Coming October 29th
'Jeeves and Wooster in America', story by P.G. Wodehouse, Adapted for Radio by Sydnie Grosberg Ronga
Join us for this hysterical comedy as Jeeves attempts to keep his employer out of hot water in America! Watch for the new Movietune News appearing soon!
John Rainer as Jeeves (aka Henry Barrington-Smythe)
John Rainer was born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. His extensive career in England includes seasons with the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Leeds Playhouse and Sir Ralph Richardson’s Theatre Royal Haymarket Company. He was a member of the last company of Joan Littlewood’s famous Theatre Workshop in Stratford East. A special career highlight was a Royal Command Performance for Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother when he played Sparkish in William Wycherley’s classic Restoration comedy The Country Wife. British TV and film include Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood, BBC’s Wessex Tales, Disraeli and Coronation Street. He divides his time between England and New York where his US TV and film includes Law and Order, ABC’s Loving, Scent of a Woman and Private Parts. On Broadway he has appeared in Alan Ayckbourn’s Taking Steps, the revival of Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus and Tom Stoppard’s The Invention of Love. John has performed in seasons with The Guthrie Theatre, Syracuse Stage, and Playmaker’s Rep in North Carolina and has many TV commercials and voiceovers to his credit. He received a Best Actor nomination at the Edinburgh Festival for his solo play Rambling Sam based on the life of Dr. Samuel Johnson. His recorded audio books include Three Men in A Boat and a new adaptation of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. His poetry evening titled A Taste of England has toured Alaska and Oregon. Other solo literary performances have been Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol and A Christmas Cracker, a holiday selection of verse and prose. Prufrock’s World was successfully presented in New York and New Jersey and Connecticut. It was performed in July 2012 at the Buxton Fringe Festival in Derbyshire, England.
Christopher Burke as Bertie Wooster (aka Hunter Fields)
Christopher Burke is a graduate of North Central College (Naperville, IL) and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. He's performed in the U.S., as well as abroad with runs at the storied Mercury Rep (Colchester, England), the International Shakespeare Festival (Neuss, Germany) and the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. He was last seen as 'Chris' in the FringeNY production of Independents (winner of the Fringe Excellence award for Overall Production and a New York Time's "Critic's Pick"!). Thank you to his always supportive family and the love of his life Beth, for putting up with him day in and day out.
Robert Rice as Cyril Bassington-Bassington (aka Schuyler Martin)
Robert Rice is thrilled to return to Gotham Radio Theater for this production of Wooster and Jeeves in America. He is originally from Latham, NY and studied Vocal Performance at Eastman School of Music. Regional credits include: The Count of Monte Cristo (Albert, u/s Count), The 39 Steps (Clown 1), Into the Woods (Jack), Jacques Brel is Alive and Well... (Man 2), and Zoo Story (Jerry). He'd like to thank his his incredibly supportive family, friends, and J.T. for being his rock.
Branislav Tomich as George Caffyn (aka Finn Dragovich)
Branislav Tomich has performed throughout the U.S., including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, La Mama, in sit-coms and independent films. He played the title role in The Nerd, Touchstone in As You Like It, Tim in Noises Off with Millicent Martin, and Ozolin in Sonya with Julie Harris at The Phoenix Theatre Co., NY. His work as a solo theater artist has been honored by a National Endowment for the Arts grant and a Los Angeles DramaLogue Award. He teaches improv, monologue and play writing in New York and New Jersey schools. http://branislavtomich.com
Sydnie Grosberg Ronga, Director (aka Sydnie Gale)
Sydnie Grosberg Ronga has adapted and directed most of Gotham Radio Theatre’s productions. As a director she has worked in New York, St. Louis, and regionally directing a wide variety of revivals and original plays. Sydnie is co-founder of Max & Louie Productions, and directed their critically acclaimed productions of It Had to Be You and The Lady With All the Answers and just returned from directing Richard Greenberg’s The Violet Hour. As Associate Artistic Director of The Phoenix Theatre Company, she directed Boy Meets Girl, Alone At The Beach, and The Nerd. Ms. Grosberg Ronga directed Branislav Tomich’s one-man plays; Blue Lanterns which had a highly successful run in New York fall '09, and Café God which played in NYC, St. Louis and won a Drama Logue Award in Los Angeles. She is on the steering committee for the Project Rushmore Theatre Company, NYC, and has worked with Manhattan Class Company and The Women’s Project. As an Arts Educator Sydnie works with students of all ages, directing shows from elementary school to college and designing theatre curriculum for in-school and after-school programs. An acting teacher and coach, Sydnie was born in St. Louis. She is a graduate of Webster University.