by Howard Barker
Directed by Richard Romagnoli
Bill Army began his professional acting career in “Somewhere in the Pacific” directed by PTP Co-Artistic Director, Jim Petosa. Over nearly two decades, Bill has worked with Co-Artistic Directors Richard Romagnoli and Cheryl Faraone, and Associate Artistic Director, Alex Draper on over twenty productions and readings. Most recently in “Scenes from an Execution” and “Vinegar Tom.” And though Jim, Cheryl, Alex, and Richard hate sentimentality, Bill wishes to thank each of these brilliant artists from the bottom of his heart for their impact on his life…but he was only offered 100 words in the program, so there isn’t enough space.
Alex Draper is a founding member and the Associate Artistic Director of PTP/NYC, appearing most recently in their productions of The House in Scarsdale: A Memoir for the Stage, Arcadia, No End of Blame, Judith: A Parting from the Body, Pentecost, Gertrude-The Cry, Serious Money, and Plevna: Meditations on Hatred. Theatre credits include the New York premieres of Terrorism (New Group/Play Company); Get What You Need (Atlantic); Rose’s Dilemma (MTC); Endpapers (Variety Arts); Saint Crispin’s Day (Rattlestick); The Pitchfork Disney (Blue Light); and Oedipus(CSC/Blue Light); revivals of Waiting for Lefty and Golden Boy (Blue Light); and Scapin and The Triumph of Love (CSC); and regional productions at Yale Rep, Williamstown, Arena Stage, the Westport Playhouse, The McCarter, The Huntington, George Street, and The Berkshire Theatre Festival. Film: The Witch in the Window, No Pay, Nudity, Yellowbrickroad, Joshua, Hysterical Blindness, Simply Irresistible, The Photographer, Kalapani and Hard Shell. TV: Chicago Med, Taken, The Good Wife, John Adams, Sex and the City, Law and Order, Law and Order SVU, Law and Order: CI, Suddenly Susan and Ed. Alex trained at the Yale School of Drama and Middlebury College, where he is currently Chair of the Department of Theatre.
Stephanie Janssen is an actress and a playwright. Her most recent work includes the world premiere of Map of Heaven at the Denver Center Theatre, and Mrs. Warren’s Profession at the Roundabout Theatre. She also authored and appeared in The Umbrella Plays, which received the award for Outstanding Play at the New York International Fringe Festival. Other theatre credits include No End of Blame, Sarah Kane’s Crave (Potomac Theatre Project), P.T.S.D. (Ensemble Studio Theatre) Beirut Rocks (Barefoot Theatre and Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York Innovative Theatre Awards – Best Actress Nominee), Absalom (by Zoe Kazan, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville/ Human Festival), Against the Rising Sea (w/ Elizabeth Franz at Queens Theatre in the Park), The Secret of Madame Bonnard’s Bath (Gloucester Stage Company). TV and Film credits include: Law & Order, Everything is Ordinary. Stephanie has a B.A. from Middlebury College and an M.F.A. from New York University’s Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School of the Arts.
Christopher Marshall is an actor, director, and teacher. Off-Broadway: No End of Blame, Pity in History, The Possibilities, The Havel Plays, Cahoot’s Macbeth (PTP/NYC Atlantic Stage 2). Regional: All My Sons (Milwaukee Rep), A Christmas Carol (ACT Theatre Seattle), Betrayal (Aurora Theatre, *Best Cast SFGuardian); The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Hamlet, Love’s Labors Lost, A Penny for a Song (American Players Theatre), Copenhagen (Tampa Rep), Hedda (Jobsite), three seasons at The Utah and Colorado Shakespeare Festivals.
In 1986 Richard Romagnoli co-founded and has since been the Co-Artistic Director of the Potomac Theatre Project. PTP/NYC; Director, For PTP/NYC, private and public Zoom productions of Pinter’s Press Conference/Party Time, Howard Barker’s poem Don’t Exaggerate. His most recent ‘live’ production for the company was 2019’s Havel: The Passion of Thought. For PTP and other theatres he has directed multiple productions of Howard Barker’s The Castle, Scenes from an Execution, The Europeans, A Hard Heart, Pity In History and The Possibilities. He has also directed Barker’s Judith, Gertrude— The Cry, Victory: Choices in Reaction and Barker’s poems ‘Gary the Thief,’ ‘Plevna: Meditations on Hatred, ‘and ‘Don’t Exaggerate.’ For the worldwide 2010 Barker celebration “21 for 21”, he directed Judith with Jan Maxwell, Alex Draper and Stephanie Janssen. Other playwrights directed for PTP include Harold Pinter, Edward Albee, Gore Vidal, Vaclav Havel, Pavel Kohout, Snoo Wilson, Howard Brenton and Tariq Ali. In Washington D.C. he has directed Dumas fil’s Camille (with Jan Maxwell), Pinter’s The Homecoming, Coward’s Private Lives, and The Importance of Being Earnest for the Olney Theatre Center, and has also worked with Project Y in D.C. and in Boston for Whistler in the Dark. He is a professor emeritus of theatre at Middlebury College in Vermont, where he directed numerous plays, including, most recently, Major Barbara, Havel: The Passion of Thought.
◊ member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
º member of United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829