BOBBY WILLIAMS (Joe Mott)
pleased to return to the Ensemble stage after many years. Other credits
include, ‘America Hurrah’, and ‘Migration’ for Dobama Theatre, ‘Venus’ for The
Cleveland Public Theatre, ‘Miss Ever’s Boys’ for Ensemble Theatre, ‘The Two Gentlemen
of Verona’ for Great Lakes Theatre, and ‘The Boys in the Band’ for convergence-contiuum.
SKIP CORRIS* (Piet Wetjoen) Skip realized a dream in January, appearing with his daughter Nicole in Jeffrey Sweet’s The Value of Names. In March, he directed the premiere of One on One for Ensemble’s Colombi New Play Festival. Skip was a founding member of NYC’s Apple Corps Theatre Company, where in addition to serving as actor and playwright, he worked on O’Neill’s Sea Plays, Ah, Wilderness!, and Long Day’s Journey into Night. Favorite roles include Touchstone, Prospero, Polonius, Peter Quince, and Cassius, as well as Fagin (Oliver!), Pickering(My Fair Lady), and Cap’n Dan (The Great White Hope). For ten years, Skip appeared in Ohio Dance Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker and also adapted Shakespeare’s script for the ballet A Midsummer Night’s Dream, performing in this and other ODT pieces. Skip is proud to have participated in the nationwide Project1Voice production of Alice Childress’ Trouble in Mind. He is newly retired from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, where he taught academic subjects and served on the statewide Hostage Negotiation Team.
STEVE VASSE-HANSELL (Cecil Lewis) Stephen is happy to appear again at
Ensemble. He was last seen here in “Waiting for Lefty”. Stephen has been
engaged in the theatrical arts for over 40 years, including residencies in
Chicago, Missouri, Indiana and Ohio; participating in more than 200 productions
as an actor, director, designer and wrighter. He also has three “Jefferson” nominations to his credit. All my
love to Nancy and Hunter for everything!
PAUL SLIMAK* (James "Jimmy Tomorrow" Cameron)
In his work in Stage, Theater, TV and Film, Paul has played Priests (Cookie, with Lionel Stander; At the Seminary), pedophiles (America's Most Wanted; Oz), Nazis (The Deputy;" Late Night with Conan O'Brien; Erich von Pauli on Beaver Street, snooty butlers (XXL, with Gerard Depardieu), purple monsters (The Monster in The Closet) and various lowlifes, weirdos, psychos, slimeballs and scumbags (Jacob's Ladder, with Tim Robbins; In a Pig's Eye, with David Canary and Marian Seldes; Working Girls; Guiding Light; Law & Order; The Equalizer. He is pleased and honored to add Jimmy Tomorrow to this varied and iconoclastic gallery and thanks Ian, Celeste and his castmates for an unforgettable experience. As always, he sends eternal love to his wife, Agnes and son, Erich. Finally, he would like to dedicate his performance to the memory of his father, Michael Slimak, who would have been right at home among the pipe dreamers of Harry Hope's Saloon.
CHRIS BIZUB (Hugo Kalmar) Chris is
currently working at Pearl Academy as an instructional assistant. Between
work and theatre he is in the process of completing his thesis project in order
to receive a Masters in Arts Administration at the University of Akron. When
he is not working, he spends the majority of his spare time acting and
directing locally. Some of his more acting recent roles include Victor
Emanuelle / Poche in A Flea in Her Ear at the University
of Akron, The Emcee in Cabaret at Workshop Players, Clifford
Anderson in Deathtrap at Huntington Playhouse, and Shylock in The
Merchant of Venice, Dr. Sweet in Bug, Derek in Mouthful
of Birds, Geronte in Scapin all also at the University of
Akron. His more recent directing credits include After the Beep,
People’s Republic, Hotline, and All in the
Timing (Sure Thing) at Broadview Hts. Spotlights Community
Theatre, Date Night as part of FusionFest 2010 at The Cleveland
Play House, and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged]
at Baldwin Wallace College. He has also directed productions of Seussical,
Once Upon a Mattress, and Anything Goes at Brooklyn
High School. His future plans include finishing his thesis, working for a
prominent non-profit theatre, and starting his own acting company.
ROBERT HAWKES (Larry Slade) has appeared previously at Ensemble in plays by Albee, Foote, Fugard, Groag, Mamet, Molière, Olive, O’Neill, Sophocles, and Wilder. In the past year, he has been seen in Middletown at Dobama Theatre, Much Ado About Nothing at the Southwest Shakespeare Company of Mesa, AZ, The Merchant of Venice at the Ohio Shakespeare Festival, The Miracle Worker at TrueNorth, and Kid-Simple and True West, both at convergence-continuum, where he is a member of the company.
ALLEN BRANSTEIN (Rocky Pioggi) is very excited to be doing Iceman...one of the plays that led him to acting. He last apperared at Ensemble in Waiting for Lefty and has also appeared in their productions of The Man Who Came to Dinner and Burial at Thebes. the last being directed by Lucia Columbi. He has performed at the Beck Center, Great Lakes, Karamu, Dobama, Red Hen, Working Theater, Bad Epitaph as well as any other place that would have him. Favorite roles have been Richard III, Titus, Agrippa, Rosencrantz, Bottom, And Harry in Harry's Christmas. He is a co-founder of the Mike and Al Show (a vaudeville comedy act), has been in a few films and commercials, and would like to thank Paula because he can. Happy Anniversary,Sweetie...
JAMES RANKIN (Don Parritt) James is extremely happy to working with Ensemble Theatre again. Recently James has worked with Great Lakes Theatre Festival in Double Heart, CPT in Akarui, Tri- C Western Campus in Three Generation of Imbeciles and throughout the past few years has worked with various other local Cleveland theaters. He is overjoyed now to be working with such a talented cast and crew. James would also like to thank Frank P, John R, Helen R, Eva B, Bronwyn H, Ian H, Celeste C, Robert E, Doug F, Byard R, Jackie P, and David H for helping to keep me learning,
open minded, and moving.
LAYLA SCHWARTZ (Margie) Layla is thrilled to be part of this tremendous production and thanks Ian and Celeste for all their work to make Ensemble a reality. She previously appeared onstage at Ensemble in Sexual Perversity in Chicago (Deborah), Waiting for Lefty (Edna/Dr. Benjamin) and the Colombi New Plays Festival 2012. She also served as assistant director for Miracle & Wonder. Layla has been seen treading the boards at Great Lakes Theater, Cleveland Shakespeare Festival, con-con, Cleveland Public Theater, and Theater Ninjas. Off-stage Layla can be found working in public schools teaching Spanish (as a long-term substitute teacher – hopefully full-time next year) and as an instructor for Dancing Classrooms NEO, teaching 5th graders teamwork and respect through ballroom dance. Love and thanks to her friends & fellow artists.
KATIE NABORS (Pearl) Most recently was seen at Ensemble Theatre earlier this season as Mary Ball in The Gospel According to James. Katie has also been seen on the stage at Cleveland Public Theatre as Lulu in Poor Little Lulu, at Blank Canvas Theatre in the ensemble of Hellcab, at Ensemble Theatre as the stenographer in Waiting for Lefty, and at the Beck Center as Louise in The Underpants. In Detroit, Katie was seen on the Meadow Brook Theatre stage as Daisy in Biloxi Blues and Ann Darrow in Kong's Night Out. Katie has performed internationally in Greece and Ukraine. She performed throughout Greece in an English touring production of Lysistrata and while in Ukraine she performed in a Ukrainian/English bi-lingual production of Medea as Young Medea. Katie holds a BFA in theatre performance and dance from Oakland University in Michigan. Look for Katie in Pitman Painters as Susan Parks at the Beck Center later on this spring!
VALERIE YOUNG (Cora, AD) has performed at Ensemble Theatre for
nearly 30 years under the loving direction of two generations of Colombis;
first Lucia and her sister Licia, and most recently with Lucia’s equally
passionate daughter Celeste, directing her as Bea Ball in The Gospel According to James. Other Ensemble credits include
Claire in the Colombi New Plays Festival production of Dancing with N.E.D, Mary Jo in Dividing The Estate, Sue Jack Hooker in The Lucky Spot, Elena Guarneri in The Magic Fire, Mrs. Gibbs in Our Town,
Jessie Mae Watts in Trip to Bountiful
and Macon in Abundance. Not having played a “tart” in over 20 years
(the last time being in Aunt Dan and Lemon at Dobama Theatre opposite Lucia Colombi!), Valerie would like to
thank Ian for the opportunity to show off her goods!
AARON D. ELERSICH (Chuck Morello)
Aaron is a Cleveland based father, husband, friend, actor, director and producer. In addition to several appearances and projects with Ensemble he has worked extensively with The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival, Lakeland Civic Theatre, and Fairmount Performing Arts Conservatory. Aaron can also be found on an ever growing list of stages including The Cleveland Playhouse, Tri- C West, Karamu House, and The Beck Center for the Arts.
KYLE HUFF (Moran) Kyle is currently getting a BA in Dramatic Arts from Hiram College. This is his first show at Ensemble Theatre and he is so excited to get the opportunity to do a show with so many talented people. Other production credits include El-Fayoumy from The Last Days Of Judas Excariot, Tartuffe in Tartuffe, and Woof in Hair. Kyle would like to thank his parents, Ian, Rick, and the cast for doing what they do best.
WILLIAM GOFF (Lieb, Male Understudy). A graduate of Baldwin Wallace University with a BA in Theater, he has appeared in numerous productions around the Cleveland area. Recently he appeared in Deathtrap at the East Cleveland Theater and was in As You Like It and Henry VIII for the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival. Having been a part of such great casts as Of Mice and Men at Blank Canvas Theater and Waiting for Lefty at the Ensemble Theater, William is proud to be a part of this tremendous cast and is grateful for the opportunity to work with such a stellar crew and cast. Thank you all and break some legs.
BECCA MOSELEY (US Pearl/Cora/Margie, Rehearsal SM/AD) Becca is thrilled to be making her debut at Ensemble Theatre (both on stage and behind the scenes) with the Ice Man cast! Some of her past credits at other theatres include Rosalind (As You Like It), Gwendolen (The Importance of Being Ernest), Fabiana Cunningham (The Last Days of Judas Iscariot), Maggie (A Chorus Line), Antonia (Man of La Mancha), Mrs. Meers (Thoroughly Modern Mille), and Dorine (Tartuffe) She would like to thank her family for all their patience, Ian for the opportunity, and the cast and crew for making this such a wonderful experience. “There’s no place like home!” (Becca will play the role of Pearl 5/10-5/12)
JASON KALLICRAGAS (Lieb Understudy)
TOM FRATTARE (Dramaturg/Production Assistant) Tom is
thrilled to be making his Ensemble Theatre debut with one of the most
significant plays of the 20th century. He's a 1999 graduate of Ohio University's
School of Theater (MA/MFA) and is enjoying working alongside many fellow
graduates and the finest company of actors in town. Previous
dramaturgy credits came at The Cleveland Play House, Dobama Theatre and
Porthouse Theatre. A part-time writer, stage manager, husband and father, Tom
is fortunate to have worked exclusively in the theater and with orchestras his
JOEL RATHBONE (Production Stage Manager) Joel has been a freelance Stage Manager for over ten years in Cleveland. He has managed productions for Playhouse Square, Cleveland Public Theatre, Ensemble Theatre, Dobama Theatre, Cleveland Shakespeare Festival, Lakeland College, and Charenton Theatre Company. Joel is thrilled to be working with Ensemble again, especially with such a great cast and crew. As always, he couldn’t do it without the support of his friends and family, and thanks them for everything they have done for him. A special thanks to Hester, for putting up with his madness.
*Appears Courtesy of Actors' Equity Association
Production Run Time is 4hrs.
Run time includes (3)-10 minute intermissions.
Each Act runs roughly 1hr.