Friday, June 25, 2021 8:00 PM
Norman Corwin's "Between Americans" 2021
Director: Richard Fish
In July, 1941, Norman Corwin confronted the extreme polarization of American opinion which had gripped the country over the prospects of becoming involved in World War II. The Grand Master of American audio theatre wrote a program intended to lower the temperature of the rhetoric and remind everyone of the common ground we all stand on — our common love of our country. The show caught the attention of Orson Welles, who repeated it — by chance — on the evening of December 7, and rallied the country together after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Before he died, Corwin worked on an updated version of this script. While not ignoring the flaws and mistakes in American history, it is a program to make people stop and think about what America means, how the strength and glory of the United States comes from so many different sources, and where we can all agree with each other. Like most of his programs this one is superbly timely, and NATF is proud and excited to present the first complete production of Norman Corwin’s final work.
"Between Americans" 2021 Talkback Session
Moderator: Richard Fish
Description: After the production, meet director Richard Fish and members of the cast and crew in an open forum. The production team will discuss the process of mounting this production, starting from Richard working directly with Norman Corwin through to its current iteration, which was reshaped to ensure the timeliness of the production. Norman’s voice maintains its relevance by dealing with larger ideas and social issues that still affect our country today. We encourage you to voice your thoughts as part of this open forum about Norman Corwin’s final work.
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Cast and Crew
Bill Goveia is a performing artist, photographer and IT professional in Bloomington, Indiana. He enjoys working on theatre, film and voice-over projects, reading, writing, hiking, listening to Blues, spending time with his grandchildren, family and friends, and learning new things. He is thankful for the opportunities MCCT has provided over the last crazy year to work with amazing artists.
David Ossman is an American writer and performer, best known as a quarter of The Firesign Theatre, whose collective work includes comedy albums, plays, films and radio shows. He’s best known for his role as George Leroy (“Porgie”) Tirebiter in Firesign’s LP “Don’t Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me The Pliers,” a hero of two mystery novels and hours of broadcasts. His Catherwood the Butler delivers the classic line, “What’s all this Brouhaha?” to Nick Danger. Ossman’s “solo” album, “How Time Flys” was nominated for a Nebula, and his 50th Anniversary version of “The War of The Worlds," produced by his wife, Judith Walcutt, was nominated for a Grammy. He can be seen (as Cornelius, the ant) in Pixar’s “A Bug’s Life." During the 1980s, Ossman returned to his “original” profession as a radio host, writer and teacher, with historic broadcasts for NPR and WGBH, along with equally historic all-star-cast radio events like “Empire of the Air," “We Hold These Truths,” and “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," independently created for Walcutt’s Otherworld Media non-profit studio. Returning to Firesign for their 25th Anniversary Tour and subsequent albums and performances, Ossman now edits the group’s work, collected by the Library of Congress, for publication.
Emily McGee has appeared in numerous audio, theatre, and film productions throughout Indianapolis and Bloomington. Recently you may have seen and heard her as Vampira in Ed Wood: The Musical at the HEAR Now Audio Festival in Kansas City, Mrs.McKee and Mrs. Michaelis in Cardinal Stage Company’s production of The Great Gatsby, Dr. Lanyon in Ivy Tech’s Production of Jekyll and Hyde, and The Creature in the live audio drama performance of Frankenstein produced by the Bloomington Writer’s Guild and the Monroe County Public Library. Emily also regularly lends her puppetry skills and voice as Peggy, in the 4-time Emmy nominated and 3-time Telly award winning children’s short Peggy’s Poetry and Zarg, which is featured weekly on The Friday Zone through WTIU.
Helen Engelhardt is an independent audio producer of audio books and features and music programs; a writer and poet, storyteller and actor. Helen has been a part of the audio community from the days of Midwest Radio Workshop, through National Audio Festivals and Hear Now Audio Festival. She funded the Norman Corwin Awards and funds the Annual Tony Hawkins Awards for Excellence in Audio Drama at NYU.
Jason Lopez has been involved in theater since 2015. Last season, he directed and made appearances in the Monroe County Civic Theater (MCCT) Variety Shows, playing and singing original music set to William Shakespeare's words. He also appeared in MCCT's Henry V (as King Henry V). Behind the scenes, he helped write and direct several other MCCT productions including the podcast, Oc-POE-ber Fest, and recent 2021 Showcase. His biggest theater role so far is as MCCT's President.
Kristin Proctor was one of the youngest students to be accepted to graduate school at American Repertory Theatre / Moscow Art Theatre School (A.R.T/MXAT), Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University, where she played such parts as Nina in The Seagull (staged in Cambridge and Moscow), Kristine in Miss Julie and Sasha in the A.R.T. production of Ivanov (starring Debra Winger and Arliss Howard). Other favorite stage roles include: Originating the role of Laura in In Vitro, playing Isabella in Measure for Measure and Lisa in Boy's Life.
Kristin has appeared in numerous national commercials (Hyundai, Home Depot, Wendy's, American Express) and on such shows as: The Wire (recurring), Cold Case, CSI:NY, Entourage and NUMB3RS to name a few and in the Penny Marshall film Riding in Cars With Boys (starring Drew Barrymore), and in numerous shorts and student films. She has performed in such cities as New York and L.A. and all over Europe (Oslo, Moscow, Dublin, London). While in London, she attended The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) - Intensive Shakespeare summer course.
Kristin was born in Los Angeles and raised in Norway, she is the daughter of Philip Proctor voice-over artist and founder of The Firesign Theatre, and Barbro Semmingsen, children’s television producer in Oslo, Norway.
Kristin is a graduate of Hartvig Nissen Videregående, the liberal arts high school of Oslo and she also attended Romerike Folkehøyskole. She speaks fluent Norwegian and English and gets by in Russian, Swedish, German and French.
Yolanda Valdivia is a dancer, singer, and actor in the Indianapolis area. Recent projects included playing Gwendolen Farifax in Monroe County Civic Theater’s production of “The Importance of Being Earnest in a Pandemic”, the role of lawyer/ensemble in Fonseca Theater Company’s production of “Miss You Like Hell”. She is a graduate of UCLA and Indiana University.
Tony Brewer is a poet and sound effects artist from Bloomington, Indiana. He has taught and performed at the HEAR Now Festival since 2013 and has been on staff with NATF since 2001. Tony specializes in live productions and has worked nationwide, from Florida to Minneapolis and from New York to Washington State. He has won an ANGIE award (named for Angela Lansbury) and was made a Kentucky Colonel for his work at the International Mystery Writers Festival in Owensboro KY and he received the inaugural Bradshaw Award (named for Firesign Theatre character Lt. Bradshaw) for Service to the Field of Audio Theatre. More at www.tonybrewer71.blogspot.com
Tom Dukeman is a writer, designer, audio producer, and actor. A graduate of Indiana University, Tom has been an active part of the local audio community for more than 30 years. While employed at LodesTone Productions, Tom helped coordinate the distribution of an updated version of Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds and Norman Corwin’s We Hold These Truths. Tom is also an audiobook reader as well as a commercial voice artist with numerous clients to his credit, including the IU Auditorium.
Steve Scott has performed in over fifteen theater and voice acting productions in Bloomington, Indiana. He appeared in Bloomington Playwrights Project’s performances of “30 Day Mourning Period” (Larry), “Beating A Dead Horse” (Fritz), and “The Oregon Trail” (Clancy). His last stage appearance before the pandemic was as serial killer Ralph Ian Wantage in Monroe County Civic Theater’s production of Bryony Lavery’s “Frozen”. Steve also voiced the character’s Dick and Denver in Indiana Public Media’s “The Ernie Pyle Experiment”, and the voice of Fred Porlock in Cardinal Stage’s radio drama, “Predisposed to Violins”.
Stephenie Park is an actor, musician, and narrator currently based in the Midwest. She has worked onstage at the Steppenwolf, Guthrie, Kirk Douglas, Old Globe, Goodman, and Indiana Repertory Theatres, among others, and TV credits include Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, Patriot, Empire, and Boss. In addition to acting, she moonlights as an attorney and operations consultant for large multinationals.
Roy Sillings appears frequently in MCCT Shakespeare productions and other roles from Humpty Dumpty to King Lear. He has also performed with Bloomington Playwrights, Merry MAC Players Community Theatre, Starry Night Productions, Cardinal Stage Company and at the Indianapolis Fringe Festval. He has appeared in several short films, has written several plays and designed sets. He holds an A.B. in Classical Languages and a graduate degree in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University. He has worked at Communication Disorders Technology, Inc. in software design and programming for nearly thirty years.
Rowell Gormon has nearly 50 years of experience in voice acting, copywriting, and audio production for clients world-wide, and works from his own studio (www.voices2go.com). RG is heard in commercials, narrations, e-learning, and animation projects. His stable of character voices ranges from straight-ahead heartfelt portrayals to comic craziness. He's also at home on camera in corporate videos, tv spots, and stage productions, and served as a puppeteer in two motion pictures with Jim Henson's Muppets.
Robin Miles has been the voice of such powerful pieces as Hidden Figures, the basis for the hit movie, and Roxanne Gay’s An Untamed State.
Miles, who’d been acting on and off Broadway and on TV, got her start in audio by working with the American Foundation for the Blind, where she recorded fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—after getting rejected at first and tweaking her style to suit. She’s had several Audie nominations since, winning as part of large cast recordings such as In the Embers, which won Best Audio Drama for 2017, and for her direction of Roots in 2007. She’s been drawn to women’s stories, often those of women of color and often ones with emotional and devastating themes, which she says can often affect her during the process.
Early on in her career, Miles recorded her first horror title, The Good House by Tananarive Due. That experience, with relatable characters and accessible accents, made her realize that she was a perfect fit for horror, sci-fi, and fantasy. Of her time working on the audio, Miles says, That book won me many fans and was a springboard to titles by astounding Caribbean futurists Nalo Hopkinson (Midnight Robber), Karen Lord (The Best of All Possible Worlds), and Tobias Buckell (the Xenowealth series), speculative fiction & fantasy writers that bring exciting modern elements to classic world building.
Rex Hunt has had several careers starting with professional Bluegrass musician, recording engineer and finally 30 plus years as an analyst/programmer for Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Now retired, Rex is still playing music and maintains a home audio recording studio.
Nathan Morris lends his voice as “Hoosier Boy” in “Between Americans.” Nathan will be a 5th grader at New Palestine Intermediate School where he is involved in Student Council, Art Club, and Choir. When he’s not performing, you can catch him on the soccer field or at Taekwondo where he currently holds a green belt. Nathan recently played the part of “Todd” in “Check Please” with the Monroe County Civic Theater. He looks forward to trying additional roles in the near future!
After 20 years as a professional actor, Melinda was introduced to audio theatre in 1990 when she played all 17 of the female roles in Proctor & Bergman’s POWER which aired on NPR as a regular segment of John Hockenberry’s HEAT. She still wonders why she wasted so many years in make-up. Since that time she has contributed voices to NPR Playhouse productions, worked with all-star casts on WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS and EMPIRE OF THE AIR for Other World Media, performed with The Firesign Theatre on THE GREAT INTERNET BROADCAST for the Toyota Comedy Festival in New York and traveled several times to Dublin to participate in Crazy Dog Audio productions for RTE, Ireland’s public radio service. She is most proud to be Norman Corwin’s very favorite Lucretia Borgia in THE PLOT TO OVERTHROW CHRISTMAS and lead the cast of THE BBC MURDERS as Agatha Christie. Melinda has been a member of Los Angeles’ classical stage ensemble The Antaeus Company since 1991 and lives in LA with her darling husband, Phil Proctor, and her even more darling cat, Pepper.
Leraldo Anzaldua is a Texas based Actor, Fight Director, Motion Capture Performer, and Action Director. He is also a voiceover performer of Anime with Sentai Filmworks. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Movement & Stage with the Department of Theatre, Drama & Contemporary Dance at Indiana University.
Deondra Kamau Means
Resident Playwright & WorkShop Artist at the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. Deondra is a native of Cincinnati. He was really aware, even while it was happening, that the discovery of arts education in his life made him a better person.
Dr. Gladys DeVane
Dr. Gladys DeVane, professor emerita Indiana University storyteller, writer, actor, and community activist has resided in Bloomington for 56 years. Gladys has written and performed locally and regionally in numerous plays, storytelling, and stage readings. She wrote—in celebration of Indiana and Monroe County’s bicentennials, original plays: Resilience: Indiana’s Untold Stories, and Stories of Monroe, and her book Come Sit with Me: Life in prose, poetry and plays, will be released July 2021.
I. James Torry
Before anything, I give honor to God and thanks to my family and the angels that surround me, for their love and support throughout my life.
James is an actor/director and has been active in the local Bloomington, Indiana Community Theatre since 2003. He’s appeared on stage with the Bloomington Playwrights Project, Cardinal Stage, Monroe County Civic Theatre and Resilience Productions. I. James has directed for the Bloomington Playwrights Project and the Monroe County Civic Theatre.
Between Americans is his first venture in the world of radio plays and voice acting; but, hopefully not his last. I. James is very excited to work with such an amazing cast and crew, and he would like to thank them for this great opportunity.
Phil’s transition from Broadway star to voiceover artist occurred when he helped to create the Los-Angeles based Firesign Theatre 4-man recording group, which over 50 years garnered 3 Grammy nominations, whose archives were recently purchased by the Library of Congress. He has added his voice to radio shows, commercials, interactive games, TV, films and many Academy-award winning animated features for Disney and Pixar. He is probably best known as Howard on the Emmy-winning Rugrats, seahorse Bob in Finding Nemo, Charlie in Monsters, Inc., and the drunken French Monkey in Eddie Murphy’s Dr. Dolittle series. Phil is now a regular panelist on the PBS comic quiz, “Says You!”, and with his wife, Melinda Peterson, performs regularly with the award-winning Antaeus Theatre Company. http://planetproctor.com
Barbara Rosenblat is one of the most revered voice actors in the country. She has recorded hundreds of audiobooks, docs, video games and audio dramas garnering eight Audie Awards and a slew of accolades for a distinguished body of work. She has appeared on London's West End and on Broadway. She acquired legions of new fans worldwide after her breakout performance as 'Miss Rosa' in the critically acclaimed Netflix series "Orange is the New Black"
Gary Sandy is best known for his role as program director Andy Travis in the classic television series WKRP in Cincinnati. His first professional role was a part created for him in the daytime drama As the World Turns, and for seven years he continued playing villains in the afternoon on Another World, Somerset, and his favorite, The Secret Storm. Gary received critical acclaim for his role in Norman Lear’s All That Glitters and has made countless TV guest appearances, including Murder She Wrote, F.B.I The Untold Story, The Young Riders, L.A. Law, and Diagnosis Murder. Feature film credits include Hail to the Chief, Some of My Best Friends Are…, Troll, and The Last of the Cowboys opposite Henry Fonda. Gary has performed in over one hundred theatrical productions, including on Broadway as the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance and as Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd opposite Ann Margret in the national tour of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.