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Meet the Cast of the Lost Plays

 

The Web, by Eugene O’Neill

Directed by Eric Fraisher Hayes

(Premiered on 10/3/20)

 

Rose                Emily Keyishian

Steve               Charles Woodson Parker

Tim Moran      Ryan Hayes

Policemen       John Hale, Will Long, John Tessmer

 

 

Recklessness, by Eugene O’Neill

Directed by Eric Fraisher Hayes

(Premiered on 10/10/20)

 

Arthur Baldwin    John Hale

Mildred                 Emily Keyishian

Fred Burgess        Kyle Goldman

Gene                     Cynthia Lagodzinski

Mary                     Bonnie DeChant

 

 

Abortion, by Eugene O’Neill

Directed by Eric Fraisher Hayes

(Premiered on 10/17/20)

 

Jack Townsend            Ryan Hayes

John Townsend           John Tessmer

Mrs. Townsend           Cynthia Lagodzinski

Lucy Townsend           Emily Keyishian

Donald (Bull) Herron  Kyle Goldman

Joe Murray                  Will Long

 

 

Lost Plays actor bios

 

Bonnie DeChant is delighted to once again be performing at Tao House. Previously seen in A Touch of the Poet, All My Sons, and last season’s The Second Girl, she has also contributed in the areas of properties and mask construction for The Great God Brown. Bonnie has performed for over twenty years in various Bay Area productions and has won a Shellie Award for playing Grace in Bus Stop, and a TBA Award for her portrayal of Ethel in Barefoot in the Park. She wishes to thank Paul for eternal support, and to all of you for supporting live theater!

 

Kyle Goldman is a Bay Area native who has appeared in over 40 productions across the Bay Area in the span of 10 years.  He has worked with such companies as Role Players Ensemble and the Eugene O’Neill Foundation in Danville, Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette, Douglas Morrisson Theatre in Hayward, and the San Francisco theatre companies Custom Made Theatre Company, New Conservatory Theatre Center, African-American Theatre Company, and Boxcar Theatre.  Kyle’s favorite roles include Dracula in Dracula, Mickey in The Speakeasy, Liberty Valance in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Tom Buchanan in The Great Gatsby, and Leslie in Seascape.

 

John Hale played James Mayo and Ben in Beyond the Horizon in 2016, participated in our 2011 reading of Gold, and in 2013 as the eponymous character in our production of O’Neill’s Chris Christopherson. He also played Chris in Role Players’ Anna Christie. More recently, he was in Role Players’ The Ladies’ Man as Kapitan Gustav Aubin, or you may have seen him as Prince von Berg in Incident at Vichy. Since then, he has played in a number of productions at Piedmont Oakland Rep, including 9 roles in The Dining Room, the lead role Garfield in Other People’s Money, and in the world premiere musical play, Blood Tango, a ground-breaking treatment of the Dracula story. He also has performed at Berkeley Playhouse, as the Rabbi in Fiddler on the Roof and in To Kill a Mockingbird.

 

Ryan Hayes played Jamie in Long Day’s Journey Into Night in 2019 at the Eugene O’Neill Festival in Danville and also in New Ross, Ireland. He has acted in over 40 theatrical and musical productions and multiple films in the San Francisco Bay Area since arriving 20 years ago. He studied Theater and English at Missouri State University. Ryan is a company member of Custom Made Theatre (Slaughterhouse 5, Merchant of Venice, The Goat, Rapture, and Blister, Burn) and Eye Zen Presents (Out of Site—North Beach & SOMA and Homo File). Other theatre companies he’s acted with include Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Stanford Repertory, FaultLine Theater, and San Francisco’s leading sketch comedy troupe, Killing My Lobster. Ryan was nominated by the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle for Best Featured Actor in Gorgeous Hussy—An Interview with Joan Crawford. He made a series of commercials with Academy Award–winning director and writer Barry Jenkins. Ryan created and performed a solo show called Boys Together Changing, adapted from poetry of Walt Whitman, which has been seen throughout the U.S.

 

Emily M. Keyishian is thrilled to perform The Lost Plays. Recent Bay Area projects: The Cherry Orchard (Town Hall Theatre, Susan B. Evans), Honky (Role Players, Katja Rivera), Other Desert Cities (Role Players, Chloe Bronzan), Come Here Often? (Left Coast Theatre, Chris Maltby), The $18 Billion Prize (Phoenix Theater, Richard Kuhlman), Hamlet (Arabian Shakespeare, Kevin Hammond), Fiction (Dragon Theatre, Erin Gilley), Adventures in Tech (Piano Fight, Allison Page), Top Girls (A.C.T. Costume Shop Theatre, Ariella Wolfe), ReOrient (Golden Thread Productions, Erin Gilley, Sara Razavi, Torange Yeghiazarian), Charlotte’s Web (Marin Theatre Company, Tracy Ward). Readings: Actors Ensemble Berkeley, 3Girls Theatre, Playground, San Francisco Playhouse, Custom Made Theatre Company. She is also a painter and metalsmith. Many thanks to Ed, Harry and Shane. www.devildoll.com

 

Cynthia Lagodzinski is from Livermore and works around the Bay Area as an actor and a director. Favorite roles include Mistress Page, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Silicon Valley Shakespeare; Lady Catherine, Pride and Prejudice, Livermore Shakespeare Festival; Truvy, Steel Magnolias, Chanticleers Theatre; Mrs. Antrobus, The Skin of Our Teeth, and Mrs. Cheveley, An Ideal Husband, Douglas Morrisson Theatre; Lady Bracknell, The Importance of Being Earnest; Queen Elizabeth I, Shakespeare in Love, Las Positas Theatre; and Claire, Proof, Hillbarn Theatre. Cynthia holds a BFA in Acting and a Post Baccalaureate in Directing from UC Santa Cruz.   Up next: Lysistrata, Lysistrata, The Pear Theatre, streaming Oct 16–Nov 15, 2020. https://www.thepear.org/season-19  and Mrs. Dashwood, Sense and Sensibility, Silicon Valley Shakes, 2021 https://www.svshakespeare.org/

 

Will Long is an actor from the Bay Area who has been seen on stages across the country. There is nowhere he feels more at home than on stage in “The Old Barn” with the Eugene O’Neill Foundation. Favorite selected works include A Life in the Rye at the Theatre for the New City NYC, Tempest Redux at the Odyssey Theatre Los Angeles, An Octoroon at Capital Stage Sacramento, The Abuelas at Ashland New Plays Festival in Oregon, Tribes at The Phoenix Theatre Arizona, and The Hairy Ape in Danville. Will has an MA in Acting from The University of London, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Thank you to his family for all of their love and support.

 

Charles Woodson Parker is always happy to work at Tao House with Eric. There’s such rich history and angst in O’Neill’s writing. Charles has been singing and acting since he was 6 years old. He graduated from The Boston Conservatory with a BFA in musical theater. He continues to pursue jobs through these strange times. They frequently involve voice over or social distancing. Charles is currently working on another O’Neill short play, which he’s not sure he can talk about yet. You may have seen him all over the Bay Area from San Francisco to Los Altos to the East Bay, including A Touch of the Poet at Tao House. If you want to see more of his work, please feel free to visit www.charleswoodsonparker.com.

 

John Tessmer Prior to the 2020 “Lost Plays” project, John has been in several Eugene O’Neill Foundation readings under Eric Fraisher Hayes’ direction, including Shell ShockThe Movie ManThe StrawMore Stately Mansions, and Hughie; he also appeared in the Role Players Ensemble staged reading of Terra Nova. His first O’Neill experience was in graduate school when he played Eben in Desire Under the Elms.  John hails from San Diego, where he has played Rocky in a site-specific staged reading of The Iceman Cometh and Orin Mannon in Mourning Becomes Electra with Grassroots Greeks. He is the Producing Artistic Director of the La Jolla Theatre Ensemble and is the San Diego Shakespeare Society’s Artistic Director. John holds degrees from Yale and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; has taught for the University of Colorado–Boulder and the Old Globe Theatre; and has acted with, among others, the Laguna Playhouse, Idaho Rep, Intrepid Theatre Company, Lamb’s Players, Monomoy Theatre, Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company, New Fortune Theatre Company, New Village Arts, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Playwright’s Project, Western Stage, and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, where he and Eric both worked in 1997.

 

Eric Fraisher Hayes (Artistic Director) joined the Eugene O’Neill Foundation, Tao House in 2008. During his tenure, the Eugene O’Neill Festival has expanded from a single weekend to an entire month, and EONF has become the leading producer of the plays of Eugene O’Neill in the country. Eric has directed more than half of O’Neill’s 51 plays, ranging from the well-known Long Day’s Journey Into NightThe Iceman Cometh, and Mourning Becomes Electra to the all-but-forgotten Chris ChristophersonAll God’s Chillun’ Got Wings, and Days Without End. His Tao House productions of Long Day’s Journey and Hughie traveled to Ireland where they were featured at the Eugene O’Neill International Festival of Theatre in New Ross. He recently directed three videotaped productions of O’Neill’s “Lost Plays” (The WebRecklessnessAbortion). Capping off 2020, Eric directed a virtual production of O’Neill’s Shell Shock for NY’s Obie award-winning Metropolitan Playhouse. As a leading scholar/practitioner, he has given presentations at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Literary Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco, Comparative Drama Conference in Orlando, A Noise Within Theatre Company in Pasadena, and the International Eugene O’Neill Conference in Galway, Ireland. His articles “An Argument for the Third Voice: Reimagining Eugene O’Neill’s Hughie” and “Days Without End: A Living Director’s Take” appeared in the Eugene O’Neill Review in 2019.

He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the Theatre School, DePaul University and has been a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association since 2001.

 

Rob Evans (Sound Designer) work for the O’Neill Festival includes designing productions of The Iceman Cometh, Desire Under the Elms, The Emperor Jones, A Touch of the Poet, Hughie, and Long Day’s Journey Into Night. For the EON Playwrights’ Theatre staged reading series he contributed sound for O’Neill’s Dynamo, Bound East for Cardiff, Days Without End, and The Great God Brown, as well as Ronan Noone’s The Second Girl. His local credits include Ah, Wilderness!, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Of Mice and Men, Leading Ladies, Good People, The Piano Lesson, Laughing Stock, and Animal Farm. Past regional highlights include designs for Lend Me a Tenor, Copenhagen, Proof, The Seagull, and composing original scores for Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Twelfth Night. He plays saxophone with the Rob Evans Quartet, and is one of the creative brains at Mastermind Treasure Hunts.