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John R. Brennan (Actor/Playwright/Sound Design) is an actor/writer/improviser living in NYC. In 2002 as a member of the improv comedy theatre, Theatre 99, in Charleston, South Carolina, he started performing as a Main Stage Improviser. His improv troupe, The Have Nots! Tour Team, toured the Northeast College Circuit, the Vancouver Fringe Festival, LA Comedy Fest and the Orlando Fringe Festival. In 2007, John was the first artist ever to win both Best Local Comic and Best Local Actor awards voted on by readers of the Charleston City Paper. On television, John uttered a few sentences on the critically acclaimed and popular drama One Tree Hill. John studied improv comedy with Theatre 99, I.O. Chicago Theater and NYC’s Upright Citizen Brigade Theatre. In 2011, he made his first appearance Off Broadway in The Awesome 80's Prom and his performance in the show was awesome. John has also performed in the Midtown International Theatre Festival and the Annapolis Comedy Festival. Critics agree his best performance came in the role of BATMAN at birthday parties. Children actually believed he was the REAL LIFE Batman. John, being a professional method actor, would stay in character for weeks. John gives special thanks to his wife, Dolly, Theatre 99, Vocal Coach Francine Zerfas, the state of Delaware, his family and the other people he stepped on climbing his way to the top! For John's stellar actor website, goto www.johnrbrennan.com

Jason C. Cooper (Playwright/Author) is the author (a.k.a Gus Wiederman) of the book Tales From The Relationship which inspired The Banana Monologues. He has written for and performed with various sketch comedy groups at Theatre 99 in Charleston, SC, including The Bottom Line and Men Are From Goose Creek, Women are From Savannah. Currently, he performs at Theatre 99 as Johnny Dregg, one half of the rock improv group, Doppelgänger. He also plays guitar/banjo for ‘dem Taylor Boys and is part of Ordinary Men, a group of Charleston musicians who perform the music of Pink Floyd. In his spare time, he is a pharmacist.

Mary Cimino (Playwright) has been working on the creation of The Banana Monologues from the beginning. She has written and co-written many plays. Her favorite of these is Lilita, which received critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival, Spoleto Festival and Fringe NYC. While working as an artist-in-residence for the South Carolina Arts Commission, Mary created and directed musicals designed for classroom curriculum. In the spring of 2013 she directed Bug, by Tracy Letts, and will be directing Camelot at the historic Dock Street Theatre in Charleston, South Carolina this August.

Debra Whitfield (Director/Dramaturg) is an award-winning director, actress, and writer. She directed and helped to develop The Banana Monologues for its successful run at the Midtown International Theatre Festival in 2011. Debra has worked at The Mint Theater, Florida Studio Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Dorset Theatre Festival, Two River Theater Company, Hartford TheaterWorks, the Bickford Theatre, the Depot Theatre, Theatre Arts Center and the Amateur Comedy Club (currently in its 129th Season), among others. As a director: Debra’s production of Trifles, at the Looking Glass Theatre, won the Beaux Arts Da Vinci Award for Best Revival in New York. She directed In the Belly of the Beast, for Florida Studio Theatre, which was awarded Best Play of the Year by Sarasota Magazine and named one of the Top 5 Plays of the Year by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Other acclaimed productions include Brighton Beach Memoirs, Picasso at the Lapin Agile and Bennett House (a new musical version of Pride and Prejudice by David Aaron Austin). Representative acting roles include Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra and Natasha in Rough Crossing. Debra won Best Actress awards for her work in How I Learned to Drive, Relatively Speaking and The Adjustment. Her writing credits include: Duck Sauce Can Be Dangerous, Tech Support and The Man in the Window, all produced in New York City. Debra was an Associate Producer on the new Off-Broadway musical, National Pastime, and is participating in the development of a new musical version of Lysistrata, which is targeting a 2014 Broadway opening. She is a founding member and Co-Artistic Director of Algonquin Theater Productions and is on the Board of Directors for The Shaw Project. www.DebraWhitfield.net

ROMAN TATAROWICZ (Set Design) Off-B’way: Honky, Beyond Words, The Oxford Roof Climbers Rebellion, Roses in December, Apostasy, The Sweepers, Comfort Women, Mother Lolita, Seven Rabbits on a Pole and the musical 27 Rue de Fleurus. (Urban Stages); Mother Courage, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Triumph of Love, Dona Rosita The Spinster, The Threepenny Opera, Dames At Sea, The Maids, The Miser (Jean Cocteau Rep.). Off off-B’way: Bee-Luther-Hatchee (Audelco Award nom.), Sacred Journey, Two Rooms, Medal of Honor Rag, Fanny and Walt, Ionesco’s Macbett (NY premier) and Four Beers, to name a few. Outside of NYC, numerous productions including the 20th anniversary production of Closer Than Ever directed by Richard Maltby, Jr. (Queens Theatre in the Park), Black Pearl Sings (Florida Studio Theatre), A Raw Space by Jon Marans (Bristol Riverside Theatre) and various projects for Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany including the critically acclaimed Syncopation at both Capital Rep. and Merrimack Repertory Theatre. Recent productions include The Exit Interview (InterAct) and Pookie Goes Grenading (Azuka Theatre) both in Philadelphia as well as RED for Capital Rep. Member of United Scenic Artists Local 829. www.tatarowicz.com

DEBORAH CONSTANTINE (Lighting Design) is pleased to be working on The Banana Monologues. Recent designs include Pirates of Penzance for Bristol Riverside Theatre and Race for Capital Repertory Company (Albany) and Northern Stage (White River Junction, Vermont). Other designs include God of Carnage; Little Women, the Musical; Jekyll and Hyde; This Wonderful Life; Tarragona; Crowns; A Christmas Story; My Occasion of Sin; La Traviata; The Barber of Seville; The Big Knife; American Buffalo; Anna in the Tropics; You Can’t Take It With You; Three Days of Rain. Theatre companies include: Bronx Opera Company, Primary Stages, Capital Repertory Theatre, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival; Hartford Theatreworks; Two River Theatre Company, Westport Country Playhouse. Barrington Stage, and Urban Stages.

MARTIAN ENTERTAINMENT (General Manager) is a Tony Award-winning Producing/GM firm owned by Carl D. White and Gregory Rae. Credits: The Normal Heart, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Priscilla Queen of The Desert, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, [title of show], Potted Potter, BARE the musical, Naked Boys Singing!, Altar Boys, Immediate Family, and many more. www.MartianEntertainment.com

SCOTT F. DELACRUZ (Production Stage Manager) works primarily as a Production Manager and Stage Manager. Most recently he was a stage manager for BARE the Musical. Other selected New York credits include: Jump, Rooms: a rock romance, Naked Boys Singing!, Musical of Musicals (New World Stages); Potted Potter (Little Shubert); MotherLoad (NY & Natl Tour); Icons (Snapple Center); Bash’d (Zipper Theater); Mulan: Musical Percussion Performance (Peter Jay Sharp); Newsical, Naked Boys Singing!, None of the Above (Theatre Row); Enter Laughing, Thrill Me, Captain Louie, Falling For Eve, Yank (York Theatre); A Broadway Diva Christmas (Julia Miles Theater); Greener Grass, Sounds of the City, Out to Play (Toy Box Theatre) Other NY Companies he has worked with include: Tiffany Mills Dance Company, INTAR, Aulis Collective, Family Opera Initiative, Soho Rep. TV: The Brini Maxwell Show (Style Network). Film: Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna. Industrials: Hasbro. Scott is currently producing the feature length documentary Mount Lawrence.

PRODUCTION CORE (Production Supervisor) lends support and guidance to theatre companies that produce high quality theatrical performances and need direction/support on the collaboration, planning and execution of the production process. The Production Core team isJames E. Cleveland, Jared Goldstein, Adrian White, David Upton, Ron Grimshaw, Chasmin Hallyburton, Julie Shelton, Justin Hoffman, Lauren Libretti, Amber Mathis, Sarah Payson, and Aaron Dayton. Current projects include: Old Jews Telling Jokes at The Westside Theatre, Murder Ballad at The Union Square Theater, My Name Is Asher Lev at The Westside Theatre, Caucasian Chalk Circle at Classic Stage Company and Peter and The Starcatcher at New World Stages. www.productioncore.net

Kevin P. McAnarney/KPM ASSOCIATES (General Press Representative) has a background in publicity, casting, management: Broadway/Off; concerts; dance and special events at the Metropolitan Opera, State Theater, Carnegie Hall and others; two Katharine Hepburn tributes; first NYC Academy Awards benefit; 6 years Drama Desk Awards; 4 years national press Cirque Du Soleil helping open Mystere, (Las Vegas); Bolshoi Ballet tours. B’way press rep for Love! Valour! Compassion!, Dame Edna: The Royal Tour; Off: Sylvia; the award-winning Gross Indecency…, The Laramie Project and The Temperamentals; Theater Hall of Fame; National Dance Week and others. He managed the Cape Cod Melody Tent; Beacon Theatre, and a 13-city Camelot tour starring Rock Hudson. He was a member of the Broadway Cares organizing and helped write the mission statement. Kevin is a Tony Awards voter and serving his 13th term on the Board of Governors of ATPAM (Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers).

HOFSTETTER+PARTNERS /AGENCY 212 (Advertising)
Current and recent campaigns include: iLuminate Artist Of Light, Tennessee Williams’ The Two-Character Play, Women’s Project Theater Company, Rocktopia, Silence! The Musical (LA & NY), Sistas The Musical, Maltby and Shire’s Closer Than Ever, The Royal Danish Ballet; Colin Quinn Long Story Short (Off Broadway & Broadway); Henson’s Stuffed and Unstrung; John Tartaglia’s Imaginocean; Circumcise Me; The Ohmies; Evil Dead The Musical; Jewtopia; Gazillion Bubble Show; Second Stage Theatre; Gotham Comedy Club; Queens Theatre; Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Christmas Tour; Beethoven’s Last Night; New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players; and Yanni.

LEANNE SCHANZER PROMOTIONS INC. (Marketing) is a full-service results-oriented marketing company servicing the theatrical and entertainment community for 30+ years. LSP creates multi-faceted-integrated campaigns, consisting of a strategic mix of media placement on full/partial trade, promotions, partnerships, sponsorships, viral outreach, appearances and special events. LSP has delivered heightened brand awareness and increased ticket sales for 350+ Broadway, Off-Broadway, Arts, and Entertainment productions/venues. Several current clients: Ann, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Peter And The Starcatcher, Murder Ballad, Stomp, Old Jews Telling Jokes, My Name Is Asher Lev, Gazillion Bubble Show. www.LeanneSchanzerPromotions.com

Gregory Taft Gerard (Producer) has many successful shows to his credit. In addition to his involvement with I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Mr. Gerard associate produced the Off-Broadway musical comedy, The Thing About Men, and backed the successful Broadway musical, All Shook Up. He very much appreciates the support of the members of Zipper Productions who helped make the banana phenomenon happen.

For more information contact:

Gregory T. Gerard gtgerard@thebananamonologues.com

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