It’s the 1930s and celebrated playwrights Turai and Gal are sailing to New York for the Broadway debut of their new musical comedy. But, the play is unfinished, beginning, middle and end and to further complicate matters, the composer tosses his music overboard and threatens to take the leap over the rail too. Rough Crossing is as delightfully delirious as the art form it affectionately lampoons, with original music composed by André Previn.
Lewis D Wheeler* (Sandor Turai) Lewis is a Boston-based actor and director. Regional credits: No Man’s Land – IRNE Nomination, Best Supporting Actor (American Repertory Theatre); Richard II (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Pattern of Life, Muckrakers (New Rep); Importance of Being Earnest, Glass Menagerie, A Number (Lyric Stage); Chosen Child – IRNE Nomination, Best Supporting Actor (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); An Ideal Husband, Doubt, Gloucester Blue (Gloucester Stage); five seasons at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre (WHAT); also American Stage (FL), Commonwealth Shakespeare Co, Nora Theatre, Underground Railway Theatre, Huntington Theatre, Stoneham Theatre, Vineyard Playhouse, Publick Theatre, Shakespeare Now, Wheelock Family Theatre. A founding member of Harbor Stage, he performed in The Seagull and Hedda Gabler and directed David Rabe’s Sticks and Bones. Film/TV: Black Mass, The Company Men, Pink Panther 2, Louisa May Alcott (PBS), Brotherhood, and the upcoming Ken Lonergan film Manchester-by-the-Sea. Lewis is a member of Theatre Espresso, performing interactive, historical dramas for students across New England. He earned his BA in Theatre and Film Studies at Cornell University and his MFA from the American Film Institute. Proud member of Actors’ Equity since 2004.
Art Devine (Alex Gal) Acting credits at Cape Rep Theatre include roles in La Gage Aux Folles, Mr. Burns, The Light in the Piazza, Jerusalem, Spamalot, Drowsy Chaperone, Born Yesterday, The Full Monty, The Sunshine Boys, The Love Talker, The Lion in Winter, (Cape Playhouse) The Seven Year Itch – A Tribute to Lee Remick, (San Diego Rep)
Hamlet, (WHAT) Heart of Jade, Giggle and Scream, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Buried Child, (HJT) Peter Pan and Wendy and Dancing at Lughnasa (APA) The Fall of the House of Usher, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Pirates of Penzance, The Good Doctor, Elizabeth the Queen, and Godspell. Art studied acting, directing, and playwriting at Trinity Rep Conservatory.
Nick Nudler (Link Larkin) Nick is a BFA Acting Sophomore at the University of Connecticut and is so excited to be a part of this production after making his Cape Rep debut in this season’s Rough Crossing. Recent credits include: CRT: Spamalot (Sir Robin), Anon(ymous) (Strygal), Boston Playwrights Theatre: There but for the grace (Andrew).
Seton Brown* (Dvornichek) last performed for Cape Rep as Francis in One Man Two Guvnors. He holds an MFA from The American Conservatory Theater and a BA from Wittenberg University. Recent credits include Detective Jack Hammer in Shit & Champagne, Joey in Mr. Irresistible (Cat Fights & Shoulder Pads); Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Mortal Folly Theatre); and Jimmy et al in Almost, Maine (Barnstormers Theatre). Seton is a member of Actors’ Equity Association. He would like to thank Chelsey Ristaino for always believing in him and say what a pleasure it is to be back at Cape Rep! He looks forward to a wonderful show!
Liz Tancredi (Natasha) was previously seen on the Cape Rep stage in One Man, Two Guvnors and Failure: A Love Story. Favorite regional credits include Into the Woods (Thin Air Theatre Co.), Measure for Measure (Roxy Regional), Icarus: A Folk Opera (The Oberon), Comedy of Errors (Anthem Theater Co.), Snow White and Babes in Arms (Berkshire Theater Group). New York credits include Much Ado About Nothing (Frog & Peach Theater Co.), She Stoops to Conquer (Clarion Theater), After the Fall (Variations Theater Group), Restoration Comedy and These Seven Sickness (The Flea Theater). Liz holds a BFA in Drama form Syracuse University. Many thanks to my Cape Rep family, my loving parents and, of course, my husband. www.liztancredi.com
Cleo Zani (Ivor) a Cape Codder since 1981, majored in performing arts
at Goddard College, and apprenticed with Kenyon Martin’s National Mime
Theater back in the day. He has performed on stage and screen around New England, and currently pursues his interests in theater and music around Cape Cod and Rhode Island, when not tied to his keyboard as Senior Software Engineer for McLane Research Laboratories. Most
recently, he has appeared as Lou Graziano in “Breaking Legs” for Ocean State Theatre Company, as Charlie “the Duck” Clench in One Man, TwoGuvnors’ for Cape Repertory Theater, as Ben in The Dumb Waiter for
Cotuit Center for the Arts, and as Austin Sloper in The Heiressîfor
Eventide Arts. This is his 21st appearance at Cape Rep!
* Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under Special Appearance Contract.
Scott Ripley (Director)
graduated from the US Naval Academy (BS: English) and served for six years as an A-6 bombardier/ navigator onboard USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt – before resigning his commission to enter the Professional Actor Training Program at UC San Diego (MFA: Acting). He has acted on stages across the US and abroad, including at La Jolla Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, A.C.T., Moscow Art eater, Taiwan National eater, Folger Theatre, three seasons at the American Repertory Theatre, four seasons in PlayMakers Repertory Company, three seasons at Connecticut Repertory Theatre, and most recently, one season at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Scott has directed Off -Broadway (Theatre Row) and at Actors Theatre of Charlotte, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, and the Edinburgh Fringe. He directed Cape Rep’s recent production of Rough Crossing. Scott has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Acting, Voice, Movement, and Commedia dell’Arte at Arizona State University, Davidson College, UNC Chapel Hill, and the Academia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy. He is currently Associate Head of the Department of Dramatic Arts at the University of Connecticut, where he teaches Acting. Scott will join the University of San Diego (Chair/Director of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies) in August.
Nick Nudler (Adam Adam) is a BFA Acting Sophomore at the University of Connecticut and is so excited to be a part of this production. Recent credits include: CRT: Spamalot (Sir Robin), Anon(ymous) (Strygal), Boston Playwrights Theatre: There but for the grace (Andrew).
Robert R. Troie (Scenic Design) graduated in set, costume, and lighting design from Yale University School of Drama in 1964 and in painting from the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts in 1960. He is a full member of the Scenic Designer’s Union and worked in NYC as a professional set, costume and lighting designer both on and o Broadway from 1967 to 1979. In 1973 he directed Cole Porter’s You Never Know off-Broadway. At the Gaslight Dinner Theatre in Salt Lake City, Mr. Troie directed Sid Caesar, Loretta Switt, Ken Berry, Jim Hutton and Billie Bird. He has worked with the Provincetown Playhouse, Orleans Arena Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Hyannis Melody Tent, and Thomas Playhouse. In 1986 he founded Cape Rep Theatre and directed and designed its first production, The Wizard of Oz. He also directed and designed the first production in the Outdoor Theatre in 1992, The Lion In Winter, and the first production in the Indoor Theatre in 1997, Light Up the Sky. He has directed over 55 and designed over 68 shows for Cape Rep Theatre including Xingu and Other Stories with Julie Harris, The Mousetrap, A Midsummer Nights’ Dream, A Little Night Music, and Lady in the Dark. He last designed sets for The Light in the Piazza. In 1994 Mr. Troie created the revue at The Old Sea Pines Inn with Scott Storr, and with the Bluestone Group/Cape Rep Outreach Program he created & directed RED, HOT & BLUE, SAY, YES!, Liaisons, Our Time, and I Wish You a Waltz.
Heather McDevitt Barton (Costume Design) is a Brooklyn-based artist, textile maker, and designer. Recent design credits include Salty Brine’s These are the Contents of My Head, Thank U 4 A Funky Time, This One Night at the Opera, How Strange It Is (All TimeOut NY Critic’s Picks), Clown Bar (Pipeline Theatre Company, TimeOut NY Critic’s Pick), El Laurel de Apolo (Repertorio Español), RVSP (Well-Drawn Dog Productions, Best Comedic Short), Breathing in the Rain, Pioneer Species (Columbia University), and The Velveteen Rabbit (Assistant Costume Designer, Atlantic Theatre Company). Her work has been seen with Atlantic Theatre Company, Columbia University, Pipeline Theatre Company, Clarence Brown Theatre, Playwrights Horizon Theatre School, New York University, IRT, and Ars Nova. Heather currently works as resident costume designer for Salty Brine’s “Spectacular Living Record Collection,” Atlantic Theatre Company “Creator Series for Kids,” and for Kaiser’s Room, a non-profit theatre company developed to create theatrical works for children with developmental disorders. She holds two BAs – English Literature and Theatre – from the University of Tennessee.
Susan Nicholson (Lighting Design) has been illuminating productions professionally since 2004. Favorite shows include Ragtime and Xanadu at Cape Rep, Chicago at CCSU, and Death for Five Voices at Prospect Theatre Company. Regionally she has designed at the Forestburgh Playhouse, Enchanted Dance, AADA, Harbor Lights Theatre, and Provinc- etown Theater. In the last year she has had the honor of lighting The First Lady Michelle Obama, Mary J. Blige, Amy Schumer, Kevin James, and Laura Benanti. She is also a part of HG Lighting Design, working on Broadway and Off-Broadway productions such as The Who’s Tommy Reunion, Rooms, Myths & Hymns, The Rock Tenor, dozens of corporate events, and Anti-Gravity. Honors include Barbizon Region 3 winner, at the National level Runner-Up, Nominated for an Ostrander in Lighting in Memphis. She holds a BA from Purdue University and a MFA from the University of Memphis. Member local 829. www.SusanmNicholsonDesign.com
Melissa Becker (Properties) is a graduate of Emerson College. As an original member of Cape Rep, she acted in many shows. Her favorites include Fallen Angels, Good People, Gaslight, and Footlight Fantasies. She is co-founder of Cape Rep Children’s Theatre where she directed Charlotte’s Web, James and the Giant Peach, Stuart Little, House at Pooh Corner, and Raggedy Ann. Melissa is excited to be working on the other side of the curtain where the magic happens and where she has won awards for prop design, stage managed with summer stock companies, and held the position of Technical Director at Nauset High School.
Susan Wasson (Properties) is best known at Cape Rep as the Co-Creator of Footlight Fantasies. She loves to raise money for the theater by getting on stage with an audience-rousing lip-sync. She is a doll artist and uses recyclables, discarded metal and wood, broken trinkets, found objects, and once- loved dolls to create new characters in her home studio. Making props for the theater, like handcrafting her dolls, is a process of fanciful art making. Prop credits include Failure: A Love Story, Evita, and La Cage aux Folles.
Valerie Stanford * (Stage Manager) is happy to be back with the folks at Cape Rep! Cape acting credits include In The Next Room or the vibrator play, Oblomov, Boeing Boeing, I Am A Camera and the upcoming Alabama Story (WHAT), The Full Monty, Wonder of the World, Copenhagen, (Provincetown Theatre). As director: Wit and Thom Pain: Based on Nothing, and On An Average Day (Boston Center for the Arts). Regional acting credits: Clean House, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, S/he and Me (California Repertory)The Little Dog Laughed (Gablestage), The Real Thing (Boomerang Rep), Rumors, Run For Your Wife, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Into the Woods, SubUrbia, Oklahoma City (Speakeasy), Miss Julie, Bloody Poetry, Hamlet (Boston Art Theatre), Off Broadway:The Marriage, The Creation of the World and Other Business; The Sadness of Others, Not Dead Yet (La Mama ETC), Offending the Audience (Bailiwick Rep), and Yield (St. Mark’s Church). She is thrilled to have recently received her MFA at California State University, Long Beach.
Photos courtesy of Bob Tucker/Focalpoint Studio.
Smooth sailing for Cape Rep’s zany ‘Rough Crossing’
“…under the direction of Scott Ripley, Cape Rep Theatre has staged a jolly, very funny production with a superb ensemble of actors” – Debbie Forman, Cape Cod Times
“The sheer talent of the cast and production staff make “Rough Crossing” a delightful show that I’m sure will be memorable as one of the best local shows of the year.” – Laurie Higgins, The Cape Codder
“Thanks to Scott Ripley’s inventive staging and a top-notch ensemble cast, that you can’t help but enjoy the ride” – Johanna Crosby, The Barnstable Patriot