In the blistering cold Alaskan December, a few newly drafted college students and an army sergeant are stranded in a tattered house in a small town during World War 3 after the deadliest battle on U.S. soil, forever known as “The Battle for Alaska”. With limited food, water, and trust, escape from the looming threat of the Russian military seems impossible.
Doghouse Ensemble Theatre presented a staged developmental reading of Thank You for Your Home in New York City on April 15 at 3pm and 7:30pm.
Ella May Hunsader (Amy Knox) is a current undergraduate student at Fordham University Lincoln Center double majoring in Theatre Performance and Environmental Studies. She is an alumna of the Interlochen Arts Academy as well as a former Cherub through Northwestern University. Favorite projects include The Winters Tale (Perdita), The Eccentricities of a Nightingale (Alma Winemiller), and The Caucasian Chalk Circle.
Michael Liebhauser (Daniel Makarov) is a recent graduate of The University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program and has appeared on stages across the country. Favorites include The Nina Variations (Doghouse Ensemble Theatre); Incognito (Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theater); King Lear, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Midsummer Night’s Dream (Interlochen Shakespeare Festival); Macbeth, The Lost Prince (Texas Shakespeare Festival); Donald Giovanni in Cornlandia (Mixed Precipitation). As a Fight Choreographer, his work has included classes and choreography for Interlochen Center for the Arts, and The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theater. He is an Interlochen alumnus and is a proud member of the Doghouse Ensemble Theatre Board.
Birch Davis (Roy Hooper) is a freshman theatre major at Fordham who is exceptionally pleased and thankful for the welcoming energy that John and the cast bring to the table.
Wayne “Juice” Mackins (Sgt. Walker)
David Moses (Harrison Norwood) is a sophomore theatre student attending Fordham University where he has taken on such roles as Malt Shakey III/Weasel Jayce (Wally Weasel’s G.O.P. Jamboree) and Wolfgang Granz/Captain (Bent). It is also where he met the lovely John Hatcher and something wonderful was born.
Jacob Herman (Jake Hill), after graduating from New World School of the Arts, enrolled and currently studies Political Science at Fordham University while continuing to write, direct, and act in new theatre. His most recent credits include Sir Toby and Roat in Cat Theatre’s Twelfth Night and Wait Until Dark respectively, as well as Malt Shakey the Il in the Fordham Playwriting program debut of Wally Weasel’s G.O.P. Jamboree. To the audience, he wishes nothing more but that they enjoy the show to its fullest, and that they forgive his not knowing a lick of Russian. Tally ho comrades!
John Brotherhood (Ensemble) is a freshman theatre major at Fordham University on the performance track. Favorite regional credits include principal roles in the world premiere of Oklahoma in Wisconsin (Northern Sky Theater), Romeo & Juliet, Julius Caesar, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Door Shakespeare), The Foreigner, The History of Invulnerability, To Kill a Mockingbird, A Christmas Carol (Milwaukee Rep); Jackie & Me, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Gossamer (First Stage) among many others. He has been a directing intern for productions of Gypsy and Stage Door. This summer, John will be returning to Door Shakespeare for their productions of Comedy of Errors and Much Ado About Nothing. He is a proud EMC member. All glory to God!
Corey Traina (Ensemble) is a freshman performance major at Fordham. This is her first performance since coming to college. High school credits include Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, Maria in Up: the Man in the Flying Chair, Big Jule in Guys and Dolls. At Fordham, Corey has assistant sound designed several shows including, Tyler! The Musical, Machinal, and Gruesome Playground Injuries. She is so excited to have worked on this new piece!
John Alexander Hatcher (Playwright) graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy and is currently studying at Fordham University in the Theatre Performance Track. Some of his favorite performances include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Mitch Mahoney/Jesus), Company (David) at The Roeper School, Amadeus (Ensemble), The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later (Dave O’Malley), Urinetown (Caldwell B. Cladwell) at Interlochen Arts Academy, and Thoreau, and Other Assholes (Roger), Magnolia (Samuel) at Fordham University. He has also been cast as an extra in the Amazon television series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Thanks to everyone who has helped shape Thank You For Your Home to what it is today and what it will become in the future.
Ashlyn Frank (Director) is a sophomore Directing major at Fordham University. Romeo and Juliet (AD) Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. Fordham MainStage: The Way West (AD). Studio: Thoreau, and Other Assholes (AD). Many thanks to John for trusting her with his baby.
Natalia Lee (Assistant Director) is a sophomore performance major at Fordham University. Recent credits include: Jekyll and Hyde (Hyde), DNA (Leah), Hello, Dolly! (Ermengarde), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Francis Flute), Neverwhere (Angel), and Ibsanity (Angelica).