Dinner At Eight Cast
Steven Ackerman (Ed Loomis / Props)
Steven Ackerman (Ed Loomis / Props) returns to being onstage again after working behind the scenes this season on Casa Valentina (ASM) and What The Butler Saw (Props). His most recent onstage credits include Cigar in Gypsy, Mr. Brownlow in Oliver! and the Mayor in George M! He also co‑directed Stop Kiss.
Andrea Bernardo (Kitty Packard / Fight Choreographer)
Andrea Bernardo (Kitty Packard / Fight Choreographer) has worked here on many shows both on and off stage. This is only her 2nd time acting in a non musical! Some of her favorite credits include: Dog Sees God (CB=s Sister), Oliver (Bet), West Side Story (Anybodys), Legally Blonde (Kate) and Pajama Game (Poopsie). She can also been seen at the Secret Theatre.
Annie Bonello (Mrs. Fitch)
Annie Bonello (Mrs. Fitch) is a singer and actress who hails from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dinner At Eight is not only her first production with The Heights Players, but also her first show since moving to New York pre‑pandemic.
Liz Bove (Millicent Jordan)
Liz Bove (Millicent Jordan) has appeared on stge in Doubt, Witness For The Prosecution, Suddenly Last Summer, and Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf. Her TV credits include Law And Order, every New York soap opera and BBC (Clinton, A Study In Dirt). Film credits are Blood Kisses, Plague Town and Finding Ophelia
Sam Cini (Ricci)
Sam Cini (Ricci) is returning to the Heights Players after previously appearing as Vanelli in this season=s Night Watch. His past credits include Six Characters In Search Of An Author, Aida, and Beauty And The Beast. Special thanks to family, friends, and to everyone in this exceptionally talented crew for making this show so awesome.
Isabelle Fisher (Paula Jordan)
Isabelle Fisher (Paula Jordan) is a Kansas native who now resides in Brooklyn. She is a graduate of Emerson College. You can find her on Instagram at @isabelle.fisher_
Shawn Guerra (Gustave)
Shawn Guerra (Gustave) is from Santa Clarita, CA and this is his first production with the Heights Players. Past roles include Mal Beineke in Adams Family, Lewis in Pippin, Miles in She Kills Monsters, and Chiron in Titus Andronicus.
Hugh Heckman (Joe Stengel)
Hugh Heckman (Joe Stengel) is making his eighth appearance with the Heights Players. He has also appeared with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and the HB Studio Ensemble and is an actor with the Metropolitan Opera. During a career with CBS News, Hugh received two Emmy Awards.
Marc A. Hermann (Dan Packard)
Marc A. Hermann (Dan Packard) was last seen in this season's Night Watch (Lt. Wheeler), and has previously worked under Mr. Tyler's direction in Gypsy (Herbie), Kiss Me, Kate (Gangster), and many other productions over the past three decades. Marc is particularly pleased to take on this role, which his father, Ed, brought to the Heights stage in 1982, and, as always, dedicates this performance to his memory.
Josh Karen (Eddie/ Crooner / Ernest)
Josh Karen (Eddie/ Crooner / Ernest) is a Brooklyn based actor, excited to be back on The Heights Players= stage. He trained at Skidmore College, Shakespeare and Company, and on stage >with great companies like this one=. His credits include Vasili in Getting Away Wth Murder, Mr. Avila in Let The Right One In, and Johnny in American Idiot
Elizabeth Kuzila (Mrs. Beveridge)
Elizabeth Kuzila (Mrs. Beveridge) is excited to make her Heights Players debut! She has studied at the Barrow Group and HB studio. She is thankful for all the support of her friends and family.
Gary Lizardo (Larry Renault)
Gary Lizardo (Larry Renault) studied at Phila Musical Academy. His Heights Players credits include: Chauncey Miles (The Nance), Julian Marsh (42nd St.), David Kingsley (Stage Door), Herr Schultz (Cabaret), and Duane Wilson (Harvey).
Heather Lynn (Lucy Talbot / Tap Soloist)
Heather Lynn (Lucy Talbot / Tap Soloist) was last seen as Carol Morgan in The Heights Players's virtual production of Clear Blue Sky (2021). She was also a featured actress in Gypsy (2019) and Fifth Of July (2008). You can follow Heather's adventures on Instagram @theheatherlynnshow. Merde, everyone!
James Martinelli (Mr. Hatfield / Costumes)
James Martinelli (Mr. Hatfield / Costumes) has been a Heights performer for 20 years. Great to be here. Great creative team and talented actors and dancers .Who's luckier than me?
Catherine Morales (Miss Copeland)
Catherine Morales (Miss Copeland) is making her first appearance at the Heights Players after moving to the city from North Carolina. Past roles include Twelfth Night (Maria), Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice) and Steel Magnolias (Shelby).
Emily Renee (Miss Fosdick)
Emily Renee (Miss Fosdick) is making her The Heights Players debut. She recently completed a two‑year acting program at the Terry Knickerbocker Studio here in Brooklyn.
Margaret Sullivan (Hattie)
Margaret Sullivan (Hattie) was last seen here as Rita in Casa Valentina . Previously, she was Berthe in Pippin for the Brooklyn Players Community Musical Theater. Favorite roles include Lady Alice More in A Man For All Seasons, Mrs. Bramson in Night Must Fall, Deirdre O'Malley in Waiting In The Wings, Mrs. Paroo in The Music Man, Maggie in The Women, and Heidi Schiller, in Follies.
David Shakopi (Dr. J. Wayne Talbot)
David Shakopi (Dr. J. Wayne Talbot) has appeared here in Night Watch and A Man For All Seasons. Other stage credits include Stranger Than A Rhino (Fringe NYC), Much Ado About Nothing (Soho Playhouse), A Walk On The Beach (Theater for the New City); in Film/TV: Shattered; Diabolical; Evil Lives Here; 6 Degrees Of Murder; in VO: Meet Cute; LO3 Energy; Restoration Row, and Kognito. For M&K.
Hannah Simpson (Ensemble)
Hannah Simpson (Ensemble) received her BA in Theatre from the University of Tennessee, studied Shakespeare at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in NYC and made Brooklyn her home. Recent credits include Emma in Curse Of The Starving Class, Tumnus in The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe, and Lady Anne in Richard III.
Holly Souchack (Tina)
Holly Souchack (Tina) is a Queens based performer slash creator. Her recent credits include Almost Maine with Urban Waves as well as performing in Boom Chicagos firsy festival in Amsterdam.
Noelle Teagno (Mrs. Wendel)
Noelle Teagno (Mrs. Wendel) appeared at the Heights Players earlier this season as Fanny Dashwood in Nell Dash and made her HP debut as Mona in Come Back To The Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean. She is a board member of Village Light Opera Group with whom she appeared as Heroica in the musical By Jupiter!
Ted Thompson (Max Kane / John)
Ted Thompson (Max Kane / John) has been with the Heights Players since 1988 and performed many functions here, including greeting you as house manager. As an actor he last appeared in Tennessee William's Summer And Smoke directed by Joe Pacifico. Ted directed this season's opener Harvey Fierstein's Casa Valentina.
Linda Vega (Carlotta Vance)
Linda Vega (Carlotta Vance) previously appeared here in Clear Blue Sky, Harvey and A Christmas Carol. She was recently seen in Women Underground and The Piece (The Gallery Players), The Man Who Came To Dinner (St. Jean=s), Enchanted April (FAPC Theatre), Point Of Origin (The Brick) and Our Town (St. Barts).
Karina Verna (Dora)
Karina Verna (Dora) is a N. Y. based actor and writer. She is a recent graduate of the American Musical Dramatic Academy and has studied at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts during their Summer Intensive. Some of her recent credits include Rhonda in Almost, Maine, Janelle in Shad(e)y Grove and Catherine in A View From The Bridge.
Heather Violanti (Miss Alden)
Heather Violanti (Miss Alden) is a playwright and dramaturg. This past year, her work has been seen in Naked Angels= Tuesdays At 9 readings, the monologue series Statue Fest on Stage, and in Smith & Kraus= Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2021.
Kerry Wolf (Oliver Jordan)
Kerry Wolf (Oliver Jordan) was recently costumer for Sweat and directed Getting Away With Murder. His first role here was Young Ben in Follies in 1983. Other shows include Present Laughter, Summer And Smoke, All The King=s Men, Rumors, The Games Afoot, Chorus Line, La Cage Aux Folles, Cabaret, Anatomy Of A Murder, and The Philadelphia Story.