Introducing the cast of Václav Havel's The Memorandum, coming to the Arsenal Center for the Arts on January 11th!
Rehearsals are launched and Ptydepe lessons are rolling, and we’d like to introduce you to both the familiar faces and the newcomers who will be staffing the office of our January production of Václav Havel’s The Memorandum.
Jim Remmes approaches the role of Managing Director Josef Gross with purpose, seeking to maintain rationality and optimism in a world ripe with paradoxes. Jim recently appeared as Box in Vagabond Theatre Group's True Believers and in Acting Out Theatre Company's production of Almost, Maine. Marty Seeger Mason, as Gross's distracted typist Hana, is no stranger to the role of vacant secretary, having played Ginger in alongside Chris Chiampa and Victoria Townsend. Marty will also be singing with The Christmas Revels this holiday season!
You may recall Chris Chiampa’s performance as Michal in last summer's production of The Pillowman; he returns to the Flat Earth stage to take on the role of the conniving Deputy Director Jan Ballas, a fellow rife with smarm and sinister persuasion. He is accompanied by the elusive and strange Ferdinand Pillar, played by Chris Anton, former Production Manager and Resident Director of the critically acclaimed Independent Drama Society. Chris Anton was a DASH winner for R&G Are Dead with the Footlight Club, and will be directing History 101 with Argos Productions this December.
Patrick Curran was last seen in Brown Box Theatre Project's 2nd Annual Shakespeare at the Beach production of Romeo and Juliet, and lends a rugged presence to the head of the Translation Center, Otto Stroll, if only when there's food around. His colleague Alex Savant is played intellectually if not eccentrically by Kevin E. Parise who will also be serving as associate producer for A Chorus Line with Woodland Theatre Company in January. The Translation Center staff is rounded out by Lindsay Eagle's portrayal of Helena, the effervescent, excitable chairman. Formerly the Artistic Director of the Independent Drama Society, Lindsay will be directing Flat Earth's staged reading of Kevin Mullins's Citizens of the Empire on December 2nd, and also the production of Rocket Man next August. Dori Levit tenderly embodies the sole compassion in the office as the secretary Maria. Dori is a Junior Acting Major at Emerson College, and was last seen in Zero Point Theatre's Waiting for Lefty as Florence, and in Salem Theatre Company's 2012 Play Festival.
Flat Earth member and recurrent actor Kevin Kordis appeared most recently in Flat Earth's production of Copenhagen last January, and returns to deliver steadfast lessons on Ptydepe as Mark Lear. Kevin's first full-length play, Grandma's House, was premiered last summer by Wax Wings Productions (where Kevin is also an Artistic Associate), and received great critical acclaim. Emily Hecht, who appeared with Kevin in Copenhagen, joins him again as the eager-to-please star pupil Thumb. Emily spent last summer as an Actor Apprentice with the Williamstown Theatre Festival. And finally, Matt Arnold rounds out the ensemble as George, who never falls asleep on the job. The Memorandum marks the end of a year-and-a-half hiatus from theatre for Matt, who had previously done theatre for young audiences with the Makeshift Theatre Company and fight choreography for the Independent Drama Society.
The Memorandum, written by Václav Havel, translated by Vera Blackwell, and directed by Victoria Rose Townsend, runs January 11th – 19th at the Arsenal Center for the Arts. Ticket sales begin in early December. See for more information about the show!
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