Stephen Belber’s 1999 play Tape is noted for its edginess and surprise twists. Charleston’s Threshold Repertory Theatre is bring this engaging play to their stage and I had a chance to sit down with director Jay Danner and his amazing cast and crew to talk about what it takes to put on such a challenging show. Give a listen.
Tape runs from March 19th – April 4th, 2015 at Threshold’s Society St theatre and stars Craig Trow, Tara Denton Holwegner, and Brenden Kelly.
Jay Danner (Director) – Jay is thrilled to be making his Charleston directing debut at Threshold Rep with this season’s production of “TAPE” by Stephen Belber. Jay was last seen here at Threshold in the comedy hit “Don’t Cry for Me Margaret Mitchell” as writer Ben Hecht. His past Threshold credits include Orsino in “Twelfth Night,” Sergeant Trotter in “The Mousetrap,” Tusenbach in “Three Sisters” and Tom in “Dinner with Friends.” Other performances this season include Brian in the Village Rep production of “The Lyons” and Robert in the Footlight Players production of “Don’t Dress for Dinner.” Other Footlight credits include roles in “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Breaking the Code.” While living in Los Angeles he was seen in productions at The Complex Theatre and Actor’s Circle Theatre. Before his move to L.A., Jay lived in the great city of Chicago where he was part of Oak Park Festival Theatre and Bailiwick Repertory. While in Chicago, he was a founding ensemble member of the Nomenil Theatre Company, where he and his partners wrote, produced and directed original works. Jay earned his BFA in Theater from Chicago’s Columbia College where some of his favorite roles include performances in “Twelfth Night,” “Bent,” “Rhinoceros,” “Baby With the Bathwater,” “Bus Stop,” and “Antigone.” He continued his training at The La Jolla Playhouse Conservatory and the America Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. Jay would like to send a special thanks with love to Brendan Kelly and Pam Galle for this amazing opportunity.
Craig Trow (Vince) – Craig trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has had a variety of roles on both television and in theatre. On the stage he has been nominated twice as Best Actor for his portrayal of the Prince of Denmark in “Hamlet” and Jerry in Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal.” In the past year he has featured in Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow” and AMC’s “Turn.”
Brendan Kelly (Jon) – Brendan is the Artistic Director at Threshold. He received his B.F.A in Acting from The Theatre School (formerly The Goodman School of Drama) in Chicago. It is in Chicago where he worked for the majority of his career, as well as, working occasionally in New York. He moved to Charleston three years ago and worked with several theaters in the area and is so very grateful to have found such an incredible place here to call home at Threshold. He would like to thank the talented Threshold staff for all their hard work, as well as, the wonderful designers, cast, and crew that put in so much hard work on this production of “Tape.” He would like to thank all audience members and volunteers for their support of the theatre, especially our season subscribers. A big thank you goes out to his family for they continued love and support without whom none of this would be possible.
Tara Denton Holwegner (Amy) – Tara is thrilled to work with Threshold Rep, where she appeared in “Hearts Full of Blood” (What If? Productions). Other local credits include: “The Motherf**ker with the Hat,” “In the Next Room-the Vibrator Play,” “Up,” “Lowcountry Boil” and “Killer Joe” (Pure Theatre); “Hamlet” (Best Supporting Actress nominee), “Twelfth Night” and “Much Ado About Nothing” (HCS-Company Member); “Proof” (Charleston Acting Studio); COFC Shakespeare Project (RIII, Titus Andronicus) and “CSK: A Radio Show.” San Diego credits include: “Hamlet,” “The Taming of the Shrew,” “1st Henry IV,” “Twelfth Night,” “Much Ado About Nothing,” “Coriolanus” (Poor Players Associate Artist, Artistic Director Richard Baird), “The Vagina Monologues” and Murder Mystery Comedy Players.
Steve is the founder of Straight Talk Entertainment and currently produces and writes for the audio drama Aural Traditions, recently voted Charleston City Paper’s Best Local Podcast. He’s also an Information Security professional and avid shark tooth hunter.