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Wed. Feb. 21, 2024 8p.m.

Theater Lab

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Cast

(In order of appearance)

  • Barbara DeMarco
    Soneka Anderson
  • Mike Thomas
    Nick Fruit
  • Tony Whitcomb
    Jordan Ahnquist
  • Eddie Lawrence
    Joseph Delguste
  • Nick O'Brien
    Patrick Noonan
  • Mrs. Shubert
    Anne Bowles

Understudies

Female Understudy: Francie Glick

Male Understudies: Cory Cunningham & Bob Lohrmann

Who's Who

Soneka Anderson (Barbara DeMarco) couldn't be happier to rejoin the DC company of "Shear Madness"! She recently appeared in the production at the Sharon Playhouse in Sharon, CT, and has been performing professionally since the age of 8. Her most recent credits include "Passing Strange" (Sherry/Renata/Desi - Moonbox Productions) and "The Wiz" (Scarecrow - Lyric Stage Company of Boston). Although she hails from Detroit, DC has been her home ever since she earned her BFA in musical theatre from Howard University. She would like to thank her family for their support, especially her biggest fan (and husband) Nicholas.

Nick Fruit (Mike Thomas) is thrilled to be returning to Shear Madness. Some local credits include: Solas Nua Theatre: How to Keep an Alien (Justin); Round House Theatre: Master Harold… and the Boys (Hally), Chesapeake Shakespeare Company: A Midsummer Nights Dream (Demetrius), Romeo and Juliet ( Peter, Romeo u/s); Iron Crow Theatre: Cloud Nine (Joshua/Gerry), The Rocky Horror Show (Brad), The Zero Hour (Doug), The Wild Party (Ensemble); Cumberland Summer Theatre: Yankee Tavern ( Adam); Baltimore Shakespeare Factory: Love's Labour's Lost (King Ferdinand). Nick received a BFA in acting from Towson University.

Jordan Ahnquist (Tony Whitcomb) is excited to be joining Shear Madness here at the Kennedy Center for the first time after performing the show in Boston, CT and Off -Broadway in NYC. A few favorite credits include performed When Pigs Fly, Tartuffe, Big River, Silent Sky. Regionally Jordan has worked with Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Rep, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Florida Studio Theatre, Barnstormers, Lyric Stage, Speakeasy Stage, Central Square Theatre and The Gamm among others. Jordan holds a BA in theatre from Muhlenberg College. www.jordanahnquist.com

Joseph Delguste (Eddie Lawrence) is immensely grateful to be part of Shear Madness. His work as an actor, director, and stunt performer has led to adventures all over the world, performing indoors, outdoors, on rooftops, on fire, on an ocean liner, in a zoo, and now for you. Off-Broadway in New York: Ripper (Elektra Theatre), The Importance of Being Earnest (Davenport Theatre). Regional: Moon Over Buffalo (Cape May Stage), DraculaTitanic (Courthouse Stage), The Three Musketeers (CT Free Shakes), Much Ado About Nothing (Rude Grooms), Love's Labours Lost (Nashville Shakespeare Festival), All for One (Busch Gardens Williamsburg). MFA: STC's Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University. www.josephonstage.com

Patrick Noonan (Nick O’Brien) just finished a run of Party People with the Actor's Theatre of Louisville and is excited to be rejoining the DC "Madness." A proud veteran of the longest running non-musical in America, he has starred as Nick in Shear Madness in numerous cities across the country, including the entirety of the OFF-Broadway run. Other Off-Broadway credits include Almost, Maine and Perfect Crime. Favorite roles include Edgar in Irman Vep, Evan in Hard Cell (World Premiere), and King Arthur in Spamalot. Recent TV: Succession, FBI, Bull, Blue Bloods, And Just Like That, The Last O.G., Raisin Kanan, Awkwafina is Nora From Queens, The Good Fight, The Blacklist, several Law and order s , The Sinner, Mindhunter, Friends From College. Films include: JulesWest Side Story (2021), The PostThe Princess Diaries, The Half of it, Choose. Look for him in the upcoming movie Eileen (Starring Anne Hathaway) in December.

Anne Bowles (Mrs. Shubert) is thrilled to be working with Shear Madness. Broadway credits: Inherit the Wind, Collected Storiesreasons to be pretty. Off Broadway : Make Believe (Secondstage, dir. Michael Greif) . Television credits include: The Good WifeTurnHouse of Cards, Law & Order: SVU, FBI: Most Wanted. Regional credits include: Eureka Day (Asolo Rep), On Golden Pond (Florida Rep), Love Factually and Twist Your Dickens (Kennedy Center/Second City) , Of Mice and Men (Cincinnati Playhouse/St. Louis Rep), Steel Magnolias, The Heiress (Pioneer Theatre), Picnic (Baltimore Centerstage), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey). DC Credits include: Ford’s Theatre, 1st Stage, Folger Theatre, Studio Theatre, Roundhouse Theatre, Olney Theatre, Theater J and others. BA Catholic University and graduate of The Second City Conservatory. Anne would like to thank her husband, Dan, and her family for their constant support and love.

Francie Glick (Understudy, Assistant Stage Manager) returns to Shear Madness having performed the roles of Barbara DeMarco, Mrs. Shubert and Mikey Thomas. D.C. stage appearances include productions with MetroStage, The Washington Stage Guild, The National Archives, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, The Smithsonian Institution, Washington Jewish Theatre, Harlequin Dinner Theatre, Gross National Product comedy troupe, Off The Circle Theatre Company, CT Rex Family Theatre and NCTE. Regionally, Ms. Glick has performed with Cortland Repertory Theatre, Light Opera Company of Cape Cod and Fredericksburg Theatre Company. She can be seen and heard on numerous television and radio commercials, video games, feature films, and television series, both local and national.

Cory Cunningham (Male Understudy) is elated to be back at ݮƵѰapp as part of the hilarious “Shear Madness” company. He is an accomplished actor, singer, and director with over 20 years of experience in the performing arts. Cory has graced the stages of renowned regional theaters across the country including ݮƵѰapp, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Signature Theatre, and Meadow Brook Theatre. He's been part of the "Madness" here at ݮƵѰapp since 2017.

In addition to Cory’s extensive work on stage, he has built up an impressive list of on-camera acting credits in national commercials, industrials, short films, and interactive theater. He thoroughly enjoys utilizing technology as a tool for engaging new audiences.

Cory is a passionate creative collaborator who thrives on bringing stories to life. Whether immersed in an ensemble role or working one-on-one with a director, he approaches every project with professionalism, commitment, and good humor. Audiences appreciate his charismatic energy and emotional truth. Cory continues to challenge himself daily as he hones his craft and pushes artistic boundaries in new ways. He feels privileged to collaborate with such a wildly talented Shear Madness cast and hopes you’ll come back again and again to see the comic mayhem unfold in spontaneous new ways every night! For more: www.corycunningham.com

Ann Barkin (Production Stage Manager, she/her) is thrilled to be returning to "Shear Madness" after doing it regionally in CT. Off Broadway: "Off Peak" (59E59), "Mornings at Seven" (Theatre at St. Clement’s), "Sistas" (St. Luke’s), "MsTrial" (New World Stages), "This One’s for the Girls" (St. Luke’s), "Education" (59E59) and "The Strangest" (NYTW, 4th Street Theatre). Ann has also worked regionally on a number of productions, some notable are: Pericles (NY), The Play That Goes Wrong (New Orleans), Anything Goes (CT), A Dolls House Part 2 (NY) and Joseph and the (...) Dreamcoat (CT). She has also toured nationally with the Rockin' Road to Dublin, worked internationally with Royal Caribbean and even worked at SeaWorld San Antonio.

Bob Lohrmann (Artistic Director, Male Understudy) has played all the male roles in Shear Madness in DC, Philadelphia, Boston and Cleveland. He, with director Bruce Jordan, literally wrote the book on directing Shear Madness. He is a charter company member of The People’s Light Theatre Company, where he has appeared in principal roles in more than 35 productions, including Holy GhostsHamletWaiting for GodotCharley’s AuntRomeo and JulietThe Taming of the Shrew1000 ClownsLennyDeath of a SalesmanThe Glass MenagerieAs You Like ItMarat/SadeWho’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?RoshomonLa RondeOur TownInherit the WindPrecious BloodWait Until Dark, and The Good Woman of Setzuan. He directed the acclaimed one-man show The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me in Washington and Don’t Dress for Dinner in Lake George. In the Philadelphia area, Mr. Lohrmann has performed at the Wilma Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, The Arden Theatre Company, the Wilmington Grand Opera House, Bank Street Theatre, and Locust Street Theatre, as well as Ford’s Theatre in Washington. Additionally, he has appeared in dozens of commercials and industrials and several feature films. He was the announcer for the Nickelodeon kids show “Finders Keepers” (…tell em’ what they’ve won, Bob!). His Philadelphia-based production company, Bob… writes, casts, and produces commercials and industrial training films and created and published the highly successful The Actor’s Casting Guide. His comedy sketches have been performed at the Manhattan Punchline in New York.

Marilyn Abrams (Cranberry Productions) (original Co-Producer) and Bruce Jordan (Cranberry Productions) (original Co-Producer/ Director) are the owners and creators of Shear Madness, the longest running play in American theatre history. These two New York actors anticipated the trend toward interactive theatre and acquired the world rights to Scherenschnitt a serious murder mystery by Paul Portner, and turned it into a rollicking comedy. In 1978/1979 they workshopped it in Lake George, New York, where Jordan directed and created the role of Tony Whitcomb, the salon proprietor, and Abrams created the role of Barbara DeMarco, the gum chewing manicurist. From this small beginning, this exuberant duo has leap frogged around the world keeping audiences laughing with the ever changing topical humor and up to the minute improvisation. Jordan directs and maintains the quality of the productions and Abrams handles the sales, licensing, and marketing. While Boston retains the long run lead, Washington, D.C. and Chicago are close behind, making Shear Madness the triple crown of comedy champs in the USA. Shear Madness has had over 200 productions worldwide and has been translated into 35 foreign languages. Countries such as Greece, Poland, France, Argentina, and scores of others have chalked up record breaking runs on their own turf. Abrams and Jordan have many accolades to their credit, such as the Paris Moliere Award for Comedy (equivalent to our Tony), the Mystery Writer of America Raven Award, and the Los Angeles Dramalogue Award, and many many others. Shear Madness is the only play to win the Charlie Chaplin Award for Comedy, given by the National Comedy Hall of Fame. This producing pair is excited about its latest venture, eight simultaneous productions now running in China. Sydney Australia follows in 2024 in time for that city’s 2025 Theatre Festival. A long way from its Lake George beginning.

Terms and Conditions

All events and artists subject to change without prior notice.

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The actors and stage managers employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.

Staff

Shear Madness Staff

  • General Management
    Cranberry Productions
  • Company Manager
    Roberto Samayoa
  • Controller
    Eric Zeh
  • Assistant to Co. Manager
    Carmen Lugo

For the Kennedy Center

  • Theater Press Representative
    Brendan Padgett

Staff for the Theater Lab

  • Theater Manager
    *Toni Smith
  • Asnt. Theater Manager
    Esther R. Schwarzbauer
  • Box Office Treasurer
    Deborah E. Glover
  • Head Usher
    Vivian M. Chisolm
  • Master Technician
    A.W. Saunders
  • Stagehand
    Josh Sorg
  • Wardrobe Supervisor
    Jessica Evans

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Shear Madness is the longest-running play in the history of American Theater!

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