PUN BANDHU (Technician)
will be making his Broadway debut in Wit. He has worked Off-Broadway with numerous theatre companies including Ma-Yi Theatre, PS 122, Soho Rep., Pan Asian Rep, Target Margin Theatre and the Foundry Theatre among many others. Regional credits include: Clifford Odet's Big Knife (Williamstown Theatre Festival, Joanne Woodward, Dir.); the regional premiere of David Henry Hwang's Yellow Face (Theatreworks, Robert Kelley Dir.) and the world premiere productions of Theresa Rebeck's The Bells (McCarter Theatre Center, Emily Mann Dir.); A.R. Gurney's Far East (Williamstown Theatre Festival, Daniel Sullivan Dir.); Len Jenkin's The Birds (Yale Repertory Theatre, Chris Bayes Dir.); John Pielmiere's Voices in the Dark (George St. Playhouse, Chris Ashley Dir.); Matt Schatz's Tallest Building in the World (Luna Stage, Troy Miller Dir.); and Ken Weitzman's The Catch (Denver Theater Center, Lou Jacobs Dir., Winner Henry Award Best Supporting Actor 2011). TV: "White Collar," "Nurse Jackie," "Body of Proof," "Law & Order," "Without a Trace," "Conviction," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "The Philanthropist," "One Life to Live" (recurring 'Arnold Perry'). Film: Michael Clayton, Burn After Reading. Upcoming: Two Days in New York starring Chris Rock. Training: MFA Yale School of Drama.
SUZANNE BERTISH (E.M. Ashford)
Bertish's mother is American, her father was British. Her American grandmother and her nine brothers and sisters were all born on 57th Street in New York City. She first came to work in the New York theatre in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Nicholas Nickleby playing Fanny Squeers, Miss Snevellici, and Peg Sliderskew. Other work in the New York theatre includes Skirmishes, The Art of Success with Tim Curry and Mary-Louise Parker, and The Memory of Water (all for MTC). Bertish also played Rebekka West in Ibsen's Rosmersholm with John Shea at La MaMa, Herodias in Salome at Circle in the Square with Al Pacino, The Moliere Comedies directed by Michael Langham with Brian Bedford, Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues, Lady Vanity Lustforth in David Grimm's Measure for Pleasure directed by Peter DuBois at the Public Theater, and most recently appeared at Playwrights Horizons in Kin by Bathsheba Doran directed by Sam Gold. Suzanne also appeared in The Vortex with Rupert Everett at the Doolittle in L.A., Cleopatra in Michael Kahn's production of Antony and Cleopatra in Washington D.C. and Mrs. Warren in Emily Mann's production of Mrs. Warren's Profession at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton. Work in London includes Ophelia in Derek Jacobi's Hamlet at the Old Vic, Masha in Trevor Nunn's production of Three Sisters with Roger Rees and Ian McKellen, Yukio Ninagowa's production of Tango at the End of Winter with Alan Rickman in the West End, Regan in Anthony Hopkins' King Lear directed by David Hare at the National Theatre, Jocasta in The Oedipus Plays directed by Peter Hall at the National Theatre, Les Liason Dangereuse in the West End, An Inspector Calls directed by Stephen Daldry in the West End, Gertrude in Paul Rhys' Hamlet at the Young Vic, and The Cherry Orchard with Vanessa Redgrave and Corin Redgrave at the National, directed by Trevor Nunn.
Television includes: "Absolutely Fabulous," "Inspector Morse," "To The Lighthouse," "Three Sisters," "Nicholas Nickleby," "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone" for Showtime, "The Scarlet Pimpernel," "The Grid" for TNT, "Poirot," "The Secret Diary Of a Call Girl," "Mr. Bean," and 14 episodes of HBO's "Rome."Movies include: Hanover Street, The Hunger, Hearts of Fire, Henry Jaglom's Venice/ Venice, Thirteenth Warrior, The Upside of Anger, and W.E. Suzanne has done numerous radios, documentary narrations, books on tape and has taught at various drama schools. Awards: Olivier Award for Nicholas Nickleby and Three Sisters, the Clarence Derwent Award for Hamlet, a Theatre World Award for Skirmishes, and a Tony nomination for The Moliere Comedies.
MICHAEL COUNTRYMAN (Harvey Kelekian/Mr. Bearing)
has appeared on Broadway in Mary Stuart, Night Must Fall, Holiday, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, A Few Good Men, and Face Value. Numerous Off-Broadway credits include: Dancing at Lughnasa, Bluebird, The New York Idea, Equivocation, Shipwrecked!, Trumpery, The Butcher Of Baraboo, Mary Rose, Dedication, The Bald Soprano, The Stendhal Syndrome, House and Garden, The Clearing, Nine Armenians, All in the Timing, and Drama Desk nominations for both The Common Pursuit and Out. Regional credits include world and American premieres at Hartford Stage, McCarter, George Street Playhouse, the Guthrie and Long Wharf Theatre. Countryman has appeared in the films Burn after Reading, P.S. I Love You, Che, The Namesake, The Squid and the Whale, Loopy, The Black Knight, You Can Count on Me, Ransom, Deceived, and Eavesdrop. On television, he has appeared in: "John Adams," "The Sopranos," "NYPD Blue," "Law & Order," "Third Watch," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Notes for My Daughter" and "Kate and Allie," among others.
JESSICA DICKEY (Technician)
will make her Broadway debut with Wit and was previously in MTC's Iron. She is most known for her one-woman show The Amish Project, which made its critically acclaimed world premiere at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater after a run at Cherry Lane and the New York Fringe Festival. Other credits include the Lifetime movie "Amish Grace," the indie film Dogs Lie, several episodes of "Law & Order," "The Education of Max Bickford," and the pilot "Cop Shop," the Off-Broadway revival of The Fourposter with Keen Company, Three Sisters at the Denver Center, Our Town at Dallas Theatre Center, Magnetic North at Portland Stage Company, and multiple productions with the Huntington, George Street Playhouse and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Jessica is also a playwright. Her debut play The Amish Project has been produced all over the world and is published by Samuel French. Her play Row After Row is published by Indie Theatre Now, and her new play Charles Ives Take Me Home will be produced by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in their 2012-13 season. www.jessicadickey.com
CHIKÉ JOHNSON (Technician)
was last seen in Arena Stage's world premiere of A Time to Kill. He was also in N.Y. City Center's Encores production of Lost in the Stars and Manhattan Theatre Club's Off-Broadway production of Ruined. Regional credits include: Court Theatre's Sizwe Banzi is Dead; Steppenwolf's The Crucible, The Unmentionables, and Huck Finn; a revival of The Unmentionables at Yale Rep; Lincoln in Topdog/Underdog at Renaissance Theaterworks; Duke of Cornwall in King Lear at Milwaukee Rep; Cephus Miles in Home at In Tandem Theatre; Willie in Master Harold... and the boys at Chamber Theatre; and
Martin Luther King Jr. in Smoldering Fires at First Stage Children's Theater. TV: "Law & Order," "Law & Order: SVU," the Bucket Guy for Verizon High-Speed Internet commercials, and "Prison Break" on Fox. Film: Ass Backwards, Friends with Benefits, The Machinist, and El Traje. Chiké is originally from Milwaukee and shares his life with his beautiful wife Malkia and their three wonderful children: Kwasi, Nafia and Zaria.
GREG KELLER (Jason Posner)
Credits include Belleville (Yale Rep), Cradle and All (Manhattan Theatre Club), 33 Variations (with Jane Fonda at the Ahmanson Theatre in LA), The Seagull (with Dianne Wiest and Alan Cumming at Classic Stage Company), Smudge (Women's Project), and That Pretty Pretty (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater). His regional credits include productions at the Denver Center, Arena Stage, Florida Stage, and eight plays at the Berkshire Theatre Festival. Greg holds an MFA in acting from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and was a Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellow at the Juilliard School, where he was a two-time Lecomte du Nouy Prize winner. His plays have been produced at the Cherry Lane Theatre, LAByrinth Theater Company, and Berkshire Theatre Festival. Born and raised in Manhattan, Greg is a member of LAByrinth Theater Company and Partial Comfort Productions.
CYNTHIA NIXON (Vivian Bearing, Ph.D.)
Emmy and Tony Award winner Cynthia Nixon has been a critically acclaimed and sought after actress since the age of 12. Nixon will next appear in the film Rampart with Anne Heche and Woody Harrelson. She will also reprise her guest-starring role on season two of Showtime's critically acclaimed hit "The Big C" opposite Laura Linney.
Nixon last played Michele Davis in Curtis Hanson's "Too Big to Fail" for HBO, a story about the collapse of Wall Street and the financial crisis of 2008 in which a group of powerbrokers decide the fate of the world's economy in a matter of a few weeks. The telepic also starred James Woods, Paul Giamatti and William Hurt. Prior to that Nixon starred in the sequel to New Line's 2008 summer blockbuster Sex and the City: the Movie, which was released on May 27, 2010. She also recently played in Richard Laxton's An Englishman in New York opposite John Hurt. Beforehand, she appeared in Derick and Steven Martini's film Lymelife along with Alec Baldwin and Timothy Hutton and played opposite John Leguizamo in The Babysitters, which premiered at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. Nixon was seen in New Regency's feature Little Manhattan as well as in Alex Steyermark's One Last Thing, which premiered at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival and was screened at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival. The actress starred in HBO's telepic "Warm Springs," in which she plays Eleanor Roosevelt opposite Kenneth Branagh's Franklin Roosevelt. This role earned Nixon a Golden Globe nomination, a SAG Award nomination, and an Emmy nomination. In 2004 she starred in the mini-series "Tanner on Tanner," directed by Robert Altman and written by Garry Trudeau, a sequel to "Tanner '88."
For six seasons Nixon starred as Miranda Hobbes in HBO's much celebrated series, "Sex and the City," a role that garnered her an Emmy Award in 2004 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, two other Emmy nominations, and four consecutive Golden Globe nominations. Nixon was honored with the 2001 and 2004 SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
Nixon was most recently seen onstage as Mama in Lisa Loomer's Off-Broadway play Distracted, which was directed by Mark Brokaw for the Roundabout Theatre. Nixon's performance earned her a Drama League nomination. Prior to that she performed the title role in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. In 2006 the actress completed a successful run in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of David Lindsay-Abaire's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Rabbit Hole for which she won the Tony Award for Best Actress, as well as earned a Drama League nomination and an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination. Prior to that, she performed on Broadway as Mary Haines in The Roundabout's revival of The Women, which was also broadcast on PBS' "Stage to Screen" series. Nixon won a Theatre World Award at 14 for her stage debut as Dinah Lord in Ellis Rabb's production of The Philadelphia Story at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater. At 15, she was directed by acclaimed filmmaker Louis Malle in the title role of John Guare's Lydie Breeze. Most remarkably, at age 18, she appeared simultaneously in two Broadway productions, David Rabe's Hurlyburly and Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing, both directed by Mike Nichols.
Nixon began her film career at age 12 with Ronald F. Maxwell's Little Darlings and went on to appear in Sidney Lumet's Prince of the City, Milos Forman's Amadeus, Robert Altman's O.C. & Stiggs, Marshall Brickman's The Manhattan Project, Let it Ride, Addams Family Values, The Pelican Brief, John Hughes' Baby's Day Out, Marvin's Room, The Out-of-Towners, Igby Goes Down, and Advice from a Caterpillar, based on the play by Douglas Carter Beane.
Nixon's very first professional job was the ABC After-School Special "Seven Wishes of a Rich Kid," costarring Butterfly McQueen. She went on to appear in PBS's presentation of Mark Twain's "Private History of a Campaign that Failed," Lanford Wilson's "Fifth of July" and Jonathan Marc Sherman's "Women and Wallace" (the last two for American Playhouse).
She has most recently appeared on network television in a guest role on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," as well as on "Law & Order: SVU," a role which earned her an Emmy Award for Guest Actress in a Drama Series. Additional appearances include "House," "ER," and "Papa's Angels." In 2009, Nixon was awarded a Best Spoken Word Album Grammy for her recording of Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth.
Born and raised in New York City, Nixon attended Hunter College High School and has a degree in English Literature from Barnard College. She and her fiancée Christine live in New York City with their daughter, Samantha, and sons, Charlie and Max.
CARRA PATTERSON (Susie Monahan)
is thrilled to make her Broadway debut in Wit. Theater credits include: Measure for Measure (Shakespeare in the Park), The Henry Box Brown Play (Tony Kushner), The Emperor Antony (Cleopatra), In the Red & Brown Water, Ceremonies in Dark Old Men, The Wiz, Dancing at Lughnasa, For Colored Girls..., and The Vagina Monologues. MFA: NYU Graduate Acting Program.
ZACHARY SPICER (Technician)
is thrilled to be making his Broadway debut with MTC and such a wonderfully talented cast and crew on this powerful production. His theatrical credits include The Whipping Man (MTC), The Irish Play (Irish Rep), American Buffalo (Hartford TheaterWorks), and Anna Christie (Metropolitan Theater). His film and television credits include "Law & Order: SVU," "CSI:NY," "All My Children," "Pan Am," Something Like Reality, and The Gary Effect. Graduate of Indiana University and Circle in the Square Theater School. For Mom & Dad.