There are too many people to properly thank them all, so apologies if I forgot you! (THIS is when having 5 brain surgeries has a benefit! "It's not my fault I forgot! Really, it's not." I will add you when I remember.)
To start, thanks to Stewart Stern for his original screenplay. (Over the years, the screenplay was once in the hand of a future childrens' book author, Dr. Seuss, and also the brilliant playwright Clifford Odets. Odets supposedly wrote the "I got the bullets!" line that still exists. Next, the 3 leads, James Dean, Natalie Wood, and Sal Mineo and their director, Nicholas Ray for creating cinematic magic.
Thanks to the overwhelming number of people who sent us letters and emails for years (literally) about how touched they were by our productions. They are priceless and make any snarky, hack reviews seem moot... (On the snarky front, 'thanks' to James Jennings and his daughter for making life miserable at the ATA and for giving a group of strangers a loud tour of the theatre during an actual performance and making sure we'd never deal with a worse theatre owner in the rest of our careers. Also, personal thanks to the multipe pervy ticketing staff at the Theatre Row box office for catcalling and passing around the issue of some long out-of-print magazine where I appeared in the swimsuit issue. Oh, how some things have hopefully changed for the better.)
Sincere thanks to Christopher Walls for the show photos and the original website. Coke O'Neal took the beautiful first production poster photos in Central Park. Thanks to the James Dean Museum, David Loehr, Lenny Prussack and the entire town of Fairmount, IN for their support and for welcoming Josh Coleman and I at DeanFest, 2005. We felt the love from everyone. Thanks to the DeanZine Magazine for their press. Huge thanks to Bernadette Plaza & Susan Booker for chartering a bus from DE to NY to bring in a bigger audience. Also, thanks to those who came to the show with an open mindand Mud Makeup for sending their students to use their great products and talent on us nightly.
You learn from DOING. Rebel taught more than 4 yrs at NYU. I learned so much, mostly the hard way, that founding ReGroup Theatre 5 years later was only natural. WhiIe I learned decades of knowledge, Rebel is one of the most personal things I will ever do. Best of all, I met Selena C. Dukes and Joshua Coleman and have worked with them repeatedly since Rebel. - Allie
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