Member News

Company members Maggie Siff and Kelly AuCoin continue in their roles of Wendy Rhoades and ‘Dollar’ Bill Stearn in Season 6 of Billions, premiering January 23 on Showtime. As Mike Prince takes his place on the Axe Cap throne, Chuck Rhoades is determined that no one should have that much wealth – or that much power. With stakes higher than ever, all the power players seek out new alliances as kingdom goes up against kingdom.

The critically acclaimed Netflix series Ozark returns for a fourth and final extended season with the first half released January 21. Company member Damian Young becomes a main cast member in Season 4, continuing his character Jim Rattelsdorf from Seasons 2 and 3. The series stars Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, and Julia Garner, and has received a total of thirty-two Emmy Award nominations.

Company member Gian-Murray Gianino performs in SITI Company’s production of The Medium at City Theatre in Pittsburgh, January 22 through February 13. The show, first created in 1993, is based on the writings of Marshall McLuhan, and  explores the effect of media and emerging technologies on our perceptions, our psyches, and our personal lives. “Nearly thirty years later, the play seems even more relevant to the world that we inhabit today than it did when we first created it,” says SITI Company’s Anne Bogart.

Company member Madeline Wise is in the new half-hour dramedy Single Drunk Female, from writer/producer Simone Finch and starring Sofia Black-D’Elia. The series follows Sam, a 20something writer struggling to maintain her sobriety after an explosive public meltdown. The cast includes Ally Sheedy, Rebecca Henderson, Sasha Compère, Lily Mae Harrington, and Garrick Bernard. Maddie appears in four episodes as Stephanie (“Stef-AH-nee”) the wife of Sam’s sponsor Olivia and the founder of a girl-power athleisure company.

Company member Emma Ramos joins the cast of The Collision and The Martyrdom – a pair of plays presented by Two Headed Rep – running through February 5 at 59E59. The plays were created in response to Hrotsvitha of Gandersheim’s Dulcitius, a 10th century comedy about three Christian virgins who triumph over the devil. The cast also includes Lizzie Fox, Halima Henderson, and Layla Khoshnoudi. Written by Nadja Leonhard-Hooper, new text by Amanda Keating, and a new translation by Lizzie Fox. Direction by Lily Riopelle and Molly Clifford.

Company Member Ato Blankson-Wood plays Edmund in a new production of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night running Off-Broadway, January 18-February 20, at the Minetta Lane Theatre. Directed by Robert O’Hara, the cast includes Bill Camp, Elizabeth Marvel, and Jason Bowen. An audio version will subsequently be released on Audible.

Wayne Duvall takes on the role of Captain in the world premiere of Swept Away, a new musical at  featuring the music of The Avett Brothers. The production at Berkeley Rep runs through March 6, directed by Michael Mayer with choreography by David Neumann, and a book by John Logan. Swept Away tells the story of four survivors of a shipwreck off the coast of New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1888, also starring John Gallagher Jr, Stark Sands, and Adrian Blake Enscoe.

Company member Heather Alicia Simms plays Yvette King in the new series, The Kings of Napa, now airing on OWN. Created by Janine Sherman Barrois, the series focuses on a picturesque Napa Valley vineyard owned by the Kings, a family whose wealth and status land them on the pages of design magazines and society pages. The wine business has brought the family success and acclaim, but following the patriarch’s sudden exit from the company, his three children must grapple for the reins to the kingdom — to their own power, wealth, and legacy.

Company member Mark H. Dold performs in The Messenger, a new play by Jeff Talbott, presented January 14-29 by Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City, UT. Using Henrik Ibsen’s classic An Enemy of the People as a departure point, this brand-new play examines our relationships with the press, our community, and each other.

Company members Mahira Kakkar and Keith Randolph Smith are featured players in Addressless—an interactive, virtual, theatrical game where audience members encounter firsthand the complex challenges of housing insecurity. An immersive, choose-your-own-adventure experience, the production was created and directed by Martin Boross and written by Jonathan Payne, and runs through February 13.

A recent New York Times article on the vital role of understudies on Broadway features company member Reynaldo Piniella and his experience stepping into Trouble in Mind on short notice. “We’re the last resort,” Reynaldo says in the article, “But I do know, watching my understudies rehearse, these people are incredible artists.” ABC’s Nightline has chronicled the story of understudies who’ve gone on during the Omicron surge. Watch Reynaldo speak about his experience, including footage from curtain call.

Company member Jeb Brown is performing in Duncan Sheik and Kyle Jarrow’s musical, Whisper House, produced by The Civilians, now playing through February 6 at 59E59. The cast also includes Samantha Mathis, Alex Boniello, Wyatt Cirbus, Molly Hager, and James Yaegashi. Steve Cosson directs, with choreography by Billy Bustamante.

Company Member Eva Kaminsky contributes narration to two recently released audiobooks. The Swells by Will Aitkin is a darkly hilarious satire in which a class war erupts aboard a luxury cruise ship; and Seasonal Work a suspenseful collection of diverse and diabolically clever stories featuring fierce women by New York Times best-selling crime writer, Laura Lippman.

In an exit interview coming off of his run in Caroline, or Change on Broadway, company member John Cariani talks about how the pandemic shutdown gave John time to reconnect with his clarinet, helping him fully realize his character, a lost-in-grief musician. “The clarinet helped me with the singing and the singing helped with the clarinet. Ann Yee, our choreographer, said, ‘Remember, it’s all of a whole. So don’t think of it as the clarinet and the part.’ It was just continuing to realize how much he communicates through his clarinet.”

Company member Tonya Pinkins plays Alma Carthan, grandmother of Emmett Till, in the ABC series Women of the Movement, which debuted January 6th. The six-episode limited series tells the story of Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley with a cast that includes Adrienne Warren, Credric Joe, Glynn Turman, Chris Coy, Julia McDermott, Carter Jenkins, Ray Fisher and Timothy Hutton.