Hostage: Jan. 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31, Feb. 1, 2 at 8:00pm

and Jan. 20, 27 at 2:00pm


By Michelle Kholos Brooks

January 18, 2019 - February 2, 2019

Premiered January/February 2019
Presented by iTheatre Collaborative

Based on the true events of 1979 when students in Tehran took over the American Embassy. The mother of the youngest hostage, a 19 year-old Marine, flew to Tehran in the hope of being allowed to see her son. The play imagines what happened when mother and son were reunited, and the consequences the mother faced when she returned home and was suddenly suspect in her own country. Never doubt the ferocity of a mother’s love.

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Cast (Alphabetically)

Elizabeth Broeder is in the cast

Elizabeth Broeder

as Tehran Mary

Elizabeth is so happy to be working with iTheatre Collaborative this season. She is an interdisciplinary artist who has been artistic associate with iTheatre since 2017. Her recent iTheatre productions include Kunstler (sound design), Frost/Nixon (stage management/sound design) and Actually (acting/sound design). She is a Core Member of Southwest Shakespeare Company and a dance instructor/choreographer with Phoenix Country Day School and Prima Dance Arizona. She sends all of her love and gratitude to dad, mom, Sarah, Charles, Chris & Rosie, John, Johnny and Jake.

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Marlene Galan-Woods is in the cast

Marlene Galan-Woods

as Barbara Timm

Marlene is delighted to be working again with the artists at iTheatre Collaborative. The role of Sarah Whitmore in Church And State staged by iTheatre last spring was one of the most important roles Marlene’s had the privilege of tackling. Marlene is a story teller at heart. She had a 20-year career as a broadcast journalist and now is grateful to give her full attention to acting. She is grateful to work on stage in Phoenix and in Los Angeles. Marlene wants to thank her coach in Phoenix Brandy Hotchner for giving her the courage “not to act”. And immense gratitude goes to her Los Angeles coach Larry Moss who made her realize that art is not only a worthy pursuit but a responsibility to humanity. Endless thanks to her family especially her daughter Ava who lets Mom be absent every now and then when she’s doing her “acting thing” and love beyond measure to her best friend, her husband, Grant Woods who supports her every endeavor.

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Xavier Morris is in the cast

Xavier Morris

as Ebrahim

Xavier Jacob is proud to be making his iTheatre debut in Hostage. Xavier has been acting on stage and film for the past four years having last been seen onstage in Space 55's Luna Gale as Peter and on film in set for release later this year. Other regional: Footloose, Billy Elliot, Legally Blonde Film: The Voice that was Louder than Before, Boston.

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Jacob Nichols is in the cast

Jacob Nichols

as Kevin Hermening

Jacob is an artist and recent graduate from ASU. Along with performing, he has directed two short films. Video and visual media production is where he is trained, but he has also worked to design projections and sounds for live stage performances. Jacob thanks his mother, friends, Charles St. Clair, and iTheatre for all of their support.

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Glenn Parker is in the cast

Glenn Parker

as Kenny Timm

Glenn is excited to be back with iTheatre after playing Philip Berringen in The Trial of the Catonsville Nine. Some favorite roles include Brick in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Stage Left Productions), Kyle/Dewey in Legally Blonde (Mesa Encore Theatre) Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol (Theater Works), Tim and Lloyd in Noises Off (Theater Works and Mesa Encore Theatre), Pedro in Man of La Mancha (Theater Works), Willie Conklin in RagtimeCats (Fountain Hills Theatre). Love to W for all her support and love amongst all his craziness.

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Walt Pedano is in the cast

Walt Pedano

as Richard Hermening

Walt is thrilled to be working again at iTC for the 6th time. He has been an Arizona resident for 19 years, but active in theater for 40+ years and close to 70 productions in 5 states and 6 cities around the country. Some of his favorite roles include; Teach in Mamet’s American Buffalo, Lenny Bruce in Lenny, Tom Dailey in That Championship Season, Tom in The Glass Menagerie, Roat in Wait Until Dark, Marc in Art, Charles in Mamet’s Race at iTC, George in Neil Simon’s Chapter Two, Uncle Bill in Sons of The Prophet at Stray Cat Theater, Bill in August Osage County for Mesa Encore, Ricky Roma in Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross at Desert Stages and Victor in Arthur Miller’s The Price. In his spare time he squeezed in a 36-year career with the Marriott Hotel Company.

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Michelle Brooks

Michelle Kholos is an award-winning playwright with productions staged across the U.S. and Canada. Hostage was selected as a finalist for the 2016/17 Woodward/Newman Drama Award, the Fratti Newman Political Play Contest, and was a 2017 Showcase finalist for the National New Play Network. Hitler’s Tasters, won the 2017 Susan Glaspell Award. Kalamazoo, co-written with Kelly Younger, was the winner of the 2014 Riva Shiner Comedy Award, Bloomington Playwright’s Project. It has been published by Dramatists Play Service and has been produced across the country. Family Planning made its world premier at the Colony Theatre, Los Angeles and was a finalist for the Riva Shiner Comedy Award. Chair won 2nd place in the 2015 Firehouse Theatre Festival of New American Plays. Other select works for the stage include: Hostage (Skylight Theatre Co. Los Angeles), Hitler's Tasters (Centenary Stage Co., New Jersey; New Light Theatre Project; NY) Two Parents, Two Weddings, Two Years, (Wings Theatre, New York; Laurel Grove Theatre Company, Los Angeles); See How We Are (Laurel Grove Theatre Company, Los Angeles); Love and Other Allergies (Vox Humana Theatre Ensemble, Los Angeles), Peg and Irv (Snapshots, a benefit to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Foundation) Additional staged readings and developmental support of various works by Pacific Resident Theatre, Los Angeles; The Road Theatre Company; Los Angeles; The Boston Court Theatre, Pasadena; Venue 9 Theatre, San Francisco; The Barrow Group, New York; Drama West, Los Angeles; Centenary Stage, New Jersey; Florida Repertory Theatre, Florida; Wordsmyth Theatre, Houston and the Bay Street Theatre, New York. Publications include Dramatists Play Service, Room literary magazine and The Daily Beast. Michelle is a former journalist and producer for public radio programs such as Marketplace and The Savvy Traveler. She earned a B.A. from Emerson College and an M.F.A. in Fiction from Otis College of Art and Design. Memberships include The Dramatists Guild of America, The Playwright’s Center and Pacific Resident Theatre. Michelle is also a nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council within the Scowcroft Center on Strategy and Security.

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Creative Team (Alphabetically)

Rosemary  Close is part of the creative team

Rosemary Close

Production Stage Manager, Producer

Rosemary has been involved in theater in the Valley for over thirty years. Her work dates back as far as the Arizona Contemporary Theater Company, Northwest Studios and the Glendale Little Theater to name a few oldies. Her onstage credits include: Frozen, Harvey, Chapter Two, Barefoot in the Park, Cabaret, The Balcony, The Way We Live Now, Royal Gambit, Loves Scenes from Romeo and Juliet, Reel to Real, The Collected Works of Billy the Kid, The Maids, Skimpies and The Bad Seed. Her recent directing credits include: last season’s Velocity of Autumn and Hughie, previous season’s Grounded and An Almost Holy Picture. In 1991, Rosemary began her longtime association with the New York theater company, Mabou Mines. She appeared in numerous productions with that company both in Phoenix and New York. The highlight of that work with Mabou Mines was a leading role in the multimedia stage production, Wrath of Kali, directed by the award winning and acclaimed, Lee Breuer. Currently, she is the Managing Director for iTheatre Collaborative and is proud to be a part of the impact iTheatre has made in the Phoenix downtown community.

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Christopher Haines is part of the creative team

Christopher Haines*

Director, Producer

Chris is a member of Actor's Equity Association, is a theatre veteran with over thirty years of experience as an actor, stage manager, writer, director and designer. He graduated in 1991 from Duke University. Some of his stage work includes: as an actor, the title roles in The Collected Works of Billy the Kid and Danton's Death, Richard Nixon in Frost/Nixon, Father Flynn in Doubt, Jack Lawson in David Mamet's Race, Ralph in Frozen, Orson Welles in Orson's Shadow, the Librarian in Underneath the Lintel, the Third Man/Doctor in Baltimore Waltz, Prospero in The Tempest, Vladimir in Waiting for Godot, Alan Seymour in Picnic, Vernon Gersch in They're Playing Our Song, and Mr. Rich in Celebration. He has directed such productions as The Thanksgiving Play, A Bad Friend, Deathwatch, Dogg's Hamlet/Cahoots Macbeth, The Congresswomen, Cat's Paw, Molly Sweeney, The Fish Must Die and Carolina on Our Minds. As a designer his work includes Topdog/Underdog, A Raisin in the Sun, Gunplay, Peter Pan and Wendy, Wizard of Oz, The Colored Museum, The House of Bernarda Alba, and Horn in the West, a 1500-seat outdoor amphitheater in Boone, NC. In 1994, Mr. Haines collaborated with the internationally acclaimed director, Lee Breuer (founder of Mabou Mines), on his project Wrath of Kali, as the director of videography, both in its debut in Phoenix and in New York City. Other design work in video, photography and media includes the Daniel Lentz Group's A Crack in the Bell, such plays as Jack, Reel to Real, Romeo and Juliet, Sweet Thunder, and Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope, and he has worked as the director of photography on the feature films Wake of the Hero and Means of Escape, and was the production designer for the independent film Hack. In 2002, he co-founded iTheatre Collaborative in Phoenix. His work at iTheatre has garnered national attention and recognition with invited performances at the National Black Theater Festival in Winston-Salem, NC, the Black Arts Movement Festival in Austin, TX and the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, AK. For iTheatre, he has produced over forty productions in the Valley with numerous regional and world premieres.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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