"Mary's Wedding" Cast and Creative Team
April 6, 2017
By Stephen Massicotte
Directed by Brandon Woolley
|Alex J. Gould||Charlie|
|THE CREATIVE TEAM|
|G.W. Mercier||Scenic and Costume Designer|
|Kristeen Willis Crosser||Lighting Designer|
|Em Gustason||Sound Designer|
|Kwame Braun||Projection Designer|
|Mary McDonald-Lewis||Dialect Coach|
|Mary Blair||Production Dramaturg|
|Mark Tynan||Stage Manager|
|Bailey Anne Maxwell
|| Production Assistant
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.
Alex J. Gould
This production makes Alex’s debut at The Armory. Alex is an actor and fight director in New York City, originally from Boston, MA. Off-Broadway: The Woodsman (New World Stages, 59E59 Theaters), which was also featured on PBS and is available on BroadwayHD. Other New York credits include The Radicalization of Rolfe (New York International Fringe Festival Best Overall Play 2016); Last Cigarette (Ensemble Studio Theatre); Student Body, The Mysteries, a cautionary tail, Thomas Bradshaw’s Job and #serials@theflea (Flea Theater). Regional/international: Whaddabloodclot by Katori Hall (Williamstown Theatre Festival) and Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015. Readings/workshops: Ensemble Studio Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Lark, Guild Hall and Jewish Plays Project. Alex is a former member of The Bats, the resident acting company at the Flea Theater. Education: The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. alexjgould.com
Lexi is thrilled to be working at The Armory for the first time. New York: Alligator (New Georges/The Sol Project) and STET (Abingdon Theatre Company/The Muse Project). Regional: I Will Be Gone, That High Lonesome Sound, So Unnatural a Level (Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville); Luna Gale, At The Vanishing Point and The Markers (Actors Theatre of Louisville). Other credits include Ilse in Spring Awakening, Sebastian in The Tempest, Evelyn in The Shape of Things, Agnes in A Bright Room Called Day, The Moon in Blood Wedding, and Valerie in Trojan Women 2.0. Film: Love & Everything in Between and Cut Shoot Kill. Lexi is a graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey and the Acting Apprentice Company at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Much love to Mom and Sam
CREATIVE TEAM BIOS
Stephen’s play Mary’s Wedding premiered in 2002 at the Alberta Theatre Projects’ playRites Festival and was the winner of the 2000 Alberta Playwriting Competition, the 2002 Betty Mitchell Award and the 2003 Alberta Book Award. Mary’s Wedding has received more than a hundred productions, has been translated into French, and has been adapted into an opera by the Pacific Opera Victoria. His play The Oxford Roof Climber’s Rebellion premiered as a co-production between the Tarragon Theatre and the Great Canadian Theatre Company and was a hit Off-Broadway. It won the 2007 Canadian Author’s Association Award for Best English Language Play and the 2007 Alberta Book Award for Drama. His most recent play, The Clockmaker, premiered at the Alberta Theatre Projects’ 2009 playRites Festival and won the 2009 Betty Mitchell Award for Best New Play and the 2011 Toronto Theatre Critics Award for Best English Language Play. Stephen wrote the feature films The Dark and Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning, for which he won the award for Best Script/Drama over 60 Minutes at the 2004 Alberta Media Production Industries Association Awards. He also wrote the award-winning short film June and, most recently, Historica Canada’s Winnipeg Falcons and Nursing Sisters Heritage Minutes.
Brandon is a director and producer in Portland, Oregon. He is excited to be collaborating on Mary’s Wedding with such a stellar team. Later this spring Brandon will assistant direct the Oregon Symphony’s production of Persephone. Directing credits include: Sex with Strangers (The Armory); International Falls and The Few (CoHo Productions); The God Game (self-produced); The End of Sex (Theatre Vertigo); Dial M for Murder (Bag&Baggage Productions). Brandon has worked on multiple shows at The Armory as an assistant director (Astoria: Part One, LIZZIE, The Whipping Man, Red, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and A Christmas Story). He has also collaborated with Third Rail Repertory Theatre, Broadway Rose Theatre Company and Live On Stage. Brandon is the producing associate and JAW co-producer at Portland Center Stage at The Armory. Much love to Sean, Mom and Brittney.
Scenic and Costume Designer
Portland Center Stage at The Armory scenic design credits include A Streetcar Named Desire, Dreamgirls, Fiddler on the Roof (PAMTA Award, Best Set Design), Anna Karenina, Sunset Boulevard, Ragtime, Grey Gardens, Guys and Dolls, Cabaret, West Side Story and The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow. In San Francisco, he was honored with the Bay Area Critics Award for Outstanding Scenic Design for Saroyan’s The Time of Your Life at ACT and the Theatre Bay Area Award for Outstanding Scenic Design for Tarell McCraney’s Head of Passes at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and The Public Theater, both directed by Tina Landau. In New York, he proudly received the Daryl Roth Creative Spirit Award for Outstanding Talent and Vision in Design. G.W. Mercier thrives on collaborating with amazing writers, composers, directors, partner designers and actors, creating original work or making established shows seem new.
Kristeen Willis Crosser
Kristeen is thrilled to return to The Armory after designing lighting for Sex with Strangers last season. Recent regional theater credits include ACT-Seattle's Invisible Hand and Triad Stage's Crimes of the Heart. She has designed for several area theaters, including Artists Repertory Theatre (Feathers and Teeth and Eurydice), Third Rail Repertory Theatre (The Night Alive and Or), Northwest Children’s Theater (Sleeping Beauty and Pinocchio), Profile Theatre (Buried Child and Thief River), CoHo Productions (Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune and The Outgoing Tide) and Miracle Theatre (Mariela in the Desert and How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents). She was also recently nominated for a Los Angeles Ovation Award for her lighting design of Foxfinder in Pasadena. She thanks her husband, Mike, for all of his love and support.
Em is excited to be working with Brandon Woolley again after last season's The Few with Coho Productions. Other recent Portland credits include Marjorie Prime with Artists Repertory Theatre, James and the Giant Peach with Oregon Children's Theatre and How We Got On with Portland Playhouse. He holds a B.A. in technical theater and audio recording from The Evergreen State College.
Kwame Braun oscillates arrhythmically between documentary filmmaking and creating video projections for theater and dance. He taught filmmaking for many years at the University of California, most recently at Berkeley, but has recently jumped ship for the University of Washington, Seattle. His African documentaries — passing girl; riverside and Stageshakers! — have screened at international ethnographic film festivals, including New York City’s Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival. His collection of short videos, Video Portraits of Survival, V.2, premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in 2007. Recent theater projects include The Lasso of Truth at Marin Theatre Company and Chavez Ravine at UC Berkeley. He is currently involved in the development of a chamber opera by Philip Kan Gotanda and Max Duykers, Both Eyes Open. This is his first show at The Armory, and he thanks Skip Mercier for roping him in.
Mary McDonald-Lewis has been a professional artist since 1979. She resides in Portland, Oregon, and is an international dialect coach for film, television and stage. She also works as a voice actor, on-camera actor, stage actor and director. Mary’s Wedding is MaryMac's 28th show with Portland Center Stage at The Armory, and you can also hear her work at Artists Repertory Theatre, where she is a resident artist, voice and text director. She is deeply grateful to the patrons and audience members of The Armory, whose support allows the theater to provide her services to the actors. MaryMac loves what she does, and she thanks Finnegan, Sullivan and Flynn for always wagging their tails when she comes home.
Despite a degree in business administration and a career in human resources with Macy’s and PepsiCo in New York, Mary is a theater geek at heart. She joined Portland Center Stage at The Armory in 2010 as a member of the JAW reading committee, then left to manage CoHo Productions for two seasons. She returned to The Armory in 2014 as literary associate. Previous dramaturgical credits include Our Town (her favorite play of all time) and The Oregon Trail. Mary wishes to thank Brandon Woolley for this opportunity to dive into the history and poetic writing that is Mary's Wedding.
Imagine being in a room full of artists, watching the birth of an idea, a movement given purpose, a sentence, phrase, scene, act given life. Then imagine that room translating to the stage with lighting, sound, costumes, scenery and props, then you can imagine what Mark’s job is like. Special thanks to the phenomenal production assistants, Stephen Kriz Gardner, Will Bailey, Kristina Mast, Bailey Anne Maxwell and Kristen Mun, who help keep the vision attainable. Prior to The Armory, Mark toured nationally and internationally with musicals including Jersey Boys, Dreamgirls, The King and I with Rudolf Nureyev, How to Succeed …, Grand Hotel, The Phantom of the Opera and Rent. Other Portland credits include several summers with Broadway Rose Theatre Company in Tigard. Regional credits include Alley Theatre (Houston, TX), La Jolla Playhouse (La Jolla, CA) and Casa Mañana Theatre (Fort Worth, TX).
Bailey Anne Maxwell
Bailey Anne Maxwell is thrilled to be returning to The Armory, after acting as production assistant for Little Shop of Horrors, Stupid F**king Bird, Sex with Strangers, Other Desert Cities, Twist Your Dickens (2014 and 2015) and Dreamgirls. Bailey also worked as a deck crew member on Great Expectations last season. In the past, Bailey has worked as a production assistant with Artists Repertory Theatre on The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Foxfinder, Ten Chimneys, The Lost Boy and Seven Guitars. Bailey has recently enjoyed being the stage manager for Up the Fall with PHAME Academy and The Wizard of Oz with Broadway Rose Theatre Company. She has also worked with Profile Theatre as a stage management apprentice on Buried Child, Eyes for Consuela and In the Next Room. Bailey is a proud Linfield College graduate and a member of the EMC program.