Levittown

A WHAT MAN THEATRE COMPANY PRODUCTION

Written by Marc Palmieri | Directed by George Demas

June 22 - July 27, 2006

Thursday - Saturday at 8pm & Sunday at 6pm
There is no performance Sunday, June 25 and opening night is Monday, June 26 at 8pm

Adults $18; Seniors/Students $13

In the shadow of World War II, architect William Levitt envisioned a new American town in a Long Island potato field. After an extensive and spirited development effort, thousands of Levitt "Cape Cod" homes were built with scrap materials from the War. Each carefully modeled home was designed to serve the needs of the modern family, and soften the impact of the modern War. They were sold for $8,000 to battle-weary GIs with the hope of a new life–and as a means of forgetting the recent past...

It is nearly half a century later. The Maddigan family spans three generations of New York City firefighters. When Kevin, the grandson of a combat veteran, returns early from yet another college, he learns that his deeply troubled sister is about to be married. Inspired with a renewed hope of reconciliation and happiness, (and a final departure from a painful past) he attempts to reconcile the family with the abusive father who left them years before. Amidst the thin walls of their Levittown home, the members of this beleaguered family are forced to confront a concealed history, and the failures of the tidy truths they have desperately tried to embrace.

Setting: Levittown, Long Island, 1999


Featuring: *Brian Barnhart, *Curzon Dobell, *Joe Fuer, *Michael Laurence, *Margo Passalaqua, *Cecelia Riddett, *Ian Tooley, *Joe Viviani

Stage Manager: Emily Carr
Asst. Stage Manager: Marlene Berner
Production Design: Kate Aronsson-Brown
Lighting Design: Amy Harper
Lighting Technicians: Andrew Grant, Jacob Hill
Sound Design: Steve Fontaine
Set Construction: Ian Tooley, Jonathan Flores, Jason Grunwald
Sound Operator: David Balutanski
Light Board: Richard Scott
Website & Graphic Design: Ethan Crenson
Publicity Photography: Marty Geren

AXIS COMPANY
Artistic Director: Randy Sharp
Executive Producer: Jeffrey Resnick
Company Manager: Brian Barnhart
Production Manager: Ian Tooley
Box Office Manager: Ed Terhune

SPECIAL THANK YOU
Ted Snowdon
Jerry Wade
Deloss Stoddard Brown IV
Richard Gaffney

*Actors appear courtesy of Actors’ Equity

This production is made possibly by a generous grant from the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation.

The Producers wish to thank the tdf Costume Collection for its assistance in this production.

Purchase Levittown by Marc Palmieri (published by Dramatists Play Service) on Amazon or DPS.


  • Joe Viviani - photo by Marty Geren
  • Joe Viviani, Joe Fuer - photo by Marty Geren
  • Curzon Dobell, Brian Barnhart - photo by Marty Geren
  • Michael Laurence, Margo Passalaqua, Ian Tooley, Joe Viviani, Brian Barnhart, Cecelia Riddett - photo by Marty Geren
  • Margo Passalaqua, Cecelia Riddett - photo by Marty Geren
  • Curzon Dobell, Ian Tooley - photo by Marty Geren
  • Joe Viviani, Cecelia Riddett - photo by Marty Geren
  • Brian Barnhart, Curzon Dobell - photo by Marty Geren
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“... a solid script, sharp cast, and precise direction ... Palmieri's characters are quite full, and the details of gritty Long Island life come vividly alive through exacting detail and a naturalistic tone ... (the) cast is extremely polished and truthful.”
—Backstage
“ ... (Levittown) ventures into interesting, mine-filled terrain ...”
Time Out New York
“... beautifully crafted, psychologically intriguing, and never predictable.”
—NYTheatre.com
“... 'Levittown' harnesses a level of dramatic energy that makes for a truly exhilarating theatrical experience.”
—OffOffOnline
“... so terribly moved ... fascinating ... a cast that is wonderful.”
—Janet Coleman, WBAI