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Meet Bartley and Jamar

Full Name: Bartley Mullin

Character: Charrington/Queen of Poland/Ensemble

Education/Training: Bachelor of the Art(sy Fartsies) from the University of New Hampshire

Favorite food? Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Favorite color? British Tan

If you could travel anywhere in the world to escape where would you go? Antigua, Guatemala

What line from the show best describes your character? It is a beautiful thing, but there’s not many that’d say so nowadays.

Describe your character(s) in 4 words: All over the place.

Without giving any spoilers describe the show in 3 words: Trump versus Hillary

Have you read UBU ROI and/or 1984 before? If so describe your initial experience and reactions. I had auditioned for UBU ROI in college and turned down a role so I could go work at Disney World. I Spark-Noted 1984 in my high school English class -- oops. I love the idea of utopia vs. dystopia.

Why is the mashup of UBU ROI and 1984 relevant in today’s society? When I found out that James was going to intersect these two worlds, I thought it was a terribly brilliant idea and incredibly relevant to our current political environment.

How has the experience of working on a new show been? Confusing at times, exciting, hilarious. This has never been done before. We’ll either create something brilliant or sell a lot of drinks at the bar.

Favorite role you’ve ever performed? Bad Idea Bear in AVENUE Q

What is your dream role? Giraffe #2 in LION KING

Why should people come see the show? I promise you’ve never seen anything like it. It’s a great first date show. They’ll laugh, they’ll cry. If they don’t, swipe left. It’s better than CATS!

Final thoughts: Why you askin’? You with the Thought Police?

Full Name: Jamar Jones
Character: Parsons/MacNure/Ensemble
Education/Training: The College of William and Mary
Favorite food? Honestly a fresh salad with some hearty fixings such as turkey, eggs, pickles, craisins, pumpkin seeds, etc. The more colorful the better.
Favorite color? Royal Blue
If you could travel anywhere in the world to escape where would you go? The island of Anguilla and the Pyramids of Egypt
What line from the show best describes your character? "Keen as mustard!" 
Describe your character in 4 words: Exuberant, Conflicted, Tenacious, Faithful
Without giving any spoilers describe the show in 3 words: Cold, Wild, Relentless 
Have you read UBU ROI and/or 1984 before? If so describe your initial experience and reactions. I had to read 1984 when I was in high school.  At the time, it was challenging to wrap my mind around all the complexities of the book's concept but it was unlike anything I had ever read before. It was thought-provoking and it truly made me reflect on my own individuality as it relates to my community and society at large.
Why is the mashup of UBU ROI and 1984 relevant in today’s society? I believe we are really in a time where people are striving to unapologetically express their individuality. The show explores the ideas of corruption and power, and even though our play is different from the "real world", I believe audience members will recognize quite a few similarities within today's social climate.  
How has the experience of working on a new show been? It really has been a thrill. James is a great director and has crafted a wonderful piece which allows and really calls for us to push our creative boundaries. There is free range to explore these characters and merge two established stories into something never before seen. It's a great challenge, but a wonderful one to embark on.
Favorite role you’ve ever performed? Seth Holly from JOE TURNER'S COME AND GONE by August Wilson
What is your dream role? I'm still dreaming but I would love to portray Raymond Tyler in a stage or film production of the book INVISIBLE LIFE by E. Lynn Harris.
Why should people come see the show? The show will make you laugh, think, and maybe even a little uncomfortable, but it's a bold piece of theatre. I think this show is something that's fresh and unique, and will give audiences ideas and concepts that can generate conversations far beyond the performance.
Final thoughts: Hope you all will come along on the journey with us!

Meet Foster and Kim

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Full Name: Foster Solomon
Character: Papa Ubu
Education/Training: MFA from The Shakespeare Theater's Academy for Classical Acting
Favorite food? Peanut Butter
Favorite color? Green
If you could travel anywhere in the world to escape where would you go? Key West
What line from the show best describes your character? "It's called Leadership! Look it up!"
Describe your character in 4 words: The Embodiment of Appetite
Without giving any spoilers describe the show in 3 words: A Visceral Experience
Have you read UBU ROI and/or 1984 before? If so describe your initial experience and reactions. These two shows do not belong together (but somehow it works).
Favorite role you’ve ever performed? Hamlet
What is your dream role? Macbeth

Full Name: Kimberly Jones Clark

Character: Ma Ubu

Education/Training: Theater classes and vocal training at VCU, acting classes in Chicago and Los Angeles.

Favorite food?  Coffee.  And more coffee.

Favorite color?  Sometimes yellow, sometimes purple, sometimes blue….depends on my mood.

If you could travel anywhere in the world to escape where would you go? I would love to stay a week in a glass igloo at The Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Finland.  You can see the northern lights from your bed!

What line from the show best describes your character?  When Pa Ubu says: “Darling, my bride and minister of looking like a whore.”

Describe your character in 4 words: Greedy, sly, horny, trashy.

Without giving any spoilers describe the show in 3 words:  OUT. RA. GEOUS.

Have you read UBU ROI and/or 1984 before? If so describe your initial experience and reactions.   Yes. Spooked by 1984.  Totally perplexed by UBU ROI.

Why is the mashup of UBU ROI and 1984 relevant in today’s society?  Because it mimics the mashup of our oligarchical plutocracy and the Trump media circus.

How has the experience of working on a new show been? It’s been fascinating, eye-opening, nerve-wracking, and rewarding. It’s also been incredible, due to the talent and professionalism of Joel Bassin, James Ricks, and the entire cast and crew.

Favorite role you’ve ever performed? Pippi in “Great American Trailer Park Musical”.

What is your dream role? Actually, I’ve always dreamed of singing for a rock band.  But it’s definitely a “dream”, because my voice couldn’t cut it.

Why should people come see the show?  Not only is it wildly entertaining, but it will either confirm what you already know about the direction of our society, or it will get you thinking.

Final thoughts:  I’m absolutely thrilled to be a part of this wonderful premiere.  James Ricks and Joel Bassin have created a fantastic marriage of two provocative scripts.  It’s the type of theater that takes you for a crazy ride, and compels you to question what’s happening in the world around us.

Meet Christopher and Jimmy

Full Name:  Christopher Dunn
Character: O'Brien
Education/Training:  VCU, BFA, 1977;  CUNY, JD, 1995
Favorite food? Popcorn
Favorite color? Green
If you could travel anywhere in the world to escape where would you go?  I don't want to escape.
Describe your character in 4 words: persistent, dedicated, committed, unflinching
Without giving any spoilers describe the show in 3 words: It's two acts
Why is the mashup of UBU ROI and 1984 relevant in today’s society? Power and the corruption of power is always relevant.
How has the experience of working on a new show been? Lots of fun
Favorite role you’ve ever performed? William Kunstler in THE TRIAL OF THE CATONSVILLE NINE in High School, because I later worked with Mr. Kunstler when I was in law school.
What is your dream role? The next one.

Full Name: Jimmy Mello
Character: Ensemble
Education/Training: BFA in performance from Longwood University. 
Favorite food?  Yellow Curry
Favorite color?  Cerulean 
If you could travel anywhere in the world to escape where would you go?  Away.
What line from the show best describes your character?  "Meep"
Describe your character in 4 words: I have multiple characters.
Without giving any spoilers describe the show in 3 words: A SHIIIIIIT show. (in a good way)
Have you read UBU ROI and/or 1984 before? If so describe your initial experience and reactions.  I read UBU ROI prior to auditions and I fell off around the time Ubu had to kill a bear.  The novelty got lost on me after awhile.  A history piece primarily now I'd say.  I started reading 1984 when I got cast.  I love the rhetoric of the book.  It's wordy though. 
Why is the mashup of UBU ROI and 1984 relevant in today’s society? I think the director hits on this question best. Come see the show and make sure to read the Director's note! 
How has the experience of working on a new show been? Always exciting.  Meet new people, grow, and bear host to more stories.
Favorite role you’ve ever performed? Probably Gordon in DEAD MAN'S CELLPHONE by Sarah Ruhl.
What is your dream role? Hamlet while I'm still young.
Why should people come see the show? You're not going to see anything else like it.  Besides, support the arts! 
Final thoughts: Thank you for reading this.

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