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“Three Days of Rain” Cast and Creative Team

Posted by Lindsay Pfeifer | 23 April 2015

Three Days of Rain
By Richard Greenberg
Directed by Chris Coleman

Cast

Silas Weir Mitchell……….........….......……Walker Janeway/Ned Janeway

Lisa Datz………………………...............……..Nan Janeway/Lina

Sasha Roiz……………………...........…....…..Pip Wexler/Theo Wexler

 

Creative Team

Richard Greenberg..................................Playwright
 

Chris Coleman............................................Director

Scott Fyfe.................................................Scenic Designer

Alison Heryer...........................................Costume Designer

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

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

Mary McDonald-Lewis.............................Dialect Coach

Liam Kaas-Lentz.......................................Stage Manager

Kristen Munn............................................Production Assistant

Barbara Hort, Ph.D...................................Dramaturg

The actors and stage manager employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

 

Cast Biographies



Silas Weir Mitchell                       
Walker Janeway/Ned Janeway

Silas Weir Mitchell currently stars in NBC’s fantastical mystery/crime show Grimm, playing Portland's own vegan horologist, Monroe. Prior to Grimm, Mr. Mitchell was most widely known for his recurring role on the tautly paced FOX drama Prison Break, starring as lead actor Wentworth Miller's deeply unstable cellmate, Charles "Haywire" Patoshik. He is also known for the role of Donny Jones, (another) ex-con and friend of the title character played by Jason Lee in the NBC comedy My Name Is Earl. Other TV includes NYPD Blue, The X-Files, ER, Cold Case, The Mentalist, 24, Law & Order: SVU, The Closer, CSI, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, Burn Notice, Dexter, Monk, Six Feet Under, Boomtown, The Shield, Portlandia. Films include: The Patriot (Steven Seagal); Inferno (Jean-Claude Van Damme); Rat Race; The Whole Ten Yards. After graduating from Brown University with degrees in both Theatre Arts and Religious Studies, Silas went on to earn his M.F.A. at the University of California, San Diego. From there, he moved to New York and did a few plays (including Tennessee Williams' Tiger Tail at Harold Clurman Theater and Whenever I Fall at Your Feet at HERE Theatre). Thence to L.A., where he started to get film and TV jobs, as well as continuing to make his own work acting and directing in theater. L.A. directing credits: The Water Principle by Eliza Anderson (also producer) at The Complex; Three Sisters (alsoTuzenbachandproducer) at The Stella Adler Theatre; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune at The Hudson Theatre; Bus Stop (also producer) at The MET Theatre, where he was artistic director from 2001-2005. Acting includes: Hurlyburly (Eddie), Amerikafka (Kafka); Gatsby in Hollywood (S.J. Perelman) all at the MET. Blood! Love! Madness! and The Women of Lockerbie at The Actors' Gang; Lascivious Something and The Chinese Massacre at Circle X. Silas would like to express deep gratitude to his acting mentor of many years, Harry Mastrogeorge, for imparting perennial wisdom in such an egoless, penetrating way. He is delighted to be back on stage, and to be making his first appearance at PCS. silasweirmitchell.com
 

Lisa Datz                    
Nan Janeway/Lina

Lisa Datz’s theatrical roles include Madeleine Astor in the Tony-winning production of Titanic on Broadway; Pam Lukowski in the Tony-nominated production of The Full Monty; Yitzhak in the Off-Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch with John Cameron-Mitchell; and Violet in Violet (Jeff Award nomination). Recently, Datz guest starred as Mackenzie Solloway on Bones (FOX); as Mary Fuchs on Castle (ABC); in the feature film Time Out of Mind, directed by Oscar nominee Oren Moverman and starring Richard Gere; and Sponge Bob 2 with Antonio Banderas. Other film credits include Melody Oates in The Perfect Holiday with Gabrielle Union and Terrence Howard. In Los Angeles, she performed with Grammy-winning composer Frank Wildhorn in Frank Wildhorn & Friends at the Pantages Theatre. She played leading roles in the critically acclaimed For the Record series in Los Angeles and at the SXSW Film Festival. In New York, she performed the role of Rowenaopposite rock legends Joe Jackson and Todd Rundgren in the 20th anniversary concert of Up Against It at The Public Theatre. Other film credits include Ghost Town (Paramount), leads in the indie films Stumptown and Fractured, and Spectropia (Lincoln Center Film Festival). Other television credits include Law & Order, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, The West Wing, Hope & Faith, Guiding Light, All My Children, One Life to Live, As the World Turns and Blue’s Clues. Regional theatre credits includeMeg in Crimes of the Heart, Julia in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Kari in The Pavilion and Ace atThe Old Globe. Datz is an avid equestrian, former competitive figure skater, hip hop dancer, Star Wars/Downton Abbey geek and Chicago native who currently divides her time between Los Angeles and New York. She attended the Boston University Theatre Institute and received her B.F.A from The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance.  She extends her heartfelt thanks to Chris, Sasha and Silas and dedicates this to her endlessly supportive friends and to her amazing parents. @lisadatz, lisadatz.com
 

Sasha Roiz                  
Pip Wexler/Theo Wexler

Sasha Roiz is about to begin his 5th season on the Portland-based NBC hit supernatural drama Grimm. Roiz plays the mysterious, part-royal, part-creature Police Captain Sean Renard. Prior to Grimm, Roiz portrayed the role of the brutal mob enforcer Sam Adama on the acclaimed science fiction drama Caprica (with Eric Stoltz and Polly Walker). Roiz has worked extensively in television. Some of his credits include: CSI, The Mentalist, House M.D., Castle, Warehouse 13, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and NCIS. Last year, Roiz played the role of the formidable Roman centurian, Marcus Proculus, in the blockbuster film Pompeii (alongside Kit Harington and Kiefer Sutherland). Other film credits include: The Day After Tomorrow (with Jake Gyllenhaal), 16 Blocks (Bruce Willis), Man of the Year (Robin Williams) and Unthinkable (Samuel L. Jackson). Roiz's first starring film role was in the independent science fiction thriller Extracted, which premiered at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival in 2012. Roiz is delighted to return to the theater and is grateful to Chris Coleman and PCS for this opportunity. Select theater work includes: Past/Perfect at Centaur Theatre Company, Montreal, Canada (Best Supporting Actor nominee at Les Masques Awards); Vinci at Centaur Theatre Company and Travels with My Aunt at Knowlton Theater, Quebec. Roiz trained theatrically at Dawson College in his home town of Montreal, Canada; as well as at the Guildford School of Acting conservatoire in Guildford, England. Roiz came to Portland by way of Los Angeles, where he spent several years. Grimm brought him to Portland, which he now proudly calls home. He is an active member of this community and just this past year spearheaded the Grimm Gala, which raised over $300,000 for the Grimmster Endowment at the Doernbecher Children's Hospital. Sasha would like to thank the Portland community for its continued support and hospitality. 
 

Creative Team Biographies


Richard Greenberg
Playwright
Richard Greenberg is the author of Take Me Out (Drama Desk Award; NY Drama Critics Circle Award; Outer Critics Circle Award; Lucille Lortel Award; Tony Award for Best Play), which moved to Broadway after successful runs at The Public Theater in New York City and The Donmar Warehouse on London’s West End. Other works include The Violet Hour, The Dazzle (Outer Critics Circle Award; John Gassner, Lucille Lortel nominations), Everett Beekin, Three Days of Rain (L.A. Drama Critics Award; Pulitzer finalist; Olivier, Drama Desk, Hull-Warriner nominations), Hurrah at Last, Night and her Stars, The American Plan, Life Under Water and The Author’s Voice, among many other plays. His adaptation of Strindberg's Dance of Death was seen on Broadway starring Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren and David Straithairn. Greenberg received the Oppenheimer Award for a new playwright as well as the first PEN/Laura Pels Award for a playwright in mid-career. He is an associate artist at South Coast Repertory and a member of Ensemble Studio Theater.
 
Chris Coleman
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. Chris recently returned to Atlanta to direct the world premiere of Edward Foote at Alliance Theatre. He also directed Phylicia Rashad and Kenny Leon in Same Time Next Year at True Colors Theatre Company in Atlanta in 2014. Favorite PCS directing assignments include Threesome, Dreamgirls, Othello, 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 is currently the board president for the Cultural Advocacy Coalition. Chris and his husband, Rodney, are the proud parents of an 18 lb Jack Russell/Lab mix, and a 110 lb English Blockhead Yellow Lab.
 
Scenic Designer
Scott Fyfe
Scott Fyfeholds a B.F.A. in sculpture from S.U.N.Y. New Paltz. Scenic design highlights include Portland Center Stage’s production of Othello and Village Theatre main stage productions of Million Dollar Quartet, Stunt Girl, Chasing Nicolette, Anne of Green Gables (Footlight Award), Take Me America, Big River, Les Misérables (Gypsy Rose Lee Award nominee, Gregory Award nominee), The Tutor and Mary Poppins. Scott is thrilled to be back working with the exceptional production team here at PCS.
 
Alison Heryer
Costume Designer
Alison Heryer is a costume designer for theater, film and print. She is thrilled to be returning to Portland Center Stage, after recently designing costumes for Threesome. Other theater credits include The Bluest Eye (New Victory Theater); The Fall to Earth, A Lesson Before Dying, Orange Flower Water and World Set Free (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); Pippin, The Whipping ManA Little More Alive and The Who and The What (Kansas City Repertory Theatre); The King and I, 33 Variations, RENT and Doubt (ZACH Theatre), Jackie and Me at (Indiana Repertory Theatre), Bum Philips All-American Opera (La MaMa) and The Price at Artists Repertory Theatre. Recent awards include the Austin Critics Table Award and the ArtsKC Inspiration Grant. Alison is a faculty member at Portland State University. She is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and The University of Texas at Austin and a member of United Scenic Artists.
 
Diane Ferry Williams
Lighting Designer
Diane Ferry Williams is pleased to be returning to Portland. Diane has worked for many theaters around the country and abroad. Her most recent design is a national tour of How to Succeed beginning in Beijing, China. In the US, she has worked for many theaters around the country, including the Marriott Theatre in Chicago, Alliance Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, Goodspeed, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Goodman Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theater, ACT-Seattle, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Ford’s Theatre, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Regional Dance America. Other international work includes The Harlem Gospel Singers in Paris and the European tour, and Die Shone Und Das Biest in Berlin and the European tour. She has also lit several national tours and premieres. 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 an 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 Cyrano, The People’s Republic of Portland (2013 and 2015), Other Desert Cities, Threesome, Dreamgirls, The Last Five Years, Othello, A Small Fire, Twist Your Dickens (2013 and 2014), The Mountaintop, Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma!, The North Plan, Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline, Black Pearl Sings!, Opus, Ragtime (PAMTA Award 2010), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, 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 and Celebrity Row; Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Chinglish and futura with composer Jana Losey; 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.
 
Mary McDonald-Lewis
Dialect Coach
Mary McDonald-Lewis has been a working artist since 1979 as SAG-AFTRA voice actor and on-camera performer, and in theater for much longer as an actor and director. MaryMac has been a dialect coach since 1999, and is house coach for Hallmark Hall of Fame, the series Leverage, Grimm and others. Film, television and stage clients range from overnight sensations to Drammy, Obie, Emmy and Oscar winners, and include a Knight of the British Empire. She is blessed to be resident artist, speech and text director at Artists Repertory Theatre and house coach at Portland Center Stage, and is just thrilled to say this is her 23rd show as coach at PCS. MaryMac thanks Finnegan, Sullivan and Flynn for always wagging their tails when she comes home from telling her tales. marymac.com  
 
Liam Kaas-Lentz
Stage Manager
Liam is a native of Bellingham, WA. He is an ensemble member of Sojourn Theatre, having served as their stage and production manager for the past ten years and thirteen productions. He has also stage managed for Hand2Mouth Theatre, Portland Playhouse, Artists Repertory Theatre, the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts, Geva Theatre Center, Oregon Children's Theatre, Pixie Dust Productions, The Kitchen, River to River Festival, Teatro Milagro and many others. He received his B.F.A. in stage management from Southern Oregon University and his M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from Portland State University. Liam has also taught stage and production management with a focus on ensemble, devised, and site-specific contexts and methodologies at Georgetown University, Northwestern University, Portland State University, Reed College and Lewis and Clark College. He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, and lives with his wife and two cats in southeast Portland.
 
Kristen Mun 
Production Assistant
Kristen Mun is originally from Hawaii and graduated from Southern Oregon University with a B.F.A. in Stage Management. Previous Portland Center Stage credits include production assistant on Threesome, Lizzie and 2nd production assistant on Fiddler on the Roof. Outside of Portland she has worked at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Idaho Repertory Theatre and Actors Theater of Louisville. In Portland she has worked as a production assistant and stage manager with other theater companies such as Artists Repertory Theatre (And So It Goes …Red Herring), Oregon Children’s Theatre (A Year With Frog and ToadCharlotte’s Web, Ivy and Bean), Northwest Classical Theatre Company (King John, Measure for Measure, As You Like It), and Post5 Theatre (Hamlet). Outside of stage managing, Kristen is also a fight choreographer and stage combat teacher. 
 
Barbara Hort, Ph.D.
Dramaturg
Barbara Hort, Ph.D., has maintained a private practice in Portland for over 25 years, working primarily from the psychological perspective developed by the Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung. At the invitation of Chris Coleman, Dr. Hort has served as a dramaturg on the PCS productions of Sweeney Todd, Clybourne Park, the 2013 JAW festival, Fiddler on the Roof, Othello, Dreamgirls, Threesome and now Three Days of Rain, providing material on the psychological dynamics of the play that can be used by the artists who are creating the performance.
 

Three Days of Rain 
May 17 - June 22

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