CAST & CREW
Mariela Lopez-Ponce is thrilled to work with Lois Roach again. Recent area credits include Everyman, Hamlet (Gertrude), Norton Award winner A Beautiful Day in November(Cheesecake) and Blood Wedding(Mother), at the Apollinaire Theater, as well as appearing in the short film Beyond Cheesecake for the “48 Hour Film Project”. Previous credits include Water by the Spoonful at the Lyric Stage is Boston, as well as a production of Living Out directed by Lois Roach for which she received the IRNE Award for Best Actress in a Small Company, also at the Lyric. Other Boston credits include Bodas de Sangre (TheatreZone), Twilight LA (Company One), Boston Theatre Marathon, and The Lion in Winter (Eleanor, Lexington Players). Mariela has directed and performed with various theatre groups north of Boston and in her home town of Miami.
Woody Gaul* has previously performed with Wellesley Repertory Theatre in Emilie: La Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight (Voltaire), Goodnight Desdemona Good Morning Juliet (Iago/Tybalt/Prof. Knight), Three Sisters (Vershinin), Orlando (Ensemble), and The Clearing (Robert Preston), as well as numerous Wellesley College Theatre productions. Other Boston area credits include Salome (Jokanaan) with Bridge Repertory Theater, Twelfth Night (Antonio) with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick) with Arts After Hours, Luther (Tom/Capt. James) with Apollinaire Theatre Company, and Hamlet (Hamlet) with Vokes Players. Woody is a company member of the educational theater group Theatre Espresso. Additionally, he is the lead educational outreach teacher for Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and works as a private acting coach in Wellesley.
Karina Ithier is delighted to be making her first professional theater debut with Wellesley Repertory Theatre. She has appeared in student films and has performed at various theaters in New Hampshire. Past favorite roles include Kafka (All in the Timing) and Grace (The Suitcase Dreams). Karina is a proud sophomore at Wellesley College studying English and Spanish. In her spare time, she enjoys teaching kids and writing poetry. Many thanks to Lois and Melinda for an exciting collaborative experience. Additionally, thanks to Ed, Debbie, and Ann for their constant support.
Zack Georgian is extremely excited to be back working with Wellesley Rep! He was previously seen in House of Blue Leaves (MP) and The Three Sisters (Fedotik). He is a fresh graduate from Salem State University where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. At Salem he was seen in The Grapes of Wrath (Tom Joad), A Small Death in a Big Country (Ronnie), D’Arc Water (Male Joan), Henry IV Part 1 (Hotspur), and The Homecoming (Teddy). He cannot thank his friends and family enough for their continuous support and for the opportunity to once again act with such a great company. Enjoy the show!
Ed Peed is pleased to return to Wellesley where he last appeared as Harvey Bunker in Season’s Greetings. He recently appeared as Claude Robichaux in the Huntington Theatre’s world premier of A Confederacy of Dunces. Other area credits include Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Lyric Stage, Wheelock Family Theatre, Stoneham Theatre, Zeitgeist Stage, New Rep, Gloucester Stage, Vineyard Playhouse and Boston Playwrights’ Theatre among many others. He has been heard on NPR and the BBC and has interpreted the work of various poets for myStanza.com (on Youtube at mystanzachannel). Television and film credits include Cheers, Mona Lisa Smile, The Greens Are Gone, The Perfect Gooseys, Shadow Glories and Ocean House (AKA By the Sea).
Luis Negrón has performed in theatre, musical theatre, film, commercials and voiceovers. New England area companies include The Huntington, The Lyric, SpeakEasy Stage, New Rep, Merrimack Rep, Wheelock Family Theatre, Wellesley Summer Theatre, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre, Zeitgeist Stage, Brandeis and Hibernian Hall. As part of a group collaboration (per Equity’s Member Project Code) and in association with the Cambridge Arts Council, Luis has also performed each summer for the past 4 years with production companies who’ve brought free Shakespeare to the parks of Cambridge, MA. Next up: Death and the Maiden at Wellfleet.
Christine de Jesus Ahsan, a native of the Philippines, is a member of the Wellesley College class of 2017. She has been awarded Bachelor Degrees (of Arts) in Theatre Studies and Classical Civilization. Christine has previously appeared in The Wellesley College Theatre productions of The Home Front (Ensemble), A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration (Jessa, Raz, Ensemble), and The Waiting Room (Forgiveness from Heaven). She has trained with The National Theater Institute at the prestigious Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in both their semester and summer conservatory programs. Having previously worked backstage and front of house on both Orlando and Three Sisters, she is thrilled to finally make her debut on the Wellesley Repertory stage. She would like to thank her family and friends for their constant love and support, the lovely cast and crew for their beautiful work, Lois for direction that brings out the best in everyone, and Melinda for the stories only she can tell.
NANCY TUTUNJIAN BERGER
Nancy Tutunjian Berger has been performing leading roles in local and regional theatre for several years, starring in musicals, comedies and dramas. Some favorite roles: Dot, Sunday in the Park with George, Baker’s Wife, Into the Woods, Marion Hollander, Don’t Drink the Water, Dolly Levi, Hello, Dolly, Agnes, Agnes of God, Mabel Normand, Mack and Mabel, Lili, Carnival, Yum Yum, The Mikado– to name just a few. She has also made a career singing all types of music, from Show Tunes to Favorite Standards/Great American Songbook, Jazz and Torch songs, Classical- she even had as stint as lead singer in a rock band! She was the featured soloist with the Komitas Choral Society under the direction of the late maestro Rouben Gregorian, culminating with an appearance on the stage of Lincoln Center in N.Y.C., to much acclaim. She has been guest soloist with several area orchestras for pops and holiday concerts. Over the last several years, she has been writing and recording Contemporary Christian music and has received air-play on Gospel stations all over the U.S. In addition, Nancy is a guest speaker and singer at numerous Christian retreats, conferences, and special events. All my love and thanks to hubby- the best line-checker in the East!
Brigitte Demelo is a Wellesley College student. Though she is majoring in neuroscience and English, she has participated in a lot of student theater during her time here. Recently, she directed Upstage’s production of Machinal. In her previous involvement with Upstage, she has also acted a number of roles including Storyteller in Peter Pan, John in The Lion in Winter, Jo in A Taste of Honey, Uday in Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, D and G in Polaroid Stories, Creon and Tutor in Medea, and a number of roles in We Won’t Pay. Additionally, she is a member of the Wellesley College Shakespeare Society which has afforded her the privilege of playing Ophelia in Hamlet, Sebastian in Twelfth Night, Don John in Much Ado About Nothing, Daufin and Ely in Henry V, and most recently Angelo in Measure for Measure. She is absolutely thrilled to acting in her first production with Wellesley Repertory Theatre. She would like to thank everyone for welcoming her into the fold.
Lois Roach is writer, producer and stage director. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Theater Dept. at Wellesley College. Lois directed the critically acclaimed “ARTiculation” for Company One Theatre and a showcase of “Ascendance: Movement One,” by Ed Bullins and Pat Patrick for former Mass. Governor Deval Patrick and First Lady Diane Patrick. Over the past 20 years, Lois has directed theatrical productions for the Lyric Stage Company of Boston, the New Rep Theater, the groundbreaking Black Folks Theater and the Our Place Theater Company’s African American Theater Festival.Lois’ play “The Emancipation of Mandy and Miz Ellie,” received a world premiere production by Company One Theatre. Company One presents The Lois Roach Theatre Community Award annually in recognition of outstanding commitment to the Boston theatre community. She was awarded an Emmy for a series of television public service announcements she wrote and produced on AIDS. Roach is the former Director of Public Affairs for WBZ-TV and Radio. She was a live event producer with First Night Boston for 16 years and has been the production manager for the BPS Citywide Arts Festival for the past 5 years. Lois was selected by Get Konnected as one of Boston’s 100 Most Influential People of Color.
LINDSAY D. GAROFALO*
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