The Players (cast)

CAST

Gabriel Syme (Thursday)…….Jacob Sidney
Lucien Gregory………………….. Eric Curtis Johnson
President Sunday……………….. Peter Macon
The Secretary (Monday)…….. Mark Bramhall
Gogol (Tuesday)………………… Gregory Gifford Giles
The Marquis (Wednesday)…. Lisa Wolpe
The Professor (Friday)………. William Dennis Hunt
Dr. Bull (Saturday)…………….. Stephen Alan Carver
Colonel Ducroix………………… Gregory Gifford Giles
Rosamond Gregory……………. Lana Joy
Detective………………………….. Jason Lewis
Ensemble………………………….. Rob Fox, and others TBA

BIOS

JACOB SIDNEY (Gabriel Syme) played Jekyll/Hyde in Theatre Movement Bazaar’s MODEL BEHAVIOR (for whom he also appeared in the filmed ensemble of MONSTER OF HAPPINESS), nominated for the 2009 Ovation Award for Best Ensemble. He also played Horatio in HAMLET at Theatre 150 in Ojai CA for director Jessica Kubzansky. In Fall 2008 he played Guildenstern in Michael Michetti’s HAMLET at A Noise Within. He spent 2006-7 playing Patrick (“a soulful skinhead with a gorgeous singing voice” – nytheatre.com) in the contemporary Gilbert & Sullivan-style operetta THE BEASTLY BOMBING (over 70 performances in LA and NY, and LA Weekly’s Musical of the Year 2006). With Circle X Theatre Co. of Hollywood Sidney appeared in A SWEET DEAL, his own full-length solo show; as well as BEATRICE. With the Sacred Fools Theater of Los Angeles he appeared in the title role of PEER GYNT; as well as DUBYA 2004, DUBYA 2000, and CRAZYFACE (all three “Pick of the Week” from the LA Weekly); and Padraic Duffy’s TELL THE BEES and BEAVERQUEST! Sidney can be seen in supporting roles in the feature films BARSTOW 2008, KILLER BUD, and THE VELOCITY OF GARY; and as the lead in the short film THE WAGER. Onstage in Seattle (his home town) he appeared in THE DUCHESS OF MALFI (as Ferdinand); SAINT JOAN and RELATIVE VALUES with Greek Active; A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Lysander) with Wooden O; and several of the original works of director Derek Horton (CAT-LIKE TREAD, PIMPIN). Sidney’s additional plays include BENT (Horst) and THE NORMAL HEART (Felix) in Portland, Oregon; and A CHORUS LINE (Paul), THE GRAPES OF WRATH (Tom Joad), WEST SIDE STORY (Riff), and LA BOHÈME (singing Schaunard) in Bellingham, Washington. In addition to acting Sidney sings (as a classically trained baritone), writes (prose and dialogue, fiction and non-), composes music, directs (often for SERIAL KILLERS at Sacred Fools, where he is a company member), and plays piano and organ for the southern gospel rock band THE HONEYSUCKLE JONES REVIVAL. He also occasionally analyzes and helps to develop/produce new scripts, the result of a two-year stint as Literary Director for Circle X at the turn of the millennium. A life-long fan of the Seattle Mariners, Sidney hopes to become known as the Ichiro of theatre. IMDb

PETER MACON (President Sunday) Is currently appearing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in The Merchant of Venice and Throne of Blood, where he previously played Macbeth in Macbeth, Don Pedro in Much Ado about Nothing and Othello in Othello. Other theatres: Broadway: Yak in Drowning Crow (Manhattan Theatre Club); multiple roles in Twilight, Los Angeles (Lincoln Center). Regional: Oedipus in Oedipus (Guthrie Theater), Malcolm in Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella (Yale Repertory Theatre), Aaron in Titus Andronicus (The Shakespeare Theatre), Phillip the Bastard in King John (Shakespeare & Company), Bill Cracker in Happy End (American Conservatory Theater), Witch and Donalbain in Macbeth (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Caliban in The Tempest, Cornwall in King Lear, Nurse in Medea, Lorenzo in The Merchant of Venice, Thurio in The Two Gentleman of Verona (California Shakespeare Festival), and many others. Film/TV: Ashes, Numb (Sony Pictures), Dexter (Showtime), Law and Order (NBC), Without a Trace (CBS), Supernatural (CW), The Shield (FX), Chappelles Show (Comedy Central), Animated Tales of the World (HBO). Awards: Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Voiceover Narration; Herschel Williams award for outstanding achievement in acting from Yale School of Drama. Education: MFA, Yale School of Drama; BFA, San Francisco Art Institute. IMDb

ERIC CURTIS JOHNSON (Lucien Gregory) Eric is from Chicago. Stage credits include THE DUEL at Steppenwolf; LEBENSRAUM at Trap Door (winner, Joseph Jefferson award, best supporting actor); THE SLEEPER at Laguna Playhouse; GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS (as Roma) at the Egyptian Arena; Many episodes of SERIAL KILLERS and MAGNUM OPUS THEATER at Sacred Fools. At SkyPilot, acted in DEATH & THE MAIDEN and TAKING SIDES, directed HELLCAB and REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT. Member of SkyPilot and Sacred Fools. Recently played accordion for ST. JOAN AND THE DANCING SICKNESS at Open Fistís First Look Festival. FILM/TV: DIRTY SEXY MONEY; CUPID; KWIK STOP; SAN SABA. IMDb

WILLIAM DENNIS HUNT (Professor de Worms) This year performed at the Hollywood Bowl in Porgy & Bess as well as A Midsummer Night’s Dream with A Noise Within and the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen. He is a Resident Artist at A Noise Within, where he has performed in over 30 productions, including Mourning Becomes Electra, A Christmas Carol, As You Like It, Dear Brutus, Coriolanus, and Trelawney of the Wells. He is a company member at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, where he appeared in The Cherry Orchard. Previous work at Theatricum includes Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Omnium Gatherum, King Lear, You Never Can Tell, and Dracula, among others. Hunt has received Drama-Logue, Back Stage West, LA Weekly, and LA Drama Critics Circle awards for his work. Film and television appearances include Evan Almighty, Dragonfly, Bugsy, Chaplin, Cold Case, Frasier, LA Law, Major Dad, NYPD Blue, Alias, and Judging Amy, among many others. IMDb

MARK BRAMHALL (The Secretary) appeared as Lucky in A Noise Within’s acclaimed production of Waiting For Godot in both the current and past season. He began his professional acting career in 1966 as a member of the original company of The American Conservatory Theatre (A.C.T.) in San Francisco. In five seasons there, he played leading roles under the guidance of some of the country’s foremost theatrical directors, including William Ball, Ellis Rabb, Alan Schneider and Nagle Jackson. In his New York debut, he starred as George in Our Town opposite Henry Fonda, Robert Ryan, Estelle Parsons and Jo Van Fleet. In Los Angeles, he appeared at the Mark Taper Forum in the “New Plays For Now” series, directed by Gordon Davidson. He abandoned his burgeoning acting career for 17 years to father four daughters and pursue political activism, and, in the throes of mid-life crisis, returned to his art and his birthplace, Los Angeles in 1990. Since then, he has appeared at the Pasadena Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, Colony Theatre, Pacific Resident Theatre Ensemble, Skirball Cultural Center, Egyptian Arena, Theatre Forty, Tamarind Theatre, Taper Amphitheatre, Theatricum Botanicum, Arizona Theatre Company, and Portland Center Stage. He has been a Resident Artist for 15 years at A Noise Within, where he has played leading roles in thirty celebrated productions. Among his favorite roles are Alceste in The Misanthrope, Harpagon in The Miser, Dr. Prentice in What The Butler Saw, Howard in Picnic and Virgil in Bus Stop. His acting awards and nominations include LA Drama Critics Circle, Ovation, Dramalogue, LA Weekly and Robby honors, as well as industry awards for Books On Tape narration. Among his film and television roles are All Through The Night, Vanilla Sky, Too Pure, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, Sliver, Fools, One Is A Lonely Number, NYPD Blue, Dark Skies, The Burning Zone, 7th Heaven, X-Files, and recurring roles on Alias, That 70’s Show, Days Of Our Lives, The Young and the Restless, Passions, and General Hospital. Bramhall holds a B.A. from Harvard, and has studied at U.C. Berkeley, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (Fulbright Scholar), American Conservatory Theatre, Classical Theatre Lab and Steve Eastin Studio. IMDb

LISA WOLPE (Marquis de St. Eustache) is the Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company, an award-winning all-female theater company that she founded in 1993. Ms. Wolpe produced, directed and played Iago in “Othello” at the Theatre @ Boston Court, as well as creating Jaquis in an all-female cowboy “As You Like It” and “Shylock” in LAWSC’s production of “The Merchant of Venice,” for which the company was nominated for four Ovation Awards, including “Best Actress” for Ms. Wolpe. She has produced 14 major Shakespeare plays for LAWSC, directing 12 and starring in them all.

GREGORY GIFFORD GILES (Gogol, Colonel Ducroix, Ensemble) delightfully makes his radio-play debut, though by no means is he a novice to the V/O world, having voiced many characters in radio commercials & for corporate industrial/educational/training films. A graduate of Brown University & the University of South Dakota, Greg’s a licensed attorney, & briefly practiced law in his hometown of Sioux City, Iowa, prior to embarking upon a full-time acting career, first in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, thence at Los Angeles. In the Twin Cities, he worked virtually every theatre, including the world-renowned Guthrie, where he earned his Equity card via a performing apprenticeship. In 2001, Greg travelled to L.A. to compete on the game show “JEOPARDY!,” & though he ‘only’ finished 2nd in his appearance, he opted to stay in SoCalif’s warmer climes! Since re-locating, he’s worked numerous theatres around town, in the feature films “World & Time Enough,” “LIVE!,” “My Big Fat Independent Movie,” “Never Say MacBeth,” “the Seekers” & “What’s Up, Scarlet?!,” the TV shows “E.R.,” “Cold Case,” “Boomtown,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Jimmy Kimmel, LIVE!” & “PBS-American Playhouse,” in countless short films, & in many commercials. He dedicates his performance to his parents, devotees of the British literary oeuvre, especially mysteries, particularly the writings of G.K. Chesterton!” IMDb

STEPHEN ALAN CARVER (Dr. Bull) is a director, actor and designer for the stage, having worked across the country in both regional and local theatre, as well as small films and television roles.  Favorite roles include Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest, Detective Rough in Angel Street/Gaslight, Autolycus in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, The Chorus in Henry V, Dr. Lyman in Bus Stop and Orgon in Moliere’s Tartuffe, among many others. He has directed an award winning production of The Twilight of the Golds by Jonathan Tolins and David Mamet’s Sexual Perversity in Chicago, among other plays.  He’s never been in a podcast, so this should be fun!

LANA JOY (Rosamond Gregory) Lana Joy has appeared on regional stages throughout southern and central California including A Noise Within, Sierra Repertory Theatre, The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, Grove Theatre Center, The Odyssey Theatre and many others. Some of her favorite roles include Elma Duckworth in Bus Stop, Nancy in Gaslight, Celia in As You Like It, Sybil in Private Lives, Marianne in Tartuffe and Ela Delahay in Charley’s Aunt. She holds a BA in Theatre from Biola University and was also trained at The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum and The Stella Adler Academy. This spring she will graduate with distinction from CSU Northridge with an MA in Theatre.

JASON J. LEWIS (Detective) Bio coming soon.

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ROB FOX (Policeman, Ensemble) has been in theater his entire life. It was his mother’s passion he inherited for the arts. Rob’s been in three prior productions at the Downey Civic Light Opera. When he was just fifteen, he was in DCLO’s The Music Man. Later as a high school graduate he danced in the fall production of Oklahoma! He also performed in the DCLO’s production of Tintypes as a dancer. Since his childhood he has been involved in Christmas programs at the First Baptist Church of Downey as an actor and a dancer. He also does an array of voices and accents.  He hopes you enjoy his wonderful display.

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