Ashlie Atkinson (Dak)
Ashlie Atkinson won a Theatre World Award as well as Lortel and Outer Critics Circle nominations for originating the role of Helen in Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig. Other New York theatre credits include The Ritz (Roundabout Theatre Company); The Butcher of Baraboo (Second Stage Theatre); and Sam Mendes’s world-spanning Bridge Project productions of As You Like It and The Tempest. Regional productions include the original casts of Imogen Says Nothing (Yale Rep). Her many film and TV credits include The Wolf of Wall Street, Inside Man, Eat Pray Love, and the upcoming films Juanita and Nowhere, Michigan; the HBO series Crashing, as well as Jessica Jones, Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, Elementary, 30 Rock, Boardwalk Empire, Louie, and Rescue Me. She is a proud Arkansas native and South Brooklyn resident, and a former skater and current board member for the 5-time World Champions, Gotham Girls Roller Derby (under the name Margaret Thrasher, Prime Minister of Your Demise).
Sean Williams (Sam, John)
Sean Williams is the executive producer of Gideon Productions, where his plays have earned raves in every major New York paper (including Critic’s Picks in The New York Times, Backstage, Time Out New York, The New York Post and many more). He has worked as a studio musician and audio producer for more than thirty years, working with over 400 musicians and recording nearly 2,500 pieces of music. All of this music was for publishing houses and music educators and all of it needed to be done on a budget. His writing has also been published in The New Yorker, Slate and The Huffington Post, as well as a host of parenting magazines.
Jorge Cordova (Todd, Vonn)
Theater: “Porto” (Bushwick Starr, upcoming: Women’s Project/New Georges), “Universal Robots” (Gideon Productions/Sheen Center), ”Lady Day” (The Little Shubert), ”Family Play: 1979 – Present” (Collaboration Town), “Bonedive Scrounger” (The Brick). Television: “Seven Seconds” (Netflix, Fall 2017), “Blue Bloods” (CBS), ”Madame Secretary” (CBS). Film: ”The Visit”.
Brittany Williams (Janey, Nikki)
Brittany Williams is an unimpressed Shakespearean blerd, actress, writer, and a New Yorker by way of Baltimore, DC, Hong Kong, and London. Her favorite productions credits include roles in Mac Rogers’ Universal Robots, Margaret I, Antony and Cleopatra, and King Lear. Find her on Twitter, Instagram and on her website.
Daryl Lathon (Parker)
Daryl Lathon is a classically trained actor having honed his craft at prestigious regional theatres, including The Shakespeare Theatre. He has delivered memorable performances in Henry V, Coriolanus, King Lear (dir: Michael Kahn), A Midsummer Nights Dream (dir: Joe Calarco), Master Class, and Death of a Salesman. Daryl has had the pleasure to work with New York luminaries Jesse Berger (Red Bull Theatre), Clay McCloud Chapman (Pumpkin Pie Show), Isaac Butler (A Volume of Smoke), Mac Rogers and Jordana Williams (The Honey Comb Trilogy). His New York credits include Sovereign, Revenger’s Tragedy, Dead Reckoning (dir. Jesse Berger), Volume of Smoke (wr. Clay Mcleod Chapman, dir. Isaac Butler), In Public, Romeo and Juliet, and Much Ado About Nothing (Pearl Theatre Company).
Neimah Djourabchi (Matt)
Neimah Djourabchi is a Brooklyn based actor, musician, and stunt performer whose theater credits include: The Lake Effect (Geva Theatre), Universal Robots (Sheen Center/Gideon), Honeycomb Trilogy: Sovereign (Judson), Kill Shakespeare (HeRe Arts), Jesus in India (Ma-Yi), The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G (Vampire Cowboys/Ma-Yi), Thieves (The Public), Action Philosophers and Hack! (Impetuous/Brick), 12th Night of the Living Dead (Impetuous), Open Door (LaMama Etc), Hamlet (LaMama Etc). Film/Television: Imitation Girl (Ilium), Blacklist (NBC), Blue Bloods (CBS), Madame Secretary (CBS), Gotham (Fox), Jessica Jones (Netflix), Odyssey (NBC). Love to Audrey and Smaug.
Brian Silliman (Rosh)
Brian Silliman has performed with Gideon Production in The Honeycomb Trilogy and Kill Shakespeare. His other NY acting credits include The Butter and Egg Man, Dark Water (NY IT Nomination for Best Lead Actor), The Particulars (2012 NYC Fringe Award for Overall Excellence in Performance) and many more. Film credits include the award winning The Mix and TV credits include Law and Order: SVU, Boardwalk Empire, Red Oaks, Blue Bloods, and Orange Is The New Black.
Kelley Rae O’Donnell (Lauren)
Kelley Rae O’Donnell is a member of New York’s LAByrinth Theater Company and The Actors Center. Her theater credits include John Patrick Shanley’s one-act play Hot Bubbles, Different Words for the Same Thing (directed by Thomas Kail), The Atmosphere of Memory directed by Pam MacKinnon (with Ellen Burstyn and John Glover), Revolution by John Jiler (with Sam Rockwell and Zach Grenier), Furby in The Discarded by Jan Rosenberg and directed by Isaac Klein for Vertigo Theatre at BAM, as well as Lady Macbeth in Kill Shakespeare (directed by Jordana Williams) and many others. Some of her film credits include: The Thorny Rose, The Saint of Avenue B, On Your Mark, Acme Pictures Summer Project, and Talking to God. Kelley was also the Producer/Host/Creator of the show “WE Buzz with The Video Chick” for Women’s Entertainment Television.
Rebecca Comtois (Patty)
Rebecca Comtois previously worked with Mac Rogers and Jordana Williams on Viral (Winner of NY Fringe Outstanding Production of a Play), The Honeycomb Trilogy (NY Times and Time Out NY Critics’ Picks) and Ligature Marks (CityBeat Critic’s Pick). Other notable roles include Minnie the Minotaur in Cystal Skillman’s Geek! (Vampire Cowboys), Jenny in James Comtios’ Infectious Opportunity (Nosedive Productions) and Mag in Taylor Mac’s The Hot Month with Carol Kane (Boomerang’s Legacy Reading Series). Most recently she played Alice in Mac Rogers’ God of Obsidian.
Christopher Yustin (Andy)
Christopher Yustin cut his teeth in independent theatre in New York with Nosedive Productions and had the good fortune to meet the creators of Gideon Productions as a result. He has done English voice dubbing for anime (Heoh and the Blazeatrons, Ami Entertainment), and appeared in several independent films (The Moose Head Over The Mantle, Late Night Local, and They Will Outlive Us All). He recently appeared as the Jersey Devil in a commercial for the New Jersey Lottery.
Nat Cassidy (Lloyd)
Nat Cassidy is an actor, director, musician, and playwright. He has appeared on shows such as The Following (Fox), The Affair (Showtime), Red Oaks (Amazon), High Maintenance (HBO), Law & Order: SVU (NBC), as well as on stage in numerous productions and workshops both Off- and Off-Off-Broadway. Nat’s plays have been nominated for a combined total of 17 New York Innovative Theatre Awards, including 3 times for Outstanding Full-Length Script (which he won in 2009, and in 2011 for Outstanding Solo Performance for his one man show about H.P. Lovecraft). In 2012 Nat was commissioned by The Kennedy Center to write the libretto for a world-premiere opera, and in 2014 his play Any Day Now was chosen to be part of Primary Stages’ ESPADrills (The Duke Theatre, directed by Tony-nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel). He is also thrilled to be writing the novelization of Steal the Stars, which will be published by Tor Books in November 2017. Visit him online at natcassidy.com.
James Wetzel (Harrison)
James Wetzel’s NYC credits include Mac Rogers’ Universal Robots (Tomas Masaryk), Richard Vetere’s Machiavelli (Machiavelli), The Late Henry Moss (Earl), This Won’t Take Long (Det. McTerry), and The Ithaca String Quartet (Cello). Wetzel’s regional credits include Taking Sides, The Speed of Darkness, Hedda Gabler, Of Mice And Men, Terra Nova, Winesburg, and The Rainmaker among many others. His film credits include Pretty Bird, a Sundance Festival entry with Billy Crudup, Paul Giamatti, and Paul Schneider, and Life Sick.
Reyna de Courcy (Shel)
Reyna de Courcy boasts theatre credits which include Luna Gale at the Goodman Theatre and the Kirk Douglas in Los Angeles; The Whale with Playwrights Horizons; Burning with The New Group; The World My Mama Raised, and Civilization (All You Can Eat) with Clubbed Thumb; and Orange, Hat & Grace with Soho Rep. Adventures in the world of cameras and clapperboards include the films Wetlands, Beach Pillows, Coming Up Roses, and Girls Against Boys; and also the television shows Bored to Death (HBO), Blue Bloods (CBS), and Law & Order: SVU (NBC).
Jason Howard (Grant)
Jason Howard has been creating theater in and around NYC for almost 25 years as an actor, writer, producer, and fight choreographer. He is currently working on a new play, Divine Providence. His short play The Monkey was produced at EST and The Ontological-Hysteric. He received a 2002 NYFA grant for his work in film production, including the shorts IsNowWas and The Launch. Acting highlights include the Public, LaMama, NYTheatreWorkshop, Gideon Productions, Manhattan Theatre Source (founding member), TftNC, Ontological, EST, Circle Rep, Ohio, HERE, Arclight, and DOW, et al. He was nominated for NYIT awards for best Actor in 2009 (Universal Robots, by Mac Rogers), and 2012 (Advance Man, by Mac Rogers). He has also done fight choreography for over 40 shows. Visit him online at www.jasonhoward.org.
Abe Goldfarb (Trip)
Abe Goldfarb is an actor, writer and director who lives in Brooklyn. He is currently voicing characters in Pokemon, World of Winx and other cartoons. His first feature film as a director, The Horror at Gallery Kay, is coming soon. You can see him on stages from New York to Helsinki as the burlesque emcee and drunken reprobate Bastard Keith.
Seth Shelden (Assistant)
Seth Shelden has numerous performance credits across various media. Some of his favorite theatrical work has also been thanks to Gideon Productions, including The Honeycomb Trilogy (NY Times Critics Pick), Asymmetric (TONY Critics Pick), and The First Annual St. Ignatius Chanukah Pageant. Voice performance holds special appeal—he appears regularly in The Radio Show Program, for example, and often performs orchestral narration. Sometimes, however, he doesn’t talk at all: for years he has been playing Harpo in the first-ever revival of The Marx Brothers’ first-ever Broadway show, I’ll Say She Is (NY Times and TONY Critics Picks). Seth is a co-founder of Ground UP Productions and a member of the Indie Theater Hall of Fame.
Hanna Cheek (X)
Hanna Cheek is a member of Drama Desk nominated theatre company Waterwell, as well as the critically acclaimed Pumpkin Pie Show, and was named one of Time Out New York’s “Future Legends of NYC Theatre.” With Waterwell, she’s devised and performed in: GOODBAR (The Public), The/King/Operetta (Barrow St.), #9 (59e59), Marco Millions (Theatre Row), and The Persians…a comedy about war with five songs (Perry Street). Her other credits include Sovereign (Judson Gym), Happy Birthday (Beckett), Artifacts of Consequence (Wild Project), as well as television and film credits for The West Wing, Titus, MTV’s Undressed, Ugly Americans, All Roads Lead.
Autumn Dornfeld (Monica)
Autumn Dornfeld is an actress, producer, and activist based in New York City. She has performed with Gideon in Frankenstein Upstairs, and Hail Satan. Other Broadway/Off-Broadway credits include The Graduate, Beebo Brinker Chronicles, David Gordon’s UnCivil Wars with Estelle Parsons, and Prometheus Bound with David Oyelowo (CSC) to name but a handful. In addition to her extensive theatre credits, Dornfeld has several film and TV credits including Law and Order, All My Children, Trading Women, The Undeserved, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Sunburn, and Fall to Rise. She is a member of Rising Phoenix Repertory, The Upstart Creatures, and a founding member of The(blank)Space.
Jennifer Tsay (Lisa)
Jennifer Tsay is excited to be part of Steal the Stars! Recent theater credits include Mope (Ensemble Studio Theatre), 4000 Miles (Baltimore Center Stage), Un-Tamed: Hair Body Attitude (National Black Theatre), The Mysteries (The Flea). TV Credits include “The Blacklist”, “Bored to Death”, “One Life to Live” and film credits include Deborah Kampmeier’s feature Split, and the indie features Lust Life and When We Grow Up. Readings and workshops with Signature Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, The Lark, New Georges, Clubbed Thumb, New Dramatists, Ma-Yi, Rising Circle Collective, among others. Education: The Studio New York. www.jennifertsay.com
David Shih (Zhang)
David Shih is the voice of Eddie Toh in the hit video game Grand Theft Auto V. He also narrated the History Channel documentary “China’s First Emperor” and the Discovery Networks series “Royal Inquest” as well as narrating numerous audiobooks including the AudioFile Earphones Award-winning 47 Ronin. In addition to his role as Isiah on the Hulu original series “The Path,” Dave has appeared on the TV shows “Madam Secretary,” “The Blacklist,” “Mozart in the Jungle,” “Unforgettable,” “Blue Bloods,” “Are We There Yet?,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” as well as the feature films The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Old 37, Fan Girl, and Saving Face. His theater credits include Somebody’s Daughter (Second Stage), Tiger Style! (La Jolla Playhouse), Awake and Sing! (The Public/NAATCO), The World of Extreme Happiness (Manhattan Theatre Club), Bike America (Ma-Yi), Crane Story (Playwrights Realm). Dave also works with Only Make Believe performing interactive theater for children in hospitals and care facilities.
Sol Marina Crespo (Teresa)
Sol Marina Crespo is a New York based actor, writer, and producer. Notable acting credits include Water by the Spoonful (PittStages), Brewed (No Name Players), Ajax in Iraq (Flux Theatre Ensemble), and Red Rose (Pregones Theater). She is an Ensemble Member of Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, and a Creative Partner with Flux Theatre Ensemble. She has won multiple awards including the HOLA Award for Outstanding Performance of a Featured Actress (2005), the Ford Foundation Fellowship for Career Advancement (2007), Person of the Year by NYTheatre.com (2012) and The Eben Demarest Trust by The Pittsburgh Foundation (2016). www.solmarina.com
Tarantino Smith (Commander)
Tarantino Smith has appeared in The Life; Battle: New York, Day 2; and Robot Revolution.
Mac Rogers (various)
Mac Rogers is an award-winning audio dramatist and playwright. His audio/podcasts dramas The Message and LifeAfter have been downloaded over eight million times. His stageplays include The Honeycomb Trilogy (winner of the New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Premiere Production), Frankenstein Upstairs, God of Obsidian, Ligature Marks, Asymmetric, Viral, Universal Robots, Hail Satan (Outstanding Playwriting Winner at FringeNYC 2007), and Fleet Week: The Musical (co-written with Sean Williams and Jordana Williams; winner of Outstanding Musical at FringeNYC 2005). He has earned acclaim from The New York Times, The Guardian, Backstage, The Wall Street Journal, Time Out New York, New York Post, Flavorpill, io9, Fangoria, Tor.com, Show Business Weekly, New York Press, and many others.
Jordana Williams (various)
Jordana Williams is a member of the Indie Theater Hall of Fame and as the Artistic Director of Gideon Productions has created nearly two decades of performances that have earned rave reviews and a passionate fan base. Reviewers of the Award Winning Honeycomb Trilogy said she “grounds the fantastical events with clarity and palpably enjoys the challenge of achieving a big impact on a small budget” and of Critic’s Pick Asymmetric, “Jordana Williams make this four-way conversation zoom like a Bourne flick, but one soaked in despair over our real foreign policy.”