The Suitcase Dreams: Cast Profile: Marvette Knight

Marvette_Knight_2We are very excited to be working with Marvette for the first time, and know that Madison audiences will love seeing her on stage. She is a founding member of Bronzeville Arts Ensemble of Milwaukee where she has also appeared in Hansberry-Sands Sassy Mamas, First Stage’s To The Promised Land and A Midnight Cry. She was a founding company member of the Lula Washington Dance Theatre Company formerly known as L.A. Contemporary Dance Theatre. She spent many years as part of the vibrant theatre community in Minneapolis/St. Paul including being a resident acting company member of the Childrens Theatre Company, and Penumbra Theatre as well as appearing at the Guthrie, Mixed Blood, Park Square, Illusion, and Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.  Her choreographic work includes productions for Sounds of Blackness recording artists, Superbowl XXVI choreographic team and “Chatouranga” in Fribourg, Switzerland with a multinational cast of 1500.  Her film credits include: “Jingle All the Way”, “Crossing the Bridge”, “Laurel Avenue”, “Herman, USA” and “Church and State”.

 

 

Five Questions for Marvette

Where did you grow up?
San Diego, California
What was the last role you played?
Lady in Green in a staged reading of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange.
What is the most memorable trip you’ve ever taken?
Caribbean cruise with my husband. It was his first cruise. he wasn’t so sure he would like it but now he is hooked.
What is exciting to you about The Suitcase Dreams?
Love stories. Love stories about how we connect. Love stories told through movement and poetry. Love being part of a new work.
Okay, last question: what three things would you take with you to a deserted island?
My Bible, My husband (does that count?), tons of water and peanut butter (in case I can’t take my husband).

 

The Suitcase Dreams: Cast Profile: Michael Huftile

Michael Huftile
When he is not on the road between Spring Green and Chicago for auditions, Michael works as a carpenter/handyman/apprentice mason. He was last seen on stage as Dr. Jim Bayliss in American Players Theatre’s production of All My Sons, and on the small screen as Hayes in NBC’s “Chicago Fire”.  Michael’s last appearances in Madison were with Madison Repertory Theatre’s The Only Thing as Paul Hornung/JFK, and Forward Theatre Company’s The Farnsworth Invention playing David Sarnoff. We’re glad to hear he is so happy to be back working in Madison with Theatre LILA. We’re certainly excited to have him around, and we know that you’ll be happy you got a chance to see him play so many different kids of roles in one evening of theatre!
Five Questions for Michael
Where did you grow up?
Texas
What was the last role you played?
Dr. Jim Bayliss in All My Sons
What is the most memorable trip you’ve ever taken?
My first trip to Italy with my wife, Carey Cannon. Our Honeymoon.
What is exciting to you about The Suitcase Dreams?
Having another great theatre to work with in Madison.
Okay, last question: what three things would you take with you to a deserted island?
My Leatherman, a Satellite phone, and a survival guide.

The Suitcase Dreams: Crew Profile: Tony Reitano

Tonyheadshot Tony Reitano will be our stage manager for The Suitcase Dreams, and like so many other members of the Suitcase team, his resume is impressive. Tony started his career as a NY actor, then moved to Los Angeles and discovered the lucrative world of commercials, selling everything from batteries to Bud Light. He ultimately landed a ten-year stint as Vince the Crash Dummy in the Award winning Safety Belt Commercial campaign. Tony and his character Vince were recently inducted into the Smithsonian Museum. He is longtime Production Manager for Pat Hazell’s The Wonder Bread Years, and was Stage Manager for Bunk Bed Brothers at the Marcus Center in Milwaukee.  He is the co-author of the Live Radio Play Young St. Nick and is the author of Headless Tales a Halloween show to be presented at area libraries by Heartline Theatricals. Tony is a proud member of Actors Equity Association, SAG-AFTRA, the Dramatist’s Guild and the Writers Guild of America.

Five Questions for Tony

Where did you grow up?
Upstate New York.
 
What was the last role you played?
I’m the stage manager, but my most memorable role is Vince the Crash Test Dummy
 
What is the most memorable trip you’ve ever taken?
Sicily
 
What is exciting to you about The Suitcase Dreams?
Helping to bring a new show to life.
 
Okay, last question: what three things would you take with you to a deserted island?
A case of fine wine, a book on how to survive on a deserted island, and sunscreen.