Michael Mauldin* (Harold Carver) is Associate Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Cleveland State University. Spending nearly 20 years in New York City as a professional actor and director, he appeared on Broadway (Les Miserables), Off Broadway (The Tempest), Tonight at 8:30, Othello, All’s Well That Ends Well, Eastward Ho!), and numerous regional theatres across the country. At CSU he has directed The Laramie Project, She Stoops to Conquer, The Alchemist, The Fantasticks, Everyman, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Dybbuk, Ubu Roi, and Romeo and Juliet opening in the spring.  In the summer of 2007, he founded CSU’s Summer Stages, a professional summer repertory company combining theatre majors with professional actors and directors from New York, Los Angeles, and Cleveland.  For Summer Stages he directed The Robber Bridegroom, Return to the Forbidden Planet and Curtains, and appeared in Booth and Rough Crossing. He appeared in Cleveland Public Theatre’s M4M, and White Rabbit Red Rabbit. At the Beck Center for the Arts, he appeared as Captain Hook/Mr. Darling in Peter Pan, which garnered him a Best Actor in a Musical award from Scene Magazine.   Last season he appeared as the villainous R.G. Reedy in the pre-Broadway production of Kris Kringle: The Musical.  He has performed his solo play An Evening With Mark Twain since 1976 in over 40 states, with airings on PBS and a one-hour ABC special called Mark Twain: Sketches From Life.  He has been a proud member of Actors Equity Association since 1981. 

Mary Frances- Miller (Daphne Anderson) is an actor, singer and musician from South Euclid, Ohio. She attended Cleveland State University and received her training from Holly Holsinger at the CSU Department of Theatre and Dance 2010-2013. She was also a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus 2013-2016. Mary-Francis' theatre credits include the Ohio premiere of In Red and Brown Water (Oya), The Crucible opera (Tituba) and The Tempest (Ariel). She has received two Irene Ryan nominations during her undergrad at Cleveland State. Mary-Francis' future obligations include attending the Cleveland Institute of Music in the spring and singing backup for Sergio Mendes Brasil 66 in Brazil next summer. 

Eric Schmiedl (Director)Eric Schmiedl is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and a graduate of Kent State University and the University of Hawai’i. His plays have been produced by theatres including the Theatre Company of the Denver Center for Performing Arts, the Cleveland Play House, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Cleveland Public Theatre, the Lantern Theatre, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, the Honolulu Theatre for Youth, the Oregon Children’s Theatre, Karamu House, Signal Ensemble Theatre, and Great Lakes Theater Company.  Eric and the Theatre Company of the Denver Center for Performing Arts received a 2015 Grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to support the 2015 premier of BENEDICTION Eric’s stage adaptation of Kent Haruf’s remarkable novel, his third collaboration with Kent Haruf, Kent Thompson, and the Denver Center.  Eric is currently working on his fifth commission for the Denver Center, an original play he has developed with his wife Adaora Nzelibe Schmiedl about a 9 year-old boy from Cleveland and a 9 year-old girl from Nigeria in the summer of 1977.  This piece also received generous support form PlayhouseSquare’s Launch program as well as Cleveland Public Theatre.  Eric is also working on a commissioned adaptation of Mat Johnson’s stunning graphic novel INCOGNEGRO.  For the past six summers Eric has worked with his friend and mentor William Hoffman creating history-based family theatre at the Lantern Theatre located in the historic 1905 Gleeson Barn in the scenic Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  The production of MARGIN OF ERROR at Ensemble Theatre marks Eric’s fifth joyous collaboration with Eric Coble.  Eric Schmiedl is the recipient of a 2012 Creative Workforce Fellowship as well as an Aurand Harris Fellowship, and a Sloan Foundation Commission.  His work has also received three Edgerton Foundation New American Play Awards.  He has been a member of the Cleveland Play House’s Playwrights’ Unit since 1997 and is on the faculty of the Low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing program at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky.  Thank you Celeste and all the wonderful folks at Ensemble Theatre for the opportunity to explore this incredibly fun and provocative script with such a talented cast and company.

Eric Coble (Playwright) Eric’s plays include "The Velocity of Autumn” (Broadway), “Fairfield”, “Bright Ideas”,“A Girl’s Guide to Coffee”, “Ten Minutes from Cleveland” and “The Giver” and have been produced Off-Broadway, in all fifty states of the U.S., and on several continents, including productions at Manhattan Class Company, The Kennedy Center, Cleveland Play House, Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival, Denver Center Theatre Company, Arena Stage, South Coast Repertory, and The Contemporary American Theatre Festival.  Awards include two AATE Distinguished Play Awards for Best Adaptation, the Chorpenning Playwriting Award for Body of Work, National Theatre Conference Playwriting Award, the Cleveland Arts Prize, four Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Grants, and two Cuyahoga Arts and Culture Fellowships.  Visit for more madness.

Becca Moseley (Resident Production Stage Manager)
Walter Boswell (Set Designer)
Stephen Vasse-Hansell (Resident Technical Director)
Meg Parish (Resident Costume Designer)|
Bryanna Baughman (Resident Lighting Designer)

*Member of Actors' Equity Association.