THE CHERRY ORCHARD

Genre: Classical, Comedy
Written by Anton Chekhov, Adapted by Blake Bradford, Directed by Susanne Traub

Set in 1923 in Charleston, South Carolina, Zephyer Rep's The Cherry Orchard brings to light the plight of the aristocracy as they see the demise of what was once the great Plantation era. The advent of the flapper age and the introduction of the Charleston dance craze provide clues to the changing moods of the future and the impending racial tensions.  Miss Lillian returns home from Paris to find her estate is soon to be sold.  Against the better judgement of their upstart neighbor Vernon, Lillian and her ineffective brother George do nothing to stop the impending sale, choosing to frollic around the estate watching the staff flirt and be flirted, her daughter start up a relationship with black rebel-rousing Peter, and everyone ignoring the loyal former slave Alexander. 

Open:   03/31/10
Close:   04/10/10

Schedule:
3/31 @8pm, 4/3 @2pm, 4/6 @8pm, 4/7 @8pm, 4/10 @2pm
Theater:   Wings Theatre
Address:   154 Christopher Street
New York, NY 10014
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Closest subway: 1, 9 to Christopher Street, west on Christopher Street several blocks to theatre

Cost:$20 reg, $15 students with valid ID
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Wings Theatre Box Office at 212-627-2961
Company: Zephyer Rep

Michael Bernstein (George). Film: Robert in Robert D. James and Lazer in Pro-Black Sheep by Clayton Broomes, Jr.  TV: "Celebrity Ghost Stories", "Burger King", and "The Onion News Network".  Michael performs improv and sketch with Punching Hal, has acted on stage with the Deptford Players and in the park with Inwood Shakespeare.  He has narrated numerous books and magazines for JBI International, including an all-new English-language version of the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) produced for the Jewish Publication Society. Michael was the Art Director for "Frank The Rat" and in 2007-2008 he made ten films in ten weeks.  For more information visit  www.amplecatnap.com

Linda Hill Charlotta

Linda Hill (Charlotta) first made a name for herself in the field of improvisational and stand up comedy in San Francisco where she was in such groups as Spaghetti Jam, Femprov and National Theater of the the Deranged. Soon she struck out on her own as one of 8 women comics who were working in stand up at the time and she performed and became friends with such talents as Diane Amos (the "Pine Sol Lady"), Whoopi Goldberg, Marga Gomez, Tom Ammiano, Kevin Meaney and Robin Williams to name but a few. Her television appearances include "Comedy Tonight" on PBS for three years, one as host; The "TV IQ Test" for which she won a California Emmy, ""Two Guys with Amazing Shorts" on HBO; "Two Drink Minimum" on Comedy Central; and "Nashville Now" on TNN. Acting as Asst. Director and Charlotta in this production of The Cherry Orchard, she is proud to be a member of Zephyer Rep Company.

Sean Mammola William

Sean Mammola (William) is enjoying the process of acting with Zephyer Rep. Favorite roles include Scapino, Action in West Side Story, Benny South Street in Guys and Dolls, Juror # 6 in 12 Angry Men, and Mr. Myers in A Witness for the Prosecution

Zach Mink Thomas

Zach Mink (Thomas) is thrilled to be a part of The Cherry Orchard. New York credits: On The Front Steps (Ben) and Urinetown (Senator Fipp). Other past shows include Our Town (George), A Chorus Line (Zach), Bye Bye Birdie (Conrad Birdie), 42nd St. (Featured Dancer), Seussical The Musical (Cat in The Hat) and The Laramie Project in which he played six different characters. Thanks to Susanne Traub and the cast for such a great experience. Special thanks to family and friends for all their love and support! 

Kristin Parker (Anna) is thrilled to be a part of this production of The Cherry Orchard. Off-Broadway: Pinkalicious the Musical. NY Theatre: The Children’s Hour, Becket, Dear Edwina (us), Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, Little Red Ridding Hood, The Seagull (us), The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, Measure for Measure, numerous cabarets at Don’t Tell Mama. Regional: Romeo and Juliet, Ruthless!, Fiddler on the Roof, The Wizard of Oz, A Christmas Carol, Stop Kiss and many others. Film: The Furnished Room, Matryoshka, Bushwick League, The Pill. TV: "Law & Order: SVU". Circle In the Square Theatre School. For more info visit  www.KristinParker.com This one’s for you Tony baby.

Peggy Queener Lillian/Costumer/Producer

Peggy Queener (Lillian/ Costumes) is very happy to take on the role of Lillian in this beautiful production of The Cherry Orchard.  Many thanks to Blake Bradford for this incredible opportunity! NYC credits:  Lady Caroline, Dear Brutus; Nina, The Cocktail Hour;  Violet, Snake in Fridge; Vixen, The Eight:  Reindeer Monologues;  Lady Croome, Arcadia;  Deborah, I, Undertow.  She has also been in several independent films; most recently she appeared in James Morgart's Won Ton Baby!, which premiered at both the 2009 New York and London Horror Film Festivals.  She wrote the short play, "Fifi, Effie, and the Donut Lady", which she's adapting into a multi character one woman show.  Many thanks to Susanne and Blake for this opportunity.  Endless love and thanks to her Mom and Dad, her friends and family, Kitty, and Coco Chanel.

Whitney Kaufman (Vera) is thrilled to be involved with this production. It happened by chance and now she couldn't be happier. A recent graduate from Circle in the Square Theatre School, some favorite credits include Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Annelle in Steel Magnolias, The Provost in Measure for Measure, and most recently Lizzie in the World Premiere of Out of the Sandbox at The Midtown International Theater Festival this past summer. Many many thanks to Kristin for bringing her on board, this incredible cast and crew for creating such an amazing world to work in, and Anton Chekhov for the great conversations over the last few weeks. It's been inspiring.

Thierry Saintine (Peter), a graduate of City College Theatre and Speech Program, has made appearances on several NYC stages and screens and is determined to continue keeping the arts and performing arts alive within and around him.

Julian Schwartz (Vernon) performed off-off Broadway in Asparagus and Please Pass The Salt, part of the Quo Vadimus Arts ID America festival. Regionally he appeared in the adaptation of Anne Claire Poirier’s award winning documentary Let me Go in Montreal and Toronto. Julian received a BA in Music and Theatre from Naropa University in Boulder CO, and studied jazz improvisation at New England Conservatory with Paul Bley. Julian would like to thank Sheila Gray and Robert X Modica for the generosity of their teaching. Thanks to Susanne, Blake, Zephyer Rep, Wings Theatre, and the entire cast and crew!

Christiane Seidel (Melanie) recently appeared in the world-premiere of The Average-Sized Mermaid produced by State of Play Productions (she is a proud member) and noted for her standout performance in Show Business Weekly. Other New York stage credits: May in the two-woman show Turtle Beach, Wendy Wicked in The Cupcake Diet (Finalist Strawberry One-Act Festival), Courtney in Soccer Moms from Hell. Film: award-winning feature The Invisible Life of Thomas Lynch by James Merendino/Lisa Hammer, award-winning feature…Around, award-winning short "Far Out" by Phil Mucci, You & Me, Bordenia, and Circadian. TV: "L&O", "Gossip Girl", German TV shows and voice-overs, hosting, commercials. Web: Ten episodes in web-series "DiGiTs". Christiane is currently studying with Susan Batson of Black Nexxus, has studied in Germany and at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, NY. She is thrilled to be a part of The Cherry Orchard at Wings Theatre and to be working with such dedicated and talented people. Thank you, Eddie and mor & far.

Eric Smith Simon

This is Eric Smith's (Simon) first show in New York City.  Previously, Eric was working in Los Angeles, CA and before that Chicago, IL.  He graduated with a BFA in acting from the University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana.  There, Eric did many shows including Measure for Measure, Bee-Luther Hatchee, The Fugitive Kind, The Lark, and Six Degrees of Separation.  Eric was also an award winner at the Tennessee Williams festival in New Orleans in 2007, where he participated as both a scholar and performer.

Wrigley Cutler Smith (Dog). Born "Pebbles", Wrigley was adopted from Ken-Mar rescue in Los Angeles, CA.  Since then, she was seen in many "performances" at the Long Beach and Mulholland Drive dog parks.  Most recently, she has "performed" at Union Square and Madison Square in New York City.  This is Wrigley's first stage performance in her young career.  "Woof".

Waymon Waddell Alexander

US Navy Veteran Waymon Waddell (Alexander) served from 77-82 as a Photograher's Mate abroad the USS Tarawa LHA-1 & USS Ranger CV-61. Wanting to pursue his first love of sports he decided to attend Joe Brinkman's Umpire School where he graduated in 89 and went on to umpire for several years professionally in the Caribean Leagues. Grant Wilfrey needed real veterans for the Bounty Hunter and through Samaritan Village Veterans Program Waymon started his new career as an actor. Having attended workshops at HBstudio and auditioning for this role as Firs aka Alexander he is now considering stage.

Susanne Traub Director

Susanne Traub (Director) has been acting with Zephyer Rep for the past few years. She is now happily engaged in her passion of directing. Her past directing credits include: Sweeny Todd, Dancing at Lughnasa, A Midsummer Night's Dream, On Golden Pond, The Snow Queen, (which she also adapted), Octet Bridge Club, and various original works. Thank you Blake, crew and cast for making another dream come true.

 
Nikki Bohm Stage Manager

Nikki Bohm (Stage Manager), born and raised in Zagreb, Croatia, attended The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London, as well as The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. Since graduating from the Academy in April 2009 she has appeared in Much Ado about Nothing with the Queens Shakespeare Company, the short film “I am a Fat Cat”, and is currently an active member of The Genesis Repertory Ensemble in Brooklyn, as well as the Poiesis Theater Project where she is currently cast and working on [The] Ophelia Landscape. Her other credits include: Anthony and Cleopatra, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Female Transport, The Phantom of the Opera, Ivanov, and Konrad the Kid From the Tin Can for the International Dance Festival in Hague, Netherlands.

 
Blake Bradford Producer

 Blake Bradford (Producer) is an Emmy Award winning writer/director whose theatrical work has appeared all over the US and internationally in Canada, Mexico, Greece, Scotland/England, Denmark, Italy and South Africa. His original plays I, Undertow, The Unfortunate Honeymoon of Tony and Steve, Dance at Bataan, The Last Cloud, and Gay Slave Handbook are actively seen in the regional circuits and NYC. As a director, his most acclaimed work has been with two time Emmy Winner Joan Darling and Bill Svanoe. Blake has directed Ms. Darling all over the US in Svanoe's Quisisana, Lost and Found, Pants on Fire, Callback, The Last Silver Zephyer, and The Last Laugh. Other NYC includes Snake in Fridge, Dark of the Moon, Cherry Orchard, Twilight of the Golds, Tempest, Arsenic & Old Lace, Spitfire Grill and Jellyroll Shoes. He serves as Associate Artistic Director of the Wings Theatre, where he runs Zephyer Rep. Blake is currently on the staff of "Live from Lincoln Center" (PBS), where they won a 2008 Emmy for Madama Butterfly. Other TV credits include "The Big Gay Sketch Show" (LOGO/MTV), "Showtime at the Apollo" (NBC), "Drama Desk Awards" (PBS) and "Arthur Ashe Kids Day" (CBS).

 
Karen Brelsford Producer

Karen Brelsford (Publicity/ Producer) is a resident member of Zephyer Rep. She worked as assistant director with Emmy winners Joan Darling and Blake Bradford in Joni vs the Bard: The Shakespeare Smackdown and recently costumed for Lysistrata, Spitfire Grill and I am Jim Thompson, and acted in Dear Brutus. Karen is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts Company and has experience in stage, film and TV, including various Lifetime movies, NBC programs, and international commercials. She has both BS and MS degrees from the University of Victoria, where she specialized in Dendrochronology (tree-ring studies). Karen would like to thank Zephyer Rep for this amazing experience! kbrelsford@hotmail.com

 
Rachel Mary Cox Stage Manager

Rachel Mary Cox (Stage Manager) grew up in Washington DC and has lived in NYC for almost a decade, since arriving in the fall of 2000 to study Film at Columbia University. Upon graduating in '04, she became an artist manager at David Sonenberg's firm DAS Communications. At DAS till '09, she worked with artists such as Fergie, John Legend, The Black Eyed Peas, Joan Osborne, Wyclef Jean, The Veronicas, The Disco Biscuits, and The Bacon Brothers. In '08 she started her own record label and event company, roc-elle records. She currently manages Brooklyn-based artists Zack Hagan, ZXL, and Jen Urban & The Box. She is also a stage & film actress whose favorite roles include Meg in Crimes Of The Heart, a gypsy in Dead Jack Theatre (Performa Biennial), and a mental patient in Marat/Sade. She has acted with the NYC theatre collective Two Distinct Motions on productions of Marat/Sade and Arctic Project X (an original piece developed by the cast). This June 10 she is organizing a fundraiser at the Manhattan nightclub: The Gates for the non-profit JT3 Art, a foundation that provides grants to young filmmakers.  www.myspace.com/roc-elle-records     www.jt3art.org

 
Jack Diamond Magic Consultant

Jack Diamond (Magic Consultant) who once had the pleasure of causing that pesky coin to disappear while he was performing as Rosencrantz, works as a magician at private parties and corporate functions. He has worked as a demonstrator for Fantasma Magic at FAO Schwarz and has had some of his ideas published in an advanced journal for magicians. He is a member of The Society of American Magicians and The Magic Circle in England. He’s delighted to be working with Susanne Traub and Zephyer Rep and loves being part of a production of The Cherry Orchard.

 
Matt Klane Producer

Matt Klane (Producer) is a fully trained advanced actor-combatant with the SAFD, and has studied as a Fight Director and Choreographer under Swordmaster Joe Travers.  He holds a teaching license from New York State, and has taught undergraduate Stage Combat courses in three states.  His choreography and stunt work has been seen here in the NYC area for the past eight years accross the off- and off-off-broadway stage, as well as on on MSNBC, AMC, NBC.com and NewYorkTimes.com. All steel weapons for this performance were fully designed and created by swordsmith Nathan DeCoux and Gotham Armory.  Wooden weapons provided by Honda Martial arts and designed by Matt Klane.

 
Kymm Zuckert Producer

Kymm Zuckert (Producer) is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Circle-in-the-Square Theatre School and New York University. Kymm has been working in the theatre for forty years. She started performing at the age of three in such plays as The Little Clown Who Forgot How to Laugh, a French-language version of Sleeping Beauty and the original reading of Devour the Snow, as well as appearing in television shows like "Sanford and Son", "Baa Baa Black Sheep" and "Days of Our Lives". She recalls almost every character she played as a child was named Jenny. As an adult, Kymm has been a performer and director with theatre companies such as Love Creek Productions, Foolish Mortals and Phare Play Productions. She has performed as Josie in Moon for the Misbegotten, April in The Hot L Baltimore, Bottom in an all-female version of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Leona in Small Craft Warnings and Marie-Ange in the world premiere of Maiden's Progeny (Off-Broadway). She has been a director for the past twenty years, for such shows as Dear Brutus, A Woman of No Importance, Orpheus Descending, Ghosts, Arcadia, A Doll's House, Cloud Nine, Closer, Gay Slave Handbook and Shirley Valentine.