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Dream Team Announced for the Pain and the Itch

5 October 2012

Wolfe. Bradley. Fisher. Dieterich. Summers. Rael.  Seriously.  Are we the only ones who think this is an amazing group of actors assembled to serve as the All-Star Cast for THE PAIN AND THE ITCH?  A Theatrical Dream Team is tackling Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Bruce Norris’ savage comedy about the worst Thanksgiving ever.

This Dream Team is made up of a lot of familiar faces and a few new ones to Cap T.  Ben Wolfe returns after last appearing as a disgruntled rock star in I HEART WALMART.  Ken Bradley is trying to overextend his stay with Cap T after appearing in KILLER JOE, A LIE OF THE MIND, HUNTER GATHERERS and BUG.  His co-star of HUNTER GATHERERS and A LIE OF THE MIND, Liz Fisher is also in the mix (Some of you might remember her from DYING CITY also).  If you loved Indigo Rael as the daisy-duke-duke-wearing-shakespeare-enthusiast Sweetheart in EXIT PURSUED BY A BEAR we guarantee you will love her as Kalina in this production.  No stranger to the Austin stage but new to Cap T is the wonderful Lana Dieterich (AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY).  Also new to Cap T is Benjamin Summers who is currently starring in Hyde Park Theatre’s MIDDLETOWN.  Finally rounding out the cast and making her professional acting debut is Sadie Dragoo the lovely 6 year old who will be playing the oldest daughter Kayla.

If our calculations are correct this cast has been nominated and/or won about a bajillion awards and they give you 7 great reasons to get your ticket and see THE PAIN AND THE ITCH!


Mr. Hadid – J Ben Wolfe

This marks Ben’s second collaboration with Capital T and third with Mark Pickell. Directing and AD credits include THREE VIEWINGS, HEROES (AD)and THE 39 STEPS (AD) for Austin Playhouse.  Other Austin credits, performing for AP, HPT, Austin Shakespeare, SEU, among others, include: THE LION IN WINTER, CAROUSEL, THE TURN OF THE SCREW, PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE, PEER GYNT, A FLEA IN HER EAR, FROST/NIXON, THE DROWNED WORLD, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY, MACBETH, SPEED-THE-PLOW, THE DOG IN THE MANGER(B. Iden Payne and Critics’ Table Awards winner), ROMEO & JULIET (B. Iden Payne Award winner), 2 INTO WAR: THE RETREATING WORLD (B. Iden Payne Award winner), FEATURING LORETTA (B. Iden Payne Award winner), TWELFTH NIGHT.  Voice credits: Samurai XSoul HunterWedding PeachZone of the Enders the series, Zone of the Enders: Idolo, the MMO-RPG Wizard 101, the soon to be releasedDishonored and Sony Online Entertainment’s DC Universe Online. Film work: Holy Hell, which premiered at the 2009 Austin Film Festival; The Quiet Girl’s Guide to Violence, which premiered at Fantastic Fest 2012; Second Impression (currently in post-production); Project: Rant (web shorts).  Ben is a member of the acting companies for both Austin Playhouse (AP) and Hyde Park Theatre (HPT). You can stalk Ben at or follow him in the Twitterverse @BenWolfeATX.

Clay – Benjamin Summers

Benjamin Summers is excited to be making his Capital T debut.   A graduate of Davidson College,Benjamin has lived in Austin for 6 years.  He is also a company member at Hyde Park Theatre and Austin Playhouse.  He recently founded the artistic collective Street Corner Arts with his wife, Andrea, and fellow actor Rommel Sulit.  Favorite roles include John Dodge in MIDDLETOWN (HPT), Paul Verral in BORN YESTERDAY (Austin Playhouse), Fletcher in MEN OF TORTUGA (Street Corner Arts), Valene in THE LONESOME WEST (HPT), Richard Hannay in THE 39 STEPS (Austin Playhouse), Matt in DOG SEES GOD (HPT), and Jack Worthing in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (Austin Playhouse).  Thanks to Andrea for keeping him sane each and every day even when he has totally overextended himself.



Kelly – Liz Fisher

This is Liz’s fourth collaboration with Capital T. She was Sally in Capital T’s A LIE OF THE MIND. She also appeared in HUNTER GATHERERS and DYING CITY (Best Actress ATL Applause Awards, Outstanding Leading Actress – B Iden Payne Nomination) for Capital T. Recently she was seen as Woman in Shrewd Productions THE DRAGON PLAY. She has also performed in Breaking String’s productions of UNCLE VANYA, THE CHERRY ORCHARD (Best Featured Actress – Austin Theatre Examiner, Outstanding Supporting Actress – B Iden Payne Nomination ) and THE SEAGULL (Austin Critics’ Table nomination). Favorite roles include: Lily in Hyde Park Theater’s BOMBS IN YOUR MOUTH (BIP nomination, Austin Critics’ Table nomination), FEATURING LORETTA (BIP nomination, Austin Critics’ Table nomination), HUMANS, and THE PILLOWMAN; MINUS TIDE (BIP nomination) for the Rude Mechs and Bayou Radio; 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; and ELEPHANT’S GRAVEYARD for UT Department of Theatre and Dance. Liz is a Core Company Member of Hyde ParkTheatre.

Cash – Kenneth Wayne Bradley

KWB is thrilled to be working for Capital T and Director Mark Pickell once again; a happy association that has lasted for over four years and for five highly acclaimed productions. He was last seen on stage in MEN OF TORTUGA (Street Corner Arts) for which he was nominated for his performance as Taggart. For Capital T, KWB was last in A LIE OF THE MIND, as Richard in HUNTER GATHERERS and played title role in KILLER JOE in 2009. Ken is also a core company member of Hyde Park Theatre where his more recent roles include Schultz in CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION, Ariel in THE PILLOWMAN, which earned him a Critics Table Award, and Ham in HAM. KWB’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 own one man show titled “WICKER CHAIRS.” As a playwright, KWB penned “WIND CHIMES AND VARICOSE CREAM” for Capital T’s “I ? WAL-MART” which has been published in the Texas Theatre Journal and his one-woman show “SEAMSTRESS,” performed by Melanie Dean, was honored as Best of Fest at FronteraFest 2010. Ken will appear in two feature films which are now in post production, AMNESIA, a horror film Directed by Val Gameiro and OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN with Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman. He also played roles in the feature films DRIVE ANGRY 3D with Nicholas Cage, STOP LOSS, HOLY HELL, LIVING THE LIFE, NO PAIN NO GAIN, , MARTHA, LAST LULLABY and ROOM––which ran at both the Sundance and the Cannes film Festivals. He also appeared in the highly-lauded Travis Tritt music video for the hit country song “TELL ME I WAS DREAMING.” On television, Ken has been seen most recently as the Coach 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 on TWO MOTHERS FOR ZACHARY, (an ABC Movie Of The Week). Next up on stage, Ken looks forward to playing a corrupt Police Officer in A Chick & A Dude’s Production of A STEADY RAIN in February of 2013 right here at Hyde Park Theatre. Kenneth Wayne Bradley resides in Leander with his beautiful wife Cathy and his three cats, Marcus, Merry, and Max.

Kalina – Indigo Rael

This marks Indigo’s second consecutive collaboration with Capital T.  She appeared this summer in Cap T’s smash hit EXIT PURSUED BY A BEAR (B Iden Payne Nomination Best Comedy) playing Sweetheart.  She studied art at the University of North Texas before moving to an ex-patriate community near Lake Chapala in Jalisco, Mexico. During her year-long hiatus from higher education she performed in the Lakeside Little Theatre’s production of John Patrick Shanley’s DOUBT.  Encouraged to pursue an acting career, she moved to Austin four years ago to study improv and acting for film. She can be seen in improv shows around town, local independent films, and several television commercials. Indigo is also a passionate artist and activist. She is currently writing, producing and starring in a web show about The Plastic Mermaid from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Carol – Lana Dieterich

A veteran actor of the Austin theatre scene for 30+ years, Lana received the 2003 Critics’ Table nod as Best Actress in a Comedy for SIXTEEN SPELLS TO CHARM A BEAST (Salvage Vanguard) and VIGIL (Hyde Park). She is also a four-time B. Iden Payne award winner (PICNIC—best supporting actress in a drama, CLOUD 9 and SPLENDORA—best supporting actress in a comedy, and WANDERING THROUGH THE NIGHT—best lead actress in a comedy) and a company member of Hyde Park Theatre. In 1995 she was selected by Austin Chronicle critics as Best Name to See in a Theatre Program. Film credits include FAST FOOD NATION, TEETH, and LOVERS OF HATE, which screened at Sundance last year. Watch for her in upcoming films SECOND IMPRESSION, THE BOUNCEBACK, and DEAR SIDEWALK, in which she variously plays a mysterious, perhaps magical old lady; a feisty, no-holds-barred old lady; and a friendly, pot-smoking old lady who’s into pyrotechnics. This is Lana’s first show with Capital T, and she is having a blast!



Kayla – Sadie Dragoo

This is Sadie’s first production with Capital T and it marks her professional debut .  She is a first-grader at Casis Elementary who likes to sing, dance, act, and ride her bike.  Her first sentence was, “I like cheese.”  She is the daughter of Annie and Billy Dragoo.