Murder at the Howard Johnson’s Cast & Crew


Ed Shea


Lara Hakeem – Arlene Miller
Wayne Kneeland – Dr. Mitchell Lovell
Michael McAdam –Paul Miller

Production Staff

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

Cast Bios

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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.

Lara Hakeem Lara Hakeem

Lara Hakeem has an equal passion for acting and directing in the theater, which she has been doing consistently for three decades. She has worked summer stock and national tours, most recently directing with Epic Theatre Company. Lara’s 2nd Story roles include Bette in the Marriage of Bette and Boo, Sylvia and Sylvia, Rita in Prelude to a Kiss and Vanda in Venus in Fur. When offstage, Lara distributes Young Living oils and lifestyle guides, along with personal fitness training. Lara is CEO of Perfectives, a marketing and management company specializing in project leadership, marketing, sales, research intercepts, moderating, and space planning and design.

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Wayne trained with improv guru Del Close at Chicago’s famed Second City and is a graduate of The Goodman School of Drama. Principal film roles include Russell Bitterman in Risky Business, Party Boy #3 in Uncle Buck, Phil Kern in The Roommate, and Lloyd in Under the Biltmore Clock. He starred in an episode of America’s Most Wanted as fugitive Joe Sinnott Edwards. Stage roles include John Merrick in The Elephant Man, Bob in Beyond Therapy, Alan Strang in Equus and Jerry in The Zoo Story.   Wayne’s favorite roles at 2nd Story include C.S. Lewis in Freud’s Last Session, Buddy in Kimberly Akimbo, and Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey.

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Michael McAdam is an actor hailing from Providence RI and has enjoyed a diverse and varied career on stage in the New England area. He had the extreme pleasure of appearing as Angela Arden in Die, Mommie, Die!, Madame Aigreville in The Ladies Man, and Dr. Yahooda in Hysteria at 2nd Story Theatre. Michael can be seen this summer as his alter ego Payton St. James in Illusions at The Crown and Anchor in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

2014-10-31 19.18.09 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.

Ed Shea at 2nd Story Theatre Ed Shea

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

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