"The End of Words:
An Evening with Eugène Ionesco"

The Chairs
[Les Chaises]

by Eugène Ionesco
Directed by Rocky Hopson


THE CAST


David G. Robinson, Ph.D. (Old Man) has pursued the performing arts in Austin for more than fifteen years, having begun the journey by winning free dance lessons with Darla Johnson in a raffle. Since then he has performed with the aforementioned Ms. Johnson, Andrew Long, Pina Bausch, C.K. McFarland, Andrea Ariel, Ampara Garcia-Crow, Allison Orr, Margery Segal, Carol Lewis, Peggy Lamb and others. He comes to Coda by way of the Austin Commedia Society, where he portrayed the ancient, traditional yet still funny Pantalone in The Family Jewels: A Tragedy and Zombies! The Musical. He also appeared in Sol Fly Productions’ Wilhelm Reich in Hell. Most recently he has danced with the Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company at Houston’s Weekend of Contemporary Dance and has played the role of Pa Macallister in BullTiger Productions’ independent film Kung Fu Hillbillies.

Stacey Glazer (Old Woman) is proud to make her Austin stage debut. She moved here from West Palm Beach to teach at a theatre camp and play Mrs. Banks in Barefoot in the Park. At summer’s end, she realized she could move to NYC where it’s cold and expensive and live in a house the size of her shoe, or she could stay here where it’s warm, artsy, not expensive and she could have a decent-sized apartment (and a great Jewish community). Not a tough choice. She has a B.A. in Theatre from Florida State. Favorite roles include Queen Elizabeth (Richard III—which she also directed), Teresa (Italian American Reconciliation), and Ouisa (Six Degrees of Separation). She has performed at Busch Gardens (FL and VA) and The Lost Colony and worked for two touring children’s theatres. She has also performed for two professional improv companies and directed for Busch Gardens. Just before moving to Austin, she directed the Jewish Teen Initiative production of Bye Bye Birdie. Keep your eyes peeled for The City Theatre of Austin, a new theatre she's proud to be helping to start. Thanks to Coda for giving this new gal her start in Austin!

Aleksandr Borodnikov (The Colonel) moved to Austin recently from Ukraine. Stage has been lifelong dream of his, unfortunately, he was set aside at early age for military under fine Soviet educational system. After many years military service in greatest army to walk earth, he retired, so-called ‘Iron Curtain’ fell, and curtain went up on old acting dream. Having much money from fortunate business dealing in surplus weaponry, he came to America. Now U.S. citizen, he work parts-time and act parts-time, and he is loving it. Unfortunately, he fears type-casting as military officer, but such is show business.

Marie Sébastian (Mrs. Belle) started acting at university. A graduate of the École des Beaux–Arts in Paris, she spent five years with the Comédie Française, where she performed the work of Molière and Marivaux, among others, before meeting and marrying her dear husband, Stephen Nathaniel Rhodes—a wealthy American graduate student in Paris on a research grant. Thus she came to live in Austin. This production marks her return to the stage after several years’ absence being a wife and mother.

Allen Windmill (The Orator) came to acting at an early age, when he and his twin brother were cast as not-so-newborns on General Hospital, the world of day-time television being a cruel mistress, when his brother was diagnosed with Chimerism they both lost their jobs. Embarking on a solo career, he appeared in some fifty commercials which over the years grew into guest spots on television. Following high school he left the world of television for the stage and the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU—a program which he’s proud never to have finished. He moved to Austin three years ago, left the theatre for a while to work a ‘real job’ and is making his Austin stage-debut with this production.


 

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