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May 11 - 20, 2017 , The Helen

These Mortal Hosts

Written by Eric Coble
Directed by Laley Lippard

What happens when you discover you're not alone in your body? In this world premiere play, Cleveland writer Eric Coble takes us to the tiny town of Dove Creek, Colorado, where three seemingly random locals find themselves at the center of mysteries—and potential miracles. As their lives become increasingly linked, the line between faith and madness begins to thin, and these former strangers hurtle down a course of life-changing proportions.

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From left to right: Amy Fritsche (Phyllis), Megan Medley (Meaghan), and Fabio Polanco (Earl). Photo credit: Michelle Berki.

From left to right: Amy Fritsche (Phyllis), Megan Medley (Meaghan), and Fabio Polanco (Earl). Photo credit: Michelle Berki.

Fabio Polanco (Earl). Photo credit: Michelle Berki.

From left to right: Megan Medley (Meaghan), Amy Fritsche (Phyllis), and Fabio Polanco (Earl). Photo credit: Michelle Berki.

Amy Fritsche (Phyllis). Photo credit: Michelle Berki.

From left to right: Amy Fritsche (Phyllis), Fabio Polanco (Earl), and Megan Medley (Meaghan) . Photo credit: Michelle Berki.

From left to right: Amy Fritsche (Phyllis) and Fabio Polanco (Earl). Photo credit: Michelle Berki.

Megan Medley (Meaghan). Photo credit: Michelle Berki.

Fabio Polanco (Earl). Photo credit: Michelle Berki.

Megan Medley (Meaghan). Photo credit: Michelle Berki.

Amy Fritsche (Phyllis). Photo credit: Michelle Berki.

From left to right: Megan Medley (Meaghan) and Fabio Polanco (Earl). Photo credit: Michelle Berki.

From left to right: Megan Medley (Meaghan) and Fabio Polanco (Earl). Photo credit: Michelle Berki.

From left to right: Amy Fritsche (Phyllis), Megan Medley (Meaghan), and Fabio Polanco (Earl). Photo credit: Michelle Berki.

Artists

Amy Fritsche

Amy Fritsche

(Phyllis) is thrilled to be returning to Cleveland Play House with the New Ground Theatre Festival. Last year she performed in the NGTF reading of Little Row Boat or, Conjecture. She toured nationally with Annie and internationally in the World Premier of Best Intentions in London, England and the Edinburgh more(Phyllis) is thrilled to be returning to Cleveland Play House with the New Ground Theatre Festival. Last year she performed in the NGTF reading of Little Row Boat or, Conjecture. She toured nationally with Annie and internationally in the World Premier of Best Intentions in London, England and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Regionally, she has worked with Phoenix Theater, Lyric Theater of Oklahoma, Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre and Odyssey Theater in Los Angeles. Locally, she has worked with Cleveland Public Theatre, Porthouse Theatre, Mamai Theatre and Dobama 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 a proud member of SAG/AFTRA, AGVA, and AEA.

Megan Medley

Megan Medley

(Meaghan) is from Lexington, KY and holds a BA in Theatre and French from Butler University. Since joining the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting program she has performed alongside her classmates in She Stoops to Conquer, Clybourne Park, Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses and the world premiere of The Good Peaches as well as more(Meaghan) is from Lexington, KY and holds a BA in Theatre and French from Butler University. Since joining the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting program she has performed alongside her classmates in She Stoops to Conquer, Clybourne Park, Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses and the world premiere of The Good Peaches as well as the reading of FEED at the New Ground Theatre Festival. Other credits include: Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, and Giselle (NoExit Performance); The Rocky Horror Show (Zach Rosing Productions); and Rapture, Blister, Burn (Theatre on the Square). Thank you for coming and enjoy!

Fabio  Polanco

Fabio Polanco

(Earl) previously appeared at Cleveland Play House in The Crucible, A Grand Night for Singing, The Grapes of Wrath and the reading of Informed Consent. Other credits include the Broadway national tour of Les Misérables, and performances at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Great Lakes Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, McCarter more(Earl) previously appeared at Cleveland Play House in The Crucible, A Grand Night for Singing, The Grapes of Wrath and the reading of Informed Consent. Other credits include the Broadway national tour of Les Misérables, and performances at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Great Lakes Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Signature Theatre, Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Porthouse Theatre, Cain Park, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Repertory Theatre of St Louis, Dobama Theatre, and Idaho Shakespeare Festival. His film and television credits include The Next Three Days, The Ides of March, The Lifeguard, Pups United, Downward Dog, Guiding Light and As the World Turns. Fabio holds a B.A. from Temple University and M.F.A. from Case Western Reserve University. He is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Kent State University and a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association since 1996.

Michael Boll

(Lighting Designer) Cleveland Play House productions include: 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, more(Lighting Designer) Cleveland Play House productions include: 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.

Eric Coble

Eric Coble

(Playwright) plays include The Velocity of Autumn (Broadway, starring Estelle Parsons and Stephen Spinella, directed by Molly Smith), Fairfield, Bright Ideas, My Barking Dog, A Girl’s Guide to Coffee and The Giver. Eric’s plays have been produced Off-Broadway, in all fifty states of the U.S. and on several continents, including more(Playwright) plays include The Velocity of Autumn (Broadway, starring Estelle Parsons and Stephen Spinella, directed by Molly Smith), Fairfield, Bright Ideas, My Barking Dog, A Girl’s Guide to Coffee and The Giver. Eric’s plays have been produced Off-Broadway, in all fifty states of the U.S. and on several continents, including productions at Manhattan Class Company, The Kennedy Center, Playwrights Horizons, Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival, Denver Center Theatre Company, Arena Stage, New York and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, Alliance Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, South Coast Repertory, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Coterie Theatre, Stages Repertory Theatre, Geva Theatre and The Contemporary American Theatre Festival. Awards include the AATE Distinguished Play Award for Best Adaptation, an Emmy nomination, the Chorpenning Playwriting Award for Body of Work, the AT&T Onstage Award, National Theatre Conference Playwriting Award, an NEA Playwright in Residence Grant, the Cleveland Arts Prize, two Cuyahoga Arts and Culture Fellowships and four Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Grants.

Esther M. Haberlen

(Costume Designer) Previously with CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program – The Misanthrope, Too True to Be Good and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Her over 50 theater and opera design credits range with companies as diverse as Great Lakes Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Dobama Theater, Cleveland more(Costume Designer) Previously with CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program – The Misanthrope, Too True to Be Good and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Her over 50 theater and opera design credits range with companies as diverse as Great Lakes Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Dobama Theater, Cleveland Opera Theater, Cleveland Institute of Music , Chagrin Valley Performing Arts Academy, Willoughby Fine Arts Association, Cleveland Public Theater and the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music. Esther holds a BFA in Theater Production & Design from the State University of New York- Fredonia and also worked as a costume technician at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Pittsburgh Public Theater and The Chautauqua Conservatory. Esther is Costume Shop Director for GLT and its sister theaters, Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. A native of Syracuse, NY she has proudly called Cleveland home since 2003.

Tom Humes

(Stage Manager)

returns to Cleveland Play House where previous stage management work includes Between Riverside and Crazy, The Mountaintop, The Little Foxes, and Grounded. Assistant stage management work at CPH includes How I Learned to Drive, All the Way, Steel Magnolias, Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors, Vanya and

more(Stage Manager)

returns to Cleveland Play House where previous stage management work includes Between Riverside and Crazy, The Mountaintop, The Little Foxes, and Grounded. Assistant stage management work at CPH includes How I Learned to Drive, All the Way, Steel Magnolias, Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Maurice Hines Is Tappin Thru Life, Clybourne Park, Breath and Imagination, A Christmas Story, Woody Sez, Lombardi, and A Night With Janis Joplin. Selected area stage management credits include Godspell, The Frogs, Smokey Joe's Café, Avenue Q, Pippin, and Oliver! (Cain Park); Le Nozze di Figaro and Cosi Fan Tutte (The Cleveland Orchestra); Tosca, La Boheme, and Lucia Di Lammermoor (Opera Cleveland); Caroline, or Change (Dobama Theatre and Karamu House); and History Boys (Beck Center for the Arts). He is a proud member of both Actors' Equity Association and International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a minor in Mathematics from Bowling Green State University.

Roc Lee

(Sound Designer) is a DC based Composer/Sound Designer. He holds a Master of Music in Stage Music Composition from CUA. Credits include: The Year of Magical Thinking, Mother Courage (Arena Stage); CHARM, Hooded: Or Being Black for Dummies (Mosaic Theater); Fickle Fancy Farce, Dial M for Murder, assistant on The more(Sound Designer) is a DC based Composer/Sound Designer. He holds a Master of Music in Stage Music Composition from CUA. Credits include: The Year of Magical Thinking, Mother Courage (Arena Stage); CHARM, Hooded: Or Being Black for Dummies (Mosaic Theater); Fickle Fancy Farce, Dial M for Murder, assistant on The Diary of Anne Frank (Olney Theater Center); Our Town (Faction of Fools); The Revolutionists (Catholic University); Romeo and Juliet (We Happy Few); In the Red and Brown Water, Insurrection, Begotten, Visible Impact (Georgetown University); Sleeping Beauty (Pointless Theatre); Seneca El Raton de Biblioteca, In the Heights (GALA Hispanic Theater). roclee.net

Laley Lippard

Laley Lippard

(Director) is a freelance director, producer, and educator focused on directing new work and developing new plays. She is the founding executive producer of the Chicago Home Theater Festival, which aims to curate performances and conversations that directly disrupt injustice. Currently, she is a proud member of the Cleveland Play more(Director) is a freelance director, producer, and educator focused on directing new work and developing new plays. She is the founding executive producer of the Chicago Home Theater Festival, which aims to curate performances and conversations that directly disrupt injustice. Currently, she is a proud member of the Cleveland Play House community as the directing fellow under mentorship of artistic director Laura Kepley; as well as the directing fellow with the O’Neill Theater Center, NNPN, and Kennedy Center. Laley has directed at Steppenwolf Theatre, Magic Theatre, foolsFURY Theater, Remmy Bumppo, Seaside Repertory Theater, and Virginia Stage Company, including the world premiere of Matt Pelfry’s Pure Shock Value at Exit Theatre in San Francisco and her world premiere and original adaptation of Macbeth at the side project in Chicago. As an artistic associate at Magic Theatre, Laley produced and directed for the theatre’s new play workshop ZMagic and lead the playwright’s forum sevenby7. She has served on literary panels at O’Neill, The Playwrights’ Center, Steppenwolf Theatre, Playwrights Foundation, Magic Theatre, and TheatreWorks and has workshopped plays with O’Neill Theater Center, Alliance Theatre, American Theater Company, Just Theatre, and The Garage. Laley has worked with HowlRound and the AVNPI at Arena Stage, Guthrie Theater, American Conservatory Theater, Court Theatre, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre. Laley is a proud member of the Society Directors and Choreographers, the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, and SDC Directing Observership Program. She holds an M.F.A. in Directing from Northwestern University.

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.

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