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REGIONAL PREMIERE. Anchorman Howard Beale isn’t pulling in the viewers. In his final broadcast after announcing he’s been let go, he unravels live on air. But when his ratings soar, the network seizes on its newfound populist prophet, and Howard becomes the biggest thing on TV. Based on the Academy Award-winning film by Paddy Chayefsky, Network examines what happens when we get caught up in the allure and illusion of truth and TV.

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Network, adapted for the stage by Lee Hall and based on the film by Paddy Chayefsky, plays beginning January 25, 2023 in FST's Gompertz Theatre. 

Run Time: 2 hours, including a 15-minute intermission

Please be advised: This play contains strong adult language and content. Network uses gunshot sound effects in Act II. Play contains references to the topic of suicide. Viewer discretion is advised.

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CREATIVE

Director  |  Richard Hopkins
Associate Directors | Kate Alexander and Sean Daniels
Scenic Design | Isabel & Moriah Curley-Clay
Costume Design  |  April Andrew Carswell
Lighting Design  |  Ben Rawson
Sound Design | Thom Korp
Projections & Video Design | Nathan W. Scheuer
Intimacy Coordinator | Ellie Mooney
Stage Manager | Roy Johns*
Stage Management Intern  |  Rach Roach & Jamie Thygesen

 

CAST

John Anderson | Snowden/Secretary
Rod Brogan* | Max Schumacher
Sheffield Chastain* | Howard Beale
Lawrence Evans* | Ruddy
Alan Gillespie* | Chaney/Continuity Announcer
Rebecka Jones* | Louise/Floor Manager
Sean Phillips* | Hackett
Jason Pintar* | Hunter
Simone Stadler | PA/Make Up Girl/Schlesinger
Roy Stanton | Jensen/Director
Alex Teicheira* | Warmup & Sound Guy/Technician
Carly Zien* | Diana


JOHN ANDERSON (Man 2) is thrilled to be making his FST debut in Network! Favorite onstage roles include Che in Evita, Eddie in Hurly Burly, and Salieri in Amadeus. Onscreen credits include WeCrashed, 30 Rock, Mozart in the Jungle, Quantico, and the indie horror comedy It Cuts Deep. John‘s debut as a filmmaker, the comedy short Best Wishes, will be making the rounds on the festival circuit this year.

ROD BROGAN (Max Shumacher) FST–My Lord, What A Night, American Son. Broadway–MTC: Mauritius. Off-Broadway–Irish Rep: Beyond The Horizon, Burial At Thebes; Mint: Mary Broome; Irondale: Treasure Island. Select Regional: Guthrie, Old Globe, Baltimore Center Stage, Bard, TheatreWorks, Contemporary American Theater Festival. Film/TV–The Winning Season, Major Dad (series regular), Homeland, Manifest, Unforgettable, American Odyssey, Oz, Third Watch, One Life To Live, Law & Order. Video Game: Grand Theft Auto 5. Education–MFA: The Old Globe/USD.

SHEFFIELD CHASTAIN (Howard Beale) This is Sheffield’s 9th show with FST. Other credits - BROADWAY: White Christmas; Is He Dead?; The 39 Steps (National Tour) OFF-BROADWAY: Handle With Care (West Side Theater); Golden Shield (MTC) REGIONAL: Actors Theater of Louisville, La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Rep, San Jose Rep, Berkeley Rep, Dallas Theater Center, and Shakespeare festivals in New Jersey, Alabama, Nevada, Vermont, Lake Tahoe and Santa Cruz. TV: The Deuce, Boardwalk Empire, 30 Rock, Law & Order, Knights of Prosperity, Ed, and Nash Bridges.

LAWRENCE EVANS (Ruddy) This marks his sixth production at FST. Regional: Triad Stage, Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Caldwell Theatre Company, Charlotte Repertory Theatre, freeFall Theatre, Weston Playhouse Theatre Company, North Carolina Black Repertory Company, and Short North Stage. Television: New Amsterdam, FBI Most Wanted, All My Children, As the World Turns, One Life to Live, and Ryan’s Hope. Film: State Property 2, The Devil Wears Prada. Training: Jackson State University and the University of Michigan.

ALAN GILLESPIE (Man 4) is thrilled to be back at FST after appearing in European Cabaret. National Tours: Miss Saigon (Chris, over 950 performances), Showboat (Steve Baker). Tokyo, Japan: The Who’s Tommy (The Specialist). Selected Credits: The Full Monty (Jerry Lukowski); The Buddy Holly Story (Norm Petty); Mamma Mia (Sam Carmichael)-Maples Repertory Theatre; Young Frankenstein (Dr. Fredrick Frankenstein); Peter and the Starcatcher (Black Stache)-The Waterfront Playhouse, The Story Of My Life (Thomas Weaver)–The Studio Theatre, Goodspeed, Westchester Broadway Theatre, NYMF, 54Below, Carnegie Hall. Alan is also a proud FST Teaching Artist. alangillespienyc.com

REBECKA JONES (Woman 2) is thrilled to be making her debut with FST. Regional: A Christmas Carol, The Crucible, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth (Hartford Stage); Sixteen Wounded (Long Wharf); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King John (Shakespeare & Company); Macbeth, The Tempest (Elm Shakespeare Company). Other: The Shadow Box, The Normal Heart, Angels in America, A Streetcar Named Desire, Marion Bridge, Salvage, Private Eyes, Anton in Show Business, and Acting Out: an evening of original short plays.

SEAN PHILLIPS (Hackett) is a graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA). Theatre: Mother Courage with Meryl Streep, To Kill A Mockingbird (Cornish Playhouse), Knock Me A Kiss with Andre De Shields, and In The Heat Of The Night (59e59 theatre). Film/ TV: Evil, Prodigal Son, Madam Secretary, The Good Wife, Person of Interest, House of Cards, and Difficult People.

JASON PINTAR (Hunter) sang bass in The Wanderers last season and is glad to return to FST. New York Stage: Small Craft Warnings (Regeneration), Stage Fright (Prospect), Orphan Train (Pat Birch, dir.), The Underpants Godot (NYIT Award Nom.). Regional Stage: Paper Mill Playhouse, The REV, USI Rep, North Shore Music Theatre, Riverside, New Harmony, Arrow Rock Lyceum. Recordings: In the Light: A Faustian Tale and Tonya & Nancy: Highlights from The Rock Opera (Broadway Records). jasonpintar.com

SIMONE STADLER (Woman 1) is delighted to be making her FST debut! Based out of NYC, Simone most recently appeared as Special Agent Mel Hicks on CBS’s FBI: Most Wanted. Favorite theatre credits include playing both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth with the Adirondack Shakespeare Company, Myra in Hay Fever, and Mercutio in 3 separate productions of Romeo and Juliet. Simone is also an indie film producer, polyglot, and mother to a mischievous lionhead rabbit. simonestadler.com.

ROY STANTON (Man 1) FST debut! A native Floridian and Northwest Actors Studio Conservatory graduate, Roy has played classic and contemporary roles in commercial and fringe theaters on the west coast, and has been featured in film, television, web series and video games. Theatre: Ironbound (Tommy), A Christmas Carol (Jacob Marley), Lobby Hero (Bill), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Valmont), Hellhound On My Trail (Cass), Time of Your Life (Kit Carson). Film/Television: The Last Champion (Sheriff Doug Hamilton), Z Nation (Joe Williams). 

ALEX TEICHEIRA (Man 3) Alex is grateful to return to FST with Network. He has previously worked with FST‘s productions of Native Gardens and The Curious Incident... Previous regional credits include: Cal Shakes, The Guthrie Theater, Elm Shakes, Yale Rep, Asolo Rep. New York Credits: Anthem (Off- Bway), Hip to Hip Theater, Signature Theatre. TV: The Blacklist, Redemption and portrayed “Alexander the Great“ for The History Channel (Man Moment Machine). MFA: Yale. IG:@alexteicheira. KeepEvolvingPlease.com

CARLY ZIEN (Diana) FST Debut! TV: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Nightcap. Film: Vance and the Afterlife, A Woman, A Part. Theater: Trying (George St. Playhouse), One Slight Hitch (Totem Pole Playhouse), Buzzer (Cincinnati Playhouse), and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Chautauqua Theater Company). Favorite roles in Grad School include Viola and Olivia in two different productions of Twelfth Night, Lula in Dutchman, and the nurse in Sunday in the Park with George. MFA: Yale School of Drama. Proud member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA.

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NETWORK IN THE NEWS

Sarasota Herald-Tribune  I  January 22, 2023  I  FST gets 'mad as hell' for Regional Premiere of Network

BroadwayWorld  I  January 6, 2023  I  Regional Premiere of Network to be Presented at Florida Studio Theatre This Month

REVIEWS

Variety
“Sizzling”
“Masterful”
“Breathtaking”
“Morbidly funny”

Hollywood Reporter
“Boldly inventive”
“Gut-wrenching”
“Thrilling”
“Gripping”
“A white-knuckle ride”
“Dizzying”
“Persuasive”
“Breathtaking”
“Astonishing”

New York Times
“Electrifying”
“Discombobulating”
“Acquires new poignancy”
“Brilliant”

The Guardian
“Compelling”
“Dazzling”
“Electric”
“Impressive”

The Guardian 
“Magnetic”
“Extraordinary”
“A […] triumph”
“Prophetic”
“Haunting”
“Tremendous”

New York Theatre Guide
“A powerhouse play”
“Astonishing”

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ARTICLES BY FST

As Seen on TV

Network: A Human Story

ADDITIONAL ARTICLES

Learn more about how the movie Network was adapted into a play in this Broadway.com interview with Lee Hall | WATCH NOW

Bryan Cranston talks about playing Howard Beale in Network | WATCH NOW

CBS Sunday Morning Correspondent Ted Koppel talks with Bryan Cranston about the play’s central themes. | LEARN MORE

 

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