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Bob Ford

Frank Robbins | Web | Patient | Nurse

Bob Ford is very excited to be accepted into the Shoestring Theatre family. While his previous experience, which includes portraying a detective in Witness for the Prosecution and Old Joe, the pawnbroker in A Christmas Carol (both LTA), not to mention appearing in numerous Christmas and Halloween readings with the Victorian Society at Falls Church may suggest a greater familiarity the intonations of the British Isles than those associated with Appa-LATCH-ia, he feels confident that he can adjust his speech patterns to meet this new challenge.

Geoffrey Baskir

The High Sheriff

Geoffrey Baskir (The High Sheriff) is making his second appearance in a Shoestring Theatre production, having been Mule Train in the inaugural production, I Ain't Made That Way. In ten years, he has been seen on stage and screen in DC, Maryland, Virginia and Texas. Most recently, he was seen in Hexagon 2018: Tweet Land of Liberty, performing and writing, and with Zemfira Stage, Britches & Hose Theatre Company, the McLean Community Players and many others. Love to Genie and Emma.

DJ Neace

Eliot West

DJ Neace is incredibly excited to get to play pretend with Shoestring Theatre Company once again! DJ, who is portraying Eliot West, 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. DJ previously worked with Shoestring Theatre Company playing the role of Harlan in I Ain’t Made That Way. DJ is also the creator of Lonesome Pine Podcast.

David Simpson

Ira West |Jesse

David is excited to perform in The Best Doctor in Town.Though he comes to the stage later in life, he has been performing for as long as he can remember. As the founder and executive director of a local nonprofit and the long-time owner of an iconic restaurant in Massachusetts, David feels at home in front of audiences large and small. This is David’s first play with Shoestring Theater Company. 

Sharon Caraballo 

Etta West

Sharon Caraballo has been part of Shoestring Theatre Company since the beginning and played Mary in I Ain't Made That Way. Additional theater highlights include Annie (Miss Hannigan), Hairspray (Prudy Pingleton), Sound of Music, Wizard of Oz, Once Upon a Mattress, and Pirates of Penzance. She has recently branched out into television and film, including The Perfect Suspect on ID, the upcoming series The Ward, and numerous other projects. She is pursuing a BFA in Theater at George Mason University, where she also serves as the undergraduate dean of engineering. She thanks her family for their support and patience!

Elizabeth Keith

Emily Scott

Elizabeth Keith (Emily Scott) is honored to join Shoestring Theatre Company's production of "The Best Doctor in Town." She grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina, but has called Virginia home for the past fifteen years. Previous stage credits include two original immersive theater projects with Through the 4th Wall Productions in Old Town Alexandria, as well as other area community theater productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Almost, Maine; The Glass Mendacity (Ruby Griffith Award); The Great Gatsby; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Proof (WATCH Award); The 39 Steps; Picnic; An Inspector Calls (WATCH Award); Arsenic and Old Lace; and Steel Magnolias. 

Laura Baker

Tierney Baynes

Laura Baker is grateful to join the cast and crew of The Best Doctor In Town.She wishes to thank her family, friends, and fellow actors for their enthusiasm and support for her second Shoestring Theatre Company stage appearance. It seems like she may be getting the hang of this whole thing. Past theatrical roles include I Ain't Made That Way as Sherry, 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.

Frank Gorrell

Will Hutton

Frank is blessed to perform with Shoestring. His most recent role was Rev. Chasuble in CFTC’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest. Frank has appeared in other shows in the area, including Comic Potential, Calendar Girls, and The Game’s Afoot, or Holmes for the Holidays, all at the Alden Theatre in McLean. This came after Frank landed the role of government contractor “Phil Dawson” in the independent film, 6 Hearts 1 Beat, currently making the rounds at various film festivals. He can also be found in the on demand series CEO – Criminal Enterprise Organization as Police Commander Lynch.

Mary Fettes

Barbara Patton | Luvena Robbins | Intern

Mary is delighted to be a part of  Shoestring Theatre! Mary has appeared in area productions of Hound of the Baskervilles, You Can’t Take It With You, Watch on the Rhine, Harvey, I Remember Mama, Marvin’s Room, Crimes of the Heart, and The Haunting of Hill House. She has also appeared in productions at Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads including: Letter’s Home, Adieu Yours: The Letters of John and Abigail Adams, and The Guys. Thanks to all of my friends who indulge me in my theater escapades!

Chelsea Townsend

Dr. Ash McKay

Chelsea is delighted to join the tour cast of The Best Doctor in Town. She brings 17 years of professional experience, including a featured role on VEEP. Chelsea can currently be seen in a leading role in a new web series, True Friends.  She made her New York stage debut in Him/Her at the Players Theatre. Chelsea is making her way in the Big Apple. She holds a BFA in Performance from George Mason University and is a proud member of SAG/AFTRA and AEA. Chelsea, the granddaughter and daughter of Southwest Virginia natives, has been coming to Southwest Virginia all of her life and knows how to properly pronounce “Appalachia” and “Cadet.”

Steve Palkovitz

Dr. Nicholas "Briggs" Oxenbriggs

Steve is excited to be The Best Doctor in Town. Steve’s community theatre acting credits include A Christmas Carol at Little Theatre of Alexandria in December 2017, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at McLean Community Players in April 2017, In Living Sound at Vienna Theatre Company (VTC) in April 2017, Stagecoach Theatre’s The Empress’s New Clothes in February 2017, Reston Community Player’s (RCP) Our Town and Mary Poppins in 2016 and Rehearsal for Murder in 2015, and A Thurber Carnival at VTC in 2014.

In 2018, Steve participated as an extra in two episodes of House of Cards (television) and Wonder Woman 1984 (movie, due for release 2019).

Born in Hagerstown, Maryland, Steve graduated from James Madison University, worked for the US government for 33 years, and earned a Masters degree from George Mason University. He has two daughters and lives in Vienna.