The Book of Will
Regional Premiere
By Lauren Gunderson
September 22 – October 21, 2018


Cast & Design Team

Rebecca Greene Udden (Director) Main Street Theater: (Director) Hecuba and The Trojan Women, Troilus and Cressida, An Iliad and Twelfth Night with Prague Shakespeare Company (MST collaborations), Holes, Enemies, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies (First American Productions), Silent Sky, Peace in Our Time, Heartbreak House, The Real Thing (1986 & 2013), The Coast of Utopia, The Year of Magical Thinking, The Heidi Chronicles (2010 & 1992), Arcadia (2010 & 1996), The House of the Spirits (English-language Premiere), Caroline, or Change, An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf, The Rice (World Premiere), Copenhagen, The Miser, Uncommon Women and Others, Pride and Prejudice, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (NEA Tour), A Little House Christmas, James and the Giant Peach, The Merchant of Venice (NEA Tour), The Diary of Anne Frank, The Taming of the Shrew (NEA Tour), Bridge to Terabithia, The Great Gilly Hopkins, and many more, (Actor) Memory House, Richard III (with Prague Shakespeare Company), The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Third, The Busy World Is Hushed, Somebody’s Sons, The Sisters Rosensweig, Hapgood, Hamlet, and more;  (Costume Design) numerous productions; Prague Shakespeare Company: (Director) Twelfth Night.  Catastrophic Theatre: Advisory Board.  Member of the American Leadership Forum Class XVI.  2012 Distinguished Alumni Award, Rice University. Executive Artistic Director, Main Street Theater.

Brandon BalqueBrandon Balque (Barman 2 / Ralph Crane / Francisco) Main Street Theater: Daisy, 1946, Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration, Bunnicula, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; Wortham Theatre: Blue Front Café; The Landing Theatre: In the Blood; Houston Grand Opera: Barber of Seville, Aida, Tristan and Isolde, Don Carlos, Fidelio; Texas Repertory Theatre: Of Mice and Men, Inspecting Carol; Austin City Theatre: A Raisin in the Sun; Transit Theatre: War of the Worlds; Mary Moody Theatre: Topdog/Underdog, Death of the King’s Horseman; St. Edward’s University: The Shape of Things. Education: St. Edward’s University.

Elizabeth Marshall BlackElizabeth Marshall Black (Elizabeth Condell / Emilia Bassano Lanier / Anne Hathaway Shakespeare) Main Street Theater: Silent Sky, Peace in Our Time, Fallen Angels, Heartbreak House; A.D. Players: Harvey, You Can't Take it With You, The Miracle Worker; Catastrophic Theatre: Trevor, The Blackest Shore; Classical Theatre Company: The Government Inspector; Ensemble Theatre: By the Way, Meet Vera Stark; Mildred’s Umbrella: Becky's New Car, Carnival 'Round The Central Figure; Celebration Theatre: The Divine Sister, The Beebo Brinker Chronicles. Education: B.S., M.B.A., University of Texas at Austin; SUNY Purchase, Acting.

Brittny BushBrittny Bush (Alice Heminges) Main Street Theater: Harriet the Spy, Junie B. Jones the Musical, Love and Information, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Stargirl, James and the Giant Peach, Madeline’s Christmas, Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The Cat in the Hat, Close Up Space, Charlotte’s Web, A Wrinkle in Time, My Wonderful Day, Jackie and Me; Classical Theatre Company (Company Member): The Government Inspector, The Barber of Seville, A Christmas Carol; Catastrophic Theatre Company: Tamarie Cooper’s Field Trip; Brave Little Company: Grandpa’s Garden; Horse Head Theatre Company: Peter and the Wolf, Church; Rec Room: Garbage Island; Boiling Point Players: Positions, Improv Play x 3; A.D. Players: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe; Mildred’s Umbrella: Museum of Dysfunction 2017, Large Animal Games; Cone Man Running Productions: Five Minute Mile 2016; Alley Theatre Education: Oscar and the Big Bully Battle; InterActive Theater Company (partial listing): Harriet Tubman, Jack and the Beanstalk; Boo Town: The Farmer and the Badger; Theater Collide: The Skriker; Nova Arts Project: War of the Roses.

Dwight ClarkDwight Clark (Henry Condell) Main Street Theater: Design for Living, The Countess, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, The Chemistry of Change, Serious Money, The Lucky Chance, Tainted Blood; Classical Theatre Company: Mrs. Warren’s Profession; Stages Repertory Theatre: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Veronica’s Room, Panto Cinderella, The Unseen, The Dead Guy, Bright Ideas, Elizabeth Rex, Betty’s Summer Vacation; Houston Shakespeare Festival: Measure for Measure, King John, Romeo and Juliet; Alley Theatre: Angels in America, Three Tall Women; Theater LaB Houston: The Sum of Us; Ashland Street Theatre: Snakebit. Education: North Carolina School of the Arts

Rutherford CravensRutherford Cravens* (Richard Burbage / William Jaggard) Main Street Theater: Daisy, Enemies, The Last Wife, Grand Concourse, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies (First American Productions), Peace in Our Time, Into the Woods, Close Up Space, Henry V and Richard III (both with Prague Shakespeare Company), The Coast of Utopia: Voyage, A Number, The Weir, (Playwright) Wondergirl (World Premiere), Zero Tolerance? (World Premiere); Catastrophic Theatre: Buried Child, Middletown; A.D. Players: 12 Angry Men; Alley Theatre: Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Taking Steps, Antony and Cleopatra (with Vanessa Redgrave), Inherit the Wind; Stages Repertory Theatre: Southern Rapture, Panto Cinderella, The Unseen, Amy’s View, Silence, Good Boys, The Laramie Project, Elizabeth Rex, Betrayal; Theatre Under the Stars: 1776, Brigadoon, Classical Theatre Company: Hamlet, Candida, King Lear; Houston Shakespeare Festival: Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, As You Like It, Titus Andronicus, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, King Lear. Film / TV: Get Out, Preacher, Longmire, No Country For Old Men, Ray, Friday Night Lights, Temple Grandin, Dead Man’s Walk, Streets of Laredo, Breaking Bad, Nashville.

John FeltchJohn Feltch* (Ben Jonson / Marcellus) Main Street Theater: Debut; Stages Repertory Theatre: Replica; 4th Wall Theatre: Reckless; Alley Theatre: (resident company member for 12 seasons and over 70 productions) The Nether, Dry Powder, Angels in America, Parts I & II, To Kill A Mockingbird; Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park: To Kill A Mockingbird; Venice Bienalle: Angels In America; Clarence Brown Theatre: Amadeus; Broadway: Enchanted April; Roundabout Theatre: The Dazzle; (Director) Playmakers Repertory Company; Triad Stage; Clarence Brown Theatre; The Alley Theatre; Film: Tadpole, About Time. Served on the faculties of UNC Chapel Hill, University of Houston and Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. Education: M.F.A.: UNC Chapel Hill; B.A.: Williams College.

Shane ManningShane Manning (Boy Hamlet / Marcus / Horatio) Main Street Theater: Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Ramona Quimby, 1946 (World Premiere), Bridge to Terabithia, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (2015), James and the Giant Peach, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (2013), Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat; Texas Repertory Theatre: Inspecting Carol, Of Mice and Men, The Foreigner, Shadowlands; Lone Star College – North Harris: Avenue Q, Rent, Red, Doubt, The Lieutenant of Inishmore; Obsidian Art Space: Lop Lop Presents Lop Lop; College of the Mainland Community Theatre: Lombardi. Film / TV; STOPP Films. Education: Associate of Arts, Lone Star College, Theatre.

Joel SandelJoel Sandel* (John Heminges) Main Street Theater/Prague Shakespeare Company: Troilus and Cressida, The Trojan Women; Main Street Theater: Enemies, Copenhagen, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies (First American Productions), RFK, Peace in Our Time, Fallen Angels, Heartbreak House, Love Goes to Press, The Coast of Utopia, Blithe Spirit, The Doctor’s Dilemma, Present Laughter, Translations, Anna in the Tropics, Homebody / Kabul, James Joyce’s The Dead; The Catastrophic Theatre: Rhinoceros; Celebration Theatre: The Divine Sister; The Alley Theatre: Hamlet, A Christmas Carol. TUTS: Legally Blonde: The Musical, Into the Woods, 1776, My Fair Lady. Houston Shakespeare Festival: Julius Caesar, King John, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Measure for Measure. Stages Repertory Theatre: Elizabeth Rex, Ascendancy. Unity Theatre: I Hate Hamlet, The Miracle Worker, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Heiress; Theater LaB: Die! Mommy! Die!, Hushabye Mountain, Blood Brothers. Bayou City Concert Musicals: Bells Are Ringing, Assassins. Black Lab Theater: Farragut North. For a complete history/resume please visit www.joelsandel.com. Mr.Sandel is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Ivy Castle SimpsonIvy Castle Simpson (Rebecca Heminges / Susannah Shakespeare / Fruit Seller) Main Street Theater: The Coast of Utopia Trilogy, I Am Barbie , Arcadia, Secret Garden, Promises Promises, The Great Gilly Hopkins, Julius Caesar, Henry and Ramona, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Junie B. Jones and A Little Monkey Business; The Catastrophic Theatre: Anna Bella Eema, The Tamarie Cooper Show, Bluefinger; The Fall and Rise of Herman Brood; TUTS: Little Shop of Horrors, The Sound of Music, When You Wish; Horse Head Theatre Company: Spaghetti Code, Fault Lines; Town Center Theatre: All In The Timing, Quilters; Stages Repertory Theatre: The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical, Baby A Musical!; Unity Theatre: Barefoot in the Park; Houston Shakespeare Festival: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure for Measure, Macbeth; Children’s Theatre Festival: Sleeping Beauty, Androcles and the Lion, The Little Mermaid, Pinocchio; Television: featured soloist on NBC’s “Clash of the Choirs” with Kelly Rowland. Education: B.A., University of Houston, Theater; Point Loma Nazarene University, Vocal Performance.

Zack VarelaZack Varela (Barman / Ed Knight / Compositor / Sir Edward Dering / Bernardo) Main Street Theater: A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration, Bridge to Terabithia, A Year with Frog and Toad, Hank the Cowdog and the Curse of the Incredible Priceless Corncob, Alice in Wonderland, The Magic School Bus Live! The Climate Challenge, How I Became a Pirate, Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!; Standing Room Only: Charles Guitea; East End Theatre: Company, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Little Shop of Horrors, Rent, Christmas Belles; Texas Repertory Theatre: The Odd Couple, Company; Killdozer Productions: The Adventures of Arthur Ignatius in Wonderland; College of the Mainland Community Theatre: Cabaret, Five Course Love, The 39 Steps, The Wedding Singer.

Blake WeirBlake Alexander Weir (Isaac Jaggard / Crier) Main Street Theater: Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, Enemies, The Last Wife, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies (First American Productions); Obsidian Theater's 1984; Mildred’s Umbrella: Mac Wellman’s Dracula; Unity Theatre: Boeing Boeing, You Never Can Tell; A.D. Players: Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, Charley’s Aunt; Landing Theatre: Fool for Love; Black Lab Theater: Really Really; The Nerdist School (LA): Explosure. Film: REEL (Post-Production Gin and Tonic Films). Guest Artist for Explosure at The Nerdist School – Los Angeles, California. Education: B.F.A., Stephen F. Austin State University.

Kara Greenberg (Assistant Director) Main Street Theater: (Actor) Enemies, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies (First American Productions), Working: The Musical, Girls Only, Blithe Spirit, Present Laughter, On Approval, Oh Kay!; Landing Theatre: How I Learned to Drive (Lil’ Bit); Theater LaB Houston: My Name Is Asher Lev; Stages Repertory Theatre: Wallflower (World Premiere), Bat Boy the Musical, The Laramie Project (Regional Premiere), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; The Alley Theatre: A Christmas Carol; The Comedy of Errors; Houston Shakespeare Festival: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure for Measure; Regional Credits include: Kith & Kin (West Coast Premiere), Sneaux! (World Premiere, Andy Fickman, Dir.), Like You Like It (LA Premiere), The Mineola Twins, The American Plan, The Last Session. Film/TV: national commercials, industrials, web hosting, independent films, made for TV movies, voiced numerous leads in Anime series. Education: B.A., University of Texas at Austin, Drama; M.F.A., University of Houston, Theatre. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG/AFTRA. www.karagreenberg.com

Torsten Louis (Scenic Design) Main Street Theater: Pinkalicious the Musical, Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Ramona Quimby, Grand Concourse, How I Became a Pirate (Tour), Shrek the Musical, Harriet the Spy, Junie B. Jones: The Musical, Fancy Nancy the Musical, Busytown (Tour), Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, James and the Giant Peach; Set designs in the past year include TUTS Humphreys School: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Unity Theatre: All My Sons; Houston Grand Opera: Monkey and Francine in the City of Tigers; Opera in the Heights: The Magic Flute; Mildred's Umbrella: Feathers and Teeth; Wildfish Theatre: Camp Rock the Musical, Dear Edwina Jr., Rent, Legally Blonde the Musical, Spring Awakening the Musical, Wish Upon A Star, Big Fish the Musical, The Little Mermaid Jr., Education: University of Texas at Austin, St. Olaf College.

Eric Marsh (Lighting Design) Main Street Theater: Enemies, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies (First American Productions), Working, Silent Sky, Putting It Together, Peace in Our Time, Fallen Angels, Pippi Longstocking, James and the Giant Peach, A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration, The Real Thing, Close Up Space, Memory House, Love Goes to Press, Dog Act, Red Hot Patriot: Kick- *** Wit of Molly Ivins, Jackie & Me, The Coast of Utopia, Blithe Spirit, and many more; Texas Repertory Theatre: Smokey Joe’s Café, Sylvia, Wait Until Dark, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Dracula; Ensemble Theatre: The Waiting Room, The Wiz; Sam Houston State University: Rocky Horror Show, Enron, Into The Woods, Bare: A Pop Opera, Nine, Hamlet, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Rent, The Secret Garden, Chicago, Scenes of an Execution, The Full Monty, 42nd Street, South Pacific; TUTS: Like You Like It. Education: M.F.A., Western Illinois University; B.A., CSU – Chico. Associate Professor, Sam Houston State University.

Donna Southern Schmidt (Costume Design) Main Street Theater: Schoolhouse Rock, Live (Tour), Pinkalicious The Musical, Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook (Tour), A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Wizard of Oz; A.D. Players, resident costume designer for 25 years; numerous productions including Charlotte’s Web, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Shadowlands, Stuart Little, Thumbelina, The Diary of Anne Frank, Anastasia, The Fantasticks, Angel Street, Beauty and the Beast, The Importance of Being Earnest, Joyful Noise, The Odyssey, Charlie’s Aunt, Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, Alice in Wonderland,  The Beams Are Creaking, Curious Savage, Winnie the Pooh, Anne of Green Gables, A Cardboard Christmas, The Jungle Book, Emma, The Hero Squad vs The World’s Angriest Cow, Anne of Avonlea, Winslow Boy, Pride and Prejudice; Express Children’s Theatre: The Yellow Boat, Arabian Nights, To Africa With Love, African Delight, Pablo’s Wonderous Wishes; InterActive Theater Company: Around the World in 80 Days; The Days and Nights of King Arthur; Actor’s Workshop: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Louisiana Tech University: The Music Man.  Education: Louisiana Tech University; Fashion Institute of Technology, New York.  dlsoutherndesigns.com

Shawn W. St. John (Sound Design) Main Street Theater: numerous productions, including Men On Boats, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies (First American Productions), RFK, Silent Sky, The Real Thing, Peace in Our Time, Memory House, The Coast of Utopia Trilogy, This, The Year of Magical Thinking, Arcadia, In the Garden of Live Flowers, Indian Ink, An American Daughter, Pinkalicious, Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook, Akeelah and the Bee, Shrek the Musical, Junie B. Jones: The Musical, Goodnight Moon, Fancy Nancy: The Musical, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, The Giver, Alice in Wonderland, How I Became a Pirate, Charlotte's Web, Happily Hereafter, The Reluctant Dragon, The BFG (Big Friendly Giant); Catastrophic Theatre: The Strangerer, Jim Lehrer and the Theater and Its Double and Jim Lehrer's Double, Small Ball (World Premiere), Rhinoceros, Evening at the Talk House, Trevor, Buried Child, The Danube; Unity Theatre: Becky's New Car; Bayou City Concert Musicals: New Girl in Town; Berkshire Theatre Festival: (Sound Designer) Quills, Wilder Wilder, (Sound Engineer) Cheers, Bill (with sound designer Tony Meola), Free Fall (with Sandy Duncan), Visiting Mr. Green (with Eli Wallach).  Additionally, Mr. St. John has designed and mixed musicals and other productions for educational theaters, including St. John's School, Stratford High School, Queensbury Theatre, and Bay Area Houston Ballet and Theatre.  Education: B.A., Rollins College, Theatre.

Rodney Walsworth (Properties Design) Over 95 productions at Main Street Theater as actor, director, set designer, properties designer, sound designer including Enemies and Wolf Hall / Bring Up the Bodies (First American Productions); Stages Repertory Theatre: Resident Properties Master, 2½ seasons; other Houston acting work includes Ensemble Theatre, Theater LaB Houston, Talento Bilingüe de Houston, Stages Repertory Theatre; B&B Productions at Jump Start Theatre (San Antonio): The Laramie Project (Globe Award, Lead Actor – Drama). Resident Properties Master, Main Street Theater.

Amanda Adwers (Assistant Stage Manager) Main Street Theater: (Stage Manager) Enemies, (Assistant Stage Manager) Peace in Our Time, Girls Only, Civil War Christmas, Mockingbird, Goodnight Moon, The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, and Stargirl; Theater Under the Stars: (Assistant Stage Manager) Dreamgirls, Into the Woods, How To Succeed, In The Heights, Million Dollar Quartet, Oliver, Mary Poppins, and A Christmas Story: Other theaters include Catastrophic Theatre, Unity Theatre, Horse Head Theatre, and Houston Shakespeare Festival. Education: B.F.A., University of Houston, Technical Theatre.

Julie Marie Paré* (Assistant Stage Manager) Main Street Theater: (Production Stage Manager) Buyer & Cellar, The Last Wife, Grand Concourse, RFK, Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-A** Wit of Molly Ivins, 1946 (World Premiere), Silent Sky, Time Stands Still, Woof (World Premiere), Breakfast at Eight (World Premiere), (Assistant Stage Manager) Men On Boats, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies (First American Productions), Peace in Our Time, Heartbreak House, Richard III (Prague Shakespeare Company); Stages Repertory Theatre; The Children’s Theatre Festival; Houston Shakespeare Festival; The Juilliard School; PCPA Theaterfest; Seaside Music Theater; Birmingham Children’s Theatre; Indianapolis Civic Theatre; Indiana Repertory Theatre; the Centennial Theater Festival; Northern Stage; Kentucky Repertory Theatre at Horse Cave; Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre; Menopause the Musical; Actors Theatre of Indiana; Arts Center of Coastal Carolina; Phoenix Theatre; Florida Repertory Theatre; Walt Disney World. Education: University of Washington. Julie is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Debs Ramser* (Production Stage Manager) Main Street Theater: Daisy, Copenhagen, Silent Sky, Into the Woods (2014 and 1994), Arcadia (2010 and 1996), Homebody / Kabul, Chekhov in Yalta, Burn This, among many others; Theatre Under the Stars, four seasons, including: All Shook Up, Dreamgirls, How To Succeed..., In The Heights, Mary Poppins, Tommy Tune Awards; Prague Shakespeare Company, four seasons, including: Macbeth, Henry V, Richard III, King Lear, As You Like It; Houston Shakespeare Festival, ten seasons; Stages Repertory Theatre, seven seasons; additional productions at 4th Wall Theatre, A.D. Players, Unity Theatre, Classical Theatre Company, Opera Vista, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet. Education: B.A., Rice University. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association since 1996.  For Sidney.

* Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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