BIOGRAPHIES and NOTES FOR 2013
Lost on the Natchez Trace: Cast, Playwright, Designer
*Tom Byrn (Malcolm Jeters) appeared last fall in ELTC’s It Pays to Advertise, and was seen previously in He and She, The Dictator and The Ransom of Red Chief. Recently, he appeared in The Trip to Bountiful at People’s Light & Theatre; A Christmas Carol at Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble; and God of Carnage at River Valley Rep in Poughkeepsie, NY. This spring, he wrote and directed a play about real food and food justice for Mad River Theater Works in Ohio. Upcoming projects include The Exonerated at Delaware Theater Company. Tom is a coeditor of Letters to the Editor: 200 Years in the Life of an American Town, published by Simon & Schuster.
Leon Morgan (Tom) The last of a dying breed, Leon is a native New Yorker and a graduate of the William Esper Studio who recently performed in Gym Shorts at 777 Theater in NYC. Having made several appearances on television, Off-Broadway, and in film, this hungry and foolish actor is willing to take on all challenges thrown his way. I would love to thank the East Lynne Theater Company for giving me this opportunity!
Stephanie Garrett (The Woman) appeared in ELTC’s productions of Women and the Vote, Rain, The People of Cape May v. Johan Van Buren, and Christmas in Black and White with Gayle Stahlhuth. She performs regularly for the company’s popular “Tales of the Victorians,” where company members read classic American stories to patrons at local B&Bs and tea shops. Over fifteen years ago, as a volunteer at Historic Cold Spring Village, she became a storyteller, specializing in early 19th Century Cape May County African American History. Stephanie has a BA and MA in Sociology and worked as a Sociologist and Human Resources Manager during her career in Federal Government. Upon early retirement she received the Meritorious Service Award, the highest award given by the Department of Navy to a civilian employee. She is past President of the Greater Cape May Historical Society.
*Jan Buttram (playwright) began her professional theatre career as an actress with the New Orleans Repertory Theatre under the direction of June Havoc. She has since acted Off Broadway, Off-Off Broadway, and in regional theatres. Her plays have been produced in New York by the York Theatre, Pulse Ensemble Theatre, Circle Rep Lab, Lightning Strikes Theatre Co., and Abingdon Theatre Company, which introduced her “comedy with hymns,” Glory Girls. Other plays include Zona, the Ghost of Greenbrier, Private Battles, The Parker Family Circus, Phantom Killer, and Lost on the Natchez Trace. Her plays Captive and The Parker Family Circus are published by Samuel French (The Parker Family Circus was selected by Smith & Kraus for "The Best Scenes for Actors of 2001–02"). Her play Texas Homos (directed by Tony® award winner Melvin Bernhardt) was presented on Abingdon’s mainstage and is published by Smith and Kraus in Best New Playwrights of 2005. HX Magazine nominated Texas Homos as the “Best Gay Themed Play of the Season." She received commissions to create original scripts for Capital Rep and Greenbrier Valley Theatre. Her play Backwoods won the 1995 Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center’s Fund for New American Plays. Her short plays are published in several anthologies by Heineman Books and included in Smith and Kraus' "Best Ten Minute Plays of 2011." A founding member and Artistic Director of Abingdon Theatre Company, a not-for-profit company located in Manhattan dedicated to developing and producing new plays by American playwrights, she has led the company for 19 seasons. She is a University of North Texas graduate.
*Gayle Stahlhuth (Artistic Director/Director ) has performed off-Broadway (Manhattan Theatre Club, etc.) in national tours (Cabaret, Fiddler, etc.), regional theater (Gateway Playhouse in Long Island, etc.), television (various soaps, etc.), radio (jingles and Voice of America), and on the Chautauqua Circuit. As a playwright and performer, she’s been awarded commissions from The National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, the Missouri and Illinois Humanities Councils, Theatreworks/USA and other theaters, and grants from the NJ Humanities Council, the NYS Council on the Arts, and the Mid-Atlantic Foundation for the Arts. Since becoming ELTC’s Artistic Director in 1999, she has produced 70 different shows (some returned for another season), including 17 world premieres and 9 New Jersey premieres, and directed 39 of them. She is an Active Member of the Dramatists Guild, SAG/AFTRA, and is in her 40th year as a member of Actors’ Equity Association.
*Lee O’Connor (Technical Director/Stage Manager) served in Vietnam, first in the field, and then on stage in Saigon as part of an Army theater troupe. He’s worked as an actor, stage manager, lighting and set designer, and on construction crews. He began stage managing for ELTC in the mid-‘80s. NYC credits include: A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden Theatre, Liza Steppin’ Out at Radio City, running lights for Pageant, stage managing for Irish Repertory Theatre, The Staten Island Ballet, and Dancers Over 40 Special Events, and was prop master for Penn and Teller Rot in Hell. Regionally, he’s worked at Ivoryton Playhouse, American Stage Company, Centenary Stage, Bickford Theater, The Women's Theater Company, and Surflight and was road manager for the New Jersey Ballet.
Marion T. Brady (Costume Designer) is a resident of Little Falls, NJ. She has costumed many productions for ELTC including Berkeley Square, Rain, and He and She, for which Terry Teachout favorably commented on her
work as well as the whole production in “The Wall Street Journal.” Other theaters where she has worked include Fairleigh Dickinson University (Teaneck), Montclair Dramatic Club, Union County College Theater Project, The Nutley Little Theatre, and Meadowlands Theater Company. For her 15+ years of costuming for ELTC, Marion was a recipient of ELTC’s 2010 New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s Applause Award.
The Adaptor of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and the Writer Washington Irving
*James Rana wrote and performed in the ELTC's World Premiere The Poe Mysteries and was in Sherlock Holmes: Adventure of the Norwood Builder. Off Broadway: Serendib (Ensemble Studio Theatre),Tartuffe, As You Like It (Worth Street Theatre), Rangoon, Shogun Macbeth (Pan Asian Rep), Marat/Sade, Macbeth, Mother Courage (Classical Theatre of Harlem), On The Rocks, Passion Play and Captain Brassbound's Conversion (Project Shaw). International: Love’s Labor's Lost (Royal Shakespeare Company), Macbeth (Globe Neuss, Bonn Biennale). Regional: Contemporary American Theatre Festival, The Shakespeare Theatre, Actors Shakespeare Co., Shakespeare & Company, Princeton Rep, Luna Stage. Film & Television: Law & Order:SVU, Third Watch, One Life To Live, As the World Turns, Radical Islam, Conan O'Brien, The Hollow Tree, The War Within, and A Girl Like You With A Boy Like Me (Accolade Award). Radio: Wrote and narrated Poe: A Celebration (Semifinalist: Moondance International Film Festival) and Going Polar for NPR. Writing: Has Been (Semi-finalist: Outstanding Television Script - LA Comedy Short Film Festival, Los Angeles Screenwriting Competition and Moondance International Film Festival).
Washington Irving was born on April 3, 1783 in New York City, the eleventh child of Scottish-English immigrants, William and Sarah Irving. Named after the hero of the recently concluded American Revolution, he attended George Washington’s presidential inauguration in 1789. His father, a successful merchant, provided him with a good education, hoping he would be a lawyer, but Irving preferred to attend plays, daydream, and write.
Bouts of ill health sent Irving to a spa in Bordeaux, France in 1804, and he stayed on the Continent for two years, learning French, traveling through Europe, writing whimsical letters and essays.
Returning to the States in 1806 to take the bar exam, he barely passed it, which didn't bother him. He became a ringleader, of sorts, of a group known as the Lads of Kilkenny, literary-minded young men who enjoyed going to the Park Theater and the Shakespeare Tavern. Several of them, including Irving, his brother William, and James Kirke Paulding, created a semi-monthly periodical called The Salmagundi Papers. It was a comic look at politics and events of the day in “the thrice renowned and delectable city of Gotham” – the first time Manhattan was so called and years before the Batman comics. An old Anglo-Saxon term for “city of goats,” Irving used it more for a “city of tricksters and fools.”
In 1809, Irving coined another name, “Knickerbocher,” that would be used to refer to those living in and from Manhattan, with his fictional character “Diedrich Knickerbocker.” He created the name based on the loose fitting pants gathered just below the knee that were a popular men’s style of the day. His first book, A History of New York from the Beginning of the World to the End of the Dutch Dynasty is narrated and supposedly written by "Diedrich Knickerbocker." The book was successful at home and in Europe, bringing Irving to the attention of the likes of Charles Dickens and Sir Walter Scott.
He served as a military secretary during the War of 1812, and in 1815, joined his brothers, who were merchants, in England. When their company was failing and funds were needed, he pulled his stories together that had been printed in American between 1819-1820 under his pseudonym “Geoffrey Crayon,” to create The Crayon Papers and The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon. Among the stories and essays in these books were “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Again, Europeans applauded his work, and Irving began his advocacy for stronger laws to protect writers from copyright infringement, especially between different countries.
In 1822, he moved to Germany, then France, and wrote Bracebridge Hall or The Humorists, A Medley, and Tales of a Traveler, which includes another of his well-known stories, “The Devil and Tom Walker.” From 1826-1828, he was attache at the U.S. embassy in Madrid, and from 1829-1832, secretary of the U.S. legation in London. Meanwhile, he wrote The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus, Chronicle of the Conquest of Granada, and Tales of the Alhambra.
Returning to America in 1832, he bought a farm on the banks of the Hudson River near Tarrytown, NY, and named it “Sunnyside.” He returned to Spain from 1842-1846 as the U.S. ambassador, but other than that, his trips abroad were over, and he was content living and writing and receiving family and friends in his country home. In 1859, a book that he’d been working on for many years was published: a five-volume Life of George Washington. Later that year, on November 28, Washington Irving died and was buried at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, near the Old Dutch Church in Tarrytown.
The Cast and Notes for Sherlock Holmes Adventure of the Norwood Builder
*Mark Edward Lang (Announcer/Inspector Lestrade) is a native and current New Yorker, but very much at home in Cape May. Favorite roles include Captain Robert Scott in Terra Nova and Jack in The Importance of Being Earnest (Hilton Head Playhouse), The Actor in ELTC’s The Guardsman (with wife Alison J. Murphy), seven roles in the Irish comedy Stones in his Pockets (Open Stage of Harrisburg), Kosti in Welcome Home Marian Anderson (Off-Broadway and tour, including Clinton Presidential Center in Arkansas); and ELTC’s The Poe Mysteries, Dulcy, Butter and Egg Man, Why Marry?, The New York Idea, Voice of the City, Jealousy, The Dictator (2001), Four by Four and You and I (Best Actor Jacoby Award, 2007). He’s performed Shakespeare, Moliere, and new works in NYC and 35 states on tour; as well as directing (including ELTC’s Anna Christie), corporate training and teaching workshops. Graduate of Vassar College (Kazan Prize).
Robert LeMaire (Jonas Oldacre/Inspector Higgins/Sound Effects) performed in several ELTC productions including To the Ladies, You and I, The Dictator (2001 & 2010), Sherlock Holmes, Three Miraculous Soldiers, Anna Christie, and The Ransom of Red Chief. He’s worked sound effects for ELTC’s Holmes Adventures: The Speckled Band and The Blue Carbuncle. Other performance work includes portraying Herr Drosselmeyer in Cape May Stage's Nutcracker and in appearing in Vistas of Democracy, a video in NJ Network Public Television's Educational NJ Legacy Series. You may catch his shoulder in the History Channel's Civil War Terror.
*Lee O'Connor (Sherlock Holmes) was in ELTC’s William Gillette’s Sherlock Holmes, and has portrayed Holmes in the NBC radio-style adventures. He also appeared in ELTC’s The Leach Diaries, The Dictator, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, Dick Spindler’s Family Christmas, the staged reading of Henry Sawyer and the Civil War, and is a storyteller for ELTC’s “Tales of the Victorians.” Other performing work includes The Odd Couple in Saigon while serving in Vietnam. Aside from being ELTC’s Technical Director since 1999, he has also worked for Radio City Music Hall, Irish Rep, and Primary Stages in NYC. Member AEA.
*Thomas Raniszewski (John Hector McFarlane/Officer) graduated from Rowan University with a BA in music. His album, A Midnight at a Time, was nominated Outstanding New Recording at the 2004 Outmusic Awards, and one of the tracks, "Dreams of the Summertime," won the Stonewall Society 2004 Pride in the Arts Award. The album's Christmas track, "Through a Child's Eyes" was released as a single in partnership with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, raising funds and awareness for this organization. He co-produced the album I Hear on the Streets which benefits New Alternatives for LGBT Homeless Youth in NYC. His music is available through iTunes, Amazon.com and CDbaby.com. As an actor, he's appeared in several ELTC shows including The Butter and Egg Man, Berkeley Square, and The Poe Mysteries. He recently reprised his role as Warren in The Twentieth Century Way which made its Philadelphia premier last August. Member AEA.
*Gayle Stahlhuth (Mrs. McFarlane/Mrs. Lexington/Adaptor) has performed off-Broadway (Manhattan Theatre Club, etc.) in national tours (Cabaret, Fiddler, etc.), regional theater (Gateway Playhouse in Long Island, etc.), television (various soaps, etc.), radio (jingles and Voice of America), and on the Chautauqua Circuit. Since becoming ELTC’s Artistic Director in 1999, she has produced 66 different plays/musicals (some returned for another season), including 17 world premieres and 8 NJ premieres, and directed over half of them. She’s been awarded commissions from The National Portrait Gallery, the Missouri and Illinois Humanities Councils, and grants from the NJ Humanities Council, the NYS Council on the Arts, and the Mid-Atlantic Foundation for the Arts. She is an Active Member of the Dramatists Guild, SAG/AFTRA, and AEA.
*Fred Velde (Dr. Watson) is a native New Yorker and has been part of the New York theater scene for over thirty years. He has been a member of The Harbor Theatre since 1995 and is currently a member of The Workshop Theater. His theatre credits include The Price of Genius on Broadway, Sex by Mae West, Off-Broadway, and Traveling Souls in Moscow as a member of The Phoenix Ensemble. For ELTC, he played Dr. McPhail in Rain, Chris in Anna Christie, Mr. Forbes in Dulcy, Detective Dupin in The Poe Mysteries, and Dr Watson in The Copper Beeches, The Speckled Band, and The Blue Carbuncle. As well as theater, he has appeared in film, soaps, Comedy Central and commercials. He is a member of AEA and SAG/AFTRA.
SHERLOCK HOLMES ON THE AIR
The first time a Sherlock Holmes adventure was heard on the airways was October 20, 1930. The Holmes tale was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Speckled Band, adapted by Edith Meiser. Meiser proposed the idea for a Holmes radio show to NBC. At first they passed on the idea for lack of a sponsor, so Meiser found one: G. Washington Coffee. Doyle died during the summer of 1930, but his estate entrusted the development of the series to Meiser and NBC. Meiser, also an actress, wrote the series single-handedly for a dozen years, and with help through most of the 1940s. No audiences were allowed during the early broadcasts.
Famous actor/playwright William Gillette, at age 77, starred in the radio show’s premiere. It was he who had created the first stage adaptation based on the writings of Doyle in 1899, under the title Sherlock Holmes. Although he’d played the role over 1,000 times, he was uncomfortable with the radio format. Clive Brook replaced him for the next two performances. Richard Gordon played the role from November 10, 1930 through May of 1933, and again in 1936. Leigh Lovell and Harry West played Dr. Watson. From 1939 to 1946, Holmes and Watson were played by Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. At the same time, they played these roles in 16 films. The Sherlock
Holmes radio series continued through 1950.
SEVERAL OTHER ACTORS WHO HAVE PERFORMED WITH ELTC (since 2010)
*John K. Alvarez was in ELTC's The Dictator and for two decades, has had
a professional career in the theater. For 17 seasons, John worked at Cape May Stage
in the capacity of stage manager, actor, techie, associate producer
and whatever other title he was given in lieu of payment. He is also
a published playwright and was a columnist for "The Cape May Star & Wave."
John teaches Theatre History
and Acting at Atlantic County Community College and writes, directs
and performs for Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities.
Erin Callahan made her ELTC debut in You and I as Veronica Duane and has since been in Berkeley Square and Dulcy. Other credits include Fifth of July with the Michael Chechov Theater Company (NYC), King Lear with Marin Shakespeare Co., Romeo and Juliet with Oxford Shakespeare Co., The Two Noble Kinsmen where she performed both in NYC and London's Hyde Park, The Third Witch and Son of Macduff in the theatrical dance film/documentary of Macbeth called Tango Macbeth with New Harmony Productions, and Midsummer Night’s Dream with What Dreams May Com-Pany.
Emily Cheney played Ruth in He and She and Kate Pettigrew in Berkeley Square for ELTC. Born and raised in NJ, she is a graduate of Rowan University and has performed with companies throughout the region. She was most recently seen in the World Premiere of The Bridge Club at Society Hill Playhouse in Philadelphia. Other credits include shows for the Walnut Street Theater, EgoPo Productions, the Delaware Shakespeare Festival, and Storybook Musical Theatre.
*Karen Case Cook: ELTC as an actor: Ruth Draper's Company of Characters, You and I, The Ransom of Red Chief and Two-Headed for which she received the Jacoby Outstanding Performance Award. This was a co-production with the Women's Theater Company (WTC) where she was also in Enchanted April, Doubt and Wit. Favorite roles include Emelia/Othello (Arkansas Rep), Mrs. Malaprop/The Rivals (Jean Cocteau Rep), Lubov Andreyevna/The Cherry Orchard (Oasis Theater Company), and Edith/Blithe Spirit (Barter Theater). As a director for ELTC: The Guardsman, Alice on the Edge, and the world premieres of Helpful Hints and Emma Goldman: My Life. Other directing highlights: Hot L Baltimore (Stella Adler NYC), Dad Doesn’t Dance (Nominated for Best Overall Production of a Solo Show/Midtown International Theatre, NYC), The Twentieth-Century Way (Philadelphia) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Beijing University, China). She is an associate member of the Society of Directors and Choreographers.
Glen Corlin was in ELTC's It Pays to Advertise, and has been an active member of the theater community for over thirty years. Recently, he relocated to the Cape May area after living in Hawaii for thirty-five years where he was active in community theater, performing in such shows as Fiddler on the Roof and Oklahoma. During that time he also lived in Germany for seven years, where he was active in the Army Community Theater, appearing in many shows, such as Annie, Cabaret, Snoopy, and Lilies of the Field. He is a social worker currently working for the U. S. Coast Guard here in Cape May.
*Larry Daggett made his ELTC debut in Dulcy. New York credits include Ragtime (original Broadway cast), Candide (New York City Opera), Red, Hot, and Cole (National Tour). Regional credits include Damn Yankees (Applegate), My Fair Lady (Doolittle/Pickering), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Quince), Follies (Benjamin Stone), Amadeus (Salieri cover), Sunset Boulevard (Max von Mayerling), A Little Night Music (Fredrick Egerman), Levant By Levant (Oscar Levant), H.M.S. Pinafore (Captain Corcoran), Oliver! (Fagin), Seussical (Cat in the Hat), Man of La Mancha (Dr. Carrasco), Annie (Rooster) at theatres which include Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arkansas Repertory, Asolo Theatre, Barrington Stage, Capital Repertory, Cleveland Play House, Fulton Opera House, Goodspeed Opera House, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Music Theatre of Connecticut, New Harmony Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Sierra Repertory, Virginia Musical Theatre, among others.
*Suzanne Dawson has played leading roles off-Broadway in: CBS Live, The Last Musical Comedy, The Great American Backstage Musical, and the revival of New Faces of ’52. Her regional credits include Sylvia at Florida Studio Theatre, The Snowball and A Little Night Music at Buffalo Studio Arena, Carnival at The Alliance in Atlanta, and Rumors at Paper Mill Playhouse in NJ. She toured with Rumors, and opposite Gavin Macleod in Last of the Red Hot Lovers. Suzanne was in ELTC's To the Ladies!, Alice on the Edge, The Butter and Egg Man, Berkeley Square, The World of Dorothy Parker, Dulcy, and Ruth Draper's Company of Characters.
Rachel Handler made her ELTC debut in Berkeley Square. She hails from South Jersey and she is a
recent graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton. Previous credits
include; Marian in The Music Man, Laurey in Oklahoma!, Angel
in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and most recently she
was seen performing with Kelli O’Hara in The Best of Lerner and Loewe at
Heikes played Brooke Travers aka "Steve" in ELTC's The Dictator. Broadway: Pygmalion (w/ Claire Danes and Jefferson
Mays). Other New York credits include: Mister Roberts (w/ Alec Baldwin and Robert Sean Leonard) at Roundabout
and The Battle at Nong Son at The Actors Studio.
Some Regional credits: Buddy's Tavern and Glimmerglass world premieres at SBT; Magnetic North at Act II
Playhouse; Noises Off! at Cohoes Music Hall (Frederick
Fellowes). Brad made a short film about being involved
in Pygmalion called Above Broadway.
Dave Holyoak was in ELTC’s recent He and She and Dulcy. Other credits include Mark Twain's Is He Dead? (Agamemnon Buckner) and Claudia Shear's Dirty Blonde (Charlie Conner) at the Civic Theatre in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
* Michael Kirby played Peter Standish in ELTC's Berkeley Square. His New York Credits include: Epicene (re:Directions) Midsummer
Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet (Hip to Hip) Regional: The School
of Night (Mark Taper Forum), The American Plan, Romeo and Juliet,
Merry Wives of Windsor, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Measure for Measure,
Hamlet, Alls Well That Ends Well, Othello (Old Globe) A Tale
of Charles Dickens (La Theatre Works) Romeo and Juliet (Kingsmen
Shakespeare Festival), Hamlet (Curtis Theatre) Other: Chekhov
x 4 (Antaeus) Spite for Spite, Don Juan (Siglo
De Oro Festival with Andak Stage Company, Founding Member) Twelfth
Night (The Company Rep) Film: Connected, Benevolence, Passing
Normal, Chase The Slut Television: Boston Public, MTV, Education:
MFA from The Old Globe/USD, BA in theatre from Cal State Fullerton,
Ashley Kowzun played Daisy Herford in ELTC's He and She. She is a graduate from Montclair State University. Some of her past credits include Cabaret (Frauline Schneider), Romeo & Juliet (Nurse), Barenaked Lads, Crucible (Mercy), Radium Girls (Mrs. Reoder), Blues Clues (Tickety Tock), Twelfth Night, Jack & the Beanstalk, workshops with Madison’s Young Playwrights, and Enchanted April (Lady Caroline) with The Women’s Theater Company in Parsippany, NJ.
Lable wrote and performed in Emma Goldman: My Life for ELTC. She was
a professional modern dancer with the well-known Ruth Currier
and Eleo Pomare Dance Companies, and for four years managed her
own troupe, The Lorna Lable Dance Company. As a dancer, she performed
in such venues as Lincoln Center and City Center in NYC. As an
actor, she performed her one-woman show, The Door is Mine, a
positive look at divorce, along the East Coast from Vermont to
Pennsylvania. Her film credits include The Wiz and Keeping the
Faith with Ben Stiller. Her commercials run the gamut from selling
hams to phones. Lorna’s enjoyed working on all NYC-based soaps
from Edge of Night to All My Children and all the versions of Law & Order. You
might have seen her as Helga in Grandma Sylvia’s Funeral in NYC at the Soho Theatre or Mrs. Bendle in Not in Our Town at Manhattan Theatre Club, or other shows in NYC and in regional
LeMaire has appeared in ELTC’s productions of Sherlock Holmes, Three Miraculous Soldiers, Anna Christie,
You and I, Helpful Hints, To the Ladies!, The Ransom
of Red Chief and the radio-style productions of Sherlock Holmes: Adventure of the Speckled Band, Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle, Adventure of the Norwood Builder, and was in the ELTC 2001 and 2010 productions
of The Dictator. Other performance work includes Herr Drosselmeyer
in Cape May Stage's Nutcracker and in Vistas of Democracy,
from NJ Network Public Television's Educational
NJ Legacy Series. You may catch his shoulder in
the History Channel’s Civil War Terror.
*Mark Edward Lang is a native and current New Yorker, but very much at home in Cape May. Favorite roles include Captain Robert Scott in Terra Nova and Jack in The Importance of Being Earnest (Hilton Head Playhouse), The Actor in ELTC’s The Guardsman (with wife Alison J. Murphy), seven roles in the Irish comedy Stones in his Pockets (Open Stage of Harrisburg), Kosti in Welcome Home Marian Anderson (Off-Broadway & tour, including Clinton Presidential Center in Arkansas); and ELTC’s Dulcy, Butter and Egg Man, Why Marry?, The New York Idea, Voice of the City, Jealousy, The Dictator (2001), Four by Four and You and I (Best Actor Jacoby Award, 2007). He’s performed Shakespeare, Moliere, and new works in NYC and 35 states on tour; as well as directing (including ELTC’s Anna Christie), corporate training and teaching workshops. Graduate of Vassar College (Kazan Prize).
*Matt Baxter Luceno played Rodney Martin in ELTC's It Pays to Advertise. He recently performed in and helped create an original adaptation of H.G. Wells’ The Island of Doctor Moreau for Piper Theatre Productions in Brooklyn. Theater includes King Lear starring Stacy Keach (dir. Robert Falls, Shakespeare Theatre Company – Helen Hayes Award), Ion (STC), Julius Caesar (Shakespeare on the Sound), The Merry Wives of Windsor Terrace (Brave New World Rep), Uranus (Superhero Clubhouse), Scapin (Turtle Shell), Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Allentown Shakespeare), The Laramie Project (dir. Joan Potter), Hamlet (dir. Elmore James), and readings at La MaMa E.T.C. He’s worked in commercials, film, voice-overs, and in numerous comedy clubs in NYC. TV: Guiding Light, Shark Week. Matt holds a BFA in Acting from SUNY Purchase and is a former Fellow at Shakespeare Theatre Company, D.C. www.mattbaxterluceno.com
*Megan McDermott's ELTC productions include Jean in Why Marry?, Helen in Berkeley Square, various roles in The World of Dorothy Parker, and Dulcy in Dulcy. Recently she was in Act II Playhouse's Time Stands Still.NYC credits include: The Three Sisters, The Erpingham Camp, and Big Love. Regional credits include: The Glass Menagerie, The Importance of Being Earnest, Twelfth Night, Crimes of the Heart, Shakespeare in Hollywood, The Learned Ladies, Amadeus, The Eight: Reindeer Monologues, and Spring Awakening. She has also performed at The Wilma Theater, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, EgoPo Productions, Cheltenham Art Center, The Barnstormers, and McCarter Theatre Center.
*Shelley McPherson At ELTC: The Poe Mysteries, Why Marry? and Alice on the Edge. In New York, Shelley has performed at theatres including: Queen’s Theatre in the Park, HERE, E.S.T., New York Theatre Workshop, and The Workshop Theater Company. Regional Theatre: Catherine in The Foreigner, Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible, and Mrs. Hardcastle in She Stoops to Conquer at New Harmony Theatre and Susy Hendrix in Wait Until Dark at Shadow Lawn Theatre. Film and TV: the award-winning Fall Before Paradise, The Battle of Pussy Willow Creek and many episodes of Guiding Light. Shelley performs regularly at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre in NYC, and The Young Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto. She can be heard on a live concert recording – Toronto Sings the Breithaupt Brothers Songbook. Shelley wrote an original boxing musical, Seeing Stars, which was read as part of the York Theatre’s Developmental Reading Series and enjoyed a sold-out run as one of 12 “Next Link” shows at the New York Musical Theater Festival.
Derrick McQueen is in ELTC's Paul Robeson through His Words and Music, written by Gayle Stahlhuth. Due to a Dodge Foundation Grant, he was the Playwright in Residence at South
Jersey Regional Theatre, where his play I Have Been Said to Possess was
produced. Also a songwriter, his songs have appeared in such works as
Cape May Stage’s The Trial of Blackbeard the Pirate. As a performer,
he was the Narrator in Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Garcin in No Exit, and Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, and has performed
with New York Theatre Workshop, Mabou Mines, Totem Pole Playhouse, and
Cape May’s Jazz Festival. The characterizations and concerts that he
has created based on historical African-Americans, include the journalist
Alfred P. Smith, Congressman George White, and abolitionist Frederick
Douglass. Derrick took part in the Culture Project's X-IMPACT on the
GULF production of Voices of the Storm, life stories from the Mississippi
Delta and Louisiana from hurricane Katrina. Currently he is studying
for ordination in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He is a Ph. D. student
at Union Theological Seminary where he is focusing on "Rhetoric and its Performance on Community".
Moskow played a variety of roles in The World of Dorothy Parker, Lucy Sheridan in The Dictaror, Jane Weston in The Butter and Egg Man and Elsie Beebe in To the Ladies! - all for ELTC. She graduated from Syracuse University
with a BFA in Acting. International credit: Embedded at the Fringe Festival in Scotland. Regional: Chemical
Imbalance; A Jekyll And Hyde Play (twins Calliope
and Penelope Throckmortonshire) and Concertina's
Rainbow (Concertina) at Caldwell Theatre Company,
and Hunchback of Notre Dame (Esmerelda) at Hollywood
Playhouse. Tours: The Red Sun and The Green Moon with
*Alison J. Murphy's ELTC productions include Dulcy, The Dictator, The New York Idea, Voice of the City, Four by Four, Why Marry?, You and I and The Guardsman. New York credits include Aurora Leigh, Mary of Shippensburg and The Wound of Love. She has also worked with American Stage Company and Shakespeare in the Garden, in productions of Cloud Nine, Elephant Man, Extremities, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Comedy of Errors, Othello, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest and Twelfth Night. Film: The Love of My Life (Frank Faralli, director). She performs in corporate training and events in the NYC area, and teaches acting workshops with her husband Mark Edward Lang.
* Morgan Nichols was in ELTC's Berkely Square, The Butter and Egg Man, and To the
Ladies! He’s a NYC-based actor, who has been
seen in a number of shows all around the country, as well as in
film and commercial work from coast to coast. Some of his favorites
roles include George in Once
in a Lifetime, Eddie
in Our Lady of 121st Street, Jim Morrison in 27th
Miles Horton in The Rosa Parks Story. He also has a BFA in Performance
Theater from Adelphi University and an Associates Degree in film
from The School for Film and Television in Manhattan.
*Lee O’Connor served in Vietnam, first as a grunt, and then on stage in Saigon as part of an Army theater troupe. His NYC technical credits include: A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden Theatre, Liza Steppin’ Out at Radio City, running lights for Pageant, stage managing for Irish Repertory Theatre, The Staten Island Ballet, and Dancers Over 40 Special Events, and was prop master for Penn and Teller Rot in Hell. Regionally, he has worked at Ivoryton Playhouse, American Stage Company, Centenary Stage, The Bickford Theater, and The Women's Theater Company. He was road manager for CORE Ensemble, Jose Melina, and NJ Ballet. He and his wife, Gayle, live in West Cape May and Manhattan.
*Molly O'Neill portayed Anne Herford in ELTC's He and She. Molly is a recent graduate of the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA Acting Program where she performed the roles of Yelena in Uncle Vanya, Miranda in The Tempest, and Queen Marie in Exit the King, among others. She is a founding member of Broken Box Mime Ensemble in NYC.
Phil Pizzi was in ELTC's It Pays to Advertise, The New York Idea, Why Marry? and had several roles and operated sound effects in the radio version of Sherlock Holmes Adventure of the Copper Beeches. Phil gets up very early every morning, Monday through Saturday, to co-host “The Morning Wake-Up” radio show on 98.7 The Coast, the most listened to radio station in Cape May County. He also produces commercials and programming for Cable TV, such as Jersey Cape Fishing, South Jersey’s longest-running local fishing show (12 years.) On most fall weekends, Phil appears on local gridirons as a high school football official.
Thomas Raniszewski graduated Rowan University (formerly Glassboro State College) with a BA in music. and is a composer and performer. His album, A Midnight at a Time, was nominated Outstanding New Recording at the 2004 Outmusic Awards, and one of the tracks, "Dreams of the Summertime," won the Stonewall Society 2004 Pride in the Arts Award. The album's Christmas track, "Through a Child's Eyes." was released as a single in partnership with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, raising funds and awareness for this organization. He co-produced the album I Hear on the Streets which benefits New Alternatives for LGBT Homeless Youth in NYC. His music is available through iTunes, Amazon.com and CDbaby.com. Several ELTC shows include Rain and Berkeley Square. He recently received critical acclaim as Warren in the Philadelphia premier of the award-winning play The Twentieth-Century Way.
Rivera, who was in ELTC' The Dictator, liives and works out of New York
City and is a veteran of the US Navy. Off Broadway: DeNovo, Lil Silent, Tony and Tina's Wedding, FireHouse.
Off-Off Broadway: Boots, A Gown for his Mistress,
Arms and the Man. Regional: Macbeth, Hamlet, Into
the Woods, Desire Under the Elms, How I learned to
Drive. Television credits include: Rescue Me, Mercy,
Kings, Lipstick Jungle, All My Children. Training:
University Central Florida (BFA), American Academy
of Dramatic Arts, The New York Conservatory, Royal
Shakespeare Company (Classical).
*Kate Shine played Mary Grayson in ELTC's It Pays to Advertise. Last seen in the New York Avant Garde Festival's production of My Past Girlfriends (Winner: Best Play) at the Hudson Guild Theatre. Some favorite performances include: The Red Thread with Miami Theatre Center, Hamlet at Interborough Repertory Theatre, The Parkville Project with Bated Breath Theatre Company, Love’s Labour's Lost, Stop Kiss and The Arabian Nights, all with Connecticut Repertory Theatre. Film/TV credits include 30 Rock, Gossip Girl and The Sitter. Kate holds her BFA in Acting from The University of Connecticut and currently resides in New York City.
*Drew Seltzer was in ELTC’s Dulcy, Berkeley Square, Sherlock Holmes Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle and The World of Dorothy Parker. Other stage credits include roles at Princeton Repertory Theater Company, Six Figures Theater Company at the West End, Miles Square Theater Company, Hedgerow Theater, and the Obie and Drama Desk award-winning Les Freres Corbusier where he performed in The Franklin Thesis directed by 2011 Tony-nominated Alex Timbers. The production was voted "Best of New York" by “The Village Voice.” For four years, Drew was with the Off-Broadway production of Tony n' Tina's Wedding. Film credits include Men Who Stare at Goats, The Good Shepherd, and the lead in the upcoming feature Leaving Circadia opposite Michael Cerveris. He received his BFA in Theater from Rutgers University (Mason Gross), has studied improv at Second City, and Shakespeare at The Globe Theater in London under the artistic direction of Mark Rylance.
*Maria Silverman played the Comtesse De Beaurien in ELTC's It Pays to Advertise. She made her professional debut on Broadway in Michael Mayer’s Tony Award-winning A View From the Bridge. Since, she has appeared in over 30 productions, including 14 world premieres. Recently Maria portrayed Rev. George in Billie Holiday Theatre’s Women In the Pit. Off-Broadway: Beachwood Drive, Tales from the Tunnel. NYC: The House of Mirth, Open Rehearsal, Tech Support, Cool Blues, Skin.Flesh.Bone., Dreamers of the Day, Macbeth, Uncle Vanya, Galileo, S/HE (dir. Jose Zayas), No Place to Be Somebody (dir. Woodie King, Jr.), As You Like It, The Seagull, Expressing Willie, Nights at the Circus (NY Fringe), and Embracing Freedom (Ellis Island). Regional credits includes: Lend Me a Tenor, Tennis in Nablus, Night Train, Trio Sonata, Camino Real, Brighton Beach Memoirs, The Crucible, and Much Ado About Nothing. B.A. in Theatre and Chinese from Yale University; postgraduate training at Lon-don Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. email@example.com
*Gayle Stahlhuth has performed off-Broadway (Manhattan Theatre Club, etc.) in national tours (Cabaret, Fiddler, etc.), regional theater (Gateway Playhouse in Long Island, etc.), television (various soaps, etc.), and radio (jingles and Voice of America). As a playwright and performer, she’s been awarded commissions from The National Portrait Gallery, The Smithsonian Institution, the Missouri and Illinois Humanities Councils, Theatreworks/USA and other theatres, and grants from the NJ Humanities Council, the NYS Council on the Arts, and the Mid-Atlantic Foundation for the Arts. Since becoming ELTC’s Artistic Director in 1999, she has produced 70 different shows (some returned for another season), including 17 world premieres and 8 New Jersey premieres, and directed 38 of them. She is an Active Member of the Dramatists Guild, SAG/AFTRA, and is in her 40th year as a member of Actors’ Equity.
Susan Tischler wrote and performs Helpful Hints for ELTC. She is the co-owner of Kaleidoscope and Just for Laughs on the Washington Street Mall in Cape May,NJ and is the editor of "Cape May Magazine" and "CapeMay.com." Her reminiscence of her father, Fred Brown, a coal miner from Pittsburgh, was included in the late Tim Russert’s book Wisdom of Our Fathers, published in 2006.
*Fred Velde is a native New Yorker and has been part of the New York theater scene for over thirty years. He has been a member of The Harbor Theatre since 1995 and is currently a member of The Workshop Theater. His theatre credits include The Price of Genius on Broadway, Sex by Mae West, Off-Broadway, and Traveling Souls in Moscow as a member of The Phoenix Ensemble. For ELTC, he played Mr. Forbes in Dulcy, Dr. McPhail in Rain, Chris in Anna Christie, and Dr Watson in The Copper Beeches, The Speckled Band, and The Blue Carbuncle. As well as theater, he has appeared in film, soaps, Comedy Central and commercials. He is a member of AEA, SAG and AFTRA.
*John Cameron Weber from New Jersey, was in ELTC’s productions of It Pays to Advertise, He and She, The World of Dorothy Parker, The Dictator, The Butter and Egg Man,and the staged reading of Henry Sawyer and the Civil War. He has spent the last twenty years performing in National (Damn Yankees, 1776) and European (West Side Story, Guys and Dolls) tours. He has worked in various regional theaters and summer stock, commercials, and soaps (As the World Turns, etc.). Recent roles, other than ELTC, include General Waverly in White Christmas and Murray the Cop in The Odd Couple.
Grace Wright was in ELTC's The Poe Mysteries and He and She. She is a native of South Jersey and has been performing in local productions for years. Some favorites include, Susan in Narnia, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland, and most recently, Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof at Cumberland County College. She has also appeared in several independent films and worked on crew as music director and stage manager for Sojourn Productions. Also with ELTC, she is an artist-in-residence, currently teaching theater at Wildwood School District's after-school program, funded through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant.
Gabrielle Wilson is a junior Theatre Performance major and Arts Administration minor at Rider University. She has been involved in many productions including playing The Clean House), A Midsummer Night's Dream, Jekyll and Hyde, Bye Bye Birdie, Oklahoma, Grease, and Hello Dolly. In 2008 and 2009, Gabrielle was nominated for best leading actress and best supporting actress in Paper Mill Playhouse’s Rising Star Program. She is involved in the national theater fraternity Alpha Psi Omega and is a part of the Rider Dance Team and the Arts Administration Association. In 2009, she was crowned Miss Pitman, and has been a judge within the Miss America Association. She was the recipient of ELTC's Historic Jackson Street Scholarship in 2012.
Marion T. Brady is a resident of Little Falls, NJ. She has costumed many productions for ELTC including Berkeley Square, Rain, and the recent He and She, for which Terry Teachout favorably commented on her work as well as the whole production in “The Wall Street Journal.” Other theaters where she has worked include Fairleigh Dickinson University (Teaneck), Montclair Dramatic Club, Union County College Theater Project, Meadowlands Theater Company, and The Nutley Little Theatre. For her 15+ years of costuming for ELTC, Marion, along with Mark Edward Lang (for his graphic design work), was a recipient of ELTC’s 2010 New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s Applause Award.
Gayle Stahlhuth, Artistic Director,
is an actress, playwright, producer, and director who is a member
of AEA, SAG/AFTRA, and the Dramatists Guild. As such, she has appeared
in off-Broadway and in regional theater, television, and on radio;
and her plays have been performed at such places as the NYC International
Fringe Festival, The Samuel French One-Act Festival, Manhattan Theatre
Club, Arvada Center in Denver, the Pennsylvania Stage Company, and
the Phoenix Theater in Indianapolis. In the mid-‘70s she helped to
manage a chain of twelve dinner theaters operating out of Charlotte,
NC and in 1979 accepted the offer to start a dinner theater in Billings,
MT. She performed with ELTC, and from 1987-1997, was on the Board,
filling the duties at various times of President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
She also acted in several ELTC productions, and founder and artistic
director Warren Kliewer directed several of her plays. After Mr. Kliewer’s
death in 1998, Gayle accepted the Board of Trustees’ offer, in 1999,
to become the next artistic director. As such, she has directed most
of ELTC’s productions, including Four by Four, where she combined four
one-acts written between 1847-1913 by Louisa May Alcott, William Dean
Howells, William Gillette, and Elmer Rice. She tours her own one-woman
plays based on Louisa May Alcott, Catharine Beecher, Dorothea Dix,
Edna Ferber, “Edna” from The Awakening, “Eve” from the writings of
Mark Twain, and her own autobiographical Goin’ Home. She’s been awarded
commissions from The National Portrait Gallery, the Missouri Humanities
Council, Theatreworks/USA and other theatres, and grants from the New
Jersey Humanities Council and the Mid- Atlantic Foundation for the
Arts. In the early 1980s, she was a pioneer in the artist-in-residence
movement, being one of the first theater professionals to receive
a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts
in this “new” program designed to put art back into public schools.
She is now on The Arts in Education rosters for New York, New Jersey,
Utah, and Wyoming. For her work, she was selected to be one of
two hundred artists of different disciplines listed in the "Directory of Community
by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Lee O’Connor, Technical Director,
served in Vietnam, first in the field, and then on stage in Saigon
as part of an Army theater troupe. Back in the States he worked in
management for IBM and The American Institute of Banking, before
once more returning to the stage, where he’s worked as an actor,
stage manager, lighting and set designer; and on construction crews.
A member of Actors’ Equity, he began stage managing for The East
Lynne Theater Company in the mid-‘80s. NYC credits include: A Christmas
Carol at Madison Square Garden Theatre, a workshop production of an event
for Radio City Music Hall, Liza Steppin’ Out at Radio City, running lights
for Pageant, stage managing for Irish Repertory Theatre and The Staten
Island Ballet, and prop master for Penn and Teller Rot in Hell. Regionally,
he has worked at Ocean Professional Theatre Company, Surflight Theatre, Ivoryton Playhouse, American Stage Company, Centenary
Stage, The Bickford Theater, and The Women's Theater Company. He
was road manager for CORE Ensemble, Jose Melina, and NJ Ballet.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Smith, President of The Board,
has been an ELTC Board member since 1994, serving mostly as
President during this time. He's a retired Philadelphia Police Detective
(1962-1990), and a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. From 1962-1971,
he also served on the Pennsylvania National Guard, and from 1975-1980,
owned a retail furniture store. He was co-founder of the Pennsylvania
Automobile Crime Investigators Association, and developed the Training
Programs for Police Agencies from around the Mid-Atlantic Region and
the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. In 1990, he purchased
The White Dove Cottage B&B
in Cape May, which he owned until 2002. He served on the Board
of Directors for The Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May
from 1990-2002 (as Treasurer from 1990-1992) and served as Treasurer
and President of Historic Accommodations of Cape May from 1990-2002.
In 2002, The Cape May County Chamber of Commerce presented
him with an award for all of his good works that have helped to the
positive growth of Cape May, NJ.
Mark Edward Lang, First-Vi ce-President, is a director,
actor and graphic/web designer based in New York City. He is also
a partner in the Laughingstock Company, which does corporate training
and entertainment; an Artistic Associate of the Harbor Theatre Company,
which developed new plays; and a B.A. Honors graduate of Vassar College.
He conducts theater workshops for ages high school students on up.
Carrie O'Sullivan, Secretary/Treasury, earned a B.A. Degree in English and began a career in Human Resource Management. Currently she is the co-owner (with her husband) of a B&B in Cape May. She has served on the Executive Board of the Cape May Chamber of Commerce and the Executive Board of Historic Accommodations of Cape May.
Dawn Brautigam holds a degree in Criminal Justice Administration, worked in various departments at Harrah's Atlantic City for over 20 years and currently works in the business office at Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities (MAC).
Peg Curran taught school in Pennsylvania and
was a museum teacher at Historic Cherry Hill in Albany, NY. Currently
she manages and develops rental property in Sea Isle City and Avalon,
Marilyn Foster holds a degree in Liberal Arts and Teaching. Currently
retired, she taught special needs children, specializing in those
with dyslexia., and was an accountant for Beckman Instruments, an
organization that made equipment for NASA. She has organized and
run many fund raisers for schools and charities, and has been a motivational
speaker at various programs. Now living in Barnegat, NJ, Marilyn grew up
in Middle Township and has memories of her first live theater experience
at the Cape May Playhouse, which she frequented until it burned down.
Alison J. Murphy is a New York and New Jersey-based
actor who has experience with working with students with special
Lee O'Connor (see above)
Jim Richards is the Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Cape May. He has served churches in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Illinois, and Indiana. Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, he now feels truly at home here at the Shore. He is a graduate of Millersville University, with a master in Education from Shippensburg University and a Master of Divinity degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Before entering the ministry, he taught middle school science, reading, health, and drama outside of Harrisburg, PA. He is married to Jackie Richards, has two daughters, one granddaughter, one grandson, and one granddaughter on the way. Major interests include model railroading, Civil War history, drama, and genealogy.
Stephanie Garrett worked as a Sociologist and Human Resources
manager during her career in Federal Government. Upon early retirement,
she received the Meritorious Service Award, the highest award given
by the Department of Navy to a civilian employee. Stephanie is a
member of the Greater Cape May Historical Society and served as President.
She is also a storyteller, specializing in African-American tales.
V. Hatch is a noted theater historian, particularly in the field
of African-American artists. His publications include "Sorrow
Is the Only Faithful One: The Life of Owen Dodson," and "Black
Juechter is currently the Museum Store Manager at Historic Cold Spring
Village in Cape May County, and previously was a regional administrator
with Federated Department Stores.
Michele LaRue is an actress, writer,
and editor. She has performed Off-Broadway and with ELTC as well
as other regional theaters. As a well- respected theatre writer and
editor, she is a member of Drama Desk, an organization of New York
drama critics. Michele was married to and collaborated with Warren
Kliewer, the founder and first artistic director of ELTC, onstage
and off, for more than 25 years.
Walter J. Meserve is
a respected theater historian who was one of the editors of the "American Lost Plays" series
published by the Indiana University Press, and co-author of "The Musical
Theatre Cookbook: Recipes from Best-Loved Musicals."
Gayle Stahlhuth (see above)
Don B. Wilmeth is
Emeritus Professor of Theatre and English at Brown University,
who, with Chris Bigsby, edited the three-volume "Cambridge
History of American Theatre," the only history of its kind. It received
a number of book awards when originally published in 1998-2001 -
a publication also co-edited by Don. He also just completed writing/compiling
a new edition of the "Cambridge Guide to American Theatre."
VOLUNTEERING & BOARD
Should you wish to be a member of the Board of Trustees,
let us know! We're always looking for people with new ideas! Meetings
are held in Cape May, NJ at least six times a year. If you wish to
help the company by volunteering to help with box office, ushering,
marketing, etc., let us know that, too! See the "Get involved" page
For information regarding Board Membership, Donations,
Activities, and Volunteers: Through e-mail at Eastlynneco@aol.com
or by mail at 121 Fourth Ave., West Cape May, NJ 08204 or by phone