Creatives

MARY ELLEN ASHLEY* (Vera) has had an eclectic career: this summer as a rap singing dinosaur Velociraptor of Science at Lucille Lortel preceded by Grandma in Family Dinner at Samuel Becket; a cursing Irish Nun and a Madwoman in Open The Dark Door and a 93 year old Rumanian with 17 children in Evensong at the Abingdon. She played a Bag Lady in the film “Clear Blue Tuesday” which opened at the Quad Cinema this summer. On a more conventional note, Mary Ellen's career has spanned many years on Broadway, Off Broadway, Tours and Regional Theatres. She started as Ethel Merman's Oakley sisters in Annie Get Your Gun at the age of four. Roles she has played multiple times are: Dolly, Hello Dolly (14 times); Mama Rose, Gypsy (9 times); Mrs. Lovett, Sweeney Todd (4 times), Mame (7 times); 42nd St (8 times); Miss Mona, Best Little Whorehouse; in addition to Funny Girl; Into The Woods; Steel Magnolias; Fraulein Schneider, Cabaret; Jeanette, Full Monty (5 times); City Center 70 Girls 70; Follies; Gentlemen Prefer Blondes; No No Nanette; Nunsense; Pippen; Yentl; Flea in Her Ear; Norman Is That You with Don Knotts; Echoes Of The War opposite Frances Sternhagen and Richard  Easton at The Mint. Films include “The Producers,” “Tale Of Two Pizzas,” “Post Mortem,” “The Fish”.  Principal roles on “Law and Order SVU”, and “Law And Order;” Comedy Central, Fringe, others. She had her own Saturday Children's TV show on ABC. www.meashley.com
 
DIANE J. FINDLAY* (Annette) comes to us directly from the world premier play, I Loved Lucy in the starring role of Lucille Ball.  City Center Encores: 70 Girls 70 & Follies.  On and off Broadway:  Hello Dolly, Company, Gay Divorce, Minnie’s Boys, Flamingo Court, Scandals of 1928.  Toured in the national company of Promises, Promises and the international company of 42nd Street.  Regional Theatres include: Busy Body co-starring Jamie Farr, The Full Monty (Jeanette), Annie (Miss Hannigan), Dear World (Constance) with Jerry Herman, Mame (Vera) with Loretta Switt, World Premier of Beacon Hill Book Club, The Spitfire Grill, A Little Night Music (Mdme. Armfeldt), Funny Girl (Mrs. Brice), Steel Magnolias (Ouiser), Odd Couple, Nunsence (Reverand Mother).  To her credit several day time soaps, “Law & Order,” Susan Stroman's film “The Producers” (A Little Old Lady).  Diane also garnered praises for her CD'S Broadway Scandals of 1928 and A Bag Of Popcorn And A Dream.  Diane is proud to have received the Female Performer Of The Year Award for Hallelujah Hollywood at the MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas. 
 

BONNIE LANGFORD* (Vivian) most recently starred on Broadway as Roxie Hart in Chicago, a role which also garnered rave reviews at the Adelphi Theatre and the Cambridge Theatre in London's West End. Other West End and UK Tours: Sweet Charity, Me And My Girl, Peter Pan,  Cats, The Pirates of Penzance, Gypsy, 42nd Street, Oklahoma, Fosse, Gone With The Wind and most recently of Adelaide in the Donmar production of Guys and Dolls. Broadway: Gypsy (Drama Desk Nomination). Select Television/Film: “Bugsy Malone”, “Hot Shoe Show”, “This Is Your Life”, “Dancing on Ice”, BBC's “Doctor Who”. Her solo albums 'Bonnie Langford Now' and the top selling 'Jazz at the Theatre' are available on her website: www.Bonnielangford.co.uk

 
HERBERT RUBENS* (Frank) Broadway: Broadway Bound, 45 Seconds From Broadway, Band In Berlin, Requiem For A Heavyweight. Off-Broadway: Flamingo Court (New World Stages); The Lights (Lincoln Center Theater); Over The River And Through The Woods (John Houseman); Once In A Lifetime (Atlantic Theater Company); Right Behind The Flag (Playwrights Horizons); Hyde In Hollywood (Playwrights Horizons); The Model Apartment (Primary Stages); Awake and Sing! (Jewish Repertory Theater); The Dance of Death (New York Theatre Ensemble); A Shayna Maidel (Westside Theatre) Regional Theatre: Yale Rep., Long Wharf, O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Berkshire Theater Festival, Capital Rep., Philadelphia Theater Company, and more. Film & TV: “No Way Home,” “The Florentine,”  “ The Paper,” “ The Verdict,”  “Anna,”  “First Deadly Sin,”  “Third Watch,”  “The Sunshine Boys,” “ Law and Order.”
 

DAVID SITLER* (Arnold) is thrilled to be a part of this reading of Breaking Pairs.  He was last seen as Caliban at NC Shakes in The Tempest, a play he also did this summer at Illinois Shakes but there as Prospero, along with Three Musketeers and Merry Wives.  He appeared on Broadway in An Inspector Calls and on tour with Frost/Nixon with Stacy Keach, and has worked with numerous theatre companies here in NYC and regionally from Maine to Utah in roles from Atticus to Scrooge.  Film credits include the award winning films “Ghetto Dawg” and “Treeshade” and the TV shows “Law And Order – SVU” and a couple of the soaps that no longer shoot here.  Proud member of NJ Rep and Actor's Equity. www.davidsitler.com

 

HANLEY SMITH (Angie) most recently had the pleasure of playing Diedre in APAC’s The Cottage. Recent credits include: The Importance of Being Earnest (Gulfshore Playhouse), The Picture of Dorian Gray (Sonnet Rep), The Fantastiks (Virginia Stage), The Voice of the Turtle (Merrimack Rep), In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play (Actor’s Theater of Charlotte), Frog Kiss (NYMF), The Glass Menagerie (Blowing Rock Stage) and A Christmas Carol (Alliance Theatre). She is grateful for the opportunity to work with such a remarkable group of people. Special thanks to Natalie: teacher, guide, mentor and friend.

 
NATALIE WILSON (Writer) An opera singer in a former life, Natalie first stepped behind the pen in 2009 when she wrote the book for Nat & Kat’s Adventures with the Time-Traveling Piano, a family cabaret show in which she also starred. Her first full-length play, Breaking Pairs, was presented in two standing-room-only readings at the Dramatists Guild in 2010. She is the playwright for the musical play Sweethearts of Swing (music by Kat Sherrell), which was also presented to two full-houses in staged readingw at the Triad in July 2013, directed by Dodd Loomis. Numerous short plays and other works have been produced as part of John Chatterton’s Short Play Lab, Left Hip Productions’ 48-hour play festivals, La Petite Morgue’s “Bloody Gore-geous Monologues”, and ESPA-Primary Stages’ “Detention”. Natalie has four short works published by Indie Theater Now, and is the cofounder of Lather, Rinse, Repeat: A Playwrights’ Collective in New York. To learn more about her works and the other hats she wears in this business, visit www.nataliewilson.com.
 
STEVEN YUHASZ (Director) Off Broadway: The Preacher and the Shrink. Flamingo Court with Jamie Farr and Anita Gillette. The Lincoln Continental, Midtown International Theatre Festival (Nominated “Best Production of a Play”). Late Nights With The Boys: confessions of a leather bar chanteuse, Outstanding Fresh Fruit Event of 2009, Producers Award Dallas Fringe. Zorba with Jeff McCarthy, Emily Skinner, Aaron Ramey and Beth Fowler - York Theatre, MUFTI Series.  NYMF Awards Gala 07’-09’.  Tusk “Best of NYMF 2004”.  Hairspray at the Gateway Playhouse, The King & I with Lorenzo Lamas, Rachel deBenedet & Paulo Montalban - Ogunquit Playhouse.  Forever Plaid - Canada & US.  Lover, Liar, Lady: The Woman Of Kander & Ebb (conceived),  Lady Day At The Emerson’s Bar And Grill, Streakin’, Forever Plaid - New Provincetown Players where he served as Artistic Consultant for two seasons.  Associate Director All About Us - Westport Country Playhouse with Eartha Kitt, Cady Huffman & Shuler Hensley. Cinderella -  Ogunquit Playhouse and Papermill Playhouse with Leslie Uggums. Three seasons of A Christmas Carol with Jim Dale, F. Murray Abraham & Tim Curry at the Madison Square Garden Theatre assisting Susan Stroman. Producer for the Actors Fund of America, most recently the Benefit reading of The Normal Heart, directed by Joel Grey and starring Joe Montello, Glenn Close and Victor Garber among others, and numerous other events. Producer Off Broadway Streakin! &  Pterodactyl Island.  World Aids Day Concert of Pippin. One of the Founding Producers of the New York Musical Theatre Festival.  Steven is currently the Executive Director of Shakespeare on the Sound. www.stevenyuhasz.com
 

Cast

As presented in a staged reading at the Dramatists Guild in November 2010

*= Member of Actors' Equity Association