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Meet the cast and production team behind
"George Washington Slept Here"!

Roger Dykeman (NEWTON FULLER) is excited to make his debut at Crystal Theatre with this great cast and crew. His most recent role was as Jonathan Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace at Curtain Call in Stamford. Some favorite appearances at Curtain Call include playing Brian Doyle in Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Charlie Martin in On Golden Pond, and Juror #2 in 12 Angry Men. Other favorite roles include Doc in West Side Story at The Wilton Playshop, Moises Kaufman and Rev. Fred Phelps in The Laramie Project at Bridgeport Theatre Company, and Bill Ray in On Golden Pond at Town Players of New Canaan. He thanks Rich for the opportunity and sends love to his wonderful wife, Anna, for her encouragement and support.

 

Carin Freidag (ANNABELLE FULLER) is excited to be back at Crystal Community Theater after playing Claire Comstock in last summer’s production of Whistleville.  Some recent favorite shows in Fairfield County are Mrs. Swettenham in A Murder Is Announced, Mildred in The Cemetery Club, Glendine in Wedding Belles, and Cora in Calendar Girls at Curtain Call, Cassandra in Vanya & Sonya & Masha & Spike and Colleen in Ripcord at the Carriage House Theater, Arista in The Little Mermaid at St. Catherine’s Players and Sara in Watch On The Rhine at Westport Country Playhouse.  Big thanks to Rich and our amazing behind the scenes team for this crazy show!  XO to Jeff and Megan for your support.

 

Ashley Marcinek (MADGE FULLER) is so grateful to be a part of this production of George Washington Slept Here. Prior to this role, Ashley played Margot in The Diary of Anne Frank and a Spirit in The Tempest, both at Curtain Call. Before that, Ashley was a prominent member of Marist Theatre at Marist College, working on almost every show of each season, both onstage and off. Some of her prominent credits from Marist range from The Complete Works of William Shakespeare and How To Succeed In Business…to Alice @ Wonderland, and Marist Monologues: Stories Under the Stars (Director).

 

Evan Stelly (STEVE ELDRIDGE) is excited to be a part of “George Washington Slept Here”, his fourth consecutive production as a Crystal Theatre alumnus.  Recent credits include Harry Sterling (Whistleville), Bobo (A Spinning Tale), and Edward (Louder than Words). He hopes you enjoy the show!

 

Mark Ferguson (MR. KIMBER) hails from Chicago, where for thirty years he pursued a career teaching theatre, television, and film production.  Recently retired, he now calls Newtown his home.  He was seen onstage last year as Juror 9 in Twelve Angry Men (Town Players of Newtown). Other productions include:  Andrea (Galileo); Adam (The Apple Tree); Benjamin Franklin (1776); God (The Creation of the World and Other Business); Jonathan (Oh, Dad, Poor Dad, Mama’s Hung You in the Closet and I’m Feeling so Sad); Director (The Bald Soprano). A competitive speech coach for several years, Mark also served as video director/producer for the National Speech and Debate Association.  He was inducted into the NSDA Hall of Fame in 2016. 

 

 

Christian Morabito (RAYMOND) is so excited to be part of the production of George Washington Slept Here.  He most recently performed as Charlie Brown in the Greenwich High School production of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. His first-ever show was the Western Middle School production of Moana Jr. as Maui. He started acting last year after being inspired by some of his favorite actors and has been doing it with passion ever since. Outside of theatre, he enjoys playing sports like soccer and spending time with his brothers. 

 

Ruth Karfiol Glazer (KATIE) is excited to be working with this wonderful cast and crew of George Washington Slept Here.  She was last seen in the Curtain Call production of The Diary of Anne Frank as Mrs. Van Daan.  She is a graduate of Columbia College and Columbia Law School.  When off stage, Ruth enjoys traveling with her family, and working as a corporate and intellectual property attorney.

 

Kat Khunou (HESTER) is a dynamic South African performer on a mission to explore the world, with the US as her first stop, and spread her creative wings in as many countries as possible. Before gracing the Connecticut theatre scene, Kat showcased her talents in a variety of performances. In her homeland, she lent her voice to the captivating radio play Green Man Flashing and her flair for the dramatic was further displayed during her time as a burlesque dancer in California, highlighting her versatility and passion for the performing arts. Now, as part of the cast of George Washington Slept Here, Kat is thrilled to make her mark on the stage and looks forward to delivering a performance that resonates with the heart and spirit of the audience.

 

Elayne Gordon (MRS. DOUGLAS) most recently appeared in three murder mysteries, Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 at Eastbound Theater, Drop Dead at Town Players of New Canaan and A Murder Is Announced at Curtain Call.  Other area productions include the East/West One-Act Play Festival in Neighborhood Watch and Hocking Murray as well as In Her Golden Years, which took first place in 2016 and remains one of her favorite roles.  Other favorites include Doris in The Cemetery Club, Bubbie in Crossing Delancey, Sophie in Social Security, Carmella in Mulberry Street (all at Curtain Call) and Rebecca Nurse in the acclaimed Westport Community Theatre production of The Crucible.  Town Players of New Canaan – Prisoner of Second Avenue, Moonlight and Magnolias.  Curtain Call – Days of Wine and Roses, Waiting in the Wings, Little Women, Miracle on 34th Street.  Westport Community Theater – And Then There Were None, The Miracle Worker.  Eastbound Theater – You Can’t Take It With You.  Plus benefit performances of Love, Loss and What I Wore and The Vagina Monologues.  “A good home must be made, not bought.” – Joyce Maynard

 

Lenny Carlucci (CLAYTON EVANS) is very excited to be part of Crystal Theatre’s production of George Washington Slept Here. This is Lenny’s fourth production since returning to the stage in 2022 after a 30-year hiatus. When not performing at Crystal Theatre, Lenny can be seen doing standup comedy around the tri-state area, most recently at Gotham Comedy Club in New York City.

 

Dainelle Testori-Gartner (RENA LESLIE) is THRILLED to be back on the Crystal stage (last seen as Dinah Jordan in Whistleville) and performing with old friends and new! Training: American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Lee Strasberg Theater Institute (NYC).  Favorite Roles:  Miss Hannigan (Annie), Missy Miller (The Marvelous Wonderettes), Ursula (Disney’s The Little Mermaid), Sr Mary Downey (Disaster!), Edith Potter (The Women), Lauren (London Suite), Amy (In Her Golden Years). Thank you to the entire team in front of and behind the lights who make this all possible! With love and thanks to my fabulous husband Mark!

 

Bill Conner (UNCLE STANLEY) figured out early that he would like to follow his father into acting.  Appearing in numerous plays and musicals since his stage debut at Hibbing High School in northern Minnesota in 1961, favorite credits include Pickering in My Fair Lady, Mr. McAfee in Bye Bye Birdie, and Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple, among numerous others. In 2008, he closed his New Hampshire law office moved to Boston and then New York City to pursue professional work.  He ended up being successful as a commercial actor with a number of national commercials under his belt. Bill has lived in Norwalk since 2015 with his long-time companion Maryellen and sees his two adult children and three grandchildren in Phoenix, AZ as often as he can.

 

Rick Stewart (MR. PRESCOTT) is honored to participate in this amazing production – his third consecutive role after a long hiatus. Recent credits include Arsenic and Old Lace and The Diary of Anne Frank, both at Stamford’s Curtain Call. He wants to thank all those involved with the production as it's been a wonderful journey, and especially director Rich Mancini, who continues to put trust in his abilities. As usual, he wants to thank his wife (Lynda) for her support, love, and encouragement. His retirement theatre bucket list continues…

 

Kaitlan Clark (SUE BARRINGTON, Assistant Director) is a recent graduate of Georgetown University, having majored in Theater and Performance Studies and minored in Art History. Before going to D.C., she acted in several productions with the Westchester Sandbox Theater, including portraying Emily in Our Town and various roles in The Laramie Project. She continued acting and branched into directing in her college career, most recently directing Legally Blonde: The Musical with the Mask and Bauble Dramatic Society. Previously, she had directed the Donn B. Murphy One Acts Festival and A Christmas Carol on campus. On stage, she played Sarah in J.B., Cookie in Rumors, and Kyle in Mind Games, among others. She is excited to be making her Connecticut community theater debut with Norwalk’s Crystal Theatre.

 

Laszlo Balazs (TOMMY HUGHES, Producer) is happy to be back on stage at Crystal Theatre after a season behind the piano, sound board, lighting board, and backstage. Recent roles include Benny Rathbone (Louder than Words), The Page (A Spinning Tale), and Jonas Fairweather (The Burning of Norwalk, 1779), all at Crystal Theatre, and Joe Lazenby in Ordinary People at The Town Players of New Canaan. Off the stage, Laszlo works as the Associate Artistic Director at Crystal Theatre and teaches our preschool and elementary students. Other recent credits: Footloose (Musical Director/Set Designer) at Brien McMahon High School, and Tintypes (Musical Director), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (Producer), and Whistleville (Assistant Director/Producer) all here at Crystal Theatre.  

 

Samantha Frattallone (MARIAN WILCOX, Stage Manager) is so thrilled to be a part of this spring’s production of George Washington Slept Here. Recent Crystal Theatre credits include Emma Goldman in Tintypes, Kate Sullivan in Whistleville, Rumplestilsken in A Spinning Tale, Mary Francis in Louder than Words and the Widow Arnold in The Burning of Norwalk, 1779. Outside of Crystal Theatre, Samantha frequently performs with Curtain Call in Stamford (recently starring in The Wisdom of Eve as Eve Harrington) and St. Catherine’s Players in Greenwich (where she played Babette in Beauty and the Beast this past March). Samantha is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University where she received a baccalaureate degree in nursing. When she’s not on stage (or working backstage), she works as a nurse and is pursuing a degree in mortuary science at Goodwin University.

 

Jack Singewald (Technical Designer) is Crystal Theatre's Associate Technical Director, having been involved in productions at the Crystal since the age of 8. Jack handles the software end of the theatre, and currently attends Fairfield Prep. At our productions, you’ll find him running lights, sound, or video if he’s not on stage. Favorite performing roles include Janci Toth in Cheryl Kemeny's Whistleville, and Daniel in Ellis Island. He is elated to be part of crew for George Washington Slept Here!

 

Margaret Jackins (Costume Designer) has been a part of the Crystal Theatre staff since 1998. She has been both a director and playwright (Puss ‘n Boots, Sally the Scourge, Living on the Mainline, all written with Cheryl Kemeny). When it comes to costuming, Margaret has designed and dressed over 60 shows for community, regional and school theater. As a performer, Margaret has been an actor up and down the East Coast, sung cabaret in New York City, and earned gold medals in international barbershop music competitions. By day, Margaret is a Spanish teacher and is the wife of Crystal Theatre cofounder Dave Jackins, and the mother of Crystal Theatre alumna Alice. She is looking forward to directing the Young Performers version of The Addams Family here at Crystal Theatre this summer. 

Richard Mancini (Director) has directed more than 50 area productions and has appeared in dozens more in his near-50 years involved in Connecticut community theatre. He is proud to be working with Crystal Theatre for the first time. During the past two seasons, Rich has staged The Diary of Anne Frank and Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Curtain Call), Fences (Westport Community Theatre), and Album (Milford Arts Council's Eastbound Theatre). Previous directorial credits elsewhere include Same Time, Next Year, The Lion in Winter, Cactus Flower, Romantic Comedy, The Miracle Worker, and many others. He sends his gratitude to the terrific folks at Crystal Theatre, and his love, thanks and congratulations to a wonderful cast and crew.

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