Alfred Molina (Kris Kringle)
Three-time Tony nominee Alfred Molina has been acting professionally for more than 40 years and is delighted to be returning to the Pasadena Playhouse’s stage. Theater credits include seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal National Theatre, London’s West End and Broadway. Recent theater includes And No More Shall We Part (Williamstown Theatre Festival with Jane Kaczmarek); Red (London, Broadway, Los Angeles); Art (Broadway, Los Angeles); Fiddler on the Roof (Broadway); Howard Katz, Molly Sweeny (New York); Long Day’s Journey into Night, The Cherry Orchard and Richard III (Los Angeles). Recent films include Spiderman II, Enchanted April, Frida, An Education, Chocolat, Love Is Strange, Secrets In Their Eyes, Breakable You, Headhunter’s Calling, Message From The King, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, and the upcoming The Front Runner, directed by Jason Reitman. Recent television includes: Show Me A Hero (HBO), Monday Mornings (TNT), Law & Order (NBC) and Feud (FX).
Peri Gilpin (Doris Walker)
Best known for her role as Roz Doyle on NBC’s Emmy-winning FRAISER. Most Recent: Comedy Central’s Broad City and CBS’s Scorpion. Peri starred alongside Craig Robinson and Amandla Stenberg in Mr. Robinson. TV: Masters of Sex, Men At Work, Make It Or Break It, CSI, Modern Family, Law & Order, Hot In Cleveland, and Desperate Housewives. Film: How To Kill Your Neighbor’s Dog, Spring Forward, Benjamin, Only Humans, and The Outdoorsman. Theatre: As Bees in Honey Drown (Off-Broadway, Lucille Lortell & Pasadena Playhouse), Matthew Modine Saves The Alpacas (Geffen), and five summers with the Williamstown Theatre in Massachusetts. Education: Dallas Theater Center, University of Texas in Austin, and British-American Academy in London.
Yvette Cason (Singer & Others)
Yvette recently played the roles of Katie Bell and Mahalia Jackson in Shout Sister Shout at Pasadena Playhouse, which has earned her an Ovation nomination. In addition, Yvette portrayed Lillie Ann in Barbecue at the Geffen Playhouse (NAACP Theatre Nomination). Other credits include: A Night With Janis Joplin, Ella The Musical, Dreamgirls, Play On! (Ovation Award), Once On This Island, Ain’t Misbehavin’, St. Louis Woman, Into The Woods and Sisterella (NAACP Theatre Award). Film: A Wrinkle In Time, Dreamgirls, and Middle of Nowhere. She has toured with Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, David Foster and Babyface. Education: Berklee College of Music.
Michael Cheiffo (Host & Others)
A native New Yorker, Chieffo studied acting at The Juilliard School. In L.A.: With schoolmate Christopher Reeve in Summer And Smoke (The Ahmanson); Dr. Bob in Bill W and Dr. Bob (Theatre 68). Selected lm/TV: Battle of the Sexes, Live By Night, Argo, Beginners and L.A. Confidential; Better Call Saul, Criminal Minds, CSI, Bones, Mad Men, Closer, Roswell, The X-Files. Critically acclaimed as the great Art Carney in Gleason opposite Brad Garrett (CBS MOW). Also a favorite, playing Dave Madden/Reuben Kincaid in Come on Get Happy, The Partridge Family Story (ABC MOW).
Jeff Gardner (Foley Artist & Others)
Jeff is excited to be making his Pasadena Playhouse debut. Jeff has designed and performed through- out the country including The Shakespeare Theatre, DC, The Studio Theatre, DC, Kirk Douglas Theatre, A Noise Within, The Colony Theatre, Circle X Theatre, Echo Theater, Rogue Machine Theatre, Sacred Fools, Skylight Theatre, IAMA Theatre, Odyssey Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Williamstown Theatre Festival and is a member of The Antaeus Company in Glendale. Jeff can also be seen at L.A. Theatre Works where he regularly performs live sound effects and is the resident sound designer for the Westridge School in Pasadena. Online: jeffthomasgardner.net
Beth Grant (Charlene & Others)
Picnic, Summer And Smoke (The Ahmanson); Grace And Glorie (Directed by Cameron Watson at The Colony). World premieres: Del Shores’s Trials And Tribulations Of A Trailer Trash Housewife, Sordid Lives; Maya Angelou’s On A Southern Journey, Romulus Linney’s Holy Ghosts, Horton Foote’s The Day Emily Married, Tricks The Devil Taught Me. Awards: Three Ovations, Drama Critics Circle, SAG Ensemble: Little Miss Sunshine, No Country for Old Men. Three Academy Best Pictures: Rain Man, No Country, The Artist. Film & TV favorites: Donnie Darko, Watson’s Our Very Own, Beverly on The Mindy Project (6 seasons), Friends, Malcom In The Middle, Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies, One Mississippi, and American Gods.
Ryan Johnson (Piano Player & Others)
Larry Poindexter (Fred Gailey)
Composer and musician Ryan Thomas Johnson won an Ovation Award for his work on Stoneface, last seen here at the Pasadena Playhouse. Recently, he acted as music director for Mr. Burns: A Post- Electric Play at Sacred Fools Theater. In 2016, his choral setting of the Wessobrunner Gebet was performed by the Munich Orpheus Choir. As a rock musician, he has played with artists as diverse as Sia Furler, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Kid Koala, as well as the bands Uberband, Ren eld, and Batlord. He is currently playing with space rockers Earth Moon Earth and writing chamber music.
Larry is a founding member of The Troubies, where he’s performed in Fleetwood Macbeth, The Comedy of Aerosmith and Much A Doobie Brothers About Nothing. Among others, he’s starred as Jack/Jesus in Reefer Madness (Ovation Award) and Shannon
in The Night of The Iguana. He wrote and starred in The Devil You Know, a rhythm & blues story – which has been Ovation Nominated for Original Book for a Musical. He’s done 100’s of hours of TV and count- less movies – most recently in Outcast and Ten Days In The Valley. Carol, Jake & Rees make everything possible.
Jim Rash (Mr. Sawyer & Others)
Jim hails from Charlotte, North Carolina where he attended UNC-Chapel Hill. He spent six years as Dean Pelton on NBC’s Community. Along with his writing partner, Nat Faxon, and director Alexander Payne, Jim received an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film The Descendants. He and Nat also wrote and directed the film The Way, Way Back. He currently voices Marquess on Mike Tyson Mysteries and Gyro Gearloose on DuckTales.
Cecilia Witt (Susan Walker)
Cecilia is over the moon delighted to be making her Pasadena Playhouse stage debut, though she has grown up in its green room and spent count- less hours running around backstage. Credits include national spots for Hallmark, Walgreens, and numerous print campaigns. She is crazy about stuffed animals, American Girl dolls, Beanie Boos, mermaids, fairies, unicorns, loves to draw and play soccer, and has memorized every song in Hamilton. She would particularly like to thank her Mom, Dad, and big brother Zac for all their support.