David Aaron Baker & Kelly McAndrew Lead Chautauqua Theater Company's DARK RADIO Reading, Now thru 7/13

By: Jul. 11, 2013
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Continuing to build on the enormous success of new play development at Chautauqua Theater Company (CTC), Artistic Director Vivienne Benesch and Managing Director Sarah Clare Corporandy, announces casting for the Signature Staged Readings of Dark Radio by Colin McKenna to be presented today, July 11-13 on the Bratton Theater Mainstage.

Directed by Mike Donahue, Dark Radio features David AaRon Baker, Kelly McAndrew, Jacob Dresch and Arielle Goldman.

Something is wrong in Ron''s suburban neighborhood, but he's the only person in the family who seems to notice. Streets are suddenly deserted, cell phones are dead, and the cable is down. The only communication Ron is receiving from the outside world is a single radio station, buried deep in the AM dial...

Dark Radio features the design work of CTC's 2013 Design Fellows: Lauren Mills (Scenic Design), Janet O'Neill (Costume Design), Sarah Tunderman (Lighting Design), Justin Schultz (Sound Design). Jenny Kennedy is Stage Manager and Susan Woodburn Assistant Stage Manager.

David AaRon Baker (Ron) CTC: Fifty Ways. Broadway: The Merchant of Venice, A Raisin In The Sun, The Rainmaker, Once Upon A Mattress, Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Moliere Comedies, White Liars/Black Comedy, The Flowering Peach. Off-Broadway: Why Torture is Wrong..., Dead Man's Cell Phone, Rose's Dilemma, Blue Window, Durang Durang, The Glory of Living (MCC), Ancestral Voices, Bosoms and Neglect. Film includes: Martin Campbell's Edge of Darkness, Lasse Hallström's The Hoax, Woody Allen's Melinda and Melinda, David Mamet's Phil Spector (HBO), The Tao of Steve, Kissing Jessica Stein. Television includes: Homeland, The Following, Boardwalk Empire, Disney's The Music Man and Molly: An American Girl, all four Law & Orders. David is an award winning narrator of numerous audio books. Education: The Juilliard School, University of Texas-Austin, Illinois State University.

Kelly McAndrew (Allison) Broadway: Maggie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Off-Broadway: Good Television (Atlantic Theatre Company), Still Life (MCC),The Cataract (The Women's Project), Book of Days (Signature Theatre). Other New York Theatre includes: My California (Here Arts), Greedy(Clubbed Thumb), Topsy Turvey Mouse (Cherry Lane Mentor Project), Trout Stanley (Culture Project) Lyric is Waiting (kef productions). Recent regional credits include: Other Desert Cities (The Guthrie), Good People (Pittsburgh Public), August: Osage County, Alive and Well, Dividing the Estate, Sight Unseen (The Old Globe) Precious Little (City Theatre). Other regional theaters include: A.R.T., Huntington, Cincinnati Playhouse, Denver Center, Shakespeare on the Sound, Arena Stage, Baltimore Center Stage. TV: Smash, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Gossip Girl. Film: In the Family (2011 SPIRIT nomination), Everybody's Fine (with Robert DeNiro), Superheroes, New Guy, Out of the Darkness.

Arielle Goldman (Paige) is entering her final year at NYU's MFA Acting Program, and holds a BFA from the University of Michigan. New York: Wanton Displays of Affection (NYC Fringe). NYU: Waiting for Lefty, The Seagull, Mean Time, The Recruiting Officer, As You Like It. University of Michigan: Arms and the Man, The Crucible, Trafford Tanzi, Jonesin'. Other credits (selected): Twelfth Night (RADA); Me and My Dick, A Very Potter Sequel, A Very Potter Senior Year (Starkid Productions, Youtube).

Jacob R. Dresch (Tex) is entering his final year at UC Irvine's Graduate Acting Program. Regional: Antony and Cleopatra, Hamlet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Twelfth Night, 1776, South Pacific, The Playboy of the Western World (PA Shakespeare); The Merry Wives of Windsor, Measure for Measure, Blood Brothers (Texas Shakespeare).

Performances of Dark Radio are tonight, July 11 at 8pm, July 12 at 4pm and July 13 at 2:15pm. Tickets to the New Play Workshop are $15. Ticket packages range from $65 - $150. Order by phone at (716) 357-6250, M-F 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or order online at www.ciweb.org. Be a vital part of the process: participate in post-show discussions and other related events with playwrights, actors and the creative teams.

The New Play Workshop Signature Staged Readings introduce Chautauqua audiences to important new voices in the theater and to the staged reading as a thrilling theatrical event in its own right. Each year, CTC staff members read up to two hundred new plays in consideration for two one-week workshops. Over the last nine years, the NPW series has gained incredible momentum and developed into something truly unique: a genuine opportunity to see a play come to life with top actors, designers, and directors for an audience that truly welcomes and encourages new voices for the theatre.


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