The house oN poe Street
by Fengar Gael
January 10 - March 17, 2019
*Special Red Night Benefit Performance Saturday, February 16, 2019*
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.
About The House on Poe Street by Fengar Gael
In the dark comedy, The House on Poe Street, Mendel Steingold, a real estate lawyer happily in the "one percent," addresses his investment club as he tells the tale of when he was handed the keys to the estate of a renowned and controversial gene-editing scientist. Twin sisters with extraordinary talents for harmonizing, analyzing, theorizing and memorizing have inherited the house, reputed to have been where Poe wrote “The Raven”, and they want Mendel's help to use their powers for good and to make a difference in this world.
As Mendel, and his fiancée and friends are drawn into the twins' world and the house of Edgar Allan Poe, he begins to unravel, and his comfortable, masculine, life becomes threatened.
Leah Smith is the director of The House on Poe Street. She directed Devil Dog Six three seasons, also by Fengar Gael. Previous directing credits at the Rep include Burying the Bones, A Thousand Circlets, The Kiss of the Sun for Pardon, My Occasion of Sin, Capital, and Dauphin Island. She is currently the Marketing and Development Director of the Rep.
Michael Lopetrone (Mendel) returns to the DRT after having last appeared as the tormented psych patient in Brother of All. He has a BA in Theater Performance from Western Michigan University and has been acting professionally for 7 years. Recent productions include Silent Sky, Out of Orbit, and Beau Jest at Williamston Theatre, and Gruesome Playground Injuries at Kickshaw Theatre. He also has credits in commercials, and training and feature films, including Warpath. Welcome back Michael.
Ashley M. Lyle (Argonne) is making her debut performance on the Rep stage in “Poe”. She most recently appeared in the one woman show, Who Will Sing For Lena? at Matrix Theatre which earned her multiple best actress nominations. She was also Witch in Into the Woods, Gary Coleman in Avenue Q with the Southgate Community Players, and Lucy in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown at U of M Dearborn. Ms. Lyle has also been a cosplayer for 11 years. Welcome to our stage Ashley.
Sara Catheryn Wolf (Fluorine) last appeared on the Rep stage as Nelly, the over-acting actress in Capital. Ms. Wolf has been acting professionally for 17 years after earning her MFA from Wayne State University. She has acted in numerous theaters across Michigan, most recently as Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, as Lady Anne in Richard III with Waterworks, and as Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol at Meadowbrook Theatre. Welcome home Sara.
Mackenzie Stephens (Samaria) is also new to the Detroit Rep stage. She studied acting at Wright State University and is in the beginning of her professional acting career. She was Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, Rose of Sharon in The Grapes of Wrath, and 3rd Witch in Macbeth at The Festival Playhouse at Wright State, and Katie in Bachelorette at the Playground Dayton; and has appeared in short films and webisodes. Welcome to the Rep, Mackenzie.
Jonathan Jones (Lawrence) is also a newcomer to the Rep. He studied Theatre at Eastern Michigan University has been acting for 8 years. He most recently appeared as the Narrator in Sizwe Banzi is Dead and various characters in Dream Deferred at Matrix Theatre, as John in Popcorn Falls at Theatre Nova, and as Donkey in Shrek with Rosedale Park Players. Mr. Jones has also acted in a training film for Children’s Hospital. We are grateful to have Jonathan on the DRT stage.
Calvin Biggs, Jr. (Astin) returns to the Rep after having appeared as the tough but vulnerable 14 year-old orphan in Countdown to the Happy Day, for which he earned the Subscriber Award for best actor. He is currently a student at Wayne State and will earn his BA in Theatre in May 2019. At WSU he was LeRoi in Xtigone, Harold in Harriet Jacobs, and Big Bad Wolf in True Story of Three Little Pigs. We are happy to have you back, Calvin.
Harold Jurkiewicz (Lithian) finally makes his debut at the Rep. Mr. Jurkiewicz has been a professional actor, director and stage manager since 1968. He was in one of the original touring productions of Hair, appearing in 39 states and has since performed and worked in many theatres and in film and television on and off Broadway, and around the country. In southeast Michigan he worked at the Attic, Gem, Performance Network, Hilberry Theatre, Tipping Point and the JET Theatre – where he has worked since 1998. We are honored to have Harold on our stage.
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.
Fengar Gael has had workshops and productions of her plays at The New York Stage and Film Company, the Sundance Playwrights Lab, Utah Shakespearean Festival, the InterAct Theatre of Philadelphia, the Landing Theatre of Houston, New Jersey Repertory, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, the Salt Lake Acting Company, the Moxie Theatre of San Diego, The Kitchen Dog Theatre of Dallas, The Seanachai Theatre of Chicago, the Botanicum Seedlings of Topanga, California, the Athena Project of Denver, and in New York City: MultiStages, Urban Stages, the Abingdon Theatre, The Secret Theatre, Collaborative Arts Project 21, Turn to Flesh Productions, The Resonance Ensemble Theatre, Medicine Show Theatre, The Identity Theater, Project Y Theatre, and Playwrights Gallery. She is a recipient of the Craig Noel Award (for Devil Dog Six), the Playwrights First Award (for Opaline), Manhattan Theatre Works Excellence in Playwriting Award (for The Drapers Eye); and commissions from South Coast Repertory, The Hangar Theatre, New Jersey Repertory, and the InterAct Theatre (through the National New Play Network); and a playwriting fellowship from the California Arts Council. Most recently, The Usher’s Ball was given a showcase at the CAP 21's Shop Theatre; The Cantor's Tale was produced at the Hunger Artists Theatre Company; The Gallerist was produced at the Rorschach Theatre in Washington D. C.; Gift of Forgotten Tongues at The Venus Theatre in Laurel, Maryland; The Island of No Tomorrows was produced by MultiStages of New York; Devil Dog Six was produced at the Landing Theatre Company of Houston, the Spiral Theatre of New York, and Detroit Repertory Theatre; Opaline was produced at The Secret Theatre in New York and The Garage Theatre of Long Beach, California. March On! was produced by the Hangar Theatre of Ithaca and The House on Poe Street was produced at the14th Street Theatre in New York City November, 2017, and Touch of Rapture was given a staged reading at Theater Sounds in Kingston, New York in January 2018, and in April 2018 The Forbbiden Fruits of Honey Frost was selected from over 450 blind submissions to participate in the New American Voices Play Reading Series at the Landing Theatre of Houston, Texas.
Sheilah Rae As a composer or lyricist: Funny, You Don’t Look Like A Grandmother pub. Sam French (Co-bk, Lyrics). Prdts. all over US/Canada, The Belle of Tombstone (I Married Wyatt Earp)(59E59) many regional and university prdtns. Women Making Musicals, Snapshots, Portraits, Who Knew?, Destination Everywhere, Who Cares? all with Michele Brourman. Every Other Thursday (NJ Rep for Five by Ferber Festival. Pub. Smith & Kraus) with Debra Barsha. Revue: All These Years, The Songs of Sheilah Rae. 6 time Heideman Award Finalist. Music for many plays including March On!, The House on Poe Street, Passing Parades, Smile Like A Knife and Bridge to Baraka. As a performer: Bway/NY: Fiddler, Applause, Company, Playwrights Horizons, Public Theatre, and many more. Tours: The Rothschilds, many others. Regional: Goodman, Goodspeed. Former RCA Recording Artist. Jingle/Music producer. Founding President NYTheatreBarn. Past-President of League of Professional Theatre Women. BMus/U of Michigan, Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School, London. Member: Dramatist Guild, Songwriters Guild (past Council), LPTW, AEA, SAG, AFTRA, Local 802. www.sheilahrae.net