Genre: Drama
Written by Ron Reed; Directed by Steve Day

Firebone Theatre Company
Proudly Presents the US Premiere of

"Refuge of Lies raises impressive, complex questions about forgiveness"
—Mark Taper Forum

FIREBONE THEATRE COMPANY is pleased to announce the US premiere production of REFUGE OF LIES, directed by Steve Day. REFUGE OF LIES will play a three-week limited engagement at Theatre Row: Lion Theatre (410 West 42nd Street). Performances begin Friday, September 12 and continue until Sunday, September 28. Opening Night is Wednesday, September 17 (8 p.m.).

Rudi Vanderwaal, a gentle, "good," elderly gentleman living in Canada is hunted down by a Jewish reporter who insists Rudi is living a lie. Rudi's haunting past as a Nazi collaborator now demands justice. Will he have the courage to face the crimes of his youth, or flee, once again, behind a promise of grace? This Hitchcock-like thriller is based on a true story.

The production stars Richard Mawe (Award-winning Death of a Salesman at Boston Theatre, Woody Allen's "Alice") as Rudi, Lorraine Serabian (Tony Nomination, winner of the Outer Circle Critics Award, and Barrymore Award Nomination for Zorba!) as Nettie and also Libby Skala (the "Best Solo Performer" award winner, London Fringe Festival 2007).

The production features set design by Rebecca Ferguson, costume design by Marina Reti, and lighting design by Michael Jarett. Jonathan Rivera is the sound engineer, Maria Byerley is the portrait artist and Amanda Gwin is the stage manager.

"The creative direction by Steve Day brings it all together in a unified progression that builds to Ginger's epiphany of self-determination."
- Back Stage Magazine (Invisible Child)

About the Company: Firebone Theatre Company

FIREBONE THEATRE produces and develops works that explore immortalily (fire) and mortality (bone). Their first production was the world Premiere of the play Deadheading Roses by resident playwright Chris Cragin at The Lamb’s Little Theatre in Times Square. In 2008 they presented the North American premiere of Refuge of Lies by Ron Reed, at Theatre Row. Recently they produced A Mysterious Way, which was performed in a NYC subway station. Emily, by Chris Cragin, rounds out their season in September at Theatre Row.

Cast: Drew Dix, Richard Mawe, Lorrain Serabian, Libby Skala
Preview:   09/12/08
Open:   09/17/08
Close:   09/28/08

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Friday, September 12 at 8 pm
Saturday, September 13 at 8pm
Sunday, September 14 at 2pm
Wednesday, September 17 at 8pm
Thursday, September 18 at 8pm
Friday, September 19 at 8pm
Saturday, September 20 at 2pm
Saturday, September 20 at 8pm
Sunday, September 21 at 2pm
Tuesday, September 23 at 8pm
Wednesday, September 24 at 8pm
Thursday, September 25 at 8pm
Friday, September 26 at 8pm
Saturday, September 27 at 2pm
Saturday, September 27 at 8pm
Sunday, September 28 at 2pm

Theater:   Lion Theatre @ Theatre Row
Address:   410 West 42nd Street
New York, NY
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Cost:$18.00, $15.00 Students
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I was born in Brooklyn, NY on April 14th 1939. I was a product of the New York City public school system until my senior year at James Madison HS when I transferred to Williston Academy in Easthampton, MA. I attended Williston for two years. It was there discovered my love for theater. Mr. Boardman the drama teacher found, that I could do a credible New England accent: "AAya-aha." "Boardie" as he was affectionately known, cast me as Howie Newsome in Our Town. Unfortunately, I broke my leg horsing around with my friend Nat and had to take a minor role as one of the hecklers in the audience.

I got my BA from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Kenyon was a tiny school, 500 students at the time, did not have a drama department but had an active college/community theater. There I played major and supporting roles in plays by Shakespeare, Chekov, Kauffman and Hart, and Arthur Miller. I directed The Glass Menagerie and was president of the Drama Club.

After Kenyon, I was accepted to Yale University School of Drama where I earned an MFA. At Yale I played major and minor roles on the main stage and student lab productions. I played roles in Shakespeare, Moliere, Saroyan, Durrenmatt, and several original scripts as well.

I began my professional career after Yale when I moved back to NYC. I lived in Brooklyn with my first wife and one year-old daughter. I did have some success winning minor roles in New York produced TV shows: The Defenders, a precursor to Law and Order (I had a nodding acquaintance with Sam Waterston at Yale who was an undergraduate.) --with the late, great E. G. Marshall and Robert Reed, For the People, the William Shatner (We were both thinner then). Also, I appeared in some minor roles in soap operas and had some success in commercial print work.

With a growing family, I decided to take a job teaching at Spelman and Clark Colleges, part of the Atlanta University Center, in Atlanta, Ga. At Spelman and Clark I taught theater and directed and also, participated in Atlanta's growing film, TV, and professional and community theater scene. I appeared in several "feature films" for Hill-Billy drive-ins, and also, in commercials and industrial films. (Ever hear of a device that attaches to your phone and answers it when you are out or don't want to speak to the caller? We call it "voice mail" now, and Phone Mate, the originator of the device is long gone. )

In Atlanta, I developed an interest in filmmaking. I took a summer course at NYU Film School and later decided to attend Temple University in Philadelphia to get an MA in Communications. Unfortunately, marital issues came up and my first wife and I divorced. With two children to support, I found that the money I was making in Philly doing acting in commercials, (Dodge dealers, local banks, industrial films for AT&T (Ma Bell before the break up) and commercial print was insufficient, I moved back to NYC.

I considered myself successful in Atlanta and Philly, winning about one in four auditions, New York proved a tougher market. I supported my daughter and me (She decided to come to New York with me.) by driving taxi cabs and working in restaurants to supplement my acting income. I met the woman who became my second wife in a creative dance and exercise class. She is a college professor and her father was a retired NYC high school principal. They encouraged me to get my high school teaching license. I got two: one in English and one in Drama.

For the next 21 years my acting career was pretty much on hold. I did an occasional print job and produced, directed, and acted in a production of Euripides' Helen until I made a connection with Queensborourgh Community College. I taught in NYC Dept. of Ed. and QCC's College Now program which gave high school student the opportunity to earn college credit by taking classes in their home schools in the afternoon. I got to know QCC's Drama Department Chairman and auditioned for him and got leading roles in Moby Dick Rehearsed, Captain Ahab, and Mr. Alfireri, A View from the Bridge.

I retired from the NYC Department of Education in 2004 and have reignited my acting career. Most recently, I performed Mr. Fishbein in an adaptation of Malumud's short story Idiots First at the Wing Theater; Holofernes, in Love's Labour's Lost, in Riverside Park; Jacques in The Miser with The Out of the Box Theater Company at the Bank Street. In addition, Mr. Pellman has been doing voiceovers for The Vertical Learning Curve's MBA program, KC Distance Learning's Latin high school course, The Electric Sheep Company‘s Internet crime game played in conjunction with CSI New York which appeared on the Second Life Website.

Also, for the past eight years, I I have been teaching acting at SUNY College at Old Westbury.

Estes Tarver is a native of Lexington, Kentucky and has an MFA from UNC Chapel Hill, where he worked with the acclaimed PlayMakers Repertory. There he studied with Emmy winner Joan Darling and received enthusiastic reviews in her staging of "Tuesdays with Morrie" as Mitch Albom. Other PlayMakers credits include "Cyrano De Bergerac", "Front Page", and "Richard II". He played Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing at the New Harmony Theatre in Indiana.  He also performed with Ms. Darling and David Strathairn in "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" at Memorial Hall (NC). Film/TV: "One Tree Hill", "As The World Turns", "Dawson's Creek", "The Guiding Light", the award winning short "Mr. Moonlight", and several country music videos  (Brad Paisley, Billy Gillman, etc). Estes Will be appearing in Colin Firth's Next Film "Arthur Newman, Golf Pro", and has written and produced national brand commercials with his production company Hushpuppy Media.

  Actor/Poet. OOB, Tours, films, TV. Sopranos season 5, Witness to the Mob. "Beer League" Dirt's Wife. Shakespeare's Mums, one person performance, Edinburgh and San Francisco Fringe Festivals. Original Poetry, Minnesota Fringe Festival, Cornelia Street Cafe, Telephone Bar, other watering holes. Artistic Director of Pen Central, New York group of writers. Member of Dramatists Guild, Episcopal Actors Guild, Polaris North Studio, Twelfth Night Club, Noel Coward Society, the universe, as it stands.
  Most recently performed in "Three Little Words" at Turtle Shell Productions' Summer Shorties...Summer Not Play Festival. Before relocating to NYC this past Spring, John performed at the Pennsylvania & Texas Shakespeare Festivals (Pericles, Banquo, Le Bret, Clown in Winter's Tale) as well as the Roman Odeon in Cyprus (Messenger in The Persians.) Holding a BFA in Studio Art, John recently travelled to China to paint children's murals for a government-run orphanage outside of Shanghai. John holds an MFA in Acting from the Professional Theatre Training Program at the University of Delaware where he had the good fortune to work with Mark Lamos (Peter Pan) and Adrian Hall (Savages, Christians & Other Homo Sapiens) among other personally influential directors and teachers. He is very happy to join this wonderful cast and crew in the creation of this play.
  Is a widely-produced Canadian playwright. His play Book of the Dragon won the Chalmers Canadian Play Award. His play Tent Meeting, written in collaboration with Morris Ertman, was nominated for Outstanding New Play by Toronto's Dora Mavor Moore Award and Edmonton's Sterling Award. His other plays include: A Bright Particular Star, You Still Can't (A sequel to Kaufman and Hart's classic play), Dreams of Kings and Carpenters, A Wrinkle in Time (with permission from Madeleine L'Engle), Remnant, and his one-man-show The Top Ten Thousand of All Time. As an actor he has been nominated for three Jessie Richardson Awards and he is the Artistic Director of Pacific Theatre in Vancouver which he founded in 1984.
  After earning is B.A. in Theatre, Steve spent two years in Wales developing a theatre troupe for teens. He returned to the US to work as both an actor and a technical director for Burning Coal Theatre in Raleigh, North Carolina. Steve continued his studies at Baylor University where he earned his MFA in Directing. At Baylor he assisted Horton Foote (Tender Mercies, A Trip to Bountiful) in the 50th Anniversary production of The Traveling Lady and he directed the Southern premiere of Foote's play The Actor. He also assisted in starting the American Playwright's Festival honoring playwrights such as Tina Howe and Romulus Linney. Steve's time at Baylor brought him to Manhattan where he has had the fortune of working with artists like Olivier Award nominee Stafford Arima (Ragtime, Seussical, Altar Boyz), Emmy nominee Arthur Giron (Edith Stein, Becoming Memories), and Broadway, Off-Broadway Producer, Carolyn Rossi Copeland. His New York City directing credits include a Dance/Theatre piece Invisible Child at the Midtown Theatre Festival, Deadheading Roses at the Lamb's Little Theatre, Miguel Manara, a lyric play based on the life of the historical Don Juan, for Black Friars Theatre. He also workshopped The World is Round by Armand Salacrou for the Horizon Theatre Repertory and directed a number of exerpts of new plays by the Oracles Writing Group. He currently is the head director for a web animation called the Vertical Learning Curve Most recently, Steve has become a member of the Lincoln Center directing lab. He is also a member of the Society of American Fight Directors.