Native Gardens
By Karen Zacarías
Regional Premiere
May 20 – June 11, 2017

Cast & Design Team

Brandon Weinbrenner (Director) Main Street Theater: Debut: Alley Theatre, Resident Assistant Director: (Director) Venus in Fur; Roan @ The Gates, (Assistant Director) numerous productions  including Dry Powder, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hand to God, Born Yesterday, The Nether, All the Way, One Man, Two Guvnors, The Foreigner, All My Sons, As You Like It, Other Desert Cities, The Elephant Man, A Few Good Men; The Landing Theatre Company: Fool for Love; 4th Wall Theatre Company: Stage Kiss. Past theatrical credits include serving as the Bret C. Harte Directing Fellow at Berkeley Rep, producing the 2013 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival in Dallas, and acting in productions at the Guthrie Theater, The Children’s Theatre Co., Illusion Theater, WaterTower Theatre, and Undermain Theatre. Education: B.F.A., University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater, Acting Training Program.

Michelle ElaineMichelle Elaine* (Ensemble) Main Street Theater: Debut; Alley Theatre: The Carpenter, All The Way, The Old Friends; The Ensemble Theatre: By The Way, Meet Vera Stark, Knock Me a Kiss, Lotto: Experience the Dream, Jitney, Gee's Bend; Stages Repertory Theatre: Failure: A Love Story, Dollhouse; Classical Theatre Company: Miss Julie; Driven Theatre Company: Fragmentation I and II; The Back Porch Players: God and Death; Theatre Southwest: Bug. Film / TV: TV WGN's hit drama “Underground.”

Bryan KaplunBryan Kaplun (Pablo Del Valle) Main Street Theater: Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies (First American Productions); SRO Productions: Silence! The Musical, Heartbreak USA; BBPAC: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Queensbury Theatre: As Bees in Honey Drown; Theatre LaB Houston: The Little Dog Laughed; Houston Grand Opera: Barber of Seville, Ariadne Auf Naxos, Lucia de Lammermoor; University of Houston: Metamorphoses, The Rocky Horror Show. Education: B.A., University of Houston, Acting; Improv Olympics, Chicago.

Darnea OlsonDarnea Olson (Ensemble) Main Street Theater: Debut; University of Houston Downtown: Equus, The Wimp Factor, The Rivals; Alley Theatre: A Few Good Men; Interactive Theater: The Knight and Days of King Arthur; Mildred’s Umbrella: Carnival Round the Central Figure, Museum of Dysfunction, Rome, Cloud Tectonics, The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore; Houston Grand Opera: Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, A Christmas Carol; The Rec Room; Wordsmyth. United States Marine Corps veteran.

Briana J. ResaBriana J. Resa (Tania Del Valle)  Main Street Theater: Pride and Prejudice, A Romantic Musical (staged reading); Additional select credits include: Music Box Musicals: Avenue Q, Company; TUTS: A Wonderful Life, Disney’s When You Wish, Dreamgirls; A.D. Players: Godspell, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; Alley Theatre: Something Rare and Wonderful, HYPE 2010; Stages Repertory Theatre: Baby: A Musical; Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company: Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, Museum of Dysfunction VII; The Landing Theatre Company: Tango Through the Revolution, Rushing Roulette; Paragon Arts: Magdalene; Musiqa: Remix; University of Houston’s Children’s Festival: Sleeping Beauty; Sam Houston State University: Jesus Christ Superstar, Like You Like It.  Fall 2007 TUTS Professional Apprentice. Education: B.F.A., Sam Houston State University, Musical Theatre.

Anne QuackenbushAnne Quackenbush (Virginia Butley) Main Street Theater: numerous productions including Mary, Mary; Alley Theatre: The Man Who Came to Dinner; A Christmas Carol (3 seasons), The Mousetrap, You Can’t Take It with You, And Then There Were None, The Thirteenth Chair, House and Garden; Stages Repertory Theatre: Searching for Eden, Orange Flower Water, The Pavilion, Heart of a Woman, Anton in Show Business, The Maiden’s Prayer, Ascendancy; University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance: Death of a Salesman; San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. Education: M.A., University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance; B.F.A, Scripps College, Theatre; Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (London); American Conservatory Theatre (San Francisco).

Jim SalnersJim Salners (Frank Butley) Main Street Theater: The Best Man, Last Night at Ballyhoo, Driftwood (World Premiere), Heartbreak House, The Doctor’s Dilemma; Theatre LaB Houston: The Best Brothers; Unity Theatre: The Fantasticks, Scapino; Texas Repertory Theatre: Tribute, Proof, Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, You Can’t Take It with You; Country Playhouse: To Kill a Mockingbird, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Man of La Mancha, Trip to Moscow; AD Players: Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.  Education: B.S., Carnegie Mellon University, Chemical Engineering with a Minor in Acting.

Janel J. Badrina (Sound Design) Main Street Theater: over 10 seasons including Into The Woods, Close Up Space, Dog Act, Heidi Chronicles, Driftwood, The Last Night of Ballyhoo; Town Center Theater: Julius Caesar, Merry Christmas George Bailey, Night & Her Stars. Over 15 seasons as stage manager.

J. Mitchell Cronin (Lighting Design) Main Street Theater: How I Became a Pirate (Tour, including performances at the Hobby Center),The Revolutionists, Duck for President (2016), RFK, Red Hot Patriot (2016), Harriet the Spy, Magic Tree House: A Night in New Orleans, Goodnight Moon, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse; Prague Shakespeare Company MST: Much Ado About Nothing, Venus in Fur, Twelfth Night; Stages Repertory Theatre: Honky Tonk Angels at Miller Outdoor Theatre (Assoc. Design), Panto Wonderful Wizard, Panto Snow Queen: Unfrozen; The Ensemble Theatre: The First Noel, A Soulful Christmas; Classical Theatre Company- The Bear/Proposal, The Ghost Sonata; A.D. Players: Charlotte’s Web; Rogue Productions: Matt and Ben; Prohibition Theatre: Eat Me, The Jazz Age; Opera in the Heights: The Telephone and the Medium; DiverseWorks: What Shall We Do Next; Urban Souls Dance Company: Between Two Worlds, Three City Blocks; Sam Houston State University: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Much Ado About Nothing, Trojan Women, Waiting for Godot, Enron; (Dance Lighting Design) Spectrum: Drift; It’s Good to See You Again; Texas Dance Improvisation Festival. Education: B.F.A., Sam Houston State University, Theatre Design and Technology; Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas. www.JMCdesigns.com

Claire A. "Jac" Jones (Scenic Designer) Main Street Theater: Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas, Working (2012), Lyle the Crocodile, Magic Tree House: A Night in New Orleans (Tour), Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, Peace in Our Time, Pippi Longstocking, Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat, The Real Thing, Alice in Wonderland, A Wrinkle in Time, Duck for President, Girls Only: The Secret Comedy of Women, Pinkalicious, Jackie & Me, Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly; TUTS: Xanadu; Unity Theatre: Boeing Boeing, A Piece of My Heart, I Hate Hamlet, Tuna Christmas; Billy Bishop Goes to War, Wizard of Oz; The Ensemble Theatre: Fly; Classical Theatre Company: The Speckled Band: An Adventure of Sherlock Holmes; Black Lab Theatre: Tigers Be Still; HITS Theatre: Thoroughly Modern Millie, Ragtime, Working, Annie Jr., Les Misérables, Cats, Into the Woods, Hairspray, Dear Edwina, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Lone Star College-Kingwood: The Vagina Monologues; Playhouse San Antonio: Roads Courageous; University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance: Metamorphoses; The Little Theatre on the Square: West Side Story, All Shook Up; High School of the Performing and Visual Arts: Sophisticated Ladies; North Carolina School of the Arts: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Promise, Loot.  Education: B.F.A., North Carolina School of the Arts, Scenic Design.

Macy Lyne (Costume Design) Macy Lyne is a Houston based freelance costume designer and stylist. Theatre: Main Street Theater: Ramona Quimby, Mockingbird, Duck for President (2016 & 2012), The Revolutionists, Junie B. Jones: The Musical, Love and Information, Close Up SpaceDog Act, The Light in the Piazza, Lyle the Crocodile, Goodnight Moon (2015), Alice in Wonderland; Catastrophic Theatre: Buried Child, Blackest Shore, Hunchback Variations, Detroit; Utah State University Eastern: Little Shop of Horrors; 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 MusicalAuntie Mame; Miller Outdoor Theatre: The Addams Family, Thoroughly Modern MillieRagtimeHairspray, Cats; The Ensemble Theatre: From My HometownNacirema SocietyKing Hedley II; Rice University: MacbethThe Threepenny Opera; 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 MotherCourt-side.  Film/Television: Feature Film: Be Not Afraid, Web Series: Penny Power, ZomBFF (promo shoot.) www.macylyne.com

Rodney Walsworth (Properties Design) Over 85 productions at Main Street Theater as actor, director, set designer, properties designer, sound designer including Wolf Hall and 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.

Lauren S. Evans* (Production Stage Manager) Main Street Theater: (Production Stage Manager) 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 also the Assistant. Director of Education for Main Street Theater and 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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