IMPORTANT HATS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY PLAYED ITS FINAL PERFORMANCE ON DECEMBER 13, 2015.

“AN ANTIC, SCI-FI FANTASY”

- The New York Times

“INSPIRED AND HILARIOUS, with an OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE! ONE OF THE MOST DELIGHTFULLY ORIGINAL COMEDIES TO SHOW UP IN THESE PARTS FOR FAR TOO LONG!”

- The Huffington Post

“INGENIOUS! OUTRAGEOUS! BRILLIANT! HILARIOUS! HALLUCINATORY! A CAMP CLASSIC!”

- The Wrap

“CASTMEMBERS FLING THEMSELVES into the DIZZY FROLICS with TERRIFIC VERVE”

- The New York Times

“A WACKADOODLE SCI-FI FROLIC”

- Time Out New York

“ZANILY BRILLIANT!”

- The Guardian

“HILARIOUS, IRREVERENT and IMAGINATIVE!”

- Theatermania
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World Premiere Comedy by Nick Jones
Directed by Moritz Von Stuelpnagel
with Remy Auberjonois, Jon Bass, John Behlmann, Reed Campbell, Carson Elrod, Maria Elena Ramirez, Matthew Saldivar, Triney Sandoval, Henry Vick

Important Hats of the Twentieth Century spins the rip-roaring tale of Sam Greevy (Carson Elrod), the hottest fashion designer in 1930’s New York… that is, until rival Paul Roms (Matthew Saldivar) starts releasing strange but popular pieces like “sweatshirts,” “tracksuits” and “skater pants.” When Greevy’s minions break into Roms’s shady operation, they make a startling discovery that could explain from where – or should we say from when? – these avant-garde ensembles are coming. Soon, this rivalry turns into a battle for the very future of humankind, and more importantly, fashion!

Emmy nominated playwright Nick Jones (“Orange Is the New Black,” The Coward, Trevor, Jollyship the Whiz-Bang) and Tony-nominated director Moritz Von Stuelpnagel (Hand to GodVerité) team up, for this whip-smart, epic, and utterly insane new comedy.

 

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WHO ARE WE?

CAST - CREATIVE

Remy Auberjonois

Dr. Cromwell and others

Remy Auberjonois is presently in post-production as director and co-writer of an independent film, currently titled The Blood Stripe. He has appeared in numerous films and over thirty Television series, most recently recurring in this season’s The Good Wife, The Americans, and the upcoming HBO mini-series Show Me a Hero from David Simon and Paul Haggis. He has performed in several productions on Broadway, where he was last seen opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman in Mike Nichols’ revival of Death of a Salesman. His most recent TriBeCa Film Festival appearance came in a disastrous first (and presumably last) date with Julianne Moore in the 2013 comedy The English Teacher. He holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama and a BA from Wesleyan University.

JON BASS

Jonathan and others

Jon Bass played a Mormon in The Book of Mormon; a Moron in Big Time in Hollywood, FL; and an asshole in “The Newsroom.” Upcoming films: Jeff Nichols’ Loving and The Runaround. Thanks to Leah, Randi, Nick & Parents.

JOHN BEHLMANN

T.B. Doyle

MTC Debut.  Earlier this year, John was seen Off-Broadway in Joshua Harmon’s Significant Other (Roundabout), Fight or Flight’s This Is Not J.A.W.S. (Dixon Place), and the Civilians’ Pretty Filthy.  He recently played Nuke LaLoosh in the pre-Broadway engagement of the new musical Bull Durham (Alliance).  He also starred in the Tony-winning New York production of The 39 Steps and made his Broadway debut in the Tony-winning Journey’s End. Other NY Theater includes Eager to Lose (Ars Nova); Wild Animals… (MCC); The Steadfast (SLANT); Trapeze Hero! (Ars Nova ANT Fest); and Ghosts (Pearl).  Films include Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street, Sam Mendes’ Revolutionary Road, Pretty Bird, and the indies Lies I Told My Little Sister and Stryka.  Television appearances include “Blue Bloods”; “The Good Wife”; “3 lbs.”; “All My Children”; “Guiding Light” and John was recently announced as a series regular in Paul Rudnick’s pilot “I Shudder” for TV Land.  Other: Voiced characters in video games Grand Theft Auto V and World of Warcraft.  John is also an occasional rapper and a trapeze artist who runs aerial theater company Fight or Flight. MFA: NTC (Denver). BA: Wesleyan University.  www.johnbehlmann.com

Reed Campbell

Kern

Reed Campbell is beyond thrilled to be a part of “Important Hats”! Born and raised in San Francisco, CA. Most recent credits include Cookie McGee in “Nice Work if You Can Get It” (First National Tour), Judas in “The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot” (Stage 773, Chicago) and The Officer in Shakespeare In The Park’s “Comedy Of Errors” (The Public). B.F.A. in Acting from The University Of Michigan. He also occasionally teaches theatre/musical theatre at A.C.T. SF where he grew up as a member of the Young Conservatory. Host of the hit web interview show “Why Not With Reed”, which puts the spotlight on (and has fun at the expense of) young, working artists. Thanks to Michael. Reed has the best father on the planet. Love you, Mom. www.reedcampbell.net

Carson Elrod

Sam Greevy

Broadway: Peter and the Starcatcher, Reckless, Noises Off.  METROPOLITAN OPERA: The Merry Widow. Off-Broadway: The Heir Apparent (CSC-Lortel and Drama League Nomination) The Explorer’s Club (Lortel Nomination), Based On A Totally True Story, House/Garden, Comic Potential (MTC) Lives of the Saints, All In The Timing (Primary Stages) Measure for Measure, All’s Well That End’s Well, The Tempest; (New York Shakespeare Festival) Oliver Twist (Theatre For A New Audience) Cavedweller (NYTW) Off-off: Waiting For Godot (NY Fringe Festival) Regional: The Heir Apparent (Shakespeare Theatre D.C.-Emery Battis Award.), Misallinace, Arsenic and Old Lace (Baltimore Center Stage), Our Town (La Jolla Playhouse), Bed Room Farce,  Drawer Boy, Time of My Life, How The Other Half Loves, (Westport Country Playhouse), A Flea In Her Ear (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Oliver Twist (Berkeley Rep, A.R.T.) Cherry Orchard, The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow (Yale Rep), , Merry Wives of Windsor, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare and Company) Film:The Wedding Crashers, Kissing Jessica Stein. TV: Person of Interest, 30 Rock, Law&Order:CI,  Princess Grace Award. NYTW Usual Suspect. Actors Equity member since 2000. BA: KU. MFA: NYU Graduate Acting.

MARIA ELENA RAMIREZ

Bev and others

Broadway: Fish in the Dark; Rachel Jackson in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. National tour: Rose Narracott in the National Theatre’s War Horse (U.S., Canada, Japan). Off-Broadway: Public Theater, New York Shakespeare Festival, Second Stage Theatre, Vineyard Theatre, and Soho Rep. Regional: American Repertory Theater, Guthrie Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Westport Country Playhouse, Missouri Repertory Theatre, and Geva Theatre. Film: St. Vincent, Happythankyoumoreplease, The Women, Assassination of a High School President, and Personal Velocity. TV: “Odd Mom Out,” “Person of Interest,” “Unforgettable,” “Army Wives,” “Damages,” “Law & Order,” “The Sopranos,” “The Return of Jezebel James,” “Guiding Light,” “Now and Again,” and “Third Watch.” Fox Foundation Fellow. MFA: NYU Graduate Acting Program.

Matthew Saldivar

Paul Roms

Matthew Saldivar appeared as Johnny Sandwich in last season’s Broadway production of Honeymoon in Vegas. Other Broadway credits include originating the roll of Sammy in The Wedding Singer directed by John Rando, Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher directed by Roger Rees and Alex Timbers, Kenickie in Grease directed by Kathleen Marshall, James Lapine’s Act One at Lincoln Center, and A Streetcar Named Desire directed by Emily Mann. He played Luther Billis in the first national tour of Lincoln Center Theater’s production of South Pacific directed by Bartlett Sher.   Off-Broadway he played in The Toxic Avenger and David Ives’ All in the Timing both directed by John Rando, Randy Newman’s Harps and Angels at The Mark Taper Forum directed by Jerry Zaks and Don John in Much Ado About Nothing at The Shakespeare Theater directed by Ethan McSweeney. Other productions off Broadway and regionally include The Atlantic, Labyrinth/The Public, New York Theater Workshop, Theater for a New Audience, Potomac Theater Project, Blue Light Theater, The Guthrie, The Long Wharf, New York Shakespeare Festival and others. He is a long time member of the band The Petersons. He received his MFA from NYU and his BA and MA from Middlebury College.

Triney Sandoval

Darryl and others

BROADWAY: MACBETH (Menteith), A Free Man of Color (Napoleon), A Man for All Seasons (Chapuys), Frost/Nixon (Monolo Sanchez.) OTHER NEW YORK THEATRE: Timon of Athens; The Idiot; Elliot, a Soldier’s Fugue; As you Like it; Whisper. REGIONAL THEATRE: The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Wilma Theatre, Round House Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Alliance Theatre, Two Rivers Theatre Company, Virginia Stage Company, Baltimore Center Stage, Yale Rep., Milwaukee Rep., Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Great Lakes Shakespeare, Idaho Shakespeare, Alabama Shakespeare, California Shakespeare, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and five seasons as a resident company member with The Oregon Shakespeare Festival. TV: Elementary,The Sopranos, Lights Out and recurring roles on both Law & Order and Law & Order; SVU.

Henry Vick

Jimmy the Button Man and others

Recent Credits include , The Imaginary Invalid (with Peter Dinklage) [Bard Summerscape] The Mnemonsit of Duchess County [Attic Theatre], Lincoln Center: When the Rain Stops Falling, The Acting Company, Sonnet Rep, Twelfth Night, TV: Deadbeat [Hulu], Are We There Yet [TBS]  the Late Show with David Letterman, Other appearances for Delta Airlines (with Alf). Henry is from West Virginia via Kansas City, MO and wears mostly baseball caps, which is still considered a hat, because he  loves baseball. Henry hopes his performance will cause others to wear more hats, more often and especially in public.

NICK JONES

Playwright

Nick Jones’ play Verité received its world premiere last winter at LCT3 directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel, who also directed Trevor, his critically acclaimed play about a depressed chimpanzee, which premiered in 2013. This was preceded by the dueling comedy The Coward (LCT3) and the puppet rock musical Jollyship the Whiz-Bang (Ars Nova), in which Nick also performed. Nick currently works as writer and producer on the Netflix original series “Orange is the New Black.” He was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska.

Moritz von Stuelpnagel

Director

Moritz von Stuelpnagel’s Broadway debut, HAND TO GOD by Robert Askins, is currently running at the Booth Theatre, following a sold-out engagement off-Broadway last winter at MCC (SDC Callaway nomination, Lortel nomination); the play originally premiered at Ensemble Studio Theatre. Moritz most recently directed the world premiere of Nick Jones’s play VERITE at LCT3. Previous premiere credits include TREVOR by Nick Jones (Lesser America),  LOVE SONG OF THE ALBANIAN SOUS CHEF by Robert Askins (Ensemble Studio Theater), BIKE AMERICA by Mike Lew (Ma-Yi Theatre), MEL & EL by Mel & El and Patrick Bodd (Ars Nova), SPACEBAR by Michael Mitnick (Studio 42), and MY BASE AND SCURVY HEART by Adam Szymkowicz (Studio 42). Moritz is the Artistic Director of Studio 42, NYC’s producer of “unproducible” plays. www.moritzvs.com

TIMOTHY R. MACKABEE

Scenic Design

Broadway: The Elephant Man (starring Bradley Cooper), Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth (dir. Spike Lee). West End: The Elephant Man. Off-Broadway: Gigantic (Vineyard); Guards at the Taj, Our New Girl (Atlantic); Heathers: The Musical; Luce (Lincoln Center Theatre). Dance: Doug Varone & Dancers, Cedar Lake Dance. TV: “Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo,” “Gotham,” “Smash,” “The Today Show.” Education: North Carolina School of the Arts, Yale School of Drama. timothymackabeedesign.com

JASON LYONS

Lighting Design

MTC: The Commons of Pensacola. Broadway: Hand to God, On the Town, Bring It On, Rock of Ages (Vegas, Toronto, Australia, London and national tours), The Threepenny Opera, Barefoot in the Park, Good Vibrations. Recent: Barbecue (The Public); Murder for Two (NYC & national tour); All in the Timing (Primary Stages); Nerds, The Musical (PTC); White Noise (Chicago); Broke-ology (LCT); Uncle Vanya (CSC); ten years with The New Group. Faculty: Purchase College. www.jasonlyonsdesign.com

JENNIFER MOELLER

Costume Design

Off-Broadway: Love’s Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare in the Park), The Dance and the Railroad (Signature Theatre), Happy Now? (Primary Stages). Regional: Sweat (OSF), The Last Goodbye (Old Globe), The How and the Why (McCarter), Six Degrees of Separation (Williamstown), The Winter’s Tale (Yale Rep); The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice and others (Shakespeare Theatre Company). Opera: La Bohème (Kennedy Center), Candide (Glimmerglass).

PALMER HEFFERAN

Original Music & Sound Design

Broadway: Mothers and Sons (assistant). Off-Broadway: A Delicate Ship (Playwrights Realm); I Am the Wind (59E59); The Film Society (Keen Company). Regional: Tiger Style! (Alliance); Women Laughing Alone With Salad and Cherokee (Woolly Mammoth); The Apple Family Plays, Bad Jews and Edgar & Annabel (Studio Theatre); Twelfth Night (CenterStage); Pride in the Falls of Autrey Mill (Signature Theatre). M.F.A.: Yale School of Drama. Love to Mom, Dad, Sis and Ryan.

LEAH J. LOUKAS

Hair & Wig Design

Broadway: The Heidi Chronicles, On the Town, A Night With Janis Joplin, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, American Idiot, Irena’s Vow. Shakespeare in the Park: Into the Woods, Love’s Labour’s Lost. Off- Broadway: Barbecue (The Public); The Fortress of Solitude (The Public); Heathers: The Musical; Bare; Carrie; Tribes. Signature Theatre: Our Lady of Kibeho. Paper Mill Playhouse: The Little Mermaid, Oliver!, South Pacific, Grease, Ever After.

ROBERT WESTLEY

Fight Director

Robert has choreographed movement and violence for acclaimed theatrical productions and films. Robert develops unique and exciting performances of dance, clowning, aerial acrobatics, puppetry and martial art. Credits include Broadway: Hand to God; Off-Broadway: Verité (LCT3), Things of Dry Hours (New York Theatre Workshop), The Butcher of Baraboo (Second Stage Theatre); regional: Bedroom Farce (Westport County Playhouse), The Game’s Afoot (Asolo Rep), A Skull in Connemara (New Repertory Theatre).

RACHEL BAUDER

Production Stage Manager

Broadway: Honeymoon in Vegas, Newsies, Anything Goes, Bye Bye Birdie, Waiting for Godot, Sunday in the Park With George, 110 in the Shade. Off-Broadway: Piece of My Heart, Hand to God, Reasons to Be Happy. Regional: Up Here (La Jolla Playhouse); Oliver!, Honeymoon in Vegas, The Sound of Music, Hairspray, Smokey Joe’s Café, The Full Monty, Oklahoma! (Paper Mill Playhouse).

BETSY SELMAN

Stage Manager

Broadway: Hand to God, Side Show. Off-Broadway: MCC Theater, Primary Stages, NYCC Encores!, Roundabout Theatre Company. Regional credits include Westport Country Playhouse, Huntington Theatre Company and seven seasons at Berkshire Theatre Festival. B.F.A. in Stage/Production Management from Emerson College.

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HISTORY OF IMPORTANT HATS

IMPORTANT HAT #1
THE BAGEL HAT

First worn by the daughter of a bakery tycoon at a fundraising gala for gluten-intolerant children, this popular carb-couture continues to be a staple for the New York ladies who brunch.

IMPORTANT HAT #2
BE THANKFUL YOU’RE NOT WEARING THIS HAT

Those in the fashion world know the golden rule of holiday dress-up: your belt buckle must always match your hat buckle and your shoe buckles. Just ask Miss Mayflower 1623, the wearer of this minimalist hat at the very first Thanksgiving.

IMPORTANT HAT #3
THE BASIC HAT

Created by a previously unknown fashion student/barista, this pumpkin spice princess crown continues to be a sell-out whenever the foliage starts to change.

IMPORTANT HAT #4
BY GEORGE I THINK YOU’VE GOT A HAT

The game’s afoot… or ahead? Many don’t know that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was actually an amateur fashion designer (pre-Etsy), and his invention of the deerstalker has endured alongside his other notable creation, Sherlock Holmes.

IMPORTANT HAT #5
AMERICAN EXPANSIONISM HAT

How did this cowboy hat get its distinct shape? It was an ordinary Texas day in 1847 for Pecos Bill until his horse, Widow-Maker, bucked him off and stepped on his fallen hat so hard, it left a permanent dimple in the top.

IMPORTANT HAT #6
THE BOOK HAT/PRE-KINDLE HAT

Designed by a ladies finishing school headmistress as the ultimate test of grace and posture, this status symbol of the 1800s can be customized to the wearer’s reading preferences.

IMPORTANT HAT #7
KEEP CALM AND WEAR A HAT

The crowning achievement of Queen Elizabeth I’s official milliner was this miniature, jewel-encrusted accessory. At the time, royalty across Europe were one-upping each other as to who could wear the tiniest crown possible. It balanced their weak Hapsburg chins.

IMPORTANT HAT #8
HORNY HAT

This fashion statement is music to the ears of classical music aficionados worldwide. Originally crafted for an opening gala at Carnegie Hall in 1950, it’s now a hat of note that pairs well with a sharp outfit and flats.

IMPORTANT HAT #9
MIDWESTERN CHEESE HAT

Many don’t know that this team-spirited look wasn’t first worn as Packers game-day attire. That distinction belongs to a cheating cheese monger whose wife threw an entire wheel of sharp Wisconsin cheddar at his head.

IMPORTANT HAT #10
FIRE HAZARD HAT

You may think pumpkin-obsessed American has finally gone too far, but this look, reminiscent of Sleepy Hollow’s headless horseman, was actually a Willy Wonka experiment gone wrong. His Thanksgiving dinner 3-course chewing gum was meant to end with a slice of pie, but it always goes wrong when it comes to the dessert.

IMPORTANT HAT #11
CLIMATE CHANGE READINESS HAT

Nine out of ten stylists believe this hat will be the look of the future, but some stylists and politicians would like to stress this is just a theory.

IMPORTANT HAT #12
SUPERSTITIOUS HAT

If you cross this hat, you’ll be cursed with becoming an old cat lady with nothing to live for but re-watching the episode of hoarders featuring your home.

IMPORTANT HAT #13
SEASONAL CONSUMERISM HAT

The red felt industry was near bankruptcy until they found a friend in the jolly giver of gifts, Santa Clause. This hat was designed to perfectly compliment a full white beard, but it should be noted the use of actual polar bear fur for the trim ended in 1981.

IMPORTANT HAT #14
WILDLIFE INTERFERENCE HAT

Are you a wealthy American dentist with a strong need to overcompensate for small private matters? This hat was designed just for you and your hard head.

IMPORTANT HAT #15
SHADE THROWING HAT

Gurl, I wouldn’t wear it, but for you it’s cute.

IMPORTANT HAT #16
ORGANIC HAT

Every environmentally conscious millennial wants this pesticide-free fashion piece that doubles as a shopping bag for their Whole Foods grocery trips.

IMPORTANT HAT #17
PALEO HAT

This unmis-steak-able trend in cow-ture hats was the original inspiration for Lady Gaga’s famous dress. The rarest and most sought-after cuts come with a photo of the cow, its name and a letter about the beautiful life it lived in the pastures.

IMPORTANT HAT #18
ONE GIANT HAT FOR MANKIND

This hat takes up a lot of space, and that’s the best way to get noticed. Made of recycled NASA scraps, this hat was worn by Katy Perry for her performance of E.T. at the MTV Music Awards. Now anyone can wear it and feel like a star.

IMPORTANT HAT #19
WHAT COLOR IS THIS HAT

Whether you see gold and white, black and blue, or you “don’t see color in post-racial America,” 2015 was all about being seen in this hat inspired by the dress the internet couldn’t stop talking about.

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“AN ANTIC, SCI-FI FANTASY”

- The New York Times

“INSPIRED AND HILARIOUS, with an OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE! ONE OF THE MOST DELIGHTFULLY ORIGINAL COMEDIES TO SHOW UP IN THESE PARTS FOR FAR TOO LONG!”

- The Huffington Post

“INGENIOUS! OUTRAGEOUS! BRILLIANT! HILARIOUS! HALLUCINATORY! A CAMP CLASSIC!”

- The Wrap

“CASTMEMBERS FLING THEMSELVES into the DIZZY FROLICS with TERRIFIC VERVE”

- The New York Times

“A WACKADOODLE SCI-FI FROLIC”

- Time Out New York

“ZANILY BRILLIANT!”

- The Guardian

“HILARIOUS, IRREVERENT and IMAGINATIVE!”

- Theatermania

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