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4000 MILES

4000 MILES
By Amy Herzog

December 7, 2012 - January 6, 2013
Directed by Joel Hammer

2012 Obie Award for Best New Play

After suffering a major loss while on a cross-country bike trip, 21 year-old Leo seeks solace from his feisty 91 year-old grandmother Vera in her West Village apartment. Over the course of a single month, these unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately reach each other. Amy Herzog’s acclaimed new play looks at how two outsiders find their way in today’s world.

Featuring:  Dorothy Silver, Kat Bi, Rachel Lee Kolis, Matt O’Shea

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Dorothy Silver (Vera) is delighted to return to the Dobama stage with which she has had a long association, featured as an actress in several productions over the years, as well as directing RECKLESS, LISBON TRAVIATA, and SUBSTANCE OF FIRE among others. Her lengthy theatre resume features leading roles in many area productions including WINGS, MASTER CLASS, MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION and THE VISIT. Her growing film resume includes the upcoming PROMISED LAND featuring Matt Damon, and OLD FASHIONED, an independent film to be released shortly. Together with her theatre and life partner, Reuben Silver, she has performed throughout the country and abroad in their unique dramatic reading programs. Her professional activity includes a 21 year association with Karamu Theatre as Resident Guest Director and her lengthy assignment as Director of JCC Theatre of Cleveland.

Matt O’Shea (Leo) is proud to be making his Dobama Theatre debut in such great company. A native of Buffalo, New York, Matt has lived in the Cleveland area for the better part of five years. He is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University where he studied Business and Arts Management. Matt’s recent return to the theatre has been an exciting journey. Recent productions include Cleveland Public Theatre’s Springboard presentation of THE WORLD’S LARGEST AXE, OUT OF ORDER presented by Aurora Players, and A NIGHTMARE OF CRIME at Brecksville Theatre on the Square. Matt is also a musician/songwriter who records and performs under the name Red Beard.

Rachel Lee Kolis (Bec) recently moved back to the Cleveland area and is excited to be making her debut here at Dobama. She trained at The Drama Centre London. Credits while training include: Abigail in THE CRUCIBLE, Dona Leanore in THE HOUSE OF DESIRES, The Countess in THE REHEARSAL and Maria Lvovna in SUMMERFOLK.  London credits include Margot in THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK (The Broadway Theatre/ Gatehouse Theatre) and Suzanne in IN THE LATTER DAYS (Tristan Bates Theatre). Rachel recently appeared in CPT’s Springboard and has previously appeared in local productions at The Beck Center, The Cleveland Play House and Mercury Summer Stock.

Kat Bi (Amanda) is a recent graduate of Cleveland State University’s Theatre and Dance program, and is very excited to be making her professional debut at Dobama in 4000 MILES.  She has previously appeared at CSU as Miranda in THE TEMPEST, Five Wits in EVERYMAN, and as an ensemble member in the ensemble piece CODENAME: EXILE, devised and directed by Turkish artist Ozen Yula. She would like to thank Dr. Michael Mauldin and Holly Holsinger for their constant tutelage. Also, a big thank you to friends and family for their love and support, and most of all, thank you to everyone at Dobama for giving me this opportunity.

Joel Hammer, Director/ Dobama Artistic Director
Mr. Hammer has worked as both an actor and director for Dobama Theatre for the past 25 years. He helped transition the theatre from its space on Coventry Road to its current home here on Lee Road.  He took part in the fundraising, design and development of the theatre’s new home and current management structure.  In September 2009, Mr. Hammer opened the theatre with Eric Coble’s TEN MORE MINUTES FROM CLEVELAND.  TEN MORE MINUTES… was a bookend piece to Mr. Coble’s TEN MINUTES FROM CLEVELAND which was the last play produced in Dobama’s Coventry Road space.  Mr. Hammer has a BFA from The Ohio State University.  He served his theatre apprenticeship at Actors Theatre of Louisville.  After a brief stay at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Mr. Hammer moved home to Cleveland where he worked at the Cleveland Playhouse under the leadership of Richard Oberlin.  After directing COYOTE UGLY and FULL HOOK-UP for CPT, Mr. Hammer made his Dobama directorial debut with John Patrick Shanley’s SAVAGE IN LIMBO.  Mr. Hammer helped lead the theatre to its current professional status with its first professional production, SIGHT UNSEEN by Donald Margulies.  In 1998, Mr. Hammer directed Dobama’s award-winning production of Tony Kushner’s ANGELS IN AMERICA. This was an enormous undertaking for a small basement theatre but one that proved to the greater Cleveland community that great theatre can be done anywhere.  As a writer, Mr. Hammer’s play THE KING OF CARPETS was produced by The Jewish Repertory Theatre of New York and his play EVERY OTHER JUMP was produced at Dobama.  Mr. Hammer has directed extensively at Dobama and at other local theatres.  Some of his favorites include THOM PAIN, THE GOAT or WHO IS SYLVIA?, HUMBLE BOY, MARVIN’S ROOM, ALL MY SONS, A STEADY RAIN, and THE SUM OF US.  He has appeared onstage and has garnered critical acclaim for his performances in THE PILLOWMAN, A NUMBER, BLACKBIRD, EARS ON A BEATLE, CHERRY DOCS, and THE OLD NEIGHBORHOOD.  Mr. Hammer’s work was seen last season as Sharky in THE SEAFARER and he directed MIDDLETOWN.