ISIS PRODUCTIONS announces its March Production
by Scott McPherson
I am happy to be working with such a talented cast in a beautiful play in a new space. Today as our population grows older and we are faced with older parents and more working parents, we ask what do we do? Do we take care of our folks or put them in an institution? My role of Bessie is the contrast to my sister Lee. I have worked on stage; film and print work in Pittsburgh, New York and Philadelphia since the age of 11. My purpose in keeping this theatre company is to bring more issues to the forefront so more questions can be asked as well as to provide a place to hire more Philadelphia actors. I am passionate about the theatre. As an actor and teacher and producer I try to pass on that passion. Through the years of teaching, starting theatre programs, volunteering for theatre work with kids in schools and finally working at the Governor’s School of New Jersey, I would consider myself a child advocate. Producing is another world altogether. I am learning it slowly. I have been teaching students in my studio in my home for over 15 years (www.renees-studio.com). They learn from me and I learn from them. They motivate me to study every new acting technique that arises. I would like to thank Neill Hartley, Wesley Reid, Allen Clark, Rick Miller, Bobby Fabulous, Kristine DiGrigoli, Ann Stouffer, Jaidy Schweers and the staff of the Neighborhood House. Also I need to thank my family for putting up with me.
Kirsten Quinn (Lee) is thrilled to be back working with Isis Productions after having appeared in House of Blue Leaves, Landscape of the Body, Accomplice, Collected Stories, Too Much Sun, The Lyons and Frozen. Kirsten holds an M.F.A. from the University of Pittsburgh (Acting) and is an Associate Profess of Theatre at Community College of Philadelphia. She has also performed in plays at the Wilma, the Lantern, The Irish Heritage Theatre, The IRC, The PAC, Ego Po Classic, Seagull Productions, InterAct, The Eagle Theatre, The Eternal Spiral Project (founder), Center City Theatre Works, Walking Fish, New City Stage, Montgomery Theatre, The Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Luna Theatre, Dan Hodge’s Independence Shakespeare, and many others. Kirsten recently won the Phindie Critics’ Award for Best Actor (Female) for Molly Sweeney (2016-2017 Season). She was nominated along with the rest of the Ensemble for a Barrymore Award for Ego Po’s The Seagull (The show won best overall production of the year). Thank you to Renee, Neill, and this amazing team. Thank you to my students and colleagues from CCP. Love to Mom, T, Lauren, family and friends and special love to the greatest husband in the world, Ari Ben. Next up….Betty’s Summer Vacation with the IRC and Woman and Scarecrow with IHT.
Marvin’s Room marks Rob’s 4th production with Isis Productions. Other roles with them: Dennis in Too Much Sun, John in Accomplice and Billy Einhorn in The House of Blue Leaves. Rob is proud to be celebrating his 20th year performing on Philadelphia and other area stages. Most recently, Rob appeared as Prince Escalus in the Ritz Theater Company’s lush production of Romeo and Juliet. Also with the Ritz: Steve Heidebrecht in August: Osage County; real-life accused murderer Gary Gauger in The Exonerated and Juror #8 in 12 Angry Men. He played Dr. Sugar in South Camden Theatre Co.’s acclaimed production of Suddenly, Last Summer and Greg in Luna Theater Co.’s Other Hands. He is also a family member at Montgomery Theater Company, performing in their productions of The Seven Year Itch, Affluenza and The Desk Set. Love and thanks to his husband, Jeff.