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SONS OF THE PROPHET


By Stephen Karam
February 22 – March 17
Directed by Scott Miller

Finalist for the 2012
Pulitzer Prize for Drama

The luckless Lebanese-American Douaihy family, distant relatives of poet Kahlil Gibran, lives in a run-down section of Nazareth, Pennsylvania, where all is definitely not well and may never be. 29-year-old Joseph, a former running champ, is desperately trying to keep his family from falling apart even as his body is ravaged by a series of strange ailments. Stephen Karam’s new play blends comedy and tragedy in its examination of how suffering capriciously rains down on some and not others.

Artists:

CHRIS RICHARDS* (Joseph): Chris is delighted to reunite with the Dobama Theatre family for SONS OF THE PROPHET.  Previously, he portrayed Doug Simon in GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL! in 2009.  Other Ohio credits include performances at Great Lakes Theater, The Beck Center, Ohio Shakespeare Festival, Porthouse Theatre, and Lakeland Civic.  Additional credits include Off-Broadway work in New York City at the award-winning Pearl Theatre Company (a 2011 Drama Desk Award recipient) on THE PHILANDERER; Off-Off Broadway with Folding Chair Classical Theatre and The Gallery Players; and regionally with the Festival Stage of Winston-Salem in North Carolina.
Films include BACHELORETTE starring Kirsten Dunst, and the short independent film MOLLY, scheduled to be released later this year. Chris is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.  Love and gratitude to family and friends for unwavering support, and special thanks to Scott and the Dobama staff for this opportunity to come back home to work on such a great piece with an incredible team of artists.  Shatz: I’d be nowhere without you, I love you.  And to Grandma Pat and Grandma Ann: this one’s for you!

CHRISTOPHER SANDERS (Charles): just moved to Ohio from Pensacola, Florida where he got his BFA in Musical Theater from The University of West Florida. He is extremely excited to be working with Dobama Theater for the first time. He has spent the past few months working as an Apprentice with the Cleveland Play House and will be performing as A-Rab in WEST SIDE STORY at TrueNorth Theatre as well in April. He spent the past few summers studying Musical Theater with the International Performing Arts Institute in Munich, Germany and some of his previous performances include: Jim Osborne and Andy Paris in THE LARAMIE PROJECT, JoJo in SEUSSICAL, Jordan in I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE, Doody in GREASE, and Theo in PIPPIN. He has also Music Directed and Choreographed for numerous productions as well.

BERNARD CANEPARI* (Bill): Bernard is a familiar face in Cleveland Theater, having appeared with such companies as Dobama, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Cleveland Playhouse, Ensemble Theatre and the Jewish Community Center. Those productions include VIRTUAL DEVOTION, MOLLY SWEENEY, LOVE AND ANGER and ONE IN THE HEAD, TWO IN THE BACK (Dobama); ROMEO AND JULIET, HAMLET and LOVE’S LABORS LOST (Great Lakes Theatre Festival); THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG, BRAVO, CARUSO!, THE WEIR, A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE (Ensemble); I’M NOT RAPPAPORT, GLENGARY, GLENN ROSS (Charenton). He has also appeared in over fifteen films.

JOHNATHON JACKSON (Vin): is a student at Baldwin Wallace University where he is a Communication major. He has been seen in a host of dance, vocal and theater performances in Northeast Ohio. He was last seen as Seaweed J. Stubbs in Hathaway Brown’s production of HAIRSPRAY. He would like to dedicate this performance to the memories of Randall Smith and Cedric Tate. He would like to thank his family, his beautiful amazing, and extremely talented wife, who is performing in AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ at TrueNorth Theater, and his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

ANNE MCEVOY  (Gloria) Grateful to be returning to Dobama, Anne’s  pleased to be working with Scott once more and collaborating with such a skilled cast and crew. Last seen in Dobama’s COLDER THAN HERE, she is currently in Ensemble Theatre’s  THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JAMES. Elsewhere, Anne’s been onstage at Actor’s Summit, Beck Center, The Cleveland Play House, Cleveland Public Theatre, Cleveland Shakespeare Festival, Great Lakes Theatre, Karamu, Kennedy’s PHS, and the Ohio Shakespeare Festival.

LAURA STARNIK (Mrs. McAndrew/Ensemble) SONS OF THE PROPHET marks Laura’s third production at Dobama and she’s glad to be back, working with Scott Miller and the rest of this gifted group.  She first appeared here in HUMBLE BOY and was in MIDDLETOWN last season. Laura also makes semi-regular appearances at convergence-continuum and has helped tell the story at Beck Center, Cassidy Theater, Clague Playhouse and Cleveland Public Theatre. It’s been her joy to portray rich characters created by playwrights from Somerset Maugham to Elaine May. She gives thanks to family and friends and especially to Darrell for their interest and support in all this.

AARON MUCCIOLO (Timothy) is delighted to make his Dobama debut with SONS OF THE PROPHET. He hails from Oberlin where he acts, designs websites, and is a member of the City Council. A founding company member of the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival and the inaugural house teams at Big Dog Theater, he has performed primarily in Lorain County over the last five years. Recent credits include HAMLET (Rosencrantz/First Gravedigger), THE CRADLE WILL ROCK (President Prexy)both with OSTF, and TO FORGIVE, DIVINE (Ralph) at Workshop Players Theater.

JEANNE TASK (Dr. Manor/Ensemble): Jeanne is very excited to be back on the Dobama stage where she had been a member of the company for many years.  She was last seen in VARICOSE VANITIES there, which was presented as part of the benefit for the naming of the The Donald A. Bianchi Theater. You may also remember her from other Dobama productions such as: ANGELS IN AMERICA (Hannah, etc.),  THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST’S WIFE (Marjorie) and THE LARAMIE PROJECT (Anne Murray, etc.) among others. She has been very active in the Cleveland theater scene for many years and has appeared at CPT, Ensemble Theater, Cain Park, TrueNorth, The Bang and the Clatter Theatre and Willoughby Fine Arts. Some other credits include: STEEL MAGNOLIAS (Ouiser), PIPPIN (Berthe), OLIVER (Mrs. Sowerberry, Old Sally) and BETTY’S SUMMER VACATION (Mrs. Seizmagraff). Jeanne is thrilled to be playing Rita in Dobama’s upcoming  production of THE LYONS.

SCOTT MILLER (Director) Scott Miller is the Director of the Cleveland School of the Arts Theater Program.  Prior to coming to Cleveland he served as the Artistic Director of The Children’s Theater of Charlotte.  He is also the Founding Artistic Director of The Orange Summer Shakespeare Festival, a youth theater program in New Jersey for urban teenagers.  Most recently Scott directed Dead Man’s Cell Phone and The Seafarer for Dobama Theater and Bunnicula for The Cleveland Play House.  Between directing professionally and at Cleveland School of the Arts, Scott has directed almost 100 productions.  Favorite shows include The Diary of Anne Frank, Romeo and Juliet, Frankenstein, Macbeth, The Miracle Worker, Steal Away Home, Cinderellas of the World, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Antigone, The Colored Museum and A Christmas Carol.  Scott has worked as an actor appearing in Off-Broadway and regional theater productions, and locally in The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia, I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady From Rwanda and God of Carnage for Dobama Theater, Tally’s Folly and Burial at Thebes for Ensemble Theater, and Cleveland Heights for the JCC Arts Center.

 *denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association