Cast: THE ANTIPODES

In alphabetical order by last name

 

Louis Farber

Louis Farber (Dave, Associate Artistic Director) is excited to be back for his tenth appearance on the Stray Cat stage. You may have seen Louis in one of the following Stray Cat productions: Stupid Fucking Bird, Year of the Rooster, The Flick, Heddatron, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Abraham Lincoln's Big Gay Dance Party, 12th Night of the Living Dead, or The Play About The Naked Guy. Other performance credits include: Hand to God (Phoenix Theatre/Stray Cat Theatre),The Santaland Diaries (Davisson Entertainment), The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged (Southwest Shakespeare Company), A Vampire Tale (Scorpius Dance Theatre), Big River (Mesa Encore Theatre), Equus (Nearly Naked Theatre), Flora & Ulysses, The Giver, Honus and Me (Childsplay), Mr. Marmalade (NewBrave Theatre), SHOTS: a love story (Progressive Theatre Workshop – New York Fringe Festival). Directing credits include: MilkMilkLemonade by Joshua Conkel, All New People by Zach Braff, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Dale Wasserman, The TomKat Project by Brandon Ogborn, Heathers: the musical by Kevin Murphy and Laurence O'Keefe, Anything You Hear and Only Half of What You See by Ron Hunting, Peter and the Starcatcher by Rick Elice, Silence: the musical by Hunter Bell and Jon and Al Kaplan, The Power of Punctuation by Natalie Margolin. He is also thrilled to be directing Two Mile Hollow for Stray Cat and The Toxic Avenger: the musical for Mesa Encore Theatre later this season. Louis is grateful to have been a part of crafting Stray Cat Theatre’s seventeenth season which will continue the company's mission of bringing audiences engaging and provocative contemporary material that provides a visceral theatre experience. LOVE! (headshot by Reg Madison Photography) 

Will Hightower

Will Hightower (Josh) is thrilled to be back on the Stray Cat Theatre stage after appearing in Annie Baker's John (Elias, AriZoni Award Winner). Previously, he has performed in Phoenix Theatre's Calendar Girls (Lawrence/Liam), Charlotte’s Web (Templeton) and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (Boy), Actors Theatre's Seminar(Martin) and Body Awareness (Jared), Arizona Jewish Theatre's Dreyfus in Rehearsal (Michael), Class 6 Theatre's Santaland Diaries, and Childsplay's A Wrinkle in Time (Calvin). Will is a graduate from the acting programs of both Phoenix College and ASU and the internship program at American Stage Theatre Company in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Dolores Mendoza

Dolores Mendoza (Eleanor) is currently a freelance illustrator and student at Mesa Community College where she dabbles in theater – acting in, as well as designing for, several productions over the years. She has previously had the honor of working with Ron May as Maria and Itchy in Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play and Mrs. Dunlope in Good ‘N’ Plenty which he directed at MCC. This is her first show at Stray Cat, and she is very grateful for the opportunity. She wants to thank her wonderful support network of family and friends for helping her be here today.

Michael Peck

Michael Peck (Danny M1 / Resident Production Manager) This marks Michael's sixth production with Stray Cat Theatre as an actor. Previously he would've been seen in shows such as Fat PigAn Impending Rupture of the BellyAll New PeoplePluto, and Mercury. Typically you'd find him at the production meeting table, now entering his seventh season as Production Manager. Special thanks to his Stray Cat family (Ron, Louis, Amanda, Brooke, and the designers, crew and board members) for trusting him and letting him play. Also much love to his little boy Corbin and to the best support system anyone could hope for that recognizes he will always be a daddy first. 

Shannon Phelps

Shannon Phelps (Sarah) is excited to join Stray Cat Theatre in their production of The Antipodes. Recently she played Sally in the National Tour of The Cat in the Hat as well as Maddi in the Arizona Tour of Maddi’s Fridge with Childsplay Theatre. Other credits include Laura Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie (Fountain Hills Theatre - AriZoni Nominee: Lead Actress), Dr. Jennifer Castron in Red Planet Respite (AriZoni Nominee: Supporting Actress), Molly Roman in Our Kiki: A Gay Farce, and Beatrix in This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing (Arizona State University). Shannon holds a BA in Theatre with a Concentration in Acting for the Stage and Screen from Arizona State University. 

Michael Thompson

Michael Thompson (Adam) is thrilled to be back on the Stray Cat stage for his sixth production. He has been previously seen at Stray Cat in Play about the Naked Guy, MilkMilk Lemonade (ariZoni award), Sons of the Prophet, The Brothers Size (ariZoni award)and Heathers: the musical. He has also been seen at Childsplay, Phoenix Theatre, Arizona Broadway Theatre, and Space 55 to name a few. He received his BA in Theatre from Arizona State University. He would like to thank Ron, Kiri, and Amanda for being just amazing from start to finish. He is elated to do this amazing Annie Baker work with so many of his friends. Thank you for supporting the arts. Sit back and have meowtastic time.

David Weiss

David Weiss (Sandy) has been active in the local theatre scene for nearly 40 years as actor, director, scenic designer and builder. He also has dabbled in film work. His favorite roles include Gilgamesh at N2T, Octopus at Stray Cat Theatre and Spring Awakening at Phoenix Theatre.

William Wyss

William Wyss (Brian) has run out of adjectives to describe how excited he is to be making his debut with Stray Cat Theatre. A proud graduate of Grand Canyon University’s theatre program, he can be found most weekends improvising on stage with his improv team Phantom Future (phantomfuture.com) or staying in with his new cat, Daphne. Many thanks to: his supportive family, his dear friends Kayana and Dylan, the talented cast, crew, and creatives he gets to do this show with, and Ron May for the wonderful opportunity.

Eric Zaklukiewicz

Eric Zaklukiewicz (Danny M2) This is Eric's 7th outing with Stray Cat Theatre, having previously played Jason/Tyrone in last season's Hand To God, as well as roles in Anything You Hear..., columbinusDog Sees GodFourth Graders Present An Unnamed Love/Suicide, and Poona the Fuckdog (And Other Plays for Children. He's appeared on a variety of other Valley stages the last 15 years, including Childsplay, Actors Theatre, Desert Stages, Southwest Shakespeare, Arizona Jewish Theatre, Class 6, Space 55, and more. When not acting he can be heard tickling the electric ivories in his variety cover band Wheelhouse or releasing original electronic music online. His gratitude goes out to his girlfriend Laura and to SCT for the opportunity to be involved in another innovative production.