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ELTC Notes on Ruth Draper's COMPANY OF CHARACTERS

     Ruth Draper (1884-1956) was born into the affluent New York City Draper household.  Her father, William Henry Draper, was a well-known physician, and her mother, Ruth Dana, was the daughter of Charles Anderson Dana, editor and publisher of “The New York Sun.”  She was a quiet child, who meticulously studied people around her – and created monologues based on her findings which she performed for family and friends at private parties and charity events.  In 1917, she performed in an evening of monologues, the most successful of which was the only one she had written, titled “The Actress.”  From then on, she only performed her own material.     

      In 1920, she made her London debut at Aeolian Hall, garnering her first of many rave reviews, and establishing herself as the preeminent practitioner of her art – a master performer of the character monologue. During an extensive tour of the United States from 1924-1928, she had a command performance before King George V at Windsor Castle in 1926.  In 1928-1929, she played 18 weeks at the Comedy Theater in NYC.  In the 1930s and 1940s, she toured throughout the world, performing on many stages, and gave private recitals for Sarah Bernhardt, Eleonora Duse, and the royal families of Britain, Spain, and Belgium. Her repertoire included 60 dramatic sketches featuring 52 characters whom she performed, as well as 316 others whom she evoked during the course of the sketches.      

      And her only props were a chair or two, possibly a table, and her costumes were composed of various scarves.  Eleonora Duse declared “Ruth Draper is theater.”     

     Ruth died peacefully in her sleep at the age of 72 on December 29, 1956, following a New York performance. The following June, family members rowed out into Gilkey's Harbor, and, at Ruth's request, scattered her ashes, mixed with flowers, over the waters surrounding her beloved Islesboro.

ELTC Notes from THE POE MYSTERIES

     Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) is considered the creator of the modern detective story, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle credits him with influencing his own Sherlock Holmes creation. The word “detective” was created by Poe.

     Born in Boston and an orphan by age three, Poe was sent to live with John Allan, a wealthy tobacco merchant in Richmond, VA. He attended the University of Virginia, but Allan didn't give him enough money to cover expenses, so Poe was forced to leave. At 18, Poe published his first volume of poetry, Tamerlane, and attended West Point.  After being expelled from this academy, his aunt Maria Clemm, and her daughter, Virginia, invited Poe into their Baltimore home. He married Virginia, and became an editor at the Southern Literary Messenger.

     From 1837-1847, Poe, Virginia and Maria lived in Philadelphia and NYC. In 1842, Virginia contracted tuberculosis. Two years later, Poe became an editor for The Evening Mirror, and when this magazine published “The Raven,” Poe finally received the fame he sought, but Virginia was growing worse. In 1847, at age 24, she died, and Poe was devastated.

     For the next two years, Poe gave lectures and sought backers to start a new magazine. While traveling between Richmond to Philadelphia, he stopped in Baltimore. He was found, unconscious, in the bar room of a public house that was being used as a polling station for a local election, and was taken to a hospital where he died.  Poe never regained consciousness and the cause of his death remains a mystery.

ELTC Notes on Megrue and Hackett who wrote IT PAYS TO ADVERTISE

     Roi Cooper Megrue (1883-1927) was born and raised in NYC. His first major success, Under Cover (1914) involved jewelry smuggling and U.S. Customs agents. Under Fire (1915), Potash and Perlmutter in Society (1915), Under Sentence and Tea for Three (1918) followed. His 1916 comedy, Seven Chances, was made into a film directed by and starring Buster Keaton in 1925.  The film was remade in 1999 with the title The Bachelor starring Chris O’Donnell and Renee Zellweger.

      Megrue directed and co-produced Jesse Lynch Williams’ Why Marry? in 1917; the first play to win the Pulitzer Prize. ELTC produced Why Marry? in 2006, bringing it back in 2007 due to its popularity. ELTC’s production was the first time this comedy had been produced in eighty years.  

     Walter C. Hackett (1876-1944) born in Oakland, CA, was successful in a variety of ways in the entertainment industry.  His play Regeneration, written with Owen Frawley Kildare based on Kildare’s book, My Mamie Rose, was made into a film in 1915 directed by Raoul Walsh. In 2000, Regeneration was selected for preservation by The Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”  

     Hackett married Marion Lorne, who began performing on Broadway in 1905.  They moved to England where they built The Whitehall Theatre, designed by Edward Stone.  From its opening in 1930 with The Way to Treat a Woman, through 1934, most of the plays were written by Hackett, starring his wife. In 2004, the theater was redesigned and is now called Trafalgar Studios.  

     When Hackett died in 1944, Lorne moved back to America where she resumed her Broadway career in hits like Harvey.  Television roles soon followed, and it was her Aunt Clara, on Bewitched that gave her well-deserved fame towards the end of a long and respected career. It earned her an Emmy in 1968, accepted on her behalf by Elizabeth Montgomery.  Marion Lorne had died from a heart attack a few months before.  

Notes from ELTC's production of HE AND SHE

     Rachel Crothers played a major role in American theater and and philanthropy.  Born in 1878 in Bloomington, IL she began writing, performing in and producing her own plays at age twelve. Many of Crothers’ plays, filled with warmth and wit, involve educated, working women. Beginning with her first successful Broadway play, The Three of Us in 1906, she had a Broadway hit almost every season for the next thirty years, many of which she also directed and produced.  Several of her plays were adapted into films, including her 1936 Broadway success, Susan and God. The 1940 movie was directed by George Cukor, starring Joan Crawford and Fredric March.

     He and She was first tried out on the road during the fall of 1911. It was renamed The Herfords and began a run on February 5, 1912 at The Plymouth Theatre in Boston.  After more revisions, Crothers produced the play and played the role of Ann at the Little Theatre in New York, beginning in February, 1920, again under the title of He and She.      

     In 1917, shortly before the United States entered World War I, seven women in the theatrical profession, including Crothers, formed the Stage Women’s War Relief.  This organization created clothing and food collection centers, a canteen on Broadway for servicemen, sent entertainers to perform for the troops, and most significantly, organized speakers, trained by the organization, to sell Liberty Bonds. The Stage Women's War Relief became one of the most significant and active relief organizations in the world, raising almost seven million dollars.  After the end of the war, Crothers and her comrades continued their activities, and in 1920, men in the theater business formed a brother committee to work with the women on behalf of the civilian population still recovering from the hardships of the war.  

     On April 25, 1939, Crothers was awarded the Chi Omega sorority national achievement award by Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt. This award is given “to an American woman of notable accomplishments in the professions, public affairs, art, letters, business and finance, or education.” 

     At the same time, the United States government asked Crothers to reactivate her committee, which she did, titling it “The American Theatre Wing.”  During the two years before the United States entered the War, the Wing gave $81,760.00 in civilian aid to Britain. Many of the Wing’s most famous activities included the legendary Stage Door Canteen and the selling of Liberty Bonds.

     Crothers remained the Executive Director until 1950.  Today, The American Theater Wing is best known for partnering with The Broadway League in presenting the Tony Awards. 

     Rachel Crothers died in her Danbury, Connecticut home on July 5, 1958.

Notes from ELTC's production of THE DICTATOR

     Richard Harding Davis (1864-1916) dined with Ethel Barrymore; fished with Joseph Jefferson; and Charles Dana Gibson sketched him alongside his “Gibson” girls. He was the son of two writers. His mother, Rebecca Harding Davis, wrote the first book on the evils of the iron mills, and his father, Lemuel Clark Davis, was a journalist and editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer. Richard himself was a well-known journalist and is even referred to in the 1928 Broadway comedy The Front Page. He covered everything from the Johnstown Flood to World War I, and it was his account of the Battle of San Juan Hill that helped Theodore Roosevelt to the Presidency. He wrote short stories, books, and more than a dozen Broadway plays, The Dictator being the most successful. Like many of his stories and plays, it was adapted into a silent film, and in 1939 was slated to be turned into a talkie at the same time Charlie Chaplin’s The Dictator began filming. Harding’s Dictator was not made after all, but Chaplin renamed his film The Great Dictator so as not to cause too much confusion if the two were released at the same time. When Gayle Stahlhuth first produced The Dictator in 2001, it had not been staged in 76 years.

Notes from ELTC's production of DULCY (ELTC also produced TO THE LADIES! by Kaufman and Connelly and THE BUTTER AND EGG MAN written by Kaufman.)

     George S. Kaufman (1889-1961) was the drama editor for “The New York Times” and Marc Connelly (1890-1980) was the Broadway reporter for the “Morning Telegraph,” when they met in 1919.  Both men were born in Pennsylvania, Kaufman in Pittsburg and Connelly in McKeesport; were members of the Algonquin Round Table; had written for the stage before working together; and earned Pulitzer Prizes.  Dulcy, based on a character from Franklin P. Adams’ “New York Tribune” column, and was written for the rising star, Lynn Fontanne.  Their next comedy, two years later, To the Ladies!, was a vehicle for another up-and-coming actress, Helen Hayes.  They collaborated on six more shows through 1924: The ‘49ers, West of Pittsburgh, Merton of the Movies, Helen of Troy, New York, Beggar on Horseback and Be Yourself.  After Be Yourself, a musical, with lyrics contributed by Ira Gershwin, the two men, creatively, went their separate ways.

     Connelly continued writing plays and screenplays, but also worked as a producer, director, and actor.  His best known solo work is The Green Pastures, adapted from Ol’ Man Adam an’ His Chillun, a collection of folk tales compiled by Roark Bradford, based on the Old Testament.  The 1930 production featured an all African-American cast and garnered Connelly the Pulitzer Prize.  His last Broadway success was The Farmer Takes a Wife, written with Frank Elser.  From 1946-1950, he taught playwriting at Yale.  Connelly published two books: A Souvenir from Qam (1965) and Voices Offstage: A Book of Memoirs about the Algonquin Round Table era (1968).

     Kaufman became America’s most successful playwright in the 1920s and ‘30s. He collaborated with Dorothy Parker (Business is Business); Edna Ferber (Dinner at Eight, The Royal Family, Stage Door); Ring Lardner (June Moon); Morrie Ryskind (Animal Crackers); Moss Hart (Once in a Lifetime, The Man Who Came to Dinner); and Howard Teichmann (The Solid Gold Cadillac).  He directed many of his plays, as well as the works of others, including the original The Front Page and Guys and Dolls.   Kaufman received two Pulitzer Prizes.  In 1931, it was for Of Thee I Sing, with Morrie Ryskind and Ira Gershwin, the first musical to be so honored, and with Moss Hart in 1937 for You Can’t Take It With You.  In 2004, The Library of America, an independent nonprofit organization founded in 1979, published Kaufman and Co.: Broadway Comedies, the most comprehensive collection of his plays ever assembled.

      When Dulcy was written and first produced, the only films were silent, with some of the dialogue written out on storyboards.  One of the characters in Dulcy gives the plot for a film that is a direct spoof of what many consider to be the finest silent film ever made: D. W. Griffith’s Intolerance (1916). It was also subtitled A Sun-Play of the Ages or Loves Struggles through the Ages. The first full-length talking feature was The Jazz Singer in 1927.

Notes from ELTC's THE WORLD OF DOROTHY PARKER

     Dorothy Rothschild Parker was born on August 22, 1893 when her family was visiting the Jersey Shore town of West End (near Long Branch), and was raised in Manhattan. Not happy with school, Dorothy stopped going at age fourteen.   

     In 1915, her poem “Any Porch” was published by “Vanity Fair,” which led to a ten-dollar-a-week job writing captions at its sister publication, “Vogue.”  Soon, her poems were published regularly in “Vogue,” “Vanity Fair,” and “Life.”  She even began reviewing Broadway shows for “Vanity Fair,” and in a review about Katharine Hepburn, Dorothy wrote, “She runs the gamut of emotions from A to B.”

     In June, 1917, Dorothy married Edward Pond Parker II, a handsome stockbroker.  He went to France to serve in the First World War.  When he returned, his drinking problem had heightened, and by 1920, Dorothy and Eddie were living separate lives.  They finally divorced in 1928. 

      Alexander Woollcott, who reported for “The New York Times,” returned from France where he had worked for the military newspaper, “Stars and Stripes.”  In June 1919 to celebrate his return, thirty-five writers and publishers gathered for lunch at The Algonquin Hotel in midtown Manhattan.  Those present included another former “Star and Stripes” staffer, Harold Ross.  This was the beginning of the regularly scheduled luncheons for the group that formed The Algonquin Round Table aka the “Algonks.” Members included Robert Benchley, Robert Sherwood, Heywood Broun, Frank Adams, George S. Kaufman, Marc Connelly, Edna Ferber, and Dorothy.

     When Harold Ross started publishing “The New Yorker” in 1925, she found another home for much of her work, and from 1927-1933, was the magazine’s book reviewer, using the byline “Constant Reader.”

      Her first book, Enough Rope, released in December 1926, was a critical success.  Two more collections of her verses followed: Sunset Gun in 1928 and Death and Taxes in 1931.  “Big Blonde,” first published in Seward Collins’s “Bookman” in February 1929, won the O. Henry competition for the best short story that year.

     In 1934, Dorothy married Alan Campbell, and they moved to Hollywood to write screenplays: Campbell receiving $250 a week, and Dorothy a $1,000 a week  – and this was during The Great Depression.  They worked on such pictures as Hitchcock’s Sabateur and were nominated for two Academy Awards: A Star is Born in 1937 and Little Foxes in 1941. She continued writing fiction for “The New Yorker,” and for five years, wrote book reviews for “Esquire.”

     She died on June 7, 1967, leaving her estate of a bit more than $20,000, and all rights to her work, to Dr. Martin Luther King.  Upon the death of Dr. King, as per Dorothy’s wishes, the rights became the property of the NAACP.  In 1988, the NAACP created a memorial garden for Dorothy in which her ashes now have a home.  It is located outside the NAACP’s Baltimore headquarters.

     The first edition of The Portable Dorothy Parker, edited by Parker, appeared in 1944, and was selected by Alexander Woollcott as the fourth in a series of volumes intended for soldiers overseas.  It has never been out of print.     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

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BIOGRAPHIES and NOTES FOR 2014

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*Suzanne Dawson (Dona Catalina, Rosita Santiago, Old Woman, Peasant, Soldier) 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 here in NJ. She toured with Rumors, and opposite Gavin Macleod in Last of the Red Hot Lovers. ELTC shows include: To the Ladies!, Alice on the Edge, The Butter and Egg Man, Berkeley Square, The World of Dorothy Parker, Dulcy, Ruth Draper’s Company of Characters, and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.  

Mark Lang 2.jpg*Mark Edward Lang (Fight Captain, Sergeant Gonzales, Don Alejandro Vega, Manuel, Bandit) Theater and corporate training events have taken him to 35 U.S. states and around the world; recently performing in a Nelson Mandela event in Tanzania. Favorite roles include Captain 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 Christopher Bean, The Poe Mysteries, Dulcy, Butter and Egg Man, Why Marry?, The New York Idea, Voice of the City, 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 on tour; as well as theater workshops and directing (including ELTC’s Anna Christie).  Graduate of Vassar College (Kazan Prize). Member AEA, SAG-AFTRA. markedwardlang.com.

 

*Mark Lazar is pleased and proud to be making his ELTC debut.  He is a 16 year company member with People's Light & Theatre Company, outside Philadelphia.  Favorites productions there include: The Foreigner, The Rainmaker, King Lear, Twelfth Night, Born Yesterday, Camping with Henry and Tom, Sherlock Holmes and The Jersey Lily and The Secret of Sherlock, and, for the last 9 holiday seasons, The Resident Dame for their British Pantomimes.  Last season, Mark returned to NC for a highly acclaimed production of 33 Variations.  He was a 12 season company member of The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, performing Shakespeare and other classics, and 10 Christmas Carols as Scrooge.  He was a resident actor at  The Charlotte Repertory Theatre: Charlotte Award: Best Actor, Max Prince: Laughter on the 23rd   Floor; Best Actor, Wallace: Darwin. Mark is a founding member and 10-year veteran of the The Madison Rep. He performed with most of Wisconsin’s professional theatres including The Milwaukee Rep, American Players Theatre, Chamber Theatre, Next Act Theatre, Theatre Tesseract, Next Generation Theatre, Wisconsin Shakespeare Festival, New American Theatre, and national tours with The Great American Children’s Theatre Co.  He is the voice of Scrooge for First State Children’s Theatre’s live theatrical broadcasts of  A Christmas Carol, heard on Public Radio. 

 

*Jed Peterson (Don Diego Vega, Soldier) recently created the leading role of Stephen Foster in the hit new musical Hard Times by Larry Kirwan, featuring the music of Stephen Foster. He trained as an actor at the Moscow Art Theatre School in Russia and at the High School of Performing Arts in New York City.  He made his stage debut in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at the New York City Ballet.  He made his international debut in He Who Gets Slapped at the Moscow Art Theatre where he became one of only two Americans to have appeared on the theatre’s Main Stage, with the Russian company.  Other credits include: McCarter Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, Princeton Summer Theater, Marvell Rep, Utah Shakespeare Festival, The Tent Theatre, Summer Theater of New Canaan, Prospect Theatre and Studio Six.  He is a Resident Artist at The Cell Theatre and a member of the acting company of Playwrights Gallery. www.JedQPeterson.com

 

Elisa Pupko (Lolita Pulido, Peasant) In NYC, Elisa has been seen in The Crucible (Gallery Players), The Children’s Hour (APAC), The Three Sisters (The Seeing Place), Butoh Electra (Fringe NYC - 4th Street Theatre), and various workshops and readings with The Puzzle, Ice Factory Festival, and Sparrow-tree Theatre.  Regionally Elisa appeared as the host for The Student’s Live Peter Pan National Tour at The Pantages Theatre, as Liesl in The Sound of Music, and Star-to-Be in Annie. She can also be seen in numerous episodes of College Humor, as a host for About.com, and various commercials and promos. www.elisapupko.com

 

*James Rana (playwright and Captain Ramon, Lieutenant Mendoza, Peasant, and Bandit) East Lynne credits: The Poe Mysteries (playwright/performer), The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (playwright), Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Norwood Builder. THEATRE: Ensemble Studio Theatre, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Pan Asian Rep, Comedysportz NY, Royal Shakespeare Co. (UK), Worth Street Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre, Shakespeare & Company, Globe Neuss and Bonn Biennale (Germany), Actors Shakespeare Company, Princeton Rep, Ocean Professional Theatre, Coney Island USA, Classical Theatre of Harlem. FILM/TELEVISION: Swim Little Fish Swim, The War Within, A Girl Like You With A Boy Like Me (Accolade Award), The Assassin, Looking For Pablo, Law & Order: SVU, One Life To Live, As The World Turns, Conan O'Brien, Third Watch.  RADIO: Poe: A Celebration (wrote and narrated) for NPR. WRITING: So Long, Pluto (Camino Real Playhouse), From the Earth To The Moon (Workshop: Tri State Actors Theatre). James is the co-producing director of the Actors Shakespeare Company in residence at St. Peter's University. Member of the Dramatists Guild and the Players Club. Thanks to Gayle and Lee. In loving memory of Jim Riecken.

 

Evan Smilyk  (Young Don Diego Vega, Jorge, Bernardo, Peasant, Bandit) was in several plays at West Cape May Elementary School in a program provided by ELTC due to funding from NJ Theatre Alliance’s Stages Festi-val.  Directed by Gayle Stahlhuth, his roles included the Cowardly Lion in Wizard of Oz. In after-school  program provided by Sally Bingham, he took on the roles of Hamlet and Lady Macbeth. For five years, Evan participated in ELTC’s Summer Theater Workshop.  Recently he played the lead in Jitterbug Juliette at Richard M. Teitleman School where he will be entering 8th grade this fall.  He hopes to play soccer and continue with theater.

Joseph Travers (Fight Director) has created fights, stunts and action sequences for stage and screen for twenty – five years. Recent work includes the Broadway production of Bronx Bombers and Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle, featured at the 2013 Shanghai International Experimental Theatre Festival.  He also staged fights for the world premiers of Adam Rapp’s Essential Self – Defense and Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone at Playwrights Horizons.  His work has been seen at Irish Repertory Theatre, Primary Stages, Harbor Stage Company, American Globe Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, the NY Renaissance Festival and on tour with the National Shakespeare Company. He holds the rank of Certified Fight Director and Certified Teacher with both the Society of American Fight Directors and Fight Directors Canada.  He teaches stage combat at Columbia University and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NY. Since 1995 he has been the managing director of Swordplay, a NYC-based company that provides instruction in safe and effective stage combat techniques to professional actors.

 

*Beckley Andrews (Dance Choreographer), was in ELTC’s recent production of The First Fifty Years and choreographed the dances in this season’s Summer Theater Workshop production of The Dancing Princesses. Originally a native of Glocester, RI, she began entertaining by singing and dancing for the family’s pet animals. After she enrolled in formal training, she soon began participating in many dance and vocal competitions. As she honed her craft, Beckley was welcomed into Kaleidoscope Theatre, a professional touring company that produces original fairytale musicals. She went on to earn her BA in Theatre Performance at Rhode Island College and has performed, choreographed and toured throughout the United States, Europe, on the High Seas and on The Great White Way. Some of her favorite roles include Jenny Lind in Barnum, The Plant in The Little Shop of Horrors, Toadpipe the Gargoyle in the stage adaption of C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters and Caroline the dancing cow in the Broadway production of Gypsy starring Patti LuPone.

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The First Fifty Years: Cast and Playwright

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*Beckley Andrews (Anne), originally a native of rural Glocester, RI, began entertaining by singing and dancing for the family’s menagerie of pet animals. After she enrolled in formal training she soon began participating in many dance and vocal competitions. As she honed her craft, Beckley was welcomed into Kaleidoscope Theatre, a professional touring company that produces original fairytale musicals. She went on to earn her BA in Theatre Performance at Rhode Island College and has performed, choreographed and toured throughout the United States, Europe, on the High Seas and on The Great White Way. Some of her favorite roles include Jenny Lind in Barnum, The Plant in The Little Shop of Horrors, Toadpipe the Gargoyle in the stage adaption of C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters and Caroline the dancing cow in the Broadway production of Gypsy starring Patti LuPone. Beckley would like to thank ELTC for this wonderful opportunity and is forever grateful to her friends and family for all their love and support.

*Samuel Douglas Clark (Martin) is excited to be making his East Lynne Theater Company debut! Before moving to New York, Sam worked extensively in Australia on a range of projects including developing and performing in two new Australian works, the verbatim theatre piece, April's Fool by David Burton and the cabaret, Often I Find That I am Naked by Fiona Sprott, both of which toured nationally. Other credits include Rabbit (The Good Room), Motortown (23rd Productions), After All This (Elbow Room) as well as working with AS Theatre on the Queensland Premiere of The Lieutenant of Inishmore by Martin McDonagh and Lazarus Won't Get Out of Bed by David Burton. Film and TV credits include Sea Patrol 3: Red Gold (Nine Network) and Panic (Clearwater Films). He is a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA, for more info check out www.samueldclark.com

Henry Myers, playwright (1893-1975) was born in Chicago, but moved with his mother to Manhattan before he was two. With her encouragement, he studied piano and composition at the Damrosch Music School and by age nineteen was continuing his musical studies in Berlin. 

     When World War I began, he returned home to study at Columbia University. It was here, in a playwriting class, where he met lyricist Lorenz Hart, who produced Myers' first play, The First Fifty Years, at the Princess Theater in 1922. Myers’ Broadway plays include The New Yorkers (1927), Good Boy (1928), Garrick Gaieties (1930), and Gypsy Lady (1946).

     Like many Broadway writers after the 1929 stock market crash, Myers looked West for employment. He accepted a two-year contract with Paramount Pictures, which resulted in him remaining in California for almost two decades. His numerous screenplays include Her Wedding Night (1930), Million Dollar Legs (1932), The Black Room (1935), and Destry Rides Again (1939) with James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich.

     His many collaborations with musician Jay Gorney resulted in such hits as the musical film Hey Rookie starring Ann Miller and Meet the People, a popular revue that ran in Hollywood from 1939 to 1941, followed by a successful year on Broadway, and a touring production in the United States and Canada. Gorney had become famous in 1932 when he wrote “Brother Can You Spare a Dime” with Yip Harburg.

     Myers was a founding member of the Screen Writers Guild and served as a board member, and was also involved with the League of American Writers. In 1940, these organizations came under attack by the House Committee on Un-American Activities.  When McCarthyism escalated in 1947, Myers returned to New York, refusing to name names, and began writing historical novels and teaching at New York University's School of Continuing Education. His book The Utmost Island (1951), about Leif Ericsson, became a Book-of-the-Month Club selection.  In 1961, he co-wrote the book for the musical The Happiest Girl in the World, based on Lysistrata, along with Yip Harburg and Jay Gorney. 

     He was married twice: to political activist Barbara Alexander, and then actress Marion Trabue.    

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Holmes and Carter Mysteries: The Cast and Notes 

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Mark Lang 2.jpg*Mark Edward Lang Theater and corporate training events have taken him to 35 U.S. states and around the world; recently performing in a Nelson Mandela event in Tanzania.  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 Christopher Bean, The Poe Mysteries, Dulcy, Butter and Egg Man, Why Marry?, The New York Idea, Voice of the City, 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 on tour; as well as theater workshops and directing (including ELTC’s Anna Christie).  Graduate of Vassar College (Kazan Prize).  Member AEA, SAG-AFTRA. markedwardlang.com.

 

Rob.jpgRobert LeMaire performed in several East Lynne productions including The Late Christopher Bean, 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 and performed in ELTC’s Holmes Adventures: The Speckled Band, The Blue Carbuncle, and The Norwood Builder. 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 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.

 

 

Alison.jpg*Alison J. Murphy recently appeared in Why Marry? at the historic Players Club in NYC.  Other New York credits include Aurora Leigh, Mary of Shippensburg and The Wound of Love.  She has performed in ELTC’s past productions of The Late Chrisopher Bean, The Dictator, The New York Idea, Voice of the City, Four by Four, Why Marry?, You and I, Dulcy, and The Guardsman.  Also Rosalind in As You Like It and Margaret Roper More in the new play Bound by Truth, for Access to Art.  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, Othello, The Tempest and Twelfth Night.  Film: The Love of My Life (Frank Faralli, director).  She performs in corporate events in the NYC area, and teaches acting workshops with her husband Mark Edward Lang.

*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.), radio (jingles and Voice of America), and on the Chautauqua Circuit. Since becoming ELTC’s Artistic Director in 1999, she has produced 70 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 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. 

NOTES ON HOLMES AND CARTER MYSTERIES

     While Sherlock Holmes was solving crimes in England, Nick Carter was busy in Manhattan. Carter first appeared in The Old Detective’s Pupil published in Street and Smith’s “New York Weekly” in 1886 – a year before Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Holmes’ first caper, A Study in Scarlet.

     Carter, like Holmes, was exceedingly bright and enjoyed portraying many disguises to help him dig up information in the quest for justice.  The Old Detective’s Pupil, or The Mysterious Crime of Madison Square was written by John Russell Coryell (1851-1924), based on an idea by Smith of Street and Smith publishers.  It was actually a book, and appeared in thirteen installments in “The New York Weekly.” Coryell wrote two other Carter novels, keeping the series going through 1889.  The series became so popular that in 1915, “Nick Carter Weekly” became Street and Smith’s detective story magazine. The books continued, written by a variety of people, from 1933-1990, with Carter changing with the times.  In 1964, the series was known as “Nick Carter-Killmaster” to compete with James Bond and other spies. 

     In October, 1930, the Sherlock Holmes radio series began with The Speckled Band, adapted by Edith Meiser, who proposed the Holmes radio series to NBC. At first NBC passed on the idea for lack of a sponsor, so Meiser found one: G. Washington Coffee. Sir Arthur Conan 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 and Clive Brook replaced him for the next two broadcasts.  Richard Gordon played the role from November 10, 1930 through May of 1933, and again in 1936, and 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.

    In April, 1943, the Nick Carter series was launched with The Strange Dr. Devolo, and lasted through 1955 with only one actor playing Carter: Lon Clark. While Copper Beeches is not the original script by Edith Meiser (this one is adapted by Gayle Stahlhuth), The Strange Dr. Devolo IS the original script.  

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Zorro!: Meet the Playwright 

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*James Rana (playwright) wrote and performed in last season's ELTC’s world premiere of The Poe Mysteries (co-production with the Ocean Professional Theatre). Writing credits include: So Long, Pluto (Camino Real Playhouse), Harriett Benchley (Shoestring Radio Theatre, San Francisco), Cafeteria (Winner: Outstanding Radio Play - Moondance International Film Festival), the documentaries Poe: A Celebration (Nominee: Outstanding Radio Documentary - Moondance International Film Festival) and P.T. Barnum: Man of the People aired on National Public Radio. Has Been (Top Finalist: Outstanding Television Pilot Script: LA Comedy Short Film Festival and Los Angeles Screenplay Competition). As an actor, his theatre/film/television credits include: East Lynne, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, The Shakespeare Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Co., Ensemble Studio Theatre, Pan Asian Rep, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Comedy Sportz, Actors Shakespeare Co., Law & Order:SVU, One Life To Live, Conan O'Brien,  A Girl Like You With A Boy Like Me, etc...He is a member of the Dramatist's Guild. www.JamesRana.com  Thanks to Gayle and Lee.

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SEVERAL OTHER ACTORS WHO HAVE PERFORMED WITH ELTC (since 2010)

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*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.

Jennifer Bissell copy.jpg*Jennifer Bissell made her ELTC debut playing Susan Haggett in The Late Christopher Bean. She grew up spending summer vacations in Stone Harbor and is delighted to get to know Cape May.  NYC credits: The Power of Darkness at Mint Theater Company, The Great Pie Robbery at Theatre 80 St. Marks.  Regional: Mame (w/ Andrea McArdle) at Bucks County Playhouse and Media Theater; Hairspray, Spring Awakening, The Who's Tommy, Aspects of Loveat Media Theater.  TV: Onion News Network, 2012 Phillies promo.  NYU-Tisch grad.

 

*Justin Bennett is a New York based actor and director.  Sleepy Hollow marks his debut with East Lynne Theater Company.  New York Theatre includes Hamlet, Curse of the Starving Class, Romeo and Juliet, CymbelineSuits and TiesComplete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)Pygmalion. Regional Theatre includes Comedy of Errors, You're a Good Man, Charlie BrownWest Side StoryAlexander and the Terrible...Audition for MurderHow to Eat Like a Child.  He recently finished a national tour of a one-man show called Kid Power.  Some of his favorite Professional Directing Credits are The Boys Next Door, 45 Seconds from Broadway, and All in the Timing.  He recently directed Separate Tables in New York City.  He is also a Classical and Contemporary Pianist.  BA in Theater Arts, LaGrange College, Summa Cum Laude. 

*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.

 

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 here 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, Ruth Draper’s Company of Characters, and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.  

Craig Fols.jpeg*Craig Fols is an actor/writer/director who grew up in South Jersey and is now fortunate enough to divide his time between NYC and Cape May. Notable acting credits include playing Colleen Dewhurst's son right out of drama school, getting his Equity card touring Alaska as a young man with cerebral palsy in David Freeman's drama Creeps, and impersonating a bored yuppie husband in a Dr. Pepper commercial, which premiered on the Super Bowl. He originated the dramatic role of Kenneth Halliwell in Lanie Robertson's Nasty Little Secrets (World Premiere, Walnut Street Theatre; NY Premiere, Primary Stages) and the musical role of The Hero in The Musical of Musicals, which he played for more than 500 performances off-Broadway. You can download him singing on iTunes (Musical of Musicals cast album) or buy his plays on Amazon.com (Buck Simple in The Best American Short Plays 1994-95.)

Stephanie Garrett appeared in ELTC’s Lost on the Natchez Trace, 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.

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 Carnegie Hall.

*Brad 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. 

Seth James copy.jpgSeth James is proud to be making his ELTC debut in The Late Christopher Bean! Seth recently finished a run of Luft Gangster directed by Austin Pendleton, a true story of a POW camp in WWII. Other NYC credits include The RoverYou Never Can Tell (T Schreiber), Fuente Ovejuna, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Nylon Fusion), Henry V (American Globe) and Hamlet, as well as numerous one-act festivals and short films.  Regional: To Kill a Mockingbird (Bristol Valley Theater)BFA, Marymount Manhattan College.

 

* 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, LAMDA.

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.

 

*Lorna 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 theater.

*Matt Baxter Luceno (Ichabod Crane) was seen at East Lynne last fall as “Rodney Martin” in It Pays to Advertise.  Most recently he played “Tyler” in the world premiere of Chemistry of Love at La MaMa E.T.C. in NYC.  Other theater includes King Lear with Stacy Keach (dir. Robert Falls, Shakespeare Theatre Company), Ion (STC), Julius Caesar (Shakespeare on the Sound), The Island of Doctor Moreau (Piper Theatre Productions), The Merry Wives of Windsor Terrace (Brave New World Rep), Uranus (Superhero Clubhouse), Scapin (Turtle Shell Productions), We Too Are Mammals (Overturn Theatre Ensemble), Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Allentown Shakespeare), The Laramie Project (dir. Joan Potter), three productions of Hamlet, and numerous readings at La MaMa.  TV/Film: Guiding Light, Shark Week, Asabiyyah: A New Social Cohesion.  Matt holds a BFA from SUNY Purchase Acting Conservatory (President’s Award in Acting).  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".

Francesca Mondelli copy.jpgFrancesca Mondelli is an actor, musician, and Jersey girl, born and raised. She's happy to make her New Jersey debut in Cape May with ELTC. Recently, she was working in Seattle as a company member with Annex Theatre, performing in Kittens in a Cage and Sideshow. Now New York-based, her credits include The Hotel Project, The Full Mindy, and The Anniversary of Lilly Van Poof. 

 

 

Leon Morgan 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 to be in Lost on the Natchez Trace.

 

 

*Tiffany-Leigh 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 Syracuse Stage.

Bradley Mott.jpg*Bradley Mott is delighted to be making his debut with East Lynne Theater Co. in The Late Christopher Bean.  Having spent over 30 years “plying the boards” and teaching at Columbia College in Chicago, he moved East to Asbury Park, NJ, where he has appeared in shows at The Centenary Stage Co (A Laughing Matter), Two Rivers Theatre (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Shadow Lawn Stage (The Sunshine Boys, Scapino, Molly Sweeney, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), ReVision Theatre Company (Little Shop of Horrors) and The Actors Shakespeare Company of New Jersey (The Winter’s Tale). Look for him this December in the Coen Brothers’ latest film Inside Llewyn Davis. He also is an Adjunct Professor in the Music and Theatre Arts Department of Monmouth University.

 

 * 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 Heaven and 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.

*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.   

 

Elisa Pupko is excited to be making her ELTC debut in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.  In NYC, Elisa has been seen in The Crucible (Gallery Players), The Children’s Hour (APAC), The Three Sisters (The Seeing Place), Butoh Electra (Fringe NYC - 4th Street Theatre), and various workshops and readings with The Puzzle, Ice Factory Festival, and Sparrowtree Theatre.  Regionally Elisa appeared as the host for The Student’s Live Peter Pan National Tour at The Pantages Theatre, as Liesl in The Sound of Music, and as Star-to-Be in Annie. She can also be seen in numerous episodes of College Humor, as a host for About.com, and various commercials and promos. As a native Seattleite, Elisa is excited to spend the summer at the beach! Love and thanks to her supportive family, especially her amazing husband. www.elisapupko.com

                   

*Thomas Raniszewski is thrilled to be part of James Rana's world premier play, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. He's appeared in several ELTC shows including The Butter and Egg Man, Berkeley Square, It Pays to Advertise and last season's The Poe Mysteries. He received critical acclaim for his role as Warren in the 2011 and 2012 Philadelphia productions of Tom Jacobson's award-winning psychological drama The Twentieth-Century Way. In May, 2013, he reunited with East Lynne's 2006 cast of Why Marry? for a staged-reading performance in New York City at the prestigious Players Club.   

 

*Clifford 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 and Abby in The Late Christopher Bean..  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 RehearsalTech 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 ItThe Seagull, Expressing WillieNights 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. mariasilverman@hotmail.com

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. 

*John Cameron Weber You may remember John in last year's ELTC production The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.. Or perhaps from the previous years you saw It Pays to Advertise, The World of Dorothy Parker and He and She. Or maybe perhaps you saw him in ELTC’s The Dictator? Well, surely you recollect him in The Butter and Egg Man? Well, anyway, he's spent the last 30 years performing in national tours (Damn Yankees, 1776, etc.) and European tours (West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, etc.).  He has worked in regional theaters and summer stock in every state except Maine and Hawaii. (They must have been alerted.)  And has appeared in commercials (IBM) and in soaps (As the World Turns).

 

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.

 

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT:

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. 

 

COSTUMER:

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.

PLAYWRIGHT:

*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.  ELTC produced the NJ Premiere of her Lost on the Natchez Trace.

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STAFF

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 Artists" published 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

Frank 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.

Jim Richards, First Vice-President, is the Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Cape May.  He has served churches in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Illinois, and Indiana.    Before entering the ministry, he taught middle school science, reading, health, and drama outside of Harrisburg, PA. 

Mark Edward Lang, Second V 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.

Veronica Scutaro, Secretary/Treasury, now retired from the financial services sector, she holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Brooklyn Law School.

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, NJ.

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 needs.

Lee O'Connor (see above)

 

THE BOARD OF ADVISORS

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.

James 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 Theater USA."

Clare 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 MEMBERSHIP
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 details

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 at 609-884-5898

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
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