The Cherry Orchard


after Anton Chekhov

adapted & Directed by Sean Byrum Leo 


in alphabetical order

*appearing courtesy of Actor's Equity 

Paul Albe* (Gaev) was in the original stage production of To Kill a Mockingbird and performs off-Broadway and improv in New York.  He has played principal TV roles on The Sopranos, Law and Order, Sex in the City, Ed, David Letterman, and The Daily Show.  He has worked with film directors Spike Lee and Hal Hartley.

Hadley Boyd (Lubov) has worked in theatres in Massachusettes (Williamstown), D.C., Virginia, New York (Schapiro Theatre; Skirball Center), South Carolina, Oregon (Artists Repertory Theater) and California. She trained in London at the British American Drama Academy and performed in London, as well as at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She recently returned to New York with her husband and two sons after eight years of living in Portland, OR. She is also a published short-story writer, and is currently at work writing and producing a webseries of women’s stories, called “Women’s Work,” the first episode of which, 'Blue Balls,' is available on YouTube.   

Jade' Davis (Anya) graduated from Boston University's College of Fine Arts program with a BFA in Theatre Arts. She has had a love for acting, singing, and dancing since she was 3 years old and loves to perform whenever given the opportunity.She hopes to use acting as a way to spark discussions about social issues and give a voice to those who are often marginalized. Her dedication and commitment to her craft has shown through her work at Boston University as Leigh in Baltimore, Lady in Purple in For Colored Girls, Hotspur in Henry IV Part 1, and many other roles. 

Michael Donaldson (Firs) - Recent Stage:  Crime and Punishment,  My Uncle Chekhov with Russian Arts Studio and Theatre; Burnt House August Strindberg Repertory;  The House of Bernarda Alba, Secret Theatre.  The Cherry Orchard, The Blind, The Weird Tree, Columbia Stages.

Varvara Ilchenko (Varya) originally hails from the Northern California and is a proud alum of the San Francisco State Theater department. After years of working as an actor, director, and designer, she finally made the leap to NYC. She has been featured as an ensemble member in the controversial "Crematorium" at Dixon place and most recently as Young Elizabeth at the Gallery Player's Richard III. She couldn't be more excited to be giving one of her favorite characters life as Varya and to have this opportunity to work with such a great crew. To her loved ones, "All my dreams are coming true."

Cesar J. Rosado (Lopakhin) is a founding member of the Middle Voice Theater Company. Cesar is an alumnus of the Atlantic Theater Company Conservatory and received his BFA at The Mason Gross School of the Arts, at Rutgers University. His latest works include: Dolphins and Sharks dir. Nelson Eusebio (The Berkshire Playwrights Lab at the Mahaiwe Theater). The Invincible Ones dir. Jenna Worsham (Columbia University MFA Playwrights showcase at the Signature Theater); Lights Over Philo dir. Lee Sunday Evans (Rutgers Theater Company); Exposure dir. Victor Cervantes (Middle Voice Theater Company); Henry V dir. Michael Sexton (Rutgers Theater Company); Henry V dir. Tim Walker (The London Shakespeare's Globe Education); and, An Evening of Odets dir. Moritz von Stuelpnagel (Rutgers Theater Company).

Alec Silberblatt* (Trofimov) - New York: Graduation Day (Middle Voice Theater Company).  Regional: Driftless (world premiere with Hatch Arts Collective), Chickens in the Yard (Quantum Theater), Sharon's Grave, A Skull in Connemara (PICT Classic Theater), Orphans (Lake Dillon Theater Company), Rabbit Hole (Pittsburgh Public Theater, Hartford TheaterWorks).  Next up: Lungs (Off The Wall Theater).  Member: Middle Voice Theater Company at Rattlestick, The Greenhouse Ensemble.  Training: BFA Acting, CCM.

Sean Byrum Leo - Adapter & Director - Born and raised in New York City, Sean is a Brooklyn based Director and Media Designer for theater and performance and is thrilled to be directing this show as the Associate Artistic Director of Strange Sun Theater. Sean’s designs have been seen off-broadway with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, the New Ohio Theater, Middle-Voice Theater Company, Brooklyn Arts Exchange and The Richard B. Fisher Center. He has worked at the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, Second Stage Theater, and currently manages Audience Services at Performance Space 122. Sean also works with the CATCH performance series and a theatrical consulting group developing new arts spaces in New York City. He is a graduate of Bard College’s Theater and Performance Program -- Thank you Jessica Bashline for your commitment and trust in new ideas. Special Thanks and love to my partner, Kirsten Harvey, for her insight and support during this entire process. And to my mother, you are my biggest inspiration.

Kat Gavornik- Production Stage Manager - Kat is a freelance stage manager based in the tristate area. Selected credits include Hot Season (Strange Sun Theater), Pins and Needles (NYU-Steinhardt), College Colors (Crossroads Theatre Company), and three seasons with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Kat has served as the Production Stage Manager/Tour Manager for over 40 productions and in-school residencies with the education program at McCarter Theatre Center. She has also interned at Berkshire Theatre Festival and Blue Man Group. She holds a BFA in theatre production from Rutgers University. 

Marissa Shadburn - Assistant Director & Assistant Stage Manager - Marissa is a Brooklyn based, dramaturge, director and arts educator. Her work engages with concepts such as performativity, alienation and non-linear narrative. Most recently, Marissa directed two short works for the self-proclaimed feminist theater company, The Dirty Blondes. Prior to her work in NYC, Marissa directed and collaborated on multiple productions at The Richard B. Fisher Center including, The Bed Show with Amanda Palmer and her senior thesis, a collaborative theater work. Marissa served as the Coordinator for the Teen Artists, Learners and Leaders Council at BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange in the 15-16 season, and produced Throughline, a one-night showcase featuring emerging visual and performance artists ages 15-25.  Marissa is a graduate of Bard College, where she majored in Theater and Performance with a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Michelle Tobias - Lighting Designer - is thrilled to be working with Strange Sun Theatre again, having previously designed The Drowning Girls! She is an alum of NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Previous design credits include: Pageant Princess: The Musical (Planet Connections); The Crucible, The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later, What The Butler Saw (FDU); Royal Fables (Libra Theatre Company); born bad, the displacement project, The Altruists (NYU). Previous associate/assistant credits include: The Nutcracker (Ballet Etudes; Westport, CT); Marcellus Shale, Obskene (Talking Band); The Dance of Death (Red Bull Theatre). She also works as a Master Electrician at FDU and NYU: Tisch, teaches at 2 private schools in NYC, and adjuncts at FDU. Facebook: MTobias Design;

Jonathan Cottle - Scenic Designer Jonathan Cottle is a theatre artist working in multiple capacities. His lighting and scenic design, and original creative work has been seen at: Theatre Row, the Incubator Arts Project, Abrons Arts Center, The Flea Theater, The Irondale, The Cherry Lane, Dixon Place, New York University, Fordham University, Dean College, HERE, and the Bushwick Starr, as well as many many site specific locations around New York City. He has worked with the companies: Foundry Theatre, Object Collection, Live Source, MaYi and Theatre Reconstruction Ensemble. He enjoys building, creating and rehearsing in backyards in the summer, unheated church lofts in the winter and dusty basements and empty warehouses all year round. He is currently developing a series of pieces for living rooms, a Shakespeare adaptation and an immersive piece.

Dalia Sevilla - Run Crew - Dalia Sevilla is thrilled to be involved in her second season with Strange Sun. She is a recent grad of the Vocal Performance program at NYU Steinhardt.  She is a performer, director, producer, and lighting designer.  She is the founder of the NYU Classical Voice Club through which she produced and directed two operas: Bastien und Bastienne and Hänsel und Gretel.   Her Steinhardt performance credits include Malvolio in Twelfth Night, 4@15, First Stages, Pulsing and Shaking and New Student Cabaret. Other credits include Carmina Burana at Charles University in Prague, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Truly Scrumptious) and  Dido and Aeneas (Sorceress) She also designed the lights for Players Club's production of A Little Night Music.

Special Thanks to the Plastics Construction Crew - Kirsten Harvey, Marissa Shadburn, and Debbye Byrum

Special Thanks  -  Kedian Keohan & Keenan Hurley