Street Car Named Desire Cast
Christian Achkar (Stanley Kowalski)
Christian Achkar is thrilled to be working with the Brecksville Theater for the first time. Earlier this year, he played Michael in “Dead Certain” (CVLT) and George Tracy in “Goodbye Charlie” (CVLT). In 2018, he was cast as Mortimer Brewster in “Arsenic and Old Lace” (Hudson Players) and Versati in “The Underpants” (CVLT). The 2018 OCTA Regional awarded Christian with an “Excellence in Acting” for his role as Versati. Christian would like to thank his fellow cast members, Director, and Stage Manager for a great experience.
Jill Kenderes (Blanche DuBois)
Jill Kenderes is glad to be back on the Brecksville Stage after appearing in The Producers. Some of her other credits include Frieda Joubert (Statements After an Arrest...), Hope Cladwell (Urinetown), Margaret (Silent Sky) and Sylvia (Sylvia). She loves that theatre allows her to explore another person's world and is thankful to everyone at The Brecksville Theatre for the chance to dive in to this classic piece
Lauren Koleszar (Stella DuBois Kowalski)
Lauren Koleszar is thrilled to be performing in A Streetcar Named Desire. This is her first show at The Brecksville Theatre, and she wishes to thank all friends and family who have endlessly encouraged her to pursue acting; specific thanks go to her theatre director throughout high school, Angela Miloro-Hansen, as well as Art Suskin for giving her the opportunity to perform in such an iconic and gorgeously-written role.
Michael Rodgers (Harold "Mitch" Mitchell)
Michael is delighted to be performing in Streetcar. Outside of performing , he has had an extensive career in theatre that has included teaching, directing, and working as a drama therapist. He spent five years in Hong Kong where he worked as a teacher, actor, and a voice over artist. His favorite Hong Kong stage credits include Snoopy in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Corny Collins in Hairspray, and Sam Byck in Assassins. Michael also performed in the Hong Kong premier of The Bluebird of Happiness. He would like to thank his family for their continued love and support.
Victoria Kirgesner (Eunice Hubbell)
Victoria Kirgesner is excited to be making her debut with The Brecksville Theatre. Most recently, she appeared as Mrs. Weston in Emma at Western Reserve Playhouse. Other past shows include Arsenic and Old Lace with Hudson Players, Goodbye Charlie at Chagrin Valley Little Theatre, And the Winner Is, and A Visit from St. Nicholas, both with Stow Players. She has also worked backstage on several productions both with Stow Players and at local high schools.
Michael Ryan (Steve Hubbell)
Mike is thrilled to be part of the A Streetcar Named Desire production at The Brecksville Theatre. Mike made his acting debut last year playing Pete in In the Heat of the Night at Tri- C East Campus. Mike is excited to work with such a talented and professional cast and crew and performing in this historic venue. He would like to thank all of his family and friends for all of their support and encouragement.
Jose Veliz (Pablo Gonzales)
Jose Veliz lives in Cleveland, Ohio and is a student at Cleveland State University. Jose Veliz wants to become an actor, model and writer. He is studying acting and theater. This is his first-time being part of a Brecksville Theatre production. Veliz has started acting at Tri-c West campus theater and worked behind the production for Cleveland State University's production. Veliz enjoys dancing, reading and Jose believes in supporting the community and volunteers for several charities in the community in which he lives and works. Veliz enjoys the theater and is excited to be part of The Brecksville Theatre's production of A Streetcar Named Desire.
Heather Leporati (Consuelo)
Heather Leporati is excited to be involved in theatre again after taking several years off after her son was born. This is her first performance with The Brecksville Theatre but she has worked with the Brunswick Community Theatre and played roles such as Babe in “Crimes of the Heart” and Maggie in “Lend Me a Tenor”. She was also in several college productions at Muskingum including playing the role of Elmire in “Tartuffe”. What she enjoys most about theatre is the great people she meets and being in a creative environment.
Ange Jae (Sadie)
This is Ange’s first performance on The Brecksville Theatre stage and excited to be in this stage production of A Streetcar Named Desire. Ange has appeared in other stage productions at The Karamu Theatre, Near West Theatre, Beachwood Theatre, to name a few. Roles performed in productions include HMS Pinafore, Cousin Hebe; The Wiz as Tin Woman; Grease as Principal McGee; South Pacific as Bloody Mary. She appreciates and would like to thank the Houde School of Acting and Karamu House for the firm and exquisite training in all aspects of the Arts. What impresses Ange most about The Brecksville Theatre is the professionalism and crisp rules and regulations, which makes for a clean and enjoyable place of entertainment. Special thanks to director, Art Suskin.
Kyle Stehura (Young Collector)
Kyle is delighted to be making his Brecksville Theatre debut as the Young Collector and Sailor. Past theatre credits include Cinderella, Oliver, University, and The Importance of Being Earnest . What he loves about theatre is how it offers an escape from reality that he often needs. He would like to thank his family and friends for their support, and fellow cast-mates, crew members, Julie Okuley, and Art Suskin for this wonderful experience.
Judi Kaye (Strange Woman)
Judi has been active in theatre, for almost sixty years. She has acted, directed, choreographed, built sets, and been on the board of Brecksville Little Theatre for many years. Judi enjoys working in a number of local theatres. This is for you, Liss. I love you, too, baby!
Joey Vartorella (Strange Man)
Joey has been doing community theatre since 1985. He has performed with many area theatres and his favorite shows include; Sound of Music, MASH, and Zombies from the Beyond. One of Joey’s favorite roles was that of Big Julie in “Guys and Dolls”, directed by Bruce Orendorf. Some of his other credits include Mr. Welch (It’s a Wonderful Life) and Hector the Handyman (Squabbles). He would like to say thank you to director Art Suskin for giving him the opportunity to work with such a talented cast and a great Tennesse Williams classic. As Joey always says.....break legs everyone......God bless.....and enjoy the show.