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"things are against us" Cast & Crew!

posted Oct 13, 2010, 1:39 PM by Rachel McKinney   [ updated Jan 30, 2011, 10:27 AM ]

NOËL NEEB (director)

began her directing career at Capitol Repertory Theatre. This Texas raised gal always dreamed of launching new works and classics on an international level.  Well, dreams do come true.  She recently produced/directed the critically acclaimed European Premiere, Grasmere, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with her company, RoaN Productions. She is associate member of Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, a Director’s Lab Alumnus, and has studied with Jean-Guy Lacat and viewpoints creator Mary Overlie.

BEN CHERRY (Lorca/Baba/Carlo)

New York Lord Goring in AN IDEAL HUSBAND, Don John in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, and Cleante in TARTUFFE for The Sonnet Repertory Theatre, a company in which he is a founding member. Regional: Archibald in THE SECRET GARDEN, the Dauphin in HENRY V, Perchick in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Hortensio in TAMING OF THE SHREW, Fenton in MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, among others at the Utah Shakespearean Festival LIFE COULD BE A DREAM, ROUTE 66, THE ANDREWS BROTHERS, all world premieres at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre; Betty/Thomas in 10 MONTHS, Jinx in FOREVER PLAID and Willum in THE NERD at the Delaware Theatre Company. Last year, Ben won a Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) Award for his cabaret show: I HATE NEW YORK…a love story. Ben is a graduate of The North Carolina School of the Arts.

ANDRES QUINTERO (Yusef/Bashir)


Giant
World Premier by Michael John LaChiusa (Signature Theatre, VA), Altar Boyz
(National Tour), Altar Boyz (Sacramento Music Circus), The Greenwood Tree (NYMF). Education: American Musical and Dramatic Academy (08).

RACHEL McKINNEY (Solange/Dress Corpse)

Theater: NYC:
Ella Downey in All God’s Chillun Got Wings for Peccadillo Theater Company, Dottie Haines in Tough Guys Don’t Shoot Blanks for Grayce Productions (Fringe NYC at Barrow Street Theater). Regional: Kate (u/s) in Other People’s Money for John W. Engeman Theater, Rosaline in Love’s Labour’s Lost for Southwest Shakespeare and Shakespeare Sedona International: Dorothy Wordsworth in Grasmere for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Film: Shades of Gray and Room for Two Training: B.A. Arizona State University and Southwest Shakespeare Conservatory. Further studies with: Mimi Lieber, Peter Frechette, June Stein, Lisa Wolpe. Rachel is also the co-founder of RoaN Productions. For more information, please visit: www.rachelmckinney.com

LIZ WISAN (Tessa/Bones)

Liz Wisan recently earned her MFA from Yale School of Drama where favorite roles include: Rosalind in As You Like It, The Actress in La Ronde  and Widow Begbick in Man=Man.   NYC credits include: The Sporting Life (Studio 42 / Vineyard Theatre), Burn (Fringe NYC), A Butterfly on the Antenna (Ohio/Havel Festival).  Regional credits include:  The Servant of Two Masters, and A Woman of No Importance (Yale Rep), The Winter's Tale (Chautauqua Theater Company), Anything Goes, Cloud Tectonics, Twelfth Night (Williamstown Theatre Festival).  Liz also co-wrote and starred in two shows for Upright Citizens Brigade, The Goods Are Odd (Fringe NYC 2006), and Seriously Extremely Important. 

BRIAN HASTERT (Caspar)

Brian Hastert is a co-founder of New York-based theatre company, the TEAM, with whom he created roles in Faster, a Thousand Natural Shocks, Particularly in the Heartland, and Mission Drift.  Brian also co-created the original piece The Life and Acts of Jesus Christ as Told by the Heretics with playwright Lauren Feldman.

Other recent credits include Sarah Ruhl's Passion Play (Yale Rep) and TV: "The Good Wife". Brian earned his MFA at the Yale School of Drama where he received the Oliver Thorndike Award in Acting.

MICHAEL GRAVES (Response)

Celebrating 38 years as a professional actor, he is proud to be a member of Actors Equity, SAG and AFTRA.  Musicals: Zorba (w/Chita Rivera); Man of La Mancha (w/Lainie Kazan); 1776 (Rutledge); Shenandoah (w/David Canary); Unsinkable Molly Brown. Opera:  La Traviata, Don Giovanni, Faust. Off Broadway:  Irrevocable Trust, No Man’s Land,  Catherine Gropper’s Embers, A Doll’s House, Trigorin's Notebook,  Angels FallLast summer Michael appeared as Mark Twain in the one-man show The Report of My Death and has been touring the country with the show written by Adam Klasfeld. Films: People I Know (with Al Pacino), HBO pilot The New Americans. Theatre Highlights:  Macbeth  (w/James Earl Jones); Timon of Athens (Shakespeare Theatre of D.C.); All's Well That Ends Well (Pearl Theatre); A Cry of Players (w/Frank Langella at Lincoln Center); King Lear (Lincoln Center);  Othello (w/James Earl Jones);  All The Queen's Men (w/Elizabeth Ashley); De Nizza in Royal Hunt of The Sun (National Company); Von Helsing in Dracula (Maine Public Theatre); Rev. Parris in The Crucible (European Tour);  Henry II in A Lion in Winter; Lopakhin in The Cherry Orchard (Cincinnati Playhouse);  Dr. Dorn in The SeagullUndershaft in Major Barbara; Jackson in Jordan Buck’s A Season of AshesDAYTIME TV:  Professor Pinkham in All My Children.   He appears occasionally in Love Letters with his wife and acting partner, Jennifer Lee Graves. Contact: 212-663-5133 or 646-413-3216. Email: mgraves2@aol.com.

ANDI COHEN (Stage Manager)

is a producer, director and stage manager. She is currently the Assistant Associate Director of the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity (www.planetconnectionsfestivity.com) and a resident director with EndTimes Productions (www.endtimesproductions.com). Past projects include The M Game, Naked Holidays, The Second Tosca, and Mixed Signals. She is also the Artistic Director of Hip Obscurity (www.hipobscurity.com).