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JDT Lab Ball of Redemption by Ellen Dolan
Directed by Tina Jones.
Featuring Ellen Dolan, Josh Gladstone, Kate Mueth, Trevor Vaughn, Charlie Westfal, and Valerie diLorenzo.
A workshop production of a new dark family comedy by As the World Turns star Ellen Dolan.
When Ronnie agrees to attend a very unusual family reunion, she and her two siblings Olivia and Dave are forced to confront issues that have plagued them since childhood – all while Hurricane Sandy rages and they are trapped indoors with a mysterious stranger.
Josh Gladstone Artistic Director, John Drew Theater
Josh Gladstone has served as the Artistic Director of the John Drew Theater since 2000 where most recently he directed Extinction by Gabe McKinley. At the Drew he has produced such plays as Steve Martin’s The Underpants, All My Sons starring Laurie Metcalf and Alec Baldwin; Clever Little Lies starring Marlo Thomas; Tony Walton’s productions of Tonight at 8:30 starring Blythe Danner, Equus starring Alec Baldwin and Moby Dick Rehearsed starring Peter Boyle; The Glass Menagerie directed by Harris Yulin starring Amy Irving; Robert Wilson’s KOOL and Persephone; and The Exonerated starring Mia Farrow and Billy Dee Williams. As an actor: Neo-Political Cowgirls’ Andromeda, Zima! and off-Broadway’s Eve; Bay Street’s Of Mice & Men, Diary of Anne Frank, Twelfth Night, The Tempest; Mulford Rep’s All In The Timing, Allergist’s Wife; RoundTable’s Hamlet, Macbeth. At Guild Hall Josh has directed/appeared in: Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Hamlet, Cherry Orchard, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, and Romeo & Juliet (2001). Regional credits: Children’s Theatre Co., Minneapolis; Shakespeare Theatre, DC; Classic Theater International, Germany; and four seasons as co-founding Artistic Director of Hamptons Shakespeare Festival. Josh studied at Circle in the Square where he met his wife Kate Mueth. They live year-round in Springs.
Kate Mueth is the founder and Artistic Director of the award-winning dance theater company The Neo-Political Cowgirls. In their 12th year, NPC continues to make "Mind bending" theater that seeks to deepen and challenge the ways in which audiences experience theater and the human story. Committed to shining light on female-identifying theater makers, NPC produces and supports work by women+ in order to create parity on the stages both nationally and internationally. NPC's Arts Education Outreach programming has been called "Crucial to our community" for their tireless work in using the Arts to creatively address social (in)justice, education and mental health issues. Kate is a proud Actor's Equity Union member and Co-VP of Communications sitting on the board of the League of Professional Theatre Women. She has worked as actress/director/choreographer with such luminaries as Blythe Danner, Tony Walton, Simon Jones, Cathy Curtin, Liz Larsen, Heather Lind, Joe Pintauro, Tovah Feldshuh, Florencia Lozano and others in places like Lincoln Center, John Drew Theater, Bay Street Theater, 13th Street Rep, Chicago Playwrights, Shakespeare & Co., The Gym at Judson, Culture Project NYC, etc. She has toured work with NPC to Berlin, Helsinki and Off-Broadway. Kate is thrilled to be working with the creative wonder Ellen Dolan on Ball of Redemption. Upcoming projects: Three days of Arts and Advocacy Gala Andromeda's Sisters at Guild Hall June 14th (Performance) and 23rd, (Creative Workshop) and June 22nd (Roberta Kaplan interview) at a local Private Estate and summer traveling main stage VOYEUR experience in July and NYC programming in August. Kate is wife to the creative theater gem Josh Gladstone and mother to their witty son August, a rising Sophomore at Emerson College.
Trevor VaughnActor, singer/songwriter Trevor Vaughn is thrilled to be back on the boards of the John Drew Theater! Previous work at Guild Hall includes J. Stephen Brantley's Swan Song with Toyah Feldshuh and as lead singer of his rock band Reserved For Rondee. Locally, Trevor is a proud collaborator with the Neo Political Cowgirls, as Perseus in Kate Mueth's Andromeda. He also coaches with Kate in her anti-bully workshop Project Hero for EH middle schoolers. New York: Into The Hazard (Walker Space), Vanessa Walter's Ripening (Triskelion) Regional: Twelfe Night (Bristol Riverside Theatre) General Desdemona (Proctors Theater) TV/Film: The Amy Sedaris Show, Big Dogs. Trevor's band Reserved For Rondee has headlined major NY venues like Bowery Ballroom, Gramercy Theater, and Music Hall of Williamsburg. Trevor also makes music with Brooklyn Pearl, Lost Dog Constellation, and Omar Zubair out of his recording studio in DUMBO, called Brooklyn Pearl. Training: BFA in acting from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he met friend, collaborator, and Springs native Isaac Klein. The two have worked on numerous projects together including The Prophecy of Isaiah, Legend of the Voice, and Mulford Farms' The Mystery of Irma Vep, directed by Mueth. Isaac initially directed Falls For Jodie UNT workshop last October and is currently teaching at UNCSA. Huge thanks to Bill Burford, Josh Gladstone, his mom Devora Williamson, and his life long friend Michael Paul.
Charlie WestfalCharlie is a Brooklyn-based actor and performance artist whose most recent credits include VOYUER directed by Kate Mueth, Bay Street Theater’s The Great Gatsby (Jay Gatsby), and Guild Hall’s Romeo & Juliet (Mercutio). He trained at The Maggie Flanigan Studio under both Maggie Flanigan and Charlie Sandlan. Other credits include a durational performance in The Mile-Long Opera at The High Line in Manhattan, The Cherry Orchard by Anton Checkov at Columbia University (Petya Trofimov) and the original production of Wildcards at The Bank Street Theater (Hank).
Valerie diLorenzo, a native New Yorker and Sag Harbor resident, is always thrilled to return to Guild Hall; audiences may remember her from the Jerry Herman and Kander & Ebb revues. She is especially thrilled to be reuniting with her longtime pals and colleagues tonight, who all know each other from Westchester theatre days. Valerie most recently originated the role of Elizabeth and Madame Bertin in the reading of the new musical Unlikely Allies (by Martin Rabbett), alongside Mr. Richard Chamberlin and Ms. Cowan. She also originated the roles of: Texas Guinan in Jenny & Me - The History of Sardi’s at the York Theatre/NYC; the role of Ginger in And I Always Will, a new play by Diana Canova at the Westport Playhouse and The Mother in the musical, ECO (by Jenna Mate) here at Guild Hall and NYMF.
An award-winning vocalist, Valerie’s one-woman shows have been defined as “…a seamless venture of magic in the making.” Her voice and showmanship have been critically acclaimed for presenting interesting and exciting musical events that have played many NYC and East Coast venues including at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, The Metropolitan Room, The Triad, Judy's, Tatou, Don't Tell Mama's, The Duplex, The Iridium, Mohonk Mountain House, Caramoor Center for the Arts, Odettes and Frangelica’s (PA), The Broward Theatre and Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (FL).
Valerie is also a proud card-carrying remember of the Actors Equity Association - favorite theatrical credits include: Rose in Gypsy, Mrs. Johnstone in Bloodbrothers, Sheila in A Chorus Line, Nancy in Oliver!, Miss Hannigan in Annie, Stella Deems in Follies, Marta in Company, Miss Mona in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Sweet Sue in Sugar, and Bunny in The House of Blue Leaves.
No stranger to the stages of the East End, Valerie has brought the Great American Songbook to the stages of the Southampton Arts Center, The Suffolk Theatre, Westhampton Beach PAC, Westhampton Beach Gazebo, and Agawam Park, among others.
Tina Jones has performed on the east end at Guild Hall, Bay Street Theatre, Mulford Rep Theater and Hampton Theatre Company. Ms. Jones has worked across the country. Regional theatre: Berkley Repertory Theatre, Baltimore Centre Stage, Cleveland Playhouse, American Conservatory Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Company, Arizona Theatre Company; as well as Broadway, Off-Off Broadway, film and television. She holds a Master’s Degree from the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and studies with the Barrow Group in New York City, where she has also directed. Tina teaches theatre for Project Most and directs for The Young Artists and Writers Program, YAWP.