Cast and Crew - 2007 Performance

James Bowen as Dr. Ossian Sweet
James Bowen
as Dr. Ossian Sweet

James has received citations from the Detroit Free Press, Oakland Press and Between the Lines for his performances in Ain't Misbehavin' and How High the Moon (Plowshares Theater), Master Harold and the Boys (Planet Ant Theater) Driving Miss Daisy (Meadow brook Theater), and 74 Georgia Avenue (JET Theater). In 2006, he appeared in seven productions: two at Meadow brook, two at the Michigan Shakespeare Festival, and one each at Boarshead, The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and Detroit Repertory Theater, where he won the Subscriber's Best Actor award.

James came to Detroit in 1976 to major in Theater at the University of Detroit. He was stage manager for he first production of Malice Aforethought: the Sweet Trials. He is thrilled to return to work with his favorite instructors, David Regal and Arthur Beer, on this story which is so important to the history of Detroit and the nation.

Toni V. Walker as Mrs. Gladys Sweet
Toni V. Walker
as Mrs. Gladys Sweet

A recent graduate of the Wayne State University theatre program, Toni was seen in seven roles at the Bonstelle and Studio Theatre, and in two touring shows, including the title role of The Story of Zora Neale Hurston . She has also appeared with the City Theatre and in the Plowshare Theatre's epic “Tribute to August Wilson” series of plays.

Arthur Beer as Clarence Darrow
Arthur Beer
as Clarence Darrow

Art is playwright in residence for The Theatre Company. He won the Gesu National Playwriting Award for Malice Aforethought: The Sweet Trials, as well as the Hopwood Award as a student at the University of Michigan. Art acts and directs at U of M regularly, as well as at other area professional theaters. This will be his 200th role. He has won every major acting and directing award in the Detroit area, and has directed the Classic Theatre program in Greece every summer for the past 18 years.

Greg Trzaskoma as Arthur Hayes
Greg Trzaskoma
as Arthur Hays

Greg got his BFA at the University of Detroit Mercy and his MFA at Wayne State University. Since then he has acted, directed, and won awards at JET, Planet Ant, and The Theatre Company, among others. He founded the Warren Civic Theatre and teaches at UDM, Wayne State, and other area schools.

Joseph Haynes as Thomas Chawke
Joseph Haynes
as Thomas Chawke

In the past 20 years, Joe has performed at most area theaters including JET (8 roles, nomination as Best Actor for Broken Glass), Meadow Brook (5 roles), Detroit Repertory, Boarshead, and the UDM Theatre Company (6 roles, nomination for Best Supporting Actor for Wayside Motor Inn). A member of Equity and SAG, Joe also works in radio, television and industrial films.

Dexter T. Mays as Cecil Rowlette
Dexter T. Mays
as Cecil Rowlette

Dexter is a veteran of local theatre, who has performed in numerous venues. He recently completed the one man play entitled “Citizen Young”. He received a best new script nomination from the Oakland Press for his co-authorship of the stage play “Harpers Ferry”. He is excited to be apart of the cast of Malice of Aforethought.

Dave Bokas as Inspector Schucknecht
David Bokas
as Inspector Schucknecht

Dave is reprising his role from the first production of Malice Aforethought: The Sweet Trials. He was also in The Theatre Company's production of Kismet, Wayne State University's production of California Suite, and JET's production of Man in the Glass Booth. He has appeared in several major motion pictures over the past thirty years. A member of SAG and AFTRA, he also does industrials films and voiceovers.

Dax Anderson as Prosecutor Robert Toms
Dax Anderson
as Prosecutor Robert Toms

Dax got his BFA from the UDM Theatre Company in 2001. Since then he has played three major roles for Jewish Ensemble Theatre, performed in Christmas Carol at Meadowbrook for two years, appeared in four Shakespearean roles, performed in several experimental shows at Planet Ant and Zeitgeist, and earned four nominations as Best Supporting Actor.

Jason Echols
Henry Sweet

Jason Echols is an alumnus of the University of Detroit Mercy with a BFA in Theatre, You may remember him from the Theatre Company's production of T he Runner Stumbles as Monsignor Nicoleson and from Lobby Hero as Jeff.  Since graduating in 2005 he has worked in Detroit and Chicago. His short independent film Living with Terror which   he starred in; directed by Charles Dewandeler  has won multiple awards on the festival circuit including 2nd place in the Comcast/IFC  film festival and has been featured on the Independent Film Channel.  Jason would like to dedicate this performance to his mother, sister, and grandmother. "Thank you for being so supportive and helpful."

David Legato
Prosecutor Lester Moll

A graduating senior this semester, David was last seen in the Theatre Company production of The Importance of Being Earnest . He has also been seen in the UDM productions of Our Town, Working , Of Mice and Men , The Glory of Living , A Patch of Earth , Godspell , and Polish Joke . This past summer he performed in Electra and The Birds with UDM Classic Theatre Company in Greece. He has also worked at Planet Ant, The Millenium, and the Jewish Ensemble Theatre.

Green, Curtis
Patrolman Gill

Curt's BFA credits include A Patch of Earth, The Diviners , The Glory of Living , Cycling Past the Matterhorn , Our Town , and Working . Curt was also apart of the Greece Abroad Program. Curt is currently in his senior year of BFA undergraduate studies, he is also a Master Electrician and Technical Director at Marygrove Theatre.

James Carr
Lieutenant Johnson

Malice Aforethought is Jim Carr's first stage performance in some years. In the years between undergraduate college theatre at Northern Michigan University and this return on the UDM stage, Jim has focused on writing for print, film and stage. In doing so, he won the 1997 Community Theatre of Michigan (CTAM) playwrights competition for his full-length play, Where A Certain Future . Jim has studied stage direction at the University of Detroit Mercy, and hopes that performing with the UDM Theatre Company will lead to additional acting and voiceover work opportunities.

Kelly Logan
Judge Murphy

Kelly works acts with the Dearborn Family Theatre. This is his first appearance with The Theatre Company. Kelly is a Dearborn business man and father. He played a similarly authoritarian role as the Mayor of Whoville in a production of "Suessical" at Henry Ford Community College in 2005.

Jennifer Altimore
Marcet Haldeman Julius

As a freshman, Jenny appeared in three Theatre Company productions. Since then, she has been seen in Our Town , Sez She , and Polish Joke , and most notably as Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest . A junior in the BFA program, she works backstage on all of our productions.

Laurel Hufano
Mrs. Gratke

A member of the award-winning ensemble of Home Team at the Performance Network, Laurel received Best Supporting Actress awards in 2005 from both Detroit Free Press and Between the Lines for her role as the Maid in Boston Marriage. Laurel also received Best Supporting Actress awards three years consecutively at the Performance Network's Subscriber Choice Awards. She is currently (and at long last) completing her BFA with UDM thanks to the encouragement and guidance from Arthur Beer.

Marcia Battles
Mrs. Spaulding

Marcia makes her main stage debut in Malice Aforethought . Marcia Battles is senior at UDM with a double major of both political science and theatre. She was last seen on stage in the Michigan premiere of Sez She , she has also been seen in Eve Insler's The Vagina Monologues . She did a study abroad in Greece and which she also performed in The Birds .

Matthew R. Klug
Phil Adler

Matthew was recently seen in the Theatre Company production of Polish Joke and The Importance of Being Earnest , and has been involved in theatre for 12 years. He was also seen in the UDM productions Of Mice of Men , The Robber Bridegroom , Our Town and A Patch of Earth . At the Jewish Ensemble Theatre in A Fiddler on the Roof . He is also a member of The Theatre Company BFA program. Matthew would like to dedicate his performance to his grandfathers.

Genevieve Terry
Mrs. Hintiez

A longtime supporter of The Theatre Company and a mainstay of the Southfield and Farmington Players, Genevieve is a school teacher. This is her debut with us.

Del Johnston
Eden Draper

A long time high school teacher, Del completed his Master's degree in theatre at UDM. He is the author of The History of the Theatre Company . He has returned to guest with us several times in the past.

Jessica S. Holley
Edna Butler

Jessica is a sophomore in the BFA program, and this his her main stage debut.

Brandon Massey
Walter White, NAACP

Brandon is a 2006 graduate of UDM where he received a degree in both Criminal Justice and Theatre. He performed in Our Town and The Importance of Being Earnest while at UDM. He has played roles in Hippolytus and The Birds on tour in Greece, and as intern at Meadow Brook, appeared in Frankenstein and A Christmas Carol .

Christopher Hogan
John Dancy

During his career with The Theatre Company, Chris appeared in Race , Sand Mountain , Member of the Wedding , Grandma Duck is Dead , The Runner Stumbles , Lobby Hero , and Robber Bridegroom , before graduating with a BFA.

Matt Lira
Dwight Suppus

Matt is a freshman in the theatre program, and this is his main stage debut.

David Kowalczyk
as Cash Adler,
Detroit Free Press

A transfer student from Henry Ford Ccommunity College and a double major in English and Theater, David played Curley in Of Mice and Men, and most recently the leading role in Polish Joke. He is a published poet and one of the founders of the new Theatre Company student organization, SODA.

David Regal

David Regal was Artistic Director of the Theatre Company for more than twenty years. He is currently Artistic Director at Meadow Brook Theater, and director and instructor at the University of Detroit Mercy. He has received many awards for acting and directing from all of Detroit's major periodicals, David holds the Lee Hills Career Achievement Award in Theater. A member of Equity, SAG, AFTRA, and the American Society of Directors and Choreographers, David has directed and acted in every professional theater in the Detroit area.

Mark Choinski
Scenic Designer

Mark, as Scenic and Lighting Designer, Technical Director, has been with the Theatre Company for 27 seasons and mounted over 200 shows. Mark is the first recipient of The Detroit Free Press Theatre Award for Best Designer. He has worked as Production Manager for the Birmingham Theatre, Technical Director and Designer at Oakland University's Academy of Dramatic Art and at Meadowbrook Theatre.

Melinda Pacha
Costume Designer

Melinda is celebrating her 25th year and well over 100 production credits as scenic and costume designer with the Theatre Company. Her work has also been seen on many of the metropolitan area stages and has been recognized by the Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News and the Oakland Press. Melinda serves as department co-chair of Production for the company and teaches introductory and design courses. Melinda holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Wayne State University's Hilberry Theatre.

Marissa Thorndyke
Stage Manager

Marissa was last seen onstage with The Theatre Company in Working , she also appeared in Sez She, Our Town , and Godspell. Marissa was also apart of the Classical Theatre program in 2005. Before attending UDM, Marissa was involved in high school theatre and the Dearborn Youth Theatre.

Courtney Burkett
Publicity & Box Office Manager

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