The Tennessee Williams-centered season will continue this May with a play that was hugely inspiring to the iconic playwright: Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. Anya Reiss’s radical new comedic adaptation delves into the mysteries of the human condition and explores the beauty and tragedy of human feelings.
The Seagull will be directed by Jonathan Bohun Brady and will be a site-specific production performed at a historic country farmhouse near the Eno River.
Jonathan Bohun Brady (Director) is the Founding Artistic Director of Durham’s Bartlett Theater. His credits include, Bartlett Theater: Director: The Glass Menagerie; Triad Stage: Director: Reverse Psychology, The Santaland Diaries (2011 and 2012) and For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls. Paper Lantern Theatre Company: Director: The Aliens and Next Fall; Producer: Times Stands Still, Kimberly Akimbo, Next Fall, Souvenir and This Wide Night. UNCG: Director: Measure for Measure, Bus Stop and Tennessee Williams’ Orpheus Descending. Some of Jonathan’s favorite acting credits include Holy Ghosts, Love’s Fire, and Angels in America: Millennium Approaches. Education: UNCG, MFA in Directing.
Anya Reiss (Playwright) started out in theatre with her debut play Spur of the Moment at the Royal Court Theatre in 2010. She won the Most Promising Playwright Award at both the Critics Circle and Evening Standard awards that year along with Best New Play at the TMAs. Her follow-up play The Acid Test was staged at the same venue the next year. Since then Anya has worked on modern-day versions of Chekhov staged both at Southwark Playhouse and St James Theatre and toured an adaptation of Spring Awakening with Headlong. Her National Theatre Connections play Forty Five Minutes was staged in 2013. Anya has worked in television being a core writer on Eastenders writing over 25 episodes between 2014 and 2016.
Beth Ritson* (Arkadina) was last seen at Triad Stage in their productions of Arms and the Man, Radiunt Abundunt, All’s Well that Ends Well, Tobacco Road, Night of the Iguana, Picnic, Steel Magnolias, Brotherwolf and Christmas Carol. She also had performed with the Paper Lantern Theatre Company (a theatre she also helped to co-found) in Dead Man’s Cell Phone, This Wide Night and Bright New Boise. She currently lives in Greensboro and is an Associate Professor at Bennett College.
Jon Parker Douglas* (Trigorin) most recently appeared at Actors Theatre of Charlotte in DREAM A LITTLE DREAM (Denny) and TRAILER PARK CHRISTMAS (Jackie). Previous ATC credits include FIVE COURSE LOVE, BAT BOY (Edgar), EVIL DEAD (Ash), SLUT (Dan). Other North Carolina credits include PETER PAN (Hook), THE DRAMA CLUB (Camera Kid), and TREASURE ISLAND (Ben Gunn) at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, THE PRODUCERS (Carmen Gia) at CPCC Summer Theatre, IT’S CHRISTMAS, CAROL! at Upstage, CAKE (Paul) with XOXO. Recently, JPD took (and passed!) the NC Bar Exam. Received a BFA from UNCG in 2008.
Adam Kampouris (Konstantin) Off-Broadway: Oresteia (Classic Stage Co.), Twelfth Night: A Folk Musical (Essential Theatre Group), Camino Real (The Connelly), The Cherry Orchard (Columbia Stages); Regional: Twelfth Night/Macbeth(Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre), All My Sons (Hart Theatre), The Illusion (Triad Stage) The Ladies Man (Creede Repertory Theatre). B.F.A in Acting from UNC-Greensboro.
Moriah Williams (Nina) is thrilled to be back with Bartlett Theater for her second show. A Durham native and preschool teacher assistant with a B.A. in broadcast mass communication from North Carolina central university, Moriah Williams has performed all over the triangle from DPAC to Raleigh little theater. Her theatrical credits include Mother (Blood Wedding), lady in green (for colored girls), Pecola Breedlove (The Bluest Eye) Tracy Ada (Steal Away), young Maya Angelou (God Spoke My Name), Taylor (Stick Fly), and Ermina Crump (Crumbs from the Table of Joy) Moriah has also worked with great artist such as writer/producer Sam Art Williams in his stage reading of cork and actor Robert Davi in the film a long way off. As always Moriah would like to dedicate her performance in loving memory of her grandmother Josephine Johnson who always told her to “Lay it, kid”.
Emily Barrett Rieder (Masha) is an Actress and Teaching Artist originally from Raleigh, NC. She received her MFA in Acting from Northern Illinois University and her BFA in Acting from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She most recently appeared on stage as Gerte in Bartlett’s production of Crumbs from the Table of Joy. Some of her favorite roles include Kyra in Skylight ( Burning Coal Theatre Co.), Ruth in Blithe Spirit (Northern Illinois University), Beth in A Lie of the Mind (Northern Illinois University), Myrrhine in Lysistrata ( Phare Play Productions NYC) and, always, Brooke in Noises Off! (Triad Stage). She is thrilled to be a member of the Bartlett family and grateful to continue to be a part of the amazing artistic community in The Triangle.
Joey Infinito (Dorn) is an actor and director originally from New Jersey. He studied at the American Academy Of Dramatic Arts in NYC, and The Boston Conservatory of Music. Joey was the Founder and Artistic Director of Ratio Theatre Company in New Bern, NC. Some recent acting credits at Ratio include, Jack in David Mamet’s Race, Rothko in Red by John Logan, Micheal in Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage, and Lee in Sam Shepard’s True West. Joey is proud to have directed; Agnes of God, Absurd Person Singular, Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well…, Doubt, Songs For A New World, The Sunset Limited, and Race for Ratio Theatre Company. Always involved in all aspects of theatre, Joey currently works at Durham Performing Arts Center, and as Stagehand and Technical Manager at Carolina Theatre of Durham.
Chris Wright (Medvedenko) is an actor originally from the Blue Ridge mountains in Virginia.He graduated from UNCG with a BFA in Acting in 2009. He was fortunate enough to work with Bartlett Theater in their inaugural production of “The Glass Menagerie,” as Jim, the Gentlemen Caller. Some of his favorite roles include Billy in “Holy Ghosts,” Harcourt in “The Country Wife,” and Neddy in “Bloody Blackbeard” at Triad Stage. After 10 years together, he is excited to finally be acting along side his wife, Emily.
Jim 0’Brien (Sorin) is delighted to be sharing the stage with this talented cast. He has appeared on many area stages including Raleigh Little Theatre, Theatre in the Park, Bare Theatre, Towne Players of Garner, Justice Theatre Project, Little Theatre of Gastonia and Judson Theatre.
Shannon Malone* (Polina) holds an MFA in Acting from A.C.T in San Francisco and a BFA in Theater from UNC-Greensboro. She has numerous credits in Theatre, TV, and Film. Favorite roles include Amanda in The Glass Menagerie (Bartlett Theater), Jane in Blue Sky (Burning Coal), and Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Off-Broadway). Shannon grew up in Atlanta, lived in New York and Los Angeles for many years, and now resides in North Carolina. She is a member of the Durham Community Chorale and co-owns TapirCo Productions with her husband.
David Klionsky (Shamrayev) Recently played dual roles of Erie Smith/Charlie Hughes in Eugene ONeil’s HUGHIE (South Stream Productions). David has appeared in many productions across the Triangle including roles in WHY TORTURE IS WRONG…(Ghost and Spice) LOST IN YONKERS (Raleigh Little Theatre) and JUDE THE OBSCURE (Burning Coal Theatre) He is happy to be working with Bartlett for the first time.
*Denotes member AEA, the actor’s union.