workshop for the Sundance Institute and has served as a creative advisor at the Director's lab at Sundance for the last fifteen years. She also has served as a creative advisor at the European Moonstone Labs. Joan Darling has been honored by the Museum of Broadcasting as a "Woman Who Made It."

This performance is dedicated to the memory of Erik Darling. 'I know my lines.'

Greg Mullavey Ed - Cast A
Greg Mullavey has appeared in well over 100 theatre productions all over North America. On Broadway Greg starred in Bernard Slade's Romantic Comedy, opposite Mia Farrow and Tony Perkins; in Rumors as Lenny opposite Veronica Hamel, and as Merv in the Broadway National Tour of The Sisters Rosenweig, opposite Nancy Dussault. He has appeared in numerous Off-Broadway productions of which his latest was HB's Burnt Piano opposite Laila Robbins and Fritz Weaver.

Some of his regional favorites include: Alaska Light Opera's I Do, I Do; Miami's Coconut Grove's Jake's Women; Cocteau's Indiscretions; a mini-tour of The Dinner Party, directed by Tony Award winner John Rando at both the Grove and at New Jersey's state theatre, The Paper Mill; Breaking Legs at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, directed by another Tony Award winner, Jack O'Brien; and The Price at Minneapolis' Guthrie, where his turn as the older brother/doctor brought "terrific performance" praise from its author Arthur Miller. In Los Angeles, he has received six Drama-Logue Awards and an L.A. Weekly Award. His roles range from his portrayal of Lee Strasberg, (founder of the Actors Studio, one of Greg's teachers,) in Names to Shylock in The Merchant of Venice to Gayev in The Cherry Orchard opposite Alfred Molina. Most recently he appeared as Victor Fleming, director of Wizard of Oz and Gone With the Wind, in Moonlight and Magnolias.

He is a member of the TV Academy and his extensive television credits go from Gunsmoke to E.R. and hundreds in between. One of his favorite roles was playing the one-armed gun-slinger Mule Canby in James Michener's mini-series, Centennial. He has been a regular on four television series, but is perhaps best known for his role as Tom Hartman on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. Greg is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences and has appeared in over 40 films, with two upcoming features (Cock and Bull and Banana Moon).

Molly Church Judy - Cast B

Molly Church is a graduate of the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School. After taking a small hiatus from the theater, she is thrilled to be back on stage again and working alongside Blake and with such a tremendous group of actors. Some favorite roles include Judy in Callback, Caddie in Snake in Fridge and Helena in an all-female production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She has also been featured in a handful of independent films, most recently Group Therapy and The Super Amazing Movie. And she is proud to have been cast in her first television show, working alongside Denis Leary in Rescue Me. Molly would like to thank her family and friends for their continuing support.

Ax Norman Ed - Cast B
Ax Norman graduated from Washington and Lee University with a degree in Theatre. He spent the better part of two years in regional tours and theatres in the Southeast before settling in Atlanta.

In nearly 10 years in Atlanta, Ax performed with the Alliance Theatre, Synchronicity Performance Group, GMT Productions, 14th Street Playhouse, the Totally Fun Company, Aurora Theatre, Georgia Shakespeare Festival and Art Within. He made films as an Associate Producer with American Artists. He directed the television show "American

Roundtable" and was a segment producer for Georgia Public Television. Ax taught Stage Combat with Georgia Shakespeare Festival, Valdosta State University, and Drama Tech, the summer theatre program at Georgia Tech.

He taught video production for Art Institute of Atlanta. And wrote, directed and produced his own short film, "Lawnmen." And performed improv with Laughing Matters.

Now, 4 years in New York (you're doing the math) he has performed with the New Acting Company (Wild Thing), Moonwork Productions (Julius Caesar), The NY Fringe Festival, and the Chocolate Factory's critically praised "The Maids." He has worked on the series "Rescue Me" with Denis Leary, NBC's "Kidnapped." and the feature film "Red Doors," which won the Tribeca Film Festival, NY filmmaker's division.

He has choreographed fights for productions of Hamlet, Midsummer, Taming of the Shrew, True West, Extremities, Wait Until Dark, Spurn, The Triangle Factory Fire Project, Man of La Mancha, and others.

As a voiceover artist, Ax has voiced textbooks and projects for Disney, Pixar, Pearson Education, Houghton-Mifflin, UNC Press, American Foundation for the Blind, St. Jude Medical Center, Biomet, the Council of Juvenile Corrections

Administrators, and commercially, for, Miller Lite, Full Throttle, Brut, First Morris Bank and Trust, and others.

He has performed sketch and improv with Monkeys in the Atrium and writes songs, including "Fatherly Advice" (Never share a towel with another man.) and his recent song about all of George Bush's unfulfilled promises titled "That Must Be Code for Something."

Ax is grateful to Blake and all at PharePlay, Molly, and my dearest Jen.