Photos by Michael Brunk, NW Lens
Rehearsal stills from The Temperamentals taken by Michael Brunk and Roy Arauz.
Daniel Wood (Harry Hay)
Daniel is so excited to be debuting with Arouet. As an ardent supporter of and advocate for LGBTQ rights he is especially delighted to be debuting in this play, a play that touches him personally and has sparked a continued interest in the history and development of the gay civil rights movement. Some of Daniel’s favorite roles around town include Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing (SecondStory Rep), the title role in The American Pilot (Theater Schmeater), Stephano in The Tempest (GreenStage), John Alex in the world premier of Of Dice and Men (Critical Threat Theater @ PAX) and multiple roles in the Seattle Times Footlight Award winning production of Edmond (Balagan Theatre). You may have also seen him perform with Book-It Rep, Seattle Public Theater, Wooden O, Annex Theatre, Centerstage, Sound Theatre Company, Harlequin Productions, the Schoolyard and the Seattle Opera. Much love to his beautiful wife and strongest supporter Julia Evanovich. He would like to take this time to express his extreme pleasure that his gay brothers and sisters can now enjoy the same joys of marriage that he does. Love and equality for all!
Jaryl Draper (Rudi Gernreich)
This is Jaryl’s first show with Arouet. He is thrilled to take part in this production of The Temperamentals, and feels very lucky to join this incredible cast. Around town he has worked with such theaters as Book-It Repertory, Stone Soup Theatre, Greenstage, Harlequin Productions, Women Seeking…, Pacific Play Company, Seattle Playwrights Collective, Woodinville Repertory, UPAC, and Eclectic Theatre Company. He received his B.A. in perfomance at Central Washington University in 2009 and has hopes for Graduate school in the near future. Some of his favorite roles include Bill in Sure Thing, Sherwin in The Lifeboat is Sinking, Tranio in The Taming of the Shrew, and Uncle Peck in Stone Soup Thatre’s production of How I Learned to Drive, for which he received a 2011 Gypsy Rose Lee Award for Excellence in performance by a lead actor.
Greg Bee (Chuck Rowland and others)
Greg is a writer, actor and nationally recognized performance poet who lives in Seattle. He has written and performed poetry at Poetry Slams across North America for more than 10 years, and was a contributing writer on Arouet’s 2012 production of Lawfully Wedded in Seattle.
Will Halsey (Bob Hull and others)
Will is thrilled to make his Arouet debut in The Temperamentals with this wonderful cast and crew. Will grew up in Missouri, way too shy and closeted to perform. During the past 10 years in Seattle, he’s been trying to make up for lost time with local companies, including The Village Theatre, Puget Sound Opera, Book-It Repertory, Driftwood Players, the Seattle Men’s Chorus, and the former Northwest Actor’s Studio. Favorite roles include Joshua in Corpus Christi, Mitch in Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens, Brian in Party, and Toby (the mute), in Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera, The Medium. Will’s formal training is in music – trumpet performance and conducting. Much gratitude to Roy for this opportunity, to the men portrayed here for their world-shifting strength and conviction, and Charlie – for your love and acceptance of me in all my temperamental-ness.
Justin Ison (Dale Jennings and others)
Justin is an artist who has worked in illustration, animation, comic books, graphic design, and of course, theater, as well as less-successful forays into sculpture, music, and stand-up comedy. You may have seen Justin on stage in 2012 as Judge Littlefield in Ghost Light Theatricals’ production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, or playing guitar in the house band for Scapin, or as straight-laced Detective Ed Shepard in LAPDSMU, produced for the Seattle Fringe Festival. In January 2013, Justin will be making his directorial debut with The Rest Is Silence (which he co-wrote with Stephen Scheide), an absurdist comedy exploring the relationship between Hamlet, Horatio, and reality television. He also has a website, which you can see here.
Roy Arauz (Director)
Roy is very excited to bring The Temperamentals for the first time to the Northwest stage, and for the chance to work with his first all-male cast. With a background dance, choreography, and stage management, he now directs around the Puget Sound and is Artistic Director at Arouet. Locally he has worked in various capacities at ArtsWest, The Driftwood Players, Redwood Theatre, SecondStory Repertory Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theatre, Studio East, and Valley Community Players. Recent directing credits: The Hen Night Epiphany (a The Driftwood Players’ TIP/Arouet collaboration), The Music Man (The Driftwood Players), and Anna in The Tropics (Latino Theatre Projects.)
Mariajose Barrera (Production Manager)
I am a Guatemalan born and raised, have lived permanently in the U.S.A. for 12 years, a business manager and owner who came into theater by chance, when given the opportunity to write and perform a short monologue for the 2011 Latino Community fund.
John Epperson (Sound Design)
John is a recording artist. His work appears on many albums, compilations and DVDs as well as television, film and video games. When not making weird noises with synthesizers, Epperson designs sound for theatre. He has previously worked with Arouet, ArtsWest, Driftwood Players, Latino Theatre Projects, Redwood Theatre and Theatre 9/12. John has a website.
Keith A. Gehrig (Lighting Design)
Keith is a 20 year veteran of theater in the Puget Sound area. He has designed lighting for Evergreen Theatre, Civic Light Opera (now Seattle Musical Theatre), Driftwood Players, Tacoma Little Theater, Northwest Savoyards, Seattle Comic Opera, and Gaydar Productions. Also a scenic designer, master electrician, actor and playwright, his day job is running the front office for The Driftwood Players in Edmonds. When not in a theater, he spends his time with his two “guys”, Chazz and Dave.
Dani Dodge (Stage Manager)
Dani has been in Seattle since October and is loving it. She last Stage Managed Ghost Light theatricals Hamlet, and will be working on Props for Theater Schmeater’s Game Show. She is a legal assistant by day, Theatre enthusiast by night, and an artist on the weekends.
Kim Rosin (Set Design)
Kim’s path to set design has meandered through several creative jobs in the architecture and interior design fields, with a start in her working life at Sotheby’s in Johannesburg and London, all of which provided valuable influences to her work. She has also designed her own fabrics and line of products, manufactured locally under the label: Kimthings. She has a degree in Fine Art and Art History from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa and studied Textile Design at Central St Martin’s College of Art in London.
In 2012 she designed and painted the sets for Timepieces, The House of Bernarda Alba and Woman in the Wall. She has also designed sets for productions of Snakes and Ladders, The Torch Bearers, Once in a Lifetime and Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean.
Kristina Hestenes Stimson (Costuming)
Kristina recently provided Costuming for Arouet’s production of The House of Bernada Alba, and Set Design, Costuming, and Props for the play Frankie and Johnny. In film, she did Set Decoration and Production Design for Sister Billie’s Sinner Hour, which won best costuming in the 2010 48-Hour Film Festival; and she was the Production Designer for the film short Three Mothers. She is a licensed architect and studied fine art in France at the L’Ecole Des Beaux-Arts.