Ross Hewitt (Performer) is a playwright, director, actor and singer -- all in his spare time. Ross is an associate member of the American Dramatists Guild and an active member of the Village Playwrights, a group that gives LGBTQ playwrights and screenwriters a voice. His full-length play, When October Goes, was produced by the Ujima Theatre Company in Buffalo, NY. When October Goes received an ArtVoice Artie Award nomination for Best New Play. His one-act plays produced by the Village Playwrights include Quicksand, Mother Knows Best, The Middle, Crossover and Witches Brew. His one-act play Booties was a part of the 13th Fresh Fruit Festival in New York. Ross directed the world premiere of Shawn Nacol's The Trophy Wife for the Buffalo Ensemble Theatre and Love Alters Not...A Collection of Shakespeare's Sonnets for the American Bard Theater Company, of which he was a founding member, in addition to directing some of his own works. Favorite roles include Soundman in The Lady Was a Disc Jockey (Dolly Ellen Friedman), Albany in King Lear, Mistress Overdone/Friar in Measure For Measure, Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing (American Bard), Sir Hugh Evans in The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare in Delaware Park), Coach/Nurse in Daisy in Disguise (Vital Theatre, Original Cast Recording), Peck in The Rimers of Eldritch (Theatre Unplugged), Dr. Hubert Bonney in It Runs in the Family (Cortland Repertory Theatre), and Angus in Tuck Everlasting (Lexington Children's Theatre).
Mary Riley (Performer) was born in the faraway land of Virginia and now has an adorable little house in Greenwood Lake, NY. She received her Bachelor of Music from East Carolina University, and a Master of Arts from Radford University. Theater: Rona Lisa Peretti in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee with Greenwood Lake Theater; Rosalind in As You Like It, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing and Helena & Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream with the Spontaneous Shakespeare Players; the title role in the world premiere of Anna Nicole: Blonde Glory with Xoregos Performing Company; Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire with Thunder Bay Theatre; and Hermione in The Winter's Tale with Southwest Shakespeare Company Film & Web: Payaso (Clown), Three from the Block, The Otherworld, and Poker Night. She is an Artistic Director at Greenwood Lake Theater where she will continue her wand work this summer as Glinda the Good Witch in The Wizard of Oz. Love to AD, family, friends, 6 nieces, and 2 puppies for their continued love, support and slobbery kisses! Mary is a proud member of Actor's Equity & SAG-AFTRA. A huge thanks to my dear Ross, it’s an honor to share the stage, and his story, with you all! MaryRiley.net
Alyson Reim Friedman
Alyson Reim Friedman (Director) is thrilled to be a part of the creative team for RAINBOWS AND RIBBONS. Alyson has been performing and directing for the better part of her adult life. She holds an MFA from Trinity University and has served as a teaching artist in New York, New Jersey, North Carolina and Texas. She's performed Off Broadway and Regionally and was a founding member of the American Globe Theatre in NYC under the artistic leadership of John Basil. Alyson recently directed The Disc Jockey Was a Lady, a cabaret piece written and performed by Dolly-Ellen Friedman and featuring Ross Hewitt. There is an attraction to direct and collaborate on "hybrid Cabaret pieces", especially with Phil Hall. The Cabaret venue offers an intimate opportunity to share and explore unique stories through song and dialogue. Alyson is happily returning to the stage as Masha in New Stage Theatre's production of Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike. She is a proud member of AEA, SAG, AFTRA & IATSE. Owner/CEO of Quick Change Artistry, LLC - serving the fashion industry. Dreams can come true...Alan, Tristan & Ethan, you are my inspiration.
Phil Hall (Musical Director) Throughout his career, Phil Hall has created significant achievements in just about every aspect of the musical theater industry. On Broadway, he was the conductor for Play Me A Country Song and was the associate conductor for the revival of Mame, which starred Angela Lansbury. Phil was also the musical director and conductor for dozens of productions including Phantom, the national tour of Cats, Side By Side By Sondheim, The Merry Widow, 42nd Street, The Desert Song and The Wizard of Oz. Throughout the United States his work was featured at such renown venues as the Kennedy Center, the Paper Mill Playhouse, Atlanta’s Theater of the Stars, Houston’s Theatre Under The Stars, Seattle’s Fifth Avenue Theatre and the Michigan Opera Theatre. Onstage, Phil played the role of Jake in Paper Mill's production of Show Boat, which aired on PBS' Great Performances series. On film, Phil played a vocal coach and pianist in the Mira Sorvino-produced, Griffin Dunne-directed film, Lisa Picard Is Famous. Phil’s vocal arrangements, featured in the musical revue, Sophisticated Ellington were presented at Carnegie Hall, conducted by the Erich Kunzel with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. He wrote Matthew Passion, a play with music presented in 2005 at the Chernuchin Theater in New York City, as well as the score to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, which was presented at North Shore Music Theater, Kansas City Starlight, Paper Mill Playhouse and Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera. A short list of luminaries from the performing arts world who have worked with Phil include: Lily Tomlin, Tommy Tune, Ron Raines, Nanette Fabray, Phyllis Diller, Nancy Marchand, Madeline Kahn, Judy Kaye, Donna McKechnie, Catherine Hickland, Gregory Hines, Nancy Dussault, Charles Shaugnessy, Teri Hatcher, Laurie Beechman, Marin Mazzie, Victoria Clark, Randy Graff, and, now—the inimitable Dr. Ross Hewitt!
Marietta Clark (Costumes) Marietta has been designing and making costumes since she can remember. Growing up creating costumes from a huge attic filled with family members' old clothing (everything from Civil War jacket to prom dresses with crinoline petticoats). Sitting on her mother's lap at the sewing machine led her to building costumes for her own performances and for children's theatre and dance productions. Currently, she enjoys dressing models for fashion shows as well as sewing for and dressing performers in the theatre. She welcomed the opportunity to costume RAINBOWS and RIBBONS.