Jonathan Davidson (Aster) is a resident of Detroit and 2nd Place Winner- Staring Contest (Nationals, 2013), is a 2008 BFA graduate of Wayne State University. As a professional actor for the past 10 or 13 years he has worked for well over a dozen Michigan-based theatrical companies, local filmmakers, and once even in a commercial wherein his performance was so splendid the producers never asked him back having realized it could only be downhill from thereon out. Needless to state, he is honored to return to Open Book and work with so very talented people, such as: Krista, Danielle, Dale, Mandy, Caitlin, Josh, Linda, and Harley. Thank you for joining us and be good to one another.
Joshua R Brown (Vanya) takes the Open Book Theatre stage for the fourth time in LIFE SUCKS. He previously appeared in Kimberly Akimbo as Buddy, Who Am I This Time as Tom Newton and Picasso at the Lapin Agile as Freddie. Joshua has also been seen recently in The Matrix Theatre Company production of Dream Deferred: Detroit ’67 and Monster Box Theatres production of Coastal Disturbances as Andre Sor. He also worked for Two Muses Theatre, Planet Ant Theatre and Tipping Point Theatre. Joshua can also be seen in the ANAWIM Productions motion picture directed by Jasmine Rivera, “American Prophet” as Paul Ewell. Joshua would like to thank his wife Staci, his parents Bob and Wendy and his friends for their continued love and support. Joshua will be back on stage at Open Book in our next show, Be A Good Little Widow.
Dale Dobson (The Professor) is very happy to be making his first appearance at Open Book Theatre in this wonderfully theatrical and human play by Aaron Posner. Dale majored in Computer Science and minored in Classical Literature at Michigan Technological University, which probably explains a lot, and has written humor and non-fiction for National Lampoon, Cracked (magazine and .com) and Gamasutra.com. Recent appearances include Tipping Point Theatre’s 2017 Sandbox Festival, The Ringwald’s production of Silence! The Musical (Jack Crawford), University of Detroit-Mercy’s Avenue Q (Rod), and The Encore Musical Theatre Company’s Noises Off (Selsdon Mowbray). He thanks Krista for this opportunity, this amazing cast for being SO present and committed, and his wife Karen for keeping the home fires extinguished. Enjoy the show!
Mandy Logsdon (Pickles) is thrilled to be a part of Open Book Theatre Company’s 2017-18 season! Logsdon is a native Metro-Detroiter, and has been an actor in the area since 2010. Notable credits include Leaving Iowa at The Snug Theatre, The Seagull at Slipstream Theatre Initiative, and Agnes of God at Puzzle Piece Theatre. She wants to thank the entire cast for inspiring her, Krista for giving her this opportunity, Danielle and Harley for their tireless efforts backstage and in the rafters, and Michael Lopetrone for whom she stole this bio format and simply filled in the blanks. www.mandylogsdon.com
Caitlin Morrison (Ella) most recently graduated with her MFA from Louisiana State University. While in Baton Rouge, she was a resident company member of Swine Palace Productions, where she appeared as Jane in Vieux Carre, Celia in As You Like It, and Poppy in Noises Off. As her graduate thesis, she researched, wrote, and performed in her own one person show Give ‘er the Gun, a story about sexual assault in the military, which has since seen two productions. As a Wayne State BFA graduate, Caitlin has also been seen on the Studio (Serenading Louie), Bonstelle (Rimers of Eldritch, To Kill a Mockingbird) and Hilberry (The Cider House Rules) stages. After a long hiatus she is thrilled to be acting once again in the Mitten, and is thankful to both her own, and the Open Book, families for their love and support. CaitlinMorrison.com
Taylor Morrow (Sonia) is so excited to be back on the Open Book stage after playing her dream role of “Molly” in Peter and the Starcatcher last fall! Other favorite roles include Anne in The Diary of Anne Frank (Jewish Ensemble Theatre), Nelly Fail in Failure: A Love Story (Planet Ant), and Jessica/Jolene in Hand to God (Ringwald Theatre). In addition to performing, Taylor works as a teaching artist in the Metro Detroit area and is the director of the Drama Club at Hazel Park High School. Taylor’s gratitudes include Krista and the entire Life Sucks team for the constant reminders that life does not suck. All my love to (almost husband) Kyle and Team Morrow!
Linda Rabin Hammell (Babs) is excited to return to Open Book after appearances in Good People and Bauer. Before moving to Michigan, she performed in home-town Philly and in Boston, and tried to crack the Anchorage AK scene. Recent credits include 100 Saints You Should Know (UDM Theatre Co.), Ambition Facing West (Puzzle Piece Theatre), HDPE (Upstream Artists Collective, Brooklyn NY), The Whale (UDM / The Ringwald), and short plays this summer at Boxfest, Detroit Rep’s Playwrights’ Lab, and Tipping Point’s Sandbox Festival. She was honored to receive special recognition for Collected Stories (Matrix Theatre, dir. Molly McMahon) and A View From The Bridge (Blackbird Theatre, dir. Lynch Travis). Lately she’s gotten her feet wet…literally… in indie films. Thank you to this exceptional company and to you, gentle program readers, for your presence. In memory of Jordy and Rod. Love to the Dood.
Krista Schafer Ewbank (Director) is the founding Artistic Director of Open Book. Last season she was nominated for Wilde Awards for her direction of Peter and the Starcatcher and her performance in Boy Gets Girl. A native Michigander, Krista holds a degree in theatre from Northwestern University and has worked in theatres large and small across the country. She is currently the drama director at Grosse Ile High School. 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 grateful every day for the amazing artists she works with, the wonderful theatrical home we share, and the audiences who engage in this conversation with us.
Danielle Gilbert (Stage Manager) is ecstatic to be working on another show with Open Book! She started stage managing with us in the last show of our second season, Calypso’s Corner, and has been a part of every show since. Danielle has loved stories since a really young age, when she would often find herself daydreaming of her doll’s backstories. In her spare time she also has a job in a bookstore, the perfect place for her passion of stories to be let loose. She hopes that one day she might be able to see her own show come to life, but for now she is content following the crazy path on which theatre is taking her so far. She would also like to thank her Mom and Dad, for coming to every show and always supporting her future, whatever it may change to, and her best friend of 8 years, Jordan, for sticking around through it all.
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 has been involved in the technical design of our new performance space from the ground up. He has designed the lights for all of the shows in Open Book’s first two seasons and earned a Wilde Award for Best Design – Lights for his work on Red in 2015. He is also the resident lighting designer for the AKT Theatre Project in Wyandotte, and Outvisible Theatre Company in Allen Park. When not in the theater, Harley spends his time painting, building Lego stages, loitering in museums, and riding his bicycle on the mean streets of Downriver.