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By Jaclyn Backhaus
February 10 – March 11, 2018

Cast & Design Team

Philip Hays (Director) Main Street Theater: Love and Information; Horse Head Theatre: The Sonic Life of a Giant Tortoise, The Judgment of Fools; University of Houston: Our Town; Classical Theatre Company: The Birds, A Christmas Carol, Doctor Faustus, Ubu Roi; Cape Repertory Theatre (Brewster, MA): Mr. Burns: a post-electric play; Prague Shakespeare Company (Prague): The Murder of Gonzago, The Duchess of Malfi; Mildred's Umbrella: Margo Veil: an entertainment. Actor: Main Street Theater: Copenhagen, Henry V (with Prague Shakespeare Company), A Wrinkle in Time, Love Goes to Press, Life Is a Dream, Dog Act, Richard III (with Prague Shakespeare Company), How I Became a Pirate, The Coast of Utopia, Bunnicula; Gravity Players: The Last Days of Judas Iscariot; Classical Theatre Company: The Barber of Seville, The Triumph of Love, King Lear (with Prague Shakespeare Company), As You Like It (with Prague Shakespeare Company), Candida, Tartuffe; 4th Wall Theatre Company: Much Ado About Nothing, Stage Kiss, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Horse Head Theatre: The Whale; or, Moby-Dick, Among the Thugs; Prague Shakespeare Company (Prague): Julius Caesar, Macbeth, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged); Mildred’s Umbrella: Mac Wellman’s Dracula; Houston Grand Opera: The Barber of Seville; Houston Shakespeare Festival: Cymbeline, Pericles, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Mosaic Theatre Company: This Is Our Youth; Teatro delle Due (Reggio Emilia, Italy): Twelfth Night, The Tempest. Education: University of Houston; Scuola Internazionale dell’Attore Comico.

Andrea BoronellAndrea Boronell (Old Shady) Main Street Theater: Debut; Ensemble Theatre: The Nacirema Society, Satchel Paige and The Kansas City Swing, Christmas with Great Aunt; Queensbury Theatre: Big River; Houston Family Arts Center: Crowns; Lone Star College:  Doubt; Sacramento Theatre Company: A Christmas Carol, Little Shop of Horrors; Music Circus, Sacramento, CA: Hello Dolly; Celebration Arts, Sacramento, CA: Jar The Floor; (Director) The Old Settler. Education: B.A., California State University Sacramento, Drama /Theatre; M.A., Texas Southern University, Communication. www.AndreaB.org.

Marissa CastilloMarissa Castillo (Hall) Main Street Theater: Debut; 1-off Productions, Blood Wedding; Book-It Theatre, The Brothers K; Cornish College of the Arts, Fuente Ovejuna, Our Town; Texas Tech University, Mud, Sonia Flew. Education: B.F.A., Cornish College of the Arts, Original Works.

Rachel DicksonRachel Dickson (John Colton Sumner) Main Street Theater: (Actor) Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration, Third, An American Daughter; (Director) Grand Concourse; The Ensemble Theatre: (Actor) Nacerima Society, Front Porch Society, Immediate Family, Cinderella, Seven Guitars, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, The Story; (Director) Platanos y Collard Greens; Stages Repertory Theatre Early Stages: (Actor) The Toys Take Over Christmas, Mischief Makers, (Director) The Courage of Mandy Kate Brown; Houston Shakespeare Festival: The Two Gentlemen of Verona; Interactive Theatre: Harriet Tubman; Actors’ Theatre of Houston: Sin, Debutante Ball;  Houston Ebony Opera Guild: (Asst. Stage Manager and Artistic Consultant) various events and productions;   Film/TV: Numerous on-camera, film, and voiceover credits.  Education: M.F.A., University of Illinois – Urbana/ Champaign.

Candice D'MezaCandice D'Meza (O.G. Howland / Tsauwiat) Main Street Theater: Debut; Alley Theatre: Alley All New Festival; Stages Repertory Theatre: Panto Cinderella; Rec Room: Sender; Gravity Players: The Last Days of Judas Iscariot;  Catastrophic Theatre: Buried Child, clean/through, Blackest Shore, Middletown; The Ensemble Theatre: The Nacirema Society, Sanctified, Blues in the Night; 14 Pews: Dialogues on Grace; HITS Theater: Ragtime; Black Lab Theater: The Submission. Numerous film, web series, commercial, music video, and industrial credits. www.fb.com/candicedmeza

Caroline DonicaCaroline Donica (JBradley) Main Street Theater: Debut; Horse Head Theatre: Sonic Life of a Giant Tortoise, A.D. Players: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; Charlotte's Web, Majestic Performance Company: The Hamilton Chronicles, Theatre Longview: Beauty and the Beast, Student Life touring actress, East Texas Baptist University: Metamorphoses; The Heiress; Almost, Maine; Urinetown, the Musical; The 39 Steps; A Piece of My Heart; Pride and Prejudice; Eurydice; Recent Tragic Events; Sunday in the Park with George, ArtsView Children's Theatre: Cheaters; Seussical the Musical, The Secret Garden, Oliver! Education: B.A., History; B.A.,Theatre Performance, summa cum laude with honors. Represented by Pastorini-Bosby Talent. www.carolinedonica.com

Patricia DuranPatricia Duran* (William Dunn) Main Street Theater: Love and Information; Gravity Players: The Last Days of Judas Iscariot;  Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company: The Maids, Dracula, The Drowning Girls, Cloud Tectonics, Foxfinder; Catastrophic Theatre: The Designated Mourner, Middletown, The Pine; Obsidian Theater: The Motherf**ker With the Hat; Stages Repertory Theatre: Blood Wedding, The Cook; Alley Theatre: Alley All New Festival, Our Lady of 121st Street, A Christmas Carol; Theatre Row (NYC): The Libertine; Mabou Mines (NYC): Porco Morto; Virginia Repertory Theatre: Legacy of Light, Boleros for the Disenchanted. Education: Santa Fe University of Art & Design.  Ms. Duran is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association.

Shannon EmerickShannon Emerick* (Frank Goodman / Mr. Asa) The Revolutionists (at MST in 2016 and Prague Shakespeare Company in 2017), Silent Sky, The Real Thing (2013), Richard III (Prague Shakespeare Company), The Coast of Utopia: Shipwreck & Salvage, Breakfast at Eight (World Premiere), Arcadia (2010 & 1996), Design for Living, Poor Richard, Wondergirl (World Premiere), Beyond the Fringe, Comic Potential, In the Garden of Live Flowers, Theophilus North, The Member of the Wedding, The Miser, An Ideal Husband; Off-Broadway: Young Playwrights Festivals 2001 & 2002 at the Cherry Lane Theatre: Parts They Call Deep (by Lauren Gunderson), Trade, Nursery, Gorgeous Raptors; Other NY credits include Kings County Shakespeare: Hamlet; HERE: The Cherry Orchard; Expanded Arts: Oedipus Rex and others; Classical Theatre Company (Houston): Candida; Stages Repertory Theatre (Houston): The Mineola Twins, The Pitchfork Disney; Public Theatre (ME): Proof, Moonshine; Clarence Brown Theatre (TN): Arcadia; Florida Shakespeare Theatre: Hamlet; Florida Playwrights Theatre: Oleanna, Laundry and Bourbon, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Film/TV: Ed, Haunted New York. Education: B.A., Yale University, Theatre Studies and English. Member of Actors’ Equity since 1998.

Mai LeMai Le (Seneca Howland / The Bishop) Main Street Theater: Debut; Next Iteration Theatre Company: Smart People, Precious Little, In a Word, Time is the Mercy of Eternity, The Baby; Horse Head Theatre: Sensitive Guys, Church; Landing Theatre Company: 10 Ways on a Gun, The Me Generation, All in the Timing; Boiling Point Players: Working Lunch; Wordsmyth Theatre Company: Creep; Queensbury Theatre: As Bees in Honey Drown; Firecracker Productions: No Exit; Company Onstage: The Tempest.  Education: B.A., Stephen F. Austin State University, Theatre.

Lydia MeadowsLydia Meadows (Hawkins) Main Street Theater: What the Butler Saw, Comic Potential, Seussical, the Musical, Oh Boy! TheaterLaB: Gone Missing, Matt & Ben, Love, Loss, and What I Wore, A Class Act. CelebrationTheater: Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Bayou City Concert Musicals: Pajama Game, Bells are Ringing, Finian's Rainbow. Caduceus Theater Company: Don't Dress for Dinner. Opera in the Heights (Assistant Director): La Celemenza di Tito. Education: B.F.A., Western Kentucky University.

Celeste RobertsCeleste Roberts* (John Wesley Powell) Main Street Theater: Copenhagen, Peace in Our Time, Heartbreak House, Henry V (Prague Shakespeare Company), Dog Act, The Coast of Utopia: Voyage, I Am Barbie, Master Class, Intimate Apparel, The Women, An Empty Plate at the Café du Grand Boeuf, Comic Potential, Experiment with an Air Pump, Ouroboros, Uncle Vanya, An Ideal Husband; Prague Shakespeare Company: Macbeth; Houston Shakespeare Festival: Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, Pericles, Love’s Labors Lost, Romeo and Juliet, Titus Andronicus, The Tempest, Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It; Mildred’s Umbrella: Becky’s New Car, Pollywog; Black Lab Theatre: Boom.  Film / TV: Vampires Suck, The Pardon, Playing House, The Guardian, Dead of Knight, Ball’s Out: The Gary Houseman Story, in addition to commercials, industrials and voice work.  Education: B.A., University of Houston, English Literature.  Mrs. Roberts is a member of Actors Equity Association.

Macy Lyne (Costume Design) Macy Lyne is a Houston based freelance costume designer and stylist. Theatre: Main Street Theater: The Last Wife, Native Gardens, Ramona Quimby, Mockingbird, Duck for President, The Revolutionists, Junie B. Jones: The Musical, Love and Information, Close Up Space, Dog Act, The Light in the Piazza, Lyle the Crocodile, Goodnight Moon (2015), Alice in Wonderland; Catastrophic Theatre: Buried Child, Blackest Shore, Hunchback Variations, Detroit; Stark Naked Theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Body Awareness; Classical Theatre Company: Henry V, Cherry Orchard, Christmas Carol, Doctor Faustus, Ubu Roi; Stages Repertory Theatre: Bad Jews, Great American Trailer Park Musical, Auntie Mame; Miller Outdoor Theatre: The Addams Family, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Ragtime, Hairspray, Cats; The Ensemble Theatre: From My Hometown, Nacirema Society, King Hedley II; Unity Theatre: Greater Tuna; Utah State University: The Hollow, Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Opera: Shepherd School of Music, Rice University: The Barber of Seville, Hansel and Gretel, Albert Herring; HGOco: Strega Nona, From My Mother’s Mother, Court-side. Film/ Television: Feature Film: Be Not Afraid, Web Series: Penny Power, ZomBFF (promo shoot.) www.macylyne.com

Ryan McGettigan (Set Design) Main Street Theater: Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, Akeelah and the Bee, Mockingbird, Love and Information, Bridge to Terabithia, Putting it Together, Into the Woods, Civil War Christmas, Close Up Space, Henry V (with Prague Shakespeare Company), Memory House, Richard III (with Prague Shakespeare Company); Classical Theatre Company: The Birds, The Cherry Orchard, A Christmas Carol, The Importance of Being Earnest, Doctor Faustus, Ubu Roi; Theatre Under the Stars: Rocky Horror Show, Million Dollar Quartet, James and the Giant Peach; TUTS Underground: Heathers, Striking 12, Bonnie & Clyde, First Date, LMNOP; Stages Repertory Theatre: Marie Antoinette (Houston Press Best Scenic Design Award), Failure, Language Archive, Next to Normal; Catastrophic Theatre: Buried Child, Middletown, Clean/Through; Cape Rep (Brewster, MA): Jerusalem, Eurydice, Beauty Queen of Leenane; Legacy Theatre (Atlanta, Georgia): Music Man, 9 to 5, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; New Orleans Opera: Die Fledermaus, Carmen, Lucia di Lammermoor; Houston Grand Opera: Bound (World Premiere), From My Mother’s Mother (World Premiere), Your Name Means the Sea (World Premiere); Houston Ballet/Asia Society Texas: Tsuru; Glimmerglass Festival: Cunning Little Vixen, Trouble in Tahiti, The Odyssey (World Premiere), Robin Hood (World Premiere). www.RyanMcGettigan.com

John Smetak (Lighting Designer) Main Street Theater: Copenhagen, Into the Woods, A Catered Affair, A Number/Machinal, Master Class, The Pie Dialogues, The Light in the Piazza, Caroline, or Change, Anna in the Tropics, Homebody/Kabul, Intimate Apparel, The Secret Garden, Pardon My English, Margin for Error, On the Razzle, Somebody’s Sons, The Little Foxes, Over the River and Through the Woods, June Moon, Eating Crow; (Stage Manager) Ouroboros, Wondergirl, The Weir, The Laws of Storms, (Assistant Stage Manager) Morning Star, Call Me Madam; Stages Repertory Theatre: Who Am I This Time, Girls Night Out, Gideon’s Knot, Wittenberg, Mistakes Were Made, Yankee Tavern, Panto Pinocchio, The Man from Nebraska, A Picasso, Panto Cinderella, Lady, The Unseen, Amy’s View, Baby: A Musical, Castro’s Beard; Catastrophic Theatre: Buried Child, Waiting for Godot, Endgame; Classical Theatre Company: Candida, One-Man Hamlet; Head Electrician at Miller Outdoor Theatre. ETCP Entertainment Electrician. B.A., University of Houston, Theatre.

Shawn W. St. John (Sound Design) Main Street Theater: numerous productions, including Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, Akeelah and the Bee, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies (First American Productions), RFK, Shrek the Musical, Junie B. Jones: The Musical, Silent Sky, Goodnight Moon, Fancy Nancy: The Musical, Peace in Our Time, The Giver, The Real Thing, Alice in Wonderland, Memory House, Pinkalicious, How I Became a Pirate, The Coast of Utopia, This, The Year of Magical Thinking, Arcadia (2010), In the Garden of Live Flowers, Indian Ink, An American Daughter, Happily Hereafter, The Reluctant Dragon, The BFG (Big Friendly Giant); Catastrophic Theatre: Rhinoceros, Evening at the Talk House, Trevor, Buried Child, The Danube; Bayou City Concert Musicals: New Girl in Town; Berkshire Theatre Festival: (as Sound Designer) Quills, Wilder Wilder, (as 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 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 90 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.

Julie Marie Paré* (Assistant Stage Manager) Main Street Theater: (Production Stage Manager) The Last Wife, Grand Concourse, RFK, Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins, 1946 (World Premiere), Silent Sky, Time Stands Still, Woof (World Premiere), Breakfast at Eight (World Premiere), (Assistant Stage Manager) 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.

Lauren S. Evans* (Production Stage Manager) Main Street Theater: (Production Stage Manager) Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, Native Gardens, The Revolutionists, Working, Putting It Together, The Real Thing (2013), Close Up Space, Love Goes to Press, Life Is a Dream, Dog Act, The Coast of Utopia, Blithe Spirit, The Year of Magical Thinking, The Heidi Chronicles, The Doctor's Dilemma, Tomfoolery, Stuart Little (Tour), (Assistant Stage Manager) A Number, Machinal, Caroline, or Change, The Best Man; Theater LaB Houston: (Stage Manager) The Honeymoon Period Is Officially Over; Town Center Theatre: (Stage Manager) Julius Caesar, Sylvia; Catastrophic Theatre: (Stage Manager) Life Is Happy and Sad, The Tamarie Cooper Show (2008 & 2009), Big Death and Little Death, (Assistant Stage Manager) Spirits to Enforce, The Strangerer; AEA Showcase: The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore; Opera in the Heights: (Stage Manager) Adriana Lecouvreur; Nova Arts Project: (Stage Manager) Hamlet: Re-envisioned, The Bacchae. Education: B.A., University of Houston. Mrs. Evans is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association.

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

 

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