Meet the Cast: The Bald Soprano/The Dumb Waiter
We are thrilled to feature our stunning cast and crew for The Bald Soprano and The Dumb Waiter, March 21-31. Get tickets now!
Zachary Mannheimer (Director/Producer) Directed Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom (2012/Kirkwood), Americana Absurdum (4th St. 2008/DMSC 2010), R.U.R. (DMSC 2009), Gaggle of Saints (DMSC 2009), Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (DMSC 2010), The Lonesome West (Mooncoin Entertainment 2010), Directed/Co-Wrote Party Discipline: A Political Transformation Seminar (NYC 2006 at The Ohio Theatre, 2007 at the AAWW), Karel Capek’s The White Plague and co-produced The UnConvention (NYC 2004), Jesse Alick’s Sleep Awake (NYC 2003), John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger (NYC 2002), Eugene Ionesco’s Victims of Duty (NYC 2001, 2002 OOBR Award for Overall Excellence), Set Design for John Patrick Shanley’s The Big Funk (NYC 2003), Producer of Mac Wellman’s 7 Blowjobs (NYC 2005) and Co-Wrote and Directed Burt Reynolds’ Amazing Napalm Powered Oven and Other Paid Programming for 2001 NYC Fringe Festival. Zachary is the Founding Artistic Director of The Subjective Theatre Company (NYC) and currently serves as Executive Director of The Des Moines Social Club. He is also a co-owner of Proof Restaurant. He wishes to thank his lovely wife Sarah, daughter Mira and son Benjamin.
The Dumb Waiter
Scott Siepker (Gus) is the host of the Emmy nominated Iowa Outdoors on Iowa Public Television and is an adjunct professor of acting at Drake University. Scott got his acting start on stage at Iowa State University, where he received his bachelor of science in psychology. Scott has gone on to act in dozens of plays, commercials, and miscellaneous live events. In 2012, Scott was the star of the Webby Honoree viral video Iowa Nice, which was produced by the film company he is a founding member of, Iowa Filmmakers, along with Paul D. Benedict and Brendan Dunphy. With the follow ups Cyclone Nice and Hawkeye Nice, ESPN took note and now Scott can been seen twice a week on College Football Daily during the football season.
Brendan Dunphy (Ben) is known for his penchant for serious drama. By the time he finished producing The Martin McDonagh Project (Mooncoin Entertainment: 2009 – 2012), DSM Magazine dubbed him “The Dark Knight of Theater.” He has also earned the title of “Best Actor” by the Iowa Motion Picture Association. He has been on a hiatus from theater to focus on film and music, but he has returned to the stage because of a particular gravitation to this script and to his colleagues, Siepker and Mannheimer. They have been waiting to showcase this play for years. Recently, Brendan has been hosting television shows for the Science Channel and the BBC. Stay tuned for current and upcoming film projects from Iowa Filmmakers, which he produces along with Paul Benedict and Scott Siepker.
The Bald Soprano
Joe Smith (Mr. Smith) StageWest – The Seafarer (Mr. Lockhart), Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde (Mr. Gill) Des Moines Playhouse – The 39 Steps (Clown 1); Tuck Everlasting (The Stranger), The Hobbit (Fili), Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid (Father), The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later (Various), Grinnell College (2009) – As You Like It (Adam), Drama Workshop – The Bald Soprano (Mr. Smith), Sunrise at Campobello (Louis Howe), Frank Burnette Productions – The Zoo Story (Peter). Milligan/Mercati Productions – The Stone Naked Women (Reverend Angell). Frequent participant in play readings for StageWest’s Scriptease and the Des Moines Playhouse’s reading series. Education: B.A. English Literature, Middlebury College.
Mary Bricker (Mrs. Smith) is thrilled to be playing Mrs. Smith opposite the “real” Mr. Smith, real-life husband Joe. Joe and Mary played these roles together in 2004, in a production for the Drama Workshop, and are eager to reprise them with this amazing cast. Mary has recently appeared on the Des Moines Social Club stage, in last fall’s 44 Plays for 44 Presidents and last year in Mooncoin Production’s The Cripple of Inishmaan. She has performed on many local stages, including the Des Moines Playhouse (Hello, Dolly!, Thoroughly Modern Millie); Stagewest (Steve Martin’s The Underpants; Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage); Drama Workshop (Sunrise at Campobello; The Importance of Being Earnest, and of course The Bald Soprano); Kate Goldman Children’s Theatre (How I became a Pirate, The Hobbit). Mary was also an original cast member of the Robert John Ford musical UTOPIA, and originated the role of Zerelda James in The Totally True, Completely Fictional Story of the Mother of Jesse James by Des Moines Playwright Cynthia Mercati. Variety is the spice of Mary’s theatrical life: she also frequently participates in various film and commercial projects, and even enjoys working “the other side” as a stage manager and assistant director. Viva la Theatre!
Eric Lee (Mr. Martin) is a Des Moines native. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre from the University of Evansville, in Indiana. He has split the last ten years between here and Chicago. In Chicago, he has appeared with Tinfish Theatre, Easy Street Players, Halcyon Theatre, and was most recently seen in New Leaf Theatre’s production of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia. In Des Moines, he has recently appeared in Completeness and Still Life, with the Des Moines Playhouse, and in Fat Pig,for StageWest. Eric is delighted to be back in Des Moines and to be jumping back into a theatre scene that just keeps getting more vibrant, though he will still take every opportunity to tell you how much he misses the food in Chicago, whether you want to hear about it or not.
Laryssa Husiak (Mrs. Martin) is a recent transplant to Des Moines from New York City and is elated to make her debut with the Des Moines Social Club Theatre Company. She is an actor, writer and performance artist and member of the Obie Award-winning theater company Two-Headed Calf. Laryssa is currently developing an original show about tennis trailblazer Billie Jean King entitled She Is King, which she hopes to perform in Des Moines this year. Laryssa is a graduate of NYU’s Experimental Theater Wing and holds a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University. www.laryssahusiak.com
Micheal Davenport (Fire Chief) most recently was seen as Sheldrake, in The Des Moines Playhouse production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard; Mr. Daldry in Stage West’s production of In The Next Room or The Vibrator Play; as Friar Laurence in Iowa Shakespeare’s production of Romeo and Juliet. Additionally he appeared as Vice Principal Panch in the musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee for Stage West, where 5 years earlier he wowed audiences as the late-Richard Nixon, in the musical Judy’s Scary Little Christmas. A favorite among local audiences, Micheal credits more than 15 years in association with The Des Moines Playhouse where most notably he received critical-praise and audience affection as the quick-change artist, Clown, in The 39 Steps and previously as the tyrannical mogul David Sarnoff in The Farnsworth Invention. Other notable Playhouse roles have included Georges in Don’t Dress For Dinner; murderous critic Darrel Grady in the musical Curtains; as inept deer hunter Reuben Soady in Jeff Daniel’s Escanaba In Da’Moonlight; among several others. Mr. Davenport attended Grand View University studying both Secondary Education and Creative and Performing Arts. Mr. Davenport also has credits with Stray Dog Theatre Chicago and received much training at Chicago’s Improv-Olympic and Second City. He has appeared in several radio and television commercials, in addition to performing in film and web-series such as I Think My Mom’s Trying to Kill Me with Ron Lester and Iowa Filmmaker’s Marooned and Animal Justice League. Additionally Mr. Davenport has served as a “Richard Nixon” consultant, heavily quoted by NPR’s John Moe for the book Conservatize Me. His acting influences are Lee J. Cobb, Richard Burton, Brian Dennehy, Anthony Hopkins, and Nathan Lane. In addition to acting Mr. Davenport is a free-lance Learning and Development training consultant.
KtMarie Scarcello (Mary) made her theatrical debut as Bunny 3 (Park Ave Elementary 1994). Dozens of charters and a degree in Theatre (UNI 2008) find her running lines with husband, Sean, and dogs (Atlas, Bagheera). KtMarie’s current favorite role is Una from Black Bird (DMSC 2010). She last performed as Rebecca in MethLab (DMSC 2012) and Sylvia in The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? (Tallgrass Theatre 2012).
Allison Smith (Assistant Director) has been involved in all aspects of theater since childhood. Her love of the art led her to pursue her BA in theatre at Simpson College and move to New York right after graduation. In NYC, she worked as a stage manager, director and producer. With the DMSC Theatre Company, Allison started the monthly play reading series, Page to Stage. She collaborated on the writing team for DMSC Theatre Company’s first Co-Lab, The Mother Davis Project in which she also acted. She directed Jim Coppoc’s Manhattan Beatitude and was recently pulled from the audience to appear onstage in a one-time performance of Chester A. Arthur in the recent 44 Plays for 44 Presidents. Additionally she was the co-coordinator for the DMSC Arts Camp for children last summer.
Elizabeth Riordan (Stage Manager) is delighted to be working on such amusing shows with the Des Moines Social club. She graduated Augustana College with a degree in Anthropology and Theater Arts, and is glad the Social Club is making her use one of her majors. Recently, she has stage managed Cripple of Innishman, Meth Lab, and recently 44 Plays for 44 Presidents with DMSC Theatre Company. She also recently worked with RTI’s production of A Christmas Carol and just finished stage managing Des Moines Onstage’s production of Meet Me in St. Louis. Thank you to everyone for the laughs.
John Graham (Dialect Coach) is currently an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Drake University. John has worked as an actor, a director, and a vocal coach across the US, Canada, Asia, and Europe. Credits include work with the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, La MaMa Umbria, the Cincinnati Opera, San Francisco Stage Company, and the Michael Chekhov Association. Locally, he has worked with StageWest, the Des Moines Playhouse, and Repertory Theatre of Iowa. John is an associate editor for the International Dialects of English Archives.
Clay Daggett (Set and Lighting Designer) will be graduating from Simpson College in April. This is his first design with Des Moines Social Club Theatre Company and he is very thankful for the opportunity to work on this production. He plans to move to Des Moines after graduation to design lights and sets with the various theatre companies around the city. He hopes to eventually attend graduate school for theatrical design. Design credits: Fame Jr., Des Moines Playhouse, Little House Christmas at Plum Creek, Des Moines Playhouse, and Festival of Short Plays, Simpson College.
Jill Frank (Costume Designer) has 12 years experience in theater costuming and extensive film wardrobe work since 2008. This is her sixth production with Des Moines Social Club. Jill is obsessed with sewing, knitting, and dirty vodka martinis. Her favorite theater production experiences include: The Cripple of Inishmaan (DMSC, 2012), The Last Five Years (DMSC, 2013), The Sound of Music (2008), The Importance of Being Earnest (2011), and Steel Magnolias (2009). “I am blessed to be working with such talented, inspired people!”
Ryan Schmitz (Sound Designer) a music lover and graduate of Simpson College, has had the opportunity to enjoy numerous roles in the theatre community. He enjoyed performing in several shows with Vertigo Theatre Factory and working backstage for Rochester Civic Theatre, in Rochester, MN. Then as Stage Manager/Tech/Performer with the Queens Players, All Stars Project, and Theater For the New City while living in New York City. Now, back in Des Moines, he has the pleasure of doing tech work with both the Des Moines Social Club Theatre Company and Tallgrass Theatre Company. He is very excited to be working with such amazing talent here in Iowa!
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