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Cast Biographies

Edwina Findley | Eclipsed

Edwina Findley

Number Three

Film: George Lucas’ upcoming movie Red Tails. TV:HBO’s upcoming series Treme, HBO’s The Wire, One Life to Live, Law & Order, New Amsterdam, Conviction, Blue Blood (Fox, director Brett Ratner). Off-Broadway: Really Rosie (Atlantic Theater Company), Remembrance (Women’s Project), and UGLy (Storm Theatre/Juilliard School). Regional: Gee’s Bend (Arden Theatre Company, Philadelphia – Barrymore Award nomination, Outstanding Lead Actress); Crumbs from the Table of Joy (Baltimore Centerstage); Crowns (Cleveland Playhouse); Cyrano DeBergerac, Henry IV, Part I, Winter’s Tale (Shakespeare Theatre Company, D.C.); Twelfth Night (Franklin Stage); Color Me Dark (Kennedy Center/Crossroads Theatre Company); Runaway Home (Studio Theatre, D.C.). Training: NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Dedicated to my “Mother Dear,” whose life was claimed in the Liberian war. www.edwinafindley.com.

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Miriam Glover | Eclipsed

Miriam F. Glover

The Girl

dedicates her performance to the lost, abused neglected children around the world. You are forever in my prayer. Where there is a will there is a way.  Never give up. I love you. Training: Texas Southern University – BFA/University of Southern California – MFA.

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Michael Hyatt | Eclipsed

Michael Hyatt

Rita

Broadway: Ragtime. Films: Fame, Mississippi Damned (2009 Grand Jury Award at Outfest Film Festival, American Black Film Festival and … stuff ), Acts Of Worship, The Good Girl, Pushing Tin. Television: The Wire, The West Wing, Kill Point, Law & Order, ER, Shark, Criminal Minds, Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS. www.michaelhyatttheactor.com. “I continue to welcome the adventure that is Your Truth and, with tears of gratitude, say thank you. Love you, Michael … !!” 

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Kelly M. Jenrette | Eclipsed

Kelly M. Jenrette

Number Two

National Tour: Love Overboard. New York: Somewhere In Between, Golden Goose and Echoes (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse). Los Angeles: Desire Under the Elms (Odyssey Theatre) and Mommy! Mommy! The Musical! Musical! (Hudson Theatre). Regional: A Christmas Carol (Alliance Theatre), Rejoice (True Colors) and Soweto! Soweto! (Freddie Hendricks Youth Ensemble of Atlanta). TV: Frisky Dingo (Cartoon Network).

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Bahni Turpin | Eclipsed

Bahni Turpin

Number One

Los Angeles: Mules, House Arrest (Mark Taper Forum); Slide Glide The Slippery Slope (Taper, Too, at The Ivy Substation); The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler, (South Coast Rep); As You Like It, Demeter In The City, Los Illegals, Someday, Warriors Don’t Cry, For All Time, (Cornerstone Theater Company). Off-Broadway: Ground People (American Place Theater); Taking Control (Playwrights Horizons), The Rabbit Foot, (Crossroads Theater), Ties That Bind (Yale Rep.), All’s Well That Ends Well (N.Y. Renaissance Festival). Film: Daughters of the Dust, Brokedown Palace, The Saint of Fort Washington, Crossroads.TV: Without A Trace, Lincoln Heights, What About Brian, Six Feet Under, The Comeback, Cold Case, Soulfood, Girlfriends, Judging Amy, Star Trek Voyager,  ER, NYPD Blue, Law & Order and Seinfeld, among others.

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Credits

Danai Gurira

Playwright

co-created and performed in the award-winning two-woman play In the Continuum, which premiered off-Broadway and toured the U.S. and Southern Africa. In the Continuum was presented in the 2006-2007 season at CTG’s Kirk Douglas Theatre. For her work on that production, Danai won a 2006 Obie Award, the 2006 Outer Critics John Gassner Award, the Helen Hayes Award for Best Lead Actress (2007) and the 2004 Global Tolerance Award (Friends of the United Nations), in addition to being honored by the Theatre Hall of Fame. Danai was most recently seen in the acclaimed film The Visitor (with Oscar-nominated actor Richard Jenkins) and on Broadway in Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. She is the recipient of ‘08 TCG New Generations travel grant for Eclipsed and has taught playwriting and acting in Liberia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.  She is presently developing a play about the current situation in Zimbabwe with the Royal Court in London and completing another Zimbabwean piece entitled The Convert. Eclipsed had its world premiere at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. in September 2009, and will also be presented at Yale Repertory in October-November of this year. Danai received her MFA in acting from NYU. Danai was born in the U.S. to Zimbabwean parents and raised in Zimbabwe. 

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Robert O'Hara

Director

received an Obie Award for his direction of In the Continuum. He also received an Oppenheiner Best New Play Award for his play Insurrection: Holding History. First recipient of the Mark Taper Forum’s Sherwood Award. Recently directed Tough Titty by Oni Faida Lampley at the Magic Theatre, and the world premiere of Brother/Sister Plays by Tarell McCraney, a co-production at McCarter Theatre (Spring 2009) and New York Shakespeare Festival (Fall 2009). Upcoming projects include Mamet’s A Life in the Theatre at the Alliance Theatre. His new play, Antebellum, received its world premiere at Woolly Mammoth Theatre. He has written films for Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, Jon Avnet, HBO, ABC, Universal Pictures, Sony Pictures, New Line/Fine Line Cinema and Artisan Entertainment. He just completed writing and directing his feature film debut, My Place in the Horror.  

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Sibyl Wickersheimer

Set Designer

International Tours: Dos Pueblos (Hand2Mouth), The Trial of the Catonsville 9 (The Actors’ Gang), 1984 (The Actors’ Gang, director – Tim Robbins), Toy Story The Musical (Disney Creative Entertainment/Disney Cruise Lines). CTG: Of Equal Measure, No Child, The Stones (Kirk Douglas). Southern CA: Some Girl(s) (Geffen Playhouse, director – Neil LaBute); Our Mother’s Brief Affair, A Little Night Music, Brand New Kid, James & the Giant Peach and Charlotte’s Web (South Coast Repertory); Self Defense, Happy Birthday Wanda June, Tartuffe, Blood!Love!Madness!, Drums in the Night, Women of Lockerbie, Carnage, and Trial of the Catonsville 9 (The Actors’ Gang); No Way to Treat a Lady (Colony Theatre); Unfinished American Highwayscape #9 & #32 (Boston Court); Flu Season (CalRep); Evel Knievel: The Rock Opera (Bootleg); Love Water (Open Fist/EST). Regional: Black Diamond (Lookingglass Theatre); No Child (Berkeley Repertory); All in the Timing, How I Learned to Drive, Lobby Hero, The Syringa Tree (Sheridan Opera House, Telluride, CO); Pal Joey (Utah Musical Theatre). Awards: 2005-7 NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Designers. www.sawgirl.com.

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Alex Jaeger

Costume Designer

Off-Broadway: The Public Theater – Two Sisters and a Piano. Regional: A.C.T. San Francisco – November, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Speed-the-Plow; The Huntington Theatre – Rock ‘n’ Roll; Oregon Shakespeare Festival – Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Romeo and Juliet, Stop Kiss, Fuddy Meers, Handler; Indiana Repertory – Interpreting William; The Studio Theatre D.C. – Grey Gardens, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Caroline or Change, The History Boys, The Cripple of Inishmaan. CTG: Kirk Douglas Theatre – The Paris Letter. Other L.A.:  The Geffen Playhouse –  Third, It Ain’t Nothin’ but the Blues; Pasadena Playhouse – Talley’s Folly, Doubt, Looped; South Coast Repertory –  What They Have, All My Sons, Nostalgia, True West, Play Strindberg, Skylight; The Theatre @ Boston Court – Gulls, Gilgamesh, Romeo & Juliet: Antebellum New Orleans 1836, Light.

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Christopher Kuhl

Lighting Designer

is a lighting and scenic designer based out of Los Angeles. His recent work includes lighting design for Next Stop Amazingland (Center Theatre Group); Under Polaris (REDCAT); Monster (Pappas and Dancers); Monster of Happiness (Ovation Award nomination), Model Behavior (Theatre Movement Bazaar); A Number, The Receptionist (Odyssey Theatre); Laundromatinee, C’Opera (Horton Award nomination), My Beowulf (Collage Dance Theatre); Wasteland Arrival (Oni Dance); Everyone, Undine, Project X (Bumbershoot Festival), Dos Pueblos (Hand2Mouth Theatre). Associate Design for Mycenaean (BAM Next Wave) and Drums of the Waves of Horikawa (Theatre of a Two Headed Calf). He has also assisted regionally at Hartford Stage, Dallas Theater Center, Portland Center Stage, the Kirk Douglas Theatre, REDCAT, Yerba Buena Center, Jacobs Pillow Dance, South Coast Rep and the Geffen Playhouse. Chris is originally from New Mexico and a graduate of CalArts.

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Adam Phalen

Sound Designer

CTG: Kirk Douglas Theatre –The Paris Letter, Flight, ¡Gaytino!, Live From The Front, The Watts Towers Project, Taking Flight, Of Equal Measure, Taking Over; Taper, Too –Circumference of a Squirrel; New Work Festival;365 Days/365 Plays. Fountain Theatre:And Her Hair Went With Her. Lyric Theatre:A Piece of Tin. Gangbusters Theatre:Hamlet, Woyzeck. Theatre of Note:Film, Kill Me, Deadly. Bootleg Theatre:The 99 Cents Only Show, Media Noche. Shakespeare Santa Monica:Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Othello. Signature Theatre:The Word Begins. The Hayworth Theatre: Eurydice. TV:Lalo Guerrero: Original Chicano. Other: Sekou tha Misfit’sspoken word album Poetic License. Resident sound designer for the Ojai Playwrights Conference and head of audio at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre.

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Kathryn Bostic

Composer

CTG: Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Of Equal Measure, Radio Golf, Gem of the Ocean (also on Broadway). Regional: Harlem (Kennedy Center), Death and the King’s Horseman (Syracuse Stage), Little Women (Cornell University’s Schwartz Theater), The Ballad of Emmett Till (The Goodman Theatre), Home (The Signature Theatre),  Emergency (Geffen Playhouse), In the Continuum (Ensemble Theatre of Santa Barbara). Other theatre productions include Center Stage, The Huntington, The Children’s Theatre, Seattle Rep. Awards: Sundance Fellowship for Filmscoring. Performing credits as a singer and pianist include Ronnie Scott’s (London), The Blue Note (Tokyo and Osaka), The Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Pori Finland Jazz Festival, Cape May Jazz Festival and Birdland, JVC Jazz Festival N.Y., Catalina (Los Angeles), The Vic (Santa Monica). Toured and/or recorded with: k.d. Lang, Ryuichi Sakamoto, John Hiatt, Rod Stewart, The Manhattans, David Byrne.

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Photo Credit

Left photo: Danai Gurira (Standing L to R) Miriam F. Glover, Bahni Turpin. (Seated L to R) Kelly M. Jenrette, Michael Hyatt, Edwina Findley. Photos by Craig Schwartz.