Meet the cast of The Play About the Baby…
which will begin previews on Sept 7th. Rehearsals start this coming Sunday, and we cannot wait to tackle the San Francisco premiere of one of Albee’s most absurd, funny and heartbreaking scripts.
Richard Aiello (Man) This is Richard’s first chance to work with Custom Made Theatre Company. He may be new to CMTC but not to Edward Albee, having appeared as Tobias in A Delicate Balance with Actors’ Ensemble in Berkeley several years ago. Richard has worked with a variety of other theater companies in San Francisco and the East Bay, including Center Rep, Willows Theatre, Town Hall Theater, California Conservatory, Last Planet Theater and DiabloActors Ensemble. He is currently studying with Richard Seyd.
Linda Ayres-Frederick* (Woman), Phoenix Theatre’s Artistic Director www.phoenixtheatresf.org since 1985, has enjoyed a diverse career as an actor, producer, director, critic and playwright in Bay Area Theatres with additional performances in NYC, Edinburgh, France and National Theatre Conferences. A member of the SF Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle (writing for SF BayTimes), and the Dramatists Guild, Linda is twice a Shubert Playwriting Fellow with numerous productions, publications and awards in Bay Area Festivals including Best of SF Fringe 2011 (for her play AFIELD) and Best of SF Fringe 2010 (for Best Short Plays ZERO TO NINETY IN 90 MINUTES). Favorite roles include Edna in THE OLDEST PROFESSION (nominated by SFBATCC for Best Ensemble) and several roles in the Ensemble in MACHINAL, both at BRAVA, Helen in ROAD TO MECCA at the Phoenix, and Martha in WHOSE AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF at Sea Theatre. Most recently, she performed her solo piece CANTATA #40 at Marin Fringe–receiving a First Place Award for Best Script–and later in August at the O’Hanlon Art Center in Mill Valley. * Member Actors’ Equity Association
Anya Kazimierski (Girl) is a performer, painter, and scenic designer new to the Bay Area. With roots in New York and a degree in studio art & French literature from Oberlin College, she came out west to work as the Scenic Art Fellow at Berkeley Rep, 2011-12 season. While at Oberlin, Anya was an actor and designer in the collaborative Petits-Fours Theatre Company, a theater collective that produced popular, if eccentric, gems such as JOHN (an original piece) and a new translation of Ionesco’s The Chairs. Since arriving in the Bay, Anya has built a cardboard set for Stagebridge’s City Green, and been an understudy role in Berkeley Rep’s Ghost Light.
Shane Rhoades (Boy) is very excited to be a part of The Play About the Baby. His previous acting credits include: Down to This (Sleepwalkers Theatre), Merry Forking Christmas (Pianofight), Shoot O’Malley Twice (Virago Theatre), The Dresser (San Jose Repertory), 12th Night (Atmos Theatre), Equus (City Lights Theatre), Angels in America Part 1 (Busbarn), The First Day of School (City Lights Theatre), and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Shady Shakespeare). Shane graduated from San Jose State University with his B.A. in theatre. His credits at SJSU include The Colored Museum, One flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Secret in the Wings and Puss n’ Boots.