Called Up To Life is a new musical blending the sounds of klezmer and Yiddish theatre with Hasidic storytelling. The musical begins as a group of Italian Jews, preparing for the Sabbath, are interrupted by a mysterious caller. This caller claims to have been the assistant to the legendary Baal Shem Tov. When asked to relate his experiences, the caller loses all memory. The Italians tell the rollicking stories they know, outlining the life of the Baal Shem Tov. Still, the caller remains mute. Finally, the caller remembers a story that has immediate implications for the group and resolves all outstanding issues.
Mr. Mallan has directed and taught theater for over twenty years in Ecuador, Costa Rica and Spain, as well as his native Washington DC. Special areas of interest include classical adaptations (Shakespeare, Mozart, the Spanish golden age) in bilingual and multicultural versions designed to ‘grant access’ to underserved audiences. He teaches theater and filmmaking to all ages (from preschools to senior centers) and directs for the In Series, Educational Theatre Company (of which he is a founding member), D.C. Creative Writing Workshop and Washington Shakespeare Company. Tom is delighted to be directing Called up to Life, his first collaboration with Ambassador Theater.
A graduate of National Academy of Theatrical Arts in Warsaw, Mr. Wronka performed in over 20 theater productions in two repertory theaters: Dramatyczny Theatre and Athenaeum Theatre and several film and television projects in his mother country, Poland. Locally he has performed with the Experimental Theatre: The Un-divine Comedy; the Forum Theatre : The False Witness; the DCAC: The Theatre of the Soul, The Island; the Studio Theatre: Mad Forest, Washington-Sarajevo Talks; Source Theatre: The Cherry Orchard; the Everyman Theatre in Baltimore: Talley's Folly; Scena Theatre: The Balcony, Purge (currently running at H Street Playhouse).
Scott Sedar performs in many of Washington’s professional theatres, as well as appearing in two national tours. His dramatic credits include Oberon, in Maryland Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Nights’ Dream; Karenin in Anna Karenin at Washington Stage Guild; Dr. Sanderson in Harvey at Woolly Mammoth Theatre; Little John in Robin Hood at Round House Theatre; Beethoven in The Lives of the Great Composers at New Playwright’s Theatre. As a performer in musicals, he has taken on the dual roles of Don Quixote/Miguel Cervantes in the Washington Savoyard production of Man of La Mancha; Michael in the musical I Do, I Do, at Fredericksburg Summer Theatre; Baldamar, in Dreams of a Summer House at Rep Stage; Bishop in Floyd Collins, at Signature Theatre; and Bartolo, in Marriage of Figaro, Vegas Version for the InSeries, among others. As a children’s theatre performer he originated the title role in the The Emperor’s New Clothes, an opera commissioned by the Kennedy Center theatre for young audience for a 32-city tour. Scott was a part of the Center’s first theatre for young audience tour -- The Red Badge of Courage. As a guest artist and collaborator, he appeared as Joseph Cornell in the Round House Theatre/ University of Maryland production of Hotel Cassiopeia; he helped create Low Tide Hotel and Far Far Oasis for Happenstance Theatre Company; and he continues to work with the Smithsonian Associates on a series of literary performances featuring the works of famous authors: Mark Twain, Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Allen Poe, Wm. Butler Yeats and Ernest Hemingway. For the past two summers, he has worked with Roberta Gaspare and the Washington Revels in the development and presentation of a commemorative concert performance featuring choral music of the Civil War and a surprise appearance by Abraham Lincoln and his secretary John Nickolay. Scott Sedar is a member of Actors’ Equity. When not on the boards, he’s in the studio painting, his other artistic outlet: http://sedartstudio.com/
Rob Weinzimer performed in Ambassador Theater's productions of "The Death of Tintagiles" (Aglovale) and "Out at Sea" (Thin Castaway). Other roles include Francis Nurse in Keegan Theatre's production of the Crucible, Lichtenstein in Winter Wedding at Theater for the New City in New York, and Judge Alvin Haley in American Century Theater's production of Native Son. Rob is a graduate of the Honors Conservatory at The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts in Washington.
Founder, CEO, and Artistic Director Hanna Bondarewska is the Artistic Director and Founder of the Ambassador Theater and was recently seen in Lady, a one woman show based on Shakespeare's Macbeth and in They Don't Pay? We Won't Pay! by Dario Fo as Antonia, Smartphones as Maria, Protest as Stankova, Death of Tintagiles as Ygraine and in Summer at Nohant as George Sand. “For Hanna Bondarewska, the path to world peace not only exists, she is walking it — one artistic endeavor at a time.” – The Washington Diplomat. Hanna Bondarewska is a native of Warsaw, Poland and was trained in the Polish and American schools of drama. She founded the Ambassador Theater because she believes in the power of theater to change the world for the better through collaboration and artistry. By bringing together theater and diplomacy she hopes to give us all a new perspective as global citizens, which will lead to deeper cultural understanding. In June 2008, Hanna organized a life-changing trip to Poland for students from D.C. Public Schools as part of an educational program about Poland. The program was done in collaboration with Mrs. Hanna Reiter, wife of the former Ambassador of Poland to USA, the Embassy of Poland, Embassy Adoption Program, D.C. Public Schools and WPAS. She worked with over 60 students, teaching them about Poland, its history, culture, and traditions through theater designed to help them better retain learnt material, improve their reading comprehension, posture, and speaking skills, increase their imagination, and energize their drive for life. The program developed into a performance, "Poland the Beautiful, an Imaginary ." Students performed the piece at their schools and at the Embassy of Poland, and then took it on the road for the First Lady of Poland, Mrs. Maria Kaczynska, at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw and in many other places around Poland last June. Hanna’s acting credits are extensive and include the role of Antonia in They Don't Pay? We Won't Pay! by Dario Fo, George Sand in Summer at Nohant, Young Helena Modjeska in Farewell to Arden, Helena—the Emigrant Queen; Mother in Sunflowers, Wife in Square Minus One; A Genie Named Khatab; Snow Queen; Anouilh’s Antigone; Gogol’s The Marriage; and Goldoni’s Mirandolina and many others. Ms. Bondarewska has recently directed Lady, The Trap, Happily Ever After, The Visitor, The Third Breast, The Madman and the Nun, Death of Tintagiles, Miracle of Saint Anthony, Summer at Nohant, Farewell to Arden, Forefathers, and Out at Sea. Her one-woman show, Lenya Cum Weill, won recognition at the Kennedy Center Performing Arts Festival. Hanna performed at the Washington Shakespeare Theatre, Spectrum Theatre, Classika-Synetic Theatre, The New York Polish Theater, Hippodrome State Theatre, and Acrosstown Theater in Florida, where she also directed The Tao of Pooh, based on the book by B. Hoffman, and S. Mrożek’s Tango. Her Polish theater credits are extensive and include work in Warsaw, Bialystok, Olsztyn, Torun, Katowice, and Wroclaw with many luminaries of the Polish stage. Hanna received her Master of Fine Arts in Classical Acting at the Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University and Shakespeare Theatre. She graduated magna cum laude from the Mount Vernon College of The George Washington University and also earned her Acting Diploma in Poland. For over 15 years she served as Executive Director of the Institute for Education and Membership Chairman of the ABC XXI Child Awareness Program for Poland, which supports the emotional health and rights of children and adolescents through reading programs, awareness, education, and action. Recently, her one-woman show of Lady was invited to perform at several international theater festivals around the world. Ms. Bondarewska has received various honors, including 2015 and 2014 DC Metro Theater Arts Best Director, Best Play Award, 2013 Helen Hayes Canadian Partnership Award, the St. Cyril and Methodius Award of excellence in promoting the Bulgarian Culture, Julia Heflin Performing Arts Award, recognition by Who's Who Among Students in American Universities, identification as a National Dean's List Scholar, and others.
Theatre: Ford’s Theatre: Liberty Smith; Signature Theatre: Sunset Boulevard; MetroStage: Glimpses of the Moon, Cool Papa’s Party (Helen Hayes Nomination); Rep Stage: God’s Ear; Shakespeare Theatre: The Imaginary Invalid; Arena Stage: Christmas Carol 1941, She Loves Me; Woolly Mammoth: She Stoops to Comedy (Helen Hayes Nomination); Round House: A Prayer for Owen Meany (Helen Hayes Nomination); Baltimore Shakespeare Festival: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Capital Fringe Festival: Super Claudio Brothers. Jazz/Cabaret Vocals: Blues Alley, An Die Music, Lannie’s Clocktower, Germano’s. www.GiaMora.com
Mr. Durkee has appeared in many local productions such as Mojo at Studio Theater (understudy), Improbable Frequency at Solas Nua, Mondo Andronicus with Molotov, and several shows with Landless Theater. He looks forward to sharing the stage with so many talented performers. He will soon be appearing at Woolly Mammoth in Who's Your Baghdaddy, and at WSC in Tooth of Crime
Ms. Papendorp is a favorite cabaret performer in the Metro-Washington area. She was seen in I Love Paris! A Bastille Day Celebration at La Maison Française of Washington DC and Renoir’s Return at the Phillips Collection and most recently at the Society of the Cincinnati singing POSTCARDS FROM PARIS. She received glowing reviews as Violette the Dancehall Singer in La Vagabonde (Parisian Cabaret) with Le Neon Theatre. With the IN Series she performed in Pablo Neruda’s World of Poetry and Song in the centennial celebration of the Chilean poet laureate’s birth at the Mexican Cultural Institute. She was universally praised for her Chanteuse and Louise in the Washington Theatre Company’s production of Noel Coward’s Private Lives and the companion piece Coward Cabaret at 1409 Playbill Café. Ms. Papendorp was seen as the rebellious Rossignol in Forum Theatre’s Marat/Sade. Her performance in Jill Leger’s original musical Googling My Ex (and other obsessions) premiered at 1409 Playbill Cafe and is available at www.cdbaby.com/cd/legerjill. She also received favorable notices for her performance in Renée Calarco’s new play The Mating of Angela Weiss in the Source Theatre Festival. For more info on Barbara and to join her mailing list for future events, visit www.BarbaraPapendorp.com