Bartlett Theater was proud to introduce itself with a compelling production of The Glass Menagerie. Staged by Founding Artistic Director Jonathan Bohun Brady, Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece stars Shannon Malone as legendary Southern belle Amanda Wingfield alongside Maigan Kennedy (Laura), Adam Poole (Tom), and Chris Wright (the Gentleman Caller).
This exhilarating show ran from Friday, November 6 and runs through Sunday, November 15, 2015. With the generous support of a facility grant from The Durham Arts Council.
Jonathan Bohun Brady (Director) is the Founding Artistic Director of Bartlett Theater. He earned his MFA in Directing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he staged Tennessee Williams’ Orpheus Descending as his thesis production. He worked with Amy da Luz and Beth Ritson to help create Paper Lantern Theater Company in Winston-Salem, which grew to become the full-time resident theater company at the award-winning Triad Stage. His directing credits include Reverse Psychology, The Santaland Diaries, and For Whom The Southern Belle Tolls at Triad Stage; The Aliens and Next Fall at Paper Lantern; and Bus Stop, The Memory of Water, and his own adaptation of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure at UNCG. Brady has served on the faculty of Bennett College in Greensboro and travels the world for volunteer work, most recently to India and Cambodia to teach English. He moved to Durham in January 2013, when his husband, Richard Morgan Bain, became the Medical Director of the Outpatient Palliative Care Clinic at Duke Medical Center.
Shannon Malone (Amanda) is an award-winning actor whose credits range from regional theater and independent films to opera and Off-Broadway. She graduated cum laude from UNCG with a BFA in theater and earned her MFA from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. She performed on A.C.T.’s mainstage for a year before moving to New York City, where she appeared Off-Broadway and co-owned a theater company. She also lived in Los Angeles for many years, acting in and producing films, before returning to North Carolina with her husband, writer/director/performer Jim Roof. She continues to produce and act for stage and film around the country, and is a member of the Durham Community Chorale.
Maigan Kennedy (Laura) is a Durham-born actress, musician, and composer. She is completing a BA in theater performance at Meredith College, where she is an officer for Alpha Psi Omega, the national theater honor society. She has won awards for both solo and ensemble performances in the Triangle area, including the Indy Awards’ Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of the Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods. She recently served as general manager for Theatre Raleigh, a non-profit company dedicated to bringing intimate, professional theatre to the downtown scene. As a recording artist, she has contributed her singing and cello talents to a variety of projects, including collaborations with three-time platinum pop artist Mike Posner, Nathan Fowler of Stella by Starlight, and the Carolina Music Award-nominated bluegrass group New Reveille. Her stage credits include Crimes of the Heart (Babe), Little Women (Jo), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hippolyta/Titania), Much Ado About Nothing (Dogberry), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Edwin Drood), Parade (Monteen), Stop Kiss (Sara), and Urinetown (Little Becky).
Adam Poole (Tom) is a Triangle native and holds a degree in theater performance from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. After graduation, he spent several years performing in regional theaters, television, and film throughout the Southeast, as well as portraying a pirate, telling ghost stories, and leading a treasure hunt every summer on Bald Head Island. Some of his favorite roles include Jack Ross in A Few Good Men, Doc in Crimes of the Heart, Hermey in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Booth in Assassins, Mitchell in The Little Dog Laughed, Davey in The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Nicky/Trekkie in Avenue Q, Lancelot in Spamalot, Ozzie in On the Town, Judas in Godspell, Berger in Hair, Hal in Proof, Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice, and George in Stop Kiss. His film and TV credits include The Originals, TURN: Washington Spies, Under the Dome, Revolution, and Well Wishes.
Chris Wright (Jim) is an actor originally from the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2009 with a BFA in acting. Some of his favorite roles include Billy in Holy Ghosts, Harcourt in The Country Wife, and Neddy in Bloody Blackbeard at Triad Stage.
Charles Murdock Lucas (Scenic Designer) is a scenic designer and sculptor collaborating with theater and opera companies across the United States. His recent credits include work for Ash Lawn Opera, Barter Theatre, Cabrillo Stage, Children’s Musical Theatre of San Jose, Duke City Repertory Theatre, Eastman Opera Theatre, Flux Theater Ensemble, freeFall theatre, Luna Stage, Ohio Light Opera, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Texas Chakespeare Festival, and Virginia Stage Company. He received his MFA in Scenic Design at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he was the A.J. Fletcher Opera Fellow in Scene Design. His designs have appeared in the Prague Quadrennial; the National Design Portfolio Review at the Bohemian National Hall in New York City; the National Opera Center in Washington, DC; the Michael Merritt Design Showcase at the Goodman Theatre; and the USITT Young Designer’s Forum in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was awarded the USITT Scene Design Award for 2012.
Dina Perez (Costume Designer) earned her MFA in costume design from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She is now a freelance designer in the New York City area, as well as regionally throughout the United States. This year she is serving as visiting costume faculty at UNCSA – and, in 2010, she designed the school’s new Pickle mascot! Her upcoming engagements include Deathtrap at Triad Stage and a site-specific opera installation with The Libertine Committee. In addition to the Off-Broadway production of Triassic Parq: The Musical, her recent credits include Around the World in 80 Days (Florida Repertory Theatre), The Bikinis (Broadway Rose Theatre Company), Così fan tutte (A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute), The Foreigner and The Comedy of Errors (Texas Shakespeare Festival), Super Claudio Bros. (Best Musical DC Fringe), and These Shining Lives (Curtain Call Theatre). Recently, Perez received the Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase grant sponsored by Opera America for her team’s proposal for The Cradle Will Rock.
Stevan Dupor (Lighting Designer) is the founder of DuporDesign, Inc., a theatrical lighting, sound, and projection design company. He has provided design and equipment services for a wide variety of productions ranging from musical theatre to rock concerts and special events. Originally from Winston-Salem, Dupor attended college at NCSU, earning degrees in electrical engineering and computer engineering. After graduating in 2008, he apprenticed with Broadway lighting designer C. Stelzenmuller. His recent work has been seen at Bellan Contemporary Dance Theatre, Legacy Repertory Company, MTV Music Experiment, Next Generation Theatre, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Theatre Conservatory, North Carolina Opera, Wakefield Theatre, and William Peace Theatre.
Jon Fredette (Sound Designer) earned his BFA in media studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and his MFA in theater sound design from the University of North Carolina School for the Arts. His recent stage credits include Deathtrap, Reverse Psychology, and Wait Until Dark at Triad Stage. His film and TV credits include Beyond the Door, Catalyst, Mirror Lake, and Revelation.