Craig A. Miller as Dr. Martin Dysart
Craig is originally from Peoria, Illinois, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Acting at the Illinois State University School of Theatre, and his Master of Fine Arts in Directing at the University of South Carolina. He is currently the Artistic Director of 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa, CA. He was nominated for Best Director by the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle for his productions of August: Osage County and RED, and both productions won the SFBATCC award for Best Ensemble. He was most recently seen in FairyWorlds! and will next direct Noises Off at the Playhouse.
Ryan Severt as Alan Strang
Ryan has been a part of 6th Street Playhouse since he was in high school. He appeared in Rent in 2008 as an ensemble member, and also as Stanley in 1940’s Radio Hour in 2009/10. He studied Theater at Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and The Arts, working mostly on new work plays as an actor and carpenter, including Before You Ruin It and Germs and Viruses. He has been seen as a Phantom in The Rocky Horror Show, The Clock Vender/Mr. Topper/Christmas Future in A Christmas Carol, and Grigory Steponavich Smirnov in From Russia With Love.
Tara Howley as Hesther Salomon/Horse
Tara is thrilled to be back on stage after a long hiatus. She was last seen in Moliere’s Scapin at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. She has enjoyed working in LA, NYC, and San Francisco doing regional, experimental, political, improvisational and street theatre. Favorite experiences include: Irena in Frank Dwyer’s translation of Chekov’s Three Sisters, an experimental three-actor version of MacBeth, and Carol in Michael Weller’s Split. She also has acted in independent films, tv, and commercials.
John Shillington as Frank Strang/Dalton/Horse
John has taught Theatre at S.R.J.C where he has directed a slew of plays including In the Heights, The Little Mermaid, Music Man, Phantom of the Opera, and Jesus Christ Superstar. He was last seen in the title role at Spreckles in Jekyll and Hyde, as well as Young Frankenstein and Deathtrap. At 6th Street he has directed Almost Maine and acted in Souvenir (Best Actor Bay Area Critics Award), Tevye in Fiddler (Sonoma State) and a one-man-show Underneath the Lintel at Main Stage West. He read Equus 35 years ago and always longed to play Alan but director Lennie thought he was “too long in the tooth”…. Playing his father is the next best thing.
Juliet Noonan as Dora Strang/Nurse/Horse
Juliet is thrilled to be part of this production, and working with this fantastic ensemble of actors, and director Lennie Dean! Previous to the Playhouse, she was a repertory member of The New Heritage Theatre Company. Past favorite roles include: Margaret in Silent Sky (6th St Playhouse), Gillian in Fault Line starring Olympia Dukakis, Regan in King Lear, Maria in School for Scandal, Belle in A Christmas Carol, and Toni in Avatara (NHTC). Educational credits: Training at ACT, B.A. in Theater from Idaho State University and Masters degree in Education from Sonoma State University. A special thanks to the incredible cast and crew, her beautiful children Max and Emie and her wonderful husband, Jon Bivetto, for all their love and support!
Chandler Parrott-Thomas as Jill Mason
Chandler is elated to return to her hometown after graduating from Southern Oregon University with a BFA in Acting. At school, she appeared as Adriana in Comedy of Errors, Dockdaisy in Arturo UI, Ariel in Caliban's Dreams and Pimple the Maid in She Stoops to Conquer. In the Trainee Program at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, a partnership between OSF and SOU, she understudied Shakespeare in Love, The Odyssey, and Henry IV Pt. 1&2. At 6th St, Chandler played Ruth in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Alexi Darling in Teen Rent. She spent many summers as a child in this theater cultivating her love for the art. It fills her with much joy to return to her roots!
Martin Gilbertson as Horseman/Nugget
Martin is a transplant to Sonoma County from Ontario, CA. He has not been on stage in over 20 years. After being in several casts at Upland High School, he turned his attention the the production side of things, as a scenic carpenter and a year-long stint as Technical Director at 6th Street Playhouse. He decided, with apt prompting from his good friends, cast mate, and artistic director, Craig Miller, to have another go at the stage life. His biggest fears are forgetting his lines and being naked on stage. Luckily, the latter is not his role in this production. Whew! Allons-y!