MEET THE CAST…
DON RIDER (JT Age 42) Don Rider is thrilled to be making his debut with Manhattan Rep. Recent NY roles include Patrick in Getting Away with Mother at Stage Left Studio, as well as Your Name Here’s Juliet & Romeo. Numerous regional roles in NJ and Philadelphia. BA Musical Theatre, West Chester University. Huge thanks to Kate, Bill, and the cast, with love to my family!
MICHAEL KNOWLES (JT Age 34) Michael is a Manhattan-based actor and recent graduate of Yale University, where he earned the Seymour L. Lustman Prize for Outstanding Artistic Contribution. Recent stage credits include Harmlet (Arclight Theater, NYC), Dark House (Capital Fringe Festival), and Party Time (Manhattan Theatre Club). Recent film credits include Atramentous Insult, Don’t Ask Me Why and
Triangle. Michael trained in acting at the Stella Adler Studio and presently with Wynn Handman in New York City.
PETER OSTERWEIL (JT Age 27) Peter is extremely excited to be involved in A Question of Time. He was last seen as Inspector Hound in Tom Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound and before that as Don and Mark in David Ives’ All in the Timing. A Bostonian by birth and heart, Peter studied acting, comedy, singing and film production at Sarah Lawrence College. While there he played Damis in the world premier of a new translation of Tartuffe by Amlin Gray, and Martin in The Matter of Martin among other roles. Going forward he can be seen as Dennis in Elusive: a webseries, premiering in
April. An avid sports fan and traveler, Peter speaks Japanese as well as some Hindi and French. He can be seen performing Karaoke every Tuesday with his NYC champion trivia team, or making bad jokes to whoever will let him.
EWA MARIA WOJCIK (Andrea Age 42) Recent credits: Calantha in The Broken Heart directed by Ben Naylor, Chorus/Greta Garbo in Bacchai directed by Zachary Dunbar, Lena/Nina/Sandra in Still Life directed by Elizabeth Bove. Film credits: The Expert, Choices, The Present. Royal Central School of Speech and Drama: MA in Acting. Many thanks to Kate, Lauren, and cast! Love to N, L, M.
ASHLEY BLOOM (Andrea Age 34) Ashley graduated from the University of Richmond with a dual B.A. in Theatre and Communications. Ashley’s recent roles include Gina in the independent short Gun, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival last year, Jojo in the independent feature Trigger, and Rosencrantz in Boomerang Theater’s Hamlet. Ashley is thrilled to be in this show! Many thanks to her Family, Friends and boyfriend Brandon for their love and support.
JESSIE RUFFUS (Andrea Age 27) Jessie hails from Salt Lake City, Utah. She received her MFA from The Actors Studio Drama School in May of 2013. Since then she has been seen in NYC’s Fringe and Strawberry Festivals and is very excited to be making her Manhattan Repertory debut! She lives with her grandmother and cat in Queens and would like to thank her family and her boyfriend for their love and
JOHN SHUB (Danny Age 42) John is a perennial student of acting from New York, studying at HB Studio. He last appeared as Alceste in Moliere’s The Misanthrope and as Brabantio in Othello at the Paul Robeson Theater. He looks forward to one day mastering the craft and thus not needing to act anymore, until then..
JOSH ZIRGER (Danny Age 27) Originally from Ohio, Josh studied theatre at The Ohio State University before moving to New York City and studying at The William Esper Studios under Terry Knickerbocker. Josh is excited to be a part of this production and working with the many talented actors and artists associated with it.
PATRICK KEARNS (Danny Age 34) Patrick works as a writer and actor in both theatre and film. He has been in plays, films and readings throughout New York City and takes classes with Sondra Lee. He is a member of Queerocracy, HealthGAP and the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power.
JUAN ANTONIO POLANCO (Marco) Born in the Dominican Republic, Juan’s love for the arts began at a very young age. He started dancing at the age of four. Juan’s love for art did not end with movement, no! He has fallen in love with all forms of creating. From poetry, to novels. From film to stage. The ability to create fascinates him without ever asking his permission. Juan is a writer/dancer/actor and on occasion even tries his hand at painting. Juan is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, he is proficient in IPA, and his favorite color is brown…
GARRISON ALEXANDER (Voice of JT & Danny Age 7) Garrison’s credits include NYC Theatre: In The Early
Dark (One)/ Regional: Scrooge: The Musical (Tiny Tim), It’s A Wonderful Life(Young George Bailey, Tommy), Praise The Egg (Speckles). Favorite Musical Theatre: Disney’s High School Musical 1 & 2 (Troy), Aladdin Jr.(Aladdin), Beauty and The Beast (Chip), Annie Jr. (Rooster) . Television/Film: “Monumental Mysteries”, “Billy On The Street”, “The Perfect Murder” and more. Commercials/Print: Nike, Amazon Kindle, Scholastic and many more. Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth “High Honors Award”, Carnegie Mellon CMITE and ATOMS
Scholar. Huge thank you to Kate M. Powers, Lauren, Zuri, Mom and my amazing grandparents: JoJo and Grand Pere.
SYDNEY SHUCK (Voice of Andrea Age 7) Sydney, age 10, actress/singer/dancer, is a 5th grade student at PS 51. Recent performances: Carnival Girl Production’s The Quickening (Dallas) Annie, Jr. (Annie), 2013 Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival, Little Mermaid, Jr. (Ariel). Thanks to God, family, Carson-Adler, Abrams Artists, and Peggy Stamps (manager).
LAUREN HARPST (Production Manager/Sound Design) Lauren is very excited to be making her debut at The Manhattan Rep. Originally from Pittsburgh, she now studies music and technology at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. Lauren recently has worked as production/stage manager for “Urinetown” and “Hamlet”. Currently, she works at DeBaun Auditorium as the resident production manager. She has enjoyed every minute and sends her love to the cast and supportive family!
KATE POWERS (Director/Playwright) Kate is very proud to present A Question of Time as her directorial and writing debut in New York. She would like to thank Ken Wolf and The Manhattan Repertory Theatre for this amazing opportunity.
As an accomplished playwright & director, Kate has produced and designed shows for community, regional & professional theaters throughout the United States. Her scripts are said to be innovative, thought provoking and deal with important social issues such as rape, AIDS, abuse and personal triumph over tragedy. Kate is also the Creator & Executive Producer of two new reality competitions shows: Curtain Up! & Broadway’s KidSTAR! both currently in development and under Network consideration.
Kate would like to Congratulate Jeanne Lynn Gray on the birth of her son Connor! Jeanne you have been missed here in New York but your spirit and amazing talent has been with us with every word. Thank you for helping to create such a beautiful script.
Kate would also like to thank the cast for bringing the script to life with such intensity & truth, Production Manager Lauren Harpst, without whom the show would not have been possible, her two buddies Stratton & Jack for keeping her company through all the long nights at the computer and her family for their endless love & support and their constant encouragement to never give up.
Kate would like to dedicate this show to those who have lost their battle against addiction and AIDS and to those they leave behind who continue the fight holding the love of those they have lost in their hearts.
JEANNE LYNN GRAY (Playwright) Jeanne grew up in the South Florida area and though she had a love of music and theatre from an early age, thanks to her mother, it wasn’t until later that the acting bug truly hit her. It was in high school, and at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NY, that Jeanne learned to harness and shape the talent and creativity that she uses to this day.
In 2004 Jeanne netted both the Carbonell and Curtain Up Awards for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of “Queen” in Cy Coleman’s musical “The Life” , and a 2005 Carbonell nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for “The Last Session:. Since then Jeanne has appeared and starred in many traveling productions and musical revues, as well as performing with the Band TK Blu and the Uncool. Over the years, she has also added script writing, producing, directing and teaching improv to her resume.
Since 2009 though she has been burning up the Cabaret Scene and stages both large and small with the debut of her show “Shades of Gray”. With her lively mix of storytelling and songs her unique shows have garnered her both critical and personal success.
The excitement of having “A Question of Time” performed in New York has been tempered by her wish to be there throughout the process. However, in disappointment comes elation with the birth of her son, Connor, on March 11th. “I hope he is a good luck charm and I wish much success to the cast and crew”
No success would be complete without the support and love of her amazing family…