The World Premiere of Ass

The World Premiere of Ass

Is genius a good enough excuse for bad behavior?

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October 22 through November 6, 2021

Monday – Thursday , 7 p.m.

Friday & Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, 2:00 p.m

Cast Bios

BEN CHERRY (as Will) Broadway: Indecent, Fiddler on the Roof. National tour: Mary Poppins. Off-Broadway: Goldstein. Select regional: The Repertory Theatre of St Louis: Angels in America, Part 1 and 2; The Guthrie: Indecent; Pioneer Theatre Company: Oslo, Lifespan of a Fact; Arena Stage, Baltimore Center Stage, Kansas City Rep: Indecent; Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park: Mothers and Sons; The Arden: Passion; Utah Shakespeare Festival (four seasons): Henry V, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Secret Garden, The Tempest; Milwaukee Repertory Theatre: Route 66, Life Could Be a Dream, The Andrews Brothers; Delaware Theatre Company: The Nerd, 10 Months. 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. www.BenCherry.com

LAURA HALL (as Tory) is thrilled to return to PTC for her fourth mainstage production, and her first time playing a non-British person! Other PTC productions include Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Something’s Afoot, A Christmas Carol: The Musical, and the Play-By-Play reading of The Fifth Domain (not British, but technically not on this stage…it tracks). She made her Broadway debut in Wonderland, toured with Diane Paulus’ revival of Pippin, and has worked regionally at Sacramento Music Circus, Gateway Performing Arts Center, Adirondack Theatre Festival, and Weathervane Theatre. Back in New York, Laura frequently collaborates with composers, lyricists, and playwrights in developing new work. TV: “The Blacklist,” “Shades of Blue,” and “The Today Show.” Heartfelt thanks to Bob and Karen. Instagram: @laurahappyhall

VINCE MCGILL (as Ray) is thrilled to be returning to Pioneer Theatre Company. He appeared in last season’s Sweat. He has also appeared on stages across the country, including the Dallas Theater Center, The Barter Theatre, ZACH Theatre, Shakespeare Dallas, Lyric Stage, and the African American Repertory Theater. Favorite roles include Brucie in Sweat, Harmon Wilks in Radio Golf, Floyd Barton in Seven Guitars, Walter Lee in A Raisin in the Sun, and Othello. Awards include Best Actor in both Austin and Dallas Texas.

ELIZABETH RAMOS (as Ana) is very excited to return to PTC having previously appeared as Miss Mary Bennet in Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley directed by Julie Kramer. She also had the pleasure of doing PTC’s 2018 Play-by-Play Series in Matthew Ivan Bennett’s Art & Class directed by Jennifer Curfman. Off-Broadway: Then They Forgot About the Rest (INTAR, Dir. David Mendizábal); The Idea of Me (Cherry Lane Theatre, Dir. Jose Zayas); A Month in the Country (Classic Stage Company, Dir. Erica Schmidt). Regional: Native Gardens (Gulfshore Playhouse, Dir. Kristen Coury); Tiny Beautiful Things (Long Wharf Theatre, Dir. Ken Rus Schmoll); The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Two River Theatre, Dir. Ken Rus Schmoll); Fade (TheaterWorks, Dir. Jerry Ruiz). Television credits include “Law and Order: SVU.” Training: Actors Theatre of Louisville Apprenticeship and BFA from CSU Fullerton.

T. RYDER SMITH (as Jule) Previously at PTC: Much Ado About Nothing. Broadway: Oslo, War Horse, Equus. Off-Broadway: world premieres by Sarah Ruhl, David Greenspan, Christina Masciotti, Katori Hall, Richard Foreman, Anne Washburn, Barbara Hammond. T. Ryder has received the Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Ensemble, Lebensraum; OBIE Award, Outstanding Ensemble, Oslo; Craig Noel Award, Outstanding Lead Performance, Lincolnesque; Drama Desk Nomination, Outstanding Solo Performance, Underneath the Lintel. Regional theater: world premieres of Salome, Big Love, Creditors, We Are Pussy Riot, and Scenes from Court Life. Film/TV: The Report, “Hunters,” “Instinct,” “The Blacklist,” “White Collar,” PBS series “The Abolitionists,” and Brainscan. Experimental films by Daniel Fish, Marie Losier, Lawrence Krauser, and Rachel Rose. Vocal: “The Venture Bros.” TV series, “Bioshock” video games, numerous audiobooks, and Pacifica Radio’s annual Bloomsday broadcasts of James Joyce’s “Ulysses.”

This production is sponsored by:

The Bireley Endowment

Sandi Behnken