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“A Small Fire” Cast and Creative Team

Posted by Hannah Ashley | 01 February 2014

A SMALL FIRE
By Adam Bock
 
Cast

Tom Bloom*..............................................................John Bridges

Hollye Gilbert*..........................................................Jenny Bridges

Isaac Lamb*...............................................................Billy Fontaine

Peggy J. Scott*...........................................................Emily Bridges

 

 

Creative Team

Adam Bock............................................................Playwright

Rose Riordan.........................................................Director
 
Tony Cisek.............................................................Scenic Designer

Jeff Cone................................................................Costume Designer

Diane Ferry Williams..............................................Lighting Designer

Casi Pacilio.............................................................Sound Designer

Kelsey Daye Lutz*...................................................Stage Manager

Jessica Bania..........................................................Production Assistant
 
Chris Coleman.......................................................Artistic Director
 
*Member of the Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
 
 
Cast Biographies

Tom Bloom (John Bridges)
Tom appeared at Portland Center Stage in Snow Falling on Cedars in 2010. Broadway: Henry IV, Cyrano, Racing Demon. Off-Broadway: The Big Meal, Playwrights' Horizon; Arms and the Man, Roundabout Theatre; Widow's Blind Date, Circle-In-The-Square; Lips Together, Manhattan Theatre Club; The Lights, Lincoln Center; Winter's Tale, Classic Stage; Timon of Athens, New York Shakespeare Festival; All's Well, Theatre For New Audience. Also Pearl Theatre, 59E59, Page 73. Regionally: American Conservatory Theater, Yale Repertory Theatre, Guthrie Theater, Shakespeare Theatre, Hartford Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Baltimore Center Stage, Portland Stage (ME), Huntington Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Two Rivers Theater, others. Film/TV: Thomas Crown Affair, Joshua, Emperor's Club, Crazy like a Fox, Best Thief in the World; Law & Order, Special Victims, Criminal Intent, Ed, Max Bickford, The Jury, Wonderland.

 
 
Hollye Gilbert (Jenny Bridges)
New York: The Three Sisters, Get Gone and In Memoriam (all with Glass Bandits Theater), Broadway Backwards 5 (Lincoln Center), August Snow (The Actors Center). Regional: The Imaginary Invalid (Portland Center Stage), Horton Foote's The Orphans' Home Cycle (Collin Theater Center), Cabaret (WaterTower Theatre), and too many to list at Casa Mañana. Recent film work includes the independent film Art Machine starring Joseph Cross and Joey Lauren Adams and Mary Last Seen. Graduate of The Actors Center Conservatory. For Nicklas.
 
 
Isaac Lamb (Billy Fontaine)
Isaac Lamb is a native Portlander, a graduate of Loyola Marymount University, and a proud Core Company Member of Third Rail Repertory Theatre. For several years Isaac starred in the national tour of Defending the Caveman, Broadway’s longest running one-person show. Locally, Isaac has performed with Third Rail in The Lying Kind, Kiss Me Like You Mean It, The Wonderful World of Dissocia, That Hopey Changey Thing, The Aliens, Sweet and Sad and Noises Off;Portland Center Stage in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Artists Repertory Theatre in Assassins and Vitriol & Violets (2009 Fertile Ground); Broadway Rose in The Sound of Music, Ripper, PDX-Mas andForbidden Broadway; Portland Playhouse in Famished;Lakewood Theatre Company in Into the Woods, Lend Me a Tenor and City of Angels;Northwest Children's Theatre in Beauty and the Beast (Drammy Award, Best Supporting Actor), and many others.Isaac is the resident tour director for Defending the Caveman, and he also directs professionally in the Portland area, including Sweet Charity at Lakewood Theatre, Mother Teresa is Dead at Portland Playhouse, and Band Geeks for Broadway Rose.He has spent over a decade as a theater educator for middle and high school students, including founding and directing Broadway Rose’s Teen Summer Workshop.
 
 
 
Peggy J. Scott (Emily Bridges)
Peggy J. Scott is thrilled to join PCS for the first time, be part of A Small Fire, and get to know Portland. Broadway: Is He Dead. Off Broadway: Public Theatre, La Mama, Negro Ensemble Company, Flea Theatre. Regional: Actors Theatre of Louisville, Guthrie Theater, American Conservatory Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, A Contemporary Theatre, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Huntington Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company, Delaware Theatre Company, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Shakespeare Santa Fe, Cleveland Playhouse, Adirondack Theatre Festival, etc. Films: In Lieu of Flowers, Finding Amanda, Serial, Pedalfoot. Television: House of Cards, The Americans, 30 Rock, The Big C, Royal Pains, Law and Order, Ugly Betty, Fringe, Gossip Girl, Delocated, Newhart, Sesame Street. Three years playing Jeanne Reilly on Rescue Me.
 
 
 
Creative Team Biographies

 
Adam Bock (Playwright)
Adam Bock’s plays include Phaedra (Shotgun Players), A Small Fire (Playwrights Horizons, Drama Desk nomination), book for We Have Always Lived in the Castle, with music by Todd Almond (Yale Repertory Theatre), The Flowers (About Face Theatre), The Receptionist (MTC, 2008 Outer Critics nomination, Best Plays of 2007-2008, The Evidence Room with Megan Mullally), The Drunken City (Playwrights Horizons, 2008 Outer Critics nomination), The Thugs (Soho Rep, 2007 OBIE Award for Playwriting), The Shaker Chair (2005 Humana Festival), Swimming In The Shallows (Shotgun Players, Second Stage Uptown, 2000 BATCC Award, Clauder Prize), Five Flights (Encore Theatre and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 2002 Glickman Award, ACTA nomination, Osborn nomination), Marcy Comes Home and The Typographer’s Dream (Encore Theatre/Shotgun Players). Mr. Bock is the resident playwright at Encore Theatre, and a Shotgun Players Artistic Associate. He is a NEA grantee, a three-time resident at Yaddo, a former member of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, a NYTW Usual Suspect and a TDF Open Doors mentor. Mr. Bock’s plays are published by Samuel French, Dramatists Play Service and Playscripts, Inc. He is a proud member of New Dramatists.

 
 

Rose Riordan (Director)
Rose is in her 16th season at Portland Center Stage, where she serves as associate artistic director. At PCS she has directed The Mountaintop, The People’s Republic of Portland, The Whipping Man, The North Plan, Red, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, A Christmas Story, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Receptionist, A Christmas Carol, Frost/Nixon, How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found, Doubt, The Underpants, The Pillowman  and The Thugs, which won four Drammy Awards, including Best Ensemble and Best Director. She has also recently directed, for various other theaters, Adam Bock’s Phaedra, The Passion Play, Telethon and The Receptionist. In 1999 she founded Portland Center Stage’s annual JAW: A Playwrights Festival. JAW has been instrumental in developing new work for the PCS repertory: The Body of An American, The North Plan, Anna Karenina, Outrage, Flesh and Blood, Another Fine Mess, O Lovely Glowworm, Celebrity Row, Act a Lady, The Thugs and A Feminine Ending. Rose has also directed some of the staged readings for JAW festivals—The Thugs (2005), Telethon (2006), A Story About a Girl (2007), 99 Ways to F*** a Swan (2009), The North Plan (2010), San Diego (2012), The People’s Republic of Portland (2012) and Mai Dang Lao (2013). She enjoys being part of a company committed to new work and having a beautiful building in which to work.
 
 
Tony Cisek (Scenic Designer)
Tony has collaborated with Rose Riordan on The Whipping ManThe North Plan (Drammy Award), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Drammy Award), A Christmas Story (2010 and 2011) and Frost/Nixon at PCS, where he also designed Anna in the Tropics, A Feminine Ending and the premiere of Sometimes a Great Notion (Drammy Award). Tony’s work has also been seen at Roundabout Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Goodman Theatre, Guthrie Theater, Arena Stage, South Coast Repertory, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Cleveland Play House, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Intiman Theatre, Folger Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, The Kennedy Center, McCarter Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Delaware Theatre Company, Two River Theater, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Arden Theatre, Wolf Trap Opera, Woolly Mammoth and Signature Theatre, among others. He holds a M.F.A. in Theatre Design from New York University and has also received a Barrymore nomination and four Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Set Design.

 
Jeff Cone (Costume Designer)
This is Jeff’s 16th season at PCS. In that time he has designed costumes for over 75 productions. Of those shows, 49 have been in the last eight seasons at the Armory. Favorite productions include West Side Story, Cabaret, Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Sometimes a Great Notion, Snow Falling on Cedars, The Imaginary Invalid, Black Pearl Sings!, Venus in Fur and Clybourne Park. Jeff received Drammy Awards for his costume designs for Dirty Blonde, Act A Lady and Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline. In addition to his resident costume designer duties, Jeff is happy to manage the costume shop here at Portland Center Stage.
 
 
Diane Ferry Williams (Lighting Designer)
Diane Ferry Williams is pleased to be returning to Portland. Diane is the resident lighting designer at the Marriott Theatre in Chicago and has also worked for many other theaters around the country, including The Alliance Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, The Goodspeed, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, The Goodman, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, ACT-Seattle, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Ford’s Theatre, Hubbard Street and Regional Dance America. International work includes The Harlem Gospel Singers in Paris and their European tour, and Die Shone Und Das Biest in Berlin and their European tour. She has also lit several national tours and the premiere of Don’t Stop the Carnival by Jimmy Buffet and Herman Wouk. Awards include a Jeff Award, an After Dark Award, a Carbonelle Award, five Drammy Awards (the most recent being The Whipping Man) and seven Jeff nominations. Diane has a M.F.A in Theatrical Design from Northwestern University.

 
 
Casi Pacilio (Sound Designer)
Casi keeps busy with a variety of work and play in Portland and around the country. PCS credits include The Mountaintop, Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma!, The North Plan, Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline, Black Pearl Sings!, Opus, futura (with composer Jana Losey), Ragtime (PAMTA Award 2010), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, Snow Falling on Cedars, Crazy Enough, The Little Dog Laughed, Sometimes a Great Notion, Cabaret, The Pillowman, I Am My Own Wife, West Side Story, Celebrity Row and eight seasons of JAW. National shows: Holcombe Waller Surfacing and Wayfinders; Hand2Mouth Theatre credits: Left Hand of Darkness, My Mind is Like an Open Meadow (Drammy Award 2011), Something’s Got Ahold Of My Heart and PEP TALK. Other theatrical credits include Squonk Opera’s Bigsmorgasbord-WunderWerk (Broadway, PS122, national and international touring); I Am My Own Wife, I Think I Like Girls (La Jolla Playhouse); Playland, 10 Fingers and Lips Together, Teeth Apart (City Theatre, PA). Film credits include Creation of Destiny, Out of Our Time and A Powerful Thang. Recordings: Glitterfruit’s fruit snacks.

 
Kelsey Daye Lutz (Stage Manager)
Kelsey Daye is a North Carolinian dairy farmer’s daughter. New York credits include off-Broadway work with The Actors Company Theatre; off-off-Broadway work with Theatre for the New City and The Internationalists. Regional credits include production assistant for: Clybourne Park, Venus in Fur, Midsummer Night’s Dream, The North Plan and Anna Karenina at PCS; stage management intern for Hard Weather Boating Party, Shipwrecked, A Raisin in the Sun and 43 Plays for 43 Presidents at Actors Theatre of Louisville; and assistant stage manager for A Beautiful Star and A Christmas Carol at Triad Stage. She would like to thank her boys for all their unconditional love.

 
Jessica Bania (Production Assistant)
Jessica is enormously happy to be working with PCS for her second season. Having assisted backstage on Somewhere in Time, The Mountaintop, Fiddler on the Roof and Chinglish, this is her debut role as Production Assistant. Other local credits include: soundboard operation for Portland Actors Conservatory's Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, and assistance on PCS's amazing properties team for their past two seasons. Jessica holds a M. Ed. in Art Education from The University of British Columbia and a B.A. from Pacific University. She's thankful for the extraordinary friends and colleagues who make her laugh every day.

 
Chris Coleman (Artistic Director)
Chris joined Portland Center Stage as artistic director in May 2000. Before coming to Portland, he was artistic director at Actor’s Express in Atlanta, a company he co-founded in the basement of an old church in 1988. Favorite PCS directing assignments include Fiddler on the Roof, Clybourne Park, Sweeney Todd, Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline (which he also adapted), Anna Karenina, Oklahoma!, Snow Falling on Cedars, Ragtime, Crazy Enough, Beard of Avon, Cabaret, King Lear, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Man and Superman, Outrage, Flesh and Blood and The Devils. Chris has directed at theaters across the country, including Actor’s Theater of Louisville, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, ACT-Seattle, The Alliance, Dallas Theatre Center, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop and Center Stage in Baltimore. A native Atlantan, Chris holds a B.F.A. from Baylor University and an M.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon. He currently chairs the Creative Advocacy Network board, and serves on boards for the Cultural Advocacy Coalition and the Institute for Metropolitan Studies. Chris’ favorite things about Portland: farmers markets, Timbers games, Salt & Straw ice cream, dog parks, food carts and cars that stop for pedestrians.
 
 
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