CAROLYN BURKE originally from West Hartford, lives in Northern Virginia where she's been working as an actor/choreographer since 2014. Playhouse on Park: BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS, CHICAGO, DREAMHOUSE (World Premiere), STOP/TIME DANCE THEATER. DC Area: SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, AND THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND, CITY OF ANGELS, SHREK, THE WEDDING SINGER. Ivoryton Playhouse, CT: THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH. Connecticut Repertory Theater: HAIR, THREEPENNY OPERA, CABARET. Philipstown Depot Theatre, NY: HEARTBREAK LIKE HEMINGWAY (World Premiere). Training: Stella Adler Studio of Acting, NY, University of Connecticut, Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. www.carolynburkeactor.com @CarolynBurke21
HILLARY EKWALL is a West Hartford native happy to be performing at the Hill-Stead. Select credits include: National Tours: ROUNDABOUT'S CABARET (Rosie/cello/violin), HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS. Regional: GREASE (Patty Simcox), WEST SIDE STORY (Anybodys), CABARET (Kost), and is a regular at Playhouse on Park having performed in over 20 productions there including favorites SPELLING BEE (Schwarzy) and YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN (Sally). She also has worked on the production side as assistant choreographer for THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS and IN THE HEIGHTS and directed and choreographed CURIOUS GEORGE. She is ecstatic to reunite with the Falcetti Four for tonight's performance! www.hillaryekwall.com
AMANDA FORKER is a professional singer and actress from Wethersfield, CT. She majored in Vocal Performance and received her Bachelor of Music degree from Western Connecticut State University. Amanda has been performing at Playhouse on Park since they opened in 2009; some of her favorite credits include: NUNSENSE, SAY THINGS FUNNY: A LOVING TRIBUTE TO CAROL BURNETTE, [title of show], MAMA D'S OUTRAGEOUS ROMPS, SWINGING ON A STAR & MISS NELSON IS MISSING. She has also performed with POP's resident dance company, STOP/TIME DANCE THEATER, under the direction of Darlene Zoller. Instagram: @yoursfaithfullyamanda
RICK FOUNTAIN is a long-time resident of West Hartford. Playhouse On Park: IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE (Mouse), CHICAGO (Amos), MAMA D’s OUTRAGEOUS ROMP, STOP/TIME DANCE THEATER, SAY THINGS FUNNY: A TRIBUTE TO CAROL BURNETT. Other CT productions: 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (Panch), CITY OF ANGELS (Stine), DISNEY’S MARY POPPINS (Bert), SOMETHING ROTTEN (Lord Clapham), PETER AND THE STARCATCHER (Mrs. Bumbrake), A FUNNY THING...FORUM (Hysterium), SPAMALOT (Bedevere), 42nd STREET (Billy), A CHORUS LINE (Bobby). Rick is thrilled to be reunited with his Falcetti Four cabaret buddies for this evening’s performance in this beautiful setting.
Join us for a Play Reading of this new work. Includes a post show talk back with the playwright, director and the cast. Bring your own beverages, food, chairs/blankets & masks. Masks must be worn unless you are in your pod. Tickets will not be sold at the door. You will not need a physical ticket, your name and the size of your party will be on a list at the gate.
ABOUT THE PLAY
GRIT At Dunston-Hall Academy, Raymond Castillo, a returning junior, and Sasha Gomez, a new sophomore, meet and bond over being two of the "scholarship kids" at a mostly white boarding school, the stupid stuff their white hallmates say, feeling like fish out of water both at home and at DHA, and their passions for music and art. Their growing friendship is tested, however, when they must navigate a series of personal tragedies, uncomfortable revelations, and betrayals as the fall semester unfolds.
NOTE: Strong language.
Featuring Maya Cuevas and Willie Marte from our production of IN THE HEIGHTS.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT