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July 21 Pay-What-You-Wish Performance
This side-splitting comedy takes place on the Upper West Side of Manhattan where Marjorie Taub is looking for meaning in her life. A mysterious figure from her past appears and at first infuses her with life but soon becomes an unwelcome and sinister guest in her home. Marjorie’s 80 year old mother is obsessed with her bowels and the dialogue is scatological but smart and funny. The New York Times called it “a window rattling comedy of mid-life malaise…it earns its wall too wall laughs.” NY Magazine says it is “an intelligently funny and satirically relevant uptown comedy.”
Barbara Weetman (Marjorie) began her career studying at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles. Recent theater credits include Hand to God, Hamlet, and the first national tour of Nice Work If You Can Get It. Favorite film and tv include the soon to be released Carter and June, Pieces of Talent (best actress NYC Horror Film Fest) and HBO’s Little Britain USA. She’s very excited to be working here with such a talented group in Cape May.
Jeff Gorcyca (Mohammad) is an actor, singer, and voice over artist based in New York City. Off-Broadway: Madeline’s Christmas (Theatre Row), Dead For Breakfast (The Davenport Theatre). Off-off Broadway: Movin’ On Up (Fringe NYC), Wrong Number (The Gallery Players). Regional: 1776 (Milburn Stone Theatre), Spring Awakening (Milburn Stone Theatre), Hello Dolly! (The Brandywiners), Bye Bye Birdie! (Wilmington Drama League). Jeff received his MFA in acting from Actors Studio Drama School. www.JeffGorcycaActor.com. @jeff_gorcyca
Marc Geller (Ira) is very happy to be returning to Cape May Stage for his second season, having appeared as Isaac in last summer’s production of Disgraced. He has been seen regionally in the world premiere of The Pilgrim Papers at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, The Mystery of Irma Vep at Seven Angels Theatre, West Side Story at The Summer Theatre of New Canaan, A Christmas Carol (for five years) at The Hanover Theatre, Engaging Shaw at New Jersey Rep, Death and the Maiden at New Stage Performing Arts Center, and Trio Sonata and Gesualdo for The Women’s Theatre Company. In New York, Marc has been seen in the Off Broadway productions of Cloud 9, Nora, The Dybbuk, Box Office Poison, Bomber Jackets, Adjoining Trances, Critical Mass, and Prince Hal and the first NYC revivals of Bent, Exit the King, and Unidentified Human Remains. This is his second Charles Busch play, having appeared many years ago as Chicklet in a production of Psycho Beach Party in NYC.
Anna Bergman (Lee) has been hailed by The Washington Post as “a songstress who has triumphed in everything from Broadway-flavored tunes to opera arias and the sultry innuendoes of the cabaret chanteuse”. Career highlights: Lincoln Center’s American Songbook; Seattle’s Intiman Theatre as Margaret in concert version of The Light in the Piazza; the Kennedy Center’s Sondheim Celebration in A Little Night Music; as soloist in Carnegie Hall’s tribute to Ira Gershwin, at the White House and with the Pasadena Pops Orchestra; You & The Night & The Music: A Salon With Anna Bergman (Public Television Special 2007-08). Concerts: London’s Café Royal, London’s Lost Musicals, International Festival of Cardiff Wales in Waltz of my Heart (BBC-TV), Music Festival of the Hamptons in Mr. Gershwin Goes to Washington, Aspen Music Festival in Street Scene, Chicago’s Humanities Festival, Manaus Opera House (Brazil), New York Festival of Song, Lyrics & Lyricists. Theatre: Kiss Me Kate (Kate), Three Sisters (Masha), The Cryptogram (Donny), Falsettoland (Cordelia), Camelot (Guenevere), The Merry Widow (Valencienne), Blood on the Dining Room Floor, opera, world premiere (Rose). Concert-Cabarets: Kennedy Center, Feinstein’s at Loews Regency, Algonquin’s Oak Room, Stanhope and Colony Hotels, Prince Music Theatre, Crest Theatre, Le Chat Noir, Caramoor, Guild Hall. Graduate and fellow of Vassar College. Award-winning CD, Souvenir, and Kurt Weill in America. www.AnnaBergman.com.
Andrea McCullough (Frieda) selected credits: NY/National Tour: Jeffrey, Singin’ In The Rain, The Winter’s Tale, Radio City Music Hall, Ruthless! (Off-Bway Alliance Award nom.’15), It’s A Wonderful Life, Grease!, All’s Well, Iron Curtain – The Musical, Sugar Babies. Regional: The Spitfire Grill, Much Ado…., The Hot L Baltimore, White Christmas, Arsenic and Old Lace, Fiddler, Moon Over Buffalo, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Footloose, You Can’t Take It With You, The Skin of Our Teeth, Marat/Sade. Film/TV/Commercials/Webseries: PBS American Playhouse, Law&Order, Sesame Street, A Mighty Wind, Spiderman, Toys R Us, Great Performances – Tap!, Toby Prepares. Training/Awards/Assoc: BFA Acting-B.U., MFA-Actor’s Studio/NSR, American Dance Machine; Mass. Drama Guild Award, seven Community Service Awards. Adjudicator: New Plays Festival, IMTA, Dance Educ. of America. Guest Artist/Adjunct Prof: Cumberland County Playhouse, Hudson Stageworks, Merrilat PAC; AEA/SAG-AFTRA
Roy Steinberg (Director) Roy has directed classical and contemporary plays as well as world premieres all over the United States. He directed Ann Jackson, Kim Hunter, and Alvin Epstein in The Madwoman of Chaillot at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. As a member of Circle Repertory Company, he developed and directed The Marriage Fool with Lynn Cohen and Farley Granger. His production of Othello played at the Intar Theatre on Theatre Row in New York and he directed Joan Copeland in a new play called Second Summer for the Colleagues Theatre Company. He was the Artistic Director of Theatre Matrix in New York and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin. He has directed touring companies of bilingual productions of Moliere’s The Miser and The Bourgeois Gentleman. In Boston, Mr. Steinberg directed Absent Friends, Lies My Father Told Me, and Private Lives. For the Colonial Theatre in Rhode Island, he directed Driving Miss Daisy and Steel Magnolias. Favorite productions include Blithe Spirit, Lend Me A Tenor, Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead, Crimes Of The Heart, Little Shop Of Horrors, The Fantasticks, and I Hate Hamlet. As a Guest Artist he has directed college students throughout our nation in plays like American Buffalo, Our Town, The Importance of Being Earnest, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Mr. Steinberg has also produced and directed film and television including Guiding Light, One Life To Live, Days Of Our Lives, Forensic Files, and Scandalous Art. He has four Emmy nominations for his work. He directed Jo Beth Williams in Life In General on strike.tv, which won five Spirit Awards. At Cape May Stage, Mr. Steinberg has directed Souvenir, Moon Over Buffalo, Blithe Spirit, How to Make a Rope Swing, Say Goodnight Gracie, Social Security, Visiting Mr. Green, Proof, Class, Steel Magnolias, The Understudy, I Hate Hamlet, Boeing Boeing, Happy Days, Freud’s Last Session, The Santaland Diaries, The Woolgatherer, Mistakes Were Made, This Wonderful Life, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Disgraced, and Buyer and Cellar. This season, Mr. Steinberg directs The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, The Gin Game, Outside Mullingar, and The Ultimate Christmas Show. He also functions as the Producing Artistic Director. His proudest production is his daughter, Alexa Catherine.
Amy Hadam (Production Stage Manager) is thrilled to be returning to Cape May Stage this year! Amy has been stage managing all over the state of New Jersey for the last six years for many theatre companies such as Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre (Summit), Surflight Theatre (Beach Haven), Premiere Stages (Union), The Theater Project (Maplewood), Speranza Theatre Company (Jersey City), and Two River Theater Company (Red Bank). Amy graduated from Kean University in 2011 where she has earned her degree in Theatre Education in addition to receiving a K-12 Teacher Certification. When Amy is not stage managing she has been a dance and theatre teacher for George Street Playhouse, Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, Kinetic Kids, and for Pequannock Township High School. Amy is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
Brian Dudkiewicz (Set Design) is excited to be back at Cape May Stage where he designed the set for Barefoot in the Park last season. Other recent credits include work with the Weston Playhouse, Orlando Repertory Theatre, Theatre Horizon, the Abingdon Theatre, TheatreWorksUSA, Urban Stages, Coal Mine Theatre, the Carousel Players, Theatre on Park, New Light, Post Theatre Company, and Luna Stage. Brian holds an MFA in Set Design from the Yale School of Drama and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from McGill University. www.briandudkiewicz.com
Cheryl Patton Wu (Costume Design) is in her third season as Resident Costume Designer with Cape May Stage. She began in 2014 with Mistakes Were Made, followed by the 2015 season celebrating women playwrights, the 2016 season celebrating freedom, and now the 2017 season celebrating passion. Cheryl originally hails from Jersey but comes to Cape May via MA, CA, and VA. She got her start in the Washington DC metropolitan area as Founding Artist, Costume Director, and Costume Designer for 1st Stage in Tysons Corner, VA, designing twenty productions in the first three seasons. As a freelance designer in DC, Cheryl has worked at Limelight Theatre, American Century Theatre, Washington Savoyards, The Edge of the Universe Players2, and Dance Exchange. Now settled in West Cape May, Cheryl devotes her free time to creating art, drumming, gardening, baking cakes, beaching, and enjoying the company of Crockett, Belle, Leigh, and Michael (but not necessarily in that order!).
Heather M. Crocker (Lighting Design) is a New England/New York based lighting and projections designer and is thrilled to be making her design debut at Cape May Stage. She received her MFA in Theatre Design and Technology (Lighting/Projections Design) from the University of Missouri, Kansas City in 2015. Past lighting design credits include; Murder For Two (Lyric Stage Company of Boston), The Master Builder (Colby College, ME), Over the River and Through the Woods, West Side Story (City Theatre, ME), End Days (Voice Theatre, NY), The Nether, Kimberly Akimbo, Vigils, The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Mad Horse Theatre Company, ME), The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Almost, Maine (UMKC Theatre), Little Women (UMKC Conservatory of Opera), Number the Stars (Coterie Theatre, KC), Projections design credits include: Freedom Rider (UMKC Theatre) and Ragtimeat Gallery Players in Brooklyn, NY.
Mary Kate Smyser (Sound Design) is excited to be joining Cape May Stage for this season as the Sound Designer. A recent graduate of Temple University’s Theater Department, her regional credits include: Hand to God (Philadelphia Theatre Company – Associate Sound Designer), Hetty Feather (Delaware Theatre Company – Associate Sound Designer and Sound Engineer), Hillary and Clinton (Philadelphia Theatre Company – Assistant Sound Designer), The Secret Garden (The Arden Theatre Company – Assistant Sound Designer), A Christmas Carol (Delaware Theatre Company – Sound Engineer). Thank you to Leslie Martel and Cape May Stage for the opportunity to join you this season.