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The Best Doctor in Town

Spotlight Tour

Dell Pendergrast

Dr. Nicholas "Briggs" Oxenbriggs

Dell is delighted to join the Shoestring Theatre Company in this remarkable, provocative new play.  A career foreign service officer, Dell took to the stage after retirement 2006. He has performed in 28 shows with community theatres throughout the D.C. area.  Most recently, he was in Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream with the McLean Community Players.  Other favorites include Postmorten (Montgomery Playhouse); Murder on the Nile (Aldersgate); Of Mice and Men (Prince William Little Theatre); Fox on the Fairway (Taking Flight Theater). Dell is also an avid tennis player, who  competes regularly in senior tournaments across the
Mid-Atlantic region.

Elizabeth Keith

Emily Scott

Elizabeth Keith 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.

Geoff Baskir

The High Sheriff

"Geoff Baskir has been with Shoestring since the beginning and "I Ain't Made That Way" (Mule Train). He has an extensive stage background including shows for Zemfira Stage (La Cage aux Folles), Peculiarity Productions (8 Bit Circus S*it) and Hexagon (Hexagon 2017 - Let Freedom Zing!)...and that's just in 2017. He appeared in Hexagon 2018. 

 Love to Genie and Emma, who are also part of the Shoestring experience."

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!

Mickey Butler

Dr. Ash McKay

Mickey Butler is relatively new to the stage, but has been affected enough by the craft to follow it for a lifetime. He claims to have pursued acting in order to overcome his fear of having his picture taken, but to meet him is to meet someone born to perform. He is eager to learn as much as he can about acting, and enjoys putting on a show with others. As far as his fear of being photographed, he now insists that he still takes bad pictures, but he acts as someone who isn't afraid to do so.

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. 

Mary Fettes

Barbara Patton/ Luvena/Etta U/S

Mary is delighted make her debut with 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!

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.

Joe Russell

Ira West/Jesse/U/S

Joe Russell is making his “comeback” to acting in local theater after a long hiatus,

working at his “day job” in the IT business. While being a manager of people was

enriching, and it enabled him to travel and see a lot of the world, Joe says he always longed to get back into acting. He is now a resident of the DC area, and happy part of the Shoestring family.

Joe formerly acted in various stage productions in the Boston area, where he lived for over 30 years. He’s been in a wide range of plays, including Other People’s Money, Witness for the

Prosecution, Hatful of Rain, Arsenic & Old Lace, and The Rainmaker.

Carson Wright

Young Nick Oxenbriggs

Carson is eight-years old and just started his acting career in July 2017, working on two student film projects. He is a third grader at Vienna Elementary School in Vienna, VA. Carson loves swimming, tennis, golf, biking, playing his Nintendo Switch, and watching fail videos on YouTube Kids. He is a big DC sports fan. Carson is fluent in Spanish. He aspires to one day be nominated in the Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards.

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.

Robert Ford

Web, Frank Robbins, 

Joe Turner, Nurse, 

Dying Patient

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.

Jim Day

The High Sheriff

Jim Day (The High Sheriff) is pleased to again be a part of Amelia’s talented cast in our second production by Shoestring Theatre. He previously enjoyed several theatre roles in Northern Virginia and DC Fringe Festival productions. A Washington, DC native, Jim’s voice has been heard on radio & television ads, and you might spot him in cable shows and episodes of House of Cards. When not on stage, or volunteering in his church and community, Jim’s a real estate agent. He’s eternally grateful to his dearly departed friend, Roland Branford Gomez, for pushing him into the footlights, and to his wife, Peggy, and family for their continued support.