Margaret Gilkes (Marjorie) is super excited to be back. Maggie has appeared in Doubt and Good People at Open Book. Other credits include performances at Slipstream Theatre in Ferndale, in which she was on stage with Jeannine in Three Tall Women (Wilde award nomination for Best Actress and Winner of Wilde Award for Best Team Work.) And again with Jeannine in Doll’s House part 2. But enough about Jeannine, LOL. Also on stage at Farmington Players in Ripcord. During the lockdown Zoom was our friend and she was in Open Book’s Weekend Wonders and Theatre Nova’s Ten Minute Play Festival. While composing this bio, her husband chimed in and said to tell everyone that Maggie is married to a great man and that they have been married for 48 years! But enough about Dave. LOL. Enjoy the show!
Dan Johnson (Walter) is thrilled to return on the OBTC stage after previously appearing in Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley and Peter and the Starcatcher. When not acting, Dan actively works for a more inclusive and anti-racist Michigan theatre (along with fellow OBTC actor Ashley M. Lyle). Thanks to Mom, Dad, Angela and all of YOU for supporting live Michigan theatre. Enjoy!
Lindel Salow (Jon) has been profoundly fortunate to be a part of Open Book for the last several seasons and was seen online in Freddie and Ruthie Dish in the Loo and What Brought Me Here. Past onstage work with OBTC includes: A Man in This Random World, Old Man in Fool for Love, Roger/Voice Two in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Charles Babbage in Ada and the Engine, 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’s The People’s Temple, Ambition Facing West, and White People as well as 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 studying maritime history (and giving the occasional lecture), dabbling in stereo photography and isn’t adverse to general mischief making, with his spouse Chuck close behind egging him on!
Jeannine Thompson (Tess) is thrilled for the return to live theatre and excited to be working with Open Book Theatre for the first time. Some of her previous credits include Nora in A Doll’s House Part 2 and “B” in Three Tall Women -a Wilde Award winner for Best Ensemble- (Slipstream Theatre), Williamina Fleming in Silent Sky, Kate in All My Sons, Nat in Rabbit Hole and Kate in Cripple of Inishmaan (Lila Jones Theatre at OCC) and Marta in Mrs Fifty Bakes a Pie (Theatre Nova). When Jeannine is not performing she enjoys creating art in a variety of ways: painting, pottery and furniture refinishing to name a few. Thank you to Krista for the opportunity and the cast and crew for their many talents. And thank you for supporting live theatre. It’s good to be back.
Wendy Katz Hiller (Director) is delighted to be back at Open Book, having previously directed Time Stands Still, Doubt, and Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, as well as the Zoom production What Brought Me Here. She has also directed for BoxFest Detroit and Theatre Nova’s 10-minute Play Festival. As an actress, Wendy has performed in three shows at Open Book, most recently portraying Masha in Vanya and
Sonia and Masha and Spike. Trained in acting at New York’s National Shakespeare Conservatory, Wendy has appeared with various Michigan theatres including The Jewish Ensemble Theatre, The Matrix Theatre, The Dio Theatre, The Encore Musical Theatre Company, and The Michigan Shakespeare Festival where she received a “Wilde Award” for her performance as Mrs. Malaprop in The Rivals. She would like to thank Krista for giving her this wonderful opportunity, her cast and crew for their talent and hard work, and her family for their support.
Shardai Davis (Stage Manager) has been doing theatre, music, and dance since she was very young. She studied theatre and music at Henry Ford College and has a Bachelor of Science in Individualized Studies with Concentrations in Kinesiology, Theatre, and Music from Eastern Michigan University.. She also has spent several years training in everything from ballet to traditional hula at Prysm School of the Arts. Some of her performances include: Polonius in Hamlet, Calpurnia in To Kill A Mockingbird, Kitty Duvall in The Time of Your Life, Athena in The Odyssey, Mrs. Walker in Tommy, and as a special appearance vocalist in The People’s Temple. Shardai also can be seen touring with the JET Educational Youth Outreach Program, the CRLT Players, and the Brainstormers crew. Aside from performing, Shardai is a stage manager, scenic designer, director, and teaches drama classes with Drama Kids of Oakland County.
Bradly Byrne (Scenic Designer) first tech directed in 1976 for the high school play The King and I, and picked it back up in about 1995 when his children were 8, 7 and 4 years old. He got started with Youth Theater in Southgate and found it was a great way to be with his kids. His oldest recently turned 30 and he’s still at it! Bradly usually works on two or three productions a year since then including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Once Upon a Mattress, Jesus Christ Superstar, Jekyll and Hyde, and many more. At Open Book he designed Fool for Love, Doubt, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence, This Random World, The Wickhams and did the scenic painting for Good People. Bradly was also a muleteer in Man of La Mancha and the lead in Smokey Joe’s Cafe.
Harley Miah (Lighting Designer) is a professional in the entertainment technology industry. He is a freelance lighting designer/programmer for nightclubs, concerts and festivals across the country, and the chief lighting designer for IKO Global Productions. Harley has designed the lights for all of Open Book’s indoor productions thus far, and designed sound for Boy Gets Girl in 2017. In 2015, he earned a Wilde Award for Best Design – Lights for his design of Open Book’s production of Red. Most recently, Harley designed the lights for Puffs at The Ringwald Theatre, served as Master Electrician and Lighting Designer for the Detroit Public Theatre, and for “Detroit Presents: Live from Marygrove” for Detroit Public Television. Harley spends his spare time spoiling his cats, 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.