Steven Barkhimer* (George) has appeared at the Lyric Stage in Warrior Class, Superior Donuts, The Underpants, and Book of Days. He is a Resident Acting Company member of the Actors Shakespeare Project, and has recently portrayed several versions of himself in Kate Snodgrass’ plays, Bark’s Dream and The Last Bark, both produced by Sleeping Weazel. Steven wrote the music and lyrics for Stoneham Theatre's recent musical, Lobstergirl, and is currently working on an adaptation of the classic Indian epic, Sakuntala. A director and playwright, he adapted The School for Scandal for the Actors Shakespeare Project, directed by Ms. Plum, and is the author of Windowmen (Elliot Norton Award, Outstanding New Script; IRNE Award, Best New Play; Kennedy Center Award, Best New Play).
Paula Plum* (Martha) first appeared at the Lyric Stage in 1975 in Dial M for Murder, and has since appeared here in 33 Variations, The Goat or Who is Sylvia, Private Lives, Death of a Salesman, (IRNE Award, Best Actress), and Three Tall Women Entertaining Mr. Sloane, Blithe Spirit, Sideman, The Heiress, Mercy Seat, Miss Witherspoon, Three Tall Women and Death of a Salesman (IRNE Award, Best Actress). She is the recipient of five IRNE awards, the 2007 Eliot Norton Award for Best Actress, the 2004 Eliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence, and the 2003 Distinguished Alumni Award from Boston University. In 2009 she was one of five actors nation-wide to receive the Fox Actor Fellowship in association with SpeakEasy Stage. As a founding member of Actors’ Shakespeare Project, she has played Cleopatra, Beatrice, Lady Macbeth, and Phèdre. She has appeared regionally at the Gloucester Stage Company, the American Repertory Theatre, the New Repertory Theatre, the Huntington Theatre, and Elm Shakespeare. Film credits include: Mermaids, Malice, Next Stop Wonderland, and Irrational Man directed by Woody Allen. Television: Science Court (three seasons ABC) and co-creator and star of “The Dick & Paula Celebrity Special” for FX. Ms Plum is a cum laude graduate of Boston University and has studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, the Dell'Arte Institute, and École Phillipe Gaulier, Paris. She has been published in American Theatre magazine and is married to actor Richard Snee.
Erica Spyres* (Honey) just appeared at the Lyric Stage in Company and Peter and the Starcatcher, and previously in Into the Woods, Avenue Q (IRNE Award), Time Stands Still, The Mikado, Big River, and Nicholas Nickleby. Next, she will be soloing with the Boston Pops for their Gershwin tour. Recent credits include the French premiere of Passion (Théâtre du Châtelet) and Once (first National Tour), Tribes (Elliot Norton Award), The Light in the Piazza (IRNE Award) (SpeakEasy Stage), Camelot (IRNE Award), Marry Me a Little, Master Class (New Rep), and Pirates! (Huntington Theatre). Erica coaches for My College Audition and can be seen and heard on commercials and voiceovers across the nation. ericaspyres.com
Dan Whelton* (Nick) previously appeared at the Lyric Stage in One Man, Two Guvnors. Other theatre credits include Million Dollar Quartet and A Long Day’s Journey into Night, (The Majestic Theater), I Hate Hamlet (Playhouse on Park), A Christmas Carol (Hanover Theatre), Operation Epsilon (Nora Theatre, IRNE Award for Best Ensemble), I Capture The Castle (Stoneham Theatre), The History Boys (IRNE Award) (SpeakEasy Stage, IRNE Award for Best Ensemble), Take Me Out (Hartford TheatreWorks), The Learned Ladies of Park Ave (Hartford Stage), and Arsenic and Old Lace (Ivoryton Playhouse). Film credits include Patriot’s Day and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. Special thanks to my amazing wife Isabelle, and to our beautiful children, Lydia and Liam. Merci pour tout mes amour!! Je vous aime!!
Scott Edmiston (Director) returns to the Lyric Stage where he directed their award-winning production of My Fair Lady, named among the “Best Theatre of 2015” by the Wall St. Journal. Other Lyric Stage credits: Light Up the Sky, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Water by the Spoonful, Time Stands Still, My Name Is Asher Lev, Miss Witherspoon, The Scene, Lobby Hero, and Private Lives. He has directed more than 60 Boston-area productions at SpeakEasy Stage, American Repertory Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Opera Boston, Underground Railway Theatre, and New Rep, among others. Highlights include Long Day’s Journey into Night, The History Boys, Casa Valentina, The Light in the Piazza, Reckless, Other Desert Cities, Nixon in China, Five by Tenn, In the Next Room or the vibrator play, A Marvelous Party, and Betrayal. Five of his productions have received Elliot Norton Awards as Outstanding Production or Musical, and he has received four Norton Awards and three IRNE Awards for his direction. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from Penn State, the StageSource Theatre Hero Award, and the Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence in Theatre. Scott is a Professor of the Practice and Chair of the Department of Theatre at Northeastern University.
Janie E. Howland** (Scenic Design) continues a long-standing relationship with the Lyric Stage including Company, My Fair Lady, Peter and the Starcatcher. Recent productions include Simon Says (Off-Broadway), Guys and Dolls (Emerson Stage), When January Feels Like Summer (Underground Railway Theatre), Mary Poppins (Wheelock Family Theatre), Urban Nutcracker (Tony Williams Dance Center), Summer Studios (BCT) ). Her work has been seen at CONSENSES, festival of the senses, conceived by Sally Taylor. Other venues include SpeakEasy Stage, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Central Square Theater, New Rep, Weston Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, A.R.T. Institute, Northeastern University, Boston Conservatory, Company One, Stoneham Theatre, Seacoast Rep, Merrimack Rep, New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, Huntington Theatre Studio 210. Brandeis University M.F.A.; Co-founder CYCO SCENIC; four-time Elliot Norton Award winner; four-time IRNE Award winner. Janie is a member of the adjunct faculty at Emerson College, Wellesley College. USA Local 829. janiehowland.com
Charles Schoonmaker** (Costume Designer) returns to the Lyric Stage where previous designs include 33 Variations, Grey Gardens, and My Name is Asher Lev. Charles is the recipient of four Daytime Emmy Awards and an IRNE Award for Best Costume Design for Venus in Fur at the Huntington Theatre. Other work on Boston stages includes North Shore Music Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage, Lyric Stage, Arts Emerson, Central Square Theatre, Boston Baroque, and the Israeli Stage Company. Regional credits include designs for the Berkshire Theatre Group, The Chester Theatre Company, The Dorset Theatre Festival, Northern Stage Company, Weston Playhouse, and seven seasons as the resident costume designer at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. Television credits include Another World, All My Children, and As the World Turns. He teaches costume design at Bennington College. Charles-Schoonmaker.com
Karen Perlow** (Lighting Design) returns to the Lyric Stage where favorite productions include Death of a Salesman, Water by the Spoonful, Time Stands Still, My Name is Asher Lev, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Miss Witherspoon, Urinetown, the Musical, Dirty Blonde, and Lobby Hero. Upcoming projects include Grand Concourse (SpeakEasy Stage), Paradise (Central Square Theater), and Camelot (Lyric Stage). A three-time winner of the IRNE Award for Best Lighting Design (2009, 2007, 2002), and NYC SOLO Fest 2013. Karen teaches Light Design at Northeastern as well as English to Speakers of Other Languages with the YMCA. Member USA 829. karenperlowlightdesign.com
Dewey Dellay (Composer/Sound designer) returns to the Lyric Stage having composed and sound designed for Death of a Salesman, Water by the Spoonful, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Chosen, My Name Is Asher Lev, 9 Parts of Desire, and Miss Witherspoon (Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Design). Off-Broadway: Duet (Greenwich Street Theatre); London’s West End: The Countess (Criterion). Selected Boston/Regional: To Kill a Mockingbird (Wheelock Family Theater), Road to St. Ives (Gloucester Stage) Betrayal (Nora Theatre Company), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (New Rep), The Women (SpeakEasy Stage,Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Design), and Five by Tenn (SpeakEasy Stage, IRNE Award for Sound Design). Television: Dewey has composed music for numerous national commercials, along with shows for National Geographic Television and the Discovery Channel. He was the composer for five seasons of Our America with Lisa Ling on the OWN channel and now contributes music to This Is Life with Lisa Ling on CNN.
Geena M. Forristall (Assistant Stage Manager) is a freelance stage manager and artist, and is making her Lyric Stage debut. Previous credits include Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. (Company One), Cymbeline, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare Now), Pippin (Weston Drama Workshop), The Winter’s Tale, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet (Bay Colony Shakespeare Company), the 2015-2017 international tours of Kultar’s Mime (SikhRI, Almast Media), and Sleep No More (Punchdrunk NYC/Emursive). Geena holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Arts Production from Hofstra University. gmforristall.com.
* denotes member of Actor's Equity Association