Kafka's Dick
by Alan Bennett


Anna Maria Garcia (Linda) was last seen as ‘Happy' with the Murder Mystery Players at Dave and Busters. She has also appeared at the UT PAC (Austin Chorus/Austin Symphony), the State Theater (Dark of the Moon, La Carpa Garcia, and Under a Western Sky—which garnered her an Austin Critics Table Award nomination), Zachary Scott Theater (I Too Speak of the Rose), the Paramount Theater (10th Anniversary Production of Etho’s A Cybernetic Opera), Esthers’s Follies, Teatro Humanidad and Border Radio (both touring shows). She sings with Texas Hall of Fame Singer, Tina Marsh, in the Circle of Light Project. As if that were not enough, she is also an independent producer, the Executive Vice-President of BRIO Entertainment L.L.C., and she studies voice with Sylvia Gallo.

Skip Johnson (Sydney) is a graduate with a B.F.A. in Acting from Texas State (2004). He started his acting journey in 1997 at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois. Since then, he has been in over 60 shows in various theatres including the Gaslight, Pollyanna, and The Coda Project in Ionesco’s Jack, or The Submission (Father Jack) at play! Theatre last October. Other roles include Tiresias (Oedipus Rex), Camillo (The Winter’s Tale), and recently Froggy (Too Many Frogs). He makes his directorial debut this August with Neil Labute’s The Shape of Things at the Gaslight. Hopes and dreams: he’s living them and you just read about some of them. Thanks Coda and Lisa for letting me come back and be in this show. Lisa, I am happy that I changed your mind.

Dina Lee (Julie) started her acting career after retirement with a weekly Murder Mystery Radio Show. Since then, she has appeared in numerous films, plays, and as an interviewer on the Sun City TV program. Her recent theatrical adventures have been in Happy Town, Happy People; Spoon River Anthology; The Prisoner of Second Ave; and Twilight of the Golds (her favorite part). Her film work has included My Own Soil, A Mighty Heart, Visit China, November, and Nightowls of Coventry. She has just completed working in the film The Visitors.

David G. Robinson (Father) has a graduate degree in anthropology and has pursued a primary career in that field. For more than 5 years he has also pursued a parallel career in theater and dance. He studied dance with Darla Johnson, Deborah Hay, Nina Martin, Andrea Ariel and Kathy Dunn Hamrick. He trained in acting under C.K. McFarland, Margery Segal, Aaron Johnson and Kate Meehan. He has performed professionally with Johnson-Long Dance Company, Ariel Dance Theatre, Wicked Cricket Dance Theatre, Wild Basin Preserve, Austin Commedia Society, Sol Fly Productions, The Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company and The Coda Project; as well as with independent artists: Amparo Garcia-Crow, Sally Jacques, Pina Bausch (Tanztheater Wuppertal), Carol Lewis, Peggy Lamb, Renee Morris Larson, et al. Most recently, he performed as ‘Pa McAllister’ in the film Kung Fu Hillbilly (BullTiger Productions), and as ‘Old Man’ in Eugène Ionesco’s The Chairs (The Coda Project).

Adam Rodriguez (Brod) was born and began his theatre training in Galveston, Texas. He received his Associates in Theatre and Art in Tyler, Texas and moved to Austin where he joined several improv and sketch comedy troupes including Esther’s Pool. He then toured the renaissance festival and stand up comedy circuit for several years writing and performing acts like Shakespeare on a Shingle and Panty Raid. He is currently directing a film called Kung Fu Hillbilly, but could not pass the opportunity to perform in this play. Dark and absurd that’s his kinda show!

Gabriel Newton Smith (Kafka) graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. in English Teaching and a minor in Theatre. He moved to Austin in 2005 to work as an early childhood literacy tutor and to further his acting career. Stage credits in his home state include The Guys, Ghosts, Measure for Measure, and To Kill a Mockingbird. Here in Austin, he has appeared in Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge for Different Stages and The Muses: Memories of a House for The Vestige Group. He also produced and directed last spring’s production of The Rose of Treason at Texas Hillel. He would like to thank his family and friends for their unfailing support.

Kerry Tartack (Hermann K) was born to a poor, Jewish dirt farmer in Philadelphia, Kerry decided after thirty-five years of dirt that enough was enough. Leaving the family dirt behind he made a move to Austin, Texas to pursue a career in the art of acting and found himself in more dirt but of a different nature. After years of more struggle as an actor, though much more rewarding than the struggle with his father’s dirt farm, he has landed roles in a major film, numerous independent films (one of them by his son, Destry Tartack), the legitimate and not so legitimate theater and a would be pilot as a member of a sketch comedy troupe. As he navigates his journey as an actor with all it’s twists and turns and highs and lows one thing that he’s sure about is he’ll never go back to the dirt.


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