by Steven Simoncic
May 31 - July 1, 2018
Thursdays & Fridays | 8:30 P.M.
Saturdays | 3 P.M. & 8:30 P.M.
Sundays | 2 P.M. & 7:30 P.M.
*Please note, due to the intimacy of the theatre, latecomers will not be seated until intermission.
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Lynch R. Travis (Director) – Mr. Travis is also a multi-talented stage/film/television actor, director, technician. His Rep acting credits include Burying the Bones which earned him a DRT Subscriber Award, Red Hot Mamas and Ceremonies In Dark Old Men. His directing credits are extensive in the SE Michigan area and he has received many nominations and awards. This is Mr. Travis’ fifth DRT directorial adventure after Brother Of All, White Ash Falling 9/11, Homeless and How We Got That Way, and Firepower.
His cast for Ghost Gardens consists of four veteran Rep actors, and two actors making their Rep debuts.
Leah Smith (Lorelie) – Ms. Smith is a proud DRT family member. Her debut on the Rep stage was Jar The Floor in 2002, and has since acted in What Next?, Cheat, Unspoken Prayers, Heart Attack, Going To St. Ives, Arborophilia, Causa Mortis Or The Medical Student, Forgiving John Lennon, Roaming Charges, Homeless And How We Got That Way, and The Realization Of Emily Linder. Directorial credits: Burying The Bones, A Thousand Circlets, My Occasion Of Sin, The Kiss Of The Sun For Pardon, Devil Dog Six, Capital, and Dauphin Island.
Cornell Markham (Powder) – Mr. Markham has a long history with the Detroit Rep Theatre. He has been part of the company for over 30 years. A sampling of his DRT acting credits include performances in A Facility for Living, My Soldiers, Lapses, In the Sweet Bye and Bye, A Touch of the Poet, J.B., and The Adventures of Stanley Tomorrow. He has worked on commercials, Industrial and Feature Films and, when not on our stage, he is the house manager and light board operator for the Rep. He is also a percussionist and flautist.
Jenaya Jones Reynolds (Myra) – Ms. Reynolds is also a member of the Rep family. She previously appeared on our stage in A Thousand Circlets and in Sweet Pea’s Mama, for which she won the Best Actress Subscriber Award. Outside of the Rep she has acted in Lost & Found at the Paul Robeson Theatre, The Piano Lesson with Stagecrafters, as well as TV commercials, and in I Declare War on Amazon Prime. She earned her BFA in Theatre from Wayne State University and is a proud Actors’ Equity Association union member.
Will Bryson (Lonnie) – Mr. Bryson is a newer DRT company member. He made his debut on our stage in Brother of All and appeared last season as Eddie in Firepower, for which he won the Best Supporting Actor Award from our Subscribers. He received his degree in Theatre from Wayne State, where he performed as Troy Maxson in Fences on the Bonstelle stage, and has also acted at Theatre Nova and the Purple Rose Theatre. He is a DRT Actors Workshop instructor. Welcome home, Will.
Linda Rabin Hammell (Helen) – This is Ms. Hammell’s DRT debut, though she has trod our boards last summer when she participated in the Detroit Playwrights’ Lab showcase as “the old lady who barked like a dog”. She has acted professionally for 18 years. A sampling of her credits include M. Butterfly at the JET, Collected Stories at Matrix, Baker’s Wife at Performance Network, A Bright Room Called Day at Detroit Mercy, and A View from the Bridge at Blackbird Theatre. We welcome Linda to the Detroit Rep.
Aral Gribble (Tryg) – Mr. Gribble is making his debut on the Rep stage. He has been acting professionally for almost 20 years. He has a BFA in Theatre Performance from University of Michigan and has acted in shows at Meadowbrook, Farmers Alley, Shakespeare in Detroit, Williamston, and Tipping Point Theatres. He also has television and commercial credits as well as feature films including Dial-A-Prayer and Prodigy. Aral thanks his fiancee’ Lynn for moving their wedding date so he could do this show. So do we.
Harry Wetzel (Stage Manager/Set Designer) – Mr. Wetzel played Inspector Hargreaves in The Case of the Missing Part of Speech in 6th grade. Forty years later, he appeared with International Film Star Barbara Sukowa in the Sci-fi TV series Twelve Monkeys. Coincidence? He makes all the sets here at the Rep, directs shows, and last year, he played Karl Marx, live onstage! Lately, he and his Feminist Kittycat, Aleksandra, have been enjoying Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto #2, over and over again. Also Sour Cream.