Bios for Hate Mail
J.R. Bradford (Preston Dennis Jr.) is pleased to make his return to the Pegasus Theatre stage. He has performed on several DFW stages, such as Theatre Three, Stage West, Amphibian Stage, Soul Rep Theatre Company, Teatro Dallas, and was last seen in Jubilee Theatre’s production of If Pretty Hurts. Mr. Bradford is also a member of The Urban Arts Acting Company.
Shane Cearnal (Preston Understudy) is excited to work with Pegasus Theatre for the first time! He recently graduated from Baylor University with a BFA in theatre performance and moved to the DFW area in hopes of joining the vibrant theatrical community here. He’d like to thank Pegasus for this opportunity, and hopes audiences enjoy watching the show as much as he’s enjoyed being a part of it.
Bill Corbett (Playwright) is also the author of The Stuff of Dreams, which recently toured the country, produced by the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. His play The Big Slam has been produced at numerous theaters across the U.S., including Woolly Mammoth in Washington, D.C.; ACT in Seattle; and actor Jeff Daniels’ Purple Rose Theater in Chelsea, Michigan. For four years Mr. Corbett was a writer for Mystery Science Theater 3000 on the Sci-Fi Channel, and previously on Comedy Central. He was nominated for a Cable Ace Award in 1997 for Best Comedy Writing. He was also an actor on the show, providing the voice of the robot “Crow” and performing various other characters. His other plays include Heckler; Ridiculous Dreaming (an adaptation of Heinrich Boll’s The Clown, commissioned and produced by the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis); Down the Pike, winner of the Actors Theater of Louisville National One-Act Contest; short plays Manifesto and Hunters, produced by the HBO Writers Project in Los Angeles; Cash Karma, first produced by the Organic Theater in Chicago; and Motorcade, produced at theaters in the U.S., Canada, and Japan. Mr. Corbett has been a contributing writer to National Public Radio’s Prairie Home Companion and All Things Considered, and was co-creator of the animated web series Poker Night on Icebox.com. He has also been a member of the acting companies at the Guthrie Theater and the Berkshire Theater Festival, and has taught playwriting at Kenyon College in Ohio, the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, and numerous other universities and schools. He is a Core Member of The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, and a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, where he earned an MFA in playwriting and screenwriting. Before that, he received a BA from Yale College. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Mr. Corbett currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Rowan Gilvie (Assistant Director/Costume Designer/Dahlia Understudy), (“New name, same great taste!”) gratefully returns to Pegasus Theatre as assistant director, costume designer, and understudy! Most recently, she assistant directed and understudied for Echo Theatre’s Founders, Keepers, and performed the title role in Educating Rita at Onstage In Bedford. Previously, she has performed, composed, choreographed, and dramaturged for theatres all over DFW, as well as being a voice actor. Thanks always to her found family for their unflinching support; to David, Kurt, and Barb for this great opportunity; and to Alex Krus and Tim Brawner. (The battle continues.)
John Harvey (Stage Manager) is just glad to have survived another Texas summer.
David Meglino (Director) is a local director, actor, and producer who is thrilled to be returning to the Pegasus family to direct this production of Hate Mail. He is an award-winning actor who has been seen on a variety of area stages and whose work as a director includes having helmed the critically acclaimed productions of A Most Dangerous Woman for Echo Theatre and Waiting for Lefty for Upstart Productions, amongst others. In addition to his work as an actor and director, David was/is/may someday be again the Managing Director of the Festival of Independent Theatres.
Cooper Mitchell (Lighting Designer) is a Dallas based lighting designer for theatre, dance, and live performance. This is their premier design with Pegasus Theatre. Past lighting projects include Antigone with Dallas College, Swimming While Drowning with Cara Mia Theatre, and music festivals across Texas.
Kira Obolensky (Playwright) has also written Lobster Alice (Jungle Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Stages Theater); and The Adventures of Herculina (Next Theater, Frank Theater). She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship as well as the Kesselring Prize (for Lobster Alice). New work in progress includes Quicksilver (produced in 2003) and A Modern Home. A graduate of Williams College, Ms. Obolensky also attended Juilliard’s Playwriting Program.
Ben Schroth (Board Operator) is an award-winning North Texas actor, technician, and playwright. He wrote the plays Sherlock Holmes vs. Godzilla (winner of the Steve Lovett Award for Outstanding New Work by a Local Playwright) and The Tragical Farce of Jimmy Pine, among others. His adaptation of Chekhov’s Cherry Orchard opened the inaugural season of the Classics Theatre Project. He is a past founding member of Upstart Productions and is a past founding member of Nouveau 47’s ensemble. Ben has worked many seasons in various positions with Pegasus Theatre. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.
Bethany Soder (Dahlia Markle) has her Pegasus debut. Upon her recent graduation and move to DFW, she was most recently seen as Ivy in Chemical Imbalance: A Jekyll and Hyde Play (Greater Lewisville Community Theatre). Favorite collegiate roles at Hardin-Simmons University include Madame Arcati (Blithe Spirit), Penny (You Can’t Take It With You), Carol (The Amish Project), and Margaret (The Drowning Girls).
D. Aidan Wright (Set Designer/Technical Director) is pleased to be designing his first set for Pegasus. He has built and designed sets for Stolen Shakespeare Guild (Private Lives and Something Rotten) as well as for Upright Theater Company (Beauty and the Beast and A Christmas Carol). He has been head carpenter for SSG since 2019. He has worked backstage with Pegasus Theatre several times and participated as an actor in two Fresh Reads productions, once even playing Shia LaBeouf!