Gigi Bermingham* (Lady Jean Conan Doyle)
Gigi recently received her second Ovation Award for her performance as Maria Callas in Master Class at International City Theatre Long Beach. She had previously won the award (as well as the LA Drama Critics Circle Natalie Schafer Award) for her solo comedy Non-Vital Organs. She is a member of The Antaeus Company, where she has been seen in Cabaret Noel, The Seagull, Tonight at 8:30, Mother Courage, Trial By Jury and Pera Palas (co-production with The Theatre @ Boston Court). Other theater: The Heiress (Pasadena Playhouse); Hermetically Sealed (Katselas Theatre Co.); Anne of Green Gables (MainStreet Theatre); The Cradle Will Rock (Blank Theatre); Henry V (Old Globe); The Cherry Orchard (w/Alfred Molina) and Tartuffe (Odyssey), Twelfth Night (New York Shakespeare Festival); One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Rubicon); and The Tragic and Horrible Life of the Singing Nun (Playwrights’ Arena). FILM: Rob Reiner’s Alex and Emma and Save the Date. TV: Chasing Life, Scandal, Hart of Dixie, Weeds, C.S.I., 90210, Days of Our Lives. Soon on the WEB: Kittens in a Cage. In 2012 she directed the critically acclaimed production of You Can’t Take It With You for Antaeus and in 2014 An Ideal Husband at Sierra Madre Playhouse. She is married to composer Matthew Goldsby.
Melissa Kite* (Bess Houdini)
Melissa is delighted to return to The Malibu Playhouse. Most recently seen here in The Dream of the Burning Boy, winning critical praise for her role as Andrea. Melissa is a classically trained dancer, who at the age of 15 moved from home to study with the Houston Ballet on scholarship. After attending The University of Texas and then Parsons School of Design, she returned to her love of performing arts and began her training as an actress in New York. Melissa’s TV credits include: ABC family show, Bunheads, HBO’s Big Love, America’s Most Wanted and co-starred on the Emmy Award winning House, both on FOX. She has appeared in numerous indie films, including Toscars parodies 12 Days a Stripper and Skyfell And I can’t Get Up (with Gene Franklin Smith) and Amber Lake(on Hulu). Melissa recurred on the web sensation, LonelyGirl15. Most notable theater work includes Maggie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Antigone, Antigone; Gretchen, That Good Night; Sara, A Quadramonial; Judy, Women of Manhattan; and of course, Doris, Boise, USA, also by Gene Franklin Smith. Melissa is a Lifetime member of The Actor’s Studio and a member of The Road Theater. To see more, please visit www.melissakite.com.
Sabra Malkinson (Mina “Margery” Crandon)
Sabra is delighted to return to the stage after a long absence to raise her daughter, Alison. Hailing from Boulder, CO, she received her BFA in theater at CU. Recently, Sabra traveled to Romania to play the role of Sandra in The Sweeter Side of Life directed by Michael Damian. Favorite theater roles include Carol Cutrere in Orpheus Descending at the Denver Civic Theater, a Weird Sister in Macbeth at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, The Laundress in Kafka’s The Trial as well as Countess Delyanoff in A Patriot for Me at the Write Act Repertory Company in Hollywood. She had the pleasure of performing as the understudy for Alison Eastwood in The Philadelphia Story at The Court Theater under the direction of Jules Aaron. Other credits include various commercials, print and a recurring role on Days of Our Lives. Sabra is THRILLED to have been a part of this fabulous play by Gene Franklin Smith for several years now and is so pleased to have the opportunity to perform in the Premiere! Many thanks to Gene, Tom and the amazing cast for their talent and support – and especially to her family, Chris and Alison, for always making her giggle. Sabra dedicates this performance to her dearly departed father with whom she tried to communicate through a psychic once; however he would have definitely thought it was all FLIM FLAM.
Cameron Mitchell Jr (Dr. Leroi Crandon)
Born in Los Angeles of “Old” Hollywood parentage, Cameron received his theatre training at London’s famed Central School of Speech and Drama. He most recently appeared at Malibu Playhouse as “Pawnie” in The Vortex. Other theater credits include “Herbert Jones” in Boise, USA by Gene Franklin at the Matrix Theatre, produced by the Salem K Theatre Company, “Baron Von Epp” in John Osborne’s A Patriot For Me, “Chaz” in Old Sins Long Shadows, and the triple roles of “Sir Leicester Dedlock”, “Kenge” and “Krook” in Charles Dickens’ Bleak House, all at Write Act Repertory Company, of which he was a founding member. Canadian theatre credits include More Haunted Masters (Spadina House, Toronto), “Victor” in Arthur Miller’s The Price and “Otto Frank” in The Diary of Anne Frank, both at the Persephone Theatre Company. Cameron’s film and television credits include: Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3, Hollywoodland, Norman Mailer’s miniseries Master Spy: The Robert Hansen Story and the Showtime series Queer As Folk.
Peter Van Norden* (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
Most recent appearances: As ‘Shylock’ in The Merchant of Venice at L.A. Shakespeare Center; The Liar (Antaeus), as ‘Willie Clark’ in the Arizona Theater Company production of The Sunshine Boys, as ‘Henry Kissinger’ in the L.A. Theatre Works Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers in New York and China and as ‘Edna Turnblad’ in Hairspray at San Diego Rep. In his native NYC: Little Johnny Jones (with Donny Osmond), Hamlet (with both Kevin Kline and Sam Waterston), Jungle of Cities (with Al Pacino), HEenry V (with Meryl Streep) and Saint Joan (with the late, great Lynn Redgrave). Included among his dozens of film and TV roles are leads opposite Oscar winner Jodie Foster in The Accused, as Steve Guttenberg’s inept partner in Police Academy 2 and as ‘Ralph Brentner’ in the Stephen King mini-series, The Stand. If you remember any of his myriad other TV appearances he is both surprised and grateful. petervannorden.com
Rick D. Wasserman* (Harry Houdini)
Rick is best known as the ten-year signature voice for AMC Network and for voicing Thor and Hulk for Marvel animation projects. He made his Broadway debut in The Lion King, which he also performed at L.A.’s Pantages Theatre. He was in the Off-Broadway production of Letters From Cuba (Signature Theatre), The Tin Pan Alley Rag (Wilma Theatre, Barrymore nomination) and The Last Night of Ballyhoo (Denver Center Theatre Company and The Missouri Rep). He was recently seen on stage in Harold Pinter’s Betrayal at The Matrix Theatre and The Black Dahlia Theatre’s production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot as Sigmund Freud. Favorite television credits include recurring roles on 24 (FOX), The District (CBS), and Supah Ninjas (Nickelodeon), plus guest-starring roles on House (Fox), Burn Notice (USA), Without A Trace (CBS) and Las Vegas (NBC). Rick is the Director/Creator of the Malibu Playhouse Performing Arts Conservatory, where he also teaches acting and scene study. He lives in Monte Nido with his lovely wife, Tamara, his two beautiful sons, Max and Sam, and his faithful dog, Bowie. He hereby publicly apologizes for pestering them with card tricks for the past three months.
*Appears by courtesy of Actors Equity Association.