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May 13, 2018 , The Helen

2018 Roe Green Award Winner

Cicada

by Nick Gandiello

Benedetta is trying to ride a wave of political optimism into the seat of her northern New Jersey district’s County Executive. At the same time, she has to prepare for her daughter’s wedding and balance out her volatile son. When a long past family trauma is used to smear her campaign, she and her family must decide how they will present themselves on the public stage. A comedic drama about new American politics and new American families.



2018 Roe Green Award Winner

Artists

Gregory James

Gregory James

(Billy) received his BFA in Theatre Performance from SUNY at Buffalo and is currently working on his MFA with CWRU/CPH. He has been living and working in Los Angeles for the last six years. Most recently he could be seen in Fifth of July at CPH and The Fate of more(Billy) received his BFA in Theatre Performance from SUNY at Buffalo and is currently working on his MFA with CWRU/CPH. He has been living and working in Los Angeles for the last six years. Most recently he could be seen in Fifth of July at CPH and The Fate of the Date: The Mystery of the Silver Chalice presented at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with the Buffalo Lab Theatre. Los Angeles theatre credits include Summer and Smoke, Hound of the Baskervilles, and Lend Me a Tenor with the Actors Co-Op Theatre Hollywood and Some Girl(s) as part of the LA Fringe. This summer Gregory can be seen as Mercutio and Mr. Brooke in Romeo and Juliet and Little Women at the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival. Gregory was a founding resident member of the Whitefire Theatre Company in Los Angeles where he appeared in numerous Seasonal and Hollywood Shorts. Film credits include Jilted for Glamour Magazine, Slow Clap Comedy, and the original Actors Co-Op series The Fur is Gone. GregoryJamesActing.com

Mahira Kakkar

Mahira Kakkar

(Mytri) is excited to be back at CPH. Select New York credits include The Winter’s Tale (TFANA), Against the Hillside, When January Feels Like Summer (EST), Romeo and Juliet (Public Mobile Unit), Clive (New Group), Opus (Primary Stages), Harper Regan (Atlantic), Miss Witherspoon (Playwrights Horizons). Select regional theaters include Huntington more(Mytri) is excited to be back at CPH. Select New York credits include The Winter’s Tale (TFANA), Against the Hillside, When January Feels Like Summer (EST), Romeo and Juliet (Public Mobile Unit), Clive (New Group), Opus (Primary Stages), Harper Regan (Atlantic), Miss Witherspoon (Playwrights Horizons). Select regional theaters include Huntington Stage, Denver Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Old Globe, Berkeley Rep, Hartford Stage, Baltimore Center Stage, McCarter Theater. Film and TV includes Hank and Asha, Bite Me (upcoming), The Big C, Louie, Blue Bloods, Blacklist, Law and Order: CI. Training from Juilliard, Harold Guskin, SITI, Public Shakespeare Lab. Proud member of EST, Hero Theater Company, and The Actors Center.

Joseph  Masi

Joseph Masi

(Scig) is very proud to be part of the New Ground Theatre Festival and the Cleveland Play House. He is a graduate from the MFA program at Brooklyn College where he was also an adjunct professor of acting. Joe can be seen on the “Beautiful Frame” episode of Law & more(Scig) is very proud to be part of the New Ground Theatre Festival and the Cleveland Play House. He is a graduate from the MFA program at Brooklyn College where he was also an adjunct professor of acting. Joe can be seen on the “Beautiful Frame” episode of Law & Order: SVU and has worked regionally and in New York City on stage, TV, and in film. When Joe is not acting he can be found raising his 8 year old son whom he adores. Joe also works as a corporate communication and presentation coach for Graceworks Inc.

Esau Pritchett

Esau Pritchett

(Gregory) Originally from Saginaw, MI, Esau earned a BA in performing Arts/Theatre from Oakland University in Rochester, MI in 1998. Esau first appeared at The Cleveland Play House playing John Proctor in 2016's production of The Crucible. He has worked in many regional theatres across the country over the past more(Gregory) Originally from Saginaw, MI, Esau earned a BA in performing Arts/Theatre from Oakland University in Rochester, MI in 1998. Esau first appeared at The Cleveland Play House playing John Proctor in 2016's production of The Crucible. He has worked in many regional theatres across the country over the past fifteen years. His theatre credits include many Shakespeare productions as well as contemporary plays. He has been featured on the long running crime dramas Law and Order, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, and Law and Order: SVU. He is also featured in HBO’s crime drama The Night Of, has made appearances on Netflix series Orange is the New Black and Marvel’s Iron Fist. In 2017 Esau appeared as a guest star on NBC's Chicago PD and appeared as a guest star on NBC's The Blacklist in 2018.

Jessica Wortham

Jessica Wortham

(Benny) is thrilled to be returning to Cleveland Play House for the New Ground Festival after last appearing here in Informed Consent. Regional theatre highlights include Twelfth Night, A Christmas Story, Crime and Punishment, and the Humana Festival premieres of Marginal Loss and The Ruby Sunrise with Actors Theatre of more(Benny) is thrilled to be returning to Cleveland Play House for the New Ground Festival after last appearing here in Informed Consent. Regional theatre highlights include Twelfth Night, A Christmas Story, Crime and Punishment, and the Humana Festival premieres of Marginal Loss and The Ruby Sunrise with Actors Theatre of Louisville, Outside Mullingar with TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, The Second Girl with Contemporary American Theater Festival, A Servant to Two Masters and Othello with Pittsburgh Public Theater, An Enemy of the People with Gulfshore Playhouse, Henry VIII with Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, The Book Club Play with Geva Theater Center and The Understudy and Black Pearl Sings! (BATCC Award for Best Leading Performance) with San Jose Rep. Internationally, she has performed with Vienna's English Theatre and the English Theatre Frankfurt. She has also appeared on the FX series “The Americans” and holds an MFA from Brown University/Trinity Rep. jessicawortham.com

Elisabeth Yancey

Elisabeth Yancey

(Marina) is a current member of the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program's Class of 2020. She most recently made her Cleveland debut as Gwen in Fifth of July and looks forward to starring as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet at the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival. Previous credits include Wellesley Repertory Theatre, more(Marina) is a current member of the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program's Class of 2020. She most recently made her Cleveland debut as Gwen in Fifth of July and looks forward to starring as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet at the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival. Previous credits include Wellesley Repertory Theatre, ACT 1 Nashville, KB Productions (Nashville), and The Wellesley Shakespeare Society. Elisabeth holds a BA in Theatre Studies from Wellesley College, a certificate of classical acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, and a certificate of literature from Cambridge University. She is thrilled to be a part of this exciting opportunity to work with fellow artists in the New Ground Theatre Festival!

Nick  Gandiello

Nick Gandiello

(Playwright) is a playwright and teaching artist based in NYC. His plays include Cicada (Cleveland Play House's New Ground Theatre Festival), The Blameless (The Old Globe), Oceanside (Merrimack Repertory Theatre), The Wedge Horse (Fault Line Theatre), and Sunrise Highway (Ojai Playwrights Conference), as well as short plays featured in more(Playwright) is a playwright and teaching artist based in NYC. His plays include Cicada (Cleveland Play House's New Ground Theatre Festival), The Blameless (The Old Globe), Oceanside (Merrimack Repertory Theatre), The Wedge Horse (Fault Line Theatre), and Sunrise Highway (Ojai Playwrights Conference), as well as short plays featured in Smith and Kraus's Best 10 Minute Plays of 2014 and 2015. Gandiello is a Rita Goldberg Playwrights' Workshop Fellow at the Lark, was the 2015 Page 73 Productions Playwriting Fellow, received the 2016 Marin Theatre Company David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize, and is an alum of the Ars Nova Play Group. His work has been developed or presented by Manhattan Theatre Club, The Flea, Keen Company, Samuel French’s Off Off Broadway Festival, Capital Stage, Premiere Stages, and Wide Eyed Productions, among others. Gandiello teaches Playwriting at Marymount Manhattan College, and has worked as a teaching artist with the New School for Drama, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Naked Angels, Young Playwrights Inc., and Dorset Theatre Festival, among others. MFA, The New School for Drama.

Tom Humes

(Stage Manager) returns to Cleveland Play House where previous stage management work includes These Mortal Hosts, Between Riverside and Crazy, The Mountaintop, The Little Foxes, and Grounded. Assistant stage management work at CPH includes Marie and Rosetta, Shakespeare in Love, How I Learned to Drive, All the Way, Steel Magnolias, more(Stage Manager) returns to Cleveland Play House where previous stage management work includes These Mortal Hosts, Between Riverside and Crazy, The Mountaintop, The Little Foxes, and Grounded. Assistant stage management work at CPH includes Marie and Rosetta, Shakespeare in Love, 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 Rock of Ages, 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.

Rachel Lerner-Ley

(Dramaturg) is in her fifth season at Cleveland Play House, where she is the Literary Manager and Resident Dramaturg. Recent dramaturgy at CPH: The Chinese Lady, The Nolan Williams Project, CARE monologues, The Good Peaches, FEED, Little Row Boat, Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors, The CPH Centennial Plays, and more(Dramaturg) is in her fifth season at Cleveland Play House, where she is the Literary Manager and Resident Dramaturg. Recent dramaturgy at CPH: The Chinese Lady, The Nolan Williams Project, CARE monologues, The Good Peaches, FEED, Little Row Boat, Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors, The CPH Centennial Plays, and the Violins of Hope concert with the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program and The Cleveland Orchestra. Additional dramaturgy credits: Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Civilians, Actors Theatre of Louisville, WildWind Performance Lab at Texas Tech University, Girl Be Heard. As a writer, her plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc. and produced across her home state of Massachusetts as well as in Kentucky, Dubai, and NYC. Graduate of Smith College. Member LMDA.

Katie Lupica

(Director) is the current Cleveland Play House Artistic Directing Fellow. At CPH, she has served as assistant director for Shakespeare in Love and Macbeth and director for the 2018-19 Season Announcement. NYC directing includes work at Access Theatre, La MaMa (NYC Fringe), Ugly Rhino, Gallery Players, and NYU Steinhardt. Regional more(Director) is the current Cleveland Play House Artistic Directing Fellow. At CPH, she has served as assistant director for Shakespeare in Love and Macbeth and director for the 2018-19 Season Announcement. NYC directing includes work at Access Theatre, La MaMa (NYC Fringe), Ugly Rhino, Gallery Players, and NYU Steinhardt. Regional directing includes the Hangar Theatre (Drama League Fellow), Williamstown Theatre Festival, SUNY Brockport (in assoc. with Geva Theatre), Cincinnati Fringe (Producer’s Pick Award), and the Roe Green Award reading of Cicada by Nick Gandiello as part of CPH’s New Ground Theatre Festival. She is a graduate of Columbia University (summa cum laude) and an associate member of SDC; more at katielupica.com.

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