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Lombardi

Suzi Recommended

Directed by Justin Anderson

Although football’s Super Bowl trophy is named for him, few know the real story of Vince Lombardi—his inspirations, his passions and his ability to drive people to achieve what they never thought possible. Diligent young reporter Michael McCormick takes us inside the life of this legendary icon. Featuring Bart Hansard as Coach Lombardi.

All remaining performances of Lombardi are sold out. Email the Box Office if you would like to be put on a wait list for cancellations. You may also come to the theatre on the night of a performance and any unused seats will be sold. Thank you for your continued support of Aurora Theatre.

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About the Playwright

Eric Simonson is an ensemble member and Artistic Associate of Steppenwolf Theatre of Chicago. There he has directed Tony Kushner’s Slavs!, John Olive’s Evelyn and the Polka King, Inspecting Carol, and The Secret Rapture. Also for Steppenwolf, he directed the Chicago, Australian, and Broadway productions of The Song of Jacob Zulu, for which he received a Tony nomination. He has directed his own adaptation of Bang the Drum Slowly for Huntington Theatre in Boston, Next Theatre in Evanston, Los Angeles Theatre Works, and for radio stations WFMT and KCRW, and his adaptation has been performed on National Public Radio Playhouse and at New American Theatre in Rockford, IL. Other directing credits include The Magic Flute at Minnesota Opera, Othello at Court Theatre, Coriolanus, The Normal Heart, Abingdon Square, and Knuckle at Next, Sneaky Feelings at Remains, Kiss of the Spider Woman at Pegasus Players, Scott McPherson’s Til the Fat Lady Sings at Lifeline Theatre, Waiting for Godot and As You Like It at Bailiwick Repertory, and Romeo and Juliet and The Effect of Gamma Rays… for Steppenwolf’s Outreach Program. As an actor, Mr. Simonson appeared in Steppenwolf’s Chicago, La Jolla, London, and New York companies of the Tony Award-winning production of The Grapes of Wrath. He has also appeared on television episodes of Missing Persons, The Untouchables, and The Ben Stiller Show. He is an Instructor at The University of Chicago. Mr. Simonson is the recipient of the Joseph Jefferson Award for The Song of Jacob Zulu, the Nathaniel Prussy Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement from Lawrence University, and the Princess Grace Foundation Award for his work at Steppenwolf Theatre. Mr. Simonson received training from The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and graduated from Lawrence University in 1982.


Producer’s Quote

Aurora Theatre Producing Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez talks about Lombardi, “For many guys, the thought of an evening at the theatre does not sound like much fun. But this show is about an NFL legend. We intentionally planned the run of the show to coincide with the Super Bowl as a living history lesson. What I loved about the play is it is so much more than a man’s play. Behind every great man is a strong woman and Marie Lombardi held her own with a legend. I love the fact that actress Judith Light was nominated for the Tony Award for her performance of the role in the Broadway production.”


Lobby Art Exhibition

High quality sports collectibles and memorabilia at affordable prices.

Green Bay Helmet

Green Bay Packers helmet signed by Aaron Rodgers, Brett Favre & Bart Starr

Presented by Heritage Charity Auctions

A portion of all art sales benefits Aurora Theatre


January 16–February 9, 2014

Performances:
Wednesday–Saturday at 8:00pm*
Saturday & Sunday at 2:30pm
Tickets $20–$30

Wednesday Discount Matinee
February 5 at 10:00am
Tickets $16

Sponsored by
Georgia Gwinnett College


Exclusive Interview

Read the interview with Lombardi’s Carolyn Cook


Tailgate Party

Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders LogoOn Saturday, February 1, Aurora Theare is hosting a Tailgate Party—the best part of attending a live football game! Aurora brings that game-day atmosphere to the theatre parking lot. Grab a hot dog and join us from 4:00pm–7:30pm between our Saturday shows. We’ll even have Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders in attendance!

Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders


Wine Down Wednesdays

Wine Down Wednesday

FREE wine tasting in the lobby before select Wednesday evening performances from 6:30–8:00pm.

Courtesy of
Leslie the Wine Gal
and Savannah Distributors, Inc.





The wines paired for our production of Lombardi are:

January 22—Draft Picks:
Chakana Estate Malbec
Americano Chardonnay
Napa by N.A.P.A. Red Wine
Piccolo Tesoro Rose Moscato

February 5—The Defense Line:
Montebuena Rioja Cosecha
Albarino Con un Par
Nebla Verdejo Reuda
Clos Mont Blanc “Xipella” Red Blend
Flor d’Englora Garnaxta


Cast
Vincent Lombardi Bart Hansard*
Michael McCormick Chris Moses
Marie Lombardi Carolyn Cook*
Jim Taylor Jacob York
Dave Robinson John Stewart*
Paul Hornung Brody Wellmaker
Marie Lombardi u/s Catie Councell
Dave Robinson u/s Dane Troy
Michael/Paul/Jim u/s Edward McCreary
Production Staff
Director Justin Anderson
Producing Artistic Director Anthony P. Rodriguez
Associate Producer Ann-Carol Pence
Stage Manager Dillon Nelson
Dramaturg Kathy Janich
Set & Costume Designers Isabel & Moriah Curley-Clay
Lighting & Video Designer André Christopher Allen
Sound Designer Thom Jenkins
Props Designer Stephanie McCoy
Wig Designer Monty Schuth
Company Manager Katie Pelkey
Technical Director James M. Helms
Assistant Technical Director Daniel Terry
Scenic Artist Sarah Thomson
Assistant Stage Manager Katie Chambers
Crew Traci Weisberg

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.