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November 12 - 22, 2014 , The Helen

CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program

The Three Sisters

written by Anton Chekhov
directed by Ron Wilson

Following the death of their father, sisters Olga, Masha, and Irina dream of returning to Moscow, the glorious city of their youth which represents all things civilized and cultured. Yet, as their yearning increases, the reality of their current provincial lives grows more stifling. Chekhov’s The Three Sisters is a masterpiece of modern theatre that explores the universal — and sometimes comical — struggle to find meaning in our lives.

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Left to right: Rickie McDowell (Solyony) and Alec Hynes (Baron Tuzenbach). Photo credit Roger Mastroianni.

Jay Ben Markson (Kulygin). Photo credit Roger Mastroianni.

Left to right: Megan King (Masha) and Jeremiah Clapp (Vershinin). Photo credit Roger Mastroianni.

Left to right: Katie O. Solomon (Irina) and Alec Hynes (Baron Tuzenbach). Photo credit Roger Mastroianni.

Left to right: Rickie McDowell (Solyony), Jeremiah Clapp (Vershinin), Katie O. Solomon (Irina), and Megan King (Masha). Photo credit Roger Mastroianni.

Left to right: Jeremiah Clapp (Vershinin), Alec Hynes (Baron Tuzenbach), and Megan King (Masha). Photo credit Roger Mastroianni.

Left to right: Katie O. Solomon (Irina) and Alec Hynes (Baron Tuzenbach). Photo credit Roger Mastroianni.

Left to right: Jeremiah Clapp (Vershinin), Rickie McDowell (Solyony), and Kathryn Metzger (Olga). Photo credit Roger Mastroianni.

Left to right: Katie O. Solomon (Irina) and Megan King (Masha). Photo credit Roger Mastroianni.

Left to right: Katie O. Solomon (Irina), Kathryn Metzger (Olga), and Megan King (Masha). Photo credit Roger Mastroianni.

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Nick Barbato

Nick Barbato

(Andrei) Nick Barbato has appeared at The Cleveland Play House in The Little Foxes, The Crucible, and as an understudy in A Christmas Story. His CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program credits include The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Philadelphia Story, The Three Sisters and Too True to Be Good. Other credits more(Andrei) Nick Barbato has appeared at The Cleveland Play House in The Little Foxes, The Crucible, and as an understudy in A Christmas Story. His CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program credits include The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Philadelphia Story, The Three Sisters and Too True to Be Good. Other credits include: Violins of Hope in collaboration with The Cleveland Orchestra, The Upright Citizens Brigade (NYC), The Ohio Shakespeare Festival, and many commercials and industrial films. He is originally from Syracuse, NY where he received his Bachelor's Degree at Le Moyne College.

Jeremiah Clapp

Jeremiah Clapp

(Vershinin) Jeremiah Clapp appeared at Cleveland Play House in Rebecca Gilman's Luna Gale, The Crucible, and Clybourne Park. He’s also appeared in the staged readings of Grand Concourse, and Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors during CPH’s New Ground Festival. His CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program credits include The Two Gentlemen more(Vershinin) Jeremiah Clapp appeared at Cleveland Play House in Rebecca Gilman's Luna Gale, The Crucible, and Clybourne Park. He’s also appeared in the staged readings of Grand Concourse, and Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors during CPH’s New Ground Festival. His CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program credits include The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Philadelphia Story, The Three Sisters, Too True To Be Good and the first ever workshop of Utopia, Minnesota by Meg Miroshnik. Other credits include Allies (Baltimore Center Stage video series My America Too); The Violins of Hope (The Cleveland Orchestra/CPH); Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V (Ohio Shakespeare Festival); Virginia Woolf's Orlando (New World Performance Lab). A native of Houston, TX with a B.A. from Texas A&M - Corpus Christi, he's an alumnus of New York City's Stella Adler Studio of Acting Anton Chekhov Summer Intensive, has studied in Italy with NWPL and at the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards and is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association.

Alec Hynes

Alec Hynes

(Baron Tuzenbach) Regional credits include: The Crucible, understudy in the Ken Ludwig’s world premiere of A Comedy of Tenors (Cleveland Play House), The Violins of Hope (CPH/Cleveland Orchestra collaboration), The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Riverside Theatre), and the world premiere of more(Baron Tuzenbach) Regional credits include: The Crucible, understudy in the Ken Ludwig’s world premiere of A Comedy of Tenors (Cleveland Play House), The Violins of Hope (CPH/Cleveland Orchestra collaboration), The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Riverside Theatre), and the world premiere of The Toymaker’s War (Working Group Theatre). With CWRU/CPH: The Philadelphia Story, The Three Sisters, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Too True to be Good. Alec holds an MFA in Acting from CWRU/CPH, and graduated Cornell College with a Bachelor of Special Studies in Religions, Performance Studies, and Theatre.

Megan King

Megan King

(Masha) was most recently seen on Cleveland Play House's stage in Luna Gale as Karlie Quinn. Other CPH credits include: The Little Foxes, The Crucible and an understudy for A Christmas Story. She is proud to be a recent graduate of the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program's class of 2016 and more(Masha) was most recently seen on Cleveland Play House's stage in Luna Gale as Karlie Quinn. Other CPH credits include: The Little Foxes, The Crucible and an understudy for A Christmas Story. She is proud to be a recent graduate of the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program's class of 2016 and her credits from the program include: The Philadelphia Story, The Three Sisters, Too True to Be Good and Two Gentlemen of Verona. Undergraduate credits include: Dromnium, a devised movement piece, which won seven national awards from The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, as well as God of Carnage and The Three Sisters. Megan is a class of 2013 graduate from the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith with her B.A. in Theatre Performance. She also holds an Associates of Fine Arts Degree from Arkansas State University Beebe.

Aron Long

Aron Long

(Ferapont) appeared in the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program’s production of Twelfth Night last season. A new arrival to Cleveland, he recently graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater. Other work includes The Big Funk, The Three Sisters, Moby more(Ferapont) appeared in the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program’s production of Twelfth Night last season. A new arrival to Cleveland, he recently graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater. Other work includes The Big Funk, The Three Sisters, Moby Dick Rehearsed, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Fools and a key role in a nationally recognized devised physical piece entitled Dromnium.

Jay Ben Markson

Jay Ben Markson

(Kulygin) Jay Ben Markson most recently understudied Cliff in Austin Pendleton's production of Luna Gale at Cleveland Play House. Other roles at CPH: Ezekiel Cheever (The Crucible, dir. Laura Kepley); Violins of Hope (co-pro with Cleveland Symphony Orchestra). Other regional credits: Our Town (Huntington Theatre Company, dir. David Cromer); Mrs. more(Kulygin) Jay Ben Markson most recently understudied Cliff in Austin Pendleton's production of Luna Gale at Cleveland Play House. Other roles at CPH: Ezekiel Cheever (The Crucible, dir. Laura Kepley); Violins of Hope (co-pro with Cleveland Symphony Orchestra). Other regional credits: Our Town (Huntington Theatre Company, dir. David Cromer); Mrs. Whitney (Merrimack Repertory Theatre, dir. Kyle Fabel). CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program productions: Valentine (Two Gentlemen of Verona, dir. Paul Mullins), Sandy (The Philadelphia Story), Kulygin (The Three Sisters) and The Microbe/The Elder (Too True to Be Good). Jay Ben is Associate Artistic Director of MaineStage Shakespeare, in Kennebunk, Maine; credits there include Cassius, Macbeth, Touchstone, Mercutio, and Puck.

Rickie McDowell

Rickie McDowell

(Solyony) Rickie McDowell was recently seen on the Cleveland Play House stage as Herrick in The Crucible and was a part of the A Christmas Story team understudying “The Old Man”. Rickie comes from Detroit, Michigan with a Bachelors in Performing Arts and a concentration in Comprehensive Communications from Eastern more(Solyony) Rickie McDowell was recently seen on the Cleveland Play House stage as Herrick in The Crucible and was a part of the A Christmas Story team understudying “The Old Man”. Rickie comes from Detroit, Michigan with a Bachelors in Performing Arts and a concentration in Comprehensive Communications from Eastern Michigan University. His theatre credits from the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program include The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Philadelphia Story, The Three Sisters and Too True to Be Good. Rickie also possesses an array of experience in film, which includes appearing in episodes of Lee Martin's The Midnight Hour, and producing/directing short dramas.

Kathryn Metzger

Kathryn Metzger

(Olga) Kathryn Metzger received her Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts and English from Case Western Reserve University. Kathryn most recently appeared in CPH’s production of The Crucible, as well as understudying both CPH productions of Ken Ludwig’s Comedy of Tenors and A Christmas Story. CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program credits more(Olga) Kathryn Metzger received her Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts and English from Case Western Reserve University. Kathryn most recently appeared in CPH’s production of The Crucible, as well as understudying both CPH productions of Ken Ludwig’s Comedy of Tenors and A Christmas Story. CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program credits include Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Philadelphia Story, The Three Sisters and Too True to Be Good. She has also appeared in Island Stage Left’s production of The Taming of the Shrew. While an undergraduate at CWRU, Kathryn appeared in the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program’s production of The Winter’s Tale, directed by Geoff Bullen, Associate Director at RADA, as well as numerous other productions, including Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Top Girls, and The Heidi Chronicles. Kathryn is a proud alumna of the British American Drama Academy and is currently working towards her certification with the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium.

Katie O.  Solomon

Katie O. Solomon

(Irina) Katie O. Solomon made her Cleveland Play House debut this fall as Abigail Williams in The Crucible. She has appeared in Cleveland Play House’s New Ground Theatre Festival reading of Grand Concourse directed by Kip Fagen and in the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program productions of The Two Gentlemen of more(Irina) Katie O. Solomon made her Cleveland Play House debut this fall as Abigail Williams in The Crucible. She has appeared in Cleveland Play House’s New Ground Theatre Festival reading of Grand Concourse directed by Kip Fagen and in the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program productions of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Philadelphia Story, The Three Sisters and Too True to Be Good. She is a Baltimore native and graduated from Towson University's Theatre Program with a concentration in performance. Other Baltimore credits include Everyman Theatre, WordBridge Playwrights Laboratory and ARTscape.

Laura Starnik

Laura Starnik

(Anfisa) appeared in the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program’s production of The Three Sisters and most recently in Lady Windermere’s Fan at Mamaí Theatre Company. Other recent credits include A Kid Like Jake (none too fragile) and The Lyons (Weathervane Playhouse). Laura has worked at Dobama Theatre appearing in Humble Boy, more(Anfisa) appeared in the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program’s production of The Three Sisters and most recently in Lady Windermere’s Fan at Mamaí Theatre Company. Other recent credits include A Kid Like Jake (none too fragile) and The Lyons (Weathervane Playhouse). Laura has worked at Dobama Theatre appearing in Humble Boy, Middletown, Sons of the Prophet and Becky Shaw. Other credits include Our Town (Blank Canvas Theatre); Come Back, Little Sheba (Oberlin Summer Theater Festival); This is Not The Play (Cleveland Public Theatre); Ghost Writer (Clague Playhouse) and Brainpeople, The Internationalist and Kid Simple: A Radio Play in the Flesh (convergence-continuum), where she is a company member.

David Vegh

David Vegh

(Chebutykin) is excited to be making his Cleveland Play House debut in The Three Sisters. He most recently appeared in Cat On a Hot Tin Roof at the Chautauqua Theatre Company. Other credits include Sideways Stories from Wayside School, South Coast Repertory Theatre; and Festen, Current Nobody, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern more(Chebutykin) is excited to be making his Cleveland Play House debut in The Three Sisters. He most recently appeared in Cat On a Hot Tin Roof at the Chautauqua Theatre Company. Other credits include Sideways Stories from Wayside School, South Coast Repertory Theatre; and Festen, Current Nobody, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, The Kentucky Cycle, Waiting for Lefty and The Poetry of Pizza, California Repertory Theatre. Film and television credits include Saving Private Ryan, The Last Witch Hunter, Dexter, House M.D., Grey’s Anatomy, Mad About You, Chicago Hope, and Picket Fences. David recently joined the theatre faculty at Case Western Reserve University where he will direct Lobby Hero in 2015.

Katja Yacker

Katja Yacker

(Natasha) is a sophomore undergraduate student at Case Western Reserve University double majoring in theatre and psychology. She has previously appeared in Far Away for CWRU’s student-run theatre group, as well as Measure for Measure and Waiting for Lefty for CWRU’s Eldred mainstage. more(Natasha) is a sophomore undergraduate student at Case Western Reserve University double majoring in theatre and psychology. She has previously appeared in Far Away for CWRU’s student-run theatre group, as well as Measure for Measure and Waiting for Lefty for CWRU’s Eldred mainstage.

Michael Boll

(Lighting Designer) Cleveland Play House productions include: These Mortal Hosts, The Good Peaches; A Christmas Story; The Little Foxes; Venus in Fur; Every Good Boy Deserves Favor; In the Next Room, or the vibrator play and Stew and the Negro Problem. CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program credits include: Metamorphoses, Too True more(Lighting Designer) Cleveland Play House productions include: These Mortal Hosts, The Good Peaches; A Christmas Story; The Little Foxes; Venus in Fur; Every Good Boy Deserves Favor; In the Next Room, or the vibrator play and Stew and the Negro Problem. CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program credits include: Metamorphoses, Too True To Be Good, Identity Theft, The Winter's Tale, In Arabia We'd All Be Kings, An Orchard, Cloud 9 and Angels in America: Millennium Approaches. Cleveland lighting design work includes Cleveland Public Theatre, Cain Park, Cleveland Museum of Art, Karamu House, Dobama Theatre and Beck Center for the Arts. Off-Broadway credits include The Moliere Cycle (Classic Stage Company), Songs for a New World (George Street Playhouse), Dog Sees God (SoHo Playhouse) and The Moonlight Room (Associate Lighting Designer, Beckett Theatre). His work has also been seen at the N.Y. Fringe Festival, La MaMa E.T.C., HERE Arts Center, and Yale Cabaret.

Anton Chekhov

(Playwright / 1860-1904) was a physician, playwright and short story author and is considered to be one of the greatest writers of the modern era. He was born in Taganrog, a port town in southern Russia, and later attended medical school in Moscow, paying his tuition by writing short sketches more(Playwright / 1860-1904) was a physician, playwright and short story author and is considered to be one of the greatest writers of the modern era. He was born in Taganrog, a port town in southern Russia, and later attended medical school in Moscow, paying his tuition by writing short sketches of Russian life for local newspapers. Upon graduation, Chekhov traveled throughout Russia tending to the sick, often free of charge. He found inspiration to write short stories while travelling, and won the Pushkin Prize in 1887 for his short story collection At Dusk. While he showed a talent for writing, the poor reception of his play The Seagull caused Chekhov to renounce theatre. However, director Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko and his colleague Konstantin Stanislavski loved The Seagull and commissioned the production of Chekhov’s other plays, Uncle Vanya, The Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard. Chekhov’s dramatic principles are still used today, and his stream of consciousness style inspired such writers as James Joyce and Virginia Woolf. After showing symptoms of tuberculosis for three years, Chekhov was officially diagnosed in 1897. He died in Badenweiler, Germany, in 1904.

Meghan Cvetic

(Production Assistant) recently served as production assistant for CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program productions of Too True to be Good, Twelfth Night and The Misanthrope. Other stage management credits include Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical, Olmsted Performing Arts Center; Annieand Hairspray, Lorain Community Music Theatre; West Side Story, TrueNorth Cultural Arts; more(Production Assistant) recently served as production assistant for CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program productions of Too True to be Good, Twelfth Night and The Misanthrope. Other stage management credits include Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical, Olmsted Performing Arts Center; Annieand Hairspray, Lorain Community Music Theatre; West Side Story, TrueNorth Cultural Arts; and Water Ways (assistant stage manager), Cleveland Public Theatre. Meghan earned her undergraduate degree at Michigan State University and stage managed the Department of Theatre’s productions of Legally Blonde: The Musical, boom and Return to the Upright Position: The 9/11 Testimony Project.

Angelina Herin

(Costume Designer) has designed costumes and worked as a makeup artist with companies across the country. She is pleased to have had her work presented at venues including Seattle Opera, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Village Theatre, Cleveland Public Theatre, American Folklore Theatre, Ashland University, Montana Repertory Theatre, and Theatre South Carolina. more(Costume Designer) has designed costumes and worked as a makeup artist with companies across the country. She is pleased to have had her work presented at venues including Seattle Opera, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Village Theatre, Cleveland Public Theatre, American Folklore Theatre, Ashland University, Montana Repertory Theatre, and Theatre South Carolina. In addition, Angelina has had the opportunity to work with several television production companies as a makeup artist and stylist including Script to Screen, Mad Monkey, and ESPN. She is currently an Associate Professor and Resident Costume Designer at Case Western Reserve University. Angelina earned her Master of Fine Arts in Costume Design at the University of South Carolina. She is a member of USITT and Costume Society of America

Cameron Michalak

(Scenic Designer) is thrilled to be returning to Cleveland Play House! Previous design credits include Cleveland Play House productions of Venus in Fur, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour and A Soldier’s Tale with Catch and Release. CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program’s design credits include She Stoops to Conquer, A Philadelphia Story, more(Scenic Designer) is thrilled to be returning to Cleveland Play House! Previous design credits include Cleveland Play House productions of Venus in Fur, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour and A Soldier’s Tale with Catch and Release. CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program’s design credits include She Stoops to Conquer, A Philadelphia Story, The Three Sisters, The Misanthrope, and The Winter’s Tale. Selected local credits include The Night Alive, Ten More Minutes from Cleveland and Becky Shaw (Dobama Theatre); Assassins, Urinetown, Joseph..., and The Wiz (Near West Theatre); Young Frankenstein and Seminar (Beck Center); Sunday in the Park and Of Mice and Men (True North Cultural Arts); and Sweeney Todd and Hairspray (among many others) for the Music, Arts and Drama (M.A.D.) Factory in Oberlin. By day Cameron acts as Technical Director for Cleveland State University.

Maryann Morris

(Stage Manager) is a proud Clevelander who most recently Assistant Stage Managed for CPH’s How I Learned to Drive and The Good Peaches; and Stage Managed A Christmas Story and Grand Concourse. Other current and recent collaborations include Eric Schmiedl’s stage adaptation of the graphic novel Incognegro by Mat Johnson, more(Stage Manager) is a proud Clevelander who most recently Assistant Stage Managed for CPH’s How I Learned to Drive and The Good Peaches; and Stage Managed A Christmas Story and Grand Concourse. Other current and recent collaborations include Eric Schmiedl’s stage adaptation of the graphic novel Incognegro by Mat Johnson, Havana Hop with Paige Hernandez, The Dazzle Awards with Playhouse Square, My Mother Has 4 Noses with Jonatha Brooke, and May 4th Voices presented by The Maltz Museum of Jewish History and Kent State University's Democracy Symposium. She is happy to also continue her work in CPH's own Production Center.

James C. Swonger

(Sound Designer) has designed sound for over 50 Cleveland Play House productions including The Good Peaches (world premiere); Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Breath and Imagination; Venus in Fur; Good People; The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith; Bell, Book and Candle; The Game’s Afoot more(Sound Designer) has designed sound for over 50 Cleveland Play House productions including The Good Peaches (world premiere); Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Breath and Imagination; Venus in Fur; Good People; The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith; Bell, Book and Candle; The Game’s Afoot (world premiere); Bill W. and Dr. Bob; Heaven’s My Destination (world premiere); Crime and Punishment; Noises Off!; Gee’s Bend; The Chosen; and I Am My Own Wife. CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program credits include The Philadelphia Story, The Three Sisters, Twelfth Night, and An Orchard. Additional credits include Cleveland’s Lyric Opera Company, Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company, Centerstage Theatre, George Street Playhouse, Yale Repertory Theatre, Cleveland State University Summer Stages, and premiere productions of why i had to dance, The Tragic Demise of the Whaleship Essex and Swinging on a Star: A Tribute to the Music of Johnny Burke.

Ron Wilson

Ron Wilson

(Director) returned to Cleveland in 1999 to serve as the Chairman of the Department of Theater at Case Western Reserve University and serves as the Director of the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting program. He has been the Resident Fight Choreographer with CPH since 1999. He has directed over 60 productions throughout more(Director) returned to Cleveland in 1999 to serve as the Chairman of the Department of Theater at Case Western Reserve University and serves as the Director of the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting program. He has been the Resident Fight Choreographer with CPH since 1999. He has directed over 60 productions throughout his career so far. Directing credits for the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program include Metamorphoses, In Arabia We’d all Be Kings, Arcadia, Hurlyburly, Bus Stop, Hay Fever and The Real Inspector Hound. Other directing credits include The Triumph of Love, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; and The Comedy of Errors, Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Other credits include musical theater, opera, mime and movement theater. Acting credits include The Guardsman, Room Service and The Underpants, Cleveland Play House; and All’s Well That Ends Well, CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program.

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