Six friends head out of the city on their annual retreat for the weekend. With no social media, no cell phones, no internet allowed, all this leaves them with one thing to do… look up from their screens and talk to each other. And when the liquor starts flowing and the tongues start to loosen, no conversation is uneventful and no topic is off-limits. At the Table is a comedy that begs the question: what happens when those with privilege are pushed to the periphery and a marginalized minority suddenly finds its voice amplified? Who is allowed at what discussion table, and who isn’t?
Winner - 4 Jeff Awards
Jonathan Wheeler is excited to be making his debut on the Actors’ Theatre stage. Previous theatre credits include The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Urinetown, and The Wiz. Recently relocated from Chicago, he is happy to become a part of the Grand Rapids theatre community.
Bianca Washington is making her debut here with Actors’ Theatre! Bianca resides in Kalamazoo, MI and received her B.A. at Western Michigan University and her MFA at Pennsylvania State University in 2012. She has been teaching at the collegiate level for five years now and has been an educator of young people for more than 10 years. She studied abroad both in London, South Africa, and Toronto, performing and engaging in master classes and research. Bianca is one of the founding members of her theater company FACE OFF in Kalamazoo, MI which focuses on producing and supporting artists of color and their stories in Kalamazoo and other local communities. Currently Bianca is teaching as part-time faculty at both Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College, and works with young audiences through Education for the Arts. Acting credits include: Disgraced (Jory), Good People (Kate), In Search of Giants (Alice/Malinda), RACE (Susan), The Colored Museum (Medea/Flight Att.), Radio Golf (Mame), Oedipus (Jocasta), Twelfth Night (Viola) and many more. Directing credits include: The Meeting, Home on the Morning Train, Brave No World, Student Body, Ships, Shells and Chains, and others.
Nate Reynolds is excited to return to the Actors' stage for another great season! Other local credits include David in If/Then, A-Gay in Hit the Wall (Actors’ Theatre); Lt. Jack Ross in A Few Good Men, Bill in Perfect Wedding (Circle Theatre); Mike Connor in The Philadelphia Story (Civic Theatre); and John Wilkes Booth in Assassins (Heritage Theatre). Nate graduated from Cornerstone University in 2010 with a B.A. in Theatre and currently works as a Reporting Analyst for Booking.com.
Kyle Los is excited to be back on stage after last being seen in Disgraced in 2017. His other Actors’ Theatre credits include: Eddie Birdlace in Dogfight (Grand Award nomination), Trip Wyeth in Other Desert Cities (Grand Award winner), the Priest in The Light in the Piazza, Thomas in Venus in Fur (Grand Award winner), Gabe in Next to Normal (Grand Award nomination), Hanschen in Spring Awakening, The Lecturer in Reefer Madness: The Musical (Grand Award nomination), and Michael in The Sweetest Swing in Baseball. Other on-stage credits include: Glen Guglia in The Wedding Singer (Circle Theatre), Berger in Hair (Circle Theatre, Grand Award winner), and Mark in Rent (Circle Theatre). Kyle is also a Sound Designer and has designed for Actors’ Theatre, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids Community College, and Circle Theatre. For Actors’ Theatre he most recently designed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Flick, The Nether, and Hand to God. Kyle is the Executive Director of Actors’ Theatre.
Jennifer Jelsema is delighted to return to the Actors' Theatre stage, where she was last seen as 'Orangutan' in Water by the Spoonful. A professional actor, she has appeared in over 40 film, television, and theatre productions. Most recently featured in Come As You Are, a film directed by Richard Wong, Betrayed, an Auburn Moon Production, and Hope Springs Eternal by Gylden Entertainment. Television appearances include Lee Daniels Empire on FOX and NBC’s Chicago Fire. On stage, Jennifer has performed in Water by the Spoonful, Circle Mirror Transformation, and Distracted, among other productions.
Jason J. Flannery is a Grand Rapids area theatre artist, and a recent alumnus of Lindenwood University, where he completed his Master of Fine Arts degree in Directing. As a director, he has lead productions such as the Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival's Defy the Stars, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation's touring Victors of Character, St. Charles Community College's black-light adaptation of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and Lindenwood University's 2016 production of Macbeth. As an actor, he has most recently performed as Christopher Boone in Actors' Theatre's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and as Elder Thomas in The Whale. He has been welcomed into the Grand Rapids Community College theatre faculty, where he now teaches Improv and Intro to Acting.
Jared Douglas is thrilled to be back on stage with Actors’ Theatre. Most recently, he has been seen in roles including Aaron in First Date (Circle Theatre), Fabrizzio in The Light in the Piazza (Actors’ Theatre, Grand Award nominee), Van Buren in Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson (Actors' Theatre), Robert in Boeing Boeing (Circle Theatre), and Dr. Madden in Next to Normal (Actors’ Theatre). Film and screen credits include work with Meijer, Gordon Food Services, School Zone Publishing, and Fubble Entertainment.
Amy Cain is honored to be a part of this show, her fourth production at Actors' Theatre. She also performed in Actors' productions of If/Then, Chess (Svetlana), and Ampersand(Kate/Katharine). Other community theatre credits include Assassins (the Proprietor), The Importance of Being Earnest (Gwendolen), and Medea at Heritage Theatre; Company (Amy),Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Honk!, and Rumors at Circle Theatre; The Diary of Anne Frank(Margot) at Civic Theatre; Next to Normal (Natalie) with 63rd Street Productions; and Into the Woods (Cinderella/Granny) with Theater 616. Regional credits include Beauty and the Beast (Belle), Boeing Boeing (Gloria), Grey Gardens (Little Edie), and Lucky Stiff (Annabel Glick) at Thunder Bay Theatre. She is also a cast member of Everafter West Michigan.