On episode 18 of the TSVP Radio Theater Podcast we present CyranA, written by Doug Zschiegner based on the original story by Edmond Rostand, adapted and directed by Kalee George for radio theatre, and starring Elise Brado, Devin Marshall, Jessica Pierson-Turner, Krista Cantrell, Susan Huckestein, Joy Stoudemire, and Kalee George.
This episode was recorded April 19, 2021 at the Saltworks Theatre, Ben Avon, Pennsylvania. Podcast executive producer: Kevin Farkas. This adaptation was produced by the Saltworks Theater Company and The Social Voice Project. Script adapted and directed by Kalee George. Audiography: Kevin Farkas. Production assistance: Mary Fogle-Loveland. Sound (available at YouTube): Irrévérente Thomas Viloteau (rrévérente), F.Pietramiala (Pensées nocturnes No. 2 composed by Raphaël Novarin). © ℗ TSVP Radio Theater Podcast/The Social Voice Project. All rights reserved.
CyranA De BergeracElise Brado is a Pittsburgh native with a B.A. in Theatre from Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. She is thrilled to be joining this cast for her very first radio play! Elise's previous credits include Shiny Girl (Ensemble), HAIR (Tribe/Black Boys feature), She Kills Monsters (Evil Gabbi), and working as a tour actor with Saltworks Theatre Company.
RobinDevin is from Enola, Pennsylvania, is a graduate from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). His performance credits include She Kills Monsters (Steve the Mage), Boeing Boeing (Bernard), and Twelfth Night (Sebastian). Beyond his performance roles, he wrote and directed his show, My Zombie Boyfriend, which debuted in fall of 2017 as part of the Lively Arts at IUP. He currently resides in Pittsburgh, where he works as a teaching artist and touring actor for Saltworks Theatre Company. His Pittsburgh credits include She Kills Monsters with The Theatre Factory, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play at McKeesport Little Theater, and TSVP Radio Theater Podcast's The Shadow in Death House Rescue and A Very COVID Christmas.
Christiane De NeuvilleteJessica Pierson-Turner is an actor and illustrator living in Pittsburgh, PA, and is excited to be recording her third radio play with The Social Voice Project. Some of her performance credits include Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks’ all woman production of Julius Caesar (Portia, Ensemble), Allegheny Playshop Theatre’s The Cherry Orchard (Anya), SET’s Spring Awakening : A Children’s Tragedy (Wendla Bergmann), McKeesport Little Theater’s It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play, and TSVP Radio Theater Podcast's A Very COVID Christmas.
Madame De GuicheKrista Cantrell is a Pittsburgh transfer from Syracuse NY, and has been involved in the Pittsburgh theatre scene since moving here March of the year 2019. She has been seen in performances with Poor Yorick’s in Monroeville and with The Shadow Box Players at The Theatre Factory, and this previous October in The Social Voice Project’s very own presentation of The Shadow in Death House Rescue, and the Saltworks/Social Voice Project’s collaboration on A Very COVID Christmas. She is very happy to have worked with these lovely people - no matter the unorthodox process due to these special worldly circumstances - and she can’t wait for you all to listen in!
Ligniere, Carbon de Castel-Jaloux, and the NarratorSusan has worked with various local theatre companies around Pittsburgh including the Red Barn Theatre, North Star Players, Robert Morris Colonial Theatre, McKeesport Little Theatre, Assumption Theatre Guild and Saltworks Theatre. She is a former high school teacher and Education Specialist for UPMC. In addition to acting, Susan also directed numerous high school productions. She currently sits on the Saltworks Board of Directors.
Raguena, Valvert, and the PriestRev Joy has many years under her belt as an entertainer, but recently began pursuing comedy in 2017 and acting in 2018 when she was cast as a lead background actress in the Netflix series Mind Hunters.” After being cast in 3 other movie productions as a background actress, Rev Joy wanted to hone her acting skills to be able to audition for speaking roles. By the grace of God, an opportunity presented itself when a casting director wanted her to audition for a play that was going to be taped for a video assembly. Rev Joy was hired by Saltworks Theater Company in 2020 and has since completed two video assemblies (“Fearsome Foursome” and “The Choice”) that are now available for youth ranging from elementary through high school. She is overJOYed to be included in this radio production of CyranA--being thought worthy enough by her peers to be considered an actress!
La Bret, DirectorKalee is a local theatre artist who holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Niagara University. She is also a certified Basic Actor Combatant through Fight Directors Canada. She can be seen performing with Saltworks Theatre Co and various other companies throughout the Pittsburgh area. In collaboration with the The Social Voice Project and the TSVP Radio Theater Podcast, Kalee has directed It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, The Shadow in Death House Rescue, A Very COVID Christmas, and CyranA. Find out more about Kalee at Kalee George,Theatre Artist
Adapter/WriterDoug Zschiegner is Asst. Director, Asst. Professor at Niagara University Theatre’s BFA program for the last fifteen years. There he directed Company, The Threepenny Opera, She Stoops to Conquer, The Real Thing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Into the Woods, Bat Boy: The Musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, She Loves Me and The Laramie Project. Besides teaching there, he’s adapted classic texts, CyranA, The Macbeth Insurgency and Pygmalion Today. As Associate Director at The Kavinoky Theatre he directed It’s A Wonderful Life, Secret Order and Rock ‘n’ Roll. He’s also a member of Road Less Traveled Production’s Resident Ensemble, directing premieres of Insidious, Very Fine Use of a Grenade and two Buffalo Stories events. Doug directed over thirty shows and ran Education and Outreach for eight years as Resident Director of Mill Mountain Theatre, an Equity company in Roanoke, VA. Acting credits include Race at RLTP, Atticus Finch at Studio Arena, Brutus with Shakespeare in Delaware Park, narration with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the film Marshall, plus over three-dozen roles by Shakespeare around the country. Doug’s guest directed and/or taught at Virginia Tech, Franklin & Marshall and Dickinson universities and Walnut Street, McCarter, First Stage, Roanoke Children’s Theatre, Indiana Rep and GEVA theatre companies. His MFA is from U of Delaware’s Professional Theatre Training Program. That last name is pronounced CHEEG-ner.
Sound Desiger & EditorKevin Farkas is an award-winning, independent multimedia producer specializing in creative audiography and podcast audio engineering, recording and editing. He is the executive producer of The Social Voice Project and producer & host of the TSVP Radio Theater Podcast. CyranA is his fourth collaboration with director Kalee George.
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