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February 27 - March 9, 2019 , The Helen

CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program

Hay Fever

written by Noël Coward
directed by Jerrold Scott

A witty British comedy from “The Master” Noël Coward. Hay Fever enters the eccentric minds of a retired actress, her novelist husband, and their family. A weekend retreat is anything but relaxing when unsuspecting family and their guests are enlisted as pawns in their outrageous theatrical games. Mismatched romantic pairings and explosive familial rivalries bring out the worst in this dysfunctional team of players.

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From left to right: Kasey Connolly (Jackie Coryton), Abdul Seidu (Sandy Tyrell). Photo Credit: Kristin Netzband

From left to right: Courtney Stennett (Judith Bliss), Gregory James (David Bliss), Elisabeth Yancey (Myra Arundell). Photo Credit: Kristin Netzband

From left to right: Elisabeth Yancey (Myra Arundell), Conor Canning (Simon Bliss). Photo Credit: Kristin Netzband

Foreground: Abdul Seidu (Sandy Tyrell). Background: Comfort Dolo (Sorel Bliss), Courtney Stennett (Judith Bliss). Photo Credit: Kristin Netzband

Seated: Alex Brightwell (Richard Greatham), Elisabeth Yancey (Myra Arundell) Standing: Kasey Connolly (Jackie Coryton). Photo Credit: Kristin Netzband

From left to right: Elisabeth Yancey (Myra Arundell), Gregory James (David Bliss). Photo Credit: Kristin Netzband

Comfort Dolo (Sorel Bliss). Photo Credit: Kristin Netzband

From left to right: Alex Brightwell (Richard Greatham), Courtney Stennett (Judith Bliss). Photo Credit: Kristin Netzband

From left to right: Kasey Connelly (Jackie Coryton), Conor Canning (Simon Bliss). Photo Credit: Kristin Netzband

From left to right: Conor Canning (Simon Bliss), Elisabeth Yancey (Myra Arundell). Photo Credit: Kristin Netzband

From left to right: Abdul Seidu (Sandy Tyrell), Courtney Stennett (Judith Bliss). Photo Credit: Kristin Netzband

Gregory James (David Bliss). Photo Credit: Kristin Netzband

From left to right: Comfort Dolo (Sorel Bliss), Abdul Seidu (Sandy Tyrell). Photo Credit: Kristin Netzband

From left to right: Abdul Seidu (Sandy Tyrell), Courtney Stennett (Judith Bliss), Alex Brightwell (Richard Greatham). Photo Credit: Kristin Netzband

From left to right: Abdul Seidu (Sandy Tyrell), Elisabeth Yancey (Myra Arundell), Courtney Stennett (Judith Bliss). Photo Credit: Kristin Netzband

Foreground: Courtney Stennett (Judith Bliss) Background: Conor Canning (Simon Bliss). Photo Credit: Kristin Netzband

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Alex Brightwell

Alex Brightwell

(Richard Greatham) 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 more(Richard Greatham) 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.

Erin Bunting

Erin Bunting

(The Maid) recently appeared in Little Women at the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival. Previous Cleveland Play House appearances include Heartbreak House, Present Laughter, and The Philadelphia Story. Other credits include the world premiere of Mother/Tongue by Claire Robinson May at Cleveland Public Theater, as well as Bus Stop, Treasure Island, more(The Maid) recently appeared in Little Women at the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival. Previous Cleveland Play House appearances include Heartbreak House, Present Laughter, and The Philadelphia Story. Other credits include the world premiere of Mother/Tongue by Claire Robinson May at Cleveland Public Theater, as well as Bus Stop, Treasure Island, Macbeth, and Inherit the Wind at OSTF.

Conor Canning

Conor Canning

(Simon Bliss) 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 more(Simon Bliss) 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

(Jackie Coryton) 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 more(Jackie Coryton) 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

(Sorel Bliss) 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 more(Sorel Bliss) 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: 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

(David Bliss) 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 more(David Bliss) 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

(Sandy Tyrell) 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 more(Sandy Tyrell) 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

(Judith Bliss) 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 production of The Seagull as Masha. Last spring she appeared more(Judith Bliss) 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 production of 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 Acting program and thrilled to be part of this ensemble!

Elisabeth Yancey

Elisabeth Yancey

(Myra Arundell) was most recently seen onstage as Nina in the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program production of The Seagull and made her Cleveland debut last spring as Gwen in Fifth of July. Internationally, Elisabeth has performed at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the world premiere of Call of the Void. more(Myra Arundell) was most recently seen onstage as Nina in the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program production of The Seagull and made her Cleveland debut last spring as 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. She is delighted to join this generous ensemble once again in bringing another story to life!

Catherine L. Albers

Catherine L. Albers

(Acting Coach) is a professional actress and Professor Emeritus at Case Western Reserve University, where she was a master teacher in the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program. She has performed throughout the country and does film and commercial work. She is a founding member of Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium, a more(Acting Coach) is a professional actress and Professor Emeritus at Case Western Reserve University, where she was a master teacher in the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program. She has performed throughout the country and does film and commercial work. She is a founding member of Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium, a producing and teaching organization. Since her retirement she has continued to work on stage and on camera. She was the understudy to both Ouiser and Clairee in Cleveland Play House’s production of Steel Magnolias. Life goes on.

Aaron Benson

(Scenic Designer) recent designs include Cleveland Public Theater’s American Falls, Teatro Publico de Clevleland's En el Tiempo de las Mariposas, The Beck Center’s productions of One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, and Waiting for Godot, Dobama’s Peter and the Starcatcher, Superior Donuts and The Aliens, and Playhouse Square’s The Santaland more(Scenic Designer) recent designs include Cleveland Public Theater’s American Falls, Teatro Publico de Clevleland's En el Tiempo de las Mariposas, The Beck Center’s productions of One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, and Waiting for Godot, Dobama’s Peter and the Starcatcher, Superior Donuts and The Aliens, and Playhouse Square’s The Santaland Diaries. He also designed Cleveland State University’s productions of Miss Julie, Bus Stop, The Emperor’s New Clothes, and five others. Prior to arriving in Northeast Ohio, Aaron was the Faculty Scenic Designer and Technical Director for Fullerton College in Fullerton, California. His designs for Fullerton included Julius Caesar, Hair and Cyrano de Bergerac, as well as many others. He has also worked at the Utah Shakespeare Festival in many capacities, from Assistant Scenic Designer to Technical Director, between the 2004-2009 seasons. Aaron holds his M.F.A. in Scenic Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Donald Carrier

Donald Carrier

(Interim Director CWRU CPH MFA Acting Program/Hay F) recently directed Fifth of July, Clybourne Park, The Misanthrope, Shaw’s Too True to Be Good, and The Violins of Hope for the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program; as well as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Seminar and Really Really (Beck Center for the more(Interim Director CWRU CPH MFA Acting Program/Hay F) recently directed Fifth of July, Clybourne Park, The Misanthrope, Shaw’s Too True to Be Good, and The Violins of Hope for the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program; as well as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Seminar and Really Really (Beck Center for the Arts), and Becky Shaw (Dobama Theatre). Selected directing credits include: The Crucible, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Alms, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Habeas Corpus, The Pirates of Penzance, and Oh! What a Lovely War. He has appeared at Cleveland Play House in Shakespeare in Love; All the Way; Luna Gale; The Crucible; The Little Foxes; Yentl; In the Next Room, or the vibrator play; Ten Chimneys; Noises Off; andLincolnesque. Regional credits include: The Old Globe, Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, Great Lakes Theater, The Studio Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre, The Wilma Theater, The Huntington Theatre, The Intiman Theatre, and Chicago Shakespeare Theater. He spent nine seasons at the Stratford Festival and two seasons at the Shaw Festival. Television/film: Guns, The Time Traveler’s Wife, The Passion of Ayn Rand, and Dead by Monday. Don is a proud Lunt/Fontanne Fellow. Upcoming- Directing As You Like It for the CWRU Department of Theatre's Eldred Season and Othello at the Texas Shakespeare Festival.

Kevin Frazier

(Lighting and Sound Designer) previous Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House MFA Program credits include She Stoops to Conquer (2017). Southeastern regional credits include Glow Lyric Theatre, Centre Stage SC, The Warehouse Theatre, and the Distracted Globe (SC), Aurora Theatre, Actors Express, 7 Stages, Fabrefaction, Pinch N' Ouch, more(Lighting and Sound Designer) previous Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House MFA Program credits include She Stoops to Conquer (2017). Southeastern regional credits include Glow Lyric Theatre, Centre Stage SC, The Warehouse Theatre, and the Distracted Globe (SC), Aurora Theatre, Actors Express, 7 Stages, Fabrefaction, Pinch N' Ouch, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Synchronicity and Serenbe Playhouse (GA), Merrimack Rep and Stoneham Theatre (MA), The Peterborough Players (NH), and both the New York and DC Fringe Festivals. International credits include Teatri Metropol (Tirana, Albania). Educational credits include: Furman University (SC), Wake Forest University (NC), Case Western Reserve University (OH), Lafayette College (PA) and the Gainesville Theatre Alliance (GA). Kevin is an Assistant Professor at Wake Forest University. Thanks to God and his family for their love and support. kevinfrazier.net

Angelina Herin

(Costume Designer) designs costumes, wigs, and makeup for professional companies and education programs. Since 2011, she has been the Resident Costume Designer and an Associate Professor of Theater at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She is pleased to have her work presented at many venues, including Cleveland Play more(Costume Designer) designs costumes, wigs, and makeup for professional companies and education programs. Since 2011, she has been the Resident Costume Designer and an Associate Professor of Theater at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She is pleased to have her work presented at many venues, including Cleveland Play House, the Seattle Opera, Cleveland Public Theatre, American Folklore Theatre, Montana Repertory Theatre, Texas Shakespeare Festival, and Theater at Monmouth. In addition, Angelina has had the opportunity to work with several television/ production companies as a makeup artist and stylist. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theater (Costume Design) at the University of South Carolina. She is a proud member of USITT, StateraArts, and an alumna of Alpha Xi Delta women's fraternity. angelinaherin.wixsite.com/designer

Jessie Higgins

(Stage Manager) is excited to return to Cleveland Play House. Jessie served as the Stage Management Apprentice at Cleveland Play House during the 2016-2017 season and credits from that time include All the Way, Sex with Strangers, Between Riverside and Crazy, and Freaky Friday. Production Assistant/ASM credits include Baskerville: A more(Stage Manager) is excited to return to Cleveland Play House. Jessie served as the Stage Management Apprentice at Cleveland Play House during the 2016-2017 season and credits from that time include All the Way, Sex with Strangers, Between Riverside and Crazy, and Freaky Friday. Production Assistant/ASM credits include Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery (Cleveland Play House); Clybourne Park (CWRU/CPH MFA Program); Legally Blonde (Slow Burn Theatre Company). Stage Management credits include Mr. Popper’s Penguins, The Imaginators, Ballonacy (Children’s Theatre of Charlotte); Beauty and the Beast, Heathers: High School Edition, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Stagedoor Manor). Tour credits include Liars (Children’s Theatre of Charlotte) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival). Jessie is a member of the Actor’s Equity Association’s EMC Program.

Beth McGee

(Dialect Coach) was the on-set dialect coach for Cinemax’s 2016 television series Quarry, directed by Greg Yaitanes. She was the 2016-17 Dialect Coach for Cleveland’s Dobama Theatre, coaching The Mystery of Love and Sex, An Octoroon, Peter and the Starcatcher, Night Alive, and The Flick that season. She was head more(Dialect Coach) was the on-set dialect coach for Cinemax’s 2016 television series Quarry, directed by Greg Yaitanes. She was the 2016-17 Dialect Coach for Cleveland’s Dobama Theatre, coaching The Mystery of Love and Sex, An Octoroon, Peter and the Starcatcher, Night Alive, and The Flick that season. She was head voice coach of the 2011 Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and the vocal coach for CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program recent productions of The Seagull, Fifth of July, Macbeth, Claybourne Park, She Stoops to Conquer, The Philadelphia Story, The Misanthrope and An Orchard. Additional CPH main stage voice coaching credits include A Christmas Story, The Grapes of Wrath, A Kiss for Cinderella, The Imaginary Invalid, The African Company Presents Richard III, Lady from the Sea, Antigone, and Dracula. She dialect coached the 2002 film Welcome to Collinwood starring George Clooney and directed by the Russo Brothers. She has coached and/or acted in productions at numerous Cleveland area theaters. She is a Professor of Voice and Acting at CWRU. Devotees of folk music can find her 1980 Folkways album Love is Teasing housed in the archives of the Smithsonian Institution. McGee is an active member of Actors’ Equity Association

Jerrold Scott

Jerrold Scott

(Director) is Katharine Bakeless Nason Professor of Theater at Case Western Reserve University where he teaches directing, classical acting, and speech and dialects, and also serves as Artistic Director of the Eldred Theater. For the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program, he has directed She Stoops to Conquer, The Philadelphia Story, Present more(Director) is Katharine Bakeless Nason Professor of Theater at Case Western Reserve University where he teaches directing, classical acting, and speech and dialects, and also serves as Artistic Director of the Eldred Theater. For the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program, he has directed She Stoops to Conquer, The Philadelphia Story, Present Laughter, Heartbreak House, The Real Thing, and performed in As You Like It. Jerrold has directed 15 productions at Eldred Theater including The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Other local directing credits include A Doll’s House, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Polish Joke (Beck Center for the Arts); As You Like It (Cleveland Shakespeare Festival); and A Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Weathervane Playhouse in Akron). Prior to his CWRU appointment, he worked as a director, actor, and educator in Washington, DC. He has taught at George Mason University, The Catholic University of America, and served a visiting lectureship at The Ohio State University. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre from the University of South Carolina/The Shakespeare Theatre, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pittsburgh, and pursued further study in classical performance at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Jerrold is a member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA and an associate member of SDC.

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