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Theresa Dean (Sugar):  This is Theresa’s third time performing at TMPA, having previously appeared as "B" in Three Tall Women and as "Martha" in this season's production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?  She has been active in theatre in for nearly 40 years, with favorite roles including Mrs. Lovett (Sweeney Todd ), Aldonza (Man of La Mancha ), The Witch (Into the Woods), Paulette (Legally Blond), and Jenny (The Three Penny Opera)..  A great big thank you to Laurel, Clarice, Katie, and Lisa for tackling this emotional, touching play and to Claudia for providing a venue where such works can be explored.  

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Lisa Freebairn Tarr (Letter Writer #1) is super excited to be working at Twin Masks Theater with this awesome cast. She has spent a lifetime performing in local and regional theater. Some of her favorite performances include Judy Garland in “The Property Known as Garland,” Bette Davis in “Me and Jezebel,” Mildred in “The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild,” Clown 1 in “The 39 Steps,” Frankie in “Southern Hospitality,” and Kitty in “Drowsy Chaperone. Other favorite performances include Enchanted April, Dearly Departed, Parallel Lives, Santaland Diaries, Lives of the Saints, and Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe. She received an Irene Ryan Award for the piece “Audition” from “Talking With,” and an OCTA award for excellence for her role as Gertrude in “The Underpants.” Ms. Freebairn is a professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at Case Western Reserve University where she teaches phonetics, language development and linguistics. She is a DJ at WKHR 91.5 FM, the local big band/Great American Songbook channel, where she hosts “Saturday Morning Swing.” She is also a guide at Lakeview Cemetery’s historical Wade Chapel. Love to Tom, her fiancé!  She dedicates her performance to her late Mom and Dad who never missed a show.

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Katie Hintze (Letter Writer #2) is making her Twin Masks debut!  You may have last seen her on stage as Taylor in The Play That Goes Wrong at ACT.  This is her second play and first serious one.  As an avid self-help book fan, she is excited to share this show with all of you.  Thanks to Laurel for the opportunity and helping her grow.  Thanks to Vince for helping her try and dig deep.  Thanks to all her friends that came to see the show! I hope the show moves you, as it does me.

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Clorise Busch (Letter Writer #3) is excited to be making their Twin Masks debut! They recently graduated from the University of Mount Union, where they studied theatre performance and technology. Some of their previous credits include Or, (Aphra Behn), The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (Peter) and Velveteen Rabbit (Andrew). They were also recently seen in a staged reading of new musical Beau at the University of Mount Union. They thank everyone attending this performance where we all try to answer the impossible questions that come with being human. 

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Laurel Bryant (Director) has worked in theatre management, acting, voice and as a director/producer for over 30 years. Directing credits include: Turn of the Screw, You Can’t Take It With You, Veronica's Room, Curious Savage, Property Known as Garland, Things My Mother Taught Me, Me & Jezebel, The Philadelphia Story, Scotland Road and The Underpants, which won several OCTA awards for directing and acting in 2018. Some of her favorite roles being: Sister Mary Patrick in Sister Act, Wicked Witch of the West in Wizard of Oz, and Muriel in Fox on the Fairway. Laurel has a BA in Theatre and Voice from Kent State University and has studied voice and theatre at Baldwin-Wallace. By day, she answers e-mails and constantly says “What The Fuck?” Laurel’s Mom, Pat used to always day “ Take some time to grieve and feel sorry for yourself.  But don’t stay down too long. And when you do bring yourself back up (cause you will), bring someone else up with you”  It is up to each and every one of us to reach up and reach out. This show is a dedication to everyone in her life near and far for helping her get through these last 2 years. It’s time to start this new chapter!

Special thanks to Chagrin Valley Little Theatre (Tom West), Marc C. Howard, Richard Bissell,  and Bonnie Williams

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