STAGE TUBE: Meet the Cast of PICNIC!
Sebastian Stan (Hal Carter). Sebastian Stan is quickly becoming one of Hollywood's most sought after young actors. Stan was last seen on USA Network's buzzed about mini-series "Political Animals", starring opposite Sigourney Weaver and Ellen Burstyn. Stan also appeared on ABC's hit fantasy series "Once Upon A Time" with Ginnifer Goodwin and Jennifer Morrison for a seven-episode arc. On the big screen, Stan is best known for his role as Bucky Barnes in Marvel's box office smash Captain America: The First Avenger. Stan will reprise his role opposite Chris Evens and Tommy Lee Jones in the sequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier due out in 2014. Other film credits include Summit Entertainment's Gone with Amanda Seyfried, Darren Aranofsky's BLACK SWAN with Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, Rachel Getting Married with Anne Hathaway, Spread with Ashton Kutcher, Hot Tub Time Machine with John Cusack and Chevy Chase, director Fred Durst's The Education of Charlie Banks, The Architect with Anthony LaPaglia, Isabella Rossellini and Hayden Panettiere and Screen Gem's The Covenant. In 2007, Stan made his Broadway debut opposite Liev Schreiber in Eric Bogosian's Talk Radio. Stan currently resides in New York.
Mare Winningham (Flo Owens). Academy Award nominee and two-time Emmy Award winner Mare Winningham will be making her Broadway debut in Picnic. She most recently garnered back-to-back Emmy Award nominations for the critically lauded HBO film "MildrEd Pierce" and as matriarch 'Sally McCoy' in History Channel's ratings blockbuster mini-series "Hatfields & McCoys." Most recently, Winningham completed a six month run in the Off-Broadway production of Tribes, directed by David Cromer. Other theatre credits include After the Revolution and The Glass Menagerie, along with Bonnie and Clyde: The Musical and Patty Griffin's musical 10 Million Miles.
Ellen Burstyn (Helen Potts). Ellen Burstyn's illustrious acting career encompasses film, stage and television. She became a "triple crown winner" when she won an Emmy for her guest appearance in "Law & Order: SVU" (2009) to add to her Oscar win for Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) and her Tony Award for Same Time, Next Year (1974) on Broadway. Ellen has been nominated for an Academy Award five other times for The Last Picture Show (1972), The Exorcist (1973), Same Time, Next Year, (1979), Resurrection (1981) and Requiem for a Dream (2000). Her many theater credits include the Broadway production of 84 Charing Cross Road (1982), the acclaimed one-woman play Shirley Valentine (1989) and Sacrilege (1995). She received glowing reviews in Stephen Adley Guirgis' play The Little Flower of East Orange (2008), directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman at The Public Theater in New York. In 2011, Ellen appeared in London's West End in Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour to rave reviews. Ellen was the first woman elected president of Actors Equity Association (1982-85), and served as the Artistic Director of the famed Actors Studio where she studied with the late Lee Strasberg. She continues to be active there as co-president with Al Pacino and Harvey Keitel. Academically, Ellen holds four honorary doctorates, one in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts, a Doctor of Humane Letters from Dowling College, a doctorate from the New School for Social Research, and a doctorate from Pace University where she teaches in The Actors Studio M.F.A. program. Ellen lectures throughout the country on a wide range of topics, and became a national best-selling author with the publication in 2006 of her memoir, Lessons in Becoming Myself, published by Riverhead Press. In addition to a continuing and thriving acting career, Ellen is writing a screenplay, as well as planning a book of her photography accompanied by her favorite poetry.