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Inherit the Wind

March 10 - March 27

Inherit the Wind

By Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee

in Partnership with Tampa Rep

March 10-27, 2016    Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm,      Sundays @ 3pm    


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EXTENDED!!! Four more performances at the New Murray Theatre at Ruth Eckerd Hall 

March 31-April 3,  Thursday, Friday and  Saturday at 7:30pm

Sunday at 3p


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One of the great American dramas of the 20th century, INHERIT THE WIND is as rousing and relevant today as it was in 1955. Two great lawyers face off in a small-town courtroom with the eyes of an entire nation upon them. The accused? A high school teacher. His crime? Teaching evolution. Loosely based on the real-life Scopes Monkey Trial, INHERIT THE WIND is an edge-of-your-seat legal drama and a riveting look at the age-old conflict between science and faith.


David FrankelC. David Frankel​ (Director) is the Artistic Director and a co-founder of The Tampa Repertory Theatre.  He has directed TampaRep’s productions of A Streetcar Named Desire,  The Glass Menagerie, Hamlet, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Betrayal.  A sometimes actor, he has appeared in their productions of Cold Storage, Heroes, and Imagining Madoff, as well as in Bach at Leipzig, Six Degrees of Separation, and An Oak Tree for Gorilla Theatre. He also played Yogi Berra in the one-person play Nobody Don’t Like Yogi.  After Inherit the Wind, he will return to TampaRep to direct Eugene O’Neill’s epic drama,The Iceman Cometh, in June. Frankel also serves as the Assistant Director of Theatre in USF’s School of Theatre and Dance.  His directing credits there include (among others) Rhinoceros, Galileo, Women Beware Women, and The Doctor is In! (his own adaptation of Molière’s The Doctor in Spite of Himself). An active member of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), he has participated on a variety of panels and has directed a number of one-act plays for the New Play Development Project. He holds an MFA in Directing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and lives in Dade City with his wife, Connie.


Jim WickerJim Wicker (Brady) is pleased to return to Stageworks, where his previous shows include Superior Donuts, Circle Mirror Transformation, and To Kill a Mockingbird.  His recent credits elsewhere include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Our Town, Hamlet, Heroes, and Yellowman.  Jim has a featured role in the film Waiting on Mary, which will be released later this year. He is also the literary manager for The Radio Theatre Project in St. Petersburg.  A retired drama teacher, Jim now divides his time between his homes in Tampa and the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. His life is good.





richard coppingerRichard Coppinger (Drummond)

Originally from N.H. Richard has been doing theater for a thousand years, more or less. He was last seen on Stageworks stage as Max in Superior Donuts. He would like to thank his lovely wife Carole for her love and support.








Joseph ParraJoseph Parra (Judge/Elijah/Bollinger) is so happy to make his “second” debut with Stageworks, having done the New Playwrights Festival in 2011, with our beautiful production of INHERIT THE WIND.  Our audiences may be used to seeing him across the water at American Stage in St. Pete where he has been a company member since 2002.  He works up and down the Eastern seaboard but primarily here in Florida, having just completed a staged reading of a new work, SWEETER THAN JUSTICE, in Sarasota where he will be performing in a full production of same in May at Asolo’s Cook Theatre.  He has performed at many venues up and down our state including American Stage, Gorilla Theatre, Alhambra Theatre, Golden Apple Dinner Theatre, Show Palace Dinner Theatre, Florida Repertory Theatre, et al.  Audiences may also remember him from TV on RYAN’S HOPE and his old Allerest commercial and in films ranging from THE GODFATHER to an in-house infomercial for Publix.  He is a proud member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA, both for over 40 years.  He thanks you so much for supporting live theatre and helping to keep him employed!!!


   Jon GennariJon Gennari (Hornbeck) is thrilled to be back in Tampa for a little while. He is delighted to be making his Stageworks debut with such a talented and hard working cast and crew. He studied Acting at Northern Illinois University and Idyllwild Arts Academy and has since been a hard working professional in and out of the Tampa Bay area. Some credits include: Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio/Nurse) with Shakesperience Productions in Connecticut, Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Edmund) with Roy Arias Studios in NYC, The Glass Menagerie (Tom) with Tampa Repertory Theatre, and Lion in Winter (John) with Gorilla Theater. He would also like to thank Karla and C. David for teaming up to tackle this beast. Gennari thanks Faith, Johnny and David because without you he wouldn’t have been able to be here, and Lauren for your strength, motivation and love.


Dennis DugganDennis Duggan (Reverend) is happy to return to Stageworks in this production of “Inherit the Wind.” Stageworks’ audiences may remember him from the 2013 production “Of Mice and Men” where his portrayal of Lennie won him the Creative Loafing Best Actor in 2013. Dennis also played Lt. Col. Jessup in “A Few Good Men” for which he received the Best Supporting Local Performance from Broadwayworld/Tampa. And in 2014, Dennis traveled out west to New Port Richey to play another favorite role, Juror #3 in “Twleve Angry Men.” Dennis has over 40 years of acting and directing at all levels of theater from New York to Florida, but it is nice to be home at Stageworks.




Dan HoltsclawDan Holtsclaw (Meeker) has been acting for many years, and has recently returned to the Tampa Bay area. He has performed in regional productions with the Highlands Playhouse in Highlands, N.C. There he played the part of King Charlemagne in Pippin and President Roosevelt in Annie.Some of his other credits include Old Man Strong in Urinetown, Harry MacAfee in Bye, Bye, Birdie, The Wiz in The Wiz, Old Man Joe Hardy in Damn Yakees, Harold Mitchell in A Streetcar Named Desire, Snoopy and Schroeder in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Dr. William Chumley in Harvey. Dan has worked in many facets of education. He has been singing most of his life, and enjoys performing on stage. He is looking forward to becoming involved in the theater scene here in Tampa, and very happy to be a part of the cast of Inherit the Wind.



Tim GeurierriTim Guerrieri (Mr. Goodfellow/Mr. Bannister) is an actor with over 30 years of experience on stage and screen. Previous appearances at Stage works include Lt Ross in A Few Good Men, and as Kiril in Superior Donuts. He was also seen in the smash hit for Gypsy Stage, War Virgin, where he showcased his versatility by playing 5 different leading roles. He has ventured into the directors chair this past year by directing three shorts for the Starlite players in Sarasota, one of which was Talkback, which was selected for the Tampa Theater Festival. Tim loves to help usher in new talent to the Tampa area by teaching at 4D Studios and commits to local filmmakers such as Film Punks and W.W.F.P Productions. He will be seen next at the Manatee County Performing Arts Center in To Kill A Mockingbird. LMK





Chris HancockChris Hancock  (Howard/Timmy) is excited to make his professional debut at Stageworks Theater. He attends Blake High as an acting major. He thanks his family and SRP.








Michelle ChrienMichelle Chrien (Melinda) is 11 years old and is in 5th grade at Mary Bryant Elementary. She studies tap, voice and acting outside of school as well as performing in Bay Area Performing Arts and Casting.  Some of her acting credits include Molly in Annie at FWP and Young Fiona in Shrek at EOT. She will be attending Orange Grove Middle Magnet next year. She would like to thank C. David Frankel for giving her the opportunity to be in Inherit The Wind. She would also like to thank Emilia Sargent for all of her acting insight. This has been an incredible experience and she hope to be involved again in the future.




Staci SabarskyStaci Sabarsky (Mrs. Blair)is thrilled to be returning to the stage in the Tampa Bay Area after a twenty years of living in North Carolina.  Favorite roles include:  Belinda/Flavia in Noises Off (Theatre in the Park), Debra in The Smell of the Kill (Temple Theatre), Maureen in Rent (Gilbert Theatre), Nancy in Frozen (Raleigh Ensemble Players).  Many thanks to David, Karla, the amazing cast and crew,and her husband, Leon, for their ongoing support.





Slake HeadshotSlake Counts (Cooper, Mayor) is very pleased to be working again with Stageworks – Thanks David and Karla! Favorite roles and memorable productions at Stageworks include multiple roles in How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, Paul Bonin in A Lesson Before Dying, multiple roles in As Bees In Honey Drown notably Michael Stabinsky, rough trade in Shining City and Sam (Boat) Boatwright in the Tampa Bay premiere of Bapbomb. A few of his other local appearances include work with Gorilla Theatre (notably Jane Eyre and The Lark), Jobsite Theatre (Hot Nights for the War Wives of Ithaka and Einstein’s Dreams), MAD Theatre, and Gypsy Productions. Slake has enjoyed many film projects and was recently Waiting Warren in Tampa’s inaugural The Vault of Souls. Slake thanks you for supporting live theatre and Stageworks.



Dawn Truax

Dawn Truax (Mrs. Brady)  is a Stageworks regular who has performed many Stageworks productions in many different venues including Superior Donuts, Angles in America, Medea, The Laramie Project, Talking with, The Trip to Bountiful, Kindertransport, The Circle Mirror Transformation and 10 % of Marta Solano. She has also been seen FreeFall theatre’s production of Midsummer’s Night Dream, Studio@620’s production of Grace, Hat Trick’s Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it all to you, and Center Theatre Company’s The Crucible. She is also the director of Stageworks Education Outreach.





Jeff Headshot 8x10Jeffrey M. Lukas (Dunlap, Esterbrook): This is Jeff’s first production with Stageworks, and is excited to be working with this talented cast and production crew. Originally from New Orleans, He has played such roles as Perchick in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF directed by Mr. Drummond himself, Richard Coppinger. Gomez Addams in THE ADDAMS FAMILY, Mordred in CAMELOT, J. P. Finch in HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, Herman in SWEET CHARITY, Lucentio in TAMING OF THE SHREW, and Picasso in PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE. Locally, He has directed and choreographed a few shows such as FOUR GUYS NAMED JOSE AND UNA MUJER NAMED MARIA with Spanish Lyric Theater, and SCROOGE THE MUSICAL at the Carrollwood Theater. He has worked with professional stage and film companies all over the country. He also does voiceover work such as Gravtech Games’ in-development video game NORA.



Lauren AllisonLauren Allison (Mrs. Krebs) is happy to be back spending some time here in her home state and making her Stageworks debut. She is a South Florida native, studied theatre at both USF and with the Atlantic Acting School in NYC, and spent a summer working as an apprentice with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Favorite projects include Romeo and Juliet (Castle Shakespeare Repertory), Pinkalicious the Musical (Broward Center for the Performing Arts), Troilus and Cressida (STNJ), Christmas Stopping (Gorilla Theatre), and Talk Radio (Off-Broadway). She thanks the cast, crew and artistic team for their passionate work; her parents and siblings for their everlasting support; her friends Johnny and Faith & David, for without them she wouldn’t be able to be here; and her sweet Jonathan for his love and patience. Enjoy!



Ryan BernierRyan Bernier (Cates) is a Tampa based actor/director/educator who holds a B.A. in Theatre from The University of South Florida. Favorite regional credits include Lucien (The Boys Next Door), Ruben (Bones), and Touchstone (As You Like It). Directing credits include MMF for the Silver Meteor Gallery and Wanda’s Visit for Ghostlight Theatre. He is also a proud member and writer for the Best Of The Bay winning sketch group, Some Sort of Show. He would like to thank his friends, family, and cat for their unending support.



Erin Foster (Mrs. McClain/Mrs. Loomis) is a theatre and film actress in the Tampa Bay area who was last seen at Stageworks as Bobbi Michele in Last of the Red Hot Lovers. She is honored to be back onstage as a part of this incredible collaboration between Tampa Rep and Stageworks, and is proud to be working with such a talented cast and crew. Erin would like to thank her family and friends for their unwavering love and support.


Roxxi JaxxRoxxi Jaxx (Rachel) is a 21 year old Detroit native who is incredibly proud to be a part of this production. Her most recent works include: Sylvia (u/s Sylvia) at Stageworks Theatre this past August, The Rocky Horror Show (Magenta) and Les Miserables (Eponine) at the University of Tampa. Enjoy the show!







adam seacordAdam Seacord (Sillers) is working on his final semester at the University of South Florida to complete his B.A. in Theatre and Creative Writing. Adam is pursuing a career as a playwright: his one‐act play Golden Coin has been produced at Tampa Wrights 3 through Tampa Rep2. His past acting credits include Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing (USF Honors Centerstage), and Gros‐Jean/Goat in Ti‐ Jean and His Brothers (USF Mainstage). Adam has also directed two student productions (The Pillowman and Dog Sees God) during his time at USF. Finally, Adam would like to thank Stephanie Klesius for her constant and complete support in his life, and his mother who is cheering him on from across the world.




Nathan Juliano (Davenport)

Ryan Finzelber (Lighting Designer)is a scenic and lighting designer based in Tampa whose recent projects include Silence! The Musical, Full – The Musical, Almost an Evening, Occupation, Imagining Madoff, Bethany, and Much Ado About Nothing. He also serves as HCC Ybor’s mainstage theatre’s Master Electrician and console programmer. He has worked on various theatre and dance productions with nearly every company in the area and is extremely excited to work with Stageworks! Special thanks to Mike Wood for constant opportunity, mentorship, and just plain cool friendship, as well as Karla Hartley for the chance to work with your company – you all rock! Please visit www.finzelberdesign.com for additional information and production photos.

Jerid Fox (Scenic Designer) Is very excited to make his Stageworks debut with Inherit the Wind! After attending Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles where he studied Film Production, with an emphasis in Art Direction, he put his knack for imitation and improv to use at Disneyland Resort’s Entertainment Department. He then picked up and moved to Florida, where he now works as a Scenic Designer, Properties Master, and Set Dresser for American Stage Theatre. Some recent local Scenic Design credits include; The 39 StepsRED, and opening soon, Spamalot in Demens Landing. He also has been known to assistant direct, and/or art direct local feature films, short films, and commercials. He is also one of the most successful players on the site online casino österreich.

Matt Cowley (Sound Designer) writes and does sound design and live Foley effects for the Radio Theatre Project. Recent stage sound design includes Betrayal (Tampa Rep), Tale of Two Cities, 9 Parts of Desire, and Pantomime (USF); currently working on In the Blood and Inherit the Wind for Stageworks and Midsummer Night’s Dream for USF. He plays drums with Bogus Pomp and Paul Wilborn’s Blue Roses, and his plays have been performed on several bay area stages.


Laura Fowler (Costume Designer) is a graduate of Greensboro College’s Theatre Program as a costume design and construction major.  Since 2010 she has worked in the Bay area on several productions.  American Stage credits include: An Ideal Husband, The Rocky Horror Show, Seven Guitars, and The 39 Steps.  Stageworks credits include: A Raisin in the Sun, African American Greats and This Wonderful Life.


Jasmine Arroyo (Production Stage Manager) started her career in acting, being in independent films like Chu and Blossom, shorts such as I Am Super, playing a witch in the t.v show The Vampire Diaries, and directing and acting in a short called The Drive. In theatre, she wrote a play for SBTP’s Play in a Day called Far Rockaway, and performed in The Vagina Monologues for USF’s Gender Studies. Jasmine assistant stage managed for Rhinoceros (USF) and Betrayal (Tampa Rep). Jasmine stage managed Bethany (TRT2), Tampa Wrights 3 (TRT2), The Children’s Hour (Tampa Rep), and Tender Napalm (TRT2). Jasmine is thrilled to be stage managing at Stageworks for the first time and gives thanks to Karla, David Frankel, her family, and Joshua.


March 10
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