Esther Barlow (Helena) Esther is a founding member and co-artistic producer of the Bridge Theatre Company, where her acting credits include Spain, Talk Thirty to Me, Humans Anonymous, This is a Play and Down the Road. For more info please visit: www.thebridgetheatrecompany.com. Additional theatre credits include: The Occupation of Heather Rose (LivingRoomArts), Metamorphoses (Weston Playhouse), My Children! My Africa! (A Mixed Company), Napoleon Vs. The Turk (Toronto Fringe Festival), and the original showcase production of Universal Robots. Television credits include: "Law & Order: SVU" (NBC) and "Spilt Milk" (Stepstone Media). Esther is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York and Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. She currently lives in Greenpoint with a guy she wants to marry and their imaginary schnauzer, Bruce. Many thanks to Mac, Sandy, Rosemary, Lanie and the entire UR team for this amazing ride.

 


Jason Howard* (Radosh/Radius) originated his current role in the Universal Robots workshop production over 48,340,800 seconds ago. He appeared in Mac Roger/Gideon Production's Hail Satan 45,576,000 seconds ago, and has been acting in the NYC area for over 518,832,000 seconds (which doesn't seem very long). He has performed with the Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Theater for the New City, La Mama, ManhattanTheatreSource (founding member), the Ontological, EST, Circle Rep, the Ohio, HERE, Judith Shakespeare, and the Adobe Theater, et al. He was named a Top 10 performance 2006 by Backstage for his work as Lorenzo in the MTS production of Machiavelli (at MTS and off-broadway). He has toured internationally doing puppetry with Drama of Works, for whom he will be pulling the strings of the title role in Puppet Kafka this spring. TV/Film credits: "The Launch" (writer, co-producer), "3rd Watch", "Soldier in the Shadows", "Baseball Trilogy", "Pandora Machine". www.jasonhoward.org.

 


David Lamberton* (Masaryk) Most recently co-produced/co-starred in Duet for One (Lion Theatre) as a fundraiser for the MS Society. Original Off and Off-Off Broadway roles in: Little Journey, Dash, The Germans in Paris, Work Work Work, A Shadow Called Home, and film roles in "Static" (short film finalist - 2007 Venice Film Festival), "American Gangster", "End of the Line" (2008), "Lay Me Down", "Autopilot" and other independent films. Favorite shows/roles include: Driving Miss Daisy/Boolie (with Tony-winner Peg Murray), Balm in Gilead/John (40th anniversary production); Hamlet/Laertes (Ukraine tour); The Lion in Winter/Richard Lionheart; A Midsummer Night's Dream/Oberon-Theseus; The Crucible/John Proctor; One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest/Chief Bromden; and A Chorus Line/Zach. David also worked as the live "Sam Adams" at corporate events for the Boston Beer Company.

 


David Ian Lee* (Karel Capek) proudly originated the role of Karel Capek in the 2007 world premiere of Mac Roger's Universal Robots. In New York: Ronan Noone's award-winning The Lepers of Baile Baiste, Nat Cassidy's The Reckoning of Kit & Little Boots, Jon Kravetz's Prayer (Fringe 2008). Regional: Actors Theatre of Louisville, Utah Shakespeare, Sedona Shakespeare, Milwaukee Rep, Tennessee Rep, Arizona Rep, Arizona Theatre Company, Seven Angels, Los Angeles' Haugh Performing Arts Center. Film / TV: "As The World Turns," "One Life To Live," "Crutch", "Save the Forest". As Playwright: Sleeper (Published NYTR 2009), The Dog Show, Pinecone, The Latchkey Pool, Liberty & Joe DiMaggio, Long Sought; More Perfect (in development for 2009).

 


Michelle O'Connor (One/Sulla) is an actress and musician recently referred to as "a cross between Michelle Pfeiffer and Rod Serling." Michelle grew up in Billings, Montana living a childhood that could be described as one part "The Sound of Music" and the other part "Running with Scissors." This background in music, pills, convertibles, and co-dependency have given Michelle's work as an actress that "little extra something special" for which New York audiences cheer. For more information visit her website, www.michelleoconnor.net

 


Ridley Parson (Salda/Baruch) is thrilled and a half to be back working with this exceptional cast & director and ridiculously exceptional script. Past roles include - NY: Mike (Lie of the Mind), Claudio (Measure for Measure), Bell (Trey Parker's Cannibal: The Musical), Walker (Two Rooms), Feste (Twelfth Night) and numerous short plays here at MTS; Regional: Paul (A Shot in the Dark), Jim (Pump Boys and Dinettes); TV: Winslow (the obligatory "Law and Order"). Ridley can also be seen around the Village singing the songs of Leonard Cohen. In memory of my father. Dedicated to my mother and her extraordinary strength.

 


Nancy Sirianni* (Rossum) is pleased to have originated the role of curious inventor Rossum in the original workshop production of Universal Robots at Manhattan Theatre Source, where she has appeared in many productions since 2002. NY credits include performances at The Bruno Walter Theatre at Lincoln Center, Nat Horne Theatre, Sanford Meisner Theatre and The Player's Club; in LA at The Complex; 9 indie films; featured roles on "Law & Order CI", “America’s Most Wanted”. Nancy is also an accomplished singer and songwriter with credits that include performances at Woodstock '99, Bethlehem Musikfest and in front of Taylor Hicks. Her original music has been licensed to film and TV. www.nancysirianni.com

 


Tarantino Smith* (Vaclavek) Tarantino studied theatre at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC. He also had the privilege to work with Wynn Handman, of the American Place Theatre company, on a one man production of Richard Wright's Black Boy. Other theatrical credits include Growing Up a Slave (American Place Theatre), Crossing Over (Manhattan Theatre Source) and Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet (Pulse Ensemble). He is was also in the work shop production of Universal Robots and is excited to be back working with his robot family. Tarantino wants to thank Mac, Rosemary, Lanie and Sandy for giving him this fantastic opportunity. As well as Shy-Lyn for introducing him to Mac Rodgers. And a special thanks to his family, friends (The Fellas) and Julie for all of there support.

 


Ben Sulzbach (Peroutka) Ben's previous Theatresource credits involve sitting in the light booth reading early Saul Bellow throughout shows like A Lie of the Mind, Machiavelli, and Woyzeck. He originated the role of Peroutka in the workshop production.

 


Jennifer Gordon Thomas (Josephine Capek) originated the role of 'Jo' in the initial workshop production of Universal Robots. She's a proud, long-time member of Manhattan Theatre where she has directed (Good by C.P. Taylor), produced (3 years of the Estrogenius Festival) and acted (Andrew Frank's adaption of Woyzeck & George Hunka's much lauded In Public - to which she received terrific notices). Jennifer has worked at: HERE, The Ohio, NADA, The Kraine, The Brick & many others. Film: Millenium Crisis, Themes & Intermissions. She holds a degree in Directing from West Chester University. www.jennifergordonthomas.com
 

Mac Rogers (Playwright) was awarded the FringeNYC's Outstanding Playwrighting Award in 2007 for Hail Satan. He wrote the book for 2005 FringeNYC's Outstanding Musical winner Fleet Week: The Musical. Rogers's plays have been produced at HERE Arts Center, The Lucille Lortel Theatre, and Manhattan Theatre Source, and his play The Second String is published by Playscripts, Inc. His short play Happening to Your Body, produced by the Estrogenius Festival, earned praise from The New York Times ["The premise is clever. (Rod Serling would approve of how intriguingly the situation is revealed.) And the language is memorable."]

 

 

Rosemary Andress (Director) is a New York based director with a passion for developing new work. Premiere productions include: The Siegels of Montauk (Provincetown Theater), A Wives’ Tale (SPF), Up Against the Wind (New York Theater Workshop), True and Solid Ground (SoHo Rep.), and Smoking Kills (U.M.K.C. MFA Program). Other recent productions include: Silent Heroes (Rountable Ensemble), Machinal (MSU), Noises Off (Yale), The Shape of Things (Quad C), and Twelfth Night (Under St. Marks), as well as an annual multidiscipline concert celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, at the Juilliard School.

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