MEET THE CAST OF NO MOVES BACK
Martin Halpern is a composer, librettist, poet and playwright. He was born in the Bronx in 1929. He attended Champlain College and the University of Rochester, where he received a B.A. in English summa cum laude with a minor in Music at the Eastman School in 1950. In 1953 he enrolled in the doctoral program at Harvard University and spent a year in Rome on a Fulbright Scholarship, then returned to Harvard to complete his work for a Ph.D. in English and American Literature. In 1965 he joined the Theater Arts faculty at Brandeis University, where he taught playwriting and dramatic literature for twenty-nine years and chaired the department for seven of those years.
Martin is a widely published poet and critic of literature and drama, as well as a widely produced playwright with several awards to his credit. On his retirement from the Brandeis faculty in 1994, he embarked on a second career as a composer and there have been more than eighty performances of his vocal and chamber works and twenty productions of his chamber operas in the New York area. He has won eleven "Meet the Composer" grants and ten ASCAP-Plus awards. From 1997 to 2009 he was concerts director of the Long Island Composers' Alliance.
Plays include: Total Recall (The Best Short Plays of 1978), What the Babe Said (Pioneer Drama Service, 1980) Magic Fire (This Month Onstage, September 1996, Act I; October 1996, Act II)
Awards include: Harold C. Crain Playwriting Award, San Jose State University in 1978 for No Moves Back. Massachusetts Artists Foundation Fellowship in 1982 for The True Irving Rifkin.
William Shuman as Morrie
William Shuman is an actor and playwright. His solo play, En Avant! An Evening with Tennessee Williams won “Overall Excellence for Solo Performance” at last summer’s NYC International Fringe Festival and has been seen in multiple venues. Other roles are Henry Potter in It’s A Wonderful Life, Martin Dysart in Equus, The Narrator in The Rocky Horror Show. William is a founding member of the Abingdon Theatre Company which produced his play The Most Important American Playwright since Tennessee Williams.
Peter Levine as Alan
Peter Levine's New York credits include Murmurs and Incantations, The Madwoman of Chaillot (with Anne Jackson, Alvin Epstein, Kim Hunter),The Power of Darkness, The Front Page, Evening All Afternoon, Broadway Bound, Nude With Violin and The Private Life of the Master Race. Regional credits include The Sunshine Boys (Willie Clark), Cheaper By the Dozen, Jewtopia, Art, Angels in America (Roy Cohn), Indians (Buffalo Bill), Inherit the Wind (Brady). He is a member of Emerging Artists Theatre, which has produced two of his plays, The Kitchen Table and The Gipper.
*Actors Appearing courtesy of Actor's Equity
Joseph Monge as Earl
Since graduating from The Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Joseph has been towing the line between the normal 9 to 5, building his career, and raising his 3 year old daughter. Some of Joseph's plays include: Dutchman (Clay), Last Days Of Judas Iscariot (Jesus), Alone At The Beach. Movement Piece: Is It Already Dusk Short film: Santiago. One of Joseph's many goals in life is "to support my family doing what I love... acting".
Bernadette Maass as Caroline
I left Paris, where I studied dance and musical theatre, at the age of 18 to study acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and to live the dream in New York. After one year I completed the two year program at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre and was proud of being a part of the cast of. I hope to pursue a career in acting for an unlimited amount of time in New York.
Yanelba Roldan as Policewoman
Yanelba Roldan was born in the Dominican Republic and was raised in Bronx, NY. She is happily married to SAG-AFTRA Actor and U.S. Army Broadcast Journalist Rodney Roldan who is currently deployed overseas in Afghanistan. In 2010, she made the decision to follow her dreams and started acting that August. Her acting experience comes from various short and feature films. She has been in six TV shows and in three plays, including Yo Soy Latina written and directed by Linda Nieves-Powell. Some of her credits include, Law & Order: SVU, (2012), Happily Never After (2012), Monsters & Mysteries in America (2013), and Jersey Shore Massacre (2013). To learn more about Yanelba, visit her website at www.yanelba.net.
Amanda Gae Miller as Wanda/Plumber