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“Great Expectations” Cast and Creative Team

Posted by Claudie Fisher | 08 January 2016

Great Expectations
By Charles Dickens
Adapted by Lucinda Stroud
For Book-It Repertory Theatre
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Directed by Jane Jones

Cast 

Stephen Stocking*.............Pip
John Hutton*.....................Magwitch/Jaggers
Gavin Hoffman*................Joe Gargery
Dana Green*......................Mrs. Joe/Miss Havisham
Isaac Lamb*......................Compeyson/Orlick and others
Maya Sugarman................Biddy/Estella
Damon Kupper..................Pumblechook/Wemmick and others
Chris Murray*...................Herbert Pocket and others
Sean McGrath....................Drummle and others
 

Creative Team

Jane Jones..........................................................Director
Christopher Mumaw.........................................Scenic Designer
Ron Erickson.....................................................Costume Designer
Peter Maradudin...............................................Lighting Designer
Casi Pacilio........................................................Sound Designer
Joshua Kohl......................................................Composer
John Armour....................................................Fight Director 
Gin Hammond.................................................Dialect Coach
Gavin Hoffman................................................*Fight Captain
Janine Vanderhoff*.........................................Stage Manager
Stephen Kriz Gardner.....................................Production Assistant
Amy C. Vaught.................................................Assistant to the Director
Harriet Bass.....................................................New York City Casting
Rose Riordan and Brandon Woolley..............Local Casting
 
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

 

Cast Biographies


 

Dana Green
Mrs. Joe/Miss Havisham
Dana Green is delighted to be working again at Portland Center Stage after appearing in OthelloA Midsummer Night's Dream and JAW 2014. Other Portland credits include work with Third Rail Repertory Theatre and Profile Theatre (Drammy Award for Dead Man's Cell Phone). She spent four seasons with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, where some of her favorite roles included Isabella in Measure for Measure, Carol Cutrere in Orpheus Descending and Viola in Twelfth Night. She has performed at numerous regional theaters, including The Old Globe, South Coast Repertory, Yale Repertory Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, California Shakespeare Theater, Santa Cruz Shakespeare, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Court Theatre, Meadow Brook Theatre and Shakespeare Dallas. Television credits include Early Edition and Grimm. 

 

Gavin Hoffman
Joe Gargery
Gavin is very happy to be back at Portland Center Stage where he played Ligniere in Cyrano, Iago in Othello and Karl/Steve in Clybourne Park, and appeared in the last three JAW festivals. Portland: Harry in The Understudy and Dieter in The Monster-Builder at Artists Repertory Theatre; Ellard in The Foreigner at Lakewood Theatre (Drammy Award 2011, Supporting Actor); Wolf/Red in To Cape, The Tripping Point at Shaking the Tree (Drammy Award 2012, Solo Performance); Ken in Fifth of July at Profile Theatre; Frank in Body Awareness for CoHo Productions; and Hank in A Noble Failure at Third Rail Repertory Theatre. He has worked regionally and in New York City. Gavin has guest-starred in The Big Easy (USA) and Leverage (TNT), and co-starred in Grimm (NBC). He is a member of Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA. Gavin is a graduate of P.C.P.A. and has a B.F.A. in acting from Ithaca College. 

 

John Hutton
Magwitch/Jaggers
John has spent most of the last 25 years as a member of the resident acting company at Denver Center Theatre Company. Prior to his time in Denver, he was based in New York and worked there, as well as at theaters across the country. He was the dashing, but simpleminded Peter Love on Another World. Since Denver, he’s been to Prague for PBS; Oslo for a miniseries called Nobel; Northern Stage in Vermont, to play the Stage Manager in Our Town; Richmond, VA, for Lincoln; Arizona to play Lear in Southwest Shakespeare Company’s production of King Lear; and to Brooklyn to shoot Power for Starz network.  


Damon Kupper
Pumblechook/Wemmick and others
Damon was last seen at Portland Center Stage as Desiree in Cyrano. Other PCS productions include Othello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Pillowman. Damon is a company member of Third Rail Repertory Theatre and has performed most recently in its productions of Or, The Night Alive, Middletown and The Beauty Queen of Leenane. Locally, he has also acted with Corrib Theatre, Artist Repertory Theatre, Portland Playhouse, Profile Theatre, Oregon Children's Theatre and the Well Arts Institute. Damon has worked as an instructor for various educational theater programs, both domestically and abroad, through Young Musicians and Artists, Stop-Gap Theatre, Vietnam American Theatre Exchange and many others.  


Isaac Lamb
Compeyson/Orlick and others
Isaac is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University, a proud company member of Third Rail Repertory Theatre, and is thrilled to be returning to PCS where he was seen in A Small Fire, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and JAW. For several years, Isaac starred in the national tour of Defending the Caveman, Broadway’s longest running one-person show, and worked regionally throughout the country. Select local credits include Third Rail (Belleville, The Mystery of Irma Vep, The Aliens), Artists Repertory Theatre (Playboy of the Western World, Assassins), Broadway Rose Theatre Company (Sound of Music, Ripper), Portland Playhouse (Mr. Burns: a post electric play, Famished),Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble (The Three Sisters), CoHo Productions (International Falls), Northwest Children's Theatre (Beauty and the Beast - Drammy Award) and many others.Isaac also directs professionally in the Portland area at Third Rail, Portland Playhouse, Broadway Rose, Oregon Children’s Theatre, CoHo and Lakewood Theatre. 


Sean McGrath
Drummle and others
Sean is elated to be making his Portland Center Stage debut. Portland audiences may know him from the ten years he spent onstage with Live Wire Radio, Maple and Vine (CoHo Productions), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Portland Playhouse), Weekend at Bernie's (Funhouse Lounge) and Roadhouse (Bad Reputation Productions). TV and film credits include Grimm, The LibrariansDeep Dark and a slew of local and national commercials. He is also the proud creator of Bath Night sketch comedy. Special thanks to his acting teachers, the cast and crew for all the laughs, Ma and Pa, Ryan and Terry, true blue pals who come out to his shows, and especially Jane Jones for taking a chance.

 
 

Chris Murray
Herbert Pocket and others
Chris is an actor and producer in Portland who was last seen at Portland Center Stage in Our Town. Previous shows at PCS include futura, Sometimes a Great Notion, and 10 years at the JAW festival. Chris has appeared around town at Artists Repertory Theatre (The Liar, Playboy of the Western World, Xmas Unplugged, I am Still (The Duchess of Malfi), Mr. Marmalade, Take Me Out), Third Rail Repertory Theatre (A Bright New Boise, Penelope, The Aliens, A Skull in Connemara) and several shows at Profile Theatre, CoHo Productions, Portland Playhouse and more. Chris has been in many feature films you've probably never heard of, a few TV shows you probably have, and was called a pinhead by Bill O'Reilly on The O'Reilly Factor for his portrayal of Jesus in Everclear's music video, Hater. 

 
 

Stephen Stocking
Pip
Stephen is thrilled to be making his Portland debut at Portland Center Stage. Selected New York and regional credits include: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare Theatre Company); Heidi Armbruster’s Every Good Girl Deserves Fun — and Other Misremembered Things; The Casebook of Rudolf H- (New York Theatre Workshop, studio); Romeo and Juliet and Anything Goes (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Dance Dance Revolution (Les Freres Corbusier). NYU credits include: Describe the Night (world premiere by Rajiv Joseph), Desire, Three Sisters, Plenty, Landscape of the Body, The Beaux’ Strategem and Pale Fires. Stephen recently appeared in the Amazon TV pilot Z: The Beginning of Everything. M.F.A., NYU, Graduate Acting.  

 
 

Maya Sugarman
Biddy/Estella
Maya Sugarman is thrilled to be making her Portland Center Stage debut. A Seattle-based actor, she grew up performing at ACT Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre, 5th Avenue Theatre and Seattle Children’s Theatre. Favorite recent productions include Mary’s Wedding with New Century Theatre Company, Tartuffe with Seattle Shakespeare Company, As You Like It with Seattle Shakespeare Company’s Wooden O and The Memorandum with Strawberry Theatre Workshop. After earning a B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard, Maya also worked in public health in New Mexico and Boston, where she performed with Fort Point Theater Channel and the American Repertory Theater Institute. She is very grateful to her parents for their support.

 

 

Creative Team Biographies


 
Charles Dickens
Born on February 7, 1812 to a Naval Pay Office clerk, Dickens spent his early years in London, a period of his life he would later describe as idyllic. His childhood came to an abrupt end when his family found themselves in debtor’s prison in 1824. At the age of 12, Dickens was sent to work twelve-hour days at a shoe polish factory to earn extra money for his family. The harsh working conditions made a lasting impression on the young Dickens, undoubtedly shaping his convictions on social reform, status and the corruption of innocence — prevalent themes in his writing. In 1829, Dickens first tried his hand at writing as a freelance reporter at Doctors’ Commons Courts, eventually finding steady work at a newspaper. Dickens’ first published collection, Sketches by Boz, was a set of periodical sketches, the success of which led to the serialization of his first novel, The Pickwick Papers. Released in monthly, two-chapter installments, The Pickwick Papers was unprecedentedly popular, a publishing phenomenon, launching Dickens’ literary career. Most of Dickens’ works, including Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Hard Times, Little Dorrit, A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations, were published serially, explaining Dickens’ tendency towards cliff-hanger chapter endings. Sudden plot twists and suspenseful foreshadowing ensured his audience would continue to subscribe. Great Expectations, Dickens’ thirteenth novel, was published weekly in the magazine All the Year Round from 1860-1861. At the age of 24, he married Catherine Hogarth and together they had ten children, but separated in 1858 due to, as Dickens himself described, being “temperamentally unsuited” for one another. Over the course of his life, Dickens boasted a highly prolific career, writing more than 25 books, managing a theatrical company, traveling internationally, and attending scores of public readings, a demanding schedule that eventually took a toll on his physical well-being. As his health deteriorated, and against his doctor’s advice, Dickens maintained his productive fervor until he died from a stroke on June 9, 1870.
 
Lucinda Stroud
Adapter
Lucinda Stroud began her theatrical career in Seattle by interning with Book-It Repertory Theatre as dramaturg and assistant director on Emma (dir. Marcus Goodwin) and The Cider House Rules Part I: Here in St Cloud’s (dir. Jane Jones). Her work there and background in creative writing led to her adapting Great Expectations.She has also worked as an assistant director with BASH Theatre and as a director with Freehold Theatre’s INCUBATOR Studio Series. Most recently, she directed and co-adapted A Gogolplex, based on the short stories of Nikolai Gogol, with Ghost Light Theatricals. A graduate of the University of Puget Sound, she is honored and excited to see this work brought to new life at Portland Center Stage.  
 
Jane Jones
Director
Jane is the founder of Book-It and founding co-artistic director of Book-It Repertory Theatre in Seattle with Myra Platt. In her 25 years of staging literature, she has performed, adapted and directed works by such literary giants as Charles Dickens, Eudora Welty, Edith Wharton, Raymond Carver, Jim Lynch, Amy Bloom, John Irving, John Steinbeck and Jane Austen. Her directing credits include work with Seattle Repertory Theatre, Portland Center Stage (Drammy Award, Best Production and Best Director, Twelfth Night), Mark Taper Forum (Ovation Award, Best Director with Tom Hulce, The Cider House Rules), Atlantic Theatre Company, NYC (Drama Desk nomination) and Book-It (Gregory Awards, Best Production, 2010 and 2011). Favorite Book-It productions include Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Uncensored, The House of Mirth, The Awakening, Owen Meany's Christmas Pageant, Truth Like the Sun, The Dog of the South, A Tale of Two Cities and Howard's End. In 2008, she and Co-Artistic Director Myra Platt were honored to be named by The Seattle Times among seven Unsung Heroes and Uncommon Genius for their 20-year contribution to life in the Puget Sound region. She is a recipient of the 2009 Women's University Club Brava Award, a 2010 Women of Influence Award from Puget Sound Business Journal, and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation's 20th Anniversary Founders Award. Jane was a finalist for Stage Directors and Choreographers' 2012 Zelda Fichandler Award. She is delighted to return to PCS, where she last directed Cyrano in the spring of 2015.
 
Christopher Mumaw
Scenic Designer
Christopher is a freelance theater artist based in Seattle, Washington. He received his Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Washington and his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Wright State University in his home town of Dayton, Ohio. Scenic design credits include: Grease: The Musical (The 5th Avenue Theatre), a new opera workshop of Heart Mountain (Vespertine Opera Theater at Inscape), The Magic Flute (Pacific Music Works), The Dog of the South (Book-It Repertory Theatre), SPRAWL with Pete Rush (Washington Ensemble Theatre), Judy’s Scary Little Christmas (ArtsWest), Gregory Award-winning production of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (Book-It), The Rape of Lucretia (Vespertine Opera Theater at St. Mark’s Cathedral), Little Women (ArtsWest) and The Last Five Years (Cornish College of the Arts). Christopher is thrilled and honored to be working with such a talented and genuine group of artists here in Portland. www.ChristopherMumaw.com
 
Costume Designer
Ron Erickson
Ron Erickson had the privilege of designing the costumes for Book-It Repertory Theatre’s original production of Great Expectations, and he is thrilled to have the opportunity to design this production for Portland Center Stage. Other Book-It costume designs include Jane Eyre, Frankenstein, A Tale of Two Cities, Lady Chatterly’s Lover and Hard Times, to name just a few. Ron Erickson has also designed costumes and scenery for many other northwest theaters, including Pacific Northwest Ballet, Intiman Theatre, Tacoma Opera, Spectrum Dance Theater, Seattle Shakespeare Company and Strawberry Theatre Workshop. Ron is a founding faculty member of the performance production department at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. After more than thirty years he recently retired from his position as professor of costume design and costume design area head. Ron is currently head of wardrobe at Seattle Opera.
 
Peter Maradudin 
Lighting Designer
Peter Maradudin is pleased to return to Portland Center Stage, where previous work includes Threesome, Othello, RagtimeCrazy Enough, West Side Story, Anna in the TropicsHamletKing Lear and Terra Nova, among many others. He is also the lighting designer for the lobby spaces of the Gerding Theater at the Armory. On Broadway, he designed the lighting for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Kentucky Cycle, and Off-Broadway for ThreesomeHurrah at Last and Ballad of Yachiyo. Peter has designed more than 300 productions for such companies as the Guthrie Theater, American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Old Globe, South Coast Repertory and Steppenwolf. He is the Studio Director of the architectural lighting group StudioK1, and is the author, under his pen name Peter Alexei, of the novels The Masked Avenger and The Queen of Spades.
 
Casi Pacilio
Sound Designer
Casi’s home base is Portland Center Stage in Portland, Oregon, where her recent credits include Ain’t Misbehavin’Three Days of RainCyranoThe People’s Republic of PortlandThreesome, Dreamgirls (PAMTA Award), The Last Five YearsOthelloTwist Your DickensThe Mountaintop; Chinglish, A Small Fire, Vanya and Sonia, Other Desert Cities with composer Jana Crenshaw; and nine seasons of JAW. National shows: Holcombe Waller's Surfacing and WayfindersLeft Hand of DarknessMy Mind is Like an Open Meadow (Drammy Award, 2011), Something’s Got Ahold Of My Heart and PEP TALK for Hand2Mouth Theatre. Other credits include Squonk Opera’s Bigsmorgasbord-WunderWerk (Broadway, PS122, national and international touring); I Am My Own WifeI Think I Like Girls (La Jolla Playhouse); Playland10 Fingers and Lips TogetherTeeth Apart (City Theatre, PA). Film credits include Creation of DestinyOut of Our Time and A Powerful Thang. Imagineer/maker of the Eat Me Machine, a dessert vending machine.
 
Composer
Joshua Kohl
Joshua Kohl is thrilled to work with Jane Jones and the fantastic PCS crew! Joshua's main artistic output is as music director, composer and co-artistic director of Degenerate Art Ensemble (DAE). Joshua has led the musical evolution of the group through manifestations including punk, big-band, orchestra, alt-rock combos and chamber music — each birthed to conjure the spirits needed for the work at hand. Joshua’s work “Warrior” was performed by the Kronos Quartet in 2012 and 2015. DAE’s work “Red Shoes” was awarded the Music Theatre Now Award in 2012 from the International Theatre Institute. Joshua recently collaborated with his father, author Herbert Kohl, for a Frye Art Museum commissioned work that has become a part of the museum’s permanent collection. Also an avid conductor of the works of his peers, he conducted the music of composer Jherek Bischoff with the Wordless Music Orchestra in New York at Lincoln Center with vocalist David Byrne in 2012. In 2015, he was the music director for 95 Rituals by the Bay Area dance company inkBoat, to celebrate the 95th birthday of choreographer Anna Halprin.
 
John Armour
Fight Director
John is an actor and fight director who has been choreographing violence for more than 25 years. He is based in Portland, Oregon, where he choreographs for many local theater companies and teaches throughout the region at colleges, high schools and middle schools. John’s work has been seen regularly on stage at Portland Opera, Portland Center Stage, Artists Repertory Theatre, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Miracle Theatre and many others. John’s work has twice been recognized within the Portland theater community for best fight design.
 
Gin Hammond
Dialect Coach
Gin Hammond is honored to be making her coaching debut at PCS. She is a certified vocal coach and co-founder of the Seattle Voice Institute. Her voice can be heard on commercials, audiobooks and a variety of video games, including Undead Labs: State of Decay and DotA 2. A graduate of the A.R.T. Institute at Harvard University/Moscow Art Theater, Hammond has performed nationally at theaters such as Guthrie Theater, Arena Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, Seattle’s ACT, The Pasadena Playhouse and Studio Theatre in Washington D.C., where she won a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actress. Internationally, she has performed in Russia, Germany, Ireland, Scotland and England. 
 
Amy C. Vaught
Assistant to the Director
Amy is honored to join the amazing cast and crew at PCS for Great Expectations. Amy has served as a director, stage manager, dramaturg and actor in her native Portland. She is a proud graduate of Warner Pacific College where she studied theater, history and English. Amy is a member of the 2015-2016 Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Observership class. Her favorite credits include Romeo and Juliet, Doubt, Antigone, The Merchant of Venice and Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992. Amy’s passion is using theater to advocate for underprivileged and vulnerable populations. Amy is eternally grateful to her friends, family and mentors for their love and support.   
 
Stage Manager
Janine Vanderhoff
Janine had the great pleasure of stage managing the PCS season opener, Our Town. Previous Portland credits include Ain’t Misbehavin’ also at PCS (assistant stage manager); the world premiere of DC Copeland's Play (stage manager/production manager); and How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes and The Other Place at Portland Playhouse(stage manager). Janine's touring experience is primarily with Broadway musicals such as Cats, Jekyll & Hyde and Show Boat. However, she has also toured plays such as The Graduate, starring Morgan Fairchild, and The Vagina Monologues. While in NY, Janine had the opportunity to work on The Lion King on Broadway, as well as with many Off-Broadway and regional companies. Production management credits include: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart for “Democalypse 2012 Republican National Convention” (Tampa, FL); Straz Center (Tampa, FL); and The Fox Theatre (Atlanta, GA). Proud NYU graduate and proud AEA member.
 
Production Assistant
Stephen Kriz Gardner
Stephen is happy to be spending his fourth season with Portland Center Stage. Previously with PCS, Stephen was the production assistant for Ain’t Misbehavin’, Twist Your Dickens (2013, 2014 and 2015), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Othello, Chinglish, The Mountaintop and Somewhere in Time. His favorite Portland credits include stage managing The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Spring Awakening with Live On Stage, and Columbinus and Pinkalicious with Oregon Children's Theatre.His credits outside of Portland include stage managing Black Comedy for No Rules Theatre Company in Washington DC, and assisting on Camp Wanatachi at La MaMa Experimental Theatre in New York.      
 
Book-It Repertory Theatre
Book-It Repertory Theatre began in 1990 as an artists’ collective who believed everyone has the right to read. Twenty-six years later, Book-It is a vibrant literature-based theater company that transforms great works of classic and contemporary literature into fully staged works for audiences young and old — more than 100 world-premiere adaptations and counting — works like Pride and Prejudice, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Snow Falling on Cedars, The Cider House Rules and this adaptation of Great Expectations among them. The Book-It Style® weaves dialogue with narrative in a faithful translation of the author’s words to an exhilarating theatrical performance. Book-It’s combined programs ignite the imaginations of more than 80,000 people yearly through the power of live theater. Among the company’s honors: 2010 Mayor’s Arts Award, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation Founder’s Award, 2012 Governor’s Arts Award, and two consecutive Gregory Awards for Outstanding Production. www.book-it.org
 

Great Expecations
Preview performances Jan. 16-Jan. 21 | Opening night Jan. 22 | Runs through Feb. 14 

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