Meet the Cast
Whit K. Lee* – OFF-BROADWAY: Atlantic Theatre Company – “The Far Country,” Pan Asian Repertory – “Citizen Wong” and Classic Stage Company – “Assassins.” REGIONAL: Steppenwolf – “The Doppelgänger,” Actors Theatre of Louisville – “A Christmas Carol” and Adirondack Theatre Festival – “The Chinese Lady.” TELEVISION: “Wall Street English,” “Jigsaw,” “Orange Is the New Black” and “Law & Order SVU.” FILM: “Guess Who’s Grounded.” Thank you to my family and my dream team, Susan Campochiaro Confrey – CBU Mgmt. & Padraic – JC William Agency for their love and support.
Joshua David Robinson* has appeared on stage On and Off-Broadway and in regional theaters across the country. They were seen most recently Off-Broadway in “The Unbelieving” produced by The Civilians, and in “The Minutes” on Broadway. Joshua also works extensively as a Voice Over artist, and as a Voice and Dialect coach, currently working on the Broadway production of “Death of a Salesman.” And for the nerds out there, you can catch Joshua anytime, anywhere on the “When Crit Happens” D&D podcast and talk show. Joshua is always working to use the art of storytelling as a means to engage with their community and as a vehicle for social change.
Marina Shay* is delighted to be at Capital Repertory Theater for the first time with such a thought-provoking world premiere. Favorite notable Regional Theater credits include Cleveland Play House (“Shakespeare in Love;” Viola), Syracuse Stage (“Great Expectations;” Estella – SALT Awards Best Actress nomination), The Guthrie (“Pulse;” Eleanor), Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (“Miss Bennet,” Elizabeth), Alabama Shakespeare Festival (“Twelfth Night;” Viola), Alabama Shakespeare Festival (“The Miracle Worker;” Annie Sullivan), Virginia Stage (“Pride and Prejudice;” Lizzy), Gulfshore Playhouse (“The Revolutionists;” Marie Antoinette), Geva Theater (“Queen;” Ariel), Trinity Repertory Company (“Ivanov;” Sasha), and Cleveland Public Theatre (“Iphigenia 2.0;” Iphigenia). Off-Broadway: Paradise Lost (“Theater Row;” Eve), Other NYC Theater: Julie in “Miss Julie” (Access Theater), Eurydice in “Eurydice” (Columbia Stages), “A Glorious Vision,” (NYTF), Emily Dickinson (The Kraine). TV/Film: “The Good Fight” (CBS), “Desde El Principio “(HBO). Independent film: “Jules” starring Ben Kingsley, “62’63’64’,” “Ordinary World,” “Floor,” “Lux,” “Lock It Up.” Marina is also a freelance teacher and private coach in NYC. MFA Acting Brown/Trinity Rep. DGRW/Forte Artist Management. Marinashay.me.
Shannon is thrilled to be back at theREP! Previous Cap Rep credits include “The Wizard of Oz” (Ensemble), “Jersey Boys” (Mary Delgado), “The Crucible” (Abigail), “Man of La Mancha “(Antonia) and “The Marvelous Wonderettes.” Shannon is a resident company member of Troy Foundry Theatre (TFT) where she most recently appeared in their original musical “City of Myth; Ilium Sings.” Some other favorite stage credits include “The Mouth, Not I” (TFT) “The Damned,” “Where There’s Smoke; Ilium Burns” (TFT); Annie Sullivan, “The Miracle Worker” (NYSTI); Sally Bowles, “Cabaret” (Park Playhouse); “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” (Walnut Street Theatre/ Riverside Theatre). Shannon is a member of Hold on Honeys, an indie-folk vocal trio and is a proud member of Actors Equity. www.shannonrafferty.com @holdonhoneys
Ethan Botwick* is graduate of Russell Sage college in Troy New York, and Associate Artistic Director of Troy Foundry Theatre. Recent credits include: “City of Myth: Ilium Sings,” “Yellow,” “The Prohibition Project: Ilium Was” and “La Ronde” (Troy Foundry Theatre/Die-Cast); “Catastrophe Carnival: A Night Of Becket Shorts” (Troy Foundry Theatre), “Proof” (Old Castle Theatre), “Romeo & Juliet” and “As You Like It” (Saratoga Shakespeare Company); “Julius Caesar” (The Public Theatre); Films include: “Super Dark Times” and “Highwaymen” from Troy’s own Chromoscope Pictures.
Jenny Stafford is an award-winning playwright, bookwriter, and lyricist. Her works include Cirque du Soleil’s “Paramour” (Broadway/Hamburg), “The Homefront” (Village Theatre Originals, Beta Series), “Extended Stay “(Florida Festival of New Musicals, Rhinebeck Writer’s Retreat), “Prodigy” (CCU, CDP, Two Rivers, Indiana University), “The Artist and the Scientist” (CAP21), “Awakening,” “Beating a Dead Horse” (Bloomington Playwrights Project), “Color Inside the Lines” (Edinburgh Fringe Festival) “Secret Hour” (Prologue Theatre, Capital Repertory Theatre), and “Eleanor and Dolly “(Vintage Theatre).
Her work has been featured at Lincoln Center (“The Lyrics of Jennifer Stafford”), Joe’s Pub, Ars Nova, 54 Below, Prospect Theatre, Barrington Stage, and elsewhere. She has received commissions from the Spotlight Youth Theatre and the New York City Children’s Theatre. Awards include the 2017 Reva Shiner Comedy Award, Best Solo Show at the Denver Fringe Festival, two-time finalist status for the Kleban Prize for Musical Theatre, a finalist for the Yale Institute for Music Theatre, the Eugene O’Neill Musical Theatre Conference, and the Ronald M. Ruble New Play Competition and second prize in the McLean Playwriting Competition. Artist in Residence at the Rhinebeck Writer’s Retreat, Goodspeed Musicals, Johnny Mercer Writers Colony, the Catwalk Institute, and others. Jenny teaches playwriting and musical theatre writing at Temple University. Dramatists Guild member; MFA NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. www.jennystafford.net
Margaret E. Hall has worked internationally as a director, Equity stage manager and drama teacher. As theREP’s Associate Artistic Director, Margaret coordinates the annual NEXT ACT! New Play Summit, directs on the mainstage, produces (and oft directs) for On-The-Go! the in-school touring program, spearheads the Neighbors For Neighbors Community Bridge Building program, as well as overseeing the Young Playwright Contest and the Summer Stage Young Acting Company.
She made her mainstage debut at theREP with the 2017 production of “An Iliad and has also directed the World Premiere of “Red Maple” in 2019 (for which she won the Broadway World Award for Best Direction of a New Play), as well as “Live from WVL Radio Theatre: It’s a Wonderful Life” in 2019. Margaret worked as an assistant director to Kevin McGuire for theREP’s 2015 production of “Hamlet” and has directed readings within NEXT ACT!, PlayGround Theatre, Theater Voices and Troy Foundry Theatre.
Other directorial credits include: “Into the Woods Jr.,” “Disney’s The Aristocats Kids,” “Peter Pan and Wendy,” “The Wizard of Oz” and “Circus Olympus” (among others). While studying overseas, she proudly worked as a member of Conflict Relief: The Arab Israeli Theatre Collaboration, which toured its sketch comedy production, “The Arab, The Jew and the Chicken,” throughout London and to the Edinburgh Theatre Festival. Margaret is a proud member of SDC, AEA, and holds a BA in Theatre Arts from SUNY New Paltz, and an MFA in Theatre Directing from the University of Essex in London.
Karen Schleifer* is over the moon to be working on her very first production with Capital Rep! Favorite PSM/SM Credits include “The Panic of ’29” (59E59), “SMALL” (Penguin Rep Theatre), “To The Moon” (Creede Repertory Theatre), “King Lear,” “Pericles,” “As You Like It” (San Francisco Shakespeare Festival), “Hello Again,” “2022 Drama League Awards” & “2022 Drama League Gala” (The Drama League), “Driving Miss Daisy” (The Laguna Playhouse), “Jews, Christians & Screwing Stalin” (The Matrix Theatre), “The Death & Life of Mary Jo Kopechne” (Odyssey Theatre – world premiere). An accomplished singer-songwriter (@shotguncurly), Karen played “Kate” in the original Broadway production of “Annie!” B.A. SUNY Purchase, member AEA/SAG-AFTRA. She dedicates her theatre career to her mentor, Jennifer Straniere.
Stephanie Klapper counts amongst her greatest joys, working in live theatre with Maggie and the Capital Rep family. Stephanie Klapper Castings’s award-winning work is frequently seen on Broadway, off-Broadway, regionally, on film, television, and streaming media. With the return of live theatre, recent projects include: ”Dracula” (The Rep); “The Rat Trap;” “The Daughter in Law;” “Chains” (for Mint Theater); “The Lucky Star;” “Goldie, Max, and Milk;” “The New Golden Age” (all three for the Volt Festival at 59E59); “Grace, the musical” (Ford’s Theatre); “Elf Quest,” the audio movie; “Ranked,” the musical/HBO Documentary; “Candide” (Cincinnati Symphony / Philadelphia Orchestra). Stephanie, along with her exceptional team, is dedicated to continuing to expand and champion diversity, equity, and inclusion in the business and is passionate about arts education. Connecting creative, caring people to each other to make extraordinary things happen is a driving force. Teaches for NYU’s New Studio on Broadway and USC’s dept of Theatre/Musical Theatre; participates in NYU Tisch Women’s Mentorship Program and Fordham HS for the Arts. Member of the National Board of Governors for Casting Society and Board Member for Casting Society Cares. Co-host of the podcast “Someone’s Thunder.” For Bob and Florence.
Andrea Adamczyk is the Costume Shop Manager here at theRep. She designed the costumes for Summer Stage 2022 and 2021 as well as pieces for Ethal Waters, His eye is on the Sparrow and was the Assistant Costume Designer for The True. As a freelance Costume Technician in New York City, she built costumes for special events and industrials for Polaroid, Chase MetroTech and Vanity Fair as well as theatrical productions for New York City Opera Company, Virginia Opera Company, NYU Educational Theatre, Dollywood and others. Locally, she has designed and built hundreds of costumes for the Bethlehem Central School District – “Titanic,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Much Ado About Nothing,” “Grease,” “High School Musical,” “Seussical” and “Annie.”
David McQuillen Robertson – this is his third production at Cap Rep, previously designing “Jersey Boys,” and “It’s a Wonderful Life…,” “Newsies” (La Mirada), “Mamma Mia,” “Hunchback…,” “Mary Poppins,””Kinky Boots” (Front Row Theatrical), “Peter and the Starcatcher,” “Sister Act,” “Sweeney Todd,” “9 to 5” and “Spring Awakening” (Melbourne, Florida).
Julian Evans+ brings the noise! Off-Broadway: “Desperate Measures” (New World Stages), “Stardust Road;” “Cheek to Cheek;” “Forbidden Broadway;” “Enter Laughing;” “Christmas in Hell;” “Unexpected Joy;” “Desperate Measures;” “Marry Harry” (The York), “Addressless” (Rattlestick Playwrights), “Felix Starro” (Ma-Yi); “Tick, Tick…BOOM!;” “John & Jen” (Keen Company), “The Artificial Jungle” (TBTB), “I Like it Like That!” (Pregones Theater), “Soulographie” (La MaMa), Kurt Vonnegut’s “Mother Night;” “Touch (59e59).” Regional: “The End of War” [2017 RTCC Winner: Outstanding Sound Design] (Virginia Repertory Theatre), “Oklahoma!” (Weston Playhouse). “Cruise: Scarlet Night” (Virgin Voyages). BA: Carnegie Mellon. www.julianevans.info @SpliceSoundNYC “Live fast, cry hard.”
Travis McHale+ – Capital Rep: “Shakespeare In Love,” “His Eye is On The Sparrow,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Camelot,” “The Irish…,” “Blithe Spirit” and others. Recent designs include “Get Happy” (Carnegie Hall), “Is There Still Sex In The City?,” “Mister Miss America,” and “#DateMe” (Off-Broadway), and 11 premieres for Carnival, Oceania, and Regent Seven Seas cruise lines. Regional Theatre: Alabama Shakespeare, Bucks County Playhouse, Cape Playhouse, Northern Stage, Riverside Theatre, Theatre Aspen, Westport Country Playhouse, Weston Theatre Company, among others. Seven seasons designing runway shows for New York Fashion Week. Broadway: Associate Designer for 11 shows and tours, including “Sunset Boulevard” and “Something Rotten!” Faculty: State University of New York at New Paltz. Member: USA829. www.travismchale.com
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