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April 23, 2016 , The Helen

Little Row Boat or, Conjecture

A Reading of a New Play
Written by Kirsten Greenidge
Directed by M. Bevin O’Gara

As the French Revolution brews outside, teenage slave Sally Hemings gets her first taste of freedom while serving in Thomas Jefferson’s Paris home. Inside, she becomes involved in one of the most speculated about and scandalous relationships in American history. With verve, humor, and music, playwright Kirsten Greenidge imagines how events unfolded in the Jefferson household for the family and "servants" alike. Little Row Boat is a visceral and intricate story of convictions, contradictions, and sacrifice in the pursuit of liberty.

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Amy Fritsche

Amy Fritsche

(Abigail Adams) previously appeared at Cleveland Play House in the world premiere of These Mortal Hosts and the reading of Little Row Boat or, Conjecture. She toured nationally with Annie and internationally in the world premiere of Best Intentions in London, England and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Regionally, she more(Abigail Adams) previously appeared at Cleveland Play House in the world premiere of These Mortal Hosts and the reading of Little Row Boat or, Conjecture. She toured nationally with Annie and internationally in the world premiere of Best Intentions in London, England and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Regionally, she has performed with Phoenix Theater, Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, CATCO Theatre, and Odyssey Theater in Los Angeles. Locally at Cleveland Public Theatre, Dobama Theatre, Porthouse Theatre, and Mamai Theatre. Favorite roles include, Arcadia (Hannah Jarvis), Superior Donuts(Officer Randy), As You Like It (Rosalind), A Little Night Music (Countess Charlotte), Annie (Grace Farrell), Chapter Two (Jenny) and Violet (Violet). She received the 2015 Cleveland Critics Circle Theater Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Violet. She is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Kent State University and is a proud member of SAG/AFTRA, AGVA, and AEA.

Andrew Gorell

Andrew Gorell

(Captain Ramsey/Adrien Petit) was seen in Galileo at Cleveland Play House as well as The Winter’s Tale, Present Laughter, An Orchard and Cloud 9 with the CWRU/CPH MFA program. He has recently performed in Shaw's The Devil’s Disciple at Coach House Theatre and Peter and the Starcatcher at Dobama Theatre. more(Captain Ramsey/Adrien Petit) was seen in Galileo at Cleveland Play House as well as The Winter’s Tale, Present Laughter, An Orchard and Cloud 9 with the CWRU/CPH MFA program. He has recently performed in Shaw's The Devil’s Disciple at Coach House Theatre and Peter and the Starcatcher at Dobama Theatre. Other credits include Zazu in the National Tour of Disney’s The Lion King and Nevermore at Charleston Stage. Regionally, Andrew has performed at the American Shakespeare Center, Glimmerglass Opera, Philadelphia Shakespeare, the Milwaukee Rep, and Skylight Music Theatre, among others. Film credits include the upcoming features The Bye Bye Man and The Kingsbury Run. Andrew is a proud member of Actor’s Equity and SAG-AFTRA.

Lee Greene

Lee Greene

(George Bridgetower/Easton Hemmings) is a 13-year-old, eighth grade student at Cuyahoga Heights Middle School and the older of two siblings. Greene caught the acting bug at the age of 6 while participating in many theatre classes and musical productions at the Beck Center for the Performing Arts, including The Lion more(George Bridgetower/Easton Hemmings) is a 13-year-old, eighth grade student at Cuyahoga Heights Middle School and the older of two siblings. Greene caught the acting bug at the age of 6 while participating in many theatre classes and musical productions at the Beck Center for the Performing Arts, including The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Horton Hears a Who and Seussical the Musical. He has a love for music and plays the trumpet in the middle school band. He takes voice lessons from his father. Lee most recently played Schwartz in Cleveland Play House’s 2013 production of A Christmas Story.

Matthew J. Harris

Matthew J. Harris

(James Hemmings) has regional credits that include Milk Like Sugar (Huntington Theatre), In The Heights (Walnut Street Theatre), A Comedy of Errors (Theatre at Monmouth) and more. Some of his NY credits include; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Classical Theatre of Harlem), Macbeth (Pulse Ensemble Theatre), She Calls Me Firefly more(James Hemmings) has regional credits that include Milk Like Sugar (Huntington Theatre), In The Heights (Walnut Street Theatre), A Comedy of Errors (Theatre at Monmouth) and more. Some of his NY credits include; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Classical Theatre of Harlem), Macbeth (Pulse Ensemble Theatre), She Calls Me Firefly (New Perspectives Theatre) and Trouble (NYMF). He has been seen on the television shows Blindspot and Person Of Interest and in commercials for Coke Zero, Verizon, Zaxby's and Footlocker. Mr. Harris is also a hip-hop dancer, choreographer, and proud alum of Rutgers University. maninmotionnyc.com. matthewjharris.net.

Mattie Hawkinson

Mattie Hawkinson

(Polly Jefferson ) Cleveland Play House credits include: The Game’s Afoot. Regional credits include: As You Like It (Centerstage); Midsummer Night’s Dream, Winter’s Tale, Real Inspector Hound (Theatre at Monmouth); Circle Mirror Transformation (Cincinnati Playhouse); Mourning Becomes Electra, Misanthrope, Arms & The Man (Quintessence); Bell Book & Candle (Ensemble Theatre); more(Polly Jefferson ) Cleveland Play House credits include: The Game’s Afoot. Regional credits include: As You Like It (Centerstage); Midsummer Night’s Dream, Winter’s Tale, Real Inspector Hound (Theatre at Monmouth); Circle Mirror Transformation (Cincinnati Playhouse); Mourning Becomes Electra, Misanthrope, Arms & The Man (Quintessence); Bell Book & Candle (Ensemble Theatre); Othello (Milwaukee Repertory); Little Night Music (Centerstage); Third (Denver Center); Inherit the Wind (Indiana Rep); Equivocation (Manhattan Theatre Club); The Snow Queen, Half & Half, Hanging Fire, Blackbird (Victory Gardens); Rock ‘N’ Roll (Goodman); I Never Sang for My Father (Steppenwolf); Winter’s Tale, Little Night Music, Flea In Her Ear (Chicago Shakespeare); Hillbilly Antigone (Lookingglass); The Importance of Being Earnest (First Folio); The Maids (Exigent); A Boston Marriage (Roadworks); workshops at Victory Gardens, Ensemble Theatre (NY) and O'Neill’s NPC. UPCOMING: Love’s Labour’s Lost at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival and City of Conversation at Northlight. Mattie is an actor and playwright at Quintessence Theatre Group. mattiehawkinson.weebly.com

Zoey Martinson

Zoey Martinson

(Sally Hemmings) is Co-Founder of Smoke & Mirrors Collaborative and the recipient of 2013/14 Artistic Mentor Fellowship at Lincoln Center through the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. As a writer her play Ndebele Funeral won the Overall Excellence Award for Best Play in the NYCFringe Festival, then went on to run off-Broadway more(Sally Hemmings) is Co-Founder of Smoke & Mirrors Collaborative and the recipient of 2013/14 Artistic Mentor Fellowship at Lincoln Center through the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. As a writer her play Ndebele Funeral won the Overall Excellence Award for Best Play in the NYCFringe Festival, then went on to run off-Broadway 59E59 Theaters, South Africa and at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland. Her work has been nominated for Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award and she has been featured on BBC World Service. Skype Duet that she co-created and directed won the 100 Grand award at the HAU2 Theater in Berlin, Germany. As an actress she has performed at The Public Theater, Cleveland Play House, Repertory Theater of St. Louis, the Guthrie, Shakespeare On The Sound, The Flea Theatre, Theatre in the Muz, South Africa and the National Theatre of Ghana. Film/TV: Are We There Yet, Restless City, Law & Order. MFA NYU Grad Acting.

Jeff Talbott

Jeff Talbott

(Thomas Jefferson) is thrilled to be back with his many friends in the CLE for the holidays. He has been on Broadway (Sly Fox, Fortune’s Fool); off-Broadway (Abundance, Such Good Friends, Home of the Brave); and has extensive regional credits, including: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Odd more(Thomas Jefferson) is thrilled to be back with his many friends in the CLE for the holidays. He has been on Broadway (Sly Fox, Fortune’s Fool); off-Broadway (Abundance, Such Good Friends, Home of the Brave); and has extensive regional credits, including: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Odd Couple, Race, circle mirror transformation, Frost/Nixon, and Doubt at theatres including Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Pioneer Theatre Company, Paper Mill Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera House, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, and Yale Repertory Theatre, among many others. He has been on film (Julie & Julia) and TV (The Blacklist, Orange is the New Black, Unforgettable, Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos, all the Law & Orders, One Life to Live, and As the World Turns). As a writer, his play The Submission (Laurents/Hatcher Award, Outer Critics Circle’s John Gassner Award) was produced off-Broadway by MCC Theater and has been performed across the country. This past March, his play The Gravedigger’s Lullaby had its world premiere off-Broadway at TACT. After A Christmas Story this year, he has two world premieres coming up: the romantic drama "i" at Pioneer Theatre Company and Civics and Humanities for Non-Majors, which was commissioned by Montclair State University. He writes musicals with composer Will Van Dyke. They have written Imagine Harry, Wintersong, Seven Broken Hearts, and the just-completed The Circle. They also released an EP of their songs called A View of the River (available on iTunes). Jeff is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. jefftalbott.com

Jean E. Compton

(Stage Coordinator) is the Stage Management Apprentice for the Centennial Season here at Cleveland Play House. This season she has assisted on A Comedy of Tenors, The Crucible, A Christmas Story, the CWRU/CPH production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Luna Gale, Mr. Wolf, The Good Peaches and the upcoming more(Stage Coordinator) is the Stage Management Apprentice for the Centennial Season here at Cleveland Play House. This season she has assisted on A Comedy of Tenors, The Crucible, A Christmas Story, the CWRU/CPH production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Luna Gale, Mr. Wolf, The Good Peaches and the upcoming Steel Magnolias. She also served as the stage manager for the CWRU/CPH New Play Initiative workshop of Meg Miroshnik’s Utopia, Minnesota. Previous regional credits include the world premiere of Shining Lives: A Musical (Northlight Theatre), as well as Venus in Fur and The Whale (Rep Stage). Originally from Maryland, Jean received her BFA in Stage Management from The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.

Kirsten Greenidge

Kirsten Greenidge

(Playwright, Roe Green Award Winner) is a recent PEN/America Award winner and Obie recipient as well as the author of Baltimore, Milk Like Sugar and The Luck of the Irish among other plays. Her work has appeared at LCT3, La Jolla Playhouse, Playwrights Horizons, New Rep, Company One Theatre Company more(Playwright, Roe Green Award Winner) is a recent PEN/America Award winner and Obie recipient as well as the author of Baltimore, Milk Like Sugar and The Luck of the Irish among other plays. Her work has appeared at LCT3, La Jolla Playhouse, Playwrights Horizons, New Rep, Company One Theatre Company and The Huntington. Kirsten has been fortunate enough to develop her plays at Kenyon Playwright’s Conference, Huntington Playwriting Fellows Theatre Lab, Denver Center Theatre, The O’Neill, Sundance Theatre Lab, Sundance at Ucross, A.S.K., Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Cardinal Stages and Pacific Playwright’s Festival, She is currently working on commissions from Oregon Shakespeare Festival/American Revolutions, The Kennedy Center, University of Iowa/The Big Ten Commission, The Goodman and La Jolla Playhouse. An alum of New Dramatists, Kirsten attended Wesleyan and the Playwright’s Workshop and the University of Iowa.

M. Bevin O’Gara

(Director) is the Associate Producer at the Huntington Theatre Company and directed Kirsten Greenidge's Milk Like Sugar and Melinda Lopez's Becoming Cuba. Other directing credits include Appropriate, A Future Perfect, Tribes and Clybourne Park (SpeakEasy Stage Company); Brahman/i, Chronicles of Kalki, You more(Director) is the Associate Producer at the Huntington Theatre Company and directed Kirsten Greenidge's Milk Like Sugar and Melinda Lopez's Becoming Cuba. Other directing credits include Appropriate, A Future Perfect, Tribes and Clybourne Park (SpeakEasy Stage Company); Brahman/i, Chronicles of Kalki, You For Me For You, Love Person and The Pain and the Itch (Company One Theatre); Fast Company (Lyric Stage Company); Phedre (Actor's Shakespeare Project); Translations (Bad Habit Productions); Matt and Ben (Central Square Theater); Two Wives in India and Gary (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); 2.5 Minute Ride (New Repertory Theatre); Othello and The Crucible (New Rep On Tour); Melancholy Play (Holland Productions); Tattoo Girl, Painting You and Artifacts (Williamstown Theatre Festival Workshop) and ANTI-KISS (3 Monkeys Theatrical Productions). She has also worked with New Repertory Theatre, the Gaiety Theatre of Dublin, and the Actors Centre of Australia and is the recipient of the Lois Roach Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Boston Theatre Community from Company One Theatre. She has a BFA from Boston University in theatre studies. mbevinogara.com

Learning From the Best: The CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program

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