CHRIS BASKOUS (also know and sometimes credited as Christian Baskous) (Eddie/Ghetto Police Chief) is an actor who has performed On Broadway, (in NY Shakespeare Festival’s Shakespeare on Broadway series and in The Miser at Circle in the Square), Off Broadway at NYSF, American Place Theatre, and in many Regional Theatres including Yale Rep, La Jolla, Hartford Stage, etc.,etc… Performed in much downtown theatre including plays by Jeff Weiss and Ron Tavel at assorted downtown venues including LaMama, PS 122, Theatre for the New City, Naked Angels, Atlantic Theatre Co., The Flea… Trained at Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts; Juilliard, (Group 12). Movie and TV credits include Glory, Double Whammy, and featured bits on all the best soaps and cop shows. Records voiceovers, audio books; for the last several years has been writing and occasionally producing original work for radio in the Byzantine Irredentist / Mock Heroic Epic style including the voice play SPENDOR AND DEATH OF PORFIRIO RUBIROSA / FULGOR Y MUERTE DE PORFIRIO RUBIROSA which has played widely on college, freeform, and other noncommercial radio stations all over North America.
TIBOR FELDMAN (Mr. Herman) is pleased to work with Marcy Arlin again. He will be seen on Law and Order in November and can currently be seen in The Devil Wears Prada with Meryl Streep. He dedicates this performance to his aunts and cousins who were murdered at Terezin.
MELORA GRIFFIS (Mrs. Herman) is honored to be a part of this spirited project. She was last seen on Law and Order CI as Janet Teasdale. Other television credits include; Sex and the City, The naked Truth, Lateline, and the MTV comedy channel. Her most recent film role was in At Night which appeared in The 2004 Tribeca Film Festival. She has been in six other independent films which went to film festivals including Sundance, Montreal, Berlin, San Fran, and LA. She was in the Columbia feature, Fools Rush In. She has performed unpublished material in three seasons with The Drilling Company at 78th St. theater lab. Melora has been in plays such as The Bear by Anton Chekhov, La Dispute by Marivaux, and Balm in Gilead by Lanford Wilson. She has worked at theaters in NY, such as NADA, HERE, Manhattan Class Co., Mabou Mines, West Bank, Ensemble Studio Theater, and at The Chautauqua Institute. Melora has written and performed in her own material at different venues like The Culture Projects, Women’s Center Stage Festival. She collaborated, and performed with the dance/theater group, Nimrod Fried, for several years, performing in NYC and at The Israel Festival in Jerusalem and Haifa. Melora is a graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse.
ALEX HANNA (Tommy) is thrilled to make his debut on the New York professional stage with such an exciting production. Regional: Side by Side by Sondheim; The Chopin Playoffs; The Firebugs, MHSDG All Star Cast Award. College: Incomplete and Beautiful (Tisch GAP), The Morning After (PHTS), Our Town (LSTFI); Training: B.F.A Drama NYU (2006); Dorothy Stone Vocal Studio. SAFD Fight Actor. Thanks to Arnold Mungioli. He would like to dedicate his performance to his emotional, intellectual and financial patrons: Mom and Dad. www.alexhannaonline.com.
LISA HUGO (Lucy) NY: Permission A Rock Mythology. The Ring (NY premiere), Bon Bons, Blood & Fire (ASCAP). Regionally: Molly Ralston in The Mousetrap, Rosalind in Moon Over Buffalo, Sheila in Hair and Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar to name a few favorites. She recently recorded a series of songs that can be heard on the Altoids Web site as a part of their new interactive entertainment extravaganza! Lisa has also performed as a soloist with The New York Metro Mass Choir at Carnegie Hall, Town Hall and The Apollo theatre. This is Lisa’s Fringe Festival debut! Lisa dedicates her performance to her grandpa Hugo.
CAROLYN KETTIG (Little girl) is very excited to make her acting debut. She an 11-year old and will be entering sixth grade as an honors student. She plays flute and has performed with the Music Masters Band, representing her elementary school in this borough-wide music program. She also plays on the Auburndale Thunderboltz soccer team, which was division champion this season. Her grandmother was 9 years old in 1938 when the Nazis invaded her native country Austria, but she escaped from Vienna to London with her parents and baby brother. Carolyn would like to dedicate her performance to her Grandma Herta.
JOEL LEFFERT (Milda) has worked at wonderful theatres from Maine to California and toured Europe from Madrid to Munich. Recent work includes Itamar Moses’ OUTRAGE at TheWilma in Philadelphia and LAUGHTER ON THE 27th FLOOR and A FUNNY THING… at Seven Angels in Waterbury. Broadway credits include Shapiro in the world premiere of Tennessee Williams’ NOT ABOUT NIGHTINGALES, a part he originated at the National Theatre in London. Off Broadway, he was in HARD TIMES at the Pearl, THE GARDENS OF FRAU HESS for the Jewish Rep, and played the title role in RICHARD III for Salamander Rep. He’s been seen on LAW AND ORDER, theWoody Allen films DECONSTRUCTING HARRY and CELEBRITY, and appears in the upcoming Indie film THE KILLING FLOOR.
AUBREY LEVY (Eddie) Off-Broadway: One Man’s War (The Triad Theatre), Blue Man Group (Astor Place Theatre), The Red Box (WalkerSpace Theatre), and Desert Sunrise (Theatre for a New City). Recent film credits include: It’s Not That Simple, A Perfect Match, and The Little Things. BFA from the University of Michigan. Thanks, as always, to mom and dad.
KEN PERLSTEIN (Frankie) has recently appeared as Emperor Butch in the play Fear Itself as well as his one man interactive George W Bush show, Ask George W. He has appeared in numerous plays around New York and Atlanta. Some of his favorite parts have been Alvaro in The Rose Tattoo, Ira in Laughter On The 23rd Floor, John in Snow Angel and Eddie in Lost In Yonkers. Ken is also a stand-up comedian who performs in NYC and throughout the Northeast. Ken has a BFA from Marshall University and an MFA in Theatre from The Actors Studio Drama School at The New School. Ken was involved in the first two readings of The Unlucky Man In The Yellow Cap and is very happy to be in the this Fringe Festival production. He would like to thank his friends and family for their love and support. One day at a time.
YELENA SHMULENSON (Irma) Previous credits include 4 seasons with the Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre, 2 seasons at the Ellis Island Theatre, Bronx Express (Fringe NYC), Frank (“Klezmatics”) London’s musical of A Night In the Old Marketplace, the tour of Lady of Copper, and Off-Off Broadway productions of Flowers For Algernon, The Lilac Minyan, and Angels In America. Upcoming appearances include the Folksbiene’s Yiddish Pirates of Penzance in October and The Good Shepherd (Robert De Niro, dir.). She is fluent in five languages and is an alumna of the BADA at Oxford Shakespeare program.
ERIK SINGER (Norbert) Theatre: Off-Broadway: title role in The Hostage (Off-Broadway at the Irish Repertory Theatre), The Butcherhouse Chronicles (SPF), Abandonment. Regional: Adolphus Cusins in Major Barbara (San Jose Rep), A Life in the Theatre (Two River Theatre Company), Greetings! (Virginia Stage Company), Stones in His Pockets (Tri-State Actors’ Theatre), national tours of Othello and The Taming of the Shrew (playing Iago and Petruchio), Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde (BoarsHead Theatre), and The Tempest (Vermont Stage Company). He has also appeared on “All My Children” and “As the World Turns,” and was the voice of Vincent Van Gogh in an A&E Biography about Van Gogh and Gauguin. He has narrated numerous audiobooks, including the bestsellers The Poe Shadow, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, The House, and The Dogs of Babel. Erik is a graduate of Yale University and the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. As the great-grandson of a Czech Jew, many of whose relatives died in Terezin and other camps, Erik is especially pleased to be involved with this production, and dedicates his performance to Bruno Singer.