The City of Conversation
by Anthony Giardina
At CVRep Playhouse November 3-15, 2020
ROBERT DORFMAN (Chandler Harris) is very happy to be making his first appearance with Coachella Valley Repertory. Locally, he has appeared at The Old Globe in The Tempest directed by Joe Dowling and Michael Englander’s The Twenty-seventh Man directed by Barry Edelstein, as well as Street of the Sun (Mark Taper Forum), The Drowsy Chaperone (Ahmanson Theatre), Quills (Geffen Playhouse), Much Ado About Nothing (South Coast Repertory), The Mysteries (The Actors’ Gang), Boy and Don Quixote de La Jolla (La Jolla Playhouse). Broadway credits include The Lion King directed by Julie Taymor and Social Security directed by Mike Nichols and, off-Broadway, the world premieres of Tony Kushner’s A Dybbuk and Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart, both for the Public Theater.
MARTHA HACKETT (Hester Ferris) is thrilled to be making her CVRep debut in this fantastic and timely play – many thanks to all involved. Theatre: Occupant (Garry Marshall Theatre); Other Desert Cities, Tom Walker, The Women (all Arena Stage, Washington D.C.); State of the Union (Ford’s Theatre, D.C.); Tom Walker (South Coast Rep); Happy End (LADCC & Garland Awards), Nora, Macbeth, Anatol, Barbarians (Dramalogue Award), Three Sisters and many more (all Pacific Resident Theatre, company member); The Kentucky Cycle (Mark Taper Forum). Film & Television: The Bye Bye Man, Alexander & the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Never Been Kissed, others. Recurring roles include Days of Our Lives, Last Resort, I<3 Vampires, Star Trek Voyager. Guest starring The Mindy Project, NCIS, Perception, Masters of Sex, The Riches, E-Ring, The Division, Star Trek Deep Space Nine, others. Recent work includes The Exorcism of Alley Fay and Heart of Paradise (Best Actress, L.A. Edge Film Awards). USC, MFA Acting, Harvard University, A.B., cum laude. MarthaHackettOfficial.com This one is for my two tall trees.
MICHAEL MATTHYS (George Mallonee) is excited to be returning to CVRep after appearing in last season’s award-winning production of Good People. He recently appeared as Waffles in New American Theatre’s production of Uncle Vanya. A devout Shakespearean, he has also assayed the roles of Albany, Angelo, Aufidius, Valentine, Toby Belch, Orsino, Jacques, Oberon, and Mercutio (5 times, including an award-winning performance) in theatres all over Southern California. He has performed at the Ahmanson, LA Shakespeare Festival, Laguna Playhouse, the Colony, Ensemble Theatre, the Rubicon, and for four seasons with A Noise Within. He started his AEA career at the Guthrie where he was a company member, and played Treplev in Garland Wright’s acclaimed production of The Seagull (archived at Lincoln Center!) His most recent feature films include Stan the Man (available on Amazon) and House of Deadly Secrets (available on Netflix). On TV he is most well-known for his portrayal of Dr. Kent on Grey’s Anatomy.
JOSH ODSESS-RUBIN (Colin/Ethan Ferris) is making his CVRep debut! Most recently he appeared in Long Day’s Journey into Night and Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at Florida’s American Stage and in Photograph 51 and Sense and Sensibility at the Tony-Award-Winning South Coast Repertory. Other Regional Theatre: Portland Stage, Cygnet Theatre, A Noise Within, Boston Court, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare, Shakespeare Orange County, New Swan Shakespeare, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, Sierra Rep, Yale Repertory Theatre. NYC Theatre: Ars Nova, Dixon Place, HERE, New Worlds, FringeNYC, and more. Film/TV: Netflix, Lifetime, Science Channel, various independent films and commercials. BA: Yale. MFA: UC Irvine. www.joshorubin.com
DENNIS RENARD (Donald Logan) is excited to be making his CVRep debut with such a compelling play. Since graduating from UCLA’s TFT, he’s been making a home of the LA theater scene. His recent theatre credits include Mono/Poly at the Odyssey Theatre, Apollo 11 at the Rose Bowl, Baby Eyes with Playwrights’ Arena, and 12 Angry Men at the Laguna Playhouse. Film credits: San Andreas: Mega Quake (The Asylum), Mississippi Requiem (Elysium Bandini), Sinister Minister (Lifetime). He’d like to thank his family and friends for the undying support, as well as the other artists responsible for making this such a fantastic and fulfilling experience. @dennisrenardii
VALERIE STANFORD (Carolyn Mallonee) is an actor and director whose recent credits include: S/he and Me (Renberg Center) Clean House, The Tale of the Allergists Wife (CalRep/Queen Mary), Oblomov, In The Next Room, Boeing Boeing, I Am A Camera, Alabama Story (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre) The Full Monty, Wonder of the World, Copenhagen (Provincetown Theatre), The Little Dog Laughed (Gablestage, Miami) The Real Thing (Boomerang Rep, NYC) Rumors, Run For Your Wife, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Into the Woods (Salem Theatre), SubUrbia, Oklahoma City (Speakeasy Rep, Boston) Miss Julie, Bloody Poetry, Hamlet, On An Average Day (Boston Art Theatre) The Marriage (Off-Broadway), The Sadness of Others, Not Dead Yet (LaMama, NYC), Offending the Audience (Bailiwick Rep, Chicago) and Yield (St. Mark’s Church, NYC). She teaches at The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts in Corona, and is a company member of Buzzworks in L.A.
SARA DABNEY TISDALE (Anna Fitzgerald) is thrilled to make her CVRep debut. Regional credits include Small Mouth Sounds (Thalia’s Umbrella Seattle), The Trojan Women (Taffety Punk Theatre Company D.C.), Sense and Sensibility (The Folger Theatre D.C.), Bad Jews, Mary-Kate Olsen Is in Love, and Pop! (The Studio Theatre D.C.), Yentl (Theater J), Blackberry Winter and The T Party (Forum Theatre), When the Rain Stops Falling (1st Stage), The Minotaur and A Softer World (Rorschach Theatre), A Little Trick (Quotidian Theatre Company), SubUrbia (LiveArts Charlottesville) and The Scarlet Letter (Lean and Hungry Theater). Sara has also performed in workshops and readings at The John F. Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre, Round House Theatre, and The American Shakespeare Center at Staunton. Sara holds an M.F.A. from The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting and previously trained at The Studio Acting Conservatory and The University of Virginia. www.saradabneytisdale.com
C.J. WEALAND (Ethan Ferris) is 8 years old and a local resident of the Coachella Valley; he attends 3rd grade in Rancho Mirage. He has been performing for friends and family since the day he was born, but only recently decided to pursue acting more seriously. At the end of 2019, he enjoyed playing one of Baby June’s Newsboys in Rancho Mirage High School’s Musical Theater University’s production of Gypsy. He is delighted to have the opportunity to be a part of this production of The City of Conversation. C.J. is a voracious reader who also enjoys world travel, a wide range of music, and is a big fan of musical theater; his dream role would be to play the lead in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway.
HELEN WILSON (Jean Swift) is a native Los Angelino, daughter of a mining engineer, and made her TV debut on Romper Room in Albuquerque. While attending San Diego State University, she received a BA in theatre, and began acting at the Old Globe, directed for the Play Discovery Project, and taught technical theatre for the San Diego City Schools. While earning an MFA from UCLA she was given a fellowship, the Jack Nicholson and Hugh O’Brien Awards. Some LA Theatre: The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (LGBT Center),The Square Root of Wonderful, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the Moon Marigolds, Bronte: A Solo Portrait (LA Times Critics Choice, Dramalogue Award), Oklahoma, Grendel ( Circle X), Lysistrata ( LACMA), Summer Vacation Madness (Mark Taper), Camino Real (dir. Marshall Mason), The Real Inspector Hound (Odyssey), Voice of the Turtle (dir.George Schaffer), Matka (Dramalogue Award), Marat/Sade. TV Credits: Black Monday, Feud, Masters of Sex, Jane the Virgin, Comedy Bang Bang, Eagleheart, Days of Our Lives, Castle, The Young Pope. Voice Over: Hanna/ Barbera “Globe Trotters”, Klingon Language Game, Dragon Age Game, 9, Blade, My Fellow Americans, Escape from LA. Star Trek Voyager. Thanks to my teachers — Stephen Book, Charles Nelson Reilly, Jose Quintero.