Jack, or The Submission
[Jacques ou la Soumission]
by Eugène Ionesco
Directed by Eric Virkkala
Adam X. Medina (Jack) graduated from The University of Texas with a B.A. in Theatre and Dance in 2002. Since that time he has worked in theatre, film, and commercials while also teaching acting classes in Austin. He was last seen in Austin during FronteraFest in the play, Five Minutes, selected as “Best of Fest.” His last appearance on stage was in Bastrop performing in Neil Simon’s The Star Spangled Girl. This is his first production working with The Coda Project, and he is grateful for the opportunity to perform Ionesco.
Michelle Keffer (Jacqueline) is proud to be making her Austin debut with The Coda Project. She moved to Austin from Ohio where she graduated from Kent State with a degree in theatre. Since moving to Texas, Michelle has been involved with Teatro Humanidad, Hyde Park Theatre, and The Bastrop Opera House among others. She would like to thank Eric and The Coda Project for giving her this fine opportunity and her husband, Graham, for being wonderful.
Megan Minto (Mother Jack) has most recently been seen in the world premiere of That is the Question in New York City. She is currently studying Theatre at Texas State University, and hopes to pursue an Acting M.F.A. in the near future. She’s a fledgling member of the Austin Shakespeare Festival, and very proud to be working with The Coda Project. She would like to thank her husband, Anthony, for being her best friend and biggest support.
Skip Johnson (Father Jack) hails from Macomb, Illinois where he transferred from Western Illinois University to Southwest Texas State to graduate with a B.F.A. in acting in 2004. Since then he has been a company member with Pollyanna Theatre and has been seen in children’s shows such as Trail of Tears: Walking the Choctaw Road (Jimmy), Patterns (Red), and presently touring: Too Many Frogs (Froggy). Other roles have been Tieresias (Oedipus Rex), Camillo (The Winter’s Tale), Father Jack (Dancing at Lughnasa), and Peter (The Zoo Story). His other passions include ceramics, painting, sculpting, and video games. This is his first appearance at play! Theatre and with The Coda Project. Thank you very much for this opportunity.
Ginny O'Quinn (Grandmother Jack) is making her professional debut here in Austin with this production. Originally from Houston, she grew up on the stage, starting out at age 5 performing in church, school, and community theatre. She received her B.F.A. from Baylor University in 2003. Her favorite roles include Thomasina in Arcadia, Julia in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Tasha in Isn’t It Romantic. This is her first show with The Coda Project and she would like to thank Eric and the cast for a great experience. She also sends much love and thanks to her husband, Matt.
Andy Smith (Grandfather Jack), alum of the University of Texas at Austin, is originally from Ponca City, Oklahoma. He is a graduate of The College of Communications in Radio-Television-Film. You may have recently seen Andy, or at least his arms, in Rubber Repertory’s Red Cans at the Off Center. Other roles in Austin include: Sergeant Penny in Agatha Christie’s The Hollow for Different Stages, Rudy in Bent at The Blue Theater, Silas in Loaded Gun Theory’s The Grind and Raymond Boynton in Agatha Christie’s Appointment with Death, also for Different Stages. Andy can be seen as Skeets Miller in a concert performance of Floyd Collins at Zach Scott’s Arena Stage on October 24th. He is also in a dj tandem called "Stay Gold".
Alejandra Mendiola (Mother Robert) is happy to be working with The Coda Project. She has been in different productions in Austin including: West Side Story (Rosalia), The Taming of the Shrew (Baptista/Grumio), Grease (Jan), Fugue for Five Waiters (Mary), Little Shop of Horrors (Chiffon, a doo-wop girl), and Twelfth Night (Fabian). I would like to dedicate this performance to my good friends, especially Kara who inspires me to continue.
Nicholas Yedinak (Father Robert, Marketing) considers himself to be a screenwriter, though he has been a working actor of substance since April 2006 with two films, Words and Johnny Goes to Texas, under his belt and now his first play. There has been a number of firsts for Nicholas here in Austin, where he has lived for four years as a part-time employee (Insert Business Name here) and a student with ACC’s Drama Department. From February to June 2002, he worked on his first studio feature The Alamo; his first acting internship was with Zachary Scott Theater in the summer of 2005 (it was their first as well), and his first film festival, the Great American and International Film Festival, occurred under a year ago, where he was a finalist in the short screenplay competition with his script Site Specific. Nicholas is expected to begin his next film at the end of October, Aviatrix, during his run with The Coda Project and “An Evening with Ionesco,” another first, aspiring for seconds.
Elizabeth Rast (Roberta I & II) didn’t go to her college graduation because she was in a show, dedication to theater runs deep. Now with Texas State’s B.F.A., it’s starting to dawn on her that she needs to go out into the real world. So far she’s left her mark in Round Rock (The Best Christmas Pageant Ever [Grace Bradley]), in Lockhart, (Don’t Unlock the Door! [Agnes Hampton] and Radio T.B.S. [Missy Goode]), and in Austin (five years with the Austin Summer Musical for Children). She’s strutted her stuff in a New York City showcase, gave the surely Oscar-winning line: “I ain’t your gal, Ricky” as a saloon girl in her first film (The Magnificent Dead), and recently came back from Stratford after a showcase at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Within her scattered mind, she holds dear one of her big acting dreams: to actually be paid for her craft.