Now Playing…Sight Unseen

No Comments 04 September 2014

News Release

For Immediate Release
Date: October 16, 2014
Contact: Anna Johnson
Artistic and Managing Director
Cadence Theatre Company

Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with Virginia Rep Presents Richmond Premiere of Donald Margulies’ Sight Unseen

Richmond, VA–Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with Virginia Repertory Theatre proudly presents the Richmond premiere of Donald Margulies’ Pulitzer Prize-nominated and Obie Award-winning play, Sight Unseen. Sight Unseen runs October 16-November 8, 2014 (opens October 18) with a Talk Back Sunday post-show discussion on Sunday, October 26th. Nationally known sculptor Paul DiPasquale will facilitate.

This humorous and insightful work tells the tale of a wildly successful American Jewish artist whose British retrospective show leaves him pierced by racism and false memory. His journey causes him to question his purpose and reinvent the basis of his self worth. “…you can tell when a play has gripped its audience, for no one seems to breathe, let alone shift in his seat. This phenomenon can be observed…at Sight Unseen…”—The New York Times

Sight Unseen is directed by Rusty Wilson, and features Neil Brookshire, Heather Falks, Andrew Firda and Laine Satterfield. Scenic Design is by Benjamin Burke, Lighting Design is by Andrew Bonniwell, Costume Design is by Lynn West, Sound Design is by Andrew J. Hamm and Rusty Wilson, Properties Design and Set Dressing are by McLean Jesse, Scenic Painting is by Lara Koplin, Dialect Coaching is by Janet Rodgers, Set Construction is by Joel Ernst, Stage Management is by Sharon Gregory, and Production Management is by McLean Jesse.

Sight Unseen will be presented at Theatre Gym at the Virginia Rep Center; 114 W. Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia 23220. Shows are: TH at 7 pm; FR and SAT at 8 pm; SUN at 4 pm (SUN October 19th will be at 2 p.m.); 7pm performance on TUES November 4th. Special discount nights: Thursday, October 16th —1st Preview–$15 tickets—Code: SIGHTPRICE; Thursday, October 23rd —Girls’ Night Out–$25 event tickets—Code: GIRLSSIGHT; Friday, October 24th —Date Night–$25 event tickets—Code: DATESIGHT; Tuesday, November 4th —Industry Night–$15 event tickets—Code: INDSIGHT.

Tickets may be purchased at www.VA-Rep.org | 804.282.2620.
Photos by Jason Collins Photography and Cover Design by Noel Ritter.

Meet the Cast
AndrewAndrew Firda (Nick) is delighted to return to Cadence Theatre Company after making his Richmond debut last season in Clybourne Park. He has played Off Broadway with The Pearl Theatre Company, and Off-Off-Broadway with: Metropolitan Playhouse, The Gallery Players, NYC Fringe, Midtown International Theatre Festival, and NYC Shakespeare. His regional work includes projects with the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Northern Stage, Smoky Mountain Shakespeare Festival, and The Monomoy Theatre. Andrew has also appeared on television in: Law & Order: SVU, One Life to Live, As the World Turns, and on truTV, The History Channel, and online on The Onion News Network. He holds an MFA from Ohio University.

LaineLaine Satterfield (Patricia) has performed in, taught, choreographed, directed, and devised theatre both nationally and internationally. She has worked at the Public Theatre and Lincoln Center in NYC, and toured commedia dell’arte and in solo shows throughout Europe. She holds a BFA from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, and has taught at the University of Eurasian Theatre, Stella Adler Conservatory, Aquila University, Virginia Governor’s School, Center for the Arts, Artspower, the Joan Oates Institute for Partners in the Arts, Centerstage, Company of Fools, and given private instruction and workshops in the states and abroad. In addition to teaching theatre to all ages in the Richmond area, she serves as Program Director for SPARC’s New Voices for the Theater, a statewide high school playwriting program, and Director of Education for Cadence. Her recent plays with Cadence Theatre Company are: Detroit, and In the Next Room, (or the vibrator play). Her work with Virginia Repertory Theatre includes To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Little Dog Laughed (2008 RTCC Best Supporting Actress nomination). Laine has also performed under producer Carol Piersol in Boston Marriage (Stella di Domani Festival at Spoleto, Charleston), Gidion’s Knot (2013 RTCC Best Ensemble Acting Award), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (2012 RTCC Best Actress nomination), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (2011 RTCC Best Actress Award), and Eurydice (2009 RTCC Best Actress nomination). A few of Laine’s other favorite roles are: Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Elena in Uncle Vanya, Paulina in Death and the Maiden, and Ariel in The Tempest. Laine is a member of Actor’s Equity Association.

Neil NewNeil Brookshire (Jonathan) is originally from Wyoming, grew up in New Mexico, and attended college in Indiana and Idaho. He has a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Boise State and an MFA in Acting from Northern Illinois University. This summer he was in The Enchanted April with Company of Fools, directed by Steve Perigard. His work with other regional theater companies includes: Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Boise Contemporary Theater, Idaho Dance Theatre, Opera Idaho, Seattle Novyi Theatre, Great Lakes Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, and Peninsula Players Theatre. His recent films are The Pact and the short, Stygian. Neil also paints and writes.


Heather NewHeather Falks (Grete) is thrilled to make her debut on the Cadence stage and to work with this talented cast, director, and production team. Heather’s contributions to the Richmond theatre community include her work as a teaching artist with CTC, Associate Artist for TheatreLAB, and Production Director for The Shop. She is also a faculty member with SPARC and an adjunct professor at VCU. Next May, Heather is scheduled to graduate with her MFA in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University. She would like to thank her family, both near and far, for their continuous support of her work. Heather would also like to dedicate her performance to her loving husband and son, who give her strength and the will to make the most of this beautiful life.


Meet the 4th Wall!

No Comments 03 September 2014


4th-wall-logo_rgbThe mission of The 4th Wall is to enable young theatre lovers to connect audiences and actors by truly breaking through the imaginary wall that often separates them. With the guidance and support of theatre arts professionals, members become theatre insiders. Their insights appear on CTC’s website, Facebook page, and other community publications. 4th Wall members will invite their peers to contribute actively to the arts community, thereby invigorating the growth of young audiences and by extension, strengthening all artistic endeavor.

DSC_6956Responsibilities will include the following for all CTC and Virginia Rep main stage shows:

  • Attend 4 mandatory meetings (September, December, February, May)
    Usher and do a curtain speech at least once for all Cadence Mainstage shows and usher for 3 of Virginia Rep’s Mainstage shows
  • Write reviews & blog posts
  • Promote Utix ($10 day-of-show tickets) for high school and college students with valid ID via social media and word-of-mouth
  • Create or help produce promotional videos and radio spots
  • Change Facebook profile pictures the week of show to promote the opening
  • Volunteer in opportunities such as: helping to run auditions, moderating the CTC Talk Back Sunday Series, underground marketing, RTCC awards, Christmas Parade, and others as needs arise

DSC_6954Benefits to membership:

  • Two free tickets to each of CTC and Virginia Rep Mainstage shows
  • Name, picture, and personal bio on websites for CTC and Virginia Rep
  • Work with professional theatre artists and mentors
  • Build resume and portfolio, experience, and contacts
  • Enjoy Workshops & Guest Speakers

Meet The 4th Wall!

Alex Shedd is an actor, writer, director, photographer, film buff, musician, fencer, and a cappella singer. He has been with The 4th Wall from the start, and is excited for another great year.

Sam Bardon is a Center For the Arts Theatre alumni and loves all things theatre! This is her first year as a 4th Wall member and she is thrilled for this wonderful season to begin!

Dani Brown is a third-year 4th Wall veteran, a hoarder of all things music and movies, and absolutely loves Christmas!

Izabela Clarke attended the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and helped backstage at the Nicole Miller show. Her favorite food is avocados!

Hannah Caffacus is a second-year 4th Wall member, techie, actor, and comedian. She loves guacamole, rock climbing, and all things theatre!

Corbin Bleu look-alike, Mahalia Jean-Pierre, is an artist, actress, musician, and entrepreneur! She enjoys long walks on the beach, cosmetology, and Sudoku!

Disney Princess wanna-be Elaina Riddell does her best to find the magic in every day life through art. From writing to acting, stage management to creating fashions, she takes every opportunity she can to express herself and observe other artists at work.

Nate Smith is an actor and film nerd who is very excited for his first year with the 4th Wall Forum. He has a love for melodramatic phrasing and his favorite plant is Lamb’s Ear.

In addition to theatre, of course, Skye Shannon enjoys art, volleyball, and Dr. Pepper. She i excited for another awesome year with The 4th Wall!

Jessica Meyer has performed at the only re-creation of the Blackfriars Playhouse in the world. Her initials spell JAM because she’s always jamming!

Matalin Collins is new to The 4th Wall and absolutely loves theatre, music, and dance. She is a Disney fanatic who builds roller coaster models out of Popsicle sticks.

Kaelie Ukrop is an actor, stage manager, director, and all around theatre enthusiast that is jazzed to be a part of The 4th Wall for her first time. When not being a “crazy theatre person,” Kaelie loves riding her bike around Richmond and finding cool coffee shops to explore.

Daniel Kunkel is a native of Richmond. He enjoys music and theatre and the crunchy little bits of bacon on a salad. He wants to grow up and not own a ferret.

Kari Kolla is an aspiring entertainment manager and a pop culture aficionado. She enjoys surrealism and thrift stores and wishes Halloween came more than once a year.

Chandler Jez is named after Chandler Bing from Friends. He has not consumed soda in three years. He loves Neapolitan ice cream, which he has always called Napoleon ice cream.

Josina Ennas is an actress, stage manager, and Disney enthusiast. She’s super stoked to be part of The 4th Wall this year and regularly uses words like “stoked.”

Raven Wilkes can recite the entire 2003 live action film version of Peter Pan by heart, but sadly, has never been asked to do so. She is a British culture enthusiast with hopes of becoming knighted one day. One time in NYC, she managed to both shock Alan Rickman (Professor Snape) and make him smile at the same time.

Photos by Jason Collins Photography.


And the Nominees Are…

No Comments 12 August 2014

The Richmond Theatre Critics Circle (RTCC) has announced nominations for the Seventh Annual RTCC “Artsies” Awards.  Cadence Theatre Company in partnership were nominated for eleven awards, including:

Clybourne Park—Best Play

Good People—Best Play

Keri Wormald –Best Direction of a Play (Clybourne Park)

Anna Johnson—Best Direction of a Play (Good People)

Anna Johnson—Best Direction of a Play (Detroit)

Best Leading Actress in a Play—McLean Jesse (Clybourne Park)

Best Leading Actress in a Play—Dawn A. Westbrook (Good People)

Best Supporting Actress in a Play—Jacqueline O’Connor (Good People)

Best Supporting Actor in a Play—Andrew Firda (Clybourne Park)

The Ernie McClintock Award for Best Ensemble Acting (Clybourne Park)

The Ernie McClintock Award for Best Ensemble Acting (Detroit)

We congratulate all of this year’s nominees! Included below is a full list of nominees and details regarding the awards ceremony in October:

Best Musical

Cabaret, Richmond Triangle Players

The Color Purple, Virginia Repertory Theatre

The Drowsy Chaperone, Swift Creek Mill

Fiddler on the Roof, Virginia Repertory Theatre

Shrek The Musical, Virginia Repertory Theatre

Best Direction (Musical)

Robin Arthur, Shrek the Musical

Chase Kniffen, The Color Purple

Penny Ayn Maas, Cabaret

Richard Parison, Fiddler on the Roof

Tom Width, The Drowsy Chaperone

Best Actor (Musical)

David Benoit, Fiddler on the Roof

Ronnie Brown, Shrek the Musical

Chris Hester, Cabaret

Jason Marks, Shrek the Musical

Josh Marin, The Color Purple

Jerold Solomon, The Color Purple

Best Actress (Musical)

Felicia Curry, The Color Purple

Grey Garrett, Beyond the Rainbow, Swift Creek Mill

Christie Jackson, The Drowsy Chaperone

Nicole Oberleitner, Caberet

Aly Wepplo, Shrek the Musical

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Musical)

Steve King, The Drowsy Chaperone

Josh Marin, The Wild Party, Firehouse Theatre

Doug Schneider, Cabaret

Matt Shofner, The Drowsy Chaperone

Scott Wichmann, Olympus on my Mind, Virginia Repertory Theatre

Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Musical)

Carolyn Meade, The Wild Party

Carolyn Minor-Daughtry, The Color Purple

Nicole Oberleitner, The Drowsy Chaperone

Desiree Roots, The Color Purple

Jeanie Rule, Cabaret

Best Musical Direction

Paul Deiss, The Drowsy Chaperone

Kim Fox, Cabaret

Ben Miller, The Color Purple

Ben Miller, The Wild Party

Anthony Smith, Fiddler of the Roof

Best Choreography

Robin Arthur, Shrek the Musical

Dennis Clark, The Drowsy Chaperone

Karen Getz, Fiddler on the Roof

Penny Ayn Maas, Cabaret

Leslie Owens-Harrington, The Color Purple

Best Play

Clybourne Park, Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with Virginia Rep

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, Firehouse Theatre (aka ‘Chad Deity’)

Good People, Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with Virginia Rep)

Joshua Plant, Chamberlayne Actors Theatre

Quality of Life, HATTheatre

Best Direction (Play)

Anna Johnson, Detroit, Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with Virginia Rep

Anna Johnson, Good People

Kerry McGee, Chad Deity

David Emerson Toney, ‘night, Mother, Firehouse Theatre

Keri Wormald, Clybourne Park

Best Actor (Play)

Joseph Carlson, A Streetcar Named Desire, Firehouse Theatre

Jeff Cole, Wittenberg, Henley Street/Richmond Shakespeare

Aaron Orensky, Joshua Plant

Alexander Sapp, Grace, TheatreLAB

Scott Wichmann, Say Goodnight Gracie, Virginia Repertory Theatre

Best Actress (Play)

Eva DeVirgilis, Hypocrites & Strippers, Richmond Triangle Players

McLean Jesse, Clybourne Park

Katrinah Carol Lewis, Death & the Maiden, Henley Street/Richmond Shakespeare

Catherine Shaffner, ‘night, Mother

Dawn A. Westbrook, Good People

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Play)

Andrew Firda, Clybourne Park

Mauricio Marces, Chad Deity

Stephen Ryan, The Importance of Being Earnest, Henley Street/Richmond

Shakespeare/Richmond Triangle Players

Alexander Sapp, Richard III, Henley Street/Richmond Shakespeare

Alexander Sapp, Tartuffe, Virginia Repertory Theatre

Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Play)

Jennifer Frank, The Dixie Swim Club, Swift Creek Mill

Jacquie O’Connor, Good People

Melissa Johnston Price, Other Desert Cities, Virginia Repertory Theatre

Debra Wagoner, Tartuffe

Raven Wilkes, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henley Street/Richmond Shakespeare

The Ernie McClintock Award for Best Ensemble Acting

Clybourne Park


The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity


Quality of Life

Most Promising Newcomer

Isabella Cipolina, The Miracle Worker, Swift Creek Mill

Ally Dodds, Fiddler on the Roof

Brad Frazier, Tartuffe

Grace Mincks, Beyond the Rainbow

Diego Salinas, Joshua Plant

Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design

Geno Brantley, Chad Deity

Joe Doran, The Drowsy Chaperone

Joe Doran, The Color Purple

Lynne M. Hartman, Other Desert Cities

Robert Perry, Fiddler on the Roof

Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design

Maura Lynch Cravey, The Drowsy Chaperone

Sue Griffin, The Color Purple

Sue Griffin, Fiddler on the Roof

Sue Griffin, Tartuffe

Elizabeth Weiss Hopper, Shrek the Musical

Outstanding Achievement in Set Design

Ben Burke, Other Desert Cities

Tennessee Dixon, Death & the Maiden

Frank Foster, Cabaret

Ron Keller, Color Purple

Tom Width, The Drowsy Chaperone

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design

Andrew Craig, Death & the Maiden

Derek Dumais, The Color Purple

Chase Kniffen, Say Goodnight Gracie

Joey Luck, Cabaret

Joey Luck, Chad Deity

Outstanding Achievement in Fight Choreography

James Long, Chad Deity

Liz Marks Memorial Award for Ongoing Contribution to Richmond Area Theater

The Acts of Faith Festival

The black-tie awards gala will be 10/19, 7pm at Virginia Repertory Theatre’s Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre ($15). It will feature musical performances from productions nominated for Best Musical, as well as an original song penned by the event’s emcees, local actors Debra Clinton and Jason Marks.  A new category has been added: Most Promising Newcomer to recognize the efforts of young performers and encourage them to continue to hone their skills. The RTCC has chosen the Acts of Faith festival, the largest faith-based theater festival in the United States, to receive the Liz Marks Memorial Award for its ongoing contributions to Richmond-area theater. The voting members of the RTCC include David Timberline & Rich Griset (Style Weekly), Julinda Lewis (Richmond Times-Dispatch), Bruce Levy (Show Biz Radio), and a recent addition to the Circle, Jerry Williams (TVJerry.com / WRIR). They must have seen at least two-thirds of the locally-produced shows during the last season to vote.  Non-voting members include Tony Farrell (Richmond Times-Dispatch), Liz Jewett (Richmond.com), Jen Maciulewicz (GayRVA.com), Matt Miller (GayRVA.com), John Porter (WCVE-FM) and Joan Tupponce (One Woman’s View).

Pictured: Jay O. Millman and Dawn A. Westbrook. Photo credit Jason Collins Photography.

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