cat on a hot tin roof mud lab

Mississippi Mud will share Cat lab runs July 23-25 at the Alexander Technique Center for Performance and Development at 330 West 38th Street, Room 805, between 8th and 9th Avenues. Mud friends on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr are welcome.

Times are Saturday July 23 @7:30, Sunday July 24 @3:30, and Monday July 25 @8pm. Free.

For more information please contact lisa@mississippimudproductions.com and visit us at www.mississippimudproductions.com

More on Mississippi Mud's Cat Lab

Cast:

Margaret--Jen Danby
Brick--Jamie Colquhoun 
Gooper--Sean Walsh
Big Mama--JoAnne Sellers
Sookey/Lacey--voices Charles Black
Reverend Tooker--Charles Black
Doctor Baugh--Randall Holden

Jen Danby JEN DANBY (Maggie) Jen is thrilled to be playing Maggie the Cat under Austin's direction for this Mud Lab and with a lovely cast and team. She's the founder and director of Mississippi Mud Productions. Select stage credits: Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire with Mississippi Mud, co-directed by Brian Lady and Austin Pendleton; born from work at HB with Toshiji Takeshima and other fine actors; Vivien Leigh in the solo piece Vivien Leigh: The Last Press Conference, by Marcy Lafferty, directed by Austin Pendleton, which just toured to Blue Heaven in Key West; Belle in Stupid and Terrible, and with HB Ensemble the roles of Hedda Gabler, Delfina Treadwell in Valparaiso, and Helena in Fornes's Lust. This fall she will be playing Vivien Leigh in Austin Pendleton's Orson's Shadow off-Broadway with Mississippi Mud. Film/TV: Melinda in Hollywood Sitters, Ann in Run #3, and a fashion stylist opposite Susan Lucci on the daytime soap All My Children. AEA, SAG, AFTRA.

Working on Williams: Alive, alive, alive. Maggie's challenge is to stay on the hot tin roof and that is the challenge to the actress too, avanti..!

Fun Fact: I once rode a horse named Devil.

JAMIE COLQUHOUN (Brick) New York roles include Steve Hubbell in A Streetcar Named Desire with Mississippi Mud, Seven Flights Up, Closer, and The Woolgatherer. He has produced two shows at the Producers club. Jamie has studied with various teachers at HB Studio, including Austin Pendleton.

Fun fact: James is originally from Scotland, He came here at the age of 15. He fell in love with the theater when he did a production of Taming of the Shrew.

Working on Williams: Jamie is honored to be working with Mississippi Mud on this Tennessee Williams' play. He's a Jets fan and he loves the challenge of playing Brick, who, like Jamie, also loves football.
 
Bella Convertino BELLA CONVERTINO (Dixie) When I wrote this bio, I had only been to one rehearsal of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, but I could already tell this was going to be a great experience. I know I will be able to look back on this and say that it was. Anyway, now I have to talk about my past experiences. I've been in a numerous amount of plays, most taking place in a small, but lovely theater in my area. My most memorable part was Mary Lennox in the Secret Garden, which took things to a more professional level. But this, this play is the first I've performed outside of my small 13-year-old world of Garrison, and was an even richer experience.

Fun Fact: I broke my arm when I was 4 on Thanksgiving. That was fun.
 
Maureen Mooney MAUREEN MOONEY (Mae) Maureen celebrates over 30 years in show business. Theatre credits include: Mod Donna (Public Theatre), L'Ete (Cherry Lane Theatre), The Possibilities (American Theatre of Actors) and touring with The Borstal Boy and The Prime of Jean Brodie. Television audiences remember Maureen originating the role of "Ann Jeffers" on the Guiding Light, "Stacey Coles" on All My Children," Diane Flannery"on Another World and the “Nanny” on One Life to Live. Film credits include The French Connection, Midnight Cowboy, Hell High and BL Stryker. Maureen has sold from soup to nuts, singing and dancing in over 100 network TV commercials. Her training includes work with Austin Pendleton, Lee Strasberg, William Esper, Kristin Linklater, and Judith Liebowitz . AEA, SAG, AFTRA.

Working on Williams: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof seems to touch on a universal theme even in today's society. “ ‘Family dysfunction’... it's everywhere I go and I am part of it.”

Fun Fact: I like working with my hands renovating old buildings and bringing them back to their original splendor. I live a bit in the past.
 
Sean Walsh SEAN WALSH (Gooper) a native New Yorker, began acting on the stage as a member of The HB studio ensemble. Performances have included: A Streetcar Named Desire with Mississippi Mud, and What of the Night, Rickhardt, & Saracino's Restaurant with the HB Ensemble. Other NYC productions include: Words Words Words, Occasional Versus and The Importance of Being Earnest. Film: The Bad Habit. After receiving his degree from Fordham University in 2004, Sean spent four years as lead vocalist and guitar player for the musical group Bombers.

Working on Williams: The challenge and fun in working on any of Williams' plays is speaking the poetic language his characters often use.

Fun Fact: I can wiggle my ears and in a past life I was The Karate Kid.
 
Jo Anne Sellers JOANNE SELLERS (Big Mama) JoAnne's first acting teacher loved Tennessee Williams plays and passed that on to her. She has worked extensively on Williams' one act I Can't Imagine Tomorrow and would now love to put it on the stage. JoAnne studies with Austin Pendleton at HB Studio and is a member of the HB Ensemble.

Working on Williams: The challenge in working on a Tennessee Williams' play that is so well written is to not act but to just trust the words. Big Mama's world is filled with love, jealousy, denial, intuitiveness and finding the truth.

Fun Fact: Most people today don't know that in 1998 JoAnne buzzed her hair and kept it that way for several years. She looked like she was ready to report for duty in the military.
 
R David Robinson R. DAVID ROBINSON (Big Daddy) New York: Ugly Couples in Los Angeles (Samuel French Festival); Mountain Hotel (American Premiere, Havel Festival); Unresolved (Open Gate); Havel's Vanek Plays and Arthur Miller's Untitled (American Premiere, i-589 Theatre); Miss Lonelyhearts (29th Street Rep); Bedtime Story (Center Stage NY); Dada Show (West Bank Café); Box Plays (INTAR & Public Theatre). AEA, SAG, AFTRA.

Working on Williams: What I love about Williams and the role of Big Daddy: TW's seemingly boundless affection for Big Daddy's run-on sentences. Most challenging: memorizing those run-on sentences.

Fun Fact: In a previous life, R. David was a featured physical comedian with The Magic of David Copperfield, winning praise from Gene Kelly.
 
Charles Black CHARLES BLACK (Reverend Tooker) Charles is proud to be working with the words of Williams with the Mud People again. His love and respect of this work has been a lifelong passion. Much thanks to teachers, Anne Jackson, Mary Anthony and Austin Pendleton. AEA, SAG, AFTRA.

Working on Williams: Tennessee Williams is one of his favorite writers.

Fun fact: Charles is originally from Kentucky.
 
Randall Holden RANDALL HOLDEN (Doc Baugh) Studied with Herbert Berghof and Austin Pendleton. Theatre work includes three seasons as James Tyrone in Long Day's Journey Into Night in Paris, France; No Fellow Traveler, She for The Living Theatre; Acting Out, directed by Sturgis Warner; and the HB Ensemble workshop presentation of Lust (What Of The Night?). TV work includes Onion News Network, Celebrity Ghost Stories, Tenerife – Crash of the Century (as the Pan Am pilot) and a Phil Collins music clip (No Matter Who, as Ed Sullivan). Feature films include Balance Of Terror, It's Not About Love, Ratatouille (voice) and Shawn Baker's Conspiracy X. AFTRA.

Working on Williams: Randy loves the challenge of tackling the Doc.

Fun Fact: I'm not the son of William, but rather of El Morocco bandleader Charles (the album "Cafe Society").
   
AUSTIN PENDLETON (Cat Lab Teacher/Director) Mr. Pendleton's numerous acting roles in theatre, film, and television include Mother Courage with Meryl Streep and My Cousin Vinny. This fall, Mr. Pendleton will direct Detroit on Broadway, which he directed with Steppenwolf in Chicago. He also directed The Little Foxes on Broadway, starring Elizabeth Taylor, and Three Sisters at Classic Stage Company, among his many credits. In April 2011, Lincoln Center Theater presented the New York premiere of A Minister's Wife, Mr. Pendleton's musical adaptation (with Josh Schmidt and Jan Tranen) of Shaw's Candida. He coached and co-directed (with Brian Lady) Mississippi Mud Productions' A Streetcar Named Desire, with Jen Danby as Blanche DuBois and Toshiji Takeshima as Stanley at the Cherry Pit of NYC's Cherry Lane Theatre in summer 2010, and Vivien Leigh: The Last Press Conference with Mud. He teaches at HB Studio and studied with Herbert Berghof and Bobby Lewis. Austin is thrilled to be able to work with this Cat tribe on one of his favorite plays.
J. DAVID BRIMMER (Violence Consultant) (Fight Master, SAFD) has choreographed some stuff (Broadway: Born Yesterday, A life in the Theatre, Speed the Plow, Spring Awakening, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Come Back, Little Sheba, NY premieres: Blasted, The Whipping Man, Ages of the Moon, The American Pilot, Blackbird, Bug, Killer Joe, as well as The Red Bull Theatre's productions of The Revenger's Tragedy, and The Duchess of Malfi, and the Druid Theatre Company's The Cripple of Inishmaan), worked at some wonderful venues (NY Public Theater, Metropolitan Opera, Atlantic Theater, MTC, TFNA, North Shore Music Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Hartford Center Stage, Baltimore Center Stage, The Guthrie), taught a few places (NYU/TSOA, RADA-{Guest Instructor}, Strasberg Institute, Yale), and collaborated with some great folks- writers (David Mamet, Sam Shepard, Ethan Coen, Martin McDonough, Tracy Letts), directors (Joe Chaikin, JoAnne Akalaitis, Ethan McSweeney, Sarah Benson, Wilson Milam, Joe Mantello, Neil Pepe, Michael Mayer, Kathleen Turner, Lynne Meadow, Garry Hines, Ken Russell, Franco Zeffirelli), and performers (William H. Macy, Raul Esparza, Elizabeth Moss, F. Murray Abraham, Keith Carradine, Kathleen Chalfant, Sarah Paulson, Reed Birney, Michael Shannon, Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Johnston, Lily Rabe, Zoe Kazan, S. Epatha Merkerson, Nina Arianda, Robert Sean Leonard, Kerry Condon, Alison Pill, Jeff Daniels, and Sir Patrick Stewart). "Walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in everyone." G. Fox
CATHERINE SIRACUSA (Costume Consultant) is an actor, director and costume designer. With Mississippi Mud Productions, Catherine designed A Streetcar Named Desire, Vivien Leigh:The Last Press Conference, and will design the looks for Mud's upcoming Orson's Shadow off-Broadway in the fall. Catherine has costumed many shows at HB Playwrights, HB Studio, LaMama, The Kraine, often working with her husband, Sid Levitt.
WALTER FREE (Mud Lab Assistant) has trained at various studios around New York, including HB Studios, T. Schreiber Studios, Mississippi Mud Productions and The Peoples Improv Theater. He is currently studying at HB Studios with Edward Morehouse and Mississippi Mud with Liz Keifer. Walter was last seen working with The Theater Company as Yo Yo in Psycho Beach Party. Previous Credits include: Rent (Tom Collins), What of The Night? (Young Charlie), The Rocky Horror Show (Brad Majors). He is thrilled to have another opportunity to be working with Mississippi Mud Productions.
Special thanks to actors Dan Capalbo and Scott Michael Morales.


About the Mud Lab:

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is our pilot Mud Lab, and we at Mississippi Mud Productions are excited to be able to work on this beautiful play by Tennessee Williams. The Mud Lab is a developmental space for actors to work on craft as ensemble with key plays and as a company. For two weeks this summer, Mud will be in residence at the Alexander Technique Center for Performance and Development in midtown Manhattan to explore this play under the guiding eye of Broadway director and master teacher and actor Austin Pendleton, working with a fine and curious tribe of actors. This is a continued journey that included a Cat on a Hot Tin Roof class with Austin through Mud's educational wing as part of an unfolding. The work is in essence a gym space for actors' muscles and for ensemble, and so we want to open our process up to artistic friends, associates, and family for three lab performances as the final part of our exploration. Acting is storytelling, after all. Our sharing of the work will be followed by a talk back with the cast and team. Our desire is in the fluxus of process to dive deeply and freely.

We will share Cat lab runs July 23-25 at the Alexander Technique Center for Performance and Development at 330 West 38th Street, Room 805, between 8th and 9th Avenues. Mud followers on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr are welcome.

Times are Saturday July 23 @7:30, Sunday July 24 @3:30, and Monday July 25 @8pm. For more information please contact lisa@mississippimudproductions.com and visit us at www.mississippimudproductions.com