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Cast of A Lie of the Mind Announced

27 April 2011

apital T has assembled an all-star cast to tackle Sam Shepard’s dysfunctional family drama A LIE OF THE MIND openingMay 12th at Salvage Vanguard Theatre.

Jake – Kenneth Wayne Bradley

This marks Ken’s fifth project with Capital T. He was seen last Summer as Richard in HUNTER GATHERERS (an all-time favorite role,) and played title role in KILLER JOE in 2009, as Goss in BUG in 2010 and wrote “WIND CHIMES AND VARICOSE CREAM”  for Capital T’s I ♥ WAL-MART which was recently published in the Texas Theatre Journal. Ken is also a core company member of Hyde Park Theatre where his more recent roles for HPT include Schultz in CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION, Frank in BODY AWARENESS,  Ariel in THE PILLOWMAN, which earned him a Critics Table Award, and Ham in Ham.  Ken’s roles with other noted theatre companies include Gould in the Austin Playhouse production of  Speed The Plow,  Ervin in a Chick and A Dude’s HIT, Cassius in the Austin Shakespeare Festival’s version of JULIUS CAESAR, and Abner in his one man show titled “WICKER CHAIRS.”  As a playwright, Ken’s one-woman show “SEAMSTRESS,” performed be Melanie Dean (Meg), was honored as Best of Fest at FronteraFest 2010.

Ken has appeared in the feature films Drive Angry with Nicholas Cage, Stop Loss, Holy Hell, Living The Life, No Pain No Gain, Hope Floats, Little Boy Blue, The Burden, Making Change, Two Mothers For Zachary, (an ABC Movie Of The Week), Junior, Martha, Room–which ran at both the Sundance and the Cannes film Festivals–and Last Lullaby.  He also appeared in the highly-lauded Travis Tritt music video for the hit song “Tell Me I was Dreaming.” On television, Kenneth has been seen recently in the “Know When To Pass” PSA and had roles in Chase on NBC, two episodes of Friday Night Lights on ABC; and has also starred in episodes of Prison Break, Walker Texas Ranger, and America’s Most Wanted.  He resides in Leander with his beautiful wifeCathy and his two cats, Marcus and Merry.

Meg – Melanie Dean

This is Melanie’s first collaboration with Capital T.   She has been acting in Austin since the 70’s appearing in Center Stage’s GODSPELL and GUYS AND DOLLS among other shows, at Capital City Playhouse MARAT/SADE, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, and HAYFEVER were among her favorites.  She also appeared in several Zilker Hillside Theatre Musical Productions including HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, CAMELOT, CARNIVAL, and INTO THE WOODS. In 2005, she appeared in THE JINN for the Dirigo Group and THE FLUE SEASON for Championship Theater.  Her last appearance onstage was in FronterFest where she had the honor to appear in the one-woman show SEAMSTRESS written by fellow actor and dear friend Kenneth Wayne Bradley.   She has received 4 B Iden Payne Awards for Acting and numerous nomination. Melanie is thrilled to be working with Capital T, such a great cast of friends and best of all her husband Travis Dean.

Baylor – Travis Dean

This marks Travis’ fourth collaboration with Capital T .  He appeared last summer in Cap T’s BUG as Dr. Sweet as well as serving as fight choreographer.  He also appeared in I ♥ WAL-MART in “Wind Chimes and Vericose Cream” which earned him a B Iden Payne award for Best Supporting Actor.   He aso thrilled audiences by serving as fight choreographer for the violent and gritty KILLER JOE which earned him a B Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Fight Choreography.  He has also worked with Refraction Arts in UP IN THE OLD HOTEL (B Iden Payne Award Best Featured Actor).  Other Credits include THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT (B Iden Payne Nomination – Lead Actor), THE POSSIBILITIES (B Iden Payne Nomination – Featured Actor), OLEANNA, BINGO, JINN MILL, and as the titular character in MACBETH among others.  He is delighted to be working with such a talented ensemble, but most of all he loves sharing the stage with his wife Melanie Dean.

Frankie – Joey Hood

This is Joey’s  third appearance with Capital T Theatre.  Last summer he appeared as Peter in BUG.  He also played Chris in Cap T’s highly lauded KILLER JOE.  He was most recently seen in Breaking String’s FLYING and Second Hand Theatre’s ZOO STORY.  For Hyde Park Theatre He was most recently seen in HPT’s production of THE ATHEIST (Austin Critics Table Best Actor Award) , THE COLLECTION, and  BOMBS IN YOUR MOUTH by Corey Patrick. Also a member of Rude Mechs, Joey has been seen in productions including HAVE YOU EVER BEEN ASSASINATED? THE WATER PRINCIPLE, THE GLORY OF LIVING (Austin Critics Table Nomination Best Actor) TWIGHLIGHT: LOS ANGELES, 1992 (Austin Critics Table Nomination Best Supporting Actor) THE METAMORPHISIS (B Iden Payne Nomination Best Actor) BLUR (B Iden Payne Nomination Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy), Fish (B Iden Payne Nomination) and STADIUM DEVILDARE.  Joey is originally from South Mississippi and has been treading Austin stages since 1997.  Joey is also Hyde Park Theatre core company member.

Sally – Liz Fisher

This is Liz’s third collaboration with Cap T.  She played Wendy in last fall’s outrageous HUNTER GATHERERS.  She also appeared in Cap T’s highly lauded DYING CITY (Best Actress ATL Applause Awards, Outstanding Leading Actress – B Iden Payne Nomination).  Recently she was seen as Varya in Broken String’s Production of THE CHERRY ORCHARD (Best Featured Actress – Austin Theatre Examiner, Outstanding Supporting Actress – B Iden Payne Nomination ). Favorite roles include: Lily in Hyde Park Theater’s BOMBS IN YOUR MOUTH (BIP nomination, Austin Critics’ Table nomination)Hyde Park Theatre’s FEATURING LORETTA (BIP nomination, Austin Critics’ Table nomination), HUMANS, and PILLOWMAN; MINUS TIDE (BIP nomination) for the Rude Mechs and Bayou Radio; Marci in Austin Playhouse’s DUG UP; Austin Shakespeare’s MACBETH and DOG IN THE MANGER (BIP nomination); REEFER MADNESS, REEFER MADNESS: REHASHED, and LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST for The Bedlam Faction; HBMG Foundation’s STROKE; THE SEAGULL (Austin Critics’ Table nomination) for Breaking String Theater; Unlimited Automotive’s THE SWEETEST SWING IN BASEBALL; and ELEPHANT’S GRAVEYARD for UT Department of Theatre and Dance. Film credits include Holy Hell (recently screened at the Austin Film Festival), The Happy Poet(recently screened at the Venice Film Festival), Nightlife, and Six Minutes. Liz is a also Core Company Member of Hyde Park Theatre.

Lorraine – Karen Jambon


This is Karen’s first collaboration with Capital T.  She has been active in Austin theatre for many years as both an actress and director.  Among some of her past roles are Eileen in Different Stages’ THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMANN (B. Iden Payne nomination, Best Ensemble), Lady Markby in Different Stages’ AN IDEAL HUSBAND (BIP nomination for Best Supporting Actress), Rumplestiltskin in RUMPLESTILTSKIN for Scottish Rite Children’s Theatre (BIP nomination for Best Performance in a children’s play, Esmeralda in Scottish Rite Children’s Theatre production of HANSEL AND GRETEL (BIP award for Best Performer) and Hannah in Austin Shakespeare’s production of MARY STUART.  As a director Karen has been B. Iden Payne nominated for best direction of a play for FUDDY MEERS and BETTY’S SUMMER VACATION and nominated for an Austin Critic’s Table Award for best direction of a play for PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD, all for Different Stages. Karen is a member of the Vortex Repertory and has worked with a number of other theatre companies in Austin and the surrounding areas.

Kenneth has worked as an actor in the Austin area since 1991. Kenneth is a core company member of Hyde Park Theatre where his more recent roles include Ariel in THE PILLOWMAN which earned him a Critics Table Award, Ham in HAM, Carl in GLORY OF LIVING and Lance in SOMETHING SOMEONE SOMEPLACE ELSE. Kenneth also works with some of Austin’s most noted theatre companies. Recently, he was Gould in the Austin Playhouse production of SPEED THE PLOW, Ervin in a Chick and A Dude’s BRASS RING, Cassius in the Austin Shakespeare Festival’s version of JULIUS CAESAR and participated in the ‘09 Austin Scriptworks, Out Of Ink Festival (Time Steps) where he was seen in HARROWING by Kathy Catmull and COWBOY FANTASIA by Sarah Saltwick. In February of this year, Kenneth played Abner in the premier of a one-man show which he wrote called WICKER CHAIRS, directed by Ellie McBride.

A Screen Actor’s Guild member, Ken has appeared the feature films Stop Loss, Holy Hell, Living The Life, No Pain No Gain, Hope Floats, Little Boy Blue, The Burden, Making Change, Two Mothers For Zachary, (an ABC Movie Of The Week), Junior, Martha, Room which ran at both the Sundance and the Cannes film Festivals, and Last Lullaby which will premier in Louisiana later this year. He has also appeared as the Doctor who delivers the bad news to Travis Tritt in the highly lauded music video of the smash hit country song Tell Me I was Dreaming. Kenneth has been seen on television as Gary Powers the Alabama Recruiter in two episodes of Friday Night Lights. He has also starred in episodes of Prison Break, Walker Texas Ranger, and America’s Most Wanted. Kenneth has also appeared in several national television commercials including Celebrex with golfer Tom Kite, and Prilosec OTC which was filmed for the purpose of airing during the 2004 Superbowl. Kenneth has a degree in Fine Arts from Sam Houston State University and studied acting under Yale University Professor Jim Miller.

Mike – Mark Pickell

Is the founder and artistic director of Capital T Theatre Company. His directing credits include MACHINAL, RHINOCEROS, THE NERD, THE GOOD PERSON OF SETZUAN, THEATRE IN THE RED, ROMEO AND JULIET, IN THE WEST, MARAT/SADE, A BRIEF HISTORY OF HELEN OF TROY, LA DISPUTE (Austin Critics Table Nomination Best Comedy), MR. MARMALADE, BLACKBIRD, HAPPY DAYS (B Iden Payne Nomination Best Director, Best Comedy), KILLER JOE (Best Comedy, Best Director Austin Critics Table awards. Outstanding Director B Iden Payne Award), I ♥ WALMART, SICK, BUG (B Iden Payne Nominations Outstanding Comedy, Outstanding Director) and HUNTER GATHERERS.  This is his first time onstage since he appeared in Hyde Park Theatre’s critically acclaimed THE PILLOWMAN (Michal). Other acting credits include THE TRUST (James Baker), MY THREE ANGELS (Paul), IN THE WEST (Big Tex), BAREFOOT IN THE PARK (Telephone Man), OKLAHOMA (Jud) and LA BETE (Valere – Austin Critics Table Award).  He is a graduate of Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas where he earned a BFA with honors in Theatre. While at Southwestern, Mark interned with the Royal Shakespeare Company in London where he worked on THE MYSTERIES and THE BECKETT SHORTS.

Beth – Rebecca Robinson

This is Rebecca’s third collaboration with Cap T after appearing last fall as Pam in HUNTER GATHERERS.  She also played Maxine in SICK.  She was last seen onstage in Different Stages’ NIGHT OF THE IGUANA. Originally from Muncie, Indiana, Rebecca has been acting and dancing throughout Central Texas for over a decade.  For Hyde Park Theatre she was most recently seen in CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION. Other recent credits include ‘Agnes’ in DANCING AT LUGHNASA at Austin Playhouse and SONATA ESCONDIDA as part of HBMG Foundation’s LOVE SONATAS at the Long Center. Her favorite role remains the volatile ‘Stevie’ in Different Stages’ THE GOAT, OR WHO IS SYLVIA by Edward Albee, for which she earned a B Iden Payne award for Best Actress last in 2008

Rebecca is a longtime company member of Hyde Park Theatre. Recent film work includes a featured role in the thiller, The Retelling which recently premiered at the Alamo Drafthouse. As a choreographer, Rebecca’s latest effort was Joe Hartman’s one man show, OVERWHELMING UNDERDOGS. When she is able to break away from her day job, Rebecca travels to the South Carolina Repertory Company on Hilton Head Island to perform, where she played Sally Tally in TALLY’S FOLLY and the role of ‘Catherine’ in PROOF. Rebecca has a degree in Theatre from Hanover College and an MA in Communcation from the American University in Washingon DC.