Manuel is thrilled and delighted to be back on stage with such an amazing group of
talented people...He was last on stage in 2006 playing Henri in "OKRA" at the True
Brew Theatre and in 2001 He played Brick in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" at the Thibodaux
playhouse, He had in both productions the incredible good fortune to play opposite his
beautiful, talented and supportive wife Denise Schwark Ponce.
Richard Mayer is a New Orleans actor and producer. Former owner of the Shadowbox/Old Marquer Theatre, Richard is currently between theatres. His previous works include 'The Clifton Monroe Chronicles' and 'Red Light Winter,' for which he earned a Big Easy Award. He is thrilled to be working with such a talented and handsome group.
Bob Edes, Jr.
Bob Edes Jr. - A multiple Big Easy Award winner (for I AM MY OWN WIFE, EQUUS & MISS GULCH RETURNS among others), Bob's most recent appearances include Widow Chockablock in Le Petit's SLEEPING BEAUTY: AN AMERICAN PANTO & Quentin in SMALL CRAFT WARNINGS for The Tennessee Williams Theatre Co. of New Orleans.
Directed by Harold Gervais
Harold Gervais is a local actor & director. Harold was a founder of The Lower Depths at Loyola University, which at the time was the first student run theater in the country, and was also a part of The Demitasse Dramatic Society which became The Actor's Warehouse which in turn turned into the late & lamented True Brew Theater. Recent directing credits include Red Light Winter, Smudge, Chesapeake, Mauritius and Saints & Sisters: Nuns With Guns In Old New Orleans.
Written by Jon Broder
Jon Broder has the same birthday as Tennessee Williams. Coincidence? Probably. He is also the author of numerous short plays and one acts, produced by Southern Rep as well as the Fringe festival hits Fellatio: An Oral Discussion and Tyler With A “T”. His work has been seen on stages in New Orleans and NYC (Under St. Mark’s Theater & Laurie Beechman Theatre). His next work, starring drag legend Vinsantos, will be premiering for Halloween.
Garrett Prejean was born and raised in North Baton Rouge (NBR), La. Garrett is a graduate of Northwestern State University and also a graduate of The Conservatory Program and the Acting Program at The Second City Training Center in Chicago. Garrett has also studied Acting with Darrell W. Cox and Erica Daniels from Profiles and Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago as well as Viewpoints with Michael Patrick Thorton from The Gift Theatre and Steppenwolf in Chicago. Garrett was a founding member and the Artistic Director of EP Theater in Chicago. There he worked to develop new plays with Chicago playwrights as well as New York and Los Angeles. Garrett taught Acting 1 classes and Audition classes at the Second City Training Center in Chicago from 2004-2010. He was also known as the “Resume Doctor” for The Second City Training Center. Garrett now teaches Talented Theatre at East St. John High School. Garrett also teaches Acting 1 and Acting 2 Classes at The Elm Theatre, were is he one of the founding members and Artistic Director. He was last seen in The Elm Theatre’s Production of Never Swim Alone and Lie of the Mind by Sam Shepard and as Biff in Death of a Salesman at LePetit theatre, NOLA Project and Cripple Creep’s production of “Balm And Gilead” by Lanford Wilson and in The Elm Theatre’s production of The Gingham Dog by Lanford Wilson where he was nominated for Best Actor in a Drama. Other Elm Theatre credits include the Big Easy nominated “Orange Flower” Water by Craig Wright and “Blackbird”, by Adam Rapp which was nominated for 4 Big Easy’s including Best Actor in a Drama. Garrett’s other theatre credits include: “Avenue A” in the highly recommend show (Chicago Tribune, TimeOut Chicago), by David Steen at EP Theater. Other EP Theater credits include, “Grey” co-writer (Recommend Windy City Times), “Life Support”, “La Belle Vito”, and the “Woods”. “Automobile Graveyard”, “Shoemakers”, “The Flies” at the Trapdoor Theatre. “True Crimes”, “The Vortex”, and “Creeps” at Boxer Rebellion Theatre. A Few of Garrett’s Film Credits include “Bad Asses 3”, Pitch Perfect 2, “There is a New Life Somewhere” and can also be seen in CBS’s TV Show Star Crossed and Drew Bree’s Agent in the New CanAm Commercial.
Mike Spara is an actor, writer and comedian based in New Orleans. He is a founding member of The New Movement New Orleans and performs locally and around the country with his sketch team Stupid Time Machine and his solo wordless sketch comedy project Conversations with Body Language. Recent work includes a Best Solo Performance run Off Off Broadway, a lead in indie comedy feature One Night Stand Off and a Big Easy Best Actor Nomination for Sonata for Four Hands, a world premiere by Bridget Erin, directed by Harold Gervais. He's honored to work with such a great team; these shows are dedicated to John Campbell and Jeff Spara.
Leslie Boles Kraus
Leslie Boles Kraus (Rose) is an ensemble member of
Goat in the Road (goatintheroadproductions.org) and was recently seen as Sonya in Uncle Vanya: Quarter-Life Crisis. She has worked on several Second Star shows, including Mauritius and A Crescent City Christmas. BFA from NYU/Tisch. Big thank you's to Harold, Megan, Steph, and the Two For Tennessee team!
Directed by Megan Eileen Kosmoski
Megan Eileen Kosmoski is new to New Orleans and honored to be directing Steph Garrison's new play with Second Star Productions. Her favorite credits include: Dance Lessons by Josh Konigsberg (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Mahogany Brown and the Case of the Disappearing Kid by Gina Femia (Brick Theatre, NYC), Crumble by Sheila Callaghan (The Hartke, DC), Werther by Jules Massenet (Iconoclassic, NYC), and The Lesson by Eugene Ionesco (The Callan, DC). http://www.megankosmoski.com/
Written by Stephanie Garrison
Stephanie Garrison, a native of New York’s beautiful Mid Hudson Valley, fell in love with New Orleans (via her husband, writer Bradley Warshauer), quickly understanding why Tennessee Williams could so easily see this place as a second home. She has an MFA in dramatic writing from Adelphi University, and has had work produced in New York, including Everything’s in Black and White, which was a semifinalist at the Harvest Theatre Festival. She has continued to write and produce in New Orleans; her recent work includes Enter Violence, at the Elm Theatre One Act Festival, and The Bechdel Conundrumat Southern Rep’s 3x3.
Stage Manager: Katie Bandit
Katie Bandit (Stage Manager) is happily graduating from Loyola University in two short months and could not be more thankful to be working with such lovely people. She has stage managed numerous plays at the university, including Crimes of the Heart and The World Goes Round, and worked as the Assistant Director (and many other things) for Second Star Performance Collective's A Crescent City Christmas just last winter. She thanks and adores Harold for always being such a gem and Megan for becoming a new one in her life.
MoGram by Front Porch NOLA
Brick - Jon Broder
I have always been drawn to the story of Brick and his friend, Skipper, in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, because if it had been written today it would have turned out so much differently. If Skipper had been around today he wouldn’t have had to suffer such shame and he wouldn’t have had to take his own life when Brick rejected him. In fact, Skipper’s revealing his true self would have been a courageous act of heroism, not the sad and pathetic experience that it was. And so, I turn the tables. Let Skipper hold the reins. Let Skipper find the happiness in life that he has so long been denied. - Jon Broder
Solitary - Stephanie Garrison
Stephanie would like to thank Harold and Second Star Collective for the opportunity to write for “Two for Tennessee” and the chance to better explore and appreciate Tennessee Williams’ life. She would also like to thank her incredibly dedicated director, stage manager, and cast, for helping to demonstrate how powerful collaborative theatre can be, and her husband for dealing with all of her late night stress attacks. #TennesseeIsMyHomeboy