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Harvey Williams is the founder of KC MeltingPot Theatre. He has directed "The Frowning Vajayjays of Shady Pines", "White Sangria", "Echoes of Octavia", "On Shoulders Now", the 2013 production of "The Session" and the 2015 production of "Old School". Harvey is a member of the Screen Actors’ Guild and Actors’ Equity.
Laura Irwin-Henrickson (Corryn) – is excited to be part of her first KC MeltingPot Show and work with this amazing cast. She attended Drury University in Springfield, MO; where she performed in Company (Sarah), The Drowsy Chaperone (Kitty), and She Stoops to Conquer (Miss. Hardcastle). She also performed at the Springfield Little Theatre in Hairspray as Penny. Laura then moved to Kansas City and married her wonderful husband Matthew Henrickson. She has performed around town with such credits as Maureen in HONK! (Theatre in the Park), Don Jose in Carmen! (Martin City Melodrama), Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Charity Event), Bianca/Clown in Othello (In Play Theatre), Cinderella (Kansas City Renaissance Festival) and most recently the Ensemble for the production of Skin of Our Teeth (Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre). Laura also performs for The Murder Mystery Company and is a teaching assistant for The Coterie.
She thanks her family and loving husband Matthew for always believing in her.
The Drowsy Chaperone
Laura Jacobs (Beth) – A Kansas City actor, Laura has been seen on local stages since 1990. She began her performance career as a ballet dancer at venues such as the historic Folly Theater, Music Hall, Lyric Opera, Starlight Theatre, and Yardley Hall. Her appearances include Kansas City Repertory Theatre, New Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, The Living Room, The Barn Players, The Bell Road Barn Players, Leawood Stage Company, Shawnee Mission Theatre in the Park, Great River Shakespeare Festival. Her alter ego, Ivory Wilde, regularly appears with Burlesque Downtown Underground.
The Bam Players
Warren Deckert, Technical Director/Designer -- Warren’s 45 years of theatre experience include being the Artistic/Technical Director for Great Bend Community Theatre, technical director/designer for the Bethel College Drama Department and union membership in I.A.T.S.E., Local 190, Wichita, KS. He has designed the lighting and/or sets for over 170 productions. Currently he is an assistant house manager for Kansas City Repertory Theatre, the resident technical director/designer for KC MeltingPot Theatre and technical director for Just Off Broadway Theatre. In Kansas City he has directed Bernice At Bay/The Butterfly Effect, Gidion’s Knot, and “Sue Aside...” (KC Fringe Festival), Waiting To Be Invited and The Taste Test (co-productions with KC MeltingPot).
Angela Roulette (Davis) – Born and raised in South Kansas City, MO, Angela Roulette (also known as Mz Angela Roux) has always been a fan of language. Beginning with writing short stories at age eight, she did not find her poetic voice until her early 20s. She describes her poetry as “edu-tainment” combining witty perspectives on modern day womanhood with social commentary. She participated in RAW: Spectrum - An Artist Showcase in April 2014. She was named “Best Spoken Word Act” in Pitch Magazine’s “Best of KC 2013” edition. She is the creator and producer of Estrogen Rush!, an all-female poetry show, which debuted in November 2012 and had its 2nd show, Estrogen Rush! A Tribute to Maya Angelou ran in July 2014. She has featured at the 2010 and 2013 KC Fringe Festival and performed as some of KC's premiere poetry venues. Currently, she published her debut poetry book “The Sinbads Sessions” in November 2015. This is Angela's theatre debut!
KC Fringe Festival
Claudia Copping (Ms. Hunter) – is delighted to be back at Just Off Broadway where she has been seen in the InPlay Theatre Company's production of Othello and KC MeltingPot's Fringe Festival production of Momf***ing.com. Claudia can be seen on stages across the KC area, as well as in independent film, commercials, voiceovers and the web. She resides in Leawood with her sweetheart, Kip Niven, cats,Toby and Cecilia, and their new rescue dog, Stella.
KC Fringe Festival
Aishah Ogbeh (Reatha) – is a student at UMKC, studying Theatre and Clack Studies. She has performed in quite a few plays such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Titania, Seven Guitars as Louise, The Cover of Life as Sybil, A Letter to the Black as Chanel, Echoes of Octavia as Octavia, and The Wizard of Oz as The Wicked Witch of the West.
Aishah plans to move to California after graduating to fulfill her destiny of being a phenomenal actress and role model.
The Wizard of Oz
Echoes of Octavia
Five diverse women of different backgrounds coping with personal issues are ordered by a judge to seek counseling for their anger problems. “The Session” is an expression of issues women face and deal with.
A Soft Escape is about an African-American couple, married for over forty years, at the end of their lives together. The play is made up of definitions of family; the generational connections to a specific neighborhood or community made up of the people who were committed to raising you. They nurtured, steered, disciplined, influenced and supported your existence by just being present and contributing their characters to the daily life of that community. This is a play about an African-American neighborhood that nobody talks about anymore.
Angelina Grimke’s anti-lynching play Rachel is one of the first plays written by an African American woman to be produced for the stage. Produced by the NAACP in March 1916 and published in 1920, Rachel tells the story of Rachel Loving, a hopeful young woman coming of age who imagines a life helping others and raising a family. Rachel’s life is never the same after she discovers the devastating effects of racism on the children she cares for and the truth about the deaths of her late father and brother.
Diane Bulan, Diane has stage managed for various companies including Spinning Tree Theatre, Musical Theatre Heritage, Theatre for Young America, Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, Mystery Train, Martin Tanner Productions, and Lawrence Arts Center.
She is a professional actor, has done numerous commercials, films and industrials, and is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, the union of film and television performers. She is also a director, acting coach, puppeteer, and electrician.
Cynthia Hardeman, is an award winning playwright whose plays Truth Stands, Jack & Jill, Less Than A Fairytale and A Soldiers Return have been produced locally and nationally. As an artist she also provides drawings for families and individuals desiring portraits. Most recently she is co-founded LoveJoy Productions which produces engaging theatre programs that mentor, educate and nurture new talent.