CAST AND CREATIVE
Cast listed in alphabetical order.
Allan Corduner *
McCarter: The Birthday Party. Broadway: Titanic, Serious Money (also Royal Court and Wyndham’s). Off-Broadway: Comedians, The Heart of Art. Theater: Showboat (Sheffield Crucible); Taken at Midnight (Chichester and London West End); Passion (Donmar Warehouse); Two Thousand Years, The Beaux’ Stratagem (National Theatre); Fucking Games, Three Birds Alighting on a Field, Ice Cream, No End of Blame (Royal Court); Rosmersholm (Young Vic); Marya (The Old Vic). TV: The Collection, Homeland, The Musketeers, Utopia, Da Vinci’s Demons, Spies of Warsaw, Dancing on the Edge, We’ll Take Manhattan, Midsomer Murders. Film: Florence Foster Jenkins, Woman in Gold, Burke and Hare, Defiance, Mr. Nobody, Fred Claus, The White Countess, The Merchant of Venice, Vera Drake, De-Lovely, Food of Love, Moonlight Mile, The Grey Zone, Topsy-Turvy, Joe Gould’s Secret, and Yentl.
Veanne Cox *
McCarter: Twelfth Night. Broadway: An American In Paris; A Free Man of Color; La Cage Aux Folles; Caroline, or Change; The Dinner Party; Company (Tony and Drama Desk noms); Smile. Off-Broadway: The Old Friends, The Most Deserving (2014 Special Drama Desk Award for Excellence), Paradise Park, Spain (Obie Award for Sustained Excellence), Last Easter (Drama Desk nom.), Damn Yankees, Blind, The Altruists, Flora the Red Menace. The Shakespeare Theatre: The Beaux’ Stratagem (Helen Hayes nom.), The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Way of the World. Two River Theater: Present Laughter. The Guthrie: Private Lives. Bay Street: Betty's Summer Vacation. Film/TV: Erin Brockovich, You've Got Mail, Marci X, Big Eden, Beethoven's 4th, Incorporated, Odd Mom Out, Smash, Pan Am, Louie, Law & Order's, Seinfeld, Cinderella. For my Mother who loved Agatha Christie.
Maboud Ebrahimzadeh *
Michel the Conductor/Head Waiter
Maboud is thrilled to be back at McCarter Theatre since last being seen in Disgraced. Recent regional: Disgraced (Milwaukee Rep); The Liar (Gulfshore Playhouse); The Container (Center Stage); Mockingbird (Kennedy Center); Julius Caesar (Folger Theatre); The Invisible Hand (Theatre Exile, Barrymore Award for Outstanding Leading Actor); Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Round House Theatre); Water by the Spoonful, Edgar and Annabel (Studio Theatre); The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, Boged (Theater J); The BFG (Imagination Stage and The National Theatre); I Call My Brothers, The Pillowman, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Bobrauschenbergamerica, and Scorched (Forum Theatre). Recent film: Imperium with Daniel Radcliffe and Toni Collette, Sally Pacholok with Annet Mahendru. www.maboudebrahimzadeh.com
Julie Halston *
Recent: The Babylon Line (Lincoln Center) and her acclaimed performance as Gay Wellington in the Broadway revival of You Can’t Take it With You (Richard Seff Award, Drama Desk nom.). Other Broadway: On the Town, Anything Goes, Hairspray, Gypsy, On the Twentieth Century (Outer Critics nom.). She is a founding member of Charles Busch’s legendary theater company and co-starred with him in The Divine Sister (Drama Desk nom.), The Tribute Artist, and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom. Other theater: The Confederacy of Dunces with Nick Offerman (Huntington), The Guardsman (Kennedy Center), and numerous off-Broadway shows. TV: Sex and the City, The Class, Difficult People, Law & Order: SVU. Miss Halston is the recipient of the Off-Broadway Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award and has received numerous awards for her solo comedy performances.
Susannah Hoffman *
Susannah received an MFA in acting from the A.R.T./MXAT Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University. Regional: Baby Doll in Baby Doll (McCarter Theatre); Cherie in Bus Stop (Center Stage); Elizabeth in Heartless, Abigail in A Discourse on the Wonders of the Invisible World (Contemporary American Theater Festival); Sexual Perversity in Chicago, The Donkey Show (A.R.T.); Ophelia in Hamletmachine (A.R.T. Institute); The Little Tragedies (Moscow Art Theater); and Nina in The Seagull (Opera House Arts). New York: The Actress in insignificance, Ophelia in Hamlet, Juliet/Mercutio/Prince/Balthasar in Empirical Rogue's four-actor Romeo & Juliet, Morgan in Owned, Celine in ... But the Next Morning, and Claire in L'Amour Fou. Film/TV: House of Cards, Spiderman 2.
Alexandra Silber *
Broadway/New York: Fiddler on the Roof; Master Class; Arlington (Outer Critics Circle nom.); Hello, Again, (Drama League nom.); Song of Norway; She Loves Me. London/West End: Kiss Me, Kate (Lilli/Kate for BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall); Carousel (Julie Jordan, TMA Award); Fiddler on The Roof (Hodel);and The Woman In White (Laura). Regional: My Fair Lady, Carousel, Love Story. Film/TV: Mysteries of Laura, all three Law & Orders, 1408. Concerts: Grammy® nominee for Maria in West Side Story with the San Francisco Symphony, I Am Harvey Milk (L.A.), DSO, ASO, Orchestra of St Luke's, Carnegie Hall, Caramoor, John Wilson Orchestra, London Proms. Books: Alexandra’s debut novel After Anatevka will be released this July from Pegasus Books. Training: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. @alsilbs
Juha Sorola *
Juha was born in Finland and trained at the Method Studio in London, U.K. Theater: Juha’s self-penned solo show About Heroes, which won Best Festival Debut 2016 at the United Solo Festival in NYC; Absent; The Decay of Lying; In the Beginning Was the End; Pariah; Electra; The Maids; True West; Doctor Faustus; The Matchmaker; Two Gentlemen of Verona; Twelfth Night; As You Like It. Film: The Book of Gabrielle, Amendment (short), Schwarzwald (short), Palestine Lost, An Enemy to Die For, Lapland, An Act of Valour (short). Juha also lent his voice to Heinz the Mountain Train in the children’s animation series Little Airplane.
Samantha Steinmetz *
Bedlam: Sense and Sensibility, The Seagull, Saint Joan, Hamlet, and the workshop of Bedlam's most recent New York Animals. Theater roles at La MaMa, Abingdon Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe. TV: Law & Order: SVU, Quantico, Shades of Blue. Training: Pace University and Circle in the Square. www.samanthasteinmetz.com
Max von Essen *
Colonel Arbuthnot/Samuel Ratchett
Max has appeared on Broadway in An American in Paris (Henri Baurel, 2015 Tony Award nom.), the revival of Evita (Agustin Magaldi), the first revival of Les Miserables (Enjolras), Dance of the Vampires (Alfred), the closing company of the original Les Miserables, and the revival of Jesus Christ Superstar. Other New York: Yours Unfaithfully, Death Takes a Holiday, Hello Again, Jerry Springer: The Opera, and Finian’s Rainbow. Tours: Xanadu, Chicago, and West Side Story. Film/TV: Law & Order: SVU, Elementary, Boardwalk Empire, The Good Wife, Royal Pains, Gossip Girl, The Beautiful Life, The Intern, Seven Lovers, Sex and the City 2, Blonde, and the web series, Submissions Only. Find Max on social media as @maxizpad
Evan Zes *
Off-Broadway: Rent Control (writer/performer, Soho Playhouse); Incident at Vichy (Signature Theatre); Freedom of the City, Man and Superman, White Woman Street, Around the World in 80 Days (Irish Repertory Theatre); American Dreams (The Acting Company); New Ohio, Resonance Ensemble. International: Julie Taymor’s The King Stag (Barbican, London); Dream Play (Moscow Art Theatre). Select regional: The Goodman, The Alley, Old Globe, NY Stage and Film, Westport Country Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theatre D.C., Pittsburgh Public, Cincinnati Playhouse, St. Louis Rep., Baltimore Center Stage, Berkeley Rep. Film/TV: The Path, The Street, Last Night at Angelo’s, All My Children. MFA: A.R.T./Moscow Art Theatre at Harvard University. Follow Evan’s award-winning solo show Rent Control at www.evanzesrentcontrol.com
Ivy is so excited to return to McCarter. Ivy has been in the Young Ensemble of McCarter's A Christmas Carol as the Spirit of Christmas Past (2016) and Belinda Cratchit (2014/15). Other credits include Moonshine and Mistletoe (York Theatre, NYC), The OA (Netflix Original Series), Maya and Marty (NBC), Too Long (Morreale Films, short), and commercials for Dunkin' Donuts, Cisco, and Nellie's Eggs.
Travis is making his McCarter debut. Some of his favorite credits include Taming of the Shrew (Connecticut Free Shakespeare & Valley Shakespeare Festival), Pericles (Valley Shakespeare Festival'a school tour), ChristmApocalypse: The X-Mas Town Trilogy (Living Gallery & McAlpine Hall), Battle for Central Park (Dixon Place), Flak House: The Musical (The Actor's Temple), And Then Came Tango (NYC Fringe 1014), The Alving Estate (Morris Jumel Mansion), and Inspecting Carol (The Heights Players). He is a graduate of Muhlenberg College and a participant of Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey's Apprenticeship Program.
Agatha Christie is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime. Her books have sold over a billion copies in English with another billion in foreign languages. She is the most widely published author of all time and, in many languages, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. She is the author of 80 crime novels and short story collections, 19 plays, and six novels written under the name Mary Westmacott. Agatha Christie’s first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, was written towards the end of the First World War, in which she served the VAD. In it she created Hercule Poirot, the little Belgian detective who was destined to become the most popular detective in crime fiction since Sherlock Holmes. It was eventually published by Bodley Head in 1920. In 1926, after averaging a book a year, Agatha Christie wrote her first masterpiece. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd was the first of her books to be published by Collins and marked the beginning of an author-publisher relationship that lasted for 50 years and well over 70 books, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd was also the first of Agatha Christie’s books to be dramatized—under the name Alibi—and to have a successful run in London’s West End. The Mousetrap, her most successful play of all, opened in 1952 and is the longest-running play in history. Agatha Christie was made a dame in 1971. She died in 1976.
Ken has had six shows on Broadway and seven in London’s West End, with productions in more than 20 languages. Lend Me A Tenor, which the Washington Post called "one of the classic comedies of the 20th century,” won two Tony Awards. He has also won two Laurence Olivier Awards, the Charles MacArthur Award, two Helen Hayes Awards, the Edgar Award for Best Mystery, and the Edwin Forrest Award for Contributions to the American Theater. His plays have been commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Old Globe and the Bristol Old Vic. His 24 plays and musicals include Crazy For You (five years on Broadway, Tony Award for Best Musical), Moon Over Buffalo (with Carol Burnett), Twentieth Century (with Alec Baldwin), and Baskerville. His newest play, Robin Hood!, premieres in August at The Old Globe. His book How To Teach Your Children Shakespeare (Random House) won the Falstaff Award for Best Shakespeare Book of 2014. He holds degrees from Harvard, Haverford College, and Cambridge University.
(Director/Artistic Director/Resident Playwright)
Emily has overseen 150+ productions as McCarter Theatre’s multi-award-winning Artistic Director and Resident Playwright. Ms. Mann’s recent McCarter productions: the world premieres of Bathing in Moonlight, All the Days, Baby Doll, Five Mile Lake, Antony & Cleopatra, Proof, A Delicate Balance. Recently directed world premieres: Danai Gurira’s The Convert; Sarah Treem’s The How and the Why; Christopher Durang’s Miss Witherspoon; Edward Albee’s Me, Myself & I. Broadway: A Streetcar Named Desire, Anna in the Tropics, Execution of Justice, Having Our Say. Her plays: Hoodwinked; Gloria (Steinem) Live At Lincoln Center; Having Our Say, adapted from the book by Sarah L. Delany and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth; Execution of Justice; Still Life; Annulla, An Autobiography; Greensboro (A Requiem); Meshugah; Mrs. Packard. Adaptations: Baby Doll, Scenes from a Marriage, Uncle Vanya, The Cherry Orchard, A Seagull in the Hamptons, The House of Bernarda Alba, Antigone. Recent awards: a Princeton University Honorary Doctorate of Arts, a Helen Merrill Distinguished Playwrights' Award, and the Margo Jones Award given to a "citizen-of-the-theatre who has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to the encouragement of the living theatre everywhere.”
Broadway: Act One (Tony Award), The Scottsboro Boys (Tony nom.), Therese Raquin (Tony nom.), A Bronx Tale, Hand to God, On the Town, Sondheim on Sondheim, …Spelling Bee, LoveMusik, Rock of Ages, Chaplin, Bronx Bombers, Grace, The Two and Only. Off- Broadway: 100 shows including The Toxic Avenger, The Last Five Years, and Miss Julie. Other designs: The Seven Deadly Sins (New York City Ballet) and the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. He received a 2007 OBIE Award for sustained excellence.
William Ivey Long
At McCarter Theatre, William recently designed Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors, as well as Herringbone and The Royal Family. Highlights from his Broadway career of over 70 shows include Chicago, now in its 21st year; A Bronx Tale: The Musical; On the Twentieth Century; Cabaret (2014 and 1998); Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella;Grey Gardens;The Producers; The Boy from Oz; Hairspray;Crazy for You;Guys and Dolls;Nine. Recent TV work: Grease, Live! (Emmy nom.) and the re-imagination of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. William has been nominated for 15 Tony Awards, winning six times. He was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2005 and recently completed a four year term as Chairman of The American Theatre Wing. www.williamiveylong.com
Ken has almost 100 Broadway shows to his credit including such theater milestones as Sweeney Todd and Chicago, the longest running American musical in history, and the current Sunday in the Park with George. Other Broadway: Act One, Sondheim on Sondheim, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Footloose to name just a few. Many touring productions including the current Chicago (worldwide), Annie, and 42nd Street. Other projects: Hugh Jackman in Concert, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular (1979 to 2006), Fantasmic! at Disneyland, many productions for the Seaworld parks, Busch Gardens. Architectural projects: New York’s Tavern on the Green and Feinstein’s 54 Below. Ken’s many awards include the Tony and the Lumen for his architectural work. In 2015, Ken was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame.
Darron L West
McCarter: Crowns; Hamlet; The Bells; Miss Witherspoon; Stick Fly; Me, Myself & I; Fetch Clay, Make Man; The Convert; Baby Doll; Hoodwinked; and the new 2016 A Christmas Carol. He is a Tony and Obie Award-winning sound designer whose work for dance and theater has been heard in over 500 productions all over the United States and internationally in 14 countries. His accolades include the Drama Desk, Lortel, Audelco, and Princess Grace Foundation Statue Awards among others.
Head of Voice/Speech Brown University/Trinity Repertory MFA Program. He has coached voice, dialects, and text extensively in theater, film, and TV. Theater: Trinity Repertory Company, McCarter Theatre, The Public, Shakespeare In the Park, Yale Rep, Dallas Theater Center, Cleveland Play House, The Huntington, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Syracuse Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Hangar Theatre. Film/TV clients: Steven Spielberg, Nicole Kidman, Ben Mendelsohn, Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart, Ciaran Hinds, Sandra Bullock, Alan Rickman, Vanessa Redgrave, Robin Williams, David Oyelowo, Amy Adams, Lee Daniels, Lily Rabe, Hamish Linklater, Raul Esparza, Kate Burton, Mandy Patinkin, Emma Watson, Sienna Miller, Brendan Gleeson, Melissa Leo, Emily Van Camp, Ryan Reynolds, among others.
London-born Paul Huntley has worked on hundreds of Broadway shows since his 1972 arrival in New York, most memorably the original productions of Amadeus, Cats, Evita, Les Misérables, Sweeney Todd, The Producers, and Hairspray. A recipient of the Drama Desk and Tony Awards, he has also worked with the some of the most legendary leading ladies of the cinema, ranging from Bette Davis, Marlene Dietrich, and Vivien Leigh to Jane Fonda, Glenn Close, Jessica Lange, and Scarlett Johansson. Current Broadway shows include A Bronx Tale.
Telsey + Company / William Cantler, CSA and Karyn Casl, CSA
Broadway/Tours: Anastasia; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Hello, Dolly!; War Paint; Present Laughter; Come from Away; Paramour; Waitress; On Your Feet!; Hamilton; Kinky Boots; Wicked; Something Rotten!; The King and I; An American in Paris; The Sound of Music. Off-Broadway: Sweeney Todd, Atlantic, Classic Stage, MCC, Second Stage, Signature. Regional: A.R.T., Center Theatre Group, La Jolla, New York Stage and Film, Paper Mill, Williamstown. Film: Miss Sloane, Into the Woods, Margin Call, Rachel Getting Married, Across the Universe, Camp, Pieces of April. TV: One Day at a Time, Time After Time, Hairspray Live!, Conviction, This Is Us, Grease Live!, Masters of Sex, Smash, The Big C, commercials. www.telseyandco.com
Cheryl Mintz *
(Production Stage Manager)
Cheryl is in her 26th season, 22nd as Resident Production Stage Manager and has production stage managed over 75 productions for McCarter Theatre and 32 productions with Artistic Director Emily Mann. Cheryl has enjoyed 13 collaborations with Maestro Gian Carlo Menotti and the Spoleto Festival USA and Italy and spent five seasons with New York City Opera where she stage managed 40 operas and musicals, three tours, and three PBS telecasts. Cheryl has six Broadway shows to her credit, spent 15 years as an Executive Board Member of the Stage Managers' Association, is a contributor to the recently published 4th edition of Sound and Music for the Theatre; The Art & Technique of Design, named a SUNY Notable Alumni in the Arts and received her MFA from the Yale School of Drama.
Samantha Flint *
Broadway: Venus in Fur (MTC). Previous McCarter credits: Noura (LAB Spotlight Production), Disgraced, A Christmas Carol, Baskerville, The Winter’s Tale, Herringbone, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Twelfth Night, The Brother/Sister Plays. Off Broadway: HIM (Primary Stages); Measure for Measure, JUMP, In the Wake, The Winter’s Tale, The Brother/Sister Plays (The Public Theater). Regional: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Barefoot in the Park (Bucks County Playhouse); And A Nightingale Sang (Westport Country Playhouse); Bernstein’s Mass (Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra); Camelot (Two River Theater); June Moon, The Visit (Williamstown); Somewhere (Hartford Stage); School of Rock [Youth Production], The Wizard of Oz, A Christmas Carol (NewArts). Education: The Theatre School at DePaul University.
(Director of Production)
David has worked at McCarter since 1982. As head of the Production Department he directs the Scenic, Prop, Costume, and Stage Operations personnel in their creation of physical elements and provision of backstage support for the Theater Series and McCarter’s annual production of A Christmas Carol. In addition, the 30 person production staff sees to the needs of all guest artists and companies presented at the theater each season. During David’s tenure, the department has more than 150 theater productions and thousands of presented performances to its credit. Prior to beginning his McCarter career as Technical Director, David held posts at Center Stage in Baltimore and Opera Theatre of St. Louis. He received his BA from Washington University and MFA from the Yale School of Drama.
Debbie joined McCarter in March 2016. Her experience spans Broadway, off-Broadway, West End, regional, and non-profit theater. Broadway: Mothers & Sons, Grace, Annie, War Horse, Hair, Merchant of Venice, Speed the Plow. Off-Broadway and London highlights: Ingmar Bergman’s Through a Glass Darkly starring Carey Mulligan, Passion Play, Merrily We Roll Along. Chicago: Founder of Roadworks Productions, with residencies at Steppenwolf & Victory Gardens. Highlights: John Barth’s The End of the Road, Lanford Wilson’s Serenading Louie, Kenneth Lonergan's This is Our Youth, Chuck Mee’s Orestes, and Eric Bogosian's subUrbia. Ms. Bisno leads workshops at Yale, is an Advisory Member of Playwrights Realm NY, and FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics). She lives with her husband David Goldman and Portuguese Water Dog, Stella.
Timothy J. Shields
Timothy has served as McCarter’s Managing Director since 2009. From 1983 to 1992 he was McCarter’s Business Manager and General Manager. His professional experience includes serving as Managing Director of Milwaukee Repertory Theater for 10 years; as Managing Director at Geva Theatre Center (Rochester, NY) for six; he’s held administrative positions at The Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis and Denver Center Theatre Company. He’s the current President of the League of Resident Theatres [LORT] and Chair of the ArtPride NJ board. He’s served on the boards of Theatre Communications Group; Milwaukee’s Latino Arts Board; the Cultural Alliance of Greater Milwaukee, and Theatre Wisconsin and has been a panelist, panel chair, and on-site reporter for the National Endowment for the Arts. He holds a BFA in Drama Production from Carnegie-Mellon University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA (which partially explains his near-addiction to the Pirates and Steelers).
McCarter Theatre Center
Tony Award-winning McCarter Theatre Center is one of America’s leading regional theaters and is the only organization in this country that is a professional producing theater and simultaneously a presenter of major performing artists. World premiere plays include Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (2013 Tony Award - Best Play), Miss Witherspoon; The Brother/Sister Plays; Me, Myself & I; Having Our Say; The Convert; and Crowns. Other plays include Broadway productions of Translations; Anna in the Tropics (Pulitzer Prize); and Electra. McCarter is a presenter of world renowned artists such as Lang Lang, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Wynton Marsalis, David Sedaris and many others. Our education/outreach efforts serve tens of thousands through student matinees, in-school residencies, adult education classes, and more. McCarter is supported by contributions from Princeton University, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, many corporations and foundations and from over 3,000 individuals. Discover more at www.mccarter.org.
* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
McCarter Theatre Center operates under an agreement between the League of Resident Theatres
and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.