| Joel Abbott
||Joel is a writer / high school English teacher / ballroom dance
instructor / Dixieland banjo player who is proud to be in his third
MRAP production. His previous Atlanta credits include the Teen Angel
in Grease and Richard III in Richard III.
Andrichak (fight choreographer)
||Battles won, knights unhorsed, virgins deflowered. Oops, sorry
that’s his resume. While this is Mike’s first MRAP production, he
is no stranger to fight choreography. He is known for several minor
skirmishes, such as The Battles of Bradockburn, Agincourt, Hastings,
and Culloden. He also co-authored the war to end all wars.
||Sonya started her theatre career at Georgia Tech wanting to do set
construction, but since everyone there could handle power tools, but
no one could thread the sewing machine, she ended up in costuming.
Her various behind-the-scenes roles include ocean explorer (long story)
and sound tech for ARTC. Last year she constructed the Joxer costume
for Buffy: Warrior Princess.
||Rebecca has a BFA in Musical Theatre and has performed
a wide variety of characters from Adelaiele in Guys and Dolls
to Electra in Electra. She extends a warm greeting to you all
and tremendous thanks to Amy. Thank you Bill for this opportunity,
and she hopes you enjoy the show.
Barrett (Long John Thomas, Prue)
||Karen has acted with MRAP and ARTC for several years now. She played
the narrator in Creation is a Circle, Elaine in The Vixen,
and Cat in Lois and Clark: The Musical Adventures of Superman.
Last year she was Elizabeth in Passion of Frankenstein and
the wife of The Man Who Traveled in Elephants. She has been
in several Southeastern Savoyards’ productions, notably as Lady Sybil
||A hapless Lili was unwittingly drafted into costuming last year’s
Buffy: Warrior Princess. Undaunted by the monumental chaos,
she signed on as a costumer for this year’s production. She has proven
to be a fabric miracle worker and stitching queen.
||Debra cut her teeth on costuming learning how to make Halloween
costumes from her mom. While attending Tift College she worked with
the drama department building costumes and whatever was needed. At
this year’s CostumeCon her group won awards for Best Presentation
and Best Documentation (Historical Interpretation). More involved
in costuming than ever, she has never made a Star Trek uniform (any
||Melanie started working in theater in high school. At Columbus State
University Drama Department she studied costuming, publicity, scene
building and history. She assisted in designing a production of Godspell.
Melanie builds costumes for friends and Atlanta-area theater groups.
She’s been back to CSU for La Cage aux Folles and James
and the Giant Peach. Melanie will also help build this year’s
costumes for the Stone Mountain Arts Station’s Tour of Southern
Carter (Mr. Shelley)
||Shawn Carter frequently assays roles requiring his unique outlook
on the world. He was Socrates in Buffy: Warrior Princess, Fox
Mulder in The Brisco Files, Nate Stein in the FIAWOL series,
the Professor in Lois and Clark, the cynical writer in Bats
- the Musical, and the intergalactic busybody, Q, in Wesley
Crusher Can’t Lose. Other roles include the Teen Angel in Grease
and the Narrator in Into the Woods. In real life, he is a high
school English teacher.
Ceccato (Mr. Blake)
||Matt is proud to bring more shame and disgrace to both the financial
service industry and the Internet customers of his day job by continuing
to perform with MRAP. After his performance in Buffy: Warrior Princess
as Homer, the color commentator, he has dedicated himself to skewering
copyrighted characters everywhere. He is grateful to his family, friends,
and evil geniuses here at Dragon*Con and around the world. He wishes
to say “hello” to Dora and his little people: Julian, Ellie, Sean,
Charles “Oz” Dillman (prop master)
||This is Oz’s second time with a MRAP production. Drafted originally
as an actor, MRAP discovered that Oz could build almost anything.
He lives in Atlanta with his lovely wife, Shannon, and their three
(Maggie) Feinblum (Willy, and fight choreographer)
||As a long time Star Trek fan, Maggie is thrilled to have been entrusted
with the critical role of “red shirt” in her first MRAP show. Having
repeatedly rebuffed the importunings of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cameron
Mackintosh, and others of their ilk to star in their Broadway productions,
she continues in her long tradition of crucial roles such as “Chorus,”
“Ensemble,” and “Third woman on the left in Act II, Scene 4.” She
will be moving from her accustomed place as Sound Technician for ARTC
to play “Lola Adams” in Our Fair City, Saturday evening at
7 PM here at Dragon*Con — yes this is a blatant plug.
Friedman (Juliet, Piper)
||Dena and her . . . ahem . . . “tracts of land” are pleased to be
appearing in this, their second MRAP production. Always working as
a team, they have performed in several shows, including a stint as
a singing telegram girl (just follow the bouncing b... oh, never mind).
They would like to give a big hug to all the cast and crew, and they
thank the director for the opportunity for this . . . exposure. (By
the way, her eyes are green.)
||After her first experience with MRAP as a modern-day Gabrielle in
Buffy: Warrior Princess, Valerie decided to come back for more
(obviously a sucker for punishment). She (and the voices in her head)
are very proud of this opportunity, but when asked by her four-year-old
son if he could come watch mommy, the answer was a quick and definitive
||Keith got sucked into MRAP when he wrote us a fan letter. He introduced
himself as a choreographer, so he was immediately drafted as an actor
for ARTC. He is also a professional writer. His recent novel (available
in the dealer’s room), The Gumshoe, the Witch, and the Virtual
Corpse, is receiving rave reviews everywhere.
Whitworth Kiernan (Dick Deadeye, Phoebe)
||Clair had no idea that she would be a Founding Mother of MRAP when
she, Pat Hoin, and The Nameless One (Terry Sanders) wrote A Night
at the Old Phoenix Inn in 1985. Most of her roles are either non-humans,
such as the Monkey Man, or frankly disturbed, such as Delayna Delynn,
The Scarlet Letter, assorted vampires, werewolves, and so on.
Recently Clair fulfilled a lifelong ambition by portraying a normal
adult human female. Aside from being radio’s first stunt double, she
has co-authored (with Terry Sanders) the Backroads of Time
series, which is available from the ARTC table.
Whitworth Kiernan (Captains Church & Dredd)
||Daniel W. Kiernan has been performing since the late ‘50’s starting
out as the American Icon <next three paragraphs cut for length>
His first movie role playing opposite Arn <for complete movie listing
see www.ego.com>. Early DNA
testing found Daniel innocent, all charges were dropped and he moved
to Atlanta where he was introduced to the MRAP. During the 14 years
with this group he performed <again see www.ego.com
for complete listing> people are still talking about his character,
The Master, having his butt kicked by a 15-year-old girl in Buffy:
Warrior Princess. This year Daniel is getting closer to his dream
of doing a one man show by performing multiple roles in this play.
He is performing the pivotal role of <we
are not giving away the ending here ... watch the show--director.>
Kronick (Captian Church--sometimes)
Leonard (Chamberlain, and singing director)
||Al, veteran of the Clone Wars and other galactic encounters, is
just too old to know better. His extensive performing background includes
stints with such dubious organizations as The Last Great Jive-Ass
Jugband, Parcel of Rogues, and Nine-Fingered Liam. He has also served
as music director for the Georgia Renaissance Festival. He has been
in MRAP and ARTC productions as an actor and a musician. When not
composing or decomposing, Al serves as artist-in-residence in his
Leonard (Elizabeth Regina)
||Trudy is still not quite sure what happened. All she did was go
to Bill & Caran’s house one night with Al and Fiona, and the next
thing she knew, she was leading a chorus of beast-men on The Island
of Dr. Moreau for ARTC. Since then she’s found herself as a phone-sex
operator (in Can You Hear Me), an elder Weird Sister saving
the world (Chronos Beach), and being menaced by Mr. Hyde (The
Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde). She definitely needs
to find a better class of men to hang out with.
||Stephanie has been with MRAP since its inception. This explains
quite a lot about her odd behavior. During her tenure she has been
delighted (?) to play such diverse characters as the Rani, Tegan Jovanka,
Morticia Addams, and Margo Ledbetter. Despite taking a hiatus from
the troupe, she has been allowed to return to the bosom of her erstwhile
extended family. Her condition is described as guarded. (www.maidenhaist.com)
Hoin Lucyshyn (producer emeritus)
||Pat founded MRAP by sheer will-power. She brow-beat the rest of
us into performing our first play, A Night at the Old Phoenix.
Recently Pat has been absent from MRAP, pursuing productions of her
||Jack Mayfield has appeared in MRAP productions for over 12 years
now. From his first role as Batman’s sidekick Robin, through his roles
as Wesley Crusher in Wesley Crusher Can’t Lose and Xander Harris
in Buffy: Warrior Princess, Jack is, at age 27, still playing
16-year-olds. Outside MRAP, Jack slings pixels for a living.
Alan Ritch (producer/writer/director)
||Bill started by playing the fourth Doctor, but soon discovered that
his talents lay on the other side of the stage. He has co-written
and/or directed many MRAP plays, including FIAWOL, Creation
is a Circle, Wesley Crusher Can’t Lose, The Vixen,
Lois and Clark, and Buffy: Warrior Princess. For ARTC,
Bill adapted and directed The Menace from Earth, and directed
The Country of the Blind, The Man Who Traveled in Elephants,
and Our Fair City. He is also a member of the Dark River Writers.
He wants to thank everyone in the cast and crew for making his dreams
come true (especially Caran).
||Will has worked with MRAP many times in the past, most notably as
a character in Ron Butler’s Who is this Shakespeare Person, Anyway?
Often Will has been an uncredited and involuntary script collaborator.
This year MRAP has reversed that. Will hopes to never again work with
MRAP, but doubts that that wish will be granted anytime soon.
||Amy is appearing in her second MRAP production. You might remember
her as the lesbian Amazon, Sappho, from last year’s Buffy: Warrior
Princess. She has just received her Bachelors, majoring in theatre
at Brenau University. Yes - she can be taught! She is especially ecstatic
to be involved in a production that has employed most of her immediate
family. Three cheers for the Strickland clan! Best wishes to cast
Strickland (Admiral Benn)
||Brad Strickland comes to Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter
directly from an engagement with the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular
in Orlando, Florida, where he played “The Muscle Man.” When he’s not
being dramatic, Brad is a writer for Wishbone, TV’s literature-loving
dog, as well as novels for Nickelodeon’s Shelby Woo and ABC’s
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. He’s also written a good number
of Gothic mysteries for young readers in the series begun by the late
John Bellairs, including most recently The Specter from the Magician’s
Museum. He is not Brad Linaweaver.
Strickland (Mr. Byron)
||Jonathan Strickland is happy to be a part of this magnificent production.
He likes long walks on the beach, dinners by candlelight, and long
intimate conversations. Fortunately, so does his wife. He is very
happy to be working with his father, sister, and wife in this play.
He wants all Shakespeare fans to remember the immortal words of the
great bard, “Let not me play the woman, I’ve got a beard coming.”
Strickland (assistant director)
||Rebecca came to MRAP in the most unsavory of ways. Bill refused
to give her husband the juicy role of Byron until he had found an
assistant director. Not wanting her privileges revoked, Rebecca acquiesced
not so gracefully to be the gopher for Romeo and Ethel. Having
married into a family of theatrical smart asses, she feels right at
home with the motley crew of this production. It’s certainly been
an experience she’ll never be able to forget. But her therapist keeps
hoping for the best.
||Brad is a wizard on the electronic keyboard. He has been working
with MRAP and ARTC for a few years now. He is infamous for his “love
theme” from Dash Cardigan. He was also the orchestra in The
Kiss of Dracula (Big Deal Productions), Special Order,
Lois and Clark, and The Country of the Blind. He is
not Brad Linaweaver either.
Wilbanks (Peter Blood)
||Caran has been active in theatre since her high school’s production
of Oklahoma!. At Tift College she was often on stage, in roles
that included a young boy in a swamp, a dancing bear, a witch, and
Gilligan (of Gilligan’s Island). After college she discovered fandom,
and joined MRAP which let her play good guys (Batgirl) and bad guys
(The Rani). She is now happy that the Rehearsal Hall of Rassilon (her
home) will return to a less chaotic state now that this show is done.