Steven Robert “Stebert” Davenport (Michael) is so grateful to be working with Open Book Theatre again! He’s done other plays with Puzzle Piece Theatre (R.U.R.), Open Book Theatre (Wiley and the Hairy Man), the AKT Theatre Project (So Long Until Tomorrow), the Brass Tacks Ensemble (Henry V), and the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre (Julius Caesar). He also does children’s theater with the insanely fun Timeless Tales Theatre. He thanks Angie and Krista for another chance to get better, Jenna and Jeff for all their help #LAF, and his dog Piper for being a great best friend. He thanks Emily for writing such a good story and for knowing exactly what August feels like. He dedicates the effort put into this show to his late friend Pam. Before cancer pulled her through the curtain in her early 50s, she showed him that a person can get older and still believe in good stories. That one is never too old for imagination and adventures. She introduced him to a book series – Harry Potter – when he was eleven. Nothing has ever been the same. “I open at the close.”
Dave Davies (Allen) has been an improviser/actor for over 20 years. While this is his first time with Open Book Theatre, Dave has performed on several stages throughout the Detroit Metro area including Planet Ant, Tipping Point, Gem & Century, Magenta Giraffe, The Williamston, The Ringwald, The Abreact, and many more. He is also a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and can be seen in movies including A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, Restitution, Lifetime channel’s Last Man Standing, and the upcoming Needlestick. Dave is happy to be part of this show and to work with so many wonderful people. He would like to give a special ‘thank you’ to his wonderful wife, Dyan, for being so awesome every day of her life! He would also like to thank YOU for supporting local theater and attending today’s performance!
Jenna Hinton (Wendy) is very excited to be working with Open Book for the first time! She has previously worked with Barefoot Productions, The Brass Tacks Ensemble, PTD Productions, A2CT and the Spotlight Players. She would like to thank Krista and Angie for giving her the opportunity to contribute to the premiere of Emily’s incredible play. She would also like to thank Stebert and Jeff for their patience and for daring her to keep dreaming #LAF, and her family for their unwavering support.
Krista Schafer Ewbank (Rachel) is the founding Artistic Director of Open Book, and was seen in Who Am I This Time, The Shadow Box, Sylvia, Independence and Kimberly Akimbo. She directed Bauer and Wiley and the Hairy Man for Open Book, and also recently directed the Grosse Ile Boar’s Head Festival. A native Michigander, Krista holds a degree in theatre from Northwestern University. Some other favorite roles she’s played on stages across the country include Veronica in God of Carnage, Catherine in Proof, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, Fiona in Flanagan’s Wake, The Angel in Angels in America, Agnes in Dancing at Lughnasa, and Mrs. Pinkerton in Pinkalicious! The Musical. Krista can be seen as The Statue of Liberty on the cover of Cootie Shots (published by TCG), in which she was an original cast member, and has appeared in national and regional radio and television commercials. She is thrilled to have an artistic home.
Diana Turner (Leah) is so grateful to be involved in this production. To be in on the ground floor of a completely new piece of theatre is a unique and fulfilling experience. She is a staff singer at Christ Church Cranbrook, a backup singer in the Pink Floyd tribute band: In The Flesh Detroit, was recently nominated for a Wilde Award for her portrayal of Mama Rose in the musical “Gypsy”, and has performed in recitals, concerts, and theatres all over the Metro-Detroit area. She would like to thank her family for being so supportive, and the production team of Calypso’s Corner for giving her this opportunity!!
Angie Kane Ferrante (Director) is thrilled to be working with Open Book Theatre! She graduated with a BFA from the Wayne State University, and studied at The Moscow Art Theatre in Russia, and has worked on and off stage for theatres such as Magenta Giraffe (Detroit), The JET Theatre (West Bloomfield), and The Matrix Theatre (Detroit). Angie started the AKT Theatre Project (Wyandotte) in 2008, and is currently a Resident Artist at The Purple Rose Theatre Company (Chelsea), where she serves as a director, sound designer, movement and vocal coach, and stage manager. She is lucky enough to have directed over 20 plays in the last ten years. She would like to thank Krista for this opportunity, and send her love to the cast and crew of Calypso’s Corner, and to Bradley. Thank you for all the adventures, boy. Thank you all for supporting the arts!
Harley Miah (Lighting Designer) is a professional in the entertainment technology industry. He is a freelance lighting programmer for a large number of nightclubs, concerts and festivals in the Detroit area, and across the country. He works with the RHS Theatre program and is a proud member of, and lighting designer for, AKT Theatre Project in Wyandotte, MI. Harley designed the lights for all the shows in Open Book’s Inaugural Season and earned a Wilde Award for Best Design – Lights for his work on Red. This season he has designed the lights for The Shadow Box and Dead Man’s Cell Phone. In the summer he loves to ride his bike and Slow Roll on Monday nights.
Emily Rosenbaum (Playwright) has worked as a speechwriter and a teacher. Her publications include Prime Number, Glamour, Motherlode, Kveller, Bitch, Skirt, the Ms. Magazine blog, and Brain, Child, and she is the author of Cooking on the Edge of Insanity and Princess Wishes and Monorail Dreams. Calypso’s Corner is her first play. She has begun work on a new play about America’s secret interrogations of high profile Nazis at the end of World War II. Emily holds a doctorate in American Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Emily is honored to have such a talented team of professionals working on the first production of Calypso’s Corner. She lives with her husband and three children in Vermont, where she’s known by the local canine population as Marley’s Owner or The Treat Lady.