Another Part of the Forest
Sherman Howard (Marcus)
Broadway: All My Sons, Inherit The Wind - Off-Broadway: Tell Out My Soul (Public Theatre), Geography of a Horse Dreamer, The Lady Or The Tiger, "The Crate" (EST) I'm Not Rappaport (Roundabout) - National Tour: Sweet Bird of Youth (with Lauren Bacall) - Regional: The Price (Pittsburgh Public), Enrico IV, The Cherry Orchard, Galileo, Much Ado..., Christmas Carol (Shakespeare Theatre NJ), Sheridan (La Jolla), Nine Armenians (Intiman), The Front Page, Andronicus: A Space Musical, Getting Out (Actors Theatre of Louisville), The Contractor, The Collection, The Merchant of Venice (ACT) - Television: Seinfeld, ER, Cold Case, Star Trek, The Stand, Op Center, Good and Evil, Law and Order, etc.
Stephanie Wright Thompson (Regina)
New York: Have You Seen Steve Steven? (13P), Samuel and Alasdair: A Personal History of the Robot War (Ars Nova, The Brick), Girl's Room (Queens Theatre in the Park), The Children (NYMF0, Camino Real and Ivanov (Columbia Stages), various workshops/readings affiliated with Classic Stage Company. New Dramatists, and Ensemble Studio Theatre. Regional Theatre: Six Years and Neon Mirage (30th Humana Festival), A Midsummer Night's Dream, Christmas Carol, and Dracula (Actors Theatre of Louisville(, tempOdyssey (New Jersey Rep.), Wallflower (Stages Rep.). She holds a BFA in Acting from Wright State University.
Matthew Floyd Miller (Benjamin Hubbard)
Broadway: Not About Nightingales (Circle In The Square, dir. Trevor Nunn) and The Invention of Love (Lincoln Center). Off-Broadway/NY: Of Mice and Men (Urban Stages): Letters From Cuba (Signature Theatre Co.). Regional: Jan in Tom Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll, and Katurian in the acclaimed production of The Pillowman (ACT Theatre-Seattle); Salvador Dali in Hysteria (The Wilma); Phileas Fogg in Aroung The World In Eighty Days (San Jose Rep./Laguna Playhouse); The Bald Soprano (Shakespeare New Jersey); The Violet Hour (Dallas Theatre Center); A Prayer For Owen Meany (American premiere, Playmaker's Rep.); Theophilus North (world premiere, Arena Stage/Geva); Midsummer Night's Dream (The Old Globe); Desire Under The Elms (Dean Goodman Choice Award, San Jose Rep.); and many others. Film/TV: Pop Rocks, (Audience Award, Breckenridge Film Festival); End of the Line; Telegenic; All Good Things; "Law & Order". M.F.A., NYU Grad Acting.
Oliver Buckingham (Harold Penniman)
"Buck" is please to be performing with Pecadillo for the first time. He has acted in plays and musicals in regional theatres around the country, as well as in New York. Favorite productions and roles include: Louisiana Purchase (Senator Loganberry); Jesus Christ Superstar (Herod); Phantom of the Opera (Cholet); as well as the revival of the 1941 Berlin/Kaufman review, As Thousands Cheer, and Phomph!. This performance is dedicated to my favourite fans, Lora & Henry.
Ben Curtis (Oscar)
A native of Tennessee, Ben is thrilled to be a part of this Southern masterpiece, and as the son of an Episcopal minister he feels right at home stirring up trouble here in St. Clement's Church. Ben moved to NY on an Acting Scholarship to NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He has gone on to produce and star in Israel Horovitz's OBIE-Award winning The Indian Wants the Bronx in both NYC & Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Since then he has played lead roles in numerous TV shows, award-winning films and theater. You may remember him best as "Steve, the Dell Dude" from Dell Computer's Record-Breaking Ad Campaign. When he's not acting, Ben teaches theater to inner-city kids, while also producing his first feature film. If that wasn't enough, he's the frontman for rockband-on-the-rise, SAMVARA, and is even developing his own one I-man show, "Dude, You're Going to Hell!" (www.BenCurtisEntertainment.com) Ben would like to "deeply & sincerely" thank Michael Cassara, Dan Wackerman, The Pecadillo Theater Co., Laura, my amazing friends/family and this awesome cast and crew. "SQUEE!"
Perri Gaffney (Coralee)
Perri was last seen in The Resurrection of Alice (HSA), the one-woman show adapted from her novel. Other stage credits: Macbeth, Death and the King's Horseman, Music Man (OSF), The Resurrection of Alice (NBTF 2009, SIU, OSW), To Kill A Mockingbird (VA Stage), Intimate Apparel (ATL, The Cleveland Playhouse, OSF), Polk County (McCarter, Berkeley Rep., Arena Stage), Fences (Weston Playhouse), Bee-Luther-Hatchee (St. Louis Rep., The Blue Heron). TV credits: As The World Turns, Law & Order and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Film credits: Paving the Way, Deep Trouble, Fake Preacher, and Cops, Crooks and Banana Cream Pies.
Christopher Kelly (John Bagtry)
has performed in Tony Award winning theatres across the U.S. for the past ten years, including part of five seasons at the Denver Center Theatre Company, where his credits include title roles in The Cripple of Inishmaan and the world premiere of Pierre. Other credits include Ishmael in the Drama Desk nominated Moby Dick at the Ohio Theatre in New York, Prince Hal in Henry IV parts 1 & 2, directed by Bill Alexander (RSC), at the Shakespeare Theatre in D.C., and the title role in Pericles at the California Shakespeare Festival. Television/Film credits include a recurring role on CBS Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. He is a member of the Actors Center Workshop Company in New York and received his MFA from NYU. www.christopher-kelly.com
Christopher Lukas (Simon Isham/Gilbert Jugger)
is a published write of five books, a producer (300 hours of primetime television), director, cameraman, and executive. His stage acting has taken him into Shakespeare, Chekhov, Stoppard, and Beckett. He has narrated over 20 documentaries and mini-series and had a major role in the feature film, Jackrabbit Sky. A one-man play, The Antibody, which he wrote and performed, had its premiere in 2008.
Ryah Nixon (Laurette)
is thrilled to be working with The Pecadillo Theater Company for the first time. A recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, past credits include: Fat Camp (NYMF 2009), Meet Me In St. Louis, AIDA, among others. This fall Ryah will kick off the first national tour of Dolly Parton's musical 9 to 5. Thanks to Dan, Michael, KSR, my amazing family and friends. Proud Member of AEA.
Elizabeth Norment (Lavinia)
New York: Blithe Spirit (Broadway), A Picasso (Manhattan Theatre Club), Dead City (World Premiere/New Georges), Roundabout Theatre, Public Theatre, Lucille Lortel. Nationally: American Repertory Theatre (three seasons); Oregon Shakespeare Festival (four seasons); The Year Of Magical Thinking, Wit, An Ideal Husband, A Delicate Balance (Milwaukee Rep); The Clean House (World Premiere/Yale Rep); The Magic Fire, Lake Hollywood (Guthrie); The Goat (Philadelhia Theatre Company), Sight Unseen (World Premiere/South Coast Rep); Oedipus The King (Clarence Brown); Homebody/Kabul (Ace Morgan); Berkshire Theatre Festival; Berkeley Rep; Ahmanson Theatre; Mark Taper Forum; TheatreWorks. Television: Law & Order (recurring), E.R., and numerous primetime series. Proud survivor of the Yale School of Drama.
Kendall Rileigh (Birdie Bagtry)
is thrilled to work with Pecadillo! National Tours: Great Expectations, Charlotte's Web. NY: The Tempest, Three Sisters, Sex & Violence, A Piece of My Heart, There Will Come Soft Rains, The Melting Pot, The Revenants. Regional: Romeo & Juliet, The Seagull, The Cherry Orchard, The Lonesome West, The Miss Firecracker Contest, Midsummer, Twelfth Night, Antigone. Film: lead in 2010 feature Eight Lessons in Living Together. Training: Duke University (Phi Beta Kapa), Moscow Arts Theatre, NY Circus Arts, Streb. Lab. Member: AEA, SAG, AFTRA. Kendall also enjoys writing; six of her plays have been produced in NY and regionally. www.kendallrileigh.com
Anthony Wills Jr. (Jake)
is an actor, singer, writer, director, choreographer, and performance artist. New York acting credits include Jacob's House (Flux Ensemble), This is the Peaceable Kingdom (Target Margin), In Circles (Kaliyuga Arts), Talking to Terrorists (Culture Project), Avenue X (Dreamlight), The Odyssey (Looking Glass) and his one-man show, The Happiness of Schizophrenia (New York Fringe). Other companies he's enjoyed working with include Aboutface, American Theater Co. (now American Blues), Hypocrites, Journeymen, Lookingglass, Milwaukee Rep, Steppenwolf, Utah Shakes, and several others. Upcoming projects include Ain't Misbehavin' (New Harmony) and David London's Sunday Circus. www.anthonywillsjr.com
Kate Ashton (Lighting Design)
Kate's recent work includes Medea, DR.C, Death of a Salesman, and The Apostle Project, Moonchild (Theater Mitu, Resident Artist), A Play on War and Blind Mouth Singing (NAATCO), Hamletmachine and Safe at Third at the Castillo Theatre, Rods and Cables (3-Legged Dog), Summer and Smoke (Theatre Row), Briston Riverside Theatre's Up and the Summer Musicale Series, The Winter's Tale (Columbia University), The Danish Meditations/Slots, and Girl Talk. Opera: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Juilliard). Dance: Skybetter and Associates, Syren Modern Dance, James Sutton and Anthony Ferro, Jim Martin Music/Dance, and Emily Harper's Natural Dissection. BA, College of William & Mary. MFA, NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. www.kateashtonlighting.com
Amy C. Bradshaw (Costume Design)
Currently Amy is in production on East Fifth Bliss, a comedy/drama set in New York featuring Michael C. Hall, Feter Fonda, and Lucy Liu. Other designs Once More with Feeling featuring Chazz Palminterri, Drea de Matteo, and Linda Fiorentino; Windjammers, filmed on location in the Bahamas; Twelve Thirty starring Jonathan Groff, Maime Gummer, and Karen Young; Kettle of Fish, starring Matthew Modine and Gina Gershon and Flannel Pajamas, directed by Jeff Lipsky, featured Justin Kirk, Julianne Nicholson, Rebecca Schull, Tom Bower nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at 2005 Sundance Film Festival. Television: Apollo at 70: A Hot Night in Harlem for NBC, FOX's New Year's Eve Live, Great Performances, Jerry Lee Lewis: LAst Man Standing for PBS, and Seasons 5 & 6 of the FOX reality hit Last Comic Standing. Theater: Talk of the Town, Ladies of the Corridor, and Counsellor-at-Law with Peccadillo. As You Like It with Poortom Productions, Misterman for the Irish Arts Center, Funhouse Mirror for Boston Playwrights Theatre and Bertolt Brecht's Happy End which she designed as artist-in-residence at Denison University. Amy is a graduate of Brandeis University where she earned her MFA in Costume Design.
Michael Cassara (Casting Director)
Michael regularly casts for many of the nation's top theatres including The Old Globe, Great Lakes, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Gulfshore Playhouse, the Olney, and many more. He is thrilled to begin an association with The Peccadillo Theater Company on this wonderful production of Another Park of the Forest. As the resident casting director for the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), Michael has cast over 40 new musical since the festival's inception in 2004. Upcoming Broadway projects include White Noise and Fat Camp, both slated to open in 2011. Michael is a native Clevelander and a member of the Casting Society of America, please visit http://www.michaelcassara.net
Lillian Hellman (Playwright)
Lillian Hellman was born in New Orleans, grew up in New Orleans and New York City, and attended New York University and Columbia. Her career as a playwright began in 1934 with The Children's Hour, the first of several plays that would bring her international attention and praise, among them The Little Foxes, Watch On The Rhine, Another Part Of The Forest, The Autumn Garden, and Toys In The Attic. Hellman was twice the recipient of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for the best play of the year (for Watch On The Rhine and Toys In The Attic). She was also awarded the Gold Medal for Drama from the National Institute of Arts and Letters. In 1972 a definitive edition of all her work for the theatre was published as The Collected Plays. Hellman received the National Book Award for An Unfinished Woman in 1969. She subsequently wrote two additional volumes of autobiorgaphy, Pentimento and Scoundrel Time. In the decades before her death in 1984, Hellman divided her time between New York and Martha's Vineyard.
Evan Hernandez (Production Stage Manager)
Evan has performed with The Seattle Shakespeare Company, Secondstory Repertory and ARTIN in Washington State. Past shows include The Underpants, The Shape of Things, Romeo and Juliet and Laughter on the 23rd Floor. He has also worked with sound, lighting, set construction and costume tailoring in venues across the country. He holds a bachelors degree in theater performance from the University of Evansville. This is his first stage management gig in New York City and he would like to thank Dan and the cast for a great experience.
Mitch Kelly (Assistant Stage Manager)
is delighted to be involved with this wonderful production. He graduated from Washington State University in 2008 with two degrees, theatre and English. This is his first off-Broadway show.
Kevin Kennedy (Managing Director)
Kevin has been the Managing Director of The Peccadillo Theater Company since 1995. He has produced more than two dozen shows in that time, including the long-running Off Broadway hit, Room Service, Counsellor-at-Law (winner of the 2005 OBIE award, two Lucille Lortel awards and three Outer Critics Circle nominations) and The Talk of the Town, a show which played in the Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel for more than fifteen months and began touring nationally in March of 2010. Kevin has also produced The Last Will and Testament of Quentin Crisp with Quentin Crisp and Penny Arcade, True Confessions of a Go-Go Girl, Josh Kornbluth's Love & Taxes with Jonathan Reinis & Z Space Studio, Arrivals by David Gow with Jay Harris/Weissberger Theater Group and Jim Brochu's Zero Hour with Kurt Peterson & Ed Gaynes. Kevin is a graduate of the Commercial Theater Institute 14 week seminar. He also holds a Ph.D in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America and is an Associate Professor at St. John's University in Queens. He is currently working on an edition of the scholarly journal, TOPOI, on the topic of Philosophy and Theater.
Rick McKay (Dramaturge)
lives in New York City and is the award-winning Producer/Director/Writer/Cinematographer of the hit film "Broadway: The Golden Age." For five seasons he was a segment producer on WNET13's City Arts, the most honored, locally produced show in television history, which won over 30 Emmy awards. Rick also produced the first story commissioned for the critically successful national series Egg: The Arts Show, garnering another two Emmy nominations as well as helping to create the opening segment of two recent national Tony Awards broadcasts. Rick won four of the industry's prestigious Telly awards for his television work, has produced episodes of the immensely successful series "Biography" on the Arts and Entertainment network, and has produced for HBO and United Artists. Rick is also an on-air personality on national PBS television, hosting the incredibly successful pledge drivs for "Broadway: The Golden Age" around the country and was recently seen co-hosting the non-cable premiere of "Liza with a Z" with Liza Minnelli. There are two sequels of "Broadway" in production now: "Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age," chronicling Broadway from 1959 to 1981 and "Broadway: The Next Generation," which brings the story up to the present. Both are planned for theatrical release, followed by national television and DVD release, 2011 and 2013.
Abigail Rose Solomon (Director of Marketing)
Abigail has worked for the past year and a half with Peccadillo in several capacities. She also has her own company, Rosalind Productions, Inc. which associate produced The Miracle Worker on Broadway this year, and has produced four shows in Los Angeles. Abigal has also worked on Broadway as marketing associate on All My Sons (w/ John Lithgow), and assistant company manager on Cyrano (w/ Kevin Kline). With her M.F.A. from the NYU Graduate Acting Program, she has also been an actor for several years working in theatre, film and television. www.RosalindProductions.com
Joseph Spirito (Scenic Design)
Joe has created sets and video for more than 120 productions in New York City over the past two decades and is pleased to be again working with the Peccadillo Theatre Company. Recent credits include Heiner Muller's The Task and Fred Newman's Safe at Third; or Josh Gibson Don't Burnt both with the Castillo Theatre; Aime Cesaire's A Season in the Congo with Youth Onstage!; and Chuck Mee's Queens Boulevard with the Signature Theatre. Mr. Spirito is also currently at work on a documentary film on new performance-based approaches in the fields of education, psychology and social work.
Dan Wackerman (Director)
is the artistic director of The Peccadillo Theater Company. Last season, Peccadillo was associate producer of Zero Hour by Jim Brochu (Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance, nominations for the Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Award). Directing for Peccadillo: Charles MacArthur's Johnny On A Spot, Sylvia Regan's Morning Star, John Murray and Alan Boretz's Room Service, Dorothy Parker & Arnaud d'Usseau's The Ladies of the Corridor, Elmer Rice's Counsellor-at-Law (OBIE for Outstanding Revival, Outer Critics Circle nominations for Outstanding Direction & Revival), The Talk of the Town by Ginny Redington & Tom Dawes (MAC nomination), S.N. Behrman's Jane; John Colton's The Shanghai Gesture; John O'Hara's Veronique; Eugene O'Neill's All God's Chillun Got Wings, Desire Under the Elms, and Strange Interlude; Dawn Powell's Jig Saw; Kaufman & Connelly's Beggar On Horseback; S.J. Perelman's The Beauty Part; Philip Barry's In A Garden; Sidney Howard's The Silver Cord; and three short plays by William Inge collectively titled Tiny Closets. Dan has also directed the New York City premieres of Arrivals by David Gow, The Loophole by James Kahn and Four Cops by Richard Vetere.