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April 21 - 25, 2021 , A Virtual Event

CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program

Electra/Orestes

written by Euripides, translated by Ian C. Johnston
directed by Desdemona Chiang

Run time: 90 minutes
Advisory: Depictions of harm, and simulations of blood and knives will be used for this production.

A sister. A brother. A cursed family line. A synthesis of two timeless works by Euripides, Electra/Orestes is the unforgettable story of betrayal, loss, and revenge. The CWRU/CPH MFA Class of 2022 presents their first Greek classic – a gripping, fast-paced adaptation which explores the roles of fate and free will.

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Isaac Baker

Isaac Baker

(Menelaus /Body of Agisthius) is an actor and EMC candidate who is excited to be continuing his work and training with Cleveland Play House. Isaac graduated from the University of Evansville in the spring of 2019, where he played Bruce Bechdel in the collegiate premiere of Fun Home. During his more(Menelaus /Body of Agisthius) is an actor and EMC candidate who is excited to be continuing his work and training with Cleveland Play House. Isaac graduated from the University of Evansville in the spring of 2019, where he played Bruce Bechdel in the collegiate premiere of Fun Home. During his tenure at Evansville he also played Andrew Carnes in Oklahoma!, Georg Zirschnitz in Spring Awakening, Pa Joad in Frank Galati’s Grapes of Wrath, Albert Thornton in Horton Foote’s Lily Dale, and Antonio in Twelfth Night. Some of his other past credits include Lorenzo in The Merchant of Venice with the Great River Shakespeare Festival, John Proctor in the Pheonix Theatre’s The Crucible, and Ansel in Brute Candor Production’s premiere of The Cyprus Hatley Chapel. Isaac made his Cleveland Play House virtual premiere last semester, playing Satan in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Isaac finds his continued work with Cleveland Play House to be the utmost privilege, and his heart has been touched by witnessing this community of theatre persevere.

Kristina Gabriela

Kristina Gabriela

(Electra) is a second year student at the CWRU/CPH MFA acting program. Kristina is from Corpus Christi, Texas and received her BA in Acting/Directing at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Recent credits include, Sweetheart/F doctor/F tourist in Middletown CWRU/CPH, Gloria/Mother Teresa/Sigmund Freud in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Sophie in more(Electra) is a second year student at the CWRU/CPH MFA acting program. Kristina is from Corpus Christi, Texas and received her BA in Acting/Directing at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Recent credits include, Sweetheart/F doctor/F tourist in Middletown CWRU/CPH, Gloria/Mother Teresa/Sigmund Freud in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Sophie in Mamma Mia, Ariel in The Tempest, Mimi in Rent. She would also like to thank her friends and family for their love and support. Enjoy the show! @quirky_kris

Sierra Grabowska

Sierra Grabowska

(Clytemnestra/Hermione)

is originally from Shepherdstown, West Virginia though she came to the CWRU/CPH Acting Program by way of Boston. After earning her BA in Theater and English from UMass Amherst, she performed in Boston with multiple touring companies and is a company member of Magnificent Bastards, an international Shakespearean

more(Clytemnestra/Hermione)

is originally from Shepherdstown, West Virginia though she came to the CWRU/CPH Acting Program by way of Boston. After earning her BA in Theater and English from UMass Amherst, she performed in Boston with multiple touring companies and is a company member of Magnificent Bastards, an international Shakespearean improv comedy troupe. Other theater credits include Juliet in Shakespeare Now’s Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet in Boston Theater Company’s Hamlet, and Puck in Boston Theater Company’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She also works as a director, fight choreographer, and teaching artist.

Bridget Kim

Bridget Kim

(Helen/Chorus 2) galloped over from Morehead, Kentucky, and is grateful to be in her second year of the CWRU/CPH MFA program. She received her BA in Political Science and a minor in Theatre Arts from the University of Louisville. While there, she found joy as LeeAnn in A Piece of more(Helen/Chorus 2) galloped over from Morehead, Kentucky, and is grateful to be in her second year of the CWRU/CPH MFA program. She received her BA in Political Science and a minor in Theatre Arts from the University of Louisville. While there, she found joy as LeeAnn in A Piece of My Heart, Rebecca in The Long Christmas Ride Home, Grace in Baltimore, and Ginny Yang in Smart People. She was last seen in the CWRU/CPH productions of Middletown as Mary and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Bridget is happy to share this weird moment in time with the audience, and she is especially happy that the show (sometimes) always goes on!

Gustavo Márquez

Gustavo Márquez

(Old Man/Apollo/Chorus 3) was born in sunny California and was raised in the almost just as sunny state of Colorado where he received a BFA in Music Theatre from the Metropolitan State University of Denver, a university that has just as long of a title as Case Western Reserve University. more(Old Man/Apollo/Chorus 3) was born in sunny California and was raised in the almost just as sunny state of Colorado where he received a BFA in Music Theatre from the Metropolitan State University of Denver, a university that has just as long of a title as Case Western Reserve University. Gustavo has been living in the not so sunny state of Ohio for over a year now studying with the CWRU/CPH Acting Program. He is very grateful to his friends, mentors and family that have supported him in his pursuit of an artistic life. Professional credits: Sweat, A Christmas Carol, Native Gardens (Denver Center Theatre Company). Other Stage Credits: The Comedy of Errors, Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest, Middletown, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Metamorphoses, You Can’t Take It With You, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, American Idiot, Dracula, Grease. Gustavo-Marquez.com

Christopher Portley

Christopher Portley

(Orestes) is from Dallas, Texas. He earned his B.S. in Integrative Studies at the University of North Texas. Regional: Father Comes Home From The Wars parts 1, 2 & 3 (African American Repertory Theatre). Educational: The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House); Middletown (Case Western more(Orestes) is from Dallas, Texas. He earned his B.S. in Integrative Studies at the University of North Texas. Regional: Father Comes Home From The Wars parts 1, 2 & 3 (African American Repertory Theatre). Educational: The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House); Middletown (Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House) The Tempest, Measure for Measure (Shakespeare Academy at Stratford); Stick Fly (University Of North Texas). He thanks God for this opportunity to be apart of this visceral story and his family and friends for their support.

Jordan Taylor

Jordan Taylor

(Chorus 1/Phrygian) is originally from Ypsilanti, Michigan. She obtained her BFA in Acting from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. There she played Oya in In the Red and Brown Water, Shaunta Iyun in Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet, and Clytemnestra in Electra. Her debut in the CWRU/CPH MFA graduate more(Chorus 1/Phrygian) is originally from Ypsilanti, Michigan. She obtained her BFA in Acting from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. There she played Oya in In the Red and Brown Water, Shaunta Iyun in Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet, and Clytemnestra in Electra. Her debut in the CWRU/CPH MFA graduate program was as the Librarian/Female Date in Middletown. Following that, she portrayed St. Monica/St. Peter/Caiaphas the Elder in CWRU/CPH MFA virtual production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Most recently, she portrayed the role of Hermia in Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival’s staged reading of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Noah Williams

Noah Williams

(Pylades/Messenger) came to the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program from Alabama where he attended Troy University. While there, he performed in numerous roles. Notable credits include Tom in The Glass Menagerie, Petruchio in The Taming of The Shrew, and Black Stache in Peter and The Star Catcher. Noah made his CWRU/CPH more(Pylades/Messenger) came to the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program from Alabama where he attended Troy University. While there, he performed in numerous roles. Notable credits include Tom in The Glass Menagerie, Petruchio in The Taming of The Shrew, and Black Stache in Peter and The Star Catcher. Noah made his CWRU/CPH debut in a one night only invited audience pre-quarantine special as The Cop in Middletown by Will Eno and then Judge Littlefield in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Noah wants to send a huge shout out to his family. Glad you all can see this one. Enjoy the show!

Donald Carrier

Donald Carrier

(Director of CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program/Production) is the Director of the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program. He most recently directed Middletown for the MFA Program, Othello at Texas Shakespeare Festival and As You Like It for the CWRU Department of Theater. For the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program, he has also directed more(Director of CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program/Production) is the Director of the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program. He most recently directed Middletown for the MFA Program, Othello at Texas Shakespeare Festival and As You Like It for the CWRU Department of Theater. For the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program, he has also directed Fifth of July, Clybourne Park, The Misanthrope, Too True to Be Good, and The Violins of Hope. Other directing includes Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Seminar, and Really Really (Beck Center for the Arts); and Becky Shaw (Dobama Theatre). Other 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; and Lincolnesque. Regional credits include The National Arts Center, 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, three seasons at the Old Globe 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.

Desdemona Chiang

(Director) is a stage director based in Seattle, WA and Ashland, OR. Co-Founder of Azeotrope (Seattle). Directing credits include Guthrie Theater, Alley Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, California Shakespeare Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Playmakers Repertory Company, Studio Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, more(Director) is a stage director based in Seattle, WA and Ashland, OR. Co-Founder of Azeotrope (Seattle). Directing credits include Guthrie Theater, Alley Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, California Shakespeare Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Playmakers Repertory Company, Studio Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, ACT Theatre Seattle, American Shakespeare Center, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Village Theatre, Theatre Latte Da, Heritage Theatre Festival, Book-It Repertory, Aurora Theatre Company, Theatre Latte Da, Seattle Public Theatre, Shotgun Players, Crowded Fire Theatre Company, Azeotrope, Impact Theatre, Playwrights Foundation, Golden Thread Productions, Washington Ensemble Theatre, One Minute Play Festival, Ohio Northern University, University of Washington, and Cornish College of the Arts, among others. Assisting and dramaturgy credits include: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Playmakers Repertory Company, A Contemporary Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, Arizona Theatre Company, Intiman Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Magic Theatre, Theatreworks, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, among others. Intersection for the Arts Triangle Lab Artist-Investigator. Adjunct Faculty, Cornish College of the Arts. Awards/Affiliations: Princess Grace Award (Robert and Gloria Hausman Theater Honor), Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Theatre, SDC Sir John Gielgud Directing Fellowship, Drama League Directing Fellowship, TCG Young Leader of Color, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and Directors Lab West. Gregory Award Recipient for Outstanding Direction. BA: University of California at Berkeley. MFA Directing: University of Washington School of Drama.

Monica Hammil

(Dramaturg) is a graduating senior in Case Western Reserve University’s theater program. Previously at Cleveland Play House, she was the dramaturg for Middletown. She has also been the dramaturg for CWRU’s Eldred Theater productions of Bethany and The Drowsy Chaperone. Other recent credits include 2020 Hindsight, Private Eyes, and Three more(Dramaturg) is a graduating senior in Case Western Reserve University’s theater program. Previously at Cleveland Play House, she was the dramaturg for Middletown. She has also been the dramaturg for CWRU’s Eldred Theater productions of Bethany and The Drowsy Chaperone. Other recent credits include 2020 Hindsight, Private Eyes, and Three Sisters. She has also spent a summer working with the New World Performance Laboratory. She’s a great lover of all Greek mythology and is thrilled to be able to help create theater at this time.

Ian C. Johnston

(Translator) is a Canadian author and translator, and professor emeritus at Vancouver Island University. Johnston was born in Valparaíso, Chile, and raised in Toronto. He studied at McGill University (BSC), University of Bristol (BA) and the University of Toronto (MA). Johnston is the author of The Ironies of War: An more(Translator) is a Canadian author and translator, and professor emeritus at Vancouver Island University. Johnston was born in Valparaíso, Chile, and raised in Toronto. He studied at McGill University (BSC), University of Bristol (BA) and the University of Toronto (MA). Johnston is the author of The Ironies of War: An Introduction to Homer's Iliad (University Press of America, 1987).He has translated classics from Greek, Latin, German, and French, including works by Aeschylus, Aristophanes, Aristotle, Euripides, Sophocles, Homer, Kafka, and Rousseau among many others. Several of these translated works have been published by Broadview Press, including his translation of Kafka's The Metamorphosis, and/or produced as audiobooks by Naxos Audio Books in the UK. A number of his translations have also been issued in book form by Richer Resources Publications. Johnston also wrote Essays and Arguments: A Handbook for Writing Student Essays, released by Broadview Press in 2015

Yesenia Real

(Stage Manager) works as the Administrative Coordinator and Resident Stage Manager for the Academy for the Performing Arts in Chagrin Falls. She teaches Theatre Safety & Etiquette, Prop Design, and Stage Management to High School Juniors and Seniors. She graduated in 2013 from Case Western Reserve University with a BA more(Stage Manager) works as the Administrative Coordinator and Resident Stage Manager for the Academy for the Performing Arts in Chagrin Falls. She teaches Theatre Safety & Etiquette, Prop Design, and Stage Management to High School Juniors and Seniors. She graduated in 2013 from Case Western Reserve University with a BA in Theatre and Psychology, and has been fortunate to be working in Theatre ever since! Her professional assistant stage manager credits at Dobama Theater (EMC) include: The Big Meal; Cock; The Norwegians; The Call; Superior Donuts; Marie Antoinette; Marjorie Prime; Hand to God; Night Alive. Additionally, Yesenia has worked on the team as Prop Master for: The Norwegians; The Call; Superior Donuts; An Octoroon; The Mystery of Love and Sex; The Revisionist; Marjorie Prime; Brownsville Song; Hand to God; Night Alive; Sunset Baby; On the Grill; Appropriate; The Effect; This. She has Stage Managed two Test Flight shows with Cleveland Public Theater. She hopes to bring back her Stage Management experiences from CWRU/CPH's MFA program to her students!

Ted Rodenborn

(Editor) is a proud graduate of the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program, class of 1999. While no longer frequenting stages as an actor, he keeps busy singing with and serving on the operating committee of The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus. Ted is a freelance video engineer and live streaming technician, living in more(Editor) is a proud graduate of the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program, class of 1999. While no longer frequenting stages as an actor, he keeps busy singing with and serving on the operating committee of The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus. Ted is a freelance video engineer and live streaming technician, living in Pepper Pike. He owns Factotum Media, LLC, a media production company, working locally with clients like Cleveland Clinic and The Cleveland Orchestra. He also travels all over the country working on live conferences for various medical and corporate clients. He is thrilled to be returning to CWRU to work on this project. His wife Martha, is also a graduate of the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program, and they have three beautiful, creative, talented kids.

James C. Swonger

(Sound Designer) has designed sound for many Cleveland Play House productions including The Good Peaches (world premiere), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Breath and Imagination, Good People, The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith, Bell, Book and Candle, The Game’s Afoot (world premiere), Bill W. more(Sound Designer) has designed sound for many Cleveland Play House productions including The Good Peaches (world premiere), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Breath and Imagination, Good People, The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith, Bell, Book and Candle, The Game’s Afoot (world premiere), Bill W. and Dr. Bob, Heaven’s My Destination (world premiere), Noises Off!, Gee’s Bend, and I Am My Own Wife. CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program credits include The Fifth of July, The Philadelphia Story, The Three Sisters, Twelfth Night, and An Orchard. Additional credits include Cleveland’s Lyric Opera Company, Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company, Centerstage Theatre, George Street Playhouse, Yale Repertory Theatre, and premiere productions of why i had to dance, The Tragic Demise of the Whaleship Essex and Swinging on a Star: A Tribute to the Music of Johnny Burke.

Jeffrey Van Curtis

(Costume Designer) is Cleveland Play House’s costume shop manager. CPH design credits include A Carol for Cleveland, My Name is Asher Lev, Bill W. and Dr. Bob, Doubt, I Am My Own Wife, Rounding Third, Proof, Dinner with Friends and Art. CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program design credits include Middletown, more(Costume Designer) is Cleveland Play House’s costume shop manager. CPH design credits include A Carol for Cleveland, My Name is Asher Lev, Bill W. and Dr. Bob, Doubt, I Am My Own Wife, Rounding Third, Proof, Dinner with Friends and Art. CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program design credits include Middletown, Fifth of July, She Stoops to Conquer, A Philadelphia Story, Twelfth Night, All’s Well That Ends Well, and others, along with several CPH Theatre for Children productions. Other design credits include Singin’ on the Ohio and The Goblins will Git You at The Lantern Theatre; and other productions at Coconut Grove Playhouse and Studio Arena Theatre; and worked on the film Kansas City. He has also created wigs for a number of CPH productions. He holds a Master of Fine Arts, Costume Design and Technology from University of Missouri–Kansas City. He is also an adjunct faculty member at the Baldwin Wallace University. Jeffrey is thrilled to be doing a creative project during the pandemic.

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