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The Devil's Arithmetic

May 10 - May 18, 2014
The New Hazlett Theatre Center for Performing Arts

Performances are typically 2 hours long.

Showtimes: Friday & Saturday @ 8:00 PM
Sunday @ 2:30 PM


“Hannah’s journey grabs on and doesn't let go with its twists and turns.”

Turn of the Screw

The Devil's Arithmetic

Based upon the book by Jane Yolen
Adapted for the stage by Barry Kornhauser

Commissioned and first produced by Prime Stage Theatre, Pittsburgh PA.

Directed by Lisa Ann Goldsmith (bio)




Hannah:  Julia Zoratto
Julia is currently fourteen years old and attends St. Bede school in Point Breeze. Julia is a CLO Mini Star and has trained at the CLO Academy for seven years, also training with Donna Belajac’s Young Actor’s studio and training in acting /speech at Carnegie Mellon University and is currently with the Docherty Agency.

Rivka:  Chelsea Calfo
Chelsea is thrilled to be making her debut at Prime Stage Theater as Rivka. Chelsea is a student at the CLO Academy and Donna Belajac's Young Actors Studio. She is a member of the Civic Light Opera Mini-Star theater group. Her past credits at the Benedum Theater are "Pepper" in the musical Annie and in the ensemble cast of Jesus Christ Superstar. Chelsea earned her Sag/Aftra membership while performing in the Media and Entertainment Industry that she loves doing.

Shifre:  Lily Lauver
Lily is thrilled to be in her second Prime Stage production after her debut as Phoebe in last season's Walk Two Moons. Lily's other roles include Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden and Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables both at Little Lake Theatre. Lily has participated in acting classes and workshops at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, the Center for Theatre Arts and is currently in the apprenticeship program at Little Lake Theatre.

Rachel:  Megan Krull
Megan is an 8th grade student at the Creative and Performing Arts Magnet School (CAPA) where she is majoring in musical theater.   Megan has studied with Act One Theatre School for 5 years and is currently studying with Pittsburgh Musical Theater.  She also attended “Act like a Pro:  Living the Actor's Life” through Donna Belajac.

Esther:  Victoria Perl 
Victoria returns to Prime Stage after playing Young Pearl in The Scarlet Letter.  Recently, she played Turtle Wexler in The Westing Game and Young Fiona in Shrek, the Musical at McKeesport Little Theater.  Victoria attends Pa Leadership Charter School and The Center for Performing and Fine Arts where she is in the 7th grade. Victoria dedicates her performance to her grandmother, who was 12 years old in 1942 in Poland.

Hannah's Mother/Gitl:  Dana Hardy
Dana is excited to be playing Hannah's Mother/Gitl.  Last year, she played Mrs. Winterbottom in Walk Two Moons.  In addition to teaching at Shady Side Academy, her Pittsburgh credits include Tessa in 800 Words: The Transmigration of Philip K. Dick (Caravan Theater of Pittsburgh – founding member), Deborah in The Umbrella Man directed by Robert Miller, Daisy in Amy Hartman’s world premiere of The Chicken Snake (The REP), and Jane Eyre in After Mrs. Rochester (Quantum).  

Hannah's Father/First New Male Voice/Guard 1:  John Michnya
John Michnya (Hannah’s Father/Guard #1/First New Male Voice) is making his Prime Stage debut. Recent acting credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bottom) with Oakland Shakespeare Co., Midnight Radio Jr. (Voice Artist) at Bricolage, and This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing (Narrator) for Shakespeare in the Schools.

Aaron/Reuven/Wolfe:  Jonathan Parker
Jonathan is an 11 year old sixth grader at Propel East Charter School in Turtle Creek, He has appeared in the Pittsburgh CLO production of A Musical Christmas Carol in 2013 (Turkey Boy and Cratchit Child), the Pittsburgh CLO Academy production of The Little Mermaid Jr in 2013 (Prince Eric). Jonathan enjoys musical theater, and attends the Pittsburgh CLO Academy.

Grandma Belle/First New Female Voice:  Lynne Franks
Lynne is thrilled to be working on another premier after being involved in Prime Stage Theatre productions of Jack and Rochelle, The Westing Game, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and Walk Two Moons. She also enjoyed playing in the classics like To Kill a MockingbirdInherit the Wind, at Prime Stage, The Subject was Roses at Little Lake Theatre and The Skin of Our Teeth at Open Stage Theatre. 

Nazi Officer/Barber/Cello: Max Pavel is excited and grateful to be making his Prime Stage debut. He is a senior film and theater student at the University of Pittsburgh, as well as a graduate of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting (NYC) 2013 Summer Conservatory. His credits with the University of Pittsburgh Stages include Anthony in Random Acts of Violence, Dad in WASP, Prep in Columbinus, and Chorus in Venus this past fall. He recently made his Quantum Theater debut in Jay Ball’s adaptation of Pantagleize. Film work: Those Who Kill, Paranoia, Promised Land.

Aunt Eva/Esther’s Mother:  Mary Quinlan
Mary is thrilled to make her debut with The Prime Stage Theatre.  Mary recently appeared in The Mousetrap with The Baldwin Players and Motherhood Out Loud and Madeline’s Christmas at the Little Lake Theatre. Mary has also performed with regional and community theatres in North Carolina, Michigan, and New York.

Fayge/Leye:  Jenny Malarkey
Jenny is honored to be a part of this project.  Her first appearance with Prime Stage was in 2011 as Ismene in Antigone.Recently, Jenny toured with The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, and worked with The Virginia Shakespeare Festival. Locally, she has worked with Unseam’d Shakespeare Co., Little Lake Theatre, Ghostlight Theatre Troupe, Gemini Theatre, CMU, and is a proud graduate of Wake Forest University.

Shmuel/Guard 2:  Andrew Miller
Andrew is from Philadelphia.  He has studied classical acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic art, as well as the Stanislavsky System at the University of Pittsburgh.  He most recently played Romeo for Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks and is honored to take on such an important and necessary project.

Yitzchak/Commandant:  Charles Beikert
Charles is honored to make his Prime Stage debut. Previously he worked with Ms. Goldsmith in The Rocky Horror Show playing the role of Narrator. Other recent roles include Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet with Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks and Stephano in The Tempest or The Enchanted Isle with the Unseam'd Shakespeare Company.

Transport Train Mother/Blokova:  Ivy Steinberg
Ivy is honored to help bring this important story to life.  This is her 3rd performance with Prime Stage, previously playing Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter and Sugar in Walk Two Moons last spring. Ivy has performed across this country and locally with South Park Theatre, Pittsburgh New Works Festival, Pittsburgh Savoyards, and McKeesport Little Theater where she won Best Actress for Suzy in Wait until Dark.

Badchan/Second New Male Voice/Tattooing Prisoner:  Tom Sarp
Tom was recently seen in Pittsburgh in BMG Production of The Rocky Horror Show (Directed by Lisa Ann Goldsmith) where he portrayed the role of Dr. Scott. He holds his BFA Degree from Point Park University and has performed Off-Broadway in NYC, as well as Regional and other theatres in NY, Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh. 

Third New Male Voice/Clarinetist:  Ken Lutz
Ken is a Prime Stage veteran, having appeared in ten productions including To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Twelve Angry Men, and Walk Two Moons last season. The Devil’s Arithmetic gives him the opportunity to merge his passions of theatre and music. Ken plays clarinet in the East Winds Symphonic Band and the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra.