Casting Announced for WaterTower Theatre's ARE YOU NOW, OR HAVE YOU EVER BEEN Reading
ADDISON, TX – WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director and Loop Executive Producer Terry Martin today announced the casting for the play reading of Are You Now, Or Have You Ever Been? to be performed on Monday, February 29 at 7.30 pm on the Main Stage as part of the 2016 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival. Directed by Martin, the all-star cast includes Sean Hennigan, Matthew Thompkins, Justin Locklear, Alex Organ, Cameron Cobb, Stan Graner, Joe Nemmers, Sally Nysten Vahle, Calvin Scott Roberts, Seth Magill and René Moreno.
In the mid-1950s, the House of Un-American Activities Committee began investigating the communist influence in the entertainment industry. This searing docudrama from actual transcripts of the hearings reveals how decent people were persuaded to name names, and the steep price paid by those who refused. Written by Obie Award winning playwright Eric Bentley.
The reading of Are You Now, Or Have You Ever Been? will be free admission. Single tickets to all events go on sale Feb. 9. Festival Passes, now on sale, include one admission to each Festival event and are $65. WaterTower Theatre subscribers receive $10 off each Festival pass. Individual ticket prices for each event are $10, unless otherwise noted. Lobby performances are free. Loop passholders may make reservations starting February 2, 2016.
Tickets will be available online at www.watertowertheatre.org/outofloop.aspx, by phone at 972.450.6232, or in-person at the WaterTower Theatre Box Office located at the Addison Theatre Centre, 15650 Addison Road, Addison, Texas 75001.
About the cast:
Sally Nystuen Vahle
Sally was born in Minnesota and grew up in Menomonie, Wisconsin. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting at the University of Minessota-Duluth and received her Master of Fine Arts in Performance at Southern Methodist University. She is the co-founder of Dallas' Kitchen Dog Theater. Sally has worked in regional theater's across the United States and is a member of the Brierley Resident Acting Company at the Dallas Theater Center. She serves the University of North Texas Department of Dance and Theater as Associate Professor of Acting and Voice.
Justin is a multi-disciplinary creator very much in love with theatre. With varied pursuits in performance, Justin is the current Artist-in-Residence of the Ochre House Theater and the Co-Producer/Conceptual Artist of DGDG: the Danielle Georgiou Dance Group. Recent regional credits include: Ochre House Theater - The Egg Salesman, Perro Y Sangre, The Passing Show; DGDG - The Show About Men, NICE. Undermain Theatre - The Droll. Next up, Justin will be seen in The Realistic Joneses in the Studio Theatre at WaterTower.
Stan returns to the WaterTower stage having previously been seen in Hank Williams: Lost Highway, Black Tie, The Grapes of Wrath, August: Osage County, The Diary of Anne Frank, Our Town, Parade, and The Crucible. He was also seen in last year’s Out of the Loop Fringe Festival as music director for New York cabaret artist Tori Scott. He’s performed regionally at Amphibian Stage Productions, Casa Mañana, Circle Theatre, Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, Garland Summer Musicals, Kitchen Dog Theatre, Lyric Stage, One Thirty Productions, Plano Repertory Theatre, Stage West, Theatre Three, and Uptown Players. Stan won a DFW Theater Critics Forum ensemble award for his work in August: Osage County at WaterTower, and is a multi-time Column Award winner, including for WaterTower’s The Diary of Anne Frank. Critic Alexandra Bonifield (Critical Rant & Rave, Arts+Culture Magazine, TheaterJones.com) named Stan one of the Outstanding Male Performers of 2010. Stan is featured on all three Holidazzle recordings put out by DFW Actors Give Back, and was honored to be invited back to his alma mater Texas Wesleyan University in 2008 to perform an evening of Broadway songs. Stan serves on WaterTower’s Board of Directors as Secretary and Chair of Development.
Calvin Scott Roberts
Calvin is beyond excited to return to the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival at WaterTower Theatre. Calvin was last seen at WaterTower Theatre in Creep. Regional credits include: Benny in Rent (Casa Mañana); Miracle on 34th Street (Dallas Children’s Theater); Mister in The Color Purple (Jubilee Theatre); CC White in Dreamgirls (Portland Center Stage); Leroy/Herb in By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, Crazy for You, The Drowsy Chaperone (Theatre Three); Spunk, Smokey Joe’s Café, Honky (WaterTower Theatre); The Producers (Uptown Players); Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters (Dallas Children’s Theater, National Tour); A Christmas Carol, The Wiz (Dallas Theater Center); Flora, the Red Menace (Lyric Stage). Other theatrical credits include The Merchant of Venice and Julius Caesar (Shakespeare Dallas).
Alex Organ has previously appeared at Watertower in Little Shop of Horrors and Putting it Together. He is a member of DTC's Brierley Resident Acting Company, where his credits include All the Way; A Christmas Carol; Sense and Sensibility; The Rocky Horror Show; Les Miserables; Fortress of Solitude; Fly By Night. Regional: Cincinnati Playhouse; Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; Epic Theatre Ensemble; Elm Shakespeare Festival; Houston Shakespeare Festival. DFW: Second Thought Theatre; Undermain Theater; Theatre Three; Trinity Shakespeare Festival; Shakespeare Dallas; Lyric Stage. Film/TV: Law & Order: SVU; Second Guessing Grandma. Alex is the Artistic Director of Second Thought Theatre in Dallas where he recently directed A Behanding in Spokane and Cock and will appear this Spring in The Great God Pan. MFA Yale Drama.
Cameron is one of the most versatile actors and works often both theatrically and commercially. He is trained in improv comedy, guitar, clowning, dialects, and stage combat. Cameron appeared as a series regular on CBS’ Walker Texas Ranger, as well as a featured player in Robert Altman’s Dr. T and the Women with Richard Gere and Helen Hunt. Beginning in 1998, he hosted a cross-country series of travelogue-style industrials for Blockbuster Entertainment, ultimately ending up in Los Angeles where Cameron worked the red carpet with Drew Barrymore, Justin Timberlake, and Tim McGraw at the 3rd Annual Blockbuster Awards. No stranger to the stage, he has worked extensively in Dallas with Dallas Theater Center, Kitchen Dog Theater and the Undermain.
Actor and director, René Moreno was born in Dallas, Texas. He studied music at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and theatre and dance at Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, where he holds an MFA in Directing. As an actor, he has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in plays by Shakespeare, Lorca, Brecht, Shaw and Chekov at prestigious regionals theatres across the country, on radio, television, and in film. He has directed numerous plays including classic works and those of modern and emerging writers in productions that have garnered critical acclaim and award recognition. He is a member of Actor’s Equity, SAG-AFTRA, and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. He is Artistic Associate at Shakespeare Dallas and is an Affiliated Artist with Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre.
Seth is a co-founder of indie-rock band Home By Hovercraft, whose debut LP Are We Chameleons? features music from the musical On The Eve. On The Eve was recently featured in the 2015 National Alliance of Musical Theatre's Festival of New Musicals. He is currently co-writing a new musical, Psyche, being commissioned and developed by Theatre C. A member of the Actor’s Equity Association, Seth was last seen as Fred in The Dallas Theater Center’s production of A Christmas Carol, as Chase Spacegrove in On The Eve at Theatre Three, and many memorable roles with Dallas Children’s Theatre, Kitchen Dog Theater and Shakespeare Dallas. He has his B.F.A. in Acting from Southern Methodist University.
Mathew Steven Tompkins
Matthew's 20-year career includes starring roles in more than 80 television productions, 40 feature films, 60 national commericals and 100 theatre plays. Among his extensive acting credits, he starred in the movies Killing Down, The Fragility of Seconds, Radiant and Odd Man Out. In theatre, he has won the Dallas Theatre Critics Forum Award for Best Actor seven times. Recent stage work includes Nelson Algren in the New York Times-lauded, Off-Broadway run of Transatlantic Liaison and Oberon in the Dallas Theater Center production.
About WaterTower Theatre
WaterTower Theatre is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016. The Company is one of the leading regional theatres in North Dallas and Texas. It is consistently recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, Dallas-Fort Worth Theatre Critics Forum, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, D Magazine, and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, among others. WaterTower Theatre has a subscription base of more than 2,100 subscribers and serves an audience of over 28,000 patrons annually. The Out of the Loop Fringe Festival is in its 15th year.
WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of The Town of Addison, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. WaterTower Theatre is supported, in part, through the generosity of the following season sponsors: American Bank of Commerce, Atmos Energy, Liberty Capital Bank, Bob and Barbara Bigham: The Baylor Oral Health Foundation, Barbara and Don Daseke, Frost Bank, Pinnacle, Rainmaker Advertising, The Nissan Foundation, Mary Kay, Inc., Women of WaterTower Theatre, The Corporate Council, the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors, The Shubert Foundation, Slalom Consulting and Media Sponsors TheaterJones.com, the Dallas Observer and Addison – the Magazine of the North Dallas Corridor.
About Terry Martin, Producing Artistic Director, Director of Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been? and “Loop” Producer
Terry Martin is WaterTower Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director, a position he has held for 16 years. Terry has overseen more than 130 productions at WaterTower Theatre, including the recent world premiere of the musical Creep. Some of his directing credits at WaterTower Theatre include Sexy Laundry, Dogfight, Full Gallop, The Grapes of Wrath, Putting it Together, Spring Awakening, Rockin’ Christmas Party, The Diary of Anne Frank, Little Shop of Horrors, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Man of La Mancha, Humble Boy, The Crucible, Take Me Out, A Country Life (which he adapted from Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya and which won the 2005 Rabin Award – Best New Play), Cabaret, It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues, Company, An Inspector Calls, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Laramie Project, You Can't Take It With You, Book of Days, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (2002 Rabin Award – Director of a Play), Sweeney Todd, Desire Under the Elms, Ravenscroft, Rockin’ Christmas Party (2000, 2001), Enter the Guardsman, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill and Little Shop of Horrors, among others.
About Kelsey Leigh Ervi ( “Loop” Co-Producer)
Kelsey Leigh Ervi is considered one of Dallas’ top young directors. A graduate of Baylor University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance, Kelsey currently serves as Artistic & Marketing Associate for WaterTower Theatre as well as Co-Producer for the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival. For WaterTower, she most recently directed the regional premiere of Lord of the Flies. Kelsey’s original play The Spark, which she also directed, received its world premiere in the 2015 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival (Best of Loop). She has also directed the studio theatre productions of The Santaland Diaries (2013 & 2014) and Honky. Kelsey has served as Assistant Director on numerous main stage productions including Bonnie & Clyde, Dogfight, Good People, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Grapes of Wrath, The Ugly One and August: Osage County. She has worked closely with other regional theaters in the area, including Echo Theatre where she directed the critically acclaimed production of Precious Little. Other credits include: Love Me, Tinder (FIT Festival, world premiere), Ask Questions Later (Rite of Passage Theatre, world premiere), Dani Girl (Greyman Theatre Company), Twelfth Night (Shakespeare Dallas). In 2014, Kelsey was recognized in the Dallas Observer’s list of 100 Dallas Creatives. When she isn’t directing, Kelsey has been seen onstage at various DFW theaters including Stage West, Shakespeare in the Bar, Uptown Players, Shakespeare Dallas and Echo Theatre.