This is Miche’s first time at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. She has appeared for many years in The Devil's Music: The Life & Blues of Bessie Smith by Angelo Parra, conceived/directed by Joe Brancato, serving as lead and Musical Director/Arranger and Composer. She and The Devil’s Music have received multiple nominations including Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Carbonell, Off Broadway Alliance, AUDELCO, LA Critics’ Choice, Beyond Broadway and Connecticut Critics Circle Awards. Miche has appeared in and served as Musical Director/Arranger for many other stage productions including The People’s Temple, Gee’s Bend, The Bluest Eye and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. She was a member of the band Rough Magic in three productions of The Tempest, which was adapted and directed by Aaron Posner and Teller. She served as Musical Director for their South Coast Repertory production, earning her an LA Critics Choice Awards nomination. She did vocal arrangements for Spike Lee’s Da Sweet Blood of Jesus and has appeared on Law & Order: SVU. She has recorded with Regina Carter, James Carter, Gayelynn McKinney, Postmodern Jukebox and on her own CD, Diva Out Of Bounds – Ms. Miche. Her performance is dedicated to the memory of her mother, Dr. Mildred J. Dobey, her first musical influence.
Chaz received her Masters of Fine Arts from University of California San Diego. Regional credits at La Jolla Playhouse include In the Red and Brown Water (as Oya), A Lie of the Mind (as Beth) and Little Children Dream of God (as Madison). She performed with the Ubuntu Theater Project in Dance of the Holy Ghost (as Viola) and Hurt Village (as Cookie), which landed her a TBA Award nomination for best actress in a leading role. She has also performed at The New Harmony Project Playwriting Conference, the Ojai Playwrights Conference, The Denver Center New Play Festival and The New Griots Festival at The Guthrie Theater. Film credits include Lifetime's My Crazy Ex (as Tamara) and BET's Reflections (as Holly). The Wind and the Breeze (Nia) at Cygnet Theatre in San Diego is her next production after Marie and Rosetta.
Katreese is a two-time Emmy Award-winning Music Director/Composer/Pianist from Saturday Night Live (2000-11), writing music for hit sketches including Dick In a Box (featuring Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake), What Up With That, The Lawrence Welk Show and I'm Not Gonna Sing Tonight. She was the Bandleader and Music Director for The Rosie O'Donnell Show (OWN) and Oh Sit (CW Network), and co-produced the Grammy-nominated Roberta by Roberta Flack and the Grammy-winning Woman I Am by Chaka Khan. As a background vocalist, keyboardist and saxophonist, she has toured and recorded with Sting, Bette Midler, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Carly Simon and many others. She was the lead vocalist of the group Juicy, writing and performing the hit song “Sugar Free” on Epic Records. She is the creator of the livestream show Welcome 2 My House at facebook.com/katreesebarnes, which has featured Tony Terry, Valerie Simpson and a host of up-and-coming singer/songwriters.
George has gigged with Aretha Franklin, Donald Fagen, Steve Cropper, Duck Dunn, Roy Orbison, Melissa Manchester, Willie Dixon, Wilson Pickett, Junior Walker, Sam & Dave and countless others. He has recorded with Bill Doggett, Livingston Taylor, Bernard Purdie, Jack DeJohnette, Gerald Albright and Cornell Dupree, among others. He worked for three years as house guitarist at the world-famous Apollo Theater for its Wednesday night Amateur Show. He has done jingles, television and movie work; played on Broadway; produced records; arranged for live dates and recordings; and worked as Musical Director for many artists. He has also kept up a teaching practice for over 35 years.
George’s plays include Grounded (having recently run at Dobama Theatre); Elephant’s Graveyard; Into the Breeches!; The Mourners’ Bench; Salvage; Three Voyages of the Lobotomobile; One Hand Clapping; Any Other Name; Night of the Mime; Dark Room and Grizzly Mama. His work has been produced internationally by such companies as The Public Theater, Cleveland Play House, the Atlantic Theater Company, Trinity Repertory Company, Alley Theatre, City Theatre Company, London’s Gate Theatre, Page 73, The Studio Theatre and the Traverse Theatre, among others. George’s plays have been generously developed by New Harmony Project, the Playwrights’ Center, Asolo Rep, Theatre @ Boston Court, Bay Area Playwrights Festival and WordBRIDGE Playwright’s Lab. His scripts have been awarded a Lucille Lortel Award, an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, the Smith Prize, the Keene Prize for Literature, an NNPN Rolling World Premiere, a Scotsman Fringe First Award, an Off-West End Theatre Award, three Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards, a Creative Workforce Fellowship and the Theatre Netto Festival Grand Prize. He has received writing fellowships from the McCarter Theatre Center, the MacDowell Colony, the Hermitage Artist Retreat, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program and the Blue Mountain Center, as well as commissions from the Metropolitan Opera, Trinity Repertory Company, Theatre 4 and Dobama Theatre. George received his MFA in Writing from the James A. Michener Center for Writers at University of Texas, Austin, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild. He is published by Samuel French, Oberon Books and Smith & Kraus. He is proud to call Cleveland home.
Neil’s recent directing credits include the New York premiere of Simon Stephens’ On the Shore of the Wide World, and the world premieres of George Brant’s Marie and Rosetta, Kenneth Lonergan’s Hold On To Me Darling and David Mamet’s The Penitent, all at the Atlantic Theater Company in New York. Broadway credits include the musical, Hands on a Hardbody; the acclaimed revival of David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow; and A Life in the Theatre. Off-Broadway credits at Atlantic Theater Company include John Guare’s 3 Kinds of Exile; Moira Buffini’s Dying For It; Jez Butterworth’s Parlour Song, Mojo and The Night Heron; Ethan Coen’s Happy Hour, Offices and Almost an Evening; Harold Pinter’s Celebration and The Room; Adam Rapp’s Dreams of Flying Dreams of Falling; Joe Penhall’s Blue/Orange; Hilary Bell’s Wolf Lullaby; David Pittu’s What’s That Smell?; Howard Korder’s Sea of Tranquility; Edwin Sanchez’s Clean and Quincy Long’s Shaker Heights. Additional off-Broadway credits include David Mamet’s American Buffalo (Donmar Warehouse, Atlantic Theater Company); Romance, Keep Your Pantheon and School (Center Theatre Group, Atlantic Theater Company); Zinnie Harris’ Further than the Furthest Thing (Manhattan Theatre Club); Jessica Goldberg’s Refuge (Playwrights Horizons); Tom Donaghy’s The Beginning of August (South Coast Repertory, Atlantic Theater Company); Frank Gilroy’s The Subject Was Roses with Martin Sheen (Center Theatre Group); and Eric Bogosian’s Red Angel (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Neil has been the Artistic Director of the award-winning off-Broadway company Atlantic Theater Company since 1992.
Directing credits include various shows and theatres nationally and internationally. Selected off-Broadway directing credits include The Ensemble Studio Theatre, Apollo Theater Chicago, The Classical Theatre of Harlem and Atlantic Theater Company. Selected regional credits include Detroit Public Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Chautauqua Theatre Company, Arkansas Repertory Theatre and People’s Light. Selected international credits include The Market Theatre (Johannesburg, South Africa), Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Edinburgh, Scotland), National Arts Festival (Grahamstown, South Africa) and Adelaide Festival (Adelaide, Australia). Awards include a Barrymore Award nomination for best direction of a play and an AUDELCO Awards nomination for best direction of a musical. His memberships to professional organizations include Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), and Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). His training includes a BFA from the Conservatory of Fine Arts Webster University and a MFA from Penn State University. Steve is currently an Associate Professor of Theatre and Professor in Charge of the MFA Graduate Acting Program at Penn State University.
Broadway credits include Indecent; The Gin Game; The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess; The People in the Picture; Caroline, or Change (also Royal National Theatre, London); Elaine Stritch at Liberty (also national tour and The Old Vic, London); Topdog/Underdog (also Royal Court Theatre); Bells are Ringing; Parade (directed by Hal Prince, Tony Award and Drama Desk Award nominations); Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk (also national tour, Japan) and The Tempest. Recent credits include Indecent (Vineyard Theatre); Red Speedo (New York Theatre Workshop); The Father and A Doll’s House (Theatre For a New Audience); Don Giovanni (The Santa Fe Opera); Grounded (directed by Julie Taymor) and The Library (directed by Steven Soderbergh) at The Public Theater; La Mouette (Cour d’Honneur, Palais des Papes – Avignon Festival); Abigail’s Party (Oslo National Theater); Othello and The Dead (Abbey Theatre Dublin) and The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant (Ljubljana/Slovenia). National and international credits include Brooklyn Academy of Music, American Repertory Theater, Lincoln Center Theater, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, New York City Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris), Theater an der Wien (Vienna), Teatro Real (Madrid) and English National Opera, among others. Riccardo graduated from Yale School of Drama.
Dede’s off-Broadway credits include School Girls (MCC Theater); Mankind, Bella: An American Tall Tale (Playwrights Horizons); Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train (Signature Theatre); The Royale (Lincoln Center Theater); Tell Hector I Miss Him and Marie and Rosetta (Atlantic Theater Company); Ugly Lies the Bone (Roundabout Theatre Company); brownsville song [b-side for tray] (LCT3); Twelfth Night, ToasT, The Urban Retreat and Manahatta (The Public Theater); Nollywood Dreams (Cherry Lane Theatre) and Holding It Down (Harlem Stage). Regionally, Dede’s work has been seen at Denver Center, California Shakespeare Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, Arena Stage, Berkshire Theatre Group, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Signature Theatre, McCarter Theatre and Cleveland Play House. Television credits include programs on Comedy Central, Fox Shortcoms (FOX Network) and COPPER Project (Improv Everywhere/BBC America). Dede is the winner of the following awards: Helen Hayes, Theatre Bay Area and Jeff Awards, with two AUDELCO Award nominations. She received her MFA from Yale School of Drama.
Christopher has designed lighting, and occasionally scenery, for over 650 productions at theatre, opera and dance companies across the country and around the world. Recent work includes Paula Vogel’s new play, Indecent (Tony Award and Drama Desk Award); The Last Ship; Rocky (Tony Award nomination); The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (Tony Award nomination) on Broadway; and Martha Clarke’s Angel Reapers and Cheri at Signature Theatre. His extensive credits in opera include two seasons for Ireland’s Wexford Festival and the world premiere of Tobias Picker’s Dolores Claiborne at San Francisco Opera. He is the recipient of an Obie Award for Sustained Excellence, the Michael Merritt Award for Design and Collaboration, two Chicago-area Jeff Awards, as well as numerous nominations for Drama Desk Awards, Lucille Lortel Awards, Outer Critics Circle and Tony Awards.
Steve was the production engineer on such Broadway shows as Cats, Starlight Express, Song & Dance, The Phantom of the Opera, Carrie and Aspects of Love. His Broadway sound design credits include On Your Feet, Doctor Zhivago, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (Tony Award), Hands On A Hardbody (Drama Desk Award), Jesus Christ Superstar, Catch Me If You Can, Guys and Dolls, Mary Poppins, The Lion King, Jersey Boys (Drama Desk Award), Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays, Hairspray, The Producers, Aida, Titanic, Big, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Carousel and The Who’s Tommy (Drama Desk Award).
Seth has played and conducted many Broadway shows including Hairspray; Fosse; Hair; Beautiful; On Your Feet; Paramour; Promises, Promises; Shrek; Smokey Joe’s Café; 9 To 5; Elf and Catch Me If You Can. Seth has played on hundreds of CDs including two Grammy-nominated records by the folk legend, Odetta. Still Will Be Heard, a musical co-written with his wife Liz Queler, was mounted at Montclair State University in New Jersey. His compositions have been used extensively on television and film.
Stephanie is thrilled to continue her collaboration with Blake Robison and the Playhouse, having cast A Prayer for Owen Meany, Disgraced, A Christmas Carol, Jane Eyre, All the Roads Home and Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery last season, and Shakespeare in Love, Mr. Joy and Be Here Now this season. Previously for the Playhouse, she cast The Secret Garden; Sex with Strangers; Mad River Rising; Native Gardens; The Revolutionists; To Kill a Mockingbird; Mothers and Sons; Bad Dates; Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club; Safe House; Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical; Circle Mirror Transformation; Peter and the Starcatcher; Buzzer; Fly; Seven Spots on the Sun; Clybourne Park; 4000 Miles; Pride and Prejudice; and A Delicate Ship as well as Shipwrecked! An Entertainment; The Book Club Play; Leveling Up; Abigail/1702; A Christmas Carol; The Three Musketeers; and The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead. Her work is frequently seen on Broadway, off-Broadway and regionally, as well as on film and television. She has many exciting projects running and upcoming. Stephanie is a member of the Casting Society of America.
A stage manager at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park since 1994, Jenifer became the PSM (head of the department) in 2005. She has worked on more than 100 productions, including a number of regional and world premieres, and has traveled to several other theatres to bring co-productions back to the Playhouse. Her recent credits include An Evening With Groucho, Shakespeare in Love, Little Shop of Horrors, The Second City’s Holidazed & Confused Revue, A Prayer for Owen Meany, To Kill a Mockingbird, Low Down Dirty Blues, The Secret Garden, Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical and The Three Musketeers. Jenifer served as the PSM at Santa Fe Stages for several seasons. She has also stage managed at Cleveland Play House, La Jolla Playhouse, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Long Wharf Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, Virginia Shakespeare Festival, The Ordway and Players Theatre Columbus. One of her most memorable experiences was stage managing the U.K. tour of Miss Evers’ Boys at The Barbican Centre in London and at the historic Bristol Old Vic.
Brooke is pleased to return for her third season with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Her off-Broadway credits include Breathing Time, The Faire and From White Plains (production stage manager, Fault Line Theatre). Regional theatre credits include Million Dollar Quartet, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Summerland, Native Gardens (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Hair: Retrospection, Stillwater, The Whipping Man, August: Osage County, Cabaret and five seasons of A Christmas Carol (production stage manager, Kansas City Repertory Theatre); Peter and the Starcatcher and Richard II (Utah Shakespeare Festival); Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Center Stage in Baltimore); and The Drowsy Chaperone, Is He Dead? and Harry the Great (Creede Repertory Theatre). Assistant stage management credits include Our Town; A Flea in Her Ear; Clay; Jitney; and Love, Janis (Kansas City Repertory Theatre); and work at Starlight Theatre, Stages St. Louis and Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. Brooke also has worked in opera, with credits including Moscow, Cherry Town and Medea (PSM, Opera Long Beach) and Frida, Die Fledermaus and Tosca (ASM, Cincinnati Opera). She also spent two seasons at The Santa Fe Opera.
Marie and Rosetta chronicles Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Marie Knight’s first rehearsal as they prepare for a tour that would establish them as one of the great duet teams in music history.CONTINUE READING>