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The show will run approximately 2 hours
with a 15-minute intermission.

This play contains graphic language and mature content.

The videotaping or making of electronic or other audio and/or visual recordings of this production and distributing recordings or streams in any medium, including the internet, is strictly prohibited, a violation of the author(s)’s rights and action are under United States copyright law. For more information, please visit: https://concordtheatricals.com/

Significant Other was developed during a residency at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center's National Playwrights Conference in 2013. Preston Whiteway, executive director; Wendy C. Goldberg, artistic director. World premiere produced in New York City by Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, artistic director; Harold Wolpert, managing director; Julia C. Levy, executive director; Sydney Beers, general manager) at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre/Laura Pels Theatre on June 18, 2015. I Hope You Dance and music by Mark Daniel Sanders and Tia M. Sillers. Used by permission of Sony ATV/Universal Music. All rights reserved. © UNIVERSAL MUSIC CORP. on behalf of itself and Soda Creek Songs (ASCAP). Because You Loved Me words and music by Diane Warren. Used by permission of Realsongs and Touchstone Pictures Music.

From the President
Rick Trietley

Dear Arts Patrons,

Welcome to the Viterbo University 2022–23 performing arts season. Whether it be for a Bright Star, Conservatory for the Performing Arts, or Weber Center series event, we are very pleased to have you join us for what surely will be an outstanding production.

The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration have always cherished the arts, and we are proud to continue the legacy of our founders. Viterbo is truly blessed to have incredibly talented Conservatory students, faculty, and Fine Arts Center staff. Every show is painstakingly crafted and selected to offer the highest quality and culturally enriching entertainment possible to our community.

To all Viterbo arts patrons, benefactors, sponsors, volunteers, and artists, allow me to express my sincere gratitude for your support. Enjoy the show!

“Pace e Bene”
Peace and all good
Rick Trietley Signature
Rick Trietley
Viterbo University President

Director's Note

The opportunity to co-direct Significant Other with Mary Trotter was presented to me this past summer and I was eager to accept it without a second thought. I had not yet known the whirlwind of lessons I’d learn about collaboration, process, and personal growth. Jordan Berman is a gay, Jewish man living in New York City with his three girlfriends in their late 20s. This show asks us to consider essential questions that inform how we show up in every form of love we encounter. We can all see a bit of ourselves in the admirable journey of Jordan Berman.

Human connection is known to lengthen life and create a sense of belonging. One of life’s challenges is finding a beloved or in the case of the show, your bashert, which is a Yiddish word for destiny, similar to the term soulmate. The play questions if that’s the truest meaning of life. Can one’s life not be complete without a partner? I’ve come to believe that our lives are made whole through the integration of love in all its forms, especialy from self. But do not let me influence your thinking.

This show has expanded my thinking, it’s made me experience a mosaic of emotions. It’s helped me embrace each and every part of my identity. I can own all my queerness, I can accept my obsessive tendencies, and I can lean into the occasional existentialism that comes with the territory of growing up. Even if you do not share similar identities to Jordan, I believe there is still profound value in witnessing his journey. Trotter, myself, and the actors prioritized honoring identity while allowing personal experience to bleed into our connection to the work because “love bleeds.” These are the words of our playwright, Joshua Harmon given in a note. We crafted this somewhat abstract play on that foundation. Jordan’s life events flow one into another, often without a full stop.

Love, oh how it hurts sometimes, but can also fill us with great joy and bring depth to our lives. Jordan’s journey with love is no failure. It’s a search for love, but not just of a partner, of himself. An important consideration is that everyone’s path to love happens differently. We are all on our own journey. How love and relationships play into that journey is different for us all. This is what Jordan struggles to understand.

Please enjoy Viterbo University’s production of Significant Other. If you’ve experienced hardship in your journey to love, contemplate Helene’s advice; “It’s a long book. You’re in a tough chapter. And you don’t know when this chapter will end and the next one will start. But the book is long. It’s a long book.” Be kind in your path to letting love find you.

Yassie Bonner
Co-director, alongside Mary Trotter


Time: 2013–2015
Place: NYC and other significant destinations


Jordan Berman: Joshua Terrones

Laura: Kjersten Danzig

Kiki: Amber Arevalo

Helene: Jean Saladino

Vanessa: Mariana Villanueva

Zach/Evan/Roger: Logan Bailey

Will/Tony/Conrad: Zach Sullivan

Laura/Kiki/Vanessa Understudy: Bailey Millimaki

Jordan Berman Understudy: Zach Sullivan

Production Team

Directors: Yassie Bonner and Mary Trotter

Stage Manager: Sophie La Fave

Assistant Stage Manager: Halle Utterback

Intimacy Director: Mary Trotter

Technical Director: Chad Kolbe

Lighting, Sound, and Scenic Designer: Benjamin Gonzales

Sound Designer: Jake Aune

Master Electrician: Jason Underferth

Assistant Scenic Design: Patricia A. Rivera Torres

Costume Design: Will Handrick

Hair and Makeup Design: Anna Martinson

Costume Shop Supervisor: Jen Brown

Properties Design Master: Jessica Rigdon

Production Crew

Light Board Operator: Laurelle Bandy

Assistant Master Electrician: Emmett Lenselink

Sound Board Operator: Tyler Curtain

Scenic Run Crew: Maura Koth

Costume Crew: Maddy Ballard, Sophia Barbato

Props Run Supervisor: Reagan Kettner

Scenic Build Crew: Zachary Lichner, Spencer Curtis, Claire Capra, Katie Shafer, McKenzie Russ, Clay Corley

Lighting Build Crew: Ellie Parish, Connor Martin, Raven Hurlock, Emmett Lenselink

Props Build Crew: Jo Kasper, Jessica Schneider, Marie Peterson

Costume Build Crew: Gabrielle Moten, Colin Cada, Zachary Sullivan, Anna Vande Krol, Emma Phillips, Jillian Kohl

Special Thanks

Shaun Sperling
Rabbi Brian and Congregation Sons of Abraham
Noffke Sign
Dillon McArdle

FOX 25/48
Mid-West Family
Altra Financial Advisors
Gundersen Hotel and Suites


Amber Arevalo

Amber Arevalo
is a music theatre major and dance minor from Fort Lauderdale and Monterrey, Mexico. Her Viterbo credits are Chris understudy in CARRIE: The Musical, Jo in The Pajama Game, and ensemble in The Night Children. She is also a dancer on the Viterbo dance team. Over the summer, she played Nina in In the Heights at Summer Stock Austin. Arevalo would like to thank her family and friends for their love and support. @amberarevalo


Logan Bailey

Logan Bailey
is a senior acting major from Cleveland. Viterbo performance credits include Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, Elephant’s Graveyard, and Lysistrata. He has performed professionally with Dorney Park, Valleyfair, Rubber City Theatre, and Cleveland Shakespeare Festival. Bailey thanks his family and friends for their support and love. @logan_bailey_


Kjersten Danzig

Kjersten Danzig
is a junior music theatre major with minors in arts administration and dance from Salt Lake City. Past Viterbo credits include understudy in Lysistrata and a roustabout puppeteer in The Elephant Speaks Jazz. Danzig would like to thank her family and friends for their endless support and love. @kjerstendanzig


Bailey Millimaki

Bailey Millimaki
is a sophomore theatre major and dance minor from Kenosha. She has most recently been seen performing at Viterbo with the Platinum Edition show choir. She wants to thank her family for being the most amazing support system and the wonderful production team for giving her this opportunity. Philippians 4:13. Enjoy the Show! @baileyy.katee


Jean Saladino

Jean Saladino
is professor emeritus of the Viterbo music department where she taught voice and choral ensembles until her retirement in 2016. In addition to her teaching career, she has performed professionally in opera and oratorio. She is delighted to be a part of this talented ensemble.


Zach Sullivan

Zach Sullivan
is a sophomore music theatre major and dance minor from Excelsior, Minn. He has previously been seen in CARRIE: The Musical as a swing. He would like to thank his friends and family for their unconditional support. Love you Mom and Dad! @zachthsullivan


Joshua Terrones
is a junior music theatre major with minors in dance and arts administration from Tulsa, Okla. Past credits include Forever Plaid (Sparky), Lysistrata, CARRIE: The Musical (Billy), and Next to Normal (Henry). He'd like to thank the McDonald’s on Losey Blvd for their emotional support. @joshuaterrones


Mariana Villanueva

Mariana Villanueva
is a junior music theatre major with minors in dance and arts administration from San Antonio. Some past Viterbo credits include soloist in the cabaret Why Love?, Myrhinne understudy in Lysistrata, and Helen in CARRIE: The Musical. Most recently, over the summer she played Camila in Summer Stock Austin’s production of In the Heights. She is also a member of the Platinum Edition show choir, on the board for the Student Theatre Project, and secretary of Viterbo Film Studios. She would like to thank her friends and family for their endless support. Enjoy the show! @marianaadele1

Production Team


Yassie Bonner

Yassie Bonner
is a third-year music theatre major from Austin, Texas with a minor in dance. She's been previously seen in Everybody as a Somebody and in Platinum Edition’s Celebration 2022. She would like to thank her family for their endless support and love. @yassiekiara


Mary Trotter

Mary Trotter
is an actor, director, and intimacy choreographer. She joined Viterbo as an adjunct faculty this fall and has taught acting, directing, voice, and movement at Washington State University and the University of Central Missouri. Professional credits span the pacific northwest, Chicago, and New York City. In addition to receiving her BA from Bradley University and MFA from the University of Idaho, she has extensive training with Patsy Rodenburg and Theatrical Intimacy Education. Trotter is a certified NIA instructor and an active participant in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, she has served as the Irene Ryan Coordinator for Region VII for five years and Associate Coordinator with Region V for four years. Additionally, Trotter has produced and directed theatre outreach programs such as Las Memorias and The Performance Project, focused on defining and sharing individual stories of participants. She is a founding member of Connections Theatre Company.


Sophie La Fave

Sophie La Fave
is a sophomore music theatre major with a music minor from the Twin Cities. She has been seen at Viterbo as a swing in CARRIE: The Musical. She is also in the Platinum Edition show choir and loves creating art in many other facets. They are thankful for the community and artistry in the conservatory. @sophlafave


Halle Utterback

Halle Utterback
is a sophomore music theatre major with a dance minor from Austin, Texas. Previously at Viterbo, she was a female swing in CARRIE: The Musical and a member of Diamond Edition show choir. This year, she is a member of Platinum Edition show choir, is an SGA sophomore senator, and is on the honors leadership board. She was thrilled to be assistant choreographer/dance captain of Footloose. She would like to thank her family and friends for traveling from Texas (and all over) to support her. Besos, y’all! @halle.cate


Chad Kolbe

Chad Kolbe
is an associate professor of theatre at Viterbo focusing on design and technology. He teaches courses such as stage craft, principles of design, theatre practicum and stage lighting. He also serves as technical director, and on occasion lighting designer for the theatre and music theatre department. Before Viterbo, Kolbe taught for two years at The University of Northern Iowa, and before that served as head rigger at Des Moines Metro Opera and technical director at The Texas Shakespeare Festival. He enjoys time with family, cooking good food, and being outside exploring all that La Crosse and the surrounding areas have to offer.


Benjamin Gonzales

Benjamin Gonzales
teaches in the areas of theatre history and literature at Viterbo. He recently earned an MFA in theatre arts (focused on dramatic writing) from the University of Idaho. Gonzales also earned a master's in teaching and bachelor of arts in theatre arts and drama from Washington State University. Gonzales currently serves as the national vice-chair of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival's (KCACTF) National Playwriting Program (NPP) and has previously served as the representation, equity, and diversity (RED) coordinator. Professionally, Gonzales is a theatre generalist with experience in lighting design, set design, sound design, technical direction, production management, direction, as well as playwriting.


Jake Aune

Jake Aune
is a sophomore music theatre major from Elk River, Minn. Past Viterbo credits include Stokes in CARRIE: The Musical and Bickle in Footloose. He would like to thank his friends and family for the continuous love and support. @jakeaune00


Jason Underferth

Jason Underferth
has been a lighting designer in the Midwest region for more than 20 years. Most recently, he has spent the last 10 years as the production manager and lighting design lecturer at Saint Mary’s University in Winona, Minn., where he has designed more than 40 shows. Favorite designs include Man of La Mancha and Enchanted April, both at The Commonweal Theatre Company. He is excited to join Viterbo this year as the Conservatory for the Performing Arts’ production coordinator.


Will Handrick

Will Handrick
is a sophomore theatre major focusing on stage management from Minocqua. Past credits at Viterbo include props build for The Pajama Game, stage manager for Speed Dating Tonight! and Measure for Measure, and hair/makeup designer for Footloose. He is ecstatic to continue designing and producing shows at Viterbo and in the future. Handrick would like to extend love and a huge thank you to his family and friends Shea and McKenzie for their unending support! @willixmh_


Anna Martinson

Anna Martinson
is a junior theatre major from Mahtomedi, Minn. Their Viterbo credits include Everybody and Elephant's Graveyard. She has also been seen as Wayna Hopkins in the Student Theatre Project’s production of Puffs and in the ensemble of Heathers at Ashland Productions. They would like to thank their family and friends for the continued love and support. Enjoy! @anna_martinson75


Jessica Rigdon

Jessica Rigdon
is the properties shop supervisor at Viterbo. This is her second season with the Conservatory for the Performing Arts and she is very excited to continue working with students and faculty. She earned a BS in technical theatre from Northwest Missouri State University and an MFA in costume design from Southern Illinois University. This past summer she served as the costume shop manager at the Des Moines Metro Opera and will be returning to work with them again for the summer season in 2023.

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