Ophelia
Written & Directed by Dustin Wills


THE CAST


Sofia Ruiz (Ophelia, in love) was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico and is now a junior acting major at The University of Texas at Austin. She has previously played in the Department of Theatre & Dance’s productions of Slaughter City, Elephant’s Graveyard (at the 2007 David Mark Cohen New Works Festival), Fefu and Her Friends and 410 [Gone]. Prior to coming to the university, she was a student of renowned Mexican stage actors Mauricio Salas and Ricardo Villarreal. Her latest work has been with director Alain Bézu at La Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris where she would like to continue her exploration of languages, culture, and art.

Chase Crossno (Ophelia, impassioned) graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2006, where she majored in both Theatre & Dance and Anthropology. Credits include Flesh and the Desert (nominated for a B. Iden Payne Award 2005–2006) and Cymbeline (nominated for an Austin Critics Table Award 2006). After graduating, Chase travelled to Namibia for two years using her theatre background to promote HIV/AIDS awareness. She is very excited to be back in Austin and working with Tutto Theatre Company.

Lizzi Biggers (Ophelia, on edge) is in her final year at The University of Texas at Austin where she is pursuing a B.A. in Theatre & Dance with a concentration in French. She was most recently seen on the UT mainstage as the Balladeer in Assassins and as the Muddy Townsperson in the new play Elephant’s Graveyard. Lizzi also had a blast as a Patient in Marat/Sade and participating in the David Mark Cohen New Works Festival her freshman year in the original work The Realm. She is thrilled to be venturing off the UT stage for Ophelia, her first production with Tutto Theatre Company. She is currently writing her first masterpiece, a folk musical about Amelia Earhart.

Kim Adams (Ophelia, undone) is thrilled to be working on her first production with Tutto Theatre Company. She is currently completing her B.A. at The University of Texas at Austin in Theatre & Dance, where she has performed in several productions including a RAP production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena), and mainstage productions of Aisle 7 (Valerie), Way of the World (Peg), Slaughter City (Cod) and Fefu and Her Friends (Julia). She has recently received the 2008 W. H. “Deacon” Crain Award for Outstanding Student Work from the Austin Critics Table Awards, and has most recently been nominated for a B. Iden Payne Award 2008 for her role as Julia in Fefu and Her Friends (a role which also garnered an Austin Critics Table Award nomination). She would like to thank her family and friends for their great love and support.

Emily Tindall (Ophelia, in water) graduated in 2007 from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Theatre & Dance. While there, she appeared in the UT productions of Marat/Sade and Ashes, Ashes, for the latter she received a nomination from The Austin Critics Table Award for Best Acting in a Leading Role. Since leaving UT, Emily has been working as a teaching artist with local youth. She is very excited to be working with Dustin Wills once again and would like to thank The Universe for her position within it.

Gabriel Luna (Hamlet & Polonius) is an Austin native. Credits include: Romeo and Juliet, The Kentucky Cycle, and c/o The Grove at the Mary Moody Northern Theatre of St. Edwards University; La Pastorela, Manzi: The Adventures of Young Cesar Chavez for Teatro Humanidad; and Tales of Shakespeare for Zach Scott’s Project Interact! He also appeared in the award-winning film Fall to Grace, and featured on television’s Prison Break, and can be seen in the upcoming year in the feature film Dance with the One and the HBO film Temple Grandin. He is thrilled and thankful to be a part of this with Dustin, these cast-mates, and this talented crew. He would like to say, “Thank you” to “Mom, Timbo, Meg, Momo, Grandpa, and all of you, all my family. I love you.”


 

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