MEET THE 2019 CAST of
ALL FOR THE UNION
ALL FOR THE UNION
Rachel is a rising senior at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester VA, double majoring in both the Acting and Stage Management BFA programs. She was raised in Loudoun County VA, where her mother runs Main Street Theater Productions Inc., the local musical theatre community production group. Rachel has a passion for period pieces and Shakespeare plays, and hopes to make them her focus after graduation. She’d like to thank Meredith and Jenna for the wonderful experience of All For the Union (and Much Ado About Nothing last summer), her mother for her wig expertise and endless support, and her boyfriend for putting up with all this theatre nonsense.
Suzy previously appeared with Run Rabbit Run Theatre eight years ago in the last rendition of All for the Union, where she played Sarah Steer. She is excited to be reunited with old friends as she takes another crack at this wonderful play! When she’s not on stage, Suzy can regularly be found painting DC theatre sets, appearing as a Disney princess at events, or working as a living history interpreter. Theatre credits in the DC area include The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Titus Andronicus, Peter Pan (Synetic Theatre); Boeing Boeing, Singin’ In the Rain (NextStop Theatre Company); A Civil War Christmas (1st Stage Theatre); The Explorer's Club (Workhouse Arts Center); The Trojan Women Project (Brave Spirits Theater); The Liar (Compass Rose Theatre); The Importance of Being Earnest (Run Rabbit Run Dinner Theater). Regional Theatre credits include Grease (Americana Theatre Company); Gypsy (Virginia Musical Theatre). All of her love to her constantly supportive fan base of family and friends. Hammock. For more artistic endeavors, visit suzyalden.com. Hebrews 10:23.
Rosemary studied acting at the Little Theater of Alexandria and The Cheryl Felicia Rhoads Northern Virginia Acting School. She has an MA in U.S. History and a passion for military history. She has been a Civil War reenactor since 2008, volunteering at many East Coast historic sites from Gettysburg to Key West and has portrayed Lady Randolph Churchill (mother of Sir Winston Churchill), Flora MacDonald, and Captain Sally Tompkins in the series “Cheryl Felicia Rhoads Presents Characters in History”, and as multiple characters in Once Upon A Christmas Carol and as Ursula in Much Ado About Nothing - both with Run Rabbit Run Theatre. Rosemary comes from a family of dedicated educators and is deeply honored to portray Sarah Steer.
A Radford University School of Dance and Theatre Graduate, Amanda started performing at a young age with dance recitals and began pursuing theatre in the fourth grade. Throughout her years in the performing arts, Amanda has had many opportunities to partake in both performance and technical theatre. Her past experiences include Babe The Sheep Pig (Mrs. Hoggett), The Cat In The Hat (Ensemble), Anything Goes (Ensemble), and finally, Walk To Freedom: The Mary Draper Ingles Story (Mary Draper Ingles). Amanda plans on continuing performance and will follow her passion wherever it takes her. She would like to thank her family for their support as well as Meredith, Diane, and Carma for welcoming her back with open arms. “Enjoy the show!”
“I’m a grandmother, great grandmother, mother to six beautiful children, wife of Seref Konur, and Owner of Fab & Fit. My beautiful family motivates me every day. ‘The joy of the Lord is my strength of my life’. I love Jazz, gospel music, hymns, poetry, history, the sea, delicious foods and great conversations, prayer and studying the Bible, singing, dance, to include all forms of the performing arts and theatre.” Valerie has appeared in The Growing Stage’s Fame, Tally Ho Radio Show’s A Christmas Carol, and a Civil War documentary, a music program, and in An Evening with the Caldwells - 1855, for the National Museum of American History. Personal goals: encourage self-respect that comes from within, reaching for dreams, the satisfaction of achievement, inspiring others and giving yourself for the greater good, providing insight that fosters empathy, sharing knowledge, having a sense of purpose that gives you direction, gaining wisdom from experience and never giving in to failure – all with the courage to try again. She dedicates her performance to those who’ve struggled for human rights in the past, and dedicate themselves to the cause of justice and righteousness in the future.
Union Lieut. John William Hutchinson / Union Private Dieter Kartenspieler
This is Clay’s second performance with Run Rabbit Run Theatre after last winter's Once Upon A Christmas Carol in which he played Young Scrooge, the Undertaker, and other characters. Clay is a Woodberry Forest Class of 2017 graduate. While there he performed as Sharky in The SeaFarer, and Scanlon in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
Confederate Lieut. Milbrowe / Union Pvt. Norton
Ben began acting when he was a high school sophomore, playing the role of Francis Flue in Not Just Shakespeare, Inc.'s A Midsummer Night's Dream. He went on to perform in several NJS Shakespeare productions, as well as Aurora Studio Theatre productions of Alcott's Little Women (John Brooke), and All for the Union (Lieut. Milbrowe), and The Gray Ghost Theatre Company's The Gray Ghost (Col. John S. Mosby). Most recent Run Rabbit Run Theatre work includes roles in All in the Timing (The Young Man in The Universal Language, Mark in The Philadelphia, and Ramon in Variations on the Death of Trotsky, as well as Arms and the Highlander (Henry James Hamilton Clodfelter), Mark Twain's Diaries of Adam and Eve (Adam).
Union Lieutenant Luther Slater
Doug is pleased to be part of this talented cast and to be working once again with
Meredith McMath and Run Rabbit Run Theatre. As a teenager sitting in the dark of the Pittsburgh Public Theater, Doug was astonished by what he witnessed. With the encouragement of his parents, he moved from the audience to the stage. Over the
past fifteen years, he’s been part of numerous productions in Loudoun County and the surrounding area, and some of his roles include Officer O’Hara in Arsenic and Old Lace, Felix Unger in The Odd Couple, Ben Hecht in Moonlight and Magnolias, Leo Schneider in Chapter Two, Dr. Von Sochocky in Radium Girls, and Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing. His favorite role is husband to his loving wife Lisa; thanks to her for all her support and encouragement. And, thanks to you, the audience, for your support of theater and the arts in our community.
John Dutton / Confederate Captain John Mobberly
Past performances with Run Rabbit Run Theatre include Ebeneezer Scrooge in Once Upon A Christmas Carol (2018, 2012), Mark Twain in Mark Twain's Diaries of Adam and Eve, Henry Higgins in Pygmalion, Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps, Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, Hines in The Pajama Game and Reverend Chasuble in The Importance of Being Earnest. He has also performed as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, Sir Wilfrid Robarts in Witness for the Prosecution and Baltus Van Tassell in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Sterling Playmakers); has also performed with Reston Community Players, Pieces of Eight Theatre and Loudoun Readers’ Theatre. A Co-Founder of Wise Guys Comedy Auction Team in Richmond, VA, he considers home to be old Main Street Grill in Richmond's Shockoe Bottom, where music, politics, vegetarian food and irreverent humor was always on the menu. Happy to play husband to real life wife, Penny Hauffe. RRR Note: Phil has received a “Best Actor in a Musical” listing from DC Metro Theatre Arts for his portrayal of Scrooge in Once Upon A Christmas Carol.
Mrs. Dilber the Laundress, Caroline, Candle Seller, Fezziwig Nanny
Penny Hauffe's most recent stage exploit was as Catherine Littlebone in Arms and the Highlander and several animals in the Garden of Eden in Mark Twain's Diaries of Adam and Eve with Run Rabbit Run Theatre; before that, she appeared as Janet McKenzie in Witness for the Prosecution (Sterling Playmakers); Mrs. Dubose in To Kill a Mockingbird (SP); all three female roles in The 39 Steps (RRR); Miss Prism in The Importance of Being Earnest (RRR); Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion (RRR); Lettice in Lettice and Lovage (Pieces of Eight Lab Theater); Blanche in Brighton Beach Memoirs (BITWC: Imagine That!); Suzette in Don't Dress for Dinner (Po8); Major Cartwright in Guys and Dolls (Aurora Studio Theatre); various roles in Once Upon A Christmas Carol 2012 (RRR); Paige Patrick in Iron S'Kill-it (AST); Roberta in The Gray Ghost (Gray Ghost Theatre Co.); Gracie Allen for Radio Theater; Det. Kline in Arsenic & Old Lace (AST); Brenda in The Pajama Game (AST); and Edith in Blythe Spirit (Oatlands Carriage House Theater).
Confederate Private Gabriel Moss / Union Private McNulty
Confederate Private Barlow / Union Sgt. Reynolds
Brendan is a fourth-year actor from Vienna, VA. He is a James Madison University graduate with a BS in Digital Video and Cinema Studies in the School of Media Arts & Design where he was also a member of Active Minds and the Breakdance Club. Brendan draws inspiration from his Irish and Eastern European extended families, where storytelling at family gatherings has been a longstanding tradition. Brendan is grateful for his family and close friends who push him and support him in his artistic efforts. He is influenced by the comedic sensibilities that come from the characters of Cosmo Kramer, Tony Soprano, Debbie Downer and Ari Gold. He admires the work of Stanley Kubrick, Chris Nolan, Heath Ledger, Ellen Burstyn, Mahershala Ali and every dog he’s ever met. Brendan enjoys playing the guitar, songwriting, going to concerts, breakdancing and taking care of his many nieces and nephews (3 dogs, 1 human). Brendan wants to continue to help other people by making them laugh and agrees with everything Valerie said. You can follow him on Instagram @brenndn. Enjoy the show!
Union Pvt. Edward Jacobs / Union Sgt. Orvil Thomas
Taylor recently graduated from Stone Bridge High School and will be attending Shenandoah University in the fall, majoring in Acting. He is excited to perform in a play that appears at The Capital Fringe Festival and the historic Aldie Mill. He recently performed as Warner in Legally Blonde, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Horton in Seussical, Lucas in Addam’s Family, and many more over the last seven years.
“I have always loved singing and performing and have participated in community theater, school musicals, chorus, and professional opera. Every opportunity teaches me something new, something different: the lights, the music, the interacting with others, creating a world unto itself - even if for only the short time of the performance. No matter how small or large the role, being on stage is like no other experience. I have performed in Oliver (as Oliver), as well as in Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. I have even performed in opera, staring as Amahl in three different renditions of Amahl and the Night Visitors. I recently completed my third year in my middle school chorus, take private voice lessons with Jennifer Randall at The Vocal Arts Institute, and it is my dream to make it big as an opera star. I am a rising 9th grader and enjoy sports and video games, and lastly, I come from a big family: 2 sisters, 6 brothers, and mom and dad.”
This is Isabella's third performance in a show. In her first play at the end of last year, she played the role of Fan and ensemble roles in Run Rabbit Run's Once Upon A Christmas Carol. In the spring of this year, she starred as Wendy in her school's production of Peter and the Lost Kids. She also loves to sing and was recently selected to represent her school in Loudoun County Public Schools’ All County Chorus. Annie says she is “super exited to perform in All for the Union” and is looking forward to more productions in the future.