“The Trial of the Catonsville Nine”
By Daniel Berrigan
Premiered October/November 2018
Presented by iTheatre Collaborative
Oct. 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, Nov. 1, 2, 3 at 8:00 pm and Oct. 21 at 2:00 pmFifty years ago nine people, including two Catholic priests, entered the Selective Service office in Catonsville, MD and removed 378 draft cards and burned them in the parking lot with homemade napalm to protest the war in Vietnam. Based on the trial transcripts, the play delves into the moral and religious motives of the nine, and why "the burning of paper not children."
Skye Ayers (Witness) has appeared in It’s A Wonderful Life (2017-2018 ariZoni Award winner for outstanding production), To Kill A Mockingbird (Stephanie), Uncle Vanya (Mariana), Guys and Dolls (Agatha), Arsenic and Old Lace (Martha), The Cemetery Club (Ida), Carousel (Mrs. Mullin), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Henrietta Iscariot), Nunsense (Sister Mary Virgil), Oklahoma (Vivian, where she got to wear her cowboy boots), and Harvey (Vita). She has also dressed in ninja black to stage manage and work tech. She was a competitor in equestrian sports from many years up through the world championship level. She also plays Japanese drums and built her own drum with some help from friends. Many thanks to Chris and Charles for including me in this special production.
Max Cano (Thomas Lewis) is honored to be back in the Kax Stage, for this venue held his first professional acting job straight out of college. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance where relationships grew that brought him here. When he is not on the stage, Cano strives to work on film productions, in front of and behind the camera, and is recently taking up the different stage of stand-up comedy. He is excited to be working with such a talented cast, with both new and familiar faces. He would like to thank Charles and Chris for giving him the opportunity to get back on the stage, and hopes for many to come. He would also like to thank his wife, parents, and everyone involved in this incredible production, for there constant stream of inspiration.
Bill Chameides (Daniel Berrigan) is jazzed to return to the iTheater stage having previously appeared as Paul in their production of Permanent Collection. Bill’s other theater credits include: with the Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival of Merry Wives of Windsor (Page), All’s Well That Ends Well (King), Fool For Love (Old Man), and Titus Andronicus (Marcus); in New York in the off-off-Broadway productions of As You Like It (Dukes Frederick and Senior), and Twelve Angry JurorsCopenhagen (Niels Bohr), Much Ado About Nothing (Balthasar), An Inspector Calls (Birling), Love Letters (Alan M. Ladd III), and Peachtree Battle (Sherwood), the longest running show in Atlanta's theatrical history. Movie credits include: Trois: The Escort and The Sugar Creek Gang. Bill holds a Ph.D. from Yale University, trained at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute, and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival.
Cae Collmar (Marjorie Melville) is making her debut with iTheatre Collaborative and is honored Mr. Charles St. Clair included her within this very talented cast. Ms. Collmar works mostly in commercials and film and is a member of SAG/AFTRA but also loves the energy and passion of live theatre. Some of Cae’s favorite past roles include GLORIA from “Boeing Boeing” at Mesa Encore Theatre and ARIEL at The Happiest Place on Earth. Cae first fell in love with the stage through movement and holds a BFA in dance performance from the University of Arizona and an MFA in choreography from the University of California, Irvine. Ms. Collmar teaches theatre, dance and art in the PVUSD. Cae would like to thank her sister for her never-ending, emotional support and her mother for being her absolute champion. Ms. Collmar would like to recognize and thank her father, Teddy Collmar, for his service in the United States Navy during The Vietnam War, her uncle, Carlton Casler, for his service in the United States Army preceding Desert Storm and her late grandfather, James Casler, for his service in the United States Army during World War II. www.caecollmar.com
Sydney Davis (Prosecution) came to Arizona to practice law but has always loved the theater and is thrilled to be part of this important and relevant production. Since retiring she has appeared in several productions at Theatre Artists Studio, Desert Stages Theater, Hale Theatre Center and numerous times at the Herberger Lunch Time Theatre. Favorite roles include Andi Lee in
Jeff DiDomenico (David Darst) was born in Scottsdale, AZ. He graduated from New School for the Arts and moved to Los Angeles to hone his craft at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He has performed on stage, in film and television, including roles in productions for NBC, ESPN, and Justin Tanner’s Happy Time X-Mas. Other roles include Johnny in Hello and Goodbye, Alan in Babes and Brides, Eddie in Hurlyburly, George in Once In A Lifetime, and played "Boy" in the original production of Dale Wasserman’s Boy On Blacktop Road. Jeff is also a licensed helicopter pilot and enjoys playing baseball in a wood-bat league. He met his wife Melissa at acting conservatory and later used his dramaturgical skills to convince her to move to the Arizona desert with a family on the way. They now share the pleasure of raising four young children together, Jonathan, Matticen, Joseph and Mila Love. He would like to thank them for their continued support.
Christine Engle (Mary Moylan) was literally born into the world of performance. Having musical parents, she would perform ballet while her parents played in the orchestra. She studied ballet for 20 years, Including the Houston ballet. Evolving her passion for singing and dancing she studied theater performance and technical theater in college. She has been in many plays but became very skilled as a lighting technician and is also an accomplished Carpenter. She has worked with many local theater companies assisting in costuming, theatrical makeup, sound engineering, and rigging! She is also a licensed cosmetologist. She is thrilled to be back on stage and feels very blessed to have this opportunity!
Zachary Fagan (George Mische) is making his debut with iTheatre Collaborative. He is excited and grateful to work with a group that is so passionate and talented on such a powerful piece of theatre. Past awards and recognition: 2017 - Zoni winner, Actor in a Supporting Role, Good 'N' Plenty, MCC Theatre, Directed by Ron May; 2017 - Zoni nomination, Actor in a Supporting Role, All in the Timing, MCC Theatre, Directed by Kevin Dressler; 2016 - Zoni nomination, Actor in a Supporting Role, Three Sisters, MCC Theatre, Directed by Mathew Wiener.
Olivia Hsu (Musician) is a freshman at Arizona State University and is pursuing a degree in Interdisciplinary arts and performances. She has been performing in the arts for as long as she could remember; she has performed in talent shows, open mic nights, and in theater productions at her high school’s theater department, Sandra Day O’Connor. Olivia hopes to continue her involvement in the arts and pursue a career in producing and composing music plus pursuing acting on the side in film and/or on stage.
Jason Ketner (Thomas Melville) is extremely grateful for the opportunity to be working with iTheatre Collaborative in the production of The Trial of the Catonsville Nine. His passion for the people in this story led him to come out of semi-retirement. He last appeared in the film series as production assistant and background feature in #yallany, Supporting Cast in theatre productions on the east end of Long Island, NY including 9 to 5, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Grease, and Don’t Drink the Water. While completing his Bachelors degree at SUNY Stony Brook he enjoyed working for Staller Center for the Arts at SBU and doing voice work in commercial radio spots for station WBLI. When he is not working in the theatre, he is working as a Director in a Pharmacy Benefit Management company from home in Gilbert and traveling the country for business and visiting his children in Long Island. He wishes to thank Charles and Chris for seeing his passion in this project and guiding him along the path to their vision. He would also like to thank our heroic veterans, Julia, Abby, Christian, Dad, Jordan, Jenn, Joe, God, and all the friends and family who have given their love and support in his journey. Lastly to Ginger, without you there is no drive to be everything in your eyes.
Matt Madonna (Judge) has spent the last few years as a student of theater, acting and singing at Mesa Community College and has been cast in five campus productions: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Othello, Legally Blond, The Musical, She Loves Me and Little Women, The Broadway Musical. He is also a member of the Great Southwest Radio Play Company. He is grateful to Chris and Charles for this opportunity and thanks his wife, Jo, for all of her support.
Glenn Parker (Philip Berrigan) most recently played Kyle/Dewey in Legally Blonde at Mesa Encore Theatre. Some favorite roles include Brick in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Stage Left Productions), Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol (Theater Works), Tim and Lloyd in Noises Off (Theater Works and Mesa Encore Theatre), Pedro in Man of La Mancha (Theater Works), Willie Conklin in Ragtime (Theater Works), and Bustopher Jones in Cats (Fountain Hills Theatre). Love to W for all her support and love amongst all his craziness.
Mike Traylor (Defense) since 2005, has been in 16 shows and directed 8 here at iTC. Favorites as an actor include, Top Dog/Under Dog, Race, and Oh Dad, Poor Dad. As a director, favorites include Frozen and Bug. Recent roles at Southwest Shakespeare Company include Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, and Shylock in The Merchant of Venice. With the Black Theatre Troupe since 1983, favorite shows include Jitney, The Piano Lesson, 7 Guitars, and A Midsummer Night's Dream, which he also directed. Mike has a B.S in Theatre from NAU and is currently touring Phoenix and the east valley as a substitute teacher.
Daniel Berrigan was an American writer, Roman Catholic priest, and antiwar activist whose poems and essays reflect his deep commitment to social, political, and economic change in American society. Berrigan, who grew up in Syracuse, New York, earned a bachelor’s degree from a Jesuit novitiate in Hyde Park, New York, and a master’s degree from Woodstock (Maryland) College. He taught at a preparatory school in New Jersey before being ordained a priest in 1952. Berrigan’s political activism was closely linked to his vision of the responsibilities of Christianity. He used his poetry as a vehicle for social protest, yet it retained its artistic integrity. His earliest works are compared to the devotional poems of John Donne and George Herbert. Time Without Number (1957) is praised for its unique voice, its skillful use of theological imagery, and its exploration of spirituality. Berrigan’s later writings show his growing conviction of his social responsibilities as a priest. Influenced by his brother Philip (also a priest), Berrigan became active in the antiwar movement during the period of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. He also became acquainted with the activist journalist Dorothy Day, and in 1968 he traveled with historian Howard Zinn to North Vietnam to negotiate the release of three captured U.S. pilots. Later that year Daniel, Philip, and seven others broke into the office of the draft board of Catonsville, Maryland, and burned the records. Daniel dramatized the federal trial that resulted from that event in the one-act play The Trial of the Catonsville Nine (1970). He spent two years in federal prison, and some of his most eloquent poetry is published in Prison Poems (1973). Undeterred, Berrigan continued protesting and getting arrested for incursions into weapons laboratories and into the Pentagon. He became increasingly convinced that it was necessary not merely to protest but to actively resist war. In 1980, he and his brother helped form the Plowshares Movement, which engaged in acts of civil disobedience directed against war. In addition, Berrigan worked to help AIDS patients during the 1980s and later, and in 2012 he spoke out in support of the Occupy Wall Street protests. Berrigan passed away April 30, 2016 in Bronx, New York.
Elizabeth Broeder (Sound/Media Design, Dramaturge) is a senior in the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University studying Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance and Theatre Arts. Her previous work with iTheatre Collaborative includes Veronica's Room and Hostages. She is so honored to have worked on such a beautiful script with this talented cast. She sends all of her love and gratitude to Charles St.Clair, Kailey Mattheisen, Christopher Haines, Rosie Close, mom, dad and Sarah for their lessons and friendship. Enjoy the show!
Rosemary Close (Producer) has been involved in theater in the Valley for over thirty years. Her work dates back as far as the Arizona Contemporary Theater Company, Northwest Studios and the Glendale Little Theater to name a few oldies. Her onstage credits include; Frozen, Harvey, Chapter Two, Barefoot in the Park, Cabaret, The Balcony, The Way We Live Now, Royal Gambit, Love Scenes from Romeo and Juliet, Reel to Real, The Collected Works of Billy the Kid, The Maids, Skimpies and Bad Seed. Her recent directing credits include; Grounded and An Almost Holy Picture. In 1991, Rosemary began her longtime association with the New York theater company, Mabou Mines. She appeared in numerous productions with that company both in Phoenix and New York. The highlight of that work with Mabou Mines was a leading role in the multimedia stage production, Wrath of Kali, directed by the award winning and acclaimed, Lee Breuer. Currently, she is the Managing Director for iTheatre Collaborative and is proud to be a part of the impact iTheatre has made in the Phoenix downtown community.
Christopher Haines (Design, Producer) is a theater veteran with over thirty years of experience as an actor, producer, stage manager, writer, director and designer. He graduated in 1991 from Duke University. As a designer his work includes: Topdog/Underdog, A Raisin in the Sun, Gunplay, Peter Pan and Wendy, Wizard of Oz, The Colored Museum, The House of Bernarda Alba, and Horn in the West, a 1500 seat outdoor amphitheater in Boone, N.C. In 1994, Mr. Haines collaborated with the internationally acclaimed director, Lee Breuer (founder of Mabou Mines), on his project Wrath of Kali, as the Director of Videography, both in its debut in Phoenix, AZ and in New York. Other design work in video, photography and media includes the Daniel Lentz Group’s A Crack in the Bell, such plays as Jack, Reel to Real, Romeo and Juliet, Sweet Thunder, Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope, and he has worked as the Director of Photography on the feature lms Wake of the Hero and Means of Escape and was the production designer for the independent lm Hack. In 2002 he co-founded iTheatre Collaborative. His work at iTheatre has garnered national attention and recognition with invited performances at the National Black Theater Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., the Black Arts Movement Festival in Austin, TX and the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, AK. For iTheatre he has produced well-over fty productions in the Valley with numerous regional and world premieres. Mr. Haines will be graduating in the Fall from A.S.U. with a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management.
Kailey Mattheisen (Production Stage Manager) is an Integrative Studies major focusing on dance and creative writing with a minor in mathematics and a certificate in lM studies at A.S.U. She has acted in short lMs, plays, and musicals, directed four plays to date, and continues to direct plays as well as working on lm sets as director, script supervisor, Camera AD, boom, etc. She stage managed the musical Passing Strange and Hostages & Other Plays for iTheatre, in addition to ...The End, In the Car, and In the Theatre. She would like to thank Charles St. Clair for his teaching and endless support and encouragement. She would also like to thank all of her other wonderful friends and family who lend her great moral support in the pursuit of her dreams.
Charles St. Clair (Director) is an interdisciplinary artist with over 400 major productions to his credit in theatre, lm and video. Some directing credits include: By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, Race, Indivisible, August in April, TopDog/UnderDog, Death and the Maiden, The 36th, Underneath the Lintel, Venus, Bee-Luther-Hatchee, The Piano Lesson, A Raisin in the Sun, Mozart’s Opera The Marriage of Figaro, The Impresario, as well as The Three Penny Opera, Faust, Tosca, La Traviata, Carmen and the ve- time ariZoni award winning production of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. Mr. St. Clair was Resident Equity Stage Manager for Burt Reynolds’ Theatre in Jupiter, FL, the Ruth Foreman Theatre in Miami, FL and the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival. He has been a technical director and production manager for over 300 productions and events, including the Closing Ceremonies of the Winter Special Olympics, the Orange and Sun Bowl half time productions and tours to Europe, China, India and the Middle East. He has also had the opportunity of lighting such well-known performers as Liza Minnelli, Barbara Mandrell, Pia Zadora, Alabama, Harry Belafonte and tours of the Broadway shows A Chorus Line, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Into My Parlor, I’m Not Rapport and Arsenic and Old Lace. Mr. St. Clair presently serves on the faculty of Arizona State University at the West campus where he teaches Acting and Directing and serves as the Technical Director for the Division of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.