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Bios for The Thyme of the Season

Part of Planet Connections Theatre Festivity

As part of our dedication to environmental issues, we are using a minimal paper program for our show, and putting most of our cast and crew information online. Enjoy.

Cast Bios

Eric C. Bailey* (Bottom)
Eric was last seen in Blood on the Cat's Neck at the Brick Theatre. Other favorite roles include: Lucky in Waiting for Godot, Harry in Suckers and Sam et al. in Fully Committed. For more information, please visit

Matt Falber (Demetrius)
Matt Falber recently reprised his Off-Broadway workshop role of Jeremy in The Divine Will of Ryan Morgan, the most attended show in the BoCoCa Arts Festival, did a reading series with the McCarter Theatre and a one act play by Duncan Pflaster called Pocket Universe. Falber also performed to rave reviews in the controversial Los Angeles production of Invasion, the Musical (with comedian Gilbert Gottfried), for which he was featured on the front page of Weekly Variety. He is working on winning an Oscar.

Clara Barton Green (Puck, Co-Conceiver)
Clara has worked with Duncan on over 15 productions and is thrilled to return to Puck's journey in the play she and Duncan dreamt up after performing Midsummer one green and lyrical August. Clara hails from Virginia, and has worked up and down the East Coast, and in Europe and Africa. As director she has helmed acclaimed productions of such plays as Agnes of God, Sleeping in Tomorrow (Spotlight On Halloween Festival), Vanities, Admit Impediments (Midtown International Theatre Festival), and Three Questions, winner of the 2002 Sam French Off-Off Broadway Festival, as well as her own adaptation of A Christmas Carol with The Theater Company (TTC) in Hoboken. As an actor, she has worked with Hinton Battle (Lady of Copper), Mark Hollman (Fare for All), and Tracie Thoms (Hair). Favorite roles include Sheila in Hair, Helen in The Trojan Women, the Emcee in Cabaret, Jenny in Shenandoah, Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Viola in Twelfth Night and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet. She also appeared as Calliope in Duncan Pflaster's Eternity: Time Without End (Spotlight On Award, Best Actress in a Full-Length Production). Clara attended both Mount Holyoke College and Sweet Briar College and has a degree in English and music. She is currently a student of history at Columbia University, thereby completing a trifecta of financially unviable academic disciplines.

Rebecca Hirota (Hermia)
Favorite NY Credits: Romeo & Juliet (Classic Stage Company), The Canterbury Tales (Columbia Stages) & Suckers in last year's Planet Connections Festival. Regional/International: 36 Views (The Huntington), Caviar on Credit (The Guthrie) & A Midsummer Night's Dream (Pacific Northwest Ballet). TV: "Law & Order". Much thanks to Duncan for his infinite patience.

Tania Jeudy (Pumpkinseed)
Tania is very excited to be working with Duncan again. Tania was last seen in Waiting for Anthony and would like to thank her friends and family for their support.

Shawn McLaughlin (Lysander)
Shawn is excited to reprise the role of Lysander, having previously played the part in a staged reading in 2007. Other performances in Duncan Pflaster productions include: Suckers (Elvis), Ore, or Or (Sean), and The Wastes of Time (Dancer, from the Dance). He performed with the Bizarre Noir Theatre Company in the musical Fag Hags (Sandy) and the radio show Love Comes Standard (Hit Parade Singer). Shawn appeared with The Republic Theatre in A High School Musical (Benny) at New World Stages and The Tempest (Trinculo) at Cherry Lane. Shawn holds a BFA in Acting from Marymount Manhattan College. He would like to thank his husband Rex for all his love and support.

Ryan G. Metzger* (Oberon)
Ryan is thrilled to be a part of the Planet Connections production of The Thyme of the Season after participating in the reading back in 2007! Off-Bdwy: The Playboy of the Western World (Pearl Theatre Co.), The File on Ryan Carter (Sanford Meisner Theatre), My Mother Told Me I Was Different (June Havoc Theatre). Off-Off: Gaveston (Edward II), Filander (Apathy: The Gen X Musical), Derek Tanner (The Closet Contender), Aloysius (Onionheads), Malcolm (Macbeth). Regional: Frank-n-Furter (The Rocky Horror Show), Algernon (The Importance of Being Earnest), Wang (Tony Kushner's The Good Person of Sezuan) and Hamlet (Hamlet). Film: "Eulogy for a Vampire", "The End of Something", "Drifting", "Seeds", "Ursula's Rose", "Jacksonville". TV: "Breaking Vegas." BFA: NDSU. Ryan is also the vocalist for the Brooklyn-based band, ASPIRE. Proud member of Actors Equity.

Kelly Nichols (Helena)
Kelly is an actress, singer and stand-up comic living and working in New York City. She has worked in numerous productions all over the Metro New York area including Into the Woods (Baker's Wife - The Theatre Company in Hoboken, NJ), Prince Trevor Amongst the Elephants (Queen Bluebella/Sarah/Thalia - Cross-Eyed Bear Productions/Midtown International Theatre Festival), keepingabreast (Julie - Ratutu Collaborative) and The Clearing (Susaneh - The Phoenix Players). For Prince Trevor Amongst the Elephants, Kelly was nominated for the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play, and the cast won the Midtown Festival's award for Outstanding Overall Production of a New Comedy Play. Kelly also works entertaining children all over the tri-state area as a member of Wildlife Theatre, which is based at the Central Park Zoo. She additionally is a performing company member with the Attic, Jr. children's theatre series in collaboration with The Attic Ensemble. Kelly has written the book for a brand new musical called Ten Reasons I Won't Go Home With You, which will be making its world premiere in July at the Midtown International Theatre Festival! For more info, please go to

Michelle Ramoni* (Titania)
Michelle is very excited to be a part of the Planet Connections production of The Thyme of The Season! Michelle has performed around the city in various productions including, Enchanted April (Lotty), The Clearing (Killaine Farell), and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Puck). She has written and performed her own solo show, The Misadventures of Julia Wild, (loosely based on Julia Child), in various venues such as The Upright Citizen's Brigade and Stage Left Studio's Left Out Festival. This year Michelle introduced an excerpt of her upcoming play, scheduled to debut early next year, June and Nancy, as part of this year's Left Out Festival. Films include: "Fugue" (Anna), "Optimistic" (Suzanne), and "Don't Shoot!" (Charlotte). Proud member of Actor's Equity.

Crew Bios

Matthew Applebaum (Original Music, Guitar)

Matthew, from Honolulu, has written, performed or directed music for Bootleg Theater, Ann And Alexx Make Dances and Gesture Jam, among others. He plays country/honky-tonk with The Ramblin Kind, jazz with Haleoscene, and sings in the shower.

Mark Richard Caswell (Costume Designer)
Recent work has included You Cant Have It All, a feature film staring Wendie Malick and Jon Lindstrom, Microcrisis and Silver To A Trading Agent as part of Youngblood's Unfiltered at The Ensemble Studio Theater; dresses for Veuve Clicquot's Yelloween and Savannah Black and Blue with the Negro Ensemble Company. He also works closely with LREI and designed Spirit of the Ridge, Urinetown, The Jungle Book, and Mulan this past year. Mark also works part time on the USA drama "White Collar". Upcoming work includes the summer program at The Lucy Moses School of Music and Order with Oberon Theatre Ensemble directed by Austin Pendleton. Mark holds a BFA in Costume Design from Rutgers University and is a member of USA 829.

Shawna Cathey (Stage Manager)
Shawna is excited to be working with this talented group of people, even if only for a short while. Past credits include A Christmas Carol at Debaun Auditorium, as well as the Hudson County One Act Festival, and Free to Be...You and Me.

Michelle O'Connor Viola (June 5, 6, 8, 18, 23)

Jesse Neuman Horn (June 11, 13, 19)

Duncan Pflaster (Playwright/Director/Producer)
Duncan is the author of several critically-acclaimed plays, including the multi-award-winning fantasies Prince Trevor Amongst the Elephants and Eternity: Time Without End, as well as The Starship Astrov, The Thyme of the Season, Suckers, The Empress of Sex, Sleeping in Tomorrow, Admit Impediments, The Wastes of Time, Dik and Jayne Are Not The Same, Amazing Dædalus, book and lyrics for the musicals Eskimo, Wilder & Wilder, and a panoply of shorter pieces that have been seen in festivals all over the place. He is also an award-winning actor and theatre reviewer. Monkey!

House Managers: Patricia Comstock, Nicholas Meo

* indicates member of Actors' Equity Association. An Equity Approved Showcase.

Actors' Equity Association (AEA), founded in 1913, represents more than 45,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote, and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence.

Many thanks to our kind angels, without whose donations this play would not have happened:
Grace Reed, Howling Moon Cab Company,
Suzanne Bachner & Bob Brader, Don Pflaster, Dan Rambo,
Jon Crefeld, Robert Flaster, Jesse Edward Rosbrow, Christine Seisler,
Kelly Nichols & Letham Burns, Bonnie Lykes, Seth Rosenthal & Rachel Pearlman, Jane Prendergast, Heather Lee Rogers.

Special Thanks: Patricia Comstock, Dana DellaMonica, Carlos Rafael Fernandez, Fractured Atlas, The Irish Rogue, Katherine and Friends (KNF), Nancy Keegan Photography, Kenneth Naanep, Materials for the Arts, Marie's Crisis, Jason Specland, Luke Strandquist, Shetler Studios, Theatre Authority, and the 2005 Cast of Holla Holla Productions' A Midsummer Night's Dream.

We recommend that you see these other fine Planet Connections Festivity shows: Clandestine (featuring a short play by Duncan!); Made for Each Other by Monica Bauer; War Crimes by Sergei Burbank; Love Me by Jason S. Grossman; Cake by Felipe Ossa; Danny by Andrew Rothkin; Are You There, Zeus? It's Me, Electra by Aliza Shane; A Dream about Sunflowers by Jonathan Wallace.

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