Adriana Sananes (Dima’s Mother, Grandma Sima’s Sister, Samantha Cardozo, Mikhail’s Mother)
After studying ballet at American Ballet Theatre School and music at Performing Arts High School and Manhattan School of Music, Adriana became a leading actress at New York’s Repertorio Español for ten years, specializing in the Golden Age of Spain classics and Lorca’s major heroines. Her awards include Best Actress, XIII Chamizal International Festival in El Paso, in The Trickster of Seville, ACE award for Eduardo Machado’s Revoltillo and a Theatre Fellowship Grant from The Princess Grace Foundation. Other theater credits include Bernarda by Oscar Colón at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre (HOLA award); Cervantes’s Entremeses with Teatro Círculo at Joe’s Pub and at the Don Quixote International Theatre Festival in Paris; and more recently Lorca in New York at Centro Español- La Nacional. Adriana narrated the documentary Children of Fate, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and nominated for an Academy Award, and has recorded over seventy audiobooks, including Pulitzer Prize-winner Enrique’s Journey, for which she won an AUDIE, and Una Palabra Tuya, winner of the AudioFile Magazine Earphones Award, both for Recorded Books; the Spanish tracks for the Grammy-nominated Brown Bear Series by Eric Carle and the Audie-nominated How the García Girls Lost their Accent in Spanish by Julia Álvarez. 2012: In the Beginning, a documentary she narrated about the Maya calendar was screened at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival to great success. Her voice has been heard on PBS, UNICEF, Lifetime, NBC Nightly News, the United Nations, American Foundation for the Blind, NBC’s The Today Show, NY1 Noticias, HBO Real Sports, ABC News Interactive, Citibank, Berlitz and Living Language.(SAGAFTRA,AEA) www.AdrianaSananes.com
Carolyn Seiff (Grandma Rima, Grandma Sima, Bella Fletcher)
Off Broadway: The Mire at Cherry Lane Theatre directed by Charles Weldon and Shoot Them in the Cornfields, both by Sophia Romma. The Man Who Came to Dinner, Ladies of the Corridor (also as a reading with Marion Seldes). Picon Pie as Molly Picon (and at Manhattan Dinner Theater, FL), Yentl, Folksbiene Yiddish Theater, A Stoop on Orchard Street. Regional: Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks (Lily), A Little Night Music (Mme. Armfeldt). Other favorite roles: in Sweeney Todd, Mrs. Lovett; Dear World, Countess; Mame, Mame; Gypsy, Rose; 70 Girls 70, Ida; Cabaret, Frau Schneider; Nunsense, Rev. Mother. Carolyn has been seen in numerous commercials. AEA, SAG-AFTRA.
Allan Mirchin (Alexander Lvovich, Grandpa Paratrooper Dima, Grandma Sima’s Husband and others)
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Sophia Romma as Slava in her adaptation of Chekov’s The Mire, directed by Charles Weldon. The play received a rave review from The NY Times. I also played the part of Norman Thayer Jr. in On Golden Pond at the Deertree Festival in Maine. I have played Myron Engle in the Peccadillo Theater Co. production of Morning Star by Sylvia Regan. In an earlier life I did voiceovers, and solo vocals for radio and TV ads, like Revlon’s “Charlie,” Pan Am’s “Makes the going great” and Kodak’s “Nice and Easy.” I just completed a screenplay about my time spent in Haiti and I hope it will be made into a motion picture. But right now all my attention is focused on Cabaret Émigré.
Randy Schein (Youthful Paratrooper Dima, Grandma Sima’s Neighbor, Ilya Belilovsky, Mikhail Gelfand)
Randy was Kristin Davis’s “worst date ever” on HBO’s Sex and the City and Nash Fontaine on CBS’s As the World Turns. He’s had over 100 speaking roles on various television programs, including Law & Order, Guiding Light, One Life to Live and All My Children, and has done many national and regional voice-overs. Other work includes Sophia Romma’s play Love, in the Eyes of Hope, Dies Last at La MaMa E.T.C., A Hatful of Rain at the Samuel Beckett Theater and A Piece of My Heart at the Playwrights’ Theatre of East Hampton. It has been a pleasure working on Cabaret Émigré.
Walter Krochmal (Paratrooper Dima’s Father, Stalin, Priest, Pedrito, and Jesus Diaz, Immigration Agent)
His stage career (www.sonichoop.com.) spans the classics, contemporary works, performance art, sketch comedy/ revue, folk and other genres, with engagements at festivals in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the National Theater of Honduras and others. Winner of the Franklin Furnace Performance Art Award for his monologue Deadly Transgressions: The Apology, the Afterthought and the Afterglow. In 2009 he traveled to Festival de Cannes with the film Norman Normal: An American Metamorphosis. He has read over thirty audiobook titles, and is also a literary translator and expert interpreter (Spanish–English). He is proud to land on 42nd Street in Cabaret Émigré, his third appearance in a play by Sophia Romma, with a wonderfully talented cast.
Tosh Marks (Shmuel Yakov Pinsky, Isaak, Lyosha, Grisha, Uncle Aaron)
Tosh is thrilled to be making his debut at The Lion Theatre. Most recently Tosh has been seen at The Cherry Lane Theater in the world premiere of The Mire written by Sophia Romma and directed by Charles Weldon. He would like to thank Sophia Romma for writing juicy roles and well written plays that continue to challenge him as an actor. He would also like to thank his fiancée Jessica for her continued support and love.
Grant Morenz (Moishe The Pious Jew, Holy Ghost of Ireland Opponent or Flip O’Neill, Hitler Conductor, and Heinrick Muller Gestapo)
This marks Grant’s fourth production with playwright Sophia Romma. Past credits include Cabaret (emcee; guest artist, Monmouth University), Comedy of Errors (Angelo, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival), The Beauty Queen of Lenane (Ray Dooley, Shadowlawn Stage), The Past Is Still Ahead (Rainer Maria Rilke, Millennium Theater and Oxford University, London), Shoot Them in Them Cornfields (Ivan Griazny, Producers’ Club Theater), Defenses of Prague (Herr Hoffmeister, La MaMa E.T.C.). Grant received his B.F.A in acting at the University of Evansville and is a graduate of the journeyman program at the Warehouse Theatre. He is thrilled to be a part of Ms. Romma’s phantasmagorical play.
Gwenevere Sisco (Dasha Cohen)
Gwenevere is thrilled to return to Cabaret Émigré and the role of Dasha, the emcee. Recent NYC credits include Dirt (HERE Arts Center), Titus Andronicus (Access Theatre), Small Craft Warnings (American Bard Theatre Co), As You Like It (Roy Arias), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Webster Hall), Pieces (Manhattan Theatre Source), Willy’s Lounge (Richmond Shepard Theatre) and Uncle Vanya (The Players Theatre). Films include Castle in the Air, Purge, Axe Murderer and The Man from Greenpoint. Gwen is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She has also studied with the Moscow Art Theatre and The British American Dramatic Academy, and earned her B.A. in drama at Loyola University in New Orleans. www.gweneveresisco.com.
Dana Pelevine (Sonia, Grandma Rima in her youth, Brighton Beach Russian Bimbo, Russian Boxer Ring Whore with Placard)
Dana was born in Moscow, Russia, and grew up in London, England. She moved to NYC in 2006 and is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and proud member of the 2009 Academy repertory company. She is also a recipient of the Charles Jehlinger Award. Theater credits include I Plead Guilty (Gene Frankel, Warehouse Theatre, Washington D.C.), Stars in the Morning Sky (Mary McCarthur), A Night in Vegas (Actors Playhouse), Babes in Toyland (Avery Fisher Hall). Film credits include Indigo, Weary Sun, Silver Sling, That’s What She Said. She is also the co-founder of Dare to Speak Productions.
Bettina Bennett (Fraulein Friesel or Heinrick Muller’s Mistress, and Rachel Malarkey)
Bettina attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, and she graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University. Her last principal film credit was 2010’s Casino Jack, starring Kevin Spacey. Holding both American and European citizenship, Bettina deeply empathizes with the lost soul of the immigrant. Sophia’s cast and play made this gypsy feel at home amongst a bunch of like-minded, wonderfully crazy gypsies. www.Bettina-Bennett.com
DeLance Minefee (Jamal Skinner Jr. and “The Nigerian Butcher”)
Originally from Arkansas, DeLance has toured Germany as a backup singer/dancer with BMG Music, toured the Mississippi Delta as a storyteller, performed Greek tragedy at the world renowned Moscow Art Theatre, performed fraternity stepping on stage in Vietnam and served as the Assistant Director of Living History at the Historic Arkansas Museum. He has performed in many regional theaters across the U.S., and was nominated for a Best Actor in a Musical award in Memphis, TN. He holds an M.F.A. in acting from ART/MXAT Institute at Harvard University and a B.A. in theater arts, with minor studies in dance, from Henderson State University. More info at www.delance.net.