The Elephant  Man




Feb 24 - Mar 4, 2012 The New Hazlett Theatre Center for Performing Arts
Performances are typically 2 hours long. Showtimes: Friday & Saturday @ 8:00 PM
Sunday @ 2:30 PM
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Adults: $20
Seniors: $15
Students: $10

The Elephant Man - Cast Biographies

Brian Czarniecki (Ross/Bishop How) is happy to be returning to Prime Stage and excited to work on this script with old friends! Audiences may remember his portrayal of George in Of Mice and Men in 2008. He's performed with City Theatre, Unseam'd Shakespeare Co, Quantum, Bricolage, and many others. He recently created the title role in Gravity + Grace, a multimedia dance opera by artist Frank Ferraro illuminating the experiences, perceptions and challenges of Frank's life with Parkinson's disease. In addition to his work in theater, film and voice-overs, Brian is the host of The Block Party, Monday nights on WYEP, 91.3 FM.
Lily Davis (Pinhead/Countess) is thrilled to be making her Prime Stage debut as part of such an incredible show with such a beautiful message. She is currently a Junior BFA Acting major at Point Park. Past credits at Point Park University include Cassie in A Chorus Line and Her Sidekick in The Time of Your Life. Thank you, Rich, for this opportunity.

Justin Fortunato (Frederick Treves) is a recent graduate with a BFA in Musical Theatre from Point Park University.  He has worked with the Playhouse Conservatory, Playhouse Jr., The REP, St Vincent Summer Theatre, Pittsburgh CLO, and is returning for his 4th show with Prime Stage Audiences have seen him as Mitch Albom in Tuesday's With Morrie, Tom Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie, and recently as Arthur Dimmesdale in The Scarlett Letter. He is grateful to be working with Rich Keitel. Up next you can see Justin in The REP'S Pittsburgh Premiere of MIA in March.

Rebecca Knowles (Pinhead /Countess) is delighted to perform with Prime Stage. She is a junior BFA Acting Major with a Musical Theatre Minor at Point Park. Pittsburgh credits include: A Musical Christmas Carol with Pittsburgh CLO, Peter and the Wolf with Playhouse Jr., and Into the Woods with Carrnivale Theatrics. Thanks to Rich, the cast, and crew for this experience. Love to Mom and Kimber.

Connor McCanlus (Lord John) receive his BFA in Acting from Clarion University where he performed roles including Karl in the collegiate premiere of Paul Meade's Skin Deep. His regional credits include Max in The Balancing of the Budget with Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater Festival in Black and White and Claudius/Ghost in Hamlet with Three Rivers Theater Company. He is a proud member of The LuPones: Musical Improv at Steel City Improv Theater.

John E Reilly (Carr Gomm) has performed with numerous community, academic, and professional theaters in the tri-state area, also appearing with three regional Shakespeare festivals.  He has directed at Wheeling Jesuit and Seton Hill Universities and Old Schoolhouse Players. He was the Theater Director at West Liberty University for 30 years.

Maggie Ryan (Mrs. Kendall) graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre from Point Park University. Her college credits include Dr. Scott in Rocky Horror, The Lizard in A Year with Frog and Toad, and Miss Prothero in A Child's Christmas in Wales. Maggie's recent local credits include Girleen in Lonesome West, Penny in Mad Honey, and Lindsay in Lindsay's Oyster which was part of Bricolage's In the Raw series. Maggie is a proud member of Pittsburgh Playback Theatre and is one of the voices of the Turbie Twist. Love to my family and Buddy.

Sean Sears (John Merrick) after moving here in 2008, Sean has loved theatre in Pittsburgh! He has acted with Throughline Theatre as Benjamin Cohen in The Underpants, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatreā€™s Abused Messenger and Antony and Cleopatra, recently with Quantum Theatre as Sir Andrew Aguecheek in As You Like It, and The 2011 Young Playwrights Festival hosted at City Theatre. Sean earned his BA in Theatre Arts from Catawba College in 2004 and would like to thank City Theatre for all their help and support.


Richard Keitel (Director) A Professor of Theatre at Point Park University, Rich received his MFA in Directing from University of Pittsburgh. He was the Associate Artistic Director for City Theatre 1997-98 and Head of Undergraduate Acting and Directing Program at the University of Pittsburgh 1991-97. Selected directing credits include Collected Stories and American Buffalo for City Theatre; Wild Duck for Quantum Theatre; I'm Not Rappaport and Watching Fire, Watching Rain for Jewish Theatre of Pittsburgh; the world premiere of Shirley Barasch’s Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; for Point Park he directed You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Ramona Quimby, Criminal Genius, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, A Flea in her Ear, Hot L Baltimore and Room Service; For Prime Stage where he serves as Resident Director, Rich has directed The Glass Menagerie (which received recognition in The Post-Gazette), Tuesdays With Morrie, Of Mice and Men, Great Expectations, To Kill a Mockingbird and Twelve Angry Men. Regionally, he directed Communicating Doors and Dinner with Friends at St. Michaels’ Playhouse in Vermont.  Rich’s directing is regularly mentioned in the Pittsburgh newspapers’ year-end top ten lists.  A member of Actors Equity, he is currently performing with Pittsburgh Playback Theatre, where he serves as Associate Artistic Director. In 1996, Pittsburgh Magazine recognized Rich with the “Harry” award for theatrical excellence. Rich will be directing The Outsiders for The Pittsburgh Playhouse in May. Rich dedicates this production to the memory of his mother-in-law, Carol Roark, whose “head was also full of dreams.” She was a great supporter, and loved hearing about my productions. She is sorely missed.



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