Cast

Casey Braxton
David & Upper West Side Man
Meilin Gray
Felice & Nanny
Rob Hille*
Tom
Lawton Paseka
Jimmy Duke & Attorney Peters
Opal Taylor-Besson
Rebecca
Matthew Coyle*
Marty Peabody & Attorney Peters
Larry Gutman
Cemetery Attendant
Max Monnig*
Coal Miner & Jamie Jameson
Jacqueline Raymond*
Mary Paralegal &
Upper West Side Woman
Lorenzo Villanueva*
Jake

 

*appears courtesy of Actors Equity Association


Meet Casey Braxton who plays David and Upper West Side Man. Casey was born in Newport News, Virginia. He was most recently seen at T. Shreiber Studios playing Ralph D in Motherfucker with the Hat by Stephen Adly Guirgis. He played Delbert in The Exonerated by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen at The Secret Theater. He just wrapped filming on Cycle alongside Dawn Lewis (Major Crimes, A Different World) and Tony Terry (R&B singer). He will be seen in The Chase staring alongside Guy "MASTER GEE" O'Brian (Sugar Hill Gang) released later this year. Earlier this year he worked on a web series called City of Mercy, and is currently in post production on his first written, directed web series called Walking The Line. This performance, as every performance, is dedicated to his mother Gladys Maria Braxton a.k.a. BIRDIE. Thank you for always being my guiding light, Rest in Power. Love you mom.

 


And here's Matthew Coyle! Marty Peabody and Attorney. Matthew is delighted to be a part of Ms.Deasy's powerful and relevant new play. Philadelphia-born, Mr. Coyle spent his childhood in Amersham, England where he began his professional career at the age of nine. Recently he was awarded the best actor in a musical prize in downtown's Fresh Fruit Festival for originating the role of Bernie in Bob Ost's Angel in my Heart. He appeared opposite Billy Porter in Tony winner Jeff Whitty's acclaimed The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler directed by 2014 Drama Desk winner Ed Iskandar. He originated the role of Alex the special-ed kid at 15 in Homeroom (Walnut Street Theatre). Feature Film Debut: Twentieth Century Fox's Someone Like You with Ashley Judd, Hugh Jackman, and Ellen Barkin. New York: Beat (created Allen Ginsberg role); Green Eyes (Target Margin) starring opposite Erin Markey; Temptation (FLEA). Regional: world-premiere translation of The Misanthrope (Portland Stage); extended run of Gross Indecency: The Three Trials Of Oscar Wilde (Caldwell,*Carbonell Award). Television: numerous National ads, notably as the fumbling skateboarder in Fox Sports' award-winning don't be that guy campaign. Voiceover: MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch. Training: North Carolina School of the Arts (BFA, Acting), Manhattan School of Music, Tanglewood.



 

Meet Meilin! Meilin Gray (Felice/Nanny) is a New York-based actress. She recently starred in the play 410[GONE] at Theatre for the New City, and Ladies in Waiting at the Players Theatre. Recent film credits include Mandi in My Radical Valentine, Catalina in Ticket Cop and Laurel in In Her Eyes. Current projects in the works include jazz-sitcom Giant Steps and short film Yuki. She was trained at The William Esper Studio.

 

Give a shout to Larry Gutman, who plays the crucial truth-telling role of Cemetery Attendant. Larry trained at HB Studio. His theater credits include: Harvey, The Cherry Orchard, Proof, Fool for Love, A Soldier's Play, Street Scene, The Liar, The Miser, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Real Inspector Hound, The Royal Family, The Hot L Baltimore, Twelve Angry Men, Purlie Victorious, Arsenic and Old Lace, Lovers and Other Strangers, Awake and Sing!, The Mousetrap, The Foreigner, And Then There Were None. He is thrilled to be in the cast of this timely and powerful play.

And the cast keeps coming! Please meet Rob Hille, who plays Tom. Rob is a founding member of Amios Theater Company, where he's worn many hats including elf, hobo, Artistic Director, and Evil Walt Disney for the company's monthly one-act festival, Shotz. Recently he's been seen as Peter Lorre in the Drama Desk nominated production of CasablancaBox at HERE Arts Center. Regionally Rob has worked at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and the Actor's Theater of Columbus. Rob holds a BFA from Otterbein College, an MFA from the National Theater Conservatory, and a Food Handler's Certificate from the New York State Department of Health. Rob's favorite color is green.


 

And finally - he who mines the coal and makes the big bucks. Max Monnig in the role of Coal Miner/Jamie Jameson: NYC Credits: Glory of The World (B.A.M). Regional: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Tantrum Theatre), That High Lonesome Sound, Glory of The World, Dracula (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Harvey, I Remember Mama, Henry 4 part 1 and 2 (Monomoy Theatre). Max is a proud alumni of the Acting Apprenticeship at Actors Theatre of Louisville and received his BFA in performance from Ohio University.



In the dual roles of Jimmy Duke and Attorney Johnson, Lawton Paseka. Lawton was born and raised in Queens, and trained with inimitable Freddie Kareman and on the Off-Broadway stages of NY and Philadelphia. While driving a cab, he made his NY stage debut in The Last White Cab Driver in NY and later that year his screen debut as Theo Skinner in the award winning film noir classic Spare Me. He is a proud member of The Ensemble Studio Theatre. Other credits: Off-Broadway: Asking For Trouble at EST, Extinct AnimalTragedy: A ComedyDoes A Tiger Wear A Necktie,Desperate For A Smoke. Regional: The ActLewis & Clark,The Hostage. Film: The RunnerThe LivingThe Inquisition of Camilo SanzSplit EndsGodzilla. Television: Orange Is The New BlackCastingCaptain BlackoutOnion TVGuiding Light.

 

 

 


Fun fact: Cast member Jacqueline Raymond played Maria Deasy's daughter in Momsters on the Investigation Discovery channel (we dare you to find it!), As Mary Paralegal and Upper Westside Woman, Jacqueline is excited to be working with the team of Mine and happy to be reunited with the talented playwright and producer Maria Deasy. Jacqueline has worked in theatre, TV, and film for close to a decade in New York City. She is a member of both AEA and SAG-AFTRA, holds a BFA from the University at Buffalo, and is a graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. Jacqueline is Co-Founder of The Radium Girls Productions, a company committed to championing girls and young women on stage and in the community through arts education. Find out more at www.JacquelineRaymond.com.

 

 

 

 


And drum roll please -- our cast! First up, is Opal Taylor-Besson in the role of Rebecca. Opal is proud to be back on the NY stage after living and working in France for nearly a decade. What was supposed to be a 7 month English teaching gig became nearly a decade when she met and married her French love in Paris. Raised in Montclair, NJ she caught the acting bug in high school but ended up taking the "scenic route" to acting, first as a corporate paralegal for a NY law firm then at a multinational organisation in Paris. It was an exciting time, she saw lots of theatre, became fluent in French and traveled extensively but was eager to get back to acting. She made the leap back to NY and has been studying with Wynn Handman (previously with Bill Esper and The Barrow Group to name a few). NY productions: Joe Turners Come and Gone at the Hudson Guild Theatre, Ma-Yi Theatre Company and Going to the River Theatre Festival. France productions: 1 acts from A Raisin in the Sun, The Vertical Hour & Ruined with the Robert Cordier Studio Theatre, WICE and improv nights with the Improfessionals, Paris. She is thankful to writer Maria Deasy for entrusting this role to her and for the talented and supportive cast and crew.

 


 

Lorenzo Villanueva plays boom operator Jake! His credits include The Glory of The World at BAM, That High Lonesome Sound and The Glory of the World (Humana Festival). Regional Theatre: Romeo and Juliet at Hudson Warehouse Theater and On Borrowed Time, Two River Theater. Lorenzo attended the Actors Theater of Louisville’s Apprentice program 2014/15 and received a BFA from Montclair State University. This is his debut at the Broadway Bound Festival.