Creative Team

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
Part of RWS Entertainment Group
Ryan Stana CEO, Bruston Manuel COO

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.