RuinedBy Lynn Nottage
2009 Pulitzer Prize Winner. A glimpse into the Congo during a decade of civil unrest.
Mama Nadi, owner of a canteen, serves up everything from a cold beer and a warm meal to the company of a woman. The women overcome adversity of war through hope, love and survival.
Alice M. Gatling*
Stanley Wayne Mathis*
Thomas Williamson II
ALICE M. GATLING heralds from Houston, TX where she has recently been seen in Doubt and To Kill a Mockingbird at the Alley Theater; Caroline, or Change at Main Street Theatre and the world premiere of Black Pearl Sings! at Stages Repertory Theatre. Her other Alley credits include The Exonerated, Our Lady of 121st Street, The Crucible, A Christmas Carol, From the Mississippi Delta and Antony and Cleopatra. She was recently seen in Nickel and Dimed at Stages Repertory Theater and Intimate Apparel at Main Street Theater. She also directed The Colored Museum. She has been a company member at People’s Light and Theatre Company and a member of the Lincoln Theater Center Director’s Lab in New York. Her East Coast credits include Julius Caesar (Marc Antony), The Lives of Great Waitresses (OOBR award), The C Above C Above High C (National Black Theater Festival), Much Ado About Nothing, A Flea in Her Ear, and As You Like It, among others. Alice was last seen at FST as Pearl in last season’s Black Pearl Sings!
STANLEY WAYNE MATHIS Broadway: Oh Kay!, Jelly’s Last Jam, The Lion King, Charlie Brown, Kiss Me Kate, Wonderful Town. Regional: Animal Crackers (The Goodman Theatre), Death of a Salesman (Yale Rep), Radio Golf (Kansas City Rep), Gem of the Ocean (Seattle Rep), Fences (Bristol Riverside Theatre), Master Harold and the Boys (Triad Stage), Blues for an Alabama Sky (Cleveland Playhouse). TV: Late Night with Conan O’Brien, SNL, Law & Order, Criminal Intent. Film: Dark Streets, Santa Baby, Brother to Brother. Karibe!
BIANCA SAMS was born in Berkeley, California. A recent graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, she has earned the distinction of being Tisch's first ever Triple Major [Acting, Dramatic Writing (Play and Screenwriting) with a minor in journalism (undeclared). She studied at the acclaimed Strasberg Film Institute as well as RADA in London, England. She is very happy to be a part of this wonderful production. She thanks God for allowing her to pursue her dreams, and her family and friends for their support. She is honored to be amongst such an amazing cast. www.biancasams.com
STEPHANIE WEEKS is delighted to be playing Salima in Ruined in her first production at FST. Regional Credits include: Belle in A Christmas Carol Actors Theater of Louisville. Beth in A Christmas Carol at the American Conservatory Theater. Off-Broadway: Long White Beard in As Yet Thou Art Young and Rash and Socrates in Dinner Party Dir. David Herskovits (Target Margin Theater). Film: Confessionsofa Ex-Doofus Itchy Footed Mutha Dir. Melvin Van Peebles (Tribeca Film Festival 2008). Other Credits: WNYC RADIO, Summer Play Festival 07' (NYC), The Workshop Theater, Take Wing and Soar
Training: MFA from The American Conservatory Theater and Attended the The London Academy of Music and Drama.
ASHLEY BRYANT is pleased to be making her FST debut. New York credits include: In the Cypher (produced by The Nuyorican Cafe' ) Cornbury: The Queen’s Governor (Theatre Askew); Obama Drama (Creative Destruction); Regional: Shelia's Day (Crossroads Theatre Company and The Market Theatre in South Africa) King John (Shakespeare and Company). Other credits include: Romeo and Juliet; Baal; Marat/Sade; Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet; In the Red and Brown Water; Godspell; Children of Eden; Agamemnon; The Darker Face of the Earth. Ashley would like to thank her family for their support. BFA: University of Utah (Actor Training Program) MFA: Yale School of Drama.
RON SIEBERT last appeared at FST playing the part of Carl in the highly acclaimed production of Opus, directed by Richard Hopkins. Ronald has worked professionally in more than 40 theatres across America playing a wide range of parts including the title roles in: Macbeth, The Misanthrope, Titus Andronicus, and Lamarck. On Broadway he appeared in the award-winning The Changing Room and with James Earl Jones in The Iceman Cometh at The Circle-In-The-Square Theatre. He also spent a year touring in the first national company of M. Butterfly.
FREDDIE BENNETT is a 2006 Graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. A South Florida native, he now lives in New York City. Freddie's latest work includes Casca in The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festivals production of Julius Caesar and Puck in A Midsummer Nights Dream with The Pulse Ensemble Theatre. Ruined is his first production with Florida Studio Theatre of which he is extremely honored to be apart. Thank you all for the opportunity to play!
LAWRENCE EVANS has appeared in numerous plays, Off Broadway, regionally, and nationally, as well as commercials. He trained at Jackson State University and the University of Michigan. Some regional credits include Take Me Out (Caldwell Theatre Company), Fences (Arkansas Rep as “Bono” and Charlotte Repertory as “Lyons.”), A Soldier’s Play (Arkansas Rep) and Home (North Carolina Black Rep). National Tours: The Sweet Spot, Camp Logan. Television: “Another World,” “All My Children,” “Ryan’s Hope,” “As the World Turns,” “Law & Order (all three),” “Conviction.” Film: “State Property II,” “The Devil Wears Prada.” European Tours: Heritage, Glory Gospel Singers.
KHALIL MUHAMMAD is a native of New Jersey and he began pursuing his acting career in 2004 with his stage debut as Cougar in Happy Birthday Madam Alberta (Cherry Lane Theatre). Some of his other theatre credits include Six Degrees of Separation, A Soldier’s Play, The Religious Hour and A Soldier’s Death. He recently shot commercials for both Guinness and Charter Communications. Some of his independent film roles include The Rubix, The Gallery and Gifted. Khalil received professional actor training from the William Esper Studio, NYC. Khalil thanks his family & friends for their continued support and the entire FST family for this great experience--blessed by the Creator! firstname.lastname@example.org
SEGUN AKANDE Most recent works: Sex and the City 2 & on stage, The Poet, where he earned Honorable Mention distinctions for Outstanding Actor in the Chester Horn Festival. You can also see him in Loose-Fish, starring Francesco Quinn and Chris Bauer. Graduate of Duke University where he played football for the Blue Devils. Segun thanks FST, cast & crew, NYC Council Member Dan Garodnick, family, & friends. email@example.com. Become a whistleblower for peace in Congo at www.fallingwhistles.com.
THOMAS WILLIAMSON II is a Sarasota native who has graced the stage with his ability to electrify the crowd with song and dance in Musical Theater. Thomas has starred in shows such as Dreamgirls, 5 guys Named Moe, Once on This Island, The Wiz, A Soldiers Play, and many more. Thomas has also shared the stage with renowned artists such as American Idol's Syesha Mercado, Pebo Bryson, Melba Moore, Hattie Winston and more! Thomas is glad to be back once again with Florida Studio Theatre.
Director | Richard Hopkins
Assistant Director | Kate Alexander
Costume Designer | Nicole Wee
Dialect Coach | Ginny Kopf
Lighting Designer | Micheal Foster
Scenic Designer | Bob Phillips
Sound Coordinator | Brian Thompson
Production Stage Manager | Kelli Karen*
Guitar | Kelvyn Bell
Drums | Julian Christian
* Denotes member of Actors' Equity Association. The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.