The Elephant Man

October 28 – November 12

by Bernard Pomerance

Directed by Mark Gallagher

The Elephant Man is based on the true story of John Merrick, a horribly deformed young man who is the victim of rare skin and bone diseases, and has become the star freak attraction in traveling side shows. He is admitted to London’s prestigious Whitechapel hospital under the care of the celebrated young physician Frederick Treves. Merrick is introduced to London society and slowly evolves from an object of pity to an urbane and witty favorite of the aristocracy and literati; but time and again society is shown, due to its privilege and decay, to be almost a carnival in itself.


M. Rowan Meyer* as John Merrick in Gallery Players’ The Elephant Man (photo by Alice Teeple)



Saturday, Oct 28 @ 8pm
Sunday, Oct 29 @ 3pm

Thursday, Nov 2 @ 8pm
Friday, Nov 3 @ 8pm
Saturday, Nov 4 @ 2pm
Saturday, Nov 4 @ 8pm
Sunday, Nov 5 @ 3pm

Thursday, Nov 9 @ 8pm
Friday, Nov 10 @ 8pm
Saturday, Nov 11 @ 2pm
Saturday, Nov 11 @ 8pm
Sunday, Nov 12 @ 3pm

The Cast

Daniel Damiano – Ross/Bishop How/Snork
Alfred Gingold* – Gomm/Conductor
M. Rowan Meyer* – John Merrick
Jesi Mullins – Alternating Miss Sandwich/Pinhead/Princess/Duchess/Countess
Elisabeth Preston* – Mrs. Kendal
Brooke DeAnna Robinson* – Alternating Miss Sandwich/Pinhead/Princess/Duchess/Countess
Christopher Romero Wilson – Pinhead Manager/London Policeman/Will (Porter)/Earl/Lord John
Adam Unze* – Frederick Treves/Belgian Policeman

*appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

The Staff

Executive Producer: Mark Harborth
Director of Production: Scott Cally
Company Manager: Nick Radu-Blackburn
Director: Mark Gallagher
Scenic Designer: Matthew S. Crane
Lighting and Video Designer: Heather Crocker
Costume Designer: Joey Haws
Props Designer: Roxanne Goodby
Original Music Composition: Jacob Subotnick
Production Stage Manager: Katelyn Kocher
Assistant Stage Managers: Michelle Danahy and Timothy Sheridan
Casting Director: Jessi Blue Gormezano
Dialect Coach: Rosalind Ashford



Tennessee Williams’ Sweet Bird of Youth


Nancy Rich and Adam Fontana* in Tennessee Williams’ SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH


Saturday, March 11 @ 8:00pm
Sunday, March 12 @ 3:00pm (GalleryTalks)

Thursday, March 16 @ 8:00pm
Friday, March 17 @ 8:00pm (Alumni Night)
Saturday, March 18 @ 2:00pm
Saturday, March 18 @ 8:00pm
Sunday, March 19 @ 3:00pm

Thursday, March 23 @ 8:00pm
Friday, March 24 @ 8:00pm
Saturday, March 25 @ 2:00pm
Saturday, March 25 @ 8:00pm
Sunday, March 26 @ 3:00pm



Heavenly Finley – Erin Beirnard*
Stuff – David Couter
Edna – Lisa Fernandez*
Heckler – Mike Flanagan
Chance Wayne – Adam Fontana*
Scotty – Chad W. Fornwalt
Boss Finley – James Harter*
Charles/Fly – Cory McCants
Miss Lucy – Megan McDermott*
Aunt Nonnie – Noelle McGrath*
George Scudder – Greg Pragel
Princess Kos – Nancy Rich
Tom Jr. – Benjamin Russell*
Dan Hatcher – Thanos Skouteris
Bud – Benjamin Standford
Violet – Erika Vetter

*appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association
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Executive Producer – Mark Harborth
Producer – Jonathan-Bruce King
Director – Jesse Marchese
Set Designer – Matthew Crane
Lighting Designer – Zach Weeks
Costume Designer – Dominique Fawn Hill
Props Designer – Roxanne Goodby
Sound Designer/Composer – Eric Glauber

A Few Good Men

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Frank Lewallen as Col. Jessup in Gallery Players' A Few Good Men (photo by Tanya Parks)

Frank Lewallen as Col. Jessup in Gallery Players’ A Few Good Men (photo by Tanya Parks)

This Broadway hit about the trial of two Marines for complicity in the death of a fellow Marine at Guantanamo Bay sizzles on stage. The Navy lawyer, a callow young man more interested in softball games than the case, expects a plea bargain and a cover up of what really happened. Prodded by a female member of his defense team, the lawyer eventually makes a valiant effort to defend his clients and, in so doing, puts the military mentality and the Marine code of honor on trial.

“Enormously entertaining.” – New York Daily News “Plenty of wise cracking humor and suspense.” – Time Magazine
“Fresh and adroitly updated and conditioned to our time and socio-political climate.” – NY Post

Performance Schedule

Saturday, Dec 3 @ 8:00pm
Sunday, Dec 4 @ 3:00pm (GalleryTalks)

Thursday, Dec 8 @ 8:00pm
Friday, Dec 9 @ 8:00pm (Alumni Night)
Saturday, Dec 10 @ 2:00pm
Saturday, Dec 10 @ 8:00pm
Sunday, Dec 11 @ 3:00pm
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Thursday, Dec 15 @ 8:00pm
Friday, Dec 16 @ 8:00pm
Saturday, Dec 17 @ 2:00pm (at this performance Jake Alexander will be playing the role of Lieutenant Junior Grade Daniel Kaffee)
Saturday, Dec 17 @ 8:00pm
Sunday, Dec 18 @ 3:00pm

The Cast

Lieutenant Colonel Nathan Jessep Frank Lewallen
Lieutenant Junior Grade Daniel Kaffee Joseph Cassese*
Lieutenant Commander JoAnne Galloway Justine Campbell-Elliott
Lieutenant Junior Grade Sam Weinberg Sam Parrott
Captain Jack Ross Robert Mueller
Commander Walter Stone Kyle Minshew*
Private First Class Louden Downey Adam Unze*
Lance Corporal Harold W. Dawson Joshua David Scarlett
Captain Matthew A. Markinson Ray Crisara*
Private First Class William T. Santiago Pablo Vazquez
Captain Isaac Whitaker Michael Janove*
Lieutenant Jonathan James Kendrick Derrick Marshall
Colonel Julius Alexander Randolph Alan Altschuler*
Corporal Jeffrey Owen Howard Jonathan Miles*
JAG Attorney Dave (Lawyer #1) Gilly Caulo
JAG Attorney Lyle (Lawyer #2) Lee Baptiste
Corporal Tom Jake Alexander
M. P. #1 Dustin Sutliff
M. P. #2 Jake Alexander
Corporal Dunn Gilly Caulo
Corporal Hammaker Lee Baptiste
Sergeant At Arms Gilly Caulo
Orderly Lee Baptiste
Cameraman Kevin Bain*

The Staff

Executive Producer – Mark Harborth
Producer – Jonathan King
Director – Mark Harborth
Lighting Designer – Scott Cally
Costume Designer – Mary Rubi
Props Designer – Roxanne Goodby
Fight Director – Joseph Travers
Production Stage Manager – Maggie Smith
Assistant Stage Manager – Lisette Shiffer














Richard III

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RICHARD III by William Shakespeare

July 14 – July 31, 2016


Thursday, July 14 @ 7:30pm
Friday, July 15 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, July 16 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, July 17 @ 3:00pm

Thursday, July 21 @ 7:30pm
Friday, July 22 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, July 23 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, July 24 @ 3:00pm

Thursday, July 28 @ 7:30pm
Friday, July 29 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, July 30 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, July 31 @ 3:00pm
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Warning: This play contains cigarette smoking and strong language

Performance Schedule

Saturday, March 12 @ 8pm
Sunday, March 13 @ 3pm (GalleryTalks)

Thursday, March17 @ 8pm
Friday, March 18 @ 8pm (Alumni Night)
Saturday, March 19 @ 2pm
Saturday, March 19 @ 8pm
Sunday, March 20 @ 3pm
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Thursday, March 24 @ 8pm
Friday, March 25 @ 8pm
Saturday, March 26 @ 2pm
Saturday, March 26 @ 8pm
Sunday, March 27 @ 3pm

The Cast

Chief Bromden – Jonathan Mesisca
Dale Harding – James Swanson*
Billy Bibbit – Christopher James Russell
Scanlon – Dan Kellmer
Cheswick – John DeSilvestri
Martini – Justin Bennett*
Ruckley – David Littleton
Randle P. McMurphy – Joseph Cassese*
Ellis – Henrique Rizzo
Aide Warren – James L. Toback
Aide Williams – Brandon E. Burton
Dr. Spivey – David Mackler
Nurse Ratched – Sidney Fortner*
Nurse Flynn – Rhiannon McClintock
Aide Turkle – Timothy Covington
Candy Starr – Erin Whited-Ford
Sandra – Amy Scanlon

The Staff

Executive Producer: Mark Harborth
Producer: Jonathan Bruce King
Director: Mark Harborth
Assistant Director: Kimberly Olsen
Scenic design: Robert Bianco
Lighting design: Scott Andrew Cally
Costume design: Tony Johnson
Sound design: Jorge Olivo
Prop design: Roxanne Goodby
Fight Director: Joseph Travers
Production Stage Manager: Roxanne Goodby
Asst. Stage Manager: Emily La Rosa
Press: Michael Martinez
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Justin Bennett (Martini) New York Theater includes Laughter on the 23rd Floor, King Lear, Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, Curse of the Starving Class, Cymbeline, Scenes from a Staten Island Ferry, Suits & Ties.  Regional Theater includes Legend of Sleepy Hollow (East Lynne Theater Company), Comedy of Errors, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Alexander and the Terrible… (Mill Mountain Theater), West Side Story.  National tours include one-man shows with Kid Power Productions and Slim Goodbody.  He is also a freelance director.  Justin recently directed The Adding Machine Off-Broadway.  Other favorite directing credits include The Boys Next Door, All in the Timing, 45 Seconds from Broadway, Separate Tables.  Classical and Contemporary Pianist.  BA Theater Arts, LaGrange College, Summa Cum Laude.




Brandon E. Burton (Aide Williams) is an actor/director from Saint Louis, Missouri. Educated at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Brandon trained formally in 2011 at the William Esper Studio New York City. Brandon has worked as an actor for the last 3 years working with companies like The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival and PS 122 as well as with renowned performers like Rick Sordelet and Tim Miller. Brandon co-founded and serves as Artistic Director of the artist collective SSBKLYN, a social justice multimedia company dedicated to bettering the human condition by producing the works of underrepresented people and populations. Brandon co-hosts, curates and edits the company’s first project, “The Anti-Americana Podcast” which is now available on Soundcloud.






Joseph Cassese (Randle P. McMurphy) most recently It Runs In The Family and Run For Your Wife at The Gallery Players in Brooklyn, at The Players on Gramercy Park, in T. Williams’ I Can’t Imagine Tomorrow, other off-off Broadway stage productions include  Waiting For Lefty, Fool For Love and  Frankie and Johnny In the Claire de Lune.  Independent feature films include A Better Place produced by Kevin Smith; studio films include Penny Marshall’s Riding In Cars With Boys. Joseph most recently produced and performed in a short film adaptation of Anthony Marinelli’s Theater Festival Award winning one act play, Acoustic Space which was accepted and screened in the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. He earned his BFA from Seton Hall University in Fine Arts and Criminal Justice Additional Training: Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute; Michael Howard; The Acting Studio, most recently the Atlantic Theatre Company under Karen Kohlhaas and Broadway Director Neil Pepe.


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John DeSilvestri (Cheswick) An actor, voice over artist and producer, John most recently provided the voice for Bunsen in the  Smithsonian’s animated series, “Good Thinking” on YouTube. He was last seen on stage at Manhattan Theater Club in the industry reading of Ben Bartolone’s Timepiece which he also co-produced.  John was trained at the O’Neill National Theater Institute, holds a BA from the University of Hartford and an MBA from Fordham University.

Previous Credits; Theater – London Calling, New Light Theater Project; Timepiece, self-produced; The Mystery of Irma Vep, Cortland Repertory Theater. Television – “Redrum,” “Saturday Night Live.” Voice Over – “Good Thinking!” (animation), Western 1849 (iOS Video Game)
Twitter: JohnDeSilvestri




Sidney Fortner (Nurse Ratched) was last seen at Gallery as Aemilia in Othello.  Other New York credits include:  Lady Macbeth (Macbeth), Queen Margaret (Richard III), Katrine Stockman (An Enemy of the People), Charlotte (The Cherry Orchard), Lady Fidget (The Country Wife), Golda (Fiddler on the Roof), Mistress Quickly (Henry IV, Part Two), Lady Bracknell (The Importance of Being Ernest), Gertrude (Hamlet), Agatha Stanhope (Alison’s House); Regional credits include:  Mrs. Malaprop (The Rivals), Amanda Wingfield (The Glass Menagerie), and Gabrielle (The Madwoman of Chaillot). MFA:  The Shakespeare Theatre Academy for Classical Acting, The George Washington University.  Contact:





Dan Kellmer (Scanlon), is very proud and grateful to be joining the talented cast and crew of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest at The Gallery Players. Dan moved to New York from Philadelphia three and a half years ago to attend graduate school and earn his M.F.A. in acting from The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University. Favorite roles include Mark Rothko in Red, George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, and his thesis role, Graham, in Lady. When not acting, Dan loves oil painting and is passionately in pursuit of creating the world’s greatest bacon, egg and cheese sandwich of which he believes he is close. He wishes to thank his family, dear friends and fiancée Stacie for their love, strength and support. Dan is especially grateful to director Mark Harborth for giving him a shot right out of school.




David Mackler (Dr. Spivey) most recently appeared at The Heights Players as another doctor (Dr. Einstein – no, not Albert) in Arsenic and Old Lace. Other New York credits include A Christmas Carol (Bob Cratchit), Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot (Felix Geisel), Wendy Wasserstein’s Isn’t It Romantic (Simon Blumberg), Agatha Christie’s The Hollow (Edward Angkatell), Noel Coward’s Waiting in the Wings (Alan Bennet), Enchanted April (Frederick Arnott), Room Service (Harry Binion), Morning’s at Seven (Homer); as well as the occasional musical: My Fair Lady (Col. Pickering), Mame (Lindsay Wolsey and Uncle Jeff), Urinetown (Senator Fipp). Thank you to director Mark Harborth for the opportunity to be on the Gallery stage.




Rhiannon McClintock (Nurse Flynn) is excited to be onstage in her first Gallery Players production, although she is no stranger to the organization. She currently serves as a house manager, director of development and secretary of the board, and was assistant stage manager for 2012’s A RAISIN IN THE SUN. Previous roles in New York include Aphrodite in AN EVENING WITH APHRODITE, Molly in LINE, and various characters in MEN. An active volunteer and advocate for the arts, Rhiannon works at the Arts Initiative and Miller Theatre at Columbia University, where she is also pursuing a master’s degree in fundraising management.







Jonathan D. Mesisca (Chief Bromden ) Jonathan is excited to be back at the Gallery after appearing as Juan Perón in Evita.  Select NYC Credits:  Rachel, the Musical (Higgins), Goreé Crossing (Sheriff Bucky), The Devil of Delancey Street (Devil), Once Upon a Mattress (The Minstrel).  National Tour: Laura Ingalls Wilder (Pa Ingalls).  Regional Theatre: Evita (Perón) at The Theater Barn, The Fantasticks (El Gallo) in Ogunquit, ME.  Education:  University of Southern California.  Jonathan thanks Mark for giving him another wonderful opportunity, the Gallery Staff and Crew, and his family and friends for their never-ending love and support.







Henrique Rizzo (Ellis) was born and raised in Brazil where he trained at Oficina De Atores Nilton Travesso. He moved to New York recently and is excited to be part of his first production at The Gallery Players. Henrique performed with the Municipal Theater of São Paulo in FALSTAFF, CARMEN, SALOME, CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA, PAGLIACCI, TOSCA and OTELLO. He was Sebastian in THE LITTLE MERMAID and Clayton in TARZAN (Cia Marquesa De Teatro). Henrique also appeared as The Devil in VIÚVA PORÉM HONESTA and Loco in BARRELA (Cão Bravo Produções).




Christopher Russell (Billy Bibbit) Christopher was born and raised in the United Kingdom, growing up he became passionate about comedy and acting when he discovered they were subjects in school that actually held his attention. He moved to the U.S. in 2012 to study acting at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. When he graduated from The Academy he performed in Romeo and Juliet and Robin Hood: A New Musical by Tony Nominee Douglas Carter Beane at the 2015 Scranton Shakespeare festival. He is excited to be part of this production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and would like to thank his family for the support.




Amy Scanlon (Sandra) is thrilled to be back at Gallery Players. Training includes: Film and Theatre BA, Musical Theatre RADA, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Theatre credits include: It runs in the family, Midsummer Nights Dream, Blithe Spirit (Gallery Players), For Now (NYFringe), The Rental (The Secret Theatre), Scenes of a Sexual Nature (Water People Theatre), Balladeers Play to the Moon (Joe’s Pub)




James Swanson (Harding) is a New York-based actor with a penchant for classical theatre, British farces, and all projects intellectual & eccentric. James graduated from New York University, studying acting at the Stella Adler Studio with a semester at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Previous credits include Run for Your Wife (Gallery Players), Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Taming of the Shrew, Julius Caesar (Shakespeare in the Square), As You Like It (No Stone Productions), Blood & Ice, Three Sisters Two (Stella Adler Studio), Snow White, and Scapino! (Peterborough Players). James is incredibly excited to return to this wonderful company and go just a little mad.







James L. Toback (Aide Warren) is from New York City and is extremely excited to make his debut with The Gallery Players! James studied at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and SUNY Buffalo State, where he appeared in a variety of shows, including Footloose (Willard), The Night of the Iguana (Jake), Den of Thieves (Paul), and Red Demon (Tombi). Love to Mom, Dad, and The Kid




Erin Whited-Ford (Candy Starr) loves a good character! She is therefore ecstatic to portray the kooky Candy Star in her debut with the Gallery Players! Favorite past roles include Solange in The Maids, Joanna in Home Free, and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing. Erin is honored to work with such a strong group of collaborators and would like to thank everyone involved in the production. Erin is a graduate of the William Esper Studio.


The Piano Lesson

Natasha Murray, Jahi Kassa Taquara (photo by Bella Muccari)

Natasha Murray, Jahi Kassa Taquara (photo by Bella Muccari)

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Winner! 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Winner! 2013 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Revival of a Play

Nominee! 2013 Drama League Award, Outstanding Revival of a Play

Winner! 2013 Off Broadway Alliance Award, Best Play Revival

 It is 1936 and Boy Willie arrives in Pittsburgh from the South in a battered truck loaded with watermelons to sell. He has an opportunity to buy some land down home, but he has to come up with the money right quick. He wants to sell an old piano that has been in his family for generations, but he shares ownership with his sister and it sits in her living room. She has already rejected several offers because the antique piano is covered with incredible carvings detailing the family’s rise from slavery. Boy Willie tries to persuade his stubborn sister that the past is past, but she is more formidable than he anticipated.

Performance Schedule

Saturday, Oct 24 at 8:00pm
Sunday, Oct 25 at 3:00pm

Thursday, Oct 29 at 8:00pm
Friday, Oct 30 at 8:00pm
Saturday, Oct 31 at 2:00pm
Saturday, Oct 31 at 8:00pm
Sunday, Nov 1 at 3:00pm

Thursday, Nov 5 at 8:00pm
Friday, Nov 6 at 8:00pm
Saturday, Nov 7 at 2:00pm
Saturday, Nov 7 at 8:00pm
Sunday, Nov 8 at 3:00pm


Boy Willie: Jahi Kassa Taquara
Doaker: James S. Washington*
Lymon: Christopher Chukwueke
Berniece: Natasha Murray
Maretha: Morgan Sydney Hallums
Avery: Charles Browning*
Wining Boy: Kim Sullivan*
Grace: Ruby Thomas

*appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

Production Staff

Producer: Dominic Cuskern
Associate Producer: Justine McLaughlin
Director: Mark Gallagher
Production Stage Manager: Marisa Kilgallen
Assistant Stage Manager: Timothy Sheridan
Lighting Designer: Kate Bashore
Costume Designer: Heather Carey
Prop Master: Roxanne Goodby
Set Designer: Tyler Hampton
Sound Designer: Jorge Olivo
Fight Director: Mike Moreno
Director of Production: Scott Cally
Artistic Director: Mark Harborth

Run For Your Wife

Run For Your Wife

A Conjugal Romp by Ray Cooney

January 17 – February 1, 2015

The Reviews are in!
RUN FOR YOUR WIFE at Gallery Players


Michael Hardart*, Joshua Nicholson and Emily Hooper in RUN FOR YOUR WIFE (photo by Bella Muccari)

Michael Hardart*, Joshua Nicholson and Emily Hooper in RUN FOR YOUR WIFE (photo by Bella Muccari)

Performance Schedule

Saturday, Jan 17 @ 8pm
Sunday, Jan 18 @ 3pm

Wednesday, Jan 21 @ 8pm (ADDED PERFORMANCE)
Thursday, Jan 22 @ 8pm
Friday, Jan 23 @ 8pm
Saturday, Jan 24 @ 2pm (CANCELLED)
Saturday, Jan 24 @ 8pm
Sunday, Jan 25 @3pm

Thursday, Jan 29 @ 8pm
Friday, Jan 30 @ 8pm
Saturday, Jan 31 @ 2pm
Saturday, Jan 31 @ 8pm
Sunday, Feb 1 @ 3pm

 The Cast

Barbara Smith……….EMILY HOOPER
Det. Sergeant Troughton……….JAMES SWANSON
Stanley Gardner……….JOSEPH CASSESE*
Newspaper Reporter……….TIMOTHY PARK
Det. Sergeant Porterhouse……….MICHAEL HARDART*
Bobby Franklyn……….GRACIANY MIRANDA*

The Staff

Producer – L. Sidney Fortner
Director – Mark Harborth
Slapstick Consultant – Sara Slagle
Scenic Design – Jerry Mittelhauser
Lighting Design – Scott A. Cally
Costume Design – David Anthony Crowley
Sound Design – Jacob Subotnick
Properties Design – Sara Slagle
Production Stage Manager – Matthew C. Luppino
Assistant Stage Manager – Liza Penney
Publicist – Michael Martinez



David Gazzo, Bonnie Wickeraad* and Justine Campbell-Elliott in PROOF. (photo by Bella Muccari)

David Gazzo, Bonnie Wickeraad* and Justine Campbell-Elliott in PROOF. (photo by Bella Muccari)


Performance Schedule

Saturday,  October 25 at 8pm
Sunday, October 25 at 3pm (GalleryTalks following performance)

Thursday, October 30 at 8pm
Friday, October 31 at 8pm
Saturday, November 1 at 2pm
Saturday, November 1 at 8pm
Sunday, November 2 at 3pm

Thursday, November 6 at 8pm
Friday, November 7 at 8pm
Saturday, November 8 at 2pm
Saturday, November 8 at 8pm
Sunday, November 9 at 3pm

The Cast

Catherine – Justine Campbell-Elliott
Robert – John Blaylock*
Claire – Bonnie Wickeraad*
Hal – David Gazzo


The Staff

Producer – Mark Harborth
Associate Producers – Sara Slagle
Director – Mark Gallagher
Production Stage Manager – Cassandra Shalansky
Asst. Stage Manager – Adina Halperin
Set Designer – Bradley Wehrle
Lighting Designer – Scott Borowka
Costume Designer – Tony Johnson
Props Designer – Sara Slagle
Original Score composed by Jacob Subotnick


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Andrew and Corey in Gallery Players' MEDEA (photo by Bella Muccari)

Andy Baldeschwiler and Corey Tazmania in Gallery Players’ MEDEA (photo by Bella Muccari)



The Staff

Producer: Dominic Cuskern
Director: Mark Harborth
Stage Manager: Tierney Nolen
Costume Designer: Sidney Fortner
Set Designer: Jerry Mittelhauser
Lighting Designer: Scott Cally
Sound Designer: Jacob Subotnick
Properties Designer: Sara Slagle
Publicist: Frankie Dailey

The Cast

Sarah Arikian*
Andy Baldeschwiler
Paige Kresge,
Marca Leigh*
Nancy Rich
Corey Tazmania
Emma Walton
Avery Wigglesworth
Hannah Wolfe*

The 17th Annual Black Box New Play Festival





Box 1: May 29-June 1

Save the World: Last Chance by Mark Eisman, director Sidney Erik Wright

A middle school teacher is desperate to keep his one geography class and his star pupil who has been training for the state championship. The student’s mother, a former classmate of the teacher’s, is threatening to move out of state to start a new life. The teacher’s passion for geography is so great that he is driven to extreme’s to save

Miro by Kate Bell, director Mike Hayhurst

Horace the dogwalker is having a bad day. He’s somehow managed to lose his largest canine client, a Cane Curso named Miro. But when he confesses his negligence to Miro’s owner, Emma, she confronts him with her own animal nature.

Mama’s Almost Birthday by Lily Rusek, director Sara Lampert Hoover

Long-suffering Isabelle throws a surprise birthday part for her mother, Vera, one week early because her sister Rochelle cannot fit Mama’s real birthday into her schedule. Isabelle’s boyfriend, Lenny, surprises Isabelle and Rochelle gets the
shock of her life.

Fool Me Twice by Bara Swain, director Norma Medina

Desiree, expecting her first child, befriends another patient in the waiting room at her obstetrician’s office. Unbeknownst to the young woman, the stranger is Desiree’s mother, who abandoned her at birth.

Community Service by Brett Epstein, director Jonathon Musser

Heather, the most popular girl in school, must go on a date with Reginald, the nerdiest boy in the school, as community service for some wrongdoing on her part.

Back by Brett Epstein, director Mike Alvarez

A young man flees his Maine hometown after a devastating event. Five years later he returns to rekindle relationships with his brother and his high school pal.

Box 2: June 5-8

The End of August by David Loughlin, director Jim Brodsky

Billy meets his father in the waiting room of a hospital soon after his mother was rushed there in an ambulance. Will, Billy’s father, seems in total denial about the emotional problems that plagued his wife. On this night of nights, Billy confronts him about it.

Catching Up by Tom Sime, director Adrian Wattenmaker

A dark comedy in which Sally, a well-to-do widow and newly minted social work volunteer, goes to visit Fred, a recently paroled murderer, as part of a program to re-integrate him into society. The vast gulf between their worlds narrows but Sally finds herself becoming acclimated to Fred’s way of thinking considerably more than the other way around.

Voices by Nedra Pezold Roberts, director Francesca Di Cesare

Joan of Arc and George Bernard Shaw are now both in heaven where they have spent a few “time out” periods together in the therapist’s waiting room of the Department of Celestial Adjustment. Eternity, it would seem, is not as “heavenly” as we might believe. On this particular day they nearly blunder into a violent confrontation.

The R Word by Jerry Leventhal, director John DeBenedetto

Lou has worked as a traveling salesman for the same company for 45 years. Michael has replaced his father as head of the company and feels there is no place any longer for a traveling salesman. Will Michael be able to convince Lou to accept what he should have seen as inevitable.

Crackers by Judd Lear Silverman, director Katie Lupica

Based on a true story: two women serve tea and reflect on a rather odd event caused by one’s mistake: $6,000 in cash is found in a box of crackers brought home from a local grocery store. In the process of recounting the adventure and what happened, we learn much about the women, their lives, the past and their hopes for
the future.

Toast by Courtney Antonioli director Adrian Wattenmaker

Sarah’s fiftieth birtday came and went without a single acknowledgement from her husband, George. No party. No presents. No cake. What does Sarah decide to do.?

Box 3: June 12-15
Encore, Encore by Colin Speer Crowley, director Paula D’Alessandris

We meet Dorothy Parker as she begins her journey to literary fame. As Dorothy’s career surges, her personal life collapses.

Box 4: June 19-22

Branded by TJ Edwards, director Marc Gallagher

This drama, laced with humor, tells the story of a woman who nearly dies from an AIDS-like disease before a miracle drug rescues her. She becomes the “face” of a pharmaceutical company, bringing her great wealth – but when she advocates for the drug to be given away free to save lives she learns that every drug has a cost – not only financially.