The Boys Next Door Cast & Crew


Ed Shea


Arnold Wiggins – Luis Astudillo
Lucien P. Smith – Marlon Carey
Jack Palmer – Christian O’Brien
Norman Bulansky – Joseph Henderson
Barry Klemper – Frankie Iaquinta
Men,. et. al. – Ed Shea
Women, et. al. – Susan Bowen Powers
Shiela – Ashley Hunter-Kenner
Mr. Klemper – F. William Oakes

Production Staff

Costume Design – Ron Cesario
Scenic Design – Jillian Eddy
Lighting Design – Max Ponticelli
Production Stage Manager – Jillian Eddy

Cast Bios

Christian O’Brien

Christian is thrilled to be back at 2nd Story, having appeared in its first two seasons of Short Attention Span Theatre years ago. A Rhode Island native, he’s spent the intervening years in NYC, after graduating with a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and training with the Atlantic Theater Company and Stonestreet School for Film and Television. Christian will be performing David Sedaris’ one man show Santaland Diaries December 7 – 10 with newly formed JMG Theater, where he is Artistic Director. Thank you to Ed and the cast and crew and looking forward to seeing you in the audience!

F. William Oakes

F. William Oakes has performed in dozens of plays at 2nd Story since 2006 and says his favorite role and play is “whatever I’m working on now”. Audiences may recognize Bill from his roles in Waiting for Godot, Bus Stop, To Kill a Mockingbird, Die Mommie Die, Fuddy Meers, David Copperfield and Becky’s New Car. By day Mr. Oakes works as a character interpreter for RIRRC’s education outreach program and as a teaching artist at Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School.

Frank Iaquinta

Frank is thrilled to be involved with 2nd Story. He recently performed in original, immersive production of Alice in Wonderland, staged in Plimouth Plantation. Frank recently graduated from Bridgewater State University, spending his senior year helping craft an original, immersive production titled An Awfully Big Adventure, based around the story of Peter Pan, whom he portrayed. He has interned with theatres like the Petersborough Players and he is thrilled to dive back into some raw, grounded theater.

Ashley Hunter Kenner

A part-time actor and full-time mom, Ashley is a native Rhode Islander who has been happily working at 2nd Story since 2007. Favorite roles include Wanda in Catholic School Girls, Lucienne in The Dupe, Susan in The Murder Room, and Agnes in The Divine Sister. Ashley holds a BFA in Music Theatre from Elon University and has performed professionally throughout New England, Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee before settling in Providence with her lovely, supportive husband, two magical daughters, and one nervous dog.

Joseph Henderson

Joe Henderson has been acting with 2nd Story since 2001. Favorite roles include Oscar in “The Little Foxes”, Owen in “The Foreigner”, and Kerry Max Cook in “The Exonerated”. Another prized role was Larry in “The Boys in the Band” at Triangle Theatre, Boston. Joe has a BA in Theatre from Providence College. When not acting, Joe works as a Business Analyst at FM Global.

Marlon Carey

Marlon Carey is a poet and teaching artist with the literary performance group Shakespeare to Hiphop. Never having recovered from catching the acting bug at 15, he performs throughout New England and has appeared on the 2nd Story stage in Lobby Hero, A Few Good Men, Enron, and Take Me Out. He lives in Providence with his ever-patient wife, Emily, their three remarkable children, and a cat named Mojo.

Susan Bowen Powers

Susie joined the 2nd Story family in 1979 in Newport. She has acted with them in the various homes from the original theater over Harry’s Harbor Front Restaurant to School One and here in Warren. Over the years she has acted mostly with 2nd Story but also TRIST and TIFOBET. Her favorite roles were Rita in Uncommon Women and Others, Maude in A Couple of White Chicks Sittin’ Around Talkin’, Maggie in Hobson’s Choice, Susan in The Murder Room, Mrs Prentice in What The Butler Saw , and foul mouthed Pauline in Bright New Boise.

Luis Astudillo

Luis Astudillo is the Head of the World Language Department at Classical High School.
He received a Best Actor award from The Providence Phoenix for his performance in “The Swan” for Alias Stage. He first worked as an actor with 2nd Story more than 25 years ago. Most recent 2nd Story roles were in “A Flea in her Ear” and “The Front Page”. On television, Luis played Edgar Alonzo in Brotherhood (Season 2)-Showtime.

Production Bios

Ed Shea at 2nd Story Theatre Ed Shea

Ed Shea is the co-founder, CEO and Artistic Director of 2nd Story Theatre.

More information coming soon….

Max Ponticelli

Max Ponticelli serves as 2nd Story Theatre’s Producing Director and has been on staff since 2009. He holds a BFA in Dramatic Arts from URI and is a part-time faculty member at Clark University. Recently, Max been adding more “designer” credits to his resume: lighting for Prelude to a Kiss, Freud’s Last Session and Trip to Bountiful; sound for Enron (Motif Award, Best Sound Design), scenic design for Seascape and Murder at the Howard Johnson’s; and production design for Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Tuesdays with Morrie, and Love, Loss & What I Wore. He occasionally works regionally with, most recently, Bridgewater State University, The Wilbury Theatre Group, and Trinity Rep.

Jillian Eddy

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.

Ron Cesario

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.

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