Mary Stuart

Mary Stuart

An epic power struggle full of intrigue and betrayal—an Elizabethean political thriller.

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January 10 TO January 25, 2020

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

Cast Bios

ANNE BATES (Elizabeth of England) is thrilled to be making her PTC debut. Off-Broadway: Dan Cody’s Yacht (Manhattan Theatre Club), The Effect (Barrow Street/National Theatre of London), founding member of F.A.B.WOMEN theatre group at The Barrow Group Theatre, Icebound and Alison’s House (Metropolitan Playhouse), Discord (Culture Project), Tartuffe and The Tempest (Acting Company). Select other credits: Thousand Pines — CT Critics Circle Nominee (Westport Country Playhouse), Sex with Strangers (Cardinal Stage), Long Division — Best supporting Nominee (Abingdon Theatre), A Delicate Balance (Dramaworks), Unexpected Guest (Fulton Theatre), Proof (Red Door/Barrow Group), Othello (Houston Shakespeare Festival), Dysteria (Atlantic Studio). Film: Stella, The Collective — Audience Choice Award; Paul Sorvino’s King Lear. TV: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “New Amsterdam,” “God Friended Me,” “Law & Order SVU,” “Sneaky Pete,” “Us & Them,” “Unforgettable,” “30 Rock.” AEA and SAG. She resides in NYC. Juilliard Drama Graduate.

COLLEEN BAUM (Hannah) is happy to be back at PTC where she was last seen in /i/, Oliver!, Much Ado About Nothing, Our Town, The Heiress, You Can’t Take It With You, and Lost in Yonkers. Salt Lake Acting Company: Course 86B In The Catalogue, Angels in America, Circle Mirror Transformation, End Days, Rabbit Hole, Kimberley Akimbo, among others. Sting & Honey Company: Happy Days and The King’s Men. Good Company Theatre: The Children. Utah Shakespeare Festival: The Foreigner and Big River. Plan-B Theatre: Not One Drop, Based on a True Story, The Laramie Project, Animal Farm, Tragedy: A Tragedy, among others. Baum is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

JOE DE BEVC (Sir Drue Drury) Resurfaces at PTC after a mind-bending experience in the guise of Murray in The Odd Couple. The adventure continues in memory of Tia, the huntress. 

ERIC HOFFMANN (Sir Amias Paulet) a New York-based actor, director, and teacher; he is thrilled to be making his first appearance at PTC. His recent credits include multiple appearances at Florida Studio Theatre and an amazing three-year run as Officer Krupke in the 50th Anniversary World Tour of West Side Story. His regional credits include appearances at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre, Theatre Virginia, Pittsburgh Public Theater, McCarter Theatre, and the St. Louis and Alabama Shakespeare Festivals. He spent nine seasons at Washington, DC’s Shakespeare Theatre as a company member and instructor with more than 20 credits. His nine seasons with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey included appearing as Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor. He has made numerous “Law & Order” appearances and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

BILL KUX (Shrewsbury) has appeared on Broadway in Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, The Trip to Bountiful, and Ain’t Broadway Grand. He toured the country in Death of a Salesman with Hal Holbrook. Off-Broadway audiences have seen him in Incident at Vichy, The Philanthropist, Absent Friends, Endpapers, Summer of ‘42 and the original company of Baby with the Bathwater. He has appeared at regional theaters from La Jolla (Ether Dome), Seattle Rep (Travels with my Aunt), Arena Stage (Dimly Perceived Threats to the System) and more than ten years with Hartford Stage (A Christmas Carol, Summer and Smoke, Noises Off). He has been seen in “Bull,” “Broad City,” “Gotham,” and Die Hard with a Vengeance. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.

ERIKA LA VONN (MARY OF SCOTLAND) Most recently seen as Nya in Penumbra Theatre Company’s production of Pipeline, Ms. LaVonn is a 2019 Drammy Award Best Actor recipient for her portrayal of Rose in Fences at Portland Playhouse, as well as an LA Times pick for best actor 2019 for her work as Amina in the world premiere of Sheepdog at South Coast Repertory. She spent several years on Broadway in The Lion King and has been blessed to work from coast to coast, as well as overseas. She counts What I Learned in Paris, The Mountaintop, and A Raisin in the Sun among favorite projects, and is pleased to make her classical debut as Mary Stuart at Pioneer Theatre Company. Erika dedicates her performances to her precious Jia, Zozi, and Tjin-Tjin, and to the Royalty, fight, perseverance and success of each of her family members. May All here be blessed with a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year!

FENTON LI (Sir William Davison) is thrilled to debut at PTC with this amazing and generous cast/crew. Credits include Off-Broadway: Death in Boulder (La MaMa), A Dream of Red Pavilions (Pan Asian Repertory Theatre), June is the Last Fall (Yangtze Repertory Theatre). Regional: Salt Pepper Ketchup (InterACT Theatre Company, Barrymore-nominated), Issei, He Say (New Jersey Repertory Company). TV and Film: “Tommy,” “Awkafina is Nora from Queens,” “Blacklist,” “Bull,” “Carrie Diaries,” “50 Central,” The Chinese Exclusion Act, In a New York Minute, The Tiger & The Guru, and others. More than a dozen films he appears in have won at international film festivals. Eternal thanks to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, for opening the heavens to him. “It’s full of stars.”

ROBERT MAMMANA (Leicester) Broadway (Les Misérables), National Tours (Show Boat, Les Misérables, The Sound of Music), Off-Broadway (The Twentieth-Century Way – Rattlestick & Boston Court), Regional (Denver Center, Portland Center Stage, South Coast Repertory, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Pasadena Playhouse, McCarter, Goodman, Alliance). TV: “The Office” (as Sweeney Todd), “NCIS,” “CSI,” “The Good Wife,” “How To Get Away With Murder,” “Elementary,” “CSI:NY,” “Dexter,” “Heroes,” “Y&R,” “Days of Our Lives,” and “Enterprise.” FILM: Dead End, Just Say Love, Flightplan, and Menace. AWARDS: LA Drama Critics Circle recipient, LA Weekly Award recipient, Helen Hayes Nomination, three LA Ovation Nominations, and two Joseph Jefferson Nominations. 

ALLEN MC CULLOUGH (Count L’Aubespine/Sir Andrew Melvil) Pioneer Theatre Company debut. Off-Broadway: The Underlying Chris, Amy and the Orphans, The Hairy Ape, Men of Tortuga, Ashes to Ashes, and National tour of Twelve Angry Men. Regional work includes: TheatreWorks Palo Alto, Frost/Nixon (Nixon); The Folger, Washington D.C., As You Like It (both Dukes), Romeo and Juliet, (Montague); Baltimore Center Stage, Twelfth Night (Malvolio); TheatreWorks Hartford, The Seafarer (Mr. Lockhart); Cape Fear, Amadeus (Salieri); Living Room Theatre, Three Sisters (Vershinin), Circle Mirror Transformation, Men of Tortuga, Exit the King, The Cherry Orchard (Gayev), Uncle Vanya (Astrov), The Seagull (Trigorin). Additional: Theatre for a New Audience, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Long Wharf Theatre, Westport Playhouse, and The Shaw Project, among others. TV/Film: “Blacklist,” “Divorce,” “Blindspot,” “Sweetbitter,” “Vinyl,” “Law and Order C.I.,” The Kindergarten Teacher, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” Martha Marcy May Marlene. Love to Randolyn.

JAMEN NANTHAKUMAR (Mortimer) is happy to return to Pioneer Theatre Company. He was most recently seen at PTC as Arthur DeBourgh in Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley. Recent credits: Diana (Pre-Broadway World Premiere, La Jolla Playhouse), Salaam Medina: Tales of a Halfghan (Playwrights Horizons), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and The Fantasticks (Pittsburgh Public Theater). In New York, he is frequently working to develop new works as an actor and a writer. Thank you to Karen and Shelley, Bob, Buchwald, and his family. BFA Musical Theatre, Pace University. @jamen_nanthakumar

ROBERT SCOTT SMITH (Burleigh) received his MFA from the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego and his BFA from the Actor Training Program at the University of Utah. Currently, Robert Scott is Assistant Professor at the University of Utah Department of Theatre. As a professional actor, his SLC acting credits include Two Henrys (Play-by-Play) and The Crucible (PTC); Saturday’s Voyeur, Climbing With Tigers, Rapture Blister Burn, Good People, Charm (World Premiere), Swimming in the Shallows, Big Love, BATBOY: The Musical, and Gross Indecency (Salt Lake Acting Company); A Streetcar Named Desire, Our Town (The Grand Theatre); Ice Front (World Premiere), Kreutzer Sonata (World Premiere) and BASH (Plan-B). Film credits include Josi Jane: The Last Girl Scout, JEWTAH, and Wildlife (Official Selection Cannes Métrage Selection 2015).

SPENCER MCCABE HUNSICKER (Ensemble/O’Kelly) is thrilled to be making his PTC debut. He has been seen most recently as Pirelli in the Noorda Center inaugural season’s production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. BFA in Acting from BYU.

HARRISON J. LIND (Ensemble) is excited to be back to PTC after The Play That Goes Wrong. He is a senior in the Actor Training Program at the University of Utah, and an intern with PTC this semester. He has recently appeared as Captain Absolute in the Department of Theatre’s production of The Rivals. He would like to express his gratitude to Shelley, Amanda, Karen, his friends, mentors, and family for their consistent support and encouragement. 

BENJAMIN CAIN YOUNG (Guard) is a senior in the University of Utah’s Actor Training Program. Previous credits include Our Country’s Good (Wisehammer/Phillip) and The Odyssey (Odysseus) with U of U Theatre. Other credits include River.Swamp.Cave.Mountain (JJ) as a part of Plan-B Theatre Company’s Free Elementary School Tour. He currently works as an intern at Pioneer Theatre Company.

IRELAND NICHOLS (U/S Mary) is a senior at the U, and excited for the opportunity to be an intern with PTC this spring. Recent roles include Athena in The Odyssey, Bradley in Men on Boats, Moth in Love’s Labour’s Lost (U of U Theatre), and #00 in The Wolves (SLAC). She thanks her friends and family for all their never-ending love and support.

MORGAN WERDER (U/S Elizabeth) is thrilled to be back to PTC after The Play That Goes Wrong! They are currently a senior at the University of Utah pursuing their BFA, and an intern at PTC. Recent roles include Macbeth (Macbeth), Men On Boats (Dunn), and Big Love (Thyona). Morgan is grateful to be a part of this wonderful cast and this timely production. Much love to their family and friends supporting them.

This production is sponsored by:

Lawrence T. and Janet T. Dee Foundation

The Pioneer Theatre Guild