Kryssy Becker (Rhonda) is a Michigan native actor, singer, director, and writer. She graduated from Oakland University with a BFA in Musical Theatre and has worked professionally in Chicago and Orlando, but loves her Metro Detroit Theatre community most of all. Kryssy is beyond thrilled for the return to live theatre, especially to get to return to this show about the importance of human connection. She thanks Krista and the whole OBTC team, her family, and Justin for all of the love and support and enduring all the Zoom cabarets over the last year!
Joshua Brown (Tim Ward) is proud to once again perform on the Open Book Theatre stage in This Random World. He could be previously seen in Open Book Theatre’s Fool For Love, Ada and the Engine, How to be a Good Little Widow and Life Sucks. Also at Outvisible Theatre’s Venus in Fur and at The Dio Theatre’s Murder at the Howard Johnson’s. He can also currently be seen in the Anawim Productions short film American Prophet on Amazon. Josh would like to thank his wife Staci, his parents Bob and Wendy, and all of his friends for their continued support.
Krystle Dellihue (Bernadette) is so excited to be back on Open Book Theatre’s stage acting with this talented cast. Her debut with Open Book was in the fall of 2018 when she played Mrs. Muller in Doubt. She was last seen acting in Black and Brown Theatre’s Fool’s Gold and Heroes Within. She wants to thank Krista and Open Book for the opportunity. She thanks her family and friends for their continued support and their understanding when she can’t socialize because she has rehearsal. Thank you for helping to bring back theatre. Sit back, relax and enjoy This Random World.
Alysia Kolascz (Claire) is thrilled to be working with Open Book Theatre for the first time. Alysia is a graduate of Albion College and has been performing at various theatres around southeast Michigan for the past 12 years. Some of her previous credits include Apple Season (Theatre Nova), Fortinbras (Penny Seats Theatre), Northern Aggression (Tipping Point Theatre), The Taming (Williamston Theatre), The Harassment of Iris Malloy (Detroit Public Theatre), Pulp (Williamston Theatre), Leaving Iowa (Tipping Point Theater) and Jack Goes Boating (Blackbird Theatre). Alysia would like to thank Krista for this opportunity and the incredible cast and crew for their talent and hard work. Finally, a special thanks to Pat and her family for their continuous love and support.
Karen Minard (Scottie Ward) is a native Detroiter with two adult children of her own (not Tim or Beth). She has performed at several theatrical venues in and around the metro area (e.g. Matrix; University of Detroit Mercy Theatre; Theatre Nova in Ann Arbor; Puzzle Piece in Ferndale; BoxFest; the JET; the 4Theatresake Collective). She has also appeared in numerous films, commercials and industrials. When not performing, she likes to write and is a published poet; a 2x contributor to Anna Clark’s 2014 Detroit Anthology; an award winning playwright (the 2012 Judith Siegel Pearson Award for Drama); has had short works produced through Black and Brown Theatre’s Workshop and The Detroit’s Playwrights Group, of which she is an active member. Currently, two of her screenplays are finalists in this year’s Trinity International Film Festival. This is her first performance at the Open Book Theatre and she is mighty pleased to be here.
Tim Pollack (Gary) is delighted to return to Open Book Theatre Company again this season after appearing as Charles Bingley in Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley and Charlie in Advantage Rule. Tim received his BA in acting from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and has worked as an actor and director since returning to the U.S. Some of his recent roles include Hamlet (Experimental Performing Arts Association), Oliver in The Intruder (Detroit Theatre Collective), Brad in Be A Good Little Widow (Open Book Theatre Company), and Lee in Scar Tissue (HFC Guest Artist). He also works as the Artistic Director at Cabrini High School in Allen Park.
Lindel Salow (A Man) has been profoundly fortunate to be a part of Open Book for the last several seasons and was last online in Freddie and Ruthie Dish in the Loo and What Brought Me Here. Past onstage work with OBTC includes: Old Man in Fool for Love, Roger/Voice Two in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, 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!
Kez Settle (Beth) is thrilled to be back at Open Book Theatre Company where she was last seen as Anabella Byron in Ada and the Engine, and Mrs. Bumbrake in Peter and the Starcatcher. Kez has appeared in many productions around Southeast Michigan, and some of her notable credits are Detective O’Dell in the Wild Award Critic’s Choice Award winning production of The Interference (Matrix Theatre Company), and Annie in Kayak (Matrix Theatre Company) which garnered her a Wild Award Nomination for Best Lead Actress. When not on stage, Kez has been spending her time directing; most recently at Tipping Point Theatre’s Sandbox Play Festival. She is a proud graduate of The School at Steppenwolf in Chicago. Chase your dreams. It’s good cardio.
Krista Schafer Ewbank (Director) is the founding Artistic Director of Open Book, and is thrilled to return to the space after over a year of creating theatre in driveways, windows, and Zoom windows. She’s eternally grateful to have a physical and metaphorical space in which to explore our humanity with other artists, and you, our audience. Krista has received the Wilde Award for her direction of The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence and for her performance in Emilie. A native Michigander, Krista holds a degree in theatre from Northwestern University and has worked in theatres across the country acting, teaching, and directing. She recently directed for Grosse Ile High School and the Grosse Ile Boar’s Head Festival. Later this season she will appear as Emily Penvose in The Lifespan of a Fact.
Samantha Silva (Stage Manager) is delighted to Stage Manage This Random World. This is her first production with Open Book, but she has dreamed of working here since getting married in the building in 2017. She would like to thank her husband, Mario, for sharing her love of the stage; her family and friends for understanding her crazy schedule; and Krista, Maria and all of Open Book for the warm welcome! Many more thanks to the cast, crew and audiences that are keeping theatre alive. Lastly, to her son, Xander, thanks for making her a better Stage Manager and a better person every day.
Stephanie Baugher (Original Scenic Designer) holds a B.S. in Illustration from Northern Michigan University and an M.F.A in Scenic Design from Wayne State University. She is currently the Scenic Charge artist for Flint Repertory Theatre as well as the Lighting, Projection, and Scenic Designer at Henry Ford College. She has worked in props and scenic design with the Jewish Ensemble Theatre, Stagedoor Manor, the Hilberry and Bonstelle Theatres, Matrix Theatre, The Blackhills Playhouse, Meadowbrook Theatre, Tibbits Summer Theatre, Central City Opera, and Opera New Jersey. Some of her favorite projects include Scenic Design for Cabaret (JET), The Foreigner (HFC), Evil Dead The Musical: Original High School Edition (StageDoor Manor), and Dracula (Hilberry Theatre). Stephanie designed the sets for OBTC’s Frankie and Johnny and Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley.
Bradly Byrne (Adapted 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 The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence, Fool for Love, Doubt, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, 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 has served as Master Electrician and Lighting Designer for the Detroit Public Theatre, and for “Detroit Presents: Live from Marygrove” for Detroit Public Television, which will air on WTVS in October ’21. 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.
Cheryl Zemke (Costume Designer) is an award-winning fashion designer and owner of C. Creations Custom Sewing & Design. This is her eighth show with Open Book: she designed the costumes for Doubt, Ada and the Engine, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Emilie, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence, and Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley. She loves working alongside directors and actors to help develop characters. Cheryl has her own garment label, C3, and sells her designs at shows and by private appointment, as well as provides custom fashion design and alterations (follow her on Facebook @c3fashions or www.cherylzemke.webs.com). Cheryl produces her own runway shows and participates in area shows like Fashion Massacre, Fashion in Detroit, Michigan Fashion Week, and RAINN. She was featured as one of the top Detroit area designers in the DIA: Samurai Beyond the Armor challenge. Awards include 2016 Best of Show and Judge’s Choice Stand Up Fashion Show, 3rd place Runway Repurposed, and 5 awards from the American Sewing Expo (2009-2012) Passion for Fashion. Visit her store, Cheryl Zemke Boutique, in downtown Wyandotte.
Maria Tejada (Production Manager) is a professional stage manager who has worked with several Michigan theatres including Water Works Theatre, Planet Ant and six years at Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC even traveling to Macao, China with the production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Maria graduated from Grand Valley State University with degrees in Theater and Spanish. She is a facilitator with Detroit Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in Prison program, the Company Manager for Roustabout Theatre Troupe and she is so excited to now be a part of Open Book Theatre Company!