Katia Asche: It is my distinct pleasure to take part in this theatrical adventure. Developing this project has been my refuge from the storm that thunders upon our great city. I would like to encourage those who have not found shelter to follow my example and be comforted by our humble play. We welcome you into our theatre, our sanctuary, with open arms. Please allow us to guide you to a sense of safety and security. We are U.T.O.P.I.A, and we are here to say that everything will be all right.
Caroline Barad: Caroline is thrilled to make her stage debut with U.T.O.P.I.A. She has studied Buddhism, Judaism, Christianism, Godism, and Modern Dance. However, she finds the mission of U.T.O.P.I.A. to be the coolest and most important thing she has ever encountered. She would like to tell the audience to watch carefully because she plays many different roles. She would also like to say a special hello to her big brother Jonathon and Grandpa Dan, who used to be in the Rodeo. Among her many interests, Caroline likes to spell. She also likes to think. After the Great Change, Caroline plans to open a butterfly farm in Gunnison and learn how to operate a lawn mower.
Jackie Brechner: Jackie was born in Moscow and raised in Tokyo. Before being appointed to the U.T.O.P.I.A. council, she was the chairwoman of international relations at the NXPORTE. She is fluent in 18 different languages, including Russian, Japanese, Tagalog, Cantonese, Estonian, and Esperanto. She is very excited to take her first stab at acting, and would like to thank U.T.O.P.I.A. for giving her the opportunity to express herself creatively during these trying times. She would also like to remind everyone that if surviving were easy, then everyone would do it. Stay brave, stay strong, and above all, stay smiling.
Emmy Lou Diaz: Miss Diaz is so grateful to be a part of the U.T.O.P.I.A. team. She’s currently working with Suze Orman on a motivational book, Come Plague With Me, about autonomy, dreams, networking, and fun in the context of the Great Change. She’s also on the Junior Board of Directors of TACO BELL, specializing in Immigration Rights, ESL, and Pest Control. She believes in love, peace, kitties, and also puppies. One of her favorite films is Mike Nichols’ Working Girl: “Who makes it happen? I DO!”
Phillip Dunbridge: Phillip is extremely thankful for being picked up by U.T.O.P.I.A. Prior to his employment with U.T.O.P.I.A., Phillip was an up and coming architect which since obvious events has left him feeling helpless and jobless. Phillip looks forward to helping design and build a continuing community and future with U.T.O.P.I.A.
Brian Farish: Before finding U.T.O.P.I.A., Brian spent five years in city works doing landscaping. He likes doing this play so that everyone sees the brighter side. He hopes someday to be fortunate enough to trim the bushes of a happy new community center for people to understand everyone.
Kristen Frazier:Kristen is a veteran of the U.T.O.P.I.A. cause. While this is her first stage appearance on stage, she has been a large part of the U.T.O.P.I.A. papering campaign/guerrila theatre efforts. In earlier times, Kristen was a marine biologist who conducted research in the Arctic Ocean. Her specialties lie in polar seal migrations and polar bear detection. Kristen has found that her arctic survival skills have been invaluable to her in the recent weeks. She feels that she has a duty to the world to share her knowledge and enduring spirit with those who feel lost in these times. She is confident that everything will be all right!
Aaron Ganz: Aaron and Hank “Haggis” McGregor are proud to return to the stage after a 15-year absence in the public eye. They were last seen winning their 9th consecutive “Most Prestigious Ventriloquist Award age 10 & under” in the revue You Always Finish My Sentences! Over the past decade and a half, the world famous duo has appeared in over six separate shows at venues like Old Bill’s Tavern, Sally’s Second-Hand Smokes & Tea, and Feather’s Exotic Dancing. Aaron and Haggis credit U.T.O.P.I.A. and the unfortunate events of the Great Change in re-awakening the public’s hunger for poignant ventriloquism.
Adel Hanash: Adel is happy to make his stage debut with U.T.O.P.I.A. A former cage dancer at the local discotheque, he managed to scrape together a living, but since the Great Change he is a celebrated performer. With his new found fame, he has decided to continue to help others even after U.T.O.P.I.A. ends by opening up a chain of Adi’s Paradise dance clubs. He firmly believes that through recreational pursuits, we can overcome all. He sends to love to his partner and strongest supporter.
Merritt Janson: A nature enthusiast and budding botanist, Merritt returned to her village one beautiful morning after unearthing a particularly intriguing seed mutation (a green-horned dandelion!) only to discover the streets deserted and the medical center overflowing. Upon reading the instructions posted outside of town hall, she packed her jars along with a few belongings and made for the hills. Fortunately, a fellow UTOPIA-n spotted her curled up in a clearing and once provided with the necessary proof of non-contamination, led her to safety. She is forever grateful, and hopes to lend a hand in teaching the new generation about the new-found wonders and mutations of our newly improved universe.
Jorge Montenegro: Jorge is happy to have found U.T.O.P.I.A. as a way of sharing his many musical talents to bring the community together. He wants to remind everyone that the Great Change has been “The Great Equalizer.”
Nicole Muller: Nicole is thrilled to return to the stage withH U.T.O.P.I.A. and is so grateful to have been able to help create such a wonderful show. Though by day she works in Development, she is also a seasoned veteran of musical theatre and played several leads during her time at Allston High, of which her favorite was Eliza in My Fair Lady. Having witnessed how inspiring the optimism of a good musical can be, she thought it would be the perfect experience to help bring unity to our community in a celebration of art and life. She hopes everyone will enjoy the show and encourages them to look for her next production, a musical homage to Ayn Rand called A is A-Okay! The show will open once Phase Two comes into effect and public gatherings are encouraged. Be sure to check it out! She sends love to her fam and a happy birthday to Chris!
Natalie Saibel (Creative Contentment Training Coordinator): Natalie is happy to have found U.T.O.P.I.A. She is thrilled to be working with the staff as both a performer and administrator. With her previous experience in youth education, Natalie is dedicated to reaching out to the youth population, especially young boys, to help spread U.T.O.P.I.A.’s message of freedom during these trying times. Natalie has a background in “training” and “creative arts.”
Sarah Scanlon:After a short but successful career as a puppeteer, Sarah switched gears and traveled the world studying alternative medicine. She is grateful to U.T.O.P.I.A. for the positive energy surrounding this play and is happy to be a member of such a diverse and committed company. Sarah hopes that the Great Change will encourage a rebirth and renewal of culture by the ways of our ancestors through folklore, story songs, and ensemble creations.
Tim Wynn: I just want to thank U.T.O.P.I.A. for giving me the opportunity to live in a stress free environment. I no longer have to deal with crowded T-Stations during rush hours. When I drive, there are no lines at the toll booths or gas stations. When I go food shopping, my favorite items are always in stock. Everyone I meet is a new person, and they are always smiling. U.T.O.P.I.A. has made me a happy man. U.T.O.P.I.A. has promised me happiness and prosperity…and they were right!
Matt Young: “The butterfly, once the larva, might only become itself through the destruction of its cocoon by the squirrel.” This ancient proverb neatly matches Matt’s life and the recent transformation he underwent thanks to U.T.O.P.I.A. He described himself as scared, ashamed, meek, and lost. No longer. With very special new friends and a new outlook on life, Matt is ready to set foot onstage for the first time in his life. An experience he hopes will reveal him to be “a truly beautiful butterfly indeed.”
Cheryl Turski and Neil Patrick Stewart: (U.T.O.P.I.A. Choreographers) The U.T.O.P.I.A. Committee for Public Awareness and Education was thrilled when Cheryl and Neil agreed to be a part of this production. Their rise to stardom is legendary…so legendary it would be silly to recount it. Their contribution to the world of dance made them household names. Step aside Fred & Ginger—Neil & Cheryl are the reigning deities of dance! Who will ever forget their signature choreography on Romeo & Juliet: The Musical! setting the star-crossed lovers on the planet Uranus reminding everyone of the universal truths of love through erotic dance? Cheryl & Neil’s style and flair were a perfect match for the cast of U.T.O.P.I.A. We want to thank them for deigning to work with us after the Great Change caused their internationally lauded show on the cruise ship “Freedom of the Seas” to temporarily close. We send you, Neil & Cheryl, “Good Vibrations” for changing our lives through your art.