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Cast & Creative Team

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Brendan Meyer, Ellard Simms
Brendan is delighted to return to Milwaukee Repertory Theatre where he was last seen in The Mousetrap. Other credits include American Buffalo and Alcestis (American Players Theatre). Chicago Credits include Scarcity (Redtwist Theatre); Look, We Are Breathing (Rivendell Theatre); Lord of the Flies (Steppenwolf Theatre); Fallow (Steep Theatre) and Julius Caesar (Chicago Shakespeare Theater). Brendan is also a musician and fiction podcaster with music and stories available at 

Cristina Panfilio, Catherine Simms
Cristina could not be happier to return to Milwaukee Rep. Originally a member of the 2005/06 Emerging Professional Residency Program, she has since performed in The Rep’s productions of Seascape and Mirandolina and can be found working regionally with theaters such as: Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Northlight Theatre, American Players Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theater, Renaissance Theaterworks, Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, Utah Shakespeare Festival and Riverside Theater.  Cristina holds a BFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and makes her home in Chicago with her extraordinary husband, Eric Parks.

Eric Parks, Owen Mussler
Eric is delighted to return to Milwaukee Rep where he was an intern for the 2006/07 Season.  He lives in Chicago with his lovely wife Cristina Panfilio, where he has worked with Writers’ Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Northlight Theatre and Drury Lane-Oakbrook.  Regionally he has worked with American Players Theatre, Indiana Rep, Milwaukee Rep, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Nebraska Shakespeare Festival and The Utah Shakespearean Festival.  Eric holds a BFA from Pacific Lutheran University and an MFA from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  

James Pickering, Sgt. Froggy LeSuer
Jim's appearance in The Foreigner marks the 43rd season in which he has acted at Milwaukee Rep. Last year he played Candy in Mark Clements's acclaimed production of Of Mice and MenFavorite roles here include Richard Harkin in The Seafarer, Niels Bohr in Copenhagen, Walter Burns in The Front Page, and Ebenezer Scrooge in 14 iterations of A Christmas Carol, during which he performed the role 450 times. Most recently in Milwaukee he was seen as Robert in David Mamet's A Life in the Theatre at Alchemist Theatre. In recent seasons he has directed Julius Caesar at Door Shakespeare, and played Dogberry in Much Ado About NothingShamraev in The Seagull, and The Ghost/Player King/Gravedigger in Hamlet at American Players Theatre. Recent notable roles in town include Pozdynyshev, the sole character, in The Kreutzer Sonata at Renaissance TheatreWorks, The Man in Love Stories at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. He is a former trustee at Ten Chimneys, a former Milwaukee Outstanding Artist, and, as a voice-talent (his other vocation), narrator of the Emmy Award-winning The Making of Milwaukee on PBS. He lives in Bay View with his wife, actress Tami Workentin, his stepsons, Jonah and Edan Ness, and their dogs, Joxer and Frankie.

Linda Stephens, Betty Meeks
Linda Stephens last played at The Rep as Hattie in Ten Chimneys, and as Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret. Milwaukee theaters include Renaissance Theatreworks, Next Act, Chamber Theatre, and Skylight.  Chicago Theatres include Chicago Shakespeare, The Goodman, The Marriott, The Court and Steppenwolf where she’s won three Jeff Awards.  In New York, she’s played on Broadway in Damn Yankees, at The Roundabout in The Man Who Came to Dinner and All My Sons, and at The Public in Wings for which she won an OBIE.  In her 49 years on stage, she’s been awarded for her work in NY, DC, Chicago, Atlanta, and Miami.  TV shows include “Law and Order SVU,” “NY Undercover,” “Spin City” and “Frasier.” This is for you Lars!

Marcus Truschinski, Rev. David Marshall Lee
This is Marcus's first show at the Rep. He has been a Core Company member at American Players Theatre in Spring Green, WI for 13 seasons. Favorite roles at APT include: Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest, Henry Carr in Travesties, Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, Chris Keller in All My Sons, Biff in Death of a Salesman, Tony Cavendish in The Royal Family and The Gentleman Caller in The Glass Menagerie. Other credits: Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of The Baskervilles and Jane/Lord Edgar in The Mystery of Irma Vep at Indiana Rep, Rat in the World premiere of Old Glory and Orlando in As You Like it at Writers' Theatre and Carl in the World Premiere of Ten Chimneys at Arizona Theatre Company. Love to G and T. 

Matt Zambrano, Charlie Baker
Matt is a New York based writer, slam-poet, teaching artist and actor, who hails from the great city of Denver, Colorado. Regional Credits: Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery (The Philadelphia Theater Company); The Santaland Diaries, As You Like It, The Liar, The Taming of the Shrew, A Christmas Carol(Denver Center); Peter and the Starcatcher, Richard II, Loves Labours Lost, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Scapin (Utah Shakespeare Festival); Richard III, Nicholas Nickelby, Top Girls, Our Town, Uncle Vanya,Charly's Aunt, Farenheit 451 (National Theatre Conservatory); New York: Fly, You Fools! (Recent Cutbacks), Topography, Above Below, Cityscapes (Broken Box Mime Theater Company), Accomplice! The Show, The Story Pirates.  Film/TV: “The People Vs. George Lucas;” Training: MFA (National Theatre Conservatory). Visit for more info! 

Laura Gordon, Director
Laura has appeared in over 80 productions here at The Rep including Good People, Harvey, Noises Off, Death of a Salesman, The Lady with All the Answers, Pride and Prejudice, Enchanted April, The Crucible, Doubt, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Mary Stuart, Endgame, and Copenhagen. As a director, her credits at The Rep include Venus in Fur, Gutenberg! The Musical!, In the Next Room or the vibrator play, Speaking in Tongues, Laurel and Hardy, Almost, Maine, and I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady from Rwanda. Other directing credits include An Ideal Husband, Edward Albee’s Seascape, The Royal Family, and Old Times (American Players Theatre);  Much Ado About Nothing (Santa Cruz Shakespeare); Measure for Measure, Love's Labour's Lost, The Winter’s Tale (Utah Shakespeare Festival); Amelia, Skin Tight, Memory House (Renaissance Theaterworks) Red and Going to St. Ives (Forward Theater Company). Laura is a Lunt-Fontanne Fellow and a Milwaukee Rep Associate Artist.  

Bill Clarke, Scenic Designer
Bill is pleased to return to the Rep, where he previously designed The 39 Steps, Lady with all the Answers, Seascape, Enchanted April, Born Yesterday, Laughing Stock, You Can’t Take it with You, The Foreigner, Arsenic and Old Lace, Of Mice and Men, Beauty Queen of Leenane, Noises Off, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Last Night of Ballyhoo, Inspecting Carol and Season’s Greetings. He designed A Walk in the Woods on Broadway; off-Broadway work includes Misalliance (Pearl), So Help me God!(Lortel),  The Daughter-in-Law(Mint), June Moon (Drama Dep’t), Ann Magnuson’s You Could be Home Now (NYSF), and new plays at Manhattan Theatre Club and WPA. Production designer for 3 short films in 2013 including award-winning, The Master Cleanse. Regional credits include Seattle Rep, Old Globe, A.R.T., Huntington, and McCarter.

Rachel Laritz, Costume Design
Rachel is thrilled to be designing for The Rep for her 26th time including last seasons Of Mice and Men and Mousetrap.  Her designs have previously been seen Off-Broadway at Pearl Theatre and regionally at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Steppenwolf First Look, American Players Theatre, Resident Ensemble Players, Northlight Theatre, Kansas City Rep, Writers, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theatre Louisville, Illinois Shakespeare, Court, Florentine Opera, Next Act, Peninsula Players, Remy Bumppo, TimeLine Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber, Renaissance Theaterworks, Skylight Music Theatre, Arkansas Shakespeare, Children's Theatre Madison and University of Michigan. Other professional credits include NBC'S Law & Order, Chicago Opera Theatre, and Garsington Opera.  Rachel is a recipient of a 2011 Emerging Artist Award from the University of Michigan and a 2009 Joseph Jefferson Award for Voysey

Jason Fassl, Lighting Designer
This production marks Jason’s 23rd Milwaukee Rep production including American Song, The Mousetrap, The Amish Project, Seascape and most recently Man of La Mancha.  Over the last decade, Mr. Fassl has consumed mass quantities of electricity at The Milwaukee Ballet, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, First Stage Children’s Theatre, American Players Theatre, Peninsula Players, Door Shakespeare, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Skylight Music Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks, Next Act Theatre, American Folklore Theatre, Forward Theatre Company, Children’s Theatre of Madison, The Pearl Theatre Company and many others.  Jason is a member of United Scenic Artists Local#829, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local#18 and proud to be an artist in this rich theatrical community. Portfolio and information at

Joe Cerqua, Sound Designer, Composer
Joe is a freelance composer, producer, vocalist and sound designer.  He is thrilled to return to the Rep after composing music and sound for Of Mice and Men, Good People and Venus in Fur. Recent projects include music and sound designs for The RainMaker at American Blues Theater, Dear Elizabeth at Milwaukee Chamber, The Time of Our Life at the Artistic Home, The Miracle Worker at the Clarence Brown Theater, Silent Sky, The Flick, and Mr. Burns at Forward Theatre, and Amelia at Renaissance Theaterworks. He has composed music and/or designed sound for over 200 productions in Chicago, nationally, and internationally. Other recent projects include original music and sound design for The Ideal Husband, The African Company Presents Richard the 3rd, Private Lives, Seascape, The Seagull, American Buffalo, Two Gentlemen from Verona and The Royal Family at American Players Theatre, Our Class at Remy Bumppo, Paradise Drag and Leap Year at Shakespeare and Co., American Buffalo at Kansas City Rep, A Midsummer’s Nights Dream at IRT, Tom Jones and Sense and Sensibility at Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Repertory Theatre of St Louis and Northlight, and  El Nogalar at the Goodman Theatre. Steppenwolf credits include original music and sound for Homebody/Kabul, The Fall to Earth, Wedding Band, Royal Family, Uncle Vanya, David Copperfield, and Sideman. His scores and designs forSideman, Homebody/Kabul, How I Learned to Drive, The Laramie Project, Broken Glass, and Master Class have all enjoyed national tours. Joe is the Producing Director/Composer in residence for the Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, a critically acclaimed 13-piece jazz orchestra and 10-member dance company. He is the Director of Production for the Music Department at Columbia College Chicago. Future projects include concerts with Cerqua Rivera, original music and sound designs for The 4000 Miles and Outside Mullinger at Forward Theatre, The Glass Menagerie at Milwaukee Rep, and Outside Mullinger at the Clarence Brown Theater.

Jamie Cheatham, Fight Choreographer
Jamie Cheatham is a nationally recognized Fight Director and Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD).  He has been staging fights and falls at the Rep since 2013, working on such shows as Noises Off, End of the Rainbow, History of Invulnerability, Color Purple, Mousetrap, Terrible Things, Invisible Hand, and Of Mice and Men. His fight work includes such venues as NYC Opera, the Alley Theatre (TX), Actor’s Theatre of Louisville (KY), the Milwaukee Ballet, Renaissance Theaterworks, Fireside Theatre, and the Illinois, Maryland, and New York Shakespeare Festivals.  Jamie is also the head of acting at Marquette University.​

JC Clementz, Casting Director
JC is the Casting Director at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Prior to leaving for Chicago, he spent five years at The Rep, most recently as Artistic Associate: Casting Director & Director of the Emerging Professional Residency.  In addition to casting over 25 productions at The Rep, JC directed last season’s The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith, as well as The Doyle and Debbie Show, Forever Plaid, and five seasons of Rep Lab. JC traveled throughout Europe as the Assistant Stage Manager for New York Harlem Productions’ international tour of Porgy and Bess, and spent four summers working at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts in the mountains of Colorado. He holds an MFA in Directing from Western Illinois University. 

Sarah Deming-Henes, Stage Manager
Sarah is pleased to return to The Rep, where in previous seasons she has stage managed Song Man Dance ManTo Kill a MockingbirdSense and Sensibility, Noises Off, Liberace! and American Song. Sarah also often can be found working at American Players Theatre and First Stage. Thanks to family and friends for unfailing kindnesses.

Audra Kuchling, Assistant Stage Manager
Audra is happy to be returning to the Rep for her third season. Formerly a stage management resident and fellow, favorite credits among her 13 shows at the Rep include: The Color Purple, A Christmas Carol, Liberace!, Dreamgirls, The Invisible Hand, and the last two annual Gala performances. Audra is a 2014 graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois, where she graduated with degrees in English literature, theatre arts, and history. She is extraordinarily grateful to her mom and sister for their love, her MRT family and IWU mentors for their support, and her Treasure family for being the ones who started it all. Audra is a proud member of AEA.

Kyle Winkelmann, Stage Management Resident
Kyle is a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a dual degree in theater and business management. He is excited to face a new winter experience this season at The Rep.  Favorite stage management credits include: Man of La Mancha (Milwaukee Repertory Theater), A Streetcar Named Desire (University of Texas), Dial M for Murder (University of Texas) and The Priceless Slave (Cohen New Works Festival). 

Marina Bergenstock, Assistant Director
Marina recently graduated with her MFA in Directing from the University of Iowa. At UI she worked extensively with playwrights on new play development. Some of her favorite new plays include: Doxxed, Swordplay, Below the Pacific, and Sea of Trees. Other favorite credits include Food and Fadwa, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and A Perfect Wedding. She has trained with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company and in the Kennedy Center Directing Intensive, and has an impassioned interest in directing international work.

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