GYDA ARBER (Creator/Writer/Female Voiceovers) is a writer-director best known for creating the multimedia iPod noir, Suspicious Package, which drew acclaim from a host of publications,
including The New York Times ("A distinctly 21st-century form of participatory theater. A singular experience.") and The Village Voice ("Impressive!...Makes for thrills."). Named "Person of the Year 2008" by nytheatre.com, she is also the director-creator of the interactive play Q&A: The Perception of Dawn ("quite ingenious"--nytheatre.com), the writer-director of the short film "Watching" (commissioned by the horror festival Sinister Six), and the assistant director of the sold-out hit Notes from Underground ("an excellent adaptation"--The Village Voice). Also an accomplished actress, she has appeared at The Public Theater, Joe's Pub, and most frequently at The Brick, in shows including Greed: A Musical Love $tory (Anna Nicole Smith), the English-language premiere of Vaclav Havel's Mountain Hotel (Liza), Ian W. Hill's noir pastiche World Gone Wrong (Dolores), and the musical Ich Liebe Jesus! (Virgin Mary). A San Francisco native, she has a degree in musical theater from NYU, and is a graduate of the Maggie Flanigan Studio. www.gydaarber.com
WENDY COYLE (Writer—SP & SP:Rx, Heiress's Mother—SP) is a writer/translator whose work has appeared in The Tehran Post, The SF Bay Guardian, and The San Francisco Examiner. She is the author of Iridescent Iran, a memoir about living in Iran. www.iridescentiran.com
AARON BAKER (Writer/Director of Photography/Male Voiceovers—SP:Rx, Male Voiceovers/Goon #2—SP) was disappointed to learn this production wouldn't be presented in IMAX. He has also
done some acting.
DANNY BOWES (Additional Writing—SP:Rx)
JAMES COMTOIS (Additional Writing—SP:Rx) realized way too late that it's a cook book and is now on a hunger strike somewhere in the Andromeda Galaxy.
JASON GODBEY (Additional Writing/Flashback Direction—SP) is an independent filmmaker and co-founder of Behind the Rabbit Productions (myspace.com/btrp). Suspicious Package is Jason's first production with The Brick Theater. His first film Ghost Story received honorable mention at the Gulf Coast Film & Video festival in Houston, Texas. Other film writer/director credits include: The Auteur, Small Time.
ROGER NASSER (Additional Writing/Whiz's Brother/Picnicking Man—SP:Rx)
DAVID ARTHUR BACHRACH (Choreographer/Father—SP) is delighted to be working with Gyda and The Fifth Wall at The Brick. In 2007, he played Rev. Geo. Austen in Lynn Marie Macy’s Innocent Diversions, A Christmas Entertainment with Jane Austen and Friends and Jimmy Dexter aka The Reverend in Brecht & Weill’s Happy End, both at Theater Ten Ten. Other: Jerry, "Following," Chester Horn Short Play Festival; Pilate, The Passion Play - The Musical, PPAC; Mr. Brayshaw, "The Screwtape Letters," CornerGate; Basilos, VKTMS, Verse Theatre Manhattan; Old Gobbo, Merchant, Revolving Shakespeare; Socrates, Socrates On Trial, ESL Theatre. David is a Harvard Graduate and takes Jazz classes at Broadway Dance Center.
FRED BACKUS (Angry Husband—SP, News Anchor—SP:Rx) Credits include: Macbeth Without Words (PiperMcKenzie/Pretentious Festival), Bitch Macbeth (DoWhatNow Media), Camino Real (Arthouse Productions), Temptation and Mountain Hotel (Vaclav Havel Festival), World Gone Wrong (Gemini-CollisionWorks/Moral Values Festival), The Pragmatists (Piper McKenzie), Word to No One (Camden Peoples' Theater, London), Cruisin' to Croatia (Vidra Theatre, Zagreb), Horse Country (dir. J. Clancy, award: Outstanding Performance, FringeNYC), and as "The Amazing Viernik" in Matt Gray and Bryan Enk's Penny Dreadful.
BECKY BYERS (Colonel's Daughter—SP:Rx)
HOPE CARTELLI (Whiz's Mother/Concerned Friend #1—SP:Rx) recently played Karma Kingsley in "Lady Cryptozoologist" for Vampire Cowboys' Saturday Night Saloon Series and was seen last summer in FringeNYC’s John Goldfarb, Please Come Home. Previous Brick exploits: Macbeth Without Words; Sexadelic Cemetery; Adventures of Caveman Robot; Memoirs of My Nervous Illness; The Perfect Girl; Tupperware Orgy; Bizarre Science Fantasy Omnibus; The Pragmatists; In a Strange Room; and Habitat. She is Associate Director of The Brick Theater and Co-Artistic Director of Piper McKenzie Productions.
JOSEPHINE CASHMAN (Elda—SP) Recent credits Hope in Cycatrix Adaptitude (Inverse), Beth in Linguish (UTC #61), Ida Wolfe in World Gone Wrong, Hilda Harry in Love (GeminiCollisionWorks- World Premiere), Marissa in Whywork.com (Ensemble Studio Theatre- World Premiere), Regan in King Lear (Oberon Ensemble). She also does a bunch of film and television.
BECKY COMTOIS (Whiz's Sister/Picnicking Woman—SP:Rx) has been is an actor, producer and designer with Nosedive Productions. She has previously worked with Gyda Arber on Q&A: The Perception of Dawn in the Brick's Film Festival, and in Blood Brother’s Present Pulp. Becky can also be seen in the Antidepressant Festival at the Brick in Nosedive Production’s Infectious Opportunity, playing June 7th, 9th, and July 1st, and 3rd.
IVANNA CULLINAN (Secretary's Mother—SP:Rx)
SARAH ENGELKE (Colonel's Wife—SP:Rx)
MATT GRAY (Editor—SP) is a director, actor, playwright, librettist, and the Producing Director of American Opera Projects, dedicated to the creation of new operas. Recently he co-created (and sometimes starred in and directed) the 12-part serialized play Penny Dreadful produced in Brooklyn, NY from 2007-2009.
IAN W. HILL (Newscaster “Dick”/Sound—SP:Rx, Goon #1—SP) creates theatre with his partner Berit Johnson and their company Gemini CollisionWorks. He also has acted in around 100 shows in the past 19 years in NYC, and designed elements for many other theatre artists (mainly light and projections). As director/designer, he has four shows coming to The Brick in August: Blood on the Cat's Neck by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, George Bataille's Bathrobe by Richard Foreman, A Little Piece of the Sun by Daniel McKleinfeld, and an original play BBQ. He blogs about his work at collisionwork.livejournal.com.
HEATH KELTS (Big Eddie—SP) has performed in CA, FL, NV, WA, VA, and Argentina. NY credits include The Penguin Tango (FringeNYC), IPO Flipping Unreal Estate (The Brick), and Trojan Women A Love Story (En Garde Arts). Other favorites: Oleanna; Yvan in ART; Sherlock in Sherlock's Last Case and Freddy in James Joyce's The Dead. Film & TV: Transporter 2, Passing Fancy, and Peppa Pig (Cartoon Network). Heath holds an MFA from University of Washington and is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association and Screen Actors Guild. He lives in Brooklyn with his amazing wife Michelle and their dog Rocky.
DEBBIE KLAAR (Grieving Mother—SP:Rx) Debbie Klaar is a native of Queens, NY who grew up in Parsippany, NJ but escaped back to NYC in order to attend Fordham University at Lincoln Center and has remained a Manhattanite. Most recently she has played the Floor Manager in the film Confessions of a Shopaholic starring Hugh Dancy and Isla Fisher for Jerry Bruckheimer Films. She has appeared in numerous independent and student films and can be seen in the role of Rosie in the independent film Plumber's Crack. Ironically, her first paid acting job was as the spokesperson in an IRS training film. NYC theatre credits include Jesse in 'Night Mother directed by John D'Apolito, Lenny in Crimes of the Heart directed by Daphne Greaves; Delia Baron in Chocolate Cake directed by Toni Kotite; Maggie in The Shadowbox directed by Chuck Smith. Regionally she has appeared as Miss Wells in Dracula directed by Sam Scalamoni. Television credits include Marcy on The Guiding Light and as a stand-in for Diane Neal (A.D.A. Casey Novak) on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. She can be heard in the recreation of the radio serial, The Chinaman Button performed at the Museum of Television and Radio and in commercial voice overs. She served as Managing Director of Polaris Repertory on Hudson Street for seven years. In 2004, she was ranked 4th in the Northeastern Division for International Ballroom Dance and wrote a play about her experiences entitled The Latin Girls. The screenplay version, Ballroom Lessons, was an "Official Selection" at the 2008 G.I.A.A. International NY Film Festival.
SAMANTHA MASON (Doctor's Date-SP, Girl Reporter—SP:Rx) NYC stage: Bitch Macbeth, Penny Dreadful, Blood on the Cat's Neck (The Brick), Taming of the Shrew (Looking Glass), Measure for Measure (Queens Players), ShakespeareNYC, Instant Shakespeare, and Theater for The New City. Film: Suspicious Package: Rx, Bastard Men of Root Flats, and A World of Her PWN, an EscapistMagzine.com webseries.
MATEO MORENO (Executive's Husband—SP:Rx)
JESSICA MCVEA (Concerned Friend #2—SP:Rx) was most recently seen at The Brick as The Creature. She has also played a lion, an acolyte and a courtesan. In her spare time, she likes to direct things.
SHELLEY RAY (Former Showgirl-SP) NY: Far Away (NYTW), El Silencio Grande (Public), The Memo (Ohio), Rhinoceros (Connelly), A Marvelous Curiosity (Metropolitan Playhouse). The Brick: Ninja Cherry Orchard (Anya), Blood on the Cat's Neck (Girl), The Magnificent Ambersons (Lucy). Film/TV: Blueberry (Sinister Six), Indelible, Betsy Ross Is Dead, Late Night With Conan O'Brien. www.shelleyray.com
TIMOTHY MCCOWN REYNOLDS(Colonel's Husband—SP:Rx) works with Sneaky Snake Productions, Untitled Theatre Company # 61, Gemini CollisionWorks, Third Lows Productions, Fork YES!, Inverse Theater, and others through Space and Time. All love and Work dedicated to Fast Eddie, The Emperor Maximillian, and the Lorelei of the Mississippi.
IRACEL RIVERO (Detective's Ex/Rich Girl #3—SP) 3800 Elizabeth (Battle Ranch); Night Flyer (Dixon Place); House of Celestial Experiments (Metropolitan Playhouse); 365Days/365Plays (The Public); One Million Forgotten Moments (Piper McKenzie); World Gone Wrong/Worth Gun Willed (GeminiCollisionworks); Macbeth Without Words (Piper McKenzie); Coming Clean (ATA, Best Actress award); An Evening With Family (Vaclav Havel Fest -FHB Prod.); The Kung Fu Importance of Being Earnest (Michael Gardner, Dir.) www.iracelrivero.com
BRANDI ROBINSON (Mitzi)
HEATHER LEE ROGERS (Rich Girl/Auditioning Dancer—SP) likes her theater crazy-ambitious, large-scale, irreverent and collaborative. Recent adventures of this nature include MINA at LaMaMa, Camino Real and The Heist Project with Art House Productions, and Imminent, Indeed (or Polly Peachum's Peculiar Penchant for Plosives) with Aisling Arts in the Fringe. She's next appearing in the short film "Goodbye." www.heatherogers.com
JESSICA SAVAGE (Executive's Wife—SP:Rx)
ARIANA SIEGEL (Rich Girl #2/Auditioning Singer—SP) is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and works in New York City as an actor and sketch comedy writer. Co-founding her sketch comedy troupe The People’s Sketch Association, Ariana has written, directed, and produced shows at The PIT, The Tank, and Upright Citizens Brigade.
KEN SIMON (Hal—SP:Rx, Catskills Comedian/Morty the Lawyer—SP) has, among other things in his career, shaved his chest three separate times to play William Shatner for Dysfunctional Theater's I Am Star Trek; he's also been crushed to death by a giant lobster claw fighting to save the Earth (Manifestations); stripped down to his underwear, shoes, socks and pole-danced (Richard Foreman's Classical Therapy); fought off atomic, flesh-eating zombies until bitten by his zombie-fied "wife" and shot (Ten Nights in a Bar-Room).
ALEXIS SOTILLE (Concerned Friend #3/Plague Victim #1—SP:Rx)
MOIRA STONE (Showgirl's Mother—SP) Previous appearances include Mountain Hotel, Film is Evil: Radio is Good, Symphony of Rats, Greed: A Musical Love $tory, and Every Play Every Written, all at The Brick. Other New York work has included last year's acclaimed Marie Irene Fornes adaptation Wickets, the revival of lost Broadway gem What Makes Sammy Run?, and shows at The Kraine, NADA, and P.S. 122. Favorite regional shows include Show Boat, She Loves Me and The Underpants. Graduate of Indiana University, proud member of AEA. www.moirastone.com
ART WALLACE (Scientist—SP:Rx)
AMANDA WOODWARD (Doctor/Plague Victim #2—SP:Rx) has appeared in several documentaries, an MTV commercial (Trailer Fabulous Promo), The Sopranos, and now SP2! Theater credits include 7 tours with AFT, 2 Rags to Riches tours, 365days/365 plays: The Public, Macbeth Without Words: The Brick, One Million Forgotten Momments: PMK, 7 seasons at CCP(TN), and lots of other odd roles. She Stage Manages and Light Designs in NY and FL. She'll be Venue Managing MITF's Workshop Theaters in July! www.amandawoodward.net
SPECIAL THANKS without the following volunteers and donors, this production would not be possible: Brian Adak, Svein Arber, David Arthur Bachrach, Eric C. Bailey, Lynn Berg, Peter B. Brown, Danny Bowes, Hope Cartelli, Lisa Chamoff, Julie Cheng Bui, James Comtois, Patrick Coyle, Wendy Coyle, Sharon Druck, Bruce & Kittie Lou English, Lauren Farasati, Donald Freeman, Michael Gardner, Jane Griffith, Stephen Heskett, Juliet Jamsheed, Shirlee Johns, Constantine Kanis, Les Larsen, Alyona Medelyan, Larry Lare Nelson, Tyler Neylon, Amy Overman, William Polf, Maria Raftelis, Heather Lee Rogers, Trav S.D., Tia Shearer, Ken Simon, Moira Stone, Marie Squyres, Maitely Weismann, Storn White, Michael Whitney, Janis Wild, Stephanie Cox Williams, Mike Wooldridge, and, of course, our wonderful shops(please support them!!)--The Lazy Catfish, Lisa Levine, Macri Park, Summer Friday, M0851, Bill Baber Designs, Cuttea Sark.