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1 Aaron, Caroline: Cora, Iceman, 31 July­14 Sept. 1985, American National Theater, Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington, DC, then, 21-29 Sept. 1985, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, Broadway, NYC. B. 1952, in Richmond, VA, she plays character roles on stage in Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982), Social Security (1987), I Hate Hamlet (1991); in a number of Woody Allen films (Husbands and Wives, Deconstructing Harry); in other films and television movies (over 30 since 1982), including Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Primary Colors (1998), and Tuesdays with Morrie (2000); and on TV in episodes of Law & Order, NYPD, Mad About You, Empty Nest, Frasier, among others.

2 Abady, Caroline Sidney: Josie, Misbegotten, 30 Mar. 1979, Nassau (NY) Repertory Theatre, County Theater.

3 Abbot, Bernice: Susie, Caribbees, 20 Dec. 1918, Playwrights’ Theatre, Macdougal St., NYC. A Bernice Abbot (1898-1991) was eventually a very successful photographer famous for her images of New York City.

4 Abbot, Michael: Dir., Wilderness, 4-7 Oct. 1995, Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN.

5 Abbott, George: Book/dir., New Girl in Town [musical based on “Anna”], 14 May 1957-24 May 1958, 46th St. Theatre, NYC. B. 25 June 1887, in Forestville, NY, he was a producer, writer, director and performer for over 80 years. BA from U of Rochester; studied at Harvard under George Pierce Baker. He first appeared on stage in 1913; his last play—as director—was in 1987, a revival of Broadway, which he had written, and first directed, in 1926. In between 1913 and 1987 he directed, wrote the book of, produced, or acted in over 100 plays and musicals, including John Brown, Three Men on a Horse, The Boys from Syracuse, Pal Joey, Sweet Charity, High Button Shoes, Where’s Charlie?, Call Me Madam, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Damn Yankees!, Once Upon a Mattress, and so on. Tonys went to Pajama Game, New Girl in Town, Fiorello! (which also won a Pulitzer Prize), Never Too Late, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, How Now Dow Jones. In all, five Tony awards; nominated for an Academy Award for All Quiet on the Western Front. He died 31 Jan. 1995, in Miami Beach.

6 Abbott, Richard: Wetjoen, Iceman, 8 May 1956, Circle in the Square, NYC. B. Simon Vandenberg, 22 May 1899, in Belgium. His father a professional pianist and conductor, his mother a pianist and an opera coach; he was third cousin to Sarah Bernhardt and grandson of Jean Vandenberg, the Flemish actress. He studied in Antwerp, attended Columbia and the U of Paris, as well as the Moscow Art Theatre. His extensive acting career, which began in 1916, spanned theater, film and television. Associated with Theatre Guild productions in 1919 and, between 1918 and 1932, was in 15 Broadway productions, including Macbeth (1921, as Ross) and the original production of The Rise of Silas Lapham (1919). He appeared in 17 films between 1934 and 1970, including The Valley of Decision (1945), Love Laughs at Andy Hardy, Green Dolphin Street and The Exile (all three 1947), and The Last Escape (1970). He died June 1986, NYC.

7 Abbott, Susan: Mrs. Mayo, Horizon, 20-29 Sept. 2002, Old Barn, Tao House, Danville, CA.

8 Abel, Walter: Olson, S.S. Glencairn (Cardi›, Voyage, Zone), 14 Aug. 1924 (105 performances), Barnstormer’s Barn, Provincetown, MA, then, 3 Nov. 1924, Provincetown Playhouse, NYC, then, 16 Dec. 1924, Punch and Judy Theatre, then, 12 Jan. 1925, Princess Theatre, NYC; sheri›, Desire, 11 Nov. 1924, Provincetown Players, Greenwich Village Theatre, then, 12 Jan. 1925, Earl Carroll, then, 1 June 1925, George M. Cohan, then, 28 Sept. 1925, Daly’s 63rd St.—all NYC; Robert, Horizon 1926, Mansfield, NYC; Olson, S.S. Glencairn, 9 Jan. 1929 (90 performances), Provincetown Theatre, NYC; Orin, Electra, 9 May 1932 (16 performances), Theatre Guild, Alvin Theatre (and on tour); Nat Miller, Take Me Along [musical version of Wilderness], 1962, State Fair, Dallas, TX. B. 6 June 1898, St. Paul, graduate of American Academy of Dramatic Arts, eventually president of American National Theatre and Academy. Beginning in 1918, he played supporting roles on stage and screen—in 36 Broadway productions between 1919 and 1975 and over 60 films between 1918 and 1985; popular on TV chat shows in the 60s. In his last film, The Ultimate Solution of Grace Quigley (1985), he played opposite Katharine Hepburn. His standard image was of the well-groomed professional man, emotions under control—barely. Enacted roles in Shakespeare plays—As You Like It (1923), Hamlet (Claudius, 1949), Twelfth Night (1963)—as well. Summer stock in such plays as Inherit the Wind, Our Town, and The Skin of Our Teeth. Some television—Masterpiece Playhouse’s Uncle Vanya (1950), Prudential Family Theater’s Ruggles of Red Gap, and hosted Suspicion (1957-58). He died 26 Mar. 1987.

9 Abramo, Joseph: Rocky, Iceman, Feb. 1992, Germinal Stage Theatre, Denver. B. 1947 in NYC. He is a stage producer, director and film and even TV actor—having appeared in episodes of Homicide: Life on the Street. He has also written several mystery novels.

10 Abuba, Ernest: Tyrone, Journey, 4-23 Nov. 1997, National Asian American Theatre Co. (NATCO), Mint Theatre, NYC. B. 25 Aug. 1947, in Honolulu, he has played in four original Broadway productions—Pacific Overtures (musical, 1976), Loose Ends (1979), Zoya’s Apartment (1990), Shimada (1992). Others include The Art of Happiness (narrator 1998). Films: Forever, Lulu (1987), Call Me (1988), King of New York (1990), Article 99 (1992), 12 Monkeys (1995), The King and I (1999), Ghostlight (2001), others. A few guest appearances on TV: Adderly (1986), The Cosby Show (1990), others. He wrote and directed The Dowager (La Mamma Experimental Club, 1978), Pastimes and Papa Boy (Zipper Theatre, NYC, 2003). He teaches at Zipper as well.

11 Aceto, Raymond: Jed, Electra [opera version], 6 Oct. 1998, Lyric Opera of Chicago.

12 Adair, Christine: Mrs. Keeney, Sea Plays (Zone, Voyage, Ile), 20-22, 27-29 Oct. 1988, Rand Theater, U of Massachusetts, Amherst. Mostly regional companies; in her latest, All’s Well That Ends Well (Mount, Lenox, MA), she “performs wonders” (G.L. Horton, Aisle Say).

13 Adamina, Maia: Deborah, Touch, 1-16 June 1996, San Antonio (TX) Public Theatre. A graduate of the U of Incarnate Word with an MA from U of Texas-San Antonio in English, she teaches at San Antonio College and directs the Dramatic Readers’ Theatre program at Gemini Ink. She has appeared in Private Lives, Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme and Twelfth Night in the San Antonio area.

14 Adams, Abigail: Dir., Wilderness, 8-26 July 1987, People’s Light and Theatre Co., Malvern, PA. One of the founders, in the 70s, and artistic director of People’s Light and Theatre Co. She had a small part in the 2003 film Scary Movie.

15 Adams, Bill: McComber, Wilderness, 13 Feb. 1949, Theatre Guild on the Air/Radio broadcast. On Broadway he played in the musical Oh! Oh! Oh! Nurse (1925). B. 8 May 1887, in Ti‡n, OH. Half a dozen films (often uncredited) including I Am a Camera (1955) and The Hustler (1961). Died 19 Sept. 1972.

16 Adams, Robert: Jones, Jones, Brit. TV, 1938; Joe, Iceman, 29 Jan. 1958, Arts Theatre, London (then Winter Garden). B. 1906, in the West Indies, he was in three Broadway plays: Richard II and As You Like It (both 1937) and First Stop in Heaven (1941). He has been in a dozen films, between the 1930s and 70s, including Midshipman Easy (1935), King Solomon’s Mines (1937) and Caesar and Cleopatra (1945). He died 13 Feb. 1981.

17 Adelman, Jordana: Set design, Ape, 2003, Rorschach Theatre, Jewish Community Theatre Center, Cecile Goldman Theatre, Washington, DC.

18 Adelson, Matthew E.: Lighting, Equation, 10-19 Aug. 2000, Playwrights’ Theatre, Provincetown Playhouse, NYC; lighting, Breakfast, 30 Aug.-15 Sept. 2001, Playwrights’ Theatre, Provincetown Playhouse. He is the resident lighting designer of the Playwrights’ Theatre.

19 Agins, Stephen D.: Jones, Jones, 10-22 Sept. 1979, “American Theatre Experiment,” Fordham U, NYC.

20 Ahearn, John: Joe, Ile, 18 Apr.-1 June 1918, Greenwich Village Players, Greenwich Village Theatre, NYC. He had one other Broadway acting credit, The Lost Leader (1919).

21 Aidman, Charles: Man, Desire, 16 Jan.-23 Feb. 1952, American National Theatre and Academy, ANTA Playhouse, NYC. B. 31 Jan. 1925, he was a director, lyricist and performer, functioning in all three roles in Spoon River Anthology (1963) on Broadway (which ran for over three months). He was in the short-lived Zoot Suit, in 1979. His films included Pork Chop Hill (1959), War Hunt (1962), Countdone (1967), King Lear (1982, title role), Uncommon Valor (1983), Inner Space (1987). TV appearances on Dick Van Dyke Show (1963), Twilight Zone (1985-87, he was the narrator), others. He died 7 Nov. 1993.

22 Akerlind, Christopher: Lighting, Touch, 7 Apr.-17 May 1992, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT. Major figure in lighting and design for theater and opera (over 280 productions, worldwide), including several Broadway plays: The Piano Lesson (1990), Philadelphia, Here I Come! (1994), Seven Guitars (1996), and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife (2000); o›-Broadway he was lighting designer for Mad Forest (1992) and The Dying Gaul (1998). In addition he was resident designer for the Opera Theater of St. Louis (over 40 productions). Foreign productions include Cymbeline for the RSC and Boris Godunov

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