Photo from Alchemy Theatre Company of Manhattan production of HARVEST

Harvest

Cast

Act 1, Spring 1966

Rick Childress
Judson Jones

(Frank in Umbrella) Along with his association with Alchemy Theatre Company, Judson is a Founding Member and Co-Producing Artistic Director of the dirigo group. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Texas Dramatists Association, and is an active member of First Look Theatre Company, Hyde Park Theatre Company, and a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. His Off-Broadway credits include: Rick Childress in Harvest, and Charles Spierling in Haymarket, both with Alchemy Theatre Company, and Sal in Worth at Urban Stages with Genesius Theatre Company. His other New York credits include Martin in Bayou Radio’s Blah, Blah, Blah; and Mark in The Information She Carried.

His regional credits include: The Soldier Dreams and Bleacher Bums, both for Subterranean Theatre Company; Art Striped Naked for Hyde Park Theatre; Macbeth with The State Theater Company, Austin Shakespeare Festival’s Winter’s Tale; Salvage Vanguard Theatre’s Fugitive Pieces; Mermaid Company production of The Seagull; One Small Step, Oversimplification, both with Bayou Radio; 300 Plays About Vladimir Putin with the Rude Mechanicals; Orange with Refraction Arts; and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Austin Playhouse. His credits for the dirigo group include desire, Fool for Love, The Gypsy Chain, True West, The Middle of the Night and The Mercy Seat. He toured the Southeastern United States with Troup D’Jour performing such roles as Brutus in Julius Caesar, and the title role in Henry V. His film credits include: Fairy Blight, The Messenger, Green Eyes, living, and Yorick. Selected voice acting credits: Samurai X: The Motion Picture, Dai Guard, Getbackers, Nadia, Zaion, The Princess Blade, Steam Detectives, and Soul Hunter.

Producer credits include: the premiere of David Wright Crawford’s Harvest, and the NY premiere of Christopher Durang’s The Vietnamization of New Jersey, both with Alchemy Theatre Company; The Jinn (The American Theatre Critics Award), Hedda, bash, desire, and Home Free, all with the dirigo group. www.judsonjones.com.

Toni Childress
Christa Kimlicko Jones

(Helen in Umbrella) Along with her work with Alchemy, Christa is a co-founder/co-artistic director of the dirigo group. Off-Broadway acting credits: Harvest (Alchemy Theatre Company); Lipstick on a Pig. Other NY credits: 365 Days/365 Plays (Genesius Theatre Group); Rearview Mirror (manhattantheatresource); Blah, Blah, Blah (Bayou Radio Productions, FringeNYC); The Information She Carried. Selected regional acting: Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; The Seagull; Private Lives; Arcadia; The Man Who Came to Dinner; Winter’s Tale; Antigone in Antigone. For the dirigo group: Hedda Gabler in Hedda; Abbie in desire; Fool for Love; Home Free!; and The Gypsy Chain. Other notable credits include: Elise in The Miser directed by Philip Goodwin; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (dir: Franchelle Stuart Dorn and Lucien Douglas); and Eye of God. Film credits include: Themes and Intermissions, Secondhand Lions, Bloodmask, Worse, Tempting David. Voice-acting credits include major roles Getbackers and Dai Guard, among others. Toured the Southeastern US with Troupe D’Jour (Educational Shakespeare) working with students and playing roles such as Juliet, Lady Macbeth, Beatrice, and Kate. Toured the western half of the US with BRAVVO! Productions, 1940s musical revue USO show, In the Mood.

Producer credits: Some with the dirigo group include: The Middle of the Night, The Mercy Seat, True West, Fool for Love, Cowboy Mouth, The Gypsy Chain, Hedda, bash, desire, and Home Free. With Alchemy: the NY premiere of L. Pontius’ Umbrella; the premiere of David Wright Crawford’s Harvest, and the NY premiere of Christopher Durang’s The Vietnamization of New Jersey. Teaches acting at John Robert Powers and CAP 21, Voice and Speech at Stella Adler; and is a teaching artist with American Globe Theatre. Holds an MFA in Acting from the UT Austin. Certified Voice Specialist and member of VASTA, a member of ‘First Look’ acting company, and a proud AEA member. www.christakimlickojones.com.

Copeland
Doug Sheppard

(Copeland in Harvest) Off and Off-Off Broadway credits include The Office Murders (with Austin Pendleton), Intermezzo (Lincoln Center), Iphigenia At Aulis (Timespace Theater Co.), Shakespeare Tonight, and The Pit and the Pendulum. His favorite Repertory and Regional roles have been those written by O’Neill, Chechov, Williams, Miller and Mamet. After recent performances in New York City clubs and at The Cabaret Conference at Yale, he is working steadily on his own cabaret show for the spring of 2008. Doug is proud to be a member of Actors’ Equity since 1979 and very glad to be working with The Alchemy Theater of Manhattan. Many thanks go out to Pier 40 Studios and everyone looking forward to a successful Harvest.

Act 2, Summer 1981

Rick Childress
Jeremy Stuart

(Rick Childress in Harvest) New York stage credits include lead roles in Rinne Groff’s Lift-Off at Provincetown Playhouse, Ascension Day with Ving Rhames and Andre DeShields at Hudson Guild, Flatbush Faithful with Chazz Palminteri at Judith Anderson Theater, A Man’s World at Metropolitan Playhouse, Edward 2 at NYFringe Festival, Gary Richards’ Stag at Studio 3. As a member of Circle Rep Lab, Rivers and Ravines and Hire the Man directed by Peg Denathorne. Founding member of Gary Garrison’s First Look Theatre Company. Extensive work with Tony Randall at National Actors Theatre for Young Audience Outreach program. Television: recurring roles on All My Children and Guiding Light. Longtime and devoted student of Michael Howard.

Rafael Lamas
Morgan Baker

Morgan Baker (“Rafael Lamas” in Harvest) graduated from Villanova University with a Master’s degree in Theatre and has been working in theatre and film in NYC since early 2000. Recent roles include “Peter” in Lunch Hour (Heiress Productions), “Dr. Gahagan” in Haymarket (Alchemy Theatre Company), “John” in Welcome Home Steve (MadAir Productions), “Ferenczi” in Where Three Roads Meet (Midtown Intl Theatre Fest), “George” in Barman and “Logan” in Naked Girls Drinking! (both with Bon Bock Productions). Film credits include Privacy, Leaving New Hope, and Crickett and the Little Girl Power along with an appearance on the CBS series Hack.

Aggy Taylor
Shorey Walker

(Aggy Taylor in Harvest) This past summer Shorey appeared as The Cat in the Hat in Seussical at the Lucile Lortel Theatre. Select NYC credits: Ester Meucci in Fishing with Tony & Joe (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Agrippina in Caligula (NYMTF). Tour credit: Peter in Peter Pan, Tommy and Fiddler on the Roof. Favorite regional credits: Violet Bick in It’s a Wonderful Life, Li’l Abner, Goodspeed and Evita at The Helen Hayes Theatre.

Act 3, Fall Present

Rick Childress
Richard Mawe

Richard Mawe (Rick Childress in Harvest) most recently appeared as Danforth in the Capital Repertory’s production of The Crucible where he also appeared in Inherit the Wind, Proof, and You Can’t Take It With You. Other regional credits include All My Sons at the Clarence Brown Theater, Knoxville, Tennessee; the Delaware Theater’s production of A Delicate Balance and Glengarry Glen Ross; and the world premiere of Israel Horovitz’s 50 Years of Caddying at the Gloucester Stage Company. Mawe also appeared in the Boston premieres of Valley Song at New Repertory Theatre and Molly Sweeney at the Nora Theatre, where he was also seen in Spoon River Anthology and as Willy Loman in the Boston Theatre Award-winning production of Death of a Salesman. King Lear with the Harvard Class of 1999, and at the Lyric Stage in Mornings at Seven. Among the twenty productions he has done in New York are Richard II at the Eleventh Hour Theatre Company, Rush’s Dream at the Here Theatre, Made in Heaven at the American Jewish Theatre, Orphans at Julliard’s Open Stage, The One Big Shot at Naked Angels and Horton Foote’s Habitation of Dragons at the HB Playwrights. Mr. Mawe’s film appearances include The Human Stain, Nobody’s Fool, Bird, Excessive Force, Conspiracy Theory, Rounders, and Woody Allen’s Alice, Small Time Crooks, and Celebrity. Mr. Mawe teaches at HB Studios in New York City, where he also studied with Herbert Berghof and Uta Hagen.

Maggie Falls
Kymberlie Stansell

(Maggie Falls in Harvest) NY: 365 Days/365 Plays (FullStop Collective), Diving in December (NYCFringe), The Highway (Pearl Theater), Baal (Looking Glass Theater), Not I (Schapiro Theater), The Seagull (Schapiro Theater), Songs Our Mothers Taught Us (co-creator, Bushwick Starr). Training: Steppenwolf Theater, National Theater Institute at The O’Neill Center, American Conservatory Theater, SITI Company.

Toni Childress
Kathleen Huber

(Toni Childress in Harvest) Off-Broadway: Tamara, The Madwoman of Chaillot, The Constant Wife, Milestones, Coriolanus, Hamlet, A Scent of Flowers, Richard III, U.S. premiere of Jigsaws. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse (An Ideal Husband), Caldwell Theatre (Les Liaisons Dangereuses), Pasadena Playhouse (The Beaux’ Stratagem), Stages St. Louis (The Music Man and High Society), American Heartland Theatre (Lettice & Lovage), Music Theatre of Wichita (Gigi and Thoroughly Modern Millie), Stamford Theatre Works (Collected Stories), and the Alabama, Orlando and Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festivals. Directing: New Jersey Repertory, Boston Light Opera, Wayside Theatre, Forestburgh Summer Theatre, Mimes & Mummers of Fordham University, and aboard luxury cruise ships. Most recently played Mrs. Warwick in The Unexpected Guest at Indiana Repertory Theatre and Syracuse Stage, and Madame Armfeldt in A Little Night Music for Opera Cleveland.

Production Team

Playwright
David Wright Crawford
Director

(Co-Director for Harvest) Director: Flying West, The Three Sisters, Dark of the Moon, and this spring Tennessee Williams one-acts at SUNY Purchase; As You Like It and Playing for Time at Stella Adler Conservatory in NYC; Can You Spare Some Social Change: One-Woman show by Deirdre Boddie-Henderson at WOW Cafe in NYC. As an Actor has worked in Regional Theatres across the country including The Goodman Theatre, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Hartford Stage Company, Yale Rep. Theatre, the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and the Shakespeare Theatre of Washington, D.C., Signature Theatre and Working Theatre in NYC, as well as some episodic TV. As a Playwright, his work has been produced in the HumanaFestival of New American Plays, The Women’s Tapestry Project in NYC, Twice as Loud Theatre Company in London, England; Theatre Geo and Howard Fine Studios in Los Angeles, Stamford Theatre Works, Jubilee Theatre of Ft. Worth, TX and The E.T.A. Performing Arts Center in Chicago, IL, to name a few. He is a guest lecturer in acting at SUNY Purchase, The Stella Adler Conservatory and The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. A native Texan, he is a graduate of Tyler Junior College, Southern Methodist University and the Yale School of Drama.

Director
Judson Jones

(Frank in Umbrella) Along with his association with Alchemy Theatre Company, Judson is a Founding Member and Co-Producing Artistic Director of the dirigo group. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Texas Dramatists Association, and is an active member of First Look Theatre Company, Hyde Park Theatre Company, and a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. His Off-Broadway credits include: Rick Childress in Harvest, and Charles Spierling in Haymarket, both with Alchemy Theatre Company, and Sal in Worth at Urban Stages with Genesius Theatre Company. His other New York credits include Martin in Bayou Radio’s Blah, Blah, Blah; and Mark in The Information She Carried.

His regional credits include: The Soldier Dreams and Bleacher Bums, both for Subterranean Theatre Company; Art Striped Naked for Hyde Park Theatre; Macbeth with The State Theater Company, Austin Shakespeare Festival’s Winter’s Tale; Salvage Vanguard Theatre’s Fugitive Pieces; Mermaid Company production of The Seagull; One Small Step, Oversimplification, both with Bayou Radio; 300 Plays About Vladimir Putin with the Rude Mechanicals; Orange with Refraction Arts; and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Austin Playhouse. His credits for the dirigo group include desire, Fool for Love, The Gypsy Chain, True West, The Middle of the Night and The Mercy Seat. He toured the Southeastern United States with Troup D’Jour performing such roles as Brutus in Julius Caesar, and the title role in Henry V. His film credits include: Fairy Blight, The Messenger, Green Eyes, living, and Yorick. Selected voice acting credits: Samurai X: The Motion Picture, Dai Guard, Getbackers, Nadia, Zaion, The Princess Blade, Steam Detectives, and Soul Hunter.

Producer credits include: the premiere of David Wright Crawford’s Harvest, and the NY premiere of Christopher Durang’s The Vietnamization of New Jersey, both with Alchemy Theatre Company; The Jinn (The American Theatre Critics Award), Hedda, bash, desire, and Home Free, all with the dirigo group. www.judsonjones.com.

Production Stage Manager

Joseph Mitchell Parks (Production Stage Manager for Harvest) is proud to be working on his second show with Alchemy, after working on The Vietnamization of New Jersey last season. Recent Stage Management credits include Harriet Returns with The Acting Company, and The Kentucky Cycle at Mary Moody Northen Theatre. As an actor Joseph recently appeared in the independent feature film Insidious, directed by Jerry Schram; Hot and Sour, directed by Ya Fang Cheng; and North Crossing, directed by Lucia Duncan. He also appeared in last season’s Off-Broadway Retrospective on Ntozake Shange with New Federal Theatre Company. Proud AEA member since 2005.

Set Design

Terry Gipson (Set Designer for Harvest), Principal Designer of Gipson Design Group Inc., has been designing scenery for theatre, television, live shows, corporate events and scenic environments for over 24 years. Among his many clients are Nickelodeon, Disney, MTV, American Express, and BBC America. His most recent project was designing the stage for the Dalai Lama’s October visit to Radio City Music Hall. Terry has worked for numerous theatre companies including the Actors Theatre of Louisville, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, and Music Theatre North.

Lighting Design

Jessica (Lighting Designer for Harvest) is very excited to have worked with such a talented group of professionals. She recently received her Masters for Lighting Design from Purchase College. Her Purchase design credits include Dark of the Moon, By the Bog of Cats and The Coronation of Poppea. Design credits from the Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina include Floyd’s Susannah, Candide, Camelot, and La Boheme. Jessica has assisted NYC designers such as Dennis Parichy, David Grill, and Andrea Boccanfuso as well as was Assistant to the Designer to Brian MacDevitt on Broadway’s The Color Purple. She just designed Martin Sherman’s Bent at the 13th Street Repertory Theatre.

Costume Design

Benjamin Taylor Ridgway (Costume Designer for Harvest) is a born and raised Texan, where he received his undergrad from St. Edwards University. Ben has served as the costume designer for Macbeth, Jeffrey, The Full Monty, and Inherit the Wind and was the Assistant Costume Designer for Cesar and Ruben written and directed by Ed Bagley, Jr. As a director, Ben worked on Durang Durang. He is looking forward to a new life in New York and would like to thank his friends and family for all their support.

Composer & Sound Design

Scott O’Brien (Composer/Sound Designer for Harvest) has designed and engineered theatre, dance and concert programs at Lincoln Center, Riverside Church, Theatre North Collaborative, American Stage Company, Centenary Stage, The Abingdon Theatre, George Street Playhouse and the World Financial Center. As a composer he has scored films, concert performances and theatrical productions. He is the Resident Composer/Sound Designer for American Globe Theatre and Push Productions. This is his 2nd production with Alchemy, following last season’s Vietnamization of New Jersey. His latest projects include a return as composer & resident sound designer for the Chautauqua Theater Company, and upcoming, The Winter’s Tale for AGT and Missives for Animated Theatreworks at 59E59 Theatre.

Voice & Dialect Coach
Christa Kimlicko Jones

(Helen in Umbrella) Along with her work with Alchemy, Christa is a co-founder/co-artistic director of the dirigo group. Off-Broadway acting credits: Harvest (Alchemy Theatre Company); Lipstick on a Pig. Other NY credits: 365 Days/365 Plays (Genesius Theatre Group); Rearview Mirror (manhattantheatresource); Blah, Blah, Blah (Bayou Radio Productions, FringeNYC); The Information She Carried. Selected regional acting: Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; The Seagull; Private Lives; Arcadia; The Man Who Came to Dinner; Winter’s Tale; Antigone in Antigone. For the dirigo group: Hedda Gabler in Hedda; Abbie in desire; Fool for Love; Home Free!; and The Gypsy Chain. Other notable credits include: Elise in The Miser directed by Philip Goodwin; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (dir: Franchelle Stuart Dorn and Lucien Douglas); and Eye of God. Film credits include: Themes and Intermissions, Secondhand Lions, Bloodmask, Worse, Tempting David. Voice-acting credits include major roles Getbackers and Dai Guard, among others. Toured the Southeastern US with Troupe D’Jour (Educational Shakespeare) working with students and playing roles such as Juliet, Lady Macbeth, Beatrice, and Kate. Toured the western half of the US with BRAVVO! Productions, 1940s musical revue USO show, In the Mood.

Producer credits: Some with the dirigo group include: The Middle of the Night, The Mercy Seat, True West, Fool for Love, Cowboy Mouth, The Gypsy Chain, Hedda, bash, desire, and Home Free. With Alchemy: the NY premiere of L. Pontius’ Umbrella; the premiere of David Wright Crawford’s Harvest, and the NY premiere of Christopher Durang’s The Vietnamization of New Jersey. Teaches acting at John Robert Powers and CAP 21, Voice and Speech at Stella Adler; and is a teaching artist with American Globe Theatre. Holds an MFA in Acting from the UT Austin. Certified Voice Specialist and member of VASTA, a member of ‘First Look’ acting company, and a proud AEA member. www.christakimlickojones.com.

Voice & Dialect Coach

Kohli Calhoun (Dialect Coach for Harvest) is an instructor of Voice, Speech and Accents for NYU’s drama department. She is currently a faculty member at The Stella Adler Studio and The Lee Strasberg Institute. Dialect and Vocal coaching credits include Assassins, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Anton In Show Business, Picnic At Hanging Rock, Mad Forest, Museum, Paganini, Dancing At Lughnasa and Laura Dennis. Kohli has a BFA from NYU/Tisch and is a proud member of the Voice and Speech Trainers’ Association (VASTA).

Press Representative

Kevin P. McAnarney (Press Representative for Umbrella) has a varied background in public relations, casting and management. Kevin has handled major concerts on Broadway; international dance attractions and special events at the Metropolitan Opera House, NY State Theater, Carnegie Hall and others including two Katharine Hepburn tributes as well as the first NYC Academy Awards benefit. He did national press for Cirque du Soleil for four years and helped to open Mystere, in Las Vegas; tours of the Bolshoi Ballet, Red Army Song and Dance Ensemble to only name a few. For six years, he represented the Drama Desk Awards. He was honored to be the B’way press rep for Love! Valour! Compassion! (the first show ever to win the 5 top New York Theatre Awards in one season including the Tony, Outer Critics Circle, New York Drama Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Obie Awards). KPM Associates (Grant Lindsey, associate) was the Broadway press agent for Dame Edna: The Royal Tour; Some other NYC clients include: A R Gurney’s Sylvia; Children’s Defense League; Ballet Nacional de Cuba (Alisa Alonzo); Theater Hall of Fame, Julio Bocca and Ballet Argentino, National Dance Week; Madrid’s Ballet Ullate; the musical john and jen; Moiseyev Dance Company, American Ballet Theatre, Les Ballets Grandiva; and Moisés Kaufman and the award-winning hits Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde and The Laramie Project. They continue to represent Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College, Career Transitions for Dancers and others. Mr. McAnarney managed a 13-city tour of the musical Camelot starring Rock Hudson; Cape Cod Melody Tent and Beacon Theatre. He was also a union treasurer and box office manager. Kevin was a member of the organizing of Broadway Cares and helped write the mission statement; an organizing member of B’WAY (Better Wellness And You), the Wellness Committee for the theatre industry. He is serving his tenth term on the Board of Governors of ATPAM.

Casting Director

Television: Naked Brothers Band for Nickelodeon. Film: Puccini for Beginners with Todd Thaler and Philip Huffman. Theater/Off Broadway: Sive, Defender of the Faith, The Field, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Philadelphia, Here I Come!, She Stoops to Conquer, The Vietnamization of New Jersey.

Technical Director
Gregg Bellon/Production Consolidated
Show Poster for Harvest

Nov. 30 - Dec. 23, 2007
New York Premiere at
The Beckett Theater, Theatre Row

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Press

“A lovingly crafted celebration of an endangered species, the American farmer working his own land… terrific performances… First-Rate”
Backstage (Critic’s Pick)
“A captivating drama… stellar cast… ‘Harvest’ not only gives you an even deeper respect for those who farm our lands; it also compels you to re-evaluate your own circumstances to make sure you are honoring your traditions and beliefs. Now that’s theatre!”
Electronic Link Journal
“This production by Alchemy Theatre Company of Manhattan is relentless in painting the portrait of an emotionally frayed, but devoted and unwavering man… a substantial production that deserves to be seen… sharp co-direction… Christa Kimlicko Jones communicates an exuberance and zest for life that warms the stage… [Shorey] Walker is part Hilary Swank, part Jodie Foster, and part Reba McIntyre”
Talkin’ Broadway
“A gorgeous new production by Alchemy Theatre Company”
United Stages