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CURRENT ALLEY ACTING COMPANY
JEFFREY BEAN is in his 20th season as an Alley Company Artist and has appeared in over 100 Alley productions since 1989. Recently he has appeared in The Old Friends (Albert Price), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Vanya), Communicating Doors (Reece), the World Premiere of Fool (King William), A Christmas Carol (Ebenezer Scrooge), You Can’t Take it With You (Mr. De Pinna), The Elephant Man (Frederick Treves), Clybourne Park (Russ/Dan), Death of a Salesman (Charley) and November (Charles Smith). Previous Alley highlights include Amadeus (Salieri), Boeing-Boeing (Robert), The Farnsworth Invention (David Sarnoff), Cyrano de Bergerac (Cyrano), The Scene (Charlie), Doubt (Father Flynn), Subject to Fits (Prince Myshkin), Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick), The Pillowman (Michal), Twelfth Night (Feste), The Importance of Being Earnest (Algernon), Billy Bishop Goes to War (Billy Bishop), Gross Indecency (Oscar Wilde), The Foreigner (Charlie Baker) and Stones in His Pockets (Charlie Conlon, et al). Broadway credits include Bells Are Ringing (Francis) and Amadeus (Kappelmeister Bonno). Film & Television credits include Clinger, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU and All My Children. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts and a Princess Grace Award winner. www.jeffreybean.com
JAMES BLACK is proud to be celebrating his 28th consecutive season at the Alley Theatre where, as an actor and occasional director, he has been involved in over 100 productions. Recent appearances include Communicating Doors (Julian), Freud’s Last Session (Sigmund Freud), You Can’t Take It With You (Martin Vanderhof), The Hollow (Sir Henry Angkatell), Sherlosk Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club (Mr. Richards/Mycroft Holmes), The Elephant Man (Man/Conductor/Snork), A Few Good Men (Capt. Matthew A. Markinson), Black Coffee (Hercule Poirot), Noises Off (Lloyd Dallas), The Seafarer (James “Sharky” Harkin), The Seagull (Trigorin), Dividing the Estate (Lewis Gordon), Pygmalion (Colonel Pickering), Amadeus (Count Orsini-Rosenberg), August: Osage County (Steve Heidebrecht), Peter Pan (Captain Hook/Mr. Darling), St. Nicholas, Boeing-Boeing (Bernard), Harvey (Elwood P. Dowd), Mrs. Mannerly (Jeffrey), and Our Town (Stage Manager) among others. He has also directed Good People, Clybourne Park, A Behanding in Spokane, Doubt, Death on the Nile, Glengarry Glen Ross, Deathtrap, Dial “M” for Murder, Our Lady of 121st Street, The Foreigner, Of Mice and Men and As Bees in Honey Drown. His film and television credits include Olympia, The Man with the Perfect Swing, Houston: The Legend of Texas, Fire and Rain, Challenger, Night Game, and Killing in a Small Town. He received a Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut and a Drama Desk nomination for Best Actor for Not About Nightingales and a BackStage West Garland Award for his appearance as Eddie Carbone in the Alley’s production of A View from the Bridge.
ELIZABETH BUNCH has appeared in more than 40 shows at the Alley Theatre since 2002. Most recently Elizabeth appeared as Margaret in Good People and Joss in the World Premier of Fool by Theresa Rebeck. Previous Alley performances include Brooke Wyeth in Other Desert Cities, Gay Wellington in You Can’t Take it With You, Mrs. Kendal in The Elephant Man, Bev/Kathy in Clybourne Park, Bernstein in November, Eliza Dolittle in Pygmalion, Karen in August Osage County, Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club, The Hollow, Peter Pan, Boeing-Boeing, Harvey, 39 Steps, Our Town, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Doubt, Steel Magnolias, Proof, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. New York and Regional theater include The Water Children with Playwrights Horizons, The Voice of the Turtle and Museum with The Keen Company, The Light Outside with Bat Theater Company, Little Foxes with The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, A Midsummer Night’s Dream with The Guthrie Theater and the national tour of Goosebumps. With the Breadloaf Acting Ensemble she appeared in A Streetcar Named Desire, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, Big Love and Arcadia. Television includes Law and Order: SVU. Elizabeth is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
PAUL HOPE is a native Houstonian and an Alley Company Artist, who has appeared on the Alley stages for 21 seasons in a wide range of roles, including Mr. Kirby in You Can't Take It With You, Edward Raynor in Black Coffee, Crumpet in The Santaland Diaries, William Crocker in The Farnsworth Invention, Beverly Carlton in The Man Who Came to Dinner, Julian Farrar in The Unexpected Guest, among many others. His musical theatre roles include Rohna in Grand Hotel (with Cyd Charisse and Liliane Montevecchi) and Col. Lockert in Dodsworth (with Hal Linden), both at Casa Mañana in Fort Worth; and Beauregard in Mame (with Juliet Prowse), Bienstock in Sugar (with Robert Morse), and M. Renaud in La Cage (with Lee Roy Reams) all at Theatre Under the Stars. He has also performed as Steve Baker in Showboat (with Eddie Bracken) at Houston Grand Opera, and most recently took over for John Lithgow as the narrator of Carnival of the Animals for Houston Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet. He is the Artistic Director for Bayou City Concert Musicals, which has presented concert stagings of Follies, Falsettos, A Little Night Music, She Loves Me, 70 Girls 70, Assassins, Fiorello, The Secret Garden, Pal Joey, On the Town, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Finian’s Rainbow, One Touch of Venus and The Pajama Game.
CHRIS HUTCHISON is in his eigth season as an Alley Company Artist. This is his 34th Alley Theatre production since first appearing here as Hal in Proof in 2004. Other favorite roles include Mike in Good People, Weber in What We’re Up Against, Nicky in The Seafarer, Mervyn in A Behanding in Spokane, Dennis in Mauritius, Padraic in The Lieutenant of Inishmore, and Boo Radley in To Kill a Mockingbird. Off-Broadway credits include Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathon and revivals of The Second Man, Museum and The Hasty Heart with Obie award-winning Keen Company. Chris’s solo show TRIP was selected for production by HERE Arts Center in SoHo. Regionally he has appeared at The Guthrie Theater, The Pasadena Playhouse, Baltimore’s Center Stage, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Hartford TheaterWorks and Capital Repertory Theatre, as well as six summers as a member of the Acting ensemble at Bread Loaf in Vermont, where he most recently played Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire. Film and television: Kill the Poor, Ed, Chappelle’s Show, All My Children, Guiding Light and some Movies of the Week.
MELISSA PRITCHETT is an Alley Company Artist recently appearing in Good People (Jean), Communicating Doors (Jessica), You Can’t Take it With You (Essie), The Hollow (Gerda Cristow), Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club (Mrs. Hudson/ Lucy O’Malley), The Elephant Man (Pinhead/ Whore/ Miss Sandwich/ Countess), Death of a Salesman (The Woman), Noises Off (Brooke Ashton), Amadeus (Constanze Weber), Boeing-Boeing (Gretchen), Rock ‘n’ Roll (Gillian/Magda), Eurydice (Little Stone), Hitchcock Blonde (Blonde), and more. Other theatre credits include Beauty and the Beast, Brigadoon (Theatre Under the Stars). As a dancer, she was a principal dancer for Longview Ballet Theatre. She has choreographed several shows for Bayou City Concert Musicals including The Pajama Game, One Touch of Venus, Finnian’s Rainbow and Fiorello! She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Sam Houston State University.
David Rainey is in his 15th season as an Alley Company Artist. Recent roles include Donald in You Can’t Take it With You, Col. Julius Alexander Randolph in A Few Good Men, Albert/Kevin in Clybourne Park, Bert/Spirit of Christmas Present in A Christmas Carol, Dwight Grackle in November, Ben in What We’re Up Against, Mrs. Dilber/Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol, Rogers in And Then There Were None, Sterling in Mauritius, Nasty Interesting Man/Lord of the Underworld in Eurydice, and the title role in Othello. He has performed with The National Actors Theatre, Joseph Papp Public Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, The Acting Company, New York Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Rep (with Theatre de la Jeune Lune), Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Hartford Stage Company, Dallas Theatre Center, Guthrie Theatre, Crossroads Theatre Company, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, among others. Film and TV credits include Cosby, Law & Order, Vengeance Unlimited, As the World Turns, One Life to Live, Lowball, North Starr, Hell Swarm, Starforce, Multifacial and The ‘M’ Word. He holds degrees from Eastern New Mexico University and Juilliard where he received the Drama Division’s highest honor, the Michel and Suria Saint-Denis Prize. He is Artistic Director of The Landing Theatre Company, is on the drama faculty of the University of Houston-Downtown and also teaches professional acting classes.
JOHN TYSON has appeared in a wide variety of roles in his 15 seasons at the Alley Theatre. Recent credits include Boris Kolenkhov in You Can't Take It With You. Selsdon Mowbray in Noises Off, Richard Harkin in The Seafarer, Alfred Doolittle in Pygmalion, The Storyteller in Peter Pan, Mr. Paravicini in The Mousetrap, Professor Metz/Banjo in The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Librarian in Underneath the Lintel, Dr. Einstein in Arsenic and Old Lace and Tupolski in The Pillowman. Notable performances include Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night, AEH in The Invention of Love, both Dromios in The Comedy of Errors and Henry Carr in Travesties. Before coming to the Alley Theatre, Mr. Tyson worked at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Stagewest and Playmakers Repertory Company. At the Alley he directed The Woman in Black and his own play, Act Of Passion. He recently directed The Good Thief at the Mosaic Theatre. He has also written an adaptation of Christmas Carol and, with Santry Rush, written the musical Happy Ending.
TODD WAITE is in his 14th season as an Alley Company Artist. Most recently seen in Communicating Doors (Harold), The Santaland Diaries (Crumpet), You Can’t Take It With You (Paul Sycamore), The Hollow (Gudgeon), and Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club (Sherlock Holmes). He has appeared in over 60 productions including six Christmas seasons of the one-man show, The Santaland Diaries. Other shows include: Noises Off (Frederick Fellowes), Pygmalion (Henry Higgins), Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes), Rock ‘n’ Roll (Jan), The Goat or Who is Sylvia? (Martin), Arsenic and Old Lace (Mortimer Brewster), Hapgood (Kerner), Deathtrap (Sydney), Art (Ivan), Stones in His Pockets (Jake), The Devil’s Disciple (Burgoyne), The Mousetrap (Christopher Wren) and The 39 Steps (Richard Hannay). Previously, Mr. Waite spent six seasons with the Shaw Festival Theatre, played Enjolras in the Canadian premiere of Les Miserables and guest-starred on all major U.S. and Canadian networks. Awards include the Critic’s Choice Award for Intimate Exchanges at Dallas Theater Center and a Best Actor nomination for his performance in the world premiere of The Coronation Voyage. He has directed several Canadian premieres and was the resident director for Cirque du Soleil’s ‘O’ in Las Vegas. A recipient of the Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship for master actor/teachers, Mr. Waite holds an MFA in Directing, and is an adjunct professor for the University of Houston’s Graduate Program in Theatre Education. His private students attend Juilliard, Yale, The Royal Scottish Academy, The Stella Adler School, as well as Stage Door Theater, Interlochen and Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.