The American Legacy
220 East Fourth Street ~ New York, New York 10009
Office: 212 995 8410 ~ Tickets: 212 995 5302
"One of my favorite downtown theaters" ~ Martin Denton, nytheatre.com
Cast of Denial
This is Michael James Anderson’s first production with the Metropolitan Playhouse. He is honored to be working with such an excellent cast and director. His past credits off-off Broadway include Jack in The Boys Next Door, Captain Brice in Arcadia, and Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors, and Seyton in Macbeth. Member of AEA. He thanks his wife and dearest friend, Virginia, for her constant support.
Alia Shakira Chapman is delighted to make her sophomore appearance at Metropolitan Playhouse. She is originally from Washington DC and holds a BFA in acting from Howard University. New York credits include William Shakespeare’s Haunted Pier, Freedom Train, Metropolian’s production of The Octoroon, and The Taking of Miss Julie. Alia wants to thank God first and foremost, along with all her loved ones for their undying support.
H. Clark Kee. Off-Broadway: Castro’s Beard, The Trials of Martin Guerre. Other NY appearances include: God Willing, Princess Ivona, and HB’s 25th anniversary production of Short Eyes. Regional: The Legends of Arthur and Bill Finn’s adaptation of Camino Real with the Williamstown Second Company; The Heiress, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, and Playboy of the Western World at Shadowlawn Stage; Fiddler on the Roof and Inherit the Wind at Mill Mountain. Member, Accidental Repertory Theater Co., John Strasberg, Director.
Over the 39 years of his career John Tobias' roles include, Tegeus in A Phoenix
Too Frequent (Circle-in-the-Square); Polonius in Hamlet (Manhattan Playhouse); Dr. Stockman in Enemy of the People (Studio Arena Theatre); Cassius in Julius Caesar (Barter Theater), and many other major roles. On Channel 13's series, Cultures and Continents, JT was seen as Citizen Tom Paine, the Devil in The Devil and Daniel Webster, and the social reformer Jacob Riis. He is also author of plays that have been produced Off-Broadway, regionally, and at major theatres in 13 countries.
For the past few years Martin Novemsky has been translating and performing stories of Sholem Aleichem, some of which were rendered into English for the first time. He has performed them both in the original Yiddish and English at various venues including the National Yiddish Book Center in Amherst Massachusetts. He appeared in the National Public Radio Series, The Yiddish Radio Project. He is particularly fond of the works of Anton Chekhov and has adapted his story “Ward Six” for the stage and directed its performance in New York.
Suzanne Toren (Abby Gersten) appeared last year at this theatre as old Frau Quixano in The Melting Pot. Prior to that, she won critical acclaim as the ditsy old lady in Lenny and Lou (29th Street Rep). She has appeared on and off Broadway, and in regional theatres throughout the country, in works by well-known playwrights (from Shakespeare and Moliere to Arthur Miller and Neil Simon), as well as new ones. Broadway: Goodbye, Fidel (starring Jane Alexander). Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse (Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities), Philadelphia Drama Guild (A View from the Bridge), Pennsylvania Stage Company (Brighton Beach Memoirs), Syracuse Stage (The Seagull). Off-Broadway: Westside Theatre (A Shayna Maidel ; From Door to Door), Jewish Repertory Theatre (The Disputation). TV: Law and Order. Suzanne is an award-winning narrator of audio books; has recorded hundreds for the Library of Congress, as well as for many commercial audio book producers. She has been recognized for her narrations by Audiofile magazine, and is currently nominated for an “Audie” for her narration of Doris Kearns Goodwin’s “Team of Riva