Winner of the 2017 Tony Award for Best Play

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September 14 TO September 29, 2018

  • 7:00 p.m. Mondays – Thursdays Evenings
  • 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturday Evenings
  • 2:00 p.m. Saturday Matinees

Cast Bios

*Indicates member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA)

IAN BEDFORD* (Johan Jorgen Holst/Finn Grandal) began his professional career at the Utah Shakespeare Festival and is thrilled to return to the beehive state after 20 years. Stage credits include Eddie in A View From the Bridge directed by Ivo Von Hove (Goodman Theatre); Murder on the Orient Express (Hartford Stage); The School of Night (The Mark Taper Forum); Macbeth and God of Carnage (Alabama Shakespeare Festival); Macbeth in Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Comedy of Errors, King Henry in Henry V, King Henry in Henry VIII, King John, Othello, Henry IV, Part 1, As You Like It (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival), Richard in Richard III (Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival), Our Town (La Jolla Playhouse), Lennie in Of Mice and Men (People’s Light). Film: Associate producer, The Promise, with Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac. Television: “Chicago PD” (recurring), “Shameless” “The Path,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Shades of Blue,” “Unforgettable,” “Law & Order: SVU” (recurring).

NEAL BENARI* (Yair Hirschfeld/Shimon Peres) returned to acting last year after living in Taiwan for seven years. He recently performed in The MUNY’s production of Jersey Boys. Other credits include Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof, Aida, Victor/Victoria, The Merchant of Venice, Chess, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Roza and The First. Regional: Lend Me a Tenor (Tito Merelli), Man of La Mancha (Don Quixote), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Sweeney), Ragtime (Tateh) and My Fair Lady (Professor Higgins). Tours: Aida (Zoser), The Sound of Music (von Trapp) and Les Misérables (Thénardier). Performed in Michael Tilson Thomas’s The Thomashefskys with the Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Boston symphonies. Film/television: The Sopranos, Law & Order, And the Band Played On and Sea of Love. Thanks to my agents at DGRW, and to my wife, Jasmine.

RICHIE CALL* (Joel Singer) is excited to be back for his 6th production at Pioneer Theatre Company. Previous PTC credits include: Newsies (Roosevelt), The Last Ship (Newlands), Something’s Afoot (Greyburn), The Philadelphia Story (Mac) and Hamlet (Osric). Other companies include: Lyric Repertory Company, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Salt Lake Acting Company, Mile Square Theatre, American Globe Theatre and Gorilla Repertory Theater. Call is the artistic director of the Lyric Repertory Company in Logan, Utah, where he is also an assistant professor of acting at Utah State University. He received his MFA in Acting from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts and a BFA in Performance from Utah State University.

BEN CHERRY* (Uri Savir) Broadway: Indecent, Fiddler on the Roof. Off-Broadway: Goldstein. National Tour: Mary Poppins. Select regional: Indecent (Guthrie Theater); Mothers and Sons (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); Passion (Arden Theatre Company); Henry V, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Secret Garden, The Tempest (Utah Shakespeare Festival, four seasons); Route 66, Life Could Be a Dream, The Andrews Brothers (Milwaukee Repertory Theater); The Nerd, 10 Months (Delaware Theatre Company). Television: “The Following,” “Smash,” “I Love You…But I Lied.” Awards: MAC Award, Best Debut. Training: The University of Michigan, North Carolina School of the Arts.

DEMOSTHENES CHRYSAN* (Ahmed Qurie) Broadway: Junk, Golden Boy (Lincoln Center Theater), The Velveteen Rabbit (New Victory Theater). London: Blood and Gifts (The National Theatre). Off-Broadway: Incident at Vichy (Signature Theatre) Urge for Going (The Public Theater), Aftermath (New York Theatre Workshop), Queens Boulevard (the musical) (Signature Theatre). Regional: Zealot (South Coast Rep.), Blood and Gifts (La Jolla Playhouse), Water by the Spoonful (Hartford Stage), Tennis in Nablus (Alliance Theatre), The Kite Runner (San Jose Rep.), Homebody/Kabul (Trinity Rep.), Travesties (McCarter Theatre). Film: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Trouble, A Case of You. TV: “Blindspot,” “Gotham,” “Blacklist,” “Feed the Beast,” “Sneaky Pete,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Orange is the New Black,” “Flesh and Bone,” “Killing Kennedy,” “Blue Bloods,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Damages,” “Louie,” “30 Rock,” “Reckless,” “The Fear” (Channel 4, United Kingdom).

SUSANNA FLORENCE* (Marianne Heiberg/Toril Grandal) happily returns to Pioneer Theatre Company after last season’s Twelfth Night. She has appeared previously in King Charles III, Fiddler on the Roof and One Man, Two Guvnors, as well as several Play-by-Play readings, including Speculator Spirits, The Envelope, A March Tale, Honor Killing and i. Other Utah credits include Kings’ Men with The Sting & Honey Company, The Weird Play, Pilot Program and Kingdom of Heaven with Plan-B Theatre Company, and As You Like It, Shakespeare in Love, Mary Poppins and Much Ado About Nothing with Utah Shakespeare Festival. She holds an MFA from the National Theater Conservatory.

 JOEL REUBEN GANZ* (Yossi Beilin) is thrilled to work on this exciting play for his debut at PTC. Broadway: War Horse at Lincoln Center Theater. Other New York credits: Macbeth with Lincoln Center Educational and The Living Room at 59e59. Regional: Macbeth (Denver Center of Performing Arts), Other Desert Cities (Portland Center Stage and Syracuse Stage), Disgraced (Maltz Jupiter Theatre), Peter and the Starcatcher (Virginia Stage Company), Measure for Pleasure (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company), Othello (Shakespeare Theatre Company), Shear Madness, The Lisbon Traviata (Kennedy Center), The Death of Meyerhold, Take Me Out (Studio Theatre), Honey Brown Eyes (Theater J), The Book Club Play (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Dorian Grey (Round House Theatre). Television credits include “Unforgettable” (CBS) and “What Would You Do?” (ABC). Ganz has worked on productions internationally in Scotland, France and Corsica. He received his BA in theatre studies from Emory University and his graduate degree from the International Theatre School of Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France. www.joelreubenganz.com.

HADLEY HEGE (German Tourist/Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her Pioneer Theater Company debut! She has worked in regional theater productions including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Audition (winner of the evening), Prep and Sex and the Big Bad City. Her training has included studying with: The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, The New York Film Academy, The Atlantic Theatre Company, The SITI Company, The Peoples Improv Theatre, and Bouffon Clown. She is grateful for the support of her friends and family.

THAMER JENDOUBI* (Hassan Asfour) is a native, New York-based actor and comedian. Oslo will be his first performance at a regional theatre and he couldn’t be happier that he gets to do it at PTC. New York credits include: Haram! Iran!, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Racquetball. Jendoubi received his training at the Maggie Flanigan Studio in New York City, and earned his MA in Acting at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in the United Kingdom. A huge thank you to Judy, Jenna and Katie, and an even bigger one to his parents and brother for their love at support.

PATRICK KINTZ (Trond Gunderson) is excited to be performing for the first time at Pioneer Theatre Company. A graduate of BYU in theatre studies, he has also studied with the amazing faculty at UVU and Steppenwolf Classes West. Some recent credits include: Charlie Cowell in The Music Man, Benjamin in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Sundance Theatre), Thomas in Venus in Fur, and John Calhoun in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Salt Lake Acting Company).

KATE MIDDLETON* (Mona Juul) is thrilled to return to PTC after appearing in Alabama Story and A Few Good Men. Off-Broadway: Women Without Men (Mint Theater); Shear Madness (New World Stages); The Late Christopher Bean (TACT); Asymmetric (59E59 Theaters/Ground UP Productions); Pratfalls (Abingdon/Ground UP); Avow (NYIT Best Lead Actress); The Other Place (MTC). Additional Regional: Circle Mirror Transformation (Kevin Kline Award, St. Louis Rep); Perfect Wedding (Geva/Cape Playhouse); Noises Off; Boeing-Boeing (DTF); The Huntington, Triad Stage, Playmakers Rep, NJ Shakespeare, Weston Playhouse. TV/Film: “Elementary”, “Blacklist”, “Blue Bloods”, “Mercy”, “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: SVU,” Comedy Central, Obits (winner NYC 48Hr Film Fest 2017), 40th, Set It Up, Tic, April Flowers, and Thump. www.katemiddletonactress.com

JEFF TALBOTT* (Terje Rød-Larsen) is thrilled to be back at PTC, where he has appeared in Doubt, The Odd Couple and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Broadway: Sly Fox, Fortune’s Fool; Off-Broadway: Abundance, Such Good Friends, Home of the Brave. Regional: many Christmases as Ralph, the narrator of A Christmas Story, Abundance, Race, circle mirror transformation and Frost/Nixon among many, many others at theatres all over the country. Film: Julie & Julia. TV: “Orange is the New Black”, “Unforgettable,” “The Blacklist,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Sopranos” and all the “Law & Orders” (multiple times). As a playwright, his play i had its World Premiere this past spring at PTC. Other plays: The Submission (Laurents/Hatcher Award, Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award), The Gravedigger’s Lullaby and Civics and Humanities for Non-Majors. He writes musicals with Will Van Dyke. Talbott is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. www.jefftalbott.com

JOHN TERRELL (Thor Bjornevog/Ensemble) is delighted to be back at Pioneer Theatre Company. He was recently seen as Curio in Twelfth Night this last spring. Theatre credits include: Angels in America (Prior Walter), Sweet Bird of Youth (Tom Jr.), Fool for Love (Eddie), Noises Off (Freddie). Screen credits include Unleashed, Lane 1974 and Medias Res which he helped produce. Terrell has a BA from California State University and has studied with the American Conservatory Theatre. He would like to thank Karen and the entire PTC team for this wonderful opportunity.

MAX WOERTENDYKE* (Jan Egeland/Ron Pundak) Broadway: Ivo van Hove’s A View From the Bridge. Off-Broadway: World Premiere of Richard Nelson’s Illyria and Romeo & Juliet (both at The Public Theater, NYC). Regional credits include Nick in The Invisible Hand (Cleveland Play House), Frankenstein (Denver Center for the Performing Arts) and The Philadelphia Story (Chautauqua Theater Company). Film and Television: “Longmire,” Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 and upcoming Down the Barrel. Woertendyke is currently in the process of producing his first feature film, i-95. Graduate of McGill University and The Juilliard School of Drama.

This production is sponsored by:

Judy Brady & Drew W. Browning