orson's shadow

Orson's Shadow
Theatre Row Studio Theatre
410 West 42nd St.
October 6th - 19th, 2011

October 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18

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New York IT Awards

An ingenious tale of two Hollywood giants-- Orson Welles and Laurence Olivier, set
in 1960 in a London West End theatre. Legendary critic Kenneth Tynan has made
a startling proposal: Welles should direct Olivier and the young Joan Plowright in

Rhinoceros, Ionesco's absurdist masterpiece. But it is the rehearsal process that
brims with absurdity as titanic personalities, including Vivien Leigh, wrestle the
muse in this witty and incisive depiction of the drama of theatre.

CAST - In alphabetical order

Jen Danby

Jen Danby* (Vivien Leigh) Founder/Artistic Director of Mississippi Mud Productions. Select roles: Maggie in Mud Lab Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (dir. Austin Pendleton); Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire with Mississippi Mud, co-directors Brian Lady and Austin Pendleton, born at HB with Toshiji Takeshima and others; Vivien Leigh in the solo Vivien Leigh: The Last Press Conference, (dir. Austin Pendleton); Belle in Stupid and Terrible; Hedda in Hedda Gabler, Delfina Treadwell in Valparaiso, Helena in Lust. Film/TV: Hollywood Sitters, Run #3, All My Children. AEA, SAG, AFTRA.

Dana Jesberger (Joan Plowright) Recent NY Theatre Credits include Much Ado about Nothing (Claudio), Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), Michael Walek's Virgins and Werewolves (Zoe Rush) and The Good Woman of Setzuan (Shen Te/Shui Ta). She recently received her BFA in Acting from the C.W. Post Theatre Arts Program.

Andy McCutcheon* (Laurence Olivier) Andy McCutcheon has acted everywhere from Edinburgh, Scotland to Kawaguchi, Japan.  New York credits include Basov in Summerfolk (Austin Pendleton director), Bubber Reeves in The Chase (Rochelle Oliver director), and Tesman in Hedda Gabler (Amy Wright director). Regional: ACT Seattle, Ahmanson at the Doolittle, Alaska Rep, and Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.

Adam Newborn (Sean) Recent NY Theatre credits include the Post Theatre Company's productions of Bat Boy: The Musical (Roy/Pan), Romeo and Juliet (The Nurse), Le Misanthrope (Oronte), Playreading of Leah Evan’s : Fire Escape (Kal) and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Judas). He recently received his BFA in Acting from C.W. Post Theatre Arts Program. He would like to thank his family for their love and continued support.

Stephen Peabody (Orson Welles) Stage credits include Hidden In This Picture by Aaron Sorkin, Laura Kightlinger's The Big Juicy directed by Michael Patrick King and A Prelude To Death In Venice written and directed by Lee Breuer. Screen credits include One True Thing, Sherrybaby, Confess, The Sopranos, Law & Order and Ed.

Eric Rice* (Kenneth Tynan) NY: Riverside Symphony (dir. Hondo Weiss-Richmond); To Barcelona! (dir. Elyzabeth Gorman); Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2 (dir. E. Gorman); Henry V (dir. Melisa Annis). CA: Fat Pig (dir. Tom Gough); Long Day’s Journey Into Night (dir. Jeanie Forte; Tao House). B.A., Drama, SDSU (US Army-GI Bill). SAG, AEA, AFTRA. www.riceunderwater.com.
Director - Lauren Reinhard † Directing credits include: The Beginning: First Year Showcase (Post Theatre Company), The Precipice: First Year Showcase (Post Theatre Company), No Doze Fest (Coffee Black Productions), Stupid, and Terrible (Rapscallion Theatre Collective), Rumors (Fordham University), Four Dry Tongues (Rapscallion Theatre Collective), Spirit That Won’t Let Me Go (TheatreRats), The Inferno Project (Rapscallion Theatre Collective), Afterglow (Rapscallion Theatre Collective), The House of Yes (TheatreRats), Trojan Women 2.0 (Milkcan Theatre Company), The Book of Spells (Midtown International Festival), The Changeling (TheatreRats). She has Assistant Directed such shows as: The Really Big Once (Target Margin, David Herskovits, dir), Peace, Our Country’s Good (Jonathan Silverstein, dir.), An Enemy of the People and Unearthing Lilith. Lauren has been seen on stage in such productions as: 4.48 Psychosis, Crave, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Bakkhai, Three Tall Women, and Our Town. Lauren has written both short and full length plays including RAPTURE: The Death Play and The Inferno Project. She has worked in casting for Horizon Theatre Repertory and is an Audition Coach in Manhattan. She proudly serves as Artistic Advisor to the feisty and daring board of the Rapscallion Theatre Collective. She is a proud member of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Inc. (SDC).
Producer - Jen Danby, Lisa Raymond  
Playwright - Austin Pendleton Other plays are Uncle Bob and Booth, both published and both produced in New York and around the country, and, in the case of Uncle Bob, internationally.  He also wrote the book for A Minister's Wife, a musical presented this spring by the Lincoln Center Theatre. He is also an actor, director and teacher.  He has acted extensively on, off-Broadway and in many regional theatres, as well as in well over 100 movies and many TV shows.  In New York, he this spring directed Three Sisters at CSC, and will this coming season direct the Broadway production of Detroit, the new play by Lisa D'Amour which he directed last fall at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, where he is a member of the Ensemble. He teaches acting regularly at HB Studio, and has taught several sessions at the educational wing of the Mississippi Mud Productions company.  He is also currently directing Vivien Leigh: The Last Press Conference (with Jen Danby), by Marcy Lafferty, and recently co-directed (with Brian Lady) the production of A Streetcar Named Desire which arose out of the HB Studio Ensemble, in conjunction with Mississippi Mud. He is also serving as director on an unfolding Mud Lab of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, which first performed in July.
Stage Manager - Bethany Briggs Member of the Stage Managers’ Association. The People in My Hips with Manhattan Repertory Theatre, Christmas in the City featuring the 6 time Grammy Award winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Faith, Hope and Love at The TRIAD with Zakiya Young, G.I. Joe Jared at 59E59 Theatres and Dream Up Festival at Theater for the New City. Just to name a few, check out more of her work at www.bethanybriggs.com.
Production Assistant - Walter Free 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.
Scenic Design - Michele Spadaro Credits include Our Town, dir. David Cromer; Sweet Eros, dir. Austin Pendleton; LevittownChekhov's RifleUncle Bob. Properties: Adding Machine, Orson's Shadow, Fifty Words. Set Decoration (Television): The Secret Lives of MenThe Jenny McCarthy ShowCousin SkeeterTurn Ben Stein On. Film: The ProphecyRubin and Ed. more at www.bricoleuse.net.
Scenic - Stephen Dobay Selected theatre credits: Holy Crap (laMaMa) Dublin by Lamplight (McCarter), The Pillowman (APAC), The Beggar's Opera (Pace), Long Day's Journey into Night (York Shakespeare), The Hurricane
Katrina Comedy Festival, Saving Throw Versus Love (FringeNYC), Bus Stop (Olney Theatre) www.stephendobay.com
Lighting Designer - Alexander Bartenieff Select credits: Afghan Woman & Democracy in Islam by Bina Sharif, War Bonds by Barbara Kahn, Tarantella by Spider Woman Dance Company, The Henry Street Settlement Playhouse and the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theaters production of Jack and the Beanstalk. Lighting designer debut at La MaMa with Lillian Yarallia, by Barbara Etta Young, directed by Austin Pendleton. He is pleased to do the lighting design for Mississippi Mud Productions production of Orson's Shadow.
Sound Designer - Lisa Raymond Multi-media designer - website design, graphic design, photography, social networking, audio and video design. www.lisaraymond.com

Costume Design -
Catherine Siracusa,
Sidney Levitt

Costume collaborations include: A Streetcar Named Desire, dir.Brian Lady & Austin Pendleton (Cherry Pit Theatre); Lillian Yuralia, dir. Austin Pendleton (LaMaMa E.T.C.); Bury The Dead, dir. Geoffrey Owens, Hedda Gabler & Three Sisters, dir. Amy Wright (HB Playwrights); Down The Road, Dir. Juan Reinoso (Arclight Theatre); The Seed Of Abraham. A Musical, dir. Sally Burtenshaw (NY Int'l Fringe Fest.); The Senators Daughter, A Short Film dir. Juan Reinoso (Wayfinder Films).
Assistant Costume Designer -
Kelly Stevenson
An actor as well as a costume designer/seamstress. Kelly has worked along side of Catherine Siracusa on multiple projects and really enjoys their teamwork. This will be the second Mississippi Mud production Kelly has worked on and is thrilled to be part of it!
Hair and Makeup - Catherine Zubkow Catherine received her BFA degree from Marymount Manhattan College. Her first love is acting but makeup has been a part of her life since the age of four, when she first put on her mother's lipstick. She’s
worked on several off-Broadway plays and film shorts. This is her fourth project with Mississippi Mud and she is looking forward to many more.
Intern - Rudi Azank Currently studying Filmmaking at NYU. He been studying saxophone since he was 9, and has studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Conservatory, the Stella Adler Conservatory, and the Powerhouse Theater. He's had the good fortune to play 'Algernon', 'Vladimir', and 'Astrov' in his brief theatrical career so far.
* member Actors' Equity Association
† member SDC