The Cast of THE BOOK CLUB PLAY
Of the six cast members, five are members of the Actors’ Summit company, and have performed a total of 76 roles. Danea Rhodes is making her Actors’ Summit debut.
Rachel Gehlert (Jennifer) is happy to return to Actors' Summit stage, where she previously played Samantha in Eric Coble’s world premiere of The Girls Guide to Coffee. Most recently, she appeared in Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some) at Weathervane Playhouse. Additional Stage Credits: Tigers Be Still (Dobama), The Farndale Avenue House Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of A Christmas Carol (Weathervane), The Man Who Came To Dinner, You Can't Take it With You, Pipe, God's Favorite, Top Girls. Rachel previously served as Educational Director for Israel Horowitz's Gloucester Stage Company. Rachel holds her undergraduate degree in Photography and English from Fordham University.
Sally Groth (Anna) has performed in over 30 productions at Actors’ Summit, most recently on our stage in Photograph 51. Other local credits: Cleveland PublicTheater (Ancestra, Rusted Heart Broadcast, The Book of Grace), Beck Center (The Underpants), Dobama Theater (A Civil War Christmas), Ensemble Theater (Louisa) and Porthouse Theater (Twelfth Night). Regional/ NYC: Shakespeare Theatre in D.C. (Macbeth, Merchant of Venice), the Denver Center Theater (Beethoven’N’Pierrot), a national tour of The Little Prince, the Hotkeys series at Naked Angels Theater. She has an MFA from the University of South Carolina.
Bob Keefe (Alex) is a native Clevelander. Chicago: Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Pegasus Players), What the Butler Saw (Theatre Shoppe), and Where’s Charlie? directed by Gary Griffin (Apple Tree). He toured as Stanley in A Bed Full of Foreigners (The Old Creamery Theatre). Since returning to Cleveland a decade ago, Bob has appeared frequently at Actors’ Summit, and occasionally at Cleveland Public Theatre, the Cleveland Play House, Lakeland Theater, and in two long running improvisational shows at Playhouse Square; We Gotta Bingo, and Flanagan’s Wake. His most recent stage work was at Dobama Theatre in A Civil War Christmas.
Danéa Rhodes (Lily) was born and raised in Akron, OH. She is an alumna of Miller South School, Firestone High School and Kent State University and is working on her MBA at Indiana Wesleyan University. Most recently, she was seen in Crazy Man (Regina) at Weathervane Playhouse. Danéa works with the Docherty Agency, and has appeared for Goodyear, Rue 21, Comcast, and others.
Scott Shriner (Will) last appeared at Actors' Summit in 2005's The Herbal Bed. Locally, Scott is a company member of Ohio Shakespeare Festival and a frequent performer at both Weathervane Playhouse and Coach House Theatre. Past productions include Rabbit Hole (Howie), All My Sons (Chris), Lend Me A Tenor (Max), Proof (Hal), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Nick), Angels in America Part II (Joe), Noises Off (Garry), Present Laughter (Roland), Othello (Cassio) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Theseus).
Keith E. Stevens* (Rob) is a graduate of The Actors Studio Drama School (MFA) and Cleveland State (BA). Favorite AS credits include: MMLJWW, Manning Up, Photograph 51, Freud’s Last Session, Proof, Macbeth and I Love a Piano. NYC credits: The Snob (Actors Studio), Audience (Brooklyn Playwright’s Collective), Fool for Love, The Honey Makers, the world premiere of 2:51 (all at Circle in the Square Downtown), Deserters (Bernie West Theater), Loader #26 (Theater for a New City) and Big Al (ASDS). Keith is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio and a proud company member at Actors’ Summit.
*Keith Stevens and Sally Groth are members of Actors’ Equity.
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