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Sept 1


 I Ain't Made That Way - Keokee High School Alumni Association Reunion - Keokee Gym 

7 p.m.

13714 State Road 606, Keokee, VA 24265  Keokee High Alumni Facebook Page   

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Sept 2

Oct 10

I Ain't Made That Way - Appalachia Cultural Arts Center - Appalachia  6 p.m.

Main Street, Appalachia, VA  Appalachian Cultural Arts Center Facebook Page   

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MEET THE CAST

HARLAN VAN BUREN

DJ NEACE

DJ Neace is portraying Harlan Van Buren and is incredibly excited about this decision. DJ shambled out of the heart of the Appalachians, stumbled north, and has claimed a homestead in Washington, DC. He loves his hometown of Big Stone Gap, Virginia and would do anything to help his kinfolk from the mountains. He also is really fond of his Labrador, bacon dishes, and sweet tea. You’re witnessing a rare occurrence—DJ, like the mythical hamlet of Brigadoon, only appears-- at least on stage, that is -- once every 100 years or so. DJ has years of experience playing pretend in the world of Make-Believe.


MEET THE CAST

MATTHEW

DANIEL BRASWELL

Daniel Braswell is primarily a film and TV actor, but also the Principal for Defense Intelligence and Politico-Military Affairs at Ventus Solutions. His credits include as Chief Justice John Marshall in the Fox News series Legends and Lies and as Frank Wilcox in the Reelz Channel’s Deadly Shootouts. Outside of acting, Daniel is a former US Navy pilot and Foreign Area Officer with 30+ years of experience in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and North and South America. Additionally, his education includes a Bachelor’s degree from the US Naval Academy, a Masters from The George Washington University, and Masters in Business Administration from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Daniel and his wife of 30 years, Patti, have three grown children and live in Virginia.   


MEET THE CAST

MARY & ROSE ANNE

SHARON CARABALLO

Sharon Caraballo has been part of I Ain’t Made That Way since the original staged reading and is delighted to have the opportunity now to bring Mary to life. Previous theatrical credits include Annie as Miss Hannigan, Hairspray as Prudy Pingleton, Scrooge: The Musical as Christmas Past, The Goddess Diaries as Beth, Sound of Music, Wizard of Oz, Once Upon a Mattress, Pirates of Penzance, and Music Man. She has also appeared on television in Mercy Street (PBS) and Pocahontas: Beyond the Myth (Smithsonian Channel). 


MEET THE CAST

SHERRY

LAURA BAKER

Laura is thrilled to join the cast and crew of I Ain’t Made That Way. She wishes to thank her family, friends and fellow actors for their support, and in particular, Amelia, for the invitation to be a part of this fun adventure. Some past theatrical forays include The Real Thing as Charlotte, Joined at the Head as Maggie, The Visit as Claire Zachanassian, A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Titania, The Crucible as Elizabeth Proctor, and God as Doris.


MEET THE CAST

MULE TRAIN, GRANDPA NATHAN & BILL

GEOFFREY BASKIR

Geoffrey Baskir has been seen on many stages in the DC region in the past decade. Most recent credits include Heartbreak House with Britches & Hose (Boss Mangan), The Wizard of Oz with Zemfira Stage (General of the Winkies), Footloose with the McLean Community Players (Principal Clark) and the original reading of Ain't Made That Way with Shoestring Theatre. He has been sharpening his political satire claws with Hexagon, writing stage plays and cartooning belaandvivian.blogspot.com. Thanks to Genie and Emma for their support.


MEET THE CAST

VIRGIL & BIG SAM

JIM DAY

Jim Day is pleased to be a part of this wonderful cast of I Ain’t Made That Way in this first stage endeavor by Shoestring Theatre Company. He recently enjoyed theatre roles in a winning one act production and in the DC Fringe Festival last summer. A Washington, DC native, Jim’s voice has been heard on radio and television. However, he made his live stage debut in 2009 as Meeker in Inherit the Wind, for which he received a WATCH nomination. Always behind the scenes as a stage parent with his son, Jim was thrilled to finally realize his dream of being on the stage himself. He is eternally grateful to his dearly departed friend, Roland Branford Gomez, for giving him the kick in the rear to jump into the footlights, and to his wife and family for their continued support.


MEET THE CAST

MUNCH

BOB COHEN

Bob started acting 15 years ago as the irrepressible Colonel Thomas McKean in FCT’s production of 1776, a role Bob has reprised in over 100 performances in both community and professional theaters. (Do you think it’s the only role they trust him with?) Since Bob began acting , he’s considered it a privilege to being a member of several ensembles portraying a variety of characters in over 30 local theater productions. His roles have ranged from the neurotic Felix Unger in Fauquier Theater’s production of Odd Couple to the charming proprietor of the oldest established floating crap game in NY – Nathan Detroit, from the self-righteous Reverend Parris in The Crucible to Marcus Lycus in Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and 14 characters in Little Theatre of Alexandria's production of 39 Steps. Bob has also been on Investigation Discovery’s Nightmare Next Door, and Stolen Voice, Buried Secrets and on the right side of the law as an Assistant District Attorney for Thomas Dewey on AMC’s Making of the Mob NY. In Bob’s last stage appearance he portrayed George Washington in George Washington’s Boy written and directed by Ted Lange (best known as Isaac of Love Boat). Bob is thrilled to be making his Shoestring Theatre's debut and with such an incredible cast and crew.


MEET THE CAST

DUB, ANGRY MAN & CLARENCE

OSCAR SALVADOR, JR.

Oscar Salvador, Jr. is happy to be a part of an incredibly talented group of people. He originated the role of Dub in the staged reading. Some previous roles include Noah/Zachary in Saudade (DC Fringe), Indio in West Side Story, Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit (RCDT), Boyfriend in Monsters Calling Home with GMU’s Mason Players. He thanks his parents for all their support, and his sister for all her help and advice.


MEET THE CAST

YOUNG SHERRY

CHELSEA TOWNSEND

For the last 15 years, Chelsea has been a working actor, appearing as principal in a multitude of national commercials, as featured day player in several TV shows and films, including Snowden, Brain Dead, VEEP and House of Cards. The SAG-AFTRA member holds a 2016 BFA from George Mason University.

TRINITY

SHELBY ANN PEACE

Shelby Ann has been part of the cast for the “Trail of the Lonesome Pine” for 13 seasons, participating since the age of one with her family as a summer tradition. Shelby Ann has played various roles as a schoolchild, neighbor, and townsperson, and most recently as Maggie (Helen Hale’s maid). Shelby is also a member of the house musicians, where she plays guitar and sings. Shelby enjoys learning to play various instruments and creative writing, and she attends Powell Valley Middle School where she plays saxophone in the marching band. Shelby also plays the banjo, bass, ukulele, and piano.

YOUNG DUB

TRINITY BARTON

The 8th grader at Powell Valley Middle School enjoys her favorite subjects of science and history. Trinity is a member of the Union Bears Marching Band and plays the saxophone. She enjoys camping, fishing, and drawing. This is her second summer participating in the "Trail of the Lonesome Pine."

TEEN DUB

RAHLYJA THOMAS

The up and coming freshman at Union High School has played football since the age of eight, and will begin his first year of JV this year. During middle school, Rahlyja found a love of music and singing. He has taken chorus for three years now. He made it twice to both the All-County and the prestigious All-District. He attends Macedonia Baptist Church, where he is an usher and member of the choir.

TEEN HARLAN

DAKOTA PARSONS

Dakota will be a freshman at Union High School in the fall, where he plans to join the JV Football team and says he loves sports of all kinds. Dakota enjoys fishing and being outdoors. His acting experience includes being in the jury on “Trail of the Lonesome Pine.” Dakota lives in Big Stone Gap.

YOUNG HARLAN

RYLAN ANDERSON

The five-year-old Keokee boy is starting kindergarten in the fall at Elk Knob Elementary. He loves playing t-ball and playing outside with his cousins. Rylan is excited to be in his first play.

YOUNG ANTNEE

TYLER RAY BYINGTON

The nine-year-old is a fourth-grader at St Charles Elementary in St Charles, Va. Parents are Floyd and Danielle Byington of Pennington Gap, Va. Grandparents are Jackie Gullett and Randy Colman of Bristol ,TN, Randy and JoAnn Byington of Jonesville, Va. and Steve Wrenn of Richmond, In. Tyler enjoys going to car shows, working on his '68 Volkswagen bug, watching the Miami Hurricanes, listening to music and guitar lessons.