Joshua Whitson (Christopher) is delighted to be making his debut with Open Book Theatre Company. A graduate from Michigan State University, Josh has recently performed in Chicago at Quest Theatre Ensemble (Blue Nativity) and AHW Design (Experimental New Work), Connecticut at Playhouse on Park (Danny – The Chosen), and New York City at the Glass Eye (Silvius – As You Like It, Sebastian – Twelfth Night) and the Wyrd Theatre (Valère-Tartuffe Off-Broadway). You can see more at www.joshuawhitson.com. Josh would like to thank his parents, Bob and Deb, his sisters, Ella and Ava, and most importantly his fiancée for always supporting him.
Jaclynn Cherry (Siobhan) is so excited to be back at Open Book Theatre, after appearing as Ted in Peter and the Starcatcher and Agnes in The Shadow Box. She has worked with other Michigan theaters, most recently Planet Ant, Roustabout Theatre Troupe, and the Detroit Rep, and also performs improv regularly at Go Comedy, Planet Ant, and festivals around the world with her duo, Natural Born Killaz. Many thanks to Adriane, Danielle, Krista, and everyone involved for all of the incredible things you do! And thank you to YOU for supporting live theatre!
Robert Schorr (Ed Boone) is relatively new to the Michigan theater scene, making his debut in 2017 in the Open Book Theatre’s production of Good People. He was back on stage at Open Book in last spring’s Time Stands Still. He has also appeared in works produced by Outvisible Theatre, Monster Box Theatre and The Penny Seats. He is currently appearing with the Michigan Shakespeare Festival Touring Company. Robert is a graduate of the Actors Studio Drama School (MFA) and has trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, both in New York.
Carrie Sayer (Judy Boone) is delighted to make her Open Book debut in this glorious award-winning play! Favorite past performances include Steel Magnolias (Truvy), Dear Elizabeth (Elizabeth Bishop), Bridges of Madison County (Marge), and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Woman 1). You can catch Carrie’s next performance in How I Learned to Drive (L’il Bit) at Outvisible Theatre. Carrie has also performed at Meadowbrook, JET, Performance Network, Ringwald, Theatre NOVA, The Dio, Encore Musical Theatre Co. and others. Carrie received her training at Michigan State University, Boarshead Professional Theater, Meadowbrook and Purple Rose. Carrie also teaches private acting & singing lessons (www.CarrieJayStudio.com). Thank you to Adriane and Krista for this tremendous opportunity! Special thanks to her friends and family, especially her parents, Ben, Logan and Paige for their loving support. Carrie dedicates this performance to her late friend and mentor, Monte Long.
Jean Pilon (Voice One) is very excited to be making her debut with Open Book Theatre Company. She most recently appeared in Cagebirds with Outvisible Theatre Company and in the Detroit New Works Festival (That’s Him, Growing Stone) also with OTC. She has performed with AKT Theatre Project in Spring Awakening and Into the Woods and her other appearances include Detroit Boxfest and the Fireside Festival of New Works at Performance Network. After operating a martial arts school for many years, she is now enjoys being more active with her other arts, working as an historical presenter, and going on adventures with her husband Greg. She wishes to thank her family and friends for their encouragement and support!
Lindel Salow (Voice Two) is an Open Book regular. Lindel was last seen as Charles Babbage in Ada and the Engine earlier this season. Past OBTC work includes: Vanya in Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, Sagot in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Rudolf Bauer in Bauer. He has also appeared at Puzzle Piece Theatre: Ensemble in The People’s Temple, Ivo/Stipan in Ambition Facing West, Martin Bahmueller in White People. Additional appearances are at the JET, Performance Network and the Attic Theaters. Outside of performing, Lindel is an accomplished make-up artist with his artistry appearing in the PBS special, “Pavlo, Mediterranean Nights”, the Sam Levinson film “Another Happy Day” and in the work of Hollywood photographer Steven Kahn. He also enjoys spending time restoring vintage fans, clocks, fireplaces and isn’t adverse to general mischief making, with his spouse Chuck close behind egging him on!
Joshua Brown (Voice Three) is proud to be gracing The Open Book Theatre stage once more as Voice Three. He could be previously seen in Open Book Theatre productions of Ada and the Engine, Be a Good Little Widow and Life Sucks. He could be previously seen on the Outvisible Theatre stage in Venus in Fur and at The Dio Theatre in Murder at the Howard Johnson’s. He can also currently be seen in the Anawim Productions short film American Prophet. Josh would like to thank his wife Staci, his parents Bob and Wendy, and all of his friends for their continued support.
Jonathan Davidson (Voice Four) was born in 1984, the release year for the movies Purple Rain, Police Academy, and Ghostbusters. This is believed to be a purposeful and deliberate action by the fates. It is widely rumored, yet unconfirmed, he once ate his body weight in Candy Corn during a rather hedonistic high school debate tournament. He has since been removed, without honors, from the debate committee. He is proud to return to the Open Book stage (previous appearances include Peter and the Starcatcher, Life Sucks, and Emilie), gives all his love to Ann, and thanks you for seeing the show.
Allison Megroet (Voice Five) is excited to be back on the Open Book stage! She last appeared here in Picasso at the Lapin Agile in 2017, and Who Am I This Time? in 2016.Allison has had the pleasure to work with many other theatre companies in Michigan: Shakespeare in Detroit, Penny Seats, Michigan Shakespeare Festival, Outvisible, and Puzzle Piece to name a few. In 2016 she received a Wilde Award (Best Supporting Actress in a Play) for her work in Precious Little at Matrix Theatre Co. “Many thanks to Andrea, Mom, and Dad for loving me even though I’m an actor”
Linda Rabin Hammell (Voice Six) Linda returns joyfully to OBTC after appearances as Lois in Wonder of the World, Babs in Life Sucks, Margie in Good People, and Louise in Bauer. Some other favorite roles include Helen in Detroit Rep’s Ghost Gardens; Helga in JET’s M. Butterfly; Baba in Slipstream’s Lost In 3 Pines; Josephina in Puzzle Piece’s Ambition Facing West; Ruth in Matrix Theatre’s Collected Stories (Wilde Award); Bea in Blackbird Theatre’s A View From The Bridge (Ann Arbor News Award); and, at the Abreact, Stevie in Edward Albee’s The Goat or Who Is Sylvia and Woman in his The Play About The Baby. She is thankful to be making art with this exceptional company and to you, gentle audience, for giving it life. O Freddie! Love, as always, to the Dood.
Adriane Galea (Director) is thrilled to be back at Open Book after having directed Be A Good Little Widow last season! Adriane is the Artistic Director of Outvisible as well as the Executive Director of its parent organization, Center Stage Studios, where she teaches voice, piano, and acting. Past stage credits: Cathy in The Last Five Years, Woman 1 in Songs for a New World, Li’l Bit in How I Learned To Drive (reading), and Mama Noah in Children of Eden. Select directing credits: Venus in Fur, Unsportsmanlike Conduct (World Premiere), Constellations, A Human Being Died That Night, Oleanna, Cagebirds, and Dog Sees God. Adriane is proud to be the producer for the Detroit New Works Festival, a nationally recognized and attended festival for new plays and musicals with themes of race, mental health, and other social issues. Adriane serves on the Board of Directors of the American Guild of Music and An Amazing Woman Foundation, and she is proud to hold Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Michigan!
Danielle Gilbert (Stage Manager) is thrilled to be working on yet another show with Open Book! She has previously stage managed several shows here, as well as trying her hand at House Managing a few. Some of her favorites include Calypso’s Corner, Peter and the Starcatcher, Be a Good Little Widow, and most recently, Ada and the Engine. When she is not Stage Managing you can find her in Ann Arbor making fancy wooden boxes for roleplaying games, or playing said roleplaying/board games with her friends on the weekends. She would like to thank her Mom and Dad, for coming to every show and always supporting her future, and Kevin, for his unwavering support and kindness.
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 across the country, and the chief lighting designer for IKO Global Productions. Harley is the resident lighting designer for Open Book and the Outvisible Theatre Company in Allen Park, as well as at Northville High School where he teaches students how to design lights. He has designed the lights for all of Open Book’s first four years, and designed sound for Boy Gets Girl in 2017. He earned a Wilde Award for Best Design – Lights for his work on Red in 2015. When not working in the theater, Harley spends his time painting, building Lego stages, loitering in museums, and seeing as many shows as he can in this great theatre community we have in Southeast Michigan. He hopes you do the same.
Shane O’Connor (Set Design and Construction) is delighted to be working with Open Book for his first time! A graduate of Northern Michigan University, Shane is a proud Detroit-Yooper hybrid who is also an actor in the Southeast Michigan/Detroit Metro area. Most recently he can be found performing at Matrix Theatre Company in their production of The Interference as well as writing and performing for Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, an ever changing attempt to perform thirty original plays in sixty minutes. When not performing, he works for the Detroit Opera House as part of the Production team. Shane lives a not so quiet life with his handi-capable rescue cat, Laney-Lou who has a wobbly condition and manages his personal carpentry shop as the shop supervisor, the highest title given to a handicapped cat to this date. Though she may not be a “dog”, she still causes many “curious incidents in the night.” To see what Shane and his furry friend are performing or designing next, visit his actor website by entering shaneoconnor.actor into your web browser of choice.
Reyna DeSilva (Props Designer) is excited to be returning to Open Book’s production team after her work as Costume and Props Designer for Wonder of the World. A former vocalist in musical theatre and opera, she has assisted as lighting crew, house manager, and with other duties at OBTC, including as the administrative assistant to the Artistic Director. In her spare time, she loves to camp, dance, cuddle furry animals, binge Netflix series, attend as much Michigan theatre with her best friend as possible, and explore museums. She also has been rumored to produce fantastical sweets under the alias of “Little Red.” Something about tarts. Dunno, it’s crazy.
Krista Schafer Ewbank (Producer) is the founding Artistic Director of Open Book. She is delighted to produce this amazing show, and is so grateful to Adriane and the wonderful cast and crew for bringing one of her favorite novels to life. Krista recently received the Wilde Award for her performance in last season’s Emilie, and was previously nominated for her performance in Boy Gets Girl as well as for her direction of Peter and the Starcatcher. A native Michigander, Krista holds a degree in theatre from Northwestern University and has worked in theatres across the country. She is the drama director for Grosse Ile High School (come see The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee April 26 and 27!) and the Grosse Ile Boar’s Head Festival. Krista will be back on stage in Fool for Love.