Directed by Patrick Ciamacco
Stage Managed by Venchise Glenn
Costume Design by Jenniver Sparano
Lighting, Sound and Set Design by Patrick Ciamacco
Chris D'Amico (George Aaronow) has been kicking around theater circles for an eerily long time, and is eager to inflict his talents on a new generation of theater artists in Cleveland. He was the first company manager of a non-Chicago production of Flanagan's Wake back in the 1990s, and performed in that show over 700 times, both in Cleveland and Chicago. He has also performed in productions of The Real Thing (Henry), Kismet (Hajj the Poet), The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Azdak), 1776 (John Dickenson) and Guys and Dolls (Nathan Detroit). His directing credits include productions of True West, Cloud Nine, The Memorandum, A Funny Thing...Forum and Oedipus the King. He is also a writer, having founded the Clockworks Comedy Revue, guided them through four original revues, kicked in jokes for the roast of Dick Feagler, and contributed material for the groundbreaking Stompin’ at the State at Playhouse Square, oh, so very many years ago.
Jeff Glover (Dave Moss) is pleased to be back at Blank Canvas Theatre after a ten-year absence. Previous credits at BCT include Next Fall and Bathroom Humor. Jeff is also a playwright whose works have been produced locally.
Greg Mandryk (James Lingk) This show marks Greg's first production with Blank Canvas Theatre. He has been performing as both an actor and a stand-up comedian in the Northeast Ohio area for over twenty years. Recently, he originated the role of Otto in Dawg Pounded and was last seen in Durang/Durang at Broadview Spotlights.
Daniel McElhaney (Richard Roma) is making his second appearance at Blank Canvas Theatre. Most recently, he was seen in Ensemble Theatre's production of Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Kev). He has also performed at Dobama Theatre, convergence-continuum, Charenton Theater Company, the Bang and the Clatter Theatre Company, Cleveland Public Theatre, Clague Playhouse, Weathervane Playhouse, The Fine Arts Association, Solon Center for the Arts, Kent State University, Cleveland State University, Mapleleaf Theater, Royalton Players, River Street Playhouse, Brecksville Theater on the Square, and Dover Players. Some past work includes roles in The Pillowman (Michal), The Walworth Farce (Blake), The God of Hell (Welch), Orange Flower Water (Brad), True West (Lee), American Buffalo (Bobby), The Drawer Boy (Miles), and Suburbia (Buff). "I have found little that is good about human beings. In my experience most of them are trash." - Sigmund Freud
Dave Moody (Baylen) is excited to be working once again with Patrick Ciamacco. His stage credits include One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Turkle) at Blank Canvas Theatre, The Full Monty (Horse) at Weathervane Playhouse, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Warren) at Chagrin Valley Little Theatre, Far Away at The Cleveland Play House, and Streamers (Roger) and Dutchman (Clay) at University of Cincinnati. He also served as Drama Advisor/ Director for The Miracle Worker and To Kill a Mockingbird at Harvey High School. Film and TV credits include With This Ring (Nzingha Stewart, Director), Criminal Activities (Jackie Earle Haley, Director), Draft Day (Ivan Reitman, Director), Big Foot (Bob Gray Productions), and commercials for AT&T, Cleveland Indians and Major League Baseball Productions, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., 2003 McDonald’s ESPN All-American Power Ade Jam Fest, and the Marathon Oil Co. He received his Ph.D. in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University and is the author of two books, The Complexity and Progression of Black Representation in Film and Television (2016) and Political Melodies in the Pews?: The Voice of the Black Christian Rapper in the Twenty-first-Century Church (2012), published by Lexington Books (a subsidiary of Rowman and Littlefield). Dave would like to dedicate this production to his close friend, the late Kimberly Spring.
Darrell Starnik (Shelley Levene) feels honored to be making his Blank Canvas Theatre debut as Shelley Levene. A retired captain of the Cleveland Fire Department, he had also been on hiatus from the theater. However, it was not possible to refuse the opportunity to appear in this wonderful play at an accomplished theater. Darrell has performed throughout the Cleveland area, having appeared at Great Lakes Theater Festival, Dobama Theatre, Ensemble Theatre, Cleveland Shakespeare Festival, Karamu House, Beck Center, Cassidy Theatre, Clague Playhouse, and Brecksville Little Theater. Some of his previous and favorite roles include those in The Fantasticks (El Gallo), Romeo and Juliet (Capulet), Rounding Third (Michael), Hello, Dolly (Cornelius), The Old Lady Shows Her Medals (Kenneth Dowey/Director) and Rumors (Ken Gorman), where he met and first performed with his wonderful wife, Laura. Thank you, Laura, for your support.
Daniel Scott Telford (John Williamson) is performing for the first time at Blank Canvas Theatre and is super- stoked to be able work on such a powerful play. Daniel will be entering his third year at Baldwin Wallace University this fall, majoring in Acting and Directing. Some of his favorite roles include Smirnov in Anton Chekov’s The Bear, Antony Wilding in Enchanted April, Roy Cohn (u/s) in Angels in America: Millenium Approaches, and Big Daddy In Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Daniel wants to give a big thank you to those who have supported his artistic endeavors.
Jenniver Sparano (Costume Design) has worked with Blank Canvas Theatre since the beginning, having designed costumes for the premiere production of The Texas Chainsaw Musical! as well as later productions including Next Fall, Night of the Living Dead, Bat Boy, and Twelve Angry Men. Elsewhere, her work has been seen at Beck Center, Clague Playhouse, Cleveland Public Theatre, Dobama Theatre, Ensemble Theatre, Weathervane Theatre, and the Pickwick & Frolic cabaret stage. In addition to her design work, she is proud to co-produce this summer’s production of The Secret of the Old Queen, a Hardy Boys musical adventure that will be the fifteenth annual musical to benefit AIDS/HIV service organizations in Cuyahoga and Summit Counties. See it at Cassidy Theatre on August 22! A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Mt. Holyoke College, she is employed by KeyBank.