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ISIS PRODUCTIONS announces its March Production

 

The Lyons

by Nicky Silver
directed by Neill Hartley

Cast Biographies

Renee Richman-Weisband

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Renee Richman (Weisband)* (Rita Lyons) is proud to be the producing artistic director of ISIS Productions. Since 2003, the company has been passing on the values of the Egyptian Goddess of life and magic through theatre. She is happy to performing in her second Nicky Silver play, His quirky comedy with a definite message is so needed in todays all too serious world.
Renee has been performing on stage, in film and in television commercials since the age of 11, and is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA. Her passion has always been the stage. Some of her favorite roles have been Peter Pan at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, Maggie in “Jake’s Women”, Amanda in “The Glass Menagerie” and various characters in numerous musicals from summer stock days at The White Barn Theater, to Sarah in “Company” at the old Tweeter Center. Renee has directed a performance, of “Bird of Prey” with her students from her studio classes (www.renees-studio.com). Her classes include kids as young as 6. She has choreographed numerous shows at Moorestown Friends School. She also taught Theatre Arts in the MFS High School during the initiation year of the Theatre Arts Program and brought many electives as well as guest artistes to the kids. She is a certified teacher, pre-K thru high school and in the past; when Governor’s School was in existence, she was active in preparing workshops for the New Jersey Theatre Scholars at The College of New Jersey. Renee has coached many students privately for college and conservatory as well as their school auditions. Her dream is to have a performance space for all kids who may have talent in acting, writing, dancing and composing music as well as performing music. “My passion for performing feeds my passion to pass on the craft to upcoming artists.” Thank you first to Nicky Silver for writing this play. Thank you to the wonderful cast of this show. You all are great. Thank you to Neill and Bill and Wes and Bobby as well as Jaidy and Ann and Kristine and Troy and Molli. Thanks also to Kathyrn McCumber from the Walnut Street Theatre who has always been accommodating. Thanks Neill Hartley for trusting my choices and to my family who always support my dreams.

Kirsten Quinn

Kirsten Quinn (Lisa) is thrilled to be working with Isis Productions again after appearing in The House of Blue Leaves, Landscape of the Body, Collected Stories, Too Much Sun and Accomplice. Quinn holds an M.F.A. in acting from The University of Pittsburgh and is an Associate Professor of Theatre at CCP.  She has done shows with the Wilma, the Lantern, InterAct, Luna Theatre, The Philadelphia Artists’ Collective, EgoPo Classical, The Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, Montgomery Theatre, Theatre Catalyst’s ESP, Eagle Theatre, various Fringe companies, The Irish Heritage Theatre, B.Someday, New City Stage, The Pittsburgh Public Theatre, City Theatre of Pittsburgh, and many others. Thank you to Renee, Neill, and our wonderful cast and crew. Love to family and friends and to Ari, the best husband in the world.

John Zak

John (Ben Lyons) is an actor and voice over artist currently based in Philadelphia, PA. John last performed with Isis Productions in House of Blue Leaves as Artie. Other theatre credits of note: Michael The Pillowman (Luna Theatre)*, Around the World in 80 Days (Walnut Street Theatre), My Wonderful Day (Wilma Theater)*, Amadeus (Walnut Street Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre), Jihad Jones & the Kalashnikov Babes (InterAct Theatre), The Life of Galileo (Wilma theater), Red, White & Tuna (Walnut Street Theatre), The European Lesson, Jo Stromgren Kompani (Philadelphia Live Arts/Norway tour), and Caliban The Tempest, (Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre) — Awarded Philadelphia theatre’s Barrymore Award for Best Supporting Actor; *denotes Barrymore nomination. Also, this year marks his 20th year of performing competitive improvisational comedy with Comedy Sportz (www.comedysportzphilly.com).

Meg Trelease

Meg Trelease (Nurse) is excited to be working with Isis Productions. Most recently, Meg directed A Streetcar Named Desire at the 2016 Philly Fringe Festival with new company Deep Blue Theatre Collective. Meg’s favorite roles include Lady Macbeth (Macbeth, Villanova Theatre), Bella (Big Love, Villanova Theatre), Ruthie (Moonchildren, Circle Playhouse), and Gypsy (Camino Real, The Pit). Meg is also working as a producer on Revamp Theatre Collective’s upcoming production of Jimmy Gorski is Dead. Meg holds an MA in Theatre and a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Villanova University. For Kyle and Pete, always.

Chase Byrd

Chase Byrd is thrilled to be working with Isis Productions on The Lyons! A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, Chase has been living and working in Philadelphia for two years where he has been seen on stage with Curio Theatre (Death of a Salesman), Philadelphia Artists’ Collective (The Captive), and Beacon Theatre Productions (Bonhoeffer’s Cost). He has also been featured in stage readings with Theatre Ariel and Inis Nua, understudied in the Arden Theatre’s production of Metamorphoses, and toured a two-person version of The Music Man with Philly Senior Stage. Chase would like to thank Neill Hartley for this opportunity and his dad and brother for their constant love and support. As always, for Mom.

Kyle Fennie

Kyle (Curtis) earned his MA from Villanova University, and his BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, with a focus in Stage Combat. Previous roles include:Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire (Stanley); Brian Friel’s Translations (Doalty); Micheal Hollinger’s A Wonderful Noise (Chester, Pettigrew, and the Conductor); William Shakespeare’s Macbeth (Macbeth); Bertold Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera (Smith); Rachel Bonds’ Michael and Edie (Ben); Charles Mee’s Big Love (Constantine); Noel Coward’s Fallen Angels (Willie); John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt (Father Flynn); Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap (Sergeant Trotter u/s). Fight Choreography credits include; West Side Story, Macbeth, Beauty and the Beast, Crazy For You, and Oklahoma.