MEDEA

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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

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 DETAILS

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.

 

 

A Little Night Music

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Rita Rehn* and Richard Rowan* in A Little Night Music (photo by Bella Muccari)

Rita Rehn* and Richard Rowan* in A Little Night Music (photo by Bella Muccari)

Performance Schedule

 
Saturday, January 25 at 8:00pm
Sunday, January 26 at 3:00pm

Thursday, January 30 at 8:00pm
Friday, January 31 at 8:00pm
Saturday, February 1 at 8:00pm
Sunday, February 2 at 3:00pm

Thursday, February 6 at 8:00pm
Friday, February 7 at 8:00pm
Saturday, February 8 at 2:00pm
Saturday, February 8 at 8:00pm
Sunday, February 9 at 3:00pm

Thursday, February 13 at 8:00pm
Friday, February 14 at 8:00pm
Saturday, February 15 at 2:00pm
Saturday, February 15 at 8:00pm
Sunday, February 16 at 3:00pm

The Cast

Madame Armfeldt                              JUDITH ROBERTS*
Desiree Armfeldt                                RITA REHN*
Fredrika Armfeldt                               KATE SEMMENS
Fredrik Egerman                                  RICHARD ROWAN*
Anne Egerman                                     EMILY STOKES
Henrik Egerman                                  ROBBIE TORRES
Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm             ROB LANGEDER*
Countess Charlotte Malcolm              BARRIE KREINIK*
Petra                                                    KILEY CAUGHEY
Frid                                                     SCOTT VICARI
Malla                                                   BROOKE L. WILLIAMS
Bertrand                                              JOHN ALDEN HOOPER
Osa                                                      MORGAN PATTON
Mr. Lindquist                                     JOSH POWELL*
Mrs. Nordstrom                                 FAYLOTTE JOY CRAYTON
Mrs. Anderssen                                  SAMANTHA JEFFREYS
Mr. Erlanson                                       MAXIMUS DE FRANCESCO
Mrs. Segstrom                                    MELANIE LONG
 
*AEA Members

 

The Staff

Producer – Frankie Dailey
Director – Tom Rowan
Musical Director – Max Grossman
Choreographer – Elyse Daye Hart
Asst. Director – Francesca Di Cesare
Assoc. Choreographer – Trey Mitchell
Production Stage Manager – Robert Mills
Asst. Stage Managers – Sophie Frankle, Morgan Patton, John Alden Hooper
Costume Designer – Heather Carey
Asst. Costume Designer – Kathleen Matson
Set Designer – Chris Minard
Lighting Designer – Andrew Lu
Asst. Lighting Designer – Soh-Young Lee
Sound Designer – Jacob Subotnick
Properties Designer – Sara Slagle

EQUUS

 

Ryan Pater and Dean Thomas in EQUUS (photo by Bella Muccari)

Ryan Pater and Dean Thomas in EQUUS (photo by Bella Muccari)

 

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THE CAST

Alfred Gingold* Martin Dysart
Dean Thomas Alan Strang
Lindsay Timmington Nurse
Victoria Bundonis* Hester Salomon
Greg Horton* Frank Strang
Rosalind Ashford*  Dora Strang
Ryan Pater Horseman/Nugget
J. B. Alexander Harry Dalton
Adelind Horan Jill Mason

featuring

Ryan Arthur, Brandon Johnson, Chris Negron, Andrew Orsie

*denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association

THE STAFF

Producer – Frankie Dailey
Director – Mark Gallagher
Scenic Designer – Young Juang
Lighting Designer – Scott Borowka
Costume Designer – Tony Johnson
Props Designer – Sara Slagle
Sound Design & Music Composition – Jacob Subotnick
Mask Designer – Young Juang
Production Stage  Manager – Kathleen Parker
Asst. Stage Manager – Soh-Young Lee

Noel Coward’s BLITHE SPIRIT

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Winner of the 2009 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival

This much-revived classic from the playwright of Private Lives offers up fussy, cantankerous socialite-novelist, Charles Condomine; his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira; one Madame Arcati, the ‘happy medium’ enlisted by Condomine to ‘call up’ new material for his book; and his current wife, Ruth, who accidentally ‘passes over’ as a result. As these (worldly and un-) personalities clash, Charles’ gets more material than he bargained for.

“Can still keep an audience in a state of tickled contentment” – Ben Brantley, The New York Times, 2009. “A world-class comedy” – TheatreMania.com, 2009.

Four months after it’s first production set a performance record in London’s West End in 1941, this smash comedy hit was produced in New York, at Broadway’s Morosco Theatre. Its many manifestations since include movies, television, radio, and the musical, High Spirits.

 

Matt W. Cody as Charles and Amber Nicole Guest as Elvira in Blithe Spirit

Matt W. Cody as Charles and Amber Nicole Guest as Elvira in Blithe Spirit (photo by Bella Muccari)

 

VOTE for Blithe Spirit HERE

VOTE for Blithe Spirit HERE

 

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Matt W. Cody as Charles Condomine in Blithe Spirit. (photo by Bella Muccari)

Matt W. Cody as Charles Condomine in Blithe Spirit. (photo by Bella Muccari)

 

Amber Nicole Guest as Elvira in Blithe Spirit.  (photo by Bella Muccari)

Amber Nicole Guest as Elvira in Blithe Spirit. (photo by Bella Muccari)

Bonnie Wickeraad as Ruth in Blithe Spirit.  (photo by Bella Muccari))

Bonnie Wickeraad as Ruth in Blithe Spirit. (photo by Bella Muccari))

THE PLAYERS

Edith Amy Scanlon
Madame Arcati Noelle McGrath*
Mrs. Bradman Patricia Lavin
Dr. Bradman Elliott Mayer*
Ruth Bonnie Wickeraad*
Elvira Amber Nicole Guest*
Charles Matt W. Cody*
*members of Actors’ Equity Assoc.

THE STAFF

Producer Frankie Dailey
Director Sue Glausen
Production Stage Manager Kathleen Parker
Set Designer Olia Rogova
Asst Set Designer Soh-Young Lee
Lighting Designer Andrew Lu
Costume Designer Joey Haws
Sound Designer Jacob Subotnick
Props Designer Sara Slagle

 

 

 

The Merchant of Venice

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There is no vice so simple but assumes
Some mark of virtue on his outward parts.
Bassanio, Act III, Scene 2.

 

 

Begun shortly after the completion of his frothy A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare’s The most excellent Historie of the Merchant of Venice—as it was titled at it first printing—began its controversial stage life in 1596-97.  Richard Burbage himself—chief actor with the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, Shakespeare’s troupe—played Shylock in a ’fiery red wig’, evocative of both Judas and the devil in medieval mystery plays.  The likelihood that the company’s resident comedian, Will Kempe, played the ‘clown’, Launcelot Gobbo, leads to speculation that Shylock was primarily not written as a comedic character.  Historically, Jews were expelled from England in 1290 and remained absent in any significant number until the end of the 17th century; Renaissance English familiarity with Jewish people and practices was anecdotal at best.  That fact, coupled with conflicting attitudes regarding the Venetian Republic and its own ties to Jewish moneylenders, made that city-state the perfect—and censor-proof—setting for a play mixing romantic comedy and political/religious satire.  Over the years, the play has been revived again and again for its relevance to a world becoming—paradoxically, in this electronic age—ever more socially, religiously, financially, and politically polarized.
 

Dominic Cuskern, heading the cast as Shylock, appeared on Broadway in Inherit the Wind, starring George C. Scott.  He created the role of Ganesha, the Hindu God, in Terrence McNally’s A Perfect Ganesh, at its Manhattan Theatre Club debut, starring Zoe Caldwell.  He also played Labisse in the National Tour of Victor/Victoria.  Dominic has performed numerous roles at New York City’s The Pearl Theatre as a long-standing member of its Resident Acting Company.  In the more than 20 years he has been involved with The Gallery Players, Dominic’s roles have extended from actor to director to producer—including a sizeable stint as Board of Directors president.  He is the creator and producer of The Peanut Gallery and most recently added to his Gallery portfolio the position of Producer, Players’ Shakespeare: OnStage.
Set in the Italian Renaissance, The Merchant of Venice will be produced virtually uncut, following both historical and textual cues, honoring Shakespeare’s craft by selecting production elements for their ability to serve the story.  Working in collaboration with his carefully-chosen ensemble, director Mark Harborth will illuminate the Bard’s tale of love and money and the complications that can arise when basic human desires take unexpected turns.

 

 

 

Dominic Cuskern* as Shylock and David Patrick Ford* as Antonio in The Merchant of Venice.

Dominic Cuskern* as Shylock and David Patrick Ford* as Antonio in The Merchant of Venice.

 

THE SCHEDULE

Thursday, July 18 – 7:30pm
Friday, July 19 – 7:30pm
Saturday, July 20 – 7:30pm
Sunday, July 21 – 3:00pm
Monday, July 22 – 7:30pm  (“pay-what-you-can” night)

Thursday, July 25 – 7:30pm
Friday, July 26 – 7:30pm
Saturday, July 27 – 7:30pm
Sunday, July 28 – 3:00pm

Thursday, August 1 – 7:30pm
Friday, August 2 – 7:30pm
Saturday, August 3 – 7:30pm
Sunday, August 4 – 3:00pm

 

 THE PLAYERS

J.B. Alexander Tubal
Erin Beirnard* Portia
Kevin Blackwelder Salanio
Dominic Cuskern* Shylock
Colin Dweir Gratiano
Cara Farlow Jessica
David Patrick Ford* Antonio
Jonathan Green Lorenzo
Hunter Hoffman Bassanio
Luke Hofmaier Balthasar
Mark Kinch Salerio
Louis  Lavoie Launcelot
Elliot Mayer* Duke of Venice
Louise Stewart* Nerissa
J.D. Kellman* Leonardo

 

THE TEAM

Frankie Dailey Producer
Mark Harborth Director
Sidney Fortner Asst. Director/Dramaturge
Becky J. Doster Production Stage Manager
Kathleen Parker Asst. Stage Manager
Timothy Sheridan Asst. Stage Manager
Soh-Young Lee Asst. Stage Manager
Scott Cally Lights
Sidney Fortner Costumes
Jacob Subotnick Sound
Sara Slagle Props
Ross Jernigan Costume Asst.
Kyle Pearson Costume Asst.

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The Staff

Producer: Connor Davis
Director: Mark Gallagher
Scenic Designer: Mike Kaukl
Lighting Designer: Scott Borowka
Costume Designer: Tony Johnson
Sound Designer: Jacob Subotnick
Music Composer: Ashur Rayis
Properties and Set Dressing: Sara Slagle
Production Stage Manager: Craig Rosenthal
Assistant Stage Manager: Tim Sheridan

 

The Cast

Akthar……………………………………………..Gen Parton Shin              Crowther…………………………………………..Michael Gregory              Dakin………………………………………………Cory Michael Kosel              Lockwood…………………………………………Josh Gulotta
Posner….…………………….……………………Corey Camperchioli*
Rudge……………………..…………..…………Thomas Edward
Scripps…….…………………………………..…Matt Cusack* Timms……………………………………………..Jake Levitt     Headmaster………………………………………Michael Horowitz
Mrs. Lintott…..…………………………………….Rosalind Ashford*              Hector…………………………………………..….James Luse           Irwin……………………………………………….David Lind

The History Boys Performance Schedule

Sat Dec 8 – 8:00pm
Sun Dec 9 – 3:00pm

Thur Dec 13 – 8:00pm
Fri Dec 14 – 8:00pm
Sat Dec 15 – 2:00pm and 8:00pm
Sun Dec 16 – 3:00pm

Thur Dec 20 – 8:00pm
Fri Dec 21 – 8:00pm
Dec 22 – 2:00pm and 8:00pm
Dec 23 – 3:00pm

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Book by George Furth

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

 

Sondheim’s classic kaleidoscope of contemporary relationships seen through the lens of Bobby, the last single man among his married friends, set on the eve of his 35th Birthday. This timeless journey of romantic self-examination in the heart of New York City, with a witty book by George Furth, is told through such musical-comedy landmarks as “Another Hundred People”, “The Ladies Who Lunch” and “Being Alive”.

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Performance Schedule

Saturday, Oct 20 – 8:00pm
Sunday, Oct 21 – 3:00pm

Thursday, Oct 25 – 8:00pm
Friday, Oct 26 – 8:00pm
Saturday, Oct 27 – 8:00pm
Sunday, Oct 28 – 3:00pm

Thursday, Nov 1 – 8:00pm
Friday, Nov 2 – 8:00pm
Saturday, Nov 3 – 2:00pm &  8:00pm
Sunday, Nov 4 – 3:00pm

Thursday, Nov 8 – 8:00pm
Friday, Nov 9 – 8:00pm
Saturday, Nov 10 – 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sunday, Nov 11 – 3:00pm

The Staff

Producer: Connor Davis
Director: Andrew Block
Music Director: Charlotte Evans
Choreography: Melissa Riker
Scenic Design: Kathryn Lieber
Lighting/Sound Design: Tony Lepore
Costume Design: Mike Kaukl
Production Stage Manager: Phoebe Duncan
Properties Design: Sara Slagle
Casting Director: Ian Lowe

The Cast

April………….Diana Rose Becker
Paul………….Chris Caron
Sarah………..Debra Carozza*
David………..Thom Christensen
Peter………..John Gazzale
Kathy………..Dana Domenick*
Harry…………Greg Horton*
Susan………..Margaret-Ellen Jeffreys*
Jenny………..Katie Johannigman*
Joanne……..Cindy Marchionda*
Robert………David Schoonover*
Amy…………Sarah Stevens*
Larry………..Dominic Cuskern*
Marta………..Darcy Yellin*

Lend Me a Tenor

by Ken Ludwig
September 8 – 23, 2012

Lend me a TenorIt’s the biggest night in the history of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company. When Tito Morelli, a renowned tenor about to make his North American premiere, is incapacitated by a series of calamities; Max, the office boy, is forced to impersonate him. What follows is a chain reaction of mistaken identity, innuendo and absurd plot twists that are as funny as they are ridiculous.

 

Performance Schedule

Saturday, September 8 – 8pm
Sunday, September 9 – 3pm

Thursday, September 13 – 8pm
Friday, September 14 – 8pm
Saturday, September 15 – 2pm
Saturday, September 15 – 8pm
Sunday, September 16 – 3pm

Thursday, September 20 – 8pm
Friday, September 21 – 8pm
Saturday, September 22 – 2pm
Saturday, September 22 – 8pm
Sunday, September 23 – 3pm

The Cast

Joe Beuerlein……………….Max

Gregory Cohan……………..Bellhop

Laura Lawson……………….Diana

Marisol Miller-Wave……….. Maria

Sean Patterson*……………..Tito

Amanda Pulcini*……………  Maggie

Jim Shine…………………… Saunders

Pauline Walsh……………… Julia

The Staff

Mark Harborth………………Producer

Dominic Cuskern……………Director

Joey Haws…………………..Costume Design

Andrew Lu…………………. Set Design

Michael O’Connor…………. Lighting Design

Sara Slagle…………………. Props & Set Dressing

Jacob Subotnick…………….Sound Design

Vocal Coach……………….   Steve Olsen/Natalie Tenebaum

Reading Series

United States v. Ezra Pound by T J Edwards

Saturday June 2nd, 3pm

No reservations required. FREE.

Every word true: his broadcasts, his trial, his poetry, the debate. A cast of ten tells the story of the only American artist to go on trial for treason against the United States. Dominic Cuskern stars in a reading on the life of the disaffected poet who turned to Fascism, broadcast from Italy, was arrested and imprisoned, rendered home to the U.S. for charges of treason, then thrown in a mental hospital for 12 years. The greatest English-language literary influence in the 20th century was sent to a hell-hole rather than face his crimes. This is the story and every word true, taken from first-hand accounts, broadcasts, trial transcripts, diaries, books and essays. You may think you know the story. You do not know the story.