Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The cast of THE FEW gets "personal"

Compiled by Kaitlyn Martin and Matthew Reddin

THE FEW, by acclaimed playwright Samuel D. Hunter, is a tale of three lonely souls seeking renewed faith in humanity. Set in the year 1999, in a disheveled office space in northern Idaho, Hunter's play is a compassionate, gently hued drama about "emotional and spiritual misfits" struggling to find a purpose for their lives. Centered around a newspaper for truckers (also titled The Few), the characters strive to connect others through personal ads while searching for how to connect themselves.

To introduce you to their characters, we asked our three featured actors to put together their own set of personal ads -- the ones their characters might write for themselves -- as a way to go beyond the usual "meet the cast" post. We hope their words here inspire you to check out Sam Hunter's in a few weeks!

Mitch Bultman (Matthew)

Mitch Bultman is from Wauwatosa and is thrilled to be making his Milwaukee Chamber Theatre debut. Mitch was most recently seen in Forward Theater’s production of 4000 MILES directed by Jen Uphoff Gray.
Mitch is currently a resident teaching artist with First Stage Children’s Theater in Milwaukee and has worked locally on stage with First Stage, Bunny Gumbo, and others. He spent a year studying classical text at Shakespeare’s Globe Theater in London and performed as Henry in HENRY V at the Globe.

Mitch has had the privilege of working with and been directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel, Tim Carroll, Michael Sexton, William Carden and others. Mitch holds a BFA in theater from Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts.

Mary MacDonald Kerr (QZ)

Mary is thrilled to be acting at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre again. Her last show here was THE DETECTIVE'S WIFE. Other favorite Chamber shows include THE SWEETEST SWING IN BASEBALL, JOE EGG, THREE DAYS OF RAIN, VOICE OF THE TURTLE and BEAST ON THE MOON. Mary has also acted in productions at Renaissance Theatreworks, Milwaukee Rep, First Stage, Milwaukee Shakespeare and Next Act Theatre.

Mary is also a director, whose most recent project was LUNA GALE for Renaissance Theatreworks. Her other directing credits include CRIMES OF THE HEART at MCT, THE GLASS MENAGERIE at In Tandem and GOING TO ST. IVES at Next Act, among others.

James Ridge (Bryan)
James first performed with MCT in the Shaw Festival, where he appeared in TOO TRUE TO BE GOOD and WAITING FOR GODOT. He and director C. Michael Wright have collaborated on the projects UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL and DICKENS IN AMERICA, as well as A NIGHT IN NOVEMBER and STONES IN HIS POCKETS for Next Act Theatre. 

James is a core company member of American Players Theatre in Spring Green, WI where he recently completed his 19th season with the repertory company. Past roles at APT include Iago, Teach, Richard III, Puck, Shylock, Petruchio, Tartuffe, Didi, Malvolio, Col. Pickering and Lickcheese.
He now directs the CTM (Madison) production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL in which he played Scrooge for 4 seasons.

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