JANE ALEXANDER (Eleanor Bannister) Ms. Alexander has a distinguished stage career. She has performed in more than 100 plays, been honored with numerous awards including her Tony Award for The Great White Hope, an Obie, Drama League, Drama Desk and Theatre World awards, and she was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1994. A four-time Oscar nominee for Testament, Kramer vs. Kramer, All The President’s Men, and The Great White Hope, Ms. Alexander has appeared in over 70 screen and television roles. On television, Jane won Emmy Awards for “Playing for Time,” and “Warm Springs,” as well as a Television Critics Circle Award for her portrayal of Eleanor Roosevelt in “Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years.” Jane has been seen in recurring roles recently on “The Blacklist,” “Elementary,” and “The Good Wife.” In 1994, President Clinton appointed Ms. Alexander Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, a position she served for four years. Her book Command Performance: An Actress in the Theatre of Politics documents her tenure. Jane has been active as a wildlife conservationist for many years and sits on the national board of the Audubon Society, the Global Advisory Group of BirdLife International, and co-chairs the Conservation Council of Panthera. Her new book is Wild Things, Wild Places: Adventurous Tales of Wildlife and Conservation on Planet Earth.
DENIS ARNDT (Abel Brown) Recent credits include Heisenberg Tony Nomination for Lead Actor In A Play (Manhattan Theatre Club, Mark Taper Forum), The Night Alive (Geffen Playhouse), Prospero in Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s The Tempest. Also at OSF: title roles in King Lear, Titus Andronicus, Brand, The Father and Coriolanus, as well as The Dance of Death, The Devil’s Disciple, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Long Day’s Journey into Night, Wild Oats, Othello, The Entertainer. New York theatre: Soapy Smith in The Ballad of Soapy Smith, Richard II (The Public Theater). Regional theatres include Seattle Repertory Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Alley Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, The Studio Theatre, Artists Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Intiman Theatre, Arena Stage, Goodman Theatre. Film/Television: Basic Instinct, Distant Thunder, Metro, Dolphin Tale 2, Bandidas, Sniper 3, Anacondas, S.W.A.T., Undisputed, How to Make an American Quilt, Firebeetle, Serious Money, “The Good Fight,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Supernatural,” “Boston Legal,” “24,” “The Practice,” “CSI.”
JUDITH IVEY (Grace Bodell) Broadway: The Audience, The Heiress (Tony, Drama Leaue, OCC noms.), Follies (DL nom.), Voices in the Dark, Park Your Car in Harvard Yard (Tony nom.), Blithe Spirit, Precious Sons (Drama Desk Award), Steaming (Tony Award, Drama Desk Award), Piaf, Bedroom Farce. Film: Big Stone Gap; Flags of our Fathers; What Alice Found; Devil’s Advocate; Brighton Beach Memoirs; Mystery, Alaska; Compromising Positions. Television: “The Family,” “White Collar,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Will & Grace,” “What the Deaf Man Heard” (Emmy nom.), “Designing Women,” “Down Home,” “The Long, Hot Summer.” Off-Broadway: The Glass Menagerie (Lortel Award, DL nom.), The Lady with All the Answers (Drama Desk, OCC, Lortel noms.), Dirty Tricks, Women on Fire (Lortel nom.), A Fair Country (OCC nom.), The Moonshot Tape (Obie Award).
CHRISTOPHER MICHAEL MCFARLAND (Eugene Claymire). This is Christopher’s Long Wharf Theatre debut. NYC: Measure for Measure, Of Mice and Men, Spacebar, As You Like It, Even Maybe Tammy, King John. Regional: Yale Repertory Theatre, Signature Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Kennedy Center, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, The Guthrie, Opera House Arts, and the Arizona Shakespeare Festival. TV: “Sneaky Pete,” Upcoming Netflix series. Training: MFA, Yale School of Drama.