Caroline – Kerry Giogi
Amanda – Rae Mancini
Mary Agnes – Jennifer Michaels
Brenda – Rachael Perry
April – Melanie Stone
Gregg – Valerie Westgate
Eddie – David Sackal
Mike Rice, David Wilder Savage, Mr. Shalimar, Ronnie Wood – David Nando Rodgers
Costume Design – Ron Cesario
Scenic Design – Jillian Eddy
Lighting Design – Marc Tiberiis
Stage Manager – Siobhan Laport-Cauley
Ron Cesario (Costume Designer) has designed over 80 productions in 13 years as 2nd Story’s Resident Costume Designer. Ron currently manages the Brown University Costume Shop. He spent 14 years at Trinity Rep, the last 10 as Costume Director. Other credits include designs for the Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center, Cape Cod Playhouse, Theater IV Virginia, Perishable Theater, Trinity Rep Conservatory, Rhode Island College and Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep. He was Costume Designer for Boozical: The Musical and was an original cast member. He designs stagewear for The Khris Francis Show and gowns for the fabulous Miss Ladiva Jonz. Ron has collaborated with Kym Moore on several Brown TAPS department shows including: Pippin, The Cook, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde and Hype Hero; as well as her off-Broadway production of Jomama Jones Radiate.
Jennifer Michaels is enjoying her 3rd performance with 2nd Story, most recently having performed in The Ladies Man as Yvonne Molineaux. Jennifer graduated with a BFA in Theatre Arts from the University of Rhode Island.
The Best of Everything is David Nando Rodgers’ 2nd Story Theatre debut. He is an Out Loud Theatre Ensemble Member, appearing this season in Marat/Sade as Cucurucu, and King Lear as Edmund. David previously appeared as St. John/Brocklehurst in Jane Eyre, and co-adapted of Out Loud’s production of Dracula. Other favorite roles include Sweet Revenge at the Minnesota Centennial Showboat, and Ned Blunt in The Rover. David co-adapted A Summer Rose in Winter from the original German script, and is currently writing a musical with Andrew James Hall. His BFA is from the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater Actor Training Program and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. His work can be found at www.davidnandorodgers.com.
Jillian holds her BFA in Theatre from the University of Rhode Island, concentrating in theatre design technology. She is 2nd Story’s resident production artist, filling her days with painting, building, hanging, and generally anything else required to get a production up and running – a Jill of all trades, you might say. Jillian has worked regionally with Wilbury Theatre Co., The Barker Playhouse, and the University of Rhode Island.
Rae Mancini has performed in over 25 shows with 2nd Story Theatre, most recently as Kath in Entertaining Mr. Sloane. Her favorite roles at 2nd Story include: Serafina (The Rose Tattoo), Sister Acacius (The Divine Sister), Mrs. Daldry (The Vibrator Play), Stella (A Streetcar Named Desire), Lady Torrance (Orpheus Descending), Billie Dawn (Born Yesterday), Elmire (Tartuffe) and Hedda (Hedda Gabler). A Boston University grad who’s studied, acted and sung regionally, Rae’s has worked with many RI theatres including Trinity Rep, Gamm, Wilbury Theatre Group, BTC, Epic Theatre Co. Rae has worked in videos, commercials, films and is a voice-over artist.
Kerry Giorgi is so excited to be making her 2nd Story debut in The Best of Everything. She’s previously worked at Epic Theatre Company and Out Loud Theatre. She’ll be back for the summer at 2nd Story in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Kira Hawkridge is the founding Artistic Director of Providence-based OUT LOUD Theatre, recently named Best of Rhode Island in RI Monthly as “Best Feminist Theater”. A freelance director and teaching artist since graduating with a BFA in Theatre from the University of Rhode Island, some of Kira’s directing credits include The Most Massive Woman Wins, an original adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, & Marat/Sade. She recently collaborated with TAPS at Brown University last Spring, directing A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and is currently directing The Yellow Wallpaper, a 4-part immersive experience for OUT LOUD Theatre, and Equus for Epic Theatre company.
Rachael Perry is delighted to be making her debut with 2nd Story Theatre in The Best of Everything. Her most recent credits include roles in: Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief, Titus Andronicus, and Love Song with Burbage Theatre Company. She has also worked on a staged reading of Don’t Give Up the Ship with The Wilbury Theatre Group. Rachael works for ABC6 News.
Siobhan is an actor and stage manager in Providence, while also employed in quality data reporting and analytics. She is the Production Manager and a co-founding member of Out Loud Theatre, as well as the Communications Manager for Striving Artists Theatre Company. Favorite past acting roles include Carly in The Most Massive Woman Wins, M in Crave, Inner Sanctum Vixen in Dracula, and Simonne in Marat/Sade. Siobhan graduated from Salve Regina University with a BA in Theatre Arts, and strives to keep theatre and art in her everyday life.
Valerie Westgate has worked with 2nd Story Theatre for the past six years. Notable roles include Joan of Arc (Saint Joan), Constanze Mozart (Amadeus), and Edith Sussman (Die Mommie Die!). Valerie graduated from Rhode Island College with a degree in Theatre Performance and is a proud founding member of the Providence based Burbage Theatre Company.
David Sackal is a graduate of Rhode Island College where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre. Recent theatre credits include Marat/Sade at OutLoud Theatre, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at Epic Theatre, and Prelude to a Kiss at 2nd Story Theatre.
The Best of Everything is Melanie Stone’s first production at 2nd Story Theatre. She has appeared on stage locally with OUT LOUD Theatre (Marat/Sade, Coriolanus, Antigone); Epic Theatre Company (The Penelopiad, American Strippers, Shining City, Angels in America, Betrayal); Mixed Magic Theatre (Driving Miss Daisy, Well of Woman, Life’s a Dream) and the Barn Summer Playhouse (Ashes to Ashes, Boston Marriage, The Play About the Baby). Melanie received her B.A. in Performing Arts from Iowa State University.
Marc Tiberiis is a local designer and stage technician. More coming soon….