by Michael Weller, Directed by Terry Schreiber
In 2017 we find ourselves struggling with the same questions we had nearly forty years ago. Join us for our production of this 1970’s play which presents a young couple struggling with their conflicting opinions on the importance of having a career versus having a family.
Asking the questions: “Am I enough?” “Where do we go from here?” and “How do we define success?” There has never been a more relevant moment in the present to explore our past.
Teruaki Akai (Balinese Fisherman) was born and raised in Matsue, Shimane in Japan and moved to New York City to purse Acting in 2010. He is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, with a major in Musical Theater. His credits include independent film “Tokyo NY” and four major national television commercials. Most recently you can watch him chopping of his man-bun for Red Robin’s national ad “Loose the Bun.” He loves martial arts, break dancing, skateboarding, working out and playing soccer. He is married and has one beautiful eleven-month old daughter.
Maggie Alexander (Maraya) grew up in Boulder, CO and moved to NY after getting her BFA from UC Santa Barbara. This is her second Michael Weller play. She founded LungTree Productions, where she played the role of Jan in Weller’s Fifty Words. She can be seen starring in the upcoming film Enthusiastic Sinners, to be released later this year. She is incredibly grateful to Joan, Peter, Jay, and Deborah for their teachings and mentorship, and wants to thank Frank and her parents for their unwavering support. A special thank you goes to Terry for his vision and guidance while directing this play.
Jason Asher (Ben) is thrilled to be a part of another wonderful T. Schreiber production, after performing in this year’s Schreiber Shorts. In addition to completing the studio’s One-Year Conservatory in 2015, he has also trained in acting and improvisation at HB Studios, Michael Howard Studios and with Tony Greco. As a graduate of Syracuse University’s Newhouse School, Jason holds a B.S. in Television, Radio and Film Production. Other favorite NYC theatre productions include Born Liars (Abingdon Theatre), Dangerous Life (Theatre 80 St Marks) and Oh, Happy Dee! (Midtown International Theater Festival). Recent film credits include Jefftown (feature), Served on a Plate (short) and Bullied (short). He is honored to have worked under the guidance of Terry Schreiber for Loose Ends. And he is forever grateful to all those that love and support him!
Gregory Barone (Phil) is excited to be a part of his second T. Schreiber Studio production. He recently performed at the 4th Annual Schreiber Shorts in Speed Play. Favorite credits: The Graduate (Curtain Call), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Seaside Shakespeare), and Arcadia (Powerhouse Theater). He has trained with TSS in the Winter Intensive and Scene Study with Peter Jensen. He is also a former Williamstown Theatre Festival Acting Apprentice. He thanks the cast, crew, production team, and Terry for this experience. To his family and friends for their unending support. And, most of all, to Sarah for her love and encouragement!
Loren Bidner* (Paul) is thrilled to be working with Terry again, as it was over ten years ago when he played the Roust-a-bout in Terry’s Landscape of the Body. Favorite performances include The Signature Theatre’s The Trip to Bountiful with Lois Smith and Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Lady Winderemere’s Fan directed by Moises Kaufman. Regional highlights include The Open Road and Sherlock Holmes at The Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Shape of Things at The Riverside Theatre, On Golden Pond (B’way World Best Featured Actor Nomination) and Plaza Suite at the Judson Theatre. On the web you can catch Loren this spring in his new series, Da Hotdog! or give him a visit at LorenBidner.com
Erik Endsley (Doug) is a New York based theatre, film and voice over actor. This is his first production with the T. Schreiber Studio. Other New York Credits include: Talk to Me Like the Rain…And I Will Listen, Waiting for Lefty with the Nu.Ance Theatre as well as studio productions of New Light Shine and Antigone. Most recently he worked with Ensemble Atria and Eager Risk Theatre Co. as Edmund in Drowning Ophelia which was part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. He would like to extend his thanks to John and Deborah Desotelle for their continual support as well as the T. Schreiber studio for welcoming him into the cast and community.
Melanie Glancy (Janice) – Unbelievably exciting being cast in Loose Ends directed by the one and only Terry Schreiber! Thank you to T. Schreiber Studio for not only being the most profound place to re-discover all that life has to offer, but also being the best family a new girl to New York could ask for. So much love to you all T. Schreiber Studio Family. Thank You for all of the incredible opportunities I’ve gotten thanks to you. You know I’ve been on cloud 9 since starting here! Family and friends- I Love You!
Ivan Sandomire* (Russell) In addition to playing Shelby Charles in Cowboy Cut for the 2017 Schreiber Shorts, Mr. Sandomire previously appeared as Roger Doremus in Summer & Smoke, directed by Terry Schreiber. Films include the indie sci-fi Diverge, Mendy, and Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock. Toured nationally as Ponyboy in The Outsiders. Voiced Corey Feldman for MTV’s Celebrity Deathmatch. A singer/songwriter as well, you can find his music on iTunes and other reputable distributors. Grateful for this opportunity to work with Terry again, and to the wonderful cast and crew for sharing the journey of bringing this great play to life.
Gus Solomons Jr.* (Lawrence) – dancer: Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, founded PARADIGM-dance. Recent (dance): Eszter Salamon’s “Monument 0.1: Valda & Gus.” (theater): Yazmina Reza’s “Art”; David Mamet’s “Duck Variations”; Schreiber Shorts. Upcoming (dance): “Paradiso” by Richard Siegal; (theater): “Loose Ends,” dir. by Terry Schreiber.
Sarah Mae Vink (Susan) started her career in Holland, where she received her Bachelor’s in acting at The Toneelacademie in Maastricht. After graduating, she played numerous roles in both theater and film. She was cast as Paulette & understudy Rose in the show War Horse, directed by Drew Barr, and toured throughout Holland and Belgium during 2015. In early 2016, Sarah received a scholarship to study at the T. Schreiber Studio in NYC. She has most recently produced and starred in her own production, The Royal Coocooclub, which was featured at the Parade Festival in several cities in Holland. Since returning to the United States, Sarah has continued to work on various film projects. Loose Ends is her first theatrical showcase in New York and she is highly grateful to be a part of this production!
Hui-Shan Yong (Selina) is very excited to be performing for the first time at T.Schreiber Theater. She is honored to be part of the extremely talented cast of Loose Ends! She is a graduate of the Atlantic Theater Company’s Acting Conservatory Program. Recent credits include: Veronica in God of Carnage (Taiwan), LiYun in Behind The Mask (Yangtze Rep), Karl in A Perfect Wedding (Atlantic Acting School). She loves travelling for work both in the acting and educational sphere. Her dream is to open her very own theater company in her home country, Malaysia, that provides a safe space for local voices.”
*Actors Equity Association.