Cast and Team Bios

CAST BIOGRAPHIES

Cianna  Castro  (Katherine Carper) is an aspiring actress from Newark, NJ. Currently a Junior at Temple University, Cianna has appeared in several short films and theatrical productions. She is the recipient of the GIIF Mental Health Awareness award and the recipient for the Best Lead Actress award for her role of Sam in Mishandled. When schoolwork isn’t piling up, Cianna enjoys cooking and doing yoga. 

Paul Chamberlain (Wilbur Brookover), a New York City-based actor originally from Bowie, MD, is also an accomplished singer and pianist. He studied abroad at the London Dramatic Academy, and earned his Bachelor of Music from Catholic University in DC. Favorite roles: Thoroughly Modern Millie (Trevor Graydon), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), Ragtime (Younger Brother), and the original production of The Land Where The Good Songs Go (creative team: Stafford Arima, Christopher Gattelli, David Loud). www.paul-chamberlain.com @paulywog2

Magaly Chavez (Narrator 2) has been interested in theater and acting for over a decade. She is particularly interested in productions and roles focused on social justice. She holds a Masters of Public Policy from UC Berkeley and has dedicated her career towards equity and justice. This project is an extension of her commitment and passion for social justice. This is her first Zoom production. 

G.G. Crawley (Lena Mae Carper) has enjoyed acting since age 4.  She is now a retired social worker with many years of experience in mental health, children and family services, as well as aging and adult services.  Currently, she is sharing her experiences and knowledge with social work students as an instructor at California State University San Bernardino.  Acting brings so much joy and she has had the opportunity to be a part of The Baby Shower, The Bacchae, Trojan Women – A Love Story, Fences, On Golden Pond, A Raisin in the Sun, Never Too Late, Talk Radio, and others.  She is so pleased to be a part of such an educational and historic play.

Gloria Cunha (Alma Jean Galloway) had her first acting experience in the 2019 production of Words That Made the Difference. As a tenor, singing in the UIM choir keeps her spirit thriving. She currently teaches pre-school at Ross Academy Montessori in Mill Valley, CA. Gloria’s recipe for Happiness: Love Children, Nature and the Arts! 

Katie Elman (Darlene Watson) is a NYC based actress and is honored to be telling one of the most important stories of our history. Recent credits: She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms (Agnes) – All in TheatricsCabaret (Lulu) – Peregrine Theatre Ensemble, The Proxy Marriage (Gillian– Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals, Pericles (Marina) – Capital Classics. Educational: Sweet Charity (Charity), Little Women (Beth), The Children’s Hour (Catherine/Agatha). Upcoming Virtual Reading: Mendocino (Julie) – Planet Connections Theatre. BFA in Musical Theatre from The Hartt School. You can find her at www.katieelman.com or @katie_elman!

Daniel Holme  (Jack Greenberg) an award-winning actor and film maker. NYC Theatre credits: Poet/Nest (by Akin) at Lincoln Center, Andrew/Breakfast Play at Secret Theatre, John/Inside Danny’s Box at Origin’s First Irish Festival, Epstein/Holy Day at New Ohio Theatre. Regional Credits: Emcee/Cabaret, Clarence/Richard III, Simeon/Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Olivier/As You Like It all at Scranton Shakespeare Festival. Radio Plays: Henry IVThe Real Housewives of WindorSalomeWe Carry On and Rogue Waves. Daniel trained at American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Co-founder of FAT CONTENT Theatre. Co-Founder Daniel & Daniel Film. More info: www.DanielHolme.com @DannyBoysHere

Charselle Hooper (Lester Goodell) is a performance poet, writer, actor and artist. She has been an Individual Artist Grant Recipient from The Marin Art’s Council, recognized by The World March for Peace and Nonviolence, and the 8th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates for her relational artwork, Peace Poem Project. She is honored to be involved in this important work.

Jerry Hyppolite (Oliver Brown) is a Brooklyn, NY raised actor and poet. He is an organic creative who is passionate and driven by the metaphor of acting. He’s been in theatre, film and commercial productions across the country. Most recently appearing in two features, Footprints of an Angel produced by Anthony Mealings and Under Punches produced by Goa Yang to name a few. As a passionate nuanced based actor, he is continuing to build his actor’s portfolio training in stunts and accents. He has studied in St.Francis and John Jay College honing his skills in performing arts and currently resides in Westchester, NY. 

Gene Kahane (Chief Justice Earl Warren) is a retired teacher and active bookseller, actor, director and poet. Among the plays he’s directed are Angels in America, Nicholas Nickelby, Doubt, and Fences. Gene is also a man of ink with 23 tattoos, most of them reflective of his love of literature and Shakespeare. He spends much of his free time reading, writing and biking.

Salvatore Langella (Judge Delmas Hill) grew up in southern Spain with an American Mother and Italian father. He always had a passion for creating and design. He studied Marketing in Spain and Denmark, then moved to New York City where he worked in retail and bartending. He eventually moved to Los Angeles and created his own business. There he had a first glimpse at acting and it planted a seed. A few years later, when Covid hit, he lost most of his business and made the decision to drop everything and start acting. An undeniable passion that had been growing in him for years….because if not in the middle of a pandemic, then when?

Gary Mason (Judge Walter Huxman) is a Northern Virginia based actor/voice actor who is honored to be involved in this important project.  Recently retired after serving in the United States Navy for the past 40 years as both an active duty sailor and Navy civilian, he is now pursuing a fulltime career as a performer.   Recent work includes two commercial voice over spots and a Zoom reading of Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Links”.  Gary is presently working on a limited series television show and a feature film as well as this project.  You can find him at  www.audiomaticvoice.com @audiomaticvoice.

Jesse Marsh (Judge Arthur Mellot) has 51 acting credits, 3 IMDb acting credits, 20 singing credits, and is the Visual Theater Playwright for 22 short plays performed at Dixon Place, NY. He directed Comedy Night in New York; Series 1, Episodes 1, 2, 3 and 4 for Paper Plane Entertainment on Amazon Prime plus You’ve Got To Put Them Out Of Their Misery by, Paul K. Smith: a dramatic 10 minute play with shadow theater technique at Players Theatre, NY; BOO Festival. Jesse is also a Puppet Fabricator for 10 short plays and an award winning Scenography Artist.                        

Jim Mitulski (John Kane) is the interim pastor of Island United Church In Foster City CA. He has been a pastor in the United Church of Christ, (UCC) The Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), the Disciples of Christ, and The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries for the past forty years. He is a graduate of Columbia University, the Pacific School of Religion, the Harvard Divinity School and the Starr King School for the Ministry. He is a proud member of the ACLU and the NAACP and thinks you should be too. 

Jeffrey Moon (Charles Bledsoe), a native San Franciscan, grew up in the Fillmore district where its rich Jazz and Blues history has introduced him to his artistic endeavors. Jeffrey has a strong interest in acting and music. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA and has been a part of various theatrical works, television shows, commercials, and movies. His most recent work was with Ragtime, a production at the Throckmorton Theatre.

Gary Moore (John Scott) is a Bay Area writer, actor, and artist who began honing his skills in San Francisco’s Fillmore District. He is an alumni of San Francisco State University’s distinguished Theatre Arts Program and is currently studying acting for TV and film at First Take Acting School. Gary has had a deep passion for performance and storytelling since a young age and aims to continue his growth as an artist. He has performed notable roles in Shakespeare’s, A Midsummer’s Night Dream (Bottom), The Laramie Project (Jedadiah Shultz), and A Raisin In the Sun (Walter Lee Younger). He is honored to have the opportunity to continue bringing diverse and refreshing stories to stage. 

Brionna Acker Robinson (Narrator 1) began serious acting at eight years old, as Dorothy in a local performance of The Wiz. She is a graduate of The New York Film Academy and studied acting in the U.S., England, and the Netherlands. Brionna has performed in Canada, as well as with SF’s American Conservatory Theater, and with Berkeley’s Black Repertory Theater. She is a choir singer, and is happy to return to the stage. 

John L. Shortt (Dr. Hugh Speer) is an actor and singer based in New York City, originally hailing from the Oregon Coast. After attending Portland State University on vocal scholarships, Mr. Shortt embarked upon an operatic career that took him all over North America and Europe as a leading dramatic tenor in the most heroic, intensely strenuous and iconic roles of the standard Italian, French and German romantic repertory (most frequently as the lead or title role in Pagliacci, Otello, Carmen, Samson et Dalila, Fidelio, Die Walkure, Aida, Il Trovatore and Turandot). Mr. Shortt has appeared extensively throughout the US with many opera companies, theater and musical organizations (including The Metropolitan Opera Club and Guild, the San Francisco Opera, the New York City Opera Guild, the American Symphony Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall and The Carnegie Hall ‘Artist’s in Concert’ series). He has added to his growing list of theatrical roles (Death of a Salesman, 12 Angry Men, Mandela) and music theater roles (televised shows include Fiddler on the Roof, Kiss Me Kate, Man of La Mancha, South Pacific, Carousel, The Vagabond King), by recently expanding into the realms of film (PinkCity, The Call, Chad and Stacy: A Modern Day Love-Story, Agents Of Influence, and the soon to be released, The Bell Affair), virtual productions (The SS Robin, Brown VS The BOE) of plays and screenplays, commercials, as well as entering the field of voice-over, contributing portrayals in several of the categories above, in addition to the realms of video game (Transient) and podcast endeavors (Wordtastic and the upcoming March). Future projects include many leading, supporting, antagonist and outright villainous roles, while adding song recordings, voice-over and narration in a wide variety of musical, theatrical and film genres.      

Saskia Baur (Louisa Holt)  is an American actor of Dutch and Italian descent, born and raised in Los Angeles. Named after the Dutch painter Rembrandt’s wife, Saskia began her career as a Ballet dancer with Ms. Eileen Locklin and later went on to study Theatre Arts in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. She is represented by Joan Spangler at LOOK Talent and her website is www.saskiabaur.com

Will Taylor (Silas Fleming) Born in Illinois, raised in California and Tennessee, Will Taylor moved to Las Vegas to pursue his calling of acting, including everything from Macbeth, voice over work and spoken word.  Will is prayerfully optimistic that Las Vegas is the place where his new life chapter begins. 

Eric Ward (Robert Carter) Eric Ward is a native son of San Francisoc and has plied his trade in the Bay Area theater and visual arts for many years. Mr. Ward’s numerous contributions include serving as Musical Director of San Francisco Recovery Theater for seven years and being named “Best Crooner” by San Francisco’s landmark Cabaret venue, Martuni’s. Through his association with John Aiello’s Electric Review, Mr. Ward’s illustrations have been published over 150 times in print and web media. 

Amos White (Thurgood Marshall) is an awarded American haiku poet and author, producer, and civil rights activist. He is recognized for his vivid literary imagery and breathless poetic interpretations.  Amos is published in national and international reviews and anthologies.  He is founder and host of the Heart of the Muse creative’s salon, Executive Producer and host of Beyond Words: Jazz+Poetry show, President of Bay Area Generations literary reading series, board member with the Black Speculative Arts Movement and with the AfroSurreal Writers Workshop-Oakland.  

PRODUCTION TEAM BIOGRAPHIES

Dr. Cindy Acker, Ed.D. (Playwright and Director) is a five time award-winning educator and playwright. She was vocally trained by the late Johnny Land, and has sung with the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, the Glide Ensemble, Unity In Marin, and the MCC Worship and Praise Choir of San Francisco. She has led and toured three choirs, performing in the Governor’s chambers on behalf of marriage equality. Cindy has produced a feature entitled Creative Parenting, and has written several plays, performed in the US and a Canada, including an award-winning musical entitled, In Our Hands

Sarah McArthur LeValley (Producer / Historic Researcher) spent her career in theatre and feature animation at the Mark Taper Forum, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Walt Disney Feature Animation, Pixar Animation Studios and Lucas Animation. She loves the collaborative process! Sarah is excited to be turning her skills to the work of social justice and is now working as the Director of Social Justice at The Child Unique Montessori School.

Steve Shlisky (Editor) is a 39 year veteran of Bay Area television (KTVU, KICU, and KNTV), producing, directing,  and editing  local programs from PSAs, promotion, and news features, to full length entertainment and documentary features. Among his many honors, Steve has received fourteen local Emmy® Awards. Since 1999, Steve lectured at San Francisco State University (in their BECA program) and at Oakland’s Laney College where, since 2011, he co-chairs the Media Communication Department. Steve recently termed out as the local Chapter president of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the people behind the Emmy Awards) and is currently their Programs & Activities Committee Chair.

Bryan French (Technical Assistant) was born in Santa Cruz, California. He moved to the bay area in 2013 to study the recording arts. He graduated from Ex’pression College in 2016 with a BA in Sound Arts. Bryan has been working in the Live Events industry for six years and has worked on many high profile events ranging from tech conferences for Microsoft and NASA to musical acts like George Benson.

George W. Markham (Lighting) GWMarkham Consulting provides technical, logistical, production and program support for live and virtual events. Markham has 30+ years of experience producing broadcast, stage and corporate events. Currently, his focus has been supporting non-profits organizations holding live and virtual events. 

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