SUSAN WEFEL (Edith) a graduate of The School of Theater at Boston University and is a 38 -year veteran actress and company member of Hedgerow Theatre. She has studied under Dolores Tanner, Rose Schulman, Janet Kelsey, Louis Lippa, and Penelope Reed. Recent Hedgerow Roles include her critically acclaimed Shirley Valentine, Gaslight (Elizabeth), No Sex Please, We’re British (Mother), Pride and Prejudice (Mrs Bennett), Servant of Two Masters (Brigella), and the annual A Christmas Carol, in which she has performed every year! Seen at Media Theater in The Addams Family, Les Miserables, Billy Elliot, To Kill a Mockingbird, Side Show and Romeo and Juliet. Winner of Broadway World Award 2016 for Best Supporting Actress of Philadelphia for portrayal of Grandma in Billy Elliot.
AARON OSTER (Sound Designer) has been a sound designer, director and dramaturg in Minneapolis, and in the Philadelphia Area since 2003. He has designed for many local companies, including Inis Nua, EgoPo, Theatre Ariel, Simpatico, Luna Theater and Flashpoint. This is his second show with Hedgerow, following Around the World in 80 Days. He is an adjunct professor of theatre at Rutgers Camden and West Chester University, and occasionally at Drexel. Thanks to Lindsay, Eliana and Gavi.
MARYRUTH STINE (Elvira) is a performer and educator focused on community-driven projects balancing silly stories and social critique. Hedgerow: Sherlock Holmes and the Crucifer of Blood (Irene), Pride & Prejudice (Lydia/Lady Catherine), On the Verge (Alex). Philly stages & classrooms include The Painted Bride, Cabaret Verité, IRC, Philadelphia Opera Collective, PhillyShakes, EgoPo, Little Fish, Theatre Horizon, WolfPAC, and Philadelphia Young Playwrights. Montreal: Teen Sleuth and the Freed Cyborg Choir, Organizer, Monster. Vancouver: Beaver Dreams, Herban Adventures. Chennai: Aanmaiyo aanmai! (with Marapacchi) Jujubee (with Perch). Bangalore: Turntables (with LesBiT). Thank you Hedgerow, much love!
PENELOPE REED,(Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit), studied with founder Jasper Deeter before Carnegie Tech (BFA in acting) and Marquette University (MA in speech and directing). As leading actress at the Milwaukee Repertory, McCarter and Hedgerow theatres, Penelope for decades has chosen to weave together acting, teaching, directing, civic service (e.g. Rose Valley, Rotary Club, Delaware County Historic Society), and administration (e.g. Alverno College, Lawrenceville School and Hedgerow). She loves her “ladies” (from Blanche Dubois to Eleanor of Acquitaine). However, her favorite role is watching Hedgerow’s growth as a dynamic regional force. Penelope will receive the Philadelphia Barrymore Lifetime Achievement Award at the Merriam Theatre on October 30th. Special thanks to generations of theatre goers, practitioners, supporters and family members who kept Hedgerow going. To Artistic Director Jared and my Zoran who has devoted decades of excellence in all areas of the theatre. Finally to Sebastian and Quentin, who fill us with wonder.
Jennifer Summerfield (Ruth in Blithe Spirit) is excited to combine two of her favorite things, theatre and martinis, in her first Noel Coward production. She is a frequent guest artist at Hedgerow and has previously appeared here in Uncle Vanya, Macbeth, Hamlet, and Dracula, among others. Other recent productions: Sense and Sensibility (People’s Light,) Hedda Gabler (Laurel Tree Theater,) Dancing at Lughnasa (Curio Theatre). She is a graduate of Smith College and the Neighborhood Playhouse, where she learned how to repeat things, and is cofounder of Laurel Tree Theater. She will be seen next in two one-woman shows: her touring production of The Yellow Wallpaper at Historic Waynesborough in November and Mary Shelley in January at the Rosenbach Museum and Library.
Sarah Mitchell (Costume Designer Blithe Spirit) is a freelance costume designer in the Philadelphia area, Second Draper at the Walnut Street Theatre, Wardrobe Supervisor at the National Constitution Center, and is delighted to return to Hedgerow to design The Blithe Spirit. Recent design credits include: The Prisoner of Zenda, Gaslight (Hedgerow), The Comedy of Errors (Delaware Shakespeare Festival), Zombie in Love (WST) and The Producers, Hairspray, The Rocky Horror Show (Livingston Theatre Company). Many thanks to the amazing cast and crew, and to all of the wonderful people at Hedgerow!
CARLY L. BODNAR (Director of Blithe Spirit) is a director, teaching artist, producer, and sometimes actor. She is thrilled to be back out at Hedgerow after working as the Associate Director on their Uncle Vanya. Carly is the Co-Artistic Director and founding member of ReVamp Collective, a Philadelphia based feminist theatre company. For the past three years she has directed for ReVamp and most recently directed the world premiere of Jimmy Gorski is Dead. Carly’s other credits include; directing Sarah Treem’s A Feminine Ending, chorus director for Shakespeare in Clark Park’s Coriolanus, directing multiple staged reading and directing for multiple play festivals. Carly received her BA in Theatre from Temple University with a minor in Art History. Next up Carly is directing Stephen Sondheim’s Company at La Salle University, Kelly McCaughan’s one woman show Catholic Guilt, and Shelli Pentimall Bookler’s All the Dead Biddles. www.carlylbodnar.com
JARED REED (Artistic Director/Charles Condomine in Blithe Spirit) has been proudly associated with Hedgerow since 1990 and is now Producing Artistic Director. As an actor Jared has appeared nationally at Hedgerow, the Old Globe in San Diego, The McCarter Theatre, The Huntington, Cleveland Playhouse, The Walnut Street Theatre, and others. Jared also directs and writes at Hedgerow. Jared is a graduate of the Juilliard School. Love to Keren, Sebastian, and Q.
MICHAEL FUCHS (Dr. Bradman in Blithe Spirit) is a Philadelphia-based actor who has appeared at Hedgerow in No Sex Please, We’re British and Radio Mystery Plays, and at Media Theatre in 1776 and Romeo and Juliet. In the Berkshires, he recently acted on Shakespeare & Company’s mainstage in Merchant of Venice, directed by Tina Packer, and Two Gentlemen of Verona. Michael has also appeared in New York and Boston in Comedy of Errors, Company, and Blood Wedding, among others. Michael was originally trained at HB Studio in New York, and has studied locally at Hedgerow and the Walnut Street Theatre. Michael worked for many years in senior roles on Wall Street, suspending his acting career, and is blessed to have rejoined the great love of his life, the theater. What a joy to work with Carly, and to share the stage with Jared, Penny and this fabulous cast!
STACY SKINNER (Mrs. Bradman in Blithe Spirit) is delighted to be returning to the Hedgerow stage where she has previously been seen in Hamlet (Gertrude), Sense and Sensibility (Mrs. Dashwood), The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Emily Inglethorpe), and Communicating Doors (Ruella). Other recent credits include: My Name is Asher Lev (the Women) at the South Camden Theatre Company, Much Ado About Nothing (Don John), and Love’s Labour’s Lost (The Princess of France), both with Shakespeare in the Summer, co-produced by White Pines Productions and Pulley and Buttonhole Theatre. Stacy holds degrees in both Theatre and Speech-Language Pathology. Many thanks to this outstanding cast and crew with whom she is delighted to work and to her ever faithful family. Next up: A Christmas Carol right here at Hedgerow followed by The Savannah Sipping Society (Randa Covington) at the South Camden Theatre Company.