Cast

GUYS AND DOLLS Cast + Creatives


CREATIVE TEAM

FRANK LOESSER

(Composer/Lyricist) One of America's great composer/lyricists, Frank Loesser began his songwriting career during the Depression as a lyricist, contributing songs to Broadway revues and nightclub acts. His work with composer Irving Actman in the 1936 revue The Illustrator's Show led to a songwriting contract in Hollywood, where he spent the next eleven years working with such composers as Burton Lane, Jule Styne, Arthur Schwartz and Hoagy Carmichael. Some of his film songs from that period include "Two Sleepy People," "Jingle Jangle Jingle" and "I Don't Want To Walk Without You." The first song for which Loesser wrote both words and music was "Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition," written during his World War II service. His Hollywood work after the war included the hit songs "Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year," "A Slow Boat To China," and the 1949 Oscar-winning song "Baby, It's Cold Outside." In 1948 Loesser was approached by fledgling Broadway producers Cy Feuer and Ernest Martin to write music and lyrics to George Abbott's libretto for an adaptation of the classic Brandon Thomas play Charley's Aunt. The new musical, which starred Ray Bolger, was called Where's Charley? and was a hit. This led to Loesser's next show, the hugely influential and successful Guys And Dolls in 1950, also produced by Feuer and Martin, with a script by Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling. In 1956 Loesser wrote the libretto, music and lyrics for his next show, The Most Happy Fella, adapted from Sidney Howard's play, They Knew What They Wanted. This impressive score contains over 30 musical numbers and makes extensive use of operatic techniques and forms, including recitative, arias, duets, trios and choral numbers. In 1960 he provided the score and was co-librettist for Greenwillow. In 1961, Loesser wrote the score for the Pulitzer Prize-winning How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. His last show, Pleasures And Palaces, closed in 1965 during out-of-town try-outs. For more information on Frank Loesser, please visit his official website frankloesser.com.

JO SWERLING

(Musical Book Writer) Born in Russia in 1897, Jo Swerling was a playwright, screenwriter and vaudeville sketch writer. Mr. Swerling's long career began as a reporter and feature writer in New York and Chicago.

Abe Burrows

(Musical Book Writer) After studying to be a doctor and an accountant, Abe Burrows had a career in sales before becoming a successful radio script writer and writer/performer of musical parody numbers. His first Broadway libretto was Guys and Dolls, co-written with Jo Swerling, with a score by Frank Loesser. Among the musicals for which he provided librettos are Make A Wish, Can-Can and Silk Stockings (both with scores by Cole Porter), Say, Darling, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (which he also directed; score by Frank Loesser). His non-musical plays include Cactus Flower (wrote and directed) and Forty Carats (directed).

NICOLAS MINAS

(Director) is an NYC based theater, television, and film director. In New York he has directed the world premiere of Came Tumbling After by Nathan Cann, Stand Up Tragedy by Bill Cain, his own adaptation of Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters, and the New York Musical Festival production of Chance. Regional theater credits include Arsenic and Old Lace, Avenue Q, The 39 Steps, Around the World in 80 Days. His Chicago production of Woody Guthrie’s American Song, received 5 Jeff Award nominations including Outstanding Director of a Musical. He was Assistant Director for the Broadway production of Driving Miss Daisy (with James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave), the Assistant Director for the off-Broadway premiere of Sarah Ruhl's Orlando, held an SDC Observership on the Live at Lincoln Center Production of Company (Neil Patrick Harris, Patti LuPone, Stephen Colbert) and he was the Assistant Director of Filming for the Emmy Award winning Live at Lincoln Center production of Sweeney Todd (with Emma Thompson and Audra McDonald). He recently directed the first two episodes of the new half hour television comedy Half Life (starring Larisa Oleynik and Finnerty Steeves). He couldn’t be happier to be working at Virginia Stage Company for the first time and is grateful to all the incredible collaborators he has had the pleasure to work with here.

DAVID SHUHY 

(Scenic Designer) is Lecturer of Scene Design at Christopher Newport University in Virginia and received his Ph.D. in Theatrical Design Aesthetics and Theory from the Union Institute. Dave has designed lights and scenery throughout the East Coast, and worked as a lighting consultant in the region. Prior to CNU, Dave taught at Regent University and worked as a designer and CAD engineer in the special events industry for clients such as NATO, the White House and Bud Light. Dave is a proud member of United Scenic Artists.

JENI SCHAEFER

(Resident Costume Designer and Costume Shop Manager) is the Resident Costume Designer and Costume Shop Manager at the Virginia Stage Company in her 18th season. Regional credits include: A Christmas Story at Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Hound of the Baskervilles at The Hangar and White Heron Theatre, Always...Patsy Cline PCPA Theatrefest, World premiere of Tom Jones for Florida Studio Theatre, Wit for Playmakers Repertory Theatre and over 50 VSC productions including: Matilda, Secret Garden, Fun Home, Always Patsy Cline, Crowns,The Hound of the Baskervilles, Pride and Prejudice, The Wiz, A Streetcar Named Desire, Oliver, The Tempest, Grounded, Peter and the Starcatcher, All my Sons,The Great Gatsby, The Fantasticks, Death of a Salesman, Red, Around the World in 80 days, Crowns, Billy Bishop Goes to War, Hank Williams Lost Highway. and A Christmas Carol. Jeni Schaefer holds a MAC in Theatre/Costume Design from Wichita State University. Thank you to my family Tony, Sara and Ethan for being my inspiration and for always believing in me. 

CHRISTINA WATANABE

(Lighting Designer) is a New York City based designer for theatre, dance, music, and events (she/her/hers). With Mr. Minas: A Servant of Two Masters (Sonnet Repertory Theatre). Recent: As You Like It (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), pathetic (Minor Theatre), The Wild Party (Post Theatre Company), Peer Gynt (Barnard), Heartbreak House (Gingold Theatrical Group), A Christmas Carol (FL Rep), Into the Woods (Charlottesville Opera), The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Weir, Fireflies, and Private Lives (White Heron Theatre Company), Scissoring (INTAR), Glory (Muhlenberg), Dido of Idaho (Ensemble Studio Theatre), The Fairy Queen (Hofstra), Small World: a fantasia (59E59), Neighbors: A Fair Trade Agreement (INTAR), Daniel’s Husband (Primary Stages/Cherry Lane), I Will Look Forward To This Later (New Ohio). TV: Colin Quinn: Red State Blue State (CNN). Academia: NYU's Tisch School of the Arts (The Tempest, Macbeth, Violet) and Yale Dramatic Association (A Midsummer Night's Dream). Other design work includes cabaret, events, and Ralph Lauren’s Madison Avenue windows. Touring: Shen Wei Dance Arts, Jonah Bokaer, and So Percussion. Lincoln Center Festival (2013, 2015-2017). Visiting Professor: NYU Tisch. Guest speaker: The League of Professional Theatre Women “A Discussion: Designers and Directors”. USITT Gateway Mentor. MFA: NYU Tisch. Member USA 829. www.StarryEyedLighting.com.

Steven Allegretto

(Sound Designer) graduated from Full Sail University (Winter Park, FL), finishing with an Associate of Science Degree in Recording Arts in 2008. Steven has spent the last decade perfecting his craft in numerous recording studios and live music venues throughout the east coast, including the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts (Virginia Beach, VA), Music Theory Studios (Norfolk, VA), and 11th Street Studios (Atlanta, GA). Steven has had the pleasure of designing previous shows for the Virginia Stage Company, including Ring of Fire (2017), Always...Patsy Cline (2018), and Matilda (2019). Steven welcomes you back for yet another amazing show, with hopes that you thoroughly enjoy the sonic landscapes of VSC’s production of Guys and Dolls.  

BARTON KUEBLER

(Musical Director) Bart Kuebler’s artistic work includes music & lyrics for the Off-Broadway premiere of John Cariani’s LOVE/SICK; and book, music, and lyrics for Moonshiner, a Musical Fabulism, recently produced as part of the 2019 Chicago Musical Theatre Festival. Music directing credits include the world premieres of Second to Nun, Frog Kiss, and Love, Always; a slew of work at regional theaters; and years of worldwide touring accompanying artists diverse as Bernadette Peters and Piolo Pascual. Bart is currently the Artistic Director of the Zeiders American Dream Theater in Virginia Beach, and resides in a Norfolk home overrun by fiddle players.

JORDAN DUNLAP

(Choreographer) is thrilled to be returning VSC after choreographing Pride & Prejudice and Fun Home and performing in The Wiz. Choreographic credits: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Return To The Forbidden Planet, Shrek Jr, A Year With Frog and Toad, The Little Mermaid, and Wizard of Oz.  Performance credits include: National Tours: Radio City Christmas Spectacular, CATS 30th Anniversary (Victoria). Regional Theatre: Spamalot, Mary Poppins (Dance Captain/Assistant Choreographer), Legally Blonde (Serena, Associate Choreographer), S’Wonderful (Leslie), CATS (Sillabub), How To Succeed..., The Producers, and Ballet Memphis Company. Thank you to Tom and Nick for this incredible opportunity. Love to my guys at home Dusty, Caleb, and Liam.

GREGG LLOYD

(Fight Choreographer) is Professor of Acting & Stage Combat at Christopher Newport University.  A Certified Teacher of Stage Combat with the Society of American Fight Directors, he holds Black Belts in Hapkido and TangSooDo.  Recent acting credits include Spamalot, Red, The Foreigner, Romeo and Juliet, Anything Goes, Comic Potential, A Little Night Music, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Communicating Doors.  Fight direction credits include Carmen, Spamalot, Of Mice and Men, Actus Fidei, Romeo and Juliet, Our Country’s Good, I Hate Hamlet, and Macbeth. He has directed Noises Off, Once Upon a Mattress, I Hate Hamlet, and When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder. 

BINDER CASTING

(NY Casting) Binder Casting, now part of RWS Entertainment Group, was founded by Jay Binder, CSA in 1984. Binder Casting has cast over 80 Broadway productions, dozens of National Tours, off-Broadway shows, full seasons for over 25 regional theatres, as well as feature films, episodic television and commercials. Binder has cast for Encores! at New York City Center since its inception in 1994. The office was also featured in the documentary, Every Little Step. Binder Casting is a twelve–time recipient of the Artios Award. www.bindercasting.com

ADRIENNE WELLS

(Stage Manager) is pleased to be joining Virginia Stage Company, this year, for her first season as Resident Stage Manager. Past VSC productions include: Native Gardens and Matilda The Musical. Ms. Wells has worked in live theater, educational tours and events, opera, jazz, fashion, television, special events, and festivals. Past work includes: 39 Steps, Baskerville, Laughter on the 23rd Floor (St. Michael’s Playhouse), Hair (Pentangle Arts), The Long Walk (Pittsburgh Opera), Sweat (Pittsburgh Public Theater), The Mask of Moriarty (Pittsburgh Irish and Classic Theater). Ms. Wells serves as the Corresponding Secretary for the Stage Managers’ Association, is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama, and a proud member of Actors Equity Association.

TOM QUAINTANCE

(Producing Artistic Director) is the sixth Artistic Director and the first Producing Artistic Director in Virginia Stage Company’s 41 year history. At the Wells, Tom has directed Pride and Prejudice and The Santaland Diaries, and Matilda The Musical. Previously as Artistic Director of Cape Fear Regional Theatre (CFRT), Tom produced over 35 plays and directed the World Premiere of Downrange: Voices from the Homefront, a play based on interviews with military spouses from Fort Bragg. Tom is an Associate Artist at PlayMakers Repertory Company in Chapel Hill where he directed An Enemy of the People, Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, and The Little Prince. He also directed The Little Prince at the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. As the founder of FreightTrain Shakespeare in Los Angeles, he earned a Drama-Logue Award for his direction of Pericles. Other Los Angeles credits range from King Lear to The Devil With Boobs. A member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Tom is a graduate of Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT) with a B.A. in Theatre and Economics, and the University of California, San Diego MFA directing program, where he was the assistant director on the original production of The Who’s Tommy. Tom and his wife Wallis are the proud parents of Mireille Julia and Annika Christine.

DAVID B. BYRD

(Managing Director) Virginia Stage’s 2019/2020 Season marks David’s third season as Managing Director. Prior to landing in Norfolk, David served as Managing Director at Clarence Brown Theatre in Knoxville, TN. He has also held leadership positions at Westport Country Playhouse, Triad Stage, Yale Repertory Theater, the Dwight/Edgewood Project, and the Guthrie Theater. David received an MFA degree in Theater Management from Yale School of Drama and a BA degree in Drama from UNC-Greensboro in his native North Carolina. During his tenure at the Clarence Brown Theatre, David also served as an Adjunct Professor in the UT-Knoxville department of theatre.  Additionally, David has held posts on the McClung Museum Academic Programs Advisory Board and the Great Schools Partnership Advisory Council. David has been a grants panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, Tennessee Arts Commission and United Way of Greater Knoxville. He has served on the union negotiating team and various committees for the League of Resident Theatres (LORT). David was a 2016 Knoxville Business Journal 40 Under Forty Honoree and has guest lectured at Virginia Wesleyan University and Carson Newman University, among others. He currently serves on the Board of Downtown Norfolk Council.


CAST

RYAN CLEMENS

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RYAN CLEMENS

(Lieutenant Brannigan) is proud to work with VSC on the main stage and in the Education Department's touring shows, classes, and workshops. Patrons may remember Ryan from various VSC productions: Mr. Wormwood in Matilda The Musical; Trinculo in The Tempest, Bob Cratchit, Old Joe, Charity Man or Fezziwig in A Christmas Carol; Vinnie in The Odd Couple; Mortimer in The Fantasticks; or as his famous relative Sam Clemens in his one-man show Meet Mark Twain. Originally from Wyoming, Ryan began his career in a traveling Wild West show. He has worked at theaters around the country, including several seasons locally with the Virginia Shakespeare Festival and Tidewater Stage Company, and he regularly performs with Plan B Comedy at Zeider's American Dream Theatre. Ryan holds a BA in Theatre from Western Washington University and an MFA in Acting from Regent University. He also teaches at ODU. (Many thanks and a huge heap of love to his wonderful wife.)

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KATE CLEMONS

(Ensemble/Mission Band-Martha) is tickled pink to return to Virginia Stage in this rollicking tale! In addition to her work onstage at the Wells, she recently accepted the position of Interim Capital Campaign Manager at VSC. She recently relocated to the Hampton Roads area after spending the past ten years performing up and down the East Coast. Favorite local credits include A Christmas Carol (Virginia Stage Company), The Full Monty (Riverside Dinner Theatre), The Marvelous Wonderettes (Tidewater Stage) and The Lost Colony in the Outer Banks. A teaching artist, she holds an M.F.A. in Performance Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University and teaches theatre at Regent University and Old Dominion University. She resides in Virginia Beach, VA with her husband, Gabe, and their practically perfect pooch, Mr. Bingley.

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RAY DIMAANO

(Rusty Charlie/Crapshooter) is thrilled to make his Virginia Stage Company debut! National Tours: The King and I, Second National Tour (Kralahome u/s) Regional: Mary Poppins (VA Rep), Mamma Mia, Hello Dolly, Mame, Beauty and the Beast (VA Musical Theater), A Christmas Story (Riverside Theater). Thanks to my Mom(s), Hugh, friends and family for all the constant love and support! God Bless! IG: @Raydimaano

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ROBERT GARRIS

(Ensemble-Society Max/Crapshooter) is a senior exercise science major currently attending Norfolk State University. He is very excited to be returning to VSC for his second production. He was previously seen in VSC’s The Wiz as Lead Tornado which was a co-production with Norfolk State University. He was choreographer for NSU’s Theatre Company in their productions of Once on This Island, Black Nativity, and many more. Other credits include Big Blanket Beach Band with the Charleston Performing Arts Center and Ariel in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Robert Wants to give a special thanks to VSC and his support system.

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JESSICA LEE GOLDYN

(Miss Adelaide) is thrilled to be making her VSC debut!! Broadway/NY: A Chorus Line (Val/Cassie), Hello Dolly!, Finding Neverland, Tuck Everlasting, On The Town (Ivy Smith) City Center Encores!, Beetlejuice (Lab) National Tour: Fosse. Regional: Young Frankenstein (Elizabeth), Damn Yankees (Lola), South Pacific (Nelly), Crazy For You (Polly), Chicago (Velma), Legally Blonde (Brooke Windham), Peter Pan (Tiger Lily), Carefree (Woman 1) TV/Film: Every Little Step, Smash, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Drop Dead Diva. Training/School: New Jersey Ballet Company, Worth Tyrrell Studios, PPAS, Mary Lou Hale’s School Of Dance. Thank you to The Mine Agency for all of their incredible support & to Binder Casting for the opportunity to play such a dream role! This one’s for my fam! I love you guys.

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CHAD WILLIAM HENRIES

(Ensemble/Havana Dancer/Crapshooter) Born in Long Island, New York and grew up in Portsmouth, Virginia. Chad found his passion for musical theater at a very young age. In school he studied music theory and acting. After his school years he decided to pursue a new love for dance. Chad has been training for five year at Virginia Beach Ballet Academy, under the direction of Ms. Ana Maria Martinez niece of Enrique Martinez who directed American Ballet Theatre and still known for his staging of The Classical Ballet Coppelia. Chad's goals are to continue to expand as a dancer and artist. He also aspires to have a career as a Broadway dancer!

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RONA HYMAN

(Big Jule) is honored to be making her Virginia Stage Company debut in Guys and Dolls! She has performed in various venues throughout Hampton Roads, including Zeiders American Dream Theater, The Norva, Funny Bone and Cozzy's. She has recently appeared as Ma Barker in Deadly Shootouts on the Reelz Channel and as Judge Dever in Precinct 757 on Cox Cable. Guys and Dolls is a very nostalgic show for Rona, as she had the opportunity to watch her dad play Sky Masterson in a local production when she was a child. If you are reading this, thank you! Thank you to my village!

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ALLY IVEY

(Ensemble/Hot Box Mimi/Dance Captain) Ally is leaping with joy to be back on the VSC stage! After having a blast as a Maggot in Matilda she is ready to heat things up for you at The Hot Box! Some of her favorite credits include: Kate Monster (Avenue Q/Cape Fear Regional Theatre), Big Kid Ensemble (Matilda/Virginia Stage Company), Ghost of Christmas Past (Scrooge No More/Busch Gardens Williamsburg). So much love and gratitude for Nick, Jordan, Tom, and the VSC family. Follow Ally on all her adventures on Instagram @ally.bop

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SEAN JAENICKE

(Ensemble/Liver Lips Louie/Crap Shooter) is a Raleigh, North Carolina based actor. He has a bachelors from UNC-Pembroke and an MFA from Tulane University, both in musical theatre. When not working, he can be found in the gym, running outside, or drinking copious amounts of coffee. Thanks always to Gary, his family, and friends for their constant support.
@seanicke

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GEOFFREY KLEIN

(Calvin/MC/Pal Joey/Gambler) is beyond excited to make his Virginia Stage Company debut in Guys and Dolls! Geoffrey was most recently seen as Mr. Banks in Virginia Musical Theatre’s production of Mary Poppins at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts. Other regional credits: Jekyll & Hyde (Bishop of Basingstoke, VMT), Little Women the Musical (Professor Bhaer, VMT), Carousel (Enoch Snow, VMT), La Cage Aux Folles (M. Renaud, VMT), 1776 (Edward Rutledge, Kimball Theatre), Miss Saigon (Ensemble, VMT), and Children of Eden (Ensemble, VMT). He would like to thank the VSC creative team for this amazing opportunity and his family and friends for their love and support.

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JASON KYPROS

(Harry the Horse) After wrapping a 7 year contract as the "Game Guy", the brand spokesperson for the Virginia Lottery, Jason Kypros is thrilled to return to the stage in his first appearance at the Wells Theatre. The Co-Host of WHRO's Curate, Jason Kypros has years of experience performing in Film, TV, and the Stage. Jason performs both Stand Up and Improv comedy and is a graduate of the Groundlings school of improv in Los Angeles. Jason is the Co-Founder of Plan B Comedy, the resident comedy company at The Z Theater in town center VB where he is also a resident artist. Jason would like to thank his friends and family for all their continued support, and most especially for the love from Allison, Alana, and his Mom and Dad.

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JAMES T. LANE

(Nicely-Nicely Johnson) From Philadelphia. West End: The Scottsboro Boys, A Chorus Line - Revival (Palladium Theatre). Broadway: Kiss Me, Kate (Paul), King Kong the Musical, The Scottsboro Boys, Chicago, and A Chorus Line. National Tours: Jersey Boys, Cinderella, Fame the Musical. Regional Theatre: Broadway at Music Circus, The Old Globe, The Muny, A.C.T and Dallas Theatre Center. Encores/Off Center: Promenade, Grand Hotel, Don’t Bother Me... Concerts: Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops, Ottawa Symphony and many more. Mr. Lane teaches music theatre dance when and wherever anyone will let him! Instagram:
@jamestlane

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CIERA LIVERMORE

(Ensemble/Havana Dancer/Hotbox) This is Ciera’s first production with Virginia Stage Company. Ciera has been dancing and performing for over 18 years. She’s worked with different Theme Parks (Disneyland & Sea World Ent.), Musical Theater Companies, Dance studios (Choreographer & Competitive Dancer), & as a choreographer for Grammy Award Winning Producer Greg Lawson. Other Musical theater credits include Wizard of Oz, Young Frankenstein, The Boyfriend, Crazy for You, and The Music Man. She knew when she did her first musical theater show, The Music Man with Standing Room Only Prod. Inc, that performing was the life for her. She would like to thank her Mom and Husband for being so supportive, and her tap teacher Katherine Page for always pushing her to the next level with dance and musical theater. (Phillipians 4:13)

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SCHUYLER MIDGETT

(Ensemble/Hot Box Vernon) is excited to be back performing in her home state! Credits include: National Tours; R+H Cinderella the Musical, Shrek the Musical (National and International), and How the Grinch Stole Christmas the Musical, Off-Broadway; Love/Sick, Regional; Mamma Mia, Avenue Q, Busch Gardens Williamsburg Howl-O-Scream (Monster Stomp) and ChristmasTown (Female Vocal Swing). Love to her mom and sister for constant support, Hugh Copeland, Daniel Neiden, and to her love, Parker.

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DARIUS NELSON

(Benny Southstreet) is an alumnus of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy NY, New York. He is thrilled to return to VSC after fulfilling his dream role as the Lion in The Wiz. In his spare time he produces, writes, directs, and does photography. He has been an employee of Norfolk Public Libraries for 4 years. He has performed professionally for 7 years appearing in productions such as Ain't Misbehavin, Dreamgirls, Les Miserables, and Sister Act.

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RON NEWMAN

(Arvide Abernathy) is a Norfolk resident and is thrilled to return to the Virginia Stage Company in one of his favorite musical theatre roles. He last appeared at VSC in Pride & Prejudice as Sir Lucas & Mr. Gardner. Most recently he was seen as Monsignor O’Hara in Virginia Musical Theatre's production of Sister Act. Favorite regional credits include: The Diary of Anne Frank- Mr. Kraler (VSC); The Sound of Music- Uncle Max, Jekyll and Hyde, The Musical- Sir Danvers, Beauty and the Beast- Maurice (Virginia Musical Theatre); The Importance of Being Earnest- Algernon (The Appalachian Theatre Ensemble); Pippin- MC (Tidewater Dinner Theatre); Oliver!- Fagin; Dames at Sea- Dick; Anything Goes- Billy Crocker (The Milburn Stone Theatre). Marlo Thomas’ Free To Be…To Be You and Me (East Coast Tour). (Winner Best Supporting Actor in a Musical) - Portfolio Award. Ron has enjoyed a 40+ year career as a theatre educator, director, actor, playwright, and performing artist. He is currently an instructor with The Governor’s School for the Arts in the Theatre, Film and Musical Theatre Department. Ron makes his home in Norfolk and would like to thank his husband (John) for his continued love and suppor

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BRIAN RAY NORRIS

(Nathan Detroit) is best known for originating the role of Mr. Krabs on Broadway in SpongeBobSquarePants the Broadway Musical. Brian also recently played the role of Luther Billis in South Pacific in concert in conjunction with Theater Aspen. Brian has performed across the country and around the world and is thrilled to be making his Virginia Stage Company debut with Guys and Dolls. Other favorite roles include: Mr. Collins-Pride & Prejudice, Chef Louis-The Little Mermaid, Beadle Bamford-Sweeney Todd, Mr. Bumble-Oliver, Jean-Michel-Cinderella. Thanks to my love, my family and my reps for all you do. Proud Equity member/Ask if its Equity. Support your local theater and Arts programs. Follow him on insta @brianraynorris.

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CAROLINE ROSE

(Hot Box Allison) is beyond excited to be making her VSC debut! She has performed regionally and locally in various productions, with recent credits including La Cage Aux Folles (Anne), A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder (Ms. Shingle), The Sound of Music (Leisl VonTrapp), School of Rock (Summer Hathaway), Kristin Chenoweth's recent concert at the Virginia Arts Festival, and featured as a vocalist on the Original Studio Cast album of Weird the Musical. She is a recent graduate of the Governor's School for the Arts, and would like to dedicate this show to all of those who have and continue to teach and inspire her; with special thanks and love to her sister. IG: @caroline.phil

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LOFTON RISER

(Ensemble/Mission Band-Agatha) is happy to be working with VSC again, after previously playing Mrs. Medlock in last season's concert production of The Secret Garden. Originally from Chapin, SC, she is a relatively new transplant to Hampton Roads with her husband, Christopher Barnes, who is currently stationed at the Army School of Music. In the light of day she works in the administrative offices of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Favorite previous theater work includes Return to the Forbidden Planet at Cape Fear Regional Theatre (because we had a spaceship) and the "LIT" (drunk Shakespeare) series with Sweet Tea Shakespeare Co. She holds a B.M. in Music Education from The University of South Carolina and a Musical Theatre Performance degree from AMDA NYC. Thanks and love, as always, to her family.

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CASEY SHULER

(Sarah Brown) is thrilled to be making her debut at Virginia Stage Company. Her credits include Elle Woods in Legally Blonde (The Paramount Theatre), Sheila in Hair the Musical, Kate McGowan in Titanic the Musical, Maid Marian in Robin Hood (Serenbe Playhouse), and Marianne Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility (UK Opera Theatre). Casey is a proud graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in Musical Theatre and Voice. She would like to thank her beautiful, loving family and friends who have supported her in her every endeavor, for without them this wouldn't be possible.
@caseyjshuler

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SAM SIMAHK

(Sky Masterson) is thrilled to be making his VSC debut! Broadway: Carousel. Tours: The King and I (1st National), Miss Saigon (Midwest Tour). Regional: West Side Story, The King and I (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Oklahoma! (Theatre Under the Stars), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Pittsburgh CLO), A Little Night Music (Huntington Theatre Company), Miss Saigon (Ogunquit Playhouse), Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods (Lyric Stage Co. of Boston), Big Fish (SpeakEasy Stage). Born and raised in Ashburnham, MA, he is a proud graduate of Emerson College and member of AEA. Website: sam-simahk.com; IG: soapboxsam

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A. MICHAEL SINGLETON

(Angie the Ox/Crapshooter) is proud to be rolling the dice with his second production at Virginia Stage Company. Last seen on this stage during Season 31 in A Raisin in the Sun, Michael was most recently seen at the Harrison Opera House in The Elixir of Love and Street Scene during the Virginia Opera season. Meant To Be Broken - Dog/Bard Tales Productions and the 48 HR Film Project and Public Affairs - Zapruder Films, LLC are his latest two films. A national Lockheed Martin Engineering commercial with a few local celebrities and a JES Foundation Repair advertisement have given Mr. Singleton an opportunity to bounce onto your television screens multiple times during the day over the last few years Michael sends thanks and support to the cast and crew of Guys and Dolls. Thanks also go out to my friends and family for their love.

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DEL FIONN SYKES

(General Matilda Cartwright) is excited to make her Virginia Stage Company debut! Musical Theater: Mary Poppins (Mrs. Corry), Into the Woods (Granny/Mother (cover), Jane Eyre, The Musical (Grace Poole), Ragtime The Musical (black ensemble/black lawyer); Opera: Die Fledermaus (Rosalinda), I Pagliacci (Nedda), Carmen (Micaela), The Magic Flute (First Lady), Le Nozze di Figaro (La Contessa); Other: Donna Brown and the Golden Gospel Pearls- Gospel and Spirituals (throughout Europe) and numerous soprano soloist parts in oratorio and symphonic concerts. Ms. Sykes earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, University of VA; a Master’s of Ed., George Washington University and a Master’s of Music (full fellowship), Binghamton University/SUNY.

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MADISON VICKHOUSE

(Hot Box Ferguson) makes her first Virginia Stage Company debut. She is from Virginia Beach, VA and just graduated with her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance from Shenandoah Conservatory. She grew up dancing at Denise Wall’s Dance Energy, which allowed her to work with choreographers such as Travis Wall, Stacey Tookey, Misha Gabriel and many others. While studying abroad Madison has had the privilege of performing in Gothenburg, Sweden and Chengdu, China. She recently performed for works by Janelle Spruill, Matt Pardo, and Shylo Martinez for her thirteenth main stage performance at Shenandoah Conservatory. She is looking forward to showcasing her love of dance through performance and choreography. IG: @MVickhouse

ADDITIONAL SHOW STAFF

Stitchers | Suzie Martinez, Virginia Bird, Chelsie Cartledge Rose
Spotlight Operators | Brooke Kampney, Jesse Hanna
Flyman | Jason Lawergren
Scenic Artist | Virginia Goyena 
ASL Interpreters | Sabrina Smith, Debbie North, Sherry Parsons, Liz Uhrinec


NATIVE GARDENS Cast + Creative Team

Creative Team

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TINASHE KAJESE-BOLDEN

(Director) Originally from Zimbabwe, Tinashe was recently named the Artistic Director Fellow for the Alliance Theater season 2019-2020. She is an award winning Director and Actor grateful for the opportunity to explore stories that help us connect more as a community. As a Director, previous productions include Nick’s Flamingo Grill (World Premiere, The Alliance Theater), Eclipsed at Synchronicity Theater (Best Director, Suzi Bass Award); Graveyard Shift (finalist for the Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition); Atlanta 24 Hour Play event with Working Title Playwrites; In The Continuum at Clark Atlanta University, and Blood On A Cat’s Neck at Armory Theater. She will next be directing Ghost by Idris Goodwin at the Alliance Theater, School Girls (Or the African Mean Girls) at Kenny Leon’s True Colors and the Pulitzer Prize winning play Sweat by Lynn Nottage on the new Coca-Cola Stage at the Alliance Theater, to name a few. As an actor, she has worked on and off Broadway and at numerous regional theaters. Some memorable TV/Film appearances include the NAACP Image Award nominated mini-series “The Bobby Brown Story”; “Valor” (The CW),” The Inspectors” (CBS),“The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks” (HBO), “Killing Reagan” (TV Film),”Outcast” (Cinemax),“Powers” (Sony), “Greenleaf” (OWN),“Born Again Virgin” (TV ONE), “Enlightened” (HBO), “Cold Case”, (CBS). My eternal gratitude and love to my husband, my partner, Keith, for always pushing me to never give up! To my precious boys for giving me a reason to always stand in truth, and my Mom for helping us reach for the stars.

TERRY SUMMERS FLINT

(Set Designer) is the Executive Director of Zeiders American Dream Theater and a freelance scenic designer. Prior to The Z, she worked at Virginia Stage Company, starting as Props Master and then as Production Manager. She has also worked for American Repertory Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Texas Shakespeare Festival. Local designs include Grounded, The Taming of the Shrew, Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, The Comfort Team, Raisin in the Sun, Billy Bishop Goes to War, and Hank Williams: Lost Highway, all at VSC, and Hair at ODU.

LEVONNE LINDSAY

(Costume Designer) is the Costume Shop Manager and Assistant Adjunct Professor at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She holds a B.S. in fashion design from Philadelphia University and a M.F.A in costume design from the University of Maryland, College Park. Academic positions held at Stevenson University, James Madison University, and Valdosta State University. Staff positions held at Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Theater Company DC, Wolftrap Opera Company and Washington National Opera. Resident Designer for the African Continuum Theatre of Washington DC from 2002-2004. Allen Lee Hughes Fellow at Arena Stage 2001-2003. Notable design credits include: Virginia Stage Company: The Hampton Years; Arden Theatre Company: Gem of the Ocean, The Bluest Eye; Theater Horizon: White; Simpatico Theater: HIR, Time Is On Our Side; Arena Stage: Yellowman; Everyman Theatre: Topdog/Underdog, A Raisin in the Sun, The Brothers Size; Hangar Theatre: Gem of the Ocean.

JASON AMATO 

(Lighting Designer) Jason's career has spanned 27 years, designing over 600 shows, including thought provoking plays by Suzan-Lori Parks, George Brant and Anna Deavere Smith and iconic musicals such as Ragtime, Tommy, Next to Normal, and Hairspray. His work has been seen off-Broadway with Austin Shakespeare’s Anthem. Regionally, Virginia Stage Company's Grounded, The Wiz, The Tempest, and Crowns. Virginia Musical Theatre's Jekyll and Hyde, Mamma Mia, and many others. He has toured internationally, designing dance at Jacob’s Pillow, Lincoln Center, the Smithsonian and the National Theatre in Taiwan. Recently, Jason was honored to assist Pat Collins on Virginia Opera's Der Freischütz, directed by Stephen Lawless. Jason has received 40 regional awards for his lighting in shows. www.jasonamato.com  

J.C. NIGH

(Sound Designer) ) is the resident sound engineer at the Virginia Stage Company. Usually you can find him mixing musicals at the Wells such as The Wiz, Ring of Fire, Always...Patsy Cline, and the newest version of A Christmas Carol, but is glad to have the opportunity to put a design of his own in motion again. His past designs at Virginia Stage Company include A Streetcar Named Desire, Santaland Diaries, and Pride and Prejudice. He is happy to be working with his cast and production staff to put another production together. 

BINDER CASTING

(Casting) Binder Casting, now part of RWS Entertainment Group, was founded by Jay Binder, CSA in 1984. Binder Casting has cast over 80 Broadway productions, dozens of National Tours, off-Broadway shows, full seasons for over 25 regional theatres, as well as feature films, episodic television and commercials. Binder has cast for Encores! at New York City Center since its inception in 1994. The office was also featured in the documentary, Every Little Step. Binder Casting is a twelve–time recipient of the Artios Award. www.bindercasting.com

ADRIENNE WELLS

(Stage Manager) is pleased to be joining Virginia Stage Company for the first time.  Ms. Wells has worked in live theater, educational tours and events, opera, jazz, fashion, television, live events, and festivals. Past work includes: Sweat among several others (Pittsburgh Public Theater), Hair (Pentangle Arts), The Long Walk (Pittsburgh Opera), Misery (Penobscot Theater), Wait Until Dark  among others (St. Michael's Playhouse), Fences and Choir Boy (JAG Productions),  The Mask of Moriarty among others (Pittsburgh Irish and Classic Theater). Ms. Wells serves as the Corresponding Secretary for the Stage Managers’ Association, is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama, and a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.  

TOM QUAINTANCE 

(Producing Artistic Director) is the sixth Artistic Director and the first Producing Artistic Director in Virginia Stage Company’s 40 year history. At the Wells Tom has directed Pride and Prejudice and The Santaland Diaries, and can't wait to tackle Matilda at the end of this season. Previously as Artistic Director of Cape Fear Regional Theatre (CFRT), Tom produced over 35 plays and directed the World Premiere of Downrange: Voices from the Homefront, a play based on interviews with military spouses from Fort Bragg. Tom is an Associate Artist at PlayMakers Repertory Company in Chapel Hill where he directed An Enemy of the People, Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, and The Little Prince. He also directed The Little Prince at the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. As the founder of FreightTrain Shakespeare in Los Angeles, he earned a Dramalogue Award for his direction of Pericles. Other Los Angeles credits range from King Lear to The Devil With Boobs. A member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Tom is a graduate of Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT) with a B.A. in Theatre and Economics, and the University of California, San Diego MFA directing program, where he was the assistant director on the original production of The Who’s Tommy. Tom and his wife Wallis are the proud parents of Mireille Julia and Annika Christine.

DAVID B. BYRD

(Managing Director) Virginia Stage’s 40th Anniversary Season marks David’s second full season as Managing Director. Prior to landing in Norfolk, David served as Managing Director at Clarence Brown Theatre in Knoxville, TN. He has also held leadership positions at Westport Country Playhouse, American Dance Festival, Triad Stage, Yale Repertory Theater, the Dwight/Edgewood Project, and the Guthrie Theater. David received an MFA degree in Theater Management from Yale School of Drama and a BA degree in Drama from UNC-Greensboro in his native North Carolina. During his tenure at the Clarence Brown Theatre, David was appointed to the Chancellor’s Commission for LGBT People and the College of Arts & Sciences’ Diversity Committee. Additionally, David served on the McClung Museum Academic Programs Advisory Board and the Great Schools Partnership Advisory Council. David has been a grants panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, Tennessee Arts Commission, and United Way of Greater Knoxville. He has served on the union negotiating team and annual meeting planning committees for the League of Resident Theatres (LORT). David was a 2016 Knoxville Business Journal 40 Under Forty Honoree and has recently guest lectured at Virginia Wesleyan University and Christopher Newport University.

Cast

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JOHN AHLIN *

(Frank Butley) makes his Virginia Stage debut. Broadway: Waiting for Godot, Journey’s End (2007 Tony Award Best Revival), The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Voices in the Dark, One Mo’ Time, Whoopee! and Macbeth. Off-Broadway: Orson Welles in Orson’s Shadow at Barrow Street Theatre, FPA’s A Man for All Seasons, Soho Playhouse’s ChipandGus, others. Regional: DC Shakespeare Theatre, Guthrie, The Kennedy Center, La Jolla Playhouse, Denver Center, St. Louis Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Old Globe Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Studio Arena, New Jersey Shakes, McCarter Theatre, Syracuse Stage, George Street, Goodspeed, others. John has portrayed Falstaff 12 times. TV/Film: Law and Order: SVU, Late Night with David Letterman, Third Watch, The Education of Max Bickford, and the Coen Brothers’ movie Inside Llewyn Davis. Playwright: Gray Area; Los Angeles, Atlanta and Off-Broadway, ChipandGus; Baltimore Center Stage, 20th NYCFringe, Off-Broadway, NEM; Actors Theatre of Louisville, and My Witch: The Margaret Hamilton Stories; premieres this summer.

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Michael Earle Fajardo  *

(Pablo Del Valle) is delighted to make his Virginia Stage Company debut with Native Gardens. Some of his Off-Broadway credits include Prince Dolgorukov from Pushkin (hailed by the Wall Street Journal as one of the best new productions of 2018) and Frank from the east coast debut of Hilda by Marie NDiaye. Other New York Credits include Manuel from Illuminating Veronica by Rogelio Martinez and Edmund from a staged workshop of King Lear at The Public directed by James Lapine, with Kevin Kline as the title character. Regional credits include Mr. Wabash from Shakespeare In Love (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park / Baltimore Center Stage) and Soranzo from 'Tis Pity She's a Whore (ACT, San Francisco). He has also worked in Television (Kings, Law & Order, One Life to Live), Film (the award winning short film Sunday), and New Media (Spring Street). He holds an MFA from the famed NYU Graduate Acting program.

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MIGUEL GIRONA

(Surveyor/Landscape Technician) is ecstatic to be making his VSC debut. As a local actor, Miguel has been on the boards of many area community theaters such as Generic Theatre, Little Theatre of Norfolk, Williamsburg Players, PCT, and Panglossian. Other notable stage appearances include Solario/Solarino in The Merchant Of Venice, Sir Eglamour in Two Gentlemen of Verona and Messalla in Julius Caesar at the Virginia Shakespeare Festival, Morrocco/Solario/Duke/Tubal in The Merchant of Venice at Quill Theater, as well as Officer Murphy in A Street Scene with the Virginia Opera.

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BETH GLOVER *

(Virginia Butley) is marking 30 years as a professional actor this year. Amazing. Grateful. Where does the time go?  Some highlights along the way have been Audrey in As You Like It Shakespeare Theatre Company DC; Mamie in the world premiere of The Passion of Teresa Rae King Triad Stage; Satan in the world premiere of Analog & Vinyl Weston Playhouse; Edie & Big Edie in Grey Gardens TheatreWorks (San Fran Critics Best Actress Award); Cora in Counsellor at Law Peccadillo Theatre Off-Broadway; Lily in Take Me Along Irish Rep. Off-Broadway; Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, Pendragon Theatre. 6 Broadway national tours; national commercials, TV & Film.  Latest film Beyond the Night is now in wide release. For more info please visit www.Beth-Glover.com.  So happy to be adding this great theatre and production to the highlights. Love and thanks to TKB & KL. 

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ALEXANDRA LEMUS *

(Tania del Valle) is a New York City based actor, born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Regional Theatre: Wolf at the Door (NJ Rep) Paloma (Kitchen Theatre Company) An Act of God (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre) NY Theatre: Are We Human (New Ohio Theatre) LA Theatre: Den of Thieves (Stella Adler LA) Chicanas, Cholas, y Chisme (Casa 0101) Workshops: Used to Was, Maybe Did (Center Theatre Group ) The Madres (San Diego Rep) She writes, acts and produces content with comedy sketch group In the Moment. Trained at Stella Adler, Los Angeles. She is grateful to be a part of this production and for the great cast and team behind it.

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JOEY OCTAVIANO

(Building Inspector/Landscape Tech) is pleased to be back at the VSC and on the live stage!  Always educating himself, Joey spends his time reading, traveling, and carefully observing life quotidian. When not studying, he enjoys times with good friends and gym-ratting.  He would like to send a special thanks to Emel Ertugrul and also to Roberto and Luz Lida Octaviano.



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ENVER SIDDIKY

(Landscaper) was born and raised in Virginia Beach. Having spent the last year studying at The Actors Place and The Funny Bone, training at Upright Citizens Brigade NYC, and performing at Push Comedy Theater, he recommitted to being a performance artist after a 12 year hiatus from the stage. Catch him at your local club doing stand-up comedy or with his sketch and improv group, Lemon Pepper & Sazón Comedy.  




Additional Show Staff

Wardrobe Kyle Jacobs

Sound Board Operator Elijah Brown

Light Board Operator Gwen Landrum

Scenic Charge Shawn Crawford

Interim Technical Director Anthony Rosas

ASL Interpreters  Sabrina Smith, Debbie North, Ezri Legler

CASTING BINDER CASTING

Jay Binder, CSA
Mark Brandon, CSA, Justin Bohon, CSA, Chad Eric Murnane, CSA
Kyle Coker, Anthony Pichette
Katie Zanca
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OUR TOWN Cast + Creative Team

CREATIVE TEAM

THORNTON WILDER

(1897-1975) was a novelist and playwright whose works celebrate the connection between the commonplace and the cosmic dimensions of human experience.  He is the only writer to win Pulitzer Prizes for both drama and fiction: for his novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey, and two plays, Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth.  His other novels include The Cabala, The Woman of Andros, Heaven’s My Destination, The Ides of March, The Eighth Day and Theophilus North. His other major dramas include The Matchmaker (adapted as the musical Hello, Dolly!) and The Alcestiad. The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden, Pullman Car Hiawatha and The Long Christmas Dinner are among his well-known shorter plays. He enjoyed enormous success as a translator, adaptor, actor, librettist and lecturer/teacher and his screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt remains a classic psycho-thriller to this day. Wilder’s many honors include the Gold Medal for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. More information on Thornton Wilder and his family is available in Penelope Niven’s definitive biography, Thornton Wilder: A Life (2013) as well as on the Wilder Family website, www.thorntonwilder.com

Chris Hanna

(Director) has dedicated 35 years towards the overlapping missions of developing new plays, breathing fresh air into dramatic classics, and engaging communities in the power of live theater. He presently serves as Artistic Director Emeritus at Virginia Stage, having joined the Wells’ family in Season 5, and is Director of Theatre at Old Dominion University. Between the two venues, he has staged over 50 productions for the Hampton Roads community. Career highlights before arriving in Virginia include serving as Resident Director at the Juilliard School, working on the play development staffs of London’s Royal Court Theater and the New York Shakespeare Festival, and eight seasons as Artistic Associate for the Chautauqua Theater Company in New York. He holds an MFA in Directing from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) and is a member of SDC (Society of Directors and Choreographers).

NARELLE SISSONS

(Scenic Designer) BROADWAY: All My Son's at The  Roundabout Theatre. OFF BROADWAY: How I Learned To Drive [original production] and Stop Kiss [original production], In The Blood [original production], Kit Marlowe [original production], Julius Caesar and Little Flower of East Orange [original production] at the Joseph Papp Public Theatre.  Also in NYC many productions with: Mabou Mines, LAByrinth Theatre Company [co-member], Playwrights Horizons, WPP and New York Theatre Workshop. INTERNATIONAL: Jesus Hopped the A Train director Philip Seymour Hoffman, London and New York; Mabou Mines Dollhouse director Lee Breuer, USA and World Tour. Also The Syringa Tree in Vienna Austria and Frankfurt Germany, Sokrates: A Banquet in Prytaneion at VAT Theatre Estonia. GRANTS, NOMINATIONS AND EXHIBITIONS: Fulbright Specialists, Drama Desk nomination, Helen Hayes nomination, Elliot Norton nomination, Kevin Kline award nomination amongst others and exhibitor at Prague Quadrennial 2007 and 2011.

JANE ALOIS STEIN

(Costume Designer) Stein’s costume designs include the Off Broadway productions of Bill W. and Dr. Bob for the New World Stages, Lebensraum for the Miranda Theatre, Persphone at BAM. Regional Theatre credits include Adam Rapp's Animals and Plants for American Repertory Theatre; Painting It Red for Berkeley Repertory; Sweeney Todd for Connecticut Repertory Theatre; Uncle Broadway at the Royal George Theatre of Chicago. Work at other theatres include designs for Virginia Stage Company, The Barter Theatre, Commonwealth Shakespeare, 20 productions for Gloucester Stage Company, 19 productions for Merrimack Repertory Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Theatre by The Sea. Opera productions include designs for The Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and the Boston Musica Viva. Jane is the head of Costume Design/Technology for the Theatre Department of Virginia Tech where she has taught since 2006.  Prior to VT she was the Costume and Set Design Instructor at Wheaton College in Massachusetts.  She is a member of United Scenic Artists local 829, USITT, USITT Chesapeake – 2nd vice-chair, and Costume Society of America.

AKIN RITCHIE 

(Lighting Designer) previously designed Disgraced, and The Santaland Diaries at VSC. Other credits include: Frankenstein (Core Theatre Ensemble), The Importance of Being Earnest (Goode Theatre), Choir Boy (Zeiders American Dream Theatre), The Cripple of Inishmaan (Little Theater of Norfolk), and The Lost Comedies of William Shakespeare (Annie Russell Theatre).

J.C. NIGH

(Sound Designer) is the resident sound engineer at the Virginia Stage Company. Usually you can find him mixing musicals at the Wells such as The Wiz, Ring of Fire, Always...Patsy Cline, and the newest version of A Christmas Carol, but is glad to have the opportunity to put a design of his own in motion again. His past designs at Virginia Stage Company include: A Streetcar Named Desire, The Santaland Diaries, and Pride and Prejudice. He is happy to be working with this cast and production staff to put another production together. 

Rafi Levavy

(Stage Manager) Off-Broadway credits include The Velveteen Rabbit, The JAP Show, Confessions of an Irish Rebel (Irish Arts Center), Young Playwrights Festival, Lifegame, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, Stop Kiss (Public), Mizlansky/Zilinsky or ‘Shmucks’, Psychopathia Sexualis (both Manhattan Theatre Club), Life Is A Dream (Pearl), Lonely Planet, The Professional, The Truth Teller (all Circle Rep) and Das Barbecü. Regionally, Rafi has worked at Lincoln Center Theatre, Actors’ Shakespeare Festival, WHAT, Stoneham Theatre, Depot Theatre, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Foothills Theatre Company, New Repertory Theatre, The Miniature Theatre of Chester, Centenary Stage Company, Barter Theater, Northern Stage, PCPA Theaterfest, Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center, Maine State Music Theatre and Paper Mill Playhouse. Additionally, Rafi has worked for Jim Henson Productions, Walt Disney Theatrical Productions, and has stage managed clown school and shows for the NY Musical Theater Festival. A proud member of Equity, Rafi holds a degree in computer science from Brandeis University.

CAST

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BEATTY  BARNES, JR.

(Dr. Gibbs) is excited to be making his sophomoric performance with the Virginia Stage Company! A touring stand-up comedian with performances from New York and Los Angeles and in between. Beatty's theatrical productions include, Othello as the Moore with the Elizabeth River Company as well as Iago with CORE Theatre Ensemble, Lincoln from the Pulitzer Prize winning play Topdog/Underdog, Bobo from the Virginia Stage Company production of A Raisin in the Sun, and many more. Beatty sends an extended thanks to all those involved in the arts and a big thank you to YOU for supporting Live entertainment. 

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COREY BROWN 

(Sam Craig) a native of Norfolk, Virginia, is a graduating senior at Norfolk State University studying in Drama & Theatre. He fell in love with theatre at the age of nine and has been one with the stage ever since. He has been seen in a plethora of productions, just to name a few, Jitney, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Ruined, Fences, The Wiz, The Color Purple, and TopDog/Underdog. Corey would like to give an honor to God for His unwavering love, grace and mercy in his life; his mother and brother, who have been his strongholds and greatest support system; and all those who have continued to be positive influences in his life.

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JACK CAUTHEN

(Joe Crowell/ Si Crowell) is excited to be perform for the first time at The Wells Theatre and for his first professional performance. Jack is a junior at Salem High School and part of the VPAA Theater Strand. He was last seen in Salem's High School's production of Our Town and is ecstatic to be part of the experience once again. Jack is also grateful to finally be working with his Father, John Cauthen, in this production and wants to thank his friends and family for amazing support.

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John Cauthen

(Simon Stimson) John’s previous appearances at Virginia Stage Company include Pride and Prejudice, The Parchman Hour: Songs and Stories of the ‘61 Freedom Riders, All My Sons, and A Moon for the Misbegotten.  A former high school English teacher, John enjoys performing in local productions of Pulitzer Prize winners like RENT at Williamsburg Players; Clybourne Park, Doubt, and Harvey at Peninsula Community Theatre; August Osage County and Rabbit Hole at The Little Theatre of Virginia Beach; and Long Day’s Journey into Night at Generic Theater.  John is also proud to share the stage with his son Jack.

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Missy Dowse

(Emily) makes her Virginia Stage Company debut with Our Town. National Tour: Gypsy (Louise). NYC: The Battles (Machiavelli). Regional: East Coast premiere of Summer of Love (Holly) at Ogunquit Playhouse, Young Frankenstein (Inga) and The Producers (Ulla) at Fulton Theatre. Gypsy (Louise), Young Frankenstein (Inga) and Mary Poppins at MSMT. The All Night Strut at Portland Stage, Kiss Me Kate (Lois/Bianca), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie), Nice Work If You Can Get It (Billie), Agnes of God (Agnes) with Talia Shire and Susan Sullivan. TV: SMASH. BFA Hofstra University. Love and thanks to her parents, teachers, pups, CTG, and husband, Jon.

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Felicia Fields

(Rebecca Gibbs) is thrilled to be making her Virginia Stage Company debut! Back in 2010, Our Town was the first show she worked deck crew for as a freshman pursuing a B.A. in Theater Arts at Virginia Tech. Doing this production is a full circle moment for her. Felicia would like to thank her professors for sharing their knowledge and encouragement, her family and friends for their endless love and support, and her director for allowing her to be a part of this experience.

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John Forkner

(Mr. Webb) is so glad to be back at Virginia Stage Company! Previous VSC credits include A Christmas Carol (Bob Cratchit) and Oliver Twist (Bill Sikes). He has also performed locally with Tidewater Stage in Dial 'M' for Murder (Max), the 39 Steps (Hannay), and Freud's Last Session (C.S. Lewis). John received his MFA in Acting from Regent University (2018) where he appeared in the Women of Lockerbie (Bill), the Mystery of Edwin Drood (Jasper), and Oklahoma! (Jud), among many others. NYC and regional credits include productions with the American Globe Theatre, Judith Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare Dallas, Amphibian Stage Productions, and Dallas Children's Theatre.

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Lyeneal Griffin

(Howie Newsome) University of Southern Mississippi (BFA in Theatre Performance) Regent University (MFA in Acting) A Mississippi native, Lyeneal is making his debut with Virginia Stage Company and is thrilled to be in Grover’s Corners! Regional: The Christians (Associate Pastor Joshua), Hamlet (Horatio). Many thanks to cast, crew, friends, and family. lyenealgriffin.com

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Ellen Harvey

(The Stage Manager) Broadway: Miss Erikson in Present Laughter (starring Kevin Klein), Miss Jones in How To Succeed in Business… (starring Daniel Radcliffe), Madame Giry in Phantom Of The Opera, The Music Man, Thou Shalt Not. Off-Broadway: Big Love (Eleanor) Signature Theatre. Shakespeare in the Park: Into The Woods (Cinderella’s Stepmother). National Tours: Mary Poppins (Miss Andrew), Disney’s High School Musical (Ms. Darbus), Mamma Mia (Tanya) and Sunset Boulevard. Regional favorites: Company (Joanne, Barrington Stage Company with Aaron Tveit; BTCA 2017 Award), Sweeney Todd (Mrs. Lovett, KC Rep), Animal Crackers (Mrs. Rittenhouse, Williamstown Theater Festival), Last Night of Ballyhoo (Boo Levy, Bay Street Theater), Pericles (Dionyza, Two River Theatre), Sister Act (Mother Superior, North Shore Music Theater), The Little Mermaid (Ursula, N.C. Theatre), and Gypsy (Mazeppa, The MUNY). TV: Martha Wilson on House of Cards, Gotham, Younger, and Partners. Proud owner of a rescue dog! Everything else: www.ellenharvey.net & @ellenharveynyc.

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Sydney Johnson

(Woman in the Box/Dead Woman) is so excited and grateful to be a part of this production. She is a Junior Theatre Performance Major at ODU.  At ODU she was in Lysistrata (Calonice) and Time Flies (ensemble).

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Justin Keyes

(George) Theatre Broadway: How To Succeed..., The Apple Tree, Mary Poppins; Off-Broadway:  The New Group, Classic Stage Company; Tour: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Regional: Sacramento Music Circus, Resident Ensemble Players, The Guthrie, Two River Theatre Company, San Francisco Symphony, Dallas Theatre Center, Kansas City Starlight, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, the MUNY, Pittsburgh CLO.Television “Get Christie Love” (pilot), “Power,” "I Love You, But I Lied," "Gossip Girl.” Education University of Michigan.    www.justinarthurkeyes.com

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Paul Lasakow

(Joe Stoddard/Belligerent Man) has previously appeared with VSC as George Downing in With Your Name Upon My Lips (jointly produced with Core Theatre Ensemble) and as a guard in The Parchman Hour. Other recent performances include the roles of Trigorin in Aaron Posner's Stupid Fucking Bird at Generic Theater and King of France in Old Dominion University Theater’s Henry V. A long-time collaborative partner with the Thomas Jefferson Hour's Clay Jenkinson, he occasionally performs in the iconic graveyard scene as the gravedigger opposite Jenkinson's Hamlet. A career theater manager, he has served in leadership positions at various area arts organizations and is currently Executive Director of the TCC Roper Performing Arts Center.

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Kristi Meyers

(Mrs. Webb) holds an MFA in acting from Regent University. She is ever so glad to be in her 2nd production at Virginia Stage Company and grateful to be sharing this story with her fellow actors, crew, production staff, and you. Previous credit include a Maid in Pride and Prejudice (VSC), Crystal Allen in The Women (LTN), Shelby in Steel Magnolias (LTVB), Sue Snell understudy in Carrie the Musical (Generic Theatre), and Susannah Cibber in Joyful Noise (Regent University).

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Philip Odango

(Professor Willard) is thrilled to join the company of Our Town at Virginia Stage Company. Credits include Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical (14th St Theatre, NYC), Company (Little Theatre of Norfolk), Haunting Julia (Little Theatre of Norfolk), development lab for I Sing the Rising Sea (Virginia Stage Company). Thank you to Chris Hanna for the opportunity, and love to my family.

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Wallis Quaintance

(Mrs. Soames) was previously seen at VSC in last season’s The Parchman Hour.  Favorite productions include Downrange: Voices From the Homefront, Henry V, Around the World in 80 Days, Macbeth, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Trojan Women, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Blood Wedding, The Serpent, and The Astonished Heart. B.F.A. from NYU and The Atlantic Theatre Company. Love and thanks to Tom, Miri, and Annika for all the love, patience and support.

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Aidan Roche

(Wally Webb) is a sophomore at Governor’s School for the Arts and Maury High School. His previous appearances include Taming of the Shrew, The Philadelphia, Ragtime, and A Christmas Carol. He is thrilled to be back with The Virginia Stage Company! He would like to thank his acting teachers Steve Earle and Ricardo Melendez.

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Rodney Suiter

(Constable Warren) is proud to be celebrating VSC’S 40th anniversary with this production of Our Town. He is an actor, writer, director, producer, songwriter, musician, and host of The Rod Suiter Music Excursion. Former performances at VSC included Murry in The Odd Couple, Bono in Fences, as well as appearances in A Line in The Sand, To Kill a Mockingbird, and the inaugural production of Cat on A Hot Tin Roof. He is a former member of the Norfolk Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Artistic Director of ZWG Repertory Theater and Tidewater Youth Impact Group, as well as former Vice President of On Cue Productions.

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Nikki E. Walker

(Mrs. Gibbs) makes her Virginia Stage Debut. Stage: Lily Ann in Crumbs from the Table of Joy, Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse; Veronika in Dead & Breathing, National Black Theatre; Esther Mills in Intimate Apparel, Westport Playhouse, Syracuse Stage & Indiana Rep.; Mae in The Flag Maker of Market Street, Alabama Shakespeare Festival. TV/ Film: Blended, Orange is the New Black, Law & Order - SVU, Criminal Intent, Trial by Jury, Sex & the City. Training: LaGuardia HS Performing Arts, Boston University, and Moscow Arts Theatre at Harvard University.