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March 28 - April 7, 2018 , The Helen

CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program

Fifth of July

Written by Lanford Wilson
Directed by Donald Carrier

In the wake of the Vietnam war, a veteran and his eccentric family gather in rural Missouri to ring in Independence Day. But the fireworks don’t stop once The Fourth is over. Long-standing resentments and disappointments bubble to the surface as the family attempts to reconcile the hopes they once had for the future with the realities of their present. From Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson, The Fifth of July is both a stunning and humorous portrait of a generation in search of direction and redemption. This production will introduce the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program’s Class of 2020.

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Alex Brightwell

Alex Brightwell

(Ken) was born in West Virginia and raised in North Carolina. He earned his BFA from the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater Actor Training Program. He was a 2018 Conservatory member at the Chautauqua Theater Company, where he played Silvius in As You Like It and Br’er Rabbit/Ratts in An more(Ken) was born in West Virginia and raised in North Carolina. He earned his BFA from the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater Actor Training Program. He was a 2018 Conservatory member at the Chautauqua Theater Company, where he played Silvius in As You Like It and Br’er Rabbit/Ratts in An Octoroon. Cleveland credits include the New Ground Theater Festival reading of Tiny Houses and the CWRU/CPH MFA productions of The Seagull and Fifth of July. He has also been seen at Yellow Tree Theater, Minnesota Jewish Theatre, Walking Shadow Theatre Company, Public Theater of Minnesota, and the Guthrie Theater.

Conor Canning

Conor Canning

(Jed) was born and raised in Alford, Massachusetts. He is a 2016 graduate of Georgetown University where he majored in Political Economy and minored in Theater and Performance Studies. During his time in the CWRU/CPH MFA program, Conor has played Medvenko in The Seagull and Jed Jenkins in Fifth of more(Jed) was born and raised in Alford, Massachusetts. He is a 2016 graduate of Georgetown University where he majored in Political Economy and minored in Theater and Performance Studies. During his time in the CWRU/CPH MFA program, Conor has played Medvenko in The Seagull and Jed Jenkins in Fifth of July. Other notable credits include playing Joe Cooper in Killer Joe, Stacey Kinsella in The Metal Children, and Angelo in Measure for Measure. Conor would like to thank his family for all their love and support as well as all members of the CWRU/CPH community who have offered their guidance, wisdom, and encouragement over the two years.

Kasey Connolly

Kasey Connolly

(June) came to the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program from New York City where she attended the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU. While there, she focused primarily on classical texts and performed in Hamlet; Mother Courage; and an all-female, democratically directed production of Julius Caesar. Film credits include the more(June) came to the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program from New York City where she attended the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU. While there, she focused primarily on classical texts and performed in Hamlet; Mother Courage; and an all-female, democratically directed production of Julius Caesar. Film credits include the upcoming independent shorts Apprehending Edmund Montrell and A Way Home. kaseyconnolly.com

Comfort Dolo

Comfort Dolo

(Shirley) was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee and raised in friendly Fridley, Minnesota. She graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN with double majors in Honors Theatre and Communication Studies. Since graduating, she has been performing around the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Favorite credits include: To Kill a Mockingbird (The more(Shirley) was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee and raised in friendly Fridley, Minnesota. She graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN with double majors in Honors Theatre and Communication Studies. Since graduating, she has been performing around the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Favorite credits include: To Kill a Mockingbird (The Guthrie Theatre), TOUCH, a remake of the 1984 Emmy Award winning film project (Illusion Theatre), and various commercials ranging from the Minnesota State Lottery to hand modeling for KeyBank. Recent credits include: Sorel Bliss in Hay Fever and Sorin in The Seagull (CWRU/CPH), Naomi in Sugar (Phoenix Theatre), Carlos Sirah’s The Utterances (The Playwright’s Center), and Shirley in Fifth of July (CWRU/CPH debut). She is a big fan of theatre for social justice, the German language, and gummy bears!

Gregory James

Gregory James

(John) is a Buffalo, NY native who received his B.F.A. in Theatre Performance from SUNY at Buffalo. Upon graduating he spent six years working in Los Angeles. He is a current sketch comedy writing student of Michael Busch. Stage credits include Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet and Brooke in Little more(John) is a Buffalo, NY native who received his B.F.A. in Theatre Performance from SUNY at Buffalo. Upon graduating he spent six years working in Los Angeles. He is a current sketch comedy writing student of Michael Busch. Stage credits include Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet and Brooke in Little Women (Oberlin Summer Theater Festival), Trigorin in The Seagull, John in Fifth of July, and Billy in Cicada (CPH), and The Fate of the Date presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. LA theatre credits include Summer and Smoke, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and Lend Me a Tenor with the Actors Co-Op Theatre Hollywood, and Some Girl(s) with the LA Fringe. Gregory was a founding resident member of the Whitefire Theatre Company in Los Angeles. Film credits include Jilted for Glamour Magazine, Slow Clap Comedy, and the original Actors Co-Op Series, The Fur is Gone. GregoryJamesActing.com @GregoryJamesActing

Abdul Seidu

Abdul Seidu

(Wes) is beaming to be acting again alongside his fellow teammates in the Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House MFA class of 2020’s third production, Hay Fever. Abdul has graduated summa cum laude from Kent State University with a BA in Theatre Arts. He has recently been seen in the more(Wes) is beaming to be acting again alongside his fellow teammates in the Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House MFA class of 2020’s third production, Hay Fever. Abdul has graduated summa cum laude from Kent State University with a BA in Theatre Arts. He has recently been seen in the MFA productions of The Seagull and Fifth of July

Courtney Stennett

Courtney Stennett

(Sally) is a native of Eagle, Idaho. She graduated with her BFA in Performance from Baylor University. Prior to making the move to Cleveland, Courtney enjoyed living and performing in Chicago. She most recently appeared onstage in the CWRU/CPH productions of Hay Fever as Judith Bliss and The Seagull as more(Sally) is a native of Eagle, Idaho. She graduated with her BFA in Performance from Baylor University. Prior to making the move to Cleveland, Courtney enjoyed living and performing in Chicago. She most recently appeared onstage in the CWRU/CPH productions of Hay Fever as Judith Bliss and The Seagull as Masha. Last spring she appeared in Fifth of July as Sally Friedman, and summer 2018, internationally at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Call of the Void. Favorite recent professional credits include Agnes of God (Aleatoric Theatre), A Little Princess (Windy City Music Theatre), and Seminar (Spartan Theatre Company). Courtney is delighted and humbled to be working toward her MFA in the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting program and thrilled to be part of this ensemble!

Elisabeth Yancey

Elisabeth Yancey

(Gwen) was most recently seen onstage as Myra Arundell in the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program production of Hay Fever. Other CWRU/CPH credits include Nina in The Seagull and Gwen in Fifth of July. Internationally, Elisabeth has performed at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the world premiere of Call of the more(Gwen) was most recently seen onstage as Myra Arundell in the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program production of Hay Fever. Other CWRU/CPH credits include Nina in The Seagull and Gwen in Fifth of July. Internationally, Elisabeth has performed at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the world premiere of Call of the Void. Other favorite credits include the New Ground Theatre Festival as Marina in Cicada, Oberlin Summer Theater Festival as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, and work with Wellesley Repertory Theatre. 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.

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