Who's Who • PORCELAIN
Director • PORCELAIN
BONNIE HEWETT (Director)
Involved in the entertainment industry since the age of two, Ms. Hewett has worked as a model, actress and director throughout the US and abroad. In New York City she had the great good fortune to study stage and theatre at the prestigious HB Studio under the tutelage of the incomparable Uta Hagen and television and film acting at the Weist-Barron Studio. She has appeared in numerous commercials, industrial films and print ads. For several years she was a resident actress, director and drama teacher at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, America’s first and oldest theatre. As a founding member of King & Queen Productions she toured Europe in the award winning Side By Side By Shaw, an original review of the works of George Bernard Shaw. Living and studying in England while attending the renowned London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) she appeared in several productions at the Royal Shakespeare Company working with such luminaries as Sir John Gielgud, Peter O’Toole and Ian McKellen. As an original member of the acting troupe An American In London she performed in productions such as You Can’t Take It With You and Fifth of July bringing the best of American theatre to London’s West End. In the US she has appeared in venues from coast to coast including productions at the Delacorte Theater in New York City home of the world renowned Shakespeare in the Park, the St. Louis Municipal Opera (The Muni, America’s oldest and largest outdoor musical theatre) and the historic Pasadena Playhouse in California. Now residing in Houston Ms. Hewett served as Artistic Director for The Queensbury Theatre (formerly Country Playhouse) for five seasons and has directed and acted for numerous venues throughout the
Assistant Director • PORCELAIN
CONNER BORNE (Assistant Director)
Conner Borne is a Houston actor who graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2017 with a B.F.A in acting and directing and he is honored to be a part of the PORCELAIN team. In his time at SHSU he played Alfred in Cardenio and Sergeant/Yussup in Caucasian Chalk Circle. During his senior year he directed Belleville by Amy Herzog as a part of SHSU's senior directors debut program. Outside of college Conner has been fortunate enough to work with the Houston Grand Opera, the Murder Mystery Company, and College of the Mainland Community theater where he tackled the role of George in Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. In his free time Conner loves to read under the sun and occasionally dabbles in writing. He hopes to continue working in theatre as an actor and director and to one day live on boat in the Bahamas.
Stage Manager • PORCELAIN
ASHLEY GRAVES (Stage Manager)
Ashley is THRILLED to be working with The Caduceus Theater Company again! Many of you will remember her as Jacqueline from Don't Dress for Dinner. Other past performances include: Bad Seed, Steel Magnolias and A Christmas Story. Even though she prefers to be on stage acting, she is proud to be stage manager on this magnificent run of Porcelain for such an amazingly talented all male cast. Let's just say she can do it all! Be sure to look for Ashley in upcoming plays with The Caduceus Theater Company next year. Special thanks to Dr. Michael Heard for all he does for the theater and beyond.
Cast • PORCELAIN
BAO QUOC HOANG (John Lee)
Bao Quoc Hoang makes his Houston Theater Debut! Born and raised in Vietnam through High School before coming to Texas. Recent graduate of Dean College in Franklin, MA with BA in Arts with concentration in Musical Theatre, May 2018. Trained under David Krasner while in college. Besides being an actor/singer, Bobo focused on dance for more than 8 years while in Vietnam with a special interest in Modern Dance and Hip Hop. He would like to thank his family for the endless great support and The Caduceus Theater, especially Dr. Michael Heard and Director Bonnie Hewett for a exciting opportunity to take on this challenging role.
DAIN GEIST* (Voice #1)
Dain Geist is originally from Fairbanks, Alaska, and is making his Caduceus debut. With an MFA from the Actors Studio Drama School, past Houston credits include: Enemies, Love and Information, Fallen Angels, Love Goes to Press, The Coast of Utopia Trilogy (Main Street Theater); The Government Inspector, Dr. Faustus, Hamlet, Ubo Roi (Classical Theatre Company); Antony & Cleopatra, As You Like It, Hamlet, Comedy of Errors, Othello, and Taming of the Shrew (Houston Shakespeare Festival). Dain is a proud member of Actors Equity Association, and would like to thank his wife, Rachel, for her continued love and support.
*Under special contract with Actors’ Equity Association
TOMMY STUART (Voice #2)
Regional: Alley Theater: Cleo (Ensemble) Stages Repertory Theater: Living and Breathing (Todd) Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: Romeo and Juliet (Romeo), Wittenberg ( Hamlet). Shakespeare Dallas: Don Quixote (Fernando). Great River Shakespeare Festival: Julius Caesar (Brutus U/S, Metellus Cimber U/S, Cinna the Poet U/S), Coriolanus (Titus Lartius). Dallas Holocaust Museum Theater: Magnum’s Opus (Simon).
BFA: University of Oklahoma.
ALAN BRINCKS (Voice #3)
Alan Brincks is grateful to be working with Caduceus Theater for the first time this summer. Favorite roles include Jack Tanner in Man and Superman, Jake in A Lie of the Mind, and Mark Antony in Julius Caesar. Alan has worked around the country at Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Nebraska
Shakespeare Festival, Quintessence Theatre, The Secret Theatre, and The Blue Barn Theatre. Alan currently resides in Houston, Texas with his amazing wife, Faith Fossett. BFA-Nebraska Wesleyan University, MFA-University of Houston.
*Under special contract with Actors’ Equity Association
MICHAEL J. HEARD* (Voice #4)
Michael J. Heard is very excited to be a part of this amazing production surrounded by such a talented cast. His most challenging role to date is as the Executive Artistic Director for The Caduceus Theater. He is constantly engulfed in theater either IN the audience or IN the show. Now travelling the country to other arts venues has opened his eyes to a whole new world of exciting theater productions inviting fresh ideas for the Houston theater scene. Favorite credits include: Run For Your Wife (John Smith), Hello Dolly (Cornelius), Dearly Departed (Junior), Best Little Whorehouse (Melvin P. Thorpe), Whose Life Is It Anyway (Doctor), Greater Tuna (Petey Fisk, Didi Snavely), Don't Dress For Dinner (Robert Dubedat), and Porcelain (Voice 4). Mike's recurring daytime role is as OBGYN/ER Physician with specialization in "test tube" babies, endocrinology, and ultrasound. BS: University of Georgia (Microbiology/Music), MD Training: Emory University School of Medicine and Baylor College of Medicine. Additional roles as Theatre/ARTS Underwriter/Donor for Stages Repertory Theatre, Classical Theatre Company, Alley Theatre, Houston Community College, Theatre Southwest, Landing Theatre Company, TUTS, Rogue productions, Night Court, and Houston Ballet. Very special thanks to Cast and Crew of Porcelain, especially Bonnie Hewett, Director, my long lost SISTER in the business I thought I never had. Thank YOU for your insight, advice, and veteran experience to help bring Porcelain to life in the midst of death. Additional thanks to all his local theater family and friends for their ongoing support of his thespian lifestyle, including Executive Assistant Jodi White for everything theater business and medical at The Heard Institute. Dedicated to Dr. Shary Borhan-ILYFM and my girls-Didi and Bella. www.theheardinstitute.com
Who's Who • DON'T DRESS FOR DINNER
RALPH BIANCALANA (Bernard)
is pleased to be part of The Caduceus Theater Arts Company’s inaugural performance. Recent Houston area credits include Bell, Book and Candle (Shepherd Henderson) at Playhouse 1960, Five by TENN (The Doctor, Joe) with Dirt Dogs Theater Co., Blithe Spirit (Charles Condomine) at The Crighton Theater, The 39 Steps (Richard Hannay) and Wait Until Dark (Sam Hendrix), both at the Queensbury Theater. Prior roles include California Suite (Sidney Nichols), Rough Crossing (Ivor Fish), Extremities (Raul) and Canterbury Tales (Nicholas). My thanks to the terrific cast and crew and extra special thanks to my lovely wife, Elen, for your unconditional support and incredible patience!
BRITNEY CROSSON (Suzanne)
is thrilled and thankful to be a part of this fun show with such talented people in an exciting new theatre company. Some favorite past performances include Annelle in Steel Magnolias, Babe in Crimes of the Heart, Ethel in Footloose, Woman #1 in I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change, as well as multiple film appearances, especially that one with Jason Priestley. In addition to acting, Britney is also an entrepreneur, writer and YouTuber, always working to inspire, entertain and motivate anyone and everyone that can use a little lift. For more info visit www.BritneyCrosson.com. “Ryan, little bud, toot, I love you with all of my heart. Goooo A-Team!”
BRIAN CHAMBERS (George)
is thrilled to join this amazing cast and company. Select credits include Theatre LaB Houston: The Chosen; Main Street Theatre: Bunnicula; Cone Man Running: Insomnia Cafe; Unity Theatre: Little Women; Bayou City Concert Musicals: Promises Promises, Bells are Ringing; Lubbock Moonlight Musicals: Beauty and the Beast; SRO: Heartbreak USA (World Premier); Queensbury Theatre: Big River, Man of La Mancha; Alley Theatre: The Christians; Stageworks Theatre: Forever Plaid. From Valencia California, Brian has a BA from Texas Tech University. He would like to thank his incredible wife Misty for her love and support.
ASHLEY GRAVES (Jacqueline)
is thrilled to be performing in her first show with Caduceus Theater Arts Company. Her most recent performance was Don’t Dress for Dinner at Franca’s Dinner Theater where she first had the privilege of working with the most hysterical Dr. Michael Heard. The bulk of her performances over the years have been at Clear Creek Community Theater, where she first performed with her beautiful and multi-talented friend Britney Crosson (Suzanne) over 10 years ago in Steel Magnolias. Other productions include Miracle on 34th Street, It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story-- all of which she had the honor of sharing the stage with her handsome and talented son Jett. When Ashley is not on stage, you will find her working as a local Realtor or actively involved in city government. She wants to thank her family and friends for loving, supporting and indulging her enough to let her shine on stage.
MICHAEL J. HEARD* (Robert)
is thrilled to be making his debut at the inaugural show of The Caduceus Theater as a bachelor caught in a love affair trying to help out his best friend. His newest role as the Executive Artistic Director of The Caduceus Theater Arts Company is his most exciting so far. He enjoys comedies, musicals, and dark drama and is constantly hiding in theaters all over Houston either IN the audience or IN the show. Favorite Credits Include: Run For Your Wife (John Smith), Hello Dolly (Cornelius), Dearly Departed (Junior), Best Little Whorehouse (Melvin P. Thorpe), Whose Life Is It Anyway (Doctor), Damn Yankees (Manager), Dracula (Van Helsing), Greater Tuna (Petey Fisk, Didi Snavely), and Porcelain (Voice 4). Mike’s daytime acting job is as a Certified OB/GYN Physician who specializes in “test tube” babies and Reproductive medicine as well as Endocrinology . Graduate of University of Georgia (Microbiology/Music), Emory University School of Medicine, and Baylor College of Medicine. Additional Roles as Theater/ARTS Underwriter/Donor for Stages Repertory Theatre, Alley Theatre, Houston Community College, Theatre Southwest, Landing Theatre Company, Rogue Productions, Houston Ballet, Night Court. Very special thank s for the support of the new theater company, the Cast and Crew of DDFD, Director T ravis Coombs, JJ Johnston and Andrew Love of the Classical Theatre Company and all his theater and local family and friends for their ongoing support of his thespian lifestyle, including The Heard Institute and Baylor CHI St. Luke’s Emergency Room. Enjoy the show! www.theheardinstitute.com
*Under special contract with Actors’ Equity Association
LYDIA MEADOWS (Suzette)
is delighted to be a part of the inaugural production of Caduceus Theater Arts Company. Originally from Tennessee, she has been gracing Houston stages for almost 15 years. Most recently, she was privileged to play Hillary Clinton for Halloween Magic, which raised over a million dollars for AIDS organizations in Houston. Prior to that, she was honored to share the stage with some amazing women in Love, Loss and What I Wore for Celebration Theater and TheaterLaB. Other area credits include Cabaret (Sally Bowles) and Chicago (Matron Mama Morton) at COM Theatre; Comic Potential, Oh Boy!, What the Butler Saw, and Seussical (Mayzie la Bird) at Main Street Theater. TheaterLaB credits include Gone Missing, Matt & Ben, A Class Act (Mona); Bells are Ringing, Pajama Game (Mae), and Finnian’s Rainbow with Bayou City Concert Musicals. Thank you for supporting the arts!
TRAVIS KIRK COOMBS** (Director)
Select Directing Credits: The Wild Party, The Rocky Horror Show, Edges: A Song Cycle, Hairspray, Big Fish. Select Performance Credits: PRE-BROADWAY: Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical (Rock); OFF-BROADWAY: Honestly, Abe (Abe Lincoln), Piggy Nation (Swing); REGIONAL: Tick, Tick…Boom (Jon), Big Fish (Will), Hairspray (Link), RENT (Mark), Bye Bye Birdie (Birdie), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Jimmy), Footloose (Ren). Travis is a jingle and musical theatre composer currently developing his original musical “Sole Mates” with Rogue Productions. BFA in Theatre from Texas State University. Proud Member of Actor’s Equity Association. Thanks to Michael, Heather, Chelsea, Rachael, and the incredible team that’s helped bring this great show to the stage.
**Member of Actors’ Equity Association
MARK A. LEWIS (Set Designer)
Mark is excited to be working with this great group of people on this project. He has designed scenery and lights for over 200 shows in his 22 years at the A. D. Players, as well as various stages around Houston, and in his home town of Omaha, Nebraska. Some of his favorites are: To Kill a Mockingbird, Godspell (2001); Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure; Arsenic and Old Lace, and John, His Story (2009) at A. D. Players, Miss Nelson Is Missing!and The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow (ballet) at Omaha Theater Company, 52 Pick Up for TheaterLaB, Big River at Queensbury Theater, and The Miracle Worker at University of St. Thomas.. Mark and his wife Marci enjoy traveling, spending time with and spoiling their great-granddaughter, Kaitlin, as well as their dog Morty and their cats Sage and Mello.
CHELSEA RYAN MCCURDY** (Assistant Director)
Chelsea has Assistant Directed Stages’ Panto Snow Queen and has been Directing youth theatre for St. Luke’s Youth Choir, Pure Sound, for the last 5 years. Chelsea is a Houston native and an actress around town. She is grateful to be stretching herself as an assistant for such a great team in such a stylized genre. Thank you, Michael, for the opportunity and thank you, Travis, for making my job a breeze.
**Member of Actors’ Equity Association
FRANK MENA (Costume Designer)
After graduating high school, Frank started to design costumes for theatres, and re-enactment groups. His costumes have been on the front page of the Houston Chronicle, the Galveston Times, and in the pages of Katy Magazine. Frank has been designing costumes for KVPAC since Encore Players mounted its first show, Something’s Afoot in 2008. He has designed for other KVPAC productions such as: The Odd Couple, Into the Woods, Sylvia, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Fantasticks, and Sleepy Hollow.
TANYA TERRY (Stage Manager / Set Properties)
Tanya has acted as Stage Manager for The Passion of Dracula; MacRocBeth; Waiting for Othello; TBone and Weasel. She also has been seen on stage in Arms and the Man; Arsenic and Old Lace; The Grapes of Wrath; Learned Ladies; Greater Tuna. I am honored to be a part of Caduceus Theater’s first presentation. Thank you, Michael, for asking me to be part of Houston’s newest professional theater company.