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.
Steven Simoncic’s plays have received productions, readings and workshops at The Goodman, Steppenwolf, Victory Gardens, The Second City, 16th Street Theatre, Pegasus Players, Stageplays Theatre New York, and Soho Theatre London.
Steven’s play, Heat Wave recently received a critically acclaimed production at Steppenwolf’s Garage Rep, and his play Once Upon a Time in Detroit, was recently selected as a semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference. The Space Behind Your Heart was selected as a finalist for the 2017 Heideman Award from the Actors Theatre of Louisville, and Ghost Gardens was a semi-finalist for the 2015 Global Age Project at Aurora Theatre. Broken Fences won a 2018 NAACP award and was selected as a finalist for the 2015 Woodward/Newman Drama Award, and his play, Toxic Donut, won the NAAA Playwriting Festival where it received a workshop production at the Wright Theatre at The London Central School for Dramatics.
Steven recently completed critically acclaimed productions of Broken Fences with Ballybeg Productions in New York, 16th Street Theatre in Chicago and The Road Theatre in LA. The 16th Street Theatre production was featured in The Chicago Tribune’s annual “Best of Chicago” list. The Road Theatre production of Broken Fences received outstanding reviews, was recommended by the LA Examiner, and a was rated a “Top Rated play in LA” by Theatre in LA, and a “Top 10 Production in Los Angeles” by Stage Raw. In 2018, Broken Fences will be produced by The Detroit Repertory Theatre as part of their 61st season.
Four monologues from Broken Fences were published in the Smith and Kraus anthologies: THE BEST WOMEN’S STAGE MONOLOGUES OF 2014 and THE BEST MEN’S STAGE MONOLOGUES OF 2014. In addition a monologue from Broken Fences was published in BEST CONTEMPORARY WOMEN’S MONOLOGUES published by Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, and the play itself will be published through Original Works Publishing this Summer.
Steven’s one act play, Maraschino Red, was selected for the 37th Annual Samuel French Festival, where it received a production at The Beckett Theatre in New York. His play, The Space Behind Your Heart was produced as part of VOICETheatre’s New Play Marathon, Performing Fusion Theatre’s Short Play Contest, Definition Theatre’s 2014 Summer Festival, and The 38th Annual Samuel French Festival where it received a production at The Clurman Theatre in New York. It was also produced at the Fringe of Marin and was selected as one of five pieces to be performed as part of the 25th Anniversary Fringe of Marin celebration in 2016.
Steven’s play, Water Fight, was produced as a finalist at both The Artistic Home’s Cut to the Chase Festival, and the American Theatre Company’s Big Shoulders New Play Festival. His one act, Day Care, was a produced at the Big Shoulders New Play Festival at American Theatre Company, and The InspiraTO Festival in Toronto.
Steven was recently nominated for a Pushcart prize, the Arts & Letters Susan Atefat Prize, and has won Emmy for short form comedy. Steven was selected as a featured writer for RIPPED, a short play series co-produced by American Blues Theatre and the University of Chicago, and his play Words With C, was selected as a finalist for Play Lab at the 22nd Annual Last Frontier Theatre Festival.
Steven is a former resident artist at The Purple Rose Theatre, an alumni resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists Theatre and Writer in Residence at Pegasus Theatre Chicago, and 16th Street Theatre. His plays and fiction have appeared in The Chicago Reader, Hippocampus Magazine, Conclave, New Millennium Writings, Spork Magazine, Ampersand and Drift Magazine. Steven’s work of creative non-fiction, “I Like You” was selected as one of the notable American Essays of 2015 by Robert Atwan in the 2016 Best American Essays anthology.
Steven holds BBA from the University of Michigan, an MFA from Warren Wilson and an MLA from the University of Chicago.