CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE CAST & CREW
August Scarpelli - Simon/Ensemble
Kayla Davis - Grusha
Andrew Keller - Lavrenti/Ensemble
James Rankin - Singer/Shauva
Allan Branstein (Soldier/Ensemble) is happy to be in this inaugural productionHe will also appear as Paddy in Ensemble Theatre's production of The Hairy Ape in November as well! He last appeared here as Bailey in The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail and has been in such classics as Ages of the Moon, The Iceman Cometh, Frankenstein and Anna Christie to name a few. He has performed with Dobama, Red Hen, Working Theater, Great Lakes, Bang and Clatter and many others. He was last seen onstage with the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival as Banquo in a wonderful production of Macbeth. He has been in a few films, performed in the vaudeville act The Mike and Al Show, and he would like to thank Paula because he can.
Valerie Young (Peasant Woman/Ensemble) Since being approached by Kyle, August and Kayla, the founders of Shahrazad Theatre Company earlier this year to perform in Caucasian Chaulk Circle, Valerie accepted their offer on the spot. Not only was she excited to perform Brecht once again (her first college production was Brecht's Threepenny Opera!), she was also drawn to the spirit, mission and commitment of the Shahrazad artistic team. Valerie has been at this game for over four decades and wishes to thank the Cleveland theatre community for its ongoing support of local theatre.
Steve Vasse Hansel (Corporal/Ensemble)
Tim Young - Jussup/Ensemble
Katie Rotuno (Working Girl, Natella Abashwili, Younger Woman, Aniko, Nephew, Ludovica) is thrilled to be performing in her first play since her senior year of high school (12 years ago!). After recently moving back to the Cleveland area, she performed in every main stage musical at French Creek Theatre during their 2016-2017 season. Katie is a proud graduate of the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory Of Music. She holds her bachelors and masters degrees in Music Therapy and is a certified music therapist serving hospice, mental health, and community settings through The Cleveland Music Settlement. Thank you to family and friends for their love and support, to Kyle for taking a chance on me, and to the audience for attending Sheherzad Theatre Company’s debut show! Enjoy!
Robert Hawkes (Azdak, Ensemble) is a member of the acting company at convergence-continuum in Tremont, where he recently performed Israel Horovitz’s monologue play, Spared. He returns there in December to play Nikola Tesla in the world première of Christopher Johnston's The Chaste Genius and His Deathray Gun.
Hannah Storch (Adjutant/Ensemble) is a pleased as punch to be part of this wonderful cast. She was last seen with the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival this past summer in The Taming of the Shrew and Macbeth. Hannah graduated from Kent State University with a BA in Theatre and English. Since then, she has worked with many theatre companies including Actors Theatre of Columbus in Columbus, OH, Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire in Manheim, PA, Talespinners Children’s Theatre in Cleveland, OH and The Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood, OH. She has also toured around the country with The National Theatre for Children and Bright Star Touring Theatre. Thanks to all who support local theatre. Enjoy!
Sam Landgraf - Stage Manager