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Lia Chang Photos: Working Theater’s Production of Rob Ackerman’s CALL ME WALDO at Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex through March 11, 2012

Matthew Boston and Rita Rehn in Rob Ackerman's CALL ME WALDO. Photo by Lia Chang

Matthew Boston and Rita Rehn in Rob Ackerman's CALL ME WALDO. Photo by Lia Chang

Working Theater is presenting the Off-Broadway premiere of Rob Ackerman’s CALL ME WALDO, February 14- March 11, 2012 at the June Havoc Theatre in the Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex, 312 W 36th Street (btw 8th & 9th Aves) in New York.
Brian Dykstra, Rita Rehn and Matthew Boston. Photo by Lia Chang

Brian Dykstra, Rita Rehn and Matthew Boston. Photo by Lia Chang


Matthew Boston, Brian Dykstra, Rita Rehn and Jennifer Dorr White are featured in CALL ME WALDO, a comic and insightful look at the workplace, upending stereotypes about the working class when an ordinary electrician begins channeling the spirit of Ralph Waldo Emerson, helmed by Margarett Perry.
Rita Rehn and Jennifer Dorr White in Call Me Waldo. Photo by Lia Chang

Rita Rehn and Jennifer Dorr White in Call Me Waldo. Photo by Lia Chang


Set & lighting design is by David L. Arsenault; sound design is by Don Tindall; costume design is by Hannah Kochman.

Performances are Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm. There is a Wednesday, February 29 show at 2pm. The Saturday matinee shows on February 18th and 25th at 2pm are pay-what-you-can at the door. Tickets are $25 and available through www.smarttix.com or by calling 212-868-4444. Students/Seniors/Union Members with ID $23.

Matthew Boston and Rita Rehn. Photo by Lia Chang

Matthew Boston and Rita Rehn. Photo by Lia Chang


Mr. Ackerman’s earlier comedy TABLETOP — also set in the workplace, behind the scenes at the making a television commercial — enjoyed much critical success when Working Theater debuted the play Off-Broadway in 2000.

Now in its 27th season, Working Theater is New York’s only professional Off-Broadway theatre company dedicated to producing plays for and about the working men and women of New York. Past productions include Lisa Ramirez’s play about nannies, EXIT CUCKOO directed by Colman Domingo; Roberto Aguirre Sacasa’s KING OF SHADOWS; PORT AUTHORITY THROW DOWN; HOLD PLEASE; ABUNDANCE; RECONSTRUCTION; WAITER, WAITER; Israel Horovitz’s HENRY LUMPER and many others. CALL ME WALDO is the third play by Rob Ackerman to debut at Working Theater following TABLETOP and DISCONNECT. Last season Working Theatre presented the acclaimed premiere of Stephanie Zadravec’s HONEY BROWN EYES. Mark Plesent is Working Theater’s Producing Artistic Director.

In addition to TABLETOP, Mr. Ackerman is the author of ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES (later a film starring Amanda Peet), DISCONNECT (presented in 2005 by Working Theatre), LOONS (EST) and VOLLEYGIRLS. He has been Prop Master for NBC’s “SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE” for many years, working on numerous commercial parodies such as “Schmitt’s Gay Beer,” “Mom Jeans,” “Chewable Pampers” and “Red Flag Perfume.”

Matthew Boston and Rita Rehn. Photo by Lia Chang

Matthew Boston and Rita Rehn. Photo by Lia Chang


Margarett Perry has directed Brian Dykstra’s plays CLEAN ALTERNATIVES Off-Broadway at 59E59 (Fringe First Award-Edinburg) and A PLAY ON WORDS, along with THE BODY POLITIC by Richard Abrons and the NY premieres of WELCOME TO ARROYO’S, FORSAKING ALL OTHERS, SPILL THE WINE, COMPETING NARRATIVES and MOTHER TONGUE. She has directed over 15 productions at Ithaca’s Kitchen Theatre and served as Producing Artistic Director of Access Theater in NYC for several years.
Brian Dykstra and Matthew Boston. Photo by Lia Chang

Brian Dykstra and Matthew Boston. Photo by Lia Chang


Matthew Boston appeared in THE BODY POLITIC (59E59), Mr. Ackerman’s DISCONNECT, at SoHo Playhouse in MAGIC HANDS FREDDY and in A RITUAL OF FAITH on Theatre Row. His numerous regional credits include roles at Hartford Stage, Intiman, Tale Rep, Huntington Theatre Company and ACT.

Brian Dykstra is an actor, playwright and HBO Def Poet. In addition to appearing in his own play CLEAN ALTERNATIVES Off-Broadway, he has appeared in RED at St. Louis Rep and Cincinnati Playhouse, PRIVATE LIVES (Ithaca’s Kitchen), COPENHAGEN (Arizona Theatre Company), among others. His solo works include THE JESUS FACTOR, CORNERED & ALONE and HO! Film and TV: HBO’s “Def Poetry,” “Chappelle’s Show,” “Freedomland” and “Knight and Day.”

Brian Dykstra and Rita Rehn. Photo by Lia Chang

Brian Dykstra and Rita Rehn. Photo by Lia Chang


Rita Rehn has appeared on Broadway in NINE, A CHORUS LINE and ROYAL FAMILY. She’s toured the U.S. in TALE OF THE ALLERGIST’S WIFE with Valerie Harper. Other credits include DEFIANCE and OUR LEADING LADY at Manhattan Theatre Club, AS BEES IN HONEY DROWN, AND THE WORLD GOES ROUND.

Jennifer Dorr White has performed Off-Broadway in SEALED FOR FRESHNESS, THE FLASHING STREAM, THE ‘A’ WORD, WOMEN OF MANHATTAN and PERA PALAS. She appeared last season in THE PLAY ABOUT MY DAD (59E59) and in BETTER LEFT UNSAID and BORN OF CONVICTION (Irondale Center).

Other highlights of the Working Theater season include a night of poetry reading featuring the work of 2011 U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning working class poet Philip Levine with guest readers including Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jeffrey Eugenides.

For tickets or more information, visit www.theworkingtheater.org.

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Papermag.com: An Emerson-Loving Electrician Takes the Stage in Call Me Waldo
1199SEIU President George Gresham to receive Labor Leadership Award at 2011 Working Theater Annual Awards Ceremony
André De Shields & Alison Fraser Star in Reading of Michael Aman’s The Unbleached American at Theater Row on 5/9
Working Theater Presents Staged Reading of Chay Yew’s Visible Cities at The Studio Theatre on Theatre Row
Photos:The Working Theater’s Off-Broadway production of HONEY BROWN EYES by Stefanie Zadravec at The Clurman
Lia Chang Photo Slideshows of Productions in the Working Theater’s 25th Anniversary Season
Multimedia: Photos of Ed Cardona, Jr.’s American Jornalero at the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre
Photos of André De Shields in Mine Eyes Have Seen The Glory: From Douglass to Deliverance
Achieving the American Dream, Professional Charmer Andre De Shields Sees Theater is a Way to Life
André De Shields Celebrates Black History Month Starring in The Working Theater’s Production of Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory at The Abingdon in February 2010
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Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. In 2010, the Library of Congress established The Lia Chang APA Theater Portfolio in the Asian Pacific American Performing Arts Collection housed in the Library of Congress Asian Division’s Asian Pacific American Islander Collection.


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