Eric Lenox Abrams
Off Broadway: Hoodoo Love (Cherry Lane Theatre), The Heliopause (Primary Stages). Regional: McCarter, Berkeley Rep., Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Austin State Theatre, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Vineyard Playhouse. Film / Television: Brooklyn to Manhattan, Honeydripper, Never Forever, Freedomland, Noise, “Law and Order”, “Boardwalk Empire”, “White Collar”, “Cops, Crooks, Banana Cream Pies” (Pilot), “Law and Order: Criminal Intent”, “Fringe”, “One Life to Live”, “Six Degrees”, “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”. Writer: Revolution a Black Love Movement, Executive Producer: Leaving Atlanta (Pre-Production).
Won the 1996 Tony Award for best featured actor in a musical, for his performance in Cy Coleman’s “The Life”, The Audelco Best Actor Award for ” Caroline or Change,” and The San Diego Critics Circle Award for August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running.” He has 10 Broadway shows on his resume, numerous off Broadway and regional theatre credits. His many Film and Television appearances along with detailed biographical information can be found at www.chuckcooper.net. Facebook users can look up his “Get The Scoop On Coop” page. Favorite role: Eddie, Alex and Lilli's father.
Brandon J. Dirden
It feels great to return to the Signature Theatre! Broadway: Fences. Off-Broadway: The First Breeze of Summer (Signature Theatre). Regional: Topdog/Underdog (Two River Theatre) A Raisin in the Sun (Ebony Repertory Theatre) August Wilson’s Century Cycle (Kennedy Center) Every Tongue Confess (Arena Stage) Stickfly (Huntington Theatre). TV: “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne”. Training: Morehouse College and University of Illinois. www.jasondirden.com – twitter: @jasondirden
Thrilled to be a part of The Piano Lesson! National tour: Tony Award winning production of Rogers & Hammerstein’s Lincoln Center Production of South Pacific. Television: Law & Order, Super Why, Nickelodeon, ABC Lost Child and Sesame Street. Alexis has also appeared in numerous commercials, and national print campaigns. I am so lucky to have such a supportive family and I would like to thank God, my mom and dad, Telsey Casting, the creative team and CESD for making this possible for me.
Off-Broadway: Debut. Regional: Ruined (Plowshares Theatre Company), Ragtime (PPTOPA), A Midsummer Night's Dream, Othello, Dracula, Christmas Carol (Denver Center Theatre Company). At the NTC: Angels in America, The Three Sisters, The Winter's Tale, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, HAIR, Ah! Wilderness, As You Like It, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. Other Stage credits include: Into the Woods, The Threepenny Opera, Once on this Island, and The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer. B.A., Macalester College, M.F.A., The National Theatre Conservatory.
Broadway: Fences (standby), Off-Broadway: Love, Loss and What I Wore (Daryl Roth Productions), Macbeth (TFNA) The Heart is a Lonely Hunter and Things of Dry Hours (NYTW), Seven Guitars (Signature), The Cherry Orchard and Macbeth (CTH), Pudd’nhead Wilson and Taming of the Shrew (The Acting Company). Regional: Geffen Playhouse, Two River Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Long Wharf, Kennedy Center, McCarter, ACT, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Yale Rep, People’s Light & Theatre Co., Indiana Rep, Geva, Old Globe, Alliance, and more. International: BBC Radio, 2004 Bonn Biennale and Shakespeare Festival of Neuss, 2003 Athens Festival. Film/Television: Detachment, The Help, Salt, Life During Wartime, Rachel Getting Married, "Masters of Sex", "A Gifted Man", "The Big C", "The Good Wife" and more. Awards: 2003 Barrymore Award - Actress in a Play, 2007 Obie Award, 2010 Drama League Nomination. Training: MFA, IATT at Harvard University.
James A. Williams